Lotto Result: 03/12/18
Numbers drawn: 3, 15, 16, 24
Result: No jackpot winner
2 x €100 winners: Barry Rowan, Kate O'Brien.
Next week's jackpot will be €11,800
Play local or online at www.thedownsgaa.com
Bingo jackpot €5400
Bingo continues every Friday at 8.30pm, come along and bring a friend for an enjoyable night’s entertainment.
The club extends sincere sympathy to Patrick Doherty and family on the passing on his mother Carmel, late of Ballinvalley Delvin. The Doherty family are synonymous with the GAA in Westmeath and further afield. Ar Dheis De go raibh a hanam dílis.
125 Book Launch
our limited-edition book is available to purchase atjust €20 in Flynns, Just Books and Millie Walsh’s. We will also have an online option including delivery worldwide very soon – keep an eye on website.
Our Annual General Meeting was rescheduled last week and will now take place on Saturday 15th of December at in our upstairs meeting room. All welcome as we review the year gone and plan for 2019.
A visit from Taoiseach
We welcome Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to The Downs GAA club this Friday 7th of December at 5:30pm as he will view and turn on our new floodlights and walking lights. All members and friends are welcome to attend. The walkway lights will continue be on from dusk to 22:30 daily for all existing and new members, for a safe place to walk over the winter months.
Scór na nÓg
Well done to all participants in the County Final in Ballymorelast Sunday. We won county titles in Novelty Act and storytelling with Emily Shaw. The Leinster semi-final will take place in Oldcastle next Saturday 8th of December at 2pm. We also won the Tom McHale club of the year award last Sunday in Ballymore which is testament to all the work put in by all involved in scór Na Dúnta.
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The Downs Ladies Club
Minor Ladies Division 1 Final
The Downs 3-13 Milltown 3-12
Where do you begin when it’s a 43 point thriller! - the fact that the Downs created a little bit of history for themselves and their Club by winning a Minor Championship is a good start. This squad had several girls making the step up from U16 and they were duly supported by team mates who had played in this year’s Senior Championship.
Anyone who attended this game considered it a ‘thriller’ and clearly from the throw in it was high octane end to end play – a fantastic advertisement for Ladies Football. The Downs Minor squad can be so proud to win their Ladies Club first Minor Championship at any grade and even more special when that initial breakthrough is a Division 1 title.
Our full back line of Jane Holton, Aine McManus, Caoimhe Monaghan & Katie Moore worked so hard to keep a rampant Milltown forward line in check and on several occasions helped by our impressive young goalkeeper Grace Sullivan. The half back line of Roisin Murray & Ciara Wynne was led out by Lucy Power working tirelessly and contributing scores. Several the Downs scores originated from turnover ball from the half backs supported by a midfield engine of Megan Dowdall, Sheila McGrath and Meadbh Scally who covered huge ground and produced a solid attacking platform. The Downs forwards of Britney McNamee, Ciara Faulkner, Olivia Glynn, Katie Daly, Gemma Faulkner & Francesca Walshe only needed a sniff of an opportunity to notch up a score.
The management team knew that our girls did not lack heart and when your team is 7 points down and only 10 minutes remaining you need to stand up and be counted and every member of our squad showed immense character and stamina to get over the winning line. The squad on the day all played their part in getting this team to a final and their dedication is much appreciated – Grace Sullivan, Aine McManus, Jane Holton, Caoimhe Monaghan, Katie Moore, Ciara Wynne, Lucy Power (Capt.), Roisin Murray, Megan Dowdall, Meadbh Scally, Sheila McGrath, Katie Daly, Ciara Faulkner, Oliva Glynn, Britney McNamee, Francesca Walshe, Gemma Faulkner, Aoife Mullen, Lauren Guilfoyle, Rosaleen Daly, Kayleigh Reidy.
Thanks to all the parents that drove to training nights and matches as without your contribution these teams would not function.
Special thanks to the entire management team of Trudy Rowan, Fiona Faulkner, Jack Mullen, Paddy Monaghan and Dermot Power – we finally secured that elusive Minor Title!