Great win for Senior 5 Camogie as Senior 2’s just come up short

Our senior girls were up against Erin’s Isle in round 3 of the Senior 2 league last week. It was a good trial run for championship early in the year as their opponents have been used to playing at Senior 1 level.

Erin’s Isle got off to a flying start with 2 early goals. Ballinteer took some time to settle into the game but began to put some early scores on the board. Points from Grace O’Shea and Aoife Kelly began to tally up and a free from Fiona Hayes found the back of the net leaving the score line going in at half time with Isles ahead by 2.4 to 1.4.

The second half started in similar fashion with Isles starting strong to pull ahead with scores in quick succession. Another goal put them 9 points ahead and it looked like it was game over. However, Ballinteer showed their determination and grit to never throw in the towel and began to pull back with some fine scores. A goal from Amy Burke and scores from Fiona Hayes and Louise O’Shea narrowed the margin. When the ball hit the back of the net once more the deficit was down to just 2 points and Ballinteer were in full gear. They kept pressing the Erin’s Isle goal and it looked sure that the match was going to have a fairytale finish but the Erins Isle keeper held strong with some spectacular saves. One last break for Erins Isle finished in a goal with almost the last puck of the ball and the home side won out 4.9 to 3.7. A disappointing result but great positives to be taken for the senior 2 girls.

Our senior 5 girls were also in action on Thursday evening down in our neighbours yard, Kilmacud Crokes. Having started with 2 wins from 2 the girls were keen to keep the momentum going and they started strong, pulling away with some early scores from Maria Rooney, Emma Johnson and Caroline Kenny. Goals from Emma Lane, Megan Broe and Brona Fagan further added to the tally and the girls went in at half time 4.5 to 0.1 in front.

The second half began well and again scores seemed easy to come by for Ballinteer. They showed great determination to keep pushing on untill the end and showed no signs of easing up. They kept Kilmacud scoreless in the second half, a testiment to the ruthless defence. The final score was an impressive 4.10 to 1.0 and puts the girls in a very strong position in the league,

Next up our seniors are at home to Skerries on Tues 26th April and juniors are at home to St Brigids on Thursday 28th. Both games throw in at 7.30 and all support is welcome

Under 14 Camogie Feile Champions

A great day of celebration on Sunday 24th throughout Ireland, but no more than in O`Toole Park, as Ballinteer St Johns won their Camogie Feile Final versus Good Counsel. The previous day was exceptionally long in St. Peregrines who were excellent hosts of the Division 3 feile.

Our first game was against St. Olafs, who as expected of a local rivalry, put up stiff opposition but in the second half BSJ prevailed.
Next up was Naomh Finbarrs, BSJ were down a goal and point early on and with the short games it was crucial that they got back in to the game. This they did with some great forward play by Molly O’Carroll and Aoife Clancy. Members of the 03 squad were to the forefront in this game especially Rebak Fitzpatrick and Anna Watters. Finbarrs went into the 2nd half knowing that playing downhill was advantage, but the back line stood firm, with Eva O Donoghue very prominent and Niamh Moriss, Naoise Stack and Lelya Hebe. Grace Dent ensured that forwards scored with every opportunity that was presented to them, no more than Jenny Andrews and Ashling McDonnell.

The last game in the group was against Skerries, who put up a spirited display but found it difficult to deal with Hannah Mulholland organising midfield and Jenny Rose Hayden dominant in the half forward line. Katie Dillion, Emer Ni Chiarain and Katie O’Reilly were excellent in defence. The 2nd half saw Lara Nathan, Robyn McLoughlin, the two “Pine Valley scoring machines”, and Molly Sheehan ensuring that the Skerries backs had nothing easy.

The semi –Final was delayed due to a play off in the other group, this meant there was longer than expected downtime. St. Maurs who top the league were the opposition. The warm up to the game was excellent, great focus on the job to be done. BSJ tore into Maurs, it was great performance. Ellie Dornan was excellent in the half back line while Rachel Dolan was showing great leadership qualities. Grace Dent was making great runs and passing to Jenny Andrews who scored a goal or two. Then Kayelyn Foley came on and followed on with a great performance. Defence was key again with Eva O Donoghue, Emer and Anna excellent. The large number of supporters cheered loudly at the final whistle. On a warm day the girls were exhausted as well as the supporters. What great support they gave the girls from 10am to 6.30pm that evening. The team were especially delighted for Faye Flynn, who missed out through injury.

Sundays final was against Good Counsel in O’Toole Park. There was shuffle in the team, we moved Grace Dent into goal and in midfield was Rachel Dolan and Jenny Rose Hayden. Early excellent point from Rachel Dolan, helped ease the nerves but Good Counsel found Jenny Andrews difficult to manage and it was no surprise that she got early goal. In the backs, Ella Quinn Glennon, who had fabulous Saturday, continued where she left off. She was dominant at Centre Back, nothing was going past and she attacked with speed and purpose. Half time was 1-2 tp 0-1.

The second half continued in the same vein with BSJ soon adding points. Grace Dent moved outfield, with Jenny Rose Hayden in goals. Grace and Ellie added points. Before another goal by Jenny Andrews. Then Good Counsel scored a wonderful goal from distance, that would grace any senior game. Eve O’Donoghue and those ensured that the back line would not be breached close in. But Hannah Mullholland rallied and went on great run to score a lovely point. Finally, Captain Rachel Dolan scored a point from 45 at the end of game, to finish 2-7 to 1-2.

Mentors Tony Dillon and Karen Donovan and Conor, were delighted with the result. But also owe great depth of gratitude to Oisin Power, who assisted on Saturday as Tony was attending his Daughter`s Libby confirmation but arrived for the 2nd game, but Oisin stayed and gave of his time freely.

Finally, thank you to the great support we had on Sunday and in addition to David Watters who captured so many memorable moments over the weekend.

By Conor Dolan

May Festival Saturday 30th April

Our annual BSJ Festival takes place on Saturday 30th April the May Bank Holiday weekend. Come along from 1-30pm to 6-00pm and enjoy all the fun, games, face painting music and BBQ. Plenty for all the family and friends to enjoy. Earlier in the morning from 10-30am to about 1-00pm you can support our under 14 boys team in the Dublin Football Féile which will be played on Pitch1 & 2.


Camogie girls do the double over Faughs

The Senior 2 camogie team started off their league campaign with a well ground out win in Marlay park on Tuesday evening.Their opponents were the newly promoted Faughs and after a fantastic season last year and a long break from competitive action the girls were raring to go and looking to get some points on the board. They played down the hill in the first half and scores were hard to come by. Points from Aoife Kelly, Louise O’Shea and Maria Rooney meant the girls went in at the break 5 points to 4 to the good.

They knew what was needed in the second half and they had to dig deep to hang in. Faughs proved they were not coming up to senior 2 merely to make up the numbers and kept within a point or two of the Ballinteer girls throughout making for a very competitive game. Points from Grace O’Shea and Fiona Hayes increased the tally. The defense were kept on their toes but eventually the experience of the county champions held firm and they won out with a scoreline of 0.11 to 0.8.

It was a case of deja vu on Thursday evening as Faughs were again the opponents for the newly promoted senior 5 camogie girls out in Templeogue. It was a Senior 5 debut for both teams as we had moved up from playing at senior 7 due some league restructuring and Faughs had won out the Senior 6 league last year. It was a tight first half played in awful conditions. The Ballinteer girls showed good resilience and recovered well from any early Faughs goal to go in 0.3 to 1.0 at the break with scores from Caroline Kenny, Siobhra Andrews and Maria Rooney.

In the second half the Ballinteer girls began to pull away. Goals from Emma Lane, Emma Johnson and Asha Heibe put the girls on top. Points from Roisin Nic Uilleagoid and Brona Fagan and a last minute free which ended up in the back of the net from Caroline Kenny meant that the girls finished strong with a final scoreline of 4.5 to 1.2.

A great start to the league campaign for both camogie teams.

Next up has the Senior 2 girls away to St Vincents on Tuesday 12th April and the Senior 5 girls at home to Cuala on Thurs 14th April.  All support welcome!

Seniors and Junior As Footballers Record League Wins

Our Senior footballers took on St Pats of Donabate in Donabate on Saturday and recored a victory over them for the first time in recent memory. Always a tough place to go, the lads expected a tight affair and the weather conditions made sure it wouldn’t be a stylish game.

Leading 0-06 : 0-04 at the break Ballinteer dominated possesion and were unlucky to only be two points ahead at half time. Pats came out flying in the second half and kicked two scores to Ballinteer’s one in the opening minutes to leave just a point in the difference. However a superbly worked goal finished off by Shane McCann stretched Ballinteers lead and they never looked back. Some fine scores from Fearghal Duffy, Robbie Gaughan and a returning Ciaran Judge helped Ballinteer to a 1-14 to 0-06 victory in the end. They also had some fantastic performances in defence with Davy Devereux and Jamie O’Connor standing out in particular.

Our Junior As also had a tricky encounter against St Sylvesters in Marley Park on Sunday morning and won a very tight affair 0-08 to 0-07. Some great scores in the first half from Peter McGlynn and Paul Farrell kept Ballinteer in touch at half time and trailing 0-05 to 0-03. A cagey second half turned to excitement as Sean Smith pulled Ballinteer level at 7 points a piece in injury time. There was time for one last attack however and a beauty from Paul Farrell snuck over the cross bar with the last kick of the game to hand Ballinteer the victory.

Our Junior Bs game was postponed while our Junior Cs went down to St Annes 4-06 to 1-11 in a very exciting encounter in Loretto Park on Sunday afternoon.