Minor Hurlers make it 4 wins from 5

BSJ Minor Hurlers continued their winning run on Sunday 28th April in the fifth game of the MHL2. They defeated Round Towers away in Clondalkin with a score of BSJ 2-24 to Round Towers 3-8. The team is going from strength to strength with this being their fourth consecutive win. Their next game is against Na Fianna at home in Marlay Park on the 12th May so please do attend to show your support for the lads.

Victory for Jun A’s in Championship as B’s and C’s lose out narrowly

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Junior A v Castleknock
Having been unlucky in our first round Championship game against last year’s winners Ballymun we faced Castleknock , who are unbeaten in the Division 4 league in the second round. We settled into the game quickly and were 5 points up in the first 10 minutes before conceding our first score, a goal against the run of play. However with excellent defending, excellent off the ball movement and good deliveries into the full forward line who exploited the opportunities given we went in 0-14 to 1-2 ahead at HT.

In the second half we consolidated our position and a goal by Shane McCann killed off any chance of comeback by Knock. All 20 players contributed greatly to the win where Naoise Crionin, Barry Gatenby, Niall Dunphy, Colm O Donnell and Shane McCann stood out. We now go back to focusing on the league while our final Championship game V Crokes will take place in Sept where a win would ensure a Quarter Final spot.

By Kieran Duffy

Junior B v St Maurs
A good first half had us up 0-7 to 0-3 at halftime. We took some really well worked scores & had a few goal chances to be further ahead. Cian Duffy & Oran McIvor showed well up front. Kevin Power strong in midfield, Kevin Davies & Gavin Fahey in defence.

In the 2nd half we were under pressure as St. Maur’s came back into it but we worked some good scores. We were 3 up near the end when they got 1-1 without reply to win by a point.

Final score 1-11 to 13.

By Junior B Management

Junior C v Naomh Mearnog
BSJ led this Junior 5 Championship match and looked like closing it out until Mearnog got two quick goals early in the second half. From there, Johns were chasing the game and couldn’t close the gap closer than 4 points, as Mearnog packed the defence whenever Johns attacked. There were solid performances throughout the field with John Hanley, Conor Murphy and Conor Reilly particularly dominant around midfield. Derek Pounch was having a great game in goal until he had to come off with a heavy shoulder injury just before half time.

Next game is an away league fixture on Thursday May 9th. Plenty to work on in the meantime.

By Louis Gunnigan

Senior Footballers beat Brigids to set up an all or nothing tie with Vincents

Our Senior footballers enjoyed a great victory over St. Brigids last night in O’Toole Pk to set up a ‘winner qualifies’ match against St. Vincents after the Summer break.

Brigids started brightly and took a 0-3 to 0-1 lead early on but Aodhan Clabby fired over 3 frees to push BSJ ahead while Eoghan Fitzpatrick and Aaron Bradshaw also added points to give Johns a 0-6 to 0-3 lead. Another free and another from play from Bradshaw had the lads leading 0-8 to 0-6 at half time.

A Bradshaw goal early in the 2nd half and points from Clabby and Donnacha Carey put BSJ in the driving seat – leading by 6 points. Brigids got a a goal back but two more Clabby frees (making it 7 from 7) as well as points from Dan O’Leary and another from Eoghan Fitzpatrick ensured the victory, although a late goal from Brigids reduced the win to 2 points – 1-16 to 2-11.

 

Clubnotes – Monday 22nd April

Lotto results for April 18th Nos. 5,6,21 and 24. Jackpot not won. Winner of €100 Joe O Sullivan, €50 Peadar O Shea and Mick Wren. Next week Jackpot €4,600 and Joker €925. BSJ Bingo every Monday at 8:00 pm.

Senior Camogie team beat Ballyboden St Endas 0-9 to 0-8 in the Senior Div 1 league. Seniors now play Oliver Plunketts away on Tuesday . Junior B’s play Wild Geese on the AWP also on Tuesday. Junior A’s play Naomh Barrog on the AWP on Thursday at 7:30.

Congrats to our under 11 Football team and their good run in the Geraldine Morans Football Tournament beating Skerries Harps in the Cup Final and well done to host Geraldine P Morans for organizing the event.

Championship football this week. First up are our Senior Footballers who play St Brigids in a critical match on Weds in Toole Pk at 6-45. On Sunday our Junior A team play in the Junior 1 Championship V Castleknock at Somerton Pk and our Junior B’s play St Maurs in Junior 2 Championship in Marlay Pk both games at 11. On Sunday afternoon the Junior C team will try for back to back wins in the Junior 5 Championship when they take on Naomh Mearnog at 3 in Loretto Park. Minor Footballers v Kilmacud Crokes Div 1 Football League next Wed at 7:00 in Silver Park . and Minor B’s also play Crokes in Marlay at 7.

Hard luck to Senior Hurlers beaten by a strong St Brigids side in the championship game in which our Aodan Clabby notched up 1-7 (0-6f). Minor Hurlers play Round Towers next Sunday Monastery Road at 11:00.

Clubnotes – Monday 15th April

Lotto results for April 11th Nos. 10,19,23 and 24. Jackpot not won. Winner of €100 P:at Egan, €50 Michael Cushen c/o BCARA, and Aodan Clabby. Joker Consolation prizes Tom Hayes and J J Duffy. Next week Jackpot €4,400 and Joker €900. BSJ Bingo every Monday at 8:00 pm.

It was a mixed week for Adult Football in the Championship. Our Seniors were beaten by Castleknock in the Senior A Champ having lead by 2 points at HT. However an injury to midfielder Donal Gormley 10 minutes before the break and a couple of unlucky breaks in the second half and we were left carrying the spoils. Our Jun A team has a great battle against last years Junior A winners Ballymun Kickhams. Playing with a strong wind in the first half we went in 3 pts down following an excess of wides. However a massive second half saw us go 1 pt up with mins left but we conceded a very late goal to lose on a scoreline of 1-14 to 3-10. Our Jun B team had a great 1 pt win away to St Margarets on a scoreline of 0-12 to 1-8 having been 1 pt down at HT. Our Jun C team won their Championship match with a comprehensive 3-13 to 2-6 win away to Fingal Ravens. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to our Senior stars Donal Gormley and Nicky Devereaux.

Minor Hurlers enjoyed comprehensive win over St. Olaf’s this morning. Great display by Oisin Grady 2-4 with great support from Seamus Fenton, Iain O’hEithir & Liam O’Suilleabhan. All roads lead to o Toole Park this Friday for Senior Hurling Championship game v St Brigids at 5.00. All support welcome.

Winners of the recent BSJ Golf Society outing . Overall Jeff Gavin, Category 1. Alan Gallen, Category 2 Shane McCann, closest to Pin Alan Gallen , Longest Drive Kieran O Flaherty. Many thanks to sponsors Icon Building Products.

Junior B and Junior C Football teams start championship with big wins away

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Junior B

Good win away from home in the opening round of the championship. the team played very well but made hard work of it at the end, our fitness told though throughout the game especially in the 2nd half where a 10/15 minute spell got us over the line.

Great team performance with everyone playing their part, special mentions to Shane Duffy, Gavin Fahy, Kevin Davies in defence, Kevin Power at midfield and John Hickey & Oran McIvor up front.

Final Score: St Margarets 0:10 BSJ 1:10

 

Junior C

The Junior C Football team had a successful opening to the Junior 5 Championship with a 3.11 to 2.7 win over Fingal Ravens. Although Ballinteer St Johns were dominant in the early possession,  Ravens went into an early lead of 4 points to 1 as Johns struggled to get the early scores. However, when Richard O’Rahilly collected a long ball played in from centrefield he was pulled down in the square. Seán Murphy converted the penalty and Johns led from there to the end.

There were very strong performances from every player and the subs, when introduced, contributed 1.3 from play, showing that this squad has strength in depth. The players who came in this year from last year’s Minor B squad are developing well and the existing players from previous years are all continuing to improve.

Next up is on the 28th April at home to Naomh Mearnóg in the second championship game.

Ballinteer St Johns Camogie team win the Feile!

 

1.Aishling Larkin 2. Aoife Ryan 3. Eadaoin Cullen 4. Eibhlin Barry 5. Ellie Kearns 6. Ellie O’ Connor 7. Eve Leslie 8. Eve O’Callaghan 9. Grace Lynch 10. Hannie Culhane 11. Hazel Grady 12. Kate Brennan 13. Laura O’ Connor 14. Lauren Bourke 15. Leah Kavanagh 16. Muireann Nathan 17. Niamh Ni Bhaoighill 18. Noelene Anderson 19. Ruth Keoghan 20. Siuin Dununion 21. Sophie Fearon

An 8.30 meeting of the teams in the club house allowed us to complete operation team photos (for team and mentors), operation hair plait (for team and Aidan) and operation face/legs/ arms paint (for team and a few willing parents) and get to the Cuala pitch sand St Olf’s by 10 bells. After a procession around the pitches in the sunshine to the sound of the bagpipes the girls got ready for a battle with the old enemy, Kilmacud Crokes. We had to re-gig the team with Laura moving from midfield to centre forward due to a slight injury. It turned out to be an inspired move as she slotted into the role with ease and looked like she had been playing their all her life. Nine goals in four matches!

Game 1: 10 am
BSJ 3-2 to Kilmacud 0-5
First up was Kilmacud Crokes, the local rival. Within a few minutes we were dominating play, controlling the midfield and feeding the forwards with quality ball. A point for Grace and a goal from Laura was a great start to settle the Feile nerves. As ever with this squad we are not only gifted with great midfields and forwards we are also double gifted with a defensive unit that would send the all blacks running back to the cloudy island. Again and again Kilmacud attacked and despite five or six goalmouth skirmishes they managed to keep them out and score free. Kate was at her best and at one point a high missile came in towards goal and cool as a cucumber she connected with it in the air to clear her lines. We dominated most of the second half and Laura scored a two more goals with a point from Lauren. In the last six minutes Kilmacud found their mojo again and scored a few points. It was too little too late and BSJ won by a good margin of 6 pts.

Game 2: 12.45 am
BSJ 6-7 St Vincent’s 4-3
The next match was against St Vincent’s and this was the match of the weekend. We reached dizzy heights against a very good St Vincent’s team who had totally outplayed Kilmacud in their first game (yet lost). The highlight of this high scoring game was the jaw dropping third goal. With Lauren help, Hannie took it out of defence with another dominant thundering run and then smacked the sliothars up field; Sophie caught it and immediately connected sliothars to hurl hitting it up field. Laura leapt in the air like a salmon, caught the sliothar and beat the U14 Dublin goalie with a thunderous strike to the back of the net. GOAL of the Season! St Vincent’s always looked dangerous and scored a few goals but we always had the edge in this open high scoring high skill game. This is why we love camogie! The points/ goal scorers included Laura with another brace of goals, Lauren 3 points, Grace 2 points, Eve 1 point, Sophie 1 point and a great goal by Ruth.

Game 3: Semi Final 3.45 pm
BSJ 2-3 Cuala 0
We played the hosts Cuala in the semi-final and dominated most of the game with a stress free time for dependable Katie in goal. Again another gritty display where the defense mopped up everything and kept a steady flow of balls to the midfield and forward line. After a few weeks of injury it was good to see Hazel back to her best with an impressive performance from start to finish. Lots of hugs and excitement – we made it to the final! We were to play Kilmacud who had a dramatic last minute comeback against St Vincent’s saving them a very early exit and a good win against Clontarf in the semi-final.

Game 4: Final 1 pm
BSJ 1-2 Kilmacud Crokes 0-1 point

The final was in Lorcan O’Toole Park and was a tight affair. With a big pitch we were never going to get a goal scoring fest of the Saturday. Overall we were the better team but every skirmish mattered and the score was always very very close. It’s fair to say parents and family we on edge for the full 40 minutes. Parents watched in awe as every single player stood up to the plate and gave 120%. You don’t beat Kilmacud with an average performance and thanks to a “haka/ karate Aidan led” warm up; the girls were in the right frame of mind. John O Connor, the mentor, knows how to get the best out of these girls and he is never short of inspiring words of praise. It’s fair to say that this not a team of individual stars, it’s a team where the sum of the parts is more powerful than the individual. Together these girls could conquer the seven kingdoms. Score from Eve, Lauran and from “another game another goal” Laura secured victory. At the final whistle the crowds ran onto the pitch and there were major celebrations. Congratulations to Lauren whose masterclass of very high skills, gritty never give up tenacity and her ability to cover every corner of the pitch won her the Player of the Final. My most inspiring player of the weekend was Hannie, whom many of the girls refer to as a “total warrior”. Despite a few bad knocks she battle on and made it to the final. Her displays represent everything we love about this team; resilience, fair play, honesty and courage. We left the pitch after another little Aidan inspired haka and there was mucho celebrations in the clubhouse that night. Well done to the B team who made it to the semi-final and played some incredible camogie to get there. Thanks to the mentors and parents who helped on the day including John O’Connor, John Champion, Mick Brennan, Aileen O’Grady Liam Ni Bhaoighill, Mags Brennan, Aidan Bourke, Brendan Barry and John Dununion who all give their time. Last but not least to Sharon Kavanagh who drove the fundraising and was unanimously voted queen of 2005 Feile!

Under 14B girls reach Semi Final of Feile

If Feile had a smell it would be face paint. If it was a dog. A red setter. And if it was a song. Maybe “The craic we had the day we died for Ireland” by Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly. Some see the show and the pageantry. However its heart and effort that really defines the event.

Feile, for all its supporters and detractors, is simply a weekend of celebration for under-14 GAA players around the country. March 31st 2019 was the day our Ballinteer St Johns’ girls donned the tangerine and black to show how much they had progressed in Camogie since nursery in Broadford and the matches in between from as far south as Stars of Erin and as far north as Naomh Mauras. The girls had bag packed, puzzled over Nathans table quiz and attended movies all to raise the money for the gear to stand proudly in that traditional Feile photo on the morning outside the clubhouse.

With the roll call completed, the hair plaited like a Master Chef’s pastry challenge and the face paint applied like Sitting Bull at Little Big Horn the mentors gloried in how our charges had grown up. The A and B panel offered each other words of wisdom, warm embraces and a steely gaze to “give it timber”. They knew the next time they would be back to that same venue would be the following day. Pizza and spice bags were on order. Wouldn’t they taste so much better with stories of bravery, endeavour and possibly victory?

Cars loaded. Sat navs set. The BSJ traffic lights even seemed to linger on orange longer that morning to bathe us in our club colours and set us on our way. A’s to Cuala. B’s to Olafs.
With more gazebos than an Aldi Thursday special the BSJ team quickly settled in and took their place in the traditional Feile parade. Boden. Crokes. Na Fianna. Raheny. Olafs. Cuala. Lucan Sarsfield. Some massive clubs. Some massive players. Such was the talk from opponent mentors you would have expected the Dalai Lama was employed as their spiritual leader, Jack Black as their motivator and their hurls had been carved from the same wood as Harry Potter’s wand. The BSJ girls took a deep breath of the Sandyford air and laughed, giggled and joked – nothing was unnerving them. This was their day. Win, lose or draw. They’d enjoy themselves. Philip Browne, Martin Tully & the BSJ senior Camogie team had delivered that simple message only 48 hours earlier.
First match Cuala. We’d never actually beaten Cuala at this level. Why not today to break with tradition? Why not indeed? With that in mind Holly Williams was first name down on the team sheet. A BSJ player since nursery and with the dark arts of hockey, rugby and horse-riding skills to call upon there was a clear mentors’ plan. Protect our goal at all costs and build a platform from which to launch counter-attacks and take our scores when opportunities arose. The full back line of Romy “Spice Bag” Stack, Jenna “Jostler” Walsh and Aoise “Don’t get me angry” Campion dug their trench and emitted a “thou shall not pass” blood curdling message to the opposition. With the base of the pyramid firmly in place, the half back line was deftly deployed. Ciara Andrews, our captain by words and ability, took up her centre back position and flanked either side by Caoimhe Comerford and Blathnaid Stack. You might get past one. Past three? You’re having a laugh!
I lár na pairce. Midfield. Centre field. Whatever. Never possible to define a zone on the pitch when Maggie Stack and Isabelle Ryan line up there. Why bother? Like springer spaniels with a nose for adventure they knew no limits or boundaries and covered ground with cheeky abandon.
With the kitchen and living room sorted we now needed to think of the front room and window. What would get us noticed and differentiated would be the neat stick work and score getting of a trio like Clodagh “Let me die with my boots on” Murphy, Aoibhin “give me a ball and a yard a grass” McMorrow and Anna Louise “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” Finn.

With 2005 remembered by some as when Limerick’s Dolores McNamara won over €100m in the Euromillions it should be remembered by more now as the year when the full forward line of Ailbhe Coffey, Lea Carey and Isabelle Feddis were also born. Ailbhe’s mother was fuelling the girls with sausage rolls, cookies and buns. Lea’s father was on camera duty and mother and siblings on screaming sentry. Isabel’s mother off in London ensuring Theresa May and Brexit wouldn’t interfere with Feile success!
As the saying goes – the same boiling water that soften the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of. Not the circumstances.

The match passed by in a blink of an eye. Not before the cavalry of 2006 arrived however. Amy Buckley. Aoibhin Nutty. Siobhan Lane. Eabha Carry. Shouldn’t these girls be intimidated by their older opponents? Shouldn’t they wilt when the going got tough? Should they, like hell! Somebody forgot to tell them.

Wave after wave of attack from BSJ had Cuala with their backs to the wall. However they weren’t to know of local knowledge. Rumour has it that centuries earlier the very Saint John of Ballinteer had passed that way and decreed that a local girl of local parents would score a point in the year of our Lord 2019 with a ground kick of biblical proportions and so it came to pass. Alison Comerford blessed herself in the direction of Knock. Paul Stack genuflected. John Campion looked heaven ward. Some even saw Sarah Keogh throw down her crutches and walk unaided in celebration. Lea Carey with divine inspiration and a right foot as straight as her dad’s 3 iron scored a majestic point. Cuala called on their own religious deities for support but their prayers weren’t answered. Match over. What a winning start!

Such was the Feile schedule that the girls couldn’t sit back on their laurels. Crokes immediately awaited – having rested nicely. Martin “Spycam” Carry though had been doing his homework. He let the girls know the danger Crokes posed in particular positions. With Mick Ryan and Tom Lane standing firm in their postal duties and Clodagh Murphy switched to defence the key to this match was nullifying their star players and Siobhan Lane and Jenna Walsh were taken quietly to one side and knowing winners never quit and quitters never win they immediately knew the task at hand. With classmates as opponents the girls, captained by Izzy Ryan, cast aside friendships for the duration of the game. Having beaten Cuala for the first time could BSJ get one over Crokes. Word had just filtered through that the A team has just won their match. The air crackled with enthusiasm. The sliotar brought forward time and again towards Crokes goal but their defence held true. Held true that is until an almighty team effort brought ball and all over the Crokes line. The Dalai Lama wasn’t much use to them now. Half time followed and John’s defence held firm. One side was all out Stack attack as Romy, Blathnaid and Maggie kept Crokes at bay. Aoise Campion now at full back harried and hassled the Crokes forwards into submission and Amy Buckley broke through tackles like Brian O’Driscoll in his prime. With the clock almost up and the girls out on their feet a Crokes player send the ball through a forest of hurls and it nestled in the back of our net. The whistle blew and the BSJ girls had given their all and remained unbeaten.

However you can’t keep a good thing down. With a bit of gazebo rest, light refreshments and some last minute tweaks the girls readied themselves for their last group match. Unbeaten against local opposition could they do likewise against the maroon and white of Raheny. Captained by Blathnaid Stack, the girls were hell bent on remaining unbeaten. This was so evident in players never say die attitude and going through the pain barrier especially Ailbhe Coffey (hand), Caoimhe Comerford (heel), Clodagh Murphy (knee) and Jenna Walsh (both hands!). Aoibhin Nutty and Eabha Carry were a constant threat and but for the width of the post were unlucky with great efforts on goal. At the other end Holly’s puck outs and side foot blocks ensured the umpires kept their hands warm in their pockets. Cometh the hour. Cometh the star. Placed at midfield Ciara Andrews placed ball on hurl and then like a knife through salty butter cut through the entire Raheny defence and sent an unstoppable shot to the roof the net. A truly deserved score and just reward for all her efforts. BSJ held Raheny scoreless and the ref blew for full time. BSJ were unbeaten and declared group winners. What an achievement!

A long wait unfortunately followed to determine the outcome of the semi final opponents. Lucan Sarsfields had won the honour to play the Marley Park girls. With Aoibhinn McMorrow back from her impressive double jobbing that day, Johns were buoyed by the fresh legs and eye for goal. Captained by Aoise Campion and cheered on by an iced Jenna Walsh on the sideline, BSJ played some wonderful Camogie and looked on course for victory. However Lucan were on a roll from their earlier victories and kept their momentum going. While BSJ continued their scoring form, it wasn’t enough to progress further and they went down fighting. The girls gathered bloodied and bruised in the middle of the field for one last time. Surrounded by proud and emotional parents and mentors, they received massive praise and adulation for their drive and endeavour that day.

The joy they brought was incalculable and hopefully they will stand again shoulder to shoulder in future matches knowing that playing hard and playing smart are important but the memories of playing together is what it’s really all about.

Clubnotes – Monday 8th April

Lotto results for April 4th Nos. 13,14,16 and 18. Jackpot not won. Winner of €100 Jim Butler, €50 Frank Ward, and Stephen c/o Pat Egan. Joker Consolation prize Eamonn Hession. Next week Jackpot €4,200 and Joker €875. BSJ Bingo every Monday at 8:00 pm.

Under 9 Hurlers busy weekend with games v Naas and St Kevins followed by team outing to Jump zone. Great day was had by all. Hard luck to our Senior Hurlers who kept pace with St Judes for 40 minutes before eventually gave way to a better team. Good performance from Brian Smith, Glen Whelan, Seamus Fenton and Fionnan Clabby. Seniors now play St Brigids in O Toole Pk on Friday 19th at 17:00. Our Intermediate Hurlers had a great win in their championship bout away to Clanna Gael where Keith Nolan, Joe Sweeney, Dara Roynane, and Mick Bradley impressed. Hard luck to the Junior Hurlers A hurlers who lost away to Setanta. Minor Hurlers are at home to Naomh Olaf next Sunday in Marlay at 11:00 am. All Support welcome. .

Big win for our minor footballers over Na Fianna with Liam Fenton scoring 5 goals. Football Championship this week for all 4 Adult teams. Seniors play Castleknock in the Senior 1 Chapionshp on Weds at 7:30 in Monastery Road Clondalkin. On Sunday Junor A’s play in the Junior 1 Championship v Ballymun Kickhams on our All Weather Pitch in BCS, while the Junior 2 team play St Margarets away . Both games at 11:00. Also on Sunday the Junior C’s are away to Fingal Ravens in the Junior 5 Championship at 15:00. Best of luck to all our teams.
Congrats and best wishes to Nora Stapleton our former GPO on her appointment as Women in Sport lead in Sport Ireland.

Winners of the recent BSJ Golf Society outing . Overall Jeff Gavin, Category 1. Alan Gallen, Category 2 Shane McCann, closest to Pin Alan Gallen , Longest Drive Kieran O Flaherty. Many thanks to sponsors Icon Building Products.

Condolences to the Kieran Duffy & family on the death of Dolores sister Mary.

Easter School of excellence for our teenage players 12-15 years old. 3 Day camp Tuesday 23rd April – Thursday 25th. Club House and Marlay Park 10:00 – 13:30. Contact GPO Donal Gormley 0876312082. Register on line at ballinteerstjohns.com.