Club Notes Archive - 2008

Box. OCTOBER
6 October

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Back to league action for the senior footballers this week when they host Fanad Gaels in Father Tierney Park on Sunday at 3.00pm. The reserve game against the same opposition throws in at 1.30pm.

~ IMPORTANT DATES ~
Some dates for your diary. The club dinner dance has been set for Sunday 29th November 2008 with music by John Meehan followed by DJ Mojo. The club AGM is scheduled for Sunday 14th December 2008. And finally some advance notice on the club's centenary function. This will take place on Sunday 24th October 2009, one hundred years to the very date of the club's foundation. By happy coincidence it's also a bank holiday weekend.

~ HURLING ~
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 16 PJ Roper Tournament takes place this Saturday in Father Tierney Park. Aodh Ruadh players are asked to bring a loaf of sandwiches for the lunch-time refreshments. Anyone who wants to lend a hand is more than welcome along to what promises to be a superb day of football.

The under 13s take on Bundoran this Saturday. The game is down for Father Tierney Park, but the time is yet to be decided. Players will be notified at Wednesday training.

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13 October

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Survival in a massively competitive Division 1B is in touching distance for Aodh Ruadh after 1-17 to 0-13 in Father Tierney park last Sunday. The first half saw Ballyshannon give one of the their most complete performances of the year to date. This was one of the few occasions that Sylvester Maguire has been able to deal from a full deck this year and it showed as Aodh Ruadh romped into an 11 point lead at one stage. Stephen Ward was majestic at midfield and there was an accurate and intelligent display from Pauric Buggy. The pair delivered precise, quick ball into Michael 'Sticky' Ward and Barry Ward who were in top form in front of the posts, Sticky clocking up six points from play. There was also a welcome return for Ronan Matthews, recently back from Chad. He was subbed on for Philip O'Reilly and performed well in a roving commission. A draw against Termon on Saturday would secure Division 1B football for Ballyshannon in 2009. Should Aodh Ruadh lose and Fanad Gaels win their final game against Saint Michael's, Ballyshannon will find themselves in a relegation play-off with Malin. The game against Termon takes place this Saturday, 18th October in Glenswilly at 5.30pm. It is preceded by the reserve game at 4pm.

~ IMPORTANT DATES ~
Some dates for your diary. The club dinner dance has been set for Sunday 29th November 2008 with music by John Meehan followed by DJ Mojo. The club AGM is scheduled for Sunday 14th December 2008. And finally some advance notice on the club's centenary function. This will take place on Sunday 24th October 2009, one hundred years to the very date of the club's foundation. By happy coincidence it's also a bank holiday weekend.

~ CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE ~
A new panorama picture showing the latest progress at Munday's field can be viewed on aodhruadh.org. The picture shows the base laid down for a running track right around the ground and the recently erected stanchions for the ball catches. The work is coming on well, with Park Committee Chairman, Tom Daly, suggesting that the facility will be open to use at some point in March 2009.
Bulletpoint. View the latest panorama picture of the progress in Munday's Field.

The last meeting of the Club Committee saw some debate about the naming of the Centre of Excellence. The Park Committee put forward the name Pairc Aodh Ruadh. This was met with a counter proposal that the facility should commemorate a clubman, with the name Pairc Aodh O Dalaigh being put forward. It was agreed to put the issue out for further debate. Anyone who might have views on the matter is asked to contact a committee member so that their opinion may be reflected when the issue is debated at the next Club Committee meeting.

~ GAELIC TELECOM CHEQUE ~
Aodh Ruadh has received its latest cheque from Gaelic Telecom. The Club would like to sincerely thank all members who joined Gaelic Telecom and supported the Club. We would ask all existing and new members to consider joining Gaelic Telecom as this scheme generates an ongoing source of revenue for the Club at a time when funding is becoming increasingly constrained

~ HURLING ~
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 PJ Roper under 16 Tournament ran off last Saturday in Father Tierney Park. Teams from Grange and Melvin Gaels joined Aodh Ruadh on a superb day for football. The final was between Aodh Ruadh and Melvin Gaels. Ballyshannon prevailed by 1-8 to 0-1, a scoreline that by no means reflects the battling display put in by Kinlough.
Bulletpoint. Read the full results and a report on the final plus team pictures.

Aodh Ruadh would like to extend their sincere thanks to the participating teams, to those who officiated the matches, those who provided the refreshments, the stewards and to all those who gave of their time and effort to make the event such a success.

The under 14s' had a good win over the Loup of Derry on Saturday, 27th September, to bring the Sean Slevin Trophy back to Ballyshannon by a scoreline of 5-16 to 2-8
Bulletpoint. Read the full report

The under 13s recorded a heavy 7-18 to 0-5 victory over Bundoran last Saturday. Aodh Ruadh were simply in a different class to the seasiders. Pauric Patton was pulling strings freely at midfield while David McGurrin led the scoring up front. A win over Four Masters this weekend would see Ballyshannon progress to the Regional final.

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20 October

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
A two point win over Termon secured Division 1B football for Aodh Ruadh in 2009. Fanad Gaels put 14 points on a shadow Saint Michael's side earlier on Sunday meaning Aodh Ruadh knew they had to get a victory against the county finalists. Playing with a driving wind in the first half Ballyshannon struggled to make an impression, spurning a number of good scoring chances and went in at half time only two points up. In the second half Aodh Ruadh really upped the work rate and showed a greater desire to win. Buddy Greene was good in goals and Martin Gallagher was one of the stand out performers in the back line. Stephen Ward was colossal in the middle of the park, his contribution being the main difference between the sides. Niall McCready had great game too, driving on the team from start to finish. After he got the eye in Val Murray caused havoc and registered a match winning haul of four points. It says something for the cut throat nature of football in Division 1B that had Aodh Ruadh secured another win and two more league points they would have in line for promotion rather than battling relegation. There is a full match report on aodhruadh.org.

~ LADIES ~
The Ladies AGM takes place this Sunday 26th October at 6pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Everyone from parents, players to anyone with even a passing interest in Ladies football in Ballyshannon is invited to attend.

Watch out for Niamh Gallagher when she makes her long awaited small screen debut in the new series of Underdogs. Tune into TG4 this Thursday at 9.30pm, or you can also catch the repeat on Saturday night at 11.15pm.

The minor girls have a game in Glenties against Naomh Conaill this Saturday with the throw in at 4pm. This is the last game of the season for the minors. Travel details will be supplied during the week.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The Bord na nÓg AGM has been set for Saturday 22nd November at 5pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Managers are asked to compile and submit their reports for the year and return them to John Hughes at info@aodhruadh.org.

The under 13s qualified for the divisional final against Dungloe with a 5-17 to 1-6 victory over the Four Masters in Donegal Town last Saturday. Ballyshannon delivered a team performance of the highest calibre where every player, including the subs played their part. Special mention must be made of Matthew Maguire, one of the youngest members of the team, for his man-to-man marking job on the Four Masters danger man. Along with Eamon McGrath he marshaled the back line with considerable authority. Pauric Patton and captain James Kelly controlled the mid-field throughout while David McGurrin and Jamie McDonald were masterful up front with Jamie bagging a hat-trick of goals. The divisional final against Dungloe is penciled in for Monday 27th October. However that date is not definitive and the venue and throw in time had yet to be decided. Players and supporters are asked to stay in touch with the team management for the latest details. Wherever the game is played everyone in the town is strongly urged to travel and get behind their team. Not only will the support be much appreciated, but it could well be a factor in deciding the outcome of the game.

Training in the New Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille will commence once again on Friday 7th November. Under 8s and 10s will be in between 6pm and 7pm with under 12s training from 7pm to 8pm.

~ CLUB HISTORY ~
The Donegal Democrat archive for 1952 is now available to view in the history section of aodhruadh.org.

~ IMPORTANT DATES ~
Some dates for your diary. The club dinner dance has been set for Sunday 29th November 2008 with music by John Meehan followed by DJ Mojo. The club AGM is scheduled for Sunday 14th December 2008. And finally some advance notice on the club's centenary function. This will take place on Saturday 24th October 2009, one hundred years to the very date of the club's foundation. By happy coincidence it's also a bank holiday weekend.

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27 October

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
The Thirds play their long-awaited league semi-final against Malin next weekend. At the time of writing there was no firm day, time or venue, so watch local press for full details.

~ LADIES ~
There was a good turnout at the Ladies AGM last Sunday, especially encouraging was the presence of a larger number of players than usual. Teddy Kane retained his position as chairman, while Karol Foley came in as treasurer and Catherine Lloyd takes up the reins as PRO. The position of secretary remains unfilled.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The monthly Bord na nÓg meeting takes place on Thursday, 30th October in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

The under 13 divisional final against Dungloe down for Bank Holiday Monday, was postponed. No date for the rescheduled match has been announced at the time of writing.

Training in the New Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille will commence once again on Friday 7th November. Under 8s and 10s will be in between 6pm and 7pm with under 12s training from 7pm to 8pm.

The Bord na nÓg AGM has been set for Saturday 22nd November at 5pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Managers are asked to compile and submit their reports for the year and return them to John Hughes at info@aodhruadh.org.

~ IMPORTANT DATES ~
Some dates for your diary. The club dinner dance has been set for Sunday 29th November 2008 with music by John Meehan followed by DJ Mojo. The club AGM is scheduled for Sunday 14th December 2008. And finally some advance notice on the club's centenary function. This will take place on Saturday 24th October 2009, one hundred years to the very date of the club's foundation. By happy coincidence it's also a bank holiday weekend.

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