2016 Overview

 

Millmore Under 6s & 8s

We started back training in April 16. All the training was ran on the same evenings and times as the under 10 training (usually on Thursday evening). Numbers for training were very good for the year. On average, we had something in the region of 25-30 children in attendance. Mentors/ parents assisting at the sessions was very good (from both clubs). I think it's important to have 5 or 6 mentors at these sessions to break it down in to small groups for the children. We lost out on a few blitzes during the year due to the inclement weather. The blitzes we participated in were- Kilbeggan- we fielded two teams and Tyrellspass- we fielded two teams
Cusack park blitz- we fielded 3 teams here. One of those teams was an under 6 teams.
We ran our own blitz in Milltown during the year also. Two teams let us down and did not attend. Athlone brought out two teams however and we had an enjoyable morning. Refreshments were provided to all the children after.
Next year, I believe that it is Millmore's turn to be invited to Croke Park for the under 8 blitz. I think this invite is every two years. This is a great day out for the children and parents alike. The majority of last year's group are under 8 again for this year.
                          

Millmore U10s       

Millmore U10s participated in county board organized blitzes in Athlone, Ballymore, Tubberclair, Clonmellon, Milltown and Delvin. They also participated in both the Caulry and Castledaly tournaments making finals in both competitions. They were invited to play in Go Games in March but did not enter. This group was made up of very enthusiastic boys and girls. They were coached by Michael Kiernan, Johnny Duncan, Ciaran Mc Cormack and Gerry Martin. The coaches wish to thank the players parents and families, both Milltown and Ballymore clubs and anyone who helped in any way for their support during the year. "

 

Millmore Under 12s

The lads had a busy year playing. Their 1st outing was in the Cormac Mc Gahan competition in Milltown which they won in a thrilling final. Their next competition was in an u11 tournament in Shamrocks where teams from all over Leinster came giving a day of football at a very high standard and our lads did very well winning the plate final.

They played an exciting challenge against a neighboring County team Carrickedmond and this ended in a draw.
Their league campaign was exciting with games too close to call. A win and a loss to both Tyrelllspass and Ballinagore saw the teams very equal in ability. Other teams cancelled at short notice Milltownpass and St Joseph's.
The last competition of the year was the Garrycastle tournament. There was some very entertaining games in this with the lads getting some great wins against Tubberclair, Caulry and Athlone. We suffered a defeat to Moate but went forward to play Garrycastle in the shield final but unfortunately lost on the day.
 
 
Millmore U14s
 
League Division 2
We had a very disappointing league campaign this year winning only two matches out of 7.
Apart from the fact we lost games the level of performance was well under par and not helped by injuries. Ben McGauran was out for the whole campaign, Scott Ellison was out for half the campaign and we lost others for individual matches. This was steep learning curve and showed just how far off the pace the team was.
 
Championship
Played 9 games in total losing only 2 including the semi-final.
 
Going into the Division 2 Championship off the back of a poor league run had us thinking that we should in reality be in Division 3 however this was never going to happen. To say our fortunes were transformed would certainly be an understatement. Right from the first match against Garrycastle it was obvious that the training was starting to pay off and the need to have a full health squad was going to be key. We ran through the whole campaign losing just one match including beating Rosemount away on route to a semi-final spot. Our match against Kilbeggan sticks in the memory not just for the battling win we achieved but also because Dylan Crowley suffered a disgraceful tackle which finished his year and nothing was none by the referee. Dylan was a huge loss and may have made a difference in the final matches. We lost out to Rosemount in the semi-final and can have no complaints as we were second best on the day. The journey we all went on with the team this year was a unbelievable roller coaster of emotions and showed just what a great bunch of lads we had the pleasure of working with. The team kept Dylan involved the whole year and made it their aim to win one for him, let’s not forget these are U14s, inspirational stuff.
 
 
Millmore Gaels U16s
Millmore Gaels u16 played in Div 2 of the league, it was made up of 8 teams, Multy, Killucan, Rosemount, Lilliput Gaels, Garrycastle, Inny Shamrocks, & Shandonagh. Our first game v Rosemount was not played due to a water logged pitch, this game was not re fixed. Millmore won all our remaining 6 games convincingly with great team performances in all games by a group of good very honest lads. Millmore won Div 2 of the league, unfortunately there was no silverware for this feat. In the round robin group stage of the U16 league / championship we had 2 good wins V mMulty and Lilliput Gaels, we lost our other game to Caulry by a narrow margin, this was an excellent team performance one of the best of the year. This put us in Div 1 qtr final V St Lomans, on the day we were missing a few key players due to injury after a huge performance from all players St Lomans ran out winners.
All said it was a very good year for our U16s.
 
 
 
Millmore Gaels Minors   
Millmore played in Div 1 of the minor league in 2016. This league was made up of 8 teams, Moate, St Lomans , Shandonagh Rosemount, The Downs, Athlone & St Mary’s. We played 6 games St Mary’s were unable to field, we won 2 games V Shandonagh and Moate loosing 4 games. One of our wins was against our near neighbors Shandonagh who actually went to win the Minor A county final, if we had more performances like that who knows what might have happened.
In the league / championship round robin series we were grouped with Garrycastle, Athlone and Shannon Gaels, we were beaten by narrow margins in our games V Shannon Gaels and Athlone with Garrycastle conceding , this put us in the Div 2 Qtr final V Lilliput Gaels which we won setting up a semi final date with Milltownpass. This was definitely a game of 2 halves but after a huge effort by all players we were beaten by 2 points. This was a very good minor team and for the players that have moved on to their parent clubs it was a pleasure to have you with Millmore Gaels.
 
County Representation
 
We are very fortunate to have so many players coming through our club representing Westmeath in 2016
 
Minor – Conor Dillon, Darragh Hynes.
 
U17 – Dylan Rushe.
 
U16 – Luke Gunning, Mathew Gunning, Sam Maxwell, Daniel Ennis.
 
U15 – Jack Murtagh, Wayne Smith,
 
U14 – Adam Watson, Ben Scally, Ben McGauren, Conor Gibney.
 
U13 – Jack Lynn, Ryan Greenwood, Dylan Crowley, Darragh Monaghan, Dyaln Murtagh.
 
Congratulations and well done to all our coaches who participated in Children Welfare / Level 1 & 2 Coaching courses during 2016, presently all our coaches have at least level 1 coaching course complete, well done and thank you all, at the end of the day our young players of the club will be the main benefactors.
 
 
 
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