GAA

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.