There will be a club executive meeting this Thursday, 27th October. All committee members are asked to attend. Committee members are asked to note that nominations and motions for County Convention are to be submitted by Friday 4th November. If any member has nominations or motions they would like to submit they should present these at Thursday’s meeting.
The under 21’s county semi-final against Naomh Conaill will take place this Friday, 28th October at 8pm in Ardara. Best of luck to the squad and management in this big game for the club. It goes without saying that we want as big a crowd as possible in Ardara. The seniors are down to play Naomh Colmcille on Sunday in Newtowncunningham at 3pm with the reserves due to play the curtain raiser at 1.30pm.
The second week of play in the Bakery Cup took place last Friday with exchanges again of a high quality. The first match saw Eugene Doherty’s side racking up their second win of the league stages, getting the better of Shane Brady’s outfit on a scoreline of 14-10 to 9-8. In the second game Senan Rooney’s side were unable to build on last week’s win with Mark McGlynn’s men having the better of exchanges and running out 8-6 to 6-6 victors. The Cup is back again for the third week of its four week run with a slight change of schedule. Games are on Thursday this week with all players are to up at the park for 3.30pm sharp and games throwing in at 4pm.
The under 12 indoor league will be staged in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 8pm on Fridays 4th and 11th November. Teams will be published in next week’s notes.
The first week of competition in the under 10 Ballyshannon Shoe Company winter league took place last Friday. We had 42 players taking part on a great evening for football. Michael Keown’s Team A beat Eoin Doogan’s Team B in a tight game coming from two points down to win by three points in the end. Matthew Fox and Eoin Cassidy were excellent for the winning side, while Stephen Doran, Eoin Doogan and Dara McGloin showed well for Team B. In the other game Finn Coady’s Team C put in a powerful second half to get the better of Morgan McNamee’s Team D by six points. Killian Bradshaw and Barry Campbell put in great shifts for Team C. Games continue again this Friday with the second round of fixtures seeing Team A captained by Michael Keown taking on Team C captained by Finn Coady at 6pm. Team B captained by Eoin Doogan will play Team D captained by Morgan McNamee at 6.30pm. Both these games will be played under lights in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh so all players are to bring €1 to cover cost of lights. Games will be played under Go Game rules, two touch and goals and points counting as one point.
Well done to the Realt Ruadh Ladies team who were presented with the Division 2 League trophy by Hugh Devanney Chairman of The County Ladies Board in The Bank Bar, Bundoran. The cup was presented to Hannah Doherty and Tara Khan the joint captains of the Realt Ruadh Ladies team.
The under 16’s division 2 county semi-final against Urris will take place next Monday, 31st October in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 12 noon. The girls had a brilliant win against Fanad Gaels in the quarter-final after a mid-week trek up north and deserve a big support to get behind them.
Well done to Sara Jane Keon, Orla Keon and Áine Hill who were part of the successful Donegal team which competed at the under 13 Ulster blitz last Saturday.
Aodh Ruadh under 13 girls booked their place in the county semi-final with a power-packed display against Termon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday afternoon. The girls dictated from the off with a Katie O’Brien point and a brace of Caitlin McGarrigle frees helping them settle into the game. The first goal came from some great direct running by Danielle McGarrigle who struck home confidently. She added a point shortly after before Emer O’Brien drilled home a second goal with a well-placed shot. Another Katie O’Brien point concluded an exceptional half of football from the hosts where the incredible work-rate of the midfield and defence restricted Termon to a single point. Things started better for the visitors in the second half with an early goal, but Aodh Ruadh got the perfect response when Aoibheann McGarrigle rattled home at the other end. After that the scoring rate dropped off significantly and Termon managed to work their way back into contention with a couple of goals. They were also helped by a superb penalty save from a well-struck shot by their excellent keeper. However Aodh Ruadh finished strong and a point from Sara Jane Keon followed by score of the game, an rasper of a goal from Aoibheann McGarrigle, saw the Shamettes take the victory. It was a near perfect display of football from Aodh Ruadh against a strong Termon outfit, everywhere you looked there were heroes in white and green, the starting team was Áine Hill; Orla Keon, Ciara Caldwell, Grainne Maguire; Lucy McGlynn, Ella Clancy, Ailish Gallagher; Caitlin McGarrigle, Tia McFarland; Katie McMullin, Danielle Gallagher, Sarah Jane Keon; Aoibheann McGarrigle, Katie O’Brien, Emer O’Brien. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Next up is the county semi-final against Killybegs in Fintra. That will be this Saturday at 12 noon. We’d love to see a big crowd down to get behind this brilliant bunch of girls. Training is at the earlier time of 5.30pm this Wednesday. Players are asked to ensure they have appropriate gear for the weather.
Park / Development Committee
Over the coming weeks Stephen McGurrin, who has joined us as a schools coach will accompany the County Board coach in local primary schools and then work out a further winter programme which he will assist the teachers with. Contact Tom Daly for further information. On October 26th all of our playing areas will be used for a major primary schools blitz involving schools from south of county, north Sligo and north Leitrim. This is an AIB initiative.
There is a nightly charge for the floodlit training field. The team manager who books is responsible for collection of fee and transfer to the Park Treasurer. There are no exceptions.
Substantial ground works are under way in the area near Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and are screened off with a safety fence. These works will continue until approximately January.
Abbey Centre Bingo
Julie Kane left the Abbey Centre with a big smile after scooping the €700 summer snowball on 49 numbers. The €400 jackpot was won by John Gallagher of Ballyshannon. On a night of giveaways, even Brendan got a new home after Caroline Finnerty checked out on 42. This Friday is the October big bingo, with a massive €2,700 in the kitty including the €1,000 jackpot game. Books cost just €15 or get the book and a half special for €20. First game at 9pm at the Abbey Centre.
Aodh Ruadh Lotto
There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €6,800. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 2, 7, 9, 17 and 18. In the lucky dip €20 went to Mary E Patton, Lower Creevy; John J McGarrigle, Cashelard; Caroline Finnerty, Parkhill; Mary Donagher, Erne Dale Heights; and Maura Conlon, c/o Peter Conlon. Next draw is in Dorrian’s Hotel with a jackpot of €6,900 on Sunday at 8.30pm. Tickets are now available in the following outlets: Seán Óg’s, The Market House, Dicey Reilly’s, The Limit, Pat’s Bar, The Bridgend, Owen Roe’s, Fin McCool’s, The Lantern, McGinley’s, Pearse O’Neill’s, McCosker’s Centra and Kernan’s Spar and at the weekly and weekly bingo in the Abbey Centre. If not in, you can’t win!
The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra Saturday is: JUVENILE HURLERS.