Ballinagore GAA Notes, 10th March 2019
Leinster Scór Final
A small but loyal set of supporters made the long journey to the National Opera House in Wexford on Sunday to support our Léiriú stage performance team as they competed in this years Leinster Scór Final. A huge programme of acts took to the stage over the course of the afternoon and Westmeath had representatives in every discipline so we were among many friends in the south east. Our team had a long wait following their morning sound checks as it was nearly 6pm by the time they made their entrance to the stage. And what an entrance they made, from their costumes, their props and confident acting of lively novelty act, they had the audience entertained and in stitches throughout. When the results came in, we waited excitedly but unfortuantely Ballinagore wasn't announced. Instead Milltown from Kildare took the title and we congratulate them. There can't have been much in it. We send our congratulations to the team of JJ Hussey, Kevin Kennedy, Derinn Doody, Pauline Keegan, Aisling King, Bridget O'Brien, Martin Furey and Kevin Deegan on getting to the provincial final and for bringing another Scór county title to our club. Westmeath had only one winner on the evening in Wexford. Congratulations to the set dancing team from Bunbrosna who will take part in the All Ireland Final and hard luck to all the other Westmeath acts who performed so well but weren't successful on the day.
ACFL Division 4
Ballinagore 0-07 Caulry 3-09
Our second game in this years league campaign ended in a frustrating defeat to Caulry in Mount Temple on Saturday afternoon. Played in fine conditions on Caulry's magnificent new pitch, our lads finished the game poorly and conceded three late goals to wind up on the wrong end of a heavy defeat. What is most disappointing about the result is that we played well in the opening half, showing a much improved performance from our opening game and were leading 0-05 to 0-01 at half time. However, Caulry stepped up a few gears in the second half and gradually reduced the deficit before their opening goal put them two points in front with less than ten minutes left in the game. A Rory Tynan point reduced their lead to the minimum but with our lads running out of steam, the fitter home side finished the game off with two quickfire goals in a finish we will want to quickly forget. We had some very positive displays with Robbie Keegan putting in a commanding display in the full back line throughout, while James Sheerin, David Keegan, Cormac Deegan and our new recruit, Conan Feery, all impressed for long periods. This result is a setback to our league plans but the lads will take the positives from the game, especially from the opening half, and as we continue to work on our fitness and conditioning, the side will no doubt improve as the season progresses. Team: Ian Seery, Finian Heeney, Marty Linnane, Robbie Keegan, Kieran Deegan, James Sheerin, Paddy Doody, Niall Kelly, Enda Claffey, Paddy Ennis, Darren Rigney, David Keegan, Conan Feery, Cormac Deegan, Declan Claffey. Sub used: Rory Tynan. Panel: Rob Gannon, Shane Heraty, Nathan Brudell, Tommy Kelly.
U16 Football League Division 1
Lilliput Gaels 6-03 Athlone 1-09
On Friday night we travelled to Athlone to play the home side in the third round of the league under lights. Midway through the first half and playing against a strong breeze we found ourselves behind by six points. Thankfully we turned things around with some well taken goals. In the second half with the wind and rain behind us we came away with a good win. Well done to the team and mentors who now stand at the top of the table with three wins from three. Team: Peter Dalton, Cathal Kelly, Ryan Boyne, Max Ripley, Luke Seery, David Maloney, Shane Doran, Jack O'Donnell, Cody Finnane, Cathal Elliffe, Peter Reynolds, Odhran Gavigan, Jack Gannon, Conor O'Malley, Warric Kirby. Subs used: Sean Kincaid, Peter Murphy, Sean Jackson, Niall Claffey and Oisin Kiernan. We wish Tiernan McMahon a speedy recovery from his recent injury.
U14 vs Maryland/Tang in Ballinagore on Monday 18th March at 16:30.
Last weeks winning numbers were 3, 12, 17 and 28. There was no match 3 winners so next weeks jackpot stands at a mouth watering €12,900. Be in with your chance to claim the big money for just €2 this week!
Membership for 2019 is now due and you are asked to please renew your annual membership before 31st March. Rates are unchanged from last year with options available to suit individuals and families for gym, full and social membership.
Scór na bPáistí
Well done to all the pupils of Ballinagore NS who participated in this competition held in Gainstown last Friday. We had a number of acts that progressed including Shane King(recitation), Rose Macken, Ellen Daly, Emma O'Brien, Marie Claire Maxwell and Ann Reynolds (Instrumental Music), our 6th class Ballad Group consisting of Emer Claffey, Shane King, Conor Molloy, Lilia O'Brien and Muireann Ward and our 5th class Ballad Group of Luke Sinamon, Marie Claire Maxwell, Ann Reynolds, Amy Seery and Katie Hogg. Both our quiz teams qualified as follows: Team 1: Sarah Delaney, Aoife Mangan and Emma O'Brien; Team 2: Ellen Daly, Lilia O'Brien and Eoin Robinson. We had two exceptional performers in solo-singing in Conor Molloy and Caoimhe Geraghty but unfortunately they didn't qualify following a very strong competition. Well done to all, the future of Scór in our club looks safe and secure!
Well done to our fitness class instructor, Caroline Cunniffe, who represented Ireland and picked up a silver and three bronze medals last week at the European Masters Powerlifting championships in Hungary. Hard work and dedication pays off!
National Club Draw
This draw took place during the week in Croke Park and while we had no winning tickets from our club, the club itself received the great news that we were drawn as one of the club winners of €5,000 for having sold over our club allocation of tickets. This is very welcome news for the club as we are preparing to announce details of our club development plans over the coming weeks. Keep your ear to the ground!
DLBC Community Games
An Art and Hand-writing competition takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, 18th March 2019 from 10-12pm in Ballinagore NS. Children over 6 to under 16 that are resident in the Dysart, Loughnavalley, Ballinagore and Castletown areas are elegible to participate. Entry fee is €5 per child/€10 per family which covers all Community Games events for 2019. Registration opens at 9.45am. Winners in the various categories of events will go forward to represent DLBC at the Westmeath Community Games Finals. See DLBC Community Games Facebook page for further details.Tweet