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Rathcline GAA – Club Notes – Sunday 29th September 2013

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Leinster Championship Quarter Final – After the heroic exploits of our Ladies Football team in winning the county championship two weeks ago, our girls now turn their attention to giving the Leinster Intermediate Club Championship the very best shot with an away match to Miltown of Westmeath in the quarter final of the competition. The game will take place in Miltown next Saturday 5th October at 2pm. Directions to the venue will be posted on the ladies section of the club website: www.rathcline.gaa.ie. We hope a large crowd will travel to support our girls representing both our club and county in this competition. Next Saturday’s winners will earn the right to play either the Laois or Kildare champions in the Leinster semi final. The girls have done the parish proud this year and we fully expect the rollercoaster journey continue beyond Saturday. Best of luck to the team, management and Executive in their final preparations for the game.

Division 1 - Commiserations of our senior team who lost out Abbeylara in final round game of the Division 1 on Saturday evening last in Lynch Park. The team must now wait to see if the club qualifies for a promotion/relegation match with St. Mary’s Granard (runner up - Division 2) for their right to retain Division 1 status for 2014. The club’s fate in Division 1 depends on the result between Colmcille and Carrickedmond which is due to take place on Saturday 12th October.

U16 – Congratulations to our Western Gaels Under 16 team whose ‘never say die’ performance over St Vincents has earned the club a place in the Shield final. The lads performed magnificently on Saturday afternoon with final score: Western Gaels 2-13, St Vincents 2-12. Great credit must be bestowed upon the management team of Cathal Chapman, Cathal Twaddle, John Moran, Padraig Kenny and Mick Shorthall for preparing the team for this competition. And let’s not forget the fantastic consultancy service offered by Mickey Hand in the backroom team. The team will now play St. Colmcilles in the final with date time and venue to be confirmed. To win the Shield Final would cap off a fantastic year for Western Gaels and one which all players, parents and supporters can be massively proud of. Well done lads.

Club Rathcline Lotto Draw - In the last decade, there has been a huge amount of work completed at our Clonbonny GAA facility. No one will argue that we have one of the finest GAA facilities in the midlands with a fantastic new All Weather Pitch which complements the state of the art new Clubhouse which was opened in 2005. Unlike most other clubs around the county, Rathcline GAA caters for three individual Clubs in our parish. The facilities are used on a daily basis by our Senior Club, Minor Club and Ladies Club for training, playing matches and indeed hosting committee meetings and events. With such fine facilities, comes a cost and the burden on our club is roughly €20,000 a year for the next seven years. Normally at this time of the year, Rathcline GAA make plans to develop a fundraiser which will service our annual debt of our club to our local Credit Union. Last year, we asked our supporters and friends 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 we are going to roll out our second term of the annualised lotto starting on the October Bank holiday weekend (Saturday 26th October). The format will be exactly the same as Phase 1. We hope that all last year’s participants will subscribe to this venture and we extend the invitation to any newcomers that wishes to join this venture. In the coming weeks, members of our financial committee will be in contact with households in the parish about possible subscriptions to the fundraising venture. Rathcline GAA has always been the heart of the community and our parishioners, supporters and friends have always delivered by supporting our club through the good times and the bad. We have no doubt that this venture will feature heavily on the continued success of our Club.

Shannon Gaels U12’s will compete in the Shane Brennan tournament next Saturday 5th October. And it’s that time of the year again when games are being moved indoors with our U8’s competing in Clonguish on Wednesday evening at 6:30pm.

Congratulations to Grattans on comprehensive win in the Junior Championship final last weekend.

Sympathies – Rathcline GAA extends its sympathies to the McCarthy family Lanesboro on the passing of Catherine Maloney nee McCarthy last weekend.

Extra vigilance needed – Due to the increased occurrences of robberies throughout the country, especially at GAA Clubs, we are asking all our patrons be extra careful in terms of leaving valuables in cars in the parking area during matches / training sessions.

U21 Championship – Rathcline kick off the first round of the Under 21 Championship in two weeks time with a home match to Fr Manning Gaels on Sunday 13th October. All eligible players are asked to make themselves available for this competition.