The weekend is here. I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break and is looking forward to the Summer of Gaelic games ahead. With the evenings longer now, all three pitches in Rostellan are being utilised every night of the week. It is brilliant to see so many boys and girls having great fun on our playing fields. Don’t be afraid to pop down and see this for yourself. Take a stroll along our walking track and maybe pick up a cup of coffee at The Sideline Café.
Unfortunately, results for some of our adult teams have not been great as of late. However, there is fantastic work being done at training by both players and management teams to turn these defeats into much needed wins. Last Friday evening, our Premier Intermediate Footballers made the trip to Newcestown. Our lads competed very well in the opening half, but the hosts turned on the style in the second half and pulled away for victory. These games will help our lads to develop a lot seen as Newcestown were themselves a premier senior team last year. It just shows the quality of teams we are facing in division 2 of the football league. Best on the day for Aghada were Diarmuid Byrne, Fintan Cody and Jamie O’Hanlon. Of course, I must mention one man. The one and only Pearse O’Neill was introduced as a late second half sub in what I’m told is his 26th season playing adult football for Aghada. And there’s another few years left in him yet!
On Easter Sunday, our Junior A footballers (who were promoted to division 1 this year), travelled to neighbors Cloyne for their next league game. Unfortunately, Cloyne pulled away with a few quick-fire goals in the second half to take the spoils on the day. Best for Aghada on day was Jack Norris.
On a more positive note, our Senior Ladies Football team played their opening league fixture of the Division 1 Cork LGFA league also on Easter Sunday. The girls put in a great performance and came away with the spoils on a score line of 4-14 to 1-10. There were impressive performances from Sarah Walsh, Sally McAllister, and Christine Moran.
Our Junior C Footballers travelled to Carrigtwohill on Easter Monday and came away with a win after a fine performance. Final score on the day was 5-14 to 1-11. Stand out performers on the day were Ronan Walsh, Cian Hegarty and Jordan Halpin.
Our Junior A Camogie team are also up and running. They played their opening league fixture Vs a very strong Tracton team in Rostellan on the 5th of April. The team was extremely youthful due to several players being involved on Cork senior panels, but our girls gave a fantastic account of themselves and battled right until the final whistle. This is the team’s first year being up in the highly competitive Junior A grade so be sure to go along and support the team on any opportunity you get.
Tomorrow Saturday, our Junior A Camogie team are in league action Vs St Vincent’s in Rostellan at 7pm.
Our Intermediate Hurlers are in league action Vs Castlemartyr in Castlemartyr at 11:30pm on Sunday. This will be a local derby so be sure to wear the green here!
Our Junior Ladies Football team face Éire Og at 11:30pm in Ovens on Sunday in their first Junior league game of the season.
On Tuesday evening, our Junior A Footballers face Carraig Na bhFear at 7:45pm in Rostellan.
With all of these teams playing in very competitive grades this year, everyone’s support on the day of matches is crucial. Please do show your support and don’t forget to be vocal!!!
Our club lotto jackpot continues to rise. Next Thursday’s jackpot stands at a monumental €21,000. YES, €21,000. Tickets are available online here https://bit.ly/3bWAiqD and in all the usual outlets. What would you do if you won 21K next Thursday night?
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the local outlets listed below who sell our tickets every week. It is very much appreciated, and we would urge all our members and supporters to support these outlets during the year.
Rebels Bounty 2023:
A big thank you to everyone who supported our club by purchasing Rebels Bounty ticket over the last few months. There was a fantastic response to the draw from all sections of the club. We have already had a big winner in the opening draw of the year with Simon O’Callaghan scooping the 4th prize in the January draw of a cool €1000. Happy spending Simon!
Inter County Match tickets:
Cork GAA have contacted us to let us know there will be no club sales of tickets for the Munster Senior Hurling/Football Championship.
All Munster GAA matches in 2023 will be all-ticket and must be purchased in advance via participating Centra and SuperValu outlets or online via one of the links below. There will be no ticket sales at the venue.
Tickets for Munster Championship Senior games go to: https://am.ticketmaster.com/gaa/
Tickets for Munster Championship Minor / Under 20 games go to: https://www.universe.com/users/munster-gaa-TR8ZGN
Cork Inter County Teams:
Over the coming weeks we will have a lot of our members involved with Cork teams. This week we will focus on a few of these talented players and members. Congratulations to May Collins who has been selected on the Cork LGFA Senior B team for 2023. This is a fantastic achievement May and we are all very proud of you in Aghada. We all wish May the very best of luck for the year ahead with the rebels!
A few weeks ago, we congratulated Sean O’Callaghan on his inclusion on the Cork Minor Hurling team for 2023. Séan and his rebel colleagues line out against Clare in Sixmilebridge on Tuesday evening at 7pm in the next round of the Munster Championship. Best of luck Séan.
The Cork senior footballers didn’t have a successful trip to Ennis last weekend but still remain on course to qualify for the Sam Maguire Competition in a few weeks’ time. We’d like to wish our very busy delegate and Assistant Secretary Brian Walsh the best of luck with his endeavours with the team. No doubt the footballers will come good later on in the summer!
Finally, on the camogie front, best of luck to Aoife Healy, Ali Smith, Hannah Looney and Amy O’Connor who are on the Cork Camogie panel for the Division 1 league final Vs Galway on Sunday in Croke Park. A special mention to Amy who is captain of the team for 2023. Hopefully you’ll be climbing the steps of the Hogan on Sunday afternoon Amy!
The match is live on RTE2 at 1.45pm.
A few weeks ago, the club planted nearly 300 trees in our club grounds. These trees will replace the trees that have died over the last number of years and will provide great shelter and a place for nature to flourish in the years to come. Thanks to everyone who came down to help out on the day. Nearly three hundred trees were planted in just over an hour! It goes to show what teamwork can achieve. After the trees were planted, Linda Morrissey, who is involved in the GAA tree planting scheme, provided everyone with a few lovely words about how important these trees will be in our community in the years to come. Thanks to chairperson, Anthony Connolly who was heavily involved in organising the new trees with expert help from Linda Morrissey. Special mention must go to Kevin Alcock who spent countless hours preparing the ground for the new trees.
Upcoming MNA Camogie Course:
There will be a MNA Camogie course held in Whitegate National School on Friday the 21st and Friday the 28th of April. This course will take place on both nights between 6pm to 8pm.
For further information or to book your place, please contact Ursula on 086 1567 576.
Upcoming CFR Course:
Aghada Community First Responders will be running a certified CFR course on Tuesday the 18th of April 2023. Registration will be held at 6pm.
Course time: 18.15-22.00.
Venue: Aghada Community Centre.
If you are interested in taking part in the course, please contact Barry on 086 807 5050.
Please see this week’s Juvenile notes attached here: https://aghadagaa.com/articles/90238
Enjoy the weekend. Please come out to support our teams over the weekend and next week. As always keep an eye on twitter and Instagram for up-to-date news and updates.
Uinsíonn Ó Ruacháin
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí
Vince Rohan - PRO
Aghada GAA, Camogie & Ladies Football Club
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