Longstone GAC Notes
(Friday, July 08)
The junior camogs were at home to Ben Dearg last week on the Monday evening and won 6-6 to 0-3. It was an outstanding performance throughout the team with eleven of the team under 18 and five newcomers to the junior grade, namely, Sheree Fitzpatrick, Shauneen Rooney, Amy Cunningham, Sarah Burden and Sarah Rodgers.
Longstone U-16 camogs played host to Clonduff last Tuesday evening in the Preliminary Round of the Championship and what a feast of camogie both sides served up. Clonduff got off to a flying start snatching 3 quick goals in succession but Niamh Rogers and Courtney McComb soon replied for the home side with a point apiece. Longstone’s Sheree Fitzpatrick, Ruth Collins and Hayley McDowell worked tirelessly round the middle of the field but the home side just couldn’t convert their play into scores while Clonduff, on a couple of breaks up the field, added another 2 goals and 2 points to their score. Eventually Longstone were rewarded when Niamh McDowell drove the sliotar to the back of the Clonduff net to narrow the gap to four goals at half-time. In the second half, Longstone cameout all sliotars blazing and with some magnificent puck-outs from Brin Dundas it wasn’t long before they capitalised on these with Amy Cunningham and Aleacha Rooney adding a goal and a point respectively to their side’s scoreline. Longstone continued to fight for every ball and again were rewarded when a long ball in from Niamh Rogers made its way past the Clonduff keeper. Longstone’s defence was solid in this half with some great catching and clearing of the ball by Cliodhna Rooney, Seaneen Rooney and Anthea Trainor but most outstanding throughout the match was half-back, Kelsie Rogers. It was the efforts of this back line that only allowed Clonduff to score 2 points in the second half but the ‘goal’ rush by the visitors in the first half earned them a 5-4 to 3-3 victory at the full-time whistle. Good luck to Clonduff in the next round.
The U-14s played their last league game of the season at home to Atticall on Monday evening of last week and won bya significant margin which shows how well the team has progressed this year as they were defeated in the away tie earlier in the year. There were good performances from Sean Mullan, Aidan Rogers, Finn McElroy-Banjo and Jordan Doran. Good to see Tiarnan Fegan make a substitute appearance after being out injured for most of the league season and well done to all the playets.
Lower Mourne Gaelic League held their annual Scoil Samhraidh (Summer School) in Longstone Hall last week. 150 children attended from throughout the South Down area, and participated in language and games activities which finished off with a Fun Day & Concert on Friday.
Upcoming games: Wed (tonight) Minor v Bright (a) 7.30pm/ U14 camogie championship shield v Warrenpoint (a)/ Tues Minor v St John’s (h) 7.30pm.
Committee meeting on Thursday (tomorrow) at 7.30pm
Upcoming July Holidays events in Longstone: Sunday 17th -Ambrose Rogers and Margaret McGrady Memorial Tournaments (Football & Camogie Sevens) and Music will follow that night in the clubrooms with The Phillips Sisters from 9pm/ Tuesday 19th-Table Quiz starting at 9.30pm/ Friday 22nd –Charity Fun Run in aid of Shimna Valley Village starting at 7.30pm and followed by a Barbecue.
Down website:www.downgaa.net contains information relevant to club events.
Down GAA Cul Camp will take place in Longstone from August 8-12 for 6-13 year olds. Book online at www.gaa.ie or contact club co-ordinator Damian Young 07843 171293, for more info. There will also be a nursery camp for children who were enrolled in P1 or P2 from Sept 2010–June 2011.
Condolences to the family of Robbie Rogers, Kitty’s Rd., on the recent passing of a loyal Longstone clubman who was held in high esteem.