Southern Gaels Hurling club notes 23/7/2012

posted 23 Jul 2012, 08:52 by Kieran McCarthy   [ updated 24 Jul 2012, 03:10 by Unknown user ]
Inaugural John Martin Memorial tournament
Southern Gaels are hosting a 4 way tournament this Sunday the 29th of July[updated] in Pairc Chiaran Athlone. This is a 4 way tournament involving the hosts Southern Gaels, St. Dominics, Brosna Gaels and Padriag Pearses. The trophy has been generously donated by the Martin family in memory of John Martin. Proceedings will kick off at 11AM. there will be a Barbecue in the clubhouse afterwards for the trophy presentation. All support for the teams involved are welcome to attend. The Southern gaels u16 team finished their preparations for this tournament last friday with a narrow margin victory over st. Dominics in a challenge match.
 Junior training continues on Mondays and Thursdays. All new players welcome. Please contact Patrick Flynn (0878068042 ) about joining training.
Under 14
U12 and 14 training continues on Tuesdays From 19.00 to 20.00 and Fridays from 18.00 to 19.00
A busy week for our under 10s with two matches, the first against Ringtown on Monday.
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.
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. Training continues this Tuesday at 6:30.
Fund Raising
We  have a church gate collection this weekend. This is for the juvenile section of the club and all donations go towards the running of the club and are greatly appreciated.
We are also bag Packing on Saturday July 29th in Dunnes Irishtown - All Parents Support Greatly appreciated. If you can spare an Hour between 1-8, Contact 0872253350
Under 8's
Blitz Castletown Geoghegan July 13. There was a fantastic turn-out to enable us have 2 Teams with all players getting more than 2 Full Games each. We had 5 Games and Southern Gaels dominated the first 4 games, scoring numerous great goals, super side-line cuts with some fabulous tackling and blocking by all kids from 6 to 8. The last game to close the Blitz was held v Ballymore. While all other clubs headed home, they missed a highly spirited and very competitive game in which no team was willing to give an inch. Neither Team could break each others tough defence, as the sliotar was moved from end to end in a great free-flowing game which left them dead-locked at the interval. However with light and rain closing in and the Seniors taking the pitch the; second half was put off for for another day. It will be an eagerly anticipated encounter.
Match v Padraig Pearses on July 25th. Leaving at 6.15 from Páirc Chiaran.
Match on Sunday morning July 29th as we make our way to Semple Stadium to watch the Hurling All-Ireland Quarter Finals.
Training continues Tuesday 6.30-7.30 and Saturday 3-4, Páirc Chiaran with Summer Session Wed/Thurs 9.30-12. New Players: contact Dermot 0876813243.
5,6 year old Training continues Outdoor on Tuesday 6.30-7.30 and Saturday 3-4, Páirc Chiaran. New Players: contact Martin 0872253350. Hurls and Helmets Provided for all.
Fun Evening coming up on Sunday August 5th, with Bouncy Obstacle Course and Hurling Races.