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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.


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   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 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.