Last Tuesday night week Torpedo ladies scored a hard fought win at home to Sligo. In a game that at times threatened to boil over due to some hard fouls on both sides the Longford girls managed to get a number of fast break baskets just at the right time to come out on top.
In the early minutes the visitors managed to get the vital scores and take a 5 point lead. The introduction of Sinead Carr and Geraldine McManus tightened up the defence and with Aishling Killane and Emer Powell commanding the defence and offence boards the teams were level by the first break. Laura O’Rourke came into the game with Collette Vance and some clever passing opened up the Sligo defence and a number of easy baskets were picked up. As half-time arrived the home side had managed to establish a 6 point lead.
The ladies continued the good work in the second half and Aishling Carr, Aoife Killane and Trina Kenny punished Sligo with quick ball movement and open baskets. But the girls will have to perform a lot better and finish easy baskets if they are to contend with Mohill or Cougars for the league title. Torpedo play Cougars in 2 weeks and will hope to have done enough work by then to topple the defending double champions.
TORPEDO: Laura O’Rourke, Trina Kenny, Aishling Killane, Geraldine McManus, Aoife Killane, Emer Powell, Collette Vance, Aishling Carr, Sinead Carr.
Torpedo men beat Boyle
Securitas Torpedo . . . 78 Boyle . . . 73
On Saturday evening in Edgeworthstown Torpedo men faced top 4 rivals Boyle LT with both sides having lost only one game so far this season and a good contest was expected. From the start the Longford lads played a pressure defence in a bid to stop the Boyle side’s quality outside shooting. This worked as the home side raced into a 20-5 point lead with the lads running many fast break lay-ups. This quick start may have been a bad thing as the team seemed to sit back and let Boyle back into the game. A couple of big shots and a break away score meant that there was only 4 points in the game at half-time.
In the second half it was score for score but by the last period Boyle had pushed into the lead by 2 points. It looked as if the home side were about to blow another game, however a basket by Kasper and a huge 3 pointer by Hugh pushed Torpedo into a 5 point lead with a minute left and they consolidated that advantage until the final whistle.
Torpedo ladies rattle Roscommon
Roscommon . . . 20 Foley’s Torpedo . . . 67
On Thursday evening last the ladies picked up another 3 points on their way to the top of the table. The visitors struggled for the 1st period as they found it hard to break down the zone defence played by the home side. But when Torpedo switched to a man 2 man defence they pulled away and Roscommon could not handle the full court pressure that was put on.
Torpedo ran in a number of fast breaks and when they were held the outside shooting game for the Longford girls kept the scoreboard ticking over. This was a game that the girls really needed ahead of the top of the table clash with Cougars on Wednesday in Carrick-on-Shannon SC. 8pm.
Grade 3 Referee: The club would like to congratulate Helen Reilly who last wee-end passed her Grade 3 referee’s exam with flying colours. Helen has been a long time member of the club and is a regular referee in the Shannonside League.
Next Fixture: Wednesday: Carrick Cougars v Foley’s Torpedo Ladies, Carrick Sports Centre 8pm
Scrummage/Training: Thursday Open Scrummage 9–10pm. Saturday 7 – 8.15pm Ladies Training
Club Night Out: We will be having a club night out on December 29th, meal at Spice India and drinks in Foley’s. This is a fancy dress night out (optional). Anyone interested should contact Trina.
Co. Longford Community Games
Co. Longford Community Games Chess finals took place in Lanesboro on Tuesday evening last, the 11th of December. Both finals, in U-12 and U-16 age categories, saw Lanesboro meet Ardagh/Moydow. The matches were tight and it was clear that the standard of Chess has been progressing in the county. In the U-16 competition, Ardagh/Moydow fielded a strong team who emerged successfully against their competitive opponents. In the U-12 competition, Lanesboro succeeded in retaining the shield against a very strong Ardagh/Moydow team. A total of 7 teams took part in the tournament and it is great to see this game holding its appeal to young in the county. Well done to all players throughout the competition and congratulations to the winners. Best of luck to both successful teams in their entry to Leinster. Many thanks to to the adjudicators at various competitions and to Teresa Fallon who co-ordinated the Chess games again this year.
Important Reminder: Affiliation Forms and Fees now Due: Please note that affiliation fees are now due for renewal. It is very important that the Affiliation Forms are returned urgently to ensure that your training activities and competition events are insured. The affiliation fee for 2013 has been reduced by Co. Longford Community Games and is now 200 euro. Please ensure that Affiliation Forms are fully completed and posted to Eamon O’Kane, County Secretary, Cross, Ardagh, Co. Longford. Forms are available for download from the Community Games website.
Panel Sheets: Panel Sheets became available on the Community Games website at the beginning of December and are available for download. Please ensure that Panel Sheets are correctly and fully completed before the first stage of competitions.
Seasons Greetings: Co. Longford Community Games takes this opportunity to wish everyone involved with the organisation a very happy and peaceful Christmas. We hope that everyone keeps safe and well over the festive season.
Lough Ree Sub Aqua
As usual, the Christmas day swim will take place in Lanesboro following half eleven mass. Any club member interested in taking part in the Christmas day swim, contact Emer Farrell for sponsorship cards. Now that the weather has taken a change for the better, with Christmas day forecasted as a mild day, it would be great to see as many of you as possible participating in the swim. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas!
Camlin & District Anglers
Our Christmas competition and George Wenman Memorial Cup will be held in Lough Forbes on Sunday December 30th.Fishing from 11am, entry 35 euro per boat. Loads of spot prizes and 100% payout on the day. Well done to Emmet Galvin and Joe McDermott who were 1st and 2nd in Cashel’s Christmas competition last Sunday. We would like to wish all our members a very happy Christmas and tight lines for 2013.
Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu International Karate
Club News: The last training session before Christmas for seniors will take place in the Hombu Dojo on Sunday 23rd December next. Our Newtownforbes club will reopen on Friday 5th January next and our Kilglass club will reopen on Wednesday 9th January next at 7pm. We also wish to let students know that as and from the 9th January next the senior class in the Kilglass club will be taken by Hanshi Patrick Beaumont and all seniors are welcome to attend. The class takes place at 8pm following the junior class and new members are always welcome as the class is open to students of all grades. For further information please contact the general secretary on 087 9248816. For other club training schedules over the Christmas period please contact your Sensei.
Shodan Gradings: Our shodan gradings took place on the 8th December last and our organisation and all of our members would like to congratulate all those who graded successfully – Danny Greene, Jackie Matthews, Natasha Donlon, Karina Narolska, Kelly Chambers, Dawn Murtagh and Liam Killane. A number of our clubs also had club gradings throughout the month and well done to all who have graded successfully. Keep up the good work.
Thank You: Our organisation would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our members and their families for their support, commitment and cooperation to our organisation and their karate training throughout the last year. We would also like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year and we look forward to seeing you all back at training with renewed vigour in 2013.