SATURDAY saw a great array of underage talent ply their skills at PTR in the 14th running of the U-10 Blitz. As usual the weather held firm for what turned out to be a veritable feast of football from over 250 boys and girls as they played their hearts out for both Cup and Shield.
Unfortunately the local lads fell short of last years feats as both teams bowed out at the Quarter Final Stages of the shield and Cup respectively.
In the shield RGU B went down narrowly to eventual winners Longstone whilst the A team squandered a good lead to succumb to Carryduff by the narrowest of margins with the last kick of the game.
Longstone narrowly beat local side Loughinisland in the Final of the shield whilst Mayobridge and Clann Eireann played out a titanic struggle in the Cup final, before the Armagh Boys clinched the Cup after extra time. Indeed they needed golden points score in both the quarter and semi final stages as well, so they really did battle for what was a well merited victory in what was a high quality tournament.
At the end Mrs Ann Morgan presented the recently dedicated Pat Morgan Memorial Cup to the victorious captain. This cup has been named after the late Pat, who was such a dedicated follower of the Hoops with a particular affection for the youth section of the club.
The U-12’s played their final home fixture on Sunday with the return match against Liatroim. After their 8 point defeat last week against the boys, it was a much more determined Liatriom team which took to the pitch. In a tough but fair first half scores were hard to come by, with Liatriom taking a 1 pt lead into the break. The second half was dominated by RGU, but a terrific defensive performance and quick attacking breaks kept Liatroim in it. After conceding a well worked goal, RGU had it all to do in the final 10 mins. With scores being hard to come by, a two pt lead for Liatriom was going to be hard to overturn. But the boys never gave up, with attack after attack finally throwing up the 2 scores required to level the game before the referee blew the long whistle. Final score, RGU 0-08, Liatriom 1-05. Final training session for the boys on Tue night at 7pm, with the last match away to Carryduff on Sunday. U12.5 championship will commence in the next few weeks, details to follow.
On 15th Oct the Club will be bringing the popular play “A NIGHT WITH GEORGE”, written by Brenda Murphy, and directed by Tony Devlin, to the Great Hall in the Downshire Hospital. This is expected to be a sell-out, so we recommend that you get your tickets immediately. The price of £15 includes a free glass of wine or a soft drink. The Club will be open for ticket sales on Thursday evening from 7:30 to 8:30pm, and again on Sunday evening from 7:30 to 9:30pm. Tickets can also be purchased from all committee members, so don’t be disappointed and get yourselves sorted out now!
Another fund-raising event will take place on Saturday 12th November in the form of a “Come Dine With Me” event. Volunteers are needed to host a dinner party at their home, and afterwards all hosts and guests will proceed to the Clubrooms to be treated to a night of top quality entertainment. If you are interested in playing host please contact any committee member immediately.
On All Ireland Football Final Day, 18th Sept, the Club will be open all afternoon. Watch the game on the big screen and bring all the family. There will be spot prizes given out to both adults and children all afternoon, so don’t miss out.
Lotto numbers for this week were 2, 10, 20, and 27. Jackpot not won, 3 share £100. Next week’s jackpot £3200.
For party bookings ring Brian on 07745496213.
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