Club Notes Archive - 2014

Box. JULY
1 July

Football
A late and controversial Milford goal followed by a quickfire point saw Aodh Ruadh leaving with nothing to show for a solid performance. Both sides were cagey from the start, with not too many scoring chances in the opening stages. However Aodh Ruadh worked well and made the most of their opportunities and a Jamie McDonald goal sent the sides in with the visitors holding the advantage, 0-5 to 1-4 at the break. Ballyshannon were the dominant side in the second half and in the dying moments of the match held a three point advantage. But a harshly awarded late goal for the homesters, followed rapidly by a clinching point saw Aodh Ruadh leaving empty-handed. There were some fine Aodh Ruadh performances, with the two Pattons, Conor and Pauric, along with Damian Cleary and Eamonn McGrath in the spine of defence, getting a real hold on the game for long spells. We have pictures from the game up and a full match report on aodhruadh.org

The Aodh Ruadh reserves travelled to Milford on Friday evening with a young and energetic team. It was a game where a number of players were asked to slot into new positions, notably Mickey McNeely into midfield, Cookie O'Halloran into corner forward, and Daniel Kelly getting a rare opportunity to vacate the goals by going to corner back. All three put in commendable performances and enjoyed the challenge presented to them. They, along with the rest of the team, had their resolve tested on a number of occasions, particularly close to the end as Milford mounted a late rally. As well as the solid performances from Cookie and Dano, there were also good shifts put in by Bradley, Matthews and Patton in defence. Aodh Ruadh used their bench well to mitigate the heat of the evening sun, and welcomed Eugene Drummond onto the scene as he made his reserve debut in the second half. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The way results have fallen mean that this Saturday's game against Naomh Colmcille in Newtowncunningham is likely to have a decisive impact on the promotion race. Aodh Ruadh currently have a much superior scoring difference, +73 to Naomh Colmcille's +31, but the other metric that may come into the equation if there is a tie at the top at the end of the table is head-to-head results and Newtown currently have the edge here, having beaten Ballyshannon 1-13 to 0-7 in Father Tierney Park back in May. A win for Aodh Ruadh is essential. The senior game throws-in this Saturday at 7.30pm and is preceded by the reserves at 6pm and a large showing of Ballyshannon support would be most welcome down in Inishowen for this crucial match.

The under 16s enjoyed a 3-18 to 2-9 victory over a physically very imposing Ardara side in Father Tierney Park on Friday evening. The first half was a case of getting to know you, and the ref for that matter, as he was quick to give frees for both sides. Aodh Ruadh went in at the break leading by a point and a hard-fought second half seemed to be in prospect. As things transpired a combination of superior play from the Ernesiders and the rub of the green saw Aodh Ruadh home with some comfort. Ardara battled well and kept in touch for much of the half, but the main turning point came when they won a penalty about 45 minutes in. The place kick would have put a point between the sides and made for a frenetic closing quarter. However it was put wide and Aodh Ruadh sped the kick out up the pitch for a point which essentially represented a four point turnaround. After that the homesters put the squeeze on and eased away from Ardara. Man of the match for Aodh Ruadh was Nathan Boyle. He never stopped all day, was at the heart of everything and scored probably the point of the day into the bargain, a real peach from distance. His midfield partner Oisín Rooney was also in fine form with some classy fetching. Shane Dorrian's steady place kicking and scoring economy ensured that every Ardara lapse was punished to the full, while Michael McKenna squeezed home a late goal to cap an impressive outing. Shane McGrath went well too, hitting a fine goal and a few points. Defensively Sean Taylor's kick out's were spot on and Jason Granaghan was excellent, with a really eye-catching shift at number three. Dan Warnock drove forward with regularity and great effective, bagging himself an excellent goal. Gareth Sheerin was another who had an excellent game. Aodh Ruadh will be at home once again this Friday when they host Naomh Muire with the throw-in set for 7.30pm.

Aodh Ruadh under 12s hosted Ardara in our fourth league game in Father Tierney Park on Tuesday evening. In our first game we got off to a good start with Harry Howarth hitting the onion bag early on, three points followed from Mark McGlynn with all the lads playing well. Senan Rooney struck over two great 45s and a point from play before Cian Rooney stepped up and hit the back of the net. In the second half though Ardara came back strong hitting two goals and a point without reply. The lads rallied with Mark McGlynn hitting a goal and Cian Rooney, Harry Howarth and Senan Rooney hitting a point a piece. The game finished 3-8 to 2-6 in a hard fought battle. In goals Bridín Maguire was in total charge with Kyle Murray and Matt Gillespie in very good form in the full back line. Eugene Doherty marshaled the half back line and Philip Cassidy worked tirelessly in midfield. Up front Calum Ayres and Daire Gallagher played very well linking up with their midfield and other forwards.
In our second game we started with a strong line out, Shane Whelan back from injury played a great game in goals. In the full back line David Doherty and Adam Hoey were very solid. In the half back line Nathan Owens-Kelly, Daire Warren and Conal Bradshaw were excellent closing down all attacks. In midfield Kyle McCaffrey and Shane Duffy dominated play, linking up with their forwards. Up front Frankie McGinley took a great goal and was unlucky not to get a second, Mitch McLaughlin hit a fine goal too while Jake Foley and Diarmaid Dolan put in a great shift taking some good scores also.
Training as usual Wednesday 6.15pm to 7.30pm.

There was further good news for the under 12s with Kernan's Spar coming on board as jersey sponsor for the team. Pictured at the official presentation of the jerseys to the club are under 12 team were manager Martin McGlynn and David O'Donnell who is an under 12 mentor and manager of Kernan's Spar Ballyshannon. The presentation image can be viewed on aodhruadh.org. Kernan's are great supporters of the club, hosting one of our weekly lotto sales outlets every Saturday.

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Under 10 training continues on Wednesday at 6.30pm and we are hoping to have a game this Saturday, further details at Wednesday training so a good turn out important.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh are back in Ulster Táin hurling league division three action this Saturday when they will be taking on Killeavy at 4pm.

The third all county hurling blitz for under 8s and 10s took place in Convoy on Sunday morning. Again Aodh Ruadh were well represented. We fielded three teams at under 8 with 23 players in total, while we had 13 under 10s. The under 8s did very well in all games winning, losing and even managing a couple of draws, the main thing was all the boys and girls had great fun and have shown continued improvement since the start of the season. The under 10s continued their rich vein of form as this very talented squad won all eight games at the blitz and they played some lovely hurling throughout the day. Thanks to all the parents of both squads who brought the players to Convoy and gave them great support throughout the day.

Hopefully this Thursday the under 12s and under 16s will begin their league campaigns. They had no games last week as MacCumhaill's were unable to field. The under 12s are due to play Dungloe in Father Tierney Park while the under 16s are away to Setanta.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh hosted Naomh Conaill in Father Tierney Park on Sunday. We have some pictures from the match up on aodhruadh.org and on our Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

The Aodh Ruadh under 12s were in Mountcharles last Friday for their first blitz of the season. The girls played games against Saint Naul's, Bundoran, Killybegs and Four Masters, playing some super football over the course of the competition. The Aodh Ruadh that travelled were: Eva Breen-Brosnan, Ella Clancy, Alicia Clyne, Aisling Gallagher, Síofra Hughes, Laoise Kelly, Caoimhe Keon, Orlaith Keon, Ciara Lynch, Bridín Maguire, Danielle Masterson-Burrows, Katie McMullin, Caitlin McLaughlin and Leah O'Brien.

Summer camp
Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp 2014 runs on Monday 7th July-11th July and Monday 14th July-18th July. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm daily. For further information contact Sylvester Maguire on 0860532495.

Cash for Clothes
We've had a great response to this campaign so far and it continues till the 7th July, it's a great chance to get rid of any unwanted clothes, shoes, hand bags, bed linen etc and also raise funds for Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee. To arrange collection of bags please contact Fionnuala Gillespie 087-6668634, Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Fantasy race for Sam
After another seven games this weekend, it's the two Gerrys show. Gerry Gallagher and his team Belleek Boys who are top this week on 126 points with the other Gerry Gallagher and his team, Ardara Forever hot on his tail with 123 points. It's hardly the last time we will see these 2 fighting it out for top spot. In third place this week is John Patton Jr and his team Yes Patsy on 118 with Michael Clancy and his team Clyhore Champs on 113 points. Rounding out the top five is Pat Gruddy and his team Mayo this time on 111 points. Pride of last place this week is Jim McGrath and I'd say so on 31 points. The gap has narrowed somewhat to Dan Warnock and his team Dan's Ur Man on 33, with Michael Dolan and his team of Dolan's Dragons on 35 points. Jean and Eoin and their team The Royal Blues on 40 points. Rounding out the bottom five for this week is Pearse O'Neill and his team, Best Cones Around, on 42 points. High score of the week goes to Kevin and Catherine McKee and their team Lola Zola with 31 points. (Down-10, Carlow-10, Mc Curry-6, Mulligan-5). As always the leader board is available every Tuesday on aodhruadh.org, as well as Ballybookies, The Bridgend Bar, Owen Roe's Bar and upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

Bingo
The winner of the June Big Bingo €800 jackpot was Denis Sheerin, Rossinver. Normal bingo returns on Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre, €10 books and €5 half book, with a total prize fund of over €2,000. The Game Five summer snowball is still waiting to be won, sitting at €380 on 54 numbers or less.

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8 July

Football
Aodh Ruadh just edged the 0-9 to 1-7 verdict in a contest where both sides fought hard for the spoils, a 45th minute David McGurrin penalty proving the decisive score. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Damien Cleary at full back and Johnny Gallagher at wing back. Ronan McGurrin put the body on the line on more than one occasion while Kerry Ryan gave it everything while he was on. Ronan Drummond was to the fore in the first half too disrupting Naomh Colmcille efforts to impose themselves on the game. However, the winning of the game for Aodh Ruadh was probably being able to introduce Colm Kelly and Eddie Lynch, both of whom are quality players who made their influence felt accordingly. With that win for Ballyshannon the race for automatic promotion from division three has been thrown wide open again. Aodh Ruadh sit on 20 points with 14 games played while Naomh Colmcille are on 16 points with 12 played so the run-in is set to be a real rollercoaster ride for both sides. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh had to work all the way to take the points against a determined Naomh Colmcille reserve. As in the senior game, it was a penalty which helped the visitors across the line, Dermot Slevin doing the honours and finishing with 1-4 to his credit. He was joint top scorer with Michael 'Sticky' Ward, who slotted seven points in another productive scoring outing. There were also scores for Calum 'Cookie' O'Halloran, Niall Thomas and a beauty from Ryan Granaghan. Like the senior game it was a real team effort. Chris 'Spanny' Goan never stopped all day, turning over ball and giving Ballyshannon an attacking platform. Defensively Paul Kane between the stick and Chris McCabe and Eugene Drummond were very solid for the Ernesiders. The game was also notable for seeing one of the club's bright prospects for the future making his first senior appearance from the bench. Minor star Philip Patton was sprung from the bench and his introduction helped Aodh Ruadh see the game out with some comfort. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org

This Saturday Aodh Ruadh will be hosting Burt in Father Tierney Park. The reserve game throws in at 6pm and will be followed by the seniors at 7.30pm. After that meeting with Burt, Aodh Ruadh's outstanding league games are against Urris (26th July, away), Naomh Bríd (5th October, home) and Red Hugh's (Date TBC, home).

The under 16s game against Naomh Muire scheduled for last Friday was postponed at late notice. The team have three league games left in the season and all will be played in the a week from this Friday, 11th July. The first game, this Friday, will be in Father Tierney Park with Naomh Conaill providing the opposition and throw in at 7.30pm. That will be followed on Monday, 14th July by the trip to take on Dungloe, throw at 7.30pm once again. The rescheduled clash with Naomh Muire will be played on Friday 18th July.

The Bakery Cup teams have been picked but due to holidays and people being away will not start for another while.
Captain - Evan McTernan
Shane Gillespie, Damian Webber, Donagh McGowan, Colm McGloin, Jake Foley, Ciaran Hodgins, Mitchell McLoughlin, Dáire Warren, Calum Ayres, Cian Barden, Eugene Doherty, JJ Goan, Adam Rami and Aaron Peach.
Captain - Michael McKenna
Senan Rooney, Frankie McGinley, Ryan McDonald, Mark Gettins, Jack McSharry, Corey Ryan, Shane Brady, Daniel Dolan, Kyle Murray, Adam Clarke, Kyle McCaffrey, Mark McGlynn, Harry Howarth and Owen Doherty.
Captain - Pauric Keenaghan
Tiernan Flood-Dolan, David Doherty, Conal Bradshaw, Jack Melly, Dáire Gallagher, Joe Danagher, Daniel Byrne, Shane Duffy, Jack McCaffrey, Aaron Duffy, Matt Gillespie, Cianán Roper, Mark Gallagher and Caolán Flood-Dolan.
Captain - Dylan Gallagher
JC McGarrigle, Adam Hoey, Conor Foy, Calum Doherty-Craig, Rory Gettins, Luca Rivenna, Niall Monaghan, Nathan Kelly, Diarmuid Flood-Dolan, Cian Rooney, Marty McGarrigle, Odhrán McGarrigle, Philip Cassidy and Odhrán Kennedy

The under 12s played their fifth league match at home last Saturday against Naomh Muire. Early on the game remained quite tight, but Aodh Ruadh started to take charge mid way through the first half and remained in charge for the remainder of the game. In goals Bridín Maguire was excellent pulling off some great saves. In the full back line Daniel Dolan and Philip Cassidy were rock solid, while our half backs of Daire Gallagher, Senan Rooney and Colm McGloin covered every blade of grass. In midfield Mark McGlynn and Calum Ayres supported both their backs and forwards. In the half forward line Daire Warren, Harry Howarth and Shane Whelan created great space and never stopped working. Up top Cian Rooney and Mitch McLoughlin lead the line with great pace. A number of strong substitutes were made early in the second half with Jake Foley, Diarmaid Flood Dolan, Kyle McCaffrey and Shane Duffy, coming on up front and Conal Bradshaw, Frankie McGinley, Adam Hoey and Nathan Owens Kelly coming on in defence. The final scoreline was 4-15 to 1-5 in favour of Aodh Ruadh. Great work rate and commitment shown from all the players on display. Training this Wednesday 9th July on the beach at Rossnowlagh. Players to be at the surf hut for a fun session from 6pm to 7.30pm. This Saturday we have Willie Rogers Tournament starting at 10.30am and running until approximately 2pm approx in Father Tierney Park. Five team will be competing for the silverware, Aodh Ruadh, Melvin Gaels, Manorhamilton, Derrygonnelly and Naomh Bríd. We will have over 120 kids and adults on the premises so we will need parents and guardians to support with food and refreshments and help out on the day from 11am until 2pm in the Aras. If parents could do a rota it would be very helpful.

The under 10s were up in Kinlough on Saturday morning and with 20 making the short trip we played two games against Melvin Gaels. Ballyshannon recorded two wins, learning a fair bit in the process in two largely pleasing performances. The best aspect was probably was the improvement shown by those players who haven't been as much to the fore so far this season. The Aodh Ruadh panel who travelled were: Séimí Campbell, Conor Cleary, Oisin Daly, Padraig Daly, Ryan Daly, Michael Doogan, JJ Doran, Darragh Flood Dolan, Finn Gallagher, Aaron Horan, Niamh Hughes, Ryan Keenaghan, Eoghan Kelly, Lorc Mag Fhionnghaile, Art Mag Fhionnghaile, Grainne Maguire, James McGinley, Shane McGloin, Aidan Sweeny and Drew Ryan. Under 10 training continues on Wednesday at 6.30pm and we are hoping to have another game this Saturday, further details at Wednesday training.

The under 8s have a blitz this Saturday, 12th July in Donegal town. Also competing at the blitz will be Four Masters, Killybegs and Naomh Bríd. Games will be getting underway down in Donegal town at 11am and we will be leaving Father Tierney Park at 10.15am. ALL PLAYERS are asked to text Paddy Kelly on 0873186792 and let him know if they intend to travel or not so we can determine what sort of numbers we will have on Saturday. Where necessary we can also arrange lifts for players. Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh go into championship action this Wednesday, 9th July when they face Setanta in Father Tierney Park. The lads have been training hard all season and especially in the build-up to this match. The game throws in at 7.30pm and we hope to see a good showing of home support up at the Park to shout the boys on.

The under 12s and under 16s made winning starts to their league campaigns on Thursday last. The under 12s had a comprehensive win at home to Dungloe and will now travel to Carndonagh this Thursday.

The under 16s had a convincing win over Setanta in Crossroads. Many thanks to the parents who drove the lads to the game your support is much appreciated. The under 16s are at home to Burt this Thursday with throw in at 7pm. All support will be most welcome.

The minors beat Setanta in the championship quarter-final in Father Tierney Park on Sunday evening, the lads showed a fair bit of rustiness and know they will need a much improved performance in the semi-final this Sunday against either MacCumhaill's or Carndonagh.

Training as normal at 12 noon on Sunday for all age groups, all welcome especially beginners. Come along and enjoy the fun learning the skills of our ancient game.

Ladies
Well done to the under 12 Aodh Ruadh girls who took part in last Saturday's blitz in Donegal town. They played games against Killybegs, and Saint Naul's and two Four Masters teams with some great football from the Erneside girls and good wins to their credit. Featuring for Aodh Ruadh were: Ella Clancy, Alicia Clyne, Síofra Hughes, Laoise Kelly, Caoimhe Keon, Orlaith Keon, Danielle Masterson-Burrows, Sorcha McGonigle, Caitlin McLaughlin and Katie McMullin. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The under 10s will be travelling to Donegal town this Wednesday for a blitz. All players to meet at the Father Tierney Park for 4.45pm

Summer camp
Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp 2014 began today, Monday 7th July and will run until Monday 14th July-18th July. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm daily. For further information contact Sylvester Maguire on 0860532495.

Fantasy race for Sam
After week eight and the first ten bonus points on offer for Kerry winning a provincial title, it's John Patton Jr and his team, Yes Patsy, who have jumped to the top of the pile. He has amassed 149 points and has taken over from Gerry Gallagher and his team of Belleek Boys who are on 140 points in second place. In third this week we have John Keon and the Lakeside Lads on 134. In fourth place is Niamh and Pauric McGrath with their team, Niamh's Creevy Clubhouse, on 131 points. In joint fifth we have Noel McGrath and his team, The Roofer, along with Pat Gruddy and his team, Mayo This Time, both on 128 points. With the change at the top this week, it's as you were at the bottom. Jim McGrath and his team, I'd Say So, remain rooted to the foot of the table on 41 points. Michael Dolan and his team of Dolan's Dragons are next on 49 points. Patsy Kelly and his team, Return Of The Wallys, along with Pearse O'Neill and his team, Best Cones Around, on 59 points, while one point up the road on 60 are Emma Gaughan and her team, Assaroe Lass, and Aiden Givens and his team, Whiskey Is Best. High score of the week goes to Noel McGrath and his team, The Roofer, who amassed a total of 57 points. (Monaghan-10, Sligo-10, Kerry-20, J Clarke-5, A Marren-2, D Goulding-6 and S Furlong-4). As always tthe leader board is available every Tuesday on aodhruadh.org, as well as Ballybookies, The Bridgend Bar, Owen Roe's Bar and upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

Bingo
The €400 Bingo jackpot was shared by Anna Daly of Belleek and Shauna Newell of Ballyshannon. There was bo winner of the Game Five Summer Snowball which now stands at a juicy €400 on 55 numbers or less! This Friday's prize fund is a whopping €2,000!

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15 July

Ulster final
All the best to Niall Harley and Colm Kelly as they go for glory this Sunday in the Ulster Minor final. Good luck too to Aodh Ruadh hurler Jamie Brennan who is also on the squad, and also to Mick McGrath who is involved in the back room team. Of course best wishes also go to the Donegal senior team as they prepare to take on Monaghan in the showpiece on Sunday.

Football
Aodh Ruadh made light of a greasy surface and tricky ball-handling to emerge with their second win over tough Inishowen opposition in as many weeks. They saw off the challenge of Burt on a scoreline of 4-8 to 1-6 in Father Tierney Park and secured another two important points for the promotion push. It was a real team effort from Aodh Ruadh. Defensively Ciron Whoriskey was in very assertive mood, while Johnny Gallagher was show-casing all the best aspects of his game. Conor Patton and Eamonn McGrath became progressively more dominant as the game went on, while the midfield partnership of Ronan McGurrin and James O'Donnell were in control throughout. Up front David McGurrin finished the game with 2-2 to his credit and his contribution was a big factor in the Ballyshannon win. David Dolan's ball winning qualities were once again in evidence, and he set up a number of scores, as well as finishing with two points. There is a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh are on a break from league action this weekend.

The under 16s delivered an exceptional second half performance against Naomh Conaill in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday to take the points. Five points behind at half time Aodh Ruadh really turned on the style to eventually run out 4-13 to 2-7 victors. The midfield pairing of Nathan Boyle and Oisín Rooney were key to the win. Boyle in particular put in as fine an individual display of football as has been seen at any level in the club for a number of years, an audacious penalty crowning the performance. Rooney's strong fielding was combined with intelligent off-loading to devastating effect. Conal Sweeny, Oisín Kerr and Dan Warnock covered well as Naomh Conaill tried vainly to counter with limited success in the second period. Up front Michael McKenna, Shane Dorrian and Dylan Gallagher again went well for the Ernesiders.
That success was replicated on Monday evening when Aodh Ruadh made the long trip to Dungloe and came back with a 3-18 to 2-9 victory under their belts. Ballyshannon went six points up in the early exchanges and by half-time the margin was pushed out to 0-12 to 0-4 in favour of the Ernesiders. A notable characteristic of this team is their work-rate, focus and commitment for the full 60 minutes, and they brought that to bear in the second half as they eased away from Dungloe. It was another excellent team performance to reflect upon. Daniel Warnock put in a good evening's work, foraging two goals from wing back. The third goal came from Dylan Gallagher, and he ultimately finished the night with 1-3 to his credit. The move of the game saw Nathan Boyle put a precision ball into the path of Garreth Sheerin which was then swept over the bar with great élan. Elsewhere Cáelán Drummond got two good points from full forward while Ryan McKenna, Oisín Rooney and Conal Sweeny all covered a serious amount of ground over the course of the game.
The under 16s will conclude their league programme with the rescheduled clash against Naomh Muire this Friday 18th July, throw in at 7.30pm.

The annual Willie Rogers under 12 tournament was staged on Saturday with five teams taking part, Derrygonnelly Harps, Melvin Gaels, Glencar / Manorhamilton, Killybegs and Aodh Ruadh. The Ballyshannon lads were slow to start, but improved as the day progressed. However they were unable to make the knock-out stages of the competition. Derrygonnelly won all their round robin games to reach the final and Glencar / Manorhamilton played some great football to join them in the decider. The Fermanagh and Leitrim sides fought bravely and made for a very good final with nothing between the teams until the last few minutes. Then Derrygonnelly found an extra kick and hit a goal and two points to win by five. The day was notable for the great support from parents from all clubs attending. Many thanks to the parents / guardians of our kids who provided food and refreshments for everybody and looking magnificently in the Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Many thanks also to the Rogers Family for coming up and presenting medals to both teams and the cup to Derrygonnelly Harps. Thanks to the referees who made sure everything ran smoothly on the day. Finally thanks to all the players who represented their clubs so well. The Aodh Ruadh panel were: Bridín Maguire, Matt Gillespie, Kyle Murray, Daire Gallagher, Calum Ayres, Daniel Dolan, Colm McGloin, Mark McGlynn, Philip Cassidy, Daire Warren, Harry Howarth, Jake Foley, Cian Rooney, Kyle McCaffrey, Conor Foy, Diarmaid Dolan, Adam Hoey, Nathan Owens-Kelly, Shane Duffy, Cian Barden, Mitch McLoughlin, Frankie McGinley and Conal Bradshaw. Under 12s are back training Wednesday 6.15pm to 7.30pm and Saturday 10.45pm to 12 noon this week.

The under 10s will be travelling to a blitz in Dunkineely this Saturday 19th July. The other teams competing will be Naomh Ultan, Four Masters and Bundoran. 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. We will be departing Ballyshannon at 9.45am. Games will be getting under way at 11am in Killybegs. Training as usual on Wednesday at 6.30pm.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh went into championship action against a very physical Setanta outfit in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday. The Killygordon men clearly had a superior understanding of the difference between league and championship and got stuck in from off. The visitors were 0-3 to 1-5 up at half time and delivered the same sort of intensity in the second period to run out 0-5 to 2-10 winners. It was a game where Aodh Ruadh lost many of the individuals battles with Cian Dolan and Jack Matthews among the few who could feel they came out on top. The management will be looking for senior players to reflect on what went wrong in this match and make those lessons count in the remaining games this season. Aodh Ruadh have a massive game this Saturday in Garvaghey at 5.30pm when they face Ards outfit Ballela in the Ulster Táin League. A win in this game will put Ballyshannon in with a great shout of earning promotion to division two, so Saturday will represent an excellent opportunity to apply the lessons so sorely learned against Setanta.

The under 12s made the long journey to Carndonagh last Thursday and came away with a convincing win, this is the third win of the campaign for this young team. They are at home this Thursday night to our great Inishowen rivals Buncrana, throw in is at 7pm and all support will be most welcome.

Our under 16s were to play Burt in Father Tierney Park on the same night However, most disappointingly, Burt contacted us just over an hour before throw in to say they weren't travelling. It is sad for our ancient game that the once all powerful Burt were unable to field for this game.

Another example of how serious the decline of underage hurling is in Donegal was shown on Saturday when MacCumhaill's contacted us to say they wouldn't be fielding the following day for the minor championship semi-final in MacCumhaill Park. Underage hurling is in serious decline in Donegal with too many clubs and officials only paying lip service to our ancient game and not willing to put in the hard work necessary to keep our game alive.

The under 16s are making the long trip to Carndonagh this Thursday for what is expected to be a tough battle against the home team.

The fourth annual Peter O'Keefe under 16 Ulster/Connacht tournament takes place in Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aodh Ruaidh this Saturday. Thankfully this year Ulster GAA have taken over the organising of this tournament, assisted by Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee. Play is due to get underway at 11am, teams confirmed are Derry, Tyrone, South Ulster, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Donegal. It is hoped that this year's tournament will be the best so far and a fitting tribute to the late Peter who was a tireless worker for underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh, Donegal and Ulster. All are welcome for what should be a great day of hurling.

There are a number of inter-county tournaments on this Saturday. Donegal will be fielding teams at under 14, under 15 and under 16 level and Aodh Ruadh will be well represented in each squad.

Thanks to all who supported this year's annual Cash for Clothes collection for Aodh Ruadh Juvenile hurling it was a great success as we raised €1,100.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh's senior ladies came up short against a disciplined Ardara outfit in Father Tierney Park on Sunday morning in their opening intermediate championship tie. Ballyshannon had possession of the ball for long stretches, but only rarely found their way through a massed Ardara rearguard and came out on the wrong side of a 0-7 to 2-4 scoreline. A tough loss to take for Aodh Ruadh and there is an argument that playing with wind advantage in the first half would have made all the difference. Best for the Shamettes was Maeve Liston, who took the tie by the scruff of the neck when the game looked like passing Aodh Ruadh by altogether. Tara Khan did well before being sidelined by a hand injury. Roise Keon was excellent too, battling right to the end and looking very sharp. Grainne McCosker was very adept at reading and robbing Ardara kick-outs. Áine Duffy got on a lot of ball up front and on a different day could have finished with a big haul. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The under 12s have a blitz in Bundoran this Thursday, 17th July. Bundoran, Saint Naul's, Killybegs and Four Masters will all be competing. Players are to meet in Gaelic Park in Bundoran for 5.30pm. Training continues every Monday from 6pm to 7pm for under 8s, under 10s and under 12s. Any girls interested in giving football a try and making new friends will be made more than welcome.

Fantasy race for Sam
After week nine of the fantasy race for Sam 2014, we have a Titanic tussle developing at the top of the leader board. No less than than players sit joint top in first place this week, all on 157 points. We have Gerry Gallagher with his Belleek Boys, John Patton Jr with Yes Patsy, Declan Rooney with Monaghan Utd and Pat Gruddy and his team Mayo This Time. In joint fifth place, only four points off the top of the table on 153 points is Niamh and Pauric McGrath and their team Niamh's Creevy Playhouse along with Michael Clancy and his team of Clyhore Champs. With two provincial titles on the line this coming weekend, there should be some sorting out done at the top of the leaderboard this time next week. At the opposite end of the table we have Michael Dolan and his outfit, Dolan's Dragons, taking over at the foot of the table on 50 points. Jim McGrath and his team, I'd Say So are two points furthar up the table on 52, with Patsy Kelly and his team, Return Of The Wallys, on 62. Mark Loughlin and his team, CMH, are on 65, the same score as Lorraine O'Mahoney and her team, Little Fluffy. High score of the week goes to David McCadden and his team, The Big Breakfast, who scored 54 points this week. (Armagh-10, Mayo-20, Tipperary-10, Cillian O'Connor-8, Barry Grogan-6). As always the leader board is available every Tuesday on aodhruadh.org, as well as Ballybookies, The Bridgend Bar, Owen Roe's Bar and upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

Bingo
Winner of the €400 jackpot was John McFadden of Pettigo. Regular bingo continues this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. The Game Five Summer Snowball is still waiting to be won and now stands at €420 on 56 numbers or less.

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29 July

Pat Malaniff RIP
On Saturday afternoon Aodh Ruadh learned of the sad passing of our friend Pat Malaniff. As a mark of respect the club will perform a guard of honour ahead of his funeral mass in Saint Joseph's, The Rock, assembling at his home at 11.15am on Tuesday morning. Aodh Ruadh extend our sincerest sympathies and condolences to the Malaniff family on their loss. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Club meeting
The monthly club executive meeting takes place this Thursday, 31st July at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Allcommittee members are asked to attend.

Football
The under 16 Southern Minor Board league semi-final between Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Conaill takes place on Friday 1st August in Father Tierney Park, throw in at 7.30pm. We hope to see a large showing of home town support out to get behind the lads in this big game for the club.

Aodh Ruadh put in a strong showing in the Southern Minor Board under 15 Óg Sport finals in Donegal town last Saturday. Ballyshannon won their opening game against Dungloe 3-5 to 4-10. They then had a good battle with Bundoran losing by 8-5 to 3-5. Then Aodh Ruadh beat Naomh Bríd 7-4 to 1-11 in the final round robin game. That series of results was sufficient to see Ballyshannon through to the semi-finals as best runner up after the group stages. The Ernesiders then faced Kilcar in the semi-final where the men from in through eventually prevailed by the odd point in a 5-6 to 6-2 scoreline. Kilcar then proceeded to defeat Ardara by a point in the final. The Aodh Ruadh Óg Sport squad was Conall Sweeny, Ronan McMullin, Cian McGloin, Matteo Rivenna, Paddy McCaffrey, Michael McKenna, Shane Dorrian, Pauric Keenaghan, Dylan Gallagher and Sean Taylor. The lads deserve huge credit for the way they played across the whole day. They fought to the bitter end and really did the club proud with their attitude and determination. The day was a great developmental experience for this group of players. We have some pictures from the day's activities up on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

The under 12s travelled to Kinlough last Wednesday evening for a challenge match with Melvin Gaels. A great game of football was played by both teams in wet and difficult conditions. Very little separated the sides during the game, but at the final whistle Aodh Ruadh edged the game 3-12 to 3-10. The following squad travelled - Bridín Maguire, David Doherty, Kyle Murray, Daire Warren, Eugene Doherty, Daire Gallagher, Daniel Dolan, Matt Gillespie, Shane Duffy, Colm McGloin, Cian Rooney, Jake Foley, Kyle McCaffrey, Frankie McGinley, Corey Ryan and Conal Bradshaw. We play Four Masters in the league in Donegal Town next Wednesday evening 30th July. All players meet at Father Tierney Park at 5.15pm sharp. Don't forget club shorts, socks and mouth guards. We are looking for parents to assist with travel arrangements to the match. Please contact manager to confirm availability to drive. Training continues on Saturday morning from 10.45am till noon.

In a change from the usual arrangements, Under 10 training takes place on Tuesday at 6.00pm. We expect to have a game against Four Masters on Saturday. The under 10s will be travelling to Donegal town this Saturday 2nd August for a series of games with Four Masters. We will be looking for parents/guardians to assist with transport. All players and parents/guardians able to help with transport are asked to assemble at Father Tierney Park. We will be departing Ballyshannon at 10.00am. Games will be getting under way at 11am in Tír Chonaill Park.

Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh played host an excellent under 8 blitz on Saturday morning. Teams from Bundoran, Four Masters and Saint Naul's were in attendance with a high standard of football on display from all the young footballers. Many thanks to the Aodh Ruadh parents / guardians who once again excelled themselves with a great spread of food upstairs afterwards. Thanks also to our match officials Aidan Murray and Niall Murray who ensured the games were all played in a good spirit. The 25 young players who pulled on the Aodh Ruadh jersey on the day were: Killian Bradshaw, Barry Campbell, Eoin Cassidy, Tommy Clyne, Ronan Delahunty, Eoin Doogan, Liam Doogan, Stephen Doran, Cormac Finnegan, James Gallagher, Joshua Gallagher, Tom Holland, Donagh Kelly, Michael Keown, Hugh Óg Maguire, Jack McCadden, Cian McDonald, Ted O'Donnell, Garvey Meade, Tom Murphy, Conor O'Mahoney, Daire O'Mahoney, Cillian Slevin, Darragh Summerville and James Ward. We have some pictures from the blitz up on aodhruadh.org.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm.

Hurling
On Thursday last our under 16s travelled to Letterkenny to play Saint Eunan's. We were short a number of players due to holidays and injuries the game was played at 14-a-side. On a very hot evening it was hard on the lads with no subs, but they gave it their all. Goals were the difference in this game as the strong Saint Eunan's team were able to find the net easier and ran out convincing winners 9-8 to 3-9, credit to our 14 players who never let the heads drop and battled away to the end. This Thursday the under 16s are at home to Letterkenny while the under 12s make the trip to Setanta.

On Friday the annual game between Ulster under 16s and Galway under 15s took place at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis, Mayo. Aodh Ruadh were represented on the Ulster squad by Brendan Gillespie and Oisín Rooney. Unfortunately due to injury Brendan could play no part in the game. Oisín was the only the Donegal player to start on the Ulster A team and was one of only three players not from Antrim or Down to make the starting 15. He scored two goals as Ulster were very unlucky to lose a great game 2-19 to 2-18. It was a great experience for both lads to have been selected for the Ulster Squad and to have attended the Elite Camp in Jordanstown and three training sessions since. We have some shots of the lads up on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

The fourth all-county blitz for under 8s and under 10s took place in Convoy on Sunday, once again Aodh Ruadh had the largest number of players at this blitz as they had 26 under 8s and 16 under 10s. The under 8s entered 3 teams and they all played seven games with varying degrees of success, showing great improvement since the start of the season and more importantly all had lots of fun. The under 10s continued their rich vein of form as they won all of their six games. Many thanks to all the parents who drove the players to the blitz, your support is much appreciated.

The fourth annual Peter O'Keefe took place in Ballyshannon on Saturday 19th July. This year's tournament was organised by Ulster GAA assisted by Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee and without doubt it was the best tournament yet and a fitting tribute to the late Peter. Seven teams took part in Saturday's competition Sligo (holders), Mayo, Roscommon, Derry, Tyrone, Donegal and South Ulster - a combination team from Cavan, Monaghan and Fermanagh. Donegal played South Ulster in their opening game and had a convincing win, they lost their second game to a very physical Roscommon team. They played their best hurling of the day in their third game against Sligo they turned over a four point deficit at half time to run out convincing winners. The host county topped their group due to their superior scoring difference. That set up a final against a very impressive Derry team. Donegal matched Derry in the early exchanges before the fresher Derry team, who only played two group games, ran out convincing winners. There was some great hurling played throughout the day. After the hurling Peadar O'Keefe presented the Peter O'Keefe cup to the winning Derry captain. The tournament is now firmly established on the Ulster hurling calendar. The Ulster GAA Hurling Committee has plans to make it a bigger tournament in 2015. Aodh Ruadh were represented on the Donegal team by Oisín Rooney (captain) Brendan Gillespie and Kieran Daly with all three lads playing very well.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh senior ladies second leg intermediate championship tie against Ardara was postponed as mark of respect to the Malaniff family.

The under 12 girls wrapped up their year with a blitz in Killybegs. Well done girls on a promising season. Alicia Clyne, Chloe Connolly, Síofra Hughes, Laoise Kelly, Ciara Lynch, Caitlin McLaughlin, Ruth McNulty, Bridín Maguire, Danielle Masterson-Burrows and Leah O'Brien. We have some shots from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Fantasy race for Sam
Despite only two games at the weekend, we have a new leader this week in the form of Johnny Patton and his team, Yes Patsy. He has a total of 189 points. Hot on his heels is John Keon and his of team Lakeside Lads with 188 points with Last week's leader Barry Travers and his team, Still The Greatest Reserve, on 187 points. In fourth place this week is Philip Patton and his team, County Colours, on 184 while Pat Gruddy and his team, Mayo This Time, round out the top five on 183 points. High score of the week goes to Trevor O'Mahoney and his team, Coolsense. He scored 23 points this week. Cork-10, Galway-10, Martin-3. With only six points separating the top five places, it will ensure a competitive run to the end of the competition. As always the leader board is available every Tuesday on aodhruadh.org, as well as Ballybookies, The Bridgend Bar, Owen Roe's Bar and upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

Weddings bells
Best wishes to our senior hurling manager Kevin Loughlin who is marrying Charlene Curran this Saturday in Garrison.

Training field back in action
The training field at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh has now reopened for use following the completion of repair works.

Bingo
The July Big Bingo Jackpot was shared between Helen Lawne of Cluain Barron, and Ciaran Patton of Creevy, taking home €400 each. As Ballyshannon hosts the annual folk and traditional music festival, bingo this Friday will be held at Coláiste Cholmcille. First game at 9pm. Books priced at €10 for a full book, €5 for half book.

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