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.
We are currently looking for volunteers to help with stewarding the Longitude concerts this year. As always, this is a massive fundraiser for the club and all help is needed.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Carmel O Shea 087-9877602
Sue McDonagh 087-2834042
Siobhan Mooney 086-2265783
Sandra Seoighe 087-2249845
Carmel O Shea
See below the nominations for the Ballinteer St Johns Executive at the 2016 AGM to be held in the clubhouse on Thursdays December 1st.
In a great weekend for juvenile Camogie, all 5 teams competed in Championship semi-finals and finals, and all 5 teams were victorious.
First up on Saturday morning was the U13 team who travelled to Rush to play Naomh Maurs in the Div C Championship Semi-final. The girls worked as a team from the beginning passing the ball and putting it into space for their team mates. They battled hard delivering 11 scores versus 5 to win the match 2-9 to 4-1. The supporters were magnificent and really contributed to the excitement of the day and a great win. The team will now play Cuala in what should be a great final.
Later on Saturday, the U16As qualified for the ‘A’ championship final with a hard fought semi final win against Good Counsel in front of a big crowd in Marlay Park on Saturday. A strong finish to the first half saw the girls have a 3 point lead at half time. They picked up where they left off after the break eventually winning 3-5 to 7 points.
At 5pm on the AWP, in front of an enthusiastic home crowd, the U16Bs met old rivals Ballyboden in the Div 4 Shield final. Ballinteer went ahead early and led for most of the match but Ballyboden battled hard and the team had to work together to win by 2 goals . Final score 3-2 to 1-2.
On Sunday morning, the action was all on the North side. The U14 team travelled to Whitehall to contest the Div B Shield semi-final. After a very tough first half Ballinteer led by one point. Whitehall came out strong to score a goal and two points to take the lead, but Johns dug in and emerged victors 2-8 to 2-4.
In hour later in Clontarf, the U15 team contested the Div D shield final against Raheny. Despite being a goal behind at half time, the girls showed a lot of grit and dominated the second half to win the match 4-3 to 2-2.
Thanks to all the parents and supporters who cheered on the 5 matches including Conor Dolan and Tony Dillon who managed to put in an appearance at all 5 matches.