U14 Girls A Championship Shield Final

Desertmartin 7 – 9 : 1 – 3 Steelstown

The U14 Girls rounded off a marvellous season by winning the A Championship Shield today at Owenbeg with a resounding victory over Steelstown. Played in glorious sunshine the St Martin’s girls were worthy winners as they overpowered the city girls from start to finish.

In the vast open spaces of Owenbeg Desertmartin were in firm control in all areas of the pitch. With Kate McCann and Cara Donnelly having a monopoly of possession between the two 45s it was a case of feed the forwards and they’ll do the rest. This they did with Maria McGovern and Ashlinn McElhennon accounting for all their first half scores to lead at halftime 7 – 3 to 0 – 2. The game as a contest was over by half time. In the second period the Desertmartin management used all their subs but the pattern of the game continued with St Martin’s in the driving seat. The Saffrons added a further 0 – 6 to their halftime score while Steelstown replied with 1 – 1.

Despite being outclassed Steelstown remained competitive with their No. 9 being their standout player. She got her just rewards with a well-taken goal in the later stages of the game. Although it was the forwards who caught the eye Desertmartin were secure in defence with really good performances from Tori Donnelly, Leigh McGovern and Ava Bradley. As captain Cara Donnnelly received the trophy it concluded a wonderful season which saw Desertmartin’s U14 Girls compete on the national stage with a sterling journey in the U14 Feile which ended in an All Ireland semi-final placing last weekend.

The club are very grateful to the girls and the management team of Paul Scullion, Paul Donnelly and James Frain for giving the GAA community of our parish a marvellous season of football.

Desertmartin: E Barker; C O’Kane; T Donnelly; H Scullion; L McGovern; A Bradley; C Donnelly; K McCann; A Henry; A McElhennon; K Devlin; M McGovern and L Murray

Sponsor a Player Round 5

This is where you can sponsor a player with direct debit payment online. The more sponsors the better to help with all the stuff needed to make this trip a success. Just click on one of the buttons and fill out the online form.

If you want to use PayPal instead click below. Remember to add player name on the form where it says “Write a note (optional)” With this option you can choose your donation amount.

There are other fund raisers going on at the minute too and you can keep and eye out for them too at http://www.desertmartingac.com/feile-2019-fundraisers/.

Ciarri O’Kane

Catherine Law

Ava Bradley

Aoife Frain

Annie McCann

Alexandra Valloso

Sponsor a Player Round 1

This is where you can sponsor a player. The more sponsors the better to help with all the stuff needed to make this trip a success. Just click on one of the buttons and fill out the online form.

If you want to use PayPal instead click below. Remember to add name where it says Write a note .

Clodagh O’Kane

Cara Donnelly

Erin O’Connor

Erin O’Kane

Chloe Scullion

Underage Wrapped Up For 2017 

Yes folks, it’s been a great year of football for the youngsters of the parish and we’ve had an extensive program of coaching and learning.

Last night brought to an end this year’s fun for the Christmas break, but I’m sure all the kids can’t wait to get back at it in the new year. 

Below are the p4&5 children at Meadowbank, and below that the P2&3s at the Gaelic Centre. 

Thanks to the coaches and young helpers at this time, and remember folks they are all volunteers.

Keep an eye out on social media for the coaching program starting in the new year, and Merry Christmas to you all. ☃🎄

Club Coaching Development Course Complete

Thanks to Lizzie from Ulster GAA for delivering the Club Coaching Development Course. Over the past 5 weeks we’ve been working hard on developing our coaching strategy. The course has been very worthwhile, and the club are excited to do anything we can to improve in all areas. 

Would you like to be involved? Let us know. 

Below are just some if the those involved in developing our coaching strategy.

Youth Presentation

Please make a special note in your diary for the Youth Presentation, which will be held on December 3rd at 4pm. 

Please note the change in time from the originally advertised 5pm. We’re looking forward to a good night, and a well deserved celebration if this year’s achievements for both Desertmartin and Callan Gaels.