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St Johns Notes

posted 8 Aug 2019, 01:19 by St Johns GAC   [ updated 8 Aug 2019, 01:24 ]
St Johns Notes

Our Under 12 Girl’s Squad attended the May Steele Cup at Castlewellan Gac. Starting off in a group with Castlewellan, Clonduff and Bryansford B. With the group stages finished we progressed onto the shield competition.  In our semi-final we were up against Downpatrick in what was a complete nail bitter (especially for the coaches) the young johnnies stayed focused and won by 3 points.  

St. John's Aisling O Connor in action. 

On to the final where we faced Liatriom Fontenoys. This turned out to be a great final however the young johnnies fell short. There is no doubting the ability in this group of players. This team will definitely reach more finals in the near future. Thanks to our own supporters and helpers on the day and a big thanks to Liatroim Gac for a fantastic final.  St John’s would like to thank Castlewellan and all the organisers on a very well-run blitz.

Coach Jerome Gordon with St. John’s U12 girls at the May Steele Cup. 

Saturday’s senior match was high drama up to the final whistle but at the end it was- Glenn 0-13 St.John’s 1-9. John Clarke 1-1 Conor Morgan 0-3, Chris Mc Kay 0-2, Johnny Addis 0-1, Conor Braniff 0-1, Conor Flanagan 0-1.

6 weeks ago St. John’s launched Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others. Despite it being holiday season, attendances have been steady and a team of fearless Gaelic players has emerged. Their first match will be at home to Loughinisland on Saturday 10th August with throw in at 3pm. The second match is  provisionally scheduled away against Longstone on Sunday 25th at 12.30pm. The G4M&O would like to thank Coaches Gerard and Rosemarie Magorrian. They would also like to thank Coach Emma Braniff. 

 Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others Players Martina Kelly and Gillian Flanagan ( in Black) in training.


Our walking group usually climb or scramble their way up mountains, but on Saturday (3rd August) we took the stairs - “Stairway to Heaven” in Cuilcagh Mountain Park in Fermanagh. This had been on the “To Do” list for a long while so a wee bit of drizzle wasn’t going to put us off. Unfortunately this meant that there was low cloud encroaching at the top of the stairs restricting the views. This didn’t spoil a lovely walk.  

On our way back down we were joined by our shadows as the sun began to break through. But still the cloud remained on the top so we didn’t race back up the steps again. The views around did expand though and we could see Lough Macnean to the north-west and Lough Erne with some of its islands appear to the east, apparently above the horizon.  

Our next bus trip will be on Saturday 7th September when we set sail for the Ards Peninsula for a coastal walk and a visit to Echlinville Gin Distillery. We will be leaving St John’s at 9.00am. Booking is essential for these and other bus trips – please contact Kevin McGlynn on 078 3596 0804 or kevin.mcglynn62@gmail.comif you are interested in coming along.  

In the meantime we have a few midweek walks. Our next midweek outing will be a stroll along the coastal path at Bloody Bridge (between Newcastle and Annalong) on TUESDAY6th August, starting at 7.20pm from the car park at Bloody Bridge.

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