BALLYSTEEN GAA CLUB NOTES
Limerick Senior Football Championship
We began our Championship on Sunday afternoon against Drom/Broadford in Newcastle West. Knowing a win would seal our qualification to the last eight, we started brightly and rushed ahead in the early minutes thanks to 1-2 from Danny Neville. The goal came after good build up play from captain Cillian Ferris and Mark Ranahan. Drom eventually settled and got on the score sheet courtesy of their full forward but our full forward, Shane Gallagher replied with a great right footed effort. Scores were traded between the sides and James O’Meara scored from distance to leave us ahead by four points at the water break. The second quarter again saw Neville pose a threat to the Drom defence and was denied a second goal when his shot was tipped over by the goalie. Frees at the other end managed to keep the scoreline tight and at halftime we still held a four point lead, 1-7 to 0-6.
At the start of the second half, both sides traded scores with James O’Meara providing his second point before Danny Neville, picked up the loose ball, drove towards the endline and played a beautiful dinked ball towards the onrushing John O’Shaughnessy who fisted it to the Drom net. That left the score 2-8 to 0-7 in our favour. Mark Ranahan would point from play before the water break and as we approached the final quarter, we held a seven point advantage (2-09 to 0-8). Drom to their credit showed all their battling instincts in this final quarter and began to close the deficit steadily. This was no doubt helped by the black cards suffered by William O’Meara and Alan McGrath in the final quarter. Drom continued to push forward and reduced the gap to a goal and as the game approached injury time, they were rewarded with a penalty. Derry McCarthy slotted the penalty into the bottonm left hand corner and the game was tied. We had once last push up the field in search of a winner but Neville’s effort sailed away wide with the wind and the game finished level. Disappointment no doubt, following a superb first 50 minutes of football from our lads. However, all is not lost as our faith is in our own hands and a positive result against Newcastle West next weekend will see us qualify to the knockout stages.
Team: C. Ranahan; B. Casey, K. McMahon, J. Daly; C. Ferris, P. Moran, A. McGrath; J. O’Meara, J. O’Sullivan; J. O’Shaughnessy, D. Ranahan, S. Hallinan; M. Ranahan, D. Neville, S. Gallagher.
Subs Used: D. Guerin, W. O’Meara, M. O’Meara
Round 3: Ballysteen vs Newcastle West, Saturday August 29th, The Bog Garden 6pm
Best wishes to our team captained by Cillian Ferris and managed by Seamus O’Donnell for the upcoming Championship campaign. A lot of hard work has gone in pre and post lockdown and hopefully this will bear fruit in the coming weeks. Thanks as well to Cagney’s Bar who sponsor our new jerseys which will see competitive Championship action for the first time.
We renewed rivalries with Knockaderry last week in our first Junior B Championship match of 2020 after being defeated in the West Final replay by our opponents last year. Knockaderry made the brighter start and showed more match sharpness throughout the game to run out eight points winners in the end on a 2-7 to 0-5 scoreline. However, we saw some great performances from Dan Fitz in goals, Sam Duggan in the forwards and were unlucky not to add to our total throughout the 60 minutes. Thanks to all who togged out and donned the green and gold.
Team: 1 D. Fitz 2 C. Daly 3 C. Enright 4 E Condon 5 R Somers 6 R Whelan 7 P Doyle 8 D Guerin 9 P Vaughan 10 P Shaughnessy 11 D Ryan 12 P Neville 13 A Ryan 14 M Somers 15 S Duggan Subs C O’Connell K. O’Donoghue C Rushe G O’Donnell C Anglim M Griffin B McMahon K Barry J Duggan B Neville D Holland J. Moran
The latest guidelines have been issued by Government and unfortunately matches are to be played behind closed doors for the foreseeable future. We will update our members if this guideline changes. In the meantime, you can follow our matches on our twitter and facebook pages.
CLUB Limerick Draw
No winners in the July edition of the CLUB Limerick Draw. There is still time to enter for the 7 remaining draws left for the year. By joining the draw, you have a chance to win 31 prizes monthly ranging from €10000 to €100. The Club Limerick Draw is vital to the financial well-being of the County along with being a platform to support Clubs. 50% of all memberships go back directly to the Club. Online Entry Portal https://limerickgaa.ie/club-limerick-draw-signup/
Contact Alan Kehoe (0871237562) or John Anglim (0862362642) for more information if you want to sign up directly.
PATRONS FOR PARISH GAA BOOK
First of all, many thanks to all those who have already contributed €50 to become a patron of the upcoming book by Paul Anglim on the history of the GAA in the parish of Askeaton/Ballysteen. We are all the more grateful for your generosity in what is a very difficult period for everyone.
The book will be over 400 pages long and there will be substantial printing costs. There will be a patron’s page in the book and Ballysteen GAA club are appealing for individuals to contribute €50. For €50, the person’s name will appear on the patron’s page and they will receive a book worth €20.
All proceeds will go towards Ballysteen GAA to help cover printing costs.
The book will be going to the printers soon, so if you want to become a patron and have your name associated with this worthy cause, contact Chairman, Alan Kehoe (0871237562), Secretary, John Neville (0876505469), Treasurer, John Anglim (0862362642)
If you want to pay through revolut, send to Paul Anglim on 0872838990.
Let us know what name or names you want to have down in print, i.e. Joe Bloggs and family, Ballysteen,Co. Limerick
Service to the Elderly
Ballysteen GAA along with Askeaton GAA & Askeaton/Ballysteen/Kilcornan Bord na nÓg GAA wish to offer our services to the eldery and the most vulnerable in our community during this current time and throughout the weeks ahead.
All three clubs are coming together to give back to our community that has supported us throughout good times and bad. We will be offering to help anyone who requires shopping, prescriptions, fuel etc to be collected on their behalf and delivered to their doorstep.
We will support local businesses to help keep our local community going. Listed below are our co-ordinators numbers. You can ring or text these numbers and we will organise assistance thereafter. Best hygiene practices will be used by our volunteers during the deliver of this service.
Thanks to everyone who is volunteering as part of this. Every little helps in the sustainment and sense of community amongst ourselves. Please remember to share this information to people who are not on Social Media so that they know this service is available.
Theresa Kenny O’Connell (087 6497963)
Eamon Purcell (087 9382972)
John Neville (087 6505469)
Alan Kehoe (087 1237562)
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