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Harps Notes 22nd May 2017

posted by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £8500, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 20, 23, 27 & 28. £20 each went to Declan Gilleece, Boho, Teresa O'Reilly, Enniskillen and Tara McAloon, Monea. We are in Doogies on Sunday night, with Aidy McGovern and John Maguire on duty with Mary.

Please note that the Harps are hosting the Kelloggs Cul Camp from 31st July to August 4th this year. Online registration before the end of May means that you can have the kit before the end of June.

Our Under 14s kept themselves alive in Division One with a super away result against Newtownbutler last Thursday night. They have put in some great performances this year, and improved particularly in terms of how they work as a unit. They now await results elsewhere in the Division to see how things work out.

Our Under 10s are at home to Belcoo this Friday evening. Keep an eye on our online output for fuller details on this. Our Under 14 girls enjoyed a very good start to their league campaign at home against Irvinestown in a well contested match. They also play Brookeboro and Enniskillen Gaels in their group. Our Minor team will be hoping that a stop start year in terms of matches can finally get going when they play Kinawley in the league again next Tuesday at 7pm at home. Congratulations to young Harps Rory Smyth and Padraig Rainey, who played for Fermanagh against Monaghan in the half time matches last Saturday evening in Clones.

Our seniors are scheduled to play Kinawley away at 1pm this Sunday, and our Junior A team are away to St Pats on Friday night.

Please remember that the bottom pitch is closed for the rest of this week following repair work. It will reopen again soon.

Harps News 15th May 2017

posted 17 May 2017, 08:18 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £8400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 9, 12, 14 & 16. £20 each went to Declan Boyle, Derrygonnelly, Mark McGoldrick, Enniskillen and James Tummons, Newtownbutler. We are in Doogies this Sunday night, with Donal Corrigan and Gerard Maguire plus Mary on duty.

On the back of our Four County cycle, we wish to take the opportunity here to express many thanks to a very large number of people for enabling us to look back on such a successful event now. We are grateful to each of our participants for their support, for the very generous sponsorship which we received, for the fantastic volunteers who helped out on Saturday in various marshalling, catering, medical or admin roles. A special mention to our organising committee, who put a great deal of time and energy into the whole event. We are pleased to be able to say that it was very successful in every respect.

Hard luck to our Under 16 girls, who lost out to Belnaleck in a cracking league final on Sunday, full of attacking play and effort from two very admirable teams. Our girls can be proud of the progress that they are making as footballers. Our Under 14 girls have their first game this Wednesday so good luck to them in their campaign.

Please note that our bottom pitch is closed this week, and indeed probably next week, due to ongoing maintenance work.

Finally, it was with sadness that all Harps members became aware of the passing of Mrs Annie Herrity in Grange, Sligo last week. Sincere condolences are expressed to the Dundas family.  

Harps Notes 8th May 2017

posted 8 May 2017, 03:51 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Our focus this week is obviously our big cycling events this Saturday. We start off with our 100k Four County Challenge at 10 o'clock, followed by our 50k West Fermanagh Challenge, which departs at 10.30. Our fun 10k spin takes place at 1pm. All cyclists must register to collect their route and refreshment passes, jerseys and final paperwork, and there will be an opportunity for anyone wishing to take part in any of the routes to register on Thursday night in the clubrooms from 7-9pm. Registration for the 50k and 100k is also available from 8.30am on Saturday morning, and from 11.30am for the 10k fun cycle. Please remember that children completing the short spin must do so with adults. The special jersey will be ready for collection at both registration sessions.  We are really looking forward to a very successful event, and are very grateful to all entrants from a wide area, plus our volunteer marshals along the routes.

The club's committee meeting at 9pm sharp on Thursday night will obviously deal in the main with the preparations for the cycle, plus other matters. A full attendance is requested to cover as much as possible.

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £8300, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 3, 7, 19 and 24. £20 each went to John Duffy, Derrygonnelly, Pat Gallagher, Boho, plus Jackie Doogan & Gary Hoy, Monea. We are in The Linnett Inn this Sunday night, with Mary, Peter and Gerry on duty.

On the fixture front, it looks like no senior game this weekend, a trip to Teemore on Friday night, then Enniskillen on Sunday afternoon for the Junior A team, plus a visit by Belcoo for the Junior B lads. Our Under 14s host Kinawley this Thursday night at 7pm. They played three games last week, and are currently third in Division One. Our Under 10s played their first game in the annual tournament last Friday, putting in two very encouraging performances against Derrylin. They are scheduled to play Tempo this Friday evening, but fuller details regarding departures etc, will be available via our online output.

Please note that gear fittings for our next order will take place this Thursday from 7.30 - 9.30pm at the clubrooms, plus after Sunday Footy this week.

It was with sadness that all of our members heard of the passing of Joe McManus and Eamon McGowan last week, both of whom were related to a number of our active members. Condolences to both families.


Harps Notes 1st May 2017

posted 1 May 2017, 02:19 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £8200,was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 6, 7, 8 & 25. £20 each went to Faber Leonard and Ethan Cassidy, both Derrygonnelly and Edwin Gallagher Mulleek. We are in the Cosy Bar next week, with Pat McGurn and Michael Glynn plus Mary Cox on duty.

Our seniors had a good win against Devenish on Sunday. With the wind advantage in the second half, they had a strong scoring performance to take the points in a good competitive match. Our two reserve teams lost out by narrow margins against Kinawley and Brookeborough in two very entertaining ties, not that the spectacle counts for much when you lose! At the moment, it looks like our seniors are away to Belcoo on Friday evening, and our reserves are at home to Roslea and away to Maguiresbridge on Saturday evening. Our Under 14s are scheduled to host Newtownbutler on Sunday evening at home.

Our annual Under 10 tournament commences this weekend, with eight teams in action across the two groups. We are scheduled to travel to Derrylin on Friday evening. Provisionally, we are leaving Derrygonelly at 5.45 pm. Please check our online output or contact Brendy for confirmation on this.

Our Under 8 group, made up of p3/4 players is travelling to Lissan this Saturday to play in the Club Eirne blitz and also meet the Fermanagh players afterwards. Players are to contact Niall Smyth or Dominic Corrigan to confirm attendance.  

Finally, with less than two weeks to go, we are really looking forward to enjoying a great day at our Four County cycle on Saturday May 13th. A lot of locals have been putting in the miles around the roads, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone at the 50k, 100k or even 10k events. The 50k and 100k entry is available online via the club website, and on the day. Both of these spins have good foodstops along the way, and 100k entrants receive a free commemorative cycling jersey. See you all there!

Harps Notes 24th April 2017

posted 24 Apr 2017, 03:13 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. 


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.

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