SKGAA Newsletter 22/8/18

November 8, 2018

A chairde,

It was another weekend to savour for SK and Galway fans with the minor hurlers and our own Donal O'Shea winning the All Ireland title on Sunday, helped of course also by SKGAA's PJ Kelly who has been doing a terrific job on the strength and conditioning of the minor hurlers these past few years. On behalf of the club, we want to congratulate Donal, PJ, as well as Jeoffrey Lynsky and the entire Galway Minor team on this fantastic achievement. And let us not forget Donal's parents, coaches and team mates who are deserving of huge credit also. We're all so proud of you all!!! Hurling is certainly in a very healthy place in the club, with Daniel O'Flaherty following in Donal's footsteps at U15 level, our U13s in a County Final tomorrow and close to 100 children taking part in the hurling and camogie camp this week, it's certainly onwards and upwards from here. Commiserations of course to Micheal O'Donohue and the Galway seniors who have done us so proud over the past number of years. Anyone who saw the game would agree there was an air of inevitability about Limerick's win and it's hard to begrudge them their deserving victory. Playing their ninth game of the championship, it proved a tall order for the Galway lads, although had the game gone on another few minutes, Galway could well have snatched it. They'll be back next year again and we'll all be roaring them on. 



On the club front, there is much news to report below. The Senior footballers return to championship action this weekend in a crucial Round 2 game vs Annaghdown in Athenry on Sunday at 6.30pm so we would ask all club members to make the effort to go out and support the lads. It promises to be a very exciting game. As mentioned, our U13 hurlers play their county final tomorrow night and we hope to see a big skgaa presence at that also.

Two Important Notices Club members should be aware of:

1. The tall trees on both sides of the Prairie are due to be trimmed down and back over the coming weeks. This (as I'm sure you can all well imagine) is a fairly large job and therefore there may be a small amount traffic disruptions and parking restrictions over the coming weeks so please be aware of this and maybe let your neighbours know if they are living in the area. 

2. With a number of our club players involved with the Galway minor team, we are likely to receive a small allocation of tickets for the All Ireland Football Final. If you would like your name entered into the draw for tickets, please leave your name with James in the office: 091527333. 

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Adult Football


All the best to the lads on Saturday in Round 2 of the championship. Your support is most welcome.


Junior and Junior A

The Junior As received a walk over in their second round game vs Leitir Mór in the Championship. A win over Carraroe in their last group game would see them into the semi finals. The Juniors are fixed to play Claregalway this Sunday at 1pm in their second round game but this game is likely to be postponed. We will post on social media if it goes ahead. 

Juvenile Football

U-9’s training / Blitz’s games continue on Tue. evenings at St.Enda’s & Sun. mornings at McGrath’s Field.

U10 back training Cappagh Tuesday. Preparations started for the u10 Jack Fitzpatrick cup to be held in Priarie in September.

U11 training Saturdays and Tuesday ahead of 2 u12 league finals in September challenge v Claregalway next week also.

The U13 football team lost out to Claregalway last Friday in a game where we went behind early in the first half and never fully recovered. The team however showed great spirit and determination to put in a really solid second half performance, with some nicely taken scores along the way. 

Focus has now turned to the Austin Stacks Tournament in early September where we are in a group with An Gaeltacht and Austin Stacks from Kerry and Ennistymon from Clare.

The U14A Footballers continue training every Tues 6-7.15pm in advance of the county championship quarter final.

U16B's have an upcoming League Final vs Oranmore.

U15's have an upcoming League Final vs Moycullen. Both will be played in the next few weeks.

Huge Congrats to Donal O Shea and PJ Kelly and all galway minors on their great win. Hard luck to Galway senior Hurlers they'll be back .

Juvenile Hurling

County Final

U13 Hurling  

U13 Hurling County Final vs Killimor Thursday, Duggan Park, 7:30pm throw in. Please come along and support the team.  Best of luck to all the Players and Management. 

U8 Hurling 

U8 Blitz v Castlegar this Sat 10:30 in Cappagh; 

Following week, blitz v Craughwell on Sunday 9/2, and v Turloughmore in Lackagh on 9/8.  Training on Fridays to restart next week.

U10 Hurling 

No u10 training this week due to Academy

U12 Hurling 

U12s preparing for Shield County Semi-Final vs Barna on Wed 29th in Prairie. 

Training on Fri 7-8pm and Mon 6-7pm, both in Cappagh Park. 

A lot of boys attending the Hurling Academy this week as well.

U15 Hurling 

Training continues Thursday evening.  Text to be sent out. 

With the SKGAA Hurling and Camogie Summer Academy in full swing, the children were treated with a few very special visitors. On Tuesday, All Star Kilkenny Hurler TJ Reid dropped by and took photos with players, congratulated coach Donal O'Shea and gave some excellent advise to our U13s for the their upcoming county final.


Fresh from its return from Croke Park, the Irish Press Cup along with our own Donal O'Shea, PJ Kelly, captain Sean Neary and a number of other Galway Minor Stars visited the camp. PJ and the players took part in a fascinating Q and A and the whole experience has provided our young hurlers and camogie players with invaluable inspiration to see how much can be achieved by playing in our great club.



U10s U10s drew with Carnmore last Thursday evening in a very useful challenge. Plenty on skill on show from our girls.

Good luck to U11s who play second game in summer league against Castlegar away Saturday 11.30.

U12s will resume training Thursday 30th August 6pm in Cappagh.

U16s lost to a very strong Killimor side in U16B championship semi final. However it must be noted that to get to this stage unbeaten was a great achievement and most of the panel will be U16 again next year. Preparations will now start for the U15 championship which will take place over the next eight weeks. 

Juniors won out against Castlegar in a competitive challenge played last Saturday evening. The team play their next championship match this coming Monday 27th August against st Colemans, venue tbc.

Ladies Football

Junior – Junior championship match v Kilkerrin / Clonberne  on Thursday the 30th of August at 7pm venue tbc.

u18 – Minor girls footballers through to shield final on September 8th.

u16 – Quiet week for the U16 Girls. Many girls still away on Vacation. Trained Wed 15th and Sat 18/8 in the Prairie. Shield Semi-final on hold as ClareGalway are appealing being removed from Cup Quarter Final. Next up is U18 Shield Final.

u14 – Girls are back training. The usual Wednesday 6pm and Saturday 10.30am slots in St.Enda's. Championship starts in first week of September.

u12 – Championship begins Mon 27th for 06 girls…and Tuesday 28 for 07girls…v exciting and all looking forward to it

u10 – Girls blitz in Inverin this Saturday from 10-12pm, please be there by 9.45am.


Coaching Corner

The August Hurling/Camogie Academy will run from Tues 21 August to Friday 24 August, 10am-2pm, for boys and girls born 2005 to 2011.

Registration is now open via Eventbrite, with payment on the morning of the camp. Registration is essential for all players to allow us to organise sufficient coaches. REgistration closes at 8pm on Friday 17 August. 

Click here to register:  

If the link doesn't work, just copy and paste the link please. 

Don't forget the Árus is the number 1 venue for children's birthday parties. Contact James in the office on 09152733 to book yours today.

Keep up to date with news on and .

Also you can follow SKGAA on Twitter @skgaa and Instagram #skgaa


Is mise le meas,

Diarmaid Ó hAodha