Roscommon Gaels Club News February 8th

Registration and Membership
There was a large attendance at Registration night and a big thank you to all who signed up. If your membership is still due you can contact any club official to register.
Also thank you to all who helped out on the night. The club could not function without your help.
Roscommon Gaels GAA annual membership fees increase for 2016 is due to the fact that the total of membership fees collected are paid out in full player GAA affiliation and insurance.
The increase in membership fees will contribute modestly towards the operating of the Club.

Year 2014

Year 2015

Membership Fees collected



Less GAA Affiliation & Insurance fees






Thank you to all members for their continued support.

Minor Football
Minor training continues this week on Wednesday evening. Details will be sent out. First round of the league is on Saturday away to Elphin scheduled for 3.30pm

U14 camogie training starts again this coming week in order to prepare for the U14 Féile championship which will begin in March. All players should be in the Hyde for indoor training on Tuesday’s from 7-8pm and in Lisnamult for outdoor training on Saturdays from 11-12.30pm. Team management for 2016 includes Mary McNeill, Tom O Farrell, John Casey and Tricia Torpey.

Senior Hurling
Best wishes to the Rosscommon Hurlers (especially the representatives of Roscommon Gaels) who take on Louth on the 14th February in Swords at 2 pm.
The Senior Hurlers lost narrowly to Castlebar Hurling Club last Friday night in the Tain league but performed well in the second half clawing 8 of a 10 point lead.
Training will commence next weekend and details will be sent out.

U16 Football League
Our U-16 team lost to Castlerea St Kevin’s last week by 4-17 to 1-04. We take on Tulsk and expect a better result then.

Senior Football
Congratulations to the County Football team on getting a victory against Kerry and especially to the Roscommon Gaels representatives.
We take on Western Gaels in Frenchpark in Division 1 of the O’Rourke Cup at 2pm on the 14th of February.

Roscommon GAA are in the process of recruiting personnel who are interested in taking up refereeing. If you are in full time work, seeking employment or still going to school or college this is an ideal way to earn extra money and make new friends while keeping yourself healthy and fit in the process. If you think you have what it takes to referee a senior county final, a Connacht final or indeed an All Ireland Senior Final, this is where the dream begins.
For more information please contact Haulie Beirne 086 8293845 [email protected] or Roscommon GAA Co Board Office 090 6627176

“25” Card Drive in the Hyde
“25” card playing in the Hyde continues on Monday nights. The regular clientèle are enjoying the cards, the craic and the cuppa. It takes place every Monday night @ 8.30pm in the Hyde centre. There is a €5 entry with cash prize on the night. All are welcome.

Roscommon Gaels Lotto
There was no winner of the jackpot and next week’s jackpot is €2650 and the numbers drawn were 07, 09, 15, 18.
The weekly winners of €30 were
James O’Neill, C/O The Hyde
Peggy Conway C/O The Hyde
Christy Clancy, C/O The HollyTree
Enda Lannon
Alice and Liam Bracken, Fourmilehouse

Roscommon Gaels Trivia
Last weeks Question: Name the 2 clubs that amalgamated in 1959 to for Roscommon Gaels?.
Ans: Eoghan Ruadhs and St Comans
This weeks question: How many Connacht Senior Football Championship titles have Roscommon Gaels won and when?

Defibrillator Training Spring 2016
Roscommon Gaels is currently planning its next Defibrillator Training Classes. Anyone interested in taking this most important please contact John Donnellan (086-0402081).
We would ask all club members to take a few minutes to look at a short video on how, having a defibrillator available and trained responders, recently saved an Athlone GAA players life. Go to WWW.GAA.IE and click on link “Is your GAA club ready to ACT? For vital Defibrillator Information”

Club Coaching Officers Meeting.
Roscommon Coaching and Games Development held their first meeting of the year last Thursday night will all underage clubs in football and hurling bar FIVE which included two apologies from Clann na nGael and St Croan’s in attendance.  A full report and breakdown from the meeting will be emailed out to all clubs next week. In the meantime we are asking all clubs who attended the meeting could they email their ideas, suggestion and feedback from the meeting to [email protected]

A.  Upcoming Courses
1) Dual Football and Hurling Foundation Course
Venue       Roscommon Community College
Dates        Friday February 26th 7.30pm to 10.30pm – Theory, ABC’S and how to coach skills
Saturday February 27th 10am to 2.30pm practicals in both football and hurling.
As a progressive Club, Roscommon Gaels would like as many coaches as possible to take the Foundation Course so that we set a Coaching Baseline/Standard in our club. The Club will reimburse those attending the course.

2) Award One Youth/Adult Football Course
Venue            Kilbride GAA Club
Dates              Friday       March 4th      7.30pm to 10.30pm
Saturday March 5th      10am to 3.30pm
Saturday March 12th    10am to 3.30pm

3)Award One Youth/Adult Hurling Course
Venue            Roscommon Community College
Dates              Friday       March 18th      7.30pm to 10.30pm
Saturday March 19th      10am     to 3.30pm
Saturday March 26th    10am     to 3.30pm

Roscommon Gaels would like as many coaches who have already taken the Foundation Football and/or Hurling Couse to take the Award One Football and/or Hurling Course. This course is very informative and well delivered. The Club will pay for those attending the course.
Please contact John Donnellan (086-0402011) if you are interested in attending any of the above courses.

4)Gaelic Games Child Protection in Sport Awareness
Please note this is a mandatory course for anyone involved in coaching underage GAA Teams.
Wednesday March 2nd
Venue: Roscommon GAA Offices, Racecourse Road.
Time: 7pm.
This workshop is for those who have completed the Foundation Course  in Roscommon Community College on 26/27 Feb.
Please contact John Donnellan (086-0402011) if you are interested in attending the Gaelic Games Child Protection in Sport Awareness Course.

5) Indoor Nursery-ABC and Educational E-Learning Workshop
Roscommon GAA Coaching is going to have two indoor workshops for our club coaches in the crucial three strands of our games in both football and hurling with a nursery programme, ABC programme along with an education part to the workshop on the new E-Learning website set up on the GAA portal which is a must for all underage club coaches.

Age groups- 5-6 yrs., 7-8yrs, 9-10yrs
Venue-        Strokestown Secondary School
Time- 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Date   Monday February 15th

Venue   Creggs National School
Time-   7.30pm to 9.30pm
Date     Wednesday February 17th

Please contact John Donnellan (086-0402011) if you are interested in attending the  those who are interested in attending the course (and what venue/date) and I will co-ordinate with County Board Organisers.

6)Player Performance Coaching Workshop.
Roscommon Coaching and Games Development will be holding a Player Performance Coaching Workshop for all our club coaches on Saturday February 20th in Hannon’s Hotel Roscommon Town and a must for all club coaches from U12 to adult in all GAA codes. This workshop will focus on player performance. The presentation will be given by Master Tutor Philip Kerr from Derry who was guest speaker at the National Coaching Conference in Croke Park two years ago and has agreed to come to Roscommon.
Philip Kerr introduction to workshop:
Having worked for over 30 years with different age groups at club, school and county level I’m more convinced than ever that a major piece of the jigsaw is still missing. Despite the huge volume of coaching work done and the inordinate amount of time given over to it, there is little attention paid to individual player refinement. Proper and sustained work to refine player skills will have a profound impact on teams and how they play.

Places are filling up quickly so please contact John Donnellan (086-0402011) if you are interested in attending the Player Performance Coaching Workshop.

7)      Connacht GAA Coaching Conference
This year’s Connacht GAA Coaching Conference will take place on Saturday March 5th in the Connacht Centre in Bekan. A full programme of events is planned for the day and is geared towards adult senior club coaches; spaces are limited so booking is essential at a cost of €25 which will include lunch. Please check Connacht GAA Coaching website for full details of the conference.

Provincial Coaching Forum Saturday 5th March 2016– 9.30am Connacht GAA Centre.

Session 1: 10am -Gaelic Games Research Presentations 1. Martin McIntyre– ‘Hamstring Injury Prevention for Gaelic Games’ 2. Dermot Sheridan– ‘Games related muscle damage in Gaelic games’ 3. Damien Young- ‘So many decisions, so little time– Developing players Decision making’ 4. Cathal Cregg- ‘Connacht GAA Strength & Conditioning support structures for Gaelic Games’

Session 2: 11.45am -Presentation ‘Effective Conditioning for the Club GAA Player’ Des Ryan, Head of Sports Medicine and Athletic Development, Arsenal FC.

Session 3: 12.45pm –Open Forum ‘Ideal Structure for Progressive Player Development’ Chaired by Colm Parkinson – Sports Presenter, Off the Ball, Newstalk, Contributors Tomas Ó Se,  Paraic Joyce,  Michael Duignan and  Anthony Cunningham.
Places are filling up so if you are a Coach with Roscommon Gaels and would like to attend please contact John Donnellan (086-0402081).

B.  Training Drills
There is a vast amount of information available to coaches on-line.
Has Video format & download in PDF format.
Remember: Keep your drills fresh and select ones that maximise player contact time with the football/sliotar.

C.  Coaching Committee
Our Club is always looking for ways to improve/develop and so we will be forming a Coaching Committee to work at establishing structures that will help existing coaches, encourage more people to become coaches in our club. This will ultimately improve the playing experience for all our underage players as they progress from U8-U18.