Incredible Feile run continues for Lucan

by Gazette Reporter

SUCCESS breeds success is the sentiment echoing from Lucan Sarsfields of late as the club registered its third and fourth Feile titles over the weekend, adding an unprecedented camogie double to its previously attained girls’ football and boys’ hurling successes over the course of a title-laden month of April.
Three weeks ago, the ladies footballers won their Division One football Feile following a 2-4 to 0-4 final win over Na Fianna.
Then came the hurling success as Lucan won a first ever Division One boys hurling Feile in the club’s history, beating rivals Castleknock 3-15 to 4-6.
This was added to by this weekend’s success where both Sarsfields’ camogie teams reigned supreme with their Feile titles in Division One and Division Four.
This Sunday’s Division One final produced a low-scoring but nonetheless dramatic affair – just three scores between Sarsfield and Kilmacud Crokes 2-1 to 0-3 at the final whistle. Aoife Coffey got Lucan’s opening score before a Rebecca Flanagan goal put the girls in green and white in control heading toward the break.
A second goal for Lucan courtesy of Cora O’Toole sealed a 2-1 to 0-3 win, adding a fourth title to the club’s success this year. It means that should Lucan’s boys football side win their respective final, a clean sweep across all teams – both boys and girls football and hurling – a further unique place in Feile history would be secured.
On the sideline for Sarsfields’ camogie Division One final was manager John O’Connell who explains that Lucan’s five camogie Feile titles from nine consecutive final appearances down the years is owed to the continued hard work done in the background to build the young players skills.
“We’ve got a lot of experienced coaches, a lot of great mentors and there’s a lot of great work that goes on behind the scenes”, he said. “The club has a lot going on in terms of a games promotion perspective which helps every club and no different in Lucan.
“Particularly in camogie, we have been doing very well in the last 10 or 15 years and, certainly, there is no golden wand, it has been down to the hard work and effort of everyone behind the scenes.”
This on top of the evident talent possessed by this seemingly golden generation of underage players at Lucan Sarsfield which saw 10 of the ladies football Feile champions also turn out for Sunday’s Division One camogie final.
“We have a very high level dual squad with the girls”, said manager O’Connell. “That’s a credit to the girls and the club. There’s the part of success breeding success which is also an aspect which you can certainly see as a positive within the club.
“It’s nice to see teams ahead of you doing well and it has its own benefits to those who come after as they then have their own role models and relationships with older brothers or sisters within the club. There’s a great community feel to it.”

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