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McCurtains ready for trip to Cork

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 April 2016

Thomas McCurtains women are competing in Ireland this weekend

Thomas McCurtains women are competing in Ireland this weekend

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Men's and women's footballers as well as hurlers take on Passage West

A large contigent of players and staff from Thomas McCurtains will make the trip across the Irish Sea this weekend to face County Cork club Passage West in a series of challenge matches.

The men’s and women’s football teams as well as the hurlers will travel to Ireland this weekend as the Goodmayes club celebrate the centenary of the Easter Rising.

It will be a special weekend for everyone at McCurtains, but it will hold special significance for footballer Gavin O’Flaherty as he faces his former club.

The hurlers warmed up for the tour in perfect fashion as they ran riot against Robert Emmetts B in the Ronan Cup, winning 7-17 to 2-7.

McCurtains were in dominant mood from the off, smashing home seven goals throughout the contest to nullify the threat of Emmetts.

With the victory, the Goodmayes side sit proudly at the top of Group Two and with only a fixture against Kilburn Gaels B to go, they will be keen to qualify unbeaten.

The men’s footballers, however, bowed out of the McArdle Cup at the semi-final stage after losing 2-6 to 0-8 against Tir Chonaill Gaels.

An early goal for Gaels set the tone for the match as McCurtains battled bravely, but struggled to find a foothold on a damp pitch.

The Goodmayes club conceded a second goal just before half time, which saw them go into the break trailing 2-3 to 0-4.

The second half was much better for McCurtains as their defence dominated play, but the club could not find the scores they craved.

“On another day the result could have been very different but the ball just wouldn’t go over or under the bar for the lads, and not for a lack of trying,” said a club spokesperson.

“There were lots learned and the team is looking ahead to a strong league and Championship season.”

In Birmingham, the recently-founded camogie team made the perfect start to their British League campaign, winning all three of their matches in the first round of the competition.

First up for McCurtains in the Midlands were Erin go Bragh, with the Londoners nilling the opposition in a 5-3 to 0-0 success.

It was much closer in their next match against Fullen Gaels of Manchester with just one point seperating the sides at the end.

McCurtains faced fellow London side Brothers Pearse in the final game, which was an easier game as they triumphed 1-4 to 0-4.

Amie Duncan, Orla King and Cara Cassidy were among those to shine for McCurtains and the games will no dobut give hope of a successful season.

New players are always very welcome to join a friendly club, with gaelic football and hurling teams for both men and ladies from under-eights to adults.

Based at the Goodmayes Hospital Sports Ground, the club covers a wide area with players stretching from east London to Essex.

For more information, send an email to thomasmccurtains@hotmail.com.

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