Club notes for week commencing 12th March 2012

November 7, 2018

Lotto Results
Lotto Results 12/03/2012
Jackpot 1: €14,000
Numbers drawn: 2, 8, 13, 28
Result: no winner
2 x €100 winners: Joe Martyn (online), Colm Maguire.
Jackpot 2: €2600
Numbers drawn: 6, 9, 11, 13
Result: 1 winner Angela Farrelly – Congrats Angela.
Next week’s draw in our clubhouse – Jackpots €14,000 and €1000.
If you are not currently subscribing to our lotto, the weekly club lotto is available to play online at our website.
You can also register online to receive our free weekly email which includes lotto results and club notes.
Please spread the word to Na Dunta Gaels around the country and the world, encourage them to play lotto online.
An annual lotto ticket for €100 can be bought with 2 weeks free on line or from Matt Carley or Anthony Rowan.
Club text message service
We are continuing with our free text message service via TEAMER 51687 which we use to notify members regarding various club activities. If you wish to avail of this service, please text your name and number to Marc at 087 8362297. These messages are free to receive and a reply is not required. We currently have over 300 subscribers but would like to enhance it further to ensure all our supporters are aware of our activities and are notified when venues are changed or games cancelled etc
Weekly newsletter email
You can register to receive our free weekly newsletter email at our lotto website – just search for The Downs. The newsletter is sent every Monday night and includes that night’s lotto results and club notes.
Facebook you can now keep up to date with the club’s activities on our new FACEBOOK page:  and TWITTER @TheDownsGAA.
Bingo  continues every Friday at 8.30, come along and bring a friend for an enjoyable nights entertainment. Jackpot is now €1,600
First Aid
We are planning to provide a First-Aid person  to cover our underage coaching sessions which recommence on March 24th. This will be arranged on a rota basis so we are looking for 6 volunteers to do 1 hour each on a Friday @ 630pm every 6 weeks or so. Training will be provided if required. Please contact Trudie @ 0879890121 to get involved or if you would like to avail of the next first aid training course. Defibrillator training will also be arranged shortly – anybody interested should contact Trudie or any club official. A reminder that a Defibrillator is located at the clubhouse at the external wall of the entrance porch.
Senior Panel
Senior squad travelled to Tyrone at weekend and had a successful weekend of training and a game on Sunday v Dromore. This was a good exercise to gel the youth with the more experienced lads on the panel. Hopefully the learning will stand to the lads going forward. Well done to all who travelled. We play Tang in the league this wed evening at 8pm in lakepoint. Please come out to support the team. We play shamrocks on Sunday in Springfield. Training Friday at 8pm.
Membership and Registration
Membership is now due Adults €20, Family €30, Juvenile €15, OAP €5 Adult Player €40, Student Adult Player €20   
Please note all players must pay membership before playing; please ensure you have your membership paid before first game.
Underage Registration
Thanks to everyone who registered with us on Saturday for 2012 including new members of our nursery sponsored by Easons Mullingar. Registration remains open and can be completed during the next few underage coaching sessions.
The first underage coaching session including the nursery takes place on Saturday 24th March at 5 – 6pm.
We then revert to our usual Friday evening slot from Friday 30th March at 630 – 730pm.
New Nursery
Our qualified schools coach Ms. Bernie Corroon will lead our new initiative to give 4 to 6 year old girls and boys, an age appropriate introduction to sport and gaelic football. This will not be just concentrating on GAA skills but also fundamental skills known as the ABC’ s(Agility, Balance, Coordination). Children will follow a programme to develop their individual motor skills (jumping, throwing, catching) and it is our aim to keep the coaching sessions fun and with plenty of variety. Contact Bernie @ 087 9282432. Easons have kindly agreed to sponsor our Nursery programme We would like to thank them for their sponsorship  and look forward to a  successful summer for ourselves and Easons.
Team Contacts for 2012
Team contacts for 2012: Under 8’s: Jimmy Hughes 086 3457564; Under 10’s: Stephen Cleary 087 6405723; Under 12’s: Marc Cunningham 087 8362297; Under 14’s: Jimmy Murtagh 087 6943273, Under 16’s: Johnny Murray 086 3739408; Minors: Eunan McCormack 087 8384055; Seniors: Tommy Kelly 087 2949714.
The Club Shop will be open during our weekly underage coaching sessions.
New for this year will be club umbrellas and O’Neills tracksuit bottoms in all sizes.
For more information contact Carmel at 087 9496347.
Underage Results
Division 1 Under 14
We played our first Div 1 game of 2012 against St Mary’s Rochfortbridge away last Saturday. This was a very competitive game with both sides having purple patches. The Downs started against a strong breeze and St Mary’s took full advantage of this to get in behind our backs and score some easy goals in the first quarter. We went to the break 5 points adrift. We started the second half well and took some great scores, the game ebbed and flowed between both teams and our boys never gave up and were very unlucky to come out the wrong side of the score line by a few points. Our full backs of Conor Coates, Paul Lynam and Daragh Faulkner worked very hard through out the game, our half backs of Evan O’Riordan, Darragh Flynn and Adam Loughlin had fine games, Dillon Carroll and Sean Loughlin combined well and more than held their own in this area, half forwards of Conor Gavin, Philip Martin and John Kenny put a lot of pressure on the opposition defence setting up some good scores, full forwards of Darragh Tone, Jack O’Brien and Peter Smyth putting in good performances with O’Brien dominant at full forward, Ricky Cleary manned the goals in the second half and had a fine game in this position Jordan Smyth joined the attack in the second half working hard at corner forward, Joseph Moran played in goals for the first half and then joined the forwards for the second half and made a fine contribution to the team effort. We look forward to next week and a possible re match with St Mary’s in the Feile on Monday 19th March.
Under 14 Div 3
Our division 3 team have played two games in the league the first against Inny Gaels which saw The Downs record a well earned win and start the season on a positive note. Panel: Darragh Falkner, Keith Carroll, Darragh Monaghan, Cathal Faulkner, Evan Eivers, Darragh Flynn, Taylor Daly, Max Rowan, Dylan Carroll, Donal Coughlan, Joseph Robson, Ciaran Nolan, evan O’Riordan, Mark McCann, Conor Gavin, Enda O’Rourke, Jack O’Brien, Dylan Hunt.
On Saturday last they were at home to Killucan, and this young team despite playing some excellent football lost out in a close and competitive game. Well done to all the players and to the under 12s who were added to the panel and staked a claim for their place in the coming games. Panel:  Trevor Martin, Keith Carroll, Alex Henry, Euan Lagan, Paul Flynn,  Liam Faulkner, Oisin Murphy, Darragh Monaghan, Michael Drury,  Max Rowan, Joseph Robson, Mark McCann, Enda O’Rourke, Matthew Cunningham, Donal Coughlin, Jonathan Lynam, Ciaran Nolan.
Bus to Club All-Ireland
The Club are organising a bus to the club All-Ireland on St Patricks Day – Adults €10 underage €5. To book a seat contact Sean Carroll  0876507659.  All children to be accompanied by and adult. 
We extend our sympathy to the family, relatives and friends  of the Patricia Farrell of 82 Ginnell Terrace, Mullingar, Monica Flynn of Greenpark  Ballina Mullingar.
The Downs Ladies Football
We had our registration day on Saturday last thanks to everyone who attended and those who helped out. If you did’nt make it don’t worry you  can register with any coach, at any training session or in The Shop.
The first underage coaching session including the nursery takes place on Saturday 24th March at 5 – 6pm.
We then revert to our usual Friday evening slot from Friday 30th March at 630 – 730pm.
For training times for all teams contact 0874199344.
The Ladies Football are collecting bags of clothes as a fundraiser, so you can now de- clutter and help the club raise funds. Bags of clothes can be left with any team coach or committee member or in The Shop.
League  Div 2
The Downs 2:17  Killucan 3:07
On Saturday evening we opened the season with an away league game in Killucan. The team gave an impressive display and set a standard for themselves for the season.  The Downs started brightly and went into a early lead controlling the early scoring chances, Killucan came back into the game and put The Downs under pressure in the last quarter of the half but skilful defending and good use of the ball out of defence kept Killucan to the minimum. Halftime score The Downs1:10  Killucan 0:3. The second half saw a more evenly contested game with Killucan taking their goal chances ensuring The Downs had to maintain their effort until the final whistle. This was an excellent team performance  well done to all the players and coaches. Team: Bernie Corroon, Aishling Egerton, Aoife Rowan, Fiona Dignan, Laura Wynne, Leanne Duncan, Gillian Ferguson, Roisin Scally, Ellen Tate, Mary Lynam, Beth McGuire, Amy Staunton, Emma Duncan, Laura Smullen, Georgina Crowley, Sarah McGuire. Remember all players must make an effort to attend training if we are to make an impression in this division.