Ballymore Eustace GAA Club
An Báile Mór
Ballymore Eustace GAA Senior Scor Competition.
This is our second consecutive year to be involved in the Kildare finals of Scor Sinsear. The cultural wing of GAA.
Last year we were pipped by much larger clubs like Athy and Maynooth, but we learned valuable lessons from that
This year 2010, the 40th anniversary of Scor, we entered into three categories, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music and
Ballad Group. These were held in Allenwood GAA on 28th Feb. Of the three categories we came second in Ballad
Group and first in Kildare in Instrumental Music, this to represent not only BME but all the clubs of Kildare in this
category in Leinster Semi-finals.
These were held in the lovely village of Ballymore, Co. Westmeath on Sunday 7 March. There was fierce competition
with teams from Longford, Westmeath, Louth and Dublin, but our five members, K & J. Junker, Concertina and
Guitar; J. Harney, Flute; A. Doyle, Fiddle and P. Cassidy, Mandolin and Banjo have made it through to represent
Kildare in the Leinster finals to be held on 28th March again in the village of Ballymore, Co. Westmeath .
Wishing them the very best of luck in the village that bears our name ‘they also wear the same colour jerseys’ sure
this must be destiny.
Keogh Cup Round 1
Ballymore 1-8 Castledermot 2-7
Ballymore got off to a disappointing start to their Keogh Cup campaign with a two point home defeat against a
determined Castledermot side. Ballymore made a dream start and were 1-2 to 0-0 up inside five minutes thanks to a
fisted Eoin Kavanagh goal and points from Steven Dwyer and Mark McCarville putting the home side in the driving
seat. Castledermot then opened their scoring with a point before two Kavanagh points kept Ballymore in control.
Castledermot responded well to the home side’s pressure resulting in three unanswered points to put them firmly back
in the tie. A point from Paul Browne on the stroke of half time gave Ballymore a 1-5 to 4 points lead. Castledermot
came out for the second half a different team and although it was a tight scrappy game the home side were never able
to go up a gear and as a result lost a game they really should have won. Ballymore only scored 3 second half points
from the boot of the slim looking Tommie Archibald, Keith Fennell and an Eoin Kavanagh free. In a disappointing
affair no one player stood out as Ballymore will look to improve in the coming weeks.
Keogh Cup Round 2
Raheens 1-5 Ballymore 3-7
With Raheens having won their first two games and Ballymore losing their opener only a win would keep Ballymore
with any hope of progressing into the semi-finals of the Keogh Cup. Despite Raheens short of some of their regular
starters Ballymore put in a good performance especially in the first half where at half time Ballymore led by 3-4 to 1
point. A goal from Paul Browne, two Eoin Kavanagh penalties and points from Eoin and Shane Kavanagh, Tommie
Archibald and Mark McCarville put the winners in control while Raheens could only respond with a Ross McMahon
free. Raheens applied plenty of pressure in the second half but Ballymore were able to hold out despite a goal from
Kevin Thompson midway through the second half. Two Eoin Kavanagh frees and a point from from play from the
same player was enough to see off the challenge from the home side and put Ballymore back in contention for the
semi-finals. In a much improved team performance Keith Conway, William O’ Donoghue, Alan Rooney, Shane and
Eoin Kavanagh stood out.
More information about the club can be found on our website http://www.kildare.ie/ballymoreeustacegaa/ and the
club has a facebook page that you can become a fan of Ballymore Eustace GAA to get regular updates.
Coaching motto:Children first, Winning second