Club Notes 4th February

Team Management

Once again on behalf of the club I would like to welcome our new team manager Mickey Morgan to the club and wish him and the team every success on the playing field for the 2014 season. Mickey met the players for the first time last weekend and addressing the squad he highlighted his requirements for the year ahead and relatively speaking the general theme involved hard work, more hard work and being honest. He emphasised that hard work reveals the true character of a person and all players must be honest with themselves and take responsibility for their own actions to work hard in order to improve their own fitness levels. During his talk he stated that we, (the club, the management and the players) must always maintain a positive attitude and he also spoke about the significance of being punctual and stressed the importance of having a high degree of self-belief in order to achieve our goals this year.


Team Selectors

With our new team manager in place the club is now seeking expressions of interest for the positions of team selectors. If you would like to be considered or would like more information please contact club chairman Jimmy McGeough or any committee member before as soon as possible.


Well it’s that time of year again lads, time to dust the cobwebs off the old gear and get back into action. Training  continues every Tuesday  and Friday nights in the football field and all players are requested to be ready to start at 7.30pm sharp.

GAA National Club Draw

As you are aware at this stage the club are participating in this draw and your support for the club would be greatly appreciated.

There are ten fabulous prizes as outlined on our website and tickets are now on sale and available from all committee members and senior players. Tickets cost €10 each and for your information all funds raised will be retained by the club so every ticket sold will benefit the club so please make every effort to support the draw which takes place on Monday 17th March.

Social Night & Annual Presentations

One of the highlights of the year is always our annual social & presentation night and this year the committee has decided to hold the event in Fitzpatrick’s and will take place on Friday 28th February. This is always a very enjoyable occasion and this year’s social night will once again be something special as it brings us all together to honour the latest inductee into our Hall of Fame and the night will also include presentations to the senior and reserve players of the year. So folks, make sure you don’t miss out on this enjoyable occasion and make a note in your dairy, get your frock out and book your taxi for Friday 28th February and join us for an exciting and fun night – it’s going to be so gooooooooood!

Speedy Recovery
The club extends their best wishes and a speedy recovery to Lorcan Smyth who sustained a serious hand injury while playing for his University and we hope to see him back in the green jersey as soon as possible.

Championship Draws 2014

The championship draws were made recently and we have been pitted against Clones in the First Round of the Intermediate Championship. In the reserve football championship (Crawley Cup) we have been drawn against Carrickmacross in the preliminary round of the competition with the winners progressing to meet Doohamet in the first round.

Club Membership

Club membership is now due once again 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. It is important that ALL players pay their membership as soon as possible otherwise you will not be covered under the GAA insurance scheme. Please note that club membership will close on Monday 31st March.

Monaghan Coaching & Games Development

Over the coming months Monaghan Coaching & Games Development will be running a series of courses and workshops that will cater for every coach within Monaghan GAA. There is a number of foundation courses penciled in throughout February & March which gives clubs the perfect chance to get new coaches up-skilled and educated. There will also be a number of workshops that Monaghan Coaching & Games will be running free of charge alongside Ulster GAA staff. For full details on all the coaching courses and workshop please visit

Under 10 Winter League

An under 10 winter league programme will take place in Ballybay Recreational Centre commencing this Saturday 8th February between 10 – 2pm and will run for four consecutive weeks. John Elliot and Paul McCormick have agreed to look after the team and if you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact either of them if you have any questions.

Juvenile Teams – Helpers Wanted

The club provides enjoyment and exercise for various age groups including under 8’s, 10’s, 12’s, 14’s and under 16’s. The success of the club is built on the willingness of people to get involved and we are looking for people to help out with our underage teams.

At present we have a limited group of dedicated coaches, mentors and first aiders that look after our underage teams but if we are to continue to grow and develop then we need more participation and involvement particularly from parents, former players and current players.  If anybody is interested in helping out or sitting on a juvenile sub-committee then can you please contact our youth officer Pascal Smyth on mobile 086-8161028. Remember, you do not have to be an expert and you will be instructed by an experienced coach, but please come forward and volunteer. You may be able to spare one hour on a Saturday morning or one evening per week to supervise at training sessions, or maybe at a game. Whatever you can do please do come forward and offer your help as we need as many people as possible.

Registration Night / Juvenile Membership

The club intends holding a Registration night shortly to allow all underage players including under 8′s, 10′s, 12′s, 14′s, 16′s and 18′s to register and pay their club membership. All players and parents will be expected to turn up and indeed any new parents and players are also very welcome to attend. It is important to remember that all juvenile players must be registered to train or play any games to be covered under the GAA insurance scheme. We will also be accepting adult membership on the night and club registrar Pat Brannigan will be present and will gladly accept your annual subscription which is for adults €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.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn on Monday 3rd February were 8, 9, 14 and 23. There was no jackpot winner of €6,700.00. The following won €15 each :- Frank McElroy, Newbliss, Aghabog GFC, Aoife Hughes, Cootehill, Geraldine McPhillips, Rockcorry, Fr. Gerry White, Tanagh, Lorraine Murtagh, Smithboro, Pat McCabe, Rockcorry, Aidan Sheridan, Rockcorry. Next week the jackpot will be €6,800.00 and the draw will take place in Thompson’s, Newbliss. 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.

New Arrival

On behalf of the club I would like to extend our congratulations to Lisa and Jamie on the recent birth of their baby girl.


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