Juvenile football coaching returns to the field on Fri. 30th March at 6:30 p.m. juvenile hurling coaching will move to the field on Sun. 1st April at 11:00 a.m. All children attending primary school are invited to attend the coaching session. Parents of children aged 8 or under must remain in the grounds during the sessions.
The annual Juvenile membership of €25 for the first child + €10 per additional child is now due. BME togs and socks will be provided to all paid up Juvenile members later in the year.
St. Oliver Plunketts are back in action on the playing field with U16 and Minor football league matches. The U16 league got off to a good start with a comprehensive win against Kilcock in Ballymore on 3rd March. Best for Plunketts were Cian Bolton (1-5), Michael Tutty, Paudie Ryan (1-2), and Brian Murphy (0-3). The final score was Plunketts 3-12, Kilcock 0-5.
The Minors recorded their first win of the season in a wet and wind swept Ballymore on 4th March in a difficult game against St. Kevin’s. Plunketts ran out winners by a single point 2-4 to Kevin’s 2-3. Peter Kelly (1-1), Johnny Nolan, John Gleeson, and Cian Bolton were best for Plunketts.
Due to the interest in and the success of the U8 & U12 hurling blitz’s on the Astro Turf in Athy the South Board decided to continue these for another four weeks. This time the venue was in Kilcullen’s Astro Turf facilities and the games finished up on Sun. 25th Feb. Teams from Athy, St. Laurence’s, Castledermot, Eire Og, Kilcullen, Naomh Brid, Nurney and Ballymore participated. Once again credit must go to the organisers Rosanna Curran and Mary Mahon.
At a recent South Board meeting BME’s Eoghan Barrett was elected to the Grading committee and Martin Kelleher to Hurling Games development.
The AGM was held on the 6th March and was well attended, thanks to all those who came. The following were elected/selected for the coming year: Chairperson Eoghan Barrett, Secretary Martin Kelleher, Treasurer John McCarvile, and P.R.O. Mick Byrne.
Committee: Henry Murphy, Frank Murphy, Noel Thompson, Johnny Murphy, Stephen Deegan, Mick Horan, Paul Murphy, Dermot Waters, Simon Murphy.
Football team mentors: U8: Simon Murphy, Stephen Deegan, Mick Horan, U10: Paul Murphy, Noel Thompson, Steve Carter, Mick Byrne, U12: Eoghan Barrett, Dermot Waters and Joe Boland.
Hurling team mentors: U10: Johnny Murphy, Noel Thompson, and Stephen Deegan, U12: Martin Kelleher, Eoghan Barrett, and Mick Byrne.
Any parent wishing to get involved in the coaching sessions are most welcome.
Tim Gorman stepped down as chairperson after nine years. Tim was elected as chairperson of the Senior Club earlier in the year and is a selector for the Intermediate Team. He is also co-ordinating BME players from U14 to minor with St. Oliver Plunketts. As a passionate BME GAA man Tim’s contrubitation to the local community (in particular the youth for the last nine years) is worthy of note.
Summary of Accounts
Below are some of the major outlays that were met by the Juvenile Club last year:
Team Registration €2,000
Oliver Plunketts €500
Purchase of Equipment €1,400
Hall Rental €400
Subsidised Replica Jerseys €1,000
Coaches for schools €1,000
We would like to thank our sponsors from last year,
Noel Thompson Builders
Naas Credit Union
The main sources of income for the Juvenile club are the annual membership fee, the €1 contribution for each training session and a number of fundraising events (annual raffle and duck race last year). As a result of the increased number of teams being fielded this year we need to purchase 2 new sets of jerseys, it is also planned to provide all juvenile members with socks and shorts in the club colours and to subsidise the cost of hurling equipment (helmets and hurleys). Sponsorship plays a major role in financing the club, any person or organisation that would like to sponsor one of the juvenile teams please contact any member of the committee.