Castledawson seeking big improvement

Senior Football The seniors played Ballinderry on Monday night and lost heavily on a scoreline of 1-16 to 0-10. A lot of improvement is required if the team are to progress in the Championship, as well as staying safe in the league.

Derry Minors

Good luck to Paul Heaney and the Derry minors who take on Laois this Sunday in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Throw in is at 1.45pm.

Executive Meeting

There will be an Executive meeting on Wednesday 22 August at 8.30pm sharp. All to attend.

Underage Football

Following the success of our under 10s in our own blitz last week, the club's underage teams continued to excel and the under 12s and under 14s picked up two more trophies this weekend.

Under 14s

Two teams of Under 14s competed in an all county 7-a-side Blitz at Owenbeg on Sunday 19.

The A team won their 2 league games in Section C very comfortably thus topping their group and meeting Coleraine in the semi final. Castledawson played some fine football but our opponents were more au fait with the tactics needed in 7 a side and a late goal saw us exit the competition on a 2-5 to 2-3 score line. Team: Brian Ludlow, Paul McCoy, Ryan McNally, Nathan Young, Aidan Bradley, Stephen O'Hagan and Ryan McPeake.

The B team easily accounted for Limavady B and Ogramore B to win the D section and collect a fine trophy and medals. Congratulations to Jarleth Gartland, Ryan Heaney, Cormac Martin, Aidan Keenan, Ruairi Glavin, Daryl Mc Killen and Michael McElwee. It's good to see this bunch of young players succeed after a season in which they have made great efforts without always reaping the rewards. Coaching continues Mondays from 6-7pm.

Under 12s

The U12s travelled to Tyrone on Saturday for the annual Clogher blitz.

In the opening round of games, the early rise obviously had an impact as the boys couldn't quite get going. In the league section one win and two 1 point defeats saw the team placed in the semi-final of the Cup competition.

In the semi-final the lads raised their game and recorded a fairly straightforward victory with Danny Devlin bagging a couple of well taken goals.

In the final the boys faced a strong Augher side but with the silverware on view at the side of the pitch the boys turned in a comprehensive performance and ran out comfortable winners. Danny Devlin gratefully accepted the Cup on behalf of the team and Connor Taggart picked up the man of the match award.

Congratulations to all the lads and special mention to Jordan Shivers our player of the tournament.

Team: O Mullan, R Connery, N Keenan, L Doyle, D Devlin, A Keenan, C Taggart, G Chesney, J Shivers, R Kennedy, T Rankin.

Under 10s

Our Under 10s "Go games" had two teams at the All County Blitz at Owenbeg on Friday 17 August. Both teams played some sparkling football in poor weather against Steelstown, Claudy and Desertmartin.

The Castledawson Squad: Frances Connery, Erin McKenna, Fergal McKenna, Aoibheann McElwee, Eimear McElwee, Shane Chesney, Ruairi Keenan, Jason O Hagan, Pierce Loughran, Bridget McMullan, Luke Doyle, Jordan Shivers, Niall Keenan, Rian Connery, Conor McCann, Ryan Kennedy and Cara O Hagan .

Coaching for our underage footballers continues every Tuesday (6.15 – 7.15 pm).

Under 10 Lavey Blitz

The Under 10s will take three teams to a competitive ABC blitz at Lavey this Saturday August 25. All of our young players who have represented us this year are reminded to come along for a day's fun and hopefully win a few medals. Please assemble at the Broagh for 10.15 am.

U-14 Football

Coaching continues Mondays from 6-7pm

Underage Coaching

Coaching for our underage footballers continues every Tuesday (6.15 – 7.15 pm) throughout the holidays.

Camogie News

Underage - the U6s played their first tournament of the year at Newbridge on Saturday past. With the help of four players from Bellaghy, Castledawson battled well against Newbridge and Slaughtneil but were beaten in both matches by one goal.

For Castledawson, we had Rachael Doyle in goals, lily Keenan and Ellie Doyle brilliant in defence clearing everything that came their way, Claire Kearns worked like a wee Trojan in midfield and up front, Gemma Doyle, Melissa Gallagher and Anna Kelly tried their hardest to get the scores.

The girls showed great determination in both matches and showed that they are the future stars of St Malachy's. A special word of thanks to the Bellaghy girls Roisin, Abigail, Aoife and Tamier who joined ranks for the day.

The Under 8 and Under 10 camogs did the club proud with some battling performances at the Newbridge camogie tournament last weekend.

The Under 8s beat neighbours Magherafelt on a scoreline of 2-0, the two Dawson goals coming from Rebecca Doyle and Megan Doyle. The girls also did well to draw with Kilrea.

Team: Rebecca Doyle, Frances Connery, Bronagh Robinson, Aoife Diamond, Megan Mallon, Aoibheann McElwee, Megan Doyle, Erin McKenna and Aoife Brown

The Under 10s also did brilliantly with wins over Magherafelt (9-1 to 0-0), Glen (3-0 to 0-0) and Greenlough.

Team: Emma Taggart, Megan Johnston, Brigid McMullan, Eimear McElwee, Niamh Bell, Leona Brown, Daneka O'Hagan, Edel Mallon, Emma Robinson and Megan Kearns

All the hard work at training is obviously paying off! Well done to all the girls who took part and thanks to their parents for the help and support on the day.

SENIOR - The girls beat Ballinascreen on Monday night in their penultimate league match on a scoreline of 1-12 to 3-02. The Dawson led for the duration of the game and never looked close to losing. There were some classy scores from the forward line, Castledawson's only goal coming from young Caoimhe McCoy. Well done to the team.

Team - Claire O'Kane, Sinead Heaney, Maura McAuley, Mary McAuley, Roisin O'Kane, Katie Pickering, Geraldine Mulholland, Maoliosa Shivers, Katie McAuley, Eimear McCartney, Karen McGrath, Una McAuley, Annie Bovill, Shauna Mulholland and Caoimhe McCoy Subs: Eilish Keenan, Maria Taggart, Ashley Johnston

This victory means that the league is now all to play for and will rest upon another showdown with rivals Lavey. The match is scheduled to be played on Friday 24 August (7pm) at Lavey however this may be subject to change so please keep an eye on the website. Please come along and support the girls in their last match of the season.

The Seniors are running their annual Ulster 7-a-side camogie tournament on Sunday 16 August. Registration will take place from 9.30am and the entry fee is 30 per team (maximum of 10 players per team).

Any clubs interested in taking part please contact before Wednesday 22 August. The girls would be grateful to anyone who can come along and lend a hand. This is always a very enjoyable day for all involved.

For Castledawson we had Rachael Doyle in goals, Lily Keenan and Ellie Doyle who were brilliant in defence clearing everything that came their way, Claire Kearns worked like a wee trojan in midfield, and upfront Gemma Doyle, Melissa Gallagher, Anna Kelly who tried their hardest up front to get the goals.

The girls showed great determination in the both match and shows that they are the future stars for St Malachy's. A special word of thanks to the bellaghy girls Roisin, Abigail, Aoife and Tamier who joined the ranks for the day


A limited quantity of the new club kit bag is now available to members to purchase; contact Brendan Keenan, Paddy Bradley or Maura McAuley for details.


Check out the club web site on for further details on all club events and visit the Guest Book with your comments on any changes you would like to see.

LOTTO: Numbers drawn in the weekly Lotto on Monday 20 August were 3, 6, 11 & 14.

As there was no winner both Lucky Dips went to Anthony McGuckin and Martin Heaney. Martin has decided to spend his winnings on brand new Ken & Barbie dolls! The jackpot for next week will now be an astronomical 6800.