COMMUNITY GAMES: Community Games National Finals 3 took place in Athlone last weekend, the 20th and 21st of August. A total of 26 young people from Killoe represented Co. Longford at this event. It was a very enjoyable weekend with plenty of excitement and plenty of sunshine. Our U14 Tag Rubgy team had the fantastic achievement of taking 3rd place in Ireland, bringing home a cache of bronze medals. Their first game was a tough semi-final against an excellent Rathkeale, Co. Limerick team (who went on to win the final). They then met a strong Tydavnet, Co. Monaghan team in the play-offs - Killoe proved to be the superior side with consistent tagging and some superb solo runs across the try line. Congratulations to Shona Rowley, Katie Morrissey, Laura Smith, Ciaran Brady, Shane Thompson, Conor Moran, Oisin Bennett, James Bracken, Brian Harte, Micheal Hughes, David McCarthy and Ryan Moffett - all 12 team members played great Tag Rugby in these finals and at all stages throughout the tournament. Great credit goes to Steve & Stephen Coy for the excellent training, coaching and support given to the Tag Rugby team – thank you both for all your hard work, your time and your encouragement – it is greatly appreciated. In other events, while there were no more medals, Killoe featured strongly. David McCarthy fared very well in the Boys U14 Hurdles, qualifying in his heat and semi-final and then taking 6th place in the final. Our Boys U14 Relay team also qualified in their heats and semi-finals - all four runners played in the Tag Rugby game immediately before the relay finals and then very impressively took 5th place in their relay race. Oisin Bennett came 5th in the Boys U14 Shot Putt, narrowly missing a 4th place medal. Shane Fitzpatrick, in his last year in Community Games, finished with an excellent 6th place in the Boys U16 Discus final. Niall Farrelly took 5th place for the Boys U13 Walking Race semi-final and in the Boys U16 100m Ciaran Donohoe came 4th in his heat and gave a very convincing performance in his semi-final. The Boys U16 Relay team, most participating in Community Games for the last time, ran a great race in their heats and with four great runs in their semi-final legs, were unlucky not to qualify for the final. Well done to all the Killoe participants for providing a great sporting spectacle over the weekend. Many thanks to Rita Moran for her great energy, enthusiasm and commitment in training the relay teams to a very high standard – thank you for all the great work you put in Rita and for the fantastic support that you give to all our participants. Thanks to all the Killoe supporters – parents, brothers, sisters, uncles, cousins and friends – the encouragement you gave was very heartening for all our competitors. To the managers who looked after the Killoe group all weekend, thank you so much for a job very well done. Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way – everyone present contributed to a very memorable, good humoured and enjoyable weekend.
KILOE CELTIC SOCCER CLUB: The Killoe Celic Soccer Club AGM will be held on Thursday 25 August 2011 in Ennybegs Community Centre. All members are requested to attend. New members are very welcome. Club registration will take place on Saturday 3 September 2011.
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