SKGAA Newsletter 26/9/18

November 8, 2018

A chairde,


Lots and lots to report on again this week. The senior footballers are through to the quarter finals of the championship following a hard fought victory over Tuam Stars on Sunday. There was a great number of SKGAA fans at the game as well so míle buíochas to everyone who made the effort to go out and support the lads. We'll need even more support for the quater final vs Milltown, the weekend after next. Lots to look forward to this weekend including the girls footballers' U14 Division 1 semi final on Saturday and the second annual Jack Fitzpatrick Memorial tournament on Sunday. 

All this and much more below…………


Best wishes to Sean Armstrong who has announced his retirement from intercounty football after 15 fantastic years, winning 6 Connacht titles at all levels,a memorable All Ireland U21 in 2005 and SKGAA’s only ever Railway Cup Medal. Míle buíochas Seán and best of luck in the future. We look forward to seeing you line out for SKGAA for many years to come. 


Well done to Donal O'Shea who was selected in the All Ireland Minor team of the year. Fantastic achievement:


The club would like to pass their condolonces on to minor footballer Darragh Hanrahan and his family, following the death of  his father Pat this week. Reposing at Aras Naofa, within the grounds of St. Oliver Plunkett Church, Renmore on Thursday 27th September from 5.00 pm removal at 7.00 pm to Renmore Church, Mass on Friday at 11.00 am, funeral afterwards to The New Cemetery, Bohermore. Our thoughts and prayers are with Darragh and his family at this difficult time. 


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On the Field

Adult Football


Well done to the senior footballers who secured a hard fought 1 point victory over Tuam Stars to ensure passage into the championship quarter finals on Sunday in Corofin. The lads got off to the worste possible start, finding themselves 1-1 down against the breeze in the opening minutes. Luckily SK did not panic and Barry Kelly began dominating midfield and the deficit was reduced. In fact SK went into the break a point up following 1-1 in quick succession from Gearoid Armstrong and perhaps should have been further ahead. SK raced into a 4 point lead following the break and looked to be heading comfortably heading into the quater finals but Tuam did not lie down. The final fifteen minutes were nailbiting stuff with Tuam fighting back and going level with just a few minutes left. But the SK GAA defense showed huge resolve to keep Tuam out with all 6 backs playing well and even managed to score the winning point. Next up is a rejuvinated Milltown in the quarter final which promises to be another huge challenge. The game is provisionallu fixed for the weekend after next. 


The minors have qualified for the West Board Semi Final as group winners following their win over Moycullen last Wednesday in the Prairie. The lads played an incredible first half, scoring 4 goals and the all round play and work rate was fantastic. Moycullen got a goal back at the begining of the second half and pushed hard for the next 15 minutes to reel SK in but a strong finish to the game saw SK worthy winners. Up next is the WB semi vs Oranmore or Leitir Mór. 

Juvenile Football

U6/7 training continued on Mondays in st Enda's secondary school great to see over 50 kids at each age group  last week. These numbers bring challenges though and we NEED parents to help out not even every week but on a rota basis. Don't be shy you don't need to know anything about Gaa or have played at all to help. Please give your name and no to James Molloy 0863221560

U8 continue to train Tuesdays in McGraths big numbers which is great 1/2 upcoming blitzes in Oct. 

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

The U10 Jack Fitzpatrick Tournament is taking place this Sunday morning in this Prairie with teams from St Brigids Dublin, Westport, Moycullen, Bearna and ourselves.  Looking forward to a great competition as SKGAA are fielding 3 teams due to great numbers at training. Any parent want to help out, please contact Roy O Toole 087 8158870

U11/12b beat moycullen 2-11 to 0-4 in pearse stadium to win u12 shield great team performance with great skills on view tackling point taking etc great to see big SK support too from parents and all other U11s. A lot learnt this year in teams first competition. 

Training continues sat mornings and Tuesday evenings. Pete Burke and Enda Colleran tournaments  held end October early November

U12A play Claregalway in u13B final this Friday best luck to all coaches and players venue TBC 

The U13 footballers won the inaugural Tuam Stars U13 tournament last weekend. Group wins over Cortoon Shamrocks and Dunmore put the team into the final where we played Annaghdown. SKGAA went into an early 2 goal lead but Annaghdown rallied strongly to bring the game to extra time. In the end SKGAA went on to secure a well deserved win on a final scoreline of 2-04 to 2-02.


Well done to U14s who won their county championship quarter final away vs Caherlistrane on a scoreline of 1-6 to 6pts. Great win lads details of semi final opponents and venue to be confirmed this week. 

U15/16 training very hard ahead of u15 county final and U16 semi finals.

Details this week games expected on next week .

Adult Hurling

Junior Hurling:

Junior Hurlers play Micheál Breathnachs  away this Saturday at 4.30pm in the Junior 1 Championship.  Please Support. 

Training resumes tonight, Wednesday  for Juniors and and Under 21s, 6.30pm. Sand and Wall Ball – bring runners and boots. 

Under 21 Championship is to resume in the next few weeks.

 U 21s have had one  Championship match to date in the Spring time and beat Kinvara. 

Juvenile Hurling: 

U6 Hurling 

U6 Training Cappagh Friday 5:45pm

U8 Hurling 

U8  Blitz v Annaghdown in Cappagh instead of training at 6:15pm.

Blitz v Clarinbridge on Sunday postponed.

U10 Hurling 

Under 10s are playing a blitz v Annaghdown at 6pm in Cappagh on Friday evening.

U12 Hurling 

U12s taking a well deserved break from training at present after finishing season on a high with last week’s Shield win.

U15 Hurling. 

We won our last Group game against Sylane last Thursday evening away. On Saturday next we play Skehana / Mountbellew / Moylough  in Skehana at 5:30pm.  The winners will play in the cup semi-final with the loser playing the shield final. 


U8s U8s will play a blitz this Sunday at 1pm in Oranmore. Good luck girls.

U10s, after last weeks deluge Cappagh Cup starts this week and also planning for a blitz in coming weeks.

U13s played a usefull challenge against Cois Fharraige last Monday. Twenty six girls togged out and all got game time. Next up is county shield semi final against Portumna this Sunday evening at 5pm in Cappagh. Support vital.

U15s start county championship this Saturday at 12 noon away to Davitts in Tynagh.

Juniors lost out to a strong Ballinderreen team last Sunday in the final championship group game, 2-08 to 1-05. The team is now in a playoff against St Domincs for a Junior A semi-final place. This in their first year back in the grade. Salthill Knocknacarra have home advantage and the game will be played in the Prairie this Saturday at 12 noon.Best of luck to team and management . If you are free Saturday, grab a coffee on the way, come on down to the Prairie. It would be great to have as many noisy home fans there as possible to cheer the girls on.

The county camogie lotto will be held this week in Salthill Knoocknacarra. The funds raised go towards county development which SKGAA have more than ten girls benefitting from at the moment. Thanks to those who have contributed so far , tickets on sale from committe members at training and at matches. It could be you……..

Ladies Football


U6 and u8 training at mcgraths pitch wednesday evening at 6pm parents are welcome to help out thanks the coaches


U10 training now at 645pm to 745pm on Wednesday at Mc Grath pitch. Please get your child to go to top goals at pitch as our u6/8s will be in middle of their training.


Street Leagues going v well u12. 07 girls in Shield Final 20th Oct. 06 girls looking forward to fun game v u14s soon !!


Hard luck to the U14 Girls C Team who lost out by 1 point to Killererin on Sunday in what was an exciting game of football, 3-8 vs 3-9. Coaches delighted with many of the performances and despite the narrow loss, the players themselves should also be positive. They are coming together as a team, great spirit on show so well done girls. 

The U14 Girls A team play their Div 1 semi-final vs Claregalway this Saturdayin the Prairie. Thrown in 4pm. All SKGAA club support welcome.


The Girls were taking a week off. Training resumes Wed 26th in Prairie. 

Coaching Corner

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Is mise le meas,

Diarmaid Ó hAodha