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:: Buncrana GAA Club 25.04.17

The clubs deepest sympathies are extended to senior player Oisin O’Flaherty and his immediate and extended family on the death of his grandfather, Joe McGrory.

Last Man Standing
After starting out with over 90 competitors the last 4 could not be separated so congratulations to Danielle Loughrey, Hugh Doherty, Owen Mc Gonigle and Niall Walsh who now share the jackpot!

Club Gym
The gym in the clubhouse is for club members only. Please also remember to; Clean Up After Yourself. This means removing all weight plates from the bars, returning dumbbells and kettle bells to their rightful place, etc. Remember, the next person needing to use the equipment may not be as tall as you, want to lift as heavy as you, etc. Please be respectful of the equipment and fellow users.

Club Gear
Now that everyone is back out on the pitch training and playing matches; from senior to underage…ladies to men…football to hurling. You can contact Elizabeth Ann Nelson on 0860604075 for all your match gear and club leisure wear.

Training Schedule - All training now held in The Scarvey
U10 girls football from 3.30 to 4.30
U9 boys football from 6.30 to 7.30
U10 boys football from 7.30 to 8.30
U14 boys football from 7.30 to 8.30
U13 & U14 & U16 girls football from 6.30 to 7.30
Senior ladies football from 7

U16 boys football from 5.30 to 6.30
Minor boys football from 5.30 to 6.30
U12 boys football from 6.30 to 7.30
Senior & reserves men's football from 8

U14 hurling from 6.30 to 7.30
Senior & U18 hurling from 6.30 to 7.30
Senior ladies football from 7

U12 girls football from 5.15 to 6.15
U7 boys football from 6 to 7
U8 boys football from 7 to 8
U9 boys football from 6.30 to 7.30
U10 boys football from 7 to 8

U8 girls football from 5.30 to 6.30
U6 football (boys and girls) from 6.30 to 7.30
U12 boys football from 6.30 to 7.30
U14 boys football from 6.30 to 7.30
Senior & reserve men's football from 8

Senior & U18 hurling from 1 to 2

U10 & U12 hurling (boys and girls) from 11 to 12
U6 & U8 hurling (boys and girls) from 11 to 12

Club Fixtures
Monday 24th
U12 Football (Girls): Buncrana V Urris, 6pm
U16 Football (Boys): Steelstown V Buncrana, 6.30pm

Tuesday 25th
U12 Football (Girls): Burt V Buncrana, 6.30pm
U12 Football (Boys): Urris V Buncrana, 6.30pm

Thursday 27th
U14 Hurling: Carndonagh V Buncrana, 7pm

Friday 28th
U16 Football (Boys): Malin V Buncrana, 6.30pm
Senior Hurling: St. Eunan’s V Buncrana, 7pm

Saturday 29th
U8 Football: Urris V Buncrana, 11am
U10 Football: Buncrana V Urris, 11am
U14 Football (Girls): Buncrana V Dungloe, 12noon

Sunday 30th
Reserve Football (Men): Termon V Buncrana, 1.30pm
Senior Football (Men): Termon V Buncrana, 3pm

County Fixtures
Saturday 29th
U15 Football (Girls): Donegal V Down
U16 Football (Girls): Donegal V Monaghan

Girls Football
Our under 8 girls played CLG Carndonagh in the Scarvey on Saturday morning, 22nd April. We fielded 2 teams and the girls again rose to the challenge with every player playing a important part. New players always welcome to join the fun!

Our U10 girls were in Carn on Friday evening, 21st April. Our two teams played two games each against Carns two teams. The girls battled hard & put in some fantastic performances, while the scores weren't kept the girls did brilliant.
Team 1: Aisling Mahon, Sarah Louise & Hannah McLaughlin did excellent in the back line, Aine Jordan ran her socks of in midfield & set up some lovely scores for Lauren Bradley, Ella Porter, Erin Doherty & Kate Sarsfield.
Team 2: This team was a slightly younger team, but just as strong - they didn't let their age stop them. ... Adele McDaid defended strongly while Abaigh McCarron played some great ball inside to the twins, Eimear & Aoife Doherty whose speed & good link up play resulted in plenty of scores!
Well done to all the girls involved & Claire Doherty would like to thank to the mini managers for their help.

Our U14 girls had two matches this week. On Wednesday 19th April they travelled to Naomh Padraig, Muff and beat the local opposition comprehensively.
On Saturday 22nd April they travelled to Fanad to play their young Gaels. The first half was very competitive & while Buncrana made more chances Fanad were able to make more of the opportunities they had & led by 5pts at half time. The second half started similar to how the first half ended & Fanad scored 1-1 to take their lead to 9pts leaving Buncrana with an uphill battle. The girls responded brilliantly. They dug deep & worked really hard for each other & put the pressure on for the last 20mins winning by 7-5 to 5-5. Allannah Curran, Aoife Doherty & Clara Porter were particularly excellent in defence with our scores coming from Katelyn Doherty, Cliona Doherty & Hollie Fergusson.
Thanks very much to Fanad for the refreshments they were much appreciated.

Our Ladies travelled to Carrick Field on Sunday morning, 23rd April, to face Moville but they were beaten by the current senior county champions.

Boys Football
Well done to our U7 and U8 boys who played Carndonagh on Saturday morning, 22nd April, in The Scarvey. Everyone played well with some great skill on display. Without forgetting to mention anyone a special word of thanks to all the parents and coaches who looked after the teams, and who made sandwiches, tea and tidied up afterwards. A special thanks to Shay Doherty, JP Mc Kenna, Jack and Conor Redmond, Stephen Doherty and John Campbell who helped officiate. Training is on Thursdays and everyone is welcome!

With 3 teams, our U10 boys had a great day of football in Fodden against Carndonagh. All teams played excellent football, showing great skills and discipline. Thanks to all parents who travelled and supported our lads. Also thanks to Carndonagh for hosting the second round of the Inishowen Go Games.

Our U12' took part in the Stephen Quinn memorial tournament in Swatragh last Saturday, 15th April.
The standard was high as expected but the boys did themselves proud with some improving skills being showed. In hard fought games against Glenuill, Slaughneil and Ballynascreen, they found themselves into the semi finals where a strong host team, Swatragh, were slightly fresher. An excellent day's development was had against some very strong Derry teams. Many thanks to Swatragh on their invitation and hospitality.
On Saturday, 22nd April, our U12s then got the privilege of playing on the hallowed turf of Croke Park with a larger Ulster contingent as part of the Littlewoods Provincial Go Games Days. The lads, parents, coaches and managers were treated to a tour of the grounds and changing rooms before taking to the pitch to play their games. It was an amazing experience for everyone involved.

Our U14s had a great day of football on Saturday, 22nd April, when they hosted 3 teams; Four Masters, Gweedore and St. Michael’s in The Scarvey. The lads will hold a car wash in The Scarvey on Saturday 29th April, so come along and support the boys raise some funding and get a nice shining car while you do it.

Our U16s travelled to Carrick Field on Friday evening, 21st April, where they overcame local rivals Moville by 3-15 to 0-5.

Reserve Football
Our Reserves hosted Glenfin in the Scarvey on Sunday afternoon, 23rd April. After a tight enough first half (HT; Buncrana 2-1, Glenfin 1-9) Glenfin turned the tempo up a notch in the second and won the game by 2-15 to 2-5. The Buncrana goals came from Aedan Stokes and Ciaran Hegarty.

Senior Football
Our Seniors hosted Glenfin in the Scarvey on Sunday afternoon, 23rd April. After an excellent first half display the lads were in a positive position at half time, leading by 0-5 to 0-2. The second half started much the same with the lead being stretched to 0-9 to 0-2, but two goals from Glenfin quickly changed the game around and Glenfin ran out eventual winners.
Buncrana 0-10 Glenfin 2-6. Buncrana scores coming from Caolan Mc Gonagle, William Mc Laughlin, Kevin Tracey, Ryan Mc Elhiney, Oisin Doherty and John Campbell.

U14 Hurling
Our U14s had a great win at home against Aodh Ruadh of Ballyshannon on Thursday evening, 20th April. The boys played well together and worked some brilliant scores. Buncrana 3-8 Audh Ruadh 0-3
On Sunday, 23rd April, they then travelled to Convoy to play in the Donegal Hurling Feile where they battled really well and are through to the All Ireland Feile to be held in Lenister. Well done lads.

Minor Hurling
Our Minors had two matches this week; The first was at home to Letterkenny Gaels on Tuesday night, 18th April, were than ran out winners by 1-18 to 1-5. The second was away to Ballyshannon on Thursday evening, 20th April, were then again came away with a win after some hard battling. Audh Ruadh 4-12 Buncrana 6-15. Keeping their unbeaten record alive.

Senior Hurling
Our Seniors got their league program of to an impressive start with a good display against seasoned campaigners Setanta on Friday night, 21st April. Both sides were missing All County Senior panellists, which gave squad players a chance to stake a claim for a starting spot in future matches.
The boys started well with both sides tagging on early points. But an early Macauley Carr goal gave the young Scarvey lads a bit of belief. This was added to by 2 points from frees from Tom Clare Jr, further points from play by Ben Roe, Oisin Grant and Dylan Duffy; seasoned player David Guilfoyle aided the scoreboard with 2 points and Ben Roe also rattled the back of the net to leave the half time score; Buncrana 2-6 Setanta 3-5
An early second half injury to the impressive young 17 year old PJ Mc Carron seemed to take the wind out of the lads sails, but they slowly got going again with 2 more pointed frees from Tom Clare Jr and points from Davy and Dylan kept the scoreboard ticking along. If the boys could have taken a few of their other goal chances a win could have been recorded.
All in all, the management team will have been delighted would have been delighted with the performances of the younger players; 6 of which are 18 or younger.
Fiachra Mac Lochlainn was a rock at full back and was greatly aided by the O’Rourke brothers; Conor and Enda. Paul Tourish was superb and centre half back. Daniel Wilson gave his usual gutsy display. While Oisin Grant had a senior debut to remember. In the forwards; Ben Roe should be happy with his 1-1 on his senior debut also. In general, a lot of our shots dropped short into the keepers hands, something that will need to be remedied before championship.
Unfortunately the 3 softly conceded goals were the deciding factor in the match. Full time; Buncrana 2-11 Setanta 3-10.

County Girls
Congratulations to club players Cliona Doherty and Aoibhean Doherty and on their county team mates on the great win over Fermanagh in Convoy on Sunday 23rd April.

Congratulations to club player Beth Doherty who helped her county team mates to a tough 1 point win in Antrim on Saturday 22nd April. Antrim 2-9 Donegal 2-10.

Fantastic achievement for our club players Paula Mc Grory and Caroline Gallagher and all the senior ladies players and coaches on the brilliant win over Galway in Sligo on Sunday 23rd April in the Division 1 semi final. Donegal 5-11 Galway 1-7. They now face Cork in the Final on Sunday 7th May. Good Luck girls!

County Boys
Hard luck to club player Ben Bradley and all his county counterparts on just falling short in the McGuigan Cup final in Maghera on Saturday 22nd April. Donegal 0-7 Tyrone 0-15

County Hurling
Big congratulations to club hurlers; Jack O’Loughlin, Aedan Stokes, Paul Nelson and Paddy Wilson on the win over Armagh in the Nicky Rackard Cup in Letterkenny on Saturday 22nd April. Donegal 1-19 Armagh 0-13.

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