Senior Football
Round Four of our Senior Championship campaign took place on Sunday evening when we faced Fr. Casey’s. Both teams came in with two wins and a loss from their opening three games and both teams knew a win would put one foot in the knock-out stages of the competition. Despite the poor weather that proceeded throw in, the weather cleared up and the pitch at Newcastle West was in pristine condition.
Casey’s made a brighter opening racing into a three point advantage before points from Danny Neville and James O’Meara made it a one point game mid-way through the first half. Both teams matched up evenly and despite having Maurice Somers black carded and creating the better chances, including, a penalty shout, we were unable to press home an advantage as both teams retired for half time level at four points a piece.
The second half was once again along the same lines with both teams trying to impose their will on the game. We managed to open a two point lead mid-way through the second period with further points from O’Meara and Neville. However, injuries to debutante goalkeeper Brian Neville and centre back Pakie Moran disrupted our momentum as we entered the closing period of the game. Mark Ranahan stepped into fill the breach in goal and Cian O’Connell replaced Moran. Casey’s to their credit sensed an opportunity to pounce and they duly did when they took the lead as as the game entered injury time. Our boys battled back to equalize through a John O’Shaughnessy fisted point but there was still time for Casey’s to snatch and a late winner as the game finished 10 points to 9.
A disappointing result from our point of view but we’re still in a position where our destiny is in our own hands as a victory over St. Senan’s will allow us to progress to the Quarter Finals of the competition.

Team: B. Neville; B. Casey, P. Ranahan, J. Daly; M. O’Meara, P. Moran, J. O’Shaughnessy; J. O’Meara, J. O’Sullivan; S. Hallinan, M. Ranahan, S. Whelan; M. Somers, S. Gallagher, D. Neville.
Subs Used: Luke Gammell, Cian O’Connell, Paul O’Shaughnessy.

Golf Classic
Ballysteen GAA are hosting our Annual Golf Classic on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of August at Newcastle West Golf Club. The event has been a massive success over the past number of years and hopefully we can build upon that this year. Teams of three costs €100. Businesses wishing to sponsor the event can do so for €50. Contact John Neville (0876505469), Alan Kehoe (0871237562) or any club member to register your interest.

Limerick Camoige
Commiserations to the Limerick Camoige Team managed by Declan Nash, with John Blackwell in the backroom team, who lost their All Ireland Quarter Final to Tipperary last Saturday on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-05. No doubt the team will regroup and maintain the standards set next season after a very successful Championship campaign.

Club Limerick Membership
Ballysteen GAA Club is now promoting the Club Limerick Draw for 2019. Cost €100 for 10 monthly draws first draw April 6th. By joining the draw, you have a chance to win 31 prizes monthly ranging from €12000 to €100. Your membership of Ballysteen GAA Club entitles you to be included in a draw for tickets for matches where demand exceeds supply i.e. Munster & All Ireland Finals etc. Your subscription of which Ballysteen GAA receives €50 will be used to run the club and facilitate the training of our teams.

Contact Alan Kehoe (0871237562) or John Anglim (0862362642) for more information.

Club Membership
For anyone who doesn’t want to join the Club Limerick Draw cost of Club Membership for 2019 will be €50 (Adult) & €25 (Minor). This will cover training and insurance costs for players and give priority for All Ireland tickets when necessary. Members can also join together to take part in the Limerick Club draw by combining their €50 membership and be in with chance of winning cash prizes every month. For more information contact Alan Kehoe (0871237562) or John Anglim (0862362642).

Parish GAA Book
The Club will be releasing a book on the history of the GAA in the Askeaton-Ballysteen parish. If anyone has old photographs or stories regarding GAA in the parish, contact Paul Anglim.

Club Shop
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PHOTOGRAPH :   John Anglim presenting Kevin Holland with his €100 Club Limerick Draw Prize

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