Club Notes Archive - 2006

Box. APRIL
4 April

Our senior and reserve teams will be in action again this Saturday evening, see separate section for fixtures. In addition to losing against St. Eunans on Sunday, the seniors also lost the services of Thomas McPhelim to a hamstring injury. It is hoped to see him back in action very soon. The reserves managed a har-fought draw against the same opposition with Shane McShea in sparkling form while the third team easily accounted for Four Masters on Saturday evening. The thirds have a free weekend this weekend.

Barry Travers has been appointed reserve team manager for the forthcoming season. He will be assisted by Maurice McLaughlin and John Travers. They are wished well for the forthcoming season, on the basis of Sunday past, there is potential in the squad for a good 2006.

Thanks to all who assisted in carrying out stewarding, catering and general duties for the staging of the Longford game on Tuesday evening at short notice. It would be fair to say that the club again met expectations when it comes to staging big matches and the pitch was in the best condition possible given the recent poor weather. Well done to the ground staff.

It is with some dismay that the club has still failed to come up with somebody to fill the position of part-time coaching officer given that it is a paid position for people satisfying the relevant Dept. of Social Affairs criteria. If you or anyone you know in Ballyshannon or surrounding areas is interested contact Tom Daly immediately at 071 98 52595.

Training for u-10s continues this Saturday at 11am sharp in Munday's field.

The u-12's tasted defeat for the first time this season when they travelled to Dungloe last Saturday. Aodh Ruadh went down on a scoreline of 4-1 to 5-10. On the scoresheet for the Ballyshannon team were Jonathan Gethins with a goal and point, and Paddy Gillespie, Dominic Boyle and James Kelly with a goal each. There was a different story when Aodh Ruadh traveled to take on Naomh Conall on Monday night. The team put in a stirring effort all over the pitch, running out good winners on a 2-9 to 1-3 scoreline. Alan Finan along with Eamon McGrath and PJ Gillespie in the half back line kept scoring opportunities for the Glenties side to a minimum. Meanwhile Fergal Meehan and Pauric Patton were prominent in attack, along with Colm Kelly and Jonathan Gethins who made their chances count when they came their way. Jonathan Gethins top-scored for Aodh Ruadh with 1-2 and was ran close by Colm Kelly who picked of four fine points. Fergal Meehan got in on the action with a well-worked goal and Charlie Patton and Pauric Patton each came away with a point a piece.

The u-12's are in action in Mountcharles on Monday night against St Naul's. There is training on Friday at 6.30pm in Munday's field.

The u-14s are training tomorrow, Friday from 4-6pm and again on Tuesday from 4-6pm. The management of the Aodh Ruadh u-14 team send their congratulations to the Colaiste Colmcille u-14 team who won the Ulster final last week.

The u-16s have training next Wednesday at 6pm.

The minors travel to Garrison for a challenge match tonight, Thursday, at 8pm. Minor training continues on Monday, at 8pm.

U-10 girls training will not be on over the Easter holidays and will continue from Wednseday 26th April at 6 in Munday's field. U-12 girls training Fridays in Munday's field at 4.15pm. U-16 girls training Mondays at 7pm. Senior ladies training Wednesdys in Munday's field at 7pm.

Anyone interested in training the under 16 girls are asked to contact Shane on 0876888789.

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11 April

All our adult football teams have a free weekend this weekend. Our seniors drew while our reserves won having made the long trip north to Malin on Saturday evening last. Thanks to all who made the trip to support the players. Barry Ward has been made senior team captain for the year.

110 club members were posted three tickets for the forthcoming county board draw in February. Many of these people have not returned their tickets, could they please do so immediately as a matter of courtesy. It is unfair to other club members to have to make repeated calls to get back these tickets, return them now. On that note, a number of club memberships, both adult and underage, are outstanding. These must be paid to Terence McShea without further delay.

The club's progress in cultural matters and Scor was acknowledged at the county ceili in Muff last Friday night when Aodh Ruadh picked up the non Gaeltacht club of the year. This was based on the club's recent performances in Scor na nOg and an evening of music for National Schools in the area organised in March last which was very successful.

Substantial information on the fixture schedule for the year for our adult football and hurling teams is available on our club website, www.aodhruadh.org full unedited club notes will also appear on this site on a weekly basis.

There is u-10 training today, Thursday at 6.30pm. There will be no session this Saturday, the next session will be next Thursday at 6.30pm.

The u-12s recorded another impressive victory on Monday night when they beat Saint Nauls by 5-3 to 2-4. The defensive unit of Eamon McGrath, Thomas Anderson and Darren Gethins, PJ Gillespie, Alan Finan and Kieran Keown worked hard to keep the strong Saint Nauls challenge at bay. Up front, Jonathan Gethins was top-scorer for the third game in a row with 2-1. Also on the score sheet were Fergal Meehan with two goals, David McGurrin with 1-1 and Thomas Hughes who picked off a point. Colm Kelly also played his heart out. The next action for the u-12s is against Killybegs in Fr Tierney Park on Monday night. There is training on Friday at 6.30pm in Munday's field.

The u-14s are training tomorrow, Friday from 4-6pm and again on Tuesday from 4-6pm.

Aodh Ruadh u-16's make the short trip to take on Bundoran on Friday at 6.30pm. Training continues next Wednesday at 6pm.

Minor training continues on Monday, at 8pm.

U-10 girls training will recommence on Wednesday 26th of April at 6pm in Munday's field.

U-14 and u-16 girls training will take place next Monday at 11.00am in Mundays field. Any queries contact Claire on 071 9852872.

Senior girls training continues every Wednesday at 7pm. The senior had a very convincing league win over Downings at the weekend as they aim to pick up where they left off last season.

The minor hurlers have started their league campaign well with recent victories over Setanta and McCumhaills. This is the club`s first minor hurling team in 10 years.

The senior hurlers played three useful challenge games against Four Masters (twice) and Na Magha of Derry recently. The Ulster senior club hurling league and Co. Donegal hurling league games commence over the next few weeks. In fact, our hurlers are away to Ballymachugh this Saturday evening with a 6.30pm throw-in in the Ulster senior club hurling league.

Colaiste Cholmcille's u-16 hurlers ended their Ulster hurling Colleges campaign with victories over St. Eunans, Letterkenny and St. Michaels, Enniskillen and a loss to St. Colmans, Newry. This was the first time that Colaiste Cholmcille entered a team in the schools college hurling competition.

The Annual Alan Ryan/Seamus Grimes u-16 Hurling Tournament takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May in the Park and Munday`s field.

Under age hurling coaching continues after Easter every Sunday in Munday`s field at 12 noon.

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18 April

There is u-10 training today, Thursday, at 6.30pm and on Saturday at 11am.

Aodh Ruadh u-12s took on Killybegs in Fr Tierney Park on Monday night. Aodh Ruadh lost out by a point in a low scoring game where the defences were on top. A downpour in the middle of the match made for heavy underfoot conditions which were unfavourable for attacking football. That said, it was yet another impressive display from the defensive unit of Eamon McGrath, Thomas Anderson, Darren Gethins, PJ Gillespie, Alan Finan and Kieran Keown. James Barron had his best game at midfield to date and was well partnered by Shane O'Donnell. Jonathan Gethins grabbed a goal whilst David McGurrin picked off the two points. Next up are Ardara at home on Monday night. There is u-12 training on Friday at 6.30pm in Munday's field.

The u-14s are taking part in Féile Peil na nÓg in Donegal town this Saturday. Aodh Ruadh is pooled with Bundoran, Naomh Bríd and Pettigo. The panel will be supplied with further details on the event at Friday training. Training is at 4pm on Friday and again on Tuesday from 4pm.

Aodh Ruadh u-16s were defeated in Bundoran last Friday 1-12 to 0-09. The team travels to Ballina for a tournament this Saturday. Aodh Ruadh is pooled with Roscommon Gaels, Salthill and Ard na Ri. The bus leaves for the tournament at 9pm. The remaining two league fixtures against Dungloe and Naomh Conall will be played next week. Dates have yet to be fixed and the panel will be notified in due course. Training continues next Wednesday at 6pm.

The Minors are scheduled to have their first competitive outing of the year away against Naomh Bríd in the League next Wednesday at 7pm. Minor training continues on Monday, at 8pm. The website, www.aodhruadh.org, has been updated with the minor league fixtures for the year.

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25 April

It's a busy weekend this Bank Holiday with plenty of activity for our adult teams. The seniors and reserves are at home to Gweedore on Saturday evening, 6pm and 7.15pm throw-ins while the third team travel to St. Nauls for a 7.15pm throw-in.

On Monday, the seniors travel to take on high-flying Ardara who top division 1A.

Reports on all senior matches played to date are available on www.aodhruadh.org anybody with any information in terms of match reports for the website is asked to e-mail them to john@killcasa.com or sean.perry@oceanfm.ie

The club would like to wish Kerry Ryan junior well in his current tour of duty with the Irish army in Kosovo. It is hoped Kerry will be back in the club colours soon.

The Alan Ryan / Seamus Grimes Annual Under 16 Hurling Tournament takes place this Monday 1st May (Bank Holiday) in Fr. Tierney Park and Munday`s Field, commencing at 11am. Teams from Donegal and Sligo will participate and the tournament will conclude at 4 p.m. Senior hurlers, club members and supporters are asked to assist on the day. The senior hurlers recorded a good win at home in the league on Saturday evening last. They play their third match in the Ulster senior hurling league on Saturday evening at 6.30pm away to MacCumhaills.

U-10 girls training will take place every Wednesday from 6-7 in Munday's field. U-12 girls training will take place this Friday at 4.15pm, with a game this Saturday with a time still to be announced.

U-14 and u-16 girls training will take place next week on Monday at 11am. Senior girls training continues every Wednesday at 7pm.

There is a meeting of the Bord na nOg committee in Aras Aoidh Ruadh next Wednesday, May 3rd at 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

There is u-10 boys training today, Thursday, at 6.30pm and on Saturday at 11am. Early advance notice of two tournaments on the horizon. The first blitz of the year takes place in Ardara on Saturday 6th May. On the following day, the Community Games take place on Inch Island, near Dunfanaghy, that's Sunday 7th May. More information on the events in next week's paper and the club website.

U-12 table-toppers, Ardara were the visitors at Fr Tierney Park on Monday night. However they only managed to leave Ballyshannon with a point as the teams drew 3-7 a piece in a close-fought encounter. Aodh Ruadh turned in a brilliant 15 man performance playing with heart, courage and commitment well beyond their years. It was next to impossible to pick out a man of the match, but Kieran Keown gave an outstanding performance at right half back, which exemplified the kind of spirit Aodh Ruadh played with. Kieran got on the scoresheet with a fine point from a 45. Once again Jonathan Gethins was top scorer, this time clocking up 1-2. David McGurrin took 3 points, one from a free. Colm Kelly and Pauric Patton each grabbed a goal a piece whilst Fergal Meehan also scored a point. Next up are Four Masters at home on Monday night. There is u-12 training on Wednesday at 6.30pm and on Friday again at 6.30pm.

The u-14s had mixed fortunes in Féile Peil na nÓg in Donegal town last Saturday. Some soft goals cost the team against Bundoran as they were pipped by a few points. However they powered back with renewed determination against Four Masters in the next and earned a well deserved win. The day's exertions told against Killybegs though, and Aodh Ruadh did not progress further. There were a number of encouraging displays throughout the tournament: Peter Boyle was excellent at full forward as was Luke Toland at half forward. Patrick Meehan gave a very robust display at full back and Cillian Doyle also showed strongly. The u-14s travel to Kinlough tomorrow, Friday, for a match. Training is at Tuesday from 4pm.

The u-16s take on Dungloe in their penultimate league fixture tomorrow, Friday. The bus leaves Ballyshannon at 5pm. The final league fixture against Naomh Conall will be played next week and the panel will be notified in due course. Training continues next Wednesday at 6pm.

The minors take on Dungloe in Father Tierney Park next Wednesday at 7pm. Training continues on Thursday, at 8pm.

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