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September 6th, 2022

Juveniles: It was a big week for the juveniles last week, on Wednesday evening last, 31st August, Toome hosted Crossmaglen Rangers to play a challenge match with the U9’s and Oram who played our U7’s. This was a fantastic evening and there was some great football on display, this was a great opportunity for the children to showcase all the skills they have picked up in training, this was a great evening and we would like to thank all the children, their parents and coaches who came out on the evening and made this happen. This Wednesday Oram are hosting our U7’s and U9’s for a challenge match, all the children are looking forward to this.

On Sunday 4th September all our juvenile ballers attended the Castleblayney Adventure Centre for a day of team bonding, fun, games and plenty of craic. This was a fabulous day that started off with a canoe journey over to one of the islands off Lough Muckno and then some games and marshmallow roasting, then the children came back to do some more water games and jumping off the deck, followed by some land-based games that everyone had to work together as a team to accomplish. This was ended with a serving of chicken goujons and chips where the children were all able to talk and have the craic about the morning’s activities. This was a great treat for all the kids and it was smiles all around at the end of the day.

Our youngest ballers (4 – 11 years) continue to develop their skills with training each Tuesday evening from 7:00pm. All the children are having a great time and plenty of fun while making new friends as they develop their skills, thanks to all our coaches/mentors who give their time so generously. This Saturday 10th September the U7’s will enjoy a blitz in Oram at 10:00am. Please spread the word to your friends, family, neighbours and relations, new children are always very welcome.

Seniors: The senior team played out round 4 of the Intermediate Championship on Saturday last, 3rd September with a visit to Monaghan Harps. This was certainly a game of two halves, the first was slow and scrappy half of football with only 5 scores, 3 from the home side and 2 for the visitors, the conditions were very poor indeed with the rain bucketing down. The second half seen and end to the rain and this allowed for a higher tempo and better football to be played. The game opened with William converting a well-placed free, with Harps responding in the 12th, 19th and 22nd minutes of the half to go in front by 2, William converted another free in the 23rd and it was nip and tuck throughout the half with plenty of breaking ball and dispossession but no scoring, Liam McCooey replaced Jamie  before the break. Credit to our backs who worked tirelessly in the opening half in such tough conditions. HT Score: 0:02 – 0:03. The second period was a different affair and there was a determination in the visitors’ eyes that was wonderful to see. Harps opened the scoring in the second but it was not long until Toome responded with a great score from Ryan, the opening quarter was quiet and it was not until the 47th minute when Frank levelled the match with a well-taken free, William quickly followed this up with a superb score and Toome looked alive. Harps scored again to level but the visitors were not rattled, instead they upped the tempo and ran at the Harps with everything, William converting another free and then moments later scoring another fabulous point from play. Jason then travelled the full length of the field and pulled the trigger from out past the 20 and over she flew, to the great delight of the many travelling Toome supporters and the side-line, Frank quickly followed this up with a fine score from play, Harps pulled another back from a free and it was 3 between them. Stephen McCooey was on for Tom (R), Frank popped up again with another fine score and then it was Ryan again to put the visitors ahead by 5, deep in injury time (due to head injury), Gary replaced William. Harps with another score from play and then, Harps were reduced to 14 men with Aodhán Og McAnespie red carded for a strike. Ciaran McCooey replaced Sean McMahon, then 5 minutes into injury time Frank converted another well taken free and time was up, this was a fabulous win for the team and management, that now takes the lads straight to the Intermediate Championship semi-final. Thanks to all who came along and supported the team, this is greatly appreciated. FT Score: Toome 0:12 – 0:07 Monaghan Harps; Scorers: William 0:05 (3F), Frank 0:04 (2F), Ryan 0:02 and Jason 0:01. The next round of the Championship is a home match against Blackhill on Sunday 11th September at 2:00pm. Please be sure to come along and support the lads #BeThe16thMan. If you are able to assist with match day assistance, please contact Club Chairperson – Gene Cumiskey on 087 918 6629 or Club Secretary – Ryan McMahon on 087 743 1970.

Championship: If you are able to assist with the home fixture against Blackhill on Sunday 11th September, please contact either Club Chairperson – Gene Cumiskey on 087 918 6629 or Club Secretary – Ryan McMahon on 087 743 1970. Help is wanted with stewarding, car parking, turnstiles, substitute co-ordinators, announcing, cleaners, servers and all the unseen jobs that make match days’ work seamlessly. Go raibh míle maith agat

Golf Classic: The prizes were awarded on Friday last 2nd September, to all our winners of the golf classic.  Congratulations to all our prize winners. 1st Place Team – Paul Murphy; 2nd Place Team – Breffini Morgan; 3rd Place Team – Jason Murphy. Ladies Team Winners – Irene Brennan. Men’s Longest Drive – Peter Cunningham. Ladies Longest Drive – Sheila Murphy. Nearest the Pin – Martin Rooney. Open Draw – Ciaran McMahon. Huge thanks to our prize sponsors, Concra Wood, Dubarry Shoes, O’Neills Sportswear, Craig Loughman – The Gateway Lodge, Shoe City, The Glencarn Hotel, The View Restaurant, Fluchos. Also, huge thanks to our main sponsors who supported this event, Carna Transport and Homeschool.ie who continue to support our Club each year. Toome GFC would like to thank all who supported and participated in the Golf Classic, for this is our most essential club fundraiser of the year, your support is greatly appreciated by all within the Toome GFC community, we hope to see you all again next year.

Championship Fixture Dates: 11th September – Blackhill (Home).

Gaelic 4 Mothers&Others: Please be sure to let friends and neighbours know of our Mothers&Others training, this continues each Thursday at 7:00pm in St Victors Park. The Gaelic 4Mothers&Others initiative sees women playing Ladies Gaelic Football in a fun, non-competitive and social environment. New members are joining each week so please spread the word, if you are interested, please contact Andrea Quinn on 087 678 6560.

Astro Pitch: Pitches available for hire, if you would like to make a booking, please call on 085 786 4106 to secure your slot.

Páirc ‘Astro’ Tuaim – Áis iontach atá oscailte do gach duine. Mas mhaith leat áirthint a dhéanamh cuir glaoch ar 085 786 4106. Bainigí sult as gach duine.

Development Works: Works continue at St Victors Park, there is a lot of work completed to date with a lot more to do. If you are available to give a couple of hours or are available to operate an excavator, please get in touch. Gerrard Kelly continues with the erection of the fencing and this will continue for some time, special mention to U15 and minor baller Stephen Kelly for his hard work with the fencing and especially on last Saturday in the torrential rain, anyone who is available to help with this please get in touch. We will need help with the removal and replacement of lighting in the coming weeks. If you would like to help the Club in any way, please get in touch with either Club Chairperson – Gene Cumiskey on 087 918 6629 or Club Secretary – Ryan McMahon on 087 743 1970. We appreciate the efforts that everyone has shown and welcome any help that you can offer, remember this is all our club. #ÁrgClub

Tá an fobairt ar ais. Cuidiú de dhith/ Help needed. Má tá tú ag iarraidh cabhrú cuir glaoch ar an cathaoirleach Gene Cumiskey ar 087 918 6629 nó ar an rúnaí Ryan McMahon ar 087 743 1970. Ní neart go cur le chéile.

Sponsor a Ball:  Many thanks to our Match Ball sponsor for the Championship fixture against Monaghan Harps, Carl Malone, your support of Toome GFC is greatly appreciated. The Match Ball for this weekend’s Championship fixture against Blackhill is Gene McDonnell, Gene is a former player of the Club and is always a great support to the Club. We would like to extend our appreciation to all our Match Ball Sponsor so far this year. If you are interested in sponsoring a match ball, please get in touch with Kevin McCabe on 086 044 1924.

áimid ag lorg aon duine a bhfuil suim acu urraíocht liathróid don chlub. Cuir glaoch/téacs chuig Kevin ar 086 044 1924.

Sympathy: The Club and all our members would like to extend our sympathies to the family and many friends of Dion Conlon, Kinturk, Newbliss, Monaghan. All of the Monaghan GAA community were saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Dion following a short illness, surrounded by his loving family, Sunday 28th August. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

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.

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