St. Colmcille’s G.A.A. – September 2020

After months of lockdown things really blasted off in August.  Apologies in advance for anything we have missed !

Adult Championships

To say August was busy is something of an understatement with the 3 Adult men’s and 2 Adult ladies teams completing their group stage campaigns.  A condensed championship brought some real challenges to teams but all did us so proud.   Following wins over Seneschalstown and Rathkenny/Slane our Junior Ladies have reached the semi final of the Junior C championship which takes place this Thursday 3rd September in Piltown.  The girls have put in a huge effort and hopes are high that they can take another huge step forward and reach a second final in three years.  The Intermediate ladies found themselves in the proverbial Group of Death with beaten 2019 finalists Dunshaughlin, perennial semis finalists, Ratoath and old rivals, Dunsany.  Despite a huge effort the truncated nature of the Championship now sees us face the former senior kingpins the mighty St Ultans in the relegation playoffs.  The date has to be confirmed but keep an eye on social media.

The men’s Senior team also found themselves in a Group of Death with 2018 Champions Dunboyne, perennial semi finalises Gaeil Colmcille and former kingpins Dunshaughlin.  A massive effort just saw us fall short against the Gaeils but we atoned for that disappointment with a great win v Dunshaughlin.  At the time of going to press we are preparing to play Dunboyne and whilst qualification for the semi-finals is not possible we wish the lads the very best.  Our Premier 3 team have qualified for the Championship final following a draw with Dunderry and wins v Dunsany and Donaghmore/Ashbourne.  We have yet to play to our potential and hopefully we can do this against Walterstown who we face off in the final (date to be set).  At the time of going to press the Premier 5 team are preparing for a winner takes all clash with Skryne.  Following wins v Simonstown and Moynalty the winners of this clash with the Tara men will go to final but a draw will be enough to see us through.  Good luck to all the lads

Minor Boys Championship

Well done to both minor teams on excellent campaigns.  The Division 1 boys have made it to the semi finals and now play Dunboyne at Piltown.  It is hoped that this game may be streamed live by Meath GAA TV so keep an eye on social media for this.  The Division 3 boys narrowly missed out on a semi final when 2 late goals away to Donore knocked them out but what a great campaign they had with some very fine football played.  The lads now play St Ultans in the shield and competition and we hope they can bounce back from the disappointment of the main competition to continue their excellent performances

Shane Black Cúl Cilles Academy

The Shane Black sponsored academy is back with TWO sessions this year to ensure we meet current government guidelines.  The younger groups are at 9:30 and older groups at 11am as normal. Full details on www.cilles.com  All welcome

Thanks Everyone

These are strange times for all with attendance at games currently heavily restricted.  We want to say a huge thank you to all our COVID supervisors, supporters and guardians who are working so hard at keeping this horrible disease at bay.  Just a reminder to all to keep social distancing, washing hands and obeying all restrictions and guidelines.  It is for everyone’s benefit

Hurlers High Hopes

St Colmcilles Saints Hurlers
Saints Hurlers

It has been a great couple of weeks for The Saints Hurlers (the St Colmcilles/St Patricks combination) who are currently competing in u15 and u13 Championship.  The u13’s have set Roinn B on fire and are currently topping the table, with one match to play following wins over Loughcrew Gaels/Gaeil Colmcille, Kilmessan 9 to 6-2) and Drumree qualifying for a semi-final place and hopes are high that they bring home the silverware.    The U15’s have been training hard and dug deep and battled their way to a recent victory against Drumree last weekend.  With some cracking games to come, with a bit of luck they can also qualify for a semi-final spot in the coming weeks

Underage Round Up

Like the adult teams it has been all systems go for the underage teams this month.  The festivals of games that are Go Games and Little Ladies commenced this month with the next generation of young Cilles making their debuts.  Well done to all.  The girls U12, U14 and U16 leagues are reaching the final stages with all our teams in contention.  The Boys U13 and U15 leagues are also heading towards the semi final stages with the latter very well progressed with the Division 1 team securing a home semi-final and the Premier and Division 3 teams set to know their faith in the next week.  Stay tuned on social media for updates

Graham Reilly Summer Camps

Well done to all who took part in the Graham Reilly Summer Camp.  Thankfully the weather cooperated and everyone lucky enough to attend had a great time. A big well done to all involved. Thanks to all who took part and helped out including all our coaches and volunteers who assisted in any way

Lotto

Please support all our club by playing the club lotto.  The jackpot is now at a very attractive €7,200. Down through the years it has been one of the most won lottos in the country so don’t miss out on your chance. You can play online at www.cilles.com during these pandemic times

Cilles And Affinity Advisors Link Up And It Could Save You Money ! 

It’s important at this time to support all our sponsors and we ask all our members to ensure you support local business at all times but especially now in these pandemic times.  One such sponsor are Affinity Advisors www.affinityadv.ie/ , the mortgage and protection specialists.  Affinity support our ladies senior teams and team mentor, Mark Murphy is one of Affinity’s specialist advisers

Did you know that many mortgage holders can make large savings by switching mortgage providers? Very often we don’t have time to think about our outgoings and very often the effort involved can seem like a huge chore. However voted as Mortgage Broker of the year 2018 and 2019, Affinity Advisor can cut through the complexity and provide you with high quality, independent and professional mortgage advice and services. If you would like to review your current mortgage and consider if savings can be made then why not contact Mark Murphy on 087-9783205 or at mark@affinityadv.ie  who will guide you through the maze

50th Anniversary

The club will make 50 years of service to its community in 2021. Plans are afoot to mark the year and make it very special.  

If you have any old photos/news cuttings or stories from those 50 wonderful years then we would love to hear from you. Please contact us on info@cilles.com or through any member

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