This Week’s News from Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club

Deirdre O'Sullivan, Miltown/ Castlemaine GAA Club PRO.
Deirdre O’Sullivan, Miltown/ Castlemaine GAA Club PRO.

Sincere sympathy is extended to our senior player Brendan Delaney on the death of his uncle Val Delaney on Thursday last. We also send our sympathies to Val’s wife Teresa, and their sons Stuart and Eric. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

County Final Quiz
Congratulations to our quiz team of Cathal Daly, Sarah Flaherty, Brendan Casey, Richard Boyle and sub Dáire McCarthy who did fantastic in the county final of Scór Na bPaistí Quiz in the ISK. They were joint 1st with Rathmore – out of 36 teams, at the end of the competition . Unfortunately, they were pipped at the post by Rathmore in the tie break. They were presented with their medals by Leona Twiss, who was quizmaster on the day.
Well done to you all!

Our Under 14 boys are away to Glenflesk on this Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Please Note: All players and mentors must be members of the club.
Membership form/money can be given to your trainer or any member of the executive.
U-12 County League Division 4A
Milltown Castlemaine 4.22 Ballydonoghue 2-06 Division 4B: Milltown Castlemaine 4-06 Ballydonoghue 1-06.
Well done to all. The rescheduled game versus Scartaglin is on this Thursday 21st at 7 p.m. in Scartaglin.
Please try to go along and give these young footballers your support.

U-8 and U-10
Our U-8’s and under 10’s gave a great football display against our neighbours -Listry, on Friday last.

Training continues every Thursday at 6.15 for in the Milltown Castlemaine GAA Pitch.
Don’t forget your gum shield!
Tea and coffee facilities are available up stairs for any parents who stay around for the duration of the training session.
So you can head up there and enjoy a nice cuppa (and a biscuit )and watch your child’s training session in comfort!

U-1O Girls
Training on Thursday’s also from 6.15pm to 7.15pm sharp. Don’t forget your gum shield.

Football Gear:
The club is presently sourcing shorts, tops and socks for our younger footballers. Samples will be available shortly at the club rooms, where your child can try on the samples and order their kit accordingly.

Exam Students
As the oral exams and practicals continue for the Leaving Certificate, we wish all our members every success.

Kerry Minors
Comhgairdeas do Peter Keane and his minor panel on their comprehensive win over Cork last week.
Cormac Leane from our own club is part of the ‘ rehabbing’ panel. We wish you a speedy recovery Cormac- we know you will make an excellent addition to the team on your return.

Lee Strand Tokens
We ask that club members and supporters would collect the Lee Strand tokens. Just 15 tokens can be redeemed per O’ Neill’s Football- valued at €50.  Hand in tokens to any executive member- your support will be very much appreciated.

Revised Dressing Room/ Sideline Guidelines

Please note that under age players are not permitted inside the dressing rooms prior to or after a senior game or inside the surrounding fence wire when a senior game is ongoing. This is to protect all parties involved. We ask parents and guardians to continually remind their children of this rule which will be strictly enforced. We appreciate your ongoing support and cooperation.

Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Lá Na gClub

As part of Lá na gClub 2016 celebrations, the club is organising a get together to celebrate the achievements of the 1988 to 1996 teams. In that eight year period they had phenomenal success, winning Division 3 & 2 of the county league, thus gaining promotion to Division 1 for the first time ever; They also won the County Junior Championship and contested four County Intermediate finals in six years-winning two and narrowly losing the other two.
That successful period in the club’s history certainly laid the foundations for where the club is today. To recognise that success the club has organised a reunion buffet, with live music and late bar
on Saturday, May 7th at Faha Court Hotel at 8pm.
If you have any memorabilia -photographs, match reports, programmes etc., from any year, we would be very grateful if you forwarded them to us. We hope to put a slideshow together for this momentous occasion. Please contact Mike Carroll on 087 22 56 548 or All memorabilia will be returned to you on the night.

Round 1- Senior Club Championship
In a very competitive game on Saturday evening in Connolly Park, Milltown /Castlemaine seniors lost out to Austin Stacks by 4 points -on a score line of 13 points to 9. Stacks late surge -which saw them kick 5 of the last 7 points in the final 14 minutes, got them over the line with Milltown Castlemaine still in the game right up to the end.
In the first half, Stacks got off to a quick start -scoring 3 points within 7 minutes. Jonathan O’ Sullivan and Pa Wrenn popped over a couple of points to leave the minimum between the sides after a quarter of an hour. Gavin Horan was one on one with the Austin Stacks keeper – but a poor call from the referee to stop play for a free, meant that it could have have been quite a different score going in at half time. A point on the 29 th minute by Daniel Bohane left the score 6 points to 4 -to the Stacks at half time.
The Stacks got off to a good start again in the second half-going 8 points to 4 up after 7 minutes. Jonathan O’ Sullivan popped over 2 quick frees, followed by an excellent Shane Murphy point. Before that Gavin Horan- with his forceful running almost netted -but the Stacks keeper got a hand to it, for an excellent save. At this stage Milltown Castlemaine were dominating the breaks but Stacks crowded the defence and had a couple of turnovers leading to quick counter attacks -that proved to be the turning point. By the 25th minute, Stacks went 11 points to 7 up and our lads tried gallantly with 2 more scores but Stacks ‘keep the ball’ approach saw them over the line. There were some excellent performances over the pitch -none more so than from 2 veterans -Mike Burke and Damian Murphy, who were outstanding.
Scorers on the night were Jonathan O’ Sullivan-six points, Pa Wrenn, Shane Murphy and Jack McCarthy one point each. Well done to Mike Hickey and his management team and to the entire panel of players. Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship – Relegation Playoffs Round 1: Kerins O’Rahillys v Milltown Castlemaine in Farranfore on Sunday May 1st at 2.30pm.
We need you to come along and support our senior team- helping them to reach the second round of the senior club championship.

Our next Lotto jackpot for €7,000, is on this Friday night, in The Plough Bar. Just €2 a ticket or three for €5 can win you the lotto jackpot or a share in it. One can also avail of a yearly ticket for just €50 or three yearly tickets for €100.  We are very grateful to Mike O’ Shea and sons- Builders, Farran, for generously sponsoring our GAA lotto.
Míle buíochas to all of you who continue to support our Lotto,through both selling tickets and purchasing tickets.