Coaching & Games: 28th September 2015

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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.

Development Squad Mentors

As part of “20/20 Vision For Longford”, Longford GAA are now looking to recruit mentors for our various Development Squads (U13, U14, U15 & U16) for the 2016 season. The role of mentor within our squad system is a very rewarding one and comes with great responsibility as you will help mold Longford’s footballers of the future. All our squad mentors are facilitated with up skilling courses and involved in a program of continuous learning. All mentors will receive Longford gear and will be supported by Coaching & Games regarding planning and logistics. If you are interested please make contact with Damien at damien.sheridan.gda.longford@gaa.ie or 087 912 6556

Award 1 Youth Course Presentation

Over the last 4 months we have conducted 5 Award 1 youth courses in 5 different clubs that was completed by 38 coaches. This program was trialed in Longford by Leinster GAA with the vision of rolling it our province wide in 2016. To mark this fine achievement we will be recognizing these coaches at half time in the Longford Senior Football County Final as we present them with their certificates.

County Final Half Time Games

Next Sunday will see the U8 & U10 boys and girls from Abbeylara and Killoe take part in the pre game celebrations and half time games of the Senior football final and we hope everyone will enjoy their day.

Development Squads

The first night of the U13 skills school blitzes was a huge success. There were 78 players who played with 8 different teams with each team playing four games on the night. We will have a full round up and photos in next weeks notes. These blitzes are the culmination of what has been a great initiative for all players born in 2002.
All letters have been sent out to players who are been invited to the U14 development squad tournament and the U16 Paul Barden tournament. Both competitions start on Monday the 5th of October and will be played over three Monday nights with the finals night taking place on Thursday October 22nd.

U12 Competitions

Monday the 28th brought to a conclusion our U12 program for the year as the last of six finals took place in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. The finals kicked of on Thursday last as St. Patricks Óg and Clonguish Óg played out a nerve jangling Division 1 Cup final and in what turned out to be one of the lowest scoring games of the year Clonguish Óg emerged victorious. The following night seen the Division 2 Cup final take place in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park between Ballymahon Forgney Gaels and St. Francis. The south Longford outfit were the form team all year as they gained promotion from division 3 earlier in the summer and went unbeaten throughout division 2 and on the night they proved too strong for the northerners but they were but to the pin of their collar for large parts of the games. The division 3 Shield final was played in Maguire Park Ballinalee between Killoe Óg (their second team) and Northern Gaels. In a very entertaining, open and high scoring game Killoe Óg emerged victorious to take the title. On Saturday the 26th we were back to Glennon Brothers Pearse Park for a double header of finals as the division 2 Shield final was the curtain raiser to the division 3 Cup final. In the first game Southern Gales faced Shannon Gaels in which the former dominated the first half but on the turn over Shannon Gaels upped the anti and stretched out a lead that they would never relinquish. Grattan Gaels then took on Clonbroney in a keenly contested match that could have turned in either sides favor on a number of occasions throughout the game but at the final whistle it was Grattan Gales who came out on the right side of the scoreboard. On Monday the 28th Longford Slashers will take on Killoe Óg (first team) in the division 1 Shield final in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park at 6pm – details in next weeks notes.

This U12 season has been a massive success as players have got regular games for the last four months as all teams took part in two competitions. For ten of our teams they got to play in the Longford Leitrim league at the start of the summer while the other eight played in a Longford league and then as a number of teams got promoted to a higher division 18 teams took part in our Longford leagues. The biggest plus to this competition was how close a lot of results were throughout the summer with one example being Clonguish Óg and Granard Ballymore who drew in the early part of the league phase. Both teams then qualified for the semi final that resulted in another draw and the replay was a one-point game. Another hugely positive outcome from the U12 league was the extra time that was played after the result of a lot of matches to ensure all players got meaningful game time. For one reason or other this added time was not played at all games so there is still more work to be done to increase awareness to all coaches and mentors of the benefits of this extra time so as to make our games inclusive and enjoyable to participants of all abilities.

We in Longford Coaching & Games would like to congratulate and thank everyone who took part in all these games throughout the summer and facilitated the kids of Longford to play the games they love.

Go Games Fixtures

We have now entered the Autumn schedule for both our U8’s – last round of games this Thursday and our U10’s. All remaining fixtures are outlined below:

U8 Indoor Football

1/10/15 “European Week Of Sport” Go Games U8 Indoor Football FINAL Blitz 5

6:30pm

  • Kenagh Sports Hall: St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Southern Gaels
  • Edgeworthstown sports Hall: Northern Gaels, Ballymore Shamrock, Killoe Óg
  • Newtownforbes Sports Hall: Longford Slashers, St. Patricks Óg
  • Streete Sports Hall: Streete, Clonbroney

7:30pm:

  • Kenagh Sports Hall: Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Shannon Gaels
  • Edgeworthstown sports Hall: Carrick Sarsfields, Granard, Grattan Gaels
  • Newtownforbes Sports Hall: Clonguish Óg, St. Colmcilles

U10 Outdoor Football

30/9/15 “European Week Of Sport” Go Games U10 Floodlite Blitz 2

  • Clonguish: Clonguish Óg, Clonbroney, St. Vincents, Ballymore Shamrocks, Granard
  • Longford Slashers: Longford Slashers, Grattan Gaels, St. Patricks Óg, St. Colmcilles, Northern Gaels
  • Kenagh: St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels

14/10/15 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 Floodlite Blitz 3

  • Drumlish: St. Vincents, Clonbroney, Granard, Ballymore Shamrocks, St. Colmcilles
  • Cashel: Southern Gaels, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Shannon Gaels, Grattan Gaels
  • Clonguish: Clonguish Óg, Longford Slashers, Carrick Sarsfields, St. Patricks Óg, Northern Gaels

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

Our urban program is now up and running in two areas as primary school coaching took place in schools in both the Edgeworthstown & Granard areas. In both areas there was also an evening of indoor football in one of the local sports halls. This program will run for four weeks in total before we move into the Templemichael area for block two. Over the last two weeks Damien has been in contact with all schools offering them the chance to take part in some of our 2nd/3rd.4th class blitzes which will run throughout the county with the assistance of 4 TY students from both Cnoc Mhuire & St. Mels as they complete a 10 day work placement with us. The full schedule has been sent to all schools and is 95% full with only one space for a school with small numbers in the north Longford area left. The first of these blitzes takes place this Friday as we welcome St. Matthews NS to Ballymahon GAA in the morning and St. Emers come to St. Mels in the afternoon.

Our program of Pella kicked off last Thursday the 24th as Scoil Mhuire Longford attended with 1st year girls in Edgeworthstown Sports Hall. This week see the 1st year boys from Cnoc Mhuire take part.

The first of our TY courses is up and running for the year as 24 young men and women from Cnoc Mhuire Granard get trained up.

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