Weekly Notes & Archive
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.
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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!
The Harps' Lotto jackpot, now £4800, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 4, 5, 8 & 30. £20 each went to the Gallagher Grandchildren, Boho, Patsy McCaughey, Kinawley and Gerry McGrath, Kinawley. We are in Old Pals this weekend, with Garry and the Kevins plus Mary on duty.
This Sunday sees the club gearing up for Fermanagh football’s biggest day of the year and we are in the proud position of having both our Under 16s and our senior team in the two deciders. Championship finals are great occasions, and we know that the Harps’ supporters always come out in full colours to cheer on the boys. All the best to both squads and their managements. The Under 16 final starts at 2.15, and the senior game is at 4pm.
Our Chief of Gear Ordering Kevin Cassidy is having one final night for gear fittings and orders. This will be in our clubrooms on Thursday 29th Sept 7-9pm. No more orders will be taken after this date!!
There was still plenty of ball played last weekend, despite the weather conditions, with our Under 8 squad finishing up for the year away at a Go Games blitz in Ballyshannon, with two Harps teams fielding against Manorhamilton, Aodh Rua and Four Masters. As is always the case, the blitzes are of great benefit to the young players, and we are very grateful to John Hughes and Aodh Rua for the invite. The Under 12s braved the conditions for their penultimate league outing away to Lisnaskea and gave it their all for the full hour against an opponent who managed to get goals at the right times to take a result in a good game. The Under 12s are at home to Newtown this Saturday. Our Under 16s had a decent win at home to Belnaleck on Sunday morning as well. Thank you to all of the coaches who were out with our youth players at the weekend.
Thank you also to the great team of volunteers who played a variety of roles for the club as we hosted Derek Ryan in the hall last Friday night. It takes a massive squad to cover all of the angles at an event like this, and we are grateful to the people who come and help out.
The Harps Lotto, now £4500, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 3, 22 & 27. £20 each went to Nathan Jones, Boho, Claire Greene, Derrygonnelly, and L Magee, Belleek. We are in the Linnett Inn this Sunday night. Gerald Greene and Anthony Murphy are on duty with Mary.
The club’s September committee meeting will take place on Thursday night at 9pm sharp in the clubrooms. We have a few significant items on the agenda, so hope to get as many members as possible in attendance.
It has been variously described as brilliant and bonkers, but there is no doubt that last Saturday night’s ‘Mr and Mrs’ competition was a super success, and very well supported indeed. On behalf of the organisers, the club would like to thank so many people for their generosity and support. Big thanks in particular to Sean and Sharon Flanagan for hosting and BBQ. We had a great set of prizes donated by Martin and Patricia Brennan, Dennis Keaney, Toddle In Nursery, Collette and Eustace Tierney, Caroline Greene, Jackie and Bug Cassidy, Tempo Glass, Siobhan Hodgson, Cara Pharmacy, Mairead Taylor, Gerald Green, Lilleys Centra, Emmy Burns, Tracey Hoy, Geralyn Cox, Brian Hoy and Sean Mc Loughlin. A very grateful acknowledgement to contestants Jackie and Eoghan, Garvan and Melissa, Dermot and Lynne, Colin and Andrea, Ru and Gail and special congratulations to our star winning couple, Roger and Trish McGovern, who took the event by storm. There was a great effort around this fundraiser from the whole Ladies team, especially Shannon McGovern who did a great job printing posters and tickets and putting up decorations. Thanks also to Dave Burke for sound engineering and general help on the night. The entire event was presented in a most entertaining way, but was well planned, so full credit to all of the organisers of the night, but it would be remiss not to pay tribute to our host Niall Elliott, who just got on a roll and kept going, and his wife Christina who, he says, made sure he kept things in good taste. Well done everyone.
There are two other events coming up soon, with the Derrygonnelly 5k and 10k run, organised by Churchill Ladies at midday on Saturday September 17th. This run is the ultimate goal for our own couch to 5k runners, who have been working towards it twice a week now since the start of the summer. All of our members have put in a great effort, and are progressing very well indeed.
Then, on Friday night September 23rd we see Derek Ryan and his band return to the town. Derek’s shows are always so popular, and he gives his best all the time. We look forward to seeing music and dancing fans from near and far on the floor at this event.
At Underage level we have two teams still in action, with our Under 16s hosting Enniskillen Gaels this Thursday evening. They had a good home win against Belnaleck last week. Our Under 12s lost out narrowly in a very good game against Teemore last Saturday, in which both sides contributed a lot to a very enjoyable encounter. They host Belcoo this Saturday, with an earlier than usual throw-in time of 11 o’clock. Our Under 10s hit the road shortly after 8 o’clock last Saturday morning as they journeyed to Pearse Og Armagh to take part in the Donal Powell Memorial Tournament, with twenty seven clubs from across Ulster battling it out in groups and a knock-out stage. Our lads impressed in the group stages against Clontibret, Culloville and Clann Eireann, before losing out to Armagh Harps in the quarter final. This competition and indeed the Trillick tournament the week before, have been very useful reference points for this talented group of players. Please note also that this Sunday sees our final coaching session of the year.
Our seniors are back in championship action this Sunday as we face our neighbours Devenish in what promises to be a hard fought semi final. Good luck to the squad, and we hope we can have a great turnout of supporters to cheer the lads on. Throw-in at Brewster Park is at 3pm.
Fianlly, it was with sadness that the club committee heard of the recent bereavement suffered by the Gallagher family, with the passing of Sean McArdle, and also the passing of Leo Griffin, who was part of the Cassidy family. Genuine condolences to both families, on behalf of all members.
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £4400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 2, 5, 21 & 26. £20 each went to Tara Kerrigan, Belcoo, Niamh Duffy, Monea and Caresa Kelly, Springfield. We are in The Cosy Bar this Sunday. Brendy and Aidy are on duty alongside Mary.
This Saturday night sees the club host a very novel fundraiser, as we host a Mr and Mrs competition. Entertainment is guaranteed as you watch our carefully selected couples battle through a series of challenges to be crowned the ultimate Mr and Mrs!! Action starts at 8pm, and £10 entry includes BBQ and DiscoAs well as people paying on the night, tickets are also available through any of our Ladies' players or in the Cosy, Casson or Chips and Co. We hope to see a good crowd to support this fundraiser.
Congratulations to our senior team on defeating St Josephs to advance to the SFC semi against Devenish on the weekend of September 11th/12th. The lads played particularly strongly in the final quarter to take a deserved victory. Congratulations also to the large number of volunteers who came out to prepare for and then run the championship double header last Saturday evening. Canon Maguire Park looked immaculate, and the clubs volunteers ensured that the event was well run. To everyone involved in every aspect from catering to pitch preparation to traffic management to Lotto sellers, thank you very much.
Our Under 16s are at home to Belnaleck this Thursday evening at 7pm in the league, then they face Brookboro in the championship next Tuesday evening at Brewster Park. Our Under 12s are away to Teemore in the first match of the last stage of their competition at 4pm. Good luck to all of these teams.
The club is hosting the Action Cancer Big Bus this Thursday again. There may be a small number of screening appointments or health check slots available still, so please check on 028 90803344 or www.actioncancer.org/appointments to avail of these. They are free and on our doorstep.
Derrygonnelly Harps 1-14
St Joseph’s 1-9
The Harps progress to a championship semi final meeting with neighbours Devenish after this first round victory over another familiar opponent in Brewster Park today.
The first half won’t go down in history for its quality of play, the Harps having started off with an excellent Declan Cassidy goal after three minutes, with the ball being moved quickly through maybe seven players before Deccy strode through and smashed it home. Not long afterwards, Marty McGrath found himself alone in enemy territory to score just as good a goal for St Josephs. Those were definitely the highlights. After the initial goal-fest, the Harps tagged on two points from Jonny McGurn, from a free and a fifty, before McGrath made his way up the field again to finish for a good point to level things up, Enda Cassidy had scored a nice point from play just before that. Garvan McGinley found himself close enough to fist over and put the Harps one up again, before perhaps the key moment of the game. Marty McGrath was shown the black card for a high pull down tackle on Paul Ward. At the time, it looked a tough decision (not sure it was an attempt to “deliberately pull down an opponent”) and as ever maybe a yellow would have been ok for a high tackle. But!!!... Marty had already been very lucky to escape unpunished for a pretty ridiculous rugby tackle on Ryan Jones prior to that, so he should probably have received two yellows anyway, in this writers opinion. He was a big loss to St Josephs, as he was having a good game. Not sure they were ever going to beat the Harps without him.
There was one more score as a good ball from Ryan Jones in to Jonny saw him lay off to Stephen McGullion for a point. Half time: 1-4 to 1-2. It is worth pointing out that Deccy Cassidy was very prominent in a lot of our play, particularly in the first twenty minutes of the half. Deccy really does dictate the tempo of the Harps’ play at times.
The third quarter of the game saw the margin stay much the same with Jonny (big free) and Manus Maguire (good long range point) exchanging scores, before two good points from play by Conall Jones and Wardy. Neil Gallagher held possession well for the first of these, and pinged a good ball in from long range for the second score. Darren McCusker had two scores, one from a free, before Jonny exchanged two points with Peter Gormley and Paul McCusker to still leave three in it entering the final quarter. But the Harps came strong at this point, with Garvan McGinley’s second point, followed by Jonny’s second fifty of the day. He had another free, and the Harps were moving away a bit. Garvan Jones burst through for a point, Jonny had another point and we moved on home with a further exchange of scores between Darren McCusker and a Garvan Jones free. So the Harps were clearly the stronger team when it had to be taken in the last fifteen minutes. Jonny McGurn played well in general and totalled 0-7 for the hour, so he can see and build on the progress he has made considering where he was in the pecking order twelve months ago. Shane McGullion was also very impressive, intercepting and pushing out a lot very effectively. Garvan McGinley’s two points were grand, but it was the quality of his defending to keep Deccy McCusker relatively quiet that was maybe even more notable. There were quite a few ‘played quite well’ in an overall performance that was ok, nothing more.
Devenish showed plenty of appetite for the championship in the final quarter against Teemore in their quarter final, and they will relish the position they go into the semi hunting the Harps. The Harps will have to raise it to qualify for the final.
Dermott Feely, Denis greene, Stephen Burns, Shane McGullion, Neil Gallagher, Mickey Jones, Garvan McGinley, Ryan Jones, Garvan Jones, Deccy Cass, Leigh Jones, Conall Jones, Paul Ward, Jonny McGurn, Stephen McGullion, Gary McKenna, Conor Hoy, Kevin Cassidy, Stephen Jones.