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.
There will be first aid training OPEN TO EVERYONE in the hall on 13th Oct for 9am – 3pm.
This is a full day of excellent training, and it is mandatory for all our coaches under our insurance obligations.
Visit the facebook event page to book your place.
Desertmartin’s recent good form in the league continued last Sunday when they overcame Faughanvale at Longfield. Both teams started the game level on points and a victory was paramount to each in their quest to avoid a place in the bottom six of the league at the end of the season. From the throw-in both sides fought hard for dominance and nothing separated them as they were locked at 0-4 each after twenty minutes. But Desermartin finished the half stronger to lead 0-8 to 0-5 at the break. St Martin’s started the second period in determined fashion hitting three quick points to go six up after five minutes from the restart. But the mood of the game changed. Desertmartin relaxed too much, Faughanvale snatched their chance and fired over four points to cut the Saffrons lead to two on the 44th minute. From then until the final whistle it was a battle. Possession was hard won, difficult to retain and scoring chances were rare. The odds for a draw were prominent entering the last five minutes as Faughanvale closed to within one point of the lead. Somehow the Saffrons found a late surge of energy and forcing the play through midfield and working their way into the Vale’s 20m line they slammed over three points to go four up into injury time. Faughanvale finished the game with a pointed free but Desertmartin emerged three point winners 0-14 to 0-11.
Desertmartin scorers: G McGreevy (0-5 2f); A Trainor (0-2); Donal Murray (0-2); P McGovern (0-1); G McGovern (0-1); Declan Murray (0-1); O Kelly (0-1) and M Madden (0-1)
The seniors continued the good form they showed against Ballerin with a comprehensive victory over Drum in the league last Friday evening. Played at the North Derry venue Desetmartin were in complete control for the first thirty minutes. They were 1-4 to 0-2 ahead after fifteen minutes and kept accumulating scores to lead at the break 3-8 to 0-4 with the goals coming from Ryan McGuckin; E McGuckin (pen) and Declan Murray. The Saffrons went further ahead shortly after the restart when E McGuckin goaled again from a penalty after G McGovern was fouled in the Drum square. Further points followed from Ronan McGuckin and Declan Murray but Desertmartin took the foot off the pedal and Drum took over for the remainder of the game. With Nos. 6; 8; 11 and 12 showing great commitment and no less skill St Colm’s shot an impressive 1-7 in the second half. The Saffrons came to life in the remaining few minutes with a point from Declan Murray and a very well taken goal from G McGovern to run out easy winners 5-11 to 1-11.
Desertmartin scorers: E McGuckin (2pen-3). Declan Murray (1-2); G McGreevy (0-2); Ryan McGuckin (1-0); G McGovern (1-0); Donal Murray (0-1); E O’Kane (0-1); Ronan McGuckin (0-1) and A Trainor (0-1)
The Senior ladies played Ballerin in the first round of the championship at Longfield last Monday evening. Although Balllerin stared as hot favourites they were just ahead by two points with five minutes to go and had to call upon all their resources in the last few minutes to guarantee their passage to the next round. Desertmartin gave a whole hearted performance and each girl gave their very best on the night.
The sides were level at two points-a- piece after ten minutes with Thomasina Cassidy scoring for the Saffrons. Play was then halted for quite some time as a Ballerin player picked an injury to her shoulder and had to leave the field. The Sarsfields girls added two further points before Desertmartin had a goaling opportunity that resulted in a fisted point from Patricia McFlynn. The following ten minutes saw Ballerin at their very best as they cut through the home defence scoring 1-4 approaching halftime. Desertmartin stemmed the onslaught when T Cassidy pointed from a free leaving Ballerin ahead 1-7 to 0-4 at the break. Desertmartin suffered a blow seconds after the throw-in to the second period when Aideen Fullen who was playing really well at midfield damaged an ankle when she landed heavily and couldn’t continue. But Desertmartin brought the game to the visitors and won a penalty on the thirty-sixth minute when T Cassidy was fouled as she bore down on goal. Thomasina struck the penalty firmly but the Ballerin keeper saved and the danger was cleared. Desertmartin at this stage were very measured in their play with Edel McGuckin pulling off good saves in goals, Noleen McGuckin very assured at full-back, Paula McElwee intercepting repeatly at wing back and Louise O’Connell now playing at centre-half they looked very solid in defence. This along with Suzanne McGuckin working hard at mid-field and Shannon McCrystal making surging runs through the middle they forced Ballerin on to the backfoot. Although the Sarsfields scored two further points the highlight of the game arrived in the 55th and 56th minutes when Desertmartin’s Cara Donnelly making her senior debut scored two marvellous goals to leave only two points between the teams. Sensing danger Ballerin went up a gear with Nos. 10, 11 and 14 who were a threat all evening rose to the challenge. As time was running out, St Martin’s with tiredness creeping in couldn’t contain a determined Sarfields late rush as they powered forward scoring 1-4 to maintain their quest for championship honours. Although beaten 2-13 to 2-4 the Desertmartin girls played their part in a thoroughly enjoyable game.
Desertmartin: Edel McGuckin; Niambh Fullen, Noleen McGuckin, Emma Donnelly; Paula McElwee, Suzanne McGuckin, Erin McKernan; Aideen Fullen, Shannon McCrystal; Cara Donnelly (2-0), Louise O’Connell, Ciara Scullion; Sinead McGuckin, Patricia McFlynn (0-1), Thomasina Cassidy (0-3).
Subs used: Roisin McElhennon, Megan Grant, Eileen McIvor and Megan Murray.
The deadline for the next club shop order is Monday night, the 26th of March.
Anyone wishing to order up any items please contact Ciaran Higgins asap on 07968837094
Available items can be seen here.
The results from both today’s 10K and 5K races are here. Thanks to everyone for attending and we hope you all had a great day.
10K results can be seen here:
5K results can be seen here:
Male Open: Eoin Hughes – Acorns Ac
Female Open: Siobhan Brown – Tafelta AC
Male 50+: Eugene McAuley – Acorns AC
Female 50+: Bridie Young Acorns Ac
5K Male: Jariath Hughes
5K Female: Paula McErlaine
Congratulations and thanks again to all our runners.
Thnaks also to all out helpers on the day as well as all the local companies for their continued support of this event.
Thanks to the Mid Ulster Council for their funding support.
The tackling bullying talk due to take place tonight in the Gaelic Centre has been cancelled until further notice.
A few reminders for upcoming events over the next couple of weeks.
– Tuesday 20th 7pm Ulster Coucil Officer coming to the club to talk about bullying and prevention.
-Thursday 22nd 8pm in Main Hall – County Board running mindfit mental health talk in the hall, for 14-18 year olds.
-Thursday 22nd 8pm in Portacabin – Pre-registration night for Slieve Gallion Challenge.
-Sunday 25th 10am – Slieve Gallion Challenge 10k & 5k.
-Thursday 1st March – Free Health Check at the Hall.
The Ulster GAA Council will conduct a workshop on Tackling Bullying in the Gaelic Centre on Tuesday 20th February @ 7:00pm. This is an invitation to everyone who is interested in this issue. It is important that all team coaches attend.