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(Aug 11th 2014)
Men's Senior and Reserve Teams
Training will continue for men's Senior Championship panellists in Dunamanagh on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm.
The Reserve team travelled to face Castlederg St. Eugene's in the Quarter-Final of the Hunky Dorys' Reserve Championship on Friday 8th August. The visitors had survived a scare in the previous round following their extremely tight encounter with Brocagh Emmetts. The hosts for their part had emerged from their tie with Aghaloo O'Neill's with the minimum to spare and the away side went into the game as favourites to progress despite a couple of absentees from their usual starting line-up.
The visitors started brightly with points from Patrick Conwell (Balix) and Damien Ball helping to settle any nerves they may have felt in the first few minutes. The youthful midfield pairing of Joseph Kerlin and Tony Devine, retained after their impressive second half showing against Brocagh Emmetts, asserted a dominance early on that would remain for the whole game. Captain Stephen O'Neill (Stoneyfalls) led by example when he claimed the game's first goal following a long range effort that bamboozled the home side's goalkeeper. Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh tagged on a few more points before they conceded a major against the run of play to give Castlederg St. Eugene's brief hope of a revival. Instead the goal appeared to awaken the visitors from their temporary slumber and they went on the offensive, bagging two more goals from Marc Henry and Damien Ball. These scores were accompanied by points from Patrick Conwell (Balix), Tony Devine, Ruairí Blee and Kevin "Ned" Devine to leave the away side coasting at the interval as they led 3-8 to 1-2.
The home side, with their dreams of Championship glory fading fast, began the second half in strong fashion as they recorded the first score through a pointed free but this was to prove a false dawn. Shortly thereafter Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh regained control of the game and capitalised on their dominance once more. Further goals for the visitors were plundered by Padraig Kerlin and Kevin Farrell to put the result beyond doubt midway through the second half although the hosts gained some scant measure of consolation through a goal of their own.
The frustration experienced by the home side threatened to boil over on several occasions towards the end of the game with a number of late tackles creeping into the contest. Both teams were reduced to fourteen men with five minutes remaining before the visitors saw their numbers further depleted as another red card was issued in the closing stages. Joseph Kerlin and Ryan Tummon were the Clann na nGael players to beat the rush for the showers as the game took on an unsavoury aspect in the closing minutes.
Nevertheless, when the final whistle sounded, Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh emerged victorious by 5-10 to 2-4 to seal their passage to the Semi-Finals.
The Senior team hosted high-flying Derrytresk Fir an Chnoic in Dunamanagh on Saturday 9th August in Division 3 of the Tyrone All-County League. The visitors came into the fixture perched in second place in the league table with only one previous defeat during the campaign to date and that was at the hands of league leaders Rock St. Patrick's. The hosts for their part were nestled in third position as both sides aimed to further their league title ambitions.
The visitors started brightly and were 0-2 to 0-1 ahead after 10 minutes before the Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh midfield duo of Gary Devine and Brendan Conway started to get on top, ably assisted by the evergreen Brian Dooher. The hosts put four successive scores on the board to take a 0-5 to 0-2 lead with youngster Tony Devine and county star Stephen O'Neill to the fore. However, somewhat against the run of play, the visitors scored a well taken goal which proved to be the catalyst for them to dominate the rest of the half. They managed profit from their pressure to establish a three point lead at the short whistle, 1-5 to 0-5.
The home side suffered a significant blow when Stephen O'Neill did not return to the field of play for the second half due to injury. This insured that they were certainly up against it, a feeling which gathered momentum as, by the forty minute mark in the contest, Derrytresk Fir an Chnoic had extended their lead to four points.
It was at this stage, with big questions being asked of the home team, that they grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and resumed control of the proceedings in spirited fashion. The performances of Adrian Ball, Aaron Devine and Ciaran O'Kane assisted in mounting a comeback as they each won their fair share of breaking ball around the middle third. Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh slowly but surely reeled in the visitors before a fine point by Ciaran O'Kane, raiding forward from his defensive berth, in the dying minutes put them ahead for the first time in the second half. With the away team under the cosh they were reduced to mounting counter-attacks but home side's full-back line of Paul Conwell, Patrick Conwell (Barron) and Niall O'Neill ensured that they met with fierce resistance as the hosts clung to their slender lead.
Just when it looked like they had done enough to claim a crucial victory, which arguably their determined second half revival deserved, they were denied deep in injury time as the visitors grabbed an equalising point from a free. That brought the sides level at 0-11 to 1-8 and the final whistle sounded shortly thereafter. Although scrappy at times, this was an absorbing game played with the intensity levels normally reserved for a Championship tie. Ultimately however both sides left the field with mixed emotions following a result which did neither side’s title hopes much good. Indeed, as the spoils were shared, arguably Rock St. Patrick's were the true winners as they now have one hand firmly placed on the league trophy with games running out for their nearest challengers.
Clann na nGael Aughabrack Dunamanagh now look forward to the Quarter-Final of the Hunky Dorys Junior Championship against Castlederg St. Eugene's on Saturday 16th August at Sigerson Park, Strabane, throw-in 5.30pm. This will no doubt prove to be another difficult assignment after Castlederg St. Eugene's demolition of a well fancied Aghaloo O'Neill's in the previous round. We would therefore be grateful for a large support on the night.
Under-8, Under 10 and Under-12 Children
Training for Under-8, Under-10 and Under-12 children will continue on Thursday evenings at 7pm in Aughabrack.
The Under-12 children will attend a "Go-Games" blitz on Saturday 23rd August at Sigerson Park, Strabane. Full details will be confirmed in due course.
Development Squad Coaches
We have been advised by the Tyrone County Board that they are now actively seeking coaches interested in assisting with county Development Squads at Under-13 and Under-15 level.
Anyone wishing to do so is asked to contact the club's Coaching Officer Ciaran O'Kane as soon as possible in order that the relevant persons at County Board level may be notified of their willingness to get involved. If further information is required prospective applicants are asked to email the Tyrone Ladies' Development Officer Angela Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org without delay.
The Development Squads are due to commence early September 2014.
This week's lotto letters were A, D, I and M. There was no jackpot winner but Anne Daly and Geraldine Houston both matched three letters.
Next week's jackpot is £2000.
The eighth committee meeting of the year, which had been scheduled for Monday 11th August, was postponed by one week and will now take place on Monday 18th August at 8pm in the Dunamanagh clubrooms.
All committee members should ensure they are in attendance.
(Sept 27th 2011)
you for the days,
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me,
I'm thinking of the days,
I won't forget a single day believe me."
The above lyrics, taken from a song originally sung by the Kinks, seem
entirely apt to summarise the feelings of everyone concerned with the
club after the recent announcement of Brian Dooher's retirement from
County football. His county career began with an Ulster Minor medal in
1993 before he went on to make his mark in the Senior ranks winning 3
All-Irelands (two as captain), 5 Ulster Championships, 2 National
Leagues, 3 All Stars, 2 Railway Cups, 1 International Rules Series and 1
Sigerson Cup. His decision brings to an end the County career of arguably
the most effective and influential player the County has ever produced.
We thank him for all the joy and pride he has bestowed upon us and we
look forward to seeing him in the club jersey for years to come.
latest changes to playing rules voted in at congress
Summary of Playing Rule changes 2010 voted in at congress
club celebrated whole heartedly in the summer of 2005 and again in 2008
when fellow club player Brian Dooher raised aloft the Sam Maguire cup for
the second time. It was a very proud day for the county not to mention
All-Ireland Player of the Year 2005
Stephen O'Neill was later
awarded the Player of the 2005 Championship at the GAA All-Stars in
Our Recent History
na ngael is the youngest club in Tyrone. The club was founded in 1995 when,
the two neighboring clubs (within the parish of Donagheady) Aughabrack and
Dunamanagh, amalgamated. Since then they have achieved unprecedented
club’s short history they have clinched the Double Double in junior and
intermediate football in 1997 and 1998 and secured the ACL Division 1B
title in October 2002.
present the club has the luxury of maintaining two grounds and has recently
completed the renovation of a £250,000 sports hall, which includes changing
and catering facilities. The club also has purchased ground for future
Summer we host The Craic in the Brack Festival
which is the largest Rural festival in Ulster.
photograph April 2014
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