Longstone GAC Notes
(Monday, April 11)
*Longstone U16 Camogs got their 2011 league season off to a great start when they played host to St Peter’s Warrenpoint last Tuesday evening. Aleacha Rooney opened the scoring for the home side placing the sliotar beautifully between the uprights and this was replicated shortly afterwards by Niamh Rogers. The Longstone forwards continued to apply the pressure and the McDowell sisters, Hayley and Niamh, were justly rewarded when they each slotted the sliotar to the back of the Warrenpoint net. Aleacha Rooney then added a goal to her personal tally while Niamh Rogers added another 2 goals and a point before half-time. The second half continued where the first left off with Longstone dominating most of the play. Kelsie Rogers was absolutely superb on the half-back line making some brilliant catches and clearances of the ball. She was backed up by the solid defence line of Celine and Anthea Trainor and Cliodhna and Seaneen Rooney while Courtney McComb, Ruth Collins and Sheree Fitzpatrick worked tirelessly in the middle of the field giving great supply to the Longstone forwards. Warrenpoint did put up a brave battle right to the end but Niamh Rogers clocked up another goal and point and Sinead Rodgers drove the ball to the back of the Warrenpoint net to ensure victory for the home side at the final whistle.
*Longstone U12 Camogs played host to An Riocht last Saturday in Round 2 of the Cluster 4 Blitzes. Both sides displayed some great camogie skills but overall An Riocht showed more experience in handling and controlling the sliotar. However, as always Longstone’s Breanna Magorrian, Aisling Trimble, Katie Smith, Orianna McGoey, Taylor Poland and Louise Corrigan tried hard and the younger members of the team, Cara Haughian, Orla Smith and Aine Trimble are certainly stepping up to the mark and putting their camogie practice into action.
*Longstone U14 Camogs played host to Aghaderg also on Saturday past in Round 2 of the league. The home side got straight down to business with Niamh Rogers sending the sliotar straight to the back of the visitor’s net followed by a beautifully placed point. Ruth Collins, Courtney McComb and Niamh McDowell dominated the midfield for Longstone and gave their forwards endless supply of the ball. Etain Dundas made the most of this supply claiming a personal tally of 6 goals. Breanna Magorrian and Niamh Rogers added a further 6 goals (2 and 4 respectively) to their side’s score sheet while Courtney McComb pointed superbly from almost the middle of the field. From the other end of the pitch Longstone’s full back, Cliodhna Rooney, showed that she can attack just as well as she can defend by rattling the sliotar to the back of the Aghaderg net and Louise Quinn and Danielle Corrigan were unlucky several times not to score for the home side. Aghaderg did, however, show great determination and grit right up to the final whistle but the home side never looked like letting their victory slip and the newcomers to this team, Aisling Trimble, Taylor Poland, Katie Smith and Orianna McGoey, were very impressive and show great potential for the future.
*The Reserves were defeated on Sunday at home to Downpatrick.
*The minor footballers had a good challenge game at home to Saul recently and after an exciting second half won by two points, scoring a goal in the last play of the game. Thanks to the visitors for travelling and playing with such effort themselves. Fist league game this season is next Tuesday away to Atticall at 7pm-all support would be much appreciated.
*The Down senior football leagues start this weekend and Longstone’s first game is home to Kilcoo at 7pm.
*U10 Mourne league starts next Monday with an away game to Atticall at 7pm. The games will run over ten consecutive weeks.
*Upcoming fixtures: Thurs U16 v Glasdrumman (h)/ Fri Sen v Kilcoo (h)/ Sun Reserve v Saval (h) at 2pm/ Mon U14 camogie v Annaclone (a) U10 v Atticall (a)/ Minor v Atticall (a) & U16 camogie v Castlewellan (h).
*Longstone’s weekly session of Bingo on Wednesdays from 8pm is under threat of closure due to falling attendances. We appeal to club members to spread the word to family members and people in the local community about coming to bingo. After running for about 40 years we are reluctant to call a halt to this social night, which is the only means of entertainment provided for senior citizens. You may not win a fortune but it is a good night’s craic!
*Tickets for the ‘500 Draw boxes’ can be obtained on Friday evening at the Kilcoo game.
*Michael McCoy, comedy hypnotist, appearing in Longstone Hall on Saturday, April 30. Tickets on sale soon or pay at the door.