Minor League: Roscommon Gaels 1-4 Clann na nGael 2-19
Clann minors had their second competitive outing of the year on Sunday last in Lisnamult against Roscommon Gaels.
The pitch in Lisnamult was in great condition. The game was played in breezy, dry and for the first time in 2017, warm conditions.
Clann made a good start and dominated the game from start to finish against the home side who were short a number of regulars. Clann played some good football in both halves, but the performance tailed off in the closing 15 mins as the rise in temperature started to take its toll. Ros gaels battled all through the game and were never found wanting for desire in their play.
Clann can be happy with some aspects of their play but know that tougher tests are waiting. The Minor league continues next Sunday with a home fixture on Sunday morning against neighbours, Padraig Pearses.
Team: S. Seery, O. Rock, C. Lennon, C. Costello, D. Duff, S. Ryan, E. Fallon, P. Mc Manus (0-1), A. Harney, A. Wall (0-1), D. Sumner, O. Lennon, R. Moran (0-1), J. Mc Manus, C. O’Brien (1-2), S. Henry (1-5), L.Donnelly, Andrew Kelly, C. Farrell (0-9), R. Hardiman, Anthony Kelly, A. Francis, F. Lennon, D. Reynolds, M. Mc Manus, T. Bannon.
U.14 Challenge in Claregalway
Over the past few seasons these sides have had many an exciting contest in various challenge games, and also in our own Mid Sept tournament, the last of which Claregalway won outright.
Sunday didn’t fail to disappoint, as the 32 man Clann squad headed up to Galway, and took the N17 out to the host’s training grounds to play two U.14 challenge games in beautiful sunshine.
Both games opened up brightly, with the Division 1 team opening up an early lead, and dominating the first half, leading by 12 points at half time. However, Claregalway responded well in the second half, and with a series of points, a brace of goals, and then a third goal from a penalty, they came very close to the visitors. Clann then raillied back with a few points of their own, to finish out the game as victors 3-9 to 3-5
The Div 4 team (comprising of mainly U13s) had a much tighter game, and had to battle against a stiff breeze in the second half, but after a sterling performance from the lads, they too managed to emerge victorious at the end, by a margin of a few points
Afterwards the teams were welcomed into the new clubhouse for refreshments. Sincere thanks to Claregalway for the excellent hospitality and sporting contest, which the managers agreed to continue later in the season, when Clann hope to return the compliment and invite the Galway men to Johnstown.
These games will stand the teams in very good stead for Round 2 of the U.14 league, where they will be away to Roscommon Gaels for a double header on Sunday next, April 3rd. Game on!
Code of Ethics Course
A Code of Ethics course for all underage coaches (from minor down) is taking place on Wednesday 29th March in Johnstown from 7pm to 10pm. It is mandatory that all club coaches (male & female) of all levels who have any involvement whatsoever with young people and children complete a child protection workshop as part of their Foundation level coaching course. Course is free for participants. Please contact Coaching Officer, Declan O’Flaherty (086 8040692) or Coaching Committee Secretary Lorraine Fallon McGowan (086 3683331) to book a place.
Underage Training begins
Clann got the new season of Sunday morning training for U.6 & U.8 boys and girls and U.10 boys off to a great start. The usual first morning chaos was predictable, but all settled well and about 150 boys and girls were put through their paces by the enthusiastic coaches. The beautiful weather really helped to add to the occasion. All the kids put in a great effort and earned their drink and biscuit afterwards.
Many thanks to all the parents coaches and other helpers for making the event so successful both on the pitch and in the clubhouse. The kids were kitted out in the Clann colours thanks to Catherine, Bernie and others in the club shop. The ongoing assistance from all volunteers will help make the Sunday morning training enjoyable, safe and beneficial for all the kids.
Special thanks to Tormeys Solicitors for their continued support with registration.
Gaelic 4 Mother’s & Other’s
G4M&O’s has started back on Thursday nights at 8.30pm in Johnstown. This is fun filled way of keeping active and fit with no experience required and great social outlet. New members always welcome!
Clann na nGael Lotto
The draw took place in the Grove on Sunday 26th of March with a jackpot of €2,400.
The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 8, 24. There was no winner, each match 3 winner receives €40 each:
Matthew Byrne (Ollie Colgan)
Emmet Rock (D. Rock)
Leo Fennell (James Curley)
Michael Dolan (Rita Durney)
Michael Hughes (Bernie Reilly)
Next week’s jackpot will be €2,600 and the draw will be in Shines. Thanks to everyone who supports the Clann na nGael Lotto every week.
Did you know? Over €25,000 was won in the Clann lotto in 2016. We’re aware that there’s lots of club members living in Dublin and abroad who would like to enter but do not have the access to do so. With this in mind, we are happy to announce that the Clann lotto can now be entered online.
Visit clanngaa.ie/lotto to take part. Entry closes every Sunday at 6pm, entries after 6pm will be carried over.
Clann na nGael Shop
The Clann Shop is now online with a wide range of O’Neills gear to purchase. The shop can be accessed via the ClannGAA.ie menu or directly by visiting tiny.cc/ClannShop