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Ballela
Baile Aileach

Founded: 1901
Pitch: Hillen's Meadow


Committee

Ballela Notes 1st June 2008

* Ballela hosted Ballycran on Tuesday night at Pairc na Naomh and got beat by 3-12 to 0-14. Full match report in next week’s news.
* The Ballela whist drive will be on Sunday 22nd June in Ballela School.
* The club would like anyone interesting in playing or sponsoring the Club’s annual Golf classic at Banbridge Golf club to get in contact with any committee member.
*The club would like to inform the Ballela community that there is the option of joining a Music Club, established by Tullylish GAC, which will begin on Sunday 8th June.
The classes available within this club are: Banjo/Mandolin, Traditional Guitar, Bodhran, Fiddle/Violin, Tin Whistle, Flute and traditional Irish singing. If anyone wishes to avail of these classes, please contact Martin Mc Cann for further information.
Approved local musicians provide all classes.
*Ballela will be running the Cul Camp from 18th August to 22nd August, please contact any committee member for further information or ask any of the coaches at the Coaching academy on Friday nights. Application packs will be available shortly for the Cul Camps
*Senior Hurling Training continues at Pairc Na Naomh every Thursday night at 7pm, would all players please attend including minor and under 16's.
* Ballela GAC Golf day has been organised for Friday 5th September at Banbridge Golf Club. Please contact any committee member for further information.
*If anyone wishes to avail of Pitch side advertising at Pairc Na Naomh, please contact a committee member for further information.
With a lot of matches being played at Pairc Na Naomh this season, this is an ideal opportunity to get your advertising across to a wide range of people from all over the country. Please contact any committee member for details.
* The club would like to invite sponsors for a new scoreboard.
Ballela will be hosting various inter county matches this year at Pairc Na Naomh. This is an ideal opportunity for various sponsors to get their advertising across and reach a broad range of people from all over Ireland.
*Last week, twelve members of the club took part and completed a defibrillator-training course. Everyone who was there believed that this was a course well worth doing as it is a life saving piece of equipment.
Ballela believe that this is essential training and we also believe that all clubs in the county should have this training and also have a defibrillator which could save a life.
Anyone else wishing to avail of this training or learn more information please contact any committee member.

 

SENIOR MATCH REPORT V LIATROIM

Ballela seniors made the short trip to Liatroim on Tuesday night as they continued the hard fight in division one with the same squad of 16 players, which had won in Kilcleif the previous week.

Ballela knew this would be a tough game against a Liatroim team that was mixed with youth and experience.

The match started with Liatroim in the ascendancy as they went 3 points up without reply. Johnny mc Cusker then started a run of scores, which were exchanged with the home team as the match was end to end with a high standard of hurling being played. Ballela were on the receiving end of some harsh decisions from the local referee, which enabled the home team to stroke over 4 frees from dubious decisions.

Despite this, Ballela and Liatroim played out a spectacle of hurling and showed what can be provided from players from the south down area.

Gary Mc Mullan played well as usual in goals and had to withstand a lot of pressure for a period in the first half as a lot of sliotar was dropped in under the bar. The back line, well marshalled by the captain Paddy Mc Polin alongside the experienced Noel Burns and Andy Mc Givern done their job and kept the forwards quiet and no goals conceded in the first half. Donal Mc Cann, (who failed to score) Dan Mc Cusker and Malachy Magee played their usual consistent game but were punished a lot for fouls that no one else could spot.

Danny Doran and Noel Burns (jun) played hard in midfield, as they had to do a lot of running and were under pressure from the start as the Liatroim midfield dominated the first 20 minutes of the game, although the lads got to grips with this in the latter stages of the first half. The match was played with tremendous spirit and the challenges were flying in hard but fair as the ash clashed.

Ballela didn’t want the half to end as Johnny Mc Cusker netted a goal as they were reeling Liatroim in. Despite this, the first half ended with the home team winning by 2 points.

Liatroim 0-11 Ballela 1-06

The second half began with a lot of Ballela pressure but they could not get the score that would bring them within touching distance. Liatroim added a further 6 points and then a sloppy goal as the defence got their wires crossed with a few players trying to clear the same ball.

The player’s effort and determination cannot be faulted as the fifteen that were wearing the jersey played with heart and pride. With credit to the Liatroim back line, the Ballela half forward’s, namely, Joe Cosgrave, Mick Doyle and Ronan Mc Conville could not get into the game.

Despite this, Johnny Mc Cusker added another 2 points in the second half, with Dan Mc Cusker and wire being the other point scorers in the second half.

The match started to get tense in the last ten minutes as Ballela still thought they could get something out of the game, and as they dominated the final minutes the Liatroim keeper saved a penalty and various one on one’s.

Then in the last minute Liatroim netted a goal as the Ballela team had gave their all.

Full time Liatroim 2-19 Ballela 1-12

UNDERAGE PORTAFERRY BLITZ

Ballela under 8's travelled to Portaferry on Saturday to take part in a blitz tournament.

The first game was against Bredagh 2 nd team. This was very even game with end-to-end hurling and both teams going close on many occasions. Michael McGrath done well to keep a clean sheet and Aiden Mulgrew and Ciaran Branniff close to scoring at the other end. The game finished with no score and a draw a fair result.

The second game was against the strongest team in the section Ballycran 1 st team. From the start this young Ballela team was under pressure and Ballycran were camped in the Ballela half and this lead to four first half goals. At half time Ballela made a few positional changes, which took time to settle, and Ballycran scored another two goals. Owen McGreevy and Niamh McCrory working tirelessly in midfield got the ball forward quickly and James McGrath scored a great goal. This was the last score of the game and gave Ballela a bit of confidence going into the last game against Ballycran 2 nd team.

The team for the last game saw a lot of positional changes with Ronan McCrory in goals, Kathleen McCormick and Oran Hughes in defence with Michael McGrath, Owen McGreevy now partnered with Conor Mulgrew in midfield, James McGrath in the forwards was along side Niamh McCrory and Cathal McClure. Ballela started the strongest with Owen McGreevy working hard in midfield playing good ball into the forward line. Ballela went close on a number of occasions before Cathal McClure pulled on a ball which ended up in the Ballycran net. As the half ended Ballela went close to scoring again.

At the start of the second half Ballela pushed forward and got their due reward with a well-taken goal from Niamh McCrory. Then Ballela got caught out pushing forward and Ballycran pulled one back. This only fired up this young team and they moved forward in search off another goal to stretch their lead. The pressure told and Niamh McCrory found the net for the second time and this turned out to be the final score off the game and a well-deserved victory for Ballela.

Ballela would like to thank the Portaferry club for the invite their club sponsor O'Rourke Motors and to all parents for their continued support.

Ballela Panel: M McGrath, J McGrath, A Mulgrew, C Mulgrew, C McClure, C Branniff, O McGreevy, N McCrory, R McCrory, O Hughes and K McCormick.

Training continues on Friday night at 7pm in Ballela.

* The club would like anyone interesting in playing or sponsoring the Club’s annual Golf classic at Banbridge Golf club to get in contact with any committee member.

*The club would like to inform the Ballela community that there is the option of joining a Music Club, established by Tullylish GAC, which will begin on Sunday 8 th June.

The classes available within this club are: Banjo/Mandolin, Traditional Guitar, Bodhran, Fiddle/Violin, Tin Whistle, Flute and traditional Irish singing. If anyone wishes to avail of these classes, please contact Martin Mc Cann for further information. Approved local musicians provide all classes.

*Ballela will be running the Cul Camp from 18 th August to 22 nd August, please contact any committee member for further information or ask any of the coaches at the Coaching academy on Friday nights. Application packs will be available shortly for the Cul Camp.

*Senior Hurling Training continues at Pairc Na Naomh every Thursday night at 7pm, would all players please attend including minor and under 16’s.

* Ballela GAC Golf day has been organised for Friday 5 th September at Banbridge Golf Club. Please contact any committee member for further information.

*If anyone wishes to avail of Pitch side advertising at Pairc Na Naomh, please contact a committee member for further information. With a lot of matches being played at Pairc Na Naomh this season, this is an ideal opportunity to get your advertising across to a wide range of people from all over the country. Please contact any committee member for details.

* The club would like to invite sponsors for a new scoreboard. Ballela will be hosting various inter county matches this year at Pairc Na Naomh. This is an ideal opportunity for various sponsors to get their advertising across and reach a broad range of people from all over Ireland.

*Last week, twelve members of the club took part and completed a defibrillator-training course. Everyone who was there believed that this was a course well worth doing as it is a life saving piece f equipment.

Ballela believe that this is essential training and we also believe that all clubs in the county should have this training and also have a defibrillator which could save a life.

Anyone else wishing to avail of this training or learn more information please contact any committee member.


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01/06/2008

 
 

 


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