Club Notes Archive - 2013

Box. SEPTEMBER
3 September

Football
The seniors secured two vital league points against Red Hugh's last Saturday. They came out on the right side of a 0-9 to 1-13 scoreline, thanks to a big team performance and a strong final quarter. Aodh Ruadh fought well throughout, but still trailed by two minutes with ten minutes remaining. A goal was scavenged by Diarmaid McInerney and that sucker punch saw the floodgates open as Ballyshannon then went on to register seven unanswered points to take the win. Peter Boyle's dead ball striking was an ornament on the game, with a smartly worked score from play also added into the mix, but this was a game where everyone recognised the importance of the result and performed accordingly. We have a full match report, teams and pictures from Cathal Maguire up on aodhruadh.org.

The reserves turned in a turbo-charged second half to get a deserved away win at the Crossroads, running out 3-6 to 0-9 winners. The sides were tied at 0-5 apiece at half time, but Gerard McIntyre set the tone for the second half striking for an early goal. Ryan Granaghan then went on to add some polish to a fine performance with the Ernesider's second goal, before Niall Thomas administered the coup de grace in the closing stages of the game. Defensively Aidan Murray had a stormer at full back, with Ronan Matthews and Ciaran Slevin also delivering strong performances. The midfield pairing of Matthew Thompson and James O'Donnell got the better of the battle in the middle third. Up front Mickey McNeely showed good promise in his first game taking care of the free-taking duties, with a high kicking success ratio. Cathal Maguire was in Killygordon and we have his pictures up on aodhruadh.org.

It is a big weekend for the seniors as they take on Buncrana in the intermediate championship semi-final in MacCumhaill park this Sunday at 3pm. Needless to this is a massive game in its own right and will have been given added spice by the recent meetings between the clubs in the minor and under 21 championship. A large and vocal Ballyshannon support would be much appreciated in Ballybofey as we attempt to reach the championship final for the second year in succession.

Aodh Ruadh under 21s claimed a notable win last Wednesday, defeating Carndonagh on their home patch by 2-11 to 1-10. It's the club's first win at this grade in eight years. It wasn't made easy for them either, learning only as they set out for the Inishowen venue that the game had been pushed back to 8pm, leaving the Ballyshannon men unlikely to see home again much before midnight. In any event Aodh Ruadh approached the game with some brio and made light of the circumstances to lead by 1-8 to 0-3 at half time, David McGurrin with the goal. The visitor's maintained the pressure in the second half with Johnny Gethins hitting a second goal fresh from the bench. Only a late green flag for Carn took a little of the gloss off the final scoreline. There is a full team list, scorers and pictures from Cathal Maguire up on aodhruadh.org. The side now face Buncrana in the under 21 B quarter-finals this Wednesday, 4th September in MacCumhaill Park at 6.30pm. This is the first of two big championship clashes with the Scarvey side so we hope to see a big support down in Ballybofey for this one.

The under 16 championship gets underway this Wednesday, 4th September with Aodh Ruadh hosting Naomh Columba at Father Tierney Park in the preliminary round first leg. The game throws-in at 7pm, so please make an effort to get along get behind the lads, championship is all about the inches.

Under 13 training continues on Wednesdays at 4.30pm. The next fixture is away to Killybegs this Saturday, 7th September, throw in at noon.

There will be a blitz on Wednesday, 4th September in Donegal town. Games throw in at 6.30pm and we are leaving from Father Tierney Park at 6pm and we are asking parents/guardians to provide transport directly to the game. Any volunteers on the day to take players will be most welcome.

The competitive Under 8 season concludes this weekend. On Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm we will be having a skills competition with a trophy for top overall score and awards for runners up and category winners. Players should work on their punt kicking, pick-up, solo and hand-passing, off both sides. This takes quite a bit of supervising to pull off so any parents/guardians available to pitch in with marshalling the various skills stations please don't be backwards in coming forwards. We will definitely have a blitz this Saturday 7th September, but the specifics await confirmation. Full details will follow in due course.

There is a Bord na nÓg meeting this Tuesday, 3rd September in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8.15pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh lost out to Milford in the intermediate county final on a scoreline of 4-4 to 3-9. It was heartbreak for the Ballyshannon girls who refused to lie down even when the game looked dead and buried. That was down to a number of performances of character across the park. Niamh Gallagher was an assured presence at full back, while Katie Flood also impressed in the last line. Tara Khan did well, despite the prejudicial marking she was subject too, and Roise Keon tried her level best with Milford talisman Amber Barrett, who was pretty much unmarkable on the day. Sarah Patton was strong and intelligent in the middle of the pitch. At half forward Danika Doherty was a creative influence who caused Milford problems. Donna Martin soldiered hard in full forward and was key to ensuring the Aodh Ruadh challenge lasted the full 60, while Elaine Dorrian was lethal when she got the opportunity. Aine Duffy made a big impact from the bench, with Anna Rafferty and Gráinne Gillespie also playing well on their introduction. We have a full match report and a large gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. A big thank you to all the supporters who made the trip to Ballybofey on Sunday to watch the ladies in their unfortunate county final defeat. The girls have one outstanding game to play in the league, a win against their new rivals Milford will see them take the title. No date has yet been set.

The minors are at home to Ardara on Saturday, with throw-in time yet to be confirmed. After that they are home once again, this time to Four Masters next Tuesday at 6.30pm.

Under 12 training resumes on Tuesday 3rd September at 6pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6pm. There will also be a blitz this Friday, 6th in Mountcharles starting at 6pm.

Hurling
The under 12s had a disappointing defeat at home to their neighbours Four Masters in the league last Thursday. Unfortunately we hadn't enough lads willing to put in the necessary work rate and effort and the Donegal lads pulled away in the last ten minutes to win 6-6 to 6-1. We play Saint Eunan's this Thursday at home and we hope to see a much improved performance.

The All-Ireland under 14 C, under 14 B and under 16 B tournaments took place on Saturday last and Aodh Ruadh had good representation on all the squads. The under 14 C tournament took place in Ballyconnell. Donegal entered their under 13 team in this tournament and they performed very well, they drew with Laois in the opening game, they beat Leitrim in their second game, they then lost to Monaghan by a point in the semi-final. Their final game was a third/fourth place play-off with Longford which they lost. Aodh Ruadh were represented on this squad by Pauric Keenaghan, Aaron Peach, Liam O'Sullivan and Seosaimh Magee. Tara Keenaghan got a picture of the lads. Click for a larger version.

The under 14 and 16 B tournaments took place in Newry, the standard of hurling on the day was very high ,the under 14s lost to Wicklow and beat Sligo in their group games, that set them up for the Shield semi-final against Roscommon, they had a great win in that game and as a result qualified for the Shield Final against the host county Down. The effects of being on the road since 6.15am told against the lads in the final and they lost out by two points. Conal Sweeney and Ryan Ayres were our representatives on this squad. Michael Ayres was involved in the management of this squad.

The under 16s were in a very difficult group and lost their two games to Kildare and Westmeath. They then played Derry in the plate semi-final and again they lost out. Eugene Drummond, Oisín Rooney, Shane McGrath, Brendan Gillespie and Donal Sweeney were our club men involved in this squad. All our lads on all squads played very well throughout the day, it was a great experience for them all and a great achievement for the club to have so many players on the various county teams and to be hurling at such a high level.

Our under 8s and under 6s travelled to Letterkenny Gaels for an all-county blitz last Sunday and had a brilliant day, the under 8s played six games, they beat Burt, Saint Eunan's, Buncrana and Letterkenny Gaels, they drew with Four Masters and suffered their only defeat against Carndonagh. The lads played very well throughout the day and put into practice all the hard work they have put in on the training field with their managers Dennis Daly and Aidan Begley. The parents have given the management great support with this squad, a great feature of this blitz was an under 6 event where the under 6s from all the clubs were put playing together and our youngest hurlers had a brilliant time at this blitz and their hard work was rewarded with a medal. We would like to thank all the parents who drove the lads to this blitz and gave them great support as they have done all year. On the way home all the squad and parents enjoyed a lovely picnic in Donegal town, many thanks to Kieran Barron who supplied loads of goodies for all both young and old. All in all it was a great day thanks to Denis, Aidan and all the parents who put so much into the day.

Training as normal at 12 noon this Sunday.

Fantasy race for Sam
With only one game left in the Fantasy Race for Sam 2013, its Sean McKenna (McKenna's Machine) who sits on the top of the leaderboard on 287 points. In second place this week is Joe Gillespie (M Team) on 264. Mick Melly (King of the Hill) has slipped to third place this week on 260. Tommy McCafferty (Foaling Aroud) is in fourth place on 248 while Caoimhin McAoidh (An Giotoz) has 242 points in fifth. With 50 bonus points on offer for the All-Ireland winning team, any number of players could yet win. After Bernard Brogans six point haul against Kerry we have a confirmed loser with Bobby Murphy (Chunky Chips) finishing in last place for this year on 36 points. Shauna O'Mahoney (Girls Rule) has 41 points, with John Patton (The Bookie Men) on 62, while Philip Mulrone (Undertakers are go) and Kevin McGrath (The Motor Men) both on 67 points. The leader board is be available every Tuesday in the Bridgend Bar, Owen Roes and Ballybookies, of course we also publish the leader board weekly on aodhruadh.org.

Fun Run and Walk
Cards have gone out for the Aodh Ruadh 4K 10K fun run and walk on Sunday 15th September. Runners and walkers go under starter's orders at 12 noon at Father Tierney Park. Registration for the event takes place on Saturday 14th September between 6pm and 7pm and again on Sunday from 10am to 11.30am. Please support this fund raiser generously. Sponsorship is €2 per line, or more if you'd like.

Caps for gear
Bord na nÓg have registered for the Lucozade Sports caps for gear promotion. We ask all club members to collect their Lucozade sports caps. We can then exchange these bottle caps for gear or equipment. The promotion runs till 31st October and we will arrange collection venues and dates over the coming weeks.

Trophies and heritage
We wish to use the display cabinet in the hallway of Áras Aoidh Ruaidh to put on display old cups and trophies which have had an association with the club over the years. The Gold Flake Cup (Senior Football Tournament) has been located with the help of Gerry Ferguson. Other cups which we would like to get returned include the Frank O'Neill Cup (Town League), the AIB Cup (Junior Football Tournament); the Agnes O'Neill Cup (Camogie), the James Daly Memorial Cup (Hurling) and the Malachy Cullen Cup (North West Hurling League). Please contact Tom Daly if you know the whereabouts of these trophies which are an important part of club history.

Recreational football
Recreational football at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh continues to attract good numbers, and is back once again this Saturday at 7pm. For more information just text or call Peter (0879755466) or Alan (0868052816).

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10 September

Fun Run and Walk
Aodh Ruadh are staging a fund-raising 10K run and 4K walk on Sunday, 15th September. The run takes in a varied and engaging course around Ballyshannon, including a few circuits of the Mall where the crowds will be gathering as the Harvest Fare celebrations prepare to get under way. The run ends with a circuit of the pitch at Father Tierney Park, so the stand is sure to be rocking when the first runners come in for their final few hundred metres. Check out the full route on aodhruadh.org. For those who prefer a more sedate Sunday there is also the 4K walk which takes the participants on a picturesque route up towards Higginstown, offering sweeping views of the local countryside.

Runners and walkers go under starter's orders at 12 noon at Father Tierney Park. The run will be marshaled professionally, with water stations at strategic points and timing to the highest standard. All participants will have access to the first class facilities in the park, including hot showers, changing rooms with a full spread of post-run/walk refreshments being laid on in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Registration for the run and walk costs just €10, family rates also be available, and takes place on Saturday 14th September between 6pm and 7pm and again on Sunday from 10am to 11.30am.

We are still looking for a few people to help with baking treats for after the run. Anyone willing to help out please contact Tracey on 0861764998

Football
Aodh Ruadh went out of the championship on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-6 on Sunday afternoon in MacCumhaill park. Aodh Ruadh competed well in the first half, but went in 1-5 to 0-5 down thanks to a dubious penalty just before the short whistle. The Ernesiders only score in the second half came through a 59th minute Sticky Ward free, a fact that tells its own story. Ciron Whoriskey was easily the best Ballyshannon player on show. Johnny Gallagher, Donagh McIntyre, Diarmaid McInerney, David Dolan, Damien Cleary and Kerry Ryan all had their moments too. We have a full match report up on aodhruadh.org.

There was no adult fixture information available at time of sending. Any further updates will follow in an addendum.

Like buses, you wait eight years for a win and then two come along in a week. Aodh Ruadh under 21s romped to a convincing 0-20 to 0-4 B Championship win over Buncrana in MacCumhaill Park last Wednesday. Aodh Ruadh asserted control early and maintained it throughout. Kieran Keown had a fine game and scored two inspirational points heading into the break to help the Ernesiders to a 0-9 to 0-2 half-time lead. Ryan Granaghan's hard running and work paid off in second half with two excellent long range points. There was also really excellent performance from Ronan McGurrin in midfield who hit two screamers of points. The full back line were worthy of mention too, having dealt well with a very tall Buncrana attacking unit. Aodh Ruadh now await the winners of Red Hugh's and Naomh Columba in the next round. We have a full team sheet, scorers and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Meanwhile the hardest-working little team in the club have been busy lads this past while. In the under 16 championship they will have to go to a play-off game after they split the spoils home and away with Naomh Columba over the past week. They won 2-11 to 1-7 in the first leg in Father Tierney park last Wednesday. Dylan Gallagher and Jason Gallagher on the mark with goals. Glen then turned the tables in the second leg which took place on the following Friday evening. They forged a nine point half time lead, but Aodh Ruadh came roaring back and finished the stronger of the sides, but were still two points short at the long whistle. Nathan Boyle and Oisín Roper came up with the goals in Glen, while Philip Patton, Shane McGrath and Jason Gallagher were also on the mark with points. The second half saw an immense defensive performance from the Ernesiders with Conor Kennedy, Daniel Warnock and Cookie O'Halloran all key in keeping the homesters to a solitary point in that period. 2-11 to 2-9 was the final scoreline in favour of Naomh Columba in the end up. Monday evening saw the under 16s play their third game in five days. This time it was the league semi-final against a hotly fancied Naomh Conaill side. Aodh Ruadh turned in a gritty display in a Donegal town in a game that was a bit of an arm wrestle. Once again Aodh Ruadh finished strongly, owning the ball in the final ten minutes, but it was Glenties who were to emerge victorious on a 2-10 to 2-9 scoreline. Nathan Boyle registered a goal and a point while Jason Gallagher raised Aodh Ruadh's other green flag. Philip Patton was in fine form from dead ball, hitting five frees while Shane McGrath, Oisín Roper and Oisín Rooney also made scoring contributions. Once again Conor Kennedy and Cookie O'Halloran shone in defence. With many of these lads also in hurling action they haven't had free time have been at a premium this past while, so they are a credit to the club. Their championship play-off game with Naomh Columba is due to take place this Sunday, but no firm fixture has been made yet. We will circulate an addendum with details as we receive them.

The scoreline might have been 7-11 to 2-3 in favour of the homesters, but that only tells half the story of the under 13's trip to Killybegs last Saturday. The weather was apocalyptic and there could have been a good argument made for not playing the game at all, but Aodh Ruadh stood up to the task and, in at times freakish circumstances, gave a decent account of themselves. A big physical Killybegs side got two early goals and led at half time by 4-6 to 1-3. They pushed on in the second half for the win. Aodh Ruadh scorers were Michael McKenna with 2-2, one of those goals coming from a penalty, and Dylan Gallagher with a point. The outstanding performance of the afternoon though was from Pauric Keenaghan at centre half back who read the game beautifully and played with a real never-say-die spirit. Also worthy of a shout out was Shane Gillespie who also refused to be bested by the conditions or the opposition. The next assignment for the under 13 is this Saturday, 14th September, when they are off to Donegal town to face Four Masters, throw in at 12 noon, tempest permitting. Under 13 training continues on Wednesdays at 4.30pm.

The under 10s travelled to Donegal town last Wednesday for a blitz against Four Masters. The senior team played two games against Four Masters and losing the first by two points and drawing the second. Cian Rooney was in heavy scoring form and had good support at midfield from Kyle McCaffrey. Kyle Murray was another who caught the eye, while Colm McGloin was excellent in at corner back. There will be a training on Wednesday and details regarding plans for the upcoming weekend will be distributed on the night.

Well done to all the lads who took part in the under 8 football skills competition. It was a hectic evening, but a lot of fun had by all. 2005 section and overall winners were: 1 Ryan Daly: 92 points, 2 Aonghus Sweeny: 91 points, 3 Tommy Winters: 88 points. The 2006 winners were: 1 Finn Coady, 2 James Monaghan, 3 Cillian Slevin. The 2007 winner was Garvey Meade. The finals blitz was postponed last Saturday, apologies for any inconvenience the late notification may have caused. The blitz had been initially rescheduled for this coming weekend, but we still await firm details. Further details to follow in an addendum when the situation becomes clearer.

Ladies
The Ladies are away to Milford this Sunday for their final fixture of the season. It's a winner takes all game as both teams play for league glory so best of luck to the team and management.

The minors continue to train on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm.

The under 12s traveled to Saint Naul's on Friday evening and played Four Masters, Bundoran and Saint Naul's, recording wins over Four Masters and Saint Naul's. This week the girls host a blitz on Friday at 6pm and will be looking forward to playing some great football on home soil. Training for under 12s continues on Tuesday at 6pm.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh's return to the under 21 grade was marked by a 1-3 to 7-13 defeat last Thursday in MacCumhaill park at the hands of a Burt side which also featured a strong admixture of talented Buncrana and Carndonagh lads. Thomas Gillespie battled manfully with county senior attacker Ronan McDermott, with Ciaran Rami also putting in a good shift in the full back line. Also impressive in the defensive sector was Conor Gilmartin. Conor McNeely soldiered hard at centre forward. Kieran Keown might have been a bit rusty, but lent great spirit and strength to the Aodh Ruadh challenge.

The under 16s play Burt in the championship semi-final in Father Tierney Park this Thursday throw in at 6.30pm. It's a diificult game and the lads will have to approach it with the proper attitude if they are to qualify for the county final.

Our under 12s suffered another disappointing defeat last Thursday at home to Saint Eunan's, we got off to a good start but couldn't keep it up. Again a lack of effort by some of the lads saw them lose 6-7 to 4-6. They are away to Letterkenny Gaels this Thursday in their final league game.

Our under 8s took part in a great blitz in the Tyrone Centre of Excellence in Garvaghey, Tyrone on Saturday last, despite the inclement weather the lads had a great mornings hurling playing four games, winning two, drawing one and losing one. They played against Fintona, Cappagh, Eoghan Ruadh Dungannon and St Enda's Omagh. It was a great experience for the lads to play against these teams. Well done to all the parents who drove the lads to the blitz your support as always is much appreciated.

There is no underage hurling training this Sunday due to the 10K run and 4K walk in aid of the club which is taking place on Sunday.

Caps for gear
We now have collection points in Pearse O'Neill's, Centra, Spar, Colaiste Cholmcille and Scoil Catriona for the Lucozade Sports caps for gear promotion. Anyone with caps can also bring them to their team manager. We can then exchange these bottle caps for gear or equipment. The promotion runs till 31st October.

Yes we can
The next collection for our aluminium fund raiser takes place on Saturday 14th September from 12 noon to 1pm. ALL OTHER SCRAP METAL IS WELCOME AT THIS SESSION. For any information in relation to this campaign please contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295.

Recreational football
Recreational football at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh continues this Saturday at 7pm. For more information contact Peter (0879755466) or Alan (0868052816).

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17 September

Football
Aodh Ruadh seniors return to division three action this Saturday when they travel to Carndonagh. Throw-in down in Inishowen is at 5pm, there is no reserve game.

The under 16s championship play-off game with Naomh Columba was postponed on Monday evening, no refixed date was available at time of mailing. We will circulate an addendum with details as we receive them.

In a match that the referee himself described as an absolute classic the Aodh Ruadh under 13s eventually came out on top after a hard fought battle against a very strong Four Masters team last Saturday. Aodh Ruadh were very slow to get started with Four Masters taking a five point lead before Dylan Gallagher, showing true leadership, opened the Aodh Ruadh account with a great point from a long range free. An unstoppable Michael McKenna soon followed up with two goals and a point with Owen Doherty, in great form, hammering home another 1-1. Evan McTernan at full forward and captain Dylan Gallagher who got great support from Caolán Dolan and Darragh Ward put away another few points leaving the half time score 3-6 to 2-6 in favour of the Ernesiders. The second half started with another goal after 20 seconds from Ballyshannon but Four Masters never let them get too far ahead with a lot of good scores at both ends of the field. A great display of football was on show for the remainder of a game where Ballyshannon finished four points ahead at the final whistle. Everyone from Aodh Ruadh had a mighty performance. The panel were Mark Gallagher, Adam Clark, Odhran Kennedy, Aaron Peach, Tiernan Dolan, Pauric Keenaghan, Senan Rooney, Shane Gillespie (0-1), Michael McKenna (6-1), John Connor McGarrigle, Dylan Gallagher (0-3), Owen Doherty (2-1), Darragh Ward, Evan McTernan, Caolán Dolan, Aiden Gallagher, Donagh McGowan, Mark Gettins, Mark McGlynn, Mathew McDonald, Philip Cassidy, Ryan McDonald, JJ Goan, Jack McSharry, Seosaimh McGee and Ciaran Hodgins. The next assignment for the under 13 is this Saturday, 14th September, when they are off to Donegal town to face Four Masters, throw in at 12 noon, tempest permitting. Under 13 training continues on Wednesdays at 4.30pm.

On Wednesday evening a squad of 24 under 10s greatly enjoyed Benjy Drummond's varied and challenging training session. Many thanks to Benjy for contributing his time and knowledge. The under 10s wrapped up their season with a very enjoyable blitz in Father Tierney Park last Saturday. In attendance were Saint Mary's of Sligo and Four Masters. Aodh Ruadh seniors took on the Sligo lads in the first game and Four Masters in the second game and had good ough tests in both encounters. In the the third game Saint Mary's showed great class winning by 12 scores to nine against Four Masters. Diarmuid Dolan did very well in goals for Aodh Ruadh, with Kyle Murray catching the eye at corner half back and Mitchel McLaugllin doing very well atcorner back. Once again Cian Rooney shone at centrefield with Matt Gillespie also excellent up front. The juniors were minus a few players, an under 8 blitz having being scheduled for the same time, however they gave a good account of themselves running strong Four Masters and Saint Mary's sides close. Stand out performers for their juniors included Cian McKenna, Daragh Dolan, Drew Ryan and Oisín Daly. We'll have pictures from this blitz up on aodhruadh.org on Tuesday evening and notification will be posted on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page when they are live.
As the season comes to a close thanks are due to Paddy Kelly who put in a power of work all year. Of course the parents deserve great credit this year, often going beyond the call of duty to support this team, whether it was putting on a great spread of food for the four blitzes we hosted this year or transporting the players to the away matches or simply shouting encouragement from the sidelines, they were never found wanting.

The under 8s enjoyed the good weather last Saturday up in Ardara with a blitz playing Four Masters, Ardara and Saint Naul's. Once again the lads gave a good account of themselves and played some lovely football. This marks the end of season for the under 8s. We hope the lads have enjoyed it as much as the management team have taking them. A great bunch of lads with a bright future ahead of them. Many thanks to the parents/guardians for all their support this year, there was a lot of travelling this season and we got great assistance from everyone, while our blitz earlier this year was very well supplied with sandwiches and goodies. The team down in Ardara were: Killian Bradshaw, Fionn Coady, Ryan Daly, Liam Doogan, Cian Duncan, Jack Gallagher, James Gallagher, Eoghan Kelly, Shane McGloin, Tom Murphy, Aidan Sweeny, Aonghus Sweeny and Tommy Winters.

Hurling
The under 16s had a hard fought win over Burt in the championship semi-final last Thursday in Father Tierney Park. Both sides displayed signs of rustiness in the first half. The game opened up in the second half, every challenge was hotly contested as neither side wanted their season to end. Aodh Ruadh's ability to score a number of long range points was the deciding factor in this game and after a titanic battle against a very determined Burt team we ran out winners on a 3-9 to 2-6 score line. It was a good battling performance by the whole panel. They now play a very strong Buncrana team in the final this Thursday. Aodh Ruadh are going for their third title in a row at this grade, but they will be up against their old rivals a very strong Buncrana team built on two very successful Féile na n Gael teams in 2011 and 2012. The venue for the final is awaiting confirmation.

The under 12s got back to winning ways with a victory away to Letterkenny Gaels last Thursday. It was a much improved performance by the lads and the work load was carried by all the team unlike some recent performances. Aodh Ruadh were on top throughout and ran out convincing winners 3-5 to 1-1. They have qualified for the under 12B final where they will play Buncrana in Buncrana this Thursday. Many thanks to all the parents who drove the lads to the game in Letterkenny last week, your support is much appreciated.

Plans are well underway for the annual Aodh Ó Dálaigh under 12 tournament to be held on Sunday 29th September. Teams confirmed so far are Tuam, Tooreen, Easkey and Strabane. It's hoped to have the remaining teams confirmed this week.

Well done to minor full back Tommy Gillespie who came third in the club's 10km race on Sunday.

Training for all ages on Sunday at 12 noon.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh's game against Milford last Sunday didn't go ahead. This game is effectively a league final and a rematch of the championship decider so will be an interesting tussle. We are awaiting details of the refixture.

We have some fixtures for the minor, although they remain tentative. They are down to play at home this Thursday against Four Masters. Aodh Ruadh enjoy home comforts once more on Sunday when they will be hosting Ardara. Training continues on Tuesday at 6.30pm.

The under 12s hosted an enjoyable blitz in Father Tierney Park last Friday. The girls took on teams from Bundoran, Saint Naul's and Four Masters. Aodh Ruadh gave a good account of themselves, Bridín Maguire was excellent between the sticks, and was given good cover by Sorcha Sweeny, Síofra Hughes and Caoimhe Sheerin. Meanwhile out the field Cáit Gillespie, Ana Keon and Caoimhe Keon all used the ball well took some good scores. We'll have pictures from this blitz up on aodhruadh.org on Tuesday evening and notification will be posted on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page when they are live. This Friday sees the girls travel to Bundoran for their next blitz. Players are to be at the park for 5.15pm. Training continues this Tuesday at 6pm.

Training for under 10s and under 8s returns this Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 2pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

10K /4K Run
Paul Ward put in an impressive run to win the Aodh Ruadh 10K run on Sunday afternoon. The Tir Chonaill AC man finished in a time of 37 minutes 20 seconds, phenomenal going in what were extremely testing conditions. The first lady home was Julie McMullin who completed an Tir Chonaill AC double, crossing the line in 46 minutes 14 seconds.
The conditions overnight preceding the race were dreadful with gale force winds and sheeting rain only moderating within an hour or so of the start. Indeed, while the rain held off somewhat, the wind never flagged at all and at points over the course, such as over the Aodh Ruadh bridge, it made for very difficult running.
A field of 42 runners took part in the 10K course throughout Ballyshannon town, while a further 19 took part in the 4K run up Higginstown. The winner of the 4K event was Michael McKenna in 17 minutes 31 seconds, with Mary Flora Scott first home for the ladies in 19 minutes 3 seconds.
A great range of category prizes were sponsored by Teresina Barrett, O'Neill's Leisurewear, Dicey Reilly's, the Mac Aoidh Family, Shannon's Corner and Ted's Bike Shop.
After the runners had finished there was a spectacular spread of refreshments laid on in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Huge thanks must go to the Value Centre, Letterkenny; SuperValu, Bundoran; Noel Hoey - Pat the Baker; Gregory Sweeney with NCF; and Donagh Keon with Donegal Creameries whose generous sponsorship of the various elements of the refreshments made it all possible. Thanks also to everyone in the Aras who helped pull the food together and with the serving up.
More generally the organising committee deserve a well done on an event that ran off well despite the conditions. Great credit to all the stewards who braved the wind and rain to man water stations, junctions and the finish line. Last, but most certainly not least, many thanks to all runners who showed great character to battle through the weather and make it a great day's sport. The final placings can be viewed on aodhruadh.org, while almost 100 images can be view in our new image gallery section. The gallery will be undergoing integration work over the course of the week, so there may be the odd glitch in service, but it should represent an improvement in the presentation of our photographers' fine efforts.

Caps for gear
We now have collection points in Pearse O'Neill's, Centra, Spar, Colaiste Cholmcille and Scoil Catriona for the Lucozade Sports caps for gear promotion. Anyone with caps can also bring them to their team manager. We can then exchange these bottle caps for gear or equipment. The promotion runs till 31st October.

Recreational football
Recreational football at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh continues this Saturday at 7pm. For more information contact Peter (0879755466) or Alan (0868052816).

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24 September

Football
Aodh Ruadh definitively secured division three status for 2014 with an impressive away performance against Carndonagh. Ballyshannon had the breeze at the backs in the first half, but despite competing well, only held a two point advantage at the break, 0-7 to 0-5 the scoreline. Despite facing into the wind, Aodh Ruadh opened strongly in the second period and an early goal from Anthony Boyle shook the homesters resolve, allowing the Ernesiders to assert their authority from there on in. A second goal from David Dolan ended the match as a contest. This was a badly needed win in tricky circumstances and it took a solid team performance to deliver the two points. Peter Boyle was impeccable between the sticks and received good cover from Ciron Whoriskey, ably assisted by Damien Cleary. Conor Patton, Kieran Keown and Anthony Boyle all worked tirelessly, as did Gary Carty when introduced as a sub. Around the centre of the field, Kerry Ryan contested well, while David Dolan did a magnificent job of winning first phase ball. Up front David McGurrin gave another fine display as did Brian Roper on his introduction. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh return to league action this Saturday when they host Downings in Father Tierney Park. The reserve game throws in at 4.45pm and is followed by the senior game at 6pm.

The under 16s championship play-off game with Naomh Columba has finally been refixed for this Wednesday, 25th September under lights in Ardara. Throw in is at 7pm, Ian Molloy to ref.

Everyone knows the old saying about a game of two halves and that is exactly what it was for the Aodh Ruadh under 13s who were at home last Saturday to Saint Naul's. In another absolute thriller of a match the Ballyshannon boys got straight down to business taking a huge lead with scores from captain Dylan Gallagher (1-2), Evan McTernan (2-0), Michael McKenna (3-3), John Connor McGarrigle (0-1), Owen Doherty (0-1) and a cracker of a goal from a very difficult angle by corner forward Caolán Dolan (1-0). After an outstanding performance the score stood at 5-5 to 1-3 in favour of the Aodh Ruadh men at the half time whistle. The second half started with Saint Naul's coming back very strong and they closed the gap very quick with no reply coming from the Aodh Ruadh lads for the first ten minutes. Vital decisions were going against the lads and the loss of Dylan Gallagher did not help matters. However the home team dug deep and a touch of brilliance came from Evan McTernan at full forward who made a beautiful high catch and buried the ball in the back of the net for a goal that sealed the win for the Ernesiders. The final whistle saw a final score line of Aodh Ruadh 7-7 Saint Naul's 5-9 and the homesters earn a hard fought four point win. Outstanding performances on the day came from Mark Gallagher in goals who saved a penalty in the dying minutes of the game, Pauric Keenaghan, Odhran Kennedy, Aaron Peach, Cianán Roper and Senan Rooney who were all great in defence. That win puts the lads into the league semi-final, most likely against Naomh Conaill, and we await confirmation of fixture details. Under 13 training continues on Wednesdays at 4.30pm to 5.45pm.

Hurling
On Thursday night last the under 12s and under 16s contested their county finals in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy. The under 16s renewed their rivalry with Buncrana. These two clubs have contested county finals for the last number of years at all levels and would be the leading clubs in underage hurling in Donegal. On a very blustery evening Aodh Ruadh were very slow to get out of the blocks and seemed to lack self belief as they found themselves 3-1 to no score down after ten minutes. They finally started to play the hurling they're capable of and the clawed their way back into the game and for the rest of the first half they were on top and went in four points down at half time 3-2 to 1-4. Buncrana started the second half with renewed vigour and got an early goal and a point, it was nip and tuck for most of the second half but Buncrana's ability to score goals always left them the likely winner. Credit to the lads, they never gave up and the exertions of their first half comeback caught up with them as Buncrana got two late goals to put a gloss on the final score line of 6-9 to 2-6. The slow start was to prove very costly in this hard fought game where every challenge was ferociously contested. This small dedicated squad put in a tremendous effort all year and their discipline and dedication were a credit to themselves their families and the club. Best wishes to Darragh Cleary and Conal Sweeney who suffered bad injuries in this game, it's hoped the lads will make a speedy recovery and will be back in action soon. Thanks to all the parents who supported the lads all year and who drove them to games throughout the year, your support is much appreciated by all associated with the squad.

Highlighting the great work being done in underage hurling in both clubs, the under 12B final was contested by Aodh Ruadh and Buncrana. In contrast to the under 16s, the under 12s got off to a great start with the aid of the breeze and showed no nerves to race into an early lead. They held the Buncrana lads scoreless in the first half and scored three very nice points themselves to leave the half time score 0-3 to 0-0. Similar to the under 16 game, the Buncrana boys had the ability to score goals at vital times in the second half. Two goals within a minute midway through the second half turned the game in their favour. This very young Aodh Ruadh team, which contained four under 10s never gave up and played some lovely hurling in probably their best performance of the year, but as the saying goes goals win matches and Buncrana won a great game 3-1 to 0-6. Like the under 16s the parents of the under 12s have been a great help all year and drove to games whenever asked, and always gave great support to the lads in their games both home and away. This squad improved as the year progressed and it's hoped that they will continue to improve in 2014.

On Sunday morning a very young minor team, essentially our under 16s plus three minors, headed to Eyrecourt in Galway for two great challenge games with Meelick/Eyrecourt and Killimor minor teams, both these teams are from the hurling heartlands of East Galway, Meelick/Eyrecourt played in the Minor A championship this year in Galway and Killimor are playing in the B semi final shortly. The Aodh Ruadh lads, while losing both games showed some great skill and were well able to compete with these teams and improved the longer the games went on. Both Galway clubs were very impressed by the lads determination and their commitment to hurling. It was a great experience for the lads to play at this level and hopefully the Galway lads will travel to Ballyshannon in the coming seasons.

This Sunday we host the annual Aodh Ó Dálaigh under 12 tournament. This tournament is in existence since 1982 and this year we have eight teams confirmed for the event including, for the first time, an inter-county development squad from Cavan. Play begins on what is sure to be a busy day of hurling at 11am.

Ladies
We have a solid fixture for the minors. They are playing Four Masters this Sunday, 29th September in Father Tierney Park at 12.30pm. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm.

Well done to the under 12s who saved their best till last with great performances against Four Masters, Saint Naul's and Bundoran out at the blitz in Bundoran on Friday evening. Thanks to Bundoran for a well run blitz. Well done and thanks also to the coaches Bernie Maguire and Grace Meade. The squad that travelled to Bundoran were: Caoimhe Keon, Shona Slevin, Cáit Gillespie, Sorcha McGonigle, Caitlin McLaughlin, Erin McGowan, Bridín Maguire, Siofra Hughes, Sorcha Sweeny, Caoimhe Sheerin, Siobhan Gallagher, Amy Gallagher, Katie Peach, Grace McCaffrey and Dearhla McGuckin. We have a picture of the team up on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

Training for under 10s and under 8s continues this Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 2pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Fantasy race for Sam
After a great win by the Dubs in the All-Ireland final, it is Joe Gillespie's M Team who have come out on top in the Fantasy Race for Sam 2013. He was greatly helped by Dublin beating Mayo. His final tally of 333 points has give him the coveted title for this year. In second place was Caoimhín MacAoidh (An Giotoz) with 310 points followed closely by Tommy McCafferty (Foaling Around) on 308. In joint fourth was long time leader Sean McKenna (McKenna's Machine) and Gráinne McIntyre (Stephens Ramblers) on 287 points. The race at the bottom has long since been settled with Bobby Murphy (Chunky Chips) finishing in last place with 36 points. A huge thank you goes out to all the entrants and their aptly named teams, and also to the sellers. The final leader board is available on aodhruadh.org and also in Owen Roe's Bar, the Bridgend and Ballybookies.

Caps for gear
We now have collection points in Pearse O'Neill's, Centra, Spar, Colaiste Cholmcille and Scoil Catriona for the Lucozade Sports caps for gear promotion. Anyone with caps can also bring them to their team manager. We can then exchange these bottle caps for gear or equipment. The promotion runs till 31st October.

Storytelling through theatre workshop in the Abbey Centre
A free storytelling through theatre workshop takes place in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon on Sunday 29th September between 10.30am and 5pm.
Smashing Times Theatre Company is seeking individuals or an existing adult group in Donegal to take part in a Storytelling through Theatre Workshop. The Storytelling Workshop uses theatre games and exercises to explore personal memories and experiences of people in the North of Ireland and the border counties. No experience of drama or storytelling is necessary and the workshops are open to all.
The focus is on discovering and sharing our stories. The workshop aims to acknowledge different experiences and discuss participants shared hopes and vision for the future.
The Storytelling Workshops are conducted by a professional artist from Smashing Times Theatre Company and are open to individuals, organisations, artists, community and youth leaders, teachers and all those interested in using the arts to work in community settings. Participants do not need to have any previous knowledge of drama. The storytelling workshop requires active participation in theatre exercises and improvisations.
As part of this project we are making a television documentary about our work. The television crew will film part of the workshop and may talk to some participants but we will accommodate anyone who may not wish to be filmed.
This workshop is free but places are limited so please book by calling 01-8656613 or emailing info@smashingtimes.ie.

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