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Club Notes - Monday, 27th February

posted 28 Feb 2017, 14:25 by Athlone GAA

There were no league fixtures this past weekend so our seniors played Tulsk of Roscommon in a challenge in Páirc Chiaráin and came out on top on a scoreline of 1-17 to 0-18 after a competitive workout.  League action resumes this weekend and both of our teams are away.  In Division 1, the seniors travel to Mullingar on Friday night to take on St Loman's, throw-in at 8pm, while our juniors make the shorter trip to Mount Temple on Sunday morning to play Caulry in Division 4, throw-in at 11.30am.

ACFL Division 1: Athlone v. St Loman's, Lakepoint Park (St Loman's), 8pm Friday March 3rd
ACFL Division 4: Athlone v. Caulry, Mount Temple, 11.30am Sunday March 5th

Congratulations to the Westmeath under 21s who beat Meath in the opening round of the Leinster Championship and best of luck in the quarter-final against Dublin on Wednesday.  Well done also to the county seniors who defeated Leitrim and best of luck to them also in their crucial game away to Waterford on Sunday.

Minor League Division 1:
Athlone 1-9 St. Loman's 0-6
The minor boys got their first league win of the season at home to St. Loman's in poor conditions last Tuesday evening. The first score of the game was hard to come by and didn't come until the 10th minute from a Lomans' free. A superb solo score by Mark Egan got the home side off the mark. This was followed by a point by Lomans and a free for Athlone, scored by Kieran Colclough. Colclough continued his 100% record from penalties in the 20th minute when he slotted to the corner of the net to raise the only green flag of the game, the penalty coming after a foul on JJ Offorjama.  Enda Daly then got on the scoresheet to leave it 1-3 to 0-3 at half time. 

Athlone played with the aid of a strong wind in the second half and put 3 great scores on the board, one from Colclough, and two, one off each foot from the skilful Benny Martin. However, to their credit, Lomans battled hard and scored 3 fine points of their own. Colclough, Martin and Egan rounded off the scoring to leave Athlone victorious on a score of 1-9 to 0-6.

John Duddy was superb in goal, pulling off a string of fine saves. James Finlass and Shane Allen held things together at the back, while JJ Offorjama and Luke Kelly were a constant thorn in the side of the visitors' defence.  This was a hard fought win and the management of Eoin Jordan, Fergal Murray and Eamon Martin will be happy to get the first win of the season under their belts, although they know there is a huge amount of work to do with this talented squad.

Team:  John Duddy, James Finlass, Diarmuid Martin, Patrick McGettigan, David Cleary, Shane Allen, Niall Doolan, Kieran Colclough (1-3), Anthony Johnson, Mark Egan (0-2), JJ Offorjama, Donagh Prendergast, Luke Kelly, Enda Daly (0-1), Benny Martin (0-3) Subs used: Aaron Forde, Joseph Devins, Kevin Cleary, Deba Okodugha, Patrick Ryan.

Registration 2017
Thank you to everyone who helped to make our Registration Evening such a success and who welcomed all the new members to the Club, we look forward to seeing you all again on Sunday 12th March.  Thanks also to Kate O’Connell, Lauryn Mitchell, Ashley Cuffe and Ellen O’Connell for all their help selling club gear and for organising the raffle. Congratulations to the prize winners who can collect their prizes on Sunday 12th March after training:-
Jim Rigney (Family Membership) 
Donnacha Hellen (Jersey)
Maurice Flynn (Rainjacket)
Conor Devins (Gear Bag)
Ciara White (Parnell T Shirt)
Ellen O’Connell  (Gear Bag)
Tomas Donohoe (Shorts/Socks)
Conor Neale (Shorts/Socks)
Kieran Rigney (Annual Lotto)

Next Registration Day is Sunday 12th March from 11-1pm after training. Underage Football for boys and girls all ages and abilities begins on Sunday, 12th March at 11.30am.  Everyone welcome.  Come along on Sunday 12th or for any queries contact David O'Connell at 087 2397519.

Lotto Results:  
There was no winner of this week's €3,300 jackpot. 
The numbers drawn were 1-2-11-13, 
There was 7 match 3 winners.
Tom O'Leary c/o Liam Roper.
Michael Heavin c/o M.Heavin.
Mark Beaumont c/o Liam Roper.
Anita Burke c/o Michael Heavin.
Mags Daly c/o M. Daly.
Two Sandras c/o Michael Collins.
Tara Fagan c/o Teresa Small.
Next weeks jackpot will be €3,450.

Vacancy for Groundsperson with Westmeath GAA CE Scheme located in various clubs, if you feel you will be eligible for this vacancy please contact your local Dept of Social Welfare office quoting vacancy number 2022140 or contact Liam during office hours on 086 2321362.

Referees Course:
A foundation Course for new referees for both football/hurling commences in TEK Cusack Park in early February.
To register for the course contact Michael Gordon at 0876884717 or email at

Cards in the Club:
Cards continue in the Clubhouse every Friday at 8-30.Everyone welcome.

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

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