Under 14 B Camogie Fall Just Short of Feile Final

Ballinteer St John’s Camogie B team for Féile na nGael – Ath Cliath put in a gutsy performance in the Division 6 competition at Ballyboden St Enda’s GAA Club on Saturday, April 28th.

They fell just short of qualifying for Sunday’s final, a couple of points making all the difference over the course of three games.

Unfazed at the prospect of facing hosts Ballyboden in the opener, BSJ took an early lead but were pegged back by half time. Some extra firepower from the St Enda’s bench proved all the difference, and the hosts were flattered by the final scoreline of 7-1 to 2-0.

Heads never dropped from BSJ and, in the second fixture, they took an early lead against Raheny scoring two goals in quick succession. Raheny pegged back a goal and St John’s replied sending the sliotar over the bar after a free. The referee ruled it out, however, on the grounds the free was indirect.

A sucker-punch came in the final minutes as Raheny levelled the score. It finished 2-0 apiece.

The final match saw BSJ again take an early lead. Players were giving their all, and exceptional teamwork and skills proved they were more than a match for a strong Castleknock side. Depending on results elsewhere, the chance of a final berth loomed as the teams went into the final minutes all square.

A harsh free was awarded against BSJ and Castleknock took their chance, winning in the end by a point: 3-3 to 2-7.

Mentors Tom Kiely, Ken Fleming and Ann O’Regan couldn’t have been prouder of the team, whose level of commitment was a credit also to Jim Holland who coached many of the girls from the earliest years in the BSJ nursery.

Team: Moya Quigley (captain), Nessa Hynan, Zara Nelson, Jodi Morrisey, Ailis Holland, Luisagh Guerrine, Elizabeth O’Regan-Murphy, Alix White, Megan Humphreys, Ella Kiely, Maude O’Connell, Sarah Fleming, Alanah Carey, Shauna Holland, Amy O’Reilly, Grace O’Kane, Realta Lattimore, Sophie Fearon, Hazel Grady, Ellie Kearns.

Ballinteer Under 14s crowned Camogie Feile Division 3 Champions

Final:

What a game. What a finish. And what a way to win Feile.

Ballinteer Under 14s were crowned Division 3 Feile champions in the most dramatic and nail biting fashion when a goal with the last puck of the game sealed a 2-3 to 2-2 win over a strong Clontarf side.

With Ballinteer trailing 2-2 to 1-3  Katie Dillon stood up to a 45 to be told by the match referee it was the last puck of the game.

Having already struck 1-2 from placed balls, including a goal just a minute earlier, Katie held her nerve to drill the ball through a forest of Clontarf defenders to the back of the Clontarf net.

The referee blew the whistle on the re-start to cue joyous celebrations on the pitch and in the stand for the large crowd of BSJ supporters who travelled to Naomh Peregrine in west Dublin to cheer on the girls.

Clontarf had led from the opening minutes right to the last ball.  A goal in the closing stages put them 2-2 to 0-3 ahead with the finishing line in sight.

But a battling Ballinteer never dropped their heads and never gave up.  Their fighting spirit paid off when great team work won a free that Katie struck to the back of the net and the late 45 with time almost up.

Saturday – 28th  Group Stages and Semi – Final

It was the same spirit that carried them to the final through four tough games in a sun-splashed Naomh Mearnog on Saturday.

Determined to enjoy the occasion BSJ even went into battle with their colours war painted on their faces and legs.

In the sunshine a few may even have ended up with temporary sunburn tattoos where the club colours were painted on.

But it was their performances that were stamped with determination, hard work and an array of skills from high catching to super ball carrying and score taking that impressed the travelling support.

BSJ beat Naomh Maurs in a tough opening encounter coming out 2-4 to 1-3 winners.

They backed that up with a 1-2 to 1-0 victory over Na Fianna in a war of attrition.

It was one of a string of superb defensive displays from a brilliant back line helped with an assured goalkeeping performance from Cora McCarthy that laid the platform for their successful Feile run.

In their final group game they held local rivals Naomh Olaf scoreless while BSJ forwards bagged 2-3.

It was a feat they managed to repeat in the semi final against hosts Naomh Mearnog while scoring 1-4 to secure a spot in Sunday’s final.

BSJ conceded just one score over the final three games while forwards racked up 6-13 en route to the final.

All 19 girls on the panel brought their best hurling and a brilliant attitude to Feile, and were crowned worthy champions by five o’clock on Sunday.

Scorers over the 5 games
 
Scored 8-16
Scorers:
Katie Dillon 2-10
Saoirse Kavanagh 2-1
Eve Leslie  1-1
Lauren Burke 1-1
Juliet Moore  1-0
Sarah Wall  1-0
Ellen O’Callaghan 0-2
Rachel Cullen  0-1

Squad:
Cora McCarthy
Kate Mander
Ellen O’Callaghan
Ciara Kelly
Emily Adderley
Anu Ni Mhuirgheasa
Keela Rigby
Saoirse Kavanagh
Eve Leslie
Rachel Cullen (captain)
Katie Dillon 
Isabelle Mulholland 
Juliet Moore 
Hannah Whyte 
Sarah Wall
Alice Keoghan 
Grace Lynch 
Lauren Burke 
Laura O’Connor 

Mentors:
Barry McCarthy
Shane Adderley
Kathy Cullen
Neil Leslie.

Under 13 Hurling weekend Review

Under 13s A hurlers came out with a 4pts win against Skerries in a very tight match on Thursday, The lads dug deep and there was nothing between the teams ..Good to get a win under there belt and it give the lads some confidence going into our next game, it’s a long way to go midweek for a match but it’s great when you come back with the points..well done lads

Final score Balinteer St Johns 4.06 Skerries 3.05

Great team performance well done boys

U15 footballers progress in Championship and U14s record second win

Under 14s

Our Under 14s had an excellent team performance and win against Ballyboden last weekend. BSJ 4-17 Boden 4-5. The lads settled into an early lead with scores from players from a number of sources. This our 2nd win in Division 1 so is a good milestone to have achieved.

Under 15s

The U15 boys advanced to the next round of the U15 A football championship with a win over Clontarf at the weekend. After a thrilling game, played at championship intensity, it appeared that BSJ had done enough in normal time only for Clontarf to salvage a dramatic draw at the death to force Extra Time. Despite the setback of conceding the late equaliser the BSJ boys showed tremendous resolve and spirit to play some fantastic football in the extra period and book their place in the next round. All of the panel contributed over 80 minutes of a high quality team performance to secure a deserved victory and a place in the Quarter Final. Next up is a fixture versus Erin’s Isle in 2 weeks’ time for a place in the County Semi Final.

Under 16s

BSJ 2-9 BBSE 3-8 – After a fantastic start to the season the Under 16s suffered there first loss in a pulsating game against near rivals Ballyboden. BSJ started well with points from Conor Browne, Liam Fenton & Jack Lundy but a break away goal brought Boden right into it. BSJ responded with a goal from Conor Browne to re-establish a 4 point lead. Boden responded with a second goal and led by one point at halftime. BSJ fell further behind in the second half and trailed by 7 points. With 15 minutes remaining Boden had a played dismissed and BSJ responded with 1-4 unanswered – including a goal from sub Adam O’Brien to draw level. Both sides had chances to win it – BSJ missing two frees before Boden scored 2 injury time points to take it at the death.

Junior As & Bs win as Judes prove too much for Senior Footballers

Senior Football

Our Senior Footballers took on St. Judes in their opening game of the Senior Football Championship on Saturday in O’Toole Park. After a slow start to the game, BSJ battled back in the second 15 minutes of the first half to hit 4 points in a row to go in 2 points down at the break. A bright start to the second half saw them score twice early on, getting it back to a one point game but Judes then went up a few gears and pulled

Junior A Football

The Junior A team took on Whitehall on the All Weather Pitch on Sunday morning. On a very wet morning, the lads dug in to ground out a 6 point win. A goal with 10 minutes to go being the crucial score that put the tie to bed. A high ball in from Ciaran Gormley from outside the 45 caused confusion in the squar. Eoin Walsh jumped with the goalkeeper and the ball ended up in the net. In true Harry Kane style – Eoin Walsh ran away with one arm raised! Also a superb performance put in by centre-forward Peter Flanagan. Final score 2-11 to 0-11

Junior B Football

Our Junior Bs played Scoil Ui Chonaill in Alfie Byrne All Wether Pitch in Clontarf, also on Sunday morning. They were also on the right end of a fantastic 6 point victory – turning over a 7 point defeat from last year. Superb performances from Brian Monahan and Frankie Ward and a two goal salvo from John Hickey insured BSJ were always comfortable and the game eventually finished 3-11 to 1-11.