Club Notes Archive - 2012

Box. JUNE
5 June

~ MONTHLY MEETING ~
Please note that the monthly club meeting takes place this Thursday June 7th. All club members are asked to attend.

~ FOOTBALL ~
There were no games for Aodh Ruadh adult footballers last weekend. Our next game will be on Saturday June 23rd away to Termon with the reserves throwing in at 6pm followed by the seniors at 7.30pm. The week after we host Downings in Father Tierney park on Saturday 30th June. Again the throw in times are 6pm and 7.30pm.

We finally have pictures up from the under 16s league county final between Aodh Ruadh and Gaoth Dobhair.

An opening blitz of scores in the first half from Four Masters saw them leading Aodh Ruadh under 14s by 0-6 to 3-7. Ballyshannon improved over the course of the game, but Four Masters had done enough to get the win. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Oisín Rooney, Jimmy Ward and Brendan Gillespie. With the league programme played it looks like the lads focus now turns to championship preparations where they will once again be encountering Four Masters. That game takes place on Wednesday 27th June in Ballyshannon. There is a team list and scorers up.

The under 12s lost to Killybegs on Monday evening. Recognition should go to JJ Goan in nets who made some mighty saves and Tiernan Dolan and Odhran McGarrigle who battled well in defence. Dylan Gallagher and Ben Hunter gave as good as they got in midfield. This Friday's session will hopefully be a Go Games blitz against Bundoran in Ballyshannon. Games to start at 4.15pm. The next game in the under 12 league programme is away to Dungloe on Monday 11th June. The game throws in at 6.30pm, all players to be up at the park for 4.15pm.

The under 10s had a very successful blitz last week fielding two sides against opposition from Naomh Bríd and Saint Naul's. The lads did very well winning all their games. The under 10 Mick Shannon Tournament takes place this Saturday 9th June in Father Tierney Park. We will be hosting Melvin Gaels, Bundoran, Erne Gaels and Four Masters. Players are to be up at the park for 9.45am, with the first game throwing in at 10.30am. Players are also asked to bring club shorts and socks. It is essential that each family with players supply a loaf of sandwiches to help with the catering on the day. Parents / guardians are also asked to ensure their children have appropriate sun protection and their own water bottle as the forecast at this stage is for another hot weekend. Parents are most welcome to watch the day's action, however it that is not possible games should be coming to a conclusion around 2.00pm

The under 8s will be travelling to a blitz in Naomh Bríd this Saturday 9th June. We will be looking for parents to assist with transport to this game. All player and parents able to help with transport are asked to assemble at Father Tierney Park for 10am. Games will be getting under way at 11am in Ballintra.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Friday 8th June from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

~ HURLING ~
On Thursday last the under 14s made their third trip of the season to Carndonagh to play the local team, this time the battle was the quarter final of the championship. Aodh Ruadh produced another whole-hearted battling performance against a strong Carn team, despite having to play five minutes injury time the lads held out for a great victory on a 2-8 to 3-3 scoreline. This under 14 squad has only 17 players and it took a number of injured players lining out to allow us field 15 last Thursday. They have shown great commitment to the club all season and we wish them well in the semi-final this Thursday.

Preparations are well under way for our participation in Féile na nGael in Dublin being held from 5th July to 7th July. Many thanks to Ballyshannon Town Council who have donated €500 towards this trip. Ballyshannon Credit Union have also donated €200 towards this weekend and their support is also much appreciated. The character of a real Gael was shown last week when James 'Freddie' Grimes sent home $500 from Boston to go towards our participation in Féile na nGael, James is a great follower of Aodh Ruadh underage hurlers fortunes and on behalf of the under 14s we must say his support is much appreciated.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s are doing a Cash for Clothes Collection as a fundraiser for the Féile na nGael in Dublin in July. We would greatly appreciate any bags of old clothes, belts, handbags and shoes. We will also take blankets and curtains as long as they are kept separate from the other clothes. Spread the word to family, friends and neighbours, we will be getting the clothes weighed in early June so get clearing out your closets thanks! For any queries regarding this fund-raiser please contact John Rooney 086-2587793, Eileen McCaffrey 087-3172920 or Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903.

Best of luck to all players begining their exams this week.

Training as normal on Sunday for all age groups at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
The under 14 girls had a good win over Bundoran last Tuesday evening. This win was greatly aided by four goals from sharp shooter, Mary Flora Scott. This week the girls face Kilcar on Tuesday evening at 7pm in the park.

There is no under 12 training this week. Next Wednesday 13th June will see Aodh Ruadh hosting the under 12 Willie Rogers blitz with Four Masters, Saint Naul's and Erne Gaels in attendance. We are still awaiting word on the scheduling of the under 12 blitz away to Mountcharles.

Under 10 and under 8 training will take place in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm on Wednesday evening to 6.45pm.

~ YES WE CAN ~
Our next aluminium can collection for recycling takes place in Father Tierney Park on Saturday 16th June from 12 noon to 1pm. We thank all who have supported this campaign to raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh and to protect the local environment and ask them to continue supporting this campaign remember every can counts!

~ RACE FOR SAM ~
Match week three sees still no change at the top of the leader board in the Race For Sam 2012. Rory O'Neill is still perched on top, but now he's only a point ahead of Moya Ferguson and Rachel Patton. Meanwhile at the other end of the board Cormac McCosker's zero points haul means he would have the €100 prize for last place all to himself, if the competition finished this week, that is. View the week three leader board on aodhruadh.org on in The Bridgend Bar every Tuesday. Anyone yet to pay for their entry, is asked to do so as soon as possible. The rules and scoring page has been updated with the scores for counties and players.

~ FIRST AID ~
Aodh Ruadh aim to organise a CPR and defibrillator course, if there is sufficient interest. This is a four hour course with one night of two hours concentrating on CPR and another night of two hours focused on the defibrillator. We are charging €10 to book place on course with all proceeds being donated to the Irish Heart Foundation. Please call or text Tracey Flood on 086 1764998 to book your place.

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12 June

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh were denied at least a deserved share of the points after a battling performance against Saint Naul's. Damien Cleary was excellent form for Aodh Ruadh with 1-2, even despite managing to get himself sent off on a second yellow. Donagh McIntyre also soldiered well in the middle. It was a good game for the Aodh Ruadh old guard in general with Brian Roper, Niall McCready and Sticky Ward all clearly relishing the summer sod. We have a full match report and pictures up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh's reserves made great use of a strong first half breeze to put themselves in a commanding half time position against Saint Naul's. Goals from Steven Perry and Fiachra McIntyre, plus a points from Jamie McDonald and Val Murray helped see to a 2-8 to 0-2 half time lead. In the second half points from Eamon McGrath, Anthony Coughlan, Jamie McDonald and Stephen McGrath were added to seal the win for the homesters. Aodh Ruadh were well served by a superb half back display from Spanny Goan, Stephen McGrath and Eamon McGrath who were outstanding throughout, particularly when the heat came on in the second half. The returning Aidan Murray gave a masterclass in midfield, while the half forward line of Val Murray, Jamie McDonald and Steven Perry scored heavily. The full forward line of Chris McCabe, Fiachra McIntyre and Anthony Coughlan also presented a considerable threat across the 60. We have pictures from the game up.

With the Ulster Championship this weekend our next game will be on Saturday June 23rd away to Termon with the reserves throwing in at 6pm followed by the seniors at 7.30pm. The week after we host Downings in Father Tierney park on Saturday 30th June. Again the throw in times are 6pm and 7.30pm.

Last Wednesday evening the under 14s finished their round robin matches with the top four clubs battling out in the semi finals. This see Naomh Conaill take on Aodh Ruadh in the first semi-final with Four Masters playing Ardara in the other. The semi-finals will be played as a double header on Saturday 16th June. Venues and referees to be confirmed.

The under 12s lost their game in the league against Dungloe on Monday on a score line of 6-12 to 2-7. Ciaran Meehan and Ronan McGarrigle soldiered well in defence while Mark Gallagher worked hard in goals. Michael McKenna and Dylan Gallagher had a great second half in the middle of the field. Training continues this Friday at 4.15pm. We travel to Annagry for our last game of the year next Monday. All players are to meet at the park at 4.15pm sharp for their trip to Naomh Mhuire.

Aodh Ruadh hosted a highly successful under 10 Mick Shannon tournament last Saturday with teams attending from Melvin Gaels, Bundoran, Erne Gaels and Four Masters. The lads did very well, delivering some excellent performances across the tournament and winning the A section, with Melvin Gaels claiming the B title. Many thanks to our sponsors on the day: Spar, Mace, Centra, Pearse O'Neill's and Erne Fresh Foods. Thanks also to parents for all their help with the catering. Thanks to everyone who reffed and officiated on the day. We have over 40 images from the day's action taken by Ronan Matthews and Kerry Ryan up. Under 10 training continues this Thursday, 14th June in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished. The under 10s will be travelling to a blitz in Bundoran this Saturday 16th June. We will be looking for parents to assist with transport to this game. All players and parents/guardians able to help with transport are asked to assemble at Father Tierney Park for 9.45am. Players are asked to bring club socks and togs.

The under 8s had a very successful trip to Ballintra on Saturday morning. The players really did themselves and the club proud. We have a picture of them below which you can click on for a larger version. Back row l-r: James McGinley, Michael Doogan, Tommy Winters, Eoghan Kelly, Darragh Dolan and David Roper. Front row: Lauren Foy, Shane Delahunty, Shane McGloin and Ronan Barron. We were well looked after by Naomh Bríd. Darragh Dolan was our captain on the day and received a trophy from Naomh Bríd recognising Aodh Ruadh's participation. Many thanks to all the parents who helped bring the players down and supported us on the day. Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Friday 15th June from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

~ HURLING ~
The under 14 hurlers play MacCumhaill's on Thursday night in Ballybofey with a throw in time of 7pm. This game was due to be played last week but was postponed due to the pitch being flooded. We face a tough battle against the Twin Towns men, who recently won the B League final, for the right to play Buncrana in the county final.

We are hosting an under 12 all county blitz this Sunday with play begining at 11am.

Congratulations to Meabh Rooney and Shane Gillespie who qualified for the Community Games All Ireland Finals, to be held in Athlone at the end of August, at the County Finals in Milford on Sunday, Meabh won the Long Puc and Shane qualified in the 600 metres. We have a picture of Meabh and Shane below which you can click on for a larger version.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s are doing a Cash for Clothes Collection as a fundraiser for the Féile na nGael in Dublin in July. We would greatly appreciate any bags of old clothes, belts, handbags and shoes. We will also take blankets and curtains as long as they are kept separate from the other clothes. Spread the word to family, friends and neighbours, we will be getting the clothes weighed in early June so get clearing out your closets thanks! For any queries regarding this fund-raiser please contact John Rooney 086-2587793, Eileen McCaffrey 087-3172920 or Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903. The final day for collecting clothes is Monday 18th June.

Training as normal on Sunday for all age groups at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
Last Tuesday the Aodh Ruadh under 14 girls put in a solid performance to record their fourth successive win of the campaign, this time defeating Kilcar. Aodh Ruadh dominated for most of the game and were unfortunate not to have totted up more scores. A few excellent saves from Kelsie Warren kept the girls on the correct side of the score line. She was assisted by her defenders who made each score difficult for the opposition. Orlaith Gillespie and Meabh Rooney contributed greatly with endless running at the middle of the field against a strong Kilcar pairing. The Ballyshannon forwards all worked of their socks to get the scores that counted. Mary Flora Scott was on fire again getting three goals bringing her last two matches tally to seven goals. One of these goals was a crucial late effort on Tuesday that hit one post and rolled right over to the other before finding its way over the goal-line much to the Aodh Ruadh supporters delight. This victory brings the girls to a county semi-final due to be played on 26th June. The opponents for that semi-final have yet to be decided as there are a number of the games from the north of the county remaining to be played out. We have a full match report with team sheet and pictures up.

Aodh Ruadh under 12s will host the Willie Rogers tournament this Wednesday evening at 6pm in Father Tierney park. After months of preparation this is the first time the girls will take to the field this season, hopefully they will have plenty of support on the evening.

Under 10 and under 8 training will take place in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm on Wednesday evening to 6.45pm.

~ YES WE CAN ~
Our next aluminium can collection for recycling to raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh and to protect the local enviroment takes place this Saturday 16th June at Father Tierney Park from 12 noon to 1pm. We have had a great response to this scheme and so far we have recycled over 1.6 tonnes of aluminium cans, thanks to all the community and businesses who have supported us with this venture. For any information on this recycling campaign please contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295.

~ RACE FOR SAM ~
An impressive haul of 32 points has seen Rachel Patton's Leitrim Lassies rocket to the top of the Race For Sam standings. She had Sligo (10 points), Adrian Marren (2-6 = 12 points) and Limerick sharpshooter Ian Ryan (0-10 points). Meanwhile Charlie Patton is out on his own in the race for the wooden spoon, although Greg Sweeney's Milky Bar Kids are also loitering with intent. View the week four leader board or in The Bridgend Bar every Tuesday. The rules and scoring page has been updated with the scores for counties and players.

~ FIRST AID ~
Aodh Ruadh aim to organise a CPR and defibrillator course, if there is sufficient interest. This is a four hour course with one night of two hours concentrating on CPR and another night of two hours focused on the defibrillator. We are charging €10 to book place on course with all proceeds being donated to the Irish Heart Foundation. Please call or text Tracey Flood on 086-1764998 to book your place.

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19 June

~ FOOTBALL ~
Congratulations to Donegal on their comprehensive victory over Derry at the weekend. We have pictures from the victory up. Now might be an opportune time to remind those who have not yet paid membership that it is still possible to become an Aodh Ruadh member for 2012. Anyone who becomes a member at this stage will not have a vote at AGM, but they will still be able to apply for tickets through the club, although members paid before the 31st March cut-off will be given preference in all events. Contact Emma Gaughan (0863039610), John Hughes (0876431805), or any committee member if you wish to become a member

Aodh Ruadh's adult footballers are on their travels this Saturday June 23rd when they are away to Termon with the reserves throwing in at 6pm followed by the seniors at 7.30pm. The week after we host Downings in Father Tierney park on Saturday 30th June. Again the throw in times are 6pm and 7.30pm. We also have word on the intermediate championship opener against Naomh Bríd. This will take place on the weekend of 11th August, with Naomh Bríd enjoying home advantage for the first leg.

Last Friday saw the under 14s exit the league race at the semi-final stage as Naomh Conaill ran out 4-14 to 1-6 winners. Aodh Ruadh got off to a dreadful start as Glenties raced into a 2-5 to no score lead. After they recovered from that opening shock Aodh Ruadh gathered themselves and played very well for next 20 minutes. However the lads tired in second half and Glenties ran out deserved winners. Two players deserve special mention for their never-say-die attitude, Ryan McKenna at midfield and Shane Dorrian and wing forward, both of whom tried hard throughout. It is on to championship action now for the under 14s when they take on Four Masters on Wednesday, 27th June in Father Tierney Park.

The under 12s lost their final game of the league against Naomh Mhuire on Monday. Well done to JJ Goan who was excellent as usual in goals. Tiarnan Dolan and Ciaran Meehan were tidy at the back. The midfield were strong with Shane Gillespie and Pauric Keenaghan showing well. Up front Odhran Kennedy impressed with a haul of four points. That game marks the conclusion of the season for the under 12s, with the only outstanding issue being the Willie Rogers tournament which will take place at a future date, yet to be decided. Many thanks to all the players for their hard work and commitment throughout the year and to the parents for their assistance in travelling to games and supporting the team.

The under 10s had a successful trip to Bundoran last Saturday. They did very well and played some very attractive football. Many thanks to all the parents/guardians who helped with transport on the day and supported the lads. Training continues this Thursday, 21st June in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Friday 22nd June from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. We may also yet have a blitz in Mountcharles on Saturday morning, but details have yet to be confirmed one way or another. Full details will be supplied at Friday training.

The monthly Bord na nÓg meeting takes place this Friday 22nd at 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ HURLING ~
On Thursday last the under 14s played MacCumhaill's in the championship semi-final in Ballybofey. The game was played on the tight training pitch at MacCumhaill's and the lack of space made it a very hard physical game. The Ballyshannon lads put on a great fighting display against a bigger MacCumhaill's team. Every member of the 17 man panel played their part and ensured the Ernesiders ran out comfortable winners on a 1-8 to 0-2 score line ensuring that they qualified for their fourth final in a row at that age group against their great rivals Buncrana. Thanks to all the parents who brought the team to this game.

Less than 72 hours later the lads had to travel to O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny to take on the Inishowen men. The old saying goals win matches was true of this final, our lads put on a great display of hurling with many of the lads having to play through the pain barrier having not fully recovered from injuries received in the semi-final. The first half showed that both teams were very evenly matched the only difference being the Buncrana men's ability to score the majors. The half time score was Buncrana 4-2 Aodh Ruadh 0-3. The exertions of a long difficult season on this small squad began to show in the second half, but the lads never gave up and fought to the end and finished the game strongly. The character of this team shone in this game as despite being under serious pressure and tiredness setting in they never surrendered and gave their all representing their club. It was acknowledged by all that the final score line of 7-8 to 3-4 didn't reflect the closeness of the contest. It was a very entertaining match for all present and all agreed that these two teams are worthy representatives for Donegal in Féile na nGael in July. There was no shame in losing to this strong Buncrana team and all involved with the team are proud of the part the lads played in a very enjoyable and exciting game full of passion and commitment. Thanks to all the parents who travelled to Letterkenny and gave great support to the lads. Thanks to Tara Keenaghan we have a picture of the lads up.

On Sunday morning we hosted an under 12 blitz where Letterkenny Gaels and Four Masters travelled to Father Tierney Park the lads played some great hurling and won both their games comfortably. Thanks to all the mothers of the players who as usual fed all present, thanks to Peter Horan who reffed the games. We have a picture of the team up.

The under 10s are taking part in a blitz hosted by Saint Eunan's this Sunday, arrangements will be circulated during the week.

The under 12s and under 16s begin their league campaigns this Thursday with home games against MacCumhaill's, throw in for both games is 7pm.

Training as normal on Sunday for all age groups at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
Last Wednesday evening the Aodh Ruadh Under 12s hosted the Willie Rogers tournament. On the day teams from Bundoran, Erne Gaels, Four Masters and Saint Naul's visited Father Tierney park for an evening of highly skilled football. The tournament commenced with Aodh Ruadh taking on near neighbours, Bundoran. Unfortunately the girls were beaten by the narrowest of margins. The Aodh Ruadh girls were then faced with Four Masters, Erne Gaels and Saint Naul's all in quick succession. After their first defeat they girls certainly found their form with some sharp shooting from Tara Duffy and Bronagh Kelly sweeping up every ball in the full back line, the girls made things very difficult for the opposition. The homesters came out on top on all three occasions, which lead to them facing Bundoran again in the final. The final was yet another tightly contested game with both sides battling hard from beginning to end. Once again however, the girls from Bundoran proved too strong for the Aodh Ruadh ladies, and were the eventual winners of the Willie Rogers tournament. Renee Rogers was on hand to present the cup to Bundoran captain Megan McEniff.
The Aodh Ruadh team was: Bridín Maguire, Bronagh Kelly, Rionach Sheerin, Niamh Duffy, Laoise Gallagher, Roisín Maguire, Roisín Meehan, Dearbhaile McGuckin, Tara Duffy, Cáit Gillespie, Valarie Harley, Sarah Drummond, Roisín Gallagher, Shóna Slevin, Caitlin McLoughlin and Síofra Hughes. We have pictures from the tournament up. The under 12s next outing will taking place this Wednesday evening in Donegal Town, when Four Masters take their turn to host the Go Games blitz. All children are asked to be at the park by 5pm along with any parent who is available to drive.

The under 10 and under 8 girls will host Four Masters for an evening of games on Thursday 28th June at 6pm. Training continues as usual at Wednesday 6pm until then.

Well Done to Maeve Liston and Roise Keon who took part in the Ulster under 16 Blitz with the Donegal Ladies on Saturday in preparation for the Ulster championship which will commence next month.

~ RACE FOR SAM ~
The match week five leader board sees Johnny Gallagher's Falcarragh Shamrocks jump back to the top with a 20 point haul last weekend, thanks to Donegal and Kildare victories. Rachael Patton's Leitrim Lassies kept in touch with 6 points from Paddy Bradley, while Bernard Drummond's haul of 13 points thanks to Donegal and Michael Murphy have put his team into the mix at the top. Meanwhile at the bottom Greg Sweeney's Milky Bar Kids have shown an impressive resistance to picking up points. It's a quiet week next week, but with the qualifiers the week after that we can expect some major positional shifts. View the week five leader board on aodhruadh.org or in The Bridgend Bar every Tuesday. The rules and scoring page has been updated with the scores for counties and players.

~ FIRST AID ~
Aodh Ruadh are finalizing preparations for a CPR and defibrillator course, if there is sufficient interest. This is a four hour course with one night of two hours concentrating on CPR and another night of two hours focused on the defibrillator. We are charging €10 to book place on course with all proceeds being donated to the Irish Heart Foundation. Please call or text Tracey Flood on 086 1764998 to book your place.

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26 June

~ MEETING ~
The monthly senior club meeting takes place on Thursday 28th June in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ SUMMER CAMP ~
The 21st annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp, sponsored by McDevitt and McGlynn Certified Accountants and Registered Auditors, commences on Monday, 2nd July and continues until Friday, 20th July. There's loads to do with football, hurling, swimming, rounders, obstacle courses and plenty of other fun and games. You can check out some of the pictures from last year's camp. 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 six to 14 years-of-age. This year prices remain unchanged for the eighth year in a row and represent excellent value. The cost per week is €70 per child. Family concessions are as follows: €130 for two children; €180 for three children; and €200 for four children. Children should bring a packed lunch as no one will be allowed to leave the camp during the day. Applications have been distributed to local schools, but forms can also be downloaded from aodhruadh.org. These should be returned to Sylvester Maguire at The Mullans Ballyshannon or brought to camp on the first Monday of the week. Enquiries to 0719858277 or 0860532495 or check out www.aodhruadh.org or "Aodh Ruadh CLG" on www.facebook.com.

~ FOOTBALL ~
Termon showed why they are top of the table with the 2-11 to 1-6 dispatch of Aodh Ruadh. Things started badly for Ballyshannon as the homesters struck with an early and finished out the second half leading by 1-6 to 0-2. Termon repeated the dose in the second half, but Aodh Ruadh responded slightly better, with a late goal from a high ball into the area putting a bit of a gloss on the score line for the Ernesiders. One to forget for Aodh Ruadh, but Anthony Boyle does deserve a special mention for an outstanding and defiant performance. Thanks to Cathal Maguire we have pictures from the game.

The Reserves fought out a tough 0-9 apiece draw with their Termon counterparts. Aodh Ruadh played into the wind in the first half. A point from Ryan Granaghan a free from Dermot Slevin and two points from Johnny Gethins saw Aodh Ruadh going in at the break still in contact with the homesters at 0-7 to 0-4. Playing with the wind along with the introduction of Eamon McGrath, Niall Murray and Jamie McDonald helped revive the Ernesiders fortunes considerably. McDonald, Johnny Gethins, Ryan Granaghan and Dermot Slevin all got on the score sheet to see Aodh Ruadh going into the closing stages with a one point lead. However a late free saw Termon emerge with a share of the spoils. The match represents a good test with championship looming. Michael Lawless did a fine covering job in defence while Alan Finan's breaks from the back added another dynamic. Once again the returning Aidan Murray had a barn-storming game in midfield.

Next Sunday sees Aodh Ruadh play host to Downings in Father Tierney Park. The reserves throw in at 1.30pm with Lee Jordan refereeing, the seniors follow at 3pm with Michael McShane down to take charge of that one.

The minors are at home to Saint Naul's in Páirc Aoidh Ruadh on Wednesday 27th June with Pat Walsh refereeing. Throw in is at 7.30pm. This is the concluding match of the round robin league and a draw or win will secure Aodh Ruadh's place in the knock out stages.

Aodh Ruadh delivered a comprehensive performance to run out 5-10 to 1-7 winners against Naomh Mhuire in the Southern Regional Championship semi-final. Ballyshannon lead by 3-5 to 0-2 at half time and many of Naomh Mhuire scores came from place ball, including a late penalty. The win was based on a dominant midfield display by Niall Harley and Colm Kelly which provided a great attacking platform, Harley getting among the scores himself with a goal. It was also a game where the half back line of Conor Kennedy, Calum 'Cookie' O'Halloran and Ellis McGuinness shone, Cookie O'Halloran capping his outing with two well-taken goals. Up front Shane McGrath was in sparkling form as was Philip Patton, both weighing in with goals. The full back line with Matthew Maguire at the centre of things dealt well with any ball that came in about them. The return leg is down for Father Tierney Park next Monday at 7.30pm. However, moves are afoot to reschedule the game for the following Wednesday, there will be an addendum if there is any definitive update on the fixture.

The under 14s will be in championship action this Wednesday, 27th June in Father Tierney Park when they take on Four Masters. This team has bags of potential and it is important we have a big crowd up at the park to get behind them for this game. Throw in is at 7.30pm.

This Thursday, 28th June, sees the under 10s travelling to Pettigo for a blitz between Pettigo, Saint Naul's and Aodh Ruadh. Once again we will be looking for parents to assist with transport to this game. All players and parents able to help with transport are asked to assemble at Father Tierney Park from where we will departing at 5.30pm sharp. Games will be getting under way at 6.30pm in Pettigo.

The under 8s travelled to Mountcharles for a blitz hosted by Saint Naul's last Saturday. The weather wasn't great, but the lads all gave a great account of themselves on the day showing some great skills in their games against Saint Naul's and Naomh Ultan. Well done to all the players who took part: Aaron Cullen, Ben Daly, Pauric Daly, Ryan Daly, Eoin Doogan, Michael Doogan, James Gallagher, Niamh Hughes, Eoghan Kelly, Killian Meehan, James McGinley, Shane McGloin, Cian McKenna, James Monaghan, David Roper, Drew Ryan, Aengus Sweeny and Tommy Winters. We have a picture of the team, after they got changed out of their wet jerseys. Many thanks once again to all the parents who ferried the players up to Mountcharles. Thanks also to Saint Naul's who looked after us well on the day. This Friday, 29th June, Aodh Ruadh play host to Bundoran for the final action before the summer break. The games get under way at Father Tierney Park at 6.30pm, players to be up at the park for the usual time on Friday. All parents are asked to help with the catering on the day by providing at least a loaf of sandwiches. We will be presenting certificates to all the players on completing the season. We are also looking into the logistics of taking the boys away to the All-Ireland quarter-finals on the August Bank Holiday weekend should Donegal make it that far and we will be listening to parents' views on the matter this Friday.

~ HURLING ~
Congratulations to Jamie Brennan and Eddie Lynch who are two of only three Donegal players selected to join the 45 man panel taking part in the 2012 Phoenix Elite Academy Camp in UUJ at the beginning of July. The lads will go on to represent Ulster in Interprovincial matches against Connacht on Friday 20th July. Congratulations also to Colm Kelly who received similar recognition in the footballing sphere.

Best of luck to our minors who play Setanta in the county League final in MacCumhaill Park on Thursday night. The throw in is at 7pm and all support would be greatly appreciated for what is sure to be a tough battle.

Preparations are well underway for the Féile na nGael taking place in Dublin from 5th July to 7th July. Aodh Ruadh are based in Rush and will be hosted by Saint Mura's. We have received great support locally towards this trip. On Monday night, in one of his last functions as Mayor of Ballyshannon, Councilor John Meehan presented €500 to the under 14s towards their trip to Féile na nGael on behalf of Ballyshannon Town Council. The support of Ballyshannon Town Council is much appreciated by all associated with the under 14s. We have a picture of the presentation below, you can click on it for a larger version.

The under 14 hurlers and their parents also showed that their hard work is not just confined to the hurling field. On Tuesday last their Cash for Clothes collection finished. It was a great success and they raised €1,550 for their trip to Dublin for the national finals. We want to thank all the parents who helped with this fund-raiser and all the local community who supported it. We have pictures of the collection up.

Aodh Ruadh's under 10s took part in an all-county blitz at Saint Eunan's in Letterkenny. Eight players and parents traveled down on Sunday. They played five games with the first game against Gaoth Dobhair B. This was a tough game as we started of slow and made hard work for ourselves however in the second part of the match we started to get our game together and ran out winners. Next up was Saint Eunan's B this turned out to be the hardest game of the day with only two points scored in the game both, thankfully, going to Aodh Ruadh. In our third game we met Letterkenny Gaels at this stage we were on a roll and with plenty of hand-passing, hard tackling and hard work we got over the line to win our third game. In our fourth game Setanta were our opposition and we managed to pull off another win. After winning four from four we met Saint Eunan's A team in our final game. At this stage we were growing in confidence and again ran out winners. All players had a great day and the parents enjoyed watching the games and skills on display. From there it was in for grub. Many thanks to Saint Eunan's for hosting the blitz, all the parents who traveled down with players and watched the games and helped out. Thanks also to Tara Keenaghan who took pictures on the day and well done to the players who took part in the blitz. Check out Tara's pictures.

Our under 8s, 10s and 12s are taking part in a blitz in Owenbeg, Dungiven on Saturday details will be circulated during the week.

Training as normal on Sunday for all age groups at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
The under 12s traveled to Donegal Town last Wednesday evening, as Four Masters hosted their Go Games blitz. The girls faced Four Masters, Saint Naul's and Bundoran in three highly skilled, fast paced games. Bridín Maguire's quick thinking between the posts saved the Aodh Ruadh Ladies on more than one occasion. In the back line Rionach Sheerin was consistent throughout and made things very difficult for the opposition's attack. The return of Dearbhaile O'Moore was a great help to Roisín Maguire, Tara Duffy and Cáit Gillespie who all worked hard in all three games. The next outing for the girls will take place on Wednesday evening when Saint Naul's host their Go Games blitz. All players are asked to be at the park at 5pm.

Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, the under 14 girls will make the journey to Letterkenny to face Malin in the county semi-final. Throw in will be at 4.45 at the Letterkenny Gaels grounds. We hope to see a big Ballyshannon crowd there to help cheer the girls on.

Thursday evening will see our youngest stars take to the field for the first time this year. After spending up to eight months working hard on their skills the under 10s and under 8s will host Four Masters for a number of mini-games. The games are due to commence at 6pm. There will training as usual this Wednesday at 6pm.

Aodh Ruadh would like to wish Maeve Liston, Roise Keon and the Donegal under 16 team the best of luck as they line out for the first time in championship this season. The girls will take on Monaghan in Aghabog on Tuesday, tomorrow, at 7.30pm.

The Senior Ladies will have an early start next Saturday morning as they head to Naomh Columba to take part in their mini sevens tournament. It is hoped that this will serve as good preparation for championship as the ladies will face Termon on Sunday 8th July in the first round.

Well done to Terence McShea who took charge of the Ulster ladies intermediate championship final between Cavan and Armagh this weekend and saw the Orchard record a deserved victory!

~ RACE FOR SAM ~
With just two games last weekend the match week six leader board sees little change with Johnny Gallagher's Falcarragh Shamrocks still on top and Greg Sweeney's Milky Bar Kids nailed to the bottom. That's all set to change with the Ulster semi-final and qualifiers this weekend and we can expect some major positional shifts. View the week six leader board on aodhruadh.org or in The Bridgend Bar every Tuesday.

~ TEAM PORTRAITS ~
Aodh Ruadh are hosting a family fun day on Sunday July 29th. As part of the day we are hosting an exhibition of photography in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. As part of the exhibition we aim to have a team picture of every team in the club. We will be out taking pictures of teams over the next few weeks. If any team is available to have their portrait done, please notify Brian Drummond on brianodroma@gmail.com to arrange the details.

~ BINGO ~
This Friday the Abbey Centre plays host to a bumper bingo with a jackpot prize of €1,000 in last game on 50 numbers or less and six games with house prize of €100 and four games with house of €150. All lines are €40. Bring a friend for a great night of craic and prizes.

~ OFF THE PITCH ~
Gaelscoil Eirne are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a concert by John Spillane in Dicey Reilly's on Friday 27th July. Not only is Spillane a noted advocate of the language, but he is one of the country's most compelling, vivid and original song writers and performers. His set in the intimate surroundings of Dicey Reilly's is not to be missed. Tickets are available from Dicey Reilly's now priced €10.

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