SKGAA Newsletter 15/10/17

November 8, 2018



A chairde, 


Another week, another landmark camogie title for the club, with the Junior camogie team adding the Connacht title to the county title they won last month. The girls blitzed Na Brideoga on Sunday in Bekan, Ballyhaunis. Congrats again to all team and management on an amazing season.
A special mention must go to the U15 hurlers who lost out to Padraig Pearses in the county final on Monday in Ballinasloe. After losing heavily to the same team in the group game, the lads put in a mammoth performance on Monday and did everything but win the game, conceding a last minute goal. Sport can be really cruel. The lads didn't get what they deserved but huge credit most go to them and their management for their super effort.
There was double disappointment for the dual players with the U15 footballers losing out to St. Michaels in the league final on Sunday. Hard luck also the the U21 hurlers beaten by Ballygar on Saturday morning also.
There was some great news for our U12A ladies footballers, whose appeal against their elimination from the championship was upheld and they will now finally replay against Monivea at a neutral venue in the county semi final. 
Lots of action this weekend. The U17 hurlers are in thr final of the Urban Development A Championship this Saturday at 12.30pm in Pearse Stadium. The U21 footballers are in championship action vs Oughterard in the first round Knockout in Oughterard at 12pm. There is also an U12 football league final as well a minor camogie fianl coming up.
Much and more info below…….

Battle on the Bay 

SKGAA are delighted to announce 'Battle on the Bay' our club fundraising lip sync competition which will see 7 teams go head to head on the 25th of November in the Salthill Hotel. Tickets on sale soon………
Anyone involved in a business who would like to do a bit of advertising and support the club at the same time, there are a few convenient ways to buy an advert for the event. Please contact us here at the club if your interested or know of anyone who might be interested.


Want to get rid of your old clothes and support the club at the same time???
SKGAA will soon have a clothes bank in place at the Arus which will help our club with fundraising efforts.  Please consider holding onto any unwanted clothes until this is place.  Thank you for your continued support of our club.

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SKGAA have been drawn to play Oughterad in the first round of the U21 knockout championship this Saturday at 12pm in Oughterard.
U6&7 still great numbers attending 
Moving indoors fur November after mid-term full details of all indoor slots will be published in newsletter next week.
 U-8's played Micheal Breathnach's last Sunday in our last game for 2017.We now move in doors from 7th Nov. on tue's 6-7pm in Arus before we break for Dec. & Jan.
U9s breaking for midterm now as are the u10s both teams will resume training on Tuesdays 7-8 in aras wall ball and sand area.
U10s had their last league game v Claregalway away and despite atrocious conditions underfoot the 3 SK teams played some excellent football and got some great scores with the tackling and teamwork very evident. Well done to all and parents who supported and thanks to Claregalway who put on a lovely spread of good and drinks fur us after.
The U11s won the shield in the St Mary's competition.Tough conditions on the day with heavy ground and strong wind blowing straight down the pitches. 
Due to conditions the games were only 8min aside, but the boys had a good run out. 
We lost the first game to Moycullen (who went on to win the competition outright) by a single point. It was a good game and we had more chances but failed convert against the wind.
Second game and a full set of new players went down valiantly to St James. 
Third game against Barna and the boys went well, playing some really good football. Got a bye into the shield final where we faced Barna again. Trailing at half time by 1-1, the boys with the wind and the hill put up a great second half performance with some excellent long range points and well worked team goals to win reasonably comfortably against a much stronger Barna team than we met in the group stage.
U12A league final versus Oranmore scheduled for Saturday @ 11 (venue TBD).
The U13s played the U14b Shield final on Sunday against Clifden in Rossaveal. Conditions were difficult with surface water on the pitch and the lads started nervously letting in two early goals. They showed great character to battle back to even the match but were pipped in the finish by a bigger Clifden side. This is the end of the U14 B competition for us and competing was difficult as we were a year younger than our opposition, and without players who made the U14A team. However the competition provided valuable extra matches where we could see the entire panel and improvement in the developing players was obvious as the campaign progressed.
Next up is the u13a Shield Final v St. James's this Sun 29th at 11am (venue tbc).
Hard luck to the U15 who lost to st Michaels in the delayed league final in a very tight game. There's nothing between these sides and well done to Gerry Sweeney and all the lads who have training really hard all year in what was a long year and focus on the 16 age group next year . 
NB important Football meeting for all coaches in juv football on Tues Nov 7th at 8pm in aras. 


U10      v     Turloughmore        Saturday 10.30 Cappagh (tbc)    U11 city League
Minors  v     Castlegar             Saturday 10.30am Castlegar      County Championship  Semi Final
Having secured the Junior B County Championship title two weeks ago, the Junior team  capped off a fantastic season by capturing the Connacht Junior title following a highly impressive win against Na Brideoga of Mayo by a score line 7-12 to 1-05. The game was played in the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Bekan, the first time the team experienced playing on a 3G pitch. This was a very strong team performance,  scoring 5-08 to 0-1 in the first half which set up the victory. Goals were scored by Evie Hayes (2), Aine Griffin (2), Orla Callanan, Aoibhe McGinley and Jessica Patten. Sorcha Marnell was awarded player of the match for an outstanding personal performance. Evie Hayes (captain) lifted the Rose Nixon Cup to the delight of her teammates and supporters and the celebrations started. This team now progress to Junior A standard in 2018 and given their level of improvement so far, hopes are high for more success in the future with this panel of players.
U8/9 training this week is indoors in with presentation of Cappagh Cup, an in house street league type competition run over the last few weeks.. Promises to be an enjoyable evening with special guests and Halloween jamboree upstairs in Arus.
U11s had a good win in city league against Cois Fharraige in Cappagh last Sunday afternoon.
U13s hosted the final blitz in the city league last Sunday morning in Cappagh. Five teams were involved and the Salthill Knocknacrra girls performed very well especially against Turloughmore when they had to make a second half comeback. In the end the girls won two games and now qualify for semi finals to be played in coming weeks.
U15s continue to train Saturday mornings in Cappagh at 9am in preparation for City League Semi Final (tbc).
The draw for the  Galway County Camogie lotto will be held in the Aras next Wednesday 1st November at 7.30pm . Tickets still available from mentors or committee members and thanks to everyone who has bought a ticket to date.




SK Under 21 Hurlers were defeated 2.17 to 1.07 by Ballygar on Sunday Afternoon in the Prairie.
A young SK outfit battled hard throughout against a very strong opposition and were in contention until Ballygar pulled away in the last quarter. The scoreline not reflecting the run of play. 
SK: John Quinn; Robert Clifford; Sean Colleran; Dylan O'Halloran; Ciaran O'Dwyer(capt); Eamon Kelly; Aidan Hawkins; Keith Gleeson; Sean Joyce (0-6, frees) Bryan O'Sullivan; Cathal  Keane; Ross Gorey(1-1); Matthew Keane.
SUBS: (All of whom featured) Rian McNeill, Morgan Hanley, Conaill Hanley, Michael Farrell, Ciarán Kelly, Ronan Murphy.
The Under 21s were fixed to play Annaghdown in their second Championship match this weekend. However, this match has been postponed until further notice. 
Training resumes as normal tonight Wednesday at 8pm. Runners and boots for Wall ball and Sand.
No training this weekend.
U6 Hurling 
 No training session this weekend.
U10 Hurling 
U10s finished for outdoor season.  Taking a couple of weeks break before returning for Wallball training in November.
U14 Hurling 
Just when you thought it was all over it's not. Our U14 Hurling Harvest League begins against Cois Fharraige next Saturday in An Spidéal at 11. Leaving Árus at 10am. 
U15 Hurling 
Back (L-R): Conor Dixon, Dylan Byrne, Jack Ryan, Canice Crosby, Odhran Daly, Andrew Byrne, Daniel O’Flaherty, Darra Barrett, MacDara Ó Griofa, Evan Nolan, Eoin Keenan, Rory McDonnell . 
 Front (L-R): Setanta Caffery, Daniel Joyce, Adam Kennedy, Robert Carey, MacDara Caffery, Shane O’Neill, Barry Murphy, Brian Conway, Diarmaid Munroe, Aaron Mannion, Oisin Quinlan, Fergus Hanney.
Missing from the team photo is Goalkeeper Conal Gavin, poor Conal was been treated for a injury caused in the warm up.
Our U15's played Padraig Pearses on Monday evening in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe in the County C Final.  It was a game described as a fantastic performance by both teams. But it was heart break for our team and management at the end.  We got off to possibly the worst start before the ball was even thrown in with an injury to our goalkeeper.  Pearses had a 9 point lead after 15 mins. The Salthill Knocknacarra boys had to dig deep and that they did. We got it back to a 2 point game at the break.  SKGAA 1:07 to PP 2:06 .
The 2nd half was edge of the seat stuff. The lead changed so many times and with 7 minutes to go we had built up a 3 point lead.  But Pearses found an extra gear and scored a goal to equalise. All square on the hour mark the killer blow came in injury time, a long ball in got a slight touch and ended up in the back of the net. It was heart breaking but the lads put in a fantastic performance and have done so since the start of the Championship. 
The U15 management would like to thank all the players and their families.  A special thanks also to Dr. David Hanney, it makes life easy when you have a professional on the line to deal with all injuries.  And last but not least huge thanks to our coach Matthew Keane. Matthew came on board this year and has put in a brilliant seasons work not only with the 15's, but also our 14’s & 13's.
AIB Galway  Staff is hosting a community event with members of the Galway hurling team to raise funds for Galway Hospice and Cope Galway.
The event will take place in the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit on November 1st from 5 to 7pm.  Attendees can enter a raffle to raise funds for two great causes, and win some great prizes including three photos signed by the All-Ireland champions.   Joe Canning and two members of the All-Ireland winning team will be on hand for photos with the Four winning cups including the  Liam McCarthy Cup

Ladies Football

u12– U12 A team's appeal against the Galway County Board delegates decision to award the drawn semi-final match vs Monivea Abbey to Monivea was upheld by the Connacht Council. There will be a replay at a neutral venue. Details TBC. Thanks to all in the club who had strongly supported the Coachs' decision to appeal this matter. Training continues for all U12 Girls Footballers.
u8/10– Un 8/10 girls will continue indoor training in Aras after Halloween break.



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