Ballymacelligott GAA Club Notes 26th February 2023
By Joanne Long PRO
Tralee/St Brendan’s SFL Group B 2023 Round 3
Churchill 2-09 Ballymac 1-11
Snap shots of some of the positives from today: Despite the bitter cold it was a wonderful day for football. A great pitch and Facilities in in Churchill. We had a fine squad. Our team was led by our Captain Vinny Horan. Vinny came on in his first senior match under Manager Barry O’Shea and Gene O’Keeffe as selector ten years ago in 2013 after a very successful seven years at under age. Even at under 12 he showed his leadership skills.
Our Vice Captain for the year is Michéal Reidy who was voted the players player of the year for 2022. Michéal also played his way up through the Coiste na nÓg ranks and played with the Kerry Minor team. He made his senior debut in 2015 under Manager Stephen O’Brien. His commitment to the Ballymac Jersey is seen at every game. Our team played well today and the scoring and defending was good. We had patches that were a learning experience. Overall, it was a good outing for the players and those loyal supporters who braved the cold to cheer them on.
Churchill put the first point on the scoreboard and failed to score for the next fifteen minutes. During this time Darragh Regan scored a goal with a point in either side from Donal Daly. Two more points followed from Niall Collins and Vinny Horan before Churchill shook off the cobwebs and scored a goal and two points. This left one point between the teams. Vinny Horan scored two fine points before the break to leave the half time score Churchill 1-3 to Ballymac 1-06.
Vinny Horan scored the first point of the second half and this was immediately followed by a goal from Churchill. The game continued with pointed scores from both sides. Coming up to full time it was level 1-11 to 2-08 and then just before the final whistle Churchill scored a vital point that gave them the victory.
It was a tough physical game today. We need games like that. Our back-line looked good today particularly Cian Counihan and Diarmuid Galvin catching and fielding some fine high balls. The blend of the seasoned players with the novices continues with a lot more work to do.
Team and Scorers: Christy Leen, Dave Long, Dylan Dunne Moriarty, Diarmuid Galvin, Cian Counihan, Michéal Reidy, Josh O’Keeffe,Cathal Dunne, Michael Herlihy, Adam Sheehy, Vinny Horan (0-5), Daire Keane (0-1), Niall Collins (0-1), Darragh Regan (1-1), Donal Daly (0-2). Sean Rice, Aidan Horgan,
Subs Used: Sean Rice, Skye Lynch (0-1), and Barry Lyons.
Panel on the day: Darragh Sweeney, Luke Horgan, Conor Brick, and Jack Kavanagh
Ballymacelligott B v Laune Rangers B – Minor County League Div 8 – Round 1
Laune Rangers 1-09
Our Minor team played in the first round of the county league Division 8 against Laune Rangers in blustery conditions on Sunday. This was a historic occasion for the club as it was the first time the club fielded a second team at minor level.
Ballymac started this game slowly and after 10 minutes Ballymac trailed Laune Rangers 1-04 to 0-01. Ballymac soon got to grips with this game and at half time the game was level ar 1-04 apiece the goal coming from Ballymac captain Alex O’Riordan in the 17th minute.
In the second half, Ballymac soon took control with some well taken scores with a wind slightly favouring Ballymac in the second half. The crucial score came in the seventh minute of the second half with a well taken goal from Ciarán O’Connell. The game was strongly contested throughout with Ballymac running out four-point winners on a scoreline of Ballymac 2-10 Laune Rangers 1-09.
Well done to our boys for the effort and application shown.
Ciarán O’Connell (1-03), Alex O’Riordan (1-0) Jamie Burke (0-02), Luke Griffin (0-02), Cathal White (0-02) Gearoid Healy (0-01)
Congratulations to our Senior Men and our Senior Ladies County teams on their wins over the weekend
Senior men – Kerry 0-12 to Armagh 0-11
Senior Ladies – Kerry 1-18 to Meath 0-09
The date is set Academy will return on 12th March 2023 at 11am
Along with the Academy there is also a drop and swap for club gear and boots from 11 am in clubrooms
We will have an information morning for our beginners at the pitch from 11 am-12pm on Sunday 5th March
Looking forward to seeing all our young players.
Health and Well-being
Gentle reminder please complete the healthy club survey, which will close on Friday 3rd March 2023
How can our Healthy Club at Ballymacelligott GAA support you? What do you want to see our Healthy Club engaging in? Here is your chance: only takes 5 minutes of your time but will have potentially far-reaching value for the health and well-being of our club, players, members, families, and wider Ballymacelligott community.
Our club were represented in County teams over the weekend Minor and Under 16 ladies
Kerry Minor Ladies played Waterford, we had Roisin Rahilly, Keelin Enright, Sarah Scanlon and Kerry Hennesey on the team and Donal Rahilly and Micheal Broderick on the management team, final score was Kerry 2-11 to Waterford 3-9
U16 A Kerry Ladies
On the under 16A ladies team we had Jamie Lee O’Connor (right full back) and Anna Collins (full back) on the team who played Clare in the first round of the Munster Championship.
This ended in a draw Kerry 2-07 to Clare 2-07
On Monday 20th February 2023, Kevin Leen, Caoimhe and Conor conducted the lotto draw. Bridget Leen over-saw the proceedings.
The Numbers drawn were: 1, 5,19,31
There was no winner of this week’s Jackpot of €1500
Congratulations to the lucky dip winners this week:
€30.00- Mary Riordan (Annual Ticket)
€20.00 Tom Slattery (Quick Pick c/o Joanne Long)
€20.00- Sharon Hanafin (Quick Pick)
Next week’s Jackpot is €1600 and the draw will take place on Facebook Live on Monday, 27th February
Play Ball Lotto Ticket sales close at 6 pm sharp.
Tickets can be purchased https://play.clubforce.com/play_newa.asp?ll_id=2258&PC=0&RP=#Anchor
or from our regular sellers Paula Silles, Gene O’Keeffe, and The Half Way Shop.
The closing time for entries from the shop will be 4 pm on Mondays to facilitate the draw.
Why not try ‘3 for a Fiver’ this week?! It could be your lucky week while also supporting your local club.
Caption: Anna Collins and Jamie Lee O’Connor who played with u16A Kerry ladies who drew against Clare on Sunday 26th February 2023