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SKGAA Newsletter 23/08/17

November 8, 2018

A chairde,
 
It's crunch time for a lot of SKGAA team this week. A huge congratulations to the minor hurlers and their impressive County Final win over Rahoon Newcastle at the weekend. Commiserations to the Junior A hurlers and the U13s who ran out of luck in their resepective games.
 
It's a pivotal week for the footballers this week. The minors are in action this evening in their second group game vs Oughterad in the Prairie at 7pm. A win will be a huge step towards qualification for the West Board Final. And of course the seniors have a do or die game vs St. Michaels in the Stadium on Sunday.
 
 
Much and more details below….
 
All Ireland Hurling Tickets
Anyone wishing to enter the draw for All Ireland tickets may do so by contacting James in the office at the Árus. Remember those wishing to enter the draw must be fully registered with the club. 
ALL NAMES MUST BE DOWN BEFORE FRIDAY at 12pm. 
 
Bop on the Bay 2
We have begun plans to have another dancing fundraiser. We are looking for people who might be interested in taking part. No dancing experience required. Last year we hosted a fantastic event and all 50 people involved can testify that it was great craic and a hugely enjoyable experience. Coaches, parents, parents and even friends who are not associated with the club are welcome to get involved so please don't be shy and get in touch with us here in the Árus by emailing secretary.salthillknocknacarra.galway@gaa.ie or by phoning the office on 091527333. 
 
Galway's Biggest Fan
RTÉ's Up for the Match are giving away a GREAT prize for the winner of the competition: i.e. the prize package is: one pair of tickets to be in the Up for the Match audience on Saturday 2nd September, overnight accommodation in Dublin AND one pair of tickets for the ALL IRELAND FINAL on Sunday 3rd August. 
 
To be in with a chance to win the prize, all you have to do is email us a one minute video telling us WHY you are the BIGGEST FAN and/or why you should win the prize. 
The email address is biggestfan@rte.ie 
Closing date is Tuesday 29th August. 
Get the phones out and get filming!! 
 
Club Lotto
Numbers drawn 3,12,17,19
No winner this week.
 
Play SKGAA Lotto here: https://www.locallotto.ie/play_newa.asp?ll_id=398&PC=0&RP=#wizard_example-box 
 
You can now play SKGAA lotto in all the local bars in the area. Be sure and give it a plug to your friends and others when your out during the week. Míle buíochas. 
 
Football
Senior:
Seniors have a do or die game vs St. Michaels  in Pearse Stadium on Sunday the 27th of August at 2.30pm. 
 
Minor
Minor Championship vs Oughterard this evening at 7pm in the Prairie. 
 
 Juvenile
U9/10 back training on Aug 29th 
 
U11s no game last week 
 
12A and 12B play Oranmore on Sunday in Cappagh in the league. Our second 12B team play St James in the prairie on Thursday. 
Still awaiting details of a date for a 13B final.
 
The u13 footballers played An Spidéal away on Tues evening in the u14b championship. Our lads put in a huge effort throughout the match and yet again we couldn't have been more proud of their courage and never give up attitude. We hit the crossbar twice in the first half which would have changed the complexion for the second half. An Spidéal were very strong though and won well in the end, but these matches will stand to our lads as they prepare for the knock out stages of the u13 competition and the quarter final of the u14b. Thanks to the parents who provided lifts and gave enthusiastic support to the lads.
 
U15A final v St Michaels has been fixed for the Praire at 7pm on Tuesday 29th
 
U16s back training awaiting confirmation of championship quarter final dates and opposition
Best luck to all involved (10 from SKGAA at various ages) in development squads and Ted Webb team over next few weeks 
 
Camogie
Fixtures
 
U11 V Shamrocks 2    Saturday  Prairie  10.15am  County Summer League
 
Some groups are on a training break this week as camogie/hurling academy is taking place. Contacts coaches for further details.
 
U11’s contested their second match of the Summer league away to Craughwell 2 , last Saturday morning . In a  competitive match, the SKGAA girls prevailed with goals in either half , to finish on a scoreline of , SKGAA   2-0  Craughwell 2    0-0. Next up is a home match vs Shamrocks 2 ,  this Saturday at the Prairie 10.15am .Thanks to all  parents who attended and supported .
Note that training this Thursday is at the Prairie 6-7 “
 
Juniors played useful challenge last Tuesday against St Colmans in preparation for their county B semi final against Sarsfields to be played on 15th September.
 
A sincere thank you to all the parents and girls that came out last Sunday to help in county church gate collection.
 
Hurling
Adult Hurling
 
Minor Hurling:
 
Minor Hurlers have are County Champions!
 
SK Hurlers defeated neighbouring rivals, Rahoon/Newcastle on Sunday afternoon as the rain poured down in Pearse Stadium.
 
The teams exchanged points early on but the opposition were first to raise a green flag. Moments later SK rattled the net. SK led by 2 points at half time, 1-8 to 1-6. A different SK came out in the second half and really opened up and performed to full potential. They won the half by 3-8 to 1-2. The Final Score was 4-16 to 2-8. An excellent victory overall and the young men did the club proud! Well done to the Management team of Eamon O'Shea, James Kelly, Tommy Roche, Frank Keane, Players & all involved.
 
 
The team on the day was as follows:
John Quinn; Ronan McGuiness; Rian McNeill; Ciaran Kelly; Keith Gleeson (Capt); Brendan Hamon; Sean Joyce; Conaill Hanley; Eoin O'Neill; Mikey Kenny; Donal O'Shea; Cathal Sweeney; Eoghan Tinney. Subs: Evan Nolan, Brian Palmer, Conor Killian, Aenges Crean, Diarmuid Monroe, Niall Brennan, Rory McDonnell, Macdara Ó Gríofa, Eddie Bennett, Robert Waltzer, Cathal Murphy. 
 
Best of luck to Minor Panelists Donal O'Shea and Cathal Sweeney who represent the club with Galway Under 16 team at a tournament in Tipperary this weekend. 
 
 Junior Hurling:
Junior Hurlers were narrowly defeated in their Group play off vs Ballygar on Friday last. They came out on the losing end of a tense match under poor conditions in Carnmore. Final Score: 0:13 to 1-8.
 
The team on the night was as follows: 
Stevie Cullinane; Kieran O'Connell; Tommy Roche; Diarmaid Ó hAodha; Darragh Joyce; Mikey Collins; Eamon Kelly; Eoin Finn; Sean Burke; Mike O'Donnell; Stephen Commons; Keith Gleeson; Kevin O'Connell; John Kelly; Cathal Keane. Subs: John Morrissey, Brendan Moran, Ciaran O'Dwyer, Robert Clifford, David Mannion, Matthew Keane.
 
This brings an end to the Junior A Championship for SK. However the lads gave it their all throughout and were unlucky, losing number of matches by the narrowest of margins. A lot has been learned, experience has been gained and SK have a relatively young panel with a bright future. The Junior's season is not over as they have 2 Junior 1 Championship matches remaining which will be played in the coming weeks.
 
Under 21 were scheduled to play vs Ballygar this weekend. However, this match has been postponed until further notice. 
 
Juvenile Hurling
U13 Hurling. 
The U13's played Gort in the U13 B Shield Final last Monday evening in Loughrea. Our lads put in a great performance but just couldn't stop a big 2nd half from Gort. With a number of key players away on holidays it was always going to be a tough battle for Salthill Knocknacarra.  Final score Salthill Knocknacarra 1-03 to 4-14 Gort . 
 
 
Back : Robert Madden, Ciaran Gavery, Shay Philips, Evan O'Reilly, Adam Kennedy, Cormac Kelly, Conal Gavin, Conor Toner, Oisín Quinlan, Patrick Maloney, Niall McGinn. 
Front : Liam Cahill, Sean Hanney, Conor Keenan, Matthew Hennessy, Stephen Culinane, James Palmer, Brian Tolan, Tiernan Howe, Niall Mannion.
 
U15 Hurling
1st round of the Championship starts next Wednesday the 30th at home . TBC. 
 
Hurling Academy 
Academy at two venues on this week… 140 players being put through their paces in style. 
 
County. 
Best wishes to our young players lining out with Galway this weekend: big congrats to Daniel O'Flaherty who will play with Galway u14As in the Tony Forrestal in Waterford. Diarmuid Munroe plays with Galway u15Bs in Clare and Donal O'Shea and Cathal Sweeney will play with the U16As in the national Tipperary Supporters Club tournament in Tipperary.
 
Ladies Football
Juniors – The Ladies are into the Championship semi final to be played in September. Details to be confirmed over the coming weeks. 
 
u14 –  In the past week 18 girls trained on a fine late summers evening in McGrath Field Wed 16/8. Following a request from Div 2 League Champions Moycullen, the U14 Girls had an excellent work out and win in Cappagh Park on Sat 19/8.
            23 Girls Turned out and all got a run out. We took one head impact collision. We hope centre back Katie Brown makes a full and speedy recovery.
           On Friday, the Team learned of the Draw which has SK going straight to Div 2 County Final and the opponents will be the winners of playoff game between Ballygar and Glenamaddy/Williamstown. This Final takes place Sunday evening 27th August. Time and Venue to be confirmed. For those people interested in seeing a competitive game please join us in this Team's Quest to win Div2 Title and secure promotion to the Div 1 top tier.
 
Keep up to date with news on www.skgaa.ie and https://www.facebook.com/SalthillKnocknacarraGaaClub/ . Also you can follow SKGAA on Twitter @skgaa
 
Is mise le meas,
Diarmaid Ó hAodha

 

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