Sports Briefs

Torpedo’s travelled to Castlerea last weekend to try and get their season back to winning ways after losing badly to Carrick in the previous round. An away game against the one of the best teams in the league was not the ideal fixture for Coach Killane to get her team back on track. 
The game was expected to be tight and for the first quarter it was. A nervous start by Torpedo’s let the home team go ahead by 7 points, but a well called time-out settled the players down and some great defence led to a few easy scores for Torpedo’s and both teams were level at the end of the first quarter, 15 points each. 
From then it was really all Torpedo’s. Castlerea had no answer for Torpedo’s high pressure defence. And on offence, a combination of fast breaks and well worked passing moves led to some easy scores for the away team. Time after time Torpedo’s quick passing opened up the Castlerea defence for an open layup or an uncontested shot and, unlike last week, the Torpedo players were shooting well from outside. 
All in all coach Killane can be reasonably happy with the team’s performance. There are always things to improve, but if the team can play that high intensity defence and controlled offence for the rest of the season then there should be no reason why Torpedo’s cannot be fighting for top spot.

TORPEDO: Eddie Sheridan (12), Hugh O’Kane (2), Jakub Safiak (2), Emmett Brennan (2), Arturs Osis (8), Kaspars Markitans (17), Dave Lowth (6), Mel McGerr (22), Eddie Clabby (2), Edgars Kakklins, Les Rawson.

Coach: Aoife Killane. 

This Week’s Games: Tuesday - Foleys Torpedo v Sligo at 8pm, Edgeworthstown. Saturday - Securitas Torpedo v Boyle LT at 8pm, Edgeworthstown.

Longford Athletic Club

Juvenile Awards Night 2012: The annual club juvenile awards night takes place this Wednesday night at 7pm at the clubhouse with teas/coffees served. There will be five awards presented on the night to the very worthy winners. The five awards are as follows, Best Juvenile Boy, Best Juvenile Girl, Club Boy, Club Girl and there is a Special Achievement Award. In a change to previous years, the awards event will be a separate evening. Parents of all juveniles will be contacted. We look forward to seeing all the juveniles and their families present on the night.

Ardagh Fun Run Challenge: Ardagh/Moydow/Glen Community Games are having a Fun Run Challenge on Saturday 29th December. There is a 5K fun run and a 10 mile challenge through historic Ardagh and over Ardagh Mountain. The event starts at 11am with registration on the day or on Entry fee is 10 euro per individual or 15 euro per family. This promises to be an excellent event and a great way to burn of some of the Christmas excesses with a warm welcome and lots of refreshments guaranteed. Further details will be available in the coming weeks.

Christmas Party: It’s hard to believe we are approaching the end of 2012 already and time to relax and enjoy our achievements over the year in a relaxed social environment. Longford Athletic Club seniors and the Fit4Life group are having a party on Saturday 8th December in the Longford Arms Hotel, starting at 8pm. Refreshments will be served and a really enjoyable night is promised.

Best wishes to Cian McPhillips: Everyone at Longford Athletic Club wishes Cian McPhillips the very best of luck in the All-Ireland Cross Country Finals this Sunday 9th December in Adamstown, Co. Wexford. Cian will compete in the Under 11 boys race as part of the Connaught team. Cian has had a fantastic cross country season this year and is current Connaught champion. Everyone in the club is proud of your achievements to date and this race is a just reward for the effort you have put in all season.

Little Athletics: Little Athletics continues in the Mall at 7pm in the Mall Sports Complex every Friday. Little Athletics is a programme designed to address the specific physical requirements of children in the 6-10 year old age bracket. Please note parents must stay for the duration of the training session and a strict age policy is in place.

Mary Sloane – super performance: Congratulations to Mary Sloane who competed as a member of the Connaught Cross Country Under 16 girls team at the All-Ireland Cross Country Finals on Sunday 25th November at Ratoath, County Meath. Mary ran a great race in difficult underfoot conditions on a cold day and can be well pleased with her performance. No doubt Mary is looking forward to the upcoming Connaught Schools Cross Country qualifying event at the end of January.

Senior fixtures/events: A full list of upcoming road races and cross country events is available on the Athletic Ireland Web site, address is and also on run Ireland at . The club request all seniors running to wear a club singlet.

Club Website: The club website is updated on a regular basis. The address is Don’t forget there are also regular updates on at Longford Athletic Club page. The club can also be contacted directly by email on and a committee member will get back to you.

Longford Sports Partnership (LSP)

Training Courses - Outdoor Initiative: This initiative aims to heighten the awareness of the benefits of an active healthy lifestyle and participation opportunities for people with disabilities within the outdoor environment. To celebrate International Disability Awareness Day, Longford Sports Partnership will host a recreational walk in the Mall on Thursday 6th December. Participants will meet at the Scouts Den from 10.30am with the walk commencing at 11am. Refreshments to follow in the Scouts Den after the walk. To register please contact the Sports Partnership on 043-3343450.

Code of Ethics and Good Practice in Children’s Sport Workshop: This workshop is a 3-hour basic awareness workshop, which is for the benefit of everyone involved in sport for young people including coaches, leaders, administrators, parents/guardians. This course is scheduled to take place on Thursday 6th December from 6-9pm. A registration form must be completed and returned along with the course fee of 15 euro before the event.

5k Fun Run: Following our weekly Jog the Mall sessions, Longford Sports Partnership will host a 5k Fun Run in the Mall on Saturday 8th December. Registration from 10am at the Scouts Den with the run starting at 11am. Refreshments to follow. Entry 2 euro per person.

If you are interested in attending any of the above or have any queries, please contact Longford Sports Partnership on 043 33 43450 or email Alternatively, please visit our website or for further details.

Longford Scuba Divers

Pool Training: Pool training will resume on Friday night at 8pm. On this weeks pool rota is Ciara Killilea, John Flanagan, Jimmy McGlynn and Francis Killian.

Lectures: This week Ciara Killilea will present and demonstrate a Lecture on “CPR” and John Flanagan will be doing oxygen administration. The Dive Officer has requested that all members should attempt to attend this important lecture. Even if you have done it before protocols are always being updated, and this lecture will be held in the Clubhouse.

Granard Pitch & Putt

Granard Pitch & Putt Club will hold their Annual General Meeting in the G.A.A. clubhouse on Saturday December 15th, starting at 6pm.Everyone welcome.

Longford, Ballymacormack & Templemichael Shooting & Conservation Club

The vermin scheme is underway and everyone should be making an effort to keep vermin under control. Everyone should have their membership and insurance paid up at this stage. A meeting will be held in John Browne’s this Thursday the 6th of December at 9pm sharp. This is the final chance this season for anyone to join the club for new and previous members.

A club vermin shoot will take place this Sunday the 9th of December, meeting at Connacht gold on the Athlone road at 11am sharp. A text will be sent out to all members with details.


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