BALLYSTEEN GAA CLUB NOTES
Limerick Senior Football Round 3
We played Newcastle West in our final group game of the reformatted Championship on Saturday night knowing that qualification to the knockouts was still not assured following our draw with Drom/Broadford in Round 2. The first half was dominated by play that can be best described as attritional, as the battle for dominance in the middle third reigned supreme with very little attacking intent on show. Scores were at a premium and as half time approached there still hadn’t been a score from play. Our best moment of play in the first half came on the stroke of half time when Cillian Ferris collected the rebound from a John O’Shaughnessy effort and gave the ball to Danny Neville whose goal bound shot struck the post. Newcastle West countered up the field and registered the first score from play and extended their advantage to lead by 3 points to 1 at Half Time. Ballysteen’s opening score came from a Mark Ranahan free after James O’Meara was fouled.
The second half saw Newcastle West get off to the best possible start when a flowing move from the throw in resulted in the opening goal of the game. Darragh Ranahan reduced the gap with a fine left footed effort. Disaster would strike again, however, when the full back line failed to deal with the dropping ball and the resulting scramble ended up with the ball hitting the back of our net leaving us 8 points behind with some 20 minutes to play. Fresh faces were introduced into the team with Declan Guerin, Sean Whelan and William O’Meara after this and at the water break, the scoreline saw us 9 points behind, 2-5 to 0-2. Tomás Sheahan came on for his debut and scored a lovely point off his right foot within minutes of his arrival. Two further pointed frees from Ranahan brought us closer to Newcastle West on the scoreboard but the result was inevitable as the clock ticked towards 60 minutes. A final point from Newcastle West left eight points between the sides on the full time whistle. The result ensured qualification to the knockout stages and a Quarter Final clash against Fr. Casey’s.on September 20th where a massive performance will be needed following this disappointing result.
Team: C. Ranahan; J. Daly, K. McMahon, B. Casey; M. O’Meara, P. Moran, C. Ferris; J. O’Shaughnessy, S. Gallagher, S. Hallinan; J. O’Meara, J. O’Sullivan; D. Ranahan, M. Ranahan; D. Neville. Subs Used: A. McGrath, D. Guerin, W. O’Meara, S. Whelan, T. Sheahan
Fixture: Irish Wire Products Limerick Senior Football Championship Quarter Final versus Fr. Casey’s, September 20th Venue & Throw In – TBA
Minor Football Championship
Well done to our Minor Footballers, who had a fantastic win against Bruff on Friday evening. Some great performances all around and plenty of attacking football. Next up is a trip to Ballylanders this coming Friday, although the fixture is still awaiting confirmation.
Team: D. Fitzgerald, T. Hanley, K. Neville, C. Bourke, C. Ryan, E. Murphy, N. Barry, P. McMahon, T. Sheahan, D. O’Shaughnessy, C. O’Keefe, J. Rushe, F. Butler, S. McMahon, J. O’Donoghue, C. O’Flaherty, K. Walsh
West Junior B Football Championship
Round Two of the West Championship takes place in Athea this Tuesday at 7pm. Best of luck to all involved.
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 coordinators 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 delivery 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)
Club Gear remains available online to order through O’Neills – https://www.oneills.com/shop-by-team/gaa/ireland/ballysteen-gaa.html
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