With no league games this St Patrick's weekend, our seniors hosted Offaly's Ballycumber in a challenge on Thursday night. An early brace of goals from Jordan Marshment and another from Andy Lynam looked set to pave the way for an easy win for the hosts, but the Offalymen recovered from those early setbacks to dominate the rest of the game. However poor shooting was to do their undoing and a couple of well-taken late goals from Luke Kelly and Paul Bannon gave Athlone a three-point victory by 5-9 to 2-15.
League action resumes next weekend with our seniors at home to Coralstown-Kinnegad in Division 1 at 8pm on Friday night and our juniors travelling to Multyfarnham for their Division 4 clash at 11.30am on Sunday.
Ladies Division 4
Our Junior Ladies began their league campaign with a comprehensive win over a youthful Goldsmith Girls side in Páirc Chiaráin on Tuesday last. Congratulations to the visitors who were making their first ever appearance in adult competition, although it was a baptism of fire against an impressive Athlone team who showed the benefits of their intensive early season training regime under their new management team. Next up for the ladies is a challenge at home to Clara at 7pm on Saturday night.
U16 Girls Division 1 League
Athlone 3-12 St. Lomans 3-09
Well done to our U16 girls who also began their league campaign with a win when they defeated St. Lomans by 3-12 to 3-09 in terrible conditions in Pairc Chiarain on Sunday.
St Patrick's Day Parade
Congratulations to all our fantastic boys and girls and their parents who braved the terrible weather to march in the parade on St Patrick's Day. It was great to see such a huge turnout with everyone in their Club colours. See photos on Athlone GAA Official Facebook.
Underage football for boys & girls age 4-12 continues on Sunday at 11.30am. New players always welcome. Come along or contact David O'Connell at 087 2397519
Membership 2017 is now due and can be paid online at www.athlone.gaa.ie Membership can also be paid in the Clubhouse on Sunday morning between 11am-1pm. Life members can also collect their membership cards.
There will be a Mass for deceased members in the clubhouse on Friday, 24th March at 7.30pm, celebrated by former Athlone Player Monsignor John Roche.` Everyone welcome.
There was no winner of this week's €3,750 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 7-8-11-28.
There were 5 match 3 winners.
Mark Beaumont c/o Liam Roper.
Michael Heavin c/o Michael Heavin.
2 Padraig`s c/o Mags Daly.
Martin Flynn c/o Martin Flynn.
Finn c/o Andy O`Sullivan
Next weeks jackpot will be €3,900.
You can play online at www.athlone.gaa.ie only €15 for 10 weeks.
Vacancy for Groundsperson with Westmeath GAA CE Scheme located in various clubs, if you feel you will be eligible for this vacancy please contact your local Dept of Social Welfare office quoting vacancy number 2022140 or contact Liam during office hours on 086 2321362.
Cards in the Club:
Cards continue in the Clubhouse every Friday at 8-30.Everyone welcome.
Athlone GAA Bingo:
Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm. Loads of cash prizes. Everyone Welcome.
Vote of Sympathy:
The Lally Family, Galway.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam