U21 Championship Quarter Final

Our Under 21 footballers are in quarter final action tomorrow against Thomas Davis. The match is taking place on the All Weather Pitch at BCS at 2:30pm and all support is much appreciated. 

 

Photo Supplied by Brendan Donnelly

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Senior Hurlers chase the double

This Sunday could see our Senior Hurlers create even more history after winning the Dublin B Senior Championship. The lads take part in the AHL2 league final at 11am on Sunday morning. Having topped the league, they secured home advantage for the final which will take place in Marley Park against Naomh Mearnog. This promises to be an exciting game with the teams already drawing in the championship earlier this year 0-14 to 1-11. All support is very welcome to witness the lads try create history.

U21 Hurlers Overcome Vincents to Reach Round 3

Our Under 21 Hurling team overcame St Vincents on Saturday evening to move into the 3rd round of the Dublin Championship. They beat Vincents 2-13 to 2-10 on the All Weather Pitch in BCS. Solid performances from James Gilligan and Ronan Collins helped them over the line and there will be confidence in the camp moving on to round 3.

 

Photo Supplied by Brendan Donnelly

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BSJ to represent Dublin in Leinster

Craobh Chiaráin was the venue for the Dublin finals of Scór na nÓg on Wednesday and the large crowd which gathered to cheer on their young performers was treated to a feast of entertainment of the highest quality.

28 entries from 10 Clubs had won through to the Dublin Finals to compete across the 8 disciplines of Scór. Na Fianna danced their way to represent Dublin in the Leinster Céilí Dance semi finals and will be joined by Cuala who delighted the audience with their wonderful harmonies in the Ceol Uirlise competition.

Castlenock will also go forward to Leinster in the Aithriseoireacht and Nuachleas sections and will be joined by Naomh Peregrine who amazed the audience with their magnificent a cappello interpretation in the ballad competition.

Ballinteer St Johns will proudly represent Dublin in the Leinster stage of Scór na nÓg in Amhránaíocht Aonair, Tráth na gCeist, and Set Dancing. Our Ceol Uirlise team performed superbly but met stiff opposition from Cuala who took the cup.

Míle buíochas don tacaíocht íontach ó thuismitheoirí dílse agus an lucht leanúna ar fad.

Social Committee

Your New Social Committee!!

This year saw a changing of the guard on the Social committee. Thanks to the outgoing Committee Betty McCarthy, Jackie Lee, Mick Wren, Anne Hopkins, Maura Duffy and Gearoid Morohan.

Welcome to the new committee; Sean Lane, Aidain Larkin, Conor Dolan, Louise Hayes, Fiona Hayes and Gerry Watchorn.

The new committee has already organized a number of events and all the events so far have been really well supported which has made each one a great success.  This year’s social calendar in the club commenced with a fantastic fun Barbeque in the clubhouse on the 11 July.  There was also two very successful pre All – Ireland nights that took place on the 4th and 16th of September respectively. 

The fun continues into December with the Parish Cup Celebratory night on Saturday December 11th so come along and start your Christmas early.  On St Stephens day another great night is planned for your entertainment so whether you’ve being playing sport or hunting the wran there’ll be a big welcome in the clubhouse that night so come along early!  All going well this January, Sunday nights will be music nights.  

The committee would especially like to thank all the members and their friends who continue to be so supportive of these club social events.  We want all of our members and parents who give so much time and effort to the club on the sporting side to enjoy the great facilities we have on offer.   Come in and have a coffee watch a match bring a friend whatever you like it is your club you’re always welcome!  The committee want to give all our members the best possible choice of social events so if have any suggestions for any social events in 2011 please contact any member of the social committee, drop a note into the bar or why not email us on the following email address; social@ballinteerstjohns.com

This is YOUR club and we want to help YOU get the best out of it both on and off the field.  We look forward to meeting all our members over the Christmas period and into 2011.
 

Blue Star Nominations For Our Young Stars

 

This week the Blue Stars nominations for Gaelic Football and Hurling were announced and Ballinteer St Johns were duly proud to have three of our stars given a place on the shortlist.

 

On the football our Under 21 captain Jamie O’Connor was nominated for his fantastic performances in the Senior Football Championship, he got a spot on the full back line list and should be very confident to grab a place on the first 15.

 

In the hurling select the team was rewarded for the near perfect season with two nominations, one in the half back line in the guise of Fionan Clabby and the magnificent Joe Maher in the forwards.

 

Well done to all and the club wishes them the best of luck for the naming of the both 15.

U21 Hurlers in 2nd Round action this Saturday

Our Under 21 hurling team are in action again this Saturday in the second round on the Dublin ‘A’ Championship. They have the tough task of taking on St. Vincents, but with hurling in the club on a massive high and the match being in Marley Park, the lads have an extremely good chance of getting through to the third round. The match takes place at 14:30 and all support is much appreciated.

Ballinteer Hurlers Achieve Greatness

 A wonderful and fantastic performance set the scene for the warriors of the Ballinteer senior hurling team to achieve what always looked unachievable, a Senior hurling Championship. 28 years ago the founding members created a club to build a dynasty and foundation that will form a back bone of Dublin GAA and the hurling team today made sure that the club maintained that history that so many others had created.

The men in charge of moulding this team of hurlers into champions were aptly nicknamed the “four wise men”, they at the start of the year took over from where other great hurling men had left off, the manager Sean Lane set the teams sights on silverware. After years of development the feeling among the team was about achieving success but this was helped along the way through the expert coaching and astuteness of Lane’s selectors Liam Byrne, Frank Clabby and Eamonn Lawlor Snr.

The Ballinteer men started off at a frantic pace with Na Fianna looking out of sorts and with careful forward play from Joey Maher, Gavin Byrne, Cathal MacSealaigh and Ferghal Chambers Ballinteer managed to put the scoreline at an impressive 1-4 to 0-0 to leave the Ballinteer faithful fans wondering “just maybe”.

Lest not be forgotten where there is a great forward line there is a solid and hardworking midfield and defence not too far behind, on this day the grandiose James Gilligan and Keith Nolan got to work in erecting the mile high fences which stated “NO ENTRY”. The men were ably helped around the middle with the impressive Kevin Davis lending a hand with some great stick work aided also by the skilful and splendid Ciaran Lane the Ballinteer front eight made sure that any ball that flew out of the defensive trenches was fought for with every little bit of heart the guys had in them.

Going into half time the lads were up by two, 1-7 to 0-8, they knew how far they had come and how easy they might let it slip out of their grasp if they didn’t push on. When in times of deep and robust pressure however comes men of great stature, Ronan Collins, the deputy general of defence up beside his full back and Captain fantastic, Cormac O’Brien, stood firm in the face of Na Fianna and cleared the tide of sliotars away with ease not forgetting the final piece in this full back line jigsaw was the vital Jack Gilligan producing nerves of steel in the face of danger to keep the Mobhi Road men at arm’s length all day long.

The battle for supremacy of the middle flew back and forth and it was up to the gritty nature of the Johns half back line to stake their claim; at the heart of the line was the colossal Ruaidhri Donnelly, aided by the graceful and skilful Colm O’Rian and lest not forget the staggering performance by Fionan Clabby who swept up all before him and pointed magnificently to add to the fantastic performance by the whole team, not forgetting the most important member of any team, the goalkeeper, Denis Flanagan, was the eyes for the backs and kept the magnificent concentration levels up for the guys to keep the Na Fianna forwards at bay and added with the impact of sub Colm Morrissey the team will go down in folklore and the elder statesmen around the streets of Ballinteer will tell tales for years to come of the day that the majestic stick wizards of Ballinteer forayed into the realms of Senior “A” hurling for the first time ever picking up a Senior hurling championship on the way.

 

Photo Supplied by Brendan Donnelly

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Under 21 Footballers Brush Scoil Aside

 A great team performance was the catalyst for a good win in the first round of the Under 21 Football Championship out in St. Annes Park against Scoil Ui Chonaill on a result of 3-13 to 0-7. 

 

The team fought through out in a well battled contest with Scoil but always had enough in the tank to take the win.

 

Well Done to all concerned.