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Rathcline GAA – Club Notes – Sunday 09th June 2013

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Belated best wishes to Jimmy Mangan on his retirement from the local Garda division. Jimmy always obliged to club on any matter which was brought to his attention and will be a big loss to the local community.

Best of luck to another St. Faithleachs man - our ex-manager Wally Burke when he gets his first taste of intercounty championship action as part of the Roscommon management team on next Sunday 16th June. Roscommon take on Mayo in Castlebar at 4pm.

Commiserations to both Rory & Eoin Donnellan who were apart of the Longford team who were defeated by Warwickshire in the Lory Leagher Cup on Saturday last in Croke Park.

Club Rathcline Lotto Draw - The Jackpot total of €100 was not won this weekend with numbers drawn as follows: 1, 4, 10, 13, 14, and 17. Congratulations to our four €25 winners this week as follows: (1) Michael Sorohan – The Lifebelt, Ballyleague (2) Vincent Connolly – C/O Ballymahon Mart, Albert Cooney (3) Mary A Flynn – 12 The Green, Lanesboro (4) Liam Fallon – Ballinahinch, Newtowncashel. Next week’s Jackpot will €200.

Senior League – Our senior team were defeated by table toppers St. Columbas on Friday night in Clonbonny on a final score: Rathcline 3-06, St. Columbas 3-16. After starting promisingly, Rathcline lost their way for the last 15 mins of the first half allowing the north Longford men to build up a substantial lead by half time. Rathcline came out all guns blazing in the second half and scored two fantastic goals to close the gap to four points on the visitors. But it was a case of too little too late and St Columbas closed out the game the stronger. The senior league continues next Friday night 14th June when Rathcline play away to Colmcille in Fr. McGee Park at 8pm.

Reserve League 2 Semi Final – Congratulations to our Intermediate league team who had a hard fought win over St. Columbas in Clonbonny on Sunday. Great credit must go to Joe Rooney who consistently manages to get the best out of the lads at this level. The team will now contest the final against Ballymahon for the second year in a row. Date, time and venue have yet to be clarified. Final score in the semi final: Rathcline 1-08, St. Columbas 1-07.    

Club Fundraising – In the last decade, there has been a huge amount of work completed in Clonbonny. No one will argue that we have one of the finest GAA facilities in the midlands with a fantastic new All Weather Pitch with a state of the art Clubhouse. With such facilities, comes a cost and the cost on our club is roughly €20,000 a year for the next six years. At this time of the year, Rathcline GAA normally makes plans in developing a fundraiser which will service our annual debt of our club to our local Credit Union. Last year, we asked our parishioners to subscribe to new annualised lotto format. This venture was hugely successful in so far as the Club fulfilled its commitments to our Credit Union as well as giving out nearly €10,000 in prize money over the 12 month fundraising term. This year, it has been agreed to copy the template/initiative of other clubs around the midlands where €100 donations from Patrons will go directly to our Club needs. It is seen as a hugely efficient way of meeting club targets where 100% of every €100 donation will go to clearing the club debt for the year. Rathcline GAA is looking for at least 200 people in the parish to join in this venture to fulfil the loan requirements. Fermoyle National School lead the way with the first donation of the campaign and we hope that the rest our parishioners, patrons, members and supporters can do their best for our club in similar fashion. Recognition for such donations has yet to be finalised by the financial committee but any help will not go unnoticed. Members of our financial committee will be in contact with households in the parish in the coming weeks. Rathcline GAA is the heart of the community and our parishioners have always delivered for our club. We have no doubt that this venture will be a huge success.

Shannon Gaels – Coaching for U6, U8, U10 and U12 will continue in Clonbonny on Friday in Clonbonny from 7pm to 8pm.

Western Gaels – U14 - As well as preparations ongoing for the first round of the Championship in a couple of weeks time, our Under 14 team have now entered the Feile competition which will take place on the 29th July.  To this end, training will continue every Thursday and Saturday per the normal regime.

U16 & Minor – Competitive games have now been suspended until after the Junior and Leaving Cert finishes next month. Training for U16 & Minor continues this week per the normal routine. Players will get the usual text message in advance of training.