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Update on All Ireland Final Tickets

12th September 2017

1. The Club Executive is committed to securing as large an allocation as possible from the Dublin County Board for the All Ireland Football final however we will not be able to secure
sufficient tickets for all Club Members as the match will be sold out.

2. Tickets will only be available Eligible Applicant i.e. those fully paid up Club Member, over 18, who have expressed interest in All Ireland Football Tickets following the TEXT messages
issued by the Club. Note that parents of juvenile members will only be eligible if they
themselves are also club members.

3. Following on from the Expressions of Ireland it is clear that we will be significantly over-
subscribed for each Ticket available therefore Tickets will be allocated in accordance with the AGM Motion #3 as approved by the AGM of 2013.

4. At this point in time it is planned to hold a Draw amongst Eligible Applicants on Saturday 16th September at 3 pm in the Clubhouse. Only Eligible Applicant, i.e. fully paid up Adult
members (including 10/20/ and Life Members) who have expressed interest by text and who have not been previously allocated a ticket by the Club will be eligible for the draw and must be present for the draw.

Adult Hurling Raffle – 1st Prize – €2,500

Be in with a chance to win €2500!

Our Adult Hurlers are having a draw with €2,500 up for grabs for 1st prize, €1,000 for 2nd prize and €500 for 3rd prize. Tickets are €20 each and are available from the following people. Let’s all get behind this great draw and support!

Jack Gilligan – 086 062 9002

Keith Nolan – 086 323 9956

Darragh Taffe – 086 894 1042

Oisin Power – 085 103 3887

Eamonn McKeon – 087 972 8075

Barry Judge – 087 792 7644

Dave O’Donoghue – 086 008 2481

3 wins in 7 days for Senior Footballers

Our Senior Footballers had a magnificent 7 days starting last Wednesday as they picked up the maximum 6 points from three league matches, putting them right back in the mix at the business end of the AFL2 table. After the disappointment of a Championship loss to Fingallians at the start of May, a massive concentration was put on these three matches.

They started off the week last Wednesday in Bohernabreena against St. Annes in what is always a tough match, especially away. The lads came flying out of the blocks and Annes couldn’t keep up with the intensity of Ballinteer and some great scores by Robbie Gaughan and Ciaran Judge helped the lads to a 13 – 3 lead at half time. After a driving run through the middle and a one-two with Shane McCann on the edge of the square around the goalkeeper Davy Devereux finished to an empty net early in the second half to put Ballinteer out of reach as the game finished 1-21 to 0-09 points, with all Ballinteer eyes now firmly placed on St. Marys on Saturday.

A soaking wet, windy Saturday saw the action move to Marley Park where they took on Marys of Saggart. It was a cagey start to the game, and the teams were trading scores until a sublime catch from Glenn Whelan on the opposition 45 after which he switched on the burners to leave his man for dead and a cool finish into the back of the net left Ballinteer 6 points up. However, Marys hit back and between the last 10 minutes of the first half and the first 5 of the second half, they hit 7 points without reply to lead by a point. Ballinteer flipped the game again though and some fine scores from Shane McCann, Sean Reilly and a very well worked goal by Aaron Bradshaw made sure Ballinteer got back in the lead and finished Marys off. 2-12 to 0-09.

The final game of a busy week came last night as the lads took on Na Fianna in Marley Park. Another cagey enough start from both teams and an early 3 point Ballinteer lead was pegged back by a goal from Na Fianna after 20 minutes, making it 0-03 to 1-00. Ballinteer popped 4 points over the bar before half time though including a frees from Shane McCann and a great Paul Farrell score and lead at half time 0-07 to 1-01. Na Fianna got the first two scores of the second half but Ballinteer moved it up and gear and began to score some great points including a couple of left foot efforts from Aodhan Clabby. They ran out winners with a scoreline of 0-17 to -1-05 and completed a great weeks work, which leaves them 3rd in the table after 5 games.

Attention now turns to Erins Isle away on Wednesday 14th of June.

Under 14 Camogie team reach Feile Final

BSJ Camogie u.14 reached Feile Final last Sunday 23rd , went down to well drilled St. Vincents team. BSJ camogie team showed a great fighting spirit to the end of the game. Saturday Group games were hosted Erins Isle, who were very warm and welcoming hosts of the Feile in their Centenary year. Draw with Erins Isle in the opening game with some great displays by Leyla Hebe, Holly Doyle, Fiona Allen and Lisa Webster. Followed by win over Fingallians, some excellent team play Niamh Morris, Catherine Fenton, Cora McCarthy, Sophie Darcy and Anna Waters. Final group stage was against Faughs, excellent team performance Fiona O Reagan, Hannah Whyte, Holly Doyle, Eimear Fitzgerald and Jane Merriman.

Semi Final was against the team that topped the other group, St. Finians of Swords. Ellie Doran, Rebekah Fitzpatrick, Saoirse Kavanagh and Libby Dillon having excellent games , but Goalkeeper Maia Hynan ensured that BSJ went through to the final against St. Vincents with some excellent saves.

Final in O Toole Park, was tough affair, St. Vincents had come well prepared and homework done on the BSJ team. Some early points by Ellie Doran and Rebekah Fitzpatrick. Fiona O Reagan kept the taking the fight to St. Vincents, Aisling McDonnell who player of the match played with great heart and endeavour. Mentors Sue McDonnell , Anna Miles, Jim Hynan, Kevin Dàrcy and John McGrath were very proud of their spirit and effort that BSJ Camogie team put in over the two days. Overwhelmed by the big support for the team on Sunday.

Third Camogie Team Win Inaugural Game

Our new third Adult Camogie team played their 1st league game on Tuesday night. Game was played in the Phoneix Park against Na Gaeil Ogra. First half was tight affair some excellent displays from Ciara McCarthy, Louise O Mahony and fine saves by Ruby Collins in goals kept Gaeil Ogra  at bay, with Lucy Ni Challanain and Hannah O Shea making surging runs from the middle of the pitch. They  finally paid off,  with Captain Fiona O Donoghue scoring, followed up by Megan Broe and well supported by Ciara Manley.

Second half the forwards dominated the early part of the 2nd half and Ballinteer St Johns added to their two goal lead from half time,  thanks to great work by Fern Finnucane and Andreas Maxim.  Near the end of the game Na Ogra Gaeil came back into the game – sterling work by Asiling Hayden and Robyn Kenneally kept scores to a minimum. With Cliodhna Ni Rian particular always bringing  the ball from defence into attack ensured Johns stayed on top. Final Score Ballinteer St Johns 4-1 Na Gaeil Ogra 1-2.

Next game next Tuesday 11th versus St. Annes in Marlay.


The start of a new dawn for our Minor Camogie team

Our Minor Camogie team played their very first game in the league last Thursday on the AWP. Camogie minor teams have traditionally played only Minor Championship in the autumn but this year we entered a team in Division 2 of the Minor league.

On Thursday last the team played Cuala on AWP in their first ever match. They put up a gallant display and lost by 3 points in excellent game of Camogie, score 3-2 to 1-11.

Some excellent displays from Holly Barr, Aisling Hayden, Louise O’Mahony, Andrea Maxim and Hannah O’Shea.

Christmas Flower Show

The Christmas flower arranging and mulled wine on December 11th run by the Social Committee and facilitated by Maria Watchorn and Karen Robinson was a very enjoyable night for all who attended.

We learned how to make many types of arrangements and some lucky people won these beautiful arrangements in the raffle.

Events for 2017 include the following: Hair and Beauty night Feb 3rd, Swop shop March 24th and BSJ Dinner Dance Nov 11th 2017. Look forward to seeing you all at our forthcoming events.

Happy Christmas and a Happy New year.

The Social Committee

Social Committee 2016 report

The social committee opened up the year with a night of festive flora. This involved the ladies of the club being given a demonstration of Christmas flower arranging while sipping a glass of mulled wine. The expert arrangements by Maria Watchorn and Karen Russell gave us all food for thought and we chatted into the night. In January we decided to try out a new idea and fiver Friday was born. We invited our lady members along to exchange their unwanted clothes or Christmas presents for a fiver. We had great fun trying on each other’s clothes and one woman’s poison quickly became another’s meat! On Valentine’s night we hosted our second Mr and Mrs quiz. The bar was beautifully decorated for the event (thanks to Aileen Grady) and a number of couples (conventional and otherwise ) competed for some romantic prizes. Our aim has always been to increase footfall in the clubhouse and to extend a warm welcome to our lady members. These events certainly fulfilled that.

Our next event was an ambitious one. We wanted to follow our very successful dinner dance of 2015 but host it in the clubhouse this year. We aimed high, a 3 course meal, and a glass of wine in a transformed function room all for 25 euro. This was never going to be easy particularly when you add the fact that the we had the club’s 1916 commemoration the same weekend but I hope those of you who were there will agree that we pulled it off.The room was transformed with the expert help of Catherine Sherry and Louise Minogue. I heard one person comment that it was at the standard of a very fancy wedding. Guests were seated and served a cool glass of wine and then enjoyed a meal in the company of friends young and not so young. Ken thanked the committee and the caterer and gave a special mention to Aileen Grady who had worked tirelessly to ensure the high standard we all enjoyed on the night. The DJ played till the small hours and the craic flowed!

We had 2 new members join the committee this year, Rachel Ahern and Marita Pigott (welcome girls), they joined Aileen Grady , Elaine Dolan, Karen Casserly, Paula Colleran, Sandra Seoige,Yvonne Joye, myself and our co chairs, Siobhan Mooney and Sue Mc Donagh in helping to build the social side of our club. We have lots of events in the Diary for next year including our festive flower arranging on 11th December, a hair and make up night on February 3rd and another swop night on March 24th. We are always looking for new members so if you want to have fun while organising fun for others get in touch!

Committee Contacts

Carmel O Shea 087-9877602

Sue McDonagh 087-2834042

Siobhan Mooney 086-2265783

Sandra Seoighe 087-2249845

Carmel O Shea