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Weekly news – 3rd June 2021

Hi all

Here is the news for the week: 

Pitch maintainance: We are looking for volunteers to keep our great pitch in the condition it is in this weekend as there will be no training on it due to Bank holiday.We are getting ready to play matches soon and need to keep the grass and weeds in control plus general tidying of around the clubhouse and pitch. If able to help on Saturday or Sunday morning for an hour, please let your coach know what time suits you, who in turn will contact Peter who is organising this.   Thanks for your help keeping our club looking great. Thanks again Peter. 

Membership deadline was 31st May. See below from our Registrar; “The deadline for GAA registration is next Monday, the 31st of May. Unfortunately, I am not able to register players until membership has been received. The deadline of the 31st has been set by the GAA and so we are under pressure to get the membership in as soon as possible. This can now be paid at below link. https://www.starsoferin.ie/2021-membership-plans/ 

Training: As above in Pitch Maintenance, there is no training this weekend. It will resume next week as usual. 

NB: It is important that all players must wear mouthguards for all training sessions and matches. I would recommend having spares in the car, that what I do as my kids are always forgetting them plus their water.   Please ensure when taking water breaks, that you dont take as long as my Roscommon ladies did as per link below.https://www.balls.ie/gaa/down-roscommon-ladies-football-bizarre-goal-471326.

How that goal was allowed is beyond me.  For those that have old gear, please try and recycle helmets and hurleys to younger players in the club. You can either donate or sell. 

U8 to U11 boys and girls are back at our usual Thursday slot in Stepaside All Weather pitch from 7 to 8. Adult teams:Gaelic for Mothers and Others: Will return to training next month.Adult Women’s Football team: Train every Monday and Wednesday from 7.45 to 9.150 in Glencullen.

Adult Men’s Football team: Train every Tuesday 7.45 to 8.45 in Glencullen under new trainer James Oliver. New players always welcome.Adult Men’s Hurling team: Train every Thursday 7.45 to 8.45 in Ballyogan, contact Sean Roe for anyone interested in playing.    

Award of the week: We have a tie this week, Goes to the Mens team who where up very early Sunday morning training at 9am to 10am. Keep up the great work. Also goes to Mark Bowers for sending on useful information regarding recycling helmets, gumshields and funny water break. If you have useful information to share with our group, please let me know. 

New Members:Can we all please promote the club in the coming weeks and let your group of friends / school WhatsApp groups that we are back training. Please also like and share our great Social Media posts completed by Brian. 

Forecast 5 update:Congrats to monthly winner Michael with a very impressive score of 51 points, beating Gavinweir94 into 2nd place on 49 points. Here praying next weeks predictions are easier for me. 

Camps:We are just over 5 weeks away from our the first of our summer camps at Stars of Erin. We will be running three camps over the summer.Stars Camp 1 July 12th – 16th 9.30-1.30Stars camp 2 July  26th-30th  9.30-1.30Stars camp 3 August 9th -13th 9.30-1.30 Booking for the camps will only be accepted online via the clubforce link below and will be strictly capped at 100 per camp to ensure Public Health requirements can be fully complied with. 

Important Information. It is compulsory for the parents/guardians of camp attendees to fill out the official GAA Covid 19 health questionnaire.A screenshot or printout of this completed questionnaires MUST be produced for each camp attendee on the first day of camp in order to gain admission. Further details are on the booking page.On line registration is to close Friday 9th July or whenever the 100 places are filled. This is the ONLY way to guarantee your place.The cost will be €60 per child per camp HOWEVER there are discounts if more than one camp or more than one child is booked.Open to all members and non members of the club from 2008-2016 Bookings can be made via this linkhttps://member.clubforce.com/memberships_cart_m.asp?LL_ID=1372&intMF_ID=8502#topp 

Local News of interest:From Macella Teo in Sandyford village. We are filming an RTE2 show called “Keep it Up” about teenage girls and the benefits of sport. We are looking for chatty girls aged 12-14 years from Sandyford to take part in a sports camp this summer. Ideally we are interested in hearing from “non sporty” girls or those who may have lost interest in sport. The show will be presented by Emer O’Neill, PE teacher from the RTE Home schooling and will be lots of fun. Please get in touch by emailing keepitupgaa@gmail.com or call 087 6963576 

Thanks from all at Stars

Have a great week, Clive