Ballymacelligott GAA Club News Round-Up

Daire Keane - making news in handball circles.
Daire Keane – making news in handball circles.

Daire Making Handball News

Congratulations to Daire Keane on beating Mickey Maher, Tipperary recently in Ballymac by 17.21 21.12. 21.4 in the first round of Munster Novice Championship. Also on beating Richard Duggan Limerick, in Broadford to reach the junior B semi final.

Ballymac’s Fine Display in Senior League

Ballymac took on Gneeveguilla in round nine of the counrt senior league and from the off the Ballymac boys were determined to reign over the visitors.

They proved their strength when, within the first minute of the game, Thomas O’Connor came face to face with the Gneeveguilla keeper Patrick Riordan. He fisted the ball over the keeper’s shoulder and into the net.

Determination and team-work took over the Ballymac side with the early confidence boost.

After only three minutes had passed, Eanna Reidy and Micheal Reidy followed Thomas’s example and scored a goal each leaving the visitors trailing.

With this strong start, Ballymac would not show a weakness scoring another skillful point by Aiden Breen.

It was seven minutes before the much needed response came from the visitors when Gneeveguilla’s DJ O’Connor put a point on the scoreboard.

As the break drew closer, Ballymac put on an outstanding display resulting in Thomas O’Connor scoring his second goal of the game.

Gneeveguilla never lost spirit and just before the half time whistle their number 12 scored a much needed goal. The half time score was left at Ballymac 4-4 Gneeveguilla 1-5.

The Second Half

In the second half Ballymac knew they needed to maintain their lead and the visitors knew they had to play a catch up game.

Gneeveguilla scored four successive points without reply in the first five minutes of the second half. Ballmac responded when Vinnie Horan scored Ballymac’s fifth goal leaving the visitors to trail behind further.

Nineteen minutes had gone and Ballymac’s Aiden Breen put the ball over the cross bar from a free kick.

Gneeveguilla were awarded a free minutes later to see them score another point. The visitors returned the punishment when their ever strong number 13 John Sheehan scored their second goal bringing the score to Ballymac 5-6 to Gneeveguillas 2-11.

Aiden Breen on the home side responded in seconds with another point to secure his teams chances of running to finish with victory and it was capped by another point from Paudi McCarthy.

Gneeveguilla tried hard to close down their opponents but Ballymac proved to be too strong and came out on top in what was an exciting and competitive game of great skill with some fine displays from both sides. Final score: Ballymac 5-9 – Gneeveguilla 2-11

Kellogg’s Cúl Camp  2017

The Summer Cul Camp in Ballymacelligott will take place from Monday, July 31st  to Friday , August 4th from 10am – 2.30pm daily on the main pitch.

Bookings can be made at the following:

The cost is €60 for the first child. All participants will receive a Free Jersey, Training Top & Back Pack.

Faoi 14: Ballymac 3-6 Austin Stacks 2-16

Austin Stacks were the visitors on Monday evening in the final round of Division 1 Central Region. The winning of this game by Stacks was due to their superior ability in kicking points, especially from distance.

However, Ballymac can be quietly satisfied with parts of their performance, as Stacks by no means dominated the match.

Ballymac created enough chances in this game to be closer than the seven-point winning margin. Our inability to kick scores cost us a few valuable points, with which we needed to get parity.

Our second half performance was much better. With a few positional changes and better reading of the game we cut out the supply to a clinical Stacks forward line.

All round games are now completed and Ballymac find themselves as with our County League campaign finishing in third place with only Stacks and Laune Rangers ahead of us in both Leagues. This is a fantastic achievement and we can now look forward to a semi-final game on July 31st away to Laune Rangers.

Faoi 10

Last Saturday the 22nd of July we were due to compete in the John Mitchels Annual Tournament. This was cancelled due to the weather and will be rescheduled at a later date. Last Sunday the 23rd of July our under 9 &10 boys played challenge games against Austin Stacks. Many thanks to Stacks for hosting these games. Academy will not take place next Sunday due to the Kerry game and will continue as usual on Sunday the 06th of August.

Faoi 8

Last Sunday the 23rd of July our under 8 boys played challenge games against Austin Stacks. We had 22 players on the day and we had three games in total. Many thanks to Austin Stacks for hosting these games. Eoin Silles, Jimmy Healy, Daniel Moriarty and Jack Collins played well on the day. Academy will not take place next Sunday due to the Kerry game and will continue as usual on Sunday the 06th of August.

Faoi 6

The U6 Academy Boys & Girls had a good outing last Sunday and everyone had lots of fun learning their skills.

Glanagneety Hillwalk

The first Glanagneety Hillwalk organised by friends of Palliative Care a  which is in aid of Kerry Hospice/Palliative Care will be held at Glanagneety Wood on Sunday, July 30th with registeration at 10am.

Donations on the day. Come along and enjoy a great walk and support a great cause.

Further information from Simon Moynihan 085 1021093.

Thanks and Farewell to Aileen

Just to inform clubs that Aileen Foley who has been a member of the staff of the Kerry  Co Board office for the last seven years has left to take up another job opportunity.

Aileen has made a huge contribution to the office during her time and all involved in Kerry GAA will, I’m sure, like to join me in thanking Aileen and wishing her the very best in her future career.

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