WELCOME TO DAVITTS GAC WEBSITE
Michael Davitt CLG would like to welcome you to our club website. Our aim is to keep this site regularly updated with information about all our activities.We hope you will find this site informative about our club, its past and what events will be taking place throughout the season. Being online allows our supporters and others, wherever they are, to follow our various activities.
- Senior Football Training
Senior football pre-season gets up and going on Monday 16 January 2017 at Colinvalley 3G from 7pm and then again on Wednesday 18 January 2017 at St Dominics also starting at 7pm.
We all know that we need to build and progress on what we did last year and the only way to do this is through hard work. Let’s make it a season to remember – no excuses.
- All-Ireland Junior B – Davitts 2-6 Kinvara 1-18
The senior hurlers bowed out of the All-Ireland junior B series when losing out to the Galway champions in the Leinster quarter final at Heywood College, Abbeyleix.
While we had a few scoring opportunities early on we failed to convert them and Kinvara punished us with four unanswered points (3 frees) to lead by four. However 2 Gearoid Cosgrove points, from inside his own half, either side of a Kinvara point saw us reduce the deficit to a goal. However, Kinvara responded with another 3 points before Stephen McGivern firstly pointed and then flicked the ball to the net to leave two between the sides. Kinvara tagged on 2 points at the end of the half to take a 0-10 to 1-3 advantage at the break.
At this stage we were still well in the game, but Kinvara upped their game in the second half and as they started to put us under pressure we began to concede more frees which the Kinvara free taker slotted over the bar at will. Despite giving it our all and with further points from Gearoid Cosgrove 0-2, Colm McKee 0-1 and a goal from a 21 yard free by Stephen McGivern, it wasn’t enough to trouble the Galway champions who ran out deserved winners 1-18 to 2-6.
While our preparation for this competition was excellent, we have still a
bit to get to the next level but we do have the potential. On a positive note, Kinvara have advanced to the Leinster final following a big win over their Laois opponents, so we can take heart from knowing we were up against a strong team.
We would also like to thank our sponsors, Flynn & McGettrick Solicitors, 26 West Bar & Grill, City Sightseeing Belfast and Hammond Lane Metal Co for their generous support.
- Child Protection Awareness and Foundation Football Course
We are hosting a Child Protection Awareness Course on the evening of Wednesday 28th September and a Foundation Football Coaching Course on the morning of Saturday 1st October.
It’s aimed at any member or parent who wants to get involved and help with our juvenile activities next year. It is compulsory for anyone to attend both, unless they have already been on either of these courses
Both courses are facilitated by tutors and the Foundation Coaching Course is both theory and practical based.The cost of attending the courses will be met by the Club.
Anyone who is interested in coaching the kids and promoting Gaelic games in the Club can reserve a place on both courses by contacting any of the team mentors or sending their name, address and contact number to our club email;
- The Passing of a Great Club Stalwart
Sad, sad news at the passing of a great club stalwart, trustee and dedicated treasurer, Jackie Toner
Jackie was a true gentleman and gael who lived for his family and club. He will be sadly missed in the committee room, in the club and at matches, but will always be remembered fondly by everyone who knew him, within the club and wider GAA circles.
Our thoughts and prayers are with sons Paul, Danny, Stephen, daughter Mary and the entire family circle at this difficult and sorrowful time.
Requiem Mass will take place in St. Peter’s Cathedral at 11am on Thursday 1st September. All available members are asked to attend in their club colours.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
- Photo Gallery on Website
We are in the process of changing the galleries on the website so unfortunately there has been a delay in getting the photos from the John Rowntree Cup, the John O’Toole Shield and the Seamus Hurley Plate and the senior hurling and football championships uploaded. Once uploaded we will let everyone know through Facebook and Twitter.
- No Joy in Hurling and Football Championships
The past couple of weeks saw both our senior hurlers and footballers exit their respective championships. The senior hurlers were outclassed by a very strong Cushendun outfit at Cushendall in the Junior A championship but credit should be given as they battled hard despite coming out on the wrong side of a heavy defeat.
The senior footballers failed to show any of the promise they displayed in the early part of their league campaign as they were outplayed by Division 1 side Aldergrove at Cargin in the intermediate championship. The game was over as a contest after 15 minutes, as Aldergrove were clinically with their score taking while we failed to impose any threat on their goals with a meagre return of a point over the 60 minutes.
It was also hard luck for our reserve footballers who were beaten by O’Donnells in the final of the Martin Cup at Milltown.
The senior footballers also exited the Beringer Cup at the hands off St Galls. We were very slack in the first half and while the second half was marginally better we left ourselves with too much to do and St Galls were deserving winners.
- Junior B Hurling Final – Davitts 1-10 St Agnes 1-9
The senior hurlers retained their junior B crown when beating rivals St Agnes by a solitary point last Saturday at Sarsfields pitch.
Colm McKee opened the scoring when he fired over a long range point from the left hand side of the pitch. Good work in defense by Anthony Rowntree saw him feed the ball into the corner forward position to Rory McEvoy who took control of the sliotar laid off a hand pass to the oncoming Sean McElhatton who slotted the sliotar over the bar. Rory then got on the score sheet as he took possession, jinked round two defenders and struck the sliotar between the sticks. Our next point came from Stephen McGivern; the sliotar started with goalkeeper Christy McNally, he played the ball down the right side of the pitch to Stephen McGivern who went on a solo run before finishing off the move with a point to give us the lead 0-4 to 0-0. St Agnes got off the mark with a well executed point and followed it up with a pointed free to half the deficit. Stephen McGivern then took a pass from Michael Rowntree and he duly dispatched the sliotar over the bar. Colm McKee got his second point of the game after a great catch and pass from Gearoid Cosgrove while Chris Gallagher pointed of his right side. St Agnes converted a 65 before a Chris Gallagher 21 yard free restored our four point advantage with the half time score 0-8 to 0-4.
St Agnes started the second half brightly scoring four unanswered points, 2 from frees to level the game. A Stephen McGivern point broke the St Agnes momentum and a Canice Mooney free gave us a two point advantage. The defining moment then came when a high ball was launched into the full forward area and Stephen McGivern soared above the defender, took the catch and crashed his shot to the back of the net.
With the clock ticking away, we held a 5 point lead and it appeared that we had done enough but an Aggies point was quickly followed by a goal and with the deficit down to a single point the match was up for grabs. With resolute defending we coped with the final Aggies push to take the trophy 1-10 to 1-9.
Well done to all involved as we now proceed to the Junior A Championship with a trip to Cushendall to face Cushendun on 6 August with a 5pm throw in.
Pictures from the game can be accessed by clicking here.
Scorers: C McKee 0-2, S McElhatton 0-1, R McEvoy 0-1, S McGivern 1-3, C Gallagher 0-2, C Mooney 0-1.