Swinford GAA Notes – 2nd April 2015
Swinford GAA Minor League
Swinford GAA Minor Team were defeated away to Charlestown in Round 3 of the Minor League on Sunday 29th March by 1-11 to 1-6, their next game is at home to Ballyhaunis in Round 4 at 6:30pm on Friday 3rd April.
We are then away to Ballinrobe in Round 5 at 12noon on Sunday 12th April.
Under 14 League
Swinford U14’s lost their first game to Eastern Gaels on Thursday 26th March but we were missing a lot of players and hopefully will have better luck away to Aghamore at 7pm tonight (Thursday 2nd April).
On Thursday 9th April the U14’s will play The Neale in Robert McCallion Memorial Park. All support is welcome.
Under 16 League
The Under 16’s first league game away to Naomh Padraig will be rescheduled. On Friday 10th April the Under 16’s will play Kilmovee in Round 2 at 7pm in Robert McCallion Memorial Park. All support is welcome.
This week’s Swinford GAA 50/50 Draw was held in Gateway Hotel on Tuesday 31st March and Martina O’Hara of Carrowberry won €934.
Draw envelopes are available in most local business premises for the next draw which will be held in Moore’s on Tuesday 7th April at 9pm. You can now buy 3 draw envelopes for €5. Tickets are also available online through the Swinford GAA Website.
Since the inception of the draw over €34,000 has been given out in prize money and Swinford GAA Club has purchased much needed equipment for all our teams and we are also building a fund for the future development of our facilities. None of this could have been done without the support of the entire community and this is greatly appreciated.
Annual Dinner Dance
Swinford GAA will be holding its annual dinner dance and awards night in the Gateway Hotel on Easter Sunday. Music on the night will be provided by Galway band Fraggle Rock. Tickets are now available from Swinford GAA club officers.
Jim is one of Ireland’s foremost athletics trainers having being Irish coach for the Seoul and Atlanta Olympics. He has been involved with a number of successful GAA teams, most notably the All Ireland winning Tipperary hurling team in 2001 among others. He has also been involved in coaching provincial title winning football teams and a National League title with Mayo.
The course takes place in Swinford on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th April 2015.
Phase 1 will take place in the Gateway Hotel from 7pm until 10pm on the Friday night and it is a seminar entitled “Developing speed in the adult player through conditioning coaching”. Jim will also give a general talk on his experiences followed by a Q&A session.
Phase 2 takes place at the amenity centre from 10am until 4pm on the Saturday and it is a certified SAQ course entitled “Coaching skill, movement and function to 6-12 year olds”. It is an indoor/outdoor course so appropriate attire is advised.
Places are limited and cost €50 per attendee.
(There is no charge for Swinford GAA coaches)
Please refer to the SAQ website for further course details.
Topaz Cash For Clubs
Topaz are running a promotion for all clubs at the moment giving the opportunity to win thousands of euro for the club. You can pick up a card and begin to collect stamps at Gavaghan’s Mace & Topaz. The Swinford GAA Club registration code is 10431. The Cash For Clubs initiative runs until Sunday 10th May 2015 and you can find out more about it here.
Club Development Draw 2015
Swinford GAA Club has launched their club draw for 2015. The annual subscription remains at €150. The club draw is again structured this year to ensure each subscriber is getting value for their money and you will be entitled to the following for your €150 investment in the club;
1. Club Membership – €20
2. Entry to Swinford GAA Home League games
3. County Board ticket – €100, which has a prize fund of €90,000 and
4. An entitlement to purchase an All-Ireland Senior Football Final ticket should Mayo reach the final in 2015.
The officers of the club have decided to restrict the numbers in the draw this year to 130 people in order to limit the ticket demands placed on it should Mayo reach the All Ireland Final in 2015.
Please contact any club officer as soon as possible if you are interested in purchasing a ticket as we expect to sell the allocation within a couple of weeks.