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September 11th 2002

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Take 5 Basketball Camp

Take 5 Basketball Camp came to Killybegs for the first time and players came from all over the county to St Catherine’s Vocational School for the event.

Organised locally by Eileen Sinclair and successful Killybegs Coach, Steven Carty, who brought the Take 5 Camp to the Northwest. Due to the success, it is now planned to make it an annual event with a residential part to the camp to attract players from a wider area.

Take 5 Camp was directed by Martin Hehir and Gerry Fitzpatrick. Martin is currently coach of Waterford Wildcats in the womens’ National League and also coaches 3-in-a-row All Ireland ‘A’ Schools Champions, Thurles. He is also a FIBA referee and takes charge of top-flight games in Spain, Portugal and Italy.

Gerry Fitzpatrick is coach of the Irish mens’ team and has won over 24 National and International titles with the Irish womens’ team, Wildcats of Waterford and Neptune of Cork. Hehir and Fitzpatrick’s joint venture with Take 5 Camp has proved a big attraction. The camp places a big emphasis on fundamental skills and teamwork and it is planned to run the camp for two weeks in Killybegs next August. The camp will bring top Irish coaches along with Irish and American players to Donegal and if the reaction is as positive as it was from the Donegal boys and girls last week , then it will be an event not to be missed for aspiring young players.

COMPETITION WINNERS
1. Knockout- Kelly Johnstone; 2. Free Throws- J. Girls- Julieann Murphy; 3. S. Girls- Kelly Johnston; 4. Boys-Noel Kennedy; 5. 1 on 1 Boys- Fiachra McIntyre; 6. S. Girls- Marie Louise Neary; 7. J. Girls- Miamh McFadden; 8. Leg Up Brian McGinnis; Overall Winner- Paul McHugh

Under 8s

Four Masters U-8 footballers at their last training sessions of the season

Naomh Bríd face big test on Sunday

Club play Junior championship final v Robert Emmets

Ready to paint the town Green and Black - Eamon McNulty, Player/Joint Manager; Ronan Gallagher, Player; Peter (Pete) Walsh, Player; Michael Gallagher, Executive Member

On Sunday next the Naomh Brid Senior team play in their 2nd Junior Championship Final against Robert Emmetts. On their first final in 1986, they incidentally played the same team and recorded their 1st championship win in the club’s history. They followed this in 1987 by winning the intermediate title by defeating Naomh Naille in a closely contested final. From 1987 to the present day, the team have achieved little success by way of championships but they have won some league titles, namely Division 3 in 1989 and promotion to Div 1 and 2.

The records will show that the panel of players that lined out back in 1986 has certainly changed from the one that lines out on Sunday. Only four survivors, namely Declan Gallagher, Dermot Gallagher, Terence Kilpatrick and Joseph Griffith are still playing. Current joint-manager, Eamon McNulty, also played in that double winning side.

The present side is a combination of a number of successful under-age teams that played in the past, even going as far as the U10 winning sides of 1985 and 1986 - also the U12 winning sides of 1992 - and with additional players - the likes of Paul Clarke, Jason Quigley, who transferred from Naomh Ultan, and Gerard Gallagher (Captain) who played his under-age football with Aodh Ruadh.

Unfortunately, like most clubs of this stature, some players have to go elsewhere to seek employment and this team is certainly no different. But the various team managers namely Tommy McFadden, Michael Gallagher, Declan and Matt Gallagher, along with the present day managers of Michael Walls and Eamon McNulty, have kept the senior team going and the flag flying in the club. Success does not happen over-night without some hard work, so a result on Sunday would make all their efforts worthwhile.

Even as this years campaign began, the managers were faced with the problems of players having to do exams and those having to leave the area for pastures new, which meant that their resources were stretched to the limits - but in fairness they kept plugging away eventually results came their way, and the ‘buzz’ came back into the squad. Teams were once again ‘dreading’ the trip to the splendid facilities at Pairce Naomh Brid.

The path to this final pitted them against Lifford in the quarter-finals (they got a bye in the first round). Having despatched them with ease in the 1st leg at home, the return leg looked like being the same at half-time with the team 9 points up but the home side completely changed things around in the second half and forced a replay which took place in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey. Naomh Brid, after weathering an early storm, overhauled Lifford and won out in the end by four points.

In the semi-final, played in Ardara, the team came up against Letterkenny Gaels and after a shaky start they came good and an opportunist goal by local based solicitor Brendan Griffith paved the way for the team to win by seven points in the end.

With three weeks preparation for this final, the squad have unfortunately injury doubts, which are a cause for concern. David Walsh has ligament problems and only recently Gerard Gallagher (Captain) picked up a hand injury. Two players that certainly will be badly missed if they are unable to play.

With managers Michael Walls and Eamon McNulty completing their work this week, the team has yet to be named and this will certainly keep the locals guessing (including the players) on their toes as to who will be the starting fifteen, (Seamus ‘Smilie’ Gallagher thinks he knows).

Sunday’s game is scheduled to be played at Tirconaill Park at 3.00p.m. (subject to confirmation). Let’s hope that the local support from the Parish of Drumholm will come out in numbers. Remember it’s a parish occasion - parents, bring the children and let them enjoy the occasion with them supporting the Green and Black. It would be great also to see the neighbouring club and ex-club members and players coming out to lend their support to keep the South West awake.

Finally, the club once again would like to thank most sincerely all our sponsors, both for this advertising feature and on other occasions who have contributed greatly throughout the year. The full panel for Naomh Brid on Sunday is as follows: Terence Kilpatrick, Michael Quinn, James Kelly, Declan McCafferty, Sean Gormley, Dermot Langan, John Gallagher, Pauric McDaid, Gerard Gallagher (captain), Paul Clarke, Dermot Curristin, Joseph Griffith, David Walsh, Niall McCallig, Peter Walsh, Peter Kennedy, Dermot Langan, Brendan Griffith, Frank McGee, Aidan Walsh, Dermot Gallagher, Stephen Walls, Declan Gallagher, Pauric McGroary, Jason Quigley, Brian Travers, Eamon McNulty (player/manager) Gary Langan, Donal Martin and Ronan Gallagher.


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