Minor Hurling thrilling Semi Final Championship Win

Sunday morning on the AWP St Johns Minor hurlers took on Fingallians in the semi-final of the Minor B Championship. The weather conditions were not favourable for hurling with a severe wind blowing down the pitch from BCS end. A great crowd from both sides took whatever shelter they could and settled in for a thrilling match. Fingallians had wind (gale) advantage in the first half and went about trying to put a score up which would be difficult for St Johns to chase down.

St Johns mentors set the team up with two in the forward line and rest of the team behind the ball. It was pressure on the St Johns backs right from the start. The lads scrapped and fought for everything in the first half making it difficult for Fingallians to get easy scores. Simon O’Reilly and Paddy Hopkins drove their backs on and made the opposition work hard for every ball. Up front Micheal Cronin and Tom Ahearne worked incredibly hard to hold whatever ball came up to them for as long as possible in difficult circumstances. Fingallians were playing good hurling picking scores off from play and slotting over frees. Supporters worried if St Johns could stay with them and keep the deficit down. A few good breaks out of defence led by Patrick O’Reilly and Barry Mannion in midfield helped St Johns pick off a couple of scores. Sean Casserly had his shooting eye in from frees which would make a difference right through the match. Fingallians picked their scores but couldn’t break down the Ballinteer defence to get that elusive goal. The first half ended Fingallians 0-11 St Johns 0-4 and supporters debated if the deficit could be overhauled in the second half.

When the teams turned around for the second half you could see the focus from St Johns players. They immediately pushed up and knocked over two lovely points. It was a case of patience, playing clever hurling, no wild shooting and take your points. As in the first half Sean Casserly was superb from the dead-ball with a personal tally of 10pts from play and frees. St Johns kept the pressure on and got back level with about 15 minutes to go. Barry Mannion and Patrick O’Reilly chipped in with a couple of super scores to put St Johns two up. Fingallians were not finished and started to come back in to the match. Supporters were getting anxious as they felt another couple of scores were needed. Then Fingallians won a free around the Ballinteer 21 meter line on left hand side. They played the ball back to a free player who was winding up to slot the ball over. Barry Mannion raced out and executed a superb block. He picked up the ball broke out and played it forward to Padraic O’hEither who pucked it over the bar. This was the turning point in the game as it went from Fingallians potentially pulling the match back to a one point game now it was 3 points ahead for Ballinteer. After that moment it was a matter of St Johns playing the game out for the last few minutes eventually coming out winners with the final score Ballinteer 0-18 Fingallians 0-12. Well done to all the players and mentors on a fantastic achievement. Thanks to all the supporters who braved the elements it was worth it. The win gives everyone in the club a Minor County Final to look forward to.

Team: Jack Kennally, Patrick Hopkins, Simon O’Reilly, Stephen Mulvaney, Ciaran Rafter, Eoghan FitzPatrick, Joe Waters, Patrick O’Reilly 0-2, Barry Mannion 0-3, Jack Ball 0-1, Sean Casserly 0-10, Padraic O’hEithir 0-1, Micheal O’Cronin, Tadhg Brennan 0-1, Tom Ahearne. Subs: Cathal Kissane for Ahearne, Cian Shelly for Ball, Cian O’Dwyer for Brennan, Michael Sutton Jack Walsh, Sean Roe, Eoin O’Callanain.

Mentors: Shane Casserly, Hugh Carroll, Fionan Clabby and Oisín Power.

Minor Hurling Semi Final Championship AWP Sunday 11am.

Our Minor Hurling team are in action Sunday morning at 11am on the AWP in a Semi-Final B Championship match vs. Fingallians. The lads are coming off a very successful round robin campaign winning all three matches and then a comprehensive win against St Judes in the quarter finals. They are looking to go one better than last year and reach the Final. Please come out and support them on Sunday.


Sam Maguire visits Ballinteer

Sam Maguire paid a visit to the schools in our area this week. There was great excitement and anticipation as you can imagine from all the kids. It was great to see plenty of Dublin shirts and BSJ colours. Over the course of the day Sam took a short trip over to Marlay Nursing home and to finish things off spent the night in Ballinteer St Johns club house. Thanks to Nick Deveraux for taking the time out to bring Sam on its Ballinteer Tour. “Come on “The Boys in Blue.”

Fixtures Sat 7th – Sun 8th November

Plenty of matches over the weekend. First up on Saturday are the Minor Ladies football at 2-30pm in a championship shield semi final away to Clontarf. On Sunday at 1-30pm the U16 Ladies football team have a division 1 Championship Final away to Kilmacud Crokes. Also on Sunday the two Junior hurling teams are in action in top 4 league playoffs. All fixture details below.

Saturday 7th Nov
Team Time Venue Opposition
U21 Football 14-30 12th Lock Lucan Sarsfields
U13 Div1 Football 14-30 Thomastown Cuala A
U13 Div7 Football 14-45 BCS AWP St Judes
U16 Div3 Football 14-30 Rolestown Fingal Ravens
Minor Ladies FB Div2 Shield S/F 14-30 St Annes P34 Clontarf
U13 Div2 Ladies FB Shield Final 15-00 Kilboggett Pk Foxrock
Sunday 8th Nov
Team Time Venue Opposition
Jnr A Hurling Top 4 playoff 12-00 Marley P2 Kilmacud Crokes
Jnr B Hurling Top 4 playoff 14-30 Marley P2 Clontarf
Minor E Football 11-00 St Annes Clontarf
U16 Div1 Ladies FB C/ship Final 13-30 Somerton Kilmacud Crokes

BSJ “Owns” Halloween

If ever a club was meant to take over Halloween it’s ours! We had some great Orange & Black Halloween fun this year. The Nursery kids & mentors, dressed up for their Saturday morning training session.

We named our enormous spider – Big Spider John. There were over 100 competition entries. Our chairman was given the job of picking the best name. 3 girls came up with the winning name.  Well done Niamh Ni Bhaoighill, Aisling Gannon and Isabel Keddy. Each girl gets a cosy BSJ Hoodie

There were other wonderful suggestions too such as Ballinfear & Michael Darragh MacCrawley!

Big Spider John is now in hibernation till next year. Louise Minogue single handedly made B.S.J. and a small army led by K.B. put him in place

The wonderful Halloween silhouettes in the upstairs windows of the clubhouse were designed especially for BSJ by local artist Jill French and were a fab mix of Quidditch & GAA!