Club Notes for Friday 11th September 2015

posted 7 Sep 2015, 10:00 by Eamonn Kiernan
Sympathies:  The club would like to express its sympathy to the extended family of Bridget Kiernan, Kilbracken, Carrigallen and London. The club would also sends its condolences to the extended family of Michael (Mike) Crowe, Currabawn, Drumlish.

Senior Championship Semi Final: Dromard 0-10 Killoe 2-11. Dromard exited the senior championship when going down to Killoe on Sunday evening last in Pearse Park. The exchanges were even in the early stages with the scores tied at 2 points apiece after 10 minutes. With Killoe winning more possession, they opened up a three point lead by the 17th minute and then added a goal to widen the margin further. Dromard worked hard to get back into the game in the latter stages of the first half and pointed frees by Ross McNerney helped to close the gap to 3 points at the break. Two minutes after half time Killoe scored a decisive goal to re-establish a 6 point gap. Although Dromard fought hard to create chances, a much needed goal never materialised and Killoe ran out deserving winners. Thanks to the Dromard panel and management for their commitment over the course of the team’s six-game championship campaign. Dromard are still well in contention in Division 1 of the league and so there is still much to play for over the reminder of the year. Dromard lined out as follows: Damien Sheridan, Peter Masterson, Niall Vance, Paul McGee, Kevin Donohoe, Ross McNerney, David Pettit, Diarmuid Masterson, Ronan McEntire, Declan Mimnagh, Gary Maguire, Bernard Sheridan, James Martin, Francis McGee, Peter Reynolds. Subs: Emmet Masterson, Pauric Martin.

Junior Championship Quarter Final: Dromard 1-10 Longford Slashers 2-12: Our junior team was defeated by Longford Slashers on Monday evening last in the quarter final of the championship played at Michael Fay Park. Dromard got off to a slow start falling four points in arrears, but from the 10th minute to the end of the half, Dromard came storming into the game and played some excellent football. A fortuitous goal was followed by some good points by John McNaboe, Noel Reynolds, Bryan McCormack and Sean McNerney (from play and frees) to leave Dromard ahead at half time by 3 points. Longford Slashers started the second half strongly and reduced the Dromard lead to a single point after 8 minutes. However two excellent Dromard points from play by Bryan McCormack and Peter Mimnagh saw Dromard regain their 3 point lead with 12 minutes to play. An opportunistic Longford Slashers goal somewhat against the run of play cancelled out Dromard's earlier good work and a strong finish by the home team saw them claim the win. Despite going out of the championship, the junior panel and management can be very satisfied with the progress made since June. A strong panel of 25 players, blending some promising young players and more experienced campaigners, was put together and played five championship games, reaching a quarter final. With similar commitment from all involved next year, the great progress made this summer can be built on. The club would like to thank the management team of Gerry Sheridan, Peter Mimnagh, Con McLoughlin, Aidan Gray and Danny O'Toole for their work and effort with this panel all year. Thanks to Kevin Hourican for his work early in the year to assemble this panel and management team. Dromard lined out as follows: Oisin Hourican, Ronan Smith, Cathal Conefrey, James Conefrey, Brendan McLoughlin, Alan McLoughlin, Noel Reynolds, Conor Duffy, Sean McNerney, John McNaboe, Peadar Kiernan, Fergal Berry, Bryan McCormack, Peter Mimnagh Subs: Donal Conefrey, Neill Cosgrove, Niall McManus.

Juvenile/U16 Semi-Final: Our u16 amalgamation had a thoroughly deserved semi-final victory over a Carrick Sarsfield’s side who were missing a number of players. Ryan Crowe ensured we had a great start with a hat-trick inside the first ten minutes. Strong performances throughout the team ensured we continued this dominance until early in the second half when Carrick enjoyed a mini revival. However our lads stuck to the task and ran out comfortable winners in the end. Training continues on Thursday at 7pm where a full turnout is expected. The final of this Shield competition will be held shortly. More details to follow.

Division 1 League: The senior team return to league action this weekend with a home game against Fr Manning Gaels at 4pm on Saturday (12th September).

Underage success: Congratulations to the Dromard U12 girls team on their victory over Mullinalaghta in the summer league final on Thursday last (3rd September). This win follows earlier success by the U16 team and the U14s who contested the final. It is very encouraging to see such promising young talent in the Club and with continued commitment these players have the ability to contest for more silverware in the years ahead. Well done to all the players involved and to their mentors for all their work in organising and managing these teams. 

Congratulations: The Club would like to congratulate senior team manager Enda Macken on his recent appointment as a member of the new management team for the Longford senior footballers. Enda will be joining forces with two former Dromard managers Denis Connerton and Ciaran Fox in his role as a selector.  We congratulate Denis, Enda, Ciaran and Derek Ryan on their appointment and wish them all the best in the months ahead.

Fitness, spin and yoga classes:
 Abi Hagan's popular classes return to the Dromard GAA Clubhouse on Mondays and Thursdays for the Winter starting Monday 7th September. All welcome from the surrounding parishes, age groups, and genders. The new schedule for the Dromard clubhouse is as follows: Monday evening: 6:00-6:40pm: Return to fitness. 6:45-7:30: Spin. 7:30-8:15: Absolute beginners yoga. 8:15-9:00: Fitness fusion. 9:00-9:30: Men's spin. Thursday evening: 6:30-7:15: Return to Fitness - kettlebells and yoga. 7:15-8:00: Spin and kettlebells. 8:00-8:45: Yoga and meditation. 8:45-9:15: Men’s spin. For more information please call or text Abi on 086 6632968 or by email at:

Minors in B Semi-Final:  Our U18 amalgamation with Fr Manning Gaels are playing in the B Championship Semi Final this week. As the game was on Tuesday night, going to press we do not have a result. Best wishes to all involved.

Lotto Winner: Congratulations to Declan Donohoe, Gortamone, who has many Dromard connections on winning the Killoe Lotto jackpot of €5,300. Dromard GAA have had a very good response to our own Annual Lotto with over 230 people signed up, however, there are still a lot of people who haven’t been approached and asked if they would like to sign up yet. If you would like to sign up and support the club please contact any club officer Anthony, Dermot, Frank, Michael, Bernie, etc., or visit the clubs website to pay by credit or debit card. The average jackpot pay out from the clubs lotto has been €11,000 over the past 4 years with all of the winners been within a small 5 mile square area. Subscribers also receive access to our Annual Lotto Newsletter which includes videos of all the various matches. This week’s edition for example includes the U14 Final, U16 Semi-Final, as well as Junior and Senior Championship matches.

Congratulations to Neighbouring clubs: Well done to Arva on their fine win on Friday night which leaves them in the Intermediate Championship Semi-Final. Arva are managed by a man with local connections and huge football experience, Bryan Doyle, Carrigallen. Well done also to Gortletteragh who are in the Senior Championship Semi-Final in Leitrim this weekend and are managed by our former senior manager, Ciaran Fox. Best wishes to both teams and their management.

Lotto draw for 31st August: The numbers drawn were: 13, 16, 17, 26.  There was no jackpot winner. The €20 draw winners were: Tom Corr, Peter Cosgrove, John Donnelly and Anthony & Emma Sheridan. The sellers’ prize went to Kevin Hourican. Next week’s jackpot now stands at €8,000.