Gaelfast All Stars was a great event

The Gaelfast football All Stars received their awards last week at a great night at St Mary’s University Belfast. Players who had been selected from the highly successful Year 8 and Year 10 football tournaments back at the start of the school year were honoured for the top class performances on the field.

County chairman Ciarán McCavana addressed the players and their parents before St Mary’s Prinicipal Peter Finn welcomed all who had attended and praised the work that Gaelfast had done in organising such a great tournament.

Antrim Games Development manager Alfie Hannaway spoke about  ‘The Story So Far’ and about the work the Gaelfast team were doing to build our games in Belfast and throughout the county and about the great success of the Antrim Schools Cup and Shield competitions for Year 8 and Year 10 students. Overall 22 Schools took part at 10 different venues which culminated in the finals at Dunsilly.

St Mary’s CBGS won the Year 8 competition, while Edmund Rice College were winners of the Shield. St Malachy’s College took the honours in the Year 10 tournament with De La Salle winning the shield. Overall 1123 players took part with 526 All Star nominations, which gives some indication of the task the Gaelfast staff had in selecting those who went forward.

John McGuckian from the Saffron Business Forum wrapped up the speeches before making the presentations to the winning captains of the Cup and Shield competitions and the Year 8 All Star jerseys were handed over by county star Pat Shivers and the Year 10 awards which were done by Pat’s county colleague Paddy McAleer.

Overall I highly successful evening which will leave a great impression on all who attended.

Bert Trowlen was there for the Saffron Gael to capture some historic images.

John McGuckian of Gaelfast presented the team trophies to the four winning captains

Pat Shivers presented the Year 8 All Star jerseys

St. Paul’s tournament starts this weekend

The St. Paul’s GAC Belfast Ulster Minor Football club Fona/Cab Tournament returns to the GAA calender this weekend after a three-year Covid-enforced abscence.

The tournament is one of the most exciting competitions in the GAA calendar as the minor – now U17 due to the changed age grades – champions of each Ulster county make the trip to the Shaw’s Road to battle it out for the Jimmy McConville Cup and with this year being the 40th anniversary of its inception, there is no better time for its return.

Burren of Down and Antrim champions, St. Brigid’s get the action under way this Saturday with the first quarter-final at Shaws Road while St. Molaise of Fermanagh and Four Masters of Donegal meet in a preliminary Round game ast Colaiste Feirste at 5pm.

On Sunday Cavan champions Ramor United take on Dungiven of Derry, a county whose club’s have a very proud record in this competition, at Shaw’s Road at 1pm.

The third and fourth quarter finals take place on Saturday 17th Decemeber when Clann na Gael of Armagh play the winners of the Four Masters v St. Molaise preliminary round game, while later in the day Donaghmore takes on Scotstown at Colaiste Feirste at 5pm

The first semi-final is scheduled for Sunday the 18th December at St. Paul’s while the second semi-final will take place on Boxing Day at the same venue with the final on New Years Day at St. Paul’s.

The Full list of Fixtures are

Saturday 10th December 

Quarter Final 1

1pm 

Shaw’s Road 

Burren (Down) v St Brigid’s (Antrim)

Saturday 10th December 

Preliminary Round

5pm 

Colaiste Feirste 3G 

St Molaise (Fermanagh) v Four Masters (Donegal) 

Sunday 11th December 

Quarter Final 2 

1pm 

Shaw’s Road 

Ramor United (Cavan) v Dungiven (Derry)

Saturday 17th December

Colaiste Feirste 1.30pm

Quarter-final 3

Clann na Gael (Armagh) v Preliminary Round winners

Saturday 17th December

Colaiste Feirste 5pm

Quarter-final 4

Donaghmore v Scotstown

Sunday 18th December

Semi-final 1

St. Pauls

Monday 26th December

Semi-final 2

1st January 2023

Final

St. Pauls

Sarsfields clinch Berringer Shield

South Antrim Berringer Shield Final

Sarsfields 4-10-2-06 St Pauls

Kevin Herron reports from Falls Park 

Sarsfields were recently crowned Berringer Shield champions after getting the better of near-neighbours St Pauls in the decider. 

The Paddies were quick to settle into proceedings with Daniel Smyth converting back-to-back frees and Philip McPeake squeezing a shot between the posts. 

They extended their on 11 minutes with the first goal of the game, Garry Lennon saw his shot parried, but Daire McMenamin followed in on the loose ball and shot to the net to give the Paddies a 1-03-0-00 lead. 

Daniel Smyth lines up a further score for the Paddies

Smyth (free) and McPeake added further points in the aftermath before St Pauls hit back with twenty minutes on the clock. 

Liam Garland dropped a free short and Sean Munce did enough to fist the ball to the net and get his side up and running for the afternoon. 

60-seconds later and St Pauls were really back in business when James Ferran stroked home at the back post to make it 1-05-2-00. Points were traded thereafter between Caolan McDonnell and Conall Duffy (free).  

Sarsfields regained control before the break when a scramble ensued in the area and Daniel Smyth turned the ball home to give his side a 2-06-2-01 lead at the interval. 

The second half opened with both sides cancelling each other out, Cormac Murray dropped a shot between the posts and St Pauls responded when keeper Jon-Joe Rodgers came out to take a free and picked out Conall Duffy to swing over a fantastic score. 

The Paddies found their third goal of the afternoon to extend their breathing space as Philip McPeake slid home to make it 3-08-2-02. 

Duffy kept St Pauls ticking over, converting successive frees – with Steven Hughes popping up at the other end in between times. 

The Shaws Road outfit fought to the last with Conall Finnegan steering over a well worked point. 

A few minutes from time Sarsfields claimed their fourth and final goal of the contest thanks to a fine strike from substitute Mark McCavanagh.

There was enough time for James Ferran and Steven Hughes to exchange late scores- but the game was beyond doubt at this stage as Sarsfields ran out deserving 4-10-2-06 winners at the conclusion. 

Niamh McLaughlin was guest of honour at the Moneyglass Ladies juvenile awards.

Niamh McLaughlin (Donegal) presented the medals to the Moneyglass girls at the Moneyglass Ladies juvenile awards night in Toome. Niamh was recently named as LGFA Senior Player’s Player of the Year & also awarded an All Star. She brought her trophies along for the girls to have their photos taken with them. Since it was the first dinner since Covid the girls were presented with U14A 2021 Championship, U16A 2021 League, U14A 2022 Championship, U15 All Ireland Feile & U16A Championship medals. 

Creggan secure Division 2 U15 Football League title

Kickham’s Creggan were the winners of this year’s U15 Football League division 2 and to mark the occasion club photographer and regular contributor to the Saffron Gael, Joe Rice got the team together for a photo-shoot at their Staffordstown Road ground to markl the occasion and save it for posterity.

 To their credit, the South West lads notched up an incredible 15 league wins out of 17 matches.  The Loughshore U15 footballers were presented with the League Cup on Sunday.  Sean McKeown’s lads performed remarkably throughout the season.  This devotion and experience should ensure there is a full contingent of talent for the Kickhams’ teams of the future.  Many of the players are dual players fielding for Creggan, their schools and their County.  The Kickham’s lads were only narrowly defeated by a few points in the semi-final of the Championship.

 The League silverware will sit proudly beside the Moneyglass International Tournament that they won earlier in the season.

 The future looks bright for Creggan.

 Panel: No.1 Sean  O’Hara, No.2 Paidi McGahon, No.3 Shea McLernon, No.4 Jack Sweeney, No.5 Ailbe McKeown, No.6 Liam McLernon, No.7 Fintan Kelly, No.8 Cillian McEldowney, No. 9 Conor Downey, No.10 Ryan McGrath, No.11 Jonathan Hegarty, No.12 Anton Martin, No.13 Shea Devlin, No.14 Shea McCann, No.15 Jude McAteer, No.17 Sean Daly, No.18 Ronan McGuckian, No.20 Conor Loughran, No.22 Oisin Dunlop, No.23 Fintan Keane, No. 24 Jack Hamill, No. 25 Conall Wilson. No. 26 Conor McLarnon

Some of the 15 Footballers from Kickham’s Creggan pose for a photograph with the U15 Football League division 2 cup