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Ballinteer St Johns Camogie team win the Feile!

 

1.Aishling Larkin 2. Aoife Ryan 3. Eadaoin Cullen 4. Eibhlin Barry 5. Ellie Kearns 6. Ellie O’ Connor 7. Eve Leslie 8. Eve O’Callaghan 9. Grace Lynch 10. Hannie Culhane 11. Hazel Grady 12. Kate Brennan 13. Laura O’ Connor 14. Lauren Bourke 15. Leah Kavanagh 16. Muireann Nathan 17. Niamh Ni Bhaoighill 18. Noelene Anderson 19. Ruth Keoghan 20. Siuin Dununion 21. Sophie Fearon

An 8.30 meeting of the teams in the club house allowed us to complete operation team photos (for team and mentors), operation hair plait (for team and Aidan) and operation face/legs/ arms paint (for team and a few willing parents) and get to the Cuala pitch sand St Olf’s by 10 bells. After a procession around the pitches in the sunshine to the sound of the bagpipes the girls got ready for a battle with the old enemy, Kilmacud Crokes. We had to re-gig the team with Laura moving from midfield to centre forward due to a slight injury. It turned out to be an inspired move as she slotted into the role with ease and looked like she had been playing their all her life. Nine goals in four matches!

Game 1: 10 am
BSJ 3-2 to Kilmacud 0-5
First up was Kilmacud Crokes, the local rival. Within a few minutes we were dominating play, controlling the midfield and feeding the forwards with quality ball. A point for Grace and a goal from Laura was a great start to settle the Feile nerves. As ever with this squad we are not only gifted with great midfields and forwards we are also double gifted with a defensive unit that would send the all blacks running back to the cloudy island. Again and again Kilmacud attacked and despite five or six goalmouth skirmishes they managed to keep them out and score free. Kate was at her best and at one point a high missile came in towards goal and cool as a cucumber she connected with it in the air to clear her lines. We dominated most of the second half and Laura scored a two more goals with a point from Lauren. In the last six minutes Kilmacud found their mojo again and scored a few points. It was too little too late and BSJ won by a good margin of 6 pts.

Game 2: 12.45 am
BSJ 6-7 St Vincent’s 4-3
The next match was against St Vincent’s and this was the match of the weekend. We reached dizzy heights against a very good St Vincent’s team who had totally outplayed Kilmacud in their first game (yet lost). The highlight of this high scoring game was the jaw dropping third goal. With Lauren help, Hannie took it out of defence with another dominant thundering run and then smacked the sliothars up field; Sophie caught it and immediately connected sliothars to hurl hitting it up field. Laura leapt in the air like a salmon, caught the sliothar and beat the U14 Dublin goalie with a thunderous strike to the back of the net. GOAL of the Season! St Vincent’s always looked dangerous and scored a few goals but we always had the edge in this open high scoring high skill game. This is why we love camogie! The points/ goal scorers included Laura with another brace of goals, Lauren 3 points, Grace 2 points, Eve 1 point, Sophie 1 point and a great goal by Ruth.

Game 3: Semi Final 3.45 pm
BSJ 2-3 Cuala 0
We played the hosts Cuala in the semi-final and dominated most of the game with a stress free time for dependable Katie in goal. Again another gritty display where the defense mopped up everything and kept a steady flow of balls to the midfield and forward line. After a few weeks of injury it was good to see Hazel back to her best with an impressive performance from start to finish. Lots of hugs and excitement – we made it to the final! We were to play Kilmacud who had a dramatic last minute comeback against St Vincent’s saving them a very early exit and a good win against Clontarf in the semi-final.

Game 4: Final 1 pm
BSJ 1-2 Kilmacud Crokes 0-1 point

The final was in Lorcan O’Toole Park and was a tight affair. With a big pitch we were never going to get a goal scoring fest of the Saturday. Overall we were the better team but every skirmish mattered and the score was always very very close. It’s fair to say parents and family we on edge for the full 40 minutes. Parents watched in awe as every single player stood up to the plate and gave 120%. You don’t beat Kilmacud with an average performance and thanks to a “haka/ karate Aidan led” warm up; the girls were in the right frame of mind. John O Connor, the mentor, knows how to get the best out of these girls and he is never short of inspiring words of praise. It’s fair to say that this not a team of individual stars, it’s a team where the sum of the parts is more powerful than the individual. Together these girls could conquer the seven kingdoms. Score from Eve, Lauran and from “another game another goal” Laura secured victory. At the final whistle the crowds ran onto the pitch and there were major celebrations. Congratulations to Lauren whose masterclass of very high skills, gritty never give up tenacity and her ability to cover every corner of the pitch won her the Player of the Final. My most inspiring player of the weekend was Hannie, whom many of the girls refer to as a “total warrior”. Despite a few bad knocks she battle on and made it to the final. Her displays represent everything we love about this team; resilience, fair play, honesty and courage. We left the pitch after another little Aidan inspired haka and there was mucho celebrations in the clubhouse that night. Well done to the B team who made it to the semi-final and played some incredible camogie to get there. Thanks to the mentors and parents who helped on the day including John O’Connor, John Champion, Mick Brennan, Aileen O’Grady Liam Ni Bhaoighill, Mags Brennan, Aidan Bourke, Brendan Barry and John Dununion who all give their time. Last but not least to Sharon Kavanagh who drove the fundraising and was unanimously voted queen of 2005 Feile!

Under 14B girls reach Semi Final of Feile

If Feile had a smell it would be face paint. If it was a dog. A red setter. And if it was a song. Maybe “The craic we had the day we died for Ireland” by Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly. Some see the show and the pageantry. However its heart and effort that really defines the event.

Feile, for all its supporters and detractors, is simply a weekend of celebration for under-14 GAA players around the country. March 31st 2019 was the day our Ballinteer St Johns’ girls donned the tangerine and black to show how much they had progressed in Camogie since nursery in Broadford and the matches in between from as far south as Stars of Erin and as far north as Naomh Mauras. The girls had bag packed, puzzled over Nathans table quiz and attended movies all to raise the money for the gear to stand proudly in that traditional Feile photo on the morning outside the clubhouse.

With the roll call completed, the hair plaited like a Master Chef’s pastry challenge and the face paint applied like Sitting Bull at Little Big Horn the mentors gloried in how our charges had grown up. The A and B panel offered each other words of wisdom, warm embraces and a steely gaze to “give it timber”. They knew the next time they would be back to that same venue would be the following day. Pizza and spice bags were on order. Wouldn’t they taste so much better with stories of bravery, endeavour and possibly victory?

Cars loaded. Sat navs set. The BSJ traffic lights even seemed to linger on orange longer that morning to bathe us in our club colours and set us on our way. A’s to Cuala. B’s to Olafs.
With more gazebos than an Aldi Thursday special the BSJ team quickly settled in and took their place in the traditional Feile parade. Boden. Crokes. Na Fianna. Raheny. Olafs. Cuala. Lucan Sarsfield. Some massive clubs. Some massive players. Such was the talk from opponent mentors you would have expected the Dalai Lama was employed as their spiritual leader, Jack Black as their motivator and their hurls had been carved from the same wood as Harry Potter’s wand. The BSJ girls took a deep breath of the Sandyford air and laughed, giggled and joked – nothing was unnerving them. This was their day. Win, lose or draw. They’d enjoy themselves. Philip Browne, Martin Tully & the BSJ senior Camogie team had delivered that simple message only 48 hours earlier.
First match Cuala. We’d never actually beaten Cuala at this level. Why not today to break with tradition? Why not indeed? With that in mind Holly Williams was first name down on the team sheet. A BSJ player since nursery and with the dark arts of hockey, rugby and horse-riding skills to call upon there was a clear mentors’ plan. Protect our goal at all costs and build a platform from which to launch counter-attacks and take our scores when opportunities arose. The full back line of Romy “Spice Bag” Stack, Jenna “Jostler” Walsh and Aoise “Don’t get me angry” Campion dug their trench and emitted a “thou shall not pass” blood curdling message to the opposition. With the base of the pyramid firmly in place, the half back line was deftly deployed. Ciara Andrews, our captain by words and ability, took up her centre back position and flanked either side by Caoimhe Comerford and Blathnaid Stack. You might get past one. Past three? You’re having a laugh!
I lár na pairce. Midfield. Centre field. Whatever. Never possible to define a zone on the pitch when Maggie Stack and Isabelle Ryan line up there. Why bother? Like springer spaniels with a nose for adventure they knew no limits or boundaries and covered ground with cheeky abandon.
With the kitchen and living room sorted we now needed to think of the front room and window. What would get us noticed and differentiated would be the neat stick work and score getting of a trio like Clodagh “Let me die with my boots on” Murphy, Aoibhin “give me a ball and a yard a grass” McMorrow and Anna Louise “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” Finn.

With 2005 remembered by some as when Limerick’s Dolores McNamara won over €100m in the Euromillions it should be remembered by more now as the year when the full forward line of Ailbhe Coffey, Lea Carey and Isabelle Feddis were also born. Ailbhe’s mother was fuelling the girls with sausage rolls, cookies and buns. Lea’s father was on camera duty and mother and siblings on screaming sentry. Isabel’s mother off in London ensuring Theresa May and Brexit wouldn’t interfere with Feile success!
As the saying goes – the same boiling water that soften the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of. Not the circumstances.

The match passed by in a blink of an eye. Not before the cavalry of 2006 arrived however. Amy Buckley. Aoibhin Nutty. Siobhan Lane. Eabha Carry. Shouldn’t these girls be intimidated by their older opponents? Shouldn’t they wilt when the going got tough? Should they, like hell! Somebody forgot to tell them.

Wave after wave of attack from BSJ had Cuala with their backs to the wall. However they weren’t to know of local knowledge. Rumour has it that centuries earlier the very Saint John of Ballinteer had passed that way and decreed that a local girl of local parents would score a point in the year of our Lord 2019 with a ground kick of biblical proportions and so it came to pass. Alison Comerford blessed herself in the direction of Knock. Paul Stack genuflected. John Campion looked heaven ward. Some even saw Sarah Keogh throw down her crutches and walk unaided in celebration. Lea Carey with divine inspiration and a right foot as straight as her dad’s 3 iron scored a majestic point. Cuala called on their own religious deities for support but their prayers weren’t answered. Match over. What a winning start!

Such was the Feile schedule that the girls couldn’t sit back on their laurels. Crokes immediately awaited – having rested nicely. Martin “Spycam” Carry though had been doing his homework. He let the girls know the danger Crokes posed in particular positions. With Mick Ryan and Tom Lane standing firm in their postal duties and Clodagh Murphy switched to defence the key to this match was nullifying their star players and Siobhan Lane and Jenna Walsh were taken quietly to one side and knowing winners never quit and quitters never win they immediately knew the task at hand. With classmates as opponents the girls, captained by Izzy Ryan, cast aside friendships for the duration of the game. Having beaten Cuala for the first time could BSJ get one over Crokes. Word had just filtered through that the A team has just won their match. The air crackled with enthusiasm. The sliotar brought forward time and again towards Crokes goal but their defence held true. Held true that is until an almighty team effort brought ball and all over the Crokes line. The Dalai Lama wasn’t much use to them now. Half time followed and John’s defence held firm. One side was all out Stack attack as Romy, Blathnaid and Maggie kept Crokes at bay. Aoise Campion now at full back harried and hassled the Crokes forwards into submission and Amy Buckley broke through tackles like Brian O’Driscoll in his prime. With the clock almost up and the girls out on their feet a Crokes player send the ball through a forest of hurls and it nestled in the back of our net. The whistle blew and the BSJ girls had given their all and remained unbeaten.

However you can’t keep a good thing down. With a bit of gazebo rest, light refreshments and some last minute tweaks the girls readied themselves for their last group match. Unbeaten against local opposition could they do likewise against the maroon and white of Raheny. Captained by Blathnaid Stack, the girls were hell bent on remaining unbeaten. This was so evident in players never say die attitude and going through the pain barrier especially Ailbhe Coffey (hand), Caoimhe Comerford (heel), Clodagh Murphy (knee) and Jenna Walsh (both hands!). Aoibhin Nutty and Eabha Carry were a constant threat and but for the width of the post were unlucky with great efforts on goal. At the other end Holly’s puck outs and side foot blocks ensured the umpires kept their hands warm in their pockets. Cometh the hour. Cometh the star. Placed at midfield Ciara Andrews placed ball on hurl and then like a knife through salty butter cut through the entire Raheny defence and sent an unstoppable shot to the roof the net. A truly deserved score and just reward for all her efforts. BSJ held Raheny scoreless and the ref blew for full time. BSJ were unbeaten and declared group winners. What an achievement!

A long wait unfortunately followed to determine the outcome of the semi final opponents. Lucan Sarsfields had won the honour to play the Marley Park girls. With Aoibhinn McMorrow back from her impressive double jobbing that day, Johns were buoyed by the fresh legs and eye for goal. Captained by Aoise Campion and cheered on by an iced Jenna Walsh on the sideline, BSJ played some wonderful Camogie and looked on course for victory. However Lucan were on a roll from their earlier victories and kept their momentum going. While BSJ continued their scoring form, it wasn’t enough to progress further and they went down fighting. The girls gathered bloodied and bruised in the middle of the field for one last time. Surrounded by proud and emotional parents and mentors, they received massive praise and adulation for their drive and endeavour that day.

The joy they brought was incalculable and hopefully they will stand again shoulder to shoulder in future matches knowing that playing hard and playing smart are important but the memories of playing together is what it’s really all about.

Clubnotes – Monday 8th April

Lotto results for April 4th Nos. 13,14,16 and 18. Jackpot not won. Winner of €100 Jim Butler, €50 Frank Ward, and Stephen c/o Pat Egan. Joker Consolation prize Eamonn Hession. Next week Jackpot €4,200 and Joker €875. BSJ Bingo every Monday at 8:00 pm.

Under 9 Hurlers busy weekend with games v Naas and St Kevins followed by team outing to Jump zone. Great day was had by all. Hard luck to our Senior Hurlers who kept pace with St Judes for 40 minutes before eventually gave way to a better team. Good performance from Brian Smith, Glen Whelan, Seamus Fenton and Fionnan Clabby. Seniors now play St Brigids in O Toole Pk on Friday 19th at 17:00. Our Intermediate Hurlers had a great win in their championship bout away to Clanna Gael where Keith Nolan, Joe Sweeney, Dara Roynane, and Mick Bradley impressed. Hard luck to the Junior Hurlers A hurlers who lost away to Setanta. Minor Hurlers are at home to Naomh Olaf next Sunday in Marlay at 11:00 am. All Support welcome. .

Big win for our minor footballers over Na Fianna with Liam Fenton scoring 5 goals. Football Championship this week for all 4 Adult teams. Seniors play Castleknock in the Senior 1 Chapionshp on Weds at 7:30 in Monastery Road Clondalkin. On Sunday Junor A’s play in the Junior 1 Championship v Ballymun Kickhams on our All Weather Pitch in BCS, while the Junior 2 team play St Margarets away . Both games at 11:00. Also on Sunday the Junior C’s are away to Fingal Ravens in the Junior 5 Championship at 15:00. Best of luck to all our teams.
Congrats and best wishes to Nora Stapleton our former GPO on her appointment as Women in Sport lead in Sport Ireland.

Winners of the recent BSJ Golf Society outing . Overall Jeff Gavin, Category 1. Alan Gallen, Category 2 Shane McCann, closest to Pin Alan Gallen , Longest Drive Kieran O Flaherty. Many thanks to sponsors Icon Building Products.

Condolences to the Kieran Duffy & family on the death of Dolores sister Mary.

Easter School of excellence for our teenage players 12-15 years old. 3 Day camp Tuesday 23rd April – Thursday 25th. Club House and Marlay Park 10:00 – 13:30. Contact GPO Donal Gormley 0876312082. Register on line at ballinteerstjohns.com.

Clubnotes – Monday March 11th 2019

Lotto results for March 7 th Lotto A Nos.4,9.13and 14. Lotto B Nos 1,6,20 and
23. No winners. Next Thurs Jackpots €10,000 and €3,400 Winner of €100
Vinney Patt, €50 Aodán De Paor and Frank Maguire. Joker Consolation prize
Padraig Muldowney. Next week Joker €800. BSJ Bingo every Monday at 8:00
pm.

Not a great weekend for our adult hurlers. Our Senior hurlers gave a good
account against county champions Ballyboden St Endas but lost out in the
end. Intermediates and Juniors were beaten by St Vincents and Setanta both
matches away. Beidh lá eile. Note also that this is 5 th Anniversary of historic
U/21 Hurling A Championship final victory over neighbours Kilmacud Crokes.
Under 15 A Footballers drew with Ballyboden St Endas and under 16 A’s
beat Naomh Olafs.

St Patricks night in Club House Oíche Cheol agus Craic, with live music
from Ceoltóirí Craobh Naithi . Fáilte roimh cách. Ag tosú 9:00pm.
Fundraising for Our Ladys Hospice Harolds Cross in memory of Frank
Mooney who was a big part of BSJ for many years. Bring your old cookery
books and swap for one new to you. BSJ Bar Wednesday March 20 th 10:15am
to noon.

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.

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”