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Rathcline GAA – Club Notes – Sunday 16th June 2013

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Club Rathcline Lotto Draw - The Jackpot total of €200 was not won this weekend with numbers drawn as follows: 1, 6, 8, 15, 26, and 28. Congratulations to our four €25 winners this week as follows: (1) Michael Murray – Barnacor (2) Kevin Diffley – Ballymahon (3) Rory Donnellan – Lanesboro (4) Eamon Farrell – Tullyvrane. Next week’s Jackpot will €300.

Senior League – Commiserations to our senior team who lost to Colmcille on Friday evening last in Fr. McGee Park. Final score: Rathcline 0-09, Colmcille 2-14. Training continues as normal this Wednesday and Friday night and we hope to see all our Under 21’s taking an active part in session. Similarly, we hope that all Reserve League 2 players will be in attendance especially in the weeks leading up to the final with Ballymahon.

Congratulations to Scoil Muire gan Smal on their championship final victory over Cloondra on Saturday afternoon last in Pearse Park. We done to everyone involved with team.

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. Our U8 & U10 will play Dromard in a challenge match this coming Saturday morning in Clonbonny at 11am.

Western Gaels – U14 – Preparations are ongoing for the first round of the Championship in a couple of week’s time. The team played exceptionally well in a challenge match with Slashers on Friday night last.  We are also looking forward to competing in 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 – Training for U16 & Minor continues this week per the normal routine. The frequency of the training campaign will pick up in the next week or so in advance of the first round of the championship in both age groups. Now that the exams are completed, we need to get all players back out on the pitch as soon as possible. Players will get the usual text message in advance of training.

Fundraising – Galway Races – The inaugural Rathcline GAA Race day will take place at the Galway Races on Monday 29th July. The club hope to replicate the success of that achieved by Longford County Board at Punchestown only on a much smaller scale which will satisfy the needs of our own club. The occasion will present our parishioners, members, supporters and friends a fantastic afternoon of horse racing on opening day of the 2013 festival. The club have agreed in principle an attractive hospitality package with the organisers in Ballybrit which surpasses that seen at the Annual Punchestown County Board Fundraiser. Most people will be familiar with the Galway Races but for those who are not; a great day out is always guaranteed. Ballybrit at the end of July is always the highlight of the horse racing calender in Ireland and it is the aim of Rathcline GAA to tap into the atmosphere, banter and craic to serve our own needs as well as giving something back to our supporters. For more information, please contact Albert Cooney, Alan Fayne or Liam Connerton. Table bookings are now being accepted by the club.