Roscommon Gaels GAA Club News February 15th

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Minor Football
We played Elphin and lost on a score line of Elphin 2-6 Roscommon Gaels 0-9
Minor training continues this week on Wednesday evening. Details will be sent out.

The U14 will continue Tuesday’s in the Hyde 7-8pm and Saturdays in Lisnamult 11-12.30pm.

Mercy Convent Through to All Ireland Final
Congratulations to the Mercy Convent who won the All Ireland semi final on a score line Mercy Convent-Roscommon 1-09 v Carrigaline CS, Cork 1-07
Mercy Scorers: E. Ni Chumaill 1-00, N. Farrell 0-01, L. Rowe 0-01, R. Fitzmaurice 0-03, L. Keenan 0-01, G. Whyte 0-01, S. Fallon 0-02
They will take on St. Josephs, Rochfortbridge in the Final.

Senior Hurling
Best wishes to the Roscommon Hurlers (Especially Chris, Cillian and Gearoid) who take on Monaghan on the 21st February in Athleague at 2 pm.
Roscommon Gaels Senior Hurlers will have training again on the 17th and the 20th. Times will be sent out.

CBS Hurlers chase Connacht Glory
After defeating last year’s winners Ballyhaunis CS in the semi-final Roscommon CBS senior hurling team will play either Mercy College Woodford or St Enda’s Galway City in the Connacht Colleges senior C championship final at a venue and date TBC. This is a great opportunity for CBS to reach the last four in the Country and a place in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Under 12 Boys Football
Under 12 Boys football starts back in the Hyde Centre next Thursday 18th Feb @ 7.15pm sharp. Water is essential.

Senior Football
Western Gaels and Roscommon Gaels shared the points in what was a hard fought contest in the opening round of the senior league on a sunny but cold Sunday afternoon in Nash Park Frenchpark. Goals either side of the half time break by Cian Connolly had Roscommon  Gaels ahead by 6pts but Western  Gaels fought bravely right to the end and helped by 11pts (10F) from the boot of Derek Moran, they levelled the game with the last kick of the game.
Training continues for the lads at the usual times and texts will be sent out.

Club Rossie Awards Night
Roscommon Gaels GAA Club congratulates Ricki O’Gara on winning Male Handballer of the year for 2015. Ricki played underage and adult football for the club down through the years and hopefully we will see him back in the purple & gold in the future. This award is richly deserved as Ricki’s dedication and commitment to handball down through the years has been immense. Congrats Ricki on your award.
Roscommon Gaels GAA Club are delighted that one of our up and coming players will be honoured at the Club Rossie awards night for their playing exploits in 2015. Richard Hughes will receive the County Minor football “Player of the Year”. This is a richly deserved award for Richard after many fine displays in the Gaels & Roscommon jersey during 2015 . The club heartily congratulates Richard.
Roscommon Gaels GAA Club also congratulates Chris Duignan and Cillian Egan who collected their Nicky Rackard Medals on the night. They have represented the Club and County well and only better things are to come for the hurlers in the future.

Connacht GAA Club Officer and Players Forum Cancelled 
Due to the unavailability of a large number of Clubs the Connacht GAA Club Officer and Players Forum Fixed for Saturday 13th February 2016 has been cancelled.

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 clientele 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.

There was no winner of the jackpot and next week’s jackpot is €2650 and the numbers drawn were 02, 13,19, 23.
The weekly winners of €30 were
Bernie Condron, Cloverhill.
Patrica Leonard, c/o The Hyde
Bernie & Jackie c/o B. Carr
Mary Reynolds, c/o P.Menton
Francie & Natasha, c/o The Hyde

Roscommon Gaels Trivia
Last weeks Question: How many Connacht Senior Football Championship titles have Roscommon Gaels won and when?
Answer: 2, in 1974 and 1975
This weeks question: In 1994 Roscommon Gaels won the senior football championship beating Strokestown by 0-12 to 0-09. Can you name the Roscommon Gaels Captain on the day?

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”

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 within 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 (086-0402081) if you wish to attend 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 (086-0402081) if you wish to attend 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.
Venue for Roscommon Gaels participants  = Creggs National School
            Time-   7.30pm to 9.30pm
            Date     Wednesday February 17th
Please contact John Donnellan (086-0402081) if you wish to attend 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 (086-0402081) if you wish to attend 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 O 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
1)      Information on Drills for your Training Sessions  
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
1)      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.
Good Coaching will improve the playing experience for all our underage players as they progress from U8-U18. More news to follow.
D.  Note from Roscommon GAA : Club coaching our number one priority for 2016.
“Roscommon Coaching and Games Development Chairman and County Coaching officer Sean Kilbride along with GAA Games Manager Willie Hegarty have pin-pointed their number one priority for 2016 is club and secondary school coaching, recruitment & development of club coaches. We welcome ideas, suggestion and how we can improve our coaching standards in our clubs and schools by putting a strong coaching resource in place. We seek feedback from all clubs so we can set our plans in pace as a joint venture going forward”.