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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

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