Club Notes Archive - 2008

Box. JULY
7 July

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
A battling performance from Aodh Ruadh wasn't enough against Dungloe in their RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta Senior Football Championship second leg match. With three minutes to go Aodh Ruadh needed only a point for a draw which would have sealed a quarter final place. However, Dungloe finished with a goal and point to force a play-off to see which side will progress. The final score was Dungloe 1-17, Aodh Ruadh 1-12. There is a full match report available on www.aodhruadh.org.

The reserves have a match this Sunday, 13th July, in Father Tierney park against Termon at 1.30pm.

~ HURLING ~
Senior training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.

There was silverware on offer in MacCumhaill Park last Saturday when the under 14s took on Carndonagh in the 'B' county final. It was a tightly fought match, with Aodh Ruadh taking the honours by 8-7 to 4-5. The scoreline doesn't do justice to Carndonagh who were stung by a couple of early Ballyshannon goals and had to play catch-up for the rest of the match. Blaine Bogle had his hands full in goals and he pulled off a number of excellent saves. Conor Kennedy and Aaron Fannon both gave a strong defensive performances, whilst Donal O'Keefe also played a real captain's role in the back division. Thomas Anderson was very influential in the middle of the park and did much to facilitate good showings by Rory Cullen, Jamie Brennan and Colin Kelly who tortured the Carndonagh backs. Gary Kelly will also be pleased with his display, not to mention his handsome goal-haul. After the match County Hurling Board Chairman, Rory McGonigle, presented the under 14 'B' championship trophy to a delighted Donal O'Keefe and then it was back to Ballyshannon for a spin round the town to show off the prize. Congratulations to Kevin Loughlin, manager, Eddie Lynch, selector, and everyone involved with the team.

The under 12s take on Setanta in the league this Thursday, 10th July at 7pm in Father Tierney park. The side will be in Killygordon for a blitz this Saturday. Travel details will be supplied on Thursday.

A great morning of underage hurling took place in Father Tierney Park on Sunday. A little bit of history was created when we fielded an under 8 hurling team for the first time. We played a fun and competitive game against Letterkenny Gaels which ended in a draw. Thanks to all the parents who supported this enthusiastic team. This was followed by an under 12 game between the same clubs. The game was very enjoyable with the home team finishing the stronger to take the spoils. Many thanks to all who helped on the day.

Underage hurling training continues in Father Tierney park on Sunday at 12 noon for under 10s and 12s. All welcome, especially beginners. For enquiries contact Billy Finn (9851289).

~ LADIES ~
The seniors make the trip to Towney to take on Kilcar this Wednesday, 9th July, at 7.30pm. Senior training continues on Tuesdays at 7pm and Friday's at 8pm in the Park.

The under 14s suffered a narrow two point loss last Tuesday against Four Masters. Despite the loss there were many encouraging signs of progress from Aodh Ruadh in what was a very enjoyable game. Under 14 training continues on Fridays at 5.30pm.

The under 12s beat Four Masters last Wednesday. Their four point victory saw them through to the semi-final stages where is likely they will be facing Fanad Gaels. The picture on that front will become clearer over the course of the next two weeks. Having secured their semi-final berth the team lost to Saint Naul's in a dead rubber in Father Tierney Park. That loss may yet prove useful as it highlighted a few areas that will require work in training. Overall though, management are delighted with the team's position.

~ SUMMER CAMP ~
Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp is underway with well over 100 attending the second week. The camp continues for the third and final week next week. There's loads to do with football, hurling, swimming, rounders, obstacle courses and plenty of other fun and games. Each week of the camp concludes with a sports day on Friday. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm and is open to all children from 5 to 14 years-of-age. The cost per week is €70 per child with family concessions available. Children should bring a packed lunch. There is a tuck shop available. Registration forms are available on www.aodhruadh.org, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your machine to view/download the form. Contact Sylvester Maguire on 086-0532495 or 071-9858277 for more information.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
Minor training continues with the seniors.

There was disappointment for the under 16s as they went out of the championship against Glenties by 2-13 to 0-7 last Friday in Dunkineely. Despite early Aodh Ruadh dominance two first half goals took the wind out of Ballyshannon's sails, leaving side eight points down at half time. Ronan Drummond, Conor Patton and Ronan McGurn deserve special praise for not letting their heads drop and keeping the fight up to the very end.

Training takes place in preparation for the Under 15 Óg Sport competition in the Lakeside on Thursday, 10th July at 8pm.

The under 14s suffered the first loss of their league campaign against Ardara last Wednesday. They went down by 4-10 to 0-11. They bounced back well though with a magnificent, gutsy 1-9 to 2-10 win against Killybegs in Fintra. Aodh Ruadh traveled with a very depleted panel, but the situation worsened ten minutes into the match when the goal keeper, Conor McNeely, had to go off with a broken finger after bravely intercepting a shot on goal. Ballyshannon continued to fight though and were only two points down with two minutes to go. Goals in the closing moments from Charlie Patton and Kieran Keown swung the match decisively in Ballyshannon's favour. The club wishes Conor McNeely a speedy recovery from his injury. The win against Killybegs leaves things very finely balanced for Ballyshannon. They are in a good position, but will need wins in their last two remaining games against Four Masters on Monday, 14th July, and Kilcar on Monday, 21st July, to guarantee their place in the divisional final, most likely against Ardara. The throw in for those last two games is 7.30pm. The club would appeal for family and friends to come out and show their support for the under 14s, particularly given the fact they are in the chase for honours.

In last Monday night's round of the O'Donnell league Colm Kelly's team recorded a win over Conor McShea's, whilst Matthew Maguire's side edged out Stephen Thompson's. With the round robin section complete the finals will take place next Monday at 5.45pm in the Park. Matthew Maguire will take on Colm Kelly in the 'A' final while Conor McShea will take on Stephen Thompson in the 'B' final.

The under 10 blitz scheduled for Pettigo last Saturday had to moved to Killybegs. In the event 28 boys travelled down and had a great day out with both the 'A's' and the 'B's' giving great performances. The 'A's' beat Kilcar, drew with Killybegs and lost to the eventual winners, Ardara. The 'B's' did better again with wins over Kilcar and Killybegs, but losing to Ardara who also went on to win the 'B' section. Many thanks to Killybegs looked after us very well and even had grub for the boys on the way home. There is training for under 10s only in Father Tierney Park on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 8pm. There is training for under 8s and 10s in the Park on Saturday from to 11am to 12 noon. Training for the under 8s will conclude on Saturday, 26th July.

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14 July

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
The reserves with the bare compliment of 15 lost to Termon in Father Tierney park by five points last weekend. The team's next assignment will be a home game against Fanad Gaels on Sunday, 20th July with the throw in at 3pm.

The thirds recorded a 4-9 to 2-9 win away against Pettigo last Saturday. The win puts the team well clear on top of Division 4 South with 12 points from seven played. Their nearest rivals Ardara are on six points from five played, so a place in the league final seems almost secure for Ballyshannon.

~ SEE PIGS FLY!!! ~
Pig racing returns to Ballyshannon on Saturday August 16th when Aodh Ruadh run a seven race card in the Bridgend / East Port area of the town starting at 7.30pm. Pigs are now available at €50 for full ownership, but there are also get €10 shares available. The winning pig will scoop it's owner(s) €100 so you stand a one in six chance of doubling your money! Races can be sponsored at €250 and there are also advertising slots on offer in the race card. Contact John Hughes on 087-6431805 or Eunan Doyle on 087-2973295 for more information. Off-track there will be betting, spot prizes and plenty of craic guaranteed as Ballyshannon welcomes the country to the town. If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, you can see some of the video clips of the highlight's from last year's event on www.aodhruadh.org. Well worth it for Sean Perry's patter alone!!
Bulletpoint. I want to See pigs fly!!!

~ HURLING ~
The hurlers have a home league game against Buncrana this Sunday at 5pm. Senior training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.

A great day's underage hurling took place in Father Tierney park on Saturday last. Aodh Ruadh hosted an under 12 hurling blitz with Saint Eunan's and Lisbellaw from Fermanagh visiting us for this event. Over 50 under 12s took part on the day. Ballyshannon beat Saint Eunan's and then played Lisbellaw in a full 15-a-side game. It was a very competitive game with spells of great hurling, passion and commitment shown by both teams. At the end of a ding dong affair the Fermanagh county champions came out on top by a goal. Thanks to referees Michael Ayres and Kevin McDermott, not forgetting everyone else who helped out on the day. There are pictures available to view on the www.aodhruadh.org of this fabulous day of action.

The under 12 hurlers are away to Carndonagh on Thursday, 17th July in the League. The bus leaves the park at 5pm.

Underage hurling training continues in Father Tierney park on Sunday at 12 noon for under 8s, 10s and 12s. All welcome, especially beginners. For enquiries contact Billy Finn (9851289).

~ LADIES ~
The ladies seniors are in intermediate championship action this Sunday at home against Saint Michael's. Aodh Ruadh face MacCumhaill's away in the second game and the top two teams will then play in the final so good luck girls, hopefully we can make home advantage count. Senior training continues on Tuesdays at 7pm and Friday's at 8pm in the Park.

The minor girls are due to get their season underway next Wednesday 23rd July with a home fixture against Ardara.

Well done to the county under 16 girls who defeated Kerry in the All Ireland quarter finals on Sunday last in Tuam. They will now meet Cork in the semi finals on Sunday, 27th July. Tara Kahn represented the club in last Sunday's game and Dearbhaile McNeil will be back from holidays for the semi final.

The under 14s play Four Masters in the park this Tuesday, 15th July, at 6.30pm and with just one fixture left after this a big effort from our girls is guaranteed.

Training for the under 12 girls continues on Tuesday evenings in Father Tierney park from 7pm to 8.15pm. A date for the semi finals was not available but we hope to have information regarding this fixture this week.

~ SUMMER CAMP ~
Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp is in its final week. Around 250 children attended over the three weeks of a very successful camp. The camp organisers would like to thank to the sponsors McGlynn and McDevitt Accountants. Thanks also to all the children who participated, the coaches who helped out, the Park Committee and especially Pat Melaniff.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
Minor training continues with the seniors.

Under 15 Óg Sport training takes in the Park on Wednesday, 16th July at 7pm. The Óg Sport blitz takes place in Bundoran on Saturday at 11am. Competing will be Bundoran, Aodh Ruadh, Naomh Bríd, Saint Naul's and Four Masters taking part. Squad to meet at the park for 10.15am.

The under 14s registered a big win in their penultimate game of the league campaign. They defeated Four Masters by 7-19 to 0-7 in Tir Chonaill park. Johnny Gethins was back in blistering form up front, bagging a number of goals, while one of the newer additions to the side, Padraig Storey, had a fine game at centre half back. With one game left Aodh Ruadh are locked with Kilcar on 12 points in second place in the league. Ballyshannon now play Kilcar on Monday, 21st July, in what will be a knock-out game for a place in the divisional final against Ardara. The throw in is at 7.30pm in Father Tierney park. The club would appeal for family, friends and everyone interested in the club to come out and show their support for the under 14s, particularly given the fact they are in the chase for honours. It will make a difference in what is sure to be a tight and keenly fought game.

Matthew Maguire's side won the 'A' final of the O'Donnell Shield after a close fought battle with Colm Kelly's team. The sides matched each other point for point in the second half, but Matthew Maguire's outfit just managed to get their nose in front when the final whistle went to win by a single point. In the 'B' final Conor McShea took the honours over Stephen Thompson's side. There is training for the under 12s at 5.45pm in the park next Monday.

There is an under 10 blitz this Saturday in Father Tierney park with Aodh Ruadh hosting Pettigo and Glenties. The action gets underway at 11am. Players are asked to bring a loaf of sandwiches to help with the lunch time refreshments. There is training for under 10s only in Father Tierney Park on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 8pm. There will be no training for the under 8s this week and their training will conclude with a final session on Saturday, 26th July.

~ CONDOLENCES ~
Aodh Ruadh extends their sympathies to Gary Walsh on the death of his grandmother Mrs. Margaret Gallagher of Boyney, Ballyshannon. The funeral mass takes place on Tuesday, 15th July, at 12 noon in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bundoran, burial afterwards in Finner cemetery.

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21 July

~ NEXT WEEK'S NOTES ~
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~ SEE PIGS FLY!!! ~
Pig racing returns to Ballyshannon on Saturday August 16th when Aodh Ruadh run a seven race card in the Bridgend / East Port area of the town starting at 7.30pm. Pigs are now available at €50 for full ownership, but there are also get €10 shares available. The winning pig will scoop it's owner(s) €100 so you stand a one in six chance of doubling your money! Races can be sponsored at €250 and there are also advertising slots on offer in the race card. Contact John Hughes on 087-6431805 or Eunan Doyle on 087-2973295 for more information. Off-track there will be betting, spot prizes and plenty of craic guaranteed as Ballyshannon welcomes the country to the town. If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, you can see some of the video clips of the highlight's from last year's event on www.aodhruadh.org. Well worth it for Sean Perry's patter alone!!

~ HURLING ~
The under 12 hurlers made the long trip to Carndonagh on Thursday last for a league match and came home with a convincing win. It was a great team performance on a very difficult evening for hurling. Peter Horan was able to give every one of his 20 man squad a run. The boys are at home this Thursday against Letterkenny Gaels with the throw in at 7pm. All the squad should be at the park for 6.30pm.

On Sunday morning last our under 10 hurlers were on the road early for a blitz in Carndonagh. The boys played very well in their three games. They drew the first match with Saint Eunan's, lost the second match against Buncrana, before finishing off with a great victory over Burt after a tight struggle throughout.

Underage hurling training continues in Father Tierney park on Sunday at 12 noon for under 8s, 10s and 12s. All welcome, especially beginners. For enquiries contact Billy Finn (9851289).

~ LADIES ~
Well done to the seniors who had a good win in the championship against Saint Michael's in the park on Sunday last. Aodh Ruadh are back in championship action this Sunday again when they travel to Ballybofey to take on McCumhaill's at 12 noon. Senior training continues on Tuesdays at 7pm and Friday's at 8pm in the Park.

The minor fixtures have been put off for the moment due to the success of the county under 16 team and the games have not yet been re-scheduled.

The under 16 county ladies team play in the All-Ireland semi-final this Saturday, 26th July in Ballinasloe at 3.30pm. Our club will be represented by Tara Khan and Dearbhaile McNeill good luck to the two girls and the Donegal team and management.

The under 14 girls had a great win over Four Masters in the park last Tuesday evening. With one league game remaining we hope the girls can continue this good form and finish the season in style. Under 14 training continues on Friday evenings at 5.30pm.

Training for the under 12 girls continues on Tuesday evenings in Father Tierney park from 7pm to 8.15pm. A date for the semi finals was not available. however as soon as this becomes available management will be in touch with the team.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
Minor training continues with the seniors.

Congratulations to Ronan Drummond and Peter Boyle were in Croke Park recently with the under 16 development squad. They took part in a series of challenge games, playing matches against Derry and Tyrone and recording one win and one lost.

Aodh Ruadh had an excellent outing at the Óg Sport blitz in Bundoran last Saturday. The team won all three of their games and are through to this Saturday's Óg Sport Regional Finals. The Finals takes place in Dunkineely on Saturday at 11am. Competing will be Bundoran, Aodh Ruadh, Dungloe, Naomh Chonaill, Naomh Ultan and Naomh Columba. The bus to the blitz leaves the park at 9.30am. Under 15 Óg Sport training takes in the Park on Wednesday, 23rd July at 7pm.

The Under 14s bid for a place in the divisional league final with Ardara was ended with a 3-7 to 4-10 defeat to Kilcar. The first half was nip and tuck with the teams going in level at half time. As the second half wore on Ballyshannon midfielder Kieran Keown became increasingly hampered by an injury sustained in last Saturday's Óg Sport blitz. He had to be taken off and his loss was keenly felt, as was the absence of forward David McGurrin on holidays. Those twin losses made it very difficult for Aodh Ruadh to break down a well drilled Kilcar side. Pauric Patton, who put away a penalty in the first half, gave it his all. So did James Kelly who deputised well when moved back to midfield. Johnny Gethins and Charlie Patton each marked good displays with a goal, while James Barron was also on hand to point a couple of well-taken efforts. The under 14s attentions now turn to the championship where their next outing is against Killybegs on Monday 11th August. There is under 14 training on Wednesday, 20th July in the park at 6.30pm.

There is training for the under 12s at 5.45pm in the park next Monday.

There is training for under 10s only in Father Tierney Park on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 8pm. Under 8s training concludes this week with a final session on Saturday, 26th July.

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28 July

~ DONEGAL v MONAGHAN ~
Commiserations to club trio, Brian Roper, Niall McCready and Johnny Gallagher who were part of the Donegal set-up defeated by Monaghan in the qualifiers on Saturday evening. It was nonetheless a proud evening for Johnny who made his debut at corner back and fared well given the difficult job of marking Ciaran Hanratty. Brian showed class is permanent with two well taken points continuing the marvellous record of service he has given the county since 1995 when he made his debut. We congratulate all three for representing the club with distinction.

~ CONGRATULATIONS ~
Furthermore, well done to club referee and chairman, the hard-working Terence McShea who refereed the Fermanagh v Kilkenney ladies championship clash played as a curtain-raiser to the Ulster Final replay between Fermanagh and Armagh. Terence kept a firm handle on the game and further enhanced his reputation on the inter-county circuit.

~ HURLING ~
The Aodh Ruadh u-12 hurlers continued their good start to the league with a convincing win over Letterkenny Gaels last week. This Thursday, the boys face Burt away from home. The bus will leave the Park at 5.30pm.

Underage hurling training continues as normal on Sunday for under 8s, under 10s and under 12s.

~ LADIES ~
The intermediate ladies played a very exciting championship game away to MacCumhaill's on Sunday last which ended in a draw. With only three teams in the intermediate championship, this means our girls have already qualified for the final having beaten Saint Michael's and drawn with MacCumhaill's. We await the outcome of the game between those two teams to see who we meet in the final.

Best wishes and a speedy recovery to Aoife Buggy who sustained a serious injury on Sunday.

Training for the ladies is on Tuesday at 7pm and Saturday at 8pm.

Best of luck to the Donegal senior ladies team who play Kildare in the qualifiers on Bank Holiday Monday in Breffni park the game will be televised live on TG4. Our club will be represented by Aoife Buggy and Katie Flood.

The u-16 county team were beaten in the All-Ireland semi-final on Saturday last by a very fancied Cork team, well done to everyone involved and especially to Tara Khan and Dearbhaile McNeil on what has been a great year for them. Hopefully the spare time you will now have to enjoy the last month of the summer holidays will help ease the pain of missing out on an All-Ireland final.

The under 14s have their last game of the season next Tuesday at home against Saint Nauls, training is on Friday evening at 5.30pm.

Under 12 girls training continues on Tuesday evenings from 7-8.15pm.

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