Allen Gaels Club Notes 11/09/2017

Senior Championship
We came out the right side of the relegation playoff against Annaduff on Sunday morning on a scoreline of 1-08 to 1-05. The game looked to have fallen victim to the weather on Saturday evening but both clubs were anxious to get the game played and so tossed for home advantage with us winning the toss & the game was played in Drumshanbo. The playing conditions were difficult with wind & rain making life tricky for both teams. We got off to the better start with Ciaran Walsh snatching an opportunist goal in the seventh minute as we had the benefit of the cross filed breeze. Neil Nolan was called on to make a full length save and it was the 20th minute before Annaduff got off the mark with a free and a second placed ball 5 minutes later left the minimum between the sides. Nicholas Moore replied to stretch the lead but the visitors were reduced to 14 men with a red card just before the break which left the game finely balanced. Annaduff made light of the numerical disadvantage with their best spell in the opening 10 minutes of the second half when they struck for 1-02 with Ray Cox to the fore. At this stage they led 1-04 to 1-01 and were very much on top. As the game entered the last quarter we needed inspiration from somewhere and Nicholas struck a great long range point from play into the breeze to kick start a recovery. Ciaran Walsh added a point in the 49th minute and we began to move fluently at last with Nicholas hitting a great 45 followed by another point from play to put us ahead. Martin Beirne added 2 quick fire points one from play & one a free in the 56th & 57th minutes. Annaduff struck a point in the last minute but fittingly it was left to Nicholas Moore to complete the scoring from a free to give us an invaluable victory. Well done to the players and management on pulling out a big performance when it was needed most but it doesn’t disguise what was a very disappointing season. We all need to take stock over the winter and have a fresh approach for 2018.
Annual Golf Classic
The Club’s annual gold classic takes place this Saturday September 16th in Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club. Anyone interested in entering a team or being part of a team please contact Cyril at 086-8281413. Anyone interested in sponsoring a tee or a green please contact Paddy 086-8127197 or Neil 087-6674978.
We have a bye this week.
The lads had a great win over  St. Marys last week in the Westlink Coaches Championship on a scoreline of 4-07 to 1-14 . Our playoff game against Dromahair was to be played  on Monday but fell victim to the weather. No details of refixture as yet. Best of luck to Gareth, Kevin & the lads in that game.
U-13 Boys
The boys lost out to St. Marys away on Wednesday evening last after a thrilling encounter with the final score 6-09 to 5-10. We play Sean O’Heslins away on Wednesday at 6:30pm. Good luck to Cyril, Kenneth, Enda, Farrell and the team.
U-16 Girls
The girls have a bye this week
Minor Ladies
The girls just lost out to St. Brigids by 3 points last Friday. There is no game this week.
U-8’s & 10’s
Coaching continues this Saturday at 10 am for all boys & girls.
There was one lucky winner of last week’s lotto jackpot & the winning numbers were 03-14-17-23. Congratulations to Pat Barry, Mahanagh who scooped €4,300. The 5 prize winners of €20 each were: Padraig Rinn, Drumsna; Eamonn McGowan, Dristernan; Debra Keaney, Aughacashel; Seamus Heron, Drumshanbo and Madeline Tansey, Geevagh. The jackpot will now start again at €1,000. Also a reminder that annual lotto tickets are available from any club officers for €85 for the year.
The Club extends deepest condolences to the Woods Family, Carricknabrack & Cornaroy on the sad passing of Mick Woods last week. Deepest sympathy also to the Fanning Family, Dristernan on the passing of Anne Fanning in Canada recently. Finally condolences to the Wheatley Family, on the very sad passing of Maureen Wheatley, nee Earley, who was laid to rest in Athlone this week.