St Patrick’s GAC Saul Club Notes 14th April


THE Saul Seniors began their season with a draw away to Darragh Cross. Conditions underfoot meant that it was never going to be a free flowing game, but both sides showed great determination even if there were many mistakes throughout. The first home game is the following Friday night (19th) at home to old foes Tullylish. Throw-in 7pm  writes Mark McGrath.

Reserves also drew this week away to Drumaness. Next up on Sunday evening is a home match with Bryansford.

Minors had another close match with Clonduff on Tuesday past. The boys stepped up their performance from the previous week and this was a match they really should have won. With four minutes left they were two points ahead and had a numerical advantage with the South Down side having had a man sent off midway through the second half. A dubious penalty however meant a second defeat. Next up is a very tough away fixture with Warrenpoint on Tuesday night. The games are getting any easier!

The U-16 boys head to Rostrevor this Thursday night for a 7pm throw-in.

The U-14 boys will have played Carryduff by the time you read this and next Monday host neighbours Downpatrick at St Patrick’s Park. The lads played out a very entertaining draw with Bryansford last week and really should have closed out the game leading by three towards the end. This young side is certainly stepping up to the plate, but need to get along to training to ensure they continue these solid performances.

U12 boys game was postponed due to the pitch being waterlogged after the heavy rain on Saturday. The match is rescheduled for this Wednesday night. The boys are heading to Dromara next Sunday morning and details will be confirmed by text later in the week.

The U-12 girls are back – season commences this Wednesday 17th April away to Teconnaught 7pm. Good luck girls!

All U-14/U-16 girls must be at training this Wednesday night 6:30pm sharp at pitch in preparation for first round of games. Training continues every Wednesday and Sunday.

The first Under-10 Blitz of the year took place last weekend with Saul playing hosts to Bright, Loughinisland and St John’s. In what was a highly competitive set of games the boys all acquitted themselves with distinction. Well done to new boys Callum McKibbin and Adam O’Dywer who made fantastic contributions. Equally, Eoin Fitzsimmons showed that he can contribute scores as well as prevent them and old hands  like Justin Magilton and Oran Magee led by example. Training will take this place on Thursday and Saturday as normal. All players are welcome, especially new beginners.

Primary school training returns for P1-P7 this Thursday 11 April 6:30-7:30pm at St Patrick’s Park. All children will require warm clothes, water and mouth guard. Football boots are not a necessity, but handy if the pitch is wet. £1 per week. Hopefully the weather improves enough for us to get outside!

The club really needs more help not only with our teams, but also around the club. If you can help in any way it would be very much appreciated. To be a successful club means that everyone needs to put their shoulder to the wheel. Just call in to the club during any match or speak to any committee member.

Anyone with a bit of spare time this week? There’s quite a bit of debris from the hedges around St Patrick’s Park, so if you have a rake and a wee bit of time, we would really appreciate this being raked into piles that could be taken away before the home fixture on Friday night. A much better workout than anything in a gym!

Did you know that young volunteers within our club can get a recognised award through Ulster GAA and the Dept. of Education?

Ulster GAA is promoting the efforts of young volunteers who help out at their clubs, school teams and county boards through the ‘GoldMark’ Programme.

Run in conjunction with Volunteer Now and the Dept. of Education, GoldMark aims to recognise the volunteering efforts of young people in sport. The Programme requires young volunteers, who are actively involved in the GAA to complete a Volunteer Record book which is signed off by a club official. There are three tiers of awards for the young volunteers, who have to be aged between 14 – 24 years old. The three awards are: 50 hours, 100 hours and 200 hours of excellence.

All the skills developed through volunteering are transferable to the work environment and will help those involved in GoldMark when it comes to applying for jobs, college or university. If you are interested contact Mark or Chris for further details.