GAA club notes
SARSFIELDS It was a busy weekend of games for our teams, with pride of place going to the Minors who made it two wins from two outings in the Wexford People Roinn 1 championship with a 0-16 to 1-5 victory against Crossabeg-Ballymurn.
Our adult teams didn’t fare quite so well, with the Seniors losing to Glynn-Barntown by 2-10 to 3-5 in Division 1A of the All-County League, while the Juniors went down to Volunteers in Division 5 by 1-6 to 0-4.
Next up for the Seniors is a home game against Castletown at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, while the Juniors will host Kilmore at 3.30 p.m. on the same day.
Hard luck to Eoin Roche and his Wexford Under-21 colleagues on their exit from the Eirgrid Leinster championship at the hands of Westmeath in Enniscorthy on Wednesday on a 1-5 to 0-7 scoreline.
Congratulations to Shaun Donohue on his gold medal-winning run in the 400m at the Leinster Senior indoor athletics championships in Athlone on Sunday.
A big well done to Brian Furlong and Jim Roice, our clubperson of the year and hall of fame inductee respectively at the Wexford District awards in the Riverbank House Hotel on Saturday.
Brian was part of an outstanding group of young footballers who won numerous District titles for Sarsfields in the early ’90s, only to narrowly fall short of adding county championships to their collections.
His talents were quickly recognised by county selectors, and he played Juvenile with Wexford in 1993 before featuring at right corner-back on the Minor team which lost to eventual All-Ireland champions Westmeath by two points in the Leinster championship of 1995.
Better known to one and all as ‘Fuzzy’, he was full-back on the club’s Under-21 winning team of 1996 and had already made his debut with the Seniors at that stage.
When his playing days ended, he immersed himself in club activities at committee level. A former diligent Secretary of the Coiste na nOg section, he is the current Chairman and is the driving force behind all under-age development work.
He has also served as a mentor for various girls’ football teams, while his professional skills are put to good use through his supervision and updating of the club’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
A loyal clubman who is always on hand when hard work is required, Brian was a most deserving winner of this award.
Jim Roice was a fitting addition to the Wexford District hall of fame, as he has been synonymous with the Sarsfields club on and off the field for more than 50 years.
An outstanding footballer, Jim was one of the best full-backs ever to emerge from Wexford town. He first came to prominence with Sarsfields when winning county Juvenile and Minor medals in 1964, and the Minors went on to retain the title in 1965 and 1966 before completing the four-in-a-row in 1967.
That was a magical year for Jim as he also won county Senior and Under-21 medals in the full-back position. After capturing an Intermediate title in 1979, Jim added a second Senior medal in 1984, while he was also part of the Wexford District set-up for their Senior triumph in 1977.
He represented Wexford in Minor, Under-21 and Senior between 1966 and 1970, with his inter-county career curtailed thereafter as he was working at sea.
Jim was club Chairman from 1992 to 2000 and he is currently joint President. Winner of our District clubperson of the year award in 2009, his addition to the hall of fame was an appropriate tribute to mark his outstanding lengthy service.
The winning lotto numbers on March 7 were 13, 21, 23 and 27. There was no jackpot winner, and next week’s jackpot is €11,000.
Hard luck to the Minor footballers who lost to HWH-Bunclody in their championship clash on Sunday. This follows their defeat of an amalgamation of Taghmon and Adamstown last week.
There was better news for Eoin Conroy and Conor McDonald who were part of the Wexford Senior hurling squad which defeated Kerry by 2-25 to 0-8. Mac claimed 1-2 in all while Eoin worked earnestly in the half-back line.
Get well soon wishes are extended to both Patrick Sheils and Owen Kenny who are recovering from recent illnesses.
To add an item to the club notes, please phone 087-9770497.
Our football league game versus Rosslare didn’t take place over the weekend due to an unplayable pitch. Our first hurling league game is on next Saturday, March 12, versus Geraldine O’Hanrahans in Taghmon at 2.30 p.m., and our next football league game is on Friday night, March 18, versus St. Fintan’s.
Our club lotto is on this Tuesday in the Centre when the jackpot will be €2,600. Please have your tickets in at 8 p.m.
Also don’t forget our club development draw is coming up. Tickets are €10 or three for €20, with €8,000 in prizes and a year’s subscription to our club lotto.
Club membership is now due for the year. Please pay any member of the committee ASAP.
Our adult footballers continue training on Fridays from 8 to 9 p.m. in St. Peter’s. Contact Paul Mooney (086-2329684).
Our adult hurlers play their first game on Sunday, March 13, in Coolcotts at 11.30 a.m. against Marshalstown with all support welcome. Training continues on Thursdays in St. Peter’s from 8 to 9 p.m. Contact Martin Gordon (086-2308166).
The under-age coaching is in full swing for boys and girls in St. Peter’s for Under-6s and Under-8s from 6 to 7 p.m., and Under-10s and Under-12s from 7 to 8 p.m.
All are welcome to come along and join in for a fee of €2. Contact Mary Kavanagh on 087-9967925. Thanks to all for what was a great turn-out in numbers last week.
Congratulations to Chloe O'Brien and Dylan Carty on the birth of their beautiful daughter, Indie. We wish them years of happiness with their bundle of joy.
In other news, it was great to see the long-standing commitment of club members being recognised at the Wexford District club awards in the Riverbank House Hotel on Saturday.
This year a huge congratulations goes to Eleanor Browne whose commitment to Clonard G.A.A. saw her receive the clubperson of the year award, and to Brendan Benson whose long standing as a stalwart of Clonard G.A.A. was recognised when he received a hall of fame award.
There was great Shelmalier celebrations both in the Riverside Hotel, Enniscorthy, and in the local parish on Friday night when the results of the Glen Fuels Wexford G.A.A. players of the year were announced.
Three awards were won by Shelmalier players, with Brian Malone winning the ‘Wexford footballer of the year’, Kate Kelly winning the ‘Wexford camogie player of the year’, and Simon Donohoe completed an great night for the club when winning the ‘Wexford Under-21 footballer of the year’.
It’s a great honour for these players to be recognised by their fellow players and supporters in the county.
The hard work and commitment of both Paul and Deirdre Tobin to the Shelmalier G.A.A. club was recognised on Saturday night when the Wexford District G.A.A. awards night took place in the Riverbank Hotel, Wexford.
Both Paul and Deirdre picked up the Shelmalier G.A.A. clubperson of the year for 2015. Paul and Deidre returned to Wexford in 2004 after spending many years in Lucan, Co. Dublin, where they had been very involved in the Lucan Sarsfields G.A.A. club.
Both have been an integral part of the club ever since, carrying out a variety of roles including their present roles with Paul as Assistant Secretary and Deirdre as Treasurer. Both have led a large number of projects in the club which has contributed greatly to the club both on and off the field of play.
Deirdre accepted on their behalf as Paul was performing with the Bridge Drama Group in Kildare on the same night.
The first round of the Senior football league took place on Sunday when the Shelmaliers travelled to Piercestown to take on St. Martin’s, and after a very challenging match the black and amber boys came away with a 1-11 to 0-7 victory.
Glen Malone opened his team’s account with two early points, with St. Martin’s fighting back with four points after 15 minutes. A goal from Barry O’Connor and points from Páraic O Leary, Benny Barron and Stephen Banville saw the Shelmaliers lead by 1-7 to 0-5 at half-time.
The second-half was low-scoring, with further points from Páraic O’Leary, James Gordon, Neal Rossiter and Aidan Murphy seeing the Shelmaliers claim victory on their first outing.
Last week’s lotto numbers were 21, 22, 23 and 26. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winners. Lucky dips: James Hore and Larry White. This week’s jackpot is €9,400.
Our Intermediate ‘A’ footballers beat Geraldine O’Hanrahans in the league by 4-10 to 1-3 on Saturday. The Junior ‘B’ football game versus Kilmore was postponed.
The Minor footballers lost to Sarfields on Sunday morning. Our Intermediate hurlers will play Oylegate away in the league on Saturday, March 12, at 2.30 p.m., while the Junior ‘B’ hurlers will play St. Anne’s away on Sunday, March 13, at 4.30 p.m.
Our Minor hurlers play St. Anne’s at home on Sunday, March 13, at 11 a.m. Adult memberships are now due.
The Crossabeg-Ballymurn G.A.A. dinner dance and presentation of medals to our double-winning Premier Under-21s takes place on Friday, March 18, in the Riverbank House Hotel at 8 p.m. Admission is €25, and tickets are now on sale.
Crossabeg-Ballymurn won the club of the year at the Wexford District awards on Saturday, in recognition of the club winning the Premier Under-21 hurling and football titles last year. Well done to all our players, mentors, committee and members.
Charlie Gordon was our club’s recipient of clubperson of the year at the awards night. Charlie and the Gordon family have a long association with Crossabeg-Ballymurn. His late father, Cauley, was one of the founder members of the club in 1966.
Charlie hurled with the club for many years and was manager of our Intermediate hurlers in 1988 when they won the county title. Congratulations Charlie, it is well deserved.
The Glynn-Barntown camogie club disco is on Monday, March 28, for first years and upwards from 8.30 to 11 p.m. Admission is by ticket only. Tickets(€5) are on sale Wednesday, March 23, from 7-7.30 p.m. in the clubhouse. Any remaining tickets can be booked after 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23, on 087-7858641.
Well done to Emma Walsh (Polehore) who has joined the Co. Senior camogie panel. On Sunday they faced Clare in the league but were unfortunately beaten.
Well done to our Minor footballers who had a great championship victory on Sunday over Munna Abbain Gaels in Newbawn.
Our Senior footballers had a winning start to their league campaign with a two-point away win over Sarsfields. Having conceded an early goal against the run of play, we recovered and an attack-minded performance yielded 2-10 from seven different scorers.
The overall performance was solid but it was disappointing to concede goals in the last minute of both halves. The next football league outing versus St. Martin’s is on Sunday week.
Our Senior inter-county stars were in action at the weekend, with Michael O'Regan and Rob Tierney playing their part in Wexford's defeat over neighbours Waterford in the Allianz FL on Saturday, while Mark Fanning and his Wexford Senior hurling colleagues had an excellent victory over Kerry on Sunday.
Congratulations to clubman Michael Laffan on his Wexford G.A.A. District clubperson of the year award at the event in the Riverbank House Hotel. Michael has a lifelong association with the club, both as an under-age and adult player, team manager, committee member and fundraiser.
He has also represented the club at county level both on and off the hurling field in various capacities. Well done Mickey!
A great night was had by all at the Glynn Barntown G.A.A., camogie and ladies’ football clubs’ reunion in the Riverbank House Hotel where the players gathered in excellent numbers to receive Intermediate football championship and league medals, Senior ‘B’ camogie championship medals, Junior hurling league medals and Jim Byrne Cup medals to name but a few.
Thank you to all of our distinguished guests, Fr. Stafford, Fr. Carroll and Fr. Lory Kehoe, to Co. Camogie Chairperson Ailish Whitty and her husband, Michael, and most especially to our G.A.A. club sponsors, John and Mai Doyle, and camogie sponsors, Mary and Declan Roche, all of whom lend unending support to the clubs.
Thanks to all who attended the event or helped in any way to make it happen, and a word of thanks to Woodies DIY for their kind sponsorship of balloons for the festivities.
Registration forms are now available in local schools and shops for Glynn-Barntown's first-ever Easter camp which will be run by our club Senior camogie and hurling players from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from March 29 to April 1 for boys and girls aged six to twelve years.
Cost for the camp will be €40. For more information or to book your place, contact Róisín (087-1253637) and check out the club Facebook page and website.
Results: All-County Football League Division 1A, Castletown 0-9, Starlights 0-4; All-County Football League Division 4B, Castletown 0-8, Marshalstown-Castledockrell 0-5.
Fixture: All-County Hurling League Division 3A, Saturday, March 12, 2.30 p.m., in Coolgreany, Liam Mellows versus St. Patrick’s.
The Castle Craan Gaels Minors have got off to a good start with wins over Macamore Gaels by 1-12 to 2-4, and Ballinastragh Gaels by 1-10 to 1-8. The lads have responded well to coach Murt Hempenstall. Next up is two hurling matches, first away to Shamrocks next Sunday.
Under-16: There was disappointing results in the games versus Skryne of Meath and Louth's Kilkerley Emmets last weekend. More fixtures next weekend, with details TBC.
Club registration day will continue next Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the clubhouse for all members – under-age, camogie, ladies’ football and adults.
If you cannot make it on the day, there are Registration Officers allocated to each team who will take care of your registration - these will be circulated in the coming week.
Works are under way in the clubhouse this week to keep us all warm and toastie. Max has been busy rewiring plugs and the like. Dusty work all of this! We are looking for people Thursday from 5 p.m. onwards to grab their dusters and help to give the room a clean-up as we have the final nights of the indoor hurling tournaments next weekend, with over 20 teams coming upstairs for a cuppa afterwards.
The Coolgreany St. Patrick's Day parade is on this year at 12.30 p.m. and the under-age sections of the club are invited to march once again. We invite all our boys and girls to dress in their club colours and come along for what is always a fun event. The meeting point and time will be confirmed in next week's notes.
A super finals night of the Under-14/16 Pella tournament took place on Sunday week with wins for Donegal, Cork, Mayo and Wexford.
There was a great turn-out of supporters for what proved to be thrilling games (sorry Robbie!)
Donegal took home the spoils with captain Mark Boyle accepting the tournament trophy. Never mind the Oscars (also on the same night!), the following scooped up awards: Geoffrey Lande and Jack Higgins, young players of the tournament; Ciarán Power and Daniel Cranch, players of the tournament.
Thanks to all involved, especially team managers and referees. Thanks to all who provided refreshments and to Catherine for the soup. Special mention to the girls’ team who added a different dimension this year and improved immensely over the seven weeks.
It was a great start to the new season...we are looking forward to next year already!
The indoor hurling tournament for Under-10s, Under-12s and Under-14s continued last weekend and we approach the finals next weekend. Best of luck to all the boys and especially our home teams!
We would like to wish the very best of luck to Jack O'Sullivan and Cian Bealin who are heading off with their Gorey Community School T.Y. school mates to The Gambia next weekend, while Rachel Harte is embarking on a Suas voluntary trip to Zambia.
A ladies’ ring was found in the club car park at Under-8 training last weekend. Contact us here if it's yours.
Congratulations to Doireann Kavanagh who made her debut for the Wexford Senior camogie team at the weekend. She played the full game at wing-back against Clare but unfortunately Wexford came out on the wrong side of the result, loosing by six points.
Under-10 and -12 camogie training is on every Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. in the indoor arena in Castletown. All new members are welcome.
Under-8, -10 and -12 ladies’ football training is every Saturday from 5-6 p.m. in the indoor arena in Castletown, so grab your friends and come and enjoy a fun-filled hour of ladies’ football. New members are always welcome
Our Bodibro club gear is available to order. Please contact Sandra Cody on (086-1602061) for enquiries.
Castletown-Liam Mellows are proud to announce that our club has been successful in our application to participate in the G.A.A's Healthy Clubs project. Over one hundred clubs around the country applied for this second phase of the project, and just 30 were selected.
This project aims to highlight and improve the health and well-being of our club members and the wider community. Watch this space for more information very soon!
The Castletown family indoor market and craft fair starts back Easter Sunday, March 27, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
If you wish to book a space for €10, please call or text Sandra on 086-3664145. All you need is your table (maximum eight ft.) or rail and your stock! Sell your stuff and make some money! Tea/coffee and refreshments will be available, and there is free entry.
We are extremely fortunate to be able to include our indoor arena as one of our facilities. Our astro-turf pitch is one of the largest indoor facilities of its type in the country. It is 200 ft. long x 120 ft. wide, and the pitch extends to the full size of the building.
The roof, at 30 ft. high, has extra height to allow for hurling. The arena is available for external bookings at an hourly rate of €70: beat the rain and play in our indoor arena.
For availability/external bookings contact Deirdre (086-8626829) or Liz (086-3879321).
The arena calendar is available to view on the club webpage: http://www.castletownliammellows.com/arena.html
February club lotto results - draw one, February 3: jackpot €3,600 - 10, 15, 23, 27. No winner.
Draw two, February 10: jackpot €3,700 - 7, 8, 12, 29. No winner.
Draw three, February 17: jackpot €3,800 - 6, 11, 21, 28. Winner: Brian Murphy, Ballyminaun!
Draw four, February 24: jackpot €1,000 - 8, 11, 15, 18. No winner.
Lucky dip €50 winners: Riann Kavanagh, Curragh, Inch; The Know Alls, Tomnahely (Paddy, Gabriel and Tommy); Michael Lyons, Limerick; Conor Kinsella, Stillorgan. The next lotto jackpot is €1,100.
February was the final draw of this series of the 2015-’16 lotto and we would like to sincerely thank everyone for their fantastic support. Congratulations to all prize-winners - a total of €11,300 has been won throughout the year.
Our lotto sales team will be out very soon renewing subscriptions for the coming year, and we would appreciate your continued participation in this, our primary fundraiser for the club.
The first draw of the 2016-’17lotto takes place on March 31.
In order to keep the club notes e-mail service up and active, coaches/mentors must send in match fixtures and results to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 p.m. every Sunday. This will be shared with the website, social media and also sent to local papers.