Gers bright future despite lack of major success
GOOD YEAR ON AND OFF THE FIELD
PROMOTION WAS not achieved to senior ranks, but overall it was another successful year on and off the field for the Geraldines, reflected honorary secretary, Paula Hand on 2012 in her report to the club AGM.
She said the club had made progress and ' hopefully 2013 will see us attain our goal (return to senior ranks). When you see the tremendous work going on at under age levels within our club the future is very bright indeed. Also it must be stated that the numbers of underage players representing our club on the County teams is testament to the fantastic managers and mentors we process.'
The secretary said the weekly lottery continued to be the club's main source of fundraising. The club was extremely grateful to all those committee members and non committee members who sell lotto tickets each week, and she extended a ' big thank you' to Bernard McIntyre and his team who give up their Tuesday evening every week to run the draw.
She also acknowledged and thanked retail outlets and pubs in the parish for allowing the club to sell the lotto on their premises.
She paid tribute to Dee McAdam who marks out both fields and to Tom McDonnell for his tireless commitment in maintaining the ground to a very high standard.
The ground was in much demand for county board fixtures, hosting semi final and finals. The two dug outs were moved to the right hand side of the field and a seat was installed for the fourth official. She thanked Dee and the committee members who helped in this project.
She also thanked Ms Briege Quinn for the upkeep of the clubhouse and ensuring all the jerseys were washed and ready for all teams.
The club hosted a very successful summer camp in July that catered for 160 children aged between 7 and 13.
Also a very successful breakfast morning was held in the clubrooms in June to rise funds for the Girls under 14 team attending Féile. A total of 485 full breakfasts were served.
This event was organised by the ladies mentors and mothers of the children who not only raised funds but created a huge community spirit.
Another big success was the club Table quiz at the end of November in the Golf Club. There were 52 teams participated and it was a night of questions, fun and laughter thanks to compere Mr Brian Cafferty. The money raised on this night was matched by BOI. The secretary thanked Colm Prendergast for organising this event and his colleagues in BOI from the parish for their part in the fund matching process.
The secretary also said the club's new web page www.geraldinesgfc.ie was launched on July 23, and thanked Eoin Hamill and Seamus Capplis for their hard work and persistence on this project.
The clubhouse heating system was upgraded. The secretary also reported that the club was extremely lucky to secure fitness equipment for adult teams to assist them in their training regime, when a large firm in Dublin changed its fitness gym.
The club now had extremely good equipment which would be the envy of any club. The development committee are in the process of looking at the possibility of extending the clubrooms to accommodate this equipment.
Vincent Baldwin also supplied a very comprehensive report as secretary on the club's underage teams.
The under-age secretary observed that once again a lot of hard work is being done at an underage level. It was important that this high standard is maintained to produce excellent senior players of the future. He expressed his appreciation to the Juvenile committee, who helped with training throughout the year and parents/guardians for bringing their kids to training and helped with transport to and from matches.
Once again the under-21 team was victorious in the Championship, culminating in a win over neighbours Saint Brides in the final.
The Ladies team held their own in the league against stiff competition. They came 3rd in the league only to lose in the 1st round of the championship against the eventual winners Stabannon.
Two players Sandra Lynch and Gillian Mc Donnell were on the County panel throughout the year and played in the All Ireland Junior final in Croke Park. Gillian Mc Donnell was selected as one of the County players of the year.
The junior team had a mixed year due to the non availability of players at key stages of the year.
It was the first year that a dedicated under 10 team was fielded and narrowly missed out on a final place in the U11 McCreash shield.
The U12 and U14 Teams participated in the Hurling leagues r on a home and away basis.
The U12 team took part in the O'Brien shield competition where they reached the final of the 'B' competition, while the U14 team reached the semi-final of the U14 championship before losing out to Cooley.