The last Divisional Forum will take place for East Sligo on Wednesday, 22nd February at 8 pm in Connolly Park clubhouse, Collooney for interested parties from Owenmore Gaels, St. Michael’s, Shamrock Gaels, Coolera, Ballymote and Geevagh. Hoping to see a good turnout on the night….
Gorman’s second half goals preserve Paddy Henry’s proud Cloonacool record as Sligo LGFA manager.
Sligo 2-7 Waterford 0-11
Sligo Ladies made it 2 home wins out of 2 following this 2 point victory over Waterford on Sunday in -what could very well become known as a Fort Knox venue for Paddy Henry – Cloonacool Community Park. Trailing by 5 at half time, Sligo turned the game around in the second period to successfully defend their home record at the Cloonacool venue.
In a lively opening quarter, Sligo were guilty of missed opportunities. They had 2 points on the board but at least 2 goal chances had gone a begging with Waterford recording 4 points – 2 each from Ger Power and Lauren Mc Gregory- to lead by 2 after 15 minutes, Sligo’s 2 coming from Ciara Gorman with Power’s 11th minute score being the pick of them.
Roisin Tobin and Emma Murray added points before Sligo were thrown what appeared to be a lifeline, being awarded a penalty in the 20th minute as Stephanie O’Reilly was fouled in the box. Waterford goalkeeper Jessica Fitzgerald batted away Mary Ann O’Kennedy’s effort to preserve the visitors lead. Things then got worse for Sligo as Nicola Fennell and Anne Wall added points for Waterford to leave a 7 point gap between the sides with 7 minutes remaining to the short first half.
Worse was to follow at first for Sligo as Ann-Marie Coleman was sin binned but after this the tide began to turn for them as first Michelle McNamara blocked a point blank goal bound shot for a 45, then at the other end Stephanie O’Reilly and Karen Maloney sent over to leave them 5 in arrears at half time.
Lauren McGregor converted a free for Wateeford some 2 minutes into the second half. Strangely enough by the time their next store would arrive, they would be chasing the game as Sligo took over in the scoring stakes but possession was fairly evenly matched except the home side appeared to be the better finishers.
Ciara Gorman kick started the Sligo comeback with a 7th minute free. From the resulting kick out Karen Maloney provided a boomer from distance to cut the gap to 4. A Ciara German goal in the 9th minute had the gap down to one. Some five minutes later Sligo would hit the front when a super cross field pass from Karen Maloney picked out Ciara Gorman. Gorman’s point effort dipped at the 11th hour, deceiving the visitors keeper with the umpire going for the Green flag instead of the white one.
Gorman tagged on a free in the 16th minute to push the gap out to three. With Sligo defending their lead all Waterford could produce in the final quarter hour of the game was a point and 2 wides as Sligo, Paddy Henry and Fort Knox held firm to ensure a second league win of this campaign and edge Sligo closer to a semi-final place.
Next up for Sligo is a trip to Laois on Sunday next but for now Paddy and the crew can savour this latest win.
Sligo v Tyrone
Sligo 1-10 Tyrone 1-14 By Keith Gilroy
Sligo made the trip to Omagh with the hope of getting their 2017 Lidl NFL off to a winning start, Boosted by the return of Captain Noelle Gromley from injury Paddy Henry was looking for a good team performance in Omagh.
Tyrone started the better of the two team hitting 2 point in the first five minutes though Emma Smyth and Meabh Mallon. Sligo first score came from the boot of Ciara Gorman from 20 yard free. The best score of the first half came from Tyrone’s Niamh O’Neill when she hit a point off her left foot 25 yards out. Ciara Gorman kept Sligo in it with her free taking. Tyrone hit back with a Gemma Begley point before Laffey pointed for Sligo to leave it a 1 point game 15 mins played. Tyrone scored the next two points from O’Neill before Laura Ann and a free from Gorman left 2 points between the teams at half time.
Niamh O’Neill got Tyrone off the mark for the 2nd half with a point after great build up play from Mallon and Hunter. Gemma Begley free but 4 between the teams before Gorman score her 4th point of the day. On 17 mins Stephanie O’Reilly played a one two with her club mate Bernice Byrne before hitting a wonderful point from 25 yards. Sligo made two subs with Sinead Naughton and Rachel Monaghan replacing McGrath and Casey.
Both team exchanged sores before Tyrone Gemma Begley found the back of the Sligo net to give Tyrone some breathing space but Sligo hit back almost straight away with a goal from Gorman but it was not enough for the Sligo ladies Tyrone running out 4 point winners 1-14 to Sligo’s 1-10.
Sligo Team 1 Noelle Gromley 2 Michelle McNamara 3 Grainne O’Loughlin 4 Edna Flanagan 5 Ann Marie Coleman 6 Eillise Codd 7 Ruth Goodwin 8 Bernice Byrne 9 Sarah Reynolds 10 Laura Ann Laffey 0-02 11 Stephanie O’Reilly 0-02 12 Denice McGrath 13 Karen Maloney 0-01 14 Ciara Gorman 1-05 15 Lisa Casey
Subs used Rachel Monaghan for Denice McGrath, Sinead Naughton for Lisa Casey
Speaking after the game Paddy Henry said he was disappointed not to get the win but was very happy with the way the team performed,’’ We will be back training Tuesday night and getting ourselves ready for Westmeath next Sunday’’
Next up is a home game next Sunday in Cloonacool 2pm when Westmeath will provide the opposition.
Please see details below of County under Age Trials this weekend.
Please inform all your club plays of the trials.
Minor 2017 trials/training Saturday 21st Januray at 11am in Ballymote .
Girls eligible pls contact Tracy by text 0874110568 with following details, name , D.o.b. Position u play.
U14 2017 trials will take place on Sunday in Kevinsfort @10.30am to 12.30pm.
All Girls are asked to be there at 10.15am.
For more info please contact Sean 0868105107
We are delighted to announce the opening of the 2017 LGFA Gaelic4Girls Programme!
In 2013, the Gaelic4Girls programme was revamped and re-launched with the aim of making the programme more attractive to clubs, to assist any struggling clubs, established clubs looking to expand their numbers at underage level or any potential areas where new clubs may evolve.
The programme has proven to be a very useful tool for our clubs in terms of strengthening their underage structures by recruiting new players. Most Clubs have experienced at least a 50% retention rate of the new players following the programme. In 2016 43 Clubs representing 23 Counties were successful in their application.
Any Club can apply to be a part of the programme. Criteria have been outlined and it’s up to a Club to justify why they should be chosen.
Clubs have between now and the 20th January to apply. Following this, the County Development Officer, Provincial Development Officer and a member of the National Development Team, will discuss the applications and decide together, which two sites within a County are the most appropriate. A maximum of 2 sites can be selected from your County to participate in the Programme.
There are numerous benefits to the programme with the most obvious to increase numbers in your club, but also there is free training provided to your coaches and resources are provided free of charge for the promotion of a National Programme taking place in your club.
Additional information plus the relevant Provincial Application Forms are below. We would ask you to please forward this information to all clubs in your County and promote on your website and social media outlets. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Paula Prunty (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your relevant Provincial Development Officer.
To apply on behalf of your club simply choose you province and download the appropriate form.
Minor 2017 trials/training Saturday 21st jan at 11am in ballymote . Girls eligible pls contact Tracy by text 0874110568 with following details, name , D.o.b. Position u play.
A dinner dance to celebrate our 2016 Junior Champions! 2015 Junior and Minor runner up medals also to be presented on the night. Please support what promises to be a great night as we honour the girls achievements over the past 2 years!
Excellent band and DJ on the night, as well as a very special guest!
Tickets on sale @ €25 in Collerys from today, and are from team members on Friday 13th 8-9pm, and Sunday 15th 12-1pm in the centre. Looking forward to seeing you there
On Tuesday night Connacht LGFA held their AGM and Sligo’s own Liam McDonagh took over as President for the next 3 years, having been President Elect for the past year.
The following officers were elected to Connacht Ladies Gaelic Football Council for 2017.
President: Liam Mc Donagh (Sligo)
Vice President: Ted Maloney (Sligo)
Secretary: Mary Hernon (Galway)
Assistant Secretary: Marian Mc Keon (Leitrim)
Treasurer: Jimmy Murphy (Mayo)
Assistant Treasurer: Con Moynihan (Galway)
Registrar: Maura Burke (Galway)
P.R.O. Keith Gilroy (Sligo)
Cultural and Language Officer: Maeve Quinn (Leitrim)
Development Officer: P.J.Rabbitte (Galway)
Drumcliffe/Rosses Point LGFA/GAA Club Notes
Sunday, January 8th, 2017
Well done to the Sligo ladies footballers who made a winning start to 2017 with victory over NUI Galway in the Connacht Ladies League semi-final last Sunday. The Sligo panel includes club players Michelle McNamara, Rachel Monaghan, Amanda Healy and Sinéad Regan.
There was further international recognition for one of our promising club players Oisín O’Reilly, with his recent basketball exploits earning him selection on Ireland U18 basketball team. It is due recognition for the teenager who also helped EJ Sligo All Stars reach the final of the President’s Cup last Saturday with a convincing win over Team Kilkenny in Cork. We would also like extend best wishes to another ‘dual’ player, Cian Lally, who is currently recovering from a broken arm.
Hard luck to Neil Ewing, Seán Power and the Sligo men’s senior footballers who lost out narrowly to Galway at Quigabar in their opening Connacht FDD league fixture. Seán was also part of the Sligo U21 team which recorded an impressive win over Donegal in the North West Cup last Tuesday.
An evening to celebrate the contributions of all the club’s underage footballers and hurlers over the past 12 months will take place place in Rathcormac Hall on Friday, February 3rd at 7pm. This free event is also open to the families and friends of our juvenile players as we acknowledge the commitment and effort of all our underage teams.
We are entering a quiz team in the Ocean FM ‘Pole Position’ radio sports quiz which starts later this month. The quiz is free to enter and is made up of teams of three. If you know your know your ‘Ronaldo’ from your ‘Ronda’ and would like to be part of our quiz team for this enjoyable event, please contact club PRO Austin O’Callaghan on 0876855621.
The club meeting for January is provisionally scheduled for Monday 30th in Oxfield at 9pm.
Well done to all the underage handballers who represented Drumcliffe Handball Club at the Collooney blitz last Saturday. Handball coaching continues this Saturday morning in Oxfield from 10am. New players (of all ages) are always very welcome.
A workshop for nursery GAA coaches will take place in Summerhill College on Monday, Jan 23rd from 7-9pm. All interested club coaches are encouraged to make every effort to attend.
Date for your diary: The club’s Saturday morning GAA nursery for 2017 will begin on Saturday, March 5th.
Congrats and best wishes to the Smith family on their recent house move to Carney. Our boys U16 manager Jimmy Smith surely has no excuse this year for being late for any Oxfield training sessions!