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.
The ARFLI home and away season continues Saturday as we travel to Dublin to take on the Demons in this Round 3 encounter. Having got our first win on the board two weeks ago it is important to build on it with a good performance Saturday. The Demons have always been a tough opponent for us and it is never easy to get out of Dublin with a win. Ball up is at 1:30pm at Islandbridge.
The club would like to wish all our players sitting exams the very best of luck over the next few weeks. Lions Abú !!!
Round 2 saw the Lions get some points on the ladder after a thrilling game of football against the North Leinster Giants on our new home pitch ''Gleann na Laoi''. It was a fine sunny day and the oval was one of the biggest we have seen so it was great that both teams had good numbers as the interchange was going to be very important. We got off to a great start and had scores on the board in no time thanks to Vincent Manning who is kicking for fun these days and bagged another 5 in the first quarter. The Giants settled down and got more into the game but it was hard to get past a tight defence that was not found wanting in any contest. Midfield was running hard and scores were coming from some good moves. Making their impressive debuts today was Rob O Mahony, Jason Fallon, Cathal Buckley and Australian Brian McCarthy who has strong links with North Kerry. The Lions have recruited well and with these new players they will match any opposition after todays tussle with the Giants who really tackled hard and closed us down around the middle very well. The game was umpired by Cian Quigley who gave both sides the freedom to play some exciting football with his knowledge of how to play the game allowing this.
Lions in second place after round 2.
Our first home game of the season is upon us. The Lions take on the Giants following the Giants massive win over the Redbacks in Round 1. With the Lions narrowly losing to the Swans in Round 1 they really need to get a win under their belt especially on home ground.
Home games have moved this year to Gleann na Laoi's GAA pitch in Kerry Pike (just outside the city). For directions see the Home Pitch page under '2013 Season' in the menu above.
We nearly forgot to congratulate Paul 'Junior' Ryan and Margaret on their recent wedding. But how could we considering the occasion it was and the sense of celebration among everyone in attendance.
Junior has been a pillar of the Leeside Lions since its creation so it was fantastic to see so many Lions, young and old (mostly old), on the day enjoying the occasion. A fantastic day for Paul and Margaret. Congrats again to ye both.
The Lions travelled to Bushy Park in Round 1 to play the Swans in what is now one of the most competitive games in the league. Lots of work has been done in terms of recruitment and training thanks to coach Eoin O Suilleabhain and Danny O Brien this year, we had a strong list to choose from on the day. It was fantastic to see new players such as Richard MacSweeney, Fergal Lawlor and Diarmaid de Barra take to the field for their first taste of club footy. Their development has being incredible and have made the transition to Aussie Rules look easy. Wet weather and a slippery surface was going to make it difficult for both sides but the oval was in good condition.
From the first bounce it was clear to those watching that this was going to be a hard fought game as both sets of players were very courageous going at the football. The Swans were a little surprised by the intensity that the Lions brought and seemed to be caught off guard as Vincent Manning kicked the first major putting the Lions into a lead that would not be surrendered until the fourth quarter in what was a very close game.
Registration is now open for the 2013 season lads. It's free of course. It has to be done so you are registered to play. It only takes a minute to do it so do it pronto. Don't be caught out on game day because you haven't done this.
Here's the link: http://jeeparflipremiership.eventbrite.com/
The Leeside Lions would like to congratulate club stalwart Brian “Stretch” O’Connell and his wife Karen on the arrival of baby Eanna late last week. Reliable reports have baby Eanna already 1 foot tall. This brings to 5 the number of Lions cubs born in the last few months to club members. The future is looking bright.
Football is well and truly back with a bang as Belfast Redbacks hosted the Province of Origin tournament, our now established season opener. A strong selection from the Leeside Lions went north to Belfast to represent their Provinces respectively and found that the drive was easier than expected as we made good time. Once in Belfast we noticed the cold and wet conditions were going to contribute to a limited style of football and each team prepared for this with a simple game plan.
The First Round saw Munster edge out Connacht after a great fightback by the Sons of the West and Ulster came out on top in what was described as a hard low scoring game against a very physical Leinster team who were missing quite a few of their star players. Ulster vs Munster was sure to be a belter with both teams stacked full of International and experienced footballers.