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Mentors: Frank Lee (0872238088)   William Quigley, Eoin Crosbie

Training from April 2nd, 2019
Tuesdays 6.30-7.30  @ Páirc Chiaráin
Fridays 6.30-7.30 @ Páirc Chiaráin 


Mentors: Ger O'Donoghue & Michael Cahill

Training from March 27th, 2018
Tuesdays 6.30-7.30  @ Páirc Chiaráin
Fridays 6.30-7.30 @ Páirc Chiaráin 

U10 League: Southern Gaels v Cullion, 12th May, Páirc Chairáin

Well done to our u10 hurlers today who played Cullion in a challenge match. There was some great hurling skills on display.  It was an evenly contested match. Still lots to improve on over the next few months so very important we get everyone training. Thanks to the parent for there support as both players and management really appreciate this. 


Mentors: Pádraig Leen & Fergal O'Connor

Training from March 28th, 2017
Tuesdays 6.30-7.30  @ Páirc Chiaráin
Fridays 6.30-7.30 @ Páirc Chiaráin 


Mentors: Gearóid Ó Duibhir
Pádraig Leen, Ger O'Donoghue & Fergal O'Connor

Training from April 4, 2016
Tuesdays 6.30-7.30  @ Páirc Chiaráin
Fridays 6.00-7.00 @ Páirc Chiaráin 

Frank Young U10 Memorial Tournament
On Saturday September 26th, Our U10s welcomed Casteltown Geoghan and Ahascragh Fohenagh (Galway) to our annual U10 Frank Young memorial tournament. It was fantastic that each club had the numbers to field two teams , so we fielded an U10 and U9 team so all of our U10 panel were involved. Dermot and Danny took the older group while Gearoid managed our younger group. Each clubs older team would play each other for the honour of lifting Frank Young Cup. The day started with Southern Gaels and Castletown producing a very competitive and entertaining game. Team. GoalKeeper : Cillian Geary Back Line Diarmaid Murtagh, Luke O’Connell, Calum Devaney. Midfield : Dano McMonagle,Johnny Martin, Luke Whelan. Forward Line Luke Farrell, Zach Meegan,Kian Mitchell. Southern Gaels got off to a good start and were 2 scores up thanks to Dano McMonagle and Luke Whelan. Our back line was very determined and thwarted many Casteltown Geoghan attacks. Our forwards had a number of good chances in first half but good work from the before Castletown back line prevented any scores. Cillian Geary was solid in goal and cleared a number of dropping balls before the attackers could score. At start of second half Johnny hit a great long range score to push us into lead. Luke O, Diarmaid and Calum were pulling on everything that moved and made many interceptions and clearances. With the aid of the wind in the second half we prevented any further scores in second half. Zach Meegan was really making life difficult for a fantastic Casteltown fullback and tackled and harried at every opportunity. Our midlfied line were winning lots of ball and Johnny and Luke Whelan making some fantastic hooks and blocks and making it very difficult for Casteltown midfield. Our backs and midfield were directing great passes into our forwards so it was no surprise when Kian added a fine score after great work in the corner before Dano added a second. Luke Farrell then added a final score from close range with a fantastic pull to send the ball high over the crossbar and nearly into the next field to finsh on a scoreline of 6 scores to 2. Southern Gaels Man of the match was Calum Devaney for some fantastic defending and clearances. In the second match of the day Casteltown took on Ahascragh-Fohenagh. In another highly entertaining game,Castletown just got the better of Ahascragh winning by 6 scores to 4. In the final game,we took on our Galway visitors. The game was on a knife edge at half time on a score of 2-1 in Gaels favour. Dano and Luke Farrell contributed both of our first half scores before Aha cragh hit back for a fine score. Our back line of Luke O, Dairamid and Calum was again to the fore with some fantastic clearances and prevented many scoring opportunities. In the second half with the aid of the wind Southern Gaels pushed on again. Calum drove puckouts into corners to set our forwards up and Zach and Kian benefitted. Dano was first to add a score in the second half. Score of the day came from Zach Meegan , while being covered by a number of defenders , he took a tap on the hurl and turned back onto his weaker left side and drove a fine point over the bar from well out the field. Ahascrah hit back with a well taken score. Kian Mitchell then cut in from the right to get a fine score while under pressure to leave us 3 up. Cillian was flawless in goal and cleared any danger when it arose. Our back line gave the attackers very little space or room in the second half. Our midfield trio (Luke W, Johhny and Dano) tackled , hooked, blocked and setup our forwards throughout. Johnny was unlucky not to score with some fine shots. Dano added another 2 scores near the end for Southern Gaels to run out winners by 7 scores to 2. Dano was rock solid as free taker throughout the day after hard work from our midfield and forwards had earned frees in good positions. Southern Gaels Man of the match was Dano McMonagle for a fantastic contribution from play and set balls. The Frank Young tournament proved to be a double success for the club as both the Under 10s and the Under 9s recorded victories in all their matches. The under 9s have been using what has become the B tournament of this great event to set out their stall for next year when they will take on the mantle of Under 10s formally and there was no lack of talent on display. Castletown-Geoghan as always proved great rivals and an enjoyable match was played out with Southern Gaels running out winners after a galant defence by Castletown was beaten down by the dynamic duo, brothers Lee and TJ Turley, and Seán Cosgrove whose work rate was impressive and yielded some opportunistic scores when Castletown failed to clear the long ball in. The Southern Gael defence line was particularly impressive and Castletown had to battle hard to register scores. From the back up, Gearóid McCarthy in goal, Ruairí Ó Duibhir, Kyle Mahon, Donal McDermott and Seán O’Donoghue proved solid I the face of attack and proved the launch pad for all Gaels scores. Seán O’Donoghue shone in this performance sweeping up loose ball and driving forward – what a revelation this year! For Gaels’ second game against new rivals Ahascragh it was again the defence that provided the platform for a comfortable victory with Shane Wheatley and Cormac Bradley deftly scoring from quality ball delivered consistently from the back. The versatile Ellis Hynes played a pivotal role throughout this match switching from target man in the front line to support player at the back allowing Gearóid McCarthy the chance to make an impact up the field. All in all a great performance from a blossoming under 9 team who are tugging at the bit to represent their club in the A tournament next year. Tús maith leath na hoibre! Afterwards Club Chairman Kevin Jordan and Emily Young presented medals and treats to all participants. Zach Meegan was rewarded for his great attendance at training and matches throughout the year by being selected to receive the Cup on behalf on Our U10 team. A big Thank you to all the parents and Clubs that took part. We would like to especially thank all parents for your help/effort involved in bringing children to training and matches throughout the year. Without your support we would not be able to develop or field competitive teams at underage level.

Under 10, August 10, Southern Gaels v Rochfortbridge

On a lovely Summers evening, allot of parents make the trek to Rochfortbridge for the Westmeath League match. We were entertained with an exciting game, essentially made possible by Johnny Martin, Dano McMonagle and Luke Whelan, who turned their jerseys inside out and played a stint each with the opposition, allowing all our players more competitive match time. Cormac Bradley was first off the mark with a well taken brace of goals. Gearoid McCarthy who’s striking has wonderfully improved, blasted a super goal, followed by Luke Whelan striking well to rack up a tally of 1-1. In the backline, Cillian Geary was minding the nets well and takin great puck outs. Jack Mulvihill and Oisín Flynn worked wonderfully together to stop most balls coming through, with Oisín breaking forward to take a well-earned goal. Luke O’Connell played really well bursting out well and striking left and right up the field. Luke Farrell was as ever lively in the forward and always looked dangerous and finished with a fine goal. Leon Macken and Sean Cosgrove were tenacious in their tackling upsetting the opposition play. Johnny Martin and Dano McMonagle both played extremely well and passed very well, with Dano scoring 2 points and Johnny taking one. Shane Wheatley moved well from defence into attack to take the last goal of the game. Southern Gaels ran out victors, played very well as a team, worked hard for each other and are all improving with every game. Players for the night were: Luke O’Connell, Oisín Flynn, Gearóid McCarthy, Dano McMonagle, Luke Whelan, Johnny Martin, Jack Mulvihill, Cormac Bradley, Luke Farrell, Cillian Geary, Leon Macken, Seán Cosgrove, Shane Wheatley.

U10 Westmeath Blitz, Cullion, June 27

Southern Gaels U10s travelled to Cullion GAA on Saturday to take part in a blitz and put in their best performance all year recording a three out of three victory over some reputable opposition. In what was a comprehensive team performance from back line through midfield and on to the forwards, the effort put in in training over the past months, stretching right back to the mid-winter work, done in the Marist Hall, has started to pay dividends. Six teams showed up on what was a perfect morning weather-wise for hurling and the Gaels were scheduled to play Cullion, Castlepollard and Turin, three teams the club haven’t played so far this year and who would prove to be worthy opponents. The players settled in quickly and had their first opponents Cullion on the run with scores emanating from the mid-field partnership of Luke Farrell, Johnny Martin and Dano McMonagle who put in solid performance in all three matches moving the ball quickly between each other creating space on the wings from where they were picking up impressive scores. Any balls falling short were picked up by score-hungry forwards such as Zach Meegan, Cormac Bradley, Ruairí Ó Duibhir and Cillian Geary who all got on the score-sheets during the tournament.
The two remaining matches proved no less challenging and no less fruitful as the team got into a good rhythm of building from the back where Calum Devaney, Seán O Donoghue and Oisín Dolan cleared an amount of challenging ball to record solid victories. Emerging players Leon Macken and Lee Turley were notable by their ability to play in a variety of positions on the park throughout the morning and this versatility will stand them in good stead as they develop in both skill and confidence during the summer. This was a great start to the summer for the U10s and it is expected that this will continue as we progress through the summer and the busy schedule of fixtures that await the squad. Well done to all who performed so well and thanks to all the parents who travelled to support the team.

Under 10: Challenge: June 15 V Roscommon Gaels, Away
The U10s travelled to Roscommon Gaels last Monday night and had a very successful outing against these worthy opposition. There was a great turnout from Southern Gaels with up to twenty travelling. There were three games in all played. The first, 15 a-side, say Southern Gaels dominate with sterling performances from Dano McMonagle, Calum Devaney and Luke Farrell in particular. After this match it was decided to split the matches into U9 and U10 groups and two more evenly balances matches were enjoyed. The U9s in particular benefited much from this outing gaining good experience in rising and striking. A marked improvement in play was noted in Seán O'Donoghue who impressed throughout the park. The U10s continued their strong play with Diarmuid Murtagh among those coming to the fore. The players are already looking forward to the return matches in Páirc Chiaráin shortly. Under 10’s also had a very challenging and skilful game v CastletownGeoghan on Thursday June 18 with Large Numbers in attendance.

Under 10: May 30: Castletown Geoghan Blitz

Our Under 10s played in the Westmeath organised Blitz. We had enough for two teams on the day. Each team got to play 2 matches. In the first we played Castletown Geoghan who also had enough for two teams. In our second we played Crookedwood and Fr Daltons. In a repeat of our recent league match in Ballymore we managed to reverse the result. Our U10s skills are developing nicely and great display from both teams meant we left Castletown undefeated. Thanks to all parents for making the trip. Ice Creams were had afterwards to celebrate in the fine weather. 

 Under 9: June 4: Four Roads v Southern Gaels

The Southern Gaels Under 9 squad played Four Roads in an away challenge match last Thursday evening and both teams benefited greatly from the encounter. The teams were evenly matched and while Four Roads put more on the score board there was little between the teams and the game allowed for some experimenting in terms of positions and players. Ruairí Ó Duibhir started in goal but finished in the forwards, Shane Wheatley, started full back but ended as a forward putting two goals to his name in the process, Cathal Hardiman started full back, moved to mid-field and returned to full back at the end of the game. Zack from the under 10s helped make up the numbers on the night and played all over the pitch. Some good work was put in by Leon and Harry in the forward lines they look good for the future. Sean O'Donoghue has been polishing his skills and played well in both the backs and forwards. The two Cillian’s - Geary and McGowan - were instrumental in this solid performance at this level and provided back-bone support throughout. A return match is planned for the near future.

 Under 10: June 4: Four Roads v Southern Gaels

The U10s get another good run out against Four Roads.  This U10 group are a strong group when all are available on a night, we were too good for this opposition. Oisin Dolan started in Goal. Calum Devaney, Luke O’Connell and Jack Mulvihill made up the back line. Luke Whelan, Dano McMonagle and Oisin Flynn started in Midfield. Diarmuid Murtagh, Luke Farrell, Kian Mitchell started up forward. Johnny Martin lined out in goal for the opposition to even up numbers.  There was some great displays of all the basic skills of hurling; lifting, tackling, soloing and striking on display throughout the team. It was great to see our players using both sides and not being afraid to strike on either. Our back line prevented Four Roads getting on the scoreboard a number of times with some great interceptions and clearances. Luke, Calum and Jack made some fine tackles and cleared the ball regularly.  Midfield were on top throughout and were strengthened in 2nd half when Johnny re-joined. Our forwards had lots of shooting practice.  The scores were widely spread throughout the team as we tried to give everyone a chance in the various positions. Dano and Johnny had a number of fine long range scores from midfield. Diarmuid Murtagh on his move from backs to forwards chipped in with 3 scores. Oisin Flynn gets better with each game and also contributed a number of scores. Johnny, Kian and Luke Farrell also added to the scoreboard. Luke Whelan had one of his best games to date with a 1-6 return from midfield. Thanks to all the parents for making the trip to Four Roads.

Christmas Party Dec. 16, Planet Athlone, Bowling and Play Area
Tuesday 7-8pm for 6 Weeks from 
Nov. 4 
Halloween Party: October 28 at 6.00 - 7.30 in Pairc Chiaráin. 

Under 8's 2014

2014 A Busy Year: 
Our main aim was to try and organise lots of games so they would get to play as many matches as possible. We started the year with indoor hurling programme in Marist School Hall and played our first match in Cusack Park on the 15th April and finished Friday 10th October at home to Ballinasloe. Along the way we played in Offaly, Roscommon, Galway and Dublin while we travelled to watch matches in Croke Park and Thurles. We had great turnout for our St. Patricks day parades, summer camps for the club members. We played Brosna Gaels (twice), Longford Slashers, Fr Daltons (twice), Four Roads (twice), St Ryanaghs from Banagher, Cullion, Castletown Geoghan(twice), Birr (twice), Oliver Plunketts and Ballinasloe (twice). The U10s are a very talented bunch and it took some very good teams to outdo us in the few matches we lost.  We ended on a high with 2 fantastic games against Castletown Geoghan where we retained the Frank Young Memorial Cup. In the older group the match finished level after full time and our U10s went on to win it in extra time with a great
crowd in attendance..

U10 Provisional Fixtures
Note: Westmeath games are fixed for 4.00pm on Saturdays however we will be looking to change these if possible.
Tuesday April 29th : Away : Brosna Gaels
Saturday May 3rd : Home : Longford Slashers 11.30.
Tuesday May 6th : Home : Brosna Gaels 7.00
Fri May 16th : Home : Fr Daltons 7.00 
(See Note)
Tuesday May 20th : Away : Four Roads 6.45
Tuesday May 27th : Home : Four Roads 6.45
Saturday May 31st : Away: Castletown Geoghan 4.00 (See Note)
Saturday  June 14th 
: Away: 
Cullion 4.00 (See Note)
Saturday June 28th 
: Blitz: 
in St Oliver Plunketts Mullingar
from 11am to 12:30pm 
Saturday July 12th 
: Away: St Oliver Plunketts .  4.00
(See Note)
Finals Date to be confirmed

Training in Páirc Chiaráin
Tuesdays 6.30-7.30 
Fridays 6-7
Mentors: Danny & Dermot.
Tel: +353876813243 for more details.

Under 10 Blitz, St. Oliver Plunketts, June 28 

With Bainisteoir Danny McMonagle at the helm, there was always going to be a different game plan and players responded well with a day of tough, physical, supportive, high quality hurling.

First up were Lough Lene Gaels whom this team had never met in 2014. Both teams got a shock with how little space and time you got on the ball, having to battle extremely hard to gain any possession. One player who rose above the rest was Oisín O’Flaherty who’s fielding on the day was far superior than anyone on the pitch and it paid off allowing him to gain space to take manys a fine score. Preventing the scores, was the inform Michael Dolan who controlled the backline, catching and clearing anything that came near him, class. It was great to welcome back Cian Geary so early from his serious operation 4 weeks ago and he responded by playing superbly in goals for the day. He came out great to anything dropping short, while shot-stopping any tough strikes and unleashing his own long range puck-outs to set us up on attack. One great attack of note was Oisín Flynn to courageously raise a ball from a melee, break out and strike a ferocious shot to give the goalie no chance. 

We marched on victorious to next take on Castlepollard who had some fine big good hurlers. First to step up to the challenge was Bobby Nugent who took the game by the scruff of the neck and got stuck in with some superb catches all over the field. Then with his accuracy and support play it allowed him the space pick off a few scores. Also magnificent, especially in central defence, was Dano McMonagle. His deft pickups from the middle of a crowd were definitely the quickest on the pitch and his ball distribution was a telling factor in the Gaels controlling the game. If bravery was ever needed in Hurling, there was none so brave as Diarmuid Murtagh. One of the biggest CastlePollard forwards was thundering through on goal, but Diarmuid bravely ran out to tackle him and prevent a sure goal, taking no consideration for his own safety and being blown aside in preventing the sure goal. Then he dusted himself off and battled on. Similar bravery was also on display by Luke Farrell. One of the smallest in the forward line, he was battling tirelessly without scoring until he courageously took them all, on by bursting into a crowd to scoop the ball up, breaking out through them all, taking a touch to clear into space and then let off a fantastic strike to give the keeper no chance. 

Next up were Cullion, who unfortunately had not as many players as us, but Dano McMonagle and Luke Farell very sportingly played with the opposition to torment our own squad. Ryan Fallon literally gave them nothing in this game and showcased his superior hurling to keep Cullion out. Up front Ellis Hynes, having battled and supported all day got his due reward by breaking past a few defenders and placing the sliotar past the keeper. Great to see on the score sheet here too was Diarmuid Murtagh and Cian Geary who got a chance in the forward line and took the opportunity to sign-off on a great Hurling Blitz by all involved, unbeaten for the day. Many thanks to the travelling supportive parents.

Panel for the Day: Dano McMonagle, Luke Farrell, Oisín O’Flaherty, Cian Geary, Oisín Flynn, Bobby Nugent, Ryan Fallon, Michael Dolan, Diarmuid Murtagh, Ellis Hynes. Bainisteoir Danny McMonagle.

Sunday May 25 v St. Rynagh's Offaly

We had a great Day Trip to witness the Munster Senior Hurling Championship first hand in a contest where Waterford dominated the first half and Cork made an exciting comeback to have everyone on edge of their seats as the minutes ticked down. We organised a bus of U8s and U10s with their parents on a trip south to Thurles for the Munster Quarter Final meeting. On the way, we stopped in Banagher for some action of our own, where we took on and beat St Rynaghs of Offaly.

Starting from February 18:

Training: Tuesdays 6.30-7.30 &
Fridays 6-7, Marist College Hall

Highlights 2013:

INDOOR Training from October 22:
6.30-7.30 & Fri. 6-7 Marist College Hall

October Mid Term Hurling Camp 
Marist College Hall: Tue. Oct 29 to Thurs Oct. 31 9.15 to 12.30
After successful summer camps we will run mid term camp for Under 8 & 10 
Cost 15 euro per family. Hurling, Coaching, Games: Guaranteed fun !!

Oct. 19 Frank Young Cup
v CTG, Páirc Chiaráin

Having lost earlier in the year in a League Match to CastleTown Geoghegan (CTG), this match was always going to be a tough battle and a marker to see if the training was paying off. The start couldn't have been better with Ryan Fallon pulling off one if his many great first time connections to strike a super low shot to the net. Within a minute, the consistent Goal Scorer: Oisín O'Flaherty, pounced on a save by the keeper to get the ball over the line, putting us into an early lead, 2 goals up.
The visitors were not going to take this lying down and took the game to us, but our backs were all outstanding. Michael Dolan never gave his man an inch and Evan Farrell had one of his best games ever in Southern Gaels Shirt, being spurred on by an early blow to the ear. Seán Murphy also had his best performance this year, really getting stuck in and reading the game well, to get out early to clear danger balls. In Goals, Luke Whelan, always looked assured pulling off 2 wonderful saves and clearing safely anything dangerous. Up Front, Páidi O'Leocháin was marvelous getting onto so many loose balls, making space and rightly going for scores. But he was most unlucky  not to have Hawk Eye in place as it was so unlike him not to have one or two raise the white flag. Cian Geary made his presence well know in mid-field, taking on anything in sight, even 5 CTG players at one stage before ensuring we won the line ball. We were unfortunate to give away 3 frees, which CTG duly struck between the posts, to leave only a goal in it at half time.
However, we owned the second half. Chulainn Dowd commanded the Defence and scored a fine goal and a few points from his well taken frees. Peter Mulvihill played magnificent in full forward,  and grazed the posts a few times, so unlucky not get a goal. The eager Rory Kilgarriff fought bravely for the cause and has improved enormously in recent weeks. Aaron Lynch was as solid and tenacious as ever in defence, bravely going in to retrieve and clear anything in danger. Callum Devaney looked composed at this level and did a superb job when he came on. Captain Cian McCarthy worked tirelessly and skillfully at midfield being well supported by the Brave Bobby Nugent who took a sore blow to the hand, but managed to put over a superb point at a crucial time in the game.
To safely Secure the game, Dano McMonagle pulled on a loose break to finish the ball to the corner and put the game out of reach of CTG, who only managed 2 more Frees in the second half. A Magnificent defensive display to keep the opposition scoreless from play. In the second game, there were goals aplenty for Dara Elliott, Adam Mulvihill and Alex Devaney. Joe Sweeney played his first game for Southern Gaels with Donagh McCormack, Odhran Dolan and Adam O'Grady giving great performances as did our only under 10 girl, Roisín O'Duibhir, who's bravery and skill level has excelled in recent matches.
Cian McCarthy was presented the Frank Young Cup by Frank's wife, Emily, with Franks brother Peter, also in attendance. It was a superb display to Kick off the Club's 40th Anniversary Celebrations. Special Thanks to all the Mentors for their dedication and masterminding our successes throughout the year: Gearoid, Aiden, Cormac and Martin. We can all be very proud of the progress we've made with these fine hurlers in 2013 - the future looks bright.
Sept. 20 Knockcroghery Fair

Our Under 10's continued their good form to win the Knockcroghery fair Hurling Shield against St. Dominics on Friday September 20th.
We had another fabulous turnout of 20 players, which meant subs had to run on and off frequently. We started brightly with Cian McCarthy opening the scoring, followed by some great ground pulling by Oisin O'Flaherty and it wasn't long before he took his second Hatrick of the year. Cian Geary got in on the goal scoring too with a great long range effort. Cian Mc took some accurate 65's and scored a goal or two late on. In the Backline, Chulainn Dowd and Dara Elliott let nothing pass, which meant Adam O'Grady and Aaron Lynch were having quieter than normal performances. Ryan Fallon started in goal but later tuned poacher to strike a fabulous low shot to the back of the oppositions net. Rory Kilgarriff and Roisín O'Duibhir were in great attacking form with Roisín being the only girl on the field - with one quickly risen sliotar, she was very unlucky not to score with the mass defence of Dominics keeping her out. Evan Farrell tried out in goal, with Cian O'Suilleabháin solid as ever in defence. We also welcomed back Adam Mulvihill after his broken finger, and he held his position well in the backline. At Midfield Bobby Nugent and Peter Mulvihill did great keeping the ball moving up to Eoin Hardiman and Paidi O'Leochain, who had to fight hard for anything they got. Cian McCarthy as Team Captain for the Night, took the pleasure of being presented the Shield on behalf of the Team.
Sept. 4 Finals of County Matches, Cusack Park, Mullingar
2013 Under 10s
Sun Shining, Grass Freshly Cut, Crowd in the Stands and 26 Southern Gael Under 10 players well prepared for the Westmeath League Finals Night in HQ: Cusack Park. We were the only club to field 2 teams, which we were able to split evenly on age and ability.

First Opposition, were Ballymore, Father Daltons. Ryan Fallon lined out in goal. Cian O'Suilleabháin , Adam O'Grady, Aaron Lynch, Darragh Elliot and Luke Whelan made up the defence at various parts of the game. Cian McCarthy and Peter Mulvihill were the centre field pairing with Páidí O'Leochain, Oisín O'Flaherty, Odhran Dolan and Dano McMonagle in the forwards. Cian, Adam and Darragh were pulling on anything that came near them and giving the opposition little time to lift the ball. Aaron made some fine clearances and one in particular stood out; where surrounded by a number of Fr Dalton players, managed to lift, break out of trouble and make a great clearance on his less favoured left side. Fr Daltons drew first blood with a long shot from distance which deceived our goalkeeper, who pulled first time but sliotar unluckily bobbled just as he swung and crept over the goal line! Southern Gaels had majority of possession but were unable to make it count on the scoreboard. Our midfield and Forwards had a number of chances to score when they got the sliotar into their hands but some erratic shooting and good Fr Daltons pressure resulted in a number of wides or blocked shots. Even though we had a number of chances to score, only Cian McCarthy managed to raise some flags in the first half with a fine goal and point. As the first half drew to a close, a long puckout deceived our backs and dropped behind and fell kindly to Fr Daltons forward who scored the goal of the game, hitting an unstoppable ground pull into the net from 20 metres, giving Ryan no chance to make a save. In the second half we had a slight wind advantage and Ryan made the most of it with fine long puck outsLuke made some good interceptions and clearances after coming on as a substitute. Southern Gaels started to get on top and Cian McCarthy added a few scores, one in particular stood out where he scored from a sideline puck to great applause. Páidí's hard work was rewarded with some well taken scores, the highlight being after winning ball out on the right wing put it straight over from practically the sideline.  Another fine score came from the hurl of Peter Mulvihill, who was trying hard and after great skill to rise the ball in a crowd, made space and hit a great shot that bounced in front of the keeper and into the net. Losing at Half time and after a serious half time talk from mentors, Our back line was much more solid in the 2nd half and some great defending prevented Fr Daltons securing any more scores at all. Dano and Oisín were finding it tough to get space in the forward line thanks to good defending by Fr. Daltons and limited ball given our midfield where getting off so many shots. After a move to the back line, Dano made more time and space and on three occasions quickly rose and narrowly put the ball wide from far out. 
Final score Southern Gaels 2-6 Fr Dalton 2-0.

Second up were Lough Lene Gaels, which we hadn't played all year. They started brightly with a few flyers, but we got off to an even better start with a Fabulous catch and Strike from Rory Kilgarrif to finish to the Nett at the Apartment end of Cusack Park, for the only Goal of the first half.
Michael Dolan prevented anything going into our net with some great high lobbing ball saves. Evan Farrell, as usual was out first to anything in the back line and nothing pass, while Callum Devaney ably supported him and pounced on any loose balls. Chulainn Dowd showed great skill to field some high puck-outs and drive them up the pitch, with one great long range point of note, and unlucky with another few, which he didn't realise were in range I think with his long strikes. Donagh McCormack and Seán Murphy had really tough roles to man-mark their most skillful, which they did very well, especially in the first half. Alex Devaney was battling for every ball up front and was in all the right places, but unlucky not to score. Luke Farrell was great in support getting stuck in and letting off so many shots. Cian Geary won some great dirty ball and repeatedly broke past numerous tacklers and striking well, with one peach splitting the posts. Bobby Nugent was the hardest working player getting up and down the pitch, tirelessly chasing and tackling but unlucky not to score. Cillian Geary had a run out in goal with some tactful well placed puck-outs which worked out extremely well and Roisín O'Duibhir also came on up front to fearlessly get stuck in. At Midfield Eoin Hardiman, was battling and making some good diagonal runs.
It was all level at half time after 20 mins, but unfortunately, we leaked some early goals from long range speculative in the second half from which we were never to recover. 

There was some great Hearty Honest Hurling from all players and with some more practice all their Hurling Futures look bright. Al in all - A very enjoyable trip to Cusack Park which wound up with team photographs, presentation of medals and the chance to lift the trophy on the steps of Cusack Park - A Sign Big Things to Come......

August 31, Sat. 11am 
Blitz in Páirc Chiaráin
First up were the Club All-Ireland Champions St. Thomas'. I don't think they expected the battle we gave them all over the pitch especially from Chulainn Dowd. Southern Gaels only conceded one score from play, one from a line ball and the third a long range free. While at the other end, Cian Geary's long range shot snuck into the goal and we put over 4 fabulous points under extreme pressure and from tight angles from Cian McCarthy and Eoin Hardiman. It was end to end stuff with some great entertaining hurling and Battling, particularly from our regular defensive players of Evan Farrell, Seán Murphy, Cian O'Suilleabháin and Aaron Lynch. 
Second up were Roscommon's Four Roads, after only a few minutes break. This was a little looser game, but some of the scoring was very impressive, especially from Eoin Hardiman who bravely retrieved balls to neatly stick over the bar and one to the nett. Cian McCarthy was also as industrious with his scoring while Peter Mulvihill pulled off another of his long range beauties to finish to the net  Alex Devaney, Darragh Elliott and Adam O'Grady were great up front with Rory Kilgarrif very unlucky not to score with a wonder strike in front of goal. Ryan Fallon and Michael Dolan inter-changed in goal with fine puck-outs and were both great in attack. Overall a great morning's hurling, and we were unbeaten.
Aug 11: Challenege V Na Fianna,
Sunday @ 12 in Dublin
All-Ireland Semi Final Day and where better to be than playing a game than in Dublin - unfortunately we were not playing in Croker Yet!! We had 14 who made the journey up and we started with 11 A-Side. Ryan Fallon started in goal and was getting great length in his puck outs and making great saves. Aaron Lynch was powerful in defence clearing manys a ball. Chulainn Dowd really exerted himself in this game and tirelessly chased and cleared any loose ball. Cian O'Suilleabháin was solid and put in some great tough tackling. Cian McCarthy and Bobby Nugent commanded midfield with Cian Mc opening the scoring by picking the sliotar from a large group of players to send over a lovely point. Bobby also got in on the scoring with a super goal and with some really fast striking picked off a lovely point up the hill into the wind. Paidí O Leochain put in a great match working for the team while Cian Geary, Oisín O'Flaithearta and Seán Murphy also battled well to each score a goal with Alex Devaney working well to set them up. Evan Farrell also had a great stint in goal to prevent some certain goals while Adam O'Grady did great to stop any attack. Adam Mulvihill had a great Debut and showed great promise with some close marking and brave tackling.
Then we were all bused into Croke Park to watch a fantastic hurling exhibition between Cork and Dublin, with the result favouring many of our players and mentor!
Aug 13: County Match v Clonguish,
Tuesday @ 7pm in Páirc Chiaráin 
Unfortunately Clonguish were only able to bring a few challengers, while we had 23 in waiting. So we split both sets of players across 2 teams and they all put on a fantastic Hurling Display, on a lovely evening in front of Parents, Families and Grandparents. It was also the next step on the ladder of progression for the Under 8 players of Dano McMonagle, Luke Farrell, Luke Whelan, Callum Devaney and Cillian Geary who showed no fear at this level. It was a special Debut for Cillian who scored 4 goals with some sharp first time striking in front of goal. Dano and Luke F. were on form too and took their scores well, while Callum and Luke W. looked comfortable in Defence clearing anything they touched. 
All put in determined and dedicated performances. Those who togged out were: Ryan Fallon, Darragh Elliott, Adam O'Grady, Odhran Dolan, Alex Devaney, Evan Farrell, Chulainn Dowd, Cian O'Suilleabháin, Cian McCarthy, Peter Mulvihill, Oisín O'Flaithearta, Eoin Hardiman, Seán Murphy, Cian Geary, Paidí O'Leocháin and Bobby Nugent.
Aug 14: Challenege V St. Dominics, 
Wednesday @ 7pm in Knockcroghery
A third Game in 4 Days and we had a fabulous challenge game victory with a great turnout - so much so we had to loan out 3 players each half to battle against us - special thanks go to those who volunteered and put up a tough match for us: Evan farrell, Ryan Fallon, Alex Devaney, Luke Farrell, Luke Whelan and Donagh McCormack. Special Thanks must also go to the parents who keep bringing our players to all games. In Defence we had solid positional displays from Adam O'Grady and Aaron Lynch with Seán Murphy and Callum Devaney never shirking a tackle, while Chulainn Dowd scooped  up allot of loose ball. From Midfield Eoin Hardiman looked keen to get back in scoring form after his holidays and took his chances well to score 1-1. Peter Mulvihill scored a long range Goal, while Cian Geary's effort was lucky to cross the line from a similar long range shot. Dano McMonagle was brave and got well stuck in, despite a consistent knee problem. Bobby Nugent was energetic as usual and scored a fine goal neatly picking and striking past a group of defenders.
We wish a speedy recovery to Adam Mulvihill who broke a finger and it was great to see him in attendance to support the lads.
Challenge Match v Brosna Gaels Tue. July 30
It was a great Test of the Hurling system we are trying to put in place, with everyone trying to improve their marking and tackling. The second half especially challenged us and our backs in particular soaked up allot of persistent pressure while the forwards did very well with the amount of ball we were able to get up to them. 
It's great to see everyone improving so much.
Special Thanks must go to Alex Devaney, Adam O'Grady, Cian McCarthy and Chulainn Dowd for each playing a half with Brosna Gaels, testing our players.
Back l-r: Cian Geary, Peter Mulvihill, Seán Murphy, Chulainn Dowd, Cian O'Suilleabháin, Cian McCarthy, Donnagh McCormack.
Front l-r: Evan Farrell, Ryan Fallon, Alex Devaney, Adam O'Grady, Michael Dolan,
Paidí O'Leochain, Aaron Lynch
COUNTY MATCH: July 20 v Fr. Daltons
A Fabulous Collective Team Performance 
Everyone had a job to do and they all did it extremely well. In goal Ryan Fallon again made saves High and low but his best was when the Ball hit the upright and dropped in the goal mouth. Ryan pounced but was prevented from clearing, sensed the danger and cleverly put the ball out for a 65.
Brilliant Goal Keeping.
Evan Farrell marshaled the Defensive D perfectly and cleared up any danger. Cian O'Suilleabháin got stuck in like never before and broke out with a load of ball. Darragh Elliott and Donagh McCormack were solid in defence and enthusiastic in their tackling. Peter Mulvihill was back to his tackling best and struck 2 of his now trademark wonderful long  range points again.  Cian McCarthy showed off all his hurling talent, and put in a powerful determined performance, commanding the midfield space and breaking forward with ease, while Striking 1-1 in the process. There was a new Hatrick Hero this week; Cian Geary struck 3 powerful goals leaving the keeper no chance. Paidí O Leocháin won the dirty ball and was more determined in breaking forward to bag himself 1-1. Oisin O'Flaithearta, Seán Murphy and Michael Dolan played well in the forward line, tackling, blocking and assisting in setting up the scores, while unlucky not to take a few themselves. The youthful Dano McMonagle and Luke Farrell also got in on the action with some valuable Under 10 game lessons learned. Luke struck his first under 10 goal by reading and firmly connecting on a breaking ball to send a low shot past the keeper while Dano looked comfortable tackling at this level.
However one man played head and shoulders above the rest. Aaron Lynch could not have played any better. He caught high and low balls, cleared on his left and right, while bravely going in for and winning balls he had no right to win. He was immense.
Final Score: Southern Gaels 6-4 : Fr. Daltons 0-2
COUNTY MATCH: July 13 v Wolfe Tones
It was a Hot Day and some of our players were on Fire.
Highest Scorer went to the in form Cian McCarthy who knocked up 2 Goals 2 Points with some great general play and forward attacking. Paidí  O'Leochain played well and struck 2 fabulous goals while setting up a few more. Man of the Match though goes to Bobby Nugent. He opened the scoring with 2 wonderful points, took a great goal and finished with another fine point. But Bobby's best play was what he brought from the training sessions: he gave us all a Defensive Display on how it should be done by persistently blocking and shielding his opponents away from goal. Oisín O'Flaithearta was back scoring and his goal was the best passing move of the game: Eoin Hardiman set-up Bobby, who sent an intelligent low pass to Oisín and he finished well. Congrats to Oisín also on his first point of the year - the striking practice is paying off. Cian Geary scored an unstoppable goal; with a superb catch, turn and blast to the Nett. Cian G. also took a great point from open play, and tackled well. Eoin Hardiman was industrious around Mid-Field, got stuck-in, passed well, while also scoring a class goal.
It wasn't all about Scoring though. Our fabulous Defence of Seán Murphy, Evan Farrell, Cian O'Suilleabháin, Chulainn Dowd, Darragh Elliott and Aaron Lynch held the opposition scoreless in the first half with defensive shielding, tackling and being out first to the ball. Michael Dolan up front was very unlucky not to score, and Peter Mulvihill didn't have to play as we know he can.
In summary it was a Confidence Boost for all the players, before we take on tougher opponents.
Final Score: Southern Gaels 8-7 : Wolfe Tones 1-2
June 15 v
 Castletown Geoghegan
We travelled with great hopes to put the previous loss behind us and started brightly, competing for every ball, before Peter Mulvihill put over one of the best long range points for sure this year.
Peter had to battle really hard to get the sliotar into hand and showed great composure to side-step a few players and strike a superb point between the posts from distance and under pressure.
Peter put in, without doubt, his best performance in a Southern Gaels Shirt, and was our man-of-the-match, giving everything in his tackling and tirelessly working hard all over the pitch.
Another who came to life, especially in second half was Bobby Nugent, who stood up to the opposition, broke past them and fired over a great point, while Alex Devaney was also energetic around the goal.
At the other end, Ryan Fallon was fearless in goal, throwing himself in front of a goal mouth skirmish to stop a certain goal and is getting great length in all his puck-outs now.
Cian O'Suilleabháin had fabulous defensive positioning, with great support from Aaron Lynch who is showing great promise attacking each ball, getting it to hand and breaking out.
Seán Murphy put in one of his best first halves in chasing down the ball and doing some wonderful first time strikes to keep the ball from getting past him. Darragh Elliott was enthusiastic in defensive and always willing to tackle, as was Odhran Dolan, whose skill level is improving and looks be practicing at home. Chulainn Dowd held his position well, gathering a clearing first time, a mountain of ball and is now commanding that Centre Back position. Uncharacteristically, Cian McCarthy and Oisín O'Flaithearta were held scoreless, being marshaled tightly by the opposition, but I'm sure they'll be scoring the next day.
Paidí O'Leocháin took a bit to get fired up, but then scored a fabulous Goal by controlling the ball well amidst a load of players, to strike a touch of class goal to the top corner.
Cian Geary tackled well and was so unlucky not to score with a few, especially with the smaller goals, we'll all have to try to ensure we hit the target, to force a save upon which we can pounce.
Unfortunately we failed to overcome another Under-10's Tough Tackling Team, but it's great experience for the games ahead.
Final Score: Southern Gaels 1-2 : Castletown Geoghegan 2-3
COUNTY MATCH: June 8 v Clonkill
Fabulous Weather and a Fabulous First Half, with one of the most Fabulous goals this season.
We Played Clonkill on Sat. June 8 at 4pm, with temperatures soaring into the 20's.
We started extremely well with Cian Geary doing some of his best battling and tackling to keep the ball moving into the forward line.
Oisín O'Flaithearta was dangerous around the goal and with some great harassing by the corner forwards of Alex Devaney and Darragh Coughlan, made space for him to strike a low ball to the net for his first goal.
Ryan Fallon again played great in goal and had some of his best placed puck-outs, which were toughly contested by Paidí and Dano against some of the bigger Clonkill lads.
Bobby Nugent was industrious at midfield and did some great defensive covering. Eoin Hardiman never shirked a tackled and struck a wondrous point from play - Joe Canning would've been proud of it.
The Fabulous goal was a great team effort, with Eoin winning a great ball and sending it up the wing to Paidí O'Leochain, who controlled well amidst a few opposition and sent a great pass into the outrunning Oisín. Taking the ball to hand, he turned, 4 steps and sent the ball to the back of the net. A Cracker.
Evan Farrell was fabulous in defence, reading the ball, clearing well and growing in confidence. Cian O'Suilleabháin held the fullback position tightly and Aaron Lynch made a great Debut at cornerback  getting stuck in and battling courageously. The Half back line of Darragh Elliott and Sean Murphy had to soak up allot of pressure, before Chulainn Dowd joined to help out. Dano McMonagle & Luke Farrell also debuted for 2013 with Dano striking over a great free, and looking comfortable in his play and tackling at this level. Luke played a roaming forward, but in this game, got little supply to showcase his talents.
We were down an unfortunate lucky goal at halftime and after the final whistle we couldn't believe we didn't score in the second half. We've an awful lot of positives to build on and a little bit to put right for the next Match.
Final Score: Southern Gaels 2-2, Clonkill 4-3.


Coosan & Gael Scoil Summer Sessions

It was the first Official County Match for 2013, and it was great to see nearly a full turn-out.
This allowed us to play a full 15-a-side game on a large pitch, which could potentially show up our weaknesses, so it was going to be a tough test.
Everyone got stuck in from the Get-Go. Ryan Fallon was magnificent in goal, making many great saves with precision puck-outs and later was very unlucky not to score.
The full Back line of Evan Farrell, Cian O'Suilleabhain and Seán Murphy looked solid all through the game, held their positions and marked well - a strong unit for the future. 
The Half back line was a little more fluid, with Eoin Hardiman, Chulainn Dowd and Donagh McCormack all clearing well under pressure, but will have to mark tighter in the games to come. Chulainn showed great perseverance to take the ball forward and score 2 wonderful long range points.
Midfield was a battlefield, with Cian McCarthy and Peter Mulvihill having to really get stuck in to cover back and forward, working tirelessly throughout the game. Cian scored a great 1-1 and Peter was unlucky with a few chances.
The Half Forward line of Paidí O'Leochain, Cian Geary and Darragh Elliott showed some great brilliance at times, and at other times needed to up their defensive play to prevent the opposition from getting past them. Paidí and Darragh were unlucky in a few efforts while Cian showed great powerful play to burst past his markers and take a class point - but we'll certainly need more scores from this area of the pitch in future games.
The Full forward Line of Odhran Dolan, Oisín O'
and Alex Devaney, battled extremely well for any loose ball and showed great experience in preventing a few wides to send the ball across the square into the danger area many times. 'Hatrick Oisín' showed great composure around the square and took his chances well from some contrasting great build up and scrappy play to bury the sliotar 3 times.
Alan Tarcus and Darragh Caughlan got stuck in and battled well when subbed on.
Some areas for improvements and practice are: 
1. Pick-ups on the run
2. Striking on the run
A great Evenings Hurling by all and we can look forward to building on that success for the next County game v Clonkill, Pairc Chiaráin, Saturday June 8 at 4pm.
Final Score: Southern Gaels 4-4  Longford Slashers 1-1

Challenge Match of Under 10 v Under 12 Combinations, Friday May 24
It proved a great learning experience for many players, notably Evan Farrell coming out of his shell with some explosive runs and tough Tackling.
Paidi O'Leochain, got well stuck in and used his skill to throw over 2 fine points and grab a good goal. Oisín O'
 won some great ball once he started to tackle, and Bobby Nugent was always a danger covering allot of ground and  fearless in his tackling.
Ryan Fallon was another never afraid to put a hurl into a tackle and stopped manys an attack and also did well in goal. Peter Mulvihill was solid and had his hands full trying to stop Eoin driving forward with Patrick Glitzer and Niall Scully always dangerous around the goal, scoring a few.
Cian O'Suilleabháin, supported by Dara Coughlan put in some good defensive tackles,  while at the other end it was Eoin McCarthy and Anthony who had their hands full with the very determined, Dara Elliott.
Cian McCarthy, Emanon Martin and Chulainn Dowd showed their experience to dominate their areas. Shaun Fox pulled off some wonderous saves, while at the other end score of the day was a fabulous left hand strike by Sean Claffey while being tough tackled.
U.10 Westmeath Hurling League Confirmed Dates






May 27



Longford Slashers


June 8





June 15



Castletown Geoghegan

Castletown Geoghegan

July 13



Wolfe Tones


July 20



Fr Daltons


Aug 8





Finals to be Played in August.


Players allowed to rise ball and strike from hand.

No Soloing.

Person who is fouled takes free.

Goals and Points as normal

Match duration 40 min (2 x 20)

All matches Max 11-a-side.

Teams are encouraged to organise two games if both teams have sufficient amount of players (maybe 2 x 8/9-a-side)

First Match v Brosna Gaels Friday May 3, Páirc Chiaráin:
Weather-wise, it was a damp start to Summer Hurling matches, but from an Under-10 Hurling Perspective, it couldn't have been better.
A Panel of 16 eager players togged out to battle the Offaly Opposition of Brosna Gaels.
Only 9 could start, but everyone was assured of valuable game time. From the throw in, Peter Mulvihill started brightly in midfield, with Páidí O'Leochain and Oisín 
O'Flaithearta posing some early goal threats. 
The Defence was well marshaled by Evan Farrell, who got in some great out of the hand clearances, along with Cian O'Suilleabháin, who would not let anything pass, while Callum Devaney scooped up any loose balls. 
With some constant midfield pressure by Cian McCarthy, the ball came out as quick as it was going in, until Odhran Dolan pounced on a loose clearance, volleyed and drove the ball past a myriad of players to rattle the net. A fabulous first competitive goal by Odhran. 
At the other end, Chulainn had the goal very safe with some great puck-outs.
Then on come the first Super Subs; Cian Geary, Darragh Coughlan, Darragh Elliot and Ben Kilkenny to get stuck in straight away and put in some fabulous brave tackling. Donagh McCormack went in to secure the goal, while Eoin Hardiman and Alex Devaney firmed up the defence, with Eoin clearing well out of hand and Alex sticking tightly to his man.
The Second half saw everyone getting a chance to come on and off, but it also opened up the scoring for Southern Gaels - with manys a fine point and goal going in. Cian McCarthy knocked up 4-1, with Cian Geary scoring a few long range points. Goal of the day had to go to Cian O'Suilleabháin. Not normally a full forward, he roll lifted the ball quickly and shot at pace to give the goalkeeper no chance, nearly breaking the goal post with a powerful shot, to finish to the net. A fabulous battling team performance, who were not afraid to all get stuck in. All showed good signs of things to come if everyone can keep up their training attendances. Congrats to all.
Summer Training from April 19  
   Tuesdays 6.30-7.30
Fridays 6.30-7.30

March 17th St. Patricks Day Parade & Cinema Party. We had a fantastic turn-out in Club Colours and Novelty Hats. Highlight was our Hurling HAKA and a snippet of us on TG4 National Nuacht. We all went back to the Clubhouse for a Cinema Screening with goodies, while some watched the Club All-Ireland Finals. We were all fed extremely well by our Sponsors: SUPERMACS - Go raibh míle maith agat.
Congratulations to our All-Ireland Winning Neighbours: St. Brigids 

                                    We Won Best Sports Group Award, 3rd award in a row

January 2013 Training:
       Fridays 6-7 &Tuesdays 6-7
Starting from Friday Jan. 25

in St. Aloysius Hall (also known as St. Peters Gym) 
St. Aloysius Hall Directions: Past Dean Crowe, take Left and Next Right. Hall on Left before Playground. Or Turn off Connaught St. at Maguire's Pub down Patrick St. and Hall on Right past Playground.

Newcomers are always welcome..... 

For Further Info, Contact: Martin Geary 0872253350

January 29: Patrick "Bonnar" Maher 

Trains Southern Gaels - 6pm St. Aloysius Hall

The Tipperary All-Ireland winning Player will Meet and Greet Players 
& Coach some Hurling 


Training Restarts Tuesday & Saturdays from January 15th 
2012 - The Year In Detail:
The training for Under 10 hurlers began on 25th of February for 5 weeks on the Astro Turf at the regional sports centre. On the 30th of March we moved training to the GAA fields at Pairc Chiarain.
The under 10 Westmeath hurling League began on the 26th of May.
The schedule for this league, our results and match reports are outlined below.
We ended up playing Delvin in the finals of this competition on the 11th of September in Cusack park.

Trainers for 2012: Aidan Mulvihill, Cormac O'Suilleabhain, Kieran McCarthy, Joe Keating and Tommy Murphy.                     Under 10 Westmeath Hurling League 2012                          









Southern Gaels


Castletown Geoghegan


Fr Daltons




St. Oliver Plunketts












Wolfe Tones


Lough Lene Gaels








Longford Slashers

 May 26th  1 Home Fr Daltons   3:00 PM

            Southern Gaels 2 Fr. Daltons 6
 June 9th    2 Away Turin           4:00 PM (postponed to 28 July)

            Turin 7 Southern Gaels 5  
 June 23rd  3 Home Cullion        4:00 PM  (postponed to 11 August)

         Match cancelled.
 July 7th 4 Away Ringtown  4:00 PM     (postponed to 18 July)

            Ringtown 15 Southern Gaels 0
 July 21th 5 Away Wolfe Tones   4:00 PM  

           Wolfe Tones 2 Southern Gaels 2
 August 4th 6 Home Clonkill   11:00 AM  

          Southern Gaels 8 Clonkill 10
 August 18th 7 Home St. Oliver Plunketts   4:00 PM  

         Southern Gaels 11 Oliver Plunketts   10 
         Finals of Westmeath U10 league were played: 11th of September 2012

Our under 10 team had a match at the finals of the Westmeath U-10 leagues on the 11th of September in Cusack park.  This was a great opportunity for our younsters to play in the county ground and they rose to the occasion, playing really well on the night. We were matched against Delvin and they proved worthy opponents. The good work of Jack Mc Cullagh and Anthony Connolly in midfield meant play was mostly in Delvins half of the field for the first half. However Delvin had a strong defence and excellent goal keeper who kept out the best efforts of Peter Mulvihill, Cian O'Suilleabhain, Shaun Fox and Eoin Slevin. Delvin midfield notched 2 long range points and when a mistake at the back led to a goal for Delvin we were staring down a 1-2 to 0-0 score coming up to half time. A good goal from Cian Mc Carthy got us back in the match before the break and the team came up fired up for the second half. Israel Kizmazo scored a good goal after half time, Jack Keating and Evan Farrell forced a second and we were well on top. Back came Delvin with another excellent point and they nearly got in for a crucial goal. However great stops on the line by Shaun Fox and Eoin McCarthy kept them at bay. With Chulainn Dowd and Evan Farrell storming into the game all we needed was an insurance point by Cian McCarthy to secure the result. Well done to all players who represented us so well throughout the league. Full team on the night: Eoin McCarthy, Cian McCarthy, Darragh Elliot, Niall Scully, Peter Mulvihill, Patryk Gitlar, Chulainn Dowd, Cian O'Suilleabhain, Sean Murphy, Jack McCullagh, Shaun Fox, Evan Farrell, Anthony Connolly, Tristan Connolly, Eoin Slevin, Jack Keating, Israel Kizmazo and Ben Kilkenny
Home side responsible for contacting visitors to confirm arrangements.    

Players allowed to rise ball and strike from hand. No Soloing       
Every score is a point  All clubs asked to use SMART TOUCH sliotars (not the 'hard' size 4 ball)     
Person who is fouled takes free  Juvenile goalposts ideal - poles fine in the absence of posts     
Match duration 40 min (2 x 20)  Pitch dimension approximately 60m x 40m     
Home side responsible for arranging referee (young referees ideal for these games)       
All matches Max 11-a-side. Teams are encouraged to organise two games if both teams have sufficent amount of players (i.e 2 x 8/9-a-side)       

 Guildelines for Mentors/Players encorporating CROKE PARK RESPECT INITIATIVE       
 Appropriate use of language is encouraged by all players, mentors and club supporters.       
 Respect shown to referees, coaches and officials at all times.       
 Aim to start punctually and end matches graciously - all to shake hands once game ends 


Match Reports:

Southern Gaels 1-1 Fr. Daltons 3-3
 Southern Gaels put in a battling display when going down by 6 scores to 2 against a very strong Fr. Daltons team in their first league game of the season. Playing against the strong breeze in the first half it was only good defending by Shaun Fox, Jack McCullagh and Chulainn Dowd that kept the score down. With the wind behind them in the second half long clearances from Eoin McCarthy, Sean Murphy and Peter Mulvihill got the forwards more into the game. Niall Scully, Patryk Gitlar and Tristan Connolly got plenty of tackles in. This overall improvement in the second half resulted in scores from Cian Mccarthy and a pointed free from Jack McCullagh. Special mention to Charlie Kennedy who showed plenty of skill and ability on his first appearance for the Gaels. 

 Ringtown 15 Southern Gaels 0
All the team battled bravely against the odds in this Westmeath U10 league game in Ringtown. Eoin McCarthy, Darragh Elliot and Anthony Connolly led the rearguard action. Anthony's lift and strike without taking the ball into hand under pressure being a highlight of the first half. Cian O'Suilleabhain showed great skill and determination to charge out with the ball on numerous occasions. Cian McCarthy and Chulainn Dowd got some good strikes from the hand in midfield. Evan Farrell and Patryk Gitlar were most improved in the second half.

Wolfe Tones 2 Southern Gaels 2

Our second match of the week was against Wolfe Tones and was a much improved performance with the match ending in a draw. New players Israel Kimazo and Darragh Coughlan really got stuck in. Peter Mulvihill, Shaun Fox and Patryk Gitlar looked dangerous up front in the first half but the Wolfe Tone's defence held firm. It took a long range point from Cian McCarthy to put us in the lead. In the second half a great goal from Niall Scully looked to have won the game for us but Wolfe Tones came back to draw. Israel Kimazo was unfortunate late on with a couple of rockets of shots which were blocked without the defence knowing much about them. This was our third game out of seven in the Westmeath U10 league. It's great to see the team playing so well and so many players turning up as we reach the middle of this series of games.

Turin 7 Southern Gaels 5
Well done to the 15 U10 players who went to play Turin last Saturday in the Westmeath U10 league. Man of the match on the day was Anthony Connolly who shook off an early knock to play a storming role. After going behind early on Niall Scully scored an excellent goal and Jack McCullagh leveled the match by doubling on the ball from midfield over the bar. Cian O'Suilleabhain and Sean Murphy were marking their men tightly so with Cian McCarthy's quickfire scores in the second half we pushed into the lead. Unfortunately Israel Kimazo's cracking shot for the insurance score came back off the referee. When play swept down the other end Turin grabbed a couple of late scores to win. Most improved on the day were Jack Keating, Evan Farrell and Shaun Fox.

 4/8/2012 Clonkill 10 Southern Gaels 8

Our under 10s played Clonkill in the fifth round of the Westmeath league. Thanks to the under 8 players: Paidi O Leochain, Cian Geary, Eoin Hardiman, Dano McMonagle and Donagh McCormack, who turned out so we were able to play 2 matches on the day. In the first match we played a very competitive game lining out as follows: Eoin McCarthy, Sean Murphy, Patryk Gitlar, Evan Farrell, Peter Mulvhill, Israel Kimazo, Jack McCullagh, Niall Scully and Cian McCarthy. Southern Gaels played with the aid of breeze in the first half and used it to their advantage playing some great hurling with some lovely scores coming from Israel Kimazo, Cian McCarthy and Jack McCullagh. In the second half the blanket defence was employed to keep Clonkill out and it proved very successful with great tackling in particular by Peter Mulvhill, Sean Murphy and Eoin McCarthy. Israel Kimazo, who was playing great stuff, had to go off briefly due to injury but came back on to help his teammates. Niall Scully was a constant thorn for the Clonkill defence whilst Patryk Gitlar and Evan Farrell tackled all day.
In our second match Clonkill obliged us by playing some of our extra players on their team. Unfortunately for us Paidi OLeochain and Cian Geary were in excellent scoring form for the opposition! On the Southern Gaels team Cian O'Suilleabhain and Eoin Slevin were gaining lots of possession and peppering the Clonkill goal. This seemed to inspire Darragh Elliot, Jack Keating and Tristan Connolly who were pulling on piles of ball and as the match wore on began gaining possession and striking the ball high into the opposition half. In the second half Anthony Connolly moved forward to strike a good goal and Eoin Slevin got the point his efforts deserved. Darragh Coughlan excelled all through with his tackling.

Southern Gaels 11 Oliver Plunketts 10
Our under 10s continued to improve by outscoring Oliver Plunketts by 11 scores to 10 in Pairc Ciaran. Anthony Connolly kept goal well and hit high puck outs up to our forwards. Eoin McCarthy anchored a determined defence of Peter Mulvihill, Sean Murphy and Dano McMonagle which gave away nothing easily. We had the edge in midfield where Israel Kimazo seemed to be everywhere and was ably supported by Chulainn Dowd, Luke Farrell and Paidi O'Leochain. The match was level at half time but when Evan Farrell scored a vital goal the game swung our way. Our forwards, Niall Scully, Charlie Kennedy, Tristan Connolly looked dangerous throughout. Niall going on some mazy runs that were well defended, Charlie having a couple of shots that just missed the target and Tristan having a goal bound pull blocked by the defence. Cian McCarthy 1-3, Chulainn Dowd 3-0 and Israel Kimazo 1-2 capped off the good work of the team by getting the majority of our scores on the day. This was our 6th game of the league and the win puts us in a good position. We have one more game against Cullion scheduled for next weekend before the finals in Cusack park. Training continues on Tuesday 6.30-7.30, Saturday 3-4, Páirc Chiarán.
Full Team: Anthony Connolly, Peter Mulvihill,  Eoin McCarthy, Sean Murphy, Dano McMonagle, Cian McCarthy, Chulainn Dowd, Israel Kimazo, Luke Farrell, Niall Scully,Charlie Kennedy, Tristan Connolly, Evan Farrell, Paidi O'Leochain

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