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Madden Raparees G.F.C Notes W/C 14.08.2017

Posted by David Loughran on Tue, 15 Aug 2017


Seniors                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               DONNELLY GROUP ARMAGH GAA SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT
Madden Raparees                          1-10
Maghery                                       1-19

Commiserations to Brendan, Conor, Michael and the lads on the defeat today. It was always going to be a tough fixture against the reigning champions. Madden fought well throughout the game and a period towards the end of the first half where Maghery recorded ten points in a row was to be the turning point in this game. With ten points in it at the break, Madden came storming back to reduce the deficit to four points with some fine points from Niall Grimley and an Aron McKenna goal. A late surge of scores from the champions including a goal of their own saw them run out winners on the day, but not as convincing as the scoreline would suggest. Madden have been drawn agains Tir na nOg in the first round of the senior Qualifiers, the game will take place on Sunday 27th August in Granemore with a throw in time of 12.45pm. We hope to see many of you out once again in support of our senior team.

Minor Championship
Our Minor team under the guidance of Brendan McGuinness, Philip Mallon and Johnny Woods recorded a fine two point win over O'Doirnin Blues. The lads now progress through to the Quarter-Finals of the competition where they will face Brian Boru in Madden on Monday 21st August at 7.30pm.

U- 14's
Our U-14 side welcomed Derrynoose Blues to Raparee Park in what was one of the most enjoyable and entertaining games of football seen this long time. The game finished 4-09 to 2-09 in favour of the Raparees and could have gone either way really were it not for the stern performances of the entire full back line in Jamie Smith, Joe Hughes and Cathal Maguire. That result now sets the lads up lovely at a tilt at league success. Madden have three games remaining and need to win all three to be in with a chance of some silverware, up next is a trip to Newtownhamilton where Brian Boru await.

U-12.5's Moy Tournament
Madden put up a great battle at the Moy tournament. We looked the part in our new polo tops courtesy of Borderline Tiles. We couldn't have asked for a tougher group playing Galbally, Kildress, Magherafelt and the Adrian McGuckin managed Ballinderry. The lads gave it all they had and with a bit of luck could have made the Quarter Finals. Sadly it was not to be but we are all mighty proud of their efforts on the day.

Weekly Fixtures
Monday: Minors BYE
Tuesday: U-14's v Brian Boru (A - Newtownhamilton), 7.30pm
Wednesday: Minors v Loughgilly Gaels (H), 7.30pm
Wednesday: U-12.5's v Middletown (A), 7.30pm
Thursday: U-16's BYE
Friday: Underage Training at 6.30pm
Saturday: U-10's St Paul's Tournament, Lurgan.

Irish News All-Stars
Congratulations to our Senior Footballer, Niall Grimley on being nominated for an Irish News Ulster All-Star award. Niall has been rewarded with this nomination through his performances during the summer in an Armagh jersey. Niall was particularly impressive in the games against Fermanagh where he registered 0-06 and against Tipperary where he scored 0-08. An outstanding feat considering Niall was playing in centre field.
Niall's performances on the field have got him this far but he now needs your help. In order for Niall to secure the All-Star he requires YOUR Vote. Votes can be cast through selecting Niall in Midfield for your Irish News Ulster All-Star team. You can select your team through the link below;

http://www.irishnews.com/offers/allstars/vote/

You will need to enter your name and an email address before the selection process/voting can be complete and the deadline for submissions is Friday 18th August.  In entering the team you will also be entered into a competition for a VIP night at the awards ceremony in the Armagh City Hotel on Thursday 7th September. Finally, Good Luck Niall from all at Madden Raparees G.F.C.

Weekly Lotto
This week’s winning numbers were 1, 6, 8 and 13.

Unfortunately there was no winner of the jackpot, there were however four winners of £10 in the form of Sheila Grimley, Peter Grimley, Peadar Grimley and Anne-Marie Lennon.

Next week’s jackpot is £8,000.

The executive committee has made the conscious decision to cap the lotto at £8,000 until such times as it is won. The £50 usually added to the prize fund will now be added to the new lotto prize which will begin to accumulate value herein. For example if the lotto is not won for another six months, the prize for the existing lotto will remain at £8,000, however the 'new' lotto will begin at £2,200. Etc.



Madden Raparees G.F.C Notes W/C 07.08.2017

Posted by David Loughran on Tue, 15 Aug 2017


Reserves
ARMAGH GAA RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL RESULT

Ballymacnab Round Towers                 0-15
Madden Raparees                               1-04

Commiserations to Brendan and the lads on their defeat last night. They fought gallantly on the night but unfortunately came up against stronger opposition on the night. It has been a great achievement for this young squad in reaching this final and we have no doubt they will be back again challenging for honours again next season. Well done to all involved in an excellent season.

Minors
Our Minor team travelled to St Enda's on Monday night past for the penultimate league fixture knowing only a win would keep their dreams of league silverware alive. Blighted by injuries to key players this was always going to be a tough encounter. The lads fought extremely well throughout the game and a few decisions went against them towards the end of the game to hand their opponents a two point victory. Next up for the Minors is the Minor Championship and an away trip to Culloville against O'Doirnin Blues.

U-16 Championship Semi Final
Our U-16 team under the guidance of Mickey Grimley, Tony McIlvanna and Ciaran Rafferty progressed through to the Championship Final after disposing of Mullaghbawn on a full time score of 8-15 to 1-07.The first half was a tense enough affair at times with Madden leading at the interval 2-8 till 1-5 as the South Armagh side put it up to our lads. However when our lads matched their work rate in the second half we got few more goals and Mullaghbawn's lads heads dropped. Best on the night for Madden were Oisin Tohill, Tony O'Hagan and Chris McParland all enhancing their reputations with great second half performances. Overall the management team are delighted to be in another Championship final and are looking forward to the challenge of Armagh Harps. Well done to the players and their management team on this fine victory. Everyone at Madden Raparees G.F.C. will be behind you all as you push to bring home the first piece of silverware to the club this season.

U-12.5's
On Friday evening our U-12.5 team travelled to Ballymacnab for a Go-Game league match. The lads played incredibly well and recorded back to back wins for only the second time this season. Pauric Morgan, Cathal Donnelly and Daire Hughes were the stand out players for Madden on the night with all three heavily influential on the game and the result. It took a lot more than three players to beat this Ballymacnab side with the rest of the team playing well in their defensive and attacking units. All of their hard work on the training pitch is beginning to pay off as the team gathers some momentum we all have no doubt they will begin to string together some more results over the final few months of the summer to leave them in good stead approaching their end of season tournaments.

Armagh Representation
Congratulations to Niall Grimley who has once again been selected to start at Midfield for Armagh GAA today for their crucial All-Ireland Quarter-Final clash with neighbours Tyrone GAA in Croke Park.
All at Madden Raparees G.F.C. would like to wish Niall and the rest of his Armagh teammates the very best of luck today as Armagh look to progress through to the All-Ireland Semi-Final for the first time in over a decade. Finally we would like to wish all our Raparees travelling to the match a safe journey up and down the road to Dublin.

All-Ireland Road Bowls
All at Madden Raparees G.F.C. would like to wish the Madden Road Bowls club the very best of luck over the weekend as the host the prestigious All-Ireland Finals for the second consecutive year.
A lot of hard work by our members has been put into securing this event in Madden and ensuring the road is in the best condition possible for the competition. There was a big clean up on the road during the week and everyone will agree that it is pristine.
Finally we would like to wish our two current playing members, Cathal Maguire and Ruairi Hughes and our two past playing members Kevin McQuade and Geraldine Kieran the very best of luck this weekend as they go in search of All-Ireland glory on their home road.

Weekly Fixtures
Monday: Minors v O'Doirnin Blues (A - Culloville), 7.30pm
Tuesday: U-14's v Derrynoose Blues (H), 7.30
Wednesday: Seniors Challenge Game v St Brigid's, Belfast (H), 7.30pm
Thursday: U-16's BYE
Friday: Underage Training at 6.30pm
Saturday: U-12.5's v Middletown (A), 4.00pm
Sunday: Seniors CHAMPIONSHIP v Maghery (A - Abbey Park, Armagh), 2.45pm

Weekly Lotto
This week’s winning numbers were 4, 13, 17 and 24.

Unfortunately there was no winner of the jackpot, there were however three winners of £10 in the form of Enda King, Clare Hughes and H Symmington.

Next week’s jackpot is £8,000.

The lotto forms a valuable source of income to support the club alongside any major fundraisers it pursues throughout the year. We would encourage all our members, supporters and players either at home or abroad to avail of the wonderful online facility and help to support Madden Raparees G.F.C in any way they can.



Madden Raparees G.F.C Notes W/C 31.08.2017

Posted by David Loughran on Fri, 4 Aug 2017


Seniors
Friday evening saw our Senior Side travel to Annaghmore for the final league game of the season. The game proved to be nothing more than Championship preparation for both sides given that neither Madden nor Annaghmore could be promoted or relegated following results earlier in the week. There was not much between the sides with both teams sharing the first six points of the encounter three apiece with Maddens coming from Ciaran Rafferty, Barry Mallon and Niall Smith. Annaghmore then kicked two consecutive points to see them two points ahead, however this advantage would soon be reduced as an impressive Aron McKenna strike to the top corner of he goals raised the green flag which saw Madden take a one point lead once more. The hosts fought back with a point to leave just the minimum between the sides midway through the first half. A second Ciaran Rafferty point gave Madden some breathing room before three in a row from Annaghmore saw them take the lead. A Liam Grimley free kick drew the game level before a final score from the men n red and white meant they went in at the interval leading by a single point on a Half Time Score of Madden Raparees 1-05 to Annaghmore Pearse’s 0-09.
Both teams emerged for the second half and the hosts continued where they had left off scoring two in a row to give them a three point lead. A second Liam Grimley free-kick had reduced the deficit to two points only for the North Armagh men to soon put it back to three points between the sides. The game was soon level with wing half forward Ryan Morgan sending the ball to the back of the net eventually following a goal mouth scramble. This was just what Madden needed to give them some impetus to kick on and record their ninth victory of the season. The next attack saw Aron McKenna get his second goal of the contest with another sublime finish through a wall or red and white jerseys. Further points from Ciaran Rafferty and a Kyle Morgan free-kick saw Madden go five points clear of their opponents. Annaghmore scored three on the bounce again and could have even went a point ahead had it not been for a great save from substitute goalkeeper Paul McIlvanna. An Aron McKenna penalty kick saw Madden regain their five point lead, the ball was finished low into the bottom right hand corner of the net in what was a cool finish and in reality the opposing goalkeeper stood no chance of saving it. Annaghmore kicked the final two points of the game but they were little more than consolation scores as Madden ran out three point winners on a Full Time Score of Madden Raparees 4-08 to Annaghmore Pearse’s 0-17.
Madden will now have almost two weeks off competitive action as they begin to step up their preparations with the Senior Championship looming and a mouth-watering tie against defending champions, Maghery on August 13th in Abbey Park.

U-8's
Our U-8 team travelled to Derrynoose on Tuesday night for the second time this year for their go-games fixtures. Summer holidays restricted the availability of players and we were able to only field one side. This young team are developing well and this is evident each and every time they take the pitch. They are back in training again on Friday night working on their basic skills in preparation for the remainder of their games and the highly anticipated journey to Moy in Co. Tyrone for the annual festival of football.

U-12.5's
On Sunday morning our U-12.5 team travelled to Lurgan to play St Paul's in a match re-fixed from the Saturday afternoon owing to Armagh's match against Kildare. The game was an extremely entertaining one with very few between the two sides for much of the game. Vital goals from Aaron Grimley on his debut and Pauric Morgan in the second half saw Madden over the line recording a four point victory.

U-14's
On Tuesday evening past our U-14 side welcomed Eire Óg to Raparee Park and recorded a comfortable 5-10 to 3-02 victory over their opponents with everyone who put on the red and black jersey on the night playing superbly. The lads now have a week off before returning to action the following week against Derrynoose at home.

U-16's
On Thursday evening our U-16 team travelled to South Armagh to play Dromintee in the league. The lads were 0-09 to 0-05 up at half time however they had been playing with the aid of a strong wind. Madden had to dig very deep against in the second half against a good side, thankfully they had it in them and recorded 1-10 to 1-06 win. New player  Josh King was impressive showing very well but overall it was a great team performance. This result will leave the lads and their management team feeling confident ahead of their Championship Semi-Final on Thursday night.

Minors
Our minor team we're due to host Loughgilly Gaels however the game was cancelled an hour before kick-off due to no referee being available to cover the fixture. It will be rescheduled for later in the season. They lads are back in action again next week away to St Enda's.

Weekly Fixtures
Monday: Minors v St Enda's, 7.30pm (A - An Port Mor)
Tuesday: U-14's BYE Week.
Wednesday: RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL v Ballymacnab, 8.30pm (Athletic Grounds)
Thursday: U-16's CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL v Mullaghbawn, 7.30pm (A - Newtownhamilton)
Saturday: No Games due to @Armagh GAA Match - U-12.5's scheduled fixture v Ballymacnab will be postponed until the following Wednesday.

Armagh Representation
Congratulations to our Senior Footballer, Niall Grimley who starred in Armagh's victory against Kildare on Saturday Evening. Niall started the game at midfield and scored two points coming from placed balls. He was also involved in the build up to a number of other scores and was a big physical presence around the middle of the park. Armagh now travel to Croke Park again this coming Saturday against Tyrone in and All-Ireland Quarter Final for the first time since 2014. All at Madden Raparees hope that Niall can continue his rich vein of form and help Armagh to prolong their summer and reach the Semi-Finals. Good Luck Niall from all at Madden Raparees G.F.C.

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

Weekly Lotto
This week’s winning numbers were 1, 9, 20 and 23. Unfortunately there was no winner of the jackpot, there were however four winners of £10 in the form of Ciatriona Morgan, Arthur McKenna, Leila Hughes and Jacqueline Smith. Next week’s jackpot is £7,900.00.
The lotto forms a valuable source of income to support the club alongside any major fundraisers it pursues throughout the year. We would encourage all our members, supporters and players either at home or abroad to avail of the wonderful online facility and help to support Madden Raparees G.F.C in any way they can.



Madden Raparees G.F.C Notes W/C 08.05.2017

Posted by David Loughran on Tue, 9 May 2017


U-16’s
Commiserations to our U-16 team who were beaten in South Armagh on Thursday night past on a score line of 3-12 to 0-05. To their credit the lads fought for the entire game and unfortunately were beaten by a much stronger Dromintee team. The will put their heads down in training during the week as they prepare for their U-16 Championship match against some more South Armagh opposition in the form of St Patrick’s Cullyhanna in Madden next Thursday.

Minors
Madden welcomed neighbours Middletown to Raparee Park for this Minor League fixture between the two sides on Monday night. The opening minutes saw both sides using the pitch well to create point scoring opportunities and this continued for the first quarter of the game with the scores still tied at five points apiece after the first fifteen minutes. Madden had a goal opportunity denied and Middletown raced up the field and scored a goal of their own to give Middletown a three point lead. Further points followed by the visitors, before a Madden goal on the stroke of half time left just four points between the sides at the break. Half Time Score; Madden Raparees 1-06 to Middletown 1-10.
Madden came out for the second half and scored two quick points to reduce the difference to two between the sides. Middletown stepped up again and kicked five unanswered points to stretch their lead to seven points once more. Madden replied with a second goal to bring them right back into the game however it was to be short lived as Middletown replied with a goal of their own to cancel Maddens previous effort. Two further goals from the visitors all but killed of a hugely entertaining tie. Madden did get a few consolation points however that was to be all they were as there were no late dramatics. Full Time Score; Madden Raparees 2-12 to Middletown 4-15. The lads now travel to Annaghmore on Monday night to face Naomh Eoin looking for a win to put their season back on track.

Reserves
Madden travelled to Grange during the week looking to put their previous two defeats behind them and get some much needed points on the board at the third time of asking. Madden were consistent throughout the game putting on an exhibition of scoring with an array of different scorers as well. There are still things to work on before the next outing away to Collegeland having missed a lot of chances too. Nevertheless it was a great performance and best on the night for Madden were Jamie Sheridan, Neil McGuinness, Pearse O'Hagan, Aaron Wright and Shane McIlveen. Full Time Score; Madden Raparees 1-21 to Naomh Colmcille An Grainseach 1-06.

Seniors
Madden travelled to Whitecross on Sunday afternoon for their second league game of the season aiming to make it two wins from two following last week’s victory over Ballymacnab. With the glorious spell of weather we are currently experiencing this game was going to be made even more difficult for the lads. It was the home team who got the scoreboard ticking with a point from a free kick before a Conor Grimley free kick quickly evened up the encounter. Both sides then traded three points a piece with Maddens coming from Colin Mallon, Niall Grimley and a second Conor Grimley free of the day. This saw the side level with 0-04 each coming into the final ten minutes of the first half. Such were the conditions the lads were treated to two water breaks during the half. It was a very evenly matched first twenty minutes with both teams equally having squandered a number of chances along the way. Madden finished the half the brighter scoring 1-01 with Niall Grimley finishing the ball to the back of the net with the aid of a strong bounce off the surface to take it over the top of the oncoming goalkeeper. Conor Grimley was the point scorer with a final free kick of the first half on the stroke of half time. Madden had kicked seven wides to their opponents five but more importantly lead by four at the interval. Half Time Score; Madden Raparees 1-05 to St Cillian’s Whitecross 0-04
Madden came out for the second half like a team possessed and had scored their second goal of the afternoon within thirty seconds of the play resuming. The man on the end of it was once again Niall Grimley. His namesake Niall Smith popped up soon after with an impressing point from a tight angle to double Maddens half time advantage. The hosts did not take long to cut into that lead scoring 1-01 in quick succession to bring it back to just four points between the sides with the first ten minutes of the second half now behind us. Madden were given an opportunity to kick on in the game once more when they were awarded a penalty however the in-form Conor Grimley sent the ball just wide of the left hand post much to the delight of the home crowd. The teams traded points once more before substitute Kyle Morgan restored maddens five point lead. Ciaran Rafferty added another soon after before a final Whitecross point brought the curtain down on the second half as Madden achieved their goal and extended their winning run in the league to two from two. Whitecross had their chances particularly in the second half when they opted for a lot of ‘route one’ balls to the edge of the area. Luckily our full back is a master under the high ball and was more than able to deal with the efforts of the men from Whitecross. Kieran Grimley was a colossus in the second half and had a telling impact on the Madden victory as without him the result may have went the other way. Full Time Score; Madden Raparees 2-09 to St Cillian’s Whitecross 1-07
The lads now have a week off before travelling to Culloville on Sunday 21st May where they will look to improve their record once more. Well done to Brendan, Conor Michael and the lads on another victory.

Brian Óg Maguire Sevens Tournament
Our Senior Team will be returning to Lisnaskea in County Fermanagh on the 13th May to participate in the now annual Brian Óg Maguire 7’s Football Festival. This will be the third consecutive year the lads have been invited and they will be hoping to go one better than last year having been beaten in the final. It was not all bad though as Conor Grimley picked up the Player of the Tournament for his performances both en-route to and in the final against St Galls. The draw took place tonight for the group stages and Madden have been paired alongside Maguiresbridge St Mary's, Newtownbutler First Fermanagh's and Ederney St Joseph's in Group B. This weekend is one the lads look forward to eagerly from the start of the season and it is a credit to the Lisnaskea Emmetts club how efficiently it is run. A great tournament and a fitting tribute to their All-Ireland Winning Captain from 2011.

Weekly Fixtures
Monday: Minors v Naomh Eoin (A - Annaghmore), 7.30pm
Tuesday: U-8’S v Derrynoose (A), 6.45pm
Tuesday: U-14’s BYE
Wednesday: Reserves v Collegeland (H), 7.30pm
Thursday: U-16’s CHAMPIONSHIP v St Patrick’s Cullyhanna (H), 7.15pm
Friday: U-8’S v Granemore (A), 6.45pm
Saturday: Seniors @ Brian Óg Maguire 7’s, Lisnaskea, 12.00pm

Weekly Lotto
This week’s winning numbers were 13, 15, 23 and 24. Unfortunately there was no winner of the jackpot, there were however two winners of £10 in the form of David Loughran and Cathal ‘Toby’ Maguire. Next week’s jackpot is £7,350.00.



Madden Raparees G.F.C Notes W/C 01.05.2017

Posted by David Loughran on Mon, 8 May 2017


GAA Presidential Visit
Wednesday 26th April 2017 is another date that will go down in the history of Madden Raparees G.F.C. On that day we proudly welcomed the President of the GAA or Uachtaráin Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Mr Aogán Ó Fearghail into our Club. Aogán arrived to the club at 9pm where he was escorted through a Guard of Honour consisting of a selection of our playing members, their respective coaches and members of the clubs Executive Committee. We were delighted to also have the President of Ulster GAA Mr. Michael Hassan along with the Chairman of Armagh GAA Paul McArdle and his Middletown club member and Ulster GAA official Michael Geoghegan. Master of Ceremonies Brendan Vallely opened the evening by thanking everyone for coming to the event before handing over to the famed McCusker family and Catherine Grimley Hughes for a display of Madden's cultural talent in the form of solo singing, instrumental traditional music and some Irish Dancing. Everyone who performed excelled themselves and many in attendance were in awe of the talent we have within our community. The President was very impressed himself as he alluded to in his address later on in the evening.
The primary reason for the Presidential visit was to carry out a series of presentations to members of the club who the Executive Committee felt had made an impact on the club be it from a playing or administrative capacity. The first person honoured was our 2009 All-Ireland Minor winning goalkeeper Stephen O'Reilly. Unfortunately Stephen could not be there on the evening to collect his award due to work commitments, however thankfully his Father Dessie was on hand and he accepted the award on Stephen's behalf. The second presentation of the night went to a man who needs no introduction around these parts, Kevin McElvanna. Like Stephen, Kevin was honoured due to his achievements in an orange and white jersey when he brought the Sam Maguire cup back to Madden as a member of the historic 2002 Armagh Senior All-Ireland winning side. Our third recipient was none other than Benedict McCusker who was presented with a token of appreciation from the club for his many years’ service but not least for the impact he has had on the cultural wing of the club with regards to all aspects of the Scór. Finally there was a special presentation made from the President of the GAA to the President of Madden Raparees G.F.C. Charlie McGuinness to mark the occasion.
Next up was a question and answer session with members of the club and the president of the GAA, he was quizzed on all things GAA including his views on access to county players from a clubs perspective, the structure of the GAA Championship, his personal highlights throughout his tenure, how to promote the game of hurling in Ulster and on the future integration of Camogie into the wider GAA family. The president was composed and answered all of the questions superbly providing the audience with astute answers that were straight to the point.
It was then the turn of our distinguished guests to address the audience and first to the podium was Mr. Michael Hassan the President of Ulster GAA. Michael spoke of the great similarities between his own club and that of our own, he admired everything we were striving to achieve both on and off the field having previously visited the playing facilities earlier in the evening which was buzzing with underage training sessions and a camogie match. He will continue to watch Maddens progress from afar over the coming years. It was then the turn of Chairman of Armagh GAA, Paul McArdle to say a few words about our club. Paul remarked that the last day he stood on the stage in Madden he was elected as County Chairman and for that reason alone Madden will always hold a special place in his heart. He spoke of his playing days and how that regardless of how rough it could be on the field there was a lot of mutual respect and friendship drawn between the Madden and Middletown players down throughout the years something he hopes will continue. Paul then heaped praise on the McCuskers and Catherine Grimley Hughes for their entertainment on the night before stepping aside to let the main attraction of the evening make his speech. Aogán Ó Fearghail began by thanking everyone who had come out, he was delighted to see so many there on a Wednesday evening and even more impressed at how well turned out we were as a club with many wearing their red and black. Through his many visits around Ulster and beyond he has driven past Raparee Park on many an occasion and had always admired the name, Aogán then gave people a small history lesson on the term ‘Raparee’ and was delighted to see that we had extended this into our club crest in the form of the two pikes, the weapons of the Raparees that appear crossing one another over the glen at the heart of the Madden crest. Someone had once informed Aogán that we Madden was a small rural friendly club, he disagreed with this agreeing that we were a rural club and by all accounts from the hospitality he received upon entering the hall we certainly were friendly but he stopped short of calling us small. The president remarked that we are part of a GAA community that boasts over 2000 clubs worldwide and all are equally as important as one another. Aogán then turned his attention to the people who were honoured by the club. He commended the club on the work they were doing churning out consistent country representatives at all levels including Stephen, Kevin the All-Ireland winners and current player Niall Grimley. As mentioned previously the President was extremely impressed with the solo singing and traditional music that was on display and paid particular tribute to Benedict McCusker for being the driving force behind it all. He remarked that one of the songs Catherine and Patrick had chosen to perform was particularly relevant to the Club as it was an old Irish song that the Raparees would lament to when they were on the roads of Ireland many years ago. There was a small presentation made to the President from Madden Raparees G.F.C. as a token of our appreciation for him taking the time out of his schedule to come visit us. There were also two presentations made to both Aogán and Michael’s wives for acompaniing them on the night. The evening was brought to a close with a rendition of Amhrain na bhFiann before the President posed for some photographs with members of Madden Raparees G.F.C.
We would like to thank all our members for coming out on the night in support of it, thanks also to the organising committee to their credit the night was planned excellently and everything went as planned.

U-8's
On Wednesday night our U-8's travelled to Keady Michael Dwyers for a final challenge game ahead of the U-8 Go Games starting up this weekend. We played two highly competitive matches with our neighbours over the course of the evening. We would like to thank Keady for their hospitality after the game where all the players were treated to a bag of crisps and a drink.

U-14’s
Our U-14 team travelled to Beleek on Tuesday past to face Loughgilly Gaels in a league match. They had a brilliant first half against a strong breeze scoring 3-09. It was great to see Lee Doran making his debut for the side with Oisin O'Hara, Fionn Hughes, Tiarnan McGoldrick and Donal Meehan all excelling in the night. Full Time Score Madden Raparees 3-15 to Loughgilly Gaels 1-03.The lads now have two weeks off now after recovering a bye in the Championship and also a bye in the league the following week.

Minors
Our Minor team travelled to Lurgan tonight in a Division Three league encounter following a week off owing to Easter Monday. There was just two points between the sides at the interval with the scores 2-02 to 1-03 to the Raparees. Madden put in a superb second half performance playing with a strong wind and restricted the hosts to just three points in the process. Full Time Score Madden Raparees 7-10 to High Moss Sarsfields GFC 1-06. Best on the night for Madden were Shane McIlveen, Ronan Grimley, Conor Mone and Joe Sheridan. Next up for the lads is the derby against neighbours Middletown on Monday week at 7.15pm in Raparee Park.

Reserves
The Reserve team made the short journey into Armagh to face Pearse Og’s in the second round of the reserve league. Madden for one reason or another took the field with a bare 15 players and it did not deter them. They gave their all for large periods of the game and unfortunately came up against a much stronger Ogs side who had the benefit of introducing fresh legs at crucial periods of the game. Madden will rue their wasted chances as this game could have been a lot closer only for them. Nevertheless credit is due to the lads who put on the red and black jersey and gave their all as it was certainly not an easy challenge given the circumstances. Best on the night for Madden were Pearse O’Hagan, Shane McIlveen, Aaron Wright and Conor Morgan.

Seniors
Our senior team welcomed Ballymacnab to Raparee Park for the first Division 1B League match of the season. There was a great crowd in attendance for this hugely anticipated derby encounter between the two sides and the game did not disappoint the supporters of both teams. It was the home side who got off to the brighter start with a perfectly taken Aron McKenna goal raising the green flag. The visitors responded with two points, one from play and a free-kick to reduce the deficit to a single point. Aron McKenna struck once more with his second goal of the afternoon, this one he had to do a bit more work for. A shot from the wing dropped short and fell to Aron on the edge of the square at the far post he rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball home through a narrow gap between the post and a ‘Nab defender. Ballymacnab raced up the field and sliced through the Madden defence and struck the back of the net themselves to leave the scores at 2-0 to 1-02 to the Raprees mid-way through the first half. Madden then moved through the gears winning a lot of possession in the middle of the field and kicked four points on the bounce through the Mallon brothers Barry and Colin (2) and an early contender for score of the season from the in-form Aron McKenna. Ballymacnab themselves had their own purple patch and scored three in a row themselves with two of them from play. This spurred Madden on and in particular Conor Grimley who kicked 0-05 in succession including three expertly struck long range free kicks against a strong breeze cutting across the field of play. This gave Madden a handsome seven point lead at the interval. Half Time Score; Madden Raparees 2-09 to Ballymacnab Round Towers 1-05.
Madden emerged for the second half and began immediately where they left off with Conor Grimley kicking two points from play wither side of a Ballymacnab point. Madden suddenly stopped and for all their gallant efforts nothing was falling for them. The visitors were capitalising on these errors and managed to claw themselves back into the game over a fifteen minute period scoring six points in a row including 0-05 from play. There was now only a single kick of the ball between the two teams and for all Ballymacnab’s efforts on the Madden goal the defence stood strong with Paddy Woods making a crucial point blank save at his near post along the way. Conor Grimley kicked a final point from play to bring his individual tally to 0-08 for the day but more importantly to leave three points between the sides. A nervy final five minutes ensured however thankfully the Raparees prevailed and managed to get the first two points of the season on the board. Full Time Score; Madden Raparees 2-12 to Ballymacnab Round Towers 1-12.
Brendan, Conor, Michael and the lads now travel to Whitecross next weekend hoping to make it two from two in what will be another tough encounter against last year’s Intermediate Champions. We hope to see you all out in support of the lads once again next weekend. Well done to all involved in this great victory!

Armagh U-15 Academy
Congratulations to Shea Vallely who will be Madden’s sole representative on the Armagh All-County development squad for the 2017 season. Shea will hopefully play if he is selected in the challenge game against Meath this Saturday before the Ulster Blitz the following weekend.

Weekly Fixtures
Monday: Minors v Middletown (H), 7.15pm
Tuesday: U-14’s BYE
Wednesday: Reserves v Grange (A), 7.30pm
Thursday: U-16’s v Dromintee (A), 7.00pm
Saturday: U-12.5’s v Armagh Harps (A), 4.00pm
Sunday: Seniors v Whitecross (A), 2.00pm

Wedding Bells
Congratulations to our former player and current Committee Member, Ciaran Morgan and his new wife Donna on getting married on Friday in St Patrick's Chapel, Keady. Everyone at Madden Raparees G.F.C. would like to wish the new Mr. And Mrs. Morgan a lifetime of happiness together.

Weekly Lotto
This week’s winning numbers were 10, 19, 22 and 23. Unfortunately there was no winner of the jackpot, there was however one winner of £10 in the form of Ryan McIlveen. Next week’s jackpot is £7,300.00.

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



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.