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TOPIC • 15 February 2018 SPORT 53 ALL-IRELAND POST PRIMARY COLLEGES SENIOR ‘C’ CAMOGIE SEMI-FINAL Loreto's Aoife Mullen battles for control of the loose ball in defence, with Maoilisa Walsh, of Claregalway. Meadbh Scally, of Loreto Mullingar, on a solo run towards goal with Rachel Hughes, of Claregalway, in pursuit. Shelia McGrath, of Loreto, takes control of the ball ahead of Claregalway's Abbie Fox. Impressive victory sends Loreto College through to All-Ireland final SHEILA MCGRATH’S 3-8 ENSURES BIG WIN FOR MULLINGAR SIDE LORETO COLLEGE MULLINGAR 4-12 COLÁISTE BHAILE CHLAIR 0-10 Inspired by the talented Sheila McGrath, Mullingar’s Loreto College qualified for the All-Ireland Camogie Senior ‘C’ final with an emphatic victory over Coláiste Bhaile Chlair of Claregalway, at Lakepoint Park GAA grounds last Saturday. BY DAMIEN MAHER The Turin star shot 3-8 as Loreto College dominated the game from first to last whistle, taking the lead after just 30 seconds and never really looking in any danger. They led by 3-6 to 0- 6 at half-time having played with the aid of the breeze in the first half and while Coláiste Bhaile Chlair gave it their all in an effort to close the gap, they just couldn’t breach a spirited Loreto College defence. Victory means the Mullingar side will contest the All-Ireland final on 3 March against John The Baptist C.S. Hospital, Limerick who defeated St Catherine’s, Armagh by 3- 10 to 0-6 last weekend. And that’s an occasion that is certain to generate huge excitement for all in Loreto College. Sheila McGrath’s first goal, after six minutes, ensured Loreto College took control and she also pounced for her side’s second major. Her free, after 11 minutes, ended up in the Claregalway net and in the second half, Shauna Conneely booted home Loreto’s final goal to ensure they maintained a tight grip on the semi-final. Colaiste Bhaile Chlair looked dangerous at times and Sinead Donovan was always prominent in attack, but they encountered a very well balanced Loreto College side that maintained a high level of work rate throughout this semi-final. DANGER AREA Right from the throw-in Loreto College took control: Sheila McGrath won Lucy Power, of Loreto Mullingar, on the break, pulls away from Caithlin Smith of Claregalway. possession and raced forward to fire over the opening point after 30 seconds. She doubled her side’s lead after two minutes, but there was no indication at this early stage that Loreto College would be such comprehensive winners, as Coláiste Bhaile Chlair responded. Sinead Donovan’s free sailed over the crossbar after three minutes and she then equalised, with a point from open play. After six minutes came a real breakthrough: midfielder Olivia Glynn sent a free into the danger area and Sheila McGrath scrambled home an important goal. In the ninth minute, Shauna Conneely’s pass found McGrath and the centre forward finished to the net after a darting run. It pushed Loreto College into a six-point lead, 2-2 to 0-2 and they never looked back. An excellent point from a difficult free by Niamh Mullarkey extended Loreto College’s lead and after 11 minutes, McGrath’s free from distance went all the way to the net, leaving it 3- 3 to 0-2. Loreto College continued to control the game and a point from Caoimhe Scally pushed them 11 clear The Loreto College Mullingar team which defeated Claregalway in Saturday's All Ireland Colleges Senior ‘C’ Camogie semi-final. of the Galway girls. Coláiste Bhaile Chlair needed to eat into the Mullingar side’s commanding lead and they did so when Rachel Hughes sent the sliotar over the crossbar. That was followed by a pointed 45’ by the capable Donovan. However, Loreto College quickly regained their composure and a point from midfielder Lucy Power sent them 10 clear again. A fine run by Jennifer Hughes led to her reducing Loreto College’s lead as she sent the ball over Niamh O’Mahony’s crossbar. But another free by Niamh Mullarkey ensured Loreto College were ten points clear again and while Jennifer Hughes reduced the leeway with a last minute point, the Mullingar girls were well in control at the interval. EARLY PENALTY Loreto College were clearly intent on tightening their grip on this semi-final and they made the ideal start to the second half when Sheila McGrath shot over. Coláiste Bhaile Chlair were awarded a penalty four minutes after the restart when Jennifer Hughes was fouled and Sinead Donovan’s strike flew (against three opponents on the goal line) over the crossbar. After 10 minutes Loreto College added significantly to their healthy lead when Shauna Conneely scrambled home a goal - the full forward booting the ball to the net when the danger wasn’t cleared. McGrath was then fed the ball in space and she added to her tally when she shot over her side’s eighth point. The Claregalway side reduced the deficit when Maoilisa Walsh pointed in the 46th minute, but it was clear they needed goals at this stage to make serious inroads. Loreto quickly found a response as McGrath shot over and she added a free to make it 4-10 to 0-8 with 12 minutes remaining. Niamh McGrath pointed to reduce the leeway again, but McGrath responded with a terrific point from play. And when Maoilisa Walsh shot over her second point of the semi-final, McGrath again replied with the final point of the match. It was a fitting end to a dominant display by the Mullingar ladies and they now have a big occasion to look forward to, on 3 March. SCORERS - Loreto College Mullingar: S McGrath 3-8 (1-1 frees), S Conneely 1-0, N Mullarkey 0-2 (2 frees), L Power and C Scally 0-1 each. Colaiste Bhaile Chlair: S Donovan 0-4 (1 free; 1 pen.; 1 45’), M Walsh and J Hughes 0-2 each, R Hughes and N McGrath 0-1 each. LORETO COLLEGE MULLINGAR - Niamh O’Mahony; Dearbhail McLoughlin, Aoife Mullen, Catherine Tubridy; Lauryn Sheridan, Meadbh Scally, Shauna Monaghan; Lucy Power, Olivia Topic’s Take on the Match Player of the match Sheila McGrath (Loreto College): The talented centre forward showed her class with some excellent scores and led the way for Loreto College, contributing immensely to a terrific victory. Score of the Match Some fine first half scores from Niamh Mullarkey (free), Lucy Power and Caoimhe Scally, but an excellent point by Sheila McGrath after 53 minutes is the selection. Talking Point Why is it that the penalty rule is not the same as hurling? It’s a disadvantage for a team to face three players on the goal line when they are awarded a penalty, as Coláiste Bhaile Chlair found out in the second half. Next up Loreto College meet John The Baptist C.S. Hospital, Limerick in the All-Ireland final on 3 March (venue, time t.b.c.). Glynn; Caoimhe Scally, Sheila McGrath, Niamh Mullarkey; Anna Murtagh, Shauna Conneely, Eve Wallace. Subs used: Sinead Murtagh for A Murtagh (43), Caoimhe Gaffney for E Wallace (49), Emma Moran for S Monaghan (inj., 56). COLÁISTE BHAILE CHLAIR - Laoise Byrne; Aoibhinn Fox, Orla Fenton, Emily Duggan; Amy Walsh, Abbie Fox, Niamh McGrath; Caitlin Smith, Aoife Lyons; Sinead Donovan, Maoilisa Walsh, Rachel Hughes; Hannah Walsh, Jennifer Hughes, Jessica Donlon. Subs used: Meghan Wall for E Duggan (h-time), Aisling Kililea for A Fox (40), Louise Mahony for M Walsh (60). REFEREE - Alan Dohoney (Laois).

54 TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 SPORT GAA Notes - Nótaí CLG RINGTOWN BAILE AN RINNE PLAY IN RINGTOWN On Saturday, 24 February, Ringtown are hosting a play by Seamus O Rourke entitled “From Under the Bed”. This promises to be a wonderful night’s entertainment and we appeal to all our supporters and friends to attend. The show commences at 8pm and this is certainly a night not to be missed. MASS FOR DECEASED MEMBERS A Mass will be held in St. John the Baptist church in Whitehall on Sunday, 18 March at 9.30am in honour of all deceased members of Ringtown Hurling Club. All are welcome. CLUB LOTTO We held a lotto draw in Ringtown on Saturday, 03 February. The jackpot was €5,000. Winning numbers were 12, 22, 23 and 27. There was no overall winner. In the €25 ticket draw, the four winners were Geraldine Nea, Ringtown, Aine Maxwell, Whitehall, Patsy Nea, Castlepollard, Tony Holdsworth, c/o Mary Fagan. The promoters were Raymond Nea, Anne Maxwell and Mary Fagan. Our next draw will take place in Ringtown on Saturday, 17 February, when the new jackpot will be €5,100. SYMPATHY We express our sympathy to Fr. Colm Murtagh and family, on the recent death of his sister. Also, we sympathise with Marion Murray, on the recent death of her brother. May they rest in peace. CASTLETOWN GEOGHEGAN BAILE CHAISLEÁIN MHIC EOCHAGÁIN MEDAL PRESENTATION We held a medal presentation for our u-16 championship winning panel in the superb venue of Mount Druid in the village last Despite turning in a very wasteful performance, Colin Kelly’s troops always looked the likely winners in last Sunday’s third round robin game in Division 3 of the National Football League, ultimately emerging victorious from Innovate Wexford Park by an unflattering threepoint margin (0-16 to 1-10). The home team had the aid of a very strong wind in the first half but they failed to make use of it, with Westmeath ahead by 0-6 to 0-4 at the interval despite shooting seven wides, some of them totally avoidable, to their hosts’ two. The men in the changed green and white strip failed to fully capitalise on the aid of the wind, and their undoubted footballing superiority, on the change of ends, albeit there never looked like there might be a severe challenge posed by a Saturday night. We doubled up with the Camogie club medal presentation for their u-16 winning team and a great night was had by everyone who attended. Well done to all concerned and to the Murphy Family for their kind hospitality on the night with the venue and their sponsorship towards the panel throughout the year. Thanks to Martin Maher and Derek Gallagher who put a massive amount of work in coaching with this panel from the start of the year, also thanks to Sean Maher for giving his time as a member of the Senior panel on a number of occasions with the lad's and to this fine panel of hurlers for their commitment to their club. MINOR LEAGUES The minor hurling leagues are commencing soon and the panel will begin training on the astroturf pitch. Coaches for the year ahead with the panel are Derek Gallagher, Martin Maher, Ger Dalton and Thomas Carroll. LUCKY NUMBERS DRAW The winning numbers drawn were 06, 26, 27 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winner. Special draw winner was Pat Clavin. The promoter’s prize went to Eamonn Clarke. Next week’s jackpot is €7,100. The draw will take place in The Drake Inn. Thank you for your continued support. BROWNSTOWN BAILE AN BRÚNAIGH U13 TRAINING U13 training continues on Tuesday in Drewstown Hall from 7pm to 8pm. Players are asked to bring hurls, helmets and €2 each. U15 TRAINING Our u15 Clan Na Gael continue their training on Saturday at 6.30pm. We ask all panel members to attend. FEILE There are still some jobs that need to be filled for this year’s feile. If someone would like a job, WESTMEATH GAA NOTES disappointing ‘Yellow Belly’ outfit, who had gained promotion last season alongside Westmeath from Division 4. A number of goal chances were spurned by a lethargic winning outfit, in addition to which they shot nine more wides. Indeed, Westmeath were caught by a last-gasp sucker punch goal from Tiernan Rossiter which could have been mightily embarrassing had the contest been tighter. However, the object of the exercise was to garner a second brace of league points, and this was comfortably achieved, leaving Kelly’s charges well in contention for promotion to the second tier. ALLIANZ HULING LEAGUE Westmeath hurlers will hope to continue their unbeaten league start against Meath this weekend in St Loman’s Park, Trim on Saturday, 17 February at 2pm. All support is greatly appreciated. O’BYRNE CUP FINAL The re-fixed O’Byrne Cup Final takes place this weekend at TEG Cusack Park at 2pm against rivals Meath. This promises to be a great game and all support is Match referee Garryowen McMahon (Mayo) consults with Westmeath and Donegal mentors before abandoning Sunday's National Football League game with 48 minutes played at St Loman’s GAA 3G venue, Mullingar. please contact Micheal Mulvany on 087 1847026. SENIOR TRAINING Our seniors continue training in preparation for 2018. We have been drawn to play St Oliver Plunkett’s in the championship opening fixture. AGM Our AGM was held recently. The executive committee for 2018 is: Chairman - Alan Reilly, Vice- Chairman - Micheal Reilly, Secretary - John Anderson, Vice-Secretary - Micheal Mulvany, Treasurer - Mick Henry, P.R.O. - Eoghan Reilly. We wish them all well in their positions for 2018. CONDOLENCES Sympathies to the families of Lilah Ryan and Sandra Poynton on their untimely passings. May they rest in peace. greatly appreciated, (pending confirmation on Monday morning, 12 February). Radisson Hotel Athlone Minor Board Sponsorship Launch Night Westmeath GAA are proud to announce an exciting new three-year sponsorship deal with Radisson Blu group for the underage development of all football and hurling teams in the county. We would like to invite you to attend a launch night with special guests to the Radisson Athlone on 07 March at 7:30 pm. Your continued support of the underage development of Westmeath GAA is hugely appreciated. CLUB IARMHI TABLE QUIZ Club Iarmhi are holding a table quiz on 01 March at 8.30pm in the Annebrook House hotel in aid of Westmeath GAA and we would rely on the local clubs getting involved. We are asking that representatives from every club come along with at least 1 table of 4. We are running a club prize for all Westmeath clubs to partake in. The club prize will run in conjunction with CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Kenny Higgins and Aine Weir who got married on Friday. We wish you many happy years together. NEW ARRIVAL Congratulations to Gavin Mulvey and Sinead on the recent birth of their baby boy. DRAMA The drama group continue their preparations for this year’s show. As always, it promises to be a good one. NOTES If you feel anything should be added to the notes please do not hesitate to contact us. You can email pro.brownstown.westmeath@gaa.ie or contact our facebook page. the table quiz and will see the highest scoring table (registered as a club team) winning a team bonding trip to Newcastle House in Ballymahon, with full use of their facilities including pool, jacuzzis, saunas, snooker rooms and full size GAA pitch! The winning team will be treated to B&B and an evening meal. A size worth over €2,000 kindly sponsored by Newcastle House. We hope that this fantastic prize will encourage every club to come along and take part on the night. SENIOR SCÓR SEMI FINALS Over 30 acts representing 15 clubs participated in both County Senior Scór semi-finals held on Friday, 09 and Saturday, 10 February in Ballymore Community Centre which was the venue on both nights. With plenty of enthusiastic support, both semi-finals provided some fine entertainment and the acts which progressed to the County final on Saturday, 24 February in The Downs will have benefited. Turn on stage at the weekend. Special mention to both CLONKILL CAMOGIE CAMÓGAÍOCHT BAILE FEARAINN CONDOLENCES Clonkill Camogie Club extends deepest sympathy to the following families on their recent bereavements: the Ryan Family Clonmellon and Rathconnell on the death of Lila Ryan (nee Plunkett), the Yeoman/McInerney Family, Billistown Delvin, Cooksborough and England on the death of Martin Yeoman, the Duffy Family Cloughan on the death of Patrick (Paddy) Duffy, the Bracken Family, Mullingar on the death of Peter Bracken, the Poynton Family Archerstown, Delvin on the death of Sandra Kilbeggan Shamrocks and Killucan Ladies Club who returned to the fold after a long absence from the competition and both clubs will be happy with their return qualifying in the Ballad Group category. Turning to Scór na nÓg, the All-Ireland final takes place next Saturday at the Knocknaree Arena, Sligo with four Westmeath acts in the competition. The Downs and Ballinagore are represented in two events each with The Downs hoping to take the honours in Leiriu and Set Dancing while Ballinagore will be looking for top spot in Solo Singing and the Table Quiz. Westmeath will also be represented in another way at the All Ireland with St Joseph’s dual All-Ireland Scór winner being Fear an Tí at the final on Saturday. It is yet another vote of confidence for the continued good work that Westmeath continue to do at both local and National level. GAELTACHT GRANTS In excess of seventy people made applications for the Gaeltacht grants this year and the interviews are Poynton, the Dowdall Family, Oisin and Allanagh of Tir Na Nog, Clonkill, Monilea, Mullingar on the death of Daniel Dowdall, the Egerton Family, Mullingar and Cloughan on the death of Paddy Egerton and the Murtagh & Hallinan families, Raharney and Clonlost on the death of Valerie Murtagh. SUPER MAC’S For all you Super Mac lovers - next time you call in to Super Mac’s in Mullingar, remember to ask for a token for Clonkill Camogie Club. We are participating in the token collection which hopefully we will reach our target and qualify for set of jerseys. MULTYFARNHAM JUNIOR FOOTBALL ALL IRELAND FINAL Well done to Multyfarham reaching the All Ireland Junior Final. Finals are hard reached and even harder to win. Disappointing on the day not to win but you can rest assured that you have done your family, parish and Westmeath proud with all you have accomplished. REGISTRATION EVENING/MEMBERSHIP We are holding our Registration Evening on Saturday, 24 February next in the Club House. This will be from 4pm to 6pm. All registration can be paid on this evening whether it is Non-Player, Juvenile Player or Senior Player. We will be in a position to register all. OPERATION TRANSFOR- MATION WALK Our Operation Transformation Walk is now heading in to its fourth week. This has proven to be a big hit. Lights are turned on at our pitch from 8pm to 9pm and we are getting great turn outs. Young and old are attending and enjoying. All are welcome and please feel to join us any night. UNDERAGE TRAINING Underage Indoor Training resumes on Saturday, 03 March from 12.30pm to 1.30pm for Under 6,8,10 and 12. Please bring your runners and €2 for the hall. We are so looking forward to going back and seeing you all again. CLONKILL UNDERAGE TRAINING Clonkill Camogie Club would welcome any help at underage training this year. As we have a large number of girls training all assistance is greatly appreciated. For anyone interested in helping out please the club phone at 087 6327382. CPR COURSE The Club are running a CPR Course on Friday, 02 March. This open to all members, this is a fantastic course. Anyone interested in attending please contact our Chairperson, Karen Gavigan who will book your place. CLUB EMAIL ADDRESS The club email address is clonkillcamogieclub@gmail.com . This is an email address set up for our members, parents and players. The objective of the email address is to give people an opportunity to have their say. All feedback is welcome. All emails will be dealt with by the Committee as unit. PLAYERS Clonkill Camogie Club cater for all teams from Under 6’s right up to senior level. All players, new, going to be held on the weekend of 03/04 March. Applicants will be informed by text and email of the arrangements within the next ten days. WESTMEATH GAA DEVELOPMENT LOTTO There was no winner of last week’s lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 10, 12, 22 and 23. There was three match three winners of €50. They were Mary Gaffney, c/o Delvin, Paula Martin, c/o St Loman’s and D Gaffney, c/o Delvin GAA. Next week’s draw will take place on Tuesday, 13 February with the jackpot at €2,300. COISTE NA NÓG IARMHÍ Sunday, 18 February, Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone Minor Football League - Round 2 (First named team at home; all games at 11.30am) Division 1 St Loman’s Mullingar v Shandonagh, M Dillon Rosemount: Cill Oige v Athlone, P McCaughey Coralstown/Kinnegad v The Downs, K Gunning Caulry v Maryland/Tang, M Galvin Division 2 Ballinagore: Lilliput past, present no matter what level you are at are always welcome in our club. LOUGH LENE GAELS HURLING IOMÁNAÍOCHT GAEL LOCH LÉIN 2018 MEMBERSHIP FEES Lough Lene Gaels Club membership fees for the year 2018 are: Adult Individual €30 Juvenile Individual €20 Family €50 Saturday, March 31st, 2018 is the closing date for payment of 2018 membership fees. Immediately following Saturday, March 31st, all member clubs of the GAA, including Lough Lene Gaels Hurling Club, are obliged to forward their respective lists of paid up members to the National Head Office of the GAA organisation, which is based at Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium, for the purpose of registration. March 31st is the standard closing date every year for the paying to GAA membership fees at club level. CONDOLENCES Condolences are extended to brothers Des and Martin Carter, past players of Lough Lene Gaels Hurling Club and the extended Carter family, bereaved on Thursday, February 1st by the death of Des and Martin’s mother, Mrs Elizabeth (Betty) Carter. WEEKLY BINGO Lough Lene Gaels Hurling Club organises and hosts bingo, the proceeds from which are in aid of its finances, which takes place on a weekly basis at Collinstown Hall on Tuesday nights, starting at 8.30 p.m. Jackpot at bingo on Tuesday night, February 13th, is €3000. All support for this bingo will be very warmly welcomed by Lough Lene Gaels Hurling Club. Weekly bingo that was scheduled to take place at Collinstown Hall on Tuesday night of last week, February 6th, was postponed due to poor weather conditions. Footballers return to winning ways in Wexford Gaels v Garrycastle, K O’Brien Milltown: Millmore Gaels v St Mary’s Rochfortbridge, G Hurley Multyfarnham v Tubberclair, B Nea Mullingar Shamrocks v Tyrrellspass, P McGauran Division 3 (13-a-side) Delvin: Delvin/St Paul’s v Milltownpass, A Devine Ballynacargy: Inny Shamrocks v Moate All Whites, C Flynn Kilbeggan: Kilbeggan/ Joseph’s v Killucan, D Hogan (Note to clubs: No changes to fixtures except by approval of Cathaoirleach; all regulations as per planning report apply. Home team responsible for referee’s expenses. If listed home team cannot host the game for any reason, it moves to opponent’s venue or one nominated by the CCC). CONTACT I can be contacted at pro.westmeath@gaa.ie, Twitter: @westmeath_gaa, Facebook/Instagram: Westmeathgaaofficial 086 1954218. or

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