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Buncrana GAA CLUB NOTES 16/06/2014

By Sinéad Breen Donegal PRO Tue 17th Jun

Buncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 15th June 2014

Senior Football
It was a disappointing end to the Seniors long trip to Naomh Brid on Friday night. The home side were strong in the first half, going in 6 points up at half-time. Buncrana came out for the second half determined to make a game of it and in a period of domination they managed to reduce the home sides lead to 2 points. Unfortunately for Buncrana, Naomh Brid were then awarded a penalty which the keeper initially saved only for the home side to get the deflected ball into the net for the goal that finally killed off Buncrana’s gallant fight-back. Final score was Naomh Bríd 1-10 Buncrana 0-9.

There was no Reserves game this week.

Senior Training
Seniors & Minors Hurling training is on Wednesdays at 7.00pm. All players are urged to make every effort to attend.

Seniors, Reserves, U-18, & U21 Football training is on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New players always welcome!

There was no Senior Ladies game this week. Training every Wednesday at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New members always welcome.

Club Jerseys
Elizabeth Anne is now taking orders for the new Buncrana club jersey’s. Keep in mind lads that they are player fit/tight fit. If you want to order one let her know the size and number on back you require, price €50. EA also has club shorts and white shorts are in stock.

Underage Reports

U14 Hurling

Buncrana 5-04 St. Eunan’s 4-02

The spectators in Convoy’s Centre of Excellence for the county ‘A’ hurling final were treated to fine weather, fine drama and to great commitment from all thirty plus players.
Buncrana won it in the final minute with a goal from Cathal Óg Wilson. It could so easily have gone the other way.

Not thirty seconds earlier a strike from Eunan’s excellent Shane O’Donnell had goal written all over it but for high heroics from the Buncrana keeper, Óisín Kelly. The final minute reflected drama from the throw in by Senior Referee Hugo Wallace from Burt.
Buncrana got the scoreboard ticking with a point from Aaron Craig. Shane O’Donnell got his first of three goals and followed with a couple of points.

Aaron Craig on twenty minutes hit the Eunans net. Niall O’Doherty followed with a point for the Scarvey boys. When Letterkenny’s Ethan Doherty rattled the Buncrana goal Eunans had taken control. The Buncrana mums and dads looked worried. Their sons had swept all before them up till this point. They were League and County Féile champs and favourites to complete the treble.

The O’Donnell Park manager, Gordon Randles’ boys were fighting tooth and claw and led by a goal with halftime beckoning. Matty Mulholland a touch of class from Inis Eoghain then nets and equalizes . The end of the first half – All square.

Early after the restart Eunans miss from the penalty spot. Buncrana get another three pointer through Cathal Óg. Eunans step up to the mark: Shane O’Donnell’s two strikes score to the value of six points. The Letterkenny lads lead by a goal. Buncrana mammies are more worried. Niall O’Doherty points a free. The difference is two points. Jason McLaughlin’s fine goal leaves Buncrana a point to the good. Eunans attack : wide, wide, save. And again attack, attack, spectacular save. Ryan Hegarty points for Buncrana .

The last sixty seconds will live long in the spectators’ memories. Both squads shone. Managers Cathal Wilson and Gordon Randles and their coaching teams have very fine players for the future. Both teams were praised by the Donegal County Minor Board for a terrific game of sporting hurling.

U14 Football
The boys did brilliantly and have now qualified for the Div 1 Championship final. This is a great achievement for a really talented and dedicated bunch of lads. They overcame their close neighbours Muff in an exciting and tense affair which lived up to all the pre-match expectations. A highly billed game lived up to the name with high scoring and great commitment shown by both teams. Although Buncrana started well they found themselves 3 points down at half time. After a half time chat the boys came out in the second half and scored 3 unanswered goals. This laid a platform for the rest of the half with Muff now chasing the game. Although Buncrana went on to win by a good margin it didn’t feel like that on the line as both teams gave their all right up to the final whistle. Both teams deserve great praise for their commitment and fair play. Next up is McCools in the final with the date to be confirmed. Hopefully Buncrana can get some of their wounded players back fit and ready for the final, we’re sure none of the players will want to lose out on that after all their hard work to get the team there.

Under 14 Girls Football
The girls lost narrowly to Ballyshannon last week by 2 points. The management knew that the trip would take its toll on performance, especially in a school week, and tried to rearrange the date to a Friday or weekend to facilitate our young primary school players but unfortunately this was not possible.

As expected, our performance in the first half was not up to our usual high standards and we were second to the ball and failed to tackle and break down the Bundoran attacks. However, thanks to the goalkeeping of Leah Gallinagh and with Shannon Hegarty taking some fine scores, we finished the first half trailing by only one point.

At the break some tactical switches and substitutions were made and the Buncrana girls finally blew away the cobwebs and started to dominate for most of this half. It was clear from the team’s performance that despite their youthfulness they were the better team and they took the game to Bundoran. The girls competed for every ball and played and moved the ball much better as a team. Bundoran’s defence, especially the half back line, was the defining factor in this game as they absorbed the pressure and minimised our scoring chances. The final score was Bundoran 5-4 Buncrana 5–2 in what was a very exciting game right up to the final whistle. The girls can be proud of their performance and will have learned a lot from this game, especially the younger girls.

Well done to:
Leah Gallinaigh, Rachel Gillespie, Niamh Grant, Lucy Herron, Ciara Doherty, Orlaith Mc Cracken, Chloe Frazer, Sophie Doherty (captain) Caoimhe Doherty, Courtney Clare, Nicole Donaghey, Mia McCusker, Catherine Mc Gonigle, Shannon Hegarty, Derbhla Gleeson, Aoife McGill, Rachel McLaughlin, Beth Doherty, Caitlin Gillespie , Briana Doherty

Our U8s held a home Blitz on Saturday welcoming Robert Emmets, St Eunans and Glenswilly.
A total of 11 teams played great football showing very good skill and determination at this early age. It was a pleasure to watch from the sideline. Thanks to all our young referees who did a great job. Thanks to the Players, Coaches and Parents who helped make this a successful day.

Under Age Training
U6 Football 6.30-7.30pmFriday Scarvey

U8 Football 6.30 – 7.30pm Friday Scarvey

U8 Hurling 3-4pm Saturday Scarvey

U10 Football 6.30-7.45pm Friday Scarvey

U10 Hurling 3-4pm Saturday Scarvey

U12 Football 7-8pm Monday & Friday Scarvey

U12 Hurling 3-4pm Saturday Scarvey

U14 Football 7-8.30pm Tuesday & Friday Scarvey

U14 Hurling 7-8.30pm Tuesday & Thursday Scarvey

U12/U14 Girls Football 7-8pm Mondays Scarvey

U16 Girls Football 5-6.30pm Tuesdays Scarvey

Club Lotto
There was no winner of the Jackpot this week. The Club really appreciates all those who both sell and buy the Lotto as the funds raised go a long way to keeping the Club going.
In a new initiative we are looking for drivers to drive youths around housing estates on Saturday morning from 11-12.30. Anyone available should be at Scarvey for 10.30. Contact Club Chair Sean Clerkin on 0862388071 for more info. Lotto sellers needed, if you have an hour to spare each week contact Club Treasurer on 0860297444 for details.

Go-Games – Basic Refereeing.
Next course up in our Development of Referees for our game will be held on the 23rd June,Venue to be decided yet.
Please get names and contact numbers to Club Secretary asap as places are filling up fast!

Donegal Mór Hurling.
A new Twitter page, Donegal Mór Hurling, has been launched to compliment Donegal Óg Hurling which is enjoying an increasing number of contributions and visits.
The aim is to spread news of senior hurling events, results and fixtures within the broader GAA and hurling community. Information, hopefully, will come from club or board secretaries. Suggestions are welcome.

Cardiac Screening
Following the completion of a two year research programme in which nearly 300 GAA players were examined in an attempt to assess the effectiveness of various screening methods, the GAA’s Medical, Scientific & Welfare Committee updated its position paper on cardiac screening.

The GAA now advise that the most effective way to identify risk is for players over the age of 14 to undergo cardiac screening on one occasion. It is also advised that this process be repeated before the age of 25. Players should consult their team or family doctor if they wish to get screened and screening should consist of completion of the GAA’s Cardiac Screening Questionnaire, a Physical Examination and an ECG.

As part of its commitment in this context and to aid diagnosis, the GAA in conjunction with the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) have implemented a programme whereby any doctors carrying out a cardiac screening programme for a GAA player will be able to send that ECG to the cardiac department in the Mater under Dr. Joseph Galvin to have a sports cardiology opinion on the ECG.

In order to avail of this service, GP’s should contact Ruairí Harvey, the GAA’s Player Welfare Administrator in Croke Park ( or 01 865 8685).

We would recommend that any interested players, parents or guardians download the Cardiac Screening Questionnaire, or alternatively there will be some copies available in the clubhouse.

Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on @buncranagaa, or visit our website

By Sinéad Breen Donegal PRO Tue 17th Jun

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