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Aug 14, 2018 - 100th Member of Club O'Raghallaigh
Noel McGrath becomes 100th Club O'Raghalliagh member. To celebrate the event, we asked Noel to join us on pitch side to officially receive his welcome pack.
We were joined by our club chairperson, Bernard Feeley and Michael Burns, one of our up and coming young players.
After the formalities were over we had a chat with Noel who explained why he has joined Club O’Raghallaigh. “I joined Club O’Raghallaigh because I have been a life long supported of Belcoo GFC. From an early age, football was very important to me and my family. As a young 8-year-old boy I always looked forward to heading down to McFadden’s field for some hard training.”
He told us of some of the great footballers he had watched as a younger man down the years including Owen Carrigan, big Frank Timoney, the McPartland brothers and the Timoney brothers. These men he said, “Were there for the team and always give 100% effort”. He paid tribute to Maurice Ferguson who he said, “Was inspirational to several generations of young players and Maurice was totally dedicated to his club”.
He also recalled his uncle Gerard who died at the young age of 17, “My uncle Gerard was a promising young footballer and I always wondered how good he could have become if had lived”.
Noel was an active member of the committee for many years during the 70’s and 80’s and he remembers being on the side line in the thick of the action when Belcoo lost the Division one championship final to Belleek back in 1985.
He is delighted that this year the club have fielded a senior ladies team where his daughter Leanne is a member of the squad.
As a Mullaghdun man Noel believes that the local communities continue to play a vital role in the running of our club “Mullaghdun people along with the wider Belcoo area have always got behind the club, it’s a grass roots club and we are very proud of it”.
On a final note Noel was delighted that a young player was also present on the day as he believes that the youth are the future of the club and he left Michael Burns under no illusion as to what was expected of him. “I’m looking forward Michael to being there in the not to distant future when you lift the New York cup for Belcoo and then you might lift another cup for Fermanagh too.”.
We would like to thank Noel and all our other Club O’Raghallaigh members who have joined us over the recent months.
If you too would like to sign up and enjoy the many benefits of membership please use the link on the web site or contact any committee member
Note from Club Chairman
We have reached our 100 member of Club O'Raghallaigh, it was great privilege to present Noel Mc Grath with his welcome pack as the 100th member of Club O'Raghallaigh’s, We as a committee would like to thank all our members for there continued support.
We hope to continue to increase membership numbers in the coming weeks and months.
Club O'Raghallaigh along with the lotto act as the main source of income for the club and without it the club simply wouldn't be sustainable.
This year due to the lack of GAA coaches being provided within the county by the county board we as a club took it upon ourselves to hire a coach to attend the primary school once per week. This is at a significant cost to the club but its an example of how we as a club invest in our future.
By joining Club O'Raghallaigh you are supporting Belcoo GFC to help develop all our youth and senior structures and improve our playing facilities We thank you for all your support
Aug 13, 2018 - All Ireland Hurling Tickets
The club has received two All Ireland Hurling Final tickets which are available at face value. If you are a paid up club member or a member Club O'Raghallaigh and you would like to be entered into the draw, please text Bernard Feeley or Paul McGrath with your name. These tickets will be drawn on Thursday night.
Aug 13, 2018 - Reserves Beaten In Championship
RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINAL: Brookeboro 2-11 v 2-7 Belcoo
The Reserve Men who were among the favourites for the Championship fell at the first hurdle on Sunday as they went down to Brookeboro on a 2-11 to 2-7 scoreline. In truth the O’Rahilly’s never got going and the O'Rahilly's chased the game for the vast majority.
Brookeboro began brightly with an inside forward causing serious problems, he’d a quick 1-2 on the board while Conor McAloon had lofted over Belcoo’s sole score in the opening ten minutes.
Belcoo would hit two goals in sixty seconds though as Ronan Meehan and Barry McGovern both found the net with 12minutes on the clock, the only time Belcoo would lead in the contest 2-1 to 1-3. Niall Cullen blazed a good goal chance wide but Brookeboro made no mistake moments later rattling in their second goal and adding a point for a 2-4 to 2-1 lead.
By the interval it was 2-7 to 2-2. Belcoo dropping several efforts into the arms for the goalkeeper while a clinical Brookeboro attacks were taking their chances, Joe Corcoran pointing two frees from distance in this period.
The winners extended their advantage to six points early in the second half before going some 20minutes without a score. Belcoo, while dominating the ball, struggled to score as the attack laboured. Two Gary Maguire frees cut the deficit to four before Aaron Dolan hit one from play and Maguire added another free to leave it 2-8 to 2-6 with 15minutes to play.
It wasn’t until the 56th minute that another score was registered, Brookeboro ending their drought with two in the space of a minute to move back into a strong position, four up with four to play.
The goal Belcoo required never materialised, Ronan Meehan kicked a point which was matched at the other end and the game ended 2-11 to 2-7.
Team: Jack O’Dolan, Anthony Kerrigan, Shane McAloon, Martin Corrigan, Michael McGourty, Brian Lynskey, Brendan McPartland, Gerard Mellor, Barry McGovern (1-0), Conor McAloon (0-1), Ronan Meehan (1-1), Niall Cullen, Aaron Dolan (0-2), Patrick Burns, Gary Maguire (0-3). Subs Declan Leonard, Ryan McGovern, Ian Corrigan, Gary McGovern.
Aug 13, 2018 - Club Notes
Training continues for P1-P6’s this Saturday from 11am.
No Underage training with so much going on at the Festival in the early part of the week.
The Under 13 Boys shipped two heavy defeats in the past week to Derrylin and Maguiresbridge, they are in action again on Thursday, with a home game against Newtownbutler, throw in 7.30pm.
The Reserve Men's season came to its end on Sunday with a 2-11 to 2-7 defeat in the Championship against Brookeboro. We thank the players and management for their time and efforts throughout the year and congratulate them again on promotion to Division 1.
The Senior Men are in Senior Championship Action this coming Sunday 19th August at 6.30pm in KINAWLEY (note new venue) where they meet Ederney in the Quarter Final. We wish the players and management all the very best for this fixture.
The Senior Ladies suffered a narrow one point defeat in Belleek on Friday evening going down 3-7 to 1-12. Fixture details for this weekend haven’t been released. Check the club website later in the week.
Club O’Raghallaigh Membership is closing in on 100 members. We will have a stall at the Sports Festival today, Wednesday, in the Cottage Meadow should you be interested in joining. More Details on club website or available from all committee members.
There was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot on Monday 6th August. Letters drawn were C, D, G, I, W. Lucky dips went to Dan & Pauline McGovern, Seamus Gillespie, Bernie Stewart and Ann McGourty. Two Monthly £50's went to Mark McGrath and Helen Dolan Murphy. Next Jackpot Draw is for £4,300.
Aug 11, 2018 - Ladies Beaten By A Point In Belleek
SENIOR LADIES DIVISION 3: Erne Gaels 3-7 v 1-12 Belcoo
Belcoo Senior Ladies suffered an agonising one point defeat in Belleek on Friday evening in what was a titanic tussle over the course of a tough hour. The game was level on four occasions in the second half but in added time it was the home side who snatched the late winner as Belcoo were left to rue a host of missed chances in both halves when they were holding the upperhand.
It took a right while for the game to come to life as sluggish starts were made by both sides. A pointed free from Emer McMahon opened the scoring in the third minute while an excellent long range point from Amanda McGrath on 8minutes levelled matters for the first time. Lisa Stewart was fouled and popped over the subsequent free while Aoife McCann responded from play at the other end, 0-2 a piece ten minutes in.
Belleek would hit the net as a shot for a point dipped under the crossbar while they added a point from play. Belcoo would then tighten defensively, some great work by Leona McNulty and Aoife Keaney stopped attacks with Arlene Furey and Crona Higgins doing well on the two wings cutting out passes as Erne Gaels went some 15minutes without a score.
In this time Belcoo had managed to get themselves back into the game. Leona McNulty’s free kick found Michelle Cullen who drove to midfield before picking out Donna Feeley on the right wing, she beat her opposite number and raced in for a well take point. It was to be level for the third time when Joan Rice collected a kickout and put Collette Rice through register Belcoo’s only goal as she side-stepped the goalkeeper, 1-3 each with 18minutes on the clock.
It was here Belcoo began to take a firm grip of the contest however they were to squander a host of opportunities with the wrong options taken, stray final passes and wayward shots meaning they failed to capitalise on their dominance. Some seven minutes had elapsed before a score was mustered. In fact, the O’Rahilly’s hit four points in a devastating three minute spell. Donna Feeley with three in a row before Collette Rice popped over a close range free. Belleek would respond to end their drought on the stroke of half time and leave it Erne Gaels 1-4 v 1-7 Belcoo.
A superbly worked move in the opening minute of the second half pushed Belcoo four clear. Seana Feeley doing well to turnover the ball in midfield, the ball was worked through the hands well, Michelle Cullen, Collette Rice and Donna Feeley all involved before the latter slipped the ball into Amanda McGrath who blazed over the bar with the goals at her mercy. McGrath would kick a fine score from play moments later but the five point advantage only lasted 60seconds.
The Erne Gaels response was to be a second three pointer as the deficit was cut to two points. A long ball over the top was gathered by Ailish Keown who thumped a shot against the crossbar, the ball bounced down and was fisted to the net by an attacker despite the best efforts of Linda McGovern and Leona McNulty.
Amanda McGrath was to hit her third point of the second half after a good flowing move between Lisa Stewart, Arlene Furey and the Feeley sisters as Donna got in and drilled a shot against the crossbar, McGrath reacting quickest to fire over.
By the 47th minute the sides were level once more, Erne Gaels rattling in a third goal as an overload in attack seen them waltz in for the score. 3-4 to 1-10 the score read. Emer McMahon lofted over a free to give her side the lead 8minutes from time but Collette Rice pointed for Belcoo. McMahon would then hit a great point from play while Rice tapped over a 20m free. Draw game again with five minutes to play at 3-6 to 1-12.
For 5 solid minutes Belcoo camped inside the Erne Gaels 45metre line with the ball, three wides were registered while a great run from Donna Feeley brought a save from the home goalkeeper. The score required to retake the lead didn’t arrive. Erne Gaels broke in stoppage time, they got a goal but it was disallowed for a square ball, they did regain possession from the restart and hit what proved to be the winning score. With the last act of the game, corner back Aoife Keaney solo’d some 80metres, deep into the Erne Gaels defence but her ball into the forwards was gathered by a defender and with that the final whistle went to signal a 1point win for the home team. A hard loss to take for the Belcoo girls who put in a good shift over the hour and would have held the lion share of the ball throughout.
Promotion now looks out of the question after a fourth league defeat, the second by a single point. There are two games to play, away to Knockninny and away to Belnaleck.
Team (13 a side) Linda McGovern, Aoife Keaney, Leona McNulty, Crona Higgins, Michelle Cullen, Arlene Furey, Joan Rice, Seana Feeley, Donna Feeley (0-4), Collette Rice (1-3), Tina Gallagher, Lisa Stewart (0-1), Amanda McGrath (0-4). Subs used Aine Barrett and Stacey McCabe.
Aug 9, 2018 - Best Wishes To Belcoo Sports & Festival
The Club would like to wish Belcoo Sports & Festival all the best with all their events over the next week. There is plenty for all ages. We have cancelled Saturday morning football due to a clash with a few events in the morning. Particularly the Mud Run which our youngster are all mad keen to attend.
Saturday 11th August at 10am - registration from 8.30am - Cost £5 - Under 16's need parental consent.
Registration for the Mud Run will be from 8.30am in the Marquee on Sat 11th August -registration will close at 9.45am.
Registration forms for participants under 16 years MUST be signed by a parent. If anyone wants to pick up a registration form in advance, you can do so from the Bandstand at the Cottage Meadow at 7.30pm Friday 10th August.
Registration costs £5 per person. Family ticket for 4 people £15.
Under 16s will run first at 10am, followed by the senior run (age 16 and over) at 10.30am.
Parents or responsible adults MUST take part with children aged under 9 years. Adults accompanying children around the course must purchase a ticket.
Marshals will be on hand to help direct participants around the course.
Please wear appropriate clothing which you don’t mind getting muddy, including old trainers! Football boots with metal spikes are NOT allowed. We do not have showers or changing facilities on site. You might want to bring a change of clothes and some trusty baby wipes with you!
We encourage spectators to come watch the event for free.
Aug 6, 2018 - Club Notes
Training continues for P1-P6’s this Saturday from 11am. Well done to all our future stars who attended the Belcoo Cul camp last week. Thanks to all the coaches and anyone who helped in any way during the week.
Also, well done to all the U10 boys & girls who took part in Saturday’s Blitz in Brewster park, this was part of the Centenary Celebrations for Gaelic Sunday being ran Nationally.
Under 13 & Under 16 Girls training continues tonight, Monday from 7pm to 8.15pm.
Under 13 Boys training continues tonight, Monday & Wednesday from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. They are at home this Saturday morning, 11th August, against Maguiresbridge, throw in 11am.
Under 17 Boys host Brookeboro at 7.30pm Wednesday 8th August. Players to be at the pitch for 6.50pm.
Commiserations to our Reserves who lost the League Final against Devenish after extra time on Sunday afternoon on a 0-17 to 1-12 scoreline. They are in Championship Quarter Final action this Sunday against Brookeboro, throw in is 12pm, venue not known at present.
The Senior Men finished their league in 3rd place and will meet Enniskillen Gaels in 8weeks time in the Promotion Playoff. Last week they recorded a 3-13 to 2-5 win over Aughadrumsee before going down 2-10 to 2-7 to Teemore on Friday. Their next outing will be Sunday 19th August at 6.30pm in Temop where they meet Ederney in the Senior Championship Quarter Final.
The Senior Ladies returned to action after a 5week layoff and recorded a 8-16 to 3-2 victory over Maguiresbridge. Fixture details for this weekend haven’t been released.
LADIES JERSEYS THANKS
The Club thanks Hayley and Paul Leonard of Jack’s Belcoo for kindly sponsoring the Senior Ladies a new set of Jersey. It was greatly appreciated.
Club O’Raghallaigh Membership is closing in on 100 members. Details on club website or available from all committee members.
There was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot on Monday 30th July. Letters drawn were F, H, K, V, W. Lucky dips went to Eileen McKenzie, Madeline McElhinny, Shane McAloon, Martin McManus (USA). Next draw is for a Jackpot of £4,250.
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