Well done to all the boys & girls who took part in the first Super 6s in Pearse Óg Park, with nearly 40 children in attendance the event has got off to a fantastic start.
On Wednesday 5th November Pearse Óg GFC launched their second Winter Academy at Cathedral Road Recreation Centre. Following the success of last year’s project, the club received an active sport for all grant to develop the academy and club still further.
The academy is open to all boys and girls aged between 10 -14 yrs old and is designed to give the children the opportunity to hone their Gaelic skills in a safe, fun and friendly environment .It is also set up give children some much needed exercise in the darkest of months so that children can get away from the XBOX and television!
The Academy will be staffed by volunteer coaches and Pearse Óg members who are very experienced, qualified and enthusiastic and will ensure that skills and fitness are developed in a fun and enjoyable manner .
Tony Davidson, Pearse Óg Youth Officer states "for many children Gaelic football stops over the winter period, so this programme is intended to ensure that children’s skills do not lapse and that when it comes to April and the competitive season, coaches will not have to start from scratch. With the high quality facilities at Cathedral Road Recreation Centre, we can ensure that the children have a great time in a safe environment’
The Academy will continue for the remaining 5 weeks on Wednesday evenings at 6-7pm and is free of charge. All children are asked to register on the night and come appropriately dressed for winter sport. For further information please go to Pearse Óg website or contact Tony Davidson on 07780954480.
Na Piarsaigh Óga Winter Academy will offer boys and girls (10-14 years) the opportunity to enjoy Gaelic football in a safe, fun and welcoming environment all FREE of charge.
The Academy aims to provide high class tuition from a pool of qualified and experienced coaching staff, developing the children’s football skills whilst enhancing their passion for our national game.
Focusing on developing individual skills and techniques, emphasis will also be given to building teamwork and FUN.
Commencing Wednesday 5th November 2014 and running for 6 weeks 6pm-7pm Cathedral Road Complex.
Be prepared to welcome some surprise special guests!
For more information contact Tony Davidson 07780954480
The clubs annual A.G.M. will take place on Sunday 23rd November 3pm in Social Club. All reports to be sent to Club secretary A.S.A.P.
This is YOUR club, take part, have a say.
Clubs cannot run on limited manpower, if you think you have something to offer, or wish to have an input into future club developments, it is vital that all members take an active part in this year’s AGM, please attend.
On Sunday morning 5th October 2014, 22 players, mentors and family members of the Pearse Óg Ladies football team embarked upon Slieve Donard to raise funds for cancer.
It was a very tough but worthwhile climb and everyone reached the summit! To date approx £2000 has been raised by the girl’s for their efforts. Thanks to Donna Nugent and Selene Campbell for organising the event and to all who have sponsored. A great day, in great company and for a great cause.
Following the climb, several prizes were presented which were kindly sponsored. Thanks to Crossfit Armagh, Basil Shields, FAB @ Armagh City Hotel and Bake my Day Eurospar for their fabulous cake. Comhghairdeas líbh!
This Saturday once again sees our Club host the annual Donal Powell Blitz in Pearse Óg Park. We have 29 teams in attendance from Counties Armagh, Tyrone, Donegal, Dublin, Derry and Antrim this is testimony to both the hard work put in by various underage coaches and committee and especially to the affection in which Donal himself was held. He was indeed an extremely popular young man within the local community. Son of the late Tommy, himself a dedicated Pearse Óg Gael, and Phil, who has been a loyal Ógs woman for too long a time to mention. With his uncle Eamon being a club senior player and Chairman, he was weened on Pearse Óg from a young age.
Donal proved to be an exceptionally gifted footballer and he excelled in the Ógs underage teams. He was a star full forward on Juvenile, Minor, were he won three-in-a-row County medals and u21 County Championship winning teams. He was the main scoring threat in many B Championship wins and was on the '85 '88 and '92 County Senior Champions.
Donal was most at home when out in the Athletic Grounds or in St Brigids School grounds coaching our underage squads. Indeed he was instrumental in establishing our u10 structure and this is why the club used this age bracket for to perpetuate his memory.
So this Saturday hold the memory of Donal close to you and when enjoying the spills and thrills of youth football remember the young man who held this dear to his heart. Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.
The Under 12s had a busy but successful week with 2 hard fought victories on Wednesday 3rd September and Saturday 6th September against Derrynoose and Tullysarran respectively.
On Wednesday night, this young and progressive team travelled to Derrynoose where they had to battle hard against a young and determined Derrynoose side. The Ogs started brightly and dominated midfield with Ethan McKeown and Conor Toner well to the fore, however, after taking a significant lead the team rested on their laurels and were pegged back and Derrynoose rose to the occasion. At this stage, Ogs defence were really under pressure and were lucky not to concede any goals in that period.
The second half was a similar tale with the Ogs man ageing to get the significant scores but Derrynoose had much of the play. Crucial goals from Leah Gribbin, playing against her relatives, managed to see the team over the line and keep their unbeaten run in tact.
On Saturday, the Ogs entertained a very strong Tullysarran team who had beaten the Ogs earlier in the season. However, it was obvious that the Ogs meant business from the start, and they quickly brushed aside the challenge with some great controlled football and high class finishing , with all forwards managing to score at will.
This was a great team effort with star performances from the returning Charles Leonard, Conor Burns and Lee Murtagh in defence. The midfield duo of Ethan McKeown and Conor Toner is really beginning to reap rewards and up front Odhran Houlahan, Jack Duffy , Casey Mullan and Ronan Davidson were always a constant threat for the hardworking Tullysarran defence .
The league comes to a conclusion with the young Ogs team travelling to Granemore on Wednesday for a 6.30pm start. This will be another great test for the team but one which they are already relishing. They now know there is no room for complacency and that they must remain focused if they're to succeed
On Wednesday night Pearse Og u 12 s produced another top notch performance against a very young and determined Keady side.
The match ,played in McGleenan Park and in difficult windy conditions, was competitive throughout.
The young Ogs team started strongly with the aid of the wind and managed to get key scores on the board early which meant that Keady had always to chase the game.
In the second half it was a much closer affair but the Pearse Og defence , marshalled superbly by Adam Murtagh ,Sean ONeill and Fiachra Moore held strong and only conceded 1 goal in that period .
Although wasteful at times up front ,the Ogs forward line and particularly Jack Duffy and Aidan Harney, worked tirelessly to create many opportunities to score .
The team has a busy week ahead with Derrynoose on Wednesday 3 September ,Tullysarran on Saturday 6 September and Granemore on Wednesday 10 September so they must continue to believe to achieve .
Club Sóisialta/Social club
Lotto Draw each Sunday evening 7.30pm
Imeachtaí / Up-coming events
Kids Halloween Disco in social club Friday 30th October 7pm-9pm.
Ladies Pamper Day Sunday 29th November
Charity Bingo Sunday 6th December
Our new exciting and easy to use club website is now LIVE! Visit www.pearseoggfc.com
“If you’re not IN you can’t WIN”
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Na Piarsaigh Óga (HOME) V Dromintee Sunday 25th October Throw-in 2pm
Two saves by Malachy Traynor in the second half and a classic rearguard steal by Michael Carson probably kept a tiring Óg’s team in this game at Na Piarsaigh Óga Park.
This first round game, on a mild still October afternoon, was level on three occasions in the first half. Silverbridge pushing out to 0.03 to 0.01 after 17mins had most of the early play with that one point for Ógs coming from a Carson free on the left wing.
An injury to Adrian Traynor going up for a high ball in the S/bridge square was ignored letting
'The Bridge' break down field where Eoghan Heaney fouled allowing their half forward to point.
This was joined by another point within a minute and S/bridge were 0.04 to 0.01 up.
Two points from Justy Graham, one effort needing the help of the post, dragged Ógs back
into the game and a great individual point on the right side from Paudie Feeney's left foot
sailed over to level the scores.
Tiernan Donnelly was yellow carded for upending S/bridge's corner back but the resulting free moved quickly down field went narrowly wide. Ógs defended another attack which was again forced wide. This kick-out was won by Ógs Michael Carson passing to Feeney and on to full forward Traynor who gains a free for Graham to convert.
Silverbridge replied with a point after fisting wide an open goal chance. Several knocks on Ógs players stalled the play until the Bridge tapped over another free by their no 10 to go back in front. As half time approached a Carson free on the 40' skims passed the posts and Paul Boylan
blows the short whistle. Na Piarsaigh Óga 0.05 (4wides) Silverbridge 0.06 (7 wides)
Second half commenced with a goal chance going very close as a Silverbridge forward connects with an outstretched leg in the box but Ógs survive again. The resulting kick out was
won by 'Bridge and their midfielder punches over a handy point.
Carson gains the ball in midfield and sends a 'high and hopeful' ball into the box where Adrian Traynor wins a penalty it must be said against the run of play. Taking the penalty himself the
goalie initially saves but Traynor gets the rebound and Ógs go in front again 1.05 to 0.07
A period of scrappy play ended with a Silverbridge free on the 14' line after some back chat
by Ógs players and the game is level again.
Carson was fouled as he won the kick out and as before send a long high ball into the box where it broke to Feeney for a quick point over his shoulder.
Two points in reply by Bridge no 10 and another after Ógs midfield were cleaned out by their full forward put them 2up as A.Traynor fouls and gets a 'Yellow'.
Another passage of play ended when the Bridge cut in from the left corner and their shot, goal bound, was brilliantly saved by Malachy for a 45. This was again cleared when he made a reaction save with his legs. Ógs were hanging on at this stage as S/bridge no 8 scores from 20yds. 1.06 to 0.12
Something had to happen and a free about 30yds out taken by Justy Graham kicked a spark back into the Ógs. They won the kick out and a great ball from the outside of Carson's boot swerved over the bar only for a square ball to be punished. Liam Gilsenan was injured and was replaced by Eoin Duffy as several frees brought Ógs down the far wing for Freeman to kick into the box. Silverbridge backs seemed to lose their nerve with this ploy and Conor Nugent rattled the back of the net.
2.07 to 0.12.
As before S.Bridge went on the attack having no intentions of giving in with a few minutes left.
Their no 10 again kicked wide when a score would have been easier and the next attack Michael Carson executed a great steal to prevent an almost certain goal as Silverbrige no 12 broke free in the box. This was punched clear as the trigger was being pulled but the clearance broke down and allowed Silverbridge to point, drawing the game as Carson ended with a Black card and probably man of the match performance. Final score Na Piarsaigh Óga 2.07 Silverbridge 0.13
Scór na nÓg/Scór na bPaistí
A huge thanks to our two brilliant solo singers – Muireann O’Kane & Leah Gribben who represented our club at last weekend’s Scór na nÓg/Scór na bPaistí. Go raibh maith agaibh a chailiní. We hope to build on this for next year and we would love for more of our young members to participate.
U-8 presentation will take place on Sunday 25th October 12.30pm-1.30pm in social club, all players are asked to wear Pearse Óg’s gear for photo’s. Parent’s and family members are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided. U-8 management.
U-21 training continues every Wednesday and Friday night 7.30pm at Pearse Óg park. Anyone interested are welcome to come along.
Na Piarsaigh Óga Academy
Developing football skills and techniques for boys and girls aged 10-14 years
The Na Piarsaigh Óga Academy will offer boys and girls aged 10-14 years the opportunity to enjoy Gaelic football in a safe, fun and welcoming environment all free of charge. The Academy aims to provide high class tuition from a pool of qualified and experienced coaching staff, developing the children’s football skills whilst enhancing their passion for our national game. Focusing on developing individual skills and techniques, emphasis will also be given to building teamwork and FUN.
Commencing Tuesday 3rd November 2015 for six weeks
6pm-7pm Cathedral Road complex
Please contact Pearse Óg website for more details
The Club is promoting the National Club Draw 2016 as our major fund raising generator for 2015, with all the ticket sales going directly to our Club, the many great prizes are provided by Croke Park Headquarters.
Prizes such as A new Opel Corsa, trip with the 2016 All stars for 2 (inc. flights, accommodation &banquet tickets and All Ireland football tickets, travel voucher for £1500, right down to the 14th prize of All- Ireland Football Final Package for 2 in 2016.
Draw takes place Friday11th March. All entrants must be 18 or over.
Tickets are priced at £10 and can be bought from all committee members, senior teams and managements.
Na Piarsaigh Óga Fundraiser for Craigavon Area Hostpital I.C.U
Attended by over a hundred members along with family and friends of Ronan Clarke in recognition of the life saving work carried out by the devoted staff in the unit. In attendance was Head Nurse of the Unit Cherith Douglas who was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Ronan after Cherith gave the members an incite into the workload she manages each day. She was delighted to meet Ronan again stating the nurses rarely meet their patients after they leave their care. All proceeds handed over will go to patient care and comforts.
Special guests on the night included Kieran McGeeney, Paul McGrane, John Toal, Kieran Hughes and Paul Duffy all Armagh team mates of Ronan's. Kieran McGeeney gave an impromptu speech on the close bond still strong within the Armagh Co team members and his delight at seeing Ronan back to full fitness.