Sunday 20 January 2019

Probables and Possibles collide at Anne’s

THE DUBLIN footballers will be in action at the home of St Anne’s in Tallaght on Saturday (4.0). It will be the Dubs against a Dublin Selection, the probables against the possibles.

It will be good value. It’s a fiver for adults. Children, accompanied by an adult, go free.

“It’s Dublin’s last outing before the Kildare match, so there should be an edge to it,” says the Anne’s chairman, Gerry Anderson.

“It’s only a week before a Leinster Championship semi-final. Fellas will want to impress management. There are jerseys up for grabs.”

Gerry is hoping that Bohernabreena will be jammers. All proceeds from the game go to the Valerie Plant Foundation. Valerie’s husband, Paddy, played senior football for the club for years. His wife was a living Saint.

“She was fantastic. She gave such service to the club. At our Summer Camps, she fed half of Bohernabreena,” smiled Gerry.

“She’d bring children from Belarus along to the camps. They were marvellous days.


“Valerie was such a wonderful person. She was always giving. She’d go to the Belarus orphanage every year and she’d put the children up in her home.

“Paddy has set up the charity in her memory. It’s to help under-privileged children, at home and abroad.”

One year, Kerry’s Liam Hassett graced the Anne’s Summer Camp. He was playing with the club at the time. The Saints had a cluster of their own personnel that wore the county jersey. Among them were Big Joe (McNally), the Nipper (Alan McNally), Dave Carroll, Ciarán Walsh, David De Lappe and Declan Bolger.

These days, Scott Fulham is making an impression. He hit 3-1 for the Dublin minors against Westmeath in the Leinster Championship recently.

“When we beat St Jude’s in the first round of the Dublin Senior Football Championship this year, Scott was in attack and his Dad, Darren, played in defence.

“That’s a rarity. I can’t remember too many father and sons playing in the Dublin Senior Football Championship. It would be a good quiz question,” quips Gerry.

“Scott is a tremendous prospect and we have lads on the development squads, so, overall, we are happy enough with the way things are going.

“Our senior team are very, very young. They are learning everyday. Templeogue/Synge Street pipped us for the promotion place last season.

“Our aim is to get back to Division 1 football, and I think we are heading in the right direction.”

The Anne’s chief wants to see the Dublin faithful all heading in the same direction on Saturday.

“It’s a great cause and, as I say, it should be a pretty decent game as well.”

The Bohernabreena bells will be ringing for the Liberty girl.

And as far as the Anne’s Army are concerned, when the cause has Valerie Plant’s name on it, they’d walk a million miles for one of her smiles.

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