COROFIN GAA CLUB

Corofin, Co Galway

The Club was affiliated to the GAA in 1925 and incorporates the two half-parishes of Corofin & Belclare.
The official club colours are Saffron and Green.

Club Notes June 2013

CLUB NOTES 24 JUNE

MENS NOTES:

Congratulations to Ian Burke who has been voted Cadbury Hero of the Future. This is a great honour for the player and his club. Ian overcame stiff competition from fellow Hero of the Future nominees; under 21 teammates Fiontán Ó Curraoin and Shane Walsh as well as Brian Hurley (Cork), Paul Cribbin (Kildare) and Jack Brady (Cavan). Ian was selected as winner after a tough deliberation between the Cadbury Hero of the Future judges, former Kildare Senior Footballer Dermot Earley, former Dublin Manager Paul Caffrey and TG4 journalist Micheal Ó Domhnaill. This annual award is given to the top performing under-21 player in the Provincial and All-Ireland Championship each year. Ian joins an elite list including: Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin 2012); Thomas Flynn (Galway 2011); Rory O'Carroll (Dublin 2010); Colm O'Neill (Cork 2009); Killian Young (Kerry 2008); Fintan Goold (Cork 2007); Keith Higgins (Mayo 2006).
Well done Ian, your club and county are proud of you.

Our senior team lost to Caherlistrane in the quarter final of the John Dunne Cup on Saturday on a scoreline of: Caherlistrane 0-12 to Corofin 0-8.

This is the final call re the club’s prediction sports quiz. All cards must be returned by this Wednesday (26 June). Cards returned after that date may not have all events counted in the scoring. Cards, costing €10, should be returned to any committee member.

Best wishes go to our under 14 girls who play in Féile in Derry this weekend.

Well done to Niall Higgins, Joe Nohilly and David Kelly who completed the trip from Mizen Head to Malin Head, to raise funds for the Corofin Community Development Association. The trio made a triumphant return to Corofin on Sunday evening. A selection of pictures taken by John McManus from Sunday evening can be seen on his website – johnmcmanusphotography.com.

There was no winner of the lotto – the numbers drawn were 10, 15, 16, 20.
We had seven match 3s: Ray Silke, Thomas Conneely, Michael Reilly, Gerard Leonard, Malachy Fahy, Bernard Coen and Martin Geoghegan.
Next week's jackpot is €3,350 with the draw in the Cellar Bar.

LADIES NOTES:
Training continues at all levels. Hard luck to our U12s who were defeated by Tuam/Cortoon in the Division A Shield Final last monday evening.

The long awaited Féile weekend has finally arrived for our U14 girls. They make their journey to Féile Dhoire 2013 this weekend. The girls and managment team set off early this Friday 28th June to arrive in their host club Aodh Ruadh, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. Their first game is on Friday against host club Aodh Ruadh at 1.30pm. On Saturday, they play Emyvale, Co.Monaghan at 10.25am, and then the final game of their group is against St Ciarans, Co. Offaly at 12.35pm. Best of luck girls in the tournament, we hope you will all have a great weekend. Safe journey to all the parents and supporters that are travelling for the weekend. You can keep up to date through the following media: www.corofingaa.ie, the Corofin ladies facebook page or www.feiledhoire2013.com.

Please remember to keep doing the Corofin GAA lotto, if you put 'Ladies' on the envelope, then the ladies club gets 50% of those envelopes. Thank you for your continued support of the club.

CLUB NOTES 17 JUNE
MENS NOTES:
Our adult teams had a busy weekend, with all three teams playing. The following are the results from the games:
In the Intermediate Football Championship, Claregalway 1-15 to Corofin 1-14, after extra time.
In the Junior A Football Championship – North, Corofin 1-11 to Caltra 0-6. Corofin have been drawn to play Tuam in the next round.
In the Senior League, Corofin 1-16 to An Cheathrú 1-8.
Well done to all teams at the weekend. Hard luck in particular to the Intemediate team who lost both their championship games by just 1 point.
As part of the ongoing club development, the club have purchased a Portacabin sited for the moment behind Rafterys Centra in Corofin, for use as a club office. More details are on the club website.
Well done to the Under 12s on a well earned win over St. Gabriel’s last week in Kilconnell. They play the 'A' final of the league against Kilconnell on 29 June.
Hard luck to the U/10 Community Games Gaelic Football team who were beaten by St. Mary's Sligo on Wednesday evening last in Belclare. They played their hearts out but on the night Sligo were the stronger team. Thanks to their Management team headed by Gary and a huge thanks to all the parents who provided refreshments and to Frank Morris and the Belclare Committee for giving Community Games the use of their facilities to play the game.
The closing date for the club’s prediction sports quiz is almost upon us. All cards must be returned by Wednesday 26 June. Cards returned after that date may not have all events counted in the scoring. Full details are on the website and cards, costing €10, can be purchased from any committee member.
Corofin native Niall Higgins will battle the elements on this Wednesday, 19 June covering 390 miles of road from Mizen to Malin Head to raise funds for the local community development projects. Niall will cycle through mountainous terrain and country roads probably through torrential downpours and blazing sun (all seasons in one day in Ireland) certainly not for the faint hearted. Full details are on “www.change4corofin.com”.
There was no winner of of our lotto jackpot and no match 3s. The numbers drawn were 4, 5, 29, 30. Next week's jackpot is €3,200 with the draw taking place in the Black Rose.

LADIES NOTES:
Training for seniors continues on Wednesdays in Belclare at 8pm, with a League game against Claregalway next week.
U16s and Juniors train Wednesday at 8pm in Belclare. U14 training continues also.
Well done to U12s who played a challenge game against Annaghdown last Saturday, a great display of football from all the girls, and thanks to Annaghdown for game.
U10 and U8s train as usual.
'Gaelic 4 mothers & others' is starting up this Saturday 23rd June in Belclare at 12noon. Any lady interested in a little bit of fun and fitness are more than welcome to join.
Hard luck to Leonie Higgins, Cliodhna Maloney, Aoife Newell, Tracey, Lisa and Roisin Leonard who were part of the Galway U21 Ladies team who lost to Cork, on a scoreline of Cork 0-13 to Galway 0-11, in the Aishling McGinn All-Ireland Final on Sunday.

CLUB NOTES 10 JUNE
MENS NOTES:
Corofin play Claregalway in the Intermediate Football Championship at 5.30 pm in Pearse Stadium on Saturday. Extra time will be played if necessary – referee Muiris MacGearailt.
In the Junior A Football Championship – North, Corofin play Caltra in Barnaderg at 12.00 pm on Sunday. Extra time is to be played if necessary – referee Gerry Daly.
The senior team’s league game against An Cheathrúa now takes place on next Sunday, at 12.00 pm in Carraroe.
U12s played an Easyfix League match on Tuesday evening against St Gabriels in Kilconnell at 7:30 pm. A win will ensure their place in the 'A' final.
Regarding the St Mary's Sligo Blitz (Paddy Clifford Cup) which the Under 12s played on the 1st June last, in addition to winning the competition, the team and mentors were further delighted to receive a statement from the referee co-ordinator complimenting the 20 under 12s boys on their good behaviour and discipline throughout all the games played during the blitz. This a great compliment to the boys, their families and the Club. All take great satisfaction in the way these children conduct themselves both on and off the field.
Corofin/Belclare/Sylane Community Games U/10 Gaelic Football Team play St Mary's Sligo in a Prelim of the Connacht Finals in Belclare on Wednesday 12 June at 7.00 pm. If they win they will play Breaffi of Mayo in the Connaught Semi Final in Carrick on Shannon on Saturday 15th, June. Please come along and support this young team.
The closing date for the club’s prediction sports quiz is fast approaching. All cards must be returned by Wednesday 26 June. Cards returned after that date may not have all events counted in the scoring. Full details are on the website and cards, costing €10, can be purchased from any committee member.
The countdown is on for local Corofin man, Niall Higgins, who has announced his route for his sponsored cycle from Mizen Head to Malin Head for Community Development, which commences on Wednesday 19 June. Further details will be given next week – see also club website and “Change4Corofin” website.
The programme of events for the ‘Corofin Calling’ Gathering Festival, which will run from Sunday 21 July to Sunday 28 July in Corofin, is being finalised. It promises to be a highlyentertaining festival with events for all members of the family.
As part of the festival it is planned to have a ‘Corofin GAA Players Reunion’ on Wednesday 24 July.
The club is calling all players of any age and from any era to reunite on the day / night. We will have further details nearer the date.
The numbers drawn this week were 4, 11, 16, 32 with no jackpot winner and two match 3s, Seán Costelloe and Eamon Kelly. Next week’s jackpot is €3,050 with the draw in Man of Aran.

LADIES NOTES:
Senior training continues Wednesday evenings at 8pm in Belclare pitch. U14 and U16 training continues also.
Well done to U12 girls who travelled to the Center of Excellance, Bekan, Co. Mayo last Saturday for the Connacht Blitz, a great day was had by all and well done girls and management on a great day of football.
Training continues as usual and well done girls on reaching the Shield final of the League which will be played towards the end of June.
U10s train as per usual and U8s train on Tuesdays in Belclare pitch at 6.30pm. New girls are welcome at any age group, details of managers to contact are on the website – www.corofingaa.ie.
Well done to the Galway U21 team who beat Laois last Sunday to earn a place in the Aisling McGinn All-Ireland final this weekend. Please see local press for details of this game.
Corofin are very well represented on this team and the club would like to wish them the best of luck, Leonie Higgins, Cliodhna Maloney, Aoife Newell, Lisa, Tracey and Roisin Leonard. Please come out and support the girls in the inaugural U21 All-Ireland Final.
Hard luck to the Galway U14 girls who met a very strong Cork team in the U14A All-Ireland semi-final last Saturday in Limerick. Once again Corofin were very well represented on the team, with Orla Canney, Amy Coen, Leanne Coen, Chloe Langan, Mary Newell, Amy O'Donovan and Louise Reilly, and Brian O'Donovan on the management team.
Fundraising initiatives are going really well for the journey to Féile 2013 for the U14 girls. Please remember to continue to support the Corofin GAA lotto, if you write 'ladies' on the envelope, the Ladies Club gets 50% of proceeds. Thank you again for your continued support for the club, and remember that the Corofin GAA (mens) Sports Predicition Competition is underway and please support.

CLUB NOTES 3 JUNE
MENS NOTES:
Congrats to the Under 12s on winning the Paddy Clifford Cup in Sligo for the second year in a row. They beat St Mary's Sligo, St Mary's Carrick on Shannon and Castlebar in the group games. In semi-final they defeated Tubbercurry and then had a great win over Castlebar again in the final 4-6 to 2-5. Well done to all involved.
The Juniors lost by 0-3 to Mountbellew /Moylough 1-12 in the league last Friday.
The Intermediate team had a good victory over Headford on Saturday evening in the 5th round of the league, winning on a scoreline of Corofin 6-8 to Headford 3-8.
The Seniors defeated St. James in a league game played on Monday in Corofin by 2-10 to 0-14, having led at half time by 2-7 to 5 pts.
The senior team continue their league campaign next Sunday, 9 June, with a game against An Cheathrúa in Carraroe at 2.30 pm
The Club has launched its second annual prediction sports quiz. Full details are on the website and cards, costing €10, can be purchased from any committee member.
Feedback our new website www.corofingaa.ie is very welcome.
Congratulations to Ballinderry NS, winners of the Raftery cup after an extra time victory over Annagh NS on a scoreline of Ballinderry 6-8 to Annagh 4-10.
Other results: 7 a side shield Sylane beat Cummer;
9 a side shield Cummer beat Belclare;
7 a side final Castlehacket beat Correndrum.
Well done to all teams involved in the finals.
The numbers drawn this week were 5, 17, 28, 32 with no jackpot winner and one match 3, Paul Higgins. Next week's jackpot is €2,900 with the draw in Gills.

LADIES NOTES:
Training continues at all grades for the coming week.
Best of luck to U10s who play caherlistrane in Belclare pitch this Thursday at 6.30.
U8s train as usual on Tuesdays at 6.30 in Belclare.
Best of luck to all the students who started their exams this week.
Well done to Leonie Higgins, Cliodhna Maloney, Aoife Newell, Lisa, Tracey and Roisin Leonard on their success with the Galway U21 panel. They have now earned their place in the All-Ireland semi-final this weekend.
Best of luck also to our U14 girls who are part of the Galway U14 panel who play against Cork this Saturday 8th June in the All-Ireland semi-final, Orla Canney, Amy Coen, Leanne Coen, Chloe Langan, Amy O'Donovan and Louise Reilly, and also to Brian O'Donovan who is part of the county U14 management team.
Please remember that registration is now overdue and players and mentors must be registered.
Please support the Corofin GAA Club Sports Prediction Competition, cards are €10, and can be got from any committee member.

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