Longstone GAC Notes
(Sunday, January 30)
*Longstone GAC Dinner Dance took place on Saturday night in Longstone Hall and a good crowd attended. The guest speakers were Sean Caughey, Chair of Down Camogie, James McCartan, Down senior manager, and John Devaney, Down county board. Many thanks to them for their encouraging words about Longstone and a few entertaining stories. Football award winners for 2010 were: Minor R-up, Blaine Rafferty & Player of the Year, Declan Haughian; Reserve R-up, John-Paul Haughian & Player of the Year (Thomas George Burden Cup), Michael Ireland; Senior Most Dedicated, Barry Kelly, R-up, Stephen Doran & Player of the Year (Ambrose Rogers Trophy), Eamonn Quinn. And Longstone’s three Down senior players, namely, Ambrose Rogers, Mark Poland and Mark Doran received an award from the club. Senior Longstone Camogie Award Winners for 2010: Camogie Personality, Erin McDowell, Most Improved Player, Aleacha Rooney, Players’ Player, Noreen Rodgers, Runner-up Player, Cathy Harrison & Player of the Year, Pauline Trainor. Clubperson of the Year was Hugh Rodgers. Hugh stepped down from the chairman’s position at the end of the year and he received a presentation from both the camogie and football wings of Longstone. Following these Hugh spoke from the heart about his time as chairman of the club and looked forward to the future, helping out, in whatever way possible, and he received a great ovation from the crowd for all his committed effort over the years in aid of the Longstone community.
*Scor Sinsir started on Friday night with the South Down semi-final in St Patrick’s PS, Hilltown, and Longstone took part in the Solo singing, Recitation and Trath na gCeist categories. Well done to everyone who was involved for Longstone, and Hugh Rodgers has qualified for the South Down final.
*Longstone camogs Caitlin Trainor, Katie Smith, Taylor Poland, Aine Trimble, Orla Smith and Aoife McDowell took part in the first U10 Indoor Camogie Blitz of the season hosted by An Riocht on Saturday. They competed against An Riocht, Clonduff and Liatroim and all the teams gave a great display of camogie and show great promise for the rest of the season. Thanks to An Riocht for their hospitality and to Mairin McAleenan for organising such a well run tournament.
*Thanks to everyone, about 30 people, who attended last week’s child protection course in Longstone, including visitors from clubs such as Dromara and St John’s.
*Football practice arrangements: U8s continue on Monday 6.45-8pm/ U10s start next Wednesday, February 2, from 6.15-7.30pm/ U12s start Wednesday, February 9, from 7.30-8.30pm and U16s continue on Tuesday 7-8.30pm. All practice sessions in the Ambrose Rogers Sports Hall.
*The Ulster League starts this Sunday and Longstone are away in Co. Cavan against Ballyhaise at 2pm. The following Sunday’s game is home to Cookstown.
*Down GAA will host a practical coaching workshop next Wednesday, February 9, at 7pm in Pairc Esler, Newry. It is free and open to all coaches. The session is titled "The Perfect Coaching Session" and will be delivered by Ulster Council Coaches Tony Scullion and Kevin McGuigan. This outdoor observation session will look at principles, guidelines and application of heart rate analysis to monitor the intensity of training. The objective of the session is to provide those attending with an overview of the area and the knowledge required to devise Games/Drills for training that replicate the intensity of match based activity.
*Reminder for Parents/Guardians: Children are not allowed in Longstone Hall and Field unless involved in supervised training/activity. And please drop off and collect the children at the appropriate times.
*SELB Top Club 2011 Talent Contest (e.g. singers, dancers, musicians, novelty acts) will take place on Tuesday, February 15 in JIMS, Kilkeel. There will be 3 categories: Primary School, U14's and 14-17yr olds with the winners going through to a Grand Final. Anyone interested in taking part please contact Joe Fegan on 07738 810909.