St. Mary's GAA Club notes

The senior men hit top form in their Championship match against St Molaise.  Needing the result, after opening day disappointment to Tubbercurry, our lads delivered the goods.   There was a feeling that the squad strength would benefit from returning players, and Stephen Coen getting more match time, and this proved the case, particularly for Stephen who played an important role and scored 1-04.   Marys started well, had an early goal and were never headed thereafter.    At the half we were leading by 5 points, so had to start the second half brightly in order to avoid letting St Molaise get any foothold in the game.   A goal stretched the St Marys lead further and gave a cushion.   At the final whistle the scoreline was 3-14 to 1-10, so well done to everyone.

On Sunday, 2 buses departed for Croke Park with 84 kids and adults to attend the Tyrone-Kerry All Ireland semi-final.   It was a brilliant day out for everyone and always great to get to Croke Park, particularly for the youngsters being there for the first time.   Our gratitude to the organisers and those helping on the day.   Saturday morning coaching had strong numbers again despite holidays and we had a welcome visit from Centra who are sponsoring footballs and other equipment.

The U12 girls had the last Group B game of their Championship when playing CT Gaels in Cloonacool.   The girls played spirited football, and were unlucky in an even contest to be outscored by 11 to 7.   The result means St Marys came 3rd in the Group and make the semi-finals on August 23rd where the opposition will again be CT Gaels, in what promises to be a very interesting contest.   The U10 girls played in the PJ Gillen Blitz in Shamrock Gaels last Monday and in addition to playing the hosts also had a game against Four Masters of Donegal.   Very enjoyable day for everyone and all girls played very well.

Both our minor boys and girls sides had impressive away wins during the week.   On Tuesday the girls played Shamrock Gaels and despite some absences took the contest with ease.   The team is unbeaten so far in the Championship and playing strongly, so keep up the good work everyone.   The Minor Boys also had a good win when they visited Drumcliffe Rosses Point last Thursday, posting a score of 3-13 against our hosts 1-10 in a performance that their supporters enjoyed given the quality performances throughout the team.   Both minor squads give great example to younger sides and lets hope the results keep coming.

The U14 boys had the best win of the week, when they took on Eastern Harps in Kent Park last Friday.   The team scored an incredible 9-15 in earning a deserved victory.   These guys have been strong all year and apply themselves very well to their football.   Fixtures for the week ahead include the U16 boys playing Owenmore Gaels in their Championship on Monday.   The week also sees both our U12 Division 1 and 3 sides out in their respective league semi-finals.   The Division 1 side play Curry at home on Tuesday and the Division 3 side travel to Oxfield to take on Drumcliffe Rosses Point.   The Minor Girls will play Tourlestrane away in their latest Championship tie on Thursday.

There will be a Rock and Roll Bingo fundraising evening this Thursday (August 15th) in Andersons Bar and Grill in support of Sligo Cancer Support Centre, SHOUT and Cancer Care West.   The evening commences at 8pm, promises to be tremendous fun and all Members are encouraged to attend this worthy fundraiser.



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