On Sunday December 20th next, Celbridge footballer Aaron Browne will kick 2500 frees from the 21 yard line to raise money for St.Vincent de Paul.
Browne 18, who was one of the stars of the Kildare Gaa Minor Football team that won the Leinster Final against Dublin in 2019, will take on the mammoth task on his home pitch at Celbridge Gaa.
The talented forward scored 1-07 in that 2019 decider and a further 0-05 as Kildare bowed out at the All-Ireland semi final stages to Galway. Browne later went on to be named at wing-forward on the Minor Football team of the Championship following his fine displays.
2020 hasn’t been as busy for the former Salesian College student but he did help Celbridge minors to the semi final of the championship before restrictions and lockdowns called it all to a premature halt. A call up to the Club’s senior team also came his way and a bright future looks on the cards.
For now though, Browne is not looking beyond next week’s challenge and is delighted to be doing his part for a charity he firmly believes in;
“I’ve been busy building up to the big day. Getting down to the pitch and getting as many kicks as I can. Today (Sunday) I did 500. I plan to do it all in one day, maybe over the course of ten hours. I’ll use about 40-50 footballs and do about 52-55 rounds, incase I miss any! Thankfully a few of my friends have agreed to come down and help me out and hopefully I’ll get underway around 7am.
I’m only too happy to help St.Vincent de Paul out. They are a charity who do great work for families and children, especially in the run up to Christmas.
Any donations made would be greatly appreciated and thank you so much to everyone who in advance”
Aaron has raised €2569.00 to date, just over a euro for every shot!! If you would like to donate to his fundraiser you can do so by clicking on the link below ⬇️
Scoil Dara Kilcock has always had a proud history of producing top class Gaa players through the years and their current crop of stars from Meath and Kildare are up there with some of the best.
6th year student and Kilcock Gaa Star Shane Farrell came off the bench (in my opinion he should have never been on it) to kick two second half points, while putting in a fine performance at midfield as Kildare Minor Footballers ran out comfortable 2-16 to 1-07 winners over Louth in Newbridge.
Farrell’s team and school mate Darragh Sloane who plays his club football with Balyna, started the game at full forward for Kildare and struck a first half goal for the Lilywhites.
In Pairc Tailteann, Navan, Meath defeated neighbours Westmeath on a full time scoreline of 3-11 to 0-07 to set up a semi final meeting with Laois.
Summerhill duo Eoghan Frayne and Ben Moran both started and starred for the Royals, with Adam McDonnell, Michael Brady and Oisin Bright also part of the extended panel. Captain Frayne scored 0-04 during another fine performance.
A mouth watering Leinster Final in early 2021 is still on the cards between Meath and Kildare and if both sides get over their Semi finals next weekend, it will serve for a few interesting weeks in the Kilcock school.
Meath play Laois and Kildare face Offaly in next week’s Leinster Semi Finals.
The Meath Minor Footballers take on neighbours Westmeath in the Quarter Final of the Leinster Minor Football Championship in Navan on Saturday, with Captain Eoghan Frayne delighted they are getting the chance to do so.
Summerhill man Frayne said that after the highs of the Dublin game and the uncertainty of lockdown, that he and his team mates are now ready to play anytime and anywhere. And that starts with Saturday’s clash against a side that knocked the young Royals out in 2019, a game Frayne was also involved in.
The ace marksman who is a 5th year student in Scoil Dara Kilcock, was man of the match and voted Minor Player Of The Week after his flawless performance against Dublin in round one way back on October 17th.
Frayne kicked scores from all angles that, finishing with a personal tally of 0-07 but it was the overall performance of the Meath team that particularly impressed as they swept aside the Dubs with a second half blitz to run out convincing 1-15 to 0-07 winners.
Unfortunately for the team and management the country entered its second lockdown shortly after and uncertainty surrounded the future of the 2020 Minor Championship, with the Gaa allowing only Senior competitions to played during the six week lockdown period.
This week we caught up with a buoyant Frayne to discuss the highs and lows of the last few weeks and to look ahead to the Westmeath clash on Saturday, a game he is really looking forward too.
“Ahh look Robert it’s great to get back at it after the uncertainty of the last few weeks since the Dublin game. We were ready to play this game anytime and anywhere. We just wanted to get it played and we were looking forward to going as far into the Championship as we could.
I suppose like every county, we’ve worked so hard for this. And not only this year, we’ve been building towards this for the last few years. Training together as a group all through the developments squads and it’s just great that we are getting the chance to finish it, whatever the outcome may be.
With regards the Dublin game. Not a word of a lie, we spent the last number of years building towards that game. John and the rest of the management team have been preparing us for that game for a long time. So we knew when the time came that we would be well ready for that challenge.
To be fair to all the lads, the effort through the years has been immense and thankfully we all stuck together. The improvement through the years has been ten fold.
We really hit the ground running the day we played Dublin in Navan and thankfully we got our just reward.
After that game and all the effort we had put into it, it was a bit of a kick in the teeth to find out the Championship was cancelled. It was disappointing at the time looking back but we never lost faith and knew it would be back at some stage.
To be honest in a way the postponment may have done us a bit of good as it brought us back down earth a bit after the high of the Dublin game. It gave us a chance to refocus and not to live off that one result, however good it might have been”
Lockdown – “Yeah we weren’t allowed to train together for the Six weeks. So like the first lockdown, we just had to train on our own.
You could see the first night we went back and we started the running that the boys had clearly put in the work on their own and were clearly up to it. Even the lads that weren’t picked the last day, you could see what they might have been working on to try and put themselves in contention for the Westmeath game. All the lads put in a serious effort”
Championship is back – “There was a bit of speculation about the date of the Westmeath game. We weren’t sure to be honest, though it was good to hear talk of it returning.
When we finally got it confirmed for sure we then only had two weeks together to prepare. It’s not ideal obviously as it’s a short space of time but look all teams are in the same boat.
We obviously couldn’t even get a challenge game in or anything. We had to make the most of our training sessions, working on the fitness and getting the eye in with the ball skills.
But as I said earlier, the lads came back in serious shape and everyone was up for it. It was clear to see that we hadn’t lost much ground at all over the lockdown.
We’re all ready now for the intensity that Westmeath are sure to bring to Navan on Saturday. It’s our next game so in our eyes it’s our most important. The next game is always the most important.
We’re looking to go as far as we can in this competition and are grateful that it’s back up and running and for us the Westmeath game is the next step on our journey. We really can’t wait and will give it our all”