Coolera/Strandhill GAA Club notes

Warriors Quiz.

The Warriors Festival is holding an Audio-Visual Quiz in the Strand Bar on Friday April 21st at 8.30pm. Proceeds from this quiz will be donated to Coolera-Strandhill. It is important that the club has a good representation present on the night. Tables of four cost just €20.00. Why not come along and enjoy a quiz with a difference, with a fun night guaranteed?


The lotto numbers drawn on Monday April 10th were 12, 22, 24 and 30. There was no jackpot winner, nor were there any Match Three winners. The jackpot now increases to €1300. The lotto draw takes place at 9pm every Monday night in Coolera/Strandhill GAA Club House, Ransboro Park. Tickets can be bought at Keane’s Supermarket, Strandhill; Margaret’s Café, Finisklin and Bree’s Bar, Strandhill. For further details, contact Joe Gildea or Rose Cawley or check the club website

U16 Girls.

Our under 16 girls got back to winning ways with a 3-13 to 0-05 victory over St. Michael’s last Tuesday. Playing with the wind in the first half the girls settled quickly led by Aislinn Doggett in midfield, and the half-back line of Eimear Callaghan, Nadine Deering, and Gráinne Redmond. The supply to the forwards ensured that the home side led by 0-10 to 0-02 at half time, points coming from Aislinn Doggett, Amy Hampson and a superb long range effort from Ellen Prior. Playing into a strong wind for the second half scores didn’t come as easily, but strong performances from Roisin Heneghan, Danika Kerrigan and Éilis Burke ensured that Coolera-Strandhill maintained their lead. The full back line of Amy Deering, Ellen Given and Holly Gilligan coped well with any St. Michael’s attack, Ellen Given being particularly influential. Aislinn Doggett continued to dominate in midfield, helped by Beibhinn Harte whose direct running caused many problems for the visitors. Goals from Ellen Prior, who netted twice, and Aislinn Doggett added to points from Roisin Heneghan and Éilis Burke ensured victory. The under 16s now have a break for two weeks and will play again on April 25th with a trip to Curry.

U16 Boys

The Under 16 boys’ match against Geevagh/St Michael's on Monday 10th ended in a draw on a scoreline of Coolera-Strandhill 3-12, Geevagh/St Michael's 5-06. A great second half performance from our boys saw them score 2-10, having been 3-6 to 1-2 down at half time. There were some wonderful points kicked by Josh Gilligan and an absolute gem from Sam McDermott, who also scored a goal for the second week running. Oran Mc Donagh, Fiachra Staunton, Keelan Harte, Jack Murphy all excelled in a great team effort, especially in the second half. The next match is away to Tubbercurry/Cloonacool on Monday the 24th April.

Minor Boys

Our minor side played the second round of the league away to St Pats on Thursday winning on a score line of 5-6 to 1-7. Missing quite a number of players the lads put in a strong first half performance in front of goal and backed it up with an extremely well disciplined and hard working second half showing in defence. Senior players Sean Murphy and Mark Connell led by example through work rate and organisation and fellow senior player Kieron Prior led a vibrant attack. Wing forwards Adam Higgins and Calym Malone chipped in with 1-1 each as did full forward Sean Coggins. Team on duty was Keelan Harte , Mark Harkin, Sean Chambers, Kevin Harte, Mark Connell, Sean Wynne, Eoin McCormak, Sean Murphy, Adam Higgins, Kieron Prior, Calym Malone, Sean Coggins, Ciaran Flynn, Sean Chambers, Alan Scanlon.

Junior Girls

The Junior Ladies began their League campaign with a home tie against C.T. Gaels. Once again, we were forced to field a very young team with six under 16 girls involved. The match also saw the return to the playing field of Catherine Porter and Pamela Higgins. Although the girls suffered defeat, there were many positives to be taken from a much improved performance to the previous week. Sarah Lindsay, in goals, made numerous excellent saves and her kickouts were extremely effective. Ciara McCormack was excellent at corner back, ably supported by Kaela Kerrigan. Ciara Redmond and Attracta Halloran worked tirelessly in midfield and contributed two points each. In attack there were impressive debuts from Catherine Porter, Pamela Higgins (who goaled twice), Ciara Healy (1-01) and Claire Stenson who replaced the injured Caoimhe O’ Sullivan. The next fixture is an away match against Owenmore Gaels. Team; Sarah Lindsay, Ciara McCormack, Kaela Kerrigan, Caoimhe O’ Sullivan (Claire Stenson), Jessica Halloran (Ellen Given), Nadine Deering (Gráinne Redmond), Attracta Halloran, Ciara Redmond,  Lauren McGarry, Pamela Higgins, Catherine Porter, Eimear McCallion (Roisin Heneghan), Ciara Healy.

Their second round tie with Owenmore Gaels also ended with defeat, despite some strong performances from Ruth Goodwin, Ciara Redmond, Ellen Given, Aislinn Doggett and Ellen Prior. Team; Sarah Lindsay, Jessica Halloran, Cara Gilligan, Kaela Kerrigan, Ciara McCormack, Laura Joyce, Claire Stenson, Ciara Redmond (0-02), Ruth Goodwin, Eilis Callaghan, Catherine Porter, Attracta Halloran, Ciara Healy (1-00), Pamela Higgins, Lauren McGarry, subs used, Eimear Joyce, Ellen Given, Aislinn Doggett, Gráinne Redmond, Ellen Prior (0-01), Eimear McCallion.


GAA Cúl Camps 2017

Online registration is now open for our Cúl Camp which will be held at Scarden from July 3rd-7th. Check for details, or alternatively contact Tommy Cradock on 0877866845. These camps are always popular and represent great value for money with gear and bags included in the price.



Croke Park

With great excitement, as well as a few sleepy heads, our U12 boys and their mentors together with some parents and supporters boarded the bus bound for Croke Park at 6.30am last Wednesday. The boys were heading to GAA HQ to take part in the Connacht Council's Go Games event and spirits were high as the stadium came into view. After a quick snack our 30 players were divided into two squads and readied themselves for action. Both squads played 3 games of twenty minutes duration against teams from all over the province with regular rotation of players ensuring maximum enjoyment of the experience for all. The players acquitted themselves admirably on the famous green sward which was a great credit to their mentors and the work they are doing with them.

Once the games had concluded, the boys had lunch, after which there was a stadium tour. Our tour guide insisted on questions being asked and the lads duly obliged, with a few testing ones thrown in for good measure! From the dressing rooms to the warm-up area we proceeded out the tunnel to gain some idea of what it must be like to run out on match day. After visiting the souvenir shop it was back on the bus. A welcome food stop was enjoyed by all and after a fabulous day we arrived home safe at 8.30.

Great credit goes to all involved in this initiative from Connacht Council to the Games Managers/Coaches and Croke Park Staff for managing an event of this scale so smoothly. Thanks also to the club executive for their support and to team mentors/managers for their meticulous preparation to ensure the boys got the maximum enjoyment from the day. Finally a word of praise must go to  the players who represented themselves, their families and the club so well. They conducted themselves impeccably both on and off the pitch and truly embraced the occasion with songs, laughs and great fun in plentiful supply.

Team 1: Alfie McDermott, Kevin Davitt, Oisin Hennessy, Oran Harte, Tadgh Doggett, Zach Gilligan, Cathal Hughes, David Kennedy, Hughie Doherty, Shane Prior, Jack McDaniel, Mark Keane, Tadgh Murphy, Luke Gilligan, Cathal Gilligan. Mentors: Ronan Hennessy, Michael Keane, Phillip Gilligan. 

Team 2: Andrew Connell, Keelan Boyle, Hubert Healy, Keelan Schoen, Oisin O'Neill, Thomas Lee, Cillian O'Neill, Eoghan Healy, Oisin Whelan, Ronan Adams, Shane O'Loughlin, Thomas Kinane, James Lynch, Eoghan Fenton, Aidan O'Loughlin. Mentors: Patrick Healy, Ken O'Neill, Stephen Whelan.

U12 Girls

The under 12 girls made it two wins out of two with a 12-03 win over St. Mary’s last Friday. They started quickly and by the end of the first quarter had run up a 7-1 lead, thanks to scores from Ellen Walsh, Eva White, Orna Murphy and Alana Wilson. St. Mary’s battled their way back into the match and our girls didn’t score again until the final quarter. There were impressive displays from Anna McDaniel, Mary Kate McPartland and Lisa Kilfeather in defence, while Alana Wilson, Orlaith Beirne, Ellen Walsh and Susannah Gilligan starred in attack. Next up is a home match vs Calry/St. Joseph’s on Friday. Team, Nessa O’ Sullivan, Laoise McKenna, Áine Morahan, Anna McDaniel, Mary Kate McPartland, Lisa Kilfeather, Orna Murphy (0-05), Eva White (0-01), Susannah Gilligan (0-01), Alana Wilson (0-03), Ellen Walsh (0-02), Áine Harte, Clodagh Martyn, Ava Griffin, Úna Griffin, Orlaith Beirne, Hannah Bohan,

Senior Leagues

Our senior footballers made it three wins in a row in the league with victories  over St. Michael’s (2-14 to 0-06) and St. Patrick’s/Dromard (1-13 to 2-02) and are now joint top of the table. The senior hurlers also had a comprehensive win in their Dermot Molloy League second round tie with St. Mary’s (Carrick-on-Shannon) on Easter Sunday. 

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