League winners, Shield winners and runners up in the Cup – What a great year it has been for the Senior Ladies Football team.
On Sunday 3rd November our ladies team played Man O War in the League final. Both teams were unbeaten going into the final but it was BSJ that prevailed on a scoreline of 5-21 to 2-5. Our ladies got into their rhythm early on with early scores settling any nerves. The team showed great movement upfront and consistently created scoring opportunities to lead by 8 points at half time. Playing into a slight breeze in the second half the team dominated from the off to keep the scoreline ticking over upfront whilst maintaining total control in the backs. Overall it was a great performance by the whole squad and demonstrated the talent within the group.
The team has played 25 competitive games this year, winning 20. This marks a huge improvement for the team and means that the they will play in Division 2 in 2020. They have shown great spirit and commitment over the year but it is their style of play in the last few months that has won the team many plaudits.
Well done to the all the girls and mentors on a very successful year.
Ba mhaith liom failte a chur roimh gach duine anseo anocht, go dti an troche seachtú cruinniu bliantuil Cumann Naomh Eoin. I would like to welcome you all tonight to the 37th Annual General Meeting of Ballinteer St Johns GAA club.The Purpose of the AGM is to review the activities of the previous year to discuss motions and elect officers. As always in BSJ the AGM is your opportunity as members to express your views and ideas on all aspects of the club on and off the field and I encourage you to do so again tonight.
This has been another great year for BSJ both in our sporting and club activities. Along with the triumphs on the field the many social and charitable activities can be a source of great pride for all. Our yearbook is another success story in itself and it gives detailed reports and photos from our teams, it shows the great numbers of mentors volunteers and parents that all lend a hand to make this club the success it is. Continually throughout these reports you will read the words “thanks”, “Joy”, “sport”, “fun” and “commitment” that reflect the true ethos of this club.
For County football it was a memorable year for both Ladies and Men and for BSJ in particular we were delighted to have our own Orlagh Nolan on the winning Dublin Ladies team. Orlagh is a great role model and shared her triumph with the 440 BSJ supporters that travelled to Croke Park to see the LGFA all Ireland final when Dublin won a third successive title.
Last year I spoke of Dublin teams “drive for five” and now the campaign is “buzzin for the half dozen”. For our own BSJ senior footballers it was also a great year retaining division 1 status in a hard fought campaign meeting many of the aforementioned Dublin team on the field of play.
Our senior hurlers too, faced a tough challenge having being promoted to Division 1 last year the team have secured A status in Championship hurling for 2020.
Senior Camogie also retained division 1 status for the fifth year. Our own Senior Ladies football continues to thrive and began their season with an international win when they won the Den Haag international tournament in Holland.
These are great all proud achievements and our team reports contain many more, but probably our greatest achievement this year is the establishment of the BSJ all stars in September. This team caters for children with additional needs and has drawn players from throughout the city and County. It’s a fantastic initiative and a great addition to the clubs offering. A big thank you to all the mentors and parents who organised and volunteered to help out. The list goes on with our junior A footballers who fought a great campaign to be promoted to Intermediate. Our U16 boys won the division 2 title and completed a winning streak of 16 consecutive league games. The u15 Boys Hurling team are still involved in the chase for honours in both promotion from div 2 in the League and in the B Championship final which takes place on November 3rd. The U14 ladies are 2019 Division 2 league champions. U14 Camogie team won their Feile Championship 2019 then won the Division 2 championship and won their league !!
Hurlers Seanie Lane and Brian Smith and Footballer Nicky Devereux were nominated for Dublin Bus/ Herald 2018 Dublin teams. Nicky continued his rise to fame scaling Chimborazo peak in Ecuador at 5897 metres. David Devereaux had a well deserved selection to the Wicklow senior football team. Ben Millist, Jack Lundy and Liam Fenton were selected for the Dublin Minor Football team. Belen Swords and Grace Dent were selected on the Minor Camogie squad . Ian O Hehir was selected for Dublin under 20 hurling team and Liam Smith represented us on the Dublin minor hurling team. We also have a good number of junior boys and girls on various Dublin development squads so the future is bright.
This year our membership is over 3000 and continues to grow, we can no longer claim to be a small club. The secretary is the conduit through which all communication must pass and be responded to. Licences, registration insurance transfers discipline injuries challenge match requests and much more come through. I am happy to say that the executive committee have been fantastic in their response and support when action is needed. Everyone on the executive has a particular role and have always been available when a quick turnaround was required. I am sorry to see Dermot Nutty treasurer Sandra Seoighe child welfare and Peadar O’Shea past chairman stepping away this year as I had occasion to work closely with each of them on a number of complex issues throughout the year. However they each leave excellent people to take their place.
We have had twelve full executive meetings this year and very many individual meetings to deal with specific issues. In an executive meeting we have a regular agenda to update all members. Items such as treasurers report, correspondence, child welfare, registrations, lotto, bingo, bar, sponsorship, CCC1 CCC2 reports, player’s rep, Culture, Games committee, upcoming events such as Longitude and summer camps. At each meeting Executive members are briefed on issues that have arisen since the last meeting.
This year saw many developments for the club some such as the dressing room upgrade which was a result of a motion proposed and passed at the AGM. In addition to the dressing room upgrade the clubhouse kitchen has also been renovated and the club Gym is being updated now. The huge project on pitch 2 is progressing well and on schedule so it has been a busy but productive year overall.
This year we have joined Glór na nGael’s Joe McDonnagh Foundation a support service provided by Glór na nGael and the Gaelic Athletic Association to GAA clubs wishing to further the Irish Language in their community. We have established two disciplinary committees for our junior and adult sections. It is the intention that these two committees will offer advice and guidance on conduct in a constructive and positive manner in compliance with our club code of conduct. We have also secured access to mediation service to resolve disputes should any occur.
On events throughout the year, we had 400 children attending our 15th Christmas Party from BSJ Nursery. For the adults we had a most enjoyable Club Dinner in Stackstown which was great fun and a great success. We have the annual Parish Cup competition and a great tradition is the Annual St Stephens morning games on the AWP. The Summer Festival was a huge success thanks to Diarmuid Desmond and supporters and hoping Diarmuid continues to recover from recent illness. We had the AIG Heart Safety Roadshow taking place in our Clubhouse. The annual Lisney mini All Irelands were enjoyed by hundreds of our young juveniles. Thanks to all Club members who volunteered as community stewards again this year for the Longitude concerts in July, a vital fundraiser for the club. We have a very successful Easter School of excellence for our teenage players 12-15 year olds. Ballinteer St Johns Golf Society continues to thrive. On a weekly basis we have a very enjoyable Bingo Monday nights, Wednesday nights there is music in the bar and Club Lotto on Thursday nights.
On the cultural side many thanks to James Ahern who arranged for RTE radios Kieran Hanrahan and Céili House to come to our club for the weekend of the all Ireland. This was a fantastic showcase for the club and is still available on podcast, great performances by members and friends. We also had St Patrick’s night in Club House Oíche Cheol agus Craic, with live music from Ceoltóirí Craobh Naithi. Another cultural offering was Leaving Cert Irish Oral Classes on Sundays in Clubhouse in the lead up to the exams.
As a club we have a tradition of social responsibility and organize and contribute to many charitable events. This year we hosted a fundraiser for the hospice in memory of Frank Mooney. Our Annual Fundraiser Bingo for St Michaels House was another huge success this year. For Darkness into Light we had over 35 club members assisting with car parking stewarding, clearing up after the event and providing tea and coffee to participants. Our Annual Club Mass for deceased members takes place in Club House this Tuesday 5th Nov at 7:30 pm.
Visitors to the club this year included 5 time all star winner Joe Canning and friend of the club John Green and his team from Camile Thai. Joe took Minor Hurling team training and John from Camile Thai presented jerseys this followed by a great Q & A session. Dublin star Con O’ Callaghan attended our summer camps and gave our players some inspirational advice and tips. We had a Ladies hockey team from Queens University North Carolina learning Camogie. We also had a group from Germany for Frank Whelan’s annual Irish dancing lessons. Wishing Frank a speedy recovery.
Thanks to all who have assisted me and the club this year, Elaine Dolan stands in whenever I am away. Maurice O Connell on all aspects of the clubhouse and sub committees. To Mary Devereaux for insurance queries ,Gillian for instant responses on all registration queries. Thanks to Dennis Ward and Cian Duffy for their support on licences. To Kieran Brennan a special thanks for all his support and help throughout the year. To Mick Wren our club scribe and Pat Meegan beavering away in the background. Special thanks to Catherine Sherry for all her work on the yearbook to Trish McGrath who helped get in team reports and to all coordinators mentors and committee members that do so much for the club. And of course to Darren our chairman we have worked extremely well together throughout the year on many difficult issues requiring daily if not hourly contact.
RUNAI NAOMH EOIN BAILE AN TSAOIR
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.
History was made when our Jun A team won the playoff against St. Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh, thus gaining promotion to AFL 4 and Intermediate status for the first time. We gained promotion to AFL 5 fifteen years ago. The game was played on a beautifully prepared pitch in sunny conditions in the Phoenix Pk. We started in a strong fashion with strong running from the backline by Joe Sweeney , Naoise Cronin and inspirational captain Ciaran McCabe.
We opened up their defensive system and kicked some outstanding scores. Mid-way through the first half Colm O’Donnell cut in from the wing and finished off to the net. With scores from numerous players, Shane McCann added to our advantage with 2 excellent points. The backs ably assisted by the industrious Paul Farrell, limited Plunketts to 3 points in the first half. At the half time break we went in 1-9 to 0-3 up. With the aid of the breeze for the 2nd half, Plunketts upped their game immediately, and scored 3 points on the trot . They brought on strong subs and with long balls into their full forward line, they got 2 goals with one being from a penalty. We only scored 2 points in that time, so the margin was down to a minimum. We dug really deep in the last 5 nerve racking minutes to achieve a fully deserved win.
On a great day for the club every player played their part not only today but throughout the long and hard season . However it was unanimous among Management that young Naoise Crionin takes the MOTM award.
By Kieran Duffy
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.
The 37th BSJ AGM will be held on Friday Nov 1st see link for further details.
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.
BSJ senior ladies football team have qualified for Division 3 Cup final to be played on our all weather pitch on Wednesday 11th September at 8 pm.
This is a fantastic achievement for the senior ladies and what an occasion it will be for BSJ to host a cup final on the all weather pitch under lights! It would be brilliant to get as much support there as possible from juvenile through to seniors!
And what a path to the final it’s been! Inspirational stuff from our senior ladies football team. The scene is set for an exciting final! We hope to see as many there as possible to cheer them on!
The Path to the Cup Final:
The initial rounds of the competition was run on a league basis with 12 teams involved and each team playing each other. The top 4 then qualifying for the semi finals, it was a very competitive competition and we ended up in 4th place meaning an away semifinal against a very good Kilmacud Crokes team who had lost only one game in all competitions this year. The semi final was a fantastic game and after a great first half from the BSJ girls we lead by six at the break. The lead was extended to seven early in the second half however a harsh yellow card meant the team were reduced to 14 players for 10 minutes. The girls battled extremely hard during this period of sustained Crokes pressure and a break away goal meant they maintained their 7 point lead. With 10 minutes to go the lead was still 7 when the BSJ goalkeeper while attempting to save a goal received a yellow card. The team were reduced to 14 again for the last 10 minutes with a lead of just 4 points The girls were out on their feet but refused to be beaten and played some great football to hold on for a deserved 3 point victory. The final against St Judes should be another tense tight affair as each team boasts a victory in their previous 2 meetings.
Thank you to Eamonn for a great review of their journey!
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.