Coolera/Strandhill GAA Club notes

Lotto Results

The lotto numbers drawn on Monday May 6th were 9, 12, 16, 27. There were no Match Three winners, and no winners of the €11,700. This week’s jackpot is €11.800. Our Club Lotto is used to help pay for the club’s day-to-day expenses which last year amounted to €65,000. Expenses included county board contributions, team registration and insurance, pitch maintenance and facilities fees. Because of your support of the club lotto and other fundraising ventures we may continue with our plans to continue to provide facilities which the entire community may enjoy and be proud of. The lotto consists of 50 Draws for an annual subscription of €80.00 or a standing order of €20.00 every three months. Players choose four numbers between one and thirty two. The jackpot increases by €100 each week if not won. Annual subscriptions are due for renewal and committee members will be calling to members in the coming weeks. Please continue to support.

Golf Scramble

The club will hold a Golf Scramble on Bank Holiday Monday, June 3rd in Strandhill Golf Club. Teams of four are invited at a cost of €120, which includes dinner. Prizes galore and lots of fun guaranteed. Get practising those swings. To enter a team please contact any committee member.

 

U16 Girls

The under 16 girls had a very busy Easter playing three away matches in a week. The week began with a trip to Buninaddan to face St. Nathy’s. The girls put the defeat to Grange behind them with an impressive display to run out 7-09 to 1-10 winners. This match was significant in that two new under 14 girls were on the score-sheet, Alana Wilson helping herself to two goals before making way for Eva White who also pitched in with a goal. There were also impressive performances from Cliodhna O’ Sullivan and Holly Gilligan in midfield and the half forward line of Keri Mitchell, Shona Dalton and Anna Callaghan were also among the scorers.

Next up was a trip to Tourlestrane where the girls faced a very strong home side. Another day with a depleted squad saw the introduction of more under 14 girls, Ellen Walsh and Susannah Gilligan. This was a game in which the girls never really got going, though they deserve great credit for their efforts, in particular for a second half in which they scored 1-05.

The girls finished their campaign with their third away tie, this time travelling to Riverstown to play Shamrock Gaels. They brought the league to an end with a comprehensive win over their hosts. It could be true to say that they saved their best till last. Amy Deering was in top form scoring 3-04. Cliodhna O’ Sullivan and Holly Gilligan continued their impressive form as a midfield pairing, contributing 3-04 between them, while also setting up scores for Shona Dalton and Beibhinn Harte. Ciara Lindsay put in a great performance at corner back, and the half-back line of Keri Mitchell, Amy Hampson and Cliodhna Davitt held steadfast throughout the game. Eva White, Ellen Walsh, Lisa Kilfeather, Nessa O’ Sullivan and Mary-Kate McPartland (all under 14) continue to improve with each game at the older age.

Having finished the league with three wins, the girls can now look forward to a competitive championship campaign, where hopefully they will give a good account of themselves when they have a full squad available.

 

 

 

Tipperary Hurlers hold Training Session

Our under-age hurlers had a fantastic coaching session on Saturday morning when four members of the Kildangan Club in Tipperary took the session. Former inter-county player Darragh Egan, current Tipperary panelists Alan Flynn and Willie Connors and coach Michael Ryan were in attendance. The sun shone brightly and it was a fabulous experience for our young stars. They were coached in the skills of lifting, hooking, blocking and striking in what was a fun-filled hour. A large turned out to watch and there were plenty of opportunities for photos. Many thanks to our visitors for taking time from their Munster Championship preparations to pass on some valuable tips.

 

Junior Ladies

The junior ladies finished the group stage of the Spring Shield with an away tie to Curry on Sunday morning.  A very slow start left the girls six points behind before they settled into the match. Points from Shona Dalton, Cliodhna O’ Sullivan, and Attracta Halloran followed by a long-range goal from Aislinn Doggett turned a deficit into a half-time lead of 1-04 to 0-06. The home side began the second half in much the same way as the first, and had five unanswered points on the board before our girls registered their first score. A late goal from Attracta Halloran and a super solo effort from Cliodhna O’ Sullivan brought the young Coolera team back into contention but ultimately their older, more experienced opponents ran out 1-16 to 3-05 winners. Despite the result, the girls can be very pleased with their performance. The work rate and effort were there for all to see and with a little more experience and composure on the ball the result could have been different. The defense, led by Kaerla Kerrigan, Gráinne Redmond, Amy Hampson and Caoimhe O’ Sullivan was superb from the start. Holly Gilligan and Mary Stenson were also excellent, setting up many attacks. The u16 pairing of Cliodhna O’ Sullivan and Shona Dalton worked tirelessly against an experienced Curry duo and between them contributed 1-03 between them. In attack, Attracta Halloran, Aislinn Doggett and Eimear Callaghan in particular were a constant threat, Eimear showing that defence starts at corner forward. On a day when we had six subs it was cause for optimism that so many young girls want to be involved at this stage. Ellen Prior, the Deering sisters of Amy and Nadine and Mary Stenson made a big impact when introduced and it was a special morning for Keri Mitchell and Ciara Lindsay, both under sixteen who made their debuts in adult football. Well done girls.

 

Under 12 Girls Progress to League Semi-Final

A great performance this evening from a great u12 team, many of whom have just begun playing football in the last few months, saw the girls progress to the league semi-final. They never gave up, right from the start and every girl worked hard to the final whistle. The girls communicated very well on the field and supported each other throughout the four quarters. A brave comeback from a strong Geevagh team made for a tense final few minutes but to their credit the girls held firm to win 15-11 at the final whistle. They now go on to play CT Gaels in the semi-final on Friday 24th. Well done all.



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