Mid-Ulster Club Chats


The lotto numbers for Friday 8th February were 8, 9, 12, 31. There was no jackpot winner. Match three winners were Martin Wilson and Golden Girls, next week’s jackpot £2,100

The Ulster Senior League continues with a home game against Dungiven on Sunday 17th February at 12pm. The games against Ballinderry has been refixed for Sunday 24th February.

New Ardboe hoodies and jerseys are now in stock at Intersport in Cookstown.

Parents and players are reminded it is now a requirement for all underage players, up to and including minor players, to wear mouthguards in both training and matches.

Training for all boys eligible for U8 and U10 football is in the Parish Centre on Friday nights from 7-8pm.

Training for U14 boys continues on Sunday afternoons at 12pm on the pitch and indoor at the pavilion on Wednesday nights at 7:30pm.

SlimFit is now up and running, the schedule of weekly activities can be viewed on the club website and accessed via the club facebook or twitter page. The programme has had a fantastic response and is still open for registration should anyone still want to join. Anyone who is not a member of SlimFit but wants to attend some of the activities like jiving or circuits can do so at a cost of £3 per activity.

The presentation night for all players from under 12 up will be rescheduled and the date confirmed over the coming weeks.


Last weeks numbers were 8, 17, 18 and 19. There was no jackpot winner with one person matching 3 numbers. Jack Lagan c/o Blackrock Road won £100. Next weeks jackpot is £1950.

Minor training continues as normal this week. U14 training is on Wednesday night and Saturday morning this week. A reminder to all Minors and U14s that membership is due at a cost of £5 per player or £10 per family. All youth players must have a mouth guard to play competitive football this year.

Please check our Facebook page for any updates on Youth Football.

Well done to our neighbours Cookstown Father Rocks on their All Ireland winning success last Saturday night


The club will be holding a fitting night for new merchandise on Friday 1st March in the Hall. Everyone will have the opportunity to try clothing for size and any items ordered MUST be paid for on the night. This will only happen twice a year so it is important that if you wish to purchase club gear you attend.

Membership for 2013 is now due, cost £20 and committee members are calling around as many houses as possible to collect this. If by any chance a representative has not called at your door and you wish to be a member, please let any committee member know to help get this arranged. Please also note that you must be a club member to be eligible to apply for tickets for any county games throughout the year.

Everyone is asked to keep Easter Sunday free for a Mr and Mrs Fundraiser followed by 70’s Disco. Any couple interested in taking part in the Mr and Mrs Competition should contact Dolores Shivers.

February’s members draw winners are £200 - John McErlain and £100 - Mark Cuskeran

The club will be holding a Big Breakfast on Sunday 17th March

This week’s lotto numbers were 4, 11, 15 & 21– there were no winners. Dominic Quinn, Vester O’Brien, Danielle McGoldrick and Izzy Johnstone each win £25. Next week’s jackpot is £2,000.

Bingo continues to take place every Saturday night at 8.30pm in the Hall.


Lotto numbers for week commencing 4th February were 4, 6, 16, 20. At the Draw in McLernons Bar, four people matched three numbers: Karl Kolbohm (Rock), Raymond McGurk (Gortreagh), John Gourley (Moveagh), Mary Kelly (Moveagh). Each won £25. This week’s Jackpot (Monday) is £3,600.

Congratulations to Cookstown Fr. Rocks on winning their second All Ireland Intermediate Club Championship on Saturday night in Croke Park defeating Finuge (Kerry) in the final. Well done on a great achievement.

Anyone wishing to receive Club Texts should text Club Secretary Eamonn Cush on 07788292998 or contact him on Facebook.

This year’s Summer Camp will take place in Pairc Naomh Padraig from Monday 12th August until Thursday 15th August.

Deepest sympathy is expressed to Malachy Devlin and family(Keenaghan) on the death of Malachys mother Veronica, grandmother of youth player Odhran. May she Rest in Peace.


Ballinascreen Underage Coaching Programme has commenced at the Backrow. Cost £1. Monday U12 Football 6.45-8pm; Tuesday 6.30-7.30pm P5/6 Boys Football; Wednesday 6-7pm P3/4 Football; Thursday 6-7pm P7–YR8 Hurling; Friday 7-8pm P3-P6 Hurling. Cubs Club Saturday 10.45am-12pm 4yrs-P2 children (£10 for 11 weeks - no weekly payments)

Ladies U14 Football Tuesday @ 6.30pm in the Club.

U16 hurling trainings starts this Sunday in the backrow sports hall at 10.50am sharp this is an indoor session so all players should bring trainers, their own water and £1 for the use of the hall.

Anyone who is interested in coaching Underage teams this year could they please submit your name and details to Ciaran Smith by email secretary.ballinascreen.derry@gaa.ie

Ladies football training for Minors and Seniors this Thursday 8pm at the Club.

Bring indoor gear please. Ladies U14 and U12 Football begins this Tuesday in the Club from 6.30pm.

Ballinascreen will be running a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker night on Saturday 23rd February. The event will be £40 Double Chance Freeze out and tickets are available from any members of the ladies football panel.

A big night coming up folks so be sure to save the date!! Saturday 9th March in

Tullyglass Ballymena some of our illustrious Club Members will be donning their dancing finery to entertain us. Tickets will go on sale Sunday 24 February in the club – over 16s only. See a sneak preview on our facebook page.

If you are interested in joining Cairde Screen please speak to anyone on the Club Committee or you can collect a Cairde Screen pack from the Credit Union.


This week’s lotto numbers were 3-4-13-17. There were seven match three winners who each won £15. The jackpot next week is £4,700.

Cookstown made history at Croke Park on Saturday night when they became the first club to win the All Ireland Intermediate title twice when they had a deserved six point success over Kerry’s Finuge. In the closing couple of minutes they showed great composure to retain possession and when the final whistle sounded the scenes of jubilation showed just what it meant to the players, management and supporters. A massive well done to the management and players on a fantastic achievement. The Fr Rocks team that made history was – M Rea, P McGurk , S Monaghan, M Hughes [0-1], R Pickering, M Murray, B Hughes, C Mullan, C O’Hare, S McGarrity [0-1], O Mulligan [0-3], B Mulligan, J Quinn [0-3], J Gilmore [0-1], J McGahan [1-0]. Subs – R Mulgrew for O’Hare, D Hughes for McGurk, Barry Mulligan for Mullan, P Kelly for Brian Mulligan, R Mullan for McGarrity

The club has launched a new look website over the last week and we hope that it helps to enhance communication for all involved in club affairs. Log on at www.fatherrocks.com.

The minor boys have training at MUSA this Thursday at 6:15pm. Please remember that all players must have a gum shield for training and matches

The club is currently running a Last Man Standing Prediction Competition, for Division 1 of the National Football League.

Under new ruling from congress all players up to and including minor as of January 1st 2013 will have to wear a mouthguard in all Gaelic football training sessions and matches.

Could anyone who was involved in coaching Youth Football last season, please return any equipment that they still have as the club wish to carry out an audit on all equipment for coaching.

Club membership is now due and there will be an opportunity to pay next Monday evening in the club rooms 6pm-7pm. Adult membership is £35 for the year. All players and committee members should have membership paid by the next meeting or game. Youth membership is £5 for the year, and student membership is £10.

The club would like to thank everyone who supported or helped us in the build up to the All Ireland Final. A big thanks to all the clubs, from across Tyrone, Ulster, and beyond, who offered us good luck and congratulations. A massive thanks to the local businesses who lent their support and in particular club sponsor Steelweld for all their support this year.


Pomeroy Plunketts GAC says, lets spring fit into Health and Happiness! Building on the successful Biggest Loser last year, Pomeroy Plunketts GAC invite previous and new participants, young and old to join our improved 6 week Health and Happiness Programme which promises fitness, fun and fantastic prizes including hotel breaks, meal vouchers and much more. This diverse programme from 6.30am–10pm features exciting activities, facilitated by experts, instructors and coaches, which will benefit your health and ultimately your happiness, whether you are a seasoned partaker or have never considered being involved before, now is your opportunity to make a positive change. The programme is, suitable for all abilities from 18 years to 80 with the bonus of team camaraderie sprinkled with special events planned such as cardiac screening. Registration for the programme will take place the following Sunday 17th February at noon in the Pavilion with launch of the programme on Monday 18th February. The cost of the programme is £45 per person for the six weeks.

The winning lotto numbers for Monday 11th February were; 10, 14, 17, 22 and 23. Marguerite and Patricia Canavan matched 4 numbers and win £200. Next week’s snowball £100. Next lotto draw on Monday 18th February in Nugent’s Bar at 9pm. Lotto jackpot remains at £20,000.

Membership for the incoming year is now due for renewal. Please contact Eddie Quinn or Jim Quinn for more information. Closing date for membership is Sunday 24th March at the annual funrun

The Minor girls are back out training on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7.30pm, all girls who are interested in playing for the team should attend training.

The U14 boys are training Mondays and Thursdays at 7pm.

If anyone would be interested in helping out with the Handball please contact Kevin ONeill 07833938442.

Cardiac Screening Clinic starting from 11am on the Saturday 9th March in the Pavillion. Screening available for males and females aged from 14-35. The cost of this screening is £35 per person. To book at slot at the clinic email corrina.grimes@gmail.com or telephone Kieran Grimes 07795681000 or Aidan Quinn.The lower age limit is 14 years, as the child’s heart is not fully formed until age 14. If screened before this age many more tests would be listed as abnormal, causing undue further testing and increased anxiety. Our upper age limit is 35, as above this age the person is more likely to have problems due to heart disease, rather than issues associated with sudden cardiac death. (We can screen sports people slightly over this age as long as they have no history of heart disease.)

If you need anything from the club shop contact Leanne Begley on 07986705485 or at home after 5pm on 87758469 or Alice Begley on 87759148, the ladies have a variety of stock. For more details and quality images of some of our kit check out the merchandise section of the club website. Remember you can buy your loved ones a gift voucher for use in the club shop.

The Plunketts wish a speedy recovery to Ronan Quinn after his recent injury.

Well done to Cookstown Fr Rocks on winning the All Ireland Intermediate final at the weekend.

The Plunketts send their sincerest condolences to the Kane family, Cavanakerran on the passing of Mrs Devlin, to Jim and Sheila Quinn on the sudden death of their nephew Donal Charlton, Kildare and to Corrina Grimes on the death of her granny, Mrs Donnelly. Our Lady of Knock pray for them.


A reminder that the Presentation Night will be held in the Old Charm Inn on Saturday 16th February. Food and entertainment will be provided on the night, beginning at 8pm. If tickets are yet to be purchased, then they can be bought from any committee member, at a cost of £8. This night is to recognise the achievements during 2012 by our Club members. Indoor underage training continues at Carrickmore Youth Club. P1-P4 will be at 6pm to 7pm and P5-P7 at 7pm to 8pm. The second session is for girls only and first year girls are more than welcome to attend. Training for P5, 6 and 7 boys will continue on Wednesday at 7.15pm to 8.30pm at the youth club. A reminder that membership is still due for all ages. Firewood is still available to buy from any committee member at £45 for a half tonne bag. Delivery can be arranged if requested. Club merchandise, such as jerseys, hoodies and bags can be bought from Rafferty’s shop in Carrickmore.


Winning numbers for Wednesday 6th February lotto were 5, 7, 14, 16. There were no jackpot winners. £50 - Rosemary Cox, £25 - Peader O’Neill and Agnes McErlain. Next week’s Jackpot - £1,300

There will be bingo on Wednesday February 13 at 8.30pm sharp.

The next round of Ulster League was postponed on Sunday due to waterlogged pitches this is now this Friday at 7.30pm at Ballymaguigan

Training for seniors and reserves every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm.

Senior Ladies training is every Monday at 7.30pm and Wednesday at 7pm. All new players welcome.


Membership is due and can be paid to Membership Officers Peter O’Neill or Niall Hegarty before the end of March.

We congratulate all our participants for competing in Scor Sinsir semi-finals last Friday in Magherafelt. They all did our club proud. We have three entries through to the finals on Sunday evening in Swatragh -Molly McFlynn Recitation, Ballad Group of Blaithin McFlynn, Kate McGrath, Brian O’Neill and Joe Donaghy and the quiz team Conrad Ward, Enda Hasson and Liam McElhone. Good luck to them all.

Club Moneymore GAC winners were Gerry and Bernie Donnelly, Paudie O’Neill, Nuala Hannon; new members more than welcome and they receive free or reduced membership of club.

U6s Fundamentals for P1 and P2 Children is in Community Centre, Thursdays 6.30-7.30pm. U12/14/16 Recreation Centre Mondays 8-9pm, U10/8s Primary 6/5/4/3 is in Recreation Centre Tuesdays 7-8pm. U14/16 Girls Recreation Centre Wednesdays 8-9pm.All these coaching sessions run for six-week period at cost of £5. Mouthguards are mandatory for games and training for underage players. Underage queries to Youth Officer Gary McCoy 07990 554260.

Senior Ladies training is on Thursdays 8-9pm in Recreation Centre.

We still require a few houses to host the visting teams for Feile 28th-30th June. If you can help contact Sandie Marshall 07795 565924.


The seniors entertained Slaughtmanus of Derry on Friday night in round 2 of the Ulster league. Played on a very slippery surface, it took the Harps a while to get going and they trailed by 3 points at the break. However, a sprited second half performance saw the lads fight back and secure a draw with an injury time Blake Smyth point. The league continues on Sunday with the lads traveling to face Shane O’Neills from Armagh. The game throws in at 12.

Training for the U14 team commences this Saturday at 10.45am at the field. All new comers are more than welcome.

Membership for 2013 is now due. This can be paid to Maura or to any committee member. The membership fees for 2013 are as follows: Adult - £30; Couple- £50; £10 for OAP’s and all youth groups except for under 6s (£5).

Anyone who received trophies from the club last year must return them to Maura ASAP please.

Club officer training for new officers – scheduled to take place on Saturday 23rd February in Holy Trinity College, Cookstown. Anyone who would like to go should contact Cathal Coyle before this Friday.

A Foundation Award coaching Course takes place on Saturday 23rd February in Eglish. There is also a Child Protection course in Killyman on Monday 18th February. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Cathal Coyle on 07742986251. It is vital that as many people as possible, and especially any of our coaches have their child protection so get to the course if you are involved this year.

Good luck to our quiz team of Cillian McConville, Declan Laverty and Cathal Coyle and solo singer Eleanor Kelly who will be taking part in the county final of Scor Sinsear in St Joseph’s hall Omagh on 17th Feb. Good luck to them all.

From 1st January 2013, it is compulsory for all youth players up to minors to wear a gum shield at every training and game. There will be an information leaflet going on the club website and also on the facebook in the next few days so keep an eye for those. A youth player who has not got a mouth guard cannot take the field.

Congratulations to neighbours Cookstown Fr Rocks following their All Ireland success on Saturday night.


St.Michaels GFC Irish Language classes will start in the clubrooms on February 28 at 7.30pm, cost £15 for a six-week period. If interested contact Briege on 07833 921306.