Weekly Notes 03 April 2016.

*Applications are now open for this year’s Gaeltachta Scholarship. The closing date is Thursday 14th April no later than 5pm. Please see the club website where you can download the application form by clicking on the link named Scéim Deontais Gaeltachta 2016. Applications are to be returned to Gráinne Stacey at administrator1.down@gaa.ie. Late applications will not be accepted. Please note you must include your GAA Registration Number. This can be obtained from the club registrar, otherwise application cannot be


*Best wishes to all our juvenile teams and their coaches as they embark on the new season. We are very grateful to all those coaches and parents who have volunteered their help for the 2016 season. We encourage all our club members to go out and support the juvenile teams as often as possible. They are our future and they deserve our support.


*Nursery to P6 coaching commences in St Malachy’s High School at 10am on Saturday 9th April at 10am: Nursery – P2 (inclusive) boys and girls fundamentals 10am – 11am. P3&P4 boys – 10.00 – 10.45am Hurling, 10.45 – 11.30 Football. P5&P6 boys – 10.00 – 10.45am Football, 10.45 – 11.30 Hurling. P3 – P6 girls – 10.00 – 10.45am Football, 10.45 – 11.30 Camogie. Everyone please bring indoor and outdoor gear as well as your own water bottle. The cost of the 3 weeks in St Malachys High School is £3 per child (payable on Sat 9th April 2016).


*It is important that membership is now paid. You can complete registration on-line at www.castlewellangac.com. Nursery, P1 and P2 – £10 per child/year, P3-P6 – £25 per child/year, Family Membership 2 adults and any number of children U16 £110/year. Please note this membership needs to be paid to cover insurance and activities throughout the season. All new members are welcome.


*Can all coaches please ensure that they book pitches for training or challenge games through the Club secretary in advance.

*U12 camogie coaching commences at the Bann Road on Thursday April 7th at 6.30pm.

Our Under 12 footballers began their league campaign with a win away to St John’s. In terrible conditions for both teams the boys led 1-3 to 1-1 at half time. Kicking now against the wind the team played some fantastic football to come out on top on a score line of 4-7 to 2-5. All the boys contributed to the win but special mention to Cormac Watson whom made a number of great saves at key times to keep the team ahead. The scores on the day were Tiernán Connolly 2-2, Tiarnán Gallagher 1-0, Conor McVeigh 1-1, Nathan Owens 0-1, Cormac Barr 0-2 and Sean O’Neill 0-1. Thank you to the large number of parents whom braved the weather to support the boys. Your support is appreciated at all times


*Easter Tuesday saw the first outing of the Under 17 girls who faced strong opponents Burren away. The Town girls started well scoring 3 goals in quick succession and came in at half time leading by 9points. Unfortunately through injury and illness the tide turned in the second half and Burren attacked relentlessly, making up the difference. As the final whistle approached and indeed darkness, Burren scored 2 goals that put an end to Castlewellan’s hopes. Final score 6-8 to 5- 2. Sunday past saw the girls play a strong Bredagh side on a wet morning. The Town girls suffered a heavy defeat. It wasn’t their best performance but upwards and onwards – you will get there. Training continues as normal – Rostrevor away this Sunday.


*The U14 Girls football training has moved to Wednesday evening at 6.15pm – 7pm out the Bann Road. Camogie training will commence after the football. Any girls wishing to come along please contact Suzanne 07947671799.


*Sunday was one of those days when the weather decided to be bad. For the 5th running of the Spring Lake Challenge. I would safely say that it was tough conditions for all those taking part in the 5K and 10K races. The winners were; 5K Race – 1st Sarah Lindsey, 2nd Alex McAlinden, 3rd Mackenzie Murray. Ladies 10K – 1st Sinead Murtagh, 2nd Niamh Killet, 3rd Niamh O’Connell. Men’s 10K – 1st Zak Hanna, 2nd Martin Wilcot’ 3rd Aidan Brown.