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Harps News 14th August 2018

posted 14 Aug 2017, 04:47 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £9700, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 5, 11 & 23. £20 each went to Aoibheann Jones, Monea, Killian Keogh, Enniskillen and Frank Reid, Ballybofey. We are in The Cosy Bar on Sunday night. Brendy, Aidy Leonard and Mary are on duty.

Good luck to our Ladies on Sunday in the Junior championship final. This game will be played at 2pm in Brewster Park. We are up against a very strong opponent in Devenish, but our girls will give it their all for sure. We would love to see a good support out to cheer the girls on. Unfortunately, the Under 16 girls’ final did not take place on Sunday. We will have details on re-arrangements, if any, via our online output as soon as they become known. 

Our two Reserve sides are out in championship action this weekend, both in Kinawley on Saturday evening. The Junior A team is out first at 5pm against Lisnaskea, then the Junior Bs are out at 6.30 against Belcoo. Good luck to both squads.

Our Under 12 boys and girls finished up their Section A matches with a good set of performances against Irvinestown. They will play in Division One, but will have to wait a while for other sections to complete before they know who their opponents will be.

Our Under 10s are heading to the annual Go Games blitz in Trillick this Saturday morning. The bus will be leaving Derrygonnelly at 9.30 am. Please contact Brendy on 07968330542 or Francis McKenna on 07766141886 to confirm availability etc. The full Under 10 squad is training alongside the Under 12s this Thursday night at 6.30pm.

A Decent Win Completes League Campaign.

posted 13 Aug 2017, 10:39 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps 4-14 Kinawley 3-6

Harps were comfortable enough here. They always looked like scoring. Once or twice, for a few minutes in each half, they were a wee bit under pressure, but not in danger.

Half time score was 2-9 to 2-4. Wardy and Stephen McGullion goaled for the Harps in the first half, while Kinawley replied though Sean McManus and Donal Owens. As they say on Sky Sports, “The defenders will be disappointed with themselves there, Geoff.” There was a reasonable flow of points from Deccy Cass (2), Wardy (play and frees), and  Leigh. For Kinawley, Shea Keenan’s good runs were rewarded with two points and a free won and converted. His good play saw Arch turn to Mickey Jones for the second half in fairness. The second half was similarly generally one in which the Harps were in good shape, but Kinawley rattled them for a wee while around the 15 minute mark. Sean Doc timed his run well to palm home a goal, followed immediately by a beast of a point from Sean Leonard. Kinawley had a sniff, but 2-1 in the following two minutes put the game beyond them through Stephen McGullion and Leigh Jones plus a Wardy point. Thereafter, driven by a lively effort from sub Aaron Burke in particular, the Harps tagged on a few more points for the win.

Deccy Cass had a really good first half, he stood out, but maybe it was a game in which the Harps worked as a unit, a lot of guys doing well in spells. The second quarter saw a bit of sloppiness, which was addressed effectively.

Kinawley were best served by Liam Owens, who was always positive and committed. While Shea Keenan was a threat in the first half in particular.



posted 6 Aug 2017, 10:23 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 6 Aug 2017, 10:28 ]

HARPS 1-15


This was a well deserved victory for the Harps. They had a growing level of control the longer the game went on, as their mobility gave Teemore a lot of problems. Mobility around the pitch was the key in the second half, after a first half which had required much more by way of physical contesting every possession, getting them to half time at 0-6 apiece.

It looked as if Ryan Maguire was going to beat us on his own, as he bagged five points from play in the first thirty minutes. We managed to keep in touch, with scores from Colm Jones, a super point from Darragh Glynn from play, and Garry McKenna from a 45 metre free. Conor Hoy burrowed through to set up Stephen McGullion, and Barry McGrath had two frees. Teemore’s other point had come from the accurate Liam Martin.

The game was won in the next quarter, as the Harps registered 1-4 to two points in reply from Teemore. Garry McKenna had a fine score in the fifth minute, after Nathan Jones had done exceptionally well to bring the ball out of defence, Colm Jones skipped in from the right for a score, Garry McKenna registered from play again, taking on the ball about fifty yards out and just driving through. Colm Jones had an identical point to the one he had scored earlier before Jonny McGurn grabbed the goal that took the Harps away from their opponents in the thirteenth minute. Niall Jones turned Teemore over in the middle of the field and gave it to Conor Hoy who burrowed through and had a shot blocked only for Jonny to smack home a well struck low finish on the rebound. That put five in it. Lee Jones was proving very influential after that as Teemore visibly didn’t have the legs to stay with him. He was everywhere, and bagged two good points. Liam Martin had two frees for Teemore, and Colm McNally slotted one for them from the left, but the scores kept flowing for the Harps through Aidy McKenna, Conor Hoy and a Garry McKenna free. Jack Kelly had a great save with about ten to go as well. He’s a big obstacle for any forward coming in, and he’s agile too. The Harps had good leadership in key areas from Darragh Glynn, Stephen McGullion, Garry McKenna and Conor Hoy. On top of that, they had a very neat and tidy performance from Nathan Jones at wing back, plus Colm Jones who had three good scores at moments when they were needed. Overall, Teemore were too reliant on Liam Martin and Ryan Maguire in particular for scores.

Well done to the whole junior squad who played in games all year. Congratulations to the backroom team of Paul Ward, Stephen Love, and Niall Gilleece, who were aided a lot by Ruairi Dundas and Emmy Burns in particular. Thank you also to our team sponsors Diamond Cabs.  

Well doNE LADS!

Jack Kelly, James McGrail, Darragh Glynn, Stephen Jones, Aaron Burke, Dermot Carroll, Nathan Jones, Stephen McGulion, Niall Jones, Conor Hoy, Garry McKenna, Aidy Meehan, Barry McGrath, Jonny McGurn, Colm Jones, Lee Jones, Mo Cassidy, Aidan McKenna, Peter Gallagher, Gavin Dolan, Ciaran Dundas, John Murphy, Sean Anthony Keaney, Stephen Leonard, Odhran McBrien, Stephen Burns, Damien McCauley (captain)


posted 1 Aug 2017, 16:23 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 2 Aug 2017, 01:41 ]

Devenish 1-8

Harps 1-9

Back in the nineties, when dinosaurs grazed the land on Knockmore etc, the Harps and Devenish used to have a few ding-dong battles as Garry Smyth, Mick Glynn, Sean Flanagan Kevin Cassidy and the Greenes locked horns with the O’Briens, Mulrones, Mark Gallagher and all. This game was a wee bit like those days in terms of the tension as the final quarter played out, the roars from the stand at times, the endless pressuring of the ref (more on this later) and the fact that the next generation of the surnames were floating about, especially for Devenish. A closely fought derby is always hard to beat. However, this match definitely wasn’t like the old days in terms of the quality of the play. Sometimes that gets missed with the focus on the result.

The Harps led by five at half time, having played towards the changing rooms. Garry McKenna had three scores in the first quarter and was a real threat, but ended up being underused as the game continued, our goal came from a turnover, as Kevin Cassidy dispossessed a Devenish defender and laid the ball to Deccy Cassidy who showed a bit of composure to evade the keeper and tap the ball into the net.

Terry O’Flanagan had two good scores for Devenish, and Ciaran Mulrone got on the end of a move, but Devenish had a lot of visits to our final third with no score due to misses or blocks by Harps defenders. Kevin Cassidy and Paul Ward had the other Harps points in the half.

Wardy turned Marty Doherty inside out at the start of the second half for a point, but thereafter, Devenish inched their way back into the game, starting with a Terry O Flanagan score. They missed an absolute sitter of a goal chance, but things really came to life just before the three quarter mark, as Joe O’Brien bagged 1-1 in consecutive attacks. The Harps were struggling to get the ball out of their defence, and were being turned over repeatedly. Barry Mulrone had a few quality scores to level from the right, then put Devenish ahead! The noise was deafening! Kevin Cassidy and Stephen McGullion got Wardy in for a point to level against the run of things. It was looking more like a Devenish win, but young Aidy McKenna managed to nose the Harps ahead again, only for Terry to level things! After that, the Harps made it upfield before Deccy Cass found Wardy with a great ball over the top, and he was fouled for a free which he converted for the win. In truth, both teams had a few ropey wides in the final quarter as well.

Derrygonnelly might have been happy with the two points, but that’s probably where it ends. The debrief will tell them that they were absolutely destroyed on break ball in particular for a lot of the game. But they won. Other positives: Tiernan and Eamo both played and did well. Kevin Cassidy’s performance was very admirable. When we had lost our composure he was the guy who went back and got the ball out of our half for us. Our management made a few substitutions which somehow seemed to get us a wee foothold in the game in the final ten minutes, with Neil Gallagher in particular able to get us upfield as well.

Devenish will be positive in the sense that they matched and maybe bettered the Harps for intensity, and had them on the ropes, but they didn’t quite nail it when it was there for them. Their workrate as a unit was very good at times. Jason Love was a massive figure for them, particularly on restarts, but in fairness, his man Stephen McGullion had a lot of bits and pieces in the game as well, just maybe not as spectacular as Jason. Devenish will be saying to themselves that they deserved at least a point, and they’d be right. They will probably look at the low scoring first half and ropey goal conceded as the key things for them to sort out. They also might note that they played better in the second half when they cut back on endlessly giving the ref a hard time! The guy was fine. He got the vast majority of his calls correct and got a few wrong, but they broke both ways. #jussayinlike. 

Harps are at home to Roslea on Friday evening. 

Harps Notes 31st August 2017

posted 1 Aug 2017, 04:51 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £9500, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 2, 15, 22 & 30. £20 each went to Liz Maguire, Garrison, Catherine Boyle, Monea, and Rosaleen O’Brien, Garrison. We are in Doogies this Sunday night, with Adrian McGovern, John Maguire, and Mary Cox on the controls.

It was a week of draws for three of our teams last week. Our seniors had a well contested draw with Erne Gaels on Friday night. The juniors earned a vital point from their match against Enniskillen Gaels, and thereby qualified for the league final against Teemore this Sunday at Brewster Park at 4pm. Good luck lads! Our seniors are at home to Roslea this Friday evening at 8pm.

At underage level, our Under 12s played out a great draw against Kinawley last Tuesday evening, a real thriller. Both sets of players contributed hugely to this enjoyable match. There is a bit of a gap now  before one last Section A game against Irvinestown, on August 19th, then the leagues are re-organised.

Our Under 16 girls had a great performance in their championship semi final on Saturday against Tempo. They have now qualified for the final, provisionally scheduled for the weekend of August 12th or 13th.

We took both our Under 8s and Under 10s to Lissan for the Go Games Blitzes on Saturday, and the two groups enjoyed their games greatly. Thank you to the coaches who looked after the teams.

Harps Notes 24th July 2017

posted 27 Jul 2017, 12:46 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £9400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 8, 10, 15 & 23. £20 each went to June Duffy, Derrygonnelly and Seamus Greenan, Garrison who came out twice! We are in Doogies this Sunday night, with Mary, Donal Corrigan and Gerard Maguire on duty. 

Last Saturday was a busy one for our Underage section, with our Under 8s enjoying a great series of Go Games up at sunny Lissan in  the morning, followed by our Under 12s playing against Enniskillen Gaels in the first sectional match, the large Harps panel emerging with the result. That evening, we were back in Brewster Park as our Minors faced Enniskillen Gaels in the championship final. Unfortunately, we were well beaten in this match. Congratulations to the Gaels. They are strong enough to take a result or two in the St Pauls Ulster Club. Commiserations to our lads, they have worked hard all year, and a lot of them have two full years at Minor still to play. Thank you also to our managers, Peter, Paul and Eoghan. Minor managers have a long season to put together and maintain and the three of them certainly gave it everything. 

We are back in Lissan this Saturday, with both our Under 10 and Under 8 squads heading for some Go Games. There will be a bus leaving Derrygonnelly at 9.30, returning at approximately 1pm. Under 10s who are attending, please make contact with Brendy or Francy, Under 8s who are travelling, make contact with Niall or Dom please. It is important that we know who is travelling, as we can enter teams accordingly. 

Under 12 training continues this Thursday night at 6.30pm. This is for children from last year's P6 upwards. The third Under 12 game is away to Lisnaskea Emmetts next Tuesday evening. 

In terms of fixtures, our seniors host Erne Gaels this Friday evening. our Reserve teams are hosting the Gaels, and travelling to Belcoo on Saturday evening. Our Under 16s are at home to Teemore this Thursday evening. our seniors had a good win against Ederney St Josephs on Sunday. Our Senior Ladies had a high scoring win against Ederney last week as well.  

The most recent order of Harps kit has arrived. It will be available for collection on Wednesday evening from 7 - 8.30pm and after Sunday Morning Footy. 

Finally, it was with sadness that Harps members heard about the passing of Neil Jones in England recently. Sympathies to the Jones and Murphy families on their bereavement.     

Harps Notes 9th July 2017

posted 9 Jul 2017, 05:48 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Lotto results from July 9th will be in next week’s notes. We are in The Cosy this Sunday, with Pat McGurn, Michael Glynn and Mary Cox on duty.

Well done to our Harpettes who defeated Irvinestown tonight in their Championship Quarter Final on a 2-19 to 2-7 score line. A great all round team performance and a semi-final to look forward to!!

Our Juniors are at home to Kinawley this Wednesday evening at 8pm and our seniors are away to Irvinestown on Friday evening at 8pm.

The Harps Under 10s have been invited to participate in the Aodh Rua Ballyshannon annual Mick Shannon Memorial Blitz. Each participating club will have three teams playing, so we will be bringing approximately thirty boys and girls. The bus will be leaving the Casson at 9.30am, and we expect to be returning at 2.30pm.

With holidays etc, it is important that we are able to mobilise our full quota of players for this event, so it is important that we know who is coming. Please text either Brendy on 07968 330542 or Francis McKenna on 07766141886 to confirm that your child will be attending. It is important that you do this. As ever, our players are reminded to wear Harps gear and bring their gumshields.

As well as the Sunday Footy session, our Under 12 training for players from p6 upwards takes place on Thursday evenings now from 6.30 to 7.45. Please bring gumshields. The first Under 12 sectional match is scheduled for Saturday July 22nd.

Our Under 16 team will also have its first league match on Thursday July 20th away to Lisnaskea.

Good luck to everybody who has registered and now started their Couch to 5k journey towards the Churchill Ladies run on September 15thIf anyone is looking a baseline, they might consider the Botha to Kenya 5k, which takes place on a new flatter route from Killyhommon Primary School on July 15th at 4pm.   

Finally Harps members will be keeping an eye on the weather conditions next week as club stalwart Eamonn Greene embarks on a week-long adventure to live independently on an unoccupied island on Lower Lough Erne. He reckons the fishing will be great!
This is a fundraiser for the Botha Parish Restoration Fund. You can donate by logging on to Botha Parish Website and using the Paypal facility, or by donating directly to Eamonn himself.

Harps Notes 2nd July 2017

posted 8 Jul 2017, 02:35 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Pride of place in our club notes this week most certainly go to our ladies club, with two great successes to report from last weekend. Our Under 14 girls produced a super effort to defeat Enniskillen Gaels in the League final on a 4-7 to 3-1 scoreline. The game was a very well contested one, and it took a great second half effort to take the result and the title. Well done girls! Thank you very much to our committed coaches Frances Hoy, Martin Duffy and Brian Leonard. Then on Sunday, we had Fermanagh Ladies winning the Ulster Junior Final, with a fantastic player of the match performance by Eimear Smyth, and Keira Elliott also involved on the panel. Congratulations to all involved with this success as well.

The club committee meeting for July takes place this Thursday night at 9pm.

Our Lotto jackpot, now £9100, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 8, 11, 23 and 25. £20 each went to Vince Foy, Derrygonnelly, Emmet Miller, Monea and the McGovern Family, Monea. The draw on Monday June 26th saw numbers drawn 2, 4, 20 and 22, with £20 going to James Gormley, Belleek, Dundas Family, Derrygonnelly and The Boyles, Kinawley. We are in Old Pals on Sunday night with Garry, the Kevins and Mary on duty.

Good luck to our Minors, who are out in the championship on Thursday night at 7pm against Lisnaskea at Derrylin. Our full panel of Under 10s are heading to Ballyshannon on Saturday July 15th to play in the Mick Shannon Memorial tournament, fuller details at footy this Sunday.

Our seniors had a good away win against Roslea on Sunday, they are away to Erne Gaels this Sunday at 1pm. Our Junior A team is scheduled to play Kinawley at home and our Junior B team is to be away to Brookboro on Friday evening, although these might be subject to change, so please check our online output for fixture updates.

Our 2017 Couch to 5k Registration took place on Sunday evening, with a very good number of people signing up to make a change, start something really positive, or build on where they have reached. The first session is on Tuesday 10th of July, and we are ultimately heading towards the Churchill ladies’ 10k/5k on September 16th. Good luck everybody! If anyone is looking a baseline, they might consider the Botha to Kenya 5k, which takes place on a new flatter route from Killyhommon Primary School on July 15th at 4pm.

Finally, it was with sadness that all Harps heard of the passing of Devenish GFC president Michael J O’Brien. Sincere condolences to his family, and also to our neighbouring club on his passing.   

Harps Notes 26th June 2017

posted 27 Jun 2017, 01:23 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Only one place to start this week, and that's with a comment on Feile 2017. As hosts, key venue and participants, we were lucky enough to be positioned right in the cockpit of this competition last weekend and what an experience it was. Our Under 14 lads had a great start to the event, with wins over Enniskillen Gaels and Mayobridge, before the increased intensity against our friends from St Brigids Roscommon and then Coralstown Kinnegad proved to be too big of a challenge for our lads on Saturday. Then came Super Sunday at Canon Maguire Park as we hosted four semi finals and four All Ireland finals with Castleknock and Mayobridge emerging as Cup and Shield winners from Division Three, plus wins for St Mogues Fethard in Wexford and St Ciaran's Roscommon in Division Seven. It proved to be a genuinely enjoyable and uplifting experience for our club. We can only thank our host families, who took in young fellas from St Brigids and made real friendships with them over the weekend, and the other group to acknowledge is the massive volunteer effort over the months, weeks and days leading up to the Feile, and then over the weekend itself. It was a tremendous display of teamwork and selflessness from a massive number of contributors of all ages to prepare and deliver the way we did. Thank you very much.

Our Under 14 season has ended now, so thank you to them and their coaches Aidy, John, Donal and Nigel for their commitment over a long season. We have had a good year overall, for sure, as these young players' development continues.

Looking ahead, the big focus this weekend is on two ladies finals. Our Under 14 girls are in their league final against Enniskillen Gaels on Saturday. They have put in a great effort all season, and we know they will give it everything for one last big performance. Then on Sunday, we wish our own Eimear Smyth all the best as Fermanagh Ladies are in the Ulster final against Derry at Clones at 1.45pm. Again, we know that Eimear will approach it right, and do her best. Good luck to both teams.

The Lotto results from Monday 26th June will be in next week's notes. We were just too tired to get it done on Sunday night, sorry. We are in the Cosy this Sunday night, with Eamonn Greene and John Ferguson on duty with Mary.

On the fixture front, it looks at the minute like our Junior A team is away to Newtown on Friday evening, and our Junior B team is in Belleek. There is also a possibility that the B fixture against Irvinestown will be refixed for this Wednesday evening. If there are any other fixtures, they will be available via our online output as soon as possible.

Harps Notes 19th June 2017

posted 19 Jun 2017, 07:42 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £8900, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 4, 12, 16 & 23. £20 each went to Jackie Doogan, Monea, Barbara Pavitt, Derrygonnelly, and the Jones Grandchildren, Derrygonnelly. We are in Doogies this Sunday night, with John. Louise and Mary on duty.

Saturday was a typically busy June day for the underage section of the club, with three of our teams out in finals. Our Under 10s, sponsored by Dermot Leonard Plastering, had a super performance against a very gallant Kinawley group in the final of the Under 10 tournament to lift the Gerard Cox Memorial Cup. Thank you very much to everyone who was involved with the running of this event from refs, to parking stewards, the catering team, but especially to Dominic Corrigan for his work in co-ordinating the entire tournament and the final day as well, with help from Garry and Niall in particular. Well done to all of the boys and girls in all of our teams who played on the day. Thank you also to Gerald Love Contracts for their support of this event. Our Under 14s and Minors, were not able to take the result in their Division League finals against Newtown and the Gaels. Newtown were just in super form on the day and had a very comprehensive win, while the Gaels were able to pull away from our Minors in the final ten minutes of a well contested final with a couple of well worked goals. Thank you to Gerald Love Contracts and Derrygonnelly Credit Union for their sponsorship of these two teams. Thank you also to the coaches of all three of Saturday’s teams for their commitment.

This weekend sees the arrival at last of the All Ireland Feile Peil na nOg to Derrygonnelly as we host the young footballers of St Brigids from Roscommon and their families and supporters as part of this massive event. St Brigids arrive at 3.30 approximately, and their young players are meeting up with their host families at 4pm before games get underway at 6.30pm. We are hoping for a particularly big welcome at the match between the Harps and St Brigids on Saturday morning at 10am, with quarter finals at Brewster Park in the afternoon. On Saturday evening, we are hosting our friends at the clubrooms with a junior quiz and disco from 8-10pm. Then on Sunday we have the massive task of hosting twelve matches, including four All Ireland finals! We will need every bit of help we can get to get through the weekend, so if you can give us a couple of hours on Friday evening, Saturday morning and at some point on Sunday, in catering, marshalling or tuck shop duty, please get in touch. Thanks to all of our host families for volunteering to take visitors in, and special mention to our Feile Committee for their work to put the programme of events together. We are all looking forward to a brilliant weekend. There will not be any Sunday Footy this weekend.

Our Ladies had a very good win away to Irvinestown on Sunday evening in a very competitive match, and our Under 14 girls have qualified for their League Final on Saturday July 1st. We are having a good year in the Ladies’ section of the club, and hope we can keep it going to some silverware. Keep at it girls!


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