Collegeland GAC Notes – 26 March 2012

Collegeland O’Rahillys GAC


A half time lead of two points was not enough for Collegeland O’Rahillys  to secure victory at the final whistle  as Silverbridge Harps  landed a winning  point in injury time at Collegeland’s Fr McKnight Park.   This was an early re-fixture in the Armagh “” Intermediate Football League  as the league  officially start on 1 April.

An opening point  from Brian McGeary  followed by his second  on 15 mins with  a further point from  Stephen Clancy left Collegeland trailing by 1:3 to 0:3 after 19 minutes.   But the determination and discipline shown by Collegeland was well rewarded as the next 11 minutes belonged to the O’Rahillys. Following a point from Paul Cullen,  Brian McGeary brilliantly hammered a free kick through the wall of defenders into the net to put the home side in front and Gareth McArdle  stretched the lead to two points.  Half time 1:5 to 1:3.

Mickey Cullen opened the second half with a point but Silverbridge replied with two of their own. Stephen Clancy’s second point was responded to by another three  from Silverbridge which left them in front after 12  minutes.  But  Mickey Cullen soon pointed to level the score again mid way through the second half.   The visitors turned on the pressure  with two points    but Collegeland rallied strongly and the final ten minutes produced  points apiece from Gareth McArdle and Stephen Clancy which seemed to have secured a draw.   An injury time point  left Silverbridge in the lead and  despite a couple  of  late chances Collegeland could not get that elusive last score. Fulltime score Collegeland 1:10 to Silverbridge 1:11

This was highly entertaining  and keenly contested match between two teams interested only in playing football  and Referee Dessie McDonnell was able to keep the play flowing without incident.

Despite losing six players who have emigrated since last year and a couple of current injuries this was an encouraging start to the season.   Eamonn McGeary and Brian Mitchell were the pick of the defence while Tom Murphy, Brian McGeary and Ryan McParland  bossed the game in the first half and were the pick of the forwards.

Collegeland team: – Tommy McGeary, Brian Mitchell, Eamonn McGeary, Colm Mitchell, Ruari McGeary, Stephen Clancy, Paul Cullen, Matthew Murphy, Karol McGeary, Sean McNicholl, Ryan McParland, Barry O’Neill, Tom Murphy, Brian McGeary, Gareth  McArdle. Subs used:- Mickey Cullen, Macartan McGeary, Barry Colhoun, Cathal McCracken.

Jigs and Reels Cheque Presentations

Jigs and Reels organisers Frank Donnelly and Kathleen Bullock welcomed Club representatives to St Peters PS and Playgroup  to take part in  the presentation of  substantial cheques to  Pat Brannigan,  St Peter’s Primary School and Playgroup  and to  Tommy Mitchell, Collegeland O’Rahillys GAC .

Thanks again to Cathy Grew, the dancers and their coaches for their long hours practicing from last September and for their uplifting and entertaining  performances;- Colm McGeary & Tina Callaghan, Winners, coached by Siobhan Mackle;    Sean Maguire & Cathy Conway coached by Roisin Curran;    Peter Donnelly & Kamile Zineviciute coached by Abby Brown;    Eamonn McGeary & Rebecca McGeary coached by Lianna McGeary;    Jack McGeary & Roisin Mackle  coached by Gemma Finn; Gavin Campbell & Roisin Bullock coached by Padraigin  McKearney;    Barry McCormack & Bronagh McConville  coached by Mairéad Mitchell; Luke McCann & Helen Grew  coached by Cora Campbell.


The very successful  Sport NI sponsored Active Ladies has now finished.  As well as  offering  these ladies  some useful health and fitness activities it has had other benefits  in bringing  new groups of ladies into Club activities.

Paula McNicholl’s Box n Tone classes continue on Thursday mornings.

Irish Dancing Classes continues on Tuesday nights with a new adult dancing class after the children’s classes.

Children’s camogie training continues on  Wed  nights  at 6.00pm at the Clubrooms.

CCCDA Computer Classes

Two computer classes are well underway  on Mondays  and Fridays.  A  new introductory Beginners Course in Computers will be starting soon.     Contact:- Brendan McGeary on 077 4009 9852   or Doreen Lappin, Community Development Officer,  Southern Regional College, Armagh.  Tel: 028 37512833   Mobile: 07736 336 152;   Email, or


The free  Club Newsletter  is now available. More advertisers are needed so we would appeal for any businesses looking for a small £10 per month advert to contact  Frank Donnelly, Chairman  or any Committee member


Final call for membership, only a few days left to register – contact Club officials by  Friday 30 March.    Adult Silver £30 membership or Gold membership at £10 per month or £120 per year.  The £100 Draws for Jan, Feb and March are  due to be held  next week so if you pay your £120 cash or cheque within the next few days  then you can be included in these three draws also. Don’t miss out.

Contact Frank Donnelly, Chair;  Tommy Mitchell, Secretary;  Brian McGeary, Registrar;  Kieran Hayes, Treasurer; or Stephen Clancy, Assistant Treasurer or your usual Club contact.