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Salthill Knocknacarra GAA

July 5 2018

SKGAA Newsletter 05/07/18

A chairde,



We hope you are all enjoying the weather and GAA action over the weekend. 

A special congratulations to Laura Kelly and Emma Madden who helped Galway U16 Ladies to a comfortable win over Donegal to book a place in the All Ireland Final. Venue and Date TBC. Well done girls!!

Well done to Cathal Sweeney, Aidan Hallaron and Eoghan Tinney who all played a part in the Galway minors’ victory over Mayo last week, sealing a place in this year’s Connacht Final. A special mentiom for Cathal who gave a man of the match display including scoring 3 points from play from the wing back position. The lads will play their final group game vs Leitrim this weekend with the final scheduled for the following weekend.

Best of luck to Donal O Shea and the Galway Minor Hurling team who are in action over the weekend!! 





New Officers 2019

We have had a few enquiries about taking over as officers (chairperson, secretary, treasurer) next year and a lot of the same questions have come up so we said we'd do a little frequently asked questions section in this week's newsletter that might answer some people's queries:



Do I need to have been on the Executive Committee before to become an Officer?

No is the simple answer to this. None of the current officers were on the committee prior to their nominations.



Will I have to attend lots of county board meetings?

No again. The club has very dedicated and hard working delegates who attend and liaise with the county board and bring the information back to the club. Nor are the offciers required to attend meetings of individual sections unless of course they want to or have been requested to. 



How many Executive Meetings are there each Year?

There are around 10 meetings each year, usually taking around 2 hours. They are held once a month, including a short 1 hour meeting before the AGM and a break for July and usually either August or December. Officers would meet for an hour seperately once a fortnight usually at the begining and end of year only. 



What is the role of the chairperson?

The role of the chairperson is to be the figure head of the club, chair the executive meetings and to oversee that the club is running well and in line with GAA guidlines. To be more specific, the chair's main job is to try to ensure all the the roles on the Executive are filled and the work asigned to those people is clear to them and is being done. The chairperson needs to liaise very closely with the treasurer and the secretary to ensure he/she is up to date on the finances and correspondences of the club. And above all the chairperson should set out the vision of the club, identify what is operating well and ensure it continues, and identify what areas need to be addressed and act on them. In a club as big as ours, ensuring everyone is on the same page and singing from the same hymn sheet is key so good communication skills are a must for this role. 



What is the role of the secretary?

The main roles of the secretary are: Organise, allocate and set out pitch times for training and matches. Liaise with secretaries from other clubs and the county boards. Liaise with the secretaries from the individual sections and the club delegates. Be responsible for and keep track of all correspondences going in and out of the club. And to organise Executive meetings and the Club's AGM. 



What is the role of the treasurer?

The role of the treasurer is to oversee the finances of the club, income and expediture. In the past two years the club's treasurer Noel Schofield and assistant, Barry Kelly have made huge improvements to the acccounting and book-keeping systems in the club and it is now extremely organised and above all much easier to follow and pass on. Payments are made in conjunction with the club's chairperson.



Do I need to have accounting skills to be a treasurer?

Accounting skills certainly help, but like the secretary the most important thing is to be organised and to stay on top of things. Noel has indicated that he will not seek re-nomination next year but he is happy to assist whoever comes in to see that there is a smooth transition and that the good pratices continue. 



How will I be able to learn all I need to know?

The GAA provides training for all club officers and more importantly, the current club offciers will help out in the background to ensure no one is left in the dark.



Do you get lots of abuse and constant phone calls?

In any role of authority and influence you are open to criticism and judgement but I can honestly say 95% of the feedback I have had has been overwhelming positive. My assumption taking on this role 2 and a half years ago is that it would be a thankless task but I have been pleasantly surprised and overwhelmed at the level of apprecaition and gratitude from club members who can see that you are working hard and that our intentions are always for the betterment of the club. 99% of the people you meet and deal with are reasonable and working hard to do the best for the club and it is hugely enjoyable and rewarding to work with people in this capacity. 



But there is a reality that we are not infalibile, we make mistakes like everybody. There are unreasonable people in all walks of life and people out there who love to cause a stir so sometimes you do need to detach yourself, admit a mistake or have a brass neck. There is the very occasional situatiuon of entitlement where an individual feels they deserve to be treated differently because of how long they have been involved, what they have achieved or how much they have given and this can lead to difficulties. Although not always easy, we have always stuck to the same policy that every member should be treated the same. In our humble opinion there is no place for entitlement in volunteerism.  



As regards phone calls, we did receieve a lot at the start. But we have since put good structures in place to reduce the need for people to ring us. Bar the secretary who must liaise with managers, there are no longer a great number of reasosns for members to call the treasurer or the chairperson. Each section has its own director, secretary, delegate and treasurer to look after their own affairs. Someone is dealing with the Prairie, with the Árus, with the grounds etc. etc. so we certainly have improved on that front. 




We hope this is of some help to people in deciding whether or not they'd like to serve as an officer in the coming years and hopefully our new chairperson, secretary and treasurer for 2019 on will have read this and are getting excited about getting involved.



Regards,

Diarmaid






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O'Neills: https://www.oneills.com/shop-by-team/gaa/ireland/salthill-knocknacarra.html





There are a few camps we would like to bring to your attention: 



1. Date for your diary: The August Hurling/Camogie Academy will run from Tues 21 August to Friday 24 August, 10am-2pm, for boys and girls born 2006 to 2011. Online registration will open on Monday 16 July, the week after the Hurling/Camogie Cul Camp. 



2. Kellog’s Hurling/Camogie Cúl Camp @ SKGAA: Mon 9 July to Fri 13 July 2018.



Online Registration only for hurling and camogie Cúl Camp 



Go to: www.kellogsculcamps.gaa.ie  



Who:      all boys and girls aged 6 to 13 welcome

When:     Monday July 9 to Friday July 13, 10am to 2.30pm each day 

How much: 60/50/40 euros for 1st/second/third child in family. 

                 (Note also: 35 euro per child if they have registered for football camp already and got gear, and do not want second set of gear at the end of the hurling camp.)



Where: Prairie / Arus

Questions: Check out FAQ on Kellogs web site; any other questions, text  Edel 087 2887442



Book online NOW to be guaranteed gear at the end of the hurling Cúl camp.




3. SKGAA Football Camp

The SKGAA Summer Football Camp will be taking place from Monday 6th to Friday 10th August (including Bank Holiday Monday).



VENUE:
Arus Bóthar na Trá.



TIMES: 9:30am to 1:30pm.



AGES: 6 to 14 year old boys and girls (must be a member of a GAA club).



COST: €50 per child / €10 per day (€80 for 2 children from the same family).



CONTACT: James in Arus office on 091 527333 / 087 1635814 to book.



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Ar an bPáirc

On the Field

Adult Football

Senior:

 Hard luck to the senior footballers who were beaten by St. James in the John Dunne Cup on Saturday. The lads were hugely depleted with many players away last week.

Junior:

Hard luck to the Junior Footballers who missed out on a league final place after an agonising one point loss to Fr. Griffins Éire Óg on Friday. The lads were victim to some extremely cynical fouling in the last 10 mins with players taken down while through on goal. However it’s been a fairly successful league campaign all in all with 6 games, 4 wins, 2 one point defeats and over 40 players used. Next up is championship in August. 

Minor:

The minor footballers are building up towards championship in August. They played out a highly competitive challenge vs Clane of County Kildare on Saturday afternoon in the Prairie.

Juvenile Football

U15: Won well against Barna yesterday evening, playing Claregalway this Friday at 8pm in Prairie. Away to St James on Tuesday 24th July.

U14a: played Bearna in Championship last evening. 

u13: Our game with Clifden this week has been postponed as they cannot play. Just training this week.

U10: will continue training during the summer. We will have matches in the next couple of weeks.

U9: played Oranmore last Saturday in morning. Lads available done their best in the warm conditions & with well drilled opposition.

We take a break for a few weeks till mid Aug. Thanks to all the coaches & parents for helping so far this year. 

Please encourage the kids to keep some practise up over the few weeks.Enjoy the summer holiday. 

Remember the Cul camps & SKGAA camps

Adult Hurling
 

Junior A:

SK Junior A Hurlers played Kinvara in the soaring heat in Castlegar on Saturday evening in Carnmore in a do or die clash.

The game ended in a draw on a final scoreline of 1-12 apiece. Hopefully this will prove enough for SK. 

Well done to all involved for the battling performance. 

Junior C:

The Junior C Hurlers were defeated away to Kilnadeema/Leitrim lastnight. However this was a much improved performance by the lads. 

Thanks to all the lads who travelled and showed commitment to turn out for the club mid-week.

SK are fixed to Play Ahascragh/Fohenagh next Tuesday at home at 7.30. Please Support! 



Juvenile Hurling

 

U6/U8 Hurling 

U6 & U8 Training 5:45pm in Cappagh Pk. Cul Camp next week Mon-Fri.  Online sign up closes Friday, July 5th. 

U10 Hurling 

Training continues Friday at 6pm in Cappagh Park. 

U12 Hurling 

U12s playing Kinvara on Saturday morning, 11am in Kinvara. 

Training continues in Cappagh Park on Mondays (6-7pm) and Fridays (7-8pm).

U13 Hurling 

Training continuing at 9am on Saturday morning in Cappagh Park. 

U16 Hurling 

U16 County Hurling Semi final SK v Ahascragh Fohenagh,  Thursday the 5th at 6:30pm in Loughrea.All support very welcome 



Cul Camp 2018.

Hurling/Camogie Cul Camp runs Monday 9 July to Friday 13th July. Reminder: register online before Friday 6 July on Kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie. Ages 6 to 12.



Camogie

U10 will train for two more weeks before break for summer.

U14 will start back training shortly after short break after Féile. U13s play a challenge this Thursday 7.45 in Cappagh in preparation for  county competition starting shortly.

U16 continue training for championship that will resume shortly.

Congratulations to Ailbhe O’Grady Corcoran, Aoibhe McGinley, Ava Conlon, Fiona Kelly, Mary Murray and Sarah Keane who have all made it on to the Galway U17 panel. Six out of six for Salthill Knocknacarra Camogie.

Junior A:

recently availed of the warm weather facilities to train at silver strand, will play next match in championship on Monday evening at time and venue tbc.

Kelloggs camogie and hurling  Cúl Camp takes place Monday July 9th  at Prairie. Register online or contact co ordinator Edel Murphy  087 2887442.



Ladies Football

U16: after the Break for the month of June, the Girls start back at Training for Div 1 Championship in the Prairie from 630-8pm. Glorious weather to play football, so expecting a good show. Some girls are gone to Gaelteacht for July. Championship fixtures are planned for late July. TBC.

Next Up is GLGFA Church Gate collection on Sunday in Salthill and Knocknacarra. Your support as collectors and donators is requested. Thanks

U12: U12 girls very unlucky to lose Div 1 league final v Corofin last week. However,  a fantastic performance by all.  Big trip Sat to Ennis for a great day out for all un 12 girls. Summer break starts now until Mid August....and new girls v welcome.

U10: U10 training this evening at 7pm in Mc graths field. Summer break next Wednesday 11th July.

U6/U8: Under 8s and 6s finishing tonight for the summer see yous in September and keep the practice going !!

 

Coaching Corner



Date for your diary: The August Hurling/Camogie Academy will run from Tues 21 August to Friday 24 August, 10am-2pm, for boys and girls born 2006 to 2011. Full details on how to register will be available next week. 



Kellog’s Hurling/Camogie Cúl Camp @ SKGAA: Mon 9 July to Fri 13 July 2018.



Online Registration only for hurling and camogie Cúl Camp 



Go to: www.kellogsculcamps.gaa.ie  



Who:      all boys and girls aged 6 to 13 welcome

When:     Monday July 9 to Friday July 13, 10am to 2.30pm each day 

How much: 60/50/40 euros for 1st/second/third child in family. 

                 (Note also: 35 euro per child if they have registered for football camp already and got gear, and do not want second set of gear at the end of the hurling camp.)



Where: Prairie / Arus

Questions: Check out FAQ on Kellogs web site; any other questions, text  Edel 087 2887442



Book online NOW to be guaranteed gear at the end of the hurling Cúl camp  

Don't forget the Árus is the number 1 venue for children's birthday parties. Contact James in the office on 09152733 to book yours today.



Keep up to date with news on www.skgaa.ie and https://www.facebook.com/SalthillKnocknacarraGaaClub/ .



Also you can follow SKGAA on Twitter @skgaa and Instagram #skgaa

 

Is mise le meas,

Diarmaid Ó hAodha

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