Kildangan GAA Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 6th January 2008 and the club wishes to thank everyone who attended, especially the new people on the committee. It promises to be an interesting and challenging year, and all help is greatly appreciated.
Club Secretary Claire Quigley in her report, reflected on the highs and lows of the past year, and in particular the great achievements of the underage teams. She made particular mention of Kildangan Under 10's great win in the league, the Under 11 girls who played on the Nurney/Kildangan team and Kildangan’s Girls representation on the Community Games Parish team, which reached the semi-final against Offaly.
Chairman John Nealon then gave his address where he focused on the successful year the Club had with the increase in both adult and juvenile membership.
He paid tribute to the underage mentors for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. He also highlighted the fact, that with two active referees, Kildangan are in a better position than a lot of the larger clubs-an important factor given the county board stipulation that clubs without a referee will lose home advantage for league games.
The Chairman stated that it is hoped to turn the sod on the new complex in the Spring and it is hoped that Lotto funding will be available to finance some of the expenditure incurred on this development. Fundraising was discussed and it was decided that the clubs financial position is healthy as we are one of the few clubs in the country with no debt. The Chairman finished his address by thanking all the people who had helped the club throughout the year, particularly our main sponsor, The Crosskeys Pub.
There then followed the election of the Club Officers and the following committee were elected: Patron; Fr Paul McNamee
Honorary President; Stan Worrell
Chairman; John Nealon
Secretary; Claire Quigley
Vice Chairman; Declan McGrath
Assistant Secretary; Maureen Fitzgerald
Treasurer; Fiona Whelan, Kathleen Sexton
Youth Officer; Declan McGrath
PRO; Michael Higgins.
Players Representative; Tom Moran
County Board Representative; Charlie Sexton
Club Registrar: Fiona Whelan
Assistant PRO; John Miller
Committee; Jim Miller, Eileen Miller, John Kilbride, Gabriel Murtagh, Seamus McKiernan, Willie Joe Heffernan.
Following the AGM it was agreed by the incoming committee to co-opt a further three pople on to the executive committee, Norrie Quigley, Tom Forde and Caroline Carroll. Thanks to everyone who agreed to help for the year.
Membership subscriptions are vital to the club and members are reminded that fees are now due for the current year. New members will be made to feel welcome and with the wide range of social events it is a great way for people new to the area to become acquainted. Members wishing to pay their subscriptions are asked to contact Club Registrar, Fiona Whelan
Thanks to all those who help out in the club, without this help, success would not be achievable.
The ladies football team took to the pitch for the first time last Saturday week against St. Laurence's, and for a team who have only been training together for a fortnight, they did themselves and their jerseys proud.
Last Saturday they took on Ballykelly in Nurney in the second round of the league, and while we may have lost the match the improvement in the team in the week was noticeable with a lovely point being scored by Phillipa Cains.
Our team so far is: Aoife Dowdall, Eimear Higginbotham, Natasha Breen, Emma Fahey, Joanna Harnett, Louise Higginbotham, Aoife Merrins, Paula Lambert, Lorna Merrins, Phillipa Cains, Katie Fulham, Emma Fulham, Shauna Switzer, Aisling Howard.
Anyone else in the Nurney Kildangan area interested in playing Ladies football please contact Laura Madigan 087 9518102. Training for Under 12, 14 and 16 takes place on a Wednesday night 6.30 - 7.30pm, but we would restrict this training session to children over 10 years of age due to the physical element of the training. There will be blitzes coming up shortly for Under 10 and we will let parents know in advance of matches.
The juniors are hard in training at the moment in preparation for the upcoming league which will begin in mid April. We have had some encouraging displays in practice matches in recent weeks with victories over Athgarvan and Bracknagh both away with some new and not so new players showing good form.
The U/11s got the year off and running for our underage members with a good victory over our old rivals from Barrowhouse on Sunday last. There were good displays on the day from Robert Hanley, Conor Hyland, Chantelle Carroll, Andy Heffernan, Ryan Moran and Marie Fitzgerald.
On the subject of underage matches the club is looking for games against teams of a similar standard at U/8, U/10, U/11 and U/12. If interested contact Declan McGrath at 086 2237571. Everyone at the club is delighted to see Eoin Hyland back in the field. No doubt it wont be long before Eoin is back in action again in the green and gold.
This coming weekend the underage members will take part in the Monasterevin St Patricks Day Parade. All children are asked to assemble at the Railway Station at 2.30pm in their club track suits.
The club's Annual Draw will take place on Fri 20 April in the Cross Keys Kildangan. All tickets must be back before the 20th to any committee member. There are some good prizes and there will be a band on the night so a good night is guaranteed.
The club's U/11s made the short trip to Castlemitchell on Tuesday last for a practice match. Final score was Kildangan 4-3 Castlemitchell 2-1. The U/12s are out on Sunday 15 April against Ellistown away. Throw in is 10.30.
Congratulations to Eoin Hyland on being mascot at the Kildare v Laois NFL match on Sunday. Eoin missed the opportunity to play with the U.9s at half time against Louth so hopefully this made up for n it somewhat.
The newly-formed Kildangan Nurney under 11 team showed everyone on Saturday morning that although they are new to the scene they are well able to play football. The girls took the lead early on with a brilliantly placed ball by Orla Nolan which landed in the back of the Ballykelly net. This was quickly followed by another which came off the boot of Sabrina Kennedy. Ballykelly responded with four points in succession from Niamh Fahey, Elish Heavey & Claire Melia, but the Kildangan Nurney girls retaliated with two points from Caoimhe O’Fearghail and Grace Nealon. Another point from Jade McCormack brought Ballykelly back with three points going into the break.
Ballykelly opened the second half with a goal in the first two minutes, but this was where the visiting team showed their true strength, Caoimhe O’Fearghail receiving a well placed ball from Aine Merrins headed straight for goal and got her just rewards, to put them back three in front. Úna Higgins for Kildangan/Nurney extended the lead with a well taken point, which was added to with a goal from Orla Nolan.
All of Ballykelly’s remaining points came from frees with Niamh Fahey and Brid Sharpe putting four points on the scoreboard between them, the difference now was back to three points.
The visiting back line of Orla Fahey, Emily Cains, Shannon Kelly and goalie Marie Fitzgerald did Trojan work for the entire match but in the last ten minutes they proved their worth, denying Ballykelly that much desired goal. Kildangan Nurney finished in style with a well worked goal from Caoimhe O’Fearghail, which started deep within their own defence with Emma Fogarty feeding the goal scorer, to leave Kildangan Nurney with an impressive six point win.