*ACL I: Downpatrick 1-7 Longstone 3-17. The senior team put in a good performance in their second game of the season on Friday night in Pairc Tomas Ruiseil, Downpatrick. At half-time the visitors were well on the way to victory and led 2-08 to 0-4, the two goals scored by Ryan Kelly and Ambrose Rogers. The second period followed the first in much the same vein with Longstone scoring points regularly, before a last minute penalty converted by Ryan Kelly ended the scoring. Longstone played well throughout the game and many players stood out but special mention should go to Ryan Kelly who scored 2-8, including three frees.
*Our Minors were home to Darragh Cross last Tuesday. Two late goals from the visitors nicked the game for the east Down team by six points. Most consistent performers on the night for Longstone were Daithi Young, Gareth McDowell and Padraig Fegan.
*Longstone U-16s were away to Drumclone last Thursday night and were also defeated by six points. If Longstone had taken their chances the outcome would have been different which proved to be the difference between the teams. Players to impress were Gareth McDowell, Aidan Rogers, Sean Mullan and Tyrone Poland. Next game is tomorrow(Thursday) at home to Glenn at 7.30pm-players to be at Longstone for 6.50pm.
*Camogie Notes: The junior camogie team were defeated at home to Ballygalget on Monday of last week. The U-12s will take part in the All-County Blitz 3 in Ballycran this Saturday and gave a great exhibition of camogie.
*Congratulations to Down minor camogs on reaching the All Ireland ‘C’ championship final due to take place on May 5 and venue to be confirmed. Niamh Rogers is on the panel and Sean, Roisin and Ann Rogers are part of the team management. It would be encouraging if some Longstone supporters could make it to the final to cheer on the team.
*A final reminder to any past or present camogie players with old skorts (hybrid shorts/skirts playing gear) to please pass them on to our present players. Contact Ann Rogers (07761 879024).
*Upcoming Fixtures: Thurs U-16 v Glenn (h) 7.30pm/ Fri Sen v Bryansford (h) 7.30pm/ Sat U-8 Football Blitz in Longstone 10.30am & U-12 Camogie Blitz in Ballycran/ Sun U-12 Go Games in Mitchels 10.30am/ Mon Jun camogie v Ballycran (a) & Sen v Kilcoo (a) 7.30pm.
*Go Games tournaments this week. On Saturday at Longstone Pk. there will be an U-8 Blitz with Longstone A & B, Burren A, B & C, and Ballymartin teams taking part from 10.30am to approx.12.30pm. Then on Sunday the U-12s will go to Newry Mitchels to play Mitchels, Ballymartin, An Riocht, Mayobridge Gaels & Ogs starting at 10.30am.
*The Down championship draws were made last week. The Reserves will play Bryansford and the Seniors were paired with Ballyholland in the first round of both competitions. Note that the senior championship this year has a back-door system similar to the inter-county competition, i.e. each team that is defeated in the first round gets a second chance, and is due to start over the week-end, Friday June 8.
*Mentors of all club teams must be paid up members. Would those who have yet to sign up, including other club supporters, please see Dympna Rooney this Friday at Longstone Hall from 7pm onwards. From May 1 the membership fee increases.
*Committee meeting next Tuesday at 9pm.
*Sale on the following club merchandise: T-shirts and tracksuits for various children’s sizes and Adult tracksuits. Club football socks and shorts, Juvenile up to Seniors, also available. Contact Dympna Rooney 078284 57610.
*Longstone GAC Golf Classic will take place on Friday, May 25, at Kilkeel Golf Club. To enter a team please contact Ashleen Poland, Michael Haughian, Hugh Trainor, Wilfred Rogers or Dympna Rooney.
*Down GAA county board is offering a limited number of scholarships to juvenile club members, from any Down club, who will attend a Gaeltacht College course this summer. The application form for the grant can be downloaded from the Down website and must be returned by this Friday.
*Numbers 4, 13, 21, 24. Two matched three. Jackpot £6200 on Sunday night.