Coaching & Games: 9th March 2015

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Leinster U21 Football Championship

Next Wednesday night the 18th sees Longford’s campaign in the Leinster U21 football championship continue as they take on Dublin in Navan at 7:30. We in C & G would again like to wish Frank and the team the very best of good luck in the game and throughout their campaign.

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 (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.

20/20 Vision For Longford

We have an additional two Code of Ethics courses booked due to the demand, one course is full and the second (March 23rd) has only a few places left. These two additional courses will be the last courses we will be running so it is advisable to contact Damien ASAP to book your place, as walkups will not be accepted. This course will cost €10 per person. Upon completion of these two courses that will bring the number of GAA people who attended this course in the last three months to approximately 150.

Coaching Workshops

Longford GAA will be running a Resistance Training workshop for coaches of teenage players on Wednesday 11th of March in St. Mels from 7:30 – 9pm. This workshop is designed to assist coaches in delivering exercises that will prevent injury, increase player mobility, speed and power. The type of exercises covered will all be age appropriate for the teenage player and will cover in detail the coaching points to help understanding and to aid in performing the exercise correctly. On completition of the program all coaches will receive a handout with a bank of exercises which they will have gained the knowledge in delivering.

On Wednesday 25th of March we will be holding a workshop on Gaelic 15 which is a series of exercises that can be used to prevent injury in our players or as a standard warm up routine prior to training or matches. The exercises are broken into 6 key areas (running, strengthening, sport balance, jumps, hamstrings and sport specific activities).

Places are free of charge for both workshops but must be booked by contacting Damien on 087 912 6556.

Schools Coaching

We continue to roll out our program of Fundamentals with Junior and Senior infant kids from all school where those kids had not been taken from September to December. This program aims to provide all kids with the opportunity to participate in fun filled activities and games which will promote physical activity and improve all kids fundamental movement skills (Agility, Balance, Coordination, Running, Jumping, Throwing, Catching, Passing, Kicking).

This program will run weekly for 8 weeks up until the Easter holidays and will be taking place in 21 schools. We would like to welcome on board Adrian Moran from Westmeath as our new Hurling coach, Adrian has a lot of experience working for Leinster GAA over the years as well as being qualified at Award 2 level. Adrian has already started coaching within the schools that are going to take part in our outdoor hurling championship after Easter as well as working within the schools nominated by the hurling clubs. We wish Adrian all the best in his time with us.

Last Friday seen the culmination of our indoor hurling program as 7 finals were played in Newtownforbes Sports Hall, see below for details:

Div 7 Ballinalee 2 V Melview 2

Ballinalee got of to a flying start and got some early scores on the board but as Melview played themselves back into the game Ballinalee closed up shop to win the first final of the evening. The player of the match award went to Darragh Caslin from Melview.

Div 6 Colmcille V Killoe 4

In our second final another team raced out of the blocks and got themselves in front and never looked like loosening their grip on proceedings and try as they might Colmcille just couldnt peg back the young Killoe team who had Adam Donnelly take home player of the match also.

Div 5 Cloonagh (Dring) V Aughnagarron 3

In the northern Gaels derby we had a real hum dinger of a match as Aughnagarron twice took the lead only for Cloonagh to peg them back and as time ran out we ended up in golden goal territory where for the third time in the match Aughnagarron went ahead and claimed the win. For the gallant runners up Conor Leonard claimed the player of the match award.

Div 4 Melview 1 V Colehill 1

In the first of our section A finals Colehill again showed their new love for the game by over coming a young Melview team. Colehill had 4 different teams take part in the program and this success was a nice reward on the back of their outdoor win last year. Player of the match went to Sean Mc Cormack.

Div 3 Newtownforbes 2 V Killoe 2

In another cracking match, possibly the best of the evening, Killoe picked up their second win of the evening as they overcame a strong fightback from Newtownforbes. This was another game that looked destined for the golden goal but with no time left for an equaliser Killoe struck to claim the spoils. The best player on the court in this final belonged to Newtownforbes as Dan Crossan claimed the player of the match award.

Div 2 Newtownforbes 1 V Ballinalee 1

The penultimate final of the evening resulted in the highest scoring game with 2 goals separating the teams after 10 were scored. This game ebbed and flowed throughout the 10 minutes but Ballinalee made more hay when the sun shun and in John Dorris they had the player of the match as well as claiming their 2nd title of the day.

Div 1 ​Killoe 1 V Abbeylara 1

And so to the top final of the day as the two undefeated teams in the competition came head to head. In the build up to this final both teams had won all their games in very different fashions, Killoe by great striking and Abbeylara by great defence and having a couple goal poachers who made the most of their chances. The final played out as a bit of an arm wrestle as both goalkeepers mad some stunning saves to keep their team in it but eventually the pressure started to tell on Abbeylara as Killoe picked off their scores and in Darren Moffett in goal they never looked like conceading as he claimed player of the match and Killoe took home thier third title of the evening.

This has proved to be a really enjoyable and well-attended competition where 16 schools fielded 38 teams with in excess of 260 kids taking part over the last four weeks.

Our Post Primary Pella program for the school year continues to run every week. This Thursday the 12th will see the 1st year Girls from Scoil Mhuire Longford attend. Next Thursday the 19th March will see the 1st year Girls from Ballymahon VS attend. All of these blitzes take place in Edgeworthstown Community Campus where they play for an hour and 45 minutes.

Halftime Games

Last Sunday seen a group of boys and girls from St. Matthews Ballymahon, Cloonagh (Dring), Killeen and Melview national schools take part in a game during the half time interval of Longford NFL victory over Waterford in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. Longford are building nicely towards promotion from Div 4 as they sit atop the division but with 3 big games to come. Longford’s final home game is against Offaly on Sunday 29th March and it would be great to have a big crowd for this final home game which depending on results could seal promotion and a place in the league final. The four schools taking part on that day are as follows: Aughnagarron, Bunlahy, Edgeworthstown and Scoil Mhuire Newtownforbes. These games are open to 2nd – 4th class boys and girls with the games played at 11 a side. No doubt all these boys and girls will have an enjoyable day at the home of Longford GAA Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

Teacher Trainer program

Our Teacher Trainer Program in Ballymahon, Fermoyle and Newtowncashel National Schools continues to run this week. This program will run for 6 weeks from early February until the Easter break. 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.

Development Squads

Our U16 football development squad had their second athlete development program in the county gym last Thursday. They will do their third and final session this week and will then be giving a program to do at home. The U15 squad started their program of 3 session on Monday last as they were coached the basic movements which they will be practicing at home.

Details of these sessions and all sessions going forward will appear on the Longford GAA website as outlined below. Both our U15 and U16 football squads for 2016 have been selected and both panels are posted on the Development Squad section of www.longfordgaa.ie under Coaching. As well as both squads there are also details of our U13 Skills School and dates for our U14 trials. Going forward all Development Squad player messages regarding Squad activities will be posted on this website and if you click into the Coaching/Development Squad section you will find all the updated information so players and parents please keep yourself informed.

Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camp Dates

We are not even out of winter and we are already planning for the long hot days of summer but when you cater for 90,000 kids over 8 weeks preperation has to begin this early. 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 & www.longfordgaa.ie