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Under 16 Girls

Ballymac  2-10

John Mitchel’s 1-4

The Ballymac U16 girls finished up their season last Wed night with a well deserved victory over John Mitchell’s in the Tralee Town Board Sheild final .

Following the defeat to Abbeydorney after extra time in the NK League final the girls were very determined to make amends in this game & from the beginning they set about the task with great gusto .   5 star performances from goalie Robyn White & Eve Creedon for the hour were key to the win . Aisling O Connell , Niamh Rahilly . Aine Rice , Maeve O Sullivan & Caoimhe Carroll contributed handsomely to the performance also .

The first half was quite competitive but some fine saves from Robyn & brave defending from Mitchell’s meant we only led by 2 at the break 4pt to 2pt’s despite having the better of the chances . Caoimhe Carroll , Emily O Donoghue , Lisa Curran & Aine Rice providing the scores for Ballymac .

The 2nd half was a different story once Eve Creedon ( who notched 1-3 from midfield)  raced through the middle to shoot the ball to the Mitchell’s net after 2 minutes , Kate O Connor & Eve added further scores & we proceeded to dominate the 2nd half .

Mitchell’s in a rare purple patch kicked 1-1 but from the next attack Lisa Curran found the net to eliminate any doubt about the result . A well deserved win for this group & a great team performance from 1 to 18 .

Captain Aine Rice received the shield from ref John Ross & she proceeded to give her acceptance speech as Gaeilge ! Maith u Aine .

Team : Robyn White , Maeve O Sullivan , Niamh Rahilly , Sinead Mc Kewon , Roisin Long , Caoimhe Carroll , Sophie O Donoghue , Aisling O Connell , Eve Creedon ( 1-3) , Emily O Brien , Aine Rice  (0-1) Cait Rice , Lisa Curran (1-2) Emily O Donoghue (0-2) Lorna Daly . Subs : Kate O Connor (0-1), Holly Geary , Cora Savage

Under 14 Girls

The club’s under 14 ladies met Na Gaeil in the Tralee Town League Division 1 final in Na Gaeil on Sunday last and came out deserving winners after a nervy finish with a goal separating the sides at the final whistle.

The final score was 0-9 to 1-9 in favour of our girls after a nip and tuck battle all time way. Na Gaeil dominated possession in the first half of  the game but couldn’t convert their chances , missing two penalties , one in the first and and one in the second half.

Our goalie Lorna Daly showed huge courage on both occasions saving and clearing her lines to great effect. At the other end especially in the first half, we took our chances leading at halftime 1-6 to  0-5.

Captain Cora Savage got on the scoreboard on five occasions, two frees with Mary Ann Fleming getting the other point. Mid way though the first half we lost our full forward Emily O Donoghue though injury and in the process a huge scoring threat .

In her place Eimear Curran came on ,and was outstanding, getting our final score in the half a great goal, stealing inside her marker and finishing with aplomb to the back of the net giving the goalie no chance.

This put the girls four points to the good at halftime . The second-half was very evenly contested with both sides missing chances.

With the two Roisins, Long and Rahilly driving them on from defence we kept Na Gaeil to four points only scoring three ourselves  two from Cora and one from Eimear Curran. The girls deserve great praise for keeping going to the end, especially after having had a couple of tough games the last few weeks.

Today was their day to be rewarded for all their work throughout the season. As mentioned Lorna in goals was excellent, in the backs the two Roisins, Sophie O Donoghue and Holly Geary led the way, along with Emily in midfield and upfront Cora Savage, Mary Ann Fleming and Eimear Curran came out best on the day.

The cup was presented to captain Cora Savage by ref Tadhg Murphy after the game , who himself had a fine game. Team; Lorna Daly, Sophie O Donoghue, Roisin Long, Grainne Galvin, Aoife Galvin, Holly Geary, Sinead Mc Keown, Alyssa Leen, Cora Savage(c), Mary Ann Fleming, Ciara Palmer, Emily O Donoghue,  Kate O Connor. Subs ; Eimear Curran (15mins), Millie Dunne, Laura Dunne, Kerry Hennessey, Ellie Linehan, Emma Leen, Shonagh Griffin.

FAOI 8 – Annual Review

Our U8 boys began the football year last March and continued for most Sundays until October when on the final day Kerry All Ireland Minor winners Brian Lonergan and David Clifford brought the Tommy Markham Cup to the Club.

Throughout the year we had a great turnout for our academy, many thanks to all parents who brought the boys each morning. The most pleasing aspect was the improvement in the skills of the players from week to week.

For the lads to continue their development it is important that they continue to practice over the Winter months.

We played games against other Clubs during the year and also took part in Blitzes organised by the Co Board, John Mitchels and Churchill where we were more than a match for all our opposition. Look forward to seeing all the boys back on Sunday mornings again in 2018.

Panel: Conor Lynch, Darragh McMahon, Ryan Burke, Liam Brennan, Bryan Kelly, Cathal Carr, Fionn Enright, Kyran Boyle, Conor McCarthy, Shane Cassidy, Jimmy Healy, Graham West, Liam O’ Rahilly, Jack Fleming, Jackson Brosnan, Jack Collins, Seadhna O’ Brian, Daniel Moriarty, Gearoid O’ Connor, Adrian O’ Connor, Oran Silles, Gearoid Joy, Alexander Aherne, Eric Quirke, Harvey Leen, Jamie Harrington, Shane O’ Sullivan, Jack Lynch, Evan Horgan, Tadhg O’ Connor, Patrick Leen, James Freeman, Ciaran Brosnan, Oliver Mason

FAOI 6 – Annual Review

Although the numbers taking part at under 6 level were not as high as 2016 there was no less commitment and enthusiasm. The year started in the community hall where new players interacted with last year’s group. Lots of fun was had playing games and coordination exercises. Before the children trained in the main pitch they braved the elements by attending the St Patrick’s day Parade. Each Sunday the players enhanced their skills through drills and exercises and notable improvement was seen week after week. Towards the end of the year the boys were able to show their skills when they played against Kerins O’ Rahillys and Fossa. After the Fossa game the players were presented with medals by Kerry minor star David Clifford bringing 2017’s Academy to close. Mentors: Andrew Scanlon, Francie Hobbert, John Leen, Thomas Lyons

Under 14A

14s had a very successful year with a strong panel of 28 players and 17 of these players on the age of 14. A decision was based on quality and quantities of players that we would enter Division 1 for all competitions.

Playing County League and Central Region Div 1 saw us qualify for the semi final stages of both  competitions only to lose out narrowly to the same opposition of Laune Rangers on both occasions.

During our County League campaign we played games against Dr Crokes, Austin Stacks, Laune Rangers, Kilcummin and Glenflesk whilst in Central Region competition we played Austin Stacks, Laune Rangers, Na Gaeil, Castlegregory and Ardfert, all above proved very formidable opposition and Ballymac can be very proud of their venture into Div 1 football.

Two competitions we had success in was Tralee Town League and Castleisland District, Town Board ran of some of their fixtures prior to County League where we lost our opening games to Stacks and Strand Road mainly due to unavailability of some stronger players.

These defeats saw us qualify for Div 2 final which was played in September where we had a comprehensive win over Kerins O Rahillys and captain on the day Adam Walker lifted our first silverware of the year.

With our experience and tempo gained from playing Div 1 football we proved too strong for all opposition in Castleisland District Competition, beating Mitchels and Desmonds qualified us for the A final where we played the 3 team combination of Knock/Brosna/Duagh. Putting in another solid performance saw us dominate this game and gave captain Denis Brosnan the privilege of lifting our second trophy this year.

This year also saw us participate in the Munster Feile held in Mallow. With Clubs in attendance such as Nemo Rangers, Eire Og, Ballincollig and Kenmare competition on the day was formidable.

It was truly the highlight of our year making it all the way to a Munster Final and to have the honour of representing our club and county at this stage of the Munster Feile, unfortunately in what can only described as an 8 goal thriller of a final we narrowly lost out to Ballincollig on a score of 5-04 to 3-07.

Castleisland District U14s were crowned County Champions this year and Ballymac players had a significant input into this accolade as new fewer than 10 players represent Ballymac on the squad, congratulations to all involved for what is an outstanding achievement.

Many thanks to players and parents for their commitment throughout the year and special thanks to mentors Tony Silles, Gene O Keeffe, Liam Joy, Liam Sweeney and Eddie O Connell for guiding this team to great success in 2017.

Ballymac u11 and u 10 boys travelled to Glanmire on Saturday last to participate in the first running of their u11 memorial Blitz.

Teams participating were Bandon, Coora Clare, Glanmire and Ballymac with each club entering two teams. The standard of football was very hire with Glanmire deserving winners on the day.

Ballymac aquitted themselves very well winning three and losing three matches. The trip rounded off a very successful year for this group of young players. Thanks to Glanmire for their warm welcome and thier invitation to a very well ran tournament.

Ballymacelligott Parish Bazaar & Sale of Work:

The Annual Ballymacelligott Parish Bazaar and Sale of Work takes place once again this year. It will be held at St. Brendan’s Hall Ballydwyer on Sunday 19th November from 6pm until 10pm and Monday 20th November 7.30pm until late.

A large selection of Hampers, Door Prizes, Auctions and Raffles will be available on both nights. Lots of activities for both young and old plus great fun is guaranteed and all are most welcome to what is always a very enjoyable event!!

Lotto Results 06/11/2017
Venue: Halfway Bar
Jackpot: €2,200
Numbers Drawn: 16, 17, 20, 28
No Winner
Lucky Dip winners ….
1.Brendan Mannix c/o mannix .p.o
2.Kathleen o Shea Clahane
3.Sheila and Garry Broone co clare
4.Kathleen Nolan c/o Pat mcdonnell
5.Christy McCarthy c/o D Lynch
Seller: Brendan Mannix
Next Weeks Jackpot: €2,300
Venue: O Riadas Bar
Date: 13/11/2017


We are appealing to the public to please support our upcoming fundraiser.  We will be going door to door selling Kerry Camogie Christmas Draw tickets, 1 for a €5, 3 for €10 & 7 for €20 for some fantastic prizes.

1st prize €750, 2nd prize €350, 3rd prize hamper value €200, 4th prize hamper value €120 & 5th prize hamper value €80.

2017 was an excellent year for Kerry Camogie with success at U14, U15 & Minor with All Ireland Titles.  Our senior team won the Munster Junior Championship and reached the semi-final of the Liberty Insurance League & Championship and will be aiming to go one better in 2018.

There is a lot of expense associated with this number of teams representing Kerry proudly in Camogie and we hope that funds raised in this draw will help offset some of the costs in 2018.  We appreciate your continued support of Kerry Camogie both on and off the field.

Save The Date !

Ballymac Strictly Come Dancing will take place on February 3rd 2018 at the Ballygarry Hotel Tralee and we are really looking forward to this annual event which has always proven a great night of entertainment .

Our new team of dancers are already in rehearsals and you are guaranteed a fantastic exhibition of dance and fun on the night. Tickets will be available very soon.

So save the date and see you in February!!

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