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.
Senior Camogie team retain A Championship status
After the magnificent achievement of winning the Senior B Camogie Championship in 2015, BSJ entered the Senior A Championship for the first time in the club’s history.
Round robin games against Na Fianna, Erins Isle and Naomh Mearnog saw BSJ finishing 3rd of 4 in Group 1, just missing out on a semi-final place after a disappointing loss to Mearnog.
All focus then turned to Sunday 25th Sep in Marlay when BSJ took on Naomh Brid in a vital encounter – the winner would qualify for the Senior A Shield final, the loser would go into a relegation playoff.
Sunday morning was bright and breezy and it was brilliant to see the Junior Camogie team win well against Finians (see below) as the Seniors prepared for battle against the experienced N Brid team – including a number of Dublin inter-county players.
The ball was thrown in and N Brid immediately scored a point – a nervy start! Thankfully BSJ went straight down the pitch and got a free – Breda levelled it after 2 minutes. Grace and Amy tacked on a point each but N Brid pulled a point back…15 minutes gone – only a point in it.
N Brid where thundering into everything but BSJ didn’t take a backward step – BSJ players were getting on top in all areas of the field and after another Grace point, Amber found the back of the net and we were 6 up. N Brid scored another point but 2 more frees from Breda and another BSJ point saw BSJ lead 1-8 to 0-3 at half time – just reward for incredible workrate and skill.
N Brid were fired up after the break but BSJ took the initiative and fired over a point before a second goal was scored. The heavens opened but it didn’t make any different to the BSJ players – Karen and the full backs (Aisling, Fiona and Louise) were resolute, the half backs (Naoise, Breda and Siobhan) continually got on the ball and cleared their lines. The tireless midfield of Niamh and Roisin pushed on, all the forwards (Louise, Aoife, Jane, Amy, Grace, and Amber) either scored or set up scores and with incredible support from Sadhbh, Eleanor, Sophie, Siobhra (injured) and Maria (working), this truly was a complete team performance.
N Brid ran in a late goal and point but BSJ won 2-11 to 1-4 – “We’re here to stay!”.
Junior Camogie team through to Championship final
There was much at stake when the senior 7 girls took to the field on Sunday morning last against St Finians in Marlay Park. The prize for the winner was a top table finish and a guaranteed spot in the county final. The losing team would face a semi-final play-off which both teams were hoping to avoid.
The Ballinteer girls showed quickly why they’ve gone unbeaten in the championship so far. Early scores settled them and they looked in control as they played with the wind in the first half. Scores began to tally up and the girls went in at half time 3-5 to 1-1 to the good.
St Finians began to pull back in the second half and took their scores well. However the Ballinteer girls held strong and began to pull away with goals in quick succession. The game drew to a close with Ballinteer 5-7 to 2-3 to the good.
A championship final awaits where BSJ be hoping to go one better than their 2nd place league finish earlier this year.
An incredible day for BSJ Camogie – a Senior A Shield final on Sunday 9th Oct and Junior Championship final on Sunday 30th Oct to look forward to, with many of the underage Camogie teams competing at the latter stages of their Championships.