FOSF 31st May 2010

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Friends of Sligo Football 
Best of luck to Sligo footballers next Saturday in their Connaught championship game with Mayo. After that memorable win in the league final against Antrim in Croke Park recently much is expected from this Sligo team, who showed great composure and sporting prowess in that match. While this is justified it must be remembered that Mayo topped the first Division while Sligo were playing in 3rd Division so it is a huge step up for our men. Nevertheless Sligo have the potential to match any team in the country when they play to their true potential. It is imperative Sligo supporters come out in numbers and cheer them on.

Best of luck to Sligo junior team in the Connaught final. It is a pity that some of the players, who brought us to the final will not now be eligible to participate in the actual final.

Congratulations to Noelle Gormley on her selection on the All Ireland League Division 2 team recently a great honour for a person, who has contributed so much to Sligo ladies football over the years.

Congratulations to Castleconnor native, Michael Naughton, who won ladies manager of the year having guided Donegal to National league title recently. He is an uncle of Sligo footballer Patrick Naughton.

We extend sympathy to the family of John Higgins, Curry, who died recently at a relatively young age. He was a dedicated family man and gave great service to Curry and the dignified Guard of Honour by Curry past and present footballers and his post men colleagues was testament to the respect he commanded in the locality. He was of course a brother in law of former Sligo great Mattie Brennan. This is the third relatively young family man to die in the parish of Curry in less than a year following the deaths of Johnny Stenson and Fergus Brennan.

We wish the best of luck to all young people undertaking exams at the moment. When we consider the pressure for these students some of which have to mix study with football training and matches we should appreciate their great efforts.

Best of luck to the organisers and all participating in Cumann na mBun scoil competitions. We in FOSF greatly acknowledge the tremendous work being done by teachers, parents, volunteers and coaches in this area in shaping the development of boys and girls in their formative years as players and young people.

We extend sympathy to the family of Mayo hurler Adrian Freeman, who was killed in a road traffic accident in Melbourne, Australia. He was a member of the Mayo hurling squad in 2009, representing the county in the National Hurling League, and in the Christy Ring Cup. In the current economic climate many young people have travelled to Australia to seek work and it is a tragedy this experience should end like this.