Na Gaeil GAA Club News

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Seniors    Na Gaeil play St. Michael’s Foilmore in Round 7 of the County League at home in Killeen on Saturday evening next at 7.30pm.

Junior League    Na Gaeil are at home to Listowel Emmets in Round 5 of the Junior League on Friday July 7th at 7.30pm.

Munster Final    The very best of luck to Jack Barry who is on the Kerry Senior panel that play Cork in the Munster Final in Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney on Sunday next and to Diarmuid O’Connor and Ryan O’Neill who are on the Kerry Minor panel that take on Clare in the Munster Minor Final at the same venue.

U14 Féile Weekend    Na Gaeil U14 team travelled to Cavan and Monaghan last weekend to take part in the 2017 National Féile Finals.

We were placed in Division 2 along with South London, Bailieborough Shamrocks and our host club Magheracloone Mitchels. Players and parents met in Na Gaeil on Friday morning and headed off to Bailieborough to play our opening matches.

We had no easy start to the tournament, as our first match was against favourites (and eventual winners) South London.

We opened the scoring with an early point but the London side hit back with a goal and three points to open an early lead. Na Gaeil dug in and got the next two scores (a goal and a point) to leave a single score between the teams.

However, London finished the half strongly to lead at half time by 2-4 to 1-4. Na Gaeil refused to give up despite playing against a much stronger and more physical team and were soon level after an excellent start to the second half.

London were back in front again scoring a goal and a point but Na Gaeil struck back with their second goal to leave a single score between the teams as the game entered the final minute.

South London got the next score to lead by two points, Na Gaeil got a final chance to win the game but the final pass was inches too high and the game ended Na Gaeil 3-4 South London 3-6.

Our next game was against the local club Bailieborough Shamrocks. The opening minutes of the game were closely contested with the teams swapping scores.

Na Gaeil got the first goal of the game after ten minutes to open a three point lead before both sides got another point each to leave the half time score Na Gaeil 1-3 Bailieborough 0-3. Na Gaeil had a great start to the second half scoring their second goal of the game.

However, the effort they put into the first match caught up with them and Bailieborough took control of the game. They scored two goals and two points to lead by two points.

Na Gaeil rallied in the closing minutes but could not find another score to leave the final result Na Gaeil 2-3 Bailieborough Shamrocks 2-5.

Our third game was on Saturday morning against our host club Magheracloone Mitchels. This turned out to be an excellent game between two very committed sides.

The opening period of the first half was very close but the home side finished the half stronger to lead at half time by 1-6 to 1-2. Na Gaeil were back in the match immediately after half time scoring the first goal of the second half.

However, they couldn’t build on this score as Magheracloone immediately replied with their second goal of the game. Na Gaeil didn’t panic and score three unanswered points to leave a single score between the teams.

At this stage, it was any ones game but Magheracloone got two quick goals to take control of the game. Na Gaeil ran out of time to hit back and the game finished Na Gaeil 2-7 Magheracloone Mitchels 4-6.

We were back in Bailieborough on Saturday afternoon for the quarterfinal of the shield. Our opponents were Cavan side Butlers Bridge.

We dominated possession in the first half but couldn’t score and trailed at half time by 0-1 to 1-1.

The second half followed a similar pattern but Na Gaeil found their scoring touch scoring eight points to leave the final score Na Gaeil 0-9 Butlers Bridge 1-2.

We were on the road again Sunday morning, this time heading to Clones to play Ballyhaise in the semi-final.  We made a slow start to this game and allowed Ballyhaise to open a significant lead.

We rallied back in the closing minutes but failed to convert a couple of chances and trailed at half time by 3-5 to 0-3. Na Gaeil were in no mood to bow out of Féile without a fight and dominated the second half, scoring 2-2 and restricted Ballyhaise to a single point.

We created plenty scoring chances but their goalie made three vital saves to keep his side in the lead. Na Gaeil never gave up but ran out of time and trailed by 2-5 to 3-6 when the referee blew the final whistle. Ballyhaise went on to win the Shield final.

As our Féile 2017 adventure ends, we need to thank a number of people. Thanks to all the parents and supporters who made the long trip to support the team over the weekend.

Their support has been great not only this week end but throughout the season.  We owe a great debt of gratitude to our sponsors Roadbridge Civil Engineering and Spar Oakpark who looked after the excellent gear worn by the team during the competition and to all those who helped with other fundraising events.

Our host club Mageracloone were magnificent and we cannot thank them enough for their hospitality and welcome. Finally thanks to a magnificent group of players who were a credit to the club and their families both on and off the field over the weekend.

We are back in action again next Thursday evening when we travel to Ballymac to play round two of the Central Region league. Throw in is at 6.30pm.

U10    Last Sunday we had a great turnout of players at training. Good luck to our two teams playing in the Town Board blitz this Tuesday in John Mitchels. Don’t forget that all players have to wear their mouth guard during all training sessions as well as when playing games.

U6    These players are making great weekly progress. The kicks are getting stronger and the confidence on the ball is building. Attendance is key to improvement. See you all Thursday at 6.30pm.

Summer Camps    The GAA Cúl Camp is on in Na Gaeil from July 3rd to July 7th and our own club summer camp is on from July 24th to July 28th. If you are interested in taking part let your club mentors know.

Na Gaeil Ladies    Na Gaeil v Laune Rangers, U12 Ladies County League Div 3 Final

We played in the last round of the League away to Scartaglin on Wednesday evening. We played with the wind for the 1st half after Captains Caoilinn and Aisling won the toss. Rangers scored the 1st point and quickly followed it with a goal. We replied back with a goal from Katie.

Our defence of Ava, Elsie Peg and Niamh managed to keep Rangers to 1 point for the rest of the 1st half while Chloe and Caoilinn scored another goal apiece as we controlled the game.

Rangers nifty full forward was causing us all kinds of trouble before Grace got tight to her and stopped her getting as much ball. Elizabeth started in goals before Hayley came into goals for the 2nd half and made an outstanding save after a Rangers player was 1 on 1 with her.

We lost Aisling for the most of the 2nd half through injury and this disrupted us as Rangers took full advantage scoring 2-03 before we settled. Cara and Sorcha started to get control of midfield and Aisling came back into the backs to help Priya and Caoimhe to get back on top of their defenders.

Aoife and Eve were now making good space in the forwards as we were putting all the pressure on Rangers. Points from Siena and Aoife got us back to 3 points with 5 mins to go.

As the clock was ticking down, Siena made a burst from the half forward line and found the back of the net but the goal was ruled out for travelling.

Rangers held on to win the game. The game was played with huge heart from each and every player. Thanks to Sean and Staff for looking after when they came back into the club after the game.

Team: Hayley Buckley, Katie Casey, Niamh Ryan, Ava Rice, Roisin O’Mahony, Elsie Peg Rogers, Aoife Barrett, Aisling Casey, Cara Gannon, Sorcha Casey, Caoilinn O’Brien, Siena Lucey, Aoife Hartnett, Chloe Quillinan, Grace Savage, Elizabeth Burke, Ellen Burke, Caoimhe Fernane, Jessie Grealish, Eve Broderick, Shania McCarthy, Siun Fitzgibbon, Priya O’Donovan.

All Ireland Final    Best of luck to Sarah Barrett and Eimer O’Sullivan and the Kerry U14 Team that play Galway in the All Ireland A Final in Nenagh on Saturday next July 1st in Nenagh at 1.30pm.

Na Gaeil Cycling  Club    Na Gaeil Cycling Club is now up and running with its spring schedule: Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm and Saturday mornings at 9am from the clubhouse. ALL ARE WELCOME, high vis essential.

Na Gaeil Annual Cycle    Na Gaeil Annual Cycle takes place this year on Saturday August 26th. Pencil it into your diary.

Fir na Gaeil     Light Football Training for Men who have retired from playing football and for those that have not played and would like to try it out. Very little skill is required.

This is a great way to keep fit with light training, ball games and a bit of a laugh. Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info. Indoor Core Training on Mondays from 7.00 to 8.00 in the gym and Friday nights from 7.30 to 8.30pm in the I.T.

Mná na Gaeil     We are a Gaelic for Mothers and Others team who come together and do a bit of exercise, football training and socialising. Anyone who would like to join are most welcome,

No skills are required, just a good attitude and a sense for fun. We are now doing indoor Core work for the winter on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.  Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info.

Lotto   The draw for the jackpot of €2,600 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 22, 24, 25, 28. There was no winner.

€50 winners were Grainne Morgan, Laurel Court and Tim Behan, Meadowlands. €25 winners were Guenter Siech, Oakley Park, Frank & Maeve O’Reilly, Ard Na Lí, Pat Sheehy, Connolly Park and Marguerite Maunsell, Laurel Court.

Next week’s lotto is worth €2,700. All are welcome for the draw in the club each Tuesday night at 10.30pm.
Bingo    Bingo is on every Monday night at 8.30pm sharp. We have prize money of over €1,000 guaranteed every week with a mini jackpot that increases fortnightly when not won.

A door prize and a half-time raffle with lovely prizes will also take place every week. A bus service is available at 087 2817577.

You can ring this number for pick up and drop off.  100% of the funds raised go back directly into the club. The bingo is run on a total voluntary basis.  A huge thank you to all the parents who offer their time to run this vital fundraiser for the club.

If anyone wants to donate a spot prize for our weekly bingo raffle, please leave it at use and mark it “Bingo”. Thanks to all our patrons who support this event on a weekly basis.

Cards   A card game is held every Wednesday night in the clubhouse. This is a very sociable occasion where you meet your friends for a great night’s entertainment

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