Ballymacelligott GAA Club Focused on October Golf Classic

Victorious Kerry minor football team and Ballymacelligott GAA Club members,  members Tomás O' Connor and Micheal Reidy with the Tom Markham Cup at the homecoming in Kenmare on Tuesday night. Photograph: Tom O'Donoghue
Victorious Kerry minor football team and Ballymacelligott GAA Club members, members Tomás O’ Connor and Micheal Reidy with the Tom Markham Cup at the homecoming in Kenmare on Tuesday night. Photograph: Tom O’Donoghue

Ballymac GAA Club will hold its annual golf classic at Beaufort Golf Club on Saturday, October 15th. The competition is a Stableford four-man team format.

Team of four costs €160. Team prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd with the first prize being a Four- Ball at the Old Head of Kinsale. As part of the day we are inviting businesses to sponsor a green or a tee.  The cost of €50.  For this the business name will be displayed at the Golf Course and at the prize giving in the Blasket later that evening.

If any member of the club works for or owns a business that can sponsor a tee/green please contact Dave Slattery at 087 2201042.

All proceeds go to the continued development of underage football in Ballymac.

Club Lotto Jackpot at €4,800

The lotto was held in Glenduff House on Monday 19th September 2016 for a jackpot of €4,700.  Numbers drawn were 3,13,15,24.  There was no jackpot winner.

Lucky Dips: 1. Joan Cotter, Knockavinnane; 2. Tony Riordan, Ballymac; 3. Mike O’Connor, Clogher; 4. Conor Martin, Ballydywer; 5. Patsy Dooley, Ballymac; Sellers Prize : Chris Leen. The lotto now stands at €4.800 and can be played at

Seniors to Play John Mitchell’s

Our senior team travel to play John Mitchell’s on Sunday next, October 2nd in the semi final of the Coiste Tra Li Senior Championship.  This game is due to throw in at 12 noon.

Ballymac U16 boys continued their town league campaign with an away game against St Pats last Thursday the 22th of September. We were victorious on the night on a score line of St Pats 0-10 to Ballymac 2-14. Well done to the team and mentors.

Faoi 14B

Our U 14B team welcomed Moyvane to Ballymac on Friday evening last for a very worthwhile challenge game where there was great skill shown by both sides.

Faoi 11 

Our U11 Gold Team travelled to Moyvane on Sunday morning last to take part in the annual Hughie Fitzmaurice Memorial Tournament .  We topped our group following 2 victories over Ballydonoghue and St. Kierans (Limerick) both games won by the minimum margin.  This saw us pitted against the host Club in the final.   The exertions of the group games seemed to have had an effect on our lads as a slicker Moyvane team ran out deserving winners. Many thanks to Moyvane for the invitation to a very well run Blitz and their excellent hospitality on the day.

Faoi 10

The academy for our U10 panel took place last Sunday morning the 25th of September with a good turnout on the morning. The next competitive outing for the boys will be the Siobhan Cotter Blitz in Churchill on Sunday the 9th of October. The academy continues next Sunday the 2nd of October at the usual time.

Faoi 8
The Academy took place last Sunday the 25th of September for our U8 panel. We had a good turnout on the day with the boys progressing well. The academy continues next Sunday the 2nd of October at the usual time.

Faoi 6
U-6 Academy Boys and Girls had a good outing last Sunday morning and everyone had lots of fun learning their skills. Academy continues next Sunday the 2nd of October on the main pitch so come along and bring your water and gum shield.

Siobhan Cotter Blitz

The Annual Siobhan Cotter Blitz will take place in Churchill on Sunday the 09th of October 2016. This blitz will see our U7, 8, 9 and 10 panels playing on the day. Ballymac were narrowly defeated last year in a play-off game by Austin Stacks. Best of luck to all the boys participating. Details of the blitz will be sent on by the co-ordinators.

Cailini Faoi 14 – Blue Team

On Friday evening the U14 Ladies Ballymac Blue Team Played Austin Stacks in Connolly Park. Having been beaten earlier in the season by the Tralee team,  Ballymac were hoping to turn the tables. The game started at a lively pace and the teams were still scoreless on ten minutes with both sides creating scorable chances. Ballymac opened the scoring through Lisa Curran kicking over the bar from just outside the box. Aisling O’Connell chipped in for two further scores and Ballymac led on twenty minutes 0-3 to no score.

Hard Work Nulified
All of the hard work was to be nullified moments later when Stacks drove through from midfield and buried an unstoppable shot to the roof of the Ballymac net leaving the sides tied.  Stacks went on to kick another three points While Ballymac were guilty of some poor shooting in front of the posts and only managed to tap on another point
before the interval. although the score would suggest different Ballymac had played the better in the opening half and were unlucky to be behind.
Some crucial decisions in the second half went against Ballymac and this caused a switch of momentum in favour of Stacks who eventually ran out winners with seven points to spare.

Game Hinged

The game hinged on a penalty decision not being awarded in the second half to Ballymac. Cait Rice made a menacing run through the box and was dragged down but the Tralee ref did not feel the incident warranted a penalty.  Ballymac were at that stage trailing by three. The girls gave a great account of themselves and would be hoping to have another crack at their near rivals as the battle for position continues within the division. Although all 16 panel members played their hearts out special praise goes to Ellie Sugrue who gave a heroic effort between the posts and stopped a lot of dangerous attacks. Underage again next year corner back Sophie O’Donoghue was tasked with marking Aoife Dillane and she kept the county player at bay. A master class in football was given by Aisling O’Connell who must have covered every blade of grass on the field twice and kicked some mouthwatering scores.

Gold Team

Our Gold team travelled to Dingle on Saturday evening to contest what is Ballymac’s last round game so a win here was vital. The game came alive inside three minutes with a goal off the boot of Kate O’Connor, Ballymac continued in a dominant manner greeting the interval with a score of 4-7 to no score.The second half was a closer affair with Ballymac only adding a further 1-04 and Dingle scored their solitary point from a free. The game proved a great learning curve for the young Ballymac players who are coming to grips with the large field, large goals and duration of the game overall, these are all things that will prove invaluable to them next year. Some of the U-12 players who gave a great account of themselves were Grainne Galvin between the posts, Cathy Palmer and Lorna Daly. Scorers on the night were : Kate O’Connor 1-02, Mary Ann Fleming 0-05, Ellie McElligott 2-0, Sinead McKeown 0-02, Ellie Sugrue 1-01, Cathy Palmer 1-0, Holly Geary 0-01. All panel members played their hearts out but the twin Dunne sisters Millie and Laura gave a great display as did captain on the night Holly Geary.

Team Grainne Galvin, Sophie O’Donoghue, Aoife Galvin, Millie Dunne, Cathy Palmer, Holly Geary, Sinead McKeown, Ellie McElligott, Laura Dunne, Kate O’Connor, Mary Ann Fleming, Jade Riordan, Ellie Sugrue, Subs: Katie Enright for Sinead McKeown and Lorna Daly for Ellie McElligott. With all of our group games played we are top of the table so the least we expect is to contest the Shield final sometime in the future which is a great achievement for this young bunch of girls.

Cailini Faoi 10

Our U-10 girls continued their training with a good workout on Sunday morning last. Among those improving with every session are Laobhaise Mansfield, Niamh Rice, Katie Hobbert and Ashling Bailey.

Wedding Bells for Genie and Mary T. 

Congratulations to Genie Griffin of Scart Gortatlea and Mary T Allen of Cork who were married last weekend.  All at Ballymac GAA Club wish Mary T and Genie health and happiness in their future together.


Best wishes to Daire Keane in the forthcoming U-16 All Ireland handball semi final.

Community Games

Ballymac Community Games will hold their AGM on Tuesday 4th October at 8.30pm in St. Brendan’s Community Centre.  All welcome.

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