Senior County League Final
Na Gael 3-17
Ballymac were host to Na Gael on Sunday 24th of September in the final of the Senior County League. The weather was promising with warm sun shine and with a fantastic attendance in the stand and grounds it made for the perfect Sunday League final day.
Na Gael opened the scoring in this match in seconds with a point from Seamie O’Neill followed quickly when a free was awarded to the away side and Darragh Carmody put the ball over the net in a composed style. Ballymac responded with Captain Paudi Mac giving the home side their mark in the game by powering through the Na Gael defence and scoring the first point for his team. But the visitors forward line won the ball minutes later by punishing Ballymac with another point from Darragh Carmondy. Ballymacs Thomas O’Connor was not be brought down at that point of the game and with absolute determination found his way past the Na Gael keeper to land the ball at the back of net, a goal well celebrated and well deserved.
Na Gael however fought back and proved that they earned their place in division 2 next season with talented players like Jack Barry scoring his first point of the match and this followed again with their number 14 Jamie Lawham scoring 2 points and their first goal keeping their team ahead in the first half.
Balymac fought to obtain a lead and keeper Paudi Laide protected his team by pulling off what can only be described as an outstanding save and stopped the away team from extending their lead once more.
The half score was Ballymac 1-04 to Na Gaels 1-09.
The second half was always going to be a tense affair with both teams coming in with everything to play for . But it was Na Gael that began the battle with Jack Barry and Seamie O’Neill scoring 2 points in succession and Ballymacs Eoin O’Malley tried hard to close in the score by making a great attempt at a goal but the Na Gael keeper was in the right place to stop him from netting the ball. Ballymacs Aiden Breen did manage to bring his team closer to Na Gaels score by not once but twice putting the ball over the net . But it wasn’t enough for the home side as Na Gael found a new energy and by making some changes in the team pulled two futher goals out of the bag one by Jack Barry and the second from Diarmuid Herlihy which left the home side behind but not defeated in spirit as they fought hard to obtain the win.
The Na Gael side pushed forward and scored a further 6 points to secure their lead, two points from Ballymacs Eanna Reidy wasn’t enough in the end to maintain a lead .
With both teams putting on what can only be described as a skillful and eye warming game it was the visitors that were the successful team and we congratulate them in their victory.
Ballymac proved that they have earned their place in Division 2 next season and we look forward to the talent they will bring to the field next season.
Lotto Results 18/09/2017
Venue: O Riadas Bar
Numbers Drawn: 1 , 5 , 13 , 20
Lucky Dip Winners….
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2. Kathleen Riordan Ballymac
3. Pat McDonnell Ballymac
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5. Patricia Hill c/o Mossy Leen
Seller: Tony Marshall
Next Weeks Jackpot: €1,600
Venue: Ballygarry house hotel
Under 16 girls
The U 16 girls had contrasting results this week , on Thursday evenong in Ballyrickard they took on Kerins O Rahillys in the town League and completely outclassed the home side . Pressure on the KOR’s kick outs paid huge dividends as we led at half time by 4-7 to 0-2 . The 2nd half was more or less the same , final score 7-14 to 1-7 .
On Sunday evening Finuge/St Senans traveled to Ballymac to play round 2 of the North Kerry League Div 2 . Two evenly matched sides served up a very entertaining game , the first 10 minutes of the game was best forgotten by Ballymac as a very ponderous start led to 2 very soft goals being conceded & we were behind by 2-2 to 0-1 . However the girls composed themselves and started reeling off points , Lisa , Cora , Eve , Aine & Elle found their range . Concession of another goal of the preventable variety with 5 mins to half time put us under more pressure but a Lisa Curran goal following good work by Emily O Donaghue game us hope .
Half time we were behind 1-6 to 3-5 , The 2nd half was score for score as the girls did their best to reel in St Senans . Niamh Rahilly , Aine Rice & Eve Creedon drove forward from the back and a couple of good points from sub Mary Anne Fleming brought us within 4 . St Senans were still taking good scores with their free taker very accurate , Ballymac sub Alyssa Leen cracked home a superb goal towards the end but we failed to close the gap & were defeated 2-10 to 3-11 .
The girls showed great determination in trying to claw back the game & elimination of simple mistakes would have seen a different outcome. Next game v Currow week after next .
The under 14 Blue Team travelled the short distance to Connolly Park to take on Austin Stacks on Wednesday evening last in Division 1 of the North Kerry League. On a fine evening for football the girls served up an excellent game of football with Stacks taking control of the early part of the game leading 1-3 to 0-1 after 15 mins. Even though we had plenty possession the Stacks goalkeeper and backs kept us at bay in the opening period. Then Kate O Connor struck for a very important goal showing great awareness to pounce and score from close range. Emily O Donoghue had chipped in with our opening point and Cora Savage struck for 2 points to leave the half time score 2-3 to 1-3 in favour of the host. The second half was a very evenly contested affair with our girls showing great grit and determination, led by our outstanding full back Roisin Long, along with her co defenders, kept the Stacks girls to 5 points in the second half. At midfield Emily O Brien was having a huge influence on proceedings along with Sinead McKeown to keep the pressure on the home team. Mary Ann Fleming scored an excellent point after a great move down the field along with points from Cora and Kate to close the gap to the minimum. Stacks went ahead by 2 again but the Ballymac girls struck for a second goal , scored by Emily O Donoghue to put us ahead by a point facing the last 10 minutes. Sophie O Donoghue who was defending great all evening, unluckily was yellow carded meaning 10mins in the sin bin. Stacks scored again to level matters but we took the lead again through Cora to put us a point to the good. Stacks then levelled again through a close free, but to our amazement we were point down according to the refs records. While we managed to work our way down the field, Cora was pulled down to give us chance to equalise the game. From a tight angle unfortunately Cora’s shot tailed wide and Stacks took the spoils. Others to play well on the night were Lorna Daly in goals and captain Alyssa Leen.
The girls next game is in Ballymac against Abbeydorney on this Monday at 6.15pm. They are also playing N.a. Gaeil in Ballymac this coming Wednesday at 6.15pm
The under 14 ladies Gold team play Dingle in Ballymac this Friday evening at 6.15pm in the North Kerry League Division 4 final
Ballymac girls U12’s are Town league Champs!
Ballymac 2-12 Austins Stacks 2-5
Congratulations to our U12 girls blue team who won the Div 1 Town League title Friday night last.
Played in good conditions in Ballyrickard , Stacks got off to a flyer scoring 1-1 inside 3 minutes but the Ballymac girls settled well after that & kicked some good scores . Ella Quirke & Ciara Palmer at midfield were dominant , Roisin Rahilly from centre half back was outstanding and Rachel Griffen at centre forward gave us a great platform . A great delivery from Roisin resulted in a goal from Ciara nearing half time gave us the cushion we deserved 1-9 to 1-2 .
2nd half saw Stacks come back into it & had a few chances but failed to convert , we kept the scoreboard ticking over and a great goal from Geraldyn Cassidy put a gloss on the score line .
Joint captains Abbey Leahy & Niamh Lynch received the town league cup from Frank Mc Loughlin to loud cheers from the Ballymac supporters
Team : Kerry Hennesy , Orla O Connor , Alexia Weiss, Abbey Leahy , Charlotte Geary , Roisin Rahilly ( 0-2 ) Niamh Lynch , Ciara Palmer (1-7) Ella Quirke (0-1) Rachel Creedon (0-1 ) Rachel Griffen , Kate Collins (0-1) Laura Sugrue , Geraldyn Cassidy (1-0) Kate Feeney .
Subs : Anna Collins , Jill Quirke , Sarah Mason , Lauren O Connor , Alice Brosnan & Allie Tarrant
All done for the year for the 12s , girls were fantastic all year & have created a lot of firsts for the ladies club 1st North Kerry Div 1 title , first team to compete in div 1 of co league & first team to win town league div 1 title . Not bad at all but the important thing is that we get all this group back to compete at U14 level in 2 years time .
GOLF CLASSIC FUNDRAISER 2016
Ballymac GAA club are holding their annual golf Classic in Beaufort Golf Club on Saturday the 7th of October. Team of 4 €160. Fantastic prizes! Anyone interested in entering a team can do so by contacting Dave Slattery on 087/2201042, Padraig Laide 086/0441927 or Padraig McCarthy 087/9701687.
Our U16 boys played Austin stacks in Connolly Park last Sunday morning. This turned out to be a very entertaining and open game of football on a lovely morning. We went on to win the game by one point on a score line of Austin Stacks 5-09 to Ballmac’s 5-10. Next up for the boys is a game against John Mitchel’s next Sunday.
Castleisland District A Final Ballymac 5-19 Knock/Brosna/Duagh 1-06 Our U14s played their last game of the season last Monday the 18th of September in the Castleisland District A Final where we faced the formidable three club combination of Knock/Brosna/Duagh. To their credit our U14’s finished their year in style putting in a performance we were probably looking for all year. Ballymac took a grip of this game from the off with all players totally focused and not allowing our opponents any time, space or opportunities to penetrate a solid Ballymac defence. We held our formidable opposition of Knock/Brosna/Duagh scoreless for the first 20 minutes and only conceded 4 points in the first half. With our defence on top, credit must also go to our razor sharp midfielders and forwards who throughout the 60 minutes could do no wrong. They showed impressive movement off the ball, a great variety of scores enhanced by a high level of skill and a ferocious work rate to stop the opposition from any type of counter attacks. This was the complete performance from all and was capped with having fifteen fourteen-year old’s finishing on the field of play for their final game at U14 level. We were winners on the evening on a score line of Ballymac 5-19 to Knock/Brosna/Duagh’s 1-06. Our captain Denis Brosnan lifted the Castleisland District A Trophy which was a fitting end to a successful year for our U14’s who have won trophies in the Castleisland District, Tralee Town League and also reached the semi-final stages of Division 1 County League and Division 1 Central Region. Great credit must go to the players involved who now have proved they are a match for any team in the County. Many thanks to their parents for all the support through the good and very few bad days. Many thanks to the great sacrifices made by the mentors in giving their time freely to train and develop these players.
Panel: Adam O’ Keeffe, Adam Walker, Cathal Culloty, Ryan Mc Hugh, Tim Pollman Daamen, James Bailey, Darragh Sweeney, Adam Joy, Adam Kelly, Adam Sheehy, Sean Pollman Daamen, Denis Brosnan, Dylan Barry O Connell, Sean Horan, Bryan Godley, Thomas O Connor, Liam O Connor, Luke O Connell, Andy Rogers, Donal Daly, Gary
Lynch, Maurice O Connell, James Kenny, Kieran Slattery, Eoin Creedon, Mark O Connor, Mossie Brennan, Jamie Sugrue.
Mentors: Tony Silles, Gene O Keeffe, Liam Joy, Liam Sweeney, Eddie O Connell.
We played Kerins o’ Rahillies in Ballymac last Thursday evening in the Town League. We were missing a number of players on the evening and The boys played well but we lost out on the evening. This ends our run in the town league competition. We will be back in action in a few weeks’ time
in the championship.
Our U12 blue team played in the (B) final of the Castleisland District League where we played against John Mitchel’s. This was a very exciting game with the result in doubt right up to the final whistle. Ballymac started well but Mitchel,s soon came to grips with Ballymac’s dominance. Tommy Palmer and Sean Rice were inspiring and the forwards including Niall Collins and Evan Boyle were also playing well. Substitute Cian Mc’Carthy scored two goals but Mitchel’s still came back at us. They went ahead by three points mid-way through the second half but a brilliant goal by Raymond Lowe changed things. From here on Ballymac stepped it up and the Horgan twins, Michael Culloty, Padraig Heffernan, Diarmaid Galvin and Jack o’ Connor were all outstanding. The lads eventually went on to win by two points. Well done lads. Our U12 Gold team also played on the evening in the C final and we were narrow losers in a very competitive game. Many thanks to all the trainers for their work with the boys throughout the year
The John Mitchel’s Blitz took place last Saturday the 23rd of September. We were drawn in a strong section with Austin Stacks, John Mitchels, Churchill, Keel and Beale. In the other section Castleisland Desmonds, Kerins O’Rahilys, St Pats, Cordal, Na Gaeil, and Ardfert were the competing teams. We started off against the hosts John Mitchel’s and were victorious on a score line off 1-06 to 0-00. Our second match was against Churchill and we won this game by a few points in ever deteriorating weather conditions. Our next match was against Austin Stacks and unfortunately we never got going against them and they ran out easy winners in this game. Our next game was against Beale and again we never got going and ended up losing the game by a few points. Our final game was against Keel and the boys put in a much better performance and won the game by a comfortable margin. We done to the boys on their efforts in awful weather conditions. Many thanks to John Mitchel’s for hosting the Blitz and for excellent organisation on the day. Austin Stacks won our section and they played Cordal in the final where they went on to win the Blitz. The Castleisland District Blitz takes place next Sunday the 01st of October in Knocknagoshel with the details to follow from the co-ordinator. The following Sunday the 08th of October we will be competing in the Siobhan Cotter memorial blitz in Churchill where our U7, U8, U9, and U10 boys will be playing.
Our U8 boys took part in the well organised annual John Mitchels Blitz held on Saturday last where they acquitted themselves very well showing the skills they have been working on every Sunday at Academy. Despite the inclement weather conditions, we more than held our own in games against John Mitchel’s, Churchill, Austin Stacks, and Beale. Academy continues on Sunday morning next at 11am.We will be competing in the Siobhan Cotter memorial blitz in Churchill on the 08th of October where our U7, U8, U9, and U10 boys will
Are you interested in being involved in our Cultural/Scór Competitions?
Are you interested in being involved in promoting Irish traditional past-times & culture, by either partaking or mentoring? If so, please contact Ballymac GAA Scó Officer Josephine Fearns on 086 160 7355 for further details.
We need mentors, helpers and children and adults interested in any of the following disciplines:
Scór is a GAA competition that combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social/fun element of Ireland’s traditional past-times. The competition was established by the GAA in 1969 with the aim of promoting Ireland’s traditional pastimes and culture while offering club members the chance to meet up, have fun and represent their club during the winter months while Football and Hurling had ceased.
There are eight events/disciplines in Scór that cover all aspects of Irish culture: Figure/Céilí Dancing, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Recitation/Scéalaíocht, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Question Time and Set Dancing. The competition is divided into two age levels, Scór Na nÓg, for young people under 17 and Scór Sinsear, for those over 17.
Just like the All-Ireland Football and Hurling Championships clubs taking part in Scór must first take part in a county championship. The winners go on to the provincial championship and then the All-Ireland Final.