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~Dinner Dance Awards 2013~

Down Ladies National Division 3 league winners Sinead Fegan (captain) Orla Fegan, Niamh McGowan, Eimear Kane and Christine McCarthy picked up their medals on the night.

Handball Awards

Junior B All Ireland Handball 40 x 20 champion - Marty Turley.

Junior National Handball 40 x 20 and one wall All Ireland champion - Sean Digney

Senior Ladies  Handball All Ireland one wall champion - Lorraine Havern

Masters Handball 40 x 20 All Ireland runner- up and Ulster Champion - Brian Havern

Presentation of Club Maith Gold Merit Award. This award was presented to Club Maith

co-ordinater Anthony Crozier.

 

Individual awards:

Minor player of the year - Conor Lonergan

Thirds player of the year - Kevin McCarthy

Reserve player of the year - Patrick Clarke

Senior player of the year- Jarlath McCarthy

Senior ladies player of the year - Sinead Fegan

Gaelic for Mothers player of the year -

Sheelagh Doogan  G4MO personality of the year - Rosaleen Travers

Handballer of the year - Lorraine Havern

Personality of the year - Theresa Fearon.

Saval Club Spirit Award

In 2011 Saval introduced Club Spirit award recognising the commitment and good work of  young members. In memory of a devoted and long serving club man, John Cunningham. This year’s recipient was Charlene Malone. The award was presented by John’s wife Philomena Cunningham.Cannon Murtagh Shield 2013

On the first Sunday of August three teams, Mayobridge, Glenn and Saval contested the Cannon Murtagh Shield. The 9-a-side tournament got underway with Mayobridge vs Glenn, the ‘bridge got off to a flyer scoring goals at will against a dazed Glenn team. However as the game progressed goals from Gavin McParland and Jarlath McConagagy helped Glenn onto level terms with a minute remaining. Mayobridge frontman Aaron Gribben popped up with arguably the score of the tournament to give the ‘bridge a point victory.

The second game on show saw Saval vs Mayobridge. Saval after watching the first game and knew what to expect from their local rivals ran into an early lead with great solo goals from Ethan Lennon and Lorcan Forde. The ‘bridge (Division 1 team) were stunned by the quick start from their Division 3 rivals and the pressure didn’t let up with points from Turlough Shiels and Dean Rice after Ronan McCarthy put in hard work around the midfield to supply them. With brilliant defending from Daire Savage, Dean Rice, Peter Haughey and some first class saves from goalkeeper Jack ‘D’ Turley, the ‘bridge fired blanks for the majority of the first half. Saval lead at half time by 4 points. However straight from the throw up for the second half ‘bridge forward Conal Gallagher scored a goal which seemed to settle the ‘bridge and stifle Saval. This set the tone for the whole second half with Saval unable to rise to their first half heroics as the game favourite came through winners by 6points. Considering there is two divisions between Saval and the ‘bridge, all Saval under14 players put on a brilliant display which drew a large crowd watching this team for the first time.

Saval now lined up against Glenn where the winner proceeded to the final. In this game Saval never really got going and missed Ethan Lennon’s strong running and Lorcan Forde’s jinxing dangerous runs. Glenn dominated from the outset and didn’t have any trouble reaching the final. However Saval were able to give vital experience to young under 12 talent such as Jack Turley, Cormac Turley, Brendan Tumilty, Liam Dunne, Feidhlim Shiels, Ciaran Quinn, Odhran Goodman and under 10 player Liam Tumilty. Managers Adrian Savage, Frank Quinn and Damian Lennon agree that the future of men’s football will blossom with these young lads coming through the ranks.

After the group games over it left a final of Glenn vs Mayobridge and if their first game was anything to go by we were in for a treat. Two sets of players did not disappoint with the ‘bridge again similar to their first game racing into an early lead with goals and points from their impressive front two of Gribben and Gallagher. Going into half time the ‘bridge’ led by 6points leaving Glenn with it all to do. Nobody would bet against the sky blues taking the shield at half time. However Glenn came out with a fighting spirit and after a few ‘Joe Brolly/Sean Cavanagh’ moments from the ‘bridge, Glenn slowly but surely clawed their way back into the contest. With a large crowd watching, majority cheered on Glenn and with minutes left the ‘bridge winning by 2points Jarlath (Glenn Captain) skipped past his marker and with the ‘bridge goalkeeper between him and the goal, he rounded the keeper with a dummy, kicked the ball swiftly towards goal, the crowd started to celebrate, however out of nowhere Brandan McEvoy slid and managed to clear the ball off the line. The crowd and Glenn players couldn’t believe their eyes. It must be the ‘bridge’s day like many others. Until last minute Gavin McParland drilled a low shot into the bottom corner of the net to give Glenn the deserved win and Cannon Murtagh Shield.

Saval Chairman Cormac Canavan presented Glenn with the Cannon Murtagh Shield. All spectators agree that talent on show was very impressive and look forward to the tournament next year.


Canon Murtagh Shield 2013




Cow Clap Challenge!!!

The Cow Clap Challenge was the main attraction at the funday in Saval on Sunday past and while the cow took his time, we were all glad to see the cow do his business just after 6.30pm. The winning square was bought by Saval ladies full-back Fiona Rice (Lively) who scooped the top prize of £250. A big thank you to everyone who bought tickets for the challenge, also to Mick McCarthy for the services of the cow and of course Chris who provided the commentary and 'crap' jokes along the way. A great day was had by all and the weather was perfect.


Saval Funday 4th August



A big thank you to everyone who helped out last Sunday at the Saval Run, to the stewards, water girls/boy, timers, kitchen staff and all involved in anyway and to Finbar McNally for the gorgeous fruit and Savage and Whittens for the water. Also to all the runners and walkers for taking part, it was really appreciated, hope you all enjoyed.


Saval Fun Run - 21/07/13




Saval 5.8K Run Results – 21/07/13


Pos

Bib

Name

Gender

Finish

1

Sean Downey

M

28.50

2

Gloria Havern

F

31.15

3

Conor Heatley

M

31.29

4

Ross Redmond

M

32.01

5

Dean Rice

M

32.01

6

Judith Spence

F

33.03

7

Daniel Fearon

M

34.29

8

Danny McKenna

M

34.29

9

Aine Crozier

F

34.48

10

Meave McEvoy

F

35.02

11

Ross Cunningham

M

35.03

12

Edel Casey

F

35.05

13

Cormac Turley

M

37.00

14

Tracey Quinn

F

38.15

15

No Number

38.18

16

Leanne Fearon

F

39.00

17

Ciara Byrne

F

39.02

18

Meave McCartan

F

39.03

19

Marcus Doogan

M

39.26

20

Caoimhe Redmond

F

39.38

21

Michelle Rice

F

39.38

22

Anne McCaul

F

39.38












































Saval 10K Run Results 2013!!!

Pos

Bib

Name

Gender

Finish

Club

1

1

Tudor Moldovan

M

00.33.48

2

47

Don Travers

M

00.36.10

NCR

3

5

Brian Young

M

00.36.12

4

7

Barry Monaghan

M

00.36.31

Club Pulse Runners

5

44

Gary Fearon

M

00.37.35

6

24

Paddy Havern

M

00.40.10

NCR

7

6

Martin Little

M

00.41.29

8

42

Sean Goodman

M

00.42.50

NCR

9

46

Dermot Fearon

M

00.43.11

10

52

Neil Garvey

M

00.43.33

NCR

11

19

John Faloon

M

00.45.00

12

38

Noel Moan

M

00.45.31

NCR

13

3

Linda Meehan

F

00.46.10

Club Pulse Runners

14

41

David Garey

M

00.46.15

NCR

15

9

Damien Maguire

M

00.46.54

NCR

16

12

Susan Smyth

F

00.47.22

Dromore A/C

17

11

Tony McAteer

M

00.47.33

NCR

18

33

Michaela Downey

F

00.48.11

19

48

Finbar McNally

M

00.48.21

20

43

Anne Havern

F

00.48.35

NCR

21

35

Jemma McGarty

F

00.49.12

22

53

Leo McEvoy

M

00.49.35

23

54

Frank McKenna

M

00.49.55

NCR

24

25

Emma Cunningham

F

00.50.30

25

29

Amanda Russell

F

00.51.14

Dromore A/c

26

4

Emma Moley

F

00.51.25

27

27

Helen McCartan

F

00.51.33

Dromore A/c

28

26

Matthew O'Hare

M

00.51.51

29

39

Colm Devlin

M

00.52.00

30

51

John McNally

M

00.53.22

31

45

Eamon Lyons

M

00.53.22

32

28

Jim Downey

M

00.53.57

33

10

Damien McCann

M

00.54.13

NCR

34

37

Caolan McCaffery

M

00.55.27

35

36

Marianne McGee

F

00.55.32

36

2

Patricia McCarthy

F

00.55.35

37

18

John Cinnamond

M

00.56.15

38

50

Peter Dumme

M

00.56.17

39

14

David McCracken

M

00.56.52

40

30

Philip Legge

M

00.56.54

41

31

Cara Hamilton

F

00.57.02

42

32

Siobhan McCaffery

F

00.57.30

NCR

43

20

Nicola Murphy

F

00.58.04

44

17

Sonia Marley

F

00.58.30

45

40

Shereen Lyons

F

00.58.36

46

49

Joan Quinn

F

00.59.38

47

13

Triese Lively

F

00.59.15

48

15

Timothy Atkinson

M

01.00.00

49

8

Michelle Grant

F

01.02.22

50

21

Malachy McNally

M

01.02.37

51

16

Martina McEvoy

F

01.02.42

52

23

Eugene McKenna

M

01.03.01

53

22

Niamh Murphy

F

01.10.25

54

34

Dennis Heaney

M

01.10.51





Saval Gaelic 4 Mother's Blitz!!!

The club has received thanks via email from a number of the teams that participated in last Saturday's Blitz Words that were used included well organised, much appreciated, enjoyed, excellent, brilliant job, first class etc. It is good to get praise from other clubs and it shows that here in Saval that we can do things well. It goes with out saying that events such as the Blitz it is not just one person but a small band of people who give up their time to help out. On this occasion it was Geraldine Bennett, Susan Fearon and Phyliss Lennon who once again looked after the hospitality, the referees John McCarthy and Eamon McCarthy, all the ladies from the team that made the sandwiches, tray bakes and lastly the young members of the club who looked after the teams with refreshments which included the fruit trays throughout the day. On behalf of the G4MO footballers I would like thank all those who came out and showed their support. which was much appreciated.

Training continues on Thursday 6-45pm to 8-00pm.

Date for diary
National G4MO Blitz Day 
Saturday 19th October 2013 in Dublin (Naomh Mearnog GAA Club Portmarnock )

Anthony Crozier
Saval G4MO


Saval Gaelic 4 Mother's Blitz - 20/07/13






Saval Kelloggs GAA Cul Camp

The Cul Camp was once again an overwhelming success with plenty of positive feedback from the children and parents. In the coming weeks an evaluation by the Down County Board will take place and it is important that everyone involved has their say. Further details of the evaluation will be published at a later date.

Anthony Crozier
Saval Cul Camp Coordinator



Cul Camp 2013






Saval Golf Day 2013



So that's it for another year. Hopefully everybody has recovered from the mad weekend at the festival. It was one hell of a GREAT weekend - can't believe it is over. Thanks to everybody that came along to support a fantastic weekend and also a massive thanks to all the organisers and people that helped out - alot of work was done and Your help was greatly appreciated. 

Also for everybody that bought raffle tickets over the weekend - the draw will take place at the NEXT HOME GAME! Winners will be contacted but also announced on here!! Keep posted....who will be the lucky winners? Good Luck Everyone!!!



We would like to thank all those who braved the elements and attended the Pampered Chef fundraiser for the Parent & Toddler Group on Friday 22nd March at Saval Sports and Leisure Complex.  Thank you to all those who purchased raffle tickets on the night.  So far we have raised over £200, which will go towards the purchase of new toys

 

  Thank You!

The Saval Senior Ladies team would like to extend a huge thanks to everyone who supported them on their recent breakfast morning. To everyone who sponsored food items or anyone who donated money for their breakfast or the cake sale, it is very much appreciated. We hope that you enjoyed your breakfast and that we will be able to repay your kindness with a successful year in the green and white! Special thanks to our main sponsors The Sunray Bakery, Mickey McKeown and Wards Rockmount.
 

Dinner Dance

150 guests centered at the Whistledown on Saturday 26th January for the Annual Dinner Dance to celebrate 2012. Those in attendance enjoyed the meal and speeches from Club Chairman, Cormac Canavan and County Chairman, Seamus Walsh. They were also entertained throughout by host, Fergal McConville. After the presentation of awards, they then danced the night away to 'Lift the Roof' - highlighted by some rather dodgy 'Gangman Style' dancing! A full list of awards are named as below but special mention to a humble Dan McCartan who collected the Vincent Dobbin trophy for 'Hall of Fame'. 

 

Minor Player of the Year: Keelan Rice

Under-21 Player of the Year 2011/12: Declan McNally

Under-21 Player of the Year 2012/13: Niall Madine

Thirds Player of the Year: Frank Kerr

Reserve Player of the Year: Eamon Magee

Senior Player of the Year: Jonny Huges

Senior Ladies Player of the Year: Niamh Canavan

Gaelic For Mothers Awards: Moira McEvoy and Aisling Crawley

Handballer of the Year: Pat Havern 

Club Spirit Award: Christopher McConville

Personality of the Year: Emma Westcott

Hall of Fame: Dan McCartan 

Manager appreciation awards: PJ McGee (Seniors) and Ned Lennon (Reserves)


The Saval Charity Tractor Run

 

This years run took place on Saturday 15th September 2012. Money raised from this event, 

totaled £2000 and was donated to the suicide prevention charity PIPS Newry & Mourne. A 

grand total of 57 tractors ran. The route was a 17 mile circular course around Saval and some of the most spectacular countryside that South Down has to offer.  The tractors that took part in  the  run  ranged  from  vintage  to  modern and  many of  the  vintage tractors have  been painstakingly restored while others are still a work in progress! Chairperson of the Saval Vintage club Micheal Sands would like to thank all who came and participated on the day, all who supported with gifts and donations for  the raffle, and to everyone who helped in any way to make the event such a great success. With particular thanks to:

                                               

Dan O Hare and Sons,

Derrylecka bedding

Freeza Meats (Michael Rice)

Eurospar  Mayobridge

Maria Morgan

J M Tyres

Corn Dolly

Auto Supplies

Mc Parlands

Jerry Devine barber

Exclusive Hair Design

Shelbourne

Joe Walls

Oak Tree Restaurant

A J Plumbing

K C Hire

Newry Building supplies

Ciaran Morgan

Harry Mackin

Peter Sands

O Reilly Sweets

Modern Tyres

Carlin Records

Michael Mullen

Boyds Pub

F S Wheels

Diamonds Restaurant

B J Mc Nally

Briege Breen

Dunnes Stores

Newry Building Supplies.

Saval Newsline


Glorious Weather for the Saval G4M Football Blitz

The club's Annual Invitational Gaelic4Mothers Football Blitz took place on Saturday 21st July  with nearly 90 mums from across Northern Ireland participating.Teams from Armagh, Tyrone and Down were among those who took part.Local representation at the Blitz were Newry Mitchels and host club Saval.The event was blessed was glorious weather which is a first for Blitzs this year.The mums and their supporters thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon's football and the refreshments in the Sports Hall afterwards.
 
Anthony Crozier  Blitz Co-ordinator would like to thank all the teams that took part, the referees John McCarthy and Pat Fox and all the people that worked behind the scenes to make this event once again a success.A special mention has to go the Geraldine Bennett and Rosaleen Travers who looked after the catering arrangements.

 


  ‘A Big Success For Saval’

Saval Kellogg’s 2012 Cul Camp Report

The camp was once again a big success with numbers up once again from previous years. We had a total of 113 children with 31 in the Nursery Camp and the remaining 82 in the Cul Camp. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves throughout the week. On behalf of Saval GAC I would like to thank all the coaches.

 

Anthony Crozier - Cul Camp Co -Ordinator



Cul Camp 2012




Saval Fun Run 2012

On Sunday 8th July Rathfriland twins Patrick and Andrew Monaghan came first and second at the Saval 10k Run with just single second separating them. Saval’s Julie Turley was the fastest woman and fourth overall with a speedy time of 37.48. We would  like to say a big thank you to all those helped out on the day. 


Pos

No

Name

Gender

Finish

1

54

Patrick Monaghan

M

00:35:06

2

53

Andrew Monaghan

M

00:35:07

3

40

Gary Fearon

M

00:37:40

4

24

Julie Turley

F

00:37:48

5

58

Seamus Lynch

M

00:38:43

6

26

Don Harte

M

00:39:11

7

51

Dermot Fearon

M

00:40:57

8

7

Declan McCaul

M

00:41:57

9

56

Damien McQuaid

M

00:42:17

10

49

Paul Watters

M

00:42:57

11

48

Declan Morgan

M

00:43:09

12

28

Gerard McAllenan

M

00:43:18

13

35

Bernard Hamill

M

00:43:24

14

69

Peter Linden

M

00:43:35

15

34

Peter O’ Hara

M

00:44:06

16

75

John Hogg

M

00:44:41

17

74

Ronan Doran

M

00:44:42

18

4

Pat Rocks

M

00:45:01

19

10

Conal Stewart

M

00:46:02

20

50

Cormac Cranney

M

00:46:33

21

55

Roisin O’Hare

F

00:46:47

22

67

Darren Quinn

M

00:46:52

23

12

David Carey

M

00:47:08

24

11

Sean Goodman

M

00:47:12

25

9

Kevin McCarthy

M

00:47:19

26

17

John Garvey

M

00:47:20

27

27

Brian Kirwan

M

00:47:36

28

14

Damien Maguire

M

00:47:39

29

46

Neil Garvey

M

00:47:42

30

19

Mary Mackin

F

00:47:47

31

39

Noel Moan

M

00:47:52

32

38

Cathal McConville

M

00:47:54

33

73

James Bennett

M

00:48:11

34

63

James McNally

M

00:48:26

35

45

Andrew Browne

M

00:48:42

36

5

Niall King

M

00:48:45

37

23

Aidy Watters

M

00:48:58

38

16

Stephen Garvey

M

00:49:04

39

36

Anne Turley

F

00:49:08

40

72

Frank McKenna

M

00:49:11

41

33

Aine Fegan

F

00:49:54

42

8

Kealan Curran

M

00:50:04

43

18

Patricia Brown

F

00:50:12

44

3

Cormac Canavan

M

00:50:25

45

61

Liam Murphy

M

00:50:54

46

21

Amanda Russell

F

00:51:45

47

65

Mark Little

M

00:51:52

48

20

Helen McCartan

F

00:52:14

49

29

Paul Redmond

M

00:52:14

50

6

Matthew O’ Hare

M

00:52:29

51

42

Barry Sloan

M

00:52:34

52

41

Conor

M

00:52:34

53

25

Damian McCann

M

00:53:28

54

47

Paul Lyons

M

00:53:32

55

52

Nicola Mathers

F

00:53:33

56

43

Jim Downey

M

00:53:34

57

1

Anthony Crozier

M

00:53:34

58

70

Eva Kitchen

F

00:54:13

59

64

Finbar McNally

M

00:54:25

60

37

Andy Coulhoun

M

00:55:21

61

68

Eugene Sands

M

00:55:39

62

71

Brian Turley

M

00:56:04

63

2

Barbara Flemimg

F

00:56:15

64

59

Mark White

M

00:56:53

65

13

Bootsy Fearon

M

00:57:18

66

44

Mary Dunny

F

00:57:20

67

30

Peter Ryan

M

00:58:20

68

57

Bernadette Canavan

F

00:58:27

69

60

Fearghal Lewis

M

00:58:29

70

62

Corrina Garvey

F

01:01:32

71

15

Duana McCardle

F

01:04:01

72

22

Tracey Quinn

F

01:07:08



Saval Fun Run 2012




Saval Under 12 Football Blitz - 25th March 2012

The club played host to a very successfull Under 12 Football Blitz last Sunday. Ballyholland and Tullylish provided the opposition, with each club fielding 2 teams. The boys and girls enjoyed the day's football.


Cumann Na Bunscoil Down Handball Finals

Last Saturday 18th February Saval GAC held a very successful Cumman Na Bunscoil Down Handball Finals. Participating boys and Girls represented St. Colman’s Saval, St Patrick’s Saul, Newry Bunscoil, Downpatrick Bunscoil, Ballyholland Primary School, Holy Family Teoconnaught, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s Downpatrick, St. Mary’s Dunsford and St. Patrick’s Legamaddy. We would like to say thanks to the all those who helped organised the event. Thanks also to the players who played such great handball. 
After some very competitive games the results were:                                                                                                        

U-11 Boy's Singles Ruari Quinn St. Patrick's, Saul beat Eoin McMullan St. Mary's, Dunsford.

U-11 Girl's Singles Rachel McKeown Our Lady and St. Patrick's, Downpatrick beat Cailiosa Ni Dhuill Newry Bunscoil.
U-11 Boy's Doubles Rhys Cunningham and Aiden Harney St. Patrick's, Saul beat Seamus Havern and Cormac Turley St. Colman's Saval.
U-13 Boy's Singles Tim Prenter St. Patrick's, Legamaddy
beat Ronan Murphy Holy Family, Teconnaught.
U-13 Girl's Singles Eilis Murphy Holy Family, Teconnaught beat Cailiosa Ni Dhuill, Newry Bunscoil.


Handball Feile 2012




Scor Sinsir

On Sunday 12th February the South Down Final of Scor Sinsir took place at Saval Sports and Leisure Complex. The evening proved a success with the club coming first in the Novelty and Solo Singing Acts, both acts will now progress to the Down Final on Sunday 26th February in the Abbey Grammer Newry.


South Down Scor Sinsir Final 2012


Saval Sponsorship Draw 2012
Congratulations to D & E Fisher Solicitors who are the new sponsors of Saval’s jerseys after Senior Manager, PJ Magee pulled out the winning ticket at the draw on Friday night. All at Saval would like to thank everyone who entered the draw and each entrant will have an advertisement placed in the programme for all home games for the season ahead. Many thanks for your continued support



A Real Craic -er


We had a great day in Saval Hall on the Sunday before Christmas when Santa came to visit with his friends Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie. The hall was packed full of excitement with lots to do for everybody. We would like to thank all those people who came along and supported this event. By all accounts, everyone enjoyed their day. We thank all the many people who helped out in a variety of ways – in the kitchen, the shop, supervising the Wii games, helping with photos, setting up and clearing away. All are very much appreciated. A special word of thanks to Marty Madine who helped Santa and his bags full of goodies to find his way to the hall. Also to Cormac and Killian and Niamh who were very kind to Buzz and Woody and Jessie who provided the show-time entertainment. And to D.J. Colleen for keeping the party going late into the evening – to Noel and Emma and all who worked so hard in the kitchen all day long, and to all the other helpers for various jobs. And not forgetting Saval GAC for their help and the use of the facilities. A big thank you to all. A cheque for £800 was presented to Charles who is leader with I.H.C.P.T. local group 93 of  the Irish Children’s Pilgrimage Trust, who provide respite care for children with special needs.

                                                                                                                                                                      Thank You!




Christmas Craic-er 18/12/11





Young Referee's Course

On Tuesday 6th December the club was the venue for a very successful young referees' course. This was an ideal opportunity for young people especially from our club to develop their skills and knowledge of the game. It would allow them to referee up to and including Under 12 and also would be a worthy addition for future job/educational course applications and CVs. The course was expertly delivered by Down Referee's Secretary and Saval clubman P J Quinn.


Secretary's Report 2011

The AGM was held on Sunday 4th December and was well attended. The meeting was very positive. It was encouraging to see so many of our younger members there with some interesting ideas. The secretary's report is available to download from the website, hard copies are available on request. 



Annual Awards Night


Last Saturday 26th November was an opportunity to celebrate Saval’s achievements in 2011. Saval welcomed special guests including Dan McCartan, who the previous evening had been awarded the prestigious Hall of Fame Award at the South Down Awards evening in Burren. 2011 has been a successful year for football in Saval with the senior panel retaining first division status and both the Reserve and Minor panels finishing as runners-up in their respective leagues. Handball continues to add titles and trophies to Saval’s growing achievements. The Saval Gaelic for Mothers team is leading the way for other G4M teams in not just the county, but also the province.

 

Player of the Year Awards 2011:

Senior Player – Stephen Kearney

Minor Players - Brendan Turley and Rowan Turley

Reserve Players - Declan McNally and Martin Poland

Senior Ladies – Christine McCarthy and Fiona Lively

G4M – Theresa Fearon and Personality of the Year Clare Cull

Handball - Martin Turley

 

Club Spirit:

This is a new award for 2011. Clare Sands deserves the Club Spirit award for all of the hard work that she has done throughout the year at football matches, training sessions, tournaments and various other entertainment events.  She promotes the club in a very positive way to people both inside and outside Saval. She is also the best ticket seller in Ireland!

 

Club Personality:

Anne Monaghan has given a lot to the club over the years through her many roles including club treasurer. She consistently shows support of club functions and events. Down through the years she has proved to be one of Saval’s most loyal supporters both on and off the field. She continues to create funds for the club through the club lotto and has organised numerous fundraising events including Duck Derbys and club auctions


Annual Awards Night 2011




Ladies FUNdamentals Course at Saval 26/11/11

On the 26th November 2011, a FUNdamentals coaching course was held in Saval GAC County Down. 26 fully involved participants attended the course, coming from all the ladies'clubs throughout the County.The FUNdamentals course comprised of several unit (Good Coaching Practice, ABC’s of Gaelic Football, Group magagement & Child Protection and Coaching a Session). The participants had a look at issues such as planning and implementing training programmes as well as practical coaching and an introduction to the player pathway.There was positive feedback from all coaches,which augers well for the future of Ladies football in Down 

The Course was delivered by LGFA Coach Education Tutors  Seamus Braniff and Francie Toner  



No Jackpot Joy!

 

Green or White took place in the club on 1st October and was a great night with Jack Havern reaching the wheel at the end of the night. Unfortunately for Jack, he decided to pick Green but narrowly found White when he spun the wheel and missed out on the £1000 jackpot, instead going home with the £100 consolation prize.

It was an all Saval final quartet with Joan Quinn, Barrie McCoy, Sheila McConville and Jack in the final four, before Sheila and Jack made the final two. The games that got the 130 crowd down to the final four produced lots of fun, tension and cheering. Declan McCarthy won the shoot out competition against Domhnall Murphy in a sudden death showdown, while Emma Lennon and Michelle Rice’s game which saw them popping balloons with darts, also went to sudden death when both girls finished on equal marks at the end of the game. Anna Madine and Christine McCarthy served up an exciting game when Anna won by a single point while ‘shooting hoops’. But by far, the narrowest of margins went to Johnny McConville when he beat his brother, Christopher in the washing line challenge after Chris shot into an early lead.

Kevin Rice was also a winner on the night when he won £50 in the raffle, however, his ability to hook a duck leaves a lot to be desired!

A big thank you to all those who took part in the games, to all the contestants and to everyone in the Entertainment committee for their hard work. Thanks also to JP, Kevin and Dominic who took part in the fun games.  However, our biggest word of thanks go to our two hosts, Derrick McCarthy and John McNally whose laugh-a-minute jokes, costumes and tales kept the whole show together! They have also guaranteed their job as hosts for the next night in Saval!

Because the jackpot didn’t go, we will hold another night for someone else to have a go at ‘Marty’s Magic Wheel’ and their chance to win the jackpot! Watch this space for details......


Saval Fun Run Results 2011

Position

Number

Name 

Time

1st

199

Mark McKenna

37.03

2nd

275

Ben Branagh

37.25

3rd

273

Julie Turley

37.44

4th

323

Donal Murphy

39.27

5th

272

Patrick Branagh

40.12

6th

375

Colum Hughes

40.38

7th

388

Dermot Fearon

41.47

8th

242

Paul Watters

42.44

9th

256

Frank McKenna

43.24

10th

267

Mike Dunford

43.28

11th

376

Marty Havern

43.37

12th

228

Geraldine Branagh

43.47

13th

238

Jonathan Ward

44.11

14th

328

Noel Locharan

44.45

15th

259

Brendan Turley

45.07

16th

237

Brendan Savage

45.07

17th

381

Conor Goodman

45.50

18th

234

Tony McAteer

45.59

19th

227

Brian Farrell

46.12

20th

336

Gary McArdle

46.23

21st

263

Declan Kearney

46.25

22nd

200

Sean Goodman

46.26

23rd

257

Donal Murdock

46.36

24th

258

Maurice Turley

46.44

25th

274

Colm Turley

46.52

26th

389

Darren Cunningham

47.06

27th

338

Gareth Murdock

47.11

28th

197

Casey Morgan

47.28

29th

386

John Quinn

47.37

30th

335

Ruari Cranney

49.00

31st

325

Brendan Ward

49.01

32nd

377

Gus Lennon

50.04

33rd

333

Neil Garvey

50.19

34th

329

Paul Byrne

50.34

35th

239

James McNally

52.19

36th

270

Bronagh Sands

52.27

37th

246

Colin Messan

52.32

38th

326

Adrian Kinnely

52.57

39th

233

John Hughes

53.17

40th

382

Sean McCarthy

53.24

41st

334

Louise Grant

53.48

42nd

268

Caroline Wade

54.07

43rd

241

Ciaran McBride

54.34

44th

240

Alexis Mullholland

54.39

45th

230

Judith Boyd

54.52

46th

235

Adrian Winters

55.14

47th

261

Michael McCartan

55.23

48th

384

Mairead McLogan

55.23

49th

229

Sinead Young

55.26

50th

322

Matthew O'Hare

55.28

51st

255

Mairead McGeough

55.33

52nd

254

Sinead McGrady

55.38

53rd

251

Geraldine McLean

55.47

54th

383

Joy Morgan

55.54

55th

253

Mark Little

56.10

56th

248

Gabriel Goodman

56.15

57th

332

Shane Garvey

56.20

58th

372

Colm O'Brien

56.30

59th

330

Judith Byrne

56.46

60th

231

Anthony Crozier

56.52

61st

250

Edel Lennon

57.37

62nd

277

Ciara Heaney

57.51

63rd

260

Jim Downey

57.57

64th

285

Brian Turley

58.54

65th

249

Emma Conlon

59.10

66th

278

Mark Tumilty

59.15

67th

198

Sharon Maginn

59.55

68th

331

Eileen Fegan

1.00.06

69th

280

Colleen Franklin

1.00.22

70th

196

Shirley Brannigan

1.00.38

71st

247

Terri Campbell

1.00.39

72nd

286

Trevor Palmer 

1.01.22

73rd

337

John McGuigan

1.01.54

74th

327

Lorna Murphy

1.02.23

75th

245

Brendan McVerry

1.03.24

76th

232

Gerry McCarthy

1.03.30

77th

324

Monica McSherry

1.03.55

78th

262

Chris Rodgers

1.04.04

79th

378

Sean Fallon

1.05.15

80th

276

Brendan Heaney

1.06.15

81st

341

Claire McNulty

1.09.19

82nd

373

Ooanagh O'Brien

1.09.26

83rd

252

Denise Maguire

1.10.05

84th

342

Briege Grant

1.10.45

85th

283

Micheal McAvoy

1.10.49

86th

243

Siobhan McGeough

1.15.41

87th

244

Ann Redmond

1.15.41

88th

391

Dean Rice

1.17.50

89th

265

Ann Cunningham

1.18.23

90th

266

Edel Casey

1.18.23

91st

284

Dean Toner

1.18.23

92nd

271

Roisin O'Hare

1.19.11

93rd

340

Aisling Quinn

1.19.11

94th

236

Patricia O'Hagan 

1.20.00

95th

279

Doreen McGuinness

1.21.13

96th

269

Maria Savage

1.33.00

97th

282

Phylis Lennon

1.33.00

98th

339

Lelia Morgan

1.33.00

99th

379

Fintan Havern

1.39.00

100th

380

Cathal Turley

1.39.00

101st

385

Dean Collins

1.39.00

102nd

390

Stephen Rice

1.39.00

103rd

281

Rosaleen Travers

1.45.00

104th

37

Aideen Digney

1.45.00

105th

38

Mairead McGowan

1.45.00

264

Gary Fearon

0.00.00

Non Runner

374

Andrew Hicks

0.00.00

Non Runner

 

Invitational Gaelic4Mothers Blitz 16/07/11

Saval GAC was the setting for the Club's Annual Invitational Gaelic 4 Mothers Football Blitz on Saturday past with nearly 100 mums from across Northern Ireland participating.Teams from Antrim, Armagh, Tyrone and Down were among those who took part . Local representation at the Blitz were Newry Mitchels, St Michael's Killean, Belleeks and host club Saval.Before the start of the competition on Saturday everyone present took time to reflect on the passing of Davina Marks from the Newry Mitchels team who sadly passed away earlier last month. Davina had played at the Ulster Blitz that was hosted in Saval last year.

 

The mums and their supporters thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon's football and the refreshments in the Sports Hall afterwards.

Anthony Crozier  Blitz Co-ordinator would like to thank all the teams that took part, the referees Dessie Turley, Eamon McCarthy, John McCarthy and Pat Fox and all the people that worked behind the scenes to make this event once again a success.

Date for diary- National Blitz Day - 15 October - Naomh Meamog GAA Club Portmarnock Dublin.

Training for the mums continues every Thursday at 6-30pm. The Saval G4M Walking Group continues every Tuesday at 7-00pm meeting at the club.

New mums are welcome to attend.


'Live to Play'

A very successful Live to Play Road Safety event took place in Saval GAC on Thursday 26 May. A large crowd was welcomed by club official and DOE Road Safety Education Officer Anthony Crozier. In attendance were Aileen Tohill Community, Health & Wellbeing Manager Ulster GAA, Superintendent Muir Clark of the PSNI's Road Policing, Lorna Dougan DOE Road Safety Education Officer and Down footballer Daniel Hughes. A powerful hard hitting presentation was delivered by Constable John Wilson Education/Accident Prevention Officer for Road Policing. Local mum of two Maria Clarke told her story of how she was left disabled following a car crash when she was 19. Maria stressed to the audience the importance of slowing down on our roads.

Following the indoor presentation the crowd moved out doors to view a live demonstration by the Road Rescue Team of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS). A live commentary was provided on the demonstration, where local teenagers Nial Madine and Colleen Lennon acted as casualties and were cut out of the car. Live To Play is a Road Safety initiative promoted by Ulster GAA in conjunction with Clubs and County Boards. It aims to raise awareness and to educate members on how best to stay safe on the roads. The education is aimed at young drivers (aged 16 -24) but is applicable for all adult road users. The full impact of Live to Play may never be known but if even one life is saved by the campaign it will truly be worth it.

Saval GAC wish to thank all involved in the event with special mention of the following:

:

  • Executive Committee for their support
  • Seamus McManus, Michael McConville, Ned, Anne, Colleen and Leah Clare Lennon for their work behind the scenes.
  • Official Club Photographer Kieran Madine
  • Declan Kearney – provision of car for demonstration
  • Garry Sands – provision of the motorway traffic cones
  • Roisin Rice, Nial Madine and Colleen Lennon for their participation.
  • Ryan Rice – the only one in the audience to spot the dancing bear in the reaction test.
  • Mary Crozier, Clare Cull and Theresa Fearon who looked after the catering
  • Last but not least all those who turned up on the night and supported the event

Saval May Day Festival 2011

We were completely blessed with the weather all weekend for Saval Festival this year, and this was helped by the Trojan work by so many people over the whole weekend to make it a success. A big thank you is extended to everyone who not only helped in anyway but also to everyone who attended the weekend.

Thursday night’s teenage disco was enjoyed by lots of locals which was a great way to kick off the festival. Friday night’s ‘Battle of the Townlands’ was a massive success with the audience enjoying entertainment from characters such as Cilla Black and Christy Cooney and acts from ‘Jeremy Kyle’ to ‘Oaklahoma’ and everything in between. Sure where else would you see Marty Madine dressed up as ‘Big-Chief-sitting-at-the-bar-talking-Bull’, Mark Gordon and the Fearons as Lady Gaga and Davy Hughes as Beyonce (again!)?  Glenvale/Savalbeg were crowned winners of the night with Lynsey Cunningham head-over-heels with the result, while Christine McCarthy was left broken. The weather was spectacular on Saturday with families enjoying the family fun day; Dessie Gallagher (Mayobridge) won the Darts competition in the lounge while Paul Greenan was top Poker player from the large crowd who attended on Saturday night. Sunday night was again the main crowd-puller with the marquee packed to capacity dancing away to Fireside Folk (not Fireside Craic as we advertised –Dodo!) and The Chevys.

None of this would have been possible without the brilliant work of all our volunteers, it was a long weekend but it was all worth it! SavFest 2011 was better than 2010 and we want 2012 to be even better! As a way of thanking all those who helped out over the weekend, we invite all those who volunteered or took part in ‘Battle of the Townlands’ to the lounge this Saturday night from 8pm (a buffet will be served).Don’t forget to tag any photos you have of the weekend onto the festival Facebook page Saval Maydayfestival.

 

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