Páidi Ó’Sé Tournament: A Scotstown panel made the long trip south for the Páidi O’Sé tournament at the weekend, albeit without some of their more experienced players. The Blues were defeated by Galway side Tuam Stars, who went on to win the tournament.
Reserve League Division One: The B team begin their season this Sunday, March 4th with a home fixture against Monaghan Harps. This team gave us plenty of entertainment last season, and were rewarded for their efforts by winning the League title last November. They’ll be hoping to continue that good form this season, and mount a Championship challenge this year as well. Throw-in at St. Mary’s Park on Sunday is at 2pm, and a good turn-out of support would be appreciated.
Inter-Provincial Championships: Ulster clinched back-to-back Inter-Provincial titles with a 3-11 to 1-15 victory over Munster on Sunday. Captain Darren Hughes contributed an important 3 points in the narrow win. It was a historic day for Scotstown and Monaghan, with Owen Lennon and Vincent Corey coming on as substitutes, and Kieran Hughes also in the panel. Congratulations to all involved.
Allianz League: Monaghan visit Celtic Park in Derry on Saturday night for the next round of Division Two action. Throw-in is at 7pm.
U14 Training: Training on Monday night at 7pm and Wednesday at 6.15pm at the Kilmore East training grounds.
U12 Training: Training continues Thursday nights from 7-8pm at the Kilmore East Training Grounds.
U10 Community Games: Training on Wednesday evening at 6pm at the Kilmore East training grounds.
GAA for All: The “Farney GAA For All Day” is an initiative from the Monaghan Coaching & Games Development Committee to make our games inclusive to all. It is aimed at 5-18 year olds with a Learning/Intellectual disability and takes place on Saturday, March 3rd from 10.30am to 12.30pm at St. Macartan’s College, Monaghan. Contact Paul O’Connor on (086)8374827 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Rith 2012: The “Rith 2012” Irish Relay Run takes place this March, coinciding with Seachtain na Gaeilge. The festival aims to support and encourage the speaking of Irish at a community/local level, and to celebrate the Irish language and culture. It comes to County Monaghan on March 10th. Visit www.rith.ie to find out how you can get involved.
Conversational Irish: Continues on Tuesday nights in the Social Club at 8.30pm. All welcome.
Coaching Course: Upcoming Level One Youth & Adult Coaching Course on March 2nd & 3rd and on March 9th & 10th. Contact Paul O’Connor on (086)8374827 or email email@example.com for more details.
Referees: There will be an upcoming refereeing course soon, so anybody with an interest in becoming a referee please contact Club Secretary Michael Owen McMahon.
Registration: Registrar Ronnie McDermott is still accepting membership payments for the year ahead – Youth Member €10, Full Member €30, Season Member €150. Season membership includes entry to all home games, plus Ciste subscription for the year. Support your local club by becoming a member.
Ciste: The Ciste draw took place last Saturday night, and the winners for February were: €700 Rory Lyden, c/o Dermot Maguire; €300 Fintan Treanor, Drumdart; €100 Riona Kilpatrick, Scotstown; €100 Jim Smyth, Aghallissabeagh; €100 Peadar Farrelly, Tyholland; €100 Damien Stirrat, Scotstown; €100 Jason Boylan, Derrynagad; €100 Mary Mullen, Killatten. Sellers Prize: €30 Ronnie McDermott and €30 Martin Connolly. The next draw will be on March 24th in the Social Club at the Complex.
Bar Rota: Paul Carey and Michael Owen McMahon will be on duty this weekend.
Complex Booking: The Sports Complex is available for any type of event, and the Gym is available for any sporting activity. It is important that you to check that the facilities are available and that you book the complex in advance. Arthur King is our contact person to arrange bookings, and his mobile number is (086)8516944.
Handball: In the Novice 3 Championship Final, Kevin McCague was defeated by Truagh’s Patrick McKenna on a score of 21–11, 21- 12. This game probably came a year too soon for McCague, who has only been back playing this season after a long absence. He, along with McKenna will be moving up to the Novice 2 grade, and no doubt their paths will cross again next season.
Ulster Juvenile Handball Championships: We had five juveniles competing in the Ulster juvenile championships on Sunday. The girls semi-finals took place in St Mellans where we had Casey Treanor at U16 level and Laura Holohan at U14. Casey defeated Amy McKee from Derry in her match and now goes forward to defend her Ulster title from last year. Laura came up against Armagh’s Niamh Coleman. This was always going to be a baptism of fire for Laura who only started playing this year and her opponent, who won the All Ireland U14 doubles last year, was in devastating form and goes through to the Ulster final. Meanwhile, up in Kingscourt, Conor Leonard was playing in the U14 singles semi-final while James McCague played in the U14 doubles along with Martin Mullen from Monaghan Harps and Conor Bogue played in the U17 doubles semi-final along with Ryan Treanor from St Mellans. We had mixed results with Conor progressing to the Ulster final after a good win against Declan Walsh from Antrim. Conor now goes forward to meet Sean Kerr from Tyrone in the Ulster final on 10th March in Kingscourt. James and Martin played very well but lost out to Sean Fallon and Micheal Havern from Down 21-17, 21-17 while Conor and Ryan lost out to Armagh opposition 21-19, 21-8.
Ladies Club Notes:
Ladies U16 Training: Training in the Complex on Mondays from 7-8pm. All girls wishing to play please come along.
Community Games U12 Girls football: Training continues every Sunday at 12.30pm at the Kilmore East training grounds for all those who will still be 12 after the 31st of July 2012.
Keep Fit: It’s that time of year again, so let’s get a head start before those wet nights round Kilmore. Let Lisa and Tina put you through your paces while having a laugh. Keep fit every Monday and Thursday night in the Complex at 8pm.
Ladies County Dinner Dance: This prestigious event took place in the Sports Complex on Friday last, February 24th. There was a good attendance with Rula Bula providing the music, and by all accounts a good night was had by all.
Keep Free: Saturday, March 24th for the Annual Scotstown Ladies Awards Night.