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Rathcline Club Notes 2nd November 2014

posted 3 Nov 2014, 08:01 by Rathcline Public Relations Officer

After a wonderful year, the Western Gaels Minor team, finally got their hands on some silverware. The lads beat Slashers on Sunday to clinch the Shield, the team proved they could play with the best all season, but this game was the last chance at winning something and fair play, they took it. In the first half Slashers started the better with 2 points against the breeze but the Gaels responded with points from Peter Lynn and Shane Kenny. Conditions were poor, and to be expected for this time of year but both teams worked hard and following on from other games between Western Gaels and Slashers, this was always going to be a tight match. So it proved with the scores locked at 4 points all heading toward the end of the first half. A man who has become known for poachers goal changed the game in the closing minutes of the first half. A high played in around the square resulted in a flicked goal from Andrew Ward, which put the Gaels 3 points up at half time on a scoreline of 1-4 to 4 points. Slashers responded straight away after the restart, 2 points saw them close the gap and it was all set up for a pulsating finish. Western Gaels again through commitment and graft came up with a cracker of a goal from Shane Kenny with 15 minutes gone. The Fermoyle native ran through a few tackles and let a low shot fly from 20 yards out which found the corner of the net. It was a game changer but to be fair to Slashers they had to respond and did, scoring points from play and frees to reduce the deficit again to 2 points with around 7 minutes to play. Frees from Daniel Howlin, Shane Kenny and a point from play for Kevin Sorohan steadied the ship for the Gaels and try as Slashers did, they could not redress the balance. A fantastic win for management and squad on a score line of 2-9 to 12 points. The boys have had a long season and took some hard losses in finals and semi's throughout the latter end of the championship. But what a wonderful way to finish a season. They stayed together, were trained well and got their due reward. Congrats again to squad, management and all involved in Western  Gaels 2014!

The Alison Smyth Memorial match took place on Saturday at 3. Another year passes and again we get served a belter of a match between Garrycastle and Rathcline. The sport never ceases to amaze me, as both teams put on a great show of talent, fight, and determination in a game that means a lot to supporters and players of both teams. Garrycastle bossed most of the 1st half, but the old guard for Rathcline mixed with some new young players kept Rathcline in the match with a never say die attitude near the end of the 1st half. A very competitive affair, both teams slugged it out for the first period of the second half but it was Garrycastle who pulled away in the last 10 minutes. Great credit to both teams, the Smyth family, and also those that provided sandwiches and buns for after the match. There was a great family, and community feel to the day aand thanks again to Garrycastle and supporters for travelling to Clonbonny. It was a match played in the spirit of a woman who didnt take defeat lightly, and a performance that was a fitting tribute to Alison. Thanks to everyone again for turning up.

The dancers of Rathcline and Faithleachs have been extremely busy, with lessons and practice going on behind closed doors at weekends. It has added to the excitement to the build up, to what can be and will be a really wonderful occasion. The committee have been doing a fantastic job in promoting this event, but people are getting very curious about the show as the dancers have really been practicing hard and its all been top secret. One can only wait and see, but it guarantees that this event should not be missed!!