Sunday, April 22, 2007

Dinner Dance
Our annual awards night was held on Saturday 3rd March in conjunction with Ballymore GFC.
The following awards were presented to girls in the club by Paul Fagan and Noel Winders:
Young Player of the Year Megan O’Neill
Megan made the centre-back position for Ballymore Ladies her own last season. Her strength and speed have seen her successfully mark a number of county players. Megan also played with Eadestown Minors this year and they made it to the final of the Minor ‘B Championship.

Senior Player of the Year Ann Marie Gorman
Ann Marie started out the year in the half-back line but her ability to read the game and carry the ball saw her move into midfield on a number of occasions. Her commitment to the team has never been in question and this is also one of the reasons her team-mates voted her Vice-captain for 2007.

Club Person of the Year Sharon O’Donoghue
What can I say about myself - I write things in the Bugle!

Captain of Ballymore Ladies, Aisling Rigney also made a special presentation on behalf of the team to Noel Winders who stepped down as manager this year. Noel has managed the team since the club started over 3 years ago and has stayed on as a selector for this year.

Alternative Awards!!!
I wouldn’t be my mother’s daughter if I didn’t come up with a few of these….
Ballymore’s Next Top Model
I’m giving this award to 2 girls
- Catherina Hudson, how high were those shoes?
- Denise Kelly, who knew Mick Hyland’s peach jumper could look so good.
Best Dressed
This was the closest call but in my opinion Valerie Byrne nee Hudson’s dress was absolutely stunning.
I thought Teresa Gorman and Karen Balfe also looked great on the night.
Oooooh Aaaaaaah
Stacey Balfe, who else!
Best Choreography
The Hubbard girls….I wonder was it really ‘football’ they were doing all those years in Valleymount?
Celebrity Couple
Stephen Byrne and Nicola Rigney – Stephen limps home early with an injury sustained in a match while Nicola parties the night away in Rose’s O’Donoghue’s apron……Posh and Becks eat your heart out!!

New Players
There are a number of new players we would like to welcome to the club this year:
Karen Balfe, Michelle Hubbard, Sheena Hubbard, Cleo Hubbard and Danielle Parker.

Bon Voyage
Safe travelling to Louise Tutty and Nell Byrne who have abandoned us to go travelling around SE Asia for 6 months.

Underage Football
Teresa Gorman and Cleo Hubbard are currently training and playing with Eadestown U’16’s. Their league has started slowly with 2 matches and 2 defeats so far.
Teresa will be adding to her busy season as the U.14 campaign also starts soon.

Challenge Matches
Our first game of the season saw us travel to Castlemitchell for a challenge match. It was also our first game under lights. There were a number of people tried out in different positions and it was also the first game for our new recruits. We had some good passages of play but couldn’t convert them into scores. The division 2 side got the better of Ballymore Ladies winning 2-9 to 0-2. Scorers for Ballymore were Louise Burke and Dawn Murray.

League Fixtures
Senior League Division 4
Sun 25th\Tues 27th March Nurney\Kildangan vs Ballymore
Sun 1st\Sun 8th April Castledermot vs Ballymore
Tues 3rd April Rheban vs Ballymore
Tues 10th April Ballymore vs Grangenolvan II
Sun 15th April Ballymore vs Balyna II
Tues 17th April Ballymore vs Milltown
Tues 24th BYE

*Provisional Dates
*First Named team at Home
The league table will then be split in 2 with top 4 teams and bottom 3 teams playing in 2 separate round robin competitions during July and August.

Cheltenham Preview Night
Pat Murphy and Pa Nolan held a very successful Cheltenham Preview Night in aid of Ballymore Ladies on Monday 5th March. Over €1200 was raised and the girls would like to thank everyone involved.

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