Senior Team: Saturday last seen the Junior Club Championship Final in Ballybay, it would be fair to say that Toome came into this final as favourites, having played out an exceptional group stage, quarter final and semi-final to reach the final. Our members have been spoilt this year with the brand of football and commitment shown from the team and management. Essentially this is the same panel as we had in 2020 with the addition of Shane McCooey, who has really stepped up to the challenge, plus the transfer of William Woods. However, the difference between last year and this has been outstanding. The lads have given it everything and we have been privileged to watch some fantastic football this year. There was great excitement around Toome thios past couple of weeks and we had great support show up in Ballybay on Saturday. Unfortunately, finals are not won on paper or on recent form they are won on the field and on the day. In fairness to Sean’s they done their job well and deserved their win. They prevented the men of St Victor’s from playing football, despite all attempts from our lads to get the ball moving freely and get their passing game together, they were met with a strong challenge from a Sean’s man, we somehow allowed ourselves to be bullied out of this game. It seemed as if everything was against us on Saturday and all that could go wrong did go wrong and nothing, we tried to do would go right for us, we even lost the toss at the start. Playing against the wind in the first half we went in at the interval only 4 points down, despite the physical nature of the game, confidence would still have been high from the Toome faithful. An early goal on the resumption of the second half put huge pressure on us and we were now chasing the game, Liam pulled a score back but then Sean’s got a second goal and were happy to kill the game at every opportunity now, picking off their scores when they could. Frank scored a goal from a clever and exceptionally accurate free but this wasn’t enough to spur a comeback. Saturday was just not to be for our mighty men from Toome, it was really unfortunate as I for one feel these lads and the management team deserved so much more. However, this is just a stumbling block on the journey and we must remember the lads have given us a fantastic year so far. The team and many supporters congregated in Corrigans on Saturday night and instead of hanging our heads and feeling sorry for ourselves we enjoyed our night together as a family, the Toome GFC family. Thank you to Peter McCaughey who left a sum of money behind the bar for the team. Thank you to Noel Gorman and all his staff for their hospitality on the night.
The lads will now dust themselves down, return to the training field and prepare for a very tough league semi-final fixture this Sunday against Drumhowan in St Victor’s Park at 12:00pm. We once again we call on all our loyal supporters to turn out in great numbers again, please be sure to let your friends, families and neighbours know to be there, #BeThe6thMan and let these lads know that we all stand behind them.
If you are able to assist with match day assistance, please contact Leo McGinn on 085 804 9245.
Sponsorship: Once again we would like to express huge thanks to all our sponsors throughout the year so far, without your generosity and backing the Club would not be in the position we find ourselves in at this time. The generosity and support towards our club holds no bounds. We really appreciate the continued support from our generous sponsors: Shoe City, Corrigans, Watters Maxol, Colt Design Kitchens, Des Connolly, Annallitten Foods, Watters Old Coach Inn, Carna Transport, HomeSchool.ie and all those who have supported our fundraisers throughout the year and gave donations.
AGM: The date has been fixed for the AGM, please be advised that the AGM will take place on Monday 29th November 2021, commencing at 7.30p.m. sharp. The meeting will be held in the club rooms, please be sure to spread the word.
Club Fundraiser: Last Man standing is still going with a few surprise results this week, this resulted in 23 exits from the competition. There are now 26 people remaining, thanks to Shane Moore who is doing all the hard graft in the running of this competition.
Toome Community Group: Old clothes collection will commence at the end of November, please collect your old clothes and make a little room for Santa. Further details to be shared on social media, All Proceeds Will Go Towards Replacing The Windows In The Centre. All types of clothes are accepted as well as paired shoes, handbags, belts & curtains. PLEASE NOTE: NO DUVETS or PILLOWS. Your support in this initiative is greatly appreciated.
Flower Arranging: Toome Community Group have organised a Christmas flower arranging workshop, cost is €35, places are limited, for further information and to book your place, please call Mary on 087 924 6494. Make a beautiful Christmas arrangement for your home.
Irish Dancing: Irish Dancing continues each Tuesday from 6:00pm. Contact Brenda on 087 987 0046 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Jazzercise: Jazzercise continues in the hall on a Wednesday evening, this is being organised by the Toome Community Group, if you want a fun way to exercise give it a try, contact Catherine on 086 862 3333 for further details.
Sympathy: The Club and all our members would like to extend our sympathies to the family and many friends of Michael (Mickey) McBride, 25 Mulladuff, Smithborough, Monaghan / Derrynoose, Armagh, 4th November 2021, unexpectedly abroad. Cousin of club member Rosina Moore and senior player Shane Moore. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
News: If you have any news to be included in the Club notes please get in touch through social media or via any committee member.