Healthy Club LaunchThe Official GAA Healthy Club Launch took place in Johnstown on Sunday morning last which a large number of kids, parents, members and non-members in attendance. Thank you to the committee who organised the event, the volunteers who helped out on the day and the families who made it such a success.
Ladies UpdateThe Clann na nGael Sheraton senior ladies team competed in the Connaught 7s in Ballyhaunis recently.
Clann opened their campaign against Annaghdown. Despite a slow start Clann came out on top on a score line of 7-9 to 5-13.
The girls then took on Kilkerrin Clonberne in their second outing. The opening stages were end to end but the Galway side were clinical and ran out 11-18 to 4-5 victors.
Clann now needed to beat Castlebar Mitchell's to reach the shield final. The Mayo ladies were leading at the break but Clann rallied in the sweltering conditions to win by 6-7 to 3-7.
It was time for Claregalway in the shield final. Claregalway hit the ground running and never relinquished the lead from start to finish. The Clann ladies gave everything in the final but lost out 4-12 to 1-10 under the sun in a balmy Ballyhaunis.
The team really did the club proud and with a bit of luck they could have won the shield. They went toe to toe with the best in Connaught. Thanks to Ita Hannon and those on the Connaught LGFA for a great day.
U.14 Boys UpdateAlthough the results did not go their way, we are immensely proud of our U14 boys, who contested TWO League finals last weekend, and battled bravely in each. Here’s a roundup of the Div 4 final last Sunday (03/06) and the Div 1 final the following Bank Holiday Monday.
Div.4 League Final - Clann 1-10 3-05 St Dominics
An absolute cracker of a game, played under brilliant sunshine in Kiltoom last Sunday. Historically, these teams have been very closely matched, and drew in their league round clash, so it was anyone’s guess as to who would emerge victorious today.
The game opened up quickly, with an exchange of points at either end, but then Clann got their scoring boots on, and tapped over 4 points in quick succession to establish an early lead. By midway through the first half Clann were on top, though by now Dominics had started to narrow the gap, and shortly after they shook the net with the first goal of the game, to claim the lead for the first time. Towards the end of the half, Dominics hit a purple patch, and buried 2 goals in the space of a minute to extend their lead, although Clann would have the final score of the half with an important psychological point, leaving matters at double scores 0-6 to 3-3 at half time.
Undeterred by the scoreline, Clann came straight out of the traps at the second half whistle, and kicked another crucial point. Very little between the sides as regards possession, Clann slowly reduced Dominics lead, and with the introduction of Clann’s newest signing, our super sub made his presence known when he hit the back of the net for Clann’s first and only goal. Only a point behind now, Clann gave it everything, and soon were rewarded with an equalising point from our reliable Centre forward. Draw match, with only a minute to go! Unfortunately for Clann though, the final score of the game would go to Dominics, claiming their last score just before the final whistle, finishing the game as League winners.
So close for the Clann lads, very little between the sides, scorewise, skillwise etc. Thanks to both sides for such an entertaining contest, and well done to St Domincs as victors.
Clann panel - S Kelly, D Brady, E Quinn, K Fallon, E Galvin, C Moran, E Hunter, R Colgan (Capt), J Macken (0-2), L Ward (0-2), R Moran (0-2), C Westman(0-2), M Lennon (0-1), K Moroney, D Bolger (1-0), M Fallon, C Roache, T Costello (0-1), D O’Neill
Div.1 League Final - Clann 0-06 6-14 Roscommon Gaels
No rest for the wicked – only 24 hours after the Div 4 Final, Clann had to do it all over again on the Bank holiday Monday, as they headed up to Knockcroghery to face Roscommon Gaels in the Division 1 final. While the Div 4 game was a close game throughout, this was most certainly a game of two halves. Having beaten Clann already in the League, and then beaten Boyle in the League Semi-final, Roscommon Gaels were certainly favourites.
From a play perspective, the first half would be a real hand-to-hand battle, very little being given up by either side. A very tight game at this point, with low scores. Indeed, with only 5 minutes left in the first half, the sides were level at 0-3 apiece. At this point, Clann were awarded a penalty, and in a true summation of the half, hit the upright. Roscommon Gaels added 2 points to their tally close to the end of the half, but even then, a kick of a ball separated the sides with Clann 0-3 to Roscommon Gael 0-5.
Even at the start of the second half, things were looking up for Clann, scoring first again with another point. Soon after however, the tide turned considerably. Perhaps it was the missed opportunities in the first half, perhaps the monumental effort of keeping the Gaels key players in check, but at this point Clann seemed to lose energy, and the Gaels would go on to dominate the rest of the game. A spree of points that continued throughout the half, combined with a deluge of goals towards the end of the game, would ensure that Roscommon Gaels would emerge victorious.
Full Clann panel (Div 1 & 4) D Campion, J Shine, E Connaughton, E Quinn, D O’Brien (0-2), O Hynes (Capt), E Galvin, C Kelly, M Daly, J Gavin (0-1), O O’Flaherty (0-1), T O’Neill (0-1), E Henry, S Gavin (0-1), P O’Leochain, S Kelly, C Westman, L Ward, C McManus, R Colgan, K Moroney, R Moran, J Macken, D Brady, M Fallon, K Fallon, C Moran, E Hunter, D Bolger, M Lennon, C Roache, T Costello, D O’Neill, D Quinn.
The Clann Management wish to congratulate St Domincs and Roscommon Gaels on their respective wins. We thank St Brigids and St Dominics for the use of their grounds for the finals, and the County board for the running of an entertaining set of League matches. Particular thanks to the Clann supporters who were there for the lads throughout the campaign.
Coaching NewsIt has been a hectic period on the Coach Education front recently. We held the third in a series of fully subscribed Child Protection in Sport workshops, thanks once again to Michael Carroll and Oliver Donagher for their expert guidance. Over 70 coaches have now attended one of these workshops since the start of the year, a remarkable number. We also held a fully booked out Foundation course for all of our new (and some not so new) coaches.
This is the first step on the GAA coaching awards ladder. Ollie Lennon also attended recently to facilitate an ABC workshop for U6/8/10 coaches which was also very useful. Finally, a number of our coaches attended the Paul Earley Coaching seminar which the county board held in Johnstown. Thanks to Willie Hegarty and Ollie Lennon for offering to host the event on our grounds and we hope all our guests enjoyed the ‘Clann hospitality’. Coach education is one of the key elements to the future prosperity and success of our club. We aim to provide all coaches with the opportunity to improve and learn on their own doorstep.
None of this would be possible without the help and assistance of many club volunteers in particular Emer, Fiona & Catherine at the Paul Earley event and especially to our coaching secretary Lorraine Fallon Mc Gowan and Fidelma Lennon on behalf of the ladies board for their massive contribution to organising and running these events. New coaches are always welcome as are ideas or suggestions for future coaching events.
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.
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 HolidayThe 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 Shines on Sunday 10th June with a jackpot of €4,400.
The numbers drawn were 1, 5, 7, 27.
No Winner, match 3 win €70:
Kate Meehan (Fran Nicholson)
Bridget Egan (Kiern Gavin)
Magelen Dunne (Liam Dunne)
Next week's jackpot will be €4,600 and the draw will be in Monaghans.
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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