*The Ambrose Rogers Memorial 7s Tournament was played last Sunday in Longstone Park and Longstone, Ballymartin, Castlewellan, Glasdrumman, Clonduff and Clann na Banna took part. Each team played every other side and it ended up that the final was between Longstone and Clonduff which the hosts won by one point, 1-8 to 2-4. After the final Ambrose Rogers, current Down captain, presented the trophy to Conor Poland. Longstone panel was Michael Ireland, Barry Doran, Conor Doran, Eamonn Quinn, Michael Hughes, Cormac Poland, Conor Poland, Ryan Kelly, Conor Smyth, Malachy Trainor. The Clonduff panel was Jason Brown, John Fegan, Finbarr McConville, Paul McConville, Eamonn O’Reilly, Shane O’Hagan, Conor O’Hagan, John McPolin, Bernard Branagan, Shane McGreevy. Many thanks to the clubs who came to Longstone to take part in the competition in memory of Ambrose. Also a big thank-you to everyone who helped out on the day, from those who prepared and served the food to the preparation of the two reduced sized fields, and to those who attended on the day to support the event.
*Longstone’s U14 Camogs travelled to Warrenpoint last Thursday for the Quarter Final of the Shield Competition and what a display of camogie they served up on a beautiful summer’s evening. From Aisling Trimble in goals to full-forward Aoife McDowell every one of the team gave it their all from the throw in to the final whistle. Courtney McComb, who notched up 3 points for Longstone, was outstanding in midfield and, with the support of Ruth Collins, gave a great supply of the ball to the forward line of Louise Quinn, Danielle Corrigan and Orianna McGoey who certainly made the most of this supply adding 4-0, 2-1 and 2-0 respectively to the scoreboard. Niamh Rogers and Etain Dundas also got their name on the score sheet adding 1-2 and 1-0. Warrenpoint did make a strong comeback in the second half but the great defensive work of Breanna Magorrian, Katie Smith, Niamh McDowell and Cliodhna Rooney ensured a place for Longstone in next week’s semi-finals.
*Upcoming games: Sun Res v Downpatrick (a) 2pm/ Mon Junior camogie championship qtr-final v Clonduff II (h) & U14 football Series 1 of championship/ Tues Min ‘B’ FC v Atticall (a).
*Longstone will play ASK Lecale in the preliminary round of the senior championship next weekend, possibly Saturday, July 30.
*Charity Fun Run in aid of Shimna Valley Village (NI Cancer Fund for Children) starting at 7.30pm from Longstone Hall and followed by a Barbecue. The runners/walkers are open for donations.
*We wish Down and the Longstone players, namely, Ambrose Rogers, Mark Poland and Mark Doran, the very best in this Saturday’s All Ireland Qualifier against Cork, a rerun of last year’s Final.
*Longstone will host a Social 7s tournament on Saturday, August 13, involving a number of clubs. Any ex-players or lads who would like to play some football for Longstone on this day, or in such an event organised by a different club, are asked to contact Damian Young (07843 171293) as soon as possible.
*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. There will also be a nursery camp for children who were enrolled in P1 or P2 from Sept 2010–June 2011.
*Numbers for Sunday, July 10: 2, 14, 25, 27. 2 Matched 3/ Sunday July 17: 2, 5, 14, 23. Jackpot £6100 this Sunday night.