Coolera/Strandhill GAA Club Notes

Under 12 Finals

Shield Final

There were mixed fortunes for our under 12 boys in Scarden last Thursday. Our Div. 1 team were first in action when they played Drumcliffe/Rosses Point in the Shield Final. In what was a very wet evening the pitch was in excellent condition and there was a great atmosphere. We were slow to settle with Drumcliffe getting off to a flying start leading 7 scores to 3 in the 1st quarter. At half time Drumcliffe had an 8 point lead, 12 points to 4.  Great credit must go to our lads who put in a powerful 3rd and 4th quarter, with some excellent scores from Jack McDaniel, Oran Harte, Aidan Moran, Darragh Ballintine and Thomas Kinane to draw level 15 points each. However, Druncliffe scored the winner with the final kick of the game to leave the score Coolera/Strandhill 0-15 Drumcliffe/Rosses point 0-16. Congratulations to Drumcliffe/Rosses Point on their win. This was an excellent game of football played in the right spirit by both teams with some excellent skills on show. Our lads showed great fight and determination to draw level going into injury time. Despite the result, the boys and their management can be extremely proud of their efforts and achievements in getting to the Shield Final.

Team; Ronan Adams, Shane O’Loughlin, Conor Finan, Oisin Whelan, Ben Lawlor-Kerr, Oran Harte, Thomas Kinane, Mark Keane, Jack McDaniel, Hubert Healy, Eoghan Healy, Aidan Moran Devon Carey, David Kennedy, Darragh Ballintine, Ultan Bree.

Cup Success

The younger team played Eastern Harps in the Div. 3 Cup Final at 8.15. This too was to be a nail-biting affair full of endeavour and skill. A one-point lead after the first quarter turned into a three-point deficit by half time and the boys were really up against it facing a much older opposition. However, like their older counterparts, they showed great character to get themselves back into the match helped by scores from Killian O’ Neill and Cathal Gilligan both of whom excelled in the middle of the field and Jack Keaveney, while James Lynch and Luke Gilgan kept the Harps attack at bay. Up front the running of Jack Keaveney and Oscar Choo caused problems. Going in to the final minutes Aidan O’ Loughlin pounced on a loose ball to chip over putting the Coolera side in front. It proved to be the winning score as the boys defended the lead to take the honours on a score of 10-09. They have been unbeaten all year, winning ten games in a row and had to show great grit and determination to grind out this victory. Congratulations to all the boys and to the management team of Philip and Gary. Team; Stefan McMahon, Luke Gilgan, James Lynch, Steven O’ Connor, Aidan O’ Louhglin, Cathal Gilligan, Killian O’ Neill, Eoin Fenton, Jack Keaveney, Oscar Choo, Jack Savage, Shane Galvin, Conor McMahon, Shane O’ Loughlin, Jack McDaniel.

The teams finished off the evening in Mammy Johnsons with some delicious ice creams and thanks to Neil Byrne for staying open so late.


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 or alternatively, by mobile at 086/8221995.


Under 12 Girls
It was a tough week for the under 12 girls last week, losing matches to Eoghan Rua and Eastern Harps. The holiday season meant that despite having a large panel, reduced numbers meant that a few under 10 girls were called into action. On Monday they faced a very strong Eoghan Rua team. The girls never got going and suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the League champions. There were still positives from the encounter though, with excellent performances from Lauren Healy, Lisa Kilfeather, Aoife Gallagher and Molly Rooney.

On Friday the girls faced Eastern Harps, and once again some uinder 10 girls had to help make up the numbers. This was a much closer affair and the girls were well in contention until the third quarter when the opposition pulled away. There were scores for Ellen Walsh, Alana Wilson, Eva White, Aoife Cradock and Susannah Gilligan. Lisa Kilfeather and Anna McDaniel were super in defence supported by Blaine Heekin and Sarah McDaniel. Alana and Eva worked hard in midfield and in attack Lauren Healy, Orlaith Beirne and Tilly Ellwood were industrious. The tie ended 15-09 to Eastern Harps and the girls have a break until August 10th when they play St. Farnan’s/St. Pat’s in their last group match.

A special mention to Keelyn Russell, Sarah McDaniel, Niamh Hennessy and Kate Golden, all under 10, who did so well when playing up an age last week. Thanks too to Lauren Healy who made a special effort to come back from Galway for Friday’s match, and to Eva White who played both games despite being under the weather.


Senior Hurling

Our senior hurlers continued their good recent run in the championship with a hard fought victory over Calry St. Joseph’s GAA club at Ransboro Park on Friday evening last. With very little breeze but wet conditions underfoot Coolera got off to the brighter start and slotted over some early points. However, a Calry goal mid-way through the half was a setback but the lads recovered well to go in at half-time leading by 1-08 to 1-05. The pattern in the second half was somewhat similar with Coolera notching over a number of points but a second Calry goal set things up for a very tight finish. However, the lads hung on well to finish off on the right side of a 1-16 to 2-9 scoreline.


Minor Football

The minor boys played Owenmore Gaels in Ransboro last Wednesday evening. It was a close encounter for the first quarter but the visitors found their scores easier to come by. The home side’s cause wasn’t helped when they were reduced to twelve just before half time, and although they battled on in the second half Owenmore Gaels went on to win 1-15 to 0-07.


Bord na nÓg Quiz

Thanks to all who attended a very enjoyable Bord na nÓg Table Quiz on July 6th last. Sincere gratitude to our quizmaster Jim Doyle who gave so generously of his time to ensure an entertaining and fun night. We would also like to thank our hosts Coolera House who had everything perfectly set up for us. Finally, a huge thank you to our generous sponsors on the night – Mitchell Construction, Brian Healy/Dolmen Engineering, Sean Carroll, Paul Cullinan, Pat Kerrigan/Diageo, Keane’s Centra Strandhill, Eamonn Mullen, Pamela Higgins, Phillip McMahon/The Belfry, Brian Redmond, Seamus Kilrehill and Stephen Whelan.