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12 September

Our hurlers are in action again this Sunday at midday when they travel to Ballybofey to take on MacCumhaills. They will be hoping to build on last weekend's win over Carndonagh. Both senior and reserve sides recorded league wins at the weekend over Glenfin (away) and Four Masters (home) respectively. There are no games for any of our adult football teams this weekend.

Fifteen footballs were stolen from a locker in the storeroom on Tuesday night last. The thieves broke both the main door and the locker door, the club would ask all members to be on the lookout for footballs marked with the club name being used anywhere other than the club grounds. In the interests of the club, Aodh Ruadh would also ask members to report any suspicious activity in the club grounds after dark. This is the second substantial theft of footballs in recent years.

The u-10's travel to a tournament in Killybegs this Saturday 16th September. The bus leaves Fr Tierney Park at 9.30am.

The u-13's lost in a fractious encounter in Ardara, which was heavily affected by a strong breeze. Aodh Ruadh were well on top in the first half, going in a goal up at the break. However they played into the breeze in the second half and scores proved very difficult to come by. Nonetheless the game was still in the balance going into the final quarter. Ardara became more robust in this stage of the contest and this helped them over the line, running out winner on a scoreline of 2-13 to 2-4. Ronan McGurrin weighed in with the bulk of Aodh Ruadh's score taking 2-1. Ruairí Drummond, Martin Larkin and Fergal Meehan did well in unfavourable conditions for attacking football, getting a point each. Best wishes are extended to Pauric Patton who sustained an injury in the closing stages of the match. Pauric's cousin, Conor Patton, is also wished a speedy recovery. The u-13's are in next in action against Bundoran in Fr Tierney Park at 11.30pm this Saturday.

The u-14 first round championship play-off against St Nauls was postponed last Wednesday due to a waterlogged pitch. A new date has yet to be set for the fixture. In the meantime the county league semi-final against St Eunans is set to take place on Saturday. No time or venue had been set at the time of writing. The winners will play Milford in the league final. U-14 training continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5pm on the nights when there are no matches.

The minor first round championship play-off against Killybegs takes place this Saturday. No time or venue had been set at the time of writing.

Minor training continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm.

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19 September

Both reserves and third team are in championship action in MacCumhaill Park this Sunday afternoon. The reserves take on Gweedore in the quarter-final at 1pm with the third team facing Robert Emmetts in the semi-final at 2.30pm. The seniors are in league action against Four Masters in Tir Chonaill Park on Sunday afternoon at 12.45. Support for any/all teams would be appreciated.

There will be a club meeting in Aras Aoidh Ruadh on Wednesday, September 27th at 9pm.

The u-16 hurlers are scheduled to face MacCumhaills on Friday evening in Ballybofey in the championship semi-final as they defend the title won last year. Meanwhile, on Saturday afternoon the minor hurlers embark on an exciting campaign which will last until mid November when they play in the top flight of the Ulster minor league, they are away to Kevin Lynchs of Dungiven in the first round this Saturday. Throw-in is at 12noon. Manager Kevin Loughlin asks for good support for both teams.

The Jimmy Likely league takes place this Saturday. All u-10 panelists should be at the park for 10.30am with action commencing at 11am.

St Eunans overpowered Aodh Ruadh in the county league semi-final last Saturday in Donegal town. The u-14 first round championship play-off against St Nauls took place in Ballintra last night. The result came too late for print deadlines, but if the Ballyshannon lads were successful they were due to be thrust back into championship action very quickly, facing Naomh Conall in the semi-final tomorrow, Friday, at 6pm with the winner of that encounter taking on Bundoran in the final on Monday at 6pm.

The minor first round championship play-off against Killybegs has been rescheduled for this Saturday at 11am. No venue had been set at the time of writing. The winners of this fixture will go on to meet Four Masters in the semi-final

Minor training continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm.

The Senior hurlers completed their League programme with a victory over Carndonagh in Crossroads and a draw against McCumhaills in McCumhaill Park last Sunday. The score against McCumhails was Aodh Ruadh 0-10 McCumhails 1-7.

At one stage of the second half, Aodh Ruadh were six points behind but a gritty comeback resulted in an honourable draw. There were fine performances from John Rooney, Thomas Gallagher, Dennis Doherty, Chris Kilgannon, Gary Loughlin, Johnny Dolan, Kieran Breslin, Peter Horan, Michael Bowring, Patrick McGarrigle, J. Timoney, Paul Cassidy, Ciaran Kilgannon, Anthony Bowring, David Downey and Anthony Coughlin. Mentors on the line were Kevin Loughlin, Billy Finn and Conal Gallagher.

The u-10 and u-12 hurlers had successful outings against Four Masters and Buncrana in Tirconaill Park at the weekend. The u-10's were managed by John Rooney with Peter O`Keeffe in charge of the u-12's. Mentors with the teams were Richard McDevitt, Peadar O`Keeffe, Eugene Cullen and Billy Finn.

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26 September

The third team is through to the county final for the third consecutive year following their five point win over Robert Emmetts on Sunday last. They now face Glenfin in the county final on Sunday, October 8th in a game which is likely to precede the Junior "A" final between Naomh Brid and Robert Emmetts.

The reserves championship campaign ended on Sunday last when they went down by three points to Gweedore. It was a very disappointing end for Barry Travers' side, thanks to all who put in an effort with the side, in particular the management of Barry, Maurice McLaughlin, John Travers and Brendan Drummond.

The seniors will be hoping to build on their win against Four Masters this Saturday evening when they take on Killybegs in Fr. Tierney Park. Throw-in is at 5.30pm, Trevor McBrearty is the match referee.

There is a meeting of the Bord na nÓg committee in Aras Aoidh Ruadh on Wednesday, 4th October at 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

The Jimmy Likely league was contested last Saturday by teams captained by Conor McShea, Adam Irwin, John Ward and Garret Ferguson. The final was between Conor McShea's Mayo and Adam Irwin's Kerry. On this occasion the Mayo team came out on top in what was a markedly better game than that served up by their senior counterparts! This concludes the u-10 programme for the year. Training begins once again in the Mercy Hall on the first Friday of November.

The minors concluded their action for the year last Saturday with a disappointing defeat to Killybegs in the championship playoff. A lot of work has been put in by everyone concerned with the team. Preparation and training began last November and the team had been training three nights a week since January. Unfortunately things didn't go to plan last Saturday, but the team has shown massive improvement over the course of the year and there is real hope that Aodh Ruadh will be able to build on this in 2007.

The u-16 hurlers qualified for the County u-16 A final for the second year in a row with a nail-biting one point victory over McCumhaills in McCumhaill Park last Sunday. Aodh Ruadh trailed by a goal with time running out. Then, a point from Ciaran Kilgannon left 2 points between the teams. Aodh Ruadh were then awarded a free and Paul Hughes goaled to leave his team ahead by a point at the final whistle. It was hard luck on a gallant McCumhaills team and Aodh Ruadh now meet Burt in the county final. The final score was Aodh Ruadh 2-8, MacCumhaills 2-7 and the referee was John Joe Doherty, Carndonagh.

Donal O` Keeffe won the Ulster Finals of the u-12 hurling skills competition last week.

Paul Hughes and Peadar O` Keeffe have been selected on the Ulster Shinty squad to play a Scottish selection at Halloween

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