Castlewellan GAC Weekly Notes

November 8, 2018


* “Ah, breaker one-nine, this here’s the JamesMac. You gotta copy on me, Big Aidan, c’mon? Ah, yeah, 10-4, Big Aidan here,for sure, for sure. 10-4, is that what you scored James Mac?” The younger generation won’t understand the etiquette involved inCitizen Band (CB) radio that was in place many years ago! Anyway theexplanation is too long winded for this column. The younger generation willunderstand score lines GAA style. 10-4 is a score that was racked up and thestory of the game with the remarkable individual performance of James McAleenanwho bagged this last Friday night against Ballyvarley when along with his teammates got their Under 14 Hurling season up and running. On a perfect night forhurling the boys were quickly into their stride and had registered 3-3 in thefirst five minutes and as they say the rest is history. Well done James and tohis team mates who worked hard to create the scores. Matthew Muldoon, SeanKeown dominated midfield while Eoin Maginn pitched in with 2-1. Morgan Croskerywas assured in goals and his puck outs were excellent. Dara McVeigh, Cillian McCay and Ruairi Mc Guinness were on top in the backline. Not to be outdone Míceálóg McVeigh was in great form scoring 4 goals for the Under 12 Hurlers vBallela the night before which was excellent form from young Míceál. By the way10-4 means “received and understood”.

*Almost forty of our youngest footballers made the short trip to Drumaness totake part in a football blitz on Saturday. The boy’s performed brilliantly fromstart to finish. The hard work the boys have put in during training sessions isobvious to see and was commented upon by the opposing managers. Well done toevery member of the panel. Forsome goal scoring comes naturally but, imagine, your first goal for your club. It’snot like in training where the onion bag can get rattled often. You are in yourfirst Under 8 Football tournament in Drumaness and everybody wants the ball. Youare seven years old and all of a sudden the ball is there, the goal is in sightand the keeper who is the same age as you is advancing towards you and the ball.Senan Cunningham didn’t have to ask the question to himself re what he shoulddo. With all the panache, guile and know how, he slipped it past the keeper. Hewill always remember his first goal! These are traits he got from his mother ashis dad would have had a nose bleed that far up the field and quite often gotone! Well done Senan and all the lads who performed so well on Saturday. Thecoaches were really impressed with you all. Keep up the good work.

* The Mr & Mrs.competition that was due to be held in the Club this Saturday night has been putback to Saturday 8 June. It will start at 9.00pm. There will be further detailsin next week’s notes of the night and the contestants.

*The Senior Ladies Footballers and the Seconds Footballers enjoyed good winsthis week over Kilcoo and An Riocht respectively.

*Sunday saw the Feis being held in Castlewellan. As predicted by the weathermanthe sun shone gloriously for the hurling and football. We found ourselvesfortunate enough to be in four finals. We came out tops in three of them. TheMinor footballers fell to a very good Mayobridge seven by four points. The ladsput in a real good shift and with a wee bit of luck and perhaps a better placedpass here and there the result may have been different. The Senior Ladies Footballersbeat Annaclone by seven points. The ladies dominated the game but this was notreflected on the scoreboard. They did play a very attractive brand of footballand deservedly took the title. The winning team was Aisleen Burns, CiaraGibson, Orla Boyle, Mairead Hardy, Cara Cunningham, Sarah McArdle, Kyla Trainor,Aine Keown and Anna Rogan. Next up and probably one of the finest displays ofthe day was our Senior Hurlers. In Sevens irrespective of whether it isfootball, hurling or camogie you need to keep the boot to the board. This wasprecisely what the lads did and went flat out to retain the title with quite abit to spare at the expense of Clonduff. The team was; Tony Ferris, AidanKeown, Cahal keown, Colum McCann, Jake Carville, Jason Croskery, Joe Lennon,Shane Smyth, Aidan Caldwell, and Paul King.  A special mention to “our Jasey” who scored ahat-trick. He just loves sevens hurling! Last but by no means least our SeniorFootballers. They retained their title at the expense of Clonduff by sevenpoints. This was a tight enough affair with the lads staying in front throughoutthe game. It wasn’t until Dan Morgan hit the net for the second time that the resultwas in no doubt. Congratulations to big Finty on getting the Man of the Matchaward. The photos will show him balancing two trophies a medal and his twochildren Orla and Niamh. Is this him being multi-talented! Well done to Fintan McGreevy,Rory Burns, Conal Corrigan, Dan Morgan, Barry Travers, Liam McKibben, DonalMcKibben, Collie Flanagan, Shane McCann and Caolam Brogan.

*The training Schedule for the week is as follows; Thursday May 30th 6.3pm0-7.30pmBann Road P3-P5 Hurling. Friday May 31st 5.00pm-6.00pm St Malachy’s Park U12Boys Football. Saturday June 1st 10.00am-10.45am St Malachy’s Park Nursery, P1& P2 Hurling and Camogie. 10.00am-10.45am St Malachy’s Park P3-P7 Camogie. 10.00am-11.00amSt Malachy’s Park U12 Boys Hurling. 10.45am-11.30am St Malachy’s Park Nursery,P1 and P2 Boys Football and Girls Football. TBC St Malachy’s Park P5/P6 HurlingBlitz

* The Attack Fitness Circuitswill continue in The Club on Thursday evenings at 7.00pm.

* The new club gear is due toarrive and will be distributed in week commencing 3rd June. Thetraining tops ordered will take a little while longer and will be distributed separately.As stated previously there have been a few enquiries about the new club gear andavailability for collection. When the order arrives and is sorted we will leteveryone know when they can collect their orders.