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Published on July 1st, 2013 | by Edelle Henry

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Feile 2013 a Huge Success

Erin’s Own, Lavey welcomed Galway champions Claregalway CLG to South Derry on Thursday evening (27/06/2013). After introductions and refreshments, the four-time Feile Peile champions of Galway settled in with their host families in anticipation of their meeting on the football field on Friday afternoon. And what a meeting this turned out to be! The eventual Division One champions had their toughest match of the weekend against a plucky Lavey team in beautiful, if breezy conditions in Lavey.

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The Claregalway side, eventual Division 1 Champions

The match between Lavey and Claregalway was a tightly contested affair until well into the second half when the Connacht boys managed to put a small bit of day light between them and their hosts. With a fresh breeze at their backs, the Lavey boys got off to a great start against a big and strong Claregalway team.

Strong clearing kicks from full back, James Crawford relieved danger on a number of occasions and close tackling from Lee Tsang and Enda Downey in the corners meant that the Galway forwards got nothing handy. Nathan Scullion produced a fine performance at centre-back with some fine fielding and strong runs up the field. Thomas Donnelly, Peter Rafferty and Odhran Downey in the forward division competed tirelessly for the ball when it came in and always worked hard when not in possession.

A top draw save from Owen Laverty in goals and points from Ciaran Quigley, Ryan McCloy, Patrick McCrystal & Ciaran Hendry helped Lavey to a 0-07 to 0-05 lead at halftime.

Claregalway, in the knowledge that their fortunes for the weekend depended on it, came out very strongly in the second half. Led by Aaron Connolly, they laid siege to the Lavey goals with a freshening breeze at their backs. The Lavey midfield partnership of Ronan Rafferty and Ryan McCloy held firm, forcing the westerners to take their shots from far out the field. Half backs Ryan Mulholland and Fintan Bradley stuck to their task for the full game, showing the same determination they have displayed all year.

The Claregalway boys scored their first goal midway through the half and it was enough to set them on their way to victory in this highly enjoyable match which was played before a good crowd.

Final Score Lavey 0-5 Claregalway 1-13.

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The Lavey boys produced another great performance against Laois champions; St Paul’s in their next match on Saturday morning. However, scores from Ciaran Quigley, Thomas Donnelly and Patrick McCrystal were not quite enough to bring victory on this occasion.

Final score Lavey 0-5 St Paul’s 2-8

Fine performances from James McGurk, Odhran Devlin, Dean Martin, Odhran Melough, Ryan McGill and Cormac Collins, among others, helped Lavey to good win over O’Donovan Rossa, Magherafelt in their final match of the group.

Final score Lavey 4-6 Magherafelt 0-3

After a day full of thrilling encounters on the pitch, it was the turn of the Lavey Scor group to provide the entertainment on the Saturday night. The Claregalway parents and supporters were welcomed by a large local crowd, where they were treated to an evening full of song, music and dance! A great night’s craic was has by all!

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Some of the Claregalway supporters enjoying the craic at the Lavey Termoneeny Centre

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Claregalway parents and supporters!

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After a busy day of matches, these young Lavey players weren’t too tired to miss out on the night’s entertainment!

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More parents and supporters who traveled up to support the Claregalway lads!

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The beautiful Lavey ballad group take to the stage.

Claregalway’s victory over St Paul’s and Magherafelt sent them on the path to an eventual Division 1 final against Bellaghy, which they won in some style! Congratulations to the Claregalway team and management on their victory!

claregalway with cup Claregalway captain; Padraig Commins, photographed with the cup and Seamus Gallagher in Celtic Park after the final.

The entire weekend was a huge success with friendships forged for a lifetime between the players and two clubs. The club committee and groundsmen are to be congratulated on the immaculate condition of the pitch and all of the club facilities over the weekend. Indeed, credit is due to the Derry Co Derry Board and all involved in the Association for again putting on a very successful and enjoyable weekend.

Email received from Seamus Gallagher:

Hi Sean,

I hope you are keeping well.

On behalf of Colman and Heather Gately, Joint Owners and the team at Home Instead Senior Care, Galway sponsors of the Claregalway Feile team jerseys. I wish to thank you and all the members of your Club for your great welcome, huge hospitality and care of us all including our players . It was a lovely few days and we enjoyed living and meeting with members of your club in your excellent facilities.

We really appreciate your support and attendance at our semi-final and Final which was a huge morale booster for our team, management and our parents. We are delighted with the win and we had a great time after in Celtic Park and back in Clareaglway on Sunday night.

I was delighted that our company Home Instead Senior Care sponsored this great Claregalway team.

These days will remain forever in our memories and will go down in annals of the history of Claregalway GAA Club.
Thanks to all the host families for looking after our boys over the few days. A big Thank you to Seamus, Ann Maire Crawford and their family for looking after our son Eoghan.

Attached is photo of Padarig Commins our Captain with the Cup and myself taken in Celtic Park after the match.

Thanks again and convey my best wishes to all in Lavey.
God Bless.
Slán go foil.
Seamus

Seamus Gallagher
Community Service Representative

Email received from Tim:

Hi Sean We got back in Claregalway at 10.30pm to a great Welcome.

Thanks to Everybody in Lavey GAC for been so good to us all during the
weekend and all the great support yesterday.

We are all shattered today.

Talk later le cunamh Dé.

Tim


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