MINOR HURLING: Best of luck to Monaleen minor hurlers and management team who face Granagh-Ballingarry in the county minor B hurling championship final in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale, this Friday night at 7.30pm. The side reached the county final after defeating Bruff 0-17 to 1-8 in their semi-final in Cappamore on Saturday. Monaleen led 0-8 to 0-6 at half-time. All support appreciated for Friday night’s decider.

U21 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Monaleen U21 footballers are due to face Ballylanders in round one of the County Premier U21 Football Championship Group 2 in Kilbreedy this Saturday at 2pm. All support appreciated.

JUNIOR A FOOTBALL: Our junior A footballers play Kilteely-Dromkeen in the semi-final of the county championship in Doon on this Tuesday night at 8pm. Best of luck to the players and management team. All support greatly appreciated.

U13 FOOTBALL: Commiserations to the Monaleen U13 footballers who lost out to Fr Casey’s in the County U13 Division 1 final at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale on Sunday last.

COMMUNITY DEFIBRILLATOR: The Annacotty Community Defibrillator Group have announced that the launch of the Community Defibrillator Response in Annacotty will take place in The Black Swan on this Saturday, October 26 at 9pm. Please come along and show your support on the night.

HEALTHY CLUB COMMITTEE: Monaleen GAA club is establishing a Healthy Club Committee. Julie Golden and Nicola Donohue are the Club’s Healthy Officers. Last year’s very successful ‘Lights Up 5k Walks’ were organised under the Healthy Club initiative. The ladies have lots more exciting ideas and we are looking for two or three volunteers to help out with organising events designed to improve the overall well-being of our club members in every aspect of life, including nutritional health and mental health. If you would be interested in helping out please contact Caroline O’Kane, James Johnson, Audrey Ruschitzko, John Noonan, or directly to Julie or Nicola. This is a very worthwhile group and an area the club would love to develop for all of our members and their families.

LOTTO RESULTS: The latest Lotto draw took place on October 17, with the jackpot standing at €17,200. The numbers drawn were 5, 6, 26 and 30. Winners of the €50 lucky dips were E Stack, Kilbane; B. Lambe, Foxhollow; R. Larkin, Monaleen Hts; D. Crowne, @ Leos. Tickets can be purchased on a weekly basis from local shops and pubs and the draw is held every Thursday night in the club at 10pm.

HALLOWEEN PARTY: To all our members: The Monaleen GAA club shop is organising a kids Halloween party on this Sunday, October 27 with the funds made in the shop since last March. Organisers are looking for volunteers to help out before the main event; decorate the hall and make up treat bags for the kids, and also volunteers for the night itself; manage the drinks station, candy floss machine, face painter queue, bobbing for apples game etc. Please PM Sarah Mc Manus, Ciara Lanigan or Noelle Nash if interested in lending a hand. The party is geared for boys and girls born in the 2011 to 2014 age groups. There will be prizes for best costumes, apple bobbers and dancers. Also a prize for the best dressed adult. The start time is 5pm sharp for a magic show. Hoping to see a good turnout on the night.

HURLING & CAMOGIE CAMP: Monaleen GAA Club is hosting a 3-day hurling and camogie camp at Monaleen clubhouse grounds from Wednesday, October 30 until Friday, November 1 inclusive. The camp is open to boys and girls aged between seven and 13 years and will take place daily from 10am to 2.10pm. Participants must be a member of a GAA club. Top Limerick senior intercounty hurlers, Shane Dowling, Declan Hannon, Kyle Hayes, Darragh O’Donovan and Gearoid Hegarty will be in attendance daily as guest coaches. Registration is required in advance. To obtain a registration please email Links to the form are also circulated on social media.

CALENDAR: Monaleen GAA club is preparing its 2020 calendar. We are offering local businesses a chance to sponsor a month in the calendar for €100. Your company logo and an advert will appear on the facing page of the month, which will give you a full month of advertising. If you are interested, please contact John Noonan, James Johnson, Audrey Ruschitzko, Tony Power or Caroline O’Kane. February, March, April, May and September have been sold already.


Four teams took part in the recent Monaleen GAA Club George Fitzpatrick U13 Tournament

U13 GEORGE FITZPATRICK TOURNAMENT: Monaleen recently hosted their U13 Ladies Football tournament which honours one of the founders of Ladies Football in Monaleen, the late George Fitzpatrick. The four teams who participated were Arravale Rovers (Tipperary), Douglas (Cork), Newmarket on Fergus (Clare) and Monaleen. The girls played 6 very sporting matches with Douglas winning overall. A huge thanks to the players, organisers, supporters and especially those who helped with the refreshments on the day. We would like to give special thanks to Mary Fitzpatrick for presenting the fabulous trophy to the winning team.

The Groody Gaels minor football team which defeated Murroe Boher in the county minor Ladies football championship on Sunday last

MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP: The Groody Gaels ladies minor team travelled to face Murroe Boher at Boher pitch on Sunday last October 20 in the first round of the county minor championship. Groody Gaels came out on top in a very entertaining encounter, winning the game on a final score-line of 4-6 to 3-8. In tough underfoot conditions, there was some excellent football and score taking on display from both sides.

Groody started the game the better of the two sides with a brilliantly taken early goal from full forward Saoirse Fitzgerald. Both teams then exchanged points with Ella Doyle and Emily O’Halloran on target for Groody Gaels before an expertly converted penalty from midfielder Rachel O’Dell gave her team a good lead heading towards half time. Murroe Boher rallied before half time with a number of goal scoring chances which were all brilliantly saved by Niamh Moloney in the Groody Gaels goal to leave the half time score 2-2 to 0-7 in favour of Groody Gaels.

Groody again started the second half well winning the throw in and driving forward before corner forward Ella Doyle scored her second point of the match to finish off an excellent team move. Murroe Boher then had a real purple patch scoring 3-1 without reply to take an eight point lead heading into the last quarter of the game.

All credit to Groody Gaels though who never let their heads drop and thanks to a relentless work rate by the entire team, were soon on the comeback trail.
The comeback started with an expertly taken goal from full forward Saoirse Fitzgerald followed two minutes later with a great point again from Saoirse to bring her tally for the day to 2-1.
Midfielder Rachel O’Dell then scored her second goal of the day with a brilliant long range effort into the roof of the net. Following a great run through the centre of the defence, centre back Jemma Duhig made it all square on the scoreboard with a great point.

Then heading into the last minute of the game, centre forward Emily O’Halloran sliced through the defence to score the winning point with a superb point from play to complete the come back and put Groody Gaels one point ahead. That’s how the game finished and congratulations to the entire Groody Gaels team on a brilliant come back and team performance.

Superb defensive performances from Nessa Kelly, Claire Kiely, Aoife Neville and Claire Flavin kept Groody Gaels in the game and brilliant link play going forward from Aoife Nelligan, Ciara Hodges and Aoibh Hayes set up the scoring opportunities for the team. Next up is a home match against Ballylanders in the Championship on the weekend of the 9th/10th November.

Groody Gaels Team: Niamh Moloney, Claire Kiely, Jemma Duhig, Nessa Kelly, Aoife Neville, Claire Flavin, Rachel O’Dell (Captain), Aoife Nelligan, Aoibh Hayes, Emily O’Halloran, Ciara Hodges, Saoirse Fitzgerald, Ella Doyle, Lauren O’Shaughnessey.

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