The Tir Chonaill Gaels Junior team went to Goodmayes, East London to play Thomas McCurtains in their 1st round Junior championship game and came away with a great win 1-11 to 1-8. Not too many people in London give the Gaels any hope of winning against one of the championship favourites but our lads played a great game. Manager Michael Cunningham pulled of a blinder during the week and got London senior manager and Gaels man Paul Coggins to work with his squad in the build up to this game and it worked a treat.
Playing against a breeze in the 1st half the Gaels held their own but did concede a late goal to let the McCurtain’s lead by four points at half time, 1-6 to 0-5. However the Gaels dominated the second half with outstanding performances all over the pitch. They only conceded two points to Mc Curtains in the second half, whilst TCG scored 1-6. Clive Mills scoring a goal which came from the hard working Kieran Cunningham who had an excellent game throughout.
However, the Gaels defence was outstanding all day with Kevin McFadden, Cormac McGarvey, Gerard Geraghty, Stefan Carr and Philip Butler standing firm all day. Whilst at mid-field Gavin McEvoy and Paddy Flynn out shone their opponents with Gavin converting two 45s at vital times.
Up front Brendan Scannell, Kieran Cunningham, Donal Geraghty, Clive Mills, Tommy Moriarty and Liam Gaviighan were outstanding with Kieran Cunningham winning his fair share of ball and fought hard all day.
It was a wonderful team performance and manager Michael Cunningham will have the task of keeping their feet firmly on the ground because if they can perform like this for the remaining games the lads could have a great season. Well done lads and next up is Shalloe Pearces on Sunday 29th July.
Fixtures: For this week’s fixtures please check the club website or local papers for details.
All Britain Competition: This weekend will see the inaugural “O’Neill’s” All Britain Competition (ABC) taking place at Tir Chonaill Park, Greenford from the 20th July – 22nd July.
The weekend promises to be a family event filled with fun and excitement with games taking place from Friday 20th July culminating with the finals being played on Sunday 22nd July.
There will be a marquee serving food on-site all day and each player will get one meal per day free of charge.
In addition to this, entertainment will be provided over the course of the weekend with Irish dancing as well as traditional Irish music.
The Competition seeks to highlight the hard work and commitment of the various volunteers throughout Britain as well as providing children from all over Britain with an opportunity to compete and test their skills against their peers.
If you have any question regarding the All Britain Competition or are interested in becoming a sponsor please do not hesitate to contact the committee secretary via email firstname.lastname@example.org
King of the Alps: Long serving club member Frank Glynn reached new boundaries last week when he completed a stage of the tour de France over the Alps. Frank now at an age where he should be attending Bingo sessions done the gruelling 150k climb the day before the big boys in a slightly slower time!!
Lotto results for 12/07/2012, Jackpot £1,700. Numbers drawn 2-3-6-16
No jackpot winners, £25 lucky dip winners, E Mc Bride, c/o British Queen, Billy Byres, c/o Conningham Arms, Martin Kelly, c/o British Queen, T Milne, c/o BP
This week’s jackpot £1,750 play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.com
Training – Nursery / U8 / U10 / U12
Training for the above age groups has now finished for the summer break and will resume in September. TCG would like to wish all its players and families a restful summer holiday.
A busy week for the U14s, last Wed saw them play North London Shamrocks in the Shield semi-final. Despite the weather TCG got off to a good start with scores from Sean Rice, whilst Harry O Donovan made some great saves at the other end.
Half time saw TCG leading by 2 points. Coming back after the break TCG, showing a fantastic team spirit, were really determined to win. NLS made some good scores but the game finished with the final score in TCG’s favour 4-7 to NLS 2-3.
A squad of 22 made the journey to Mitcham on a very damp Saturday for the League semi final and final. Our opposition for the first game was Dulwich with the half time score 1-4 to 4pts. Some brilliant play saw TCG take the lead by 3 pts but Dulwich got a lucky goal followed by a quick point, leaving them the eventual winners at full time. Round Towers were up next and TCG were narrowly pipped at the post with Round Towers winning with a 2 point lead over TCG. Thank you to all the players for their dedication in playing on what was a miserably wet day.
U14 Training / Shield Final: Training this Monday (16th) in preparation for the Shield Final against Round Towers on Wednesday (18th – weather permitting).
ABC Tournament – 20th-22nd July – Greenford: TCG would like to welcome,and wish all the teams taking part in the ABC Tournament being held at Greenford the very best of luck in their individual competitions. All welcome to come along and support the players / the tournament over the three days.
Congratulations: To Youth Board Members Phil and Judy Butler as they celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary. Well Done To Michael Cunningham (Youth Chairman) and his TCG Junior Team with a 1-11 win over Thomas Mcurtains 1-8 in the first round of the Junior Championship at Goodmayes. Next game is against Shalloe Pearces on Sunday 29th July.