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Lions vs Magpies 2014 Match Report 24-Aug-2014
by Paul Ryan
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Last Saturday the Lions clashed with the Galway Magpies in our last home game of the regular season. This fixture was played in the background of players from both sides being in Australia with the national team playing in the International Cup. The Lions assembled what was probably the strongest squad to date this year welcoming a few debutants as well as a few old hands back into the fold.

The Lions started strongly with Shane Thomas, Aussie, Sully and Coilin Lordan controlling the centre area of the field and providing a study flow of accurate ball into the half and full forward lines. Padraig O’Connell showed very well throughout the opening quarter and his efforts were rewarded with 2 very well taken goals. Jason “Hingo” Hingston who by his own accounts is having a fine season also claimed 2 goals in the opening quarter. Quarter time saw the Lions ahead 4-3 (27) to 0-0.

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Warriors Narrowly Loose Out in International Cup Final24-Aug-2014
by Paul Ryan

The Irish Warriors lost out to Papua New Guinea by 3 points in the International Cup Final in the MCG yesterday morning.

Three Lions played in the final, Dominic Joyce in the ruck, Muiris Bartley in the centre and Conor O'Halloran in the backs. Padraig Lucey who started out with our sister club in UCC but is now based in Oz also played. All 4 lads featured prominently at various stages of the game.

The Warriors started well and at one point in the first quarter had a 12 point lead. PNG slowly began to pull the Irish back and went ahead by 9 points with 4 minutes to go in the game. Despite a late Irish goal there were no late heroics similar to the 2012 & 2013 Euro Championships .

The Lions have a proud history of providing players to the National squad and the 3 lads have continued on that tradition. The Warriors now commence a new cycle of development towards the 2017 International Cup and I've no doubt the Lions players will featured prominently throughout that cycle.

Sponsored Climb of Carrauntoohil02-Aug-2014
by Ian O'Sullivan
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Saturday 2nd August lads! Keep that date in your diary.

The Lions are doing a sponsored climb of Carrauntoohil rain, hail or shine! This will be a fun day out and a great way for us to get a few euros into the club to pay our bills. Sponsor cards will be given out soon. Everyone is expected to get minimum of fifty euro in sponsorship. It's simple so no excuses.

Also, anyone and everyone is invited to come along too so bring friends & family.

More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Swans v Lions Report26-Jul-2014
by Michael Scanlon
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Both teams showed up with some key players missing today's fixture. The big difference between the sides was that the Lions had just enough to field a team. While the Swans were well stacked as per usual in Bushy Park and it was very nice of them to give us a player to even up the playing numbers.

The Lions began the game in much better fashion than the Swans who were a little slow to come out of the blocks. At the third quarter break the Swans were 2 points behind the Lions (64-66). A big shock was on the cards if players like Bartley, O' Sullivan and O' Halloran could keep the Swans at arms length from wrestling away the points on offer which would be crucial towards a home semi final.

An unfortunate head injury to Jason Hingston meant that the Lions were down a man just after play resumed. Hingston had played very well up until this moment and was a huge loss as a target inside 50. Within minutes the Swans who had organised their midfield much better were winning all the clearances and using the extra men to take some good scores. You could see that the Lions were out on their feet at this stage. The defence had soaked up so much pressure all game but couldn't stop the Swans from breaking the 100 points.

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Fixtures are up, Lions are raring to go.07-Apr-2014
by Ian O'Sullivan

The 2014 fixtures have been set. First game on the 26th of April at home against the Giants. Check out all the fixtures on the Fixtures page. Be sure to subscribe so they appear on your calendar.

Muiris Bartley Selected for the International Cup 201406-Apr-2014
by Michael Scanlon
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Muiris Bartley gets to make another trip Down Under, but this time with the Irish Warriors. Following his successful tour with the World Team in 2011 he now gets the chance to become one of Irelands youngest players at the International Cup. Bartley likes throw 5 or 6 steaks on the grill during every game and is sure to make a big impression with the quality of players he will be surrounded by, could easily be the tournaments top scorer. We're all very proud of Muiris and will be cheering him on as he represents us in Melbourne with the opportunity to run out onto the MCG like Captain Cian Quigley and Eoin O Suilleabhain in 2011. At 20 years of age Muiris can look forward to at least 4 more trips to the International Cup.

Conor O Halloran Selected for the International Cup 201406-Apr-2014
by Michael Scanlon
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Conor O Halloran has become one of the most dedicated players in the Lions setup and its no wonder hes the first name the Irish management would put on the list. He will add real steel to the centre, taking it right off the bone before the opposition knows what hit them. Following a fantastic European Cup in 2013 where he was named on Team of the Tournament, O Halloran is all guns blazing for the chance to show what he can do on the Victorian ovals.

DomnicJoyce Selected for the International Cup 201406-Apr-2014
by Michael Scanlon
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A huge congratulations from all at the Lions to Domnic Joyce on his selection for the International Cup. This will be the 3rd tournament where Joyce represents Ireland. After an outstanding showing during the European Cup in Dublin he went on to Bordeaux and capped it off with a place on the Team of the Axios Euro 9's Tournament. What Woody brings to the party along with his obvious height, is that he can run hard and mix it up with very intelligent use of the ball at clearances and open play. We will have a huge void to fill here at the Lions as Domnic heads to Australia in a few days and will get to play some country football in preparation for the IC14.

AFL Europe Umpires Teleconference29-Mar-2014
by Ian O'Sullivan

There will be a Europe wide conference of umpires held this Saturday from 9pm to 10:30pm to have a quick and general discussion about umpiring in 2014 and will address any questions from the various umpires across Europe. This will be a dial-in conference so it will be free for any umpire/coach or captain to attend and ask any questions about the game. Can anyone that wants to attend register at the following link (for free):

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/march-umpires-teleconference-tickets-10498235505?aff=eorg

Rebel Sheild Champions 201408-Mar-2014
by Michael Scanlon
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Australian Rules Football in Cork got another boost following the Inaugural Rebel Shield Game. The Leeside Lions played very well and emerged victorious against an energetic Bombers side who are a match for all teams in the ARFLI Premiership League. Experience was key today as the Lions were first to take some meat off the bone and get some scores on the board thanks to Vicent Manning and Company. UCC Bombers didn't let this distract them and kept up a high pressing game making sure every ball was contested.
Once the Bombers got some points after some good kicking by their forwards the game was really in the melting pot and could have gone either way. Connor O Halloran used his strong body to dictate the play and made sure the Lions kept a healthy goal difference between the teams. Controversially Muiris Bartley opted to tog out for the Lions on the day turning his back on his alma mater and kicking 5 goals in the process which was the difference between both teams on the scoreboard at the final siren. (The Lions were obviously delighted with Muiris) One thing is for sure the gap between both teams is narrowing and who knows the Bombers could be third time lucky at the next outing.
A big thanks to UCC Bombers for hosting the Rebel Shield at The Farm, Curraheen and to Ian O Sullivan who did a great job umpiring this exciting fixture. Eleanor Lawless took some quality photos and really captured the atmosphere on the day which was a celebration of the marvellous work Eoin O Suilleabhain has done training the UCC Bombers all winter when playing Aussie Rules is at its hardest. The UCC management team can be very proud of what they have achieved so far.

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Commercial sponsorships in the wake of new AFL sponsorship deals28-Dec-2013
by Ian O'Sullivan
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A quick look at commercial sponsorships in the wake of new AFL sponsorship deals


Betting on a winner: Of teams and team sponsorships
A quick look at commercial sponsorships in the wake of new AFL sponsorship deals

Team sponsorship is one of the universal truths when it comes to both professional and semi-professional sports. Even amateur clubs sometimes have their own sponsors. What exactly is a sponsorship deal, though, and why do companies go into it?

“Sponsors pay to promote their products, logos or brands alongside brands that are attractive to their target audience,” explained the Irish Times. “In the sports industry sponsorship is huge business. Sponsors pay large amounts of money to secure brand placements alongside high value brands such as the Olympic rings.”

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Lions vs Bombers17-Nov-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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The Leeside Lions came out of hibernation to take on a youthful and well trained Bombers team this Saturday. In perfect conditions for football the game was played at great pace and the experienced Lions had their work cut out for them as the Bombers had a full squad and really wanted to test themselves against a good team. Each quarter saw some amazing fielding and link up play but it was the running ability of the Bombers which stood out as they chased everything and put pressure on when it counted. The fourth quarter was where the game really came down to the wire with the Lions defending a narrow lead the Bombers threw everything forward and blitzed with a fantastic forward press. In the nick of time the siren sounded and for sure the Lions used one of their nine lives to get out of this one with a win as it could have easily been the Bombers singing their song. Its great credit to the UCC Bombers who have come so far in such a short space of time and we are certain that they will only keep on developing. There are whispers of playing for the Rebel Shield in February so lets hope this comes to pass and another exciting game is in store for the Lions against the Mighty Bombers.

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UCC BOMBERS FITZPATRICK CUP WINNERS 201306-Nov-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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Huge congratulations must be given to the achievements of University College Cork who have won the Fitzpatrick Cup in what has to be one of the great Australian Rules stories. Every effort has been made by Leeside Lions Clubman of the year Danny O Brien and Coach Eoin Ó Suilleabháin to ensure that as many players as possible can play the game here in Cork. It is clear that the football program in place is working and players feel comfortable learning the oval ball game and can only be good for ARFLI to ensure we have new talent and more competitive games. The groundwork was put in last year no doubt and we can see the fruits of their labour with outstanding numbers at training. During the International Rules series UCC won the inaugural Fitzpatrick Cup in great style having one of the strongest teams on the day, they defeated Oxford University in the final who had a large number of Australian players on their list.

Leeside Lions Awards night winners 201327-Sep-2013
by Ian O'Sullivan
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The Lions recently held their annual awards night. Congrats to all winners and to the organisers on the night in particular Paul Ryan and Danny O'Brien.

Winners on the night were as follows;
Leading goal (and behind) kicker - Vincent Manning.
Best new player - Diarmuid 'Teddy Bear' de Barra.
Clubman of the Year - Danny O'Brien.
Most Improved - Dominic Joyce.
'John Locke' Best and Fairest 2013 - Dominic Joyce.
Most ridiculously good-looking and stylish - Michael 'Gonzo' Scanlon. Picture can be seen to the left!!

Also on the night 3 'former' Lions players were inducted into the Leeside Lions Hall of Fame. These is a symbolic thank you from all the current players at the club for all the effort put in, past and present, to bring the club to where it is. Hall of fame inductees - John Hayes, Brian Currane and Diurmuid Griffin.

Dominic Joyce named on Euro Cup team of the tournament26-Sep-2013
by Ian O'Sullivan
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Congrats to Lions man Dominic Joyce who was named on the Team of the Tournament for the 9s Axios Euro Cup recently held in Bordeaux.

Irish Warriors competed in the fourth annual Axios Euro Cup held at Stade de Gajacin Bordeaux this weekend, the highlight of the year for the 21 Member nations. The tournament featured the most talented men and women from across Europe playing the fast paced, athletic game of Australian football (AFL), and Ireland finished 5th in Division 2.

Held in a different country each year, this was the first time that France had played host, with previous tournaments held in Edinburgh (2012), Belfast (2011) and Milan (2010).

“The Axios Euro Cup is growing, and to come to a beautiful city like Bordeaux and enjoy such a professionally run event by a team of dedicated volunteers is fantastic.

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Leeside lions Awards Night 201321-Sep-2013
by Danny O'Brien
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Our annual awards night will take place on 27th September 2013 at the Woolshed Baa&Grill @ 7.30pm. There will be a number of awards on the night with the big one being the presentation of the "John Lock" Perpetual Shield to the 2013 Best and Fairest winner. All will be unveiled on the night so get down for a great night of fun and recognition of our 2013 season.

Irish Warriors competed in the fourth annual Axios Euro Cup held at Stade de Gajacin Bordeaux this weekend, the highlight of the year for the 21 Member nations. The tournament featured the most talented men and women from across Europe playing the fast paced, athletic game of Australian football (AFL), and Ireland finished 5th in Division 2.

Held in a different country each year, this was the first time that France had played host, with previous tournaments held in Edinburgh (2012), Belfast (2011) and Milan (2010).

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Lions lose to Swans08-Sep-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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Finals footy promised so much but the Lions failed to deliver against a fine South Dublin Swans team who travelled to Cork. The Lions were well up for this game and stole a march on the Swans in very wet conditions during the first half in a very low scoring game. However with all the possession we had our scoring did not reflect this as we had 9 behinds at half time which would come back to haunt us. In the third quarter the Swans flew out of the blocks and scored 3 goals which put them into a 3 point lead and pushed on from there in the final quarter to win by 17 points. Swans took their chances and played the better football once the rain stopped and made sure the bigger bodies came out on top. There were terrific contests all over the field and every Lion put in a good shift but the momentum swung and we could not turn the tide when it counted. This was a great season and with all the work that was put in we deserved a Grand Final. Massive thanks to all our boys and to Paul Junior Ryan who put in place a fantastic structure throughout the season. Best of Luck to the Swans who will now go on to face the Belfast Redbacks in the Grand Final, it will prove to be a great contest and set the benchmark for next season. We will come back stronger from this and hopefully bring the John Locke Cup South once again in 2014.

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Galway Magpies Vs LEESIDE LIONS18-Aug-2013
by Danny O'Brien
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We experienced a tough away day defeat to the Magpies in Galway on Saturday last. In what was always going to be a tough game the Magpies were incentivised by the knowledge that a defeat could end their finals aspirations. The Lions fought tirelessly throughout and were unluckly not to get the breaks at key stages. But ultimately it was a 6 goal third quarter which sneaked the Pies over the line by 2 goals and boosted their finals hopes.
The club would like to give honourable mentions to first gamer Dan "Rails" Curtain who applied himself very well throughout and also to P.J O'Brien who made his return from a long term injury. Well done to all who travelled to Galway and to the Magpies for their hospitality after the game!
The Lions are back in action again next weekend against the Belfast Redbacks which should be another tough encounter between the top 2 teams in Durrow. Training is on Wednesday @7pm lets get back on track Lions!!

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ARFLI ROUND 914-Aug-2013
by Danny O'Brien
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The ARFLI comp enters Round 9 this weekend with some very intriguing fixtures taking place. We travel ourselfs to Galway in what will be a very tough fixture against the Galway Magpies. The full list of fixtures are as follows:

Galway Magpies Vs LEESIDE LIONS in Galway @ 1.30pm
Belfast Redbacks Vs Dublin Demons in Belfast @ 1.30pm
North Leinster Giants Vs South Dublin Swans in Mullingar @ 1.30pm

Spot the Lions!!13-Aug-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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Its one of the best moments for anyone to represent their country at an International event. Once you become a Warrior you join a group of players who come together with the sole aim of trying their best and making sure that they stand up and be counted. Congratulations to Domnic Joyce, Eoin O Suilleabhain, Muiris Bartley, Brian O Connell, Brian Roche, Connor O Halloran, Vincent Manning and Paul Ryan as Team Manager.

Axios Euro Cup Bordeaux 201312-Aug-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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In what is shaping as the biggest Euro 9s Cup in history with the addition of new sponsor Axios we hope you will all be ready for September 21st in Bordeaux. The local organising committee from the Bordeaux Bomber club has been hard at work ensuring that a memorable competition will take place as 16 squads will travel from all over Europe. We are sure that a strong Lions representation will be on this Ireland team. The 9 aside game consists of a 16 man squad and played at a very fast pace which allows some of the more creative players to really show their skills as there is a little more space. Irish teams have won the last 2 tournaments and I'm certain the rest of Europe will be hoping to change this. Lets get behind the team and show our support again!!

European Grand Final 12-Aug-2013
by Ian O'Sullivan
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Ireland has won the 2013 AFL Europe Championship by kicking a goal with the last kick of the game to beat Great Britain by a point. In a tight contest throughout the last quarter, Great Britain seemed to have it won before Mark Leavy kicked a snap goal to put Ireland in front, seconds before the final siren sounded.

Heroes for the Irish included late goal kicker Bobby Byrne and Kevin McSorley in defence who was pivotal in keeping Ireland within striking distance throughout the last quarter. It was a heart breaking finale for the Great British team who went so close to winning their first major international trophy.

Man of the match was GB captain Ian Mitchell who was tireless on the ball and across half back for the Bulldogs, yet unable to drag his team across the line. Sam Boyd, David Saunders and Ollie Dilieto were also strong contributors to a team that had glory snatched from them at the very end.

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European Champions11-Aug-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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The Irish warriors were victorious against the British Bulldogs and made history by retaining the European Cup once again. In what was a thrilling final there was never more than a score between both teams throughout. It came right down to the wire as the British were in the lead and with one hand on the cup in the dying moments. The ball broke to Giants player Mark Leavy who kicked through the winning goal to wrestle back the championship and as British players fell to there knees with the final siren the Irish Warriors were up in the air celebrating. You will never beat the Irish was to be heard all over DCU from the huge crowd. Lions players again played a massive part and with Brian Roche and Conor O Halloran gaining huge recognition on the team of the tournament its massive credit for the work these players have put in during the year. Paul Junior Ryan and Brian Currane were instrumental in the Irish success along with Cian Quigley who made sure that this festival of football was enjoyed by all. Looking forward to more highlights like these coming from the Euro Cup in Bordeaux in September where the best 9 aside teams will play in a 16 team tournament.

Warriors Update08-Aug-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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Excitement is building from tonight onwards as the Warriors recorded a massive win against a strong Croatian team. Lions players played a massive part in this game with Brian O Connell scoring 3, Domnic Joyce scoring 2 and Manning along with O Halloran and Roche scoring fine goals each. Muiris Bartley already a household name was best on ground and really gave the Croatians some problems with his high tempo and strong drive. In fact its clear to see that all players have joined together from Irelands top clubs to form a solid group who are intent on winning the Euro Cup. Paul Junior Ryan and Shaun McElhone have to be very pleased that their planning and preparation with the help of their selectors is coming to fruition. The Warriors reached their nadir against the Danes but are now on the right track to take on the British Bulldogs and retain the trophy.

AFL Europe Match Reports: Day 308-Aug-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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Germany vs Denmark

Denmark have finally broken through for their first win of the tournament by easily accounting for Germany in the opening match of round 3 in the 2013 AFL Europe Championship. Having been narrowly beaten in their first two games, the classy Danes were leaving nothing to chance in this encounter and came out strong from the opening siren.

Led superbly by William Andersen, Mikkel Kjoge and Chris Campion in their midfield, Denmark were winning the majority of ball ups and were able to enter their forward 50 metre zone time and time again.

Denmark’s full forward Mikkel Norlander had his best game of the championship and kicked 4 goals in a dominant display. Rene Toft Palsgaard, Christian Mau Rose and Troels Ottesen were great contributors for the Danish defence and managed to move the ball swiftly into attack whenever they were challenged.

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Lions become Warriors!!07-Aug-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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The Lions have had a huge part to play so far in the first two games of the Euro Cup in Dublin. Here is a picture of them as they prepare to play in the first game against Sweden. They have made our club proud with their fine performances ensuring that the Lions keep up the strong tradition of being the backbone of all successful Warrior teams.

Irish Warriors07-Aug-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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The Irish Warriors are right now on their way to play in Saturdays Grand Final against the olde enemy Great Britain. Before this they must play a tough Croatian team who are looking to make it into the playoff positions also.
So far the Warriors have had a really tough opener against Sweden where there was huge pressure put on them throughout this low scoring game. In the end the Warriors pulled through thanks to goals from Vincent Manning and a wonder goal by Brian Stretch O Connell. Connor O Halloran was best on ground and has really cemented his place on the team already with the type of quality football he has been playing all season.
Round 2 saw the Warriors play a terrific Danish Vikings team who are full of a host of European stars that have come through their underage structures in the past few years. It was no surprise that the Danish were in full control of this game for 3 quarters as their skills and use of the ball was very clever. However they could not do enough to pull away from the Warriors who fought back from 4 goals down in the last quarter to win by 10 points thanks to the heroics of former Lion James Flavin and 2 goals in the last few minutes by Brian Roche that really were top drawer in terms of quality.
The Lions have had a huge part to play and really are on form, lets hope they go all the way and not leave the European Cup go across the water!!

Ireland v Denmark07-Aug-2013
by Michael Scanlon

Match of the European Cup so far!!

Look ahead to Round 925-Jul-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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Round 9 sees the Lions heading across the Shannon to play a fine Magpies team who are improving all season. This will prove to be the tie of the round and will come right after the European Championships held in DCU this August. You are guaranteed some entertaining football between the Lions and Magpies at all times and should be a good test for both sets of players in preparation for finals footy.
The Lions came away with four points after we entertained the Magpies at Gleann na Laoi and they will be sure to make up for that with some huge pressure from the first bounce. Players to watch out for on the Magpies team will be Western Australian small forward Shaun Murphy who kicks goals from all areas along with John O Regan who is one of the best known ARFLI players in the league.
Following this game we as a team plan to spend the night in Galway and have a barbeque with the Magpies along with a few beers and talk about the game of course, some of those kicks will be getting an extra 20 yards in the Skeff no doubt. Paul 'Junior' Ryan will be in contact as we need to sort out accommodation etc. so make sure you're free on Saturday the 17th of August as it will be a great footy trip.

European Championships 201325-Jul-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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The Lions are very proud to be sending its best players to the European Championships to be held at the DCU sports ground in Dublin. In all you will have seven players who are Brian O Connell, Vincent Manning, Eoin O Suilleabhain, Brian Roche, Muiris Bartley, Conor O Halloran and Domnic Joyce. These players will provide a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to any team as defenders, midfielders and forwards, equally they will cause problems for the opposition and have the hunger and desire to bring home the trophy.
A special mention must also be made to Paul Junior Ryan who is Team Manager and making sure the competition runs smoothly is former Ireland captain and ARFLI hero Cian Quigley who is the President of our Association.
If you are in Dublin during the 3rd and 10th of August be sure to drop by DCU and see the much fancied Danish Vikings team along with Great Britain, Croatia, Sweden and Germany do battle on the official sized oval. Watch out for Denmark who lost out to Ireland at home in Copenhagen during 2010 when they hosted the competition and were also runners up in Edinburgh in 2012 after Lions wonder Muiris Bartley kicked the winning score. It will prove to be a festival of football and wish the Irish Warriors all the best on behalf of the Leeside Lions as we will be supporting them all the way. Follow the link for more details on tickets and how you can help out during this tournament to make it a success. Warriors Abú!!

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Muiris Bartley Profile25-Jul-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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Muiris Bartley is one of the most exciting players in the Irish League and at only 20 years of age has a huge amount of experience during International competitions. He has played on the World Team which toured Australia in 2011 and gave those writing reports plenty of headlines for all the right reasons. You will see him winning contested marks in the forward 50 along with drifting out the field to win bouncing ball which he runs onto and carries with great pace before shooting for a major to inspire his fellow teammates. Other teams must beware of his physicality and how he gives some of the hardest shepherds and tackles around along with being a very skilful and entertaining footballer. You will see him on the ball getting plenty of disposals and following it up with hard support leads.

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Round 820-Jul-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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The Lions secured another convincing home win against the Demons during Round 8. Sitting bottom of the ladder the Demons pulled off the shock of the season in Round 7 with a win against the Swans kicking 14.2 so we were not going to rest on our laurels today. As a team we have been in good form with strong numbers came out of the blocks fast and again dominated the middle of the ground.
Domnic Joyce who was stand in captain just keeps getting it right and links up defence and forwards with his intelligent play. The first quarter saw the Lions kick goals from nearly every attack and defence let nothing north of the half backline which was testament to there dogged man on man and hunger for the ball. We took our foot off the pedal in the second quarter due to some personnel changes and losing our structure and were equalled by the Demons on the scoreboard with 1.3 a piece which was not good enough.
At half time some cool calculated words were met with an enthusiastic response from the next ball up and the Lions were back in the hunt kicking some fine scores. The Demons began to run out of legs after a fine effort and in the final quarter dropped men behind the ball in defence to limit the score but only found that they were now under siege in their own half with no release against the Lions structured play.
In the end in what was one of the warmest days so far the Lions ran out comfortable winners and were very pleased to have passed the 100 point barrier kicking 20 goals along the way. The Demons were missing a few key position players but the Lions stayed with the game plan and issued a sit up and take notice to the rest of the league that we mean business this year. Fair play to all those who took photographs and supported us today along with Ian O Sullivan who did a great job as umpire.
Elsewhere in the League the Redbacks had a 14 point win against the Swans moving top of the Ladder on points difference leaving the Lions in second position. The Magpies had a convincing win against the Giants which sees them move into third place with the Swans falling to fourth.
Make sure to drop by the Woolshed Baa and Grill in town for some good food and drinks. You will also get to meet some of the Lions in the Woolshed and are only too happy to stand in for a few photographs and sign autographs.

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Arfli season heating up14-Jul-2013
by Danny O'Brien
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The ARFLI season is starting to take shape as the Leeside Lions cemented their place in 2nd position on the ladder with a fantastic win over the North Leinster Giants in Mullingar over the weekend. In what was an extremely tough encounter the Lions ran out winners on a scoreline of 29 - 81 thus enhancing our chances of a home final. The Lions are back on action again next weekend as we face a resurgent Dublin Demons team who recorded a marvellous win over the South Dublin Swans in Rd 7. The game will take place Saturday July 20th at Gleann na laoi with a 1.30pm start time.
Congratulation on the Round 7 victory Lions, now lets carry this momentum into the remaining fixtures of the season.

Strong Lions representation in Irish European squad09-Jul-2013
by Danny O'Brien
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The Irish Warriors management team today named the Ireland squad for the upcoming European championships which a due to be held in Dublin in August. We are delighted to hear that there were none other than 7 of our own Lions named which is fantastic news. Those selected are Conor O’Halloran, Eoin O’Sullivan, Dominic Joyce, Muiris Bartley, Brian Roche, Vince Manning and Brian O’Connell. Congratulations guys!!

Leeside Lions Vs South Dublin Swans - Match Report 29/6/1301-Jul-2013
by Danny O'Brien
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It was a sun drenched day as the Leeside Lions took on the South Dublin Swans at Gleann Na Laoi last Saturday evening in Cork. Both teams were fully aware of the importance of this fixture as the Swans who topped the ladder were looking to increase their lead at the top while a win for the Lions would bring them level on points with the current pace setters. With this in mind you would have expected an explosive start from the Lions as umpire for the day John Hayes balled up for the first quarter. But it was quite the opposite as the Swans flew out of the blocks kicking the opening goal of the game. It was a trend that was to follow for this quarter as the Lions struggled to get scores on the board while the Swans capitalised on their scoring opportunities to full effect. The Lions midfield were working hard with Ian O’Sullivan, Cian Quigley and John O’Keeffe seeing plenty of the footy while the forward line spear headed by Vincent Manning and Danny O’Brien were getting their chances to score they were somewhat wasteful with uncharacteristic behinds being registered when a goal seemed more likely. It was Manning though who kicked the Lions first major of the day when he kicked a beauty through the middle of the goalposts after receiving a nice handball on the run from Muiris Bartley. In what was a tough first quarter the Swans led at quarter time 4.0 (24) to the Lions 1.3(9).
After a solid breakdown and words of encouragement from manager Paul “Junior” Ryan the Lions came out for the second quarter with more vigour in their approach. The midfield in true Lions fashion began to dominate by beating the Swans in the majority of key match ups. Cian Quigley was instrumental in this by using all his experience in taking some key marks and disposing the footy with ruthless efficiency. The introduction of Brian Roche in the second quarter also cemented the Lions dominance as the Swans had no answer to his superior ball carrying ability as he broke the line well to set up some good scoring chances for the inside forward line. With this the scoreboard began to reflect the passage of play as Muiris Bartley and Ian O’Sullivan edged the Lions in front. In defence Connor O’Halloran and Chris O’Brien were marshalling their men extremely well while the half-back line of U.C.C.’s Richard McSweeney and John Coman were sweeping their lines well picking up clean possessions and frustrating their opponents in the process by keeping them to one behind for the quarter. In what was a positive quarter of football the Lions will have one cause for concern though as their behind count continued to rise which is something that will surely be of concern to coach Eoin O’Sullivan and manager Paul Ryan. As time was called to end the 2nd quarter the Lions were in front on a score line of 3.11(29) to the Swans 4.1(25).
With adequate refreshments on board the Lions entered the championship quarter hoping to put the Swans out of sight. And they started well with some good work from John O’Keeffe which led to the ball being picked up by ruckman Dominic Joyce who chipped a kick into Vincent Manning where he marked and slotted through a set shot from about 30m out. Newcomer and first gamer Dan Cahill was next to get his name on the scoreboard as a long bomb from Ian O’Sullivan bounced over the Swans full back and there was Cahill to run onto it and slot his first ever major. Cahill proved to be a nuisance all day and made 4/5 contested marks in what was a very respectable debut performance. There were other new faces back in the fray today as Dave Hammond made a welcome return along with Cathal Buckley and first gamers Fergal Buckley and Ronan Desmond who contributed admirably on their first run out. Muiris Bartley was also making his first appearance of the year and ran his guts out (literally) as he tagged on another nicely taken goal in this quarter. The lions were dominant again throughout this quarter with the Swans limited to only one major with the scores reading Leeside Lions 6.13 (49) South Dublin Swans 5.1 (31) at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Captain Ian O’Sullivan spoke to the group before they entered the final exchange as he expressed his expectations for seeing out the game. His words were well received as the Lions goal kicking improved and what were behinds in the first 3 quarters now turned to goals. John O’Keeffe who has really lifted his game to another level this year got the ball rolling with a fantastic goal from the boundary. Danny O’Brien gathered the ball from the deck and laid it off to the on- running O’Keeffe who unleashed a great effort from 40meters and watched it bounce through for what was probably the goal of the day. Vincent Manning (2) and Muiris Bartley(2) continued the onslaught as the Swans who battled hard were beginning to tire under the sustained pressure. Fergal Lalor, Jason Hingston and Diarmuid de Barra had good games in the forward line and contributed well in what proved to be a real team effort on the day. Although it was not a vintage Lions performance they can’t but be pleased with the commitment and determination shown on the day. The final result was the Leeside Lions 11.16 (82) South Dublin Swans 7.2(44).

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ARFLI ROUND 628-Jun-2013
by Danny O'Brien
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This weekend sees us enter Round 6 of the ARFLI home and away season. We are now at the midway point of the season with the games coming thick and fast as the competition for a finals berth rises. We have the South Dublin Swans at home on Saturday and will be under no illusions of the task at hand. The Swans have been a great competitor for us over the years and beat us as recently as Round 1 of this years competition. It should prove to be a very tough and contested game of footy with little more than a few scores between the teams at the end. Lets hope the Lions can get the bounce of the ball and get some points on the board. Best of luck boys!!!

Leaving Cert Exams03-Jun-2013
by Danny O'Brien
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Everyone at the club would like to wish all our "leaving cert lions" the best of luck with their exams which start on Wednesday. Hope to see you back out with us soon guys. Lions Abú

Round 4 Magpies Match Report25-May-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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The Lions were looking to make it 3 wins in a row against the newly rebranded Galway Magpies who have their eyes on bringing home something shiny by the end of this season. Its never easy when you come up against the men from the west who have some fine footballers and play the best slingshot game in the country but today we made amends for the last two home defeats against this opposition with another strong team performance. In very warm weather the interchange was going to be crucial and the Lions had a huge squad while in contrast the Magpies travelled with quality over quantity and what a game they would give us. Shaun Murphy and John O Regan were two of the leaders on the Magpies team who inspired there teammates to keep doing the simple things right and make the Lions work for their ball at all times. In the end the scoreline did not reflect how close this game was in actual fact in terms of a contest on the field.

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ARFLI Results, Fixtures & Leaderboard25-May-2013
by Michael Scanlon
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All to play for in Round 5 as the Lions travel to take on the Redbacks!!

Round 3 Demons Match Report11-May-2013
by Michael Scanlon

The Lions are now 2 from 3 and sitting top of the ladder after a good win against a rather understrength Demons team who put up a gallant effort throughout. Islandbridge hosted todays game and we got the four seasons which is typical of the weather at the moment although some of us were surprised by the hailstones in the month of May. Australian Mick Martin who is the Sydney Swans Fans Development Manager made his debut for the Lions and showed a lot of class with many possessions and disposals to his name. Mick went on to score goal of the day from about outside 50 when he went coast coast with the help of Domnic Joyce putting on several shepherds and some neat one twos. We were delighted by his presence as his family is originally from Dingle County Kerry and felt right at home with Scanlon and Manning who are from the same parish.

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