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Madden Raparees G.F.C Notes W/C 10.04.2017

Posted by David Loughran on Tue, 11 Apr 2017


Membership

Membership for the 2017 season is now due and can be paid to any member of the club's Executive Committee. Membership will remain at £20 for adult members and £10 for juvenile members. The club has renewed its initiatives from 2016 with the family cap remaining on membership. It is aimed at families with multiple children, here parents and children will be able to register for a total of £60. We will once again be insisting that at least one parent must be registered alongside a child and this is deemed compulsory for 2017. Finally we will be implementing a strict 'No Pay = No Play' approach to the membership this year and this has come directly as a result of increased pressure from the governing body regarding playing insurance at both Adult and Underage levels. 

Healthy Hearts Screening

We as a club have decided to put the feelers out to determine if there would be interest in once again facilitating a Heart Screening for Adult and Juvenile players within the club along with members of the wider Madden community who are perhaps not even associated with the organisation. If you or someone you know would be interested in attending such an event please contact Brendan Vallely on 07774 691296.

Armagh Senior Cup

On Sunday afternoon Madeen Raparees welcomed Crossmaglen Rangers to Raparee Park in what would be the first competitive fixture between the two sides on Madden’s home turf. The first half was an extremely entertaining affair with the spectators getting value for their entrance fee. It was Kyle Morgan who kicked off the scoring for the hosts with a point from play before the Rangers responded with a point from Tony Kernan. Jamie Sheridan soon followed to regain the lead for the Raparees. Crossmaglen swiftly responded with 1-01 from play before points from Kyle Morgan and Conor Grimley reduced the defecit to a single point. Tony Kernan scored another point from play for the visitors however two free kicks from Conor Grimley including a spectacular long range effort brought the game level with ten minutes of the first half remaining. This would be as close as Madden would get the Rangers for the remainder of the game as they proceeded to kick 1-03 without reply before the interval. Half Time Score Madden Raparees 0-06 to Crossmaglen Rangers 2-06. 

Crossmaglen came out for the second half and showed that ruthless streak that had been the backbone of their recent success, they scored a further 1-05 in succession to seal the victory. Madden with a mountain to climb did not stop working though and were rewarded with two Conor Grimley points from play either side of a Crossmaglen point. Kyle Morgan then got in on the act with two points in a row from play himself. It was not long until Crossmaglen had these cancelled out with two from play themselves. A final point from Caolan Vallely would be Madden’s last of the day, much like the first half the visitors finished the strongest and there was another late flurry of scores, 3-02 to be precise to leave the Full Time Score: Madden Raparees 0-11 to Crossmaglen Rangers 6-17.  

The lads will now knuckle back down to training having narrowly missed out on qualification through to the knockout stages of this competition. They will begin preprations for their hugely anticipated derby fixture in the first round of the league at home to neighbours Ballymacnab on Sunday 29th April.


Condolences

All at Madden Raparees G.F.C. would like to extend their sincerest sympathies to Anne Vallely and the Valentine family from Loughlinisland, Co. Down following the death of Anne’s Husband Brendan. Brendan will be fondly remembered around Madden by all who ever had the pleasure of being in his company, he loved the community of Madden dearly and enjoyed his time down here whether it be in Raparee Park or on the Madden Road at the Bullets. May he Rest In Peace. 

Weekly Fixtures

Tuesday: U-14’s v Sarsfields At Home

Wednesday: Reserves - No Fixture

Thursday: U-16’s v O’Doirnin Blues At Home

Saturday: U-12’s - No Fixture

Sunday: Seniors - No Fixture

Monday: Minors - No Fixture

 

Weekly Lotto

This week’s winning numbers were 2, 14, 18 and 24. Unfortunately there was no winner of the jackpot, there were however two winners of £10 in the form of Brannagh Smith and Margaret Grimley. Next week’s jackpot is £7,150.00.



Madden Raparees G.F.C Notes W/C 03.04.2017

Posted by David Loughran on Tue, 4 Apr 2017


Membership                                  
Membership for the 2017 season is now due and can be paid to any member of the club's Executive Committee. Membership will remain at £20 for adult members and £10 for juvenile members. The club has renewed its initiatives from 2016 with the family cap remaining on membership. It is aimed at families with multiple children, here parents and children will be able to register for a total of £60. We will once again be insisting that at least one parent must be registered alongside a child and this is deemed compulsory for 2017. Finally we will be implementing a strict 'No Pay = No Play' approach to the membership this year and this has come directly as a result of increased pressure from the governing body regarding playing insurance at both Adult and Underage levels.
 
Healthy Hearts Screening
We as a club have decided to put the feelers out to determine if there would be interest in once again facilitating a Heart Screening for Adult and Juvenile players within the club along with members of the wider Madden community who are perhaps not even associated with the organisation. If you or someone you know would be interested in attending such an event please contact Brendan Vallely on 07774 691296.
 
Armagh Senior Cup
On Sunday past our Senior team made their first outing of they year in Raparee Park. There was extensive works carried out on the playing surface over the winter and it was clearly evident given the rain over the tail end of last week the pitch was in immaculate condition and it is testament to the many hours our own dedicated groundsmen and the men of Curran Contracts have put into the field over the past number of years. On to the Playing, Madden welcomed Sasfields who are an established Division 1A side down in what would be a step up from last weeks encounter with Culloville but a challenge in which the lads relished nonetheless. It was the visitors who got off to the brighter start scoring 1-01 with the goal coming from a mix up in the defence. This spurred Madden on who scored 2-06 on the trot with the points from Jamie Sheridan, Niall Smith and Kyle Morgan (0-04). It was Ciaran Rafferty and Kyle Morgan who then raised the green flag one after another to bring Maddens scoring in the opening half to a close. The North Armagh men responded with a further 1-02 witht the goal coming from a peanlty after Enda Mallon was judged to have pulled the player down on the edge of the area. The penalty was dispatched to the bottom corner to bring the scoring in the first half to a close. Half Time Score: Madden Raparees 2-06 to Highmoss Sarsfields 2-03.

The hoops who were now playing towards Madden for the second half came out with a carbon copy of beginning of the first half and scored 1-02 with the goal this time coming from a misjudged high ball into the square. They now lead for the second time in the game but just like before it wasn't long before it was reversed again. Madden kicked the next two scores first with one from Conor Grimley and then from Captain Liam Grimley. Sarsfields replied with one of their own to bring them back within a point of the Raparees. Kyle Morgan scored 1-01 on the bounce to hand Madden a three point lead entering the final quarter of the game. Sarsfields managed to pull one back before a Ryan Morgan goal, his second in as many matches and further points from Niall Smith and Peter Lappin ensured Madden ran out worthy winners on an eight point margin. Full Time Score: Madden Raparees 4-11 to Highmoss Sarsfields 3-06.

The result now mean Madden are two from two in this competition and will welcome Crossmaglen Rangers tp Raparee Park this coming Sunday in what will be another challenge for our lads. Only a win against the Rangers will ensure Madden progress to the knockout stages of this competition. We hope to see you all down in support of the lads come Sunday.
 
Armagh Representation
Congratulations to Niall Grimley who once again started for Armagh on Saturday evening during their narrow loss to Tipperary. Niall started the match and played well scoring two points from play. Unfortunately the last minute goal scored by Tipperary to give them a one point victory all but resigned Armagh to another season in Division 3. Niall and the rest of his teammates will knuckle down over the next eight weeks as they begin to step up their Championship preparations for their derby match away to Down. There were a further three young Raparees chosen to represent Armagh on Sunday in the Athletic Grounds with Caolan Quinn, Caolan McGoldrick and Caitlin Magennis all pulling on the orange and white geansai. All three of them enjoyed their day and relished the opportunity of playing in front of a packed Athletic Grounds, we hope this will not be the last time the grace the hallowed turf! Well done to all from Madden Raparees G.F.C.

Last Man Standing
Congratulations to Frances Grimley and Peter Gilsenan who take a share of the spoils in the Last Man Standing competition. Both successfully made it through to the final week and could not be separated even through the tiebreaker of best scoring team throughout the Division one and two who was Dublin. We would like to thank each and everyone who contributed to the fundraiser, it is small things such as this and the lotto that help to keep the club afloat.

Monthly Meeting
The Monthly Meeting for April will take place this Thursday at 9pm in the Community Centre, Madden.

Weekly Lotto
This week’s winning numbers were 4, 7, 8 and 15. Unfortunately there was no winner of the jackpot, there were however eight winners of £10 in the form of Packie/Rob c/o Linwoods, Eamonn Hughes, Chris Mallon, Niamh Morgan, Cathal Loughlin, Stephen O'Reilly, Ciara Gallagher and Caoimhe Donnelly. Next week’s jackpot is £7,100.00.



Madden Raparees G.F.C Notes W/C 27.03.2017

Posted by David Loughran on Tue, 4 Apr 2017


Membership                                  
Membership for the 2017 season is now due and can be paid to any member of the club's Executive Committee. Membership will remain at £20 for adult members and £10 for juvenile members. The club has renewed its initiatives from 2016 with the family cap remaining on membership. It is aimed at families with multiple children, here parents and children will be able to register for a total of £60. We will once again be insisting that at least one parent must be registered alongside a child and this is deemed compulsory for 2017. Finally we will be implementing a strict 'No Pay = No Play' approach to the membership this year and this has come directly as a result of increased pressure from the governing body regarding playing insurance at both Adult and Underage level

Healthy Hearts Screening
We as a club have decided to put the feelers out to determine if there would be interest in once again facilitating a Heart Screening for Adult and Juvenile players within the club along with members of the wider Madden community who are perhaps not even associated with the organisation. If you or someone you know would be interested in attending such an event please contact Brendan Vallely on 07774 691296.
 
Underage Training
This coming Friday night (31st March) training for our U-8 & U-10 team will recommence at the pitch from 6.30-7.30pm. The U-6 training will resume on Friday nights in the coming weeks. Before all that our U-12 team also return to training this coming Wednesday night (29th March) for their first session of the year ahead of their league which begins in a few weeks. As with all of the teams in the club all of our existing and any new players are encouraged to attend training.
 
Armagh Senior Cup
On Sunday past our Senior team travelled to Culloville in the first round of the new Armagh Senior Cup. The lads got off to a great start and run into an early four point lead 1-02 to 0-01 with Ryan Morgan finishing the ball to the back of the net having started the move around the middle after winning a break ball. The hosts clawed their way back into the game and took the lead following two goals in quick succession with the first coming from a rather dubious decision by the referee to award a penalty. Half time came and went and Madden regained the lead once again with a second goal of their own. The lads kicked on with a few points from play through Ciaran Rafferty, Niall Smith and the returning Jamie Sheridan to give them a five point lead entering the final ten minutes of the game. A nervy five minutes followed with the hosts reducing the deficit to three points and could have taken the lead again only for the athleticism of substitute goalkeeper Peter Lappin denying them on two occasions. Madden held on and ran out three point winners on a full time Scoreline of 2-13 to 2-10. There will be plenty to improve on during the week in training as the lads look to build on this victory and prepare for their second outing in the cup this time at home to Sarsfields on Sunday at 12pm. We hope to see you all out in support of the lads in their first outing on Raparee Park of 2017.
 
Armagh Representation
Congratulations to Niall Grimley who once again started for Armagh on Saturday evening during their Derby victory over neighbours Antrim. Niall started the match and opened the scoring with a point from play. Unfortunately Niall was withdrawn minutes into the second half with a dead leg. We hope Niall will recover in time for the promotion shoot out with Tipperary in the Athletic Grounds on Sunday at 4pm. There was another Grimley playing in the Athletic Grounds on Saturday evening and it wasn't Kieran much to his dismay... Young Colleen Grimley from Kilcreevy played during the half time Go Games, Colleen has progressed through the underage ranks in the club and lines out for our U-10 team regularly. At the U-10 level we have an abundance of female players something we are not accustomed to at the club but are relishing at the present. Hopefully some of Colleens teammates will join her in gracing the Athletic grounds in the orange and White of Armagh in the near future. Well done Colleen and Niall from all at Madden Raparees G.F.C.
 
Condolences
Everyone at Madden Raparees G.F.C. would like to extend their sincerest sympathies to Suzie and the entire Hughes family following the death of Seamus 'Sweetie' Hughes on Friday evening past. Seamus was a real character around Madden and had a great love for both the local Gaelic Football and Road Bowl clubs within the community. Indeed many of his children and grandchildren are still involved and successful in both codes and no doubt it's because they were heavily influenced by Sweeties knowledge and wealth of experience at bullets and football. Sweetie will be sorely missed by all in Madden, Ballymacnab and the surrounding townlands. May he rest in peace.

Last Man Standing
We are down to final week of the National League and there are just six participants left in the competition, there were seven this time last week with Kerry letting down our sole faller this week. Regardless of the results next weekend we will have a winner crowned, if all six successfully get through it will go to person who has selected the team with the best overall scoring, not scoring average. Failing that if there are still a few people tied then there will be a draw to determine the outright winner. We will keep you informed of the winner this time next week.
 
Weekly Lotto
This week’s winning numbers were 3, 4, 14 and 23. Unfortunately there was no winner of the jackpot, there were however five winners of £10 in the form of Sam McClatchey, Martin Smith, Roisin Smith, Tracey Carr and Packie/Rob c/o Linwoods. Next week’s jackpot is £7,050.00.



Madden Raparees G.F.C Notes W/C 20.03.2017

Posted by David Loughran on Thu, 23 Mar 2017


Membership                                  
Membership for the 2017 season is now due and can be paid to any member of the club's Executive Committee. Membership will remain at £20 for adult members and £10 for juvenile members. The club has renewed its initiatives from 2016 with the family cap remaining on membership. It is aimed at families with multiple children, here parents and children will be able to register for a total of £60. We will once again be insisting that at least one parent must be registered alongside a child and this is deemed compulsory for 2017. Finally we will be implementing a strict 'No Pay = No Play' approach to the membership this year and this has come directly as a result of increased pressure from the governing body regarding playing insurance at both Adult and Underage levels.

Senior Friendly
Our Senior team made the short journey into Armagh City to face Pearse Og’s in what would be this teams maiden outing under the tenure of new manager Brendan Hughes. Brendan was returning to familiar surroundings having previously managed the Ogs during their breakthrough season in 2009 halting Crossmaglen’s record run of consecutive Armagh Championships in the process. The hosts got off to the better start and lead by five points at the interval on a score line of 0-08 to 0-03. The lads did outscore them in the second half two scores to eight however the concession of two soft goals will certainly be something to look at during the week in training. The final score was Pearse Ogs 2-11 to Madden Raparees 1-10. Best on the day for Madden were Gerard Grimley and Kyle Morgan with Liam Grimley raising the green flag. The lads are out in competitive action this weekend when they travel to Culloville on Sunday in the first round of the Armagh Senior Cup.

Armagh Representation
Congratulations to Niall Grimley who scored an impressive five points for Armagh at the weekend in their derby match against Neighbours Louth. Niall played the entire match and his contribution was instrumental in Armagh’s victory. The lads are out again this weekend with a home fixture against Antrim and need to win their final two games in order to secure automatic promotion back to Division Two.

Healthy Hearts Screening
We as a club have decided to put the feelers out to determine if there would be interest in once again facilitating a Heart Screening for Adult and Juvenile players within the club along with members of the wider Madden community who are perhaps not even associated with the organisation. If you or someone you know would be interested in attending such an event please contact Brendan Vallely on 07774 691296.

Weekly Lotto
This week’s winning numbers were 7, 9, 16 and 24. Unfortunately there was no winner of the jackpot, there were however five winners of £10 in the form of Deidre/Kevin Woods, Aoife Kiernan, Amy McGuinness, Jeanette McGuinness and Paddy Lappin. Next week’s jackpot is £7,000.00



Madden Raparees G.F.C Notes W/C 13.03.2017

Posted by David Loughran on Thu, 23 Mar 2017


Membership
Membership for the 2017 season is now due and can be paid to any member of the club's Executive Committee. Membership will remain at £20 for adult members and £10 for juvenile members. The club has renewed its initiatives from 2016 with the family cap remaining on membership. It is aimed at families with multiple children, here parents and children will be able to register for a total of £60. We will once again be insisting that at least one parent must be registered alongside a child and this is deemed compulsory for 2017. Finally we will be implementing a strict 'No Pay = No Play' approach to the membership this year and this has come directly as a result of increased pressure from the governing body regarding playing insurance at both Adult and Underage levels.

Healthy Hearts Screening
We as a club have decided to put the feelers out to determine if there would be interest in once again facilitating a Heart Screening for Adult and Juvenile players within the club along with members of the wider Madden community who are perhaps not even associated with the organisation. If you or someone you know would be interested in attending such an event please contact Brendan Vallely on 07774 691296.

James Hughes International 7's Tournament
On Saturday past we were invited to the now annual James Hughes International 7's Tournament in Crossmaglen in honour of one of their former players. The lads who travelled to represent the Raparees performed admirably winning all three of their group games against Culloville, Cullyhanna and Castleblaney Faughs to progress through to the Semi-Finals where Co. Down kingpins Burren awaited. Unfortunately this was where the tournament would end for our men. All of the lads thoroughly enjoyed the day and we would like to thank Crossmaglen Rangers for their hospitality on the day. The nine lads who travelled were; Ciaran Rafferty, Donal Rafferty, Aron McKenna, Cillian Mallon, Jamie Sheridan, Patrick Vallely, Conor Morgan, Ryan Morgan and Conor Grimley.

Weekly Lotto
This week’s winning numbers were 9, 10, 21 and 23. Unfortunately there was no winner of the jackpot, there were however two winners of £10 in the form of Al Kane and Kevin Feeney. Next week’s jackpot is £6,950.00.



Madden Raparees G.F.C Notes W/C 06.03.2017

Posted by David Loughran on Tue, 7 Mar 2017


Membership                                  
Membership for the 2017 season is now due and can be paid to any member of the club's Executive Committee. Membership will remain at £20 for adult members and £10 for juvenile members. The club has renewed its initiatives from 2016 with the family cap remaining on membership. It is aimed at families with multiple children, here parents and children will be able to register for a total of £60. We will once again be insisting that at least one parent must be registered alongside a child and this is deemed compulsory for 2017. Finally we will be implementing a strict 'No Pay = No Play' approach to the membership this year and this has come directly as a result of increased pressure from the governing body regarding playing insurance at both Adult and Underage levels.

Healthy Hearts Screening                            
We as a club have decided to put the feelers out to determine if there would be interest in once again facilitating a Heart Screening for Adult and Juvenile players within the club along with members of the wider Madden community who are perhaps not even associated with the organisation. If you or someone you know would be interested in attending such an event please contact Brendan Vallely on 07774 691296.

Last Man Standing
Last weekend's action saw another few fallers in the Last Man Standing competition. There are now just 14 people remaining. Once again there is another break in the National League, it resumes again on Saturday 18th March and we will keep you all updated then.

U-14 Feilé na nÓg                                              
Sunday past saw the start of the footballing season officially get underway in Madden when our U-14 team travelled to Maghery to participate in the prestigious Feilé na nÓg Shield Competition. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but was postponed due to adverse weather conditions and put back until the Sunday. The lads lead the match for the most before a late flurry of goals by the hosts saw them run out narrow two point winners on a full time Scoreline of 2-08 to 5-01. With small enough numbers at this level Madden require all their players on the day and unfortunately they were rocked with a few late withdrawals which did not help matters. Nevertheless it was refreshing to see Jack Murphy continue his recovery getting a full game in and contributing well to Madden's final score. The lads will now put their heads back down in training in the coming weeks as they build up their preparations for an assault on the league and championship once their season begins.

Armagh Representation                             
Congratulations to Niall Grimley who once again started for Armagh at wing half forward during Sunday's massive 30 point victory over Offaly. Niall played the whole game and scored an impressive 1-3 along the way. There is no game now this coming weekend for Armagh however they will use the time off to get ready for a top of the table clash away to neighbours Louth on Sunday 19th March.

Weekly Lotto                                                     
This week’s winning numbers were 3, 9, 13 and 20.Unfortunately there was no winner of the jackpot, there were however five winners of £10 in the form of Neil McGuinness, Jack Smith, Jake Mallon Frances Grimley and Laura Woods. Next week’s jackpot is £6,900.00.



Madden Raparees G.F.C Notes W/C 27.02.2017

Posted by David Loughran on Tue, 28 Feb 2017


Membership/Registration Morning
Thanks to everyone who attended the Registration Events last week. For everyone who was unable to attend you can still pay your membership to any member of the Club's Executive Committee. Membership for the 2017 season is now due and can be paid to any member of the club's Executive Committee. Membership will remain at £20 for adult members and £10 for juvenile members.
The club has renewed its initiatives from 2016 with the family cap remaining on membership. It is aimed at families with multiple children, here parents and children will be able to register for a total of £60. We will once again be insisting that at least one parent must be registered alongside a child and this is deemed compulsory for 2017.
Finally we will be implementing a strict 'No Pay = No Play' approach to the membership this year and this has come directly as a result of increased pressure from the governing body regarding playing insurance at both Adult and Underage levels.

Healthy Hearts Screening                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               We as a club have decided to put the feelers out to determine if there would be interest in once again facilitating a Heart Screening for Adult and Juvenile players within the club along with members of the wider Madden community who are perhaps not even associated with the organisation. If you or someone you know would be interested in attending such an event please contact Brendan Vallely on 07774 691296.

Last Man Standing
There were a further nine fallers this week, with only a handful of lucky participants remaining it is extremely doubtful that it will go down to the wire. We will more than likely have our winner revealed in the coming weeks if the shock results in the National League keep continuing. As always we will keep you all updated on the progress of the competition.

Sports Quiz                                                     
There will be a Sports Quiz held in the Community Centre, Madden this coming Friday night with all proceeds in aid of the Madden Raparees Underage Development Fund. Entry is £5 per person with no more than teams of 6. There will be a light supper served on the night as well. We hope to see you all out in support of this fundraiser for the budding young Raparees of the future.

U-14 Feilé na nÓg                                              
This Saturday see's the start of the footballing season officially get underway in Madden when our U-14 team take to the field in Maghery in the prestigious Feilé na nÓg Shield Competition. All at Madden Raparees would like to wish the players and their management the very best of luck on Saturday.

Senior League Draws
During the week Armagh GAA conducted the draws for the League Fixtures at Senior Levels throughout the county. Madden retained their Division 1B status narrowly missing out on Promotion to 1A, this year they will be joined by local rivals Ballymacnab and Wolfe Tones who came down from 1A and Whitecross and Culloville who were promoted from 1B. Their first six fixtures are as follows; Ballymacnab (H), Whitecross (A), Wolfe Tones (H), Culloville (A), Tir na nÓg (A), Annaghmore (H). The league starts on Sunday 30th April and is preceded this year by a new Senior Cup competition, which will replace the Mid-Armagh Divisional Cup that was brought in last year. The Senior cup will follow a similar format of a league consisting of four teams where you play each other once and the winner progresses to a Semi-Final. Madden have been drawn in Group C against Culloville (A), Sarsfields (H) and Crossmaglen (H). 
Meanwhile there were also some structural changes at reserve level with the return of the Mid-Armagh region once more. Madden will now compete against local rivals Armagh Harps, Pearse Ogs, Middletown, Grange, Collegeland, Annaghmore and Maghery in this division. The games will once again be played on Wednesday night with the season set to start on the 19th April.

Kicking For Scores                                           
Ulster GAA are hosting a 'Kicking for scores' workshop in the Athletic Grounds on Wednesday night at 7.30pm. It will be taken by none other than Derry ace Tony Scullion and will work on drills and games to improve score taking. We would encourage as many of our underage coaches to attend of possible.

Armagh Representation                             
Congratulations to Niall Grimley who once again started for Armagh at wing half forward during Saturday's crucial two point win down in Longford. Niall performed well in the first half before being substituted just after the interval. We hope to see Niall back in action once more when the team return to the Athletic Grounds this weekend where the entertain Offally on Sunday at 2pm.

Committee                                                      
The monthly meeting for March will take place this Thursday night in the Community Centre, Madden at 9pm.



Madden Raparees G.F.C Notes W/C 20.02.2017

Posted by David Loughran on Tue, 28 Feb 2017


Membership/Registration Morning
Membership for the 2017 season is now due and can be paid to any member of the club's Executive Committee. Membership will remain at £20 for adult members and £10 for juvenile members.
The club has renewed its initiatives from 2016 with the family cap remaining on membership. It is aimed at families with multiple children, here parents and children will be able to register for a total of £60. We will once again be insisting that at least one parent must be registered alongside a child and this is deemed compulsory for 2017.
Finally we will be implementing a strict 'No Pay = No Play' approach to the membership this year and this has come directly as a result of increased pressure from the governing body regarding playing insurance at both Adult and Underage levels.
Thanks to everyone who attended the Registration Morning last Sunday, for those of you who were unable to attend there will be a second opportunity this coming Wednesday evening (22nd) in the Community Centre between 8-9pm. Please note both adult and juvenile members can register with the club during this evening. We welcome all existing and new members and hope to see you all there.

Recreational Football                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     On Saturday Night past the club held it's annual recreation tournament, it proved to be a great success with over 40 players taking part. The eventual winners were 'Mickey's Muppets' who overcame tough Semi-Final opponents 'Gallagher's Goats'. Although the Muppets can count themselves very lucky after they were awarded what must be said was a very controversial penalty to win the game. In the second Semi-Final 'The Shovels' had a narrow victory over 'Johnnie's Jump Starts' who clearly had a lack of leadership. Afterwards chairman of Recreational GAA Ireland Niall Clifford presented the Athletes Cup to the winning captain, Mickey Grimley. Player of the tournament went to Brendan 'Bomber' McGuinness and Tom Morgan picked up the tournaments top scorer. The most disappointing performance of the evening went to Ronan Gallagher while happiest player went to Richard Greene. We would like to thank Armagh City for their facility's, Helen Morgan for the food, Aidan Hughes and Justy McNulty for the entertainment and finally the referee and officials for their unbiased interpretation of the rules.

Healthy Hearts Screening
We as a club have decided to put the feelers out to determine if there would be interest in once again facilitating a Heart Screening for Adult and Juvenile players within the club along with members of the wider Madden community who are perhaps not even associated with the organisation. If you or someone you know would be interested in attending such an event please contact Brendan Vallely on 07774 691296.

Referee Request
Madden Raparees are actively seeking to recruit further Referees within the club. Armagh GAA will be holding some beginners courses for all prospective new referees in the coming weeks. If you are interested in lifting the whistle then please do not hesitate to contact Danny Donnelly on 07711 247352 for further information.

Facebook Competition                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Congratulations to Mary Crilly who is the lucky winner of one of the brand new Madden Unisex Gilet's. The competition was ran as a thank you to all who follow and support the club on Social Media. The Clubs official Facebook page recently reached 1,000 likes and Armagh Sports generously agreed to sponsor the Madden Gilet for the competition. We would like to thank everyone for entering and in particular for those of you who submitted your 'Most Memorable Madden Moments'. Finally thanks to Sheena Kerr and the team at Armagh Sports for their continued support and sponsorship of the draw.

Last Man Standing
With the break in the National League there was no Last Man Standing competition on over the weekend. It resumes again this weekend and we will keep you updated next weekend with the amount of fallers.

Weekly Lotto
This week’s winning numbers were 12, 15, 18 and 22. Unfortunately there was no winner of the jackpot, there were however three winners of £10 in the form of Marion Mallon, Frances Grimley and Mickey Kennedy. Next week’s jackpot is £6,800.00.



Madden Raparees G.F.C. Notes W/C 13.02.2017

Posted by David Loughran on Tue, 14 Feb 2017


Membership/Registration
Membership for the 2017 season is now due and can be paid to any member of the club's Executive Committee. Membership will remain at £20 for adult members and £10 for juvenile members.
The club has renewed its initiatives from 2016 with the family cap remaining on membership. It is aimed at families with multiple children, here parents and children will be able to register for a total of £60. We will once again be insisting that at least one parent must be registered alongside a child and this is deemed compulsory for 2017. 
Finally we will be implementing a strict 'No Pay = No Play' approach to the membership this year and this has come directly as a result of increased pressure from the governing body regarding playing insurance at both Adult and Underage levels. 
The club will be holding its annual registration events initially this coming Sunday 19th February in the Community Centre, Madden from 11am-1pm and once again on the following Wednesday evening (22nd) in the Community Centre between8-9pm to facilitate anyone who was unable to attend on the Sunday. Please note at both these events adult and juvenile members can register with the club. We welcome all existing and new members and hope to see you all there.

Healthy Hearts Screening
We as a club have decided to put the feelers out to determine if there would be interest in once again facilitating a Heart Screening for Adult and Juvenile players within the club along with members of the wider Madden community who are perhaps not even associated with the organisation. If you or someone you know would be interested in attending such an event please contact Brendan Vallely on 07774 691296.

Referee Request
Madden Raparees are actively seeking to recruit further Referees within the club. Armagh GAA will be holding some beginners courses for all prospective new referees in the coming weeks. If you are interested in lifting the whistle then please do not hesitate to contact Danny Donnelly on 07711 247352 for further information.

Last Man Standing
With two weeks of the competition now over us we have saw a sharp decline in the numbers already with 48 fallers on the first week and a further 46 followed them this week. We will keep you all updated on the competition throughout the coming weeks.

Weekly Lotto
This week’s winning numbers were 3, 9, 16 and 19. Unfortunately there was no winner of the jackpot, there were however six winners of £10 in the form of Martin Stevenson, Francie Mallon, Rosie McCann, Kerri Smith, Tracy Carr and Eileen McKenna. Next week’s jackpot is £6,750.00.



Madden Raparees G.F.C Notes W/C 06.02.2017

Posted by David Loughran on Tue, 7 Feb 2017


Membership/Registration Morning
Membership for the 2017 season is now due and can be paid to any member of the club's Executive Committee. Membership will remain at £20 for adult members and £10 for juvenile members.
The club has renewed its initiatives from 2016 with the family cap remaining on membership. It is aimed at families with multiple children, here parents and children will be able to register for a total of £60. We will once again be insisting that at least one parent must be registered alongside a child and this is deemed compulsory for 2017.
Finally we will be implementing a strict 'No Pay = No Play' approach to the membership this year and this has come directly as a result of increased pressure from the governing body regarding playing insurance at both Adult and Underage levels.
The club will be holding its annual registration events initially on Sunday 19th February in the Community Centre, Madden from 11am-1pm  and once again on the following Wednesday evening (22nd) once again in the Community Centre between8-9pm to facilitate anyone who was unable to attend on the Sunday. Please note at both these events adult and juvenile members can register with the club. We welcome all existing and new members and hope to see you all there.

Healthy Hearts Screening
We as a club have decided to put the feelers out to determine if there would be interest in once again facilitating a Heart Screening for Adult and Juvenile players within the club along with members of the wider Madden community who are perhaps not even associated with the organisation. If you or someone you know would be interested in attending such an event please contact Brendan Vallely on 07774 691296.

Facebook Competition
Later on in the week, to celebrate the Club's official Facebook page reaching 1,000 likes we have been in contact with our Official Club Apparel provider Armagh Sports and Trophies who have donated one of the brand new Madden Gilet's which will be offered up in a competition.
To enter the competition all you need to do is firstly make sure that you like the Madden Raparees Official Facebook Page, Like and share the Competition post and Comment under the post with your 'Most Memorable Madden Moment' be it a score in a game or a famous result to a past player you remember fondly or even a trip away with one of the teams to play or watch a match. It's just that simple! We wish you all the very best of luck and we will be closing the competition on Friday 17th February at 7pm with the winner announced on the official Facebook page later on that evening.

Condolences
The club extends its sympathy to Hugh Mc Cann on the death last week of his mother Rosaleen in Castleblayney. Hugh is chairman of our local road bowls club and has been a great supporter of all our clubs in madden both on and off the field. Rosaleens grandsons Damian, Stephen and Christopher have all played for our club at various age groups and we sympathise with them also at this sad time. May she rest in peace.

U-14 Feilé Na nÓg Draw
On Thursday evening the Armagh GAA County Board held the draw for the prestigious Feile competition. Madden will play in Division three this season and as a result will automatically enter the Feilé Shield competition. They were drawn away to Maghery on Saturday the 4th March and should they be victorious they will progress to play winners of Wolfe Tones and Derrynoose. The lads have began training diligently in preparation for this competition and we wish them the very best of luck over the coming weeks.

Referee Request
Madden Raparees are actively seeking to recruit further Referees within the club. Armagh GAA will be holding some beginners courses for all prospective new referees in the coming weeks. If you are interested in lifting the whistle then please do not hesitate to contact Danny Donnelly on 07711 247352 for further information.

Armagh Representation
Our County Senior player Niall Grimley entered the fray in Sunday's National League Division Three opener away to Sligo with ten minutes remaining. Niall was unfortunately not able to snatch the victory for Armagh as they drew with the hosts following a rather dubious late penalty that was slotted away. Niall and his Armagh colleague will be looking for two points this coming Saturday night where they welcome Laois to the Athletic Grounds seeking redemption after they put a halt to Armagh's championship aspirations not once, but twice last year. Good luck Niall from all at Madden Raparees G.F.C.

Last Man Standing
Sunday saw the beginning of the annual Last Man Standing Competition, sales were up from last year so thanks to all who purchased sheets and supported this fundraiser. We will keep you all updated on the competition throughout the coming weeks.

Weekly Lotto
This week’s winning numbers were 2, 11, 20 and 24. Unfortunately there was no winner of the jackpot, there was however one winner of £10 in the form of Noel King. Next week’s jackpot is £6,700.00.