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Clubnotes – Monday May 12th

Lotto results for May 9th Nos. 5,8,22 and 24. Jackpot not won. Winner of €100 Brian Hainsworth, €50 David and Terry Carpenter. Joker Consolation prize Betty McCarthy. Next week jackpot €5,200 and Joker €1,100.. BSJ Bingo every Monday at 8:00 pm.
Thanks to all the BSJ volunteers who participated with the Darkness into Light on Saturday. Over 35 club members assisted with car parking stewarding, clearing up after the event and providing tea and coffee to participants.
Excellent week of results for Adult Football. The seniors had two big wins, V Oliver Plunketts on Wed. anf Fingallans on Sunday. They now top of the table Dublin Div 1 after 5 games.
The Jun A team drew with Round Towers on Tues night but won a real battle against St Brendans on Sunday on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-13 to remain one point off the top of the table. Davy Deveraux- played for Wicklow in Leinster Championship Saturday evening and turned out for the seniors on Sunday in the second half. The Jun A team drew with Round Towers on Tues night and beat St Brendans on Sunday to remain one point off the top of the table.The Jun B team drew with Naomh Mearnog on Tues night and drew again on Sunday V Scoil U Chonaill . The Jun C team beat Na Gael Oga on Thurs night. Congratulations to Ben, Jack and Liam who all featured for Dublin Minors in their win over Wexford

A fantastic home win for our Minor Hurlers against Na Fianna on Sunday which gives them 5 wins out of 6. Great displays from Daire Casserley, Ian O Hehir and Liam Smith. Thursday night sees our Junior Hurlers playing away to Clontarf in the championship at 7.15. All support welcome.

Thurs 16/5 Junior H. D Champ. v Clontarf St Annes 7:15,
Sat 18/5 Senior H Div 1 league v St Judes Tymon 6:30
Inter H Div 4 v Fingallians away 6:30
Sunday 19/5 Junior H Div 8 v Erin go Brath away 6:30
Tuesday 21st May Junior F. Div 5 v Ballyboden St Endas Ballycllen 7:15
Junior F Div 7 v Innisfails Balgriffin 7:15
Wed 22nd May S.F. Div 1 v St Judes Tymon North 7:15.

Senior & Junior A Footballers both go 2 from 2 in the league

Senior Football

The senior footballers made it two wins from two with a hard won and well deserved victory over Skerries Harps on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-10. In a low scoring first half Aaron Bradshaw’s goal from a well worked move was the highlight leaving the score at 1-4 to 1-3 to us at halftime. Some well taken points pushed BSJ into a three point lead midway through the second half but Skerries fought back to take a one point lead with minutes left. However Aodhan Clabby kicked a great 45 to level the game and in the last action of the game Fearghal Duffy popped up at the end of a number of passes to fist the winning score over the bar. Great performance over the 60 minutes from Donal Gormley and nice scores from Eoghan Fitzpatrick in addition to the return of Glen Whelan were other highlights of the game.

By Gerry O’Donnell

Junior A Football

Our AFL 5 team went Northside to play Croabh Ciarian . Unlike in our previous game we started off in blistering fashion going 2-1 to no score up in the first 10 mins. The goals were Shane Mc Canns specials, one of which followed a sublime 40 yards diagonal foot pass from Joe Sweeney. However sloppy play in deteriorating conditions which were not inductive to our style of football allowed Croabh back into the game and we went in only 3 points up at half time. Croabh playing with the benefit of an increasing wind brought the deficit back to 1 pt. However a goal from Sean Gildea following a great movement up the field put us up by 5 points. Croabh almost immediately got it back to 2 following a controversial penalty and then got it back to 1. After 8 mins of injury time we held on for a well merited victory. All players deserve great credit for their efforts in very difficult conditions . There were great performances from Collie Egan, Joe Sweeney, Shane McCann and Ciaran McCabe

By Kieran Duffy

Junior B Football

Our AFL7 team were beaten 1-6 to 7 points on Sunday.
We played well in heavy conditions against a well organised St. Oliver Plunkett’s team.
There wasn’t much between the teams and only an early 2nd half goal conceded was the difference.
A great work ethic & spirit was shown again in a game of limited chances.
Everyone played their part, with Shane Duffy, Denis McCambridge, Kevin Davies, Eoin Coffey, John Hickey & Kevin Power all leading by example.

By Junior B Management

Junior C Football

The Junior C Football match vs Castleknock GAA for Sunday March 3rd was conceded by Castleknock. The next League match will be a top of the table clash between ourselves and St Finians Newcastle in Loreto on March 31st at 3pm. All support welcome.

By Louis Gunnigan

Clubnotes – Monday March 4th 2019

Lotto results for Feb 28th Lotto A Nos.5,7.21 and 23. Lotto B Nos 6,13,18 and 19. No winners. Next Thurs Jackpots €10,000 and €3,200 Winner of €100 Jim Gillick, €50 Sarah Days and Hugo. Joker Consolation prize Padraig Muldowney. Next week Joker €775. BSJ Bingo every Monday at 8:00 pm.

Our junior Juvenile Academy thriving at present at all age groups. Thanks to hard work of our GPO’s Carol Nolan and Donal Gormley and all the new mentors and coaches.

Hard luck to St Benildus College Senior Hurling team and BSJ players Joe Sweeney, Jack Kelly, Cian Deignan and Ronan Cullen beaten by Castlecomer in the Leinster Final. Great win for our Minor hurlers against Naomh Mearnog on Sunday on a scoreline of 2.14 to 1.15. Our Senior hurlers take on Ballyboden St Endas the league Sunday morning in Marley at 10.30. Our Intermediate hurlers take on St Vincent’s at the same time over in Pairc Naomh Uinsionn. In the afternoon our junior hurlers play away to Setanta at 3.00. All support welcome.

Another successful week for our Adult Footballers. Our Seniors had the long trip to Skerries and came away with narrowest of wins on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-10, giving us back to back Div 1 League victories. Our Jun A team also went northside to play Croabh Ciaran and also came away with the narrowest of wins on a scoreline of 4-6 to 2-11. The Jun B team lost by 2 pts to Oliver Plunketts on a scoreline of 1-6 to 0-7 in a game that could have gone either way. Our Jun C team got a walkover from Castleknock. Next Sunday Minor Footballers home to St Sylvesters 11:00 am Minor B’s away to Round Towers Clondalkin.
Well done our Senior Lady Footballers on their Euro tour and victory in the Hague.

BSJ Golf Society have secured extra slots for The Heritage on April 6th. Morning tee times. If interested contact Colm O Donnell 0871787198 or

Club Shop open on Thurs 7:30 – 8:30pm and Sat 11:30am to 12:30 pm.

Adult Hurling 400 Ticket draw 3rd November

Ballinteer St Johns Adult Hurling teams 400 Ticket Draw.

Many thanks to John Gillick and AIG for supporting our adult fundraiser. Also thanks to Dairy Executives, Arup, The Buglers and Dermot Nutty for their sponsorship and support.

Draw will no take place on Saturday 3rd November in Clubhouse.

First Prize: €2500

Second Prize: €1000

Third Prize €500

Ticket price €20 each (may buy multiples)

Only 400 tickets

Tickets still available contact Dara on 086-8941042

Ballinteer Hurlers Snatch Famous Double

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.


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


Under 14 B Camogie Fall Just Short of Feile Final

Ballinteer St John’s Camogie B team for Féile na nGael – Ath Cliath put in a gutsy performance in the Division 6 competition at Ballyboden St Enda’s GAA Club on Saturday, April 28th.

They fell just short of qualifying for Sunday’s final, a couple of points making all the difference over the course of three games.

Unfazed at the prospect of facing hosts Ballyboden in the opener, BSJ took an early lead but were pegged back by half time. Some extra firepower from the St Enda’s bench proved all the difference, and the hosts were flattered by the final scoreline of 7-1 to 2-0.

Heads never dropped from BSJ and, in the second fixture, they took an early lead against Raheny scoring two goals in quick succession. Raheny pegged back a goal and St John’s replied sending the sliotar over the bar after a free. The referee ruled it out, however, on the grounds the free was indirect.

A sucker-punch came in the final minutes as Raheny levelled the score. It finished 2-0 apiece.

The final match saw BSJ again take an early lead. Players were giving their all, and exceptional teamwork and skills proved they were more than a match for a strong Castleknock side. Depending on results elsewhere, the chance of a final berth loomed as the teams went into the final minutes all square.

A harsh free was awarded against BSJ and Castleknock took their chance, winning in the end by a point: 3-3 to 2-7.

Mentors Tom Kiely, Ken Fleming and Ann O’Regan couldn’t have been prouder of the team, whose level of commitment was a credit also to Jim Holland who coached many of the girls from the earliest years in the BSJ nursery.

Team: Moya Quigley (captain), Nessa Hynan, Zara Nelson, Jodi Morrisey, Ailis Holland, Luisagh Guerrine, Elizabeth O’Regan-Murphy, Alix White, Megan Humphreys, Ella Kiely, Maude O’Connell, Sarah Fleming, Alanah Carey, Shauna Holland, Amy O’Reilly, Grace O’Kane, Realta Lattimore, Sophie Fearon, Hazel Grady, Ellie Kearns.

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

The start of a new dawn for our Minor Camogie team

Our Minor Camogie team played their very first game in the league last Thursday on the AWP. Camogie minor teams have traditionally played only Minor Championship in the autumn but this year we entered a team in Division 2 of the Minor league.

On Thursday last the team played Cuala on AWP in their first ever match. They put up a gallant display and lost by 3 points in excellent game of Camogie, score 3-2 to 1-11.

Some excellent displays from Holly Barr, Aisling Hayden, Louise O’Mahony, Andrea Maxim and Hannah O’Shea.

Christmas Flower Show

The Christmas flower arranging and mulled wine on December 11th run by the Social Committee and facilitated by Maria Watchorn and Karen Robinson was a very enjoyable night for all who attended.

We learned how to make many types of arrangements and some lucky people won these beautiful arrangements in the raffle.

Events for 2017 include the following: Hair and Beauty night Feb 3rd, Swop shop March 24th and BSJ Dinner Dance Nov 11th 2017. Look forward to seeing you all at our forthcoming events.

Happy Christmas and a Happy New year.

The Social Committee