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.