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
Sunday 24th April 2016
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.
Sunday 17th April 2016
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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
St Patrick's IIs
Junior A League Rd 16
Sunday 27th September 2015
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 earlier in the season.
The visitors got off the mark first, opening the scoring from a free kick in the first minute. 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. 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. 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: 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, finally started to click. Midfielder Mark Hughes pulled a point back for them to leave just 2 the difference. A Belleek attack saw corner back Roger McCormick cleared a ball off his own line. The 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, Power narrowed the gap to the minimum. Despite their best efforts the could neither find an equalising point nor a match-winning goal and succumbed to a one point defeat.
Full time: 1-08 Belleek 0-12
Despite losing the match 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 , Colm McKeever, Morgan and Eoin Reynolds. Going into the final game of last season 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 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)