Ballymac U-11s Great Day out at Jerry Foley Memorial Tournament

The Ballymac U-11 team pictured with mentors John Rice and Martin Lowe during their participation in the Firies U-11 Blitz on Saturday.
The Ballymac U-11 team pictured with mentors John Rice and Martin Lowe during their participation in the Firies U-11 Blitz in Farranfore on Saturday.

High Standards of Football at Firies U-11 Tournament

Firies GAA Club pitch in Farranfore was a hive of activity on Saturday with the annual Jerry Foley Memorial Tournament taking place. The Ballymac team was placed in a group with Kilcummin, Legion, Spa and Rathmore.

The standard of football was very high and our lads gave their all in their games. But it was eventual finalists, Kilcummin and Rathmore that progressed.

Many thanks to Firies GAA Club for their invitation and also for the hospitality they provided on the day.

Ballymac Lotto at €4,500

The lotto was held in the Halfway Bar on August 29th for a jackpot of €4,400. Numbers drawn were 12,14,15,18. There was no jackpot winner.

Lucky Dips: 1. Mike Rahilly, Chutehall; 2. Johnny Leen, Kilquane; 3. Joseph Leen, Kilquane;

4. Sheila Browne, Co Clare; 5. Tony Marshall, Ballymac. Sellers Prize : Tom Leen. The lotto now stands at €4,500 and can be played at

Seniors Draw with Scartaglin  Scartaglin 1-10   Ballymac 1-10

Our Senior Team played their final Co. League game of 2016 when they travelled to play Scartaglen on Sunday last.  The home side made better use of their early possession and led by 1 – 4 to 0 – 1 at the end of the first quarter T J Casey being the Ballymac scorer.  We came more into the game for the remainder of the half as both sides added 3 points to their total prior to the half time whistle.  Daniel O Shea 0 – 2 and Vinnie Horan 0 – 1 (F) adding to the Ballymac total to leave the half time score Scartaglen 1 – 7   Ballymac 0 – 4. Ballymac upped the gear in the second half and 3 points from Vinnie Horan 0 – 2 (F) saw the deficit reduce to 3 by the 40th minute.  However, Scart replied with 3 points of their own to extend their lead to 6 points with 10 minutes remaining and our prospects looked bleak.  However, a slip by the Scartaglen goalkeeper which saw him lose possession was capitalised upon by T  J Casey who slotted to the net gave us renewed hope and Ballymac were grateful to Vinnie Horan with three pointed frees in the time remaining to snatch a draw.

Team: P Laide, L. Dunne, M. Leen, D. Madden, G. Horan, C. Reynolds, D Long, M Herlihy, D O Shea, W. Casey. E. Reidy, S. Savage,  J. Scanlon, T. J. Casey, V. Horan, Subs : T Lyons, K. Lyons.

Overall it was a very successful Co. League campaign with the main aim of promotion to Division 3 achieved with a game to spare.  Also the playing of games throughout the summer was a big plus meaning an earlier finish compared to December finish in 2015.

All Ireland Minor Hurling Win

Congratulations to Tomas O’Connor and his Kerry minor hurling team mates on their victory over Meath on Saturday last in Thurles which saw them capture the All Ireland Minor B Hurling title.  Tomas goes in search of more silverware on Sunday next when he lines out with his Crotta team mates in the Co. Minor Hurling Final.

Faoi 14
Ballymac U14 B team played Scataglin/Cordal A in the Castleisland District Final last Sunday the 04th of September. The boys played well on the night but lost by 8 points. A provisional date of the 16th of September has been agreed for the rescheduled Castleisland District A Final between Ballymac A and Currow. Full details of the fixture will be sent out when finalised. Ballymac U14 boys will start their town league campaign with a home fixture against Na Gaeil at 12.00 on Sunday the 11th of September.

Faoi 12
Our U-12 Blue team played Laune Rangers at home in the Central Region last Monday evening. The boys competed well on the evening but were beaten on a score line of 1-16 to 4-16. Our gold team also played Laune Rangers on the same evening and were victorious on a score line of 5-18 to 1-08. The U-12 Castleisland District finals will take place on this Saturday, September 10th with Castleisland Desmonds being the venue. Ballymac A will play against Knock Brosna. Currow will play against Scartaglin A. Cordal will play against Ballymac B. Castleisland Desmonds will play against Scartaglin B. All Games will take place at 3.30pm. The loser of the Currow v Scartaglin A game will play John Mitchels at a later date.

Faoi 10
The Academy took place last Sunday the 04th of September and we welcomed Na Gaeil to our club for challenge games. We had very enjoyable games on a lovely morning for football. Many thanks to Na Gaeil for travelling to Ballymac for the games. The academy for our U10 panel continues next Sunday morning the 11th of September at the usual time.

Faoi 8
The Academy took place last Sunday the 04th of September for our U8 panel as we welcomed Na Gaeil to our club for challenge games. We had competitive games on the day on what was a lovely morning for football. We would like to extend our thanks to Na Gaeil GAA for travelling for the games. The academy for our U8 panel continues next Sunday morning the 11th of September at the usual time.

Faoi 6
U-6 Academy Boys & Girls had a good outing last Sunday morning and everyone had lots of fun learning their skills. Academy continues next Sunday the 11th of September on the main pitch so come along and bring your water and gum shield.

Cailiní Faoi 14

Ballymac’s blue team Division one NKL v Chorcha Dhuibne
On Friday evening we travelled to Lispole to play our second group game v Chorcha Dhuibne. An early blow to Ballymac was the loss of on form centre back Sinead McKeown three minutes into the game, With Roisin Long our full back missing due to injury the odds were against us from the off. A stiff breeze in the first half made life very difficult and Chorcha Dhuibne made hay scoring 4:10 to a single point from Ballymac. We lost wing back Cathy Palmer to a stomach bug at half time. Disappointed with their lack of scores in the first half the girls soon got to grips with the match but in the end the gap was too far to bridge.  Ballymac’s notched up 1:09 in the second half and acquitted themselves fairly well given all the things they had to deal with, on another day the game could have been a whole lot closer. Scorers for Ballymac Cora Savage 0:3, Lisa Curran 0:03, Mary Ann Fleming 0:01, Ellie McElligott 1:0, Emily O’Donoghue 0:03.
Ballymac Team:  Caroline Hurley, Sophie O’Donoghue, Caoimhe O’Carroll, Cait Rice, Cathy Palmer, Sinead McKeown,Emily O’Brien,Aisling O’Connell,Eve Creedon, Cora Savage, Lisa Curran, Kate O’Connor ,Emily O’Donoghue, Ellie Sugrue, Subs: Aoife Galvin for Sinead McKeown, Holly Geary for Cathy Palmer, Mary Ann Fleming for Cait Rice.

Ballymac U-14 Ladies Gold Team Division 3 North Kerry League.
Our u14 Gold team had their first match on Monday evening .  Opponents were Churchill who are relative newcomers to the ladies ranks. Ballymac played a panel of 90% U13’s which was a welcome boost to those girls who hadn’t seen too much game time up until now due to the large u14 panel overall.  The match was over as a contest by half time. Ballymac took the opportunity to swap around the team and play players out of customary positions. To their credit Churchill had a panel of players who played right to the end. Final score was Ballymac’s 3-12 Churchill 0-06
Scorers: Ellie Sugrue 2:01, Holly Geary 1:01, Maryanne Fleming 0-02,Kate O’Connor 0-02, Emily O’Donoghue 0-04, Jade Riordan 0-01, Sinead McKeown 0-01.
On Sunday 4th we travelled to Kerins O’Rahilly’s for our second game. Playing the Kerins O’ Rahillys A Team was always going to be a tough ask for our young girls.
With the breeze in their favour Kerins O’Rahilly’s got off to a good start and had a commanding lead at half time.
In the second half the Ballymac girls came out of their shells a bit more and threw caution to the wind.
Although winning the game was always going to be a bridge too far, Ballymac, to their credit won a lot of loose 50/50 ball, Ballymac’s first score arrived from Kate O’Connor when she pounced for a goal in the 40th minute. Emily O’Donoghue converted a spot kick shortly after Kate O’Connor being brought down when she was through for a certain goal. In Goals Grainne Galvin gave the performance of the game thwarting the Kerins O’Rahilly attack time after time. Praise goes out to all of the girls who gave their all right to the end. Final score Kerins O’Rahillys 4-9 Ballymac 2-04.

Ballymac Team : Grainne Galvin, Millie Dunne, Sophie O’Donoghue, Christina O’Shea, Laura Dunne, Emily O’Brien, Aoife Galvin, Emily O’Donoghue, Alissa Leen, Mary Ann Fleming, Kate O’Connor, Holly Geary, Katie Enright, Ellie Sugrue & Captain Jade Riordan.

Cailiní Faoi 10

Our U 10 girls team travelled to Abbeydorney where we had 2 excellent games against the local team.  Despite the inclement weather conditions the standard of football by both sides was very high.

Handball: Congrats to Daire and Ashley

Well done to Daire Keane on winning the U-16 Munster quarter final in the 60×30 championship and best of luck to him against Cork this weekend.

Congratulations to Ashley Prendiville on winning the quarter final of the All Ireland Ladies Senior Singles. Ashley defeated Pauline Gallagher  of Mayo on the score:  21-12,  21-18.

Active Retired Tea Dance

Sliabh Luachra Active Retired Network will hold a Tea Dance on Sunday September 11th 2016 in Ballymac Community Centre hosted by Ballymac Active Retired starting at 2.30pm. Music, song and craic! Tea will be served.

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