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Harps Notes 15th August 2016

posted 16 Aug 2016, 07:33 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto, now £4200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 19,  20, 29 & 30. £20 went to Emma Dolan, Belleek, Kieran Gilleece, Boho and Eilis Campbell, Derrygonnelly. We are in Doogies this Sunday night. John Maguire and Aidy McGovern are on duty along with Mary. 
There will be a short club committee meeting this Thursday night at 9pm. The meeting will look to deal with arrangements for hosting the championship double header. 
Congratulations to our Junior squad and their management on winning the Erne Cup 1 in a dramatic final on Saturday evening. They have to focus now on the Reserve Championship match against St Pats this weekend, but deserve every credit for their determination and efforts in a memorable final quarter and the efforts of all of the players who helped the team to qualify for the final. Our seniors finish off their league programme away to Teemore this Sunday. 
At underage level, Saturday was a busy day for our players and coaches. Our Under 10s had a great day away in Belleek  at a Go Games blitz, playing really well in matches against Erne Gaels, Aodh Rua Ballyshannon, Ballintra, and Realt na Mara Bundoran. Thank you very much to Erne Gaels for the invite to this event. Our Under 12s hosted Lisnaskea in their penultimate Section A game that afternoon. The visitors played very well to  take a good win and provide our players with a pretty good reference point for how to play. The Harps were also represented on all three Fermanagh Academy squads in action on Saturday. Aidan McKenna and Conor Maguire lined out against Down and Armagh for the Under 17s, Debhan McGovern played very well as the Under 16s had impressive wins against Louth and Wicklow, and finally Ronan McHugh, Leigh Green, Rian McGovern, Gareth McGovern and Daragh Burke lined out and learned their trade further at Under 15 level against Antrim and Monaghan. Well done to all these lads. Our Under 16s should recommence their league shortly when the groupings are finalised at youth board. 
Finally, make a note in your diary for September 23rd, which sees the return of Derek Ryan and his band to the community centre. This is always a great show, and we look forward to seeing people from near and far on the dancefloor.

LATE DRAMA SEES HARPS SNATCH LEAGUE TITLE!

posted 13 Aug 2016, 14:09 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps 2.10

Roslea 1.11

The excitement in the final quarter of this game means that it won’t be forgotten for quite a while. Fifteen minutes into the 2nd half, Roslea led by two on a 1-8 to 1-6 scoreline, having scored four points on the bounce in the third quarter to no reply from the Harps. Finally, in the 18th minute of the half, Garvan McGinley got us moving again, followed by another in the twentieth minute to level up. Still, we were struggling to get any conviction in our play, and Roslea’s excellent forward Niall Beggan put the Shamrocks one up with five to play. Lee Jones, who came on as a sub and put us on the front foot generally, went on a long solo run in the 28th minute. He carried the ball seventy yards, and, rapidly running out of ideas, was glad to give the ball to Kevin Cassidy. Keeves stepped inside his man and levelled from forty yards for 1-9 apiece! We’d have taken the draw for sure, but there were three minutes of injury time called. A minute later, Niall Clerkin, Roslea’s other excellent forward on the night, nailed a great score to put the Shamrocks clear again. Fair play to the Harps, they still wouldn’t lie down, and a 31st minute move involving Cassidy and Barry McGrath saw Shane McGullion get on the end of the high ball and have the cop on to slip the ball into the net rather than blast it at any defender! Huge cheers! Clerkin bagged another point, but a minute later, Shane found space again as Roslea committed forward and he nailed another score. Harps snatch victory from what looked like being a disappointing defeat in truth.

The first half saw the Harps lead 1-6 to 1-4 at the break. Petie Gall had a great opener in the third minute, and Conor Hoy sidefooted a point in the 9th, before 1-2 from Roslea via Cathal Lynam, Niall Clerkin from a 50’ and a good hard low finish from Shane Lynch off the post. We were a bit too deep and struggling to get out with any real drive, but a long ball out and good handpass from Kevin Cassidy put Foss through, he was hauled down, and Jonny McGurn banged home the penalty. Garvan exchanged points with Clerkin and Kevin Barry McCusker, before a three point burst two from Garvan, one good score from play by Jonny, saw us two up. Roslea had a good strong third quarter, and we had a pretty bad one, conceding four points and lucky that was all in truth, before we got it going again when it mattered. Well done lads.

For Roslea, they had two particularly good attacking performances from Clerkin and Beggan. Young Diarmuid McAleer handled a fair bit of ball for them as well, but they were always a wee bit vulnerable in defence if they hadn’t the numbers back. For the Harps, there were particularly solid performances from Stevie Jones at full back, marking the very dangerous Shane Lynch, plus Aaron Burke and later on Leigh Jones, gave us a bit of forward impetus. Jonny fetched and played a lot of ball throughout, and Garvan McGinley kept us in it at times. Credit also to Shane, and Kevin Cassidy for delivering at the death. Keeves won his first adult medal for the Harps in 1992, six years before Shane was born. That’s a good stat, that is.  


 

Harps Notes 8th August 2016

posted 8 Aug 2016, 02:29 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £4100, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 2, 11, 14 & 24. £20 each went to Dympna Burns, Boho, Kathleen McCauley, Monea and John J Duffy, Belleek. We are in Doogies this Sunday night with Donal and Gerard on duty alongside Mary.

Congratulations to our Under 14 girls and their managers who achieved our first trophy in a long time when they defeated Knockninny in the league final on Saturday on a 1-6 to 1-1 scoreline. They have put in a great effort, training along with the Under 16s initially, and then preparing together for this competition. Well done girls! Thank you very much to Louise Dundas for all of her work in this area of our club, and to Clare Cox and Garvan Jones who were the other managers. Well done also to Megan Maguire, who received the player of the final trophy. Good luck to Bronagh Smyth, who is playing at half time at Croke Park this Sunday in the hurling exhibition game.

Good luck to our Juniors who are in the Erne Cup Division One final this Saturday evening in Brewster Park at 7pm. We are up against Roslea, and can hopefully get onto the front foot early in the game, and achieve a result. Good luck to everyone involved with the squad. Our seniors are out on Sunday at 1pm against Belcoo at home.

At Underage, our Under 16s completed their fixtures in the first section of the league last week with a win over Kinawley, and await the re-organisation of teams into final leagues. Our Under 12s are at home to Lisnaskea this Saturday at 4pm.

Our Under 10s are travelling to Belleek this Saturday to play in a Go Games Blitz, the bus will leave the Casson at 11 o’clock. Please send a text to Brendy on 07968 330542 or get him a message any way to confirm that your son or daughter is available to travel. This is to ensure that we know how many players we will have for the matches.

We had a very healthy attendance at our Cul Camp last week. The youngsters enjoyed the activities and coaching very much. Thank you to all of the coaches and to the camp co-ordinator Keith Reilly. The Action Cancer and Cancer Focus buses which were at the grounds on Thursday and Friday last were well used also. Thank you to everyone who was involved with these Health and Well-Being initiatives.  

Finally, make a note in your diary for September 23rd, which sees the return of Derek Ryan and his band to the community centre. This is always a great show, and we look forward to seeing people from near and far on the dancefloor.

Harps Notes 1st August 2016

posted 1 Aug 2016, 05:15 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The club’s August committee meeting will take place this Thursday night at 9pm.

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £4000, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 16, 23, 26 & 30. £20 each went to Peter Freeburn, Belleek, Nicola Boyle, Kinawley, and Peter Caswell, Derrylin. We are in the Linnett Inn this Sunday with Peter and Gerry on board alongside Mary.

As part of the Derrygonnelly Harps Health and Wellbeing Committee’s programme of events, Action Cancer's mobile unit, the Big Bus, is coming to Canon Maguire Park during Cul Camp on Friday 5th August. The Big Bus provides two services which are now available to book:

1. If you are a women aged 40-49 or over 70 you are eligible to make an appointment for breast screening on the unit. The charity is the only place in Northern Ireland for women outside of NHS age range to avail of a breast screening for free so this is a great opportunity. The screening takes only a few minutes and for the majority of women provides peace of mind. 

2. MOT health Checks are open to all regardless of age and gender and they are a great way to get a current picture of your health. The check takes about 20 minutes and you will be able to choose from a variety of options including blood pressure, cholesterol levels and peak flow. You will also stand on the body composition scales to receive a print out of details such as muscle mass, hydration levels, fat around your organs, and BMI. The health promotion officer carrying out your assessment will be able to provide advice and information about lifestyle improvements and cancer prevention.

Appointments are booked on a first come, first served basis, so book your appointment now by calling Action Cancer on 9080 3344 or visit www.actioncancer.org/appointments. Smoking Cessation Coordinator for the Western Health and Social Care Trust Kathleen McManus will also be on site on Friday 5 August from 11am-2pm, to offer support and advice.

On Thursday 4 August, the Cancer Focus Keeping Well van will also visit Canon Maguire Park from 10am-1.30pm. No appointment is necessary for this service which will provide health checks including: body composition, blood pressure, waist measurement, blood sugar levels, skin scanning, lifestyle advice, smoking cessation advice and much more. These services are open to the entire community, so please come along and avail of the opportunity to improve your health and wellbeing!

The club’s next fundraiser is coming in a few weeks time and it will prove to be a very original event! We are running a ‘Mr & Mrs (or nearly Mrs!)’ on Saturday 13th August from 8pm in The Cosy Bar. Entertainment is guaranteed as you watch our carefully selected couples battle through a series of challenges and questions to be crowned the ultimate Mr and Mrs! Support will be greatly appreciated for this event. Also on the horizon is the return of Harps legend Derek Ryan and his band to the Community Centre on September 23rd, more details in the weeks ahead.

In terms of fixtures, the Harps seniors are away to Roslea this Sunday at 1pm. The preliminary fixture details for the Erne Cup 1 final is that the Harps play Roslea on August 13th. Our Under 16s are at home to Kinawley this Thursday evening, with our Under 12s away to Kinawley at 4pm on Saturday.

Good Enough win Surely, But Food for Thought as Well...

posted 31 Jul 2016, 09:55 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 31 Jul 2016, 09:56 ]

Harps 2-15

Ederney St Joseph’s 1-12

 

The Harps played very well for quite a bit of this game, great energy, loads of covering, everyone doing their job, strong tackling, and all round good attitude. So it was no big surprise to see them with a 2-7 to 0-3 half time lead. They extended this well in the early stages of the second half, and after about fifteen minutes they were 2-12 to 0-7 up. But by the end, while they weren’t quite hanging on, Ederney had brought it to the point where a goal would have made things very interesting indeed, but it never came.


Our first half goals came from Leigh Jones, who moved onto a Stephen McGullion knockdown to goal, then Jonny McGurn set up McGullion for a good low finish. There were a number of good points from play by Garvan Jones, wee Leigh Jones, and Jonny McGurn.

Paul Ward and Garvan McGinley kept the scoreboard ticking over, but without anyone from the Harps seeming to drop down a gear, Ederney started to run at us, and find spare men in our final third. We had a couple of close shaves, before Aaron Dennison finally hit the net, set up by Declan McCusker. Then they had a few other scores through Enda Ferris Chris Snow and McCusker, plus a few bad enough wides. Garry McKenna dropped over a good kinda relieving score for us near the end, and we won well enough I suppose, but Ederney will have noted that they were able to breach us and trouble us when they got themselves going properly. The message for the Harps is that when things end up being half done, you find it hard to get back on track. The second half scoreline was 1-9 to 0-8 in Ederney’s favour.  As well as Jonny McGurn up front, Garvan Jones in the middle, plus Eamo and Mickey at the back had very pleasing games.  Next time will be championship, the intensity will be higher all round. 

Harps Notes 26th July 2016

posted 26 Jul 2016, 04:11 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £3800, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 8, 10 & 13. £20 each then went to Margaret Greene, Kinawley, Claire Dundas, Derrygonnelly and John Gosling, Tonagh. We are in the Cosy this Sunday night, with Big Pat and Mick on duty alongside Mary.  

 

As part of the Derrygonnelly Harps Health and Wellbeing Committee’s programme of events, Action Cancer's mobile unit, the Big Bus, is coming to Canon Maguire Park during Cul Camp on Friday 5th August. The Big Bus provides two services which are now available to book:

1. If you are a women aged 40-49 or over 70 you are eligible to make an appointment for breast screening on the unit. The charity is the only place in Northern Ireland for women outside of NHS age range to avail of a breast screening for free so this is a great opportunity. The screening takes only a few minutes and for the majority of women provides peace of mind. 

2. MOT health Checks are open to all regardless of age and gender and they are a great way to get a current picture of your health. The check takes about 20 minutes and you will be able to choose from a variety of options including blood pressure, cholesterol levels and peak flow. You will also stand on the body composition scales to receive a print out of details such as muscle mass, hydration levels, fat around your organs, and BMI. The health promotion officer carrying out your assessment will be able to provide advice and information about lifestyle improvements and cancer prevention.

Appointments are booked on a first come, first served basis, so book your appointment now by calling Action Cancer on 9080 3344 or visit www.actioncancer.org/appointmentsSmoking Cessation Coordinator for the Western Health and Social Care Trust Kathleen McManus will also be on site on Friday 5 August from 11am-2pm, to offer support and advice.

On Thursday 4 August, the Cancer Focus Keeping Well van will also visit Canon Maguire Park from 10am-1.30pm. No appointment is necessary for this service which will provide health checks including: body composition, blood pressure, waist measurement, blood sugar levels, skin scanning, lifestyle advice, smoking cessation advice and much more. These services are open to the entire community, so please come along and avail of the opportunity to improve your health and wellbeing!

 

The club’s next fundraiser is coming in a few weeks time and it will prove to be a very original event! We are running a ‘Mr & Mrs (or nearly Mrs!)’ on Saturday 13th August from 8pm in The Cosy Bar. Entertainment is guaranteed as you watch our carefully selected couples battle through a series of challenges and questions to be crowned the ultimate Mr and Mrs! Support will be greatly appreciated for this event. Hard luck to our ladies team, who lost out to Lisnaskea in the 9 a-side League semi final on Sunday. We had a great run in this competition.

 

It is a busy time for our seniors, and they have two games again this week, at home to Maguiresbridge on Friday evening, then Ederney on Sunday. Our Juniors are at home to Roslea. The seniors took two out of a possible four points out of last weekend, while the Juniors had a good win away in Tempo. Our Under 16s lost out to a physically strong Belnaleck group last week, they are scheduled to play the Gaels away this Wednesday evening in Brewster Park. Our Under 12s had a good runout away in Ballyshannon on Saturday, and their league starts this Saturday at 4pm at home to the Gaels.

 

Irvinestown Take Deserved Points.

posted 24 Jul 2016, 09:23 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 24 Jul 2016, 09:24 ]

Harps 0-14

Irvinestown 2-9

 

Following a handy outing on Friday evening, the Harps came out the wrong side of the result against Irvinestown today. They conceded two first half goals to Conor ‘Jenga’ McGuigan, and were unable to wrest the initiative back from a very well organised, hardworking visiting side. We were 2-4 to 0-9 down at half time, with a decent spread of points for the Harps coming from Ryan Jones, Stephen McGullion, Shane McGullion, Jonny McGurn and Maurice Cassidy, but James Duffy was proving a top class outlet for Irvinestown up front, repeatedly winning ball in front and using it or turning to score.

If anything, Irvinestown managed to up their workrate even more in the second half, and pick off points regularly through Gary Maguire and Duffy again. They turned the Harps over quite a bit, and brought the ball out of defence with great assurance and handling. Guys like Tiarnan Daly, Ronan Ormsby and Shane Goan were very good for them at getting the ball out safely. Stephen Burns’ introduction brought a bit more direction to the Harps, and they nearly squeezed the draw, (probably squandered it in truth), but they can’t really complain. Irvinestown had more purpose about them, and they used the ball better. Outside of Ryan and Mickey Jones, we didn’t win many of the battles. We broke even in a few, and we lost quite a lot. Sometimes, fellas just can't get going, and that happened a few of us today, despite our efforts. So Irvinestown were worth the win alright. 

Harps Pick Up Two Comfortable Points,

posted 22 Jul 2016, 14:45 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps 4-13

Tempo 0-8

Derrygonnelly won convincingly here, with a particularly dominant second half effort against their opponents.

A decent bit of recycling inside saw Conall Jones hit the first score of the game from play, before Ryan Bogue drifted onto two points for Tempo in the 6th and 9th minutes as the Harps didn’t make the most of possession and ended up shooting from dodgy enough areas.

Garvan Jones had a free, before the Harps first goal from Stephen McGullion in the 12th minute. Leigh Jones’ footy brain saw a loose ball a full three seconds before anyone else, and speeded onto it, before putting the thing on a plate for the big man. Jonny McGurn added to that with a classy point from play. Tempo picked up a few scores, through Niall McCusker, and their right half forward, who picked up a rebound off ‘keeper Dermott Feely, but the Harps had glut of scores, most notably through two sweet Jonny McGurn fifties, plus frees by Leigh and Garvan. Half time: 1-7 to 0-5.


The second half never came to life. Jonny had a super score after fielding a long high diagonal ball in, Declan Campbell fisted one over for Tempo, before three goals at five minute intervals killed it off:  Conall had a goal, which he showed the craft to take round the ‘keeper, Leigh had a great volleyed goal, and Garvan McGinley had one put on a plate for him by Stephen McGullion. So it was over with fifteen to go.

The last quarter saw Damien Kelly and Tiernan Bogue on target for Tempo, and Stephen McGullion, Garvan Jones (0-3) and Wardy on the scoreboard for the Harps.

The game did not have any real intensity about it, but a win is good for confidence at the end of the day, as long as nobody gets carried away and starts believing the hype.

Ref: Noel Davis. 

Harps Notes 18th July 2016

posted 18 Jul 2016, 10:23 by Derrygonnelly Harps

It was with great sadness that our club awoke last Monday to hear of the passing of one of the most influential figures in its history,  Master Michael Farrell. Michael’s involvement in our activities dates back almost a full seventy years, to when our club was relaunched in 1948, fielding firstly a Minor side, and then a Junior team.
Over the decades which followed, our club has had the benefit of his leadership, guidance and wisdom as we moved to Sandhill, then opened Canon Maguire Park, and subsequently developed it to the fantastic facility which our members have today. Michael was variously our club chairperson, County Board representative, Grounds and Infrastructure Development Committee member, referee, underage team manager and organiser, our club president, author of our club history and so much more. We are forever indebted for his work with the Sports Council and other bodies, securing funding and also liaising with awarding groups, ensuring that we were seen as a well run, forward thinking club, whose plans were likely to be successful and worthy of investment. As our Community Liaison Officer he foresaw the need for Gaelic clubs to be open to other groups in the community, and to develop relationships. Michael was a man of vision, but also a man of action, working with others to turn vision into reality.
We are a proud, successful club today, but we look back with great gratitude that we had Michael Farrell in our club, a man of great wisdom and calm, coupled with determination and commitment to move our club forward. The theme of legacy is central to many organisations like ours. He hands care of the club on to the next generation of members, whose duty it is to look after it and develop for the following generations. It is so important that we never forget the great work by people like Master Farrell and many others no longer with us.
So we are sorrowful at the moment, but glad that we knew him and worked with him. We know that there a number of other organisations in our area who have lost a great friend and leader also, and we express our sympathies to them.
But our sincerest condolences go to his wife Nicolina, his daughters Katrina and Siobhan, his sister Josie and his entire family circle.
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £3700, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 4, 14, 15 & 30. There were £20 wins for Teresa (Jones) Foy, Blaney, Tom McGowan, Ceili House & Brian McManus Derrylin. We are in Old Pals this week with Garry and the Kevins on duty with Mary. 
On the fixture front, our Juniors are away to Tempo this Wednesday evening. The Under 16 lads are in action at home this Thursday evening against Belnaleck, with the match due to start at 7.30pm. Our Seniors look to have a busy weekend ahead, they are at home to Tempo at 7.30pm on Friday evening, then we host Irvinestown at 3.30pm on Sunday. 

 

Harps Notes 11th July 2016

posted 11 Jul 2016, 08:44 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto, now £3600, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 4,  6 & 21. £20 wins went to Sinead Seymour, Boho, Ryan Cox, Boho and Sheila McGrath Toronto. 
Fermanagh All-County Go Games Blitz 
The Harps   U8 ½  (P3/P4) & U10 ½  (P5/P6) squads  will take part in a  Go Games Blitz at Fermanagh GAA Training Grounds, Lissan on Saturday 16th July 2016 . 
Players to assemble at Lissan at 10-30am. The Blitz is scheduled to finish at 12-30pm. Remember to bring appropriate gear for the weather and your gum shield! Parents are encouraged to support the children and if at all possible to help out. Due to expected traffic congestion on the approach to Lissan please allow plenty of time. Any queries on the day contact Brendy (U10s) 07968330542 or Francie (U8s)07766141886
Note also that due to Blessing of the Graves there is no Sunday Football on 24th July 2016. Our Under 16s are in action at home to Belnaleck on Thursday evening. 
Our couch to 5k is up and running on Wednesdays and Sunday evenings. Participants might be interested also in the 5k walk and run in Boho this Saturday at 5pm leaving Killyhommon Primary School in aid of the Botha to Kenya fundraiser. 
On behalf of the Harps membership, sincere condolences to the family circle of Pat Sheerin, Mill Green, who passed away last week.
Monday morning saw our club and indeed the whole local community awaken to the sad news that Master Michael Farrell had passed away. Michael  has been such a central pillar in our club for many decades, whose contribution to our entire development on the field and off it in pretty much every possible capacity could not be overstated. We will miss his wisdom greatly, that's for sure. Whilst our loss as a club is sad, and we feel great sorrow, the loss is even greater for the Farrell family to whom we express our sympathies. We will reflect more fully on Michael's role in next week's notes.

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