U14 BoysThis week saw both teams at peak performance in what was the highlight of the season so far. Two fantastic results, against the two strongest teams in the county no less! Many thanks to all the supporters who were there to witness it, and well done to the lads on their stellar performances. Both teams are now top (and joint top) of their respective tables in advance of the semi-finals and playoffs
Div 4 Roscommon Gaels 3-3 Clann 8-12
With an away game to Roscommon Gaels, who went into the game top of the league, this was going to be no easy ask. Undeterred, Clann unleashed a blistering performance from the start, and had racked up no less than 4-3 before the Gaels could register a single score. Clann were at their very best, with several scores emanating from kickout from the Clann goal, via only 3-4 passes, to finish with a score at the other end. By half time, Clann were 5-6 vs 0-1.
Although Clann opened up brightly in the second half, the Gaels did feature more from then on, and capitalised on a few opportunities to rack up 3-3. The game was competitive enough at this stage, but then Clann got back into their scoring form to finish out very strongly. Very positive to see a variety of players on the scoresheet, which was indicative of the team performance overall.
Clann Panel - S Kelly, D Brady, E Quinn, C Moran, M Fallon, R Colgan (1-0), K Fallon (Capt), E Galvin, E Hunter (1-2), R Moran (0-1), L Ward (1-0), C Roache (0-1), D Bolger (0-2), C Westman (2-1), M Lennnon (3-5), J Macken
Div 1 Clann 0-13 Boyle 2-4
A crucial result, and a pivotal game in these young Clann player’s development…. no trophies, or prizes of any sort earned for this game, or even significant change in the league table. Indeed, the only immediate prospect for Clann is to step into the ring again, most likely in some kind of 3 way play off with the two heavyweights of the county. No, the crucial aspect of this game is that Clann have finally defeated the one team in the county they’ve never beaten – a very strong Boyle team who are now recognised as the standard bearer for this age group.
A good omen came in the form of the first score coming from Clann, a quick point tapped over by an alert wing forward. Within minutes though, Boyle were in on top of the Clann defence, and earned a penalty from a black card incident, which they calmly converted into their first goal. Clann kept chipping away at the scoreline with points, and reclaimed and retained a small lead for much of the half before Boyle responded with another goal. Very tight game at half time, with only 3 points separating the sides (0-6 to Boyles 2-3).
Boyle were first out of the traps to score after the second half whistle, but it was here that Clann really defined themselves. Steady, regular points, from a determined and accurate forward line brought the sides level again midway through the half. At this stage, Boyle really upped the ante, and peppered the Clann defence and goal, but a do-or-die defence managed to thwart the attacks. Buoyed on by several crucial saves by the Clann keeper, the tide slowly turned in favour of Clann, as they claimed marks, pushed forward, and racked up 3 more defining points, all the time under intense pressure from a Boyle side that could have turned it around any second. On this occasion though, Clann held their nerve, and when the final whistle blew, they emerged with a slight, but thoroughly deserved win. Home and away supporters alike agreed it was a riveting game, and really opens up the prospect of a closely fought season. Clann have earned a brief respite for the next few days, until they learn of the playoff fixtures. Well done lads!
Clann Panel – D Campion, E Quinn, E Connaughton, J Shine, E Galvin, O Hynes, D O’Brien, C Kelly, M Daly, T O’Neill (0-3), O O’Flaherty (Capt) (0-1), J Gavin (0-1), S Gavin (0-2), E Henry, P O’Leochain (0-4), C McManus, C Westman (0-2), L Ward, R Colgan, R Moran
GAA Cúl CampsKellogg's GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games.
The Cúl Camp will take place in Johnstown from Monday 2nd July until Friday 6th July.
Online booking is preferred to ensure child will get the training gear and backpack on the week of the camp. Cost for the first child is €60 with discounts for additional children included. The cost is great value for money, given the gear that will be provided. These camps are hugely successful for the GAA throughout the country and we hope there will be a very large turnout in Johnstown!
Visit www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie to book your place at Cúl Camp Johnstown.
Employment for Third level Kelloggs Cul Camp coachesRoscommon Coaching and Games Development are seeking applications from third level students/coaches to work on our Kellogg’s Cull camps for 2018. All students must have GAA Garda Vetting and are requested to forward application letter and CV to Roscommon GAA Games Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Club Coaches WorkshopRoscommon Coaching & Games Development will host a Club Coaches Workshop with former Roscommon footballer, 1985 All-Star recipient, 1990/91 Connacht Champion, 2013 Irish International Rules manager & National Gaa Coach Education Tutor Paul Earley. This workshop will be held at Johnstown, the home of Clann na nGael, on Saturday 19th May at 9.30am.
This Workshop is open to all coaches. If you would like to attend please let myself Lorraine Fallon McGowan 086 3683331 or Declan OFlaherty 086 8040692 know and we can add your name to the list of attendees. There will be an indoor and on field sesson so dress appropriately if attending.
Gaelic 4 Mother's & Other'sAre you interested in keeping fit in a fun, non-competitive and social environment? Then come along for weekly exercise in a fun way while meeting other mother's and other's in the area. No experience in gaelic football required. We welcome all ages, shapes and sizes. Training takes place every Thursday night at 8.30pm in Johnstown.
No experience in gaelic football required, we welcome all ages, shapes and sizes. Training takes place every Thursday night at 8.30pm in Johnstown.
Clann HolidayGetting sick of the Irish weather? The destination for this years club holiday is Lanzarote and is leaving on 20th October and returning on 27th. Places are going fast so if you want to go book your place contact Breda Dolan (0868971409) or Mary Rock (0877838966)
The draw took place in Athlone Springs on Sunday 13th May with a jackpot of €3,600.
The numbers drawn were 8, 13, 16, 18.
No Winner, match 3 win €50:
Annette, Rachel & Jack (Brian Fallon)
Mike Fellihy (James Curley)
John Derwin (Ann Shine)
Kevin O'Neill (Kieran Gavin)
Next week's jackpot will be €3,800 and the draw will be in the Grove.
Thanks to everyone who supports Clann’s Lotto every week. Enter online at ClannGAA.ie/Lotto
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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