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Castlewellan GAC Notes 30/12/12
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THERE was shock and sadness far and wide at the sudden passing of young Conal Baldwin from the An Riocht Club on Christmas Eve writes Martin McClean. 

Conal’s father Joe was a former club member and was part of our senior hurling team. It was evident that his hurling skills and the love of all things GAA had been passed to Conal. The Executive Committee and Members of our Club wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Joe, Joanne & Darragh and the wide family circle on this sad occasion. Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas na beatha síoraí dá anam uasal gaelach.

The Annual Juvenile Awards took place last Friday Night in a packed main hall in the Club. Thank you to our guests Aine Keown, member of our Senior Ladies Team, Rory Burns member of the successful Down Minor Hurling Squad, Kevin Duffin from The Down Senior Panel, Kelly O’Higgins and Karen McMullan who played for Down in The All-Ireland Camogie Final in 2012 and Michael Cunningham our Senior Football Goalkeeper and County under 21 Player. They all presented the awards to our young members. They all are a great example to our young members and proof of where discipline, determination and dedication can lead you in your sporting life.

PHOTOS FROM THE JUVENILE PRESENTATION TAKEN BY BRIAN CUNNINGHAM

The winners were as follows:

The Under-12 Girls Footballer Of The Year is shared between Amy Barr and Nadine McAleenan.

The Under-14 Girls Footballer Of The Year – Catriona Caldwell. Under 16 Ladies Footballer of the Year – Aoife Keown.

Under-12 Football Player of the Year – Daniel Cunningham and Daire McVeigh.

Under-12 Most Improved Football Player of the Year – Conor Robb.

Under-14 Football Player of the year – Joe Cunningham.

Under-14 Most Improved Football Player – Cathal Caldwell. Under-16 Football Player of the Year – Sean Hardy.

Under-16 Most Improved Football Player – Chris King.

Under-12 Hurler Of The Year – Eoin Maginn and Daire McVeigh.

Under-12 Most Improved Hurler of the Year – Calum McCabe.

Under-14 Hurler of the Year – Joe Cunningham.

Under-14 Hurling Trainer of the year – Ruairi Toner.

Under-16 Hurler of the Year – Jake Carville.

Under-16 Most Improved Hurler of the Year – Gareth Devlin.

Under-12 Camogie Trainer Of The Year is shared between Amy Barr and Erin McVeigh.

Under-12 Camogie Player of the year – Emma Croskery.

Joint Under-14 Camogie Player of the Year – Catriona Caldwell and Caitlin Small.

Under-16 Camogie Player of the Year – Clare Cleland.

A special thank you and great credit must go to Terry Connolly who did all the work in getting everything ready for the night. Thanks also to Brian Cunningham who took all the photograph on the night. Finally thank you to Rory Burns and Caoimhe Kelly whom concluded the event by performing their winning dances which made them this year’s Castlewellan GAC Come Dancing Champions.

Thank you to all the children, parents and friends whom attended the Christmas Fun Walk followed by Family Quiz back in the club on last Friday afternoon. The event was a great success with special thanks going to everyone whom assisted. A special thanks goes to our quiz mistress Lorna Cunningham.

Hurling coaching will begin on Thursday 3 January in St Malachy’s Primary School at 6.00pm for all P5, P6, P7 and Year 8 boys eligible to play U-12 hurling in 2013. The first of the Down Under-12 indoor hurling blitzes will take place on Sunday 6January when we have two teams entered to play in Newry and Banbridge. All eligible players are to meet at club on Sunday at 11.00am.

Tickets are now out for the Down Development Draw for 2013. The first monthly draw will take place in January 2013. Castlewellan GAC are required to sell 20 tickets. If any of our members wish to purchase those tickets can you please do so through the Club. Any tickets sold over and above that then the club will attract approximately 74% of the takings come back to the club.

The Down Year Book for 2012 is also now on sale from the Club at £10 each.

A reminder that all underage players will need to wear gum shields starting 1 January 2013. More information will be available on this shortly.

The winners of the third and final monthly 500 Club Draw which took place on 22 December can be found on our website www.castlewellangac.com.

There will be an underage disco in the Club On Thursday 3 January. It will start at 7.00pm to 9.30pm for the age groups 5 years to 10 years. The disco for 11 Years to 16 years will be from 9.00pm to 11.30pm. The cost is £3.00 per child with the cost reducing to £2.00 for the second and subsequent child in each family.