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Rockcorry Club Notes

August 11th, 2016



9th August 2016

McElvaney Waste & Recycling Intermediate Football Championship

When our senior footballers emerged from the dressing-rooms at Páirc an Iarnróid (Smithborough) last Saturday, 6th August, to play Emyvale in the McElvaney’s Waste & Recycling intermediate football championship they did so in a determined fashion. We were organised, focused and ready for an epic battle and that’s exactly what we got because this game was played at a very high tempo throughout with both teams displaying wonderful attacking football at every opportunity. If you are a diehard supporter you were treated to a cracking game of football and it was a much improved performance from the team. It was your typical war of attrition where tackles were hard, the challenges ferocious and no quarter was asked or given. I have to say, the lads showed incredible commitment to overcome a severe challenge from Emyvale and they had to dig deep with a brave, gutsy and courageous display. In fairness, a lot of people were saying we were incredibly lucky, and maybe luck played a part, but in my experience playing and watching football ‘Lady Luck’ will only bring you so far and you can’t rely on it and as the old saying goes “you make your own luck”! This was a very strong team performance and it would be unfair to single out any individuals because all players gave an honest account of themselves. Our shot-stopper & defenders were capable and effective at marshalling their tricky opponents. Our midfielders worked tirelessly and were in superb form and off course our forwards who created endless problems for their opponents all delivered some passionate performances that ended with some magical scores. Our work-rate was top notch, there was a lot of positive energy and this really set the tone for the fantastic victory that we secured on a score-line Rockcorry 1-16 Emyvale 0-10. A selection of action photographs can be viewed on our Facebook page or our official website

Speedy Recovery

Unfortunately, the only negative aspect arising from the game was injuries to key players, namely Niall McKeown and Lorcan Smyth. Sadly, Niall made an early exit when he pulled up with a reoccurring hamstring problem and will need extensive rehabilitation treatment over the coming weeks while Lorcan was forced to come off with a suspected hip injury. On behalf of the club I want to wish them both a speedy recovery back to full fitness and hope to see them back wearing the ‘Green & White’ jersey as soon as possible.

Monaghan Electrical IFL

This Sunday 14th August we have an important match in the league campaign when we host Corduff at Pairc Naomh Mhuire and throw-in time is 12.30pm.

Golf Classic

Our upcoming golf classic takes place on Saturday 27th August at the beautiful Clones Golf Club. The club is delighted to announce that Mullinahinch House Private Nursing Home have come on board again as our main sponsors and we sincerely thank the Murray family for their generosity, kindness and support of this event. The cost to enter a team is €120.00 and to book your place please contact our chairman Michael Carroll 086-1041165, club secretary Martina McKeown 086-1509735 or Paddy McKeown and a member on the organising committee will be in touch to discuss a convenient time for you to play. There are also exciting opportunities for businesses, families and individuals to advertise by sponsoring a tee or a green for a reasonable €50. If you are unable to play golf but would still like to make a contribution perhaps you would be interested in sponsoring a prize for a raffle. If so please get in touch because we would be delighted to talk to you.

Stewards Wanted

On Wednesday 17th August we host the Platinum Tanks Reserve Football League Final between Blackhill v Sean McDermott’s and throw-in time is 7.15pm. Any committee member or senior footballer that is available to help steward at the match please meet up at 6pm. Thanks

Under 8 Go Games Blitz

The home of Ulster football St. Tiernach’s Park, Clones was back in full use last Saturday, 6th August, only this time it was the budding under 8 stars taking centre stage when they took part in a very enjoyable Go Games Blitz. We are all familiar with Ulster Final days and the great occasion it is but the sight of St. Tiernach’s Park with every corner being used was a spectacular sight and it was great to see facilities like this being used and can only help promote heroes of tomorrow. The kids obviously had a good night’s sleep because there were no signs of tiredness or sleepiness as they all showed plenty of energy, enthusiasm and there was no lack of action. They played two matches against Currin and Latton and maybe it was the fact they were playing at one of the biggest stages in the country because yet again the standard was very impressive and all kids acquitted themselves really well and showed some delightful skills. Well done everyone, especially our coaches Sean McCaffrey and Cormac McFadden for looking after the future stars of the club and many thanks to the parents for travelling and encouraging the players. The next blitz for the under 8 players is on Saturday 27th August and is a double blitz involving both the under 8 and under 10 players and it takes place at neighbouring club Latton between 10 am to 12 noon.

Under 10 Go Games Blitz

The under 10 players will get a chance to showcase their skills when they travel to St. Tiernach’s Park, Clones on Saturday 20th August to take part in an all-county blitz starting at 9.30am to 11.30am.

Gerry’s Prepared Veg – Under 12 Division 4 (Shield)

Last Saturday, 6th August, our under 12 footballers entertained Killeevan at Pairc Naomh Mhuire in the Gerry’s Prepared Veg Division 4 league (Shield) competition. Thankfully, after a wet start to the morning, it was great to see the weather brightened up and the game was played in warm temperatures and glorious sunshine. We started brightly and after five minutes we lead by 0-3 to 0-1 with scores from Adam Elliott, Niall McCormick and Dylan Reilly. Killeevan then hit a purple patch and bagged two goals to hold a slight advantage. However, this did not faze the team and our lads showed great character and battled back with some outstanding scores from Niall McCormick, Dylan Reilly, Adam Elliott, Aaron Gallagher and Oisin Connolly to stamp our authority on the match and at the half time interval we held a five point advantage leading 0-12 to 2-1. When play resumed we started strongly and continued to pile on the pressure and displayed some clever movement and interplay that ended with some impressive scores from the boots of Adam Elliott, Aaron Gallagher, Oisin Connolly, David Linden & Niall McCormick. Not to be outdone, our defenders were in excellent

form with Mark Nesbitt, Aaron Reilly, Philip Elliott, Marty Roberts, David Calvert and Josh Brannigan who frustrated their opponents with some effective and tigerish tackling. I have to say, this was a very enjoyable game and all players have to be commended for their efforts. Performances have been steadily improving with every game and while there is still some minor things to work on they all gave a good account of themselves and secured the victory on a final score-line Rockcorry 5-17 Killeevan 3-3. Well done boys and girls, keep up the good work. Team: Caolan Reilly, Aaron Reilly, Philip Elliott, Mark Nesbitt, Marty Roberts, Aaron Gallagher, Josh Brannigan, David Calvert, Adam Elliott, Niall McCormick, Oisin Connolly, David Linden, Ava Tate, Dylan Reilly. Their next outing is on Saturday 20th August they take on Oram at Pairc Naomh Mhuire at 12 noon.

Gerry’s Prepared Veg – Under 14

‘Goals win games’, I know it’s an old cliché often used in sporting terms, but it is a very relevant expression to describe the under 14 match against Ballybay in the Gerry’s Prepared Veg league last Monday 8th August. The game was played at Pearse Park (Ballybay) in glorious sunshine but there was definitely a nip in the air and unfortunately there was a touch of Déjà vu because once again goals conceded during the second half proved vital as Ballybay secured a comfortable victory on a final score-line Ballybay 4-11 Rockcorry 0-13. Next up for the under 14 footballers is a home game against Tyholland on Saturday 27th August at 12 noon..

Gerry’s Prepared Veg – Under 16

Our under 16 footballers were in action last Thursday, 4th August, when they hosted St. Tiarnach Sarsfields in the Gerry’s Prepared Veg league campaign (Shield). We began sharply and imposed our game on St. Tiarnach Sarsfields and midway through the first half their was really nothing separating the sides with the scoreboard showing 1-1 to 1-3. However, St. Tiarnach Sarsfields immediately took control of the game and with some excellent interplay they stormed into a commanding lead, leading 1-3 to 4-5 at the half time interval. When play resumed we played well and had some good displays and our young team, at times, more than held their own against a much more physical side. In spite of this we struggled to put scores on the board whereas St Tiarnach Sarsfields, on the other hand, had no such problem and went on to record a comfortable victory on a score-line Rockcorry 2-5 St. Tiarnach Sarsfields 6-13.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn on Monday 8th August 2016 were 4, 19, 24 and 25. There was no jackpot winner of €8,500.00. The following won €15 each :- Pascal Smyth, Rockcorry, Melissa, Daniel 7 Josh, Newbliss, Nora Martin Martin, Newbliss, Tina & Kyle, Rockcorry, Kirsty Hughes, Middletown, Tom & Kathleen Daly, Rockcorry, Joanne McGorman, Newbliss, Hugh Carroll, Rockcorry. Next week the jackpot will be €8,600.00 and the draw will take place in Fitzpatrick’s. Thank you supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.


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