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St Nicks begin league with hard fought win – Report

St Nicks ran out 11 point winners in the end.

St Nick’s made their delayed start to the 2018 league season against local rivals Western Gaels on Sunday, determined to start the season with a winning start. With conditions perfect for football St Nick’s were focused on starting as they meant to go on, St Nick’s did just that from the throw in as they went two points up early on through scores from Kevin Stankard and marquee signing over the winter, Mark Duffy. Both players kicking excellent points off the right from 30 yards.

Then with about 10 minutes played, Brian Flynn opened his goal scoring account for St Nicks. Working the ball through the hands, the Nicks’s players created space well to give Brian his chance and he made no mistake when one on one despite the keeper’s best efforts.  St Nicks couldn’t have asked for a better start but despite this, Western Gaels came back into the game using route one football, lumping the ball into their forward division at the earliest possible opportunity. This paid off somewhat for them as they tacked on a couple of points of their own.

St Nicks replied with points from debutants Mark Duffy and Cricky, who was doing excellent work in keeping the ball moving to other forwards as well. Western Gaels continued with their tactic of getting the ball in early and this paid off when they scored their first goal from a breaking ball. As the ball broke to a Gaels player, Connolly Jarret came out and made himself as big as possible, but unfortunately left a gap between his legs for the ball to go through. Both teams exchanged points before the referee’s half time whistle to leave St Nick’s a few points up at the break. Regardless of this, St Nick’s were feeling disappointed at the break, as in spite of dominating most of the play, their opponents were still in touch. St Nick’s knew they would have to up their work rate and intensity I they were to start their year off with a win.

 

 

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St Nicks GAA Bristol team vs Western Gaels

St Nick’s started the second half in much the same way as they started the first, tacking on a couple of points from Stank and Duffy after some trojan work from the likes of Sean McCarthy and Bryan Flynn who was making endless runs and then bringing his teammates into play excellently. At this stage St Nicks were looking to drive on but the Gaels just about kept in touch with a couple of points from long distance, which is where most of their shots were coming from thanks to tremendous work from all the defensive division who were being well marshalled by Nigel Farrelly in an unfamiliar sweeper role. After about 45 minutes St Nick’s really started to add points and this time they were not being answered by their Bristol counterparts. Kevin Stankard was showing well time and time again and showing that on his day he can be as good as anyone, swinging over some lovely points.

Mark Duffy was proving a nuisance for the opposition defence, being able to turn onto his left or right and shoot to good reward. Bryn Flynn was always giving an option inside and he was able to add another point to his early first half goal. St Nick’s were at this stage refusing to let Western Gaels out of their own half thanks to some trojan work from Tim O’Loughlin and John Lyttle in the middle of the park. Our midfield partnership were ably assisted by a hard running half backline, with B Burn in particular making lung bursting runs to support play whenever given the chance. All of this pressure proved fruitful when St Nicks got a 45 after 50 minutes, Stank was only able to put the ball in on top of the goalkeeper. The Western Gaels goalkeeper must have thought he did enough to palm the ball to safety, but he didn’t reckon on Mark Duffy leaping 12 feet in the air to punch the ball to the net.

St Nick’s were now well and truly in the ascendancy and started to introduce substitutes to the field of play. When Western Gaels were able to break out of their own half they persevered the route one tactic, and were duly rewarded with a goal from a deft finish, fortuned by the charitable nature of St Nick’s goalkeeper, Connelly Jarrat. Western Gaels added to this score with a long range point but they were unable to reel in the St Nicks lead with the full back line not allowing another sniff of goal. At the other end of the field St Nicks continued to add scores through fringe player Ciaran Barrett. A 3rd goal was added through the Nick’s account when Brian Flynn proved that hard work really does pay off. As the keeper was trying to pick out a pass, Brian afforded him no easy route blocking down his clearance and sealing his man of the match display with his second goal. St Nick’s added on two more points, one through the tireless B Burn who swung over a point from an acute angle on the right hand side and another from centre forward Cricky leaving the final score line St Nick’s 3-15 Western Gaels 2-7.

A good competitive start to the season for St Nicks and one which they can surely build upon for the rest of the season.

By Richard Murphy

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St Nicks enjoy Mitchel’s challenge in Gloucester – Report

St Nicks enjoy Mitchel’s challenge in Gloucester

Saint Nick’s overcame a stern challenge on Sunday from the John Mitchel’s club Warwickshire.  The Birmingham outfit are currently 3 from 4 in division 1 in Warwickshire & the result give Saint Nick’s a real boost going into the local derby match this coming weekend.

Unfortunately local league fixtures were cancelled due to waterlogged pitches but with both teams keen for a fixture, a 4G surface was soon sourced in Gloucester for a 13 a side game.  saint Nick’s travelled strong with an 18man squad.

Saint Nick’s won on a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-14.  Both teams were battling well & the game could really have went either way but credit to Saint Nick’s who showed great resolve to do enough to see the game out.

The early stages clearly showed which team had games under their belt, with the pacey Mitchel’s forwards racing them into a 1-1 to no score lead.

Nick’s soon responded with a Brian Flynn goal & this helped ease them into the game.  Further points from Sean McCarthy on the right & one from G Duggan on the turn were added.

Overall Mitchel’s were looking sharper but Saint Nicks worked tirelessly to keep themselves in the game.  Mitchel’s were 2 points clear & Nicks had wasted a an opportunity or two, which we’ll put down to rusty decision making.

Kevin Stankard & G Duggan made some good runs & space but moves weren’t coming off until Stankard leapt like a salmon & plucked a kickout before doing the usual shimmy & swinging over a lovely point.  This galvanised St Nick’s & a further 2points from Kevin & 1 from James McShea after a break from Ciaran brought Saint Nick’s in at half time with a two point lead, having played with the wind.

Saint Nick’s handling & decision making improved the game & Warwickshire lifted themselves to find another gear.  Some excellent left footed scores from Garvan no. 26 from Roscommon & similarly from the number 3 off the right put Mitchel’s back in the lead.  A fine Timmy O Loughlin point kept Nick’s in touch.

Saint Nick’s made use of the bench & John Moran, Ciaran, Brendan, Conor, Michael Tif & Shaughnessy all made debuts.  The Saint Nick’s half back line of JP, Ciaran & Brendan worked tirelessly in attack & defence & the two Paddy’s & Connolly deserve a mention for keeping a sharp forward line to only the one goal.

Debutant Conor made a fine break from defence, which thankfully won a penalty as he was hauled down.  A confidently placed Tim O’ Loughlin penalty regained the lead with about 10minutes left & Saint Nick’s then found another gear to tag on further free’s & keep Mitchel’s at bay.

Special mention to the multitalented Michael for refereeing the first half & putting in a tremendous “tackle” or two in the second half.

 

This results sets Nick’s up well for their opening league encounter & will hopefully stand to Mitchel’s in their next game as well.  St Nick’s will take a lot from the game, including a few pointers for improvement to work on this week.

Saint Nick’s scorers@ K. stankard 0-5, T O’ Loughlin 1-3, S McCarthy 0-2, G Duggan 0-1, J McShea 0-1 B Flynn 1-0

By James McShea
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Club Notes – 16th April 2018

St Nicks GAA Club Notes.

FANTASTIC Run out for our men’s GAA team on Sunday at the brand new 4G at Oxstalls Sports Park. In place of our cancelled League game it was a very close encounter vs an impressive John Mitchel’s. In the end we ran out winners on a score line of 2-12 to 1-14. Big Thanks to John Mitchel’s for travelling down from Birmingham.

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Team vs John Mitchel’s

We will be training Tuesday 7pm at St Marys Old Boys RFC, BS36 1RY. Also training on Thursday 7:30pm on the 4G in Lockleaze sports centre, BS7 9XF. New players of all abilities welcome to come along!!

We have our First League outing this Sunday (22nd of April) vs Western Gaels in St Marys Old Boys RFC, BS36 1RY, Throw in time is 1pm. Please come down and support the lads!

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St Nicks are Victorious down in Crawley and Brighton 7s Tournament! Match Reports

Bright’ start to the year for the St Nicks men in Crawley

NINE St Nicks men set out at 9:30am from outside the Forester arms to represent the club in the 7s tournament down in Crawley, In what would be a 5 hour round trip on the road for the lads. With training going well and new recruits pushing lads on, the 9 went down full of confidence about winning it outright.

St Nicks GAA Bristol 7s Tournament

The 9 St Nicks GAA men that represented the club

Below are match reports from the day

Game 1 St Nicks Versus Brighton B

The first game was played on a large pitch and the heavy ground made for a slow start to the game as both teams got used to the bounce (or lack of) on the pitch. When St Nick’s got going, they utilised the fly keeper of John Polly very well, who combined well with new recruit Ciaran “the Rock” Canning.

Scores came from all over the pitch- including a superb goal from debutant Shaun “Goater” – scoring within 20 seconds of coming on the pitch! With the fly keeper acting as a sweeper, they were able to keep Brighton scoreless.

 

Game 2 St Nicks Versus Bournemouth

On the same pitch, this was a very fair but physical game. Scores again were well distributed with Dan Trainor popping up with a fine score to double his competitive scoring tally. And with Goater fed, he scored again!

Whilst conceding a goal brought the teams closer, the composure and interplay from defence into the forward line meant that St Nicks won the game by 5 points. Ciaran Canning chipped in with a great score and there were a few monster points from Matthew Mannion. He would have had even more if he didn’t have leg day on the Saturday….

 

Game 3 St Nicks Versus Brighton A

Moving across to the greener pastures for the last group game. After a long break and poor tune selection from Nigel Farrelly, St Nicks started the game slowly and found themselves behind after conceding a goal from a Brighton team that were clearly keen to make the final in their home tournament. The ship was steadied with the tireless running of Dan Trainor, alongside some composed play from Nigel, John Polly and The Rock. Up front, Stank made great movement and linked well with a Matty (so feared was he, that he referee tried to put him off by making fun of his tattoo before he took  a 45). St Nicks won the game by 2 points in the end but definitely had another gear to find.

 

Final St Nicks Versus Bournemouth

After some grub, a mini rave in the changing rooms and a promise for Nidge to have a trophy to drink from on his birthday Nicks looked like a different team at the start of the final.

They started building the score line steadily with both Matthew and Stank contributing handsomely.

Stank was showing brilliantly up front and the Bournemouth defence was unable to deal with the St Nicks forward line. In an act of true sportsmanship- to make the game more even- Stank then sacrificed his ribs for the cause. But even without Galway’s most decorated footballer, Nick’s were able to rack up a score line of 2-12 to 1-4 to bring back home the Nigel Farrelly memorial Trophy (sponsored by Carling).

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Nigel holding the winnings from the tournament

The score line meaning they were averaging a score every minute gives an indication to the pace and intensity that the game was played at. It’s no wonder then that the lads had to get into OMG to limber up that evening….

We would like to thank Crawley and Brighton Gaels gaels for a well organised tournament and their hospitality. Also like to thank all teams for travelling and making the day a great success!

Nicks Abu!

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St Nicks GAA Race Night – 7th April 2018

St Nicks GAA race night

We are hosting a Race Night at The Foresters Arms, BS7 9JR, On the 7th April from 7:30pm.

£5 per ticket on the night & includes a free bet and food.

With our very own @chopsy_oloughlin as MC for the night, the Craic will be 90 so come help support your local GAA club. All proceeds will go towards the club and its continuous development

Promises to be a great night!

See you call there!!

For full details click here

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St Nicks GAA Bristol Mens Team to begin 2018 Training next week

St Nicks GAA Bristol Training update

St Nicks GAA Bristol mens team will start their preseason training at the new 4G Training facility in Lockleaze Bristol. The 4G all weather is home to Ashley Down Old Boys RFC and other local rugby and football clubs.

Training Begins on Thursday 1st of March 2018 @ 7:30PM – 9:00PM and will continue for 6 weeks. Please bring Clean boots and trainers and be ready to go for 7:30 with your trainers on. Also the cost of using the facility is £5 per person, this includes use of the 4G pitch and changing rooms / showers.  Address is Lockleaze Combination Ground, Bonnington Walk, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS7 9YU. 

If you need any more information,  please call us on 07463300013. Or send us a message on the website contact tab.

As always, New players and members always welcome to come and join.

See you all there

Nicks Abu

 

Join St Nicks GAA Bristol’s 6 Nations Rugby Fantasy League 2018

St Nicks GAA Bristol, 6 Nations Rugby Fantasy League 2018 
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With the 6 nations only 5 days away, why not join the St Nicks GAA Bristol 6 Nations Fantasy League Rugby competition. Its only £10 to enter and the winning kitty will be very generous judging by the popularity of the same competition in 2017.  Please follow the instructions below to enter!

How To Play:

Simply click the link  ESPN 6 Nations Fantasy League Rugby . Sign up to the competition by creating a User name and Password or using your Facebook. Pickyour team then join the st nicks league. The pin for the league is 1371150-58651.

£10 entry to be transferred to the club account, please contact us through the website for payment details. (this can be done after you pick your team and join the league)

When transferring £10 entry to account Please Reference ‘your name’ rugby

Prize money will be dictated by the number on entries so make sure everyone joins and if possible get some of your rich friends, family and colleagues in too!!

GOOD LUCKS

NICKS ABU!

St Nicks GAA Bristol – Training Jersey Facebook competition

St Nicks GAA Bristol Training jersey Competition
As part of a promotion and recruitment drive for St Nicks GAA Bristol, we are giving away a free training top on our Facebook Page. All you have to do is like the St Nicks GAA Bristol Facebook page St Nicks GAA Bristol Facebook Page and Like & Share this post for a chance to win. Name will be picked at random on the evening of Friday 9th February. Good Luck!!

See link below to Facebook Video

To help promote our new 2018 kit from Masita Ireland, we are giving you a chance to win one of our training tops.All you have to do is like the St Nicks GAA Bristol page and Like & Share this post for a chance to win. Name will be picked at random on the evening of Friday 9th February. http://stnicksgaa.co.uk/#nicksabú

Posted by St Nicks GAA Bristol on Friday, 26 January 2018

 

Nicks Abu!!

St Nicks GAA will have a new Match kit for 2018

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The New St Nicks 2018 match Kit

St Nicks GAA Bristol are please to announce that our mens team will have a brand new match kit for the 2018 campaign. The slick new design is from the sports clothing manufacturer Masita Ireland. St Nicks man, David Whale has been working hard the last few months getting St Nicks looking the part for 2018 and he hasn’t disappointed.

Many thanks to Elite Financial Consulting who are the sponsor for the kit. Our very own Tim O’loughlin is the director at Elite, and was delighted to have his company on the jersey. We would also like to Thank to The Foresters Arms and Miskella Construction for also contributing generously towards the new Kit

The new match kit can be purchased from  St Nicks GAA online shop

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St Nicks New Training Kit for 2018

St Nicks GAA Bristol new training kit for 2018

St Nicks GAA Bristol are please to announce we will have a new training Kit for 2018. We are very lucky to have great sponsors who generously look after the club. The sponsor on our training kit is Miskella Construction. Our very own Paddy Miskella who played a crucial part in our Championship winning season last year is the head man in the construction company. Have a look at the kit for yourself below. The kit is available for purchase NOW in our online Shop So look the part this year with this new stylish Training kit

 

 

Nicks Abu!