Friday, October 30, 2009

Ballymore Ladies GFC

Ladies Summer Cup Division 3
This summer sees the re-introduction of the Summer Cup - a competition played before the championship without county panellists (unless overturned by County Management for particular games). Ballymore plays in the 3rd division of this, competing against a number of teams from a higher league.

Castledermot vs Ballymore
Ballymore’s first game in the summer league was in Castledermot with many supporters travelling. Ballymore had played Castledermot in a challenge match and were expecting an evenly matched game. Castledermot were the better team on the day but Ballymore played well in what was a physical game. Gemma Swords made some great interceptions to stop Castledermot going forward. Nicola Rigney and Cleo Hubbard also had good games and worked hard to keep the ball out of the back line and move it up the field. Michelle Hubbard had a good game despite 2 knocks in the head giving her a large headache. Karen Archibold came on as a substitute for Michelle to play in her first competitive game. Karen made some good catches and passes during the short time she was on the pitch.
Castledermot may find that one of their flags was a little shorter by the end of the game as one of the linesmen used it to emphasis his comments to the team and the referee!

Castledermot 3-8 Ballymore 1-7

Scorers for Ballymore
Aisling Hubbard 1-2
Dawn Murray 0-5

Ballymore vs Athy
This game was played on a lovely summer’s evening and the good weather seemed to attract a few extra supporters (for which we are always very grateful!). Athy are in the same league as Ballymore but had finished slightly higher and a competitive game was expected.
Both teams started well and notched up scores with an Aoife O’Toole save and a great block from Nicola Rigney keeping the visitors goalless in the first half. Teresa Gorman drove the first Ballymore goal home and Dawn Murray converted a penalty after Fran Burke was pulled down in the box. The half-time score 2-3 to 0-5 (that’s the ref’s score, it was actually 2-4!).
Ballymore started the 2nd half well with Aisling Hubbard unlucky not to get a goal. Both teams had a number of wides and Athy put some pressure on. Ballymore were well up to the challenge with Anne-Marie Gorman punishing their late change of goalkeeper with a lovely goal.

Ballymore 3-7 Athy 1-7

Scorers for Ballymore
Dawn Murray 1-3
Teresa Gorman 1-0
Anne-Marie Gorman 1-0
Louise Burke 0-2
Aisling Hubbard 0-1
Fran Burke 0-1

Rathangan vs Ballymore
Ballymore travelled to Rathangan on the 8th July. This team are a division 3 side and Ballymore certainly gave as good as they got for major parts of the game.
Ballymore started brightly with a goal from Aisling Hubbard but Rathangan quickly found their rhythm with Aoife O’Toole having to making 3 or 4 saves in quick succession. With Fran Burke trying to bolster the back line, sister Louise did a lot of work attempting to move the ball through the middle. Rathangan did manage to get some scores on the board and were comfortable at half-time with a 3-5 to 1-2 lead.
Ballymore looked a different side in the 2nd half. Anne-Marie Gorman and Stacey Balfe swapped positions which seemed to sort out some of the 1st half issues at the back. All of the girls were working hard and the game got quite heated as Rathangan became frustrated. Ballymore certainly had the better of the 2nd half and looked the fitter team – no small feat against a well established higher division side.
A special mention goes to the new recruits who started the game and played so well - Karen Archibold, Yasmine Winders and Ciara Rooney.

Rathangan 4-11 Ballymore 2-9

Scorers for Ballymore
Aisling Hubbard 1-6
Dawn Murray 1-2
Steph Harney 0-1

Charity Night for Crumlin Children’s Hospital
Ballymore Ladies are planning to host a night in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital next month. It is hoped that this will go ahead on Saturday 15th August with a venue yet to be confirmed.
Please keep an eye out for details and support this worthy cause.

Last Man Standing Comp
For those of you who missed out last year and "claimed" not to know anything about it (cinta and biddy!) now is the time to get involved as Ballymore Ladies GFC are glad to be re-launching their Last Man Standing Competition for the second time this year.
Thanks for all your support last time, Ballymore Ladies had 207 people participating in the competition and subsequently made €2070 (€1570 profit for the club) and paid out €500 prize money to joint winners Fergas Aspell and Darren Whelan.
The competition is kicking off with the first round of premier league fixtures on August 15th, however if you wish to get in on the fun I would urge you to contact a member of the Ladies GAA BEFORE August 13th with your name and your €10 entry fee.
Don’t forget - if your not in, ya cant win!!!!!

The Future is Bright
Congratulations to the girls u12’s who won the Division 5 final against Athgarvan in Moorefield. The girls played well making some great blocks to intercept the ball and scoring some good points and goals.

Congratulations to the Juvenile club for participating in Feile Peil na nOg and hosting Clonmel boys and New York girls. The weekend was very successful despite the rain.

It is hoped that an U-15 girls side will be started soon. Anyone interested in joining the team should contact any member of the Ladies or Juvenile clubs.

County News
Kildare A team had a great win over Laois to put them in the Leinter Final on Sunday July 19th against Dublin in Dr Cullen Park in Carlow.
The next round of the Aisling McGing Cup for the Kildare B team was due to take place on Sunday July 12th in Eadestown against Mayo. Congrats to Lesley Tutty who was named to start at corner forward for the game. However late Saturday night Mayo pulled out much to the delight of the team as they could then travel to Croke Park for the men’s Leinster Final.
The B team will now play Dublin in the semi finals away on the weekend of August 8/9th and the final will be played on the weekend of the 29th/30th.

Deirdre & Sharon
Ballymore Ladies GFC PROs

Ballymore Eustace Indoor Bowls Club

The above club was formed on May 6th 2008 and we have twenty members registered at the moment. We played our games on Tuesday nights at 8.30 pm. in the Band Hall.
We formed a committee and held a draw to raise funds for the purchase of new equipment and to set up a league.
The league started in September and we entered one team. We did very well for our first season. Games were held home and away. Later in the year one of our teams got into the quarter final of the Ned Byrne Shield. This was a good result.
We held our own tournament and an entertaining competition ended with a final contested by Peter Fisher and paddy O’Donoghue running out winners against Bernie Toomey & Alice Cullen.
During the year we had to move from the Band Hall to the National Scholl because we could not get the nights required to play league matches as Tuesdays did not suit all the away teams.
We have the use of the School on Tuesday & Thursday and our new season will be starting on August 4th at 7.30 pm.
Club Membership is 20 euro for the year and 5 euro per night to cover cost of facilities in the school.
Anyone interested is welcome to come along on the night and check us out!

Jimmy Pearse (Secretary)

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