Corduff club notes

December 06, 2017

Club Lotto:

There was No Winner of last weekend's Club Lotto jackpot worth €4,900, held in John Joe Cunningham's, Carrickmacross. 

The numbers drawn were: 04, 08, 14 & 17. The five Lucky Dip winners of €20 were: Richard Byrne, Mary & Kevin c/o McArdles, Martin McCahey, Sharna McGuigan & Thomas Finnegan.

This was the final draw of 2017 ahead of the Christmas break. Our Club Lotto will resume on Sunday 14th January 2018, with the draw taking place in The Mountain Dew, and the Jackpot will be worth €5,000.

Thank you for your continued support.

Inter-County News:

The draw for the 2018 Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup took place on Thursday last, which saw Monaghan drawn into Section C alongside Donegal, Fermanagh & Queens University. The competition will begin on Wednesday 3rd January with Monaghan away to Fermanagh in Brewster Park. They then host Donegal in Clones on Sunday 7th, before rounding off the group stage in Castleblayney against Queens on Wednesday 10th. The semi-final of the competition will be played on Sunday 14th, with the final taking place on the weekend of 20th/21st January.

Monaghan's first Allianz League match will be on Sunday 28th January in Clones against Mayo.

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GAA League:

The club hosted Monaghan in Round 3 of the GAA League on Wednesday night last. The team of Peter Brennan, Aidan Marron, George McKitterick and Gareth King came away with a 5-3 win.

The team travelled to St. Mellan's last night for Round 4 of the League. See the Corduff Handball Page on Facebook for result.

Next week, the team are at home to Carrick. First game will commence at 7:30pm.


All Ireland Final:

Last Saturday 2nd December was the biggest day in the history of the Corduff club, the day the Senior Ladies played in The All Ireland Final. From early morning the team and the loyal Corduff supporters departed from Corduff and Raferagh and the wider community by coach and by car heading for Crettyard, County Laois where Corduff played Aghada from County Cork.

Unfortunately for Corduff this was where the amazing All Ireland dream was shattered as they were defeated by Aghada.

With nobody left at home the supporters arrived well ahead of throw-in ready to cheer on their team and what a cheer that was, it continued right through the match. Having paraded after the Artane Boys Band which was an amazing experience for the girls and having met the President Maria Hickey it was time for throw in. 

The conditions were far from ideal but after a very low scoring first half Corduff went in up a point at the interval on a scoreline of 0-2 to 0-1.

And with the floodlights on the second half commenced with the teams going level twice in the the third quarter and with 10 minutes remaining there was nothing between the sides. However from here on to the final whistle Aghada took control and scored 2-03 without reply winning on a scoreline of 2-06 to 0-3 bringing the curtain down on the All Ireland Final dream. The final score didn't reflect the effort the girls made during the game. 

Disappointment is a bitter pill to swallow but these girls and management can hold their heads high and in our eyes are champions in Corduff, Raferagh and beyond. Thanks to management for their commitment and dedication over the past 2 seasons culminating in an All Ireland Final.

Corduff Raferagh is a tight knit community with the GAA the beating heart of it. Out of this community comes the Corduff Club which without a doubt has the most loyal supporters in the land. The positive effect such support had on the girls cannot be underestimated as the girls knew the black and amber supporters were proud to be there all the way on this journey from the county final to the Ulster final, to London and to Laois we have simply outnumbered other club's supporters everywhere. Smartly kitted out in black and amber from head to toe people had no doubt where ye were from. We thank you all for your support.

For the last few months plans were been made and preparation was been done on a weekly basis for the next match whether it was Clonoe, Ballyhegan, Cornafaen, Kerry Kingdom Gaels, Cuala or Aghada not to mention Sean's,Tyholland and Scotstown in the County Championship the next game was always the most important. While the team and management were preparing in the background there was a continuous buzz in the area as the residents were busy transforming the area with black and amber signs, posters, flags, bales, a car and anything that could be painted yellow in order to wish the team and management good luck. Social media was also very busy with good luck wishes being posted from at home and abroad and we really appreciated it.

Another very important aspect of this journey was the first class facilities we have in Corduff. All the visiting clubs were amazed with the GAA facilities and we extend our gratitude to Corduff Gaels for the use of the facilities and to all the stewards who volunteered or helped out in any way on match days. Also to the Community Centre and Mountain Dew staff we extend our gratitude.

To our many sponsors and those who made financial contributions you were a very important part of this journey as you made things possible.

So, finally long after the championship curtain has come down on 2017 the memories made with family,friends and club will live on!

Gaelic Life All Stars:

While the Corduff Senior Ladies team was winning matches there were some outstanding individual performances along the way and we are delighted to announce that Corduff's captain Laura McEnaney has received a Gaelic Life All Star award at half back and Barbara Ward a Gaelic Life  All Star award at midfield. Commiserations to Eva Woods who narrowly missed out on an award.

Shield Final:

Before the team and management hang up their boots for 2017 there is one last League game to be played. So, this Sunday at 12 noon Corduff will play neighbours and All Ireland Semi Finalists Latton in the Division 1 League Final. Venue to be confirmed. Once again we call on all the loyal supporters to come out for the last time this year to support the team and management to being the season to a conclusion.

Cumann na mBunscol Final:

Congratulations to Corcreagh NS on winning the Cumann na mBunscol Tournament last Friday. It was a superb team performance and a great achievement for this team which hadn't been beaten all year. The team and scorers were as follows: Daithi Hegarty, Cillian O'Callaghan, Michael Pienaar (2-0), Tadhg Hegarty (4-4), Fergal McEnaney (2-2). Subs were Ayrton Pienaar, Philip McKeown, Jason Lewis, Jack Smith, Danny Pinneaar, Peter Walsh, Matthew Deery, Harry McCabe and Conor O'Donoghue. Once again congratulations to everyone involved with these stars of the future!

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