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Rathcline GAA – Club Notes – Sunday 18th August 2013

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Championship 2013 – Congratulations to our senior team who recorded a good victory over St Patricks Ardagh in round three of the Intermediate Championship. Final Score: Rathcline 2-11, Ardagh 0-10. The pressure was on Rathcline to get the much needed win to secure a semi final spot and thankfully the lads turned on a bit of style for the tie.  It also must be worth noting that Rathcline have now played the three other semi finalists in the group stages of the competition and must surely stand us in good stead in the business end of the championship. Carrickedmond provide the opposition for the semi final and the game will take place on Sunday 1st September in Pearse Park at 5:30pm. The winner will contest the Intermediate Championship final against the winners of Ardagh and Legan Sarsfields. Well done to the management team of Gerry Lynn, Joe Rooney and Albert Cooney and indeed to the panel of players who seem to be coming into peak at the right time of the season. Before the championship semi final, the team return to competitive action in the league (Round 9) with an away match to St. Patricks Ardagh next Sunday afternoon 25th August at 1pm. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Minor Champions 2013 – Last Thursday night proved to be a very historic occasion for the parish of Rathcline and all in Stonepark. After defeating Colmcille in an epic semi-final in the previous week, Western Gaels inflicted a devastating win over our good neighbours and strongly fancied Southern Gaels in the final of the Minor B Championship in Kenagh. Final Score: Western Gaels 2-12, Southern Gaels 0-02. With a huge crowd in presence, our boys came out all guns blazing. Although it took the team a good twenty minutes or so to settle into the game, Western Gaels took complete control of the game in the second half to record a fantastic win. Great credit must go to the management team of Kevin Hanley and Mickey Hand who have gelled a brilliant bunch of lads together; so much so that one would never believe it was an amalgamated force for such a short period of time. The result is testament to the amount of work the management team and players have put in since starting training last October in the Convent Hall. Great celebrations were to be had in both Stonepark and Lanesboro on Thursday night. The only disappointment on the night; we didn’t make it back in time for Joe O’ Brien’s cones! The team now enter the quarter final of the “A” Championship as well as competing in the Semi final of the Minor league. We have no doubt Kevin and Mickey are already thinking and planning to extend the Western Gaels honours in the already short life of the amalgamation. The Shannon Gaels Executive would like to thank all the supporters who came over to Kenagh on Thursday night and to all people who have helped out in the background. With the Under 16 and Minor A Championship starting in the near future, there is great reason to believe that there are more trophies to be won this year and all support would be greatly appreciated.   

Rathcline Ladies – The second round of the Championship will take place next Sunday 25th August at 12pm in Clonbonny against Mostrim. There are many permutations on this game on how the girls can the reach the Championship final; but the most important one is; a win or draw to guarantee a final spot. Effectively this match is a home semi final and we hope that as many parishioners as possible will come out and cheer on the Ladies in their bid to reach their second consecutive Intermediate final in the hope of going senior next season.

Longford Ladies – Commiserations to the Longford Ladies team who lost the All Ireland Quarter final to Tipperary on Saturday. Hard luck to the Rathcline contingent on the panel – Paula, Claire, Noleen & Lauren.  

Club Rathcline Lotto Draw - Preparations are ongoing for Phase 2 of the Lotto campaign and it is hoped to have the fundraiser rolled out in the next couple of weeks. Many thanks to all our patrons who participated in the last lotto and we look forward to your support for Phase 2.

Leaving Cert Results – Congratulations to all our students who received their results last Wednesday. We hope that everyone gets what they want when the offers are posted on Monday.

Commiserations to St. Faithleachs who nearly pulled off the shock of the year only to lose out to St. Brigids by a single point in the quarter final of the Roscommon senior football championship on Saturday evening last.

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

U16 Championship – The first round of the U16 championship will take place on this Thursday evening coming 22nd August with an away match to St. Colmcilles. The team which is managed by Padraig Kenny, Mick Shorthall, Cathal Twaddle and John Moran will be hoping to continue the momentum set by the minor team and record a good start to the championship. Rounds 2 & 3 will be followed on the subsequent weeks with games versus Clonguish Og and Northern Gaels respectively. Training with the Minor team this week continues per the normal routine.

Finally we would like to wish Brendan Keane the very best of luck in his promotion to Club caretaker for the coming week in the absence of Sean and Seadna who are on holidays. We have no doubt that the club is in good hands.