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Kick Fada 2011

Results

 

Mens

Women

1st

Shane Duffy

Monaghan

Irene Munnelly

Meath

2nd

Paul Hearty

Armagh

Kim Flood

Dublin

3rd

Paul Flood

Kildare

Grainne Nulty

Meath

 

 

 

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2011 MBNA Kick Fada Title

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The 12th MBNA Kick Fada was a terrific success on Saturday last, 10th September.  Strong winds prevented the standing records from 2001 of Kildare's Mark Herbert (73m) and Dublin's Suzanne Hughes (52m). St Ultan's player, Irene Munnelly, won the women's event with a 37 m kick and Shane Duffy of Magheracloone Club in Monaghan won the men's even with a kick of 60m. Paul Hearty, Armagh came second and Paul Flood from Kildare came third in the men's event. Kim Flood from Dublin took second place in the Women's event and Grainne Nulty from Meath took third place following a tense kick off for the 3rd place. There was strong competition in both events this year with 24 men competing and 16 ladies. The Wicklow ladies team was very well represented and Bray Emmets wishes them the very best of luck in the All Ireland Final against New York on Sunday week.

Cathaoirleach of Bray Emmets, Frances Stephenson, thanked sponsor, MBNA, for their valued partnership over the past 12 years and recognised the contribution they have made to developing Bray Emmets, particularly at juvenile level. She made a presentation to Suzanne Holmes, Communication Director of MBNA Ireland. Frances also paid a special tribute to her fellow club members, who she said there were too many to mention individually, who worked so hard to make the day a success. "They demonstrate all that is good in the ethos of the GAA - fantastic team spirit and true volunteerism", she said.

Many other events took place in Emmet Park on Saturday, which added greatly to the festive atmosphere. There was an exhibition Peil Abú match, along with the traditional mini Hurling All Ireland. Many other under age matches took place along with underage kick Fada events. As an active member of the GAA Social Initiative a lunch was hosted and the Arklow Geraldine Ballymoney Social Initiative group attended along with invited guests from neighbouring clubs around Bray.

Joan O'Sullivan presented the Bray Emmets club with her father's medals at the Kick Fada. Joan's father, Tony Byrne, played for Bray Emmets from the late 1920's to mid 1940's. All in Bray Emmets were very touched by this generous presentation. Tony's great granddaughter, Gracie O'Sullivan plays under 10 for Bray Emmets.

We were delighted with the turn out on the day. Representatives from the county board were present along with The Chairman of GAA Leinster Council, Martin Skelly who paid his first visit to Bray since becoming Leinster Chairman.

Welcome from the Cathaoirleach of Bray Emmets

Extract from Program for the day

I would like to extend a warm Céad Míle Fáilte to all the players and supporters attending the 12th MBNA Kick Fada at Bray Emmets today.  I want to thank our sponsor for the loyalty and professionalism they have shown us over the past 12 years. The partnership between us has helped our club develop and grow in a very positive and meaningful way.MBNA has helped us develop the GAA in this part of Co. Wicklow as the finances from this All Ireland event is ploughed back into the juvenile coaching end of our club.  It is no coincidence that the success rate of our underage teams has sharply risen from the time the association between MBNA and Bray Emmets began.

I wish all the players well today in the Kick Fada ladies and gents competitions. It has become an annual event in the GAA calendar and every year two people leave Bray with All Ireland medals. In 2000, the first Wicklow lady, Aine McGillycuddy from An Tochar, emerged victorious in the ladies competition.We are still waiting for a local winner in the men's sections where today we are served by three prodigious kickers in Tony Hannon (Hollywood), Conor McGraynor (Avondale) and our own Paul O'Keeffe. We wish them and all the kickers the best of luck in the two events today. May the best man and woman win.

Finally I would like to pay special tribute to my fellow club members, too many to mention individually, who work so hard to make this day a truely wonderful national event. Through their unquestionable willingness to volunteer and work so well as part of the Bray Emmets team they demonstrate all that is good in the ethos of the GAA.

 

I hope you all have a lovely day and we look forward to meeting you all in Emmet Park again next year.

Is Mise

Frances Stephenson,

Cathaoirleach

Emmet Bhré CLG

 

Message from Suzanne Holmes, Communications Director, MBNA Ireland

Ladies and gentlemen, you are all very welcome to Bray Emmets GAA Club for the 12th annual MBNA Kick Fada competition. In particular I would like to welcome the players who make this competition such a thrilling affair every year. 2011 marks a significant milestone in the MBNA Kick Fada as both Male & female distance records now stand for a decade and we look forward to watching the players attempt to break these distances!

I would like to personally thank each and every one of the players for taking the time out of their hectic club and county schedules to compete for the title of the longest and most accurate kicker in the country.

For the past 12 years MBNA have proudly supported Gaelic Games through this sponsorship and other related initiatives. One of those is the MBNA Kick Fada Hall of Fame  and this year we were especially proud to induct Donegal legendary player and manager Brian McEniff. He joins eight other legends of the game - Peter Nolan (Offaly), Donie O'Sullivan (Kerry), Dermot Earley (RIP) (Roscommon), Jimmy Keaveney (Dublin), Mick O'Dwyer (Kerry), Paddy Doherty (Down), Frank McGuigan  (Tyrone) and Cork's Billy Morgan, who have been previously honoured..

The MBNA All Ireland Kick Fada  day combines a great family fun day out with a chance to see some of the country's greatest Gaelic stars test their skills in the art of accurate kicking.

We've maintained a fantastic partnership with Bray Emmets GAA Club and every year they deliver a superb event so I have no doubt that today will be another great day of family entertainment. The Club has done tremendous work over the past 12 years to build the competition, which this year has attracted well over 30 of the top male and female Gaelic footballers in the country.

 

Suzanne Holmes

Communications Director, MBNA Ireland

 

ROLL OF HONOUR

The champion male and female kickers receive the MBNA Kick Fada All Ireland medal as well as a holiday voucher worth €1000, with the overall winning kicker receiving the MBNA Kick Fada Champion Trophy. This year the second placed kickers in the two events will receive vouchers worth €500 each and third placed kickers will get €250 each.

 

The Kick Fada record, which stands at 73 metres, was achieved by four time MBNA Kick Fada champion Mark Herbert from Kildare. Suzanne Hughes from Ballyboden St Endas GAA Club holds the all time female record of 52m from back in 2001.

Past champions

YearMale ChampionFemale Champion

2010 Damien Sheridan Mary Sheridan

 

2009 Brian Sheridan     Suzanne Hughes

 

2008 Paul Hearty          Mary Sheridan

 

2007 John Brennan       Irene Munnelly

 

2006 Fintan Ruddy       Gillian Bennett

 

2005 Padraig Kelly       Irene Munnelly

 

2004 Padraig Kelly       Grainne Nulty

 

2003 Mark Herbert       Mary Sheridan

 

2002 Mark Herbert       Vourneen Quigley

 

2001 Mark Herbert       Suzanne Hughes

 

2000 Mark Herbert       Aine McGillycuddy

 

Wicklow looking for home win in All Ireland Kick Fada

 

Two of Wicklow's top sharpshooters are gunning to hit a home run for the blue and gold at this year's MBNA All Ireland finals at Bray Emmets.

Veteran place-kicker Tony Hannon (Hollywood) and Avondale's new kid on the block Conor McGraynor will offer severe resistance to all-comers as they seek to keep the All-Ireland medal within county boundaries for the first time in the 12 year history of the event.

And they will receive back-up from long serving Bray netminder Paul O'Keeffe, who has a third placed finish in a previous year to his credit. The local big-hitter has been connecting well with his kickouts recently and if he hits a purple patch, he can certainly offer a serious challenge for the title.

There have been a number of great champions in the history of the competition with Mark Herbert (Kildare) leading the way with four titles to his credit. Offaly's Padraig Kelly was a double winner in his time and both will be seeking to make history by returning this weekend to claim the top prize.

  A number of new faces are due to appear  at the Bray venue this year with the O'Shea brothers from Mayo - Aidan and Seamus and Mayo goalkeepr Robert Hennely - hoping to make up for the disappointment of their recent All Ireland semi-final defeat to Kerry by bringing the MBNA title across the Shannon.

Donegal duo Paul Durcan and Kildare-slayer Damien Cassidy are also included on the star-studded list which will once again feature Dublin's Mark Vaughan and Darren Magee, as well as the three Sheridans - Meath brothers Joe and Brian, and Longford's Damien, the current champion.

Wicklow will also make a big effort to strike gold in the Ladies competition with a number of members of the high-flying county team expected to take part.

Only once in the history of the competition has the All Ireland medal stayed in Wicklow. That occurred in the first year -2000- when Aine McGillycuddy from An Tochar emerged victorious in the ladies competition.

Speaking at the launch of this year's competition, Suzanne Holmes, communications director, MBNA, outlined the challenge facing 2011 competitors. "Breaking the 10-year record will be a considerable feat for any player. For the men, the distance required is equal to one and half times that of an Olympic swimming pool or placing 18 cars end to end! We are confident however that the 2011 competitors for the MBNA Kick Fada will have what it takes, and we are looking forward to the competition in September."

The MBNA Kick Fada determines who is the longest and most accurate kicker of a Gaelic football in Ireland. Competitors must kick the ball over the bar through specific competition goalposts twice the width of conventional goal sizes.

Explaining the considerable interest in the MBNA Kick Fada competition among established GAA inter-county stars, competition organiser  Dermot O'Brien of Bray Emmets said: "Over the last 11 years, a huge array of inter-county stars have taken part annually in the competition. Ultimately, any player at inter-county level is a serious competitor at heart and the opportunity to test the core skill of kicking a Gaelic football against top quality opposition in a novel fashion becomes addictive. In 2010, we had players from over 15 counties represented, including 2010 Player of the Year Bernard Brogan, and our aim is to have every county in Ireland represented."

The ladies event begins at 1.15pm with the Men's Final due to kick-off at 2.0pm. As part of the activity at the Old Conna Grounds on Saturday, there will be a hurling mini All Ireland blitz organised  and a game of Peile Abu which Wicklow coach Gareth Doyle has recently introduced into the club.

 

RULES OF THE  MBNA KICK FADA COMPETITION

 

THE competition is open to all current GAA members over the age of 18.

The object of the event is to find the longest yet most accurate kickers of a standard GAA football.

The winner of the competition will be the contestant with the longest successful kick.

A successful kick is deemed to be one where the ball crosses over the bar and between the posts prior to touching the ground.

The ball used will be standard Size 5 for men and Size 4 for ladies.

Each kick will be taken from a pre-determined marked distance from the target.

The kick may be taken from the  hand or from the ground.

Players may use a tee if they so wish.

The taking of a kick by each remaining contestant as a specific distance will be called a 'round'.

There will be a maximum of three rounds per distance.

Once a contestant has achieved a successful kick they will be deemed to have qualified for the next round and will not be required to take a further kick at the current distance.

Each contestant will tak a kick in turn until all remaining members of the group have completed an attempt at the current distance.

After a maximum of three rounds at a particular distance the distance will be increased by a pre-determined number of metres and a new round will begin for all successful kickers.

If a contestant fails to make any successful kick at a particular distance they will not go forward to the next round.

In the event of no contestant achieving a successful kick in a round, there will be a sudden-death playoff of all contestants who qualified for that round.

The winners of the competition whill have the choice of continuing within the rules, to establish the longest successful kick and attempt to set a new record.

The decision of the  MBNA Kica Fada Event Co-ordinator will be final in the event of a dispute.

 

Patrick Wogan,

MBNA Kick Fada Event Co-ordinator, 2011

 

 

 

GAA Stars Urged to Break 10-Year Record at the 2011 MBNA Kick Fada

Male and Female Club Players Nationwide Urged to Compete!

 

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Dublin, 27 July 2011: Placed ball specialists Bryan Sheehan of Kerry and Paul Durcan of Donegal took time out in advance of the eagerly anticipated all-Ireland Football Quarter Finals this weekend to launch the 2011 MBNA Kick Fada competition. They were joined in Croke Park by members of Bray Emmets GAA club and MBNA and current record holder Mark Herbert from Kildare where they issued a challenge to GAA players from both club and county to take part in the 2011 competition and break the Kick Fada distance records which now stand for a decade.

 

The Kick Fada records which stand at 73m for men and 52m for women were set in 2001 by four-time MBNA Kick Fada Champion Mark Herbert from the Ballyteague GAA Club and Suzanne Hughes from Ballyboden St Endas GAA Club in Dublin. Over 20 inter-county stars are expected to accept the record-breaking challenge and take part in the 2011 competition, which takes place in Bray Emmets GAA Club on Saturday, 10 September.

 

Speaking at the launch, Suzanne Holmes, communications director, MBNA, outlined the challenge facing 2011 competitors, "Breaking the 10-year record will be a considerable feat for any player. For the men, the distance required is equal to one and half times that of an Olympic swimming pool or placing 18 cars end to end! We are confident however that the 2011 competitors for the MBNA Kick Fada will have what it takes, and we are looking forward to the competition in September."

 

The MBNA Kick Fada determines who is the longest and most accurate kicker of a Gaelic football in Ireland. Competitors must kick the ball over the bar through specific competition goalposts twice the width of conventional goal sizes.

 

Explaining the considerable interest in the MBNA Kick Fada competition among established GAA inter-county stars, competition organiser  Dermot O'Brien of Bray Emmets GAA Club said, "Over the last 11 years, a huge array of inter-county stars have taken part annually in the competition. Ultimately, any player at inter-county level is a serious competitor at heart and the opportunity to test the core skill of kicking a Gaelic football against top quality opposition in a novel fashion becomes addictive. In 2010, we had players from over 15 counties represented, including 2010 Player of the Year Bernard Brogan, and our aim is to have every county in Ireland represented."

 

Over the last decade, MBNA has contributed to the grass roots of Gaelic Games through their NUI Maynooth Scholarship programme; paid tribute to some of the greatest football players to have played the game with their Hall of Fame awards; and stimulated friendly inter-county rivalry with the hotly contested annual MBNA Kick Fada competition.  The MBNA 'Hall of Fame' will induct a new GAA legend into its ranks later this summer to join past inductees Cork's Billy Morgan, Kerry's Mick O'Dwyer and Donie O'Sullivan, Dublin's Jimmy Keaveney, Offaly's Peter Nolan and the late Dermot Earley of Roscommon.

 

Any GAA players interested in taking part in the 2011 MBNA Kick Fada competition can contact PJ Cunningham of Bray Emmet's GAA Club or go to www.brayemmets.com and become a fan on facebook at Bray Emmets Facebook


Fans can also follow the latest news from the MBNA Kick Fada competition on www.mbna.ie/kickfada.


If you are interested in taking part in the 2011 MBNA Kick Fada please contact PJ Cunningham on 086 821 7631

 

 

 

 

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Year

Male Champion

Female champion

2011

Shane Duffy

Irene Munnelly

2010

Damien Sheridan

Mary Sheridan

2009

Brian Sheridan

Suzanne Hughes

2008

Paul Hearty

Mary Sheridan

2007

John Brennan

Irene Munnelly

2006

Fintan Ruddy

Gillian Bennett

2005

Padraig Kelly

Irene Munnelly

2004

Padraig Kelly

Grainne Nulty

2003

Mark Herbert

Mary Sheridan

2002

Mark Herbert

Vourneen Quigley

2001

Mark Herbert

Suzanne Hughes

2000

Mark Herbert

Aine McGillycuddy

 


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