St. Michael's GAC Magheralin

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Underage Update May 2013

Training arrangements
All children will be trained in Kilwarlin from now on, for this year.  Please see attached for dates, times and coach contact details for this year's training.

For those that have not registered for this year, please print and complete the attached form.  Once complete, please hand in to your coach with the £5 registration fee.

Training fee
Training is £1 per session.  However, if you are part of the '100 club' pitch development fund, you do not need to pay this fee.  For information on the 100 club, see

If you have any questions, comments etc. please contact Sean Toman or any of the other coaches.

Youth Registration Form - Word
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Youth Information - Word
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Youth Presentation (8th Feb 2013)

The youth awards night on 8th February saw our up and coming stars of the future being rewarded for their efforts throughout the year.  All our players received medals and most improved players and players of the year for each age group received trophies for their achievements on the field.

At under 8's Caonhan McCann received the most improved player award while Jack Mulgrew got the player of the year award.  At under 10's Charlie McCullagh was the most improved player and Declan McDade the player of the year.  Most improved player for the under 12s was Luke Montgomery and the Dominic McClure Memorial Trophy went to Niall Marsden for the player of 2012.  Well done to all winners.

A special mention was given to our under 10s who won the shield at the Aghagallon Blitz in 2012.  We hope this is a glimpse of what these young players can achieve in the future.  Well done boys and girls.

Thanks to all the parents for attending.  Thanks to everyone who supplied and helped serve the food and tidied up at the end.  Thanks also to Fr Brown for the use of the Parish Hall.


24th April 2010 – Under 10 Blitz at Annaclone


St. Michael's Under 10's were very much up for their first blitz of the season, winning 2 out of their 3 matches.  Every player done really well and was given time in both the forward and back lines, therefore able to apply both their defensive and attacking skills. 


John Paul McKeown and Ethan Henderson played well in all areas of the pitch. Ellen McAtarsney played particularly well in defence protecting the goalkeeper and marking her opponent tightly.  Shannon Hamill was most notable in the forward lines showing good catching ability and quick accurate passing whilst under pressure.  Shea McCabe showed composure in both attack and defence, which give confidence to his other team mates.  Owen Lavery and Matthew McAtarsney were very quick to get the ball and in possession of the ball, lending support to the midfielders.


I think the preparation required and rules on the day are simple but effective. One late rule introduced was the zones, which give the players a good sense of positional play. 


In general, the event achieved the county's objective of providing youth development and a family day out in a safe environment, with minimal organisation required.  I think all the kids from all the clubs enjoyed themselves.

St. Michaels would like to thank the U10 Catering division – Ursala's diner, their hosts – Annaclone, the organisers – Fionntan O'Dowd & Tullylish, and the other clubs that took part.  St. Michaels U10s look forward to the remainder of the season.


By Sean Toman


An Riocht Blitz

An Riocht U-10 Blitz Saturday June 9th
The St Michaels U-10 team took part their first ever football blitz competition at An Riocht playing fields on Saturday past.
It was a new experience for the St. Michaels youngsters, playing five competitive matches in the space of three hours against the so called bigger clubs of Down football. However despite their lack of experience at playing at this level, the team came away from Dunnaval Road in the knowledge that they done their club proud with great displays of skill, camardery and a never say die attitude.
The day started of with a tough opener against Down kingpins Mayobridge, followed by another tough match against the hosts An Riocht. St Michaels lost both games, however their performance against An Riocht, was a much improved display on their opener.
This improvement was carried into their third match, this time against Newry Shamrocks, when two late points from the Newry side robbed St Michaels off their first win in the competition losing by the narrowest of margins. Conor Mc Cabe and Conor Mc Donald scored two cracking goals in this tie.
Their fourth match was against East Down side Castlewellan, with the Magheralin team putting on an excellent controlled performance, winning comfortably in the end.
This set up a must win game against St Johns, who are very strong at this age level. The game should of been over by halftime, as St Michaels missed an open goal, hit the up right and also missed a penalty and the rebound. In the second half St Johns made them pay for their wastefulness in front of goal with a great second half performance to send St Michaels out of the competition. 
Every St Michael's player put in fine performances on Saturday, however special praise must go to Tierna Grimes at full back with some great tackling and passing out of defence and Conor Mc Cabe and Conor Mc Donald in the forward line who linked up well to score some cracking points and goals.
The club would like to extend a big thank you to all parents who helped out on Saturday and to the An Riocht club for the welcome we received and the effort that was put in to organise the blitz.
Although the team only recorded one victory out of five games, the St Michaels coaching staff took great satisfaction out of the progress that the kids are making. This is the first year allot of our youngsters have played competitive football, and its the clubs aim that with another few years of coaching and competitive matches under our belts, our underage teams will be competing at the same level with the likes of the Mayobridge's and the Kilcoo's.
Anyway let just enjoy our wee victory over Castlewellan, as its been along time since a St Michaels team at any level has had a victory over the this mighty East Down club.  (Report by Eddie Mulgrew)