SKGAA Newsletter 10/10/18

November 8, 2018

A chairde,

On Friday week, the 19th of October at 7pm, we will be hosting a special reception to acknowledge the achievements of some of our county representatives who achieved so much this year across all four codes. The club will make a small presentation to each of the players on the night and it will be a chance for all club members to congratulate these players, their coaches, their parents, their team mates and get their photo taken. We would encourage all club members to come along on the evening which will only go on for an hour or so. We would particularly ask parents to make a special effort to bring the younger generation along to inspire them to what can be achieved through playing with the club at all four codes. 

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Lots to report on this week: Congrats to the U15 hurlers who won the Division B Shield in Duggan Park on Monday night. Our senior footballers salvaged a draw in extra time vs Milltown, while both our minor and U16 footballers made crucial steps in their championships. There was a fantastic U10 camogie blitz in the Prairie at the weekend. This weekend, our seniors will play their replay quarter final, our U14 footballers will hope to retain the county title again, our minor footballers will contest the West Board Final, our second U14 girl's football team will contest a county final and much much more

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On the Field

Adult Football


The senior footballers played out a scrappy draw after extra time in tough conditions in Tuam Stadium on Sunday afternoon. A poor start saw the lads go in 4 points down at half time and things looked beyond them by half way through the second half. But a Rober Butler goal sparked SK into life and they fought back well to secure a draw. It was much of the same in the extra time with both teams cancelling each other out and SKGAA even hit the crossbar with the last kick of the game but the draw was probably a fair result as both teams will want to improve if they want to overcome Mountbellew Moylough in the semi final. One positive for SKGAA was the impact of many of the subs on the day showing that it's much more than a 15 player game. Again we would ask SKGAA members to make a special effort to get to Pearse Stadium on Sunday afternoon. YOUR SUPPORT CAN HELP MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. 


The minors are through to the West Board Final and like the U14s are going for a 5 in a row but a very tough task awaits them with Barna, the league champions the favourites for the game. However SKGAA have prepared very well and despite missing a number of key players, a strong win over Leitir Mór in the semi final at the weekend shows the team are ready for the final. Reigning minor champions Claregalway await the winners in the county final the following weekend. Best of luck to the team and management and again all your support is most welcome and appreciated for throw in in Pearse Stadium on Saturday at 3.45pm. 

Juvenile Football

U6/7 training continues on Mondays outdoor for 2 more weeks 6-7 great numbers and great to see many parents helping out

U8s train Tuesdays in Mcgraths 6-7

U-9 training continues on tue. evening & Sun. morning.Blitz games continue with details to follow.

U10 training tues and Sunday Tues will finish up before mid term with Sunday's continuing for few weeks to mid November.


U11/12 train Sat in Priarie 9-10 ahead of Pete Burke and Enda Colleran tournaments in Nov dates to be confirmed.

The u14a footballers play St. James's in the County Championship Final this Sunday, currently 4pm in Caherlistrane but TBC. Please check the SKGAA Facebook page for potential change. All support appreciated!

Best luck to Conor and the lads this Sunday this is the 5th year in a row SK have reached the u14 final which is a great testament to all hard and excellent work our coaches are doing. 

U16A championship quarter final v Monivea Abbey was held in the praire last Sunday. SKGAA won on  a score line of 1-15 to 1-4. Semi final away to Dunmore in the next 2 weeks.

Adult Hurling

Under 21 Hurling 

Training tonight, Wednesday  wall ball & sand area. 8.45 to 9.45. Juniors welcome 

Juvenile Hurling: 

U6 /U7/U8 Hurling 

U7's (2011) ended their season of blitzes in Craughwell on Sunday with games against Oranmore, Craughwell and Athenry.  Over 200 children took part in a hugely enjoyable event, and the boys all received medals from Thomas Monaghan of Galway and Craughwell. 

U8's (2010) We are waiting on further details on the Bekan blitz for Oct 20th.

U6/U8 training will continue this Friday in Cappagh (5:45pm) – weather pending.

U10 Hurling 

Under 10s had a blitz away to Athenry last Sunday. Thanks to our hosts for the warm welcome. We will have two teams taking part in the annual St Mary's Festival of Hurling this Saturday. No training Friday evening.

U11/U12 Hurling 

*U11 Hurling:* No match or training this Friday. Keep up the practice at home. 

We are provisionally planning to play an U11 blitz vs Barna on Fri week (Oct 19th) in Furbo. I’ll keep you posted on plans when they are confirmed. 

U13/U14 Hurling 

U13/14 training continues in Cappagh, Sundays, 3-4pm

U15 Hurling 

On Monday night our U15 Hurlers played out a very tough game against Sylane in Duggan park . Trailing by a point at half time our boys put in a big second half performance.  And ran out 3 point winners .  Our team was Captain by Fergus Hanney and well done to man of the match Daniel O Flaherty . Speed recovery to Eoin , Brian and Setanta who all missed last night's game . Congratulations to all the team and management.  And thanks to all the parents and supporter's.  

Final score. 

SKGAA 3-10 to 4-04 Sylane.   

SKGAA Team: Oisín Quinlan, Cormac Kelly , Andrew Byrne, Patrick Maloney, Shane O Neill , Robert Carey(v capt) , Macdara Caffrey , Fergus Hanney (Capt), Daniel O Flaherty, Conal Gavin, Aaron Mannion  , Conor Toner, Adam Kennedy, Dara Barrett, Niall McGinn. Subs : Stephen Cullinane , Shay Philips, Eoin Keenan, Setanta  Caffrey,  Brian Conway, Conor Keenan, Hugh Gavin and Eoghan Flannery. 

Management : Sean Gavin , Conor Quinlan, Ivor Barrett and Matthew Keane (also coach).

Back room : Padraic Conway,  Liam O Neill   .

Doctor David Hanney .



U8s  U8 girls train as usual 6 to 7 Thursday in Cappagh and will be playing blitz in Castlegar this coming Sunday.  

A hundred U10 girls arrived in the Prairie on Sunday afternoon to take part in the SKGAA U10 Camogie Blitz, 

The eight team's included our own 2 teams, Moycullen and  Cois Fharriage who also fielded two teams, Carnmore and  Liam Mellows.

Whilst we had to contest with strong winds, the rain stayed away and the girls played four challenging games against tough opposition. 

We have seen great progress throughout the year in the girls skill development. Their determination and team spirit has seen them battle hard which bodes well for the future. There have also had seven new recruits in recent weeks which is really positive going forward.


Many thanks to Joe Maguire and  Nicola Heffernan, for setting up and managing teams. To Clodagh Conlon, Orla Colleran, Dorothy and Robert Carey for all their help in the Arus hospitality suite. To  SKGAA camogie players Ava Conlon, Aoibhe McGinley, Evie Hayes, Aine Daly for refereeing  and also for their coaching assistance throughout the year.

Well done to all our U10 camogie players who showed some real talent, fantastic support play and  made coaches and parents proud !!

The Cappagh Cup Street Leagues continues this Thursday @ 6.00PM in Cappagh Park as four teams battle it out for next weeks finals.  

U12s played an entertaining challenge against U10 boys last Friday. Sister against brother , bragging rights competed for and  a few family disputes settled. Result under appeal !!

U12/U13s start wall ball training this Thursday 11th October 6.50 to 8pm. Training also Sunday mornings 8.50 to 10am in Cappagh. 


U15s travelled to Kilnadeema to play Shamrocks  last Saturday in second game of U15A league. SK girls put in a good performance but lost out to a good home team in a high quality match. Next match in the league is at home this Sunday at 11am against Carnmore. 

Ladies Football


Girls u6 and u8s training at mcgraths field Wednesdays from 6-7 parents needed because of great numbers please talk to the coaches no playing background required


Change of venue and time for training, now 6.30-7.30pm in Cappagh Park on Wednesday.


U14 Girls B team play in the Div 4 Cup final vs Mountbellew Moylough this Sunday. Throws in at 12 on Claregalway Community Centre pitch. Hopefully our girls can bring home their second piece of silverware this year but Mountbellew will certainly have revenge in mind after losing out to us in the league. All SKGAA club support welcome for what will be a tough battle.


SK U16 Girls are still doing some light training on Wed evenings. Next up is a Challenge game v Ballinamere of Offaly on Sun 12noon in Prairie. After that, preparing for Div 1 Shield Final v Oranmore planned for weekend of 21st Oct. Tbc. 


Coaching Corner

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