Club notes for week commencing 26th March 2012

November 7, 2018

Underage Coaching
Underage coaching including the nursery continues on Friday evenings 6.30 to 7.30. (4 to 12 years old)
New Nursery
Our qualified schools coach Ms. Bernie Corroon is leading 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. Nursery is sponsored by Easons, Pearse St, Mullingar.
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.
Lotto Results
Lotto Results 26/03/2012
Jackpot 1: €14,000
Numbers drawn: 5, 10, 17, 22
Result: no winner
2 x €100 winners: Skip, Elaine & Kayleigh; Billy Keogh.
Jackpot 2:€1200
Numbers drawn: 1, 10, 21, 22
Result: no winner
Next weeks draws in Mary Lynch’s, jackpots  €14,000 & €1400
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.
Updated Club Text Message Service
We are continuing with our text message service via TEAMER 51001 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 087 8362297. These messages are free to receive and a reply is not required. We currently have over 300 subscribers but would like to extend it further to ensure all our supporters are kept up to date. If you no longer wish to recieve these messages then please text STOP with your name and number to 087 8362297. We want to avoid unnecessary duplication where several copies of the one message are going to the same household.
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.
First Aid
We are planning to provide a First-Aid person  to cover our underage coaching sessions on Friday evenings. 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 which will take place within the next few weeks. 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.
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
Thanks to everyone who  have registered with us on already 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.
Div 1 LeagueIn a tough encounter at Springfield  on Sat last we finished 3 point behind Shamrocks on a score line of 0.13 to 0.10. This was a good senior league game played in the right spirit and the pitch was in excellent condition for football. Michael Gordon had little to do as both teams concentrated on football throughout.  Shamrocks started very well and led by 6 points on a few occasions. They are a powerful side and it would be foolish to back against them in most competitions this year.  Early on we were not able to stay with them and they attacked from their half back line in particular. Both wing backs got scores and made many good runs into our half.  A couple of miss-placed pass coming out of defence and a kick out that went wrong gave them opportunities that we could not afford. We steadied the ship before half time with a few points. Second half we raised our game and settled down to playing better as a unit. We moved the ball well and our backs worked very hard to set up play going forward. With 7 mins remaining we were only 2 behind however we just could not get into the final gear to claw us back to level. We wasted a few chances and Shamrocks finished with the last score. Benny Flynn played very well at corner back and the backs in general did what was asked of them. Shane Carroll was impressive when he came on while Niall Folan and Kevin Smullen work hard upfront in particular. Overall while disappointed to lose we can take many positives from the game. We followed it up with a good tough session on Sunday which was very pleasing.  We need to recover from the defeat quickly and get back to winning ways. The only route is through full attendance and hard work at training. The blending of new and regular players takes a little bit more effort than normal and we need to put the time in at training. Well done to the lads for the effort to date.  
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.
Congratulations to Jenny McNamee on winning the Leinster title in solo singing in Ballymore, this is Jenny’s third Leinster title and has previously won an All –Ireland. Castletown, Moate and Bunbrosna also won.
Well done to Peter Shanley who was Fear on Ti and did an excellent job, ably assisted on stage by Noel Lynam and Eugene Murray.
Committee Meeting
Committee meeting on Tuesday 3rd at 9pm.
The Boot Room
Anybody with football boots that are surplus to requirements can leave them in our new BOOT ROOM located at the pitch end of the old dressing rooms. This has came about following several requests from parents who have boots in very good condition but no longer fit the owners. Kids particularly can grow out of boots quite quickly and this new initiative will allow other kids pick up boots for a nominal fee. All funds received will go to towards underage football. Boots that remain at the end of the season will be donated to charity.
Club All-Ireland
Best of luck to Garrycastle as they try once again to win that elusive All-Ireland.
The Downs Ladies Football
Thanks to everyone who has registered for the coming year . You  can register with any coach, at any training session or in The Shop.
Underage Coaching
Underage coaching session including the nursery continues on Friday evenings 6.30 – 7.30
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.
Easter Raffle
The club are having their annual Easter Raffle  of 3  full sized  chocolate  footballs, please support our unique raffle.
The junior team played Moate in the league on Sunday morning, despite an evenly contested first half, Moate proved  too strong in the second half  and their experience told as the game progressed. Team: Sarah McGuire, Aisling Egerton, Aoife Rowan, Fiona Dignan, Gillian Ferguson, Leanne Duncan, Leanne Duncan, Roisin Scally, Georgina Crowley, Laura Kelly, Beth McGuire, Amy Staunton, Mary Lynam, Laura Smullen, Bernie Corroon, Sinead Murray, Niamh Moriarity, Mags Healy.
Under 14 Feile is next Saturday venue to be confirmed.