Sport Year in Review 2019: November

By Hayden Moore

BALLYBODEN St Enda’s beat Thomas Davis in the Dublin Senior Football Championship Final 0-15 to 0-9 to claim their fourth county title and their first since 2015, and sealed a spot in the Division One League Final.

SHAMROCK Rovers bridged a 32-year gap when they beat Dundalk 4-2 to lift the FAI Cup.

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Shamrock Rovers players celebrate as captain Ronan Finn lifts the FAI Cup following their victory over Dundalk in the decider at the Aviva Stadium

ANTHONY Rainbow’s side progressed on to the Leinster Senior Football Champion-ship were they carded victories over Newtown Blues and Garrycastle en route to the final, and were later named The Echo Team of the Month for November.

THERE was an abundance of Under 15 Hurling Shield success with local clubs as Ballyboden St Enda’s, Commercials and Lucan Sarsfields all claimed their respective titles.

MORE local success came in the small ball game when Thomas Davis, St Anne’s and Ballyboden St Enda’s all won their Under 13 Camogie titles.

IRELAND Women’s Hockey team scraped past the challenge of Canada to subsequently clinch their place at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

KAMIL Farlowski became Newlands Taekwon-Do’s first European champion after he beat clubmate Bartosz Bien in the ITF European Tawkwon-do Championships in Sarajevo.


DOUBLE FIA European Rallycross champion Derek Tohill, and his leading rallycross team PFCRX fell just short of winning the Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship.

ST MARY’S Boxing Club’s George Bates turned his attentions to qualifications for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo after boxing his way to the National Elite 63kg Championship title

JACK Woolley kept within touching distance of Olympic qualification after accumulating a further 24 ranking points en route to silver at the 2019 European Championships in Bari.

TEMPLEOGUE Synge Street footballer Eoghan O’Gara called time on his Dublin career after winning a cool seven Senior All-Irelands, 10 Leinsters, five National Leagues and a Junior All-Ireland medal.

PRECISION Display Squad put in a top-drawer performance at the 2019 Sapphire International Championship to be awarded first place, claiming 13 Gold medals as well as the much-sought-after Senior Team Trophy.

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Kellie McLoughlin boxed her way to a 4-1 split decision victory over Curragh ABC’s Kelsey Leonard in the national Senior Championship 57kg Final

DRIMNAGH Boxing Club’s Kellie McLoughlin boxed her way to a first National Senior Champion-ship title, beating Kelsey Leonard of Curragh ABC 4-1 for the 57kg title.

IN IMPRESSIVE fashion, Aoife O’Leary struck 5-3 for St Mark’s in their Under 16 Division Five Football Championship Final as they ran out 5-6 to 1-8 champions against Crumlin.

FULL Forward Katie Whelan tallied 2-5 in the Under 16 Football Division Two Shield Final as her Round Towers side ran out 4-8 to 3-7 winners against Skerries Harps

THERE was plenty of movement in the SSE Airtricity League with Robbie Benson and Jay McClelland joining St Patrick’s Athletic, while Shamrock Rovers purged a trio of strikers from the club with Graham Cummins, Sean Boyd and Orhan Voijic all departing the club.

ST PATRICK’S Athletic triumphed over Athlone Town 4-0 in the Leinster Senior Cup Final.

A YEAR after competing their clubs first-ever Senior Championship Final, St Mary’s Saggart GAA club hit a low when they were relegated to the Adult Football League Division Three.

HOOPS star Jack Byrne was named the Player of the Year with Dundalk’s Vinny Perth scooping the manager award at the PFAI Annual Awards Gala.

IN AN all local clash, Thomas Davis overran Lucan Sarsfields in the Junior Two All-County Football Championship decider.

SHAUNA Bannon returned home from the IMMAF-WMMA World Championships in Bahrain with a Silver Medal and was named The Echo Sports Star of the Month for November.

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Tallaght’s Shauna Bannon secured her place in the final of the IMMAF-WMMA World Championships after two impressive performances, and came up against China’s Guangmei Han to whom she lost

BOTH Olwen Carey and Siobhan McGrath of Thomas Davis were named on the 2019 TG4 Ladies Football All Star team, with the latter being declared the Senior Players’ Player of the Year.

LUCAN Sarsfields were crowned the Dublin 2019 Under 21 ‘A’ Hurling champions after beating Na Fianna by 4-10 to 1-9.

PALMERSTOWN Shoto-kan Karate Club enjoyed a strong finish to the year which featured a podium-topping finish for Aoife Sammon at the Kanazawa Nationals and a bronze medal at the 27th SKDUN World Karate Championships.

IN HER final event of a busy 2019, South Dublin Taekwondo’s Emma Cahill wrapped up her competitive season with a superb bronze at the Paris Open.

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