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TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 LADIES NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1 SPORT 55 HEAVY SNOW BRINGS TERRIFIC LADIES FOOTBALL CONTEST TO A HALT DONEGAL 3-9 WESTMEATH 1-8 (Game abandoned after 48 minutes due to snow) BY DAMIEN MAHER Inclement weather led to the abandonment of this highly competitive and very entertaining Ladies National Football League Division 1 tie at St Loman’s GAA 3G venue last Sunday. Westmeath and Donegal had traded blows for 48 minutes in an end-to-end joust, played at relentless pace before heavy snow left referee Garryowen McMahon with no option but to call a premature halt to proceedings. Strong words were exchanged between mentors on both sides with Donegal clearly irked by the decision of the referee, but in truth the official made the correct call given the dangerous playing conditions. Donegal had just scored their third goal and were heading for victory, it seemed, only for mother nature to apparently come to Westmeath’s rescue. “Let’s be honest, we were lucky. We got out of jail with the match being abandoned. We were seven points down; the bad weather didn’t help. That long ball in from Donegal and the ball drops into the back of the net - if it’s a good day it doesn’t happen,” remarked Westmeath manager Stephen Maxwell afterwards. “It was extremely hard to see. Even from my perspective, it was vey hard to see the opposite sideline. It was tough in the regard (poor visibility): Karen (Walsh) keeps us in the game 99% of the time; there’s no blame on her. It’s down to the weather,” he said of Donegal’s third goal. Maxwell was happy with many aspects of the Westmeath display over the 48 minutes, but highlighted need for improvement ahead of the re-fixture, possibly next weekend. “In the first half we started well then we let Donegal build into the game. They put 13 players behind the ball, they do break at speed. We accounted for that, we just weren’t strong enough in the tackle. There’s room for improvement there in the next seven days. That’s a key area,” he said. Maxwell had no quibble with the referee for making the ultimate call. “I definitely agree. The referee’s job is to protect the players. Donegal obviously won’t be happy, but in fairness it deteriorated very quickly, very badly. You couldn’t see white lines. Right at the end, just before he abandoned the game, Maud Annie Foley went to hop the ball and it didn’t come back up. If the ball doesn’t bounce on the pitch the match has to be abandoned,” he said. In polar conditions, it was Donegal who led by three points at half-time (1-7 to 1- 4) following a terrific first half hour. Westmeath got a Laura Lee Walsh, of Westmeath, battles her way past Karen Gutherie, of Donegal with Lucy McCarton (Westmeath) looking on, during last Sunday’s Ladies NFL encounter at St Loman’s 3G venue, Mullingar. great score through Nicole Feery after three minutes, following great link-up play between Maud Annie Foley, Amy Alford, Karen Hegarty and Feery, who was twice involved before applying the finish. Westmeath almost scrambled a goal in the 14th minute when Foley’s free dropped in the danger area, but despite strong pressure from Sarah Dolan, Donegal won a free out. The visitors then found the net through full forward Yvonne Bonner, who palmed the ball to the net when Aoife McDonnell played her in on goal after a slick counter attack. Westmeath were soon right back in contention when Foley’s free dropped in the square before the ball was fumbled to the net. And a wonderful point by Johanna Maher left it 1-4 apiece - Karen Hegarty, Foley and Laura Lee Walsh all combining in a lovely attack. The pressure told on Donegal, who had full back Nicole McLaughlin sinbinned for 10 minutes, but they did finish the half in style as Bonner gave them a three-point cushion in added time. HEAVY SNOW Into the second half and Westmeath remained firmly in contention as Foley slotted over a free in the 40th minute. But Niamh Hegarty set up Eilish Ward for the first of her two goals as the Tír Chonaill lassies surged five points ahead (2-8 to 1-6). Westmeath battled fiercely on the fast surface and Anna Jones almost grabbed a goal only for her effort to be blocked. The snow was almost blizzard-like at this stage and continued to get heavier. A high delivery by Ward in the 46th minute led to a Donegal goal. With visibility poor, Westmeath ‘keeper Karen Walsh was unable to deal with the Johanna Maher, of Westmeath, in possession pushes aside the challenge from Ciara Hegarty, of Donegal, in last Sunday’s Ladies NFL encounter at St Loman’s 3G venue, Mullingar. dropping ball and it ended up in the net. Westmeath had been voicing their concerns to the referee, while Donegal were anxious that the game continue, but the heavy snow contravened safety and after a brief consultation with both managements, Garryowen McMahon ended the match. Details of the re-fixture were not confirmed but it’s expected the game will take place again next Sunday. SCORERS - Donegal: E Ward 2- 1, Y Bonner 1-2 (0-1 free), K Gutherie 0-3 (2 frees), S J McDonald 0-2, K Herron 0-1. Westmeath: M A Foley 1-4 (all frees), J Maher 0-2, N Feery and A Jones 0-1 each. DONEGAL - Niamh Mailey; Treasa Doherty, Nicole McLaughlin, Olive McCafferty; Eilish Ward, Ciara Hegarty, Aoife McDonnell; Katy Herron, Emer Gallagher; Karen Gutherie (Capt.), Niamh Hegarty, Blathnaid McLoughlin; Roisin Friel, Yvonne Bonner, Sarah Jane McDonald. WESTMEATH - Karen Walsh; Rachel Dillon, Amie Giles, Nicole Feery; Kelly Boyce-Jordan, Karen McDermott, Fiona Coyle; Fiona Claffey, Laura Lee Walsh (Capt.); Karen Hegarty, Maud Annie Foley, Johanna Maher; Sarah Dolan, Amy Alford, Lucy McCartan. Subs used: Anna Jones for A Alford (30), Jennie Rogers for K B Jordan (43). REFEREE - Garryowen McMahon (Mayo). Ashling Rouane, of Westmeath, goes for the gap between the Donegal duo of Trissa Doherty and Emer Gallagher, during last Sunday’s Ladies NFL encounter at St Loman’s 3G venue, Mullingar. Karen Hegarty of Westmeath, has her route towards goal blocked by Emer Gallagher, of Donegal, in last Sunday’s Ladies NFL encounter at St Loman’s 3G venue, Mullingar.

56 SPORT GAA Notes - Nótaí CLG TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 CORALSTOWN/ KINNEGAD BAILE AN COIREIL/ CIONN ÁTHA GAD MONSTER DRIVE THRU BINGO Our next monster drive thru bingo is scheduled for Sunday, 04 March at 3pm. REGISTRATION NIGHT Our registration night will take place in the clubhouse on Friday, 23 February. Registration is now due before 28 February. Gold Membership for a couple/family is €120 and this includes the lotto every week. Single Membership is €100 and this includes the lotto every week. Both can be paid by Direct Debit if you want that option. Family is €70 does not include lotto. Single is €50, under 18 is €25. The Walking track is: €30 on its own, €15 per person when buying club membership, €50 and this also includes registration with Athletics Ireland. UNDERAGE ASTRO SPRING SKILLS TRAIN- ING PROGRAMME Due to the poor weather conditions we have decided to postpone our U6 and U8 Astro training to the end of February. Timings are U9/10s Mondays at 6.30pm and U11/12s Fridays at 7.30pm. Cost is €2 per player, per session. FIT4LIFE Fit4life is on every Monday and Wednesday evening at 7.30pm and also on Friday evenings at 6.30pm. All sessions are suitable for everyone. LOTTO The lotto numbers drawn from Monday, 05 February were 02, 15, 16 and 29. There was no jackpot winner. Match three winners, winning €100 each were Alan Woods and Martin Cooper. Well done to them. U15S LEINSTER LEAGUE Hard luck to the u15 team who were bet by O’ Mahony’s of Navan on Saturday in the Leinster League. The team are to be commended for their effort and fantastic attitude on the day. MINOR LEAGUE Best of luck to the minor team who play The Downs next Sunday morning at 11.30am in Kinnegad. BALLYNACARGY BAILE NA CARRAIGE MEMBERSHIP 2018/2019 It is hard to believe but yes, it is that time of year again. Membership for Ballynacargy GAA is now due! In order to wear the blue and yellow jersey or simply wish to use facilities, such as the marvellous walking track we provide, you must be a registered member of Ballynacargy GAA. Membership rates are as follows - €20 per adult, Family membership is available ( 2 adults + minors under 18) at a rate of €50 and Children's membership is also available at a rate of €10 per child. Membership can be paid to Concepta Murtagh or any member of the executive committee. Alternatively you can pay your membership at our underage registration night on Tuesday, 27 February at 7pm in the clubhouse. PRESENTATION NIGHT A presentation of medals for our fantastic footballers of 2017 will take place this Friday night, 16 February at 9pm in the parochial hall, Ballynacargy. Though the Hugh Daniel's cup took the veered in the wrong direction at the crossroads , it is important to remember and acknowledge the many great achievements Ballynacargy GAA accomplished in 2017. The presentation night will include the Junior cup winners, Div 3 League Winners and the U14 Div 3 Shield Winners (Inny Gaels). We hope to see you all, supporting our winner's on the night. AGM Our Annual General Meeting was held in January of 2018. Many topics were discussed and some changes were made to the executive committee of the club. Details of these changes will follow in next week's notes. €7,200 LOTTO Your weekly jackpot stands at a staggering €7,200! Between communions and confirmations coming up it would be fair to say nobody would say no to this fantastic prize in exchange for €2. Last week's lotto numbers were 10, 19, 25,and 27. Lucky lotto winners who won €40 were, Tom O'Reilly, Odhrán and Fíonna and Von Peyton. The next lotto draw takes place on Thursday, 15 February. If you're not in, you can't win. CASTLEDALY CAISLEÁN UÍ DHÁLAIGH CASTLEDALY GAA LOTTO It could be you! The next jackpot takes place on 18 Feb is for a jackpot of €2,800. Just perfect for Valentine's weekend celebration or jet away to sunny shores. Thank you to everyone for their continuing support. Go raibh míle maith agaibh a chairde. CLUB MEMBERSHIP FEES Club membership fees are due for another year. Costs are €25 for adults, €10 for u18, and €50 for a family ticket (up to two adults & two u18s). Registrar Damien Stone is collecting fees over the coming weeks and months. WALKING TRACK The walking track is available all new year to club members, with security lighting offering a safe environment to walk, stroll, jog or run. We remind everyone to take care during adverse weather conditions on roads and around track and grounds. FIT CLUB Fit Club puts the fun in February and spring in your step with exciting ways to get healthy and fit with Liam, Paulette and Lorcan on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, with ladies classes at 7pm and gents classes at 8pm. New members are always welcome. The club can be followed on facebook for most up to date information, encouragement and support. CASTLEDALY GAA & CASTLEDALY FIT CLUB Castledaly GAA and Castledaly Fit Club have continue the Operation Transformation Light Up Ireland initiative and turn on the lights from 7pm to 9pm inviting our community far and wide to take part in getting out and being active. It runs every Monday for six weeks. No membership needed, so just grab your family, hats, coats, and gloves and get walking. Fresh air and a family activity, what more can you ask for? Despite snow and very low temperatures last Monday more than 80 brave participants signed in to walk or jog around the track, in great cheer. Well done all. CLUB GEAR AVAILABLE Club gear is available online at: http://www.oneills.com/shop-byteam/gaa/ireland/castledalygaa.htm Leinster GAA Club Development Grant Presentation at Aras Laighean, Portlaoise. Kathy Slattery (left), GAA National Finance Manager and Jim Bolger (right), Chairman, Leinster GAA presenting a Leinster GAA Club Development Grant Cheque amounting to €8,500 awarded to Raharney GAA Club represented by from left; Declan Mullen, Valerie McHugh, Susan Mullen and Pat Lynagh (Treasurer, Leinster GAA). CONGRATULATIONS Congrats Westmeath on another quality performance easing past Wicklow for two wins from three in League D3. Best luck to manager Paul Kelly and to goalie Cathal Dolan, as Marist College compete against Offaly Schools in semi-final in the Top Oil Leinster PP Schools SF ‘A’ on Saturday, 17 February, with the final down for decision on Saturday, 10 March. BALLYCOMOYLE BAILE UÍ CHUMAOIL SCÓR The county semi-finals of Scór Sinsir took place on Friday, 9th of February and Saturday, 10th February. Ballycomoyle were competing in Ballymore on the Friday night. We were represented in the following competitions. Amhrániocht Aonair (Solo Singing): Seán Daly, Aithriseoireacht (Recitation): Catherine Daly, Bailéad Ghrupa: Siobhán Friary, Seán Daly, Gráinne Healy & Catherine Daly. Léiriú Stáitse (Novelty Act): Seán Daly, Seamus McDermott, Helen Coyle, Dermot McKenna, Gráinne Healy, Piaras Walsh, Elaine Caffrey and Seamus Coyle. Rince Seit (Set Dancing): Gráinne Healy, Naomi Fitzpatrick, Anne Flanagan, Sinéad Fitzpatrick, Aoife Kelly, Fiona Culleton, Catherine Daly & Elaine O’Doherty-Masterson. We got through to the county final in the Aithriseoireacht (Recitation) Bailéad Ghrupa & Léiriú Stáitse (Novelty Act). Hard luck to our solo singer and set dancers. The final takes place in The Downs GAA Centre on Saturday night, February 24th. SPEEDY RECOVERY We wish a speedy recovery to Alisha Fitzpatrick who was to have been taking part in Scór with the ballad group and the set dancers. Due to illness she had to withdraw. I’m sure she’ll be back in action in time to compete for a county medal with the ballad group on February 24th. ST. MICHAEL’S MINOR TEAM St.Michael’s minor team had their first game in the league on Sunday morning against Killucan. The game didn’t go our way but our lads played very well considering it’s the first outing of the year and the first game under the newly amalgamated St. Michael’s banner. They are out again next Sunday against Kilbeggan/St. Joseph’s. Home venue to be confirmed. ADULT TEAMS Men’s and Ladies teams are training away in spite of this Arctic weather and are always on the hunt for new players or players who have lapsed and feel like making a return. The men can contact Tom Keague 087-9610053 and the ladies should contact Tomás Blake 087 -9156981. SPLIT THE POT Split the Pot is back after the Christmas break. The draw took place in The Seven Wonders Bar on Sunday, February 11th and our first winner of 2018 is Paddy Cheevers. Paddy gets €305. The next draw will be on Sunday, February 25th. LOTTO The next Lotto draw will be on Thursday, Feb 15th in Farrelly’s, Castlepollard when the jackpots will be €10,000 and €4,700. REGISTRATION EVENING We are holding a registration evening in Hotel Castlepollard on Friday, 23rd of February from 6 to 9pm. This is for all age groups juvenile to adult. Our registration team of Sinéad, Louise and Maria will be on hand with registration forms and information to take care of everybody. Registration fees are individual adult €50, individual juvenile €30 and family €90. CLUB WEBSITE Our website is up and running at www.ballycomoyle.com. If there is anything you would like to see included on the website, drop me an email to seamuscoyle@yahoo.com BALLINAGORE BAILE ÁTHA NA NGAB- HAR SCÓR SINSEAR We enjoyed a great night of entertainment in Ballymore on Saturday evening at the semifinals of this year’s senior Scór competition. Ballinagore had entries in solo singing, recitation and novelty act. Shane Heraty had a busy evening competing in all three acts. In the solo singing, Shane gave a wonderful rendition of ‘The Banks of the Moy’ while in the recitation, he had the audience in his hands with Seamus O'Rourke’s monologue "When the only starter was soup". In the Novelty Act, our first time to enter this competition in a number of years, we had Kevin and Deirdre Kennedy, Aisling Heraty, Aisling King, Kevin Deegan, Valerie Seery, JJ Hussey and Shane Heraty and they delivered a very polished sketch called "The Ballinagore Set". On the evening, all three acts were successful and have qualified for the county final in The Downs on Saturday, 24 February. Well done to all the competitors from the various clubs and we send our best wishes to our own acts in the final. SCÓR NA NÓG ALL-IRE- LAND FINALS Ballinagore are proud to represent Westmeath and Leinster in two Scór disciplines on Saturday, 17th February in the All-Ireland Finals in Sligo. In the Amhránaíocht Aonar (Solo Singing), Jemma Seery will take to the stage with her version of the beautiful traditional song, Craigie Hills. Our table quiz team of Mary Reynolds, Erin Heeney, Peter Reynolds and Darragh Seery have put in the hard yards also over the passed number of months with mentor Shane Heraty doing trojan work in the background as per usual. Both acts are "class acts" in our eyes and no matter the outcome in Sligo, they have represented out club with the utmost pride and honour. We wish both the very best of good luck and hope they enjoy this memorable occasion. LILLIPUT GAELS MINOR FOOTBALL Our opening league game for 2018 vs neighbours Tyrrellspass didn't go ahead on Sunday morning as our opponents were unable to field. We are fixed to play Garrycastle in the 2nd round this Sunday, 18th February, at 11:30 in Ballinagore. CLUB LOTTO Last week’s winning numbers were 10, 12, 22 and 23. There were four match three winners, unfortunately no one from Ballinagore GAA. Next week’s jackpot now stands at €2,300. Please support our club lotto for just €2 a week and you can be in with the chance to win our jackpot! IRELAND LIGHTS UP Continuing our support for this initiative in association with RTÉ's Operation Transformation, our lights will be on this week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7pm. PILATES Pilates classes are commencing on Friday, 23 February if we have sufficient numbers. A minimum of ten are required to sign up for the six week course which costs just €60. Please contact 086 1280806 to book your place. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. MEMBERSHIP Membership subs for the upcoming year are now due and we urge members to renew as soon as possible to help us complete the registration process in time. Annual membership rates are as follows: Adult players with gym €70; student players with gym €50; social membership €30; Gym - non-playing adult €90; Gym - non-playing student €70; Gym - Couple €150; Gym - Family is couple rate plus €50 per additional family member. Remember, you are not insured on club premises or in games if you have not paid your membership. BALLINAGORE TIDY TOWNS Our Tidy Towns committee was formed in 1995 and over the years, through hard work and perseverance, this small committee have transformed the appearance of our lovely village through many improvement projects. This work has been rewarded with a continuous upward curve in our annual Tidy Towns competition results. It is with regret that we hear of the retirement of two long serving committee members, Maree Baker and Anthony Marshall. Both have been leading promoters of tidy towns and are a credit to the community. We wish both a happy retirement and well deserved break. With two vacancies now available, the Tidy Towns committee are looking for new members to come on board to help continue the good work Maree and Anthony have carried out. If you are proud of our picturesque village and would like to help out, please contact 086 3323133 (evening time number). Please consider getting involved and keeping our village beautiful. BUNBROSNA BUN BROSNAÍ TISH KEANE, RIP It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Tish Keane last week. Tish was one of the clubs best and longest serving supporters and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Everyone at the club would like to offer our sincere condolences to her nieces Maria and Denise, nephews Neil, Alan and David, and cousins. We will have a piece in next week’s notes to acknowledge Tish’s loyal and valued contribution to our club. Ar dheis De go raibh sí. FITSQUAD Well done to all who turnedout on Sunday morning for our 2nd 5km as part of our six week Fit Squad program. Large numbers were again in attendance for the second week running in the wonderful surroundings of Coolnahay. Thanks to the Crinnigan family for providing the tea and scones afterwards. It was greatly appreciated. Fit Squad moves to Tuesday night this week at 7:30pm in Bun. Our 3rd 5km will take place next Sunday in Rathowen. KIDS FIT SQUAD We had a large turn-out at our opening day of Kids Fit Squad on Saturday morning. We had to move to the old Army Barracks at short notice but this didn’t deter the large group of boys and girls turning up. Well done to all the coaches for creating an exciting, entertaining and inclusive program for everyone. We are back to the gym in St. Mary’s CBS next Saturday at 11:45am. SCÓR Well done to our Set Dancers who qualified for the county final in The Downs in two weeks’ time. On Saturday night they took to the floor in Ballymore. The defending county and provincial champions gave a super performance and will be eager to retain the county title in two weeks. Well done to Kenny, Seamus, Christopher, Eoin, Susan, Sandra, Veronica and Orla on a great performance. TABLE QUIZ There will be a table quiz in Tormey’s next Friday night at 9:30pm in aid of Bunbrosna Scór. Table of four is €40 for Adult tables and €20 for Junior tables. Cash prizes and raffle on the night. Hope to see a large turn out on the night. MINORS Minors are out in action next Sunday morning at 11:30am against Moate All-Whites in Ballynacargy. Training this week is on Tuesday night at 6pm in the gym in Bun. LOTTO There was no winner of Club Lotto last week. Numbers drawn were 02, 04, 06 and 24. There was one match three winner - Michael McCormack. The seller’s prize went to Tommy Tormey. The next draw is on Wednesday, 21 February in Tormey’s at 10pm. The jackpot will be €5,500. Tickets available from the usual sources. CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Roisin Foy on winning the Leinster Handball 40 x 20 Championship on Saturday evening in Crinkle. She defeated her Laois counterpart to take home the title with a great performance. Well done also to Matthew Molloy who won the Westmeath U11 Indoor 600 metres title in AIT last week. MEDAL PRESENTATION Presentation of U14 medals to the Inny Shamrocks Team of 2017, will take place in Ballynacargy on Friday night at 8:30pm. CFCW BAILE CAISLEÁIN FIODH AN ÁTHA/AN CHÚL/HALLA BÁN TABLE QUIZ We held a table quiz last Friday night in Hotel Castlepollard. Chairman Brendan Dermody would like to thank all those who supported the club on the night. Many thanks to question master Willie Geraghty and to Russell and the staff of the hotel for their great help on the night. Also great praise must go to score keepers Rosemary McGarry and Marie Kiernan. MEMBERSHIP Membership fees are now due in. The following are the charges for 2018 - Senior €30, Family €50, under 18 €15, OAP €10. JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP We play Streamstown side St Joseph’s in the first round of the championship. Best of luck to all involved. CONGRATULATIONS LORETO For the second week in a row congratulations to Lauren Sheridan and the Loreto Camogie team on winning their semi-final last weekend. Best of luck in the All-Ireland. UNDER 8 AND 10 COACHING Coaching continues this Thursday in Ringtown GAA centre, starting time 6.30pm. We held a coaching course for under 8s and 10s last week in Castlepollard GAA centre. It was very encouraging to see up to 30 children enjoying the skills of the game. A big thank you to coaches Ollie Gaffeny, Kevin Brazil, Martin Egan and Johnny Hardiman. All new members very welcome. Many thanks to Castlepollard hurling club for the use of their premises and to Pat Gaffney and Seamas Sheridan for their help on the night.

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