BSJ Christmas Tree Collection

Are you looking to get rid of the stress of disposing of your Christmas tree this year? Let us take care of that for you. For a small donation of  €5, we will come to your house to take away your Christmas tree. See more details on the flyer below.

Christmas Raffle Result

Thanks to everyone who bought tickets in the Christmas Raffle. We had 9 super prizes with many of the kids looking to win the Gorilla or the Unicorns. The draw was help last night at The Player of The Year Award in the club. The winners are:

1st     Gorilla                         Johnny Monohan
2nd   Unicorn                       Michael O Siochru
3rd    Unicorn                       Colman Burke
4th    Hamper                       Brian Byrne
5th    Hamper                       Paddy Gleeson
6th    Rainbow Bear           Don Reddan
7th    Dog Teddy                  Lisa Murphy
8th    Cheeky Monkey        Collette Howlett
9th    Cheeky Monkey        Jack Cronin

U16 Ladies Win the Division 1 Championship Title Again!

Niamh Bennett, Laura Hayes, Aislinn Farrell, Eile Keenan, Avril Cullen, Ciara Walsh, Niamh Carey, Laura Joye, Grace Mcloughlin, Michelle Carey, Sadhbh nic Uileagoid, Katie Fearon, Siobhra Andrews, Isabel Colleran, Niamh Sheehan, Eavan Fitzgerald, Suzanne Fitzsimons, Ali O’ Leary, Anne Whelan, Allanah O Connor, Dearbhla Nolan, Isobel Cullen, Kevin Carey, Sue McDonagh, Sinead Bennett

In their last year together they saved the best till last. These girls have played the most incredible football this year and literally blown very strong teams away with what can only be described as superlative football. It’s a wonderful style, inspired by Kevin Sue and Sinead, based on attack with a capital A, a very solid defensive unit (with a sweeper) and unique empathy between the players that allows them to cut defences to shreds and score some wonderful goals and points. Prior to the semi-final and final we have scored 36 goals against top class opposition. It was the usual division one suspects of Fingallians, Foxrock Cabinteely, Clontarf (the 2015 League Champions), Kilmacud Crokes (last year’s winners) and our local rival St Enda Ballyboden who we beat in the 2013 Championship final. No weak teams and on their day each more than capable of beating us. We won four of our games and lost one and hence topped the table. We got a home advantage in Marley against St Enda’s,  Ballyboden, the one team that had beaten us three times in out last three outings. The stakes were higher for this game, it mattered.

Match REPORT: Semi Final Balinteer V St Enda’s Sunday 31 October 12 am kick off Marley Park

St Enda came into this game very confident but they met a team that had moved into a higher gear since their last encounter. BSJ dominated the play yet with ten minutes to go it was all square. St Enda’s had clawed their way back into the game after BSJ missed opportunity after opportunity.

St Enda’s attacks increased and the BSJ supporters were very nervous. I noticed a few parents physically kicking their legs in the air to clear an imaginary ball and a few healthy barneys started on the side line and behind the goal. Everything was a stake and tempers were frayed! Great gas. Our girls needed to do something and do it fast.

Our defence yet again proved impenetrable and withstood the onslaught by closing down the dangerous attackers.   There were a few scary calls by the referee. Will he yellow card a player? A moment of calm as the keeper of the championship Laura Hayes kicked out to Eavan who passed to Eile under pressure, she kicked to Laura Joye and Laura passed to Katie who found Siobhra. Siobhra went on one of her weaving runs that left 4 players chasing space. Cometh the hour…the sideline crowd moved forward in anticipation. She ran towards goal from the right side of the pitch skirting the line. Hearts beating on the side line as she passed perfectly to Niamh S who coolly and calmly collected the ball then dropped it onto her bionic right foot and smashed the ball into the back of the net. A four point lead… the parents began to believe. Then Niamh C (I estimate she ran a half marathon on the pitch that day) broke from defense and found Katie who beat two for the ball after a dog fight and nailed the ball into the back of the net as she collapsed on the ground. Goals from Siadbh, Grace, Michelle and Katie followed. The last 6 minutes we got a scored a minute. Incredible football and the parents literally leapt for joy on the side line. In fairness the final score did not reflect St. Enda’s effort and skill. They met a team performing at their very best and had no reply.

MATCH REPORT: Final Ballinter St John’s V Kilmacud Crokes, St Bridgets, Castleknock 1.30 Sunday 8th November 2015

This was one of the wettest days of the year and Thank God for all weather pitches! What a game! It’s was unreal with skill levels and passing from both teams that belied the dreadful weather.  We dominated the first 15 minutes but missed more than we scored. Then Crokes attacked and despite facing a strong wind finished every attack with either a point or a goal. Memories of last year’s final came flooding back where they scored goals at will against us. BSJ dominance ended and possession was 50 50 for the rest of the half.  Half time score 1-7 to 2-4 and Kilmacud felt confident with the wind at their back in the second half. Our only solace was that if Kilmacud could play so effectively into the wind so could we. The bounce of the ball seemed to be going Kilmacud’s way and with 13 minutes to go we were behind by 4 points. It was time for the girls to move up a gear.  A turning point happened when Kilmacud broke and created enough space to give two attackers a clear run at goal. There was only one defender between Laura and the goal, Eile Keenan. In a flash Eile suddenly de-possessed the ball from the attacker who looked as if Paul Daniels had just tricked her. She run out of defense and made an excellent pass to the equally reliable and solid Eavan. The danger was over. I suspect if they’d have scored, it would have been game over. A pivotal moment.

Then I heard the “Click” and then we witnessed a moment of great beauty.  A move down the left wing involving Grace, Niamh and Siadbh led a beautiful pass into Niamh S. She caught the clean pass and smashed the ball into the back of the net. What a goal! Game on.  BSJ could smell victory and they went in for the kill. Waves of attacks started and Kilmacud were on the back foot.  Points started to clock up and Michelle, Siadbh and Niamh started finding space. On one attack Siobhra was fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded. As cool as ice Niamh took her time, set the ball and calmly found the right corner.  When the ball was kicked out by Kilmacud and ended up in Graces hands in mid field the mentors screamed ”Hold onto the ball.” The parent’s sibling and relations and friends joined in “Just hold onto the ball” and to be honest a few of the Kilmacud parents got confused and joined in as well. In fairness we did not need to tell them what to do, they know how to close out a games.

The dominance continued as Kilmacud gave away a few frees that Michelle slotted over. Another attack and a pass to Katie close to the line. Time seemed to stop (again) as the defender held her in a kindly bear hug. Katie somehow broke free and scored. The crowd went crazy, we were seven ahead with only a minute or two remaining.

“HOLD onto the ball” we all screamed. They did a Munster and closed the game down not allowing Kilmacud any sight of the ball. What another display from this special team. They are so complete and the sum of the parts is greater the individuals involved. No dominant stars just a very compete team well drilled and well mentored. The crowd was in seventh heaven with two Division 1 titles in three years! The first time that BSJ club has ever achieved this!

To Kevin Sinead and Sue BIG THANKS, you clocked up so many hours of your free time over the years. You are super role models for the girls. What a great bunch of parents who will continue to be my friends into the future. The team created a real sense of community and a unique bond that is hard to replicate. Great ending to a magical nine year journey.  Isn’t this what St Johns and GAA is all about!

Photos just click here Photos of Final and Semi Final

Minor Hurling Championship Final

Sunday morning on the AWP Ballinteer Minor Hurlers took on Cuala in the B Championship Final. There was a great atmosphere at the pitch with a huge crowd in attendance. The weather had picked up from the previous two days of high winds and rain. Ballinteer played in to the St Attractas end in the first half with a slight wind in assistance. It took a little time for both teams to settle down with a few missed scoring chances from St Johns early on. The match settled down and you could see it was going to be a close encounter with scoring pretty even from both sides. The free takers were on form with Sean Casserly from St Johns slotting over a couple of nice frees which helped settle the team. Mid way through the second half Patrick O’Reilly surged forward on a couple of occasions to slot home two huge points. This helped give momentum to St Johns who went in at half time 0-8 to 0-5 ahead.

The teams turned around for the second half and it was clear from the first few exchanges that the Cuala lads had upped the tempo and started putting pressure on the Ballinteer backline. A few frees were conceded which were punished ruthlessly by Cuala. Mid way through the second half Cuala levelled the match at 10 points each. It was a case of which team would find that little bit extra to kick on and take the match. Cuala slotted over a huge free from inside their own half to edge one point ahead. To their credit the Ballinteer lads responded with a great point from Tom Ahearne to bring the match level again. The next few scores would be vital with Cuala picking off a long range point which for a few seconds while the referee and linesmen deliberated the fans didn’t know which way they would call it. The point was awarded to Cuala and it seemed to give them a boost. The last few minutes were a real battle with the Cuala team coming out on top on a final score of Cuala 0-16 St Johns 0-11.

It was bitter disappointment for the St Johns team, mentors and supporters on the day. The lads had given so much through the whole campaign it was tough to see the cup going to the Dalkey team. Congratulations to Cuala they played very well and ran out deserving winners. Our congratulations and thanks to the St Johns team and mentors you did the club proud right through the campaign.

Team: Jack Kennally, Patrick Hopkins, Simon O’Reilly, Stephen Mulvaney, Ciaran Rafter, Eoghan FitzPatrick, Joe Waters, Patrick O’Reilly 0-2,  Barry Mannion,  Jack Ball,  Sean Casserly 0-8,  Padraic O’hEithir,  Micheal O’Cronin, Tadhg Brennan, Tom Ahearne  0-1,  Subs: Cathal Kissane for Ball,  Cian Shelly for O’hEithir, Cian O’Dwyer for Brennan, Michael Sutton, Jack Walsh, Sean Roe.

Injured: Ben Broderick, Brian Smith, Joe Barcoe, Conor Meegan, and Evan O’Flaherty.

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

BSJ 2015 Yearbook

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U14 Hurling Div2 League Champions Celebrating Success

Éacht ! Gaisce ! Ba mhaith le Cumann Naoimh Eoin treaslú le curaidh iomána faoi 14 de chuid an chlub. Bhuaigh siad Roinn 2 le déanaí, rud a chiallaíonn go mbeidh siad ag imirt I Roinn a haon an bhliain seo chugainn. Nach iontach an sceal é !

What an unbelievable year it has been for these marvellous young hurlers! The superb management team of Shane Casserly, Martin Tully, Colman Morrisey, Ronan Kelly and Eric Graham had their backs to the wall from the outset due to the limited number of players at their disposal – 16 at last count! Nevertheless, Shane had utter belief in this team and his hopes and ambitions for them were boundless. How angry we all were then that the elements had conspired against this exceptional group of young hurlers on that weekend in May when they were obliged to play in the group stages of the Féile in horribly wet and cold conditions, conditions which hindered rather than enhanced good hurling and hurlers.

The failure to do well in the Féile, rather than proving a barrier acted as a catalyst to both players and mentors alike. It was as if they felt they had underachieved and that they all felt obliged to knuckle down even more and show how good they really were. And did they do this in style? They surely did!!

It is a joy to see and marvel at how well these young men play the game of hurling. Throughout the season the team had a solid spine, starting off with Zak Bowker in goal, Fionnán Church at full back, Iain ó hÉithir mar leathchúlaí lár, Séamas Fenton and Jack Kelly in midfield, Dáire Casserly and Fiachra O’Muirgheasa in the half forward line and Páraic MacLochlainn istigh ar an gcearnóg. The other players all played their part and rather than being a group made up of some very talented individuals, it was a team made up of a sum of its parts. Each member was seen as a key cog in a machine which mowed all before it! Thus there were days when Matthew Tully played his “ stormer “ and the irrepressible Harry Ball proved unmarkable in a number of key fixtures.

The first day that I realised how good this group is, was in May up in Marlay Park when they annihilated a much-fancied St. Bridgid’s team. One of the best hurlers that day was Harry Ball in at corner forward who had the poor back marking him pulling his hair in frustration as he failed to curb Harry’s enthusiasm.

Another highlight of the year was the manner in which they destroyed Raheny, the recently crowned Féile champions, away in St. Anne’s Park at the end of June. The manager of Raheny came over at the end of the game and paid tribute to the standard of hurling exhibited by our lads, saying it was the highest quality of hurling he had seen at that age group all year. Shane Casserly was extremely happy that evening and he gave special praise to Oisín Cronin and Jake Graham for their particular performances.

Move on a few months to October 3rd in Tymon North where we were playing Faughs away. Faughs were struggling up to then and many thought it was just a matter of turning up. However they gave us the fright of our lives. Our quality of play wasn’t its usual brilliant and the scores weren’t coming as freely as in other fixtures. Injuries to a few key players also made it that bit more difficult for us. However, despite all this, John’s dug deep. This, for me, was when the guys proved themselves to be full of spirit and determination. No way were the likes of Jack, Iain, Séamas and Fiachra going to lie down and concede defeat to Faughs. They fought hard and eventually eked out a narrow victory, a victory which was crucial because it meant that we finished top of the table and guaranteed a home fixture in the final against Sylvesters.

And the Day of Judgement came on November 14. A fine and sporting game was played and it was nip and tuck throughout, both sides had their time during the game when they looked as if they would go on and win. However, Dáire’s accurate free taking, the fire-in – the – belly shown by all the lads and that never-say- die attitude instilled into them by their mentors throughout the year meant that the title was coming back to St. Johns.

It would be negligent not to mention the contribution of the U13s and indeed the U12s, all brave and skilful young men who stepped into the breach throughout the year, including the final, when the team was short.

Well done to all involved for making this happen. The club is extremely proud of, and grateful to, you all! Comhghairdeas libh go léir agus beirigí bua!

2015 U14 Division 2 Hurling League Final

Ballinteer St Johns     1-11             St Sylvesters       2-7

Team: Zac Bowker, Mark Dalton, Fionnán Church, Oisín Cronin, Keelan Barry, Iain O’hEithir, Matthew Tully, Jack Kelly, Seamus Fenton, Dáire Casserly, Páraic O’Ciaruain, Fiachra O’Muirgheasa, Jake Graham, Páraic MacLoughlainn, Harry Ball, Eoin Priestley, Liam Fenton, Liam Smith, Ronan Cullen, Luke Cullen, Oisín Brennan, Conor Seoige.

Mentors: Shane Casserly, Martin Tully, Colman Morrisey, Ronan Kelly and Eric Graham

Minor Hurling C’ship Final, U21 Football C’ship Semi-Final & Minor Camogie C’ship this Weekend

This weekend proves to be an historic weekend for our club with two teams involved in the business end of Championships and another hoping to get into the next round. On Sunday morning at 11am our Minor Hurlers are in B Championship Final action against Cuala on our all weather pitch. Having overcome Fingallians last week in the Semi-Final the lads will be lucky for a similar performance to get past the Dalkey men on Sunday morning.

Before that action, on Saturday afternoon our Under 21 footballers take on St. Brigids in the B Championship Semi-Final at 2:15 in Russell Park. After great wins over Na Fianna and Lucan in the last two rounds, the Navan Road men stand between them and the final.

Also on Saturday at 2:30, our Minor Camogie team take on Kilmacud Crokes in Championship action in Silver Park. With two wins from two against Faughs and St. Olafs already the girls will be looking to get to register their third victory and guarantee their route into the next round.

All support is very welcome for these three matches over the weekend.