Club Notes Archive - 2007

Box. APRIL
2nd April

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
The senior footballers played a challenge against Melvin Gaels last Saturday. With both teams being depleted the play was quite scrappy fare. Aodh Ruadh came from behind to earn a draw thanks to a Gareth Blake goal. The venues for the preliminary round championship games against Ardara were switched at Monday night's County Board meeting. This means the first leg on Sunday, 29th April will now take place in Father Tierney Park, with the return leg taking place in Ardara on Saturday, 12th May. Before that however, Aodh Ruadh goes into senior league action on Easter Monday with a trip to Dungloe. As from Tuesday 10th April, senior training goes to 7pm on Tuesday nights with training continuing as usual on Saturdays at 4pm and in Aras Aoidh Ruadh on Thursdays at 6.45pm.

The third team recorded a comprehensive victory over their Donegal town neighbours last Saturday with a 2-14 to 1-05 win in Father Tierney Park.

With activity starting to build up again in the club it is important that ALL pitch bookings are directed through Peter Conlon. Peter can be contacted on 087-6838024 or 071-9851386.

~ HURLING ~
The Aodh Ruadh Hurling committee would like to thank all the young hurlers and their parents for their great efforts for the recent Hurl-A-Thon which was an unqualified success. To date €3,500 has been raised. This money will be used for the purchase of equipment and to promote of hurling within the club. Any queries please contact John Rooney on 9851250 or Billy Finn on 9851289.

The Senior Hurlers begin their Ulster League campaign this Saturday at home to Mullahoran of Cavan at 6.30pm.

There is Senior Hurling training on Wednesday nights at 7.00pm. Minor training will take place on Friday at 5.30pm. There will be no underage training on Easter Sunday, 8th April. Training will resume again on Sunday 15th April.

~ LADIES ~
The annual Ladies Duck race takes place on Easter Saturday, 7th April at 4.00pm on the now legendary McKenna's Brook course. As usual, a large turn out is expected with cash and novelty prizes galore on offer. All lady footballers are out and about now selling lines for ducks so make sure you buy yours and get along to McKenna's Brook. You'd be quackers to miss it!

Senior ladies' training continues on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm. The team enjoyed a good, robust encounter against the ladies of Belleek last Friday.

Under 10 girls training has finished until Tuesday 17th April when it will resume outdoors in the Park from 6pm. The under 12 girls are now outside every Friday at 4.30pm in Munday's field.

~ CAMOGIE ~
Camogie training continues on Thursday from 6pm to 7pm. New members will be made most welcome.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The under 10s are now training on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm and Saturdays from 11am to 12 noon. Any parents who have the hour to spare are most welcome to come along and help out.

The under 12 footballers maintained their excellent start to their league campaign with a one point away win over Four Masters last Friday. The final score was 2-12 to 1-16. The lads go on their travels once again this Friday when they attempt to maintain their 100 percent record in Glenties', Davy Brennan Memorial Park where the game kicks off at 6.30pm. That game is swiftly followed by a game against Bundoran on Wednesday 11th April in Ballyshannon at 6.30pm.

Under 14 training goes outside this Saturday and takes place at 5.30pm in Munday's Field, please note the change of venue.

The under 16s continued their difficult start to 2007 with a defeat in Ardara. With a lot of players missing from the regular team Aodh Ruadh were fire-fighting from the start. Tellingly, Sean Boyle in goals was the best for Ballyshannon on a day when they went down on a scoreline of 4-15 to 1-04. The lads will be looking to alter their fortunes for the better when they travel to Dungloe this Wednesday, 4th April where there is a 7pm throw in. They will be back on home turf on Monday 9th April when they face local rivals Bundoran in Father Tierney Park at 6.30pm. Under 16 football training continues on Tuesdays at 4.15pm and Fridays at 6.30pm in Munday's field.

The Southern Minor Board have issued a notice making it clear that fixture changes made without notifying Marianne Comack (087-7636881) or Michelle Bennett (087-9813508) will result in both teams being deducted points.

~ WEBSITE ~
Information on blood borne infections has been published on the club website (aodhruadh.org). This is of particular relevance to sports people because of the risk of passing infections via this method on the sports field. All players are advised to familiarise themselves with this information. Check out the 'What's New’ section.

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9th April

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Dungloe made the most of home advantage to overcome Aodh Ruadh 2-07 to 0-09 in the opening round of fixtures in the Division 1A of the senior league. Aodh Ruadh went in winning by a point at the halftime break, but failure to put away the goal opportunities that presented themselves proved the difference between the side. County stalwart Niall McCready put in a typically effective display on the day as did Barry Ward and Jonathan Gallagher. With Donegal in National League semi-final action against Kildare next Sunday it is unclear when the senior's next game will be played. Killybegs are slated to be the opposition in the next round of the league in Father Tierney park, although if Donegal reach the National League final the next competitive action for Aodh Ruadh might be against Ardara on 29th April in the preliminary round of the Championship in Ballyshannon.

The reserves fared no better than their senior counterparts going down by 1-04 to 0-04. It was a game they should have won. They went in at half time a point in arrears at 1-01 to 0-03. However Dungloe were more economical with their scoring chances in the second half and that was the decisive factor. On a day for defences Patrick McGrath, Brian Gettins, James O'Donnell and Stephen McGrath all distinguished themselves in thwarting Dungloe's attacking threat. Up front Eoin MacNeill posed the greatest danger to the Dungloe backs.

Senior training continues on Tuesdays at 7pm, Saturdays at 4pm and in Aras Aoidh Ruadh on Thursdays at 6.45pm.

Another good win for the third team last Saturday with a 0-11 to 2-15 win over Naomh Conaill in Glenties.

With activity starting to build up again in the club it is important that ALL pitch bookings are directed through Peter Conlon. Peter can be contacted on 087-6838024 or 071-9851386.

~ HURLING ~
The Senior Hurlers lost in their opening Ulster League fixture against Mullahoran, losing out by five points at the final whistle on a scoreline of 1-09 to 0-17. Anthony Bowering had a great game, preventing a number of good attempts to breach the Aodh Ruadh goal line. The team continues their Ulster League campaign this Saturday against Farney opposition when they travel to Carrickmacross. The throw for that game is 6.30pm.

The under 16 hurlers have a match against MacCumhaill's this Friday. The bus to Ballybofey leaves the park at 6pm.

There is Senior Hurling training on Wednesday nights at 7.00pm. Minor training will take place on Friday at 5.30pm. Training resumes for the under 10s, 12s and 14s at 12 noon this Sunday.

~ LADIES ~
Wonderful weather blessed the annual Duck Race at McKenna's Brook in Ballyshannon last Easter Saturday as a large crowd gathered to enjoy the afternoon's entertainment organised by the Aodh Ruadh Ladies Committee. There were seven races run in total with Teddy Kane having the ducks under starter's orders and Colman Kerr on hand to scoop the winning ducks out of the brook. A raffle was held for Easter eggs after each race. The final race decided the winners of the cash prizes on offer. First duck home belonged to Gussie McGonigle from Belleek, winning him €100. Second was Brendan Maguire of the Knather who won €50. They were followed by John Gallagher of Inver, Caroline Gillespie of Belcoo and Rachel Connolly, Dunmuckrim who each won prizes of €30. Many thanks to all who attended the event, as well as everyone who helped out on the day and made it such a success.

Senior ladies' training continues on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm.

Under 10 girls training has finished until Tuesday 17th April when it will resume outdoors in the Park from 6pm. The under 12 girls are now outside every Friday at 4.30pm in Munday's field.

~ CAMOGIE ~
Camogie training continues on Thursday from 6pm to 7pm. New members will be made most welcome.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The under 10s are training on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm and Saturdays from 11am to 12 noon. Any parents who have the hour to spare are most welcome to come along and help out.

It was a third win on the bounce for the under 12 footballers in the league when they recorded an emphatic 0-05 to 5-12 win against Naomh Conaill in Glenties on Friday night. The team play host to Bundoran on Wednesday 11th April in Ballyshannon at 6.30pm. The next fixture is a trip to Killybegs on Friday, 20th April with the throw in at 7pm.

Under 14 training continues at 5.30pm in Munday's Field.

Aodh Ruadh under 16s had a bad day at the office against Dungloe last Wednesday where they were routed 8-15 to 3-7 by the homesters. Despite Ballyshannon struggling for much of the game David Dolan, Anthony McCann, Sean Boyle and Ronan Drummond all gave decent accounts of themselves. There was mixed news from Monday night's game against Bundoran. Aodh Ruadh was unable to field a team and conceded the points to the seasiders. However Aodh Ruadh did perform well in a game played afterwards with a few Bundoran lads making up the quota on the Ballyshannon team, winning quite comfortably in the end as it turned out. Under 16 football training continues on Fridays at 5pm in Munday's field. There will be a team meeting at this session and all panelists are asked to attend.

The minors have a challenge against Garrison on 11th April in Father Tierney Park at 7pm.

~ WEBSITE ~
There are some pictures from the Easter Saturday Duck Race on the website www.aodhruadh.org.

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16th April

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Donegal's win against Kildare has thrown over a question mark over the coming weekend of fixtures. At time of writing it was not known whether the seniors, reserves or third team would be in action over the weekend, with the county's participation in the National League final decider against Mayo likely to see an exodus from the hills down to Dublin. In any event Aodh Ruadh Seniors and Reserves will certainly be in action is against Ardara on Sunday 29th April in the preliminary round of the Championship in Ballyshannon.

Senior training continues on Tuesdays at 7pm, Saturdays at 4pm and in Aras Aoidh Ruadh on Thursdays at 6.45pm.

The third team continued their unbeaten start to the season last Saturday with a well-earned 0-14 to 2-04 win over Ardara in the Park.

Peter Conlon is unavailable for the next two weeks. In the interim all the pitch bookings should be directed through Pat Melaniff on 086-1217403 or Terry McShea on 087-2360815.

~ HURLING ~
Aodh Ruadh lost their second Ulster League game away to Carrickmacross on a final scoreline of 1-12 to 1-14. Aodh Ruadh trailed on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-06 after a poor first half. It was a much better performance in the second half as Aodh Ruadh were well on top only to be caught short by the clock. The next Ulster League match is an away game on Saturday next against St. Enda's of North Belfast in the Mid Ulster S.A., Coalisland, Co. Tyrone. The throw for that game is 6.30pm.

Senior hurling training continues on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm.

There is minor league match on Monday 23th April at 7.30pm. All players should be at the park by 7pm. Minor training continues at 4.45pm on Friday.

Underage training for under 10s, 12s and 14s continues at 12 noon on Sunday next. All new players welcome.

~ LADIES ~
The ladies make the step up to Senior League action this Friday when they take on Glenfin at 7pm in the Park. An exciting contest is assured and all are encouraged to go along and show their support for the ladies. Training continues on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm.

Under 10 girls are training on Tuesdays from 6pm. The under 12 girls are training every Friday at 4.30pm in Munday's field.

~ CAMOGIE ~
Aodh Ruadh's senior camógs were in Letterkenny last Saturday for The Pan-Celtic Tournament. The Ernesiders were in a group with teams from Donegal, Derry and Galway. Despite failing to reach the knock out stages there were many causes for optimism with the ladies giving promising performances throughout the tournament. Great craic was had by all!

Camogie training continues on Thursday from 6pm to 7pm. New members will be made most welcome.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The under 10s are training on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm and Saturdays from 11am to 12 noon. Any parents who have the hour to spare are most welcome to come along and help out.

The under 12 footballers continued their impressive start to the season with a resounding 4-16 to 2-04 victory over their neighbours from Bundoran. Bundoran were stronger than the scoreline would suggest, but it was Aodh Ruadh who were better able to take advantage of the chances that came their way. Eamon McGrath offered a massive presence in defence, setting off a number of attacking moves. Pauric Patton sparkled in the middle of the park and was at the heart of much of Aodh Ruadh's best work. David McGurrin ended the day with a haul of 2-10. Jonathan Gethins also prospered, scoring 2-2. Colm Kelly, Dominic Boyle, Colin Keown and Darren Gettins all chipped in with a point a piece.

The team travels to Killybegs on Friday 20th April to take on one of their main rivals at the top of the table in what is guaranteed to be an intriguing tussle. The throw in for the A game will be at 7pm.

Under 14 training continues on Saturdays at 5.30pm in Munday's Field.

Another night to forget for the Aodh Ruadh under 16s match on Monday night. Glenties outplayed the Ballyshannon side to win by 3-24 to 0-02. Among Aodh Ruadh's better performers were Ronan Drummond at centre half back , Gerard Kelly in midfield and JJ Cassidy who had a busy night at centre half back. The next action for the under 16s is on Monday 23rd April against Four Masters in Father Tierney Park at 7.30pm. Under 16 football training continues on Fridays at 5pm in Munday's field.

The minors have a match against Naomh Conaill on Wednesday 18th April at 7pm in Father Tierney Park. They have a break until their next fixture against Dungloe in Father Tierney Park on Wednesday, 2nd May at 7.00pm. More pressing business takes place this Saturday 21st April when the Sean Slevin minor memorial tournament takes place. Action gets under way at 11am. Anyone who wants to lend a hand is more than welcome along to what promises to be a superb day of football

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24th April

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh Seniors and Reserves are in championship action this Sunday against Ardara in the preliminary round of the Championship in Ballyshannon. The reserves throw in at 1.30pm and the seniors at 3.00pm. Everyone in the town is urged to travel to Father Tierney Park and get behind their team. The support will be much appreciated.

The seniors lost in the second round of the League in the Park last Friday. It was a tentative first half with Aodh Ruadh enjoying a lot of possession, but running into a crowded Killybegs defence which offered up few clear cut scoring chances. Killybegs were more economical with their possession, hitting on the break to go in 0-5 to 0-3 up at half time. The pattern continued in the second half and Killybegs won by 0-12 to 0-07 at the finish up. Thomas McPhelim at half back shaded it for Aodh Ruadh's man of the match with an effective performance in the left channel.

It was better news for the reserves last Saturday against Killybegs. The 2-10 to 1-10 scoreline rather flattered the visitors as Aodh Ruadh lead by seven points going into the closing minutes of the game. A point followed by a converted penalty served to give the scoreboard a more favourable complexion for Killybegs. Pauric Buggy was man of the match, being instrumental in much that was good about the Aodh Ruadh performance.

Peter Conlon is unavailable next week. In the interim all the pitch bookings should be directed through Pat Melaniff on 086-1217403 or Terry McShea on 087-2360815.

~ HURLING ~
The senior hurlers were in Cookstown last Saturday in round three of the Ulster hurling league against Belfast outfit Saint Enda's. Both teams were well matched in the opening half with Saint Enda's just edging it at half time by 0-5 to 0-4. The Antrim side imposed themselves on the game more in the second half and won by 1-13 to 0-06 at the final whistle. Peter Horan at left half forward was Aodh Ruadh's man of the match, battling hard against a determined Saint Enda's backline. The next Ulster League match is another away game this Saturday next against Sean Treacy's in Youth Sport, Omagh. The throw for that game is 6.30pm.

Senior hurling training continues on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm.

Minor training continues at 4.45pm on Friday.

Underage training for under 10s, 12s and 14s continues at 12 noon on Sunday next. All new players welcome.

~ LADIES ~
Under 10 girls are training on Tuesdays from 6pm. The under 12 girls are training every Friday at 4.30pm in Munday's field.

~ CAMOGIE ~
Camogie training continues on Thursday from 6pm to 7pm. New members will be made most welcome.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
There is no under 10 training this Saturday. Tuesday training continues as normal from 6pm to 7pm. Any parents who have the hour to spare are most welcome to come along and help out.

The under 12 footballers had fruitful trip to Fintra last Friday, recording an important win against Killybegs in the battle for pole position in Division 1A. With the scores evenly matched at half time the Ballyshannon lads turned on the style in the second half to earn a well deserved 1-07 to 2-10 win. Wednesday night sees another key match at the top of the table when Aodh Ruadh host Dungloe at 7pm. On Saturday there is the annual Willie Rogers Under 12 Tournament. Also participating will be Erne Gaels, Devenish, Glencar / Manorhamilton, Grange and MacCumhaill's. Action gets under way at 11am. Anyone who wants to lend a hand is more than welcome along to what promises to be a superb day of football

The Under 14s take part in the Southern Division Feile this Saturday 28th competing against Bundoran and Saint Naul's. Team management will supply full details to the players in due course. The regional final will be on 5th May.

The under 16's woes continued on Monday night as they took a heavy beating from Four Masters in the Park. Ronan Drummond at centre half back fought to the end and Christopher Goan also gave decent account of himself in the middle of the park on what was an otherwise disappointing night. The next outing is against Saint Naul's on Friday 4th May in Mountcharles at 7.30pm. Under 16 football training continues on Fridays at 5pm in Munday's field.

The minors came unstuck against a strong Glenties side last Wednesday night. Ciaran Slevin and Paul Hughes put in Trojan work in defence in what were difficult circumstances. Diarmuid McInerney and PJ Magee were the pick of the forwards. A great penalty save by Peter Boyle was probably one of the best moments for Aodh Ruadh in a match that saw Naomh Conaill win out by 3-13 to 0-07. The minors are in action again this Wednesday 25th April with a trip to take on Dungloe. The team then has a rest week next week before they take on Kilcar on Wednesday 9th May. Some unavoidable late withdrawals meant that the Sean Slevin tournament did not take place as planned last Saturday. The tournament will be rescheduled for a later date.

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