Club Notes 20th May

Monaghan Electrical Intermediate

Where do I start, where do I begin? I really don’t know because I am lost for words to describe what is happening! As mentioned previously in my notes we are dealing with a brutal and cruel injury crisis which has pushed the club, players and manager’s to the absolute limit. If you sit down and digest the numbers we have 13-15 players who have fallen victim to injury and it just keeps growing and growing with the latest injured player Noel Carroll retiring early from last Sunday’s game against Corduff with a torn hamstring. It’s difficult not to resort to old and tired clichés in an effort to describe our pain but I think the old saying that goes “God loves a trier” is very relevant here because last Sunday 18th May when our senior team travelled to play Corduff in the Monaghan Electrical intermediate football league, we lined out with many off our first team players missing but the fifteen players who started tried their best and showed massive determination, tremendous commitment and incredible heart throughout the game and to me, at this moment in time, that is what it’s all about. Every player left the field with nothing else left in the tank and despite their valiant efforts they went down against a stronger Corduff side who secured a comfortable 1-16 to 0-8 victory. Right now the position feels overwhelming for many of us and it feels like every time we turn around another one of our players picks up an injury! I know it’s not easy to stay positive but at this moment we need to remain upbeat and maintain a positive attitude. Sometimes life throws you a challenge and it’s how we cope as a TEAM that will determine how and when we will overcome this unreal situation. Even though you don’t feel it now…remain focused lads because our luck will change…sometime! There’s an old Chinese proverb that’s says, “Knocked down seven times, get up eight!”…No matter how many times we get knocked down lads, we will get up again.

Platinum Tanks Reserve Championship

Our reserve footballers travelled to play Carrickmacross in the replay of the Platinum Tanks Reserve Football Championship last Wednesday 14th May and there was no doubting that we were the overwhelming underdogs in light of all the recent injuries. In fairness, it was a huge challenge and even miraculous that we managed to gather enough players to field a team! A team that included a third of the players who were actually fit and able to play, the second third were the walking wounded as they were carrying multiple injuries and the final third contained a bunch of over 40’s who came out of hibernation so that we could fulfil the fixture! Against all the odds the lads showed they were more than capable of matching their opponents and it was no shame to lose the game. Looking at the players faces after the game they were really exhausted, battered and sore leaving the pitch because every player gave it their all and showed all the traits of heart, spirit, character, leadership, honesty and most importantly they displayed enormous pride of wearing the green jersey. The team grew stronger with every minute and they all worked extremely hard and there was great teamwork and some very impressive scores and perhaps with a bit more believe during the first period who knows what might have happened but Carrickmacross secured the victory on a score-line 3-16 to 2-14. Hard luck lads, you did yourselves and the club very proud. A full match report and a selection of action shots can be viewed on our website www.rockcorrygaa.ie

Platinum Tanks Reserve League Division 2

The reserve team are back in action on Sunday 25th May when they travel to play Donaghmoyne and the game has an early throw-in time of 12.30pm.

Under 12 Spring League Finals Day

This Saturday 24th May, is the under 12 Spring league finals day which takes place in the Monaghan training grounds at Cloghan, Annyalla. We have been drawn against the mighty Clontibret and the game has a throw-in time of 2.00pm sharp. The emphasis on the day is FUN and RESPECT and I would encourage as many parents and families to go and support the youngsters on this fun day. I would like to take this opportunity to wish the team mentors and all the players the very best of luck in their final.

Under 14 Fixtures

Our under 14 footballers secured a well-earned victory over Tyholland in a keenly contested & hard fought battle that was played at Pairc Naomh Mhuire last Saturday 17th May. This was a thrilling match where two determined sides did themselves and the game proud and while the scoreboard shows an eleven point winning margin a gutsy Tyholland side made us fight to the bitter end in this highly exciting encounter that produced some brilliant scores from both sides. In perfect conditions we played with the aid of a slight breeze during the first quarter and produced a fantastic performance full of skill and free-flowing football and at the end we enjoyed a healthy 3-3 to 0-5 advantage. The visitors emerged for the second period in determined fashion and fired over three unanswered points and then quickly added a goal to close the gap to a couple of points. However, with virtually the last kick of the half Pauric O’Brien’s speculative attempt at a point deceived the Tyholland goal-keeper and dropped under the cross bar for a fortuitous goal which kept us firmly in the driving seat leading 4-3 to 1-8 at the midway stage. When play resumed in the third quarter it began at a fast pace with great commitment being shown from both sets of players and there were even some robust exchanges all around the field. It was end to end stuff as Tyholland came out fighting but our defence were in top form and restricted Tyholland to only two points while we tagged on 1-2 to maintain our lead, leading 5-5 to 1-10. The final quarter continued to be a competitive affair with both teams enjoying periods of possession and Tyholland really piled on the pressure during the early moments in search of goals but our lads dug deep and defended stoutly and while they did manage to break through and score 1-2 we slotted over an impressive 2-3 to claim the victory on a score-line Rockcorry 7-8 Tyholland 2-12.  The next outing for the under 14 footballers is on Saturday 31st May when they travel to play St. Tiarnach Sarsfields and the game has a throw-in time of 12 noon.

Under 16 Fixtures

Our under 16 footballers travelled to Oram last Thursday 15th May to play Emerald Sarsfields in the Gerry’s Prepared Veg league campaign and paid a heavy price for wastefulness as our wayward shooting let us down on a few occasions whereas Emerald Sarsfields on the other hand were a lot more economical in front of the posts and secured the spoils. The game was played in glorious conditions and the first half was evenly contested with both teams displaying some breath-taking football where the action was end to end stuff and after an exciting first thirty minutes we trailed by two points with the scoreboard showing Emerald Sarsfields 4-5 Rockcorry 3-6. When play resumed the match continued at a hectic pace and Emerald Sarsfields enjoyed a mini purple patch and the concession of early goals proved decisive because midway through the second half they held a commanding 8-6 to 3-11 advantage. However, the lads responded positively and there was no faulting the commitment from the team as they continued to battle on and during the closing stages of this highly entertaining encounter they fired over some impressive scores but unfortunately the final whistle sounded and Emerald Sarsfields sealed the victory on a final score-line 8-8 to 4-14.  The under 16 competition will now take a break to allow players concentrate and prepare for their exams. The next game is scheduled for Thursday 26th June when they travel to play Scotstown.

Go Games Blitz

Pairc Naomh Mhuire was certainly transformed into a hive of activity last Saturday 17th May as we hosted a very enjoyable and exciting Under 10 Go Games Blitz. The main objective of the Go Games is to provide full participation and give all children a chance to play our games in a fun and an enjoyable environment. As always it was great to see so many youngsters from various clubs having fun playing our National game and it is always great to see the future stars of the club perform at this level in a carefree and exciting manner. Thankfully, the weather stayed dry and teams competing on the day included Clones, Drumhowan, Emyvale, Tyholland and our own wee bunch of warrior’s. Each team played three games and all matches were very entertaining and free-flowing and full credit to all the coaches and mentors for having the teams well organised. All the boys and girls acquitted themselves exceptionally well and gave a wonderful display, showing great enthusiasm and the signs are promising for the future. Once again, it was wonderful to see so many parents there to support and encourage the kids and we look forward to the next blitz which takes place this Saturday 24th May at Pairc Naomh Mhuire, between 10am to 12 noon, when our under 8 footballers showcase their skills.

Confirmation

It’s that time of year for celebrating the holy sacraments and tomorrow evening, Wednesday 21st May, boys and girls at the local Scoil Mhuire will join with kids from our neighbouring Parish, Latton, to make their Confirmation. On behalf of the club I would like to send our best wishes to all the boys and girls who will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and may the Holy Spirit bless you and guide you during your journey through life. Have a great day, take care and enjoy all the memories…bless you all.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn on Monday 19th May were 7, 13, 24 and 27. There was no jackpot winner of €8,200.00. The following won €15 each :- Francie Freeman, Newbliss, Cornelius Thompson, Newbliss. Owen McCarron, Aghabog, Kieran Rooney, Rockcorry, Adam Elliott, Rockcorry, Brian Conlon, Newbliss, Barney Wynne, Rockcorry, Mary-Alice McMahon, Swans Cross. Next week the jackpot will be €8,300.00 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.

News

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