Ballinteer St John’s hurlers are celebrating an extraordinary season in which they’ve taken a double promotion.
They rise from both AHL2 and AHL5, pushing the club’s combined Dublin hurling league status to the highest point in its history.
The senior side at St John’s are traditionally a top-tier threat, having been in AHL1 for six of the last ten years, but have been absent from the top level of Dublin hurling for the last two seasons.
Having missed out on the playoffs last year, this year went down to the wire, hinging on the narrowest of final day victories against high-flying Whitehall Colmcille.
The 1-21 to 0-23 win at Marlay Park saw Ballinteer overturn Whitehall by a single point, in turn matching their points total.
That took them to top spot from a four way tie on 18 points with St Oliver Plunkett’s/ER Whitehall and Naomh Fionnbarra with the head-to-head of matches between the sides being the tie-breaker in BSJ’s favour.
The next morning, the AHL5 side repeated the trick with a little more comfort, hammering Whitehall 2-21 to 0-6 at Marlay Park to win a return to intermediate hurling.
They had closed the season with eight consecutive victories to top the table. The double promotion means Ballinteer have senior, intermediate and junior hurling sides simultaneously for the first time in their history.
Ballinteer St Johns Adult Hurling teams are happy to Launch the 400 Ticket Draw.
First Prize: €2500
Second Prize: €1000
Third Prize €500
Ticket price €20 each (may buy multiples)
Only 400 tickets
Draw takes place October Bank Holiday Weekend in Clubhouse.
For more information or to purchase a ticket text Dara on 086-8941042
Our Senior and Junior A hurlers top their Leagues with only 2 games remaining.
On Wednesday night our Senior Hurlers traveled over to St Anne’s Park to take on Raheny, this would be a big test for Johns having lost their first league game of the season in the previous round of matches.
From the first whistle the lads looked focused and were setting the tempo of the game.
Early scores from James Gilligan and Tom Aherne had the scoreboard ticking over but it was the work rate in the half back line and midfield that was the key to Ballinteer’s dominance.
The Smith brothers Sean and Brian were like animals in the wild stalking their prey and once the ball hit the ground pouncing on it with grit and determination. Rob Aherne harassed the opposition and was a willing runner going forward.
An Aodhan Clabby goal just before the break saw Johns Lead 1.11 to 0.05 at half time.
In the second half Raheny to their credit battled hard and made a few tactical switches but Johns weren’t to be stopped knowing the importance of this game and the performance as a whole. Gavin O’Broin came in off the bench and put the icing on the cake with a lovely goal after sidestepping his man and placing the ball past the keeper.
Final Score: Ballinteer St. Johns 2.16 Raheny 0.09
On Thursday night our Junior A hurlers went over to Mobhi road to face Na Fianna knowing that a win would put them top of the table.
An early goal from Mick Bradley was the perfect start for Johns but Na Fianna weren’t going to give up that easy and answered back with some brilliant points. Johns tagged over a few points before the end of the half but neither team could get any kind of rhythm going in what was a tense first half. Half Time score BSJ 1.08 Na Fianna 0.10
With the game as tight as it was and neither team willing to give an inch Ballinteer knew the importance goals would play and in the second half they went for the jugular. Goals from Darren Hudson and Rob Sheridan combined with some great saves at the other end by Dara Taaffe and Johns began to pull away. A late goal by Na Fianna threatened to spark some kind of fight back but Oisin Power stepped up and in his always cool and composed style stuck over a long range free to finish the game.
Final Score: Ballinteer St. Johns 3.12 Na Fianna 1.14
Both teams have 2 games remaining against Oliver Plunkets and Whitehall both in Marley Park.
On Tuesday night our Senior hurlers were back in league action away to Erin’s Isle. Travelling across the city midweek is never an easy task but the lads were looking to keep there unbeaten record in the league going and once the ball was thrown in it was clear that they were up for the task. Some great points from Tom Ahern, Joe Maher and Aodhan Clabby and some solid defending at the back from Brian Smith helped Johns control the opening half. As was to be expected Erin Isle didn’t lie back and accept defeat easily and got 2 goals for themselves and it could have been more if it wasn’t for a fine save by Seanie Lane. Clabby got the goal for Ballinteer and the lads Stay top of the league with 6 wins from 6.
Final Score BSJ 1.19 Erins Isle 2.08
Junior A Hurling
Sunday Morning and our Junior Hurlers were at home to Clanna Gael. Having already played in the championship Johns knew that this would be a tough test. The first half was a tight affair and a late goal just before the half time whistle for Clanna Gael saw the teams go in level at the break. But the second half was to dominated by our men, an outstanding 2nd half display with a gaol from Eoin O’Callanan and points from Hudson, Power and Bradley saw us finishing strong. The goalie and full back line of Stephen Mulvany, Enda Larkin and Oisin Chambers were solid at the back and didn’t give the opposition a chance to score.
Johns sit 2nd in the league 2points behind the league leaders.
Final Score BSJ 1.15 Clanna Gael 1.07
Junior D Hurling
On Monday Night the lads were away to Commercial. Having lead 0.07 to 0.05 at half time the lads couldn’t hold on to secure victory, with Commercials having more in the tank in the final stages of the game. Fine performances on the night from Conor Murphy, Barry Judge and Sean Murphy.
Final Score BSJ 1.09 Commercials 1.15
Johns slip to 4th in the league after the loss but are still in a very strong position 2points off the top of the table.
On Wednesday night our senior Hurlers traveled over to Ballymun to face Setanta. We had beaten Setanta in the championship already this year, but travelling over there is a tough place to go as our hurlers knew having lost there last year.
The first half was a tight affair with both teams matching score for score. In the second half the fitness and fresh legs on the bench was the key for Johns to unlock the Setanta defense. Goals from Tom Ahern, Barry Mannion and two from Danny McCarthy secured the victory for BSJ and they stay top of the league.
Final Score: BALLINTEER ST JOHNS 4-16 SETANTA 0-14
On a beautiful Tuesday evening our Junior hurlers made the long journey over to Skerries. Travelling such a long distance midweek for a match is never easy but our men flew out of the blocks, controlling the game and tagging on some lovely scores. Darren Hudson scored a beautiful goal burning the full back for pace before lobbing the ball over the on rushing keeper. The second half was a test for Ballinteer as Skerries tagged on a number of long range frees, but from open play our full pack line of Oisin Chamber, Enda Larkin and Stephen Mulvany dominated the opposition. Skerries got a consolation goal with the last puck of the game from a 20yard free.
Johns remain 2nd in league and in a strong position going into the busy summer schedule.
Final Score: BALLINTEER ST JOHNS 1-15 SKERRIES HARPS 1-11
On Thursday night to wrap up the week our 3rd adult team made it back to back victories by beating Sylvester’s over in Broomfield. The win made it 4 wins from 5 games and the lads continue to be in the hunt for promotion.
Final Score: BALLINTEER ST JOHNS 0-16 ST SYLVESTERS 2-5
Our Seniors Hurlers made it 4 wins from 4 with a win against Scoil Ui Chonaill.
A dream start for Ballinteer as James Gilligan’s long range pile driver found the back of the net in the first minute. Ballinteer continued to push ahead with the aerial ability of Gavin O’Broin and Glenn Whelan securing possession and Johns tagging on points from every angle. Scoil Ui Chonaill to their credit battled hard and after a mix up in defense bagged a goal for themselves, this was quickly followed by a harsh penalty which was converted. This didn’t stop Johns and once they regained possession a long ball into Barry Mannion who danced past the opposition to find the back of the net.
Half Time score BSJ: 2.12 Scoil Ui Chonaill: 3.02
In the second half Ballinteer stayed in control although not converting a lot of their chances. Another goal from Barry Mannion who was a pain for the opposition defense all game and a Danny McCarthy goal late on secured the victory to keep John’s top of the table and undefeated in the league this season.
Final Score : Ballinteer St Johns: 4.15 Scoil Ui Chonaill: 3.08
Our Junior A Hurlers put on an exhibition of hurling on Tuesday night. Looking to bounce back after a loss to Cuala the lads were pumped up from the start and exploded out of the blocks. Early scores from Oisin Power and Rob Sheridan followed by a Darren Hudson goal and Johns were cruising. Realt Dearg struggled to get the ball past the Ballinteer half back line with Dave Harney mopping up loose ball and anytime the ball did make it past him our full back line were first to react. Ballinteer worked the ball superbly finding the man in the better scoring position and that is exactly what happened when Sheridan made a run through the heart of the opposition defense and laying it off to Hudson for his second goal. Realt Dearg struggled to deal with the pace of Jack Kenneally inside and the work rate of Ciaran Rafter and Brian Mannion around midfield.
Half Time score BSJ: 2.12 Realt Dearg: 0.02
If the first have was an exhibition the second half was a masterclass. Experienced heads came in off the bench and Ballinteer continued to push forward. Rob Sheridan again being the link man between the backs and full forward line as well as accurately executing his shoots when he was within range. Hudson completed his hat-trick and Ballinteer romped home in impressive style. The win puts Johns back into second place in the league and push for promotion continues.
Final Score: Ballinteer St Johns 3.21 Realt Dearg 1.04
Our Junior B team also secured the 2 points to leave them sitting in a strong promotion position as well.
In their last game before the Leaving Cert break the Johns Minor Hurlers finished in style to complete a victory against Judes 3-13 2-10.
Playing against the hill and the elements the team started poorly and were too porous at the back, by the end of the first quarter Judes enjoyed a lead of 2-6 to 0-2. However a defensive reshuffle stabilised the team and in the last twelve minutes of the first half outscored the opposition 1-4 to no score, Joe Sweeney & Tom Ahearn sharing the points and Tom delivering the goal from a 20 metre free.
Judes delivered the first point of the 2nd half but BSJ responded with points from Cian Barry, Joe Sweeny and Tom Ahearn. On 38 minutes Judes had a player sent off which was quickly followed by a goal by Ewan Wells and from there on Ballinteer looked comforatable with Ahearn, Jack Kelly and Donnacha Carey all contributing scores from play, including a another goal from Tom.
Next game Sunday June 24th v Boden in Marlay
After some hard work our A team made it 4 wins from 4 with a 1 point win over Naomh Mearnog. After conceding 2 early goals at the start of the first half the boys work very hard chipping away at the lead to go in at half time 3 points down again the hard work paid off in the second half with another 5 points.
Final score BSJ 0.08 to Naomh Mearnog 2.01
A 3rd straight win for the lads.
We traveled to Ringsend park to play Clanna Gael in the forth of our grading games. Got off to a great start leading for most of the first half, but 2 late goals from the opposition left us 1 point down at half time . A very strong second half from our young men saw us secure the win. Again great performance and team spirit from the Boys .
Result: BSJ 5.08 Clanna 3.06
On Tuesday night our Senior Hurlers traveled over to Silver Park to face Kilmacud Crokes.
The lads had won their opening 2 games in the league before the break for championship matches and were looking to get back to winning ways after a defeat to Lucan in the second of those championship games.
Ballinteer had a youthful looking team out with the average age of our half-back and midfield lines just 20years of age, but that didn’t show in their performance as Ballinteer controlled possession although struggling to convert chances in the opening exchanges.
A well worked goal converted by Joe Maher just before the break put Ballinteer ahead 1.08 to 0.05 at the break.
The second half was a test of character as Crokes upped their game but our men stayed composed and continued to chip away at the score board. Seanie Lane was called into action on a few occasions but stood his ground to deny the Crokes forwards. A goal a piece from Danny McCarthy and Barry Mannion secured the win for St Johns to keep us top of the league.
Full time score: Ballinteer St Johns 3.13 Kilmacud Crokes 1.09
Next Game: Wednesday 16th May, 7.15pm Marley Park
BALLINTEER ST JOHNS vs SCOIL UI CHONAILL