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• Elizabeth O’Neill, C/o Hyde.
• Jessica Costello, Circular Road.
• Moira Clancy, C/o Holly Tree.
• Michael Belton, Oldwood.
Thanks to everyone who bought and sold tickets your support is very much appreciated.
COACHING NEWS (WK 13 2018)
A. Club Coaching Mentoring Programme 2018 – Important Date for all our Club Coaches (27 March)
Following a meeting of our Clubs Team Managers to discuss the Club Coaching Programme, it was decided that we should participate in the programme.
The first phase/session of the programme will take place starting at 8pm sharp on Tuesday 27th March in the Hyde. All Managers and Coaches are asked to attend.
The first session will provide an opportunity for all our coaches to present their views on how we can improve Coaching and Coaching Structures in our club and will require us to conduct
a S.W.O.T. analysis.
B. Award 1 Football Course – Final Reminder
Great that Roscommon Gaels has some coaches who have indicated they will sit the Award One Football Course on Friday April 6th, Saturday April 7th and Saturday April 14th in Scoil Mhuire Strokestown Secondary school. There may be a couple of places left on the course so, if you are interested in taking this course, can to book your place by contacting John Donnellan.
Note: Coaches must have completed their foundation course and be involved with a team in 2018 to undertake the Award 1
C. 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.
D. Roscommon Gaels Website – Visit Coaching Button
Check out Coaching Information by clicking on the Coaching Button on our new website.
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.
FOOTBALL: Academy/development squad coaches. Wednesday April 4th.
Guest Coach: Mick Bohan Venue/Time TBC.
Saturday April 21st.
Time 10am -1.30pm
Guest Coach: Paul Earley
Club coach’s workshop
Saturday May 19th
Time 10am -1.30pm
Guest coach Paul Earley.
U8 Camogie training every Friday evening in the Convent Gym 6-6.40pm please bring €2 per child a drink and a sock to cover your hurl.
U10 Camogie training every Friday evening in the Convent Gym from 6:40-7:30pm. Please bring €2 per child to cover the cost of gym hire, a drink and a sock for your hurley. All are welcome.
U12 Camogie training every Friday evening in the Convent Gym from 7.30-8.30pm. Please bring €2 per child and a sock to cover your hurley. All are welcome.
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 on the 8th of April 2018.
Well done to our U14 team and management who defeated Oran on Monday 19th in the first round of the U14 feile championship. Conditions were dry but very cold this was our 2nd game having played a challenge the previous week. Roscommon Gaels settled well with Chloe Donohue dominating midfield. Hollie Harkin, Claire McNeill, Ellen Beisty and Ellen Tully impressing in their respective positions. We were playing with the wind advantage in the first half. The girls had a lot of possession but were struggling to hit the target. Eva Mulry, Isabelle Stephen’s and Zara Fallon were unlucky on a couple of occasions. Oran applied a lot of pressure in the second half but the girls held out well with Bebhinn Hoare, Eadaoin Walsh and Caoimhe Walsh proving strong in defence. It was a good win for our team. Final score Roscommon Gaels 2-01 to Oran 1-01.
Round 2 of the Feile Championship we have a bye. Round 3 we play Dominic’s the 30th of March at 5pm in Lisnamult. Bernie will send out messages when training is on as we hope to put in a number of sessions before our next game.
U8 hurling every Thursday Feb 15th from 6-7 pm in convent gym.
U10 hurling every Monday Feb 12th from 6-7 pm in convent gym.
U12 hurling every Wednesday Feb 14th from 6-7 pm in convent gym.
Please bring €2 per child per night to cover cost of gym hire. Sock also required to cover hurl while playing indoors. All new members welcome!
Well done to our U14 Feile Hurlers who defeated Oran last Monday the 19th Final score Roscommon Gaels 2-10 Oran 1-7. It's been a busy few weeks for the U-14 hurlers. We lost to Four Roads and beat Oran in the league stages of the county Feile competition. This morning we played Tooreen in an enjoyable and worthwhile challenge match in Lisnamult with Tooreen coming out on top. We play Athleague/Tremane next Saturday in the next round of the county Feile.
Senior Hurlers are out on Saturday 31st of March in Group B when they play Padraig Pearses at 5.30pm in Lisnamult.
It's an exciting season ahead as this year, Feile known as Feile Na nGael is being hosted in Connaught. We are delighted to be one of the hosting clubs; it is a great honour to be able to do so. Close on 60 hurling clubs from the province and 12 more from Westmeath and Longford will be involved. There will also be close on 50 camogie clubs from the province hosting camogie clubs from all over Ireland. The dates for Feile na nGael 2018 are June 8th/9th and 10th.
There will be group games on Friday evening and Saturday morning when the host team plays the visiting team. 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 to evening.
As part of our participation in Féile Na nGael 2018 our club is expected to provide host accommodation for a visiting team. This means that we will need to organise places to stay for players and at least three mentors.
For any further queries on the Feile weekend please contact Tom O’Farrell on 083 1198389 this is going to be an amazing week end for our club.
Below pictured are the Roscommon Gaels hurling and comogie Feile teams.
Is your hurley the correct size?
Grip, size and weight of Hurley.
Length and weight of Hurley have a tremendous effect on the user. The traditional method of gauging the length of the Hurley by matching it to a player's hip has proved inaccurate and unsuitable. Two players of the same height can have a difference of 4 or 10 centimetres in hip height. Children and beginners are inclined to go for a longer Hurley, the perception being that - the longer the Hurley the longer the puck. The truth is quite the opposite - long Hurley’s equals no puck. Correct length and weight are more important than previously thought. Top players are now using Hurley’s 3 inches shorter than their counterparts of the 1960s and 1970s. This year Stephen Lucey, the 6ft 2 in full back from Limerick changed from a 36" Hurley to a 34" Hurley as he felt that he could quicken his stroke with the shorter Hurley. Time and space are very much reduced, tackling skills are improved; opportunities are lost in a split second if the Hurley is not completely manoeuvrable. The game is faster; there are less man to man contests of strength. The Hurley that suited those clashes has no bearing on today's game.
Young children's wrists and arms are light and fragile. They can only use Hurley’s that are light and short. To assess the correct length, a child should stand straight, hands by side, shoulders square, place the Hurley (bas on the ground) by child's side, grasp the Hurley in the dominant hand, the distance from tip of bas to child's hand position is the correct length for that child. If the child can use the Hurley like a sword with one hand, it is about the right weight. It is agreed now that most of the trouble with the unorthodox grip comes from starting with Hurley’s that are too long and too heavy. Approximately 87% of the population are dominant right with only one per thousand having equal dominance. A player's development will be severely impeded if he/she starts with non-dominant hand on top. Some respected coaches say there is up to 50% loss in potential. Starting players correctly then is of utmost importance to the player's development and enjoyment as well as a club's ability to raise playing standards. Changing a player's grip is difficult for player and coach but where both parties are willing it is certainly possible and very rewarding. Babs Keating and John Fenton, both supreme stylists and legends of the game, changed from unorthodox to orthodox grip. Left-handed or cíotóg players need good models and sensitive coaches because they are the minority. A coach should learn how to demonstrate left-handed for the two or three players in every panel e.g. JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Paul Kelly (Tipperary) and Jerry Quinn (Clare). Nowadays every player will write with their dominant hand, this is nearly the only safe way of determining hand dominance. Very small Hurley’s used in a one-handed game with light air balls will help guarantee dominant hand on top.
• It takes 3 weeks to change an old habit.
• It takes 3 more weeks to learn the new skill.
• It takes 3 further weeks for the new skill to become a habit.
• It would take 9 weeks for the player to experience the full advantage of changing.
• 9 weeks seems forever to a child but in overall career, it's a small price to pay for year of enjoyment.
U12 Football is back in full swing with great numbers in attendance training is Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to approx 7.30pm in Lisnamult a text will go out. We would love if each child had their own football (preferably size 3) to be practising their soloing at home. Our 1st leg of the league is Monday 2nd of April we will be playing St. Barry’s at 6pm in Lisnamult.
Well done to our U16 today in the division 2 championship against Kilbride. The girls had a comfortable win over Kilbride. Final score Roscommon Gaels 6-10 Kilbride 2-6.
Juniors: Training continues Tuesday evenings in the Hyde at 8.15pm and Sunday Mornings.Our girls in Dublin are meeting once a week to train.
A training session for our ladies goalies from U14 up to and including Junior has been organised for Wednesday evening in the Hyde at 6.30-7.30pm. A huge thanks to James Fetherston from our Senior Team and County Team who is going to be facilitating. Well done to our Junior Girls Sarah Sharkey who came 1st in the Ronan McCormack 10k and Liz McHale who came 6th. We would like to wish Ruth McNeill a happy 18th from all of us at the Juniors.
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 beginners nursery please contact: Seamie O’Neill on 086 8688129.
Our U12 had a challenge match today against Garrycastle. Well done all.
U 14 Div 1 League - Tuesday 20th March - Kiltoom
In our first outing for the Div 1 U 14 team we had a facile win over a very disappointing St Brigid's team last Tuesday Evening. The game was over as a contest after Ryan Conlon hit the hit after the 1st minute and further goals followed very quickly. As it turned out it was 1 way traffic in the 1st half. The 2nd half was a non event - Ryan Conlon finished the game with 1-14, DJ Hession followed with 4-04 from an excellent full forward.
Final Score Roscommon Gaels 12-22 St. Brigid’s 2-04.
The U14 Division 1 football lads had their second outing of the week on Saturday at home vs Kilbride. It was a tough game but the lads had a comprehensive win over Kilbride. Final Score Roscommon Gaels 6-8 Kilbride 2-8. Well done to all involved.
Our u16 Football League Div Two are out on Monday 2nd April when they take on St Ciarans in Mulhern park at 12pm.
Our Senior Team were out on Saturday in the O’Rourke Cup Division 1 Football League against Elphin. On a cold evening we were entertained by a high level of commitment and energy by both teams. The communication on the field by our players shows how close this group of lads have become. Elphin scored 2 points two minutes in, our lads responded by two nice scores coming from Kieran Kilcline in the 2nd and 4th minute. We picked our scores off early in the first half with the lads taking their own shots when in the right place. Cian Connolly scored the first goal in the 20th minute. The score line at halftime was Roscommon Gaels 1-5 Elphin 0-3. Our lads settled back into the 2nd half and were using their spaces. A goal from Kieran Kilcline in the 42nd minute and a goal from Peter Gilooly in the 53rd minute pushed our lads well ahead. We won on a score line of 3-0- to 0-07. With a great performance from our lads throughout. Kieran Kilcline 1-02, Cian Connolly 1-01, John McHale 0-01, Tim Lamb 0-01, Cillian Egan 0-01, Paul Allen 0-01, Paul Gleeson 0-01, Peter Gilooly 1-00, Richard Hughes 0-01. Next up our seniors play Padraig Pearses on the 1st of April.
Our Junior Lads Team was out today in the Division 4 League against Tulsk Lord Edwards unfortunately they lost on a score line of Roscommon Gaels 1-09 Tulsk Lord Edwards 3-11.
Shona Kennedy with her pet lamb wearing her Gaels Colours with Pride at the recent Lamb Festival Launch in the Harrison on Thursday evening last.
Interested in becoming a member of Roscommon Gaels contact Harry on 086 3436225 for info. Registration forms can be found on our website http://www.roscommongaels.ie it’s never too late to join. Registration closes on 31st March all our players, mentors and administrators as well as general non playing members must be registered or they will not be allowed to play or be involved in teams/club, voting rights etc.
It is a case of eyes down and legs 11 for our bingo every Sunday Night at 8.30pm. There is a guaranteed payout of €1,370 per night.
It is a popular event and very well organised by a band of dedicated volunteers.
A highly entertaining night is on the cards with the venue, The Hyde Centre, likely to attract a capacity crowd.
“We have regular and very loyal supporters and it is a lovely opportunity to get together with them for a social night out”
The fun gets underway at 8.30pm every Sunday Evening.
They're back, the greatest Summer Camp, it's not summer without the Cul Camps
Here is the link to book https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/booking/?county=Roscommon&venue=3527&week=
Dates for the Hyde
2nd to the 6th of July
23rd to the 27th of July
Call Willie Hegarty on 086 8356227 for further info.
Cumann na mBunscoil
Well done to our Gaels girls who participated in the Roscommon Cumann na Mbunscol in St. Faithleach's GAA grounds today. The blitz will help the committee to pick their primary school boys and girls that will participate and represent Roscommon in Croke Park exhibition matches during the All-Ireland football & hurling championships along with the exhibition match during half time in the Connacht senior football final. Well done all. Well done to our Gaels girl Siofra Hession who will be representing Roscommon on All Ireland final day in Croke Park.
Cash for Clobber
we will be holding a Cash for Clobber initiative later in the year but we will accept a collection on a Sunday night 8.30pm-9.30pm using the bar entrance in the Hyde Centre or alternatively you can contact Harry Hoare on (086) 3436225 to arrange a drop off. Please donate all your clean unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys etc. Also accepted are mobile phones, laptops, so if any house is doing a clearout please contact us and we will store the bags. We ask that bags are not left unattended at any time.
It’s a great opportunity to do a clear out and to easily earn money for the Club in the process. So if you are thinking of doing a spring clean get de cluttering!
There will be a meeting tomorrow evening 26th to discuss upcoming Easter parade at 9pm in the Hyde. We need as many volunteers as we can possibly get.
Winner of last Monday evenings 25 card game in The Hyde Centre was Frank Naughton and runner up was Packie Feeney. Well done everyone. New players always welcome Mondays at 8:30pm in the Hyde Centre.