Naomh Olaf celebrate their O’Broin Cup victory

NAOMH Olaf continued to ride the crest of a wave at the moment as their productive 2017 season bore silverware this week with the O’Broin Cup title.
Their junior footballers marched to a 2-14 to 0-5 win over Lucan Sarsfields at the 12th Lock, adding to their upsurge in fortunes this year with the potential for plenty more trophies in the coming months.
A strong first half performance saw the Sandyford lads lead 1-8 to 0-3 at half time with team captain Jamie O’Malley finding the net and this set the foundation for victory.
The boys in blue, with Kevin Birrane, Oscar Bent and Brendan Redmond catching the eye, were in no mood to afford any opening to the Lucan team in the second half as they marched to a 15-point win.
O’Malley rattled the net again in this period to claim the scoring honours with a handsome return of 2-4 but there were many other good performances throughout.
Great credit goes to team managers Sean Farrell and Alan Sankar who have done trojan work in organising and managing the team this season and this is due reward for their commitment.
It comes after a period when demographics in the Sandyford/Ballally areas left the club struggling for numbers with matters improving significantly.
At juvenile level, the new developments which have taken place in the Sandyford side of the club’s catchment area allied with the hard work of Games Promotion Officer, Darren Egan, and the club’s Juvenile Committee have meant that under-age teams are starting to make an impact.
It adds to the club’s brilliant run to date in AFL Division 2 that has seen them perched at the top of the table going into the last four rounds of matches with nine wins from 11 outings, one point clear of local rivals Ballinteer St John’s.
They are also going well in hurling’s Division 2 in the chase for playoff places with three rounds to go, making for a busy couple of months.
At adult level, things are also going well with the football, hurling, ladies football and camogie teams all performing at the top end of leagues and championships.
For the first time in many years the club is fielding three football teams, one senior and two junior, and all are heading their respective leagues.
The upsurge in junior football fortunes comes largely as a result of the football revolution at this level which was instigated by Mick O’Connor when landing an Under-21 championship and a junior championship in the last two years.