You can watch highlights of the match (courtesy of DUBStv) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dmMF_bWYMI
The U15s put on a superb performance before narrowly losing by 2 points to the much-feted Castleknock in the A Championship final at Parnell Park on Sunday November 12th.
This Castleknock team have lost only once in the last four seasons of League football – to Ballyboden in 2014. Not a single defeat since and they beat John’s by a big margin in the Dublin Feile final last season and went on to be crowned national champions. But John’s, under the guidance of Darren Chambers, Rodney Joyce, Colm O’Donnell and Aidan Field have been closing the gap and they had the large contingent of Ballinteer supporters on the edges of their seats for the 60 minutes.
Castleknock scored a goal and a point early on but, playing with the wind, there was no panic from our lads who worked the ball around the pitch brilliantly to score eight points without reply. At the break it was John’s 0-9 Castleknock 1-2. One of the most dominant juvenile teams anyone can remember were being squeezed by the boys in orange.
With the wind, the favourites came out strongly, rattling off 1-3 without reply to go two ahead. Some heads in the crowd dropped briefly but not on the pitch and when Ronan Cullen played a superb pass to Liam Fenton who took one bounce before firing past the ‘Knock keeper, it was level again (John’s 1-11 Castleknock 3-5). Another point put John’s ahead and an ‘A’ Championship victory looked possible. Sadly for us, Castleknock scored the last three points to win 3-8 to 1-12 but this John’s team did the club proud and played some great football. Several mentors from some of our younger age groups were in attendance and were hugely impressed with the team’s display which set a standard for those coming behind to aspire to.
Well done to the entire U15 squad and coaches. Go get ’em next season.
Busy Weekend for Camogie as the season comes to end. Another defining season of camogie celebrating 30 years of Camogie in Ballinteer St Johns.
Little did Betty McCarthy and Tom Hayes realise the torch paper they lit all those years ago.
·U.16A are in Shield final V Cuala in Marlay on Saturday at 3pm. Best of luck to the Players, Tony Dillon, Oisin Power and Mary Healy.
·U.16B are in Shield Final V Fingallians away on Saturday at 3pm . Best of luck to Players and Eimear Murphy, Ken Sheehan and Conor.
Big Day on Sunday 15th for Adult Camogie, 3 teams in finals.
Senior 1 are in Senior A Shield final V St.Judes in Marlay at 11am. Best of Luck to all the Players and Mentors Frank Clabby, Dermot Quinn and Peter O Shea.
Senior 3 are in Senior 7 Shield Final V Na Fianna at 11am. Best of Luck to all the players and the Mentors Paul Finucane, Bill Hayden and Conor.
Senior 2 are in Championship final this Sunday in Abbottstown at 1.30pm. The team mentors Niall Joy , Tom McUileogoid and Elaine Dolan, have nourished along team that were unlucky in the League to finish runners up. With Fiona Connolly captain of the team, they rallied to have brilliant Championship run after initial loss to Naomh Olafs in the Round Robin. Naomh Olafs are once again the opposition this Sunday in Abbottstown at 1.30pm and they will provide formidable opposition.
Niall and Tom have allowed the players to flourish under their watchful eye and the players have developed their skills and craft of playing Camogie during the season. Both Tom and Niall have brought many of these players through from underage and that with the experienced players, this team have showed true grit and determination in winning the semi – final out in Skerries by point.
Going into the Final.
Support for all teams welcome.
Congratulations to Eoghan Joyce (aka Eoghan Seoige) who came on as a sub for the Dublin minor team as they won the Leinster title for the first time since 2014 with a 2-19 to 12 points win over Louth at Croke Park. Tom Gray’s side had already beaten Meath, Longford and Kildare and will be red hot favourites to beat Munster runners-up Clare in the All Ireland quarter final on Monday August 7th.
Eoghan on right
‘Living Well with Dementia’ initiative leader Eilis Hession (pictured) wins European Kate Granger Award for Compassionate Care. See article www.hitcentral.eu/healthtech-wire/living-well-dementia-initiative-leader-eilis-hession-wins-european-kate-granger
eHealth summit in Malta where Eilis Hession received the Inaugural Kate GRANGER European award for a leader in compassionate health care. And even more good news for the Hessions with Enda passing his final Med exams. BSJ in safe hands!
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