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Rockcorry Club Notes

September 2nd, 2016



30th August 2016

McElvaney’s Waste & Recycling Intermediate Championship

This Sunday 4th September our senior footballers are back in championship action when they travel to Pairc an Iarnroid, Smithborough to play Currin in Round 2 of the McElvaney’s Waste & Recycling Intermediate Football Championship. Looking back at the league match against Currin they ran out eventual winners when they secured a four point victory. This encounter has all ingredients to be another close game and is set up to be another intriguing, exciting and highly competitive match. I would now ask our club members and supporters to show up and cheer on the team and be the sixteenth man to get us across the line. Throw-in time is 1.30pm and I hope to see you all there. Good luck lads and as I always say…”leave it all out on the field”.

National Anthem

This Sunday will also be a special and memorable day for one of our young members Nicole Brannigan who will get the opportunity to win the hearts of the supporters when she sings the National Anthem before our match against Currin. Nicole is a native of the village and is no stranger to performing on stage at local parish concerts and she is a member of the parish choir at St Mary’s, Corravacan. Well done Nicole, it’s a lovely achievement and we look forward to hearing you belt out a lovely version of “Amhrán na bhFiann”.

Monaghan Electrical IFL

Our next game in the league is provisionally fixed for the weekend Saturday 10th / Sunday 11th September when we play Killanny at Pairc Naomh Mhuire. No official fixtures are available at this stage so please watch this space for more information.

Golf Classic 2016

WOW, what an amazing day! I have to say we have been really, really lucky with the weather because last Saturday, 27th August, we held our annual fund raising golf classic and the weather was absolutely glorious with blue skies and lovely warm sunshine. We had a great turnout with over a hundred golfers on the Clones Golf Course and the groundsman certainly pulled out all the stops (again) because despite all the recent wet weather the course was in tip-top condition which really contributed to a fantastic day as all the golfers headed out to play an enjoyable round of golf. I have to say, the feedback from the golfers was very positive and everyone enjoyed the day immensely and on behalf of the club I would like to take this opportunity to thank once again our main sponsors Aidan & Marie Murray & family of the Mullinahinch House Private Nursing Home and to all those companies and individuals who sponsored tee-boxes. I would also like to thank all the teams who participated on the day and for making the event such a wonderful occasion. Without your support and goodwill the efforts of the club could not continue and we deeply appreciate your support and loyalty.

Golf Classic Presentations

The presentation of prizes for our golf classic took place in Fitzpatrick’s last Saturday night (27th August) and the overall winning team with a score of 98 points was Tommy McCormick, Paddy Kerr, Benny Lennon & Barry Duffy. The competition was hotly contested and the second prize went to Cormac McAdam, Liam Curran, Brendan Gilroy & Leo Herbert who also attained 98 points. The third place team with a score of 96 was George Crowe, Seamus Brady, Johnn Fyfe & Joe McCann with fourth prize going to Paddy McKeown, Gerry Traynor, Joe Smith & Gaby Kerr. We also had prizes for teams made up from non-regular golfers with the winning team going to Colin Quinn, Ross Murray, Fergal McGeough and Lorcan Smyth and congratulations to all winners. Regarding the golfers who lost the most golf balls I believe this was a very, very close contest. I’m not sure exactly how many golf balls they lost but let’s just say that Clones Golf Club ran out of golf balls…and they had a good supply!!! I understand that we had a new winner this year with Vincent Cleary just pipping Aaron McGorman to claim this prestigious award. We had an additional prize for nearest the pin on the 2nd hole where teams had the opportunity to win €100. The winner was John Fyfe, with an outstanding tee short that got within a metre of the pin, and he scooped the €100 prize. Many thanks to Anthony Tate, Andrew Carroll & Tina Rooney who waited patiently at the 2nd tee and marshalled this competition. Nearest the pin on the 10th hole went to Paddy Keane and nearest the pin on the 18th hole (2nd shot) was Fergal Reilly whose shot landed within 500mm. A hole-in-one is every golfers dream and aspiration and in many respects it’s the elusive “Holy Grail”. This year we witnessed our first hole-in-one and massive congratulations to Fergal Reilly who was the first player to strike a hole-in-one on the 13th hole. As the golfers mulled over and discussed their performance at the nineteenth hole they were treated to some juicy and mouth-watering burgers and they washed it down with some homemade lemonade! Many thanks to our top chefs Tom Daly, Ann Carroll, Jimmy McGeough and Emer McGeough who served up some epic and yummy burgers and it was the perfect way to finish a wonderful day of good fun and friendly rivalry. Many thanks to the Clones Golf Club and Paddy McKeown (Captain) for the use of their fine facilities and assistance on the day and finally a massive well done to our own club committee members for following up on sponsors and for planning the event. In particular Martina McKeown and Tina Rooney who were the real driving force and they fully deserve a little break after their gruelling and exhausting ordeal pushing their golf buggy around the course yesterday…next time ladies take a golf buggy that’s fully charged! So that’s it folks for another year and we look forward to seeing you all swing again in next year’s event.

Bosco Carroll Memorial Cup

Our Youth Officer, Sharon Fox, is busy making plans organizing a couple of our annual underage tournaments and she informed me that my father’s tournament, the Bosco Carroll Memorial Cup, will take place on Tuesday 13th September when our under 10 footballers will play last year’s winners Aghabog. Throw-in time is 6.45pm and if you’re free please call into Pairc Naomh Mhuire and support the future stars of the club. This is always a very exciting and enjoyable match and here’s hoping they can put in a decent performance to recapture the silverware. Good luck boys and girls.

Go Games Blitz

A very enjoyable and exciting Go Games was held last Saturday, 27th August when our under 8 and under 10 footballers made the short journey to O’Rahilly Park, Latton to take part in the blitz. This was once again a very enjoyable and successful blitz campaign and the lovely weather conditions added to the excitement with all the children from various clubs across the county having fun. Competing clubs on the day included Aghabog, Clones, Magheracloone, Latton and our own bunch of wee warriors and it is always great to see a good turnout of kids perform at this level and enjoying themselves in a fun environment and that’s what’s it’s all about. It was truly a very entertaining and successful day and well done to all the boys and girls who took part in the blitz. All kids acquitted themselves exceptionally well, showing plenty of enthusiasm and displayed loads of energy and the signs are positive for a bright future. It was also wonderful to see so many parents there to support and encourage the children and a special word of mention to the hard working coaches & mentors of all the clubs who freely give up their time

voluntarily on a Saturday morning to help organise and look after the future players of the club. Well done everyone and we look forward to the next blitz with huge excitement and anticipation. Finally, many thanks to the Latton club for hosting the blitz and on behalf of the club I would like to sincerely thank all the parents for their on-going commitment for travelling to the blitz and for supporting all the players. Keep up the good work.

Go Games Blitz

The under 8 footballers will complete their fixture schedule on Saturday 10th September when they take part in their last Go Games Blitz. The venue is Tyholland and takes place between 10am to 12 noon. The under 10 footballers will finish off their busy year on Saturday 24th September when they travel to Tyholland and it starts at 10am.

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

This Saturday 3rd September the Under 12 footballers will play Oram in the Division 4 Shield Final. The venue has been confirmed as Blackhill and throw-in time is 4.20pm. Unfortunately, due to other commitments I will not be around for the match but I want to wish the team managers Paul McCormick, Conor Brannigan and all the players on the panel the very best of luck. They have played well throughout the year so let’s hope they can produce another impressive performance that will be good enough against Oram to bring home the silverware.

Gerry’s Prepared Veg – Under 14

Our under 14 footballers played Tyholland last Saturday (27th August) in the Gerry’s Prepared Veg League campaign and despite a good first half performance we were sadly defeated by ten points. The game was a tense affair and the large crowd of supporters witnessed a hard fought encounter. It was a mixed performance from our lads who gave a solid and spirited display during the first twenty-five minutes and at the interval there was nothing separating these evenly matches teams as the score-board showed Rockcorry 0-5 Tyholland 1-2. Unfortunately, in this highly competitive encounter, our display during the second period was inconsistent and at times we struggled to create any decent scoring opportunities. Tyholland on the other hand stepped up the pace and began to stamp their authority on the game and notched over some fine scores to secure the victory on a score-line Rockcorry 0-9 Tyholland 3-10. The under 14 footballers have now completed their season and I would like to acknowledge the efforts made by all the players. I want to applaud them on some outstanding performances throughout the campaign and in fairness they never gave in and fought to the bitter end. I also want to personally thank the team managers Brian Carroll, John Elliott and Eamon Clerkin for their incredible efforts to help the young players achieve their potential and the best results possible…thanks lads.

Guess the Score Competition

Dublin will play Mayo in this year’s All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final on Sunday 18th September and our juvenile committee have decided to run a “Guess the Score” competition. This is your opportunity to test your knowledge and predict the score of the game. The sheets will be handed out during the week to all underage players and all proceeds will go towards costs associated with running all our juvenile teams and your support would be deeply appreciated. Thank you for your support.

Community Sports Day

The club in conjunction with the Parents Association of the Scoil Mhuire will be hosting a sports day on Sunday 25th September. The organising committee are flat out making arrangements and while details are limited at this early stage I imagine there will be all the usual events including races, the classic egg & spoon race, three legged races, show your strength by throwing the wellie, test your skill at penalties or golfing, have you the speed to take on the clothes line challenge. Our imagination no knows bounds and whatever ever games you may enjoy I’m sure we will have something that suit your interests. Should you have any ideas or suggestions then please don’t be shy and get in touch with any committee member and they will be delighted to talk to you. So let’s join together on Sunday 4th September and let’s create a fantastic sports day that everyone within our community and surrounding parishes can join in and have some with family and friends.

Congratulations Ladies

I have recently been informed that we have two county title winners now living in the parish and on behalf of the club I want to congratulate two ladies, Lisa Connolly and Oonagh Cusack, who won the Cavan Intermediate Football Championship title while playing for their club St. Finbarr’s. I understand they both played a major role and were in superb form in the final as they captured the silverware. Once again, well done ladies and all the best moving forward in the Ulster competition.

Top 4 Lotto Results

The numbers drawn on Monday 30th August 2016 were 2, 17, 21 and 22. There was no jackpot winner of €8,800.00. The following won €15 each :- Joseph, Eileen & Ciaran, Rockcorry, Dervla Greenan, Swans Cross, Andrew Carroll, Rockcorry, Niall McKeown, Rockcorry, Malcom Lynch, Clones, Willie Hillis, Rockcorry, Pascal Smyth, Lisnalong, The Calvert Girls, Rockcorry. Next week the jackpot will be €8,9 00.00 and the draw will take place in Paddy Lynch’s. Thank you supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.


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