NUMBERS drawn on April 23rd were 6, 10, 13 and 18. There was no Jackpot winner so £25 goes to Nuala O’Kane and Michael O’Kane. The new Jackpot is £700

Seniors: On a moist surface this turned into a war of attrition, with both sides giving very little away. In the first half Paddy Henry was playing a stormer, providing the outlet at every opportunity. Unfortunately he had to leave the field injured. With 10 minutes left the teams were tied at 4 each, Ballerin had the chance to take the lead, but missed a 21 yard free. What followed proved to be the game’s defining moment.

Aidan McElhone supplied a high ball, Conor Scullion contested with the keeper and opportunistic as ever, was ready to flick the breaking ball to the net.

Two late points from Niall McNicholl and Scullion made this result seem more comfortable than it was. Castledawson 1 -7 Ballerin 0-7. Team: Neil O’Kane, Dara Shivers, Kieran O’Kane, Colm Lavery (Marty O’Kane), Aidy Bradley, Ciaran Lavery, Paddy Henry (0-3, 2Frees) (Niall Mc Nicholl (0-2 1 free), Paul Heaney, Declan Lavery, Niall Gribbin, Aidan McElhone, Ronan O’Kane, Conor Scullion (1 -2, 1 free), Martin Heaney and Aidan Keenan. Star Man (Conor Scullion).

Football. Reserves: Due to the conditions this was never going to be a game with free flowing football, so the Dawson played route one football from the start. Captain for the day Chris Gallagher had purchased a new pair of high vis gloves, which wouldn’t have looked out of place directing planes at the airport. Chris was flying and put the gloves to good use by catching everything that entered his airspace. The first half was played at a slow pace with the highlight being Ruairi Shivers’ clever flick for the goal.

Half time score Castledawson 1-5, Ballerin 0-4. The introduction of Paul Gribbin and Tony Gallagher at half time provided much needed pace and flair. Paul Gribbin had an excellent half returning from injury with 4 fine points from play.

When you have the experience the Dawson can call upon in their half back line, you know it will be very well marshalled. Joe O’Kane, Ronan Shivers and Seany Young provided the springboard for many attacks from deep. The dynamic duo in the full forward line, continued where they left off last week by raking up big scores.

Dom and Ruairi prove bulging biceps do help put the ball over the bar and finished with a combined 1 -7. Special mention must go to Fergal Gribbin for his clever flick off the right and a well-executed point with the left. Team: Micky O’Kane, Paudi Devlin (Mark Chesney), Chris Gallagher (Captain), Michael Mc Elwee (Tony Gallagher), Seanie Young, Joe O’Kane, Ronan Shivers, Fergal Gribbin (0-1), Damien O’Callaghan, Barry O’Kane (2 frees,) Benny Wilson (Paul Gribbin 0 - 4), Cathal O’Kane, Dominic Heaney (0 – 3, 2 frees), Ruairi Shivers (1-4) (Anthony Brown) and Kevin Hardy. Star man (Paul Gribbin).

The Under 16 Footballers hosted Coleraine for their 3rd League match on Thursday evening. The first half was an even affair and the visitors led 0-4 to 0-2 at the break thanks to their accuracy from free kicks. The second half was a tough, physical contest and eventually the physically stronger Coleraine team prevailed.

The young Castledawson side should not be disheartened as the scoreline doesn’t reflect their courage, skill and determination. Final score Castledawson 0-4 Coleraine 2-7. The next game will be at Newbridge on Thursday April 26th with a 6.45pm throw in. The Minors hosted Newbridge on Monday evening April 16th in their first League game and lost by 4 points. Their next match was at Sean Dolans on Monday April 23rd. The game had just begun when an incisive Sean Dolan’s attack led to a wonderful goal. Jarleth made a brave attempt to stop the low drive but in doing so collided with a post.

He was unable to continue and was replaced by Malachy. The home side were boosted by this start and scored 3 fine points. Castledawson gradually began to dominate but good approach work was negated by some poor finishing. A goal from Odhran in injury time meant we went to the break just 1 point behind on a scoreline of Sean Dolans 1-05 Castledawson 1-04. The second half was a completely different matter. Castledawson settled early and were soon in full flow. The defence was dominant and good vision in midfield gave the forwards time and space to hit scores from all angles.

The highlights were goals from Paul and Luke and a beautiful point from Aidan. Full time score of Sean Dolans 1-05 Castledawson 3-10. Team; Jarleth Gartland, Padraig McAtamney, Cormac Martin, Jordan Shivers, Danny Devlin, Gary Chesney(0-1), Michael McElwee, Paul McCoy(1-0), Niall Keenan(0-1), Luke Doyle(1-1), Conor Taggart, Odhran Mullan(1-0), Aidan Keenan (0-7), Malachy McMurray and Shea Conway.

The U16 Girls footballers opened their league campaign with a good win after an excellent all-round team performance away to Limavady on Monday evening. The U14 girls played together for the first time when they competed in the Feile at Moneymore on Sunday. The girls played very well and achieved wins against Moneymore and Ballinderry but a defeat to Ballinascreen saw the exit the tournament on score difference.

Youth Football training for all players up to Under 12s continues on Sunday mornings from 11.30am to 12.45pm. Gaelic for Mothers continues on Sunday 11.30 to 12.45, all welcome.


The U18 team lost away to Magherafelt by 5 points despite playing very well and missing some of their older players through injury. The under 14s were unfortunate to lose narrowly to Kilrea. U16 Training commences on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm and the next league match is away to Bellaghy. Camogie training for U6, U8, U10 and U12 camogs continues on Saturdays from 11am to 12:15pm.

After 11 weeks of Last One Standing we are down to 15 players who are all on 1 life .

A family fun quiz was held in the Club on Friday on behalf of the “Friends of Belarus”. Funds raised will help renovate a hospital wing in Siberia. Thanks to all the families who came along, enjoyed the craic and lent support.

Cyclists; there’s less than 2 weeks to go to the “Tour of Doire”, keep the training going.

Membership fees for 2012 are now due. Please contact Club Registrar Paddy McIvor at 07752368784 or any Committee member. Membership is open to everyone in the community and parents and non-playing adult members are also encouraged to register as Club Members for 2012. Pitch sponsorship spaces are now due for renewal for 2012. If you wish to sponsor the Club please speak to any committee member. A message to club members – please support our sponsors.

Recycling facilities for tin cans and old clothes are now available in the club car park. By helping your environment you’ll help your club.

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