Club Notes for Friday 29th May 2015

posted 28 May 2015, 09:46 by Eamonn Kiernan

Annual Lotto: Over the coming weeks all members will be asked to renew their annual membership and to subscribe to our annual lotto. . This contribution by all of you is vital to meeting the operating costs of the club. Over the course of the year these costs total in excess of 50k. As an example of one of the packages, the €100 for Non-Players package gives you the following: 52 weekly lotto jackpot entries per year, access to the clubs Newsletter which includes match videos, photos, articles, match reports, etc, entry into draw for All Ireland Tickets, Automatic Club Membership, receive a membership card, voting rights at the AGM, Dromard GAA Supporters Car sticker, and the opportunity to support your community.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated by all from 5 to 55 years of age who benefit from the range of activities and teams within the club.  For those living away from home or who wish to purchase using a credit or debit card, please go to the club website: . Direct Debit Forms will also be available for those who wish to sign up annually.  Please contact Michael Reilly 086 2202275.


Lotto:  There was no jackpot winner this week. The numbers drawn were 4, 12, 16, 27. The €20 draw winners were Sean O'Reilly, James Martin, Bernie King, Niall McManus. Sellers Prize went to Gerry Mimnagh. Next week's jackpot now stands at €6,500. Draws take place in the Club House at 9pm on Monday nights, all are welcome and any help is greatly appreciated! Also, you can drop off sold tickets in the Letter Box at the Club House at any time or put them in the boxes at either Corrigans or Moyne Cross Stores shops. Alternatively you can purchase your Annual Subscription on line by going to the club website:


Reserve League 1: Dromard took on Killoe in Emmet Park on Friday evening last (22nd) in the final fixture in this competition. Despite a number of regular starters being unavailable on the evening, the Dromard team on duty put in a hardworking and spirited display throughout this very entertaining contest. A strong Killoe team emerged the victors on this occasion but well done to the Dromard players who battled strongly throughout. Some good support play and passing saw Dromard create plenty of chances during the game and the team scored three goals over the hour with Niall Vance, Noel Reynolds and Alan McLoughlin all finding the net. The team lined out as follows: Sean McNerney, Enda Kiernan, James Mimnagh, Conor Duffy, John Sheridan, Niall Vance, Michael Reilly, Peter McEntire, Noel Reynolds, Alan McLoughlin, Enda Macken, Niall McManus, Peter Reynolds, Gavin McNerney, Jimmy Kiernan. Subs: Michael Reynolds, James Conefrey, Brendan McLoughlin, Donal Conefrey.


Under 8 Blitz Tonight Wednesday the 27th: There will be an Under 8 Go Games Blitz in Ballinalee at 7pm which in addition to St. Francis Dromard also includes St. Patricks Og and St. Vincents.


U13 All County, Thursday, 28th May: Last Thursday the 21st seen our U13’s combined with St. Colmcille’s continue as North Longford in Round 2 of the competition. In our first game we played Mid Longford and had a really good win which teed us up against Western Gaels where the winners would progress to the Cup semi-final and the losers would go to the Shield semi-final. In a cracking game we just came up short but our performances to date has seen us installed as the number 1 seed in the Shield so if we can win our first game this Thursday next we progress to the final but if we lose we get one more opportunity to make the final. This is a good competition as it allows our players to play 15 a side football at a higher level. Next fixture is Thursday, 28th May in Michael Fay Park at 7:50pm when we play the winners of ( Mid Longford V South Longford ) in the semi-final. ( Note that should we lose this game will play again the following Wednesday night).


June Bank Holiday Morning Fitness Classes: morning fitness and tone bootcamp classes are taking place this week in the clubhouse (numbers permitting). The class times are as follows: 7.30am: beginners only. 6.30am: intermediate and advanced. Confirm your place by text or phone to Abi Hagan (086) 6632968 or check the “fab abs” facebook page for more details.  


Contact Details and Team Lists for Underage Players by end of May:  All underage team managers please note that you are responsible for sending in your team lists, including players names, both parents names and mobile numbers to be properly setup for texting, emailing and added to the GAA Club Management System. As players are being registrations as part of our annual membership, lotto drive, player injury scheme registrations, etc, this must all be in by the last day of May which is this Sunday the 31st.  Email your list to before then.


Leinster Championship: Good luck to Diarmuid Masterson, Ronan McEntire, Francis McGee and Ross McNerney and the Longford senior footballers in their quarter final meeting with Dublin in Croke Park on Sunday. Our four players have represented the club with distinction all year and we wish them all the best as they line out in Croke Park for the second time in just over a month. No doubt that there will be a large contingent of Dromard supporters present and it will be an opportunity to meet up with our colleagues who are residing in the Capital.


Under 10 Blitz, Wednesday the 3rd of June: There will be an Under 10 Go Games Blitz in Monaduff  at 7pm on the 3rd which in addition to St. Francis Dromard also includes St. Vincents, Clonguish Óg, and St. Colmcilles.


Code of Ethics and Best Practice in Sport Course, June 5th: On Friday the 5th of June Longford GAA will be holding a Code of Ethics and Best Practice in Sport Course. Places limited, book in advance, Damien on 087 912 6556.


St Mary’s Granard G.F.C Stars in Their Eyes Event, June 6th: Granard GAA is having an exciting fundraiser in the Longford Arms Hotel based on the TV programme "Stars in Our Eyes", with 14 acts including neighbouring clubs. Tickets cost €15 and can be obtained from any St. Marys player or  contact Patricia Gettings 087 2557425.


U12 on Tuesday 9th of June at 7:30pm in Annaduff: This year see’s St. Francis take part in the Division 2 of the Longford / Leitrim U12 League. In Division 2 of the league there will be two groups of 5 teams in each which will give all teams 4 group games plus at least one knockout round. This makes up phase 1 of our U12 season and phase 2 will kick in with just the Longford Clubs as we compete in the Longford League which will conclude in early October. Dates for all the rounds of the Longford Leitrim League are on the Master Fixtures list, contact club secretary.


U16: Good luck to students undertaking the School House Exams. Training will resume when these exams are over. Those players sitting the Junior Certificate will be exempt from training for the duration of their exams.


Underage training Schedule: Underage training sessions take place at set times each week, there will be no text messages sent unless there is an exception to this schedule, and exceptions will be kept to a minimum. So please note the following schedule: Under 6 and Under 8's is on Saturday mornings at 10am. U10's is on Monday nights from 7:15 to 8pm, and the U10’s typically have a blitz every second Wednesday, check Leader for locations. An Additional night for U6 / U8 / U10’s may be added to immediately after the school summer break. U14’s on Friday nights at 7pm and Sunday’s at 12:30pm. U16’s ( After School House exams are over) on Mondays at 6:30pm and Thursdays at 7:30pm and U16s can be either in Monaduff or PNanGael.


Fixtures & Events: Tue 26th: U14 v Mostrim, away, 7:30pm. Wed 27th: U8 v Ballinalee, away, 7pm. Senior Club Meeting, 9pm. Thu 28th: U13 v Mid or South LD, away, 7:50pm. Co Ladies U14 v Laois.  Fri 29th: June Bank Holiday Morning Fitness Classes with Abi:  Sat 30th: Senior Ladies Blitz, away. Co U14 & U15 Dev Squads. Longford Community Games Finals in Ballymahon. Sunday 31st: Dublin V Longford, Croke Park, 4pm. Final Date to submit underage team lists. Mon 1st: Ladies U12 TBC. Wed 3rd: U10 Blitz, away, 7pm. Thu 4th: U13 time/venue TBA. Fri 5th: Code of Ethics & Best Practice in Sport, Pearse Park, 6:50pm. Sat June 6th. U10 Ladies Blitz hosted by Dromard