And we're off
U13s - Western Gaels played their first game in the Leinster U13 on Saturday 28th at home in Clonbony against Colmcille of Longford. With Daniel Gallagher in goals, Ryan Casey & Darragh Campbell in the fullback line, Matthew Hawes in the halfback line, Eoin Kinlan & Rasheed Yeobah in midfield and Gary Hand in the full forward. It was great to see this number of players from the Grattan Gaels club in the first half and throughout the game. We started well with an early goal on the board but Colmcille, to their credit, put it up to us at different stages during the game and goals were a plenty throughout this game.
We would go onto score 8 in total, it was a great first half effort from all the players were we went in at half time with a six point lead, this gave us an opportunity to use more of our bench for the second half and it was great to see more of the Grattan Gael contingent making their debut for the Western Gaels ( Shannon Gaels/Grattan Gaels) amalgamation including Beau O’ Connor, Dan Devlin & Gavin Nulty all came on in the second half where they all played their part in a great victory. Gary Hand was in great scoring form bagging 2 well taken goals along with Dan Devlin who bagged 3. In the end we just got over the line by a one point victory 8-4 to 7-6 after a great fight back by Colmcille , well done to all players and management team of Alan Fayne ( Shannon Gaels) and Tommy Hawes ( Grattan Gaels ) on a great victory.
Starting fifteen: Daniel Gallagher( Grattan Gaels), Kevin Farrell ( Shannon Gaels), Ryan Casey (Grattan Gaels ), Darragh Campbell ( Grattan Gaels), Aaron Kenny ( Shannon Gaels), Cormac Casey ( Shannon Gaels), Matthew Hawes ( Grattan Gaels), Eoin Kinlan ( Grattan Gaels), Rasheed Yeobah ( Grattan Gaels ), Cillian Cox ( Shannon Gaels), Jamie Hagan ( Shannon Gaels), Niall Chawke ( Shannon Gaels), Dylan Hanley ( Shannon Gaels), Calum Gordon ( Shannon Gaels), Gary Hand ( Grattan Gaels), subs used: Dan Devlin ( Grattan Gaels ), Beau O’ Connor ( Grattan Gaels), Gavin Nulty ( Grattan Gaels), Conor Lyons ( Shannon Gaels ), Luke Dowd ( Shannon Gaels ), Kieran O’ Dowd ( Shannon Gaels), James Killain (Shannon Gaels), Daire Cox ( Shannon Gaels).
Next up in this competition is an away trip to Bective of County Meath.
U14s and U16s - Western Gaels Strength & Conditioning Training continues this Friday at 7pm in community centre for u14's and 7.15 in Clonbony for minors and u16's
U15s The game at the weekend was cancelled as the opposition were unable to field and the next fixture will be a home game in dunbeggan v Sallins on Feb 11th, full details tbc!
Please ensure all registration forms for the current year are completed and returned as soon as possible to ensure all players ensured, especially for u13 and u15 competitions.
We are currently taking orders for Western Gaels tops and bags so if you haven't given your sizes please do so asap!
We have relaunched our website - its now www.grattangaa.com and its not just for the Gaels team now, there is a little bit for all of our teams, Young Gaels Seniors and Ladies teams, there will be useful information and news.