Casement’s GAC Portglenone Kellog’s Cul Camp

Casement’s GAC, Portglenone held a very successful and enjoyable Cup Camp this week and amongst ther coaches were Tyrone footballer Ciaran McGeary and Sean McKenna from Gaelfast.

The Saffron Gael attended today and captured some of the action as the children attending enjoyed the coaching and the craic in glorious sunshine as the childre were put through their paces before taking part in a questions and answers session with Ciaran McGeary and former Down player Brian Burns who is now a member of the Casement’s club.

‘Biddies’ save best to the last but are relegated

ACHL Division 2

Tir na nOg 1-12  St. Brigid’s Cloughmills 1-18

St. Brigid’s Cloughmills saved their best performance of the year for last night when they travelled to Whitehill and defeated Tir na nOg by six points but unfortunately for the Cloughmills side they could not stave off relegation to division 3 for 2020.

It has been a difficult season for the ‘Biddies’ and although they have performed well in many of their games the results just wouldn’t come. It’s only a couple of years since St. Brigid’s were in division one and lifting an Ulster Intermediate title and many of those players are still around.

We at the Saffron Gael have been present at many of those games and congratulate the club on promoting hurling in a difficult environment and doing it very successfully and like Ahoghill before them, I believe they have the players and the desire to bounce back strongly next year.

Before that though St. Brigid’s have a championship meeting with Glenariffe Oisin at the start of September and last night’s win might just be the tonic they need to give that one a real lash and keep a difficult season alive

Get Behind Your Team in the Championship

The first of this year’s championship finals is scheduled for Friday night and it’s a novelty pairing when Latharna Og of Larne face All Saints Ballymena in the Junior B Hurling final in Ahoghill at 7-30. The Saffron Gael will be there to cover the game, as we were at both semi-finals and will carry a preview of the final later in the week.

With so many important Championship games to be played in the season ahead we are offering businesses in the area of the teams taking part in the various championships the opportunity to post an advert supporting your local club or indeed any club of your choice taking part in the championships.

Gearing the adverts towards the participating clubs for the nominal fee of £60 with the added bonus that if your team progresses we will carry your advert on the corresponding reports for free right through to the final itself should your team go that far.

So for example if Cargin were playing Creggan in football or Dunloy were facing Loughgiel in the hurling there will be the opportunity for businesses from each area to take an advert which will run with the match report.

If you have a business in the areas of any of the clubs taking part in any of the championships (FULL DRAW AND DATES ARE ON THE SAFFRON GAEL SITE & ANTRIM GAA WEBSITE) and would like to place an advert on our site supporting and wishing your side good luck in those games get in touch with us ASAP at john.mcilwaine@yahoo.co.uk or ptrckmclwn@yahoo.co.uk

Listed below are a few examples of adverts we carried in last years championships and we extend our thanks to those advertisers who’s generosity is helping to keep our site alive and we would ask you where possible to support those advertisers.

Please not: If you dont want your advert to get behind a particular team but simply have it included on a championship game of your choice or indeed any game we will be happy to do so.

Oisins clinch U14 Shield

North Antrim Under 14 Hurling Shield final

Oisins Glenariffe 1-10 Loughgiel Shamrocks 2-2

Oisins won the Under 14 North Antrim Shield when they beat Loughgiel in Sunday evening’s final at Pairc MacUilin Ballycastle. Leading by 0-8 to 2-0 at half time the Oisins struck a decisive blow early in the second half when a long range free by full-back Cathán Graham went all the way to the Loughgiel net. Loughgiel closed the gap with two pointed frees and with seven minutes left to play were just a goal behind. However the Oisins held their opponents scoreless for the remainder of the game and two late points sealed the win.

Celebration time! The Oisins subs run on to celebrate with their team mates at the final whistle.

The Oisins had the better start and after six minutes were three points to the good as Brogan O’Connor’s pointed free was followed by two from play by centre half forward Patrick McIlwaine, but that was all cancelled out in one fell swoop when corner forward Danny McAuley grabbed a Loughgiel goal. The Oisin retook the lead when McIlwaine and O’Connor sent over points but Loughgiel hit the front when Jack McCloskey grabbed his team’s second goal in the fourteenth minute. However that was to be their last score of the half and Glenariffe came back with two pointed frees by Brogan O’Connor and one from play by Cailin Devlin to lead by 0-8 to 2-0 at half time.

Graham’s goal soon after the restart put them in a strong position but Loughgiel came back with two pointed frees by Jack McCloskey. Orrin O’Connor put the Oisins four ahead before his brother Brogan added one from a free to seal the win.

OISINS: Phelim Ward, Odhran McClintock, Cathán Graham, Peadar McDonnell, Mathew Black, Ronan Leech, Niall Michael Magee, Calum McIlwaine, Cailin Devlin, Orrin O’Connor, Patrick McIlwaine, Oisin Healy, Eamonn Ward, Brogan O’Connor, John Scullion.

Subs – Oisin Ward, Daniel Douthart, Paddy Joe Harvey, James Kearney, Sheamus Monaghan, David Murray, Eoghan Robin, Colla Ward.

SHAMROCKS: Mark Christie, Ronan McLaughlin, Pearce Patterson, Ashdon McGarry, Charlie O’Hagan, Brian McGarry, Preston McGarry, Ben McGarry, Darragh Patterson, Liam Glackin, Ronan Casey, Ronan Fitzgerald, Roain McGarry, Jack McCloskey, Danny McAuley.

Subs – Gareth Boyd, Codai McGarry, Caolan Reid, Con McCormick, Ryan O’Boyle.

Referee – A McAuley (Ballycastle)