St Pat’s retain Division 2 status

by Gazette Reporter

ST PAT’S Palmerstown retained their AFL Division 2 status last Sunday after they came from behind to beat Fingallians 1-15 to 1-9 in Lawless Park.

Trailing 0-6 to 0-4 at the break in their must-win tie, they bounced back in the second half with a breathtaking spell that saw them outscore their rivals at the bottom of the table with a 1-11 burst in the second half.

It concluded their campaign on 12 points, winning their last two games – after beating Kilmacud Crokes a fortnight ago – to finish in 12th place, moving above Erin’s Isle and St Peregrine’s and avoiding the relegation play-off game.

That destiny awaits Fins for a second successive year where they will hope to avoid the drop with Erin’s Isle the likely fall guy.

For Pat’s, it means they retain both senior league and championship status in football and hurling for 2015.

t gives them a chance to celebrate in style next weekend at their Strictly Palmerstown event in Croke Park.

Thirty dancers drawn from the club and local community have been in training for the last eight weeks and all 15 couples are now dancing to a high standard.
The sell-out event will see not only each couple dancing at the event but they will also star in an entertaining introductory video to be shown at the event.
Along with an opening group dance the couples will go on to compete against each other with a range of dances which promise to entertain the 800 strong audience.
A four-person judging panel including choreographer Roisin Kelly Curran, comedian Al Porter, director of the local Dramatic Action Stage school Rob Murphy and St Pat’s own All-Star Liam Rushe, will then have the unenviable task of deciding which couple will take home the Glitterball.
Elsewhere, Lucan Sarsfields are awaiting either a local derby with Round Tower Clondlakin or Castleknock in their AFL2 promotion playoffs.
They completed their regular season a fortnight ago with victory over league champions Fingal Ravens with a 0-19 to1-7.
But, with Castleknock winning the Dublin intermediate championship, the last play-off place remains in the balance with the Somerton club having to play two back matches before the pairings for the play-off semi-finals will be fully confirmed.

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