~ FOOTBALL ~
The senior footballers appear to have kicked their last ball in anger in 2011. There will be no football played in December or January, as per county bye-law. With one remaining game, against Burt, yet to be played, and a number of other clubs with unplayed games, division three will not be resolved until 2012. On a more heartening note, we now have a copy of the county final on DVD and are working on putting it online.
The under 16s were defeated in their Ulster under 16 championship semi-final against O’Donovan Rossa 1-11 to 0-7. Aodh Ruadh gave the Belfast side a nine point head start before Jamie McDonald got the Ernesiders off the mark with a point after 23 minutes. In the end it was a too high mountain to climb. Nevertheless two goal chances in quick succession early in the second half which were denied by the woodwork and a superb save respectively, and which could potentially have put a single point between the side means tantalising questions of what might have been still hang in the air. All said, it was a nervy display by Aodh Ruadh with a lot of errors, but it should prove a very valuable learning experience in the years to come. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Matthew Maguire, Eamonn McGrath and Colm Kelly in defence. Pauric Patton gave everything in midfield. Johnny Gethins delivered an improved performance on the first game, while Conor Gilmartin proved a real handful for Rossa and David McGurrin played with guts, skill and real heart and desire. This marks the end of the under 16 season. The team deserve huge credit for all they have achieved this year. They won a county title that will live long in the memory. Their defeat of Buncrana in the semi-final and their first match against O’Donovan Rossa were just about as good as football gets. Well done also to management and mentors; Shane Ward, Gregory Sweeney, Chris Kelly and Chris ‘Spanny’ Goan who have put a massive amount of work into the side this year and who will be taking them into minor in 2012. There is a full match report on the semi-final replay and pictures from Cathal Maguire on aodhruadh.org.
Indoor training continues this Friday 25th November. Under 6s are in the Marian Hall at Scoil Chatriona from 6pm to 6.45pm followed by the under 8s from 6.45pm to 7.30pm, also in the Marian Hall. 2011 under 10s are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2011 under 12s and under 13s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.
The Bord na nÓg AGM took place last Saturday with the following appointments being made. Chairman: Shane Toolan (acting, to be ratified); Secretary: Tracy Flood; Southern Divisional Board Delegates: Shane Toolan, Paddy Kelly, Sylvester Maguire. Under 6 and 8 management: Ken Monaghan and David O’Donnell; Under 10 management: Gerald McGloin; Under 12 management: Sylvester Maguire and Raymond Granaghan; Under 14 management: Jim Kane and Barry Ward; Under 16 management: Packie McGrath and Peter Gallagher; Under 18 management: Shane Ward and Gregory Sweeney. Congratulations to all appointees and the very best wishes for success in 2012.
~ HURLING ~
Colaiste Cholmcille Under 15 and a half team are playing Abbey CBS, Newry in the Ulster C final. Date and venue to be arranged.
Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee holds their AGM in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8 pm on Wednesday 30th November. Anyone interested in working to continue the development of underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh is asked to come to this meeting.
~ AGM SEASON ~
The Aodh Ruadh CLG AGM will take place on Saturday 10th December at 6pm in Dorrian’s Hotel. Nomination and motion papers have been posted and should be with all paid up club members early this week. Anyone who fails to get papers by Friday should contact John Hughes on firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ LOTTO ~
There was no winner of the €3,200 Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot last Monday. The numbers drawn were 1, 3, 5, 12, 14 and 15. In the lucky dip €20 each went to: Ann McFadden, The Mall; Maguire family, The Knather; Ann and Teddy McShea, Tully; Alex Reynolds, Creevy; and Shane Gallagher, Erne Street. Next draw is in McGinley's on Sunday at 9pm. The jackpot is €3,300 so get out there and buy your ticket; if you’re not in, you can’t win!
This Saturday the lotto team for the Saimer Court is: JUVENILE HURLERS.