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

All Ireland Final Tickets 2019

1. The Club Executive is committed to securing as large an allocation as possible from the Dublin County Board for the All Ireland Football final however we will not be able to secure sufficient tickets for all Club Members as the match will be sold out.

2. Tickets will only be available to Eligible Applicants i.e. those fully paid up Club Members (including 10/20/ and Life Members), Minor and above, who have expressed interest in All Ireland Football Tickets by TEXT message following the message issued by the Club. Note that parents of juvenile members will only be eligible if they themselves are also fully paid up club members.

3. Following on from the Expressions of Ireland it is clear that we will be significantly oversubscribed for each Ticket available ( by a factor of 5 ) therefore tickets will be allocated in accordance with the AGM Motion #3 as approved by the AGM of 2013.

4. Priority will be given to those members who ordered tickets through the Club for National League and Championship games this year and to those who have contributed significantly to the Club through the year.

5. At this point in time it is planned to hold a Draw amongst Eligible Applicants on Saturday afternoon 31st August at 16.00 in the Clubhouse. Only Eligible Applicants who have expressed interest by text and who have not been previously allocated a ticket will be eligible for the draw and must be present in person at the draw.

Annual Adult Hurling Draw

Our annual Adult hurling Draw is back. This year we have more prizes and fewer tickets in the draw to increase your chance of winning.

Only 250 Tickets

5 Prizes:

1st) €3,5000

2nd) €2,000

3rd) €1,000

4th) €500

5th) €250

Adult Hurling Draw supported by adult camogie.

Tickets available from Sean Lane, Brian Sutton,  Dara Taaffe and Ken Sheehan.

 

Minor Hurlers show great character to earn draw

A good draw for our minor hurlers on last Sunday morning, 14th July. The game was played at home in Marlay. The game was nip and tuck the whole way through and could have went either way. The lads showed great character and dug in during the second half to secure a draw with a point in the last 30 seconds of the game.

Full Time Score BSJ 0-14 (14), Sylvesters 1-11 (14)

This draw consolidates our current 3rd place in the league

Next Game Wednesday 17th July at 7.30 away to Clontarf.

4 midweek wins from 4 for our Adult Footballers

Senior Footballers
Our Senior Footballers got their Division 1 league playoff hopes back on track on Wednesday night with a hard fought two point win over Ballymun in Marley Park. After Ballymena registered the first score of the game and trademark Davy Devereux run created space and he found Aodhan Clabby to find the back of the net to give BSJ the advantage. They went from strength to strength stretching their lead to 7 points but Mun kicked the last two scores of the half to make it a 5 point game at half time.

Ballymun got the upper hand at the start of the second half and had it back to a one point game with 8 minutes remaining. Ballinteer kicked the next two scores though, and after two red cards and a black card for Ballymun and a lengthy stoppage, Ballinteer were able to hold out to record a two point win, 1-11 to 0-12.

By Colm O’Donnell

Junior A Footballers
Our Junior As took on O’Dwyers in Marley Park on Tuesday in a bid to get their promotion bid back on track after a loss to Plunketts in their last outing. They got off to a flying start hitting six of the first seven scores and never looked back from there. They went in at half time 0-14 to 1-03 up. The second half saw BSJ rack up another 1-11 to finish the game 1-25 to 2-07 to keep them right in contention at the top end of Division 5.

By Colm O’Donnell

Junior B Footballers
The Junior Bs had a fantastic 3-25 to 2-04 victory over Ballyboden in Loreto Park on Tuesday evening. We put together a good overall performance and got all our scores from play. We put some good moves put together and 2 goals from Oran McIvor & 1 from Eoin Coffey, leaving us 6 up at half time. We pushed on after a good start to the 2nd half and ran away comfortable winners. Everyone in the squad played there part but special mentions to Dylan Walsh & Eoin Coffey in defence, Alex Timlin in midfield, Oran McIvor & Cian Hallinan up front.

By Junior B Management

Junior C Footballers
Midweek away games can be problematic, and being 3 points to zero down with 10 mins gone emphasised this point in our AFL Div 11 game against St James Gaels at Drimnagh Castle on Thursday evening. Despite being behind, we had the bulk of possession but were failing to convert it into scores. From the 10th minute on, our backs shut down traffic towards our end and our centrefield began to take control around the middle. By half time we were 5 – 3 up and despite the low score, we were dominant all over the pitch.
In the second half, the shut-out at the back continued as Gaels failed to register a further score until the 50th minute, due to excellent covering by the wing backs Rob Redmond and Evan Regan. Darragh Quinn, named at No 4, took up a sweeping role in the centre, completely shutting down the supply line to the Gaels inside forwards. A more direct and patient approach up front resulted in the Ballinteer scores now coming thick and fast, with 11 different scorers from play by the end of the game. Gaels threw everything at it in the end, getting 5 more points (3 from play), but the result was well beyond doubt at that stage.
There were many very good performances on the night, but Conor Murphy was the stand out player, being hugely influential in initiating attacks from centrefield as well as chipping in with a goal and 3 points from play.
This result leaves us second in the table with our next match at home on July 7th in Loreto against Shankill GAA, one of our main promotion rivals.

By Louis Gunnigan

Photo courtesy of Aodan Larkin

Senior Footballers fall to Brigids, as Junior As and Junior Cs record victories

Senior Football
A returning Paddy Andrews inspired St Brigids to a win in this clash on Sunday morning. In very windy conditions Brigids registered the first point playing into the strong wind. However two goals from the goal scoring machine that is Aaron Bradshaw and another from Glen Whelan, responded to on two occasions by Brigids with their own goals, left the score at 3-3 to 2-4 in favour of BSJ at half time. A strong rear guard defensive display against the wind by BSJ wasn’t enough to prevent Brigids getting the decisive goal late in the second half. The absence through injury of some of our big performers and the loss of two more through injury during the game didn’t help the cause but Brigids ran out 3-10 to 3-06 deserving winners.

By Gerry O’Donnell

Junior A Football
The Jun A team kept up their winning form when they comprehensively beat Ballymun . We started in great style and by half time Peter Flanagan (5),Eoghan Seoige, David Quinn, Naoise Croinin, Niall Dunphy, Colm O Donnell, Shane Mc Cann, Conor Budd, DJ Corbett and David Faughnan all got on the scoreboard. At HT we went in 0-16 to 0-2 up. In a second half which saw goals from Naoise Cronin and Eoghan Seoige there was no let up in the effort and we won on a final score of 2-26 to 0-4.

So at the half way stage in the league we are lying third one point behind Crokes and Templeogue having dropped only 1 point out of 14.

By Kieran Duffy

Junior C Football
Missing a good few regular first 15 players and coming off a bruising recent defeat in the last game, this AFL Div 11 South away game could have been a potential banana skin. However, the Ballinteer St Johns 15 who took to the field had other ideas. Opting to play with a strong wind it took less than 3 mins to get the first goal. Over the next 15 mins the floodgates opened, as Ballinteer racked a further 7 goals to lead by 8 – 4 to 3-4 lead at half time. In the second half, playing against the wind, it was a case of absorbing the backlash and closing the game out, which Ballinteer duly did, running out easy winners, 8-10 to 5-07.

There were several impressive aspects of Ballinteer’s play. The support play in the forwards was excellent. Decisiveness in shot taking was first class, with Ryan Hanley (3 goals), Tiernan McDonnell (2-1) and Billy Davern (1-4) getting all their scores from play. In all, there were 8 scorers from play. With such focus on attack, it was inevitable that we would get caught too high up the field and concede some scores. The Boden goals, when they came, were mostly from breaks where we had left ourselves short on cover – something for us to look at in training. The backs were solid throughout, but particularly in the second half when Boden, now playing with a strong wind, threw everything into attack. Joe Sheehan’s shorter kickouts in this half were all won by Ballinteer, with the exception of one which the wind caught and brought out of play. Two of Boden’s goals came late in the game, taking a bit of the gloss off the win, but we are back to winning ways and looking forward to the next game. In the meantime, there is serious competition for starting places, which will make training interesting over the next two weeks.

By Louis Gunnigan

Midweek wins for Junior A & B footballers as Seniors suffer first defeat of the season

Senior Football

Having won 5 out of 5 the seniors faced a real test against the in form St Judes away in Abbottstown on Wednesday. On the night the much stronger Judes 15 outplayed an understrength BSJ 15. The first 25 minutes was even but 3 points on the trot in the next 5 minutes gave Judes a 9 points to 4 half time advantage. A goal for Judes shortly after the restart sealed our fate and despite great work and endeavour from the lads particularly Eoghan Fitzpatrick, Diarmuid Kennedy and Jamie O’Connor, St Judes ran out comfortable winners. It was a great learning experience for some of the younger members of the panel who played their first full 60 minutes in Division 1.

By Gerry O’Donnell

Junior A Football

Our mid week match saw us pitched against our neighbours Ballyboden. Despite been depleted we started brightly but poor shooting saw us kick 6 wides in the first 15 minutes and allow Boden to go into a 3 point lead. An outstanding goal from Colm O Donnell from an excellent 40 yards pass from Niall Dunphy started a good run of scores and we went in 4 points up at HT. A goal by Shane Mc Cann goal from a penalty mid way through the second half gave us an 7 point lead but we allowed Boden back into the game and the lead was cut to 2 points. We rallied well in the last 5 minutes and won by 5 points on a scoreline of 2-15 to 1-13.

By Kieran Duffy

Junior B Football

We had a great win 1-16 to 2-8 on Tuesday evening against Innisfails. We started well with good movement up front but we let Innisfails back into it in the 2nd half but we finished strongly including a goal from John Hickey to win by 5 points.
Everyone played their part notably Eoin Walsh in goals, some fine fielding from Denis Healy & Kevin Power, and good forward play by Cian Duffy, David Gillick & Oran McIvor.

By Junior B Management