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 2014

Club Notes 30 June

MEN'S NOTES:
Our seniors had a good win over Tuam Stars in round 2 of the championship on Sunday. They now progress to the draw for the preliminary quarter-final. Five of the round 2/3 winners will progress straight to the quarter-final.
The intermediates lost out in round 2 on a scoreline of An Spidéal 4-11 to Corofin 4-9. They now play in a losers group to qualify for the quarter-final.
In the Connacht minor football semi final Mayo defeated Galway by 3-7 to 1-12. Mayo took the lead for first time on the 59th min. Dylan Wall scored the Galway goal.
Our minors contest the Football Championship, North, on Wednesday evening with a game against Claregalway in Corofin at 7.30. Referee for the game is Gerry Daly.
U-16s play in St James U-16 Tournament on Sunday, 6 July. We have the same regular 10 players that come to all training sessions but it is important that all players attend.
This Saturday’s under 8 ‘Go Game’ against Dunmore McHales is cancelled. Training as normal instead at 10.00 am in Belclare.
Our under 14 team took part in the All Ireland Féile Competition over the weekend. Although they had a good win over Claregalway in the group stage they lost to Bredagh, Co Down and Nemo Rangers, Co Cork. This resulted in qualification for the Shield Competition where they were pitted against Salthill-Knocknacarra. The teams were level at half time and Corofin got the first two points of the second half. However a goal from a penalty put Salthill-Knocknacarra in front and they maintained this lead to the end. It was disappointing for our lads not to proceed further but it is hoped that they will learn from the experience of being involved in such a prestigious competition and that this experience will be of benefit to them going forward.
The club was delighted to host Nemo Rangers from Cork for the weekend and a special word of thanks must go to the families who hosted the Nemo players and mentors who were delighted with the hospitality and kindness shown to them over the weekend. They really enjoyed the Barbeque and Disco held in Dr Duggan Hall after attending Mass in Corofin Church on Saturday evening. In fact Nemo Rangers reached the final of the Cup Competition where they were defeated by Naas. Bredagh from Down, who were also in our group, won the Shield Competition which gives an indication of the quality of the teams that were in our group.
Congratulations to the Corofin Girls team on winning the Shield Competition and to Foxrock-Cabinteely from Dublin, who were hosted by the Corofin Girls, on being victorious in the Cup Competition.
All in all it was a very successful weekend and thanks are extended to the many people who contributed to this success.
Following Féile it is back to competitive action for the Under 14 team in the County Shield Competition. Loughrea has given them a walkover in the game that was scheduled to be played on Friday evening, so our next match will be on Friday 11 July at a neutral venue against the winners of the Glenamaddy-Glinsk v Mountbellew-Moylough match.

The lotto jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were 8, 11, 27, 28. We had three match 3s - Declan Mc Hugh, Kieran Lynch and Padraic Murphy. The seller's prize went to Julie Comer. The jackpot now stands at €11,300 and the draw takes place in Gills next Monday.

LADIES FOOTBALL:
The weekend proved to be immensely successful for our under 14 girls. The girls played in division 1, group A and defeated St Rynaghs, Offaly but lost out to Kilkerrin-Clonberne and Foxrock-Cabinteely. These two teams would eventually meet in the cup final, giving an indication of how strong a group we were in. Foxrock-Cabinteely, our guests at the weekend, won the cup final. We went on to compete in the shield and had wins over St Brendan's, Ballygar and Fossa, Killarney to reach the final. In the final we had a great win over Kilkenny City by 2-3 to 1-4. The Kilkenny mentors included former rugby star, Mick Galwey and Kilkenny hurler, Charlie Carter. Congrats to all involved in this great victory. Bonfires greeted the team and mentors as they toured the parish on Sunday night.
A link to a selection of photos from the Féile weekend, by John McManus, can be found on our website and Facebook page.

Club Notes 23 June

MEN'S NOTES:
The club has an exceptionally busy weekend ahead with our juniors, seniors and intermediates all involved in the championship. In addition we take part in boys and girls Féile Peil na nÓg, hosting clubs from Cork and Dublin.
The Junior A team, haven drawn with Oranmore-Maree (1-10 each) in the league on Friday evening, commence the championship with a game against Annaghdown on Thursday evening at 8.00 pm in Caherlistrane.
Our seniors play Tuam Stars in Tuam at 12.00 pm on Sunday, while our intermediates have been drawn to play An Spidéal. The details of this game have yet to be confirmed.

Well done to Galway seniors who had a good win over Sligo and have now qualified for the Connacht final against old rivals, Mayo.
Following their well merited victory over Sligo, the Galway minors take on Mayo in the Connacht semi-final in Tuam on Saturday evening at 5.30 pm. Continued best wishes to the Corofin players on the panel – Colin Brady (capt), Kieran Molloy, Dylan Wall, Patrick Madden and Brian Raftery.

Congrats to the under 12s who won the EasyFix league on Saturday morning in Kilconnell defeating Padraig Pearse’s from Roscommon. Well done to the team and management on this great win.

Under 8s and 6s continue training on Saturday morning at 10.00 pm in Belclare. We will then have a 2nd session on Mondays at 7.30 in Corofin for the summer as some may be away at weekends.

The final date for the completed Prediction Quiz cards to be returned is fast approaching. Cards are still available from committee members and through the players. Please support this essential fundraising drive.

We had no winner of the lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 11, 20. There were two match 3s – David Kilkelly and Nora Hussey. The seller’s prize went to Eileen Ryan. Next week's jackpot is €11,150 with the draw in the Palm Tree.

The club sympathises with the Hession family, Gortbeg on the death of Paddy Hession, RIP.

FÉILE:
The Club is delighted to welcome Nemo Rangers Club (boys) from Cork and Cabinteely –Foxrock (girls) from Dublin to Corofin this weekend for the All Ireland Under 14 Féile Competition, which is being hosted in Connacht this year. We hope that they enjoy being in our company and we are confident that they will feel very welcome.
The boys play in Division 1 - Group B, in a group with Claregalway, Nemo Rangers and Bredagh (Down). Our first match is against Bredagh at 5.40pm on Friday evening in the Prairie, Salthill. A match against our neighbours from Claregalway follows this at 7.00pm in Pearse Stadium.
The girls play in Division 1 - Group A, in a group with St Rynagh’s Offaly, Kilkerrin-Clonberne and Foxrock-Cabinteely. They play their first game on Friday at 5.00 pm in Kilkerrin-Clonberne pitch against v St Rynagh’s. They then play Kilkerrin-Clonberne at 6.20 on Friday evening.
Then on Saturday morning our girls play Foxrock-Cabinteely at 10:30 in Corofin followed by our boys game against Nemo Rangers also in Corofin at 11.30.
Details of the Cup and Shield quarter-finals can be found on the club website – www.corofingaa.ie

On Saturday evening, both the boys and girls Féile teams will participate in Mass at 7.30 pm in Corofin Church. This will be followed by a BBQ and music in the Dr. Duggan Hall, Corofin. Later on Saturday night, Corofin Comhaltas will provide entertainment in Raftery's Bar and we would welcome parents and management teams of all the clubs to come along and enjoy an evening together.
Support for our young players over the weekend would be greatly appreciated. You can follow their progress on Facebook, Twitter.

LADIES FOOTBALL:
U10 training continues every Tuesday at 6.15 in Belclare and again every Thursday at 6.15 in Corofin.
Senior training resumes on Wednesday at 6.30pm in Belclare. This is for U16s and upwards.
We good luck to Orla Canney, Chelsey Blade, Leanne Coen and team mentor, Stephen Hession, as they take on Mayo, in the 3rd round of the U16 Connaught Championship,. Game takes place this Wednesday in Ballindine.
Your last chance to enter the Sports Prediction Quiz for €10 euro is this week. Entries have to be returned by Friday. Please make every effort to put in an entry per household. Cards are still available for the Ladies Club from David Gower.

Club Notes 16 June

MEN'S NOTES:
The Galway footballers travel to Markievicz Park to take on Sligo in the Connacht Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday. The game takes place at 7.00 pm and is the first every Gaelic football game broadcast live in front of the Sky Cameras. Best of luck to our club players Tomás Healy and Micheál Lundy.

The Galway minors also take on Sligo on Saturday at 4.45 pm in Markewich Park. Best wishes to the Corofin players on the panel – Colin Brady (capt), Patrick Madden, Kieran Molloy, Brian Raftery and Dylan Wall.

The under 14 team lost to Claregalway in the championship on Friday evening on a scoreline of 3-7 to 2-6. They will now take part in the shield competition in July.
Before that though, they will compete in the All Ireland Féile Competition which takes place on the weekend of 27th to 29th June. They are in a group with Claregalway, Nemo Rangers from Cork and Breadagh from Down. Corofin will host Nemo Rangers for the weekend and we hope that they will feel very welcome in our midst. We will have more details next week.
Under 10s play Clarinbridge on Saturday morning at 11.00.
Under 8s continue training on Saturday at 10.00 in Belclare. They will play Clarinbridge on Monday evening next in Corofin at 7.00 pm.
Under 6 training continues on Saturday at 10.00 in Belclare.
We are asking who ever borrowed the Burka water boiler from the Belclare dressing rooms, to please return it, as it is required for the Féile weekend.

The cleanup of the Corofin pitch continues each Wednesday evening from 7.00 to 9.00 pm in preparation for Féile. All help is appreciated.

The club sends its best wishes and good luck to the Sylane under 14s taking part in the Féile na nGael Hurling at the weekend in Ulster. Sylane are grouped with Naomh Eoin, Sligo, Burt, Donegal and Strabane Shamrocks, Tyrone. They play all their group games in Strabane Shamrocks grounds. Their first game is on Friday at 2.00 pm versus the home team, Strabane Shamrocks. They next play Burt at 11.00 am on Saturday followed by their final group game at 12.00 pm against Naomh Eoin.

The final date for the completed Prediction Quiz cards to be returned is now less than two weeks away. Cards are still available from committee members and through the players. Please support this essential fundraising drive.

The Corofin lotto jackpot has reached €11,000, as no winners this week. The numbers drawn were 11, 20, 23, 27. Patricia Langan won the sellers’ prize this week. Next week's draw takes place in Rafterys.

Club Notes 9 June

MEN'S NOTES:
Well done to our senior footballers who had a well merited win in the first round of the championship defeating Mountbellew-Moylough by 3-14 to 0-10. Corofin goals came from Gary Sice (two) and Kieran McGrath. Gary scored a total of 2-5 in a ‘man-of-the-match’ display.
Well done also to the intermediates on a good win by 0-16 to 1-8 over Williamstown.
Corofin scorers were: Alan O'Donovan 6 pts; Colm O'Donovan 5 pts; Kevin Murphy 2 pts;
Oisín Mannion, Dylan Wall and Shane Monaghan 1 point each.
The seniors have been drawn to play Tuam Stars in the next round while the intermediates will play An Spidéal. The games take place on the weekend of 28 and 29 June.
Congratulations to the Under 14 team on their fine victory over Barna in the County League Final played in Annaghdown GAA Grounds on Friday evening. Both teams played some excellent football but the greater skill, commitment and teamwork of the Corofin team proved decisive in the end winning on a scoreline of 5-10 to 4-10. The winning panel consisted of Jake Hogan, Ciaran Melia, Rossa Ryan, Jason Gorham, Robert Carr, Dean Hynes, Adam Lowry, Joey Duggan, Matthew Fitzmaurice, Eoin Broderick, Jack McHugh, Sean Raftery, Ian Collins, Tony Gill, Matthew Cooley, David Cannon, Cian Gillespie, Jamie McIntyre, Darren O'Brien, Adam Hession, Colin Kelly, David Reilly and Andrew Burns. Well done also to the Management Team of Richard Broderick, Gerry Collins, Frank Morris, Martin McNamara, Tommy Raftery and David Ryan. The lads will not have much time to celebrate their victory as they are scheduled to play Claregalway in the first round of the championship away from home on Friday evening at 7.00pm.

Prediction Quiz cards are available from committee members and through the players. Please support this essential fundraising drive.

Thanks to all who helped with Corofin pitch cleanup last Wednesday and again on Saturday. We continue preparing the pitch for Féile each Wednesday evening from 7.00 to 9.00 pm. All help is appreciated.

There was no winner of lotto and no match 3s. The numbers drawn were: 13, 15, 17, 32. Next week's jackpot is €10,850 and the draw takes place in Canavans.

The club offers its sympathies to the Higgins family, Cloonkeen, on the death of Patrick Higgins RIP, Cloonkeen and London.
Sympathies are also expressed to the Higgins and McGrath families, Claretuam on the death of Joe Higgins, New York.

LADIES FOOTBALL:
U10s continue training every Tuesday at 6.15 in Belclare and again every Thursday at 6.15 in Corofin.

Good luck to our to our club players, Karen Connolly, Aoife Coen, Katie Quigley, Louise Reilly, Keisha Geraghty, Amy Coen and team mentor Brian O’Donovan in the All Ireland U14 B semi-final next Saturday.

Post exams summer training for all players u16 upwards, starts this Thursday 12 June in Corofin at 7.45 pm.

Corofin GAA club are holding a sport predication competition, entry forms are €10, available from David Gower. 1st prize is €500 for the highest score from 20 questions.

Feíle Fundraising Tea Dance. Takes place on 15 June. Tickets cost €7. Last few tickets are available from David Gower and Marie Reilly. Funds raised from this will go towards paying for a Féile hosting night, Saturday June 28, when we entertain our guests from Foxrock-Cabinteely (ladies) and Nemo Rangers (boys).

Club Notes 2 June

MEN'S NOTES:

Our seniors had a good win over Milltown in the league in a game played in Corofin on Sunday. Corofin led at half time by 4-7 to 1-6, the Corofin goals coming from Ronan Steede, Justin Burke (penalty), Ian Burke and Martin Farragher. Micheál Martin replied with a goal for Milltown. Corofin continued to dominate the second half and ended up deserving winners by 4-17 to 2-8, the second half Milltown goal coming from Mark Hehir.

Our juniors also played Milltown in the league on Monday but were defeated on a scoreline of Corofin 1-8 to Milltown 4-8.

The second junior team lost to Williamstown by 1-9 to 1-16 in the division 8, north, game played on Friday evening last.

Well done to Ronan and Daithi Burke who made their championship debut in helping the Galway hurlers to a 1-22 to 0-23 win over Laois in the Leinster championship.

The seniors commence the defense of their county title when they play Mountbellew/Moylough in the senior football championship at 7.15 pm in Tuam Stadium on Saturday evening 7 June. Referee for the game is Shane Hehir.
Our intermediates also play their first game in the championship next Sunday when they take on Williamstown at 2.45 pm in Menlough with referee Gerry Moore.
Best of luck to both the senior and intermediate teams. All support is welcome.

Well done to the Under 14 team on their victory over Monivea-Abbeyknockmoy in the replay of the Division 1 north board League Final played in Dr Duggan Park, Ballinasloe on Sunday on a scoreline of 7-13 to 2-6.
The Under 14 county league final against Barna takes place on Friday evening at 7.45 in Creggs. Please support the lads.
Under 10s and 8s play Caherlistrane on Saturday 7 June at 11.00 am in Caherlistrane.
All players are asked to be in Caherlistrane at 10.30 am.
Under 6s continue their training on Saturday at 10.00 am in Belclare.

We want to wish all our players (and their friends) taking the State examinations every success over the coming days and weeks.

Our annual prediction quiz has commenced once again. Prediction cards can be obtained from committee members and through the players. Please support.

In preparation for the Féile weekend, 27, 28, 29 June, we are requesting volunteers to give a hand at cleaning around the pitch this Wednesday evening at 6.30.

There was no winner of lotto and no match 3s. The numbers drawn were: 3, 4, 18, 19. Next week's jackpot is €10,700 & the draw takes place in Canavans.

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