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January 15th, 2019

St. Mellan’s Handball Club

Mono League
The Mono League has now reached the semi-finals stage, in the Glass Alley The Limousins captained by Joe Kelly take on The Belgian Blues captained by Brendy Keenan, then in the block alley The Herefords captained by Emmett O Neill are up against The Jerseys captained by Chrissy Meehan, both games start at 7pm this evening (Thursday 17th), so can all captains insure all player are in attendance for both games, good luck to all, the final will follow next week.

Adult Club Singles and Doubles
The Club Adult singles will be starting this Monday the 21 st of January, all players should have their fixture by now, the doubles will follow shortly afterwards, please insure all games are played as per fixture as the alleys are starting to become very busy now.

U21 Ulster Championships
A belated congratulations to club man Dermot Boyle on reaching the Ulster U21 singles final, a few weeks back Dermot played Killian O’Reilly from Cavan it went to a nail biting tie-breaker, Dermot won the first 21-14 but
lost the 2 nd 13-21, but Dermot re-grouped and won 3 rd game 21-20, so as the score line shows not much separated these players which will hopefully will stand to Dermot in the final, good luck Dermot.

Registration Fee
Can all players please ensure that they have paid their membership in full as your insurance runs out at the end of January and you will be “uninsured” from then onwards.

Cumann na mBunscol
Good luck to anyone taking part in the Cumann na mBunscol competition that will be taking part in the next few weeks, so get the practice in boys and girls.

Ulster Championship Games
The club will be hosting several Ulster championship games and finals over the coming weeks and months, so anyone wanting to see the up and coming handballers of the future keep and eye out for details.

Corduff GAA Handball Club Notes

Juvenile Training
Juvenile training continues to grow strong with over thirty juveniles training in five groups from 8-16 years old on Wednesdays at 7-8:30pm and Fridays at 7-9pm.Parents will be informed of their child’s group or any changes to times by text message each week. Juvenile membership is €10 and €2 per training session.

GAA National Club Draw
Thank you to everyone who bought and sold tickets for the GAA National Club draw. The O’Neills half zip tops sponsored by Lynch Brothers will be ready for collection on Friday 18th January. We are calling on all our senior and Juvenile members to be at the alley at 9pm on Friday for a group photo of everyone with their new tops.

Group League
Our group league is into its second week with 77 players from beginner to senior level taking part from Bawn, Carrickmacross, Kingscourt and Monaghan Harps Handball Clubs. Over 30 games will take place weekly until the end of March in the group league at Corduff and Bawn Handball alleys.

Novice B County Blitz
There will be no GAA League run this year, instead there will be a County Biltz run for each group (Senior, Intermediate, Junior, Novice A and Novice B).

The Novice B Blitz will be held in Corduff Handball Club. Contact Aidan Marron 0879972389 for registration.

Quiz Night
Our Quiz night will be held in the Mountain Dew at Corduff/Raferagh Community Centre on Friday the 25th of January at 9pm. €20 for a table of four with a top prize for the winning team. There will also be great prizes at the raffle on the night. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Renovations Opening Day

Our renovations opening day will be held on the 1st of Febuary at 7:30pm.Irelands top two seeded players Martin Mulkerrins and Diarmuid Nash will play a exhibition match which can be viewed in our new viewing area for €10 or you can view it on screen in the Mountain Dew for free.

Monaghan County Championship
Best of luck to all our members taking part in the county championships in the coming weeks.

– Senior: James Gavaghan.

– Intermediate: Ciarán Brennan, Tim Oliver.

– Junior: Peter Brennan, Aidan Marron, George McKitterick, Shane McNally, Jamie King.

– Novice A: Mícheál Hanratty, James Fealy

– Novice B: Gerry Mee, Colin Carragher, Ben Woods, Barry Finn.

– U21: Cian Callan, Dylan Finnegan

– U18: Jordan McGarrell

– Masters: Peter Brennan, James Fealy

All-Star Club of the year
Corduff Handball Club has been awarded Ulster All-Star Club of the year and will represent Ulster at the GAA Handball All-Star awards on February 2nd at Dunboyne Castle.The overall winner will be decided by public vote online at www.gaahandball.ie. We would really appreciate your vote for all the hard work accomplished in renovating the alley,Increasing membership,running leagues and coaching our Juveniles.

Harps Handball Notes

Juvenile Training
Training continues on Sunday 10-11 & 11-12 for 12&under, on Monday 6.30-7.30 for same group and Wednesday 8-9pm for 14-16’s

Ulster Competitions
Good luck to all our juvenile players who are representing the Harps in the Ulsters in the coming weeks. Please make sure you have gloves, googles and a county jersey is required.

Seniors
The county championship has started this week and good luck to all involved.

Awards
Last week Eoghan McGinnity won Ulster’s All Star Young Player of the Year which goes to Dunboyne Castle on Feb 2nd for the National All Star Awards. Well done.

Yours sincerely

Padraig McGeough
County Pro

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