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posted 23 Apr 2011, 02:47 by tony Burden

Longstone GAC Notes

(Monday, April 18)

*The seniors started their league season at home to Kilcoo on Friday evening at home to Kilcoo. The visitors started well scoring several points and a goal midway through the first half to stamp their authority on the game to run out convincing winners by the end. Hopefully Longstone will put the defeat behind them quickly and get ready for the next game this Saturday away to Ballyholland at 7pm.

*The Reserves were defeated on Sunday away to Downpatrick.

*Our U16s played their first league game of the season on Thursday evening at home to Glasdrumman. Longstone were four points down at half-time, but recovered well during the second half and the game finished in a draw. It was a good team performance with John Trimble and Gareth McDowell leading by example.

*The U14s kicked off their league campaign last week on Monday night at home to Ballymartin. After a slow start the home side got their game together and played some good football, there was little between the teams going into the last ten minutes but it was the visitors that finished stronger to win the game. 

*The U12s were away to Annaclone on Sunday in the fourth series of Blitzes where they played five games. They drew with Annaclone and Tullylish and had narrow defeats to Drumgath and Warrenpoint and were well beaten by a very strong Clonduff side. Well done everyone for the big effort on a very warm day.

*Longstone hosted the first U10 blitz of the summer on Saturday with Ballymartin, Atticall, Burren A and Burren B the visitors. The hosts were excellent all day and recorded wins against Atticall and Ballymartin, a draw with Burren A, and a narrow defeat to Burren B. All the players in the squad gained good experience and started at least one game. Well done boys and girls.

*The junior camogie team hosted Liatroim in Round 2 of Division II on Monday evening of last week and recorded a comfortable win with all players giving a good effort from the start. 

*Longstone U16 camogs travelled to Clonduff last Tuesday evening for Round 2 in the League.  The home side got down to business straight away snatching a couple of early goals and points which unsettled Longstone from the off but Courtney McComb and Sheree Fitzpatrick battled hard in midfield for the visitors and eventually their efforts were rewarded when Niamh Rogers slotted the sliotar to the back of the Clonduff net leaving the half-time score at Clonduff 4-4 Longstone 1-0.  Longstone came out in the second half with great determination and it wasn’t long before Seaneen Rooney beat the home goalie with a brilliant puck of the ball.  Hayley McDowell impressed with her catching of the ball as did Aleacha Rooney who added three points to the Longstone score sheet.  Anthea and Celine Trainor were superb in the Longstone defence and Brin Dundas made some fantastic blocks in the Longstone goals but while the visitors held their own with the home side in the second half scoring 1-4 to Clonduff’s 2-4 they left it a little too late to claw back the first half score difference and Clonduff were the victors 6-8 to 2-4 at the full-time whistle.

*Good luck to the Down U16 Camogie Team who are through to the U16C All Ireland Championship Semi-Final against Westmeath this Saturday at Iniskeen, Monaghan, and special good luck wishes to Longstone’s Aleacha Rooney, Anthea Trainor and Sheree Fitzpatrick who are on the team, and to Longstone’s Ann, Roisin and Slim Rogers who are mentors.

*Upcoming fixtures: Thurs U16 v Drumgath (a)/ Sat Sen v Ballyholland (a), U14 camogie v Ben Dearg (h) & U12 camogs v Atticall (a)/ Mon Jun camogie v Clonduff (a)/ Tues U16 camogs v An Riocht (a).

*Longstone’s weekly session of Bingo on Wednesdays, which starts at 9pm, is under threat of closure due to falling attendances. We appeal to all 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!

*Michael McCoy, comedy hypnotist, appearing in Longstone Hall next Saturday, April 30. Tickets can be obtained from behind the bar, any senior player or Art’s Shop. Disco to follow the hypnotic entertainment.