Coaching & Games: 23rd May 2016

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. 20/20 Communication  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: ( It is all clubs responsibility to ensure someone is monitoring this accounts and passing the information to the relevant people. Go Games 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   25/05/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 – 7pm Carrickedmond: Carrick Sarsfields, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Longford Slashers Ballinalee: Clonbroney, Killoe Óg, Northern Gaels Clonguish: Clonguish Óg, St. Vincents, St. Colmcilles, St. Francis Granard: Granard, St. Patricks Óg, Wolfe Tones Óg, Ballymore Shamrocks Grattans: Grattan Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg   08/06/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 – 7pm Killoe: Killoe Óg, Clonbroney, Grattan Gaels, St. Francis Longford Slashers: Longford Slashers, Clonguish Óg, St. Vincents, Wolfe Tones Óg Abbeylara: Northern Gaels, Granard, St. Colmcilles, St. Patricks Óg Lanesboro: Shannon Gaels, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Ballymore Shamrocks Cashel: Southern Gaels, Carrick Sarsfields, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg   U8 Go Games Fixtures   01/06/16 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 – 7pm Ardagh: St. Patricks Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Clonguish Óg, Grattan Gaels Drumlish: St. Vincents, Killoe Óg, St. Colmcilles, St. Francis Edgeworthstown: Wolfe Tones Óg, Northern Gaels, Longford Slashers Forgney: Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg Ballymore: Ballymore Shamrocks, Clonbroney, Granard   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   Schools Last week seen the conclusion of our Primary Schools Hurling program as the three divisions of the Mixed competition took place on Wednesday the 18th with the Camogie competition-taking place a day earlier on Tuesday the 17th. For the Camogie competition we had four teams enter from 3 schools namely Ballinalee NS, Fermoyle and two teams from Colehill with the competition taking place in Mostrim GAA. In the first two rounds both Ballinalee & Fermoyle played each of the Colehill teams and with Colehill winning all four games that would have left a winner takes all final between both of the Colehill teams but Mr. Leonard and the girls decided that it was “All for one and one for all” so they didn’t play the final round and everyone went home happy. Wednesday was a busy day with the 3 divisions of the mixed competition-taking place in both Mostrim and Longford Slashers GAA grounds. In the division 3 blitz we had Glen, Ballinalee, Clondra & Killasonna all take part. Both Killasonna and Glen won their first two rounds which resulted in a winner take all final round and after a very close encounter Glen came out successful by the slimmest of margins. 4 schools also contested the division 2 decider as Fermoyle, Killoe, Lanesboro and Stonepark battled it out for the title. Killoe and Stonepark played out a very close game in round 1 that Killoe won by 1 point and as both teams won their remaining games Killoe agreed to replay Stonepark in a final. This was another close game throughout but Killoe held firm to take the title. In the division 1 blitz there were only 3 teams taking part. Both Colehill and Edgeworthstown beat Newtownforbes in the early rounds and this resulted in a repeat of last years decider. Edgeworthstown have been piped at this stage the previous 3 years and they were defiant the run was going to be brought to an end last Wednesday. In what was a good game of Hurling Edgeworthstown defended stoutly, led by their goalkeeper who swept up everything in his area, and were able to pick off enough scores to keep Colehill at bay. Again this year there was good interest in the competition but unfortunately a few schools who had entered failed to turn up on the day but we were still able to run off good competitions. Again we would like to thank the schools, the kids, their teachers and parents, the referees and the Clubs for the use of their facilities without which none of this activity would be possible. 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 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 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 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. and click Downloads. We now have all underage mentors contacts available by following 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 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. Code of Ethics To date almost 140 people have attended this workshop so far this year. As of Monday the 9th of May we will not be running any more courses until 2017. If a Club feels they have enough people to run a course themselves please make contact with Damien and he will put you in contact with a tutor. U13 Regional League Our U13 Regional League commenced last Thursday night in both Mc Gann Park and Ml. Fay Park as 9 games in total took place on a blitz format. The second round of games take place this Thursday 26th of May in 3 venues by the end of which teams will be sectioned into either the Cup, or Shield Competitions. All up to date fixtures are available on the Master Fixtures List. U15 & U17 Regional League All Club Secretaries have been notified of details of our new U15 & U17 Regional Leagues that will kick off in the coming weeks – to 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 8 teams (5 Regional Units & 3 Stand alone Club Underage Sections). All details have been sent to Clubs so please follow up with your Secretary – U17 commences this Sunday the 29th with the U15 starting on Wednesday the 8th. U12 Longford Leitrim Mini League 2016 will see the continuation of our link up with Leitrim GAA for our U12 Mini Leagues. This competition enters its 3rd year and has grown again for 2016. This year will see 12 Longford and 12 Leitrim Clubs take part in three divisions over a 5/6 week period starting in June. Details of the parings were released at the Go Games info night of the 23rd of March and fixtures are currently on the website as outlined above. Foundation Award If people are interested in doing the Award please contact Lorraine on the number below to book your place for any upcoming course. Development Squads All information on our squads will be updated on our website at 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 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 &