Club Notes Archive - 2008

Box. NOVEMBER
3 November

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
The Thirds earned a 2-7 to 0-7 win against Glenfin in Mountcharles last Saturday to book their place in the division four league final. There was a man of the match display from David Dolan in midfield which he capped with a super goal. He was run close by Ronan Matthews who put in a tremendous effort across the 60 minutes. Also on the scoresheet with a green flag was David Downey. It was a great performance by the team as a whole, especially considering their last competitive action was in August. Initial indications are that the final, which will be against Saint Eunan's, is down for next weekend. Keep an eye on the local press for the final updates. With the thirds bidding to make it back-to-back league titles they deserve a massive show of support from the green and white. Please come out and get behind the team.

~ MEETING ~
The monthly Club Committee meeting takes place on Thursday, 6th November in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ LADIES ~
The ladies held their annual AGM in Aras Aodh Ruadh on 26th October with a small crowd attending. An excellent year of progress was rounded up across all age levels and hopes are high that one, if not a few, of our ladies teams will bring back some silverware to the club in 2009, our centenary year. A big thank you to all those who were involved with the ladies in any way in the past year especially our outgoing officers: Teddy Kane, Chairman; Louise Foy, Secretary; Gabby McGloin, Registrar; Claire Flood, PRO and Katie Flood Treasurer. Positions for 2009 were filled on the night. The officers for 2009 are: Teddy Kane, Chairman; Gabby McGloin, Registrar; Karol Foley, Treasurer and Catherine Lloyd, PRO. The position of secretary will be filled at a later date. A big thank you to all our managers this year: Teddy Kane, PJ Patton, Claire Flood, Louise Foy, Coleman Kerr, Niamh Gallagher, Bernie Gillespie, Marita Maguire and Eleanor Rooney.

The under 10s will commence training in the Mercy Hall on Wednesday, November 12th under Bernie Gillespie, Marita Maguire and Eleanor Rooney for the winter months before moving outside in the early spring. The cost is two euro per child and all are welcome.

The new series of 'Underdogs' has started on TG4 with the formidable Niamh Gallagher taking part. Catch up with her progress every Thursday on TG4 at 9.30pm.

~ HURLING ~
Aodh Ruadh underage hurling management would like to thank councilor Barry O'Neill for his generous grant of €500 from his County Councilors Development Fund for the promotion of underage hurling in the club.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The under 13 divisional final against Dungloe has been fixed for Saturday, 8th November in Glenties. The throw in is at 1.15pm and a big show of support from Ballyshannon would be much appreciated as the lads attempt to bring some silverware back to the club.

Training in the New Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille will commences this 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. Everyone with an interest in underage football in Ballyshannon is asked to attend.

~ 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.

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10 November

~ CONDOLENCES ~
Aodh Ruadh would like to extend its sincerest sympathies to the families and loved ones of all those who died in the terrible tragedy that took place on the Donegal Road last Sunday. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anamacha uaisle.

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
The thirds Division 4 league final clash with Saint Eunan's fell victim to the weather. No date has yet been fixed for the game, but it will definitely NOT take place this weekend.

~ LADIES ~
The under 10s will commence training in the Mercy Hall on Wednesday, November 12th from 6pm to 7pm under Bernie Gillespie, Marita Maguire and Eleanor Rooney. We hope to see the same enthusiastic response as we had for the same team last year. The cost is two euro per child and all are welcome.

The new series of "Underdogs" continues on TG4. Niamh Gallagher is competing in the current series with great success so far. Follow all the action on Thursdays at 9.30pm.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The under 13s played Dungloe in the Southern Regional final at Glenties last Sunday. Aodh Ruadh delivered an excellent performance and dominated the game throughout. The Ernesiders lead by 3-4 to no score at half time. Dungloe launched a valiant fight back in the second half, but Aodh Ruadh prevailed on a scoreline of 5-5 to 0-2. Jamie McDonald topped the scoring for Ballyshannon with 2-1, but was run close by David McGurrin with 1-3, David was also unlucky to have a goal disallowed. Matthew Gettins and Patrick Dixon both weighed in with a goal apiece, while Johnny Gethins rounded off the scoring with a well taken point. Aodh Ruadh now face Termon in the county semi final. The game is a rematch between last year's under 12 county finalists and is sure to be a tightly fought contest. The two sides will meet this Saturday with the time and venue yet to be fixed at the time of writing. Keep and eye on local press for details. Finally the team and management send their best wishes to Ryan Gillen who had to go to hospital with a knee injury after the match. Get well soon Ryan.

Training in the New Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille will continues this Friday, 14th 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. Everyone with an interest in underage football in Ballyshannon is asked to attend.

~ IMPORTANT DATES ~
Some dates for your diary. The club dinner dance has been set for Saturday 29th November 2008 with music by John Meehan followed by DJ Mojo. Tickets are available now from usual sources. The club AGM is scheduled for Sunday 14th December 2008.

~ LOTTO ~
The Lotto draw was postponed until Wednesday night as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in the tragedy on the Donegal Road last Sunday.

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17 November

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
The Thirds will take on Saint Eunan's for the division four league title at 2.00pm on Sunday, 23rd November at Tir Chonaill park, Donegal town. The game is preceded by the under 13 county final at 12.30pm which also pairs Aodh Ruadh and Saint Eunan's. With the thirds bidding to make it back-to-back league titles they deserve a massive show of support from the town. Please come out and get behind the team.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The under 13s needed to call on all their reserves of guts and skill to overcome a determined Termon outfit in the county semi-final at Tir Chonaill park last Saturday. Ballyshannon got off to an awful start as Termon raced into a nine point lead early in the first half. Nevertheless Aodh Ruadh held their nerve and pulled back to within a point of the north Donegal outfit by the break with the scores at 2-8 to 4-3. The fight back was primarily attributable to the driving runs and scoring of Pauric Patton which hauled Aodh Ruadh back into the game. David McGurrin and Jamie McDonald were also instrumental in keeping Ballyshannon in touch with their economical shooting. Michael McNeely played some great football throughout the match and his terrier like tackling did much to disrupt Termon's attacking momentum. Johnny Gethins also excelled when he was pulled from his usual half forward berth to half back. Eamon McGrath played with considerable confidence and showed great relish as the game entered its decisive last ten minutes. Paddy Gillespie was unstinting and energetic throughout and gave a great performance in a game where the back line faced many periods of sustained Termon pressure. That pressure was greatest as the game entered its closing stages, but Aodh Ruadh were the side that was able to work the closing scores to win the game on a scoreline of 4-17 to 6-6.

AODH RUADH: Conor Gilmartin; Matthew Maguire, Eamon McGrath, Paddy Gillespie; Matthew Gettins, Darren Gethins, Michael McNeely; Niall Harley, James Kelly (0-1); Johnny Gethins (0-2), Colm Kelly (0-1), Patrick Dixon; Jamie McDonald (1-2), David McGurrin (1-7), Pauric Patton (2-4).
TERMON: Keelan Doherty; Joe McCosker, Kevin Murray, Killian McConaghey; Alan Dugra, Keelan Mellett, Damian Kearns; Aidan Sweeney (1-2), Michael Kelly (1-0); Ricky Gallagher (1-0), Shane Callaghan (1-0), Fintan O'Flynn (0-1); Keelan McDaid (0-1), Dara McDaid (0-2), Joe Callaghan (2-0).

The final against Saint Eunan's takes place at 12.30pm on Sunday, 23rd November at Tir Chonaill park, Donegal town. It is the opening game in double header with the Division 4 league final which also features Aodh Ruadh and Saint Eunan's. Needless to say this is a very big day for Ballyshannon Gaels so a massive show of green and white support from Ballyshannon is requested as our footballers bid to bring some silverware back to the club.

Training in the New Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille will continues this Friday, 21st November. Under 8s and 10s will be in between 6pm and 7pm with under 12s training from 7pm to 8pm.

Bord na nÓg host a quiz night in Owen Roe's on Thursday, 20th November. The questions start flying at 9.30pm with Sylvester Maguire in the quiz master's chair. Be sure to come along for a great night's craic and some fantastic prizes.

The Bord na nÓg AGM takes place this Saturday, 22nd November at 5pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Everyone with an interest in underage football in Ballyshannon is asked to attend.

~ LADIES ~
Under 10 girls continue training in the Mercy Hall on Wednesday nights. The session runs from 6-7pm and the cost is €2 per child. All are welcome.

Big congratulations are in order for Tara Khan who was presented with an award for her outstanding contribution to the under 16 ladies at county level this year. The award was presented to Tara on November 8th and is truly well-deserved.

The new series of Underdogs continues on TG4 with our own Niamh Gallagher getting all the best lines. Catch all the drama and highlights on Thursdays at 9.30pm.

~ IMPORTANT DATES ~
Some dates for your diary. The club dinner dance has been set for Saturday 29th November 2008 with music by John Meehan followed by DJ Mojo. Tickets are available now from usual sources. The club AGM is scheduled for Sunday 14th December 2008.

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24 November

~ DINNER DANCE ~
The club dinner dance takes place this Saturday 29th November 2008 with music by John Meehan followed by DJ Mojo. It promises to be a great night's fun and entertainment so make sure you don't miss out. Tickets are available now from usual sources.

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
The thirds made it back-to-back division 4 league titles last Sunday as the defeated Saint Eunan's in Tir Chonaill park. It was a desperate day to be playing football with hail showers making for difficult playing conditions. Aodh Ruadh played into the teeth of the gale in the first half and did well to only be going in 0-6 to 0-2 down. The Letterkenny outfit stretched their lead to eight points at the start of the second half before the introduction of Joe Watson with 12 minutes left brought Aodh Ruadh back into the game. A point from Damien Conlon was followed by a point and goal from David Downey to leave a goal between the teams with ten minutes left. Watson then weighed in with a goal and two points in the closing stages while Padraig Loughlin scored the insurance point to make it a second league title in a row for Ballyshannon on a scoreline of 2-11 to 1-11.
Bulletpoint. Read the full match report

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
It was disappointment for the under 13s last Sunday as Saint Eunan's made the better use of the breeze in Tir Chonaill park to win the county championship. The match opened with a flurry of scores. It was 2-1 to 1-2 in favour of Aodh Ruadh after 15 minutes thanks to a goal by David McGurrin and a goal and a point from Jamie McDonald. Aodh Ruadh besieged the Letterkenny goals for the rest of the half, but could only tag on another point, a David McGurrin free, in first half injury time. Saint Eunan's had the breeze in the second half and, although Aodh Ruadh opened brightly with a point from Johnny Gethins and a David McGurrin goal. From the 43rd minute on though, Saint Eunan's took control and Ballyshannon wilted under the force of the wind assisted onslaught. Matthew Gettins got a late score for Aodh Ruadh, but it was Saint Eunan's that took the spoils. The final score was 5-05 to 3-04.
Bulletpoint. Read the full match report

Under 12 training continues this Friday night from 7pm to 8pm in the hall. A special word of thanks must go to the young coaches who got involved last week and helped the smooth running of the session. It's great to see young players taking an interest in the future of the club. Players are reminded to practice their core strength work every day so they can grow up strong and avoid injuries and also their kick passing for next week. Remember head down, foot up!

Training for under 8s continues this Friday from 6-7pm. It was great to see an increase in numbers and potential players are reminded that the more the merrier! Congratulations to young Tiernan Dolan who showed fantastic hand passing skills and was this week's player of the week. All players are reminded that they are to practice their catching everyday this week, at least ten times daily! Many thanks also to the young coaches Conor Kennedy, Philip Patton, Conor McShea, Matthew Gettins, Jason Gallagher, Barry Leonard and everyone else who got involved and helped out. All new coaches are welcome and there is always something to do! Parents who wish to involved are especially welcome and reminded that they are the most important coach in their future stars lives.

The Bord na nÓg AGM took place last weekend with a super crowd attending. The following officers were appointed. Chairman, Paddy Kelly; Secretary and PRO, John Hughes; Finance Officer, to be filled; under 8 manager, Simon Gillespie; under 10 manager, to be filled; under 12 manager, Colman Kerr; under 14 manager, Niall McCready; under 16 manager, Barry Gallagher; minor manager, to be filled. Congratulations to everyone appointed on the night and best wishes for a successful centenary year in 2009. Anyone interested in the posts yet to be filled should contact John Hughes on 087-6431805 or info@aodhruadh.org.

There was a great night's craic at the Bord na nÓg quiz last Thursday. Thanks to everyone who turned up and supported the club.

~ LADIES ~
Under 10 girls continue training in the Mercy Hall on Wednesday nights. The session runs from 6-7pm and the cost is €2 per child. All are welcome.

The new series of Underdogs continues on TG4 with our own Niamh Gallagher getting all the best lines. Catch all the drama and highlights on Thursdays at 9.30pm.

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