BALLYSTEEN GAA CLUB NOTES
We welcomed Na Piarsaigh to Ballysteen Sportsfield on Saturday afternoon for our Round 2 County League fixture. Like our challenge match last month, this match was full of attacking open football resulting in eight goals being scored throughout the 60 minutes between the sides.
We started brightly and had the first of our goals as Shane Gallagher palmed the ball to the net after good build up play throughout the pitch as we moved the ball quick and sharply through the lines. Following a slow start, Na Piarsaigh grew into the game as they kicked a couple of frees before scoring their first goal of the game. Our response however, was emphatic as Danny Neville hit a thunderous shot to the roof of net on our next attack. Both teams traded further points before the half time whistle to leave the score line Ballysteen 2-4 Na Piarsaigh 1-5.
The second half continued in the same vein as both sides continued to attack. Shane Gallagher continued to cause havoc anytime the ball went into him and scored two more goals to complete his hat-trick. Luke Gammell kicked the point of the match, arrowing his shot into the breeze straight over the crossbar. We continued to press home our advantage as Maurice Somers rounded off our goal scoring with a neat finish. This advantage gave management opportunity to use their bench with Paul O’Shaughnessy, Alex Ryan and Kevin Barry all getting on the field for their competitive debuts. Na Piarsaigh battled gamely until the end and saw their efforts rewarded with two more goals in the second half, but we ran out winners on a full-time score Ballysteen 5-12 Na Piarsaigh 3-11.
Team: Conor Ranahan; Jason Daly, Kevin McMahon, Roger Somers; Matt O’Meara, Cillian Ferris, John O’Shaughnessy; James O’Meara, Jamie O’Sullivan; Sean Whelan, Jack Neville, Luke Gammell; Danny Neville, Shane Gallagher, Maurice Somers.
Subs: Paul O’Shaughnessy, Bill Casey, Callum Daly, Kevin Barry, Alex Ryan, David Holland, Dec Ryan, Paul Doyle
Thanks to Davy Mann for supplying post-match refreshments to all those in attendance.
Round 1 versus Ballylanders, 30/03/2019, 3pm, Kilmallock
Round 2 versus Monaleen, 05/04/2019, 8pm, Kilbreedy
Round 3 (16/03/2019) Away to Rathkeale
Premier Minor Football Championship
Round 1 (05/04/2019) versus Monaleen
Round 2 (12/04/2019) versus Father Casey’s
Further details will be published on our Twitter and Facebook feeds as soon as they are confirmed.
Do It for Diarmuid
Recently, former player and friend Diarmuid Barron was diagnosed with cancer upon returning home from New Zealand. This news has shocked everyone associated with the club, but we are determined to support Diarmuid and his partner Jenna through this time.
Last weekend, a number of events took place as the community joined together for a Weekend for Diarmuid. A bucket collection during our County League match versus Na Piarsaigh raised €720. The Club wishes to thank everyone for their generosity in supporting Diarmuid as all funds raised will go to supporting him throughout his treatment.
Well done to William O’Meara on making his full NHL debut for the Limerick Senior Hurlers last weekend in their Quarter Final victory over Laois. William started at corner back and played the full match as Limerick ran out comfortable victors. A semi-final against Dublin or Tipperary awaits Limerick in a fortnight.
Best of luck to Billy Lee and the Limerick Senior Footballers who travel to Wexford this Saturday for their National Football League Round 6 clash. Throw in is at 2pm.
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.
A wide range of club merchandise can be purchased from the O’Neills online store at the following address
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