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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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