Bunbrosna GAA

Founded 1901

Co. Westmeath

Bunbrosna GAA Notes 2/06/24

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Club Lotto
No winner of Club Lotto on Sunday last. Numbers drawn were 3, 23, 24 & 26. Conor Newman had 2 Match 3. Sellers Prize went to Jimmy McCormack. Next draw on Sunday 16th June. Jackpot €3,200.

We are very grateful for the ongoing support we receive towards our Lotto from Club members and supporters, far and wide, without which we would not be able to run our Club. 

Women’s Mini Marathon
Congratulations to all the ladies who participated in the Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon on Sunday, in particular all those who travelled from the club. Special thanks to Sinead Tormey for organising the bus.

Division 7 vs Delvin
We travelled to Delvin on Tuesday last to take on the home side in Division 7 of the league. It was great to have 18 players available for this mid week game given that we were short a number of players through injury. There was a very difficult wind that we faced in the first half which made playing any sort of attacking football very difficult. The home side made full use of the elements and were ahead by 1:03 to no score at the short whistle. While we faced the strong win, there was disappointment that we did not make more of our chances when they presented themselves.

With high hopes for the second half it was Delvin who made the strong start. Two huge points from distance extended their lead to eight points early in the second period. To their credit, the Bun lads showed remarkable character to dig deep to respond. Luke Kiernan got on the end of a Ken Conroy pass, after Kevin Mitchell had found him with a free, to fire to the top corner of the net to get Bun up and running. Conroy was involved again when he found Mark Donnelly in space to fire over a point.

Bun were really starting to press the Delvin kick out and this was paying dividends. Luke Kiernan won yet another kickout to find Donnelly again to tap over. Delvin responded with another point from a free. Another free flowing move involving Matthew Hope and Enda Newman found Luke Kiernan in space. He took on several men on a mazy run before firing to the top corner again to bring Bun really right back into contention. The finish was exquisite from Kiernan who was a constant threat throughout the match.

Bun created several opportunities to draw level but just couldn’t apply the necessary finish. Then, Ken Conroy kicked a monster free from out on the right to bring the sides level for the first time in the game with eight minutes left. The ageless Brian Maguire then took on his man to curl over a super point from distance and saw Bun hit the front. The Bun defence were resolute throughout the remaining minutes and when Conroy caught a high ball in his own full back line, the danger of an equalising score was averted. 

This was a good win for Bun in the circumstances that they found themselves in. They dug in deep and showed great character to come from eight points down. They play St. Joseph’s in the next game in this division in a couple of weeks.

Team: Tommy Murphy, Eoin McGowan, Joe Tormey, Gavin Lyons, Enda Newman, Finian Newman, Johnny Nolan, Matthew Hope, Brian Maguire, Luke Kiernan, Kevin Mitchell, Eoin Clarke, Cian Tighe, Ken Conroy & Darragh McCormack. Subs: Mark Donnelly for McCormack, Darragh Lyons for Mitchell & John Casey.

Footnote: Well done to Darragh McCormack who made his adult team debut in this game. Darragh acquitted himself very well and it is great to have him involved in the team.

Club Meeting 
There will be a Club Meeting in the Old Clubhouse on Tuesday 4th June at 8:30pm. All welcome to attend.

Coaching Course
Clann Gaels organised a GAA Foundation Coaching Course which was ran in Bunbrosna on Saturday 1st June. 20 people participated and obtained their certification with representatives from Clann Gaels, Bunbrosna and Ballynacargy joined by a number of other clubs including St Lomans, Milltownpass and St Joseph’s.

Thanks to Clodagh Flanagan of Westmeath LGFA for a very interesting and extremely useful course. Thanks to all who prepared sandwiches and refreshments which were very much appreciated. A huge thanks to Orla Foy for arranging this course.

Inny Shamrocks U12s
Well done and hard luck to Inny Shamrock U12s who played Miltownpass in glorious sunshine in Cusack Park on Saturday evening. Inny raced out of the blocks and were 1 point to the good at half time on a scoreline of 3 points to 2. 

A fortuitous goal after half time swung the game and despite our lads being camped inside their 21 for the last few minutes, the full time whistle came with a scoreline of 4 points to 1.6 in favour of Miltownpass. 

Massive thanks to Peter Collins and his team for organising the finals weekend and we look forward to the second half of the season after our best performance so far. Well done players and coaches.

Inny Shamrocks U14s
Well done to Inny Shamrock U14s who had a good win over Miltownpass on Wednesday evening in Ballynacaragy. This group of hard working lads have now qualified for the league final. Well done to players and coaches!

Westmeath Minor Footballers
Well done to the Westmeath Minor Footballers who defeated Laois in the All Ireland Minor Tier 3 Semi Final on Saturday last in Tullamore. They now face Down in the All Ireland Final on Saturday next. Best of luck to the management and players. We wish a special best of luck to Chris Cole who is a selector with this team.

Westmeath Camogie
Hard luck to the Westmeath Camogie team who lost out to Cork by two points on Saturday last in a tight game. They face Wexford in the next round. Well done to all the Clann Gaels representatives on the panel and also to Barry O Mara who is a selector.

Bun Grounds Crew
Grounds Crew meet every Tuesday at 10:30am in Bun for a cup of tea and to do some work around the pitch - all welcome!

Playground Play Date
The Playground Play Date took in a tour of the Mullingar Fire Station on Friday last. This was a great trip for all involved. Many thanks to Mullingar Fire Station for having us. Play date continues on Fridays at 10:30am.

Bunbrosna Running Group
Due to the success of our Couch to 5k running programme and to keep the momentum going, the group will continue to meet on Monday evenings at 7.30pm on the club walking track. 
All are welcome to join them and it’s open to runners and walkers. If you are interested, contact Sinead on 0877672529 for more details.
Please note: If you are not already a member of the club, you will need to purchase a social membership (€30 for the year) to cover use of the walking track. This can be done on Foireann.ie

All at Bunbrosna GAA wish to extend our sincere condolences to the McKenna family, Mullingar, on the sad passing of Peter.
To his mother Martha, his sons Liam, David and Stephen and their mother Claire, brothers and sisters Patrick, Colette, Emer, Helen, Brian and Ciaran, extended family, relatives and many friends, we offer you all our deepest sympathies at this sad time.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

📸 of local participants at the Women’s Mini Marathon on Sunday.

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