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					            WATTY GRAHAMS GAC, GLEN – CLUB NOTES - 03/10/11

Lotto Results 27/09/11
Lotto numbers were 26, 27 & 44. This week‟s winner was Eugene Kelly who
scooped £500. Next week‟s jackpot is £500.

Thank You
Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to the smooth running of last
weeks funerals. A special word of thanks goes to the huge work put into the
preparation of the funeral dinners by the kitchen staff and to those who helped with
the serving and clearing up. Thank you once again.

Heart Screening Day – 22 October 2011
A heart screening clinic has been arranged by the executive committee, in
association with the Healthy Heart Healthy Lives organisation, and will take place on
22 October 2011 in the Social Club. This opportunity is open to all members and to
others in the community, aged between 14 and 35. This day can only go ahead if
there are at least 30 playing members / persons, male or female, who wish to avail of
this opportunity. The cost to be screened is £35 per person. Please note that
anyone under the age of 16 will need the consent of their parents / guardian. The
club will be giving letters to the u14, u16, minor and senior panels throughout the
club so that they are made aware of this planned exercise. Any members / persons
interested in being screened, or parents / guardians that wish to have their sons or
daughters screened should contact Una McGroggan on 07518206385 or Roisin
Lagan on 07759838461 as soon as possible – and before next Monday 10 October
2011 so that appointment times can be organised! Please give this serious
consideration.

Minor ‘A’ Football Championship Final
This eagerly awaited county minor championship final was held on Sunday past in
Slaughtneil, with Magherafelt having high hopes of bursting our lads bubble for the
year. However, with our management keeping our lads grounded this last six weeks
their minds were fully focused on nothing other than taking home the trophy.
Magherafelt started of the scoring with a free kick inside the first minute. From the
following kick-out Glen won the break in midfield but possession was lost and
Magherafelt slotted over for their second point. Glen dug in from that point on and by
the seventh minute the teams were level with a pointed free from Emmet „Mutt Mutt‟
Bradley and a neatly worked score from Ciaran McFaul. This was to be the start of
what can only be described as a „class act' from our lads. With Glen dominating
midfield Emmet won possession and after a neat one-two his effort just dropped
short with the ball falling kindly to Danny Tallon who blasted over for Glen's third
point. Glen had chances of extending their lead but, like Magherafelt early on, they
saw their efforts fall wide of the posts. With a re-occurring injury preventing Michael
Warnock from continuing in the game he was replaced by Stevie O'Hara on the
quarter hour mark. Almost immediately Stevie got into the action and after some
excellent work he played in Danny Tallon who was dragged down and Connor
Convery stepped up to register his first score of the day from the resulting free kick.
With the scoreline sitting at four points to two in favour of the Wattys, Emmet found
himself within range for a shot, however his effort fell short but full forward Connor
Convery was alert and following some tenacious work he managed to poke the ball
past the two defenders and the Magherafelt goalkeeper for the first and only major of
the day! A mistake in the Glen forward line granted possession to Magherafelt who
broke clear; the referee adjudged that there was a pull on a Magherafelt jersey
resulting in Magherafelt getting their third point from the resulting free kick. With
Connor Carville playing out of his skin, and winning several breaking ball, one of
which lead to a fantastic build up of play an almost found its way to the net from a low
drive by Tomas Convery. Shortly after Emmet linked up with his inside forwards and
with some good hand passing Danny Tallon had the time and space for a shot on
goal but he was denied by a wonderful save from the 'Rossa' keeper. Magherafelt
pegged on three more points before the half ended, which incidentally proved to be
their last scores of the game. Just before the half time whistle Emmet fired over from
fully thirty yards to leave Glen ahead at the break by two points. Half Time Score:
Glen 1-05 Magherafelt 0-06. With no changes made by either side the second half
begun where the first left of, Emmet winning the 'throw in' and after a few great
passes the ball found its way to Ciaran McFaul who fired over with the left foot (who
ever knew he had one!) from a tight angle. Five minutes into the second half Tomas
Convery was replaced by Paul Gunning. Glen scored two more unanswered points
from Connor Convery and a brilliant score from Paul Gunning. Glen then had a
scare ten minutes into the second half after losing possession a hopeful effort was
played into the Glen square by Magherafelt which found its way into the net, however
the player was deemed to be standing in the square therefore the goal did not stand.
Glen killed of any hopes of a Magherafelt revival by notching up three more points,
two from the on fire Ciaran McFaul and one from the boot of Danny Tallon. As
expected Magherafelt threw the kitchen sink at Glen heading into the last ten minutes
of the game, but our lads kept strong and with some fine displays of defending they
made numerous blocks and tackles especially from our wing backs Brendan 'Giggles'
O‟Kane and full back Ryan 'Ginger' McDonnell (an early night after the formal clearly
the right decision) who on more than one occasion stopped Magherafelt in their
tracks. Heading into the last few minutes of the game and with the result inevitable
the lads kept up the pressure and left 'big‟ Stevie to finish of the scoring and the final
whistle confirmed Glen as Derry Minor Champions for 2011, and the first time in
twenty four years! Final score: Glen 1-12 Magherafelt 0-06. Team & Scorers: Ciaran
McCloy, Conor Gallagher, Ryan McDonnell, Cathal Mulholland, Brendan O‟Kane,
Conor Carville, Gavin Tallon, Ryan Dougan, Emmet Bradley (0-02), Tomas Convery,
Michael Warnock, Ciaran McFaul (0-04), Oisin Hegarty, Conor Convery (1-02),
Danny Tallon (0-02). Subs used: Stevie O‟Hara (0-01) for Michael Warnock, Paul
Gunning (0-01) for Tomas Convery. Captain fantastic Emmet Bradley received the
trophy to wild cheers from the large Glen contingent, and also managed to drop the
lid. With anyone of our players being in the position for the 'man of the match'
honour it was awarded to Ciaran McFaul who was a menace from the word go, he
made it look easy at times and made run after run not to mention his four points from
play. Understandably there were a few tears shed after the final whistle from some
of our joyous supporters but none more amusing than those shed by the infamous
Beaker.... who doesn‟t love a man who isn‟t afraid to show his emotions! Roving
reporter for the day Sean Peter Gribbon interviewed Captain Emmet after the game:
“Emmet how does it feel to be Glen‟s first county minor winning captain since 1987?”
Emmett responded “Unbelievable, very proud and I hope it‟s the first of many. Big
big thanks to our management this year, especially Enda!” Sean Peter then moved
onto the man in charge: “Enda, anything you would like to add?” Enda responded:
“Great feeling to win our first minor title in a long time, listen there is no team in Derry
that worked as hard as these lads this year and I just hope they kick on now!” Huge
congratulations to all the players and managers who have put in a huge effort this
year and fulfilled every target they have set this year so far. Hopefully more success
is further down the road soon in the Ulster championship! Thanks to the huge
number of supporters who attended the game and your support will be required again
for the upcoming Ulster games. A big thanks also to Sean Peter Gribbon who carried
out my duties for the day and did an excellent job..any errors in the report or if
anyone has been misquoted please contact him directly!

Ulster Intermediate Camogie Championship
In the second major game of three on Sunday for the Wattys the camogs travelled to
Derrylaughin to take on the Tyrone champions in the Ulster championship quarter
final. The girls duly obliged and came away victors by three points on a scoreline of
Glen 0-10 Derrylaughin 0-07 and they now move onto the semi final stages knowing
that they must step up their performance once again. Well done! Keep checking the
website for confirmation of the semi final fixture.

U13 Girls Football Championship Final
The u13 girls‟ championship final v Craigbane was also held on Sunday past and
they started of the perfect weekend for the club! Glen went into this game as clear
favourites and they justified the tag by comprehensively defeating the game
Craigbane side. The bulk of scores for Glen came in the first half with goals being
scored by Niamh Gallagher, Ciarrai Convery and Aimee McErlean, who scored three
goals. This really set Glen on their way and with dominance around the middle of the
park and a mean Glen defence, lead by „player of the match‟ Daire McKenna,
Craigbane's few forays into the Glen half were dealt with swiftly. The second half
was a much closer affair with a lot of football being played around the middle of the
field, however on a few of the Glen attacks Breena O'Loughlin, who was introduced
at half time, made a telling contribution and chipped in with three well taken points,
Deirbhle McNicholl and Aimee McErlean also scored some good points throughout
the contest. Full Time Score: Glen 5-07 Craigbane 0-00. Team: Rachel Glasgow,
Seanin McGuckian, Daire McKenna, Roisin McCormack, Cliona Mulholland, Orla
McNeill, Aimee Glasgow, Catherine McKenna, Anna McGuigan, Hannah McCusker,
Niamh Gallagher, Eilish Devlin, Deirbhle McNicholl, Aimee McErlean, Ciarrai
Convery. Subs: Breena O'Loughlin, Caoimhe McLaughlin, Joanne Curry, Colleen
McGahan, Ciara Gallagher, Eimer McGuigan, Marie-Therese Mullan, Aoife
McGuckin, Michelle McMullan, Aoife McNally. Team captain Rachel Glasgow
accepted the cup on behalf of the team, which will sit proudly beside the league cup
which was already in the bag. Overall, this was an excellent team performance by
the whole squad, and a great year for this group of players as they achieved the
double at u13 level. The girls would like to thank the Glen club and all their faithful
supporters for a great year.

U15 Girls Football Championship Final
The postponed u15 girls‟ football championship final v Magherafelt will now take
place this Friday 7 October under lights in Ballymaguigan at 7:30pm. All support
would really be appreciated so get there if you can. This could cap off a great week
for being a Watty!

U14 ‘A’ Football Championship Final Replay
Apologies for the error in the scorers in the u14 final replay last week – was rushing
to meet the required deadline and forgot to edit them. The scorers for last week
were: Conor Glass (0-03), Mark Doole (0-02), Conall Darragh (1-01), James
McCloskey (1-03), Tiernan Flanagan (2-02), Eoghan Young (0-01). Also many
thanks to John McCamley for taking the notes at this game on my behalf.

Watty Grahams presents ‘THE CUBE’
Although there had been previous plans for a 'Mr & Mrs' Entertainment Night (may be
held at a later date) we have now decided to instead host „The Cube‟ which will
feature four teams of four people. One team will be made up of senior footballers,
one will be senior camogs, one will be senior ladies footballers and the last team will
be made up of four non playing club members. This fun night will now take place in
the Social Club on Saturday 15 October 2011 at 9pm sharp, with doors opening at
8pm. A disco will also follow. Admission on the night is £8 and it is strictly over 18‟s
only. Keep this date free and make sure you attend for what should be a great
night‟s craic!

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY! - Network Personnel Step Ahead Programme
Watty Grahams Glen, in association with Network Personnel (as part of their Step
Ahead Programme), can offer employment to one person for a period of 26 weeks,
providing they have been unemployed for a period of 30 months and have been
receiving benefits. The person selected by the executive committee to take up this
opportunity will be expected to carry out a number of duties around the Social Club
and the Football Grounds over the 6 month period. They will be required to work 30
hours per week (which can be worked over a seven day period and at any time
during the day and will be required to fill in a timecard (which is signed off by the club
chairman). For further information on this scheme or to register your interest for this
good opportunity please contact the club chairman Joe McQuillan on 07855299297
or via email at the_mcquillan@hotmail.com. The deadline for registering your
interest in this scheme is Friday 7 October 2011.

Social Club Redevelopment Proposals
Some of you may be aware that the executive committee and other club members
along with the Craigmore & District Community Association have been actively
pursuing plans to redevelop the existing „Social Club‟, in order to make it a multi-
purpose community facility whilst also enhancing the possibility of having indoor
training facilities, and to make it more 'event friendly'. The main work will concern the
removal and replacement of the existing roof, extension work to the left hand side
and to the rear right hand side of the existing building to allow for much needed
storage space, refurbishment and some layout changes to the inside of the existing
building, to accommodate a youth initiative, luncheon club and other „community and
educational‟ projects. It is envisaged that the existing „social club‟ be transformed into
a vibrant community facility for the inhabitants of Maghera and district. Preliminary
Plans are now available to view in the 'Club Documents' section (found under the
„Membership‟ tab) of the Watty Website and we would welcome all comments on the
proposals before this Friday 7 October 2011. You can send your comments to:
conallmckee@gmail.com. All of your comments will be taken into account before
proceeding. PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE PRELIMINARY PROPOSALS
ONLY, FUNDING DEPENDENT AND NOTHING IS CONCRETE AT THIS STAGE.

Annual Dinner Dance
The Annual Dinner Dance this year will take place on Saturday 12 November 2011
and will once again be held in the Oakleaf Restaurant following good reports from
last year's event. Tickets will be on sale shortly and will be priced at £20. A disco
will follow the four course meal and presentation. All playing members and
management from the Senior Football, Senior Camogie and Senior Ladies Football
teams are encouraged to attend as we bring the curtain down on a hard years work
on the field. We would encourage all supporters and club members to attend also.
Numbers for this event are limited so it‟s a first come first served scenario so I would
encourage everyone to get their tickets bought as early as possible so numbers can
be confirmed.
Website & Notices
For all fixtures, throw in times and results, please see the fixtures section on the club
website which can be found at www.wattygrahamsgac.com. Keep an eye on club
website also for regularly updated news and events around Watty Grahams. Anyone
who wishes to include notices or reports to club notes / website, please email
conallmckee@gmail.com.

				
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