Coaching & Games: 17th August 2015

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. 20/20 Communication As per contact from Damien all correspondence with clubs will now be conducted via email and through the club secretaries’ address ONLY. There are two addresses per club, one for the adult club (secretary.clubname.longford@gaa.ie) and one for the underage section (secretarybng.clubname.longford@gaa.ie). It is all clubs responsibility to ensure someone is monitoring these accounts and passing the information to the relevant people. Leaving Cert Congratulations to all our County minors on their Leaving Cert results and we hope they get the offer they want this week. Throughout the year, as part of 20/20, we provided support to these players through a careers adviser and we hope that this in some way assisted these young men in selecting courses that will suit their interests. Underage Match Monitors In the last week Longford GAA have sent a monitor to observe a number of matches from U8 to minor level to observe a number of areas including Code of Conduct adherence, Respect Initiative adherence, standards of facilities, conduct of spectators to name a few. To date a number of issues have been flagged and Longford GAA will be working with the clubs and relevant stakeholders to address the issues, find solutions and implement change so that our games can be a more enjoyable experience for all concerned. We appreciate all clubs cooperation and assistance throughout this process. Development Squads Last weekend was a very busy weekend for our Hurling and Football squads. Firstly our U14 footballers traveled to Louth to play against Meath, Louth and Westmeath. They had a tough start against a very strong Meath team in the first game who were the stand out team in the blitz. The second game against Louth was a cracker that ebbed and flowed with a big finish from Longford to get a draw at the final whistle. The final game against Westmeath started well but the Longford lads tired in the second half and Westmeath pulled away at the end. It was a similar story for the U15 footballers that played Kildare in their first game; Longford played some great football but just couldn’t convert their chances as they lost out to an extremely strong Kildare team. There was no break for Longford who had Carlow waiting in the wings and this was a telling factor as the lads tired in the second half and Carlow pulled away the victors. There were some good performances from both squads it was just a pity a lot of players were missing due to summer holidays they could have pushed on more. Our U14 and U16 hurlers continued their preparation for the All Ireland “C” at the weekend. They both traveled to Mullingar to play challenge games against Clonkill. These were two very competitive games for both squads who then traveled to Croke Park to watch the cracker of a game between Galway and Tipperary. Both squads will continue their training this weekend. U12 Competitions The U12 Longford Competitions upcoming fixtures are as follows: Thursday, 20th August 2015 Under 12 Football League Division 1 Rd. 4 All Games at 7pm Emmet Park: Killoe Óg V Carrick Sarsfields Michael Fay Park: Longford Slashers V Granard Ballymore Keenan Park: St. Patrick’s Óg V Clonguish Óg Under 12 Football League Division 2 Rd. 4 Páirc na nGael: St. Francis V Shannon Gaels Devine Park: Wolfe Tones Óg V Ballymahon Forgney Gaels Páirc Chiarán: Southern Gaels V St. Colmcille’s Under 12 Football League Division 3 Rd. 4 Mc Gann Park: St. Dominic’s / Moydow Harpers Óg V Killoe Óg Monaduff: St Vincent’s V Grattan Gaels Maguire Park: Clonbroney V Northern Gaels Tuesday, 25th August 2015 Under 12 Football League Division 2 Rd. 3 McGee Park: St. Colmcille’s V St. Francis 7:30pm Thursday, 27th August 2015 Under 12 Football League Division 1 Rd. 5 All Games at 7pm Flood Park: Carrick Sarsfields V Clonguish Óg Ballybrien: Granard Ballymore V Killoe Óg Keenan Park: St. Patrick’s Óg V Longford Slashers Under 12 Football League Division 2 Rd. 5 Clonbonny: Shannon Gaels V St. Colmcille’s Leo Casey Park: Ballymahon Forgney Gaels V St. Francis Páirc Chiarán: Southern Gaels V Wolfe Tones Óg Under 12 Football League Division 3 Rd. 5 Emmet Park: Killoe Óg V Grattan Gaels Monaduff: St Vincent’s V Clonbroney The Laurels: Northern Gaels V St. Dominic’s / Moydow Harpers Óg Go Games Fixtures We have now entered the last month of our Summer Go Games fixtures before the autumn schedule kicks in for both U8’s and U10’s. Contact has been made with all club secretaries seeking a reply as to clubs intentions to take part in the U8 Indoor program and the 3 additional U10 blitzes. Replies are need by this Friday the 14th and should be sent to Damien. All blitzes to start at 7pm unless stated differently 19/8/15 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 Blitz 9 – 7pm Dromard: St. Francis, St. Colmcilles, Ballymore Shamrocks Ardagh: St. Patricks Óg, Grattan Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels Drumlish: St. Vincents, Clonbroney, Clonguish Óg, Killoe Óg Edgeworthstown: Wolfe Tones Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Granard, Longford Slashers Forgney Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Northern Gaels 26/8/15 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 Blitz 11 – 7pm Mullinalaghta: Northern Gaels, Clonguish Óg, Granard Lanesboro: Shannon Gaels, St. Patricks Óg, Grattan Gaels, Longford Slashers Cashel: Southern Gaels, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Carrick Sarsfields, Ballymore Shamrocks Kenagh: St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, St. Vincents, Wolfe Tones Óg 27/8/15 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 Blitz 11 – 7pm Colmcille: St. Colmcilles, St. Francis, Clonbroney, Killoe Óg Club Development There are still a number of clubs that need to return their Questionnaires and SWOT Analysis and clubs should get back to their facilitator as soon as possible. There are also a number of clubs who have still to confirm what developmental program they want run within their club. Paddy or Damien can be contacted in this regard. Schools Programs As all our kids will be excited to hear, school is just around the corner so we are planning our various schools initiatives for the year ahead. Our Post Primary programs will kick off first with our schools coaching, TY courses, indoor Pella, 7 a side blitzes and Leinster blitzes all comencing from early September. At Primary level we have already booked in a GAA teachers coaching workshop for St. Marys NS Edgeworthstown which will take place on September 8th and our coaching will be based within 4 Urban Centers within the county up until Christmas. 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