Under 21 Hurling
Congratulations to the players and management of the Sligo U21 hurling panel who had a comprehensive victory over Louth in the All Ireland C Semi final. We had a very substantial representation on the panel, many of whom featured prominently on the day. We wish Kevin Banks, Ronan Redmond, Kieran Prior, Luke Comerford, Seán Callaghan, David Kilrehill, Thomas Moran, Seán Chambers, Shane Brennan and Fionn Morrissey the very best of luck when they play Donegal in the final in a couple of weeks.
Congratulations to Ruth Goodwin, Laura-Ann Laffey and Jacqui Mulligan who were all on the Sligo Ladies team which defeated Leitrim in the Connacht Intermediate Final in Castlebar last Sunday week. Congrats Jacqui on being named Player of the Match. Sligo now progress on to the All-Ireland quarter final.
The lotto numbers drawn on Monday 3rd were 2, 3, 18, and 30. Liam Flannery of Knocknarea was a Match 3 winner. The jackpot wasn’t won, and now moves to €2500. Tickets are available from Keane’s Supermarket, Bree’s Bar, Margaret’s Café and also from Joe Gildea. The draw takes place every Monday in the clubhouse.
Our under 9 and under 10 panels travelled to Shamrock Gaels last Wednesday to play the third round of matches. Once again they performed very well. Thank you to all who travelled and helped on the night.
Our u16 boys defeated Ballymote/Bunannaddan in the Shield semi-final on Monday evening in Ransboro Pk and will now play Eastern Harps in the final. An opening point from Tristan Gilligan was quickly followed by a Donagh Flynn goal to open up a healthy lead. There then followed a period where the visitors exerted a lot of pressure on the defence, picking off some well taken points before two Ciarán Langan goals and further points from Keelan Harte and Tristan increased the Coolera lead until the Ballymote/Bunannaddan struck for a goal leaving the half-time score 3-03 to 1-07. The second half saw the boys extend their lead with Keelan Harte pointing, before Ciarán got his third goal of the evening, added to by Donagh’s second. At this stage of the tie the home side were well on top, with Orin Mitchell and Rory McVeigh coping with any attack, aided by Fiacra Staunton at centre back. The midfield of Lee Wilson, Tristan Gilligan dominated this period, and in attack Keelan Harte added further points, ably supported by Donagh Flynn and Josh Gilligan. A final Lee Wilson point ensured a 5-07 to 2-11 victory, despite a late fight-back by the visitors. Team; Cian Connell, Orin Mitchell, Rory McVeigh, Jack Murphy, Fiacra Staunton, Aidan Davey (Ben Cawley), Tristan Gilligan (0-02), Lee Wilson (0-01), Josh Gilligan, Keelan Harte (0-04, 2f), Ciarán Langan (3-00), Liam Gilligan (Cormac Henehan), Donagh Flynn (2-00), sub; Jim Henehan.
One hundred and thirty children enjoyed the club Cúl Camp in Scarden last week. This was a fantastic number and is testament to all the work being done at underage in the club. A big thank you to Tommy Craddock who co-ordinated the camp and to all the coaches, many of whom were our young players, who made it such a successful event.
Under 12 Girls
The under 12 girls got their championship off to a winning start with a hard fought victory over St. Molaise Gaels in Ransboro on Friday evening. This was a match which saw the lead change hands on a number of occasions, and was only decided in the final quarter when our girls out-scored the visitors by 2-03 to 1-00. Trailing at the end of the first quarter, with two Alana Wilson points as our only scores, the girls fought back in the second to lead by a point 2-03 to 2-02, the goals coming from Aoife Gormley and Alana, who also notched up her third point of the evening. The visitors were strong again in the third quarter and led going in to the final twelve minutes. It was at this point that Coolera-Strandhill girls once again showed their resilience. An Orna Murphy penalty and a first ever goal for Lauren Dalton were added to with points from Orna and Alana to eventually secure a 5-06 to 5-03 win over a very strong Molaise Gaels side. Lisa Kilfeather and Nessa O’ Sullivan were outstanding in defence, supported by Susannah Gilligan, Mary-Kate McPartland and Áine Harte, and the midfield duo of Orna Murphy (2-01) and Aoife Gormley (1-01) dominated, particularly in the later stages. Alana Wilson led the attack and contributed 1-04, while Ellen Wlash, Luna Simeoni, and Lauren Dalton worked tirelessly throughout for the home side. The girls play Tourlestrane away this Friday in another tough assignment. Team; Áine Morahan, Susannah Gilligan, Nessa O’ Sullivan, Anna MaDaniel, Mary-Kate McPartland, Lisa Kilfeather, Orna Murphy, Aoife Gormley, Luna Simeoni, Alana Wilson, Úna Griffin, Orlaith Beirne, Ellen Walsh, Lauren Dalton, Áine Harte, Ava Griffin, Grace Bailey, Bronagh Cusack, Lauren Healy, Rachel Gallagher.