Weekly Notes & Archive
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £2500, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 3, 7, 13 and 26. £20 each went to Sheila Boyle, Kinawley, The Thompson Family, Brollagh and Roisin Mohan, Garrison. We are in Doogies this Sunday night. John and Louise are on duty with Mary.
In a very busy week for the club, pride of place most certainly goes to our Under 14 boys who had a great set of performances to take the Feile title last Saturday. They had a super effort in their first match to surprise Enniskillen Gaels a bit, before maintaining their levels of performance to take the result against Derrylin and Lisnaskea. It is great to see some silverware coming to the club, and fair play to the entire squad for their efforts. The group will be travelling to the National Feile at the end of June, which is being held in the Munster region this year. Thank you to Dominic Corrigan, Martin Walmsley, John Maguire and Nigel Harbinson for working hard with the group, no matter what. The lads are free in the league this week, having defeated Skea last Thursday evening.
Our Under 14 girls were at a blitz in Irvinestown on Saturday, and enjoyed a great day, playing six matches. Thank you to our hosts Irvinestown, especially Chris and Sinead Kelly for their work running this event.
Our Minors are down to host St Pats at home this Sunday morning. Commiserations to our lads who were involved with Fermanagh Under 17s over the last number of weeks culminating in a tough defeat against Derry in the Shield final on Saturday. Aidan McKenna excelled in every match for the team, and Jack Love and Conor Maguire also made decent contributions at different stages.
For our Under 8 and Under 10 squads, this Saturday sees the popular Club Eirne sponsored Go Games blitzes, organised by Fermanagh Coaching and Games. Blitz games will run from 10.30 - 12.30, and will be followed by the opportunity to meet our county senior players and get their autographs. Children are asked to assemble at 10.15 at Lissan, with appropriate weather gear, gumshield, a snack etc. Any questions on this, contact Brendy, Niall or Garry. The Under 10 tournament, sponsored by Gerald Love Contracts, will also be commencing next week, and training will be on Tuesdays from 6.30 - 7.30pm for the next while.
Our adult teams both had good wins on Sunday, with our Ladies playing better and better as the game wore on to defeat Enniskillen Gaels comprehensively, whilst our men had a convincing win over Tempo. They play Irvinestown this Thursday night in a rescheduled SFL1 match in Irvinestown at 7.15pm, please note the venue and time of this match.
Club membership is now due. It is payable to any committee member, and Sean McLoughlin is also receiving membership in Fairview Meats. Charges remain £10 per adult, £5 youth, and £20 family membership for two adults plus children.
Finally, it was with sadness that Harps membership heard of three families with club connections who were bereaved last week. Sincere condolences to the families of Tommy Duffy, Rosnarick Close, Mrs Honora Leonard, Belcoo and Mrs Maureen McConnell, Blaney.
The Harps were very dominant in this one. The scoreline doesn’t flatter them at all. Whilst we played well in patches, it was one of those days when Tempo just couldn’t get the engines going at all, so it was pretty quiet at times, particularly as the second half freewheeled to the end.
The half time score was 1-4 to 0-3. Tempo were 1-2 to 0-0 score down after about ten minutes, Garvan Jones had our goal as he got on the end of a strong run by Ryan Jones in the 5th minute. Paul Ward and Ryan Jones had the two points. Tempo then registered three mid-range scores on the bounce from Conor Foy, Niall McElroy and Damien Kelly, all around the fifteen minute mark. Garvan Jones had a good long range score to get the Harps moving again. We missed a number of goal chances, plus there was one good stop from Tempo keeper Matthew Jackson. Leigh Jones had a great score from play, darting into the space neatly, before half time arrived.
Leigh had a nice free, Wardy had a pretty outrageous point from over beside the changing rooms, and a goal rush of four goals in eight minutes, two from Stephen McGullion and one each from Wardy and Jonny McGurn killed it off altogether. Ryan Jones drove up for a point, Niall McElroy registered a free for Tempo in the 21st minute, responded to by a sliced effort by Wardy and a good point from play by Damian McCauley.
For the Harps, the workrate was good, and the turnover stat should be very high indeed. Without wanting to be a smartarse, one or two of the Tempo players just carried it into Maurice Cassidy repeatedly on our fifty line, the area where they lost possession time and again. Mo or Eamo stopped them, and the likes of Wardy, Ryan, and Leigh Jones just took it on and launched an attack. The Tempo inside line fellas had a frustrating day whilst this happened. For the Harps, Wardy, Leigh and Ryan really controlled this one, and a lot of players got to get involved in some good moves. It was also good to see the likes of wee Leigh Jones and Conor Hoy coming in and contributing well.
Division 1 Senior Football League Derrygonnelly 0-18 v Devenish 2-9 Derrygonnelly’s superb first half showing was enough to gain their first points of the season with a deserving 3 point victory over West Fermanagh neighbours Devenish. The game was played with a strong wind throughout with the Harps choosing to take the wind in the first half and shoot into the clubhouse goals. The Harps started off at an amazing rate with Paul Ward assisting in the 4 opening scores for Leigh Jones, Gary McKenna and two fine Garvan Jones scores after just 5 minutes. Ward himself then got in on the scoring act in the 6th minute and by 9 minutes Leigh Jones swooped for a fine score after good work by Maurice Cassidy to make it 0-6 to 0-0. Devenish had shown very little early on and John O’Flanagan done well to point in the 10th minute to finally get Malachy Cullen’s side on the scoreboard. A mix up in the Devenish back line then allowed Paul Ward to add his second before a superb John O’Flanagan point reduced the deficit to 5 points, 0-7 to 0-2. On 18 minutes Stephen McGullion at full forward collecting a long ball to point and a Leigh Jones free pushed the home side 0-9 to 0-2 clear. Once again Devenish were just about sticking to Derrygonnelly on the scoreboard as O’Flanagan pointed in the 27th minute but Garvan McGinley showed great stamina to carry the ball forward and point from the wing before the score of the game came right on the stroke of half time as Jonathan McGurn collected a Paul Ward pass before hammering over a score from below the stand at 40 yards out to leave it 0-11 to 0-3 at the break. Devenish needed something early on to get back into this game and with the wind John O’Flanagan accounted for his side’s 4th and 5th scores but Leigh Jones kept the Derrygonnelly scoreboard moving with a well timed effort after good work by Gary McKenna to make it 0-12 to 0-5 on 37 minutes. A high John O’Flanagan ball in on the 40th minute seen confusion in the square and corner forward Kevin Ferguson was on hand to fist the ball over the line to bring the away side right back into the game. Garvan Jones and Paul Ward replied for the Harps, while Darren Brady supplied the ball for JJ O’Brien to point for Devenish to leave it 0-14 to 1-6 with 12 minutes left. Declan Rasdale supplied two fine scores inside a minute to bring his side right back into the game but Derrygonnelly through Paul Ward and Jonathan McGurn pointed to weather the Devenish storm, 0-16 to 1-8. Jason Love powered forward from midfield to point with a pile driver but once again Paul Ward showed his class with two neat points to leave it 0-18 to 1-9. Deep into injury time Devenish were to find a second goal as substitute Luke Robinson fired home but an equaliser was not to be found as Derrygonnelly held on for the 3 point win. Referee – Niall Cullen (Erne Gaels) Derrygonnelly – Paul Ward 0-6, Leigh Jones 0-4, Garvan Jones 0-3, Jonathan McGurn 0-2, Stephen McGullion0-1, Gary McKenna 0-1, Garvan McGinley 0-1. Devenish – John O’Flanagan 0-5, Kevin Ferguson 1-0, Luke Robinson 1-0, Declan Rasdale 0-2, JJ O’Brien 0-1, Jason Love 0-1.
Thank you to Pauric McGurn for this match report.
Harps' Lotto jackpot, now £2400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were
3, 15, 19 and 22. £20 each went to Mary Burns, Derrygonnelly, Caresa Kelly,
Springfield and The Vaughan Children, Holywood County Down. We are in the
Linnett Inn this Sunday with Gerald and Anthony on duty with Mary.
For anyone who wishes to return ‘Harps for Tomorrow’ forms, Ruairi Dundas will be on the bottom pitch this week at Sunday Footy. We are currently working on refreshing the subscribers for this fundraiser as it moves into its final phase, and if anyone is interested in coming on board, please contact any committee member. Club membership is also currently payable, to any club committee member, or also Sean McLoughlin at Main Street. We are also doing a bit of work on pitchside banners presently, and if anyone is interested in taking one for the current season, please get in touch with Ruairi, John, Gavin or Brendy for details.
The club’s April meeting will take place this Thursday evening at 9pm in the clubrooms.
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £2300, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 3, 19, 22 & 24. £20 each went to Angela McShea, Derrygonnelly, Frank Reid, Ballybofey, and Aideen Thompson, Derrygonnelly. The draw this Sunday night will be in The Cosy Bar, with Gavin and Aidy on duty along with Mary.
Our Under 14s have ended up in what seems to be a three team Division One, and are scheduled to play Enniskillen Gaels in Brewster Park this Thursday evening. Please keep an eye on our online output in case there might be any change on this fixture. Our Minors will be in action in the second phase of the league next week.
We have had a super turnout at Sunday Morning Footy for our first two weeks, and registration will finish up this week in the clubrooms. For anyone who wishes to return ‘Harps for Tomorrow’ forms, Ruairi Dundas will be on the bottom pitch this Sunday. We are currently working on refreshing the subscribers for this fundraiser as it moves into its final phase, and if anyone is interested in coming on board, please contact any committee member. Club membership is also currently payable, to any club committee member, or also Sean McLoughlin at Main Street. We are also doing a bit of work on pitchside banners presently, and if anyone is interested in taking one for the current season, please get in touch with Ruairi, John, Gavin or Brendy for details.
Our Under 8s are travelling to Ballyshannon this Saturday for a few Go Games against Aodh Rua. Players have to make their own transport arrangements for this one, and be at Fr Tierney Park, up behind the Rock chapel at 10.30 for an 11.00 throwin. Any parents of players travelling are asked to please notify Niall Smyth on 07900692204.
Our seniors are at home to Devenish this Sunday at 3.30pm. The juniors are provisionally scheduled to play Lisnaskea away this Saturday evening. Their game against St Pats was rescheduled for earlier this week. Our seniors lost out to Erne Gaels away on Sunday in one of those games that they could have won, but can have no complaint about losing either. Our Ladies had an excellent win earlier on Sunday at home to Aghadrumsee in the 9 a side league. Our Under 16 girls lost out against Lisnaskea last week. They competed well against against a good opponent.
Finally, please note that our clubrooms are a registration venue this Sunday for the Pieta House Darkness into Light Walk in Belleek on May the 7th at 4.15am from the GAA centre. Someone will be upstairs in the clubrooms from 11.30 – 1.30. Registration is £20 per adult, £12 for a student or OAP, or £15 per person in a group of five plus adults. Our neighbours in Erne Gaels are putting in a very big effort to make this a big event, and we wish them every success with it. Pieta House is an organisation which is at the forefront of work to prevent suicides and self harm in our country.
Erne Gaels 2-8 Harps 2-7
Erne Gaels made a serious statement about themselves to take two probably deserved points at Pairc na hEirne in this league opener. There were a couple of times one felt that the result might slip away from them, but they kept their focus, then they finally converted at key moments. The Harps had piles of ball, and will be looking at how to maximise the return from possession in the games ahead. Away to Erne Gaels is always a hard game, and they obviously weren't that far away either.
The half time score was 1-4 to 0-4 to the Harps. They were 0-3 to 0-1 down after seventeen minutes, Luke Ryder bagging three frees for the homesters in the 10th, 13th and 17th minute. Garvan McGinley had opened scoring for us in the 1st minute from play. We had a lot of wides from our right, carried across the posts by the wind. Ryan Jones got it right in the 18th minute, we got a fortunate goal in the 20th minute (so fortunate that the GAA dubious goals panel will have to meet to decide who is awarded the credit), followed by a proper Eamo McHugh point in the 21st. Ryan Lyons had a score for Erne Gaels but Stephen McGullion had to show good feet to get his shot away for the Harps and point in the 31st minute. There would have been a wee feeling that the Harps should have made more of the first half possession.
Shane Rooney and Garvan Jones exchanged points early on in the second half, before Erne Gaels found themselves six down as Jonny McGurn was able to dispossess the Erne Gaels keeper for a tap in in the eighth minute. The key score for Erne Gaels came next, when sub big Seamus Ryder fielded well, and managed to turn and place a left foot shot right in the corner past our keeper Dermott Feely in the ninth minute. Ryder is a good footballer. He followed that goal with a well struck fifty and a good point from play in the fifteenth minute. Still, the Harps had ample possession, and a Leigh Jones free was added to by a good Ryan Jones score when his strong running took him through the middle of the Belleek defence. That left the Harps three clear again. Ryan Lyons left two in it with a mighty free off the ground from behind the fifty, followed by the winning score in the 27th minute, as a pretty poor turnover saw a few Harps’ players wrongfooted, and Erne Gaels in possession on the right, a high centre was fielded by Shane Rooney and netted from close range. The Harps were up the field in search of an equaliser, but couldn’t get the kind of opening they needed as Erne Gaels got the bodies back and didn't foul.
Best players for the Harps? Well probably Dermott Feely for three excellent second half goal saves alone, then Garvan Jones worked hard and was effective in open play too. There were plenty of other good bits and bad bits from most Harps players, really. Seamus Ryder will obviously be receiving the credit for Erne Gaels courtesy of his 1-2 scored, but in fairness, they had a lot of gritty performances from the likes of Jack McCann and Paul McCaffrey, and they kept their heads in the right zone. Manys a time, Erne Gaels would not have held their nerve, when games were going the way they did today. Their sideline team celebrated big time when the final whistle went, and why not? Their team had just laid down a good marker. They're a bit more than a "work in progress" in this writer's opinion, that's for sure. (If that phrase is used yet again in this week's Herald, I deserve a prize...)
It was a competitive game, ref Ollie McShea didn’t have an easy job, even though there was no real dirt in the game. Both sets of players did quite a bit of pulling and blocking a lot of runs away from, or after possession, which is hard to be all over when you're following the ball, and he certainly wasn’t the difference between the teams.
The Lotto jackpot, now £2200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 6, 14, 24 and 25. £20 each went to Anne Cox, Boho, Evie Dundas, Derrygonnelly and Owen McCormick, Derrygonnelly. The draw this Sunday night is in Old Pals, with Gavin and John on duty with Mary. Thank you to everyone who promotes and supports the club Lotto. It is our key income source, and keeps things going.
Sunday morning footy kicked off with a very large attendance last weekend at Canon Maguire Park. The sessions will run from 11.15 to 12.30 weekly. Special thanks to the coaches who come out and take the groups for drills and games. We are very keen to recruit and find a role for anyone who might be able to help out, especially with our younger two groups. Please have a word with Garry, Big Sean or Brendy if you could help out.
Club membership is now payable. This can be paid for youth and family membership at Sunday Morning Footy, and also to Sean McLoughlin at Fairview Meats, or to committee members. Adult membership remains £10, Family membership is £20 for children and up to two adults, while individual youth membership costs £5.
Our Senior team has their first fixture of the season away to Erne Gaels this Sunday, good luck to them in 2016. Our Juniors had a second win of the season away to Maguiresbridge on Saturday evening. They are at home to St Pats this Saturday evening.
At youth level, our Minors recorded a good win over St Pats last week, and they have one more fixture in this phase of the competition away to Irvinestown on Tuesday April 12th. Our Under 14s have now completed the first phase of their league, winning well at home to Teemore last Thursday night. They await other results to see which group they will be playing in when the splits are completed. Next game should be April 14th.
Our Under 16 girls had a good win over St Pats last Monday night, and our Senior Ladies played very well to defeat Devenish in the nine a side league on Saturday evening. Training for the underage girls is on Wednesdays at 7pm.
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The Lotto results from Monday evening March 28th will be in next week’s notes plus available via our online output.
The Fermanagh GAA Easter Camp camp runs this Wednesday to Friday at Canon Maguire Park from 10am until 1.30pm, and the cost for the camp is £20 which includes a Fermanagh GAA training T Shirt. The course is open to P7 and Year 8 boys and girls. Contact Fermanagh GAA office on 66320500 if you might be interested, plus the form is available online to download.
Sunday Morning Footy starts off for the year this Sunday April 3rd, as usual from 11.15 until 12.30. As ever, this is for boys and girls from Primary One up to Under 12. Parents of Primary One or Two children are asked to accompany their child for the duration of the session. Please note that there will not be any coaching for reception or Primary ‘Nought’ children this year. Our membership officers will be present at the clubrooms for the next two Sundays to enable collection of membership for young players or family membership.
Our underage teams are getting plenty of football at the minute with our Under 14s due to play Round seven of their league this week, with the Minors also having five games completed by now, and due to play round six on Tuesday evening next. Our Under sixteen girls also have two rounds completed now, losing out to Derrylin in a very good standard match last Friday night on a 7-7 to 5-8 scoreline.
Our Juniors have played two matches so far, losing to Devenish away, and winning by three points versus Newtownbutler last week. They are away to Maguiresbridge this Saturday evening.
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The £3500 jackpot was won again on Sunday night! Congratulations to Damien Lawn, Belleek, who had numbers 10, 14, 20 and 22. This week's draw is in Doogies, with Donal and Gerard on duty along with Mary. As had been announced last week, we are playing on new tickets from now on, with two extra numbers to choose from. The new jackpot is £2000.
Our Under 14s had a good performance against Aghadrumsee last weekend, and they are away to Lisnaskea this Saturday. Our Minors are next in action against St Pats on Tuesday evening, March 29th.
Please note that anyone from P7 or Year 8 who intends attending the Fermanagh GAA Easter Camp in Derrygonnelly March 30th until April 1st should return the entry form to Brewster Park as soon as possible. The forms have been distributed in primary schools and there is a link to them from our fb page as well. The camp runs for the three days from 10am until 1.30pm, and the cost for the camp is £20 which includes a Fermanagh GAA training T Shirt. The course is open to P7 and Year 8 boys and girls.
Sunday Morning Footy is also on the horizon, with our first outing of the year on Sunday April 3rd, as usual from 11.15 until 12.30. As ever, this is for boys and girls from Primary One up to Under 12. Parents of Primary One or Two children are asked to accompany their child for the duration of the session. Please note that there will not be any coaching for reception or Primary ‘Nought’ children this year. Our membership officers will be present at the clubrooms to enable collection of membership for young players or family membership. A note will be distributed to Primary school children this week with all information.
Finally, congratulations and best wishes for happiness and health to Harps senior player Dermot Carroll and his wife Lynne on their marriage last weekend.