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The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

the draw which has some fan­tas­tic prizes. All money and ticket stubs can be re­turned to any com­mit­tee mem­ber and should you need more tick­ets they can also be got through the same av­enue. We hope ev­ery­one will sup­port this project and hope­fully win some of the fan­tas­tic prizes.

The club wish to ex­press sym­pa­thy to the fol­low­ing fam­i­lies on their re­cent be­reave­ments. The White and Tem­ple­ton fam­i­lies Bal­ly­gaw­ley on the death of Mark Tem­ple­ton White. Thomas Kelly Bal­ly­gaw­ley and the Kelly fam­ily Greagh­na­farna on the death of Hu­bert Kelly. The Fam­ily of Kath­leen Kelly Greagh­na­farna on their re­cent loss.

Lotto Num­bers for this week were 5 10 25 30. There was no jack­pot win­ner. There was 2 match 3 re­ceiv­ing €50 each Robert Taaffe snr Ballintogher and Emer Clerkin Bloom­field .Next weeks draw will take place in Mo­rans Bar Ballintogher. Jack­pot now stands at €4700. The club wish to thank ev­ery­one for their con­tin­ued sup­port with the weekly lotto.

ST PA­TRICK’S

ST Pats A.G.M St Pats will hold their An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing on Fri­day De­cem­ber 8th @ 9.30pm in the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. All mem­bers are asked to at­tend. All wel­come.

Joker Jack­pot St Pats joker Jack­pot now stands @ €4400 as there was no win­ner in lat­est draw. Next draw takes place in Rafter Bar on Novem­ber 25th @ 10pm. The club thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port. Tick­ets avail­able from all usual out­lets. Christ­mas could come early for you if you win the €4400 Jack­pot. Win­ners in lat­est draw were Au­drie Kee, Clau­dia Finnerty, & Shau­nagh Brady.

Masters Fi­nal Hard luck to Sligo Masters who were de­feated by Mayo in last week­end fi­nal.

BAL­LY­MOTE

BAL­LY­MOTE are busy mak­ing prepa­ra­tions for the up­com­ing Con­nacht Ju­nior Fi­nal next Sun­day 19th Novem­ber at 2.00pm in MacHale Pk Castle­bar against La­hardane. It is the first time in our clubs his­tory to reach a Con­nacht fi­nal and the town is fes­tooned with red n’ white bunting and flags, which can be bought in Lavins Menswear shop.

The team is re­port­ing full fit­ness with no in­juries con­cerns. Ciar­ian An­der­son is back to full fit­ness af­ter miss­ing the semi-fi­nal with an­kle in­jury. This prom­ises to be a great oc­ca­sion for our club and we hope to see a huge sup­port from Bal­ly­mote.

Buses will be pro­vided for sup­port­ers.

Last Satur­day, Cor­ran Pk hosted and All-Ire­land Masters fi­nal Sligo v Mayo. There was a car­ni­val at­mos­phere and a large crowd to match this huge oc­ca­sion. Un­for­tu­nately Sligo came up short on this oc­ca­sion los­ing by 4 points. Thanks to Pat McGrath for or­ga­niz­ing such a great oc­ca­sion for Bal­ly­mote.

25 card play­ing re­turns this Fri­day night 17th Novem­ber at 9.30pm in Dod­dys Pub and will con­tinue ev­ery Fri­day night till Christ­mas.

Hand­ball: The lo­cal club staged the 29th An­nual Michael Han­non cup re­cently at the lo­cal court.

Play­ers from all clubs in the county took part as well as well as in­vited play­ers from Bal­laghadereen, Bofield and Clare­mor­ris.

Play­ers from all grades of hand­ball com­peted in a dou­bles com­pe­ti­tion paired up evenly to form a com­petitve tour­na­ment.

The cup was won by Pa­trick Mur­phy (Clare­mor­ris) and Vin­cent Harte (Col­looney) de­feat­ing Shane Bruen(Col­looney) and Tom Foody

(Castle­con­nor) in a very en­ter­tain­ing fi­nal two games to nil. The plate fi­nal was won by Stan­ley Harte Ju­nior and Michael McMor­row Col­looney de­feat­ing Tony Fox Col­looney) and Fran­cis McCann (Bal­ly­mote).

Michael Finn club Chair­man pre­sented the cup and tro­phies to the win­ners and run­ners up and tro­phies to run­ners up and win­ners of plate.

The club would like to con­grat­u­late the lo­cal Gaelic Foot­ball Team on win­ning the county ju­nior ti­tle re­cently and their vic­tory in the Con­nacht Club Semi Fi­nal. The best of luck to them next Sun­day when they play Mayo Cham­pi­ons La­hardane at MacHale Park Castle­bar.

COL­LOONEY HAND­BALL

Un­der­age coach­ing in Col­looney this Satur­day at 11am ,all wel­come.

The 40 x 20 Sligo in­terclub Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal took place in Col­looney last Fri­day , with the Col­looney team of Martin Bran­ni­gan , Michael Bruen , Gerry Cole­man and Stan­ley Harte jnr over­com­ing a tough and skill­ful chal­lenge from the Castle­con­nor team of Mark Mur­phy , Liam Naughton and Michael Mur­phy , and Tom Tuffy. In a close bat­tle it came down to the last game , with Martin Bran­ni­gan hold­ing his nerve to se­cure a win for Col­looney.We now go on to com­pete in the Con­naught cham­pi­onship.

Well done to the Drum­cliffe club who hosted an en­joy­able and well run blitz last Satur­day, it was a great start to the un­der­age 20 x 40 sea­son. Bingo next Thurs­day at 9 pm the jack­pot is €5,350 in 42 num­bers , please come early. Fol­low us on face­book @ Col­looney Hand­ball Club.

NAOMH EOIN

WE had a great evening last Thurs­day cel­e­brat­ing the re­cent suc­cesses of our ju­ve­nile hurl­ing teams with our gra­cious guest Gal­way’s vic­to­ri­ous All Ire­land win­ning se­nior hurl­ing man­ager Michéal Donoghue pre­sent­ing the medals to our young hurlers. Michéal brought the full col­lec­tion of Gal­way hurl­ing 2017 tro­phies in­clud­ing Liam McCarthy Cup, Bob O’Ke­effe (Le­in­ster SHC), Al­lianz Hurl­ing League, and All Ire­land Mi­nor in a unique event for Sligo. Many thanks to spon­sors Cold Chon for fund­ing and Liam Henry for or­gan­is­ing this well-at­tended event last Thurs­day in the Sligo Park Ho­tel, and to Michéal and his brother John for tak­ing time out of work and their busy sched­ule around the Gal­way clubs to bring Liam to Sligo. Our 2017 U12 A cham­pi­onship win­ners were pride of place this year, and medals for other re­cent fi­nal win­ners in­clud­ing our U-14 and U-16 teams were also pre­sented by Michéal with the help of club chair­man, Pat Maguire, and sec­re­tary Bill O’Kelly-lynch, who was com­pere for the evening. MANY thanks also to all our club mem­bers and of­fi­cials who helped make this an eve­ing to re­mem­ber. THANKS also to guests Coiste Io­mana Com­mit­tee chair­man and County Board sec­re­tary, Gearoid O’Con­nor, County Hurl­ing coach Benny Kenny, and County PRO Gavin Caw­ley for at­tend­ing this spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

ST FAR­NAN’S LADIES

A to­tal of nine teams par­tic­i­pated in the re­cent Ta­ble Quiz which was hosted by the club in the Still Bar, Dro­more West. Quiz mas­ter for the night was Sean Kil­gan­non while Pa­trick Boyle looked af­ter sound and am­pli­fi­ca­tion in ad­di­tion to set­ting a round of au­dio ques­tions which proved very pop­u­lar. The mem­bers of the win­ning team, Fer­gal, Maeve and Amy Brod­er­ick and Lorna Harte Gil­roy were pre­sented with a set of tro­phies for their trou­bles. Thanks to all who sup­ported the event or helped out in any way and to Kirsty and staff in the Still Bar for their hospitality.

Bon voy­age to Jac­qui Mul­li­gan who has taken leave of ab­sence from her teach­ing post to head off on her trav­els. She has been a loyal ser­vant to club and county teams for many years and a break from foot­ball and the in­cred­i­ble lev­els of com­mit­ment it en­tails nowa­days is, as in the case of so many oth­ers, well earned and prob­a­bly long over­due. It is dif­fi­cult to imag­ine her with­out foot­ball for a whole year so who knows she could end up mark­ing Cora Staunton in the AWFL next Spring. Re­mem­ber you read it here first !!!

With club teams now in hi­ber­na­tion for the win­ter all ac­tiv­ity will con­sist of the off field va­ri­ety. The An­nual Un­der­age Pre­sen­ta­tion Func­tion will take place on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 27th at 6.00pm.

Best wishes to Noelle Gorm­ley in the up­com­ing Ladies All-Stars Awards Cer­e­mony. The Sligo and St. Nathy’s player has re­ceived a nom­i­na­tion for the po­si­tion of goal­keeper for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year.

BUN­NI­NAD­DEN

THERE will be a char­ity auc­tion held in the Millers Inn Bun­nanad­den on Sun­day next the 19th Novem­ber, to raise funds for the up­keep of our com­mu­nity park. Any items will be greatly ac­cepted. Please come along to sup­port this event which should be en­ter­tain­ment.

DRUM­CLIFFE/ROSSES POINT

OUR U21 foot­ballers’ run in the cham­pi­onship came to end last Satur­day at Ox­field when they went down to Sham­rock Gaels In the county ‘B’ cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal on a fi­nal score­line of 2-16 to 1-6. We were with­out the in­jured Cian Lally (bro­ken foot). Just two points sep­a­rated the teams at half-time (0-6 to 0-4) but Sham­rock Gaels took con­trol in the sec­ond half and ran out con­vinc­ing win­ners. David Brady scored a fine con­so­la­tion goal near the end. We wish the Gaels ev­ery suc­cess in the fi­nal against East-

ern Harps. Satur­day’s team was: Ro­nan McCor­mack, Aaron McCor­mack, Luke McDer­mot, Hugh Kisby, Cian Doyle, David Brady, Stephen Re­gan, Jude Mc,Garry, Seán Power, Tom Arm­strong, Colin Feeney, Joseph Keyes, Jack Mo­ran.Subs used: Mark De­vaney, Ro­nan De­vaney, Jack McDer­mot, Ruairi Mclaugh­lin, Daniel Mcmor­row, Seán Flana­gan. Man­ager: Fer­gal O’Fla­herty.

Scór na bPaistí RATH­COR­MAC Na­tional School hosted a very suc­cess­ful in­au­gu­ral Scór na bPaistí com­pe­ti­tion for Sligo GAA last Sun­day af­ter­noon with hun­dreds of pri­mary school chil­dren from schools across the county tak­ing part. 128 boys and girls from Rath­cor­mac NS en­tered com­pe­ti­tions rang­ing from solo singing to drama and set danc­ing. Lo­cal prizewin­ners in­cluded: Bal­lad Group - Fi­achra McCarthy, Aoib­heann O’Reilly & Diar­muíd Dun­leavy; Drama - Rían O’Cal­laghan, Michael Car­roll, Matthew Percy, Diar­muíd Dun­leavy, An­drew Con­nell, Lee Con­lon, Karl Byrne, Dar­ragh McDaniel, Joe Camp­bell; Set Danc­ing - Lau­ren Kelly, Diar­muíd Dun­leavy, An­drew Con­nell, Daniel Oates, Orla Moy­lan, Emma Car­roll, Gemma O’Cal­laghan & Rían O’Cal­laghan. We are grate­ful to our car park at­ten­dants Shane Camp­bell and Jimmy O’Brien who had a busy af­ter­noon co-or­di­nat­ing the Scór traf­fic. Par­tic­u­lar thanks also goes to our lo­cal co-or­di­na­tor Mary Power who did tro­jan work in help­ing to or­gan­ise the event.

A stel­lar line-up of GAA per­son­al­i­ties will be part of the club’s big fundrais­ing event for 2017 - the Zero2Hero Night in the Radis­son Ho­tel on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 30th. The event, which is be­ing or­gan­ised by our se­nior men’s foot­baller squad, will fea­ture lively in­ter­views and dis­cus­sion with an in­vited panel, fol­lowed by a fundrais­ing auc­tion. Each mem­ber of our se­nior panel is do­nat­ing items for the auc­tion. De­tails of these are avail­able on the club’s Face­book page. The event be­gins at 7pm and ad­mis­sion is €10. Tick­ets can be pur­chased in ad­vance, and are avail­able from any club of­fi­cer. There were three DRP foot­ballers on the 43-strong Sligo county U15 de­vel­op­ment squad which went on a train­ing week­end Banna Re­sort in Co Kerry re­cently. Eoghan Smith, Ian O’Brien & Lee Cum­mins were the trio. The Sligo squad was given a fan­tas­tic talk by Kieran Don­aghy, and the lads pre­sented him with a cov­eted Sligo

jersey af­ter­wards.

Best Wishes

WE wish a speedy re­cov­ery to our club pa­tron Brian Drury who is cur­rently re­cov­er­ing from ill­ness. We’ve a front row seat re­served for you Brian at the Radis­son on the 30th!

CLUB AGM

SAVE the date: The 2017 AGM of the Drum­cliffe/Rosses Point GAA Club will take place on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 3rd at 7pm. Venue will be con­firmed in the com­ing days.

COOL­ERA/STRAND­HILL

COOL­ERA - Strand­hill GAA Club, Rans­boro, wish to ap­point a per­son for gen­eral main­te­nance du­ties un­der the TUS Scheme. For in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments, please con­tact Ger­ard Mul­laney, Tus Pro­gramme Su­per­vi­sor, Sligo Leader at mul­laneyger­ard@eir­com.net or al­ter­na­tively, by mo­bile at 086/8221995. The num­bers for the last draw, on Oct. 31st were 3, 14, 24 and 29. There was no win­ner. The jack­pot is now €4200. Tick­ets can be bought in Bree’s Bar, Mar­garet’s Café and Keane’s Cen­tra. Al­ter­na­tively, con­tact Joe Gildea or Rose Caw­ley. Please note that the club AGM will take place on De­cem­ber 4th. Fur­ther de­tails later. Scór Na nÓg The County Fi­nal of Scór na nÓg takes place on Sun­day Novem­ber 26th. Events in­clude solo singing, recita­tion and in­stru­men­tal mu­sic. There is plenty of tal­ent in the club, and any­one in­ter­ested in rep­re­sent­ing Cool­era-Strand­hill should con­tact Sea­mus on 0719130151/0862114937. Many thanks to Su­per­valu Bal­lisadare and to all who helped out at our re­cent bag pack­ing. The amount raised was €1,035. In­door un­der­age hurl­ing train­ing will com­mence on Thurs. Nov. 16th. from 7pm to 8pm in the Re­gional Sports Com­plex, Clever­agh, Sligo. This is aimed pri­mar­ily at U8 and U10 boys from both Strand­hill and Rans­boro schools. Why not try your hand at this won­der­ful sport? Hur­leys and hel­mets will be avail­able on a loan ba­sis each night.

ST JOHN’S

OUR In­ter­me­di­ate team hav­ing been suc­cess­ful in cap­tur­ing the Sligo ti­tle went down to a very com­pet­i­tive Gal­way cham­pi­ons, Clare­gal­way in the Con­nacht semi-fi­nal in Markievicz Park. All the play­ers that have played through­out this cam­paign can be proud of their

ef­forts. Since the start of the year they have worked hard and they have im­proved game by game and they can look for­ward to a re­turn to se­nior cham­pi­onship foot­ball next year. The play­ers have been guided along the way by a highly mo­ti­vated man­age­ment team of Dara McGarty, Michael McNa­mara, Fer­gal Kelly, Shane Sten­son and Gerry Quinn and their backup men Owen McLean and Ray Fi­nan. The amount of work that these guys have put in dur­ing the year has been phe­nom­e­nal and St Johns club owe them a great debt of grat­i­tude. Their at­ten­tion to de­tail, the care they showed for the play­ers and the pos­i­tive at­ti­tude they passed on to them were huge fac­tors in the suc­cess­ful year that the team had. Thanks you lads for a great year and we will cel­e­brate your suc­cess in the new year with a suit­able func­tion on Jan­uary 27th so keep that date in your so­cial di­ary. Our An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing will take place on Sun­day Dec 3rd. The venue and time will be an­nounced later. A novel game in planned for Sten­son Park on St Stephen’s day when the St John’s Home­boys will take on the St John’s Em­i­grants. This should be a great way to shake off the ex­cesses of Christ­mas and to meet up with old mates. So keep an eye on the St John’s Face­book for up­dates. A very suc­cess­ful night was held in The Sligo Park Ho­tel at the of­fi­cial launch of our 30 Year An­niver­sary Book. The large crowd was en­ter­tained with dif­fer­ent dis­cus­sion pan­els de­scrib­ing the life and times of St Johns over the last 30 years. The book is a fine pro­duc­tion, full of in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cles and in­ter­views with peo­ple associated with the club over those years. There are many match re­ports and pic­to­rial records of foot­ball and so­cial events as well as de­scrip­tions of the progress the club has made. It is a most colour­ful pro­duc­tion and will make an ideal Christ­mas present for a loved one at home or abroad. The book can be pur­chased from club mem­bers or in lo­cal shops. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Tommy at 086-0793791. The next draw for a Jack­pot prize of E11,400 will take place on Nov 26th in Molly Ful­tons at 6.00pm. HARD luck to the Sligo Masters team, in­clud­ing our club­men Fer­gal Kelly and Terry Far­relly, who came up short in their All Ire­land fi­nal against Mayo in Bal­ly­mote on Sat last. The squad of play­ers have per­formed well all year and de­serve great credit.

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