All Saints Fun Run and annual Fun Festival this weekend

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The Annual All Saints GAC Crebilly 5k Fun Run/ Walk takes place this Friday 17th August. Starting from the clubrooms on the Woodside Road the course travels along the gradually undulating Bog Road followed by a climb up to St. Patrick’s Church at Crebilly before completion with a downhill finish back to the club.

The event marks the beginning of the All Saints Annual Family Fun Festival which will see a feast of Gaelic games played in all codes across the weekend along with family friendly social events, funfair activities and the eagerly anticipated children’s sports events. In keeping with tradition the 5k runners and walkers will be supporting a good cause with all funds raised going to NI Chest, Heart & Stroke.

No pre-registration is necessary and entry is by donation on the night either on an individual or per family basis. Registration starts at 6.15pm with the starter’s whistle sounding at 7.00pm. So why not come along to walk or run and support a good cause.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday 17th Aug

Annual Crebilly 5k Run & Walk (All donations received on the night will be donated to Chest, Heart & Stroke NI). All welcome. Registration from 6.15pm/ event starts at 7.00pm.

Sat 18th Aug

10.00am- 12noon SW P3/4 Hurling Blitz

12.00noon – 2.00pm P3/4 & P5/6 Camogie blitz

2.00pm – 3.00pm U12 Girls Football

7.30pm. Family Fun Quiz and Bingo

Sun 19th Aug

10.00am – 12.00noon NA U10 Hurling Blitz.

12.00noon-2.00pm – 2 x girls football blitzes (P3/4 & P5/6)

12.00pm – U12 Boys Football League Semi Final (Home)

12.00noon-4.00pm -Outdoor fun for all the family. Party Playhouse/ Bungy Trampolines etc.

2.00pm – 3.30pm – Sports Events

3.30pm – 5.00pm – All Ireland Hurling Final screening

5.00pm- 6.15pm – Family Fun Novelty Game!

Big Jim one of Antrim’s greats

I came across this article on facebook today, posted by one of our dedicated photographers, Bert Trowlen and it sent me on a trip down memory lane. I first saw Jim McCorry in action, playing for Glenavy in a league game in Glenravel. I’m not sure just when it was but I think it was the late ’50s’ or early ’60’.

I was immediately in awe of this spectacular player lining out at full-back for the St. Joseph’s club. Not a giant of a man in height but supremely muscular and one of the best fielders of a ball I had seen at that time or indeed since.

I met him in the car park prior to an Antrim v Fermanagh game in Enniskillen a number of years ago and he still looked very fit and I had the pleasure of having a short conversation with him.

The fact that he was still following Antrim all those year’s after representing his county with distinction speaks volumes for the man. His son Emmet, of course played for Antrim and Glenavy and was a fine player himself but, and I know he’ll forgive me for expressing this opinion, never really reached the heights of his father’s career.

JM

No let up as Clooney Gaels defeat Gort Na Mona in Ahoghill

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James O’Connell who scored 0-13 as Clooney Gaels defeated Gort Na Mona in the ACHL Division 3 on Sunday.

O’Neill’s ACHL Div. 3

Clooney Gaels 2-25   Gort Na Mona   1-14

Clooney Gaels may have the division 3 league title already secured but they showed no sign of letting up when they entertained Gort Na Mona on Sunday. Last year’s Junior Champions were expected to provide a stiff test for the home side and they certainly didn’t make things easy but in the end they had little answer to a slick Clooney Gaels side.

First half goals from Donal Graham and Dan O’Neill saw the Ahoghill men in control at the short whistle where they led 2-9 to 0-8 with James O’Connell weighing in with a flurry of points, both from play and from frees.

Despite the best efforts of Mark Rea, Sean Doyle, Padge McHugh and Dessie McLean the West Belfast side were left with a mountain to climb in the second half and despite a Ciaran McMullan goal they never looked like getting back into contention.

James O’Connell continued to display unerring accuracy as he brought his total for the day to 0-13 and his brother P.J. kept the score board ticking with five of his own as the Clooney side ran out winners by 14 points and they look in fine shape as they await an Intermediate championship meeting with St. Brigid’s Cloughmills in Cushendall on the 25th Of August.

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Clooney Gaels:  Aiden Graham, Stephen O’Connell, Francis Neeson, Eamon Brady, Bernard Graham, Neill O’Connell, Diarmaid Graham, Donal Graham 1-02, James Magee 0-01, Ronan Graham  0-01, James O’Connell   0-13 (6 frees),  Patrick Graham  0-2, Owen Neeson, PJ. O’Connell  0-5, Dan O’Neill            1-01

Subs:

Dominic Neeson for Donal Graham

Martin Graham for Ronan Graham

Gerard Graham for PJ.O’Connell

Gort Na Mona: Martin Ward, Kevin Valliday, Mark Rea, Conor Caldwell, Sean Doyle, 0-1, Conor McCann, Colm Scullion, Patrick McCafferty, Declan Hayes 0-2, Thomas McCaffrey 0-2, Padge McHugh 0-5 (3 frees), Darren Boyd, Dessie McClean 0-2, Christopher McErlean, Ciaran McMullan 1-2.

Ref Francis Traynor (Loughgiel)

 

Velocity Tracking the way to go says St. Ergnat’s player, Ryan Doyle

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Ryan Doyle, a  Moneyglass footballer has come up with an innovative idea he hopes will turn into a lucrative business. 30 year old Ryan, a member of the St. Ergnat’s club all his life has teamed up with Velocity Tracking, a company that is providing teams and management with the most accurate and reliable tool for analysing both training and match data for each player.

Ryan has been playing Gaelic for his local club since he was six years old and on his day is recognised as one of the top forwards in the county. He has represented his county at minor and U21 level and also had trials with the  senior Panel in the past.

Ryan’s business plan is making GPS available at club level to football and hurling clubs at an affordable price. GPS equipment has been used extensively by county teams now for a number of years and is widely used all over Ireland and much further afield.

Most county trainers now see them as a vital ingredient in achieving peak performance and fitness for their sides.

The GPS gives coaches a number of different results including

*Top speed

*Total distance

*Heat maps

*Impacts

This device gives coaches the edge when managing squad training loads, from the beginning to the end of season, effectively monitoring player conditioning levels and therefore helping to prevent injury.

Some of the results we provide with the GPS are

*Top speed

*Sprint distance

*Player load

*Distance covered

*Heat maps

*Work ratio

These are just a few of the benefits that can be derived from their use. Using this device gives coaches the insight into what each individual player has achieved during training or a match.

We also have a season tab where we are able to compare results from previous games or training sessions to show improvement or fatigue from each player.

If anyone would like more info please contact Ryan Doyle on either 07821055471 or via email @ jockd123@hotmail.com or you can check out our Facebook page for some idea of all results provided.

 

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Saints go marching on to three titles in a day

46     Ronnie Marshall fires past Josh Higgins to score All Saints second goal as they defeated Tir na nOg in the Laverty Cup final at Clooney on Sunday night 

Laverty Cup (Final) South West Antrim Minor Football Championship

All Saint’s Ballymena 3-11 Tir na Nog Randalstown 2-10

The Saints go marching on might well have been the tune being hummed around Ballymena on Sunday evening as All Saints celebrated success in the finals of three competitions on the same evening. Their under-15 footballers celebrated success in the All County Og Sport final and the under-18s claimed the Laverty cup whilst their hurlers brought the County Junior B Hurling Championship title home.

The minors were the last into action in the second game in a double bill in Ahoghill and although they were fully tested by an excellent Tir na nOg side in the Laverty cup decider they held firm to withstand a late challenge and bring home the silverware.

Little had separated the sides in the opening phase and after the Whitehill lads had nicked an early lead via the excellent Aaron McNeilly the Ballymena boys were on terms by the 12th minute.

Wing half forward McNeilly nipped away on the left hand side to open account for the Randalstown lads in the second minute and then when Nathan Magee was fouled out on the same side in the 4th minute the former was not hard pressed to follow suit.

All Saints came close to snatching the lead in the 5th minute with a crisp Oisin Connolly shot deflected away to safety by the Tir na nOg defense but Josh Higgins the net custodian was unable to intervene as back to back points delivered by Oisin Connolly ensured his side were a point ahead.

The grey skies which had hinted at rain pre-match became reality shortly into proceedings and did make for a slippery surface as both sides looked for scores and after Nathan McKee had split the posts in the 15th minute to see the boys from the Hill secure parity on the board further scores from Ciaran O’ Neill and Aaron Mc Neilly saw them a couple ahead.

All Saint’s returned fire quickly however and in the event with the rearguard gaining foothold they had drawn abreast again by the 27th minute as Aidan Scullion clipped a left sided free between the posts and Oisin Connolly followed with another.

It was 0-05 apiece with the end of the opening period imminent but All Saints were finding their feet and a slick interchange opened the way for Eoghan Daly to plant the leather to the back of the net.

A well planned route to the target and a slick 32nd minute finish and when the full forward added a further point within a minute the Ballymena lads had earned a four point advantage, 1-06 to 0-05 at the break.

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Cola McDonnell punches the air in celebration as All Saints keeper, Brandon Reid and defender Cormac Magill lie grounded after his goal had brought Tir na nOg right back into contention.

Tir na nOg started the second half with an early score as the ever busy Aaron McNeilly claimed first strike with a 33rd minute point but such was quickly negated by a similar score from Oisin Connolly which followed at the other end.

Aaron McNeilly did add a trio of points in the next phase with the Ballymena lads making reply with a brace from the impressive Conor Stewart and All Saints were just about edging the exchanges.

They received a blow shortly after however when central defender Coary Lyttle picked up a second yellow and red which followed which meant dismissal.

Aaron Mc Neilly’s point which followed hinted at a Tir na Nog revival but when the Ballymena lads returned to the coal face with a couple of goals to move 3-09 to 0-09 clear they seemed back in control.

Ronnie Marshall and Jake White were the men on target, both firing first time ground shots to the net to give Tir na nOg keeper Josh Higgins no chance and it looked all over at this stage.

Tir na nOg looked down but in the event the Whitehill Blues were not to be counted out as yet as they stormed back into contention with a couple of goals in as many minutes.

Peter Cullen was well presented by a quick combination involving Emmett Murray and Colla McDonnell to fire home and when the latter seized on a short kick out to return the leather post haste to the back of the net it was game on again with only a score separating the finalists.

All Saint’s made quick reply to steady the ship when Aidan Scullion punished an indiscretion on the hard working Conor Stewart by sending the free which resulted right between the posts but when Aaron McNeilly sent replacement Paddy Dougan in to raise white in reply at the other end still only a score stood between them.

A frantic last phase followed with neither side wilting in their exertions and as the game clock ticked towards the allotted 60 minutes the Whitehill lads came close to claiming the equalizer.

A well laid approach saw Aaron Mc Neilly send Colla McDonnell in on the target to deliver a powerful shot but Shea O’ Brien was well placed on the goal line to make desperate intervention as the ball was cleared to safety.

All Saint’s returned to the offensive again and an injury time Aidan Scullion point proved the clincher with the long blast which quickly followed ushering the All Saint’s over the finish line, and the podium with the Laverty cup secured at 3-11 to 2-10.

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All Saint’s: Brandon Reid, Cormac O’Neill, Matthew Corr, Cormac Magill, Matthew Downey, Coary Lyttle, Ronan Laverty, Conor Stewart (0-02), Ronnie Marshall (1-00), Jake White (1-00), Aidan Scullion (0-04), Oisin Connolly (0-04), James Mc Donald, Eoghan Daly (1-01), Shea O’ Brien

Subs

Shea O’ Callaghan for C Magill

Ronan Mc Killop for A Scullion

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Tir na nOg: Josh Higgins, Mark Porter, Oliver McAtamney, Ethan Higgins, Peter Cullen (1-00), Brandon Mc Larnon, Eamon Og McAllister, Cormac Devlin, Ciaran O’ Neill (0-01), Conor Crossey, Emmett Murray, Aaron McNeilly (0-07), Nathan McKee (0-01), Eamon Mc Donnell , Colla Mc Donnell (1-00)

Subs

Caspar Logan for C Crossey

Paddy Dougan (0-01) for E Mc Donnell

Ricardo Connceiocre for C Logan

Referee Jarlath O’ Donnell (Con Magee’s)

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South West Chairman, Jim McGrath presents the Laverty Cup to All Saints captain Shea O’Brien.

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