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09th June 2013

posted 10 Jun 2013, 13:49 by tony Burden

Longstone GAC Notes

 (Sunday, June 09)

ACL I:        Burren 0 -18       Longstone 1-10

*These two sides renewed rivalries at St Mary’s Pk. on Friday evening. Longstone were in a good position leading by four points ten minutes into the second half, but Burren finished stronger from therein to win the game. The first half was always a close affair with never more than two points between the teams. Of Longstone’s seven point haul in the first half four were frees and three were from play, scored by Conor Doran, Cormac Poland and Michael Hughes. Burren converted three frees in the same half along with five from play shared by Sean Murdock, Conaill McGovern and Chris Carroll. So at half-time it was 0-8 to 0-7 for the home team.

*The visitors had their best spell of the match in the opening ten minutes of the second half. They dominated possession and won many of the contests around the field and led 1-9 to 0-8 at the end of this spell but it could have been more but for several missed point opportunities. The goal was scored in the 5th minute by Stephen Doran who crashed the ball to the net with great force after a quick exchange of passes between a number of Longstone players. And two frees followed in the 7th and 9th minutes. Some Burren supporters were beginning to get worried with the way game was going, however, a Sean Murdock free in the 11th minute halted Longstone’s momentum and gradually the pendulum swung towards Burren who scored six points between the 17th and 25th minutes to lead 0-15 to 1-9. Ryan Kelly pointed a minute later to give Longstone hope of getting something from this game again. Eamon Toner of Burren scored the next crucial point and there was three separating the team with three minutes of normal time left. Shortly after this Eoin McCartan was sent off after receiving a second yellow card, but Burren were in the ascendancy and scored the last two points of the game in injury time to win by five points.

*Burren had their best spell of the game in the last quarter and Conaill McGovern, Sean Murdock and Eamon McGovern made important contributions throughout the game. Longstone tested Burren in this lively encounter and Cormac Poland and Stephen Doran performed well for the visitors.

Burren: Thomas Beggs, Jamie McGovern, Gerard McGovern, Ryan McGovern, Pauric O’Rourke, Ciaran McGovern, Gerard McCartan, Conaill McGovern 0-2, Eamon Toner 0-1, Eamon McGovern 0-2, Sean Murdock 0-6, 3 frees, Andrew Knapton, Chris Carroll 0-4, 3frees, Eoin McCartan, Shea McArdle 0-2.

Longstone: John-Paul Haughian, Kieran Rogers, Cormac Poland 0-1, Eamon Quinn, Michael Hughes 0-1, Conor Smyth, Darren McDowell,  John Magee, Gary Trainor, Stephen Doran 1-0, Conor Poland, Malachy Trainor, Conor Doran 0-5, 4 frees, Ryan Kelly 0-3, 3 frees, Mark Doran. 0-1. Subs used: Colin Burden, Ryan McDowell.

Referee: L Smyth.

*The Reserves had two games recently on successive Sundays. The first was away to Burren and after a tough, entertaining game Longstone pulled away in the last ten minutes to win. Pearse Trimble made his debut at adult level and had an accomplished game throughout. The second game was away to Clonduff which was a point for point affair, before the visitors edged ahead towards the end to win by three points. Shane Rodgers made a full return to action and showed some of his good defence qualities.

*Longstone U-16s had two game recently. The first game was away to Darragh Cross and the home team won by a small margin. Longstone had two players who went off injured which influenced the outcome of the game. The other game was home to Ardglass and Longstone performed very well all over the field to win comfortably. The whole defence worked tirelessly and played the ball out well to the forwards. The full-back line of Owen Haughian, Owen Rogers and Ryan Rafferty, in particular, were outstanding. Also Joseph Young was great at winning break ball and in terms of his distribution. Sean Mullan had some great solo runs and used the ball wisely. Tony Young showed a lot of skill n terms of fielding and laid the ball off first time very well. The midfield of Aidan Rogers and Dean Haughian passed well into their forwards to create many scores and led by example in terms of work-rate to win possession back. In the forward line Tiarnan Fegan, Tyrone Poland, Darren Fitzpatrick and Finn McElroy also showed terrific work-rate, as did the subs when introduced, Callum McDowell and Andrew McVeigh.

*The club minors last game was in May before the break for exams was a convincing win at home to Drumclone. The minor team mentors and players wish Daithi Young and Conor Kelly a speedy and complete recovery and look forward to having them back on board when fit for action. Daithi Young was called up to the Down minor panel recently but unfortunately is unavailable due to an injury just prior to the Derry game. Minor and U-16 training this Saturday at Longstone, 3.15 for 3.30pm start.

*The Longstone U-14 camogs travelled to Shamrocks recently for a league match.  Longstone proved just too strong for the opposition and came out clear winners on the night.  Breanna’s puck-outs soared to the other end of the pitch throughout the game and on the return, defenders Colleen and Aishlin refused to let the ball near the goals.  There were the usual scores from Orianna and Taylor, but the real joy of the evening was when the three ‘young guns’ Orla, Sarah and Aine contributed to the final successful result with a goal each of their own. Well done to the U-14s. And also recently Longstone’s U-12 camogie side travelled to Darragh Cross for the last of the county blitzes.  They played teams from Warrenpoint, An Riocht, Ballyholland and Ben Dearg.  A great day’s camogie was had by all giving these girls the opportunity to put into practice their skills. The team on the day were: Taylor, Tierna, Shannon, Orla, Aine, Kirsty, Tara, Linden, Holly, Morgan, Nicole, Sophie, Sarah and Saoirse.  Well done girls and thanks to Patricia for her help. 

*The Draws for the Down championships took place recently and there is a new structure for this year’s championships with four round-robin groups. Longstone are in Group D of the SFC and will play Loughinisland, weekend August 8-11, Downpatrick, weekend, August 15-18 and Kilcoo, weekend August 29-September 1.

*Our U-8s took part in South Down Go Games last Saturday in Glenn and fielded two 7-a-side teams in separate groups. All the players gave their best and played at least three games. Thanks to Glenn for hosting the day and the great refreshments afterwards.

*The club U-10 side will take part in the An Riocht Jim Mulholland Cup Football Tournament this Saturday starting at 10.30am and the finals are scheduled for about 3.30pm. Longstone are in Group 4 along with Sarsfields (Antrim), Fingallions (Dublin), Clonduff, Bryansford and Teconnaught. The emphasis of the competition is on enjoyment and the opportunity to play new teams.

*Upcoming games: Thursday Seniors v Castlewellan (h) 7.30pm & U-14 camogie v Ben Dearg (a); Saturday U-10 Jim Mulholland Tournament (An Riocht) 10.30am; Sunday U-12 v Atticall (a) 11am; Tuesday Minors v St John’s (a) 7.30pm.

*Numbers May 26: 10, 14, 25, 26. Two matched 3. June 2: 4, 7, 21, 24. Nine matched 3. June 9: 13, 20, 21, 22. Four Matched 3. Jackpot £6400 on Sunday.


19th May 2013

posted 20 May 2013, 13:58 by tony Burden

Longstone GAC Notes

 (Sunday, May 19)

*Camogie notes: On Thursday Longstone U-14s played host to Mayobridge for the 5th round of the South Down League.  It was all guns blazing from the start of this game as Taylor Poland opened the scoring with an early point, followed by another from Orianna McGoey. This set the play for the entire game with Mayobridge successfully retaliating with a number of scores. There was a strong presence in the Longstone forward line with Aine Trimle, Orla Smith and Sarah Fitzpatrick constantly pushing the ball forward and making space for the scoring midfielders.  At the opposite end of the pitch, skilful defenders Aislinn Trimble, Cora Trimble, Colleen Rafferty and Tierna McCartan worked tirelessly defending goalie Breanna Magorrian who had some tremendous puck-outs from the goal mouth which culminated in an outstanding win for our girls. Well done to both teams and thanks to referee Veronica Baldwin. On Sunday Longstone hosted the regional U-6,U-8 and U-10 camogie blitz.  Fortunately for us we were graced with a lovely dry day compared to the previous one, which added to the success of the day.  Sixteen teams in all took part from Longstone, Clonduff, An Riocht and Kilcoo. Longstone’s U-6 team consisting of Emily Barry, Grace Lacey, Caitlin Fitzpatrick, Fodhla Rogan, Katie Conway, Orla Cousins and Chloe McAlinden, mentored by Teresa, were a joy to watch as they played their wee hearts out through each game. They had great fun and marked their opponents well and showed  great potential for the future. At the same time our U-8s  also had good fun battling hard in their own section of the blitz.  Cousins Grainne Rooney and Eabha Barry, along with Aoife Fitzpatrick, Alex Campbell and Eva Lacey really played as a team using all their new skills that they have learned to date and making their mentor Jackie very proud.  Well done to both sides! Fortunately for Longstone we were able to have 2 teams for the U-10 division.  Firstly we had Abbie O’Hare, sisters Sophie and Yasmin Maginn, Teagan Magorrian Natasha Rooney and Olivia Magee, led brilliantly by Mentor Patricia.  This side was the younger of the two teams but that didn’t deter them from playing every bit as well as some of the older and bigger players.  With each game they played, their determination and confidence grew stronger. They had a lot of fun meeting the other girls from various teams, so well played and well done girls. The second of our U-10 teams consisted of sisters Katie and Kirsty Rodgers, Linden Haughian, Holly Trainor , Grainne Cunningham and Tara Rooney, and team mentor was Aedin who really took pride in her team.  This bunch of girls had the edge on experience and it showed on the day and this team was undefeated.  There was some amazing scoring from Tara and Katie, and outstanding play and leadership from Grainne, fantastic defending from Kirsty and Linden, and superb goal keeping from Holly. Well done. Many thanks to everyone involved for making the day a great success including Longstone Club, the teams, parents and helpers for their support and the lovely refreshments, mentors, young referees (Anne, Katie, Orianna and Taylor) and lastly Sean Rogers.

*The U-12s were away to Saval recently and put in a great performance in difficult conditions to come away with the points. In very windy conditions they adapted quickly and used the ball sensibly and had gained an excellent advantage by the break. It was only late in the game, after some of the younger players were introduced, that the home team gained a foothold in the game to tag on some scores. Overall it was a good performance away from home against strong opposition.

*The U-14s were at home on Monday of last week to Baileglas, and playing against a strong breeze in the first half found it hard to get into their rhythm with wayward shooting a feature of their play so at the break Longstone were trailing by eight points. However, from the start of the second half, and with the wind at their backs, the team clicked into gear and bombarded the opposition with wave after wave of attacks. The accuracy of the shooting really improved and by the final whistle Longstone had won by a comfortable margin. Well done to all.

*Longstone P5/6s will take part in Go Games this Saturday in Mayobridge along with Mayobridge, Warrenpoint, Saval, Ballymartin, Atticall and An Riocht.

*Longstone P3s and under will take part in the football at the start of the Glasdrumman Fun Day this Sunday at St Mary’s Pk. Players to be in Glasdrumman for 11.30am please.

*Upcoming games: Thursday U-16s v Ardglass (h) 7.30pm; Friday Seniors v Saval (h) 7.30pm; Saturday P5/6 Go Games at Mayobridge 10.15am; Sunday U-12s v Annaclone (a) 11am; Monday U-10s v Atticall (h) 7pm & U-14s v Clann na Derg (a) 7.30pm.

*Longstone Golf Classic this Sunday at Kilkeel Golf Club.

*Fight Night Dvds, from the Boxing night in March, can be obtained from Dympna Rooney 07828 457610.

*Numbers 10, 13, 18, 21. Eleven matched 3. Jackpot £6100 on Sunday.

4th May 2013

posted 6 May 2013, 01:18 by tony Burden

Longstone GAC Notes

 (Saturday, May 04)

ACL I: Rostrevor 1-13 Longstone 1-7

*Monday evening of last week saw Longstone and Rostrevor battle it out at Petit Pk in the league, but the result was never really in doubt from early in the second half. After 6 minutes of the game it was 2-2 and both teams seemed to be settling into the game, however, the home team scored the next four points to lead 6-2 and were gaining in confidence. The visitors did respond with a Ryan McDowell point in the 16th minute to trial by three points, but failed to score for the remainder of the half, with a number of wides racked up which drained the confidence from the team. In the 18th and 20th minutes  Rostrevor’s Gary Magee scored his 3rd and 4th point of the game, all from play, which proved to be the last scores of the half, which made it 0-8 to 0-3 at half-time.

*Rostrevor started the second period well and scored 1-2 between the 4th and 8th minutes to lead 1-10 to 0-3. The goal was scored by Ritchie Reynolds and the build-up included a soccer-style dummy, reminiscent of Pele at the 1970 World Cup when he ran around the goalkeeper. In fairness to Longstone the visitors rallied somewhat after this and had their most productive spell over the rest of the third quarter, scoring three points to reduce the deficit to seven, but again missed opportunities hurt the visitors. Rostrevor scored the next two points, both from play, and in between these had a Joe Fegan penalty saved by John-Paul Haughian, to lead 1-12 to 0-6 with ten minutes left. Longstone grabbed their goal, through a Conor Doran penalty, shortly after this to leave six between the sides. And the teams exchanged points just before the end to round off the scoring. Once Rostrevor established a sizeable lead they were able to keep their opponents at arm’s length, and their were impressive performances from Turlough Murphy, Sean Parr and Gary Magee, who scored five points form play. Longstone never rose to any great heights in this game, but their were good, consistent performances form Cormac Poland and Kieran Rogers, and it was good to see Ambrose Rogers, introduced into the action early in the second half, make his first competitive appearance this year.

Rostrevor: Johnny Parr, Turlough Murphy, Michael Boyle, Jarlath Farrell, Sean Magee, Chris Magee, Conor Clarke, Sean Parr 0-2, Gary Magee 0-5, Damian Magee 0-3, 3 frees, Declan Magee, Conor Fegan, Brian Keenan 0-1, Joe Fegan 0-1, Ritchie Reynolds 1-0. Sub used: Conor Doyle 0-1.

Longstone: John-Paul Haughian, Darren McDowell, Cormac Poland, Kieran Rogers, Michael Hughes, John Magee, Daithi Young, Gary Trainor 0-1, Conor Doran 1-3, 5 frees, Steven Doran, Mark Poland, Malachy Trainor, Colin Burden, Ryan Kelly 0-2, 1 free, Ryan McDowell 0-1. Subs used: Ambrose Rogers, Tiarnan Haughian. 

Referee: Con Reynolds.

*The club minors were away to Drumaness last week, on the Tuesday evening, and recorded a good win 8-7 to 3-6. Jamie McComb at full-back was very impressive and was aided by Padraig Fegan and Conor Kelly in the full-back line, winning good possession and working it out first time. Sean Mullan and Tony Young were formidable in defence. Upfield Daithi Young, who showed good leadership throughout, Pearse Trimble, Paul Gilmore and Dean Haughian won a lot of possession including break-ball and often took the right option moving the ball accurately first time. Tiarnan Fegan, Aidan Rogers and Gareth McDowell showed well for the ball at all times around the full-forward line and made good use of the ball. Overall, it was a very good team performance with work-rate and ability to win back possession especially impressive.

*Our U-16s were home to Drumaness on Thursday and put in a good display to win the game, 7-8 to 4-2. Defenders of Owen Haughian, Owen Rogers and Ryan Rafferty were great all evening at winning possession of the ball, and fellow backs, Sean Mullan and Tony Young, also showed good leadership and caught the eye on several occasions with their assured fielding and ball handling skills. The midfield pairing of Dean Haughian and Aidan Rogers won many kick-outs and worked the ball in early to the forwards, in particular, Tiarnan Fegan, who laid the ball off time and again to team mates for scores. The subs used, Andrew McVeigh, Ronan Harrison and Callum McDowell all played their part in the team’s good performance too.

*The U-12 footballers took the field against Rostrevor at half-time of the senior game last week and played well in front of a large attendance. Thanks to everyone for getting the players to the game on time.

* On Monday of last week the U-10s played their second game in the U-10 Mourne league away to Ballymartin, again performing very well maintaining their good form and enthusiasm for playing football. U-10 practice this Saturday on the Valley Rd. pitch 3.30-4.30pm.

*Upcoming games: Thursday Seniors v Bryansford (h) 7.30pm; Sunday Seniors v Annaclone (a) 3pm; Monday U-14s v Baileghlas (h) 7.30pm; Tuesday Minors v St Pauls (a) 7.30pm & U-14 camogie v Mayobridge (h); Wednesday 15th U-14s v Clann na Derg (h) 7.15pm.

*Congratulations to the Down minor camogie team which won the All Ireland B Shield final recently with a win over Waterford in Ashbourne, Co.Meath. The Longstone representativess are Niamh Rogers, who scored 1-1, and Sean Rogers, Roisin Rogers and Ann Rogers, team selectors.

*Longstone Golf Classic on Sunday May 26 at Kilkeel Golf Club. Will anyone who wants to play or sponsor a hole, tee or make a donation please contact Sean Haughian 07708 273223 or Michael Haughian 07974 928115.


14th April 2013

posted 15 Apr 2013, 12:24 by tony Burden

Longstone GAC Notes

 (Sunday, April 14)

ACL I: Longstone 0-6 Downpatrick 0-13

*The senior league playing season started on Friday evening for these two teams in Longstone Pk. and the visitors got the scores in the second half to leave Longstone with the win. The first quarter of the game was an even enough affair and it was 0-3 to 0-3 after 16 minutes, all scores, bar one ‘45’, coming from frees. The second quarter saw the east Down side begin to dominate possession more and they went into the lead by two, including the first point from play by Conor McGrady in the 23rd minute. Just before half-time Longstone reduced the deficit to one with Conor Doran’s fourth free of the game to leave it 0-4 to 0-5 at the interval. The Hoops began the second period well and scored two early points from play before Conor Doran scored Longstone’s only point from play in the 10th minute and Downpatrick led by two. However, between the 12th and 22nd minutes the visitors scored four to make it 0-11 to 0-5 in their favour and they were firmly in control. Late on the sides exchanged points and just before the final whistle Downpatrick’s Conor McGrady capped off an impressive midfield performance with his second point from play and the last score of the game. Overall the visitors were the better team, but this Longstone team was a much changed side from the one which finished up last season with the numbers of players not available, for various reasons, in double figures. A good number of players with little or no experience of senior football were used in this game and this will continue going forward, but hopefully through playing games and gaining more experience they will develop at this level. There were good performances from Malachy Trainor and Daithi Young on the Longstone side, while Downpatrick’s most consistent were Conor McGrady and Garrett Trainor.

Longstone: John-Paul Haughian, Kieran Rogers, Cormac Poland, Darren McDowell, Conor Smyth, Michael Hughes, Malachy Trainor,

Paul Haughian, Gary Trainor, Conor Doran 0-6, 5 frees, Mark Poland, Daithi Young, Ryan McDowell, Steven Doran, Colin Burden. Subs used: John Trimble, Gareth McDowell.

Downpatrick: James Deeny, Johnny Collins, Anthony Doherty, Damian Turley, Gerard Collins, Declan Turley, D McCauley, Peter Turley, Conor McGrady 0-2, Sean Bell, Kevin Gracey, Neal Cunningham 0-1, Garrett Trainor 0-6, 3 frees, Jarlaith Brannigan 0-2, 2 frees & 1 ‘45’, Ryan Slavin.

Referee: Gavin Corrigan.

*Our Reserve team were at home to Burren on Sunday evening and played well to win the game by four points. Playing with the wind in the first half Longstone opened up an early three point lead but Burren goaled to tie the game. Gradually the home team pulled away again and led by four at half-time. The second period was a real competitive affair and the teams were level with five minutes to go. Longstone were playing against the wind and had their back to the wall so to speak, however, they showed great spirit to finish the game strongly and get the last scores of the game to win by four points. This wasa hard fought victory with a welcome return to action of Blaine Rafferty in goals who made some very good saves, especially one in the crucial last few minutes, which inspired the team to a deserved win.

*The U-16 9-a-side camogie league started on Tuesday of last week and Longstone played and scored well to win 2-12 to 4-0 away to Atticall.

*On Saturday in Longstone the first South Down U-8 Go Games of the year took place in Longstone involving Longstone, An Riocht, Warrenpoint, Atticall, Glasdrumman and Mayobridge. The weather was good and the players enjoyed their games. Thanks to everyone who supported the day.

*Upcoming games: Friday, Seniors v Liatroim (a) 6.45pm-to be confirmed; Sunday, SD U-12 Go Games (Pairc na Riochta) 10.30am & Reserves v Clonduff (h) 6pm; U-14s v Clann na Derg 7pm & U-10s v Atticall (a) 7pm; Tuesday U-16 camogie v Ballyholland (h).

*This Sunday there is a South Down U-12 Go Games tournament, hosted by An Riocht, which will involve the following teams, An Riocht, Longstone, Drumgath, Burren, Clonduff, Atticall and Baileghlas. The action starts at 10.30am.

*Club membership for adults is £25 until the end of this month, £30 thereafter. All mentors of the club’s juvenile teams must be members of the club to be eligible to manage/assist with a team this year.

*Longstone GAC will hold a fundraising night this Saturday to support the charity ‘Keep Er Lit’ for the treatment of Mark McKernan, a cousin of Down player Kevin McKernan, commencing at 8.30pm in Longstone Hall.

*The U-10 Mourne League starts next Monday and the games, which start at 7pm, for the season are as follows: Apr 22 v Atticall (a), Apr 29 v Ballymartin (a), May 6 v An Riocht (h), May 13 No game, May 20 v Glasdrumman (a), May 27 v Atticall (h), June 3 v Ballymartin (h), June 10 v An Riocht (a), June 17 No game, June 24 v Glasdrumman (h)

*Numbers 1, 5, 14, 20. One matched 3. £5600 on Sunday.


7th April 2013

posted 8 Apr 2013, 13:04 by tony Burden

Longstone GAC Notes

 (Sunday, April 07)

*Longstone’s Reserve side began their season in the South Down league with a good home win over Rostrevor on Sunday evening, dominating the game overall. Paul Trimble and Paul Haughian will be the team’s captain and vice-captain respectively this year. We wish them well and hope they inspire the players to have a successful season.

*The minor team opened their campaign on Tuesday of last week with a good home win over Newry Mitchels. Michael McStay, as goalkeeper, was always reliable and his distribution from kick-outs was excellent. The defence moved the ball out quickly, with Jamie cComb and Padraig Fegan leading by example. Daithi Young and Pearse Trimble were terrific at midfield. And the forward line of Gareth McDowell, Tiarnan Fegan, Darren Fitzpatrick, Aidan Rogers and Tyrone Poland all featured well. Also well done to subs Owen Rogers, making his minor debut, and Sean Mullan who made good contributions. It was a very good team performance for their first league game of the year.

*Our U-16 side also started their league season last week, on Thursday evening, away to Kilclief and suffered a two point defeat after conceding a last minute goal. Longstone really could have won this game with a bit to spare but many missed chances cost them in the end. Players to do well consistently in the game were Owen Rogers, Owen Haughian and Sean Mullan in the full-back line. Tony Young at centre-back was exceptional and he was ably supported by Finn McElroy-Banjo. The midfield of Dean Haughian and Aidan Rogers played well, as did Darren Fitzpatrick and Tyrone Poland in the forward line.

*Juvenile camogie notes: The Minors have played one game and were defeated at home to Liatroim by a significant margin, but the girls did play some very good camogie at times. Players to shine were Courtney McComb, Seaneen Rooney, Cliodhna Rooney, Bronach Curran, Kelsie Rogers (captain), Niamh Rogers and Brin Dundas. The team mentors were very impressed with the girls’ skill and determination and hopefully they will draw on the positives from the game and continue to improve. Thanks to referee Lorraine McCartan. Longstone wish Aisling Brown a speedy recovery from the injury she received. The U-16 9-a-side league starts this evening (Wednesday) away to Atticall at 6.30pm.

*This Saturday in Longstone, 10.30am-1pm approx, there will be U-8 Go games involving Longstone, An Riocht, Rostrevor, Warrenpoint, Atticall, Glasdrumman, Ballymartin and Mayobridge.

*Minor and U-16 football training this Saturday in Longstone at 4pm.

*And this Sunday there is a South Down U-12 tournament in Atticall involving Longstone, Rostrevor, Warrenpoint, Mayobridge, Atticall, Baileghlas and An Riocht.

*Reminder to all juvenile football players that mouthguards must be worn during training and games.

*Upcoming games: Wednesday, U-16 camogie v Atticall (a); Friday, Senior v Downpatrick (h) 6.45pm-to be confirmed; Saturday U-8 Go Games in Longstone, 10.30am-1pm; Sunday, U-12 tournament in Atticall, Reserve v Burren (a) 6pm; U-14s v  Bosco (h) 6.45pm; Tuesday U-14 camogie v Shamrocks (a), Minor camogie v Ballygalget (a).

*Club membership for adults is £25 until the end of this month, £30 thereafter. Please see Dympna Rooney this Friday at the senior game in Longstone. All team mentors of the club’s juvenile teams must be members of the club to be eligible to manage/assist with a team this year.

*Longstone GAC will hold a fundraising night on Saturday, April 20, to support the charity ‘Keep Er Lit’ for the treatment of Mark McKernan, a cousin of Down player Kevin McKernan, commencing at 8.30pm.

*The U-10 Mourne League will start on Monday, April 22. More details on Longstone games next week.

*Numbers 2, 3, 12, 17. Three matched 3. £5500 on Sunday.


10th March 2013

posted 11 Mar 2013, 14:21 by tony Burden

Longstone GAC Notes

 (Sunday, March 10)

*Well done to everyone who helped make the Longstone Fight Night a very enjoyable night last Friday, including all the boxers who took part, the All Blacks ABC, sponsors and club members who helped in any way.

*Longstone reserves are home to Ballymartin in a challenge game this Saturday at 5pm. All players are asked to be in Longstone no later than 4.30pm.

*U-16 and Minor football training at the Valley Rd. pitch, Monday and Wednesday nights, 7.15-8.45pm. There are U-16 and Minor challenge games this Saturday at home to Saul. First game is the U-16 one at 11.30am and all players to be at Longstone for 10.45am.

*U-8 football training this Saturday morning from 11.15am-12.15pm in the Ambrose Sports Hall, Longstone.

*Youth Club this Friday, supervision rota for Primary Geraldine McCartan, Noreen McCartan, Mandy Lacey, Kieran Rooney, terry Trainor and Adrian Haughian, Secondary Aine Fegan, Joe Fegan and Chris Burden. The Youth Club will finishes next Friday, March 22, with a special night for Primary children as the Funhouse is coming to Longstone Hall. The cost is £3 per child. Please give names and money to Geraldine this Friday. Also on the last night there will be a Go-Karting night for Secondary children organised by Joe Fegan.

*Good luck to St Louis, including Longstone’s Daithi Young and Gareth McDowell, in their McLarnon Cup final next Monday, March 18, against St Michael’s, Lurgan.

*And good luck to the Down U-21s, with Longstone clubman Michael Hughes on the panel, next Wednesday in the first round of the Ulster championship against Fermanagh or Armagh.

*Down Camogie will run a Fashion Show on Thursday, April 4 in the Burrendale with some guest appearances on the card. For more information or to buy a ticket, priced £10, please contact Theresa Magorrian 07888 761240.

*Numbers 6, 20, 21, 24. Four matched 3. £5100 on Sunday.


3rd March 2013

posted 4 Mar 2013, 12:33 by tony Burden

Longstone GAC Notes

 (Sunday, March 03)

*U-16 and Minor football training at the Valley Rd. pitch, Monday and Wednesday nights, 7.15-8.45pm. There will be a Minor challenge game this Sunday at home to Saul and all players to be at Longstone for 11.45am. Longstone will compete in Division 3 of the All County U-16 and Minor Leagues this season. At U-16 they will play Atticall, Ballymartin, Drumclone, Mitchels, Tullylish, Shamrocks B and Glenn, and first game is Thursday, April 4. At Minor level they will come up against Atticall, Ballymartin, Bosco, Carryduff B, Dromara, Drumaness, Drumclone, Loughinisland, St John’s, St Paul’s and Teconnaught, and first game is Tuesday, April 2.

*U-10 football practice, and U-8 football training this Saturday morning from 10-11am and 11.15am-12.15pm respectively, out on the pitch at Longstone. Bring your football boots.

*Minor and U-16 camogie training is now on Monday evenings from 7-8pm at the Valley Rd pitch.

*No Youth Club this Friday night.

*Fight Night in Longstone Hall this Friday night and the first bout starts at 7.30pm sharp. Live music to follow with College Green. Admission by ticket only.

*Clean-up on Saturday at Longstone Hall from 12.30pm.

*We wish our club-mate Mark Poland well this year in his role as Down team captain and know that he will give good example to his team-mates throughout the year. Also well done to Mark, who was part of the Ulster panel which recently won the Inter-provincial title with a final victory over Munster.

*Well done Kieran Rooney and Conor Doran who recently completed a Level 1 football coaching course.

*Well done to St Louis, including Longstone’s Daithi Young and Gareth McDowell, who won their McLarnon Cup semi-final last week against St Patrick’s, Downpatrick. The final will take place on Monday, March 18, against St Michael’s, Lurgan.

*Hard luck to St Columban’s, including Longstone camogs Cliodhna Rooney, Clare Cunningham, Amy and Catherine Rooney, Danielle Corrigan and Rhiannon Rooney, who were defeated by the Leinster champions in their All Ireland Junior D semi-final on Saturday. Also in camogie, Niamh Rogers is part of the Down minor panel for this year and they played their opening group game in the All Ireland B Championship on Saturday, an away defeat to Antrim. 

*If anyone would like to sponsor a set of jerseys for the club U-8s or for the club U-14 team, would they please contact either manager, Denis Cotter or Joe Fegan respectively, or get in touch with club chairman Sean Rogers.

*Numbers 7, 14, 21, 23. Congratulations to Damien Smyth who won the jackpot of £5300. Nine matched 3. £5000 on Sunday.


3rd February 2013

posted 4 Feb 2013, 11:56 by tony Burden   [ updated 4 Feb 2013, 11:56 ]

Longstone GAC Notes

 (Sunday, February 03)

*Longstone Dinner Dance/Presentation Night took place on Friday night in Longstone Hall and the guest speaker was Stephen McDonnell of Killeavy, former Armagh and Ireland player. He spoke of nurturing belief in whatever team you are part of and building on the good things of last year. Thanks to Stephen for his encouraging words and for presenting the awards. Camogie Award Winners were: Senior Most Dedicated, Celine Trainor, & Player of the Year, Erin McDowell. Camogie club Personality of the Year, Annemarie Smith. Football award winners were: Minor Most dedicated, Aidan Rogers, Trainer Padraig Fegan, Most improved, Pearse Trimble, Runner-up, John Trimble & Gareth McDowell, Player of the Year, Daithi Young & Michael Trimble; U-21 Player of the Year Kieran Rogers, Reserve Runner-up, Declan Haughian & Player of the Year (Thomas George Burden Cup), Paul Trimble; Senior Most Dedicated, Kieran Rogers, R-up, Barry Kelly & Player of the Year (Ambrose Rogers Trophy), Ryan Kelly. Clubperson of the Year was Damian Young. Finally Mark Poland was presented with his Ulster Inter-Provincial winners medal won with Ulster last year. Mark was a forward on the team.

*Ryan Kelly made his league debut for Down seniors in the first game of the season against Tyrone on Saturday night. He came on late into the second half.

*U-8, U-10 and U-12 indoor camogie continues on Wednesday evenings in Longstone from 6.30-7.30pm and all beginners are welcome. Anyone who wants to help out with these age groups should contact Ann Rogers, 07761 879024, club Children’s officer, for a vetting form if you wish to help out for the first time.

*Training continues for the club camogie teams from U-14s up to Minors on Wednesday nights from 7.30-9pm in Longstone.

*Minor Training continues on Monday and Wednesday nights in the Ambrose Sports Hall from 7.30-8.45pm. All players to attend please.

*U-14 indoor training begins next Monday the 11th and U-12 indoor practice starts on Tuesday the 12th in the Ambrose Sports Hall from 6-7.15pm for both teams.

*All players must wear a mouthguard at training.

*Senior & Reserve players membership is due and cost is £40. Please pay Dympna Rooney this Friday night at 7pm in Longstone Hall. Minor players membership also due and is £10.

*Scor Sinsear this Friday night and Longstone will compete in the Solo Singing, Recitation and Trath na gCeist (Quiz) sections in the South Down semi-final in Mayobridge, starting at 7.30pm. Good Luck to our entrants.

*Youth Club this Friday night, Primary 7-8.30pm and Secondary 8.30-10pm. Supervision rota for Primary (6.45-8.30pm) is Helena McVeigh, Pauline Rogers, Sharon Rogers, Liam Doran, Liam Barry and Aidan Poland and Secondary (8.30-10pm) is Aine Fegan, Joe Fegan and Martin Fitzpatrick. The Youth Club have their own page on Facebook containing the latest information and various photos.

*Longstone GAC presents a ‘Friday Fight Night’ on Friday, March 8, Longstone Hall and First bout at 7.30pm. Admission is £7 per ticket. Everyone welcome. For tickets please contact Cormac Poland 07720 746625 or Colin Burden 07512 263406. Live music to follow with College Green.

*If anyone has borrowed chairs or tables from Longstone Hall and needs to return them please contact Sean Rogers 07713 081713 or any committee member.

*The opening games of ACL I for Longstone seniors will take place on Friday, April 12, home v Downpatrick, 19th away v Liatroim, and 26th away v Rostrevor.

*Numbers 1, 2, 14, 18. Congratulations to Bernadette Smyth who won the jackpot of £8100 on Sunday night. Four matched 3. £5000 on Sunday.


27th January 2013

posted 29 Jan 2013, 12:08 by tony Burden

Longstone GAC Notes

 (Sunday, January 27)

*U-8, U-10 and U-12 indoor camogie starts this evening (Wednesday) in Longstone from 6.30-7.30pm and all beginners are welcome. Parents are very welcome to come along and get involved in the supervision of these groups. Please contact Ann Rogers 07761 879024, club Children’s officer, for a vetting form if you wish to help out.

*Training continues for the club camogie teams from U-14s up to Seniors on Wednesday nights from 7.30-9pm in Longstone.

*Longstone GAC Dinner Dance/Presentation Night is this Friday night in Longstone Clubrooms. Food served at 8pm, Music with Tiny and Admission is by Ticket only.

*No Youth Club this Friday night due to the club dinner dance. The Youth Club have their own page on Facebook containing the latest information and various photos. Check it out. The Youth Club have organised a trip to see the Belfast Giants ice hockey team play in The Odyssey on Saturday evening, February 16. All youth club members can attend, primary or secondary, and the cost is £10 per child and £10 per parent/guardian. There are a few places left-names and money to Raphael Haughian or Geraldine McCartan no later than this Friday. 

*All players who want to play U-16 football this season should go to Longstone Hall next Monday 4th at 7.15pm for a meeting, and training also commences on that night, the 4th, from 7.30-8.45pm, indoors in the Ambrose Sports Hall. All players to attend please.

*Minor Training continues on Monday and Wednesday nights in the Ambrose Sports Hall from 7.30-8.45pm. All players to attend please.

*Well done to two of our girls who play football for Ballymartin, namely Taylor Poland and Caitlin Trainor, who have recently been selected for the Down U-14 and U-13 football squads.

*Senior & Reserve players membership is due and cost is £40. Please pay Dympna Rooney at the Lotto draw this Sunday night. Minor players membership also due at £10.

*Condolences to the family of Felix McAlinden, who played for Longstone early in the club’s history, and passed away recently in England.

*The 2013 programme of Fixture nights has recently been released and the nights concerning our club teams are: Sunday U-12 football 11am & Reserve football 6.30pm, Monday U-14 football & occasional Senior, Tuesday Minor football & U-14/U-16 camogie (alternate weeks), Thursday U-16 football, Friday Senior football & Minor camogie, Saturday U-8 & U-10 Blitzes (2nd and 4th Sat of month) 10-1pm & U-12 camogie 11am.

*Numbers 4, 20, 24, 27. Six matched 3. £8100 on Sunday.


21st January 2013

posted 21 Jan 2013, 13:50 by tony Burden

Longstone GAC Notes

 (Sunday, January 21)

*Congratulations to Rita Curran and Thomas Trainor who both won £125 from Longstone’s draw for those who bought Down Tickets and paid in full. Tickets can still be bought by direct debit, to help support the club and county, so if you are interested please contact Emmett Haughian snr, Dympna Rooney or any committee member today or tomorrow (Thursday is the closing date).

*Longstone had seven camogie members attend an Ulster Council Foundation coaching course held in Castlewellan on Saturday. The course tutor was Siobhan Coulter and it was a very useful day. Thanks to all club members who gave up the day to attend this worthy course which bodes well for our young players who will benefit from the coaching.

*Training continues for the club camogie teams from U-14s up to Seniors on Wednesday nights from 7.30pm in Longstone. Thanks to all who have registered to play camogie this year-you are very welcome.

*Longstone GAC Dinner Dance/Awards Night will take place next Friday the 1st, in Longstone Hall. Tickets are £10 and can be obtained from any committee member. Will committee members please let the club chairman or secretary know by this Sunday night their ticket request numbers.

*Juvenile football meeting tomorrow (Thursday) from 7.30pm in Longstone Hall to arrange team mentors for this year, U-8 up to Minor level. Please attend if interested in helping with a team this year or for more information contact Joe Fegan 07738 810909.

*Registration Night for juvenile football players this Friday in Longstone Hall at 7pm. See Dympna Rooney. All players must be registered to be allowed to play for the club in 2013 and fee is £10 per child, up to £20 max within a family.

*Youth Club this Friday, Primary 7-8.30pm and Secondary 8.30-10pm. Supervision rota for Primary (6.45-8.30pm) is Kirstie Smyth, Sharon Rogers, Annemarie Martin, paul Rooney, Denis Cotter and Damian Cunningham, and Secondary (8.30-10pm) Lynn Shields, Martin McComb and Feargal Young.

*The Youth Club have organised a trip to see the Belfast Giants ice hockey team play in The Odyssey on Saturday evening, February 16. All youth club members can attend, primary or secondary, and the cost is £10 per child and £10 per parent/guardian. Please give names and money to Raphael Haughian this Friday night at the Youth Club. Primary children must be accompanied by an adult.

*Full committee meeting next Tuesday the 29th at 8.30pm.

*Minor Training continues on Monday and Wednesday nights in the Ambrose Sports Hall at 7.30pm. All players to attend please.

*Down GAA Will be hosting the following Ulster GAA CPD Workshop on
Wednesday February 6 at Pairc Esler, Newry. The course, Speed Endurance with and without the ball, will commence at 7.30pm sharp, is free of charge and open to coaches of all age groups. Anyone interested in attending this course is asked to pre-register by contacting:Conor O'Toole:developmentmanager.down@gaa.ie

*Numbers 1, 3, 10, 22. Three matched 3. £8000 on Sunday.


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