Club Notes Archive - 2007

Box. AUGUST
6th August

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
There is a club meeting on Tuesday, 7th August at 9pm regarding the Centre of Excellence Draw. With just three weeks to go it is essential that all sold stubs are presented at the meeting so a clear idea can be formed as to the progress of the draw. Everyone involved in the draw is asked to be present on the night.

The seniors had a good work out in a challenge against Bundoran on Bank Holiday Monday. The team recorded a win, a timely fillip for the visit of Dungloe to Ballyshannon next Sunday, 12th August. The senior game throws in at 3pm and the reserve game at 1.30pm.

The thirds play Ardara in the quarter final of the Junior B championship at Saint Naul's pitch in Mountcharles on Friday 10th August in 7pm.

The Under 21s came off second best in their Championship game against Glenfin last Tuesday. The Finnsiders ran out 4-16 to 3-6 winners. There were good defensive displays from Eoin McNeill, Darren Drummond and Paul Connolly who also managed to get up the pitch for a goal. Matthew Thompson was a creative presence at wing half forward and substitute Rian Trainor proved a handful when he came on, claiming a well taken goal.

See pigs fly!!! Pig racing comes to Ballyshannon on Saturday August 18th when Aodh Ruadh runs a seven race card in the East Port area of the town starting at 9pm. Pigs are available at €100. Get together with your mates and sponsor a squealer. In addition there are also advertising slots on offer in the race card. Contact Eunan Doyle on 087-2973295 for more information. Off-track there will be a signed county jersey raffled on the night and plenty of craic guaranteed as Ballyshannon welcomes the country to the town on harvest fair weekend.

~ HURLING ~
The under 10s take part in an Ulster Blitz on Saturday outside Enniskillen. The bus is leaving the park at 9.30am and will be back at approximately 3pm. Call John Rooney with any enquiries on 9851250. Training continues on Sunday for under 10s, 12s and 14s at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
The senior ladies have a challenge against Devenish this Wednesday, 8th August at 7pm in Garrison. Apart from that, senior training continues at 7pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
Under 14 training continues on Wednesdays at 8pm in the park in anticipation of the squad's first round championship match against Ardara on 13th August.

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13th August

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh failed to make their scoring chances count against Dungloe on Sunday afternoon. The Ernesiders went down by 1-06 to 0-11 and remain rooted to the foot of Division 1A. The reserve's fared no better losing by 1-06 to 0-13 against Dungloe. There were promising displays from younger members of the squad however; Liam Reynolds and Michael Dolan at wing back and Eoin McNeill at centre forward all showed up well.

The seniors will be looking to put their league form behind them when they take on Saint Eunan's in the quarter finals of the championship. The clash is set for Sunday 19th at 6.30pm in Tir Chonaill Park, Donegal. With a semi-final berth at stake, it is vital that the club brings the largest possible crowd to Donegal to get behind the team. Please make an extra special effort to show your support for YOUR club.

The thirds crashed out of the Championship last Friday in a shock defeat to Ardara. The Division 4 league champions lost by 2-04 to 2-07. Aodh Ruadh never quite found their groove and were beaten by a hungrier Ardara side.

The Under 21s also went out of the championship last Tuesday. A weakened side was overwhelmed by Glenfin 4-16 to 3-06.

With foot and mouth slipping off the radar, Ballyshannon welcomes Pig Racing to the East Port on Saturday, 18th August. Ocean FM's Sean Perry will be master of ceremonies as Aodh Ruadh runs a seven race card in the Port with the first squealers going under starters orders at 9pm. Off-track there will be lots of prizes and a signed county jersey raffled on the night. There's plenty of craic guaranteed as Ballyshannon welcomes the country to the town on Harvest Fair weekend.

Aodh Ruadh is undertaking a major draw to fund the redevelopment of Munday's Field as a top class training facility. There is an impressive line-up of prizes with something there for everyone. Tickets priced €30/£20 each or €50/£35 for two are out now, ask any club member. With the draw taking place in the last week of August all sellers are asked to redouble their sales efforts to ensure the maximum possible revenue from the draw.

~ HURLING ~
The under 10s took part in an Ulster blitz in Irvinestown on Saturday with two Aodh Ruadh teams taking part. Despite atrocious weather conditions the first team won their blitz. They beat Tyrone sides Dromore and Dungannon and recorded a win against Saint Eunan's and a draw with Lisbellaw. The second team also played very well losing their two games narrowly to teams from Fermanagh and Tyrone. It was a great team performance by all the squad and all the hard work in training paid off for the boys. John Rooney, Peter Horan and Dennis Daly traveled with the squad. Our under 12s are taking part in a blitz in Buncrana on Saturday 18th August. The bus leaves the park 9.15am sharp. Training continues on Sunday for under 10s, 12s and 14s at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
Aodh Ruadh's senior ladies chalked up a good win in a challenge against Devenish last Wednesday. That result will be heartening as the team go into championship action against Glenfin this weekend.

Senior training continues at 7pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The under 12s have a trip to Derryloughan, near Coalisland in Tyrone to look forward to on Saturday 25th August. They will be taking part in an Ulster council blitz and competing against teams from across the province. Lunch will be provided on the day, but parents are asked to supply children with £20 sterling pocket money for the trip. Any parents interested in coming along to the blitz should call Jim Kane on 086-2849425.

Under 14 training continues on Wednesdays at 8pm in the park. The dates for their championship outings have now been reset for Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd August. The Tuesday night game will be in Ardara with the Thursday night game being in Ballyshannon.

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20th August

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh go into a replay against Saint Eunan's after drawing in Donegal Town on Sunday evening. Ballyshannon were rampant in the first half and went in seven points to the good at half time. However the Ernesiders committed the cardinal error of attempting to defend a lead. The deeper defensive line allowed Saint Eunan's the opportunity to claw their way back into the game. They achieved that primarily through Brendan Devaney and his accuracy from placed balls. The final score was 1-11 to 0-14. The replay promises to be one of the ties of the Championship to date and is slated for Sunday 26th August at 7.30pm in Ballybofey. With a tough game in prospect and a semi-final berth at stake, it is vital that the club brings the largest possible crowd to McCumhaill Park to get behind the team. Please make an extra special effort to show your support for YOUR club.

There was a great night's craic in Ballyshannon last Saturday night as the rain held off for a few hours to allow the Pig Races to go off. There was a super crowd to support the Centre of Excellence fund raiser. Many thanks to everyone who helped out on the night, the sponsors and everyone who came along and made the event such a triumph.

Aodh Ruadh is undertaking a major draw to fund the redevelopment of Munday's Field as a top class training facility. There is an impressive line-up of prizes with something there for everyone. Tickets priced €30/£20 each or €50/£35 for two are out now, ask any club member.

There is an important meeting regarding the Centre of Excellence draw on Tuesday 21st August at 10pm in Aras Aoidh Ruadh. All sold stubs and cash should be returned for this meeting as a decision will be taken as to the draw date and sales strategy at the meeting.

~ HURLING ~
The underage hurlers had a very busy week. On Wednesday last the under 10s traveled to Sligo to take on Coolera / Strandhill. The 'A' team lost in a very competitive game by two points on what was a terrible evening. The 'B' team drew their game. It is hoped Coolera / Strandhill will make it up to Father Tierney Park before the end of the season for a return game. John Rooney, Billy Finn and Eddie Lynch traveled with the team.

On Saturday last the under 12s made the trip north to Buncrana to take part in an Ulster Council Blitz. The team was very understrength due to holidays and fielded seven under 10s in the 12 man squad. In the first game they lost narrowly to Na Magha of Derry City. They drew with Carndonagh in the second game and lost narrowly to Burt in their third game. They were well beaten in their final game by a strong Slaughtneil side from Derry. The standard of hurling was very high throughout the blitz. Peter Horan, John Rooney, Billy Finn and Eddie Lynch traveled with the team.

Training continues on Sunday for under 10s, 12s and 14s at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
Aodh Ruadh's senior ladies played Glenfin last weekend in their championship opener, but were unable to turn over the fancied Finnsiders. The performance was very encouraging though, and testament to the consistent progress being made by the senior team. The ladies will entertain Glenfin in the return leg of this championship encounter on Sunday 26th at 12 noon.

The club's county star, Aoife Buggy, gave a good account of herself once again at half back as Donegal demolished Roscommon to ensure senior football for the county in 2008. Congratulations also to Dearbhla McNeill who is part of the Donegal under 16 team set to contest an All Ireland after winning their semi final over the weekend.

Senior training continues at 7pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The under 12s have a trip to Derryloughan, near Coalisland in Tyrone to look forward to this Saturday 25th August. They will be taking part in an Ulster council blitz and competing against teams from across the province. Lunch will be provided on the day, but parents are asked to supply children with £20 sterling pocket money for the trip. Any parents interested in coming along to the blitz should call Jim Kane on 086-2849425.

Aodh Ruadh take on Four Masters in the first round of the under 13 tournament at 11.30am on 1st September in Father Tierney Park.

Under 14s have championship action this week when they take on Ardara over two legs. The first match is on Tuesday in Ardara with the return night on Thursday in Father Tierney Park. Throw in for both games is at 7pm.

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27th August

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh's participation in the Senior Football championship was emphatically terminated by Saint Eunan's on Sunday evening. Playing under lights in Ballybofey, the Ernesiders were a shadow of the side that should have dispatched the Letterkenny outfit the week previous. They lost by 2-10 to 0-09. See the website, www.aodhruadh.org, for the full match report.

Two dates for your diary. The first is a very important general meeting of the club at 8pm on Tuesday 4th September in Aras Aoidh Ruadh. This meeting concerns the Centre of Excellence draw and everyone in any way concerned with the club is asked to attend. The second date is the monthly senior committee meeting, which takes place on Thursday 6th September at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

The date for the Centre of Excellence draw has been slated for Sunday 28th October. Tickets for the draw, which is to fund the redevelopment of Munday's Field as a top class training facility, are currently on sale. There is an impressive line-up of prizes with something for everyone. Tickets priced €30/£20 each or €50/£35 for two are out now, ask any club member.

~ HURLING ~
There will be no underage hurling training on Sunday 2nd September due to the clash of Kilkenny and Limerick in the All-Ireland hurling final. Training resumes as usual on Sunday 9th September.

Check out the club website for pictures of the underage hurlers' trips to a blitz in county Fermanagh and to the hurling quarter finals in Croke Park.

~ LADIES ~
There was something of a coup for the Aodh Ruadh's senior ladies when they beat a weakened Glenfin side in Father Tierney Park on Sunday afternoon. Ballyshannon recorded a four point win over Glenfin in what might conventionally have been viewed as a gimme for the Finnsiders by many observers. Despite that win however, Aodh Ruadh are out of the championship as their aggregate score over the two legs wasn't sufficient to take them through to the next round. However, Sunday's victory combined with a very positive display the first day out in Glenfin are signs that the ladies may be set for an exciting 2008.

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

Aodh Ruadh's under 12s collected more silverware last Saturday as they took the top honours at an Ulster Council blitz staged at Derryloughan in Tyrone. In the group stage Aodh Ruadh recorded victories over Strabane Sigerson's, Derryloughan, Gaoth Dobhair and Armagh Harps. They lost their final group game to Scotstown of Monaghan. The blitz final was a rematch with Scotstown. A rejuvenated Aodh Ruadh team really showed their style as they saw off the Farney side on a scoreline of 0-11 to 1-2. Aodh Ruadh Captain, James Kelly, was called upon to receive the trophy, adding yet further gloss another to an already dazzling 2007 for the under 12s.

Aodh Ruadh take on Four Masters in the first round of the under 13 tournament at 11.30am on Saturday 1st September in Father Tierney Park. There is training at 7.30pm this Wednesday 29th August in anticipation of this game.

The Under 14's season finished as they went out of the Championship against a strongly fancied Ardara side last week. The first leg was played on Tuesday in Ardara with only 18 players making the trip. Cousins Conor and Pauric Patton were solid in defence as was Paul McElwaine, who was a model of consistency. Ronan McGurn and James Barron played well in midfield but Aodh Ruadh were hampered by a lack of scoring power up front. Despite that Ballyshannon were in contention for much of the game with Sylvester Maguire and Ben McGowan causing tremendous headaches for the Ardara defence. It was only after Ardara goaled with the gap at two points that the game really started to slip away from the Ernesiders. The final score was 2-13 to 2-4 in favour of Ardara. Aodh Ruadh's scorers were Ronan McGurn with 1-1, Fergal Meehan with a well-taken goal, Conor Patton who shot two points and Ruairí Drummond who picked off a good point.

The return leg was played on Thursday with eight members of under 14 panel missing. To compound matters goalkeeper Donagh McInerney was injured in the warm up and Charlie Patton was called upon to mind the nets. Three stars from the under 12 team, David McGurn, Pauric Patton and Eamon McGrath also had to be called up to bolster the squad. Aodh Ruadh had a bad first half, but settled much better in the second and gave Ardara a torrid time. However the damage had been done in the first half and Ballyshannon were unable to make good the deficit. Ardara sealed their progress through to the next round of the championship with a 4-6 to 3-5 win. Charlie Patton gave an excellent performance in his unaccustomed role as goalie whilst Pauric Patton was also outstanding in the backline. Tommy Patton at centre half back got through a lot of work during the game. Ruairí Drummond was exceptional at midfield, scoring 2-1 into the bargain. Fergal Meehan clocked up 1-1 in a fine display. There was also a good performance from Martin Gallagher who took a well executed point and won a penalty. The McGurn brothers, Ronan and David, both chipped in with a point apiece.

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