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Minor hurlers fall to narrow defeat in championship quarter final

The minor hurlers championship campaign came to an end yesterday. They were beaten by Plunketts in the quarter final. In spite of the pitch being in very poor condition due to water logging, the lads led for most of the match. They were ahead by 1 point at half time and led for the first half of the second half. However, Plunketts pulled ahead in the last quarter and won by 3 points.

Getting narrowly beaten in the quarter final of the championship in a very tough group was more than we had a right to expect at the start of the season. We had very low numbers at minor age this year so this team was very much a developmental team made up of our small number of minor players and our U16 squad. Out of the 14 games that the lads played across the League and Championship, they won 8, lost 4 and drew 2. This performance with so many of the team still at U16 age bodes very well for BSJ minor hurling next year and they have a great base to push on from.

The Management team (Shane, Dermot, Hugh, Danny and Donal) would like to thank all the players and their guardians for all their hard work and support through the year.

Minor Hurlers Progress to Quarter Final

What a match! Group 3 of Minor Hurling Championship. A decider as to who would have the honours of leading the group going into the Quarter finals. Clontarf started well and their free taker was on song sending over 4 points in the first half and was unlucky not to have scored from a sideline. BSJ though had their Daire Casserly who scored 4 from frees as well in the first half, and the rest of the team chipped in with 4 more from play. Clontarf powered on and a goal helped them lead at half time by 6 points, 1-11 to 0-8. …. but not before Matthew Tully made an excellent save to keep them to 6.

The second half showed a dogged fightback by BSJ. They slowly pinned back Clontarf and with the help of two well worked opportunistic goals by Mark Dalton and Oisin Brennan and some more excellent saves by Matthew Tully again meant that when the whistle went for full-time both teams shared the spoils.

By virtue of Clontarf scoring 1 extra point over the three matches in the Group means they have the honour of leading this intriguing group into the final stages of this championship. BSJ though look forward to the next match in two weeks against Oliver Plunketts and if they can show the same dogged fight from the start should help them punch through to the next round.

Minor Hurlers make it 2 from 2 in championship

Our minor hurlers played their second championship match yesterday, Sunday 15th Sept. They won well against Whitehall on Whitehall’s home pitch. The lads had built up a 7 point lead at the end of the first half and built on this in the second half to win by 9 points. Our strong performance in the first 2 games of the Championship should assure that we progress out of the qualifying rounds and in to the quarter finals. Was great to see that we had good support at today’s match and that people travelled over to support the lads. Hoping the same will happen for our next match against Clontarf on Sunday 29th Sept.

Full Time Score BSJ 0-21, Whitehall 2-6.

Minor Hurlers get championship campaign off to a winning start

Our minor hurlers started their championship campaign on Sunday 1st Sept. They built on their strong performance in the League with a convincing win over Naomh Mearnog in Marlay Park. The game was close at half time with only a 2 point differential but the lads pulled away strongly in the second half to win by 15 points. Final score was 4-16 to 1-10. Was great to see a strong squad of 24 players and the major contribution that the bench made to the game. Our next two games are over on the Northside (Whitehall – 15th Sept, Clontarf – 29th Sept) so would appreciate as many people as possible to travel to these games and give the lads the support they deserve.

Annual Adult Hurling Draw

Our annual Adult hurling Draw is back. This year we have more prizes and fewer tickets in the draw to increase your chance of winning.

Only 250 Tickets

5 Prizes:

1st) €3,5000

2nd) €2,000

3rd) €1,000

4th) €500

5th) €250

Adult Hurling Draw supported by adult camogie.

Tickets available from Sean Lane, Brian Sutton,  Dara Taaffe and Ken Sheehan.


Minor Hurlers show great character to earn draw

A good draw for our minor hurlers on last Sunday morning, 14th July. The game was played at home in Marlay. The game was nip and tuck the whole way through and could have went either way. The lads showed great character and dug in during the second half to secure a draw with a point in the last 30 seconds of the game.

Full Time Score BSJ 0-14 (14), Sylvesters 1-11 (14)

This draw consolidates our current 3rd place in the league

Next Game Wednesday 17th July at 7.30 away to Clontarf.

BSJ Minor Hurlers make it 5 wins in a row

BSJ Minor Hurlers continued their winning run on Sunday 12th May in the sixth game of the MHL2. They defeated Na Fianna in Marlay Park with a score of BSJ 5-11 to Na Fianna 5-5. The lads showed great skill, determination and guts to secure victory. This is their fifth win in a row and puts them in a great position as they take a break to concentrate on their Leaving Certs.

Minor Hurlers make it 4 wins from 5

BSJ Minor Hurlers continued their winning run on Sunday 28th April in the fifth game of the MHL2. They defeated Round Towers away in Clondalkin with a score of BSJ 2-24 to Round Towers 3-8. The team is going from strength to strength with this being their fourth consecutive win. Their next game is against Na Fianna at home in Marlay Park on the 12th May so please do attend to show your support for the lads.

Junior B and Junior C Football teams start championship with big wins away

Junior B

Good win away from home in the opening round of the championship. the team played very well but made hard work of it at the end, our fitness told though throughout the game especially in the 2nd half where a 10/15 minute spell got us over the line.

Great team performance with everyone playing their part, special mentions to Shane Duffy, Gavin Fahy, Kevin Davies in defence, Kevin Power at midfield and John Hickey & Oran McIvor up front.

Final Score: St Margarets 0:10 BSJ 1:10


Junior C

The Junior C Football team had a successful opening to the Junior 5 Championship with a 3.11 to 2.7 win over Fingal Ravens. Although Ballinteer St Johns were dominant in the early possession,  Ravens went into an early lead of 4 points to 1 as Johns struggled to get the early scores. However, when Richard O’Rahilly collected a long ball played in from centrefield he was pulled down in the square. Seán Murphy converted the penalty and Johns led from there to the end.

There were very strong performances from every player and the subs, when introduced, contributed 1.3 from play, showing that this squad has strength in depth. The players who came in this year from last year’s Minor B squad are developing well and the existing players from previous years are all continuing to improve.

Next up is on the 28th April at home to Naomh Mearnóg in the second championship game.

Adult Hurling 400 Ticket draw 3rd November

Ballinteer St Johns Adult Hurling teams 400 Ticket Draw.

Many thanks to John Gillick and AIG for supporting our adult fundraiser. Also thanks to Dairy Executives, Arup, The Buglers and Dermot Nutty for their sponsorship and support.

Draw will no take place on Saturday 3rd November in Clubhouse.

First Prize: €2500

Second Prize: €1000

Third Prize €500

Ticket price €20 each (may buy multiples)

Only 400 tickets

Tickets still available contact Dara on 086-8941042