AGM: The Annual General Meeting was held on Monday last 29th November at 7:30pm with a healthy turnout. The outgoing committee were thanked for the work they had done over the past year and reports were given by, the Secretary, Treasurer, Youth Officer, PRO and Chairperson.
A minute’s silence was held to remember those who passed over the last twelve months, many family members, friends, relatives, neighbours and former players of the club. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.
The Club would like to thank all those who attended the AGM and for their support of the outgoing committee and the support shown to the newly elected committee. The meeting acknowledged the hard work and effort that was evident throughout the year by so many within the community and Club volunteers. Many jobs were undertaken again this year and without the help from our volunteers this would not be possible. Some of these included, team management, painting, roof repairs, vegetation clearance, grant applications, cleaning, serving, announcing, ticket sellers, players, singing of the anthem, scoreboard, umpires, mentors, coaches, working in the shop, turnstile operators, ticket sellers, all those who assisted with the very successful golf classic and last man standing fundraisers, astro turf facility, juveniles, safety works, maintenance repairs, sponsors, food for players to name but a few. The Club thanked our referees for the representation and the hard job they do in the name of the Club.
Again, the global COVID pandemic had an impact on the format of the season and activities in general. However, we were afforded the opportunity to attend matches and follow the team throughout the league and championship campaigns. It would be fair to say that this was a belter of a season and one that brought a huge amount of joy to so many people. The Club had a homegrown management structure last year that were dedicated to the extreme, putting in a huge effort this was reciprocated by the players alike. The reserves were the first in action and breezed through their league campaign, this brought them to a very tough encounter in the final with Clontibret, this was won by a team who showed, guts, strength, grit and determination. These reserves went on to have a great championship run and reached the final against Currin, unfortunately we were not successful in this final and this was the reserves only defeat of the year, on another day the result may have been different. The senior team had a very impressive year, with games coming thick and heavy and then breaks and delays in matches it was tough to keep the momentum going. However, the team and management did just that. Running both a successful league and championship campaigns. The team were impressive throughout winning all the group stage matches of the championship and league, we were faced with a semi-final clash against Drumhowan in Inniskeen for a place in the championship final, this was a great match that Toome won through their determination, skill and will to play football, setting up a championship final against Sean McDermotts. Unfortunately, the championship alluded us and we were unfortunate on the day with everything that could go wrong, doing just that. Nevertheless, the lads dusted themselves down and were back to the training field the following week as there was now a league semi-final to prepare for. Toome once again faced Drumhowan in this semi-final fixture in St Victors Park, this was an exhibition of football from the Toome men, playing great football throughout and stood up to the critics. The lads now faced Clones in a Dr Ward Cup final, this time the team and management took control from the start. They did not allow anything go wrong on this day and in the period of the second half and the water break played some of the finest football seen all year. To think at the end of last year that Toome seniors and reserves would only loose one match each would have been hard to grasp. That is what they did and we are now moved up to the Intermediate ranks. The Minors also had a great year, in Division 2 playing with Corduff as Óglaigh Naomh Buach. This was a new amalgamation and took a while for the lads to become adjusted and trust their new teammates. They had a poor start to the league as many players were carrying injuries, once they came back to full strength and the lads had trust in one another they started to play some great football. They went on to play in the league shield semi-final against Inniskeen, this was a great performance by the lads, and they won this match convincingly taking them to a final against Sean’s NaMullai. This was a great game by the lads producing some fine football and they won the Division 2 league shield final. They then went on and played out some very tough matches in the championship, meeting Seans NaMullai, Truagh and playing out a spectacular final against St Pats. This team really came together that day and not one man let the side down with every player giving it their all. This was an exceptional group of players who are a credit to the Club, themselves, their families and schools. Many congratulations to our two minors who served on the County panel representing Toome for 2021 Tom (Red) McMahon and Joey McMahon, also Eoin (Tincer) Gorman and Tom (Red) McMahon who finished out the 2020 County Minor campaign. The U15’s had a mixed year and a poor run in the league but reached the Division 3 championship final only to fall at the last hurdle. The youngest of our juveniles were coached by Gary, and Colin Wilson, Sean McMahon, Darragh McKenna, Ryan McMahon and Eilish Boyle, these were our youngest of members from 4 up to 11, these too showed great enthusiasm for football and turned up at St Victors Park in great numbers, this was followed up by some great blitz’s along the way. The juveniles were organised by Arlene Wilson and this was a great joy to see so many children having fun around the club.
Congratulations were extended to Cathleen Lambe, who was acknowledged post meeting for the volunteer achievement award.
The Club would like to thank all who supported the Club in any capacity, donations, sponsorships, tickets bought and the generosity throughout the year experienced was truly overwhelming, we are a special people and have shown that if we all pull in the same direction there is very little that cannot be achieved. We look forward to the next twelve months, a promising 2022 in the intermediate ranks and to see all our family, friends, relatives, neighbours, members and players back in St Victors Park again to support the lads.
Incoming Committee: Chairperson: Gene Cumiskey, Vice Chairperson: Declan Lambe, Secretary: Ryan McMahon, Assistant Secretary: Irene Connolly, Treasurer: Damien O’Reilly, Assistant Treasurer: Pete Donaghy, PRO: Eilish Boyle & Kevin McCabe, Registrar: Dermot Reavey, Cultural Officer: Aoife Murphy, Safety Officer: Lana McGinn, Development Officer: Eoghan Donaghy, Groundsman: Declan Lambe. Executive Committee: Jim McArdle, Ann Murphy, Noel Murphy, Pete Devlin, Leo McGinn, Louis McDonnell and Joe Kelly.
Minors: Óglaigh Naomh Buach end of season celebration was held in the Shirley Arms Hotel on Friday last, 26th November. Huge thanks to Martin McNally for organising. A great night was had by all with some special awards handed out. Congratulations to all the Óglaigh Naomh Buach players on a great seson, these lads really are a fantastic group of young men that are a credit to themselves, their respective clubs, families, schools and the management. Best Wishes for Next Year and the years ahead.
Sponsors: Once again we would like to extend our appreciation to our sponsors throughout the year who have always been there for the Club, your generosity holds no bounds and is a huge contributing factor to this year’s success. 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.