December 2016

Christmas Wishes

By Annette Conway, PRO Robe Rockets On behalf of us all in Robe Rockets we would like to sincerely thank the Parents, Coaches, Sponsors,Committee members, volunteers and most importantly our Robe Rocket players for their efforts and support throughout the year. We wish all those who graduate from Robe Rockets to our U10 Ladies and U12’s ,Bord Na nÓg all the best as they continue with their footballing careers in the Club. We would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year. We know Santa will be good to all our Robe Rockets and look forward to a year full of fun and football in 2017.

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U10 Boys Pella Final

Congratulations to all our U10 boys who participated in the Winter Pella League. On a cold Friday night In November we were treated to an evening of skill, team work and highly competitive games with the last match decided by a point. Our U10’s should be proud of themselves; they truly are a fantastic bunch of talented players. We wish all those who graduate from Robe Rockets to Bord Na nÓg all the best as they continue in their footballing career with our U12’s. A special word of thanks to each Team Coach who helped throughout the six weeks, thanks to our Parents for ensuring the boys kept to their match schedules and who came out week on week to support the boys and to John F and staff at the Lakeside for hosting us once again. A special mention to Des May, U10 Coach who was responsible for the overall running of the Pella League. The future is looking bright!!!

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Tog one, tog all: St Stephen’s Day games will warm, or thin, the blood

Players from aged 10 to God knows what will take part in our St Stephen’s Day games this year. At 11.30am, our rising U12 and U14 stars will take to the field. Try to get up to Flanagan Park early to see them display their considerable talents. And at 12.30pm, old-timers (i.e. anyone over 21) will take on our current U21 team, the Mayo C champions who, rumour has it, have been bigging it up around town since their county final victory. Kevin Quinn has been sponsored new wheels. Ronan O’Reilly has been to Roundy to get “The ROR Roar” cut into his left temple. Another un-named player has got 9 new tats to mark the county final victory. Time to bring them down to size? Can you afford to miss this? See you there. It might even be streamed on Club Radio: Who’s reffing it? Will we even need a ref?

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Evan and Oran named on Mayo minor squad for 2017

After the recent series of County Cup games, two Ballinrobe players – Evan O’Brien and Oran O’Malley – have been named in the Mayo minor squad for 2017. Evan and Oran both shone in the County Cup games that culminated in south Mayo losing narrowly to East Mayo in the final – 1-9 to 0-11 – at Mulvey Park, Castlebar. However, despite the disappointment of the defeat, there was good news for Oran and Evan, two of our most promising and committed young players, when they were included in the squad. We wish them the very best of luck and know they will represent our club with distinction. Both figured prominently in our recent Mayo U21 C championship final victory over Kilmeena. You can relive that game, including full commentary, after-match interviews and photos

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U12/13 Ladies Pella Final

We had a great turnout to watch our last games and what great finals we had to finish off our football for 2016. The games were very competitive but played in a great spirit and all the girls were rightly proud of the way they played. There are lots of people to thanks, firstly thanks to OBH Kitchens for sponsorship of the cups for the winning teams. Thanks to John F and all at Lakeside for facilitating the running of the league and for providing a goodie bag for all the players after the finals. Thanks to Ellen, Leah and Mary our TY coaches – they have always encouraged and supported the players and are a great example to the girls. Thanks to parents who got the girls to the matches, we had a great turnout for all the games this year. And lastly thanks to the 32 the players, many of whom have just started playing football for the first time this year. Their skills, enthusiasm and sportsmanship have made it a very enjoyable six weeks. There were many highlights from the finals but these stood out. Kicked scores – Lara Philbin & Maria Macken Best Block – Moya O Connell & Sinead O Sullivan Best hand passed score – Maeve Feerick & Magdalena Burakiewicz A few photos from the Final              

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Mayo U21 C county title win was highlight of 2016, club agm told

By Billy Horan, Club PRO Winning the Mayo under 21 C football championship title was acknowledged as the main achievement of 2016, at a very well-attended annual general meeting of Ballinrobe GAA club held in The Racecourse last week. Declan Corcoran, chairman, welcomed the members and said the club was moving in the right direction. He lauded the excellent work being done at underage level by the Robe Rockets and Bord na nOg and welcomed the emergence of the club’s new sponsor, Ballinrobe Racecourse, a successor to Vaughan shoes who had been the mainstay for eight years. The weekly Lotto has been replaced by a successful 50:50 draw and he urged members to give it every support. He thanked his fellow officers for applying themselves diligently and paid a special tribute to Donal McCormack, secretary, who was vacating the post after three years. In his report, Donal expressed dissatisfaction with the handling of fixtures by the County board. He praised the enthusiastic work being done by the Robe Rockets and their Cul Camp attracted record numbers. John Gilrane, treasurer, presented a detailed account of the club’s financial situation. Reporter also submitted by Paul Kane, senior team manager; Aidrienne Gleeson, ladies officer; Peter Staunton, Bord na nOg; and Declan O’Loughlin, Robe Rockets. Officers: Patron Fr Michael Gormally, PP; president Billy Horan; chairman Declan Corcoran; vice-chairman position to be filled; secretary Irene Langan; assistant secretary Dave Conway; treasurer John Gilrane; assistant treasurer Gerry Donnelly; PRO Billy Horan; senior players’ rep James Quinn; Pitch officer Sean Murphy; 50:50 officer Michael Coyne; coaching officer Martin O’Connor; county board delegate Donal McCormack; South board delegates Johnny Buckley and Billy Horan; ASAP officer Padraic Costello Snr; cultural officer Billy Horan; health and safety officer Ronan Macken; ladies football officer Aidrienne Gleeson; child protection officer Tom Carney; head of Robe Rockets Dave Conway; club designated officer Declan Corcoran. Sympathy was extended to the following families on their recent bereavements: Finnerty, Sammon, Grimes and Gibbons, Cong.

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Full commentary here: senior relegation play-off final Sunday – v @BallyhaunisGAA in @Davitts_GAA, 2pm

  Big game Sunday – let’s get out to support the lads. It’s the Mayo SFC relegation play-off final against Ballyhaunis in Ballindine at 2pm. Winners stay senior; losers go down to intermediate football next season: the equation is that simple. We need every voice we can muster in Ballindine. For those who simply can’t get there, we will have full commentary HERE  Commentary by Kevin Murphy with co-commentary by Padraic Costello & Tommy Caulfield, Ballyhaunis.

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Robe Rockets U6 and U8 Presentation

By Annette Conway, PRO Robe Rockets Congratulations to our U6 and U8 Robe Rockets who had their end of season presentation on Saturday 3rd December. Stephen Rochford, Mayo Manager was our Guest of honour for the afternoon and was greeted on arrival with cheers and chants of “Stephen, Stephen”. Our U6 and U8 Robe Rockets were presented with a Certificate of Achievement from Stephen and after the Team photo each player received a Selection box. Robe Rockets would like to thank Stephen Rochford for kindly accepting our invitation and to Ballinrobe Community School for allowing us to host the event in the hall. We would like to thank all those who helped with the U6 and U8 Robe Rockets in 2016, from Coach’s to Sponsors to Parents  to Committee members, to the washing of the bibs and jerseys and to all for encouraging these young players to come and enjoy Gaelic Football in our Club. U6 Robe Rockets 2016 pictured with Stephen Rochford, Mayo Manager and Donal Mc Cormack, U6 Coach U8 Robe Rockets 2016 A few photos from the day Click here for all photos from the day               

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€50 reward for our club – AIB/GAA Home Insurance Offer

From AIB, who are main GAA sponsors nationally. AIB/GAA Home Insurance Offer We want to take this opportunity to explain how customers nominate their Club for the €50 reward. How customers nominate their GAA club for €50 Reward After purchasing their new policy, the customer must complete the ‘Reward my Club’ form online On the form the customer nominates their GAA club They will also need to submit their policy number Payments to clubs will be made after the policy has been in place for 3 months and payments will begin in March 2017. Customers should nominate their club as soon as possible after purchase, as despite best intentions the longer people wait to nominate their club the less likely they will be to actually do it. As soon as customers have their policy number they can complete the form – you don’t need to wait until the Policy has been in place 3 months. Ladies GAA Clubs/ Ladies Camogie Clubs There have also been some queries with regard to Ladies GAA Football clubs and Ladies Camogie clubs and whether we can extend our GAA Club Home insurance offer to include them.  Unfortunately we do not have a formal partnership with the LGFA and as a result we cannot include ladies football clubs into this offer

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Christmas Market 2nd & 3rd December

Check out the Ballinrobe LGFA stand at the Ballinrobe Christmas Market this Friday and Saturday! We have a pop up photo booth with loads of props and surprises, come along and get a funny picture; we also will have plenty of info on our plans for the 2017 season so there are plenty of reasons to call down to our stall 😋 Hope to see you all there! Get sharing and tagging anyone you think may be interested! Would any parent/guardian pls give an hour to help. Text mary 0872347438 when u can help either fri (4-8) or sat (11am-4pm). Girls pls wear hoody or training top if possible). Thanks v much ! Should b fun !        

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