Bright GAC Notes

Saturday saw the ladies take on Aughlisnafin in the Semi Final of the Junior championship in the RGU writes Ciara Sharvin.

Bright started off well getting the first score on the board in the form of a point from Jenny Fitzsimons. Not content with just the point she then soon followed this up with 2 superb goals. The Fin soon started to fight back coming at the Bright defence with wave after wave of attack which resulted in a few points, only the lack of accuracy in their shooting stopping them from catching up with Bright but their hunger for more finally bore fruit when they managed to find the back of the net to get themselves back in the game.

Unfortunately for the Fin they had a girl sin-binned which left them with 14 just before the end of the first half. Bright’s earlier dominance had wilted slightly and after the fins come back the score at half time was 2-3 to 1-2. After their shaky end to the first half Bright upped their game and came out of the blocks at full speed.

Again the first score of the half came from Jenny Fitzsimons in the form of yet another goal. With this boost of confidence and the extra player Bright went on the attack with point after point. With some fantastic defensive work from Leah Milligan and Michelle Lavery the Fin never managed another score on the second half and Bright ended the game runaway winners with a score line of 3-10 to 1-2 and with a place in the Junior Championship Final.

Scorers: Jenny Fitzsimons 3-1 Sarah Venney 0-2, Frances O’Connor 0-2, Michelle Lavery 0-2, Aimee Tumelty 0-1 and Alisha Treacy 0-1. Brilliant result girls, and some great individual performances especially from Leah Milligan who stepped in at corner back in place of Clare Morgan. All your hard work and determination is paying of girls, you have done your club proud, just one final hurdle to overcome.

Last night saw the men face a tough Drumaness side. With Bright being very short in numbers and only having one sub, it meant some drastic positional changes, mainly the resident goal keeper Michael Farrand having to play in full forward and being replaced by Matthew McKinney who pulled of some excellent saves.

Drumaness started as they meant to go on by winning the throw in and charging towards the Bright defence where they managed to put the ball between the posts getting their first point of the game within a minute of the first whistle.

Although Bright battled hard it took 15minutes before they were able to get their first and only score of the first half in the form of a point which stemmed from a well taken free. Drumaness continued to bombard the Bright defence, which worked tirelessly to keep them at bay and ended the first half 2-9 to Brights 0-1.

The second half saw Bright forced to make some more positional changes due to an injury sustained by John McLeigh but they started off well by winning the throw in, this was followed by a quick free which was fed to John McLeigh who put the ball over the bar giving Bright their second point. Unfortunately despite some fantastic performances from Ryan Mageean who worked tirelessly all over the field all night as well as great performances from Dee Sharvin and Tony Mcilhone who seemed to be everywhere on the pitch.

The boys only managed a few more points where as Drumaness dominated the score board. The final score of Bright 0-5 Drumaness 4-17 belies the effort put in by the Bright men who faced with an under strength lineout battled to the end. Hard luck lads. scorers: BJ McMenamin 0-3, John McLeigh 0-1 and James Hanna 0-1. Training continues Monday at 7pm, management expects everyone to be there in preparation for the championship.

The club would like to thank all those who attended the Hypnotist on Saturday, there was a great night had by all.

The club would like to remind all visitors and patrons of the club that dogs are strictly forbidden from entering the pitch and surrounding grounds.

Some places have become available for the 200 Club, if interested please contact Marty Tumelty or any committee member.  Remember, if you’re not in you can’t win.

Lotto results for 04.08.13 were 13, 14, 18, 24 one person got three numbers, Jackpot is now £1450.