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Crossmaglen Rangers Club Notes 30/09/19



Congratulations and good luck to Rían O’Neill who has been nominated for a 2019 GAA-GPA PwC All Star and is also one of three footballers to be shortlisted for the Young Footballer Of The Year.
It is a great honour for the club and County. Well done Rían.
We also send our congratulations to Jarley Og Burns on his All Star Nomination.
The winners will be announced at the All Star Awards which will take place on Friday 2nd November in Dublin’s Convention Centre and will be screened live by RTÉ TV.
Good luck to our senior team and management on Saturday evening in the Armagh Senior football championship SF.

Sponsor A Ball
Cross Castles Party Rooms will sponsor the ball for the Senior Championship fixture against Maghery on Saturday night.
Many thanks to Paddy, Mary and the Deery family for their sponsorship and ongoing support for the club.
Pic Below; Phoebe, Alex & Nathan Deery present the ball to Johnny Hanratty
Cross V Mullaghbawn (subject to SFC Final)
Charlie Grant Cup Final
Mullaghbawn V Cross
Sunday evening we contested the Charlie Grant Cup Final. Both sides registered a point a piece in the opening minutes. We settled quickly scoring three points one after another and with ten to go until the break we had a comfortable lead.
Mullaghbawn slotted over a point to leave two the difference.
Against the rum of play Mullaghbawn scored a goal and for the first time in the match they took the lead by the narrowest of margins.
A Mullaghbawn point quickly followed. The dying minutes of the half we scored two points to leave it all square at half time;
Mullaghbawn 1-03 Cross 0-06 
From the minute the ball was thrown in to get the second half underway, we were in full control and this was to be the pattern of the second half. Our first score of the second half coming in the third minute to give us the lead once more. We added another point before Mullaghabwn added a point to the scoreboard to bring it back to one.
It was to be a one point game for a very short time, we went on a scoring spree, scoring an impressive 2-06 without reply and we ran out worthy winners on a score line of;
Mullaghbawn  1-04 Cross 2-14 
Pic Below ; Captain Shane Gallagher receiving the Charlie  Grant Cup from Margaret Grant.
Aaron O’Neill received the man of the match award, a truly well deserved award for an outstanding performance. Well done Aaron.
Pic Below; Aaron receiving his man of the match award
Three players received certificates for their brilliant individual performances in the tournament and were runners up to the winner of the John Crawley Perpetual Cup, Aaron O’Neill, Ryan Martin and Jack Crummy. Well done boys.
Pic Below;
Charlie Grant Cup Winners. Congratulations boys and management
Carrickcruppen hosted the Leo Hughes Memorial Cup on Sunday morning.
The boys beat  O’Doirnin Blues in the final to win the cup.
Well done to the entire squad and management. Thanks to hosts Carrickcruppen and the Hughes family.
Friday evening the U8 team were in action in a blitz hosted by Carrickcruppen. They played super football and won the Blitz-Shield beating Forkhill in the final. Congratulations to the entire squad. It was a fantastic all round team performance and we are so proud of you all.
Pic Below; Daragh Meegan lifting the Shield at Carrickcruppen blitz
Pic Below; Victorious U8 Squad 
On Saturday morning our U6 team and mentors travelled to Mullaghbawn to compete in the Chocolate Cup Blitz.
Two hundred and thirty children took part in the Chocolate Cup Blitz which our boys and girls thoroughly enjoyed. You were all brilliant. Stars of the future!
Many thanks to hosts Mullaghbawn and in particular Kieran O’Neill for the invite and hospitality.
Cross Ladies Football Notes: 
Congratulations to the U16 squad, who played a stormer of a final Saturday night past. Pearse Ogs are a strong side and the players knew they would be up against it, as they were missing a key player due to illness.
The first half was neck and neck, and as every ball was contested with great zeal. Cross initially took the lead, but it wasn’t long until Pearse Ogs got a goal and led by two. Cross didn’t let this effect them and they also knocked a goal into the net. At half time Cross went ahead by two points, 2.05 to 2.03.
Both teams ran out onto the pitch, ready for action and it was clear it was going to be a very physical match. Cross were first to score, a sweet point from Kelly Shields. However, again Pearse Ogs upped the pace, and another goal meant they were even again.  The game to an unexpected turn, when Cross went down to 14 players, with a player sin binned with 13 minutes to go.
Every player had to give an extra 10%, and boy did they step up. Crossmaglen won the kick out and moved the ball quickly to Lucy Duffy, who knocked two consecutive points over the bar. Then we need the fantastic partnership, Melissa Hughes and Kelly Shields, push through and rattle the onion bag. Kelly and Lucy went on to score another point each and this sealed the deal. The final score 3.11 to 3.04!
This group has a small squad, but each one played their part in the win against Pearse Ogs, Well Done to Paul, Frank, Shannon and all of the players.
Games & Training Info:
U10 Owen Reel Blitz: 19 girls attended the Owen Reel blitz in Silverbridge on Sunday. We entered two teams to ensure all players got plenty of football. Team Amber and Black progressed to the Shield Competition but we both narrowly lost their semi-final. This was not a disappointment to us, as the  players were up against strong opposition.
U10 & U12 training has concluded for this Season. Thank to everyone for their support this year.
Minor training continues this week, as Championship starts in the coming week. Attendance is essential, anyone not available please give Paul or Frank notice.
Pic Below; U16 Captain Melissa Hughes receives the Div 3 Championship Cup at the final on Saturday evening
We send our sincere thanks to Donal Connell, PWS Ireland LTD who sponsored two new signs, one at the entrance to Lismore and the other outside Páirc na nÓg. The signs look  fabulous and they will help to direct visitors to Páirc na nÓg.
Executive Meeting
Executive meeting on Tuesday at 9pm
Shorts Sports And Cycles Christmas Orders
The last date for ordering club gear from O’Neills to gaurantee delivery in time for Christmas is the third of October.
Operation Transformation
We are delighted to have signed up once again to for ‘Ireland Lights Up’ which will take place in January/February.
This will be our third year taking part in this extraordinary event where GAA clubs from across the island of Ireland will switch their lights on at least once a week to illuminate walking tracks and people of all ages will get involved. Operation transformation are currently looking for five leaders for their new show.
Please see the link on Cross Rangers FB page for more details.
Wedding Bells
Congratulations to Shauna McConville & Anthony Killeen who were married at the weekend. Wishing you many years of good health and and happiness, Shauna and Anthony. We are thrilled that we will now have a loyal supporter in the heart of County Mayo!
Congratulations also to Aoibheann Bellew & Kevin Martin who were married on Saturday.
Wishing you both a lifetime of joy, love and happiness.
Save The Date!
Rangers Retro Night’ will take place on Friday 25th October @7.30pm, Watters Old Coach Inn, Castleblayney.
Each diner will receive a cocktail on arrival, a ‘Rangers Delight’, three course delicious food and all diners will be in with a chance to win an overnight stay at the prestigious Slieve Russell Hotel. We will also be giving away three €50 meal vouchers for three top eateries;
Cross Square Hotel
Garvey’s  Bar & Restaurant
Watters Old Coach Inn

Live music on the night, good craic and delicious food will be the order of the evening.
Numbers are limited for this special evening. Tickets now on sale and cost €40.
For more details PM Cross Rangers FB page, telephone/text Róisín  0876659126.
Bus Man In The Firing Line 
On Tuesday night, Bus Man In The Firing Line written by the late Eugene O’Callaghan will be launched in the Rangers Hall. Eugene was a lifelong member and loyal supporter of Crossmaglen Rangers. The book launch will take place at 7pm.
A reminder to everyone who may have family away from home, you can play our lotto online by clicking on the following link;
Draw; 29/09/19
Numbers Drawn; 21  22  24  29 
No Jackpot winner
No match 3 numbers

Jackpot; £2600/€3600

Next Draw; 06/10/19


Mr Sean Hand, Monug
The committee, players and members of Crossmaglen Rangers GFC deeply regret the death of esteemed member, Sean.
Father of our fellow colleague, John and Grandfather of playing members Eimear and Sean Óg.
We extend our deepest condolences to Seans Wife, Edna, Sons Mark, John and Stephen and the extended Hand family.
Ar dheis de go raibh a anam.
Mrs Ciara Walsh, Corduff
The entire Crossmaglen Rangers club send our deepest condolences to Caroline & Tony Brady and the Walsh/Brady families on the untimely passing of Caroline’s sister, Ciara.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam
Mr John McDermott, Cullyhanna
Crossmaglen Rangers GFC send our deepest  condolences to Senior Player Aoife, past players Josie & Ben, their Mother Libby and the entire McDermott family on the recent  passing of John.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Mrs Eileen Hanratty, Rathview Park 
Crossmaglen Rangers send our deepest sympathies to Eileen’s Husband, Jim, Daughters Grainne, Roisin and Bronagh, Son Ronan, Grandchildren Dearbhla and Daire, Brother Jim O’Hare and the entire Hanratty family on the sad passing of Eileen.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.