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Westmeath Topic - 15 February 2018

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TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 GAA Notes - Nótaí CLG SPORT 57 ST. LOMAN’S NAOMH LOMÁIN UNDERAGE ACADEMY Registration for the Underage Academy 2018 season takes place on Friday, 23 February from 7pm till 9pm and on Saturday, 24 February from 10am till 12 noon with the season kicking off on Saturday, 03 March. We look forward to welcoming back our current underage academy stars while we look forward to seeing many new members! MEMBERSHIP It’s that time of year again with membership for the 2018 season now due. Rates are set at the following; Single Adult €50, U6 €10, U8 €25, U10 and U12 €40 with the third child free at these underage groups, U16 and Minor €40 while family membership is €100. Contact registrar Pat Mc Cartan on 086 7732171 or any committee member. LOTTO There was also no jackpot winner from the lotto draw on 01 February. The numbers drawn were 02, 15, 19 and 27. Winners of €50 each were Edel Deeley Cassidy, Josie Daly, Anne Heslin and Gerry Farrell. Next week’s jackpot will be €2,100. OSKARS SHOW All roads lead to the Mullingar Park hotel on Saturday, 24 February with our second Oskars Show taking place. All films are currently being produced and it’s shaping up to be a spectacular night. Tickets priced at €20 can be purchased from any of the actors, committee members, The Davitt & Davitt Office or Martins Quik Pick. ST. JOSEPH’S NAOMH SEOSAMH SENIOR SCÓR St Joseph’s were represented in three events in the first of this year’s Senior Scór semi-finals on Friday, 09 February in Ballymore Community Centre. First on stage was Ciaran Reynolds in the Solo Singing with Deirdre Robbins next up in the Recitation. Both Ciaran and Deirdre were joined by Hugo Slevin and Thomas Pettit for the Leiriu and we were successful in qualifying in the Recitation and Leiriu categories. Both of these events were won by the club last year so it would be good if we could retain those events at the final on Saturday, 24 February. The club will also be represented in the Table Quiz final which is on Thursday, 22 February in the Greville Arms. Finally, we are delighted to wish Hugo Slevin well in next week’s All-Ireland Scór na nÓg final in Sligo, where he will be the Fear an Tí for the final. A great honour for the club and of course for Hugo. MINOR LEAGUE The first underage game of the year for Kilbeggan/St Joseph’s was due to be in Kilbeggan on Sunday morning but did not materialise as our opponents, Inny Shamrocks, were unable to field on the day. ST JOSEPH’S UNDERAGE REGISTRATION St Joseph’s held our own underage registration evening on Saturday, 10 February at the Horseleap Streamstown Community Centre with a large number attending on the night. Thanks to all who helped out with the registration process and those who could not attend are asked to return forms to the mentors as soon as possible but before Thursday, 01 March which is the deadline. ST JOSEPH’S LADIES AGM We had a well-attended AGM on Sunday, 04 February. Our new executive committee is as follows, Chairperson - Kevin Killian, Vice chair - Anselm Conlon, Treasurer - Pat Conlon, Vice Treasurer - Corrina Corcoran, Secretary - Maura Conlon, PRO - Michael Pettit. We have a committee of over 12 individuals committed to the development of Ladies Football in the St Joseph's area. ST JOSEPH’S LADIES NEW TRAINER We had a players’ meeting on Saturday, 10 February where we took the opportunity to introduce our new trainer, Gerry Feery, to the team. We wish Gerry the very best of luck in the year ahead. Training begins next Saturday, 17 February at Horseleap/Streamstown community field and all are welcome. ST. JOSEPH’S LADIES JERSEY LAUNCH AND MEDAL CEREMONY St Joseph’s Ladies launched their new jerseys and presented medals for the Division 4 league win accomplished in 2017 at a special event held at Horseleap/Streamstown Community Centre on Saturday night, 03 February. A great crowd turned up on the night to join in the celebrations which not only acknowledged the accomplishments of the past but looked forward to the future with optimism as our new jerseys were unveiled. We would like to thank all our sponsors who gave generously over the year which allowed us to not only fund new jerseys but a complete revamp of all club gear from Half Zips to Shorts and socks. There were many sponsors, too many to mention but a special thanks to the Ross and McCormack family, Alan and Marie Reid and Larry and Eddie Scally for their generous contributions. As the jerseys were privately funded it afforded us a unique opportunity to highlight charities close to everyone’s heart in the club. On the left sleeve we carry the logo of AWARE, who work with people suffering with depression and Bipolar disorders, on the right sleeve we carry the logo of the Pink Ribbon which is the international symbol of breast cancer awareness. Where better to highlight this than on a Ladies team jersey and finally on the front panel we are proud to portray the logo of LARCC, cancer support charity. LARCC provide a range of services to help and support people living with cancer – for cancer patients and their families and supporters, through counselling, nurse support, telephone support / helpline, bereavement support and children’s services. Bernie McHugh General Manager of LARCC spoke on the night and expressed her gratitude to St Joseph’s ladies for highlighting the great work that LARCC are involved in, and for the gift of the logo to continue to do so. We would like to thank the McCormack sisters who came on the night to present the medals. Edel, Joanne and Mairead were on the Westmeath Camogie team that made their first visit to Croke Park one to remember as they claimed their maiden Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior title, beating Dublin, no less. It was a unique feat that there were 3 sisters on the team who are originally from Streamstown. Edel and Joanne presented medals to the following on the night, Carmel Carrol, Ellie Conway (accepted by her sister Joyce), Roisin Kealy, Karen Keegan, Caoimhe Leinster GAA Club Development Grant Presentation at Aras Laighean, Portlaoise. Kathy Slattery GAA National Finance Manager and Pat Lynagh, Treasurer, Leinster GAA (left) and Jim Bolger (right), Chairman, Leinster GAA presenting a Leinster GAA Club Development Grant Cheque amounting to €7,000 awarded to St. Mary’s, Rochfortbridge GAA Club represented by from left, Vincent Bagnall and Bernie Alford.t Kelly (accepted by her sister Katie), Roisin Killian, Ciara Maxwell, Aisling McCormack, Clodagh McCormack, Corrina McCormack, Lisa McCormack, Ann Marie McDonnell, Lauren McDonnell (accepted by her sister Ava), Marie McDonnell, Deirdre Ann Nally, Erin Pettit, Emma Reid (C), Katie Reid, Orla Robbins, Sinead Robbins, Edwina Scally. Finally, a big thanks to the outgoing management team Stephen Keegan, Noel Robbins, Kevin Killian and Michael Pettit and a big thanks to Helen Killian as our physio for the year! KILBEGGAN/ST JOSEPH’S UNDERAGE GIRLS AGM The Kilbeggan/St Joseph’s underage Girls AGM will be held in Kilbeggan Secondary School at 9pm on Friday, 16 February. All parents, mentors and anybody who has an interest in the future of underage girls club football are more than welcome. Everyone’s assistance and suggestions are welcome on the night. CONFIRMATION A huge congratulations to all our club members who were confirmed in the past week both in Ballymore on Thursday, 08 February and in Clara on Sunday, 11 February. ST. MARY’S NAOMH MHUIRE CLUB LOTTO The numbers drawn were 02, 07, 11 and 24. There was no winner of our lotto on Friday, 09 February. There were twelve match three winners – Colm and Joanne Arthur, Mark Wright, Amanda Rowden, Bridget and Kathleen, Emma Glennon, Ann Corroon, Katie and Grace Gunning, Katie Gunning, Marie Maguire, Angie Lynam, P.J Jones and Ann Marie Lee. They each receive €25. Congratulations to our winners, next week’s draw will take place on Friday, 16 February in Bagnall’s for a jackpot of €10,200. Thank you for your continuing support. DINNER DANCE Well done to the organising committee and thanks to all who attended the victory dinner dance in the Bloomfield House hotel on Saturday, 10 February. It was a great success and most enjoyable by young and not so young alike. Our special guests on the night were Denis Bastick and Conor Sketches. Denis congratulated the lads on their victory and encouraged them to stay focused. He also congratulated the club on all the facilities that are provided for players and community. He then presented the medals to the panel of players Conor sketches. Well if you did not enjoy the port-folios of the players, what a laugh Conor provided on the night. MINOR FOOTBALL Our minor football team took to the playing fields on Sunday morning, 11 February to face Multyfarnham. Despite the cold weather conditions a good performance was put in by our lads. The score at half time read 1-6 to St Mary’s and 1-3 to Multyfarnham. However luck was not on our side in the second half with a strong wind playing into our faces and having missed chances in both the first and second half proved critical, with Multyfarnham running out winners on a score line of St Mary’s 2-8 and Multyfarnham 3-7. ST. MALACHY’S NAOMH MAELEACHLAINN LOTTO Numbers drawn at the recent lotto were 06, 26, 27 and 30. There was no winner, or three numbers winners. Special draw winner was Pat Clavin, and the promoter’s prize went to Eamon Clarke. Next week’s draw jackpot is €7,100, and it will be held in Drakes. TABLE QUIZ AND AWARDS NIGHT Not long now until our first social gathering of the year. Don’t forget that on Saturday, 24 February we will be having our table quiz and awards night in the Drake Inn. Awards will be presented to club person, senior player, young player of the year and golden boot winner. The quiz will have a range of questions along with a picture round, dingbats and plenty of general knowledge. There will be a raffle also on the night and anyone who wishes to donate a prize, it will be greatly appreciated. Teams of four cost €40. Looking forward to seeing you all there. MEMBERSHIP Membership is now due for all members and with the playing season on the horizon we insist on all players paying their membership or they will not be covered by insurance. At a cost of just €20 for adults and €10 for students we encourage all players and supporters to contact any committee member over the coming weeks. Players can give their membership to Darren Ruane or Neal Kirby. Paid up members are also included in the draws for our club's All-Ireland ticket allocation. NATIONAL CLUB DRAW Our club are taking part in this annual draw in which all of the 20 excellent prizes, from a Renault car to All-Ireland packages, are sponsored by the GAA. All funds raised from the sale of the €10 tickets are retained by our club with the draw being held on 08 March. PILATES The club's Health and Well Being Officer, Ethel Wallace, is holding Pilates classes on Tuesdays at 8pm in St. Michael’s Hall, Castletown. The class is for males of all ages and costs only €6 per class. All you will need is an exercise mat, which are readily available these days. SYMPATHIES The club extends their deepest sympathies to the Flynn family, Adamstown on the death of Jack during the week. RIP Jack. ROSEMOUNT BAILE AN BHRIC ÓIG GOOD LUCK SENIORS Best of luck to our senior footballers and supporters who are travelling to Dingle, and Ventry this weekend as we take part in the annual Paidi O’Shea Tournament. The competition is run over three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Safe travels to everyone going, for what will be a fantastic weekend away for the club. ROSEMOUNT GAA 300 CLUB DRAW The club are currently running our 300 club draw for fundraising towards the further development of our facilities, with each ticket costing €100. Draws will take place on March 16 and 31, April 14 and 28 and May 12 and 19. For each of the draws, prize money will be as follows: 1st prize €1,000, 2nd prize €200, with 4 prizes of €100 each. Promoters prize will be €50. Draws will take place each night in The Stile Bar with exact times TBC. Tickets available from all committee members. All support greatly appreciated. LOTTO Lotto results for the draw that took place on 05 February - numbers drawn were 07, 15, 19 and 26. There was no jackpot winner. Match three winners were Alan Mullen and James Geoghegan, Rosemount and Martin Healy Tubber. The sellers prize winner was Colm Boland Rosemount. Well done to all our winners. The next lotto draw is on Monday, 19 February. The jackpot will be €3,400. Please support. MEMBERSHIP Membership for 2018 is now due. The costs are as follows: 1 Adult - €30, Adult player - €50, 1 Adult + 1 minor - €50, Couple - €50, Couple + 1 child - €80, Juvenile/Minor/Student - €30, OAP - €30, Walking Track - €30, Family membership - €100. Membership can be paid to any committee member, or paid online by card, by registering on myclubfinances.com, or downloading the app. CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Eoin Carberry, Boidu Sayeh and the Westmeath footballers who defeated Wexford last Sunday in the Allianz national football league. WALKING TRACK The new winter times for the walking track lights are from 7pm to 10pm every Monday to Friday, and from 6.30pm to 8.30pm every Saturday and Sunday. Only those with paid up membership are permitted and insured, to use the walking track. CLUB GEAR Rosemount shorts, including the club crest, are for sale in Moate Sports, as well as some grey club tops. Please contact Pat in Moate Sports on 090 6481696 for more information. ASTRO TURF Bookings are available for the Astro-turf Pitch at only €35 per hour. For more information or to make a booking, contact Kevin Keenan on 087 9481521. MULLINGAR SHAMROCKS SEAMROIG AN MHUILEANN CEARR LEINSTER UNDER-13 LEAGUE Our Under-13s continued their winning ways in the Leinster Under-13 League when defeating Dunshaughlin (5-7 to 0-8) at the Oliver Plunkett’s Hurling club grounds on Saturday. The lads began the season with a 5-13 to 1-4 victory against Mount Leinster Rangers. Our men on duty against the Meath team were: Eoin Doran, Peter Finch, Killian Kelly, Dylan Carey, Nathan Cornally, Carl Mulherne, Tadhg Sheridan, Conor Heffernan, John Ryan, Ryan Kelly, Donnacha Maguire, Alex Sheerin, Luke McCabe, Hugh O’Sullivan, Rían Maguire, Patrick Oherron, Adam Glynn, Gavin Pierce. LAST MAN STANDING The standard of punditry displayed by those who entered our Last Man Standing Competition seems to have improved since last year as 31 entrants are still standing after round three of the National Football League. The 22 experts who believed that Cork would beat Louth had their belief in Cork football justified; nine entrants await the result of the postponed games. Roscommon with ten and Westmeath with nine supporters are the most popular choices of those who are still standing. MULLINGAR SHAM- ROCKS LIGHTS UP THE GAA Mullingar Shamrocks Lights Up the GAA initiative, in conjunction with Operation Transformation, continues on each Monday night with the walkway floodlights switched on between 7pm and 9pm. This will continue each Monday night until 26 February. Margaret Clinton, Madeline Flynn and Joan Ormsby, the group leaders, will be present each evening with the organised walk commencing at 7.30pm. REGISTRATION DATES ANNOUNCED Mullingar Shamrocks registration day for the 2018 season has been fixed for Saturday, 24 February between 10.30am and 1pm. Underage coaching resumes on Saturday, 03 March at 10.30am. STRICTLY SHAMROCKS Our major entertainment and fundraising night for 2018 Strictly Shamrocks, has been scheduled for 12 May in The Mullingar Park Hotel when 16 couples will don their blue suede shoes and provide a dancing extravaganza. A few vacancies are still available for dancers so if you want to be part of the glitz and glamour on the night, please contact Richie Daly or Roisín Masterson. MILLTOWNPASS BEALACH BAILE AN MHUILINN SYMPATHY Milltownpass GAA would like to offer deepest sympathy to the Moran family, on the loss of Aileen Curtis of Milltownpass, who sadly passed away during the week in England. LOTTO The Milltownpass lotto results for Monday, 05 February, numbers drawn were 05, 11, 18 and 21. There was no jackpot winner. There were three match three winners who each won €70; they were Eileen Moran, c/o Sean Moran, Carmel Delaney, c/o Joe Gorman and Ellen Loran, c/o Cepta Plunkett. The seller’s prize went to Dermot Gorman. Next week's jackpot is €2,200. MULTYFARNHAM MUILTE FEARANÁIN UNDERAGE REGISTRA- TION DAY 2018 Registration day takes place on Saturday, 03 March at Multyfarnham Community Centre from 11am to 1pm. BBQ and special guests on day. Come join a club going from strength to strength every year. MINOR LEAGUE Our minors got their season off to a winning start with a 3-8 to 2- 9 victory over Rochfortbridge on Sunday morning. A great team performance on a bitterly cold morning secured the win. Panel: Evan Hales, Laurence Monaghan, Eoin Walsh, Brendan McCarthy, Josh Lee, Oisin Boyle, Feichin Brennan, Luke Nangle, Ciaran Bawle, Cian O Fiaich, Aran Whelan, Shane Williams, Jamie Coffey, Bernard Cox, Gary Greville, Adam Ledwith, Cian Lee. We play again next Sunday. Please check our facebook page for time and venue. Training for u16 and Minors on Tuesday in the hall at 7:30pm.

58 TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 SPORT ALLIANZ NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 3 Westmeath return to winning WESTMEATH 0-16 WEXFORD 1-10 A win is a win and the Westmeath senior footballers registered their second important win of this year’s Allianz Football League Division 3 campaign when over coming Wexford by three points in Innovate Wexford Park, in Wexford, last Sunday afternoon, but this was far from an impressive victory by Colin Kelly’s men. James Dolan of Westmeath on the attack as Wexford's James Stafford closes Ger Egan of Westmeath weaves his way in between Wexford's Brian Malone and Conor Carty during last Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division 3 game. BY PAUL O’DONOVAN After a reasonable first half where Westmeath were leading by two points having played against a very strong wind, more was expected from the men in Maroon and White in the second half. But they failed to drive home their superiority and while they led by seven points heading into the final few minutes, they then conceded a goal and a point, to leave them winners by just three points. Fortunately the final whistle went immediately after Wexford’s injury time goal ensuring Westmeath collected the two league points on offer, to maintain their good start to the league campaign, but most Westmeath supporters would have been expecting Westmeath to push on in the second half and come away with a more comfortable win, considering Wexford were so poor on the day. While Westmeath have been registering good scores to date in their games, and 15 points is a reasonable tally in difficult weather conditions, manager Colin Kelly will be no doubt a little disappointed with the final wide tally of 16 for Westmeath. It wasn’t so much the wides as the options taken from certain situations with some players opting to shoot from difficult angles, when the simple pass inside was the better option. Westmeath started brightly and led by 0-4 to 0- 1 after 20 minutes but they finished the half under pressure and went in leading at the break by 0-6 to 0- 4, although having played into a very strong wind. The Lake County men never really shook off a very limited but dogged Wexford side until the third quarter when the visitors moved six points clear with 15 minutes remaining. But once again Westmeath became sluggish and allowed their opponents back into a game, and there were shades of the away game against Derry once again, as Wexford fought back to within three points of Westmeath, before holding on for victory. The ‘Sunny South East’ certainly lived up to its name last Sunday. With much of the country, particularly the north and midlands, covered in snow, the small band of loyal Westmeath supporters were greeted by bright sunshine and fine but cool conditions on their arrival at the Wexford venue. Westmeath manager Colin Kelly made a number of changes to the starting line up with the injured Boidu Sayeh and Alan Stone being replaced by David Whelan and Tomas McDaniel, with Sam Duncan moving out to midfield and McDaniel moving into the corner forward position. Kelly also welcomed back Jamie Gonoud, Denis Corroon, Ronan Wallace and Anthony McGivney to the squad - although the latter two Multy players did not make an appearance, while it was good to see Corroon return so soon after his appendix operation. WESTMEATH’S GOOD START Wexford used the ploy of launching high balls into the Westmeath square throughout the game and it nearly paid dividends in the opening minutes when the ball broke loose to Paul Curtis but his shot was blocked inside the square. A number of these situations arose over the seventy minutes with Westmeath scrambling the ball clear on occasions, while Eoin Carberry also caught some good ball in around the square. Westmeath also came close to grabbing an early goal, Callum McCormack Westmeath's Luke Loughlin sets off on a solo run as Wexford's Glen Malone gives chase during last Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division 3 game, in Innovate Wexford Park. Westmeath's Ronan O’Toole is stopped in his tracks by Wexford's Glen Malone during last Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division 3 game, in Innovate Wexford Park.