Club Notes


Club Notes - Monday, 18th September 2017

posted 18 Sep 2017, 15:14 by Athlone GAA

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​​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.

Club Notes - Monday 28th August

posted 31 Aug 2017, 14:48 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​SFC Group 1
Athlone 0-12 St Loman's 4-14
Athlone 1-10 Tyrrellspass 1-7
Our seniors completed the group stage of their championship campaign with two games in five days and, despite a very disappointing result against St Loman's of Mullingar in their final game, qualified for the quarter-finals by virtue of a hard-fought victory over Tyrrellspass in Tang on Wednesday.  see match report on left

JFC Group 3
Athlone 2-14 Caulry 1-6
A brace of well-taken goals midway through the first half from David Cleary set our junior men on the way to a comfortable win over neighbours Caulry in this junior championship match played in Mount Temple on Thursday evening.  see match report on left..

Minor Boys Championship Group 1 & 2
Athlone 3-19 Killucan 1-6
The minor boys qualified for the Minor Championship Group 1 quarter-final when they finished the group stage with a comprehensive 3-19 to 1-6 win over Killucan, in what was their third away game out of three in the group.  Enda Daly opened the scoring, followed by a well-struck 45 from Kieran Colclough.  Killucan replied with a free of their own before Josh Beaumont netted his first goal with an easy tap in. A flurry of points from Daly, Beaumont, Colclough (free), and Stephen O'Connor followed, before David Cleary got Athlone's second goal with superb strike into the top corner from 25 yards.  Killucan replied with a point of their own from play, while O'Connor and Benny Martin replied for Athlone on the stroke of half time.

Underage football for boys and girls all ages continues every Sunday at 11.30am.  Everyone welcome or contact David O'Connell at 087 2397519.

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this weeks €7,200 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 3-10-21-30.
There were five match three winners.
Tayna & David c/o Amby Fogarty.
Marie Shields c/o Teresa Small.
Gerry Daly c/o Gerry Daly.
Ciara Devaney c/o Padraig Devaney.
Patsy Rafferty c/o Mags Daly.
Next weeks jackpot will be €7,350.

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

Vote of Sympathy:
The Minagh Family, Mayfield Grove.
The Shine Family, Bloomfield Drive.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.

Club Notes - Monday, 21st August

posted 22 Aug 2017, 13:14 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​Ladies Junior Championship Semi-Final
Athlone 2-14 Loughnavalley 4-12
Hard luck to our ladies' team who lost out to Loughnavalley in the semi-final of the junior championship, played in Milltown on Saturday evening.  While this was a disappointing end to the season, overall it's been a very successful year for the Athlone women, with large numbers attending each training session and some excellent match performances and results.  Here's hoping that the upward trajectory will continue in 2018 and that the girls will land the silverware that their hard work and enthusiasm deserves.  Many thanks to Tool And Plastics Industries Ltd for sponsoring new training gear for the ladies.

U12 Boys:
Following a two week summer break, the U12 boys were back with a bang last week playing three games in eight days and managing to fit a trip to Croke Park in between.

Match v Mountbellew (Sun 13th August)
We played host to Mountbellew on Sunday 13th August and despite both sides missing a lot to holidays the lads who played can feel very good about themselves as they came away with a good win in the circumstances by playing some very entertaining football. Thanks to Tomas Mannion and the lads from Mountbellew for a very enjoyable game and we look forward to the reverse fixture next week.
The Athlone panel on the day was: Terry Chen, Rian Claffey, Brian Collins, Cian Dolan, Luke Farrell, Cathal Hardiman, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Evan McMickan, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Daniel Omukoro, Mark Rockett, Piaras Rohan, Jason Ukatu, and Brandon Varszegi.

Match v Ballynacaragy (Wed 16th August)
The Athlone U12 boys made the trip to Ballynacaragy on Wednesday evening last for the latest round of the Westmeath U12 League and came away with a well earned victory. As with most games played in August, we were down quite a few regulars but still managed to tog out 24 and each player got the maximum amount of playing time. Despite not being at their best, it was very encouraging to see some of the younger lads step up to the plate on the night. Many tanks to Owen and the rest of the Ballynacaragy lads for their hospitality

The Athlone panel on the night was: Rian Claffey, Luke Farrell, John Fleming, Cillian Geary, Kyle Greene, Cathal Hardiman, Conor Hughes, Josh Kenny, Kyle Mahon, Ben Manning, Johnny Martin, Lorcan McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Tiernan Mitchell, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Shane Wheatley, Brandon Varszegi and Luke Whelan.

Match v St Maurs (Sun 20th August)
The lads played host to Rush based Dublin team St Maurs on Sunday morning last and played two very enjoyable 10-a-side matches before retiring to the club house for some very well deserved refreshments. It was great for the lads to play against some novel opposition and we thank Noel Whelan for the game. For the record, there was a win apiece for each team which left everyone satisfied.
The Athlone panel on the day was: Terry Chen, Rian Claffey, Brian Collins, Cian Dolan, Luke Farrell, Matthew Keane, Josh Kenny, Kyle Mahon, Ben Manning, Johnny Martin, Cillian McGowan, Dano McMonagle, Evan McMickan, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Ben Murray, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Shane Wheatley, Brandon Varszegi and Luke Whelan.

Trip to Croke Park (Sat 19th Aug)
We had a superb day out on Saturday last when a group of thirty eager Gaels (young and old) made the trip to Croke Park for a tour of headquarters. The stand out moment of what was a very entertaining day was the opportunity for each child to hold the real Sam Maguire aloft. Well done to Croke Park for a brilliant day that these lads will remember for the rest of their lives.  

Fixtures
Wednesday 23rd August
Athlone Seniors v Tyrrellspass in Tang at 7pm

Thursday 24th August
Athlone Juniors v Caulry away at 7pm

Friday 25th August
Div 2 Championship
Athlone U14 boys v Delvin/St. Paul's at 7pm in Pairc Chiarain

Sunday 27th August
Athlone Seniors v St. Loman's in Rochfortbridge at 7pm

Tuesday 29th August
Athlone Juniors v Rosemount at 7pm in Pairc Chiarain
Athlone U10 boys have a blitz, further details to follow

Underage football continues every Sunday at 11.30am.  Boys and girls all ages welcome.  Come along on Sunday or contact David O'Connell at 087 2397519

Club Gear: Gear Bags and Beanie hats are now in stock and will be on sale on Sunday between 11.30am-1pm

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this weeks €7050 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 1-10-12-27.
There were two match three winners.
Martin Flynn c/o Martin Flynn.
Liam Heavin c/o Tony Heavin.
Next weeks jackpot will be €7200.

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

Club Notes - Monday 14th August

posted 15 Aug 2017, 14:44 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​SFC Group 1
Athlone 2-17 Mullingar Shamrocks 2-12
Our senior men deservedly earned their first win of this year’s championship when they accounted for Mullingar Shamrocks in a thrilling game played in Tubberclair on Sunday evening.  Two brilliant first half goals from Noel Mulligan and Alan Gaughan and some excellent points from John Connellan, John Egan, Jordan Marshment and Mickey Greene helped Athlone to a 2-10 to 2-5 half time lead, and despite Mullingar reducing the deficit to the minimum late on, late scores from Ryan Gaffey and John Connellan gave Athlone a five point win.  Athlone’s next game is against Tyrellspass on Wednesday the 23rd in Tang (7pm) and their final game is against St Loman’s in Rochfortbridge on Sunday, August 27th (7pm)

Athlone:  Conal Sheeran, Eoin Maher, Damien Kelly, Fergal Murray, Noel Mulligan (1-1), Paul Bannon, Tom Egan, John Stapleton, Daniel Reid, Jordan Marshment (0-1), John Connellan (0-7), John Egan (0-2), Ryan Gaffey (0-4), Alan Gaughan (1-1), Mickey Greene (0-1)  Subs Used:  Fionn Dowd.

JFC Group 3
Athlone 4-17 Garrycastle 2-8
Our junior men’s team gained their first win of the championship campaign when they accounted for neighbours Garrycastle in the derby match played in Páirc Chiaráin on Thursday evening.  This victory brings Athlone back into contention for the playoff spot as all teams in Group 3 have now lost at least one game.

Athlone started well with an early Richie Greene free after Michael Doolan had been fouled following a strong run, but they suffered a blow when a mistake in defence led to a goal for the visitors.  However, Athlone responded to this setback in fine style, and a superb solo goal from Darren Costello was followed almost immediately by a second when Joe Fallon swept home the rebound after a Sean Dowd shot had been saved.  Further points from Greene, Costello, Luke Dully and Benny Martin were matched by four similar Garrycastle scores, as the sides went tit-for-tat for the majority of the half, but the home side got a major boost just before the interval when Benny Martin finished off a brilliant move for the third goal.  Andy Lynam and Joe Fallon then added late points to give Athlone a half time lead of 3-7 to 1-4.

The home side began the second half as they had ended the first, with a Joe Fallon point straight from the throw-in, after Diarmuid Martin and Colin O’Leary had combined well to set him up, and more points from Richie Greene, Joe Fallon, Sean Dowd, Darren Costello and Benny Martin followed as Athlone played some excellent football.  Diarmuid Martin then made the game safe when he fisted home his side’s fourth goal from close range after being intelligently set up by David Cleary, and although Garrycastle staged a mini-revival with a goal and two pointed frees, Athlone finished strongly with excellent long range points from Cathal Joyce (0-2), Diarmuid Martin and Benny Martin to leave the final score Athlone 4-17 Garrycastle 2-8.  Our remaining group games are against Caulry in Mount Temple on Thursday August 24th at 7pm in Mount Temple and against Rosemount on Tuesday, August 29th.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam (0-1), Eoin Fahey, Eoin Jordan, Rory Donnellan, Michael Doolan, Colin O’Leary, Diarmuid Martin (1-1), Tadhg Prendergast, Benny Martin (1-3), Sean Dowd (0-1), Joe Fallon (1-3), Darren Costello (1-2), Richie Greene (0-3)  Subs Used:  Luke Dully (0-1), David Cleary, Robert Teape, Cathal Joyce (0-2).

U21 FC
Athlone 2-16 Tubberclair 1-7
see match report on left....
Despite the wet conditions in Tubberclair, Athlone came flying out of the blocks with excellent points from Daniel Reid and Ryan Gaffey in the opening minute, and further points from Gaffey and a Richie Greene free had them four ahead with four minutes played.  The home side then found their feet and dominated possession for the next 10 minutes, but good defending from the Athlone backs, with the full back line especially impressive, restricted them to just one pointed free in this period.  Athlone then re-established control with a long range Kieran Colclough free and a Ryan Gaffey 45, before a brilliant team move set up Richie Greene for the opening goal of the match.  Tubberclair responded well to this setback by scoring the next three points of the game, but a late Ryan Gaffey free gave Athlone a six point half time lead of 1-7 to 0-4.

Daniel Reid almost gave Athlone a dream start to the second half, but was just wide with a powerful goal effort straight from the throw-in, although Athlone were soon on the board for the second period with fine points from Tadhg Prendergast and Shane Allen.  Again, however, the home side responded well and a brace of points left them just two goals behind with 15 minutes to play.  Just as it looked like Athlone could be in for a difficult closing quarter, they regained the initiative and points from Kieran Colclough, Daniel Reid, Ryan Gaffey and Fionn Dowd put more daylight between the sides, before Richie Greene made the game safe with a superb second goal.  Two well-taken scores from Enda Daly and another Gaffey free stretched the lead further, and although Tubberclair had the last word with a late goal, Athlone had done enough to set up a home quarter-final tie against St Loman’s.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Eoin Fahey, James Finlass, Shane Galvin, Shane Allen (0-1), Fionn Dowd (0-1), Luke Kelly, Daniel Reid (0-2), Diarmuid Martin, Donagh Prendergast, Josh Beaumont, Kieran Colclough (0-2), Ryan Gaffey (0-6), Tadhg Prendergast (0-1), Richie Greene (2-1)  Subs:  Sam Omukoro, David Cleary, Enda Daly (0-2), Robert Teape, JJ Offorjama, Deba Okodugha, John Duddy.

Minor Boys Championship Group 2
Athlone 7-13 Mullingar Shamrocks 1-6
Our minor boys got their championship campaign back on track with a comprehensive win over Mullingar Shamrocks last Wednesday evening in Springfield. see match report on left...

Minor Girls' Championship
Athlone 3-7 Kilbeggan/St. Josephs 2-7
Athlone 3-4 Kinnegad 3-7 

U12 Boys:
The Athlone U12 boys hosted Multyfarnham on Tuesday night last in the latest round of the U12 League. We togged out 18 players for this match and each and every one of the lads made a telling contribution to the game. Despite just returning from a two-week Summer break, the lads hit the ground running and aided by a light wind in the first half produced a very dynamic performance showing great hunger for the game not to mention playing some excellent football. 

The Multy lads were very well drilled and gave nothing away easily. Every score and tackle was hard fought in a very sporting game. It was a feature of the game that the Athlone lads broke in waves once the excellent back line had repulsed any attacks. The support running was exemplary and even if the scoring boots were not as accurate as normal, the coaches were delighted with the options available to the man on the ball and the work rate of the entire team. At the final whistle, as a deluge fell, the Athlone lads had run out deserved winners and ran to the tunnel soaked but satisfied. 

Many thanks to Daithi and the Multy lads for a very sporting game and great credit to their lads as even in the final stages when the game was gone from them, they kept battling for every ball. Well done to all. 

The Athlone panel on the night was: Terry Chen, Brian Collins, Luke Farrell, Cathal Hardiman, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Daniel Omukoro, Mark Rockett, Piaras Rohan, Jason Rushe, Jason Ukatu, Shane Wheatley and Luke Whelan.

Underage football continues every Sunday at 11.30am.  Boys and girls all ages welcome.  Come along on Sunday or contact David O'Connell at 087 2397519

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this weeks €6,900 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 5-25-26-30.
There was one match three winner.
Eddie Kelly c/o Eddie Kelly.
Next weeks jackpot will be €7,050.
Play online for only €15 for 10 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 Curley Family, Mayfield Grove.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.

Club Notes - Monday, 24th July

posted 29 Jul 2017, 14:39 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​SFC Group 1
Athlone 0-15 Killucan 1-14
A stirring comeback fell just short as our senior team were made pay for a poor first half performance when they were defeated by Killucan in their opening senior championship group 1 game, played in Moate on Sunday evening.

After Ryan Gaffey had given Athlone a good start with a point from his first touch in senior championship football, the North Westmeath men took over and kicked five unanswered points, before John Connellan finally got Athlone’s second score after 20 minutes.  The sides then exchanged points, Athlone’s score coming from Mickey Greene, before Killucan's Killian Doyle got what was to prove to be the game’s crucial score with a well-taken goal.  Two more Killucan points from play made the score 1-8 to 0-3 in their favour at half time and left Athlone with a mountain to climb in the second period.

Athlone started the second half brightly with points from a Ryan Gaffey free and Mickey Greene, but two points in a minute restored the Saffrons’ eight-point advantage with 10 minutes of the second half played.  Just as it looked like the game might be getting away from them, Athlone stepped up a gear and kicked six points (from Alan Gaughan, Mickey Greene, John Connellan, Ryan Gaffey) to one between the 40th and 50th minutes to reduce the gap to just a goal with 10 minutes still to play.  Just when it looked like Athlone had all the momentum, Killucan were able to lift the siege and added two points to put daylight between the sides again.  With time running out, Athlone dug deep again and excellent scores from Noel Mulligan, John Egan and John Connellan brought them back to within a point with two minutes to play.  Again, however, Killucan were able to break away and another point meant that Athlone needed a goal, but, unfortunately, they were unable to create the necessary opportunity, and Killucan held on to win on a scoreline of 1-14 to 0-15.

The next game for Athlone is against neighbours Garrycastle in Tang on Saturday evening at 7.30pm, in what will be a must-win game for both sides.

Athlone:  Conal Sheeran, Eoin Maher, Damien Kelly, Fergal Murray, Noel Mulligan (0-2), Jordan Marshment, Stephen Ward, Alan Gaughan (0-2), Daniel Reid, Dylan Lynch, Paul Bannon, John Egan (0-1), Ryan Gaffey (0-3), Mickey Greene (0-3), John Connellan (0-4) Subs Used:  Danny Lynam, Fionn Dowd, David Fagan.

JFC Group 3
Athlone 0-12 Tyrrellspass 2-12
As with the senior team three days later, our junior team were left to rue a slow start when they went down to Tyrrellspass in their opening championship game in Páirc Chiaráin on Thursday evening.

The home side got off to the worst possible start with the concession of a first minute goal, and despite getting on the board soon after with a Ryan Gaffey ‘45’, the youthful Athlone side found the going difficult in the early stages and Tyrellspass kicked seven points, to just one in reply from Gaffey, to lead by 1-7 to 0-2 midway through the half.  To their credit, the Athlone defence tightened up considerably after that and kept their opponents scoreless in the second quarter, while fine points from Diarmuid Martin, another Gaffey ‘45’ and Michael Doolan reduced the gap to five points, 1-7 to 0-5 at the break.

The opening exchanges of the second period were more even, with three further Ryan Gaffey points answered in kind by the visitors, before they struck their second goal to put some daylight between the sides.  Athlone battled back with two Gaffey frees and an excellent point from Richie Greene, but they were to find the goal they needed to put Tyrrellspass under pressure.  Two late insurance points made the game safe for the visitors, although Athlone had the last word with another free from Ryan Gaffey to leave the final score Athlone 0-12 Tyrrellspass 2-12.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Patrick McGettigan, Daniel Lynam, Shane Galvin, Eoin Jordan, Fionn Dowd, Robert Teape, Luke Dully, David Fagan, Michael Doolan (0-1), Benny Martin, Colin O’Leary, Ryan Gaffey (0-9), Diarmuid Martin (0-1), Tadhg Prendergast  Subs Used:  Emmet Collins, Cathal Joyce, Richie Greene (0-1), Sean O’Brien, Eoin Fahey.

Fixtures:-
Wednesday 26th July
Championship Group 2
Athlone Minors v St. Loman's away @ 7pm

Thursday 27th July
Athlone Junior ladies v Moate (2) away at 7pm
Athlone U12 girls v St. Paul's/Delvin in Pairc Chiarain at 7pm

Saturday 29th July
Athlone Seniors v Garrycastle in Tang at 7:30pm

Sunday 30th July
Athlone Minor girls v St. Loman's in Pairc Chiarain at 7pm

Monday 31st July
Athlone U11 boys v Ballycomoyle at away 6:30pm
Athlone U16 boys v Kilbeggan/St. Joseph's away at 7pm

Underage training continues every Sunday at 11.30am. Boys & girls all ages very welcome.  Remember gumshields are compulsory for all players from nursery to seniors to training as well as matches or you are not insured.  No gumshield, no game.

Club gear will be on sale in the Clubhouse on Sunday from 11.30-1pm or contact Teresa at 087 6799472.

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this week's €6,450 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 13-17-27-28.
There were two match three winners.
Butcher Boy c/o Liam Roper.
Eamon Maher c/o Teresa Small.
Next weeks jackpot will be €6,600.

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

Congratulations:
Best wishes from all at Athlone GAA Club goes to Declan Byrne and Tracey Kelly on their recent marriage.

Club Notes - Monday, 13th July

posted 21 Jul 2017, 03:53 by Athlone GAA

Championship:
Our men's teams begin their championship campaigns this weekend.  In the Clarke's Bar Junior Football Championship, we travel to Tyrrellspass on Thursday evening (July 20th) to take on the home team in the opening round, throw-in at 7.30pm, while in the Shay Murtagh Precast Senior Football Championship, our Seniors begin their campaign against Killucan on Sunday the 23rd at 5.30pm in Moate.  Please support the lads in these very important fixtures. 

Upcoming Fixtures
Thursday 20th July
Athlone U12 girls are at home to Ballycomoyle in C Championship at 7’oclock Athlone U14 boys are at home to Mullingar in division 2 championship at 7 o’clock Athlone junior men are away to Tyrrellspass in championship group 3 at 7:30

Sunday 23rd July
Athlone senior men are playing Killucan in championship group 1 in Moate at 5:30

Tuesday 25th July
Athlone U14 girls are away to St. Mary’s in C Championship at 7 o’clock

Wednesday 26th July
Athlone minor boys championship. Fixture details to follow

Lotto Result:
There was no winner of this weeks €6300 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 7-10-26-29.
There was one match three winner.
Mark Somers c/o Bingo.
Next weeks jackpot will be €6450.

Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others
After a very successful hosting of the event last year, we are delighted to again have been chosen to host the Leinster Gaelic 4 Mothers and Others Blitz. This year's event will take place this coming Saturday 22nd July, with games commencing at 10:30am. We will be welcoming almost 400 players from 11 counties, so help will be required from club members to ensure the smooth running of the day. If you can help with parking, shop, tea/coffee, with the BBQ, in the bar etc.. then please contact Trisha Jordan on 0861751167.

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

Vote of Sympathy:
The Claffey Family, Dublin Road.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.

Club Notes - Monday, 3rd July

posted 3 Jul 2017, 14:51 by Athlone GAA   [ updated 3 Jul 2017, 14:55 ]

​​​​​Westmeath Ladies GAA Junior Championship
Athlone 3-9 Ballycomoyle 3-7

Athlone Junior Ladies win opening match in a tough battle. see match report on left....

Cake Sale & Coffee Morning
Thanks a million to everyone who supported our very successful cake sale and coffee morning for underage football last Sunday.  It was great to see to many people in the Clubhouse.  Tea/coffee available every Sunday during training.  Thanks as always to Photographer Padraig Devaney, see photos on facebook.

Underage training continues this Sunday 9th July at 11.30am. Boys & girls all ages very welcome.  Remember gumshields are compulsory for all players from nursery to seniors to training as well as matches or you are not insured.  No gumshield, no game.

Club gear will be on sale in the Clubhouse on Sunday from 11.30-1pm or contact Teresa at 087 6799472.

Cul Camps 2017
Official GAA Cul Camps takes place in Athlone GAA Club from Monday, 24th to Friday, 28th July from 10am-2.30pm for boys and girls age 6-13. Cost only €60 including backpack and club gear.  To book online or for further information see https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie  Everyone welcome including complete beginners.

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this week's €6,000 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 8-18-23-30.
There was one match three winner.
Kinga c/o Padraig Devaney.
Next weeks jackpot will be €6,150.

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

Vote of Sympathy:
The Colclough and Byrne Families. 
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.

Club Notes - Monday, 26th June

posted 26 Jun 2017, 07:59 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​U11 Boys:
The U11 Boys were invited to take part in an U11 blitz in Mullingar on Sunday 25th last hosted by Mullingar Shamrocks. This was an extremely well run competition and featured storied clubs from all over the country with the likes of Salthill/Knocknacarra from Galway, St Colmcilles & Navan O’Mahony’s from Meath, Killoe from Longford and Baltinglass from Wicklow in attendance as well as some local teams from Westmeath. With Westmeath playing in headquarters and the holiday season starting to take hold, the Athlone bus left down a large number of regulars and only able to tog out 12 players, including an u10!! There was a palpable sense of trepidation as we arrived in Springfield and saw that we were drawn with Erins Isle of Dublin, Salthill/Knocknacarra of Galway and Maynooth of Kildare. However, what the Athlone boys lacked in quantity, they more than made up for in quality of effort and desire and while they were well beaten by Erins Isle in the first game a draw versus Salthill in the second game and a very narrow defeat to Maynooth saw the lads through to a Shield semi-final versus Killucan. The lads produced a stunning performance in this game and led from pillar to post to set up a Shield final versus St Loman’s of Mullingar. The final was another fabulous display by the lads and despite their bright red faces and aching limbs they worked incredibly hard for each other and deservedly came out as victors, thus securing the Shield. Great credit goes to these lads who showed that they are not over awed by anyone and simply put their heads down and got on with the job and all present were delighted that they received some silverware to bring back to Pairc Chiarain.

The 12 Athlone apostles were: John Fleming, Cillian Geary, Cathal Hardiman, Conor Hughes, Darragh Lough, Evan McMickan, Tiernan Mitchell, Luke Nicholson, Ruairi O’Duibhir, Ian Rushe, Shane Wheatley and Brandon Varszegi.

U12 Boys:
The Athlone boys travelled to Kinnegad on Wednesday last for the latest round of the U12 Westmeath League. As normal, there were two games, one for the U12s and one for the U11s. Athlone managed to tog out 31 players on the night and great credit must go to the parents for making the long trip on a week day.

The U12 game was played on the main pitch and it was truly a game of two halves. With a strong breeze blowing down the pitch, it was Athlone who dominated with the wind in the first half and led comfortably at the break. However, all present knew that the second half would be a different affair and so it proved. From the throw-in the Coralstown-Kinnegad lads attacked in waves but were met with determined defence from the visitors and despite conceding two goals before the midpoint of the second half the well drilled Athlone lads managed to tack on a few vital points to emerge victorious on a score line of 2-11 to 2-06. This was a really exciting game of football played by two very good teams and the Athlone boys left knowing that they had been in a game.

The U11 game proved to be more one sided as the visitors dominated from start to finish. They are really starting to gel as a group and are playing a lovely brand of football that is very pleasing on the eye. Fair play to the Coralstown-Kinnegad lads who kept going to the very end. Lesser teams might have dropped the heads but they were a credit to their club with the way they battled. Many thanks to the Coralstown-Kinnegad mentors for the games.    

The Athlone panel on the night was: Brian Collins, Luke Farrell, Ciaran Finlay, Cillian Geary, Kyle Greene, Toby Heavey, Conor Hughes, Matthew Keane, Josh Kenny, Kyle Mahon, Ben Manning, Johnny Martin, Lorcan McCormack, Cillian McGowan, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Ben Murray, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Ruairi O’Duibhir, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Ian Rushe, Jason Rushe, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Brandon Varszegi, Luke Whelan and Brandon Wykes.

Sunday 2nd July
Championship Group 1
Athlone Junior ladies v Ballycomoyle at 7pm in Pairc Chiarain

Cake Sale & Coffee Morning
Please support our cake sale and coffee morning to raise much need funds for underage football which takes place in the Clubhouse next Sunday 2nd July at 12.30pm.

Underage training continues this Sunday 2nd July at 11.30am. Boys & girls all ages very welcome.  Remember gumshields are compulsory for all players from nursery to seniors to training as well as matches or you are not insured.  No gumshield, no game.

Club gear will be on sale in the Clubhouse on Sunday from 11.30-1pm or contact Teresa at 087 6799472.

Cul Camps 2017
Official GAA Cul Camps takes place in Athlone GAA Club from Monday, 24th to Friday, 28th July from 10am-2.30pm for boys and girls age 6-13. To book online or for further information see https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie  Everyone welcome including complete beginners.

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this weeks €5850 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 5-6-8-26.
There were 5 match 3 winners.
Niall Lynch c/o Martin Flynn.
Michelle Somers c/o Mags Daly.
James Kilroy c/o Denis O'Sullivan.
Gerry Daly c/o Gerry Daly.
Niall Lynch c/o Martin Flynn.
next weeks jackpot will be €6,000.

Vote of Sympathy:
The Kelly Family, Tormey villas.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.

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

Club Notes - Monday, 19th June

posted 21 Jun 2017, 15:56 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​Westmeath
Well done to Alan Gaughan, John Egan, Noel Mulligan, Jordan Marshment and the Westmeath Senior footballers who defeated Offaly in the Leinster Championship on Saturday, and best of luck against the Dubs!

Minor Boys
Many thanks to all local businesses who took part in our recent sponsors’ draw for the minor boys team. Thank you to the following: Countyphotos; The Olive Bar; The Creggan Court Hotel; Supermac's; Cunningham's Pharmacy; Boland's Dentist; Kilroy Tyre Depot; The Shamrock Lodge Hotel; Downes & Sons Auctioneers; McDonalds; Nuts Corner; Marist College GAA; Val Beaumont; Permanent TSB; The Piano Bar; and Niall G. Lynch Insurance Brokers.

Congratulations to Countyphotos and Kilroy Tyre Depot who won the sponsorship draw and whose logos will be used on new gear for our minor team as they embark on their championship campaign.

Many thanks also to Croughan's SuperValu, Athlone for hosting a bag pack for the minor boys on Saturday 3rd of June and to everybody who donated to it.

Underage training continues on Sunday at 11.30am. Boys & girls all ages very welcome.  Remember gumshields are compulsory for all players from nursery to seniors to training as well as matches or you are not insured.  No gumshield, no game.

Club gear will be on sale in the Clubhouse on Sunday from 11.30-1pm or contact Teresa at 087 6799472.

Cul Camps 2017
Official GAA Cul Camps takes place in Athlone GAA Club from Monday, 24th to Friday, 28th July from 10am-2.30pm for boys and girls age 6-13. To book online or for further information see https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie  Everyone welcome including complete beginners.

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this weeks €5,700 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 3-10-21-26.
There were 5 match 3 winners.
P. Dowling c/o Liam Roper.
Eamon Martin c/o Ritchie Daly.
Marie Shields c/o Teresa Small.
Patsy Rafferty c/o Mags Daly.
John Connellan c/o Teresa Small.
Next weeks jackpot will be €5,850.

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

Vote of Sympathy:
The Roche Family, Kildare and formerly Arcadia.
The Bolger Family, Connelly Street.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.

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