Club Notes 5th March

Sympathy

On behalf of the club I would like to extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Norman Campbell and his family on the recent passing of his wife Liz Campbell. I would also like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the late Malachy Cleary who passed away suddenly last Monday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both during this sad and difficult time and may they both rest in peace.

Platinum Tanks RFL 2B

Our reserve team kick started their, Platinum Tanks Division 2B, league campaign on Sunday 3rd March when they played Castleblayney at Pairc Naomh Mhuire.  This was a high scoring and very enjoyable game of football and all who attended were treated to a very competitive match where both teams played the game in the proper manner with no quarter asked or given and with good honest enthusiasm and commitment that ended with both teams having to share of the spoils on a final score-line Rockcorry 3-11 Castleblayney 1-17. Please log onto www.rockcorrygaa.ie for a full match report and to view a selection of action photographs. After the game I caught up with our reserve team manager, Gerard O’Brien, and despite the disappointment of his team only securing a share of the spoils he was keen to concentrate on the positives; “it was probably a fair result as they missed some chances as well as us. It was a tight match and in games like these you have to take your chances. The lads gave a good account of themselves and it will be important that we keep our heads up and continue to work hard at training over the coming weeks”. I would like to echo those comments and emphasise it was a good workmanlike performance where all players performed extremely hard as a team and showed they were excited and committed.

Reserve Team Fixtures

The next outing for the reserve team is on Wednesday 3rd April when they travel to Threemilehouse to play Sean McDermott’s at 7.00pm.

Senior Team Fixtures

Our senior football campaign starts on Sunday 31st March with a home game against neighbours Latton. A full set of fixtures has been uploaded to our website at www.rockcorrygaa.ie.

Charity Race Night

Do you like to have a little flutter on the horses? If so, why not kick start your St. Patrick’s weekend by supporting the Irish Heart Foundation because a charity race night, with a twist, will take place on Saturday 16th March in Fitzpatrick’s Bar & Lounge. They say the simplest games are always the most fun and I am hoping that in this case because duck racing has hit the scene. That’s right folks the Donald Duck and Daffy Duck variety!  It may come as a surprise but I have been luckily enough to track down some very athletic and highly nimble ducks that are currently away training at high attitude and will be specially flown in for this mecca event! Now before any animal rights protestors get their panties in a twist, please note that the ducks will be of the ‘toy’ variety! As previously highlighted, this race night will be a night with a difference and is guaranteed to be a fantastic night of fun and racing action. I am hoping & encouraging people to be there on the night to give as much encouragement to your duck as possible because for this night you need only a duck and a straw and the rest they say is up to you! Everyone is welcome to attend and your support is deeply appreciated for this very worthy cause. It promises to be a great night, a great laugh and it’s going to be quacktastic!!!

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 Sunday 31st March.

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

Coach Development Programme U6/U8

The dates for a number of workshop programmes have been released. These workshops are for parents & coaches working with players in the under 6 and under 8 age groups. The workshops are practical based and participants will be asked to participate in the workshop. The content that will be delivered in these workshops include Fundamental Movement Skills & Basic Skill Development – “What to Coach” and types of games to play to Theortical aspects of “How” to Coach. These workshops will be delivered on a regional basis(North & South) and a total of 2 workshops will be held in each region.Each workshop will last for two hours and will take place on Thursday 7th & Thursday 14th March at Scotstown between 7.30 – 9.30pm.

Coach Development Programme U10/U12

A workshop for parents & coaches working with players in the under 10 and under 12 age group will take place on Wednesday 20th & Wednesday 27th March at St. Macartan’s between 7.30 – 9.30pm. The workshops are practical based and participants will be asked to participate in the workshop.

Under 12 Challenge Game

To prepare for the start of the upcoming Spring league competition the under 12 footballers will play a challenge game this Saturday 9th March against Corduff in Pairc Naomh Mhuire and the game has a 4.00pm throw-in. All players are requested to be in the dressingrooms no later than 3.30pm.

Juvenile Fixtures

Our under 12 team will kick-start their football season on Saturday 30th March when they travel to play Magheracloone in the Spring League Zone F. The under 14 team commence their league campaign on Saturday 20th April with a home game against Tyholland in division 4 and finally, our under 16 players will get their first action on Thursday 2nd May with a home game against Tyholland. Please log onto www.rockcorrygaa.ie to view a full list of juvenile fixtures for 2013.

Juvenile Registration

Any juvenile player (& parent) that has not registered for the forthcoming year can you please collect, and return the completed membership form in a sealed envelope to Coyle’s Service Station as soon as possible. I have been advised by our youth officer, Pascal Smyth, that a meeting of all our underage coaches and parents who are interested in helping out will be called shortly so please watch this space for more details.

Juvenile Championship

In the Under 16 Division 4 championship we have been drawn against Aghabog-Currin. With regards to the Under 14 championship we have been pitted against Killeevan.

Mouthguards

Just a gentle reminder that it is now mandatory for all players up to and including minor (under 18) to use a mouthguards in all Gaelic football matches and training sessions. I have uploaded an information booklet onto our website for all parents to read and understand the requirements. Please visit www.rockcorrygaa.ie and click on the link entitled “MOUTHGUARDS”. Should you require any additional information or need anything clarified please get in touch with any committee member.

Raffle

The draw for the fabulous suite of bedroom furniture will be held shortly. Please accept our sincerest apologies for the delay but it was truly outside our control. All committee members and players have raffle sheets and lines will remain on sale up to the raffle date. All committee members and players are asked to continue to make a special effort to sell your cards. To enter our Raffle costs €5 and you could 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.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn on Monday 4th March  were 4, 22, 24 and 26. There was no jackpot winner of €2,000.00. The following won €15 each :-Sarah & Lisa Sheridan, Rockcorry, Sonya McGorman, Aghabog, Tina Rooney, Rockcorry, Sylvia Sheridan, Aghabog, Peter McKenna, Scotstown (Yearly Ticket), Eugene, Victor, Ben, Ann, Bernie & Leona, Rockcorry, Jim O’Reilly, Clones, Frank Dobbin, Rockcorry. Next week the jackpot will be €2,100.00 and the draw will take place in the Maple Bar. Thank you for supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.

Annual Top 4 Lotto Ticket

Don’t forget, you can now 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.

Clones Erne East Chair

Last Saturday 2nd March 2013 the Peace by Piece Youth Project in conjunction with numerous local groups from within the parish launched the Rockcorry ‘Clones Erne East Chair’. A time capsule, the contents of which included a selection of memorabilia from the local organisations, was placed within the chair and will provide a historical discovery in fifty years when it will be unearthed.

Club Notes

If anyone would like to include anything within the notes please send the details by text (086-1041165) or email rockcorrygaa@live.ie. All notes must be with me before 9pm on Monday evening.