Men’s Winter League Update: two through, two safe
The group stages of the DLTC Men’s Winter League have been completed and our four Donnybrook teams have recorded more than proficient campaigns. We had teams at class 2,3,4 and 7. All teams avoided relegation comfortably and we look forward to Team 1 and Team 4 progressing into the playoffs in the coming weeks.
Team 1 (class 2). Captain: Andrew Kirwan
A slow start losing 2-1 to Trinity 1 was quickly rectified with three 3-0 wins and a 2-1 win against their nearest group rivals Sandycove 1. Special mention to Rory Donohoe for making his league debut and to Dave Allen / Jamie Boxwell who won their match in week 5 whilst making their class 2 debut in Malahide. Next up is Clontarf 1 at home on March 8th.
Squad: Andrew Kirwan (5 appearances), James Brophy (5), David Gardiner (4), Matthew Cleere (4), Owen Casey (3), Rory Donohoe (3), Sahir Mangat (2), Teddy Daly (1), Dave Allen (1), Jimmy McDonogh (1), Jamie Boxwell (1)
Team 2 (class 3). Captain: Peter Morgan
A 3-0 away loss to Clontarf 3 in week 1 meant progression was always going to be a tall order for Team 2. However, this group of experienced league players fought back well only to be pipped to 2nd place via their head-to-head record against Deerpark 1. The stand out partnership on this team was undoubtedly the father-and-son duo of John and Harry Sheridan.
Squad: Jimmy McDonogh (4 appearances), Conor O'Neill (3), Harry Sheridan (3), John Sheridan (3), Paudie Collins (3), Peter Morgan (3), Victor Drummy (3), Teddy Daly (2), Edoardo Bortolato (1), Pawel Zak (1), Peter Johnston (1), Ronan O'Brien (1), Russell Boland (1), Sergio Pinherio (1)
Team 3 (class 4). Captain: Rónán Donovan
Pitched up against a few clubs’ first and second teams, Donnybrook 3 were unlucky to land in this tough group. League debutants Conor Waldron and Jamie Boxwell acquitted themselves well in a group where heavy squad rotation was required due to availability peaks and troughs. Donnybrook 3 were never at risk of relegation here and we managed to blood a few new partnerships.
Squad: Conor Waldron (3 appearances), Mark Cloonan (3), Peter Richardson (3), Ravi Reddy Manumachu (3), Rónán Donovan (3), Russell Boland (3), Sergio Pinherio (3), Jamie Boxwell (3), Enda Bannon (2), Peter Johnston (2), Andrew Synnott (1), Manus McClafferty (1), Tapiwa Sibindi (1)
Team 4 (class 7). Captain: Paddy Allen
A mix of youth and experience proved successful for Team 4 who recorded four wins from five. Paddy Allen proved an excellent first-time league captain and will be looking to gain promotion by defeating Kilternan 1 in the last 16 playoff match on March 1st. Well done to juniors Matthew O’Farrell and Finn Sheahan on making their Senior League debuts.
Squad: Colm O'hOisin (5), Patrick Allen (5), Stephen O'Kelly (5), Matthew O'Farrell (4), Raymond O'Neill (4), Jan De Mot (3), Eoghan O'Meara (1), Finn Sheahan (1), John O'Brien (1), Saran O'Byrne (1)
Well done to all teams and players. More detail on tables and matches can be found on the DLTC website here>.