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Club Notes - Monday 2nd October

posted 5 Oct 2017, 12:20 by Athlone GAA   [ updated 5 Oct 2017, 12:23 ]
​​​​​Senior Championship Quarter-Final Replay
Athlone 0-12 The Downs 1-10
see match report on left...

U11/12 Boys:

The U11/12 Boys played their postponed Walsh Cup “A” Final against Moate in Ballinasloe on Tuesday evening last. The format for the tournament is two 11-a-side matches, one for the U11s and one for the U12s with combined score used to decide the overall winner in the final. Earlier in the year the sides had met in Pairc Chiaráin in the group stages and had shared the points with one victory each so heading into the game the lads were under no illusion about the challenge that awaited them. The fact that the final took place under lights added greatly to the sense of occasion and the Athlone lads responded accordingly. 

U11s – The U11 boys knew that they were up against it having been defeated early in the year by Moate but they were on a mission from the first whistle to the last and there was no way they were going to be beaten. Their tackling and tracking back was fantastic and when the opportunity arise they thundered forward using the ball quick and fast to the very mobile forward line. The game was nip and tuck throughout with Athlone leading for most of the game but to be fair to the All Whites, they never let up and hung in to earn a very entertaining share of the spoils. The Athlone mentors, Trevor and Gearoid, were thrilled with their charges.

U12s – The U12 boys produced their best 20 minutes of football this year in the first half of this game. They won the throw in, powered forward and popped over a score to lay down a marker and proceeded to put on a magnificent display of open attacking football that was coupled with some tenacious defending in an overall exceptional performance. The Moate lads kept going bravely all night but it was just one of those nights where everything the Athlone boys tried came off and at the final whistle there had earned a very good victory.

This combination of results meant that the Walsh Cup was presented to the two very proud Athlone captains (Owen McNamara for the U12s and Cathal Hardiman for the U11s) in front of a very joyful bunch of young Athlone gaels. Many thanks to Brian Madden and the Ballinasloe Minor Board for running a fantastic tournament. 

The 35 strong Athlone panel on the night was: Brian Collins, Rian Claffey, Luke Farrell,  John Fleming, Cillian Geary, Kyle Greene, Cathal Hardiman, Toby Heavey, Conor Hughes, Josh Kenny, Kyle Mahon, Ben Manning, Johnny Martin, Lorcan McCormack, Cillian McGowan, Evan McMickan, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Ben Murray, Luke Nicholson, Luke O’Connell, Ruairi O’Duibhir, Daniel Omukoro, Mark Rockett, Piaras Rohan, Ian Rushe, Jason Rushe, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Brandon Varszegi, Shane Wheatley, Luke Whelan and Brandon Wykes. Missing on the night was Cian Dolan and we wish him all the best on his recovery from his arm injury.

Next up for this very hard working bunch is the “A” final of the Jim McHugh U12 tournament to be played at the home of the hosts Garrycastle with the date and opposition not yet known.

U12 Girls Division 3 Championship Final

Athlone 2-14  St Mary's, Rochfortbridge 0-5

A huge panel of 28 Athlone Under 12 girls, along with many parents and supporters, travelled to Caulry on Saturday to take on St Mary's, Rochfortbridge in the final of Division 3 of the Westmeath under 12 championship.  Athlone's ability to score goals was a feature of the earlier rounds, however due to the excellent play of the St Mary's center-back, goal chances were at a premium in the early stages.  Athlone were leading by 0-6 to 0- 3 nearing half time when Katie Dwyer struck for a major to put some daylight between the sides, although Ciara Murphy was called on to make two excellent saves from point blank distance to keep the Athlone girls in front at half time.  In the second half, despite St Mary's putting up excellent resistance, Athlone were able to stretch their lead with some excellent scores, while the Athlone backs were on top any time the opposition made a break up the field. At the final whistle, Athlone led by 2-14 to 0-5 and, amid scenes of great jubilation, Athlone captain Aine DiTullio was presented with the cup, before everybody returned to Áras Chiaráin for a well-deserved celebration.  Congratulations to all the girls and their mentors, Michael 'Gel' Galvin and Noel Mannion, and thanks to all who helped with the team during the year.

Athlone Team: Jilly Begley, Lucy Brett, Ellie Denby, Aine Di Tullio, Kellie Donohoe, Kayla Dunne, Katie Dwyer, Ceara Dwyer, Abby Farrell, Therese Farrell, Kenzi Francis, Sadie Gaffey, Aine Galvin, Ciara Hughes, Abi Joyce, Aobha Kenny, Merisa Kiripati, Grace McGlynn, Aoife McGivern, Sarah McNamara, Gemma Mannion, Aine Martin, Lydia Mulvihill, Ciara Murphy, Suzzanna O'Connor, Lore Okodugha, Amy Quinn, Orla Surlis.

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this week’s €7,950 lotto.
The numbers drawn were 2-6-13-15.
There was 1 match 3 winner. 
Sean O’Grady c/o Gerties.
Next week’s lotto jackpot will be €8,100.

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

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