Ethan ODonnell, aged 9, from Drimark, Donegal Town pictured with his trophies for Motorcross achievements. Ethan recently came 2nd overall in the Co Donegal Motorcross Championship. He is a member of the Errigal Motorcross Club and has competed throughout the year to reach this level.
Underage Hurling Notes
A presentation night for the Four Masters U-10s, U-12s and U-14s took place on November 8th in the St. John Bosco Centre to reward all players for a very successful year. Over sixty 7-10 year olds attended training every Friday from March until September and these children also took part in a summer league. All of these participants received a club medal. Twenty U-10s also represented Donegal Town in the Community Games finals in Mosney, finishing a very credible fourth. These players received both club and county medals as well as certificates from Mosney. Captain Darren Doherty accepted the Ulster Shield on behalf of his team-mates. Commitment and attitude at training were also rewarded as Adam Voss picked up the well deserved Most Improved U-10 award whilst young starlet Becky Colgan took home the U-10 Camogie plaque. Many thanks to expert coaches Liam Mullin, Mick Burke, Ann McGonagle Meehan, Kevin and Barry Brennan, Fergal Browne and Declan Bushell for all their help with this age group.
The U-12 panel picked up medals for their participation in the county blitzes in which they performed very well. A panel of twenty-five children made great progress this year and will be well able for competitive competition next year. Daniel McHugh scooped the accolade of Most Improved Player and he is a star in the making. Much credit goes to coaches James McInaw and Ciaran Daly for their hard work and dedication with this group. Rory ODonnell
Four Masters U14s reach final
The U-14s surpassed all expectations by reaching the League final, going down to a strong Setanta team in McCumhaill Park in June. This squad played fourteen games and trained very hard all year. Their managers Noel Ward and Brian Gallagher went beyond the call of duty with this panel and they can be very proud of their achievements.Stephen Burke picked up the Most Improved Player award and he was the epitome of what a good hurler should be. Many thanks to Peter Tooher (current Four Masters and Donegal hurler), Seamus McInaw (County Hurling Chairman) and Enda Nolan (Chairman, Bord na nOg) for presenting the medals. Also to our sponsors Irene Doherty (Studio 5), Fergal McAllister (Donegal Drinks) and Elverys Sports - we express our sincere gratitude.
P.S. I would like to sincerely thank the parents of the Community Games hurling team for their very generous gifts. They were very much appreciated.
Following two bad defeats Donegal mens and ladies have both returned to winning ways. However, the month of December will be mostly remembered for the return of Kevin Sinclair, both as a player and a coach. He was inspirational in the mens victory over Sligo Giant Warriors, and he is also coaching the newly formed ladies B team.
Sligo Giant warriors 57
Donegal Town 74
Donegal cruised to victory last Sunday with a relatively easy victory away in Sligo Leisure Complex. Sligo raced into an early 6-0 lead, and then realising they were in a match Donegal came alive. They began driving through the Sligo zone defense with scores coming from Bill Collins (6), Paul McHugh (5) and Liam Travers (4) to give themselves an end of quarter 18-11 lead. Sligo refused to let Donegal have things their own way and at one stage reduced the margin to 28-26. Then Kevin Sinclair came on. His return to competitive action served as a timely boost. The visitors then took the ball inside to Pavel and Liam Travers to stretch out their lead once more to 36-28.
At the start of the second half Paul McHugh hit 8 points in a row, including a controversial air ball that was given as a three pointer. Further inside drives from Travers (6) finished the game as a contest. Donegal took the opportunity to run their bench in the final quarter, and were rewarded with some fine scores from the prodigal sons, Sinclair (4) and Ted McCaffrey (4). Sinclairs scores in particular are worthy of mention. Sligo never gave up, and could yet cause an upset in the New Year. Unlikely though. MVP Pavel Donegal: John Kennedy (4), Simon Waugh, Liam Travers (18), Bill Collins (7), Ted McCaffrey (4), Kevin Sinclair (5), Pavel (11), Kevin Doherty (1), Kevin Devaney, Mark ODonnell.
Donegal 74 Kilcar 70
Donegal threatened to blow Kilcar away in the first half, but ended up in a dogfight and can consider themselves fortunate to come away with a victory. Donegal raced into a 24-10 lead in the first quarter with Noel Gillespie hitting 5 and John Kennedy and Paul McHugh contributing 6 apiece. Kilcar struggled on the set offense and were overly reliant on the fast breaking Michael Molloy (8) for scores. Donegal continued to dominate in the second, with Gareth Britton and Kennedy once again hitting six points. At the other end Kilcar still struggled against Donegals man defense. Molloy hit 9, mostly off the fast break, but their problems were compounded when a foul on Gillespie was followed by a technical. Gillespie made four free throws in a row to help Donegal to a 40-21 half time lead.
The second half was a totally different story. Kilcar upped the tempo on their defense and forced Donegal to turn the ball over four times in a row. Scores from Molloy quickly reduced the deficit to 14. Donegals William Timoney (6) and Britton (4) helped ease their nerves, but the visitors remained very much on top throughout this quarter. Mark McShane hit 7 points and Martin Gallagher 4, although they struggled to restrain Liam Travers who suddenly came alive, hitting 5 points in a row to leave the score 55-45 going into the final quarter. Still left with a mountain to climb, Kilcar kept on plugging away. In a high scoring final quarter both teams struggled defensively. Liam Travers was outstanding under the boards for Donegal scoring 10 points to stretch their lead. Tough defense from Patrick Gallagher forced Donegal to cough up the ball on a couple of occasions, Gallagher himself and Molloy punished Donegal. With two and a half remaining and Donegal leading by 13, both teams were on foul trouble. Time and again Donegal found themselves at the free throw line, but struggled to put shots away. Kilcar on the other hand were far more productive but they left themselves with too much to do as Donegal limped home - relieved winners. MVPs were Liam Travers and Michael Molloy Jnr. Donegal: John Kennedy (12), Paul McHugh (11), Gareth Britton (11), Noel Gillespie (11), William Timoney (11), Liam Travers (17), Pavel (1), Simon Waugh, Fiachra McIntyre, Mark ODonnell. Coach: Glen Matthews. Kilcar: Michael Molloy Jnr (38), Glen McBrearty (3), Trevor McBrearty (2), Martin Gallagher (4), Mark McShane (9), Noel McDevitt (10), Patrick Gallagher (4), Mark McHugh, Kenneth Kennedy. Coach: Barry McShane. Refs: Dan Mulholland and Feena McAteer.
Donegal Town Ladies 69 Kilcar Ladies 38
Donegal cruised to victory last Saturday against a very young Kilcar outfit. Kilcar struggled offensively during the first quarter as Donegal ran up a 16-3 lead. Anna Callaghan was very much to the fore during this period, contributing 5 points. Galvanised by 6 Joanne Curran points Kilcar briefly fought back during the second quarter, however their problems at the defensive end continued with Ciara Buggy hitting 9 points for Donegal, including two three-pointers. A brace of scores from Sarah Harte just before the break left the score 35-13 and the match was effectively over as a contest. In fairness to Kilcar they never gave up, Emma Byrne twice hit Donegal on the fast break, but Buggy was outstanding in this quarter, hitting 10 points, Lisa Harte contributed 6 as Donegal stretched their lead to 54-23. Kilcar matched Donegal in the final quarter, Niamh McFadden and Noreen Lyons hit four points each, however eight Finola Shannon points ruled out any chance of a surprise comeback as Donegal eased home comfortable winners. MVPs were Ciara Buggy and Emma Byrne. Donegal: Ciara Buggy (25), Louise Foy (2), Suzie Harte (4), Sarah Harte (4), Finola Shannon (10), Louise Rooney, Lisa Harte (8), Catherine Gillespie, Anna Callaghan (8), Sarah Daly. Coach: Bill Collins. Kilcar: Joanne Curran (10), Catríona Cunningham, Emma Byrne (6), Sandra Byrne (2), Niamh McFadden (8), Noreen Lyons (4), Sinead Cunningham (2), Elaine ODonnell, Majella ODonnell (4), Nicola Doogan, Olivia Doogan (2). Coach: Glen McBrearty, Michael Molloy Jnr. Refs: Dan Mulholland and Feena McAteer.
Donegal Town B 25 Killybegs 47
Donegal ladies entered a B team into the cup competition and acquitted themselves magnificently last Saturday against Killybegs. The final score was flattering to Killybegs, as they didnt always have things their own way. The first quarter was a low scoring closely fought affair and for a brief while it looked as if there might be an upset on the cards. The impressive Joanne Travers hit 6 points in a row for Donegal as she and her team gave Killybegs something to think about, as they led by the smallest of margins: 7-6 at the end of the first quarter. Killybegs, led by Marie Dawn White upped the tempo in the second quarter running up an unassailable 25-8 lead. It was as if Christmas had come early for the Killybegs girls, as Donegal repeatedly turned the ball over. Killybegs maintained their high-pressure defense during the third quarter, but still struggled to contain Deborah McMullin and the energetic Kathryn Martin. Brid Murphy ruled out any chance of a Donegal comeback, hitting nine points in a row at the end of the quarter to leave the score 41-16. Donegal outscored Killybegs in the final quarter, the industrious Jane Thompson kept working right till the end. A three-pointer from Edel Travers brought the biggest cheer of the night. Killybegs had the last laugh with two Mairead Gallagher lay-ups finishing off the scoring. MVP for the game was Jane Thompson, with Joanne Travers not too far behind. Donegal: Jane Thompson (4), Gemma Gillespie, Emma McElwee, Deborah McMullin (4), Kathryn Martin (2), Linda Doughtory, Joanne Travers (10), Aine Timoney, Amy Gallagher, Edel Travers (5). Coach: Kevin Sinclair. Killybegs: Rachel ONeill (2), Brid Murphy (13), Marie Dawn White (12), Catriona McGowan (5), Mairead Gallagher (7), Aisling Cunningham, Caran McCall, Niamh Smith, Fionnuala Cunningham (4), Sharon White (4). Coach: Miroslav
The club held a very successful Basketball marathon on Saturday 3rd from 12.00-6.00pm. Over fifty underage players participated, all of which will be receiving some sort of Basketball merchandise, depending on how much money they raised. Special mention must go to Aaron Hughes, who won a Basketball backboard and ring for raising the most money. Aaron is one of the many talented underage players currently being coached by the club on a Friday night. The last training before Christmas will take place this Friday as normal at the following times: 7-9 years 5.30-6.30; 10-13 s 6.30-7.30; Senior men 7.30-8.45; Senior ladies 8.45-9.45 SIMON WAUGH