First Game on Saturday Night Lights

First Game on Saturday Night Lights

(27 Sep 2017)

 

 

 

 

 

This Saturday sees the first “Saturday Night Lights” match of the season, when Salmo’s Under 18.5s take on neighbours Seapoint with a 7pm kickoff on the main pitch.

The lads have had a super start to the season, with wins over good Barnhall and Ashbourne sides, and are building towards their league campaign which kicks off in a few weeks. Many of this squad has been together since they were 5 years old playing in the Salmo Mini section, and are proud to be known as the “Salmo Since Six” crew! A number of the players are sons of former or current players and/or coaches and/or Salmo stalwarts: Co-Captains Luke Byrne (son of Norman) and Ben Buckley-Hallion (son of Bob); James Feeney (John), Cian Lillis (Dave), James Culhane (Aidan) and Ben Murphy (Barry); and the recently Leinster-capped Adam Nealon (son of Emmet). These lads, and all the other  longer-standing squad members, have been delighted to welcome players new to the squad this season too, which has been brilliant both on and off the pitch: Stephen Meagher, Joe Hastings and Shane Cleary (who rejoin the club having previously played with the 1999 squad); Rafa Harpu-Bejottes who is in Dublin on a year’s school swap from France; and Sib Buthelezi and Patrick Reardon from DLSC, further cementing the links between club and school!

 

This squad will be working closely with the club’s Under 20s group this season, and will also support the senior team by way of ‘Match Day Apprenticeship’ duties on league game days – all part of the wider ‘One Club’ initiatives on two-way integration between Mini/Youth and Senior groups. Hopefully on Saturday night they will turn in a performance, and demonstrate their great squad spirit and club ethos, that will make their watching senior player colleagues proud!

 



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