Club Notes Archive - 2006

Box. JUNE
6 June

While seniors and reserves have no league matches this weekend, training continues at the normal times. The third team face St Nauls at home on Sunday afternoon, throw-in is at 1.30pm.

The senior hurlers recorded an important victory over All Saints, Ballymena in the Ulster Hurling League last Saturday in Slemish Park, Ballymena.

Trailing by nine points at half time, the team responded to an inspiring half time pep talk by manager John Rooney and went on to win by 9 points.

Dennis Doherty was man of the match and afterwards the hurlers made a presentation to Brian Patton who is leaving to join the Navy. The final score was Aodh Ruadh 4-15, All Saints, Ballymena 2-12. The hurlers are in second place in section 3A, with victories over Na Magha, Co.Derry, Ballymachugh,Co.Cavan and All Saints,Co. Antrim with just one loss to McCumhaills.

There is a meeting of the Bord na nÓg committee in Aras Aoidh Ruadh tonight, Thursday at 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

The u-10s had a highly successful trip to the Ballintra blitz last week, winning all their games. John Ward was star of the show at full forward putting away a number of well executed goals. Adam Irwin in goals, Conor Kennedy at full back and Matthew Maguire at centre half back provided a strong central spine and launch pad for attacking movements throughout the blitz. Colm Kelly also gave a noteworthy performance. Aodh Ruadh would like to thank all those involved in looking after us on the day. U-10 training continues today, Thursday, at 6.30pm and Saturday at 11am.

The u-12s pulled themselves back into the shake-up for a league semi-final spot with a hard-earned victory against Bundoran on a very hot Bank Holiday Monday. The full compliment of substitutes was used and it took an excellent 20 man performance to overcome the Bundoran lads. The final score of 4-10 to 2-08 was testament to the trojan effort put in all over the pitch.

Jonathan Gethins maintained his prodigious scoring record with a haul of 3-2. He was followed in the scoring stakes by David McGurrin who took five points, two from frees. David was also instrumental in a number of the goals. Jamie McDonald, Fergal Meehan and Matthew Gettins all chipped in with a point apiece whilst Niall Doherty came on to grab a stylishly executed goal.

The next action for the u-12s is next Monday with a trip to Ardara. Training continues on Wednesdays and Fridays at 6.30pm.

Aodh Ruadh would like to wish Creevy National School the very best of luck when they take on Kilcar in the Cumman na mBunscoil Quarter Final today.

Our u-14s lost out to Bundoran by six points last Wednesday. Martin Larkin in defence and Gerard Kelly in midfield were Aodh Ruadh's best performers in a game were the team were under pressure in many sectors of the park. The u-14s had the third game of their League campaign last night away to Dungloe; however the result came too late for print deadlines. The next action for the u-14s is away to Four Masters at 7.30pm. Training continues on Fridays at 5pm.

The minors lost to Four Masters last Wednesday, ending their involvement in the league. The next action for the minors will come in mid-July when they will play either Killybegs or Dungloe in the first round of the championship. Training continues on Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm.

With the action at full tilt on the pitches around the county it is timely to remind players that there are details of the club's GAA player's injury claim scheme on the website, www.aodhruadh.org. Just follow the "Administration" menu item in the left column.

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13 June

Our senior and reserve sides find themselves with another free weekend coming up, thethird team will be aiming to bounce back from last weekend's defeat to St Nauls when they travel to Ardara on Saturday evening next.

The hurlers are at home on Saturday evening to Carndonagh in the league.

Fr Tierney Park and Munday's field will be at full capacity this Saturday as teams from Aodh Ruadh, Bundoran, Killybegs and Erne Gaels compete in the Mick Shannon u-10 memorial tournament. 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 is welcome and would be much appreciated. U-10 training continues today, Thursday, at 6.30pm.

The u-12s made the long trip to table toppers Ardara on Monday night. The trip proved fruitless as the Ernesiders went down by a solitary point on a scoreline of 1-10 to 2-6. It was a ferociously fought contest with Aodh Ruadh showing a never-say-die spirit. Scores were very hard to come by for both sides and a strong breeze also contributed to a tight, tense affair. David McGurrin gave a man of the match performance scoring 1-4. His goal was a well-executed penalty which helped bring Aodh Ruadh back into the game at a stage when they were four or five points down. Matthew Gettins maintained his fine finish to the season with a goal. Niall Doherty came of the bench to take a point. James Barron also raided up from midfield to put over a point. Aodh Ruadh takes on Killybegs tomorrow, Friday, in the catch up game. The game should get under way around 6.15pm in Killybegs.

Aodh Ruadh u-14s traveled to Dungloe last Wednesday. It was a game the Ballyshannon lads dominated, carrying a seven point lead into the closing stages of the match. However, Dungloe fought back hard and managed to tie the game up for a share of the points. The final score Dungloe 3-10, Aodh Ruadh 2-13. Peter Boyle gave an exhibition of point scoring from both play and frees at full forward and also managed to add a goal to his score tally. Ronan Drummond and Ben McGowan excelled in the backs whilst corner forwards Kenneth McDonagh and Niall Murray also gave super performances in front of the posts. The team was in action again last Sunday against St Theresa's of Belfast on Sunday in Bundoran. They won the game after a tough, sporting contest. The u-14s played Four Masters last night; however the result came too late for print deadlines. Aodh Ruadh host Kilcar next Wednesday at 7.30pm. Training continues on Fridays at 5pm.

Pictures of action from the PJ Roper Final, including an impressive shot of Peter 'The Cat' Boyle pulling off a fine save, have been posted on the club website www.aodhruadh.org. Apologies for the delay.

Minor training resumes today, Thursday, at 8pm and again on Monday at 8pm.

U-10 girls will train as usual on Wednesday at 6pm and will have an end of season tournament Wednesday, June 28thfrom 5.30-7.30.

U-12 girls will have no training this week. U-14 & U-16 girls season will commence next week with a day still to be fixed but will train Monday night at 7pm.

Senior girls train as usual Wednesday and Saturday.

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20 June

Our senior and reserve teams are away to Ardara on Saturday evening next, throw-in times are 7.30pm and 6pm. Our third team are away to Kilcar on Sunday afternoon at 1.30pm.

There will be a club meeting on Wednesday next, June 28th at 9.30pm. The club is taking orders right away for tickets for the July 9th Ulster finals, regardless of venue. Orders can be placed with Terence McShea or Jimmy Gallagher right away.

The hurlers have been drawn to play Bredagh of Down in the quarter finals of division 3 of the Ulster hurling league. John Rooney's side finished second to Sean MacCumhaills in their section.

Aodh Ruadh hosted Erne Gaels, Bundoran and Killybegs at their annual Mick Shannon u-10 tournament last Saturday. Aodh Ruadh took on Killybegs in the "A" final. Killybegs got the best possible start with a goal shortly after the throw in. A second followed after a period of sustained Killybegs pressure. Aodh Ruadh came more into the game and goaled before the half time break. The second half was a very tense and nervy affair. Killybegs got the only score of the half, a goal, and this proved to be the insurance score that saw them secure the Mick Shannon "A" Trophy. Killybegs also contested the "B" final against Bundoran. As in the "A" final, Killybegs went into a two goal lead. Bundoran fought back with a goal from Aoibheann Granaghan. However Bundoran were unable to find an equaliser and Killybegs made it a one-two, triumphing in both the A and B sections of the Mick Shannon Tournament. Aodh Ruadh extends their sincere thanks to the participating teams, to those who officiated the matches, those who provided the refreshments, the stewards and to all those who gave of their time and effort to make the event such a success. Details and pictures of the tournament are available on the Aodh Ruadh website (www.aodhruadh.org).

U-10 training continues today, Thursday, at 6.30pm and Saturday at 11am.

The u-12's concluded their league fixtures for the year in Killybegs last Friday. Aodh Ruadh lost, but the result was immaterial and not an accurate reflection of what has been a hugely encouraging season at this grade. The team gave of their all throughout the year and had a result or two gone their way they could have progressed into the play-offs. The fact that they gave the eventual table-toppers, Ardara, their two hardest games this year, drawing one and losing by a point in the other, is indicative of just how strong this team is and the potential it possesses. The team had a very enjoyable outing to Clones last Sunday with a squad of 33 leaving Ballyshannon on what was to prove a fantastic day for Donegal's minor and senior footballers.

The final feature in the u-12 calendar this year is the Willie Rogers Tournament. Expect more news on this in the very near future.

Aodh Ruadh u-14's recorded an impressive 1-13 to 2-5 victory away to Four Masters last Wednesday to take themselves to the top of the u-14 League table. Aodh Ruadh players put in magnificent performances all round the park. Peter Boyle enjoyed considerable success against the Donegal town defence at full forward and Killian Doyle also gave a notable performance at centre half forward. Gerard Kelly went through an ocean of work at midfield whilst Ronan Drummond and Tommy Patton starred in a defence which allowed Four Master only seven scores. The team played Kilcar last night; however the result came too late for print deadlines. The next action for the u-14's is in Father Tierney Park against Killybegs next Wednesday at 7.30pm. Training continues on Fridays at 5pm.

Minor training continues on Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm.

Someone has borrowed a picture of the 1910-12 hurling team from Aras Aoidh Ruadh. We would be most grateful if the picture could be returned at the person's earliest convenience.

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27 June

Our seniors recorded an impressive away win against Ardara on Saturday evening last winning out by 0-14 v 0-9. Michael Ward made a return to action while Thomas McPhelim and Pauric Buggy were also back in the action after lengthy lay-offs. The reserves lost to the same opposition while the third team lost to Kilcar in Towney on Sunday afternoon by two points. Unfortunately, there are no fixtures for any of our adult football teams this weekend.

The club is taking orders right away for tickets for the July 9th Ulster finals in Croke Park. Orders can be placed with Terence McShea, Mick McGrath (Bridgend), Mary Matthews (Shannon's Corner) or Jimmy Gallagher. Throw-in for the senior match is at 2.15pm, the minor match between Donegal and Antrim gets underway at 12.30pm. Ticket prices are €25/£18 Adult, €5/£3 Juvenile or €15/£10 Terrace.

Our hurlers were scheduled to face Burt last night, Wednesday at 8.00pm. The result was too late for print deadlines. The hurlers travel to Banagher this Saturday for the quarter-final of the Ulster club hurling quarter-final. They face Bredagh of Co Down.

There is a meeting of the Bord na nÓg committee in Aras Aoidh Ruadh on Wednesday, 5th July at 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

U-10 training continues today, Thursday, at 6.30pm. Aodh Ruadh host a Go Games blitz in Ballyshannon this Saturday. All u-10 players are asked to be at Fr Tierney Park by 11am. St Nauls will be the guests at this blitz. Action is scheduled to get underway at 11.30pm with both the Park and Munday's field in use until 2pm.

The u-12's had a satisfying end to their season with victory in the Willie Rogers Tournament last Saturday. Participating in the tournament along with Aodh Ruadh were Erne Gaels and Grange. Aodh Ruadh took on Erne Gaels in the final. The Gaels began the final meaning business forcing the Aodh Ruadh keeper into a great reaction save which went over for a point. With Erne Gaels defending wonderfully, Aodh Ruadh struggled to find the mark, they eventually opened their scoring with a well taken goal. This was followed almost immediately by a second Aodh Ruadh goal and shortly later by a point. A number of Belleek scoring opportunities were spurned in the period that followed and they were duly punished when a break down the field resulted in a goal for Aodh Ruadh before half-time.

Erne Gaels rejoined the battle in earnest after the break mounting attack after attack; however the Aodh Ruadh backs were playing brilliantly. Having weathered this storm Aodh Ruadh broke up the field and narrowly missed a goal chance. Erne Gaels took this opportunity to mount a quick attack and came away with a point. After this the teams matched each score for score. A goal and a point for Aodh Ruadh were answered by a goal and a point from Erne Gaels. When the final whistle had gone Aodh Ruadh had secured the Willie Rogers trophy on a scoreline of 4-3 to 2-3. Aodh Ruadh would like to extend their sincere thanks to the participating teams, to those who officiated the matches, those who provided the refreshments, the stewards 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).

Aodh Ruadh u-14's had an healthy victory against Kilcar in the park last Wednesday. There were fine performances all over the pitch, but Peter Boyle, Ronan Drummond Gerard Kelly and Ben McGowan gave great accounts of themselves. Niall Murray caused Kilcar a lot of problems, scoring a goal in each half. Luke Toland excelled as well and also grabbed himself a few goals. The match against Killybegs scheduled for last night was called off. The next action for the u-14's is in Fr Tierney Park against Naomh Bríd next Wednesday at 7.30pm. Training continues on Fridays at 5pm.

Minor training continues on Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm.

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