St Canice’s GAC, Dungiven – Club Notes w/c Mon 29th August 2016
Last Week’s Results:
|Thurs 25th Aug||U16A Championship||Dungiven||2-06||Magherafelt||2-20|
This week’s fixtures:
|Fri 2nd Sept||7:00pm||Reserve – Championship||Swatragh||Swatragh|
Underage Training times for this week are:
|U6||Thursday||6pm – 7pm||Gaelscoil Neactain|
|U8||Training finished for time being|
|U10||Thursday||7pm – 8pm||Owenbeg|
|U12||Thursday||7pm – 8pm||St Canice’s PS|
|U14||Season over – training finished until further notice|
|U16||Season over – training finished until further notice|
|6:30pm – 8pm
6:45pm – 8pm
|Kevin Lynch Park
The week that was:
Our U16s season came to an end on Thursday evening in Desertmartin, where we were heavily beaten by Magherafelt in the semi-final of the Championship. Sometimes defeat is hard to take, and we can end up reflecting on chances missed or below par performances, but on this evening it’s hard to question the validity of the score-line. The truth is that, on the night, Magherafelt were very much the better team. Despite hitting 8 wides Rossa built a 3-point half-time lead of 0-11 to 2-02 – whilst this perhaps suggested we were still in with a chance, Magherafelt carried their momentum across the interval to score the opening three points of the second half, making a tough task even more difficult for Dungiven. Although we did get the next two scores, bringing us to within 4 of our opponents, this was as close as we would get, as Rossa found a more clinical edge to score two goals and three points before we registered another point. Fair play to our lads for never dropping their heads, but this was a night to acknowledge a really well organised and capable opponent – best of luck to them in the final. Thank you to all of you who travelled across in good numbers to support the players and their management team. Whilst a victory is what we wanted on the night, we should be proud to be members of a club community who get out in such numbers to get behind our players as we did with this team.
Thank you to Eddie, Mark, Proinnsias and Liam for the many hours and high professionalism they dedicated to training and improving this team throughout the year. Thank you to all parents for your help and support all season. And thank you to all players for making the commitment you made to yourselves, your team-mates and your Club during the year – a great bunch of lads.
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Our U8s went to the annual Brigid Heavron Memorial Tournament in Magherafelt on Saturday. Our P4s (A Team ) lost one group game to Lavey, who played a very defensive game that was hard to overcome, after a partisan decision by an umpire denied us what would have been a winning goal. That put the A team in the shield section where they beat Swatragh comfortably in the semi before beating highly fancied Bellaghy in the final by 7 points. The P3s (B team ) cruised to their final without losing a game, where they went on to beat a Ballinascreen team that was made up of quite a few P4s by 6 points. The behaviour and performance of all players throughout the day was something to behold. If these lads keep at it there should be a bright future ahead for this group of players. Hard to beat a winning end to the season – thanks to all of the coaches who worked with this large group of players all year – accommodating such large numbers with the quality of coaching they received, and the number of opportunities they had to play in Blitzs and competitions is not easy, so full credit and thanks go to Banty McGuigan, Paul Murphy, Darrel O’Kane, Paul Deighan, Colin Mullan, Paul Dudey McCloskey and Martin McKenna. Thanks to all parents who showed genuine interest during the year – at this age-group your support is so important in helping us motivate and develop these young players. Most of all of course, thank you to all of the players who worked so hard during the season, and who also hopefully had loads of fun along the way.
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Our U10s also took part in the Brigid Heavron Tournament – despite being under strength they battled well but unfortunately were narrowly beaten in two semi-finals. This team will be continuing with training up until the final tournament of the season in Glen in late September.
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Please note that our U6s will resume training at 6pm this Thursday night on the Gaelscoil Neachtain pitches.
There will be another Lucky-Dip Draw Meeting on Tuesday 30th Aug at 8:00pm sharp. We need everyone who currently has tickets issued, (players, coaches, members etc.) to attend and to bring as many of the sold tickets that you can. If anyone needs tickets they can also be collected on Tuesday night.
Lucky Dip Draw:
We would ask everyone to support us in our Lucky Dip draw in aid of Páirc na nÓg Car Park & Changing Facility – choose your tickets carefully though, as the price of your ticket is based on the serial number in those sealed envelopes – there are 2,000 tickets, all with a unique price, priced from £0.01 to £20.00. Whatever the price of your ticket, you stand a chance of winning the £3,000 top prize on 18th September, with 5 other prizes from £1,000 to £100. We’d especially ask the parents of our Underage teams to support us. Thank you and best of luck
This week’s Lotto numbers, drawn on Sunday 28th August were: 02 – 09 – 14 – 27.
No Jackpot winner, and three 3-number £20 winners: Barry McElhinney, Ashton O’Kane & Lucy McLauughin.
Thank you to everyone who supports us with this core fundraiser for our Club – thanks also to all of our loyal and committed collectors and helpers.
Weekly Community Events and Activities:
|Slimming World with Brenda||Tuesdays at 5:30pm & 7:30pm – Main Hall|
|Fitness Classes with Paul Gillespie||Tuesdays (6:30pm Metafit, 7:00pm Spin) – Club Rooms. Contact Martin (079 1813 4409) to enquire about booking for Spin.|
Oíche Airneáil sa Chlub
A social evening, to launch the new season of adult Irish classes in Dungiven and Limavady, will be held in St Canice’s this Friday 2nd September, commencing at 8:30pm. People already attending classes and people interested in attending classes in the new season will hear a talk entitled: Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam (a country without its language is a country without a soul), telling the history of the struggle of our ancestors to keep Irish alive, and the great work being done now to promote our own language to this generation. There will be a Table Quiz, traditional music, songs in Irish and English, and special guests will be the Ruaidhrí Dall harpers. Supper will be served and drink will be available at the bar. There will be ample opportunity to talk about venues, nights and times for classes in 2016/17 and these will be announced during the evening. Fáilte roimh chách! Everybody welcome!
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Altnagelvin Coronary Care & ICU CC Royal Hospital
St Canice’s are hosting an important fundraiser the Saturday 10th Sept in the Main Hall to help fund Altnagelvin Coronary Care & ICU CC Royal Hospital. The event is limited to 300 tickets (£10 each) and 100% of the money raised for this event will go towards the fund. Starting at 9pm the music will be provided by the hugely popular “All Folk’d Up”. Tickets are available in the Club.
The death occurred earlier in the week of Susanna O’Donnell, the aunt of our U16 Manager, Eddie Kealey. To Eddie and the wider O’Donnell and Kealey family circle we extend our sympathies. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
2016 End-of-Year Club Dinner Dance
We are happy to announce that we will hold a member’s dinner dance this year on Saturday 3rd December in The Roe Park Resort, Limavady. Despite the stresses and differing opinions that exist in any club that is involved in competitive sport, we believe that we have a strong and community-based Club in St Canice’s, and that we have a lot to celebrate and be proud of. We would therefore encourage all of our members to consider attending this year’s event. This is intended to be a non-profit event – it’s very much about bringing our members together in the way we did for last year’s Gala Dinner which was a huge success. Tickets (to include 4-course meal, music and a free bus to/from venue) are priced at £25 each, and we have a £5/week payment scheme running for anyone who wishes to use it. To reserve your ticket please give a deposit and your name to any committee member or leave in the bar.
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Kevin Lynch Hurling Club – Gala Dinner
St Canice’s GAC will have a table at the Hurling Club’s Gala Dinner, taking place on 5th November in The Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena. If you would like to be at the club-table on the night please let a committee member know asap – seats priced at £100 each.
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Early notification that the launch of a new Jim Millar CD will take place in the Club on Saturday 1st October.
Planning a party?
If you have Party or Function coming up and need a venue (including well equipped kitchen), St Canice’s Club Hall is an excellent facility in the heart of your community. For bookings or enquiries please email [email protected] or call James on 078 8967 0455.