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2011 - A Summary

January - The ever popular ‘Crowded Heads’ opened up the new year in the club lounge. Lorraine Havern won the U19 Singles and Doubles titles at the US junior Nationals. Saval’s 1970 winning Junior Championship team gathered together to celebrate 40 years since they brought the first piece of silverware back to the club. A 7 A-Side tournament took place featuring Guest Referee Daniel Hughes.  An article of the Gaelic 4 Mother’s team featured in ‘Gaelic Life’. The Annual Awards Night was held in January due to the Snow in December.


February - The Senior Committee appointed John McConville as Club President. Gary McGeown won the Club Lotto. The U10 South Down Comogie blitz, was held in Saval GAC. In Handball Keelan Rice  won his 2 single Ulster-semi final games, Stephen Digney and Pat Havern also won their Ulster doubles semi-finals. Saval Hosts Teachers Workshop, delivered by Down and Ulster GAA coaches. In Scor Sinsir TheSaval Ceili Dancers were crowned County Winners and the ballad group came second in the South Down Final.


March - The Reserves opened their League campaign with a win against Leitrim.  Anna Madine won an Ulster Handball title, Anna defeated Maighread O'Duill Armagh over two games at Eugene Quinns Armagh.  Naoise Quinn received an award at the Newry and Mourne Sports Awards.  Official opening of the refurbished club Lounge. Controversial referee decision in the Reserve match against Annaclone. Banquet & Dancing night at the Club, Proceeds in aid of I.H.C.P.T. Club members attended the Down GAA Race Day in Downpatrick. Johnny McConville and Jarlath McCarthy organised a race evining at the club in aid of ‘Friends of Africa’.


April - The Minors continued their run of challenge games with a great win over Armagh combined side of Poyntzpass and Lissumon. Final Score: 6-19 to 0-04. Under 14 Girls began their league campaign with a big win over neighbours Burren, Final Score: Saval 4-05 Burren 1-05. U14 Boys started their league campaign with a good win over Ballyholland, Full Time Score: Saval 3-07, Ballyholland 3-04. The Seniors started their league campaign with a draw against Rostrevor. The Reserves put in an excellent performance against Longstone: Full Time Score: 3-14, Longstone 1-08. Preparations began for the Saval May Day Festival. The U10 team competed in their first Go Games blitz of the season on Saturday morning in Rostrevor, the team showed no ill effects from the winter break and were soon into their stride with an excellent victory over a strong Rostrevor team. The U16 Boys started their 2011 league campaign with a hard fought win ove strong Clonduff side. Michael McCarthy who won a British University All-Star Award. he received his award in the Croke Park Hotel.


May - We were completely blessed with the weather all weekend for the Saval May Day Festival this year, and this was helped by the Trojan work by so many people over the whole weekend to make it a success.The Saval Gaelic 4 Mother’s team travelled to Cadbury GAC Kildare, to take part in their inaugural Blitz Competition. The outing proved a success with the team putting in excellent perfomances. In the May day festival Raffle Mickey Redmond won first prize, two tickets to see Manchester United in Old Trafford. U16 Boys played Rostrevor, Full Time Score: Saval 3-03, Rostrevor 4-11. In the Senior League pulled off a remarkable 11 point win against Kilcoo. The U14 Boys had a fantastic outing against Shamrocks B, Scoring 10-10 to 3-05. At the Irish News and Volunteer Awards held in Wellington Park Hotel, Saval was presented with a ‘Highly Commended Club Award 2011’. A very Successful ‘Live to Play’ road safety event took place at the club; a large crowd was welcomed by Club Official and DOE Road Safety Officer Education Anthony Crozier. In attendance were Aileen Tohill from the Ulster GAA, Superintendent Muir Clark of the PSNI Road Policing, Laura Dougan DOE Road Safety Education Officer and Down Footballer Danny Hughes. Michael Havern wins the second Saval Golf outing.


June - Colleagues from Sainsbury’s Newry visited St. Colman’s Primary School to celebrate the donation of active kid vouchers. U16 girls played Clonduff, in the league. The seniors drew with rivals Mayobridge in the League. The Ulster GAA recently held the ‘Live to Play’ Competion for primary schools, St Colman’s P.S Saval were the winners for the County Section. Saval Reserves played Tullylish in the League, Full Time Score: 1-13, Tullylish 2-5.The Annual Saval Fun Run / Walk took place with over a 100 Competitors taking part. St. Colmans P.S Saval presented cheques to Caroline McCarthy in aid Action Cancer and Michelle Ryan in aid of teaching underprivileged children in Sir Lanka


July - Seniors drew with neighbours Burren in the league, Final Score: Saval 0.15, Burren 0.15. The Gaelic  4 Mums teams attended Drumragh GAC, Co. Tyrone, Invitational Blitz. The team put in an excellent performance winning all there games. Saval also had their own Gaelic 4 Mother’s blitz with near a 100 mums competing. Saval Cul Camps were successful once again with over 100 children attending, a great achievement for the club and a significant increase to last year’s numbers. Cul Camp coaches included county footballers Martin Clarke and Conor Laverty. The club had the privilege to appear in ‘Gaelic Life’s’ Club of the week feature. The U14 Girls played Ballymartin in a highly entertaining game, where the Lilywhites went away with the points.


August - The Club launched their first ever monthly E-Newsletter via the club website. The Senior team team played Longstone in the league, Final Score: Longstone 0.14, Saval 0.07. The reserves also meet Longstone in the same week,  Final Score: Saval 0.15 Longstone 2.07. The Seniors commenced the ever popular ‘Premier League Challenge’. Grand Auction held in the club with the proceeds in aid of disabled access. A big win for the U12’s as they defeated Annaclone 7.6 to 3.4. Neighbours Glenn won the Canon Murtagh Shield with Saval finishing as Runner - ups.


September - Saval Gaelic 4 Mums Team travelled to Drumragh Sarfields GAC. Tyrone to compete in the Ulster Gaelic 4 Mums Blitz. Fundraising night in Saval GAC, in memory of Vincent Dobbin. Saval luncheon club commenced for a new season. The Gaelic 4 Mums team travelled to John Mitchel’s for the Davina Marks Memorial Tournament.


October - The Senior team were defeated by Kilcoo in the League. Green and White, Savals take on the T.V show Red and Black took place. The Down Handball Final was held at the club, between the hosts and Clonduff, both clubs were deadlocked at 3 points apiece. The Seniors played their last league fixture against Byransford, and confirmed there Division 1 status for 2012. U11 Blitz held at the club. Saval Running Club formed, meeting weekly at the Carnbane Industrial Estate. Saval Mums travelled to Portmarnock Dublin for National Gaelic 4 Mother’s Blitz. Saval coaches undertook their AED training. The Gaelic 4 Mother’s team were invited to play an exhibition match in Clones. Tommy Sands played in Saval GAC as part of his ‘32 counties of Ireland in Month and a Day’ tour. A one off Handball showdown was held Saval GAC to help promote the sport in the county.


November - Saval Coaches undertook their First Aid training, with the course being delivered by Andrea Hamilton. The Annual Club Mass took place this month. The club became the venue for the Down under 13 development games. Saval was awarded £100 under the Ulster Bank GAA Force Initiative, Ulster Bank Rep and Down player Danny Hughes was on hand to present the Cheque to Club treasurer Theresa Fearon.  Texas Poker Night was a big success with nearly a 100 players competing. Santa arrived in Sheeptown at Gina’s cottage. A Ladies FUNdamentals course took place at the club, 26 participants attended coming from ladies clubs throughout the county. Annual Awards Night took place. Dan McCartan won the Prestigious South Down Hall of Fame Award 2011. In the U21 League St Colman’s (Saval/Ballyholland) defeated Glenn 1-15 to 1-10.


December - The Annual General Meeting was well attended, with the 2012 Club Committee elected. Saval hosted a very successful Young Referees course, delivered by Down Referee’s Secretary & Saval Clubman P.J Quinn. U21 St Colman’s team (Saval/Ballyholland) beat Downpatrick to win the U21 ‘B’ Championship. U14 and U16 Boys Presentation, the U14 award was presented to Trevor Palmer and Cathal Turley, with the U16 award presented to Daniel McCarthy. Super Christmas Craic – er at took place at Saval GAC. Annual Boxing Day walk took place with proceeds going to the Newry Hospice and Saval Lourdes Invalid Fund.



We extend our sympathies to the families of club members and friends who have died over the past year.