St. John's GAA Club notes

Benson Cup

St Johns 1 – 12,  St Patricks 1 - 7                                                                                        

Our senior footballers got their season off to a great start with a hard-fought victory over our visitors from West Sligo, St Patricks, Dromard at a wind-swept Stenson Park, Cuilbeg on Saturday afternoon. On a day when the conditions made scoring very difficult both sides showed great determination and skill to serve up an entertaining game. Our groundsmen are to be complimented on having the playing surface in such good condition after the previous heavy rain. St Johns lined out showing many absentees from last years championship team but the newcomers, many of whom were making their debut at senior level, stood up to the task and acquitted themselves well.                                               St Johns had first use of the strong  breeze and took an early lead with points from Enda Roche and a brace from Ian Rossitor before St Pats scored their first point after 10 mins. David Burke and Hayden Cawley extended the home team lead to 4 points before St Pats struck for a goal against the run of play and followed this up with a further point to level the scores at 0-5 to 1-2 after 22 mins. St Johns finished the half stronger with a point from Tommy Kelly and 3 more from Rossitor’s trusty boot, giving them a 4 point lead, 0 – 9 to 1 – 2, at the break but having to face a strong wind in the second half.                              A further Rossiter point extended the lead but then St Pats quickly sent over 3 point before Burke scored his second point for the home team. St Pats came back with 2 points cutting the difference to the minimum before substitute Conor King scored the home team’s goal. An excellent pointed free from out on the right by Rossitor left the home team with a 5 point lead at the final whistle. During that second half when playing into the breeze, St Johns showed great character to withstand the constant St Pats attacks with all of the defenders coming up to the mark as they fronted new goalkeeper Josh Mc Donagh who took off three top class saves.                                                               St Johns lineout ; Josh Mc Donagh; Jack Sayers, Enda Roche, Conor Sweeney; Jamie Grehan, Michael O’Hehir, Hayden Cawley; David Burke, Charlie Harrison; Adam Grace, Shane Stenson, Tommy Kelly; Ian Rossitor, Adam Scanlon, Andrew Kerr. Subs used, Cian Hough, Adam Grace, John Mc Nulty and James Gethins. We wish James Gethins a speedy recovery from his injury. A big thanks to John Greene for supplying the very welcome hot food for the players after the game.

St Johns Lotto

In the latest draw for a Jackpot of E13,050 the numbers drawn were 8, 27, 29 and 31. There was no winner of the Jackpot prize. The winners of the E25 consolation prizes were Michael Scanlon, C/O Clifford Electrical; Mary Finan, C/O Gerry Mc Morrow’s Mace Shop; Olive Carlon, C/O Molly Fulton’s and John A Mc Andrew, C/O G Mc Morrow’s Mace. The next draw will take place in The Clubhouse, Stenson Park, Cuilbeg on Saturday March 16th. Tickets at E2 each or 3 for E5 can be purchased in Clifford Electrical, Carraroe; The Blue Lagoon, Riverside; Gerry Mc Morrow’s Mace Shop, Cairns Rd; Molly Fulton’s Bar and Restaurant, Carraroe; Canning House and Garden, Cornageeha or in The Crozon Inn, Caltragh or from club members


Bord Na nOG Training

The St Johns Bord nOg indoor training continues each weekend on Saturdays   in The Sligo Tennis Club, Old Bundoran Rd. for the U12 Boys (Born 2007 to 2008) from 3-4 and the Boys U14 ( Born 2005 to 2006) from 4-5. On Sundays  training will be held at The Sligo Sports Complex, Cleveragh for the Boys U8 (Born 2011 to 2012) from 2-3  and Boys U10 (Born 2009 to2010) from 3-4. This is followed by the Girls U8 –U10 ( Born 2009 to 2012) from 4-5 and then the Girls U12 and U14 (Born 2005 to 2008) from5-6. These sessions are free for paid up club members. The U16 boys training is  from 11 to 1.00 at The Sligo Sports Complex, Cleveragh For more details please check the St Johns club website or contact Fergal at 087 6760277


The Operation Transformation Health program continues each Tuesday and Thursday evening and on Saturday mornings for the next few weeks

Please check our club website or facebook for up to date information on all activities in St Johns GAA.

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