Club notes for week commencing 7th May 2012

November 7, 2018

Underage coaching including the nursery continueson Friday evenings 6.30 to 7.30. (4 to 12 years old)

Our qualified schools coach Ms. BernieCorroon will lead our new initiative to give 4 to 6 year old girls and boys, anage appropriate introduction to sport and gaelic football. This will not bejust concentrating on GAA skills but also fundamental skills known as the ABC’s(Agility, Balance, Coordination). Children will follow a programme to developtheir individual motor skills (jumping, throwing, catching) and it is our aimto keep the coaching sessions fun and with plenty of variety. Contact Bernie @087 9282432. Nursery is sponsored by Easons, Pearse St, Mullingar.
TeamContacts for 2012
Team contacts for 2012: Under 8’s: JimmyHughes 086 3457564; Under 10’s: Stephen Cleary 087 6405723; Under 12’s: MarcCunningham 087 8362297; Under 14’s: Jimmy Murtagh 087 6943273, Under 16’s:Johnny Murray 086 3739408; Minors: Eunan McCormack 087 8384055; Seniors: TommyKelly 087 2949714.
LottoResults 07/05/2012
Jackpot 1: €14,000
Numbers drawn: 9, 12, 13, 23
Result: no winner
2 x €100 winners: Pol O’Cualain, KevinMcKeogh.
Jackpot 2: €1800
Numbers drawn: 4, 15, 22, 25
Result: no winner
Next weeks draws will take place in MaryLynch’s with jackpots of €14,000 & €2,000
If you are not currently subscribing to ourlotto, the weekly club lotto is available to play online at our website
You can also register online to receive ourfree weekly email which includes lotto results and club notes. Please spreadthe word to Na Dunta Gaels around the country and the world, encourage them toplay lotto online.
An annual lotto ticket for €100 can bebought with 2 weeks free online or from Matt Carley or Anthony Rowan.
UpdatedClub Text Message Service
We are continuing with our text messageservice via TEAMER 51001 which we use to notify members regarding various clubactivities. If you wish to avail of this service, please text your name andnumber to 087 8362297. These messages are free to receive and a reply is notrequired. We currently have over 300 subscribers but would like to extend itfurther to ensure all our supporters are kept up to date. If you no longer wishto recieve these messages then please text STOP with your name and number to087 8362297. We want to avoid unnecessary duplication where several copies ofthe one message are going to the same household.
Weeklynewsletter email
You can register to receive our free weeklynewsletter email at our lotto website – just search for TheDowns. The newsletter is sent every Monday night and includes that night’slotto results and club notes. Facebook you can now keep up to date with theclub’s activities on our new FACEBOOK page:  and TWITTER @TheDownsGAA.
Bingo continues every Friday at 8.30, come along and bring a friend for anenjoyable nights entertainment.
We are planning to provide a First-Aidperson  to cover our underage coachingsessions on Friday evenings. This will be arranged on a rota basis so we arelooking for 6 volunteers to do 1 hour each on a Friday @ 6 30pm every 6 weeksor so.. Please contact Trudie @ 0879890121 to get involved. Defibrillatortraining will also be arranged shortly – anybody interested should contactTrudie or any club official.
A reminder that a Defibrillator is locatedat the clubhouse at the external wall of the entrance porch.
Membershipand Registration
Membership is now due Adults €20, Family€30, Juvenile €15, OAP €5 Adult Player €40, Student Adult Player €20. Pleasenote all players must pay membership before playing; please ensure you haveyour membership paid before first game.
UnderAge Registration
Registration remains open and can becompleted during the next few underage coaching sessions. Online registration canbe paid via our website.
Sellers are on the road again with thedevelopment draw tickets, we thank you for your past generosity and ask foryour continued support for this years draw. Two draws June and October with nineteen prizes in each draw. Ticketscan be purchased through the website
Div 1 league. Our first team playedGarrycastle in the league last Thursday at home. We lost this game but showed alot of improvement. We were short 4 or 5 regulars however we played some excellentfootball. The fitness and stamina levels were the main difference in the end.Garrycastle were stronger n this department giving the work they did to get tothe All-Ireland final recently.  We led1.04 to 0.03 and were very much on top after 20 mins but the concession of 2soft goals due to errors in defence gave the advantage back to the visitors.Our attacking play was great and the ball going into the full forward line wasof high quality.  We were keepingpossession, mixing the short and long ball and supporting each other very well.Luke Folan finished off an excellent move to the net in style.  In the second half we again were in good formand the game was in the balance until the last few mins. The final score was2.14 to 1.12. The effort was encouraging and once we keep working hard attraining we should be competitive from here. Team. C  Mc Cormick, B Flynn, S Cleary, V Connelly, CCarley, J Smyth, L Farrell, D Lynam, N Molloy, K Smullen, L Folan, B Conroy, TMc Cormick, B Fitzpatrick, S Carroll. Subs C Thompson, M Leavy, K Bell, K Maguire.
Div 4 league. We had a good win overLoughnavalley away last week. We were a good bit stronger on the day. Thanks toall who made the effort to get to the game during the week. Short many throughexam pressure some of the guys who have not being around for a while respondedvery well. This was very encouraging and a good performance got the desiredresult.
Div 6. We travelled to play Kinnegad forthis league game. We were second best for all of the first half however we werevery good in the second half and were on top for most of it. Again we wereshort due to college but we fielded a team most of who are training with a fewcoming out of retirement. We finished well on a score of 1.11 to 3.13.
The under 12 boys defeated an understrengthInny Shamrocks team in the second round of the league played in Molloy Park onSaturday morning last.
2 11-a-side games were played and well doneto all including this week’s captains Jack Carroll and Shane Murtagh.
The lads are out again in the leaguetonight Wednesday 9th vs St Loman’s at 7pm in Lakepoint Park.Meet in Lakepoint Park at 630pm.
Unfortunately our under 14 team had to givesecond best to an excellent Shandonagh team. The Downsnetted a penalty in the first half and went in at halftime 4 points down. Animproved performance at the start of the second half saw The Downs close thegap to a point but Shandonagh upped their game and made better use of theirpossession and converted more scoring chances.
We are delighted to be hosting a KelloggsCúl Camp in August this year. The 5 day camp will begin on Monday August13th and finish on Friday 17th August 2012. Applications can be made online orsubmitted to Westmeath Cúl Camp Co-Ordinator Noel Delaney in Cusack ParkMullingar. Forms and full details booking details are available at 
Watch our for €5 discounts on boxes ofKellogg’s Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies
The Club Shop will be open during ourweekly underage coaching sessions.
New for this year will be club umbrellasand O’Neills tracksuit bottoms in all sizes.
For more information contact Carmel at 087 9496347.
Our revamped website is now up and runningat
Please check it out where you will findlots of information on various aspects of the club as well as opportunities tosupport us by paying registration fees online, playing club lotto orviewing the latest club gear.
The Downs Ladies Football
Thanks to everyone who has registered forthe coming year. You  can register withany coach, at any training session or in The Shop.
Underage coaching session including thenursery continues on Friday evenings 6.30 – 7.30. For training times for allteams contact 0874199344.
FundraisingFor Feile 2012
Come along to our Trad Music night onFriday 11th  9pm  in The Downs Inn. Raffle on the night. Comealong and enjoy the nights entertainment and support our fundraising for Feile.
The Ladies Football are collecting bags ofclothes as a fundraiser, so you can now de- clutter and help the club raisefunds. Bags of clothes can be left with any team coach or committee member orin The Shop. Please ask  family,neighbours, friend and co-workers to fill a bag.
Our under 16 team were at home to Rochfortbridgeon Tuesday evening, despite a excellent effort we had to give second best to astronger side. This is a young team which will improve as the season progresses.
On Friday evening  our junior team were at home to Kilbeggan andtook the two points after a closely contested game despite missing a number ofexperienced players.