Club notes for week commencing 20th February 2012

November 7, 2018

Lotto Results 20/02/2012
Jackpot 1: €14,000
Numbers drawn: 17, 21, 24, 27
Result: no winner
2 x €100 winners: Amy & Emily Byrne, Paddy Doherty.
Jackpot 2: €2000
Numbers drawn: 1, 9, 17, 22
Result: no winner
Next week’s draw will take place in Mary Lynch’s: Jackpots €14,000 and €2200.
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
Club Strategic Plan
The club are starting to prepare a 5 year Strategic Plan for 2012 / 2016. We welcome contributions from players, parents and supporters on any aspect of the club’s activities. The initial focus is on our underage structure so all feedback from previous activities or ideas on how we can enhance our youth section going forward can be emailed to or discussed with any club official.
First Aid
Well done to our 15 club members who recently completed a Sports First Aid course which ran over 2 nights and was provided in conjunction with Westmeath Sports Partnership. Following on from this, we will be providing a First-Aid Officer 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 – anbody 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.
Nursery Coaching Workshop
Westmeath Minor Board are holding a seminar for budding coaches on GAA Nursery Activities for boy and girls 4-7 years old in The Downs Hall 23rd Feb. @ 7:30-9:30pm. Anyone with an interest in coaching our young players or would like to get involved in our nursery for this year are invited to attend this workshop.
Scor Sinsear
We are hosting the County Final of senior scor on Saturday night best of luck to the figure dancers, sketch and set dancers. Anyone who can help on the night to assist in the running of the event would be appreciated.
Congratulations to Ballycomoyle on winning the Junior Scor All-Ireland  question time.
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.
Under Age Registration
Registration for underage players is on Sat. 10th  March.
Senior Team
Training and games are going well and we hope we can build on the effort to date with an added push for the next month. Many new faces from the underage system are coming through. Discipline is great and the support from the committee and those who helped cater for the teams after games is greatly appreciated by team management. A great effort is being made by all and we need to keep it going. This week on Wed we play in the Tubber tournament and at weekend we play St Josephs in the div 4 league. Full attendance required to build on our momentum.
Congratulations to Garrycastle on qualifying for the Club All-Ireland Final, we look forward to travelling to Croke Park on the 17th of  March.
We extend our sympathy to the family, relatives and friends  of Bridget Dunne, Coralstown.
The Downs Ladies Football
With  a  new year now might be the time de-clutter and make space for the Christmas presents and the sale bargains.
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.