St. Mary's GAA Club notes

Our Junior Men’s side continued in dominant form and have reached the Junior Championship semi final after a comprehensive win over Coolaney Mullinabreena last weekend.   The guys posted an impressive 7-11 in the process and have rarely disappointed throughout the season.   Too early to speak of a league and Championship double, as a few testing hurdles to go yet.   Well done to the management at blending youth and experience through the squad and reestablishing the second team in the club so effectively, and good luck for the remainder of the Championship.   The clubs will meet again this weekend in the quarter final of the Senior Championship in what promises to be a very testing match with both teams having high ambitions to progress further.   The tie is scheduled for Connolly Park Collooney on Sunday with a 4.30pm throw in.   All support for the team will be appreciated.

The concluding stages of Championships are coming at every level and our Minor boys had a great win away against Geevagh/St Michaels on Friday evening to progress to the County Semi Finals.   In a fast moving game, both sides played attacking football resulting in a high scoring match which our lads took on a scoreline of 6-16 to 3-13.   We had a good lead at half time and in fairness to our opposition they came out for the second half with positive intent, so our lads could not afford to relax.   Good performances all round, which we can always count on from this dedicated group, and our semi-final is expected to be a home tie against Tubbercurry Cloonacool.   This Monday (16th) our U14 boys have their their Championship semi-final against Drumcliffe Rosses Point which is a home tie with a 6.15pm throw-in.

On the ladies side of the Club, the Minor girls have the A Championship final against Tourlestrane on Friday night with the final being scheduled for Cloonacool.   Tourlestrane have been a dominant force at this age group, with our girls being an emerging force in the past couple of seasons.    The meeting of the 2 sides in the group stages resulted in favour of Tourlestrane.   Although some critical players were missing for Marys, it shows the height of the task ahead on Friday.   Our girls are at the top of their game and having a full panel available to Shane will give the options to push our advantage.   Good luck to everyone and please support our girls.   The U16 girls have a further week to await the same opposition in their Championship final, but are playing the best football of their season to date and are more than ready for the task ahead.   The U14 girls played great football to win their Championship Shield semi final against Curry on a scoreline of 3-12 to 1-06, and progress to play Shamrock Gaels in the final.   There was not much between the sides when they met earlier in the Summer and the final promises to be a tight competitive match.

At the younger age groups, again Saturday morning coaching has seen strong numbers and thanks to all involved for the level of coaching our members are receiving.  In addition, the numerous blitzes are giving everyone a taste of football in a match day environment and these are always highly entertaining for everyone.  The latest of these included the U8 girls against St Farnons and the U9 boys playing Dromahaire and reports back say tremendous football skills were on display.   Thanks also to the organizers of the bus to the Ladies final, brilliant day out for everyone and the lucky girls had an ideal view of the match unaffected by the wet conditions

A reminder to all about the importance of the 400 Club draw to raise funds to keep and further develop our playing facilities to the highest standard.   Thanks to those who have participated already and please support the draw by returning entries via any Committee member.



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