Clubrooms well used.
Last Friday morning it was looking to the future with the start of the new computer class and then on Friday night it was looking to the past with the talk on Charlemont Fort. Both events were well attended. The Charlemont Fort talk by Jimmy Kane was very informative and will have many people searching the internet and the Library for more information on this once very important part of Ireland. Well done to John Mitchell for organising this event. See separate photo coverage.
If there are sufficient numbers the SRC in Armagh might run a second computer class on Monday nights but you must contact Kellie on 077 3633 6152 at SRC Southern Regional College, Armagh to register.
Naomh Eoin u-16 win Div 3 Shield
Naomh Eoin won the Division 3 u-16 Shield on Sat 20 October defeating Clady on a scoreline of 3-8 to 3-4 in Granemore. The game played in fine weather saw Naomh Eoin lead at the break by 2-7 to 1-1 thanks to the goals by C Cullen and C Donaghy. The second half saw Naomh Eoin only score another 1-1, the goal from C Robinson which was enough despite Clady scoring 2-3. This left Naomh Eoin worthy winners on 3-8 to 3-4.
The u-16 Shield was presented to the winning captain Sean McCann. Commiserations to Clady. Well done to all the Naomh players and panel for their workrate and commitment during the year which has now paid off with this trophy, not forgetting also winning the u-16 3B League Title.
The Naomh Eoin players were delighted to see our playing member Joe Kelly at the match and look forward to seeing him and all the boys and girls at the forthcoming Naomh Eoin presentation night later in November.
Club Presentation Night planned for Friday 30 November.
Races Friday Night
Plans are well underway for the Collegeland’s Nite at the Races in the Auction Rooms on this Fri 26 Oct. Not given your horse a name for a tenner yet or maybe you want to sponsor a Race? There might still be time but please hurry and contact Shane McGeary or any Committee Member or player. List of Race Sponsors will be displayed on the night and in the Races Programme.
Our MC this year is Martin McCarron and he promises a good nights craic. Everyone welcome so come along and bring some friends, you can bet with £1 or more. Horses are now being sold for the first eight races at £10 each so hurry before the programme is printed. The horses in the last Race are being sold on the night to the highest bidder. Hope you have a winner but remember the real winners will be Collegeland O’Rahillys GAC and you will be helping us provide activities and support in the local community.
Collegeland had Portadown Tir Na nÓg as visitors to the Fr McKnight Memorial Park on Saturday 13th of October for an Intermediate League game.
The rain that fell during the week made the playing surface difficult for the players and a heavy shower during the game made conditions even worse.
Tir Na nÓg had two points on the score board after two minutes. Ryan Mc Parland then pointed for Collegeland after five minutes but the visitors went two up again after ten minutes. Midway through the half Collegeland drew level with points by Jack Mc Geary and Stephen Clancy. The Portadown men then had two quick scores to again lead by two. A Jack McGeary point cut the deficit to one point on the 22nd minute. Tir Na nÓg rallied with 4 points to leave the score at the break Collegeland 0-4 Tir Na nÓg 0-09.
Collegeland changes saw Gareth Mc Ardle move from goalkeeper to the forwards with Tommy McGeary replacing Gareth in nets. The Tir Na nÓg men scored 4 points in the third Quarter to extend their lead by nine. Collegeland came back strongly with 3 points in a row on 16th, 17th, 18th minutes added by Gareth Mc Ardle free, Mickey Cullen, and Gareth Mc Ardle to narrow the gap to six. The Portadown men had points in the 19th and 21st minutes to edge further in front. Gareth Mc Ardle replied with a point for Collegeland in the 25th Minute. Back came the visitors with two late scores to leave the final score Collegeland 0-8 Tir Na nÓg 0-17.
Collegeland battled hard in the conditions and both teams must be applauded for their efforts over the hour. Tir Na nÓg with their two county men Brian Mallon and Paul Carville were always going to be hard to beat in the Portadown men’s last fixture. Our next match is away to Annaghmore on Sunday 21.
Despite having two re-fixtures left this result means we will be playing in the Junior League next season. Collegeland can take some comfort from the season as along the way we have defeated the Intermediate league winners Shane O’Neills in Camlough and also defeated St Peters who will also be playing in the senior league next season.
The Junior League will give us a opportunity to introduce young players and hopefully a few players will return to these shores and help us build for the future and return to Intermediate League. Maybe our motto for the incoming year could be IS FEIDIR LINN [Yes we can].
U16 DIV 3 SHIELD FINAL
Naomh Eoin v Clady in Abbey Park, Armagh at 3pm on Saturday 20 Oct. We wish all the Players and management good luck in the under 16 Div 3 Shield Final. We would ask Club members to come out and support our Naomh Eoin team on Saturday.
Nite at the Races
A great nights craic is promised at our annual Nite at the Races by our MC Martin McCarron on Fri 26 October in the Auction Rooms, Moy. We are trying something different this year with a new approach to the night itself and a new approach to seeking sponsors and selling horses. If you are a business or supplier with customers in the wider Collegeland area then we ask for your support.
CCCDA Computer Course starting this Friday 19 Oct in Collegeland if sufficient numbers and possibly Mondays BUT YOU MUST Contact Doreen Lappin 077 3633 6152 at SRC Southern Regional College to register.
REMINDER Charlemont Fort
A Talk by James Kane, on Charlemont Fort and the O’Neill connection will be held Friday 19 October in Collegeland Clubrooms at 8.00 pm. £3 for adults, £1 for children. All welcome.