Collegeland GAC Notes – 21 May 2012

Win for “B” team in  B-Championship .

Collegeland had Middletown as visitors to the Fr Mc Knight Memorial Park on Wednesday the 16th of May for a  “B” Intermediate football Championship fixture. The evening was cold and overcast. Middletown opened the scoring with 2 points in the  opening minutes. Collegeland drew level with points by Ryan Mc Parland and Eamonn Murray. Middletown then went in front with 2 points. Midway through the half Collegeland took control with points by Barry Colhoun, Stephen Clancy, Ryan Mc Parland, Collie Haughey, and again by Ryan Mc Parland to lead by 3 points.  Middletown had 2 late points to cut the deficit to 1. Chris Mc Cann sent over a superb long range point on the short whistle to leave the half time score Collegeland 0-8 Middletown 0-6.

On the restart Middletown drew level with 2 points in the opening couple of minutes of the second half and then added a point in the 7th minute to take the lead. Collegeland then regained the lead with a Stephen Clancy goal in the 9th minute followed by points by  Collie Haughey and from Gary McCann’s 21 yard free. Middletown then had a goal to cut the lead to a point. Entering the final quarter  Collie Haughey pointed in the 17th minute and the same player finished to the net two minutes later following a goal mouth scramble. Middletown then added points in the 24th and 27th minutes to trail by 3 points.  But it was the Collegeland men who finished strongly with points in the closing minutes by Ryan McParland, Barry Colhoun, and Mathew Murphy to leave the full time score Collegeland O’Rahilly’s  2-14,  Middletown Owen Roes 1-11.

This was a good game of football played in right spirit with some of the players on both sides trying to impress the senior team managers.  Reserves/B managers Paddy Donnelly and Leo Mc Geary can look forward to the quarter final clash with the Grange on Sunday 27th of May. This will be the second trip to Grange this week, see below.

League Home Win

Collegeland O’ Rahilly’s had Keady Dwyer’s as visitors to the Fr Mc Knight Memorial Park on Sunday the 20th of May and  conditions for the game were ideal. It was Keady who opened the scoring with a point in the first minute and hit another 4 points in the opening 9 minutes. Collegeland pointed through Nathan McParland in the 10th minute from a free. Keady scored a point in the 12th minute which was to be their last score of this half. Karol Mc Geary had Collegeland’s second score in the 13th minute. Collegeland then moved Brian Mc Geary to midfield to try to stem the tide. This seemed to work as Collegeland started to get a grip of the game, as points by Stephen Clancy in the 20th minute cut the lead to 3 points. Collegeland added 2 late points by Gareth Mc Ardle in the 29th minute and Brian Mc Geary on the half time whistle from all of 50 metres turned this game Collegeland’s  way. Half-time Collegeland 0-5 Keady 0-6.

The second half saw Collegeland score points in the 6th and 7th minutes through Ryan Mc Parland and Karol McGeary to take the lead. Keady levelled a minute later, but it was Collegeland who pressed forward and two Nathan Mc Parland points from frees in the 10th and 15th to edge in front again. While Keady drew level with scores in the 17th and 21st minutes, back came the home side with a Paul Cullen point on the 22nd minute. Entering the last five minutes Keady drew level again. Collegeland looked for the winner and it did come after a ball in to the square which came off a defender went out for a 45 as they say “cometh the hour cometh the man” and  Paul Cullen stroked over the resultant 45 on the stroke of full-time to leave them winners on the score of Collegeland 0-11 to 0-10.

This was a morale boosting win coming off  three straight defeats for the Collegeland management and players.  On Wednesday night  23rd of May we travel to neighbours Grange in our first visit of the week for the next Intermediate League fixture with a 7.30 throw in.

B Championship Quarter Final

Our second visit  to Grange this week is on Sunday 27th of May for a B- Championship  Quarter-final throw in 2pm

Activities in the Clubrooms

The numbers for the  Mother and Toddler Group  are  continuing to increase with new members each week.  Clubrooms on Tuesday mornings, contact Roisin Mackle.

Irish dancing continues on Tuesday nights and finishes each night with a new adult dancing class. Contact Cathy Grew for more information.

Paula McNicholl’s Box “n” Tone for the ladies continues on Thursday at 10.30am.

Thank You

Thanks to the parents who have offered their help at training particularly with the younger football and camogie training. The Club is always needing a little extra help with underage activities and training  both Camogie and football so even if you are not a coach you can still help at the children’s training as the younger ones do need a lot of help and attention while they learn to cope with training methods. Access NI screening will be carried out to ensure the safety of all children.

First Aid Course in Collegeland

The first introductory session in the course  in Paediatric First Aid — Level 2  is will be held in the Collegeland GAC Clubrooms this week. The Course is aimed at assisting parents and those working with young children to assess and react appropriately in an emergency situation including being able to provide first aid for an infant or young person.   If interested  then please Contact Brendan at 07740099852 immediately.

Last man Standing

The Last Man Standing Draw is now getting underway, only  £5 per entry. Last name drawn out  at the end of June wins the £500 prize, but there are dozens of other  spot prizes so plenty of chances to win a prize.