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29 October 2019

Men’s GAA Football Inter-Firms Tournament

Randox Men’s GAA team win Junior Shield at FinTrU Ulster GAA Football Inter-Firms competition

After the success of the Randox Ladies GAA team in reaching their shield final at the FinTrU Ulster GAA Football Inter-Firms competition, Randox fielded two teams in the men’s competition which took place at Queen’s University Playing Fields Dub Pavilion on Saturday 26th October.

The men’s teams were pooled in separate groups with strong opposition facing both teams.

John James Fallon, Randox Electrical Engineer and Bainisteoir / Coach for Randox GAA commented;

“As soon as the day began the Randox men battled hard. With some fantastic individual performances and a relentless team effort we both recorded wins in our opening matches.

“Randox two lost out narrowly to solid Deloitte and CITI teams but bounced back in their last group game to win against Global Payments.

“Randox one continued strongly throughout the group stages impressively winning all but one of their group matches which saw them qualify for the shield final against Deloitte.

“The final was an even contest with both teams exchanging some fantastic scores in a very competitive game, but it was Randox who edged it and won the Junior Shield.

“What a great year for the Randox men and women. Many were playing GAA for the first time and both reaching the finals of their respective competitions. We fielded players ranging from experienced to novice and together what we achieved has been exceptional.

“On behalf of the organising committee I would like to say thank you to sponsor FinTrU and Ulster GAA for organising another fantastic day out, to Dr FitzGerald and the company for their continued support, but most importantly thank you to everyone who registered for this year’s competition.

“To everyone who played with such grit and determination, you have done yourselves and the company proud. A massive congratulations is in order for everyone, and in particular for Shay McStravick who captained the team on their win and lifted the Shield for Randox.”

Shay McStravick, Randox Men’s GAA Captain commented;

“I would like to congratulate all the men and women who took part in a hugely successful year for Randox GAA. Over the course of a couple of months we have built a great sense of camaraderie among the group and it was great to achieve some silverware to show for it.

“I would like to reiterate everything John James has already touched on and also take this opportunity to extend a huge thank you, on behalf of the team, to John James for all his hard work and commitment to help get Randox GAA on its feet. Here’s to 2020.” 

We are all looking forward to next year already!

If you are interested in joining a Randox GAA team or helping out, please send your name and contact details to John James Fallon in our engineering team: johnjames.fallon@randox.com   

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We Are Randox | Ladies GAA team reach final of Inter-Firms Tournament

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15 October 2019

Ladies GAA Football Inter-Firms Tournament

Randox Ladies reach final of FinTrU Ulster GAA Football Inter-Firms Tournament

Early on the morning of Saturday 12th October 2019, Randox Ladies GAA team took to the field at the Mid Ulster Sports Arena, to compete in the FinTrU Ulster GAA Football Inter-Firms competition.

With teams made up of eight players, the format of the competition saw the ladies play five group games with the chance to qualify for the cup and shield finals.

Could they match or even beat their record from last year, having reached the 2018 semi-finals?

In the commentary below, John James Fallon, Randox Electrical Engineer and Bainisteoir / Coach for Randox Ladies GAA Team provides a match report from the big day.

John James commented;

Five consecutive games was a big ask for a squad that was relatively small when compared to other firms competing on the day. Nevertheless, our Randox GAA Ladies rose to the challenge and won their first match comfortably against Mallaghans.

The next game saw Randox face last year’s winners FinTrU, whose squad had some very experienced GAA players, and in the following match we competed against The GAA Store Team. Randox, who had grown in confidence after their first game, gave absolutely everything on the field but just came up short in two super games of football. This effort was not without cost as the ladies picked up a few injuries along the way but battled on regardless.

The ladies then showed great character and hunger to bounce back and defeat Options IT, a victory which saw them reach the shield final against our previous opponents Mallaghans.

From the first whistle the ladies put everything on the line, running themselves into the ground despite injury and fatigue. The first half was anyone’s for the taking but it was the fresher Mallaghans who took advantage of their bigger squad to take the early lead and went into half time with a 5-point advantage.

Pictured are;

Back (L-R) Niamh Fullen, Noeleen O’Kane, Ashleigh McKinstry, Rebecca Molloy

Front (L-R) Ciara Shaw, Rachel Walls, Ella (Team Mascot), Bronagh Murray, Nicole Catney

Our Randox Ladies were not about to lie down and accept defeat however, and an early goal and a point swung the balance of the game back in our favour.

During such a tight and dynamic game however, the leading team continued to change, and against the run of play Mallaghans went down the field to score a goal.

In these circumstances a lesser team may have conceded the game, however our ladies immediately responded with a goal and with only seconds remaining looked like they could emerge victorious.

Unfortunately though, despite a courageous effort, we could not find the breakthrough. Congratulations to Mallaghans who went on to win a very entertaining game of football, and subsequently the tournament shield. Thank you to FinTrU and Ulster GAA for organising another fantastic day out.

What a fantastic achievement for this small group of dedicated and enthusiastic players in reaching the final, some of whom had never played Gaelic football before and only had three training sessions before fielding on Saturday. The ladies should be extremely proud of themselves and with the men’s competition only two weeks away, the bar once again has been set extremely high. Well done Randox Ladies!

There are still spaces available on the Randox GAA Men’s team who play their competition on the 26th October at Queen’s University Malone Playing Fields Dub Pavilion.

If you are interested in joining a Randox GAA team or helping out, please send your name and contact details to John James Fallon in our engineering team: johnjames.fallon@randox.com   

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We Are Randox | Randox Ladies reach FinTrU Ulster GAA Inter-Firms Semi-Final

On Saturday 10th November 2018, Randox Ladies GAA team took to the field at the Tyrone GAA Centre of Excellence, Garvaghey, to compete in the FinTrU Ulster GAA Football Inter-Firms competition.

Catering for all levels of skills and fitness, the Inter-Firms competition is a tournament open specifically to workplaces across Ulster, in which teams can represent their workplace in Gaelic games.

On the day of the tournament, the Randox Ladies were placed in a group alongside Premier Electric, Options IT and FinTrU, and the first 7-a-side group match saw the ladies up against Premier Electric, who from the start proved to be very tough and experienced opponents.

Team Randox met the challenge head on however, and were leading the game from start to finish until a second goal against the run of play narrowly denied the Randox Ladies the win in the last minute of the game.

For their second match of the tournament, the Randox Ladies showed great character and hunger to bounce back and defeat Options IT 2-6 to no score, in what was an outstanding performance. This victory was not without cost though, as the ladies were forced to battle on in spite of a few injuries.

The final group game against financial services company FinTrU proved to be the toughest match for the Randox Ladies. Having played two games back to back, with numerous injuries gained along the way, the game was always going to be a difficult one, but once again the ladies showed a fantastic attitude, battling hard in all areas.

With their exceptional performance in the group stage, the Randox Ladies found themselves in the semi-final of the cup competition against last year’s winners South West College. From the first whistle, the ladies put everything on the line, running themselves into the ground despite injury and fatigue.

SWC picked up a few early points and then scored two goals against the run of play which would have finished off any experienced team, but with minutes remaining Randox admirably battled up the field to score two goals of their own to bring the game to within a score. In the end though the SWC ladies survived to hang on for a narrow win and went head-to-head in the final against eventual tournament winners FinTrU.

Randox Ladies emerged from their GAA début in an impressive third place.

John James Fallon, Randox Electrical Engineer and Bainisteoir / Coach for Randox Ladies GAA Team, commented;

“What the Randox Ladies have done in such a short time is a fantastic achievement. Most have never played Gaelic football before so for them to go out and to be able to keep up with the pace of very experienced players is nothing short of amazing. They should be extremely proud of themselves and with the men’s competition this Saturday the bar has been set extremely high indeed. Well done team!”

The 2018 FinTrU Ulster GAA Football Inter-Firms Junior Men’s Competition will take place on Saturday 17th November at the Tyrone GAA Centre of Excellence. We wish our Men’s team all the best!

For further information about Randox GAA, please email johnjames.fallon@randox.com

 

 

Left to Right: Christine Maybin, Ciara Shaw, Ashleigh McKinstry, Maria McLaughlin, Rachel Walls, Rebecca Molloy, Maeve McAllister, Rachel McCloy, Amy Best

(Team members missing from photo; Claire Donnelly and Jeanette Doherty)

 

 

 


We Are Randox | Celebrating Summer at Randox Fest 2017

At Randox we know the importance of celebrating our staff, and encouraging camaraderie between colleagues.

That’s why we host a staff fun day every year during the summer – as an opportunity for Randox staff located across different sites and departments to get to know each other, to enjoy the sunshine together, and of course to raise some funds for a worthy cause.

With all proceeds going towards Meningitis Research NI , this year staff gathered together for a day of games, baking, team building and of course general merriment on Friday 11th August 2017.

The activities on offer were:

  • Tug of war
  • Rounders
  • Bucking bronco
  • Bake Off competition
  • And of course a tasty BBQ!

To add the final icing on the cake, winners of the Randox Fest 2017 Rounders Tournament each won tickets to the Randox Health Grand National 2018. Congratulations Amy Johnston, Brandon Campbell, Rebecca Keenan, Renu Datta, Mary Henry and Emmet Mulholland!

And of course a big congratulations to Amy Best, whose delicious Cookie Cake won the Randox Fest Bake Off 2017. Amy will now be a judge for the Bake Off at our 2018 event!

We hope everyone had an enjoyable afternoon at Randox Fest and have forged some wonderful new friendships across our 1400-strong workforce.

Thank you to all who took part, and we look forward to having you join us for next year’s event!

To find out more about charity fundraising at Randox, please email randoxpr@randox.com 

 

 

 

 

 


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