2017 Annual Golf Day Report

Last Saturday 17th June marked the St. Colmcilles’ Annual Golf Day. The day proved to be fantastically successful, a great day was had by all and we managed to raise funds for the running of the club throughout the year.

First of all we’d like to say a massive thank you to our sponsors who make this day and the running of our club possible. Above are our Day and Hole sponsors who gave generously to ensure that the club has funds to continue functioning and growing. A special mention to our Day Sponsors, Claddagh Developments and ECS Group for their sponsorship. It has been possible in the last few years to grow the club and the increase numbers playing gaelic football in St Albans and that has been due to the generosity and help from these sponsors so, thank you very much. This year we managed to raise over £3,000 which will be put to great use over the coming year.

The golf took place at Redbourn Golf Club. 22 players went out and played in the glorious weather on Saturday afternoon in the brilliant Hertfordshire countryside. There were a number of prizes up for grabs on the day and they were awarded as follows:

Nearest the Pin: Rod Lavery

Longest Drive: Conor Luttrell

Junior Winner: Alex Sharkey

Team Winner: Pat Walsh, Tommy McAndrew, Sean Carney & Andy Plunkett

Individual Winner: Aiden Clifford

Well done to all who played!

Individual Winner Aiden Clifford being presented by his dad, Club Chairman, Andy Clifford

 

After the golf, it was then back to the St Albans Irish Club – Official where there was a BBQ in full swing and the drinks were flowing. A big thank you to all who volunteered on the day, especially the footballers from the ladies team who helped with the BBQ back at the club.

As an extra bit of entertainment there was a fine footballing display as the St. Colmcilles Over 40’s took on the London Masters team. A good few former Saints dusted off their gear and togged out in Cotlandswick to relive their glory days alongside some of our current senior team. The match was very close all the way through, with London leading for most of the match by the narrowest of margins however, it was the St Albans side who finished the stronger and ran out winners by a couple of goals.

St Colmcilles Over 40’s Team

London Masters Team

 

2017 Annual Golf Day

This Saturday is the St. Colmcilles’ Annual Golf Day. A fantastic day to get involved with the club and help raise some funds to help the club to continue to run throughout the year.

Golf is starting at 2pm at Redbourn Golf Club. Then its back to the St Albans Irish Club – Official where there will be a BBQ starting at approximately 6.30pm. There will also be music in the front bar of the club.

There are still opportunities to sponsor a hole or the day or to play golf on the day. Please get in touch if interested.

Quiz Night

St. Colmcilles Ladies are hosting a Quiz Night as a social event for all of the club’s players and members. This will be a great chance for all of the club’s members to get together socially and have some fun away from Gaelic football.

So why not exercise your brain and enjoy a few laughs and drinks with us as we host our quiz.

The doors will open at 7pm and the quiz is due to start at 8pm sharp. It will be £5 entry per person on the door and quiz teams will be made up of 4 people.

There will also be a raffle on the night with some great prizes to be won.

Hertfordshire GAA Schools Tournament

The annual year 4/5 primary schools tournament took place on Friday 26th May in Cotlandswick, St Albans.

There were 20 teams, 55 games across 5 pitches with 360 children participating, the majority of which were playing Gaelic Football for the very first time.

The teamwork, sportsmanship and all round play was excellent. Well done everyone and thanks to schools, teachers, parents and of course the participants, who were excellent on the day, for supporting the event.

Special mention to the club coaching officers who put in a huge effort to make the day possible.

A couple of videos with coverage of the day has been created and can be seen below.

 

Credit to MQ Video for putting these together for the county. Thanks Mark!

Fundraiser Day for Shay – 21st May 2017

One of our St Colmcilles families is raising money for a great cause.

On Sunday 21st May we are running a fundraiser for Shay and his family. Shay is a 10 year old boy who is part of the St. Colmcilles Gaelic football community here in St Albans.

Shay, unfortunately, was diagnosed with a terminal mitochondrial disease which he has been battling for a number of years. There are only a handful of kids with this syndrome who have survived beyond 5 and the oldest surviving kid made it to 14.

He has shared a bedroom with his parents for most of his life and they are currently raising money to build a palliative care bedroom for him so he can spend less time in hospital.

Shay’s fundraiser will be a family fun day on Sunday 21st May from 11am to 4pm at Oaklands College, St Albans. There will be live music, BBQ, bar, Gaelic football tournaments, beat the goalie and loads to do for the kids with train rides, inflatables, face painting and much more.

Lets all get behind the fundraiser on the 21st May. Any help or donations would be greatly received. You can find more information about this great cause here.

St Colmcilles Gaelic Football Nursery Programme

The St Colmcilles Gaelic Football Nursery Programme for Children aged 4 to 6 is starting on Friday 19th May and will continue every Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm at The St. Albans Irish Centre, London Colney (AL2 1DW).

There are limited spaces so please contact Rory on 07734716153 or E-Mail: RORY.NORRIS@BTINTERNET.COM to book your place.

Fr. O’Hanlon Blitz write-up in The Herts Advertiser

There is a great write-up of the Senior Men’s team’s success in the Fr. O’Hanlon Blitz in this week’s edition of The Herts Advertiser. Get your copy today or check it out online here!

Colmcilles Abú!!

St Colmcilles retain the Fr. O’Hanlon Cup

Yesterday, in the fantastic weather and the fine setting of Horspath, Oxford, the Hertfordshire Blitz took place where four teams battled it out for the first trophy of the year, the Fr. O’Hanlon cup.

 

St. Colmcilles were joined by St. Dympnas, St. Vincents and hosts Eire Og, Oxford in competing for first Hertfordshire title of 2017. Tommy McAndrew managed the Saints who looked the part as they were all kitted out in their new jerseys supplied by sponsor ECS Group.

 

The competition was a league format with all teams playing each other before the top two teams competed in the final.

The league results were as follows:

Éire Óg 0-7 – 0-4 St. Vincents

St. Colmcilles 2-3 – 0-3 St. Dympnas

St. Colmcilles 1-5 – 1-2 Éire Óg

St. Vincents 1-4 – 0-5 St. Dympnas

St. Dympnas 0-4 – 0-3 Éire Óg

St. Colmcilles 5-6 – 0-1 St. Vincents

 

St. Colmcilles got off to a bit of a slow start in their first match against St. Dympnas as the strong winds saw a number of shots fall wide but some tough defending and good possession meant that they were only a point down in the first half. St. Dympnas kept the pressure on in the second half but the Saints started to get into their stride and goals from Doug Galbraith and Joe Deacy saw them take the lead. A couple of points saw that the result was secure and the St Albans team was off to a good start. 2-3 to 0-3

Next up was Éire Óg and this time the Saints started the stronger of the two teams and a point from Jason Donnelly and a goal from Connor Taggart saw them into an early lead. They scored another couple of points and looked comfortable for the win until mid-way through the second half when Oxford broke free and scored a well taken goal. This left a nervy final few minutes but St. Colmcilles saw the match out and virtually secured their final spot. 1-5 to 1-2

Finally, St. Colmcilles faced St. Vincents knowing that a win or draw for the Luton side would see them into the final. However the Saints were hitting their stride and early goals from Jason Donnelly and Doug Galbraith  meant that this was going to be a one way contest. St. Vincents kept going and scored a fantastic point after a brilliant run from their young midfielder. The second half was all about possession and the Saints held on to the ball, controlling the game well and working their scores brilliantly. Neil Gallagher even popped up with a goal to finish out the game. 5-6 to 0-1

 

This left the league table as follows:

Played Won Draw Lost Points For Points Against Difference Points
St. Colmcilles 3 3 0 0 38 9 29 6
Éire Óg 3 1 0 2 15 16 -1 2
St. Dympnas 3 1 0 2 12 19 -7 2
St. Vincents 3 1 0 2 12 33 -21 2

 

That meant that St. Colmcilles would face the hosts, Éire Óg in the final as they finished with the best points difference over the two Luton teams.

With the sun beating down and the scorching heat, the final was always going to be about who had the legs to kick on and keep going until the final whistle. The St Albans side started strongly and but for a few fantastic saves from the Oxford keeper the match could have been over in the first half. Michael Logue and Doug Galbraith were fantastic engines in the half-back line and constantly caused a threat as they came through the midfield going forward. Credit to Éire Óg as they battled back and got a few points to keep within touch. However, some resilient defending and great work from keeper Aaron O’Byrne meant that they didn’t get anything easy.

The second half however was all one way traffic as the Oxford side ran out of steam. Odhrán Gallagher and Chris Griffin in midfield won everything that came their way and gave the team a great platform to build from. The Saints made their possession count as they kept the ball well and worked some fine scores. Conor Lutrell, Shane Gill, Gavin Walsh and Thomas Maloney all worked hard, up and down the field, to give options to those around them. St. Colmcilles ran away with it and were deserving winners by a scoreline of 8-5 to 0-4.

Everyone gave everything they had from start to finish under the scorching sun and all have the sunburn to prove it. A few notable mentions have to go to Neil Gallagher for being solid at the back and for his two goals, Michael Logue, Doug Galbraith, Odhrán Gallagher and Chris Griffin for their constant work around the middle of the park and some very fine scores and Conor Carney and captain for the day, Jason Donnelly for continually keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

St Colmcilles: Aaron O’Byrne, James Thompson, Shane Gill, Thomas Maloney, Michael Logue(0-2), Conor Luttrell(0-2), Doug Galbraith(3-0), Odhrán Gallagher(1-0), Neil Gallagher(2-0), Conor Carney(3-2), Jason Donnelly(4-8), Joe Deacy(1-4), Chris Griffin(1-1), Gavin Walsh, Connor Taggart(1-0).

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March Newsletter Out Now

St. Colmcilles G.A.C. have a brand new Newsletter

The Newsletter will be published every month or so and is aimed at bringing you the most up to date information from the club with news on fixtures, results, match reports, club events and more.

The new issue contains details of our new O’Neills Club Shop, more information about the start of training for all teams, some photos from our Youth Teams from last year and dates of some of our scheduled events for 2017. It is out this weekend and will be available from club committee members, players and the St Albans Irish Club.

It is also online here.