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Ballinagore GAA Notes, 4th December 2011

posted 4 Dec 2011, 13:56 by Ballinagore Gaa
AGM
The annual general meeting of our club was held last Thursday night in the clubhouse of Páirc an Bhodhráin. The meeting was well attended and began with a detailed report from the Secretary, Stewart Gavin, on the year gone by. The position of the adult teams had continued in much the same fashion as the previous year with an improvement in league results being noted. The relegation win against Moate was the highlight of a particularly difficult year in the championship, and the secretary indicated that this was a major achievement considering the teams form up to that point. The junior team were strong but the fixing of matches at crucial times for the senior team affected their progression. At underage level the Under 8 team played in a number of different blitz competitions during the year, including a very enjoyable one held in Páirc an Bhodhráin in September, where we entertained Millmore Gaels, Milltownpass, Tyrrellspass and Caulry, and we won all of our matches. The Under 10 team had a very busy year as they played in both the North and South Westmeath Leagues, playing a total of thirteen games in the league stages of these competitions, along with two enjoyable finals' days in Athlone and Rochfortbridge. At Under 12 level the team had a great year under the guidance of David Farrell, Declan Claffey and Eoin Miller. They had only one loss this year, a narrow defeat to Athlone. Our U14's had a brilliant league campaign, unbeaten in seven games they topped their division. They lost out in the championship but capped off a successful year by winning the championship shield competition. We qualified for the quarter finals of the Under 16 championship, winning two of our three group games. Unfortunately we came up against a very strong St. Mary's side in the quarter final and had to give second best on the day. Our Minors had a very good league campaign and we had high hopes for the championship. We qualified in style for the semi-final which was played under lights in Athlone against the home side. Unfortunately we were beaten on the night by a quality town outfit, but we never reached our potential on the evening. Ennell Shamrocks (Minors - St. Malachy's/Ballinagore/Kilbeggan Shamrocks/St. Joseph's) As defending champions, this side qualified for the Premier final again with wins over St. Finian's, Coralstown/Kinnegad and Shannon Gaels. In the final, we faced St. Ciarán's (Caulry/Castledaly/Garrycastle) and similar to our own minor side, we never really played to our full potential, and ultimately lost out to a committed St. Ciarán's outfit. The Townland League at the beginning of the year was considered a valuable exercise with Toarlisnamore winning the senior competition and Ballinagore East winning the junior. The secretary thanked all who helped out during the year with running the club and with fundraising. He also congratulated Fiona Claffey and Triona Durkan on their success with Westmeath Ladies. Finally the secretary passed on his sympathies on behalf of the club to all members who suffered bereavements over the past year.
The Treasurer, Seán Delaney gave a very detailed report of income and expenditure over the year and thanked everyone who supported the lotto and other fundraisers during the year. He urged people to continue their efforts, and believed that if this was done the club would continue to pay its way in the future. Also the lotto manager Martin McCann gave his report and detailed what was required for the lotto to be a success. For the future, it was agreed to explore other ways of raising revenue and a sub-committee will be set up to do this in the coming year.
The Scór Secretary was encouraged by the support he received from parents and competitors throughout the year, and was happy that Ballinagore were becoming stronger every year in Scór Sinsir and Scór Na nÓg. He wished Martin McCann well in his retirement from Scór, and thanked him  for his many years of service to the cultural enhancement of the GAA.
There was a run-down of all Ladies Football activity from Gerry Claffey and there was special mention for the Under 16 and Minor teams who reached their respective finals, with the latter being crowned champions. Gerry, who is also the Pitch Manager, gave an account of repair work and improvements that were carried out during the year, and especially the difficult task faced following last Winters' extreme weather.
Finally, Chairman Paul Seery gave his first address to an AGM and complimented his fellow officers for their work throughout the year, and hoped that the good start they had made would continue for another twelve months. The Chairman mentioned in particular the Club Open Day which was very successful, 'The Road To Croker' fundraiser which was innovative and challenging, and the Silver Anniversary celebration of the 1986 winning side, which was a great success and a wonderful night. For the future, the main priority on the pitch would be to continue to rebuild a strong and competitive team in 2012, while on the administration side the main focus would be the progression of the Club Development Plan, in line with GAA guidelines.
The election of officers followed and it was proposed that Gilbert Carey be made an honorary President of our club for his many active years of service in which he held several positions, culminating in the Chairmanship, a position which he retired from in 2004. The proposal was accepted unanimously. The Officers for 2012 are as follows: Chairman: Paul Seery, Assistant Chairman: Liam McDaniel, Secretary: Stewart Gavin, Assistant Secretary: Martin McCann, Treasurer: Seán Delaney, Assistant Treasurer: Jerome Robinson, Lotto Managers: Martin and Steph. McCann, PRO: Shane Heraty, Registrar: Declan Claffey, Youth Officer: Eoin Miller, Irish Language Officer: Kieran Deegan, ASAP Officer and Pitch Manager: Gerry Claffey, Scór Secretary: Shane Heraty, Assistant Scór Secretary: Ciarán Daly, County Board Delegates: Séamus and Stephen Ennis.
 
Membership
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.
 
Scór
Preparations are well underway for Scór Sinsir and anyone who is interested in taking part should contact the Scór Secretary before Christmas on 087 7562462 or e-mail to ballinagoregaaclub@gmail.com.
 
Lotto
Last week's winning numbers were 13, 17, 24 and 30. There was no jackpot winner and next week's jackpot will be €5,660.
 
Social Dancing
Social Dancing classes continue in The Bodhrán this Wednesday night at 9pm. All are welcome.
 
Traditional Session
There will be a traditional music session on Friday 16th December in The Bodhrán. All musicians, singers and appreciators welcome.
 
Condolence
The club wishes to express its sympathy with the Ennis family, Quill, on the death of Mrs. Breda Ennis, wife of Tom. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
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