Glasdrumman GAC Notes For 31 August 2013

dn_screenOn the last weekend of under 12 football the Baileghlas boys were in action on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday saw them take part in the Gerry Burns tournament in St Johns and what a brilliant display of football these young boys produced.

They emerged from the group stage and into the semi final of the shield where they faced a strong Shamrocks side. Both teams were up for this game and showed just why they had got to the semi final stage, however, Baileghlas fought hard and battled for every ball and when the final whistle blew it was them who were victorious and into the final against Aughlisnafin writes Tony Bannon.

This was a repeat of the 1st group game that had ended in a draw and so it was a nail biting final. Baileghlas gave it their all but unfortunately it was not to be and they lost the final by only 3 points. The boys can take heart from their performance and can be proud of themselves. They played brilliant football and their passing and moving of the ball was a joy to watch.

[caption id="attachment_51622" align="alignleft" width="390"]Baileghlas under 12's with their mentors paul and johnny  pictured at the St John's Gerry Burns U-12 tournament. Baileghlas under 12’s with their mentors paul and johnny pictured at the St John’s Gerry Burns U-12 tournament.[/caption]

Our thanks to St Johns for the invitation to take part in their tournament and for the welcome refreshments. It was a great day of football. Then on Sunday morning the last league game of the season took place at the Quarter Road against table topping An Riocht. This was always going to be a tough game but Baileghlas looked lively from the start and led by a goal and a point at half time.

However, An Riocht, came out the stronger of the two teams in the second half and ended up winning the game. the final score does not do justice to Baileghlas and just goes to prove that football is quite literally a game of 2 halves. Maith Sibh to all the Baileghlas boys, you were a pleasure to work with both at training and during matches. You always gave 100% to your mentors and did yourselves and your clubs proud each time you pulled on your jersey.

Next up is the Under-11 league which is due to start on Sunday September 14th. training for the under 11s will take place at the Quarter Road pitch tonight (Wednesday) from 6pm until 7.30pm , It is important that all eligible under 11 players attend training so that the mentors can get an idea of what numbers they have.

The committee and members of Glasdrumman GAC wish to pass on their condolences to our club member Jim Lewsley and the entire Lewsley family circle on the recent death of his brother David a former member of the Clann Eireann Club in Lurgan . Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam uasal dhilis

An away defeat to Bredagh just about summed up the season for our Senior Team . With so many players missing some of our veterans got a run out. Dee Grant was welcomed home unscathed after his gallant efforts.

Scor na nOg meeting Clubrooms Sunday 7th September at 11.00 a.m Anyone interested in representing the Club and is under 17 at 01/012014 please come to the meeting . Here are the dates for competition :

16th November – East Down Final

23rd November – South Down Final,

30th November – County Final.

Although our initial dates have not yet been confirmed we are again aiming for the usual format of three initial rounds with winner from each going directly into South Down Final; two runners-up from each venue will progress to Qualifying Round from which a further two participants will be selected to progress to South Down Final.

The likely dates for first rounds are Friday, Saturday, Sunday 7th, 8th, 9th November with Qualifier the following Friday or Saturday 14th or 15thNovember.

We also send our deepest condolences to South Down Scor Chairman Noel Mussen, his wife Kathleen and the Mussen family, on the untimely passing last week of his daughter Kelly McMahon – Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam uasal.