GAA | Roche Emmets GFC Round-Up
The Roche Emmets U12 team headed out to neighbours Cooley for the annual ‘Bammel Malone’ tournament on Saturday morning.
A strong squad of 19 lads made the trip to the very organised and well run competition. The tournament was preceded with a parade of all 24 teams around the field which made for a wonderful spectacle of colour and noise.
Twelve counties were represented on the day with teams from Tyrone, Derry and Galway all present.
Roche were pitched against Silverbridge and Bailieboro in their group matches and the lads were straight into top gear from the off against Silverbridge, notching up a fantastic 4–5 to 2–3 win.
They played Bailieboro straight after it and after a titanic tussle, succumbed by two points.
The lads then met Cuchulainn Gaels in the Shield competition. Maybe it was too many sandwiches at lunch but after a very poor start the boys lost by two points.
All the lads had game time during the three matches and Ardee St Mary’s are next on the horizon in this week’s U12 Division One match.
U11s dig deep to see off St Kevin’s
St Kevin’s 3–4 Roche 5–7
The Roche Emmets U11 side travelled to St Kevin’s on Friday night and needed to dig deep to come away with a victory.
The home team started brightly and only for some tough tackling by the back line of Josh McGuinness, Craoimthan Ni Gabhan and new boy, Luca Craig Hay, along with some fine saves from Cillian O’Shaughnessy the Kevin’s would have more than the five-point lead at the break.
In the second half, good work by the half backs Sean O’Donnell and Andrew McArdle helped the midfield pairing of Cathal Corcoran and Fionn Dines take control.
That led to some excellent supply in to the forward line of James Corcoran, Ciaran Conlon and Ciaran Levins, who all chipped in with some fine scores.
Half forwards Naoise Woods and Robert Keenan worked tirelessly in their support play, along with the fresh legs of Conor O’Shaughnessy and Ronan Bradley, as Roche came out on top against a very well organised Kevin’s team with some fine players of their own.
Stephen Melia 7s
Well done to the Roche team that took part in Saturday’s Stephen Melia 7s. The lads bowed out at the semi-final stage doing both themselves and the club proud by supporting a great tournament.
Roche U7s hosted Sean O’Mahony’s and Hunterstown Rovers in a blitz on Sunday morning with all players showing good spirit and enthusiasm. Roche displayed good skills in soloing, shooting and tackling with passing and teamwork to the fore.
U7 Training Session
The U7s enjoyed a fantastic training session on Friday evening, overseen by former Louth player and current Louth Coaching Officer, Shane Lennon.
All the children had a great time and really enjoyed the session. At the end of training, Shane presented each player — on behalf of Roche — with their own O’Neill’s football for all their good effort so far this year.
Thanks again to Shane and all our U7 players for making it a really enjoyable and fun training session.
Roche’s junior team beat Dundalk Young Irelanders on a 4–11 to 1–10 scoreline in Division Five on Thursday evening.
This week’s fixtures
Monday, June 12th — 6.45pm
U9 Round Four
Naomh Fionnbarra v Roche Emmets
Wednesday, June 14th — 7.30pm
U12 Division One
Ardee St Mary’s v Roche Emmets
Sunday, June 18th — 11am
U8 Round Four
Roche Emmets are at home, opposition TBC