To keep in touch with everything on a week-to-week basis you can keep an eye on the Coaching & Games section of the Longford Leader where fixtures and notes will be updated weekly.
Award 1 Youth/Adult Coaches Course
On the 16th of October we start our Award 1 Youth/Adult coaches training course, this is the next step on from the Foundation Award and is aimed at coaches working with players from U13 through to adults. This is a very important course because in 2016 all adult teams must have a person qualified at Award 1 level involved on the management team. Places on this course are limited so please contact Damien on the number below for more information or to book your place.
Our coaches have been in contact with all schools to agree slots for coaching between now and Christmas and coaching commenced last week. In our primary schools coaching will be once a week for 6 weeks as we take 2-3 groups from each school with these groups coming from 1st – 4th classes.
On Friday last the first Leinster 1st year football blitz take place in Mostrim GAA grounds as teams from Ard Scoil Phadraig, Ballymahon VS, Cnoc Mhuire X 2 & St. Mels attended. The second of these blitzes will take place on the 22nd of October, which is the week of the Halloween break. Our Post Primary Pella program for the school year continues to run every week. Last week seen the girls from Scoil Mhuire Longford take part and this Thursday the 1st and 2nd year boys from Lanesboro CC will be in attendance. All of these blitzes take place in Edgeworthstown Community Campus where they played for an hour and 45 minutes.
Teacher Trainer Program
Our Teacher Trainer Program continues to run in 3 schools throughout the county. What this program entails is one of our coaches going into a school and up skilling 1 teacher so that they can in turn coach all kids within the school the fundamentals and the basic skills of Gaelic Football. All 3 teachers have shown great enthusiasm and engagement in the program and we are really excited by the potential of this initiative. We have already 3 more schools booked in for the New Year and we hope that this can become a useful model in years to come.
Half Times Games
Last Sunday during the Intermediate Final 16 boys and girls from Carrick Sarsfields and Clonbroney took part in two mini games during the half time interval as well a forming a guard of honor for both teams as they entered the field prior to the game. This Sunday will see the kids from Cloonagh NS and Killoe NS take part in similar activities on the biggest day in Longford Club football. Prior to the football final the hurling Final will take place and again kids from Clonguish Óg and Wolfe Tones Óg will take part in the half time games. This is a great opportunity for these kids to play in front of a large crowd and no doubt they will all enjoy the experience.
Longford/Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps
Finally the remaining backpacks form the Lanesboro camp have arrived and I will be sending a text to all parents this week regarding arrangements for collection.
National Respect Exhibition Go Games
Our U8 indoor football program is commencing this Wednesday and will run for the next 6 weeks. Our U10 program will continue next week with the last of our floodlit blitzes and our U12 program had 3 of the 5 finals last Saturday. For upcoming fixtures at U8, U10 and U12 they will be confirmed in these notes on a weekly basis, see below.
Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 Fixtures
Wednesday 1/10/14 Indoor Football Blitz 1
Mostrim Sports Hall:
6:45-7:45 Carrick Sarsfields, Northern Gaels, Ballymore Shamrocks.
7:45-8:45 Wolfe Tones Óg, Clonbroney, St. Mels.
Newtownforbes Sports Hall:
6:30-7:30 Killoe Óg, Clonguish Óg.
7:30-8:30 St. Vincents, St. Colmcille, St. Francis.
Kenagh Sports Hall:
6:30-7:30 St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg, Longford Slashers, St. Patricks Óg.
7:30-8:30 Shannon Gaels, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Southern Gaels.
Streete Sports Hall:
6:30-7:30 Streete, Granard.
Wednesday 8/10/14 U8 Indoor Football Blitz 2
Mostrim Sports Hall:
6:45-7:45 Wolfe Tones Óg, Northern Gaels, St. Vincents.
7:45-8:45 Clonbroney, St. Francis, Granard.
Newtownforbes Sports Hall:
6:30-7:30 Killoe Óg, Longford Slashers.
7:30-8:30 Clonguish Óg, Ballymore Shamrocks, St. Mels.
Kenagh Sports Hall:
6:30-7:30 Southern Gaels, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, St. Patricks Óg.
7:30-8:30 St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Shannon Gaels.
Streete Sports Hall:
6:30-7:30 Streete, St. Colmcille.
Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 Fixtures
Wednesday 8/10/14 Blitz 12 at 7pm
Killoe: Killoe Óg, St. Francis, St. Vincents, Ballymore Shamrocks, Granard.
Longford Slashers: Longford Slashers, Southern Gaels, St. Colmcilles, St. Patricks Óg, Wolfe Tones Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels.
Clonguish: Clonguish Óg, Carrick Sarsfields, Clonbroney, Grattan Gaels.
Go Games Mini League U12’s Finals
The curtain came down for a number of our clubs season on Saturday last , when the first of our 5 finals were played in perfect conditions in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. Southern Gaels and Gratten Gaels started of proceedings in the Div 2 Plate final and despite the best efforts of the Gratten’s lads Southern Gaels emerged victorious on a scoreline of 9-07 to 1-08 . Our second game featured Ballymahon Forgney Gaels and St. Francis who were contesting the Div 2 Shield final and in what was a much closer affair the north Longford side came out on top in the final 10 mins to win on a scoreline of 4-09 to 1-03. In both the above games an extra 10 minutes was played, after the official time, which gave all subs meaningful game time in our county ground. The final game of the day was for the Div 1 Cup and was contested between Longford Slashers and Shannon Gaels in which Slashers emerged victorious on a score line of 2-06 to 0-10 in what was a hugely exciting game with the result in doubt up to the final whistle. This game was of a very high standard and testament to the work done by the coaches on both sides. Shannon Gaels had started the year along with Northern Gaels in our Div 2 competition and as the season progressed both clubs looked to be accommodated in Div 1 if possible, the play offs allowed us to do so and Shannon Gaels qualified for the final. At the end of each final all players from both teams were introduced to the crowd and presented with their medal. Our two outstanding finals the Div 1 Shield Final between St. Patrick’s Óg and Killoe Óg took place last Monday night (after these notes were submitted) and the Div 2 Cup Final between Shannon Gaels and Northern Gaels will be played over the coming week.
This week sees notification go out to all players who have been invited to take part in our U14 and U16 Regional tournments which will be commencing in the coming weeks. Again these tournments promise to produce some excellent football with keenly contested matches throughout the series.
Training continues in clubs over the coming weeks,
U8 – U14 in Slashers on Wednesday evenings, contact Niall on 0879344157.
U8 – U14 in Clonguish on Thursday evenings, contact Brian on 0878035701.
U8 – U14 in Edgeworthstown on Saturday mornings, contact Willie on 0878232216.
U6 – U10 Spring Academy for hurling in Kenagh continues every Sunday at 11.30am contact Sean Kelly on 0861996045.
Our club Pella program kicked off last week and will continue for the next four weeks, as every club who has confirmed that they will take part has been fixtures for 4 blitzes over the course of the 6 weeks. These blitzes are for players who are in their last year at U13 level but if clubs need a couple extra players they should bring U14 players who got little football during the year but under no circumstances are U12’s allowed to play.
Tuesday 7/10/14 U13 Pella 6:30 – 8pm
Edgeworthstown Sports Hall: Northern Gaels, St. Francis, Clonbroney, Clonguish Óg, Granard.
Mercy Convent Ballymahon: St. Brigid’s Óg, St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg, Cashel, St. Patricks Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels.
Thursday 9/10/14 U13 Pella 6:30 – 8pm
Mercy Convent Ballymahon: Carrick Sarsfields, Western Gaels, St. Brigid’s Óg, St. Dominics Moydow Harpers Óg, Cashel.
Tuesday 14/10/14 U13 Pella 6:30 – 8pm
Edgeworthstown Sports Hall: Killoe Óg, Northern Gaels, St. Francis, Clonbroney, Clonguish Óg.
Mercy Convent Ballymahon: St. Patricks Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Carrick Sarsfields, Western Gaels, St. Brigid’s Óg.
A Plan for Longford by Longford
Under the stewardship of Cyril Connor a committee has been formed to develop a plan for football within the county for the next five years, the members had their initial meeting last week and the wheels are now in motion so if anyone would like to get involved in the process or has any ideas that they would like brought to the table please contact any of the names below.
Tommy Mc Loughlin 086 191 4626, Paddy O Connor 086 190 4060, Damien Sheridan 087 912 6556