Friday 18 October 2019

Games success despite shortage of parental help

ALTHOUGH THE Castlebridge-crossabeg Area rounded off the year by taking gold in the Under-13 futsal competition in Athlone in August, that success was not enough to bring the parents and supporters along to the Community Games annual general meeting which took place last week.

Once again the very small committee are left to carry the can for the coming year. Family committments meant that some of those members had to cut back on their workload during the past year, and that left a few others to keep things going.

The Chairperson expressed her disappointment that there was such a small turn-out and again re-iterated the need for some new blood and said that the committee would be forced to cut back even more in the coming season. The volunteers are fast disappearing, she said, and it would seem that as long as the present committee continue to do the work, then parents and guardians are willing to let them get on with it.

During the year, the Area competed in a range of indoor and outdoor team events, from soccer to football, handball, skittles and futsal, as well as competing in the individual events like athletics, swimming, art, gymnastics and hand-writing.

The Area picked up a number of county titles and competed well in the Leinster finals where the indoor girls' soccer team took the title and headed off to Athlone in May and came home with the bronze medals. The full panel of players consisted of Rianna Cullen, Paula Dempsey, Derbhla Doyle, Sinéad Ronan-john, Rebecca Carter, Jessie Harding, Sadbh Mccarthy and Sarah HardingKenny. The team was managed by Adrian Carr and Paul Kenny. Over that weekend also, the Area had a competitor taking part in the art competition.

In the outdoor team events, the Area was once again very strong, with the girls' soccer and futsal teams coming through in the Leinster finals and heading off to Athlone in August.

Here the girls' futsal team took the gold medals in fine style while the soccer team came home with the bronze medals. Chloe Mythen, Abbie Devereux, Sinéad RonanJohn, Hazel Mythen, Finola Monahan, Kirsty Fanning, Catríona Kinsella, Ailish Neville, Mikaela Lanigan, Sarah O'brien, Kelly Scallan, Siobhán Doolan, Larah Campbell, Sarah Kenny and Fiona Kinsella comprised the panel of players on the soccer team and they were managed by Adrian Carr and Paul Kenny.

The futsal team had Rianna Cullen, Jessie Harding, Derbhla Doyle, Paula Dempsey, Rebecca Carter, Ciara Moody and Sadbh Mccarthy. Team managers were again Adrian Carr and Paul Kenny.

In the athletic events, there were a number of individuals who qualified at the county finals, but some of these had to withdraw through injury and holidays and alas, there was no joy for them at the national finals. Two swimmers represented the county as well at the national finals, making it a very successful year indeed for the Area.

The Chairperson thanked all the hall and school committees who gave them the use of their premises throughout the year, the G.A.A. and soccer clubs for the use of their grounds, and all who supported and helped out in any way. Thanks were also extended to those who helped out with the annual church gate collection and to those who gave so generously yet again. These funds are a vital part of the Area's means of survival and help pay for hall hire, insurance, referees etc.

She also thanked her loyal committee for their continued interest in the games and had a special word of thanks for Mary and Adrian Carr for opening their home to the committee for meetings and providing tea and refreshments.

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