Longstone GAC Notes
(Monday, June 13)
ACL I: Longstone 1-13 Clonduff 2-7
*Longstone won this exciting home game on Friday evening to stretch their unbeaten run to three games. The team started well and led 1-6 to 1-4 at half-time. This lead was increased to six points during the third quarter and the hosts were in a very good position. However, early in the last quarter the visitors scored their second goal of the game to cut the deficit to three points and soon after this Longstone’s John Magee was sent off. The last ten minutes of the game were keenly contested but the Longstone team didn’t buckle and played with determination and converted a couple of scores to claim the victory. In an impressive team performance Longstone players to lead by example were Mark Doran, Michael Hughes and Ryan Kelly, who scored 7 points, including three from play.
Longstone: Colin Trainor, Eamon Quinn, John Magee, Glen Burden, Michael Hughes, Conor Smyth, Mark Doran, Norman McComb, Gary Trainor, Stephen Doran, Barry Doran, Mark Poland 0-2, Ciaran Doran 0-1, Michael Ireland 1-3, Ryan Kelly 0-7.
*The reserve team were home to St John’s on Sunday and won on a 1-10 to 0-8 scoreline. Players that particularly impressed were Cormac Poland and Jamie McCartan, who scored 0-3 and 1-0 respectively, Desmond Magee, Hugh Magee and Michael Higgins.
*Monday evening of last week saw Longstone host Atticall in a junior camogie division II tie. At half-time the hosts led 3-2 to 1-6 and by full time came out on top after a 7-3 to 2-6 win. Longstone played probably their most impressive camogie of the season thus far in this game. Nicole Hughes was in top form and pointed early on for the game’s opening score. This was followed by a Laura Alexander goal, who also had a terrific game. Although Atticall were rocked back by their opponents early scores they applied a fair amount of pressure which yielded several points. The Stone came back into it through good play by the outstanding Laura Joyce, ably supported by Danielle Harrison and Moira Rodgers. Close to half-time Pauline McConville goaled for the hosts to leave it 3-2 to 1-6 at the break. Longstone started the second period with the same intensity and before long had added two goals and a point through Nicole Hughes, Catherine Haughian and Caoimhe Poland respectively. The upper mourne side scored a late goal, but a second goal by Catherine Haughian, and another from Amy Rogers, one of an impressive young group of players on this panel, including Laurenm Cunningham, Sarah Trainor and Cherie Fitzpatrick. The backline was anchored by Erin McDowell, Colleen Haughian and Claire Rooney who made the game more secure for Longstone as the second half went on.
*Our U14s were at home to Annaclone on Monday of last week and had to field well below full strength for different reasons. The showed total commitment and hard work throughout the hour to run out comfortable winners. This was a great effort by all on the night, with Tony Young, Darren Fitzpatrick, Aidan Rogers and Tyrone Poland all on top form. Also a word of praise for those U12s who are playing regularly in the U14 games and all are doing really well.
*The U10 league continued with a home game against Ballymartin two Mondays ago and after two competitive games it was the home side that collected the points to keep their good run going. Both teams played some great football. At present we are able to field two teams of different players which is great to see and we ask everyone to keep up the good work
*Our youngest players, the U8s, won the Plate title at the McGreevy tournament in Hilltown on Saturday. Well done to all the boys and girls who played very good football in their games.
*Upcoming fixtures: Sat U12 camogie v Clonduff (a) / Sun Sen v Rostrevor (a) & U12 v St. Michael’s (a) 11am/ Mon Jun camogie v Ben Dearg (h) & Football: U14 v St Colman’s (a) 7.30pm/ Tues U16 camogs v Castlewellan (a).
*Condolences to the family of Thomas Greene and to the members of Ballymartin GAC on the recent passing of a dedicated family and clubman.
*Longstone GAC Golf Classic at Kilkeel Golf Club this Friday. All players taking part in the four-balls are asked to show up 30 minutes before tee-off time.
*Music in Longstone Hall this Friday night form 9pm with Darragh Fitzpatrick, including the Presentation of Awards from the Golf earlier in the day, during the interval.
*Juvenile S-Factor, ages 6-16, returns to Longstone next Saturday, June 25. Please contact Raphael Haughian 07841 125988 or Margaret Rogers 07808 234195 as soon as possible to enter an act (individual or group) in whatever area your talent lies, e.g. singing, dancing, comedy or storytelling. All proceeds in aid of the Moneydarragh PS Playground Fund.
*Cul Camp, ages 6-13, in Longstone this Summer during the week August 8-12. Cost for nursery children (P1 and P2 pupils during 2010-11) is £25 per child. For older children the cost is £35 per child. More details soon on a registration night. Damian Young is club co-ordinator for the camp.
*Championship Draws were made recently. Longstone will play ASK (Ardglass, Saul & Kilclief) Lecale in a Preliminary round tie at senior grade. At minor level the competition will be played on a round-robin group basis and Longstone are in Group B of the B championship with Ballymartin, Tullylish and Ardglass.
*Football training for U-16s and Minors continues on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm in Longstone.
*Numbers 2, 10, 11, 28. 4 Matched 3. Jackpot £5600 this Sunday night.