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 September 2013

Club Notes 30 September

MEN'S NOTES:
Our senior footballers play Salthill / Knocknacarra in the county championship final on Sunday 13 October in Tuam Stadium. As they aim to win the club's 15th county title, you can send good luck wishes to the team and also help support the club with some of the substantial expenses involved in preparing a team for, and taking part in a county final. Full details are on the club website – www.corofingaa.ie.
In addition we are running a “predict the score in the county final” competition. Lines are on sale this week for €2 each. Winner will receive a Corofin football jersey in his/her size and an O'Neills football signed by the senior team.

Congratulations to the U14 girls who won the final of the Kilmacud 7s, defeating St Val's, Cork by 10-5 to 10-3 in the final played last Saturday.
The Under 15s play Monivea on Sunday in Monivea.

Congratulations our Under 13s who have qualified for the league final, defeating Bearna by 2-8 to 2-5 on Friday evening. In the final they will play the winners of Claregalway and Bearna.

The James Collins memorial under 12 cup was played on Saturday in Belclare. This was a great day of football with Castle Mitchell's; Salthill / Knocknacarra; St. Bridget's, Kiltoom; St. Gabriel's, Kilconnell; Killoe, Longford and Corofin all participating. Corofin got through to the final and were beaten by St Bridget's, Kiltoom, who scored a last minute goal to win by a point. In all, over 120 took part in the blitz and great credit is due to them all for playing in such a sporting fashion. Sincere thanks to John Finnegan for organising the tournament and to the Collins family for putting up the cup. Thanks also to all those who refereed on the day. This blitz brought the under 12 year to an end for 2013. Thanks to all the players, parents and mentors for making it such a successful year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2014!

Under 10s play St Bridget's on Saturday morning in Corofin at 11.00 am.

Under 8s continue training in Belclare on Saturday at 10.00 am.

Under 6s had their end of year blitz on Saturday. Thanks to Ian Burke, Corofin Senior footballer and Galway under 21 All Ireland medal winner and Cadbury's Hero of the Future, for presenting the medals to the players of the future. The club would like to Ciaran Lynch, Ger Comer, Michael O’Malley Pat O’Malley, Brian Murphy and Liam Cawley for training the lads this year.

Corofin GAA Club Prediction Quiz Current has a new leader – Patrick Collins. The table has had four events added since the last update – football, hurling, ladies football All-Irelands and top scorer. Full details are displayed on the "Prediction Quiz" tab on the club website.

Congrats to all who took part in the Diamond Hill Walk last Saturday. It was a glorious day in the Connemara National Park. To see how we all made it to the top, visit the club website for a selection of photos from the day. Thanks to everybody for taking part, fund-raising, support and entertaining!

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot and two match 3s Niall Monaghan and Ena Boyle. The numbers drawn were 2 - 16 - 18 – 21.
Next week’s jackpot is € 5,450 with the draw in Man of Aran.

LADIES NOTES:
Senior County Final replay, Corofin vs Kilkerrin/Clonberne will be played in Monivea pitch at 3pm Sunday 6th October, best of luck ladies and please come out to support.

Corofin Under 14 girls travelled to Dublin for the Kilmacud Crokes 7s at the weekend. They topped their group with wins over Dungarvan (6-1 to 2-5, with Amy O'Donovan player of the game); Tinahely of Wicklow (8-7 to 0-1, Amy O'Donovan player of the game); and Carryduff of Co. Down (8-4 to 3-1 with Emily Donnelly player of the game).
As a result of this they were now in the position of playing the team who would come second in Group 6, which turned out to be a local derby, Corofin vs Claregalway in Round 4 of the tournament. Corofin won well in the end on a score line of Corofin 6-7 to Claregalway 4-1 with player of the game being Amy O'Donovan.
Quarter final stage soon beckoned and Corofin faced Glanmire of Cork, with Corofin winning (7-3 to 4-5, player of the game Amy O’Donovan).
The team then made the short journey to Glenalbyn pitch to play in the semi-finals against Monasterevan of Co Kildare. Corofin led at halftime on a score line of 3-2 to 1-3, and continued to dominate the second half with the game finishing on a score line of 6-5 to Monasteravin 4-6, with Orla Canney been player of the game.
The girls met St Val's of Cork in the final. Corofin had a comfortable lead at halftime 6-4 to 3-2, but one should never relax when playing a girls team from Cork, and true to form, St Val's did attempt a comeback, but Corofin stood strong and made history for the Club, by becoming the first U14 girls team to win the Kilmacud 7s on a score line of 10-5 to 10-3. Corofin were given an extra honour when Leanne Coen was crowned 'Player of the Tournament'. It was a well deserved achievement as Leanne scored 9-1 out of 10-5 in the final.
Team on the day (with personal scores throughout the day) Chloe Langan (goalie), Amy Coen (2-2), Orla Canney (3-2), Amy O'Donovan (0-11), Emily Donnelly (4-3), Leanne Coen (27-4), Louise Reilly (11-0), Mary Newell (2-4), Sharon Coen (2-0), Katie Quigley (0-9).
Subs: Shauna Laheen, Rachel Burke and Keisha Geraghty.
Management and mentors were Brian O'Donovan, Emer Leonard, Marie Reilly, Gary Sice and Neil Donnelly.
Thank you to everyone who came out to light fires and welcome the girls home on Saturday night.

U10 girls play in their end of year blitz this Saturday October 5th in Annaghdown pitch from 11am, best of luck girls and please support.

Club Notes 23 September

MEN'S NOTES:
Last Saturday, Corofin gained revenge for their penalty shootout defeat by St Gall's in last year's final in winning the Kilmacud Crokes annual FBD Sevens tournament by a point, Corofin 2-6 to St. Galls, Antrim1-8. Well done to the players and mentors on a tremendous achievement for the club. We are all so proud of you lads.
Group results. Corofin 3-9 St Endas, Omagh 3-7, Corofin 3-8 Creggam Kickams, Antrim 0-9, Corofin 7-6 St. Laurences, Kildare 2-8
Quarter final Corofin 4-12 Padraig Pearses Roscommon 3-7
Semi final: Corofin 3-11 Castlewellan, Down 1-08
Final Scorers. Jason Leonard 0-3, David Morris 1-0, Padraig Kelly 1-0, Shane Monaghan, Gary Sice, Michael Lundy pt each.
Corofin Panel - David Morris, Shane Monaghan, Padraig Kelly, Daithi Burke, Alan Burke, Michael Lundy, Jason Leonard, Gary Sice, Keith Murphy, Barry O'Donovan.

Tuam Stadium has been fixed as the venue for the county final versus Salthill-Knocknacarra on October 13.
Hard luck to our The U-16s who lost to Craughwell in the Championship Shield Final, by two points. Theyplayed some great football throughout especially at start of the 2nd half. The fact that they never gave up right to the end showed great character for their young years. Thanks to their parents for their commitment to having them at training and matches throughout the year. It has been a pleasure watching them develop as players since they were U-10 and we wish them all the best in their future -Frank, Emily, Mike & JJ.

Under 15 training on Friday evening at 4.30 in corofin. We play Glenamaddy in Corofin at 11 on Saturday.
Under 13 league is reaching an exciting conclusion with Corofin, Claregalway and Barna level on points at the end of the group matches and involved in a three way playoff to decide what teams will qualify for the final. The first playoff game between Corofin and Barna takes place in Corofin pitch on Friday evening at 6.45pm. Support for our young players would be greatly appreciated. The winners of this game will qualify for the final and the losers will take on Claregalway on Tuesday next, 1st October in Claregalway also at 6.45pm where the losers will exit the league and the winners qualify for the final.
Under 10s would like to thank Monivea and Caherlistrane for their invite to their recent blitzes.
Under 6 have their end of year blitz this Saturday in Belclare at 10 am. This is the final day for the under 6s this year. Sincere thanks to all involved.

This is your last chance to sign up for the Corofin Community Development Association "Diamond Hill Fundraising Walk", taking place next Saturday 28 Sept. Join us for a day of walking, breath-taking scenery, great company and lots of craic. All monies raised will go to the club training area development. Sponsorship cards are available now in Rafterys & Keanes in Corofin or from members of the CCDA committee. Travel details on websites.

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot and no match 3s – Numbers drawn 1-14-22-23. Next weeks jackpot €5,300 with the draw in Black Rose.

LADIES NOTES:
Senior ladies County Final replay is scheduled for Sunday October 6th in Monivea at 3pm. Hard luck to Minors who lost out to Claregalway in the semi-final of the Mairead-Meehan Cup. U14s head to Dublin this weekend for the 7s Competition, best of luck girls. Well done girls on ye're win over Kilkerrin/Clonberne and St Gabriel's in Championship. Please remember there are lots of photos of the Senior ladies county final on www.johnmcmanusphotography.com.

Club Notes 16 September

MEN'S NOTES:
Congratulations and well done to our senior footballers who have qualified for the County Final, in which they play Salthill / Knocknacarra on October 13.
In the semi-final, played in Tuam on Sunday evening, Corofin defeated Milltown on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-9, having led at half time by 0-6 to 0-5. Despite playing with 14 men for the entire second half, Corofin dominated the play and emerged deserving winners.
Many thanks for the great support given to the team.
Next Saturday, Corofin will be amongst 32 of the finest clubs from all over Ireland playing in the Kilmacud Crokes annual FBD Sevens tournament. Having lost out to St. Galls in the dramatic 2012 decider, Corofin play in Group 6 on Saturday with Parnell’s Dublin,
Kickhams Creggan Antrim, and St Laurence’s Kildare. Games commence in Silverpark at 11.00 am. Best of luck to all involved.
Corofin defeated Tuam Stars by 1-8 to 0-7 in the U21 A Football Championship – North, Semi Final, played in Tuam recently. Corofin led at half time by 1-3 to 0-1, the goal scored by Dylan Wall just before the break. Well done lads.
Corofin lost to Tuam Stars by 3-7 to 1-6 in the North Board Junior A Final. Thanks to all players and mentors for their hard work in geeting to the final.
Congrats to Dylan McHugh, Ciaran Brady and Alan Broderick selected on Galway U-16 squad that travelled to Kerry last Saturday for a four team tournament.
The U-16 Championship Shield Final, Corofin V Craughwell, takes place on Thursday at 6:45pm in Loughgeorge. Please come and support the team.
U15s drew with Annaghdown 0-07 to 1-4 in the first round of the league. They play Caherlistrane in the next round of the league on Sunday at 11:00 in Caherlistrane.
U13s beat Kilkerrin-Clonbern on Friday 4-9 to 2-5.
U10s play two blitzes on Saturday one in Caherlistrane and the other in Monivea.
Many thanks to Tuam Stars and Kilconnell for their recent invites to their u10s blitzes.
U8/U6 training continues on Saturday at 10:00 in Belclare.
Please sign up for the Corofin Community Development Association "Diamond Hill Fundraising Walk", taking place on Saturday 28 Sept. Join us for a day of walking, breath-taking scenery, great company and lots of craic. All monies raised will go to the club training area development. Sponsorship cards are available now in Rafterys & Keanes in Corofin or from members of the CCDA committee.
The Prediction Quiz Leaderboard has been updated following Galway’s win in the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship at the weekend. Full details of the current leaders can be viewed on the club website.
There was no winner of the lotto jackpot of €5,000 and three match 3s – Thomas Monaghan, Shane Monaghan and Frank Higgins. Numbers drawn this week were 8, 15, 19, 22. Next week's jackpot is €5,150 with the draw in Gills.

LADIES NOTES:
Senior ladies met Kilkerrin/Clonberne in the County Final last Saturday in Monivea. It was a beautiful sunny day for football, but unfortunately Corofin was dealt a hard blow when our full-back, Cliodhna Moloney couldn't start after sustaining an ankle injury in the warm-up. With a little rearranging and Helen Carroll starting, the ball was thrown in by referee Frank Kinneen. It was Kilkerrin/Clonberne who opened the scoring with a point but Corofin soon got on the scoreboard with a fine point from Aoife Creaven. Kilkerrin-Clonberne got the next three scores, a point from a free, a point from play, and then converted a penalty, Corofin were now trailing by 0-1 to 1-4. Thankfully the ladies found their way and scored the next 4 points and topped this scoring spell with a goal from Roisin Leonard. Corofin were now leading by 2 points. Not to be out done, Kilkerrin-Clonberne also scored the next 5 scores, 4 points and a goal. Roisin and Tracey Leonard both converted frees and just before half time Kilkerrin-Clonberne scored a point from play. The half-time score was Corofin 1-5 to Kilkerrin/Clonberne 2-8. The girls knew they had a lot to do in the second half but with Cliodhna Moloneys ankle in much better condition she had made her impact in the later stages of the first half. A few changes were made at the start of the second half with Aine Seoige, Una Carroll and Leanne Coen been introduced. Again Kilkerrin/Clonberne opened the scoring with a point from play. Patricia Gleeson also pointed from play and then a free converted by Kilkerrin/Clonberne. With some great skill and determination from Corofin, Una Carroll found the back of the net, followed by a point from play from Kilkerrin/Clonberne. Corofin were still trailing by 3 points when the umpire raised the green flag after Patricia Gleeson found the back of the net – all level at this stage. Rosin Leonard converted a free, but not to be outdone Kilkerrin-Clonberne pointed from play, again Roisin Leonard converted another free, Patricia Gleeson got a point from play and Corofin now led by two points. Orla Newell was introduced to the Corofin team to replace Patricia Gleeson. Kilkerrin-Clonberne got a point from play and Tracey Leonard converted a free leaving the girls ahead by two points. Unfortunately for Corofin the game ended level when Kilkerrin-Clonberne pointed from play and then finally a free. Well done ladies and best of luck in the replay which is scheduled at this time for the weekend of 5th/6th October.
Team: Leonie Higgins, Iona Burke, Helen Carroll, Roisin Hession, Jessica Flaherty, Meadhbh Moloney ( Capt), Emer Leonard, Patricia Gleeson 1-3, Nicola Costello, Aoife Newell 0-1, Tracey Leonard 0-2, Chelsey Blade, Roisin Leonard 1-5, Lisa Leonard,Aoife Creaven 0-1, subs: Cliodhna Moloney for Jessica Flaherty, Aine Seoige, Una Carroll (1-0) and Leanne Coen for Aoife Creaven, Nicola Costello and Chelsey Blade, Orla Newell for Patricia Gleeson. Dearbhla Gower, Ciara Ryan, Louise Morris, Tara Creaven, Katelyn Hogan, Leanne Hynes, Jennifer McHugh, Fiona Cooley, Eva Higgins, Chloe Roache.
Management team: Ciaran McGrath, Sean Costello and Pat Creaven. Thank you to the officials on the day and especially to all the supporters who came to cheer on the ladies on the day.
Well done to U16 girls who overcame Kilkerrin-Clonberne in the Division 1 Shield Final on Thursday 5th October.
Well done to minors on winning their first round of the Mairead Meehan Minor championship against Caltra last Monday 9th Sept.
U12s played Claregalway last Friday evening 13th Sept in a thrilling game of football that ended in level, unfortunately this ended Corofins part in the championship, well done girls and management on a great season.
U10 training continues on Thursdays in Corofin and Tuesdays in Belclare at 6.30. End of year Blitz coming up on 5th October so it is important that all girls attend training.

Club Notes 9 September

MEN'S NOTES:
Pride of place this week goes to the Corofin Under 13 footballers who travelled to the Dr Crokes Club in Killarney, to play in the “Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper Invitational Blitz” last Saturday. The blitz had teams from Kerry, Cork, Tipperary, Waterford, Dublin and Galway (Corofin). This is the second year of the competition.
In their first game Corofin defeated De La Salle, Waterford by 6-9 to 1-1. They then won their second game on a scoreline of Corofin 4-6 to St Michael's, Cork 3-4. In their final group game Corofin defeated the host club, Dr Crokes by 0-10 to 0-4 and thus qualified for the semi-final of the cup competition. The semi-final resulted in a big win for the Galway boys on a score of Corofin 8-7, Castlehaven, Cork 0-2. The Corofin boys continued their winning ways defeating Skerries, Dublin by 2-4 to 0-3 in the final of the competition.
Panel members as follows: Andrew Burns, David Cannon, Ian Collins, Matthew Cooley, Kieran Costello, Richard Creighton, Joseph Duggan, Tony Gill, Cian Gillespie, Adam Hession, Jake Hogan, Dean Hynes, Nathan Kearney, Adam Lowry, Ciarán Melia, Jack McHugh, Jamie McIntyre, Darren O’Brien, Seán Raftery, David Reilly, Patrick Reilly and Rossa Ryan.
Congrats to players and mentors on a great performance in all their games throughout the day.
Corofin play Milltown in the senior football championship semi-final on Sunday 15 September in Tuam Stadium, at 5.45pm. Referee: James Molloy. As always, your support is much appreciated.
Corofin defeated Tuam Stars by 1-8 to 0-7 in the U21 A Football Championship – North, Semi Final, played in Tuam on Thursday evening. Corofin led at half time by 1-3 to 0-1, the goal scored by Dylan Wall just before the break. Well done lads.
U16s played Carraroe on Tuesday in Spiddal in the shield, division 1 semi-final.
U15 Football League - Division 1A, Sunday 15 Sept in Corofin at 11:00 Corofin V Annaghdown. Referee: Michael Ruane.
Following the great win in Killarney, it is back to the league this week for the under 13s, with a match this evening (Wednesday) against Oranmore-Maree in Maree at 7.00pm and another match on Friday evening against Kilkerrin-Clonberne in Belclare also at 7.00pm.
Under 10 play in the annual Declan Kearns cup and shield on Saturday 14th in Tuam Stars grounds. Players are asked to be at the pitch at 9.30am
Under 8 and 6 continue training at 10am on Saturday in Belclare.
Reminder to get your sponsorship cards for the Corofin Community Development Association Diamond Hill Challenge – a day of walking, breath-taking scenery, great company and lots of craic, being held on Saturday, 28th September. Sponsorship cards available now in Rafterys & Keanes in Corofin or from members of the CCDA committee.
There was no winner of the lotto and no match 3s. Numbers drawn this week were 3, 5, 19, 29. Next week's jackpot is €5,000 with the draw in the Palm Tree.

LADIES NOTES:
Seniors play in the County Championship Final this Saturday 14th Sept against Kilkerrin-Clonberne in Monivea at 4pm. Best of luck ladies and management in your quest to become county champions. Please come out and support our senior ladies.
Well done to minors on winning their first round of the Mairéad Meehan Minor championship against Caltra last Monday 9th Sept.
Hard luck to U12s who lost to Tuam-Cortoon last Monday in their championship.
U13 and U15 County development training continues. Please contact your manager for more details on venue and times.

Club Notes 2 September

MEN'S NOTES:
Corofin go through to the county senior semi-final, following a comprehensive win, by
6-19 to 1-7, over Naomh Anna, Léitir Móir. Well done to the players and mentors on a terrific display, particularly in the second half. In the semi-final (fixed for 15 Sept), Corofin play either Milltown or Cortoon, who played out a draw in Tuam Stadium. In the other semi-final Salthill Knockncarra will play St. James.
Corofin team and scorers – Keith Murphy, Padraig Kelly, Kieran Fitzgerald, Aineis Lawless, Barry O'Donovan, Greg Higgins, Padraig Hanly (0-1), Ronan Steed (0-3), Kieran Comer (0-1), Gary Sice (0-1), Alan O'Donovan (2-7 – 0-4 frees), Jason Leonard (0-1), Mike Farragher (1-0), Joe Canney (0-3), Gary Delaney.
Subs: Ian Burke (3-1) for Jason Leonard, Michael Comer (0-1) for Gary Delaney, Liam Silke for Padraig Hanly, Cathal Silke for Padraig Kelly, Colm O’Donovan for Gary Sice.

In the U21 A Football Championship – North, Semi Final, Corofin play Tuam Stars in Tuam Stadium at 6.30 pm on Thursday 5 September. Referee: Gerry Daly – extra time if necessary.

U16s were defeated by Barna, 1-3 to 0-10 in the championship in Corofin last Tuesday evening. The game versus Oughterard in the Championship Shield was conceded by Oughterard. They now play the winners of Micheál Breathnach or Carraroe on Tuesday 10th of Sept in Corofin at 6.30 in the semi-final of the Shield.

Corofin Under 13s had a good win over Barna, 4-12 to 4-4, in a game played in Belclare on Friday evening. On Saturday, 7 Sept, they travel to Dr Crokes GAA club in Killarney to play in the Colin (Gooch) Cooper invitational blitz. The bus will be leaving Corofin at 7.15 on Saturday morning, as we play our first game at 12.20. Good luck lads, as it’s a great honour to be invited to play in a tournament organised by the Gooch.

Under 6 and 8 continue training at 10 in Belclare on Saturday@10:00.

There was no winner of the lotto and no match 3s – numbers drawn 16, 25, 29, 32. Next week's jackpot is €4,850 with the draw in Rafterys.

LADIES NOTES:
Seniors will play in the County Final on Saturday 14th Sept in Monivea against Kilkerrin-Clonberne.

Hard luck to Tracey and Roisín Leonard, Aoife Newell, Leonie Higgins and Clíodhna Moloney, who were part of the Galway Senior panel who were beaten in the All-Ireland semi-final last Saturday in Cavan.

U16s play in the Division 1 Shield final this Thursday 5th Sept against Kilkerrin-Clonberne, best of luck girls.
Well done to the U12 girls who were part of the Galway teams who took part in the U12 Intercounty Tournament last Sunday in Dangan – Karen Connolly, Aoife Coen, Laura McTigue and Lilly Warde. U12 and U14 training continues.

Well done to our U10 girls who played Caherlistrane last Thursday. All girls played very well, and training continues Thursday at 6.30 in Corofin.

U8s have finished up training for this season. Thank you to all the girls who showed great enthusiasm at all training sessions. A huge thank you to the trainers and helpers who gave up their time – Larry and Brita Conneely and Darren Cooley.

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