An Under strength McGovern Directional Drilling team, in its first game under new Manager Peter Bolger, went down to a stronger Clann na Gael team in Johnstown on Sunday. Unfortunately the game clashed with Boyle Celtic’s Connacht cup quarter final in Castlebar and meaning that Sean had the unenviable task of having to choice which game to play. With Sean unfortunately along with the injured Enda Smith and Roch Hanmore absent meant opportunities for some of the younger players to show their potential. Evan McGrath stepped in at 6 in Sean’s absence and really showed his pedigree in this position and along with Luke Brennan also making his first start at this level acquitted themselves excellently. It was an all under 21 back line and along with the experience of the returning Stephen Tonra and Liam Conroy when introduced in the second half, there is a good balance of youth and experience within the squad. The game was tight in the first half and only when Donie Shine scored a goal from play and a debatable penalty did a gap open. Boyle hung in in the second half and made it difficult for Clann right to the end. Tadhg McKenna at wing forward was Boyle’s best player contributing some nice points from play and along with David Callaghan and Darren O ‘Connor were our best performers. Team – C. Smith, L.Brennan, C. Cox, M. Goldrick, M. Hanmore, E. McGrath, B. Furey, S Tonry, D. Callaghan, D. Kelly, T. Lowe, T, McKenna, D, Smith, D O’Connor, M O’Donohoe, subs used – M’ O Connor, J Sweeney, C Goldrick, L. Conroy. The Next outing will be against Roscommon Gaels in mid April.
The national Automation Limited Minors will continue their Division 2 League action with a trip to Knockcroghery to play St Dominics on Sunday next the 30th at 12 noon. They are scheduled to have a home game in the Abbey Park on Tuesday week 1st April at 6.45pm against Roscommon Gaels. The u16s will play Strokestown in Strokestown on this Wednesday at 6.30pm.
All Club players and non-players who have not yet paid their membership are requested to do so NOT LATER than Sunday next 30th March, to Cian Smith, Club Registrar 086 3502455
Boyle GAA Club is delighted to announce that it has joined forces with Kelly’s Supervalu, Boyle in a project whereby all who hold Kelly’s Supervalu Loyalty Cards will be given double points for all purchases made by them during the months April, May and June. They will get their own points as per usual, and Kelly’s Supervalu will match them and credit them to Boyle GAA Club. This is a simple and painless way of helping your Club. Simply text to 11 digit Loyalty Card Number and your name to Club Treasurer, Mary Smith at 086 8211683.
The Club has nominated Mike (Junior) Smith as its Club Rossie co-ordinator. He may be contacted at 086 2531736. The Club encourages all Club members and supporters of Boyle and Roscommon GAA to purchase a ticket, for which there are excellent prizes. Full details are available on County Roscommon GAA Website and in the local media.
The Club will be supporting Frankie Flynn from Padraig Pearses Club, who is undertaking a nine day walk in support of Pieta House (Suicide prevention and awareness organisation). Frankie will commence Day 5 of his walk at the Abbey Park on Thursday week the 3rd of April, from where he will walk to Strokestown via Croghan and Elphin. As many Club members as possible are asked to come out and join Frankie on his walk from and through Boyle.
Congratulations to the Roscommon U21’s on a hard fought victory over Sligo on Saturday evening and especially to the Smith Boys. The go forward to play Leitrim in 2 weeks in Carrick on Shannon following their 1 point win over Galway. This was their first win at this level since 1998.
Finally using a term coined by a former PRO you may be familiar with( not sure if he has copyright on this or not!) – NTDWGAA – Commiseration’s to Boyle Celtic who gallantly went down on penalties to Castelbar Celtic on Sunday and best wishes to Michael Corrigan who suffered a bad leg break in the match.