SKGAA Newsletter 4/10/17

November 8, 2018


A chairde,

It was a wonderful weekend for the club with the Juior Camogie team claiming a first adult county title in a number of year overcoming Liam Mellows on Sunday evening by 10 points in Tonabrocky. Huge congrats to manager Willie Madden, his coaches, Richie Marnell, Fr. Terry O' Brien and Kevin Lynch and all the players on a hugely successful season. A special mention must go to Woman of the Match Vicky Flanagan who put in an imperious performance in goals saving 7 or 8 point blank one on ones to keep a clean sheet. It was one of the great SKGAA performances and will live long in the memory. Congrats also to the minor footballers who claimed the west Board Title on Saturday after victory over Barna. It means 4 West Boards in a row and 6 in 7 years for SKGAA but the lads aren't thinking about that. It's a rematch of last year's county final where a very strong Claregalway team will be looking for revenge. The game takes place on Sunday the 15th of October in Tuam Stadium at 2pm before the County Final. We will need a big SKGAA support to drive the lads on.
The excitement doesn't stop there. SKGAA will contest no less that 3 County Finals this weekend. The U14 and U16 footballers travel to Caherlistrane on Sunday for a double header. Noel Tyrell's U14s play Oranmore/Maree with throw in at 3pm and Norman Costello's U16s face Corofin at 4.45. The U16 camogie team under the stewardship of Cathal McGinley are fixed to play their county final this Saturday vs Killtullagh Killimordaly in Touloughmore at 3pm. 
With 4 county finals coming up in the next 2 weeks, we would ask members to make a special effort to try to get to some of these games and cheer on the teams. I'm sure you were all aware of the hard work and dedication put in by the players and coaches but we can all do our bit by supporting the teams on the day. Reaching all three underage county A football finals is an incredible achievement for any club but lets give the players the support they deserve and need.  
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Hard luck to the Senior Footballers who were beaten by Corofin in the Prairie on Sunday. The lads still have their destiny in their own hands and can retain Division 1 status with a win in their last league game.
The minor footballer defeated Barna in the West Board Final  on a score line of 4-14 to 3-10. Man of the match was Calym Crowe who scored 2-2 but there were some other great performances like Evan Murphy, Eoin McFadden, Cathal Sweeney and David Connaughton to name but a few. 
The junior Footballers will also be seeking silverware this weekend when they face Renvyle in the league final on Saturday in Rosmuc, time TBC. 
SKGAA have been drawn to play Oughterad in the first round of the U21 knockout championship due to take place the weekend of the 21/22 of October. 



U9 training as normal every Tuesday in cappagh huge numbers training which is great 56 last night 
U10 Inaugural Jack Fitzpatrick tournament took place last weekend in Pearse Stadium and Aras with 5 different clubs taking part
St Brigids Dublin, Westport , Moycullen and Oranmore. There were 10 teams with 2 groups of 5 and a final game with every team getting 5 games 3 in Pearse stadium.
While the weather wasn’t great the kids were delighted to grace Pearse Stadium and huge thanks to Sean O’Toole and Galway Co Board for facilitating this.
While it wasn’t Mayos year in the Senior ranks this year the Westport teams played some exceptional football and both qualified for the final played in Pearse Stadium which ended in a draw so the
Jack Fitzpatrick Cup will reside in Mayo over the winter. Over 150 kids played in the games and big thanks to Declan Monaghan and Brian Muldoon for all their hard work in organising same
Huge thanks to the Fitzpatrick family who kindly donated the Cup in honour of Jack and who attended on the day to present the cup. Huge thanks to Anto O’Reilly for providing his excellent BBQ as always and also to SKGAA Executive who were very supportive in hosting the event, Thanks to Roy O’Toole, Martin Mannion , Michael Jennings, Alan Mulholland and Noel Schoielfiled for helping out the teams and all the parents for organising food. 
Long may this tournament continue a fitting legacy for young Jack who supported the club over so many years.
Well done to all SK players who represented club very well on and off the pitch 
U14 & u16 Finals have been fixed for this Sunday at 3 and 4-45pm respectively in Caherlistrane. 



U9           Castlegar(Blitz)                                    away                      Sunday      10am  City League
U11        Turloughmore                                      Prairie                    Sunday       10am City League
U16        Killtullagh Killimordaly                        Touloughmore         Saturday     3pm      County Championship Final
Our Junior team had  fantastic success on Sunday evening winning the Junior B Championship final against Liam Mellows by an impressive scoreline of 3-7 to 0-6. This was a fitting reward for this panel of 30 who have put in serious training effort all year and have seen their performances improve every game. This was a strong team performance on the day in windy conditions with scores from Aine Griffin (2-2), Aoibhe McGinley (1-0) and Sorcha Marnell (0-5) plus a big performance from Siobhan Divilly in midfield . The defensive performance was also strong, led by goalkeeper Vicky Flanagan who made several outstanding saves at critical times and Vicky was deservedly awarded Player of the Match for her heroics much to the delight of the large crowd in attendance.  There was huge cheers as captain Evie Hayes lifted the Raftery’s Rest Kilcolgan cup leading to long celebrations! Congratulations to the panel and everyone involved, especially the management team of Willie Madden, Richie Marnell, Kevin Lynch, Deirdre Kelly (Physio) and Fr. Terry O’Brien. The team now advance to the semi-finals of the Junior Connacht competition against Padraig Pearses of Roscommon on 14th October. Special thanks must go to our neighbouring club Rahoon-Newcastle who made their pitch available at short notice to allow the fixture be played and who showed great hospitality on the day.
U13s had a good win in city league against  Cois Fharraige last Saturday evening in Cappagh.
U15s put in a really good performance in difficult conditions when defeating Liam Mellowes on Friday evening in City League in Cappagh Park.
Best of luck to the girls in this squad who will be part of the U16s who play County Championship final this weekend.
U16B1 County Final against Killtullagh Killimorday is fixed for this Saturday at 3pm in Tourloughmore. Following on the juniors great win on Sunday, in which a number of the U16s were involved, it would be fantastic to have big numbers supporting the girls again.



No Under 21 training tonight. Training plan for the weekend will be confirmed later in the week. 
No word on Under 21 Championship dates as of yet made.

U6 Hurling. 
U6 Training for boys and girls @2pm on Saturday in the Aras.  Welcome to all the new parents and children! 
U8 Hurling 
Under 8 training Friday at 6pm in McGraths Field. We also have a team of 2009 boys taking part in the blitz in Bekan on Saturday.
U10 Hurling 
U10s playing in Galway County Hurling Blitz on Sat 7th in Bekan, Ballyhaunis (Connacht GAA Centre). Only 1 team entered per club so limited to 2007 boys only.
U15 Hurling. 
We lost to Padraig Pearses last Saturday morning in our last group game.  All not lost as we play St. Thomas this Saturday at 11am in Castledaly (TBC). 

Ladies Football

U14 – U14s in a rest mode until final training session of 2017 on Sat 30th September. Pausing until 30/9 allowed Girls support Mayo ( or Dublin ). Its also complies with  GLGFA Directive that no Team plays or Trains Sat/Sun 23rd and  24th Sept. Thanks for everyones support. Many Thanks to u14s Parents who bought €50 worth of tickets in Co. GLGFA Draw. Mike Corcoran.
u12- U12 Girls continue to train hard + keep their focus. B team's Div 4 Championship final scheduled for this Sunday vs Menlough.The  A team is playing championship semi-final replay (following SKGAA's successful appeal…) vs Monivea this  Wednesday, in Monivea yet again. Everyone is hoping it can be decided on the pitch this time and set up a double header this weekend for a really dedicated bunch of  SK U12's. 
u8/10 – Sk girls were fantastic at Un 8/10 football blitz in Moycullen on Sat 16. Tks to all who helped.  Co Blitz Un 10 Oct 7th


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