Club Notes 11th February

Congratulations

First of all, on behalf of everyone at the Rockcorry GAA club I would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Truagh GAA on achieving their ultimate goal and winning the IFC All Ireland title last Sunday. Undoubtedly, reading the Twitter updates during the match, it appeared to have been a free-flowing and highly entertaining encounter and once again a massive well done on your fantastic achievement.

COP-ON, BE STRONG… JUST SAY “NO”

In recent weeks, we have seen and heard a lot of talk with regards to the social media online drinking game called ‘Neknomination’ which sadly has been linked to a couple of tragic deaths. I would appeal to all our young members, players and supporters to refrain from promoting, encouraging or taking part in this sick and stupid craze. On behalf of the club I would urge all our senior players to show a good example to the young members of the club and indeed within our community and at all times advise them to BE STRONG and JUST SAY “NO” and stay away from these dangerous and senseless pranks. Please be careful with Alcohol and please, please, please if you do take a drink – Drink Responsible!

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Social Night & Annual Presentations

Our annual social & presentation night will be held in Fitzpatrick’s on Friday 28th February. This is always a very enjoyable occasion and this year’s social night will once again be something special as it brings us all together to honour the latest inductee into our Hall of Fame and the night will also include presentations to the senior and reserve players of the year. So folks, make sure you don’t miss out on this enjoyable occasion and make a note in your dairy for Friday 28th February and join us for an exciting and fun night.

Team Selectors

With our new team manager in place the club is now seeking expressions of interest for the positions of team selectors. If you would like to be considered or would like more information please contact club chairman Jimmy McGeough or any committee member before as soon as possible.

Fixtures

For your information the first round of the senior, intermediate and junior leagues will take place on the weekend of Sunday 23rd March.  The reserve leagues are envisaged to commence the weekend of Sunday 9th March, with the reserve championship likely to commence on the May bank holiday weekend.

Closed Season

Any player planning a quick getaway or perhaps thinking of having a vacation the holiday period or closed season, where no club games will be scheduled, occurs between Wednesday 25th June to Monday 7th July.

GAA National Club Draw

All committee members and players are reminded and encouraged to enter the GAA National Club Draw at least a couple of times themselves and to really push the tickets this week in order to sell as many books as possible to help our fund raising target. This is an important fund raiser and it’s crucial that we ALL sell our allocation of tickets because funds raised will be retained by the club so every ticket sold will benefit the club so please make every effort to sell & support the draw which takes place on Monday 17th March.

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Club Membership

All players and indeed club members that have not yet paid their club membership are reminded that it is now due once again and can be paid to our club Registrar Pat Brannigan. The annual subscription for adults is €20 with all juveniles under the age of 18 costing €5 and any student that can provide a valid student card the membership fee is €5. It is important that ALL players (senior & underage) pay their membership as soon as possible otherwise you will not be covered under the GAA insurance scheme. Please note that club membership will close on Monday 31st March.

Monaghan Coaching & Games Development

Over the coming months Monaghan Coaching & Games Development will be running a series of courses and workshops that will cater for every coach within Monaghan GAA. There is a number of foundation courses penciled in throughout February & March which gives clubs the perfect chance to get new coaches up-skilled and educated. There will also be a number of workshops that Monaghan Coaching & Games will be running free of charge alongside Ulster GAA staff. For full details on all the coaching courses and workshop please visit www.rockcorrygaa.ie

Registration Night / Juvenile Membership

The club intends holding a Registration night shortly to allow all underage players including under 8′s, 10′s, 12′s, 14′s, 16′s and 18′s to register and pay their club membership. All players and parents will be expected to turn up and indeed any new parents and players are also very welcome to attend. It is important to remember that all juvenile players must be registered to train or play any games to be covered under the GAA insurance scheme. We will also be accepting adult membership on the night and club registrar Pat Brannigan will be present and will gladly accept your annual subscription which is for adults €20 with all juveniles under the age of 18 costing €5 and any student that can provide a valid student card the membership fee is €5.

New Rules – Take Heed

The new rules of Gaelic Football, including the introduction of a the “Black Card” for Cynical Behaviour Fouls, are now in full operation.   There are five black card offences based on each of the new Cynical Behaviour Fouls and to see details of the updated Disciplinary System. http://www.gaa.ie/about-the-gaa/rules-and-regulations/.  All players and manager are requested to take heed of the new rules and please share and pass on this information on.

Mouthguards

Attention ALL players (senior, reserve, minor and underage) it is now compulsory for all players to wear a mouthguards in all Gaelic football matches and practice sessions. If a player refuses to comply he can be sent-off and players will not be covered under the GAA Player Injury Scheme if they are not wearing a mouthguard. Information on the use of mouthguards for clubs, parents and players can be found at; http://gaa.ie/medical-and-player-welfare/mouthguards/.

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Sympathy

On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to offer our deepest condolences to Pat Lynch and his family, relatives and close friends on the passing of his mother, Mary Kate. I would also like to extend our sincere sympathy to the Robinson family on their bereavement last week, with the death of Liam Robinson. May they both rest in peace.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn on Monday 10th February were 5, 6, 21 and 22. There was no jackpot winner of €6,800.00. The following won €15 each :- George Mills, Rockcorry, Dinah Comiskey, Cootehill, Bernard McAviney, Newbliss, Linda Cassidy & Ivan McCullom, Rockcorry, Conal McGill, Rockcorry, Mick Kierans, Aghabog, Fergal & Conor McGeough, Rockcorry, Cornelius & Cecilia Thompson, Newbliss. Next week the jackpot will be €6,900.00 and the draw will take place in Fitzpatrick’s. Thank you for supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.

Annual Top 4 Lotto Ticket

Don’t forget, you can support the club’s Top 4 lotto by entering for 12 months, 6 month or a 3 month period. To play simply select your four numbers between 1 and 28 complete the form and you need never miss a draw again! Tickets cost €90 for the 12 month option. Your continued support is always much appreciated and we wish you good luck in future draws.

Parish Concert

Rehearsals are now in full flow with a lot of the acts practicing their routines for the upcoming Parish Variety Concert which will take place on Sunday 16th March in St. Mary’s Hall. We all know that our parish is blessed with plenty of talent and colourful characters ranging from individual solo singers, ballad groups, dancers, musicians, actors, comedians and so the challenge now is for all groups and interested people to come together to put on an amazing fun show packed full of entertainment. Speaking to a number of people recently there seems to be a preconceived notion that you have to be “invited” to take part in the concert – this is not the case and I can confirm it is open to everyone and anyone that is willing to do something and take part. If you need help or advice on putting together an act for the concert please get in touch with a Briege Brannigan or Thomas McCormick and they will point you in the right direction. We want to put on a memorable and spectacular show that we can all be proud of so please do not let the Parish down and come out and support it. 

Website

Don’t forget to visit our official website www.rockcorrygaa.ie or find us on Facebook or follow the club on using Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news, fixtures and everything else that is going on within the club.

News

If anyone would like to have some news, events or anything at all included in the club notes or advertised on our website then just get in touch on 086-1041165 or email pro.rockcorry.monaghan@gaa.ie