At the Intermediate Camogie Championship An Riocht v Castlewellan on Saturday in Ballyholland, An Riocht produced a disciplined display sticking to the game plan and moving the ball into a lively full forward line who thrived on early delivery and returned 4-3 from play in a 5-12 to 0-7 victory.
Castlewellan led two one when Joanna Sloan made a great save to keep them out and An Riocht responded with the next five scores including a goal from Aoife McDowell after good play by Maria Higgins and Lauren Clarke.
Joanna was in the thick of the action again midway through the half when she parried a blistering shot and Shaunece Harper completed the clearance to safety.
An Riocht led 1-5 to 0-4 when Lauren Clarke bagged a second goal, the chance looked to have gone after the ball stuck in the soggy goalmouth but her perseverance and no little skill combined to good effect and later Tiarna Donnan who had opened the scoring for An Riocht brought it to a close and sent An Riocht in 2-8 to 0-4 to the good.
Though Castlewellan opened the second half scoring, An Riocht now had a firm grip on proceedings and Aoife McDowell doubled on a Carrie Killen pass for An Riocht’s third goal. Carrie had scored her third second half point before Aoife completed her hat trick when she followed in on Tiarna Donnan’s parried shot and swept the ball to the net.
Castlewellan weren’t finished however and Joanna Sloan pulled off another big save with Louise Rodgers clearing the danger. There was still time for Colleen Fearon to round off the scoring with a solo and low shot all the way to the Castlewellan nets,
Team: Joanna Sloan, Clara Killen, Louise Rodgers, Emma Jayne Magee, Shaunece Harper, Orla McAlinden, Nicole Cunningham, Aine Fearon 0-4 (2x45,1f), Patrice Matthews, Carrie Killen 0-3, Colleen Fearon 1-1, Maria Higgins 0-1, Aoife McDowell 3-0, Lauren Clarke 1-1, Tiarna Donnan 0-2.
Subs: Sophie Bowater, Nicole Kelly, Tierna Ronney.
An Riocht SUBWAY Player of the Match Aine Fearon.
On Saturday 3rd September, An Riocht hosts the Carmel Doran Memorial Cup & Shield Recreational Camogie 7-a-side Tournament & JG Donnan Memorial Cup & Shield Recreational Football 7-a-side Tournament, now taking entries.
Recreational Gaelic Games (incidental contact only is allowed) is for anyone not playing competitively with a Club and offers fun and exercise, is a social outlet and an opportunity for past players and members to get reacquainted.
The P5/P6 Footballers had two teams playing in the Celbridge County Kildare tournament on Saturday where they had games with Maynooth (Kildare), Fingallians (Dublin), Round Towers (Kildare), Rhode (Offaly), Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) and St Lomans Mullingar (Westmeath).
The U14 Camogie match with Drumaness on Tuesday past was the last game of the league, and An Riocht won 10-6 to 1-0 after a great performance all round. The girls have had a great season so far and are now just waiting to hear who they get in the knock-out Shield.
At the Senior Football in Downpatrick, An Riocht recovered from conceding two goals in the first couple of minutes to outplay Hoops and were better value than their two-point winning margin, 2-13 to 3-8.
An Riocht: Stephen Doran, Michael Clarke, John O’Rourke, Liam McVeigh, James Cunningham 0-1, Paul Allen, Conor Doyle, Ronan McAlinden 0-2 (2f), Deaglan Morgan, Conor Cole 0-2, Martin Clarke 0-3 (2f), Sean Clarke, Rory Cunningham 1-0, Noel McArdle 1-3 (pen, 2f), Declan Doyle 0-2.
Subs: Brian Rodgers, Kory Colgan, Brendan Allen
An Riocht U18 Footballers beat St Patricks 2-10 to 0-7. Best wishes to the St Pats player who was injured. It was nip and tuck in the first half but on the restart An Riocht pulled clear.
Team: Thomas Sloan, Thomas Murnion, Shane Cunningham, John Joe Eakins, Daniel Hardy, Liam Rodgers, Christopher Flanagan 0-1, Dane Matthews, Conor Clarke 0-2, Paddy McComiskey 1-0, Ronan Campbell 1-5, Eoin Sloan 0-1, Jack Rafferty 0-1, Caomhan Campbell.
Harmony Community Trust Glebe House visited the club on Wednesday as part of a cross community initiative when a group of young people tried gaelic football and camogie for the first time; earlier in the summer a group from the club enjoyed a residential at Glebe House.
To help keep our kitchen and toilet facilities in tip top shape, we are hoping for 24 names which means all anyone has to do is 1 hour every 6 weeks with a group of 4 people. See An Riocht Facebook for details or call into the club.
New Cookery Programme for young people starting Tuesday 13th September; Everyday Meals for Young People on a budget, work with a professional chef to feed yourself for the week.
The purpose of this e mail is two-fold
I am asking if personnel within your Club would be available to assist as Match Day Stewards in Pairc Esler on this coming weekend at the Senior Championship Quarter Finals.
If anyone within your Club would be interested then could you please forward me their contact details, stewards would need to be available from 6pm on Friday and/or from 5.45pm on Sunday or if they are only available on one of these days all offers of assistance are welcome.
I am attaching details here of an upcoming course for people who would like to assist as Stewards at Match Days in Down in 2017.
The course will run for 5 sessions and will be held within Down, beginning in early November; each session/module has a brief written assessment; the first 4 sessions will cover the content of each module and the 5th session will be used for completing assessments. Each session will take 3 hours.
This qualification is recognised by DCAL & Croke Park and is funded by SportNI & Ulster GAA
Seán Óg McAteer
Kingdom’s Safe Driving programme ‘No Need 4 Speed’ is filling up quickly so if interested let us know asap. Those who complete the programme in full will receive a certificate, and financial assistance with driving lessons. This is a ‘whole community’ project and Kingdom welcomes interest from young people who may not be regular attendees of Kingdom. Anyone interested should call out to the club and speak to Lee. This project is funded by ARCS and will incorporate the Ulster GAA ‘Live to Play’ road safety education project.
Its August already and thoughts turn to the autumn/winter programme at Dunavil. The Safe Driving project is a great one to get things started but if you have any thoughts on activities you want included then let one of the leaders or board members know. Sherman Hall has offered to continue Basketball practice into the dark evenings so if there is enough interest that could be a worthwhile activity for a number of age groups over the duration of one night a week.
In U14 Football An Riocht beat Banbridge 5-11 to 1-5 on Wednesday, a good result given Bann had 12 points to spare over us the first day with sterling performances from Jack Rodgers, Aidan Gribben, Eoin Killen and Reece Flanagan. Thanks to all the parents for coming along to support the boys.
There is a joint meeting tomorrow evening, Tuesday at 7pm regarding Planning and Physical Development and Finance. We have something for everyone to get involved with - grant applications to be jointly worked on, minor development works, essential repairs and maintenance to be organised. We need your expertise for one hour to get things up and running. Please spread the word!! Thanks
In the U14 Football Warrenpoint v An Riocht played at Milltown, An Riocht lost by four on a 6-11 to 5-10 score line. The ‘Point were a taller team, won possession easier and covered the ground quicker but for the most part An Riocht battled away and a great final quarter when we outscored the home team 4-2 to 0-1 almost brought a share of the spoils.
Curtis Flanagan was excellent between the posts though tired a bit with the excessive amount of kick outs he had to make; Aidan Gribben was magnificent going forward and also did a fair amount of tracking back when not in possession. An Riocht trailed 2-6 to 1-5 at half time and lost the match in the third quarter due to losing their shape, just kicking the ball and not passing it, and too many forwards too static and caught behind their men and lacking the fight to win the ball.
But that last fifteen minutes showed just how good we can be if we want it bad enough.
Team: Curtis Flanagan, Michael Greenan, Ryan Mackey, Shane Quinn, Ryan Quinn, Eoin Killen, Reece Flanagan, Dylan Nugent, Aidan Gribben 3-9, Lorcan Donnan 0-1, Jack Rodgers 1-0, Ryan Cunningham, Mark McVeigh, William Harper, Ben Matthews. Subs Cameron Harper 1-0, Matthew McCartan.
An Riocht Subway Player of the Match; Aidan Gribben
At the U18 Football Clann Na Gael v An Riocht played in Newry, An Riocht drew 3-10 to 2-13. This was a poor performance and only U16 players John Joe Eakins, Christopher Flanagan and Philip Curran could be happy with their game. It will take the ‘Minor’ players to step up if we are to have any chance in the South Down Championship. An Riocht led seven nil after ten minutes but trailed eleven nine by half time. A good third quarter had us lead sixteen eleven before Clanns levelled it again and despite twice going ahead in the closing minutes we were unable to hold out for the win.
Team: Thomas Sloan, John Joe Eakins, Shane Cunningham, Liam Rodgers, Daniel Hardy, Christopher Flanagan 1-2, Conor Clarke 1-2, Dane Matthews, Philip Curran 0-1, Ronan Campbell 1-3 (pen, 2f), Eoin Sloan 0-2, Jack Rafferty, Paddy McComiskey.
Subs: Caomhan Campbell, Thomas Murnion,
An Riocht Subway Player of the Match: Christopher Flanagan
In Senior Football An Riocht as expected brushed aside third division opposition to make the last eight but could do with a sterner test before the knock our round kicks in. We even missed a penalty as we wrapped up the result as early as the fifteenth minute when we led 3-6 to nil and had 5-7 on the score board when Connaire Harrison got Glasdrumman’s first point from a free in the twenty fourth minute. At half time it was 5-8 to 0-3 and that dominance continued even with a triple substitution for the restart and all five second half An Riocht subs scored, four of them goals. Glasdrumman battled away but were punished for every mistake though. An unfortunate mismatch that did neither team any good.
An Riocht: Brendan McVeigh, Michael Clarke, John O’Rourke, Liam McVeigh, James Cunningham 0-1, Paul Allen 0-1, Conor Doyle 1-1, Ronan McAlinden, Kory Colgan, Noel McArdle 0-2, Martin Clarke 0-2 (f, 45), Sean Clarke 1-0, Rory Cunningham 2-3 (1f), Deaglan Morgan 1-2, Declan Doyle 1-1.
Subs: Brian Rodgers 0-1, Darren Doyle 1-0, Conor Cole 1-0, Chris Killen 1-0, Liam Rodgers 1-0
A group of young people from the club attended the Celebrity Chef event at the Nautilus Centre on Saturday and Aoife, John Joe, Clare, Eoin and Tiarna enjoyed the cooking.
Chris Hazard MLA Minister for Infrastructure (formerly Department Social Development) was at Dunavil on Friday to look at traffic calming measures on the Dunavil Road.
The U8 Footballers played Rostrevor two matches on Saturday with everyone getting forty minutes game time.
The U16 Camogie An Riocht v Kilclief was played in a torrential downpour; An Riocht won handsomely but both teams deserve the utmost credit for braving the horrible weather.
Team was: Andrea O Neill, Caoimhe Lee Spiers, Rachel Cunningham, Caoimhe McAlinden, Eve Doran, Cerys Clarke, Clare Fearon, Aoife McDowell, Ciarrai Connor. Subs: Molly Ireland, Caoimhe Donnan, Claire Ward
An Riocht Subway Player of the Match: Andrea O' Neill
The U18 footballers drew in Drumgath 1-9 apiece with a goal from Ronan Campbell.
Team: Thomas Sloan, John Joe Eakins, Caomhan Campbell, Conor Clarke, Liam Rodgers, Christopher Flanagan, Paddy McComiskey, Eoin Sloan, Marc Rooney, Dane Matthews, Michael Harper, Thomas Murnion, Philip Curran.
An Riocht Subway Player of the Match: Eoin Sloan.
The Premier Reserve Football Championship Warrenpoint v An Riocht has been postponed a week to 14th August.
On Thursday 18th August at 8pm there will be a concert in the Kingdom Hall in aid of Fr Nicky Hennity’s Mission Appeal.
At the Patsy Conkey (U12) & Sharon Morgan (U16) Camogie tournaments, the Patsy Conkey Cup winners were Lavey with runners-up Greenlough while the Shield went to Derrynoose who beat Bredagh in the Final. An Riocht U12 lost in the quarter-final to eventual winners Lavey after games with Kilcoo, Cullyhanna and Edendork.
The Sharon Morgan Cup winners were also Lavey, with runners-up An Riocht while the Shield went to Bredagh who pipped Edendork in the Final. An Riocht U16 beat Kilcoo, Killeavy, Clonduff and Greenlough on their way to the Final.