SKGAA Newsletter 25/4/18

November 8, 2018

A chairde,


The WLAC cycling event on the 28th April is a big fundraiser for all underage codes as well as donating half the takings to Down Syndrome Galway. We need a couple of helpers to make sandwiches and prep food on the evening of Friday the 27th. If you can not make it to help, any home baked scones/flapjacks/buns etc. would be hugely appreciated, and can be dropped to Arus kitchen on Friday the 27th around 6pm. For more info, contact Niall Murphy 086 8399996. Event details at

Who can believe it's time for the WLAC again?? It is a huge event in the club each year and I would ask all members to pop down or to give bit of support by helping out if possible. The event raises money for all four juvenile sections as well for a very deserving charity, A huge thank you to Niall Murphy, John Daly and their team of volunteers who have put all of this year's event together. They have done a fantastic job again. Let's hope everything goes well on the day. Just visit the website if you want to take part or are looking for further information.



It was another extremely hectic weekend of action with boys football féile taking place among a host of other matches. Congrats to the U13 footballers who quite unexpectedly won the County Division 3 which is an incredible achievement given that all the players were a year below the age. Commiserations to the U14s who were knocked out by a cruel last minutre goal against Moycullen. But that's féile: you need to get a bit of luck.

Information on all matches below…….

 Health and Wellbeing

As part of the club's Health and Wellbeing Initiatives, we have organised a trip to Croke Park Museum on the 5th of May. All the details are in the flyer below but here's a quick breakdown:

– Bus leaves the Árus at 9am on Saturday the 5th of May.

– The cost is 35euro for OAP's and 40 euro for anybody else.

– The cost includes the bus, lunch and a guided tour all taking place at Croke Park.

– People will have a chance to look around the museum themselves after the tour.

– The bus will stop once on the way up and once on the way back.  

– The trip is open to anyone at all, not just members or OAP's but we are targeting our Life Members and Retired Members of the Community in particular as a social outing. 

– To book a place just call James in the office on 091527333 or call into him in the Árus.

– Places are limited so please book your place early to guarentee your space.

– If you know of anyone who might be interested in this trip, please let them know. 



A note to all member that Direct Debits are no longer being run. If you were previously registered on Direct Debit, you will no longer be registered or insured and you need to register online at:

If you are experiencimg any difficulty, you can ring the offices of myclubfinances and ask to speak to Mary on 091506048.


Anyone with old gear lying around Please return to the James in the office any evening.

 To Include Helmets, Hurling Sticks, Footballs or Bollards ‘

We can recycle all these items.

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On the Field

Adult Football


Hard luck to the senior footballers who were well beaten by Tuam Stars in Round 3 of the league on Sunday in Tuam. The team were missing a number of regulars and suffered three injuries during the game to compound their efforts. All eyes will now turn to the first round championship clash with Killanin on the final weekend in May. Before that the team will play a special commemorative match in memory of the late Sean Mac Manamon, a former officer, coach, referee, delegate with the club and all round die hard GAA man. This game will take place in Claremorris vs Claremorris on Saturday the 5th of May at 6pm. It has been organised in part by the Mayo Association, Galway and all proceeds of the gate will go to the Green and Red Trust. 


The juniors are away to Moycullen this Sunday in the second round of the league. Throw in at 1pm. 

Junior A:

The Junior As will play their second round game vs Micheal Breathnachs at home in the Prairie this Friday at 7.30pm. 

Juvenile Football

U8 training going well Mc Graths pitch tues 6-7, aim for street league to start 2 weeks time.

U-9 enjoyed a blitz v. U-10 Sunday morning.Training / Games continue on Tue's evenings in St.Enda's & McGrath's Field on Sunday mornings.Street League for U-9 /10 will be on Tue 15/22/29th May and 5th June.

U11 played their first 2 games in the 12B city league they drew awayvti Barna in Furbo last Thursday and on Sunday beat Moycullen by 16 scores to 12 in a great display at home in Priarie. This is the teams first real competitive 15 a side games  with big numbers turning there are challenges 2 teams will be entered in the County league starting in May 

Next game is away to Oranmore next Sunday.

U12s went down in the City League, 11 scores to 6 scores to Barna but we had an improved performance over the loss to Claregalway last week

Feile teams had mixed fortunes 

The u14 footballers participated in the A Féile last weekend, starting out with a good win over Bearna on Friday evening in Furbo, on a scoreline of 3-5 to 1-2. Next up was a tough match v Moycullen on Saturday in Killannin pitch. It was an entertaining game with end to end football and some great scores. Unfortunately we came out at the end with a narrow loss of 5-4 to 4-5. This result meant we could not qualify for the semi-final. The lads regrouped despite the disappointment and won the last match v Killannin 2-4 to 1-3. The lads gave everything they had for the cause over the weekend and will get a chance to learn from it during the u14 Championship which continues next Fri at 7.30pm away to Killannin. Of particular note was the feedback we got from the Killannin Club about the exemplary behaviour of our boys at the weekend on and off the pitch. They were a credit to themselves, their families and the club.

U13 footballers had a memorable weekend in winning the Feile B title in impressive fashion. While the football on the field was probably the best this team have produced to date, the attitude on the field and behavior off it was of the highest quality also. The team was based in Milltown and the first game was a  9-08 to 3-05 win against the hosts. 

Next up were Northern Gaels (an amalgamation of Glenamaddy, Glinsk and Williamstown) – the team showed great resolve in coming from behind, against a strong wind to win 5-05 to 1-05. 

Our semi final against neighboring Bearna resulted in a 7-04 to 1-04 victory. The two teams produced an entertaining and good spirited game. The final on Sunday in Tuam Stadium turned out to be a very close battle with Cortoon Shamrocks. This was a real game where the opposition were ready to play but our lads showed great spirit to come out on the right side of a 1-06 – 2-01 scoreline. We were 6 points up at one stage and lost this margin due to a strong wind. Over the two days we had some really impressive scoring and not only did they win a competition by beating 3 teams above their age group, they did it with super attitude, behavior and support for each other. Many thanks to all traveling parents and club support throughout the two days. Parental support is so important to players this age. 

Next up is a league game versus Tuam Stars in Cappagh on Friday at 7.30pm.

U16B's had game vs Annaghdown postponed until next week.

U15 challenge match vs Annaghdown this Sunday and first round of league next Tuesday away to Moycullen.

U16 A had a good win against Barna last week with with a scoreline of 0-15 to 1-6.

Home game against Moycullen on Tuesday resulted in a scoreline to Skgaa of 4-19 to 0-4.

Adult Hurling

Minor Hurling: 

Ballygar 1.9 Salthill-Knocknacarra 1.7

A last minute goal deprived SK of victory in this closely contested opening game of the Minor A Championship, played at Turloughmore on Sunday evening last . Playing with a strong wind in the first half Ballygar led bt 0.7 to 0.2 at the interval. Our scores came from two Seanie Joyce frees .Our defense was under pressure in this opening half but they battled hard and did well to deny Ballygar further scoring opportunities . Playing with the wind in the second half ,SK were dominant and three further points and a goal from a penalty by Seanie Joyce levelled the match midway through the half.

Points from play by Donal O Shea and Mikey Kenny put SK two points in front at one stage in the final quarter .Unfortunately Ballygar got through for the goal which won the match in the last minute of normal time . Playing in A Grade for the first time ,this SK team gave a good performance in difficult enough weather conditions .They showed great fighting spirit to stage a great comeback in the second half. This is a strong Ballygar team and SK will benefit from the experience gained from this tough opening game .

Junior and Under 21 Hurling:

Junior and Under 21 Hurlers train tonight, Wednesday at 7pm. Possible Challenge Match this Sunday vs Castlegar in the Prairie at 4pm. TBC . Keep an eye on Social media.  

Juvenile Hurling

Nursery Hurling. 

Nursery Hurling is now going outdoors from this Friday and new kids welcome.. time is 5:45pm and venue is Cappagh Park.

U8/U7 Hurling 

U8 Street League kicked off with huge numbers and some cracking games.  Thanks to all who helped.


Training on Friday at 5:45. Please take into account the works in the carpark in Cappagh that is causing delays.

U10/U9 Hurling 

U10s played a blitz last week away to Rahoon Newcastle. Thanks to all the 30 boys that turned out. Street Leagues continue tonight at 7pm in Cappagh. Training Friday at 6pm also Cappagh.

U12/U11 Hurling 

U12s played challenge game vs Annaghdown on Monday night. Good test in advance of first League game on May 5th. Training continues Mondays 6-7pm and Fridays 7-8pm, both in Cappagh Park.

U14/U13 Hurling

We are playing Eyrecourt in Championship on Monday evening at 6:45pm in the Prairie.  

U16/U15 Hurling 

Update: U16 hurliers are joint top of the B1 championship, but they have to beat Sylane this Thursday to retain that position. Throw in at 6:45 in Sylane.

The WLAC cycling event on the 28th April is a big fundraiser for all underage coes as well as donating half the takings to Down Syndrome Galway. We need a couple of helpers to make sandwiches and prep food on the evening of Friday the 27th. If you can not make it to help, any home baked scones/flapjacks/buns etc. would be hugely appreciated, and can be dropped to Arus kitchen on Friday the 27th around 6pm. For more info, contact Niall Murphy 086 8399996. Event details at

WLAC cycling event

Volunteers needed. The WLAC cycling event on the 28th April is a big fundraiser for hurling and other codes as well as donating half the takings to Down Syndrome Galway. We need a couple of helpers to make sandwiches and prep food on the afternoon of Friday the 27th. If you can not make it to help, any home baked scones/flapjacks/buns etc. would be hugely appreciated, and can be dropped to Arus kitchen on friday the 27th. For more info, contact Niall Murphy 086 8399996. Event details at

Imeachtaí Gaeilge

 Tá Glór na nGael ag glacadh le clárúchán do Lá Náisiúnta na dTeaghlach.

Beidh an t-ollimeacht náisiúnta ar siúl in Ionad Náisiúnta Óige na hÉireann, Droim Rí, Contae na Mí, Dé hAoine agus Dé Sathairn 25-26 Bealtaine 2018.

Agus é mar chuid de bhliain na Gaeilge, beidh clár imeachtaí ann do pháistí beaga agus do pháistí níos mó.

Beidh spraoi agus eachtraíocht ag na páistí in áit slán le páistí eile le Gaeilge agus é ar fad taobh amuigh de chomhthéacs na scoile.

Beidh lóistín ar fáil ar an láthair oíche Aoine.

Is é an costas a bheidh leis ná €50 an teaghlach le páiste amháin agus €5 breise do gach páiste eile. Beidh bricfeasta agus lón san áireamh leis an chostas.

Beidh BBQ oíche Aoine, cúrsaí bainní Terminator, ciceanna.

 Tuilleadh eolais ó Mharcas Mac Ruairí :


U10 take part in “Play for Barnardos”  at training tomorrow evening 6pm in Aras.  A part of the training session will be dedicated to the initiative and each child contributes €2 to the charity. First match in county blitzes for this group will be next week.


U12s play Turloughmore at home this Sunday at Prairie at 10am. Girls lost out away to Carnmore last weekend.


U14s qualified for B1 county final  with a great win over Na Brideoga at the Prairie last Sunday morning. After an even start by both sides the SK girls got a timely  burst of scores midway in first half  to take the lead that they held to the end. There were strong performances by the girls all over the pitch.  Final scheduled to be played next weekend, 4th/5th May.


U16s  started their championship with a  win away against Cois Fharraige last Sunday on a scoreline of 6.07 to 2.06. This was a really good team effort with big contributions from all the girls. Next match is against Eyrecourt Monday in Cappagh at 7.30.


Junior As had an impressive win against Ballindereen 3.11 to 1.05 in league last Friday  evening in Salthill. This Sunday they play  final group game against St Dominics at a home venue tbc.

Ladies Football

 u16 – Quite week for the U16 Girls. Training Wed 18/4/18 had 31 Girls/Juniors in attendance at Enda's on a dry but chilly evening. 13 Girls Trained Sat 21/4 again at Enda's as Gabriels failed to commit to the trip into Salthill. Next up Training Wed 25th and the planned Qtr final v Gabriels now planned for Sat 12 noon 28/4 in Cappagh Park.  

u14 – U14 Girls Div 1 team played a challenge match away on Sunday vs St James's and a league match vs Caherlistrane in Cappagh on Monday. Our girls put in two excellent performances and ran out deserving winners in both. Very encouraging performances throughout the team. U14 Girls Div 4 team are off to Mountbellew this Thursday for league match. Both teams' féiles are on this Sunday 29th in Kilkerrin(Div 1) & Westside(Div 4). Great opportunity for some match time for all the girls who  have been working hard. All support welcome! 

u12 – Un 12 have 2 matches this week..away to Caltra and home to Annaghdown. Fantastic improvement with every game. More parents required please to help out in coaching, lifts, gear etc. Contact Seán on 086 1038845 

u6/u8 – U6s and u8s are back in McGraths field 6-7 Wednesday great numbers and all new members  welcome 

Coaching Corner

Kellog’s Hurling/Camogie Cúl Camp @ SKGAA: Mon 9 July to Fri 13 July 2018.

Not to be missed! Fun week, with top-class coaches, excellent camp for primary school kids

Online Registration now open for hurling Cúl Camp

·         Who: all aged 6 to 13 welcome

·         When: Monday July 9 to Friday July 13, 10am to 2.30pm each day 

·         How much: 60/50/40 euros for 1st/second/third child in family. (Note also: 35 euro per child if they have registered for football camp already and got gear, and do not want second set of gear at the end of the hurling camp.)

·         Where: Prairie / Arus

·         Questions: Check out FAQ on Kellogs web site; any other questions, text  Edel 087 2887442

Book online NOW to be guaranteed gear at the end of the hurling Cúl camp 

Birthdays in the Árus

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