The Community that is RGU were devastated with the news of the passing of Pat Oakes at the end of the week
An icon of the club he was a man much revered throughout the GAA world.
The Oakes family are steeped in the history of Gaelic Games in the town and none more so than Pat. He had a long distinguished playing career with The Hoops before going on to manage the senior team in 1978 to a memorable Down SFC.
Latterly Pat was also President of RGU and was very proud of his sons and more recently his grandchildren representing the Green and White.
There are insufficient words to describe his contribution to RGU and he will be sadly missed by us all.
But more significantly Pat will be sorely missed by his family. To Mary, his widow, and to Gareth, Tracey, Julie, Pamela, Phillip and Karl as well as the very extended Oakes family we offer our heartfelt condolences.
A true Gael, a friend, a man always up for the craic we will definitely miss his presence around the town and at Pairic Tomas Ruiseil.
Ar dhéis Dé go rabh a anam úasal.
Well done to Orla, Kyla, Morgan, Kiera and Adair who were part of the Down Ladies Squad who had a memorable win in the NFL on Saturday over Limerick
Please note all children in P5 & P6 represent this years – Year 6 / U10 ½ squad for the incoming season
After a very successful indoor pre-season our first outdoor training session (weather permitting) is next Sat 25th March at 10:15am – 11:30am
First 15 mins will be independent kicking with the structured session commencing at 10:30am (30 mins skill based drills / 30 mins football game time). We will introduce an evening training session in May
Go Games will be played every 2nd & 4th Saturday each month commencing in April. Awaiting fixture schedule but we anticipate fielding 2 teams for each scheduled Go Games
Please attend all training and matches. Gum shields are mandatory for both training and matches
All players should present for games in RGU club kit (socks, shorts and training tops that were presented last year). Please clearly label individual names on kit
The emphasise this year is to continue developing core skills and promote ‘team ethics.
U10/12 girls training on Saturdays at Downpatrick Sports Centre, 10am – 11am, £1 each weekly.
All girls born 2005 to 2008 are welcome to come along for fun and games! We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces! Please contact Edel on 07759 418 419 for further information.
U 12s train at 3:30pm on Saturdays on top pitch.
U 14s Train Sunday 3:30pm for now
Thursday night is handball night. This is a real success with Juveniles from 6pm – 7pm and then Senior recreational handball at 7pm. This is in The Red High and is One Wall format
Membership fees are the same as last year, £50 per juvenile, with concessions for 1+ juveniles and families.
Draw took place on Monday night so results will be on Facebook