Club notes for week commencing 3rd June 2013

November 7, 2018

5K Run/Race
The Club are having a 5k fun Run/Race on Wednesday 12th of June. A flat course a great opportunity to set your season best time . Come along and enjoy the evening make sure to bring friends and spread the word.
Underage Training
Underage training  is on Friday evenings 6.30 to 7.30  new players welcome.
Senior Championship Saturday 8th  @ 7pm in Rochfortbridge v Athlone
Dulwich Harps
Thanks to everyone who made the visit such a great success last weekend. Our friends from Dulwich Harps and St Pauls Academy in South London were most appreciative of the hospitality received during their 3 night stay in the midlands. We extend our sincere appreciation to the host families who kindly opened their homes for the 3 nights and gave the visitors a very warm and generous welcome. To Olivia and her catering colleagues, well done and thanks on a terrific job. Thanks to our various club officials who made themselves available to ensure everything went smoothly over the few days. Monday night was the conclusion of the trip for the visitors with an U14 challenge against our own lads. The scene was set once again by young Thomas Tuite who gave a flawless rendition of Amhran na Bhfiann. What followed was a terrific game of football well refereed by Jody Moran with our lads not daunted by the bigger and more physical opposition. We were behind narrowly at the final whistle but our lads put in a terrific second half performance which should bode well for the summer. Refreshments and presentations followed afterwards in the clubhouse and thanks to George and our County and Leinster Scor na nOg set dancers for putting on an exhibition for the visitors.
Under 14 Boys
The lads overcame Kilbeggan St Joseph’s in their penultimate div 1a league game last weekend. The last remaining fixture v Ballynacargy was scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday. 
The div 2 side had a good win over an understrength Multyfarnham on Sunday evening last. They are scheduled to play away to Tyrellspass this Thursday evening – details to be confirmed by text. 
Cake Sale for U14 boys 
Fundraising for the U14’s July trip to Kerry starts with a Cake Sale on this Friday evening from 615pm to 8pm. All baking will be most welcome and support  appreciated. The U14 panel will also be doing our 5K Fun Run on June 12th and sponsorship cards have been distributed to all players.
U16 Boys Football
The month of May was an extremely busy but successful month for our U16 boys.
We played our fourth league match on 13th May at a windswept Lakepoint Park where we took on St Lomans. We started the game very brightly and took an early lead but 2 quick goals by the home side put St Lomans ahead 20 minutes into the first half. We responded well with a goal from Conor Duncan and 4 unanswered points before half time to leave the sides level at the half time break. Playing with the aid of a very strong breeze in the second half we ran out comfortable winners in the end. Excellent performances from Conor Duncan & Conor Coughlan on the night.
On the 20th May we travelled down to Athlone to take on the home side. We started the game very well and were 1 goal and 2 points up after ten minutes. We continued to pressure the home side and 2 further goals from Thomas O Rourke and Conor Murray along with 2 well taken points left us with a flattering 10 point lead at half time. Athlone came back at us very strong in the second half to reduce the deficit as was expected. A goal by Jack O Brien followed by points from Andrew Kilmartin & Thomas O Rourke in the last ten minutes made sure of the win on a score line of 4-11 to 1-09. Excellent performances by Conor Duncan & team captain Niall Gavin on the night.
We took on Ballynacarrigy in The Downs on 25th May in what was a re-fixed match from a previous post ponement. 2 well taken goals from Dylan Carroll & Thomas O Rourke along some excellent points by Andrew Kilmartin gave us an 8 point lead at half time. We pushed on in the second half to close out the game comfortably in the end. Excellent performances from Darragh Egerton & Jack O Brien on the night.
Our final league match was played on Monday 27th May in The Downs against an unbeaten Rosemount side. The game was very close early in the first half with not much separating the sides. We finished the half very strongly with a goal from Andrew Kilmartin and 3 points in the final 10 minutes to lead by 9 points at half time. We started the second half the way we finished the first half with an early second goal from Andrew Kilmartin and 2 well taken points. However Rosemount scored 3 points in succession to keep the pressure on our lads. Substitute Mark Walsh scored 2 excellent points in the final ten minutes and the match finished on a scoreline of 3-12 to 0-08. Excellent performances from Andrew Kilmartin & Niall Mitchell on the night.
The players deserve a lot of credit for their commitment & attitude over the past few weeks which ended with the team sitting on top of Division 1 but there will be a lot more extremely difficult obstacles to cross when the championship begins later in the year. Best of luck to all players doing exams over the coming weeks.
Panel of players for all games: Adam Loughlin, Dara Flynn, Paul Lynam, James Monaghan, Jack Lynch, Darragh Egerton, Philip Doherty, Niall Gavin (Captain), Conor Duncan, Niall Mitchell, Andrew Kilmartin, Conor Murray, Thomas O Rourke, Dylan Carroll, Jack O Brien, Mark Walsh, Philip Martin, Sean Loughlin, Stephen Colgan, Jonathan Raleigh, Jack Kennedy, Dara Tone, Peter Smyth

We extend our sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of John Pettit
Spittalstown, Streamstown.

Club Shop
Sale on club gear up to 50% off on  Windcheaters, Tee shirts, Baseball caps, and Tracksuits
To purchase any club gear contact Carmel at 087 9496347.
Full brochure available on our website and facebook page
Kellogg’s Cul Camp 2013
The club are delighted to be hosting a cul camp again this year in association with Kelloggs from July 29th to 2nd August. 
See our website for more details.
Lotto Results 03/06/13
Jackpot 1: €14,000
Numbers drawn: 8, 11, 19, 28
Result: no winner
2 x €100 winners: K. Carroll, Siobhain / Mary.  
Jackpot 2:€3000
Numbers drawn: 7, 13, 19, 26
Result: no winner. Next week’s draw will take place in the clubhouse with jackpots of €14,000 and €3200.

You can now keep up to date with the club’s activities on our new FACEBOOK page:  and TWITTER @TheDownsGAA.
Membership now due for 2013 Juvenile Player €25, Adult Player €40, Student Player €25, Ordinary Adult member €30, OAP €15, Family €50 You can also do your membership online through the website.
Bingo continues every Friday at 8.30, come along and brings a friend for an enjoyable night’s entertainment.
The Downs Ladies Football
We  wish all our exam students  good luck in their junior and leaving cert.
Underage Coaching
Underage training is on  Friday evenings 6.30 to 7.30 new players always welcome.
Registration is now due and can be paid to any coaches or in the shop reductions for families.
Clothes Collections
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.