Ladies Beat Mullaghbrack

posted 25 Apr 2016, 23:53 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Ballyhegan Davitts Ladies Senior Team v Mullaghbrack

After an opening day defeat to Crossmaglen, the Davitts got their season up and running with a hard fought victory over Mullaghbrack at Ballyhegan Park on Saturday 23 April. A number of retirements and a crippling list of injuries meant Ballyhegan had to rely on many underage players for this fixture. However this did not weaken the team in any way, Grace Ferguson and Aisling McGrane made their starting debuts and their underage teammates Blaithnaid Hendron, Lauren O’Gorman and Sarah Louise Doherty along with Amy Fay who is just out of minor football all started.

Mullaghbrack made a quick start dominating territory and possession in the first 5 minutes, however the Davitts soon got into their rhythm and flowing football with great support play saw the Davitts tick off 4 unanswered points to edge in front by one. A fast and flowing game saw both sides trade scores and halftime came with Ballyhegan up by one.

Mullaghbrack started the second half with a sweeper to combat the pace of the Davitts attacks but this gave extra space for the Ballyhegan girls to build their attacks from deep and hurt the visitors on the scoreboard. On one attack Blaithnaid Hendron got the ball to the net but the ref had already blown for a penalty. Eve Lavery stepped up to cooly slot the ball into the bottom right corner of the net. Not to be out done Blaithnaid managed to raise the green flag also with a well taken goal of her own which added to the goal scored by Edith McCormick in the first half.

With 10 minutes to go there was only a point in the game, and while management were nervous the girls were not, superior fitness and more accurate finishing meant the Davitts pulled away and finished with a four point margin of victory.

Whilst player of the match rightly goes to Eve Lavery with a total haul of 1-04 every Davitt on the field gave everything for this win. Massive credit must go to the debutants and other underage players whose energy and pace and ability were fantastic, this along with the experienced players guile and leadership gave the Davitts a deserved victory.

The challenge of this competitive league continues next Saturday 30th with an away trip to Lissummon. The Ballyhegan ladies will travel with renewed confidence.

The team lined out as follows.

Orla McKeever, Claire Lavery, Kate McCormack, Alice Guy, Lauren O’Gorman, Sarah Louise Doherty, Aisling McGrane, Eve Lavery, Ciara McKeever, Edith McCormick, Olivia McCann, Rebecca McGeary, Grace Ferguson, Blaithnaid Hendron, Amy Fay.

Sub Not used Emma Williamson.

Final score Ballyhegan Davitts 3-08 - 2-07 Mullaghbrack

Local Derby Victory

posted 25 Apr 2016, 06:06 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Sunday 24th April 2016

Ballyhegan 1-9 v Collegeland 1-6

Ballyhegan Park was the setting for the Davitts first derby of the season and also their first home league game of 2016 after the Killeavy game was called off, because of the heavy rain two weeks earlier.

The sun was shining and the pitch had been cut, spiked and rolled it was ready for action, Davitts attacking Hewitt’s field end in the first half. The game took a while to settle down and it was Collegeland who got the first score of the game from a free, Ballyhegan responded through Conor Loughran after he was set up by Paul Nixon.
Jack Rafferty got the next two points for Ballyhegan, the second one a fine team score after four Davitts where involved before Jack spilt the posts. Collegeland responded with their second and final score of the half, another free. The final five minutes of the half belonged to Ballyhegan where they scored 1-2 without reply. The goal came from Conal McKeever after Paul Nixon’s shot hit a post, Rory McKeever was first to react and took the sensible option of laying the ball off to Conal who found the bottom of the goal. From the resulting kick-out possession found James McKeever who fisted over his first score of the day. Conal then finished the score of the first-half with a point from play, leaving the half-time score Ballyhegan 1-5 Collegeland 0-02.

Collegeland had to come out fighting in the second half and started the brighter of the two teams getting the first two scores, one a free and the other from play. Ballyhegan replied with a Mark Hughes point and Paddy Marley then got in on the act with a point after 48 mins. Collegeland came back with two more scores to show they weren’t finished yet. James McKeever increased the lead with his second point on 52 mins. Collegeland needed goals at this stage and where starting to threaten. Mel Courtney and Daniel McKeever where working hard to keep them out, but the Davitts defence got cut open on (55mins) a tactical foul by Jonny McKeever resulted in him shown a black card and a penalty to Collegeland.

With Jonny having to go, Tiernan Power was called upon to replace him. The first thing he had to face was a penalty, and was very unlucky not to save it as he got a hand to it, but the ball was in the net - GAME ON! The score was now 1-8 to 1-6. Collegeland felt they had time to get another goal for the win and keep pushing and pressing but great chasing back from Thomas Reynolds stopped a certain shot at goal. With time near up Ballyhegan broke up the field and the ball fell to Rory McKeever who steadied himself and popped the ball over the bar.
This looked to seal victory for Ballyhegan but time wasn’t up yet and Collegeland pushed on looking for a second goal, the final act of the game saw the ball crash off the Ballyhegan post as Collegeland so near clinched a draw.

This is a game Ballyhegan should have been out of sight in, their dominance in the first half should have left them with a more commanding lead at half-time and kicking 15 wides overall will not please management. Next up is the re-fixture against Killeavy II’s at home on Friday night before an away trip to O’Hanlon’s on Sunday.

Ballyhegan Team: J McKeever (C) (T. Power) 55mins , R McCormick, M Courtney, J McAtarsney (T Reynolds) 44mins, C Morgan (C McGlinchey) 39mins, C Loughran (0-01), S McKeever, M Hughes (0-01), J Rafferty (0-02), R McKeever (0-01) P Marley (0-01), J McKeever (0-02), D McKeever, P Nixon, C McKeever (1-1)

Davitts Win League Opener

posted 19 Apr 2016, 03:26 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Sunday 17th April 2016

Belleek 1-8 Ballyhegan 2-9

This was Ballyhegan’s first outing of the year after the initial league game of the season was called off due to a water logged Ballyhegan Park. The rain during the week hadn’t let up so the surface at Belleek, which is always testing, was going to push the players to their limits.

Ballyhegan got off to a good start with points from Paul Nixon and Patrick Marley. This was followed up with a goal from Tiernan Power after Paul Nixon’s initial shot had come back off the post. Belleek came back into the game with a couple of scores of their own to show the Davitts they wouldn’t have it all their own way. Patrick Marley got on the score sheet again before a Paul Nixon goal give the Davitts a commanding lead and they should have been further in front but for some hesitancy in shooting or shots going wide.

Good movement from Ballyhegan forwards Nixon and Marley resulted in Marley being fouled for a penalty, but unfortunately Mark Hughes missed the resulting spot kick.
Belleek then went down the field to score a penalty of their own to leave the score 1-2 to 2-3. The final score of the first half came from Belleek to leave the half-time score Belleek 1-3 Ballyhegan 2-3, nothing in it.

Ballyhegan went on to kick 6 points in the second half with them coming from the boots of Patrick Marley (2), Jack Rafferty (1), Mark Hughes (1) and Paul Nixon (2).
Paul and Patrick continued to be a threat to the Belleek defence all day long and this bodes well for the games to come. Ballyhegan’s defence played it’s part in an important win as they keep Belleek to five second half points and good work from Mel Courtney at full back, along with James McAtarsney (on his starting debut) in corner back, the rest of the defence got through a lot of work, no-one more so than Conor Loughran at centre half back.

The key to getting out of Junior League over the past few years has been getting a good start to the league. This win might prove vital come the business end of the league. Next up for Ballyhegan is a local derby against neighbours Collegeland on Sunday 24
th April.

Ballyhegan Team: J McKeever (C), R McCormick, M Courtney, J McAtarsney (B Morgan), C Morgan, C Loughran, S McKeever, M Hughes (0-01), J Rafferty (0-01), T Reynolds (C McGlinchey) P Marley (0-05), J McKeever, D McKeever, T Power (1-0) (S McCormack), P Nixon (1-2)

Underage Presentation Night 2015

posted 2 Dec 2015, 14:42 by Ballyhegan Davitts   [ updated 4 Dec 2015, 00:03 by Jarlath McCann ]

Underage Presentation 2015

About one hundred and thirty people filled the club rooms in Ballyhegan Park and enjoyed a fun filled night in celebration of the underage achievements in 2015 season. Guest speakers were Ethan Rafferty (Grange GFC) and Aoife Lennon (Armagh Harps GFC) who presented the Under Eights, Under Tens and Under twelve with medals for their achievements throughout the year.

The Under fourteens boys received medals for winning Division three league shields and the Minor Girls were presented with their Junior Plate winner medals. Individual Recipients on the night were

Age group                        Player Of The              Year Most Improved Player

Under fourteen (boys)      James McCormick       Sam Harrison

Under fourteen (Girls)      Aoibhinn Hughes         Maeve Ferguson & Aisling McGrane

Under sixteen (Girls)        Felthinn Morgan           Kiera Rooney & Bláthnaid Hendron

Under sixteen (boys)         James McCann & Paul McQuade            Sean Donaghy

Minor (Girls)                    Erin McQuillan             Amy Fay

Minor (boys)                     Conor McGlinchey       Paul McQuade & James McCann

The Youth and Executive committee of Ballyhegan would like to thanks all the coaches that assisted throughout the year

Under Six Managers Linda Harvey, Stephen Tiffney, Barry Murphy, Paul Morgan, Shane McCormack

Under Eights Managers Sean McCann, Michael Kennedy, Martin McQuade, Paul McGrane, Seamus McCann

Under Tens Managers Stephen McGrane, Liam Donaghy, Brenda McCormack

Under Twelves Managers Peter McGrane, Chris O'Carroll, Christy Furphy, Ciaran O’Hagan

Under Fourteens Boys Managers Seamus McCann, Joe Rafferty

Under Sixteens Boys Managers Conor Morgan, Tony Keegan, Jonny McKeever

Minor Boys Managers Joe Rafferty, Jim Lee, Kevin McGlinchey

Under Fourteens Girls Managers Niall Gallagher, Patrick McGrane, Louise Brady

Under Sixteens Girls Managers Moya O'Gorman, Michael Ferguson

Minor Girls Managers Michael Ferguson, Moya O'Gorman

A big word of thanks goes to the catering team of Catherine McCormick, Orla McKeever, Moya O’Gorman, Ciara McKeever and Emma Williamson for the refreshments on the night. The Ballyhegan committee would also like to thank Patrick McCann (Simply Fruit) for the donation of fruit packs. Finally Ballyhegan committee would like to thank Brendan Morgan for taking the pictures one the night. 

Ballyhegan football pitch will be closed over the winter months however there will be a range of activates in the club rooms. For further information contact Eoin Reynolds (EGR fitness) or contact any members of the committee.

Overtraining, Burnout and Fixtures Calander

posted 4 Nov 2015, 14:25 by Ballyhegan Davitts

An interesting read for players, coaches and parents:

The director general of the GAA has launched a discussion paper on Player Overtraining and Burnout and the GAA Fixtures Calendar, listing a number of proposals that could ease the increasing pressure on intercounty players at the younger end of the scale.

The two main concerns being addressed are the pressure being placed on players between the ages of 17 and 21 “who are being asked to train too much, to play too many matches for too many teams and are afforded too little time for rest and recovery” and the absence of a “fair, evenly-distributed and planned schedule of club matches throughout the year due to the scheduling of inter-county fixtures”.

The full list of proposals - which would be introduced in 2017 and 2018 - is as follows:

1. Re-grade the inter-county minor grade from U18 to U17.

2. Play the new minor championships alongside the senior championships as is currently the case.

3. Discontinue the U21 football inter-county championship.

4. Conclude the All-Ireland U21 hurling inter-county championship before the senior final.

5. Increase the number of national league weekends, doubling up football and hurling fixtures.

6. Discontinue the AFL Division 1 semi-finals.

7. Establish in rule that players, who are not in the match-day panel of 26 must be available to their clubs on the weekends of intercounty games.

8. Bring forward the senior All-Irelands by two weeks with the hurling final on the second Sunday of August and the football final played on the first Sunday in September.

9. Play extra time at the end of all drawn championship matches.

10. Discontinue the All-Ireland inter-county junior football and intermediate hurling championships.

11. Introduce a calendar-year fixtures schedule.


posted 4 Nov 2015, 14:13 by Ballyhegan Davitts


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  • Pilates is a low impact form of exercise designed to not only improve core strength but also improve your well being. If you are suffering from an injury or poor health Pilates can help restore physical vitality, invigorate the mind and elevates the spirit.

Walking Track

posted 4 Nov 2015, 14:01 by Ballyhegan Davitts

The lights for the walking track around the main pitch will be on every Monday night from 7-8pm and every Wednesday night from 6.30-7.30pm between now and Christmas offering a safe a well-lit area to walk off those lbs in the run up to party season!

No Promotion This Season

posted 12 Oct 2015, 13:02 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Despite their best efforts this season our Senior Men's team will remain in the Junior A League for at least one more season. After the final league game against Belleek, promotion was out of our own hands but still possible if other results went our way.
Corrinshego played Clonmore on Friday night past. A Clonmore win or a draw would have seen the Davitts promoted but to their credit Corrinshego, who needed the win to go up for the first time in 30 years, held out and won the game by 5 points meaning they will join league winners Derrynoose and Junior Championship winners Tullysaran in the Intermediate Division in 2016.
Ballyhegan next season will compete with the 3 relegated sides from the Intermediate this season - Collegeland, Dorsey Emmetts and Keady and also with the 2 promoted sides from Junior B - St Patrick's Cullyhanna IIs and Clady.

Junior A League line-up for 2016
Ballyhegan Davitts
Crossmaglen IIs
Dorsey Emmetts
St Patrick's IIs 

Davitts v Belleek

posted 12 Oct 2015, 12:51 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Junior A League Rd 16 

Sunday 27th September 2015 

Ballyhegan Davitts v Belleek 


Ballyhegan went into their final league game of the season on a fine Sunday afternoon against relegation candidates Belleek hoping for a win to potentially gain promotion up to the Intermediate division. Belleek could not be taken lightly having already beaten the Davitts earlier in the season. 

The visitors got off the mark first, opening the scoring from a free kick in the first minute. Ballyhegan hit back immediately through midfielder John Guy who was on the end of good build up play from Rory McKeever and Paddy Marley. Belleek regained the lead soon after with two points in a minute, one from play and another from a free. Davitts full forward Paul Nixon won a free kick which Paddy Marley converted before the visitors added another free to their tally and opened up a two point lead. Marley got in for his first point from play in the 12th minute when Jack Rafferty’s effort was blocked down the ball found its way to Paddy who slotted over. The home side took the lead a minute later. Jack Rafferty’s ball in put Paul Nixon through on goal. The keeper made a good save put Paddy Marley was first to the rebound and found the net putting the Davits two points up. Belleek then hit a purple patch which saw them roll off five unanswered points, three from frees and two from play, to go three clear. Ballyhegan added another two before the break, one resulting from a great team move and the other a fine effort from the right by half back Rory McKeever, either side of another score from the visitors to leave two the difference at the break. 

Half time: Ballyhegan 1-05 Belleek 0-10 

Perhaps it was the effects of a long hard season finally taking its toll on the players but the second half was something of a damp squib compared to the first. It took 10 minutes for the first score of the half which came from Belleek and saw them open up a 3 point lead in the game. They extended this 5 minutes later through a free kick. With less than 10 minutes remaining of the game, Ballyhegan finally started to click. Midfielder Mark Hughes pulled a point back for them to leave just 2 the difference. Belleek attack saw corner back Roger McCormick cleared a ball off his own line. The Davitts countered from this resulting in a point from substitute James McKeever with a fine solo effort beating three defenders before scoring. With 2 minutes left on the clock another substitute, Tiernan Power narrowed the gap to the minimum. Despite their best efforts the Davitts could neither find an equalising point nor a match-winning goal and succumbed to a one point defeat. 

Full time: Ballyhegan 1-08 Belleek 0-12  

Despite losing the match Ballyhegan may yet still be promoted as teams above and below them in the league still have not finished their campaign. No matter the outcome this season has saw fantastic progress under the new management team of Joe McGrane, Colm McKeever, Comghal Morgan and Eoin Reynolds. Going into the final game of last season Ballyhegan were playing to avoid relegation. Fast forward a season and its hopes of promotion going into the final game. Consistently putting out squads of around 25 players and new faces coming through from the underage ranks, the future looks bright for the Davitts and there is a buzz of excitement about the squad. Thanks to everyone involved all season for their efforts, sacrifices and hard work, particularly to the older men on the panel - Tony Keegan (who was captain for the day), Joey Murphy, Mel Courtney and Gerard Morgan - who find it more and more difficult to commit every year, hopefully you can all go again for at least another season! 


Ballyhegan lined out as follows: J McKeever, R McCormick, M McKeever, J Murphy, R McKeever 0-01 (S McKeever 45), M Courtney (A Morgan 0-1 15), T Keegan (c), M Hughes 0-01, J Guy 0-01 (T Power 0-01), G Morgan (J McKeever 0-01 18), R Devlin (T Reynolds 27), J Rafferty, D McKeever, P Nixon, P Marley (1-02 1f)   

Fight Fit

posted 23 Sep 2015, 15:49 by Ballyhegan Davitts

Introducing Fight Fit, a high energymartial arts inspired total body workout designed to shape and tone the entire body. Beginning Thursday 24th September at 8pm with local lady Lynn Morgan putting us through our paces.

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