St. John's GAA Club notes

Feile Cup Winners St Johns U14 Girls

Our U14 girls did our club, and county, proud over the Feile weekend when they finished as winners of their cup competition. These girls epitomise what football is all about – belief, preparation and execution. They believed they could do it. They trained hard with focus. Then they pulled it off with style. A win against Scotland, while keeping them scoreless, was followed by a win over Drumcliffe–Rosses Point keeping them to 1 – 1. Next came a win against the club we were hosting Delaware County, Philadelphia restricting them to 0-2. This put our girls into a quarter final in Boyle against Calry-St Josephs where we overcame them by 6-5 to 0-1. After a brilliant Saturday evening’s entertainment in Cuilbeg where we had BBQ and live entertainment, we set off for Castlerea to play Gloustershire in the semi-final. After a tough start, taking knocks and conceding a point our girls let the football do the talking and the opposition never scored again while St Johns registered 3-5 to qualify for the final where we met our visitors again Delco Gaels. With both teams hungry for the title, St Johns got off to a great start with the aid of the breeze scoring 3-1 by half time. Delco came back strongly, scoring 2-5 but our girls tacked on 2 points to maintain their lead even into the seven minutes of added time. So the girl’s dreams of being Feile Champions had become a reality and it was just reward for all the hard work put in by the girls and their dedicated mentors Keith and Olivia Mc Loughlin and Liam Kelly.

Under 12 Girls Shield Winners; Congratulations and well done to our Under 12 Girls team and their mentors on their great achievement in winning the shield competition in the League when they defeated St Molaise Gaels.     

Under 14 Boys League Winners; On Thurs evening last our U.14 boys team secured the league title in a dramatic final, when they overcame the challenge of a gallant Shamrock Gaels team by the narrowest of margins on a scoreline of 3 – 9 to 3 – 8. Having played with the aid of the strong breeze the Gaels led by 1 – 8 to 1 – 2 at half time but some positional changes by the Johns management had the desired effect and gradually they reduced the deficit before taking the lead. But the Riverstown boys were not going to roll over easily and they came back to regain the lead with a fine goal. Straight from the kickout our boys moved the ball swiftly upfield and struck a great goal to leave them 2 points ahead with only a few minutes left to play. Some staunch defending kept the Gaels to only a point, leaving St Johns winners as the Referee Joe Hynes blew the final whistle. After the game Cathal Martin presented the cup to co-captains Corey O’Dowd and Seamus Casey to great applause from the strong St Johns support. St Johns panel; Brendan Kournkuk, Abhainn Savage, Lee Conway, Michael Saca, Adam Kenny, Ben Henry, Jojo Tanko, Gary Farren, Corey O’Dowd, Reece Armstrong, Thomas Mc Niffe, Dylan Cox, Kyle Mc Loughlin, Seamus Casey, Dylan Kearins, Oisin Mullane, Luke Lyttle, Barry McNamara, Thomas Nooney, James Barnicle, Hughie McGinley. A huge congratulations and many thanks is due to Seamus Casey and Darren O’Connor for their great work with these players and also to our Sligo players Paul McNamara and Brian McGowan who helped out.

Celebration; Our winning teams U12 and U14 Girls and U14 boys were paraded with their trophies at half time in the senior league game in Stenson Park on Sat evening in recognition of their successes

Senior  Football; On Sat evening last our senior team have a very important victory in the Div 2 League game in Stenson Park when they overcame the challenge of visitors Bunninadden on a scoreline of 0 – 19 to 0 – 14. Next Sunday at 2.00pm in Hazelwood they face neighbours Calry-St Josephs in the final League game.

Under 12 Boys Our two Under 12 teams have their next fixtures on Tuesday July 9th in Stenson Park, Cuilbeg when they play hosts to St Molaise Gaels, Grange in both Div 1 and 3.

St Johns Lotto  The numbers drawn on Sat 6th July were 10-26-27-29. There was no winner of the Jackpot and the winners of the E25 consolation prizes were Aine Finan, Ferndale; Annie Harte, Skreen; Pat Dooney, Green Rd and Pat Mc Caffrey, Carraroe. The next draw will take place on Sat. July 20th at 8.30pm in The Clubroom, Cuilbeg for a massive Jackpot of E13,500. 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. The Lotto can now be done on line which is a great idea for supporters of St Johns who are away from home to help our club. To check this out please go on to St Johns GAA facebook page for more info. “ If you are not in you can’t win”

Kelloggs Cul Camp In Stenson Park, Cuilbeg July 15th-19th.                                  For booking visit website  

Feile Celebrations; A big thanks to all who contributed to a very successful Feile weekend from the tasteful catering of John Greene, to the wonderful entertainment by the many performers, to the families who hosted the visiting Delco Gaels Boys and Girls teams and mentors, to the sponsors - Sligo Wood Flooring, Hopes and Dreams, K&D Developments Ltd, and the Sligo park Hotel. Without all these the weekend would not have been possible

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