Fixtures: Tuesday, March 29: MFL Division One v Carrickmacross (Home) at 6.45pm
Saturday, April 2: RFL Division One v Clontibret (Away) at 7pm
Sunday, April 3: RFL Division Four v Éire Óg (Home) at 11.30am
Monday, April 4: Under-14 HL v Clontibret (Home) at 6.30pm
Tuesday, April 5: MFL Division One v Clontibret (Away) at 7pm
Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 11, 14, 16 and 22. Jackpot of €1,450 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Aga McCaughey c/o Donal Sherry; €40 John McMeel c/o Paddy Donnelly; €40 Angela Treanor c/o Philomena Hughes; €40 Stephen Connolly c/o Paul Connolly. Jackpot for Sunday, April 3 is €1,600. Lotto draw takes place in the clubhouse every Sunday night. All welcome. The Lotto Rota for April is as follows. April 3: Rose Hughes and Noel Hennessy; April 10: Ann and Adrian Trappe; April 17: Tessie Connolly and Kathleen and Seán Boyle; April 24: Gráinne and Owen Connell.
SFL: Last Sunday’s Senior Football League game against Castleblayney was called off due to the sad death of Paul Hill, brother of Castleblayney player Keith. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Membership: The deadline for paying registration fees for 2011 has almost arrived. All club supporters must be paid-up members by this Thursday (March 31) to ensure they have voting rights. If you still haven’t got round to it, the €20 can still be paid to registrar Maurice Galligan c/o Cosy Bar. Please note that all players must be paid-up members of the club.
April senior fixtures: The senior footballers play Doohamlet on April 17, Clontibret on April 20, Latton on April 24 and Magheracloone on April 29. The O’Duffy Cup team have four games in April and the Crawley Cup team will play three times. See the club website www.monaghanharps.gaa.ie for fixtures.
Meetings: There is a meeting of the football-development committee in the clubhouse next Tuesday (April 5) at 8.30pm and a ground-development meeting next Thursday (April 7) at 7.30pm. The next club meeting will be held on April 14.
RFL: The Crawley Cup team suffered a disappointing defeat away to a strong Castleblayney team last Saturday. Trailing by 0-8 to 0-3 at half-time, we needed a good start to the second half, but Blayney flew out of the traps with three goals in quick succession to kill the game off. Niall McKenna, who had moved upfield from full-back, marked his debut for this team with a goal, but we were well beaten on the day.
The O’Duffy Cup team are away to Clontibret this Saturday evening, while the Crawley Cup team are at home to Éire Óg on Sunday morning.
Team: Dermot Brannigan; Fionntán Cassidy, Niall McKenna, Gary Trappe; Finnian McKenna, Johnny Sherry, Pat Meehan; Ciarán O’Connell, Séamus Brannigan; David Loughran, Paul Kelly, Colm Shalvey; Liam Hahessy, Craig Connolly, Gary Murray.
Subs: Lorcan McAdam for F McKenna, Pat Murphy for S Brannigan.
MFL: The minor footballers play their first game of the season against Carrickmacross tonight (Tuesday, March 29). All support welcome. Next Tuesday, the minors travel to Clontibret for a 7pm throw-in.
U-14: Both Under-14 teams took on Emyvale at Gavan Duffy Park last Saturday. The Division One side got off the mark with a 2-12 to 1-5 win. The Harps dominated much of the proceedings, apart from in the third quarter when Emyvale started to come back into it. Two goals from John Mulligan and a brace of points from David Lowry and Raymond McKenna established a considerable lead for the Harps. When Emyvale did come back into it, they met stern resistance at the back with Aaron Woods, Kevin Lyden and Niall McManus showing up well. Next up for the Harps is an away game against Scotstown in the Championship on April 9.
Team and scorers: Jack Deery; Aaron Woods, Cathal Power; Shane McKenna, Kevin Lyden, Reece Treanor (0-1); John Mulligan (2-1), Dara Hannon; David Lowry (0-3), Conor Flynn (0-1), Shane McMahon (0-1); Conor Duffy (0-2), Raymond McKenna (0-3).
Subs used: Niall McManus, Conan Fowler, Paul Peppard, Aidan Burns, James Owens, Evan Cudden, Adam Treanor, Ruairí Forde
The Division Five team lost out to Emyvale by 5-8 to 4-6 after an exciting game.
County teams: Good luck to the county senior footballers in their NFL game against Kerry in Inniskeen on Sunday. Best of luck also to the county Under-21s, whose Ulster semi-final against Down or Tyrone has been refixed for next Wednesday (April 6). Well done to both county minor teams on their wins last Saturday.
Club merchandise: Club gear (hoodies and rain jackets) can be ordered by email from Lorcan McAdam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coaching courses: Monaghan GAA have courses coming up for Under-16 to Senior coaches in Cloghan. On Monday, April 4, the course involves ‘Fitness with the ball’ and on April 11, the course involves ‘Attacking Play’.
Aido File: Congratulations to our Under-14 hurlers who won their opening game of the season over Inniskeen. With a great team performance and spirited displays from the likes of Mark Murphy, Conor Flynn, Ciarán Cassidy and Ruairí Forde in goals, an outstanding exhibition of hurling was shown by corner-forward Oisín Power. Oisín scored four goals from play, hopefully starting the year as he plans to go on. The Powers are starting to become a hurling dynasty as far as the Harps hurling club are concerned! Well done lads and best of luck next week against Clontibret.
Handball: Congratulations to Cailean Myles who won the Ulster Under-12 singles final. He defeated Tyrone’s Turlough Clarke in three high-quality games on Friday in Monaghan. The scores were 15-13, 2-15, 15-12.