BALLYSTEEN GAA CLUB NOTES
Following on from last weekend’s impressive victory over Ballylanders in the opening round of the Championship, we made the trip to Kilbreedy to face Monaleen. No changes were made to the starting 15 and we made a bright start as Mark Ranahan and Darragh Ranahan kicked us into an early lead. The match wasn’t as open as last weekend’s encounter, but it was just as intense and exciting as both sides looked to gain an advantage in the opening period under the floodlit conditions. Our first goal came from a penalty following a sweeping move through the field that saw Cillian Ferris fouled inside the box. Mark Ranahan finished expertly to give us a four-point lead after the opening quarter. Monaleen made inroads into our advantage through Ger Collins but our defence was resolute forcing our opponents into long range efforts for the remainder of the half. Our second goal came another sweeping move that saw Shane Gallagher field a high cross field pass before turning his man and slotting the ball under the goalkeeper. At half time the score was 2-05 to 0-04.
The lads knew that a big 30 minutes lay ahead of them in the second half and worked tirelessly to prevent Monaleen from making a comeback. The work rate of Shane Hallinan and Sean Whelan forced many turnovers in our own half while also doing great work up front in setting up opportunities. The score of the game came from Jamie O’Sullivan as he weaved his way through the Monaleen defence and finished with a fine point from his right foot. Not to be out-done, his midfield partner James O’Meara finished off our scoring with a fine solo effort. The full-time score finished 2-09 to 0-07 meaning as we head to the summer break, we have two wins from two which puts us into a great position to make the knock out stages. The panel of players, coaches and management have put in a huge effort since the start of the year and it’s great to see their effort rewarded with victories in their opening games of the Championship. Our Round 3 fixture against defending two-time County Champions Adare, will take place towards the end of July.
Team: Conor Ranahan, Jason Daly, Pa Ranahan, Kevin McMahon, John O’Shaughnessy, Cillian Ferris, Matthew O’Meara, Jamie O’Sullivan, James O’Meara, Sean Whelan, Mark Ranahan, Shane Hallinan, Danny Neville, Shane Gallagher, Darragh Ranahan.
Subs Used: William O’Meara, Luke Gammell, Bill Casey.
Premier Minor Football Championship
The PMFC has been restructured and new fixtures are being made. Further details will be published on our Twitter and Facebook feeds as soon as they are confirmed.
Do It For Diarmuid Quiz
Unfortunately, our Do It For Diarmuid Quiz with Askeaton GAA did not take place last Friday night due to unforeseen circumstances. We are working on running the quiz on a new date. Details will be confirmed on our social media channels and our club notes in the coming weeks.
Club Limerick Draw
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.
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.
New items have been added to the club shop and can be purchased from the O’Neills online store at the following address
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