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Under 13 Hurling Weekend Review

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

Under 13 Hurling Weekend Review

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


Seniors Hurlers make it 3 wins from 3 in League

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


Minor Hurlers have to settle for a share of the points

BSJ Minor Hurlers had another tight and nerve-wracking league game in Division 1 on a sunny Sunday morning in Marlay. This time the opponents were Plunketts and at the end the two teams could not be separated, finishing with 1-16 apiece.

Playing with the benefit of a breeze Plunketts started the strongest racing into a 4 point lead within four minutes. Johns however dug in and ensured the gap never widened, with Jack Kelly, Tom Ahern, Seamus Fenton & Daire Casserly all scoring from play, the first half finished 0-10 to 0-7 for the visitors. Again BSJ commenced the new half poorly, only scoring one point and hitting 3 wides in the first 10 minutes of action but a goal from Daire Casserly provided the catalyst for a revival with the team scoring 6 points (5 from play) in the next ten minutes, the highlight being a great score from the wing from Harry Ball. Heading towards the end Ballinteer had a 4 point lead and looked good for the win but conceded a late goal and point to finish the game level.

S Fenton 0-6 (0-5F)

D Casserly 1-2

Jack Kelly 0-3

T Ahern 0-3 (0-1F)

H Ball 0-2


Under 13 Hurling weekend Review

Another great win for the under 13 hurlers against Round Towers in Marlay park in their 3rd grading game. Half time there was nothing between the teams, but in the 2nd half the lads put in there best performance of the year and came out on top with 10pts to spare.

Great team performance well done to all the boys and the management team

Under 13 Hurling weekend Review

Under 13s A hurlers came out with a 4pts win against Skerries in a very tight match on Thursday, The lads dug deep and there was nothing between the teams ..Good to get a win under there belt and it give the lads some confidence going into our next game, it’s a long way to go midweek for a match but it’s great when you come back with the points..well done lads

Final score Balinteer St Johns 4.06 Skerries 3.05

Great team performance well done boys

Under 10’s Hurling Weekend Review

We were in hurling action on Saturday and all of our teams were involved in very close and competitive games. There was some high class skills on display as all teams won against Lucan. The games against Naas were split and despite some very strong performances, we lost narrowly to Scoil Ui Chonail.

Disappointment for Minor Hurlers in second outing in Division 1

BSJ Minor Hurlers had a disappointing day out in their 2nd game of the Dividion 1 League on Sunday March 25th v Cuala, losing ultimately 1-19 2-11.

With a five week gap since the first league game, BSJ were wary of rustiness but were very much 2nd best in the first half trailing at half time 0-3 1-8, with very few players satisfied with their 30 minutes.

Johns did up the tempo in the 2nd half, with goals from Tom Ahern & Seamus Fenton narrowing the gap to 4 points, however Cuala held their nerve to run out deserving winners on the day.

Sarah Meagher and Derbhla Nolan make Dublin minor matchday panel

Huge congratulations to Sarah Meagher and Derbhla Nolan who are part of the Dublin Camogie team who are taking on Kilkenny in the minor Championship tomorrow. The girls play Senior Camogie in the club and coach the U12 Camogie team. Tomorrow’s game is on at 1pm in Parnells GAA club go out and support the girls in blue. The club is very proud of the girls and all they achieved with Dublin while representing our club.

Adult Hurling teams win big in Super Sunday on AWP

Our three adult hurling teams all sit top of their respective leagues with two wins from two.

Senior Hurlers

On Sunday Morning Ballinteer St Johns Senior Hurlers took on Naomh Fionnbarra in their second league game after a win in their first game against Naomh Olaf.

Our men started as they meant to go on controlling possession, dominating in the air and finding their range from play and from placed balls. Cormac O’Brien and James Gilligan were rock solid at the spine of the defense and with Brian Smith along side them picking up breaking ball and spraying it into the forwards. Gavin O’Broin plucked balls from the sky at ease, Aodhan Clabby was a power house up top and Ciaran Lane showed majestic touches, flicks and vision working off Clabby’s breaks. A laps in concentration just before half time gave Naomh Fionnbarra a goal but Ballinteer went into the break leading 0.17 to 1.05.

The second half was a tighter contest but Johns were in control. Sean Smith and Eoin Coffey worked tirelessly around the middle and with Danny McCarthy along side them firing long range efforts to keep the scoreboard ticking over. A well worked play down the left side of the field was finished with Ciaran Lane stepping inside the last defender and lashing the ball in the back of the net. Finnbar’s scored a late goal but the result was put to bed long before that.

Final Score: Ballinteer St. Johns 1.24 Naomh Fionnbarra 2.10

Junior A Hurlers

Our Junior A team were next on the pitch and also looking to follow on from an opening day victory. The game started slowly with both teams struggling to get a hold of the game. A scrappy Crumlin goal woke up the Johns team and they didn’t look back after that. John’s went into the break leading 0.08 to 1.03.

The second half was a demonstration of how to control a game by our men. Our defense nullified any threat Crumlin had, Brian Mannion at midfield worked from box to box and up front Danny Quinn, Jack Kenneally and Eoin O’Callanain picked off scores from every angle. Paul Corcoran put the icing on the cake with a super finish past the Crumlin goalkeeper.
Final Score: Ballinteer St. Johns 1.17 Crumlin 1.06

Junior B Hurlers

Then came the chance of the Junior B team looking for a win to cap off a fine day of hurling against Erin go Brágh. A very tight game up until half time with Ballinteer going into the break 4 points ahead. Again the hard work the lads have been putting in at training showed and Ballinteer powered ahead in the second half. Ray Redmond and John Quaid were solid at the back and setting an example for the players further up the pitch. Cormac Fenton and Conor Murphy took the game by the scruff of the neck in midfield with some fine points as did Luke Ennis and Colm O’Muirghease up front. Midway through the second half Padraic Ó Heithir got the goal Johns needed to see out the game with a fine strike.

Final Score: Ballinteer St. Johns 1.19 Erin go Bragh 0.08