Wednesday 26 October 2016

The sun is always shining at Mobhi

Na Fianna boosted by form and Sunnybank Hotel

THERE have been no soft landings at Collinstown Lane this season.

Na Fianna are going along nicely in Division 8 of the Adult Football League.

They have had some notable wins. And excellent displays.

This Sunday, they'll welcome Geraldine Patrick Moran's to the venue beside the Airport.

Geraldine Patrick Moran's have a proud and deep history. And the Cornelscourt club are in joint second position in the table.

Cuala are top, just ahead of Ranelagh Gaels and Geraldine Moran's.

St Kevin's-Killian's are fourth, and they are closely followed by Scoil Ui Chonaill, Liffey Gaels, Kilmacud Crokes (2) and St Finian's (S).

St Joseph's/OCB are a point behind that group, and then come Portobello and Na Fianna.

It's the Glasnevin club's third year in Division 8 after getting promotion from Division 9.

"We have consolidated our position with two mid-table finishes in Division 8," explains manager, Damien Mullan.

"This year, the team is building momentum nicely. We had a few narrow defeats in the early stages, but now our younger players are becoming more adjusted to the demands of adult football.

"The confidence has increased as the season progressed, and hopefully we can keep pushing on."

A timely boost has been the sponsorship from The Sunnybank Hotel.

"We are delighted with that," adds Damien. "Over the years, The Sunnybank Hotel has been a good ally to all the Na Fianna teams.

"We are the fourth 'child' in a family of five AFL teams at Na Fianna where there is always a big demand on resources and equipment," explains Damien.

And, as Damien further relates, the side play a prominent role on the Mobhi Road.

"The team is very important for the club because it provides an adult football apprenticeship for players emerging from the minor ranks.

"And also a step down in intensity for those players who have done their time playing at a higher level.

"It is also a safety net to catch late bloomers who otherwise might be lost to the club."

But, for the moment, the sunny side is definitely up in Dublin 9.

And who knows that in the future, there's a few of the Division 8 crew that will end up walking in Pillar's Parade.

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