This week with sadness we laid to rest a stalwart of Tourlestrane Football and Hurling club Tom Normanly. Tom was a dual star winning both hurling and football county titles with Tourlestrane in the nineties and in recent years even throughout his illness he trained the girls u12 and u14 teams winning the double with the u 12s last year. We extend our deepest sympathy to his devoted wife Marie, his sons Padraig and Brian and his daughters Mariah and Lauren all of which he was so proud, and to his parents Tommy and Nuala , to his brothers Pat and Michael and his sisters Geraldine and Patricia and extended family. May he rest in Peace.
This week our u12 boys started the week off for us with a home game against Curry which ended in a fair result of 13 points each for two well matched teams who fought hard for the 4 quarters.
Wednesday evening saw our u16s clock up some great scores (3/10) but their opponents Enniscrone were the stronger team and came out on top scoring 5/7.
Thursday our own legendary clubman and county star Eamonn O Hara was the night's star of theTG4 Laochra Gael 2017 programme in which we saw some never to be forgotten memories from his decorated career in both the club and county jersey.
On Friday evening it was a busy night at the pitch with no less than three games and three wins in the bag !
Our u12 girls started their league campaign against Eoghan Rua and kicked some mighty scores with a great win.
Our u14 Boys were next up against Coolera/Strandhil and with some lovely scoring won well in the end with the final result of 6/19 to 4/4.
The last game of the night was as always an entertaining one when the Junior A men took to the pitch under floodlights and with some excellent goals and points scored from both young and 'not so young' we won the first league game against Easkey 7/15 to 1/1.
Saturday our Hurlers travelled to play Ballinasloe Gaa in the Tain 2017 but were unlucky and lost out to a tough opposition 6/20 to 2/15 when the final whistle blew.
Sunday morning took us over under the shadow of the majestic caves of Keash to see our Intermediate ladies in their first league game against Eastern Harps and fought hard to pull back from a huge deficit to unfortunately lose by just 2 points in the end. Eastern Harps 3/7 Tourlestrane 2/8 was the full time result.
Then the last match of the week saw our Senior men in the first round of the league take on Cooaney/Mullinabreena. As promised this was a very close game with two well matched teams battling it out for the win . When the teams took to the dressing rooms at half time it was close with Tourlestrane 6 points and Coolaney Mullinabreena 1/2 the goal having come from a penalty. But Tourlestrane dug deep to come out on top when the full time whistle blew and it finished 14 points to 1/7 in Tourlestrane's favour.
Don't forget our GAA Skills Easter camp will be held this week at the pitch from Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th open to all girls and boys from within and outside the parish.
Best of luck to former ladies player Fiona Walshe who is the Lola Montez Rose in the Radisson Blue next weekend in the 2017 Sligo Rose Selection.
Finally a big congratulations to Orla Flemming and the Sligo u14 girls team with their very impressive win against Roscommon Saturday
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