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)
Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Armagh Junior A League Rd 14
Ballyhegan Davitts v Clonmore
Ballyhegan went in to this game against Junior Championship finalists and neighbours Clonmore needing a win to keep their promotion push alive.
They got off the mark in the first minute with a fine point from the left hand side by Morgan after being set up by Tony Keegan. Corner back Roger McCormick made a fantastic block to thwart Clonmore's first attack soon after leading to a fast Davitts counter resulting in a free which Paddy Marley coolly converted to double the lead. Centre half-forward Ronan Devlin then added Ballyhegan's third point in the fifth minute with the Davitts seemingly comfortable in the game so far. Clonmore launched another attack which saw a high ball in cross the end line before being fisted back into play and subsequently in to the Davitts net. After some confusion the referee declared that ball had gone wide first therefore the goal would not stand. The resulting kickout was intercepted by a Clonmore forward who fired it into the top corner to immediately level the game. They took the lead two minutes later converting a free kick to go a point up. Corner forward Conal McKeever levelled the game with a point from play before Clonmore added another free. The Davitts equalised with a free kick from Paddy Marley who also gave the hosts the lead going into the break when he pointed from play following good attacking play from Jack Rafferty and Ronan Devlin.
Half time: Ballyhegan 0-06 Clonmore 1-02
Marley continued where he left off before the break hitting the opening score of the half from a dead ball. Substitute Mel Courtney then linked with Marley to provide Conal McKeever with a scoring opportunity which he took. He was on target again five minutes later to further extend the Davitt's lead. Ronan Devlin then added his second of the game to give Ballyhegan a 5-point lead ten minutes into the half. Clonmore pulled one back despite the heroic defensive efforts of Roger McCormick and Daniel McKeever. The pivotal moment in the game came midway through the half when Jack Rafferty bust through the ranks to fire a shot at goal. The keeper saved the effort but managed only to parry it back into play and Jack duly dispatched the rebound into the back of the net. Another Clonmore point from play was cancelled out by substitute James McKeever. Tiernan Power made a great tackle to win back possession and fed McKeever who danced by 3 defenders before splitting posts with a fine solo effort. Clonmore pulled 2 more back, both free kicks before the final whistle blew.
Full time: Ballyhegan 1-11 Clonmore 1-07
This was an impressive performance from Ballyhegan against the Championship finalists, though they will feel they could have won by more but for some wayward passes at key moments. It sets the Davitts up well for the must win final game against Belleek at home on Sunday 27th September.
Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: J McKeever (c), R McCormick, M McKeever, J Murphy, S McKeever (R McKeever), A Morgan 0-01, T Keegan, M Hughes (T Power), J Guy (M Courtney HT), R McKeever (G Morgan HT), R Devlin 0-02 (J Guy), J Rafferty 1-00, D McKeever, P Marley 0-04 (3f), C McKeever 0-03 (J McKeever 0-01)
Junior Championship Quarter Final
Ballyhegan v Killeavy IIs
Friday 11th September 2015
Ballyhegan came into this fixture on a decent run of form of late hoping to progress to their first Championship semi final since 2004. Killeavy IIs, Junior championship semi finalist for the past 2 years wanted to progress to at least that stage once again. Something had to give.
Killeavy got off to the better start, hitting the upright in the opening minute – rattling the Davitts defence early on. Ballyhegan lost midfielder John Guy to a black card a minute later, a loss to the team in what was always going to be a very physical battle. Killeavy opened the scoring after six minutes with an early goal followed up soon after by a pointed free kick and another point from play a minute later to take an early five point lead. It took until the twelfth minute for the Davitts to open their account, Paddy Marley scoring from play after being fed by Tony Keegan. Half forward Thomas Reynolds pulled another one back with well taken point off the outside of his right boot. Midfielder Mark Hughes added another to leave two between the sides a couple of minutes later. Killeavy extended the lead to three points with another point from play before a dramatic ending to the first half which would see Ballyhegan full back Mark McKeever dismissed and keeper Jonny McKeever save the resulting penalty just on the stroke of half time.
Half time score: Ballyhegan 0-03 Killeavy IIs 1-03
After a number of changes at half time, Ballyhegan came out strong and reduced the gap to a single point after three minutes of play. Paddy Marley with the first effort from a free and Mark Hughes with his second of the game. Killeavy added on another point before Marley again split the posts from a dead ball to leave the minimum between the sides going into the final quarter of the game. Killeavy converted a free kick to extend the lead again. Despite the Davitts best efforts their scores started drying up and Killeavy added a further two points from play. Ballyhean could not find the goal they so badly needed if they were to rescue the game and Killeavy ran out winner to progress on to the semi finals for another year.
Full time: Ballyhegan 0-07 Killeavy 1-08
A disappointing night all round for the Davitts. A poor first half did the damage meaning a spirited second half performance would prove futile in the end. The season is far from over though. With three more league games still to play, Ballyhegan are still very much in the promotion hunt. The first of the three games will be played this Saturday night (19th September) at 6pm away to St Michael’s Newtownhamilton.
Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: J McKeever (c), R McCormick, M McKeever, S McKeever, C Loughran (R McKeever), A Morgan, T Keegan (T Power), M Hughes 0-02, J Guy (R Devlin 2), T Reynolds 0-01, J Rafferty, J McKeever (S McKeever HT), J Murphy (C McKeever HT), P Nixon, P Marley 0-03f
Ballyhegan Davitts under 14s completed their campaign for the 2015 season with a comprehensive victory against St Pauls in the Division 3 Shield Final. Having defeated Clann Eireann in the semi final 2 weeks ago the players were eagerly awaiting the winners of the other semi final between St Pauls and Middletown. St Pauls were the victors and the final was fixed for Sunday 13 September at Sarsfields.
Played on a great surface on a full size pitch with 13 aside it was the Davitts who started the brighter with the wide open spaces suiting their long passing game. Following a number of unsuccessful attacks a long ball into James McCormack following good work from Conor O’Carroll and John Doherty saw James score the game’s opening goal. St Pauls replied with a number of chances hitting 2 points and 3 wides before Ballyhegan regrouped and mid way through the half James McCormack scored his second goal – this following a great interception by goalkeeper Tiernan Donachy whose quick delivery to Matthew McAtarsney and Ryan Rafferty saw the ball move from one end to the other and into the net. St Pauls had chances of their own but some excellent defending by Michael McCann, Matthew McAtarsney and full back Kevin McCann saw many of their attacks cut out. The midfield of Ryan Rafferty and Ethan McAtarsney were well on top by this stage, and with intelligent runs by Sam Harrison, Dan McKeever and Conor O’Carroll in the forwards as well as strong running by half back John Doherty and Peter McGrane, there was a continual supply of quality ball into the forwards. St Pauls defence blocked a number of chances though the pressure eventually worked with a further goal by James McCormack before half time saw them go in at the interval 3:02 to 0:04 in the lead.
The half time break gave the players a much needed break and management a chance to re-organise. Jamie McGahan replaced Michael McCann who had taken a heavy knock in the first half, with Conor O’Carroll dropping back into defence. Ballyhegan started the second half as they finished the first with a point from the throw in from James McCormack. This was the way the rest of the half was to take shape with the young Davitts totally dominating the second half; however they could not turn this dominance into scores with the St Pauls goalkeeper thwarting a number of goal scoring chances until eventually Dan McKeever finished strongly to the net following good build up play from James Crummie. This was followed quickly by a further point from Ryan Rafferty who had burst forward from midfield to join the attack. St Pauls were now chasing the game and in search of goals with a number of high balls into the Ballyhegan defence. These were dealt with superbly both by Tiernan Donachy in nets and Kevin McCann who was reading every ball into the box and any breaking ball was soon swept up by Conor O’Carroll and Peter McGrane. John Doherty and Matthew McAtarsney were sticking tightly to their men and broke up a number of attacks with their dogged defending. James Harvey, Sean Hughes and Thomas Hughes were introduced into the forward line to add some fresh legs and immediately penned the St Pauls defence back in their own half which enabled Ethan McAtarsney to rush through and score a goal and a point in quick succession. With the game now drawing to a close and both teams tiring it was St Pauls who broke forward and their full forward won a free on the edge of the area, which he took quickly and scored St Pauls only goal of the game. Not to be outdone
Ballyhegan broke forward and further points form James McCormack and Ethan McAtarsney saw Ballyhegan finish on a high. At the final whistle the score was Ballyhegan 5-07 to St Pauls 1-06.
This was an excellent game of football from both sides and played in a very sporting manner and well refereed by John Haughian. They say goals win games and in this case that was indeed true but the score line perhaps does not accurately reflect the dominance of Ballyhegan especially in the second half. An all round excellent team performance with every player playing their part. Defence was solid, midfield ran them into the ground and forwards caused all sorts of problems - a performance which players, managers and parents should be and were indeed proud off.
Ballyhegan Team – Tiernan Donachy, Matthew McAtarsney. Kevin McCann, Michael McCann, Peter McGrane, John Doherty, Ryan Rafferty, Ethan McAtarsney, Sam Harrison, James Crummie, James McCormack, Conor O’Carroll, Dan McKeever, Jamie McGahan, Sean Hughes, Thomas Hughes, James Harvey, Jack Furphy.