Madden GFC Weekly Notes

Date; Monday 13th August 2018

Playing in their last League game of the season, Madden Seniors made the daunting trip to Silverbridge, who had a major prize to compete for, as a win would secure promotion to Division 1A next year. Missing a couple of regulars and under pressure early from the quite intimidating large following of home supporters, Madden just didn’t get going properly, as a strong ‘Bridge defence hustled the ball back on most occasions Madden attacked. Sparse scoring opportunities allowed the Away side to get three points on the board, but with Silverbridges’ dominance, the half time scoreline read Silverbridge 0-09, Madden 0-03. Unfortunately the second half didn’t transpire as a remarkable fight back, as apart from the odd moment of flare including a Conor Grimley goal which reduced the gap to four, Madden played second fiddle for most of the evening. A forgetful outing, as I’d expect the players and management would like to just move on from and look towards the Senior Championship which is only around the corner. Final scoreline, Silverbridge 0-17, Madden 1-06. Congratulations go to opponents Silverbridge who deservedly achieved promotion for the second year running and will compete with the big boys in Division 1A next year.

Madden’s U14’s made the trip to Forkhill last Tuesday evening. Despite some valiant efforts and fine score taking, our lads were shown no mercy by the home side who ran out convincing winners.

At Saturday’s St Paul’s U10 tournament in Lurgan, Madden U10’s put in an impressive display to reach the Semi-Finals, but to narrowly lose out to Wolfe Tones at the end by just one point. After beating the likes of Maghery and Tir na nOg, our youngsters should be very proud of their efforts, and will be looking forward to the busy week ahead. On Wednesday, they play Tullysaran, before making the journey to play in the Dromintee Blitz on Saturday.

Our U8’s went to Tullysaran last Thursday and had a great time. As always, they played entertaining football under the watchful eye of Coaches Phillip Mallon, Kevin McElvanna and Ciara Gallagher, and not to forget to mention a collection of supporting parents. The younger bunch, the U6’s played host to Granemore on Sunday in what can only be described as an enthralling encounter. It’s always great to see plenty of young Raparees eager to wear the Red and Black Jersey with so much joy and pride.

This upcoming Thursday sees the eagerly awaited Division 1 Championship Semi Final played in the neutral venue of Silverbridge, where our U16’s will play against the mighty Killeavy. This promises to be an end-to-end game of classic Championship fever football, and your support for the young Raparees will be very welcome. This is a historic event for our young boys to compete at this high level and one that hopefully they can embrace. Good luck to the players and management, we’re all behind you. #uptheraps

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 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 the Social Club and would love to see you there. You can purchase a runner for £10 now, or for any business owners, sponsor a race for £100. Just see any Committee member. One very special prize presented on the night will be a signed and framed Ireland International Rules Jersey from their Australian exploits down under last November. To find out how to win it, just turn up on the night.

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