Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ballymore Ladies GFC

Junior C Championship

Eadestown vs Ballymore
It was a lovely warm Sunday morning on the 13th of September when Ballymore travelled to Eadestown for the local derby. Traditionally this has always been one of Ballymore’s most challenging fixtures with Eadestown’s experience and higher division status.
Eadestown had the better first half notching up 2 goals, disappointing for the Ballymore backs who had done well soaking up a lot of the pressure. Ballymore did have a good ten minute spell but the whistle-happy referee and some poor decisions when playing the final ball left the girls trailing 2-4 to 0-3.
The 2nd half saw some better movement from the Ballymore Ladies. The Ballymore backs were providing some lovely ball into the midfield and forwards. Move of the match for Ballymore started from a Megan O’Neill free, moving through Fran Burke before Lesley Tutty was brought down. From the free Dawn Murray passed the ball back into Lesley for a point – she was unlucky not to get a goal. The girls kept fighting, in particular Aisling Hubbard but the experience of Eadestown showed with some great blocks and defending. Without goals Ballymore couldn’t pull back the scoreline but the fact they were competitive and on top for parts of the game shows a massive improvement.

Eadestown 3-8 Ballymore 0-9

Scorers for Ballymore
Aisling Hubbard 0-3
Lesley Tutty 0-2
Dawn Murray 0-2
Louise Burke 0-1
Teresa Gorman 0-1

Carbury vs Ballymore
Ballymore travelled to Derrinturn on All Ireland football final day September 20th. Many supporters travelled down on the day. Ballymore were expecting a challenging game and Carbury played very well on the day.
Ballymore started well with the mid field and half forwards moving the ball forward. Tracey was awarded 2 frees in good positions in the first 15 minutes and Dawn kicked both of them over the bar easily. Carbury took a few minutes to settle after Ballymore’s quick start but soon got into the game and the teams were evenly matched in the first half. Carbury were the stronger team in the second half and were victorious on the day. Ballymore played a great game with the whole team putting in a good performance. Despite Carbury being the better team on the day Ballymore gave one of the best performances of the year and moved the ball well in all positions.

Carbury 2-8 Ballymore 0-8

Scorers for Ballymore
Dawn Murray 0-4
Aisling Hubbard 0-2
Lesley Tutty 0-1
Stephanie Harney 0-1

Remaining Fixtures
At time of going to press there was only one remaining fixture in the championship.


Robert Emmets

Ballymore girls have been gradually increasing over the last year and now have teams as far as under 15. John Hubbard is the manager of the under 15’s with input from some of the ladies team and the other girls team managers. Over the last few weeks the girls have been put through their paces and can be proud of themselves for all the work they have put in on their fitness and skills.

Robert Emmets vs Ballymore
Ballymore girls played their first competitive u15 match against Robert Emmets on a beautiful September Saturday. It was a very close game with the teams being evenly matched. Cody made 2 great saves in the first half. Their goalkeeper also made a good save denying Gemma Garvey a goal. Karen Archbold, Fiona Field and Lucy Field all contributed to the final score. The backs also played well with Aoife Murphy clearing a lot of ball. Watch out Stacey Balfe-looks like you have competition!
Congratulations to the girls on their first u15 competitive game. The future looks bright for Ballymore Ladies.
Robert Emmets 2-5 Ballymore 2-4

Last Man Standing
The Ladies "Last Man Standing Premiership Competition" is down to the final 37 people with Week 5 seeing 67 knocked out, and both Stacey and Dawn having their sheet down to zero. It was the "sure things" of Everton, Man Utd and even Wolves that caused most of the casualties! Both Mick Horan and Simon Murphy had the largest losses with 11 knocked out each. Simon’s sheet remains a family affair with Siobhan tipped to beat the rest by surviving the longest on that sheet!! Thanks to everyone for keeping the numbers updated and best of luck to the final survivors!!

Thanks to Simon for solving the problem of all the ladies ‘lost’ footballs. The nettle stings were well worth it!

Training for the ladies team is over for the season. Thanks to everyone who contributed so much to the club and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year. New players of all age groups are very welcome to join next year. Details of training will be in the Bugle in the New Year.

Deirdre & Sharon
Ballymore Ladies GFC PROs

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