Coaching & Games: 8th June 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. 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 ( 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 Code Of Ethics Course We had 17 people attend our this course on Friday last as Ger Carberry was signed up as a tutor which we would like to thank him for doing and congratulate him for completing the course. Have a tutor in the county will be a huge help to us in the years ahead. Award 1 Youth Course All five Clubs involved in this program have now completed at least their 3rd session with one club now fully complete. 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 concluded on Thursday last with two cracking finals in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. In the Shield final two Regional sides played off a s North and East Longford battled out. East Longford started the stronger but early in the second half North Longford raced clear as they built up an 11 point lead mid way through the second half only for East Longford to mount a serious comeback which just fell short in the end as North Longford (St. Colmcilles and St. Francis) won by the minimum. In the Cup final the unbeaten Longford Slashers took on the ever improving Northern Gaels and this turned out to be one of the best finals played in the Park in recent memory. The game started a bit like a chess match as both teams tried to figure each other out before Longford Slashers took hold and held a commanding lead by the break. In the space of five second half minutes Northern Gaels turned the game on its head as they completely took over both on the pitch and in the scoring stakes as they continued to chip away at the Slashers lead. As the half wore on it looked like we were destined for a golden score but credit to Longford Slashers the always just done enough to keep their noses in front and when the whistle went they were worthy winners of a cracking final. On conclusion of both games the four teams, unprompted, lined up to show respect for each other after an epic game by shaking hands-it is always a greater show of respect when this is done after a game as opposed to before the game. This U13 competition was designed so as to give more players the chance to play 15 a side football against teams of a similar ability and that defiantly came to fruition over the last four weeks. Prior to the finals we asked players from all four sides to complete a feedback questionnaire as to how they thought the competition went and we will give a full rundown of answers at the next County Board meeting but some of the stand out answers from the Regional teams were the making of new friends, getting to win against stronger teams and playing with and against stronger players. Some of the answers from the Club sides were playing more games, 2 points for frees of the ground and training and playing with their friends. U12 Competitions This Monday seen the commencement of our U12 competitions which will see these players play right through the summer up until early October. 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 Monday 15th June 2015 U12 Football League Group 2 Round 2 All games at 7:30pm Mc Gann Park: St. Dominic’s V Ballymore Tuesday 16th June 2015 Under 12 Longford/Leitrim Football League Division 1 Group 1 Round 3 All games at 7:30pm Mohill V BYE Michael Fay Park: Longford Slashers V Clonguish Og Páirc Sheán Ui Heislin: Ballinamore-Sean O’Heslin’s V Granard/Ballymore Under 12 Longford/Leitrim Football League Division 1 Group 2 Round 3 All games at 7:30pm Allen Gaels V BYE Keenan Park: St. Patrick’s Og V Killoe Og Leitrim Gaels: Leitrim Gaels V St Mary’s-Kiltoghert Under 12 Longford/Leitrim League Division 2 Group 1 Round 3 All games at 7:30pm Fenagh-St Caillins V BYE Clonbonny: Shannon Gaels V St. Colmcille’s Carrigallen: Carrigallen V Wolfe Tones Og Under 12 Longford/Leitrim League Division 2 Group 2 Round 3 All games at 7:30pm Annaduff V BYE Kiltubrid: Kiltubrid V Aughavas Flood Park: Carrick Sarsfields V St. Francis 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. 10/6/15 Respect Exhibition Go Games U8 Blitz 4 – 7pm Killoe: Killoe Óg, St. Francis, St. Patricks Óg, St. Vincents Longford Slashers: Longford Slashers, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Wolfe Tones Óg, Clonguish Óg Abbeylara: Northern Gaels, St. Colmcilles, Clonbroney Lanesboro: Shannon Gaels, Granard, Grattan Gaels, Ballymore Shamrocks Cashel: Southern Gaels, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels, Carrick Sarsfields 17/6/15 Respect Exhibition Go Games U10 Blitz 6 – 7pm Legan: Carrick Sarsfields, St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Óg, Wolfe Tones Óg Ballinalee: Clonbroney, Killoe Óg, St. Francis, St. Patricks Óg Clonguish: Clonguish Óg, Shannon Gaels, St. Vincents, Ballymahon Forgney Gaels Granard: Granard, St. Colmcilles, Northern Gaels, Ballymore Shamrocks Grattans: Grattan Gaels, Longford Slashers, 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 school coaching has now entered its final few weeks. In the last few weeks we have offered schools the opportunity to have blitzes run within their own school and we have a full program set out until Friday the 19th of June. This is a great opportunity for school kids to get to play organised games where otherwise they might not get the chance. Our Primary Schools outdoor hurling championship Division 1 continued last week as all 3 rounds are now complete with only finals to be fixed. Last week seen the Division 2, 3 and Camogie blitz finals take place with Killasonna claiming the Division 2 title, Ballinalee taking home the Division 3 title and Colehill capturing the Camogie title. Development Squad The U13 Gaelic Football Skill School which will consist of all skill based development sessions and will run throughout the summer is commencing this weekend. This Skill School will be open to all boys born in 2002 ONLY who wish to attend. The first session is on Saturday 13th at 10.00am in Clonguish GAA Grounds. Our U14 football squad will play Westmeath on Saturday morning at 11am in Longford Slashers. This will be a good test for the squad to work on some of the skills the coaches have been working on with them. Our U15 squad will have a get together with non junior cert members on Saturday also. 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 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 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 &