Club Notes 26th March

Drumlin Credit Unions Senior Football League

It’s here; it’s finally arrived, after four months in the wilderness, its back! If you’re like me then you can’t wait for the new football season to begin and I have to say I’m really intrigued and looking forward to the year ahead. In some-way our participation in the top flight of Monaghan football has re-ignited the fire within the club and this weekend our opening match in the senior league campaign takes place against near neighbours Latton. As football and GAA enthusiasts you could not ask for or find a more iconic match to kick-start the season than a Rockcorry v Latton encounter. It’s been a long time, some would say too long, but these two teams have had some classic battles in the past and it’s safe to say that another absorbing contest is on the cards. You don’t have to be a psychic octopus to know that Latton will be hot favourites and rightly so. That’s nothing to be embarrassed about, were the new kid on the block and they have been competing in senior football for quite some time. Let’s face it, the senior league is nothing like what we have been used to and to be honest it will be a big step. It won’t be easy, but that’s what makes football so addictive, so unpredictable and so enjoyable to watch. The lads have worked hard in training over the last couple of weeks and the time has arrived to stop the preseason talking and deliver on the field. So this Easter Sunday (31st March) gather your family & friends and make sure you are in Pairc Naomh Mhuire for a 2.00pm throw-in to enjoy the camaraderie with our neighbours Latton and hopefully experience a humdinger of a football match. Before the season starts I’d like to wish Jim, Cormac and all the lads the best of luck for the year ahead. As the famous baseball player Babe Ruth said “you just can’t beat the person who never gives up”. Enjoy the journey lads and make sure you leave every ounce of energy on the field and I will leave you with another well-known saying “Don’t let them out Easy”!

Platinum Tanks Reserve Football League Div 2B

The reserve team are back in action on Wednesday 3rd April when they travel to Threemilehouse to play Sean McDermott’s at 7.00pm. At this stage all players should have paid their club membership otherwise you are not insured under the GAA insurance scheme.

Gerry’s Prepared Veg – Under 12 /14 /16

As stated in last week’s club notes the under 12 team will kick-start their football season this Saturday 30th March when they travel to play Magheracloone in the Spring League Zone F. The game has a 12 noon throw-in time and the team would appreciate all the support that you could give them. The under 14 team commence their league campaign on Saturday 20th April with a home game against Tyholland in division 4. Our under 16 players will get their first action on Thursday 2nd May with a home game against Tyholland.

GRM Minor Football League Div 3

The first game for the minor team is scheduled for Tuesday 2nd April when they travel to play Killeevan at 7.00pm. Please log onto www.rockcorrygaa.ie to view a full list of juvenile fixtures for 2013.

Go Games Blitz – Under 10′s

Our under 10 players will get their first taste of action on Saturday 20th April when they take part in the first Go Games Blitz of the year. It takes place in Fergal O’Hanlon’s between 10am to 12noon. Participating clubs include Fergal O’Hanlons, Blackhill, Sean McDermott’s and Drumhowan.

Go Games Blitz – Under 8′s

The under 8 players will commence their blitz campaign a week later on Saturday 27th April. It will also take place in Fergal O’Hanlon’s between 10am to 12noon and the same clubs will be taking part. A full schedule of Go Games blitzes (dates & venues) has been uploaded onto our website at www.rockcorrygaa.ie so please log on for more information.

Club Membership

It is important that ALL players pay their club membership otherwise you will not be covered under the GAA insurance scheme. Club membership is now due 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.

“Capture the Moment”

I have always agreed with the cliché that “a picture speaks a thousand words” and because this year is a very historic occasion for the club and hopefully will be the beginning of something really special. I am looking for your creativity and vision to capture and record every moment. We all have digital cameras or smart phones that include a mega pixel camera so there are no excuses. All you have to do is capture a moment that relates to the club or our community and provide a brief caption, it’s that simple! The choice is entirely up to you, whatever captures your imagination! All images will be considered and hopefully we will be able to feature them in the clubs annual yearbook which will be published later in the year.  Depending on the level of interest we may even decide to hold an exhibition and display all the images that have captured the essence of not only our club but our whole community. There are no guidelines just expand your imagination and let your creative side take control and take that photograph that portrays the mood of the occasion. Submissions are welcome from anyone, any age and from anywhere in the world so get snapping and help build this photo gallery of 2013.

 

Mr & Mrs Competition

A Mr & Mrs competition will take place on Friday 26th April in St. Mary’s Hall to raise funds for the Cootehill Community Cancer Support Group. Tickets for this event are now on sale and cost €10 each. Master of ceremonies on the night will be Northern Sound’s Breakfast-Roll DJ Sean McCaffrey and music entertainment will be provided by the amazingly talented and colourful character Robert Brown. A number of local couples have already signed up for the competition and I when the line-up of couples has been finalised I will reveal all. So folks, if you want to have a laugh and plenty of craic with the various couples while also supporting a very worthy cause then don’t delay and make sure you get your tickets for the first ever Rockcorry Mr & Mrs competition. Doors on the night will be opening at 9.00pm with the show starting at 9.30pm sharp so please arrive early to claim a seat.

Volunteer & Help

The club relies on the help from volunteers to make it a growing success. If you can offer a couple of hours per week to help out with any aspect of the club whether it is helping with our juvenile teams, coaching the under nursery players, helping out with fund rising, sitting on any our sub-committees or perhaps considering the role of ASAP Officer or Cultural Officer then please make yourself known to any current committee member. We would be delighted to hear from you and would be delighted to see some new faces, so get involved and take an active interest in YOUR club.

Monaghan Farney Academy Easter Camps

Following on from the success of previous years the Farney academy coaching three day Easter camps will take place for the third year running. The camp is for boys and girls aged between 5-12 and will be run in 3 venues across Monaghan, these venues are Scotstown, Ballybay & Clones. Gaelic football will be at the core of activities during the camp, however activities will also include hurling and camogie. All activities will be delivered by qualified coaches who will ensure your kids have an enjoyable experience while being on the camp. Camp details are as follows: Venues: 1. Ballybay Pearse Brothers Football Ground 2. Scotstown, Kilmore Training Ground, 3. Clones, St. Tiernachs Park Dates: Tuesday 2nd April, Wednesday 3rd April and Thursday 4th April.  Time: 10.30am to 2.30pm Target: Boys & Girls 5-12 years old Entry Fee: €40 for 1st child and €35 for additional children from the same family; Free Hoodie for all Participants For Further Information Contact: Paul O’Connor, (Games Development Manager), Monaghan County Training Grounds, Cloghan, Annyalla, Co. Monaghan. Email: developmentmanager.monaghan@gaa.ie , Tel: 086 8374827

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn on Monday 25th March were 3, 14, 21 and 28. There was no jackpot winner of €2,300.00. The following won €15 each :- Margaret Fox, Rockcorry, Geraldine McCormick, Rockcorry, Ciaran Rooney, Rockcorry, Conor & Briege Brannigan, Rockcorry, The Reilly Girls, Rockcorry, Marie Carroll, London, Paddy Reilly, Aghabog, Ann Marie Clarke, Dartrey. Next week the jackpot will be €2,400.00 and the draw will take place in Aghabog GAA Complex. Thank you for supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.

Sympathy

On behalf of the club I would like to extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the McFadden family on the recent passing of John McFadden. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time and may he rest in peace.

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