Coolera/Strandhill GAA Club Notes


The lotto numbers drawn on Monday 17th were 1, 11, 14 and 25. The jackpot wasn’t won, and now moves to €2700. 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.

Under 16 Final

Our under 16 boys played host to Eastern Harps in the Shield Final on Sunday. The visitors were quick to settle into the match and soon established a sizeable lead. The boys responded though with a Donagh Flynn point and a well taken goal from Josh Gilligan following a sublime pass from Donagh. Two Keelan Harte frees and a second Donagh Flynn point before half time left the score 3-06 to 1-04 to Harps. Coolera-Strandhill began the second half with increased intensity and had reduced the margin with five early points before the visitors struck two more goals with their first attacks of the half. Try as they might our boys could not claw back the deficit and would eventually lose out by nine points despite scoring a very creditable 4-11. Keelan Harte , with 2-07, can be particularly proud of his contribution, while Donagh Flynn (0-03) and Josh Gilligan (1-01) also caused the Harps defence problems. Lee Wilson worked tirelessly in the middle of the park and was eventually rewarded for his efforts with a goal. Captain, Tristan Gilligan led by example and was well supported in defence particularly by the younger pair of Ben Cawley and Liam Gilligan. The boys can look forward to the championship with optimism, in the knowledge that they will be competing at the highest level. Team; Cian Connell, Rory McVeigh, Aidan Davey, Jack Molloy, Tristan Gilligan, Jack Murphy, Lee Wilson (1-00), Oran McDonagh, Jack Cawley, Keelan Harte (2-07), Josh Gilligan (1-01), Ciarán Langan, Donagh Flynn (0-03); subs (all used) Liam Gilligan, Ben Cawley, Ciarán Flynn, Stephen Lynch.

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Minor Final

Our minor side played in the Division 2 League final on Thursday night in Bunninadden vs Tourlestrane. Conditions for both teams were far from ideal with heavy showers of rain leaving plenty of surface water on the pitch. Coolera/Strandhill recovered from a Round 1 defeat to Tourlestrane to put together 6 straight wins along with a semi final victory over Coolaney/Mullinabreena. Tourlestrane recorded an impressive 7 out of 7 and a convincing semi final victory en route to the final, putting up some big score lines along the way. A task that was going to be difficult was made harder for our lads who were down a number of important players due to injury and summer holidays.
Despite an impressive opening 15mins holding Tourlestrane to a single point, a lapse of concentration coupled with a fantastic individual goal was quickly followed by some quick fire points leaving Coolera/Strandhill with a big task to climb in the second half. Coolera/Strandhill as a team never let their work rate drop and their application for the duration of the game can not be faulted. Some excellent individual  pieces of play  in defence from Marc Harkin and Sean Wynne were pleasing while Sean Murphy covered every inch of the pitch showing some excellent skills in both defence and attack. U16s Keelan Harte and Lee Wilson can also be pleased with their contribution. We wish our 6 U16s all the best in their own league final on Sunday.
As a group, management and players can now re group and focus on championship. They will welcome back the eight players that were unavailable to them for the league final and hope to have a successful run in championship. All support was appreciated and we look forward to seeing everyone out for championship. Team; Keelan Harte, Seán Wynne, Marc Harkin, Seán Chambers, Kevin Harte, Mark Connell, Fiachra Doherty, Seán Murphy, Tristan Gilligan, Adam Higgins, Lee Wilson, Calym Malone, Conor Cusack, Seán Coggins, Oran McDonagh. Subs; Alan Scanlon, Seán Kennedy, Donagh Flynn.


Club Summer Camp

Following the success of the GAA Cúl Camp our own club Summer Camp sponsored by New Ireland Assurance will be held at Ransboro from August 8th-11th for all 6-12 year olds. Further details and bookings can be got from Tommy Cradock on 0877866845.

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Under 12 Girls

The under 12 girls got back to winning ways with a win over Shamrock Gaels in Ransboro last Friday. The girls settled into the game early and led at quarter time 3-02 to 0-00. They continued this good form for the second quarter adding another 3-01 to their opponents’ 0-02. It was a lead they never gave up, despite a strong showing from Shamrock Gaels in the third and fourth quarters, which saw the visitors score 3-01 to Coolera-Strandhill’s 1-02. By full time, the girls were to emerge victorious by 8-07 to 3-03. There were many fine individual displays, notably from Ava Griffin in goals, Anna McDaniel, Nessa O’ Sullivan and Lisa Kilfeather in defence, Orna Murphy and Mary-Kate McPartland in midfield and Clodagh Martyn, Ellen Walsh, Alana Wilson and Lauren Healy in attack; but what was more encouraging was the teamwork and link play that became evident as the game progressed. The girls have a tough assignment this Friday when they play C.T. Gaels in Ransboro at 7.00. Team; Ava Griffin, Laoise McKenna (Áine Morahan), Susannah Gilligan (Lulu Mooney), Ana McDaniel, Nessa O’ Sullivan, Lisa Kilfeather, Mary-Kate McPartland (0-03), Orna Murphy (3-02), Orlaith Beirne (1-00), Ellen Walsh (0-01), Alana Wilson (2-00), Clodagh Martyn (0-01), Áine Harte, Úna Griffin, Grace Bailey, Bronagh Cusack, Lauren Healy (2-00), Lulu Mooney, Áine Morahan.

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All-Ireland Final

There was disappointment for our club’s representatives, Kevin Banks, Kieran Prior, Luke Comerford, David Kilrehill, Thomas Moran, Ronan Redmond, Seán Callaghan, Shane Brennan, Fionn Morrissey and Seán Chambers in the All-Ireland U21 Hurling Final in Markievicz Park on Saturday evening. Despite a strong second half which saw Sligo claw back a five point deficit to level the tie mid-way through the second half, Donegal went on to win 1-14 to 0-12.


U14 Boys

Our under 14 boys had their first Championship outing away to Shamrock Gaels on Friday night and after a gutsy display the home team came out on top by 6 points. Playing without several regulars and bolstered by under 12s Tadgh Dogget and Oran Harte, Coolera were quick out of the blocks with an Andrew Lynch point. Ciaran Langan’s towering presence proved a handful for the Gaels’ defence as he helped himself to a brace of goals. Jamie Kilfeather was provider for the initial effort and he himself pointed for a rare score from distance. Mark McDaniel had a point from play after a fine link up with Jamie Walsh. He then netted a superb effort to give Coolera/Strandhill a six point cushion at the break.
Aided by the breeze in the second half, the home side began to dominate and but for some heroic goalkeeping from Cathal Morahan they would have put the game to bed midway through the half. A great penalty block unfortunately fell kindly to the kicker and he made no mistake second time. The always dangerous Ciaran Langan raised another green flag and a fine midfield catch by Liam Gilligan initiated a Cormac Henaghan point. The Seafield county squad member helped himself to another point followed by three fine scores by Mark McDaniel…however some fine scores from the home team were enough to keep the visitors at bay. Other hardworking efforts came from Naoise Brennan, Ben Cawley, Rory Kinane and Owen Mc Kirdy. Up front Cathal Ballantyne and Cormac Correria showed up willingly. Next game is against St Michael’s in two weeks time.



Minor Girls

The minor girls began their championship campaign with a tough assignment away to a very strong St. Farnan’s side last Wednesday. The home side were dominant from the start and ran out comfortable winners. Despite the result, there were many positives to take from the match, not least of which were the performances of the under 14s Amy Hampson and Beibhinn Harte. Amy was tenacious in defence, and Beibhinn, having started the game in goals and made many fine saves, ended up top scorer with 1-01 to her name in the second half. Eimear McCallion contributed 1-00, while Ellen Prior and Attracta Halloran had two points each. There were good performances in defence also from Caoimhe O’ Sullivan, Cara Gilligan and Kaela Kerrigan, while in attack Eilis Callaghan and Gráinne Redmond worked hard from start to finish. Next is a home match with Curry this Wednesday. Team; Beibhinn Harte, Amy Hampson, Cara Gilligan, Aislinn Doggett, Kaela Kerrigan, Caoimhe O’ Sullivan, Attracta Halloran, Ellen Prior, Gráinne Redmond, Ellen Given, Eilis Callaghan, Ciara Healy, Eimear McCallion, Eimear Callaghan.


Junior Football

A depleted junior team played host to Molaise Gaels on Friday evening in round 9 of the Div. 4 League. A bright opening resulted in an Eoin Macken goal and John Kilrehill point giving us a slender lead in the early part of the half. The visitors responded however and picked off some nice long range points before netting from a quick free. Coolera-Strandhill battled their way back into contention thanks to points from Adam Kerrigan, Alan Scanlon and a second from John Kilrehill to leave the half time score 1-10 to 1-04 in favour of Molaise Gaels. The second half began with the visitors picking up where they left off, scoring some long range points. John Kilrehill and Adam Kerrigan had two excellent scores to keep Coolera-Strandhill in touch. Martin Gillen added another followed quickly by a Barry Doyle effort, before Barry drilled the ball low to the corner for the home side’s last score. It wasn’t enough however and Molaise Gaels went on to win 3-21 to 2-08. Team; Mark Connell, Marc Harkin, Diarmuid Loftus, James Hampson, David Joyce, Martin Gillen, Con O’ Meara, Barry Doyle, Eoin Macken, Seán Callaghan, Alan Scanlon, Adam Kerrigan, Cillian Egan.




Senior League

The senior footballers finished their league campaign with a trip to Easkey. Although a final place was already secured, the team put in a committed performance to run out 2-15 to 1-06 winners. They now go on to play Geevagh in the final on Sunday evening in Markievicz Park. Throw in is at 6.00pm and they would appreciate your support.