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Toome Notes

May 14th, 2012


Lotto: No winner for the week 14/05/12, numbers drawn were 4-6-24-28, winners of the €20 lucky dip were Caroline O’Connor Lackafin, Florrie Mc Ardle New York, Kathleen  Malara New York, Nan Rudden Modeece, Enda Quinn Drumacon, next week’s jackpot €2,500!

Astor-Turf: Spaces available contact Louis @087-6503826.

Nursery Games: Continue every Friday @ 5.30pm until 6.30pm, for kids aged from 3-6 years €2.00 per family.

U8’s Training: Have now CHANGED to a Friday evening starting from this Friday from 6.30 until 7.30pm old and new members welcome, guaranteed great fun, for more info contact Eddie on 087-9654331.

U14FLD4: 12.00pm Killevan V Toome.

RFL: we played Killanny last night (Wed) and on Sun May 20th we play at home to Blackhill  @ 2.00pm

Dinner Dance: a dinner dance has been organised for Sat May 26th in Concra Woods, tickets €25 per person, there will be a chance of winning a €1000 on the night! A good night’s craic will be had!

Clothing Collection: anybody looking to do a spring clean feel free to leave your bags of clothes, shoes, etc. over at the Toome Community Centre before May 25th,

Congratulations are extended again to Kenneth and Louise Wilson on their recent marriage, we of Toome GAA wish you all the best in your future lives together.

U16FLD2.  On Thursday 10/05/12, Toome U16’s recorded a 1-11 to 0-8 win over ‘Blayney in Concra, the former spiritual, football hallowed ground of the Faughs and that, latterly, was to become St Victor’s home, before the opening of their own pitch. This victory came on the back of two most impressive wins, and the Reds currently share the number one spot in the league table with Carrick.Conditions were wet, windy, cold, and proved to be difficult for the players.However, to their credit, this did not deter either team from going at it hammer and tongs from the throw in, and serving up a virtual feast of entertaining football. The play ebbed and flowed throughout the first half; both teams missing scorable chances, mainly due to close marking and the treacherous underfoot conditions. Although the Faughs, aided by a stiff breeze, led at half – time by 0 – 6 to 0 -3, the visitors were beginning to dominate the play, particularly in the middle third of the pitch. Again, the old axiom that goals win matches was proven, when, ten minutes into the second half, Toome’s full forward, Conan McGovern, found the back of the Blayney net during a goalmouth scramble.  The Toome dominance became more pronounced and at the end, they ran out worthy winners, with six points to spare.In goal, Hugo Connolly kept a clean sheet. His goalkeeping was up to his own usual high standards – his interception mid -way through the second half was extremely well judged. Bartek was very active and his ranging forays up field became increasingly effective. Darragh McKenna has  matured into a good solid tackler and read the game really well. Micky Connolly was as tenacious as ever, and brought off a number of timely interceptions.Half backs, Ryan Murphy, (0-2) and Mark McMahon, until his retirement at half time due to an ankle injury, were excellent, particularly in going forward and covering back at pace. Danny Friskey, (0.1), at no 6, was outstanding. His reading of the game was, as always, just terrific. Sean McMahon (0.2) and Aaron Kelly (0-2) have developed a telepathic relationship from playing with each over the years that has become the lynchpin of their team’s achievements. This was certainly evident, particularly in the second half, when St. Victors began to assert control.  Kieran Blessing has found a new lease life in midfield with Sean and the pair has formed a strong partnership in this area, which they dominated. Aaron Kelly led the half forward line in his usual unselfish manner, collecting the high balls, and distributing passes to better placed colleagues. Frank Connolly’s commitment is total and was really effective throughout while Ciaran McCooey (0-3) is always the essence of consistency and seldom wasted an opportunity.  James Wilson (0.1) caused all kinds of problems with his artistry on the ball and his work rate was tremendous. Conan McGovern (1-0) was a handful and he took his a goal very well. Luke Murtagh worked extremely hard and linked up well with Conan. Mark Byrne came on for Mark McMahon, and also worked his socks off.  This Toome team is unbeaten so far.  They are playing a very attractive brand of possession football at pace; they are simply a mirror image of their mentors, the highly respected and very talented senior players, Gary and Colin Wilson. It’s gratifying to see these young men giving their management commitment to the Toome cause. They, and the team, deserve all the support that they can get.The next match is against Clontibret in Toome on Thursday, 24th May at 7 pm.See you there !

Recent photographs of Toome games,including U14s v Doohamlet, U 16’s v ‘Blayney and U 8 blitz,  available in Coyles Pharmacy, Main Street, C’Blayney.

Well done to all the youngsters who took part in the Spring League Finals Day at Cloghan on Saturday 12th May. Everyone played well and are looking forward to the Under 12 Leagues starting on Sat 26th May. All photos from the Finals Day can be seen on the Monaghan GAA Website. Go on and have a look.”

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