It’s January and it’s cold

IT’S ONLY January so could it be possible that Ranelagh Gaels are already going to play their most important game of the season?

Well, yes and no.

At the end of the month the Gaels will contest the Dublin Adult Football League Division Ten semi-final against Ballyboughal. The only thing is that it isn’t this year’s semi-final – it’s last year’s.

Due to a fixture backlog the County Board were unable to get all of the games played off within the calendar year so the Division Ten playoffs were pushed back to early 2009 and have to be cleared up in the next few weeks in order to let the new season begin.

Ranelagh have been awarded home advantage at Bushy Park for the big game courtesy of their impressive top of the table finish in Division Ten South, though this may yet have to change due to the bitterly cold weather that is expected to continue over the coming weeks.

The Board have yet to come to either club with a date, though it is expected that the semi-final will go ahead either on January 24 or 31, with the final following shortly afterwards.

The Gaels started off the season slowly and early away defeats to fellow promotions chasers Lucan Sarsfields and Ballinteer St John’s left them facing an uphill struggle.

However, a long unbeaten stretch in the League, which went alongside a productive run to the Championship quarter-finals including defeats over teams from higher divisions, saw them surge up the ladder.

Several players were lost to emigration and injury over the course of the year, but an influx of new blood at the start of the campaign strengthened the team in vital areas and the side started to gel well as the games went by.

The Gaels, who have narrowly missed out on promotion on a number of recent occasions, climbed steadily up the table and convincing late-season wins over the likes of Lucan, Crumlin, Kevin’s-Killians and Ballinteer ensured that they finished top of the table to set up the forthcoming semi-final.

The 22-strong panel trained until mid-December and returned to action on Tuesday, January 6 following the Christmas break in preparation for the big promotion push.

3 Comment(s)

  1. We might have ’22 on the panel’ but I can tell you for sure we are always lucky to get 16 or 17 for matches and training so…….

    For anybody interested in playing with the geals please give Enda a call on +353872823497

    or if you would like to get involved as an associate member or sponsor for the 2009 season please contact someone from the Contact tab above.

    Conor | Jan 8, 2009 @ 11:10 | Reply

  2. The latest is now the match against Ballyboughal has been pushed back to an unknown date but expected the start of February. Great!

    Ronan Murphy | Jan 9, 2009 @ 23:29 | Reply

  3. Just to clarify, we think it’s going to be Ballyboughal but it’s not set in stone yet. The Division 10 N – still has to be played out, hence the delay.

    Conor | Jan 12, 2009 @ 09:00 | Reply

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