‘Well Done’ to St. Kieran’s from Ballymac GAA Club

St. Kieran’s Victory over Feale Rangers

St. Kieran's V Feale Rangers Co. SFC First Round 15-5-2016
St. Kieran’s centre forward, Aidan Breen from Ballymacelligott in action against Feale Ranger’s mid-fielder, Donal Leahy in their opening game of the 2016 Garvey’s SuperValu County Senior Football Championship in Cordal on Sunday. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Well done to St. Kierans on their first round victory over Feale Rangers on Sunday last.  In the next round they have been drawn to play Dr. Crokes.  Ruairi O Rahilly is part of the management team while a number of club players are on the panel.
Kerry Minors
Well done to our two Club players Micheál Reidy and Tomás O’Connor, who were part of the Kerry Minor team which defeated Clare to qualify for a Munster final against Cork to be played in July.  Well done to the lads and their team mates on this achievement.

  1. Junior Football League: Ballymac take on St. Pat’s Blennerville this Friday night in the first round of the Junior Football League. This league provides a great opportunity for players to get time on the pitch wearing the Ballymac Colours. All support for the team and mentors, Mike Sweeney, Tony Silles and Tom O’Shea is much appreciated. Please check our social media pages for further updates on this fixture.

Féile Clothes Re-Cycling Fundraiser
Ballymac GAA will hold a Clothes Re-Cycling Fundraiser in aid of Féile 2016. As you know Ballymac is hosting three visiting clubs on the weekend of June 24th, 25th and 26th.
The hosting of these teams will incur some expense. We are holding a clothes re-cycling drive on the weekend of June 9th and10th so as to help support Féile 2016 in our club. We are looking for all types of items of clothing, household textiles such as curtains and towels. We are also looking to collect soft toys, shoes, handbags, belts, laptops and mobile phones. This is a great way of raising funds for the club and also of taking care of our environment. For further details contact Fionnán Fitzgerald, club secretary, at 087 98 60 441.
Feile 2016
There is a lot of preparation and work yet to go into getting our club grounds ready for Féile. Also on the weekend of the event many mentors and parents will be involved in getting our own teams ready to go on the pitch. The club is calling on everyone to help make this weekend a memorable one for our visitors and our own players. Anyone interested in helping out in anyway possible should contact Fionnán Fitzgerald, club secretary.
Cúl Camp 2016
The Cul Camp in Ballymacelligott this year will take place between the 25th of July and the 29th of July from 10.00am – 2.30pm daily. Bookings can be made at the following URL. www.gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps. Free Jersey, Training Top and Back Pack!!
Eric Mason Memorial Blitz
The Eric Mason Memorial blitz will take place on Saturday the 28th of May. This year the format will be slightly different with it being an U14 competition in preparation for Feile. Any help on the day would be appreciated.
Faoi 14
County League Div 2 Semi Final Na Gaeil. 4-12 Ballymac 3-3 We played our semi final game away to Na Gaeil last Tuesday. The weather was very poor with constant rain making conditions difficult to play. It took our boys 15 minutes to get up to the pace of the game at that stage Na Gaeil had raced into a 2-2 lead. Our first point came on the twenty minute mark as Na Gaeil defence was well on top. A quick goal thereafter by us gave the lads some belief but Na Gaeil finished the half strongly to lead at half time 3-5 to 1-2. A tough talking to at half time and the boys took to the field for the second half with renewed hope of a revival. They tried hard but wrong decision making and option choices were their downfall. Na Gaeil played a sweeper in front of our full forward line and closed out the direct route to goal. Aidan came well into this game in the second half with some great runs. Ciaran also made a number of surges up field but alas all the team efforts were in vain as they were chasing too much of a lead. They did however manage to put just six points between the teams at the midpoint of the second half only for the Na Gaeil midfield to dominate again and pull away. A commendable effort made by the lads against strong opposition. The game was played in good spirits a fact that was highlighted by the all round handshakes by players at the final whistle. We wish Na Gaeil all the best in the final. Our boys can take plenty of confidence from the county league and to have got to the semi final is a good result for the team.
Panel: Eoghan Kenny, James Bailey, Bryan Cassidy, Ciaran Brosnan, Adam Joy, Adam Kelly, Tim Polman Daamen, Darragh Sweeney, Cian Godley, Dylan Dunne Moriarty, Darragh Broderick, Denis Brosnan, Jonathan Lowe, Dara Leen, Aidan O’Brien, Sean Horan, Sean Polman Daamen.
County League U-14 Division 10
For the first in the Clubs history Ballymac entered 2 teams in the U 14 Co. League.  The U-14B team competed in Division 10 and went through their group matches undefeated except for a loss ealier in the campaign away to Dr. Crokes B.  After this defeat the team upped their performances to reach a semi final where they defeated Firies B.  In the final they came up against Dr. Crokes who had earlier defeated them in the campaign.  On a beautiful evening in Lewis Road, Killarney the team kept their best performance until last to win the trophy on a score line of 6-13 to 2 – 3.  Adam O’Keeffe accepted the trophy on behalf of the team.  A special mention must go to team coaches Jeremiah Lynch and Dave Slattery whose work with these lads has seen an improvement with every game. Roll on Feile.
Faoi 12: Blue Team
Our blue team travelled to Glenflesk on Sunday to take on the home side in the first round of the division one county league. Glenflesk got off to a great start scoring two goals in the first seven minutes, but great credit to our lads who fought back straight away to level the game after 14 minutes of play. From here we started to dominate the game and this continued until half time. At this point we led by 12 pts with goals from Gary Lynch and James Kenny. In the second half we continued to play well and in the first 10 minutes we outscored Glenflesk by five points to four. However Glenflesk rallied with two quick goals but with Mossie Brennan, Luke O’ Connell, and Jamie Sugrue on fire the in defence, and two brilliant saves from Kieran Slattery we kept Glenflesk at bay. We eventually ran out 5-17 to 4-11 winners. Thanks to all parents for their support and great credit to the team for an inspirational performance.
Gold Team We had our first outing in the second phase of the Division 1B league against Glenflesk last Sunday evening. The team lost  on the night and move on to the next fixture next Sunday evening.
Faoi 10  Our U-10’s have their second outing in the U-10 Go Games this week in Ballymac on  Wednesday 18th of May at 7pm. We will have games against Castleisland Desmonds, Currow, Cordal and Scartaglen.  The academy for our U-10 panel continued last Sunday morning with a good turnout. Best on the day in the U-10 group were Alex Riordan, Maurice Harrington, Lee Wharton, and William O’Donoghue. The next academy will take place next Sunday the 22nd of May.
Faoi 8 The academy for our U8 panel continued last Sunday morning with a good turnout on the day. The next academy will take place next Sunday the 22nd of May. The U8’s had their first outing in the Go Games next week in Castleisland last Tuesday night. We had games on the night against Castleisland Desmonds, Currow, Cordal
and Scartaglen. Many thanks to Castleisland Desmonds for hosting the event. Ballymac will host the next series of Go Games with the date and time TBC.
Faoi 6 U-6 Academy Boys and Girls had another big turn out on Sunday and everyone had lots of fun learning their skills. Academy continues next Sunday 22nd May in the main pitch so come along and bring your water and gum shield.
Play Ballymac GAA Club Lotto Online
The lotto was held in The Halfway Bar on Monday, 9th May 2016 for a lotto jackpot of €2,800.  Numbers drawn were 4,8,13, 19.  There was no winner.
Lucky Dips: 1. J O Sullivan, c/o Tom Leen; 2. Helen Leen, Chutehall; 3. Owen Lyons, Chutehall; 4. Geoff Riordan, Ballymac; 5. Patsy Dooley, Ballymac; Sellers Prize : Tom Leen.  The lotto now stands at €2,900 and can be played at www.ballymacgaa.com