Ladies v Magherafelt Match Report

The Senior Ladies played host to league leaders Magherafelt yesterday evening, 20th May 2019. It was always going to be a challenge to topple the league pace-setters but the Desertmartin girls made them sit up and take notice, particularly in the second half. As expected the Rossas started at blistering speed building up a comfortable lead half way through the first period. But with Aideen Fullen beginning to win useful possession at mid-field, Carmel Shaw advancing constantly from half back and Louise O’Connell providing support the Saffrons began to work their way into the game. Following a couple of wides St Martin’s opened their account with a well taken goal from full-forward Patricia McFlynn. Magherafelt realising the Desertmartin threat replied with 1 – 2 approaching half-time. Desertmartin finished the half strongly pushing Magherafelt onto the back-foot and were unlucky not to score from two good shooting opportunities. The second period saw a very different game and a rejuvenated St Martin’s team. Suzanne McFlynn who was playing well in the first half gave a dazzling performance at half-back in the second. The introduction of Noleen McGuckin into the defence along with the assured play of Paula McElwee gave Desertmartin greater security. But the jewel in Desertmartin’s rousing second performance was Ciara Scullion who repeatedly picked up possession around her own 45m line and set the home side attacking time and time again. During the first twenty minutes of the second half Desertmartin outscored the visitors 3 – 2 to 1 – 5 with goals coming from P McFlynn, Erin McKernan and Emer Kelly along with two well taken points from C Scullion and S McGuckin. But the huge effort put in by the St Martin’s girls left them visibly tired entering the remaining few minutes of play. Sensing their opportunity the Rossas cashed with three late goals to re-establish their comfortable lead. But Desertmartin should take heart from their performance and build on it for the remainder of the league. Final score Desertmartin 4 – 2 – 6 – 13 Magherafelt.

Desertmartin: Noleen McGuckin; Sinead McGuckin; Suzanne McGuckin (0 -1); Edel McGuckin; Carmel Shaw; Paula McElwee; Louise O’Connell; Aideen Fullen; Ciara Scullion (0 -1); Erin McKernan (1 – 0); Niamh Mullan; Patricia McFlynn (2 – 0); Shannon Campbell; Emer Kelly (1 – 0); Catherine Walls and Orla Kelly

Slieve Gallion Challenge 2019 Results

Another great day at the Slieve Gallion Challenge. Follow the links below to fine all todays results. Thanks to everyone for attending and we hope you all had a great day.

10K results can be seen here:

SlieveGallionChallenge2019-10KResults

5K results can be seen here:

SlieveGallionChallenge2019-5KResults

Category Winners:

Male Open: Tomasz Olszewski
Female Open: Karen McGuigan – Sperrin Harrier
Male 50+: Pat Groogan
Female 50+: Pauline Fullen
5K Male: Andrew Gormley
5K Female: Claire McAtamney

Congratulations and thanks again to all our runners.

Thanks also to all out helpers on the day as well as all the local companies for their continued support of this event.

Slieve Gallion Challenge 19th May 2019

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Ready to Run? 

With a challenging 10k route, and and an easier 5k walk or run, everyone can take part in the Slieve Gallion Challenge. The route is fully on road and though it is challenging it is not advanced. At the Club we are committed to health promotion, and this event, now in it’s 4th year continues to generate momentum.

In beutiful surroundings on the slopes of Slieve Gallion Mountain at the edge of the Sperrins, you can take in the views as you push for your best 10k yet. Chip timing included so you can get your officially recorded times, and we are registered with Athletics NI. You must be over 15 to enter the 10k.

10k run entry £15

5k run entry £10

5k Walk £5

Refreshments will be served afterwards and there are shower and changing facilities available also.

So what are you waiting for……..register now.

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Walkway Lighting Proposal

The club has been in collaborating with Mid Ulster Council regarding lighting the pitch walkway. This will be a great boost to the club and we are looking forward to providing opportuities for the community to use the facilities for healthy activities such as walking in the darker months of the year.

Sketch of the propsed lighting positions around the pitch

We are nearing completion of the planning phase and we will keep you all up to date on how things are going.

Anti Mining Photoshoot

An anti-mining photo shoot will take place with newspaper photographers at Cullion Crossroads at 12:30pm Saturday afternoon.

Desertmartin GAC stands shoulder to shoulder with the local community groups Protect Slieve Gallion, Love Screen Stop Mining and the wider anti mining fraternity in our opposition to the proposed mineral extraction processes and use of harmful chemicals in OUR environment.

Desertmartin GAC stands shoulder to shoulder with the local community groups

Registration 2019

As the new year begins membership is now due. We will be holding registration nights on Friday 21st Jan, 28th Jan, and 4th Feb – from 8pm to 9pm.

Would need all memebrs to update their data protection consent and permissons, so we would ask that you fill out a form for you or your family.

You can pay by cash and the fees are as follows:

  • Adult Membership £40
  • Youth (Under 18) £20 each, and £10 for 3rd child onwards
  • OAP/Student Cocessions £20

Your name and the names of your family members can go on the one membership form, and this also includes consent for data storage and preferences for contact from St. Martin’s GAC, regarding activities at the club. Everyone needs to be covered by one of these forms.

For playing members with pre existing medical conditions, please fill out a Health Declaration for each individual. This allows coaches and trained first aiders to know who in thier teams they need to know about.

We are embarking on development of our facilities this year and the Club can only be strong and successful with the backing of the community and in turn the community benefits from up to date facilities and services.

Christmas Shop Order Time!

Christmas may still be a few months off but it’s time to start to think about placing your orders. Orders must be placed on or before Monday the 1st of October to guarantee Christmas delivery.

We would also like to introduce the latest item to our range, the Rick Half Zip Fleece top from age 5 and up. This half zip is only available for pre order and will not be stocked in the club shop so order to avoid disappointment.

Prices: Adult £36 & Kids £28

Orders can be placed at the club shop each Monday night from 8 to 8.30 or by contacting Ciaran Higgins directly on 07968837094. All items must be paid for in full before orders will be accepted.

Other available items can be seen here.