Multyfarnham GAA have adopted and pledged to adhere to the GAA Code of Behaviour.
This code is not only for player and coaches but also supporters of the club. By following the code we are making our club a more friendly, welcoming place, where childrens welfare is a number one priority and where no one should feel threatened, discouraged or unwelcome.
We hope that all patrons of this site would take a few moments to read the code and remember to follow it when in attendence at the club.
The date for this year’s final should be Sunday 5th October at 1.30pm in Cusack Park. Moate All Whites defeated St Pauls in the match preceding our own semi-final against Kilbeggan so they will be the team we will take on in the final.
The game promises to be a tough one, but with the whole village pulling behind us we believe we can succeed. Preparations are under way as we speak with the entire panel working extrememly hard to be ready in time for our first Junior final appearance since 1997. Many people can still remember that game however few are still around that attended our last successful final appearance way back in 1956.
We know that we have the support of everybody associated with the Multyfarnham area, now it is time to come and show it. We have been a while waiting for this day, hopefully it will be a good day.
The Under 14 team have managed to reach the semi final of the County Championship, which will be played this Saturday at 11.30am in Milltown. This is a young talented team who are being well coached by Joe Kelly and Kevin Coffey. Everyone should make a special effort to get down to Milltown to support the young stars of the future.
On Saturday we will also have our club shop open in the Community Centre. We have a limited number of merchandise up for grabs including large and small flags, car flags, teddy bears, bunting and the rest. We also have some polo shirts available to buy through the club, if anybody is interested in buying one contact Gary Guilfoyle or any member of the committee. The shop will be open on Saturday from 3pm till 5pm and then after Mass from 7.30pm until 9pm. We will also open on Sunday from 12pm till 3pm.
Saturday evening in Kinnegad saw Multy and Miltown battle it out in a physically draining game of football, in the last round of the group stage of the Westmeath Junior championship. Neither the Intermediate or Senior championships expect clubs to play eight games to get to knock out football yet somehow it is occurs in the Junior.
The game itself was a nervous affair, both sides took a long time to settle. Neither team showed any sign of their true ability or potential yet Milltown managed to find their range early and clocked up a couple of points which led to Multy chasing the lead for the rest of the opening period. Ciaran McCabe made an absolutely fantastic save to keep Multy in it when the Milltown full forward broke through on goal.
Danny Loughrey was impressive in attack but it was his full forward partner Chris Cannon who scored the best point of the half for the Maroon men, with a sweet strike off his left boot. As usual our defence were working heroically with Leo Blake, Paul Smith and Paul Moran battling hard.
The second half opened up a bit more and Loughrey managed to tag a few impressive scores alongside a sweet kicked sideline strike from Emmett Feerick. Noel Kiernan was finding his range from the deadball and Rory Boyce and Ronan Wallace were taking charge in the half back lines. Milltown gave themselves a job to do when they went a man down and indeed it looked like Multy would cruise to the finish line. Jason Tighe and Enda Carter were beginning to get on top of Summers and McLoughlin for Milltown, who were very impressive all day. Ciaran Madden kicked a lovely point off his right and it looked as if we were heading for the win. David Wallace came off the bench and his running was starting to torture the Milltown defence. Indeed he came very close to finishing off the game when he broke through on goal but he dragged his low hard struck shot agonisingly to the left of the post.
The last few seconds of the game saw Multy sitting on a three point lead with scores from Loughrey and Kiernan but, with victory within our grasp, the gods of luck and fortune dealt us a horrible turn when Summers won the ball for Milltown in midfield and belted the ball towards goal. Somehow our defence had gone missing and the ball fell appetisingly for a Milltown man who duly despatched it to the back of the net. Of course the referee blew the whistle on the kickout without giving either side a chance to win it but in the end we were the happier side.
Milltown are a good team and a credit to their club and area, it is unfortunate that their season is over.
It is the first time in a long, long time that we have reached this stage in the championship. Credit must go to the players who have worked hard so far, however at the end of the day it means nothing unless we go further. Every player is expected down to put in the maximum effort over the next few weeks. Everybody who supports the club also needs to do everything that they can do. We need the whole club pulling together.
There are a number of fixtures for the underage in the coming weeks. On Wednesday the Under 12s play St Lomans in Multy, this is the first game for new mentors Bilial Moran and Andrew McCormack, we would appreciate if all parents could make a special effort to cooperate with the lads in their breaking-in period. On Thursday the Under 14s are playing Tyrrellspass in Multy in Round 4 of the Championship, Joe Kelly and the rest of the mentors would love to see a big support out for the young lads as they attempt to replicate the adult teams accomplishments. On Wednesday 3rd Sept the Under 12s face the long trip down to Garrycastle for round 4 of the league. Any support is always needed and if anybody wants to help out with the next generation they are always welcome.
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St Pauls 0-7
The first round of the Junior Championship was played on Sunday 25th May in Shandonagh. Multy were the second game up and kicked off against St Pauls at 6.30pm. It was a warm wet evening with the rain managing to stay away for the duration of the game. The pitch was holding up well after the first match and seemed to have very little if any water on it, in fact it was as near perfect conditions for a game of football as you could get, without the sun beaming down.
The game was always going to be a tight affair; Pauls were last year’s beaten Junior finalists and have not beaten Multy in the championship for quite a few years now. The midfield battle was key and it was here that the maroon and white brigade managed to exert some control. Enda Carter and Jason Tighe were having a right scrap with their opposite numbers, however they managed to marshal themselves and the men around them to ensure that Multy came out with the possession on the majority of occasions. The ball into the full forward line will need to be improved the next day as it was lacking a bit in the opening half for Multyfarnham. Still it did not stop man of the match Emmet Feerick who put on a shooting display that would be the envy of any forward in the county. In total he scored eight points with six of them coming in the first half. He was the real bane of the Pauls defence. At half time Multy were ahead by two points with Pauls being their own worst enemy after kicking an unforgivable ten wides.
The second half started with both sides losing key players Phillip Gilsenan from Pauls and Enda Carter from Multy went off injured. The game seemed to lose direction after that and did not really come alive again till the last five minutes despite St Pauls pulling level very early in the half. Anthony McGivney and Ian McGovern, who had tortured the Clonmellon sides defence all day, combined to set up Feerick again on the top of the right for a point which gave the lead back to Multy. Another free from Feerick and a forty five knocked over by Noel Kiernan in the last few minutes sealed it as Multy held out for the win.
Pauls Smith had an immense game in the backs proving himself a real safe pair of hands and a leader to boot. Chris Cannon was tireless working himself into the ground, Ger Feerick was a real dynamo latching onto ball after ball, Damien Grifferty was a hard man to get past when challenged and carried the ball very well going forward. Keith Read came off the bench for his championship debut and did well. Ciaran McCabe pulled off a number of top class saves to keep Multy in the game and his kick outs were top quality all day.
In general the entire team and bench played well, next up is Delvin which is yet to be confirmed.