Ballymacelligott Senior Ladies Make Local GAA History

 Naomi O'Sullivan  (left) and Úna Kerins were members of the history-making Ballymacelligott Ladies Senior Football team on Sunday.  ©Photograph:  John Reidy
Naomi O’Sullivan (left) and Úna Kerins were members of the history-making Ballymacelligott Ladies Senior Football team on Sunday. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Ballymac Senior Ladies make History: Castlegregory/Annascual 3-7 Ballymacelligott 2-1

Sunday was a historic day for the Ballymacelligott Ladies GAA Club as we fielded a senior ladies team for the first time.

It was the first round of county league Division 4 and the game was held in Annascual.

The home team started in whirlwind fashion and had 2-04 on the board before we got going. The girls settled after that and only conceded a single point for the rest of the half. Halftime score Castle/Annascual 2-5 Ballymac 0-0.

Positional Changes

Following a few positional changes, most notably Grainne Kerins moving to centre back, we started the second half a much better team. There was great drive and determination from the girls. The standard of play improved and we started to play the game on our terms.

Great play from keeper Michelle Lynch and backs Claire Kenny, Niamh Rahilly and Naomi O’Sullivan ensured the away team were reduced to long range shots. Midfielders Una Kerins and Veronica O’Donnell started running at the Annascual backs causing them a lot of problems.

A Deserved Goal

We got a deserved goal from a long range effort by Therese Keane and quickly followed it with a point and a goal from full forward, Emma Sweeney. The girls had a couple of more near misses and finished the game on the front foot.

Lots of positives to take from the game which can be worked upon. Well done to all the girls and the loyal group of supporters who made the trip.

The Ballymacelligott team: Michelle Lynch, Naomi O’Sullivan, Claire Kenny, Maeve O’Sullivan, Leah O’Neill, Rose Ann O’Shea, Niamh Rahilly, Veronica O’Donnell (C), Una Kerins, Mary Healy, Grainne Kerins, Rachel Godley, Heather Jones, Emma Sweeney and Therese Keane.

Senior Tralee Town league Results Ballymac 0-11 Kerins O’Rahillys 2-12

A strong effort from Ballymac against a stronger Kerins O’Rahillys team this week. Even though victory was not to be had for the home side  this week it was great see the team out against this Division 1 team and gain great experience ahead of the County League which begins next weekend.

Next week Sunday the 19th sees the first round of Ballymacs County League Games at home  in Ballymac V Dromid Pearses. Throw in will be at 2pm and we welcome all support at the beginning of the Campaign.

Minor Match Report: Glenflesk 4—13 Ballymac 2—3

Glenfesk were our opponents in this second county league fixture. Barraduff was the venue for the game which was played in almost ideal conditions. We lined out without seven of our regular team and this made our task extremely difficult.It was all Glenfesk early on and two goals around midway had them firmly in control. Dara Reagan pointed from a free after Cathal was fouled and Tadhg Brick pointed from a Diarmuid Lynch pass our only score,s of the half .We got through on a few more occasions but didn,t score. Our opponents goaled again just before half time and were 3-7 to 0-2 ahead at the break. We fared a bit better in the second half Josh O’Keeffe converting a penalty when Barry Lyons was brought down. A long range free by Josh was fisted out by the opposing goalie and Cathal Dunne was on hand to finish to the net. Barry pointed from a free meanwhile Glenfesk were adding another 1-6 to their tally to run out easy winners. Along with those already mentioned Eddie Rodgers, Dylan Dunne Moriarty, and Brian Lonergan tried hard on a very dissapointing day.

Our next county league fixture is at home to Beaufort on the 25th march.

Best Wishes to Daire

Best wishes to Daire Keane in his bid to become all-ireland handball champion next weekend

Lotto Results
Jackpot €6,900. Venue: O’Riadas Bar & Restaurant
Numbers Drawn: 2, 14, 15, 19. No Winner. Lucky Dip Winners €30 each: 1. Breda O’Leary, c/o Mannix’s P.O.; 2. Kitty O’Sullivan, c/o Halfway Bar; 3. Margaret Wharton, c/o Tom Leen; 4. James Kelly, Brosna; 5. JJ Murphy, c/o Tom Leen. Seller’s Prize: Mannix’s P.O.

Next Weeks Jackpot €7,000. Venue: Ballygarry House Hotel.

Club Membership Due

The closing date for Ballymac GAA Club Membership is March 31st and we would ask that all membership be paid as soon as possible. All players have to be members to play football for the club. Anyone who plays membership before the 31st March can vote at an AGM and be in a draw for All Ireland Tickets should Kerry be involved. Please note that children and family membership has to be paid in person to Club registrars. Any queries contact Club Registrar Mike Brosnan. Adult, student and OAP membership can be paid to Club Registrar and on line on

Gaeltacht Scholarships

Gaeltacht Scholarships are funded by GAA Coistí to give some financial help to young students who wish to spend time in Corcha Dhuibhne,West Kerry over the summer months.

If you wish your child to avail of the scoláireacht, apply immediately by texting your child’s name to club secretary at 085 85 05 300. Closing date for receipt of applications March 31st. The scholarship is limited to one per club so a draw will take place in the club if we have more than one applications. Míle Buíochas

Juvenille News: St Patricks Day Parade

Ballymac GAA girls and boys will be marching in this year’s St Patricks Day Parade in Tralee. It starts at 12 noon so can all players/coaches/parents meet at 11.30 on the John Joe Sheehy road. Exact meeting area will be confirmed soon and make sure to wear your club colours with pride .

Church Gate Collection Volunteers Needed

Ballymac GAA Castleisland District Coiste na nOg Church Gate Collection is on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 18/19th of March. If you want to help out with the collection on Saturday evening or Sunday morning you can do so by contacting Dave Slattery on 087-2201042.

U-14s to Play Stacks

Ballymac U-14s will play the Austin Stacks A Team Wednesday the 15th at Connolly park in the Tralee Town League. All support is greatly welcome.

Academy Training

The Ballymac Academy started on Sunday and we are pleased to say we had a great turnout at Ballymac pitch with the weather conditions perfect, The Academy will resume next Sunday 19th at 11am at Ballymac Pitch. New players are always welcome.

Coaches Training

Mike Quirke will run a workshop on Wednesday night next in the club grounds from 7 to 9pm for Coiste na nOg coaches. The workshop will focus on session planning and in general re training session content for all age groups . Please attend if possible.

CPR Training

CPR training will run on Tuesday night, 14th March 2017 at 7pm in the Civil Defence building beside Tralee Fire Station. Duration 2-3 hours, plenty parking, entrance to the building is between the fire station and the pharmacy. We are in a very fortunate position to be able to provide this free of charge other than the cost of the certificate, €5. Please reply to confirm your attendance to Anne Savage 086 22 21720.

Scór na bPáistí Semi

Congratulations to our Rince Foirne dancers : Alice Brosnan, Emma Daly, Laura Kelly, Abby Leahy, Ella Quirke, Ella and Maggie Scanlon and Ri-Ann Zhang who secured their place in the Co. Final in Foilmore on Sunday, March 26th at 2pm.
Joining them on 26th from the Castleisland District Board is Aoife Roche from Currow in the Sean Nos Dancing category and also their set dancers.
Commiserations to the Ballymacelligott Leiriu who performed very well but were pipped at the post and will not progress further. Well done to all performers.

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