Wonderful Occasion: Croke Park Debut for Mullingar Shamrocks Under-8s …
It was an early start on Wednesday morning for our Under-8 footballers as they assembled in Springfield for the 8.15 departure for their debut in Croke Park. The occasion was the Leinster Under-8 Croke Park Activity Day in association with Littlewoods Ireland. The bus arrived in the Cathedral of Gaelic Games in good time and after a picnic in the Arctic conditions of the Cusack Stand, the players changed into their playing gear in the frosty open-air for their big moment (a reminder, perhaps, of what it was like in the old days and a measure of progress in the past few decades!). But first there was a visit to the one of the dressing rooms at the base of the Cusack Stand where some of our players made themselves totally at home as can be seen from the attached photos. It was then to the warm-up area attached to the dressing rooms to prepare for the big match before moving into the tunnels and out to the pitch to the roar of the crowd where Mullingar Shamrocks had three 9-a-side teams playing against Rehan (Kildare) and St Patrick's (Louth) using the Go-Games Concept. It was just wonderful to see the young players have their day out and get 40 minutes of football on the pitch. When the final whistle was blown all players travelled to the Hogan Stand presentation area and had the opportunity of lifting a trophy where so many captains over the years have lifted the Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy Cups. It was then back to the Cusack Stand (some took time-out for a Sunday Game style interview behind the Cusack Stand goal!), for more food before heading back to Mullingar with a stop at Apple Green on the way where some healthy food was consumed.
Mullingar Shamrocks were represented by Zach Gilbride, Lewis Farrelly, M. J. Burke, Killian Hand, Jamie Timoney, Jonah Hassett, Conor Matthews, Fionn Ledwith, Lily Walsh, Kacey Cleary, Sam Sheerin, Darragh McCabe, Sam Phillips, Oliver Keane, Ryan Keaveney, Colm Clinton, Carl Keane, Jamie Murtagh, Cian Treanor, Lily Rose Rock, Macy Gilligan,, Kajetan Semperski, Anna Orenczuk, Emily Maguire, Adam Clinton, Alfie Rock, Shane Boner, Liam Forde, Josh Burke, Theo Kelly, Darragh Daly, Manus Kelly, Moya Kilmartin, Conan Kelly, Emily Forde.
The behaviour and good humour of these players in unpleasant conditions was a credit to their families and from a club perspective it was great to see so many parents and indeed grandparents make the journey to Croke Park. Well done to our coaches and mentors for their dedication and goodwill in volunteering their time so willingly. Finally, the Leinster Council should be acknowledged for this wonderful initiative in allowing the young players to experience the Croke Park sensation. The logistics involved worked with military precision in what was a very busy day for the officials. The only negative was outside everyone's control … the weather could hardly have been worse: bitterly cold and heavy rain but this did not spoil what was a wonderful occasion for all those involved.
Strictly Shamrocks Launched …
Our Strictly Shamrocks was launched in spectacular fashion in The Fence on Saturday night. It was wonderful to see the support from Shamrocks people for the dancers. The atmosphere was electric from the moment, Pearse, the man with showbiz in his soul and Jordana, the kick boxing lady in red were introduced to the tune of Raining Men and were chosen to perform the Cha Cha on 12 May. They were followed by Marie and Aidan (Waltz), Helen and Ross Brunton (Quickstep), Niamh Gilmartin and Ross Brady (Charleston), Ciara and Tom (Passo Doble), Robbie (was there ever a more stylishly dressed man at a Shamrocks event?) and Sandra Ní Dálaigh (American Smooth), Jemma and Matthew (Jive), Claire and Killian (Cha Cha), Anna and Shane (Viennese Waltz), Casey and Tye (Charleston), Shannon and Gerry (Salsa), Emer and Peter (Tango), Sandra Cannon and Kyle (Jive) and Niamh Kennedy and Padraic (Salsa).
Roll on the 12 May in The Park Hotel. Get your tickets early!
Mullingar Shamrocks Merchandise Day has been confirmed for Saturday 14 April from 10-1 in The Clubhouse in conjunction with KC Sports. Representatives of KC Sports team will attend on the day to assist with sizing and to process orders. A full range of sizing samples will be available on the day. Full payment in CASH must be made on the day to KC Sports who will deliver your completed order in 3-4 weeks at an agreed date. Approximate Prices (Child-Adult):
Shorts & Socks: €20-€25; Club Jersey: €25-€35; Skinny Pants: €25-€30; Gear Bag: €20; Adidas Tracksuit Top: €35-€45; Jacket (Adult only): €75; Beanie Cap: €15.
Mullingar Shamrocks New Website Takes Flight …
Our previous website had some trouble in flying through cyberspace in certain conditions, so we have chosen a new flight path in conjunction with our friends who brought us the ClubifyApp … this website was sent into orbit at the weekend and will always be up to date as material posted on the ClubifyApp will automatically be directed to the website. The new model also has fixtures, results and a great photograph section. Scroll down under the More section and you will find lots of material on Mullingar Shamrocks.
The new address is www.mullingarshamrocksgaa.com
Take a few minutes to have a look … tickets for Strictly Shamrocks may be purchased from the website if you wish.
ACL Div. 4: Athlone 0-13 Mullingar Shamrocks 0-11
Results wise not the best of weekends for Mullingar Shamrocks in the ACL with three defeats recorded. This ACL Div. 4 match in Athlone was certainly one that got away as an estimated 2-9 in scores were missed from open play and frees and this might have been a conservative calculation. This fault that can be easily eradicated when training resumes on playable pitches and players become familiar with the ball. Both Athlone and Mullingar Shamrocks included of players who will feature in the senior championship when it begins in four months' time. This weekend provided the first steps on this journey and lads got plenty of football (a few hardy boys saw action in all three games) and after all this is the object of the exercise.
Mullingar Shamrocks: Robbie Boyle; Eamonn Breslin, David Coyne, Keith Moore; Alan Cashman, Ross Corroon, Paddy Joyce; Dillon Matthews and Nathan Smith (Matthew Maslin); Pearse Corroon (Marc Eivers), Dean Moore, Kenneth O' Reilly (Conor Twomey); Jordan Warde, Tye Adamson, Darren Keena.
Ladies Gaelic Football Under-12 League: Clan na Gael 1-3 Mullingar Shamrocks 3-6
Our Under-12 girls started their 2018 league campaign with great away win against Clann na Gael in a cold blustery Bunbrosna yesterday evening. 17 players, in all, made their way down the N4 and every single one played their part in the game which was played at a great pace from beginning to end. Shamrocks started well, aided by the strong breeze and opened the scoring with a goal from captain Sophie Russell in the first few minutes of the game. The girls extended their lead with more well taken scores and had established a healthy lead by halftime. In the second half, tables were turned, with Shamrocks facing the stiff breeze and a determined Clann na Gaels team. However, in a wonderful team effort, the girls put in a great defensive display and held Clann to a goal and two points in the second half. Four girls spent time on goalkeeping duties Zara, Seoidin, Megan and Eirin.
A special mention to a number of girls who made their debut for Mullingar Shamrocks, Abigail, Jagoda, Roisin, and Rosie. On their opening showing we hope they will be lining out for Shamrocks for years to come!
The team played very well considering the girls have had very limited training due to all the weather issues, Confirmation and holidays. An excellent performance to begin the year and we hope to build on this as the season progresses.
Mullingar Shamrocks: Jagoda Bartosowiecz, Zara Corroon, Aine Creagh, Grace Daly, Sarah Ford, Alessia Hassett, Mollie Maguire, Rosie Moffatt, Abigail Molloy, Eirin Murray, Roisin Nohilly, Emily Pearce, Linda Raeside, Shauna Russell, Sophie Russell, Megan Scally, Seoidin Thornton
Ladies Gaelic Football League, Div. 1: Mullingar Shamrocks 7-10 St Loman's 0-6.
No doubt about it this was the performance of the week (or maybe of the year so far) by a Mullingar Shamrocks team. The players have been working hard on their fitness levels since early January and this was very evident from the tackling and support play on offer on Sunday evening in Lakepoint Park. Shamrocks were the dominant team in the first-half but failed to transfer this to the scoreboard as a series of wides and missed chances ruined some superb approach play. The Shamrocks full-forward line of Carole Finch, Clara Thornton and Casey McDermott in particular impressed and were clearly on top of their game. Understrength St Loman's too missed some good chances and Lucy McCartan on a few occasions raced through the Shamrocks defence without converting the opportunities. St Loman's established an early two-point lead courtesy of two pointed frees from Bridget Heslin before Mullingar Shamrocks goaled when Áine Melody lobbed the St Loman's goalkeeper. Vicky Carr and Lucy McCartan (2) added points, Emma Morris, in her comeback game, responded with 0-2 to leave the half-time score reading 0-6 to 1-2 in favour of St Loman's.
Anna Jones (0-2), Niamh Kennedy, Clara Thornton and Emma Morris added points on the resumption before Anna Jones scored the crucial second goal for Shamrocks. It began when Sophie Hegarty chased down a lost cause to regain possession, Carol Finch moved the ball forward to Emma Morris who in turn found Anna Jones who crashed the ball past the St Loman's goalkeeper (2-7 to 0-6). Shamrocks non-stop attacking play now began to reap dividends, Clara Thornton added a goal, substitute Shona McNicholas smashed a goal with her first touch and Anna Jones now playing up-front added two more goals before referee Jim Rock blew the final whistle with Mullingar Shamrocks leading by 7-10 to 0-6.
This was a superb team victory characterised by superb tackling, a ferocious work rate and excellent support play. Two players deserve special mention. Anna Jones excelled in mid-field with her fielding, work-rate and distribution and later in attack and the experience Anna has gained from her involvement with the Westmeath senior team is clear. However, the star of the night was Clara Thornton who rounded off her twenty-first birthday celebrations with a brilliant performance at full-forward and was simply unstoppable on the night.
Mullingar Shamrocks: Loren McCormack; Lorna Morris (Michelle Morris, 0-1), Chloe Flood, Melek Fagan; Cliodhna Spellman, Níamh Spellman, Áine Melody [1-0] (Faye Walsh, 0-1); Michelle Buckley and Anna Jones (3-2); Tara Fagan, Emma Morris (0-3), Niamh Kennedy [0-1] (Shona McNicholas, 1-0); Carole Finch (Liveta Lazauskaite), Clara Thornton [2-2], Casey McDermott (Sophie Hegarty).
Minor Football League: Tubberclare 2-14 Mullingar Shamrocks 3-10
A slightly understrength Mullingar Shamrocks lost to Tubberclare by the minimum margin on Wednesday evening: we were missing 4 of our regulars who started our last league game through sickness and holidays. It is also worth noting that two minors Dillon Matthews and Marc Eivers were playing their fourth competitive game for Shamrocks in five days. Twenty one players travelled to Tubberclare, including 4 under-16s who started the match and four more who were introduced in the course of the game. All performed very well.
It was great to welcome back the CBS players with their freshly minted All-Ireland medals with Trevor Keena excelling at midfield, turning in a real box to box performance and Mark Flynn who is eligible for the under-16 grade looked well capable of playing fullback at the minor level.
It was a real good game of football. We started very well but Tubberclare finished the first half strongly and had drawn level at half time. We fell 6 points behind mid-way through the second half but it was great to see how well our lads finished. They never gave up and battled back to within a single point of Tubberclare but unfortunately, we ran out of time.
Mullingar Shamrocks: Sean Óg Hynes; Matthew Siode, Mark Flynn (Daniel Chukwuemekg), Josh Haugh; Cian Fox, Mark Eivers, Emmett Walsh; Dillon Matthews, Trevor Keena; John O'Reilly, Cormac Hynes, Zach Aherne (Rory O'Sullivan Sexton), Peter Hynes (William Adzangoa), Adam McCormack (Barry Nwokeiwu)), Matthew Maslin.
Under-16 Football League: Killucan 2-10 Mullingar Shamrocks 1-11.
The Mullingar Shamrocks Under-16 team produced their best performance of the season in what was a fine game of football played in Springfield on Friday night with both teams concentrating on football and a fine game was the result. Midway through the second half Mullingar Shamrocks had fallen 0-6 behind but recovered well and some fine points by Zach Aherne and Brian Farrell reduced the deficit to the minimum. Killucan responded and extended their lead but a great goal by William Adzangoa re-ignited Shamrocks hopes but unfortunately Shame Maher's final whistle halted the comeback.
Mullingar Shamrocks: Sean Óg Hynes; Ciarán Luby, Matthew Siode, Daniel Chukwuemekg; Niall Ouchbakou, Mark Flynn, Thomas Turus; Emmett Walsh and Rory O'Sullivan Sexton (0-1); William Adzangoa (1-1), Brian Farrell (0-3), Andrew Shaw; Tolu Onamusi (Mark Shaw), Zach Aherne (0-6) Oliver McNamara;
Féile na Gael
There was no joy for Mullingar Shamrocks Under-14 footballers in the Féile na Gael competition as we were eliminated after losing our second match against Lilliput Gaels. We began with a 3-8 to 0-0 victory against Inny Shamrocks who were also beaten by Lilliput Gaels. A quarter-final place was at stake in our second match but two early strikes by the classy Shane Corcoran put the St Malachy's-Ballinagore combination into a lead they were never to relinquish. A fine goal by Ben Meredith revived Shamrocks hopes but the home team could only manage 0-3 from frees by Conor Fagan for the remainder and Lilliput Gaels survived and were deserving winners 2-2 to 1-3 winners.
Under-16 Football League: Mullingar Shamrocks v The Downs, Monday, 9 April, Springfield, 6.30.
Under-14 Ladies Gaelic Football League: Mullingar Shamrocks v St Loman's, Tuesday, 10 April, Lakepoint Park, 6.30.
Under-14 Football League: Mullingar Shamrocks v Moate All-Whites, Thursday, 12 April, Springfield, 6.30.