Club Notes Archive - 2006

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2 May

Our seniors recorded a wholly merited victory over Gweedore in Fr. Tierney Park in their third league match of the season, see club website for report. The reserves and third team lost out, all three teams are in action this weekend once more, the seniors and reserves are at home to Four Masters on Sunday afternoon at 1.30pm and 3pm while the third team hosts Ardara on Saturday evening at 7.30pm.

The hurlers opened their Donegal league campaign with a trip to Letterkenny to play St Eunans last night, they are scheduled to play Four Masters at home next Wednesday evening, again at 7.30pm.

The Aodh Ruadh u-16 hurlers captured the Alan Ryan trophy for the second year in a row when they defeated McCumhaills in the final of the Alan Ryan/Seamus Grimes Annual u-16 hurling tournament on Monday 1st May which was played in the Park and in Munday`s Field. Outstanding players for Aodh Ruadh were Cian Dolan, Paul Hughes and Ciaran Kilgannon and the management team consisted of Kevin Loughlin, Anthony Coughlin, Dennis Doherty, Peter O`Keeffe and Johnny Dolan.

Martin `Kerry` Ryan presented the Alan Ryan Cup on behalf of the Ryan family to Aodh Ruadh captain Paul Hughes and Kathleen Grimes presented the Seamus Grimes memorial trophy to the Manorhamilton team. McCumhaills won the Erne Dale Shield. Hurling Chairman John Larkin thanked all who helped to make the tournament such a success on a glorious Bank Holiday May Day, including the team mentors, park officials, sponsors and the group of ladies who prepared the food and refreshments.

Five teams participated,including Aodh Ruadh, McCumhaills, Buncrana, Setanta and Manorhamilton. Eoghan Rua O`Neill refereed the two finals.

The first u-10 blitz of the year takes place in Ardara on Saturday. The bus leaves the park at 10am. Play starts at 11.30am in Ardara. On Sunday Aodh Ruadh will compete in the u-9 and half section in the Community Games which take place on Inch Island, near Dunfanaghy. The bus for this event leaves Ballyshannon at 9pm sharp. There is u-10 training today, Thursday, at 6.30pm.

Four Masters u-12s made the short trip down the N15 to Ballyshannon on Monday night. Aodh Ruadh were in no mood to be neighbourly though, as they took the spoils with a well-earned 4-5 1-8 victory. Four Masters had improved greatly since the teams first encountered each other at the start of the league. The Donegal town team's back line, in particular, was much strengthened. However an accomplished and disciplined team effort by Aodh Ruadh was sufficient to carry the day. Matthew Gettins at corner back gave a superb display of football in the first half and just shaded it as the man of the match overall. The title of top scorer was shared between Jonathan Gethins with 2-0 and David McGurrin with 1-3. James Barron capped a manly performance with a point. Fergal Meehan and PJ Gillespie also got on the scoresheet, Fergal with a goal and PJ with a point. Next up are Dungloe at home on Monday night. There is u-12 training on Wednesday at 6.30pm and on Friday again at 6.30pm.

There was a good showing in the u-14 Feile by Ryan Hoey, Ronan Drummond, Jack Matthews and Gerard Kelly. The u-14s are training on Tuesdays and Friday at 6pm.

The u-16s had a disappointing loss to Dungloe in their penultimate league fixture. The next action for the team is against Ardara in the championship. The first leg game takes places at 7.30pm tomorrow, Friday, in Father Tierney Park. Support makes a big difference at this grade of football and we would appeal to anyone who can make it to go along and get behind the team. Parents are especially encouraged to turn out and lend their voices to the cause. The final league fixture against Naomh Conall may possibly be played next week; the panel will be notified should there be any developments. Training continues next Wednesday at 6pm.

Aodh Ruadh minors recorded a 2-09 to 0-15 draw with a much-fancied Naomh Bríd side last Wednesday. Nine months of hard training finally paid off with the Ballyshannon men turning in a fine all-round performance. The full back unit of Eunan McCosker, Michael Ward and Damien Carey all had outstanding games, as had Darren Drummond at centre half back. Donagh McIntyre and Matthew Thompson battled hard at midfield paving the way for the forwards to do the damage in front of the posts. Jason Kane, Nicky Sheerin and Diarmuid McInerney, in particular, gave terrific displays in the forwards. The next engagement for the minors is away to Four Masters next Wednesday. The game against Dungloe which was to have been played yesterday has been rescheduled for 12 May. Training continues on Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm.

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9 May

Following three wins out of three last weekend, the senior, reserve and third teams are all in action once more this weekend, Kilcar providing the opposition. The club website is carrying reports of all senior matches, anyone interested in contributing reports for any other club match contact Sean Perry or John Hughes. The thirds are at home to Kilcar on Saturday evening at 7.30pm while the seniors and reserves travel to Towney for 3pm and 1.30pm throw-ins respectively on Sunday afternoon.

The club will be expected to provide a minimum of four stewards for the forthcoming Donegal v Down Ulster championship clash in Ballybofey on June 4th, all expressions of interest to members of the executive.

The Azzurri county board golf classic takes place in Ballybofey and Stranorlar golf club on Saturday, May 27th. There are eight team prizes up for grabs on the day, teams of four are priced at €300. It is hoped that a team from our club would be able to travel on the day.

The hurling section of the club website (www.aodhruadh.org) has been updated with details of Aodh Ruadh's encounters in the Ulster Senior Club League, the County Donegal Minor hurling league and a full report on the Alan Ryan/Seamus Grimes u-16 Hurling tournament. Check out the 'What's New' section in the right column for the latest updates.

The hurlers Ulster club match against Carrickmacross did not go ahead last Saturday evening. John Rooney's side were due to play Four Masters in the Donegal league last night in Ballyshannon after an encouraging win over St Eunans in O'Donnell park in last week's midweek game.

Last week was a particularly busy week for hurling in the club. On Monday, the under 16 hurlers won the Alan Ryan Cup in the local hurling tournament.

On Wednesday, the Senior hurlers defeated St. Eunan`s in the County hurling League by 1-5 to 0-6 to maintain a good run of results. The Senior hurlers have clocked up recent victories over Ballymachugh, County Cavan and Na Magha, County Derry in the Ulster League, losing just once to McCumhails.

The Minor hurlers defeated McCumhails on Thursday in the County minor league.

Then, on Friday, a small piece of history was created when the club fielded an under 10 hurling team for the first time. They played a successful challenge game against Four Masters in Tir Conail Park. The team was Dylan Newell, Rossa McCosker, Thomas Gillespie, Eugene Drummond, Christopher Kilpatrick, Colm Kelly, Brian Ward, Jamie Brennan, Oisin Roper, Patrick Cassidy, Oisin Rooney, Ronan Storey, Ronan McMullin, Brendan Gillespie, Darie Doyle. Subs, Conor Gilmartin and Rory Cullen. Manager was John Rooney and his mentors were Ciaran Kilgannon, Brian Fox and Stewart Doyle.

Training for all under age hurlers continues on Sundays in Munday`s field at 12 noon.

Bord na nÓg has set dates for its annual tournaments. The PJ Roper u-16 Tournament will be played on Saturday 27th May. The Willie Rogers u-12 Tournament will take place on Saturday 17th June. The Mick Shannon u-10 Tournament will be played on Saturday 24th June. The inaugural Sean Slevin Minor Tournament takes place on Saturday 15th July. Both Fr. Tierney Park and Munday's Field have been booked for each of these tournaments from 11am to 4pm on the dates in question. Bord na nÓg asks other teams to take note of these dates when scheduling training and fixtures.

The u-10s had a great weekend of football. The blitz in Ardara was the first of the season and the "A" team took time to find their rhythm, but came good towards the end of the competition. The "B"s found their feet a bit quicker and won their section. Many thanks to Ardara who ran a well organised blitz and looked after the participating teams well. The u-9 and halfs traveled to Dunfanaghy on Sunday to the Community Games and came home with the bronze medal. There is u-10 training today, Thursday, at 6.30pm and again on Saturday 11am. The next blitz will be in Glenties on 20th May.

The u-12s had a costly loss against Dungloe on Monday night in their race for a play-off place. Aodh Ruadh were well on top in the first half and went in ahead at half by 0-4 to no score. However a blistering third quarter by Dungloe did all the damage as the Aodh Ruadh defence was caught napping on a number of occasions. The Ernesiders came back in the final quarter, but time ran out on them and the game finished with Dungloe winning on a scoreline of 1-6 to 1-9. David McGurrin led the line for Aodh Ruadh with 1-3, Kieran Keown picked off 0-2 and Jonathan Gethins pitched in with a point. Next up are Naomh Conall 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 a good win against Kinlough in a challenge game last Saturday. In a game played in poor weather conditions in the Leitrim ground the Ballyshannon boys overcame a 1-2 deficit in the opening quarter of the game to record a comfortable victory by the final whistle. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Anthony McCann, Niall Murray, Kenneth McDonagh, Niall Thomas and Luke Toland. Training continues on Tuesdays and Friday at 6pm.

Aodh Ruadh u-16s went down by four points against Ardara in the first leg of their first round championship encounter in Father Tierney Park last Friday. The second leg game takes place in Ardara on Friday 19th May. The next action for the u-16 is the final league fixture against Naomh Conall which will be played tomorrow, Friday, at 7pm. Training continues next Wednesday at 6pm.

Aodh Ruadh minors took on Four Masters last night. The result was too late for print the deadline. The minors are in action tomorrow, Friday, again in a rescheduled match against Dungloe. Training continues on Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm.

U-10 girls training is on Wednesdays in Mundays field at 6pm. U-12 girls will have no training this Friday but will have a game at 6 in the park Friday instead. All the girls are asked to be up at 5.15. U-14 and U-16 girls training is on every Monday at 7pm.

The senior girls recorded a good win at the weekend over Naomh Bríd and will play St.Michaels in their next league game at home with times to be confirmed. Training continues every Wednesday at 7 sharp.

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16 May

Both our senior and reserve sides will be hoping to bounce back from defeats to Kilcar last week when they take on Glenfin in Fr. Tierney Park this Saturday, throw-in times are scheduled for 5pm and 6.30pm. Please note the senior match will be played before the reserve match. The third team are at home to Four Masters following last weeks win over Kilcar.

A club meeting will take place this day week, Thursday, May 25th at Aras Aoidh Ruadh. All committee members are requested to attend.

A correction to the schedule of Bord na nÓg tournaments in 2006 which was published last week. The Mick Shannon u-10 Tournament will be played on Saturday 17th June while the Willie Rogers u-12 Tournament will take place on Saturday 24th June.

There is u-10 training today, Thursday, at 6.30pm. The team travel to Glenties for a blitz this Saturday. The bus leaves the park at 10am. Also participating in the blitz are Na Rossa and Kilcar.

The u-12's hosted Naomh Conall on Monday night. The Ballyshannon lads proved to powerful for their Glenties visitors and won on a scoreline of 3-14 to 3-01. In truth Aodh Ruadh could have recorded an even higher score. They went in 3 or 4 points ahead at half time but pulled away in the second half to seal the win.

Pauric Patton gave a staunch performance at centre forward and his work ethic helped make him Aodh Ruadh's man of the match. Jonathan Gethins took the lead in scoring duties once again with a personal tally of 2-04. David McGurrin notched up 0-4, whilst Fergal Meehan and PJ Gillespie notched up a brace of points apiece. Substitutes James Kelly with a goal and Niall Doherty with a point rounded off the scoring for Aodh Ruadh. Next up are St Naul's at home on Monday night. There is u-12 training on Wednesday at 6.30pm and on Friday again at 6.30pm.

The u-14's recorded a healthy victory against Erne Gaels in a challenge game last Saturday. The weather was fine with ideal conditions for football. The game was dominated by goal-scoring with Aodh Ruadh coming out on top by a couple of goals. The best performers for Aodh Ruadh were Patrick Meehan, Conor Patton, Tommy Patton, Gary Carty and James Carey. Action begins in earnest next Wednesday when the u-14s take on Ardara in Fr Tierney Park in the first fixture of the league. The game commences at 7.30pm. Training continues on Tuesdays and Friday at 6pm.

The second leg game of the U-16 championship tie against Ardara takes place tomorrow, Friday. Aodh Ruadh must win to continue their involvement in the championship. The game takes place in Ardara at 7.30pm. All support on the trip would be much appreciated.

Aodh Ruadh minors took on Dungloe on Tuesday night. The result came too late for the print deadline. The next engagement for the minors is next week when they play Four Masters. A date and time has not yet been fixed, but the fixture must be played next week and panel will be notified in due course. Training continues on Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm.

U-10 girls training every Wednesday in Mundays field at 6-7pm.

U-12 girls have a game today, Thursday against Bundoran leaving the park at 4pm. U-14 and u-16 girls training continues on Mondays at 7pm.

Senior girls had a good league win over St.Michaels on Sunday with next weekends league game still to be organised. Training continues on Wednesday at 7pm as usual.

The senior hurlers scored a good four point win over Four Masters last Wednesday in an entertaining game in Fr. Tierney Park. They have clocked up recent victories over Ballymachugh, County Cavan and Na Magha, County Derry in the Ulster League, losing just once to McCumhaills.

The minor hurlers have defeated McCumhails in the county minor league.

A small piece of history was created when the club recently fielded an u-10 hurling team for the first time. They played a successful challenge game against Four Masters in Tir Conaill Park. The team was Dylan Newell, Rossa McCosker, Thomas Gillespie, Eugene Drummond, Christopher Kilpatrick, Colm Kelly, Brian Ward, Jamie Brennan, Oisin Roper, Patrick Cassidy, Oisin Rooney, Ronan Storey, Ronan McMullin, Brendan Gillespie, Darie Doyle. Subs, Conor Gilmartin and Rory Cullen. Manager was John Rooney and his mentors were Ciaran Kilgannon, Brian Fox and Stewart Doyle. Training for all under age hurlers continues on Sundays in Munday`s field at 12 noon.

Six Aodh Ruadh hurlers were part of the Donegal u-16 squad which won the Golden Cow games in Belfast on Saturday last. Paul Hughes captained the side to victories over Tyrone, Fermanagh and Monaghan. He was assisted by club colleagues, Peader O'Keefe, Cian Dolan, Ciaran Kilgannon, Darren Gillespie and Ryan O'Brien. Missing on the day was David Dolan due to football commitments. Paul Hughes and Peader O'Keefe were selected for an Ulster u-16 squad to take part in the All-Ireland "B" championship.

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23 May

All three adult football teams have a free weekend this weekend which will hopefully represent an opportunity to get things back on track after disappointing defeats last week. Training continues at the regular times. The hurlers were due to play Setanta away from home last night after the game the previous week was postponed.

The hurlers scored a good four point win over Four Masters last Wednesday week in an entertaining game in Fr. Tierney Park. They have clocked up recent victories over Ballymachugh, County Cavan and Na Magha, County Derry in the Ulster League, losing just once to McCumhaills.

The county board Azzurri golf classic takes place this Saturday morning, 49 teams are already registered in what promises to be a great day of golf, late entries will be accepted by county board treasurer, Charlie Cannon.

Meanwhile, Aodh Ruadh will be expected to provide a minimum of four stewards for the Donegal v Down Ulster championship clash on Sunday week, June 4th, a training workshop for stewards takes place in Ballybofey on Monday next at 8pm in Heeneys.

The Mick Shannon u-10 Tournament will be played on Saturday 17th June while the Willie Rogers u-12 Tournament will take place on Saturday 24th June.

The u-10s had a highly enjoyable trip to Glenties for the blitz last Saturday. Aodh Ruadh extends its thanks to all those involved in looking after us on the day. There is u-10 training today, Thursday, at 6.30pm. Training on Saturday is at the earlier time of 10am to make way for the PJ Roper Tournament.

St Naul's u-12s were the visitors to Fr Tierney Park on Monday night. Aodh Ruadh won the game on a scoreline of 7-7 to 3-3. St Naul's put in a battling performance and were only three points down at half time with the score at 2-2 to 1-2. However, Aodh Ruadh stretched away in the second half. James Barron at midfield and Thomas Anderson in the back line stood out in what was really a 15 man performance. Jonathan Gethins' eye for goal was in evidence as he grabbed 4-1. David McGurrin put away a penalty and tagged on 3 points for personal tally of 1-3. James Barron capped his fine display with a goal and a point. Alan Finan raided up from centre half back to take a well-executed goal, whilst Pauric Patton and Fergal Meehan also got on the scoresheet with a point apiece. There is u-12 training on Wednesday at 6.30pm and on Friday again at 6.30pm.

The u-14's had the first game of their league campaign last night against Ardara; however the result came too late for print deadlines. The next action for the u-14's is home against Bundoran at 7.30pm. All support is welcome for what is likely to be an exciting local derby. Training continues on Tuesdays and Friday at 5pm.

The second leg game of the U-16 championship tie against Ardara took place on Tuesday; however the result came too late for print deadlines. The PJ Roper u-16 Tournament takes place this Saturday. Aodh Ruadh is delighted to welcome the u-16 footballers of Naomh Conall, Melvin Gaels and Glenties. Play begins on both Fr Tierney Park and Munday's Field at 11am, with action scheduled to be wrapped up by 4pm. All help and support with the day is welcomed and much appreciated.

Aodh Ruadh minors recorded an impressive win against Dungloe in Father Tierney Park last Tuesday week. A well-honed team performance saw the Ballyshannon team rattle up a score of 2-18 to 1-06. The marksmanship was such that Aodh Ruadh recorded only four wides in the whole game. Stephen McGrath and Dermot McInerney, who notched up 0-6 from play, were among the leading performers. There were also excellent footballing displays from Jason Kane, Nickey Sheerin and PJ McGee.

The next engagement for the minors is against Four Masters this Friday in Donegal Town at 8pm. A victory in this game will see Aodh Ruadh play-off against Naomh Bríd for the honour of topping the division and proceeding to the regional final. Training continues on Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm.

Six Aodh Ruadh hurlers were part of the Donegal u-16 squad which won the Golden Cow games in Belfast on Saturday week last. Paul Hughes captained the side to victories over Tyrone, Fermanagh and Monaghan. He was assisted by club colleagues, Peader O'Keefe, Cian Dolan, Ciaran Kilgannon, Darren Gillespie and Ryan O'Brien. Missing on the day was David Dolan due to football commitments. Paul Hughes and Peader O'Keefe were selected for an Ulster u-16 squad to take part in the All-Ireland "B" championship.

A small piece of history was created when the club recently fielded an u-10 hurling team for the first time. They played a successful challenge game against Four Masters in Tir Conaill Park. The team was Dylan Newell, Rossa McCosker, Thomas Gillespie, Eugene Drummond, Christopher Kilpatrick, Colm Kelly, Brian Ward, Jamie Brennan, Oisin Roper, Patrick Cassidy, Oisin Rooney, Ronan Storey, Ronan McMullin, Brendan Gillespie, Darie Doyle. Subs, Conor Gilmartin and Rory Cullen. Manager was John Rooney and his mentors were Ciaran Kilgannon, Brian Fox and Stewart Doyle. Training for all under age hurlers continues on Sundays in Munday`s field at 12 noon.

U-10 girls training continues Wednesdays at 6pm. U-12 girls will have training this Friday at 4.15pm. U-14 and u-16 girls training continues every Monday at 7pm.

The senior girls had a good league win at the weekend against Bundoran, helped out by the lovely new jerseys proudly sponsored by Seán ógs, Ballyshannon. Training as usual on Wednesday at 7pm with our league game at the weekend still to be fixed.

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30 May

Tickets for the Donegal v Down match can be collected at Aras Aoidh Ruadh this evening, Thursday from 8.30pm. They are priced at €22, €20 and €15 with a very limited number of children's tickets available on a first come, first served basis at €3. Admission to the game is by ticket only, throw-in in MacCumhaill Park is at 4pm.

Supporters are being asked to park with cars facing homeward to avoid congestion on the Donegal Town road after the match. A shuttle bus to bring supporters to the ground is also scheduled to be available.

Congratulations to Christopher Kilgannon who was in action for Donegal u-21 hurlers in the drawn game against Monaghan last week. Chris, who is still 16, is proving a fine talent, as his county call-up would indicate. The club is very proud of his achievements to date and would recommend a visit to Enniskillen on Saturday when he should be in action in the replay at 3.30pm.

The seniors and reserves have a free weekend this weekend, the third team is at home to Kilcar on Monday afternoon at 1.30pm. The hurlers travel to Ballymena to play in the Ulster senior league this Saturday and are scheduled to travel to MacCumhaills in the Donegal league next Wednesday at 8pm.

There is u-10 training today, Thursday, at 6.30pm. The u-10s make the short trip to Ballintra on Saturday where Naomh Bríd will be hosting a blitz. The bus leaves the park at 10.30am. The Aodh Ruadh Summer camp will run the first three weeks of July as usual. Details on the camp will be circulated to the national schools in the coming weeks.

The club would like to offer its congratulations to Creevy National School Boys Gaelic Football team who recently won the Cumann na Bunscoil southern section and wish the team and mentors good luck and success in the quarter finals. There is u-12 training on Wednesday at 6.30pm and on Friday again at 6.30pm.

Aodh Ruadh u-14s recorded a resounding victory over a weakened Ardara team last Wednesday week. Luke Toland played exceptionally well for the Ballyshannon team and Peter Boyle was top-scorer registering a series of fine goals. There were also good performances from Conor Patton in goal and Martin Larkin on the back line, both dealing capably with anything that came their way. Stephen Clarke and Niall Thomas also turned in noteworthy performances.

The u-14s had the second game of their league campaign last night; a crunch encounter against Bundoran, which could well dictate how the out the league ultimately plays out. However the result came too late for print deadlines. The next action for the u-14s is away to Dungloe at 7.30pm. Training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays at 5pm.

The club staged the PJ Roper u-16 tournament last Saturday. Participating in the tournament along with Aodh Ruadh were Naomh Conall, Melvin Gaels and Grange. The event was blessed by good weather, although a strong, steady breeze also played its part in the day's proceedings. After an exciting morning and early afternoon featuring some great football, Grange and Aodh Ruadh came through the round robins to contest the final. Aodh Ruadh stayed in contention throughout the first half against a Grange team which had won all its round robin games. A goal for Aodh Ruadh shortly after half time meant there was just a point between the teams, however the Sligo men made good use of the prevailing wind down the pitch to pull away and clinch the PJ Roper trophy.

Aodh Ruadh's Barry Leonard at fullback took the award for player of the tournament. The club would like to extend their thanks to Naomh Conall, Melvin Gaels and Grange for attending, to those who officiated the matches at such short notice, to those who provided the refreshments and to all those who gave of their time and effort to make the event such a success. Details of the tournament and pictures are available on the Aodh Ruadh website (www.aodhruadh.org). On a more sombre, note Aodh Ruadh's Shane Roper suffered a badly broken nose in the first game of the tournament. The club extends its sincerest commiserations to Shane and wishes him a speedy and complete recovery.

The minors played Four Masters yesterday, Wednesday, in Donegal Town. Victory in this game would have seen Aodh Ruadh play-off against Naomh Bríd for the honour of topping the division and proceeding to the regional final. Unfortunately the result came too late to meet print deadlines. Training continues on Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm.

U-10 girls train as usual on Wednesdays at 6pm. U-12 girls training will be on Friday at 4.15pm. U-14 and u-16 girls will train next Monday at 7 as usual. Senior girls train Wednesday at 7pm with the weekend league game still to be fixed.

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