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Club Notes 3rd March 2020

posted 4 Mar 2020, 07:54 by Athlone GAA
ACFL Division 2

Athlone 1-12 Multyfarnham 1-9

Our senior men made a delayed return to competitive action after last week’s opening round cancellation when they overcame a dogged Multyfarnham side in round two of Division 2 of the All-County League in a wet and windy Páirc Chiaráin on Friday night.

After Shane Allen had opened the scoring with fine solo point, Athlone were rocked when the visitors struck for a goal after the home defence had been caught out by a long ball over the top. Two long-range efforts from John Connellan settled the home side, before John Stapleton put them back in front as they adjusted to the difficult conditions. A brace of scores from Ryan Gaffey, followed by a Richie Greene free stretched the lead further, but Multyfarnham kept in touch with two points in a minute, before Gaffey brought the first half scoring to a close with his third point to leave his 0-8 to 1-2 ahead at the break.

The same player opened the second half scoring with another good effort to put Athlone four points clear, but Multyfarnham now had wind advantage and they halved the deficit with two well-taken points from distance. The hosts needed a response and they got it when Shane Allen sidefooted to the net after Jack Quinn and Sam Omukoro had combined to create the chance. Any hopes that this would mean the end of the Multy challenge were unfounded, however, and three points to just one for Athlone from Ryan Gaffey left just a goal between the sides with 10 minutes still to play. A pair of close-range scores from Jack Quinn kept daylight between the sides, but Athlone were unable to put the game beyond their opponents and two injury time frees left only a kick of the ball in it with a minute’s additional time still to play. Fortunately for Athlone, Paul Bannon secured possession with a superb catch from the final kickout to set up one last attack, and although John Stapleton’s effort initially looked good, it was waved wide, however it proved to be the last kick of the game and Athlone had done enough to secure a hard-fought win on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-9.

Unfortunately, our Division 4 match versus Rosemount fell victim to the inclement weather so our juniors are still waiting for their first game of the year. Next weekend is a free weekend for both teams, with the next scheduled league games on the weekend of March 14-15th when our seniors are due to travel to Drumraney to take on Maryland in Division 2, while our juniors will hope to finally get their season started with an away game at The Downs in Division 4 (exact dates and start times TBC).

Athlone: Cathal Joyce, Jordan Marshment, James Finlass, Danny Lynam, Matty Darling, Danny Reid, Diarmuid Martin, Jack Quinn (0-2), John Stapleton (0-1), Donagh Prendergast, John Connellan (0-2), Shane Allen (1-1), Josh Beaumont, Ryan Gaffey (0-5), Richie Greene (0-1) Subs Used: Andy Lynam, Sam Omukoro, Paul Bannon, Niall Doolan.

Return of Sunday Nursery Training:

And we are back ! Our Sunday nursery returns this Sunday at 11.30am, everyone welcome. There will be people on site on this day also to assist with the registration process if you are having difficulties. We hope to see a great turnout next weekend and look forward to seeing some new faces (and old).

Medal Presentation Night

Our Athlone GAA Medal Presentation Night took place on Sat Feb 29th at 7.30pm in the clubhouse.  Medals were presented to our U 12, U14 and Minor (U18) Girls as well as our U14 and Minor Boys teams in recognition of their achievements in 2019. A big thanks to all the players, mentors, parents/ guardians, family and friends who turned out in what was very poor weather conditions.

2020 Registration:

Our first 2020 Registration day took place on Sunday 1st March at 11.30am. There was a super turnout on the day and a big thanks to Rachel, Denise and Julie for assisting in the registration of players. A big thanks also to everyone who helped out on the floor and in the kitchen and provided all the lovely treats for everyone in attendance. Please note all players/members must now register online at www.athlone.gaa.ie even if paying by cash on registration days. We cater to boys and girls age four and upwards, and new members are always welcome. The first year is free in our nursery and u8 programme. Any queries please contact Joe Fallon at (086) 8846731

#fun #fitness #friendship

Gaelic4Girls takes place in Athlone GAA beginning Sunday, 15th March at 12.30pm and is free.  This is an 8 week programme for girls age 8-12 who have never played gaelic football before.  Please come along on the 15th or contact Benny McNamara at 087 2842957

Lotto Results

There was no winner of this week’s jackpot of €3,450.

The numbers drawn were 19, 21, 25 and 30. There was six match 3 winners:

Paul O’Connell c/o L. Roper; Martin Flynn c/o M. Flynn, Ray Joyce c/o B. Mulvihill, Laura Fitzmaurice c/o Mags Clan,

Ann O’Sullivan c/o Ann O’Sullivan, Madeline McMonagle c/o Mags Clann

Next week’s jackpot will be €3,600

Note of Sympathy

The Collison & Molloy Family – Bloomfield Drive & Brawny

 

Club Gear

Our club gear including training tops, tracksuits, jerseys, shorts and socks is now available online at www.athlone.gaa.ie A new range of items have been added to the brochure so check it out.


Bingo

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

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