St. Mary's GAA Club notes

Our Minor boys hit the marks with a 4 pt win over Geevagh / St Michaels in their Minor Championship final last Friday evening.   The final was held in Scarden and thanks to everyone who went out to support the lads.   This was a very impressive team performance from start to finish with a well deserved victory to cap a season which at times was frustrating for them, but it is fitting that many of them finished their time in Bord na nOg with a trophy.   Thanks to the management team of Glenn Young, Hubert Gilvarry, John Clifford, Gerry Moore and Francis Fidgeon for all their hard work and time throughout the years and also Mark Breheny and Aidan Rooney for helping out with coaching over the last few weeks
The U10 girls finished their season by participating in a Sligo LGFA blitz in Sligo IT. The girls played Eoghan Rua, St Farnan’s and CT Gaels. Despite reduced numbers, the girls played magnificently, coming out on top in all their games. The Blitz was very well organised and the girls got to meet some of the Senior Sligo Ladies afterwards, and had double All Ireland winner, Leah Caffrey, cheering them on from the sideline.
The u16 girls continue their preparation for the county A Championship final with competitive challenge matches against the Ursuline College last Wednesday and St Patrick's Dromahair on Saturday. The final takes place this coming Saturday in Shamrock Gaels Park, Coola with Eoghan Rua providing the opposition.

St Marys Ladies completed their Senior Championship campaign with an emphatic win over Eoghan Rua on a scoreline of 10-11 to 3-08.  Playing against the Easkey wind in the first half the ladies played smart football defending in numbers and breaking at pace.   This kept the scoreboard ticking over with the impressive trio of Emma Keavney, Ruth Monaghan and Ciara Gilroy showing the way ably assisted by Michaela Gaffney.  Despite the strength of the wind being faced, our girls were 6 points ahead at the break.  Eoghan Rua started the second half strongly but resolute defending from Aileen Ruane, Aoife Connolly and Ali Dykes ensured St Marys had the platform to push on and win the game comfortably. Special mention to 3 more players making their adult debut, Erin and Kayla Breheny and Roisin Martin.   Each was impressive on the day.   The game concluded an encouraging first Senior Championship season for the ladies, and great to see the number of new faces introduced to the squad.   Thanks to all the players and their management and we look forward to next year.

In a sure sign that the football season is coming to a close, we are having the end of season party this Saturday for the kids attending Saturday morning coaching.   Training will be held in the afternoon from 3-4pm on the pitch, and this will be followed by a disco and fun from 4-5pm in the clubhouse.  Well done to all the children involved and we look forward to seeing your skills on the playing field in St Marys colours.   Again we are indebted to all who help on the Saturdays whether coaching or in the many vital jobs that are so important to the smooth running of the mornings.

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