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RUFC Newsletter - May 2024

Updated: May 13

A return to good weather means the pitches are back on and St Anne's has been buzzing with activity the last few weeks. There's plenty of exciting news and events from across the club, too.


Have something to share for next month's edition? Email us at info@rahenyunited.ie if you have submissions for an upcoming edition.


 

It's party time this Sunday at the clubhouse


Join us this Sunday, May 12th at clubhouse as we celebrate 30 incredible years since our founding in 1994! 🎉


🗓 Date: Sunday, May 12th

Time: Doors open at 2:00 PM

📍 Location: RUFC Clubhouse


This is a great opportunity to relive memories and honour the legacy of Raheny Boys, Dunseedy United, and Raheny United.


Expect delicious food, the match on the big screen, live music from Brian Whittington, a few speeches, and plenty of craic!


Whether you've been with us since the days of the Road Leagues or have recently joined, you are more than welcome. Bring along family and friends to join in the celebration!


 

"The greatest league in the world"


Damien Duff was recently quoted as saying that Raheny United Mini Leagues is the greatest league in the world. At least.... thats what we think he said 🤔.

Everyone's favourite week is just around the corner! Mark your calendars and join us for the highlight of the season; The world-famous Raheny United Mini Leagues.


This is the week we all look forward to the most. It's a fantastic way to end the season on a high note before we all break for summer. Whether you’re playing or cheering on from the sidelines, there’s something for everyone.


A few very important notes before signing up:

  • Mini leagues will start on Saturday 22nd June and finish up on Sunday 30th.

  • This year all registrations MUST be in before the end of May! We will not accept any registrations after May 31st.

  • Please double check you will be here on the dates for your group and finals. They are not on the same day. Here is a breakdown of the schedule:

  • Boys born in 2018/2019 & girls born in 2017/2018/2019 will start with group stages on the astro at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 22nd, with the finals set for Saturday, June 29th.

  • Boys born in 2017 & girls born in 2016 will have their group stages on Saturday, June 22nd, at 10:00 a.m., with the finals on Saturday, June 29th.

  • Girls born in 2014/2015 will begin their group stages on Saturday, June 22nd, at 12:00 p.m., and the finals will be on Sunday, June 30th.

  • Girls born in 2012/2013 will start their group stages on Saturday, June 22nd, at 3:00 p.m., with the finals scheduled for Sunday, June 30th.

  • Girls born in 2010/2011 will have their group stages on Saturday, June 22nd, at 5:00 p.m., and the finals will be on Sunday, June 30th.

  • Boys born in 2016 will compete on Sunday, June 23rd, starting at 10:00 a.m., with the finals on Saturday, June 29th.

  • Boys born in 2015 will have their group stages on Sunday, June 23rd, at 12:00 p.m., and the finals on Saturday, June 29th.

  • Boys born in 2014 will start their group stages on Sunday, June 23rd, at 2:30 p.m., with the finals set for Sunday, June 30th.

  • Boys born in 2013 will begin their group stages on Monday, June 24th, at 5:30 p.m., with the finals on Sunday, June 30th.

  • Boys born in 2012 will compete on Tuesday, June 25th, starting at 5:30 p.m., and the finals will be on Sunday, June 30th.

  • Boys born in 2011 will have their group stages on Wednesday, June 26th, at 5:30 p.m., with the finals scheduled for Friday, June 28th.

  • Boys born in 2009/2010 will start their group stages on Thursday, June 27th, at 5:30 p.m., with the finals on Friday, June 28th. >>>> Register now on ClubZapp

 

Adam Hedderley takes home the silverware


A huge congratulations to our very own Adam Hedderley who was picked to represent team Ireland in table tennis at the International Primary Schools Competition in Jersey. Adam came home with not one but two medals in his first international outing.


Competing against teams from England, Scotland, Wales, Guernsey, and Jersey, Adam was a key player in the Irish team's success. His incredible resilience was evident for all to see as he rallied from two sets down to win a crucial match against a top Scottish player, helping the Irish boys’ team to clinch the bronze medal. 🥉


In the individual matches, Adam continued to shine, battling through to the finals of the consolation bracket. Despite a tough match against the Welsh No.1, Adam earned a well-deserved silver medal. 🥈


Adam, your achievements in Jersey are a testament to your hard work and dedication. Congratulations on your big success, and for proudly representing your club and country on the international stage.



 

Welcome back, Jake


The U9 blues were thrilled to welcome Jake O'Doherty back to the team earlier this month. Jake recently played his first match in over 8 months after a long battle with illness. Jake seamlessly picked-up where he left off with a commanding performance in defence against Tolka Rovers in Johnstown Park.


Jake, your teammates and coaches are delighted that you are feeling better and are back in the team enjoying football again. Everyone at Raheny United remains firmly behind you on your road to recovery. Great job, pal! #COYBIB! ⚫️ ⚪️


 

Fair game-time at Raheny United


At Raheny United, one of our three key development principles is that we prioritise individual development over team success. With this in mind, the club committee recently refreshed and signed-off on an updated fair game-time policy:


Up to and including U11: Equal playing time.


U12 to U14: 25%-50% (this means a minimum of 25% in one particular game with a minimum of 50%, on average, over the season).


U15 to U17: 25%-40% (this means a minimum of 25% in one particular game with a minimum of 40%, on average, over the season).


From U18 onwards: There are no guidelines around fair game time in adult football.

Coaches may decide to use playing time as a way to promote team values, recognise effort and commitment, and regular attendance at training. 


For reference, our club policies are available in-full on our website here.


 

RUFC impress at tournament

On Bank Holiday Monday, our U11.1 team took to the field at DCU Sports Campus for the Path2Prob 3v3 tournament, fielding three teams. The competition was tough, but our lads rose to the challenge magnificently.


As the tournament progressed, all three Raheny teams impressively reached the finals in both the Cup and Shield categories. The Cup final was a closely fought battle, with Raheny narrowly losing to Home Farm with a score of 5-4. The Shield final saw an all-Raheny matchup, ending with a win for.... you guessed it, Raheny!


After playing seven games throughout the day, the lads had a blast, showing great teamwork and sportsmanship. It was a memorable day for everyone involved, with lots of fun and brilliant football on show!



 

U19 LFL reach Cup Final


Congrats to the U19 LFL side for reaching the final of the Macron sports development cup. It's due to be an epic showdown against local rivals Howth Celtic.


📅 Date: Sunday, May 12th

Kickoff: 3:30 PM

📍 Venue: Whelan Place, Larkview FC


Rumour has it that a large group of Raheny United supporters will be at the game. Come out and cheer on the team as they go to battle with Howth Celtic and aim to bring the cup back to Raheny! After the game, join us at the clubhouse to celebrate the 30th anniversary and, hopefully, a cup victory too!


 

U18 reach cup final


Not to be outdone by their u19 counterparts, the U18s team have reached their cup final, too, after clinching victory against Park Celtic in the semi final. Despite an early setback conceding against the run of play, Raheny made a strong comeback with half-time substitute Patrick Magner bagging a quick brace to take Raheny into the lead. The whole team showed great resilience and game management to hold on for the win - even through an intense 12 minutes of added injury time. After triumphing in a nail-biting penalty shootout in the quarter-finals the previous week, they're now gearing up for what promises to be an exciting final to cap off a fantastic cup run. Lets get out to the AUL to support the lads on their big day, and let’s bring the cup back to Raheny!

📅 Date: Friday, May 24th

Kickoff: TBC

📍 Venue: AUL, Clonshaugh.


 

Friday nights just got tastier!


Due to popular demand, we're excited to announce that our partnership with Mulino's will now extend to Friday nights as well, in addition to Sundays. You can now enjoy delivered meals to your booth in the newly renovated upstairs lounge every Friday from 5 pm onwards. Check out the menus below:




 

Thank you to our sponsors


We couldn't do it all without the amazing support we get from our sponsors. Thank you in particular to Cadbury Ireland for renewing their support for our women's senior team.



This month we're also giving a special shout out and thanks to:



Thank you!


 

Your town, your club. Get involved!

If you want to support or volunteer with Raheny United in any capacity, we'd love to hear from you. Get in touch


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