Bunbrosna GAA Notes 25/02/24

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Club Lotto

No winner of Club Lotto on Sunday. Numbers drawn were 5, 14, 15 & 17. 6 Match 3 - Denise & Mark Fulham, Patrick Kelly, Daragh Lyons, Mark Bardon, Ger Maher & Imelda Moran. Sellers Prize - Aidan Geerah. Next draw on Sunday 10th March. Jackpot will be €14,800.

We are very grateful for the ongoing contribution we receive towards our Lotto from Club members and supporters, far and wide, without which we would not be able to run our Club.

ACFL Division 3 vs Maryland

We travelled to Athlone TUS on Friday night last to take on Maryland in the opening round of the 2024 league. Maryland made a bright start and were 1:02 to no score in front at the ten minute mark. Gradually, Bun clawed into this lead and points from Barry O Mara, Mark Donnelly, O Mara again and an Aidan Finnan 45 saw us go into the break 1:05 to 0:04 in arrears. Bun played some great football in the first half in what was a physical encounter.

The second half was an equally tough battle and it was Bun who made the strong start this time. They were on top in the opening five minutes but didn’t trouble the score board. Then in the sixth minute of the half Simon Moorehead found himself in space after great work from Ken Conroy, and hit a rasping shot off the crossbar. Barry O Mara was on hand to apply the finish to the net from the rebound.

Bun were on top at this stage of the game and buoyed by O’ Mara’s goal they turned over some great ball in defence. Conor Newman in particular put in a splendidly timed tackle to deny Maryland a certain goal in this period. Bun then sent in a long high ball to Brian Maguire who claimed the mark with a fine catch. He duly applied the finish from the resulting kick to tie the game up at 1:05 apiece.

The next ten minutes saw no scores recorded but there was certainly no inch given or taken in this period. When Bun were reduced to 14 players, after a second yellow card was harshly given, numerical disadvantage proved crucial. In the final period of the game Maryland scored three points to claim victory in what was a tough defeat for Bun after the great effort they put in.

While an opening round defeat is hard to take, Bun can be proud of their effort, commitment and work rate in this game. If they display these qualities throughout the league, the positive results will follow.

Team: Liam Mitchell, Conor Newman, Gavin Lyons, David Newman, Ronan Scally, Finian Newman, Matthew Hope, John Kiernan, Simon Moorehead, Enda Newman, Ken Conroy, Mark Donnelly, Barry O Mara, Aidan Finnan & Brian Maguire. Subs: Kevin Mitchell for Donnelly, Cian Tighe for E. Newman, Eoin McGowan for Lyons, Patryk Kupferschmidt, Daniel Bishop, Andy Whitney and Tommy Murphy.

ACFL Division 3 Round 2

We host St. Joseph’s in Round 2 of the league on Saturday next. At the time of going to press the game is fixed for 1:30pm. Please keep an eye on social media for more details during the week. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Paddy McCormack Memorial Day

There will be a memorial match in honour of the late Paddy McCormack on Saturday March 2nd next. There will be members of 1995 and 1999 Westmeath panels in attendance. Paddy was a selector on both of these victorious teams. The Memorial game will take place at 4:00pm followed by the presentation of the Paddy McCormack Plaque afterwards. There will be Club night in Tormeys after.

Club Social Night

There will be a Club social night in Tormey’s on Saturday 2nd March next from 9:00pm. Live music on the night. All are welcome.

Walk and Talk Wednesdays

Due to the success of our ‘Ireland Lights Up’ initiative on Wednesday evenings, we are delighted to announce we will be replacing it with Bunbrosna GAA ‘Walk and Talk’. The lights will be on between 7:00 and 8:00pm every Wednesday for the next few weeks for a chance to meet others, get the steps in and have a chat. 

Couch to 5K

‘Couch to 5k’ programme starting Monday, 26th of February on our Walking Track from 7:30om to 8:30pm in association with Westmeath Partnership. Check out our Facebook page for more details.

Underage Registration 2024

Bunbrosna GAA / LGFA will be holding their Registration Day on Saturday 9th March at the new Clubhouse in Bun for all boys, girls, families and adult members who wish to join. Help will be available with any questions and to process your membership in person. All are welcome! More details to follow.

Inny Shamrocks 

Well done to the Inny Shamrocks U12 and U14 panels that both put in great sessions on Friday night last. U12s training on Friday night next at 7:00pm. U14s training also on Friday night at 8:00pm in Bun Gym.

Inny Shamrocks Féile Team

Our U15s got the underage season off to a start on Sunday morning in Bunbrosna when the lads played Milltownpass in a challenge match which will be of great benefit to both clubs as they prepare for the Westmeath Féile competition next weekend (details to follow). 

Thanks to Milltownpass GAA for traveling out for a great game of football and thanks also to Eoin Cawley for refereeing the game and doing a great job.

Inny Shamrocks Minors

Inny Shamrocks Minors training starts Monday 26th February. New players welcome. For any queries contact Conor Newman on 087 9330992.

Westmeath Hurlers

Well done to Shane McGovern who lined out at midfield again for the Westmeath Senior Hurlers on Saturday when they travelled to Semple Stadium to take on Tipperary, in the Allianz Hurling League. 

In what was a spirited performance from Westmeath, Tipperary emerged 7 point winners on a score line of 3:25 to 2:21.

Westmeath Camogie

Well done to the Westmeath Camógie team who followed up their great win over Offaly last week with a spirited draw in Trim on Saturday on a score line of 2:07 to 0:13. Barry O Mara is a selector on this team.

Membership

Membership for 2024 is now available. The rates of membership this year can be found on Foireann. There are various options available for members as well as for those who wish to avail of access to our newly refurbished Gym. All membership must be done through Foireann. 

In order to register, log on to your Foireann account from last year and follow the membership prompts. If you don’t have a Foireann account just log onto www.foireann.ie and register a new account and select Bunbrosna as your club. Once you have this done you will be able to select the membership option that suits you best.

All memberships include access to our newly opened Walking Track. For those who just wish to use the Walking Track, they can do so by purchasing Social Membership at a cost of just €30 for the year.

First Aid Course

Thanks to Paddy Mulligan for delivering an excellent First Aid talk in Bunbrosna Old Clubhouse on Sunday last. We also extend our thanks to Mary Finnan for organising.

Child Safeguarding 

There will be a Child Safeguarding course on Tuesday 5th March in Ballynacargy at 7:30pm. All welcome to attend. For more details please contact Finian Newman.

Table Quiz

Clann Gaels  are holding a Table Quiz in  Connaughtons, Rathowen on Friday 1st  March next at 9:00pm in aid of Larcc’s Children’s Bereavement Services. Adult entries are €10 and Children entries are €5. All support would be greatly appreciated.

Bun Grounds Crew

Grounds Crew meet every Tuesday at 10:30am in Bun for a cup of tea and to do some work around the pitch - all welcome!

Playground Play Date

The Playground Play Dates continues on Friday at 10:30am. All welcome to come along with babies / toddlers.

Condolences

All at Bunbrosna GAA wish to offer our sincere condolences to the Maguire family, Rathowen, on the sad passing of Breege Donovan, Mullingar.

To her son Paul, daughters Helen and Fiona, and her partner Dick, her grandchildren, extended family and friends, we offer you all our deepest sympathies at this sad time.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí.

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