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50/50 Draw

This weeks draw was held in The Sheepwalk and Noreen Kelly of Castleroyan won €991.
Envelopes are available in most business premises and online through www.swinfordgaa.ie where tickets can be purchased in bundles of 10/25/52 weeks. Next draw is in Horkans on the 20th September. Draw envelopes are available at 3 for €5.

Into the drum for the Grand draw went: Noreen Kelly, Alan & Jim, John McCallion, Caitriona Groarke, Geraldine Forkan, John Mullaney, TJ Kelly, Mrs. Mcnamee, Alan & Jim and Michael Carney.

Gavin Moore was the lucky winner of the All Ireland Final Ticket.

All Ireland Final Tickets:

Due to the huge demand tickets for the final the club will not be giving out tickets until Thursday in the hope that we may receive a second allocation from the county board. We are doing our best to satisfy as many members as possible.
Successful members will be contacted with details of where they collect their ticket. The majority of tickets that the club will receive will be Hill tickets.

Minor B Championship

A very brave effort saw the Swinford ParkeKC team go down to a very late Ballyhaunis Gaels goal on a scoreline of Swinford ParkeKC 4-5 Ballyhaunis Gaels 3-10. The team came back from a six point half time deficit to lead going into injury time but to be denied. We were missing a lot of players and played a number of Under 16’s and came within 10 seconds of keeping our interest in the Championship alive. There is still one game left in the group stages of the Championship away to Bonniconlon.

Senior League Division 1E

We left ourselves with too much work to do with a very poor opening 25 minutes. At that stage we were 9 down and should possibly have been more save for bad shooting by Garrymore. From there on in we more than matched our opponents and brought the deficit back to 5 at the break. In the second half we narrowed it to 3 but unfortunately could not close it any further. The final score was Swinford 0-10 Garrymore 0-13.

Senior League Division 1C

In a gruelling game played with a very strong wind playing into the town end we enjoyed a very deserving win by 1-8 to Achill 1-5. Playing with the wind we went in at the break 1 point down but a very strong second half saw us take the crucial two points up for grabs. Full report at swinfordgaa.ie

Under 15 Division 3A

The lads bounced back from their narrow defeat to Hollymount-Carramore last week to enjoy an emphatic win away to Ballyhaunis by 5-10 to 7-11. Well done to all the team and management..

Upcoming Fixture

16th September 6-30pm
Minor B Championship
Bonniconlon v Swinford in Bonniconlon
19th September 6pm
Under 13 League Div 2A

Aghamore v Swinford in Aghamore

24/25th September
Senior League Div 1E
Swinford v Aghamore at Robert McCallion Memorial Park
25th September 11am
Under 15 League Division 3A

Kilmeena v Swinford in Kilmeena

2nd October 11am
Under 15 League Division 3A

Swinford v Aghamore at Robert McCallion Memorial Park

Sunday 9th October 11am
Under 15 League Division 3A
Swinford v Burrishoole at Robert McCallion Memorial Park

Any changes will be posted on Facebook, twitter and swinfordgaa.ie

Senior League Div 1C Swinford v Achill

It was a very windy early afternoon at Robert McCallion Memorial Park where Swinford and Achill met. A strong wind was blowing into the clubhouse end of the ground and Swinford played with it for the first half.

We started very well with a free from Kevin McDonagh with the first attack which he followed up with a fine second point from play. Great pressure by the Swinford half forward line and midfield led to a Liam Moran free slotted over the bar.

A lot of possession football led to no scores for Swinford and after 13 minutes Achill with an isolated attack knocked over a free and they soon followed up with a goal. All Swinford’s early work in the half with the breeze was now wiped out. Achill extended their lead with another free.

Swinford manager Sean Kavanagh made two changes to the  attack and James Sweeney and Kevin McShea came into the team. Kevin McDonagh got his third point and Kevin McShea then leveled the game. Just before the break Achill put over a very soft free right in front of the Swinford goal to lead by a point at the  break.

Now playing against the strong wind Swinford were up against it for the second half but that brought out the best in them and we were soon in the lead with a fine James Devaney goal. Both teams then missed a lot of opportunities with Swinford having four wides and Achill two.

Swinford went into a three point lead with another Kevin McDonagh free coming from great pressure on the Achill defence.

On the 19th minute Gavin Moore in the Swinford goals pulled off a great save to keep the 3 point lead in tact. Achill were in control of the ball now but could not get it in the scoreboard and rattled off another four wides.

Liam Moran then brought the best out of the Achill goalkeeper with a great run and shot pushed out for a 45. A Point from Kevin McShea extended our lead before a 50/50 challenge ended with a serious injury to a Achill player who was stretchered off. The game was held up for a number of minutes to deal with this. Steven McNicholas was also helped off to be replaced by Kevin Doyle.

Mark Forkan got on the scoresheet to bring our lead to 5 with a about 5 left on the clock. Achill got their first score of the half with a free and another point but could not get that goal they needed.

The full time whistle brought relief to the good few Swinford supporters, players and management and disappointment to the strong Achill support. Swinford winning by 1-8 to 1-5.

It was a vital two points and we have now leaped Achill in the league table. Three games left in the league…….

Against the wind Swinford played their best football and the team showed they are much better then the league position suggests. With the championship still to come the team are more then capable of beating Moy Davitts and putting a good run together.

Swinford: Gavin Moore, Steven McNicholas, Sean Brady, Alan McLoughlin, Mark McNicholas, Fergal Harte, James Lavin, Joe Kelly, Mark Forkan, Darragh McIntyre, Kevin McDonagh, Liam Moran, Johnny Burke, Barry Brennan, James Devaney. Subs: James Sweeney, Kevin McShea, Danny McNicholas, Kevin Doyle.

Scorers: Kevin McDonagh 0-4, James Devaney 1-0, Kevin McShea 0-2. Liam Moran, Mark Forkan 0-1

League Table Mayo Senior League 2016 – Group 1C

Team Pld Won Lost Draw For Agst Diff Pts
Mayo Gaels 9 8 1 0 131 87 44 16
The Neale 10 7 2 1 137 120 17 15
Bonniconlon 8 6 2 0 96 79 17 12
Parke/Keelogues /Crimlin 9 4 3 2 138 124 14 10
Swinford 8 4 4 0 89 82 7 8
Castlebar Mitchels 10 4 6 0 119 120 -1 8
Louisburgh 7 3 3 1 87 81 6 7
Achill 8 3 4 1 81 75 6 7
Ballyhaunis 8 3 4 1 87 118 -31 7
Ardagh 9 2 6 1 104 134 -30 5
Cill Chomain 7 2 5 0 71 77 -6 4
Tuar Mhic Éadaigh 9 1 7 1 80 123 -43 3

Senior League Div 1E Swinford v Garrymore

We left ourselves with too much work to do with a very poor opening 25 minutes of our top of the table clash with Garrymore this evening.

At that stage we were 9 down and should have been more save for bad shooting by Garrymore. From there on in we more than matched our opponents and with a bit of luck could have got something out of the game.

Four points in the last five minutes of the half from Kevin McShea, James Sweeney, Gerry Callaghan and Pearse Walsh brought the deficit back to 5 at the break.

Garrymore extended it after the restart but points from James Sweeney and Gerry Callaghan kept us in the game. It was our turn to have some poor wides and a ball off the crossbar which could have narrowed the gap further.

Both teams swapped two points to keep it at 4 points with ours coming from a Kevin McDonagh free and one from play. James Sweeney got another to bring us within three but that was as close as we got as we again swapped points to end the game Swinford 0-10 Garrymore 0-13.

We are now in third spot behind Garrymore and Ballina  entering the last round of games on the 25th September. We are home to Aghamore while Ballina and Garrymore are home to Kilmovee and Westport respectively.

Swinford Damien Geraghty, John Gerard Kelly, Paul McDonagh, Aiden McLoughlin, Mark McNicholas, Kevin Barry, Stephen Walsh, Gerry Callaghan, Barry Brennan, James Sweeney, Danny McNicholas, Darren Campbell, Kevin McShea, Adrian Forkan. Suns James Lavin, Pearse Walsh, Kevin McDonagh, Cillian O’Donnell, JP Broderick

Scorers: James Sweeney, Kevin McDonagh 0-3, Gerry Callaghan 0-2, Kevin McShea, Pearse Walsh 0-1

Swinford GAA Weekly News

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50/50 Draw

This weeks draw was held in Quinns and Mark Dunleavy of Killasser won €943.
Envelopes are available in most business premises and online through www.swinfordgaa.ie where tickets can be purchased in bundles of 10/25/52 weeks. Next draw is in the Sheepwalk on the 13th September. Draw envelopes are now available at 3 for €5.

Into the drum for the Grand draw on the 13th September go: Mark Dunleavy, MargaretCampbell, Killaturley, Callum Grufferty, Killasser, Mary Gallagher, Cloongullane, Martin O’Donoghue c/o MP Morans, Michelle Kennedy, Meelick, Boland Family, Bridge Street, Kathleen McNicholas, Gortnasillagh, Linda Campbell, Midfield, Ray O’Hara, Tullinacurra.

There is still an opportunity to win an All Ireland Final Ticket. Ten more envelopes will be drawn out next week for the Grand draw will be held in the Sheepwalk on Tuesday 13th and the winner will take home an All Ireland Final Ticket.
If you are not in you cannot win……..

Junior Championship Playoff

After a dramatic draw a few weeks ago Swinford and Kilfian met again in the Junior Championship Relegation Playoff in Ballina at Sunday Lunchtime and Kilfian got the goals at the right time and retain their Junior status for next year on a final score of Swinford 1-9 Kilfian 3-10. Swinford are now in last chance saloon in the coming weeks to retain Junior A status.

Under 15 Division 3A

We were treated to a very good game of Football at Robert McCallion Memorial Park in the opening game of the Under 15 League in which Hollymount Carramore came awey winners by one point on a score of Swinford 4-11 Hollymount Carramore 3-15.

Upcoming Fixture

There are two very important Senior League games this coming weekend with the Division 1E team involved in a top of the table clash with Garrymore on Saturday evening and the Division 1C team have a very important game home to Achill on Sunday lunchtime.

9th September 6-30pm
Mayo Minor B Championship
Swinford Parke KC v Ballyhaunis Gaels at Robert McCallion Memorial Park
10th September 11am
East Mayo Under 11 League
Aghamore v Swinford in Aghamore

10th September 6pm
Senior League Div 1E

Swinford v Garrymore at Robert McCallion Memorial League

11th September 11am
Under 15 League Division3A
Ballyhaunis v Swinford in Ballyhaunis

11th September 12-30pm
Senior League Division 1C
Swinford v Achill at Robert McCallion Memorial Park
12th September 6pm
Under 13 League Div 2A
Hollymount-Carramore v Swinford in Hollymount

19th September 6pm
Under 13 League Div 2A

Aghamore v Swinford in Aghamore

25th September 11am
Under 15 League Division 3A
Kilmeena v Swinford in Kilmeena

2nd October 11am
Under 15 League Division 3A
Swinford v Aghamore at Robert McCallion Memorial Park

Sunday 9th October 11am
Under 15 League Division 3A
Swinford v Burrishoole at Robert McCallion Memorial Park

Any changes will be posted on Facebook, twitter and swinfordgaa.ie

Junior Championship Replay Swinford v Kilfian

After a dramatic draw a few weeks ago Swinford and Kilfian met again in the Junior Championship Relegation Playoff in Ballina at Sunday Lunchtime.

This writer was late to the game, coming from a very good Under 15 League match at Robert McCallion Memorial Park between Swinford and Hollymount-Carramore.

The game was three apiece when I arrived at James Stephens Park, Ballina with all Swinford scores coming from the dead ball of Adrian Forkan.

Kilfian twice went back in the lead in the closing stages of the first half only to be leveled both times by Adrian Forkan with a point from play and another free.

So at half time there was nothing to split the teams at 0-5 each.

Kilfian went into a two point lead before Pearse Walsh got one back but from there Kilfian took control of the game and save for another Adrian Forkan point they scored 2-3 without reply.

The Swinford team didn’t give up and two more points from Adrian Forkan and a lot of hard work that went without reward they kept battling.

Unfortunately Kilfian got another goal before Jason McLoughlin got a consolation goal near the end to finish the game Swinford 1-9 Kilfian 3-10.

Kilfian retain their Junior status for next year while we enter the last chance saloon in the coming weeks to retain Junior A status.

With a number of regular players missing it was a great effort by Swinford.

Swinford: Damien Geraghty, Aiden McLoughlin, Jonathan Moore, Stephen Loftus, Mark McNicholas, Kevin Barry, Joshua Smith, Pearse Walsh, Stephen Walsh, James Sweeney, Jason McLoughlin, Danny McNicholas, Gearoid Brady, JP Broderick, Adrian Forkan. Subs: Caoimghin McLoughlin, Jack Geraghty