Success for Seniors in Camogie C’Ship Final

Congratulations to our Senior Camogie team who came up trumps against Good Counsel at yesterday’s Senior B Championship Shield Final. The team lined out in windy conditions at Good Counsel’s home ground in Crumlin, with a good crowd of supporters backing the Ballinteer side.
St. John’s overcame the Crumlin side 7-13 to 0-3 at the final whistle. A solid performance from the Ballinteer girls saw them stretch ahead at early stages and lead 4-06 to 0-00 at half time, having played with the wind in their favour. Scores from the forwards and mid field players included;  Brenda Sorohon 2-04, Eilish McCarthy 1-02, Niamh McKennedy 1-02, Deirdre Kelleher 1-01, Fiona Hayes 1-04 and Brona Fagan 0-01.
Congratulations to all the team who put on a magnificent display for the duration of the match and a special mention to Fiona Hayes who received the Player of the Match award. Congratulations also to the team management;  Tom Hayes, Peter Canning and Eamonn McKeown.
 
The full squad lined out as follows: Roisin Nash, Nora Tully, Olive Sorohan, Louise Hayes, Niamh Kiernan, Caroline Kenny, Jillian Pounch, Siohban McIntyre, Fiona Hayes, Deirdre Kelleher, Emma Lane, Niamh McKennedy, Brenda Sorohan, Brona Fagan, Eilish McCarthy, Fiona Connolly, Chloe White, Anna Myles, Eimear Naughton, Roisin Chambers, Jane Tully, Kate Mooney and Roisín Nic Uileagoed.

 

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Pre-Hurling All Ireland Celebration Night

After a great Summer we are looking forward to the Autumn season with Ballinteer St Johns.

 
To help us hit the ground running your Social Committee has organised what promises to be a great evening next Saturday in the Clubhouse against the backdrop of Sunday’s Hurling final.
 
Gráinne Larkin is going to start the evening’s entertainment with a few songs. Best come early so as not to miss this treat. Followed by music from ‘Ceol n Measc’.
 
Anthony Daly, who twice captained Clare to All-Ireland Hurling titles and current Dublin Senior Hurling Manager, will make a guest appearance.
 
There’ll be a raffle for a pair of tickets to the big match.- will it be 5 in a row or can Tipp build on last year’s performance to deny that new entry in the record books?
 
We’ll have finger food and a live band to round off the evening.
 
So why not catch up with each other and look forward to the big match too ! 
 
Come early so as not to miss any of the above, and more.
 
There is no cover charge !
 
Tell your friends. Beidh fáilte roimh cách.

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Seniors Beaten in Spirited Display

The Ballinteer St John’s Senior Footballers will enter the draw for the back door championship draw tomorrow with high hopes after a spirited performance against Na Fianna brought defeat. The match took place in O’Toole park in front of a big crowd who were kept entertained the whole way through the game. Ballinteer got of to the perfect start when Peter O’Curry motored up the pitch to score the opening point of the game. The game was back and forth with Ballinteer doing some incredible defending to kepp Na Fianna at bay and went in at half-time leading 6 points to 5 thanks to 2 scores from Paraic O’Conner, Ciaran Gormley and a few frees from Johnny McNally. The Ballinteer supporters applauded the lads back to the dressing room and hoped for more of the same in the second half.

The second half started off with Na Fianna scoring with 15 seconds to level the game and Na Fianna moved on from there. Na Fianna scored 4 points from four attacks half way into the second half and that practically won them the game. The match ended 14 points to 9 but the Ballinteer players can be proud of themselves and will be confident about advancing further through the back door.

 

(Picture supplied by Brendan Donnelly)

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The boys in blue bring the right amount of spice

By Cormac McConnell- The Examiner

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

 

DUBLIN may be heaven with coffee at 11 and a stroll round Stephen’s Green but I recall walking down Grafton Street, off the Green, five steps behind Dublin football star Tony Hanahoe when he was in his playing heyday.

Incredibly nobody seemed to recognise him. He walked down the premier street of his capital and county and nobody spoke to him, nobody seemed to recognise him, no hand clapped him on the back.

Granted, he was the dapper city gent with his bespoke pinstripe suit and briefcase, in his legal mode rather than stripped for action before the Hill, but it was surprising all the same. Dublin is different and Dublin football is different. Gooch Cooper would not be able to walk through any hamlet in Kerry without being stopped 10 times. Likewise for any of the big stars in any of the provinces. But Dublin is different, and that is both a positive and a negative for its stars.

It has to be good for the GAA that a good Dublin side are involved again in the final stages of the football championship.

The Dubs always bring a special spice and a garnish of uncertainty too when they are still strutting their blue stuff in August and September. They were hammered by Tyrone and Kerry at the quarter-final stages of recent seasons. They were trounced out of their provincial title this year. But they have come on strongly despite all the odds. That defeat of Tyrone a few weeks ago must have been the kind of sweet revenge which also empowers and motivates. They have renewed the perennial rivalry between the Culchies and the Jackeens with some style. The strut is back, the team is infused with gallons of new blood.

For the good of the game, we need them like a poacher needs cartridges or a gaff. They are the tabasco in the GAA stew at their best.

Some learned sports sociologist should study the "genetics" of Dublin football and footballers sometime soon. The results would make fascinating reading. Few sides have the capacity to self-destruct as quickly as Dublin teams.

The provincial final recently proved the point. Dublin can burst like a blue paper bag without warning.

And Dublin, as against Tyrone in the quarter-final, can also dramatically dig deeper than any on their day to rip the wheels and axles off opponents’ applecarts.

Remember those mighty games against Kerry in the heydays of that great rivalry? The Dubs lose games that they should win. And they also win games they should have lost. What will happen next weekend? There is no way of knowing.

That is the beauty of it. It depends on which Dublin team shows up. It depends too, in this view, on what happens afield in the first quarter of the game. The Dubs, above any other outfit, need goals, lust for goals.

Their forwards will have a crack at a goal and scorn the point that is there for the taking and that more pragmatic forwards take. That Eoghan O’Gara goal that tested the Tyrone net was the clincher last time out, beyond any doubt.

A goal, especially an early goal, is spiritually worth far more than three points to the metropolitans. A goal tempers and reinforces their frequently brittle temperament and resolve. A goal puts an extra spring in that strut they gain when they are going well. When that happens they play some of the best football you will ever see in Croke Park. Dublin football is different.

And so is its stewpot. My locally resident brother Sean brought me for a drink last year in the well-appointed clubhouse of the Saint John’s club in Ballinteer. It was like being in a good hotel with the function rooms crowded with various parties and the bar full. I recall that the men sitting at the bar were countrymen from all the provinces. They loved football and hurling, supporters of both their home counties and their adopted Dubs. Great company. There was a party of young men, late teens and early 20s, some of them players, sitting in the corner.

The inevitable singsong started at the bar and we all sang the old ballads and comeallyes. The young lads from the corner chimed in quickly. They outsang us in five minutes and they knew every verse of the old ballads and sporting songs. They were in the tradition if you like.

Outside in the suburbs the reality is there were tens of thousands of Dubliners who have never been to Croke Park, who know nothing about Hill 16 or Sam Maguire and care less, who would guess that Heffo’s Heroes were a rock band if they were asked. Because this is the metropolitan reality it is accordingly vital for the GAA that Dublin teams feature prominently in the championships when summer turns towards the tinted leaves of the first and last Sundays of September.

Cork will start favourites.

They are big – damn it, they are giants – ! and they can be counted upon to pragmatically deliver a focused and power-packed performance. There is little element of uncertainty about them and they will close ranks around the iconic absence of Graham Canty their talisman and do what they have to do. They will not shun points and go for goals that are but half-chances. We know what to expect from them.

But with the Dubs one never knows. That is the beauty of it. Bernard Brogan on his day is lethal and there is maybe more scoring power in the Dublin attack than in the Cork sextet. The blue paper bag, though, has apparently been discarded by shrewd Pat Gilroy and he knows how much tabasco to sprinkle in his stew. Eoghan O’Gara will probably shoot two or three dreadful wides. But he could also score the kind of net-ripping goal out of the blue that could turn the game on its head and result in many more Dubliners knowing that evening exactly where Hill 16 is.

It’s a fascinating prospect.

Senior Footballers in Championship Action

Our Senior Footballers take on Na Fianna in the second round our the Senior Football Championship on Saturday evening in O’Toole Park. After a great win in the first round against St. Peregrines earlier in the year they will be looking to progress into the third around. Na Fianna beat Whitehall Colmcilles comfortably by 13 points in the first round and will be looking to continue that form into round 2.

The match throws in at 6pm in O’Toole Park on Saturday and all support is muc appreciated.

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Senior Camogie team in Shield Final

Our Senior Camogie team are playing in the Dublin Senior 1B Shield Final against Good Counsel, which has been confirmed for this Sunday morning, August 29th at 12pm. the match will be played away from home, on Good Counsel home pitch (at their clubhouse). All support is greatly appreciated.

 

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Dublin Minor’s beaten in Semi Final

Ballinteer St Johns Minor Hurlers Aodhan Clabby and Glenn Whelan suffered heartbreak last week after coming so close to an All Ireland Final. Dublin were beaten by one point in a nail biting finish in Croke Park against Clare. Having been 6 points down, two second half goals helped them battle their way back to within a point but just couldn’t find that all important last score. 

 

The year was still a massive positive for Dublin and for Aodhan and Glenn who were integral parts of the panel. The year could of started off better after been beaten by Kilkenny in the first round of matches in the Leinster Championship but 1 point victories over Louth and Wexford meant the lads would have another crack at Kilkenny in the Leinster Final but again Kilkenny proved to be too strong for the Dubs. The lads bounced back however with a comprehensive win over Antrim in the All Ireland Quarter Final and then suffered that narrow defeat to Clare in the Semi-Final. 

 

Congratulations to Aodhan and Glenn on a very successful season with the Dubs and hopefully they will have many more years in the Dublin jersey

Senior Championship Match Confirmed

Our Senior Footballer’s championship match has been confirmed for this Saturday against Na Fianna in O’Toole Park at 6pm. There was doubt over whether the match would go ahead with the possibility of Dublin reaching the All Ireland Final but since losing to Cork on Sunday this is no longer possible and all Dublin Championship matches are to go ahead as scheduled.

Ballinteer Girls Achieve Greatness

 Dublin 5-12 Kerry 2-15

Oggy Oggy Oggy Oi Oi Oi was the battle cry that rang out around the hills of banagher as the Dublin girls basked in the knowledge of being All Ireland champions, the wee Jackie’s toppled the kingdom of Kerry but not forgetting taking part in one of the spectacles of the year and one that will go down as battle to beat all battles, from the goalkeeper to the subs Dublin did not shy away from the challenge that was set before them by their manager Fintan O’Curry, the game as any battle does ensued at a extremely frantic pace with Dublin getting the upper hand over their rivals in the first quarter with the extremely impressive Oonagh Whyte and the tough and gritty corner forward Maria Kenny linking up very well, The dubs felt like they had lady luck shining down on them when after 6 minutes the excellent Kenny broke free off her marker to burst through the solid Kerry defence only to be dragged down in the small square giving the referee no option but to award a penalty, the exciting Lauren Ebbs stepped up to calmly slot home the resulting spot kick, Ebbs stepped up to the mark terrifically for her team yesterday knocking over an impressive 4-2 to collect the player of the match for her troubles.

This Dublin team never had it their own way during this game however with Kerry pushing in through Kingdom style knocking over scores to put pressure on the girls to make the Dublin bench a bit more nervous, as the 1st half drew to a close the girls were finding it hard to shake loose a fantastic Kerry effort but in times of need leaders are looked for and the call from the crowd to push on was duly answered with Ebbs again making life hard for the Kerry back line,  the impressive Kerry number 9, Laura Rogers, strode through Banagher like past Kerry greats would have but the ding dong battle was put up to Rogers from the monstrous Sarah Hawkshaw right from the off and was never the passion from Hawkshaw forced the pair to produce that little bit more to get the upper hand over the other.

Dublin who had suffered a bittersweet victory at this stage last year, bagging the All Ireland shield, were determined not to let the holy grail get away from them. But Kerry who had the under 14 all Ireland under their belts from 2008 were out for more and took the lead with 15 minutes to go through the second half from the tough wing forward Nicole O’Connor and looked to consolidate their lead but the experience of ’08 looked to have left them high and dry with the terrific Dubs upping the intensity to another level.

As the minutes started to tick down though a nervous Dublin crowd roared on the girls and the 16th man looked for inspiration to push the girls over the line but through adversity comes opportunity and today it was in the form of the fantastic Siobhan Woods whose marauding run to get on the end of the superb Mollie Lamb’s pass put her one on one with the keeper only to be dragged down to cost the Kerry folk another penalty, this pressure kick has been missed so many times in sport but the cool and collected Ebbs stepped up again and signalled to all around her that pressure was for tyres not for her by slotting home her second penalty. This turning point gave the Dublin girls the injection they badly needed, Woods got her second wind however and blasted Kerry’s stonewall defence with more and more darting runs and passes, the Crowd got louder and started to believe, the hammer blow then came with the game in the melting pot, Woods and Ebbs goaled again to leave the comeback complete at 5-12 to 2-15.

The win could not have come if not for the hard workers around the middle with Maria McGrath and Lamb working like greyhounds around the breaks to make sure their star centre forward Woods was able to run riot and make it a tough day at the office for the stand in centre back who stood in for the injured Kerry star Ciara Ni Mhurchada.

As the pressure increased on the Dublin back line they stood firm with the admirable Hawkshaw erecting an imaginary sign stating “YOU WILL NOT PASS” infront of her back line, helped in her efforts at midfield was the athletic Emma McDonagh who chipped in with two scores to  help the Dublin cause, Dublin however much they had thrown at them by the kingdom could call on their trusted soldiers at the back to mind the house, Grainne Barrett and Aoife Nolan were gazelle like in drifting up and down the wing but crucially never giving the ball away, their line was held superbly by the solid centre back Sarah McCaffery.

Not forgetting the bread and butter of this side, where the spirit and heart is developed and resonated through the side all the way back from the marvellous full back line, Claire “the colossus” King stomped over any sniff of a score with defending to drive a forward mad. Captain Fantastic, Deirdre Murphy, led her troops with admirable determination, going down with John O’Leary and Tommy Drumm as one of the greats to lead Dublin to glory. The final piece in the full back trilogy was the out of this world Leah Caffery; the steady but formidable Na Fianna girl gave nothing away, not forgetting the thankless job of Goalkeeper which went to the inspirational Norah Harney.

The introduction of hard working Ciara Trant put stop to any thought of more scores from the Kerry midfield and set Dublin on their way, the belief that was evident throughout the whole squad was plain to see and in years to come, if the rest of us are lucky enough, there will be more and more battles to match the roman pantheon style battle that was put on yesterday in the hills of Offaly.

In truth picking out one particular girl was way too tough for yours truly, Murphy mentioned to her teammates in her speech that they had done it together, the subs that came in from the superb Lorna Colgan to the cool headed but masterful Shauna Garvin and Emma Lennon all played their part and that is exactly what it was, a team effort channelled into one to achieve perfection.

Pearse Corcoran

Minor Championship Draws Made

 The Minor Football & Hurling Championship’s are nearly upon us and both teams are hard at work to try and achieve an excellent run this year.

 

The Minor "A" footballers have been drawn in the group of death alongside Raheny, St. Maurs and Ballyboden St. Endas in the A Championship

 

The Minor "B" footballers have been drawn alongside Raheny also with Skerries Harps and Crumlin.

 

The Minor Hurlers have been drawn in the B Championship alongside Naomh Fionnbarra, Kevins and Crumlin.

 

The footballers are out first on the 5th of September with the B’s playing Crumlin in Marley Park and the A team playing St. Maurs in Rush