Club notes for week commencing 28th May 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
Nursery is sponsored by Easons, Pearse St, Mullingar. Thanks to Easons sponsorship club nursery jerseys are available in the club shop at half price €15.
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 28/05/2012
Jackpot 1: €14,000
Numbers drawn: 19, 20, 24, 26
Result: no winner
2 x €100 winners: Maurice Wallace, Mick Halcro.
Jackpot 2: €2400
Numbers drawn: 6, 7, 9, 19
Result: 1 winner Darragh Egerton.
Next weeks draw takes place in our clubhouse with jackpots of €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.
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.
Senior Notes
Div 1 League
We played Tyrellespass last Saturday in the Downs and lost the game on a score line of 4.13 to 0.13. Two goals in each half conceded cost us dearly. We were going very well early on and were 0.09 to 1.03 up however we let them in for a goal each side of half time to trail 3.03 to 0.09. We never really recovered and when we conceded the 4th goal late on we were well beaten. The first half was very encouraging and our attacking play was generally good. We hit 9 points and probably should have had 4 or 5 more had we settled before shooting. The goals came from overlapping by their half backs and midfield. Our inside backs had little chance as there were too many blue jerseys to deal with. We lost the midfield battle in the second half and were always facing an uphill battle from there.  Our confidence is a bit low at present but we have time to put it right if we train hard and work through these tough times. The commitment is the key and it has to be of the highest standard from here on. With the exception of the leaving cert lads everyone else needs to be in the park working hard to get into shape for championship in just over 3 weeks from now.
Junior A championship
We travelled to Athlone on Sunday to play the first game in the Jnr A championship. We were missing a lot of players due to a variety of reasons but credit to those who made it as we had a splendid victory by 4.08 to 1.05. Playing against the wind in the first half we worked the ball very well. Quick hands and good decision making paid dividends as we let 2.01 to 0.03 at the break. Keith Shanley and Shane Raleigh both hit good goals to finish off excellent moves. The second half was excellent for us as we never took the foot off the gas and ran out strong winners. Jake Cahill who came on at half time hit 1.04 and showed that he can play at this level with ease. We had a good mixture of experience and youth throughout the team. Conditions were tough with high temperatures but the game was played in good spirits. Thanks to all who made the effort and contributed to what was a good result. Team K Mc Guire, S Egerton, P Cochrane, C Quinn, D Daly, M Leavy, D Moran, T Mc Cormick, L Farrell, S Raleigh, J Corroon, K Gavin, K Bell, K Shanley, S Carroll. Subs all used J Cahill, J Mc Cormick, T Kelly.
Under 12 boys
The lads put up 2 terrific performances vs St Lomans in the league on Tuesday May 15th before finishing on the wrong side of a 5-18 to 5-13 aggregate scoreline. Played on the astroturf at Lakepoint Park, all of our 29 players worked very hard in difficult circumstances and were ably led by captains Euan Lagan and Sean Dunne.
On Wednesday last we travelled to Multyfarnham and came away with the spoils after 2 entertaining games with captains Luke Smith and David Smyth leading the way. Both lads showed maturity beyond their years with some excellent post match analysis in the dressing room. Good luck to Multyfarnham who are in the middle of building a very impressive community centre and we look forward to returning when complete.
This Saturday, the lads travel to County Down for the annual Newry Mitchell’s Tournament – all players will be notified about arrangements – any queries contact Marc.
Under 10’s
Our under 10 boys played two challenge matches recently in The Downs against Shandonagh & St Lomans. Our players have been divided into two evenly matched teams: The Downs Black & The Downs Amber. Both games were competitive & all players got game time before the North Westmeath league started.
We had a bye in the 1st round of the league so our 1st match was away to Ballynacargy on Wed 16th May. This game was played by The Downs Black team. After going well ahead in the 1st half, The Downs let the lead slip and Ballynacargy came right back into it. But The Downs held out towards the end of the second half to win by 5 points. Well done to all involved.
Defibrillator training and First Aid update
We are now providing a First Aid officer for our Friday evening coaching sessions. New volunteers are always welcome and the Friday evening slots are provided on a rota basis. Please contact Trudy @ 087 9890121 for more information a reminder that a Defibrillator is located at the clubhouse at the external wall of the entrance porch.
Under Age Registration
Registration remains open and can be completed during the next few underage coaching sessions.
Online registration on our Local Lotto web site.
Development Draw
We are having our development  draw on Sunday 3rd of June all members and people who bought tickets are invited to come along and enjoy the evening.
Cul Camp
We are delighted to be hosting a Kelloggs Cúl Camp in August this year. The 5 day camp will begin on Monday August 13th and finish on Friday 17th August 2012. Applications can be made online or submitted to Westmeath Cúl Camp Co-Ordinator Noel Delaney in Cusack Park Mullingar. Forms and full details booking details are available 
Watch our for €5 discounts on boxes of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies
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.
Members of our club nursery can buy club jerseys at a 50% discount €15 thanks to the sponsorship of Eason Mullingar sizes available 3 / 4 and 5/6
New website
Our revamped website is now up and running at
Please check it out where you will find lots of information on various aspects of the club as well as opportunities to support us by paying registration fees online, playing club lotto or viewing the latest club gear.
5K Run/Race
The Club are having a 5k fun run/race on Wednesday 13th of June as a fundraiser for underage boys and girls football. Come along and enjoy the evening make sure to bring friends and spread the word.
The Downs Ladies Football
Coaches Needed
If anyone could help out with coaching any of our teams please let any of the committee or coaches know.
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.
Fundraising For Feile 2012
Cake Sale
Thanks to everyone who supported our cake sale on Friday evening both bakers and buyers.
Clothes collection
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. Please ask family, neighbours, friend and co-workers to fill a bag.
On Tuesday evening both our Junior team and Under 14 team were playing at home.
The under 14 team played Moate and despite leading for much of the game conceded two late goals which gave the two points to Moate. This game was played at a fantastic pace with a high level of skill and some excellent scores from both sides.
The Juniors playing Killucan started slowly which gave Killucan the advantage in the first half leaving had a lot to do for the second half, The Downs improved their game in the second half and continued to  reduced the lead throughout the half  but unfortunately time ran out with 3 points the difference between the sides.