Handballers win Feile competition

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Handballers win Feile competition thumbnailThe All Ireland Handball champions Daniel Griffin, Darragh White, Cathal Magee, James McManus and Oisin Magone with coaches John White and Sean Magone and club chairman, Pat Joe Magee.

PRIDE of place this week goes to the U14 Handball team which won the All Ireland Feile competition on Saturday.

Well done also to the girls team who were runners-up in one wall, Darragh White winner of skills and Ceri Magone who was third in girls' skills.

After claiming the scalp of Kilcoo in their previous Division One league game, An Riocht arrived in Mayobridge on Friday evening in confident mood.

But after a promising opening 10 minutes their challenge faded and the 'Bridge ran out winners by 3-20 to 1-11.

In a high-scoring and free-flowing game the home side, despite being short several regulars, just proved too strong for the Kilkeel men.

The visitors carved out a few goal-scoring opportunities in the opening passages of play, but then the Sky Blues began to take control and by half-time led 0-11 to 0-5.

Goals from Caolan Gallagher and Cory Quinn in the 37th and 39th minutes effectively ended the game as a contest.

The score of the night came from Kealan Lynchehaun when he burst through in the 44th minute and hit a ferocious shot into the roof of the net.

The goalie was lucky he didn't get in the way or he would probably have landed in the next field.

An Riocht hit a consolation goal in the 55th minute but on the night they were a well beaten team.

Mayobridge U8s played their first tournament of the year on Saturday in Clonduff.

The gaels started very slowly in their first two games but played some excellent football to beat Dungannon Clarkes, St Peter's Lurgan and Drumgath to qualify for the cup competition.

The gaels progressed to the semi-finals following a hard-fought win over Warrenpoint. In the semi-finals they faced a very strong O'Donovan Rossa team from Magherafelt.

Although level at half time and leading early in the second half, the gaels ended up on the wrong side of the result in a closely contested match.

They should be very proud of their efforts going so close to reaching the final.

The Og's, many of whom were playing in their first tournament, played brilliantly to win group games against Burren and Clonduff.

They proceeded to the knockout stages where they overcame Newry Shamrocks in the quarter finals. In a very close semi-final the young 'Bridge lads lost by the narrowest of margins to Saval.

Mayobridge's U12 camogie team travelled early on Saturday to play St Michael's Dromara and it must have been too early for the groundsman, as the gates were locked when they arrived.

When the game eventually got underway it proved to be a game of two halves.

The 'Bridge opened their account with a point after good play from Cara Crimmins and Niamh Sherry.

Orla Crimmins, Molly Tumilty and Cliona Gordon combined well to put further scores on the board. Jessica Gribben was proving a handful up front forward and scored a fine goal.

A swift passing movement between the two Niamhs (Sherry and Carr) put another goal on the score board.

Some super puck-outs from centre back Grace Franklin kept the pressure on and Emma Carroll, Caragh McConville and Nicola Fegan in the back row marked up and ensured that Dromara didn't trouble Ellen Griffin in nets in the first half.

With a score of 4 -2 to 0 -0 at half time it looked as if the hard work was done. However the second half proved to the 'Bridge girls that they can't afford to be complacent and need to keep working until the final whistle.

Dromara came out fighting, scoring three quick goals leaving the visitors shell shocked.

Niamh Martin, despite taking a heavy knock on the leg, quickly returned to the field to shore up the 'Bridge back line.

Orla Canavan and Maeve McCartan helped steady the girls and along with sterling work from Holly Hardy, Cara McAnuff and Grace Smyth, helped the Sky Blues regain control.

Further scores proved elusive but perseverance and hard work paid off and eventually the 'Bridge girls found the back of the net on two occasions before the final whistle.

Final score: Mayobridge 6-2 Dromara 3-1.

Good luck to all the girls playing in the St Clare's tournament this Friday.

On a very wet and miserable Monday evening, the Mayobridge under 14s travelled to Hilltown to take on Clonduff, but because of a number of injuries some of the younger squad members had to be drafted in and they all performed well.

The Sky Blues started brightly and quickly scored a goal and a point but the home side dominated the rest of the half.

At the start of the second half Clonduff came out all guns blazing, scoring a couple of goals and points which put paid to any chance of a 'Bridge revival. Final score: Clonduff: 6-10 Mayobridge 2-4.

Mayobridge U16 camogie team travelled to the windy shores of Strangford Lough on Tuesday evening to face a well-improved home side, Kilclief.

In a scrappy first half Mayobridge squandered several scoring chances before Grace Cunningham and Mollie Smyth slotted over the bar to put them in the lead.

This was shortlived as the home side capitalised when goalie Shannon Barr slipped on the line, leaving the full forward with a tap into the net.

Undaunted by this the 'Bridge soon hit back with a super strike from defender, Johnelle Barr whose shot deceived the 'keeper and ended up in the back of the net.

Mollie Smyth followed this up after a great take from the puck out and like Johnelle, her shot lobbed the 'keeper and found its way to the back of the net.

This gave the Sky Blues some breathing space although the home side continued to put the 'Bridge under pressure.

Grace Cunningham, Grace McShane and Kirsty Magee pointed before the short whistle to stretch the lead. Half-time score: Kilclief 1-0 Mayobridge 2-5.

Two excellent goals from Grace McShane settled the visitors and points from Grace Cunningham (0-4) and Mollie Smyth (0-1), saw the Sky Blues through on a final scoreline of 4-10 to 1-0.

Mayobridge GAC Golf Classic will take place on Friday, 30 June in Warrenpoint Golf Club.

The cost is 140 for a four ball which includes dinner after the golf and light refreshments around the course. Music and awards will follow at 10pm on the night.

Lotto The lotto numbers for Monday, 5 June were 1, 18, 28 and 29. There was no winner of the jackpot of 11,200.

There were two match three winners - Laura Magee (O'Hare's Eurospar) and Priscilla Rodgers (Priscilla Rodgers). The jackpot is now 11,300.


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