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February 26th, 2019

Lotto:  There was no winner of last week’s Jackpot Prize of €1600.  The numbers drawn were 5, 18, 20 and 28.  There were 2 Match 3 Winners – John O’Brien, Dernahatton, and Gillian Flood, Deravoy.  Sellers Prizes’: Weekly – May McGivern, Yearly – Club.  Next week’s Jackpot Prize €1800.  The lotto draw takes place at 10.30pm sharp every Sunday Night, any lottos received after the draw takes place will be deferred until the following week’s draw.  Lotto can now be done online – go to truagh.club to see details

Ladies:  Our Under 10 girls were first to tog  out  this year when the took part in Monaghan Go Games blitz on Saturday last in Scotstown. Well done to all.
Keep free  9th March for our Presentation & Registration Evening. Full details to follow next week.
Free First Aid Course, 9th March in St. Mellans. 10am – 2pm. Covering a range of topics from shock, nose bleeds, choking, sprains, fractures, bleeding, bandaging  and so much more. To book your place contact Doreen on 086 1545413.

Irish  Conversational Classes:  In conjunction with Muineachan Le Gaeilge Irish Classes will take place in St Mellans this Fri 8th Feb for 10 weeks.  Cost €35 for Adults, €25 for OAP and Students.  Contact Noel Flood for details (0877095252) or e-mail nollaig@mig.ie

Property Marking Scheme: Gaeil Triucha will have Monaghan County Council’s Property Marking Machine on loan for two weeks, beginning Monday 25th February 2019. The Property Marking Scheme is an innovative venture which aims to make Co Monaghan a less attractive target to thieves.  The Telesis dot peen machine works by stamping your EIRCODE into the item to be marked using a pattern of dots and can be taken out around farm yards to mark machinery, private premises, businesses etc.  If interested, please contact Bronagh on 087 674 9872 to book a time slot or email secretary.truagh.monaghan@gaa.ie

St.Mellans Handball Club:  Juvenile Ulster Finals. The Juvenile Ulster Finals were held in Kingscourt last Saturday, we had 5 club members in action representing the county on the day, first in was Donnacha Mc Cluskey in the U12 boys Singles Final, here Donnacha was up against Shea Munroe of Tyrone, this was one of those time where the occasion took over and Donnacha never settled at all, there were a few good rallies but Shea took the first game 15-3, after a short break play resumed but Donnacha still couldn’t get to grips with proceedings at all and played a lot of uncharacteristic shots and lost the 2nd game 15-3, it is these type of occasions that out players will have to be exposed to more to gain the experience to deal with the event as much as the opponent, but it was great to get to the final but disappointing not to have the performance the final deserved, on at the same time were the U17 Boys Doubles of Ryan Harnet and Ronan Boyle, this was brought forward to accommodate a county football match involving Ronan, our boys never got up to speed with the Cavan men of Mc Mahon and Mc Gurren as their play was just that much further advanced and they won both games 21-7, 21-4, possibly the gap could have been closer if our boys have had more alley time, but not to be, then in the afternoon our girls of Eythna Boyle & Sarah Lavery played in the girls U16 Girls Doubles Final, here they played Mc Cumiskey & Mc Cusker from Down, it took our girls a few shots and rallies to settle but when they did they were very comfortable in serve and in general play and won 21-7, 21-6, a very steady performance, as some will note this game was up to 21 which should have been 15 but this thankfully didn’t affect the girls in the outcome of the game, our U14 Girls Doubles pairing of Fiona Flood & Aoibhinn Mc Cluskey are in to the All Ireland Doubles Semi-Final as their Down pairing in the Ulster Final pulled out at the last minute, so good luck to our 4 girls as they prepare for their semi’s which will be against Connaught opposition, times and dates TBC, well down to all our other county champions crowned on the day, Teirnan O Rourhe and Eoghan Mc Ginnity, but our preparations for these games are something that will have to be looked at from a county perspective as there were certainly several Ulster titles left behind on the day.
Adult Ulster Finals. Also at the weekend we had 2 adults in action, Dermot Boyle was in the U21 Singles Final where he played Dean Fox from Antrim, this is one that will Dermot will think got away on him, in the first game Dean won it 21-12 but Dermot settled and in the second had Dean rattled with a great come back and won it 21-20, but as can be the case these long games can take its toll as so was the case as Dermot lost the tie-breaker 21-12, in the Emerald Masters “B” Singles Final John Treanor played Sean Mc Nally from Down, John just couldn’t emulate his great run from last year and lost 2 games straight 21-14 and 21-20, John felt the 2nd game was one he should have sealed to take the final to a tie-breaker but not to be, hard luck men, The Ruby Master Singles Final between Michael Mc Carron and John Mc Cullagh from Tyrone will have to be re-fixed as Michael was down with the flu, so no result there, the game has not been re-fixed as of yet.
Adult County Championships.  Emmet O Neill played his Novice “B” final in Carrickmacross last Monday night past the 18th February, there he played Mathew Sweeney from The Harps, Emmet lost this game 21-11, 21-12, just a bridge too far this year but 2020 will hopefully bring better rewards Emmet, in the Novice “A” competition Kevin Treanor faces Michael Hanratty from Corduff, I have no time or date yet for this game.
Emyvale Credit Union Juvenile Team League. The Juvenile team league has now reached its climax and the 2 teams to reach the summit are The Yellow Team and The Green Team, they are Fiona Flood, Aaron Cassidy, Eythna Boyle and Karl Mc Meel, versus Cameron Mc Meel, Gary Treanor, Aidan Mc Kenna and Niall Mc Kenna, the final will take place tomorrow evening the 1st of March starting @ 7pm, can all players please remain on until all games are played as the trophy presentations will take place directly afterwards, good luck to all taking part.
Emyvale Credit Union Juvenile Doubles. After the juvenile team is finished we will be circulating a Doubles Competition, so when these fixtures are out it is vital all players attend on the day of play as it involves 4 players not just 2 so don’t let both teams down!.
Adult Club Singles. The Gola Woodworks and the SilverHill competitions have now reached final stages, in the Gola Karl Mc Meel takes on Niall Rooney, and in the SilverHill Christopher Mc Kenna (D) takes on Fergal O Neill, both finals are being fixed for this weekend coming, good luck to all involved.
Adult Club Doubles. The adult club doubles fixtures are now in circulation please ensure all games are played on time, thank you.

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