*Longstone GAC celebrated its Juvenile Awards Night on Friday and there was a big crowd in attendance. The camogie awards were presented by Clonduff and Down player, Orla Maginn, who recently won ‘Ulster Player of the Year’ and ‘Soaring Star’ awards. The football awards were handed out by Longstone’s Ambrose Rogers, Mark Poland and Mark Doran, Longstone and Down senior players. Football awards: The U8s took part in various tournaments during the year, claiming the Plate title in Longstone and Clonduff, and received both medals. The U10s won every game they played in 2011 and received their Mourne League medals. Both groups of players received plaques for their efforts during the year. The U11 side also received South Down medals for winning their league section. The U12 team competed well in the League, won the Liatroim tournament Shield and were awarded trophies to mark their achievements. The U14s won the South Down ‘C’ championship and An Riocht Shield and were presented with medals. Individual awards went to: Player of the Year, Darren Fitzpatrick and Aidan Rogers; Runner-up, Owen Haughian; Most Improved, Sean Mullan. The U16s finished second in their league group and their team mentors were very pleased with the team’s efforts and attitude this year and look forward to these players returning to action next year. Individual awards went to: Player of the Year, John Trimble; Runner-up, Daithi Young and Gareth McDowell; Most dedicated, Darren Fitzpatrick and Aidan Rogers; Most Improved, Padraig Fegan and Pearse Trimble. The Juvenile Sports Personality Award went to Conor Shields.
Camogie Awards: This year’s U10 and U12 camogs were an absolute pleasure to coach according to their team mentors. They showed great dedication, commitment and an eagerness to learn. There is a lot of potential here, even at such a young age group, and hopefully these girls will continue to work hard at their skills and training and keep camogie alive in Longstone. The U10s took part in numerous indoor and outdoor blitzes over the season and gave a great account of themselves. At U12 level there were Go Game Blitzes and in the End of Season All County Tournament held in August, Longstone got through to the final of the Slievenaglogh Cup and were narrowly beaten by 1 goal.
All the U10 and 12 girls worked very hard over the year and each girl was presented with a sliotar. Instead of putting this on the mantelpiece they can put it to good use by practicing their camogie skills at home. U12 Camogie Player / Sports Personality of the Year was awarded to Taylor Poland and she was praised for her commitment, dedication, discipline and skills with a hurl and sliotar which are a joy to watch. Our U14 Camogs had a very successful season. They were: Runners-up in the County Shield Final, Winners of Section 1 of the U14 League, and Overall Bronze Medal Winners of the U14 Leagues and were presented with their Shield and League Medals. U14 individual awards: Joint Player of the Year, Cliodhna Rooney and Niamh Rogers; Most Dedicated, Ruth Collins; Most Improved, Danielle Corrigan. Courtney McComb and Niamh Rogers also represented Longstone on this year’s Down U14 Camogie Team and were Runners-up with the Team in an All Ireland Intercounty Blitz hosted by Dublin in September and received their medals. Our U16s performed well this season coming Joint Runners-up in their section of the League. U16 Player of the Year, Sheree Fitzpatrick; Runner-up, Kelsie Rogers; Most Dedicated, Niamh Rogers; Most Improved, Celine Trainor. Aleacha Rooney, Anthea Trainor and Sheree Fitzpatrick were on the Down Team who won this year’s U16C All Ireland Championship and they received an award to mark their success. A big thak-you was expressed to Ann Rogers for being our Juvenile Referee, to those who cut the grass on the Valley Road pitch and the parents, grandparents and all those who come out to cheer on our young camogs. Your encouragement and support is invaluable to the teams.
*Congratulations to Niamh Rogers, awarded Down U14 Camogie Player of the Year at last week’s Camogie Convention.
*Zumba with Lisa continues in Longstone Hall on Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm. Everyone welcome.
*Youth Club resumes in Longstone Hall this Friday, Primary 7-8.30 and Secondary 8.30-10pm.
*Longstone Camogie club have organised a Table Quiz for this Friday in Longstone Hall at 9.30pm. Music session afterwards-‘Bring Your Own’ instrument and join in!
*The Down County Board are recruiting referees and there will be a ‘New Referees’ Course starting on January 9 in the Burrendale Hotel, Newcastle, which involves four sessions. A separate ‘Young Whistlers’ Course, for 16-18 year-olds, will also be held early in 2012, to allow young club members referee at U-10, U-11 Blitz tournaments and U-12 Go Games next season and sample refereeing in a less competitive environment. Contact Denis Cotter 07763 346905 if you want more details or would like to apply for either course.
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