Coaching & Games: 27th April 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. Condolences Longford GAA Coaching & Games would like to extend our condolences to our coach Sean Mc Cormack and all his immediate and extended family on the passing of his father Terry Mc Cormack Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. 20/20 Communication As per contact from Damien recently 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 ( and one for the underage section ( It is all clubs responsibility to ensure someone is monitoring these accounts and passing the information to the relevant people. 20/20 Vision For Longford Coaching Workshops Award 1 Youth Course All five Clubs involved in this program have now completed their 2nd session or will be completing in the days ahead to date everything has been going smoothly so we would like to congratulate and thank each club for their organisation and we look forward to the remaining four session in the weeks and months ahead. U13 All County Competition Details of our U13 competition have been sent to all clubs with all dates and the first round of fixtures are on the Master Fixtures list that is circulated weekly. This U13 competition has been designed so as to give more players the chance to play 15 a side football against teams of a similar ability. There are 11 teams taking part which are made up of 5 Clubs, 2 Amalgamations and 4 Regional Units and those teams are as follows: Clonguish Óg, East Longford (Wolfe Tones Óg/Clonbroney), Granard Ballymore, Killoe Óg, Longford Slashers, Mid Longford (Carrick Sarsfields/St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg), North Longford (St. Colmcilles/St. Francis), Northern Gaels, South Longford (Ballymahon Forgney Gaels/Southern Gaels), St. Patricks Óg and Western Gaels. The competition has been drawn up in a blitz type format that will allow each team two matches per fixture with winning teams progressing and losing teams going through the back door with the chance of still reaching one of two finals. The competition will commence on May 14th and run for four Thursdays in concession. U12 Competitions This year see’s the expansion of our link up with Leitrim GAA as for 2015 there will be 10 Longford Clubs and 9 Leitrim Clubs competing in two different divisions of our cross border league. In division 1 we will have a group or 5 and a group of 4 where everyone plays each other in the group and then qualifies for a knockout round and in division 2 there will be two groups of 5 teams in each which will give all teams 4 group games plus at least one knockout round. The eight remain Longford clubs will make up two groups of four teams who will play each team in their group and then qualify for a knockout round. This makes up phase 1 of our U12 season and phase 2 will kick in with just the Longford Clubs as they compete in the Longford League which will conclude in early October. Dates for all the rounds of the Longford Leitrim competitions and the Longford competition are on the Master Fixtures list with round 1 games taking place on Tuesday 9th of June and fixtures will be confirmed in the coming days. Go Games Fixtures Go Games at all age grades and both codes are now up and running and will continue in the months ahead. This Wednesday is an off week due to the Longford GAA Raceday in Punchestown but from Wednesday 6th May the schedule is back on track. Please see below for all up to date fixtures in our Go Games program. All blitzes to start at 7pm unless stated differently. 29/4/15 No fixtures due to Longford GAA Race Day 6/5/15 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 Blitz 3 – 7pm Granard: Granard, Wolfe Tones Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels Grattans: Grattan Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg Killoe: Killoe Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Clonbroney, Clonguish Óg Longford Slashers: Longford Slashers, St. Patricks Óg, St. Vincents Mullinalaghta: Northern Gaels, St. Colmcilles, St. Francis, Ballymore Shamrocks 13/5/15 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 Blitz 2 – 7pm Ardagh: St. Patricks Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Grattan Gaels Drumlish: St. Vincents, Clonbroney, Clonguish Óg Edgeworthstown: Wolfe Tones Óg, Longford Slashers, St. Francis, Northern Gaels Forgney: Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg Ballymore: Ballymore Shamrocks, Granard, Killoe Óg, St. Colmcilles Club Development Our three club development facilitators have been busy getting around to all our Underage Sections conducting a review or where the club is currently at as regards club development needs and this process will continue in the weeks and months ahead as clubs identify there most pressing developmental need and Longford C&G will deliver a workshop to address these needs throughout the summer. Schools Coaching Our Urban initiative continues to run weekly as it now enters week three. This week see’s St. Joseph’s NS partake in activities week and Longford GAA are providing the school with two coaches as well as a number of TY students who will coach approximately 200 kids on Wednesday the 29th. To date the urban project has been working really well with great co-operation from all who are taking part with the highlight each week being the 150 odd kids who take part in the blitzes in St. Mels College. We are also in the process of organising Go Games blitzes for 3rd and 4th class kids that will commence and run throughout the month of May. Our Post Primary Pella program for the school year is y the girls took to the court as 5 teams from 3 schools fought it out with Moyne CS coming out victorious at the end of all the matches so congratulations to them. All of these blitzes take place in Edgeworthstown Community Campus where they play for an hour and 45 minutes. Croke Park Half Time Games Last Saturday at half time in the NFL Division 4 finals 12 boys from Longford took to the Croke Park pitch and represented Longford in a mini game. 6 schools from the county were picked at random and then each school picked 2 boys each who were U12. The lucky boys who will hopefully remember this day for a long time were as follows: James Mc Cormack and John Mc Cormack Colehill NS, Kevin Tansey and Dúileach Ryan Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Lanesboro, Matt Duffy and Óisin O’Toole St. Patricks NS Dromard, Dylan Reilly and Micheál Hynes Killasonna NS, Nevelone Dampare and Ozzie Hackett St. Michaels Boys NS, Dan O’Shea and Reece Kenny Scoil Naisiunta Naomh Mhuire Cashel. Congratulations and well done to all. Development Squads Our U14 footballers had another skills session on Saturday in preperation for their first blitz on May 16th. Our U15 footballers had a very entertaining game against Westmeath on Saturday last. Longford started off brightly playing some very fast football which built them up a lead by halftime. As to be expected there was to be a kick from Westmeath in the 2nd half and their dominiance helped them run on winners in the end. This was a very promising result as they pushed Westmeath to the very end and compared to the corrisponding result last year the gap between the teams has narrowed considerably. Our U16 footballers had a very promising first outing of the year as the played Roscommon in Lanesboro also on Saturday. Their tackeling and intensity was very good with only their shooting letting them down. It was a promising start for the squad ahead of playing Mayo on the 9th of May. Our U14 and U16 hurlers start their year with a blitz against Leitrim and Louth in both grades in Longford Slashers and Edgeworthstown respectively. Reports on both blitzes will be in next weeks notes. All updated development squad news can be got on the Longford GAA website at Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camp Dates The Kellogg’g GAA Cúl Camp website is now live and the bookings have already started to come through and the official launch will not be taking place until the end of April so it just shows the keen interest that there is in our camps. The website can be viewed at The kits have been ordered already which will see a half zip warm up top and modern jersey replace the traditional jersey, shorts and socks as well as including the trusty school bag in county colours. Due to a number of reasons we have had to change our schedule slightly this year so please see below for details as you start planning your summer holidays. July 6th – 10th: Abbeylara, Dromard & Longford Slashers July 13th – 17th: Ballymahon, Killoe & Newtownforbes July 20th – 24th: Ardagh & Granard July 27th – 31st: Carrickedmond & Lanesboro Tommy Mc Loughlin 086 191 4626, Paddy O Connor 086 190 4060, Damien Sheridan 087 912 6556 or follow us on Twitter @OfficialLDGAA &