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Men’s Football End of Season Round Up


AFL5 Round 12 and AFL10 Round 14

Fadó, Fadó, Fadó, well August 19th to be precise, The St Brendans Football 1st XV, went into their second last game of AFL5 against Round Towers Clondalkin, knowing that a win would keep hopes of a promotion play-off spot alive. The Dublin CCC changed the rules of promotion and relegation in the 2018 season, with the top two going up automatically and 3rd and 4th playing off for the final promotion spot, whereas the bottom two are relegated and 12th and 13th (no relegation this year from 14 team AFL5) play off with the loser relegated.

St Brendan’s chances of getting fourth spot all but ended with Round Towers Clondalkin recording a 0-11 to 0-10 victory.

There was better news in McGee Park in Tallaght as the St Brendans 2nd team recorded at 0-10 to 0-09 victory over St Marks in AFL10, to keep their chances of avoiding a relegation play-off alive.


Junior 1 Club and Junior 5 All County Championships Rounds 3

The final round of the Junior Championships took place on September 16th with St Brendan’s 1st Xv needing a win against Wanderers in Junior 1 Club Championship and needing St Finians Newcastle to beat Geraldine P Morans. While The Dark Force did defeat Wanderers 0-13 to 0-06 in Cornelscourt, St Finians Newcastle suffered a surprise 1 point defeat against Geraldine P Morans after leading by 5points when entering stoppage time, which put both clubs in the Junior 1 Quarter Finals at St Brendan’s expense.

A 4-16 to 2-12 defeat at the hands of Naomh Barrog ended the St Brendans 2nd XV interest in the 32 team 8 group Junior 5 All County Championship.


AFL5 Round 13 and AFL10 Round 15

On September 30th, the Junior Quarter Finals and Relegation play offs took place. With St Brendan’s Championship interest over, finishing third in Junior 1 Club, the Dublin CCC decided that because The Dark Force and St Peregrines ( third in Junior 1 All County Group 3) will play the only AFL5 game of the day.

Only 15 players turned up for St Brendan’s against the already relegated Blanchardstown outfit who had already lost all their games and could only muster up three points compared to St Brendan’s 2-14.

The 2nd Xv were up against St Brigids, who also finished third in their group in the Junior 5 All County Championship and therefore this AFL10 game was played today. St Brigid’s got the opening score with a goal and were leading 1-04 to 0-06 after 20 minutes when Gentleman Christopher Hand game up to score a goal and the lead for The Darkest Force, who led 1-09 to 1-05 at Half time.

After some great ball movement, St Brendans went 2-10 to 1-05 after 8 minutes in the second after Malachi Doyle waved his Wicklow Magic to raise a second green flag. It was 2-11 to 1-06 with 19 minutes to go when St Brigid’s opened the floodgates to hit 2-01 without reply, aided in part by an increasingly strong wind. St Brendans notched up 2 more points (2-13 to 3-08) before finally running out of steam in the final ten minutes as St Brigids hit 5 points on the spin to win the game on a 3-12 to 2-13 scoreline.


Its October 1st as I write, and the Mens Gaelic Football season 2018 is officially over! One or two different results during the season could have seen the 1st team playing in the Junior 1 knockout stages and promoted to the Division 5 league for 2019.

After the season just played the men’s teams will feel that with some small adjustments, League & Championship Titles are not beyond them in the 2019 Season. We will relax, regroup and push for these adjustments in the coming months.

Brendans Abú!



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