Athlone club notes

November 13, 2017

Minor County Champions 2017
Now that the dust has settled on our fantastic minor championship win, there are a few people the club would like to thank for playing a role in this victory over St. Lomans on a scoreline of 0-13 to 1-8. Firstly to all the parents and supporters who supported the lads on the big day and in the earlier rounds; to Padraig O'Rourke and the senior board, and Fergal O'Toole and David O'Connell and the minor board for all their help throughout the year; to our physio James Joyce for having the lads prepared for all their championship games; thanks to Rohan Transport for their efficient service all year; to all the mentors who helped develop these young players over the years (Dobsey Prendergast, Amby Fogarty, the late David Allen, Joe Temple, Niall Cleary, Paul Bannon, Andy Lynam - apologies if there is anyone left out!). Winning the minor championship is just reward for the huge work being put in at underage in the club over the last number of years. Without the help of many volunteers this would not have been possible and each one played a part in this win. Thanks also to the senior management panel and players who were very welcoming to these lads to join in training throughout the year this helped their physical development and game management which were very much evident in winning close championship games.  Thanks to the management team of Eoin Jordan, Fergal Murray and Eamon Martin who had the lads well prepared all year and left no stone unturned in their pursuit of victory. And lastly to the players themselves. The lads showed huge commitment to the club this year and deserve all the plaudits for this fantastic victory and bringing to an end a 24 year famine without a minor Division 1 title coming to Aras Chiarain. This is a huge shot in the arm for the club and the lads over age for minor next year join a panel of junior and senior players who are hell bent on bringing an Flanagan cup back to Athlone in the not too distant future.

Finally thanks to our sponsors this year: County Photos, The Olive Bar, The Creggan Court Hotel, Supermac's, Cunningham's Pharmacy, Boland's Dentist, Kilroy Tyres, The Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Downes & Sons Auctioneers, Nuts Corner, Marist College GAA, Val Beaumont, Permanent TSB, The Piano Bar, Niall G Lynch Insurance Brokers, McDonald's, Byrne Carolan Cunningham Solicitors.

Leinster Minor Championship
The season is not yet over for the lads as we have entered the Leinster Minor Club Championship, which is being run by the Éire Óg club in Carlow, so we take on St. Mary's, Ardee from County Louth in the quarter-final of that competition next Sunday 19th November at 1pm in Éire Óg, Carlow.  Hopefully a large crowd will be able to make the journey to support the lads in this game.

Coaching Courses and Child Protection:
There are two coaching courses and a child protection course coming up soon. Foundation and Award 2 courses (you must have completed the Award 1 course to do Award 2). Please contact coaching officer Eoin Jordan (085-8430866) if you have any queries, or see the Athlone GAA Official Facebook page.

Texas Holdem Fundraiser:
Poker Night in the Clubhouse this Friday, 17th November at 7.30pm, late reg 9pm, €30 entry. Any queries contact Mickey Greene at 087 7833978. Everyone Welcome.

Table Quiz
A family table quiz takes place in the Clubhouse on Saturday 18th November at 6.30pm (Tables of 4, 1-2 adults over 16 and 2-3 children).  Lots of prizes, great fun guaranteed.  Everyone Welcome.

Lip Sync Battles
This year's fundraiser Lip Sync Battles in only 2 weeks away and Ads in the programme are selling out fast.  If you would like to take out an Ad and support the Club contact Teresa Small at 087 6799472.

We will also be selling tickets in the Club on Tuesday 14th from 8-9.30pm.  Only a few tickets remaining so don't be disappointed.

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this weeks €8,850 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 4-6-12-26.
There were four match three winners.
Peter Melinn c/o Teresa Small.
Kay McFadden c/o Tony Heavin.
Teresa Egan c/o Bingo.
Kay Kenny c/o Bingo.
Next weeks jackpot will be €9,000.

Athlone GAA Bingo:
Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm.  Loads of cash prizes. Everyone Welcome.

Vote of Sympathy:
The Guinan Family, Bloomfield Drive.
The Hyland Family, St. Brigids Tce.
The Carey Family, Grovelands.
The Lawlor Family, The Strand.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.



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