SKGAA Newsletter 20/9/17

November 8, 2018


A chairde,
Things are really hotting up in the various championships. The camogie juggernaut continues with the juniors following the U16s and U14s in qualifying for a county final. The U14 footballers play Ballinasloe in the Championship Semi Final at home this Friday at 6pm and the U12 girls footballers have had their crucial match vs Moivea resheduled for Thursday at home as well. The U17 hurlers completed 3 out of 3, adding Rahoon/Newcastle to their previous victories over Liam Mellows and Carnmore in the innagural U17 Urban Development Championship, founded by our very own hard-working Hurling Director, John McGettigan. The lads have now qualified for the final. 
Much and more info below…….
Battle on the Bay 2
SKGAA are delighted to announce 'Battle on the Bay' our club fundraising lip sync competition which will see 8 teams go head to head on the 25th of November in the Salthill Hotel. More details coming soon…………



The Salthill Knocknacarra GAA Senior Football team who reached the semi finals of the All Ireland 7's held in Kilmacud Crokes last weekend.
Back L-R: Evan Murphy, Robert Butler, Andrew Butler, John Maher, Robert Finnerty, Marcus MacDonnchadha. Front L-R: Brian Conlon, Evan Duffy, Evan Wynne, William Finnerty, Jack O'Dowd (Mascot).

10 of the younger members of the senior squad travelled to Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday last to compete in the All Ireland 7's. It is the first time in a number of years the club has sent a team. But the lads performed magnificently topping their group and beating Leixlip in the quarter final only to go down the Kilamacud Crokes, the hosts in the semi final by 3 points. The hosts experience at 7s stood to them as they did everything possible to deny SKGAA goals. 
The minor footballer have qualified for the West Board Final. where they will face Barna. Fixture TBC. 
Great numbers last night with U-7's, first night back with 26 lads, upcoming blitzs in October training every Tuesday mcgraths 6-7.
U-8's play in Blitz in Claregalway this Sat. 9.45am – 12pm with five other Galway clubs.Training continues on Tue's 6-7pm McGraths pitch.
U9s played Claregalway on Sunday in the prairie. Great turnout and excellent football from both teams. Training continues on Tuesdays and if no game on Sunday we will have training in Cappagh.
U10s training hard for upcoming inaugural Jack Fitzpatrick memorial cup where teams from Dublin Mayo and Galway will compete. Over 12 teams will compete in this tournament and we are hoping to get Pearse stadium for it all support welcome on the day . 
The U13 footballers play in the inaugural David Canney blitz hosted by Corofin (in Belclare) on Sat 23rd Sept (11am to 4.30pm). There will be top clubs playing and it's a great follow up to the Austin Stacks tournament.
U12's playing in the 13B league won the league shield last Friday with a comprehensive win against Naomh Anna Leitir mhor, in Rossaveal. The team did really well in the league stages, winning 5 out of 6 games and this league has been beneficial in developing the entire squad, especially playing at a year above their age. All U12's played a part during this league and all 28 played at some stage during the final. 
We still await results from U12 leagues before next steps are decided. 
Our 12B (group 7) team play Spiddal in their final league game on Sunday.
Salthill Knocknacarra Captain Jamie Greaney receives the Shield after leading the U12 Footballers to victory over Naomh Anna Leitir Mór in the U13B Shield Final in Ros a Mhíl last weekend. 
U14's beat Annaghdown by 3-8 to 1-7 in championship quarter final replay. Playing semi final this Friday at 6:30pm in Prairie vs Ballinasloe.
Under 16s beat Caherlistrane in the county quarter finals and now await either Moycullen or Ballinasloe in the semi final which will be held in the prairie either next Sunday morning or Tuesday evening.


U10        v              Cois Fharraige                    Away     Thursday             City League
U13        v              Clarinbridge                        Away     Wednesday        Summer league semi final
U15        v              Carnmore                            TBC        Sat/Sun                City League
U8s training continues every Thursday at 6pm in Cappagh. The U8s along with  U9s are competing in the Cappagh Cup, a  street league type competition where points are awarded for skills displayed as well as regular scores. First year of this initiative and the girls have really bought into it.
U10s and U11s are competing in city league which is just starting. U11s had a win away to Castlegar2  in their first game last Monday evening and the U10 team play their first game away to Cois Fharraige on Thursday.
U13s travelled out to Turloughmore for a challenge last Wednesday which they won and all squad members got good game time. The girls have reached the semi final stage of the summer league and play Clarinbridge away this evening (Wednesday).
U15 Camogie team had a good challenge match in Castlegar on Sunday morning. Training in Cappagh will be on Thursday from 6.40 to 8pm. First round of the U15 City League against Carnmore this weekend with details yet to be confirmed.
Juniors had a fantastic 1.13 to 0.2 win against Sarsfields in long awaited county semi last Sunday evening in front of a large crowd at The Prairie. Final is scheduled to be played on the weekend of 30th September against Liam Mellowes, a repeat of league final played earlier in the year. Great achievement so far by the girls and with support lets help them finish the job.
Minors and U16s are awaiting details of their next matches and continue to train with these in mind.


Adult Hurling
No fixtures as of yet for Under 21.
Training for Under 21s resumes as normal, 7.15pm at the Prairie. Junior's also welcome. 
Congrats to the U17 hurlers who have now qualified for the final of the Urban Development tournament after their comprehensive win over Rahoon/Newcastle on Monday. The team showed great resolve coming from a point down in the last ten minutes to win by a score of 3-15 to 0-16 points. 
U6 Hurling 
U6 Training for boys and girls @2pm on Saturday in the Aras.  Welcome to all the new parents and children.
U8 Hurling 
U8 training Friday at 6pm in McGraths Field. We also have a home match on Sunday morning at 10am v Athenry.
U10 Hurling 
U10s (2007 boys) playing in Clarinbridge Blitz next Saturday 23rd, against teams from Galway, Limerick, Clare and Offaly. 
U9s & 10s played against Moycullen last Friday night (15th) with a great performance from the boys.
U13 Hurling 
The U13's will travel to the Shannon Rovers Club in North Tipperary on Sunday morning to play a blitz against teams from Tipperary and Offaly.  
U15 Hurling 
Saturdays game is off. Training will continue.  We play Tuam in the Prairie Monday evening at 6:15pm.  

Salthill Knocknacarra's Fergus Hanney, Andrew Byrne and Eoin Keenan who helped the Galway U14 hurlers claim the Connolly Cunniffe Tournament in Bekan, Ballyhaunis last weekend.


Ladies Football

Junior – Best of luck to the Ladies who are heading up to Naomh Mearnóg, Dublin on Friday for the All Ireland 7s taking place over the weekend.
u18/u16 –  Minor girls will be starting their fitness training along with some of the u 16 girls on Sunday evenings time to be confirmed . We hope to start mid October.
u12 – U12 Girls A team played a  well prepared Monivea team last Wed out there. On the (extremely sodden…) field our girls put in a real battling performance. After a nervous enough start the game developed into a very tight affair. Level after full time, level after extra time almost in the dark + ultimately level after penalties. The ref for some reason then awarded victory to Monivea. We have since appealed the decision.
Our players displayed a level of resilience+never say die attitude that was heartwarming to behold. And in fairness the Monivea girls were great too. It's just a real pity that so many "adults" seem to have forgotten what this is all supposed to be about. 
Watch this space!
u8 – U8's were kindly invited to Moycullen blitz last Saturday.  Both u8s teams had three competitive games. Training again the Wednesday in Mc Grath pitch 6-7pm.

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Is mise le meas,
Diarmaid Ó hAodha


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