Club Notes


Club Notes - Monday 23rd July

posted 26 Jul 2018, 08:12 by Athlone GAA

SFC Group 1
Athlone 4-5 Coralstown-Kinnegad 0-8
A blistering start, which saw them score two superb goals in the opening 99 seconds, set our seniors on their way to a deserved win over Coralstown-Kinnegad in their opening Shay Murtagh sponsored Senior Football Championship Group game played in Cusack Park on Saturday evening.

A superb move straight from the throw-in led to Darren Magee blasting to the net after just 15 seconds and things got even better just over a minute later when Danny Reid went through the defence unchallenged before calmly side footing the ball past the keeper.  After the initial shock, Kinnegad settled and got on the board with two points, before John Connellan raised Athlone's first white flag on 10 minutes with a long-range effort.  After good move down the right sideline, Shane Allen dropped a high ball in on top of the square which caused problems for the full-back and Jack Quinn took advantage to slot home his side's third goal.  Kinnegad did respond almost immediately with a point, but that was to be their last score of the half and further points from Connellan and Quinn gave Athlone a three-goal lead at the break, 3-3 to 0-3.

After being blitzed in the opening minutes of the first period, Kinnegad were determined not to let the same thing happen in the second, and they struck the first three points of the half as they applied pressure high up the pitch.  A John Connellan free gave Athlone some breathing space, but the Reds responded almost immediately with a free of their own, before a superb effort from play from about 50 yards out left just five points between the sides at the midway point of the half.  This was to be their final score however, as the Athlone defence and midfield re-established control, although they did struggle to add the scores to put the game beyond their opponents.  Another Connellan free after 48 minutes was to be the final score from either side until two minutes into injury time, when James Finlass found Daniel Reid in behind the Kinnegad defence, and he gave the goalkeeper no chance with a powerful finish to seal a nine-point victory for his side.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Stephen Ward, Damien Kelly, Fergal Murray, Shane Allen, Noel Mulligan, James Finlass, Alan Gaughan, Darren Magee (1-0), Kieran Colclough, John Stapleton, Daniel Reid (2-0), Ryan Gaffey, Jack Quinn (1-1), John Connellan (0-4) Subs Used:  Matthew Darling, Diarmuid Martin, Paul Bannon, Tom Egan.

JFC Group 3
Athlone 1-13 Tubberclair 0-13
Our junior team travelled out to Tubberclair for their second game of this year's championship and came away with the two points when they overcame the challenge of a determined home side after hard-fought Group 3 second round match.

Tubberclair were the better side in the early stages and led by 0-2 to 0-1 after 10 minutes, Athlone's score coming from a Ryan Gaffey free, before Athlone got into their stride and hit four points in as many minutes, all from Richie Greene.  Just as quickly, however, they surrendered the initiative and Tubberclair brought themselves level with a point from play and two frees.  Darren Costello restored Athlone's lead, but home side's dominance continued and they added another three points from placed balls in the final five minutes of the half to lead by 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.

The second half started as the first had ended, with the home side on top, and they stretched their lead with another pointed free.  However, just when it looked like the match might get away from Athlone. they again struck four points in as many minutes to bring themselves right back into it.  A point from Ryan Gaffey, followed by a Richie Greene free, reduced the gap to the minimum and half-time substitute Patrick McGettigan brought his side level with an excellent effort from distance, before veteran Emmet Collins put Athlone ahead.  The visitors had their tails up now and got in for the game's crucial score when a slick move led to Richie Greene blasting to the net.  The same player finished off another excellent move with a point and when Emmet Collins added a superb solo score, Athlone led by six points with 10 minutes to play.  Another free kept the hosts in touch, but Diarmuid Martin made the game safe with a well-taken point.  Tubberclair did apply lots of pressure in the closing minutes, but strong defence from the Athlone backs meant they were unable to create the goal chance that they needed, although they did add three further pointed frees to reduce the gap to just a goal at the final whistle.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Danny Lynam, Tom Egan, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam, Matthew Darling, Colin O'Leary, Diarmuid Martin (0-1), David Fagan, Ryan Gaffey (0-2), Darren Costello (0-1), Donagh Prendergast, Emmet Collins (0-2), Benny Martin, Richie Greene (1-6) Subs Used:  Patrick McGettigan (0-1), Joe Fallon, Shane Kilroy-Glynn.

U16 Girls Championship
Athlone v Clan Gaels
Our U16 Girls played Clan Gaels in the championship on Tuesday.  After a difficult first half Athlone played much better in the second half and were unlucky not to get more from this game.  Some brilliant goalkeeping from Ivana kept Athlone in the game with Ava, Keeva, Leah, Aine and Kate all putting in good performances also.  With 2 games left before the playoffs Athlone need to win at lease one game to be sure of a playoff stop.

Underage football for boys and girls all ages continues Sunday at 11.30am.  Come along to Pairc Chiarain on Sunday or for any queries contact Joe Fallon at 086 8846731. #fun #fitness #friendship. New Players Welcome.

Club Gear:
There will be limited supply of jerseys, shorts, socks, half zip training tops, beanie hats and gear bags on sale between 11am-1pm on Sunday in the Clubhouse or contact Teresa Small at 087 6799472.

Club Notes - Monday 16th July

posted 18 Jul 2018, 12:51 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​Adult Men's Championships
Our Senior men begin their Championship campaign on Saturday when they travel to Mullingar to take on Coralstown-Kinnegad in the first round of the Shay Murtagh Precast Senior Football Championship in Cusack Park, throw-in at 6pm.  In the Junior Championship, Athlone travel to Rosemount next Tuesday, July 24th, to take on the home side in a third round game with a 7.30pm start time.  Please support the lads in these very important matches.

We also host two championship games this Saturday, July 21st.  First up is Tubberclair versus Milltownpass in the Intermediate Championship at 6pm and this will be followed by Rosemount against Maryland in the Senior Championship at 7.30pm.  As our Seniors will be playing in Cusack Park at the same time, we will need volunteers to assist with parking, stewarding and the shop so anybody who can help in any way, please be in Páirc Chiaráin at 5.00pm.

Under 12 Girls
Athlone under 12 girls were in Mullingar last Thursday to take on Shamrocks in the second round of the U12 championship. This was a very even contest from start to finish with both teams having periods of dominance. The Athlone girls were performing well all over the pitch with excellent displays from Gemma Mannion, Merisa Kiripati and Lydia Mulvihill. 
At half time Athlone were behind by two points with Kayla Dunne having made a excellent save just before the break. Athlone were the better team in the second half and leveled the game with a goal from Ciara Hughes. Mullingar with time almost up attacked the Athlone goal and the quick actions of Aine Galvin and Abi Joyce cleared the danger. With time up and the teams level Athlone were awarded a 45. As the kick hit the post and went wide the two teams had to settle for a point each.  The final score was Athlone 2-05 Mullingar Shamrocks 3-02

Athlone Team on the night: Ellie Denby, Kayla Dunne, Ceara Dwyer, Therese Farrell, Sadie Gaffey, Áine Galvin, Ciara Hughes, Abi Joyce, Aobha Kenny, Merisa Kiripati, Gemma Mannion, Aine Martin, Lydia Mulvihill

Recent Championship Results
Minor Boys Championship Group 3:  Athlone 6-09 Mullingar Shamrocks 2-06
U14 Boys Championship Division 1:  Athlone 2-06 Lilliput Gaels 2-13

Upcoming Underage Fixtures:
Wednesday 18th July
Athlone U12 boys v. Tubberclair, 7.00pm, Tubberclair

Thursday 19th July
U12 Girls League Championship Division B:  Athlone v. Milltown, 7.00pm, Milltown
U14 Boys League Championship Division1:  Athlone v. Kilbeggan/St. Joseph’s, 7.00pm, Páirc Chiaráin

Friday 20th July
U14 Girls League Championship Division B:  Athlone v. Ballycomoyle, 7.00pm, Páirc Chiaráin

Monday 23rd July
Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone U16 Boys Football Championship Group B:  Athlone v. Clann Braonáin, 7.00pm, Tyrrellspass

Tuesday 24th July
U14 Girls League Championship Division B:  Athlone v. Milltown, 7.00pm, Milltown

Kellogg's GAA Cúl Camps
The Cúl Camp takes place in Athlone GAA from Monday, 23rd July to Friday, 27th July from 10am to 2.30pm.  Attendance is open to primary school children from 6 years to 13 years.  Cost is €60 for first child, €50 for second and €40 for third & fourth child.  Every child that attends gets free GAA gear.  Book online at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/

Underage football for boys and girls all ages continues Sunday at 11.30am.  Come along to Pairc Chiarain on Sunday or for any queries contact Joe Fallon at 086 8846731. #fun #fitness #friendship. New Players Welcome.

Club Gear:
There will be limited supply of jerseys, shorts, socks, half zip training tops, beanie hats and gear bags on sale between 11am-1pm in the Clubhouse.  We will also be taking orders for new stock.  Also anyone who hasn’t yet registered can do so in the Clubhouse on Sunday between 11-1pm or contact Teresa Small at 087 6799472.

Wedding Bells....
Congratulations to Alan 'Murph' Mullen and Emily Devine who were married last Saturday.  Wishing you both much happiness always.

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

Lotto results:
There was no winner of this weeks €6,150 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 17-25-26-29.
There was one match three winner.
Jennifer Wilson c/o Bingo.
Next weeks jackpot will be €6,300.

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

Club Notes - Monday, 2nd July

posted 4 Jul 2018, 15:02 by Athlone GAA   [ updated 4 Jul 2018, 15:14 ]


U14 Boys Féile Peile na nÓg All Ireland Division 7 Champions 2018:

Our U14 Boys made history over the weekend when they were crowned Division 7 All Ireland Féile Peile na nÓg champions following a magnificent weekend of football that culminated in a final victory over Ballinlough, Co. Meath on Sunday evening last.  

The weekend started with a three hour bus journey to Burren GAA in Co. Down where the lads were greeted by the most hospitable hosts that any club could hope to meet. Following a brief reception, the lads made the short journey to Saval to take on the locals in the first game in sweltering conditions. Any worries that the mentors had about the long bus journey and the heat affecting the players was soon dispelled as the visitors started at a blistering pace and ran out worthy winners in a score of 3-08 to 1-00. 

The second match was a different affair as we met Aghamore from Co Mayo who were an excellent outfit who, on the day, had too much for our lads and won the game on a score line of 2-08 to 1-07. It was a very tired bunch of players that returned to Burren GAA to stay with their “Féile mammies and daddies!”. 
Day two started early with a parade in Burren GAA for the teams that included Burren (2 teams), New York, St Conleths and ourselves. Our first match was against the host club and knowing that it was win or bust, the Athlone boys bolted out of the starting blocks and produced a master class of Gaelic football as they overwhelmed a gallant home team on a score line of 8-11 to 1-01. This left us second in our group and we would face Glyde Rangers/Sean McDermotts/Westerns from Co Louth in the cup quarter final. Having topped their group, the lads were in no doubt about the challenge facing them but despite the energy sapping heat played a very disciplined game and emerged narrow victors on a score of 1-03 to 0-04 with Brandon White netting the all important goal from the penalty spot. A quick visit to Warrenpoint for a bout of pier jumping was the perfect salve to ease the sore muscles. 

Sunday morning saw us say a reluctant goodbye to our magnificent hosts and we headed to Navan for our semi final against JK Brackens of Tipperary. Played in Pairc Tailteann, the bigger stadium saw a few nerves from the lads but they overcame these and won an absolutely absorbing contest by three points on a score of 0-09 to 1-03 and had our ‘keeper Jason Rushe to thank for a saved penalty late on.

The final pitted us against Ballinlough from Co Meath and was played in the Navan O’Mahony’s ground under the shadow of the Pairc Tailteann stand. It was a question of “the survival of the fittest” as after five hard games in blistering sunshine, both sides showed some heavy legs. However, from somewhere, the Athlone lads found an extra ounce of energy and dominated the second moiety to emerge victorious on a score line of 0-07 to 0-01. Cue scenes of unbridled jubilation (and the odd tear) as the large visiting support swamped the new Athlone heroes. It was a very proud moment for the club as captain Pierce Edmundson received the trophy on behalf of the 24 man squad.     

We wish Eoin Hardiman a speedy recovery from his arm break in the final match. Eoin is a vital part of our forward line and was exceptional over the weekend. We hope to see him back in the Blue very soon.

There are too many people to thank individually but we must sincerely thank out hosts Burren GAA. You will travel many a mile before you would encounter a more welcoming group of people and we are deeply indebted to them for the way they looked after us. Thanks to Justin, Paul and the rest of the Burren GAA. We hope to reciprocate some time in the future. Many thanks to all our sponsors for making the trip possible. We could not have travelled without your support. To the parents, we can only again state our total appreciation for your unfaltering support at all times. The noise and colour on display at each ground gave the lads great belief. Likewise to the club members who came out in such numbers to welcome the lads home. 
 
The team was led from the line by their mentors Seamus Mitchell, David O’Connell, Morgan Farrell and Danny McMonagle and they were meticulous in their preparation. The lads wanted for nothing over the weekend and the whole weekend went off without a hitch thanks to their work. (The late night “strategy” meetings might become a regular feature.) Well done lads, ye were fantastic. 

Finally the biggest thanks goes to the most important people of the weekend and that is the Féile U14 panel for the weekend. They were Alban Cepi, Pierce Edmundson, Luke Farrell, Cian Geary, Cathal Hardiman, Eoin Hardiman, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Donagh McCormack, Lorcan McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Oisin O’Sullivan, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Jason Rushe, Tom Sheridan, Alan Sweeney, Jason Ukatu, Shane Wheatley and Brandon White. We were also missing four regulars who were out of the country but they were part of our success in the County Féile and will be as the summer rolls on. They are Brian Collins, Conor Devins, Niall Tallon and Luke Whelan. 
These lads are the future of Athlone GAA and if they continue to put in the efforts seen over the past weekend the future is very bright. Thanks for the memories lads and heartiest congratulations to all of ye.  #UpTheBlue

ACFL Division 4 Final
Athlone 4-9 Mullingar Shamrocks 0-9
A blistering first half performance, which saw them score four excellent goals, set our Division 4 team on their way to a surprisingly comfortable win against Mullingar Shamrocks in the league final, played in the now commonplace perfect sunny conditions in Cusack Park, Mullingar, on Saturday evening.  see match report on left

ACFL Division 1
Athlone 2-7 Tyrrellspass 1-10
Our Senior men finished their Division 1 campaign with a deserved draw against Tyrrellspass in their final league game, played in glorious weather conditions on a perfect Páirc Chiaráin pitch on Sunday evening last.  see match report on left

#Lotto Results
There was no winner of last week's €5,850 lotto
There were 6 match 3 winners
The numbers drawn were 15-20-22-23
Bridie Cooney c/o S Downes
Niall Murray c/o L Roper
Marie Harkins c/o M Connellan
Rocho c/o Amby
Martha c/o A O Sullivan
Eoin Aoife & Luke c/o L Small
This week's jackpot is €6,000
Play online now at www.athlone.gaa.ie

Club Notes - Monday, 11th June

posted 11 Jun 2018, 16:25 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​ACFL Division 4
Athlone 2-11 St Paul’s 1-8
Two second half goals from Richie Greene sealed the win for our Division 4 team against visitors St Paul’s of Clonmellon in this league game that was played in the AIT grounds due to our hosting of several Feile Camogie finals on Sunday morning..  The victory almost certainly guarantees promotion to Division 3 for our juniors and a likely league final against Mullingar Shamrocks in the upcoming weeks.
Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Eoin Jordan, James Finlass, Eoin Fahey, David Fagan, Emmet Collins, Andy Lynam, Kieran Colclough (0-2), Diarmuid Martin, Shane Allen (0-2), Benny Martin (0-2), Shane Kilroy-Glynn (0-1), Ryan Gaffey (0-2), Dylan Lynch, Richie Greene (2-2) Subs Used:  Shane Galvin

ACFL Division 6B
Athlone 7-12 Maryland 1-11
A first half goal-scoring blitz, in which they hit the net five times, paved the way for Athlone to overcome the challenge of neighbours Maryland in their Division 6B game played in Páirc Chiaráin on Friday night.  This was Athlone’s first on-field win in this league, after being awarded a walkover against Kinnegad the previous weekend, and it was achieved through an excellent all-round performance, exemplified by the fact that seven different goalscorers got on the scoresheet.

Athlone:  Cathal Joyce, Shane Galvin, Gary Quinn, Eoin Fahey, Shane Kilroy-Glynn, Eoin Jordan, Benjy Bannon (1-0), David Fagan (1-1), Sam Omukoro (1-0), Deba Okudagha (0-1), Dylan Lynch (1-0), David Cleary (1-0), Richie Greene (0-6), Benny Martin (1-1) Aidan Byrne (1-3) Subs Used:  Emmet Collins

U12 Westmeath - Athlone GAA v The Downs
On a sunny June evening our u12 team headed east to Mullingar for a game versus The Downs. Depleted in numbers due to Community Games, holidays and injuries, 14 lads togged out and give it their all in an extremely competitive and sporting game. The sides were tied at half-time at 2-5 apiece, with the Athlone goals coming from Ben Murray and Luke Nicholson. 3 quick goals by the Downs mid-way through the second half seemed to have killed off the game but Athlone rallied and never gave up kicking 8 points in a row to bring the game back within our grasp. Unfortunately it wasn't to be and the lads fell short by 1 point on a score-line of Athlone 2-17 - The Downs 6-6. This was a super performance from a great bunch of players and they should be very proud of themselves.
Team and scorers. Kyle Greene, Cillian McGowan, Cian Dolan, Shane Wheatley (0-2), Josh Baine (0-1),  Ian Rushe, Lorcan McCormack (0-1), Kyle Mahon, Darragh Lough, Tiernan Mitchell (0-6), Ben Murray (1-1), Brandon Varszegi (0-1), Luke Nicholson (1-5), Boris Zhang.

Underage Football resumes next Sunday 17th June at 11.30am.  New players all ages welcome.  Come along to Pairc Chiarain or contact Joe Fallon at 086 8846731

Feile na nGael
Thanks to all the volunteers from Athlone GAA and Southern Gaels and to Liam Byrne, James Dillon and the rest of the lads who had Pairc Chiarain looking fantastic for Feile na nGael last weekend.  Congratulations to Southern Gaels on reaching the semi final on Sunday.

Féile Peile na nÓg 2018
Best of luck to our U14 lads who travel to Burren, Co. Down on 29th June to represent Westmeath as Div 2 County Champions.  Some of these fantastic lads don't have sponsorship so if you can help in any way, however small, please contact David O'Connell at 087 2397519.  #UpTheBlue

Fixtures
Wednesday 13th June
Athlone U10 girls are in Garrycastle for a blitz with Garrycastle, Tyrrellspass, Milltownpass, St. Mary’s and Moate at 7pm

Saturday 16th June
Athlone U8 girls are hosting starting at 12 o’clock, details to follow

Championship Group 3
Athlone Junior Men v Garrycastle in Garrycastle at 7:30pm

Monday 18th June
RE U12 Football Games in TEG Cusack Park 
Athlone Blue v Milltownpass & Athlone White v Tyrrellspass at 8pm

Lotto Results
There was no winner of this week's lotto
The numbers drawn were 9-10-17-30
There was 6 match 3 winners
The Cuckoo c/o R Daly
Catherine Burke c/o R Daly
Shirley Keenan c/o Amby
Seamus Downes c/o S Downes
Eamon O'Rourke c/o L Roper
Breda Laferty c/o A O'Sullivan
Next week's jackpot is €5,550

Club Notes - Monday, 21st May

posted 21 May 2018, 12:06 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​ACFL Division 1
Athlone 3-7 The Downs 3-11
The Downs, who surprisingly featured their county players, were the stronger team in the first half and lead by 2-6 to 0-5 at half-time, with Athlone's points coming from Alan Gaughan (0-3), Ryan Gaffey & Jack Quinn.  Early second half goals from Darren Magee and Daniel Reid brought Athlone back into the game and a third goal from Jack Quinn had the sides level as full time approached, but a late Luke Loughlin point and an injury time goal gave the home side a four point win.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Stephen Ward who sustained a head injury during the game.

Athlone v. The Downs:  Conor Devaney, James Finlass, Damien Kelly, Fergal Murray, Jordan Marshment, Stephen Ward, Shane Allen, John Stapleton, Alan Gaughan (0-3), Kieran Colclough, Jack Quinn (1-2), Daniel Reid (1-0), Ryan Gaffey (0-2), Paul Bannon, Richie Greene  Subs Used:  Darren Magee (1-0), Eoin Jordan, Dylan Lynch.

ACFL Division 6B
Athlone 2-14 Garrycastle 4-8
Our men’s team began their ACFL Division 6B campaign with an exciting draw against neighbours Garrycastle in their opening game, played in Páirc Chiaráin on Saturday evening.

The home side started brightly and let by 0-5 to 0-1 after 15 minutes, through points from Charlie McMickan (0-2), Aidy Byrne, Diarmuid Martin and Joe Fallon.  Garrycastle then struck for their first goal to bring themselves back into the game but Athlone responded well with a superb Aidy Byrne goal and further points from Martin, Fallon and raiding full-back Eoin Fahey gave them a 1-8 to 1-2 half-time lead, although they did have the benefit of a strong wind in the opening period.

Both sides added two points each in the first five minutes of the second half, Athlone’s scores coming from Cathal Joyce and Dylan Lynch, before the visitors got their second goal with a close-range finish after the ball had come back off the post.  They almost got in for an equalising goal almost immediately, but young keeper Rytis Liaukevicius pulled off a fine save.  Garrycastle were on top at this stage and two further points followed by their third goal gave the lead for the first time.  To their credit, Athlone responded really well to falling behind and points from Diarmuid Martin, Joe Fallon and Dylan restored their lead.  Cathal Joyce put four points between the sides when he flicked home from close range to finish off a fine move, but any hopes that this would lead to the end of the Garrycastle challenge were dashed when they hit a quickfire 1-1 to level things up with two minutes to play.  The impressive Diarmuid Martin put Athlone back in front as the game entered injury time but there was still time for one further Garrycastle attack and a long-range point with the last kick of the game left the sides level at the final whistle, on a scoreline of Athlone 2-14 Garrycastle 4-8.

Athlone:  Rytis Liaukevicius, Shane Galvin, Eoin Fahey (0-1), Robert Teape, Eoin Jordan, David Fagan, Colin O’Leary, Aidan St John, Diarmuid Martin (0-4), Shane Kilroy-Glynn, Dylan Lynch (0-2), Donagh Prendergast, Joe Fallon (0-3), Charlie McMickan (0-2), Aidan Byrne (1-1) Subs Used:  Cathal Joyce (1-1), David O’Neill.

U14 Girls
Well done to our U14 Girls who had a comfortable win over Caulry in our 3rd game in the group stage.  With a reduced panel of 16 on the night, it was a very good team performance with everyone contributing to a well deserved victory.  There were some great skills on display throughout the pitch with many fine scores from play, and great teamwork throughout.  Next game is away to Kilbeggan on Tuesday May 29th.

The very best of luck to all the girls who are playing with Coosan NS in Cumann na mBunscoil Final on Wednesday 23rd May, and to the Bower Girls competing in the Leinster Final on Thursday 24th May.

Team: Gemma Mannion, Abby Farrell, Lydia Mulvihill, Sarah McNamara, Lucy Delaney, Aine DiTulio, Jillian Begley, Keeva Reid, Ava Martin, Kate Mannion, Katie Dwyer, Grace McGlynn, Suzanna O’Connor, Wasini Henry, Molly Mulvihill Wilkins, Kellie Donohue.

Kellogg's GAA Cúl Camps
The Cúl Camp takes place in Athlone GAA from Monday, 23rd July to Friday, 27th July from 10am to 2.30pm.  Attendance is open to primary school children from 6 years to 13 years.  Cost is €60 for first child, €50 for second and €40 for third & fourth child.  Every child that attends gets free GAA gear.  Book online at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/

Athlone U16 Girls:
Congratulations and well done to our U16 Athlone Girls who won the Lidl Jersey/Equipment Competition.  
The delighted Girls and Coaches headed out to Lidl Athlone to collect their new set of jerseys and equipment on Wednesday 16th of May.  
Many thanks to Lidl Athlone and Carol from All the U16 Girls and Coaches.

Underage training for boys and girls all ages continues Sunday at 11.30am.  Come along to Pairc Chiarain on Sunday or for any queries contact Joe Fallon at 086 8846731. #fun #fitness #friendship. New Players Welcome.

Club Gear:
There will be limited supply of jerseys, shorts, socks, half zip training tops, beanie hats and gear bags on sale between 11am-1pm in the Clubhouse.  We will also be taking orders for new stock.  Also anyone who hasn’t yet registered can do so in the Clubhouse on Sunday between 11-1pm or contact Teresa Small at 087 6799472.

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this weeks €4,950 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 9-15-18-23.
There were five match three winners.
Billy Brett c/o B. Brett.
Padraig Rushe c/o Bingo.
Tommy Grehan c/o Brian Mulvihill.
Ellie Denby c/o Denis O'Sullivan.
Patricia Somers c/o Mags Daly.
Next weeks jackpot will be €5,100.

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

Vote of Sympathy:
The Vaughan Family, Retreat Park.
The Hickey Family on the death of Fr. Liam Hickey, former Athlone player on the six in a row championship winning side.
Ar dheis Dé go a n-anam.

Club Notes - Monday 30th April

posted 30 Apr 2018, 07:32 by Athlone GAA

Results - (see match reports on left)

ACFL Division 1

Athlone 0-5 Mullingar Shamrocks 2-12

 ACFL Division 4

Athlone 3-12 Moate All Whites 1-8

 U13 Leinster Cross County Shield:

Our U13 Boys made the long, but ultimately successful, journey to Sallins in Co. Kildare on Tuesday evening last to play the final of the U13 Leinster Cross County Shield. A competition which saw us pitted against teams from Ferbane/Belmont in Co. Offaly, St Vincent’s in Co. Longford and Carbury in Co. Kildare in the group stages followed by a home tie against Trim, Co. Meath in the semi final stage culminated in victory against Sallins in the final where the lads produced an excellent display of open attacking football where well supported team play was backed up by some tenacious defending.

Despite dominating the first half, the visitors seemed to be suffering from “bus-lag” following the long journey as their shooting boots were off early on meaning there was just four points between the teams at half time. However, the second half saw the lads perform superbly throughout and they ran out very worthy winners. It was a very tired bunch that arrived back at Páirc Chiaráin late on a school night but the fact that they brought the silverware with them made it easier to bear. This was a fantastic display from a very talented and hard working group of young Athlone footballers. They deserve massive credit as they continue to bring credit to themselves and their club. Many thanks to all the parents for their continued support.

The Athlone panel on the night was: Brian Collins, Luke Farrell, Cillian Geary, Cathal Hardiman, Johnny Martin, Lorcan McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Ian Rushe, Jason Rushe, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Shane Wheatley and Luke Whelan.

U14 Girls Feile

Athlone GAA welcomed 9 teams for the Westmeath U14 Girls Feile competition on Sunday April 29th.  There were 2 groups as follows:  Division 1 group consisted of Coralstown/Kinegad, Garrycastle, Killucan and Moate. 

Division 2 Group consisted of Athlone, Milltownpass, Mullingar Shamrocks, St Marys and Loughnavalley

In mixed weather conditions there was some great football on display with Kinnegad and Killucan making it through to the Division 1 Semi Finals and Athlone and Milltownpass through to the Division 2 Semi finals.  Athlone Girls gave a super team performance throughout, winning 3 out of 4 games. There were some outstanding individual performances with great skill on show throughout the pitch.  Thanks to all who helped on the day, the hospitality was much appreciated by all the visiting clubs who appreciated the tea/coffee, sandwiches and goodies provided.  Athlone are through to the Semi-Final on Tuesday at 7 pm in Kinnegad against Ballycomoyle.

Team: Gemma Mannion, Sarah McNamara, Amy Quinn, Hannah Duffy, Eimear Galvin, Leah Nugent, Jillian Begley, Keeva Reid, Aine DiTulio, Kate Mannion, Rebecca Cleary, Ava Martin, Wasini Henry, Katie Dwyer, Sonya Cleary, Aoife McGivern, Molly Mulvihill Wilkins, Ceara Dwyer, Lore Okodugha

U10 Girls Blitz in Pairc Chiarain

On Monday 23rd April Athlone GAA hosted an Under 10 football blitz in Pairc Chiarain.  There were almost 100 girls playing with teams from Athlone, Caulry, Garrycastle, Goldsmith Girls, Moate and St. Josephs.  There was a lot of skill and determination on display with the girls showing off their developing football skills. Well done girls and keep up the good work. It is great to see you put in practice all the skills you have been learning and many thanks to the visiting mentors for the excellent sporting displays.  

The Athlone team were: Leah Durkan, Ailbhe Dywer, Katie Gibbons, Emma Killian, Eabha McGlynn, Ella McGowan, Claire McNamara, Amy Moran, Ruby O’Leary, Millie Quinn Doyle, Sofia Rizza, Ciara White, Lauryn Carolan, Sinead Carney, Amber Barker, Sally Ann Joyce, Kellie McLoughlin and Leah Berrigan.

Thanks to everyone who helped to run a very successful evening and to our resident Photographer Padraig Devaney, see photos on Athlone GAA Official facebook page.

U10 Boys Blitz

The U9/10’s kicked off the start of the Westmeath GO Games in style on Tuesday evening in Ballynacargy  in tough playing conditions.  First up was a spirited Milltownpass team but were out muscled and defeated  by a very strong committed Athlone side.  Athlone 2-6 Milltownpass 1-2.

Our second game was a much more hotly contested game against stiff opposition in the shape of Coralstown/Kinnegad.  The first half was a close affair, but strong work ethic and some excellent football displayed by our Athlone boys was to prove the difference in the end.

Athlone 3-7 Coralstown/Kinnegad 3-1.

On the night every player showed great determination and there was some fine displays of scoring and defending on show.

The Athlone team on the night: Oisin Donoghue , Conlaith Feeney, Fiachra Feeney, James Geoghegan, Aaron Hardiman, Shane Killian, Conor Lough, Adam Manning, Ódhran Mitchell, Pinnak Mishra, Finn McCormack, Conor Neale, Szymon Skoclen, Senan Snow, Joshua Ukatu, Eoin Whelan...#HONTHEBLUE....

Underage Football 

Underage training for boys and girls all ages continues every Sunday at 11.30am.  Come along to Pairc Chiarain on Sunday or for any queries contact Joe Fallon at 086 8846731. #fun #fitness #friendship.   Everyone Welcome.

Club Gear:

There will be limited supply of jerseys, shorts, socks, half zip training tops, beanie hats and gear bags on sale between 11am-1pm in the Clubhouse.  We will also be taking orders for new stock.  Also anyone who hasn’t yet registered can do so in the Clubhouse on Sunday between 11-1pm or contact Teresa Small at 087 6799472

Lotto Results:

There was no winner of this weeks €4500 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 9-11-19-29.
There were five match three winners.
Pat Donoghue c/o Amby Fogarty.
Rose Hegarty c/o Bernie Egan.
Harry Cunningham c/o Denis O`Sullivan.
Annie O`Toole c/o Fergal O`Toole.
Teresa Varszegi c/o Mags Daly.
Next week’s jackpot will be €4,650.

Bingo:

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

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

Club Notes - Monday, 23rd April

posted 23 Apr 2018, 13:58 by Athlone GAA   [ updated 23 Apr 2018, 14:14 ]

​​​​​ACFL Division 1
Athlone 5-9 Castledaly 0-6
see match report on left...

U14 Boys Féile Peile na nÓg Div 2 Champions 2018:
Our U14 Boys brought home the first piece of silverware to Páirc Chiaráin in 2018 when they claimed the Division 2 Féile Peile na nÓg after a tough battle against a very game Tyrrellspass side. In the process they have ensured that they will be one of Westmeath's representatives in the National Féile Peile na nÓg finals. Played in the impressive surrounds of the The Downs GAA club, the two teams took the pitch in unseasonably warm conditions with sunglasses and T-shirts the order of the day for the spectators.  Coupled with the warm conditions was a strong breeze that blew diagonally across the pitch making accurate shooting and passing very tricky on the day.

Athlone won the toss and elected to play with the wind in the first half and this seemed to pay dividends when they goaled early in the game before adding a further point from the dead ball. However, that was to be the last score for the Shannonsiders in the first moiety. Instead, a combination of some sloppy play and some tenacious Tyrrellspass battling led to the Tidy Town team raising a green flag. Just as in the previous league game (away to Killucan), the Athlone lads had started slowly and failed to take advantage of a strong breeze. In the dressing room at half time, the lads knew that a titanic effort would be required if they were maintain that narrow lead to the final whistle. However, just as in Killucan the previous week, the Athlone boys rolled up their sleeves and put on a fantastic display of grit and determination, coupled with some excellent football to outscore their opponents by 3-2 to 0-02 in the second half. At the long whistle, they had triumphed on a score line of 4-3 to 1-2. However, the final score does not tell the full story of the game as the lads had to put in a massive rear guard action in the latter stages as the Tyrrellspass players came at them in waves. As the second half wore on, the Athlone lads were determined that their goal would not be breached again. The defending from 1 to 15 was exceptional and great credit to the forward line who tacked on the scores needed to supplement the excellent defending. This really was a team effort and it was most pleasing to see each player get on to the field for the match (some not as much as the mentors would have liked but with the time constraints of the twenty-minute halves it wasn’t possible, but there are many league games coming up to make sure everyone gets plenty of playing time).

And so it was a delighted bunch of Athlone players, led by captain for the day, Pierse Edmundson, that climbed the steps of the stand to receive the trophy from Westmeath Minor Board Chairman, Niall O’Brien. Well done to all involved and a journey that began on a wet Saturday morning in Garrycastle is now destined to continue in Burren GAA, Co. Down at the National Féile Peile na nÓg finals from the 29th June to the 1st July. Well done to the Mentors Seamus Mitchell, David O'Connell and Morgan Farrell and hearty congratulations to the players involved. Some new Athlone stars are emerging.  

The U14 panel on the day was: Alban Cepi, Conor Devins, Pierce Edmundson, Luke Farrell, Cian Geary, Eoin Hardiman, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Donagh McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Oisin O’Sullivan, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Jason Rushe, Tom Sheridan, Alan Sweeney, Jason Ukatu, Luke Whelan and Brandon White. 

Future looks bright as Athlone U8’s excel in blitz.

On a beautiful sunny Saturday last, Pairc Chiarain Athlone was a host venue for the first of a number of U8 blitzes to be held throughout Westmeath in the coming months.  The format was 7/8 players a-side with ten minute-a-side games and the emphasis very much on participation and fun. Each team played three games.  Host club Athlone had three teams in action as had both Mullingar Shamrocks  and Lilliput Gaels while Kilbeggan Shamrocks (1 team) made up ten teams in total.

‘Mol an oige agus t-iocfaidh said’ is an old Irish proverb that sprang to mind while watching the 10 teams giving their all in the fifteen matches that took place. For many of the Athlone players this was their first taste of such a blitz having recently graduated from our nursery and to a man they took the step up in their stride.  Gaelic football like any sport or skill or art takes time and dedication to master but the performances of the three Athlone teams in action indicated that they are moving in the right direction. The importance of teamwork, honesty of effort, and the execution of the basic skills of the game are to the core of our training sessions each Sunday morning (11.30-12.30) in Pairc Chiarain and these were very much to the fore in each of the performances on Saturday.

The future stars from each of the clubs tired noticeably in the third and final game as the heat began to take its toll. Some well-deserved refreshments were on hand for all participants at the end of what was a very fruitful and enjoyable blitz. Thanks to all the Athlone GAA members who helped out with the smooth running of the tournament.

Training continued as normal on Sunday (11.30am-12.30pm) as it does every Sunday (except bank holiday weekends). New members (boys and girls of all ages from 4 up) always welcome and registration is free for the first year. Contact Joe Fallon (0868846731).

Athlone Team 1- Caimin Gunning, Cillian Silke, Sam Gunning, LJ Kelly, Evan Martin-Cummins, Cian Mannion, Donnacha Hellen, Davin Dunning.
Athlone Team 2- Sam Meegan, Ruairi Nicholson, Aodhan Fallon, Rory Slevin, Antonio Quinn, Liam Ambrose, Fionn Macken, Jack Costello.
Athlone Team 3- Sean Collins, Frank Pettit, Joe Sullivan, Fearghal Kelly, Bobby O Brien, Cillian Lee, David Flemming.

U16 Girls:
Congratulations to Athlone's Keeva Reid and Leah Nugent and the rest of Westmeath U16 girls who defeated Laois on Sunday.

Fixtures:

Monday 23rd April:
U10 girls are hosting a blitz including Garrycastle, Caulry, Moate, Goldsmith Girls and Kilbeggan/St. Joseph’s starting at 7.00pm

Tuesday 24th April
U13 boys are away to Sallins, Kildare in Cross County league final at 7:15pm
U10 boys are in Ballynacargy for a blitz along with Kinnegad, Multyfarnham and Milltownpass starting at 6:30pm
U14 girls are at home to Ballinasloe in a challenge at 7.00pm
U16 girls are away to Garrycastle in championship division 3 at 7.00pm 
U16 boys are at home to Tyrrellspass in division 2 league at 7.00pm
 
Wednesday 25th April
Senior men are away to Mullingar Shamrocks in ACFL Division 1 at 7.30pm
U12 boys are away to Caulry at 6:30pm in group 4

Thursday 26th April
Junior men are at home to Moate All-Whites in ACFL Division 4 at 7.30pm
U12 girls are at home to Goldsmith Girls in league group 3 at 7.00pm
Athlone U14 boys are at home to Mullingar in division 1 league at 7.00pm
Athlone U10 girls are in St. Brigid’s for a blitz starting at 6:15pm

Tuesday 1st May
Athlone U14 girls are home to Caulry in group 3 at 7.00pm

Wednesday 2nd May
Athlone minor boys are at home to St. Loman’s in division 1 league at 7.00pm

Underage training for boys and girls all ages continues every Sunday at 11.30am.  Come along to Pairc Chiarain on Sunday or for any queries contact Joe Fallon at 086 8846731. #fun #fitness #friendship  Everyone Welcome.

Registration takes place in the Clubhouse on Sunday between 11am-1pm or you can register online at www.athlone.gaa.ie   Any queries contact Teresa Small, Registrar at 087 6799472. 

Club Gear:
There will be limited supply of jerseys, shorts, socks, half zip training tops, beanie hats and gear bags on sale between 11am-1pm.  We will also be taking orders for new stock.

U16 Girls
Congratulations to Athlone's Keeva Reid and Leah Nugent and the rest of Westmeath U16 girls who defeated Laois on Sunday.

​​​​​Athlone GAA Golfing Society:
The second outing of the Athlone GAA Golfing Society was held on Saturday last at Portarlington Golf Club.
There was a marvelous turnout on a beautiful day at a great golf course.
The following were the prizewinners.
1st Prize: Margaret Byrne (37pts).
2nd Prize: James Joyce (37pts).
3rd Prize: Tommy Dolan (31pts).
4th Prize: Sean Mulvey (31pts).
1st Nine: Philip O'Farrell (17pts).
2nd Nine: Brian Melinn (18pts).
The next outing will be held at Nenagh Golf Club on Saturday 9th June.

​​​​​Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this weeks €4,350 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 9-14-22-24.
There were 6 match three winners.
Niall Lynch c/o N Lynch
Tooler & Co. c/o F O Toole
Michael McNamara c/o T Small
Mary Moore c/o M Daly
Tooler & Co. again! c/o F. O'Toole
Carol Devaney c/o P. Devaney
Next weeks jackpot will be €4,500.

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

Vote of Sympathy:
The McBride Family, Clonbrusk West.
The Gallagher Family, Beechpark West.
Ar dheis Dé go a n-anam.

Club Notes - Monday, 16th April

posted 16 Apr 2018, 15:08 by Athlone GAA

U14 Boys Féile Peile na nÓg 2018:
Our U14 Boys have qualified for the Westmeath Division 2 Féile Peile na nÓg final to be played next Saturday in Mullingar. The draw for the group stages meant the lads were based away in Garrycastle where they were pitted against the hosts and St. Mary’s Rochfortbridge. The first game was against St Mary’s Rochfortbridge, who had lost to Garrycastle in the first game. From the first whistle to the last, the Athlone boys were excellent and ran at the opposition in waves.  A combination of tiredness and the defeat in the first game left the Rochfortbridge boys at a distinct disadvantage but we cannot take anything away from the boys in blue as they deservedly took the honours and set up a winner takes all match against their near neighbours. Despite having to play straight after the win over Rochfortbridge, the lads won the throw in and never looked back showing excellent levels of skill and application. Some wayward shooting up front left only three points between the sides at the short whistle but the lads really upped the ante in the second half and tacked on some lovely scores to take the spoils and set up a trip to Moate that evening for the quarter final. Unfortunately, a nightmare start had the boys facing an uphill task as they trailed by eight points at half time. However, they threw off the shackles in the second half and really stretched their opponents and but for some bad luck in front of goal could have really worried the All Whites but the hosts ran out very worthy winners, as they had in our earlier League match and so they headed for the Division 1 semi-final while Athlone headed to the Division 2 version v Caulry. Unfortunately, the torrential rain on Sunday left the pitches unplayable and so pushed the semi final out to Monday evening. While the pitch was very soft underfoot, the Athlone made light of the conditions and gave, by far, their best display of the year and from 1 to 23 put in a superb display to qualify for the Division 2 Final against Tyrrellspass. 

U14 League:
The busiest team in Athlone GAA is definitely the U14 Boys. To date, they have played three rounds of the League as well as four Féile matches (not to mention four games in the Leinster U13 Cross County competition). 
The first league match saw us drawn away against a formidable Moate All Whites outfit. On a night of torrential rain, the Moate lads hit the ground running and overpowered the Athlone boys and had a very healthy lead at half time. A much-improved performance in the second half limited the damage but there was no doubt about the outcome of the game from a long way out. A chastening night for our lads on their first night out but there is no disgrace in being beaten by a better side and the Moate side are a fine side. 

The second round of the League saw us play a fancied Coralstown/Kinnegad side in Pairc Chiarain. On a chilly Spring evening, the Athlone boys threw everything they had at the visitors and put in an excellent shift in the first half and managed to get to half time leading by three. However, the well drilled visitors upped the ante in the second half and while the Athlone lads never dropped their heads, the physicality of the bigger Coralstown/Kinnegad team, coupled with excellent support running saw them pull away in the late stages. Once again, despite the defeat, the Athlone mentors were more than happy with their charges as they left nothing in the pitch.

The third round of the League saw us drawn away to Killucan on Sunday morning last. Unfortunately, due to holidays and injury, only 17 players made the trip. Despite playing with a very strong wind in the first half, the Athlone lads were very slow to get going and found themselves five points down after ten minutes. Slowly but surely, they edged their way in to the game and managed to sneak in front at half time. Facing in to the wind for the second half, the lads put their heads down and produced a much-improved display showing excellent battling qualities and a determined rear-guard action to repel the hosts and moved the ball forward very cleverly to create goal chances which were the difference between the teams at the long whistle. So, one win and two losses are the statistics but there is a growing sense of confidence in this hard-working bunch that augurs well for the future.

The U14 panel for 2018 is: Alban Cepi, Brian Collins, Conor Devins, Pierce Edmundson, Luke Farrell, Cian Geary, Eoin Hardiman, Toby Heavey, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Donagh McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Oisin O’Sullivan, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Jason Rushe, Tom Sheridan, Alan Sweeney, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Luke Whelan and Brandon White.

Minor Medal Presentation:
Our county champion 2017 minor boys' team also receiving their medals on the night so everybody is welcome to what promises to be a great night in the club.

Cake Sale:
Thanks to everyone who  supported our cake sale last Sunday to raise much needed funds for underage football.  

Underage Football:
Underage training continues every Sunday at 11.30am.  New players all ages and abilities very welcome  Come along to Pairc Chiarain on Sunday or for any queries contact Joe Fallon at 086 8846731. #fun #fitness #friendship

Registration for all members also takes place in the Clubhouse on Sunday between 11am-1pm or you can register online at www.athlone.gaa.ie   Any queries contact Teresa Small, Registrar at 087 6799472. 

Club Gear:
There will be limited supply of jerseys, shorts, socks, half zip training tops, beanie hats and gear bags on sale between 11am-1pm.  We will also be taking orders for new stock.

Fixtures
Wednesday 18th April
Minors v Maryland/Tang in Division 1 league at 7pm

Thursday 19th April
U12 girls v Moate in league group 3 at 7pm

Saturday 21st April
U14 Boys v Tyrellspass in Division 2 Féile Final at 1pm, venue to be advised
U8 boys will be hosting Lilliput Gaels, Mullingar and Kilbeggan in a blitz starting at 11 o’clock to 12:30

Sunday 22nd April
U14 boys will be playing in the league, further details to follow

Club Notes - Monday, 9th April

posted 10 Apr 2018, 12:44 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​ACFL Division 4
Athlone 0-10 Mullingar Shamrocks 0-8

Our Division 4 team got their league campaign off to good start with a hard-fought win over Mullingar Shamrocks in their opening game played in miserable conditions in Páirc Chiaráin on Easter Monday.

Athlone started brightly with points from Dermot Bannon and a Richie Greene free in the opening minutes, but Shamrocks then grabbed the initiative and dominated the rest of the half.  They kicked five consecutive points, but squandered several more good scoring opportunities, while the hosts were also grateful to goalkeeper Conor Devaney and corner-back Danny Lynam for a couple of good saves and a last gasp goal-line clearance that prevented Mullingar from adding a deserved goal.  Instead it was Athlone who had the final word of the first period when Richie Greene raised a white flag to leave just two points between the sides at half-time.

After some stern words and a couple of changes from the management team during the break, Athlone again got off to a good start and a pair of well-taken points from Ryan Gaffey and Andy Lynam brought them level.  Shamrocks responded well and restored their two-point advantage, but the Blues were playing with much greater intensity than in the first period and three quick points from Ryan Gaffey nudged them in front with 10 minutes to play, although they were then dealt a blow when Danny Lynam was dismissed for a second yellow card offence.  A patient passing move led to Sean Dowd doubling the lead, but Shamrocks came back almost immediately to reduce the gap to the minimum again.  Some disciplined defending and controlled possession meant that they weren’t able to create the opening for the equaliser and young substitute Shane Allen closed the scoring with a superb long-distance point to finish off a patient passing move.  It did look like Ryan Gaffey had added an insurance point as the game entered stoppage time, but the referee overruled his umpires to wave his free wide.  This led to a nervous injury-time period for the home supporters as Shamrocks went looking for the winning goal, but good work from the home side’s backs kept them away from the danger area until the final whistle, with Athlone holding on to win on score line of 0-10 to 0-8.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, James Finlass, Tom Egan, Danny Lynam, Eoin Jordan, Emmet Collins, David Fagan, Matthew Darling, Dermot Bannon (0-1), Andy Lynam (0-1), Ryan Gaffey (0-4), Colin O’Leary, Richie Greene (0-2), Darren Costello, Sean Dowd (0-1) Subs Used:  Shane Allen (0-1), Diarmuid Martin, Dylan Lynch, Shane Galvin.

Junior Ladies:
Well done to our Junior Ladies who began their Division 4B league campaign with a 6-10 to 2-3 win away to Shandonagh on Sunday.  The next game for the girls is a challenge against Padraig Pearses of Roscommon in Páirc Chiaráin next Friday, April 13th, throw-in at 7.30pm.

Minor Medal Presentation and Race Night:
The annual Athlone GAA Race Night will be held in the clubhouse on Friday, 13th April.  Our champion 2017 minor boys' team will also be receiving their medals on the night so everybody is welcome to what promises to be a great night in the club.

Cake Sale:
A Cake Sale to raise much needed funds for underage football takes place in the Clubhouse at 12.30pm on Sunday 15th April. Everyone please support by baking something and dropping into the Clubhouse before training on Sunday and by buying something else after training.   

Underage Football:
Underage training continues every Sunday at 11.30am.  New players all ages and abilities very welcome  Come along to Pairc Chiarain on Sunday or for any queries contact Joe Fallon at 086 8846731. 

Registration for all members also takes place in the Clubhouse every Sunday between 11am-1pm or you can register online at www.athlone.gaa.ie   Life members can collect their membership cards in the Club or contact Teresa Small, Registrar at 087 6799472. 

Club Gear:
There will be limited supply of jerseys, shorts, socks, half zip training tops, beanie hats and gear bags on sale between 11am-1pm.  We will also be taking orders for new stock.

Upcoming Fixtures:
Tuesday 10th April:  U14 girls are away to Garrycastle in league group 3 at 6:30pm.
Wednesday 11th April:  U12 boys are away to The Downs in group 4 at 6:30pm.
Thursday 12th April:  U16 girls are at home to Milltown in championship division 3 at 7.00pm.
Friday 13th April:  Junior women are at home to Padraig Pearses in a challenge at 7:30pm.
Saturday 14th April:  U14 girls will be playing in the Féile. Groups, venues and times to be announced.
Sunday 15th April:  U14 boys are away to Killucan in Division 1 of Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone U14 Football League at 11.30am.
Tuesday 17th April:  U14 girls are at home to Ballinasloe in a challenge at 7.00pm.
Wednesday 18th April:  Minor Boys are away to Maryland-Tang in Division 1 of Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone U18 Football League at 7.00pm in Drumraney.

Lotto Results
There was no winner of this week's lotto jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 2-8-16-22.
There was 5 match 3 as follows:-
Westmeath Gael c/o L Roper
Lisa O Rourke c/o L Roper
Sharon Doyle c/o T Small
Cora c/o L Roper
Jake & Marc Kelly c/o Bingo
Next week's jackpot is €4,200

Club Notes - 3rd April 2018

posted 6 Apr 2018, 08:01 by Athlone GAA

ACFL Division 1
Athlone 0-10  Coralstown-Kinnegad 1-7
Our senior team earned their first point of their Division 1 campaign when they recovered from being eight points down early in the second half to grab a deserved draw in Kinnegad on Good Friday.
After the home side had opened the scoring with from a free in the first minute, the game then went scoreless for 15 minutes as Athlone struggled to break down Kinnegad's massed defence.  Instead it was Kinnegad who doubled their lead with a well worked point and they followed this up with a goal after Athlone had lost possession in the middle of the field.  Another pointed free put them six points ahead as half-time approached, before John Connellan finally got the Blues on the scoreboard in the 30th minute.  There was still time for the hosts to add another score in injury time to give themselves a healthy 1-4 to 0-1 lead at the break.

Kinnegad started the second half as they had finished the first and two quick points extended their advantage to eight.  Athlone were now staring down the barrel of their third consecutive league defeat, but to their credit, they upped the ante and three pointed frees from John Connellan brought them back into the game.  The home side kept daylight between the sides with a 45th minute point, but this was to be their final score as Athlone dominated the final quarter.  A Jack Quinn point, which could easily have been a goal, followed by another Connellan free, followed in turn by a Stephen Ward point after a goal-line clearance had prevented a seemingly certain goal, left only three in it with five to play.  Jordan Marshment reduced the gap further when he volleyed over before Ryan Gaffey struck two excellent points in the last minute to level things up, with the equaliser coming with the last kick of the game.
Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Matthew Darling, Tom Egan, Fergal Murray, John Egan, Stephen Ward (0-1), Noel Mulligan, John Stapleton, Jordan Marshment (0-1), Alan Gaughan, Darren Magee, Shane Allen, Richie Greene, John Connellan (0-5), Jack Quinn (0-1)  Subs Used:  Ryan Gaffey (0-2), Daniel Reid, Dermot Bannon.

U16 Boys league Division 2
Athlone 4-08  St Mary's Rochfortbridge 1-10
Athlone's U-16 boys got their league campaign off to the best possible start with a seven-point win over St Mary's Rochfortbridge in Páirc Chiaráin on Tuesday evening.  The home side started brightly and an Andrew Beaumont goal helped them to into five point lead at the 20 minute mark.  St Mary's brought themselves level with two points either side of a goal from a quickly taken free-kick, but Athlone had the final score of the half from a free to lead by 1-4 to 1-3 at the break

The visitors dominated in the opening minutes of the second half and three quick points put them ahead.  However, Aidan Ryan's charges upped their game in response and a well-taken goal from Shaun Fox put them back in front.  Further goals from Andrew Beaumont, who worked hard to create the chance for himself, and young sub Johnny Martin, with a powerful finish at the end of a fine passing move, put the boys in blue back in the driving seat. Some excellent points from Shane Reid and Eamon Martin kept the scoreboard ticking over for Athlone and, in the end, the seven-point winning margin was a fair reflection of the game.

Athlone:  Kenny Davies, Sam Fogarty, Kolo Kiripati, TJ Okodugha, Chulainn Dowd, Eamon Martin, Ben Killian, Raphael Salaja, Shane Reid, Ronan Di Tullio, Andrew Beaumount, Emmet Edmundson, Shaun Fox, Bryan Hughes, Robert Cuffe  Subs Used: Pierce Edmundson, Evan Farrell, Johnny Martin, Reme Okodugha, Donagh Claffey.

Underage Football
Underage training resumes again on Sunday, 8th April at 11.30am.  New players all ages and abilities very welcome  Come along to Pairc Chiarain on Sunday or for any queries contact Joe Fallon at 086 8846731. 

Registration for all members will also take place in the Clubhouse on Sunday 8th April between 11am-1pm or you can register online at www.athlone.gaa.ie   Life members can collect their membership cards in the Club or contact Teresa Small, Registrar at 087 6799472. 

Club Gear 
There will be limited supply of jerseys, shorts, socks, half zip training tops, beanie hats and gear bags on sale between 11am-1pm.  We will also be taking orders for new stock.

Race Night:
The annual Athlone GAA Race Night will be held in the clubhouse on Friday, 13th April.  Everyone welcome for what promises to be a great night.

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