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Westmeath GAA Notes 5th February 2012

Westmeath G A A Notes by Pat Reilly Westmeath P R O.


Westmeath Footballers started their campaign off last weekend when they played Louth in Haggardstown, and once more Louth came out on top on a final score of 0-12 to 1-06, he lack of scores in the second half proving to be the difference in the end. Louth took an early two point lead with points from Darren Clarke and Ronan Carroll, as it took all of sixteen minutes for Westmeath to get on the score board; a fine point from Trevor English, which was followed up by a goal within a minute when Callum McCormack fisted the ball to the Louth net as Westmeath took the lead for the first time. Louth responded well and drew level with twenty seven minutes gone with the score of the half from coming from Paddy Keenan, but a point from McCormack sent Westmeath in one up at the interval 1-03 to 0-05.
Westmeath were first off the mark in the second period with a point from the boot of Kieran Martin in the first minute, however this was to be their only score until the thirty third minute of the half, and by now Louth were well out of sight, helped in no small way by a further brace of points from Paddy Keenan as Westmeath struggled at midfield. Westmeath tacked on two late points but Louth held on to win and Westmeath must lift themselves up for a battle royale with Meath next weekend.


Westmeath play Meath next weekend in the second round of the league at home in Cusack Park. Our league record in the recent past against Meath is abysmal to say the least, but after a reasonable display last weekend against Louth this years result is by no means a fore gone conclusion. Meath recorded a good win last weekend over Monaghan an although they will be without Peter Gilsenan next weekend they will be no pushover, Westmeath really need a win to get their year going and need to remain in Div 2 where they will be playing at a higher standard of football which is necessary to improve the performances of the newer faces and get them up to the faster pace of tougher competition.


Westmeath Hurlers lost out to Kilkenny last weekend in the semi-final of this competition, this was a competitive match despite the picture that the final score portrays. Kilkenny started the better of the sides and had opened up an commanding six point lead after ten minutes and stretched it even further to 0-11 to 0-02 by twenty three minutes, with Westmeath’s scores coming from Brendan Murtagh (who finished up the day with a personal tally of 1-12) and an inspirational score from wing back Philip Gilsenan. Murtagh added three further points to leave the Noresiders 0-14 to 0-06 up at the break.
John Power scored Kilkenny’s goal shortly after the re-start from a tight angle as Kilkenny continued to extend their lead and were nearly out of sight by the fiftieth minute with a 1-18 to 0-13 lead. Westmeath did manage to find the Kilkenny net in the fifty ninth minute when Brendan Murtagh struck home from close range and strangely enough with only seven minutes left on the clock there was only two points between the sides. Westmeath failed to build on their momentum as Kilkenny sent over five unanswered points to ensure a seven-point victory on a final score of 1-23 to 1-16.


As Westmeath play neighbours Meath in the next round of the league in Cusack Park next Sunday stewards are requested to be in for 12.30pm. Late comers will not be entertained.


On Wednesday February 8th at 7.30pm in the Annebrook House Hotel the Club Officer training night takes place.  The format this year is a bit different from previous years.  The Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and PRO from each Club will be expected to attend, and each Officer will have their own workshop from 8.15pm. All clubs are requested to be in attendance.


The online Servasport system ( is now open for registration for the 2012 season. Clubs can complete their registration of teams for the player injury scheme and complete the registration of their players and members, outlined as follows:
Player Injury Scheme
Player Injury scheme cover runs on a calendar year from Jan 1 - Dec 31. Therefore, as soon as your teams recommence training they need to be registered. Team subscriptions, which remain unchanged for 2012, have to be paid by March 31 to Croke Park. If your teams are not registered they are not covered and may not be eligible to enter competitions.


Peil Abú/Tag Gaelic is the name given to recreational football which started last Monday evening at 6:30pm in St Lomans GAA Astro turf Mullingar.  Peil Abú is non-contact Tag Gaelic football and is the new fun and social GAA initiative.
We are inviting all clubs in the greater Mullingar area to support this initiative.  We would appeal to you all to send as many members as possible to play this new recreational game.  It is a great way to stay fit and healthy as it is a very active game.  The game results in lots of movement, turnovers and excitement and the rules are quite simple. Physical contact is not allowed. It’s basically Gaelic football but once players are tagged, they must turn over possession. Scores, solo-running, hand passing and the pick-up can all be altered to better suit the needs of the players.  It’s also a great way of working up a sweat!!!!!!! 
Please come along and see for yourself and bring a friend.  It is open to everyone, male and female, aged 18 to 80 including those who have never played before. Anybody interested in attending just come along on the night in a pair of runners or moulded boots. For any further details please contact James Heffernan on 085-7139924 or email


The world of social and digital media is an enjoyable and engaging place. As a GAA official, volunteer, player or member, you will often encounter that world. A document has been put together to help, educate and guide those who use social media in an official GAA capacity. This will be sent to all GAA clubs within the next month
These guidelines will evolve over time as new technology and platforms emerge. However, a few basic aims will always remain true:
To promote and develop positive online discussion of the GAA.
To protect the reputation of official GAA social media platforms online.
To help moderate discussions appropriately.
To ensure the GAA provides an official voice in this area.
We also want to ensure that a common set of guidelines and policies are in place so that we are all working in unison as one GAA family. In that way, anyone who speaks on behalf of the GAA is authorised, ensuring we work together to give the GAA an appealing online presence.


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 Student First currently has further opportunities for commission based sales agents in a number of Irish Counties. The potential of sport to enhance students’ physical, emotional and social wellbeing is a key theme of the initiative. Consequently, we are very interested in interviewing suitable sportspeople in your county for work opportunities which involve an immediate start. We are currently working with a number of inter county players.
 We would be grateful if you could bring this employment opportunity to the attention of potential candidates. All enquires can be directed to or alternatively you can Mark Carey on 086 165 2278.


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