'Numbers could have been better' as GAA Club returns to training

Fethard senior and junior football teams returned to training on Wednesday night, January 19. Although numbers could have been better, those who attended put in a great session under the guidance of temporary coaches Paul Fitzgerald and Jamie McCormack.

Fethard senior and junior football teams returned to training on Wednesday night, January 19. Although numbers could have been better, those who attended put in a great session under the guidance of temporary coaches Paul Fitzgerald and Jamie McCormack.

Training will continue on Wednesday nights at 7.30 for the coming weeks and we would encourage anyone interested in playing football in 2011 to attend. New players are always welcome as are some of the 'old' who may have got lost along the way. No better time than the present to get back in training. You're your boots and togs in good shape!

U-21s are continuing to train under the expert tutelage of Tommy Sheehan, Buddy Fitzgerald and Jamie McCormack. We wish them all the best in their fast approaching championship.

Juvenile training for those under-16 and minor, who are not on the under-21 team, takes place on Wednesday, January 26, at 7pm; P12 and under-14s on Wednesday, February 9, at 7pm. Mini GAA to be informed, but expected to be in late February.

We would like to welcome on board, Ciaran O'Meara, as Assistant Coach to Willie Morrissey and Willie Quigley for our P12s. We are looking for more adults to help out with training, if interested you can contact any coach or committee member.

Congratulation to Fiona Ryan on winning the Jackpot in our club lotto on Tuesday, January 18. Fiona, a regular lotto ticket purchaser, earned herself a whopping €5,500 for a €2 ticket – 'You have to be in it, to win it'. Your club lotto ticket can be purchased from any player, committee members, local shops and public houses.

Registration takes place on Saturday, February 5, from 11am to 1pm. Youth membership for those under the age of 18 years - €20 per person (capped at €40 for more than two youth members in same household); Minor membership for those over the age of 16 years and under the age of 18 years - €20 per person; Full membership for adults over the age of 18 years - €30 (non-playing) and €40 (playing).

Youth membership registration draw will take place on February 5. We will draw a name from the paid-up youth members at that time and the winning name will receive €50. Last year's winner was Brian Healy. Who will it be this year?

In last week's GAA notes, the heading given was, 'Players told to show a bit more back-bone in the year ahead'. In fact this is not the case, as the ethos of our AGM was that our committee, members and players put more 'back-bone' into the club for the coming year! More help is needed from members and players, coaching, helping in the field, fund raising, lotto ticket sales etc. The AGM had nothing detrimental to say with regard to player's performances.

We send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Gus Fitzgerald who has undergone major surgery last week

Racquetball is going really well at the moment and anyone interested in joining can contact Patsy Lawrence at the racquetball alley.

You can keep up to date with all our current news on Facebook as well as our GAA website, www.fethard.tipperary.gaa.ie. Both Facebook and our website are managed by John Fitzgerald and Ann Fleming. The website is currently under construction.

This week we had two entries for the photo of the week. Thomas Sheehan sent in a picture with Eoin Kelly at the captain's evening in December and Andrew Phelan sent us a picture of the Under-14 County Football Final. We look forward to seeing more GAA related photos shared on Facebook, maybe some oldies as well as current ones.