Club Notes 21st August

Terence Reilly Memorial Shield

I think I’ll begin this week’s club notes with a good news story and start with our under 12 team who played Killeevan for the Terence Reilly Memorial Shield last Saturday 19th August. Anyone that was lucky enough to be in Pairc Naomh Mhuire would have witnessed all that is good about our organisation because the football displayed by both sets of players was truly outstanding. The play was end to end and played in a very sporting manner and after a ‘thrill-a-minute’ match we secured the victory on a score-line Rockcorry 4-11 Killeevan 3-8. Both teams served up a thrilling contest and all players deserve the utmost credit for their hard work and enthusiasm. The kids really played their hearts out and this was recognised at the presentation when the players were greeted with a huge applause from the crowd for their efforts. In presenting the shield our chairman Jimmy McGeough rightly praised the efforts of both teams in providing such an outstanding display of football. It had been a memorable contest and was such a pity that there had to be a losing team at the end of this enthralling contest. On behalf of the club and the Reilly family I would like to express our gratitude to the Killeevan club for taking part in the game. Special thanks to our mentors Conor Brannigan and Anthony Lynch for the time and effort that they spend coaching and looking after the youngsters. A huge thank you to our whistler Anthony Tate who without doubt carries out one of the most demanding and difficult jobs within the organisation but he carried it out with great integrity and ensured the rules were applied no matter what side you were on! Finally, many thanks to our youth officer Pascal Smyth who organised the match and it was nice to the young players receive their medals from our Monaghan minor county representatives Fergal McGeough and Lorcan Smyth. Well done.

Under 12 Team

After last weekend’s semi-final we now know who our opponents will be in the final of the under 12 league competition because Aghabog defeated Castleblayney. The final is fixed for Saturday 1st September so please mark this date down on your calendar and go along to cheer and support the team.

McGuigan Builders Championship

Okay folks, I know, what you’re all thinking; I hyped this game up as a “Clash of the Giants” encounter! In fairness, previous matches between the two sides have always been real humdingers with nothing more than a kick of the ball between the sides!  Unfortunately, on this occasion, it was a very lop-sided match as we provided very little resistance or threat to a powerful Doohamlet side as they proved an unstoppable force and as a result had little difficulty overcoming our feeble and lacklustre efforts to cruise to a comprehensive fourteen point victory and secure a place in the semi-final of the McGuigan Builders intermediate football championship on a score-line Rockcorry 1-5 Doohamlet 2-16. Truthfully, we can’t have any complaints, it was a poor and disappointing performance from the team and one that we can’t be proud off. We were out thought, out fought and out played in almost every position on the field and the challenge now is obvious, go out and show your true capabilities!

McGuigan Builders Championship Fixtures

The players and management won’t have time to ponder on their performance last Sunday because they are back in action on Friday 24th August when they play Donaghmoyne in the back-door championship qualifiers. The game is fixed for St. Oliver’s Plunkett’s Park, Emyvale and throw-in time is 8pm. The grim statistic facing the lads now is the short turnaround jinx! We have only five days to recover and revive our championship goals and the facts are very simple. Lose and we’re out, win and our reward will be a place in the semi-final of the championship. Lads you did not do yourself justice last Sunday but you now have the opportunity to show what you’re made off, to show the true Rock spirit. So lads, on Friday night when you put on that Green jersey, step up to the plate and put in a performance that YOU can be proud off. If you can truthfully say, ‘I did the best I could, I gave everything I had, I left every ounce of energy on the field’, then that’s all you can do! Good luck lads.

Monaghan Electrical Intermediate League Fixtures

The next game in the league campaign is on Sunday 2nd September when we travel to Threemilehouse to play Sean McDermott’s at 12.30pm.2.30pm.

Golf Classic

Our fund raising golf classic takes place on Saturday 22nd September at the Clones Golf club. Hopefully at this stage you have gathered up a group of colleagues or friends to take part in this event. The cost to enter a team consisting of four people is a reasonable €120.00 and I promise great prizes will be up for grabs. There are time slots available from 8.00am to 3.30pm so please contact Jimmy McGeough or Paddy McKeown to book a time slot that is most suitable for you. There are also exciting opportunities for businesses, families and individuals to advertise by sponsoring a tee or a green for a reasonable €50.

Minor Championship

On Tuesday 14th August our minor team, Rock Sarsfields, travelled to St. Oliver Plunkett’s Park where they played Emyvale in the first round of the Maguire Transport minor football championship. The home side set the pace during the early exchanges but as the  game progressed we quickly turned things around and heading into injury after the first half we enjoyed a 0-3 to 1-5 advantage. However, two minutes into additional time Emyvale split our defence and rifled the ball to the back of the net to leave the score at the interval Emyvale 1-3 Rock Sarsfields 1-5. On the resumption of play Emyvale controlled most of the second half proceedings and scored an impressive 1-3 during the first ten minutes to convert a two point deficit into a four point lead, leading 2-6 to 1-5. We pulled a point back on the 11th minute but Emyvale quickly responded in style and the following ten minutes they fired over six points without reply to lead 2-12 to 1-6. Our lads continued to work hard and scored 1-1 to close the deficit back to five points, 2-12 to 2-7. Unfortunately, Emyvale were not finished and notched over two more points while we completed the scoring to leave the final score Emyvale 2-14 Rock Sarsfields 2-8. 

Under 16 Team

Our under 16 team, Rock Emmets, concluded their league campaign last Thursday 16th August when they played Kileevan in the semi-final. Unfortunately a brave and spirited performance by our lads was not enough on the night as a strong and powerful Killeevan side secured a place in the final with a comfortable and a deserved twelve point victory 5-15 to 3-9 and congratulations to them on their victory. Their next game is on Thursday 30th August when they play Scotstown B in the championship competition.

Under 14 Team

The next game for the under 14 team is on Saturday 25th August when they entertain Carrickmacross B at 12 noon.

Go Games Blitz –Under 10

This Saturday 25th August the under 10 team travel to Oram to take part in the Go Games Blitz. It starts at 10am and finishes at 12 noon. All players and parents are requested to meet at the clubrooms at 9.15am to organize transportation.

TOP 4 LOTTO   

The numbers drawn on Monday 20th August were 5, 16, 22 and 24. There was no jackpot winner of €13,700.00 and the following won €15 each :-Eugene Cleary Rockcorry, Pat Mac Aghabog, Annie McCormill Drogheda, Marion & Kieran Corley Scotstown, Tina & Leo Rooney Rockcorry, Wendy Calvert Rockcorry, Mark McCormick Rockcorry, Melissa,Daniel,John & Alicia Thompson Newbliss. Next week’s jackpot will be €13,800.00 and the draw will take place in Paddy Lynch’s. Thank you for supporting our top 4 lotto draw.

Birthday Celebrations

A miletone birthday is a very special occasion and on behalf of the club I would like to extend belated congratulations to Gerard O’Brien who celebrated a significant milestone recently with friends and family. It’s good to see you reached this milestone and we hope you enjoy many more decades. Happy birthday GOB.

New Arrival

On behalf of the club I extend best wishes and warmest congratulations to Clare and Dean on the birth of their baby girl, Hanna.