Club Notes 6th March

Rockcorry 1-8 Castleblayney 4-9

The reserve team started their season last Sunday (4th March) when they entertained Castleblayney in the reserve football division 3 league. With a home game in the first round of the campaign we certainly would have been eyeing up a winning start to the season and while we started brightly and enjoyed a lot of possession and territory we were guilty of some awful marking, some dreadful passing and we spurned too many scoring chances that resulted in a ten point defeat, Rockcorry 1-8 Castleblayney 4-9. To be fair, this was a tough first assignment for the lads who came up against a typically strong and swift Castleblayney side who generally outplayed and out-muscled us during the course of the game. I know it’s only early days but the never say die attitude shown by the players is a testament to their character and moving forward it is essential that all players attend training every Tuesday and Friday nights starting at 7.30 sharp so that all the ‘cobwebs’ and rustiness is eliminated before our next outing against Oram. Team: Aaron Clerkin, Shane Wynne, Rory Carroll, Michael Carroll, Gavin Farrelly, Stephen Lynch, Ryan Sharkey, Conor McGeough, Anthony Tate, John Greenan, Garry Calvert, Colin Quinn, Andrew Carroll, Johnny Reilly and Ross Murray. Subs used: Dwayne Rooney, Thomas Greenan and Kyle Rooney.

“Green Jersey”

On a positive note, it was good to see Johnny Reilly back wearing the ‘green & white’ jersey after an eighteen month layoff with a cruciate ligament knee injury. In addition, one of our “Mighty Minnows” Thomas ‘Lazarus’ Greenan made a miraculous return to the team when he came on as a substitute during the game against Castleblayney. Rock-On Tommy!!! Finally, I would like to welcome Ross Murray to the club who made his debut last Sunday. We look forward to seeing you playing in the future and hope that you enjoy wearing the green jersey.

Reserve League Fixtures

The reserve team are in action again on Sunday 25th March when they travel to play Oram at 12 noon. On Saturday 7th April they have another home game when they take on Sean McDermott’s at 6.30pm.

Cardiac Screening

Cardiac screening… two words that have become very common within GAA circles after some sudden cardiac deaths in young players. The GAA advices that the most effective way to detect potential heart problems is for all players, over the age of 14, to undergo some form of cardiac screening tests. As part of the club’s ongoing commitment to protect our player’s welfare we implemented a cardiac screening programme which incidentally started last Friday night when members of our senior panel completed the first module and the remaining modules will be rolled out over the coming months.

Minor Panel

Well done to Fergal McGeough and Lorcan Smyth who have been named on the Monaghan minor panel and we wish them the very best in their endeavors to nail down a place on the Minor team.

Soccer Tournament

After the success of the soccer tournament last year the players have decided to organise another 5-a-side tournament. The date and location has to be confirmed but if you are interested in entering a team please contact Paul McKeown, Anthony Tate, Mark Daly, or Noel Carroll and it costs €100 per team to enter.

Underage Fixtures

Our under 12 team commence their Spring league on Saturday 31st March when they travel to play Killeevan at 12 noon. The under 14 team start their league campaign on Saturday 21st April with an away game against Currin at 12 noon. Our under 16 team Rock Emmets (an amalgamation between Rockcorry & Aghabog) commence their football season on Thursday 12th April at 7.00pm. A full list of juvenile fixtures for the under 12, 14 and 16 teams is available to download from our website. Please log onto www.rockcorrygaa.ie for details.

TOP 4 LOTTO    

The numbers drawn last Monday night were 14, 15, 20 and 26. There was no jackpot winner of €11,300.00. The following won €15 each :-Noel Calvert Rockcorry, Noreen Calvert Rockcorry, Paul Sherry Ballinode, Arthur Nugent Middletown, Joanne Corr Newbliss, Helen Weir Cootehill, Kevin & Geraldine Quail Newbliss, Ciara McGorman Aghabog. Congratulations to all the winners. Next week’s jackpot will be €11,400.00 and the draw will take place in the Maple Bar. Thank you for supporting our top 4 lotto draw.

HELP WANTED

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.

Coaching Courses

As part of the “Spring” Coach Education Programme a Level 1 Youth & Adult coaching course will be held tomorrow evening Friday 9th between 7pm to 10pm and Saturday 10th March between 9.30am to 4pm. If anybody is interested in attending these workshops or courses please get in touch with Paul O’Connor, Games Development Manager on mobile: 086-8374827 or email developmentmanager.monaghan@gaa.ie. In addition, a foundation level course will take place on Friday 23rd March at 7pm-10pm and on Saturday 24th at 9.30am to 3.30pm in Cloghan. The tutor is to be confirmed and the course costs €30 which will be paid by the club.

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. With the new football season starting this weekend 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 Thursday 31st March.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday and best wishes to Kieran Rooney who celebrated his birthday last Tuesday.