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Ballinagore GAA Notes, 19th February 2012

posted 20 Feb 2012, 11:43 by Ballinagore Gaa
ACFL Division 3
We played our first league games in recent weeks and had mixed fortunes. The first was against Ballynacarrigy in Ballynacarrigy where the home side were completely on top, winning by a large margin. The second game was played last Sunday in Ballinagore against neighbours Kilbeggan. This game doubled up as a cup match and Ballinagore had the lions share of possession throughout, leading for fifty-five minutes of the game. Kilbeggan made some vital substitutions near the end and were able to draw level at full time, and it finished 6 points a-piece. Having secured a vital league point both teams then had to play extra time to decide who progressed in the cup. Kilbeggan now took control through John Brennan and Paul Fennell and took a 0-3 to 0-1 advantage at half time in extra time. Ballinagore proved the stronger in the second half but failed to close the gap with both teams scoring one further point through Michael Ennis and Paul Fennell respectively, allowing Kilbeggan to progress to the next round. This was a much improved performance for Ballinagore, and a sterling display from the backs who proved very difficult to break down. Our next league game is against Mullingar Shamrocks' second team on 11th March in Ballinagore. Team vs Ballynacarrigy: Shane Heraty, Robert Gannon, Pat Heduan, James Keegan, Kieran Deegan, Ciarán Carey, Paul Maloney, Stewart Gavin, Christy Maloney 1-1, Kevin Gannon, Eoin Miller, Declan Claffey 0-1f, Paddy Maloney, Ian Seery, Willie Gavin. Subs Used: Cathal Ennis, Enda Claffey, Paul Seery. Team vs Kilbeggan: Christy Maloney, Robert Gannon, Pat Heduan, James Keegan, Kieran Deegan, Michael Ennis 0-4 (3f), Paul Maloney, Stewart Gavin, Eoin Miller, Cathal Ennis 0-1, Kevin Gannon, Brian Sheerin, Ciarán Carey 0-1, Ian Seery 0-1, Declan Claffey 0-1f. Subs Used: Michael Gannon for Declan Claffey, Paddy Maloney for Kevin Gannon, Shane Heraty for Brian Sheerin, Brian Sheerin for Robert Gannon (inj.), Enda Claffey. This years Captain and Vice-captain are Ciarán Carey and Stewart Gavin respectively.

Townland League
The league concluded last Friday night with two great finals in Senior and Junior. The Junior final was contested between last years' champions Ballinagore East, managed by Kieran Deegan, and challengers Ballinagore West under Ciarán Daly. The first half saw both teams scoring freely with green and white flags on both sides. Ballinagore East had much of the possession but Jarlath Ennis in the Western goal made some excellent saves to keep the champions at bay. The second half saw Ballinagore West take the upper hand with solid performances from midfield and the full forward line, but the East came with a late flourish to reduce the deficit with time running out. It was too late however, and even a late penalty couldn't help Ballinagore East retain their title. It finished 6-6 to 4-4 in favour of the West and the trophy was presented to Captain Brian Pidgeon by Westmeath star Michael Ennis. The teams were as follows; Ballinagore West: Jarlath Ennis, Pádraig Kane, Darragh Seery (North), Cathal Daly, Brian Pidgeon (Capt.), David Ennis, Patrick Ennis, Rebecca Ennis. Ballinagore East: Lee Lawlor (South), Fiachra Heeney (North), Ciarán O'Brien, Peter Reynolds, Mark Killian, Cormac Deegan (Capt.), Robert Keegan (North), Eoin Deegan, Shane Seery (North).
The Senior final was contested between Cloneyheigue and Toarlisnamore. This was a repeat of last years final where Toarlisnamore proved victorious, but Cloneyheigue were determined having come through the competition unbeaten. Under the transfer system Toarlisnamore had three guest players and so began the game three points down. The first half was a cagey affair with both sides cautious not to leave themselves open at the back. It was 1-2 to 0-3 at the break, the Cloneyheigue goal expertly taken by corner forward Willie Maloney. The second half was very intense with swift attacks and scores on both sides, and in the end only one point separated the sides. Cloneyheigue turned the tables on last years defeat and claimed the title for the first time with a 1-7 to 0-9 victory. The trophy was presented to joint captains Pat Seery and Michael Heeney. Cloneyheigue: Pat Seery, Pierce Corcoran, Paul Maloney, Liam Corcoran, Ian Seery, Willie Maloney, Michael Heeney, Paul Seery and Nollaig Gannon. Toarlisnamore: Robert Gannon, Mark King (Cloonagh), Michael Gannon, Christy Maloney (Knockmore/Knockeycosker/Raheenmore), Eoin Miller, Derry Hand, Kevin Gannon, Shane Heraty (Cloonagh).
We would like to thank the parents, players, referees and organisers of the tournament for their help co-operation during this years league. Thanks especially to Michael Ennis for making himself available to the youth of the club and we wish him the best with Westmeath this year.

Last weeks winning numbers were 2, 9, 16 and 25. There was no jackpot winner. Next weeks jackpot will be €8,220.

Membership for 2012 is now due and is €20 per adult, €5 for students and OAP's ,and €30 for a family inclusive of parents and children under 18. Membership can be paid to the club Registrar Declan Claffey, or any club officer.
Best of luck to the Ballinagore Set Dancers, Question Timers and Recitation who take part in the county final this Saturday in The Downs from 7.30pm. Your support will be most appreciated on the night.

Minor League
The minors are in action against Ballynacarrigy in Ballynacarrigy next Sunday at 11am. 

The club expresses its sympathy with the Connell and Martin families, Gneevebawn, Tyrrellspass, on the death of Ned Martin. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Bon Voyage
Good luck to Thomas Marshall and Áine Heraty who have emigrated to Canada and Australia respectively. Hopefully they will be able to return to their native shore in the not too distant future