Minor Div.1 ChampionshipClann na nGael 5-16 Roscommon Gaels 4-4
The Clann Minor team were in Lisnamult last Thursday evening in the second last round of the group stages of the Div 1 Minor Championship.
Rain before the game made conditions very slippy and it was the home side that adapted to those conditions better in the first half. They played by far the better football and went in at half time leading by 6 points on a scoreline of 3-3 to 0-6.
However the second half saw a tranformation of the Clann team and they dominated the half from start to finish to run out winners by 5-16 to 4-4.
The team will know that they will have to produce performances like the second half half if they are to continue their progress in the minor championship.
Clann Panel: S Ó Saoraigh, O Mac Concharraige, D. Sumner (1-1), A Ó hAthairne, S Ó Riain, C Ó Briain (1-2), S Mac Mánais, O Ó Líonnain (0-1), R Ó hArgadáin, R Ó Móráin, P Mac Mánais (0-2), F Ó Líonnain, D Ó Foirtheirn, D O'Duibh, C Ó Coisteala, L Ó Donnghaile, M Ó hÁinle (0-1), C O'Fearail (1-4), A Mac Prionsais, S O'hEinri (1-4), Antaine O Ceallaigh, And. O Ceallaigh, C. O' Lionnain, A De Bhal, N O Maicin (1-1), M. Mac Manais, M O Ganain.
U.14 FinalsThis weekend saw the culmination of the U14 season’s activity for Clann in a Division 1 Championship final, and a Division 3 Championship shield, with each side claiming victory. (Incidentally, this is a “double double” for the U14 squad, as each team won their respective league titles as well). Here’s how it all went down...
U.14 Div.1 Final
Clann 5-7 Pearses 3-7
A repeat of the League final’s pairings earlier in the year, saw Clann meet their neighbours Padraig Pearses in an action packed and very well attended Saturday evening in Kiltoom. A strong breeze and drizzly conditions would make for a difficult slog for both teams. Clann were the first to score, and had claimed 1-1 inside the first 10 minutes, with Pearses only registering a single point around the halfway mark in the period. While it was true to say Clann had had the most possession at this point, it was also true that they had many wides during this time, with several chances wasted.
With only 5 minutes to go in the half, Pearses rallied back strongly and were rewarded with a fortuitous bounce of the ball to claim their first goal. They quickly capitalised on this and added 4 points in rapid succession, to finish out the half leading by the narrowest margin and a score of 1-5 to Clann’s 2-1.
It was at this point that Clann showed their resolve, and started the second half very strongly, with a goal inside the first minute, followed by an accumulation of goals and points to lead the game decisively by 11 points with 15 minutes to go. Pearses had other ideas though – and in the latter stages of the game rallied back strongly, including 2 riveting goals, to come within 5 points of Clann. A nervous time for the Johnstown lads at this point, but when the final whistle sounded, they had held onto their lead, won the game, won the championship, and indeed had remained undefeated competitively all season! A rapturous crowd cheered as Captain Ian Harney held the cup aloft, and afterwards a convoy of Blue and gold headed to Johnstown for well-earned refreshments. Sincere commiserations to Padraig Pearses, who are a formidable side that battled valiantly, and made matters very difficult for Clann at several stages during the game – here’s hoping for many more exciting contests between these two sides in future!
The Clann U14 management would like to sincerely thank the County Board for a well organised and exciting series of games all season, St Brigids for the use of their impressive facilities in Kiltoom, Clann Minor and Executive boards for all the support during the year, and as always, the faithful supporters that followed the lads through thick and thin all season.
Clann U14 Panel D. Campion, O Hynes, A McManus, B Costello, E Henry, L Gavin, I Harney (Capt), T Lennon, M Harrington, J Mulvey, S Cleary, C O’Reilly (2-1), G Mulvihill (1-0), O O’Flaherty, J Shine (1-4), P O’Leochain (1-2), C Ryan, A Milton, K Greasley.
U.14 Div.3 Shield Final
Clann 6-10, Elphin/Ballinameen 3-6
Keen to match their Division 1 colleagues’ exploits the previous evening, the Division 3 squad headed up to Knocroghery to take on Elphin/Ballinameen in an eagerly anticipated shield final. The pair had met earlier in the season, with Clann having to battle hard and come back from a trailing position during their clash to win that fixture.
As was the case with the Division 1 final, Clann were first out of the traps to score, and had amassed 2-2 in a blistering performance throughout the first half. They were playing with great spirit and fluidity, attacking briskly and defending strongly, and, with the exception of a conceded penalty at the end of the half, had scarcely put a foot wrong at this point.
The second half opened up just as enthusiastically for Clann, with some forwards featuring very prominently on the scoring sheet, and Clann had started to cruise. As is often the case though, this cruising allowed the opposition back into the game, and Elphin/Ballinameen showed their intent to contest this game and not give up. 2 goals and a series of points for them brought the gap down to 8 points, until Clann came back into the game to finish strongly and ultimately claim the shield to add to the U14 silverware this season.
Afterwards, a delighted captain Owen Sumner thanked his supporters, teammates, and opposition for an enjoyable game.
In addition to the credits mentioned in the Division 1 report, Clann U14 management wish to thank St Dominics for hosting the finals, and Greg Kennedy of Supermacs for sponsoring the food in Johnstown clubhouse after both finals.
No rest for the wicked though… after taking a break for a week or so, the squad have a tournament in October, as well as U13 Feile qualifiers. Keep up the good work lads!
Clann Div 3 squad – D Quinn, E Connaughton, C McManus, J Shine, C Kelly, M Daly, O Sumner (Capt), T O’Neill (1-0), L Ward (1-1), S Gavin (0-2), D O’Brien (1-3), C O’Suilleabhain (3-3), R Connaughton (0-1), R Colgan, J Gavin, C Westman, K Moroney, A Mullin, T Geoghegan
Connacht GAA Bursary AwardsConnacht GAA have again reiterated their commitment to the ongoing educational development of its players and members by announcing details of the 2017/2018 GAA National Student Bursary scheme. Connacht GAA, in support of the National Student Bursary Scheme, will award bursaries of €750 to students attending Higher Education colleges.
The scheme, which is now in its eleventh year, will be open to members of the Association who are attending a full-time Higher Education course and who are active participants in their Higher Education club. Students who hold other GAA-related or a college scholarship/bursary will not be eligible to apply. Connacht GAA welcomes applications from those students in our province, (Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon & Sligo), regardless whether their attendance is at a college inside or outside of Connacht”. A number of awards in each province will be reserved for those excelling in the areas of coaching and administration.
Each bursary granted will be for €750 and payment will be made annually in two instalments of €375. Further information and application forms for this year’s scheme are currently available to download from connachtgaa.ie.
The closing date for application will be October 6th, 2017.
#GAAyouth Forum 2017 - 28th October 2017Are you a GAA player aged 12 – 21 years old? Would you like to improve your performance as a player? Would you like to learn how to balance the demands of study and sport? Would you like to get inside the minds of some of the top Inter-County players in the country? If so, apply to attend the FREE #GAAyouth Forum supported by Sky Sports! The #GAAyouth Forum is designed by young players, for young players. The Forum will be a fun and informative with a mix of interactive exhibitions, workshops, high profile speakers and a Q&A session.
How to Apply:
600 delegate places are up for grabs for male and female players in three age groups: 12 – 15 (Junior Cert Cycle); 16 – 18 (Leaving Cert Cycle) and 19 – 21. The online application process is NOW OPEN at gaa.ie.
The closing date for applications is Friday 6th October and successful applicants will be informed by Friday 20th October.
The draw took place in the Mill on Sunday 24th September with a jackpot of €7,600.
The numbers drawn were 8, 10, 18, 19.
No winner, match 3 wins €30 each:Winners (Sellers):
Geraldine Keegan (Mike Keegan)
Karina Behan (Ollie Colgan)
Donal Beirne (James Curley)
Maureen Byrne (James Curley)
K.D.G.N. Shine (Niall Shine)
Marie Grady (Ray Fallon Snr)
Eithne Fallon (Brendan McLoughlin)
Next week's jackpot will be €7,800 and the draw will be in Connaughtons.
Thanks to everyone who supports Clann’s Lotto every week.
Online LottoDid you know? Over €25,000 was won in the Clann lotto in 2016. We're aware that there's lots of club members living in Dublin and abroad who would like to enter but do not have the access to do so. With this in mind, we are happy to announce that the Clann lotto can now be entered online.
Visit clanngaa.ie/lotto to take part. Entry closes every Sunday at 6pm, entries after 6pm will be carried over to the following week.
Club ShopThe Clann Shop is now online with a wide range of O'Neills gear to purchase. The shop can be accessed via the ClannGAA.ie menu or directly by visiting tiny.cc/ClannShop
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