As part of the Monaghan GAA Yearbook children from around the county were invited to submit writing projects about their own experiences within the club. I am delighted to announce that submissions from Emma McKeown, Kyle Brannigan, Ryan Lynch and Shane Greenan were chosen and now feature in this year’s Monaghan GAA Yearbook. The following are the writing projects submitted by the kids.
The year 2011 ended in defeat at the hands of Carrickmacross, a feeling nobody on the under 12 team wanted to repeat. We started our 2012 league campaign against Castleblayney. It was a beautiful sunny day and we pulled off a great win against a very skilful side. After that we played Aghabog, Killeevan, Carrickmacross and Monaghan Harps. We were undefeated all year. The next news we waited to hear was the result of the semi-final game between Agahbog and Castleblayney. We waited to play the winners in the final. Aghabog beat Castleblayney and so the scene was set. It was Rockcorry v Aghabog in the under 12 final. To get ready for the final we trained twice a week and we played challenge games against Eire Og. Then the day came. After 40 minutes of great football by both sides the final whistle blew and we were victorious. We were under 12 division 5 champions for 2012. To make my season even better we repeated our success by winning the under 14 division 6 shield. It was a football year I will never forget. My father was under 12 manager so that made it even more special. (Kyle Brannigan, Rang 6, Scoil Mhuire, Rockcorrry)
It was with great anticipation I faced into the 2012 football season. Conor and Daddy took us over again. They had great belief in us. Our Spring league got off to a great start with a win over Killeevan but Corduff and Aghabog got the better of us even though we had some great passages of play. Next up was Fergal O’Hanlon’s in the final. Their fitness got the better of us and saw them win out. In the Summer league we started with a win over Blayney B’s. Next were two tough wins over rivals Agahbog and Killeevan which left us top of the table. Carrick B’s were next. With fitness improving we had a very tough win. Our last game we won well over Monaghan Harps and this saw us straight into the final with Aghabog. We played Killeevan in the Terence Reilly Cup and won. This was to prove good preparations as we had no semi-final to prepare us for the final. The day arrived, the first of September and with excitement and nerves we faced our toughest battle. After a brilliant tight game we were champions and I will never forget the cheer in the crowd as Curtis raised the cup. (Ryan Lynch, Rang 6, Scoil Mhuire, Rockcorry)
We started the GAA season by thrashing Castleblayney B team. It was a good match with exceptional goals from our fantastic midfielders and forwards. Our next match was important. If we won, we would stay top of Division 5. Also we were playing against our arch-rivals Aghabog. It was a close first half but we dominated the second. Our third match was against Killeevan and our players were up for the task. Killeevan created some good points but we stuck with it to the end. Our fourth match was against a struggling Carrickmacross B team. We won again, guaranteeing us a place in the semi-final. Our league was not over yet; we came up against Monaghan Harps. It was an easy win because they were missing several of their best players. The final was against Aghabog. We lost the cup final the previous year but justice prevailed and we won on as coreline of 5-10 to 5-5. I would like to thank Sean Greenan, Conor Brannigan, Anthony Lynch and Karen McKeown who made this all possible and dedicated their time and donated their money to buses. I think that us winning the cup justifies their decision to train us. Here’s to good times ahead! (Shane Greenan, Rang 6, St. Michael’s NS, Corcaghan)
On the first of September 2012 Rockcorry U12’s won the county final. We were in the final against Aghabog. We started training in March. The summer league was good for us because we won all our matches. We were really excited to be in the final but some of us were nervous. When the day of the final came we were all ready for action. Even though some of us weren’t started we were very supportive. It was very close until the end. The score was 5-5 to 5-10. We were really glad to win the final. (Emma McKeown, Rang 5, Scoil Mhuire, Rockcorry)