Club Notes Archive - 2017

Box. JULY
4 July

Football
Aodh Ruadh chalked up an impressive 0-6 to 1-9 away victory in one of the toughest venues in the county on Sunday as they got the better Termon on home turf. They laid down a marker early on with returnee Johnny Gethins hitting the opener five minutes in. Michael 'Sticky' Ward was instrumental as Aodh Ruadh eked out the scores in the first half, setting up Darren Drummond to point and then Damien Cleary to hit the net. Sticky Ward landed a point himself to make it 0-3 to 1-4 at the turnover. An early Philip Patton point ensured Ballyshannon took the initiative at the start of the new half. Termon hit two answering points, but a Peter Boyle free and points from Philip Patton and Sticky Ward saw the Ernesiders clinch a double scores victory. The seniors have no fixture for the coming weekend, but return to action the week following with a top of the table clash against Naomh Columba in Father Tierney Park.

Congratulations to Peter Boyle, Eamonn McGrath and the Donegal seniors on their All-Ireland qualifier win against Longford last Saturday and best of luck against Meath this coming weekend.

The under 16s lost out against Naomh Muire in the division 2 third place play-off on Friday evening. It was a rollercoaster of a game with the 15 Aodh Ruadh lads who travelled absolutely emptying the tank in Dunkineely. They got off to a bad start with the Annagry boys hitting 1-6 before Ballyshannon opened their account with a Mark McGlynn point after 11 minutes. Senan Rooney and Odhran McGarrigle registered before a quick-fire 1-2 from Shane Brady made it 1-5 to 1-7 20 minutes in. Naomh Muire answered with a goal and despite another 1-1 from Shane Brady it was 2-5 to 3-9 in favour of the Gaeltacht side at the turnover. The side refocused at half-time and got off to the perfect start when a Mark McGlynn point was followed by a typical assassin's finish from Frankie McGinley after some good work by Senan Rooney. A Shane Brady free was followed by more good work by McGinley who set up Brady for another well taken goal. A Mark McGlynn point after 42 minutes made it 4-10 to 3-11, but Naomh Muire hit a goal to go back front as the game moved into the final quarter. Aodh Ruadh refused to lie down though and Odhran McGarrigle levelled it again before a Shane Brady penalty made it 5-11 to 4-11 with 14 minutes left to play. However the game swung dramatically the way of Annagry as they hit three goals in three minutes to leave Aodh Ruadh with a mountain to climb and time running out. Shane Brady (2) and Senan Rooney added further points but Naomh Muire ran out 5-14 to 8-12 winners, the scoreline nowhere near an accurate reflection of the exchanges. Shane Brady had an exceptional day up front finishing with 4-6. Mark McGlynn capped an excellent outing with 0-4 while Senan Rooney and Odhran McGarrigle registered 0-2 apiece. Frankie McGinley didn't put a foot wrong up front either and was well worth his goal. In defence David and Eugene Doherty battled ferociously while Jake Foley also put in a great shift between the posts, making two brilliant stops.

The under 14s face Dungloe this Wednesday in the Southern Divisional league semi-final. The team will be leaving the park at 5.30pm, with throw-in at Dungloe at 7.30pm.

Ardara, finishing third in the table had home advantage in the under 12 Divisional Shield final against an Aodh Ruadh side who faced a huge struggle with only 12 players out of a panel of 34 available to play on the day. The shortage of players meant many lads were out of position with Aonghus Sweeny playing in goals for the first time and Killian Bradshaw and Caolan McCauley playing their first under 12 senior game. Aodh Ruadh settled in well getting three early points on the board and netting their first goal before Ardara got off the mark. Ardara got through for three goals in the first half which kept them in the game, but Aodh Ruadh managed 2-6 in the first 20 minutes and were three points up at half time. The second half was a huge battle and again Ardara's ability to get goals threatened to spoil the day for Aodh Ruadh. The referee played almost 29 minutes in the second half with the teams level 3-8 to 5-2 at the final whistle. Extra time was called and Aodh Ruadh, playing against a strong breeze in the first half of extra time, had a number of attempts fall short or go wide. At the turn around we were two points behind despite playing the better football. The assistance of the breeze in the final ten minutes was crucial and Aodh Ruadh's persistence and confidence grew as we notched up four points while Ardara failed to add to their tally. In the end 3-14 to 6-3 carried the day for the Ballyshannon boys and Captain Robbie Murphy was presented with the Shield by referee Declan O'Callaghan.
This was a game which saw the under 12 team mature in front of our eyes. Battle hardened from a number of tough games this season there was a resilience and hunger which proved the difference between this game and others where we had fallen away. Across the board we lifted our work rate and focused on positive football. Jack Gallagher stood out for his tireless work up front while Eoghan Kelly was the pick of the defenders on the day. Ardara were gracious in defeat and many thanks for providing all the players and supporters with tea and snacks afterwards.
The win sees us qualify for County Finals Day which will be held on Saturday 8th or 15th July. This year sees a new format for County Finals Day with the eight top teams in the county coming together for a monster blitz. This will be a great day for football and we are delighted and proud to have the opportunity to represent Aodh Ruadh at this event. Under 12 training continues Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5pm to 6.15pm.

The under 10s played Enniskillen Gaels and Erne Gaels on Saturday winning all their matches and playing some great football in the process. Later on the team travelled to take in the Donegal v Longford qualifier, with a great time being had by all. Under 10 training continues as usual on Monday and Friday. Next Wednesday 12th July we are travelling to Sligo to take part in a blitz at the Saint John's club. The following Saturday 15th July we will be hosting our annual Mick Shannon under 10 tournament with Ardara, Grange and Derrygonnelly all attending and bringing three teams.

The under 8s enjoyed a good competitive blitz on Monday evening against Saint Naul's and Naomh Conaill. The squad will train as usual on Friday at 6.15pm. We are planning a trip to Saint John's in Sligo on Wednesday 12th July. Management will have more details nearer the time.

Ladies
Our annual duck race for the underage girls football will take place this Friday at 6pm sharp. It will take place at McKenna's Brook, East Port. Could those who have yet to return their cards please come a little earlier around 5.30pm. Thanks for your support.

The under 16s host Grange for a challenge this Thursday at 7pm. All players to be at the park for 6pm. Under 16 training continues on Sundays at 7.30pm. Under 14 players ineligible for under 13 football are welcome to attend.

Under 10 and under 8 training continues in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Mondays from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh under 12s opened their league campaign on Thursday last in Father Tierney Park against Buncrana. The Inishowen lads ability to hit the net proved the difference as they ran out worthy winners on a 5-4 to 1-4 scoreline. They are away to Gaoth Dobhair this Thursday.

Our under 14s headed off to Loughrea bright and early on Saturday morning to take part in a tournament. They were in a group with three Galway teams; Sarsfield's, Killimordaly and Michael Cusack's. While they lost their three games they competed well in all games, playing some lovely hurling. Their final game was against New York who won the Division 1 Féile Peil na nÓg National Title the previous week. After a tough game against a physical and athletic squad the lads again came up short. The squad were shown great hospitality by the Loughrea club. After the games they headed to the home of the famous TJ Larkin, one of the finest hurley makers in Ireland. There they saw how hurls are made. All in all the lads had a great day and well done to Denis Daly and Daithi Breen who brought the lads on this great trip.

Training continues for all ages at 12 noon on Sunday.

Summer Camp
The 26th annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp started yesterday Monday, 3rd July and will continue until Friday, 14th July. There's loads to do with football, hurling, swimming, rounders, obstacle courses and plenty of other fun and games. 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 6 to 14 years-of-age. Apart from being great fun, the camp represents excellent value. The cost per week is €70 per child. Family concessions are as follows: €120 for two children; €170 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. You can download the registration form from aodhruadh.org.

Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative
Following on from its successful rollout in 2015-16, the GAA, Foróige and NUIG announce that the innovative Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative application process is now open to young GAA club members, male and female aged 15-18 years-old. Fully supported by the family of the late great Dermot Earley Sr, the lively and interactive initiative is designed to support the next generation of young GAA leaders in achieving their full potential and in doing so to make their mark in their clubs, their counties, and indeed their country. The initiative is a year long programme running over three modules between September 2017 and May 2018. It involves 30 hours of workshops designed to develop the leadership skills that Dermot epitomised on and off the field. 30 hours of self-directed learning is also required before the participants put their enhanced leadership skills into action through a club or community-based action project. There is a commitment required for the programme so please consider this before applying. There is a €40 registration fee to cover the costs of the participants 3 workbooks. Those who complete all three modules will have the opportunity to graduate from NUIG with a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action The workshops will take place in participants own county and will be facilitated by a trained tutors.All application forms should be accompanied by a nomination form. Marks are given for the nomination form. Your nominator can not be a relative or a family member. Closing date for receipt of applications is midnight Sunday 16th July. To apply for the programme please fill out the online application and nomination form at gaa.ie.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The June Big bingo jackpot of €800 was won by Noelle Gillen of Ballyshannon. Karen Gallagher claimed the stand-up prize of €185. There was no winner of the snowball, so it rolls up to €250 on 46 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm, books priced just €10.

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Aodh Ruadh return to league action this Sunday with a top of the table clash against Naomh Columba in Father Tierney Park. The reserves throw in at 1.30pm followed by the senior at 3pm. Come along for what is sure to be a entertaining and high quality encounter.Congratulations to Peter Boyle, Eamonn McGrath and the Donegal seniors on their All-Ireland qualifier win against Meath last Saturday and best of luck against Galway the next day out, Saturday 22nd July in Sligo's Markievicz Park at 7pm.

Best of luck also to Donegal Masters manager Val Murray as well as his Aodh Ruadh playing recruits Michael 'Sticky' Ward, Packie McGrath and Kerry Ryan when they take on the combined forces of Longford and Leitrim in the All-Ireland Masters Championship at 8pm on Wednesday in Ballinamore.

The under 16 squad will have a fitness test in Páirc Aodh Ruadh followed by a meeting in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh this Wednesday. All players to be on the pitch for the fitness test at 7pm.

It was a week to remember for the Aodh Ruadh under 14s. Last Wednesday saw them making the long trip to Dungloe where they came out on top after a frenetic shoot-out 5-14 to 6-14 in the Southern Division 1 semi-final. That set up a final clash in Ardara with their regular sparring partners, Four Masters, on Friday evening. The Donegal Town men had got the better of the Ernesiders twice already this season. However there was no dispute about the worthy winner on the night with Aodh Ruadh quickly assuming a grip which they maintained throughout most of the game. Defending from both sides was magnificent in a low-scoring first half, with the sides going in at Aodh Ruadh 0-6 Four Masters 0-2. It was only when Aodh Ruadh's attacking division turned up the heat in the second half that Ballyshannon could feel in any way comfortable against this dangerous Donegal side. It was a real team performance from Gerald McGloin's men to take the silverware on the night. Despite not scoring, Jake Foley was one of the most instrumental Aodh Ruadh attackers, while Cian Rooney played a captain's role for the Ernesiders. Aaron Neilan performed with the control and composure of a player beyond his years, while the half back line of Ryan Keenaghan, Kyle Murray and Calum Doherty Craig were also outstanding. There is an extended match report up on aodhruadh.org. The under 14s now have a county quarter-final against Saint Eunan's this Friday in Father Tierney Park at 7pm. All support once again very welcome for this important game.

The under 12s will be taking part in a County Finals Day extravaganza this Saturday 15th July in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey. This year sees a new format for County Finals Day with the eight top teams in the county coming together for a monster blitz. There are two sections with section A featuring Glenswilly, Malin, Four Master and MacCumhaill's. Aodh Ruadh are in section B with Saint Eunan's, Muff and Naomh Conaill. Games are 10 minutes a half and the Ballyshannon lads first game throws-in at 11am against Saint Eunan's. All players are to be down in MacCumhaill Park for 10.15am, Under 12 training as usual on Wednesday from 5pm to 6.15pm, with no Friday session this week.

The under 10s are travelling to take on Saint John's of Sligo this Wednesday evening. The squad meeting at Father Tierney Park at 5.30pm. There will be no u10 training Friday evening. This Saturday 15th July will see the annual Mick Shannon tournament taking centre stage. All players are to be in dressing rooms at 10am sharp. Parents / guardians are asked to please bring loaf of sandwiches, buns, biscuits, or similar to help with refreshments on the day. It would be great if some parents could help out behind the hatch upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on the day too.

Under 8 training continues as usual on Friday 14th July at 6.15pm. Our under 8's are going to Killybegs on Saturday 15th July. All players are to be at the Killybegs pitch for 10.30am as the first games throw in at 11am. The pitch is about 2km on the left on the road out of Killybegs towards Kilcar. As well as Aodh Ruadh and Killybegs, teams from Naomh Bríd and Naomh Ultan will also be taking part.

Ladies
Realt Ruadh got their championship off to the perfect start with a 3-16 to 1-1 victory over Gaoth Dobhair. They followed up that display with an almost as energetic performance at the presentation of their 2016 league medals in Seán Ógs!

The under 16s had a useful challenge against Grange last Thursday with Dearbhla McGuckin, Eilish Gallagher, and Aisling Gallagher all putting in impressive performances, with Katherine McClay also doing well, albeit for the wrong side! Many thanks to Val Murray for reffing. This Thursday the team get their league campaign underway when they entertain Saint Eunan's in Father Tierney Park at 7pm. All players are to be up at the park for 6pm. The girls have worked very hard in preparation for this league campaign and it would be good to see a big showing of support up to get behind the team for this opening game. Under 16 training continues on Sunday at 7.30pm.

An under 8 and under 10 blitz will take place in the park next Monday 17th July from 6.30pm. Ardara, Kinlough and Saint Mary's, Sligo will be in attendance. As we have always been treated so well at away blitzes, we ask parents to help out on the night with refreshments for the children in the club house. If each family could supply some sandwiches, biscuits, buns or similar it would be greatly appreciated.

Hurling
The under 12s made the long trip to Dungloe and suffered a narrow defeat to Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair on a 4-1 to 2-4 scoreline. They are away to Saint Eunan's this Thursday.

The under 16s are due to open their league campaign this Thursday at home to Dungloe. Throw-in is at 8.30 pm.

Training continues for all ages at 12 noon on Sunday.

Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative
Following on from its successful rollout in 2015-16, the GAA, Foróige and NUIG announce that the innovative Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative application process is now open to young GAA club members, male and female aged 15-18 years-old. Fully supported by the family of the late great Dermot Earley Sr, the lively and interactive initiative is designed to support the next generation of young GAA leaders in achieving their full potential and in doing so to make their mark in their clubs, their counties, and indeed their country. The initiative is a year long programme running over three modules between September 2017 and May 2018. It involves 30 hours of workshops designed to develop the leadership skills that Dermot epitomised on and off the field. 30 hours of self-directed learning is also required before the participants put their enhanced leadership skills into action through a club or community-based action project. There is a commitment required for the programme so please consider this before applying. There is a €40 registration fee to cover the costs of the participants 3 workbooks. Those who complete all three modules will have the opportunity to graduate from NUIG with a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action The workshops will take place in participants own county and will be facilitated by a trained tutors.All application forms should be accompanied by a nomination form. Marks are given for the nomination form. Your nominator can not be a relative or a family member. Closing date for receipt of applications is midnight Sunday 16th July. To apply for the programme please fill out the online application and nomination form at gaa.ie.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's jackpot prize of €400 went to Ballintra. The stand-up prize of €150 was shared between Bridget McDermott and Molly Kerrigan. There was no winner of the snowball so it rolls up to €275 on 46 numbers or less. Bingo as usual on Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre with a €2,000 prize fund, books priced only €10.

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