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• Kevin McBrien, Lough Road.
• Kevin King, The Walk.
• Mick Cleary, The Fairways.
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Message from Chairperson
The 2018 GAA has started and it has been a very busy first quarter of the year with a huge amount happening both on and off the pitch.
Teams, Coaching & Education: With the revising of the GAA calendar things have got into motion much earlier and the playing season for our club has begun much quicker in 2018. We have u14 lads and girls teams in both football, hurling and camogie out in their league and Feile championships, our U16 boys & girls footballers are out in their leagues, the minor and U17 footballers, hurlers and ladies football are out in their leagues and championships and the Junior ladies, Junior men’s and Senior men’s teams have all started their leagues. Many of the U8, U10 and U12 underage teams in the various codes are winding up their indoor programmes and moving outside now that the time has changed and the evenings are brighter but sadly not warmer- yet!. A lot of time and work gone into these players at this early stage of the year and there is no doubt that this early effort will yield dividends in 2018. Well done to all panels and their dedicated mentors on the work done thus far.
We are looking forward to the rest of the year on the playing fields of Roscommon and beyond. Thank you to all the team mentors who have taken on roles to coach our 33 teams across football, hurling, ladies football and camogie from U8 to Senior. Best of luck to all the Roscommon Gaels players and their coaches for the 2018 competitions. An incredible amount of time, energy, commitment and planning goes into training these teams so we encourage people to come and support the people who put in great effort to prepare and play for Roscommon Gaels and who represent our club with great pride.
The coaches have been busy off the pitch by their attendance at a very well structured and presented coach information night in early March, which was given by John Donnellan, our excellent club coaching officer. This was followed by a very worthwhile and thought provoking presentation by Sinead O’Brien from Jigsaw on the importance of “One good adult” coach who may have a positive life changing impact on a child.
The coaches also attended the Club Mentoring programme this week which was organized by John Donnellan and the coaching committee and run by the GPO’s from Roscommon Co coaching and games development committee. It was a very productive night and some interesting issues came out in the SWOT analysis of the club coaching structures. From it three specific goals were set which will be put into action in the coming few months. Well done and thank you to all who organized, attended and participated in what a very useful exercise for all the club coaches.
Child Protection & safe guarding: Our club, as well as all GAA clubs in Ireland, is currently doing its risk assessment audit and examining its child protection procedures, training and policy. It is a legal requirement that all coaches and mentors who have players u18 on their panels must be garda vetted. This is a Legal requirement and must be done immediately via the link on the GAA website. Anyone who has not completed a child protection course or a foundation training course should contact our coaching officer, John Donnellan, asap to get their name down for these in the coming few weeks.
Committees: Thanks to all our various club committee members for the time and energy they give to the administration of the club both within and externally with the various Co Boards so far this year.
There are also a group of very hard working people who work tirelessly before, during and after big match days in the shops and programme selling in the Hyde and whose contribution to the club is valued and does not go unnoticed. They have been particularly busy with a lot of NHL and NFL as well as club matches in the Hyde from the 3rd week in January to last Sunday with the culmination of the league.
The Executive has a quite a number of important meetings in the first three months of the year with some very important issues discussed and decided on. Meetings are a necessary part of club planning and decision making so thanks to all those who attend the meetings and actively participate to make the club as productive and democratic as possible.
Various officers of the club have attended Connacht GAA Club training, training in specific officer roles training, volunteer recruitment training and data protection training. All of this training will enhance the running and development of our club.
Membership: Our annual Membership fees are collected in February and March of each year are used to pay for GAA affiliation to competitions and insurance which was in excess of €26,000 in 2018. The membership fees collected annually are paid out in full each year to cover these costs. The annual membership fee for adults & families has remained the same in 2018. Membership must be paid by all members before end of March of each year and can be given to coaches or directly to Harry Hoare, club treasurer.
Other club activities: The progressive 25 cards on a Monday night and bingo on a Sunday night both in the Hyde centre have proven to be a great success with ever growing numbers and give our community a connection with our club as well as providing much loved weekly social events. Health and wellbeing is an area that the club values and it is proposed to hold AED /defibrillator training, first aid, walk & talk events and other courses /workshops run to promote safe and healthy lifestyles.
Development of Lisnamult Grounds & new dressing rooms: The development of our new dressing room facilities in Lisnamult is ongoing and has been a slow process. The club sought a number of grants to assist with the installation of
Sustainable and renewable energy systems in the new building which proved to be a longer process than initially thought. Until these grants were given work had to cease on the installation of energy, heating, sanitary and electric components of the building. However our patience and perseverance paid off and we were successful in getting grant aid from SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) towards the installation of an air-to-water heating system and other energy efficient fittings as well as an insulated suspended ceilings and smaller grant of €2500 from Connacht Council GAA towards this environmental initiative. The work has now recommenced with the electrics, the ceilings and the plumbing all at an advanced stage.
These new facilities of four large dressing rooms with showers and toilets, a referee’s room along with a kitchenette / shop area, a public toilet block and a sports wall (which is completed and in use) will be a huge step in the right direction for this phase in the development of our club. It has been a long process but the final building will be worth it. The cost of the new clubhouse project is in the region of €360,000 and our goal is to have it fully completed and operational by the beginning of the summer.
Other works to be funded and carried out in Lisnamult include the replacement of the ball stopping nets on the main pitch as these got through storm Ophelia in November but failed to withstand storm Emma in January. There are also maintenance works to be carried out on all pitches, the training pitch requires work and all the goal posts are to be painted and get new nets or repair existing ones. All of this as well as general running of the club costs money.
Following the great success of “The Kube” and other fundraisers such as the American Tea party, cake sale, annual lotto’s sales etc in 2017 we will again be asking you for your support to help finance the funding of these much needed facilities and necessary works as well as for funds to run our club. A full plan of fundraising will be launched and we thank you all for your generous support in the past. We will be asking everyone to get on board and support all our fundraising initiatives in 2018.
Feile Hurling & Camogie 2018: We are competing and hosting in the national Feile na nGael hurling and camogie finals on the 8th, 9th and 10th June 2018. 60 hurling clubs from the province of Connacht and 12 more from Westmeath and Longford will be involved and there will also be 50 camogie clubs from the province hosting camogie clubs from all over Ireland.
There will be group games on Friday evening and Saturday morning when we, the host team, plays the visiting team in both hurling and camogie. On Saturday afternoon the cup and shield quarter finals will be played. This all leads to the semi-finals and finals of the cup and shield competitions in all divisions which will be played primarily at the Connacht GAA centre on the Sunday morning through to evening.
It is a wonderful opportunity for the club to host visiting clubs from other counties, to play in one of the biggest and most prestigious underage competitions and for our U14 players to play in a national competition against the best of the rest of the country and abroad.
This is a very important event in the GAA calendar and it is a very exciting event for the whole club to get involved in and support. Both of our u14 camogie and hurling teams have commenced their feile campaigns in Roscommon which will sort which division they will play in in the finals. Best of luck to both of our u14 teams in their county Feile competitions and looking forward to the main event in June.
Communications & New club website: The club IT officer, Liam McNeela, was busy in the winter working on our new club website www.roscommongaels.ie which was launched just before our club registration night in February 2018. It is a first-rate resource and promotion tool for the club and the wider community which contains a huge amount of information, is easy navigate and is most user friendly website. Well done to Liam on all his hard work on the production and updating of an excellent new look website.
The weekly newsletter, local media and the social media accounts of our club are being brilliantly prepared, driven and circulated by club PRO Shelly Walsh. The information is bright, attractive and of top quality and it is being feed to a huge audience on all aspects of our club and related issues. Please like, share and retweet etc all Roscommon Gaels info and continue to provide Shelly with club information and photos. Well done to both Liam and Shelly on their Trojan work and huge contribution to our club in terms of communications.
Club Mass: A huge crowd attended the club mass in early February in the Sacred Heart Church. It was a lovely occasion to celebrate the activities of Roscommon Gaels in our parish and was a real celebration of our club. It was a fitting way to remember the deceased members of our club and also people who are ill or going through difficulties.
Huge thanks to all those who sang, played music, read and presented gifts and to Fr. Joe for celebrating the Mass for us. The participation of people from all sections in our club from the youngest to the not so young made the event all the more memorable.
Maire McAleer-Presidents Award for Ladies Football: Our club member Maire McAleer was awarded the GAA President’s award at a ceremony in Croke Park in March. The phenomenal growth and success of Ladies Gaelic Football traces its roots back to the pioneering visionaries who played and promoted the sport and Marie McAleer is central to this work. An outstanding player, she was the first Chair of the Roscommon Ladies Gaelic Football county board was still active on the field when it took shape in 1974 and was a founder member and first Vice President of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.
Her passion and drive for the sport has continued ever since and has been put to good use on several national and county board committees while she was also instrumental in the establishment of our Roscommon Gaels Ladies Gaelic Football Club in 2000. Maire is the current Co. Board secretary and is a very supportive figure of all activities in our club. It was a very proud night for Maire, her family and her club and we congratulate her on being a well-deserved recipient of the GAA Presidents award.
What can you do for your club Roscommon Gaels? We want members to get involved at any level in the club that you can as the more people that are involved the more vibrant and dynamic Roscommon Gaels will be. People power is one of our best assets, and when harnessed, will progress the club hugely.
If you have questions in relation to the club, the fundraising, the building project or any other aspect of our club, please feel free to contact me or any member of the Club Executive.
We would ask you to please consider some of the following
We thank you for the work that is currently being done and for your support of Roscommon Gaels club in the past. It is very much appreciated. However more is required from all of us. Our club motto is “Ní neart go cur le chéile - there is no strength without unity” so together we will make our club and the completion of our building project a success - Please play your part.
Is mise le meas,
COACHING NEWS (WK 14 2018)
A. Club Coaching Mentoring Programme 2018 –
A HUGE Thank You to our club coaches who turned out in such numbers (≈ 40) on Tuesday evening last to participate in our Club Coaching Support Programme.
The passion for our club across all our codes was evident by the very positive contributions by our coaches.
We conducted a review of our Coaching Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats and then agreed on 3No. Coaching Objectives which we need to work on over the next 6-8 weeks. The following is a record of the meeting:- (Click images to enlarge)
Some Thank you’s:-
• Thanks to Trish Killion for typing up the Meeting Record Sheets with the information as shown above
• Thanks to Niamh Kilmartin and Teresa Hession for highlighting the programme within our club coaching group and for arranging the refreshments on the evening.
• Thanks to Roscommon Coaching Officer (Sean Kilbride), Roscommon Games Administration Manager (Willie Hegarty) and the Roscommon GPO’s (Peter Kearney, Padraig Mitchell, Ollie Lennon, Prionsius Killion) for facilitating the meeting.
B. Information Pack 2018 for all our Coaches
Our coaching committee has prepared an Information Pack for our Club Coaches.
The pack provides practical information on a range of topics which we hope will be a useful resource for our coaches:-
The Information Pack can be viewed by going to Roscommon Gaels website, clicking on the Coaching Button and then clicking on the Coach Education Button.
C. Award 1 Football Course
Thanks to Roscommon Gaels coaches who are sitting the Award One Football Course on Friday April 6th, Saturday April 7th and Saturday April 14th in Scoil Mhuire Strokestown Secondary school. Course is now fully booked.
D. Child Protection in Sport Course + Foundation Football Course + Foundation Hurling Course - Reminder
We understand there may be coaches in our club who not have completed the Child Protection in Sport or Foundation Football / Hurling courses.
We can arrange to run both these courses in-house.
If you need to take either of these compulsory courses please contact John Donnellan.
E. Upcoming Workshops for your Diary
Roscommon Coaching and Games Development are delighted to announce that they will be holding coaching workshops over the coming months for their Academy/development squad management and club coaches.
Academy/development squad coaches.
Wednesday April 4th.
Guest Coach: Mick Bohan
Saturday April 21st.
Time 10am -1.30pm
Guest Coach: Paul Earley
Club coaches workshop
Saturday May 19th
Time 10am -1.30pm
Guest coach Paul Earley.
U12 Camogie: We are delighted that our u12’s will be one of the 64 camogie teams from all over Ireland and 1 of the two teams representing Roscommon taking part in Camán to Croker next Sunday. A bus is being organised leaving from Roscommon (Hyde Park) at 8.45am to Croke Park. Bus will return around 6pm parents will be updated. If you have any queries please contact Una Quinn on 087 9196692. The cost of the trip is €20 per person, which will cover travel, a ticket tour of the Croke Park Museum and some food on the way home. U12’s are moving outside for training this week Fridays @ 6.30pm in Lisnamult.
Our U14 Féile Camogie girls played St. Dominics in the 3rd round of the Feile Championship on Good Friday and it was to be a good Friday for the Gaels. It was a bitterly cold evening in St Dominics. Ellen Biesty scored 5 mins in from a free. Dominics replied with a Goal after 11 mins followed by a second goal at 14 mins. Ava Mulry’s hand pass was finished by Choloe Donohue hitting it in to the back of the net after 16 mins. Leaving the gaels two points behind at half time. Half time score St Dominics 2-00 Roscommon Gaels 1-01. Second half the Gaels maintained most of the possession and fought hard against a very defensive Dominic’s side. 15 mins into the Second half the girls hard work paid off when Ava Mulry managed to find the back of the net from a free. This put the Gaels back in the driving seat by a point. Both teams battled hard with some super defending from the Gaels. Nail biting finish with the Gaels holding on to secure a one point victory over Dominic’s. Final Score Roscommon Gaels 2-01 St. Dominic’s 2-00. Well done all. Round 4 of the Feile Championship we play Athleague in Athleague on Saturday 7thof April.
Junior and Minor Camogie. We are planning a pre season meeting with the minor and junior camogie/dual panel for Friday 6th April in the Hyde at 8pm. We’d like to see a full turnout and to have a short discussion on the season ahead.
The urban myth of choosing a Hurley that is up to your hip is so wide off the mark hawk eye wouldn’t even pick it up. Instead Tricia and Tom have given a few simple tips for measuring - Size and weight does matter but it’s a case of the smaller and lighter the better.
U6 - 20" Hurley
U8 - 22" Hurley
U10 - 24" Hurley
U12 - 26" Hurley
U12 - 28" Hurley
***If tall for your age go up 2 inches***
It’s important to be able to flick the wrists with a short light Hurley - hurling is all in the wrists as skilful hurlers like Joe Canning show in their game. Torpey Hurls have always been a good supplier to the Roscommon Gaels and Tricia and Tom will gladly help you pick the hurl that is the right size for you. The cost is as follows:
28” and 30” €15. 32” €20. These sizes are first quality. 24” 26” are €10 as these are seconds but fine for beginners. Any seconds remaining from last year will be €10 whatever the size. There are a number of 22” 24” 28” and 29” available.
U8 / U10 / U12 hurling.
Indoor hurling for U8 / U10 / U12 Gaels concluded last week in the Convent Gym. It was great to see so many hurlers commence the year as we welcomed new, and welcomed back older hurlers to the club.
Due to Easter, there will be no U8 / U10 / U12 hurling this week (week of April 2nd).
U8 / U10 / U12 hurling moves outdoors to our club grounds in Lisnamult every Monday commencing Monday April 9th @ 18:30 to 19:30.
Our coaches and mentors are currently busy arranging blitzes for our U8 & U10 players and leagues for our U12's.
Our U11's hurlers will also feature in the 'Tain League' mid-April in the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Bekan, just outside Ballyhaunis. It promises to be an exciting tournament across many Connacht County Clubs. Details to follow from coaches in the coming week........
U-14 hurling: The U-14 hurlers produced their best performance of the season to date to overcome Athleague/Tremane in a high-scoring group match in the county Feile competition in Athleague last Saturday. All sectors of the team played well. We play our final group match away to Padraig Pearses next Thursday.
Senior Hurlers were out on Saturday 31st of March in Group B they play Padraig Pearses in Lisnamult. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be their day.
U8&U10 Football is back on Wednesday 18th of April @ 6.30pm In Lisnamult.
U12 Football: Our U12’s travelled to Kilbride last Wednesday for a challenge match against our Neighbours Kilbride. Our girls racked up a massive score line in the first half even with the new rule of a goal equalling a point in place. It was only fair that 3 of our stronger girls Sioffra Hession, Shauna Walsh and Marta McSharry tog out for the opposition to make it a more even contest. Well done to all girls involved. Our U12’s are out again on the 2nd of April (Easter Monday) in the first round of the League when they take on St Barry’s in St Barry’s at 6pm.
Our U12 Girls football team with pictured together with Kilbride.
Junior Ladies: The Junior Ladies had a challenge match last Wednesday evening against neighbours Kilbride unfortunately we only had 12 girls to begin with and 13 to finish! The Final Score was Kilbride 5-05 to Roscommon Gaels 2-06. Each game management have new challenges with a panel of 37 girls we never have the same girls for matches nonetheless management Declan Walsh, Gerry Donohue, Pat Clancy and Kieran Kilcline are endeavouring to work with what they have and the girls did put in a great effort. Kilbride Junior team having the same difficulties fielded 5 from their senior panel and this proved a tough feet for our girls. Management are going to be organising more challenges for the Junior Girls as we may be in a semi final of the league on the 15th of April but our goal excuse the pun is to be ready for the Championship that kicks off on the 24th of June when our girls take on St Croans.
Ladies Football Goal Keeping Workshop
On Wednesday Last the Ladies Football organised a Goalie workshop for all their goalies from U14 up to Junior. The Workshop was delivered by experienced Inter County and Roscommon Gaels Goalie James Featherston. During the workshop participants got to experience a significant number of activities in areas such as handling, footwork, positioning and kick outs. This was an ideal opportunity for goalies who need ideas and tips to improve their goalkeeping skills. Thank you James for sharing your knowledge it was greatly appreciated.
U8 Boys Football.
Our U8 Boys football training will commence on Saturday 31st of March at 10am in the Hyde Centre Roscommon. Please ensure your registration is complete in advance so that your child is insured and eligible to play and that you are included in texts re matches and training.
For U8’s please contact: Declan Hussey on 086 81477696.
Our beginner boys will join our new Football Nursery commencing in May – further details to follow and again please ensure you are registered. Boys must have started school to be eligible to play.For beginner nursery please contact: Seamie O’Neill on 086 8688129.
.Our junior team were out on Friday in Pearses in the Div 4 League. Final score Roscommon Gaels 1-9 Padraig Pearses 0-19.
Our senior were to play Pearses in the O’Rourke Cup in the Division 1 League today but was postponed due to Roscommon playing Cavan. The seniors are out again in the O’Rourke cup against St Croans on Saturday the 7th of April in Enfield at 6pm.
Is There a Secret to becoming a good goalkeeper?
The goalkeeper is the most specialised position on the pitch but they are often neglected in training sessions, most keepers just train with the outfield players and receive no specialist coaching at all. It is vital for goalkeepers to work to improve their skills, reactions and techniques; they need to be competent in all aspects of goalkeeping to enable them to play at their best. Here are some guidelines to help your goalkeepers. The Set [or Ready] Position 1; The feet should be about shoulder width apart. 2; The goalkeepers weight should be on the balls of his/her feet, with the bodyweight forward. 3; The knees are to be slightly flexed, with the hips square to the ball. 4; The head should be forward and fixed, with the nose in front of the toe's. 5; Elbows need to be tucked in, with the chest facing the ball. 6; Hands are to be in front of the body and approximately a ball width apart. Please note that this is a general guide, the goalkeeper will hold the hands in a position that he/she feels comfortable with. If their handling is good and consistent the hand position should not be a problem.
The "W' Technique This catching technique is used for balls at chest and head height, and for catching crosses and corners. From the set position the hands need to be brought up into line of the trajectory of the ball, the chest should be square to the ball. The hands should be placed with the palms facing the ball, the fingers spread and the thumbs forming the W shape [ as in the picture] Slightly flex the elbow to absorb the shock when the ball makes contact with the hands. Keep the eyes looking at the back of the ball and use the soft hands - strong wrists technique.
The "M" Technique This catching technique is used when the ball is played below waist height. From the set position, the hands lower in front of the body, with the elbows tucked into the side. The hands should be placed with the palms facing up and the fingers spread. The little fingers of each hand come together to form the M shape. Keep the eyes looking at the ball and use the soft hands - strong wrists technique. As the ball hits the hands, scoop the ball into the body.
The Scoop Technique Shots travelling towards the goalkeepers legs with pace are difficult to deal with, young keepers often end up kicking the ball away, the scoop technique is a reliable way to save this type of shot. The goalkeeper has to step into line and down the line of the shot, Collapsing at the knees into the K position The palms of the hand should be open to face the ball with the fingers spread, leading with the hands, which will bring the bodyweight forward. Keep the head still and the eyes focused on the ball, bringing the shoulders forward over the hands. The elbows have to be slightly flexed to cushion the impact of the ball, soft hands - strong wrists are needed with this technique. As the hands make contact with the ball, scoop the ball into the chest while bringing the bodyweight forward to complete the save.
Note: It is often said that you have to be mad to be a goalkeeper! The goalkeeper is arguably the most important position on the pitch; he can win a game with one brilliant save or become the villain with a mistimed dive. To be a good goalkeeper you require confidence, agility, speed, athleticism, bravery and good communication skills. Finally, as a goalkeeper you will make some great saves, but remember you are only human and you will at some point make a mistake, all keepers do, but its how you recover from that mistake, be mentally strong, be positive, and believe in yourself and your ability and work hard to improve your game.
Communication Communication is important for every player on the pitch, but for a goalkeeper it is vital. Communication between the goalkeeper and defenders is the key to making the defence function as a unit. The goalkeeper has the best view of what is happening on the pitch, and they have to be able to communicate with their team mates to organise and marshal the defence around them. The goalkeeper must know when to call - what to call - and how to call. WHEN to call: This should be as early as possible to give defenders time to react. WHAT to call: Be specific and to the point. HOW to call: Loud, clear and calm.
Pitch Allocations and Training Schedules
It’s that time of year again and Philip is up to his eyes trying to make sure everyone has a pitch to train on or a pitch to play games on. Can all Managers ensure they have notified Philip of any fixtures or training sessions to avoid disappointment of pitches not being available? Can you contact Philip on 085 8016162 with any outstanding fixtures. Official Fixtures take priority over training allocations. Teams must not encroach or interfere with any allocated training sessions. Where a mentor has a need to change their allocated training slot and that change is likely to impact on another training slot, prior agreement must be sought from the lead mentor. If agreement cannot be reached, priority is given to the team with the allocated slot.
The club would like to thank Philip Mullen for taking on this huge task each year, he puts in a lot of time and effort into it and always manages to get it right.
Roscommon Gaels half zip top size 12/13 has been found with the initials OF embroidered on the front in purple. If anyone lost it please contact Una Ni Chuinn on 087 9196692.
We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to our Scòr Officer Rosaleen Greene and her family on the passing of her father Paddy Carley.
The Roscommon Camogie Minor Team played Carlow in knockroghery on Saturday last well done to our Gaels Girls Izzy Cullen, Mia Fallon, Lisa Mullen, Niamh Madden, Amy McNeill and Ruth McNeill. Good luck girls.
The U16 Roscommon Ladies Football team played Sligo on Good Friday the game was moved from Elphin to Kilmore. Eva Biesty came on and had a great game. Roscommon won well. Well done Eva.
Well done to James Fetherston and John Mc Manus who were part of the Senior Team that played Cavan in the Division 2 final in Croke Park on Sunday and not forgetting Anthony McCormack and Mick Byrne who are also involved with the team. Well done lads on a great win.
Good luck to Eva Beisty, Hollie Harkin and Chloes Donohue who are on the U14 Football Panel they play Mayo on Bank Holiday Monday in Swinford the best of luck girls.
Winner of last Monday evenings 25 card games in The Hyde Centre was Liam McNeill and runner up was Con Keigher. Well done everyone. New players always welcome Monday’s at 8.30pm in the Hyde Centre.