Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Juvenile Notes - 3rd July

We started a very busy fortnight for the under 14 panel on Monday evening with the county under 14 hurling semi final against Mt. Sion in Fews. We got off to a slow start here with the city team going 4pts to no score up. Our lads them settled to the job in hand and settled down. This as expected was a very close game and it required extra time to decide the outcome. The whole panel of players battled very well on the night to record the win. We have now qualified for the county final on Saturday 27th July with a score line of 3-9 to 1-14.
Next we travelled to Burt in Donegal on Thursday last to represent the county in the All Ireland Football tournament. This was a great experience for all the players. Our host club Burt had left no stone unturned to ensure we wanted for nothing. We started the business end of the competition on Friday afternoon, with our first game against the Burt club. The home team had an explosive start and were 3-1 to 0-2 up at half time. We upped the pressure in the second and got some great scores. We found it extremely difficult to penetrate the strong blanket defence and were beaten 4-2 to 1-5.
Next we travelled to nearby Derry City for the Féile parade. This started in the Celtic Park and went through the city along the walls of Derry where the lads viewed some historic landmarks. The team captain was presented with a scroll by the GAA President Liam O’Neill.
Next morning we had a very early start and were against Ballinderry from Derry. In this game our boys continued where they finished the game the day before and played some very good football and were always in control in this game and finished 1-8 to 0-1.
Our final game was against Carlow champions Michael Davitts. This was a game we needed to win to stay in the tournament. Our lads played their best football in this game and came out winners 2-5 to 0-4. It was now down to results from the other games to decide our fate. Unfortunately for us the game between Michael Davitts and the local side Burt ended in a draw with the home side converting a free with the final kick of the game to get the draw, this meant we ended second on the league table one point behind. That marked the end of the playing part of the tournament. We them travelled to support our host club in the semi final and on again for an evening of bowling and fun between both clubs.
This was a great weekend for all our young boys where they represented themselves, families, club and county extremely well. This has been a memorable experience for them all, where they have made new friends and links for life.
We have now started our preparations for the hurling Féile which begins this Friday 5th July where we are in Division 1 and up against some to the best teams in the country.

Féile Football Panel & Mentors

Outdoor Hurling
Outdoor hurling continues every Saturday morning from 10.30 for boys age five and up. Helmets and hurleys can be purchased through the club at a discounted price.

Minor Hurling
Our minor hurling team get the championship underway tonight Wednesday the 3rd of July at home to Ballygunner. We wish everyone involved well.
Club History
Abbeyside / Ballinacourty GAA Club was formed in 1967 as a result of the amalgamation of Abbeyside Hurling and Football Clubs and Ballinacourty Football Club. It is situated within the Parish of Abbeyside, Ballinroad and Garranbane. Located on the eastern side of the River Colligan, it forms the northern and eastern shorelines of Dungarvan Harbour from Abbeyside Church to Ballinacourty Lighthouse
Development Fund
Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA Club has been growing at a dramatic pace over the past 10 years with the population of our parish increasing rapidly. We must ensure that we have the best facilities for all our players. We want to ensure that the next generation have the facilities that they need and deserve. We are asking supporters and friends to support this project over the next five years.
Strategic Plan
Past generations have had their visions for the future of our club. These are our current aims and with these achieved we hope to hand on the club to future generations in the same healthy state it was passed onto us.
Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA Club, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland.
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