Loup Reserves 1-7 Magherafelt Reserves 1-9
This was a hard fought away victory for a young Rossa team. Magherafelt played against the strong breeze in the first half but could only go in leading 1-4 to 0-2 at half time. A John Higgins was goal the main difference between the teams with the other Rossa scores coming from D McErlean (0-2), Q Gilmore and P McErlean.
Loup produced a much stronger second half carrying the ball into the breeze and the Magherafelt defence fouled under pressure. Five Loup points from frees meant they led going into the last five minutes by a point. However Rossa finished the strongest and two long range frees from C McGuckin, a J Higgins free and a point from P McCusker took them over the line to win by two points.
Team : C McLarnon, D McGuckin, M Niblock, C Bell, Q Gilmore (0-1), C Moran, K Purvis, P McErlean (0-1), C Smylie, D McErlean (0-2), D Donnelly, J Higgins (1-1), P McCusker (0-1), R Murphy, D McErlean (0-1) Subs; C McGuckin (0-2) P Kielt
After their initial defeat by Slaughtneil the minor footballers earned their first two points of the league without having to kick or catch a ball. Their match v Newbridge was conceded by the O’Learys when they could not field due to a lengthy injury list. However, the lack of competitive football almost took its toll on the Rossas a week later, when they travelled to Bellaghy. There was no question that the boys had shrugged off the lacklustre approach that had seen them lose to the Emmetts, but the higher work rate was not matched by teamplay and several players were guilty of poor decision making on the ball. This allowed Bellaghy to capitalise on Rossa mistakes and the blues almost caused an upset, running our minors to one point game. The May Bank holiday saw Kilrea visit Rossa Park and the large crowd, much of which had remained after the Feile finals, was treated to a better display from the Magherafelt lads. Strong tackling, high intensity and a more cohesive approach led to an 8 point victory and an opportunity to build towards the final game of the first round, an away fixture versus the league leaders, Glen.
Under 8 Football
On Friday 29th April the U8’s took part in the first Go Games blitz of the year in Owenbeg. The Rossas fielded 4 teams on the night and all the boys and girls had a great evening. Over 600 u8s from most of the clubs in the county enjoyed what has to be one of the best run underage competitions in the country. The A team had only 2 games on the night and showed great skill and commitment against both Coleraine and Claudy. The B team also played Coleraine and Claudy but also had neighbours Castledawson in their group. They too showed their hard work and effort at training is paying off with three great performances. The D team were in the same group and did themselves proud against sometimes older opposition. This group was led by the girls and were joined by some of the youngest Rossa players.
The C team had super performances against Swatragh, Limavady and Dungiven. Well done boys and girls. A great night was had by all, and the merry band of supporters also had a great night. The next blitz in Owenbeg takes place on Friday 20th May which is the day before 1st Holy Communion in the parish. It is optional for P4s to take part in this blitz as mammies (and daddies !!!) may be too busy getting hair and tan sorted for the next morning. A team : Niall Bateson, Leon Martin, Dan Higgins, Dara Wade, Oisin Quinn, Ryan Lennox, Aaron Donnelly, Rory Clarke. B team : Michael Mullan, Shea Mc Corry, Odhran Martin, Sean Walls, Luke Mc Cann, Jamie Gribben, Tiarnan Loughran, Eoin Mc Evoy. C team : Michael Mc Kay, Conor Grimes, Ronan Walls, Caolin Mc Erlain, Callum Campbell, Jarlath Gormley, Lorcan Bradley, Cahir Quinn. D team : Rachel Tohill, Therese Tohill, Eimear Lennox, Padraig Mc Kee, Finbarr Mc Kee, Aoibhinn Higgins, Ruairi Moran, Caolin Higgins, Conall Higgins, Kate Higgins.
Rossa Og Quiz Night
Thanks to all those who attended the very well supported quiz night on Friday night past. Thanks also to those who donated prizes for the raffle. The last quiz before the summer holidays is in support of Rossa Ladies Footballers and will take place on Friday 17th June. To book your table please contact Stephen Comer on 07917133260.
Intermediate League : Magherafelt 3-8 Slaughtneil 2-3
After their win over Glenullin last week, the senior camogs had another good win in the league, seeing off Slaughtneil II’s at Rossa Park on Thursday night. Despite being down a number of players, the Rossas soon settled down after points from Brid Corrigan, Sinead McLaughlin and Nicola Crilly. Stepping it up in the second half, the half back line of Sinead Comer, Edel Crilly and Gabriella McNicholl cleared everything that came their way while Shauna McCusker and Caoimhe Toner dominated the midfield sector. The Rossa attack are improving with every game, with Nicola Crilly, Brid Corrigan and Niamh McGuckin in particular causing problems for the Slaughtneil defenders. Louise Keightley poached a lovely goal mid way through the second half to put Magherafelt too far ahead. Next game this Thursday, away to Greenlough.
Team : Aimee McGuckin, Sinead Comer, Sarah Martin, Niamh O’Loughlin, Kathy McGuckin, Edel Crilly, Gabriella McNicholl, Caoimhe Toner (0-1), Shauna McCusker, Brid Corrigan (1-3), Niamh McGuckin, Martine Crilly, Sinead McLaughlin (0-2), Nicola Crilly (1-2), Louise Keightley (1-0). Sub. Bronagh McGuckin for Sinead McLaughlin.
Youth camogie : Underage camogie training now moved to Rossa Park on Monday’s. U14s – 6.30pm, U8/10/12s – 6.45pm. New members welcome.
Camogie Fixtures : Thurs 12th – Seniors away to Greenlough
Sat 14th – U12 Go Games @ Glenullin
Sat 14th – U14 League – Glenullin v Rossa
Lotto – Lotto Numbers 8, 9, 10, 13. No winner. £25 to Jim Spiers, Brian McKay, Danny Wade. Jackpot now £1,650.
Ulster Championship Tickets – To order your tickets for the Derry v Fermanagh match on 22nd May, please contact Sean Purvis on 07962030433