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Opponents come together to unite for Siobhan's battle

The GAA is like any good family I know, it sticks together. Sometimes relations are strained and the family elders have to come together and shall we say ‘sort it out’.

In terms of local rivals, next door neighbours or indeed cousins we are all close. When something happens to one of our neighbours/cousins, all allegiances, all rivalries are forgotten.

When Siobhan McCann from our neighbours, St John’s had her health condition thrust upon her, the close GAA family kicked in to help. Then the wider family got involved.

On Saturday past (13 October) the ‘Siobhan’s Toughest Opponent’ Tournament took place with Castlewellan co-hosting the tournament with St John’s.

The wider GAA family came together to play in a Ladies Sevens Tournament and all teams were eager to win.

All played hard, fair, heart on sleeve, made mistakes, annoyance with refereeing decisions and great scores. That’s sport - the way it should be.

In the end on Saturday there were only winners – no losers. Teams from near and far came to play and in doing so, to support Siobhan in her battle.

In the Senior Tournament, the Town ladies narrowly prevailed over our near rivals, Bryansford in the final. A local derby played in the correct spirit was fitting.

The Junior Tournament was won by Wolfetones from Liverpool who beat Loughinisland in the final.

Congratulations to our ladies on winning the tournament. We as a club were only too happy to be involved to support Siobhan and our neighbours St John’s. This scribe did fail to get big Alan to wear a Castlewellan bib! I will succeed sometime!

If anyone was at St John’s for the presentation on Saturday evening then I am sure you felt what I felt, a family gathering, everyone there to help. Let’s keep helping Siobhan’s beat her Toughest Opponent. The battle goes on!

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