Minor Hurlers make it 2 from 2 in championship

Our minor hurlers played their second championship match yesterday, Sunday 15th Sept. They won well against Whitehall on Whitehall’s home pitch. The lads had built up a 7 point lead at the end of the first half and built on this in the second half to win by 9 points. Our strong performance in the first 2 games of the Championship should assure that we progress out of the qualifying rounds and in to the quarter finals. Was great to see that we had good support at today’s match and that people travelled over to support the lads. Hoping the same will happen for our next match against Clontarf on Sunday 29th Sept.

Full Time Score BSJ 0-21, Whitehall 2-6.

Save the Date – Our Senior Ladies need your support!

BSJ senior ladies football team have qualified for Division 3 Cup final to be played on our all weather pitch on Wednesday 11th September at 8 pm.

This is a fantastic achievement for the senior ladies and what an occasion it will be for BSJ to host a cup final on the all weather pitch under lights! It would be brilliant to get as much support there as possible from juvenile through to seniors!

And what a path to the final it’s been! Inspirational stuff from our senior ladies football team. The scene is set for an exciting final! We hope to see as many there as possible to cheer them on!

The Path to the Cup Final: 

The initial rounds of the competition was run on a league basis with 12 teams involved and each team playing each other. The top 4 then qualifying for the semi finals, it was a very competitive competition and we ended up in 4th place meaning an away semifinal against a very good Kilmacud Crokes team who had lost only one game in all competitions this year. The semi final was a fantastic game and after a great first half from the BSJ girls we lead by six at the break. The lead was extended to seven early in the second half however a harsh yellow card meant the team were reduced to 14 players for 10 minutes. The girls battled extremely hard during this period of sustained Crokes pressure and a break away goal meant they maintained their 7 point lead. With 10 minutes to go the lead was still 7 when the BSJ goalkeeper while attempting to save a goal received a yellow card. The team were reduced to 14 again for the last 10 minutes with a lead of just 4 points The girls were out on their feet but refused to be beaten and played some great football to hold on for a deserved 3 point victory. The final against St Judes should be another tense tight affair as each team boasts a victory in their previous 2 meetings.

Thank you to Eamonn for a great review of their journey!

Minor Hurlers get championship campaign off to a winning start

Our minor hurlers started their championship campaign on Sunday 1st Sept. They built on their strong performance in the League with a convincing win over Naomh Mearnog in Marlay Park. The game was close at half time with only a 2 point differential but the lads pulled away strongly in the second half to win by 15 points. Final score was 4-16 to 1-10. Was great to see a strong squad of 24 players and the major contribution that the bench made to the game. Our next two games are over on the Northside (Whitehall – 15th Sept, Clontarf – 29th Sept) so would appreciate as many people as possible to travel to these games and give the lads the support they deserve.

Junior As qualify for promotion playoff

Our drive for promotion in our last league game brought us to St Maurs in North County Dublin. As expected this was a tight affair in the first 30 minutes with scores hard to come by despite playing with the hill. However with strong running by Joe Sweeney and excellent point taking by Niall Dunphy we went in 5 points up at half time.

We dominated play in the second half and with some excellent link play from Noaise Cronin, Paul Farrell and Ciaran Mc Cabe scores were easier to come by with Collie O Donnell kicking 4 points. A David Quinn goal midway through the second half killed off any chance of a Maurs revival and we ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-18 to 0-10.

In the words of our Captain Ciaran Mc Cabe it was a great workmanlike performance by all the players. We are now in the playoff against Oliver Plunkets for promotion to AFL 4 and Intermediate football. We have played 14 years in AFL 5 and no effort will be spared in our drive for promotion.

By Kieran Duffy