Club Notes 24th August

Heartbreak for Minor Team

Oh dear, oh dear oh dear it has not been a very enjoyable week on the football field so please brace yourself folks because I’m not in a very good mood. The major talking point this week was obviously the outcome of the minor final that was held on Tuesday 17th August. We should off left Pairc Emmett, proud of the fact that our minor team was bringing home the silverware. Instead, we departed fuming and bewildered as to why we did not emerge winners! Believe me, I have tried to remain calm, I have tried to compose myself but every time I think about the injustice that occurred it makes me cringe in disbelief, and wonder why? Seriously, why is this happening? Players, mentors, GAA supporters deserve better! I am a passionate GAA supporter and after playing GAA for the majority of my life, you would think that I would have come to terms with the fact that officials miss the odd free here and there, and I might be able to understand if it was just a single incident but it wasn’t just one bad call, it was a sequence of errors that changed the outcome of the game and as a result our minor team suffered the agony of a slender one point defeat against Emyvale on a score-line 2-14 to 2-15. Like many people in attendance, I was utterly disgusted with the standard of referring during the second half that ultimately crushed the dreams of our young players in the most heartbreaking fashion possible. Unfortunately, these incidents overshadowed a thrilling encounter where both teams displayed some fine passages of football and on behalf of the club I extend our congratulations to the Emyvale team on the victory. However, in anyone’s book these were game changing decisions that left our young lads devastated, they were inconsolable afterwards in the dressing-rooms and were left broken hearted through no fault of their own. Anyone who was at the game, anyone that knows right from wrong, anyone that has the slightest bit of integrity knew instantly that it was daylight robbery and in anyone’s book that’s not fair-play, that’s not sport. We have always tried to do our best to promote the objectives of the GAA but if we are to encourage players to continue to train hard, put in an honest effort and play this great game then we must look at the performance of our officials. It’s time for people to stand up and be counted as we have a real problem that needs to be addressed urgently and it must start at the top. On a final note, I know its little consolation lads but you were the better team on the day and you have done yourselves and your club extremely proud throughout the competition and while you may not have brought home the silverware you are the true winners in our minds and all I can say to you now is keep your heads held high and be ready for the next one.

McGuigan Builders Intermediate Football Championship

Our quest to progress to the next round of the McGuigan Builders intermediate football championship smashed into a wall of blue as our senior team hit the self-destruct button against Doohamlet as we contributed considerably to our own downfall and lost on a score-line Rockcorry 0-5 Doohamlet 0-7. The after match discussions deemed the weather conditions to have been a paramount reason for the defeat but in my book it is not the only factor and is an easy excuse! The wet conditions certainly placed extra demands on players, on the evening, but both sides had to contend with wet and slippery conditions and the game was there for the taking and at the end of the day it was a cuter Doohamlet side that emerged with a crucial two point victory to progress to the next round of the championship. Unfortunately, the game will be remembered for the high percentage of mistakes, and ball handling errors but strange as it may seem the match actually remained interesting not for the quality of football on display but because of the closeness of the score! If it was not for the efforts of our full back line of Colin Reilly, Damien Matthews and Garry Calvert who worked tirelessly and restricted Doohamlet from running away with the game the result may have been a lot worst. However, despite our poor performance we are still in the championship as we now progress through the ‘back door’ but moving forward we must ensure that more of our football is reflected on the scoreboard and we will have to up our performance against Emyvale which takes place this Saturday evening (28th August) in Monaghan Harps and the game has a throw-in time of 6pm. Best of luck lads.

Streamline Coaches Intermediate Football League

A famous American coach was once questioned after losing a game and he said something to the effect like “in my entire career, I never lost a single game….I just ran out of time”. It struck me that this quotation was very adequate to describe our encounter last Sunday when we played Tyholland in the Streamline Coaches intermediate football league campaign. In what was a most entertaining encounter in which both sides were intent on playing a fast free-flowing style of football it was a dubious goal in the 7th minute of the second half that ultimately proved the difference between the sides and while we battled hard to get back into contention the goal that we badly needed never materialized as time ran out and Tyholland emerged winners on a score-line Tyholland 1-14 Rockcorry 0-15. Please log onto www.rockcorrygaa.ie for a full match report and action photos.

Reserve League Division 4

Our reserve team our back in action this Monday night when they travel to play Currin and the game has a 7pm throw-in.

 “Hunt for the Hunk”

The committee has decided to host a “Hunt for the Rock Hunk” competition at a date to be confirmed in October. While many men within the parish and surrounding areas would consider themselves worthy of this title, we require a minimum of ten men to put themselves forward for selection and it will be up to the audience on the night to vote for the person who they think is the best “Rock Hunk”. The winner will then go on and represent the club in the county final at the end of October. So come on ladies put forward your man and see if they got what it takes to be the “Rock Hunk”. This promises to be a very entertaining night and for more details about becoming a possible hunk please contact our club chairman Jimmy McGeough.

Under 8 Coaching

Coaching sessions for all under 8’s continues on Wednesday night’s from 6.0 – 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Hall or weather permitting on Pairc Naomh Mhuire. All five, six, seven and eight year olds are welcome to attend.

Under 12 Shield Semi Final

Our under 12 team played their Shield semi-final against Scotstown last Saturday morning and while the team displayed some fine passages of football particularly in the first half it was Scotstowns ability to convert possession onto the scoreboard that proved the crucial difference and after playing their hearts out they eventually lost to a stronger side.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn last Monday night were 4, 9, 17, and 20. There was no jackpot winner of €3,500.00. The following people won €15 each: Peter McKenna Castleshane, Melissa McGorman Newbliss, Jim McCabe Latton, Cian Hughes Latton, Teresa Morrissey c/o. Ann Lynch, Mary & Girls Dartrey PO, Liz Carroll Rockcorry, Lauren & Conor c/o. Joe Rooney. Next week our jackpot will be €3,600.00 and the draw will take place in the Stag Inn, Newbliss at 10.30pm sharp. Thank you for supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.

Club Notes

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