Coolera/Strandhill GAA Club Notes

Coolera Strandhill GAA Club Notes.

Sept. 2nd 2017



The lotto numbers drawn on Monday Monday Aug 21st were 17, 24, 25 and 30. There was no winner of the €3200 jackpot. Lotto 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. The new jackpot is €3300.


Under 12 Shield Success

Our U12 Division 3 boys’ football team played in the Shield Final on Wednesday Aug 30th. against Tubbercurry/Cloonacool GAA in Markievicz Park. In ideal playing conditions Tubbercurry/Cloonacool got out of the blocks fast going ahead by 3 points to no score midway through the 1st quarter. Our boys soon settled though and finished the first quarter just two points behind. In the 2nd quarter we played some fast flowing football to go in at half time leading by 8 points to 6. The boys consolidated their lead in the third quarter outscoring the South Sligo side by 4 points to 1, to go into the last quarter 12 points to 7 up. The last quarter saw Tubbercurry /Cloonacool rally to score consecutive scores reducing the lead to a point of. To their credit, our boys responded in the last few minutes, scoring four points to close out the match winning on a scoreline of 16 points to 11. Ronan Adams had an excellent game in goals, while Aidan Moran, Shane O Loughlin, Oisin Whelan, Hughie Doherty, Cormac Mullins and Darragh Ballantyne were resolute in defence and set up numerous scores. Oran Harte and Thomas Kinane worked hard in the middle of the field, covering every blade of grass and scoring and setting up scores. The forward line consisted of Mark Keane, Alan Lawlor-Kerr, Ben Lawlor- Kerr, Ciallan O Neill, Eoghan Healy, David Kennedy, Cathal Giligan, Shane Prior, Cathal Hughes and Cathal Gaffney, with all players assisting and helping to get scores. Pat Conway presented the Shield trophy to joint captains Thomas Kinane and Oran Harte who accepted it on behalf of the whole team. Credit must go to family and friends who came out in large numbers to support and cheer on the team.

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Our Division 2 team played Molaise Gaels in the 7/8 Play-Off while the Shield Final was in progress. Depleted numbers meant that five of our under 12 girls were added to the squad. The team got off to a slow start, and trailed at the end of the first quarter. It was a deficit that they never managed to reduce, despite putting in a huge effort in the second and third quarters, before tiring in the final quarter and eventually losing 18-13. While the result was disappointing, there were many positive aspects to be taken from the match. The five girls drafted in did themselves proud. Nessa O’ Sullivan was outstanding in defence, well supported by Mary Kate McPartland and Eva White, and in attack Lisa Kilfeather was on the score-sheet and set up other opportunities as did Susannah Gilligan. Zac Gilligan was excellent in goals and his kick-outs were very effective. Kevin Davitt cleared his lines well and made many forays into attack. The midfield pairing of Oisin O’ Neill and Tadhg Doggett worked tirelessly, and kept the scoreboard ticking over, well supported by Oisin Hennessy and Thomas Lee in the forward line.


Under 16 Girls

The under 16 girls got their championship campaign back on track with a comprehensive victory over Curry in Ransboro Pk. last Thursday. Starting well, the girls imposed themselves on the visitors and built up an early lead. They were never in danger of letting this lead slip, and with Gráinne Redmond dominant at half back the midfield and forwards took full advantage of the supply of ball, to go into the break 2-09 to 0-02 ahead. Goals and points from Eva Schoen and Beibhinn Harte were added to with three points from Eimear Callaghan, two from Ellen Prior, and a couple of excellent individual efforts from Aislinn Doggett and Gráinne Redmond. The second half saw our girls add 2-04 to their tally, both goals coming from the boot of Ellen Prior who also added a third point. The remaining scores came from Sarah McCormack, Beibhinn Harte and Eimear Callaghan, the latter of whom would finish with 0-04 in what was an outstanding display of finishing. With the forwards on form, it was left to the defence to ensure that the visitors’ opportunities were kept to a minimum. Sarah Lindsay, in goals, was excellent and her kick-outs were very effective. Holly Gilligan was superb at corner back and was well supported in the backs by Nadine Deering, Ellen Given and Caoimhe O’ Sullivan. The midfield pair of Beibhinn Harte and Cliodhna O’ Sullivan ran tirelessly and covered every inch of the field, while the half forward line of Éilis Burke, Roisin Heneghan and Sarah McCormack fed the full forward line of Eva Schoen, Eimear Callaghan and Ellen Prior with the scoring opportunities. The girls play Molaise Gaels in a crucial match Thursday in Grange, and they would appreciate any support. Team; Sarah Lindsay, Holly Gilligan, Ellen Given, Nadine Deering, Aislinn (0-01) Doggett, Caoimhe O’ Sullivan, Gráinne Redmond (0-01), Cliodhna O’ Sullivan, Beibhinn Harte (1-02), Roisín Heneghan, Sarah McCormack (0-01), Ellen Prior (2-03), Eva Schoen (1-01), Eimear Callaghan (0-04), Grace Molloy, Amy Hampson, Danika Kerrigan, Amy Deering.


Under 14 Quarter-Final

Our u14 boys had their final league game of the season against Enniscrone and despite scoring 7-09, the Seasiders of West Sligo ran out comfortable winners. It has been a trying year of football for this group largely due to the fact that most of these players have another year in this age division. Thanks goes to Michael Keane for taking on the manager’s position, to the parents for their support and finally to the players themselves. They were extremely respectful and mannerly at all times and a more helpful bunch of players you would not meet. They were a credit to themselves and their families. Team; Cathal Morahan, Andrew Lynch, Owen Mc Kirdy, Ross Doherty, Jamie Walsh, Cormac Murphy, Ryan Young, Rory Kinane, Donnacha Beirne, Jarlath Herbert, Naoise Brennan, Cormac Henaghan, Conor Keane, Ben Cawley, Mark McDaniel, Jamie Kilfeather, Oisin O Neill and Liam Gilligan.

The u13 Feile starts in mid September, and more details will follow.


Minor Championship

Our minors played the second round of the minor championship on Thursday evening away to St. Pat’s, winning on a scoreline of 4-13 to 2-6. Lee Wilson got the team of to a perfect start after 3 minutes with a fine individual effort that nestled into the corner of the net. St. Pat’s came back into it but some fine saves from Keelan Harte and some strong defending from captain Sean Wynne left us in the lead at half time 2-5 to 1-2.
There was an improved team display in the second half with some excellent passages of play, moving the ball quickly into our forward line of Calym Malone and Kieron Prior who made no mistake on several occasions with some fine scores. Substitute Donagh Flynn also showed well along with Ciaran Flynn assisting in several scores. Eoin McCormack and Tristan Gilligan worked hard in the middle third and were well supported by Adam Higgins and Kevin Harte. It was also great to see Luke Comerford back at the big ball.
Overall, despite missing a couple of first team players for a potentially tricky game, this was a solid team display full of hard work and has left us top of the group with one round remaining. Team; Keelan Harte, Sean Wynne, Luke Comerford, Kevin Harte, Fiachra Doherty, Adam Higgins, Eoin McCormack, Tristian Gilligan, Lee Wilson, Ciaran Flynn, Calym Malone, Alan Scanlon, Kieron Prior, Donagh Flynn, Conor Cusack, Sean Kennedy.


Hurling Blitz

The hurling season came to a close with a bang on Saturday last at the Sligo Centre Excellence with the club’s first Inter-County underage hurling blitz. There were eight U10 and U12 teams representing Calry/St Joseph’s, Benbuben Gaels, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Naomh Eoin, St Mary’s Carrick on Shannon and our own club. All teams played three matches in a sporting manner with some fine scores and skills on display from all the teams. After all the fun and games party bags and drinks were handed out to the 90 children who played their hearts out. The coaches must be commended for organizing this blitz and thanks also goes to Centra for their help with the party bags. Thanks to senior club manager Kieran Tobin for refereeing and to Tom Brenan Sports for providing match day sliotars. Thanks to the boys and parents for their attendance at trainings and matches all year. We look forward to seeing you all in November for the indoor season.

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TUS Scheme 

Coolera – Strandhill GAA Club, Ransboro, wish to appoint a person for general maintenance duties under the TUS Scheme.  For information regarding eligibility requirements, please contact Gerard Mullaney, Tus Programme Supervisor, Sligo Leader at [email protected] or alternatively, by mobile at 086/8221995.

Dressing Rooms and Lost Property

The Grounds Committee would like to advise all managers that it is their responsibility to ensure that the dressing rooms (including the away dressing room) and storage shed are left clean and tidy after matches and training sessions.

Lost property has been building up again recently. Any property left on the premises will be retained for a maximum of 28 days. Please contact Tom Brenan at 086/0231196 for enquires regarding lost property.