Club Notes 22nd October

Monaghan Electrical Intermediate League Semi-Final

Van Morrison had a huge hit a number of years ago with “My mother told me there would be days like this”. Well last Sunday was one of those days and while no cup or trophy was on offer or title to be won our three point victory over Donaghmoyne earned us a place in this year’s Monaghan Electrical intermediate football final and promotion. It was a gritty and spirited performance from the team against a determined and physically strong Donaghmoyne side and the match certainly gave the huge crowd excellent value for money and was a thrilling contest to watch. In fairness, the quality of football was not pretty at times (and was extremely nerve-racking) but we were in determined mood and the overall work rate of the team was very impressive. Team-work was the key to the victory. There’s no point singling out names because everyone contributed to a courageous display. From one to fifteen they played as a team, they worked hard for one another and that’s the reason we secured the win on a final score-line Rockcorry 0-10 Donaghmoyne 1-4. When the final whistle blew Pairc Naomh Mhuire exploded into frenzy of madness. The smiles on the player’s faces after the game was a joy to see and the supporters jumping up and down were euphoric. It also was a very emotional occasion and in some cases it was all too much as tears started to flow and others came very, very close! To witness what is truly a special and memorable moment in the clubs history is an amazing feeling. It was an extremely proud day for the club and our community, for all players, for all supporters, for all club members and committee members who have worked tirelessly for many, many years to reach this dreamlike moment. I know there were proud and passionate ‘Rock Gaels’ looking down from the veranda of Heaven last Sunday, full of pride, supporting and cheering on the lads and they would have certainly enjoyed this wonderful occasion (and it’s not over yet!!!). It has taken a long time to arrive but after knocking on the senior door for the last five or six seasons and suffering plenty of upsets along the way the TEAM of 2012 finally graduated to the senior league and will be rubbing shoulders with the so called “big boys” of Monaghan football next year. Obviously, we’re delighted that we’ve achieved senior status and I don’t want to be regarded a party pooper BUT there’s still a job to finish. The aim now is to regroup and refocus our minds for the difficult challenge that lies ahead this Sunday against a formidable Doohamlet side.  We need to be up for this match and we need to bring our ‘A’ game. We must be mentally strong and show the same level of intensity, desire and raw hunger that has got us to this stage. Stand up and be counted and give as good as you get and leave every ounce of energy on the playing field and for the last time this year, although you may it once or twice in the final, Don’t let them out easy! Good luck lads and I’m off to get my prescription for high blood pressure tablets ahead of the game…it’s not easy watching these games from the side-lines!!! A full match report and a selection of action photographs can be viewed on our website www.rockcorrygaa.ie.

Monaghan Electrical League Final

Dust off your flags, get out your hats on, put on your scarf and anything else that is green & white because this Sunday, 28th October, our senior team will play Doohamlet in the final of the Monaghan Electrical intermediate league. Be that extra man and make sure your there to cheer and support the lads on. The final will take place in Drumhowan and has a throw-in time of 2.30pm.

Coaching Courses

The Monaghan Games & Coaching Development committee have released dates for the Autumn & Winter education coaching programme.  A foundation level course will take place on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December. The venue and tutor is to be confirmed. A level 1 coaching course (Children) will take place on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd & Saturday 10th November. A level 1 coaching course for youth / adults will take place on Friday 16th & Saturday 17th and Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th November. Those interested in a level 2 course for children will take place on Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October and Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October. A level 2 coaching course for youth / adults will take place on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November and again on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November. The venue for the level 2 courses is St. Patricks College, Armagh. Please visit our www.rockcorrygaa.ie for a full schedule of courses, dates and times. For further information you can contact our Youth Officer Pascal Smyth or alternatively you can contact Paul O’Connor, Monaghan Games Manger at 086-8374827 or developmentmanager.monaghan@gaa.ie.

Scor Competitions

The following are the dates for this year’s Scor competitions. Spraoi Scór will take place on Friday 26th October. Scór na n-Og takes place on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November with the county final scheduled for Friday 23rd November. If anybody is interested in representing the club in any of the following events please contact our cultural officer Martina McKeown (Figure Dancing, Recitation, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Question time and Set Dancing)

Annual General Meeting

The date for our annual general meeting has been fixed for Thursday 29th November. The annual general meeting is the most important meeting of the year and ALL club members are invited to attend in order to reflect on the last twelve months and to look ahead for the upcoming year. It is also a time to elect a new management committee and to communicate with other members about how the club is functioning. Nomination forms will be circulated to all club members over the coming weeks and should be returned to club secretary Martina McKeown before the required date.

Autumn Raffle

Would you like to win a new suite of bedroom furniture? Well you could be the lucky winner of a fabulous suite of bedroom furniture for just €5. That’s right, for only €5 you can enter our Autumn Raffle and win any of the following prizes. 1st prize is a suite of bedroom furniture, kindly donated by the Maple Bar, Rockcorry (bed, 2 x lockers & 5 drawer chest) 2nd prize €200, 3rd prize is a meal for two at the Errigal Country House Hotel in Cootehill, 4th prize €50, 5th prize €20. All committee members and players have raffle sheets and the draw will take place at a date to be confirmed.

New Arrival

Congratulations to Sinead & Mossy on the birth of their baby girl Sarah Jane.