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3 Senior Ladies FC - 2006, 2007, 2008; 2 Senior Camogie Championship - 2007, 2009, AI Camogie 7s Shield 2009; 2 Senior Handball Titles;
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Moy U12 Tournament 2014

The U12s had an early start on Saturday Morning travelling through the Orchard County and crossing the Blackwater River to play in the Moy Tournament. 26 teams in total took part in the Tournament from 8 counties.

In the 'round robin' format, Clonduff played some excellent football against Cappagh and Derrylaughanm (Tyrone),  Ardara (Donegal)  and St Brigid's (Belfast). The games were marked with good scoring and strong, attacking football with Clonduff coming away with 5 wins from eight matches which placed them into the top tier and the 'Cup' group for the knock out stages.

During the break and the sandwiches the talk was all about who would we get in quarter finals and when Errigal Ciaran came up it brought back memories of 2000 and the Ulster Club Championship. Unfortunately the result went the same way as Clonduff was beaten by what was a stronger team on the day.

All agreed that it was a highly enjoyable day and well worth the journey - It was great meeting up with former team mates, Eoghan and Ciarán Smith who moved to Sligo a couple of years ago and were attending the tournament with their Club, Drumcliffe.

The Squad:

Aodhan Quinn, Ben Magee, Ciarán Brannigan, Daire Lavery, Jake Morgan, James Brannigan, Jayme McDonald, Larry Lynch, Liam Grant, Aaron Gribben, Patrick Cowan, Shea Morgan, Aaron Norris, Conor McComiskey, Charlie Brown, Darragh McAlinden, Laurence Brannigan, Oisin Tumelty, Oran Wilson, Peter McEvoy, Senan Gribben, Will Kelly

 

Young Clonduffians at Campa Chormaic, Newry 2014

These young Clonduffians attended Campa Chormaic in St Colman's College, Newry during the week 30th June - 4th July 2014. Left to right: Kayla Woods, Óran Wilson, Conor Milligan, Ryan Woods, Pairaig Kelly, Seanan Gribbin and Darragh McAlinden.

 
 

U10 Footballers Win Downpatrick Tournament Cup 2014

The U10s were represented at two tournaments on Saturday 21st June 2014. The team that travelled to Downpatrick put on a great show beat Saul and Carryduff in the Group games, Clann na Banna in the Quarter Final, Kilcoo in the Semi Final before accounting for Armagh Harps in a thrilling final. Well done everybody!
Panel above with mentors Patricia Brown and Sean Cowan: Donnacha Burns, Ronan Matthews, Conor Quinn, Max Dursley, Shea Morgan, Conor Grant, Shane Close, Patrick Cowan, Joey O'Hare, Dan Rafferty, Oisin Logan, Callum Donnan

Meanwhile the group that travelled to Drumgath for the Annual Pat Meade Tournament also played very well and reached the semi final only to be defeated by a single point by Burren. That panel (below) was: Conor Greer, Finn Brown, Shea Lowry, Bryan Rice, Senan Carr, Luke Fitzpatrick, Aidan Kelly, Adam Fegan, Eoghan McAlinden, Cormac Kelly, Colm Woods

 

U8½ Footballers reach Burren Hospice Shield Final

The young boys and girls reached the Shield Final in Burren on Saturday 21st June 2014. They played extremely well, playing CPN (Warrenpoint), An Riocht, Carryduff and Burren in the Group games. They beat Tullylish in the Shield Semi Final and were narrowly beaten by St Brigids in the final. The panel was: Charlie O'Hare, Jordan McPolin, Conor McGrath, Darragh Kane, Peter Binks, Daniel McPolin, Charlie McConville, Lee Bradley, Dominic Poitrowski, Eddie Clancy, Darragh Fitzpatrick, Conor Ward, Cathal Fegan, Fionn Matthews, Niamh McGivern, James Cunningham, Tiarnan McGrath

 

Gary murray memorial u12 tournament

Fifteen teams from Down, Armagh, Tyrone, Derry, Louth, Meath Dublin and Kildare participated in the 39th Gary Murray Tournament on Saturday 14th June - the finalists are pictured above.

However, the day was good and the football was even better. At the end of the event Rossa Óg Magherafelt and Clane of Kildare contested the Cup Final which was won by Rossa Óg; two Dublin teams Kilmacud and Balinteer contest the Shield Final with Kilmacud emerging the winners; the Plate was a shoot out between Saval and Burren with Saval coming out on top.

Presentation of medals and trophies were made by members of the Murray Family, including the Lily Murray Cup to the ‘Player of the Tournament’ Ryan Lennox of Rossa Óg. Cathal Murray also presented trophies to the Referees for the day – Mickey McShane (Dundrum), Paula Cairns, Bernard Branagan and Barry O’Hagan (all Clonduff). He especially thanked the organisers and co-ordinators, the tea, sandwich and burger makers, the shop attendants, Sean Cairns for setting up the pitches and the clubs, mentors and players of the clubs who attended.

It’s unfortunate that the Primary Schools Finals were scheduled for the same day causing five teams to withdraw – The Youth Committee and the Murray Family will be looking at the scheduling of future tournaments as this was a repeat of last year.

Action from Cup Final between Magherafelt (Red) and Clane (White)

Lots more photos available on our FaceBook Page

 

Brian McGreevy Memorial U8½ Tournament

A massive 'Thank You' to the legions of volunteers who turned out on Saturday 7th June to help with the running of the 9th Brian McGreevy Memorial Tournament. There were upwards on 340 children from 20 teams from Down, Armagh, Derry, Louth and Meath - Despite the rain at the start of the day, it cleared up after the first round of games and didn't appear again until the finals - nothing like the weather that forecasted for today! Games began at 10.30 and the tournament was rounded up at 2.30 - everyone got lots of football and went home happy!
Whilst the day is all about the youngsters getting plenty of football, having good fun and making new friends. After the group stages, team went into a knock-out phase - the top two in each group competing for the Cup; the middle two for the Shield and the remainder for the Plate.
In the final shake-up Roche Emmets (Louth) defeated Rossa Óg (Magherafelt)
Newry Shamrocks defeated Clonduff in the Shield and
Shane O'Neills(Camloch) defeated Dundrum in the Plate
It was a great day and without the volunteers it just wouldn't have happened - referees, car parkers, pitch co-ordinators, score keepers, administrators, PA, kitchen and shop attendees, burger & chip makers, parents who supplied the sandwiches and other eatables, cleaner-uppers both inside and outside, McGreevy Family, mentors of the 20 teams - that's what Clonduff is about! Thank You All!

 

CONNOR MCCONVILLE MEMORIAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

Three Generations of  The McConville Family with Kilcoo Captain Cailum Madine

Fifteen teams participated in the 20th running of the Connor McConville 7-a-side tournament in glorious sunshine in Clonduff Park on Tuesday 3rd June.

The young players provided a feast of Gaelic Football played to a very high standard. The day was further enhanced by the presence of Down players Mark Poland and Conor Laverty. 
In the semi-finals St Patrick’s Hilltown overcame Annaclone while Kilcoo defeated Carrick. In what was an exciting final played to a very high standard Kilcoo came out on top and were worthy winners.
Before the presentations Mrs Kathleen Cousins principal of St Patrick’s PS thanked the McConville family for their continued support for the tournament in this its 20th year. She also thanked teachers Ms McNeill and Mr McConville and all the staff in St Patrick’s for their help and all the local primary schools for their participation in what has become a very important competition in the school calendar. 
Finbarr McConville presented the runner-up trophies to St Patrick’s Hilltown before presenting the Connor McConville Cup and trophies to the winning captain Cailum Madine and team mates.

 

Daniel Andre Memorial Tournament 2014

The Clonduff boys who participated in the Daniel Andre Memorial Tournament 2014 - Back left to right: Ronan Matthews Eoghan McAlinden, Luke Fitzpatrick, Harry McGreevy, Brian Rice, Joey O'Hare, Shane Close, Conor Quinn, Calum Donnan, Conor Grant, Shea Morgan, Patrick Cowan, Senan Carr; Front L to R: Colm Woods, Finn Brown, Adam Fegan, Conor Greer, Aidan Kelly, Dan Rafferty, Cormac Kelly, Oisin Logan, Max Dursley, Evan McConville, Donnacha Burns.

Despite the threat of bad weather (which didn't materialise until evening) and the impending Down v Tyrone replay, P5/P6 age teams from Down, Tyrone, Armagh, Derry, Dublin, Louth and Meath assembled in Clonduff Park for the annual festival of U10½ Football in memory of the late Daniel Andre who played both Football and Hurling for Clonduff Club. The festival got underway at 10.30am and concluded some four hours later. There was lots of great football played with three competitions to play for after the Group stages. The eventual winners were:

Cup - Winners: Burren; Runners Up: Clann na Banna

Shield - Winners: Shane O'Neills (Camlough); Runners Up: Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin)

Plate - Winners: Clonduff B; Runners Up: Burren B

Members of Daniel's Family presented the silverware and the medals.

Clonduff Club offer a massive thanks to the clubs who attended, the Clonduff people who helped in the shop, the kitchen and the clubrooms; the club members (from U14 right up to Senior) who co-ordinated the pitches, refereed the games or acted as runners and particularly the people who pulled the whole event together on the day.

(Waiting for their trophies and Medals at the Daniel Andre Memorial Tournament 2014)

 

Busy, Busy Times in Clonduff Park!

Sunday Mornings in Clonduff Park are normally very busy with U6 and U8 boys and girls, U10 boys, U12 and U14 Ladies all being put through their paces but Sunday 4th May was particularly busy when The Club hosted the Down Junior Sevens. All the Juvenile training took place on the main pitch while the Sevens were played on the top and back fields.

Pictured above with their coaches Paudie Matthews and Niall Crowley are the U6 boys and girls who are involved in the 'Fundamentals' programme.(Lots of photographs on our FaceBook Page)

 

South Down Minor Sevens

Clonduff's Minor footballers reached the semi finals of the South Down Sevens in Warrenpoint in 2014. The panel, pictured above was: Mark Bradley, Niall O'Hagan, Thomas Murnin, Lorcan Brannigan, Stephen McConville, Connor Lowry, Connor Murray, Pearce Murnin, Niall O'Hare, Noel Grant. The boys are pictured above with mentors Liam McGreevy and John O'Hagan with Charlie Carr

 

CLONDUFF MINOR FOOTBALLERS WIN SILVERBRIDGE SEVENS

On Saturday, 12th April 2014 the boys had a very enjoyable day in Silverbridge returning home withthe Paul Hearty Shield after beating Burren in the final. Team, Charlie Carr, (captain), Mark Bradley, Lorcan Branagan, Darragh O’Hanlon, Conor Lowry, Thomas Murnin, Pierce Murnin, Conor Murray, Ryan Ward, Niall O’Hagan.

 

CLONDUFF COACHING SEMINARS

The Coaching Seminars got under way on Sunday 9th February with a good turnout of interested people – topic for the day was Kicking Drills for U6-U16. There are four seminars at this stage with a further four throughout the season.
 

 

St Mark's Retain Down U16 Schools Title

Many congratulations to St Mark's High School, Warrenpoint who retained the Down U16 Schools Football title - they defeated St Malachy's High School, Castlewellan on Friday 6th December by a single point. The Clonduff contingent with the cup are: Conor Keenan, Brendan O'Hagan, Shane McGarry, Conor Lowry, Noel Grant, Liam Geoghegan, Aaron O'Hagan, John Boden

 

St Patrick's Primary School Win Canon Esler Shield 2013

Many congratulations to the boys and girls of St Patrick's Primary School, Ballymaghery who won the Canon Esler Shield on Monday 28th October 2013. They defeated FinCavall (Aughlisnafin and Carnacavall combined) 4-8 to 2-6. The game was played under lights in Mayobridge. Thomas Woods is the captain and Patrick Cowan was selected as 'Man of the Match'. The team is pictured above with teachers and school coaches Plunkett McConville and Meave McNeill.

 

End of Season Presentation to U6s

Pictured above are some of the 30 boys and girls who attended the U6 Fundamentals in Clonduff Park under the leadership of Kieran Kelly and Nigel McPolin. On Sunday 29th September they finished their programme for the year and were presented with a certificate and a 'goodie bag'. Kieran and Nigel send big thank you to the parents and the children - they say it was a pleasure being your mentor. For those moving on to U8 they send you best wishes and for the younger children and parents they hope to see you all back again next year.

 

Good Day for Juvenile Football in Clonduff

The U10 boys (above)f resh from their success in Moy, Co Tyrone last week travelled to Downpatrick on Saturday 21st September and repeated the outcome! All the hard work and training put in over the season is now paying dividends and with another tournament or two on the cards they can keep improving. Well done boys and of course your mentors.

Meanwhile the U8 Footballers (below) took part in the Longstone Tournament on the same day and they finished runners-up in the Shield Competition! The future looks bright!

 

South Down U14 Football Championship Final

Facing the All Ireland U14 Feile Champions was always going to be a big ask and when both teams took the field in Saval on Saturday afternoon (14th Sept) it looked truly daunting such was the difference in height and physique of the Burren lads. Burren lived up to their reputation and rattled in three quick goals and one point before the Yellas realised they were in a game. From then on they matched Burren  score for score until the end of the half. Clonduff started the second half they way Burren started the first and rattled in two quick goals to reduce the deficit to five points to rattle the All Ireland Champions. For much of the rest of the second half Clonduff continued to give as good as they got except that Burren tended to score goals underlying they All Ireland status. According to the scoreboard they did run out easy winners but the result was no reflection on the actual game.

The boys and their families were treated to a post-match meal in the Clubrooms upon their return from Saval.

Back row: Shane Cairns, Jack Campbell, Darren Quinn, Ryan woods, Ross Carr, John Boden, Lyndon Brown, Ryan Matthew, Ben McConville, James Carvill, Darragh Fitzpatrick, James Keenan; Front row: Tom Close, Shay Fitzpatrick, Dean McCabe, Christopher McAleavey, Aidan Markey, Thomas O’Hare (capt), Aaron Devlin, Jamie O’Hagan, Ethan Lyness-Feenan, Charlie Kerr, Eamon Brown, Padraig Wilson, Cathal Fitzpatrick

 

U10 Footballers Win Moy tournament

Our U10 boys once again participated in the unique Moy Tournament on Saturday 14th September. It is unique in that goals don't count and each club fields an A and B team. A teams play other A teams and B teams play other B teams - winners are decided by aggregating the scores of the two teams. Clonduff won their group and progressed through the knockout stages to the final with the B team taking the field first against a strong Dungannon Clarkes teams. They found the going tough and lost their game by 5 points. The A team started with a big hurdle to climb but they did it in style. They defeated the Tyrone side by 7 points to claim the title by a magnificent 2 points.

The day was brilliantly rounded off when Charlie Brown was declared the A team Player of the Tournament and young Oisin Logan was selected as the B team Player of the Tournament.

Great day lads and many thanks to your mentors Shereen, Patricia, Paul and Sean for their time and dedication - hard work often brings its reward!

Charlie Brown A Team Player of the Tournament with his cousin Team Captain Dan Rafferty Oisin Logan B Team Player of the Tournament with former Tyrone great and Moy Player Philip Jordan
 
 

Clonduff U12 Footballer in Croke Park

Heartiest congratulations to our U12 Footballer Aidan Markey (No 7 on the right of picture) who played in the Cumann na mBunscol mini games at half time in the Mayo v Tyrone All Ireland Semi Final 2013. It was a great day for Aidan, his Family and his Club.

 

Kellogs Cul Camp 2013

160 children aged 4-13½ participated in the annual Kellogs Cul Camp held in Clonduff Park from 5th to 9th August 2013. Apart from one brief shower on Tuesday morning the camp was blessed with good weather. Some of the participants are pictured above with eleven of the 14 coaches, including six from Clonduff - Onagh Gribben, Orla Gribben, Sarah Bloomfield, Rory McGreevy, Ronan McParland and Padraig Harper - Many thanks to them and all the coaches, especially Benny Coulter and Gareth Thornton. (Check out extensive album on our Facebook Page)

 

Stephen McConville Plays for Provincial U17 Football Team 2013

Pictured above, Clonduff Minor Player, Stephen McConville (seated, second left) played for the Ulster U17 team in the Athletic Grounds Armagh on Tuesday 6th August 2013. Below, Stephen, wearing his Clonduff top pictured with Jarlath Burns after the game.

 

Clonduff's Youngest Play in their first Blitz

Cumann Pheadar Naofa, Warrenpoint organised a Funday on Sunday 28th July involving six year old youngsters from six clubs, including Clonduff! The skills that were on view were incredible for these players of such tender years.

With the short notice and a lot of families on holidays, etc it was impossible to take all the players at U6 level so Clonduff fielded one team.
The team that travelled to the Warrenpoint, pictured above, were Darragh Fitzpatrick, Rory Fearon, Dylan McGivern, Eddie Clancy, Lonan Mac Domhnaill, Callam Green, Conor Ward, Charlie Morgan, Clodagh Kelly, James Cunningham, Tiernan Mc Grath, and Shea Morgan.
They played 6 matches and the whole team did extremely well and any more from them. Well done boys and girls. Also thanks to the parents and to the organisers
Cumann Pheadar Naofa

 

An Riocht U8½ Football Tournament 2013

Clonduff GAA Club once again entered 2 teams - Clonduff Ógs and Clonduff Gaels - into the U8½ Tournament Yesterday in An Riocht. For the second year in a row the team emerged victorious in the Shield competition. After playing 3 games in the group stages Clonduff Gaels entered the knockout stages being paired with neighbours Kilcoo. In a open and entertaining game the local rivals matched each other score for score right to near the end. Clonduff got one last opportunity at the death and they popped the ball over the bar to claim a place in the final by a 1 point margin.
Clonduff met Burren in the final in a game which they dominated from  the very beginning. A couple of early goals settled the nerves and Clonduff finished the half comfortably in control. The 2nd half was much the same as the 1st half with Clonduff on top in all areas of the field. The Final whistle sounded and again Clonduff left the Tournament not only with medals and a trophy but also reaping the rewards that come with playing as a team on the day.
Clonduff Ógs also played 3 games in the group stages and also played their hearts out. This young team were also entered into shield competition and drew An Riocht in the knockout stages. Unfortunately the hosts were too strong for Clonduff on the day but all of the team can be extremely proud of their performances. This team will form the spine for next years U8½ squad.

Clonduff Ógs and Gaels panellists: Callum, Adam, Donnacha, Senan, Aidan, Conor, Shea, Ethan, Gerard, Darragh, Brian, Gerard, Kia, Shea, Brian, Charlie, Aodhran, Caolin, Rory, Finn.
A massive thank you to all at An Riocht and for once again organising an excellent tournament.
Also thanks to the Clonduff Parents and Mentors for giving up their time on a Saturday to ensure a great turnout of supporters to represent the club.

 

Gary Murray Tournament 2013 - Clonduff are Cup Winners!

Clonduff A (above) annexed the Gary Murray Cup on Saturday 22nd June, for the first time since 2004!

Back row (l to r) Kieran Mulholland, Oisin Tumilty, Shane Parr, Tom Close, Rory McKernan, Conor Parr, Charlie Kerr; Front row (l to r) Laurence Brannigan (Player of the Tournament), Cian Rooney, Aidan Markey (Joint Capt), Eamon Brown (Joint Capt), Jamie McDonald

For the third Saturday in June 2013, over 400 children, their mentors, parents and family members representing 24 teams from Down, Armagh, Tyrone, Louth and Kildare converged on Pairc Chluain Daimh, this week for the 38th running of the Gary Murray U12 Tournament. Teams were assigned to four groups and after their five group games were graded for the knock-out stages with with top two in each group contesting the Cup Quarter Finals, the middle two competing for the Shield and the bottom two in each group for the plate.

The weather wasn't too unkind and there was a terrific array of skills played under Go Games Rules and around 4 pm after 78 games the six teams took the field simultaneously for the three finals - the Plate was contested between Bryansford and Longstone with Bryansford emerging winners; Ballyglas (Ballymartin/Glasdrumman) beat Carrickcruppin in the Shield Final; Clonduff A and Tullylish played a cracking game worthy of the Cup final with the home side emerging winners on a score of 1-2 to 0-2.

Cathal Murray, on behalf of the family thanked all those who had participated and those who were involved in any way in organising the event - he paid special tribute to the young Guest Referees - Francis and Mark Rogan from Kilcoo and Michael McShane from Dundrum, as well as the Club referees, without whose participation there would be no tournament. He spoke of the important role of mentors, parents and family members in shaping the future of such tender talent.

The referees were presented with plaques by members of the next generation of the Murray Family. Cathal then called on his cousin, Eugene O'Hagan on holiday from New York to present the Plate and medals to Bryansford and Longstone; his brother Ciaron presented the Shield and medals to Ballyglass and Carrickcruppin; his brother Damien presented the Cup and medals to Clonduff and Tullylish. The final presentation of the day fell to his Cathal Senior - the Lily Murray Cup for the 'Player of the Tournament'. An almighty cheer greeted the announcement of Laurence Brannigan as the first ever Clonduff recipient of this accolade.

 

U10s at An Riocht Tournament - Saturday 15th June 2013

Above and below the two Clonduff U10 teams that got to respective Cup and Shield Finals at An Riocht Tournament on Saturday 15th June 2013

Top picture: Back row (l to r) Joey O'Hare, Ben Magee, Ciarán Brannigan, James Brannigan, Shea Morgan, Ronan Matthews; Front row (l to r) Dan Rafferty, Patrick McAleenan, Aidan Quinn, Max Dursley, Oisin Logan, Luke Fitzpatrick

Bottom picture: Back row (l to r) Patrick Cowan, Aaron Norris, Shane Close, Charlie Brown, Jake Morgan, Thomas Woods; Front row (l to r) Niall Ward, Conor McCumiskey, Jayme McDonald, Will Kelly.

 

2013 Brian McGreevy Memorial U8 Football Tournament

An Pairc Cluain Daimh was the venue on Saturday last for the annual Brian McGreevy U8 Memorial football tournament.  Twenty four teams from all over Ireland participated in a festival of fun and games in a very enjoyable atmosphere.  The boys and girls displayed a high level of skill and commitment in a very sporting manner, cheered on by a crowd of enthusiastic parents and supporters in an atmosphere which did justice to the occasion.   The top two teams in each section progressed to the cup, the next two in each section to the shield with the remainder playing in the plate. 

The plate final was contested between Downpatrick and Saval with Downpatrick coming out on top.  In the shield final Clann Eireann overcame Rostrevor after a second period of extra time. The cup final also went into extra time with Warrenpoint eventually overcoming a spirited Moy Tir na nOg.

Following the games Caroline Carvill (nee McGreevy) thanked all those who had taken part and all those who had helped on the day before presenting the trophies to the winners and runners-up.

 

Dromintine U12 Football Tournament 2013

Twenty-two lads travelled over to Dromintine for their annual U12 Football tournament. First up was Mayobridge B, then Bellaghy B and finally St Joseph's in the last group game. Clonduff were unbeaten in the group games and qualified as winners. In the semi final they met Ballyholland and after an end to end game where both teams swapped scores it was all even at the final whistle then extra time. With determination and a 'never say die' attitude Clonduff came out 4 point winners. The final they faced a very strong, physical Bellaghy A side. At half time the Yellas were 3 points down and with the breeze in the second half Clonduff gave an outstanding display of fielding and long range score taking to overturn the deficit and come away with a 6 point win. Tom Close collected the cup on behalf of his team mates to a roar of 'Up the Yellas'.

The squad, pictured above with mentors Niall Rafferty (r) and John Boden (l) was Cain Rooney, Laurence Brannigan, Kieran Mulholland, Padraig Kelly, Conor Parr, Tom Close, Shane Parr, Rory McKernan, Charlie Kerr, Aidan Markey, Eamon Brown, Declan Hudson, Oisin Tumilty, Darragh McAlinden, Oran Wilson, Conor McAlinden, Seanin Gribben, Charlie Brown, Sean McCumisky, Padraig Clancy, Thomas Woods and Jamie McDonald. A big thank you to all the boys who put in such a great effort.

 

U8 Footballers win Burren Hospice Plate 2013

Our U8 footballers had a great tournament in Burren on Saturday 8th June Winning the Hospice Tournament Plate

 

2013 Daniel Andre Memorial U10 Football Tournament

Over 300 children from Clubs in Down, Armagh, Tyrone, Louth, Meath and Dublin converged on Clonduff Park on Saturday morning 1st June and Daniel was surely looking down on everybody as the rain, which threatened on several occasions didn't really materialise.

What a festival of high-class football and brilliant skills belying the youthfulness of the players - all credit to their mentors. There were some 'new' clubs this year - Tir na nÓg (Portadown), Naomh Columcille (Bettystown, Co Meath) and Kilmacud Crokes Dublin. Following the group stages, in line with other Clonduff Tournaments, the two top teams in each of the four groups progressed to the Cup Knockout stages; teams finishing 3rd and 4th in their groups went into the Shield quarter finals and the remaining teams into the Plate quarter finals.

The three finals were played simultaneously on the main pitch and again the standard of football was spectacular. The Cup final was contested between Burren Gaels and Kilmacud A - so close and well-matched were these two teams that it went to extra time with the Burren side emerging narrow  winners. RGU Downpatrick took the honours in the Shield Final v Ballyholland A (last year's Cup winners). The Plate Final was another close, tight game also going to extra time where Shane O'Neill's (Camlough) took the honours against Saul.

Young Kara Andre, assisted by her cousins presented the Plate and medals to Shane O'Neill's and Saul; Donna Andre and her cousins presented the Shield and medals to Downpatrick and Ballyholland; Luigi and Kara presented the Cup and medals to Burren and Kilmacud.

A big thank you to the Andre Family for the day and particularly to Luigi (assisted by Collie Magee) for making the burgers and Donna who organised the teas upstairs. There were legions of Clonduff Club helpers - PJ and Sean who set up the pitches,  Ben, Eddie, Mark, Paula the official referees a number of Senior Footballers and juvenile mentors who assisted with pitch co-ordination and relief referees; the U16 boys who acted as runners; Alistair and Jimmie for administration, Goretta, Noleen and Shane who ran the tuck shop; the parents and families who provided the sandwiches, buns, biscuits, etc and helped with teas and washing up and young and maybe not so young people who helped with the clearing up afterwards. Thanks also to Lorraine, Martin, Marie, Ross and Teresa for their help in organising the first Clonduff tournament of the year so successfully - without such volunteers this just couldn't happen. The very favourable comments from the visitors spoke volumes!

(Check out Jimmie Cousins' photo album on our Facebook page

Anita B

 

Warrenpoint U8 Football Tournament 2013

The U8 Footballers (above and below) took part in the Peadar Rice Tournament in Warrenpoint on Saturday 25th May fielding three strong teams. After group games against two Warrenpoint teams, two Shamrocks teams and Rostrevor, Clonduff progressed to the semi finals beating Rostrevor by six pooints. They narrowly lost (2 points) to a very good Warrenpoint team in the final. The children taking part were: Cara, Ella, Conor, Finn, Brian, Cathal, Darragh, Odhran, Eoin, Cai, Sean, Conor, Brian Callum, Finn, Aidan, Charlie, Harry, Daniel, Senan, Patrick, Gerard, Donnacha, Adam, Euan, Shea, Rory, Charlie, Ethan, Colm, Caolan

 

U6 Fundamentals in Clonduff Park 2013

The Fundamentals Programme is aimed at youngsters and their parents and is for children aged 4 to 6. It is co-ordinated by Club Coaches Kieran Kelly and Nigel McPolin but it is the parents who actually lead the activities!

 

South Down Minor Sevens 2013

The Clonduff Minor Sevens Football team and their mentors that took part in the Sevens on Tuesday 14th May 2013 in An Riocht (postponed from Sunday 12th May due to waterlogged pitches in Warrenpoint). The boys won their group to progress to semi finals but were defeated by Mayobridge. Back row (l to r): Louis Brown, Shane Milligan, Jack O'Hagan, Declan Gribben, Liam McAleavey, Mark Bradley, PJ McGreevy, Artie Noel McConville; Front row (l to r): Kevin Smith, Brendan Britton, Rory McQuaid, Stephen McConville, Thomas Murnin

 

U12 Footballers get South Down League Underway

Pictured above is the Clonduff U12 Football panel who got their League underway at home on Sunday morning 5th May - they played host to Mayobridge. The U12 League is structured in such a way that teams with similar numbers are paired together - Clonduff are in a group that can field 2 x 11-a-side teams, one playing in Div 1 and the other in Div 4. A panel of 11 is named beforehand who can only play for Div 1 though the Div 4 team members can be promoted to the Div 1 team.

Clonduff Panel (above): Cain Rooney, Darragh McAlinden, Conor McAlinden, Senan Gribben, Oran Wilson ,Eugene Lively, Peter McEvoy, Declan Hudson, Larry Lynch, Des Doyle, James Martin, Thomas Woods, Jake Morgan, Jamie McDonald, Padraig Clancy, Conor Parr, Shane Parr, Kieran Mulholland ,Laurence Brannigan, Tom Close, Aidan Markey, Eamon Brown, Charlie Kerr, Oisin Tumilty, Padraig Kelly, Rory McKernan

 

Clonduff Hosts First P3/P4 Football Blitz of 2013

Clonduff Park played host to twelve teams from eight different clubs on Saturday 13th April 2013 for the first U8 Football Blitz of the year. There were teams from Burren, Annaclone, Clann na Banna, Aghaderg, Tullylish, Newry Shamrocks, Saval and the home club - there were about 150 children in total and they all enjoyed a great morning's activity before the weather turned nasty. Clonduff had 40 children attending some of whom are pictured above and below - a lot of them obviously new-fangled with the now compulsory gum shields! (See our Face Book Page for more photos by Jimmie Cousins)

 

Minor Footballers get off to winning Start in 2013

Clonduff Minor Footballers pictured before their first game of 2013 season at home to Bryansford on Tuesday 2nd April. They amassed the great score of 4-14 to 1-8. The boys are pictured with mentors PJ McGreevy, Louis Brown and John O'Hagan - missing Artie Noel McConville.

Team and scorers: Mark Bradley, Declan Gribben, Caolan McEvoy, Thomas Murnin, Rory McQuaid (Captain) (0-1), Liam McAleavey, Brendan Britton, Conal Brown, John Brown (Vice Captain) (0-1), Liam McAleavey (0-5), David Quinn (0-1),  Darren Harper (1-2), Jack O’Hagan, Stephen McConville (0-1), Mark Devlin (1-1). Subs used: Patrick O’Hagan (2-0); Shane Milligan; Patrick Gribben; Declan Rooney and Rian Ward.

Click here to view full match report.

 

St Mark's are 2013 Arthurs Cup (Ulster U16) Schools Champions for first time since 1997

St Mark's HS Warrenpoint had a tremendous win in the U16 Ulster Final on Tuesday 5th March in Enniskillen. They defeated the Donegal team on a score of 3-18 to 0-9 to secure their first Arthurs Cup title since 1997! Pictured above with the Cup are the ten Clonduff lads who helped them do that - Back row (l to r) Michael Grant, Darragh McPolin, Conor Lowry, Noel Grant, Lorcan Branagan; Front (l to r) Liam Geoghegan, Michael Mulholland, Connor Murray, Padraig Harper and Conor Keenan

 

St Mark's into Arthurs Cup Final 2013

Congratulations to St Mark's High School Warrenpoint who have reached the Arthurs Cup (U16) Final, a Cup they haven't won since 1997. They will face Donegal Champions Carrick VS - date and venue tbc. There are ten Clonduff lads on the panel - Lorcan Branagan, Connor Murray, Padraig Harper,  Liam Geoghegan, Michael Grant, , Noel Grant, Conor Lowry, Darragh McPolin, Michael Mulholland and Conor Keenan

 

Gerry Curran's Archives

Gerry Curran supplied these two photos from his wonderful archives. They date from the early 1960s and he is challenging you all to name the Clonduff players?

 

Another Photo from Louis McNally's Archives!

Not exactly 'Down Memory Lane' as a number of boys above are still plying their trade for the 'Yellas. This 2001 U16 team were Clonduff's first team to win a B Championship and they completed the double by winning the South Down League. The double winning team was:  Colin Brannigan, Noel McParlan, Eamon O'Reilly, Gary Curran, Mark Morgan, Mark McPolin, Gary Haughian, Aidan Carr, Kieran Smith, Damian Henning, Barry John Killen, Liam Brogan, Paudi Brown, Jason Brown, Niall Brown, Caoimhín óg O'Hare, Ryan McShane, Ryan Quinn, Kevin Branagan, Gerard Kearney

Thanks for the Memory Louis!

 

Congratulations to St Mark's HS on winning the U14 and U16 Schools Co titles 2012 - U14s beat St Malachy's and U16 beat St Columbans'

There are eight Clonduff boys on U14 panel (pictured above) - John Boden, Patrick Branagan, Brandon Roe, Aaron Devlin, Tiernan McEvoy, Sean Brannigan, Callan Branagan, Jack Devlin. There are ten Clonduff boys on the U16 Panel (pictured below) - Michael Mulholland, Lorcan Branagan, Darragh McPolin, Conor Keenan, Liam Geoghegan, Michael Grant, Conor Lowry, Noel Grant, Padraig Harper, Conor Murray. Well done to all concerned!

 

Clonduff P5 Age Team Retain An Riocht 5-a-side Indoor Title 2012

Congratulations to the young boys of St Patrick's and St Paul's Primary Schools who retained the An Riocht P5 Age indoor 5-a-side title for the third year in a row.. The tournament was played on Sunday morning 18th November. The boys are pictured outside the An Riocht gates on their way home with the trophy.                        

They played An Riocht, Drumgath and Bryansford in the group stage and were in a different class. Making light work of all the opposing teams they won all their games to reach the semi final where they again played Drumgath with the same result as before. This set up a final meeting with Mayobridge. This, as expected in the final, was a tight game. Having fallen behind from two lobbed goals they showed great composure and character to reply in kind and went on to win by 2 points, securing the title for the third year in a row.

Clonduff had outstanding performances throughout the whole team, dominating all sectors. In particular, Luke Fitzpatrick and Ronan Matthews when called upon were steady and assured with Shane Close offering vital cover along with his powerful attack play. Up front Shea Morgan showed his quality taking some fine scores and with Joey O'Hare, Dan Rafferty and Oisin Login showing fierce hunger against some strong opposition, the platform was set for a positive outcome. Patrick Cowan, led from the back and controlled play from the start, and scored with both feet at will - great skill at this level. Shea Morgan and Patrick Cowan lifted the silverware on behalf of a deserving Clonduff team and in so doing made it 3three in a row of famous victories for the Yellas in this prestigious Mournes Blitz - the only one of it's kind locally.

Thank You An Riocht for organising and inviting us each year!                                                                    

 

St Patrick's Primary School wins Canon Esler Shield 2012

Congratulations to St Patrick's Primary School (above) on winning the Canon Esler Shield on Friday night 19th October 2012! The game was played in the pouring rain under lights in Newcastle. Having finished runners up in the group stages earlier in the month they qualified for the Shield Semi Final. They defeated Ballycruttle/Saul to set up a final showdown with St Dallan's Warrenpoint. They showed a lot of character having trailed 0-7 to 0-2 at the break they turned in a sparkling performance in the second half and ran out easy winners by ten points! Great, Great performance. Below, team Captain Laurence Brannigan is presented with the Shield surrounded by a lot of happy faces.

 

South Down U11 Blitz League

Hard Luck but well done to our U11 Shamrocks Football team who finished runners up in Div 1 Blitz League and the Harps who finished top half of the Div 4 League. Both teams played at Mayobridge on (six teams each section) in the second and final blitz. Tommy Kelly Clonduff and South Down Board member presents the runners up medals to the Shamrocks Captain.

Above the Clonduff Shamrocks and below the Clonduff Harps

 

2012 Juvenile Development Squad Presentation

On Wednesday 10th October 2012, 350 guests attended the Development Squad Presentation evening held at the Burrendale Hotel in Newcastle.
Clonduff players involved in the Development Squads were:
u17 Conal Brown, John Brown, Jayme Gribben, Liam McGreevy and Rory McQuaid 
u16 Caolan McAvoy, Stephen McConville and Thomas Murnin
u15 Niall O'Hagan and Padraig Harper
Pictured above are some of the Clonduff boys:
back row (l-r) Conal Brown, Liam McGreevy, John Brown, Stephen McConville; Front row (l-r) Rory McQuaid, Padraig Harper, Thomas Murnin
(Missing from photo - Caolan McAvoy, Jayme Gribben and Niall O'Hagan)

 

Clonduff Lads Help St Colman's Win Peadar Barry Cup 2012

Congratulations to St Colman's on winning the Peadar Barry U15 Schools Sevens title on Friday 5th October 2012 for the fifth time in five years at the An Riocht pitch in Dunavil. They defeated Abbey Grammar School in the Final. Two Clonduff boys, Charlie Carr (3rd from right back row) and Ryan McGreevy (centre front row) were pivotal in the St Colman's win - in fact it was Ryan's point in extra time that sealed the victory!

 

U12 Footballers Runners Up in St John's Tournament 2012

Congratulations to our U12 Football who picked up the Runners Up medals at the recent (Saturday 29th September 2012) St John's (Drumnaquoile) Gerry Burns Tournament. Back Row (L-R)  Conor Milligan, Shane Cairns, Dillon Downey, Shea Fitzpatrick, Conor Fitzpatrick, Ryan Woods, Christopher McAleavey, Kieran Mulholland, Darragh Fitzpatrick; Front Row (L-R) Desmond Doyle, Matthew Brannigan, James Carvill, Ethan Lyness-Feehan, Padraig Wilson, Jamie O'Hagan, Tom Close, Cathal Fitzpatrick, Padraig Kelly

 

U6 End of Season Presentation 2012

Clonduff GAA Club's youngest members who participated in the Sunday morning Fundamentals Programme concluded the year with the presentation of certificates in the Clubrooms. The children, pictured above with facilitators, Kieran Kelly and Nigel McPolin are: Back row (l to r) Eoin, Lishín, James, Peter, Aoife, Lorcan, Callum Méabh, Conor, Eddie; Middle row (l to r) Clodagh, Oisín, Tiernan, Dara, Darragh, Bryan, Lonan, Dylan, Shea, Sean; Front row (l to r) Saoirse, Lily Rose, Rosie, Ruairí, Allanah, Callum, Cian, Seón, Faye, Sinéad, Euan, Derarca, James. Clonduff Senior Teams of the Future! Thanks to all the parents who helped out on Sunday mornings - the programme is all about the children and their parents.

 

U10 Footballers win final Tournament of the season in Carrickcruppin 2012

Clonduff took up a late invitation to Carrickcruppin U10 Football held on Sunday 20th September 2012 at the Armagh venue, and despite having already called a halt to their season took up the challenge and what an outcome - They won the Shield competitions. 

Panel pictured above:

Back row (l to r): Ronan Matthews, Aaron Gribben, Senan Gribben, Padraig Clancy, Oran Wilson, Will Kelly, Oisin Tumilty, Laurence Brannigan, Patrick Cowan, Thomas Woods, Shane Close, Darragh Mcalinden; Front row (l to r): Joey O’Hare, Charlie Kerr, James Brannigan, Jamie McDonald, Larry Lynch, Ben Magee, Aaron Norris, Kieran Brannigan , Connor McCumiskey (and a few mascots)

Below are the joint captains for the day Lawrence Brannigan and Oisin Tumilty.

What a weekend it was for some of these young players - a number of them were also involved in the Warrenpoint Hurling Blitz which they won the previous day.

Message from a Grateful Parent

It was fitting that the U10 boy footballers end their very successful season with the Top prize in the Carrickcruppin Tournment.The perfect way as a footballer to say Thank You to their mentors for the dedication, commitment and most important of all to pass on their knowledge of the game. In all very much a winning formula.

Well Done. PJ McGreevy, Patricia Brown, Shereen Lyness-Feenan,  Paul Close.   

 

 

U8 Footballers win An Riocht Tournament 2012

Congratulations to our U8 Footballers who won the Shield Competition in the Annual An Riocht Tournament on Saturday 8th September 2012.  Joint captains for the day were Callúm Donnan and Dan Rafferty. Two teams were entered and they all received medals.

Team above: Back (l-r) Donnacha Burns, Shea Morgan, Gerard Carvill, Conor Greer, Aidan Kelly,Adam Fegan; Front (l-r) Oisin Logan, Evan McConville, Callúm Donnan (joint captain) Dan Rafferty (joint captain) and Max Dursley

Team below: Back: (l-r) Una Fearon, Cormac Kelly, Aoife Trainor, Eoin McAlinden, Paula McGarry, front row (l-r) Ellen Shields, Rory Fearon, Colm Woods, Finn Brown and Cathal Fegan

 

South Down U14 A Championship Final - Burren 1-13 Clonduff 1-9

The Clonduff lads got off to a slow start and Burren had 4 pts on the board before they opened their account and this was all that separated them at the end of a wonderful end-to-end game of football. Clonduff have an early opportunity to show their true mettle when they meet the same opposition in the League Final on Thursday 20th September. Panel pictured above Back row (l-r) Paddy Branagan, Lorcan McAteer, Ryan Matthews, Ryan McGreevy, John Boden, Conor Woods, Connor Keenan, Jake Brannigan, Lyndon Brown, Shane McGarry, Colm Fearon, Brandon Roe; Front row (l-r) Callan Branagan, Darren Quinn, Dean McCabe, Ross Carr, Ben McConville, Michael Mulholland (Capt), Liam Geoghegan, Arran O'Hagan, Jonathon Gribben, Brendan O'Hagan, Sean Brannigan 

 

Drumgath U10 Pat Meade Tournament August 2012

Clonduff Under 10 footballers attended the Pat Meade memorial Tournament at Drumgath on Sunday 26th August.

This was a tough competition for the young boys – they faced Newry Shamrocks, Kilcoo and Mayobridge in the preliminaries. The Clonduff team had to playoff Mayobridge for a place in the semi-finals. This was a close fought competition with a draw at fulltime. Extra time was played with the team scoring first winning through. Clonduff scored a point in the first minute allowing them to advance to the semi-final against Drumgath. Clonduff won through with a 0-6 to 0-2 score allowing Clonduff to move into the Final. The Clonduff team faced Kilcoo in the final they had previously met Kilcoo in the prelims and it was a tough match. The Clonduff boys stayed strong with young Laurence Brannigan scoring 0-2 followed by Oisin Tumilty 0-1 and young Padraig Clancy 0-1, scoring for the team allowing them to win 0-4 to 0-2.

Sennan  Gribben lifted the Cup as Captain.

Panel: Cpt: Sennan Gribben, Aaron Norris, Luke Fitzpatrick, Larry Lynch, Oisin Tumility, Aiden Quinn, Ronan Matthews, Oran Wilson, Kieran Brannigan, Daire Laverty, Connor McComiskey, Shea Brennan, Laurence Brannigan, Padraig Clancy, Niall Ward, Aaron Gribben, Jamie McDonald, Shane Close, Darragh McAlinden, Jake Morgan, Patrick Cowan, Thomas Woods, Gareth Cowan.

Click here to view a slideshow of photos of the final (courtesy of Drumgath)

 

Clonduff U8 Footballers win Longstone Shield 2012

While the adults were doing their bit on Saturday 18th August 2012, the U8 Footballers were laying down a marker for the future in the Longstone Tournament - Clonduff won the Shield! The youngsters, pictured above include: Daniel McPolin, Cormac Kelly, Adam Fegan, Aiden Kelly, Oisin Logan, Shane Greenan, Conor Greer, Eoin Gribben, Eoin Kelly, Callúm Donnan, Eva Kelly, Shea Morgan, Ellen Shields, Dan Rafferty, Clodagh Kelly, Charlie O'Hare and Donnacha Burns. Callúm is holding the shield but the joint captains for the day who collected the trophy were: Ellen Shields, Adam Fegan and Conor Greer. 

 

Campa Chormaic 2012 - Castlewellan

On the left is Declan Gribben who picked up the 'Boy of the Week' accolade at the annual Campa Chormaic in Castlewellan (9th-13th July 2012). Clonduff's Mark Devlin won the accolade in 2011. On the right are individual class winners - 3rd from left is young Clonduffian Christopher McAleavey - best in his age group! Below is a group of Clonduff youngsters who attended - could do with names of the children in front row!

Campa Chormaic, in memory of the late Coramc McAnallen (Tyrone), is thriving throughout Ulsterwith Camps now running in Derry and Antrim - Castlwellan was the first outside Tyrone and so great is the demand for places Down ran a second camp in St Colman's College, Newry

 

Down Memory Lane!

Louis McNally recently sent us this magnificent photo from 19 years ago - he says it was the U14 League Final winners 1993. There are many familiar faces some still playing and some involved in other aspects of the game. Would be great if we had the names please for the record books.

Thanks to Jamie Fegan who instantly supplied the names:

Back Row: Hugh McShane, Daniel McPolin, Ciarán McBride, Ciarán Fearon, Paul McConville, Gary Smyth, Gerard Morgan (Leitrim), Conor Maginn, Keith Farrell, Niall McCann; Middle: Peter O’Hagan, Colin Duggan, Gavin Fegan, Patrick Arthurs, Kevin Faloon, Stevie Branagan, Shane Ward, John Ward, PJ McGinn, Damian Grant; Front: Liam Arthurs, Eugene Branagan, Gerard Morgan (Cabra), John Fegan, Chris Branagan, Mark Trainor

 

Gary Murray U12 Football Tournament 2012

The 37th running of The Gary Murray U12 Football tournament took place on Saturday 7th July 2012 in Clonduff Park. Gary and his mother Lily must have been looking down on Hilltown and the 22 teams that participated - it was a glorious day despite the atrocious weather forecast and the conditions in neighbouring counties and even in other South Down areas.

It was a wonderful festival of Gaelic Football which got under way at 10.30am and concluded at 3.45pm. The format changed for the first time since its inception to a 3-tier tournament. Teams were placed into four groups and after playing each other they  went into a knock-out phase with the top two in each group competing for the original Gary Murray Trophy (Cup); the middle two in each group competed for the new Gary Murray Shield and bottom two competed for the new Gary Murray Plate. Defending Champions Burren 1 were defeated by neighbours Warrenpoint in the Cup Final by a single point; Bryansford defeated the home team Clonduff Shamrocks in the Shield Final and Kilcoo defeated Burren 2 in the Plate Final. A young Warrenpoint player received the Lily Murray 'Player of the Tournament' Cup. All teams received a 'goodie bag' following their elimination.

Following the presentations, Cathal Murray thanked the legions of Clonduff people who made the event happen - Anita Brannigan for the Trojan work in organising, P J McGreevy for setting up the pitches, all the participating clubs from Down, Tyrone, Armagh and Belfast, the Young (Shane Milligan, Mark Devlin, Sarah Bloomfield, Stephen McConville) and not so young Clonduff Referees (Ben Brennan, Thomas Murnin, Paula Cairns, PJ McGreevy) who took charge of the games throughout the day, runners and timers, the Clonduff children's parents for supplying enough sandwiches to feed the legions of visitors and supporters, those who cooked burgers, and his own family - wife, son, daughter, father, brothers, aunts, cousins, inlaws and their friends for their help and support in the day's events.

Many of the Clubs who have been participating regularly from 1976 and those those who were participating for the first time were high in their praise and cannot wait for next year's tournament. Click here to view a slideshow of the day's events. Click here for more photos by Cathal Murray(If you have not previously used Snapfish you will be asked to set up an account - free of charge - to enable you to browse through the 100 photographs)

 

St Patrick's Primary School are Schools Co Champions 2012

Many Congratulations to St Patrick's Primary School who annexed the Schools County Premier Title (11-a-side) for the first time since 1988 (it was 13-a-side then) and their only other ever title - they did reach the County Final on four other occasions including 2011 when they were defeated by the same opposition - the Paul Shields jointly trained Ballyholland Primary School. The boys are coached by Plunkett McConville (Clonduff GAA Club Cultural Officer, Meave McNeill (unfortunately unable to attend on the day and Kitty Fegan deputised for her) together with County Schools Coach Paddy Hardy. St Pat's started strongly and should have had the game out of sight at half time such was their domination but it just wasn't happening in front of the posts - indeed they failed to score in the first half and trailed to Ballyholland's single point. Ballyholland got the first score of the second half and then St Pat's showed their true character. They scored four points in a row and totally dominated the final quarter to secure the title which they truly deserved on a score of 0-4 to 0-2. There was a 20-min period at half time for the subs many of whom will be on the starting team in 2013 (five of today's starting eleven will also be available next year).

Following their triumphant return to Hilltown the team and their teachers, Fr Cushenan and a large number of parents and family members were treated to a celebration meal in Clonduff Clubrooms. The food had been cooked by Club members Laurine Harper, Lorraine Bloomfield and Noreen Tumilty; set-up by Teresa Carr, Sean and Shane Milligan and Leo and Sarah Bloomfield and the food was mainly served by the parents - Dads in particular (Clonduff GAA Club just gained a whole host of new volunteers). Anita Brannigan, Clonduff Secretary congratulated the boys and girls and their mentors and spoke of the historic occasion. In reply School Principal, Mrs Kathleen Cousins in congratulating the boys and girls told them of the great footballers in Clonduff through time but very few of them possessed this medal! She thanked Clonduff GAA Club for the use of facilities for training and home games and she particularly thanked the Club for providing the celebration meal for the team and the teachers. She also thanked Plunkett, Meave and Kitty for coaching Gaelic Games in St Patrick's - she included Paddy Hardy in her thanks. Plunkett McConville spoke of the honour he had in inheriting this great bunch of players - Meave McNeill had been the Football coach for years and he joined the school staff at just the right time to reap the benefit. He also mentioned the Goretti, Noleen and Sean Cairns for their special contribution during the season. The closing words were left to team captain Tom Close who thanked the coaches and the team for their great efforts and Clonduff Club for the meal and everything else.

The team, pictured above with Principal Mrs Cousins, Plunkett and Meave includes Tiarnan Russell, Laurence Brannigan, James Keenan, Kieran Mulholland, Conor Parr, Shane Parr (twins), Tom Close (Capt), Padraig Wilson, Clara Cowan, Charlie Kerr, Eamon Brown, Rory McKernan, Ethan Lyness-Feenan, Owen Murray, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Shay Fitzpatrick, Darragh Fitzpatrick (Triplets), Erin Rafferty, James Carvill, Eugene Lively, Cara Boden, Shane Cairns, Peter McEvoy, Sean McCumiskey, Oisin Tumilty.

 

McGreevy U8 Tournament 2012

Saturday 9th June was the first dry day since the previous Monday and it was fitting weather for the staging of the eighth Annual Brian McGreevy Memorial U8 Football tournament when 27 teams of youngsters, their mentors and families converged on Pairc Chluain Daimh. There were teams from Down, Armagh Tyrone and Louth and what a feast of football was served up. Initially the teams played 'round robin' games in four groups - the top two in each group progressed to the Cup Quarter Finals; the middle two to the Shield Quarter Finals and bottom two in each group to the Shield Quarter Finals. A new group was added in 2012 to accommodate those clubs who sent along a second team - it was all about youngsters getting football! The B Competition was the first to be decided and final was a close run thing between Clann Eireann 2 and Burren 2 with the Lurgan side emerging winners by the narrowest of margins. The other three final were run off simultaneously with Burren 1 retaining their title defeating Clonduff 1; the Shield final was won by Warrenpoint 1 who defeated Moy (Tyrone) and the Plate final went to extra time with Drumgath emerging winners by a single point over Dundrum.

Caroline Carvill (nee McGreevy) made the presentations and spoke on behalf of the family thanking those who had taken part, organised or helped in any way.

Clonduff GAA Club would like to thank very sincerely the McGreevy family and the army of volunteers who were involved on the day - parking cars, making teas, burgers, served in the shop, those who acted as referees (Shane, Mark, Stephen, Sarah, Paula, Ben, Rory, Ciarán, Eddie, Paddy), runners, pitch co-ordinators, administrators and parents who made sandwiches or helped in any way. A special word of thanks to the U16 and U14 players whose assistance was invaluable on the day. Well done to all concerned!

 

Connor McConville Primary Schools Tournament 2012

The 18th Annual Connor McConville Primary Schools Tournament was held in Clonduff Park on Thursday 7th June 2012. Fifteen teams participated in the competition which was strongly contested throughout the various rounds. The competition was eventually won by St Malachy’s P.S. Kilcoo who beat St Colman’s Annaclone in the final.

The presentations were made by County player Arthur McConville (Connor’s Brother) pictured above with his parents Arty Noel and Roisin and Kilcoo Captain Shelan Johnston. Clonduff GAA Club PRO, Jerry Quinn spoke on behalf of the McConville family and thanked the schools involved, the referees on the day, and in particular St Patrick’s Primary School, Hilltown and teachers Maeve McNeill and Plunkett McConville for their efforts in promoting the tournament.  Mrs Kathleen Cousins, Principal of St Patrick’s Primary School also thanked the McConville family for giving the school the opportunity to host such a prestigious event. The event has now become an established date in the end-of-year Primary Schools calendar.

 

Clonduff U12 Boys in Mitchels Tournament 2nd June 2012

The Clonduff U12 Boys Panel (above) and below taking part in the Mitchels Parade (Photos by Louis McNally)

BACK ROW:  Shane Cairns, Conor Fitzpatrick, Darragh McSloy, Eamon Brown, Dylan Downey, Tom Close, Ryan Woods, Tiarnan Russell, Aidan Markey, Conor Milligan, Kieran Mulholland, Shane Parr, James Carvill, Shay Fitzpatrick

MID ROW: James Keenan, Conor McAlinden, Jude Campbell, Charlie Kerr, Ethan Lyness-Feenan, Eugene Lively, Padraig Kelly, Jamie O'Hagan, Matthew Brannigan, Padraig Wilson, Johnny Carr, Eoin Murray.

FRONT ROW: Darragh Fitzpatrick, Rory Mckernan,  Sean McCumiskey, Danny Markey, Owen Murray, Conor Parr, Shea Annett, Christopher McAleavey, Des Doyle

 

Inaugural Daniel Andre Memorial U10 Football Tournament – Saturday 26th May 2012

The Andre Family (l to r) Cara, Luigi, Donna, and Lauren with Ben Maguire the captain of the Ballyholland team that won the inaugural Daniel Andre Memorial U10 Football Tournament.

Twenty five teams assembled in sun-drenched Clonduff Park on Saturday 26th May 2012 for the inaugural Daniel Andre Memorial U10 Football tournament - what a fitting tribute to a sports-mad young Clonduffian who tragically lost his life in June 2009 in a drowning accident about 100m from the Club. We say a big 'Thank You' to the clubs from Down, Armagh, Louth and Belfast who participated.

The teams were divided into four groups before going into the knock-out stage with the top two in each group playing off for the Cup which was eventually won by Ballyholland; the middle two teams from each group played off for the shield which Kilcoo won and the bottom teams in the groups played off for the Plate which Drumgath won. However, the day was not about winning trophies and medals - it was about a lot of youngsters enjoying the festival of football in tribute to Daniel Andre.

An event such as this couldn't take place without the legions of Clonduff volunteers who gave their time and help on Saturday -  administrators, referees (some of our Young Referees were taking charge of their first games), pitch co-ordinators, runners, pitch markers, those who put up flags, made tea, burgers, attended the shop, parents who supplied sandwiches and other eatables, etc.

To Luigi, Donna, Lauren and Cara, Daniel will forever be in the hearts and minds of all in Clonduff. Lauren said on our Facebook page "Thanks to all who helped make it such a wonderful day! May we have many more to come!!"

 

Congratulations to St Colman's College Newry on winning the 2012 BT Dalton Cup!

The Violet Hill boys came from nine points down to defeat Omagh CBS by 3-8 to 1-10 and so lift the trophy for the first time since 1997 - the last time they won it, current manager Ronan McMahon was a member of the team! St Colman's played against a strong breeze in the first half, in Pairc Tír na nÓg, Moy, Co Tyrone on Friday 4th May. They trailed 0-7 to 0-1 at half time - a St Colman's penalty came off the upright and another goal attempt also hit the upright. They fell further behind when Omagh hit the net right at the re-start but responded in great style holding Omagh to just a further three points whilst adding on 2-7 to secure the title by four points.

Pictured above with the Dalton Cup are the four Clonduff youngsters that helped seal the win - Ross Óg Carr, Lyndon Brown, Conor Woods and Ben McConville! (Photo Aidan Brown)

The St Colman's team members are pictured above in their Club Colours with the distinctive Yellows in the front row - left to right Lyndon Brown, Ben McConville, Conor Woods and Ross óg Carr.

 

 

U14 Feile Peil 2012

Clonduff U14s took part in the annual Feile Peil competition organised by Bórd na nÓg on Easter Monday 9th April 2012. 24 teams participated - Clonduff were in Section A along with Bredagh, Bryansford, Carryduff, Castlewellan, Downpatrick, Saul, Ballyholland, Burren, Mayobridge, Rostrevor and Shamrocks - their groups stages were at St Colman's College and following which Clonduff, Carryduff, Rostrevor and Burren qualified for the Semi Finals which were in Pairc Esler. Clonduff was paired with Carryduff and Rostrevor with Burren. Clonduff played very well but were defeated by Carryduff who in turn lost the final to Burren.

The Clonduff team above in Pairc Esler before their Semi Final are Back row (l to r) Callan Branagan, Aaron O'Hagan, Lorcan McAteer, John Boden, Ryan McGreevy, Jake Branagan, Connor Keenan, Colm Fearon, Lyndon Brown, Patrick Branagan, Niall Doyle, Pierce Murray; Front row (l to r) Tiarnan McEvoy, Darren Quinn, Jonathon Gribben, Rory Hughes, Ross Carr, Liam Geoghegan, Michael Mulholland, Brandon Row, Brendan O'Hagan, Shane McGarry, Sean Brannigan, Jack Campbell.

Below are action shot of some of the Clonduff boys in the Semi Final - photos courtesy of Bórd na nÓg - Left - Ryan McGreevy, Middle - Ross Carr, Right - Colm Fearon.

Feile Peil provided the first official assignment of Niamh Murray who was recently appointed to Bórd naÓg. Well done everybody!

 
 

     
 

 

U12 Footballers 2012

As in 2011 Clonduff fielded two U12 teams and a decision was made to bring back the names of the past - one of the teams is called Clonduff Shamrocks and the other Clonduff Harps. Clonduff Camogs have adopted the same naming style for their U12 teams also.

The Shamrocks team was:  (above) Back row (l to r): John Parr (mentor), James Keenan, Tom Close, Aidan Markey, Conor Milligan, Ryan Woods (capt), Dillon Downey, Kieran Mulholland, Noleen Cairns (mentor) Front row (l to r) :John Boden, Conor Parr, Padraig Wilson, Charlie Kerr, Jamie O'Hagan, Eamon Brown, Shane Parr                

The Harps team (below) Back row (l to r): John Parr (mentor), Dessie Doyle, Tiernan Russell, Eugene Lively, Padraig Kelly (capt), Danny Markey, Rory McKernan, Darragh Fitzpatrick, Shane Cairn; Front row (l to r):John Boden, Cathal Fitzpatrick, Conor McAlinden, Sean McCumiskey, Eoin Murray, Owen Murray, Noleen Cairns (mentor)

 

Gaelic Start 2012

Upwards on sixty youngsters aged 4-8 years old took part in the Clonduff GAA Club's second Gaelic Start Programme held in INF Hall Hilltown during February and March 2012.  The Gaelic Start programme is aimed at boys and girls from P1 to P4 and will be delivered by qualified coaches and parents - it can only work with the input and involvement of the parents. Now the indoor programme has concluded these future Clonduff players will be moving outdoors (weather permitting) to the Sunday morning coaching session in the field commencing at 10 30 am.

 

First Game for Sarah Bloomfield 2012

Very good performances from both Clonduff U12 teams - the Shamrocks and Harps on their first outing this year, despite both losing the challenge games away to St Peter's Warrenpoint on Sunday morning, 18th March. The amount of blocking and skill levels was very pleasing.

A particular mention for 'Young Referees' from both clubs who took charge of the games. Sarah Bloomfield was in charge of the Shamrocks game and she allowed the game to flow but was very good in explaining her decisions to players. Sarah is pictured with the Shamrocks above and below left Sarah in Action. Below right is the Harps game refereed by St Peter's 'Young Referee' Well done everyone!

    

 

Athletic Success for Clonduff Boys 2012

Congratulations to Conor Gribben (son of Eddie and Eileen), Castlewellan Road who recently won the 2012 All Ireland Schools title with St Colman's Senior Cross Country School team in Galway. Conor has played football for Clonduff until recently. This All Ireland completes the set of Down, Ulster and All Ireland medals for Conor and is just reward for a long hard winter of tough training in all sorts of weather.

Conor, third from right above with his team mates is coached by: Declan Mussen, R Friel, B Kane - the same group of lads won the All Ireland Intermediate title two years ago but this is St Colman's first ever All Ireland Senior title. Well done Conor and all concerned!

Congratulations also to Darren Quinn (son of Artie and Marylou), Slievenagarragh, and a member of the Clonduff U12 Football team who was on the St Colman's first year athletics team that won the Down and Ulster Cross Country titles 2012. Darren is pictured above (centre) with the Monaghan twins Andrew and Patrick from Rathfriland who are members of the Senior Team

 

Clonduff (Primary 5 and under) School Boy Indoor Gaelic Football Champions in An Riocht  2011

Seven Clonduff primary school boys were selected to play in this now annual indoor Gaelic football tournament in An Riocht. Going one step better than last year they ran out worthy winners of the over all competition played on Sunday 11th December.

The games were played on a 5-a-side basis with unlimited substitutes and each game lasting five minutes. Eight teams participated; An Riocht A and B, Longstone, St John's, Dundrum, Attical, Bryansford and Clonduff.

Clonduff met Bryansford in the final and kept their unbeaten run intact by winning a very exciting, enjoyable game and tournament. All seven players were involved and contributed equally to the overall win.

Aaron Norris held fort in goals with excellent ball handling under pressure and accurate, intelligent distribution of clearances. Niall Ward was his usual tenacious self when in defence putting opponents under extreme pressure always. Patrick Cowan matched this aggression in defence while offering an attacking flair now almost expected of him. In the middle were the power houses of this team spearheaded by the impressive Morgan and Clancy duo. Winning every battle Jake stormed through and scored at will, complemented by the ever tricky, skilful, energetic Padraig they were involved in all that was good. However, our forwards of Charlie Brown and Kieron Brannigan equalled this intensity with some clinical finishing and team spirit. In particular, in the final when Clonduff went 2 goals down and with time at a premium Charlie showed great resolve with some seriously classy and vital finishing to bring the Clonduff boys back in to it.

A tight finish ensued but a deserving victory was joyfully attained by one and all in the end. Kieran Brannigan was the obvious choice for collecting the silverware on behalf the team adopting a captain's role of encouragement to his fellow team mates throughout. Congratulations to Clonduff School boys!

Also a big Thanks to An Riocht for the invitation and well organised indoor Gaelic Football event.

Clonduff players were: Aaron Norris,  Niall Ward, Jake Morgan, Padraig Clancy, Charlie Brown, Kieron Brannigan, Patrick Cowan.

PS. Seriously envious of An Riocht's excellent indoor facilities!

 

Juvenile Awards Night -2011

A great night in the Club on Friday 14th November when not only players and their parents turned out but also a large number of current and past players and supporters to welcome the Special Guests of Honour - Darragh Ó Sé, Danny Hughes, Fionnuala Carr and Orla Maginn - and congratulate the Clonduff youngsters on their achievements throughout the year.

The evening started with burgers and hot dogs, prepared by Seamus and Angela McAteer of the Boulevard and served by the mentors following which the guests were introduced by Assistant Youth Officer Shereen Lyness-Feehan - Fionnuala on behalf of herself and Orla addressed the boys and girls and spoke of the importance of committing to training and listening to their mentors; Danny and Darragh, in their addresses echoed these sentiments and all four guests received a massive round of applause. Shereen and her Co-Assistant Youth Officer Patricia Brown introduced the team and individual award winners.

Award winners were as follows:

U16 Football - Rory McQuaid, Patrick O'Hagan, Darren Harper

U16 Camogie - Shannon O'Hagan, Roisin Mulholland, Laura Grant

U16 Ladies Football - Leanne McAleavey, Leona Killen, Jenna Boden

U16 Camogs on All Ireland Winning team - Shannon O'Hagan, Roisin Mulholland Laura Grant,

                                                                             Jenna Boden, Eimear Tumilty, Jane McAleenan

U14 Football A & B - Conor Murray, James McGreevy, Lorcan Branagan, Jonathon Gribben

                                      Padraig Harper, Shane McGarry

U14 Hurling - Rhys Ward, Lorcan Branagan, Dean Byrne

U14 Camogie - Clare McGilligan, Petrina Lively, Cassie Fitzpatrick

U12 Football A & B - Niall Doyle, Conor Milligan, James Keenan, Ross Carr, Thomas O'Hare, Ryan Matthews, Shane Cairns, Ruairi Quinn

U12 Camogie A & B - Clara Cowan, Ellen Lively, Molly Brown, Caoimhe Fitzpatrick,

                                       Elle Fitzpatrick, Katie McGilligan

U12 Ladies Football - Clara Cowan, Summer Brannigan, Ciara O'Reilly                                               

U12 Handball - Jude Campbell, Conor Milligan, Lyndon Brown                                                                     

U11 Football - Conor Milligan, Ryan Woods, Aidan Markey

U10 Football - Tom Close, Padraig Kelly, Shane Parr

U10 Hurling - Padraig Clancy, Shay and Darragh Fitzpatrick, Charlie Kerr

U10 Handball - Charlie Kerr, Tom Close, Eamon Brown

U8 Football - Patrick Cowan, Shane Close, Aaron Gribben

U8 Handball - Shea Morgan, Padraig Clancy, Patrick Cowan

In concluding the evening formal proceedings, Chairman Brendan Murray thanked Darragh, Danny, Orla and Fionnuala - he commented on all of them giving up their time, Darragh's long journey from Kerry, and he congratulated the two girls on the award of their 'Soaring Stars' which will be presented on Saturday night (5th November). He thanked all the children, parents, mentors, and other local people who attended; he also thanked Seamus and Angela for the food, Shereen and Patricia for keeping the proceedings running; Alistair for the PowerPoint Presentation and Ross for organising the attendance of Darragh and Danny. The guests then happily posed with children and family members for that special photograph for the family album.

 

Clonduff U11A team 2011

Clonduff entered two teams in the U11 2-leg Blitz league and the A team went into Sunday's game ahead of the pack but despite playing great football they lost their first two games on Clonduff's new pitch by a single point which allowed Burren to top the table and lift the title from Clonduff who had won the competition last year. The lads pictured above with mentors P J McGreevy and Paul Carlisle are: Back row: (l tor)  Ethan Lyness-Feehan, Aidan Markey, Padraig Kelly, James Keenan, Conor Milligan; Front row (l to r) Jamie O'Hagan, Laurence Brannigan, Shane Parr,Eamon Brown, Christopher McAleavey, Padraig Wilson, Tom Close, Charlie Kerr
 
First Competitive Game on New Pitch - Saturday 29th October 2011

The Club U21 Championship got under way for Clonduff (above) on the the new pitch when they entertained Drumclone (amalgamation of Drumgath and Annaclone) (below) on Saturday 29th October 2011 and had a facile win with a score of 4-16 to 1-8. There were great performances from many of the Clonduff lads including those who had played in the Senior match on Friday night including Arthur McConville who has made a full recovery from the injury he received in the Senior game.

Panel above: Back row (l to r) Ryan McPolin, Niall Tumilty, Barry O'Hagan, Conor Brown, Peter Farnon, John McAleavey, Aaron Sherry, Gary Maginn, Karl O'Hagan, Niall McPolin, Henry Brown, Paddy Matthews, Arthur McConville; Front row (l to r) Michael McGarry, Niall Crowley, Conor Grant, Danny Burns, Tony McGreevy, Paul McPolin, Rory McGreevy, Mark Downey, Darren O'Hagan (Capt), Eugene Lively (in front of Darren), Shane McGreevy, Paul Lively, James Killen, Shay Murnin, Jamie Curran;

Clonduff team on Saturday: John McAleavey, James Killen, Paddy Matthews, Peter Farnon, Shane McGreevy (0-1), Darren O'Hagan, Niall Tumilty (0-1_, Henry Brown, Niall McPolin, Karl O'Hagan (0-1), Paul McPolin (1-1), Paul Lively (0-2), Conor Grant (0-3), Arthur McConville (1-5), Tony McGreevy (2-1). Subs used: Mark Downey (0-1), Shay Murnin, Rory McGreevy, Barry O'Hagan, John Brown (Click here to view a slideshow)

 

Warrenpoint U10 Football Tournament (Sunday 16th October 2011)

Three teams were entered from the Clonduff U10 squad, A, B and C in Warrenpoint’s 11-a-side tournament.

After previously being cancelled twice due to adverse weather conditions, the sun shone on the young players as they battled through their games. The A team were entered into to the Cup tournament. Playing against Warrenpoint A, Burren A, Mayobridge A, Carrickruppen A and Ballyholland A the Clonduff A team lost only one of their qualifying games to Mayobridge in a tightly competed match.  This could have been due to a late night had by the team after supporting their heroes of Clonduff Senior footballers in the Championship Final.    

The Clonduff A team met with Warrenpoint A in the semi-final beating the side 0-5 to 0-3. They went on to meet Ballyholland A in the final winning the game comfortably 1-5 to 0-3. The player of the tournament came from this game in the guise of Shane Parr who played to his full potential throughout all the games played.

The Clonduff B team played outstandingly winning all of their preliminary games against Ballyholland B, Burren B, Mayobridge B and Warrenpoint B. They went into the final facing opponents Warrenpoint B, the Clonduff side winning comfortably 3-8 to 0-0. This is the second year running the Clonduff B side attained the Plate.

The Clonduff C side played outstanding winning their first game against the Warrenpoint B team 1-0 to 0-1. They held tight and unfortunately lost their other games in the Plate section.

A great day was had and many thanks to the Warrenpoint Club for their hospitality and to the children’s parents for having them presented so well.

With thanks Paul Close, Patricia Brown, Shereen Lyness-Feehan and P J McGreevy pictured above with the U10 squad.

 

U16 Football - Clonduff 2-7 Tinryland (Carlow) 0-10 August 2011

Clonduff U16 Footballers became the first team to play a full match on the new Clonduff Pitch when they entertained the Carlow U16 County Champions, Tinryland.

Clonduff won a hard fought and entertaining match on a scoreline of 2-7 to 0-10. The boys started slow missing numerous chances in the early stages being blocked down 5 or 6 times inside 25 yds instead of moving the ball on quicker for a definite score. Drawing 4 points each at halftime Clonduff came out stronger in the 2nd half going 4 points up, scoring a goal and a point – they controlled the match for about 15 minutes and but for some wasteful shooting would have been out of sight. Tinryland came back into the game scoring a couple of points but the Yellows struck back getting another goal and a point which proved to be their last scores of the game. Behind by 6 points Tinryland came back bravely scoring 3 points but due to some hard work by the Clonduff boys they could not get in for the vital goal which would have drawn it.

The good news was that Darren Harper was back down at the field for the first time since his injury for the team photo. The management and the boys would like to wish the Seniors all the best for the final and for the rest of the season.

Team: Mark Bradley, Jack O’Hagan, Caolan McAvoy, Thomas Murnin, Declan Gribben, Rory McQuaid, Liam McAleavey, John Brown, Conal Brown, Liam McGreevy, Stephen McConville, Jamie Gribben, David Quinn, Mark Devlin, Patrick O’Hagan, Conor Murray, Shane Milligan, Niall O’Hare, Michael Grant, Patrick Gribben, Darragh McPolin.

This unusual game pairing resulted from Down and Carlow’s initiative for ‘twinning’ and this was the historic first game. Benny Coulter spoke to the visitors following the game and both teams and their mentors were entertained to a hot meal in Clonduff Clubrooms courtesy of the Down County Board. Both teams agreed it had been a very worthwhile experience and particularly as Clonduff won the first game on the pitch which augurs well for the future!
(Above) Tinryland and Clonduff representatives - Anita Brannigan, Tom Lawlor (T), Joe Walsh (T), Liam McGreevy, Sean Milligan, Gary Haughian (Above) Referee Declan Ryan with team captains Rory McQuaid and Ciarán Townsend before the kickoff on the new pitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Above) the Carlow adults with Liam McGreevy, Brendan Murray and Benny Coulter.

(Right) Adult visitors with Aidan Carr and John O'Hagan in the Clubrooms

 

Clonduff U10s win Moy Tournament 2011

Clonduff U10 Footballers went to Moy, Co Tyrone on Saturday and came out on top in a well organised competition that included teams from Tyrone, Armagh, Down and Donegal. The unique nature of the competition shows the overall strength of a team as each fields an A and B side and the aggregate results of both determine the winner.

Clonduff were in a group that included Omagh, Dungannon, Moortown and Trillick. Accumulating a total of 13 points from a possible 16 for the two teams, Clonduff finished top of their group going on to beat Enniskillen in the quarter Final and Drumragh (Tyrone) in the semi final. In the final they came up against fellow Down team Carryduff. In a great final Clonduff came out on top with an aggregate of 5 points.

The Fr Soroghan Cup was presented to joint captains Aidan Markey and Kieran Mulholland (below left). An added bonus for Clonduff was Tom Close (below right), who was outstanding all day, being selected 'Player of the Tournament'.

Team included in the photo above: Pauraic Kelly, Laurence Brannigan, Eoghan Smith, Charlie Kerr, Tom Close, Aidan Markey (Capt), Shane Parr, Eamon Brown, Padraig Clancy, Declan McCluskey-Hudson, Conor McAlinden, Darragh McAlinden, Conor Parr, Kieran Mulholland (Capt), Rory McKiernan, Oran Wilson, Jake Morgan, Larry Lynch, Oisin Tumilty, Cain Rooney, Charlie Brown, Senan Gribben

 

Burren U14 Tournament 2011

McAlinden Memorial Cup in Burren 10th September 2011
This was a four-team 15-a-side tournament with games 15 mins each way. Each team played the other with whoever finished top of the table claiming the trophy. Clonduff won all 3 of their games as follows: Clonduff 2-6 Killeavy 2-5 - this was a tight end to end game with a Clonduff goal in the final seconds to take the win; Clonduff 5-7 Burren 1-1 - a great win against a Burren team that had beaten them twice in the South Down League. Clonduff had a great second half display scoring 4 goals against the wind; Clonduff v Mayobridge was a convincing win for the young 'Yellas' to claim top of the table and the cup to end their season on a high note. The photo above: Back Row: Darragh McPolin, Charlie Carr, James McGreevy, Conor Lowry, Noel Grant, Jake Brannigan, Ryan McGreevy, Lorcan McAteer, Shane McGarry, Peter McAleavey, Aaron O'Hagan, Michael Mulholland; Front Row: Brendan O'Hagan, Pierce Murnin, Ross Carr, Colm Fearon, Conor Murray (Captain), Padraig Harper, Lorcan Brannigan & Conor Keenan. Missing from photo: Rory Hughes and Reese Ward. On the left is the Clonduff Captain Conor Murray accepting the trophy

 

Down Óg Sport U15 Football Sevens 2011

The Clonduff U15 boys who took part in the County Óg Sport competition in August pictured with mentor Pat McCarthy (right) and Liam McGreevy (jnr).

Back (L to R) Liam McGreevy, Mark Devlin, Shane Milligan, Mark Bradley, Patrick Gribben, Caolan McAvoy, Pat McCarthy; Front (L to R) Niall O'Hare, Conor Murray, Thomas Murnin, Micheal Grant, Stephen McConville

 

CLONDUFF BOYS SHINE IN KERRY ROSE CUP 2011

A group of U-13 boys from Clonduff arrived in Tralee on Friday afternoon for the Rose Cup competition.  Guests of the Kerry Music school where the accommodation was far from star status the boys and their mentors, Aidan Brown, Sean Fearon, Ciaran Mc Greevy and Club Youth Officer Paddy Mc Conville made the best of it.  Kearns O’Rahilly’s club in Tralee was the location for the Rose Cup.  Glorious weather and good pitch conditions ensured a good standard of football.  Clonduff and St Ronan’s of Roscommon, a team from Derry and Tipperary were the only non Kerry teams taking part in the tournament so competition was tough throughout.

Ardfert (Kerry) 3-3 Clonduff 3-2

An early start caught the young Clonduff boys off guard and it took them a while to get up to the pace of the Kerry lads.  When they got going they could easily have won the game save for a few simple mistakes.  A loss by the minimum margin was the final result but it did not deter the young boys.

Listowell Emmets (Kerry) 0-5  Clonduff 3-5

A few positional switches and a bit of a motivational chat had the boys well up for their next game against the famous Listowell Emmets club.  Clonduff played with great teamwork and forced their way through the Emmet’s defence to get the vital scores.  Likewise the Clonduff defence withstood the Emmet’s attack and the boys ran out easy winners.

Clonduff 0-7 Austin Stacks (Tralee, Kerry) 0-4

Buoyed up by their win over Emmets the boys realised that they could make the semi-finals since Ardfert had drawn with Austin Stacks.  Racing into an early lead the Clonduff boys led early but Austin Stacks hit back and were one ahead by half-time.

The second half was delayed slightly as our own Down Rose Nicole Curran had made a huge fuss to have her itinerary changed to make a visit to the boys.  Not only did she convince the organisers to visit the boys but she brought another four roses with her including the Roscommon and Derry Roses.  Furthermore the Kerry press arrived to take photographs of Nicole and the boys.  The visit certainly spurred the boys on as they went on to add further points and win the game.

After an impromptu lunch made up by some Clonduff ladies, thanks to Phyllis McShane, Patricia McGreevy and Marie Walls the boys played Dingle in the semi-final. 

Clonduff 2-8 Dingle (Kerry) 0-1

The semi-final proved to be the easier game with the boys running out easy winners to qualify for the final.

A quick change of venue to the Na Gaeil club was necessary for the final.

Clonduff 0-1  Na Gaeil (Kerry) 1-5

This was played at Na Gaeil’s ground.  The Na Gaeil club started well with early points and just before half time scored their goal.  The Clonduff boys tried hard but found their big midfield duo hard to break down.  The second half was much similar to the first half with Na Gaeil adding more points and Clonduff trying their best to break down their midfield and defence.  In the end they were beaten by a better team. 

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

The boys received runners-up Rose Cup medals which they will cherish for a long time to come.  It is not often that a group of young boys get the chance to travel to Kerry to take on the best Gaelic Football has to offer and compete confidently with them. The teamwork, skill, discipline and confidence shown by the Clonduff boys reflects the excellent coaching and hard work which is going on with the youth in Clonduff.  If we ever had any doubts as to the success of our coaching they were laid to rest in Tralee.  No one boy stood out on the playing field as all of they gave of their best and their teamwork was a joy to watch.  Collectively they were a credit to their families, Clonduff, Down and indeed Ulster.  Down football is well respected in Kerry and this group of boys certainly strengthened that respect.  Keep it up boys, you will certainly have a huge career in the future.

TEAM

The team was Conor Keenan, Lyndon Brown, Lorcan McAteer, Brendan O’Hagan, Jonathan Gribben, Michael Mullholland, (Capt), Shane McGarry, Jake Brannigan, Ryan McGreevy, John Boden, Colm Fearon, Ross Carr, Aaron O’Hagan, Patrick Brannigan, Ben McConville, Brandon Roe, Thomas Kelly, Thomas O’Hare.  Mentors: Aidan Brown, Sean Fearon, Ciarán McGreevy and Patrick McConville.

STREET PARADE

On Saturday evening the boys along with the other clubs were part of the main Rose of Tralee Parade.  Large crowds from all over Ireland lined the streets and were thoroughly entertained by a large number of bands, street entertainers and of course the Roses.  It was great to be part of it and the boys got great support from the very many Down people who had travelled to Tralee for the weekend.

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY

The opportunity for the boys to travel to Tralee for the Tournament arose because of Nicole’s success in the Down Rose of Tralee and Clonduff GAC is indebted to Nicole for this.  These young boys and their mentors had a unique opportunity.  The mentors would like to congratulate the boys on their excellent behaviour and co-operation over the weekend and are already looking forward to continued success with this group.  They have got over the puncture in the blow up bed boys!

Finally, a big thank you to the parents who made the long journey to Tralee.  They were not disappointed as they enjoyed a great day’s football and the craic and support was just brilliant.  One parent recalled a trip he had made with Clonduff GAC to the Listowel Emmetts club in the mid eighties when he was a similar age.  Perhaps we can search the archives Brendan to get a report on this trip.

Well done boys and thanks again Nicole for a great weekend in Tralee.  It will live long in our memories.

 

All Ireland Community Games Finals 2011

Pictured above are the young Clonduff U9½ Footballers and their mentors who, having won the Ulster title travelled to Athlone and took part in the All Ireland Finals on the weekend 13th/14th August. They can rightly feel hard done by when in their semi final they had a goal disallowed (for a square ball) and lost by a single point. In the 3rd place playoff on the Sunday the same fate befell them and lost by two points. Despite all this the children had a wonderful weekend and every child came home with a magnificent medal for reaching this stage. The team and mentors would like to thank sincerely everyone, including the parents who made the weekend possible!

 

Gary Murray U12 Tournament 2011

Nineteen teams assembled in Clonduff Park on Saturday 30th July for the 35th running of the Gary Murray Tournament. The weather was excellent and so was the standard of skills exhibited by the young players from Down, Armagh and Belfast. In the group stages each of the teams got sixty minutes football which was refereed by Clonduff referees Paula Cairns, Shane McGreevy, John Francis Murray and Ben Brennan. The administrators were Anita Brannigan, Alistair McGilligan, Marie Walls and Mary McGreevy. A number of young Clonduffians acted as runners between the administrators and the pitches.

Clonduff A, Burren A, Clann Eireann A and Castlewellan emerged as table toppers from the four groups with Castlewellan and Burren meeting in the final. There was very little between the two finalists though Burren were able to put their scores away just that little bit better than the Lurgan side to lift the Gary Murray Trophy for the second year in a row. Liam Kerr also Burren lifted the Lily Murray Cup for the 'Player of the Tournament'.

Cathal (Snr) and Damian Murray were on hand to make the presentations and a host of Murray relatives and friends kept the tea and sandwiches going whilst Goretta Cairns manned the shop.

 

Campa Chormaic 2011

Campa Chormaic An Dúin was the first such camp outside Tyrone in memory of the late Cormac McAnallen. It is now a well established feature in the Down summer calendar and is held in St Malachy's High School, Castlewellan. The youngsters aged 9-15 years spend some time in the classroom learning their native language and a greater part of the day learning or honing their skills in the Gaelic field sports of Football and Hurling/Camogie. As usual, Clonduff had a big representation with 23 children attending and thanks once again to Teresa Carr for organising the transport.

Organisers reported that the Clonduff youngsters were a credit to their families and to the Club with Mark Devlin (above left) picking up the award to the Overall Best Boy of the Week and Jenna Boden (above right) picking up the award for the Best Girl in her Class. Well done Mark and Jenna and everyone else who attended the Camp.

 
 

Clonduff Youngstersto Play in Croke Park

This is the second year Down Youth Committee have organised a day out in Croke Park for U12 club members. The big day for Colleen Brannigan and Callan Branagan (pictured above and left and right practising their skills) in 2011 is on Monday 18th July.

Colleen's and Callan's names were drawn out of the hat.

It will be an early start for Colleen and Callan. The bus will leave Castlewellan (the only pick up / drop off point) at 7am sharp in order to be ready to take the field in Croke Park at 9am.

Children will travel in club colours (tracksuits, hoodies etc) and wear their full club playing strip whilst taking part on the field. They will be playing both Football and Hurling / Camogie and they will taken on a tour of the stadium.

Afterwards, the bus will depart Croke Park Stadium at 12.30pm / 1pm returning straight to Castlewellan where parents will collect their children.

Parents and other family members can make their own way to Croke Park where they will be accommodated in the Cusack Stand.

Colleen, daughter of John and Rosemary, is a member of the newly-formed U12 Ladies Football team but played regularly for the the U10s which is a mixed team. Callan plays for U12 Boys and is son of Lee and Carleen.

 

New Jerseys for U12 Footballers 2011

P & K Coaches presented the U12 Boys Football team with a new set of jerseys (13th July 2011). the boys, looking resplendent in their new strip with P & K director, Rory Matthews and his young son
 

Juvenile Boley Football Challenge Games 2011

Sunday 10th July saw over sixty children take part in the now annual U-8 Boley Challenge, with two teams visiting from Warrenpoint, one from Saval and Clonduff lining out two teams. The first matches took place between Clonduff A and Saval, while Clonduff B took on the challenge of Warrenpoint B. The second round of matches saw Warrenpoint A play Saval and Warrenpoint B play Clonduff B again.  The final match took place between Clonduff A and Warrenpoint A.

Each match played by the youth of Clonduff resulted in hard fought victories.  The girls and boys from all sides showed great skills and determination in their matches, which resulted in a very enjoyable morning for all those who attended. The entire Clonduff squad is pictured above with mentor John Norris. A big "Thank You!" to Warrenpoint and Saval for their participation and to Clonduff GAC for supplying the medals to each and every child who took part, ensuring a lot of smiling faces at the end of the day!

Not to be undone the U12 girls played host to neighbours Kilcoo and a fine game of football was witnessed, both sides displaying a high degree of skill. Both squads are pictured below

 

New Jerseys for U16 Footballers 2011

The Clonduff U16 Footballers were presented with a new set of Jerseys by local company Aspray Claims Management recently. Photo shows company director Miceál Crilly presenting the jerseys to team coach Liam McGreevy, with;  L to r Liam McGreevy Jnr., Mark Bradley, Pat McCarthy, Gary Haughian Niall Rafferty and Rory McQuaid

 

Clonduff U9½ Gaelic Footballers are Ulster Community Games Champions 2011!

On Saturday 25th June Clonduff 9½ footballers made the long journey to Templemore Complex, Derry as Down representatives (they defeated Mayobridge in Down Final) in the Ulster Community Games Finals. In the Semi Final, first up for Clonduff  was a Cavan team , who came into the game as favourites for the title - their team was made up of boys from five different clubs in the Cavan area. This was a tough game with Cavan leading the Down Champions by 2 points at half time. The second half started slowly for Clonduff who found themselves eight points down before they began a major fight-back. Clonduff took the lead with three minutes to go. Young Padraig Clancy scored the point that put Clonduff into the lead shortly followed by a goal from Eamon Brown and another point from Shane Parr to give the young Yellas a five point cushion at the end of the game. In the final saw Down facing Cullyhanna the Armagh Champions, Cullyhanna scored the first point but soon the Clonduff boys dominated the game leading by 4-2 to 0-2 in the first half. The second half saw the Armagh boys fighting back but to no avail - Clonduff were just too strong for them. Final score Clonduff 6-4 Cullyhanna 0-8. Shane Parr was in fine form in midfield and was supported handsomely by Captain Laurence Brannigan in defence but overall both games were about team performance with the boys working hard together, listening to the mentors and following through on their directions. The scorers in the final were Aidan Markey 0-2, Shane Parr 2-0, Cain Rooney 2-0, Padraig Clancy 1-0 and Eamon Brown 1-2.

The Clonduff boys will represent Ulster in the All Ireland Finals to be held in Athlone over the weekend 12th-14th August.

Capt Laurence is pictured above right with his father Laurence.

Ulster U9½ Community Games Gaelic Football Champions 2011 pictured above: Captain Laurence Brannigan, Darragh McAlinden, Declan McCloskey-Hudson, Sean McComiskey, Shane Parr, Connor Parr, Eamon Brown, Charlie Brown, Jake Morgan, Cain Rooney, Padraig Clancy, Oran Wilson, Jayme McDonald, Larry Lynch, Aiden Markey, Kieran Mulholland, Niall Ward, Oisin Tumilty and Eoghan Smith.

 

U12 Football 2011

The 2011 U12 Footballers looking resplendent in their new kit, sponsored by Rory Matthews (P & K Coaches) are:

Back Row (L - R): Dylan Downey, Shane Cairns, Ryan Matthews, Niall Doyle, Lyndon Brown, John Boden, Dean McCabe, Thomas O'Hare, Ryan Woods, Pearse Murray, Callum Brannigan; Front (L - R): James Carville, Darren Quinn, James Keenan, Ethan Lyness-Feenan, Jamie O'Hagan, Niall McAleavey, Darragh McSloy, Tiernan Russel, Eoin Murray, Ruari Quinn

An Riocht U12 Tournament

The U 12 footballers fielded two teams in their new sponsored kits on Saturday with the B team being put out in the preliminary quarter finals by our A team.  Clonduff As were narrowly defeated by Bryansford in the semi finals.  However, the highlight of the day (aside from the new kit) was the boys collecting £74 for Marie Curie Cancer Research, a very generous contribution.  Well done! 

 

Down Primary Schools County Final 2011

St Patrick's Primary School reached the Down Schools Final when they came up against Ballyholland PS on Saturday 18th June 2011. The boys played brilliantly but unfortunately they could not repeat the feat of two weeks earlier when they defeated Paul Shields' team in the Conor McConville Tournament. Paul's team reversed the result of that final and lifted the cup. The Clonduff youngsters were very disappointed but they must remember that all in Clonduff are extremely proud of their reaching the County final. The boys above, pictured with Club (and school) coaches Jimmie Devlin and Artie Quinn in St Malachy's Castlewellan include Enda McAleavey, Jamie O'Hagan (joint capt), Christopher McAleavey, Darren Quinn, Dylan Downey, Ben McConville (joint capt), Aaron Devlin, Padraig Wilson, Tom Close, Tiarnan Russell, Charlie Kerr, Jude Campbell, Dean McCabe, James Keenan, Shane Cairns, James Carvill, Ethan Lyness-Feenan, Ruairi Quinn, Darragh McSloy, Conor Fitzpatrick, Cathal Fitzpatrick, Owen Murray, Matthew Trainor, Eugene Lively, Niall McAleavey, Rory McKernan
 

McGreevy U8 Football Tournament 2011

The second Saturday in June is now synonymous with the congregation of U8 footballers in Clonduff Park for the annual McGreevy Tournament. Saturday 11th June 2011 started off as a dull morning but brightened up and stayed that way for the entire tournament when 20 teams from Down, Tyrone, Armagh and Louth put on some stunning displays belying the youth of the participants. At the end of the round-robin stage the two top teams from each group proceeded to the knock-out stages for the cup, the two middle teams from each group played off for the Shield with the remainder playing off for the Plate.

The eventual outcome was as follows:

Cup - Burren A defeated Clonduff A

Shield - Rostrevor A defeated Drumgath

Plate - Longstone defeated Clonduff B

A great day was had by all

Conduff teams in the McGreevy Tournament

The Clonduff A team's first game defeat didn't appear to stifle their appetite as they went on to beat every team in their path to the final of the coveted McGreevy cup. They had big wins over Moy and Rostrevor to secure a place in the quarter finals - there were excellent performances all round.

In the quarter finals against Saval it the defence and goalies were superb. Bredagh was next up in the semi-final and with confidence high, the referee allowed game to flow, all that was good about juvenile football came to the fore. Superb fielding, accurate kick and hand-passing linked the defence with attack belying the youth of the players to reach the final.

Alas, it was that same Burren team that was to halt these young ambitious players march to victory. Meeting on the day for a second time the Clonduff boys, albeit exhausted rose to the challenge. The better team did duly win but the margin of defeat was minimal and augers well for future exchanges.

(Above) McGreevy Cup Runners Up (Clonduff A) includes: Joey O'Hare, James Brannigan, Ronan Matthews, Luke Fitzpatrick, Shane Close, Aaron Norris, Shea Morgan, Dan Rafferty, Aaron Gribben, Connor McComiskey, Connor Grant, Will Kelly and Patrick Cowan.

Luck of the draw deserted a very young and inexperienced Clonduff B side as they were grouped with strong "A" teams. However, they showed great determination and courage in all their games to earn themselves a semi-final spot with Rostrevor "B". Backed by a large and vocal support they won a nail biting match 2-1 to progress to the final. Longstone "A" team were the opponents here and again they proved far to strong for Clonduff, running out comfortable winners. Credit has to be given to these players as each and every one of them never let their heads go down and they battled for every ball. Maybe a review of the draw procedure could see these younger teams in a group of similar age and ability.

(Above) McGreevy Plate Runners Up (Clonduff B) with mentors Paddy McConville and John Norris includes: Triplets, Aoife, Diarmuid and Orlaith McCusker, Paula McGarry, Rachael Norris, Abbie Fitzpatrick, Max Dursley, Oisin Logan, Donnagha Burns, Evie Lyness-Feenan, Aoife Trainor, Ellen McKay, Ella McCumiskey, Eoghan McAlinden, Evan McConville, Conor Greer, Orlaith Greer.

A big thank you to all associated with this very well organised McGreevy tournament from U8 mentors: Niall Rafferty, Sean Gribben, Stephen Morgan, Keith Kelly, John Norris, and Sean Cowan. PS: sandwiches were delicious, parents well done to all!!

 

Mitchels U12 Tournament 2011

Despite losing narrowly in the Plate final to a very good Leitrim team, Clonduff U12s can hold their heads high after an excellent display of footballing skills and commitment by all the team.  A long day (8 hours in total) saw wins against Carrickcruppen, St Enda's (Antrim) and Ballybay (Monaghan) in the group stages to set up a quarter final game against St Marys (Louth) and the host club, Mitchels, in the semi's. The entire squad were fantastic, with many other teams commenting on the positive, composed football that was played.  Special mention, however, goes to Thomas O'Hare in goals, who pulled off some outstanding saves.  Many thanks to the parents who also endured the long day and congratulations to Mitchels for hosting a tournament with 40 teams.

The panel, pictured below are: Back Row (L - R): Callum Brannigan, Ryan Woods, John Boden, Lyndon Brown (C), Ben McConville, Ross Carr (VC), Niall Doyle, Dean McCabe, Ryan Matthews, Thomas O'Hare; Front Row (L - R): Tiernan Russell, Jamie O'Hagan, Christopher McAleavey, Tiernan McAvoy, Ethan Lyness-Feenan, Padraig Wilson, Enda McAleavey, Darren Quinn, Conor Milligan

 

St Paul's Primary School Gaels - May 2011

The young Gaelic Footballers of St Paul's Primary School Cabra took part in a special training blitz with Marty Clarke in Newcastle on Tuesday 17th May. They formed two 9-a-side teams and played training games against other Primary schools in the area and had a most enjoyable day. The children pictured above with Marty Clarke, Liam Hardy (Ulster Coach) and Principal Vincent Devlin are: Back row (l to r) Amy Johnston, Larry Lynch, Eoghan Smith, Conor McAlinden, Padraig Kelly, Jack Campbell, Conor Milligan, Ryan Woods, Jake Morgan, Laura Mackin, Aoibheann O'Hare, Clare McAlinden; Front row (l to r) Niall Ward, Roisin McPolin, Sarah Kelly, Isabella O'Hare, Declan McCloskey-Hudson, Kayla Woods, Darragh McAlinden and Corshenna McCoy.
 

U8 Go Games 2011

Clonduff Under 8 footballers got their Go Games season off to a flying start at Ballymartin on Saturday 30th April.Fielding two teams ensured full involvement of all players and both teams won all five games! All children played in different positions throughout the event enabling valuable experience across the field.
Team 1 had a strong presence in mid-field with Shane Close and Patrick Cowan dominating whilst up front Aaron Gribben pulled all the strings
ably assisted by Shea Morgan. Shoring up a formidable defence were Luke Fitzpatrick and Will Kelly along with new comer Oisin Logan showing great promise. Best in goals went to Conor Grant who also put in a good effort out in the field.
Team 2 settled into the new format quickly with Max Dursley, Joey O'Hare and Dan Rafferty finding their scoring boots from the start. Ronan Matthews had a safe pair of hands when playing in goals and our trio of female defenders Abbie Fitzpatrick, Rachael Norris and Emir McAleavey  showed no fear. Donnagha Burns showed lots of commitment in all the positions he played. Highlight of the day has to go to the new midfield partnership of Aaron Norris and Callum Donnan. At times it seemed as if they were playing together for years with some fine moves and scores from both players.

The mentors wish to thank the parents for their support and to Ballymartin GAC for a most enjoyable well organised day. Below are two photos of the U8s (left) back row Shane Close, Patrick Cowan, Aaron Gribben, Connor Grant; front row Shea Morgan, Oisin Logan, Luke Fitzpatrick, Will Kelly.

(right) back row Joey O'Hare, Callum Donnan, Ronan Matthews, Aaron Norris, Shea Morgan;  front row Rachael Norris ,Donnagha Burns, Dan Rafferty, Max Dursley, Abbie Fitzpatrick, Eimear McAleavey, with mentors John Norris and Conor Donnan. Above right is a great shot of Luke Fitzpatrick in action against Rostrevor

 

Congratulations to St Colman's College on retaining the Hogan Cup for the first time in their history! They defeated championship leaders, St Jarlath's Tuam by a single point in Croke Park on Saturday 9th April 2011. They are trained and managed by Clonduff club man Cathal Murray, assisted by Declan Mussen (born in Kilcoo but with Hilltown roots). Clonduff young players also played a big part - Tony McGreevy at corner forward, Ruairi Lively at corner back with Henry Brown and Niall Tumilty members of the panel. There were three Kilcoo boys on the team - Ryan and Jerome Johnston and Daryl Branagan - all with Clonduff roots too! Well done everybody and lets go for three in a row next year!

Pictured below are the Clonduff boys on the panel - Henry Brown, Ruairi Lively, Niall Tumilty and Tony McGreevy.

 

 

Feile Peil 2011

Clonduff U14 Footballers took part in the Annual Feile Peil on Friday 8th April 2011 in Mayobridge. The boys finished runners up in their section but were beaten in the Semi final.

Back Row (l to r): Jack Walsh, Rory Hughes, Peter McAleavey, Aaron O'Hagan, Lorcan McAteer, Conor Keenan, Conor Woods, Conor Lowry, Michael Mulholland, Lorcan Branagan, Noel Grant, Darragh McPolin, Rhys Ward, James McGreevy; Front Row (l to r): Colm Fearon, Conor Murray, Jake Brannigan, Ryan McGreevy, Eoin Ward, Brendan O'Hagan, Darragh O'Hanlon, Liam Geoghegan, Jonathan Gribben, Charlie Carr, Niall O'Hagan, Padraig Harper.

Left: Brendan O'Hagan v Mayobridge

Below: Darragh McPolin goes up for a ball v Bredagh with Charlie Carr in close attention

Bottom Left: Charlie Carr v Bredagh

Bottom Right: Rhys Ward in hot pursuit of a Mayobridge player with Darragh O'Hanlon supporting

 

Clonduff Youngsters help the neighbours celebrate the opening of their new floodlit pitch!

Best wishes to our neighbours Kilcoo on the opening of their new floodlit pitch on Friday 25th March 2011. Clonduff youngsters played their part in the celebrations - at half time in the main event (Kilcoo v Ulster Select) our U10 Boys played Burren U10s and our  U12 Ladies played the local side for their very first game as an all-girls team! A great time was had by all!

The girls pictured above with Paula Cairns, have been playing their football in mixed boys and girls teams but the time time has come to register an U12 Ladies team in their own right. They began separate training on Sunday 27th March (25 girls turned up) and will take part in Ladies Blitz games. Back row (l to r) Tiarna Mullan, Amy Parr, Fiona Burns, Erin Rafferty, sinead Woods, Corshenna McCoy, Michaela Woods, Clara Cowan, Niamh fearon, Cara Boden; front row (l to r) Colleen Brannigan, Elana McGarry, Aoife McEvoy, Isabella O'Hare, Summer Brannigan, Tamsin Brannigan

The U10 boys below were accompanied in Kilcoo by P J McGreevy and Paul Close. They are back row (l to r) Eoghan Smith, Kieran Mulholland, Padraig Kelly, Eamon Brown, Shane Parr, Oisin Tumilty, Darragh McAlinden, Conor McAlinden, Aidan Markey; front row (l to r) Owen Wilson, Senan Gribben, Conor Parr, tom Close, Rory McKernan, Eugene Lively, Padraig Clancy, Charlie Kerr

 

Gaelic Start comes to Clonduff! 2010

Well over 40 adults (and some children) attended the Parents' Information Evening in the INF on Tuesday 23rd November 2010. The Gaelic Start programme is aimed at boys and girls from P1 to P4 and will be delivered by qualified coaches and parents - it can only work with the input and involvement of the parents. So Clonduff is off to a great start already! All children welcome at 6 45 pm for one hour starting Tuesday 30th November. The programme will initially be led by the Ulster Council coaches, Ciarán Murtagh and Gareth Thornton, who are presently involved with the local primary schools
 

Danny Burns Captains Newbridge to Integrated Schools Inaugural Title 2010

Captain Danny Burns (above) accepting the Shield from Ulster Development Officer Tony Scullion following the inaugural Integrated Schools U16 13-a-side blitz. Seven Ulster Integrated schools participated in the blitz - Danny's school, Newbridge College is mentored by former Down All Ireland winning captain D J Kane
 

U11 Football Blitz Champions 2010

Clonduff U11 A team retained their South Down League title in Burren on Sunday 31st October. Clonduff A won all their four games against Burren A, Shamrocks, Warrenpoint and Rostrevor. Thomas O’Hare kept a clean sheet for Clonduff not letting one goal past his capable hands. Clonduff and Shamrocks qualified for the Final playoff game which Clonduff won 0-7 to 0-2.

Clonduff have won this title four times in the last eight years proving that skill, dedication and team work make for a winning combination.

Clonduff A team (above) : Thomas O’Hare, Daniel McGivern, Darren Quinn, Dean McCabe, Ryan Matthews, Lyndon Brown (Cptn), Ross Carr, Tiernan McAvoy, Jamie O’Hagan, Ben McConville, John Boden, Ryan Woods, Padraig Wilson, Pearse Murray.

Following the Tournament presentation, the Clonduff mentors presented their 'Players of the Year' Awards to: Ben McConville, Lyndon Brown and Ross Carr. Also included is Ryan Woods (extreme right) who was presented with his U10 Award as he missed the Juvenile Presentation on Friday night.

The South Down U11 League was held over two weeks with three sections - this new format allowed for Clonduff to enter a second team. Clonduff B played the second section of their league in Clonduff Park playing against Burren B, Glassdrumman, Bosco, Attical and Drumgath. Clonduff B played with skill and passion but were unlucky in their games - it was their determined spirit that shone through to finish the season.

Well done to both teams.

Clonduff B Team: James Carville, Ethan Lyness-Feenan, Niall Doyle. James Keenan, Kiera O’Reilly, Tom Close, Danny Markey, Aiden Markey, Jack Campbell, Dylan Downey, Jude Campbell, Cathal Fitzpatrick, Tiernan Russell, Owen Murray and Connor Milligan.

Clonduff Under 10 season came to an end on Sunday 24th October in Burren with the children showing outstanding team performances with both the A and B teams making it to their respective  finals for the Cup and Plate. Over the season Clonduff had 41 young players who all got plenty of football. Goodwill of clubs allowed us to enter two and three teams at times and with twice weekly training, challenge matches and Go Games football and fun was plentiful.

PJ, Paul, Shereen Patricia and Noleen would like to thank all the children for their dedication throughout the season. They would also like to thank all the parents for their support and help allowing for the children to be transported to the games and home safely. The support of the parents encouraged the children and enabled a community spirit at the games.      

 

Warrenpoint U10 Tournament 2010

On Saturday 10th October, over 30 Clonduff children travelled to the Warrenpoint Tournament. Clonduff originally had two teams entered but one of the scheduled teams didn't arrive Clonduff were in the happy  position of being able to field a third team. Clonduff B team had a great tournament and topped their group and went on to beat Shamrocks B in the quarter final and Rostrevor B in the semi final to set up meeting with Burren B in the Final. this was undoubtedly the best game of the day with the Yellows just edging out Burren. Joint captains Cara Boden and Aidan Markey lifted the shield and the team all received gold medals. The team, pictured above are:  Back row (l to r) -  Mathew Brannigan, Owen Wilson, Pierce Cunningham, Kieran Mulholland, Owen Murray, Rory McKerran, Charlie Kerr, Conor McAlinden, Shane Cairns; Front row (l to r): Mathew Trainor, Conor Parr, Shane Parr, James Carvill, Cara Boden, Aidan Markey, Cathal Fitzpatrick, Eugene Lively, Dessie Doyle - missing from photo: Padraig Travers. (Report and Photo Noleen Cairns)

 

U14 Skills Final 2010

Stephen McConville (centre back) reached the County Final of the U14 Skills on County Final Day 17th September 2010. Stephen is pictured with the other finalists Eugene Branagan (Kilcoo), Pearse óg McCrickard (Liatroim), Cormac McCartan - Winner (Warrenpoint) and County Youth Officer Sean McCashin
 

An Riocht P5 Football Tournament 2010

Congratulations to the pupils of St Patrick's Ballymaghery and St Paul's Cabra who represented Clonduff in the An Riocht 5-a-side Indoor Tournament for P5 children on Saturday 9th October. They needed a game to accustom themselves to this style of 5-a-side football but then displayed some powerful performances beating An Riocht in the Shield Semi Final and Bryansford in the Final. Well Done Boys! The boys, pictured above were accompanied by Sean Gribben, Aidan and Lyndon Brown (Down shirt) and are back (l to r): Seánan Gribben, Eamon Brown, Shane Parr, Lyndon Brown and Larry Lynch. Front (l to r) Oisin Tumilty, Darragh McAlinden, Aidan Markey (Capt) and Laurence Branagan
 
 
Clonduff U8 Footballers 2010

Clonduff U8 Footballers had a great year - a big squad attended the Sunday morning coaching sessions and the participated in numerous Tournaments. They won the Rostrevor Tournament Cup, the Burren Hospice Tournament Shield and were runners up the Moy (Co Tyrone) Cup competitions.

Young Padraig Clancy (left), son on Eddie and Eimear,was selected as 'Player of the Tournament' at the Moy Tournament

The above photograph was also taken at the Moy Tournament

 

Clonduff U6 Panel 2010

Last week it was the turn of the Clonduff veterans to strut their stuff. On Sunday 12th September it was the turn of the players at the other end of the age spectrum - The Under 6s (pictured above)!
Sixteen U6 children travelled by bus to Moygannon, Warrenpoint for a return fixture.  A great improvement was seen by all mentors and parents and even remarked upon by the Warrenpoint mentors. They played some great football and displayed a high level of skill for their age. The match ended in a draw with Clonduff scoring a last minute goal. 
Paddy McConville (Clonduff organiser) would like to thank the mentors Marty Woods, Mickey Fegan, Paul Kelly and Connor Donnan and especially all the parents who supported their children on Sunday and throughout the coaching sessions. U6 coaching will resume on the Sunday after the All Ireland Final! Panel:  Gerard Carvill, Paula McGarry, Adam Fegan, Callum Donnan, Aidan Kelly, Cormac Kelly, Danncha Burns, Emmett Kelly, Sentanta McPolin, Charlie O'Hare, Shea Morgan, Colm Woods, Max Dursely, Daniel Doyle, Sennan Carr, Evan McConville, Eoin Devlin, Sarah Kelly, Leo Sweeney and Oisin Logan (Great to see so many new Clonduff names!). This is the panel that attended coaching all year, though not all were at the game on Sunday. Apologies for any names I have left out.
 

U14 Championship Shield Champions 2010

Congratulations to the under 14s Footballers on winning the All County Championship Shield. This was a great way for some of the boys to end their U14 career.
Clonduff started well and controlled the game but there was a bad injury to Noel Grant early in the game, we wish him all the best. (Noel is pictured left with mentor Aidan Brown on his way from Daisy Hill Hospital Newry to RVH Belfast where he underwent surgery - He was discharged on Sunday afternoon). His replacement Patrick Gribben, who incidentally was playing his first ever competitive game, played very well and should be very  proud.  Leading by 5pts at half time  Clonduff extended their lead to seven points before being pegged back. However a superb ball from Stephen McConville to Niall O’Hare, ended in the back of the net, to put the game beyond Castlewellan.  Some great individual performances - Ryan McCaul at wing back, midfield duo of Stephen and Caolan, and Paudie Harper up front stood out, but overall it was a good performance from everyone and one to be proud of. Final Score Clonduff 3-8 Castlewellan 3-4

Team: Finn Campbell, Niall  O’Hagan, Shane Milligan, Noel Grant, Ryan McCaul (0-1), Mark Devlin, Thomas Murnin, Darragh McPolin (0-1), Caolan McAvoy, Charlie Carr (0-1), Stephen McConville (1-3), Darragh Downey, Niall O’Hare (1-0), Mark Bradley (0-1), Paudie Harper (1-1), Patrick Gribben, Darragh O’Hanlon, Connor  Lowry, Pierce Murnin, Jack Walsh, James McGreevy, Connor Murray, Eoin Ward, Peter McAleavey

 

U8 Rostrevor Tournament Champions 2010

Clonduff U8 Footballers travelled to Rostrevor with high hopes of a good tournament and they were not disappointed.  Good performances all round especially at the back with Darragh McAlinden making some excellent saves. The defence of Kayla Woods, Laurence Brannigan, Larry Lynch, Eddie Howlett and Patrick Cowan were powerful only conceding 0-7 in all 5 matches. The midfield of Padraig Clancy and Oisin Tumilty fought for every ball and set up some great scores. Up front, the forwards were in great form with Charlie Brown, Oran Wilson, Jake Morgan, Ciarán Brannigan, Eoghan Smith, Seanan Gribbin, Aaron Gribbin and Aaron Norris all taking great scores. The score in the Final v Burren was Clonduff 1-3 Burren 0-2. Well done lads, we knew you could do it!! 
Joint captains, Padraig Clancy and Laurence Brannigan went up to lift the cup to great applause (pictured right). 
Thanks to the parents for their support, a great day was had by all.
(photos courtesy of Michel Fitzpatrick)

 

South Down U14 Shield Final 2010

Congratulations to Clonduff U14s who won the South Down championship final. The team trained hard all year and deserved their win. It was a hard fought final with a late goal from Stephen McConville which turned out to be the decider. Both Stephen and Caolon McAvoy each scored 1-4 and these scores were backed with an excellent performance and it was great to see the boys who were joint captains lift the shield. The management were delighted with the victory which was a long time coming, but all were very proud of all the boys for their dedication and they would like to thank them for this. It was great to see that we had a whole panel with us which included three injured players, Conor Murray, Peter McAleavy and Owen Ward. A special word of thanks to all parents who attended and backed the team through the year and behalf of the team we would like to thank those who sponsored the boys; Sean McGreevy, Artie Noel and Roisin McConville, Paul O’Hare, Tooter, Sean Milligan, Vincent Devlin and Colm Fitzpatrick (Timoney’s ice cream). The season doesn’t end here though as we have an All county final to look forward to.

Team: Finn Campbell, Niall O’Hagan, Shane Milligan, Noel Grant, Ryan McCaul, Mark Devlin, Thomas Murnin, Stephen McConville 1-4, Caolan McAvoy  1-4, Charlie Carr, Padraig Harper, Darragh Downey, Niall O’Hare 0-1, Mark Bradley 0-1, Darragh O’Hanlon, Darragh McPolin, James McGreevy, Patrick Gribben, Jack Walsh, Pearce Murnin, Conor Lowry.  
The new South Down Champions were entertained to a meal in the Clubrooms on their return where Chairman Brian McGreevy and a large crowd of Club officials, parents and supporters were there to greet them. Brian made a short congratulatory speech; Aidan Brown replied on behalf of the management team (himself, Sean Fearon and Harry Brown) and thanked all those who had sponsored the team; joint team captains Stephen McConville and Caolan McAvoy thanked their managers, parents and the club and spoke of how worthwhile the hard hours on the training pitch were. In bringing the speeches to a conclusion, Brian reminded the boys that they now had to face the East Down Champions (Castlewellan) in order to secure the County title!                                    

 

Clonduff Players on South Down Development Squad 2010

Three of Clonduff's U14 Footballers had a great season with the South Down Development squad. They were Caolan McAvoy, Mark Devlin and Stephen McConville (pictured above, third from left) with some squad members and coaches looking resplendent in their new training tops.
 

Mayobridge U12 Football Tournament 2010

Clonduff's Club history will show that the U12 footballers fielded two teams at the Mayobridge tournament on Saturday 21st August - Clonduff Shamrocks and Clonduff Harps.  And, as in the past, both teams enjoyed great success in the competition, with the Harps narrowly losing in the Shield semi final  2-2 to 2-6 (after being behind 2-4 to 0- at half time), whilst Shamrocks won the Cup, beating Burren 1-8 to 1-4 in a very spirited final, and who had beaten Clonduff in the League stage of the tournament.  Congratulations go to both squads for providing the large crowd with exciting, competitive and exciting football.
Above left is the entire squad celebrating after the tournament with their mentors Brendan McGarry (left) and Paul Carlisle (right). Above right Shamrocks Captain, Lorcan McAteer accepts the cup.
Clonduff Harps Clonduff Shamrocks

Back Row: (L-R) Brendan McGarry (Coach), Rory Hughes, R McCartan, Jake Brannigan, Sean Brannigan, Pierce Murray, Jack Devlin, Paul Carlisle (Coach)
Front Row: (L-R) Ryan Matthews, Dean McCabe, Brandon Roe, Patrick Branagan (Capt) Darren Quinn, Jonathon Gribben, Jack Campbell

Back Row: (L-R) Brendan McGarry (Coach), Conor Woods, Michael Mulholland, Conor Keenan, Shane McGarry, John Boden, Paul Carlisle (Coach)
Front Row: (L-R) Brendan O'Hagan, Ben McConville, Lyndon Brown, Lorcan McAteer (Capt), Ryan McGreevy, Aaron O'Hagan, Colm Fearon

 

Clonduff U15 Footballers win Down Óg Spoirt 2010!

Down Óg Spoirt Champions 2010 pictured in their resplendent new shirts with team mentors Pat McCarthy (left) and Liam McGreevy (right)
S
even Teams turned up for the tournament which was played on a ‘round robin’ basis with the four best placed going into the Semi Finals. Clonduff qualifier results were as follows: Clonduff 2-2 Saul 0-2; Clonduff 2-10 Glassdrumman1-1; Clonduff 2-3 Castlewellan1-7; Clonduff 0-2 Mitchels 0-2; Clonduff 2-8 Drumgath 1-0; Clonduff 2-2 Kilcoo1-3
These results left Clonduff joint top with Mitchels, resulting in a semi-final meeting with Saul. Clonduff stormed off to a 6 point lead and were comfortable. In the second half wasted possession led to a long clearance out of the Saul defence catching the Yellows out and ending up in the Clonduff net. Another goal and a point left Clonduff needing a late point to send the game into extra time in which Clonduff scored the only point winning 0-9 to 2-2.
The final was against Castlewellan, who had beaten Mitchels in the other semi final and with the players already having played for 86 minutes it was to be a test of their fitness and their will to win against a team that had already beaten them once. Again Clonduff started well going into a good lead taking some lovely points but let Castlewellan back into it just before halftime leaving it level at 0-8 to 2-2. The boys showed great courage and workrate to go out and build up a 1-13 to  2-4 winning margin after having lost a big lead in the first half. They worked hard throughout the tournament but it wasn't until the semi-final that they realised a point was a good score!
Clonduff go onto the Ulster Óg Spoirt representing Down and with players returning from holidays a good turnout at training is required to work on their and Sevens football if they are to do themselves justice. A bit of a fight for places might just spur them on!
Panel: Jack O’Hagan, Liam McGreevy, John Brown (Capt).,Rory McQuaid, Conal Brown, Jamie Gribben, Darren Harper, Colm Rooney, David Quinn, Brendan Britton
 

Moy U12 Tournament 2010

Above is the squad that was the runners up at the Moy Tournament on Saturday 7th August with coaches Jimmy Devlin, Paul Carlisle and Brendan McGarry; above right Lorcan McAteer who picked up 'The Sportsman of Moy Tournament' with his mother, Angela
 

Cúl Camp 2010 in Pairc Chluain Daimh!

During the week 2nd-6th August over 160 children aged 4-14 years attended the annual Cúl Camp (sponsored by VHI Healthcare) in Pairc Chluain Daimh. The Camp is run by County Board assigned qualified coaches, which included a number of young Clonduffians - Onagh and Paula Gribben and Shane and Tony McGreevy and Mark Downey. The youngsters were given the opportunity to acquire and/or hone their skills in Gaelic Football (boys and girls), Camogie and Hurling in a fun-filled and meaningful atmosphere. The week was blessed with dry weather when the rain on threatened on one occasion but the children didn't have to stop their activities.
On the second morning of the Camp, Club Down Officers visited the Camp to show their support of and solidarity with the whole ideal of the Cúl Camps. Pictured below are: Anita Brannigan (Clonduff Secretary), Gareth Thornton (Cúl Camp Col-orindator), Malachy McCourt (Club Down Chairman), William Smith (County Vice Chair Person) and Brian McGreevy (Clonduff Chair Person). A short time later County Secretary Sean óg McAteer also visited the Clonduff Camp

Extract from a parent's email:
"We would just like to pass you a quick note of thanks for the provision made in the club for children’s sporting development.  Our daughter attended the Cúl Camp this week and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.  Her excitement at lunch time today having returned from the final session was fantastic.  Onagh Gribben deserves particular praise on this occasion as our daughter was in her group all week.  Onagh delivered a variety of activities at a good pace, keeping a demanding group of coachees interested and maintained the enjoyment throughout.  It was all done with great patience and quiet assurance.  We were lucky enough to observe all the sessions as our daughter demanded parental presence throughout the week!!  So our praise is from our own observations.
The other coaches also appeared to deliver their sessions to a similar standard and it was a highly successful and beneficial event all round.  Thanks for accommodating our daughter on this."
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Campa Chormaic 2010

A big contingent of Clonduff youngsters again attended Campa Chormaic in Castlewellan which ran from 12th - 16th July 2010. The Summer Camp, originally established in Tyrone in memory of the late Cormac McAnnallen expanded to Down last year and such was the success that in 2010 it further expanded to Antrim and Derry. It caters for young people aged 9-16 where they spend half a daily session learning Irish and the other half doing Gaelic Games and other outdoor activities teamed up with children of equal ability and age as far as possible.
The attendance at the Down Camp in 2010 was up by 25% on last year to just over 130 children.
Congratulations to our own Cathal Fitzpatrick (centre, front row in Clare jersey) who was awarded the prize for the best Primary School child.
"As per usual Clonduff's contribution to Campa Chormaic was outstanding this year. The club representatives in attendance were a credit to the yellow jersey one and all and participated enthusiastically in all codes". (Comment from Down PRO Ronan McMahon)
 

U10 Mayobridge Tournament - On Saturday 3rd July 34 Clonduff children, most of whom are pictured above) went to Mayobridge for a tournament in memory of the late Mickey Annett. There were 16 teams - Clonduff entered three teams so that meant that every child got to play in at least three games. The second team got beaten in the semi final of the Shield by Bosco who went on to win the Shield. The first team played Warrenpoint in the final.  Clonduff were wining with two minutes to go but Warrenpoint hit back and  came up the field and scored a point to win the game. The Clonduff children, pictured above, were very disappointed but got silver medals. Every child played very well. (Report and photo Noleen Cairns)
 

An Riocht U10 Tournament 2010

On a wet and cold Saturday morning , 29th May, 31 children aged Under 10 years went to the annual An Riocht  tournament. Unfortunately Clonduff could only enter one team in the 11-a-side event so it was hard to pick a team.   

First game they beat Glassdrumman 1-3 to 1-0 (Tom Close 0-1, Aidan Markey 1-0, Dillon Downey 0-2);  in the 2nd game Clonduff beat St Brigid's 2-2 to 0-1 (Aidan Markey 0-1, Padraig Wilson 1-0, Jude Campbell 1-0, Jamie O'Hagan 0-1); in the 3rd game  Clonduff beat Dromiskin 1-1 to 0-3 (Tom Close 0-1, Eamon Brown 1-0); in the final game Clonduff beat Darragh Cross 1-0 to 0-2 (Dillon Downey 1-0)

This fine performance in the group section put them though to the quarter finals where they came up against a big strong Bryansford team who beat them 3-2 to 0-2 (Eamon Brown (0-1, Tom Close 0-1). Every child received a medal which was presented by the Down goalkeeper  Brendan McVeigh and had his photograph taken with the panel (above) back row: (l to r)  Rory McKernan, Jamie O'Hagan, Shane Cairns, Owen Wilson, Conor Parr, Owen Murray, Aidan Markey, Ryan Woods, Tiernan Russell, Brendan McVeigh (at back), Tom Close, Danny Markey, Charlie Kerr, Eamon Brown, Dillon Downey, Conor Milligan, Padraig Kelly, Padraig Wilson; front row: Conor Fitzpatrick, Jude Campbell, Christopher McAleavey, Cara Boden, Conor McAlinden, Eugene Lively, Ethan Lyness-Feenan, Shane Parr, Summer Brannigan, James Keenan, Cathal Fitzpatrick, Kieran Mulholland, (team mascot), Shane Close. Missing from this photo is Mathew Trainor and Cain Rooney
(Photo and report Noleen Cairns)

 

U12 Go Games

Above: The U12 squad that took part in the first Co Board organised Go Games blitz at Mayobridge on Saturday 22nd May in glorious sunshine.  Very good performances from all. Back row (L - R) Brendan McGarry (Coach), Jonathon Gribben, Niall Doyle, Dean Byrne, Rory Hughes, Jake Brannigan, Ryan Matthews, Callun Brannigan, Jimmy Devlin (Coach); Front Row (L - R) Jack Campbell, Brandon Roe, Tiarnan McAvoy, Jack Devlin, Darren Quinn, Shane McGarry, Pierce Murray
 

Community Games 2010

On Thursday evening (20th May) the 19 boys and one girl from Clonduff went to Leitrim to defend their County Community Games title. There were 3x15mins in the game and every one got playing time and they all played very well but they just failed to hold on to the title.
Above is the team that contest the final: Back row:  Conor Parr, Eamon Brown, Rory McKernan, Tiernan Russell, Tom Close, Charlie Kerr, Ryan Woods, Aidan Markey, Padraig Kelly, Shane Cairns, Danny Markey, Kieran Mulholland; Front row:  Conor McAlinden, Padraig Wilson, Owen Murray, Cara Boden, Eugene Lively, Shane Parr, Desmond Doyle, Ethan Harper, Owen Wilson (Photo Noleen Cairns)

 

U10 Go Games - Mayobridge - 8th May 2010

Despite family commitments due to First Communion, Clonduff took two teams to the first organised monthly U10 Go Games Blitz in Mayobridge (to rotate around the clubs on 2nd Saturday of each month for five months) on Saturday morning.
It was a great day and every child got to play at least four games in different positions -  backs became forwards and forwards became backs giving the youngsters the opportunity to experience different aspects of the game. After the games were over, each team got a bottle of water and a piece of fruit.
The mentors wish to sincerely thank all those who travelled with the children to help with the teams, provide transport, or simply to support. Next month's games are in St Michaels. Below are photos (courtesy of Noleen Cairns) of the two team who were Named Clonduff Gaels and Clonduff Owen Roes.

Above - Clonduff Gaels - back row (left to right) Tiernan Russell, Rory McKerran (capt), Danny Markey, Conor Fitzpatrick, Aidan Markey, Eoin Smith, Senan Gribben, Shane Cairns; front row (left to right) Conor McAlinden, Owen Murray, Eugene Lively, Darragh McAlinden and James Carvill
Below - Clonduff Owen Roes -
back row (left to right) Cathal Fitzpatrick, Padraig Kelly, Christopher McAleavey, James Keenan, Dylan Downey, Tom Close, Conor Milligan; Front row (left to right) Ryan Woods, Padraig Wilson, Charlie Kerr, Cara Boden (capt),  Ethan Lyness-Feehan and Jamie O'Hagan

 

New Jerseys for Clonduff Under 8 Footballers

Before the U8 Footballers start their 2010 season, Niall Rafferty (back left) of Rafferty Autos (and Clonduff Vice Chairperson) presented a new set of jerseys to Clonduff's youngest team. The young players, looking resplendent in their new jerseys are pictured with their mentors  (back row, left to right) - John Norris, Stephen Morgan, Sean Gribben and Sean Cowan
 

St Colman's are Hogan Cup Champions for first time since 1998

Congratulations to Cathal Murray and his band of warriors in St Colman's - they picked up their seventh All Ireland title on Saturday afternoon (10th April) with a facile seven point win over St Brendan's Killarney (Paul Galvin's charges). In truth if the College had taken all their scores,  the game could have been out of sight at half time, though they led 0-9 to 1-1. They moved up a gear in the second half and at one stage were eleven points up. St Brendan's were awarded their second penalty (one in each half, both converted) and scored a great goal to put a gloss on the result. St Colman's in turn could afford the luxury of missing a penalty though a goal was scored in the resulting goal mouth scramble. Final score: St Colman's 1-18 St Brendan's 3-5
Unfortunately, in the curtain raiser St Malachy's were unable to hold on to the Finn Cup for the third year in a row and fell to Clonakilty Community School on a score of 0-11 to 0-8 but it's no mean feat in winning two out of three All Ireland titles!
 
National Cross Country Success for Clonduff Lad!
Congratulations to Conor Gribben, son of Eddie and Eileen, Castlewellan Road (Ballyaughian) who was a member of St Colman's Cross Country team that won the Irish Schools team title.
The Cross Country was held in Cork with over 200 boys participating. School teams consisted of six members with the first four home contributing towards the overall placement. Conor was the third member of his team home in 36th place overall! He is pictured above proudly displaying his medal.
Conor is a member of Clonduff's U16 Football team.
Well Done Conor!
 

Parade of Champions!

On Saturday 20th March 2010 just before the Down v Armagh League game the Down County Board recognised five Down Schools teams that had collected Ulster and/or All Ireland  titles within the last couple of weeks - St Colman's (MacRory Cup and Corn na nÓg), St Mark's (McDevitt Cup), SRC - formerly The Tech (All Ireland Over 19 Vocational Schools Cup) and St Malachy's (Markey Cup), the latter being the only one without a Clonduff representatives. Most of the Clonduff representatives on the night are pictured above with former Clonduff Great, Cathal Murray (Coach of the MacRory Cup team) are 17 St Colman's students (nine MacRory Cup and eight Corn na nÓg), five of the six St Mark's Lads and Mark Downey  (SRC). If you add in James Killen who won a Freshers medal with UCD, the future looks good for Clonduff (as well as Down, of course). Having 25 boys on these successful teams is testimony to the work being done at club level by the Clonduff coaches. (Also missing from the photo is SRC joint coach Mark Copeland who was Clonduff Minor trainer in 2009)
Standing – Cathal Murray, Liam McGreevy, Liam McAleavey, Shane McGreevy, Paul Lively, Declan Gribben, Rory Lively, Stephen McConville, Ché Curran, Mark Devlin, Patrick Matthews, Conall Brown, Rory McQuaid, John McAleavey, Karl O’Hagan, Darragh Sherry and Tony McGreevy; Kneeling – Patrick O’Hagan, Mark Downey, Conor Murray, Jayme Gribben, Padraig Harper, Michael Grant and Caolan McAvoy.
 
 

Clonduff U12s get to meet Andy Merrigan

Clonduff U12 Footballers travelled to St Gall's in Belfast for a challenge game on Saturday and got the opportunity of 'Shaking Hands' with Andy Merrigan! St Gall's had captured the All Ireland Club Football title on St Patrick's Day for the first time. The Cup was available for the youngsters and the Clonduff lads are pictured here with the boys from the host club. (Photo Paul Carlisle)

 

Clonduff Boys have big say in Destination of MacRory Cup in 2010

Many congratulations to Cathal Murray and his St Colman's team, with nine Clonduff boys on board who collected the MacRory Cup for the first time since 1998 and 17 in total. Of course, the College Principal, Canon Francis Brown is a Clonduff man also! The final score was St Colman's 1-14 Omagh CBS 1-8
The Clonduff boys, proudly wearing their Clonduff strip, pictured in St Colman's Sports Hall are: Back row: Ché Curran, Karl O'Hagan, John McAleavey, Darragh Sherry, Patrick Matthews; Front row: Shane McGreevy, Paul Lively, Rory Lively and Tony McGreevy.
 

Clonduff Boys Play Big Part in St Colman's Corn na nÓg Win 2010

More Congratulations are the order of the day for St Colman's College on winning the Corn na nÓg Final on Saturday 6th March. They came from four points down at half time, and five down entering the final quarter against St Pat's Maghera in Derrytresk (Tyrone) to secure the title by one point on a score of 1-14 to 0-16. Clonduff had eight players in the panel pictured above, Back row: Stephen McConville, Declan Gribben, Liam McAleavey, Mark Devlin, Liam McGreevy; Front Row: Conal Brown, Rory McQuaid, and Patrick O'Hagan
 

St Colman's win Peadar Barry Cup 2009

Congratulations to Clonduff's Patrick O'Hagan (extreme right front row) and Eamonn Grant (next to Coach Kevin Franklin) who were on the St Colman's Peadar Barry winning team 2009. This prestigious U15 ‘7-a-side’ competition has been played for nearly 30 years and this win brought it to 3-in-a-row for 'the College' In the Final they defeated the College's 'B' team - Clonduff's John Brown and Conall Brown were on that team.
 
Clonduff Minor Football team and their mentors who reached the All County Minor League Semi Final in 2009. Back Row: Mark Copeland, Arty Noel McConville, Paddy (Shop) Brown, Sean Hughes, Ronan McParland, Aaron Sherry, Darren McKevitt, Patrick Matthews, Henry Brown, Gary McGinn, Gavin McGreevy, Conor Grant, Darragh Sherry, Noel Fitzpatrick, Paul Lambe. Middle Row: Cathal Trainor, Stephen Murray, Niall Tumilty, John McAleavey, Michael McGarry, Barry O'Hagan, Shay Murnin, Rory McGreevy. Front Row: Peter Farnon, Paul Lively, Shane McGreevy, Tony McGreevy, Niall McPolin, Rory Lively, Che Curran, Karl O'Hagan
 
Congratulations to Southern Regional College (SRC) and the two Clonduff Marks - Mark Downey and Mark Copeland - who captured their first Ulster Bank Higher Education Div 3 (over 18) Football title at the first time of asking at a rain-soaked Ballymun Kickhams on Wednesday afternoon 9th December 2009. SRC comprises players from the former Newry and Armagh Techs and they defeated Carlow IFE on a score of 1-15 to 0-8 - Mark Downey (2nd from left front row team photo above) scored 1-1 and Mark Copeland  was the joint manager of SRC. Mark C is on the left (above right) with joint manager John Boyle and team captain Sean McCreesh
 
Congratulations to St Mark's High School (above) on winning the Down U14 Vocational Schools title - they defeated St Columban's Kilkeel with a great goal which was practically the last kick of the game on Wednesday 2nd December 2009. St Mark's was well served by Clonduff players Jamie Gribben (obscured by Padraig) and Caolan McAvoy. Subs Michael Grant (extreme right front), Connor Murray (6 from left front row) and Padraig Harper (2nd from left front row). Caolan and Jamie are inset top right. St Mark's went on to win the McDevitt Cup (Ulster Final) by defeating St Paul's Lurgan in Healy Park Omagh on 4th March on a score of 3-10 to 4-4
 

Clonduff Under 11s are South Down Football League Winners

Clonduff U11 Footballers (above) ended their season with games on successive days requiring a point to win the League. On Saturday 28th November they travelled to Ballyholland and after a hard-fought game emerged winners 1-9 to 0-7. Safe in the knowledge that they had secured the League, they finished with a surprisingly easy victory over Mayobridge 6-17 to 0-1, on Sunday 29th November. This final game meant they had won nine out of their ten games. The quality of football these young lads played was fantastic given the time of the year and ground conditions. Well done boys and your mentors too - P J McGreevy, Patrick McConville and Brendan McGarry!
It was disappointing that no-one from the South Down Board or the Press was in attendance nor was there a cup or medals to present to the young captain Aaron O'Hagan and his team mates! The children were, however, treated to a welcome cup of tea in the clubrooms and they received their 'Player of the Year' awards which were as follows: Joint Winners Lorcan McAteer and Ryan McGreevy, Runner up: Colm Fearon, 2nd Runner up: Brendan O'Hagan (pictured right are Colm, Brendan, Ryan and Lorcan).
Panel: Conor Keenan, Lyndon Brown, Lorcan McAteer, Brendan O'Hagan, Rian Matthews, Ross Carr, Shane McGarry, Ben McConville, Conor Woods, Brandon Roe, Aaron O'Hagan (Capt), Colm Fearon, Aaron Devlin, Ryan McGreevy, John Boden, Patrick Branagan, Michael Mulholland, Deane McCabe, Jack Campbell, Tiernan McAvoy, Callum Branagan, Conan Murnin, Niall Doyle and Ruairi Hughes. The boys are pictured below receiving their medals in Clonduff Club on Friday 11th December. Tommy Kelly (South Down Board) presented the cup and Aidan Carr (Down and Ulster) presented the medals. Below left is the team and their mentors an on the right team captain Aaron O'Hagan with Tommy Kelly and Aidan Carr.
 

Ulster Medal for Clonduff Young Footballer!

Two of Clonduff's young footballers were on the Southern Regional College (formerly Newry Institute of Further and Higher Education or 'Newry Tech') teams that participated in the Ulster blitz held in the Mid Ulster Sports Arena, Cookstown on Wednesday 14th October. Niall McPolin (U16/Minor) played for A team and Gary Maginn (Minor/U20) played for the B team. It was a great competition  and both lads played all matches - the two Southern Regional College (SRC) teams met in the semi final with  the B team just being beaten by the A team. The A team on which Niall (extreme left back row above) was playing went on to win the final against Letterkenny Institute and were crowned Ulster Further Education Champions.
The blitz is run by the Ulster Council and supported by the three Development Officers. The 15 teams taking part in 2009 were Belfast Met (2 teams), Letterkenny Inst, North West Regional College (2 teams), Cavan College (2 teams), Omagh College (2 teams), North Regional College (2 teams), Dungannon College and the SRC with three teams.
Well done Niall and Gary and to the team manager Mark Copeland who is a mentor with Clonduff Minors! This is the second year in a row that Mark, who is Gaelic Games Co-ordinator in SRC, has led his charges to the title.
 

Left - the U8 'B' team that lifted the plate in Burren on Saturday 3rd October 2009 with their mentor John Norris. Back L-R Jake Morgan, Seanan Gribben, Eoghan Smith, Aaron Norris, Larry Lynch, Darragh McAlinden, Conor Parr, Shane Close.Front L-R Charlie Brown, Dan Rafferty, Patrick Cowan, Aaron Gribben, Shea Morgan, Niall Ward.  (Missing from photo Ciaran Smith and Kieran Mulholland) Above - lifting the Hospice Plate are Aaron Norris and Aaron Gribben.  Also included Jake Morgan and Eoghan Smith
"Brilliant, skilful, powerful", words used by many to describe the Clonduff U8 footballers on Saturday 3rd October 2009.
The U8s travelled to neighbouring club, Burren to compete in the annual tournament in aid of Southern Area Hospice.  Hot on the heels of their great victory at Moy, both teams were outstanding in their performances.
The 'B' team, undefeated in Moy, progressed through another tournament undefeated to lift the Hospice Plate.  Well done boys!
Like their team-mates the 'A' team, also undefeated in The Moy, progressed through as winners of their group undefeated meeting Mayobridge in the semi-final, showing great determination as they came from 4pts down to win by 5pts after extra time.  Things didn't go their way when the boys lost a tightly contested Cup final, by only 1pt to hosts, Burren.  An amazing game of football by such young players.
U8 management would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all players on their fantastic performance this season, to wish all those joining the U10 squad continued success and to thank parents and supporters for their help and dedication in making this an enjoyable season.
 
Bryansford U16 Tournament  2009 – Clonduff U16s won the Peter Walsh Tournament played in Bryansford. They had good wins over All Saints (Ballymena), St John’s and Bryansford which was good enough to get them to the Final against An Riocht, who had beaten them in the group stages.
The final was a close fought game with Clonduff emerging winners on 0-9 to 1-4 scoreline after extra time. It was a game Clonduff dominated mainly due to some outstanding fielding by Aaron Sherry and Shay Murnin at midfield. Shay Murnin was captain for the day and the young Danny Burns picked up the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award.
In all, the boys played two hours football and had too many outstanding performers in the 22 players to single anyone out. They all played their part in an enjoyable day’s football and Clonduff wishes to thank the Bryansford Club for their invite and great hospitality to all who attended.
The Panel, pictured above with mentors for the day Sean Fearon and Liam McGreevy are: Liam McAleavey, Conor Pio Gribben, Rory McQuaid, Declan Gribben, Peter Fitzpatrick, Eamon Grant, Conal Brown, Shay Murnin (Capt), Aaron Sherry, Barry O’Hagan, Connor Brown, Danny Burns, Sean Downey, Conor Gribben, Darren Harper, Jamie Curran, Niall Crowley, Shaun Murnin, John Brown, Brendan Britton, David Quinn and Jamie Gribben.
 
The U12 footballers travelled to Mayobridge on Saturday, 26th to take part in a 9-a-side tournament. 
The A team was in a group with Mayobridge B, An Riocht and Drumgath.  The B Team were grouped with Warrenpoint, Glenn and Bryansford. 
The B Team played very well all day but were unlucky not to have beaten Bryansford but pushed Glenn and Warrenpoint all the way; which brought them to the quarter finals of the shield where they came up against Carryduff who emerged winners.  A great effort boys, well done.
The A team won all their group games to set up a quarter final place with Shamrocks B, they won this game with ease.  Shamrocks B failed to score against Clonduff which put them in the Semi final of the Cup against Shamrocks A - unfortunately Shamrocks A were stronger on the day but the lads played well and with great determination all day.  Well done boys!!!!
Panels pictured above and below:  Conor Keenan, Niall O'Hagan, Lorcan McAteer, Dara O'Hanlon, Charlie Carr, Darragh McPolin, Connor Murray, Paudie Harper, Colm Fearon, Conor Lowry, Aaron O'Hagan, Peter McAleavey, Brendan O'Hagan, James McGreevy, Noel Grant, Shane McGarry, Ryan McGreevy, Owen Ward, Finn Campbell, Liam Geoghegan, Jack Walsh, Rory Hughes.

Below are some of the boys who participated in Mayobridge U12 Tournament 2009

 
 
Clonduff U8 and U10 footballers made the long journey to Moy Co Tyrone on Saturday 26th September for their annual tournament which is unique to all Moy tournaments. All teams entering the tournament must enter an A and B team. A teams only play other A teams and B teams only play other B teams. Scores of both teams are aggregated to produce the winners.
Pictured above are the U10s who played out of their skins and reached the final.  Aaron Devlin (left) was chosen as 'Player of the Tournament' a feat he achieved in the Moy U8 Tournament two years ago and also as an U10 player in The Newry Mitchell's Tournament in June 2009. Well done boys and girls you did yourselves, your families and your club proud.

The U8 boys and girls (pictured below) went one better - they won their tournament and young Charlie Kerr was selected as 'Player of the Tournament
Above - The U8 panel in Moy before the tournament and below left the joint captains - Charlie Kerr, Seanin Gribben and Cain Rooney - with the cup and below right 'Player of the Tournament' Charlie Kerr.
Moy has been a happy hunting ground for Clonduff teams in 2009 - at the beginning of September the U12s secured the Tournament Shield. (Click here for short slideshow)
 
The U12 boys (above) went to the Moy Tournament on Saturday 12th September and as a good spell of weather appeared so did a good spell of football for the Clonduff lads. After the group games Clonduff were in the Shield semi final against Errigal Ciarán - this was a great game; the B team won 6 points to 1 and the A team won 10 points to 4 to set up a final with Newbridge of Derry. These two games had everything! The B team got it going with a brilliant performance winning 14 points to 3, the A team drew 8 points each in a cracking game.       
This tournament is unique in that clubs must enter two teams – the A teams all play against each other and the B teams only play each other. Points are awarded for wins/draws and are aggregated so that the winner is the club whose A and B teams combined secure the most points.
Back row (l to r) Eoin Ward, Shane McGarry, Niall O'Hagan, James McGreevy, Conor Lowry, Michael Mulholland, Dara McPolin, Peter McAleavey, Finn Campbell, Dara O'Hanlon, Jack Walsh, Colm Fearon, Conor Murray. Front row (l to r) Noel Grant, Pierce Murnin, Aaron O'Hagan, Charlie Carr, Paudie Harper, Ryan McGreevy, Liam Geoghegan, Brendan O'Hagan and Lorcan McAteer.
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ell done boys, you did Clonduff proud! Click here for a slideshow of photos by Frankie Duffy (Moy)
 
Clonduff U10 Footballers enjoyed another great day out in Downpatrick on Saturday 12th September in excellent weather conditions. Thanks to Downpatrick, Clonduff were allowed to enter two teams - all 29 children got at least 1½ hours football. Clonduff B found themselves in a group with Rossa (Belfast), Teconnaught and Bredagh, losing their three games. They went on to meet Ballyholland in the Shield Quarter Final. Many of the Clonduff players are eligible again next year and they bowed out after giving their best.
The A team won their group, beating Bryansford, Ballyholland and Downpatrick going on to lose the quarter final of the cup to Rossa 1-2 to 2-4. Star of the Rossa Side was Daire Matthews, son of former Clonduff player Mark Matthews.
The Clonduff children playing on Saturday and pictured above were: Conor Milligan, Daniel McGivern, Deane McCabe, Lyndon Brown, Pearse Murray, John Boden, Ross Carr, Aaron Devlin, Darren Quinn, Ben McConville (Capt), Ryan Matthews, Padraig Wilson, James Carvill, Ryan Woods, Jack Campbell, Ethan Lynass-Feehan, Christopher McAleavey, Owen Murray, Tiernan McEvoy, Dillon Downey (Capt), Jamie O'Hagan, Tiernan Russell, Danny Markey, Conor Fitzpatrick, Niall Doyle, Jack Devlin, Shane Cairns, Cara Boden, James Keenan.
 
The under 8 footballers attended Mayobridge tournament on Saturday 12th September 2009.  They fielded 2 teams - Clonduff A and Clonduff B.   The A team had an off day, but congratulations has to go to the B team on reaching their first final.  They played with great passion and determination to overcome Newry Shamrocks in the semi-final with the score being 1-2 to 1 point.  Each and everyone of them played out of their skins.  They moved on to the final with great anticipation, but alas, it wasn't to be, losing out to a strong Ballymartin team.  A special word of thanks must go to their mentor, John Norris.  Well done boys! 
The B team pictured above with their medals are: Back Row L-R - Charlie Brown, Seanin Gribbin, Darragh McAlinden, Jake Morgan, Dan Rafferty, Eoghan Smyth, Desmond Doyle, Conor Parr. Front row L-R - Aaron Norris, Shane Close, Connor McAlinden, Aaron Gribben, Shea Morgan, Eoin Murray. Missing from photo are Cain Rooney and Niall Ward.
 
Longstone U8 Tournament - Clonduff were able to field two teams in the Longstone tournament (August 2009) which resulted in 26 young Gaels representing their club.
Clonduff A eventually won the tournament defeating a gallant Warrenpoint side in the final. They played with great heart and flair and were without doubt the best team in the competition
Clonduff B, who were the only B team in the tournament, were defeated in the semi-final of the plate by Drumgath. This young team played some brilliant football against older opposition.
Clonduff Panel, pictured above with their mentors: D and C McAlinden, C and S Parr, L, S and T Brannigan, R McKernan, T and S Close, D Rafferty, N Ward, P Kelly, S and A Gribben, J and S Morgan, C Rooney, A Markey, E and C Brown, D Doyle, A Norris, O Tumelty, P Clancy and C Kerr
 
On a very wet Monday morning, 3rd August 2009, 187 children aged 4-14 turned up at Clonduff Park for the now well-established VHI sponsored Cúl Camp. Fortunately it was the only wet day of the week by the end of which the sun screen was in big demand and with more children joining in there were 195 children in total, including some youngsters who were on their second camp this summer - either a Cúl Camp in another club or the Campa Chormaic which was run in Castlewellan during July.
In administering the Cúl Camps in 2009, Down County Board decided to admit 4-6 year olds at a reduced cost and instead of having 4 hours in the camp, these little Gaels had a magnificent two hours each morning. Local camps are established in such a way that youngsters play with their own age groups in both Football (boys and girls) and Camogie/Hurling.
The Cúl Camp was co-ordinated by Clonduff Assistant Youth Officer Teresa Carr and Club Secretary Anita Brannigan, ably assisted by Marie Walls (Club Treasurer) and Patricia McGreevy and was facilitated by Down County Schools coaches Ciarán Murtagh and Benny Coulter but many of the coaches employed were young men and women who are actually playing members of Clonduff.
Click on the picture above to view some of the images depicting the wonderful week's fun and game and Clonduff's own young coaches (all have at least Foundation Level) in action.
 
Clonduff U10s (left) - the most photographed team in the club in 2009 - took part in the An Riocht Blitz Tournament of 30 teams on Saturday. Clonduff were allowed the privilege of entering two teams in the 11-a-side tournament and with a panel of 29 children this ensured plenty of game time for all. Clonduff B played in a tough group playing Burren A, Michael Davitts Dromiskin, Ardglass and Longstone, making a decent fist of every game, and beating Longstone on the way. They bowed out in the Quarter Final of the Plate to An Riocht.
Clonduff A were in a group with Ballymartin, Teconnaught, Burren, Aughlisnafin and Clann Eireann - they won all their games except against Clann Eireann to whom they lost by two points. They reached the Cup play offs and went on to beat St Brigid's Downpatrick and Bryansford but once again they met the very talented Clann Eireann in the final. After a very tough and even first half, two early second half goals by the Lurgan side were the crucial scores as they went on to win on a score of 3-5 to 2-1.
Panel: Darren Quinn, Daniel McGivern, Dean McCabe, Lyndon Brown, Pearce Murray, John Boden (Capt), Ross Carr, Tiernan McAvoy, Aaron Devlin, Ben McConville, Ryan Matthews, Padraig Wilson, Jude Campbell, Jack Campbell, Niall Doyle, Ethan Lynass-Feehan, Christopher McAleavey, Ryan Woods, Jamie O'Hagan, Owen Murray, James Carvill, James Keenan, Cara Boden, Connor Fitzpatrick, Shane Cairns
 
In July 2009, young Ben McConville went to Marbella, Spain on his holidays with his parents Paddy (Sid) and Sharon and the rest of his family. Ben joined the 'International Gaelic Football Academy' (local Cúl Camp) which is run by some high profile Gaelic Football players and none higher than Peter Canavan, pictured on the left with Paddy and Ben following Ben's award for the 'U10 Player of the Week'.
On the right Paddy and Ben are pictured with Bernard Flynn (Former Meath player and current RTE pundit). Also in the picture is Daire Matthews, son of former Clonduff player Mark whose family were also on holiday at the time.
 

The U10 Footballers made their annual trip to The Fiddlers Green Festival in Rostrevor to take on the home side, Burren and Warrenpoint with each team fielding an A and a B team - the A teams compete for the Shield whilst the B teams compete for the Plate.
All 26 Clonduff children got plenty of football in the 11-a-side competition. In the Plate Clonduff B beat Warrenpoint but lost to Burren and Rostrevor. In the Shield competition Clonduff A won all three games - it all hinged on the final game Clonduff v Burren with both teams having won their two previous games. Burren led by 2 points at half time. In the second half Clonduff were simply fantastic showing all the skills of the game outscoring Burren 4-4 to 0-2 to once again become the Champions of Fiddlers Green.
Panel (pictured above with their mentors Paddy (Sid) McConville and P J McGreevy): Darren Quinn, Daniel McGivern, Dean McCabe, Lyndon Brown (Capt for the day), Pearce Murray, Ben McConville, John Boden, Tiernan McEvoy, Padraig Wilson, Aaron Devlin, Ross Carr, Jude Campbell, Jamie O'Hagan, Niall Doyle, Connor Fitzpatrick, Ethan Lyness-Feehan, Tiernan Russell, Danny Markey, Dillon Downey, James Keenan, Jack Campbell, Shane Cairns, Eoin Murray, Cara Boden, James Carvill, Jack Devlin.
Congratulations to Ben McConville on being chosen as the best U10 player at the Cúl Camp in Marbella, Spain last week, run by Peter Canavan! (Main Photo courtesy Helen Devlin; small photo Tracey Rice)
 
Clonduff staged the annual Gary Murray U12 Football Tournament in glorious sunshine on Saturday 25th July 2009. Sixteen teams from Down, Tyrone, Armagh and Louth participated in what can only be described a a 'Feast of Football' in the 11-a-side tournament. There were four groups of four, guaranteeing each team at least three games of 15 min duration. Rostrevor, Glenn, Warrenpoint A and Clonduff A emerged winners from their groups, each team having won all their games. In the semi finals Rostrevor beat Glenn and Warrenpoint A beat Clonduff A in two tight games which could have gone either way. Reigning champions, Warrenpoint faced near neighbours Rostrevor in the Final - and what a spectacle it was! Warrenpoint led by a point at half time but with the help of a rising wind Rostrevor pulled it out of the bag in the second half to emerge as worthy winners. The Murray family presented the trophy to the Rostrevor Captain Joseph Morgan who was also presented with the Lily Murray Cup for 'Player of the Tournament' although there were close contenders from many of the other teams who did not reach the knock-out stages.
The tournament ran like clockwork - many thanks to the organisers and particularly the match officials Henry Brown, Tony McGreevy, Shane McGreevy (Young Whistlers), Sean Fearon, Paul Shields, Cathal Murray, Aidan Carr and Ben Brennan (referees) - Ben took charge of the Final and not forgetting to thank Niamh McGreevy who acted as 'runner with results'.
 
Campa Chormaíc 2009 - The first Campa Chormaíc to be organised outside Tyrone took place in Castlewellan (St Malachy's School) from Monday 13th to Friday 17th July for boys and girls aged 10 - 14 years. In the mornings the young people had Irish Classes and in the afternoons they honed their skills of Football and Hurling/Camogie.
Congratulation to Cassie Fitzpatrick who was chosen as the most impressive girl in her group.
Pictured above is the Clonduff contingent, the biggest representation from any club in Down, who attended attired in their distinctive jerseys. They all agreed it was a magnificent week despite the weather.
 
What a day for these young Clonduff players! On Wednesday 2nd July 2009 the Down U16 Development squad took part in the inter county Youth tournament which is held annually in the Croke Park. The boys, pictured with two of their mentors Jerome Johnston (Kilcoo) and Eugene Branagan (Clonduff) are: Niall McPolin, Rory Lively and Conor Grant (Photo courtesy of Helena Grant)
 

Daniel Andre RIP (above) a juvenile dual player in Clonduff who died tragically on Wednesday 24th June 2009
Click here to read a Clonduff Tribute to Daniel.
 
Clonduff's U10 footballers who reached the Semi Final of the prestigious Mitchel's 40-team tournament (Saturday 6th June 2009) Aaron Devlin (2nd from left front row) was selected as 'The Player of the Tournament' award. The boys and girls above are pictured with their mentors Artie Quinn, Paddy McConville and P J McGreevy. The late Daniel Andre is extreme right middle row.
Aaron Devlin  was chosen as 'Player of the Tournament' - a a wonderful achievement  to be chosen as the best player from 40 teams (700-800 players). Well Done Aaron! Aaron, son of Jimmie (U12 Mentor) and Helen, Leitrim Road, Hilltown is pictured on the left with his coveted trophy and his two team mentors P J McGreevy and Paddy McConville
(Photos Noleen Cairns)
 
Clonduff U8 Footballers (above) took part in the 12-team Warrenpoint tournament on Saturday 23rd May. They had a great tournament winning their group beating Mayobridge, Rostrevor and Glasdrumman. However, Glasdrumman as best runners-up turned the tables in the semi final and defeated the young Yellows. Many thanks to Warrenpoint for the invitation.
 
Congratulation to the U9½ Football team who have won the Down Community Games title for the fifth time in a row. They will now represent Down in the Ulster Finals to be held in Monaghan in June after beating Glenn and St John's. This is a great achievement for the children and their coaches who have worked with them from a young age at the Sunday Morning coaching Academies. The team pictured above with their coaches Paddy (Sid) McConville and P J McGreevy are: Conor Milligan, Christopher McAleavey, Dylan Downey, Eathan Lynas, Deane McCabe, Ben McConville (Capt), Tom Close, Ryan Woods, Conor Fitzpatrick, Owen Murray, Jamie O'Hagan, Jude Campbell, Padraig Wilson, James Carvill, Enda McAleavey, Cathal Fitzpatrick, Shane Cairns, Cara Boden, Danny Markey, Tiernan Russell, Aidan Markey.
 
Clonduff U10s collected their first silverware of the year when they won the Pat Meade Tournament in Drumgath in April 2009. The panel is pictured with their mentors Patrick McConville and P J McGreevy. The late Daniel Andre is 4th from the left front row.
 

Clonduff U8 Footballers kicked off their season with the An Riocht Tournament on Saturday 11th April. Twenty-six teams from Down Antrim, Tyrone and Armagh took part. The teams were split into five groups with each 11-a-side team playing four 8 min games. 25 children represented Clonduff in two teams (grateful to An Riocht for allowing us to enter two teams). There was great football played by both teams at such an early stage in the season. The teams played in the knock-out stages of the shield with the ‘B’ team being eliminated by Newry Shamrocks in the early stage. The ‘A’ team, however, progressed to the final of the Shield competition where they were narrowly defeated by St Peter’s Lurgan in the final. A great entertaining day’s football was had by all. Back Row (l to r) Shea Brennan, Ciarán Mulholland, Seánan Gribben, Jake Morgan, Eamon Brown, Tom Close, Ruairi McKernan, Desmond Doyle, Ethan Harper, Cian Rooney, Oisin Tumilty, Darragh McAlinden, Gareth Cowan. Front row (l to r), Padraig Kelly, Niall Ward, Jamie Walsh, Conor McAlinden, Aaron Gribben, Jamie McDonald, Padraig Clancy, Shane Close, Eoghan Smith, Darragh Lavery, Charlie Brown, Aaron Norris.
(Report: Sean Gribben).
 

St Mark's win Peadar Barry 7-a-Side Schools Tournament

St Mark's High School Warrenpoint collected the Peadar Barry 7-a-side Schools title in 2009. The team was captained by Conor Grant (4th from left back row). Barry O'Hagan (2nd from right front row) was also on the team
 

Clonduff Players in Healy Park, Omagh on Sunday 8th June 2008 weren't just confined to John Fegan and Aidan Carr on Senior Team and Darren O'Hagan and Paul McPolin on the Minor team! Down captain and Clonduff Ladies kingpin, Michaela Downey, who is employed by Ulster Council and Clonduff U12 player Stephen McConville (son of Arty Noel and Roisin) who played on the Down Primary Schools team at half time in the Tyrone v Down drawn game.
 
These five Clonduff lads were members of the St Colman's panel that collected the Corn na nÓg trophy for the first time since 1997.

The boys are: John Brown, Shea Murnin, Connor Brown, Connor Gribben and Eamon Grant.

The Captain of the team was Ryan Johnston from Kilcoo, whose mother was Clonduff woman, Ann Doran (Mourne View Bar)

   
St Colman's College won the  Ranafast Cup in 1997 - their first major trophy in eleven years! Three Clonduff boys, Darragh Sherry, Shane McGreevy and Paul Lively played every game. Five other Clonduff boys were on the panel, some of whom made substitute appearances throughout the campaign and were stalwarts of the training sessions - Ché Curran, Tony McGreevy, Karl O'Hagan, Rory Lively and Rory McGreevy. The Clonduff contingent is pictured right.
   
 
U10 Football team 2007: Back Row: James McGreevy, Shane McGarry, Conor Woods, Charlie Carr, Darragh McPolin, Lorcan McAteer, Padraig Harper, Oran Fitzpatrick, Finn Campbell
Front Row: Conor  Keenan, Colm Fearon, Rory Killen, Conor Murray, Darragh O'Hanlon, Michael Mulholland, Eoin Ward, Peter McAleavey. Missing from photo: Ryan McGreevy, Noel Grant, Pierce Murnin, Niall O'Hagan, Brandon Roe.
 
U12 Football team 2007: Back row: Jamie Gribben, Liam McGreevy, Mark Devlin, John Brown, Patrick O'Hagan, Colm Rooney, Conal Brown, Stephen McConville, Jack O'Hagan, Rory McQuaid, Raymond Matthews.
Front row: Mark Bradley, Michael Grant, Niall O'HARE, Declan Gribben, Brendan Britton, Shane Milligan, Kevin Smith, John McPolin, Caolan McAvoy, Darren Harper, Ryan Ward
 
The U8 Footballers, with mentors Jimmie Devlin and Paddy McConville displaying the four trophies that they won during 2007. They won Moy (Co Tyrone), An Riocht, Longstone and Burren Tournaments
Back l to r: Callum Branagan, Jack Campbell, Ryan Matthews, John Boden, Lyndon Brown, Ross Carr, Niall Doyle. Middle (l to r) Daniel André, Ryan Woods, Tiernan McEvoy, Ben McConville, Dean McCabe, Christopher McAleavey, Daniel McGivern, Ciara O'Reilly. Front (l to r) James Carville, Cara Boden, Darren Quinn, Aaron Devlin, Conor Milligan, Conor Fitzpatrick, Jamie O'Hagan, Charlie Brown, Jude Campbell, Eamon Brown. Missing from photo Tom Close
 

Vhi Cúl Camps - are run throughout the summer in different clubs each week in all 32 Counties. Clonduff hosted one of the most successful in Down during 2007. 128 children aged 5-13 years turned up to enjoy the 5-day coaching event. The coaches on the Cúl Camps are experienced quality coaches (male and female), who have GAA qualifications. They are enthusiastic people who have a proven record of interacting personally with children. Three local coaches were involved in 2007, Onagh and Paula Gribben Sara Louise Carr
 
   
The 31st Gary Murray U12 Tournament took
place on Saturday 28th July 2007 - 12 teams participated in sunny Clonduff Park. The teams were divided into 4 groups of 3 ensuring at least 2 games for participants (some teams, not involved in playoffs  took the opportunity to play a challenge game - viz Warrenpoint v Bryansford. The teams taking part were Clonduff A, Saval, Bryansford, Rostrevor, Mitchels, Longstone, Kilcoo, Warrenpoint, Dromintee, Clonduff B St John's and Burren. The winners from each group - Clonduff A, Burren, Rostrevor and Dromintee played in the Semi finals with Burren and Rostrevor meeting in the final, which was refereed by Peter McClorey.  Rostrevor defeated Burren to lift the trophy. The trophies were presented to the runners up by Ciaron Murray and the winning trophies were presented by Cathal Murray (Snr). Other referees on the day included John A Gribben, Peter Brannigan, Cathal Murray (Jnr), Alistair McGilligan, Johnny McAleavey. The event was co-ordinated by Tommy Kelly, Alistair McGilligan and Anita Brannigan.
 
Clonduff U11s in celebratory mood after retaining the U11 Championship title in Banbridge on Saturday morning 21st October 2006. The boys are pictured with their mentors Liam McGreevy, Vincent Devlin (partly obscured) and P J McGreevy
 
This group of Clonduff boys - all from Cabra helped St Malachy's Castlewellan lift the All Ireland U16 Schools Football title in 2006. Paul McPolin, holding the cup was the Captain. Other players (l to r) Patrick Gribben, Paul Bloomfield, Paul Gribben, Michael Gribben, Noel McPolin
 

Mitchels Champions 2005

Clonduff U10 panel displaying the shield they won on Saturday 4 June 2005 - the first time a Clonduff team has ever won the competition in its 30 year history! Most of this panel was on the Community Games team that won Down and Ulster titles to reach the All Ireland Final. Back Row: Finbarr Greenan, John McPoln, Gerard McAleavey, Jamie Gribben, Patrick O'Hagan, Jack O'Hagan, Liam McAleavey, Stephen McConville, Kevin Smith, Sean Murray, Conal Brown. Middle row: Mark Devlin, Declan Gribben, Darren Harper, Rory McQuaid, Caolan McAvoy, Conor Murray, Kevin Darby, Shane Milligan, Jason Smith. Front row: Ryan Ward, Brendan Britton, Colm Rooney, John Brown, Charlie Carr, Michael Grant, Padraig Harper, Liam McGreevy
 

Clonduff U11s secured the South Down League in 2004 for the first time. They are pictured here with their mentors (left) Sean Cairns, Liam Brown, P J McGreevy (seated) and on the right Liam McGreevy and Colum Lynch
 

A jubilant U10 team display their trophy won at the Rostrevor Fiddlers Green Festival - the only team, other than Rostrevor to do so since the start of the competition!
 

St Patrick's Primary School Football team (above) who reached the Schools Final in 2004. Front (l to r) Shay Murnin, Barry O'Hagan, Tony McGreevy, Rory Lively. Back (l to r) Henry brown, Niall McPolin, Lee Fitzpatrick, Gary McGinn and Niall Tumilty

 
Clonduff's U16 Footballers in 2001 were the Club's first team to win a B Championship. They also won the South Down League. The double winners, pictured above were: Colin Brannigan, Noel McParlan, Eamon O'Reilly, Gary Curran, Mark Morgan, Mark McPolin, Gary Haughian, Aidan Carr, Kieran Smith, Damian Henning, Barry John Killen, Liam Brogan, Paudi Brown, Jason Brown, Niall Brown, Caoimhín óg O'Hare, Ryan McShane, Ryan Quinn, Kevin Branagan, Gerard Kearney
 

The U12 team that won the 25th Gary Murray Tournament
The boys are pictured in Clonduff Park with their young managers - household names in Clonduff - Eugene Brannigan, Rory Matthews, John Fegan and Gary McDonald

 

U16 B Championship and League Runners up 2000 - Back (l to r) Barry John Killen, Kieran Killen, Jason Brown, Colin Brannigan, Oliver branagan, Liam Ward, Mark McPolin, Neil McGeough. Middle (l to r) Mark Morgan, Finbarr mcConville, Gary Haughian, Conor Maginnis, Aidan Carr, Kieran Smyth, Kevin Branagan, Conor Dickson. Front (l to r) Damien Henning, Liam Brogan

 

The Different ends of the age spectrum in Clonduff in 2001!

 
The Over 40s at the Barney Cunningham Memorial Sevens Tournament held at Bryansford on Saturday 26 May 2001
Back row: Harry Brown, Peter Hamill, Colm Rodgers, James McConville, Sean (Bubbles) Fitzpatrick
Front row: Brian McGreevy, Fintan Quinn, Tom Gribben, John Francis Murray, Aidan Brown (with little son Lyndon and his friend)
The U10s who competed at the Mitchels Blitz on Saturday 2 June 2001 pictured with their mentor, Sean Cairns and Damian Fearon (Youth Officer). Back row: Michael Carlisle, Henry Brown, Des McGarry, Paul Lively, Anthony Brogan, Gary McGinn, Gary Morgan, Patrick Matthews, Peter Farnon Middle row: Peter Morgan, Michael Graham, Rory McGreevy, Shane McGreevy, Ché Curran, Eamon Matthews, Stephen Murray
Front row: Christopher Young, Karl O'Hagan, Tony McGreevy, Niall Tumilty, Rory Lively, Gavin McGreevy
   
1993 was a great year for Juvenile Football in Clonduff - they won County Championship and League titles at U14, U16 and Minor levels - Shane Ward was a member of all three teams! He went on to win three consecutive Minor titles.
U14 Football County Champions 1993 - Front row (l to r) Mark Trainor, Colin Duggan, Gavin Fegan, Chris Branagan, Kevin Faloon, Stephen Branagan. Middle row (l to r) Ciarán McBride, Hugh McShane, Paddy Arthurs, Gerard Morgan, Shane Ward, John Ward, Eugene Branagan, John Fegan, Niall McCann. Back row (l to r) Liam Arthurs, Connor Maginn, Ciarán Fearon, Daniel McPolin, Gary Smyth, Peter O'Hagan, Paul McConville, Keith Farrell, P J McGinn, Gerard Morgan
 
U16 Football County Champions 1993 - Back row (l to r) Peter Martin Fitzpatrick (Mentor), Colm Curran (Mentor), Lorcan Mussen, Seamus Morgan, Jayme Farrell, Paul Shields, Gary Smyth, Padraig Matthews, Eugene O'Hagan, Shane Ward, Paul Russell, Desi Monaghan (Mentor). Middle row (l to r) Paul McConville, Connor Maginn, Niall McCann, Keith Farrell, Gavin McCann, Damian Fearon, Damian Smyth, Mark Dickson, Glynn McPolin, Tom Grant, John Morgan. Front row (l to r) Declan Hudson, Eugene Branagan, Liam Arthurs, Daniel McPolin
 

These Clonduff lads played pivotal roles in Ulster's most prolific winner (5 titles) of the Hogan Cup, St Colman's Newry on winning their 4th title in 1993. The boys are: Back (l-r) Plunkett McConville, Paul McShane, John Morgan. Front Mark O'Reilly with Fr Malachy Finnegan, College President and later to be Parish Priest of Clonduff
 
 

1992 All Ireland Feile Peil Na Nog Winners
Back Row (left to right) - Brian Dickson, Gary Smith, Paudie Matthews, Shane Ward, Tom Grant, Paul McConville, P J McGinn: Middle Row - Brendan Murray (Chairman) Dessie Monaghan (Manager) John Morgan, Glyn McPolin, Paul Shields, Paul Russell, Lorcan Mussen, Conor Maginn, Damian Murray, Collie Curran RIP (Manager) Fr Malachy Finnegan PP (Club President): Front Row - Stephen Brannigan, Niall McCann, Eugene Brannigan, Damian Smith, Paul Parr, Daniel McPolin, Keith Farrell

 
U12 County Football Champions 1990! Front row (l to r) Marty Farnon, Sean Fegan, Gerard Ward, Stephen Branagan. Middle row (l to r) Eugene Branagan, Padraig Matthews, Paul Shields, Shane Ward, Paul McConville, Tom Grant, Gary Smyth, John Fegan, Sean Simpson, Damien Smyth. Back row (l to r) John Ward, Niall McCann, Cathal Brannigan, Paul Russell, Keith Farrell, Lorcan Mussen, John Morgan, Paul Parr, Brian Dickson, Glynn McPolin
 

1988 Primary Schools' Team
The team that won the parish's  first ever Primary Schools Competition!
Back (Left to right): Sean O'Neill (Teacher and coach) Gary Smith, Francis Cousins, Matthew McGinn, Gavin Carvill, Tom Grant, Keith Farrell, Paul Brannigan, Declan Monaghan, Martin Murtagh, Kevin Mussen (Principal): Middle  (Left to right): Paul McPolin, Paul McConville, Eugene O'Hagan, Stephen Brannigan, Shane Ward, James McCartan, Lorcan Mussen: Front (Left to right): Jayme Farrell, Paul Shields, Conall Gribben, Francis Quinn (Captain), Damian Smith, Damian Fearon

 
Schools Together  - St Patrick's and St Paul's pictured with Cathal Murray and Sean O'Neill. Back row (l to r) Martin Murtagh, Paul McConville, Paul Brannigan, John Morgan, Damien Fearon, Paul Shields, Conall Gribben, Stephen Brannigan, James McCartan, Eugene O'Hagan, Kevin Kearney, Jayme Farrell. Middle row (l to r) P J Smith, Lorcan Mussen, Gary Smith, Paul McPolin, Mark Dickson, Shane Ward, Francis Quinn, Damien Smith, Tom Grant, Padraig Matthews, Colm Woods. Front row (l to r) Seamus Sexton, Keith Farrell, Declan Monaghan, Gavin McCann
 
St Colman's College Newry on winning their third Hogan Cup in 1986. (Clonduff's Matt McGinn was on the first in 1957 and his son Joe was on the team that won in 1998).  Clonduff boys on the team are: Mark Mooney (second from right front row), Mark Matthews (second from left front row) and Cathal Murray (back row right)
 
Down U16 Football Champions 1985! Front row (l to r) Eugene O'Hare, Tony Wilson, Oliver Morgan, Dominic Brannigan, Patrick Hannaway, Mark Watterson, Thomas McKay, Paddy Murray, Robert Wilson. Back row (l to r) Cathal Murray Snr (Team mentor), Dermot Fitzpatrick, Rory Arthurs, Gavin Macken, Mark Matthews, Lawerence Branagan, Cathal Murray, Andrew Carr, Martin McCumiskey, Gary Woods, Desi Monaghan (Team mentor)
 

Patrick McCumiskey, son of Peter and Bernie (Spelga Park) won the U15 Óg Sport Penalty Kick competition in 1983
 
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