RGU Club Notes for 12 January 2014


There will be a meeting on Thursday 16 January at 7.30pm for anyone interested in helping out with our juvenile teams. We need people to help with coaching, team mentors, transport, mini-bus drivers, 1st aiders/physios, catering, tournament organising, fundraising and many more. Helping our teams is not just restricted to managing them on the pitch, there are a whole range of jobs which need doing. The more people helping the more we can do for our footballers, boys and girls. So if you are interested in helping out come along on Thur 16th in the clubhouse writes John Murphy.

The Russell Gaelic Union Downpatrick in partnership with their three local feeder primary schools is commencing an exciting new After Schools Gaelic Football Programme. Funded by Sport NI and managed by RGU’s Schools Liaison Officer Aidan Robinson, girls and boys from P5-P7 in St Brigid’s PS, St Colmcille’s PS and Our Lady & St Patrick’s PS will come together in an innovative 8 week programme covering all the fundamentals and skills of gaelic football. This is the biggest school’s gaelic coaching initiative in Downpatrick ever attempted by the club and will bring the 3 schools together in an integrated approach. Children will be coached on their ability and there will be a special emphasis on encouraging girls to join in and enjoy gaelic games.dn_screen

So don’t miss out, the schools will be sending  permision slips and flyers to all eligible children this week. If you haven’t received a letter please contact Mr Artherton at St Brigid’s, Mr Murray at St Colmcille’s and Mr Kelly at Our Lady & St Patrick’s for further information. Everyone is welcome, so come along and enjoy the fun of gaelic football all free of charge. Starts next Mon 20th for the next 8 weeks, it’s an opportunity not to  be missed!


Down County juvenile handball semi-finals will be held this Wednesday 15 January for both boys and girls. The boys will play at Downpatrick Leisure Centre at 7pm. In the Boys Singles representing RGU Aidan Harney will compete in the U-13’s, Tim Prenter in the U-14’s and Paul Smyth in the U-15’s. In the Boys Doubles for RGU Tom McNeill and Sean Fitzsimmons will compete in the U12s along with Rhys Cunningham and Philip Doran in the U13s. All matches against Clonduff. Ronan Murphy and Ryan Sterritt are through to the U-14 Doubles final along with John McKeever and Ciaran Hampton in the U-16’s, all finals to be held at Saval on Saturday.

In Clonduff at 7pm the RGU girls will take to the court with Cara Doran flying the RGU flag in the U-12 Girls semi-final whilst Aoife Barnes and Colleen McNeilly are already through to the U-14 and U-15 finals respectively on Saturday in Saval. Eilis Murphy and Cara McKervey will take on Clonduff in the U12 Girls Doubles, again on Wed night. RGU has the greatest representation of any handball club in Down and many thanks to coaches Jim Cunningham, Tony O’Connor and Martin Murphy for their thorough preparations and commitment to handball in Downpatrick. We wish all the players good luck and hope they all make it through to finals day in Saval on Saturday.

Juvenile Girls start back this Sat at Ballymote at 11.30am, U-6’s are back at the usual time of 10.30.am. Don’t forget everyone to bring your pounds for each session.

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