Best wishes to our senior men’s team captain Neil Ewing and the Sligo footballers as they begin their Connacht Championship campaign this Sunday afternoon with a trip to Ruislip to play London at 3:30pm. The match is live on Ocean FM.
Championship Forecast Comp
The winner of our Championship Forecast competition will be announced this Sunday evening after the London match on our Facebook page, We’re inviting you to predict the scoreline of London v Sligo at the end of normal time with a €100 voucher for Davis’s Restaurant, Drumcliffe, awaiting the winner. Each guess costs just €2. There’s still time to enter. Forecast cards are available from Club PRO Austin O’Callaghan. Phone/text/WhatsApp 0876855621. Please return any completed cards ASAP to Austin, or drop them off this Saturday morning at Oxfield anytime between 9:30am and 12:30pm.
Connacht Success For Girls
Several of our underage girls footballers enjoyed Connacht success at the weekend. Sinéad Regan, Kate Keyes, Grace Casserly and Rachel Quigley were part of the Sligo minor ladies football panel which beat Leitrim by 5-14 to 3-8 to lift to Connacht ‘C’ Championship title on Saturday in Swinford. The following day, Maeve Casserly, Isabella Henry, Caoimhe Connor and Rianne Smith were part of the U14 county squad which beat the same county by 2-11 to 0-1 to win the Connacht U14 championship title.Seniors
The senior men’s footballers let another promising lead slip in the closing quarter to suffer their first defeat in the Kiernan Cup (Group 2) on Saturday evening Shamrock Gaels came through on a final scoreline of 2-9 to 1-9. Kevin Davey was the team’s top scorer on the evening with 1-3 but having established a three-point lead with fifteen minutes to go, we lost our way and allowed the home side to regain control and get the win. With Sligo in Connacht Championship action, there is no senior game this weekend. Saturday’s team was: Justin Lyons, Ciaran McLaughlin, Tommy Finnegan, Jude McGarry, John Harvey, Dara Long, Hugh Kisby, Brian Monaghan 0-1, Brian Óg Murphy, Jamie Gillen, Eoin Gaughan 0-3, Niall Canning, Paul Logan 0-2, Kevin Davey 1-3.
Subs used: Aaron McCormack for John Harvey, Joseph Keyes for Logie.
Ladies Intermediate Footballers
The DRP ladies team scored six second-half goals, including a wonder finish from corner forward Molly Brady, but it still wasn't enough for our ladies intermediate footballers to prevent St Michael's from collecting the two points on Sunday morning in what was highly entertaining Division 2 league encounter. St Michael’s won on a final scoreline of 5-12 to 6-7 but DRP had the winning of this match for much of the second half, only for the visitors to score two late goals in the dying moments. The girls travel to south Sligo next Sunday morning to play Curry at 10am. Last Sunday’s team and scorers were: Rachel Quigley, Aisling O'Reilly, Orlaith Furey (Capt), Shirley Nicholson, Lisa McLoughlin, Michelle McNamara, Kate Keyes, Emily McCormack, Sinéad Regan 1-1, Avril Clancy 0-1, Amanda Healy 3-3, Ella McDermott, Róisín Healy 0-1, Laura Oates 1-0, Molly Brady 1-1. Subs: Grace Casserly for Lisa McLoughlin, Tracey O'Boyle for Molly Brady, Megan Brady, Zara Mulrooney, Riona O'Connor.
Saturday night's fundraising Table Quiz for Feile 2018 had just about everything: 19 teams, spot prizes, good craic, pizza...and even a hen party (of sorts!). A big thank-you to everybody who came along to support the event, particularly the great support from Grange. The night was a big success. Our generous and welcoming hosts at Davis’s Restaurant in Drumcliffe pulled out all the stops. Congrats to the quiz quartet of Rowan O'Callaghan, Aidan O'Reilly, Declan Carroll & Gerard Carroll who knew their 'Lee Chin' from their 'Christy Ring' to claim the top prize overall.Clothes Recycling Collection
There was a good response to our clothes recycling collection day in Rosses Point and Oxfield as Saturday. Thank you to all our volunteers who staffed the collection points during the course of the day - and to you for donating your unwanted clothes etc.Underage games
Benbulben Gaels U16 hurlers opened their league campaign with a comprehensive victory over Western Gaels last Tuesday. The same evening, the U12 hurlers lost out narrowly to Naomh Eoin. The boys U14 footballers put up a spirited display against St Mary's on Thursday evening before losing out by 7-10 to 4-9 at the finish. The U16 girls had an impressive win over Mary's last Monday evening. Their subsequent match against Tourlestrane was postponed because of an unplayable pitch.
This Week’s Fixtures
Our boys U12 football teams host St Mary’s at Oxfield this Tuesday evening at 7pm.
Benbulben Gaels U14 hurlers travel to play Castleconnor in the league on Thursday, also at 7.GAA Nursery Update
Our U8 and U10 footballers had a very enjoyable trip to Curry last week for the midweek blitzes. Our next series of games is on Wednesday week, May 6th, when we host St Molaise Gaels at Oxfield at 7pm. Nursery coaching for players aged 4-10 years continues this Saturday in Oxfield. Our Club Register Jimmy O’Brien will be at Oxfield on Saturday between 10am-11am to take any outstanding player registrations for 2018. Awards & Call-Ups
Congrats to Elena and Tola Carway on their selection to the Irish Under 18 & Under 16 Racquetball development squads respectively. A fab achievement. A special mention too for our boys U16 football manager Des Henry, who showed yet again that he is a man of many parts and talents, when he picked up a team manager 'gong' for his work with the EJ’s Sligo All-Stars basketball club over the past 12 months.