Western Gaels U14 continued their unbeaten run in Division 1 with a hard fought victory over Clonguish on a score line of 6-9 to 3-6. Playing on a Clonbony pitch which stood up well to the recent heavy rain, Clonguish were swiftly out of the blocks with the first point, and with the next two shots rattling the frame of the goal, the vista of a first league defeat loomed large. However, Western Gaels shook themselves from their torpor to gradually exert control on the game, and some excellent scoring left them ahead at the break by 7 points.
It was very much a case of Déjà vu at the beginning of the second half as some sloppy hand-passing let Clonguish in for a goal and a point, to leave just a kick of the ball between the teams. It was at this stage that Western Gaels showed their class to raise their game by several levels, and some excellent team scores were contributed by several different players. With contributions from all 22 players who had game time, this was a real team performance, and one which bodes well for the future.
Thanks to Clonguish for a sporting game played in the right manner. The next U14 outing is against Clonbroney in Division 3 on Friday night."
GAA Centenary Parade
Grattan Gaels were in full force at Sundays “GAA 1916 centenary parade” even winning “Most colourful team” award. It was a wonderful day for the children and families with a pipe band vintage car leading the parade.
We took off from Battery Road up too Pearse Park. Where a Longford team played St Kiernans from London.
A wonderful day of celebration and pride, for the all involved.
In horrendous conditions of driving wind and rain, the Western Gaels Minors displayed great determination in an extensive win over Granard/Ballymore in the Minor Special League Div 1 Playoff Semi Final. A playoff final place V Ardagh was the prize and that takes place this Friday in Dunbeggan at 7pm.
The lads started well with Stephen Farrell wining the throw in and driving forward to put the ball over the bar and start as the meant to go on! The Gaels added a goal 10 Mins in when Oran Kenny flicked on an Eoin Kelly and built up a 1-10 to 1 -0 goal lead at half time. They continued to press in the second half and ran out comprehensive winners notching up 5-15 to the oppositions 2-5.
Well done to the players and The Management team and Best of luck to them On Friday!
Our under-age training will start up on Monday 11th April at 6.30 in Dunbeggan Park (across from Stonepark NS).
Registration will be held on Friday 8th April from 3pm - 4pm and 6pm-7pm
in in the Clubhouse.
Those registered on the day will be entered into a draw for a number of free football kits!
All children must be registered prior to any Training/Games and Blitzes.
This year we are launching a 'Bring Your Own Ball Initiative' and all our new Nursery (U6) recruits will receive their own First Touch Football to keep and bring to training!
This community based program is available to all existing members and as always, any new members & friends are welcome to join! Our objective is to ensure the children enjoy football in a coordinated structure by full trained coaches and first aid providers.
All the trainers and mentors at our club are Garda vetted and trained to the required standards including the GAA code of Ethics as per the association’s code of conduct.
Our Committee members have also undertaken all relevant training aimed at working with underage children including the appointment of an ASAP
(Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention) Officer, (Mary Conlon), Childrens Officer (Trish McHugh) and Designated Officer (Mick Hand).
Grattan Gaels offer a complete schedule for all our underage teams from Under-18 (Minor) to Under-6 (Nursery). We are entered in all competitions and we look forward to working with the children again this year. We are always on the scout for able volunteers and should you be interested in being involved or if you have any queries in relation to playing,
please contact the following Mentors for their associated Age Groups.
Grattan Gaels Minor Club Committee