National Football League: Congratulations to the Longford senior footballers on their great win over a previously unbeaten Tipperary team on Sunday last. In an entertaining game, Longford again managed to accumulate an impressive winning tally of 1-17. Well done to Dromard’s representative Diarmuid Masterson who played well against a dangerous Tipperary forward line, and who pushed forward to set up a great Longford goal chance in the second half. Longford now have a two-week break until their penultimate league fixture away to Clare on Easter Sunday, 27th March.
Senior Reserve League 1: Our Reserve League 1 team, missing a number of players, were defeated by Longford Slashers on Saturday evening last. Well done to the players on duty who put in a good performance against a strong Longford Slashers team.
Senior League Division 1, Round 1: Dromard take on Clonguish on St Patrick’s Day at 1pm in Páirc na nGael in the first round of the league. All support would be greatly appreciated as we aim to get off to a winning start in this year’s campaign.
Senior League Division 3, Round 1: Our Division 3 panel take on Killoe at 3.30pm on Sunday next, 20th March, in Páirc na nGael in the first game of this year’s league.
Longford GAA Fundraiser: The Devils in Prada Fashion Show takes place this Saturday 19th March in the Longford Arms Hotel, starting at 7pm. Tickets costing €20 are available from Corrigan’s Filling station. Proceeds go towards the senior team’s training fund and as many people as possible are encouraged to come along and show your support. A great night of fashion, music and entertainment is promised.
Gaeltacht Grant: Anyone interested in applying for a grant to attend the Gaeltacht through the Longford GAA is reminded that application forms must be returned by 5pm this Friday 18th March to firstname.lastname@example.org Further details available from any member of the club executive.
New Arrival: Congratulations to Mairéad and Cathal Conefrey on the recent birth of their new baby boy, Matthew.
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.
Farm Plastic Collection: Collection of farm plastic in the Parish takes place on Wednesday 13th April from the usual location.
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.
Lotto results: The numbers drawn for 7th March 2016 were: 10, 17, 23, 26. There was no jackpot winner. The €20 draw winners were: Mary Hopkins, Vincent Doyle (Ballinamuck), Michael Smith and John Joe Masterson. The sellers’ prize was won by Mick Kane. Next week’s jackpot stands at €10,700. 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
Results/Fixtures: There are no fixtures scheduled this week for Dromard but we give you advance notice that there will be matches for U/12,U/16 and Senior Panel over the Easter Weekend. We know this is not ideal girls, but please do your level best to tog out if you are staying in the parish that weekend. As yet these fixtures are unconfirmed but are as follows. U/16 Panel are due out on Thurs 24th Mar away to Mostrim and Mairead will be in touch. Senior Panel are due out on Sun 27th Mar in Gold Cup away to St. Helen's and Sean will be in touch. U/12 Panel are due out on Mon 28th Mar also away to St. Helen's and Helen will be in touch. Bernie and Laura are both away over the Easter Weekend and also the following weekend so any help that parents can give especially at the Underage matches will be much appreciated.
It would be an ideal opportunity for you to put into practice what you learned at our recently held Matchday Information session. For those parents who were unable to make that meeting you can get full details still from Bernie.
We only have one result to bring you this week from our Senior Div 2 match with Carrickedmond.Dromard 2-14 Carrickedmond 3-5. A report appears below.
Birthday Greetings: Two of our U/16 Panel share birthdays this coming week. So Happy Birthday to Alannah Reilly and Amy McLoughlin. No excuse to miss training though ladies!
Match Report: Our first Senior match of the season turned out to be quite an eventful day on Sunday last. Dromard started the game on the front foot scoring a goal and a point to C'Edmond's point until C'Edmond were awarded a penalty when Niamh Cooke hauled down her opposing player. This was only pointed over the bar but whilst we were enjoying this reprieve the match was turned on it's head. Galvanised by not taking full advantage of their penalty C'Edmond proceeded to rattle in three goals in quick succession to lead by 6 points at the break. Just prior to the break however came possibly the turning point of the match. Laura Bleakley who had been doing serious work in midfield sustained a serious blow to her nose resulting in the referee red carding her opponent. Whether this provided the impetus to Dromard for the second half we will never know but they played with renewed vigour, limiting their opponents to 1 point whilst scoring 1-10 to run out winners by 6 points. All in all it was a good tough match to get our season underway after the dissapointment of not playing last week and if the girls play with the same spirit and determination in every game the season should be half decent for them. We all wish Laura a speedy recovery. Team and Scorers:- Amy McLoughlin,Niamh Cooke,Rachel Reilly,Laura Bleakley,Helen Conefrey (1-3 ),Shauna Reilly,Mairead Reynolds (0-1 ),Aedin Mimnagh (0-4 ),Cait Murphy (0-1 ),Chloe Connell,Rebecca Maguire (0-4 ),Doireann Mimnagh and Laura Martin (1-1 ) Used Sub Roisin Kiernan.
Underage Training: This continues as usual every Sat morning at 1000am on the astroturf for all our 8-16yr olds. Its good to see numbers keeping up evey week but don't forget to encourage your friends along. If they see you enjoying it they will as well if you can persuade them along. Just to say that while Laura is away on holiday for the next couple of weeks, parents won't be getting a reminder text, but sure why would you need one? It's surely the highlight of your week... how can you forget it!