There was plenty of Championship action to be had at the weekend. There was hard fought wins for our Intermediate Footballers and Senior Hurlers in the Championship while the Reserve Footballers suffered heartbreak in the Semi Final on Sunday.
On Saturday the Footballers had a tough battle against a determined St Brendans side on the back pitch in Greenford. The Macs started well but conceded a goal early on when a low shot caught the defence unawares and snuck in at the near post. The Macs hit back late in the first half though. Brendans thought they had got another goal in the lead up to half time but the referee waved play on and in the ensuing chaos McCurtains worked the ball up the field to Danny Ryan on the edge of the parallelogram who squared it to Marcus Clarke and he duly put it the back of the net. The second half was a cagy affair with a late McCurtains scoring surge making sure they got the win. That win sees them qualify for the Semi Finals against Éire Óg which will be played next weekend.
Sunday saw the Hurlers face off against Sean Traceys in the Senior Championship in a sunny Ruislip needing a win to get themselves back on track. They started the brighter and raced into a 3 point lead but conceded an early goal when a Traceys forward latched onto a loose ball in the middle of the square. However it didn't take long for the Macs to regain the lead. Sean Costelloe rose highest to pluck the ball from the sky and fired home from 25 yards out. Both teams were finding scores hard to come by but the Macs made the best of their efforts in the third quarter to open up a six point lead thanks in part to a wasteful Traceys attack. Fantastic defensive efforts in the last 10 minutes saw McCurtains close the game out easily in the end.
Later that afternoon the Reserve Footballers were unlucky to loose out to an experienced North London Shamrocks side in the Semi Finals. The lads played some fantastic football throughout the match but couldn't break down a dogged Shamrocks defence. There were great displays from all involved and a huge thanks to their commitment over the season.
Also in Greenford on Sunday the Ladies lost out to Parnells in the League and the Underage Hurlers had an enjoyable day at the Fr. Murphys blitz.
Next weekends action sees the Hurlers continue their Championship campaign in the Scrubs against Brothers Pearse on Saturday while the Footballers play Éire Óg in the Intermediate Championship Semi Final in Greenford on Sunday. These are two massive games and all support is needed.
History & Centenary
In preparation for our upcoming centenary in 2020 the club has formed a History and Centenary Sub Committee. The aim of this committee is to investigate the long and illustrious history of Thomas McCurtains GAA Club, document it and form a comprehensive collection of documents detailing the Club’s history. If anyone would like to join the committee please contact Richard Ellis on 07803 519 394
We are reaching out to past members. We would love to hear your memories and any interesting stories you have. If you have any photos, match programmes, old jerseys or any other memorabilia or a story to tell please contact Richard Ellis at [email protected] . Any information would be great to hear.
We are in the process of finalising next years events to celebrate our centenary and details of these will be released soon. Please check back here or on our social medial channels for more information.
Training (Click on team name for more info):
Mens Football: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.00pm in Goodmayes
Mens Hurling: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.15pm in Goodmayes.
Ladies Football: Thursday at 7.00pm in Goodmayes
Camogie: No Training
Underage: Hurling - Mondays at 6.30pm in Campion School
Mens Football: Intermediate Football Championship - Thomas McCurtains: 1-10, St Brendans: 1-08
Ladies Football: Intermediate League - Thomas McCurtains: 2-05, Parnells: 5-12
Mens Hurling: Senior Hurling Championship - Thomas McCurtains: 1-14, Sean Traceys: 1-07
Mens Football: Reserve Football Championship Semi Final - Thomas McCurtains: 2-07, North London Shamrocks: 1-15
Mens Hurling: Senior Hurling Championship - Thomas McCurtains v Brothers Pearse, Saturday 14th September 2019 at 3.30pm, Scrubs
Mens Football: Intermediate Football Championship Semi Final - Thomas McCurtains v Éire Óg, Sunday 15th September 2019 at 3.30pm, Greenford
New players are always very welcome to join our friendly club. We have Gaelic Football & Hurling teams for both men and ladies from u-8s up to Adults. We are based in East London; the club covers a wide area and current players live in many different areas, including, Gants Hill, Woodford, Leyton, Leytonstone, Stratford, Shoreditch, Bow, Canary Wharf, Romford, Dagenham, Brentwood & Chelmsford as well as many other areas. Transport to and from training and pick-up from stations can be arranged, if required.
If you would like to join our club, please do not hesitate to contact:
Mens Football: Pop Geraghty: 07493 046 064
Mens Hurling: Alan Power: 07925 175 910
Ladies Football: Aoife Kelly: 07922 833 102
Camogie: Eoin Kelly: 07729 746 052
Underage: Martin McGovern: 07807 830 556
Thomas McCurtains GAA Club would welcome coaching support in local schools and our training sessions.
Please check out Thomas McCurtain's on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. Or drop us an email on [email protected] We would be delighted to hear from you.
Our official club merchandise is available to purchase on the O'Neill's website here
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