Pop up and give the girls a good send off!
We wish our under 14 girls football team every success as they travel to County Meath for the All Ireland Fiele which runs from Friday to Sunday of this week. They will be guests of St. Mary’s Donore who are based about three mile South West of Drogheda. These committed young girls have done the club proud this season and they will be determined to make their mark in the Feile. Last Saturday a member of the team Eabha Mullan represented Derry in the Fiele skills competition at Croke Park. They are paired with St. Mary’s Donore and Hertfordsire a GAA Club formed in England in 1960.
⭕ We wish our under 14 girls football team every success as they travel to County Meath for the All Ireland Fiele which runs from Friday to Sunday of this week. They will be guests of St. Mary’s Donore who are based about three mile South West of Drogheda. These committed young girls have done the club proud this season and they will be determined to make their mark in the Feile. Last Saturday a member of the team Eabha Mullan represented Derry in the Fiele skills competition at Croke Park. They are paired with St. Mary’s Donore and Hertfordsire a GAA Club formed in England in 1960.
⭕ Well done to the primary school hurlers who won the Headmaster’s Shield at the annual St. Patrick’s Maghera tournament. The team was captained by Cormac Canning. The school’s footballers lost to Moneyneena in their shield final.
⭕ We wish a speedy recovery to our senior team captain Paul Keane who suffered a knee injury away to Steelstown last Thursday evening. Ballerin lost by 2-14 to 1-9 with a badly under strength team. Sean Ferris had a fine game scoring 1-3.
⭕ The under 16 footballers are away to Ballymaguigan in the league on Thursday. On Friday the under 14 hurlers are at home to Castledawson and on Monday the minor footballers are at home to Ballymaguigan. There will be no more senior action for a few weeks.
⭕ Best of luck to Kosta and his team mates when Derry play Galway Tribesmen in the Celtic Challenge under 17 hurling final on Saturday.
⭕ Congratulations to Mickey Donnelly and his Derry under 20 team on their Ulster final victory over Armagh on Sunday at Clones. They now play Mayo in the All Ireland semi final.
♦️The various girls teams and individuals had a very good week. Orla Mullan the youngest competitor in the Camogie Poc Fada finished second. She was the youngest competitor in her age group. She finished the course with 45 pocs but lost out by just three metres.
♦️ Orla was one of five girls from the club who won girls Ulster Camogie medals with Loreto College Coleraine. The others were Clodagh Moore, Ciara McAlary, Grace McIntyre and Cara Mullan. Another member Maggie McCartney was a member of the St. Patrick’s Maghera squad that won the Year Eight Ulster camogie championship beating St. Mary’s Magherafelt by 3-8 to 3-4.
♦️ The under 12 girls had a good win in the league with a 1-12 to 2-5 victory over Limavady.
♦️ Well done to our under 16 footballer Kosta Papachristopolos who scored a goal for Derry against Meath in the under 17 Celtic challenge on Saturday at Inniskeen. He was presented with the ‘Best and Fairest’ award after the game. Kosta plays his hurling with Eoghan Rua Coleraine.
♦️ Due to an unfortunate clash of fixtures our Reserves had to concede the game to Foreglen last Friday evening. It was set for the same time as the seniors were away to Drumsurn. The seniors had a good win at Drumsurn winning by nine points. On Thursday evening they travel to Steelstown in a game they have to win if they are to reach the James O’Hagan Cup final. The throw in is at 7-30pm.
♦️ The under 14 hurlers lost away to Coleraine in the league last Friday evening.
♦️ The three under age football teams are all away in the next round. Tonight Tuesday the under 14’s play St. Michael’s at Glack. On Thursday the under 16’s travel to Moneymore. Next Monday the minors are away to Dolan’s.
See attached below the Derry League and Championship plans for next 3 years.
Congratulations to Sean McIlvar who won the Eamon McIntyre Pool Competition in a marathon final against Gerard Faulkner. Very well done to both players. The junior competition was won by Cormac Canning
A big thank you to everyone who took part and supported. A special thank you to Ron McIntyre, Gerard Faulkner, Dermot McGilligan and everyone else involved in organising the event.
Club prize presentation for the 2017 season, held in the Bushtown Hotel on 20th Jan 2018. Guests of honour Derry Camogie Chair Dympna Dougan and Honorary Presidents Father Brendan Crowley. Photos here
At a well attended 74th Annual General Meeting in the club rooms on Friday (12th Jan 18) night all the main officers were returned but there are some new faces on some of the sub committees. Not a single person who was proposed for a position turned it down. Chairman Paddy Higgins described 2017 as a year of progress on all fronts but saddened by the untimely death of senior player Shaun Mullan. He thanked the many club volunteers for their commitment but said that there was still more work to do.
Those elected were Honorary Presidents Father Brendan Crowley, Cahir O’Connell, Bernie Mullan, Philip Mullan (Hill) and Barney O’Kane. Chairman Paddy Higgins, Vice Chairman John O’Connell, Secretary Karl McKillop for 19th successive year, Assistant Secretary Niall Mullan, Treasurer Don Robinson, Assistant treasurer Damian McNicholl, Development Officer Fergal Bradley, Membership Officers Niall Mullan, Paula Barry and Paul Robinson, Youth Officers Sean Cassidy (hurling) Melinda Robinson (camogie) Damian Doherty (football) Shauna Duffy (ladies football) Martina Bradley (Cultural), Gemma Brolly (Irish Language) Scor Officers Martina Wade and Aimee Doherty, Ticket Officers Sinead and Seamus Cassidy, Ladies Football Rep Shauna Duffy, Camogie Rep Melinda Robinson, Irish Language Gemma Brolly, Sinead Kearney and Aimee Doherty, Coaching Co-ordinator Ryan Deighan, Health and Wellbeing Dr. Sinead Faulkner, Insurance Officers John Canning and Bernie Mullan, Safeguarding Officer Melinda Robinson.
Underage Coaching (All Codes) – There will be a meeting on Tuesday (9th Jan) night at 8 o’clock in the club hall to select the managers for the underage team’s for 2018. Anyone interested in taking a team should try and attend. All parents that can help are encouraged to attend and new faces are very welcome.
Come along and get involved, it is great fun and very rewarding!
The Annual Bazaar will take place this Sunday 17th in the Errigal Hall at 8:30pm, bingo starts an hour earlier at 7-30pm.
Tickets are now available for the main draw 1st Prize 1,000 pound, 2nd Prize 300 Litres of Oil.
The members, players and committee of Ballerin GAC are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our clubmate and present Senior player Shaun Mullan. Shaun was a very well loved member of our Senior team who enjoyed training and playing football with his friends and teammates. Shaun loved a tough physical battle during a game and this side of his personality shone through to the end as he tried his best to battle the injuries he suffered in the tragic accident on Thursday morning.
Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with Shaun’s family and his wife Sinead. This will undoubtedly be a very difficult time for his family, friends and our wider Club family, we will now do our best as a Club and Community to help each other through this tragic, sorrowful time and keep the memory of Shaun strong in our hearts.