St. Mary's GAA Club notes

The ladies sections of the Club were very busy last week.   Our U12 girls played St John's in second round of the league on Friday evening.   Despite our being a much younger and physically smaller side, our girls acquitted themselves with distinction and are looking forward to their next match against Calry already.   What the players lost with age and size was more than made up for in heart and skills in what turned out to be a highly entertaining contest.   Wind played a major factor with St Mary's winning quarters 1 and 3 and St John's winning 2 and 4. At the final whistle the score was 14 to 10 in favour of our neighbours.

 The U16 girls had their first league outing against Eoghan Rua in Kent Park last Monday night.   It was a competitive contest with some good football from both teams.   We were 5 pts up at half time and the sides were level with 5 minutes to go, but St Marys suffered a couple of injuries in critical positions and Eoghan Rua took full advantage to win on a scoreline of 8-10 to 6-8, which did not reflect the game as a whole.    This league will be extremely tight and results are already starting to go against expectations.   The girls have a break until next week when they travel to play CT Gaels, who started their league campaign in style with a win over favourites Calry.

The Senior ladies won comfortably against Eoghan Rua last Sunday morning in the Spring Cup.  In near impossible conditions, once Marys settled after the first quarter, they pulled away for a deserved win, playing flowing football.   There are a number of new faces in the squad and the blend of young players with experienced girls promises much for the season.   Their next game is away to St Nathys in the same competition where a win would see them into the semi finals.   Best wishes are sent to Sinead Ledwith for a speedy recovery from injury.

Saturday morning coaching is going well and into its second weekend.   Many of the U8 lads involved attended their first blitz at the North Divisional Blitz in Scarden on Wednesday evening.   The two  St. Mary’s teams played three games each, with lots of future stars on show.

The U16 boys had a good win in Round 3 of their league against Ballymote Bunninaden in Ballymote.   We eased to a 4-5 to 0-3 lead at half time, then our opposition came strongly back into the game, and it was a hard earned win at the end by 6-9 to 5-6.   Good performances all round and especially from Cormac Niland and Luke Moran at midfield, while Max Burns Flynn was the stand out forward.   The lads next game is against Drumcliffe Rosses Point in 2 weeks time.   Other fixtures this week include, the U12 Division 1 and 3 squads travelling to St Johns on Tuesday evening, the Seniors taking on Shamrock Gaels in Riverstown on Sunday, and the minors at home to a St Johns/Owenmore Gaels combined side on Monday 22nd.   Good luck to all involved.

The Club’s sympathies are sent to the Young Family on the sad passing of Sean Young.

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