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Rathcline Club Notes Sunday 28th September 2014

posted 29 Sep 2014, 10:26 by Rathcline Public Relations Officer
Although the on the pitch at Intermediate level things have gone quiet, we still have the league final to look forward to. The lads have stayed together and enjoyed a good run out against Slashers in a challenge match. With the Intermediate final on Sunday resulting in a draw, our match will be put back, please check fixture list at a later date as to when out league final takes place.

Off the pitch and Rathcline GFC do not stop working, the club are rolling out a new weekly fundraiser. The 50/50 draw which has worked very well in other parishes, is going to unveil on Friday night. A €2 envelope which is signed by the participant, is put in a draw and one winner will win half the jackpot. So for example if there is €1000 in the pot for that week in question, and your envelope gets pulled, then you win €500, the more it is supported the more money any person wins. It's a weekly draw and again one winner will win half the jackpot. It is important to stress that its hard work keeping the club afloat with huge debt hanging over the club, its vitally important that anyone connected with the club through playing, supporting or having a child involved gets behind this draw. Everyone has an opinion on the running of the club, but rarely are they seen to help to push the club on, we would urge people to take a chance on €2 a week, a chance to win and a real support of a club that is at the forefront of lots of people's lives, in a sporting sense. The debt will not last forever, but with a push from the community we can pay it off as soon as possible and leave the club in a better way for future executives and everyone that participates in football in the parish.

The Rathcline weekly lotto was not won this week, the numbers drawn were 10,16,17,18,23 and 25. The weekly €25 winners were Martin Skelly Cashel, Kathleen Donlon and Fiona Gillen, Peter Donlon Lanesboro, and Peter Creamer Longford Town.

The fever of the Strictly Come Dancing is bubbling up well in both parishes of Rathcline and Faithleachs. As some of you have noticed, there are various cards out and about for certain dancers, whether they be nimble or slow, these dancers are going to be putting in huge effort in the next few weeks. The judges on the night will be looking at all the different facets of their moves on the dance floor and people from both parishes are making are making sure they impress through practice sessions. There are cards in the town where you can give your support at €1 a line to a dancer on the night, please support these brave men and women as they start their dance journey which culminates at the end of November. Stay tuned for more info on this great event in partnership with Faithleachs.

Rathcline Ladies

A reminder that the clothes collection still continues for the ladies club. Please contact Mike or Madeline if you have any spare clothes you want to get rid of.
Now to football, and it was a disappointing end to the Minor ladies football championship adventure. After a great start in the championship and with a great array of talent, our ladies were beat by Mullinaghta in the semi final. In the first half Rathcline dominated the possession with Zoe Gallagher and Aine Bannon playing very well. The possession didn't show on the score board however and Mullinaghta took their chances when they came, Rathcline went in at the break 5 points down. In the 2nd half Rathcline to their credit fought back through some excellent play by Ciara Healy, Una Clarke and Lauren Guinan, they were so in the zone they actually went 1 pt up with 4 minutes remaining. Mullinaghta had a girl sin binned and it seemed the balance would tip over the Rathcline ladies but alas the opposing team scored a goal and then quickly Rathcline gave up another goal. Laura Peters replied with a goal for Rathcline but the game was in the last minute and our girls hadn't the time to bridge the 3 point gap. A very good team that were caught out in the semi, there is no doubts that games like this can only bring a squad on for next year. It is hoped that all players make themselves available next year as there is great talent at under age in the Rathcline set up. Well done to the squad, and the management of Steve Peters, Dan McGann, Caoimhe Murray, Paula Kenny, Madeline Murray and Mike Greene. It's a gut wrenching defeat but there is always another year. Thanks to everyone for their hard work and commitment throughout the season.

Rathcline Minor Club

Our U 12's were beaten in the Division 1 final on Saturday against Slashers. A brilliant game that went down to the wire finished on a score line of 2-6 to 10 points. A one point win for Slashers. These U 12 lads have trained hard all year and have shown they can mix it with the best of them in the county. Their season isn't over yet though. The division 2 championship final takes place against Northern Gaels in Pearse Park at 1 o clock on Saturday. Your support for this team would be appreciated.

The Minor team continue to surprise and delight their followers as they reached the Division 1 Shield final after beating Colmcille in Clonbonny on Saturday evening by 5 points. Described as a brilliant game by those in attendance, this pulsating match had it all. Western Gaels throughout this season have shown huge guts on big occasions. The ability to beat A championship teams regularly goes unnoticed by the public but to anyone connected to this group and its supporters, it is not. A team that seems to be improving with every match they play in are a sight to behold. It is complimentary to say they have reached an A shield final, but also factor in that this B team can reach an A championship final when they play Clonguish on Saturday. I've been lucky enough on 3 occasions to have watched this team, and really and truly they are a sight to behold, form keeper to forward and from smallest to biggest there is a never say die attitude and willingness to win that is quite contagious, make an effort to cheer on this group of lads and see for yourself, we wish team and management the very best of luck.

After a great summer at under age level for example U 6's U 8's and U 10's, it's a real shame to have to report that only 4 children turned up for the indoor U 8 blitz. We had groups of 14 children taking part in the Summer. These indoor blitzes bring the team together properly in the right environment. Let's make an effort to give these kids a real special memory of the U 8 team, and we urge parents to get in contact with Alan Maxwell who is coach of the team. It's a small effort but one that will bring your child on in leaps and bounds as they start their GAA life.

Thanks to all the parents and kids that supported Scor last Saturday in the Hall. The club would like to announce that it now has 4 groups to enter Scor with. A competition that has been well supported throughout the years and also the club has done very in. We wish all participants the best of luck

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