Thomas McCurtains Club Notes10-11-2017
Unfortunately our footballers lost out in the Semi-Final of the All-Britain Club Championship to Sean McDermotts from Warwickshire on Sunday. Two goals in the first half (one surrounded by a bit of controversy) proved decisive as McDermotts weathered a McCurtains storm in the closing stages and ran out winners by two points. On a cold but sunny afternoon McCurtains took an early lead scoring the first two points of the game courtesy of Niall Coffey. McDermotts responded well and took a slender lead with 10 mins to go to the break before scoring their goals in the space of a couple of minutes. McCurtains refused to back down and both sides swapped scores leaving it 2-06 to 0-06 at half time.
With the aid of the breeze in the second half the lads from East London pressed on the attack and narrowed the gap to two after 15 mins. McDermotts then found their rhythm and knocked over three points in a row to widen the gap again, 2-10 to 0-11 with 10 minutes left. A fantastic move down the left ended up with Mark McGirr hitting a cross field ball which was gathered by Conor Murphy inside the 13m line. Murphys shot was blocked but the rebound was gathered up by Mcgirr and he slotted it low into the bottom right of the net. With McCurtains getting the next score to leave the minimum between the teams it set up a grand stand finish, but it was McDermotts who had the final say as they scored the games last point and McCurtains couldn't find a reply.
A huge thanks to the management and the players who will look to build on what has been a hugely successful year.
As we approach Christmas and we are winding down the playing season the social season is starting to kick in to gear. There are a few dates for your diaries. New and existing members are all welcome to come along.
- Saturday 25th November 2017 - Camogie Club Barn Dance, The Black Lion Pub, Plaistow E13 0DH
Calling all cowboys and cowgirls. Thomas McCurtains Camogie Club are hosting a barn dance fundraiser on the 25th November in the Black Lion. Bring friends, brothers, sisters, aunties, uncles, mothers, fathers, grannies and grandads. Music on the night provided by Irish sensations Knots Down and Out. Fancy dress encouraged but optional.
- Saturday 16th December 2017 - Annual Christmas Jumper Party, The Queens Head, Stratford.
- Saturday 3rd March 2018 - Annual Dinner Dance, Hallmark Hotel London Chigwell Prince Regent, Manor Rd, London IG8 8AE. More information on tickets available soon.
- Mens Football: All-Britain Club Championship Semi-Final - Thomas McCurtains: 1-12, Sean McDermotts (Warwickshire): 2-11
Training will recommence for all teams in 2018.
New players are always very welcome to join our friendly club. We have Gaelic Football & Hurling teams for both men and ladies from u-8s up to Adults. We are based in East London; the club covers a wide area and current players live in many different areas, including, Gants Hill, Woodford, Leyton, Leytonstone, Stratford, Romford, Dagenham, Brentwood & Chelmsford as well as many other areas. Transport to and from training and pick-up from stations can be arranged, if required.
If you would like to join our club, please do not hesitate to contact:
- Mens Football: Martin Keyes: 07712 106 349
- Mens Hurling: Brian Ryan: 07851 164 119
- Ladies Football: Deirdre McArdle: 07523 109 547
- Camogie: Eoin Kelly: 07729 746 052
- Underage: Martin McGovern: 07807 830 556
Thomas McCurtains GAA Club would welcome coaching support in local schools and our training sessions.
Please check out Thomas McCurtain’s on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. Or drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be delighted to hear from you.
Our official club merchandise is available to purchase on the O’Neill’s website here: https://www.oneills.com/shop-by-team/gaa/united-kingdom/thomas-mccurtains.html