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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

5 wins from 5 C’Ship games for Juvenile Camogie teams

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.

What a weekend for BSJ Camogie

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.


All Ireland Final Replay Ticket Details

BSJ All Ireland Final Football Tickets
Dublin and Mayo REPLAY on 1st October

  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 replay however it is likely we will not be able to secure sufficient tickets for all Club Members as the match will be sold out. In accordance with the AGM Motion #3 as approved by the AGM of 2013, a subcommittee of the Executive along with Eddie Byrne, the Ticket Coordinator will determine the ticket allocation.
  2. Club Members who are interested in a ticket should TEXT Eddie Byrne on 087 6843283 between 6pm on Thursday 22nd September and 6pm Saturday 24th September. No phone calls please as we have a large amount of information to manage and phone calls might be forgotten about. Each text should include Name and specify the Part of Club involved in, for example Nursery, U15 Camogie etc, or Class of Membership, for example Family, Adult Player etc. Each text will be considered for one ticket only – this is important to ensure that tickets go to Club Members – if 2 tickets are required for two members then each member should send in a text.
  3. Upon receipt of all texts, a schedule of all requests will be created and this will be posted on the Club Notice Board on Tuesday 27th September for Club Members to check that text has been received.
  4. The Club’s allocation of tickets is unlikely to be finalised before Thursday 29th September and tickets are therefore unlikely to be allocated to members before Friday 30th.
  5. Priority will be given to those members who ordered tickets through the Club for the spring series and championship games this year and to those who have contributed significantly to the Club through the year.
  6. The sub committee will also determine the number of tickets to be allocated through an Open Draw amongst Club Members. We are planning the Draw for Friday evening 30th September. It will be open to fully paid up Club Members aged 16 and older who must be present in the Club for the Draw.
  7. This information will be updated on the Club Web Site over the course of the next ten days and Club Member should review regularly.

Lots of Football action this week to keep you entertained

We have a busy week of Adult Football action with 3 of our 4 teams playing twice between now and Sunday.

Our Senior footballers kick off their week with a match against Templeogue on Wednesday night at 7:30 in Marley Park. It has been a mixed season so far for our Seniors and they will be hoping to kick start it against the Synge Street men. Templeogue sit 3 points ahead of Ballinteer in the league and will be hoping to build on the victory over O’Tooles last time out. On Saturday, Kilmacud are the opposition for the Seniors at 6:30 in Marley Park again. Crokes sit just 1 point behind Ballinteer in the table and will be looking to bounce back after a loss to Erins Isle last time out.

Our Junior A’s also take on Templeogue on Tuesday night in Dolphin Park at 7:30. Templeogue sit 2 points and 2 places ahead of Ballinteer in the league, so it promises to be a great game. On Sunday morning at 10:15am, Round Towers are the opposition for the Junior As in Clondalkin. Towers are currently sitting 3 points behind Ballinteer and will be hoping to close that gap on Sunday.

Our Junior B team are in action on Tuesday and Sunday also this week, starting with Garda on Tuesday in Marley Park at 7:30. Ballinteer sit 5 points ahead of their opposition at the moment and will be looking to continue their chase for promotion with 2 more points. On Sunday they take on Robert Emmets in Green Trees at 10:15. Emmets have yet to register a point this season so far but will no doubt be looking to got off the mark on Sunday.

Our Junior C team only have one game this week and that is on Sunday at 12pm. They take on St Marks in McGee Park. Marks currently sit in second while Ballinteer sit in fourth, so this promises to be a great game of football.

All support is very welcome for all these games.