Coaching & Games: 18th May 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. Congratulations Congratulations to both our senior and minor footballers on their victories over the weekend as they set up a quarter final and semi final date respectively for the weeks ahead. 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 Coaching Workshops Award 1 Youth Course All five Clubs involved in this program have now completed at least their 3rd session with one club down to complete their 5th and final session next week. 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 sessions in the weeks ahead. U13 All County Competition Our U13 Competition commenced last Thursday as 11 games took place in three different venues. Northern Gaels, Clonguish Óg and Longford Slashers won the three groups so they progress to a semi final against each other with the remaining 11 teams entering the back door. There were some really close and competitive games and we expect even closer games this week as especially the Regional Units get to know each other a bit better. 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 commences this Thursday and run for four Thursdays in concession, see round 1 fixtures below: Thursday, 21st May 2015 U13 Longford Competition Week 2 Please note: North Longford = St. Colmcille’s, St. Francis South Longford = Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Southern Gaels East Longford = Wolfe Tones Óg, Clonbroney, St. Vincents Mid Longford = Carrick Sarsfields, St. Dominic’s/Moydow Harpers Óg Cup Semi Final (1) Venue: Maguire Park Northern Gaels V Clonguish Óg 7pm Clonguish Óg V Longford Slashers 7:50pm Longford Slashers V Northern Gaels 8:40pm   Back Door Group 1 Venue: Michael Fay Park Top Pitch: St. Patricks Óg V Granard/Ballymore 7:30pm Bottom Pitch: East Longford V South Longford 7:30pm Bottom Pitch: Both Winners play I V J 8:20pm Top Pitch: Both Defeated teams play K V L 8:20pm   Back Door Group 2 Venue: Allen Park Top Pitch: North Longford V Mid Longford 7:30pm Bottom Pitch: Western Gaels V Killoe Óg 7:30pm Bottom Pitch: Both Winners play M V N 8:20pm Top Pitch: Both Defeated teams play O V P 8:20pm 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 10 Leitrim Clubs competing in two different divisions of our cross border league. In division 1 and 2 we will have a two group or 5 where everyone plays each other in the group and then qualifies for a knockout round 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 all fixtures have been forwarded to club secretaries since last week.  Longford Leitrim U12 League Division 1 & 2 Tuesday 9th June 2015 Under 12 Longford/Leitrim Football League Division 1 Group 1 Round 1 All games at 7:30pm Granard/Ballymore V BYE Páirc Sheán Ui Heislin: Ballinamore-Sean O’Heslin’s V Longford Slashers Pairc Philib Mhic Aongusa: Mohill V Clonguish Og   Under 12 Longford/Leitrim Football League Division 1 Group 2 Round 1 All games at 7:30pm St Mary’s-Kiltoghert V BYE Leitrim Gaels: Leitrim Gaels V St. Patrick’s Og Allen Gaels: Allen Gaels V Killoe Og   Under 12 Longford/Leitrim League Division 2 Group 1 Round 1 All games at 7:30pm Wolfe Tones Og V BYE Carrigallen: Carrigallen V Shannon Gaels Fenagh-St. Caillin’s: Fenagh-St Caillins V St. Colmcille’s   Under 12 Longford/Leitrim League Division 2 Group 2 Round 1 All games at 7:30pm Aughavas V BYE Kiltubrid: Kiltubrid V Carrick Sarsfields Annaduff: Annaduff V St. Francis   Longford U12 Football League Monday 8th June 2015 U12 Football League Division 1 Group 2 Round 1 All games at 7:30pm Ballybrien: Ballymore V Gratten Gaels   Thursday 11th June 2015 U12 Football League Division 1 Group 1 Round 1 All games at 7:30pm Monaduff: St Vincent’s V Northern Gaels Maguire Park: Clonbroney V Ballymahon Forgney Gaels   U12 Football League Division 1 Group 2 Round 1 All games at 7:30pm Páirc Chiarán: Southern Gaels V St. Dominic’s Go Games Fixtures Go Games at all age grades and both codes are now up and running and will continue in the months ahead. Please see below for all up to date fixtures in our Go Games program. All blitzes to start at 7pm unless stated differently.   20/5/15 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 Blitz 4 – 7pm Lanesboro: Shannon Gaels, Killoe Óg, Ballymore Shamrocks, Northern Gaels Cashel: Southern Gaels, St. Patricks Óg, Longford Slashers Colmcille: St. Colmcille, Wolfe Tones Óg, Clonbroney, Granard Kenagh: St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Carrick Sarsfields, Grattan Gaels Dromard: St. Francis, St. Vincents, Clonguish Óg   27/5/15 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 Blitz 3 – 7pm Legan: Carrick Sarsfields, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Ballymore Shamrocks Ballinalee: Clonbroney, St. Francis, St. Patricks Óg, St. Vincents Clonguish: Clonguish Óg, Killoe Óg, Wolfe Tones Óg Granard: Granard, St. Colmcilles, Northern Gaels Grattans: Grattan Gaels, Longford Slashers, Shannon Gaels, Southern Gaels 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 is now complete and after 5 weeks of coaching 800 kids per week plus another 150 attending a blitz in St. Mels College each week the project has proved a great success. We held the final blitz in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park last Wednesday that was a fitting finish to the program. It is now up to the clubs of the Templemichael Parish to capitalise on this good work and increase their numbers going forward. Last wee we ran the first two of our seven 3rd/4th class blitzes in Ballymahon on Tuesday the 12th and Dromard on Thursday the 14th. Both blitzes were a great success with in excess of 110 kids attending each day. The success of these blitzes would not be possible without the co-operation of the local Post Primary school and their TY students. On the Tuesday 26 young men and women from Mercy Ballymahon assisted as they managed the 14 teams and refereed the games. On the Thursday we had 31 from Moyne CS who again managed the 16 teams and refereed the games. We have five more Go Games blitzes to take place this week and they are as follows: Granard GAA Grounds TUESDAY 19th May Longford Slashers GAA Grounds WEDNESDAY 20th May (10:30am and 12:30pm) Longford Slashers GAA Grounds THURSDAY 21st May (10:30am and 12:30pm) Development Squad   Last weekend was a very busy one for our football squads as we had all squads in action. We were streached as regards to playing numbers due to a school tour and communions but the joy of carrying large numbers is that we are ablt to deal with these situtations and still be able to field teams. Our U14’s traveled to Tipperary where they fielded two teams – report in next weeks notes. Our U15’s were at home in Longford Slashers where they played one of two Sligo teams as well as Clare. As was the case in O Connor park there was avery strong wind blowing from one goal to the other for the duration of the blitz which made all games live up to the billing of a game of two halves. In the first game of the day Longford took on Sligo and Longford started against the wind and their use of the ball against the elements was really good as they chipped over 3 early scores and their return could have been much better if not for some missed scoreable frees. Our lads trailled by two points at the break and upon the resumption Sligo got a great start to extend their lead but thanks to a wonder goal by Lee O Leary Longford got back into the game and in a tit for tat final 10 minutes Longford got their noses in front by the minimum as the final whistle blew. Clare then played Sligo and had a very convincing win playing some excellent football. In the third and final game Longford took on Clare. This time Longford had the wind at their backs to start the game but Clare were rampent from their previous game and managed to soak up the Longford pressure and hit the hosts on the counter attack. Longford were down at half time and it didnt look good going out to play against the wind but they dug in and stuck to their task by continuing to chip away at the scoreboard but in the end Clare just had to much as they ran out winners. Some notable performers from Longford on the day were Aiden McGuire, Luke McEntire, Cian Gilmore to name but a few. Our U16 football squad traveled to Mulingar to take part in a blitz which consisted of games against Offaly and Louth. The first game started off well for the team but then their work rate dropped as Offaly pulled away in the second half. Final score was 1-5 to 0-3. After that wake up call the Longford lads really put in a great performance against Louth in the second game. There was some great long range point scoring aligned with brilliant tackling where they won by 2 points at the finish. Some of the players are now on a break until the Junior cert is over. Best of luck lads with all the study.   All updated development squad news can be got on the Longford GAA website at http://longfordgaa.ie/development-squad-news/   Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camp Dates The Kellogg’g GAA Cúl Camp website is now live and the bookings have already started to come through thick and fast as the TV advert rolls and the promotional material appears on boxes of Cornflakes and Rice Krispies. The website can be viewed at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie The kits this year 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 Blue & Yellow 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: Legan (formerly 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