Tuesday, June 23, 2009

News 23 - 6 - 09

Senior Shield
The Senior team finally got their Shield campaign underway on Friday night last when they travelled to Ballinamore to play Sean O Heslins. A confident performance delivered two points for the Bors as they recorded a 2-14 to 0-10 victory. This Friday night Eslin are the visitors to Dromod in the Shield and the game will throw in at 8.15pm.

Division 3
The Junior A team hosted Allen Gaels on Saturday evening last. Short a number of regulars, a ten minute spell in the first half when the Drumshanbo men recorded 1-3 without reply, proved to be the Bors undoing. Despite a number of good goal chances in both halves, Bornacoola were unable to find the net. Final Score Allen Gaels 1-9 Bornacoola 0-10

Girls School Team
Hard luck to our national schools girls team who lost the seven a side schools final on Thursday last. Despite a big effort from our girls Cloone were much the stronger side and ran out deserving winners on the day. However it was a great achievement for the Bornacoola girls to reach the final and there will no doubt be better days ahead.
The Panel involved included: Dawn Hackett, Tanya Donnelly, Clara Reid, Orla Mc Weeney, Jolene Francis, Shannon Boyle, Sarah Mc Weeney, Colleen Bohan, Claire Rogers, Celine Bolger, Lauren Shanley, Shauna Diffley, Roisin Donnelly and Niamh Donnelly.

U-12 Girls
Our Under 12 Girls got their 9 a side championship started on Saturday last against Dromahaire. In what was a very close and entertaining game the girls put in a great performance to win by two points. A number of new faces also made their first appearance and we’d like to thank Dromahaire for a most sporting game and also Mary Shanley for refereeing at short notice. The girls are next in action on Thursday evening away to Aughlin Gaels.

U-10 Boys
Our under 10 squad traveled to Gortletteragh on Wednesday evening last to play a challenge match. Once again we had some great performances all over the field with a number of players making their debuts in the black and amber. Our thanks to the Gortletteragh club for a great game.
The team was Shane Mallon, Cian Mallon, Holly Costello, Christy Sullivan, Tanya Boyle, Ciaran Mc Glynn, Hannah Mc Glynn, Jordan Cramp, Oran Mc Guinness, Christopher Healy, Cora Feeron, Brendan Feeron, Michelle Hackett, Arran Hackett, Sean Mc Goldrick, Enda Mc Goldrick and Jake Sheils.

Division 4
The long journey to Dromahaire on Sunday morning proved a fruitless one for our Junior B team as they suffered a heavy defeat to a very sharp home team. With only three games remaining, the Bors will require at least another two points to ensure survival in this Division. This Sunday, Kiltubrid visit Dromod for a 2pm throw-in.

Love was very much in the air in Bornacoola this week as Club Secretary Shane Reynolds and Ladies stalwart Orla Bohan announced their engagement. Shane of course had a very successful playing career with the Bors over a long number of years and captured both junior championship and league medals in the Black and Amber. After many years of the club playing in the Junior and Intermediate championships in Leitrim, I know it was a particular highlight for Shane to see the club promoted to Senior level and he was one of the stars of the Bornacoola team in 1999 that reached the County semi-final, when he lined out at wing back. Although he has never officially retired (the third team championship is only around the corner!) these days Shane’s main concentration is as Secretary of the Club. He took over this role in 2005 (from his soon to be brother-in-law Declan) and has been a most efficient and popular custodian of the post in the intervening period. Over the years Shane has been involved in absolutely every aspect of club life, even taking to the stage in Scór on occasion, and is the quintessential club man.

Like Shane, Orla played for many years for Bornacoola and I know her highlight in the Black and Amber jersey came late in the Ladies Junior final in 2004, when she came off the bench towards the end of Bornacoola’s victory over St Mary’s to earn a Junior championship medal with the club. Also like Shane, no one is quite sure if she has actually retired or not from the playing fields and one suspects she’d be available to tog out again if ever called upon by the Ladies. A keen Scor devotee, Orla is also an accomplished administrator and served on the club Executive for many years. Perhaps that’s where the romance really blossomed!! In any case, your many, many friends in the club have asked me to pass on their best wishes and congratulations to you both and we hope you have many years of happiness together.

Club Draw
The monthly club draw takes place this Saturday night in the Copper Still. Music on the night and your support as always would be greatly appreciated.

U-12 Blitz
Bornacoola host Allen Gaels in the second round of the U-12 Blitz competition on Monday evening next in the Park at 7pm.

Minor Championship
The Minor Championship kicks off on Wednesday, July 1st and Bornacoola begin with a home game against Leitrim Gaels.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

News - 16 - 06 - 09

Schools Final
Pride of place this week must go to the Scoil Mhuire NS Boys team who retained their Division 3 Shield Title after a pulsating final with St. Hugh’s NS, Dowra, played at St Mary’s Park Ck-on-Shannon on Saturday last on a final scoreline of 6-07 to 3-15. A last minute Ronan Mulligan goal secured the title in a game that had everything. Leading 2-06 to 1-04 at the break, the boys fell five points behind following a rip-roaring start to the second half by their opponents. Displaying tremendous spirit, they kept to their task and were rewarded for their efforts by securing the title in injury time amid great excitement.
Team: Liam Jones, Gearoid Mulligan, Brian Duffy, Fergal Hackett, Ronan Mulligan (2-2) Sean Muldowney, Joshua Francis, Robert O Beirne (1-2), Karl Mallon (0-1). Subs: Dylan Hackett (3-0), Luke Jones, Patryk Kozac, Brendan Fearon, Kevin Mulligan, Jack Keville, Dylan Rogan.

Fundraising Draw
The Park Development Fundraising Draw took place in the Shannon Key West Hotel on Saturday night last. The draw was a tremendous success and we’d like to thank all those who supported the club in this initiative. The support from the people of Bornacoola and the neighbouring parishes in particular was deeply appreciated. A special word of thanks to our Sponsors including Sean and Deirdre Farrell of Flair (who sponsored €1500 worth of furniture), the Shannon Key West Hotel and the Copper Still. We’d also like to acknowledge the hard work of Tommy Larkin and the entire finance committee and indeed to all those who sold tickets and put in such a tremendous effort on behalf of the club.

Winners were as follows: €3,000 – Gerry O Rourke (Longford), 2nd Prize – Danny Prunty (€1500 worth of furniture sponsored by Flair) 3rd Prize Danny Maguire (All Ireland Football Tickets), 4th Prize: Bobby Shanley and Gerry Gearty (Hurling Final Tickets), 5th Prize: Sarah Mc Weeney (Meal for 4 in Shannon Key West Hotel), 6th Prize: Patrick Dooner (Meal for 4 in Copper Still) and €100 each to the following: Deirdre Hanley (Rooskey), Brian Mc Laughlin (Kilglass), JJ O Rourke (Mohill) and Jimmy Darcy (Drom/Inch GAA Club, Co Tipperary)

Senior League
The Senior team turned in a hard working performance to earn a valuable two points as they secured victory over Allen Gaels in Dromod on Sunday. Despite the visitors gaoling intheir first attack of the game through Sean Mc Gourty, two goals for the Bors, both from the boot of Damian Moran, left Bornacoola 2-5 to 1-4 ahead at the interval. The game was nip and tuck throughout the second half, but Bornacoola’s ability to respond each time the Gaels registered scores was vital in ensuring a 2-12 to 1-10 victory.
Team and scorers: Feargal Mc Gill, Seamus Mallon, Conor Mc Cauley, Jason Conroy, Mervyn Howard, Morgan Shanley, Niall O Connor, Michael Duignan (0-1), David O Connor (0-2), Declan Shanley, Sean Mc Keon (0-2), Philip Howard, Brian Conroy (0-2), Damian Moran (2-1), Mark Mc Closkey (0-2). Subs used: Niall Mc Gowan, Ollie Vaughan (0-1), Fergal Howard and Damian Mc Guinness.

Ladies in Final
The Ladies team were in action against Ballinaglera at the weekend and secured a great victory on a scoreline of 8-11 to 2-8 to progress to the 9-a-side final. Well done to coaches Sean Mc Cauley and Vincent Canning and to all the girls who have been working very hard over the last few months.
The team at the weekend was MMichelle Reilly, Sarah Duffy, Rachel Duignan, Niamh Reynolds, Jillian Duignan 0-1, Charlotte Faughnan 1-2, Fiona Reilly 2-3, Leonie Duffy 0-2 Kelly Howard 2-2, Subs used: Cora Mc Cauley, Shannon Boyle, Allison Mc Keon, Jessica Mc Keon, Michelle O Beirne 1-1, Lisa Geelan 2-0, Coleen Bohan, Susan Shanley

Division 4
The Junior B team were most unfortunate not to take a victory from their meeting with Allen Gaels last Sunday but in the end up had to be happy to settle for a draw on a scoreline of 2-5 to 1-8.
The Bornacoola team was Kevin Mallon, Sean Ryan, Brian Reilly, Brendan Duignan, John Shanley, Bobby Shanley, John Mc Govern, John Bohan, Damian Moran, Ollie Vaughan, Aidan Reilly, Mervyn Howard, Alan Croghan, Damian Mc Gowan and David Mulligan. With three games remaining, the lads are hovering just above the relegation zone, so a few more points in the coming weeks will be vital.

This Week’s Fixtures
A busy weekend for our adult teams kicks off on Friday evening when the Senior team are in Shield action against Sean O Heslins in Ballinamore at 8.15pm. On Saturday, the Division 3 team play Allen Gaels in Dromod at 6.30pm while on Sunday, the Division 4 team make the journey to Dromahaire for a 2pm throw in.

U-12 Blitz
The U-12 blitzes will be taking place every Monday for the next six weeks. The youngsters of Annaduff and Bornacoola will get the action underway next Monday night in Annaduff at 7pm and in the coming weeks we will also be meeting with Aughnasheelin, Allen Gaels, Mohill and Drumkeerin. The Blitz model is intended to ensure full participation with all players guaranteed to get a game. Players are limited to 2 plays of the ball (i.e 1 solo 1 hop or 2 solos) and then they must release the ball. All games are played across the pitch with 2 games at the same time where there are enough players to play. Games can be 7, 8, 9, 10 etc a side and all scores are of equal value. Well worth going along on Monday night to see this initiative in action.

U-14 Championship
The U-14 Championship gets underway for Bornacoola on June 26th with a home game against Glenfarne. Games will take place every Friday evening until July 24th, with Bornacoola due to have a bye on the week of July 17th. The other teams in the group are St Osnatt;s, Aughavas and Aughnasheelin.

U-16 Championship
At U-16 level we find ourselves in a group with Aughavas, Annaduff and Leitrim Gaels. The competition will get underway on August 14th.

Minor Championship
The Minor Championship gets underway for the Bors on July 1st with a home game against Leitrim Gaels. Games will be on Wednesday evenings (July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and August 12th and 19th) and opposition will include Kiltubrid, St Caillins, Glenfarne, Leitrim Gaels, Gortletteragh, St Osnatt’s and Aughavas.

Leitrim Ladies
Congratulations to Nadine Hackett who is on the Leitrim Ladies Under 14 panel that qualified for the All Ireland Under 14 B Shield Final with a 6-15 to 0-6 win over Fermanagh on Sunday last. The final will be played in two weeks time against Offaly

Monday, June 08, 2009

News 08 - 06 - 09

School Success
The Bornacoola Girls national school team have qualified for the seven a side final where they will play Cloone. This game is due to be played on Thursday week, June 18th. It is a great achievement to get to the final so we wish the girls all the best and hope to see lots of support on the day.

Senior League
A late goal for Drumreilly denied Bornacoola two vital league points in the Masonite Division 1 league game in Carrickmakeegan on Saturday evening last as the home side edged out the Bors by 1-5 to 0-7. Team and scorers were: Feargal Mc Gill, Jason Conroy, Conor Mc Cauley, John Mc Guinness, Mervyn Howard, Morgan Shanley (0-1), Niall O Connor (0-1), David O Connor, Damian Moran (0-1), Declan Shanley, Mark Mc Closkey (0-1), Trevor Howard, Brian Conroy, Michael Duignan (0-2) and Sean Mc Keon (0-1). Subs used Oliver Vaughan and Philip Howard. Our next league fixture is this Sunday when Allen Gaels visit Dromod for a 1.30pm throw-in.

Ladies News
The Ladies team enjoyed a great victory over St Mary’s recently in the 9-a-side league and are now through to the semi-final of the competition where they are due to meet Ballinaglera. The girls have been working very hard of late and were good value for their 2-11 to 3-5 victory over the Carrick girls.
The team on duty was: Michelle Reilly, Sarah Duffy, Niamh Reynolds, Charlotte Faughnan, Leonie Duffy, Jillian Duignan, Fiona Reilly, Kelly Howard and Michelle O Beirne. Subs used included Emma Moffatt, Lisa Geelan, Nadine Hackett, Tara Hackett, Alison Mc Keon, Jessica Mc Keon, Shannon Boyle.

Division 3
The Junior A team put in a strong performance against St Caillin’s first team in Division 3 of the league on Sunday last but unfortunately came up just short on a final scoreline of 2-11 to 1-10.
The team on duty was: Gerry Gearty, John Reynolds, Brian Reilly, Brendan Duignan, Mervyn Howard, Shane Conroy, Damian Mc Guinness, Bobby Shanley, Feargal Howard (0-4), Damian Moran (0-3), Declan Shanley, Niall Mc Gowan (0-2), John Bohan, Brian Conroy and Ollie Vaughan (1-1). Subs used: Aidan Reilly, Alan Croghan and David Mulligan.

Development Draw
The pitch development draw takes place in the Shannon Key West Hotel on Saturday night next. Anyone with outstanding tickets (sold or unsold) are asked to return them to Tommy Larkin at the GAA grounds on Friday evening next between 8 and 9 O Clock.

Division 4
The Division 4 team play Allen Gaels this Sunday.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

News 02 - 06 - 09

Junior League
The Division 3 team traveled to Carrick on Saturday night last and in excellent weather conditions produced their best performance of the season in recording a 1-13 to 0-6 victory. Although playing in a division that includes a number of first team outfits, Bornacoola have enjoyed a good run at this level so far in 2009 and are currently up to 3rd in the Division. This Sunday, the boys play Fenagh at 2pm in Dromod.

Park Development Draw
All ticket sellers are asked to ensure that any outstanding tickets and money are returned to Tommy Larkin at the pitch on Friday evening next between 8 and 9 o’clock. Tickets for the draw are still on sale priced at €20 each with a top prize of €3,000 in cash and a host of excellent runners up prizes also on offer

Division 4
The Division 4 team played Leitrim Gaels on Sunday morning last, eventually losing an entertaining game by 2-11 to 2-4. No game at this level this weekend.

Senior League
The Senior team return to league action this Saturday evening when they make the journey to Carrickmakeegan to play Drumreilly at 6.30pm.