Awards Night 2014
St Bronagh's Social Club was packed on what was a cold and blustery last Friday night. However the harsh weather conditions did not deter the Rostrevor Club members and invited guests from enjoying what turned out to be a very memorable night.
Compare for the evening was the ever professional Gloria Mulholland. Guests of honour were; Rostrevor Seconds Panel and Management Team, winners of the Premier Reserve Championship and Panel Members of the Down Ladies All Ireland Winning Team Clara Mulvenna, Katie Farrell and Emma McPolin. Also recognised on the night were the Thirds Team & Management of Paddy McAvoy and Paul Cole who won the Fr. Davis Shield.
From start to finish the night was very entertaining, with great speeches from award winner, Charman and from the guest speaker Tony Scullion. Tony stole the show at the end of the night with his inspirational talk on his past, present and what he wanted to see for Rostrevor GAA in the not too distant future. Tony spoke with passion and honesty and he was most certainly taken aback by the standing ovation from the St Bronaghs faithful.
Our thanks to Ciaran Sloan, Kathleen McNally and Mark Gibbons for organising a very successful night. To Gloria Mulholland for conducting the evening so smoothly, to our inspirational Guest Speaker Tony Scullion and to all our award winners on the night!
Senior Player of the Year: Shaun Parr
Supporters Player of the Year: Shaun Parr
Seconds Player of the Year: Kevin McGrath
Thirds Player of the Year: Mark McAvoy
Minor Player of the Year: Aidan Magee
Runner Up: Conor Owens & Nicky Murray
Ladies Player of the Year: Brenda Russell
Runner Up: Siobhan Magee
Ladies Most Improved: Tara Franklin
Club Person of the Year: Richie Reynolds
Female Person of the Year: Lily Mackin
Chairmans Award: Gloria Mulholland, Richie Reynolds, Ciaran Sloan
Special Award: Down Ladies All Ireland Winners - Clara Mulvenna, Emma McPolin, Katie Farrell
Hall Of Fame: Canice Farrell
Married v Singles 2014
The annual Married v Singles match will take place on Sunday 28th December at 3pm. Will the married folk manage to muster a victory or will the singles extend their unbeaten run? With one or two players switching sides from last year and the captain of the singles playing his last game for the side (if he's not injured!) it should proved to be another interesting spectacle this year!!
If you are interested in playing for the Married team, contact Martin Daly 07522685106, or for the Singles contact Conor Magee 07747331995 or Richie Reynolds 07595034660.
Please note that all monthly payments for the Down Draw should be returned to the club by Thursday 11 December 2014 to ensure eligibility for the final December Super Draw on Friday 12 December.
Please note Pettit Park pitch is now closed until further notice while essential ground maintenance is carried out over the off season.
Craft Fair Reminder 14-12-14 Canal Court
Only two tickets from the club are left for the Cookery Demo & Craft Fayre on Sunday.
This night is a must for anyone who is feeling the pressure around cooking a Christmas Dinner. Put your faith in the top chefs in our area and come along on the 14th December, you will go away ready to be the perfect host!
Craft Fair Opens at 6.30pm with the Cookery Demonstration set to get under away at 7.30pm.
The 2014 AGM took place on Sunday 30TH November 2014. A range of topics were discussed - with the main issue under the microscope Drumsesk/Vision 2019. Chairman Malachy McCourt was returned for a fifth term, with the only real changes coming as Charlie Daly makes way for Aidan Clarke as Assistant Secretary and Mark Gibbons in as PRO.
Full list of officers available in Club Notes
SLUGGISH REDS LOSE OUT AT THE DEATH
By Kieran McNally
Carryduff were the deserving winners at the end of Saturday night's curtain-raiser, yet needed to depend on a late unanswered scoring surge to see them to the title. Sean McGonigle's goal in the final minute of normal time was the decisive moment in a match that lacked intensity and appeared to pass time, if nothing else, but all that will not matter to the delighted North Down club who continue to gather momentum as a force in the county.
Rostrevor were slow to start and really laboured in the creation of chances at the top-end of the pitch with the injured Caolan Mooney's inclusion in the inside-line perhaps hampering their creativity further outfield. Indeed, it took ten minutes for the Reds to raise a white-flag through Conor Doyle's free, but Carryduff's better incision in attack had allowed them to make the early running prior to Doyle's score; James Guinness and Sean McGonigle grabbing points for the victors. Jack Brennan's high effort doubled the 'Duff's lead on 11 minutes; 0-3 to 0-1, but Rostrevor were able to seize the initiative in the 18th minute with Conor Doyle influential once more. Finding himself in acres of space, the impressive Doyle cut inside to feed the well-placed Lee Clerkin, who in turned palmed the ball high to the net. Caolan Mooney tucked an effort between the posts with Guinness and Clerkin trading scores,as Rostrevor maintained the advantage until the half time interval.
HALF TIME - ROSTREVOR 1-03 - 0-04 CARRYDUFF
Despite this first-half lead, Rostrevor never really pushed on and Carryduff were able to regain their control of the contest in the third quarter. James Guinness was their main outlet and he fired over two points either side of an effort from Ryan McKee to restore a one-point lead for the 'Duff. McKee added another in the 38th minute before Caolan Mooney's free narrowed the gap on 40 minutes. Connolly had all the space in the inside the Reds defence to help his side back into a two-point advantage five minutes later, but they would have to fight hard to the finish, as Rostrevor found a second goal with ten minutes remaining.
Piaras Kane was the scorer with quite literally his first touch, toe-poking Caolan Mooney's low shot to the net, after persistent running from the ex-AFL player. However, the Reds never seemed likely to win the match and Carryduff finished with 1-3 without reply to finally take the title. Sean McGonigle equalised with a well-taken free with Guinness doing likewise to give his side the lead in the 58th minute. All notions of a Rostrevor victory were ended moments later with McGonigle slipping the ball under Aidan Magee to open up a four-point lead. James Guinness would cap a man-of-the-match performance with his sixth point in stoppage time; which was lengthy due to a number of unfortunate injuries. Not quite the ending that Rostrevor had in mind for their on-field season, but it was always going to be difficult against a Carryduff side that housed Down players at minor and under-21 level.
Friends Of Rostrevor GAAtsby Ball
Thanks to all of the local businesses who kindly supported us for the GAAtsby evening - Autloline, Delilites, Gray Design, Daly Park, Fresh Food Centre, Canal Court and especially Mac PR! Thanks to all of the organising committee for making the evening such a success. More photos are available to view on the club Facebook page by clicking this link
DOUBLE SUCCESS AT SOUTH DOWN SCÓR NA NÓG FINALS
Rostrevor celebrated further success in the South Down Scór na nÓg final on Sunday night in Warrenpoint, with two titles returning to the club. The Léiriú and Michael McNally in Recitation were the club's represetatives and winners on the night and both acts will seek to retain last year's Down titles in this Sunday's final. Click here for more.
SCÓR NA NÓG SOUTH DOWN CHAMPIONS
UNDERAGE AWARDS NIGHT 2014
Mick McGurn Workshop
WHAT A DAY IN CROKE PARK!
What a day for Down and St Bronagh’s Rostrevor in Croke Park on Sunday. Thirty nine ladies footballers from the U12, U14 and U16 squads together with their Mentors set off for Croke Park at 8.30am on Sunday morning to cheer on the Down Senior Ladies against Fermanagh in the LGFA Intermediate Final. A great day was had by all, helped in no small measure by Down Ladies success on the field.
To add to the excitement, twelve girls from the U14 Squad took part in the action on the pitch at half time in the Senior Ladies match between Dublin and Cork to act as Officials for the Half Time Exhibition Games.
Phil Curran R.I.P
It was with great sadness St Bronagh's GAC learned of the death of club stalwart Phil Curran. Phil passed away after a short illness and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. He was a great servant to the club and wider GAA circle, as well as the local community. Indeed he was still attending committee meetings and actively involved in the club right up until his passing. He will be sadly missed by all. R.I.P
All Ireland Champions
Congratulations to Katie Farrell, Clara Mulvenna and Emma McPolin who were part of the Down Ladies squad who defeated Fermanagh in Croke Park on Sunday to become All Ireland Intermediate Champions 2014.
Reds Do The Double!
It turned out to be a super weekend for the super reds as the Seconds lifted the Premier Reserve Championship Trophy on Friday night after a tight battle with Mayobridge - match report here. On Saturday afternoon the U14s overcame the much fancied Atticall to win their Championship.
PRFC Champions 2014
U14SD CHAMPIONS 2014
On Saturday 13th September minor and U16 goalkeepers Aidan Magee and Ryan O'Gorman attended a planned goalkeeping clinic in Castlewellan for U15-U17 goalkeepers.
The 1 day clinic worked through a number of key facets that make a modern GAA goalkeeper, including kick outs, shot stopping, footwork, communication, positional awareness and agility. It was taken by County Minor Goalkeeping coach Peter Travers. Both Aidan and Ryan enjoyed the 2 hour session and hopefully they will be attending more of these sessions in the future.