Leitrim Champions St. Joseph’s made a big impression at last weekend’s Eurospar Cuisine de France Comórtas Peile Páidí Ó Sé in Ventry as the Aughavas and Carrigallen team reached the Ladies Intermediate Final where they were defeated by a point in the last minute.
After an impressive victory in the first round against West Clare Gaels by 3-12 to 2-10, St. Joseph’s face the goal scoring Erins Owen/ Carrigtwohill in the semi-final. After extra time, St. Joseph’s had amassed 4-2 to the Cork side’s 3-2 which paved the way for the final on Sunday in Lispole, outside Dingle town.
The team were battle torn facing into the final but matched local Kerry side Scartaglen ball for ball and the sides were even going into the last five minutes. However, on a windy West Kerry day, Scart ladies sealed victory with a last minute point to take the final on a score line of 2-7 to 2-6.
Over 1,300 participants including native Germans, Spanish, Scottish, Belgians, Welsh and English players competed against Irish clubs in the world’s largest gathering of adult Gaelic football clubs. Minister Leo Varadkar and MEP Sean Kelly were among the spectators at the tournament which was also supported byIrish Life and The Gathering Ireland.
The Comórtas, worth in excess of €500,000 to the local economy, is the brainchild of Páidí ÓSé, the legendary Irish Gael and winner of eight All-Ireland senior football medals as a player and two as Kerry manager. Páidí passed away suddenly on 15th December, 2012 at the age of 57 and so this year the Comórtas was not only a celebration of Gaelic Games but of Páidí’s life and times.
A Jason Sherlock inspired Oliver Plunkett’s beat An Gaeltacht in the men’s senior final with Paul Brogan also starring.
Results: There was no joy for Leitrim in the Connacht 40x20 Juvenile Championship Semi-Finals against Galway in Claremorris on Saturday. In the Boys u15 grade Jarlath Scollan was defeated by Desmond Conneely (Moycullen) on a score-line of 15-6, 15-8. In Boys U15 Doubles, Alan Doonan and Alan Wrynn lost out to Ruadhan O’Curraoin and Ronan O’Curraoin (Micheal Breathnachs) in a tie break after taking the first game15-2, they lost the second 15-10, and lost the tie break 15-11, bringing to an end Leitrim’s interest in the 2013 Championship. The focus now turns to The Connacht Juvenile 40x20 B Championship taking place in March with fixtures and venues being announced shortly.
Irish 40 x 20 Junior Nationals: The 40x20 Junior Nationals are taking place in Clare from April 19-21, with qualifiers being held on March 30. Entry fee is €20 and applications must be in by March 8. For more information check the GAA Handball website.
Membership is now available for all new members. Our special annual rates are as follows: €15 junior/OAPs €30 singles, €60 for family (regardless of number). This season promises to be very eventful for the club and we hope to host a variety of tournaments with tennis clubs from around the country. All new members of all abilities are very welcome to join us.
Members evening is back on Tuesdays 7-9pm, please pop down to the courts to sign up or contact Nicholas on 087 6690936 for any queries.
Lessons are on Monday evenings, beginners, advanced, young and old are welcomed and catered for. Classes will run under lights at 6pm for u11s, 7pm for the u12-u16 squads and 8pm for the adults. Rates are available for non members. To book your spot text coach Olwyn 0863514231. Saturday classes will restart after Easter.
St Patrick’s day parade: Any members new/old are invited to join us this year for the parade which promises to be extra special occasion this year, please let Olwyn, Nicholas or any of the club members know if you interested in partaking please. Thank you.
Abbey Rovers U10s went into this match knowing that nothing but a win and three points were good enough to get them back into contention for one of the top two places required to compete for a trophy this season. It turned out to be a great game of football. Rovers passing and movement was excellent and CSA found it difficult to cope with.
Rovers went ahead after ten minutes with a fine goal from captain Shane Smith, driving a low shot into the bottom corner of the goal from outside the area. CSA came close to equalising towards the end of the first half but the Rovers defence was quick to clear the danger.
Rovers started the second half the way they finished the firs. Daniel McLoughlin was looking dangerous and after some clever footwork inside the area he smashed his shot into the net.
Abbey Rovers were controlling the game and when CSA did look like threatening, man of the match Conor Edwards was quick to snuff out any danger. A well deserved 2-0 win and a very good team performance by our under 10s. After the game Dylan Easterbrook was given our player of the month award. Well deserved. Well done Dylan.
Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative
NUI Galway and Foróige in partnership with Cumann Lúthchleas Gael and Alan Kerins Projects, have announced a new innovative project in the area of youth leadership and development. The project will be dedicated to the memory of one of Ireland’s most inspirational leaders and one of Connacht’s greatest Gaelic sportsmen, Dermot Earley(1948-2010). The project will be named the Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative. The project will be implemented in the first instance on a pilot basis with selected participants from GAA clubs in County Roscommon, Kildare and Galway. It will involve a new youth development and leadership training course for underage club members (U-16, U-17, U-18 years) in the participating clubs. The course will be part-time in nature and will be delivered in the evenings and at weekends through a timetable that will avoid interference with school and other educational schedules. The Youth Development and Leadership course will be structured in three modules and will consist of 90 instructional hours, delivered by trainer instructors on a weekly basis over a 30 week period, September 2013 – April 2014, followed by participants conducting a practical project in their community between April – June 2014. The course will be accredited as a Foundation Course at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. Those wishing to act as Tutors on the Dermot Early Youth Leadership Programme can request an application form from the Roscommon GAA Office at 5-6 Castle View, Roscommon either by phone 09066 27176 or by emailing email@example.com. Completed forms must then be submitted to Dublin City University by February 27 2013. Application for the role of tutor does not guarantee a place on the training programme.