Rossa launch their Healthy Club Action Plan

O’Donovan Rossa GAC launched its Healthy Club Action Plan at Rossa Park on Saturday afternoon.

Players including Antrim hurler Gerard Walsh, Chairwoman Margaret Flynn, Health and Wellbeing Officer Naomhin Love and club members were in attendance at the launch that also included a no-smoking commitment in club grounds as Rossa announced their involvement in Phase Four of the GAA’s Healthy Club Project.

The Healthy Club project aims to help GAA clubs explore how they support the holistic health of their members and the communities they serve. GAA clubs already contribute to the health and wellbeing of their members by providing opportunities to develop their physical, social, emotional, and psychological health.

The project aims to help GAA clubs identify what they are already doing well, identify areas where they can or would like to improve, and empower them to ensure that everyone who engages with their club benefits from the experience in a health-enhancing way, be they players, officers, coaches, parents, supporters, or members of their local community.

Rossa GAA Healthy Club Launch Gemma McAllister Thea-Ellis Thornbury Myles Thornbury Oisin McGarrity Poppy McGarrity Andrea Thornbury Meabh Harvey Naomhin Love Margaret Flynn Christopher Mc Donnell Gerard Walsh

The healthy club model, which is based on best national and international practice, also aims to embed a healthy philosophy in a club while integrating health into the day-to-day club activities in a sustainable way. It also aims to place the local GAA club at the heart of the community, making it a beacon for health in the locale.

“We are glad to take part in this process and have four members on the GAA’s Healthy Club committee, so now we are putting into practice all the things we have learnt,” said Chairperson Margaret Flynn.

“We are putting policies together that we will implement and are committed to promote mental health awareness. We have also committed to a no-smoking policy, so this is something to look forward to and over the winter, we will fine-tune it and roll it out throughout the club.”

In what has been a difficult year with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic resulting in people entering into lockdown that has been a struggle for some who have suffered from isolation, the Rossa Healthy Club launch couldn’t have come at a better time and the club is committed to helping its members through what could be a difficult winter ahead.

Rossa GAA Healthy Club Launch Gemma McAllister Thea-Ellis Thornbury Myles Thornbury Oisin McGarrity Poppy McGarrity Andrea Thornbury Meabh Harvey Naomhin Love Margaret Flynn Christopher Mc Donnell Gerard Walsh

“Already there are signs that people are suffering from the lack of normality,” added the Rossa Chairwoman.

“We in Rossa consider ourselves to be a big family so we are going to look after all of our family members.

“We are going to check in with them, connect online or in whatever way we can so nobody feels isolated and there is always somebody to talk to, no matter what. Rossa is very good at looking after each other so it is important we continue to do that in a time of need.”

Rossa’s Health and Wellbeing Committee have embraced the GAA’s Healthy Club Project. They believe in embedding a healthy club culture that is inviting to all and promotes the daily integration of healthy behaviours into the running of the club.

They have identified three key areas for action (physical health, mental health and wellbeing, plus community development and inclusion) that emerged from a survey of club members, with the overall aim to ensure it is a welcoming club, promoting health and happiness in the community.

Also, they have committed to the GAA’s Smoke and Vape-Free policy that will protect all members and visitors to Rossa Park from the dangers of smoking and e-cigarettes, meaning there will be no smoking areas anywhere on club grounds.

“This is an amazing step forward for Rossa,” said Health and Wellbeing Officer, Naomhin Love.

“Our Healthy Club committee have been active for just over a year and we are now in Phase Four of the GAA’s Healthy Club Project.”Our aim is that Rossa is a welcoming club that promotes health and happiness in our community and the launch of our action plan is the first step in making that a reality.”

Tir na nÓg add league title to their Intermediate crown

Antrim Division Two League Final

Tír na nÓg 0-13 Brídíní Óga Glenravel 0-9

THE momentum gained by Tír na nÓg over the past number of weeks helped them get on top of a young Brídíní Óga Glenravel side in the Division Two league final in Ballymena on Saturday evening.

The Whitehill ladies raced into a three points’ lead by the first water break while the Glenravel side looked rusty without a competitive game since their championship exit to Rossa at the start of September.

However from then until the end it was score for score and in the final analysis that early start and Tír na nÓg’s overall physical presence proved decisive in a closely contested game.

Áine Devlin scored three of her side’s first four points to put them 0-4 to 0-1 ahead by the water-break and she added another point on the re-start.

However Brídíní Óga hit back in the second quarter with four points from Aimee Traynor, Shauna McDonnell, Maria McKenna and Eimhear McAleenan (free) to make it 0-7 to 0-5 heading into the break before another free from Devlin put a goal between the teams at the change of ends.

There was yet another Devlin free on the re-start but two McAleenan frees with a point from Molly Woulahan between them reduced the margin to a single point going into the second water break.

That however was as close as the Glenravel girls got and three points from Devlin, followed by the score of the game from Michaela Hegarty, left Tír na nÓg in control and easing home to their second piece of silverware on successive Saturdays.

The Whitehill girls now have to travel to Cavan next weekend to take on Crosserlough who won their fifth successive Breffni title also on Saturday, beating Denn by 3-19 to 1-7

Tír na nÓg : A McAtamney, B Devlin, A Mooney, C Martin, G Dobbin, O McKeown, Caitlin McGaughey, S O’Neill, Cameron McGaughey, N Martin (0-1), C O’Neill, E Falloon (0-1), Á Devlin (0-9, 0-6 frees), H Crilly, M Hegarty (0-2).

Subs : J McLoughlin for A Mooney.

Brídíní Óga : O Donnelly, L Kerr, E Hynds, M Mulholland, K Laverty, L McKenna, B McAuley, Ú McAleenan, B Laverty, N McKay, M McKenna (0-1), M Woulahan (0-1), A Traynor (0-1), S McDonnell (0-2), Ei McAleenan  0-4 frees.

Subs : T Edgar for A Traynor

Shamrocks in seventh heaven

Antrim senior camogie final :

Loughgiel 3-11 Ballycastle 2-5

LOUGHGIEL Shamrocks made it seven titles on the trot when they beat Ballycastle in Sunday’s Antrim Senior Camogie final in perfect conditions at Kelly Park, Portglenone on Sunday evening, a win that stretches their title haul to 23, well ahead of Dunloy and Portglenone who 11 each.

The Shamrocks were in control from the start as player of the match Roisin McCormick struck early and often as she guided her team to a 1-4 to 0-0 lead, 1-3 of it from her own stick. Ballycastle took a while to get going and when Maeve Kelly scored a great individaul goal they were back in contention. However they Town could not maintain their pressure and Loughgiel regained control to go on record a nine point win.

Loughgiel full forward Christine Laverty jumps for joy after Roisin McComrick (out of picture) scores the Shamrocks opening goal.

McCormick opened the scoring when she raced clear to point after 25 seconds and she had opened up a 1-3 lead after eight minutes, Clare McKillop and Christine Laverty combining to set her up for the goal.

A minute later Caitrin Dobbin extended the Loughgiel lead and it looked ominous for Ballycastle.

However Maeve Kelly eventually won and converted a free in the 11th minute and Ballycastle were back in business when the same player cut in along the end line and forced the sliotar over the line. With Niamh O’Neill adding a point, Ballycastle were now just two in arrears at 1-4 to 1-2.

The Town kept pace with the Shamrocks for the second quarter and were 1-7 to 1-4 down at the break with McCormick scoring 1-6 for the holders.

Caitrin Dobbin scores Loughgiel’s third goal

In almost an identical passage of play to the Kelly goal in the first half, Róisín McCormick picked up a long free into the corner from Maeve Connolly, bounced off a couple of tackles and fired home a second Loughgiel goal in the 34th minute.

When Dobbin cut in from the other wing to score a third goal, the result was more or less in the bag. It was just a case of cutting out Ballycastle’s route to goal.

That was capably achieved by their excellent half-back line and midfield, allied to the clever work of Ciara Laverty as sweeper, and they pinned Ballycastle into their own half forcing Maeve Kelly their main scoring threat to come very deep to forage and then attempt to solo through looking for scores.

Ballycastle’s Maeve Kelly in action during the county camogie final against champions Loughgiel.

The Town defence found the threat of McCormick and Dobbin very difficult to handle, but Enya McShane, Emma Laverty and Niamh Donnelly worked well to hold the line, although the Ballycastle attack could get little space at the other end.

Nuala Devlin managed to fire home a consolation goal near the end after several shots in the same attack had been parried by Eimear Boyle on the goal-line.

The star turn was Róisín McCormick who threatened the goal every time she gained possession with Caitrin Dobbin an excellent foil. The only pity is that the provincial final against the Derry champions will not take place until early January. In this sort of form, McCormick, Dobbin and Loughgiel were more impressive than what was on offer from either Swatragh or Slaughtneil who won their Derry semi-finals on Friday evening.

Roisin McComrick who was again the stand out player on show at the Antrim camogie final as she scored 2-9 as her Loughgiel team beat Ballycastle to take their seventh title on the trot.

Loughgiel : Eimear Boyle, Megan McGarry, Chloe Higgins, Ciara Laverty, Emma McFadden, Maeve Connolly, Shauna Devlin, Amy Boyle, Lucia McNaughton, Roisin McCormick 2-9, 0-4 frees, Anna Connolly, Emma McMullan, Caitrin Dobbin 1-1, Christine Laverty, Clare McKillop.

Subs : Katie McKillop for A Connolly (43), Racquel Murphy for L McNaughton (50), Orlagh Laverty 0-1 for S Devlin (59)

Ballycastle : Becky Ellis, Niamh Ann Donnelly, Catherine McShane, Enya McShane, Bronagh McCaughan, Kathryn Donnelly, Emma Laverty, Meabh O’Neill, Niamh Donnelly 0-2 frees, Aine Donnelly, Caoimhe Wright 0-1 free, Nuala Devlin 1-0, Maeve Kelly 1-1, 0-1 free, Emma Connor, Niamh O’Neill 0-1

Subs : Riana McBride for N O’Neill (44), Tara O’Neill for E Connor (50), Orla Donnelly for C McShane (50).

Referee : Joe Baldwin

County chairperson Imelda McCloud presents the cup to Loughgiel captain Maeve Connolly.

Brídíní Óga turn the tables in league final

U16 Div 1B league Final

Brídíní Óga Glenravel 5-5 Creggan 2-8

By Seamus McAleenan

THE under 16 season for Creggan and Brídíní Óga finished at two wins each and one piece of silverware each after the Glenravel girls bounced back from defeat in the championship final to pick up the league title at Ahoghill on Saturday.

Evanne Martin’s name was on everyone’s lips after the championship decider when the midfielder orchestrated a late fight back for Creggan to grab the title. This time the Brídíní Óga captain Sarah Fyfe was the key player in a game that could well have gone either way until she burst through the centre at the start of injury time and fired to the Creggan net for the fourth time.

Fyfe was the danger player throughout, but Glenravel could afford to persevere with her on the edge of the square because of the power of the Law twins at midfield, and the dominance of Jessica McIlhatton, Aisling Donnelly and Aisling Mulholland in defence in front of another star performer Caitlin McKeown who pulled off at least four brilliant stops during the second half.

Creggan struggled to cope with the intensity of the Glenravel challenge although they were never too far off them on the score-board thanks mainly to the probing of Cerys O’Neill who was one of three Creggan players to have won the Junior championship last Saturday.

O’Neill got Creggan off to the perfect start with a goal in the first minute. Although Emily Sharpe (with a point from a free) and Sarah Fyfe with a goal edged Brídíní Óga ahead, a good move from Creggan saw Mary Murray test Caitlin McKeown and the sliotar fell nicely for Cara McCann to tap home.

Fyfe and Ella McAteer swopped points before Fyfe took on the Creggan defence and forced home a goal. That put Brídíní Óga ahead and they maintained that advantage through to half time when they held a slender 2-4 to 2-3 lead.

Shortly after the re-start Sarah Fyfe completed her hat-trick, but from then until the water break it was all Creggan with McKeown called on several times to keep her team in the game.

Two Cerys O’Neill points closed the gap, but the Glenravel girls were still ahead, 3-4 to 2-6, by the second water break.

Emer Butler fired in a fourth goal for Glenravel on the restart, but Creggan had their chances to close in. However McKeown again pulled off a couple of point blank saves and as Brídíní Oga lifted the siege Emily Sharpe delivered a point after a strong run from Sarah Fyfe and Fyfe then iced the cake with her fourth goal.

It proved to be a good day for Glenravel at Ahoghill as earlier on their under 16 hurlers picked up the championship title with a flurry of goals. In the afternoon Sarah Fyfe hit the net often enough for the camógs to also take home silverware.

Brídíní Óga Glenravel : Caitlin McKeown, Roisin Mulholland, Jessica McIlhatton, Toni Kerr, Aisling Mulholland, Aisling Donnelly, Erin Coulter, Megan Law, Caitlin Law, Emily Sharpe (0-4, 3 frees), Eibhlin Gould, Eimear Butler (1-0), Niamh Small, Amy McIlhatton, Sarah Fyfe (4-1), Aoibhin McKenna

Subs : Annie Higgins for Toni Kerr, Clodagh McPeake for A McIlhatton, Caoimhe Higgins for A McKenna, Dearbhail Kerr for A Mulholland

Creggan: Trea Donnelly, Helen McElwee, Rose Carey-Small, Hannah Gately, Tara Hamill, Maria Gately, Neva Chauhan, Aine Colgan, Evanne Martin (0-2 frees), Ella McAteer (0-1), Roseanne Mulholland, Megan Darragh, Cara McCann (1-0), Mary Murray, Cerys ONeill (1-3).

Subs : Ashley Larkin for E Martin, Niamh McBride for H McElwee, Cora Duffin for T Hamill.

Referee : Ciaran McCloskey (Loughgiel)

Tir na nOg claim the title in 7 goal thriller

Antrim Intermediate Camogie Championship final replay

Tír na nÓg 4-11 O’Donovan Rossa 3-6

Pics by Bert Trowlen

Last week these sides couldn’t be separated in a dull encounter at Hightown which finished 0-8 each but on Saturday in Ballymena Tir na nOg and Rossa shook off the defensive shackles to produce an enthralling final which produced 7 goal and 17 points over the hour.

In perfect conditions at Slemish Park, both sides served up a thriller with goals from Emily Falloon (2-0), Aine Devlin and Niamh Martin swinging it the way of the Whitehill girls with Devlin, who scored all 8 of Tir na nOg’s points last week adding another six today.

Rossa looked to be gaining the upper hand during the early exchanges but suffered a blow when Múirín Quinn was forced off with an injury midway through the opening half, a severe blow to the Rossa defence who were then hit with a rather fortuitous goal from Emily Falloon that spurred the Randalstown outfit on.

The sides were level early in the second half, but Tír na nÓg again struck with vital goals that saw the contest swing very much in their favour and they pushed on to take the title.

Emily Falloon was a constant threat for the Randalstown side playing in a deep role and behind most of the positive play that Tir na nOg produced while Aine Devlin was again excellent from placed balls.

Despite getting off to a great start with two early goals, Rossa just couldn’t keep up their early momentum as the Tír na nÓg defence got on top and kept a tight rein on their opponents for the rest of the game.

Aine Devlin was Tir na nOg’s only scorer a week ago and she opened their account today from an early free.

However, Rossa quickly settled and after a couple of missed opportunities, they struck for the game’s first goal on five minutes when Orlaith McCall’s long free troubled the Tir na nOg defence and after a mix-up Riona Matthews was on hand to finish to the net.

They were in for a second goal five minutes later when a fine move saw Sarah Armstrong place Matthews who set up Eimear Byrne and the wing-forward fired to the net.

Michaela Press made a good save at the other end from Carla O’Neill but Rossa added to their tally with Natalie McGuinness converting a free to move them 2-1 to 0-1 ahead at the water break.

Múirín Quinn was forced off injured and this seemed to unsettle the Rossa defence as Tír na nÓg stepped up a gear and began to take charge.

Devlin got them on their way from a free and another from play and they struck with their first goal on 25 minutes as Falloon’s long effort dropped to the net.

The scores began to flow for the Randalstown side with Devlin (free), Falloon, Caitlin McGaughey and Michaela Hegarty finding the target but Rossa had the final say of the half from a McGuinness free to leave them just two in arrears at the break and all still to play for in the second half.

The Belfast side made a good start to the second half and two pointed McGuinness frees levelled the contest and she hit another from play before Devlin squared matters once more.

However, Tír na nÓg again took charge with Devlin putting them back into the lead from a free and on 43 minutes they struck decisively and Caitlin McGaughey’s delivery was claimed by Carla O’Neill who found Falloon and she made no mistake as she fired to the net.

The Tir na nOg girls looked to be in for another but Bronagh Orchin cleared off the line from Hegarty who did hit a point moments later as Tír na nÓg led 2-10 to 2-5 at the water break.

They were now in the driving seat and when Niamh Martin robbed Rossa keeper Press with ten minutes remaining before finishing to the net it looked as good as over.

A Hegarty point followed as Tír na nÓg looked to have put the game to bed, but credit to Rossa who refused to give up and after Orlaith McCall landed a long free, they grabbed a lifeline when McGuinness found the net from a close range free to leave just five in it with five minutes remaining.

However, they just couldn’t create the opportunity for another major that really would have set up a grandstand finish as the Tír na nÓg’s closed shop.

Aine Devlin put the icing on another fine individual performance with her long range free dipping to the net to secure a deserved victory to add the Intermediate Camogie title to the Intermediate Hurling one the club won last weekend.

TÍR NA nÓG: A McAtamney; B Devlin, A Mooney, C Martin; EL McAreavey, O O’Neill, Cameron McGaughey; S O’Neill, Caitlin McGaughey (0-1); A Devlin (1-6, 1-4 frees, 0-1 45), C O’Neill, M Hegarty (0-3); N Martin (1-0), E Falloon (2-1), H Crilly. Subs: G Dobbin for H Crilly (HT), D O’Neill for C O’Neill (60+5).

ROSSA: M Press; N Semple, C Quinn, C McMenamin; B Orchin, M Quinn, O McCall (0-1 free); C McNeice, N Killen; R Matthews (1-0), N McGuinness (1-5, 1-4 frees), E Byrne (1-0); S Armstrong, C Shannon, M McGourty. Subs: E Matthews for M Quinn, G Shannon for R Matthews (44).

REFEREE: Owen Elliott (Ballymena)