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Rathcline GAA – Club Notes – Sunday 23rd June 2013

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Rathcline GAA would like to wish Longford Senior Team the best of luck in their 1st round qualifier game with Limerick on Saturday evening coming 29th June at 7pm in Pearse Park. If any is interested in doing steward for the game please contact any member of the Executive as soon as possible.

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 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 calendar 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. With only a month left to the event, table bookings are now being accepted by the club.

Reserve League 2 Final –The eagerly awaited Reserve League 2 Final between Ballymahon and Rathcline will take place next Saturday 29th June in Pairc Ciarán in Newtowncashel at 4:30pm. The game is a repeat of last year's final and Rathcline will be hoping to take back to back titles under the stewardship of Joe Rooney. It has been a long hard journey to get to the final with very competitive games from the outset of the group stages and eventually overcoming St. Columbas in the semi final replay. It is a magnificent achievement by the team and management to get to another final in this competition especially with the limited resources which were available this year. We hope that as many people as possible from the parish will make the short journey up to Cashel to support the team in what promises to be a cracking game of football.

Club Rathcline Lotto Draw - The Jackpot total of €300 was not won this weekend with numbers drawn as follows: 3, 7, 14, 33, 36, and 41. Congratulations to our four €25 winners this week as follows: (1) Joe & Mary Rooney – Rathcline (2) James & Mary O’ Flaherty – Lehery (3) Steve Ormsby – C/O Clarkes Bar (4) John Donlon – Derrahaun. Next week’s Jackpot will €400.

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 as normal.

U6 & U8 – Commiserations to both age groups who were unlucky not to beat Dromard on Saturday morning in Clonbonny. It was a great work for our younger troops and the future shine bright for both groups under the stewardship of Lee Cullen and Seadna Ryan.

U13 – Commiserations to our U13 team who were beaten by a goal to Granard/Ballymore amalgamation in Clonbonny on Sunday morning. The team exit this competition but many thanks to management team headed up by Tom Irwin for their Trojan in the last couple of weeks.

Western Gaels – U14 – All roads lead to Dunderry in Co. Meath next weekend for the Feile competition. It is expected that the team will perform well in the competition and we wish them well in their ways.

U16 – A busy week in store for the U16’s; Round 1 of the Special Juvenile League will see Western Gaels face Clonguish Og in Clonbonny on Tuesday evening 25th June at 7:30pm. This will be followed by the semi final of the Juvenile Shield Final where Western Gaels will host St. Vincents in Dunbeggan- Stonepark at 7:30pm. We hope that as many parishioners as possible will turn up to cheer on the lads in their pursuit of a final placing. Well done to management of Padraig Kenny, Mick Shorthall, John Moran, Cathal Twaddle and Cathal Chapman on their great work to date.

Minor – Round 3 of the Minor League recommences next Monday evening 1st July when Western Gaels face St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers in Dunbeggan at 7:30pm. 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.

Dog night for Minor and Ladies Club - Shannon Gaels and Rathcline Ladies are running a joint fundraising venture “Dog Night” on Friday night coming 28th June at Longford Greyhound track. Tickets are in circulation for the event and can be received from any member of either executive. A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed. Please support this event.