Longford GAA Coaching & Games
To keep in touch with everything on a week-to-week basis you can keep an eye on the Coaching & Games section where fixtures and notes will be updated weekly.
As per contact from Damien all correspondence with clubs will now be conducted via email and through the Club Underage secretaries’ address ONLY. Every Underage Section has their own secretaries address ad goes along the lines as follows: (firstname.lastname@example.org). It is all clubs responsibility to ensure someone is monitoring this accounts and passing the information to the relevant people.
U13 Regional League
Our U13 Regional League concluded with 3 finals which took place on Friday the 3rd – Longford Slashers V Killoe Óg, Saturday the 4th – Shamrock Gaels V Longford East and Tuesday the 7th – Clonguish Óg V Longford North.
The Plate final was contested be Shamrock Gaels and Longford East (Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones Óg/Northern Gaels). There was never much between the teams as regards ability but Shamrock Gaels got the better start and built up enough of a lead that Longford East were always chasing the game. Longford East made a strong push in the closing minutes but Shamrocks were able to weather the storm and closed the game out with a couple late goals.
In the Shield final Killoe Óg faced off against Longford Slashers. Killoe dominated the possession early on and once the scores started to come they took a strangle hold on the game which they were never to relinquish. Killoe’s early scores came mainly from placed balls and with each free scored taken from the ground resulting in two points the scoreboard was running away from Slashers – the quality of free taking by Killoe was first class and it was a joy to watch this skill being demonstrated so well. In fairness to Longford Slashers they never gave up and continued to play until the final whistle but Killoe took the spoils on this occasion.
The last final of the competition took place on Tuesday as Clonguish Óg took on Longford North (St. Colmcille’s/St. Francis) in the Cup final. Both these teams faced off in Round 2 of the Competition with the game being decided by the golden score after the game finished all square so we expected another close affair on this occasion and oh how we were not disappointed.
The game started off nip and tuck with scores hard to come by but any fouls conceeded within stricking range were punished by both side as the 2 pointers clocked up. Early in the second half Clonguish looked to have the game tied up as they held a 10 point lead but the Longford North boys never through in the towel as they chassed down the lead and got their noses in front in the closing stages only for Clonguish to respond again to level the game and force it into extra time. 5 minutes a side was played in which Clonguish upped the anti another gear and got the two extra points that brought them victory.
This Cup final was a fitting end to what was an excellent competition as regards allowing in excess of 200 lads play 15 a side competitive football in meaningful games. This is only possible through the use of Regional Units and we would like to thank and complement all the stand alone Underage Sections for their cooperation in forming these Units and buying into the spirit of the Competition and the ideas behind it.
Both U8 & U10 fixtures will continue to run on alternate Wednesday nights for the remainder of the summer. Please see below for all up coming fixtures but please remember to contact the host Club in advance incase there are any changes.
U10 Go Games Fixtures
22/06/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 – 7pm
Colmcille: St. Colmcilles, Northern Gaels, Clonbroney, Granard
Kenagh: St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels
Dromard: St. Francis, Grattan Gaels, Longford Slashers
Ardagh: St. Patricks Óg, Killoe Óg, Wolfe Tones Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels
Drumlish: St. Vincents, Ballymore Shamrocks, Carrick Sarsfields, Clonguish Óg
06/07/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 – 7pm
Edgeworthstown: Wolfe Tones Óg, Clonguish Óg, Grattan Gaels, Northern Gaels
Ballymahon: Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels
Ballymore: Ballymore Shamrocks, St. Patricks Óg, St. Vincents, Granard
Carrickedmond: Carrick Sarsfields, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Killoe Óg, Longford Slashers
Ballinalee: Clonbroney, St. Colmcilles, St. Francis
U8 Go Games Fixtures
15/06/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 – 7pm
Carrickedmond: Carrick Sarsfields, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels
Ballinalee: Clonbroney, St. Colmcilles, St. Francis, St. Patricks Óg
Clonguish: Clonguish Óg, St. Vincents, Ballymore Shamrocks, Longford Slashers
Granard: Granard, Killoe Óg, Northern Gaels, Wolfe Tones Óg
Grattans: Grattan Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels
29/06/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 – 7pm
Killoe: Killoe Óg, St. Francis, St. Patricks Óg
Longford Slashers: Longford Slashers, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, St. Vincents, Wolfe Tones Óg
Mullinalaghta: Northern Gaels, St. Colmcilles, Ballymore Shamrocks, Clonbroney
Lanesboro: Shannon Gaels, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Carrick Sarsfields
Killashee: Southern Gaels, Clonguish Óg, Granard, Grattan Gaels
Paddy Collum has now started his final set of schools for this school year, which will bring the curtain down on a very busy coaching for all the schools of the county. We would like to thank all the schools for facilitating us as well as the kids for joining in and enjoying the sessions.
Longford GAA Master Fixtures & Events Calendar
Recently we have added a link on our website which allows anyone to download our Masters Fixtures document as any time. This document is the template for the Official Fixtures that the Secretary distributes weekly but is not considered as Official notification of Fixtures if downloaded as only fixtures sent from the County Secretary can be considered Official. This should be people’s first port of call for information regarding Longford GAA events.
We also have an Events Calendar on our website at http://longfordgaa.ie/cg-calendar/ This calendar contains everything a Longford GAA person might need to know from our full fixtures program to Club workshops to County Board meetings to National fixtures to other large sporting events so as everyone can see what’s happening in the weeks and months ahead. Any changes made will be updated on the calendar in real time and will constantly evolve as different scenarios arise.
Longford GAA Website
We are doing a lot of work updating or website www.longfordgaa.ie with information and resources that people might be interested in and trying to use the website as the first source for all information someone might want to find out. Some new additions include the Master fixtures plan which can be downloaded by clicking http://longfordgaa.ie/download-fixtures/ additional information includes an updated Go Games section that includes fixtures, rules, things to know as well as U12 fixtures and rules for all our competitions. www.longfordgaa.ie/coaching-go-games/ and click Downloads.
We now have all underage mentors contacts available by following www.longfordgaa.ie/contacts/ and clicking the relevant tab.
We also have a new referees section that is available on the home page and finally something that is still a work in progress, as there is a lot of information to collate, but we are developing a player profile section for all our football squads that will include a photo and some player information that can be accessed through www.longfordgaa.ie/development-squad-news/
Underage Club Workshops
The roll out of our 54 workshops for the year is well under way and will continue every Monday and Tuesday as per the calendar as outlined above. For 2016 we decided to put a comprehensive program in place where every Underage Section will receive three Workshops delivered within their own Club, for their own mentors and specific to their own Clubs needs. All these dates have been assigned and communicated to Clubs and can be found on the Calendar. Every date is on a Monday or a Tuesday running until the 28th of June.
U15 & U17 Regional League
Our U17 and U15 Regional Leagues continue to run and coincide with State Exams. The idea behind these Leagues is to provide football for players NOT sitting State exams during a time that would normally be closed shop for Minor & U16 fixtures. If a player is under age and wishes to play in the competition they can but the competition is mainly for those not sitting State Exams. The competitions have been designed so as to provide 15 a side football and players are given the opportunity to play at a higher standard than might normally be the case. Both competitions comprise of the same teams (either Regional Units or Stand alone Club Underage Sections). All details have been sent to Clubs so please follow up with your Secretary.
U12 Longford Leitrim Mini League
Our Longford Leitrim U12 Mini Leagues commenced last week as well as our own Longford League. These competitions enter its 3rd year and have grown again for 2016. This year will see 12 Longford and 12 Leitrim Clubs take part in three divisions with our remaining 5 Underage Sections competing in a Longford only group which will all run over a 5/6 week period up to mid July. Please see the Master Fixtures Document for the most up to date fixtures.
Mattie Gorman from Ballymore has started with us on work placement as part of his course in Athlone IT and Mattie will be heavily involved with our Squads especially the U17 group so we look forward to working with him throughout the summer. All information on our squads will be updated on our website at http://longfordgaa.ie/development-squad-news/ and clicking the relevant squad.
A new section to our Development Squad page is player profiles for all our squad members. We are currently compiling their profile information and then we will get their photos taken to go with the profile.
Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps
All schools have now received a visit with information on our Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps but if anyone requires a flyer/application form please text Damien on the number below with your postal address and he will send one out. Due to various reasons there have been some date changes for some of our camp from what was advertised earlier in the year but below is now the confirmed schedule which will not change. We have been fielding requests for information since January from people looking to book holidays and not wanting to miss their favourite camp so now the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp website is live and can be view at https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/ where all details of our camps can be accessed and online bookings are the best way of making you booking and it ensures that your gear will be available during the camp (the same cannot be said with on the day bookings)..
July 4th – 8th: Abbeylara & Dromard
July 11th – 15th: Longford Slashers, Carrickedmond & Killoe
July 18th – 22nd: Newtownforbes & Ardagh
July 25th – 29th: Lanesboro & Ballymahon
August 8th – 12th Granard & Ballinalee
Lorraine GAA Office 043 3345 219, Tommy Mc Loughlin 086 191 4626, Paddy O Connor 086 190 4060, Damien Sheridan 087 912 6556 or follow us on Twitter @OfficialLDGAA & www.longfordgaa.ie