We had a very busy day of action in the club on Sunday last with our senior mens, ladies and minor teams all involved in very important games. First up our senior lads took on Abbeylara in Abbeylara with a win necessary to secure the division 1 crown, and win we did. An early penalty from Larry Moran and goals either side of half time from Sean McCormack saw us run out comfortable winners on a score of 3-11 to 11 points. This is our first division 1 crown since 2010 and is not to be sneezed at. Having played 11 league games we topped the table with 19 points having won 9 games, drawn 1 and suffered 1 defeat on the opening day of the league to Mullinalaughta. Well done to team and management and hopefully we can push on now and capture the leader cup.
Our minor team suffered defeat to Shamrock Gaels in the championship final on Sunday in Pearse Park. Some wayward shooting early in the second half when we were dominant came back to haunt us with Shamrock Gaels pulling away late on. The future is certainly very bright with several young stars playing well at Minor level this year and to lose to such a strong amalgamation holds no shame. Hard luck to the team and management of John Kiernan, Daniel Mimnagh and Eamon Keogh.
Our fabulous ladies team got their Leinster championship campaign off to a flying start in Emmet Park on Sunday last and have now qualified for the Leinster semi final. This game is next Sunday in Dublin against Clan na Gael Fontenoy. We wish them well.
This coming weekend sees the start of the under 21 championship with our lads in action against Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones in Ballinalee at 4.30pm on Saturday. On Sunday our junior team contest the Gilmore cup final against Abbeylara. This game is also in Ballinalee at 1pm.
Our lotto draw took place in Begleys bar on Sunday night and the numbers drawn were 5,11,17 and 24. There was no jackpot winner. €20 winners were Don Murphy, Longford, Ozzie Hackett, Longford, Mick Gilleran, Longford, Shane Carrigy, Ballinalee and Mìchael Kenny, Killoe. This weeks sellers prize went to Frank Toher. Next weeks draw for a jackpot of €4,100 will take place in The Olde Forge on Sunday night.
Finally this week we offer our deepest sympathies to the Connell family Soran and Kiely family Clontumpher. We also extend our deepest sympathies to the Reilly family, Ballinalee and the Brady/Reynolds family Moyne on their tragic bereavements during the last week.
Thomas Quinn – PRO Emmet Òg