Club Notes Archive - 2008

Box. SEPTEMBER
1 September

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Three in a row for Aodh Ruadh last Saturday as they travelled to Cloughaneely and emerged 1-11 to 0-9 winners. It was one of those days when the younger members of the panel showed very well. David Dolan and Fiachra McIntyre did super work up front, with Donagh McIntyre sparking into life in the second half to bag himself a well-taken goal and three points. Damien Cleary was another young star to attract notice with his stint at wing back. It wasn't all left to the youngsters though as Philip O'Reilly had a Trojan game while there was a great return to the playing field from Eamon O'Donnell. The reserves game did not take place. The seniors head north once again this Saturday when they take on Fanad Gaels. The reserve game is at 5pm with the senior match throwing in at 6.30pm.

~ CLUB MEETING ~
The September monthly meeting of the senior club takes place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Thursday, 4th September at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ 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 ~
Aodh Ruadh went down by 4-28 to six points against Setanta in the second round of the Senior Hurling Championship in MacCumhaill park last Saturday.

The under 12s suffered their first defeat in the league last Thursday in Father Tierney Park against a strong Buncrana team. The boys have qualified for the county semi final with the date and opposition yet to be decided. This Thursday the boys are going to Lisbellaw for a challenge match. The boys should be at the park for 4.45pm. On Friday last we hosted Lisbellaw for challenge games at under 8 and under 10. A great evening's fun was had by all with the visitors winning the under 8 game and the Aodh Ruadh boys coming out on top in the under 10 game. Thanks to all the parents who attended the games. There is no underage hurling training this Sunday due to the All-Ireland hurling final. Training resumes on Sunday, 14th September.

~ LADIES ~
Last Friday the ladies got over their loss in the Intermediate final with a comprehensive win over Kilcar. It was a fine team display by the girls. There are two games left in the league. These are against at home to MacCumhaills and away to Saint Michael's. A win against MacCumhaill's would leave Aodh Ruadh still in with a shout of taking the intermediate league title.

The minor girls started their season on Monday, 1st September with an excellent win in Mountcharles. They beat Saint Naul's by 5-11 to 2-4 and hope to have another game against Four Masters later this week. Time and date to be confirmed.

The under 12 girls tasted championship disappointment last Saturday in Convoy when they lost their county 'A' semi final against a very accomplished Milford outfit. The Aodh Ruadh players can be proud of their performance though, as they battled well and never gave up. This marks the end of the under 12 season.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The minors battled bravely in their championship play-off, but Bundoran's happy knack of scoring goals carried them through on a scoreline of 5-5 to 0-13. There was only a point in the tie at half time, but a run of three goals after the break saw the wheels fall of the Aodh challenge. That isn't to say that Ballyshannon heads dropped though, as they fought back to within six points of the seasiders. However Bundoran were able to see out the remainder of the game just picking off enough scores to keep Ballyshannon at arm's length. Ronan Drummond and Brian Patton were very staunch at the back while Paul Hughes put in a heavy shift at midfield, as well as chipping in with a couple of points. Up front Hugh McNeil, Chris Goan, Damien Cleary and David Dolan all had outstanding games with Francis McShea and Shane Carthy also popping up to get their names on the scoresheet. That defeat ends the 2008 season for the minors.

The third round of games in the Bakery cup takes place this Wednesday at 6.30pm.

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8 September

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh made the long trip north to Portsalon last Saturday missing a slew of players. Fanad Gaels took full advantage of the situation and pummeled Ballyshannon with a 1-16 to 0-9 beating. On what was a tough day at the office for the Ernesiders there were a few chinks of light. There was a very impressive return to play for Martin Gallagher who lined out in the green and white for the first time this year. There were also impressive displays from David Dolan and Johnny Gallagher who marshaled Seamie Friel well. There is no game this weekend and the next action for the club will be at the Kilmacud Sevens on All-Ireland weekend.

~ 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. Anyone who has free time and feels like helping out is asked to get in contact. Lack of golf experience is no barrier as all hands will be put to good use on the day.

~ HURLING ~
The under 12s had a very competitive match away against Lisbellaw on Thursday last, winning a great game by four points. Underage hurling resumes on Sunday, 14th September at 12 noon for under 8s, 10s and 12s.

Aodh Ruadh hurling committee would like to congratulate Billy Finn on his recent retirement from teaching. We wish him many years of health and happiness and have no doubt that teachings loss is hurling's gain!

~ LADIES ~
The senior Ladies are away to Saint Michael's on Sunday. The minors lost to Four Masters last Thursday. There is training for the minors and seniors on Tuesday and Fridays at 7pm.

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15 September

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
No action for the seniors last weekend, but they will be looking forward to the Kilmacud Sevens this Saturday. Aodh Ruadh are in group six with Kilcoo from Down, Emo of Laois and Senchalstown from Meath.

~ BEST WISHES ~
Best wishes to Billy Finn who is in Sligo Hospital at the moment recuperating from a minor stroke. Everyone in the club wishes Billy a full and speedy recovery.

~ 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. Anyone who has free time and feels like helping out is asked to get in contact. Lack of golf experience is no barrier as all hands will be put to good use on the day.

~ HURLING ~
The seniors play Burt in the senior championship semi final on Sunday 12 noon in MacCumhaill Park. A big showing of Ballyshannon support would be very much appreciated.

The under 12 hurlers suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the county semi-final against Burt in Burt on Thursday last. The boys were 10 points down at half time, but they fought back to get on level terms with four minutes to go. But unfortunately a bad mistake led to Burt getting a goal with a couple of minutes to go and followed up with a point. The final score was Burt 3-4, Aodh Ruadh 3-1. The boys did very well to get to this stage of the championship and offer us much needed hope for the future. On Friday last we travelled to Lisbellaw where we played challenge games against the home club. Our under 8s lost, while our under 10s won. To finish a very busy week under 10s took part in an Ulster blitz in Strabane on Saturday. We won two games against Strabane and Saint Eunan's 'B' and lost two games against Dungannon and Saint Eunan's 'A'. It was a very competitive blitz and the boys will have learned much from the experience.

Our annual skills competition takes place this Sunday at 6pm in Father Tierney Park.

~ LADIES ~
The senior ladies traveled to Dunfanaghy last Sunday where they drew with Saint Michaels. They have one more game remaining in their league campaign against MacCumhaill's

There is training for the minors and seniors on Tuesday and Fridays at 7pm.

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22 September

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
The seniors had good craic down at the Kilmacud Sevens. They got off to a flyer with victory over Senschalstown, but a narrow loss against Emo and defeat to ultimate semi-finalists Kilcoo ended their involvement. It's back to a diet of league action this Saturday when Father Tierney Park hosts the senior clash of Aodh Ruadh and Termon at 5.45pm. That game is preceded by the reserve game at 4.15pm.

~ GOOD LUCK ~
A busy weekend coming up for club chairman Terence McShea. On Saturday he will be down in Malahide refereeing at the Ladies sevens, then on Sunday he will don the white coat to umpire at the intermediate Ladies final between Clare and Tipperary. Best wishes to Terence from everyone in the club.

~ GOLF CLASSIC ~
There was a great turn out for Aodh Ruadh and Erne Gaels' annual Golf Classic last Wednesday and the teams were blessed with a rare spell of good weather for the day's action. Many thanks to all the teams that took part, the event sponsors and to Bundoran golf club for hosting the event.

~ ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE ~
Senior inter-county players have been lending their support to the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention programme. There is a link to Donegal's contribution at the aodhruadh.org on the left hand side of the home page.

~ HURLING ~
The seniors were badly beaten by Burt in the senior championship final in Ballybofey last Sunday. Burt won by 3-25 to 0-9. Ballyshannon got the first score, but thereafter the northerners just took control and eased out comfortable winners in the end.

The annual Aodh O Dalaigh under 12 tournament takes place in Father Tierney park on Sunday 28th. Play begins at 11 am and all supporters are welcome. The under 12 management and players would like to thank Packy McGrath of McGrath's Bouncy Castles for his very generous sponsorship of a set of track suits for the boys it is much appreciated.

On Sunday our second annual skills competition took place in Father Tierney park and 37 young hurlers took part in the event. The winners in each section were - Under 8: first, Liam O'Sullivan; second, Stephen Lee; and third, Padraig Keenaghan. Under 10: first Stephen Anderson; second, Oisín Rooney; and third, Patrick Cassidy. Under 12: first, Eddie Lynch; second, Jamie Brennan; and third Colm Kelly. It was a great evenings fun and entertainment for everyone. John Rooney would like to thank Peter Horan, Michael Ayres and Eddie Lynch for all their help on the day and a special thanks to all the parents who helped on the evening and made it such an enjoyable event. Thanks also to Paul Gillespie at C&C and Gerry Lally at BWG Foods for their help with the refreshments.

Our under 8 team played Letterkenny Gaels in their final game of the season in Letterkenny on Friday last. The lads finished off the season with a great win, these young hurlers put a great effort in all year.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
This Wednesday night, 24th September sees Kieran Keown's team take on Ryan Granaghan's side in the 51st Bakery cup final. The final throws in at Father Tierney park at 6.30pm with Terence McShea officiating.

This Saturday 27th September the Sean Slevin under 14 tournament will take place in Father Tierney Park and the Lakeside. There are eight teams taking part including Termon, The Loup, Glencar / Manorhamilton, Grange, Erne Gaels, Melvin Gaels, Bundoran and Aodh Ruadh. The first matches throw in at 11.00am sharp. Parents are each asked to provide a loaf of sandwiches as there will be a substantial number of hungry players to be fed come lunchtime. Anyone who can give a hand out with the catering, officiating at the games or in any other capacity is asked to contact Jim Kane on 086-2849425 or come along on the day.

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29 September

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh got two valuable division 1B points with a win against a scratch Termon side. Michael 'Sticky' Ward was in particularly good form scoring five points from play, while Pauric Buggy was accurate from frees, pointing four in the 0-12 to 0-8 over the northerners. There is a full match report on aodhruadh.org
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~ MEETING ~
The monthly senior club meeting takes place on Thursday 2nd October in Aras Aoidh Ruadh at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE ~
Senior inter-county players have been lending their support to the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention programme. There is a link to Donegal's contribution at the aodhruadh.org on the left hand side of the home page.

~ HURLING ~
Aodh Ruadh Hurling committee hosted the Annual Aodh O Dalaigh under 12 Hurling Tournament in ideal conditions in Father Tierney Park on Sunday last. Eight teams took part in this tournament namely:- Four Masters, Saint Eunan's, Coolera/Strandhill of Sligo, Knocks of Fermanagh, Lisbellaw A and B of Fermanagh and Aodh Ruadh A and B. Aodh Ruadh won the main honours, defeating Lisbellaw by 7-7 to 3-2 in the final. There is a full report on the day with loads of pictures on aodhruadh.org.
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There are images on aodhruadh.org showing the presentation new tracksuits to the under 12 team from of Packy McGrath of McGrath's Bouncy Castles. In addition there are also images from the recent skills competition held in Father Tierney Park.

Underage hurling has concluded for the year and will resume in March 2009. Thanks to everyone who helped out throughout the year.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The under 14s won the Sean Slevin memorial tournament last Saturday with victory over the Loup from Derry.

The under 13s travel to Donegal town this Saturday to take on Four Masters. The match throws in at Tir Chonaill park at 11pm. The bus leaves Father Tierney Park at 10pm.

Ryan Granaghan's side won the 51st Bakery Cup final with victory over Kieran Keown's team last Wednesday. Check out the pictures from the final on aodhruadh.org.
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