National Football League: Congratulations to the Longford senior footballers on their win over Sligo in Markievitz Park on Sunday last, in the process clocking up an impressive winning tally of 1-17. Well done to Diarmuid Masterson and Francis and Paul McGee who all featured against Sligo. A speedy recovery to Paul who picked up an injury in the early stages of the game and was forced to leave the field. Best of luck to the panel and management in the next game against Tipperary on Sunday next in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. This is a great opportunity to pick up the two points needed to secure Longford’s division three status.
Senior Reserve League 1: Mostrim 1-10 Dromard 1-9: Our Reserve League 1 panel suffered a narrow one-point loss away to Mostrim on Sunday last in a game where Dromard led for long stages. Despite this narrow defeat, the team put in a good committed performance and it encouraging to see a few new faces make their senior league debuts. Team and scorers: Sean McNerney, Kevin Donohoe, Niall Vance, Conor Duffy, Martin McGee, Peter Reynolds (0-3), John Sheridan (0-1), Bernard Sheridan (0-4), James Mimnagh, Niall Kelly, Pauric Martin, Michael Reilly, Niall McManus (1-0), Peter Mimnagh (0-1), Peadar Kiernan. Subs used: Fergal berry, Noel Reynolds, Donal Conefrey.
Reserve League 1, Round 2: Dromard take on Longford Slashers on Saturday next (12th March) at 5pm in Páirc na nGael. All support would be greatly appreciated.
Player Registration: Registration/Player Injury Scheme is currently being collected by Club Registrar, Conor Smith. Fee is €50 per player or €30 for a student. Remember no player is covered by injury scheme until registration is paid. It is very important that all Senior and Junior players are covered by the closing date, Thursday the 31st of March so that you are both registered with the club and covered to play. Conor will attend some training sessions and games during March, otherwise contact him or secretary James Mimnagh.
Scór: Congratulations to James Grimes who represented Dromard and Longford at the 2016 Leinster GAA Scór finals at Ballymore, Co. Westmeath, on Sunday, 6th March. Although James did not advance on this occasion, he put in a tremendous performance and it was a great achievement to advance as far as the Leinster final, in the process doing the Dromard club and county proud. Thanks and well done to James from all in the Club.
Missing Jersey Set: Someone has inadvertently stored a set of jerseys in their garage or elsewhere. If you could please take a look as these are extremely valuable to the club and if you find them or know anything about them, contact the club chairman or secretary. The jerseys were very kindly sponsored by Enda Macken and have KCPM written on them.
SafeTALK: Thanks to all for attending the 'Sport your Mind' talk on Tuesday last (1st March) in the Clubhouse. On Tuesday (8th March, 7.30pm), the Club hosted an event as part of the SafeTALK initiative. This is a 3½ hour ‘suicide alertness’ programme that prepares participants to identify and engage with persons who may be having thoughts of suicide. Participants also learn how to provide practical help by using the steps of TALK (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keepsafe) and gain information on the supports and resources available locally, regionally and nationally. Further details of this initiative, including a video, will be circulated via the Club newsletter.
Terry McCormack Memorial Cycle: For the cycling enthusiasts amount you, the Terry McCormack Memorial Cycle is coming up in 7 weeks on 9th April. A group of Terry’s friends and cycling companions will be meeting each Sunday morning at 9.30am to prepare for the cycle in April. For more details please see the relevant Facebook page or email: email@example.com
Lotto results: The numbers drawn for 29th February 2016 were: 7, 11, 13, 27. There was no jackpot winner. The €20 draw winners were: Anne Browne, Thomas Reilly, James, Lauren and Orla Miney and Peter Donohoe (Gortermone). The sellers’ prize was won by Kevin Hourican. Next week’s jackpot stands at €10,600. To be in with a chance to win this great prize, please get your tickets at Moyne Stores, Gortamone Stores, Corrigans Gala Store or the Clubhouse. Thanks again to all who play our lotto either weekly or subscribe on an annual basis, it is very much appreciated.
Dromard Ladies Notes
Underage Training: Training continues as usual on the astroturf every Saturday at 10am for all girls from 8yrs to 16 yrs. We are showing an increase in numbers from last year so keep it up girls and don't forget to bring your friends as we can always welcome new members. For this very reason any more of our senior panel who can commit to this training for 1hr please feel free to come and help out. The young ones would love to see you.
Also this Saturday while your daughters are training hard, we will be running a short information course for all parents who would like to help out with our underage girls on match days. What needs to be done on any match day is not too demanding and if 2 or 3 parents are willing to help out with each underage panel, it frees up the managers to concentrate on their preparation. So once you have delivered your children safely to the astroturf tip up to the clubhouse and we will run through what needs to be done to make a match happen. Please come and get involved!
County Matters: Congratulations to Mairead and all her teammates on a facile victory down in Carlow at the weekend. This leaves just 2 more league matches to play, both at home as they strive for promotion to Div 3. Lets get behind this dedicated bunch and do the County proud. Although they have a rest from the action this coming weekend our U/14 and U/16 County Panels take up the cudgels against Kilkenny and Dublin respectively. We wish everybody involved including our own Karen McLoughlin,Shauna Hagan,Alannah Mulligan and Andrea Farrell the very best of luck.
Results/Fixtures: Our first competitive fixture of the season scheduled for last Sunday failed to materialise as Ballymahon/Forgney were unable to field a team. However never one to miss an opportunity, Elaine seized the chance to put the girls through a vigorous training session instead!
Now we look forward to welcoming Carrickedmond to Pairc Na Gael this Sunday for our first Div 2 match of the season. Throw in is at usual time of 12:30. All support is welcomeEaster Egg Draw: We have decided against running this fundraiser this year as at present the National School are selling sponsorship lines for their sponsored walk. Since all of our younger members will be involved with that it's not fair to keep going to the same people for our fundraising. However we do urge you to support this walk and sponsor any of our schoolgirls to raise funds for their school. We like to think that we complement each other in developing football in the parish and we would like to thank Mr.O'Rourke for training them and togging them out for matches. It is much appreciated by our club, and the girls couldn't wait to tell us all about their match with Stonepark last week when we all met up for training on Saturday morning.