Weekly Notes & Archive
Harps Lotto jackpot, now £6000, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were
12, 13, 14 & 17. £20 each went to Paddy Greene, Coa, Mary Cox,
Newtown, Derrygonnelly and Seamus Greenan, Garrison. We are in Old Pals this
Sunday with Kevin and Garry on duty alongside Mary.
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £5800, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 4, 9 and 20. £20 each went to The Keaney Family, Belcoo, Lisa Galligan, Belleek and Gabriel Keown, Garrison. We are in the Cosy this Sunday and Eamonn Greene, John Ferguson and Mary are on duty.
The big event for the club is our AGM this Sunday. All club members are invited to attend this meeting, in which we hear a number of reports from various areas of club activity and consider priorities for 2017. Start time is 5pm.
Well done to St Patrick's PS quiz team which has qualified for the Cumann na mBunscoil Ulster finals after attending the Fermanagh event on Friday.
Well done also to the club's hardworking Health and Wellbeing Committee, who rounded off an excellent year's programme last week with the involvement of over twenty of our youth players in a 'Recipes for Success' event, greatly enjoyed by all participants. Then on Saturday, we facilitated a safeTalk event in the clubrooms, in which participants learned to recognise a person with suicidal thoughts and connect them with resources which would help them to choose to live. Thank you to everyone who helped out around these events.
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £5700, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 7, 11, 19 & 28. £20 each went to Helene McGlone, Derrygonnelly, Lucy and Ellie Chesters, Enniskillen and Aidan Duffy, Monea. We are in Doogies this Sunday night, with John, Louise and Mary on duty.
Next Saturday evening, as part of our Health and Wellbeing programme, the club will be hosting a suicide alertness training in the Clubhouse, starting 4.45pm. safeTALK helps participants recognise a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them with resources who can help them in choosing to live. Participants don’t need any formal preparation to attend the training—anyone age 15 or older who wants to make a difference can learn the safeTALK steps. This is invaluable training and we invite and encourage club members, coaches, players and anyone from the wider community, or who may be involved in other organisations of whatever nature to come along. Refreshments will be served and the training is open to everyone. Please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The club was represented at the Scorn na nOg, which took place in Donagh last Sunday night, and many congratulations to our winners in the Instrumental group section, and also to Recitation winner Odhran Harbinson. The Ulster semi finals take place in Killeavey on December 3rd.
Don't forget, the Harps' AGM takes place on Sunday December 4th, and our Dinner Dance is booked for January 28th.
The Lotto jackpot, now £5600, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 5, 17, 22 & 29. £20 each went to Raymond Gregg, Belleek, The Corrigans, c/o Dominic, Derrygonnelly and Graham Kent, Derrygonnelly. We are in The Linnett Inn this Sunday night with Gerald Greene and Anthony Murphy plus Mary on duty.
Commiserations to our Under 16s whose season ended with a defeat at the hands of St Eunan's Letterkenny in the Spirit of Paul McGirr tournament on Saturday. Our opponents played very well, and were a very strong group of players. The Harps lads showed plenty of endeavour and created good chances over the hour. As ever, the step up proved to be very challenging indeed. Nonetheless, this group of Harps players has had a fine year, and they can be proud to have achieved the double as they did. Thank you very much to Anthony, Aidy and Roger for their commitment and great efforts with the group. Thank you also to our sponsors the Meehan family, of Stratus Construction, New York.
A few dates to note, please be aware that our club AGM will be held on December 4th. The club's Dinner Dance is also booked for January 28th.
So the Harps went up to this year’s Ulster Club a bit under the radar, with 1-20 journos' favourites Slaughtneil not expected to break sweat on the way to a semi final slot (Have to say, a lot of journalists and columnists were pretty lazy in their informed punditry over the last week, they could have bothered to check us out at least). Things didn’t quite work out that way, and as Garvan Jones converted a free in the 58th minute, the Derry champions led by two points, 9-7, and they had to produce a very professional effort against our 14 men to take the thing home in the end. So in our fifth shot at it, the Harps have finally put in a performance in the Ulster Club. Slaughtneil deserved their win on the day, but there was plenty of food for thought for the Harps afterwards as well.
The half time score was 0-6 to 0-5 in favour of Slaughtneil, and Harps supporters would definitely point to the opening thirty minutes in terms of opportunities not converted, possession not turned into scores. Fifteen minutes in, Ryan Jones boomed over a great score to put us 4-3 up. Paul Bradley from frees was the key Slaughtneil scorer, while our first three points had come from Garvan Jones (free and play) plus Leigh Jones. Bradley levelled, Foss had a nice one from play to put us ahead again, Bradley levelled again, before Patsy Bradley capitalised on a turnover ball to send over the final score of the half off the outside of his boot 6-5 to Slaughtneil. Turnover ball gets punished.
Ten minutes into the second half, there was still a point in it, with Shane McGuigan and Leigh Jones (free), exchanging scores. Ref Noel Mooney of Cavan had black carded Patsy Bradley and also Harps’ Mo Cassidy by that stage, and he was to send Paul Ward to the line for a second yellow card with maybe fifteen to go - an obvious turning point in hindsight. On 50 minutes, Cormac O’Doherty had a point for 9-6 to Slaughtneil to put them in the kind of position they were unlikely to cough up, especially with a spare man. They absorbed a bit of Harps pressure, as Garvan brought it to 9-7 on 58 minutes, and went straight downfield to pick off scores from Shane McGuigan and then Karl mcKaigue. Finally Barry McGuigan gave them a five point margin and they were into the semi.
From a Harps point of view, a lot of things went right: the shape of the team when not in possession was top class, clear evidence of detailed preparation which all of the players bought into, the defensive play and turnover count must be pretty decent, the Harps more than matched their opponents in the middle third, with a few clean takes, but also a lot of secondary possession well secured. It was the move of the ball into the final third (or maybe the whole transition of play from defence into attack), which proved to be the most difficult part of the thing for us. In truth, that is always the case for the underdog who manages to compete well. Think most Fermanagh games, for instance. There's that point when a team is forty yards from an opponent's goal, from there onwards is key. It is a difficult part of the modern game.
For the Harps to have won today, they would probably have needed even more possession than they had (even though we did well on that front), virtually no wides (we had a few), Slaughtneil to have an off day and miss a few chances (their conversion rate was good), the ref to give us a few chancy decisions (he didn’t really) and we might have sneaked home by one. Some people might remember a St Michael’s MacRory Cup Final win over Maghera in 2012, or Fermanagh’s USFC semi win over Derry in 2008, or Roscommon in 2015 - that kind of thing.
But… there was a lot to admire in the performance: the collective effort (as opposed to a few brave individual performances in defeat), the fact that we were well able to compete with a top Ulster side, the know-how compared to last year’s well meaning but ultimately pretty headless performance (being kind there maybe..) and the belief. Now belief is pointless if you can’t back it up, but there was evidence today that the Harps can compete with anyone.
The trouble is, they are now as far away as ever from the Ulster Club. The first round of the Fermanagh SFC is the focus now.
Was 2016 our club’s best ever season in terms of performance? In this writers opinion, yes. So salute every single person who contributed to it in whatever way. Thank you.
Earlier this month, Action Cancer's Big Bus visited Canon Maguire Park as part of the club's Health and Wellbeing programme.
This was a hugely successful initiative with 24 local ladies accessing breast screening appointments and 10 local clients accessing general health checks.
Derrygonnelly Harps GFC would like to thank Action Cancer for providing this invaluable service and the Health and Wellbeing Committee at the club for arranging the visit.
#healthyclubs #derrygonnellyharpsgfc #winningonandoffthepitch
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £5200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 2, 11, 26 & 28. £20 each went to The Swifts, Boho, Paul Gilroy c/o Collette McGandy, and A Corrigan, Derrygonnelly. We are back in Doogies this Sunday night, with Mary, Gerard Maguire and Donal Corrigan on duty.
Congratulations to our senior squad and management on the great achievement of winning the league final against Teemore last Saturday evening, and thereby claiming the Fermanagh double for the second year in a row. The team really went for it in the first half in particular and established a very commanding position for the the rest of the match. It is a very impressive and historic achievement, so congratulations to one and all. Good luck to them in preparing for the Ulster Club championship against Slaughtneil.
Finally, it was with sadness that the club membership recently noted the passing of Brendan McGrath, Mullylusty, Belcoo. Sincere condolences to his immediate family and many relatives who are members of the Harps.
HARPS 2-11 TEEMORE 0-6
The Harps are double champions for the second year in a row!!
They took the result completely deservedly on the back of an action packed first half, after which they held a twelve point lead! To be honest, there was never the slightest possibility that that lead would be overturned, but Teemore gave it a lash and emerged honourably from the second half anyway.
The Harps absolutely blitzed it in the first quarter, and Teemore had a torrid time, struggling to get past the middle and being turned over when they tried to work it out. Stephen McGullion had to settle for a point in our first attack when he was possibly thinking of a goal, and in the next attack, Ryan Jones steamed through the heart of Teemore’s defence only to see a screamer come back off the crossbar. Garvan Jones fisted a point, Mo Cassidy scored a Deccy Cassidy style point coming in from the right and Garvan Jones goaled from distance in the twelfth minute. The attacks kept coming, with Shane McGullion laying a handy one on for Leigh Jones, Neil Gallagher pushing up for a point, before the ball onto the dancefloor saw Stephen McGullion put the seal on his excellent first half contribution as he flicked home from the edge of the square. He was very impressive, and involved in a number of our other scores in the first period. Shortly before half time, Wardy and Shane had to carry the ball the length of the field between them, before Wardy clipped over the final score of the half. Bad news for Teemore before half time as Barry Owens, in an effort to rise the thing, drove at the Harps, but ended up in a tangle and receiving a red card. No complaints, it seemed. It looked grim for them, has to be said.
But they got a good start to the second half, Jason McCaffrey from play, and then Eoin McManus grabbed a point each, and then they made Peggy earn his keep with a bit of goalmouth action. The Harps play seemed to degenerate somewhat for the next fifteen minutes really. McManus scored a good free for Teemore, sub Damien Maguire had one from play and the Teemore crowd found their voice a bit. Mo Cassidy hit his second good score of the night from maybe thirty five yards out on the right wing, but we were generally underwhelming and you know a game is going nowhere when the spectators are able to chat away to each other ("It's great to get the slurry out etc."), and the announcer guy has to make an announcement about children running amok jumping head first over the seats, but anyway…
So, sub Keeves scored a Kevin Cassidy style point off the outside of his left boot from the left side on twenty minutes and the thing was freewheeling to an end. Eoin McManus kept the Teemore light on with two frees, but the three Jones brothers had a point apiece over the last ten minutes, all from play and all good scores to see us home to the final whistle.
For the second year in a row (same thing last year when we beat Ederney), everyone seemed strangely muted by it all, which this writer thinks is a pity. We have just enjoyed the best two years in our history and achieved a brilliant feat. If we start to take that for granted, we’ll be on our collective arses very quick. Maybe it’s night-time finals or something.. Anyway, gripe over.
For the Harps the damage was done in a brilliant early spell. They had obviously decided not to let Teemore get their confidence up at all (having been beaten by them last time the teams met in Brewster Park), and that worked well. In terms of performances, as already stated Big Mug had a very influential first half up front, whilst the very impressive Ryan and Garvan Jones controlled considerable passages of play throughout the game, with Ryan doing some top class work to stop Teemore attacks and initiate ours as well. At the back, Denis Greene and Mickey Jones in particular were very good in a unit which the Teemore forwards found hard to penetrate. Teemore can look back and think positively on how they dug out a decent second half effort to turn a potential savaging into a defeat.
But overall the Harps won a lot of the battles on the night and were worthy winners. That’s double double winners!! Come on!!
The Lotto jackpot, now £5100, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 3, 5, 16 & 17. The £20 prizes went to Mary Dolan, Belleek, Niall Sweeney, Derrygonnelly and Patsy Burns, Lisdoodan. The numbers on Monday night October 3rd were 11, 13, 14 & 22. £20 each went to Brigid McManus, Derrylin, Rose Greenan, Garrison and Betty Montgomery, Maguiresbridge. We are in the Linnett Inn this Sunday, with Gerald Greene, Anthony Murphy and Mary Cox on duty. Thank you to everyone who supports our club Lotto.
The club's October committee meeting will be held on Thursday night at 9pm sharp in the clubrooms.
It was another busy weekend for our clubs teams. Congratulations to our Under 16s on completing a league and championship double on the back of a very good performance against Enniskillen Gaels. We also saw our seniors qualifying for the league final on the back of a very strong second and third quarter effort to see them win well against Erne Gaels. The senior final is provisionally down for Sunday afternoon against Teemore in Brewster Park. All players and management teams appreciate the amount of support we receive at matches and hope we can get a good turnout again this week.
Harps 0-11 Erne Gaels 1.7.
The Harps claimed our club’s fifth championship on Sunday, and had to show the resolve of a great team to take the result in a tough final ten minutes. The lads have now added the achievement of back to back titles to their list and yesterday showed why they are a serious team: when the going gets tough, the lads dig it out.
Derrygonnelly held the upper hand for most of the first half, with Erne Gaels, perhaps understandably, reluctant to go for it very much in an attacking sense. Ryan Jones drove through for our opener, followed by a good Wardy score from play in the fifth minute, before Seamus Ryder had Belleek’s opener, followed by Barry McCann fisting a point in the 9th minute to level. Wardy and Leigh worked an opening for the ageing veteran himself to stick over, followed by a nice Garvan Jones free from the right. Ryder had a free, Wardy had a good score from play, and Neil Gallagher had a clinker of a score from the right. He has had a fine season, under the radar. 6-3 was about right. The quality of play wasn’t great. Erne Gaels commitment to closing down space with bodies created plenty of turnovers and slowed down play. They were working very hard indeed. We were possibly a bit reliant on Leigh and Wardy to make things happen, but they were definitely up for that task.
Erne Gaels started the second half up the field, and converted two frees through Seamus Ryder and Ryan Lyons. Foss had a few bits of good ballwinning under high ones before that man Wardy saw us two clear again with his fourth score of the day, followed by a Deccy Cass point to lift the crowd. But the Belleek lads had a great spell and rattled us big time! A Ryder free, a Ryder point deflected over by a brilliant Dermott Feely save (crucial moment!), and a Ryan Lyons goal as he got on the end of a break ball around the square to put them one up entering the last ten minutes! Time to show the character: Leigh Jones from a free, Leigh Jones from play and in the 28th minute, Deccy Cass, one of our greatest warriors, cuts in from the right to bang over the winner. We were secure in possession for the last few minutes, with usual suspects Ryan and Conall working the ball well, and after three minutes of injury time the New York Gold Cup was on the way back to Harpland! A hard game, joyless enough for neutral spectators no doubt, but compelling as Erne Gaels went toe to toe with the Harps, and came up just short. They will have to look at their approach after the goal, but had a number of decent performances through Seamus Ryder and Brian Mullin for instance, yet Derrygonnelly had possibly more contributors overall, including replacements like Mo Cassidy. Leigh was awarded man of the match, and it would be hard to argue with that, for his ball carrying, scoretaking and intelligent link play marked him out all day. Wardy must have pushed him close, but it is great to see the MoM title is back in Boho where it belongs (ahem). As usual, nobody even notices how well Mickey Jones plays and he is such a leader in our team nowadays. Elsewhere, honourable mentions go to Conall Jones, for his most disciplined hardworking performance of the season and Jedi Knight Peggy Obi Five Kinobe Feely for that save!!
Right, this is our fifth go at the Ulster Club, and we've very little to live up to so far. It’s time we showed that we’re a serious club. The next step awaits. Well done lads!