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Harps Notes 17th December 2018

posted 17 Dec 2018, 02:53 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £10,000, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 3, 4, 12 and 24. Christmas prizes of £50 each went to Orla Broomhead, Monea, Eamon Leonard, Monea, Oliver Cosgrove, Ballyconnell, Martin Ferguson, Tully, Marie Ferguson, Tully and Tadgh and Fiadh Jones, Blackslee. The two £50 promoters prizes went to Mary Cox and Kevin Foy. We are in Old Pals this Sunday night, with Gavin Duffy and John Murphy on duty with Mary.

Hard luck to our Under 21 squad who lost out to Enniskillen Gaels in the competition final on Sunday. Our lads put in a decent effort but met a fine opponent on the day, very worthy Fermanagh representatives going forward. Thanks very much to Paul Greene, Michael Glynn, Peter Jones and Dermott Feely for their work with the group.

Sunday’s final wrapped up another hectic season for our club but there is still one last reference point, with our Harps Celebration Dinner Dance on January 12th, honouring our successes in the Ladies Intermediate Championship & League plus our Men’s Senior Championship. Music is by Cufflinks, and tickets are available from Sean Flanagan, Ger Greene, Brendan Rasdale, Francis Rasdale, Patricia Brennan, Louise Dundas, Peter Jones, Donal Corrigan, John McGovern, Gavin Duffy and Nicola Cassidy. The perfect Christmas gift, surely!!  

Finally, thank you to everyone who helped out as we hosted the Dr McKenna Cup match between Jordanstown and Fermanagh on Saturday. We had a great squad of stewards, and our pitch held up excellently as well. 

Harps News 10th December 2018

posted 10 Dec 2018, 03:04 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £10000, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 5, 11, 13 and 24. £20 each went to John Lee, Derrylin, Mark Burns, c/o Fiddlestone, and Carol & Gerry c/o Doogies. We are in The Cosy Bar this Sunday night, with Aidy, Brendy and Mary on duty. This Sunday night will see our annual Christmas draw. There will be six £50 prizes plus two £50 promoters prizes drawn, regardless of whether the jackpot is won or not. Promoters are asked to initial their envelopes to make it a bit handier for us to figure out winners on the night.

Congratulations to our Scorn a nOg entrants last weekend, who competed in the Ulster semi final in Stradone, County Cavan. Our instrumental group of Kealan McShea, Eoin Magee, plus Naoise, Oisin and Odhran Harbinson have now qualified for the Ulster final on January 11th in Silverbridge.

Our Under 21s have qualified for the county final, presumably this weekend,  following a decent win over Young Maguires on Sunday. Full details on the fixture will be on club outlets as soon as available.

The Health and Wellbeing Committee has arranged a second free taster "Eazy on the Kneezy" session, on Thursday 13 December from 11-11.45am in the clubrooms. These sessions will consist of gentle exercises to maintain joint stability, strengthen core, improve balance and to generally improve the physical and mental wellbeing of participants.  The sessions are suitable for men and women and will be mixture of light circuits and armchair circuits for those with limited mobility. We would encourage everyone to come along and give it a try with our friendly and supportive instructor Jackie Cassidy and there'll even be time for a cuppa and a chat afterwards!


We had a really great club event on Sunday evening in the clubrooms, as our prizegiving night was held, honouring the achievements and efforts of all of our players and teams at underage level in 2018. Thank you very much to our guest speakers Chrissie McKaigue of Derry and Ryan Jones from our own ranks. The key points made by the two fellas were solid and logical: be ambitious and have goals, don’t expect the outcomes without the effort, and enjoy the challenges. Our team managers introduced our various girls’ and boys’ teams very neatly, in an event which ran very smoothly, a credit to the organisers and Youth Chairperson Eoghan Cassidy in particular, who played a blinder as MC on the night.

Fortunately, there are more events to look forward to, with our Harps Celebration Dinner Dance on January 12th, honouring our successes in the Ladies Intermediate Championship and our Men’s Senior Championship. Music is by Cufflinks, and tickets are available from Sean Flanagan, Ger Greene, Brendan Rasdale, Francis Rasdale, Patricia Brennan, Louise Dundas, Peter Jones, Donal Corrigan, Gavin Duffy and Nicola Cassidy. The perfect Christmas gift, surely!!   

Harps News 3rd December 2018

posted 3 Dec 2018, 04:34 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £10000 was not won last Sunday night. The numbers were 12, 14, 19 and 25. £20 each went to Niamh Collins, Lisnaskea, Bronagh Smyth, Derrygonnelly, and James Gormley, Belleek. We are in Doogies this Sunday night with Mary, Aidy McGovern and John Maguire on duty.

Our Minors lost out in the first round of the Ulster Club championship against Crossmaglen on Sunday evening. The final score was 1-12 to 0-6. The team competed very strongly for periods of the game, and had themselves in a reasonable position at half time. The key score for Cross was a goal in the first minute after the restart, after which they were able to see the game out to a win for them. Thank you very much to our management, who have worked very hard with the team to prepare fully for this match. Thank you also to our supporters who travelled on such a hardy day. All that remains now is our Under 21 players’ involvement in the competition with a semi final against Young Maguires down for this weekend.

We still have a lot to look forward to as we have our Youth Presentation event this Sunday evening at 6.30pm in the clubrooms. We hope that as many of our underage players, boys and girls will come along and we will be presenting county medals to amongst others our Under 14 girls, Under 12 boys, our Under 17 boys, plus both sets of Minor title winners. We will have a special guest in attendance, and light refreshments will be served also. All children, of whatever age, who play for the Harps, are welcome to attend.  

Please remember also, our Double Championship Celebration Dinner Dance which takes place on January 12th in The Killyhevlin Hotel Enniskillen. We have two adult championship trophies to celebrate this year, and great success by both our ladies and men’s teams to look back on. Music will be supplied by Cufflinks, and tickets will be available from the usual committee members and outlets. We have had a number of brilliant events at our last few celebration nights, and this one will no doubt surpass them, so put the date in your diaries!! 

Harps Notes 26th November 2018

posted 26 Nov 2018, 04:19 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £9800, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 10, 20, 28 & 30. £20 each went to Imelda Leonard, Boho, Francie McDonnell, Belleek and Gerard Skuce, Derrygonnelly. The draw this Sunday night will be held in Doogies, with Donal Corrigan, Gerard Maguire and Mary on duty.

Please remember the club AGM takes place this Thursday night in our clubrooms, starting at 7pm. We have a number of reports detailing the various areas of club activity to go through as we look back on a decent 2018 and plan for the years ahead. All club members are welcome to attend. Our club Celebration Dinner Dance takes place on Saturday night January 12th. There are also preliminary plans together for our Youth Presentation night in the clubrooms on Sunday night December 9th in the clubrooms.

Good luck to our Minors, who are in action this Sunday at 4pm in the Ulster Minor Club Championship against Crossmaglen Rangers. This game is to be played at the grounds of Colaiste Feirste, on the Falls Road.

It was with sadness that club members heard of the passing of Mrs Teresa McCluskey, Pomeroy, last week. Condolences are extended to Mrs Philomena Greene and the Greene family on their bereavement.

Minor Harpettes take a Major title!

posted 19 Nov 2018, 11:25 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 19 Nov 2018, 13:57 ]

Ladies Minor Division 1 Final 

Harps 5-6 Kinawley 4-8

Played in sunny but cold Belcoo, which was immaculately turned out for the game, the Harps claimed a memorable Minor league title against a very impressive Kinawley side who had defeated the girls in their Minor A Championship final just over three weeks earlier.  

It took Kinawley, who were playing with the strong Belcoo breeze, some time to settle before their first score which was a well taken goal from full forward, Niamh McManus. Kinawley notched another couple points before the ten minute mark and Harps supporters were growing concerned.  However, these concerns were allayed by the Harpettes full forward Emily Cassidy who got the Harps on the scoreboard with a great goal, finishing to the net with confidence after a great flowing move which was well worked out of defence by a number of players. Bronadh Duffy, Aoibhinn Jones and Sarah Jane Jones in particular showed strongly for the Harpettes during this period as the girls tried to limit a Kinawley side seeking to take full advantage of the wind, whilst up front Stephanie Jones and Niamh Duffy worked hard to win possession for the team.  Kinawley pressed hard for other scores and scored two goals; one from Megan Murphy and the other well taken by Keeva Gilleece from an acute angle to leave the halftime score 3-5 to 1-2 in favour of Kinawley. The damage could have been a lot worse only for resolute defending from Derrygonnelly’s Emma Leonard, Natasha Cox and Emer McGlone.  Plus they had the wind, and as always at the Belcoo grounds, the wind is a bit of a game changer!

The Harpettes started the second half with a wonderful early goal from team captain Eimear Smyth, giving the Harpettes a real boost.  From here on in, the momentum was with Derrygonnelly and after an excellent point from Sarah-Jane Jones, and after another well-taken goal from the elusive Emily Cassidy, the large attendance was treated to an excellent finish into the roof of the net by hardworking midfielder Dearbhla Duffy after a lung-bursting run from halfway, and a further goal from Eimear Smyth put Derrygonnelly into a 4-point lead with just over 10 minutes left.  It was quite the comeback, considering the Harpettes had been 9 points down.

Kinawley however showed real character, and were to have a period of dominance in which Niamh McManus scored a goal quickly followed by a levelling point from midfielder Caragh Leonard.  It was all to play for with 5 minutes to go!  Urged on by a sizeable Harps support, there was an exchange of points including a cool finish from Caitlin Duffy before Eimear Smyth with a point from a ridiculously tight angle on the right put Derrygonnelly one up with time almost up.  But there was to be another twist in what was a gripping encounter.  From keeper Maeve Morris’s  kickout, Kinawley worked the ball down the field to Niamh McManus who made a surging run forward, laying off to the incoming Keeva Gilleece who was descended upon by the Harps defence and in the process fouled!  Referee Dermot Love correctly awarding a penalty with less than 30 seconds left on the clock.  Holy Mary Mother of God, it was Novena time!
Well into injury time Derrygonnelly goalkeeper Megan Maguire, who had been excellent all day, stayed cool under pressure and saved to her right, clearing much to the relief of the Purple and Gold Army of supporters on the hill, and when her clearance was safely gathered by the Harps cover, the final whistle blew to signal the start of joyous celebrations.

Full time score Derrygonnelly 5-6, Kinawley 4-8

Given we haven't fielded at Minor level for a number of years, this success is all the more stunning.  Credit to Louise Dundas and Garry Smyth and Abigail Greene who, along with all of our club coaches, have worked hard to help the girls fulfil their potential.  The Harpettes played brilliantly and played as a collective unit with strong performances from the entire team.  In addition to those already named, there were also good showings from defenders Savannagh Leonard and Ciara Woods, and hardworking half-forward Caoimhe Rainey with good support from second half substitutes Bronagh Smyth, Caitlin Duffy and Tara McAloon.  This was an excellent all-round squad effort however and the girls have some tangible reward for their efforts over the season.
For a gallant and sporting Kinawley team in defence Eimear Keenan, Lauren Murphy and Aine Drumm were to the fore front whilst in attack Keealen Murphy and Niamh McManus were lively.

Derrygonnelly Panel: Megan Maguire, Savannagh Leonard, Emer McGlone. Natasha Cox, Emma Leonard, Sarah-Jane Jones (0-2), Ciara Woods, Bronadh Duffy, Dearbhla Duffy (1-0), Caoimhe Rainey, Eimear Smyth (2-3), Aoibhinn Jones, Niamh Duffy, Emily Cassidy (2-0), Stephanie Jones, Aife Campbell, Nessa Corrigan, Caitlin Duffy (0-1), Ciara Leonard, Tara McAloon, Bronagh Smyth and Niamh Smyth

Harps Notes 19th November 2018

posted 19 Nov 2018, 03:06 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £9600, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 17, 20, 25 and 30. £20 each went to The McGullion Family, Boho, Katie Stewart, Garrison, and Ciara Leonard, Monea. We are in The Linnett Inn on Sunday night, with Peter, Gerry and Mary on duty.

What a fantastic game the Ladies Minor League final was on Sunday, especially the second half, as Derrygonnelly Harpettes recovered the deficit, took the lead and had the drama of a late penalty save to see them home for a great win against a very good Kinawley opponent. Congratulations to the girls and their managers on a brilliant effort to round off a fantastic season for the ladies’ section of the Harps. Thank you also to our Minor Ladies’ team sponsor, Fingernails2GO by Bonnie Flanagan.

Our Under 21s had a very good performance in their win against Erne Gaels last Friday night. Our Minors are still preparing for their Ulster Minor Championship match against Crossmaglen on Sunday December 2nd at the grounds of Colaiste Feirste, Falls Road, Belfast.

ASCERT is a charity which provides services that address the impact of alcohol and drugs-related issues in Northern Ireland.  The Health & Wellbeing Committee has arranged an ASCERT Community Awareness Session on Alcohol, Drugs and Energy Drinks in the clubhouse, on Monday 26th November from 7.15-8.30pm. This is aimed at teenagers, parents, carers, teachers, coaches, youth group leaders and anyone who would like to gain more knowledge in these areas. We encourage as many people as possible to come along to this much-needed information session in any area.  Light refreshments will be served.

Please note that our club AGM takes place in the clubrooms on Thursday night November 29th. The meeting looks back through a number of reports, on 2018 whilst also turning to plans for next year and beyond. All members are most welcome to attend. Also, our club Celebration Dinner Dance takes place on Saturday night January 12th. There are also preliminary plans together for our Youth Presentation night in the clubrooms on Sunday night December 9th in the clubrooms. So we have a few busy weeks still ahead, but in a positive sense.

Harps Notes 12th November

posted 12 Nov 2018, 04:41 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £9400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 12, 19, 20 & 23. £20 each went to Paula McGlone, Boho, Roisin Daly, Springfield, and Marie McGowan, Tonagh. The draw will be in the Cosy Bar this Sunday night. Pat McGurn, Michael Glynn and Mary Cox are on duty.

What a great way it was for our senior Ladies team to finish off the season on Sunday as they had a very strong performance to take the Division 2 league title against Tempo on Sunday. The victory was built on great mobility all around the pitch, and a lot of good combinations leading to scores. Congratulations to every member of the panel, plus team mangement on a great achievement for this very committed group. Our Minor ladies are still in competition, and good luck to them in their remaining matches.

The idea of an off season is from bygone GAA days, so it was great to see a number of our coaches taking their Level One coaching at Canon Maguire Park and in the Community Centre at the weekend. Thank you to the tutors from Fermanagh GAA for their helpful delivery of the different parts of the course.

Our Under 21s are in action this Sunday, at home to Erne Gaels at 12.00. Our Minors are also currently preparing for the Ulster Club Championship up at St Paul's. We are drawn against Crossmaglen Rangers, provisionally on December 2nd.

In terms of other dates to watch out for, our AGM, reflecting on a season past and planning for next year, takes place on Thursday night November 29th in the clubrooms. On a social, celebratory note, our Dinner Dance takes place on January 12th, surely a night to look forward to.

Harpettes at the Double!

posted 11 Nov 2018, 12:43 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 11 Nov 2018, 13:10 ]

SFL Division 2 Final
Harps 2-15 Tempo 0-1

The scoreline would suggest that this was a walk in the park, but it was a tough and competitive game.  Tempo had plenty of possession but couldn't convert their chances and certainly should have had a lot more than a solitary point for their efforts today.  What Tempo wouldn't have given though, to have had a forward of the quality of Eimear Smyth in their arsenal.  The baby faced assassin took Tempo down, hitting 2-12 for the Harps today in an exhibition.

Played in Kinawley as part of a league final double header, the game never reached the dizzying heights of the Championship final between the teams, and it was Tempo who started brightly with Caitriona Breen and Cadhla Bogue putting early pressure on the Harpettes.  Louise dealt with any comers in her usual no-nonsense fashion, clearing well, while Andy Gordon was solid as ever at the back.  Emma Burns, who put in an awesome shift around the middle, intercepted a Tempo clearance and won a free which she took quickly to Abigail Greene who slipped the ball on to Eimear to open the scoring.  Eimear then went 40 yards with the ball before pointing.  The impressive Aoibhinn Jones danced her way through several Tempo defenders and was taken down outside the box and Eimear dispatched the free before pointing from play after a great team move after Louise dealt with a high ball in and moved the ball up the wing.  Then came the penalty.  Abi and Eimear with an intricate passing move before Eimear was hauled down and the referee had no hesitation to award the penalty.  Eimear picked herself up and slotted the penalty past Teresa McNabb in the Tempo goal.  Tempo came back though, probing again and got their point from Zoe Leonard after Blaithin Bogue did the hard work around the middle third.  Eimear was fouled and pointed the free and Abi was grafting away up front, winning a free for Eimear to point.  Tempo probed again, with Louise dealing well with a Zoe Leonard effort before clearing to Emma, on to Sarah Jane Jones who threaded a perfect pass on to Auntie Imelda and the goal was on, but a brilliant save from McNabb denied Wee Mel, before Megan Maguire worked the recycled ball to point.  Tempo did not wilt though and a high ball in from Blaithin Bogue led to a bit of chaos around the goalmouth before Andy Gordon put out another fire with a goal line clearance, showing strength to burst out and move the ball up the field to Eimear who made ground before feeding a pin perfect pass to Megan to hit her second and leave it 1-8 to 0-1 at Half Time.

Eimear started the second half with some intent with a great point after a 40 yard run.  Wee Mel worked hard to win the dirty ball following a good pass in from Eimear and the sniff of the goal was there but she took the point.  Moments later Abi hit the black spot of the crossbar.  Tempo then upped the, errr, tempo, with Zoe Leonard and Caitriona Breen working hard and putting a bit of pressure on Louise and Andy but, as usual, they managed any danger with confidence.  There was a good ten minute spell in the second half where Tempo had a lot of possession but they took the wrong option in front of goal, Roisin McCusker and Cadhla Bogue making headway around the middle third but no scores to show for their efforts.  Sarah Jane Jones made an absolutely brilliant block on Blaithin Bogue and got hurt in the process, but was able to lay the ball off to Emma Burns who moved it upfield where Abi won another free, she hit the free quick to Eimear with precision and Eimear slotted it coolly into the bottom right hand corner of the net.  Eimear then hit four on the bounce with a free on the left in particular, some 35 plus yards out, an absolute belter.  Tempo though to their credit didn't give up, Zoe Leonards shot seeing the ball (and Louise) graze off the post (the post was hurt but ok) and the Harps moved the ball up the right wing through Andy and Aoibhinn Jones who found Wee Mel to feed Eimear who, with three lassies hanging out of her, pointed before the referee blew the thing up.

League Champions and the Double was achieved!!

The last time the Harps name appeared on the Division 2 trophy was back in 2000 when they defeated Tempo.  Interestingly both teams had one player from back then playing today; Teresa McNabb and Imelda Jones.
It was an unfair hour on Tempo, but by God the Harpettes have been there, done that, wore the T-shirt too.  Recent games against eventual Ulster winners Trillick and a 9-a-side league final defeat to Newtownbutler last week meant the girls had prepared with two really hard games in their bank.  They were hungrier, looked that bit sharper and played effectively as a unit.  In defence they never panicked, and always worked the ball out well, with someone always providing an outlet for the pass.  Louise marshalled the thing strongly from the back.  Natasha Cox just gets better with every game, Andy was rock solid and Bronadh Duffy was full of running, playing more like a half back and attacking fiercly.  Our half-back line were full of running, tenacious and worked hard.  Fair play to Aoibhinn Jones, Sarah Jane Jones and the tigerish Claire Gallagher, they tackled, they burst forward whenever they could and they made life difficult for Tempo as they tried to move forward.  Alannah played her sweeper role with intelligence while her tackling and tracking back meant she added extra cover.  Emma and Erin at midfield did more than enough, Erin getting stuck in while Emma was always an outlet for the defence to hit; she has some engine!  In our half forward line Keira Elliott and Imelda Jones were full of running, looking for that wee pass and moving the thing on.  Up front, Eimear deservedly took the player of the match accolade.  Some of her scores were jaw-droppingly good.  Megan Maguire was always sniffing around the goal and posed a very real threat inside, while Abi gave you an hour of pure and honest endeavour.  That cuttie has improved massively again this year, and is an ideal corner forward as she is always looking for the ball, making herself available and winning frees.
Substitutes Emma Leonard, Linda Brennan and Niamh Duffy all played their part too.  The whole squad did.  Its a squad game now and its been a fair few years since you'd have seen 25 Harpettes togged (3 others sitting it out waiting for babies to arrive) and the buzz around the ladies is filtering down with our minors, U16s and U14s in finals, winning some and more importantly, being competitive.  Huge credit to Mrs Harpette Louise Dundas for driving the thing on at all age levels and getting her rewards today.  She's probably hammering the dancefloor to Maniac2000 as you read this.  Fair play LouLou.
It would also be remiss not to comment on manager Niall Elliott, ably supported by Garry Smyth on a wonderful and historic achievement for the Harpettes.  Niall has done six years with the squad and can reflect with immense pride on a Championship and League double.  He's probably giving out about last weeks 9-a-side final defeat, but in the words of Meatloaf "Two out of three ain't bad!"

Well done lassies! #HarpettesAbú #TheFuturesBright #TheFuturesPurpleAndGold

Louise Dundas, Natasha Cox, Andrea Gordon, Bronadh Duffy, Aoibhinn Jones, Sarah Jane Jones, Claire Gallagher, Erin Flanagan, Emma Burns, Keira Elliott, Imelda Jones, Alannah Corrigan, Abigail Greene, Eimear Smyth, Megan Maguire, Linda Brennan, SavannahLeonard, Nessa Corrigan, Niamh Duffy, Lisa Murphy, Emma Leonard, Derbhla Duffy, Stephanie Jones, Emer McGlone


Harps Notes 5th November 2018

posted 5 Nov 2018, 02:58 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £9200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 3, 4 and 7. £20 each went to Patricia O’Dare, Sandhill, Rose Greenan, Garrison, and Gabriel Keown, Garrison. We are in Old Pals this Sunday night, with Garry, Mary and the two Kevins on duty. Please note that old pound coins are no longer accepted as valid Harps Lotto entries.

It is hoped that our Ladies will have their Division 2 final against Tempo this Sunday at venues to be confirmed. All the best to the squad in management as they attempt to round off what has been a great year for them. Our Minor ladies also have a final outstanding to be played.

Our Under 21s lost out to Cleenish in their second game of the competition on Saturday night. They are scheduled to play Devenish this Sunday. A number of our minor players are getting good preparation for the Ulster Club at St Pauls, in which we have been drawn to play Crossmaglen in the quarter final.

The Harps AGM takes place on Thursday November 29th in the clubrooms. All full club members are welcome to attend. We have a variety of reports from different areas of the club to consider, and plans to put in place for next year.

Harps Notes 22nd October 2018

posted 22 Oct 2018, 04:47 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto draw was held on Monday night this week and details will be in next week's notes.

Commiserations to our senior squad and management, who lost out in the Ulster Club Championship against Scotstown. Our opponents on the day played very well, and are a well equipped side. The Harps' players put in a great effort, and that is all we can ask of them. They have had a fine season. We wish Shane McGullion all the best as he begins recovery from a shoulder injury sustained in the match.  

The Fermanagh Under 20 competition starts this weekend, with the Harps at home to Enniskillen Gaels on Sunday. Management will be in touch with prospective players over the coming days. 

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