2008 Girls end of season Go Games blitz U10 v St Judes

The 2008 Girls ended their season with a ladies gaelic football blitz against St. Judes. Over 60 U10 girls played 3 matches in glorious sunshine providing a thrilling display of football skills for their many spectators.

BSJ football coach Morgan Goggins said: “We’ve been working on specific defensive skills with the girls over the last few months as well as aiming to perfect their solo, kicking with both feet and working the ball as a team. I’m delighted to see the way they have ended their season today”.

The girls take a break now from Go Games for the summer and will start back at the end of August.

Charlotte Brenner said: “This group of girls work hard on the pitch & at training and have become great friends off it. Always in good form they are a joy to coach at both camogie and football. As a group of mentors we are very proud of them and look forward to welcoming them back in September”

Adult Hurling teams keep promotion hopes alive

Senior Hurling

On Tuesday night our Senior hurlers were back in league action away to Erin’s Isle. Travelling across the city midweek is never an easy task but the lads were looking to keep there unbeaten record in the league going and once the ball was thrown in it was clear that they were up for the task. Some great points from Tom Ahern, Joe Maher and Aodhan Clabby and some solid defending at the back from Brian Smith helped Johns control the opening half. As was to be expected Erin Isle didn’t lie back and accept defeat easily and got 2 goals for themselves and it could have been more if it wasn’t for a fine save by Seanie Lane. Clabby got the goal for Ballinteer and the lads Stay top of the league with 6 wins from 6.

Final Score BSJ 1.19 Erins Isle 2.08

 

Junior A Hurling

Sunday Morning and our Junior Hurlers were at home to Clanna Gael. Having already played in the championship Johns knew that this would be a tough test. The first half was a tight affair and a late goal just before the half time whistle for Clanna Gael saw  the teams go in level at the break. But the second half was to dominated by our men, an outstanding 2nd half display with a gaol from Eoin O’Callanan and points from Hudson, Power and Bradley saw us finishing strong. The goalie and full back line of Stephen Mulvany, Enda Larkin and Oisin Chambers were solid at the back and didn’t give the opposition a chance to score.

Johns sit 2nd in the league 2points behind the league leaders.

Final Score BSJ 1.15 Clanna Gael 1.07

 

Junior D Hurling

On Monday Night the lads were away to Commercial. Having lead 0.07 to 0.05 at half time the lads couldn’t hold on to secure victory, with Commercials having more in the tank in the final stages of the game. Fine performances on the night from Conor Murphy, Barry Judge and Sean Murphy.

Final Score BSJ 1.09 Commercials 1.15

Johns slip to 4th in the league after the loss but are still in a very strong position 2points off the top of the table.

 

Restricted Parking Sat 23rd June

Please note that there will be restricted parking in the club car park Saturday 23rd June from 8am to 6pm. The only parking available will be from the gate back to the main road. The restriction is required to facilitate the setup of the Nursery Summer Festival. Thank you for your consideration.

Juniors As & Bs win as Senior Footballers are beaten by Brigids

Our Senior footballers took on Brigids last Wednesday in Russell Park in another Division 1 league game. In what has been a busy few weeks for the team, they were hoping to build on there two wins in a row against Castleknock and Judes. Brigids were gifted an early but BSJ battled back with four of the next five points to make it 1-01 to 4 after 20 minutes. Brigids knocked over the next three points though to lead 1-04 to 0-04 at half time.

Ballinteer had it all to do, playing into the wind in the second half and it went from bad to worse when Brigids buried the ball in the back of the net two minutes into the half to extend their lead to six minutes. Ballinteer fought hard and a goal (from Donal Gormley) and a point brought them back to two points. The teams exchanged scores for the next 7 or 8 minutes but Ballinteer just couldn’t find the goal they needed to win the game and it ended 2-07 to 1-08 to Brigids.

Our Junior A’s were away to Ballymun Kickams on Tuesday night. After a win against Ballyboden, it was important to keep the run going after a difficult start to the season. Shane Holland moving from his normal full back position to full forward assisted Sean O’Reilly in scoring our opening goal resulting in BSJ having a one point lead at half time.

A massive effort was put in in the middle the pitch by Niall Dunphy, DJ Corbett and Ciaran Gormely ably assisted by Ciaran McCabe attacking from the half back line. With the game in the melting pot the pressure was eased by an important save by our keeper David Quinn followed by a wonderful goal by Mitch Moddy until finally DJ Corbett switching to full forward caught a perfectly placed pass from Gormely and put the result beyond doubt. A 5 point win for BSJ.

The Junior B team made the long mid week trip to North Dublin to play Garristown. The performance was more workmanlike than vintage. We lead by 7 pts at half time having dominated proceedings and ran out eventual winners on a scoreline of 1-15 to 10.

Our Junior C team lost on a score 3-12 to 2-12 to Croi Ro Naofa. Missing 6 of the team that won the previous week. While they got the first goal early, they weren’t at the races early on, even though they had the wind and hill. Draw at half time. Second half was much improved into wind and sun, we led by 2 points with 8 mins to go but conceded a late goal to eventually come out on the wrong end of the result.

Senior Footballers beat Judes as Junior A & C teams win

Our Senior Footballers were looking for some revenge on St Judes after they had got the better of them in the Championship meeting earlier in the season. In a cagey opening to the game Ballinteer were first to get on the scoreboard through Sam Tully after 2 minutes of very patient build-up play. It was very much tit for tat in the first half with both teams going through purple patches but BSJ went 2 points up on the stroke of half time. The second half started in the same manner until the game sprung into life with 15 minutes remaining. Aodhan Clabby played a hand pass across the goal to Luke Naughton at the back post who palmed the ball into the net and Ballinteer back into a 2 point lead. They followed that up with another point to go 3 ahead. Ballinteer looked certain to extend it to 6 points until a miraculous block from a Judes defender denied Simon O’Reilly and Judes broke down the pitch to score a goal of their own. Judes hit 2 points directly after as well to all of a sudden be two points up. Then with only minutes remaining a high ball into the Judes big square was expertly won by Shane McCann who offloaded to Fearghal Duffy. Duffy played it across the goal where Eoin Seoige was to palm into the net at full stretch. Another point was soon followed by the final whistle and Ballinteer had won by two points.

Our Junior A’s took on Ballyboden in Marley Park last Tuesday and were 5-19 to 3-08 winners. A tremendous performance in Full Forward by Shane McGreevy was the highlight of the game. He scored 1-04 from play and had a hand in at least another 2-05.

Our Junior B team also played in Marley on Tuesday night but were beaten by a good youthful Cuala team. Having been 9 pts down at half time they brought it back to 5 but eventually lost on a scoreline of 3-18 to 3 – 11.

On Thursday night our Junior C team beat Ballyboden St Endas on a scoreline of 1-20 to 3-09. The team put in a fantastic performance and played with plenty of heart after conceding 2 early goals.

Under 14 girls showed True Grit in Feile battle

Ballinteer St Johns Under 14 A girls capped a fine season by producing a performance full of character and grit when they needed it most at their 2018 football Feile.

The girls had spent the winter playing a string of tough Division 2 league games after a great 2017 campaign saw them promoted and crowned Division 3 Shield Champions

And they needed to call on all of the experience and skill they’ve gained to do it the hard way at Feile in Erin’s Isle.

Johns found themselves in a real “group of death” with just three teams in a high standard Division 3.

They were edged out by the hosts in a high-scoring opening encounter on a hot May Saturday on Dublin’s northside.

Having already beaten a classy Castleknock outfit in the group’s opening game, Erin Isle proved just too strong for Johns as well.

BSJ forwards worked an impressive 5-4 haul with great contributions from Kate Mander, Rachel Cullen, Sarah Wall, Alix White, Nessa Hynan and Sophie Fearon in a game that ebbed and flowed before the home side netted a couple of late goals to seal the points.

After just one game it left the Ballinteer girls facing a do or die clash against a very good Castleknock team who were also desperate for the win to progress to the semi-finals.

The winner-takes-all clash took on all the atmosphere and tension of a knockout championship showdown.

And with their backs to the wall, Johns dug deep to produce one of the best team displays their supporters have seen from them all year.

A superb defensive unit held the line with important interventions from Ellen O’Callaghan, Keela Rigby, Ciara Kelly, Zara Nelson, Sadbh Brown, Grace Lynch and Juliet Moore to shut out the talented Castleknock forwards.

Together they held a side that hit Erins Isle for 5-4 to just 1-4 backed up by a super goalkeeping performance by Riona Clancy.

Anu Ni Mhuirgheasa, Eve Leslie, Luisagh Guerrine and Lauren Burke did great work around the middle of the pitch to link up the play, aided by some great ball winning and strong running from Isabelle Mulholland and Hazel Grady.

Up front Alice keoghan and Jodi Morrisey battled hard for possession in a forward line that combined to create a string of scoring opportunities including a brilliant three-goal blast from Emily Adderley. It helped an overjoyed Johns to a well deserved 3-8 to 1-4 victory at the final whistle after a performance of real team work and character.

The prize was qualification from the group and a short trip to Whitehall to take on the other Division 3 group winners Thomas Davis in the semi-final.

As the heat sapped the energy from tired BSJ limbs, Thomas Davis took a 2 goal lead leaving Johns facing an uphill battle in the conditions. Fresh legs from the bench helped to rally the troops and Ballinteer hit back with a goal and two great points to show they were not going down without a fight. But Thomas Davis proved to be the fresher, stronger team and won out to face eventual winners Erin’s Isle in the final.

On a sun-splashed day the heat demanded a total squad effort from all 24 girls on the panel with everyone playing their part when asked to step up across three gruelling games.

The travelling support were thrilled with the character, team spirit and pride in the jersey the girls showed. All 24 squad members, including the injured Leah Kavanagh, stood up, never dropped their heads and even managed to have a lot of fun along the way.

They did themselves, their mentors and the club proud with their attitude, behaviour and skill in a Feile adventure saw them grow as a team and sends them into the championship later this summer full of hope.

Squad:

1. Riona Clancy

2. Keela Rigby

3. Ellen O’Callaghan

4. Ciara Kelly

5. Isabelle Mulholland

6. Juliet Moore

7. Sadbh Brown

8. Anu Ni Mhuirgheasa

9. Eve Leslie

10. Luisagh Guerrine

11. Rachel Cullen

12. Kate Mander

13. Sarah Wall

14. Jodi Morrisey

15. Emily Adderley

16. Alix White

17. Nessa Hynan

18. Zara Nelson

19. Alice Keoghan

20. Lauren Burke

21. Grace Lynch

22. Sophie Fearon

23. Hazel Grady

24. Leah Kavanagh

Mentors:

Christine Johnston

Suzanne Guerrine

Niall Keoghan

Thanks to Neil Leslie for the article.

Our 3 Adult Hurling Teams made the trip back across the Liffey with points in the bag

On Wednesday night our senior Hurlers traveled over to Ballymun to face Setanta. We had beaten Setanta in the championship already this year, but travelling over there is a tough place to go as our hurlers knew having lost there last year.

The first half was a tight affair with both teams matching score for score. In the second half the fitness and fresh legs on the bench was the key for Johns to unlock the Setanta defense. Goals from Tom Ahern, Barry Mannion and two from Danny McCarthy secured the victory for BSJ and they stay top of the league.

Final Score: BALLINTEER ST JOHNS 4-16 SETANTA 0-14

On a beautiful Tuesday evening our Junior hurlers made the long journey over to Skerries. Travelling such a long distance midweek for a match is never easy but our men flew out of the blocks, controlling the game and tagging on some lovely scores. Darren Hudson scored a beautiful goal burning the full back for pace before lobbing the ball over the on rushing keeper. The second half was a test for Ballinteer as Skerries tagged on a number of long range frees, but from open play our full pack line of Oisin Chamber, Enda Larkin and Stephen Mulvany dominated the opposition. Skerries got a consolation goal with the last puck of the game from a 20yard free.

Johns remain 2nd in league and in a strong position going into the busy summer schedule.

Final Score: BALLINTEER ST JOHNS 1-15 SKERRIES HARPS 1-11

On Thursday night to wrap up the week our 3rd adult team made it back to back victories by beating Sylvester’s over in Broomfield. The win made it 4 wins from 5 games and the lads continue to be in the hunt for promotion.

Final Score: BALLINTEER ST JOHNS 0-16 ST SYLVESTERS 2-5