Stewartstown Harps GAC

THE Seniors played their Intermediate Championship semi final on Saturday in Coalisland against Galbally. A very poor start left us in big trouble and approaching the half time break we were 9 points down.

However, Gareth Devlin gave us a life line with a fine individual goal to leave 6 points in it at the break. We soon found ourselves 9 points down again 5 minutes into the second half. This was where we really showed what we are capable off and we started to claw into the lead.

Unfortunately anytime we got on a roll stoppages by the officials and some head scratching decisions by the referee stopped our momentum. We got the deficit down to two and unfortunately ran out of time and we were defeated by 2 points. Final score 2-10 to 1-11. This brings to a close the adult playing season.

Thanks to all the players for their efforts and a huge thanks to manager Malachy Coyle for all the effort he has put in with this squad over the past two years.

The U16s played Kildress in Rock on Saturday in the championship semi final. Two weeks before the lads had enjoyed a very comfortable victory over the same opposition, and complacency was always going to be worry. And unfortunately, so it proved as the lads could never get going but still found themselves in front approaching the closing stages. The concession of three soft goals in the last few minutes proved costly and we were defeated by 7 points.

The team will have to pick themselves up as they play in the league final this Saturday morning in Dunmoyle against Owen Roes. The game starts at 11.30 and all support would be appreciated. Good luck to the players and management for the final.

The U13s qualified for the semi finals of the league when they defeated Drumragh at home last Friday night with a good team performance. The lads will now face Beragh away on Sunday in the semi final. Throw in is at 12.15. Good luck to the team.

The under 8s and 10s seasons have now come to a close. The club would like to thank all the players for their efforts throughout the year. Also, big thanks to the managers of both squads. U8’s Aidan McElhatton, Paul Lowe and Cathal Coyle and U10’s Sean and Mark Gallagher.

Scor na nOg begins on November 4th. Anyone under the age of 17 who would like to represent the club in this year’s competition can put their names forward to Martin Campbell on 02887738140 or Steven Campbell on 02887738730. Scor is an important part in the GAA and it is hoped that the club will have a large representation at the event.

Best wishes to senior player Anton Coyle who has headed to Australia for a year. All the best Anton and we hope you’ll be back representing the Harps again in the future.

The next general committee meeting will take place on Monday 10th October at 8pm in the pavilion.