Wednesday, 1 October 2014

GAA Club Notes

Roscommon Gaels

The senior hurlers lost their latest championship game against Four Roads at the weekend and they must now win their final game and hope that results go their way if they are to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition. See fixture list for details. Training continues at the usual times.

  The minor footballers scored an excellent 1-12 to 0-11 win against Clann na nGael in the Division 1 championship semi-final in Kiltoom last Saturday. It was a superb performance and now the team will play St. Ciarans in the county final on Sunday week.

  The U-16 team defeated Boyle in the league last week and this week the team face St.  Ciarans on Sunday next. See fixtures for details.

  Ladies Foootball: The U-12 and U-16 ladies teams have now qualified for the Div. 1 quarter-finals. Both matches will take place this week. The U-16 team will play against St. Brigids. See ladies fixtures for the exact details. The U-12 team played three championship games last week. They defeated Four Roads and St Ciarans and were defeated by a point by Clann na nGael.

  The U-10 team played St. Domnics in the annial blitz last Friday evening and won by four points. Our thanks to St. Domnics for hosting the event.

  The club would like to heartily congratulate Fergal O’Donnell on his appointment as the new Roscommon senior team manager and we wish him and his selectors the best of luck. Good luck also to Ross Shannon and Declan Hoare who have been appointed as selectors. Good luck to Declan Hoare who gets married this weekend to Ann Hardiman. 


Boyle 

Pride of place must go to the McGovern Directional Drilling intermediate team which overcame St. Ronan’s in the George Bannon Sports  county quarter-final in Boyle on Saturday. It was a hard-fought encounter which they won by 1-8 to 0-8. They will play the county semi-final against St. Croans in Castlerea at 5.30 pm on this Saturday. Supporters are urged to travel in numbers to provide vocal encouragement. The club wishes to extend congratulations and good wishes Boyle resident Fergal O’Donnell on taking over the management of the Roscommon senior footballers and to Boyle clubman Stephen Bohan who will be part of Fergal’s management team.

  Ladies Club: The U-12 girls had good wins over Eire Og and Western Gaels last week. This team has now finished top of Group A. 


Castlerea St Kevins

Shannonside FM Senior Championship: Part three of the Castlerea St. Kevins and Western Gaels saga will be staged in Hyde Park on Sunday next at 4.30pm after the teams played out a brilliant drawn game in Elphin on Saturday evening last on a scoreline of 1-14 each. This was an excellent game of football played in a sporting manner and both teams will feel they had chances to win it. A draw was probably a fair result so let’s hope the next episode is as good and hopefully Castlerea St. Kevin’s can shade it. 


Eire Og

The U-16 boys team saw off the challenge of Castlerea at home in the league last Thursday night. Their next game is due against St. Aidan’s in Ballyforan this Sunday at 12 noon.

  The U-11’s lost out to a very strong Boyle side in the recent Keenan Cup final, which was the club’s first ever appearance in the decider. 

Training continues on Monday evenings at 7pm for the U-11’s. Our U-8’s play Elphin this Thursday night, September 25th, in Elphin at 6.30pm. With the under age season coming to an end the club would like to thank all persons who have given their time unselfishly towards development of our youth structure in the club.

The under-16 girls bowed out of the championship after a defeat to St. Mary’s in the quarter-final. The girls put up a strong and brave performance against strong opposition. 

Elphin 

The minor team secured an extremely hard-fought victory against Shannon Gaels last Saturday in the Championship quarter-final in Croghan. Elphin made the brighter start and had a number of scoring opportunities early on but missed them all. Shannon Gaels then had a great spell where they scored 1-3 without reply and were on top. Elphin’s defence tightened up after this and they gradually clawed themselves back into the game and trailed by 1-4 to 0-3 at half-time. Elphin came out strong in the second half and reduced the deficit to two points and Shannon Gaels put three between the teams again. The crucial point of the game came midway through the half when Martin McCaffrey was pulled Elphin got a penalty which Gerry Cregg converted. Shannon Gaels retook the lead with a pointed free but a point from Shane Beirne levelled matters and a last gasp kick from a tight angle by Frankie Cregg gave Elphin the lead for the first time and they held out for the win. They will now face the winners of St. Croans and Tulsk and will take place in the coming weeks.

  The U-12’s remained unbeaten in the championship with a win over Shannon gaels on Thursday. Shannon Gaels got the better start with 2 early points but after that it was Elphin who played the better football scoring 1-6 without reply to leave the score 1-6 to 0-2 at half time. Elphin picked up where they left off in the second half and despite two late goals from Shannon Gaels ran out easy winners 2-12 to 2-2. They now go on to play in the final on the 4th October.


Kilmore 

Pride of the parish this weeks goes to the National Automation sponsored minor team who qualified for their second county final in a row by defeating a strong Ballinameen team on Saturday. Kilmore started the stronger but it was Ballinameen who led at half-time by 2 points. But the Kilmore lads came out fighting in the second half and put in an excellent 2nd half performance to win by 1-14 to 2-6. The real battle begins now as Kilmore bid to bring home the Brian King memorial cup. Our opponents in the final which is provisionally fixed for Saturday the 4th of October will either be St. Barry’s or St.  Dominic’s. The National Automation sponsored U-16 team are due to play St. Croans in Enfield on Thursday evening at 6.45 pm. The U-16 game against Ballinameen was not played on Sunday as Ballinameen could not field so the game was awarded to Kilmore. The U-16 team are also due to play Kilbride on this Sunday in Kilbride at 12 pm. The junior team were defeated on Saturday in the league by a strong Strokestown team. Underage players will be looking for sponsorship in the coming weeks for a sponsored walk coming up and your support would be appreciated for this. Anyone who has not yet purchased a ticket for the club draw is asked to contact any member of the executive as soon as possible. The club wishes Fergal O’Donnell the best of luck with his new job of manager of the Roscommon team.


Padraig Pearses

Minor football championship semi-final: Pearses 0-9 St Ciaráns 0-11. Our Sean Hogarty sponsored minor football team ended their championship run last Saturday evening when they went down to a very good St. Ciaran’s team in Ballyforan. St. Ciarans started the strongest and went into an early five points lead. However, the PearseS stood up to the challenge and went in at half time leading by 0-6 70 0-5 following some great defending from the backs and well worked and converted scores up front, the pick of them being points from Eamon Donoghue and Sean Ryan. The second half started in a similar vein to the first and St. Ciarans went into a three-point lead. Pearses worked well throughout the pitch to pull back the deficit and got to within a point of St. Ciaran’s with three minutes to go when Shane Blackweir’s goal chance was well saved by the St. Ciarans keeper. However, Ciaran’s had the final say and went on to win by two points. The young Pearses team (12 of the starting 15 are underage next year) can be very proud of their performance on the day and can look forward to the future with optimism. Thanks to all who came out to support the team and the best of luck to St. Ciarans in the final.

  Senior Hurling Championship: Pearses 0-17 Tremane 0-7: The KLR sponsored Pearses senior hurlers had a good victory over Tremane last Sunday morning in Athleague. The first half was a close affair, but Pearses proved too strong in the second half to pull away comfortable winners in the end.

 Junior Girls Camogie Championship Final: Pearses 2-5 Oran 1-11. The Finnerty Brothers sponsored Pearses Camogie team just lost out to a vastly experienced Oran side in the county Junior Camogie final last Saturday evening in Athleague. This was a fine performance by a very youthful Pearses team and there was never a puck of the ball between them. With goalkeeper Breda Carty in fine form Pearses led by 3 points at half time but a late Oran goal sealed the result for them. Best for Pearses were Breda Carty, Deirdre Sweeney, Louise Egan and Christina Dolan. The club would like to thank the management team of Padraig Dooley, Patty Ward and Belinda Dooley and also Theresa Kelly for her work with the underage set up.


St Aidans

The minors defeated Kilglass Gaels in the quarter-final of the championship on a scoreline of 0-12 to 2-2. They are now through to the semi-final which is due to be played over the coming weekend. Please check fixtures for details, your support would be greatly appreciated in what is a big game for the lads.

  The seniors had an excellent win against St. Dominics in the relegation play-off in Kiltoom on Saturday evening. This was a hard-fought win with a great team effort ensuring senior status for 2009.


St Barrys 

Our lads played in the All-Ireland 7 a sides in Dublin last weekend. They got into the semi-final and played very well. They were beaten by the eventual winners. The lads that did the Barry’s proud were Finbar McGowan, Eamon Leavy, Johnny Harte, John Murtagh, Mickie Regan, Tony Fallon, Martin Guildford, Ronan Mitchell, David Keenan and Kieran Wallace. Well done to one and all and the management team.

  Minor Club news: Our U-12 team recently had a good win over St. Ronan’s recently in Ballyfarnon. Next game is against Knockcroghery and we will have full details of that match in next week’s notes. Our minor team drew with St. Dominic’s recently in semi-final of the championship in a game played in Ballyleague.

  It’s great to see so many Barry’s people out working for the Kieran Kelly accident fund. A great effort is being made by the whole community. 


St Brigids

Results: O’Gara Cup Semi-Final. St. Brigid’s lost this game on a scoreline of St. Croan’s 2-10 to St. Brigid’s 1-12. The U-12 girls have qualified for the quarter-final after beating St. Dominics 2-7 to 0-0 with great performances from Emma Lydon, Karen O’Boyle, and Kate Dempsey.

  

St Croans

The intermediate team secured a place in this year’s O’Gara Cup final on Saturday last with a win over St. Brigids. St. Croans dominated the first half however Brigids posed a strong challenge after the interval and Croans had to fight hard to hold onto the game. At the full-time whistle St. Croans came out top with a three-point win to advance. 

  The minor team had made several attempts to get their championship campaign under way against St. Michaels  in the last few weeks but the inclement weather had caused some difficulties. Thankfully the weather obliged on Saturday last and the game was finally played in Enfield. The home side were on top from the start. Their good performance gave them a convincing win over the Cootehall men and a ticket into the next stage. 


St Dominics

Our senior footballers played St. Aidans in the relegation play-off last Saturday in Kiltoom. In ideal conditions St. Dominics started very well and our inside-forwards were getting good quick ball in and were on top but midway through the half Aidans got in for a goal and this set Dominics back. On the restart Dominics played very well and had the margin down to just one point when Aidans scored their second goal and they held on to that lead to the end. This was a good performance by Dominics who were good enough to win this game but could just not get the scores at the vital times. We now play Strokestown in a do-or-die encounter with the losers going down to the Intermediate Championship next year. The lads have been putting in a great effort in training over the last number of weeks and this game should be a ding-dong affair.

  Our minor footballers played St. Barrys in the county semi-final last Tuesday in Ballyleague. This was a hard-fought close encounter with the lead changing to and fro throughout this low-scoring game. In the end a draw was a fair result on a score-line of 0-5 each. The replay has been fixed for this weekend so check fixture list for details. The lads have been training very hard and are real Championship contenders so come along and support the lads.

  Our U-16s had a hard-earned 3 point victory over Tulsk on Saturday last in Tulsk. We are now in the Semi-Final. Check fixture list for our next match.We wish a speedy recovery to Daniel McCormack and Alan McDonnell. Our U-12s lost out to Boyle on Wednesday week last but have still qualified for the semi-final where we will play Clan na nGael. 

 Junior: The junior team were unlucky to go down against St. Barrys last Saturday 20th Sept. The team has been training/playing since early February and full credit to their dedication to the club. The Junior team participated in the Roscommon Winter League and Championship this year. We thank all involved with the team.


St Faithleachs 

Club Merchandise: Club Merchandise (Jerseys and Track Suits) available in Adult and Child sizes. Orders now being taken, please contact Derek Thompson on 0878172668. 

The club extends deepest sympathy to the Gibbons family on the death of Moll Gibbons, Moneen.


Strokestown 

The Junior team had a good win over neighbours Kilmore in the Tansey Cup last Saturday. The senior team are playing St. Dominic’s in the relegation final next Saturday in Ballyleague. In a must-win game the club would urge all supporters to come out and encourage the team to a win.


Tulsk 

On Saturday night, the 4th of October, Tulsk GAA along with friends and neighbours of Gearoid McCormack are holding a function in his honour in the Tulsk Inn. As you will recall Gearoid was assaulted in The Czech Republic early in the summer and is currently on the road to a full recovery. Music on the night is by Gracelands and your support would be greatly appreciated. It was worrying times for the parish while he was in hospital, and it’s great to get the opportunity to celebrate his return to good health, and to the club with himself and his family. As was said in these notes in early June, Gearoid is a fine footballer showing great passion and determination on the field, these traits are sure to aid him in his full recovery.

Junior training continues as planned, as a place in the Northern Final in both the league and championship are still up for grabs.

  Tulsk St. Marys: The U16 girls have qualified for the Div. 1 semi-final and have done well all year. Thanks to Alan Burns and Brendan O’Connor, their effort hopefully will now bring them success. See fixtures for details. Our Juniors drew with St Croans and after trailing by 7 points at half-time. They still have to play St. Barrys.


Michael Glaveys 

The Intermediate team were defeated by Kilbride in the Championship on a scoreline of 0-12 to 0-9. Kilbride were the better balanced team on the day and deserved the win. Our thanks to Johnny, Kieran, Joe and Aidan for their efforts with the team during the year. 

 

Oran 

Preparations are still underway for the county junior semi-final on October 4th. The Oran U-8 had a very busy week, playing three games. On Thursday we travelled to Castlerea and put in a very impressive display. On Saturday we played in the Knockroghery Fair Tournament. We lost narrowly to St. Brigids in the semi-final and we went on to win the shield final against Roscommon Gaels.


Western Gaels

Our senior championship semi-final with Castlerea must go to a second replay. It finished level in Elphin last Saturday after a mighty battle and a draw was probably a fair result as we could have won it and towards the end could have lost it. We never gave up and now we must prepare for another tussle in Hyde Park next Sunday. Throw-in at 4.30 pm. Once again we wish John Donnellan and the team the very best of luck.

  Our U-12’s beat Castlerea in their Championship game last Friday evening while our U-12 girls lost their match to Boyle. Our Minors beat Kilbride in the first round of their championship. We will hold a fundraising social for training expenses in Scotts next Saturday night. There will be numerous spot prizes and we will also hold our lotto draw. 


St Ciarans 

Possibly unprecedented in our short history, we enter into the weekend of October 4th/5th with much excitement and a little apprehension, preparing to contest two Championship Finals, U-12 Division 2 and Minor Division 1.

  To help defray costs, anyone interested in offering assistance by way of sponsorship, or any desired means, should contact any member of the Club Executive or team managements.

  By virtue of our U-12’s win over a gallant Kilmore side in a game played in Mulhern Park in difficult conditions on the day we are now poised for a county final which is scheduled for the 4th of October. Excellent achievement but much work yet to be done.

In the U-16s League, we played Clan na nGael. Again, despite the weather, a very sporting and competitive game ensued with only a point or two separating the two sides throughout the game. Conditions seemed to favour us and we won out by two points in the end. A very pleasing win and we look forward to our final game in this run of the league, with some confidence.

 Division 1 minor semi-final: The game between ourselves and Padraig Pearses was held in Ballyforan,in near perfect conditions for football. St. Ciarans got off to a flying start and were 4 points to the good before Pearses got on the score-sheet, but there-after Pearses wore down our lead and turned in at half-time a point up, 0-6 to 0-5.

  After the resumption and into the second half a few positional changes in the forwards together with a number of astute substitutions turned the game in St. Ciarans favour, while all was to play-for up to the final whistle, we came away victorious, thus earning a place in the county final which is scheduled for Sunday 5th October, 2008. 


Hurling

Four Roads 

Well done tour our U-15 hurlers on retaining the title last Friday evening in Athleague .It was a good hurling contest with some fine performances from Conor Coyle, Darren Fallon, Martin McLoughlin, Mattie O’Brien, Leo Conroy and Robbie Kelly. Well done to Robbie on scoring a personal tally of 2-5 and also to Conor Coyle on captioning his first winning team. The next challenge is the county U-16 semi final against Oran.

 The hurling club would like to congratulate the Four Roads ladies on winning the senior camogie final last Sunday in Pearses against Athleague. It was fully deserved on the day.


Oran 

Oran had a comprehensive win over Roscommon Gaels in the second round of the U-16 hurling championship in Lisnamult on Wednesday evening last and qualified for the county semi final against Four Roads.  C. Kenny opened the scoring for Oran in the second minute and with  D. McDermott and M. Gunning in control at midfield had a goal each from the Kenny twins  and points from G. Concannon, T. Featherstone, D. McCormack and D. McDermott.  The Gaels struggled for scores but C. Egan was on target to leave it 2-9 to 0-2 in favour of Oran at half time.  Goals from D. McCormack and T. Featherstone in the second half finished the game as a contest and while Oran were convincing winners a stiffer test awaits them in the semi-final where they will need to improve their striking and move the ball quicker.


Ladies Football

Kilbride 

The U-12 girls will compete in the quarter-final this week. Congratulations to Lorna Flanagan, a member of the U-12 squad, who will represent Kilbride next Sunday September 28th in Croke Park in the mini games that will take place during the intervals of the Ladies All-Irelands.

  Intermediate Ladies: The Intermediate Ladies face Eastern Harps of Sligo in the first round of the Connacht Championship which is due to be played the first weekend in October in Kilbride. 


Camogie 

Athleague 

There was heartbreak for the senior team on Sunday last when they were defeated by Four Roads in the senior camogie Final in Woodmount on the score line of 2-10 to 2-6.

The team will resume training next week for the Connacht Club Junior Final which takes place on the October Bank Holiday week end.

  The Club would like to thank the following who sponsored the team: Reubens Catering, Keegan Tractors, Hamrock’s Bar & Lounge, Siobhan Boyle and Alan Neilan Electrical.  

The club would also like to thank the mentors of Tony Brennan, David Kelly and Ann Connell and all the supporters who travelled to Woodmount on Sunday morning. 


Oran 

Well done to the Junior team on retaining their title as Co. Junior champions. The team played Padraig Pearses on Saturday evening in Rockfield in front of a good crowd of supporters. It took the team a while to settle in the first half and they were losing at half-time by one goal on a scoreline of 2-4 to 0-7. However a different team came out in the second half and there were a few positional changes which made all the difference. The team put on a great second half display. The backs defended tirelessly and only conceded one score in the second half. The midfield line worked hard, helping out their backline as well as creating scores up front. The forwards were on target up front scoring a total of 1-12 with a majority of scores coming from play. Team: C. Kelly, E. Farrell, E. Kenny, G. Rogers, M. Beirne, M. Lawless, N. McCormack, C. Morris, C. Casey, M. Fannon, C. Regan, C. Rogers, C. Curley, A. Morris, M. Healy, T. Rowe, M. Brandon, E. McDermott, L. Gunning, L. Concar, L. Beirne, L. Mee, L. Carthy, S. Keenan, S. Carroll, C. Owens. The club would like to thank all the supporters who supported the team on the day and also a huge thanks to the parks committee who had the pitch in such good condition. The team will now play the Galway champions on the 19th of October.




Roscommon Gaels

The senior hurlers lost their latest championship game against Four Roads at the weekend and they must now win their final game and hope that results go their way if they are to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition. See fixture list for details. Training continues at the usual times.

  The minor footballers scored an excellent 1-12 to 0-11 win against Clann na nGael in the Division 1 championship semi-final in Kiltoom last Saturday. It was a superb performance and now the team will play St. Ciarans in the county final on Sunday week.

  The U-16 team defeated Boyle in the league last week and this week the team face St.  Ciarans on Sunday next. See fixtures for details.

  Ladies Foootball: The U-12 and U-16 ladies teams have now qualified for the Div. 1 quarter-finals. Both matches will take place this week. The U-16 team will play against St. Brigids. See ladies fixtures for the exact details. The U-12 team played three championship games last week. They defeated Four Roads and St Ciarans and were defeated by a point by Clann na nGael.

  The U-10 team played St. Domnics in the annial blitz last Friday evening and won by four points. Our thanks to St. Domnics for hosting the event.

  The club would like to heartily congratulate Fergal O’Donnell on his appointment as the new Roscommon senior team manager and we wish him and his selectors the best of luck. Good luck also to Ross Shannon and Declan Hoare who have been appointed as selectors. Good luck to Declan Hoare who gets married this weekend to Ann Hardiman. 


Boyle 

Pride of place must go to the McGovern Directional Drilling intermediate team which overcame St. Ronan’s in the George Bannon Sports  county quarter-final in Boyle on Saturday. It was a hard-fought encounter which they won by 1-8 to 0-8. They will play the county semi-final against St. Croans in Castlerea at 5.30 pm on this Saturday. Supporters are urged to travel in numbers to provide vocal encouragement. The club wishes to extend congratulations and good wishes Boyle resident Fergal O’Donnell on taking over the management of the Roscommon senior footballers and to Boyle clubman Stephen Bohan who will be part of Fergal’s management team.

  Ladies Club: The U-12 girls had good wins over Eire Og and Western Gaels last week. This team has now finished top of Group A. 


Castlerea St Kevins

Shannonside FM Senior Championship: Part three of the Castlerea St. Kevins and Western Gaels saga will be staged in Hyde Park on Sunday next at 4.30pm after the teams played out a brilliant drawn game in Elphin on Saturday evening last on a scoreline of 1-14 each. This was an excellent game of football played in a sporting manner and both teams will feel they had chances to win it. A draw was probably a fair result so let’s hope the next episode is as good and hopefully Castlerea St. Kevin’s can shade it. 


Eire Og

The U-16 boys team saw off the challenge of Castlerea at home in the league last Thursday night. Their next game is due against St. Aidan’s in Ballyforan this Sunday at 12 noon.

  The U-11’s lost out to a very strong Boyle side in the recent Keenan Cup final, which was the club’s first ever appearance in the decider. 

Training continues on Monday evenings at 7pm for the U-11’s. Our U-8’s play Elphin this Thursday night, September 25th, in Elphin at 6.30pm. With the under age season coming to an end the club would like to thank all persons who have given their time unselfishly towards development of our youth structure in the club.

The under-16 girls bowed out of the championship after a defeat to St. Mary’s in the quarter-final. The girls put up a strong and brave performance against strong opposition. 

Elphin 

The minor team secured an extremely hard-fought victory against Shannon Gaels last Saturday in the Championship quarter-final in Croghan. Elphin made the brighter start and had a number of scoring opportunities early on but missed them all. Shannon Gaels then had a great spell where they scored 1-3 without reply and were on top. Elphin’s defence tightened up after this and they gradually clawed themselves back into the game and trailed by 1-4 to 0-3 at half-time. Elphin came out strong in the second half and reduced the deficit to two points and Shannon Gaels put three between the teams again. The crucial point of the game came midway through the half when Martin McCaffrey was pulled Elphin got a penalty which Gerry Cregg converted. Shannon Gaels retook the lead with a pointed free but a point from Shane Beirne levelled matters and a last gasp kick from a tight angle by Frankie Cregg gave Elphin the lead for the first time and they held out for the win. They will now face the winners of St. Croans and Tulsk and will take place in the coming weeks.

  The U-12’s remained unbeaten in the championship with a win over Shannon gaels on Thursday. Shannon Gaels got the better start with 2 early points but after that it was Elphin who played the better football scoring 1-6 without reply to leave the score 1-6 to 0-2 at half time. Elphin picked up where they left off in the second half and despite two late goals from Shannon Gaels ran out easy winners 2-12 to 2-2. They now go on to play in the final on the 4th October.


Kilmore 

Pride of the parish this weeks goes to the National Automation sponsored minor team who qualified for their second county final in a row by defeating a strong Ballinameen team on Saturday. Kilmore started the stronger but it was Ballinameen who led at half-time by 2 points. But the Kilmore lads came out fighting in the second half and put in an excellent 2nd half performance to win by 1-14 to 2-6. The real battle begins now as Kilmore bid to bring home the Brian King memorial cup. Our opponents in the final which is provisionally fixed for Saturday the 4th of October will either be St. Barry’s or St.  Dominic’s. The National Automation sponsored U-16 team are due to play St. Croans in Enfield on Thursday evening at 6.45 pm. The U-16 game against Ballinameen was not played on Sunday as Ballinameen could not field so the game was awarded to Kilmore. The U-16 team are also due to play Kilbride on this Sunday in Kilbride at 12 pm. The junior team were defeated on Saturday in the league by a strong Strokestown team. Underage players will be looking for sponsorship in the coming weeks for a sponsored walk coming up and your support would be appreciated for this. Anyone who has not yet purchased a ticket for the club draw is asked to contact any member of the executive as soon as possible. The club wishes Fergal O’Donnell the best of luck with his new job of manager of the Roscommon team.


Padraig Pearses

Minor football championship semi-final: Pearses 0-9 St Ciaráns 0-11. Our Sean Hogarty sponsored minor football team ended their championship run last Saturday evening when they went down to a very good St. Ciaran’s team in Ballyforan. St. Ciarans started the strongest and went into an early five points lead. However, the PearseS stood up to the challenge and went in at half time leading by 0-6 70 0-5 following some great defending from the backs and well worked and converted scores up front, the pick of them being points from Eamon Donoghue and Sean Ryan. The second half started in a similar vein to the first and St. Ciarans went into a three-point lead. Pearses worked well throughout the pitch to pull back the deficit and got to within a point of St. Ciaran’s with three minutes to go when Shane Blackweir’s goal chance was well saved by the St. Ciarans keeper. However, Ciaran’s had the final say and went on to win by two points. The young Pearses team (12 of the starting 15 are underage next year) can be very proud of their performance on the day and can look forward to the future with optimism. Thanks to all who came out to support the team and the best of luck to St. Ciarans in the final.

  Senior Hurling Championship: Pearses 0-17 Tremane 0-7: The KLR sponsored Pearses senior hurlers had a good victory over Tremane last Sunday morning in Athleague. The first half was a close affair, but Pearses proved too strong in the second half to pull away comfortable winners in the end.

 Junior Girls Camogie Championship Final: Pearses 2-5 Oran 1-11. The Finnerty Brothers sponsored Pearses Camogie team just lost out to a vastly experienced Oran side in the county Junior Camogie final last Saturday evening in Athleague. This was a fine performance by a very youthful Pearses team and there was never a puck of the ball between them. With goalkeeper Breda Carty in fine form Pearses led by 3 points at half time but a late Oran goal sealed the result for them. Best for Pearses were Breda Carty, Deirdre Sweeney, Louise Egan and Christina Dolan. The club would like to thank the management team of Padraig Dooley, Patty Ward and Belinda Dooley and also Theresa Kelly for her work with the underage set up.


St Aidans

The minors defeated Kilglass Gaels in the quarter-final of the championship on a scoreline of 0-12 to 2-2. They are now through to the semi-final which is due to be played over the coming weekend. Please check fixtures for details, your support would be greatly appreciated in what is a big game for the lads.

  The seniors had an excellent win against St. Dominics in the relegation play-off in Kiltoom on Saturday evening. This was a hard-fought win with a great team effort ensuring senior status for 2009.


St Barrys 

Our lads played in the All-Ireland 7 a sides in Dublin last weekend. They got into the semi-final and played very well. They were beaten by the eventual winners. The lads that did the Barry’s proud were Finbar McGowan, Eamon Leavy, Johnny Harte, John Murtagh, Mickie Regan, Tony Fallon, Martin Guildford, Ronan Mitchell, David Keenan and Kieran Wallace. Well done to one and all and the management team.

  Minor Club news: Our U-12 team recently had a good win over St. Ronan’s recently in Ballyfarnon. Next game is against Knockcroghery and we will have full details of that match in next week’s notes. Our minor team drew with St. Dominic’s recently in semi-final of the championship in a game played in Ballyleague.

  It’s great to see so many Barry’s people out working for the Kieran Kelly accident fund. A great effort is being made by the whole community. 


St Brigids

Results: O’Gara Cup Semi-Final. St. Brigid’s lost this game on a scoreline of St. Croan’s 2-10 to St. Brigid’s 1-12. The U-12 girls have qualified for the quarter-final after beating St. Dominics 2-7 to 0-0 with great performances from Emma Lydon, Karen O’Boyle, and Kate Dempsey.

  

St Croans

The intermediate team secured a place in this year’s O’Gara Cup final on Saturday last with a win over St. Brigids. St. Croans dominated the first half however Brigids posed a strong challenge after the interval and Croans had to fight hard to hold onto the game. At the full-time whistle St. Croans came out top with a three-point win to advance. 

  The minor team had made several attempts to get their championship campaign under way against St. Michaels  in the last few weeks but the inclement weather had caused some difficulties. Thankfully the weather obliged on Saturday last and the game was finally played in Enfield. The home side were on top from the start. Their good performance gave them a convincing win over the Cootehall men and a ticket into the next stage. 


St Dominics

Our senior footballers played St. Aidans in the relegation play-off last Saturday in Kiltoom. In ideal conditions St. Dominics started very well and our inside-forwards were getting good quick ball in and were on top but midway through the half Aidans got in for a goal and this set Dominics back. On the restart Dominics played very well and had the margin down to just one point when Aidans scored their second goal and they held on to that lead to the end. This was a good performance by Dominics who were good enough to win this game but could just not get the scores at the vital times. We now play Strokestown in a do-or-die encounter with the losers going down to the Intermediate Championship next year. The lads have been putting in a great effort in training over the last number of weeks and this game should be a ding-dong affair.

  Our minor footballers played St. Barrys in the county semi-final last Tuesday in Ballyleague. This was a hard-fought close encounter with the lead changing to and fro throughout this low-scoring game. In the end a draw was a fair result on a score-line of 0-5 each. The replay has been fixed for this weekend so check fixture list for details. The lads have been training very hard and are real Championship contenders so come along and support the lads.

  Our U-16s had a hard-earned 3 point victory over Tulsk on Saturday last in Tulsk. We are now in the Semi-Final. Check fixture list for our next match.We wish a speedy recovery to Daniel McCormack and Alan McDonnell. Our U-12s lost out to Boyle on Wednesday week last but have still qualified for the semi-final where we will play Clan na nGael. 

 Junior: The junior team were unlucky to go down against St. Barrys last Saturday 20th Sept. The team has been training/playing since early February and full credit to their dedication to the club. The Junior team participated in the Roscommon Winter League and Championship this year. We thank all involved with the team.


St Faithleachs 

Club Merchandise: Club Merchandise (Jerseys and Track Suits) available in Adult and Child sizes. Orders now being taken, please contact Derek Thompson on 0878172668. 

The club extends deepest sympathy to the Gibbons family on the death of Moll Gibbons, Moneen.


Strokestown 

The Junior team had a good win over neighbours Kilmore in the Tansey Cup last Saturday. The senior team are playing St. Dominic’s in the relegation final next Saturday in Ballyleague. In a must-win game the club would urge all supporters to come out and encourage the team to a win.


Tulsk 

On Saturday night, the 4th of October, Tulsk GAA along with friends and neighbours of Gearoid McCormack are holding a function in his honour in the Tulsk Inn. As you will recall Gearoid was assaulted in The Czech Republic early in the summer and is currently on the road to a full recovery. Music on the night is by Gracelands and your support would be greatly appreciated. It was worrying times for the parish while he was in hospital, and it’s great to get the opportunity to celebrate his return to good health, and to the club with himself and his family. As was said in these notes in early June, Gearoid is a fine footballer showing great passion and determination on the field, these traits are sure to aid him in his full recovery.

Junior training continues as planned, as a place in the Northern Final in both the league and championship are still up for grabs.

  Tulsk St. Marys: The U16 girls have qualified for the Div. 1 semi-final and have done well all year. Thanks to Alan Burns and Brendan O’Connor, their effort hopefully will now bring them success. See fixtures for details. Our Juniors drew with St Croans and after trailing by 7 points at half-time. They still have to play St. Barrys.


Michael Glaveys 

The Intermediate team were defeated by Kilbride in the Championship on a scoreline of 0-12 to 0-9. Kilbride were the better balanced team on the day and deserved the win. Our thanks to Johnny, Kieran, Joe and Aidan for their efforts with the team during the year. 

 

Oran 

Preparations are still underway for the county junior semi-final on October 4th. The Oran U-8 had a very busy week, playing three games. On Thursday we travelled to Castlerea and put in a very impressive display. On Saturday we played in the Knockroghery Fair Tournament. We lost narrowly to St. Brigids in the semi-final and we went on to win the shield final against Roscommon Gaels.


Western Gaels

Our senior championship semi-final with Castlerea must go to a second replay. It finished level in Elphin last Saturday after a mighty battle and a draw was probably a fair result as we could have won it and towards the end could have lost it. We never gave up and now we must prepare for another tussle in Hyde Park next Sunday. Throw-in at 4.30 pm. Once again we wish John Donnellan and the team the very best of luck.

  Our U-12’s beat Castlerea in their Championship game last Friday evening while our U-12 girls lost their match to Boyle. Our Minors beat Kilbride in the first round of their championship. We will hold a fundraising social for training expenses in Scotts next Saturday night. There will be numerous spot prizes and we will also hold our lotto draw. 


St Ciarans 

Possibly unprecedented in our short history, we enter into the weekend of October 4th/5th with much excitement and a little apprehension, preparing to contest two Championship Finals, U-12 Division 2 and Minor Division 1.

  To help defray costs, anyone interested in offering assistance by way of sponsorship, or any desired means, should contact any member of the Club Executive or team managements.

  By virtue of our U-12’s win over a gallant Kilmore side in a game played in Mulhern Park in difficult conditions on the day we are now poised for a county final which is scheduled for the 4th of October. Excellent achievement but much work yet to be done.

In the U-16s League, we played Clan na nGael. Again, despite the weather, a very sporting and competitive game ensued with only a point or two separating the two sides throughout the game. Conditions seemed to favour us and we won out by two points in the end. A very pleasing win and we look forward to our final game in this run of the league, with some confidence.

 Division 1 minor semi-final: The game between ourselves and Padraig Pearses was held in Ballyforan,in near perfect conditions for football. St. Ciarans got off to a flying start and were 4 points to the good before Pearses got on the score-sheet, but there-after Pearses wore down our lead and turned in at half-time a point up, 0-6 to 0-5.

  After the resumption and into the second half a few positional changes in the forwards together with a number of astute substitutions turned the game in St. Ciarans favour, while all was to play-for up to the final whistle, we came away victorious, thus earning a place in the county final which is scheduled for Sunday 5th October, 2008. 


Hurling

Four Roads 

Well done tour our U-15 hurlers on retaining the title last Friday evening in Athleague .It was a good hurling contest with some fine performances from Conor Coyle, Darren Fallon, Martin McLoughlin, Mattie O’Brien, Leo Conroy and Robbie Kelly. Well done to Robbie on scoring a personal tally of 2-5 and also to Conor Coyle on captioning his first winning team. The next challenge is the county U-16 semi final against Oran.

 The hurling club would like to congratulate the Four Roads ladies on winning the senior camogie final last Sunday in Pearses against Athleague. It was fully deserved on the day.


Oran 

Oran had a comprehensive win over Roscommon Gaels in the second round of the U-16 hurling championship in Lisnamult on Wednesday evening last and qualified for the county semi final against Four Roads.  C. Kenny opened the scoring for Oran in the second minute and with  D. McDermott and M. Gunning in control at midfield had a goal each from the Kenny twins  and points from G. Concannon, T. Featherstone, D. McCormack and D. McDermott.  The Gaels struggled for scores but C. Egan was on target to leave it 2-9 to 0-2 in favour of Oran at half time.  Goals from D. McCormack and T. Featherstone in the second half finished the game as a contest and while Oran were convincing winners a stiffer test awaits them in the semi-final where they will need to improve their striking and move the ball quicker.


Ladies Football

Kilbride 

The U-12 girls will compete in the quarter-final this week. Congratulations to Lorna Flanagan, a member of the U-12 squad, who will represent Kilbride next Sunday September 28th in Croke Park in the mini games that will take place during the intervals of the Ladies All-Irelands.

  Intermediate Ladies: The Intermediate Ladies face Eastern Harps of Sligo in the first round of the Connacht Championship which is due to be played the first weekend in October in Kilbride. 


Camogie 

Athleague 

There was heartbreak for the senior team on Sunday last when they were defeated by Four Roads in the senior camogie Final in Woodmount on the score line of 2-10 to 2-6.

The team will resume training next week for the Connacht Club Junior Final which takes place on the October Bank Holiday week end.

  The Club would like to thank the following who sponsored the team: Reubens Catering, Keegan Tractors, Hamrock’s Bar & Lounge, Siobhan Boyle and Alan Neilan Electrical.  

The club would also like to thank the mentors of Tony Brennan, David Kelly and Ann Connell and all the supporters who travelled to Woodmount on Sunday morning. 


Oran 

Well done to the Junior team on retaining their title as Co. Junior champions. The team played Padraig Pearses on Saturday evening in Rockfield in front of a good crowd of supporters. It took the team a while to settle in the first half and they were losing at half-time by one goal on a scoreline of 2-4 to 0-7. However a different team came out in the second half and there were a few positional changes which made all the difference. The team put on a great second half display. The backs defended tirelessly and only conceded one score in the second half. The midfield line worked hard, helping out their backline as well as creating scores up front. The forwards were on target up front scoring a total of 1-12 with a majority of scores coming from play. Team: C. Kelly, E. Farrell, E. Kenny, G. Rogers, M. Beirne, M. Lawless, N. McCormack, C. Morris, C. Casey, M. Fannon, C. Regan, C. Rogers, C. Curley, A. Morris, M. Healy, T. Rowe, M. Brandon, E. McDermott, L. Gunning, L. Concar, L. Beirne, L. Mee, L. Carthy, S. Keenan, S. Carroll, C. Owens. The club would like to thank all the supporters who supported the team on the day and also a huge thanks to the parks committee who had the pitch in such good condition. The team will now play the Galway champions on the 19th of October.