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Senior & Junior A Footballers both go 2 from 2 in the league

Senior Football

The senior footballers made it two wins from two with a hard won and well deserved victory over Skerries Harps on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-10. In a low scoring first half Aaron Bradshaw’s goal from a well worked move was the highlight leaving the score at 1-4 to 1-3 to us at halftime. Some well taken points pushed BSJ into a three point lead midway through the second half but Skerries fought back to take a one point lead with minutes left. However Aodhan Clabby kicked a great 45 to level the game and in the last action of the game Fearghal Duffy popped up at the end of a number of passes to fist the winning score over the bar. Great performance over the 60 minutes from Donal Gormley and nice scores from Eoghan Fitzpatrick in addition to the return of Glen Whelan were other highlights of the game.

By Gerry O’Donnell

Junior A Football

Our AFL 5 team went Northside to play Croabh Ciarian . Unlike in our previous game we started off in blistering fashion going 2-1 to no score up in the first 10 mins. The goals were Shane Mc Canns specials, one of which followed a sublime 40 yards diagonal foot pass from Joe Sweeney. However sloppy play in deteriorating conditions which were not inductive to our style of football allowed Croabh back into the game and we went in only 3 points up at half time. Croabh playing with the benefit of an increasing wind brought the deficit back to 1 pt. However a goal from Sean Gildea following a great movement up the field put us up by 5 points. Croabh almost immediately got it back to 2 following a controversial penalty and then got it back to 1. After 8 mins of injury time we held on for a well merited victory. All players deserve great credit for their efforts in very difficult conditions . There were great performances from Collie Egan, Joe Sweeney, Shane McCann and Ciaran McCabe

By Kieran Duffy

Junior B Football

Our AFL7 team were beaten 1-6 to 7 points on Sunday.
We played well in heavy conditions against a well organised St. Oliver Plunkett’s team.
There wasn’t much between the teams and only an early 2nd half goal conceded was the difference.
A great work ethic & spirit was shown again in a game of limited chances.
Everyone played their part, with Shane Duffy, Denis McCambridge, Kevin Davies, Eoin Coffey, John Hickey & Kevin Power all leading by example.

By Junior B Management

Junior C Football

The Junior C Football match vs Castleknock GAA for Sunday March 3rd was conceded by Castleknock. The next League match will be a top of the table clash between ourselves and St Finians Newcastle in Loreto on March 31st at 3pm. All support welcome.

By Louis Gunnigan

Clubnotes – Monday March 4th 2019

Lotto results for Feb 28th Lotto A Nos.5,7.21 and 23. Lotto B Nos 6,13,18 and 19. No winners. Next Thurs Jackpots €10,000 and €3,200 Winner of €100 Jim Gillick, €50 Sarah Days and Hugo. Joker Consolation prize Padraig Muldowney. Next week Joker €775. BSJ Bingo every Monday at 8:00 pm.

Our junior Juvenile Academy thriving at present at all age groups. Thanks to hard work of our GPO’s Carol Nolan and Donal Gormley and all the new mentors and coaches.

Hard luck to St Benildus College Senior Hurling team and BSJ players Joe Sweeney, Jack Kelly, Cian Deignan and Ronan Cullen beaten by Castlecomer in the Leinster Final. Great win for our Minor hurlers against Naomh Mearnog on Sunday on a scoreline of 2.14 to 1.15. Our Senior hurlers take on Ballyboden St Endas the league Sunday morning in Marley at 10.30. Our Intermediate hurlers take on St Vincent’s at the same time over in Pairc Naomh Uinsionn. In the afternoon our junior hurlers play away to Setanta at 3.00. All support welcome.

Another successful week for our Adult Footballers. Our Seniors had the long trip to Skerries and came away with narrowest of wins on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-10, giving us back to back Div 1 League victories. Our Jun A team also went northside to play Croabh Ciaran and also came away with the narrowest of wins on a scoreline of 4-6 to 2-11. The Jun B team lost by 2 pts to Oliver Plunketts on a scoreline of 1-6 to 0-7 in a game that could have gone either way. Our Jun C team got a walkover from Castleknock. Next Sunday Minor Footballers home to St Sylvesters 11:00 am Minor B’s away to Round Towers Clondalkin.
Well done our Senior Lady Footballers on their Euro tour and victory in the Hague.

BSJ Golf Society have secured extra slots for The Heritage on April 6th. Morning tee times. If interested contact Colm O Donnell 0871787198 or golf@ballinteerstjohns.com.

Club Shop open on Thurs 7:30 – 8:30pm and Sat 11:30am to 12:30 pm.

Clubnotes – Monday February 25th 2019

Lotto results for Feb 21st Lotto A Nos.15,16,18 and 21.. Lotto B Nos
11,16,20 and 23. No winners. Next Thurs Jackpots €10,000 and €3,000 Winner
of €100 Michele Ross, €50 William Finn and Phil Willis.. Joker Consolation
prize Henry Costello and Ross Clarke. Next week Joker €750. BSJ Bingo
every Monday at 8:00 pm.

The Race Night fundraiser for the Adult Ladies Football on Friday was a
great success and an enjoyable night. Well done to Eamonn Naughton &
colleagues. Thanks to the sponsors and congrats to the big winner on the
night owner / trainer Kieran Duffy. Peadar O Shea and Denis Ward also
featured in the Hamper stakes.

A bad start to the hurling season. Our Seniors fought hard away to Na
Fianna but were eventually beaten by 7pts. Outstanding displays from Fionan
Clabby and Donal Gormley. Our Intermediates were beaten by a strong St
Brigids team but Jack Kelly Chris Garvan and Dave Harney had excellent
displays. In the afternoon our Junior A hurlers were beaten by Lucan Sarsfield
on the all weather. Hard luck to Colaiste Eoin in the Leinster Colleges final.
Great to have Tom, Ian, Seamus and Colm playing at this level. Beidh lá eile.
Under 16 footballers continued their winning ways following their victory
over Ballymun Kickhams with a win over Lucan Sarsfield.

Next weekend sees all our 4 Adult Football teams playing away from home.
Seniors play Skerries Harp at 10-30 in Skerries. Jun A play Craobh Chiarain in
Clonshaugh while Jun B play St Oliver Plunketts in Martin Savage Pk , both
games at 12-00. Jun C play Castleknock In Somerton Pk at 3.00 . Minor Hurling
A’s home to Naomh Mearnog at 11:00 and Minor B hurlers away to Round
Towers Clondalkin 11:00.

4 wins from 4 as our Adult Football Teams start their League Campaigns

A great start to the league for our Senior footballers. In a bruising and physical encounter against Thomas Davis they came out 3-11 to 0-12 winners. Some great points including a some from play and frees by Aodhan Clabby and a goal from Luke Naughton left BSJ ahead by 4 points at half time, but facing into a strong wind in the second half. Some great defensive work by the backs and two great goals by Aaron Bradshaw sealed a well deserved victory.  Great performances all round but particularly nice see Peter O Curry back to his best, John B Carty looking very much at home in goals in his first competitive game for BSJ and to see some of the new kids on the block, the likes of Maitiu O Suilleabhain and Michael O Croinin really putting down a marker in very intimidating circumstances.

By Gerry O’Donnell

Our AFL 5 Team got off to a winning start against a dogged Erins Isle team thus reversing last years result . Down by 1 point at ht we went 3 down 15 minutes into the second half. However the last 15 mins saw us score 2 -2 to win on a scoreline of 2-12 to 12. There were good performances from Collie Egan, Keith Piggot and Ruairi Kennedy

By Kieran Duffy

Our AFL 7 team beat Good Counsel 2-11 to 10. They were 3 up at halftime, and Counsel got it back one early in 2nd half but two goals from Cian Hallinan & Niall Kellegher insured Ballinteer pulled away. Everyone worked hard, great fitness levels and a lot of chances created. Tony Gillick, Jamie Murphy and Denis Healy were strong in defence, while Eoin Coffey, Cian Duffy & Seán Dunne performed well up front.

By Frankie Ward

Our AFL11S team also had a great win against Good Counsel – 1-13 to 0-04. Leading by 5 points at half time into the wind, they pulled away in the second half to cap off a fantastic day for the Adult Football teams.

Minor B Footballers win League

BSJ 3-7 Crumlin 0-14
The Minor B footballers won the Division 4 South League with a great win over Crumlin in their final league match last Tuesday evening. Against a Crumlin side unbeaten in the league, a win for either side would see them declared league winners.
After a close first half Crumlin led by a single point 0-8 to 2-1, with Oisin Cronin in goal giving another great performance. In the 2nd half, Crumlin quickly stretched their lead to 3 points, before BSJ took control, with a goal and a couple of well taken points edging them in front. From there on, the team played resolutely against Crumlin who never gave up, but found there was no way past a strong defence marshalled by Alexander Lanigan and Cian Creighton. With the lead reduced to a single point in the final minutes, the whole team nervelessly played some brilliant football, Lughaidh Lynch converting a 45m free in the final seconds to put the game beyond Crumlin.

It is a brilliant reward for all the squad who have competed so well in the league, losing only one game all season. A special word of thanks is due to Darren Chambers and his U16 players who contributed so much to the success of the team.

Team on the night
Oisin Cronin, Liam Walsh, Alexander Lanigan, Finán Chambers, Mark Dalton, Cian Creighton, Nicholas Hanan, Mark Brien (C), Micheál White, Conor Joyce (0-1), Chris Garvin, Lughaidh Lynch (1-4), Eoin Hennessy, Ryan Hanley (1-1), Ben Coghlan, Jack Quigley (1-0), Liam O’Suilleabháin (0-1)
Mentors Paul Coghlan & Robert Lanigan

2018 Minor B Football Squad
Keelan Barry, Eoin Bradley, Matthew Broe, Mark Brien, Dylan Butler, Daniel Byrne Ciarán Carey, Daire Casserly, Ben Coghlan, Cian Creighton, Oisin Cronin, Mark Dalton, Gavin Fahy, Chris Garvin, Jake Graham, Nicholas Hanan, Ryan Hanley, Eoin Hennessy, Alexander Lanigan, Lughaidh Lynch, Darragh O’Connor, Niall O’Leary, Ewan Wells, Robert Callanan, Conor Culhane, Finán Chambers, John Bell Curran, Conor Joyce, Liam O’Suileabháin, Jack Quigley, Liam Walsh, Micheál White

2008 Girls end of season Go Games blitz U10 v St Judes

The 2008 Girls ended their season with a ladies gaelic football blitz against St. Judes. Over 60 U10 girls played 3 matches in glorious sunshine providing a thrilling display of football skills for their many spectators.

BSJ football coach Morgan Goggins said: “We’ve been working on specific defensive skills with the girls over the last few months as well as aiming to perfect their solo, kicking with both feet and working the ball as a team. I’m delighted to see the way they have ended their season today”.

The girls take a break now from Go Games for the summer and will start back at the end of August.

Charlotte Brenner said: “This group of girls work hard on the pitch & at training and have become great friends off it. Always in good form they are a joy to coach at both camogie and football. As a group of mentors we are very proud of them and look forward to welcoming them back in September”

Juniors As & Bs win as Senior Footballers are beaten by Brigids

Our Senior footballers took on Brigids last Wednesday in Russell Park in another Division 1 league game. In what has been a busy few weeks for the team, they were hoping to build on there two wins in a row against Castleknock and Judes. Brigids were gifted an early but BSJ battled back with four of the next five points to make it 1-01 to 4 after 20 minutes. Brigids knocked over the next three points though to lead 1-04 to 0-04 at half time.

Ballinteer had it all to do, playing into the wind in the second half and it went from bad to worse when Brigids buried the ball in the back of the net two minutes into the half to extend their lead to six minutes. Ballinteer fought hard and a goal (from Donal Gormley) and a point brought them back to two points. The teams exchanged scores for the next 7 or 8 minutes but Ballinteer just couldn’t find the goal they needed to win the game and it ended 2-07 to 1-08 to Brigids.

Our Junior A’s were away to Ballymun Kickams on Tuesday night. After a win against Ballyboden, it was important to keep the run going after a difficult start to the season. Shane Holland moving from his normal full back position to full forward assisted Sean O’Reilly in scoring our opening goal resulting in BSJ having a one point lead at half time.

A massive effort was put in in the middle the pitch by Niall Dunphy, DJ Corbett and Ciaran Gormely ably assisted by Ciaran McCabe attacking from the half back line. With the game in the melting pot the pressure was eased by an important save by our keeper David Quinn followed by a wonderful goal by Mitch Moddy until finally DJ Corbett switching to full forward caught a perfectly placed pass from Gormely and put the result beyond doubt. A 5 point win for BSJ.

The Junior B team made the long mid week trip to North Dublin to play Garristown. The performance was more workmanlike than vintage. We lead by 7 pts at half time having dominated proceedings and ran out eventual winners on a scoreline of 1-15 to 10.

Our Junior C team lost on a score 3-12 to 2-12 to Croi Ro Naofa. Missing 6 of the team that won the previous week. While they got the first goal early, they weren’t at the races early on, even though they had the wind and hill. Draw at half time. Second half was much improved into wind and sun, we led by 2 points with 8 mins to go but conceded a late goal to eventually come out on the wrong end of the result.

Senior Footballers beat Judes as Junior A & C teams win

Our Senior Footballers were looking for some revenge on St Judes after they had got the better of them in the Championship meeting earlier in the season. In a cagey opening to the game Ballinteer were first to get on the scoreboard through Sam Tully after 2 minutes of very patient build-up play. It was very much tit for tat in the first half with both teams going through purple patches but BSJ went 2 points up on the stroke of half time. The second half started in the same manner until the game sprung into life with 15 minutes remaining. Aodhan Clabby played a hand pass across the goal to Luke Naughton at the back post who palmed the ball into the net and Ballinteer back into a 2 point lead. They followed that up with another point to go 3 ahead. Ballinteer looked certain to extend it to 6 points until a miraculous block from a Judes defender denied Simon O’Reilly and Judes broke down the pitch to score a goal of their own. Judes hit 2 points directly after as well to all of a sudden be two points up. Then with only minutes remaining a high ball into the Judes big square was expertly won by Shane McCann who offloaded to Fearghal Duffy. Duffy played it across the goal where Eoin Seoige was to palm into the net at full stretch. Another point was soon followed by the final whistle and Ballinteer had won by two points.

Our Junior A’s took on Ballyboden in Marley Park last Tuesday and were 5-19 to 3-08 winners. A tremendous performance in Full Forward by Shane McGreevy was the highlight of the game. He scored 1-04 from play and had a hand in at least another 2-05.

Our Junior B team also played in Marley on Tuesday night but were beaten by a good youthful Cuala team. Having been 9 pts down at half time they brought it back to 5 but eventually lost on a scoreline of 3-18 to 3 – 11.

On Thursday night our Junior C team beat Ballyboden St Endas on a scoreline of 1-20 to 3-09. The team put in a fantastic performance and played with plenty of heart after conceding 2 early goals.

Under 14 girls showed True Grit in Feile battle

Ballinteer St Johns Under 14 A girls capped a fine season by producing a performance full of character and grit when they needed it most at their 2018 football Feile.

The girls had spent the winter playing a string of tough Division 2 league games after a great 2017 campaign saw them promoted and crowned Division 3 Shield Champions

And they needed to call on all of the experience and skill they’ve gained to do it the hard way at Feile in Erin’s Isle.

Johns found themselves in a real “group of death” with just three teams in a high standard Division 3.

They were edged out by the hosts in a high-scoring opening encounter on a hot May Saturday on Dublin’s northside.

Having already beaten a classy Castleknock outfit in the group’s opening game, Erin Isle proved just too strong for Johns as well.

BSJ forwards worked an impressive 5-4 haul with great contributions from Kate Mander, Rachel Cullen, Sarah Wall, Alix White, Nessa Hynan and Sophie Fearon in a game that ebbed and flowed before the home side netted a couple of late goals to seal the points.

After just one game it left the Ballinteer girls facing a do or die clash against a very good Castleknock team who were also desperate for the win to progress to the semi-finals.

The winner-takes-all clash took on all the atmosphere and tension of a knockout championship showdown.

And with their backs to the wall, Johns dug deep to produce one of the best team displays their supporters have seen from them all year.

A superb defensive unit held the line with important interventions from Ellen O’Callaghan, Keela Rigby, Ciara Kelly, Zara Nelson, Sadbh Brown, Grace Lynch and Juliet Moore to shut out the talented Castleknock forwards.

Together they held a side that hit Erins Isle for 5-4 to just 1-4 backed up by a super goalkeeping performance by Riona Clancy.

Anu Ni Mhuirgheasa, Eve Leslie, Luisagh Guerrine and Lauren Burke did great work around the middle of the pitch to link up the play, aided by some great ball winning and strong running from Isabelle Mulholland and Hazel Grady.

Up front Alice keoghan and Jodi Morrisey battled hard for possession in a forward line that combined to create a string of scoring opportunities including a brilliant three-goal blast from Emily Adderley. It helped an overjoyed Johns to a well deserved 3-8 to 1-4 victory at the final whistle after a performance of real team work and character.

The prize was qualification from the group and a short trip to Whitehall to take on the other Division 3 group winners Thomas Davis in the semi-final.

As the heat sapped the energy from tired BSJ limbs, Thomas Davis took a 2 goal lead leaving Johns facing an uphill battle in the conditions. Fresh legs from the bench helped to rally the troops and Ballinteer hit back with a goal and two great points to show they were not going down without a fight. But Thomas Davis proved to be the fresher, stronger team and won out to face eventual winners Erin’s Isle in the final.

On a sun-splashed day the heat demanded a total squad effort from all 24 girls on the panel with everyone playing their part when asked to step up across three gruelling games.

The travelling support were thrilled with the character, team spirit and pride in the jersey the girls showed. All 24 squad members, including the injured Leah Kavanagh, stood up, never dropped their heads and even managed to have a lot of fun along the way.

They did themselves, their mentors and the club proud with their attitude, behaviour and skill in a Feile adventure saw them grow as a team and sends them into the championship later this summer full of hope.

Squad:

1. Riona Clancy

2. Keela Rigby

3. Ellen O’Callaghan

4. Ciara Kelly

5. Isabelle Mulholland

6. Juliet Moore

7. Sadbh Brown

8. Anu Ni Mhuirgheasa

9. Eve Leslie

10. Luisagh Guerrine

11. Rachel Cullen

12. Kate Mander

13. Sarah Wall

14. Jodi Morrisey

15. Emily Adderley

16. Alix White

17. Nessa Hynan

18. Zara Nelson

19. Alice Keoghan

20. Lauren Burke

21. Grace Lynch

22. Sophie Fearon

23. Hazel Grady

24. Leah Kavanagh

Mentors:

Christine Johnston

Suzanne Guerrine

Niall Keoghan

Thanks to Neil Leslie for the article.

Senior Footballers beat Castleknock as Junior C’s win and Junior B’s draw

Our Senior Footballers took on Castleknock last Wednesday in the league and had a superb 5 point win over them on their home turf. A great start saw them 1-03 to 0-00 up within 10 minutes – the goal coming from a Castleknock defender after a Paul Farrell shot rebounded off the goalkeeper and the defenders foot before ending up in the goal.  Castleknock fought back and always kept in touch until Paul Farrell round the Castleknock goalkeeper with 10 minutes to go to extend Ballinteer’s lead to 8 points. A penalty in the last minute saw Castleknock claw it back to 5 but Ballinteer were not going to be denied. Next up in St Judes on Wednesday week.

Our Junior C’s had a hard fought win away to Thomas Davis on Thursday night on a score line 0-16 to 3-05 We gave away a soft early goal and conceded a converted penalty early in second half. The team fought back well to get the upper hand mid way through the second half however and eventually saw a 2 point victory out.

The Junior B team finished level with Scoil Ui Chonaill 0-07 a piece on Tuesday night. The lads dominated possession but their wide count proved their downfall, however with 10 games left – everything is left to play for.

The Junior A’s also played on Tuesday night a lost to St. Brendan’s by 3 points – 0-13 to 1-07. A long trip out to Grangegorman on a Tuesday night did them no favours as they ran out of steam having led for the majority of the game.