Last weekend was a busy one on and off the field.
On Saturday, the curtain came down on the senior playing season as the 1sts beat Middleton in their last AIL 2C game of the season to finish 6th in the table. The interesting looking at the tables across the 5 divisions is that we were the only team to have a zero points difference after 18 games, something that is quite difficult to engineer over such a long season.
The 3rds season came to an end last Saturday when they were beaten by Old Wesley in the O’Connor cup. The 3rds have had a fantastic season in which they challenged for league honours up to the last day of the regular season. They had a great team spirit with strong numbers training every Tuesday and Thursday night throughout the season.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the preparation of the senior teams, the players, and those who supported the team all over the country for their efforts during the season. I would hope that the progress made this season will deliver next season in the form of silverware, which would be a long overdue reward for the hard work being done.
Saturday also saw the traditional “last Saturday of the season O’Toole pre-match/post-match lunch” with liberal volumes of wine poured. Once again lunch for the top table was delivered from the BBQ with Declan, Mags, Emer and Denise working tirelessly to keep everyone who turned up fed throughout the day.
On Saturday night, the player of the year awards were handed out. While it can be difficult to pick individuals from so many hard-working players, I am delighted to report that the following players were chosen by their peers in the following categories.
U20s – Killian Shaw
3rds – Layne McGuinness
2nds – Andy Sloane
Most Improved Player - Mark McCoy
Young Player of the Year - Cian O’Gorman
Player of the Year - Bain Champion
Last Sunday saw the U16s play a league final against Balbriggan in Clontarf. In very tough conditions our lads were beaten but went down fighting to the last. Watching as president I was incredibly proud of the lads who had to deal with atrocious conditions which added to the challenge of playing a very big Balbriggan team. This team have a semi-final of the cup on Sunday the 22nd in St Mary’s and then hopefully another final to look forward to. Congratulations to Tom Kelly and Cian O’Gorman, from our U20s team, who have prepared the lads to well this season.
Looking ahead to this Sunday we still have an U18s league final to come in Coolmine at 12:30pm. Where they will face St Mary’s. Who they will play, and when, is currently being decided in the European Courts. I have no doubt that these young men will perform in the final given their pedigree s league winners at U17 level last season. As with the 16’s the U18s are expertly prepared by Glen Mulvaney from the U20s and David “Chippie” Chapman from the 3rds.
Also coming up on Sunday the 29th is the legendary Seapoint Mini Blitz which will be our largest ever with over 100 teams participating and over 3000 people expected to attend. This is a massive undertaking driven entirely by Seapoint volunteers of which there can never be too many. If you are available to help please let Tim Kelly or Barry Chadwick know asap. Remember all volunteers get official Seapoint blitz polo shirts which has become collector’s items over the years!
I want to thank all the organisations that are supporting the blitz. Without this support, we would not be able to run an event of this size so thanks to; Kingspan, KBC, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Supervalu Dalkey and Killiney, Newcastle Design, Haven Pharmacies Stillorgan and Cornelscourt, and Lansdowne Partnership.
This year’s Annual Dinner on the 18th of May is a sell-out and will be one of the biggest in the history of the club with 130 people attending. At this point we are not taking any additional orders for places and have created a stand-by list for anyone else who would like to attend. If you have said that you will attend can you please pay for your place with cash to Jim McKeever, Barry Chadwick, Mick O’Toole, Vinny Totterdell or myself, or through the on-line shop on the club website. Pre-payment is essential to secure your place!
To close, his month I am delighted to announce the volunteer of the month for March as Vinny Totterdell.
Vinny has been a constant companion to me in my year as president and Jim in his previously. More important than that though Vinny ran a very successful Race Night fundraiser in March which was hugely beneficial to the club. But that is not the reason why Vinny has been chosen this month.
What Vinny does would not be noticed because he draws little attention to it. What has been most important in my eyes has been Vinny’s willingness to support the MY section by opening and closing the club and bar every Wednesday throughout the season to accommodate the MY Wednesday night training.
While this is my way of thanking Vinny for his commitment this season, I would hope that every MY coach who has benefited from Vinny’s availability would also personally thank him.
Vinny, many thanks for your support of me personally, but more importantly your support for your club.
Updated 08:26 - 21 May 2018 by Gerry Owens