Club Notes Archive - 2008

Box. AUGUST
4 August

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh take on Dungloe in McCumhaill park, Ballybofey at 2pm this Sunday in their senior championship first round play-off game. This eagerly awaited contest is a winner takes all affair so a large and vocal showing of support from the green and white army is absolutely essential.

~ MEETING ~
The monthly senior club meeting takes place on Thursday 7th August in Aras Aoidh Ruadh 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ SEE PIGS FLY!!! ~
After the massive success of last year's event, 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. 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 Burt on Thursday last. On a terrible evening for hurling the boys showed tremendous heart to come from seven points down midway through the second half to claim a great draw at the finish. This Thursday, 7th August, the boys are playing McCumhaill's in Father Tierney Park. All players are asked to be up at the park at 6.30pm.

The underage hurlers are travelling to Croke park on Sunday, 17th August to wathc the All Ireland semi final between Tipperary and Waterford. Any enquiries about the trip contact John Rooney.

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 are hosting a 'Groovy 70s Night' in Max Bar on Sunday, 10th August. Tickets are €5 and available from all team members there will also be a raffle on the night with some great prizes on offer so come along and support the girls in their fundraising efforts.

Training for senior girls is on Tuesday evenings at 7pm and Friday at 8pm.

The ladies county team lost to Kildare in the qualifiers by two points on Monday 4th August in Breffni Park. The 2008 season was a mixed one for the ladies as they reached the division two league final and lost by a point and in the first round of the championship they beat a very experienced Armagh side who had won the last two Ulster titles. However after that they played poorly and lost out by a point to Monaghan. Having drawn Kildare in the qualifiers the team would have been looking forward to winning ways but Kildare were just too strong for Donegal on the day and the season ended for the Donegal ladies in Cavan. Well done to everyone for an exciting season and especially to Aoife Buggy and Katie Flood who represented the club so well for the year.

The under 14 girls are playing their last game of the 2008 season on Tuesday 5th August at home against Saint Naul's.

Training for the under 12 girls continues on Tuesday evenings in Father Tierney park from 7pm to 8.15pm.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The minors comprehensively lost their opening championship tie against Bundoran 0-3 to 2-15 last Wednesday in Father Tierney Park. An opening 20 minutes scoring blitz for the Seasiders did the damage and with the half time score at 0-1 to 1-12 in favour of Bundoran it was a long way back for Ballyshannon. It was a day when Aodh Ruadh's rearguard saw most of the ball. Peter Boyle got through a lot of work in nets, while Maurice Kane at corner back and Ronan Drummond at centre half back soldiered well in the face of unremitting pressure. The second leg takes place in Bundoran on Wednesday, 13th August at 7.30pm. We would appeal for a good showing of support from Ballyshannon at this match as Aodh Ruadh try to turn the tie around.

Aodh Ruadh went out of Óg Sport at the Regional Finals held in Dunkineely last Saturday. After beginning with a win against Glenties, Ballyshannon lost out to the eventual winners Naomh Ultan and Bundoran.

The under 14s are in championship action against Killybegs on Monday 11th August. The match throws in at Father Tierney park throw at 7.30pm, a big attendance from parents and supporters would be a great help as Aodh Ruadh begin their charge for championship honours. There is under 14 training on Saturday 9th August at 6pm in the park. Before that though the Bakery Cup commences in Father Tierney Park on Wednesday 6th August at 6pm. Teams captained by Alan Finan, Kieran Keown, Ryan Granaghan and James Barron will be fighting it out for the title this year..

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 Saturday from 11am to 12 noon. The last blitz of the year will take place on Saturday 16th in Bundoran. That will conclude action for the under 10s under training resumes in the New Hall at Colaiste Colmcille in November.

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11 August

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh had a very disappointing loss to Dungloe in the championship play-off last Sunday. The final score was 0-9 to 0-10, but controversy surrounds a late Anthony Boyle goal which was disallowed by the referee for square ball in the closing stages of the game when Aodh Ruadh lead by a point. A goal at that stage would certainly have sealed the tie for Ballyshannon, but it was not to be. It's back to Division 1B action this Sunday when the seniors and reserves take on Saint Naul's in Father Tierney Park. The reserve game throws in at 1.30pm with the seniors at 3pm.

~ SEE PIGS FLY!!! ~
After the massive success of last year's event, 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. 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 continued their rich vein of form of late by beating McCumhaill's in Father Tierney Park on Thursday last. This Thursday, 14th August the boys are playing Saint Eunan's in the park. All players are be up at the park for 6.15pm. There is no underage hurling on this Sunday as the underage hurlers are going to Croke Park to the mouth-watering clash of Waterford and Tipperary in the All-Ireland Hurling semi-final. The bus leaves the park at 8.30am sharp. Any enquiries about the trip contact John Rooney.

~ LADIES ~
Training for senior ladies continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm and Friday at 8pm. The ladies team held a very successful 70s Nite in the Max Bar on Sunday night last. A big thank you to everyone who supported the fundraiser and all the sponsors of the many raffle prizes. The fund-raising continues this Saturday night with the Pig Races and Peter Gallagher is looking for volunteers to sell programmes and half time draw tickets. Call Peter on 087-9794280 if you are able to give a hand.

The under 14 season finished last week with a home game against Saint Naul's. Our girls lost the game but will be happy with how they played in the first half. The team enjoyed some very good games during the league and deserves congratulations for their efforts. Well done girls!

We are still awaiting a date for the under 12 semi-final which our girls qualified for some five weeks ago. The delay is being caused by some of the games in one of the other groups not yet being played. Unfortunately we can't do anything about this, but train hard and make sure we're well prepared despite the delay. Training for the under 12 girls continues on Tuesday evenings in Father Tierney park from 7pm to 8.15pm.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
Congratulations to our participants on Donegal's under 16 Buncrana Cup winning squad, Peter Boyle and Ronan Drummond. Peter Boyle starred in goal in both the semi-final and final. Donegal held off a stiff Monaghan challenge in the semi-final before taking on a strong Tyrone outfit in the final. Donegal won out by 1-7 to 1-5 with Conor Gibbons kicking an insurance point in injury time. Ronan Drummond did a Sylvester Maguire and was going through his warm up as they final whistle went! Well done to all concerned.

Aodh Ruadh suffered a 1-3 to 4-8 defeat in the first leg, first round of the championship against Killybegs on Monday 11th August. There were victories for Ryan Granaghan and James Barron in the first round of games in the Bakery Cup last week. The next round of games is scheduled for Father Tierney Park on Wednesday 20th August at 6pm

The under 13s travel to Sligo on Saturday morning to compete in a tournament hosted by Calry Saint Joseph's.

There is training for the under 12s at 5.45pm in the Park on Monday.

The last under 10 blitz of the year will take place on Saturday 16th in Bundoran. The bus leaves the park at 10.45am with the blitz starting 11am. Also participating in the blitz are Bundoran, Naomh Conaill and Ardara. That will conclude action for the under 10s until training resumes in the New Hall at Colaiste Colmcille in November.

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18 August

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh gained a valuable Division 1B win when they beat Saint Naul's in Father Tierney Park last Sunday by 0-8 to 0-7. A Buddy Greene penalty save in the first half was crucial in seeing Ballyshannon home. There were also encouraging signs in a superb return to form by Michael Gurn at half back and great midfield performance by Barry Ward and Niall McCready. The reserves fared less well losing to their Saint Naul's counterparts by 0-7 to 0-15. It's back to Division 1B action this Saturday when the seniors and reserves take on Fanad Gaels in Father Tierney Park. The reserve game throws in at 6.00pm with the seniors at 7.30pm.

~ GOLF CLASSIC ~
Aodh Ruadh and Erne Gaels are running their annual Golf Classic on Wednesday 17th September in Bundoran Golf Club. Anybody interested in taking part please contact Terence McShea on 087-2360815.

~ PIGS FLEW!!! ~
The second annual Ballyshannon pig races went off last Saturday and were a massive success. As always with such events there are numerous people who help bring thing together and who should be applauded. Thanks to the residents and businesses of the port who gave us access to the streets. Thanks to Billy Grimes who did a marvelous job as compere. Next thanks to the race sponsors and all the great local companies who took adverts in the race programme. Thanks also to Drummond bookmakers and Doherty bookmakers for supplying the betting slips. Sean Cassidy did a first class job taking care of all the sound and piping the races into the pubs, while Billy Finn did a great job on the camera. Thanks to Trisha's hairdressers who supplied the power. Big thanks to Thomas McGeary who kindly gave us access to the building used as the Pig Race HQ. Thanks to Watson Hire of Donegal town who provided the barriers and lighting and Owen Roe O'Neill for the use of his car park for storing the barriers and the light. Thanks also to Austin Short for supplying the pigs who gave us such great entertainment on the night. Of course it is important not to forget the programme sellers, the raffle sellers, the bet sellers, the runners and the bookies and everyone else who helped make the event happen. Finally, the most important thanks go out to everyone who attended and made the night such a success. We hope to some of the video clips up on www.aodhruadh.org in the near future. The event raised in the region of €8,500 for the Centre of Excellence development at Munday's field.

~ HURLING ~
The senior hurlers had a good victory in the senior hurling league over Buncrana in the park on Saturday, winning by 2-17 to 0-7.

There is a farewell hurling match for Hurling Chairman, Dennis Doherty, in Father Tierney park on Tuesday, 19th August with Old Timers (over 30s) taking on the Young Guns (Under 30s) at 7pm. There will be a presentation and pints in the Max Bar afterwards.

The under 12s had a busy couple of days over the past week. On Thursday past they beat Saint Eunan's at home and on Friday the travelled to Lisbellaw and played a very competitive game against the home team. On a dreadful evening for hurling The boys put on a great display and were unlucky to lose by eight points. On Sunday a bus load of underage hurlers and adults travelled to Croke Park and were treated to the spectacular scene of Waterford overcoming Tipperary to book their first Senior Hurling final appearance since 1963. Pictures of the trip will be on aodhruadh.org over the course of the week. The next action for the under 12s is a trip to Tir Chonaill park on Thursday to take on Four Masters. All players are to be at park for 6pm. This Thursday also the under 10s have a challenge match against Knocks, County Fermanagh in Father Tierney Park. All players to be at the park by 3.30pm

~ LADIES ~
The ladies have qualified for county intermediate final. The game will take place on Sunday with either Sean MacCumhaill's or Saint Michael's providing the opposition. The time and venue of the game will depend on the opponents. Full details for the final will be published on aodhruadh.org when they become available, so keep an eye on the website.

Training for the under 12 girls continues on Tuesday evenings in Father Tierney park from 7pm to 8.15pm.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The minors take on Bundoran in their first round, second leg championship match on Wednesday, 20th August, in Bundoran at 7pm.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s were unable to field against Killybegs last Friday and so were forced to concede the tie, ending Ballyshannon's involvement in the championship. The next round of games in the Bakery cup takes place at 6pm on Friday.

There is training for the under 12s at 6pm in the Park on Monday.

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25 August

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh got their second win on the bounce against a lively Buncrana side on Saturday last. There was poor shooting from both sides as Aodh Ruadh hung on to claim a 0-10 to 0-9 win. Buddy Greene was in great form in nets and his steady presence was a large factor in Buncrana's low score. Darren Drummond at full back gave a solid performance too. Niall McCready and Barry Ward were on top at midfield pretty much throughout the encounter, while Michael 'Sticky' Ward's efficiency in front of the posts was probably the main difference between the sides. His three points, all from play, helped give Aodh Ruadh the platform to beat off a late Buncrana challenge. The win lifts Aodh Ruadh out of the bottom two for first time in some considerable period. The reserve game against Buncrana did not go ahead. The seniors will be hoping to make it three Division 1B wins in a row this Saturday when they travel to Cloughaneely. The reserve game throws in at 5.30pm with the seniors at 7.00pm. The senior bus leaves the Abbey Garage at 4.15pm sharp.

The thirds concluded their Division 4 South league campaign with a 2-16 to 5-7 draw away against Glenties. That puts the team in a league semi final, details to be confirmed at a later date.

~ GOLF CLASSIC ~
Aodh Ruadh and Erne Gaels are running their annual Golf Classic on Wednesday 17th September in Bundoran Golf Club. Anybody interested in taking part please contact the Pro Shop at Bundoran Golf Club on 071-9841302 or Terence McShea on 087-2360815.

~ HURLING ~
Last Tuesday, 19th August, a very exciting game took place in Father Tierney park between the Old Timers (Aodh Ruadh over 30s) and the Young Guns (Aodh Ruadh under 30s). This game took place to mark the departure of the Hurling Chairman, Dennis Doherty, who is moving to Cork. The first half was an evenly fought contest, but the younger legs of the Young Guns pulled away and won convincingly in the end. Afterwards a very enjoyable presentation function took place in Max Bar and a great night was enjoyed by all. Club Chairman Terrence McShea spoke behalf of the club. Billy Finn, Emma Gaughan and John Rooney also spoke of Dennis' contribution to the hurling in Ballyshannon. The night's formalities concluded with presentations to Dennis and his wife, Ethel, and farewell drinks.
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On Thursday last, 21st August, the under 12s played Four Masters in their penultimate league game. In a very evenly contested game the Aodh Ruadh boys pulled away in the end and won the game. The match was Niall Cullen's last appearance for the Aodh Ruadh hurlers as he is emigrating to Australia with his family. After the game team manager, Peter Horan, presented a signed hurl and jersey to Niall on behalf of the under 12 panel and management. Best wishes from all in the club to Niall and his family.
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This Thursday, 28th August the boys play their last game in the league against Buncrana. The match throws in at Father Tierney Park at 7pm. All boys to be up at 6.15pm. Supporters will be made very welcome.

On a busy day last Thursday 21st August, the Aodh Ruadh under 10 hurlers hosted Knocks for an afternoon of hurling. Two games were played between the two clubs with each club winning one game. Next Friday, 29th August, the under 8 and under 10 hurlers will host Lisbellaw for a couple of games all players to be at the park for 6pm.

Best wishes to David and Claire Downey on their new arrivals from all in the Aodh Ruadh Hurling Committee.

~ LADIES ~
The Intermediate ladies failed narrowly in their attempt to become county champions on Sunday evening last in MacCumhaill Park. They stayed with their opposition, Saint Michael's, right from start to finish with the game level at halftime. However the final whistle saw our girls go down by two points. Nevertheless, they can be very pleased with a super team effort and some outstanding individual displays.

The under 12 girls will play in the county 'A' semi final on Saturday, 30th August against either Saint Eunan's or Milford who play-off this Thursday. The game will be played in Convoy at 12 noon and all supporters would be warmly welcomed. Players bus leaving the park at 10.00am with 2.30pm being the estimated time of return. Any queries call Claire on 087-6229351.

Good luck to club referee Terence McShea who is off to Boston for the weekend to referee the North American Championships.

Lastly well done to club full back Niamh Gallagher who has been selected on the final panel of 30 for the years Underdogs. Training commences for that in two weeks time with televised coverage starting in mid October.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
There will be Bord na nÓg meeting in Aras Aodh Ruadh at 9pm on Thursday, 28th August. All committee members are asked to attend.

The minors caused a major upset against a highly fancied Bundoran in their first round, second leg championship match last Wednesday, 20th August, in Bundoran at 7pm. It all looked very ominous when Bundoran started with a goal and a point, but Ballyshannon played with composure and had faith in their own game. Damien Cleary gave an exhibition at midfield and was ably assisted by Hugh McNeill. David Dolan was in imperious form at full forward rattling in no fewer than four goals as Aodh Ruadh beat the seasiders by 2-9 to 4-7 in Gaelic Park. Aodh Ruadh lost the toss for the play-off venue and so will have to repeat their performance to progress to the second round. The match takes place on Wednesday, 27th August, in Bundoran at 6.45pm. It goes without saying that this squad deserves a serious show of support from Ballyshannon as they aim to take the scalp of one of the favourites for the minor county championship.

The second round of games in the Bakery cup takes place at 11am on Saturday, 30th August.

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