MONALEEN GAA CLUB NOTES
AGM: The Monaleen GAA club AGM will take place on Monday, December 2 at 8pm. Motions and nominations should be emailed to the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org before 9pm on November 25.
U21 FOOTBALL: Well done to the Monaleen U-21 footballers who defeated Rathkeale 1-12 to 0-4 in the County Premier U21 Football Championship Group 2 Round 3 fixture on Saturday last in Adare. The team is due to return to action this Saturday against Ballysteen in Askeaton at 3.30pm. Best of luck to the players and management team. All support appreciated.
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Regina Redington (née Gill), Monaleen, Castletroy, and formerly Glenamaddy, Galway, who passed away last weekend. The late Regina Redington was much loved mother of John, Wynette, Murt, Joe and Gina and wife of the late Martin. Following Requiem Mass in Monaleen Church on Tuesday afternoon, burial took place afterwards in Mount St Lawrence Extension Cemetery. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
LOTTO RESULTS: The latest Lotto draw took place on November 7, with the jackpot standing at €18,100. The numbers drawn were 6, 11, 31 and 35. Winners of the €50 lucky dips were B. Killeen, Birdhill; P. Cullen, Beechwood; M. Page, Evanwood; W Hoban @ Black Swan. 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.
CONGRATS: Congratulations to the local primary schools who enjoyed great success in the City Primary Schools Gaelic football finals last week. Well done to the players and coaches. Monaleen GAA Club had a strong representation in each of the winning squads.
CLUB MERCHANDISE: Monaleen GAA Club is delighted to introduce our new range of Monaleen GAA Club merchandise, including hats, scarves, football gloves and socks. Please let your coach know before this Thursday, November 14 if you wish to place an order. Items will be available around December 12. Payment on receipt. Ideal Christmas presents!
JUNIORS: In Doon on Sunday our Junior team played the Championship semi-final v Ballybrown. The girls got a great start with a couple of goals from Caoimhe Lyons giving Monaleen a 6-point lead midway through the first half. Both teams had their periods of dominance and in the final minutes of the first half Ballybrown scored two goals to lead by a point at the break. In tough winter conditions the second half was very tight with Monaleen trailing by 4 with 10 minutes to play. A goal was needed and despite the best efforts of the girls it wouldn’t come. A couple of late points was not enough on the day and Ballybrown progressed to the final with the final score 3-11 to 3-9. This group of young players have had a great season, topping the 8 team group in this championship and losing the league semi by 1 point earlier in the year. Success is not far away to follow up on the fantastic underage success that the group have had. They have lifted the profile of the club this year, and shown great example to our younger players with their commitment and skill.
Panel: Aisling Kennedy; Saorise Lane; Niamh Doyle; Emma Donohoe; Caitlin Bonfil; Ellen Regan Magner; Shannon Power; Shalini Kujur; Lucy D’Arcy; Aoife Doyle; Aine Doyle; Fanie Carmody; Ruth Heavy; Caoimhe Lyons; Cathy O’Toole; Ella Hession; Niamh Moloney; Eimar Morgan; Mia O’Halloran; Amy Kavanagh; Aoife D’Arcy, Clodagh Power.
MINORS: Later in the day, our Minor panel including 11 members of the Junior panel travelled to Knocklong to compete in the Minor A shield semi final v Granagh Ballingarry. The conditions in Knocklong for the 6.30pm throw in were terrible with a gale blowing and heavy cold rain falling. Playing against the wind in the first half, the girls were under constant pressure from a strong Granagh team but held out to lead by 4pts to 2pts at half time. The second half was one sided with Monaleen dominating to win by 2-8 to 1-3. Credit to the 22 players who travelled out and put in a great performance in these circumstances. Next up is the final next Sunday when Monaleen will hope to successfully defend the title the girls won last year. Time and venue to be confirmed.
PHOTOGRAPH : The Monaleen U21 football squad which defeated Rathkeale in the County Premier U21 Championship on Saturday last