Collegeland GAC Notes – 5 May 2013

Collegeland had Forkhill as visitors to the Fr McKnight Park on Friday 3rd May for a Junior League Div 3A Fixture.  The Match took placed on  a wet and greasy pitch due to the showery rain which preceded the game.

Forkhill opened the scoring with  a Goal and a point.  Collegeland replied with three points by Paul Cullen, Tom Murphy, and Brian Mc Geary.  Another two points by the visitors increased their lead.  A  Jack McGeary score saw Collegeland trail by a goal after eighteen minutes of play. Forkhill were awarded a penalty five minutes later and found the net. The home side added a point by Tom Murphy to leave the half time score Collegeland 0-5 Forkhill 2-3.

Collegeland needed to start the second half well but it was not to be as two early  points by  Forkhill set the tone for the second half. A third  Forkhill goal after seven minutes killed this game as a contest.  The visitors added a further three points to their tally before Collegeland registered a point by Paul Cullen. Then both sides had  a point  each the home sides final score from Mickey Cullen.  Full time Collegeland 0-7 Forkhill 3-9.

Forkhill were the better team on the day and the timing of those goals clearly made a difference.  Collegeland will be asking themselves what went wrong on the night. The players must put this disappointment behind them and concentrate on their next game which is away to Belleek on Friday night at 7.30 pm.

 

Reserves.

We need to have  a good turnout off all those looking to play B football  or the Reserves as it is known. Next Reserves fixture is on Wed night away to the Grange at 7.30pm

 

Naomh Eoin

Thur 9th May U16  Maghery v Naomh Eoin in Maghery 7.15pm

 

Camogie

Collegeland held a very Successful Camogie blitz on Saturday in Collegeland. The teams taking part were Clan Na Gael Lurgan, Granemore, Middletown and Collegeland.   We would like to thank the visiting clubs for their attendance.

A word of thanks to our Camogie committee for the organising on the day.

Thanks to Alicia Clancy,  Merissa McGeary, Paula Donnelly, Stephen Clancy,  Kathleen Bullock and to her niece Shannon who was  a Referee and our Camogie stalwart  Mary Coleman who also acted as Referee on the day.

 

Golf

The Players organised  Collegeland Golf Outing to Brackaville was a great success. A real mix of  adults, families and  children. Some good golfers but some really need a little practice before they  go professional.  The general response  was we must do this again.  Thanks to all the businesses and individuals for their sponsorship for their contributions and to all who attended or gave donations.  Well done to the three main organisers  Aaron O’Hare, Matthew Murphy and Mickey Hughes.  We intend doing the presentations of prizes on the night on 19 May in the Clubrooms.

Welcome Home  Session for Liam Morrison. 

The evening of 19 May is also the date of our Welcome Home Session for Liam Morrison who has been some time  in Sligo hospital recovering from an injury.

Collegeland GAC Notes – 28 April 2013

Bereavement

The Committee and  Members  of Collegeland O’Rahillys GAC  deeply regret the death of  Bernie Clancy (RIP), Club Vice President. Bernie Clancy and her family have been very active in our Club since its formation through to the present day; her husband Joe ( RIP) was an esteemed founding member; and members of the Clancy family continue their involvement today as Committee members and players so we offer our sympathies to all the family, to  Ann, Mary, Eilish,  Eileen, Deidre, Pauline, and Kevin;  and also to the grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchild.    The O’Rahillys were well represented at the funeral and formed a guard of honour along with St Peters School Collegeland pupils .   Many of the older past-pupils in the area will remember “ Mrs Clancy” the kind dinner lady in Collegeland school who knew every child and what vegetables they liked or more often didn’t like and who would often quietly go out of her way to cater for the fussy eaters. As Fr Eugene Sweeney said her apple sponge and custard was  legendary as was her kindness to her neighbours and friends across the community.   Mary Queen of the Gael Pray for her.

Football

Collegeland’s Div 3A league refixture with Derrynoose on Friday 26 th April was played at the Fr McKnight Memorial Park.  The weather for the evening game was dry and  a strong breeze aided the Collegeland men in the fist half.

Collegeland opened the scoring with 3 points from frees by Brian Mc Geary. Derrynoose replied with a point after ten minutes. Collegeland  were dominating the game and added scores by Jack McGeary, Tom Murphy, and Brian Mc Geary. A pointed free from the visitors in the 20th minute was their final score of the half. Tom Murphy and Brian Mc Geary had points for Collegeland to leave the half time score Collegeland 0-8 Derrynoose 0-2.

On the restart Derrynoose had the first score of the before Mickey Cullen had one for the home side. Both sides then had scores, 3 by the visitors and four by Collegeland from Paul Cullen, Tom Murphy, and Paul Cullen, and Brian Mc Geary left Collegeland leading by 7 midway through the  half. Derrynoose then got a grip of the game and a point followed by a goal narrowed the gap to 3 points.  Two points in as many minutes saw Derrynoose just trailing by one point.   A Tom Murphy point in the 23rd minute stretching the lead slightly was enough for a Collegeland win although a late Derrynoose point was not enough to get them a share of the spoils.  FT Collegeland 0-14 Derrynoose 1-10. This was a good win for Collegeland but will be wondering why, with the game won, they let Derrynoose back in to the game. A word of praise to our defence who held firm in the final ten minutes.

This Friday night 3 May in Collegeland sees Forkhill as visitors.   Both teams are off to a great start with 3 wins out of three matches. So it will be a very interesting evening.  The Belleek away game postponed from last Sunday is likely to be played on Fri 10 May.

Saturday 4 May is our Golf outing to the Brackaville Par 3 course so hurry and book your place.  Talk to any player or Committee Member , its only £10 per person with a reduction for couples and families.

NAOMH EOIN

Thursday 2nd May U16 Championship Naomh Eoin v O’ Doirnin Blues in Clonmore 7 15.

GO Games:  Saturday  U8 at 10-30am;   U12 at 4.00pm;  U10 TBC

Collegeland GAC Notes – 23 April 2013

Last Sunday both teams were getting ready to play football in our home Junior A League but that was before the heavy downpour just before throw-in leaving the pitch unplayable so the refixture is on this Fri night, 26 April, at 7.15pm for Collegeland v Derrynoose.

The first outing for Collegeland Reserves is in Silverbridge on this Wed night, 24 April, at 7.15pm.

Then on Sunday 28 April the scheduled Junior A League tie is an away match to Belleek at 2pm.

Golf Outing on Sat 4 May

Preparations are well in hand for our first ever Golf Outing on Sat 4 May. This is a player-led initiative so we would appeal to their friends and families and the wider community to give them support. We are starting with a easy day out at Brackaville Par 3 Course and hope to attract those who do not normally get the chance to play much golf. £10 each or a £17 for couple. Family groups are especially welcome at £30 for 2 adults and 2 children. See Facebook and the Club website for details or contact Frank Donnelly on 077 5180 3050.

Collegeland GAC Notes – 15 April 2013

Football

Collegeland hosted St Michaels Newtownhamilton on Sunday 14th April at the Fr Mc Knight
Memorial Park in a Junior Football League Div 3A Fixture. The overnight rain left the
ground just about playable following a pitch inspection prior to the throw in.

The wind was blowing left to right into the Charlemont end of the pitch. St Michaels playing
with the wind at their backs opened the scoring with a point after 2 minutes. Collegeland
replied with points by Jack Mc Geary and Brian Mc Geary ( 2 ) to lead 3 to 1 after eleven
minutes of play.

The Newtown men then added four points in a row to lead by 2 after twentyfour minutes
of play. Two Collegeland scores by Ruairi Mc Geary and Tom Murphy tied the scores at the
break 0-5 to 0-5.

With the strengthening wind and variable gusts the second half saw scores even harder to
come by. A Tom Murphy score nudged the home side in front after six minutes. However
eight minutes later St Michaels drew level around the three quarter mark. Brian Mc Geary
hit two difficult frees in the 16th and 21st minutes to edge Collegeland in front. The St
Michaels men did float over a great point but Collegeland held on to win by the narrowest
of margins 0-8 to 0-7.

Both teams found it tough going at times the conditions made good football a lottery.
Well done to all the players of both teams who tried their best and made it a competitive and
entertaining game. A special word of thanks to Referee Rory Robinson for dealing well with
the difficult conditions and allowing play to flow where possible.

CAMOGIE

Wed 17th April regular weekly training for all ages from 6.30 to 7 30.
Special training session on Thurs 18th April for under 14s from 5-45 to 7pm with county
Camogie Development Officer.
Parents, especially mothers or maybe aunties, or older sisters or cousins, we really do need
more help at camogie training – with around fifty girls on a Wednesday night it’s not always
easy. We understand if you don’t want to coach but then maybe you can help the girls with
out with helmets, boots, water, toilets etc. Please don’t wait to be asked individually,
please just come along, introduce yourself to the coach and ask what they need you to do.
Thank you.
NAOMH  EOIN

Thurs 18th April u-16 Naomh Eoin v Madden in Clonmore at 6.45pm.
Sat
20th April u-10, u-12 training in Clonmore at 10. 30am
Mon 22nd u-6 , and u-8 Gaelic start in Annaghmore at 6.30pm.

Nathan Carter Tickets
Special Deal for anyone who has helped out in the past year or willing to be involved this
year, if you have helped us then maybe we can help you see Nathan Carter in Armagh,
contact Frank Donnelly NOW on 077 51803050

Collegeland GAC Notes – 8 April 2013

Collegeland had Tullysaran as vistors to the Fr Mc KNIGHT MEMORIAL Park on Sunday 7th of April for their opening Junior league div 3A fixture. The evening was dull and cold. Tullysaran opened the scoring with 3 points inside ten minutes. Collegeland drew level with points by Jack Mc Geary and Brian Mc Geary 2 by the 21st minute. The vistors then added two points to lead by two.Jack Mc Geary narrowed the gap to a point at the break to trail 0-5 to 0-4. Collegeland had also had a penalty saved by the Tullysaran keeper. On the restart The vistors had a point in the 2nd minute but Kevin Mc Nicholl replield a minute later for the O’ Rahilly’s. Tullysaran sent over for their second point of the half after five minutes. Collegeland then started to take control of the game. Colegeland then had points by Jack Mc Geary, Brian Mc Geary 3 frees,and Jack Mc Geary to lead 0-10 to 0-7 mid-way through the half.A Tullysaran point failed to stem the tide. Brian Mc Geary pointed from played. Jack Mc geary had Collegelands 12th point of the game with eight minutes left. sixty seconds later a long ball in to the small square saw Jack MC geary punched the ball to the net to put the game beyound doubt. Brian Mc Geary added the home sides final score. but the vistors had two late points to leave the final score Collegeland 1-13 Tullysaran 0-10 Well done to the team managers Seamus Murphy and Brian Morris and not for forgetting the players on sunday. > Fixture Sunday 14th April Junior League Div 3A Collegeland v St michaels Newtownhamilton in Collegeland at 2PM .

CAMOGIE

Wednesday 10th April Training from 6 30 to 7 30 for all ages Thursday 11th April U14 CAMOGIE from 5 45 to 7pm county camogie player.

Family Fun GOLF IN BRACKAVILLE ON SATURDAY 4TH MAY contact Frank DONNELLY 07751803050. MICHAEL HUGHES, SEAN MAGUIRE OR MATHEW MURPHY FOR DETAILS. > RESERVE FOOTBALL. ANY player who wants to play reserve football please contact Shane M c Geary 07837253095 ASAP.

Club Gear The club will be ordering new HOODIES,Jackets, and Kitbags.we also have club ties for sale. contact club chairman Frank Donnelly 07751803050 for details.

NAOMH EOIN GFC

THURSDAY 11TH U16 LEAGUE Naomh Eoin Wolfe TOnes in Clonmore 6 45 TUESDAY 16TH U14b league Naomh Eoin v Maghery in maghery 6 45 end 07845109641 Tuesday 16th U14 LEAGUE Naomh Eoin v Maghery in MAGHERY 6.45 Our club is amalgamated with Annaghmore and Clonmore and play underage football as Naomh Eoin

Collegeland GAC Notes – 5 March 2013

Registration/Membership

After a slow start Membership Registration for 2013 is going well so we call on the
remaining members and new members to come forward with their membership
subscription. Youth membership is still only £5 and adults start at £30. More thirty-
pound members are welcome but we also need another few more Gold members at £10
per month or £120 per year. Gold Members could win our Monthly Draw prize of £100,
the first three draws for 2013 are to be drawn soon so hurry if you want included. We
are trying to compile better records so we would also ask members to complete the new
Membership form, can be printed from the website. If we have all your details then you
will get an official GAA Membership Card produced by Croke Park.

For Membership you can contact Brian McGeary, Registrar; Frank Donnelly, Chair;
Tommy Mitchell, Secretary ; Sean McNicholl; Assistant Secretary; Kieran Hayes,
Treasurer; or Sean Maguire, Assistant Treasurer; or your usual Club contact.

Condolences

The Committee and Members of Collegeland O’Rahillys GAC tender their condolences to
the family of Seamus Mackle (RIP), former player and uncle of underage player James
and also to the family of Kitty White (RIP), Loughgall mother of Father Seamus White.

Senior Football

The weekly football training is underway but there is still time for more players to get
on-board for the new League season starting in a few weeks. Contact Team Managers
Seamus Murphy and Brian Morris or Sean McNicholl, Assistant Secretary or any player
for further information. This weekend sees Collegeland footballers travelling to Belfast
to meet Cardinal O’Donnell’s GAC. The O’Donnell’s are managed by local man, Paul
Mellon. This game is in Belfast on Sunday at 2.00pm.

Irish Dancing. The McBride School of Irish Dancing continues in the Collegeland
Clubrooms on Tuesdays from 5.30 to 6.30 Beginners and 6.30 to 8.00 Advanced.

Collegeland GAC Notes – 12 February 2013

Bereavement

The Committee and Members of Collegeland O’Rahillys GAC deeply regret the death of
Donal Magner (RIP), esteemed founding member, former player, and grandfather of our
young Naomh Eoin players Gareth and Daniel O’Hagan. Donal’s sporting interests were
not confined to gaelic football as he started a hurling team in Loughgall and also managed
St Peters Camogie team in Collegeland. Donal was well respected in sporting circles and
was a former Chairman of Armagh Camogie County Board. Members of Collegeland
O’Rahillys and members of the former St Peters Collegeland Camogie Club formed the
guard of honour at the funeral on Saturday.

Registration/Membership

The Registration Day was held on Sunday with a great response from the youth in particular.
Maybe it was the GAA National League and rugby on TV but a lot of adults now need
to be followed up. This takes up a lot of time from Committee Members who are all
volunteers. So we call on people to come forward with their membership subscription.
Youth membership is £5 and adults start at £30. More thirty-pound members are welcome but
we also need another few more Gold members at £10 per month or £120 per year. You could
win our Monthly Draw prize of £100. We are trying to compile better records so we would
ask members to complete the new Membership form. If we have all your details then you will
get an official GAA Membership Card produced by Croke Park in a few months.

For Membership you can contact Brian McGeary, Registrar; Frank Donnelly, Chair;
Tommy Mitchell, Secretary ; Sean McNicholl; Assistant Secretary; Kieran Hayes, Treasurer;
or Sean Maguire, Assistant Treasurer; or your usual Club contact.

Senior Football

The weekly indoor football training continues this Friday night. Contact Team Managers
or Sean McNicholl, Assistant Secretary, for directions and information.

Committee Meeting. Next Committee Meeting Wed 13 Feb at 8.30pm.

Action Cancer Big Bus returns.

The Action Cancer Big Bus is coming back to Collegeland GAA on 14th February. The Big
Bus is owned and operated by Action Cancer, Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity
and it’s coming to Collegeland for all the community. Services include Breast screening
(Age 40-49 & 70+), MOT Health checks, Health Promotion and Training and Weight
Management Assessment. Appointments run from 10am-3.20pm, anyone wishing to book an
appointment at this, or any other venue, can do so by calling the Action Cancer Big Bus team
on 028 9080 3344.

Irish Dancing. The McBride School of Irish Dancing continues in the Collegeland
Clubrooms on Tuesdays from 5.30 to 6.30 Beginners and 6.30 to 8.00 Advanced.

Collegeland GAC Notes – 5 February 2013

Registration/Membership Day 10 February.

This is an open invitation to adults and youth members to our Club Membership Day on Sunday 10 February in the Clubrooms between 2.00 and 5.00pm.   A reminder that the Club provides for young people from under 8 right through to under 21 through Naomh Eoin and the Collegeland Camogie club. Youth membership is £5 and adults start at £30. More thirty-pound members are welcome but we also need another few more Gold members at £10 per month or £120 per year. You could win our Monthly Draw prize of £100.

See you on Sunday 10 Feb  or  you can  contact Brian McGeary, Registrar;  Frank Donnelly, Chair;  Tommy Mitchell, Secretary ; Kieran Hayes, Treasurer; or Sean Maguire, Assistant Treasurer;  or your usual Club contact.

We  thank those parents and family members who already support the underage activities in a number of different ways.  We would hope to see more families of our young Naomh Eoin and camogie players from the area as our Collegeland Club members.  Sometimes people are wary of joining a Club in case they are expected to do something extra but at the same time wanting the Club to provide their children with training and football/camogie.

Senior Football

The football season is fast approaching and the Monday night fitness/gym training  continues next Monday in Armagh.  The weekly Friday night football training season begins this weekend – indoors for now.  Contact Team Managers  or Sean McNicholl, Assistant Secretary,  for  directions and information.

Coaching Talk.  A very informative  Coaching Talk was held last Saturda  led by Paddy Mohan,  explaining  what is  involved and giving some pointers on how to work with children and parents.  Interested  then please contact  John McGeary, Coaching officer on 079 1716 3022 or Frank Donnelly Chairman.

Committee Meeting.  Next Committee Meeting Wed 13 Feb

Action Cancer Big Bus returns.

The Action Cancer Big Bus is coming back to Collegeland  GAA car park on 14th February. The Big Bus is owned and operated by Action Cancer, Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity and it’s coming to Collegeland for all the community.  The large car park is a perfect location for the Big Bus.   Services include Breast screening (Age 40-49 & 70+), MOT Health checks, Health Promotion and Training and Weight Management Assessment.  Appointments run from 10am-3.20pm, anyone wishing to book an appointment can do so by calling the Action Cancer Big Bus team on 028 9080 3344.

Irish Dancing. The McBride School of Irish Dancing continues in the  Collegeland Clubrooms on  Tuesdays  from 5.30 to 6.30 Beginners and 6.30 to 8.00 Advanced.

Collegeland GAC Notes – 29 January 2013

Action Cancer Big Bus returns

The Action Cancer Big Bus is coming back to Collegeland  GAA car park on 14th February. The Big Bus is owned and operated by Action Cancer, Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity and it’s coming to Collegeland for all the community.  The large car park is a perfect location for the Big Bus.   Services include Breast screening (Age 40-49 & 70+), MOT Health checks, Health Promotion and Training and Weight Management Assessment.  Appointments run from 10am-3.20pm, anyone wishing to book an appointment can do so by calling the Action Cancer Big Bus team on 028 9080 3344.

Club Membership Day 10 February

This is an open invitation to adults and youth members to our Club Membership Day on Sunday 10 February in the Clubrooms between 2.00 and 5.00pm.   A reminder that the Club provides for young people from under 8 right through to under 21 through Naomh Eoin and the Collegeland Camogie club. Youth membership is £5 and adults start at £30. More thirty-pound members are welcome but we also need another few more Gold members at £10 per month or £120 per year. You could win our Monthly Draw prize of £100.

See you on Sunday 10 Feb  or  you can  contact Brian McGeary, Registrar;  Frank Donnelly, Chair;  Tommy Mitchell, Secretary ; Kieran Hayes, Treasurer; or Sean Maguire, Assistant Treasurer;  or your usual Club contact.

We  thank those parents and family members who already support the underage activities in a number of different ways.  We would hope to see more families of our young Naomh Eoin and camogie players from the area as our Collegeland Club members.  Sometimes people are wary of joining a Club in case they are expected to do something extra but at the same time wanting the Club to provide their children with training and football/camogie.

Coaching Talk. Are you interested in hearing more about  coaching underage teams before you volunteer to help out.  We need   males and females  for either under age football or camogie. Come along to the Clubrooms for an introductory talk on Coaching,  led by Paddy Mohan,  telling you what is  involved.  So drop in on Saturday 2nd Feb  at 3.00pm or contact  John McGeary, Coaching officer on 079 1716 3022.

Senior Football

Congratulations to  Collegeland’s  Tom Murphy on making the Armagh under 21 panel.

At the January  Committee meeting the members unanimously  endorsed the recommendation of the Football Sub Committee, led by Pat Brannigan,  and appointed the  new senior football team Managers – Brian Morris and Seamus Murphy.

The football season is fast approaching and will see Collegeland O’Rahillys in the  2013 Armagh Junior Football Championship and Junior League. Interestingly there is now a proposal to split the third Division into two groupings which would leave Collegeland playing against  only the stronger Division 3 teams on a home and away basis.  This proposal will be decided on by the County Board in due course.

Football training continues in Armagh on Monday nights.

St Brigid’s Crosses.  St Brigid’s  crosses will be made  in St Peter’s Primary School on Friday morning 1st Feb at 10 am, so why not come along, everyone welcome.   The St Brigid’s  Crosses will then  be available at  masses in Loughgall and  Collegeland  this weekend.

Irish Dancing. The McBride School of Irish Dancing continues in the  Collegeland Clubrooms on  Tuesdays  from 5.30 to 6.30 Beginners and 6.30 to 8.00 Advanced.

Publicity. The PR/ IT  Sub Committee is now  looking at all aspects of publicity so keep a watch on our website and Facebook as well as our next Newsletter.  The Club is grateful to the Armagh and Dungannon Observers for their continued coverage of Club notes.

Collegeland O’Rahillys GAC – 2013 AGM Report

The AGM of Collegeland O’Rahilly’s GAC was held in the Clubrooms last Sunday evening.

Elections were chaired by Brendan McGeary, Club President who stated afterwards that he was really encouraged by the willingness of the members to take roles and work for the Club. Peter Donnelly, Club President, was also present.

Silver Membership will continue at £30 and Gold Membership will remain at £120 per year or £10 per month Direct Debit. Watch out for Membership Day in February.

Members received comprehensive reports from the Secretary and Treasurer. In the Chairman’s report Frank Donnelly spoke of the great progress that had been made in recent years in following through on the Club Development Plan by widening the membership and opening up the Club facilities to the community. He praised those involved with ladies exercise, culture and local history nights, fund raising events, and the Olympic Marathon charity fundraiser.

The incoming Committee;- Chairman, Frank Donnelly; Vice Chair, Pat Brannigan; Secretary, Tommy Mitchell; Assistant Secretary, Sean McNicholl; Treasurer, Kieran Hayes; Assistant Treasurer, Sean Maguire;; Registrar, Brian McGeary; PRO, Tommy Mitchell; Coaching Officer, John McGeary; Children’s Officer (Child Protection), Simon McGeary; Players Rep Karol McGeary; Youth Officer, Paraic McGeary; County Board Rep (senior and minor boards), Mickey Mitchell; Camogie Chair, Stephen Clancy; Camogie County Board Rep, Paula Donnelly; Irish Language Officer, Kevin McNicholl; Referee nominee, Shane Murphy:

Five Sub Committee were established (and chairs selected) on senior Football (Pat Brannigan); Finance and fundraising (Kieran Hayes); Coaching (John McGeary); Camogie (Stephen Clancy); PR/IT (Tommy Mitchell). These Chairs will draw on the expertise and interest of Committee Members who include;- Tom Murphy, Mary McGeary, Colm Mitchell, Barry O’Neill, Peter Murphy, Merissa McGeary, Ryan McParland, Matthew Murphy, Paul Hudson, Paddy Mohan, Kathleen Bullock, Brendan McGeary, Shane McGeary, Mary Coleman, Alisha Coney, Michelle Clancy, Brian Mitchell, Mairead Mitchell, Matthew Murphy. A small number of positions are to be filled at the first Committee meeting.

Reverend Father Eugene Sweeney PP Loughgall is to be invited to the position of Honorary Vice President.

Frank Donnelly led the members in the Our Father ( as gaeilge ) as we remembered deceased Club members and friends and those recovering from illness.

Prior to the AGM there was a great turn out for the senior players meeting. Players accept that 2013 will be an important year and that there are clear opportunities in both League and Championship. Training is now underway as Ronan Clarke is delivering an initial six week training module in Armagh for our senior footballers.