Club PRO Notes


On Saturday last (18th Feb) the Club played their first game of the season when they hosted last year’s Intermediate Championship Finalists Drumcliffe/Rosses Point in the Community Park. With a strong wind blowing straight down the pitch, this game was always going to be a game of two halves. With wind advantage in the opening period the first score of the season for the club arrived in the 8th minute with the honour falling to Packie McIntyre as he converted a free from the right wing. Some two minutes later the first goal of the season for the club arrived with Michael Gallagher having the honour as he crashed the ball to the net following a great centre from Club Secretary Fergus Leonard. Hughie Marren added another point from a Kevin Gallagher pass in the 13th minute to give us a 5 point lead. The radar appeared to go a little off from there to the half time whistle as a few chances went a begging. The visitors added their opening score in the 15th minute with the sides retiring at the short whistle with Cloonacool four to the good. Two quick fire points for the visitors early in the second half had the gap back to two by the 4th minute. Hughie Marren converted a free to increase our lead back to three in the 10th minute. Sadly from there on, no flag was to be raised as the visitors added to their total by 1 – 3 to run out winners by three points on a score line of 1 – 3 to 1 – 6. Overall a good work out for the team for the months ahead in a fairly even contest. Drumcliffe winning margin could have been greater had it not being from some great saves from Joe Neary in the Cloonacool goals. A few more performances like this one from Joe and Philip Green in the Sligo goals may need to be looking over his shoulder! The game also marked a first for Craig Maloney. Craig put in a solid performance at corner back and the by the looks of things he has many more days in the Cloonacool shirt ahead of him. During the course of the game Jack McIntyre also made his first appearance while there will be others appearing as the season progresses so the future appear very bright for the Club that’s nettles on the Banks of the Moy.The team lined out as follows: J Neary, C Maloney, N Walsh [C], K Gallagher, P Kilcoyne, J Lawrence, P Murtagh, F Leonard, R Leonard, P Queenan, J Armstrong, H Marren, P McIntyre, M Gallagher, S Gallagher. Subs used: B Henry, M Henry, D Sweeney, J McIntyre, J McVann. Unused Subs G Mullarkey, N Brennan, N McCarrick, J Brennan, A McIntyre. The Club wishes to thank everyone who helped out with the smooth running of our annual 5k Road Race & Walk race which took place on Sunday 12th February. Up on 180 people took to the roads on the day from Wynne’s Bridge on the Kilcummin/Carnaleck Border (the divide between the postal areas of Tubbercurry & Ballymote) to the Community Centre and back to the Community Park for Refreshments and Showers. A full list of winners their times and photographs of the day appears on the News section of Cloonacool GAA website Anyone interested in taking part in Scor for the Club could they please contact Fergus Leonard as early as possible. Senior Scór takes place on Saturday 10th March in Rathcormac Hall. The events of Scór are Figure/Céillí Dancing, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Recition/Scéalaíocht, Ballad group, Novelty Act, Question Time & Set Dancing. The competition is dividing into two age levels, Scór na nÓg (for U – 17’s) and Scór Sinsear (for over 17’s). The Club is hoping to make a return to Senior Scór this year after a few years away. Membership for the coming year was set at the recent AGM and is as follows Adult €60, Student €20, National School €10 and Family €70 and can be paid to any of the Senior Executive Committee in the coming weeks. Cloonacool Community Park is a hype of activity these times with Fitness & Gym Classes in full swing along with Club Training. This Year marks the 10th year since the Park was opened first with a game being played there on 11thMay 2002.Anyone wishing to have notes included in the column, may Email them to or Text them to 087 2133533. For the time being I’ll be asking to have them in by Saturday Evenings. At the moment my plan is to prepare them on Sunday mornings.