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.
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.
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.
Our drive for promotion in our last league game brought us to St Maurs in North County Dublin. As expected this was a tight affair in the first 30 minutes with scores hard to come by despite playing with the hill. However with strong running by Joe Sweeney and excellent point taking by Niall Dunphy we went in 5 points up at half time.
We dominated play in the second half and with some excellent link play from Noaise Cronin, Paul Farrell and Ciaran Mc Cabe scores were easier to come by with Collie O Donnell kicking 4 points. A David Quinn goal midway through the second half killed off any chance of a Maurs revival and we ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-18 to 0-10.
In the words of our Captain Ciaran Mc Cabe it was a great workmanlike performance by all the players. We are now in the playoff against Oliver Plunkets for promotion to AFL 4 and Intermediate football. We have played 14 years in AFL 5 and no effort will be spared in our drive for promotion.
By Kieran Duffy
1. The Club Executive is committed to securing as large an allocation as possible from the Dublin County Board for the All Ireland Football final however we will not be able to secure sufficient tickets for all Club Members as the match will be sold out.
2. Tickets will only be available to Eligible Applicants i.e. those fully paid up Club Members (including 10/20/ and Life Members), Minor and above, who have expressed interest in All Ireland Football Tickets by TEXT message following the message issued by the Club. Note that parents of juvenile members will only be eligible if they themselves are also fully paid up club members.
3. Following on from the Expressions of Ireland it is clear that we will be significantly oversubscribed for each Ticket available ( by a factor of 5 ) therefore tickets will be allocated in accordance with the AGM Motion #3 as approved by the AGM of 2013.
4. Priority will be given to those members who ordered tickets through the Club for National League and Championship games this year and to those who have contributed significantly to the Club through the year.
5. At this point in time it is planned to hold a Draw amongst Eligible Applicants on Saturday afternoon 31st August at 16.00 in the Clubhouse. Only Eligible Applicants who have expressed interest by text and who have not been previously allocated a ticket will be eligible for the draw and must be present in person at the draw.