Monday, April 19, 2010

2pm. Busy Times:
The Club is in the final stages of preparartions for the opening of its new Clubrooms. The opening date is now confrimed as Saturday week the 1st of May. The official opening will be jointly performed by County Board President, Boyle Club President and a former member of the great Roscommon All-Ireland Senior Football winning teams of the forties-John Joe Nerney accompanied by Roscommon legend Gerry O'Malley, Roscommon's greatest footballer during the fifties and sixties.

The programme for the day is as follows:
2pm. U 12 exhibition game.
2.30. U 8’s exhibition game.
3pm Ladies Game Boyle V St. Mary’s, Tulsk.
4pm Official Opening of the new clubrooms by John Joe Nerney and Gerry O’Malley.
4.50 Pre-match parade by the Roscommon and Clare senior teams led by Boyle Marching Band.
5pm Roscommon V Clare.
5.30 U10s’ boys and girls half-time exhibition games.
5.45 Second half of senior game.
10. Presentation Social in the Royal Hotel. Music by Michael McDonald of Glor Tire T.G.4 star. Presentation of Div. 4 medals and of Club Person of the Year, Hall of Fame and Player of the Year at U 21, Junior and Intermediate will take pace. It is hoped to generate a celebratory atmosphere for the week end. On the following day Boyle seniors have a big Division 1 League game against St. Brigid’s at the Abbey Park.

A meeting of the Club will be held on this Wednesday evening, the 21st, at 8.30pm to monitor the preparations for the opening. There was a huge turnout of Club members for the tidy up "meitheal" in the Park on Saturday last and this is greatly appreciated. There will be a futher morning's work on Saturday next and all Club members are again asked to come along.

Meanwhile on the playing fields the Under 16s’ had a comprehensive victory over Strokestown on Sunday in the Abbey Park on Sunday. It was an excellent team performance with all players, and subs used, playing their part.
The McGovern Directional Drilling team lost their unbeaten record in the O'Rourke Cup on Sunday when they suffered a three point defeat to a determined Clan na Gael team in the Abbey Park. Clann led on the score of Clann 1.4 Boyle 0.6 at half time. The Clann goal came in the first minute of the game and even then it was a very important score. Clann had a player sent off, harshly one felt, and this might have been seen as a help to Boyle. However it is often difficult to adjust to this. Clann were a pretty good side well organised and playing to their strengths such as Jonathan Dunning at corner forward and also breaking ball and picking up breaks. Boyle asked a lot off Darren O’Connor up front in the first half and the bounce of the ball on the hard ground was difficult also a good few high balls just were not appropriate. Boyle were relying on the free taking of Cian Smith who ended the half with four points the other two added by Darren and Aaron O’Connor. Boyle began the second half well and went two ahead but a good effort from a free from Mark O’Connor just shave the post and an over passed ball to Cian smith in a goal –scoring position meant that Boyle could not push on. Clann introduced the Shines and they steadied the Clann game and Clann took over for the final ten minutes or so and wound up good winners on Clann 1.10 Boyle 0.10. Still, Clann are no bad side, so often teams learn more from defeat than victory and hopefully the side will put that into practise on Sunday next against Elphin in Boyle. I’d like to see less debate from players with the referee. Irrespective of the merits or otherwise of his decision he is not going to change that decision and it only leads to bookings and frustration. If Clann had lost on Sunday they could easily have pointed to the early sending off. Boyle will be determined to bounce back to winning ways when they meet Elphin on Sunday next.

(There are different lessons to be learned from an event at the Abbey Park on Sunday where the referee had his car stolen. I don’t know the overall details of the incident but I believe that due to the very successful response of the Gardai the car was retrieved. Club officials were really shocked at the incident. So the motto is vigilance in terms of locking doors, cars, and premises, whatever. I still remember a young team I had in Castlerea and their clothes being rifled and a good deal of money, phones, chains and such, stolen).

The minor team will play Michael Glavey’s in Boyle on Saturday next in the Division 1 League.
The Under 14s will play St Ciaran’s in the league in Boyle on this Wednesday evening at 7pm.
The Club Lotto draw will take place in the Moylug Inn on this Saturday night with Michael Gilmartin's team in charge. The jackpot will be €3,900.
Congratulations to the Abbey College juvenile team which has qualified for the Connacht Final by virtue of a victory over Strokestown during the week. They await the winners of the other semi final between St Enda’s, Galway or Ballisodare.
Commiserations to the Roscommon U21 panel and to their management with their defeat to Dublin on Saturday in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
The Club extends its sympathy to the Glancy family, the Curries, Carrick on Shannon and the Callaghan family, Elphin on their recent sad bereavements. As I write I hear of the accident in a game to the Leitrim player McGuinness, so a tough week-end of tragedies in the GAA world.

Ladies Club.
Boyle will play Strokestown in the Under 12 girl’s championship in the Abbey Park on this Wednesday evening at 7pm. The senior ladies suffered a narrow defeat to Ballinameen in their first round of the winter league. They are scheduled to play Four Roads in Ballyforan on Saturday next at 6pm.

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