Ballymore Ladies GFC
Division 4 League
Match v Milltown
Milltown hosted Ballymore in the league on Tuesday 21st April. It was one of the best performances from a Ballymore Ladies team with an almost flawless 2nd half. The girls started strongly and Milltown were quick to make a change in the middle of the field to try and stop Ballymore’s passing. The change kept Milltown in the game and the score was Ballymore 1-5 Milltown 0-4 at half-time.
A good team-talk saw Ballymore step it up a gear in the 2nd half. Ballymore’s passing was excellent with the movement of the game involving Fran Burke passing the ball in midfield then taking it back and scoring a goal. Milltown did have some of the ball but the backs made it difficult and held them to 2 points in the 2nd half. Suzanne Byrne made her debut with 10 minutes to go and was unlucky not score. I asked a number of people watching the game who were the best players for Ballymore and the entire team were named for different reasons so well done to all the girls!
Milltown 0-6 Ballymore 4-9
Aisling Hubbard 2-5
Dawn Murray 1-1
Fran Burke 1-0
Sheena Hubbard 0-2
Stephanie Harney 0-1
Match v Maynooth
Ballymore travelled to Maynooth on Tuesday 28th April. After a number of minor mishaps the match got underway. Ballymore had a good first half and were 1 point up at half time. Maynooth made some changes at half time and got some good scores early in the second half. Ballymore soon got back into the game but Maynooth were victorious on the night. Michelle Hubbard had a good game for Ballymore making some good runs and passes into the forwards. Congratulations to Tracey on scoring her first point for Ballymore and on forgetting the jerseys! That’s a good way of getting out of washing them the next time!!
Aisling Hubbard 5 points
Stephanie Harney 1 point
Dawn Murray 2 points
Fran Burke 1 point
Tracey Clohessy 1 point
Match v Athy
Ballymore were due to play Athy on Saturday 25th of April. The match was called off due to bad weather and a waterlogged pitch. The match was re-scheduled and then Athy gave Ballymore a walkover.
The County Board made some alterations to the league this year and the top 2 teams went through to a straight final. Ballymore finished fourth in the league this year. Balyna II and Moorefield played in the final on Saturday 2nd May in Athgarvan. Balyna II won the game and should be moving up to Division 3 next year.
Training continues every Monday and Wednesday at 7.30. Anyone interested in joining the team should call up to any of the training sessions.
Saturday April 25th saw a number of brave but nervous volunteers undertake a bungee jump in aid of Feile Peil na nOg. Sarah Malone, Dawn Murray, Tadhg Grace, Eoin Barrett and Paul Murphy travelled the long journey to a carpark in Leixlip in the rain. The sun came out in time for their jump and all 5 did themselves proud. Quite a number of supporters travelled to Leixlip, some more nervous than the bungee jumpers!!!
Paul Murphy bravely jumped first and kindly proceeded to tell everyone it was fine and they would enjoy it. Eoin Barrett was next with his family arriving just in time to see his jump. Tadhg jumped next and made it look easy despite having created some nerves by watching bungee jumps that went wrong on U tube!! Sarah enjoyed her jump so much she was ready to go straight back up and try it again. Dawn patiently waited until last which was probably just as well as she managed to bounce and spin in so many directions it may have scared anyone who had to jump after her. Despite that she landed smiling.
It was noticed that the 3 lads had a lot more to say for themselves as they were falling than the 2 girls!! Thanks and well done to all those who jumped and who sponsored them. They made a large contribution towards the Juveniles running Feile Peil na nOg.
Last Man Standing Competition
There were still 33 entrants heading into the Easter weekend but with most of the big teams used at the start of the competition, the numbers started to deplete rapidly. By the May Bank Holiday the competition was down to the final 8 with Sharon O’Donoghue, Fran Burke and Teresa Gorman’s remaining entrants getting knocked out that weekend.
With 3 weeks remaining in the competition Simon Murphy had 2 entrants, Mick Horan and Tracey Clohessy 1 each. The weekend of May 9th saw the last of the locals lose out with Johnny Murphy and Paul Byrne’s selections failing to win.
Only 2 weeks to go in the competition and only 2 left competing for the €500 prize money. Best of luck to Fergus Aspell and Darren Whelan.
Deirdre & Sharon
Ballymore Ladies GFC PROs
Ballymore Eustace Juvenile Badminton Club
Despite A 400% increase in members attending the club each week since 2005, we still rely on the same 6 supervisors. In order to continue the success of our club and to advance it forward, “we ask Please for an hour of your time”. It’s always fun and rewarding, the hour passes quickly and no experience of Badminton is required.
*Thursday - Bandhall – 3pm to 8.30pm
To date the under 13’s have raised €1295.00. Enquiries are currently been made about street sales in local towns, Blessington, Naas & Newbridge. All here at the club value and enjoy our heath and fun each week, we often “take it for granted” but we do recognize the difficulties for some and are very willing and proud to raise funds for such a wonderful facility. All sales and donations go direct to Barretstown.
Thank you all for you support
New club hoodies
Due to arrive on Thursday 21st May, there is great excitement at the club. This year change to annual membership has proved a great success and all 81 members and supervisors will wear them proudly!
Annual Club Tournament 2009
This tournament will be our busiest to date and we hope “our most exciting!”
81 members will compete in 7 groups on 3 courts form 10am to 4pm at Ryston Newbridge.
This will be our 3rd annual visit to Ryston and like the previous 2 tournaments will have a mix of fun games, matches, champions and a new game! Full details of all players, groups and times are on display in the Bandhall.
At 2.30 two courts will be dedicated to group 7. Eight players from our Under 18 team have been selected to play against Ryston Newbridge. All families, relatives, friends, and locals are invited to visit at anytime and enjoy the fun and games. Tea and coffee, and snacks, are complimentary of the club all day from 10am. Please come and support us on Sunday 24th May.
From Kilcullen Turn right at T junction traffic lights and immediately right again.
From Naas Turn left after bridge and approx 150 yds turn left again.
Group 1, 2, and 4 @ 12pm on Sunday 24th at Ryston
Group 3 (Holy Communion on 23/5/09) @ 4 and 5pm Thursday 28th at Bandhall.
Group 5, 6, and 7 @ 4pm on Sunday 24th at Ryston.
Player of the year
2007 Laura Cullen 2008 Joanna Burk Hayes 2009 *?????*
This award will be given to our new player of the year at the time of their own awards. I.e. - maybe 12 or 4 on Sunday or 4 or 5 on Thursday……! Who knows?! What we do know is that they have all given it their very best. Great attendance, improvement, co- operation and general enjoyment of the game put all members in with a big say it’s been noted! And one member has been chosen.
*Best of luck to all 81 members*
Thursdays from 8.30pm all welcome any week