Sunday, July 27, 2008

Ballymore GAA newsBallymore V MilltownBallymore were hoping to follow up a good win over St.Kevinsbut met a determined Milltown side. Ballymore started well but didn't converttheir possession into points. Milltown responded and finished the first half infront after converting 4 frees.In the second half Milltown kept up the pressure and kept adding to their lead.Ballymore had plenty of chances to level the game but wastedthe opportunities.Naas V BallymoreBallymore were outclassed for most of this game. Naas werein top form and converted any chances that came their way. A second half come-backappeared on the cards after Ballymore converted a penalty however Naas finishedthe second half strongly and ran out easy winners.Eadestown V BallymoreNeeding a win Ballymore dominated the first half of this game.After some impressive scoring, Ballymore led by 9 points at the break.The result was put beyond doubt when Ballymore scored an early second half goal.The result was a good win for the visiting team over their local rivals.Ballymore V BallyteagueBallymore’s latest game was a 2 point loss to Ballyteague.Ballymore had a poor first half performance and went into the break 5 points to2 behind. Ballyteague started the second half with 3 unansweredpoints. Ballymore responded with their best spell of the game.They scored six points to level the game.However Ballyteague rallied and scored the final two pointsof the game.The Junior team had a number of good performances. After a narrowloss over St. Kevins they -responded by beating Sarsfields. The final game was anarrow loss to Kilcullen.Senior training is every Tuesday night in the pitch. All are welcome.Thanks to everybody who bought a club membership. The moneyis needed to help run the club for the coming year. The first draw for500 euro took place and the lucky winner is Michael Grace.
kind regardsMark

Ballymore Ladies GAA
Welcome to another month in the life of we Ballymore Ladies types.............

A few congratulations are in order to begin with. Firstly, we would like to congratulate Dawn Murray who is the new captain of the team and also Fran Burke, the new vice captain who were voted in by secret ballot in a very close election. They have big football boots to fill, namely those of Ashling Rigney last years captain and Ann-Marie Gorman, retiring vice captain who both did a great job in 2007 and we have no doubt both Dawn and Fran are up to the challenge, each being longstanding pillars of the team.

Secondly, we would like to congratulate Cleo Hubbard and Teresa Gorman, both senior ladies players with Ballymore. They play underage football with Eadestown and were part of the team victorious in the under 16 division one Kildare final against St Laurences on 4th of this month. They were both exceptional on the day with Cleo scoring two goals helping Eadestown to victory. More where that came from girls!!

Since we have last written this column, A few matches have been played, won, drawn and lost. Milltown were beaten well by the ladies securing three points in the league. A draw was had against Balyna at home. Rheban and Balyna away proved a test for the girls and we unfortunately did not emerge victorious from these meetings. These results leave us at third place in the league table but there is all to play forin our next competitive match against Rheban at home on 25/5/08. Your support is always welcome. Following this match there will be no league matches until July ( We'll keep you posted)

The draw was made this week for the Kildare Ladies Division D Championship 2008. Ballymore drew Balyna, Castledermot and Robert Emmets in their group and games will commence in August.

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Until Next Month.................... Louise & Jackie
Scoil Mhuire Ballymore Eustace NS Senior hurling team

Shane Barrett, Robbie Boland, Mark Slevin, Declan Davis, Patrick Langan, Craig Byrne, Dylan Waters, Jake Meehan, Adam Keogh, Martin Kelleher (Banisteoir)
Tom Murphy, Calum O’ Doherty, Stephen Doyle, Niall O’ Neill, Darragh Kelleher, Shane Murphy, Michael Stewart-Byrne.

Ballymore NS hurlers beat Patricians NS Newbridge by 4 points
Ballymore Eustace NS Senior hurling team has played 3 games in the Cumman Na mBunscoil schools competition so far this year. This is the first time Scoil Mhuire has fielded a Senior Hurling team. The players should be complemented for undertaking this major challenge with confidence and enthusiasm.
The first game took place in the grounds of Maynooth College against Gaelscoil Ui Fhiaich. This was the team’s first outing. Playing hurling against a team that is fluent in Irish was daunting and it took a while for Ballymore to settle. The team did get on top eventually half way through the second half. Although they lost the game, this recovery gave the team confidence. After the match some of the players were enquiring about going to Maynooth College when they finish school. Maybe Ballymore will have a plentiful supply of priests in the future!
The second match was against Patricians NS from Newbridge in Ballymore. This game was the highlight of the league so far. After the game in Maynooth the players realised they could play well. Ms O’ Flynn allowed them to practice over lunch-time, so they were well prepared for this match. There was a great performance from all players on both sides, scores were very hard to come by. But Shane Barrett made the difference for Ballymore scoring 4 excellent points from outfield. This was enough to secure a well deserved win.

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