McCurtains prepare for their Fun Day event
PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 July 2015
Gaelic club looking forward to annual party this Saturday
Jim McDermott says Thomas McCurtains’ hopes of success in their Junior Football Championship match with Dulwich Harps were hit by a number of
players being unavailable.
McCurtains were without eight players for the clash on Sunday, which the Goodmayes club lost 2-8 to 0-7.
Despite having the wind behind them in the first half, McCurtains found themselves two points behind by the break.
Harps began to pull away in the second half, utilising conditions and their height advantage well to triumph. And McDermott was left to lament what could have been had he been able to field a full-strength side in the Group One opener.
“I can’t fault the effort of the lads. It was a hot day and Dulwich put out pretty much their strongest team,” said McDermott.
“We had a lot of lads coming into the squad and their fitness wasn’t where we hoped it would be. They lacked match fitness, which was to be expected.”
The footballers are back in action alongside the hurling team this Saturday as the club hosts its annual Fun Day.
Running from noon until 7.30pm, the event at the club’s Goodmayes Sports Fields base sees a mix of sporting action and entertainment.
There will be a beer tent and food stalls for refreshments, while there will also be Irish dancing and music from international DJ Jeannette throughout the day.
In addition to this, the hurlers will be playing their McCullagh Cup quarter-final against St Gabriels B at 4pm with the footballers in league action versus Shalloe Pearses straight after.
Underage football and hurling teams from across the capital will also be taking part in a tournament, while the women’s team hope to host a reunion match to celebrate their fifth year.
There will also be the ‘Big Club Draw’ raffle, with prizes including a trip for two to New York and tickets to the All-Ireland senior football and hurling finals.
With so much going on over the course of one day, McDermott says everyone associated with the club is excited.
“It’s something that has been happening for a number of years now. It just seems to keep growing and growing,” he added.
“Last year we had between 200 and 300 people in attendance. There is loads going on and everyone is looking forward to it.
“It would be nice if the hurlers and the footballers could win on the day. I suppose that adds a little extra pressure!
“We will just have to follow the lead of the women’s team who have done brilliantly in recent weeks, winning the London title once again.”
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