Scoil Mhuire news
Scoil Mhuire re-opened for the new school year on 1st September. 37 additional pupils brings the current enrolment to 249. The Parents Association welcomed the parents of new students and provided a comforting cuppa on the first day.The building got a great facelift over the holidays with the painting of most of the exterior, (a difficult job with all the wet weather), a new staffroom and some landscaping and coppicing of trees. The centrepiece of our new staffroom is a beautiful new white kitchen which has been very generously donated to the school by a past-pupil, Gerard O'Rourke of Country Kitchens.This is greatly appreciated by all staff working in the school and will provide a very pleasant meeting and planning room for staff and we thank Gerard most sincerely for his generosity, his expertise and his time involvement in this project.
Swimming for senior pupils starts back on September 26th. Under-11 Hurling team is straight into the action with their opening match on 11th September. Pupils were thrilled to see Mark McCarville back for the football coaching. Spanish classes commence shortly and the choir are getting started on a production for December.
The Intermediate teamBallymore drew with Nurney in the first round of the championship. Ballymore where leadingat half time thanks to fine points from Eoin Kavanagh and a goal from Gareth Clarke. In the second half, Ballymore extended their lead to 8 points. However Nurney replied with two goals and led by a point.In the final minutes, a great point by Tommy Archibold levelled the game with two minutes remaining.Ballymores second game was a hard fought win over Grange in Athy. Ballymore where 4 points to 1 ahead at half time with the aid of a strongwind. Grange rallied back in the second half and missed a good scoring chance to draw level with the last kick of the game. The final score was Ballymore 0-7, Grange 0-6.In the final game of the round robin series, Ballymore needed a win to reach the quarter final of the championship.They were drawn against Ballyteague who also needed a win to progress. Ballymore had a poor first halfand were trailing at half time by a scoreline of 0-8 to 0-1. Ballymore needed a goal in the second halfto get back in contention but it never came. The final score was Ballyteague 0-11, Ballymore 0-8.The Intermediate 'B' teamThe Intermediate 'B' team played Kill on Monday last. They fought hard but lost on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-06. Ballymore lost their second game of the championship to Monastervin. They were missing a number ofkey players and were defeated on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-4. They have one game left in the round robingroup.The Oliver Plunketts minor teamThe minor team won 2 group championship matches. They needed a win in their final game in the group anddefeated Raheens to book their place in the quarter final. Congratulations to the Ballymore lads involved. They now face St. Kevins in the quarter final.General NotesThe club will have a race day in Punchestown on Saturday the 15th of November. More details will be available soon.The private members draw took place on Friday night last. Don Gibson won the 2 All-Ireland football tickets.Mossy Donovan was the winner of the 2 All-Ireland hurling tickets. Willie Clarke was the winner of the 100 euro prize. Thanks to all the people who bought the tickets. Juvenile training tops are available to purchase for €20.Adult Polo Shirts for €30 and Adult Rain Jackets for €35 are also available.
Ballymore Eustace GAA Club
Juvenile Football & Hurling
An Baile Mor
Since the last edition the Juveniles have been training away,
apart from a short break in early August.The U10 Hurlers have
played in two blitz's, the U10 football team finished out part
two of the South Board League and the U13 Football League
is in full swing. The U11 & U13 girls leagues are about to kick
off. We hope to start a Village League for all the younger
players and finish up the season with a Final / Family Day in
Adult Training Shirts & Rain Jackets
Adult T-Shirts (Eur30) and Rain Jackets (Eur35) in the club
colours and with the club crest are available to purchase in
Janets Daybreak or from any committee member.
Juvenile training shirts are also available for Eur20.
U 10 Football League
The U-10 team played Rathangan, Monasterevin, Kilcullen, 2-
Mile-House, Castledermot, Ballykelly and Clonmore in the
U-10 South Board league. The team was made up of boys who
had played in the U-11 league earlier in the year and a number
of U-9 and U-8 boys who were making their debut.. It took the
lads a couple of matches to get used to playing with one
another but they were competitive in each game. There were a
few narrow losses but there were also wins over 2-Mile-House
and Castledermot. Well done to all the lads involved who tried
hard in each game, the improvement over the year was clear
for all to see and we are already now looking forward to next
year. Thanks to Steve Deegan, Johnny Murphy, Noel
Thompson and James Noone for looking after the team.
U13 Football League
The Under 13 Football team have played four matches
Division 3 A of the Board na NOg League. The first match
was at home v Caragh on the 17th August, an understrength
Caragh side saw the home side win 6-10 to 0-1. Scores for
Ballymore were Mark Slevin 1-2, Robbie Boland 3-2 , Dylan
Waters 1-0, Jake Meehan 0-1, Calum O'Doherty 1-0, Shane
Barrett 0-3 and Shane Murphy 0-2.
The second game away to Castledermot on the 21st August,
turned out to be a great contest with Castledermot winning 3-9
to 1-9. Scores: Dylan Waters 0-1, Mark Slevin 0-2, Robbie
Boland 1-4, Jake Meehan 0-1 and Michael Stewart Byrne 0-1.
On the 31st August we were away to Ellistown and a very
young Ellistown team lost out to Ballymore 3-12 to 2-0.
Scores: Robbie Boland 2-2, Dylan Waters 1-2, Stephen Doyle
0-2, Mark Slevin 0-1, Jake Meehan 0-3, Shane Barrett 0-1, and
Conor Davis 0-1.
In round 4 on the 7th September away to Grange, Ballymore
won 3-5 to 3-4. This was another very good contest with all
the team having to dig deep to come away with the victory.
Scores: Shane Murphy 2-1, Robbie Boland 1-2, Shane Barrett
0-1 and Mark Slevin 0-1.
Congratulations to Dylan Waters, Craig Byrne, Darragh
Kelleher and Tom Murphy for being picked to play for
the South Kildare U12 hurling team.
They will train and play challenge matches with the
team over the next 4 weeks. They will finish up with a
challenge match in Kilkenny. Hopefully they will get
a better result than Waterford. It is a great honour to play
for your County and we wish the lads the very best.
The U11 school hurling team will play Crookstown NS
on Thursday 11th September and Dunlavin NS on
Thursday 25th September. Best of luck to the team
especially the new players that are brave enough to give
the hurling a try. No doubt they will enjoy the experience.
U10 ‘s Ballymore Eustace
Back Row: Tommy Marsh, Robbie Noone, Adam Murphy,
Enda Stewart Byrne, Stephen Davis, Aaron Deegan,
Paschal Thompson, Evan Keogh.
Front Row: Mark Barrett, Niall Murphy, Conor Nolan,
Tom Carter, Conor Lipsett, Killian Barrett.
Under 11 Girls Football Fixtures
13/09/08 St. Laurences 2 v Ballymore Away
20/09/08 Ballymore v Suncroft Home
27/09/08 Athgarvan v Ballymore Away
04/10/08 Ballymore v Milltown Home
18/10/08 Ballymore v Athgarvan Home
08/11/08 Ballymore v St. Laurences 2 Home
15/11/08 Mlltown v Ballymore Away
Starting times for all matches at 11am. Good luck girls !
Under 13 Girls Football Fixtures
08/10/08 Carbury v Ballymore Away
15/10/08 Castledermot v Ballymore Away
02/11/0 Nurney - Kildangan v Ballymore Away
09/11/08 Ballymore v Ellistown Home
The match times for 8th and 15th Oct 18.30 pm.. and there will
be 11.00 am kick -off for the 2nd and 9th Nov.
St Oliver Plunketts:
The Minor Team played St,Coca's, Confey and Ratheens in the
Championship and are playing St. Kevins in the Quater Finals
on Saturday 13th September. Ballymore players are Brian
Murphy, Mark Murphy, Michael Tutty, Garrett Clarke, and
The Under 16 team has finished up for the year but the Under 15
league will be starting around the end of this month.
U14 Football: The U14 team finished up for the year after
loosing to Naas in the semi final of the shield stage of the
championship. They played two very tough games in Division
1 of the championship Round Towers and Leixlip and lost out
on both occasions.
Coaching motto: Children first, winning second