Active August for all at Loughmacrory
What an ‘Active August’ is in store for all this coming month in Loughmacrory!
July is closing out with major memories for all, including a terrific home league victory over Edendork in both the Reserve and Senior matches on Sunday evening – the first competitive senior games in front of the new Stand. In addition the Senior Ladies team got off to a great start in their challenge for Intermediate championship success in 2014 as they defeated Donaghmore in impressive style last night in the opening round of the series at Kildress.
From Tyrone Ladies GFA: “Donaghmore crashed out of the championship at the hands of a determined Loughmacrory with the St Theresa’s claiming a first win of the season in this quarter final. At one stage of the second half Loughmacrory led by eight points after Donaghmore had dominated the second quarter with Natasha Hughes goal cancelling out Emily Donaghey’s strike for Loughmacrory. The sides were level at the break but 0-8 without reply by a rampant Lough put them in the driving seat and on course for a last four spot against Ardboe. A late 1-1 from Helen McAleer and a Mollie McGahan point cut the gap to three but it was too little too late for a Donaghmore side that were fancied to progress. Donaghmore had chances, Rebecca McCrory, Megan McCann and Emma Hegarty all forced saves from Kellie Boyle but on the balance of play Lough who have had a difficult league campaign deserved the win with Edel Donaghey and Eimear Slane marshalling the defence. Loughmacrory had controlled the midfield sector too, Aishling Quinn and Emily Donaghey impressive, Donaghey with 1-2 and Lisa McAleers 0-4 were the main scoregetters on a night when eight different Lough players were on target.”
August will begin of course this Friday and that will see the Minor Boys team travel to Dunmoyle to take on Dromore (7.30pm) in the Minor Grade 2 Football League semi final. That promises to be a cracking contest with St. Teresa’s having lost out by a goal to the St. Dympna’s in round one of the league. A terrific win over Moy last time saw Loughmacrory into the last four stage. Dungannon will meet Newtownstewart in the other semi final.
Then on Saturday attention will turn towards the Lough itself as over 400 top class Triathletes will take centre-stage at the annual ‘Tri the Lough’. This is the fifth running of this impressive event which is now part of the National Triathlon series and in 2014 will also form part of the Ulster Championships. Preview and feature on this will follow on this site. CLICK HERE for more.
On Sunday the focus will come back to a vast range of events and activities around the Lough as annual ‘Lough Sunday’ will be the major focus. This hugely popular day will get underway from 1pm with a Junior Duathlon and then from 2pm-5pm will be a range of activities including Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Fly tying, Casting, Tractors & Cars Show, Bouncy Castles, Face painting, Junior Handball Blitz, Loughmacrory Band, Kidz Train, Refreshments and much much more. At 5pm will be the annual Townland Rounders competition and that will see Mullaslin out to retain the cup they won in 2013. A fantastic day of entertainment by all accounts. CLICK HERE for more.
At 2.15pm and 3.45pm the Loughmacrory teams will take on Killeeshil in the All County Football League Division 2 tie. this will be a repeat of the 2013 Junior Football Championship final as Loughmacrory hope to reverse the form of that final and maintain their great recent form.
On Sunday evening at 7.30pm, the Loughmacrory Under 16 team will then have a home game as they continue their challenge for league success in 2014, having got off the mark in round one with an eye-catching win over Trillick.
From Monday 11th to Thursday 14th August, 10am to 1pm each day, will be the annual Tyrone GAA Summer Coaching Camp at Loughmacrory. This attracts large numbers of kids each year and is a brilliant opportunity to learn and develop the skills of the game from some of the best coaches around.
There will also be a Friday GAA Handball Camp for Loughmacrory kids as US Open Star, Wally Amaro, and GAA Handball Legend, Ducsky Walsh, will lead coaching sessions as part of an exciting new camp day in the 60×30 and new One Wall Complex.
That coaching day will then lead into the much talked about ‘Lough 1Wall Showdown’ handball Tournament at the new One Wall Arena. This will see an incredible 230 players compete across all grades over the weekend with a host of stars set to bid for glory in a host of hugely competitive grades. It will also see a large number of local players try their hand at One Wall Tournament Handball for the first time over what is set to be an exciting Social weekend. CLICK HERE for more.
Just one week later there will be the excitement then of a first Open Air Live Concert at the new One Wall Arena as The Whistling Donkey’s will make history when they take to the stage there for the first time. That exciting event will take place on Saturday 23rd August from 8pm. CLICK HERE for more.
A host of other activities are also planned while it is a good time also to look ahead to All Ireland Senior Football Championship Final Day – albeit Tyrone will not be involved there! That will see the second running of the annual ‘Loch to Lough Cycle’. This is organised by Loughmacrory GAC and will leave the clubrooms at 8.30am on Sunday 21st September and plans to return for the All Ireland Football Final, around 1pm. There will be a 30 and 60 mile cycle and details will be released soon.
LOUGHMACRORY – Something for everyone…