Club Notes Archive - 2018

Box. SEPTEMBER
4 September

Football
Aodh Ruadh concluded their league programme with a 1-11 to 0-13 away defeat to Naomh Conaill. The club returns to Division 2 next year, but this is a young, talented team and 2018 will have given the players a lot of useful experience. We know what Division 1 football requires now, and know that we are a match for most teams in Division. Hopefully it won't be too long before we are back plying our trade in the top flight.

The Aodh Ruadh reserves clash with Naomh Conaill was postponed.

Focus now switches to the Intermediate Championship with the opening game of Group B against Naomh Muire at the Banks on Saturday at 6.30pm. That is preceded by the reserve championship game between Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Muire at 5pm.

An 8-8 to 0-8 victory over Muff in Convoy last Friday saw Aodh Ruadh under 14s book their place in the county semi-final on Monday evening against MacCumhaill's. After losing to the Ballybofey lads at the last four times of asking, Ballyshannon finally got the monkey off their back with a four point win as they secured a magnificent 4-6 to 1-11 victory. There was a massive and vocal travelling support and they were given plenty to shout about with blocks from Aaron Neilan, Séimí Campbell and Darragh Flood Dolan showing just how committed to the cause the Aodh Ruadh men were. Goals by Danny Breen Brosnan, Robbie Murphy, Damian Weber and Aaron Neilan helped propel Ballyshannon to victory. The first goal came when Aaron Neilan ran the pitch before laying off to Danny Breen Brosnan to finish. The Ernesiders kept the hosts scoreless in the first quarter, but the game was still evenly poised at 1-5 to 0-5 at the half-time break. Dogged determination, solid defence, hunger and a positive attitude over the second half ensured Aodh Ruadh booked their place in the county final with a great all-round team performance. Aodh Ruadh will now face Dungloe / Na Rossa in the county final this Friday. Keep an eye on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page for fixture details. We wish the team and management all the very best in the decider.

The under 11s travelled to Cavan last Saturday to take part in a tournament hosted by the Gowna club. Ballyshannon impressed as they won all four of their group games. In a hard fought quarter-final the Donegal lads came up two points short of an Mullahoran side who went on to win the competition outright. The Aodh Ruadh team who represented the club with pride down in Breffni was Dara McGloin, Dara O'Mahoney, Ben Daly, Barry Campbell, Liam Doogan, Corey Sheridan, Gareth Brennan, Ted O'Donnell, Garvey Meade, Sean O'Neill, Oran Gillespie, Joe Gibbions, Tyler Connolly, Donagh Kelly, Patrick Reynolds and Alan Vaughan. The team are playing the under 13 girls this Tuesday in a challenge game, players to be up at the park for 6pm.

Under 10 training continues on Mondays and Fridays at 7.15pm. The team are away to Ardara this Saturday for a big blitz. Further details on this tournament will supplied to parents / guardians and players over the course of the week.

Saturday saw the Ballyshannon playing host to an well-attended under 8 blitz. The senior team earned a hard-fought draw against Glenswilly in the group stages and lost by one point to Four Masters in semi-final. Aodh Ruadh's quality was shown by the fact that Glenswilly went on to win the senior competition outright. Aodh Ruadh's intermediate under 8s reached the cup semi-final, while the juniors lost out to Four Masters in the cup final. The tournament showed we are close to the top teams in all sections, with Aodh Ruadh qualifying for the cup rather than the plate competitions at all grades.

Ladies
The minors have a challenge match against Bundoran this Thursday at 6pm in Gaelic Park, Bundoran. This will be followed by the first match of the league campaign on Saturday. This will be in Father Tierney Park at 11am against Saint Eunan's. A big showing of local support would be much appreciated. Minor training continues on Mondays at 7pm.

The under 13 girls had a busy week. They made the trip to Derrygonnelly on Tuesday for a challenge match against a physically strong under 14 side. In appalling weather conditions the girls gave a fine account of themselves and put in a tremendous effort with everyone contributing to a great contest. In particular the defence put in a big shift with Cara Davitt and Kelly Irwin standing strong against a powerful Derrygonnelly forward line. Niamh McGloin was fearless and was a constant threat to the opposition. Eve Flood worked tirelessly and Catherine Browne made a number of fine runs up the wing. All-in-all it was an encouraging performance from a team who have only been playing together for a few weeks.
The team had their first league game on Friday away to local rivals Bundoran. After a very entertaining game the Ballyshannon girls left Bundoran empty handed following a tightly contested match against a well drilled Realt na Mara side. Aodh Ruadh started brightest and maintained strong pressure on throughout the first 30 minutes. Some fine play from Megan Kane and Lauren Foy helped put the Ballyshannon side in front by 1-3 to 0-1 at the break. The tide turned at the beginning of the second half and within the space of 10 minutes, Bundoran had hit two goals and tagged on a few points to take the lead. Despite a gallant effort from the Ballyshannon girls, the home side retreated and played a very defensive game and continued to maintain their advantage to the end. Despite repeated runs forward by the impressive midfield pairing of Jodie Meade and Cameron Gallagher, Aodh Ruadh were unable to capitalise on the healthy share possession they enjoyed and lost out on the night. Fódhla Sheerin was super in defence acting as a sweeper and making several important interceptions, Annie Keon was powerful and worked relentlessly from start to finish. Sadly their tenacity was not rewarded with a win on this occasion, but this young team have shown great ability and potential and no doubt have much more to give. A special thanks to the parents and family for driving girls to the games and for their continued support at training and matches. It is much appreciated. The girls are back in on Tuesday when they will take on the under 11 boys in a challenge match at 6.30pm in the park. Players are to be up at changing rooms for 5.50pm.

The ladies county board have sent each club five cards to sell. There are 30 lines in each card with each line €5. The seller who sells a card will automatically get a county ladies jersey and those buying the lines will, when card is full be in a draw for a county ladies jersey, so each card will have two ladies jerseys up for grabs. Please contact Patricia Hill if you wish to buy a line or sell a card.

Hurling
The under 16s had a busy couple of days last week, taking on the top two teams in the league. First up on Tuesday was a meeting with Saint Eunan's. We got off to a great start and led by four points early on. Unfortunately as the game wore on our work rate and discipline was diminished. Saint Eunan's were quick to punish mistakes and their ability to hit the net proved the difference as they ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 7-9 to 2-10.
On Thursday the under 16s put in a much improved effort against table toppers Setanta. Discipline, work rate and attitude was much better, resulting in a spirited performance. Despite losing out 3-15 to 3-6 there were a lot of positives to be taken from the game. We finished third in the league so now play Buncrana in the A Shield Final. Fixture details will be circulated during the week.

Well done to our representatives at the county under 12 skills competition in Convoy on Thursday, Hugh Óg Maguire, Killian Bradshaw, Tommy Clyne, Corey Sheridan and Gareth Brennan. The lads all did very well, and while they didn't win any prizes, it was a great experience for the boys and they thoroughly enjoyed the competition.

The county senior hurling final took place in Letterkenny on Saturday between Setanta and Burt. Unfortunately Aodh Ruadh haven't been in a senior hurling final since 1989, but we were delighted to have two representatives, Callum Tierney and Johnny Lin, taking part in the half-time mini games.

Training for all age groups on Sunday at 12 noon. All are welcome from 5 years upwards. For any information contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

Lip Sync Battle
A date for your diaries as the club teams up with Ballyshannon Musical Society for a major fund-raiser this autumn. Friday 12th October sees Aodh Ruadh and the Musical Society join forces to stage a Lip Sync Battle in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran. On the night performers will be doing their best to wow the judges and audience with their moves as they bid to be crowned Lip Sync champions. Anyone interested in taking part and strutting their stuff can contact Lisa McTernan on 086-2338636. We already have two event sponsors lined up, but we have space for another three sponsors, so contact Catherine McKee on 086-3912941 if you would like to be part of what is sure to be a night of riotous fun and craic. Tickets out soon priced €12 or €10 on concession.

New recruits
Congratulations to Gerard and Sarah Ferguson on their new arrival, Nessa. Well done also to James O'Donnell and Linda Lawne on their new addition, Oscar.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last Friday was the August Big Bingo at the Abbey Centre with €2,800 paid out on the night. Congratulations goes to Mena McGrath of Pettigo who won the €1,000 super jackpot. The stand-up game prize of €170 was won by Ann McMenamin. Other big house winners on the night included Finbar Torney, Sheila Killalea, Mary Donagher, Agnes Ryder and Denis Sheerin. The new snowball survived its first week so increases to €225 next week. Bingo will be held as usual this Friday night at 9pm at the Abbey Centre, books priced just €10 with nearly €2,000 in the prize fund.

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11 September

Football
Aodh Ruadh got their intermediate championship bid off to the ideal start with a 1-9 to 0-10 away win over Naomh Muire. Conditions were difficult down at the Banks with wet weather making handling and shooting difficult. Ballyshannon were the more economical side in front of the posts and did much of the heavy lifting in the first half. Shane McGrath played a big role in the game, getting the all-important first half goal after being set up thanks to good work from Nathan Boyle and Niall Murray. Points from Nathan Boyle, Darren Drummond and David McGurrin helped the Ernesiders into a 1-5 to 0-6 half-time lead. While McGurrin hit the first point of the new half the homesters were to dominate possession. Now it was time for Ballyshannon's defence to show their grit with Damien Cleary, Eamonn McGrath and Darren Drummond outstanding with Peter Boyle pulling off a series of top drawer stops. At the death points from David McGurrin and Shane McGrath saw Aodh Ruadh to a hard-earned opening win in Group B of the intermediate championship. The team was as follows. Peter Boyle; Callum O'Halloran, Damien Cleary, Eddie Lynch; Johnny Gethins, Darren Drummond 0-1, Eamonn McGrath; Conor Patton, Oisin Rooney; Darren Gethins, Shane McGrath (1-1), David McGurrin (0-5, 1f); Nathan Boyle (0-1, 45), Diarmaid McInerney (0-1f), Niall Murray. Subs: Sean Taylor for Murray 39m; David Dolan for McInerney 48m; Johnny Gallagher for Lynch 50m; Michael Ward for O'Halloran 51m.

The reserves had a comfortable win on the road at Annagry, winning their championship opener 1-11 to 0-5. The hard work was done in the first half as the visitors lead 1-5 to 0-2 at the break. Points from Cian Dolan, Kerry Ryan and Paddy Gillespie had Aodh Ruadh in front early on and leading 0-3 to 0-2 after 10 minutes. A strong run and clever ball from Paddy Gillespie cut open the defence for Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin to slot home for the only goal of the game on 17 minutes. Further points from Waddle and Gillespie saw the teams in at the break with Ballyshannon holding a six point cushion. The second half continued much like the first, with Waddle Coughlin, Daniel Kelly and Gillespie again pointing before the hosts managed their third point of the game. Cian Dolan and Waddle Coughlin concluded the scoring for an Aodh Ruadh side which never really looked troubled.

Both sides will now be hoping to back up those victories when Gaeil Fhánada are the guests in Father Tierney Park this Saturday. The senior game throws-in at 6.30pm and is preceded by the reserve match at 5pm. We are accustomed to going to rival grounds and seeing enthusiastic and vocal support for the home teams. It would be great to see a big showing of Ballyshannon support making their way to the Rock on Saturday to get behind both sides as they seek to take the next step towards bringing intermediate honours back to the town.

It wasn't to be for the under 14s in their county final last Friday as a hungrier Dungloe / Na Rossa side took the county title. The opening stages were evenly fought with points from Robbie Murphy (2), Damian Weber and a superbly struck Aaron Neilan 45 taking Aodh Ruadh into 0-4 to 0-3 lead early on. However Dungloe / Na Rossa first levelled and then hit the game's first goal, after a brilliant save by Aaron Cullen to make it 1-4 to 0-4. From that point on Aodh Ruadh struggled to get to grips with their opponents who steadily increased their cushion on the score board. Ballyshannon, by contrast struggled to get fluency in their game. A brace from Danny Breen Brosnan was all the Ernesiders could muster in the run up to half-time, by which stage Dungloe / Na Rossa had pressed on to take a 2-8 to 0-6 advantage at the break. Aodh Ruadh weren't out of the reckoning by any means though and shortly into the new half good work from Shane Delahunty and Aaron Neilan released Robbie Murphy to hit the net. Aodh Ruadh's spirits were also raised by a spectacular save from captain Aaron Cullen in those opening stages. Ryan Daly was then fouled for a penalty, Dungloe / Na Rossa's physical approach to matters being something of a feature in this game. However the chance went unconverted and the Gaeltacht men seemed to take heart from the let off. Aodh Ruadh had points from Danny Breen Brosnan (2) and an excellent individual effort from Jack Gallagher which had to be deflected over for a point. However Dungloe / Na Rossa's scores were coming with greater ease and regularity and despite a well struck, defiant final point from Ryan Keenaghan, it was the team in red which took the county title. A hard blow to take for an Aodh Ruadh side which showed so much heart and conviction to reach the county decider and which experienced final heartache at this Donegal town venue previously. On the night the ever-reliable Aaron Neilan gave everything he had, and his discipline despite being the target of some very borderline challenges was a lesson older heads could observe and heed. Between the posts Aaron Cullen showed once again why he is one of the top rated shot-stoppers in the county at this grade. Darragh Flood Dolan outfielded his more robustly built opponent time after time and showed huge appetite for the battle as did Séimí Campbell. Shane Delahunty never wavered in the cause while up front Robbie Murphy made the most of the limited possession that came his way. Wing forward Jack Gallagher was another who stood up and was counted in a tough fought match. Fair play also to Aonghus Sweeny and Ryan Daly who both made a good contributions on their introduction. On a closing note it was great to see the big Ballyshannon crowd there to get behind the lads. On the basis of this display, it is a question of when, not if they will claim major county silverware. Full credit also to the team and management for all their hard work across the course of a busy season.

For many of the under 14s attention rapidly turned to the under 13 league with the first game of the programme taking place against Ardara on Monday evening in Father Tierney Park. The homesters played well and ran out 2-10 to 1-10 winners. Their next outing is on Friday when Aodh Ruadh travel to Glenties to take on Naomh Conaill at 6.30pm.

Under 11 training continues on Thursday from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

The under 10s travelled to Ardara last Saturday for a blitz in Pearse Memorial Park. Our 2008 lads where in a tough group with Kilcar and Naomh Conaill. The Glenties side in particular were very strong. Finishing bottom of the group we when into the plate final against Dungloe. Dungloe were much better in first half, but we dug deep in the second half to draw the game at full-time. In extra time Ballyshannon really pushed hard to win the game by a point. Captain Fionn Hartin accepted the plate on behalf of the team. The 2009 boys played Naomh Conaill and Kilcar in the group stages. They won both games by a decent margin, finishing top of the group. This put the team through to the cup final against Four Masters. With a strong wind in their backs the Donegal town lads amassed a four point lead by half time. In the second half Aodh Ruadh matched Four Masters score for score, however the boys in Blue held on to win by three points. All in all it was a great performance by the boys over the three games and they can be really proud of themselves. Joint captains on the day of the 2009 team were Conor Greenan and Shaun McGarrigle. The under 10 team and management would like to extend their condolences to Andy Brennan on his father's sad passing. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal. Under 10 training continues on Friday at 7pm. The next under 10 blitz is down for Donegal Town on Saturday, September 22nd.

Under 8 training continues on Wednesdays from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh minors had their opening game of the season on Saturday morning against Saint Eunan's in Father Tierney Park. Both sides were fairly rusty in the first half, but the Letterkenny girls just about had the better of things to go in leading by 1-3 to 2-6. It took Aodh Ruadh 11 minutes to get off the mark with the tireless Eilish Gallagher sending over a nice point. Seven minutes later a good break by Andrea McGlynn created an opening in the Eunan's defence. The ball came across the face of goal to Aisling Gallagher who bundled home what could well be a career-first goal! A coolly struck free from Caoimhe Keon and a trademark Cáit Gillespie effort ensured there was little to separate the sides at the break. Despite creating some good early chances, Aodh Ruadh were again slow out of the blocks in the second half. The Ernesiders first score of the second period was again created by hard running from Andrea McGlynn who was unceremoniously hauled down for a penalty. A crisp strike from Caitlin McGarrigle dispatched the ball to the net. A free from Cáit Gillespie was Aodh Ruadh's only other score of the half. Despite a great deal of good defending from Aodh Ruadh the visitors ran out comfortable winners. The team's next game is against Termon in a few weeks time.

The under 13s entertained Ardara in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh for their second game of the league. The opposition were strong and physically very tall, but Aodh Ruadh battled manfully in wet conditions. Lauren Foy hit the net with a great strike and the tireless Annie Keon finished with two points to her credit. Along with Annie, Cameron Gallagher got through a lot of work in the middle third. Mollie Travers was in goals and did a super job with a number of great saves and great distance in her kick outs. Everyone in defence, especially in second half, played brilliantly. Special mention to Orlaith O'Neill who was in great form and showed courage in tackle after tackle. The team in general worked really hard and are improving with every game. Thanks to parents for refreshments and a special thanks to those who helped out in Aras after the game. The team are back out again on Wednesday evening with a challenge match against Naomh Bríd / Pettigo. Players are to be at park at 6.15pm with the match at 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Our next league game is scheduled to take place in Father Tierney on Friday at 6.30pm. Arrangements will be confirmed later in the week.

Hurling
The under 16s played Buncrana in the A league shield final in Father Tierney Park on Sunday. A strong crossfield breeze ensured it was a game of two halves. Aodh Ruadh lost the toss but they were determined that was all they were going to lose on the day. Buncrana opened the scoring with an early point followed up with a goal. Aodh Ruadh had plenty of possession, but were unable to turn it into scores. While they made plenty of mistakes in the first half their work rate was very good. Unfortunately Buncrana struck for a goal just before half time giving them a half-time lead of 2-4 to 0-3. Buncrana, as is typical of them, were full of commitment and fought for every ball and were determined to make the long trip back to Innishowen with the title. The second half saw some great hurling from both sides. There was some ferocious tackling, hooking and blocking. Both sides had great respect for each other and the large crowd were treated to a great battle. Aodh Ruadh got the margin back to two points, but again Buncrana struck for a goal to put the margin back out to five points. Our lads showed great character and tremendous heart for the last 15 minutes and every one of the 16 boys played their part in a great victory. At the end of a very exciting game between two very committed sides the score read Aodh Ruadh 5-10 Buncrana 5-4. A delighted Aodh Ruadh captain Senan Rooney accepted the trophy from club Secretary Lisa McTernan. The lads have worked hard this year with small numbers and it was great to see them getting their reward on Sunday. The large vocal home support played their part in this victory and their contribution was much appreciated by the lads. Next up for the under 16s is a difficult trip to Burt for the championship semi-final on Thursday, 20th September.

Training for all age groups on Sunday at 12 noon. All are welcome from 5 years upwards. For any information contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

Lip Sync Battle
A date for your diaries as the club teams up with Ballyshannon Musical Society for a major fund-raiser this autumn. Friday 12th October sees Aodh Ruadh and the Musical Society join forces to stage a Lip Sync Battle in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran. On the night performers will be doing their best to wow the judges and audience with their moves as they bid to be crowned Lip Sync champions. Anyone interested in taking part and strutting their stuff can contact Lisa McTernan on 086-2338636. We already have two event sponsors lined up, but we have space for another three sponsors, so contact Catherine McKee on 086-3912941 if you would like to be part of what is sure to be a night of riotous fun and craic. Tickets out soon priced €12 or €10 on concession.

Interested in sports coaching?
Following the success of previous programmes, Donegal Sports Partnership's new Community Coaching Programme will commence on Monday September 17th in conjunction with Creevy Experience - Donegal Fun Adventures and will be based at Creevy, Ballyshannon. The course will run on Mondays from 10am to 4pm and Tuesdays from 10am to 1.30pm for 12 weeks. A combination of modules, both theory and practical, will be offered. These will include communication and social media training, first aid for sport, sports leadership, sports inclusion training, safeguarding, paddle sport skills, coaching children modules, athletics leader, working with specific target groups and other NGB accredited sport specific modules. Those interested can apply online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ccpcreevy.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was shared by Breege Gormley of Belleek and Fionnuala Mulgrew of Grange. The stand up game prize of €140 was shared by two winners. The snowball had no winner so rolls to €250 next week. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books cost just €10 with almost €2,000 in prizes up for grabs.

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18 September

Football
Aodh Ruadh eased to an unexpectedly comfortable 5-12 to 0-7 championship win over Gaeil Fhánada in Father Tierney Park on Saturday evening. Fanad were down a few key operators, but Aodh Ruadh were full value for their second successive win of the group stages. Ballyshannon were quick off the mark, a Nathan Boyle point quickly followed by a palmed goal from David Dolan. Aodh Ruadh continued to dominate, but massed Fanad defence made scores hard come by and it was 1-6 to 0-2 at the turn around. James O'Donnell's men found the key for the lock in the second half and three quick-fire goals from Nathan Boyle, David Dolan and Johnny Gethins effectively put the game to bed with 20 minutes left to play at 3-8 to 0-3. The highlight of the closing stages was the return to the fray of Michael 'Sticky' Ward from the bench as he sent over a late point. Team and scorers were as follows. Peter Boyle; Jason Granaghan, Damien Cleary, Michael Ward; Darren Gethins, Darren Drummond, Eddie Lynch; Conor Patton (0-2), Eamonn McGrath (0-2); Johnny Gethins (1-0), Shane McGrath (0-1), David( McGurrin 0-1f); Nathan Boyle (1-2), David Dolan (3-3), Niall Murray. Subs: Colm Kelly and Johnny Gallagher for Lynch and Ward 35m; Oisin Rooney for Murray 38m; Sean Taylor for D Gethins 39m; Diarmaid McInerney for McGurrin 45m; Michael 'Sticky' Ward (0-1) for S McGrath 54m.

The Aodh Ruadh reserves also had a convincing win in their second match of the championship, winning out on a scoreline of 2-15 to 1-4. It was an even enough contest for most of the first half as both sides spurned good scoring chances, Aodh Ruadh being just slightly more economical. Dylan Gallagher pointed just seconds into the game before Fanad levelled. A free and a point from Gallagher and one from Paddy Gillespie stretched Aodh Ruadh ahead on 10 minutes. Fanad replied with three points with Cian Dolan responding to leave the game at 0-5 to 0-4 after 23 minutes. Dylan Gallagher was running riot and made an excellent solo run to finish for the game's first goal. An Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin point saw the home side in at the break leading 1-6 to 0-4. Paddy Gillespie got the score of the match shortly after the restart with a 35m effort off the outside of the boot, but Fanad were still plugging away and managed a goal from their full forward six minutes into the half. That however was to be their final score, as Aodh Ruadh started to dominate across the pitch and made use of a very strong bench. Another from Coughlin and a Dermot Slevin free made it a five point game at 1-9 to 1-4. The contest was ended when Kerry Ryan palmed in for a green flag, after Dan Warnock collected his own rebound off the upright to play the ball across to the unmarked Ryan. Two more each from Dylan Gallagher, Daniel Kelly and Cian Dolan sealed the win for the home side and secured safe passage to the quarter-finals. An assured performance overall, with a healthy blend of experience through the spine and youth on the wings. Dan Warnock and Conal Sweeny offered great running support from the back, Paddy Gillespie worked tirelessly for the 60 minutes as did Ryan McKenna until he was replaced. Hats off to Dylan Gallagher for a man of the match display ending the day with 1-5. The team were as follows. Karl O'Brien; Dan Warnock, Packie McGrath, Conal Sweeney; Paddy Gillespie (0-2), Martin Gallagher, Ryan O'Brien; Kerry Ryan (1-0), Cian Dolan (0-3); Mickey McNeely, Dermot Slevin (0-1f), Ryan McKenna; Dylan Gallagher (1-5), Anthony Coughlin (0-2), Christopher Goan. Subs: Daniel Kelly (0-2) for McNeely, Michael McKenna for Ryan McKenna, Ryan Granaghan for Anthony Coughlin, Phillip McLoone for Christopher Goan, David Finnerty, David McLoone, Raymie Granaghan, Aidan Murray.

While our seniors and reserves have both enjoyed straight wins in their championship group stage outings so far, progression to the knock-out stages is not yet fully assured for the seniors. That makes a positive result this Sunday essential. Once again Ballyshannon enjoy home comforts, and this time the guests are Na Dúnaibh. The senior game throws-in at 3pm and is preceded by the reserve match at 1.30pm. Again we would love to have another big local crowd up at Father Tierney Park to get behind both our teams.

Aodh Ruadh under 13s recorded a good away win in Glenties last Friday, defeating Naomh Conaill 2-10 to 1-6. The victory sees Ballyshannon join Four Masters with full points at the top of the table as early pace-setters after two games. Aodh Ruadh's next outing is another trip, this time away to Dungloe on Wednesday, 26th September.

Under 11 and under 12 training continues on Monday from 6.15pm to 7.15pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruadh. Aodh Ruadh will be hosting an under 11 blitz on Saturday 29th September.

Under 10 training continues on Monday at 6.15pm.

Under 8 training continues on Wednesdays from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh minors had a useful run out against Saint Naul's on Monday evening, doing well despite being down a number of players. The team's next game is against Termon in a few weeks time.

An under 14 sevens team travelled to take part in the Kilmacud competition at the weekend. They lost their first game to an excellent Westport side, but wins over Tinahely and Ballinascreen put the Donegal girls in to the Cup competition. They met Adamstown in the knock out stages, but after an evenly fought first half, the Wexford side went on to win well in the end. The players represented the club and county with pride and the parents provided plenty of enthusiastic support. Thanks to Paul Gillespie and Sylvester Maguire for organising what was a memorable outing for the team.

The under 13 girls have continued to attend training in big numbers. The team recently had two challenge matches and a league game. They played Ardara on Sunday evening and Ballintra on Wednesday and put in two super team performances. On Friday evening they played Naomh Columba and were disappointed to lose by a few points after a very committed performance. It was definitely the game of two halves. Aodh Ruadh went in 3-6 to 2-2 at half time, but Glen had a strong breeze in the second half and they used it effectively and ran out winners in the end by four points, 5-16 to 7-6, in what was a very entertaining match. Mollie Travers in nets, and Orlaith Gallagher, Fódhla Sheerin, Annie Keon and Ava Doherty were great in defence. Cameron Gallagher and Lauren Foy worked tirelessly in midfield, and up front Dairín Sweeney and Niamh Irwin had their best games. Megan Kane and Cara Davitt also worked hard. Training continues this week in preparation for an away match with Convoy in a few weeks. As usual thanks to parents / guardians for their support at the games, in providing refreshments and to the ladies who worked in Aras after the matches.

The ladies committee will be inviting potential managers to put their names forward in October to take on teams for the 2019 season. In doing so we hope to ensure managers and mentors will have the necessary qualifications and courses completed before they commence training next year. Management and mentoring is a exciting and rewarding way to get involved in the community so if that appeals to you, why not give it some thought over the next few weeks?

Hurling
The under 16s travel to the ancestral home of Donegal hurling, Burt, this Thursday to take on the Inishowen lads in the A championship semi-final. It promises to be a tough battle, but hopefully the lads will perform on the night and make the final.

The Aodh Ó Dálaigh under 12 tournament takes place this Sunday. This tournament is in existence since 1982 to remember the late Hugh Daly and acknowledge the contribution he made to the GAA in Aodh Ruadh, Donegal and further afield. The following teams have committed to taking part in this year's competition, Abbeyknockmoy (Galway), Claremorris (Mayo), Saint Eunan's (Donegal), Keady (Armagh), Ballycastle (Antrim) and Aodh Ruadh. The action gets underway at 10.30 am and should make for great viewing.

Lip Sync Battle
The acts are coming together and the rehearsals are starting in earnest. As you can see from some of the trails on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page, it's all sizing up as a night not to be missed. As you know, Aodh Ruadh and Ballyshannon Musical Society are joining forces to stage a Lip Sync Battle in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran on Friday 12th October. On the night performers will be doing their best to wow the judges and audience with their moves as they bid to be crowned Lip Sync champions. Anyone still interested in taking part and strutting their stuff can contact Lisa McTernan on 086-2338636. We have nearly completed our line up event sponsors, but we have an opening or to remaining, so contact Catherine McKee on 086-3912941 if you would like to be part of what is sure to be a night of riotous fun and craic. Tickets out soon priced €12 or €10 on concession.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 Jackpot went three ways between Ballyshannon and Donegal Town. Mary McGonigle of Ballyshannon won the stand up game for €150. Winners of €100 houses included Joe Smyth, Jean Murray, Gerry Quigley and Kevin O'Connor. The snowball survived so it rolls onto €275 this week on 44 numbers. Bingo as usual this Friday night at the Abbey Centre, with €2,000 in prizes to be won. Books priced just €10, first game at 9pm.

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25 September

Football
Aodh Ruadh enjoyed a facile 3-24 to 0-2 victory over Na Dúnaibh in the last of the IFC group games on Sunday. Backed by the breeze, Aodh Ruadh had it all their own way in the first half, going in at the interval leading by 0-13 to no score. Despite turning to face the elements it continued much the same in the second half, the visitors only registering their first score with 49 minutes on the clock. The Ballyshannon team and scorers were as follows: Peter Boyle (0-1 f); Jason Granaghan, Damien Cleary, Johnny Gallagher; Johnny Gethins (0-1), Darren Drummond, Colm Kelly (0-1); Conor Patton, Eamonn McGrath; Oisin Rooney, Shane McGrath (0-4), David McGurrin (0-8, 1f); Nathan Boyle (1-2), David Dolan (1-6), Niall Murray. Subs: Callum O'Halloran for J Granaghan HT; Eddie Lynch for D Drummond HT; Diarmaid McInerney for O Rooney HT; Michael Ward for J Gallagher 38m; Michael 'Sticky' Ward (1-1) for N Boyle 41m; Sean Taylor for N Murray 50m.

With Downings withdrawing earlier from the championship, the reserves progressed to the quarter-finals top of their group. Well done to bother senior and reserve teams and management on making the last eight of their respective competitions.

The intermediate quarter-finals drawn on Sunday evening see a round robin rematch for Aodh Ruadh, as they face a Gaeil Fhánada side they defeated 5-12 to 0-7 during the group stages. That quarter-final is due to take place this Saturday, details of venue and time still to be confirmed. The reserves will also face Gaeil Fhánada in their quarter-final. As with the senior game, we await confirmation of fixture details so keep an eye on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page for these. As ever, we would urge a big showing of Ballyshannon support to travel and get behind both teams.

The Aodh Ruadh under 13 are back in action this week with another away trip, this time away to Dungloe on Wednesday, throw-in is at 6.30pm.

Under 11 and under 12 training continues on Thursday from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruadh. The Willie Rogers under 11 tournament will take place this Saturday with the action getting under way at 10.30am. In attendance for what promises to be a great day of football will be teams from Cavan, Fermanagh, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.

Under 10 training continues on Mondays and Fridays at 7.15 pm. The Ballyshannon Shoe Company Winter League will commence shortly. Games in league will begin on Monday 1st October and continue thereafter on, Friday 5th October, Monday 15th October with the finals on Friday 19th October, the last day of the under 10 season. Action on all nights will begin at 7.15pm. The teams for the Winter League have been drawn and are as follows.
Tomás Keown (Captain), Max Roper (Vice Captain), Jack Gormley, Garrett Brennan, Cole Connolly, Joey Daly, Shaun McGarrigle, Cian Dykes, Micheal McGrath, Conor McGloin and Callum Dorrian.
Bobby Melly (Captain), Daithi Sherrin (Vice Captain), Shay Winters, Corey Sherdian, MJ Ward, Eoghan McCadden, Aaron Reynolds, Patrick Clarke, Jack Hassett, Antoin Duffy and John McHugh.
Joe Gibbions (Captain), Sean Maguire (Vice Captain), Finn Doogan, Fionn Hartin, Anthony Duffy, Oisin McCadden, Eoin (Blake) Gallagher, Dara Vaughan, Markko Branley, Oisin McGrath, Manus Conlon.
Jayden McGrath Clyne (Captain), Eoin Gallagher (Vice Captain), Sean O'Neill, Conor Greenan, Oisin Sweeney, Sam Davitt, Dara McCready, Aaron McLoone, Darragh Patton, Iarla Hartin, James Gallagher.

On Saturday the under 8s will travel to Donegal town, for the South Donegal end of year tournament. Division one will be hosted by the Four Masters club. Good luck to all our under 8 players at this tournament. The under 8s last training for 2018 is on Thursday evening from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Ladies
The Aodh Ruadh minors are back in league action this Saturday against Termon. Throw-in down in Burn Road is at 11am. There is minor training this Friday at 7pm

It is a quiet week for the under 13s. The team are due to play Saint Naul's in a challenge match on Tuesday in Mountcharles ahead of their league game next weekend away to Convoy. We still await final confirmation of fixture details for that match.

The ladies committee will be inviting potential managers to put their names forward in October to take on teams for the 2019 season. In doing so we hope to ensure managers and mentors will have the necessary qualifications and courses completed before they commence training next year. Management and mentoring is a exciting and rewarding way to get involved in the community so if that appeals to you, why not give it some thought over the next few weeks?

Hurling
Last Thursday our under 16s made the long trip to Burt to take on the home side in the A championship semi-final. We expected a tough game and that's exactly what we got. It was a very physical encounter with every score being hard-earned. We led by two points going into three minutes of injury time. There was a large and vocal home crowd driving on the home team. Our lads showed great composure defending a long range free and a 65 in the last couple of minutes as the Burt men were desperately chasing a match winning goal. Great credit to our young side who held on for a fully deserved victory on a 4-8 to 3-9 scoreline. As everyone knows championship victories in Burt are hard-earned, and Thursday was no different. The lads have worked hard this season and they have their reward now as they have reached the A Championship Final where they will be up against a strong Setanta team who will be attempting to complete a league and championship double. The final is this Thursday, time and venue to be confirmed.

Last Sunday we held our annual Aodh Ó Dálaigh under 12 tournament. Six teams took part on the day Ballycastle (Antrim), Keady (Armagh), Abbeyknockmoy (Galway), Claremorris (Mayo), Saint Eunan's and ourselves. The tournament was played in a round robin format and after five rounds of action the pairings for the two finals were confirmed. Ballycastle and Claremorris met in the Aodh Ó Dálaigh Final while Abbeyknockmoy and Saint Eunan's contested the Primary League Final. They were two keenly contested finals with some great displays of all that's good in hurling; Passion, commitment and bravery. The titles went to the Antrim and Galway lads. As usual our mothers put on a great display of food for all teams and supporters in the Rock Hall. Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Chairman John Rooney welcomed all to the tournament and thanked the Daly family for their support of the tournament. He thanked the Park Committee for having the pitches in great shape, the referee's Sylvie Maguire, Chris Kelly and Aidan Ferguson. He also thanked all the under 16s who helped out officiating as lines men and umpires on the day. He thanked John Keon for use of the Rock Hall. Breege Scott assisted by her nephews Ben and Joey Daly presented the shields and medals to the victorious teams, bringing the curtain down on a great day of hurling.

This Sunday we host the Alan Ryan / Seamus Grimes under 16 tournament. In existence since 1998 this event remembers the contribution both lads and their families made to hurling in Aodh Ruadh. Teams confirmed for the tournament are Ballycastle and Loch Mór Gal Dais (Antrim), Keady (Armagh), Easkey (Sligo) Tooreen (Mayo) and Aodh Ruadh. The action gets underway at 10.30 am.

Training for under 8s and under 10s had now finished for the year, Thanks to all the children and their parents for their efforts and support throughout the season.

Lip Sync Battle
Exciting news folks! Tickets for the Lip Sync Battle are out now in Pearse O'Neill's, McCosker's Centra, Kernan's Spar and The Great Northern Hotel. Lisa McTernan, Audrey Davitt and Catherine McKee also have tickets for sale. There is a lot of buzz about the big night so get yours early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are priced €12 or €10 on concession. The acts have been going through their paces in the Sandhouse Hotel and Breesy Centre over the past week and are really coming together. As you can see from some of the trails on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page, it's all sizing up as a night not to be missed. As you know, Aodh Ruadh and Ballyshannon Musical Society are joining forces to stage a Lip Sync Battle in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran on Friday 12th October. On the night performers will be doing their best to wow the judges and audience with their moves as they bid to be crowned Lip Sync champions. We have nearly completed our line up event sponsors, but we have an opening or two remaining, so contact Catherine McKee on 086-3912941 if you would like to be part of what is sure to be a night of riotous fun and craic.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Ann Granaghan of Bundoran. The stand-up game prize of €140 was won by Mrs McAndrews of Pettigo. Winners of the €100 houses included Teresa Campbell, Edmund Brennan, Finbar Torney and Philomena Granaghan, with €70 houses going to Karen Gallagher, Margaret Byrne and Kevin O'Connor. Incredibly, two 50 lines were checked out on just seven numbers, so those wins were doubled to €100, Vincent Keown one of the lucky recipients. There was no claim on the snowball so it rises to €300 next week.

September Big Bingo
The September Big Bingo take place this Friday night at the Abbey Centre. There will be a huge €3,000 prize fund in play, including the €1,000 Super Jackpot which must be won, plus €300 on the snowball. Books priced €15, or get a book and a half special for just €20. First game at 9pm, we look forward to seeing you there.

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