Killeagh GAA Club Weekly News

29 December, 2014

NEWSLETTER FOR W/C December 29th 2014.

Club Lotto Results;

There was no winner of this week's jackpot. Our lotto jackpot for next draw will be €3200.

Lucky dip winners were: Ann Rochford, Kieran Lane, Caroline Twoomey and Brian Murray.

Thanks to everyone who supports our weekly lotto draw. Our next lotto draw takes place in clubhouse on Tuesday 6th Jan 2015.

Annual Dinner Dance:

The club will hold its Annual Dinner Dance in the Garryvoe Hotel on Saturday January 24th 2015 at 8.30pm. For further information and tickets for this great night please contact Ursula Coleman on 0876292646 and Sean Treacy on 0863923131.

Club Shop;

The Club shop is open on Saturday mornings from 10.30am to 11.30am. Plan a visit to your club shop where you can choose from a wide selection of sports accessories in your club colours. Replica jerseys (all sizes), shorts, training clothing, etc. are available for all ages Please support your club by purchasing from the club shop.

Juvenile Notes:

Poc Fada A Great Day – Once Again

One of the highlights of the year for Killeagh GAA supporters and players, of all ages, genders and abilities, is our Annual St. Stephen’s Day Poc Fada, which starts every year in Mount Uniacke and sees teams of three strike a sliotar down the L3806 through the townlands of Monabraher, Gortnagapall and Dromdiah, finishing just before the junction of the N25 at The Old Thatch in Killeagh where cars whizz by oblivious to the great ‘sport agus spraoi’ being had by the Poc Fada participants. What makes a good ‘Poc Fada Practitioner’? Do you keep it low, straight down the centre of the road, do you need to put a spin on it to take the many corners and bends, or do you go for broke and loft it high over the fields and ditches and hope to see it bounce gingerly down the road at the far side? Do you need to be selective in your striking – sometimes opting to strike off your left to take one bend, then opting for a right-handed strike for another? Hold the hurley short or long? Flat strike off the ‘bas’ or a bit of ‘Paul Flynn topspin’? And they’re just the hurling skills! You also need to be able to have great eyesight to spot those stray sliotars, good prediction skills to anticipate where the next ball might land, and, critically, the ability to count to something between 40 and 80 (sometimes the most challenging part of the day)! Whatever it takes, everyone is a winner, and this year we had a grand total of 59 teams, who, by their generous contributions, raised over €1400 for the very worthy cause of Aid Cancer Treatment.

The honour of striking the first ball fell to George Walsh, a member of our Under 12 county-winning team, at 11.30 a.m., while the last ball was struck well after the twilight hour by one of the many who had difficulty extricating themselves from the Super-Glue that had bonded them to the seats at the counter or the card table in Powers’ Bar until almost 4.00 p.m. The competition was fierce in all categories, particularly at Under 14, Minor and Family, as well as the Adult category. Many thanks to all those who helped to make the day a success – to Ursula, Mary and Deirdre for their patience and charm in doing all the paperwork in Mount Uniacke and to Ger Fitzgibbon for getting all the teams out on the road supplied with sliotars and enthusiasm. Thanks to all those who helped with the organising of the Juvenile competition – Tricia, Ursula, Liz, Olivia, Paudie – and to the many adults who accompanied these teams on their journey (many first-time competitors who will forever remember the day). Others also played their part in a variety of ways, but none played a greater part than Donie Treacy who coaxed and cajoled all the teams from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., and kept his counsel and his humour while all around him the patrons of a certain establishment became more deeply ensconsed in cards, conversation and caffling, no doubt influenced by Messrs. Guinness, Murphy, Jameson and Power! Thanks Donie!

For the record, the winners were as follows:

Juvenile Categories:

U8: Conor Burns, Fionn Murphy & Barry Walsh

U10: Ben Budds, Ciaran Brennan & Rory Motherway

Girls: Zoe Whelan, Anna Brenner, Sadhbh McDonnell

U12: Robbie Treacy, Ciaran Leahy, Colm Treacy

U14: James Kent, Barry Motherway, Dara Motherway (winners of the Diarmuid Fogarty Memorial Trophy)

Minor: Kevin Murphy, Jack Merkushev, Keane Kelly-Budds (winners of the Tadhg Coleman Memorial Trophy)

Adult Categories:

Ladies: Laura Treacy, Sarah Treacy, Emily Desmond (winners of the ‘Danno’ Trophy)

Family: Shane Scully, Kieran Scully, Ger Scully (winners of the Harry Harris Memorial Trophy)

Veterans: Noel Long, Richard Landers and Kevin Galvin (retaining the Kevin Lane Memorial Trophy)

Adult: Andy Walsh, Steve Treacy and Aidan Morrison (winners of the prestigious Danno Kennedy Cup)

Below are winners of the U14 Diarmuid Fogarty Memorial Trophy receiving the trophy from members of Diarmuid Fogarty's Family