Ballinteer St John’s hurlers are celebrating an extraordinary season in which they’ve taken a double promotion.
They rise from both AHL2 and AHL5, pushing the club’s combined Dublin hurling league status to the highest point in its history.
The senior side at St John’s are traditionally a top-tier threat, having been in AHL1 for six of the last ten years, but have been absent from the top level of Dublin hurling for the last two seasons.
Having missed out on the playoffs last year, this year went down to the wire, hinging on the narrowest of final day victories against high-flying Whitehall Colmcille.
The 1-21 to 0-23 win at Marlay Park saw Ballinteer overturn Whitehall by a single point, in turn matching their points total.
That took them to top spot from a four way tie on 18 points with St Oliver Plunkett’s/ER Whitehall and Naomh Fionnbarra with the head-to-head of matches between the sides being the tie-breaker in BSJ’s favour.
The next morning, the AHL5 side repeated the trick with a little more comfort, hammering Whitehall 2-21 to 0-6 at Marlay Park to win a return to intermediate hurling.
They had closed the season with eight consecutive victories to top the table. The double promotion means Ballinteer have senior, intermediate and junior hurling sides simultaneously for the first time in their history.