This note is long overdue and as we would like to send out a Club update every 4-6 weeks during the season, all members and parents are welcomed to suggest points or news updates for inclusion. There are a lot of points to cover since last update so I will try to be brief but there are a lot of good things to share:
1) 50th Anniversary Gala Night
It was great to see almost 150 members enjoying themselves at the gala night in the Bonnington Hotel on 23rd February and once again thanks are due to all those who organised the event and the sponsors. In particular, thanks are due to Ciaran Caverley for the extremely enjoyable and professional anniversary booklet and an electronic copy will be placed on the website shortly.
Photographs from the night can be seen and downloaded at the following link: 50th Anniversary Photos-thanks to Conor Bridgeman
2) With most of the national leagues completed, congratulations are due to the following teams on winning their leagues
- Womens NLD2
- U16 Girls – 14 straight wins
- U19 Girls
- U16 boys – 14 straight wins
- U19 Boys
The mens’ NLD2 had the toughest competition in a number of years and couldn’t manage to retain the title and finished third which is the same position as the NLD3. The latter team had the largest squad in many years and great to see an increase in the number of junior boys paying on this team. The division 1 leagues are not yet finished but both women and mens’ teams are still in first place.
3) Congratulation to Cliona Colvin, Keri Noonan, Erin Kindlon and Katie Hynes who represented Ireland on the U17 girls team at the recent EU Nations Tournament and best of luck to Sam O’Dwyer, Alex San Emeterio and Marius Sandu who are off to Brno this week for the U17 boys EU Nations Tournament.
4) In March, there was also an “amazing & very successful” training camp to Budapest organized by Michelle Gaffney and Steve O’Brien. It was attended by senior ladies & men and included 11 juniors, (8 girls and 3 boys). The high point was a special master class orchestrated by former Olympian in Rajmund Fodor.
5) Cyclathon Fund-raising for Temple Street Childrens’ Hospital and Club
Thanks are due to Mick Kelly, Eoin Bridgeman and Fiona Noonan for organising a fund-raising event at the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords which ran all day and thanks to those who supported with cycling and collecting.
6) Irish Senior Cup in the National Aquatic Centre
The senior national championship will be held from Thursday 25th to Saturday 27 April with the first match kicking off with the men at 5.30pm. The women then first play at 10.30m on the Friday. Details of all match times can be found @ http://www.waterpolo.ie/irish-senior-cups-2019.html .
Best of luck to both teams and do come a long in cub colours to support both teams!
7) May will also be a busy month for junior teams with the U15 cup being held in Galway from Saturday 4-6th May and then the U13 mixed cups being held on 18 and 19th May in the NAC, Dublin. Best of luck for all these teams.
8) As a final note, I would like to emphasise that the club has expanded the training hours for members this year and I would like to thank Mick Kelly for organising the extra training hour for juniors on available Sundays in the NAC and Stephen Harris for getting a lot more junior boys down on Monday and Wednesday nights which is great to see.
Looking forward to the next update in early May.