Carrickcruppen GAA Club Notes
Hearty congratulations go to our Senior team members Fiachra Bradley and Ryan Lewis, both of whom are part of the Armagh Hurling team who won the Nicky Rackard Cup in Croke Park beating Louth in the final. Don’t be celebrating too much lads! Back to training with the Seniors again on Tuesday night!!
CARRICKCRUPPEN 3-7 SARSFIELDS 2-7
Sarsfields made the long journey up to Lowes Lane on a wet and windy Friday night. Weather conditions had been far from perfect for a game of football with gale force winds blowing down the field along with driving rain. ‘Cruppen had been forced into a few personnel changes due to injuries from the previous game against Whitecross and welcomed back Stephen Havern who came out of retirement to deputize in goals.
‘Cruppen won the toss and decided to play with the wind in the first half. They soon took control of proceedings and limited the visitors to scraps of possession. Scores from Paul Keenan (0-3), James Loughran (1-0), Declan Carville (1-1) and a point from Declan Monaghan on his return having replaced the injured James Hughes had ‘Cruppen lead by 9 at half time on a scoreline of 2-5 to 0-2.
It wasn’t the first time this year that Carrickcruppen had a 9 point lead at half-time and those in attendance had been hoping of a different outcome when surrendering a similar lead against Culloville earlier in the season. Sarsfields took full advantage of the wind and ‘Cruppen were soon under pressure which resulted in having to work in numbers to try and nullify the threat of the visitors. Sarsfields began clawing into the ‘Cruppen lead and were back on level terms towards the end of the game til up stepped the reliable Declan Monaghan who expertly found the back of the net giving the Sarsfields ‘keeper no chance of saving.
The final whistle went much to the relief of every Carrickcruppen person there and in doing so giving another two points on the league table. A game that was never going to be pretty to watch given the weather conditions, however, we can be happy with the workmanlike performance from everyone in the second half! A hard earned two points was achieved. Well done lads.
CARRICKCRUPPEN RESERVES 3-12 GRANEMORE 0-9
The reserve team continued their winning run when they travelled to Granemore on Wednesday night and came away with a well deserved victory on a scoreline of 3-12 to 0-9. Highlight of the game was the performance of Declan Monaghan who posted a remarkable 3-2 on his return to competitive football. The pairing of Monaghan and Peter Loughran up front was unstoppable, with the home defence unable to curtail their combined play.
Stephen Havern made a welcome return to club colours, bringing off a number of crucial saves. Darren O Grady was his usual unflappable self at the back, while Noel Finnegan mopped up everything that came down the middle. By halftime the game was still in the balance, ‘Cruppen going in with a 2-4 to 0-4 lead.
But a third Monaghan goal shortly after the break put daylight between the sides and ‘Cruppen ran out comfortable winners in the end. Next up is Silverbridge on Wednesday night-all players to be at the clubhouse at 6.15pm. The semi-final of the reserve championship game against Clan na Gael has been postponed, we await confirmation from the County Board as to time and venue.
U1Os GO TO CARRYDUFF TOURNAMENT
The Carrickcruppen U10s travelled to Carryduff for their Peter Cassidy memorial U10s tournament on Saturday. The group was split into two teams. Our junior team played exceptionally well but was unable to qualify for the final stages. Our senior U10s team were sensational finishing their semi final game with Clann Eireann no score to both teams, the game was decided on extra time with first team to score won the semi final. We were very unlucky when a free kick was given to Clann Eireann which they scored, the outcome of the semi final was no reflection on how well our U10s played today, the coaches and parents were very happy with the football played by both teams, well done to all of them.
The eagerly anticipated Geraldines re-union will take place in the Club on 30th June 2012. All former Geraldines players are invited to come along for the craic. There will be a game where the Geraldines will play against Cruppen Over35’s and a BBQ and music entertainment afterwards. This will be a great nights craic. Anyone who wants to play their part are asked to contact Cathal Evans, Raymie Flynn, Paul McGivern or Damian Beattie. An email address has been set up for any of those who are wanting more information on the event. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALAN AND SEAMUS
Congratulations to Dart throwers Alan McArdle and Seamus Kane when they won the Divisional Pairs title on Friday night in the Newry and District Darts League. They say practice makes perfect! Now is the time to get the polyfilla out and patch all them holes around the board lads! Well Done!
BAR STAFF URGENTLY NEEDED
Anyone who can offer their services behind the bar are asked to contact Jim Burns as Bar Staff are badly needed at the minute.
You can all now follow Carrickcruppen on facebook where all updates on club activity will be available for everyone to see. Add us: Carrickcruppen GAC.
The Social Club is available for hire for all functions free of charge, so if you are thinking of having birthday parties, christenings, confirmations, communions or holding a charity night the Club is available for you. Contact any member of the Committee or call into the Social Club which is open Thursday through to Sunday nights.
Orders are now being taken for Club merchandise such as jerseys, hoodies and Carrickcruppen gloves. Anyone wishing to order any merchandise are asked to contact Barbara Beattie, Jennifer Kelly or Claire McArdle who will be at the Under 8 and Under 10 training on Friday night.
There was one match 3 number winner in this week’s lotto with the numbers being 1-7-15-16 and next week’s jackpot stands at £2300.00. The lotto provides the club with much needed income and if any member can help out on a weekly basis by either selling tickets or even by buying a few tickets they can contact Gerry McDonnell on 02830 839280.
There are Irish Dancing classes in the club every Tuesday and Thursday from aged 4 upwards. All levels of dancers and new participants are welcome. Anyone wishing to attend the Irish Dancing are asked to contact Sarah Barry on 07985589084.
Anyone wishing to have put anything in the Club notes are asked to do so by email Carrickcruppenpro@gmail.com or by contacting Brenda Hughes on 07773386457 or Anthony Keenan on 07857957527.
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