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
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Our three adult hurling teams all sit top of their respective leagues with two wins from two.
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
On Sunday Morning Ballinteer St Johns Senior Hurlers got there league campaign underway against Olafs away.
The first half was a tight contest and a strong wind made it difficult for both sets of forwards to find their range. Ballinteer went into half time leading 0.07 to 0.05.
In the second half with the wind behind us, our boys drove on. A great defencive performance nullified any threat the opposition had and upfront Danny McCarthy was accurate from frees and some fine points by Ciaran Lane and Aodhan Clabby kept the scoreboard ticking over. A goal from Glenn Whelan ended the game as a contest.
Fresh legs and experienced heads came on to see out what was a comprehensive victory for Ballinteer in the end.
Final Score: Ballinteer St. Johns 1.18 Naomh Olaf 0.06
Ballinteer will be looking to build on this win when they face Naomh Fionnbarra on the 11th March at 10.15am in Marley Park. All support welcome and appreciated.
Junior A Hurlers
The Junior A team got their AHL5 league campaign up and running on Sunday with an away win against Faughs. On what was a very difficult pitch to play on Ballinteer started with a determination and drive dominating the first half to lead 2.10 to 0.02 at the break. The second half was a lot tighter affair with Faughs scoring two goals and sticking a few points to put a little bit of fear into our men. Order was restored however and Johns tightened up and drove on again with two more goals and a few points to see out what was a comfortable victory in the end.
Final Score: Ballinteer St. Johns 4.19 Faughs 2.12
Next match is at home in Marley on March 11th at 12 o’clock vs Crumlin.
Junior B Hurlers
The Junior B team got their AHL8 league campaign off to a good start on Sunday with an away win against Lucan Sarsfields. We had 18 players on the day and all 18 made a good contribution during the game. We were up the hill and into the wind in the 1st half but an excellent solo goal by Paraic O Heithir ensured we went in all square at half-time, 1-3 to 0-6.
In the 2nd half the lads upped the intensity and a 2nd goal scored by Colm O Muirgheassa gave us some daylight and with Conor Murphy adding frees and 65s to some great scores from play we pulled away to win by 2-9 to 0-8. Our defence was rock solid throughout and we had plenty of contenders for man of the match.
Next match is at home in Marley on March 11th at 14:30 vs Erin go Brath.
On paper Ballinteer had a daunting introduction to Division 1 Minor hurling on Sunday, drawn away to Na Fianna, county championship winners for the last four winners. The BSJ boys were determined to give a good account of themselves and what followed was nothing short of a classic.
Hard fought in the first half there was nothing more than a puck a ball between the two sides, Na Fianna leading at the break 1-6 0-7, the goal delivered through a penalty.
St Johns dominated the 3rd quarter opening up a small lead with the aid of a goal from Jack Kelly. However they were rocked by the concession of a soft goal which led to a period of Na Fianna domination. Back came BSJ with a goal by Tom Ahearne and appeared to be heading for victory until the concession of two goals towards the end of the game looked to have won the game for the Mobhi Road men.
However the Ballinteer lads never wilted and with the game in injury time Tom Ahearne scored direct from a free to draw level and in the following minute Seamus Fenton won a foot race to a breaking ball to force the ball home for a fourth goal!
BSJ put their bodies on the line for the remaining minutes to run out 4.14 to 4.11 winners!!
Next game Sunday March 4th v St Vincents in Marlay