Club Notes w/c 25/08/08 - 26/08/2008
ST MALACHY’S G.A.C CASTLEDAWSON
The Committee and Members of St Malachy’s deeply regret the sudden death of Dolores Heaney, wife of Brendan and father of past players Eugene, Brian, Seamus, Sean, Ciaran, Mary and Eileen. We tender to them and the entire family circle our deepest sympathy. Mary Queen of the Gael, Pray for her.
The Club would also like to tender its sympathy to the Hughes family following the recent death of Philomena Hughes. May she Rest In Peace.
Numbers drawn in the weekly Lotto on Monday 25th August 2008 were 1, 2, 10 & 20. As there was no winner, the Lucky Dips went to Aoife Young and Francis Reid. The jackpot for next week will be £3100; Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
The committee would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed on to either of the pitches at any time. Also, all dog litter to be 'cleaned up' from around the pitch by the owner - no excuses.
The Seniors entertain Dungiven this Wednesday evening(27th) at 7pm. Come out and support the lads.
Training for the U-16’s continues on Monday’s in the Broagh at 6.30pm. All to attend; any problems, contact Jimmy Mulholland or Michael Gribbin.
The under 14 footballers continued their Championship campaign with a hard fought semi final win against Ballymaguigan on Thursday night. Played at Lavey on a cool but sunny evening, the game was keenly contested throughout and the result was in doubt right up to the final whistle. The Dawson began with the advantage of a slight breeze and with a tight defence and strong midfield, shaded the first half proceedings. The forwards gradually found their range and hit some beautiful scores to establish a good lead at the short whistle. Half time score: Castledawson 1-7 Ballymaguigan 1-1. St Trea’s began the second period in determined fashion and quickly eroded the lead with 4 unanswered points. But, just as the game appeared to be slipping away, Castledawson hit the insurance points to claim a deserved but hard fought victory. Final score: Castledawson 1-9 Ballymaguigan1-5. This win guarantees a final appearance against Glenullin on Monday September 1st. Well done to all the boys on a good all-round team performance. Best of luck in the final.
Squad: Jarleth Gartland, Cormac Martin, Daryl Mc Killen, Rian Connery, Niall Keenan, Aidan Keenan, Michael McElwee, Paul Mc Coy, Stephen O Hagan, Danny Devlin, Gary Chesney, Ordhan Mullan, Jordan Shivers, Sean Toner, Conor Taggart, Matthew Donnelly, Eamonn Gilmore and Pierce Loughran.
Annual U-10 Football Blitz
The ninth annual St Malachy’s Under 10 Blitz took place at the Broagh on Saturday last and as ever, provided excellent entertainment. Once again, the day was very well organised and everything ran like clockwork. The only disappointment was the rainy weather which arrived in the latter part of the day. The hosts had won last year’s Shield but had never won the main Blitz and had suffered some heartbreaking defeats in recent years. In Group A the hosts and Creggan qualified for the Blitz semi finals while Ballerin and a hastily assembled Castledawson “B” team went through to the Shield semi finals. Group B Blitz semi finalists were the north Derry duo of Steelstown and Slaughtmanus with Moneymore and Greenlough destined for the Shield semi finals.
A late Greenlough goal saw them squeeze past a gallant young Castledawson “B” side whose determination and skill belied their tender years. Ballerin and Moneymore enjoyed a fine game which the north Derry side deservedly won. The Shield final was a very good game played in poor weather. After an even 1st half, Ballerin finished strongly for a good win. Castledawson “A” edged out a fine Slaughtmanus team by 2 points and thus reached the final where they met Steelstown who had won a thrilling semi final against Creggan. So the final was a clash of two sides with 100% records and what a game it proved. Despite the wet weather both teams demonstrated a huge commitment and the full range of the game’s skills. The lead changed hands several times in the first half but at the break the visitors led by a goal. Castledawson played with the wind in the second period and had enough stamina and accuracy to gradually establish a narrow winning lead. At the end there were wonderful scenes as the young hosts celebrated the club’s first ever Blitz victory. The Youth Committee wish to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this year’s blitz as successful as ever. Congratulations to joint Players of the Tournament - Conor Mc Cann and Ryan Kennedy. Castledawson squad: Joseph Craig, Padraig Mc Atamney, Luke Doyle, Shay Conway, Conor Mc Cann, Ryan Kennedy, Jason O Hagan, Cathal Mc Erlean, Matthew Young, Ruairi Keenan, Aoibheann Mc Elwee, Erin Mc Kenna, Ferghal Mc Kenna, Jack Bresland, Shane Chesney, Emma Robinson, Bronagh Robinson, Liam Robinson.
Also, best wishes to Megan Thompson who will play in the INTO Bunscoil Mini Sevens at half time in the Tyrone v Wexford All Ireland semi final at Croke Park on Sunday.
Underage : Congratulations to Eimear McElwee who played extremely well in front of a 55,000 strong crowd in the INTO Bunscoil Mini Sevens Camogie match at Croke Park on Sunday last. Eimear’s performance was a great credit to all her coaches at St Malachy’s GAC and her teachers at New Row Primary School.
Training for the Under 12’s continues every Wednesday at 6pm.
Training for Primary 7, U14s & U16s continues every Wednesday & Friday evening from 5.30pm until 6.45pm. Everyone available needs to attend.
Senior : the seniors play Ballinderry this coming Friday evening(29th) in the league.
Clothing Bank : there will now be a clothing bank located inside the club car park. All textiles, such as sheets, curtains, clothes, shoes, belts and bags may be put in, but must be clean and dry. The car park can be accessed at all times. This is now a permanent feature and can be used by anyone.
The McNicholl School of Irish Dancing are continuing classes in the Pavilion every Monday night at 7pm sharp. Everyone welcome, especially beginners.
Kitbags bearing the club crest are now available in 3 sizes – anyone interested can contact Philip Bradley.
Check out the club web site on www.castledawsongac.com for further details on all club events and visit the Guest Book with your comments on any changes you would like to see.