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Harps Notes 24th April 2017

posted by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps' Lotto jackpot, now £8100 was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 16, 21, 29 & 30. £20 each went to Eileen McKenzie, Mamie Leonard, both Boho, and Ciaran McGovern, Monea. The draw on Monday night April 17th saw numbers 11, 24, 25 & 27 drawn and £20s went to Din Gallagher, Denzil Jones both Boho and Geralyn Cox, Derrygonnelly. We are in Old Pals this Sunday night, with Garry, the Kevins and Mary on duty.
Our three adult teams were on the pitch again last weekend, with our seniors and Junior A squads recording good wins, whilst our Junior B squad lost out to Erne Gaels. All three teams are out again this weekend with our Junior A squad away to Kinawley and the Junior Bs at home to Brookeboro on Saturday evening, plus our seniors at home to Devenish on Sunday at 1pm again.
At Underage level, it is a busy time, with our Under 14s having been out twice last week in the Feile, losing to Derrylin in the Group 1 semi on Saturday, and then to Kinawley in the playoff. Both games were very competitive, and the group can get a result with small improvements in their teamplay for sure. They are away to Kinawley this Thursday evening at 7pm. Thank you to Sean Flanagan, and all of those involved with hosting the Feile twice last week. Our Minors have had a frustrating period in which they haven't been getting many games for a variety of reasons. They are scheduled to be at home versus St Joseph's next Tuesday evening at 7pm.
Sunday Morning Footy continues every week now, and we are very grateful to our coaches who shape these sessions up every week, plus parents who step in as helpers, making all the difference. Our Under 10s host Aodh Rua Ballyshannon this Friday night at 7pm, players to be at the pitch for 6.30pm.
We also took a group of players from our Primary schools to Croke Park last Friday for a GAA Littlewoods Go Games Activity day, and all of our youngsters had a fantastic day on the pitch , during the stadium tour and in the hotel on the way home. It was a long day for our volunteers who gave up their day to make the event happen, so thank you very much to Gavin, Brendy, Nigel Harbinson, and Niall & Keira Elliott.
Meanwhile, preparations by both organisers and participants for our much awaited Four County Cycle on May 13th are continuing. Our jersey design is complete and has been very well received, all 100k entrants receive the jersey, and it is available to 50k entrants or indeed 10k cyclists to purchase. Please note that we are coming close to the cutoff for the early bird reduced entry fee, so get online via the Harps website and get registered for what will be a great event!   

Harps Notes 17th April 2017

posted 18 Apr 2017, 04:40 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Please note that club membership is now payable at £20 adult, £30 family and £10 youth. There is also a club membership online facility available via our online social media output. 

We had three teams out over the weekend at adult level, with wins for the Junior B team at home to Aghadrumsee and Seniors away to Lisnaskea. Our Junior As had a draw against Lisnaskea. Both Reserve teams are at home this Saturday at 6.30pm. Our seniors are scheduled to play St Joseph's on Sunday at 1pm. 

The big Four County Cycle on Saturday May 13th is on the radar now, and last weekend clearly saw a lot of people moving the preparations on, with longer spins to get the miles in the legs. It is great to see so many people getting ready for what will prove to be a great event. We have the cycling jersey online, and it has been very well received. Remember there are three routes available, 10k loop plus 50k and 100k spins. We look forward to a great support from our own area and beyond for this one. Please note that we have an online entry facility via the club website with an early bird reduction. Good luck also to the local Fleadh committee with their 5k Fun Run and walk this Saturday at noon. 

Sunday footy recommences this Sunday. Thank you very much to the people who have committed to coach the four groups for the year ahead, and we are very keen to have as much help as possible around the groups, especially our P1 &2 area. 

 Harps Lotto results from the draw on Monday 17th will be in next week's notes. We are in the Cosy this Sunday night. Eamonn, John and Mary are on duty. 


FIVE OUT OF SIX AIN'T BAD!

posted 15 Apr 2017, 13:34 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Our three adult teams were on the field picking up five points out of six over the last 24 hours, finishing with the seniors picking up a good win at Skea. Here's a rundown in match order.

Junior B's 1-9 Aghadrumsee 0-6.
The wind was the key here, and Aghadrumsee didn't make near enough of it on Friday night. They were 0-6 to 0-4 up at half time, having kicked a couple of beauts, but the Harps had done well to pick off a few points from Killian Jones, Gerry Meehan and John Murf. At the back, Ciaran Dundas and Ricky Thompson, plus Sean Anthony Keaney, kept things good an tight, forcing bad wides and turnovers. The goal for the Hars came from Damien Dundas, who got on the end of a good ball over the top from Brian Hoy and finished quickly from close range before the Aghadrumsee defenders/'keeper could close it down. After that, John Murf knocked over a fifty, Barry Gallagher pushed up, and we were in charge generally. Our best players were Bull, Baz, The Reverend Gerry, and Big Bad. Aghadrumsee's was Domhnall Boyle, with Joe McCabe doin his bit as well. 

Skea 3-6 Junior As 2-9
It looked like Skea might nick this one with a goal on full time, but for Jonny to stroke over a free from behind the fifty to level it in injury time (Ahh, Jonny..) and Stephen Gilroy unlucky off the outside of the post after that. We had first half goals from Nathan Jones and Nige Jones, plus frees from Jonny, a good Garry McKenna score and two Nige points as well.  We ran out of diesel in key areas in the second half, and didn't give our backs enough cover, so Skea worked their way back into things steadily before the dramatic conclusion. Best for the Harps: Stevie Jones, Bruce. Best for Skea: Garvan McManus and their wee Number 13. 

Skea 0-14

Harps Seniors 4-15

This was an open game. The fact that the teams racked up such decent score totals tells the story. If you were in possession and used it good and quick and supported the ball well, you were in. Virtually every time.

If you gave it away, you were going to be punished. The Harps gave it away a bit, but their opponents gave it away inexplicably at times. So they conceded a lot, and could have conceded more in truth.

The half time score was 1-10 to 0-7, with the Harps generally a few points ahead, having had a great start as Stephen McGullion scored a good flicked goal in our first attack (kinda summed up the way it would be all day really). Thereafter, the teams traded points for a while, with Skea looking sharp on the attack, Chris McCabe was especially sharp and involved, while Cecil knocked over the frees. Wardy had 0-5 in the first half, running at his man, Leigh and Keeves had two apiece, and Stephen knocked over a point as well. Skea had brought it down to two, and then a four point burst before half time knocked them back a bit.  

Second half started with a Garvan Jones point, Niall McElroy replied, and then Keeves had a goal in the 5th minute to leave things uphill for our opponents. Nonetheless, Garbhan McManus scampered through for two points, they missed a peno, and scored regularly enough through Nial McElroy, Cecil and Niall Keenan. Mark Little used to drop deep and carry the ball, link it upfield a bit etc.

But the Harps were stronger on the attack, so Garvan, two goals from Stephen McGullion, and a Wardy point here and there saw this game canter to a conclusion, neither team having really put a hand on each other. Handshakes all round at the end.

The Harps have four points now, and will hope to build momentum and improve some aspects of what are already reasonable performance levels. Best players: Lee Jones, Daly, Leigh Jones, Wardy and big Mug. (His 3-1 performance today reminds me of the Man Utd fan who used to moan about Andy Cole, and say “Sure all he does is score goals. Errrr....).

Skea will know that there are key games ahead for them, but they had plenty of ball, and looked lively enough going forward. Most 0-14 performances get a win, but they turned over a lot, and maybe could have tried to block up the tramlines through their defence more effectively. Best players: Big Tom Clarke undder the kickouts, Chris McCabe, Garbhan McManus and Shane O’Hara.


Harps Notes 10th April 2017

posted 10 Apr 2017, 04:21 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £7800, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 13, 24, 25 and 29. £20 each went to Damien Lee, Teemore, Peter McGowan, Blaney, and Seamus McAloon, Garrison. We are in Doogies this Sunday night, with John and Louise plus Mary on duty. Thank you to promoters and supporters of the Lotto.

Please note that club membership is now payable at £20 adult, £30 family and £10 youth.

We had three teams out over the weekend at adult level, with wins for the seniors at home to Teemore and the Junior As at home to Devenish, but a tough hour for the Junior Bs away to Irvinestown. This weekend sees our seniors away to Lisnaskea on Saturday evening, and our Juniors away to Skea again and at home to Aghadrumsee on Sunday at 4pm. It would be reasonable to assume, that those junior fixtures just might be subject to change if possible, so please check club online output to confirm.

The cycle on May 13th is on the radar now, and last weekend clearly saw a lot of people moving the preparations up a bit, with longer spins to get the miles in the legs. Boho's Rock Road would have reminded you of Alpe d'Huez in July, such was the number of people powering up towards the chapel. It is great to see so many people getting ready for what will prove to be a great event. We have the cycling jersey design finished, and soon to be released. Remember there are three routes available, 10k loop plus 50k and 100k spins. We look forward to a great support from our own area and beyond for this one.

Sunday morning Footy got off to a great start on Sunday, with well in excess of one hundred youngsters on our pitches. Thank you very much to the people who have committed to coach the four groups for the year ahead, and we are very keen to have as much help as possible around the groups, especially our P1 &2 area, who need that wee bit of extra steering! We are off this Easter Sunday, and back on the field on April 23rd.

Finally, it was with sadness that our club membership heard of the passing of Gabriel Dolan in Enniskillen last weekend. We extend to the entire Dolan family our condolences.

Harps Notes 27th March 2017

posted 27 Mar 2017, 04:21 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps are delighted to officially launch their Four County Cycle today and announce that our main event sponsor is Modern Tyres. We are grateful for their support and the support of all of other sponsors, who will be announced in due course. We have three routes on May 13th: 10k local loop, 50k loop and 100k cycle taking in Fermanagh, Cavan, Leitrim and Donegal. Both of the longer spins will have food stops along the way, and there will be refreshments available at the end of the cycle too. This is a first for us, and we are hoping for a great support locally and from beyond our catchment area. This week's training tip: bring plenty of water and fuel to consume during your cycle!  

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £7600, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 4, 11, 22 & 30. £20 each went to Karen Hunt, Sarah Jane Jones, both Boho and Mai Patterson, Ballyconnell. We are in the Cosy this Sunday night, and Aidy Leonard and Brendy are on duty along with Mary. We are grateful for ongoing Lotto support from promoters and people who give it a go every week. It could be you!

Our Reserve A team had a good two point win against St Pats to start their Erne Cup campaign on Saturday evening. They are away to Tempo this Saturday evening, while the Reserve B team is at home to Ederney.

Our Under 14s had a good win against Lisnaskea at home last Saturday, and they are scheduled to play Newtownbutler away this Thursday evening. This will complete their first section of league matches. We are hoping to move to the end of our Feile host vetting process in the next week. We would ask that our host families return forms to Brendy, Gavin or Big Sean. Our Minors played the Gaels on Monday evening, and are scheduled to play St Joseph's away on Monday April 3rd. Our Under 14 girls had a very enjoyable challenge against Devenish last week, excellently refereed by Paul Murphy, particularly in terms of coaching both teams how to tackle. Training continues for them on Thursday evenings, while our Under 16 and senior training is also ongoing.

Please note that Sunday morning football will be commencing for 2017 on Sunday April 9th. Full details regarding registration etc will be in next week's notes.

Harps Notes 20th March 2017

posted 20 Mar 2017, 07:49 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £7500, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 9, 19, 20 and 24. £20 each went to Michael Duffy, Monea, Claire McDermott, Lisnaskea and Caresa Kelly, Springfield. We are in Old Pals this Sunday night and John Murphy and Gavin Duffy are on duty with Mary Cox.
Last Thursday saw the Harps celebrating again as Neil Gallagher and his wife Marian were married in Trillick and Donegal Town. Best wishes for health and happiness to Mr and Mrs Gallagher.
Our Under 14s had a good away win last weekend against Teemore, and they face Lisnaskea at home on Thursday March 30th at 7pm. Our next Minor match is on Monday evening March 27th against Enniskillen Gaels at home at 6.30pm.  
Our Reserve teams didn’t quite get their seasons kicked off on Sunday last, with Teemore’s pitch unplayable for the Junior A team, and Derrylin unfortunately unable to field against the Junior B team. Our Junior A team hosts St Pats this Saturday evening at home at 6.00. Our Junior B team has a bye this weekend.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in our effort for the St Patrick’s Day parade last week, especially Dermot and Charlie Magee, Martin Brennan, plus Gerald Greene and his team. It was tough conditions, but the Harps held the line!
Our Under 10s thoroughly enjoyed their Go Games outing at half time during the Fermanagh match on Sunday against Newtownbutler. Our players were Aoibhe Love, Kyra Duffy, Maeve Duffy, Seann Greene, Shane Hoy, Niall McKenna, Tiernan O’Neill, Daire Keown, Patrick Durkin and Conall Rasdale. Thank you to Teresa, Fabian and Aodhgan for coordinating this event.
Our U14 girls have a challenge match this Thursday evening against Devenish in Derrygonnelly. All girls to be at the pitch for 6.15pm sharp. It's very important for everyone to be there for our first match of the year. And don't forget the gumshields!
Finally, the longer evenings are coming, and this increases the preparation possibilities for the Harps’ cycling event on May 13th. There are three routes within the overall event, the 10k, 50k or 100k loops, but now is the time to start getting miles in the legs. We will be having our official launch very soon, with full details on route, sponsors and entry. This is going to be a great event, and we hope to see plenty of cyclists from our own area and beyond taking the challenge.

Harps Notes 13th March 2017

posted 17 Mar 2017, 09:17 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto, now £7400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 8, 11, 12 and 26. £20 each went to Aidan and Grace Meehan, Monea, Catherine McCorry, Derrylin, and Seamus Greenan, Garrison. The draw on Monday March 6th saw numbers drawn 5, 9, 22 and 30 with £20 each to Brian Leonard, Julie Ferguson, both Derrygonnelly, and Mary McCartin, Banbridge. We are in Doogies this Sunday night, with Aidy McGovern and John Maguire on duty with Mary.
This week, the Health and Wellbeing Committee presented Horizon West’s Heather Gott with a cheque for £915.  The money was raised through the club’s Couch to 5K programme last year.  Thanks to all the Couch to 5K participants, especially those who raised additional sponsorship.  Details of this year’s programme will be announced soon with registration commencing early in June.  Maybe some of our Couch to 5Ker’s might like to try a new sport before then through the club’s fundraising cycle which will take place on 13 May. This event has generated quite a lot of interest locally, and the word from cycling experts is that now is the time to start getting the miles in the legs. We have three routes to choose from, the 10k, 50k or 100k four county challenge.
Our Minors had a good win on Sunday against Belnaleck, in a match which was in the balance right to the end. Their next game is on the afternoon of March 25th against Enniskillen Gaels. Our Under 14s are away to Teemore this Saturday afternoon. Our Primary Six Under 10s are playing in the Half time exhibition game this Sunday at Brewster Park. Please contact Brendy on 66341164 or 07968330542 to confirm attendance, and receive full details on assembly points etc.
Finally, good luck to our adult teams who take to the field this weekend for the start of the 2017 season. Our Junior A and Junior B squads are away against Teemore and Derrylin respectively, with both matches at 11.30 am.

Harps Notes 6th March 2017

posted 6 Mar 2017, 04:41 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Last weekend, was obviously a sad one for the club when we heard of the passing of one of our Club Presidents Joe Corrigan. Joe's association with the club goes back decades at committee level but particularly to his spell as our club Chairman from our AGM at the end of 1977 to 1982, a time which saw us start out to redevelop the playing facilities at Canon Maguire Park for the first time since the 1960s. It was a period which saw us fundraising heavily in the traditional way: fundraising events and draws, and he led us strongly and actively through the work. For many years thereafter, Joe was a great supporter of the club, attending matches at every level, and enjoying in particular the successes of his grandsons in our colours. Joe's passing reminds us once again that clubs everywhere inherit the good work of club committee members, officers and players who have gone before them, and we always appreciate that. So our sympathies go to Joe's sons, daughters and family circle on behalf of our members everywhere.

It was also with sadness that we heard of the passing of John Smyth in England last week. John was a brother of Joe Smyth and a hardy defender for the Harps in the 1950s, most obviously on our breakthrough 1959 team.

Can all committee members and officers note that the club's March meeting takes place this Thursday night at 9pm sharp.

Club activities were suspended last weekend as a mark of respect at Joe's passing, and the Lotto results from Monday night's draw will be in next week's notes.

Our Under 14s have a bye this weekend. They recorded a good win last week under the lights against Belcoo in a great wee game that definitely could have gone either way. Our Minors are hoping to make their first competitive appearance of the year against Belnaleck at home on Sunday at 12.00. Our Ladies' 9 a side league has also commenced so we may have a fixture this weekend, please check club online output for details.

Our Under 14 girls have started out for the year on Thursday evenings at 6.15pm. Any girl from Primary seven class to Year 10 who turn 14 in 2017 are welcome to come along, whether you have been playing regularly through Under 12 etc or not, it will be great to see you there. This training will end at 7.15.

The club's next big off field initiative is our Four County Cycle Tour on May 13th. This fundraiser will have three courses to suit all ability levels, from 10k to 100k in length. This will be a big goal for a lot of cyclists in our area and beyond, but we hope that plenty of locals in particular will come on board and give it a go. The 10k spin obviously an option for everyone, but the 50k is a very accessible and realistic target too, with a bit of preparation. The 100k is a great challenge for someone who has done a bit before, but again it offers a great way for someone who is looking to do a bit more or get moving for the year. We hope to see plenty of participants on their bikes around our four counties, this event gives us something positive to be working towards! 

Harps Notes 26th February 2017

posted 27 Feb 2017, 06:21 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £7200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 2, 8, 16 and 26. £20 each went to Louise Dundas, Derrygonnelly, Judy Murphy, Enniskillen and Ollie McShea, Enniskillen. We are in the Linnett Inn this Sunday night, with Peter Jones, Mary Cox and Gerry Gallagher on the controls.

Well done to our Under 14s, who had a good result on Saturday against Kinawley on the back of a very committed second half effort in particular. They play Belcoo tonight under the lights in Canon Maguire Park at 7.30pm. Our Minor game against Kinawley was not played because of an unplayable pitch. The boys are scheduled to play St Gerards at home this Sunday at midday. 

Our Under 14 girls are starting out for the year this Thursday evening at 6.15pm. Any girl from Primary seven class to Year 10 who turn 14 in 2017 are welcome to come along, whether you have been playing regularly through Under 12 etc or not, it will be great to see you there. This training will end at 7.15.

The club's next big off field initiative is our Four County Cycle Tour on May 13th. This fundraiser will have three courses to suit all ability levels, from 10k to 100k in length. This will be a big goal for a lot of cyclists in our area and beyond, but we hope that plenty of locals in particular will come on board and give it a go. The 10k spin obviously an option for everyone, but the 50k is a very accessible and realistic target too, with a bit of preparation. The 100k is a great challenge for someone who has done a bit before, but again it offers a great way for someone who is looking to do a bit more or get moving for the year. We hope to see plenty of participants on their bikes around our four counties, this event gives us something positive to be working towards! 

Harps Notes 20th Feb 2017

posted 20 Feb 2017, 05:25 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £7100, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 7, 19, 26 & 28. £20 each went to Paula McGlone, Boho, Freddie Keenan, Monea and Thomas Flanagan, Boho. We are in the Cosy Bar this Sunday night, with Pat McGurn, Michael Glynn and Mary Cox on duty.

Our Under 14 lads had their first game of the season on Saturday when they lost out against Derrylin. They had a good share of possession, and were competitive throughout the tie against a strong opponent. They are away to Kinawley this Saturday. Our Minors have their first match this Sunday when they are away to Kinawley on Sunday at 12pm.

Our Under 14s are hosting a visiting club during this year's Feile na nOg from June 23rd - 25th. Can our prospective hosts please return their initial expression of interest forms to either Sean Flanagan, Gavin Duffy, Brendan Rasdale or the Under 14 management so we can start the vetting process.

The Harps Health and Wellbeing committee would like to thank Damian McHugh County Health and Wellbeing Chairman, the members of the club executive and youth committees, minor players and their managers for supporting the promotion of our club's smoke free status on Sunday. A special thank you also to our minor player who volunteered to wear the costume for the photos which are on our online output. Players were provided with information booklets on the hazards of smoking to health and links to other support services on smoking cessation will be made available on the Harps website.

The club's next big off field initiative is our Four County Cycle Tour on May 13th. This fundraiser will have three courses to suit all ability levels, from 10k to 100k in length. This will be a big goal for a lot of cyclists in our area and beyond.

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