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Club Notes – 4 January 2018

Gold Rush Run & Walk
Clontibret O Neill’s Gold Rush 2017 supporting Downs Syndrome Monaghan and the Mater Cancer Foundation. Some 275 hardy souls registered for the 2017 event Tuesday the 27th December, including walkers and runners from across the county and beyond. The cold, the wind chill and the wisps of sneachta put few off, least of all Dessie Moen who did the warm up and Conor McManus who kick started the runs with the help of Anna Ronaghan, both very much appreciated. Given the weather, the turnout exceeded expectations; great to see as was Benny Moen’s two big Clydesdale horses at the crossroads. (The kids were very impressed as indeed were some of the adults.)
Three thousand seven hundred euro was raised on the day alone with funds still coming in. We would like to thank the local families associated with the charities for agreeing to connect with the now well established Gold Rush and especially the Hall Committee for their invaluable support as well as those who worked tirelessly in the kitchen and those who cleaned up afterwards. Thanks to Peter (Delavey) McKenna & Eamon Hackett (Glaslough Harriers) for the big clock and gate, and not forgetting the Gold Rush Gaels committee, Eilish Clarke, Aiden Deighan, Helen Moen, JP Moen, Niall Brennan, Martin McCague and our chairman Tommy Greenan. Also appreciated are the O’Neill’s stewards & marshals who made sure that everything went smoothly. Thanks to Brendan Buckley MN Civil Defence, Braeside Stores for finish line fruit & Gerry McMahon for music & amplification.
This was the third year of the event and is an encouragement to proceed with GOLD RUSH No. 4 in 2018.

Most welcome was the new over 50’s running group from Monaghan who meet each Saturday morning 9AM at Gavin Duffy, a group being nurtured by Leslie Crawford who is now approaching his 200th marathon.

This is a social and recreational event so prizes don’t feature but it is worth noting those who exceeded their own goals and in their own way gave inspiration to the rest. Donna Moen 1st of the ladies home in the 5 mile is no stranger to winning ways. Sarah McKenna MN Phoenix 1st lady in the 3mile was equally impressive. Sean Husband a well-known local triathlete came in at a remarkable 27:02 in the 5 mile run while one to watch in the future, Tom Doherty MN Phoenix aged 11 stormed through the 3 mile finish line maybe 3 minutes ahead of his chaser. Well done to everyone involved and we all look forward to Gold Rush 2018.

End of Year Presentations
Two very successful end of year presentation events were held on Friday last. In the afternoon at the Community Centre the annual underage presentation took place while later in the evening at the Clubrooms the senior event took place. At the senior presentations Club Secretary, Frank McManus welcomed all present and spoke individually of the prowess of the various award winners including Senior Player of the Year, Pauric Boyle, Reserve Player, Colin Todd and Young Players, Jack Gormley and Conor Doyle before presenting them with their respective awards. Frank then spoke of the highlights of outgoing Chairman Aidan Deighan’s term of office before making a presentation to Aidan and his wife Marie as an acknowledgement for Aidan’s term as Club Chairman over the past three years.

Juvenile Presentation Evening
On Friday last we held our annual Juvenile Presentations and it was great to see was a large selection of our juveniles together with their families in attendance . It’s a chance for us to recognise all the time and effort that goes in over the course of the year and congratulate the players themselves from U6s up on the improvement they have made. It is also a chance to thank all involved, not just the players but the coaches, parents, club sponsors and the club executive who help us no end in making sure we provide a safe enjoyable environment for our young players.
When selecting our individual awards we take into account not only each players efforts on the field of play but also how the player has developed over the year, his attitude to his fellow players and coaches, his attendance along with the respect and encouragement he gives to all those around him, all this combined with his abilities on the pitch.

Stephen Hamill was honoured from the U10 grade with Odhran Keenan from U12s, Conor Moran in the 14s and Jack Dunlop for the 16s.Conor Moran was then selected as the overall most improved player of the year….an award he thoroughly deserved and received to great applause from Conor Boyle.

We hope that all our families had an enjoyable Christmas and we wish you a Happy New Year. We all look forward to seeing each other once again at the field throughout 2018

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