An Riocht Master Footballers - Past News 2013

8th September 2013 An Riocht (Down) will host the third annual JG Donnan Cup 7-A-Side Social Football Tournament

On Sunday 8th September 2013 An Riocht (Down) will host the third annual JG Donnan Cup 7-A-Side Social Football Tournament for adults who do not play competitive football (due to a full round of adult football leagues being arranged for 5pm on Saturday 7th September we have moved the tournament back a day).

Previous Cup holders were Warrenpoint (2010) & An Riocht (2011) and Shield winners were Drumgath (2010) & Tir Na nOg (2012). The event is run along similar lines to the highly successful An Riocht juvenile tournaments which attract teams from all four provinces and overseas throughout the summer. Teams are placed in groups of four on shortened pitches at Dunavil and each is guaranteed a minimum three group games plus at least one knock-out game. The action gets underway from 3pm with the final games scheduled for 6.30pm. Social Football is a relatively new activity and has replaced Masters Football in prolonging players’ involvement with the national game. The one obvious difference is of course there is no lower age limit for social football. 



Entry to the An Riocht Social Sevens is £50 per panel of 10 players which includes hot supper and admission to evening entertainment. Teas and sandwiches, burgers and soup will be on sale all day.

 

Ulster GAA are promoting Social Gaelic Football tournaments as part of a drive to engage those club members who don’t feature for club senior or reserve teams in competitive leagues. More than likely this group consists of over 35s but basically anyone who wants to play for a bit of fun and enjoyment and wants to keep fit can participate. 

Two major rules govern the playing of social football: only incidental contact is permitted (basically no shouldering so the risk of injury is reduced) and players are restricted to two touches (solo and bounce). The main focus of the game is taking part and no one is really too bothered about the results of the games.

The feedback from the players taking part is that they like the opportunity to meet up with past team mates and opponents, in this environment, on a frequent basis. Social GAA can be a great opportunity for past players to keep active and involved in Gaelic Games at a friendly, social level and frequent events are run throughout the year. It is also an effective way for past players to become reacquainted with their clubs and as a result some have actually got involved in coaching underage teams through Social GAA. The term ‘past player’ can cover a huge spectrum from those players who fell away after U16 or Minor to those who played competitively into their forties.

For more information or to play in this tournament please contact An Riocht by telephone on 028 4176 3681 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.


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Monday 13 November

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Wednesday 15 November

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Saturday 18 November

8am Kingdom Walkers; 11am P1/P2 Gaelic; 12pm P3/P4 Gaelic; An Riocht Dinner Dance in Canal Court Hotel.

Sunday 19 November

10am Breakfast at Dunavil; 2pm Birthday Party; 8pm Bingo

Monday 20 November

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Tuesday 21 November

 

6pmIrish Dancing;7pm Primary School aged Drop-in and FIFA tournament; 7.15pm Bootcamp; 7.30pm Camogie Annual General Meeting, all players aged 15+, parents of younger players, coaches, other volunteers and supporters should attend; 8.15pm Basketball