Ballymac GAA Club Notes 25th July 2020
Ballymac 0.15 to Churchill 1.10
St Pat’s hosted the first-round clash of Ballymac and Churchill on Saturday last. Great game of. a massive thanks To St Pats GAA Club for superb and safe facilities for all the players and supporters. Also, a great match program produced on line by Kerry GAA.
It was great to be back at football and the game was exciting and close from start to finish.
The teams were evenly matched and this was reflected in the half time score of Ballymac 0.9 Churchill 1.6.
The second half was just as intense as the first, with both sides level and 5 minutes remaining on the clock.
Ballymac just edged out by 2 points at the final whistle to leave the final score at Ballymac 0.15 to Churchill 1.10.
On Sunday next our team are home to St Michael’s Foilmore in Ballymac at 2.30pm in Round 2. This is another vital game and we wish the team and management every success.
The attendance is limited at present to all GAA games. Our game is an all ticket game and there is no walk up on the day of the game.
The game will be live on Ballymac GAA Twitter page with a live feed from Twitter on our web site www.ballymacgaa.com and also regular updates on Ballymac GAA Facebook pages. We hope to have the program to download on the web site as well.
Returning from Abroad? Please read this notice.
We also want to take this opportunity to remind all clubs, that players who are returning from abroad must follow the Government regulations in terms of restricting their movements for 14 days on their return to Ireland – any player in this situation SHOULD NOT return to training or games until the 14-day period has expired.
Notice for spectators and supporters
Spectators should be aware that all the risks posed from Covid-19 cannot be eliminated, including attending GAA games but that essential control measures have been put in place to reduce risks for members.
- Spectators must not attend games if they display any symptoms of Covid-19 and instead should phone their GP and follow public health advice
- Individuals that are considered high risk or are in close contact with others who are considered high risk should not attend games (click here)
- Spectators must note that much of the responsibility for managing Covid-19 risk remains with yourself particularly in relation to social distancing, wearing of face coverings and sanitation
- We advise all spectators to bring your own hand sanitiser
- The use of face coverings is strongly advised for all patrons over the age of 13
- Spectators must not enter the field of play at any time including pre-match, at half-time and other intervals and after the final whistle or at end-of-match presentations
- Spectators have to keep to keep their own record of contacts at a match for potential tracing purposes
- All spectators should be encouraged to download the HSE tracing app (click here)
- The current public health guidance advises a social distance of 2m be maintained between people. Further government guidance may change and the GAA’s assessment method may change as a result.
- Where small groups of people are attending games, members of these should wherever possible be from the same household.
- Individuals and small groups should remain insofar as possible in the same area for the duration of the game, remain 2m apart and avoid intermingling with other individuals or groups
- We ask you all to practice and maintain social distancing
- Before, between and after games it is essential that spectators do not congregate in groups in the vicinity of the grounds as social distancing and contact tracing measures will be compromised and the potential risk of transmission higher
- We ask all our spectators attending any of our games to restrict contact with individuals and groups outside their own household once inside the ground.
St Kieran’s Minors
St. Kieran’s Minors Team will take on St. Brendan’s in the First Rd of The Keane’s SuperValu Minor Football Championship. The venue is Na Gaeil and the game is at 7pm.
The Minor Football Championship which will be played at U17 this year. It is a straight knock out and 16 teams will compete in the competition.
Our Junior team play in The County Junior League in August. Our team play in Group F with Listowel Emmett’s, Annascaul and Austin Stacks C. The first round is on Friday 14th August at 7pm when we travel to Connolly Park to play Stacks. The remaining games are as follows:
Friday 4th September Ballymac V Annascaul at 7pm
Friday 11th September Ballymac V Listowel Emmett’s at 6.30pm
Ballymac Ladies GAA News
Ballymac U12 girls travelled to Castleisland Desmonds on Monday evening July 20th for their first outing in a challenge game.
The coaches were very pleased with how each player proved their early skill work in training is paying off. This team showed great potential so exciting days ahead.
Well done girls!!
We wish to thank all members and parents who have paid membership over the past few weeks. We would ask anyone who has not paid to do as soon as possible. Children need to be covered for insurance puroposes.
Each Sunday morning and at any training session mid-week parents are asked to personally drop kids off to the designated club official outside the gate and give your contact details. There are just a few who have not paid your membership and we ask parents ensure payment is made immediately as your child will not be covered by insurance. It’s important that you fill in the health questionnaire before every session or your child will be be allowed train.
U8 Ballymac boys enjoyed their training session last Sunday morning down the field. We had help from U16 player Maurice O’Connell. The lads skilled up on hand passing and kicking and finished off with a game.
Mikey Brosnan and Conor Browne put in a super effort today. Well done boys!
See you all next Sunday morning, don’t forget to wear your gum shields and label your water bottles.
Ballymac U10 Boys had a full turn out on Sunday morning. They all did very well doing their skills and small sided games, and finished off with a match which was well contested between the 2 teams. We have a challenge game next Thursday evening at 7pm at home against Milltown/Castelmaine . Ballymac Abú!
Coiste na nÓg
Please note it is the responsibility of all parents to ensure the children use the sanitizing stations provided at every training session and games before and after each session. Once every parent ensures their child/children use it then everyone will be safe.
Our under 12 boys have been back in training for 3 weeks and putting in a massive effort under new coach Frank Donavan. Each training session has been fully attended by the boys who are really binding well and playing as a team.
We had our first taste of championship action at home on Sunday against a strong An Ghaeltacht squad.
Our blue team had a nervous start and went 4 points behind before Eoghan Joy opened our account. Slowly but steadily we got into the game with some great passing moves and scores from Michael Quirke and Padraig Reidy. Cian Gilroy was rock solid in the full back position. In the second half we pulled away and at the final whistle we took the victory 5-10 to 2-08.
Our gold team settled well into the game with Shane Cassidy putting in some fine saves. Our midfield pairing of Liam Rahilly and Jack Collins dominated the centre of the pitch with Graham West our top scorer. The boys came out on top at the final whistle with a score of 5-15 to 2-07.
Our U12 boys travelled to Na Gael for round 2 of the County League on Sunday last..
The blue team lined out against a very strong na Gael 11 who took the upper hand in the first ten mins. The boys settled into a lovely flowing rhythm and both Darragh McMahon and Jamie Tarrant had strong games in the backs.
Scores by Sean Martin and Liam Rahily put us ahead by half time.
Na Geal started the second half strongly and went ahead again but the boys dug deep and dominated for the next 10 mins and at the end it was Na Gael who were lucky to salvage a draw. final score 5-10 to 5-10.
The Gold team started strong and pulled well ahead with some nice scores by Cathal Carr and Adrian o Connor. Some excellent defending by Kyran Boyle and Fionn Enright kept us ahead at half time. In the second half Na Gael attacked well scoring some excellent points from play. Ballymac had some good chances but too many wides cost us the game. Final Score 3-17 to 5-08.
Next Sunday the boys are away to Kerins O’Rahillys at 6pm .
Training continues this coming week for our U14 boys.
Ballymac U16 s entertained Ardfert in the first round of the county league in Ballymac last night Monday 20th July.
Both sides were even in the first fifteen minutes, Maurice O’Connell scoring the opening point for Ballymac .
Ardfert seemed to be more dangerous going forward and this was the case in the 20 th & 23 rd minute when scoring 2 goals to lead 2 04 – 0 03 points after 23 minutes. A spectacular point from 45 yards from Donal Daly was followed by 2 points in succession from
Maurice O’ Connell to reduce the deficit to 4 points .
Ardfert replied with 2 points of their own to push further ahead . Ballymac replied through Gary Lynch & Niall Collins to reduce the deficit once again as the interval approached. However 2 further goals & 3 points put Ardfert in a commanding position at the interval on a scoreline of 4 -09 to 0 -08.
Ardfert played with the advantage of a slight breeze in the second half. A few early scores put Ardfert in the driving seat , and never looked back from here on . Michael Prendergast hit the net for a wonderful Goal for Ballymac but it was only a consolation score at this stage . Congrats to Ardfert on a fine performance, and congrats to Ballymac for fighting right to the end .
Thanks to all parents who supported us on the night. On Monday night the 27th July our U16s travel to Connolly park to play The Home side at 7pm and on Monday 3rd August at 7 they will play Kerins O’Rahillys in Strand Road.
We wish the team & mentors Roland Rogers Martin Lowe Eddie O’Connell & John Rice the very best of luck .
Play Ball Lotto
The Draw for Play Ball The Ballymac GAA (Interim Lotto ) took place on Tuesday 21st July.
The numbers drawn were: 6,28,11 and 3.
There was no winner of the Jackpot of €660.00
The lucky dip winner was Kathryn Brosnan.
Thanks Kathryn for your support.
This week Kathryn gets a Gift Voucher to the value of €20.00 for the Half Way Shop.
We thank Pat McCarthy & The Half Way shop for supporting Ballymac Play Ball Lotto.
We thank everyone who supported Ballymac GAA Play Ball Lotto this week .
All the money raised goes towards the club upkeep.
Next weeks Jackpot is €680.00 and the draw is live on the web site on Monday 27th July.
You can buy your ticket for next weeks draw by clicking on