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Minor Harpettes take a Major title!

posted by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated ]

Ladies Minor Division 1 Final 

Harps 5-6 Kinawley 4-8

Played in sunny but cold Belcoo, which was immaculately turned out for the game, the Harps claimed a memorable Minor league title against a very impressive Kinawley side who had defeated the girls in their Minor A Championship final just over three weeks earlier.  

It took Kinawley, who were playing with the strong Belcoo breeze, some time to settle before their first score which was a well taken goal from full forward, Niamh McManus. Kinawley notched another couple points before the ten minute mark and Harps supporters were growing concerned.  However, these concerns were allayed by the Harpettes full forward Emily Cassidy who got the Harps on the scoreboard with a great goal, finishing to the net with confidence after a great flowing move which was well worked out of defence by a number of players. Bronadh Duffy, Aoibhinn Jones and Sarah Jane Jones in particular showed strongly for the Harpettes during this period as the girls tried to limit a Kinawley side seeking to take full advantage of the wind, whilst up front Stephanie Jones and Niamh Duffy worked hard to win possession for the team.  Kinawley pressed hard for other scores and scored two goals; one from Megan Murphy and the other well taken by Keeva Gilleece from an acute angle to leave the halftime score 3-5 to 1-2 in favour of Kinawley. The damage could have been a lot worse only for resolute defending from Derrygonnelly’s Emma Leonard, Natasha Cox and Emer McGlone.  Plus they had the wind, and as always at the Belcoo grounds, the wind is a bit of a game changer!

The Harpettes started the second half with a wonderful early goal from team captain Eimear Smyth, giving the Harpettes a real boost.  From here on in, the momentum was with Derrygonnelly and after an excellent point from Sarah-Jane Jones, and after another well-taken goal from the elusive Emily Cassidy, the large attendance was treated to an excellent finish into the roof of the net by hardworking midfielder Dearbhla Duffy after a lung-bursting run from halfway, and a further goal from Eimear Smyth put Derrygonnelly into a 4-point lead with just over 10 minutes left.  It was quite the comeback, considering the Harpettes had been 9 points down.

Kinawley however showed real character, and were to have a period of dominance in which Niamh McManus scored a goal quickly followed by a levelling point from midfielder Caragh Leonard.  It was all to play for with 5 minutes to go!  Urged on by a sizeable Harps support, there was an exchange of points including a cool finish from Caitlin Duffy before Eimear Smyth with a point from a ridiculously tight angle on the right put Derrygonnelly one up with time almost up.  But there was to be another twist in what was a gripping encounter.  From keeper Maeve Morris’s  kickout, Kinawley worked the ball down the field to Niamh McManus who made a surging run forward, laying off to the incoming Keeva Gilleece who was descended upon by the Harps defence and in the process fouled!  Referee Dermot Love correctly awarding a penalty with less than 30 seconds left on the clock.  Holy Mary Mother of God, it was Novena time!
Well into injury time Derrygonnelly goalkeeper Megan Maguire, who had been excellent all day, stayed cool under pressure and saved to her right, clearing much to the relief of the Purple and Gold Army of supporters on the hill, and when her clearance was safely gathered by the Harps cover, the final whistle blew to signal the start of joyous celebrations.

Full time score Derrygonnelly 5-6, Kinawley 4-8

Given we haven't fielded at Minor level for a number of years, this success is all the more stunning.  Credit to Louise Dundas and Garry Smyth and Abigail Greene who, along with all of our club coaches, have worked hard to help the girls fulfil their potential.  The Harpettes played brilliantly and played as a collective unit with strong performances from the entire team.  In addition to those already named, there were also good showings from defenders Savannagh Leonard and Ciara Woods, and hardworking half-forward Caoimhe Rainey with good support from second half substitutes Bronagh Smyth, Caitlin Duffy and Tara McAloon.  This was an excellent all-round squad effort however and the girls have some tangible reward for their efforts over the season.
For a gallant and sporting Kinawley team in defence Eimear Keenan, Lauren Murphy and Aine Drumm were to the fore front whilst in attack Keealen Murphy and Niamh McManus were lively.

Derrygonnelly Panel: Megan Maguire, Savannagh Leonard, Emer McGlone. Natasha Cox, Emma Leonard, Sarah-Jane Jones (0-2), Ciara Woods, Bronadh Duffy, Dearbhla Duffy (1-0), Caoimhe Rainey, Eimear Smyth (2-3), Aoibhinn Jones, Niamh Duffy, Emily Cassidy (2-0), Stephanie Jones, Aife Campbell, Nessa Corrigan, Caitlin Duffy (0-1), Ciara Leonard, Tara McAloon, Bronagh Smyth and Niamh Smyth

Harps Notes 19th November 2018

posted 19 Nov 2018, 03:06 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £9600, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 17, 20, 25 and 30. £20 each went to The McGullion Family, Boho, Katie Stewart, Garrison, and Ciara Leonard, Monea. We are in The Linnett Inn on Sunday night, with Peter, Gerry and Mary on duty.

What a fantastic game the Ladies Minor League final was on Sunday, especially the second half, as Derrygonnelly Harpettes recovered the deficit, took the lead and had the drama of a late penalty save to see them home for a great win against a very good Kinawley opponent. Congratulations to the girls and their managers on a brilliant effort to round off a fantastic season for the ladies’ section of the Harps. Thank you also to our Minor Ladies’ team sponsor, Fingernails2GO by Bonnie Flanagan.

Our Under 21s had a very good performance in their win against Erne Gaels last Friday night. Our Minors are still preparing for their Ulster Minor Championship match against Crossmaglen on Sunday December 2nd at the grounds of Colaiste Feirste, Falls Road, Belfast.

ASCERT is a charity which provides services that address the impact of alcohol and drugs-related issues in Northern Ireland.  The Health & Wellbeing Committee has arranged an ASCERT Community Awareness Session on Alcohol, Drugs and Energy Drinks in the clubhouse, on Monday 26th November from 7.15-8.30pm. This is aimed at teenagers, parents, carers, teachers, coaches, youth group leaders and anyone who would like to gain more knowledge in these areas. We encourage as many people as possible to come along to this much-needed information session in any area.  Light refreshments will be served.

Please note that our club AGM takes place in the clubrooms on Thursday night November 29th. The meeting looks back through a number of reports, on 2018 whilst also turning to plans for next year and beyond. All members are most welcome to attend. Also, our club Celebration Dinner Dance takes place on Saturday night January 12th. There are also preliminary plans together for our Youth Presentation night in the clubrooms on Sunday night December 9th in the clubrooms. So we have a few busy weeks still ahead, but in a positive sense.

Harps Notes 12th November

posted 12 Nov 2018, 04:41 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £9400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 12, 19, 20 & 23. £20 each went to Paula McGlone, Boho, Roisin Daly, Springfield, and Marie McGowan, Tonagh. The draw will be in the Cosy Bar this Sunday night. Pat McGurn, Michael Glynn and Mary Cox are on duty.

What a great way it was for our senior Ladies team to finish off the season on Sunday as they had a very strong performance to take the Division 2 league title against Tempo on Sunday. The victory was built on great mobility all around the pitch, and a lot of good combinations leading to scores. Congratulations to every member of the panel, plus team mangement on a great achievement for this very committed group. Our Minor ladies are still in competition, and good luck to them in their remaining matches.

The idea of an off season is from bygone GAA days, so it was great to see a number of our coaches taking their Level One coaching at Canon Maguire Park and in the Community Centre at the weekend. Thank you to the tutors from Fermanagh GAA for their helpful delivery of the different parts of the course.

Our Under 21s are in action this Sunday, at home to Erne Gaels at 12.00. Our Minors are also currently preparing for the Ulster Club Championship up at St Paul's. We are drawn against Crossmaglen Rangers, provisionally on December 2nd.

In terms of other dates to watch out for, our AGM, reflecting on a season past and planning for next year, takes place on Thursday night November 29th in the clubrooms. On a social, celebratory note, our Dinner Dance takes place on January 12th, surely a night to look forward to.

Harpettes at the Double!

posted 11 Nov 2018, 12:43 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 11 Nov 2018, 13:10 ]

SFL Division 2 Final
Harps 2-15 Tempo 0-1

The scoreline would suggest that this was a walk in the park, but it was a tough and competitive game.  Tempo had plenty of possession but couldn't convert their chances and certainly should have had a lot more than a solitary point for their efforts today.  What Tempo wouldn't have given though, to have had a forward of the quality of Eimear Smyth in their arsenal.  The baby faced assassin took Tempo down, hitting 2-12 for the Harps today in an exhibition.

Played in Kinawley as part of a league final double header, the game never reached the dizzying heights of the Championship final between the teams, and it was Tempo who started brightly with Caitriona Breen and Cadhla Bogue putting early pressure on the Harpettes.  Louise dealt with any comers in her usual no-nonsense fashion, clearing well, while Andy Gordon was solid as ever at the back.  Emma Burns, who put in an awesome shift around the middle, intercepted a Tempo clearance and won a free which she took quickly to Abigail Greene who slipped the ball on to Eimear to open the scoring.  Eimear then went 40 yards with the ball before pointing.  The impressive Aoibhinn Jones danced her way through several Tempo defenders and was taken down outside the box and Eimear dispatched the free before pointing from play after a great team move after Louise dealt with a high ball in and moved the ball up the wing.  Then came the penalty.  Abi and Eimear with an intricate passing move before Eimear was hauled down and the referee had no hesitation to award the penalty.  Eimear picked herself up and slotted the penalty past Teresa McNabb in the Tempo goal.  Tempo came back though, probing again and got their point from Zoe Leonard after Blaithin Bogue did the hard work around the middle third.  Eimear was fouled and pointed the free and Abi was grafting away up front, winning a free for Eimear to point.  Tempo probed again, with Louise dealing well with a Zoe Leonard effort before clearing to Emma, on to Sarah Jane Jones who threaded a perfect pass on to Auntie Imelda and the goal was on, but a brilliant save from McNabb denied Wee Mel, before Megan Maguire worked the recycled ball to point.  Tempo did not wilt though and a high ball in from Blaithin Bogue led to a bit of chaos around the goalmouth before Andy Gordon put out another fire with a goal line clearance, showing strength to burst out and move the ball up the field to Eimear who made ground before feeding a pin perfect pass to Megan to hit her second and leave it 1-8 to 0-1 at Half Time.

Eimear started the second half with some intent with a great point after a 40 yard run.  Wee Mel worked hard to win the dirty ball following a good pass in from Eimear and the sniff of the goal was there but she took the point.  Moments later Abi hit the black spot of the crossbar.  Tempo then upped the, errr, tempo, with Zoe Leonard and Caitriona Breen working hard and putting a bit of pressure on Louise and Andy but, as usual, they managed any danger with confidence.  There was a good ten minute spell in the second half where Tempo had a lot of possession but they took the wrong option in front of goal, Roisin McCusker and Cadhla Bogue making headway around the middle third but no scores to show for their efforts.  Sarah Jane Jones made an absolutely brilliant block on Blaithin Bogue and got hurt in the process, but was able to lay the ball off to Emma Burns who moved it upfield where Abi won another free, she hit the free quick to Eimear with precision and Eimear slotted it coolly into the bottom right hand corner of the net.  Eimear then hit four on the bounce with a free on the left in particular, some 35 plus yards out, an absolute belter.  Tempo though to their credit didn't give up, Zoe Leonards shot seeing the ball (and Louise) graze off the post (the post was hurt but ok) and the Harps moved the ball up the right wing through Andy and Aoibhinn Jones who found Wee Mel to feed Eimear who, with three lassies hanging out of her, pointed before the referee blew the thing up.

League Champions and the Double was achieved!!

The last time the Harps name appeared on the Division 2 trophy was back in 2000 when they defeated Tempo.  Interestingly both teams had one player from back then playing today; Teresa McNabb and Imelda Jones.
It was an unfair hour on Tempo, but by God the Harpettes have been there, done that, wore the T-shirt too.  Recent games against eventual Ulster winners Trillick and a 9-a-side league final defeat to Newtownbutler last week meant the girls had prepared with two really hard games in their bank.  They were hungrier, looked that bit sharper and played effectively as a unit.  In defence they never panicked, and always worked the ball out well, with someone always providing an outlet for the pass.  Louise marshalled the thing strongly from the back.  Natasha Cox just gets better with every game, Andy was rock solid and Bronadh Duffy was full of running, playing more like a half back and attacking fiercly.  Our half-back line were full of running, tenacious and worked hard.  Fair play to Aoibhinn Jones, Sarah Jane Jones and the tigerish Claire Gallagher, they tackled, they burst forward whenever they could and they made life difficult for Tempo as they tried to move forward.  Alannah played her sweeper role with intelligence while her tackling and tracking back meant she added extra cover.  Emma and Erin at midfield did more than enough, Erin getting stuck in while Emma was always an outlet for the defence to hit; she has some engine!  In our half forward line Keira Elliott and Imelda Jones were full of running, looking for that wee pass and moving the thing on.  Up front, Eimear deservedly took the player of the match accolade.  Some of her scores were jaw-droppingly good.  Megan Maguire was always sniffing around the goal and posed a very real threat inside, while Abi gave you an hour of pure and honest endeavour.  That cuttie has improved massively again this year, and is an ideal corner forward as she is always looking for the ball, making herself available and winning frees.
Substitutes Emma Leonard, Linda Brennan and Niamh Duffy all played their part too.  The whole squad did.  Its a squad game now and its been a fair few years since you'd have seen 25 Harpettes togged (3 others sitting it out waiting for babies to arrive) and the buzz around the ladies is filtering down with our minors, U16s and U14s in finals, winning some and more importantly, being competitive.  Huge credit to Mrs Harpette Louise Dundas for driving the thing on at all age levels and getting her rewards today.  She's probably hammering the dancefloor to Maniac2000 as you read this.  Fair play LouLou.
It would also be remiss not to comment on manager Niall Elliott, ably supported by Garry Smyth on a wonderful and historic achievement for the Harpettes.  Niall has done six years with the squad and can reflect with immense pride on a Championship and League double.  He's probably giving out about last weeks 9-a-side final defeat, but in the words of Meatloaf "Two out of three ain't bad!"

Well done lassies! #HarpettesAbú #TheFuturesBright #TheFuturesPurpleAndGold

Louise Dundas, Natasha Cox, Andrea Gordon, Bronadh Duffy, Aoibhinn Jones, Sarah Jane Jones, Claire Gallagher, Erin Flanagan, Emma Burns, Keira Elliott, Imelda Jones, Alannah Corrigan, Abigail Greene, Eimear Smyth, Megan Maguire, Linda Brennan, SavannahLeonard, Nessa Corrigan, Niamh Duffy, Lisa Murphy, Emma Leonard, Derbhla Duffy, Stephanie Jones, Emer McGlone


Harps Notes 5th November 2018

posted 5 Nov 2018, 02:58 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £9200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 3, 4 and 7. £20 each went to Patricia O’Dare, Sandhill, Rose Greenan, Garrison, and Gabriel Keown, Garrison. We are in Old Pals this Sunday night, with Garry, Mary and the two Kevins on duty. Please note that old pound coins are no longer accepted as valid Harps Lotto entries.

It is hoped that our Ladies will have their Division 2 final against Tempo this Sunday at venues to be confirmed. All the best to the squad in management as they attempt to round off what has been a great year for them. Our Minor ladies also have a final outstanding to be played.

Our Under 21s lost out to Cleenish in their second game of the competition on Saturday night. They are scheduled to play Devenish this Sunday. A number of our minor players are getting good preparation for the Ulster Club at St Pauls, in which we have been drawn to play Crossmaglen in the quarter final.

The Harps AGM takes place on Thursday November 29th in the clubrooms. All full club members are welcome to attend. We have a variety of reports from different areas of the club to consider, and plans to put in place for next year.

Harps Notes 22nd October 2018

posted 22 Oct 2018, 04:47 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto draw was held on Monday night this week and details will be in next week's notes.

Commiserations to our senior squad and management, who lost out in the Ulster Club Championship against Scotstown. Our opponents on the day played very well, and are a well equipped side. The Harps' players put in a great effort, and that is all we can ask of them. They have had a fine season. We wish Shane McGullion all the best as he begins recovery from a shoulder injury sustained in the match.  

The Fermanagh Under 20 competition starts this weekend, with the Harps at home to Enniskillen Gaels on Sunday. Management will be in touch with prospective players over the coming days. 

Harps Exit Ulster Club at First Hurdle

posted 21 Oct 2018, 14:36 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Ulster Club Senior Football Championship
Preliminary Round
Scotstown 2-17 Harps 1-11

Played in glorious sunshine, St Tiernachs Park Clones was to prove to be an unhappy hunting ground yet again for the Harps at Ulster Club level, with the Harps well beaten in the end by a very impressive Scotstown outfit.

We started brightly enough with Mugs opening the scoring from play after Ryan showed his intent with a typical bit of graft.  Scotstown showered a few early balls into the corner which Eamo relished, while Decy and Ryan were coming in for some special attention around the middle third of the pitch.  There was a bit of probing from both sides.  Orin Heaphey got Scotstowns first score although Jack had to stretch to push his shot over the bar.  Shane caught the responding kick-out and fed Ryan who pointed, while at the other end the pace of Scotstowns half forward line, particularly Francis Maguire and Conor McCarthy was causing problems, Kieran Hughes coming off McCarthy's wing for the point to level things.  Nip and Tuck.  Shane Carey danced his way around several Harps defenders to point and give Scotstown the lead again, followed up with a good point from Heaphey again and their lead was doubled.
Then came the first turning point.  Leigh Jones delivered an awesome ball in front of the incoming Shane McGullion, he was clane through, he pulled the trigger and was fouled by Shane Carey and was hurt.  Badly hurt.  He had to go off, while Conall stood over the spot kick against Rory Beggan.  He hit her low and to the left and past Beggan - Goal!  We went 1-2 to 0-4 ahead.  But Scotstown didn't panic.  Very patiently they built up, across the pitch and back, probing and eventually Carey popped through the line and got the point to level things again.  Garvan and Conall did a bit of one-two with each other under pressure before Garvan broke free to fist over the bar 1-3 to 0-5 and Ryan followed this up with an absolute monster after Tiarnan broke the kick out to put us 1-4 to 0-5 up.  Scotstown responded with a brace from Damien McArdle and McCarthy to level things up.  Rory Beggan stepped up to take a free at least 55 yards out and struck it beautifully over the black-spot to put Scotstown one up.  Mug caught the kick-out, fed Wardy who saw Leigh with a neat pass to point and it was level again.  Wardy won a 45 which Conall struck short and Garvan won an easy free to put us 1-6 to 0-8 ahead, the last time we would hold the lead.  Ryan O'Toole came off Hughes shoulder to level her with a nicely struck point.
Half time 1-6 to 0-9

The start of the second half saw referee Padraig Hughes start as he meant to go on, booking Decy for an innocuous enough incident at half time.  Scotstown came flying out of the blocks with Kieran Hughes hitting a superb score on the left, followed by two points from McCarthy (one a free) and Jack McDevitt.  Four points rattled off within 4 minutes.  Eamo and Tiarnan getting yellow cards.  1-6 to 0-13 and we looked like we were floundering a bit.  Decy with a quick free released Wardy who pointed to keep three between the teams.  Scotstown won another free, it was missed but referee Hughes ordered it to be retaken (maybe the lads weren't far enough away from the kicker, dunno) and it was wide again, but its fair to say we were finding it a lot harder than Scotstown to get any jam outta the ref.  And even though we were a bit like the boxer on the ropes, we came back again with a classy score from Garvan to leave it 1-8 to 0-13.  We were still hanging in there!  We missed two scorable chances and then Wardy got a yellow for a high-ish tackle.  It was one of those days where you wondered if we were ever going to get the rub of the green.  McCarthy pointed a handy free but again we came back when Conall swung the boot and pointed to leave it 1-9 to 0-14.  We were still hanging in there, but the frustration at some of the calls could barely be contained.  Beggan dispatched another long distance free to put three between the teams but Conall again replied with a great point to leave two in it.  You got the sense that we needed that wee bit of magic to appear from somewhere, Ryan Jones who so many times has taken the game by the jugular found himself totally suffocated around the middle.  There was one of those hold-your-breath moments though, Scotstown were playing keep ball at the back and Wardy nipped in and almost stole her (if he'd got her, he'd have been through!) but instead Scotstown went up the field, Carey feeding McCarthy who fed substitute Ross McKenna and he beat Jack with his shot and the knife was plunged into us.  Garvan struck a beauty from 45 yards out but Scotstown went at us again, McKenna running 30 yards with the ball before feeding Damien McArdle who netted again to twist the knife.  There was a bit of a kimsey, Ryan was on the ground, Decy got a red card, Conall got a black.  Carey and McCarthy pointed two frees and she finished up 2-17 to 1-11.

God these days are rough. 
The Ulster Club is manic, it's intense and it's exactly where you want to be.  It's a step-up and a learning curve.
There's disappointment obviously, but there's positives too.  We hung in manfully and with five minutes to go we were still there, only two points in it.  The final scoreline probably didn't do the thing justice.  The effort levels of the lads was just outstanding.  There were no hiding places on that pitch and the boys surely put it up to Scotstown for 56 minutes.  The two goals were killers but in truth Scotstown were quite a bit more convincing overall.  They took the game by the throat in the first five minutes of the second half, and the last five minutes.  They have some superb ballers and Kieran Hughes could lift the thing to another level altogether.  They're a quality side and it'll be interesting to see how they progress.  They're playing a pacy and powerful style of quality football.  Hard to bate and the best team won #NoComplaints
We were hampered by some overly pernickety calls from Hughes with the game in the melting pot, men on yellow cards not able to go at the thing full tilt, and Scotstowns ability to win nearly everything around the middle while choking the life out us.  Shanes injury was a blow, we missed his workrate and we wish him a speedy recovery.  And the Ulster Club dream is as far away as ever. 
But we do what the Harps always do; we assess it, we adjust, we go again.  And we don't step back.  Not an inch.


Harps Notes 15th October 2018

posted 15 Oct 2018, 04:19 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £8600, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 7, 21, 22 & 26. £20 went to P Maguire, Belleek, The Knockmore Hillbillies, and Lorcan McVeigh, Galbally. We are in The Linnett Inn on Sunday night, with Gerald Greene and Anthony Murphy on duty with Mary.

Well done to our Minor Ladies team, who had a good win over Knockninny on Sunday evening in the championship, and now meet Kinawley in the final on a date to be announced. Our Under 13 girls are still preparing for one final blitz presently.

Our Under 17 boys bowed out of their championship in dramatic circumstances when they lost out to Enniskillen Gaels in the final minute of their quarter final on Saturday. The boys put in a great effort overall, and prepared with real diligence for the game. Defeats like that can often provide a useful reference point for the future and the lads and their management deserve every praise for how they went about their business over the last number of weeks.

All roads lead to Clones this Sunday as the Harps are out in the Ulster Club Championship against Scotstown. The game takes place at 2.30pm in Clones, and as ever all support for the team would be much appreciated.

Finally, it was with sadness that Harps members heard of the passing last week of Pat Maguire, Sydare and Monea. Condolences are extended to the Jones family on their loss. 

Harps Notes 8th October 2018

posted 8 Oct 2018, 02:31 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £8400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 5, 11, 14 and 21. £20 each went to Karl Kehoe, Enniskillen, Damian McCauley, Monea, and Siobhan Gilleece, Boho. We are in The Cosy Bar this Sunday night, with Brendy, Aidy and Mary Cox on duty.

Thank you to everyone who came out again to help with stewarding, refreshments and a myriad of other tasks as we hosted another double header last Saturday. That should be us finished for the year now, but it has taken a great effort from everyone to make things run as well as they have.

It was another busy weekend for our underage section of players as our Under 10s travelled to Moy on Saturday to take part in a very highly thought of blitz event, in which our lads came up against opponents from across Ulster. Next day saw the first Under 10 and Under 12 internal competition for the Michael Farrell Memorial Cup. Our players played out a series of well contested but sporting matches, before Rory Smyth was the first recipient of the cup on behalf of his team. Well done and thank you to all of the players and mentors across these events. Our Minor and Under 13 girls are still active, plus our Under 17 boys, who are hopeful of getting to play Enniskillen Gaels this week in the championship.

Well done to our Seniors who managed to defeat Kinawley in the Division One semi final on Sunday and are now scheduled to play St Josephs in the final. Like the Under 17 matter, details of this fixture will be circulated through club outlets when we have them.

Saturday saw our Gaelic for Mothers and Others squad heading down to Portmarnock, Dublin on Saturday for a superbly organised LGFA national blitz, hosted by Naomh Mearnog. We were warmly welcomed by our own Patsy Haren, President of Naomh Mearnog aand had a brilliant day overall. This entire venture has proved to be a great success, and thanks to everyone who has steered it. Last session for the G4MO Ladies is this Thursday night.  

Finally, it was with great sadness that Harps members heard of the recent passing of Mary Meehan, Monea, whose funeral took place last week. Sincerest sympathies are extended to the Meehan family.

Harps Notes 1st October 2018

posted 1 Oct 2018, 03:56 by Derrygonnelly Harps

In fairness, we can only start this week's notes with a great day for our club in Brewster Park on Sunday. Congratulations to our Under 17s and seniors on two great performances. To our players and team managements, you have done us proud again. Our seniors are out again in a league semi-final against Kinawley this weekend, with details of our U17 championship match against Enniskillen Gaels also due out by midweek. Good luck to both teams in these matches.

Commiserations to our Ladies team which lost out to Trillick in the Ulster Club championship on Saturday. They are a fine team, but our girls had their moments, and have two competitions to finish out yet. Thank you to everyone who helped out as a volunteer last weekend with stewarding etc.

Well done to our Under 11s who travelled to Aodh Rua on Saturday and came home with the shield after five tough games. Francy and Gavin then took the lads for an extended tour of Ballyshannon that afternoon. It's hard to beat a few hours of overtime!

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £8200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 13, 14, 27 and 28. £20 each went to Lena McGurn, Main Street, Paddy Flanagan, Dresternan and Paddy McKenna, Shean Road. We are in Old Pals this Sunday night, with John Murphy, Gavin Duffy and Mary Cox on the controls.   

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