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Annual Underage Presentation Ceremony   19/11/2019

Annual Underage Presentation Ceremony

Pat Ryan, Islandeady G.A.A. Coaching Officer, presided over a very busy Community Centre as the annual Presentation Day got underway. Young players from both Islandeady G.A.A. club and Islandeady Ladies Gaelic Football Association club were presented with medals and had their achievements recognised. Guest of honour was Stephen Coen of Hollymount/Carramore G.A.A. and member of Mayo G.A.A.’s Senior Men’s panel. 

LGFA club Chairperson Rory Courell said that Islandeady’s LGFA club is very closely aligned to the G.A.A. Club and intended to remain so as it continues to grow. He thanked the G.A.A. committee for their continued support and said that the new pitches allowed large numbers of girls to train and play on teams. He thanked Ken Irwin who does a lot of work behind the scenes for the LGFA club. Rory thanked the Needham family who nominated the LGFA club to receive funds which were raised at the annual Fun Run held during the summer. The Needham family presented the LGFA club with over €3,000 at a function in Jack’s Cottage recently. Rory also thanked Stephen Coen for being a great role model for youngsters and for the enjoyment he gives everyone. 

In Islandeady, boys and girls play together at Under 6 level. Coach Padraic Heneghan thanked coaches Maura Cawley, Martin Feeney, Kevin Hughes, Ted Moylette, John McDonagh, Tanya McLoughlin, Leslie McNicholas, Vivian O’ Toole and Grace Ryan who help to train and care for 54 children under the age of 6. Padraic welcomed Stephen Coen who was there to present medals to the Under - 6 children and also paid tribute to Liam Coyne, Seamus Hayes, Finn Kellet and Michael O’ Connell, players on Islandeady G.A.A’s Under 16 panel who helped to train the Under 6 players. 

At Under 8 level, girls play under the direction of LGFA, and are managed by Michelle Needham and Trish Shaughnessy. They had a very successful year, taking part in blitzes in Westport and Burrishoole. 

G.A.A. Coach Aidan Gill said that the under 8 boys played 7 games, hosted Calry and improved every month. He thanked coaches John McCormack, John Ward, Hugh Francis, Peter Collins and Ciaran Bourke. 

L.G.F.A. Under 10 girls are managed by Marian McNamara, Liam Costello and Tina Gibbons. They trained twice a week from mid February and had victories over Westport A, B and C teams, Castlebar Mitchels A and B, Hollymount, Moy Davitts and Balla. They reached the final of the Paddy Golden blitz in Kilmeena, won the inaugural Balla U10 LGFA Cup blitz. This group of girls love football and are not afraid to train hard. 

G.A.A. Under 10 manager Stephen Collum, who is also vice-chairman of G.A.A. club, paid tribute to coaches Brendan Gibbons and Mick Toland, and also to a great bunch of players who play hard, have fun and help each other out. 

Stephen also thanked Coaching Officer Pat Ryan for his great work and paid tribute to the club members who provided tea and refreshments for everyone. He said the new facilities are the club’s pride and joy, and plans are in place to build a new clubhouse and dressing rooms. He said that the Mayo senior players are phenomenal athletes who represent their county and their families really well, and thanked Stephen Coen for being there for the youngsters. 

LGFA Under 12 Girls are managed by Joanne Walsh, Cormac Moran and Trish Maguire. this panel of 20 players train twice weekly and competed in a grading league which led to their competing in a county quarter final against Breaffy. On winning this, they played the semi final against Castlebar, and progressed from that to the county final against Hollymount. They lost the final by a slender margin and went on to represent Islandeady at Under 11 and Under 13 levels. The managers thanked the girls for their hard work and enthusiasm, and also the parents who acted as umpires, linespeople and provided refreshments after games. 

G.A.A. Under 12 boys manager Pat McNamara thanked his coaches Pat Ryan and John Gallager. He paid tribute to the players who competed admirably in the skills test and came second in Mayo. Player of the Year is Ryan McNamara who has exceptional skill, a huge heart and practises day and night. 

LGFA Under 13 Girls are managed by Rory Courell, Ken Irwin, Cormac Moran and Trish Maguire. Following the grading league they defeated Knockmore in a county semi-final and reached a county U-13 final for the 2nd season in a row. In the county final they lost to Claremorris. 6 of the girls were sent for trials for Mayo, and 3 are still in contention for next year’s Mayo Under 14 team. 3 of the girls played a challenge game against Dublin in Dublin, showing that the structures exist within the LGFA club to enable the girls to work towards wearing the green and red of Mayo. 

G.A.A. Under 14 boys manager Tony Collins, who is also Club Chairman, thanked coaches Noel Walsh, Niall Walsh and Shane Hopkins. The players competed in Spring and Summer leagues and the West Championship. The Most Improved Player is Tadhg Hayes, while Zack Collins plays at county level. 

LGFA Under 14 Girls are managed by Rory Courell, Ken Irwin, Tom Gibbons and Trish Maguire. The players reached the league semi-final and were defeated there. They also beat Louisburg in the county championship final, demonstrating how the LGFA has progressed in Islandeady. 

G.A.A. Under 16 boys are managed by Kevin Kelly, who paid tribute to coaches David Gordon, Tommy Francis Gibbons and Seán McLoughlin. The Most Improved Player is Jack Carney, who works very hard and never misses training. Player of the Year is Brian O’ Flaherty, who also never misses training and is currently with Mayo Development Squad, the Ted Webb team and also his school team.  

Stephen Coen told of how, as a young player, he looked up to the senior players in his own club, and urged the senior players to think of how the young players looked up to them. Most of all, he said, football is fun for players but also for parents, who enjoy going to matches and meeting people.


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Peter Gordon