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The lotto was held in O Riadas on the 5th September for a jackpot of €4,500. Numbers drawn were 13,16,18,24. There was no winner.
Lucky Dips
1. Sean Scanlon, Ballymac
2. Tom Landers, c/o Tony Marshall
3. John Duggan, c/o Tom Leen
4. Silles Family, Caherbreagh
5. Esther O Connor, Scart
Sellers Prize : Mannix PO. The jackpot now stands at €4,600 and can be played at

Our Senior team travel to play John Mitchells in the semi final of the Coiste Tra Li Championship on Saturday evening next. Throw in at the John Mitchels Complex at 5.30pm.

Ballymac are holding their annual golf classic at Beaufort Golf Club on Saturday the 15th of October. The competition is a Stableford 4-man team format. Team of 4 costs €160. All persons interested in entering a team please contact David Slattery at (087) 2201042. Team prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd with the first prize being a 4 Ball at the Old Head of Kinsale. All proceeds go to the continued development of underage football in Ballymac.

Kerry take on Galway in the All Ireland Minor Football final on Sunday next. Ballymac players Micheal Reidy and Tomas O Connor have been part of the panel since the beginning of the year and it would be great to see the boys in Croke Park on the biggest day of the football year. Two other lads involved with the connection to the Parish are David Clifford of Fossa whose mother Ellen is a native of Ballymac and Beales Cormac Linnane son of Mrs Peggy Linnane who is a teacher at Clogher National School. Best of luck to the lads and their team mates on the biggest day of their football lives.

Congratulations to Tomas O Connor and his Crotta team mates who secured the County Minor Hurling Championship with a victory over Lixnaw on Sunday last in Austin Stack Park.

Ballymac U16 boys start their town league campaign with a home fixture against Kerins O’Rahillys at 18.30 on Thursday the 15th of September.

Ballymac U14 boys start their town league campaign with a home fixture against Na Gaeil at 18.30 on Tuesday the 13th of September. Friday the 16th of September has been agreed for the rescheduled Castleisland District A Final between Ballymac A and Currow with the venue yet to be determined. Details of the fixture will be sent out to all relevant parties when finalised. All support on the night would be greatly appreciated.

The U12 Castleisland District finals took place last Saturday the 10th of September with Castleisland Desmonds hosting the event. Ballymac A played against Knock Brosna and Cordal played against Ballymac B. In the Ballymac v Knock/Brosna both teams exchanged early points, but a goal from James Kenny after ten minutes helped to settle our team. As the half went on our team started to get the upper hand with two superb goals from Adam Wharton. We led at halftime on the score line of 3-04 to 0-05. Playing with the wind in the second half, our team quickly got into their stride. Kieran Slattery’s excellent kick outs gave us a great platform to launch our attacks. With Mossie Brennan, Jamie Sugrue, Luke O’ Connell and Eoin Creedon airtight in defense, we continued to dominate. Mark O Connor was having the game of his life, running at Knock/Brosna time and time again and setting up many scores. Maurice O Connell added two further goals which was followed by two superb points from Donal Daly in midfield. At this point the game was over as a contest. Jared O Brien was introduced in the second half and he did well putting Knock/Brosna under pressure at every opportunity. We ran out comfortable winners on a score line of 5-14 to 0-10. Our captain Andy Rogers accepted the trophy on behalf of his team mates. We would like to thank all the parents for their support and Castleisland Desmonds for having the pitch in wonderful condition.

The blue team continued on their winning ways on the following night with a good 5 – 9 to 2 – 4 victory over Ardfert in Division 1 A of the Central Region. This result ensured 2nd place for them in this Division. Many thanks to mentors Roland Rogers, Declan O Connell and Eddie O Connell who had this team playing some fantastic football throughout the year.

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Ballymac u12

Ballymac u12s

Our Gold team took on Cordal on Saturday evening last in Castleisland in the final of their section of the U12 Castleisland District League. Though the lads had to give an extra year to some of the Cordal players they were not daunted in any way by the task in hand. Cordal started the better but our lads gradually fought back and at half time it was Cordal who led by a single point. The second half followed the pattern of the first with Cordal getting in for some early scores. Our lads never gave up and the result was in doubt right until the final whistle but it was the Cordal boys who were celebrating at the end on a final score of Cordal 4 – 13 Ballymac 5 – 7.

On the following evening we took on Ardfert in our final game in Division 1B of the Central Region. Following victories over Austin Stacks, Miltown Castlemaine and Laune Rangers in the early Rounds the team knew a victory would see them top the table. For our lads it was certainly a case of keeping the best till last as they gave an outstanding team performance to finish up comprehensive winners on a 5-16 to 2 – 4 scoreline. Goal keeper Tommy Palmer was outstanding throughout while defenders Michael Culotty, Padraic Heffernan, Luke McGill, Luke Horgan and Jack O Connor didn’t give an inch on the night. The foundation of victory was laid at mid field with Diarmuid Galvin and Sean Rice dominating throughout while forwards Evan Boyle, Niall Collins, Michael Prendergast, Raymond Lowe and Aidan Horgan notched up the necessary scores to ensure victory. Substitutes Cian McCarthy, Sam Mansfield, and Javkaloav Orgonbagor all contributed positively on their introduction. Mention must also be made of team mentors John Rice, Jack Culotty and Martin Lowe for their work with these lads during the year.

The Academy took place last Sunday the 11th of September and we had a good turnout on a good morning for football. Our U10 boys had another training session on the previous Thursday and are progressing well. We have a challenge match against Firies next Thursday night the 15th of September at 6.30 pm on the training pitch. All players please arrive by 6.15 in club colours. We are competing in the Castleisland District U10 blitz in Cordal on Saturday the 17th of September at 10.30am. All players please arrive in full kit by 10.15. We will be entering two teams in the blitz. The academy for our U10 panel will not take place next Sunday morning the 18th of September due to the Blitz the previous day.

The Academy took place last Sunday the 11th of September for our U8 panel. We had a good turnout on the day with the boys progressing well.

U6 Academy Boys & Girls had a good outing last Sunday morning and everyone had lots of fun learning their skills. Academy continues next Sunday the 18th of September on the main pitch so come along and bring your water and gum shield.

Ballymac 1-8 Dingle /Castlegregory 2-7

Last Sunday evening 4th Sept we took on Dingle /Castlegregory in Div 3 North Kerry League in Ballymac . The visitors had competed in a division above us in the co League but that gap wasn’t evident in this game , the Ballymac girls played some great football and were very unlucky not to win this game. Though missing some U14s who were playing also that evening we togged out 18 girls , we started brightly with Aisling O Connell & Niamh Rahilly giving a good platform & supply from midfield . Aisling got our first 2 scores one from a free , new additions Maeve Pierce & Lucy Murphy were showing well at wing forward and corner forward respectively both added a point a piece which put us up 4pt to 1 after 20 mins . Dingle through some positional changes came more into the game & added 2 points to leave the minimum between the sides with a few minutes to half time . Therese Keane at full forward then added a very good score to leave Ballymac up 5-3 at half time. It was a scoreline that didn’t do Ballymac justice as we had dominated possession in the first half , the final pass often didn’t find the target & our accuracy could have been better too .
The 2nd half was a lot more competitive & Dingle had the ball in the net within 5 minutes , which game them confidence . We responded with a free from Aisling . Dingle gained the upper hand for the next 15 mins and added 3 unanswered points to leave it 1-6 to 0-6 in their favour , Leah O Neill , Claire Kenny and Caoimhe Carroll defended bravely in this period . Dingle added another goal to leave them in a strong position heading for the final whistle but a great last quarter from our girls spearheaded by Aine Rice , Rachel Godley & Mary Healy, Robin’s kick outs hitting the wings and finding our girls saw Therese Keane kick another score , Aine Rice added 1-1 to leave the score 1-8 to 2-6 with a minute
to go . Dingle however had a point from a free to leave 2 between us at the end . Though disappointed to lose the girls & management were very happy with the football that was played & the efforts made by all during the game . Maeve Pierce & Lucy Murphy’s display was very encouraging & gives us reason to be hopeful for future games.
We were to play Kerins O Rahilly’s this weekend however they have conceded to us , which leaves us facing Duagh again in the League Shield final venue and time still to be confirmed

The Annual Siobhan Cotter Blitz will take place in Churchill on Sunday the 09th of October 2016. This Blitz will see our U7, 8, 9 and 10 panels playing on the day. Ballymac were narrowly defeated last year in a play-off game by Austin Stacks. Best of luck to all the boys participating. Details of the blitz will be sent on by the co-ordinators.

Welldone to Daire Keane on winning the Munster U16 semi final 21. 2 and 21. 5. Final on next weekend venue to be decided.

Best wishes to the Dowling family as they take their dog Ballymac Matt to Shelbourne Park on Saturday evening next for the Greyhound Derby Final. Indeed with a bit of luck a second dog from the Parish could be joining him in the final however the Metmeinthehalfway Syndicate greyhound College Paradise was narrowly pipped for a place in the final in the semi final on Saturday evening last.

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