Club Notes


Club Notes - 1st January 2018

posted 3 Jan 2018, 16:14 by Athlone GAA


Wishing all our members and friends a Happy and Peaceful New Year and a very sporting 2018.

Online registration is now open, click on left or on main page of website.

​​​​​Lotto Results from 21st December
There was no winner of this weeks €2,100 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 7-8-12-29.
There were two match three winners.
Stephenie Keating c/o Online.
Seamus Mitchell c/o Teresa Small.
Next  jackpot which will take place on 4th January will be €2,250.
Lotto can also be played online for only €15 for ten weeks.

Athlone GAA Bingo:
Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm.  Loads of cash prizes. Everyone Welcome.

Vote of Sympathy:
The Ryan Family, Doon.
The Kilroy Family, Baylin.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.

Club Notes - Monday 11th December

posted 16 Dec 2017, 09:38 by Athlone GAA


​​​​​Leinster Minor Club Championship Final
Athlone 1-14 Clane 3-13

Hard luck to our minor boys who lost out to Kildare champions Clane in the Leinster minor club final at the Eire Óg GAA Club grounds in Carlow on Saturday.  A superb first half performance made it look like the Athlone lads would add Leinster success to their county final win, but Clane showed why they had been tournament favourites throughout with a powerful comeback to deny them and claim the title for themselves.

Points from Luke Kelly, Josh Beaumont and a Kieran Colclough free got the Athlone side off to a perfect start before Clane opened their account, and a Beaumont free and Colclough '45 put Athlone 0-5 to 0-1 ahead. Further scores from Kelly, Mark Egan, Beaumont and two Colclough frees (the second from about 55 metres!) put Athlone further ahead, and although the Kildare champions kept in with three pointed  frees, Athlone finished strongest with a point from Benny Martin and a Beaumont goal, when he tapped home from close range after some good build up play from Colclough, Sean Dowd and Benny Martin. Athlone led  by 1-11 to 0-5 at half time and looked in a strong position to win the game, having played some excellent football. However, the warning signs were there as three brilliant saves from John Duddy meant the scoreline suggested Athlone were more comfortable than they actually were.

If the cliché 'a game of two halves' was invented for any game, it was this one. Clane managed to score more than Athlone during their dominant patch and this ended up being the difference in a thoroughly enjoyable game of football. The sides swapped frees early on, Athlone’s being scored by Kieran Colclough, before Clane got their first goal. A second Colclough free kept Athlone comfortably ahead but Clane then notched 1-5 without reply to go a point up. A third Colclough free of the half brought Athlone level, but Clane regained their lead again with two points, and with Athlone pushing forward to try to draw level, a third goal put the game beyond them and sealed a stunning comeback win for the Kildare lads. Athlone had chances to draw level before the final goal went in, and were left bitterly disappointed at the final whistle. However, the lads can be very proud of a brilliant year where they bridged a 24 year gap to bring the Westmeath minor title back to Pairc Chiarain and the Leinster campaign, where they beat the Louth and Carlow champions respectively and went toe to toe with the very strong Kildare champions, will stand as huge experience to these lads.  Many thanks to John Kearns and Eire Óg GAA, Carlow for organising this fantastic tournament.

Athlone: John Duddy; Niall Doolan, James Finlass, Patrick Ryan; JJ Offorjama, Diarmuid Martin, Paddy McGettigan; Kieran Colclough (0-7, 6f, 1 '45), Shane Allen; Stephen O'Connor, Luke Kelly (0-2), Mark Egan (0-1); Josh Beaumont (1-3, 1f), Sean Dowd, Benny Martin (0-1). Subs: Conor Rushe, Donagh Prendergast, Mark Tallon, Enda Daly, Anthony Johnson, Aaron Forde, Rytis Liaukevicius.

Lotto Results: 
There was no winner of this week’s €1,800 jackpot. 
The numbers drawn were 3-8-11-28 
There were 6 match 3 winners
Vernon Walsh c/o L Roper
Peter Mahon c/o T Small
Maura O Brien c/o S Downes
Sean Lawless c/o L Roper
Finn c/o A O'Sullivan
Myra Allen c/o M Daly
Next week's lotto jackpot will be €1,950

Athlone GAA Bingo:
Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm.  Loads of cash prizes. Everyone Welcome.

Vote of Sympathy:
The Moyna Family, Monaghan.
The O`Meara Family, Arcadia.
The O`Connor Family, Montree.
The Clarke Family, Beech Park.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.

Club Notes - Monday 4th December

posted 8 Dec 2017, 02:01 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​Leinster Minor Club Championship Semi-Final
Athlone 4-07 Fenagh (Carlow) 0-18 (AET)
Well done to our minor boys who have qualified for the Leinster minor club final with a dramatic one-point extra time win over Carlow champions Fenagh in Carlow on Sunday.  The lads showed great heart to come from three points down in extra time to steal it at the death with a Sean Dowd goal.

Fenagh were first off the mark with two frees, as Athlone struggled to find their rhythm in the early stages, but well-taken Shane Allen goal after an incisive team move got Athlone on the scoresheet.  Benny Martin then raised their first white flag, before the same player got Athlone’s second goal with a neat finish after another flowing move. The Carlow champions recovered from those setbacks with another brace of points, but another Benny Martin point, followed by a third excellent goal, this time finished off by Josh Beaumont, put Athlone seven points clear.  This scoreline flattered Athlone as Fenagh were having plenty of possession and they found their shooting boots to kick four unanswered points to reduce the gap to a goal, although Athlone had the final say of the half when Mark Egan fisted over to leave his side ahead on a half-time score of 3-3 to 0-8.

Fenagh started the second half as they had the first, with two points halving the deficit, but Kieran Colclough’s customary '45’ and a Beaumont point from a powerful shot that struck the crossbar kept daylight between the sides. However, the strong Carlow side continued to battle and kicked four points in a row to bring themselves level, with Athlone receiving a further blow in this period when substitute Eamon Martin was harshly sent off. Just when it looked like Athlone were in deep trouble, Shane Allen lifted the siege with an inspirational score, but the 14 men were unable to hold out and Fenagh forced extra time with point from a close range free with the final kick in normal time.

Athlone were understandably deflated at being caught at the death and, with extra time being only five minutes per half, Fenagh looked the more likely winners as they started the additional time with three quick fire points, although a Sean Dowd point from a free with the last kick of the half kept Athlone in touch. The momentum switched again in the after the mini-break as Athlone dominated possession, but three poor wides meant that they still trailed by two as the game entered its final minute. To their credit, however, they never gave up and one final attack saw Sean Dowd get on the end of a beautifully floated ball from Enda Daly to flick the ball to the net to send the players and supporters in blue and white wild with delight. There was still time for more drama as team captain Shane Allen received a black card for a ‘professional’ foul, but the free was overturned when the fouled Fenagh player got a straight red card for retaliation and Athlone held on to win by the narrowest of margins, 4-7 to 0-18.

While Athlone will feel they did not play as well as they can do, they showed great character to keep going against a skilful and physically strong Fenagh side.  On the day, James Finlass, Paddy Ryan, and goalkeeper John Duddy were excellent for Athlone, while the full-forward line of Benny Martin, Stephen O'Connor and Josh Beaumont looked dangerous every time they got on the ball.  Athlone now face Kildare side Clane in the Leinster minor final next Saturday, December 9th at 3pm in Eire Óg GAA Club in Carlow town so hopefully a large crowd will make the journey and support the lads in this important game.
 
Athlone: John Duddy; Niall Doolan, James Finlass, Patrick Ryan, Anthony Johnson, Diarmuid Martin, Paddy McGettigan; Kieran Colclough (0-1), Shane Allen (1-1); JJ Offorjama, Luke Kelly, Mark Egan (0-1); Josh Beaumont (1-1), Stephen O’ Connor, Benny Martin (1-2)  Subs: Eamon Martin, Sean Dowd (1-1), David Cleary, Enda Daly, Rytis Liaukivicius, Aaron Forde, Mark Tallon. 

AGM takes place in the Clubhouse on Monday, 11th December at 8pm.  Please return all nominations/motions before Thursday 7th December.  All members are encouraged to attend.

Christmas Party for our younger members takes place in the Clubhouse from 4-6pm on Saturday 9th December. Games, Face Painting, Colouring Competitions and a visit from Santa Claus.  All members very welcome. 

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this week’s €1,650 jackpot. 
The numbers drawn were 6-8-19-22 
There were 3 match 3 winners
The Corncrake c/o R Daly
Karen Healy c/o M Daly
S. Barkey c/o P Devaney
Next week's lotto jackpot will be €1,800

Athlone GAA Bingo:
Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm.  Loads of cash prizes. Everyone Welcome.

Vote of Sympathy:
The Lowry Family, Tubberclair.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.

Club Notes - Monday, 27th November 2017

posted 28 Nov 2017, 14:18 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​Lip Sync Battles 2017
What a night Athlone GAA Club had again in the Sheraton Hotel with our second Lip Sync Battles.  Expectations were very high after last years show and our performers rose to the challenge and produced an even better show that last year.  

Thanks to all the Committee who put the whole event together and to everyone who helped out on the night.  Thank you to Niamh Donohoe, choreographer, for all her hard work and patience in getting some willing and in cases very unwilling acts on to the stage. To our Judges on the night for helping make the show entertaining and witty Kevin Boxer Moran TD, Ray Collins, Mary O'Rourke and Fr. Declan Shannon and to our MC Conor Moore of Conor's Sketches who kept everyone entertained. Well done to the very deserving winners Jai Ho aka Andy Lynam, Daniel Lynam and Cathal Joyce.  Thank you to all our Advertisers and Sponsors, without whom this show would not be possible.  To Barry and staff in the Joke Shop, to the Sheraton Athlone Hotel and last but not least to Padraig Devaney (Devaney Photo Services) who captured the event once again for us on camera, see photos on Athlone GAA Official facebook page.  

Once more applause to all the lads and lassies who put on such great performances.... What a great Club. 

We are very proud of you all. #UpTheBlue

Eire Óg Leinster Minor Club Semi-Final
Our minor lads take on Carlow champions Fenagh GFC in the semi-final of this tournament at 1pm on Sunday 3rd December at the Eire Óg club grounds in Carlow.  We hope plenty of supporters will be able to make the journey to support the lads.

AGM of Athlone GAA Club takes place in the Clubhouse on Monday, 11th December at 8pm.  All members are encouraged to attend.

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this week’s €1,500 jackpot 
The numbers drawn were 4-11-17-24 
There were 13 match 3s 
Pat Murtagh c/o Mags Daly 
Miriam Moran c/o Mags Daly 
Michael Barr c/o Tony Heavin 
Liam Martin c/o Bingo 
Bernie Downes c/o L Downes 
Joe Murphy c/o Tony Heavin 
Helen Cawley c/o Bingo 
Mary Moore c/o Mags Daly 
Margaret & Frances 
Jimmy Dolan c/o Online 
Seamus Downes c/o S Downes 
Tommy Lynam c/o T Small 
Josie Kerrigan c/o Bingo

Athlone GAA Bingo:
Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm.  Loads of cash prizes. Everyone Welcome.

Vote of Sympathy:
The Kelly Family, Cypress Gardens.
The Fogarty Family, Creggan.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.

Club Notes - Monday 20th November

posted 22 Nov 2017, 08:48 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​Leinster club quarter final. 
Athlone 2-10 St Mary's, Ardee (Louth) 1-11.
Congratulations to our minor boys who qualified for the semi-final of the Eire Óg Leinster minor club tournament with a hard fought two point win over Louth champions St. Mary's of Ardee in Carlow on Sunday morning.  Athlone were first off the mark through Kieran Colclough and the same player then slotted his customary '45 soon after before St. Mary's got off the mark with their opening score.  Athlone went further ahead through Luke Kelly, Josh Beaumont and another Colclough '45 but a barren spell followed as St. Mary's found their feet to draw level, however another Beaumont point sent Athlone in with a one-point lead at half time, 0-06 to 0-05.

St. Mary's opened the second half scoring to draw level, before Athlone struck for their first goal when  a brilliant team move involving a series of one-twos between Diarmuid Martin, JJ Offorjama and Josh Beaumont set up Kieran Colclough for a tap-in after two minutes. St Mary's then had a man sent off for striking off the ball. A point from JJ Offorjama and another brilliant team goal, finished by Josh Beaumont looked to have athlone home and dry with 10 minutes to play. St. Mary's to their credit didn't throw the towel in and battled back scoring 1-4. Crucially however, Athlone scored three points of their own in this period, through Shane Allen, Colclough and Beaumont to hold on for a two-point win on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-11. Best on the day were Paddy Ryan, Luke Kelly, Josh Beaumont and Kieran Colclough. Thanks to Eire Óg, Carlow for organising the tournament and having their pitch in such fine condition at this time of the year.

Next up for Athlone is a semi-final against Fenagh from Carlow at 1pm next Sunday, November 26th, again at the Eire Óg club grounds in Carlow, and hopefully plenty of supporters will be able to make the journey to support the lads.

Team and scorers: John Duddy, Niall Doolan, James Finlass, Patrick Ryan; Anthony Johnson, Diarmuid Martin, Patrick Mcgettigan; Kieran Colclough (1-4 (2 '45's), Shane Allen (0-1); JJ Offorjama (0-1), Luke Kelly (0-1), Mark Egan; Josh Beaumont (1-3), Stephen O'Connor, Benny Martin  Subs: Sean Dowd, David Cleary, Eamon Martin, Enda Daly, Mark Tallon, Rytis Liaukevicius.

Lip Sync Battles is here......
This year's fundraiser Lip Sync Battles is on this Saturday 25th November at 8pm in the Sheraton Hotel.  There will be no tickets available on the night so don't be disappointed, please contact Cora at 086 8132090 or Teresa at 087 6799472 asap.

Lotto Results:
There was 3 winners of this weeks €9,000 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 5-12-19-26
Ber Kenny c/o M Flynn
Leah c/o Andy O Sullivan
Kathleen Daly c/o Martin Flynn
There were 7 match three winners.
Frank Sheerin c/o Online
Fiachra McLoughlin c/o T Small
Pat Lynagh c/o L Byrne
Noel and Joan Mannion c/o T Small
Clann Mul c/o Brian Mulvhill
Benny Murtagh c/o Bingo
Robert Gilhooly c/o P Devaney
Next weeks jackpot will be €1,500.

Athlone GAA Bingo:
Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm.  Loads of cash prizes. Everyone Welcome.

Club Notes - Monday, 30th October

posted 2 Nov 2017, 15:55 by Athlone GAA


WESTMEATH MINOR CHAMPIONS 2017

Minor Division One Championship Final:

Athlone 0-13 St. Lomans 1-08

Congratulations to our minor boys who won our first minor championship since 1993 when they defeated St Loman's by 0-13 to 1-8 in the county final in  Cusack Park on Sunday.  This is a brilliant achievement from a great bunch of lads who got their deserved reward for all the hard work that they put this season and in previous years.  Thanks and congratulations to the management team of Eoin 'Joey' Jordan, Fergal Murray and Eamon Martin who put in so much time and effort with the lads throughout the year.  Full match report next week.

Extra congratulations to Fergal Murray and his wife Catriona who welcomed their daughter Sadhbh into the world on Sunday night after the match.

Annual Fundraiser
Following on from last year's hugely successful sold out Lip Sync Battle it will take place again in the Sheraton Hotel on Saturday 25th November at 8pm.  Tickets on sale soon.  If anyone would like to take an advertisement in our programme please contact Teresa at 087 6799472, Cora at 086 8132090 or any of the Committee Members.

Cards in the Club
Progressive 25s takes place in the Clubhouse on Wednesday, 8th November at 8.45pm. Cost is €10pp/€60 per table. Everyone very welcome. For further details contact Rachel at 087 7799713.

Halloween Party
Thanks to everyone from Athlone GAA and Southern Gaels who made our annual fancy dress party such a huge success with over 50 children attending. See Athlone GAA Official and Facebook for photos with thanks as always to resident photographer Padraig Devaney for those.

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this week's €8,550 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 11-14-20-22.
There was 1 match 3 winner.
Martin Flynn c/o Martin Flynn.
Next weeks jackpot will be €8,700.
Play online now at www.athlone.gaa.ie

Club Notes - Monday, 9th October

posted 14 Oct 2017, 13:26 by Athlone GAA

Athlone GAA Notes Monday October 9th
U21 Championship Semi-Final
Athlone 1-10 Rosemount-Castledaly 3-12
Our Under 21 team exited the Championship when they were defeated by a strong Rosemount-Castledaly combination in the semi-final played in Rosemount on Sunday morning.

After Richie Greene had opened the scoring with an excellent early point, the home side took control, but poor shooting meant that they still had not got off the mark when Greene added Athlone’s second from a free in the 10th minute.  Rosemount-Castledaly did finally open their account after 14 minutes, and although Josh Beaumont responded with a close-range point, Athlone then fell behind when the hosts scored their first goal.  The sides then exchanged points, with three Rosemount scores being answered by fine points from Danny Reid and Richie Greene, before Kieran Colclough brought the visitors level with two superb strikes from a ’45 and a long-range free.  However Athlone suffered a blow on the stroke of half-time when they conceded a goal on the last play, which meant that, instead of going in to the break on level terms, they trailed by 2-4 to 0-7.

Boosted by their late goal, Rosemount-Castledaly began the second half with a point straight from the throw-in, and they followed this almost immediately with their third goal, after they had turned over the subsequent kickout.  Athlone were shell-shocked by going from being level to trailing by seven points in the space of one minute’s playing time and, despite trying hard, they weren’t able to get back into the match.  Richie Greene did open their second half account from a free, but six Rosemount-Castledaly points, to just one in response from Josh Beaumont, meant that they trailed by 12 as the game entered its final minutes.  To their credit, the Athlone lads kept trying, and added a Beaumont goal and a point from Benny Martin to leave the final score 3-12 to 1-10 in favour of Rosemount-Castledaly. 

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, James Finlass, Matthew Darling, Eoin Fahey, Michael Doolan, Fionn Dowd, Shane Allen, Daniel Reid (0-1), Diarmuid Martin, Kieran Colclough (0-2),  Jack Quinn, Luke Kelly, Josh Beaumont (1-2), Ryan Gaffey, Richie Greene (0-4)  Subs Used:  Mark Egan, Donagh Prendergast, Benny Martin (0-1), Patrick McGettigan, Patrick  Ryan, Sam Omukoro.

Minor Division 1 Championship Semi-Final

Our minor boys take on The Downs in the Division 1 Championship semi-final in Moate at 2.30pm this Saturday, October 14th.  Please support the lads in what promises to be an exciting fixture between two excellent teams.

Lip Sync Battles
Lip Sync Battles takes place in the Sheraton Hotel Athlone on Saturday 25th November at 8pm.  Rehearsals are now up and running and anyone wishing to sponsor any of the Groups or help in any way contact Cora 086 8132090 or Teresa at 087 6799472

Cards in the Club
Progressive 25s will take place in the Clubhouse on Friday 27th October. Everyone Welcome. Further details to follow.

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this week’s €8,100 lotto.
The numbers drawn were 16-18-21-23
There was 1 match 3 winner. 
Laura c/o L Roper
Next week’s lotto jackpot will be €8,250.

Athlone GAA Bingo:
Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm.  Loads of cash prizes. Everyone Welcome.

Vote of Sympathy:
The Byrne Family Clonbonny.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.

Club Notes - Monday 2nd October

posted 5 Oct 2017, 12:20 by Athlone GAA   [ updated 5 Oct 2017, 12:23 ]

​​​​​Senior Championship Quarter-Final Replay
Athlone 0-12 The Downs 1-10
see match report on left...

U11/12 Boys:

The U11/12 Boys played their postponed Walsh Cup “A” Final against Moate in Ballinasloe on Tuesday evening last. The format for the tournament is two 11-a-side matches, one for the U11s and one for the U12s with combined score used to decide the overall winner in the final. Earlier in the year the sides had met in Pairc Chiaráin in the group stages and had shared the points with one victory each so heading into the game the lads were under no illusion about the challenge that awaited them. The fact that the final took place under lights added greatly to the sense of occasion and the Athlone lads responded accordingly. 

U11s – The U11 boys knew that they were up against it having been defeated early in the year by Moate but they were on a mission from the first whistle to the last and there was no way they were going to be beaten. Their tackling and tracking back was fantastic and when the opportunity arise they thundered forward using the ball quick and fast to the very mobile forward line. The game was nip and tuck throughout with Athlone leading for most of the game but to be fair to the All Whites, they never let up and hung in to earn a very entertaining share of the spoils. The Athlone mentors, Trevor and Gearoid, were thrilled with their charges.

U12s – The U12 boys produced their best 20 minutes of football this year in the first half of this game. They won the throw in, powered forward and popped over a score to lay down a marker and proceeded to put on a magnificent display of open attacking football that was coupled with some tenacious defending in an overall exceptional performance. The Moate lads kept going bravely all night but it was just one of those nights where everything the Athlone boys tried came off and at the final whistle there had earned a very good victory.

This combination of results meant that the Walsh Cup was presented to the two very proud Athlone captains (Owen McNamara for the U12s and Cathal Hardiman for the U11s) in front of a very joyful bunch of young Athlone gaels. Many thanks to Brian Madden and the Ballinasloe Minor Board for running a fantastic tournament. 

The 35 strong Athlone panel on the night was: Brian Collins, Rian Claffey, Luke Farrell,  John Fleming, Cillian Geary, Kyle Greene, Cathal Hardiman, Toby Heavey, Conor Hughes, Josh Kenny, Kyle Mahon, Ben Manning, Johnny Martin, Lorcan McCormack, Cillian McGowan, Evan McMickan, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Ben Murray, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Ruairi O’Duibhir, Daniel Omukoro, Mark Rockett, Piaras Rohan, Ian Rushe, Jason Rushe, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Brandon Varszegi, Shane Wheatley, Luke Whelan and Brandon Wykes. Missing on the night was Cian Dolan and we wish him all the best on his recovery from his arm injury.

Next up for this very hard working bunch is the “A” final of the Jim McHugh U12 tournament to be played at the home of the hosts Garrycastle with the date and opposition not yet known.

U12 Girls Division 3 Championship Final

Athlone 2-14  St Mary's, Rochfortbridge 0-5

A huge panel of 28 Athlone Under 12 girls, along with many parents and supporters, travelled to Caulry on Saturday to take on St Mary's, Rochfortbridge in the final of Division 3 of the Westmeath under 12 championship.  Athlone's ability to score goals was a feature of the earlier rounds, however due to the excellent play of the St Mary's center-back, goal chances were at a premium in the early stages.  Athlone were leading by 0-6 to 0- 3 nearing half time when Katie Dwyer struck for a major to put some daylight between the sides, although Ciara Murphy was called on to make two excellent saves from point blank distance to keep the Athlone girls in front at half time.  In the second half, despite St Mary's putting up excellent resistance, Athlone were able to stretch their lead with some excellent scores, while the Athlone backs were on top any time the opposition made a break up the field. At the final whistle, Athlone led by 2-14 to 0-5 and, amid scenes of great jubilation, Athlone captain Aine DiTullio was presented with the cup, before everybody returned to Áras Chiaráin for a well-deserved celebration.  Congratulations to all the girls and their mentors, Michael 'Gel' Galvin and Noel Mannion, and thanks to all who helped with the team during the year.

Athlone Team: Jilly Begley, Lucy Brett, Ellie Denby, Aine Di Tullio, Kellie Donohoe, Kayla Dunne, Katie Dwyer, Ceara Dwyer, Abby Farrell, Therese Farrell, Kenzi Francis, Sadie Gaffey, Aine Galvin, Ciara Hughes, Abi Joyce, Aobha Kenny, Merisa Kiripati, Grace McGlynn, Aoife McGivern, Sarah McNamara, Gemma Mannion, Aine Martin, Lydia Mulvihill, Ciara Murphy, Suzzanna O'Connor, Lore Okodugha, Amy Quinn, Orla Surlis.

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this week’s €7,950 lotto.
The numbers drawn were 2-6-13-15.
There was 1 match 3 winner. 
Sean O’Grady c/o Gerties.
Next week’s lotto jackpot will be €8,100.

Athlone GAA Bingo:
Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm.  Loads of cash prizes. Everyone Welcome.

Vote of Sympathy:
The Henson Family, Fardrum.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.

Club Notes - Monday, 18th September 2017

posted 18 Sep 2017, 15:14 by Athlone GAA

​​​
​​Junior Championship Quarter-Final
Athlone 1-21 Delvin 2-10 (AET)
Our junior men's team qualified for the club's first junior championship semi-final in a long time, with a hard-fought extra time victory over a brave Delvin side in Kinnegad on Wednesday evening.  (see match report on left)

U21 Championship Quarter-Final
Athlone 4-6 St Loman's 1-11
Four excellent first half goals, including two in a minute in injury time, paved the way for our under 21s to defeat St Loman's of Mullingar under the Páirc Chiaráin floodlights on Friday, as they emulated our junior and minor teams by qualifying for the championship semi-final (full match report on left)

U12 Girls
Congratulations to our U12 Girls who defeated Caulry to reach the County Final on Saturday, 30th September, place and time to be confirmed.  Well done girls. #UpTheBlue

Underage Training
Underage football for boys and girls ages 4-12 continues on Sunday morning at 11.30am. New players all abilities welcome or contact David O'Connell at 087 2397519.

Lip Sync Battles 2017
Following the hugely successful Lip Sync Battles last year we are hosting the event again on Saturday, 25th November in the Sheraton Hotel Athlone.  There are still a few places remaining so if you would like to take part or to sponsor an act or to help out in anyway, please contact Teresa at 087 6799472 or Cora at 086 8132090 any member of the Committee.

Lotto Results: 
There was no Winner of this week's €7,650 jackpot
The Numbers Drawn were: 5-10-25-30
There was 4 match 3 winners; 
Mark McBride c/o Amby Fogarty
Margaret & Frances c/o Michael Collins
Alice Dowler c/o Bingo
Seamus Downes c/o S Downes
Next week's jackpot is €7,800.

Athlone GAA Bingo:
Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm.  Loads of cash prizes. Everyone Welcome.

Vote of Sympathy:
The Durney Family, Cornafulla.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.

Club Notes - Monday, 11th September

posted 12 Sep 2017, 09:05 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​Junior Championship Playoff
Athlone 1-7 Shandonagh 0-8
Athlone’s junior men’s team qualified for the knockout stages proper of the junior championship when they held off a stern Shandonagh challenge in a thrilling playoff game, played in appalling weather conditions in TEG Cusack Park on Sunday.  Despite the low scoring, this was a very exciting encounter, played out by two fiercely committed teams, in conditions that made good football very difficult

Starting with the aid of a very strong wind, Athlone created plenty of opportunities in the opening minutes, but were guilty of some wasteful shooting and trailed by a point before finally getting on the scoreboard after 12 minutes with a brilliantly worked goal.  A long pass from Benny Martin found Richie Greene and he set up Diarmuid Martin, who finished coolly to the net.  Shandonagh replied with their second point, but Athlone’s accuracy improved after their shaky start and well-taken points from Sean Dowd and Richie Greene put them a goal to the good after 20 minutes.  Shandonagh again narrowed the gap with a point, and although Athlone finished the half strongly with points from Richie Greene and Joe Fallon, it did not look like the four-point interval lead would be enough in the conditions.

The second half began in a similar manner to the first, with the team playing with wind advantage dominating, but being unable to convert their possession into scores, although it was mainly superb defending from the Athlone backs, rather than poor shooting that kept Shandonagh scoreless for the first 10 minutes.  However, after they did finally get off the mark, they quickly added two more points to reduce Athlone’s lead to the minimum with a quarter of the game still to play.  To their credit, Athlone didn’t panic and they finally opened their second half account an excellent Richie Greene point after a really patient passing move.  Shandonagh struck the next point to leave just one between them again, but again Greene kept Athlone’s noses in front with a close range point after a good turnover by Luke Dully.  A 57th minute Shandonagh point made it a one-point game and it looked like an equaliser was inevitable, but the Athlone defence did brilliantly to prevent this and Greene struck another fine point after a minute of injury to seemingly make the game safe for Athlone.  However, there was still time for a very late scare when a final Shandonagh attack saw a high ball lofted in to the square, but rookie keeper Luke Kelly did superbly to keep it out of the net under pressure from the big opposition full-forward.

In Athlone’s previous games, it was the forwards who received the plaudits as they ran up big scores, but this game was won on the back of a superb defensive performance.  Despite the wet and windy conditions, the handling and distribution of young keeper Luke Kelly was very assured, while in front of him, the now settled full-back line of Eoin Fahey, Andy Lynam and Shane Galvin kept tabs on the lively Shandonagh inside forwards.  Half-backs Eoin Jordan, Emmet Collins, Michael Doolan and Rory Donnellan (when introduced), were impressive defensively and in launching attacks, while up front, Richie Greene kicked some fine opportunist scores when Athlone most needed them.  Athlone now face Delvin the quarter-final in Kinnegad on Wednesday, September 13th at 6.45pm.

Athlone:  Luke Kelly, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam, Eoin Fahey, Eoin Jordan, Emmet Collins, Michael Doolan, Colin O’Leary, Diarmuid Martin (1-0), David Cleary, Joe Fallon (0-1), Sean Dowd (0-1), Darren Costello, Benny Martin, Richie Greene (0-5) Subs Used:  Rory Donnellan, Luke Dully, Shane Kilroy-Glynn, Dermot Bannon, Sam Omukoro, Cathal Joyce.Minor Boys Division 1 Quarter Final

Athlone 2-12 Rosemount 0-12

Our minor boys qualified for the Division 1 semi final after a hard fought win over Rosemount on Wednesday evening. Played in pristine conditions, Rosemount started better and were two points up after two minutes, although Athlone soon drew level through frees from Kieran Colclough and Benny Martin. Athlone went ahead then with two quick points from Josh Beaumont and a brilliant outside of the boot point from Martin, but the home side regained the initiative with four points in a row to put themselves 0-6 to 0-4 up, before a Shane Allen free then left just a point between the sides at half time.

Athlone came out fired up in the second half and rattled off five points in the first five minutes - two points from Benny Martin, and one each from Colclough ('45), Sean Dowd and Mark Egan, to just one in response from their hosts.  JJ Offorjama then finished off a brilliant team move to rattle the net to give the visitors a six point lead, but Rosemount battled back with two frees and three points from play, either side of a Josh Beaumont point for Athlone, to cut the deficit to two with five minutes left. Benny Martin put daylight between the sides after being set up by a lung bursting run from impressive full back James Finlass, and Athlone finally made the game safe when Josh Beaumont fisted the ball to the net after being set up by David Cleary.  In what was a superb team performance, every player gave their all for the cause, which was evident in a number of players coming off with cramp at the end.  The lads and management now look forward to a semi final place in the Division 1 championship.

Team and panel: John Duddy, Joe Devins, James Finlass, Patrick Ryan, Donagh Prendergast, Diarmuid Martin, Paddy McGettigan; Shane Allen (Capt.) 0-1 (f), Kieran Colclough (0-2, 1f, 1 '45); JJ Offorjama (1-0), Mark Egan (0-1), Antony Johnson; Josh Beaumont (1-2), Benny Martin (0-5, 1f), Enda Daly. Subs:  Sean Dowd for Daly, Stephen O'Connor for Johnson, Luke Kelly for Egan, David Cleary for Allen. Rytis Liaukivicius, Niall Doolan, Conor Rushe, Aaron Forde, Eamon Martin, Deba Okodugha, Kevin Rowan, Mark Tallon.

Lip Sync Battles 2017
Following the hugely successful Lip Sync Battles last year we are hosting the event again on Saturday, 25th November in the Sheraton Hotel Athlone.  There are still a few places remaining so if you would like to take part or to sponsor an act or to help out, please contact Teresa at 087 6799472 or any member of the Committee.

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this weeks €7,500 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 3-9-15-26.
There were 13 match three winners.
Diana Flanagan c/o Bingo
Pat Malone c/o Bingo
Leanna Costello c/o Bingo
Alice Dowler c/o Bingo
B Furey c/o J Browne
Maeve Begley c/o A Fogarty
Joe Keelan c/o A Fogarty
Eamon Martin c/o R Daly
six in a Row c/o R Daly
Patricia Somers c/o M Daly
K The Cottage c/o M Daly
Marie Grogan c/o L Roper
John Giles c/o L Roper
Next weeks jackpot will be €7,650.

Athlone GAA Bingo:
Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm.  Loads of cash prizes. Everyone Welcome.

Congratulations:
Well done to the Westmeath Camogie Team on winning the All Ireland Premier Junior Title at Croke Park against Dublin on Sunday last.

Vote of Sympathy:
The Collins Family, Auburn Villas.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.

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