Corduff club notes

November 22, 2017

Club Lotto:

There was No Winner of last weekend's Club Lotto jackpot worth €4,700, held in Traynor's Bar, Shercock.

The numbers drawn were: 14, 17, 21 & 26. The five Lucky Dip winners of €20 were: Sam & Rosemary Mills, Jamie McNally, Maura McNally, Padraic Keenan & Mark McEnaney.

Next week's draw will be held in Boylan's, Carrickmacross on Sunday night at 9pm, where the Jackpot will be €4,800.

Thank you for your continued support.

Annual General Meeting:

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 27th November at 8:30pm in the Heritage Room of the Corduff/Raferagh Community Centre. Nomination forms are now in circulation. We kindly ask that nomination forms be returned to our club secretary Colm Marron by Friday 24th November.

2018 sees our club celebrate its 50th year of existence. A number of positions are to be filled; we are encouraging new members to get on board the committee for the year ahead, so please ensure forms are returned to Colm before Friday.

Handball

GAA League:

The 2017-18 GAA League kicked off last week with the team welcoming Bawn to Corduff for Round 1. Corduff started their campaign with a 5-3 win. Well done to the team of Peter Brennan, George McKitterick, Brendan McNally & Gareth King.

The team travelled to Tydavnet last night (Wednesday) to play the hosts in Round 2. See the Corduff Handball Club page on Facebook, or next week's notes for result.

Next week, the team are at home to Monaghan in Corduff. The game will begin at 7:30pm.

Juvenile Training:

Juvenile training continues every week in the alley, with training for 9-13 year olds from 7pm to 8pm, and 14-18 year olds from 8pm to 9pm. All new members are welcome, a great way to keep active during the winter months.

Ladies

All-Ireland Semi-Final Victory:

The 2017 adventure continues, and reaches a greater height, with every match played and Sunday the 19th November 2017 will go down in the annals of time as the biggest day to date in the history of the Corduff club, when the Corduff Senior Ladies beat the Leinster champions Cuala, in the All-Ireland semi-final to book a place in the All-Ireland Junior Championship Final. And, what an achievement that was.

The Cuala express buses arrived in a timely fashion on Sunday morning and having driven through a haze of black and amber bunting and signs from the Carrickmacross/Shercock road the visitors knew they had reached their destination, Corduff! With an All-Ireland final place at stake, Cuala arrived with victory in mind and the pressure was on both sides to produce a win or their All Ireland Championship dream would be shattered.

From the throw-in both sides played an energetic style of football going level 5 times during this encounter.  Cuala registered the first score of the game and Corduff having squandered some possession and scoring opportunities levelled the game for the first time by an Eva Woods point in the 3rd minute. Corduff continued to dominate the scoreboard for the next 10 minutes by adding another point by Eva, one by Elena McEnaney and a brilliant goal by Louise Byrne. Corduff's last score of the first half also came off the boot of Elena in the 20th minute and from then to the halftime whistle the visitors dominated affairs going level with Corduff for the second time on a scoreline of 1-05 each at the interval.

During the interval, Corduff regrouped and they knew a massive performance would be needed once again, as in previous matches, to keep the All-Ireland dream alive. Every player responded to the challenge, but it wasn't until the halfway mark that the hosts gained dominance with a point from Barbara Ward, followed by the first of 3 crucial goals, the 1st from Elena, and the 2nd one by Emma Conlon. The stand now echoed with the Corduff supporters getting behind the team and while Corduff were scoring goals at one end, Cuala were scoring points at the other, when in the 22nd minute, they found the net once again and the teams were level for the 5th time. The Cuala threat was always there and with nothing between the sides, it left for a very nervous finish. But with the supporters behind the team and the momentum now with Corduff, Barbara Ward pushed forward scoring that all important goal. Corduff packed the defence at one end and at the other end Elena McEnaney's point sealed the deal for Corduff and they finished in style ensuring the dream stays alive, while the Cuala dream was shattered, as they became the latest side to fall victim to the Corduff challenge. There is no better feeling than winning on home soil to the loud cheer of the loyal supporters who were out in even greater numbers than before and within seconds the supporters were on the pitch to congratulate their heroes.

Corduff Ladies would like to congratulate this amazing bunch of girls and their management team of Sean, Diarmuid, Paraic & Conor on yet another fantastic win. The whole community and beyond is so proud of your achievements to date and the journey continues. Next up are the Munster Junior champions Aghada, Co Cork. Fixture details unknown at time of print. Please keep an eye on our Social Media channels.

All that's positive about the GAA was evident in the Corduff Raferagh area during the build up to the match and from early Sunday morning as the many volunteers, the Community Centre staff and the cooks worked tirelessly to ensure everything was in order for both teams and their supporters. It was all hands on deck with the whole community backing the club. Everyone should take a bow! 

A thanks is also extended to the Thomas Ashe Pipe Band which played before the match which really added to the occasion. Not forgetting all our sponsors during the year and our black and amber army of supporters who have been part of this incredible journey from the beginning! 

And finally in case you haven't noticed the place is awash with colour! People have made a huge effort to wish the girls good luck! Fences were painted, posters made, bunting tied, bales and a car painted plus individual photos of the girls en-route to Corduff! Not only did we win the contest on the pitch but also as the most decorated club in the country! Roll on the All-Ireland Final!



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