Madden GFC Weekly Notes

Date; Monday 30th July 2018

Playing in their first League game in over three weeks, the Madden Senior Squad welcomed Annaghmore Pearses to Raparee Park on Saturday evening. Depleted due to recent injuries and without a host of regulars on their holidays, Madden were still able to remain competitive thanks to precision, tenacious tackling and an overzealous will to win. Six first half converted frees from Niall Grimley, and a point each from Ciaran Rafferty and Kyle Morgan wasn’t enough to keep their counterparts under wraps though, as Annaghmore went in at half time 1-06 to 0-08 ahead. The goal coming from the towering full forward who utilised his strength advantage to slip the ball past the assured Ronan Gallagher. On the restart, Madden hit somewhat of a purple patch as they led 0-12 to 1-07 after 38 minutes. Ciaran Rafferty, Colin Mallon and Caolan Vallely all getting on the scoresheet. Solid efforts from Liam, Ryan and Gerard Grimley around the middle strengthened Madden’s challenge with Kyle Morgan also nicking another point however Annaghmore forced their way back into contention with 3 points in as many minutes, to lead by a solitary point before Niall Grimley scored another long range point one minute from time to level proceedings. The game concluded with both defenses holding firm, and shared the spoils with a draw on a Madden 0-14, Annaghmore 1-11 scoreline. The performances of defenders Kieran Grimley, Peter Lappin and Cillian Mallon all deserve a special mention. Not the overall seasonal objective at the outset however this result now assures Madden safety in the division and guarantees Senior League Football next year with two games to spare. Well done to both the Management team and players. Hopefully this will springboard their season ahead of the inaugural Round-Robin Senior Championship which begins in August.

Last Tuesday evening, Madden U16’s entertained County Monaghan neighbours Cremartin who included young Barry John Grimley in their ranks, son of former Madden Captain, the illustrious Barry “Bugsy” Grimley. It turned out to be a nice run-out for the Madden lads, who after a prolonged midseason break will be eager to return to competitive action this week when they welcome Clann Eireann.

Madden U10’s travelled to Granemore twice last week. On Wednesday to play two simultaneous games against the kids in White & Green, then on Sunday morning when they took part in the annual Granemore U10 Blitz. The Blitz was a tremendous success, as sixteen teams took part, spread over eight mini-pitches. Our heroic kids played some excellent football defeating the likes of Granemore, Pearse Ogs, Ballymacnab and Grange along the way. Every child played their part courageously and are deserving of huge praise for playing seven games in the Red & Black in a two hour period. The Coaching team of Eugene & Mary Crilly, Gary Comiskey, Helen O’Reilly, Gary Hughes and Ryan Morgan as well as the large traveling parental support were beaming with pride.

Madden U6’s got a lovely wee outing on Monday evening when they travelled to Blackwatertown to take on An Port Mor. Fantastic efforts came from Kacey Cox, Cahir Casey, Rioghan Grimley, Annie Greene, Leila Hughes, Joe Gallagher, James Carroll, Killian Greene, Dara McElvanna, Lorcan McKinney, Olivia Smith, Conan Casey and Fergal Mallon.

The recently announced Madden GFC “Night at the Races” will be in Madden Social Club on Saturday 22nd September. You will have the opportunity to own a horse, or even sponsor a race. Contact any member of the executive committee for more details.

This 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 and Vice-Chairman Paul Vallely. It’s only £5 in and as always, your support is very welcome.

On another note, Madden GFC would like to congratulate recent All-Ireland Girls U14 Road Bowls winner Shannon Maguire on her victory in Cork recently. And would like to wish Madden’s Kelly Mallon, Geraldine Kiernan and U12/U14 footballer Niall Stevenson the very best of luck as they take part in their own All-Ireland finals this weekend.

Finally, thank you to any patrons who gave up their time last Thursday evening to clean up the Football Grounds. Without the support, the work would have been left to a small group of people, so your help is very much appreciated. Don’t worry though for those of who who missed it, their will be further opportunity down the line to help out.

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