Madden GFC Weekly Notes

Date; Monday 23rd July 2018

Without a game for a couple of weeks, Madden Seniors needed a challenge and they certainly got it on Friday night against last years Antrim Intermediate Championship winners, St Brigids Belfast. Despite some holiday goers and recent serious injuries to Ryan Morgan and Neil McGuinness who we console with and wish the best of luck with their recovery, Madden fielded a strong starting team. The game was structured to suit forwards as both teams pushed forward relentlessly in the open contest. Goals from Gerard Grimley and Conor Greene helped Madden lead 2-08 to 1-07 at the break. The Belfast team put in a very spirited performance and kept the scoreboard ticking, although it was the Raparees forwards who took the overall initiative, and particularly Kyle Morgan (0-04) and the reinvigorated Ciaran Rafferty (0-08) who seized control. Unfortunately a sucker punch goal at the end levelled things up and resulted in a drawn match with the final scoreline Madden 2-18, St Brigids Belfast 3-15. All-in-all though, an assured performance that leaves a positive mindset going into the make-or-break period of the season. It was great to see the Madden Management blooding youngsters like Conor Greene and Oisin Hughes, as well as granting a cameo appearance to blast-from-the-past Ronan Gallagher who looked solid in nets. Many thanks to the traveling outfit St Brigids who for the second year running, made the long journey to visit Raparee Park.

Madden U14’s played host to close-by neighbours Middletown on Tuesday last. Played in near perfect conditions, both teams served up an entertaining hours’ football, although it was Madden who got off to the better start going 7pts to 5pts up after 15 minutes. However by half time, Middletown had closed the gap to 1pt. The 2nd half started well for Madden, hitting a goal from the throw-in but the 4 week break and the absence of key players took it’s toll as Middletown took the lead on 45 minutes and held out for an 8 point victory. A decent team performance with everyone playing their part admirably. Final Scoreline Madden 5-12, Middletown 6-17. Both teams will clash again in the 1st round of the Championship Shield, where hopefully Madden with a bit more resilience can reverse the outcome.

Madden Raparees are delighted to announce an upcoming fundraiser for our Club which we hope anyone involved with the club in any capacity, whether it be Sponsor, Manager, Player, Parent, Spectator or you just like to see them doing well will show their support for. On Saturday 22nd September, the Club are running a “Night at the races” in Madden Social Club. A fantastic night is guaranteed. Anyone who wishes to sponsor a horse at £10, or sponsor a race at £100, in the coming weeks please contact any member of the executive committee. As always, your contribution big or small, is very much appreciated.

On Saturday 4th August, Madden Social Club are hosting an exhibition with Darts legend Wayne “Hawaii 501” Mardle whom some of you will be familiar with from commentating on sky sports Darts. As well as provide lots of banter, he’ll play a number of local Darts throwers including our very own Senior footballer Gerard Grimley. It’s only £5 in and as always, your support is very welcome.

Finally, this Thursday 26th July, in order to make sure our facilities and grounds are kept to a high standard for all our teams, there is a small gathering of people going to Raparee Park at 7pm to do a general clean up. If you’re free for an hour to assist in any way, your help would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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