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12th February 2014

posted 14 Feb 2014, 15:33 by Cortoon Shamrocks

A depleted under 21 team fell to a defeat to Glenamaddy/Glinsk in the first round of the Championship in Glenamaddy on Saturday afternoon. Playing in dreadful conditions, it was always going to be a difficult task with no fewer than six key players missing through injury but they fought bravely to the end. Three first half points from Cathal Mulryan and another from Joseph Donnellan kept Cortoon in touch at the break after Glenamaddy had scored 1-5. However, from the restart, the hosts went straight up the pitch and found the back of the net to leave the Shamrocks with a mountain to climb. They rallied though, and points from Peter Higgins and two from Donnellan frees cut the deficit to five before Mulryan dropped a ball onto the edge of the small rectangle and Donnellan rose highest to punch it home and it looked like they might be back in it. It wasn’t to be, however, as Glenamaddy rattled off four unanswered points. It could have been worse when the Cortoon defence was breached in the dying seconds but goalkeeper, Darren Dempsey, spread himself well to block out the shot. The back door now beckons and hopefully we might have a few of our injured players back by then.

Hard luck to the four Cortoon lads, Donal O’Neill, Paul Varley, Cathal Mulryan, and Adrian Varley, who were involved with the Galway squad that came up just short in their National Football League encounter with Donegal on Sunday.

The under 13 team play their first game of the season in Headford on Sunday at 11am. They will be having a get together on Thursday evening in Total Fitness Solutions at 8pm and all parents are asked to bring their children along. Membership will also be taken on the night. Parents are also reminded that all players must wear a gum shield at all times during training and games.

The Club is currently looking for managers for the Junior and Minor teams. Anybody interested in helping out should give their names to any member of the Executive Committee.

Club membership is now due and all players are reminded that your membership includes your insurance cover. No player will be permitted to play any matches without being fully paid up. Once again, membership rates will remain unchanged and are as follows: Adult player - €60, Adult player & family (partner & children u18) - €85, Full member - €25, Family (couple & children u18) - €50, Student - €20. Membership can be paid to Pat Kenny, Registrar, or to Mickey Gilmore in the Cortoon Inn.

A registration night for all underage players will take place in the Cortoon Hall on Sunday 23rd February.

We are now taking orders for our new Club hoodie which is priced at €30 and can be viewed on our website. A deposit of €10 can be paid to any member of the committee to submit your order.

Cortoon crested shorts are now available to purchase in Total Fitness Solutions in Tuam in both adult’s and children’s sizes.

 “Half a Parish – A Complete Club” is a comprehensive history of Cortoon Shamrocks GAA Club and is packed full of stories, match reports, and photographs. It has 247 full colour pages and makes a great read. Priced at €19.99, the book is available from the Cortoon Inn and other outlets in Tuam or from any committee member. For overseas orders, please send an enquiry to Cortoon Shamrocks website is now live and includes match fixtures, results, & reports, club news, coaching tips, photographs and many more useful links. There is also a contact page where you can submit a query, comment or suggestion on how we could improve the website or indeed the club.

The winner of the Bonus Ball, run in conjunction with the Cortoon Inn, was Daniel Heverin.