Ballymacelligott GAA Club News Round-Up

Members of Ballymac Coiste Na nÓg at the 50th anniversary parade on Sunday in Castleisland.
Members of Ballymac Coiste Na nÓg at the 50th anniversary parade on Sunday in Castleisland.

John Mitchel’s 1-16 Ballymac 0-8

Ballymac travelled to John Mitchel’s in the St.Brendan’s League. Ballymac were very under strength without the St. Kierans contingent on duty. Eoin Maccen and Daire O’Reagan were very impressive as our two minors started their first competitive game for Ballymac seniors but unfortunately the results did not go our way this week.

Best of luck to the St Kieran’s as they take on Austin Stacks in the first round of the County Championship next weekend. Best of luck to Padriag McCarthy, Dan O’Shea, Vinny Horan and Aiden Breen.

Ballymac Senior Ladies: Ballymac 2 -5 Abbeydorney 2-2

Ballymac Ladies Senior team played at home in Ballymac on Saturday against Abbeydorney.

The ladies were geared up for a difficult game against the more experienced rivals.

Our experienced players led by example with Grainne Kerins our full back who ran from one end of the field to the other through Abbeydorney defences to score a goal.

A number of blocks by Una Kerins which stopped Abbeydorney in their tracks and the scores on the day were from Una Kerins, 0-1; Nicola Horan, 0-2 and Veronica Heaslip 1-0 in the first half and Eve Creedon 0-1; Grainne Kerins 1-0 and Lisa Curran 0-1 in the second half.

With exceptional defending from our back line and in particular Tara Murphy and Niaomi O’Sullivan the ladies kept Abbeydorney from breaking through our defences.

Veronica Heaslip captained the team to victory on the day.

Our backs: Michelle Lynch, Tara Murphy, Grainne Kerins, Una Kerins, Niamh Rahilly, Rose Anne O’Shea, Niaomi O’Sullivan, Veronica O’Donnell and Robyn White in goals and our persistent forwards: Veronica Heaslip, Eve Creedon, Rachel Godley, Michaela Murphy, Nicola Horan, Lisa Curran and Aine Rice and centre field Ellie McElligott and Aishling O’Connell.

At the final whistle the cheers could be heard at the Mile Height with a win and final score for Ballymac Senior Ladies: 2-5 to Abbeydorney 2-2.

Coiste Na nÓg members on Parade

Ballymacelligott GAA Club and its Coiste Na nÓg wing were well represented by players and mentors in U-6, U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14 and U-16 boys and girls teams in the Castleisland Parade last Sunday.

This was a very special event which celebrated 50 years of Coiste na nÓg. Many thanks to all players and officials who took part in the event.

Faoi 12: Blue Team Div 3A

The U12 blue team played Ardfert away in Ardfert last Sunday evening. The boys played brilliantly but unfortunately lost by four points in an exciting game. Against strong opposition, the team gave it everything and the effort could not be faulted on the night.

Led by Captain Tommy Palmer and Michael Culloty who were outstanding, we trailed by nine points at half time. We really brought the game to Ardfert in the second half and it was end-to-end excitement all the way.

Jack O’Connor was also impressing as was the brilliant Seán Rice. We had the lead only to concede a few late points, which won it for Ardfert.

Final score Ballymac 5-10 to Ardfert 4-17. Well done to the team on their efforts in completing the first phase of the competition.

Gold Team Div 3B

On a super evening for a game of football it was off to Ardfert for our last match which if we won would see us claim the Division 3B title and all I can say is the lads showed some great heart as Ardfert came storming out of the blocks and ran in two quick goals.

It took our lads a few minutes to settle down and then we hit the ground running with some fine score taking from Shane Gilroy, Jack Slattery and Alex Riordan.

Defence Stood Tall Lead

Ardfert kept us under pressure but our defence stood tall lead by Tom Long, Jamie Burke and the inside defenders of captain and birthday boy Cathal White with Mark O’Connor and Evan O’Brien who were outstanding. We started to pull away from Ardfert as the half ended with scores from Micháel Savage and David Lucid.

The score was Ardfert 3-0 Ballymac 4-6 at the break.

The second half was tough going as Ardfert came at us again but we held our own and played some fine football where William O’Donoghue, Conor Daly and Jamie Lynch played really well.

Keeper Conor in Top Form

Our keeper Conor Martin was in superb form and pulled off great save after great save.

Great going by the boys in their first year in competitive football and winning Division 3B on a score line of Ardfert 5-2 Ballymac 5-14.

Match day squad: Conor Martin, Cathal White, Captain; EvanO’Brien, Tom Long, Jamie Burke, Jack Slattery, David Lucid, Shane Gilroy, William O’Donoghue, Micháel Savage, Alex Riordan, Conor Daly, Jamie Lynch, Mark O’Connor.

Well done boys you are a credit to the club from Declan and Kieran. See you in training for phase two.

U-12 C Team Division 9

The Ballymac C team played Dromid Pearses last Sunday in Ballymac in a game that would decide who came out on top in the league.

Our boys played some excellent football on a lovely evening for a game. Ballymac started well and Sam Slattery scored three excellent goals in the first half.

He was ably assisted by Luke Silles and Jack Joy in midfield with Stephen Turner, Luke Griffin and Mairtin Mc Kivergan putting in strong performances.

Ballymac led by 5-4 to Dromid Pearses 3-2 at half time. Into the second half and we continued to play well.

A Memorable Victory

However, Dromid Pearses rallied and scored a number of unanswered goals, which had us leading by the small margin of two points going into the last few minutes.

Our boys steadied themselves and we added on two more points to complete a memorable victory on a score line of 5-11 to 5-07.

A first county medal for this young team and hopefully the first of many. Well done to all the boys and the mentors.

Match Day Squad: Cian Harris, Conal Savage, Mairtin McKivergan, Stephen Turner, Jack Joy, Luke Silles, Shane Crossan, Sam Slattery, Matthew Rodgers, Maurice Harrington, Eoin Moriarty, Micheal O’Connor, Ciaran O’Connell, Luke Griffin

Faoi 10

Last Sunday morning the academy was cancelled due to the parade in Castleisland. Many thanks to the players, parents and mentors for attending. A number of our U-10 panel played in the U-12 C team last Sunday evening and they performed very well and came away with a county title. Well done to all concerned. Academy continues next Sunday, May 14th at the usual time.

Faoi 8

Our U-8 boys took part in the parade in Castleisland last Sunday. Many thanks to the players, parents and mentors for attending Ballymac U-8 boys will have their first outing in the Castleisland District Go Games on Tuesday evening at 7pm in Castleisland Desmonds. All players are requested to arrive for 6.45pm.

Please wear club colours and wear mouth guards. Academy continues next Sunday, May 14th at the usual time.

Faoi 6

The academy continues next Sunday, May 14th at the usual time.

Congratulations to Cora Savage

Huge congratulations to the Kerry U-14 ladies and to Ballymac own Cora Savage on playing her part winning against old rivals Cork in the Munster Ladies final in Mallow. You did the club proud.

Scór Sinsir All Ireland

The All Ireland Scór Sinsir finals took place at The Waterfront Concert Hall, Belfast, as provincial winners represented both their clubs and counties.

Well done to John Scanlon and Tom Daly who were just pipped at the post in an earlier heat, representing our club…..Here’s to next year !
A sincere thank you to all parents who supported Scór again this year along with our mentors.

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