Club Notes for Friday 14th August 2015

posted 11 Aug 2015, 02:38 by Eamonn Kiernan   [ updated 11 Aug 2015, 02:54 ]
Lotto draw for 4th August: The numbers drawn were: 10, 13, 16, 28. There were no jackpot winners. The €20 draw winners were: Felix Gormley, Rosario Rabbitt, John McNaboe and Thomas Gilligan. The sellers’ prize was won by Geraldine Bleakley. Next week's jackpot now stands at €7,600.

Sympathies: The Club would like to extend its condolences to the families of the following who passed away recently: Vincent Brady, Gurteen, Arva, Co. Cavan, Patrick (Pat) Doyle, Rossduff, Aughnacliffe, Sean Mulligan, Kiltycreevagh, Ballinamuck and Ronan Reilly, Ballinroey, Dring. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-ainmneacha dílis.

Senior Championship: Dromard 1-09 Killoe 0-11. The senior team overcame Killoe in the final game of the group stages of the championship played at Monaduff on Sunday last (9th August). Dromard started the game brightly and opened up a three point lead after 15 minutes. A well taken goal by Ross McNerney with 22 minutes gone saw Dromard ahead at halftime by 1-7 to 0-6. In an entertaining and tightly contested second half, Killoe fought back strongly to draw level as Dromard struggled to add to their half-time scoring tally. In an exciting finish, the win was secured by a Francis McGee point from play. Dromard now face another major challenge as we were drawn to play Longford Slashers in the quarter final on Saturday 22nd August at 7.15pm in Pearse Park. Team versus Killoe: Gavin McNerney, David Pettit, Niall Vance, Paul McGee, Emmet Masterson, Ross McNerney, Kevin Donohoe, Diarmuid Masterson, Ronan McEntire, Bernard Sheridan, Declan Mimnagh, James Martin, Cian Mimnagh, Francis McGee, Peter Reynolds.Subs: Damien Sheridan, Gary Maguire, Enda Kiernan.

Junior Championship: Earlier on Sunday, our junior panel secured their first win in the competition with victory over Ardagh at Keenan Park. Dromard started the game slowly and struggled to convert possession into scores despite creating numerous chances. A fisted goal by Peter Mimnagh following good work by Gary Maguire got Dromard off the mark in the 14th minute. Further goals by Sean McNerney and Gary Maguire saw Dromard extend their lead before half time. In the second half, Dromard established a good foothold around the middle of the field and put together some good passages of football leading to further scores from Brian McCormack, John McNaboe and substitute Peter Cosgrove, who made a welcome return to the Dromard colours. Dromard now play Rathcline on Sunday next in Pairc na nGael at 12 noon in an important fixture to determine progression in the championship. The Dromard lineout versus Ardagh was as follows: Oisin Hourican, Ronan Smith, Cathal Conefrey, James Conefrey, Brendan McLoughlin, Martin McGee, Alan McLoughlin, Conor Duffy, Fergal Berry, Peadar Kiernan, Brian McCormack , Sean McNerney, John McNaboe, Peter Mimnagh, Gary Maguire. Subs: Neill Cosgrave, Peter Cosgrove, Thomas Conefrey, Killian Hourican, Niall McManus.

Minor Championship: St Francis/St Vincent’s (the Saints) played a very fancied Wolf Tones/Clonbroney in the Minor Championship on August 4th. In the league game earlier in the year the Saints were well beaten and missing four of their regular starting team, they needed to put in a big performance to stay in the game. Oisin Hourican in goals kept a clean sheet with some wonderful saves and his pin point kickouts were excellent. The backline of David Kalina and Leon McKeown were solid in defence, with Leon putting in some top class tackles and marching his line. Kevin Whitney, Tom McGee and Cathal Howe played well on the half back line. Aaron McGee and Mark Hughes at midfield were up against a tall paring from Wolf tones, but Aaron and Mark won a lot of ball in the first half and setup a few good attacks. Erik Stanku, dropping back from the half forward line to support the half backs had an excellent game. Peader Kiernan and Martin McStay worked tirelessly and set up attack after attach. Up front Paul Donnelly and Brian McGee caused a lot of problems for Wolf Tones/Clonbroney. The Saints held Wolf Tones/Clonbroney to a half time score of 0-6 to -02, but a lot of chances had been squandered upfront. At the start of the second half, Aaron McGee won an excellent ball at mid-field and ran past a number of defenders to stick the ball in the back of the net. This was the closest the saints got to pulling off a shock win, but they will be happy with their all-around performance. The will now play the Minor Championship Shield Semi-Final in a few weeks’ time and hopefully they will have a full hand to play with. 

Dromard Supporters:  As you know we are currently running our Annual Lotto Drive. For less than €2 euro per week, you are entered into the weekly Monday night lotto draw, which  currently has a jackpot of at €7,600. In addition your will receive the Clubs Annual Lotto Newsletter which is emailed out each Tuesday exclusively to subscribers of our Annual Lotto. The newsletter includes Match Videos, Match Reports, Pictures, Articles by four local volunteers, Local Church Bulletins, Fixtures, etc. You will become a Club Member and receive a Membership Card, have voting rights, automatic entry into the All Ireland Ticket Draw, and get a Car Sticker.  The Dromard Lotto funds more than 14 male and female and underage teams, all club facilities, maintenance of pitches etc. Please contact any Senior, Junior, or Ladies player. You can pay by Cash/Check, or  by Credit or Debit card on our website:www.dromard.longford.gaa.ie . Please support the players, club, and local community. Thank you.

 GAA youth Forum Saturday 24th October: Run by the GAA Youth Committee in order to listen to, respect and engage with the views of young people in the GAA. The forum is open to both males and females and supported by DCYA and LGFA. Discussions on; Healthy Lifestyle, Practical tips to improve your Game, Diet & Nutrition. Workshops by Brendan Egan (Sport & Exercise Science Lecturer/Sligo Footballer), Cathal Cregg (Connacht GAA S&C Advisor/Roscommon Footballer) and Michael Fennelly (S&C Lecturer/All Ireland winning Kilkenny Hurler). 200 delegate places are up for grabs on  first come first serve basis. To apply, Google "GAA youth Forum Individual Application Form" and also make our club secretary aware if you are attending.

Eircom GAA Offer: Eircom is offering GAA club members an exclusive offer on unlimited superfast fibre broadband bundles for only €20 per month, for the first six months. These bundles represent a saving of up to 76% in the first six months or €390 over the full term of the contract according to eircom. For details visit the website eircom.ie/gaaoffer

U16 Championship: We had two outings recently in the u16 B championship. On Thursday last we suffered a heavy defeat to a strong Clonguish Og team who will surely go far this year. This game was a poor reflection on our season to date as we had to field without three of our starting players and lost two of our most influential players with 15 minutes on the clock starting; playing the remainder of the game with only 12 players.  However we regrouped and put in a strong, workmanlike performance on Saturday morning last to defeat a brave Western Gaels team. Joint captain Dylan McCormack was star of the show scoring a hat-trick. Team on duty: M. Courtney, D. O'Toole, E. Howe, M. McKenna, B. O'Connor, M. McStay, D. McCormack, J. McGreevy, C. Keenan, L. McEntire, R. Crowe, C. Cassidy, R. Bleakley. A special word of thanks goes to Peter Dillon for sponsoring the stylish new jerseys for the amalgamation. Training continues on Thursday evening.

Fixtures & Events: Tue 11th: Lotto Ctte Meeting, 8:30pm. Wed 12th: U10 Blitz in Granard, 7pm. Thur 13th: U12 v Colmcille, McGee Pk, 7:30pm. Also, Ladies U16 Final, Time & venue TBA. Fri 14th: Snr Div 1 v Mostrim, Devine Pk, 7:45pm. Marque in Drumlish Festival starts. Sun 16th: Junior C'ship v Rathcline, PnaGael, 12pm. Tue 18th: Ladies U14 V Ballymore, Away, 7pm. Wed 19th: U8 Blitz in Parc na nGael, 7pm. Thur 20th: U12 v Shannon Gaels, PnaGael, 7pm. Fri 21st: Cloths Collection Clubhouse. Sat 22nd: Senior  C-ship Q-Final, Dromard v Longford Slashers, Pearse Pk, 7.15pm. Emerald Storm Concert, Breffni Arms, 8:30pm.


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