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St Johns Notes

posted 12 Aug 2019, 07:56 by St Johns GAC

St Johns Notes

St. John’s were celebrating at the weekend as our Reserve Team won the East Down Reserve League Final sponsored by Tels Confectionery -  2:14. Bredagh 1:11. 

St. John’s Reserve Team after winning

Captain Joe Savage holds the trophy aloft

The Senior men were also in jubilant form with their Intermediate Football Championship win over Teconnaught in Liatroim. 3.31- 1.05

St. John’s Jonty Addis and Danny Mc Kay hold off 

Teconnaught players to win their Championship match. 

Well Done to U14 girls with their convincing win over Saul. The Johnnies didn't get it all our own way as the score reflects.

We got the breaks, whereas Saul had left the shooting boots at home. Saul had worked lots of chances but their finishing just let them down.  St. John’s girls just clicked in the second half with nine different scorers.

The U14 last game is against Glenn at home on Wednesday at 7.30pm. We hope to see a big support in our last league game.

Saturday was an extremely busy day at Paírc Naomh Eoin. We hosted another east down u8s and u10s blitz.   Again the young johnnies were able to field 2 teams.  Both teams played very well and you can see the improvement each week.  Team 1- This young team started off with a local Derby against Castlewellan 2,  this was an exciting fast paced game from both sides.  

After playing well the young johnnies kept the rhythm going with games against Bright, Castlewellan 1 and Darragh Cross. Well done to the squad and keep the work up. Team 2 - Like team 1, this side faced off against local rivals Castlewellan 1 in what was to be one of the best games played at St John's this year.  This squad also faced Darragh Cross, Bright and Castlewellan 2. One game stood out among all the rest which is probably the most anticipated game of the year.   St John's 1 V St John's 2. 

This game will be talked about for years to come both teams knew what was at stake with the bragging rights going to the winners.  A high scoring game which saw the game end in a draw.  Calls for Hawkeye at the end as a dubious wide was called.  No doubt Jerome  and Mark won’t hear the end of it at training. 

Training on Tuesday evening 6:30 to 7:30 let’s keep the good work up. A special word of thanks to coaches on the day, Gerard King, Sharon Doran and Siobhan Walsh. Well Done to everyone who turned up for the U8 & U10 Blitz despite the weather forecast. 

It was an Excellent commitment from players, coaches, parents & supporters. Juvenile football at St. John's goes from strength to strength. 

St. John’s Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others welcomed Loughinisland to Pairc Naomh Eoin for their first match. The blue skies quickly turned to grey as claps of thunder heralded the beginning of heavy downpours. The changing room for the Johnnies was like the green room for a chat show. Everyone was full of excitement and nervous apprehension.  

Loughinisland the village must have been like the Marie Celeste as it seemed they had all come to support their Mothers & Others. It was standing room only as the blue wave occupied St. John's state of the art covered viewing facilities otherwise known as the dugout. There was a team photo then on to the warm up and team talk before the coach revealed starting positions. 

The match would be played in three ten minute thirds. Martin from Loughinisland (sounds like a contestant on a gameshow) was refereeing the first third. The match started and went at brake neck speed from the off. The Johnnies opened proceedings with a score and Loughinisland responded in kind. Things were pretty even for a while and then Loughinisland settled into the game and found their rhythm. While they may have had an ice cream sponsor their jerseys their style of play was certainly not vanilla and they gave the Johnnies a rocky road. 

The thunder bellowed over head and the heavens opened, but even that wasn't enough to take the heat out of this game. A Loughinislander tried to save Martin from a drenching with a waterproof but by this stage he was wetter than an otter's pocket and so was everyone else on the pitch. Colleen Cope was in nets in the first third but a quick position change in the second third saw her score. Majella Cunningham was doing the work of 2 women in her position and just kept going despite the atrocious conditions and opened today's scoring.  

Emma Branniff was very strong and did a great job getting the ball out of danger numerous times. Catherine King intercepted some great balls and created some lovely chances that the Johnnies just couldn't seem to convert to scores. Shauna Rowell is an exceptional player. She can run, she can turn, she can anticipate a route to score. Jo Murphy was doing a fantastic job marking her opponent and creating chances. 

Gillian Flanagan was at her usual work of jumping up and grabbing balls like some sort of ballerina with springs for feet. Aislinn White chased down every ball and her boots covered every blade of grass on the pitch. Karen Flynn's inclusion breathed new life into mid field and she wasted no time getting a purchase on the ball and continued to demand it from her opponents. Siobhan Walsh stuck to her opponent so closely it was like they were in an invisible 3 legged race that she was determined to win. 

Lastly, our Captain De Jour- Laura Branniff. She ran, tackled, kicked ( the ball) and scored like she was in the Hunger Games and her life depended on it. This was a friendly but the play was fierce. Loughinisland have been training longer than us and it showed. Although we were missing some key players today, Loughinisland gave an impressive display- notably their No. 11, Clare Rose who also plays netball and pulled a '  back to the goal throw up and over' manoeuvre to score. Equally impressive was Sharon. This lady may have come from the orchard county and her moves certainly said 'How do you like them Apples?' 

Thankfully there were no injuries at the final whistle there were  only smiles and handshakes all round. Of course seeing as this was our first outing we had to mark the occasion with tea, buns and cake in the clubhouse after. Our thanks to Loughinisland for a memorable game and to their coaches Helen and Martin. 

The Johnnies Mothers and Others would also like to thank our coaches Gerard and Rosemarie Magorrian for their continued dedication and commitment. We couldn't ask for anymore. They would like to thank their assistant today- young Odhran for his help. Auditions for the next series of G4MO will be on Tuesday night at 6.30pm at St John's Studios. Come along and join us in our next episode  before we return to Love 'Loughin' island.

St. John’s and Loughinisland Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others before their first match.

Our walking group had a lovely stroll along the coastal path at Bloody Bridge on Tuesday evening (6th August). After a day of thunderstorms and torrential showers it turned out to be a lovely evening to be out and about as we explored the nooks, crannies and by-ways along this often neglected but very accessible stretch of coastline. 

The lightening had been replaced by slashes from St John’s Lighthouse, the thunder by sound of waves on the shore and the dark skies superseded by a warm evening glow.  Our next midweek walks will be to Donard Forest on Wednesday 28th August (starting from Donard Car Park at 7.20pm) and to Hunshigo Lake (near Ballyroney) on Wednesday  4th September.

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. £10 for bus and £15 for distillery tour and tasting. 

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.

Congratulations to Conor Branniff and Orla Murphy on their recent engagement. 

Congratulations to Monica Morgan and Sharon Gordon on their joint club lotto win. 4, 6, 11, 13. 2× £10 winners- Eddie Dornan and Irene Mc Cann. 

The Committee of St. John's would like to thank the lotto committee and sellers for  their weekly dedication to the lotto. Jackpot now £1,000.