Club notes

KILGLASS GAELS Football, training, games and meetings are the normal activities of a club. But not in Kilglass last week as the pitch gates closed to all activities due to the death of our clubmate and friend Brian King. On Tuesday evening in Kilglass Church hundreds of people packed both inside and outside the church as a mass was held for Brian. But on Wednesday morning the news that everyone feared came trough that Brian had lost his fight for life. People came in their thousands to sympathise with the family and say their final goodbyes to Brian.  Brian was a lively lad, at the centre of activity in the parish be it with horses, skiing, fishing, shooting, diving, rally cars or down on the pitch with Kilglass Gaels. Only last Sunday week, two days before this tragedy, he played in a county semi final against St Dominics and won and was looking forward to the final but all that is of little importance now. For a lot of people, myself included, that is the last memory of him and it is a nice one to have. Gerry and Helena can be as happy as they were that day because their son never let them down and always represented his family in the best way possible.  The funeral on Saturday was the saddest and biggest that I, and nearly everyone there, had ever seen. The guards of honour from Kilglass Gaels, St Barrys, Kilmore, King & Moffat and  Strokestown School showed how this death touched everyone. A very emotional Fr Prendergast gave an emotional service, as Brian, like his family, was a big part of the parish. Poems, songs, stories and photos of Brian’s life were all part of what can only be described as a lovely but sad farewell. Ar dheis de go  raibh a anam dilis.  The club, parish and community would like to sympathise with the King family and all their relations, our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time. Finally the club, along with the Kings, would like to thank everyone who help out around the house stewarding, parking cars or helping out with the refreshments. Your time and effort is much appreciated and will not be forgotten. PADRAIG PEARSES Senior Hurling Championship: Pearses 4-10 Oran 0-8 Pearses Senior Hurlers qualified for next weekend’s semi-final against Roscommon Gaels with victory over Oran last Sunday in Athleague. (See match report). Congratulations to Pearses Ladies Senior Football team who qualified for this year’s championship final.  Pearses 0-9 Castlerea 0-6: Congratulations to Pearses Minor Footballers who qualified for the final of the championship with a hard fought win over a resilient Castlerea. They now qualify for Sunday weeks final in Hyde Park, which precedes the Senior Final. Minor ‘B’ Camogie Final: Pearses 3-3 Athleague 0-2. Padraig Pearses U-18 minor Camogie players retained their County title with a great win over Athleague. Thank you to the management team of Patty Ward, Belinda and Padraig Dooley. A.C.C. League U-10 Football A Final: Pearses 3-9 Clann na nGael 0-3. Pádraig Pearses U-10 footballers had a comprehensive victory over a gallant Clann team in the ACC League final. Minor Football Champions 1982: The club is to hold a 25 th anniversary on Saturday night 20th October for the County Minor Football Champions of 1982. For further information contact Ronnie Dooley on 087 7767448, Seamus Clogher 087 1258849 or Rory Curley at 087 6476200. CREGGS We had a good win on Sat. evening, when we beat Clann Na Gael by 7 points in the replayed Mid South Junior Championship match in Ballyforan. A great start saw us take an early lead, after Eugene Hanley goaled in the very first minute, and we tacked on a few points to go 1-3 to no score ahead after 10 mins. However we took the foot off the gas and allowed Clann back into the game when they scored three unanswered points to narrow the gap to three points. We shook ourselves out of our lethargy and scored four good points before half-time, to leave us 1-7 to 0-3 ahead at the interval. Again we started well in the second half and stretched our lead when K. Hegarty tapped over an early free – however we again eased up and four points in a row from Clann frees left only 4 between the teams with time running out. We finished the stronger and a few more Hegarty frees saw us safely home.  WESTERN GAELS The Minors qualified for a county semi-final when they overcame Tulsk at the third attempt. Final score 3-13 to 1-9. Our senior team play Kilbride in the relegation play-off. Replay next Saturday evening in Elphin. We wish John Donnellan and selectors Eddie Finn, John McDermott and all the team the very best of luck. ST. FAITHLEACH’S  St. Faithleachs Senior Football team reached this year’s county final for the 2nd year in succession and will play St. Brigids in the decider. The game will be played in Hyde Park on Sunday, 30th September. All support appreciated. All sponsorship will be acknowledged in writing and we will arrange for the publication of sponsors’ photographs in the local papers. Many and sincere thanks for your anticipated support. Junior B Championship Final: We played against Clann na nGael in Ballyforan on Saturday last. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 2-7 Clann na nGael 2-13.  Ladies Junior Championship: See fixtures for game next weekend. Sympathy: The club extends deepest sympathy to Mrs. Elizabeth O’Neill, Cloontuskert on the death of her brother in England. ROSCOMMON GAELS The senior team had a good win over Padraig Pearses in the O’Rourke Cup at the weekend 5-9 to 1-12.  The Senior Hurling team play Padraig Pearses in the county semi final on Sunday in Athleague at 3.30pm.  Hard luck to our U-16 footballers who were beaten 3-9 to 2-9 in the county final on Saturday evening last. U-21 football training starts this weekend. Contact club officials for details. Owensie Hoare Tournament for U-10s on Saturday in Hyde Park starting at 10.30pm. Teams taking part are St Brigids, Oran, St Domnics, Roscommon Gaels. Sympathy: Votes of sympathy to Boyle and O’Gara families on the death of Christy Quinn and Keegan family, Circular Road on the death of Eileen Keegan. ST. DOMINICS The Club held a hugely successful BBQ on Saturday night last in the Widow Pats. The new three Year Sponsorship structure was launched and a large number of sponsors and families were present on the night. The Club Golf Society presented a substantial cheque, which is a huge benefit to the Club Finances and is much appreciated. The Club would like to thank Keenan Butchers Roscommon for their sponsorship of the food.  Our Minor Ladies were crowned County Champions on Saturday last when they overcame a strong Oran side to claim the Brid Cox Cup for the first time ever. Final score 3-5 to 1-6.  On Sunday next in Castlerea (4pm) we play St Croans in the semi-final of the Championship. Support for the lads is important. U-10 football – We play in the Ownsie Hoare Cup, a Tournament organised by Roscommon Gaels. This takes place on Saturday 22 nd September in Hyde Park at 10 a.m. Players meet at Knockcroghery pitch at 9.45am or if going direct please inform the Trainers. U-12: The U-12 team have one more match to play and victory will ensure a County Final spot for the fifth year in a row, so the best of luck lads.  U-14: U-14 League final will take place in Hyde Park on Friday at 6.15pm against Michael Glaveys. Please support. U-16: Our U-16 team were in very hard luck to lose out to St Michaels in the Championship semi-final. Dominics led for most of the game and played some great football but Michaels sneaked a couple of late points to snatch victory. Dominics are still in the League semi-final against Ballinameen and this will probably be played on Saturday week. Minors: The Minor Championship starts in a couple of weeks. This year we will be playing in the 9-a-side group with a panel of 14 players. Training will take place on this Saturday morning from 11 – 12 O’clock. U-12 Ladies: We lost both games against Clann na nGael and Padraig Pearses.  U-8s finished their season last Saturday with a blitz at the pitch and an enjoyable day was had by all. Sympathy: The Club offers its sympathy to the King Family of Kilglass Gaels on the tragic death of Brian. Brian lined out against Dominics in the Minor Championship just a couple of weeks ago. RIP  TULSK The big game this week is the Junior Northern semi-final on Thursday evening in Frenchpark (check fixtures for confirmation). Tulsk take on Shannon Gales in what is bound to be a hard fought affair. Good support would be appreciated.  Western Gales beat Tulsk minors on Saturday after a 3 game battle. It was a good tough game and many of our minors have great prospects for the future. On Saturday at 1pm Tir Conaill Harps will join with Tulsk U-8s for a training session, followed by a match on Sunday at 1.30pm. All U-8s are asked to be at the clubrooms at 1pm on Saturday and 1.30pm on Sunday. Any parents wishing to help preparing and serving refreshments on Sunday should contact Eamon Donoghue or Sean Flynn. Well done to Tulsk U-10 players who put in a fantastic display against St Faithleachs in the finals of U-10 tournament in Oran.  KILBRIDE Heartiest contratulations to our Ladies team who last Saturday treated us to a very exciting game in Elphin and overcame Four Roads to claim the Junior Football title. After years of hard work it is great to see the silverware on the table and to move up a grade to intermediate. Credit must be given to all club officals, mentors, and indeed players, who have been involved in the ladies club since it began in the year 2000. Our senior team take on Western Gaels in the replay this weekend and your support is requested. (see fixtures for details) ST. CROANS   The junior team earned a place in the Northern Junior B final on Saturday last when they defeated Michael Glaveys in Castlerea. A mostly strong performance, including four goals, saw Croans on top at the whistle. Final score: 4-9 to 1-11.  The curtain came down on the U-14 year on Friday last when the team played Eire Óg in the division 3 league final. After a slow start St. Croans performed well but Eire Óg’s superior height and physicality was the difference between the teams. Despite St Croans’ best efforts Eire Óg were eventual winners. Well done to all involved. Thanks to the management for their effort over the year and to all who supported the team during the campaign. The intermediates will play St. Domnics in the Championship semi-final next weekend. The game is in Castlerea, on Sunday at 4:30 pm – all support would be greatly appreciated. EIRE OG Well done to the U-14 team who recorded a well deserved County title on Friday evening last in Tulsk. A big thank you to all who lit bonfires, also to Garda McBrien for his escort as the team did their lap of honour and Creatons Loughglynn for sponsoring refreshments afterwards. Intermediate team play Michael Glaveys in the County semi final on Sunday next in Castlerea; all support would be greatly appreciated. Sunday was All Ireland day and congratulations to Darren McDermott on his appearance in the match programme as one of the top scorers in the minor championship this year. Well done Darren and here’s to 2008.  CASTLEREA ST. KEVIN’S Our Clasby Beale Associates sponsored intermediate team bowed out of the intermediate championship after a disappointing five-point defeat to near neighbours Eire Og.  Senior player Fintan Carty is going on a building project to South Africa with the Niall Mellon Township trust and he must raise €4,000 for same; to help achieve this he will be holding a social in the O’Rourke Centre on Saturday night 22 nd September. Music by ‘Sustained’.  We extend sincere sympathy to the King Family, Kilglass and Kilmore, and to the Kilglass Gaels G.A.A. club on the tragic and untimely death of Brian King. ST. MICHAELS   Our U-16 team staged a great comeback to beat St Dominics in a thrilling championship semi-final played in Strokestown on Friday last. Final score was 1-11 to 2-5. The team showed great courage, coolness and character under pressure.  BOYLE The U-16s had a good win last Saturday evening against Strokestown in Croghan. Watch fixture list for next match.   The U-12s are playing next Sunday against Clann na nGael in Johnstown. Throw in at 12 noon.  The Club wishes a speedy recovery to Sean Purcell and Dylan Mattimoe.  ST. BARRY’S   We sympathise this week with Phil and John McGowan on the tragic death of Brian King, Ballyfeeney, Kilglass who was killed after a road accident near Drumsna last weekend. Brian was a nephew of Phil McGowan, Newtown, Whitehall and was just 18 years old. He was surounded by so many friends, and indeed as was pointed out at his funeral, he had achieved so much in his short life. We also extend sympathy to his mother Helena, dad Gerry, sisters Ellie Ann and Katie, his uncles, aunts, and many many cousins. May he rest in peace and may God give his family the strenth to carry this very heavy cross. St. Barry’s G.A.A, Kilglass Gaels and Kilmore G.AA. formed a guard of honour at his funeral in the vicinity of Kilglass cemetery Church on Saturday last. ST. JOSEPHS Junior Championship: St. Joseph’s have it all to do again against Oran after they finished level on Saturday evening in Fuerty. Joseph’s was the dominant team for the opening thirty minutes, and led 1-2 to 1-0 at the break. They added to their lead on the resumption and half way through the second half were 6 points ahead. Final score Josephs 2-5, Oran 3-2.  The replay against Oran has been fixed for Thursday evening at 8pm. See fixtures for details. MINORS STROKESTOWN Our U-12 team overcame Castlerea in a fine game played in Strokestown. A shaky start was overcome to secure the points by 4-8 to 4-3.   Our minors were in semi final action against St. Aidan’s in Ballyleague on Saturday week and came away with a win. Final score 2-8 to 0-7. We now await the outcome of the other semi between Oran and Western Gaels to find out our opponents in the final.   Boyle beat the U-16 team in the semi final by 4-8 to 1-7.   Sympathy: Our deepest sympathy is extended to the King Family Kilglass on the death of Brian. May he rest in Peace.      ST. CIARANS U-8’s and U-10’s will have their final training session on Friday 21st September at 7pm. The Michael Blighe Memorial Tournament takes place Sunday 23rd September in Mulhern Park for all U-8s. Players are asked to be at Mulhern Park at 11am. Further details from Tommy Gately 087-0649142 or Bernie Cuddy 086-3140524. HURLING ORAN Oran continued their winning run in the U-12 hurling championship beating Castlerea in Rockfield. Final Score, Oran 4-5 Castlerea 3-2. The next game is against St. Dominics on Thursday in Rockfield at 6.30pm.  In the senior championship Oran was defeated by Pearses in the play off replay last Sunday Oran get their last chance of a place in the County semi final when they take on Four Roads next Sunday in Athleague. ROSCOMMON GAELS   Minor Hurling: training with seniors on Friday. Match is definitely on next Saturday evening. U-12 Hurling: U-12s had a good win over St Dominics in championship. Final score 4-4 to 0-5.  Match this week Vs Castlerea. Training continues Friday at 6:15pm in the Hyde. Castlerea U-10 blitz at end of month. LADIES FOUR ROADS Last Saturday we played in the final of the Junior A Championship against Kilbride and were defeated on a score of 3-6 to 2-8. Our full panel of girls played brilliantly. We would like to thank them for the work put in throughout the year, thanks also to our sponsors – Lawlor & Hynes Construction and Padraic Crean Accountant for the new hoodies, and also to Stephen Lohan of the Central Bar. Thanks also to Mary Grehan and John Hynes, Timmy Clogher, Pam Kelly and Anne-Marie Hynes for giving up of their time. Finally we would like to thank the numerous supporters who turned up to cheer the team on, it was much appreciated. U-16s & Minors – We are still involved in the U-16 B Championship and the final has been refixed for September 30 th . The minor championship is to start in the next few weeks. We will be holding training sessions as usual.