Cumann Pheadair Naofa 0-18 vs RGU Downpatrick 2-12
Saturday afternoon turned out to be a day of all seasons for the men from Warrenpoint and Downpatrick. Castlewellan played host to a feast of football with Saul and Glasdrumman playing before hand in the intermediate championship and as the final whistle blew the heavens opened and the skies emptied leaving the pitch slippery and greasy. The opening exchanges for the two teams were evidently nervy with both teams rife with handling errors and dropped balls due to the greasy pitch. The games first score came from the Russell Gaelic Union men and it took another two minutes before the Warrenpoint men equalised with Aaron Joe Magee slipping the ball over the bar.
Slippery conditions made both teams loose their footing at times and made the game a poor spectacle in the opening 20 minutes. Warrenpoint allowed RGU the chance to take a 2 point lead but by half-time the blues were level at 0-06 to 0-06. Scores from Ross McGarry and Donagh McAleenan being picks of the half!
The second half saw the RGU men coming back into it with a goal from the get go but the point men did not panic and they held their nerve to come back into the game and stretch out a 4 point lead with Ryan Mallon, Ryan Boyle and Ross McGarry hitting points. The game seemed all but done and the Point men could see the finish line. In the final minute Ryan Mallon and Donagh McAleenan received two late black cards and from a free the RGU men dropped a high ball into the square and they converted it into the net to leave the game all square and pushed the game into extra time. Ten minutes in each half saw RGU edge ahead by two points But the Seasiders turned it around to level the game at half time and with only a score each in the second half saw the game go to a replay. A fantastic display from both teams but the Warrenpoint men will go into the replay this coming Wednesday in Kilcoo the more confident if they Can play to their potential!
Great Performances at All Ireland Fleadh
Cumann Pheadair Naofa dancing section travelled to Ennis, County Clare at the weekend to participate in the All Ireland Fleadh where they represented club, county and province in the ceili and set competitions.
First to the stage on Friday morning were our 12-15 girls 4 hand reel who performed exceptionally well in a massive competition, well done to the girls. Saturday morning saw our half set perform in the mixed competition for the first time in the All Ireland. Turlough, Micheal, Sinead and Anna danced three beautiful figures and were welcomed on stage to a rapturous applause by the full competition hall. The mixed 4 hand reel then took to the stage in the ceili hall and were placed third following beautiful and light performance. Last of the ceili dances saw the mixed team, our All Ireland Scor Finalists dance the Three tunes and they picked up second place.
Sets were to follow and first on stage was our ladies team who danced three figures of the Ardara Set and did mentor Turlough proud. They were followed on stage by our mixed team who danced three figures of the Cavan reel, both competitions saw 8 other sets dance and the competition from across Ireland was of an extremely high standard.
Congratulations to all our dance teams and supporters who travelled to Ennis to participate in the 2017 Fleadh. Many thanks to Oisin McCann for providing the music for all our dancers.
Fantastic Week at Cul Camp
Monday 14 August saw over 200 children descend on St Marks for the 2017 Cul Camp week and camp coordinator Brendan Rice ensured all children started their week of fun quickly. The kids spent the week developing their skills within all code of GAA and the array of experienced coaches ensure the kids were learning from the best!
The Kellogg’s Cúl Camps provided the boys and girls, between the ages of 6 and 13, with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the last week of their summer holidays and coaches ensured the activities evolved around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games. All activities had a games based approach with a strong emphasis being placed on personal development and well-being.
At the end of the week the kids were all presented with their Kelloggs jersey and zip tops, beautiful reminders of a great week. Many thanks to all the coaches for providing the kids which such high quality training and experience and special thanks to club coaches Brendan, Niall and Ryan.
U8 Footballers Enjoy Summer Football
Last Wednesday evening the U8 team played a challenge match against Shamrocks in St.Marks. In an even contest the boys and girls played very well in all games. The young blues showed great skill and determination which delighted all the U8 mentors and parents watching the matches.
U8 Hurlers Have a Great Day Out at County Blitz
Our U8 hurlers participated in the County Blitz where they played 4 games and showed great skill development which mentors Avril and and Colette were very proud of. The young hurlers had a great day out and the section continue to have great numbers at training.
Bonny Baby Winners
The winners in the Bonny Baby competition at last weekends Family Fun Day were:
- 0-12 months – Fíonn Doyle and 12-3 years – Jaxon Hughes
Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who took part.