Our handball wall was officially opened today (20/9/14). Tommy Coleman (coach in the successful Clann Eireann club) brought along 4 girls to put on an exhibition and teach our males and females some of the basic skills and also take on any challengers. With him were the current World u-14 and u-16 female Champions Dearbhla and Niamh Coleman, Beth Doris and Meabh McCambridge.
Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and from early viewing it looks like we could have a few future stars of our own in the making!!
See our Facebook page for pictures from the day:
Congratulations to 8 month old Ethan Donnelly who's name was on the winning square and to his Grandmother Martina Donnelly who sold the winner.
Huge thanks to everyone who bought a square, all our sellers, everyone who helped out today and in particular to Gerard Morgan for his tireless efforts over the past few months.
See our Facebook page for pictures from the day:
The Cow Clap Competition takes place this Saturday 20th September. The day will kick off at 12pm with the official opening our Handball wall. We are privileged to have the Coleman sisters Niamh and Dearbhla, both current world champions, opening the Court with a demonstration of the rules and playing techniques. The Girls are happy to take on any challengers out there from any Davitt’s player or member who fancies giving it a go. Handball is well recognised as being an excellent method of improving hand eye co-ordination, agility and of course fitness.
At 1pm we will play host to our annual Married Men v Single Men’s match. Always a hard fought game which never fails to entertain!
Shortly after the match at approx 2.15pm the Cow will take centre stage as it enters the pitch. There will be a BBQ available and Candyfloss & Popcorn for the kids while we wait for the Cow to decide just who the lucky winner will be!
***NOTE TO ALL SELLERS – ALL BOOKLETS AND MONEY MUST BE RETURNED BY THURSDAY 18TH SEPT***
Sunday 14th September 2014
St Michael's v Ballyhegan
Ballyhegan travelled south to Newtownhamilton on Sunday past to take on St Michael's in a must win contest as they fight to stave off the threat of relegation.
Both sides came out of the blocks well as they exchanged early points. It wasn't until the 10th minute that Ballyhegan started to pull away from their hosts when young midfielder Jack Rafferty pointed to make the score 0-02 to 0-03 and less than 2 minutes later corner forward Paddy Marley found the back of the net with a well-taken goal following good work from Mark Hughes. With a four point lead opened up the hosts could have dropped their heads but came right back at the Davitts and hit the next 2 points to half the deficit. Centre half forward John Guy added to the score board with a point following some persistent tackling from Gerard Morgan. Newtown pulled one back soon after but the Davitts then rallied and hit 3 point without reply. Paddy Marley benefitted from good work by Jack Rafferty to split the posts and he was on hand again a minute later to gather the rebound from a Joey Murphy shot that came off the post and register another point. Five minutes the impressive Jack Rafferty then caught a St Michaels kickout in the middle of the field and burst through to score after a fine solo run. Goalkeeper Jonny McKeever was called into action soon after to produce a fine stop and deny what would have been a vital goal to the hosts. Newtown did manage to hit the final 2 points of the half as the Davitts went in with a one point league.
Half time: St Michael's 0-09 Ballyhegan 1-07
Ballyhegan started the second half the brighter of the 2 sides and registered the first 2 scores of the half to increase their lead to 3 points. Wing half back Conor Loughran fisted over following a good solo run and a minute later John Guy reacted quickest to gather a break from Jack Rafferty and split the posts. Ballyhegan hit back every time Newtown scored, the hosts pulled one back to which Paddy Marley replied, James McKeever replied to the hosts next point and full forward Paul Nixon was on hand to cancel out St Michael's next point. With 5 minutes remaining Paddy Marley caught a high ball out on the left and turn immediately to swing it over from distance for what was arguably the score of the game and increase the Davitts lead. The hosts went on to score a further 3 points in 5 minutes but it would not prove to be enough as Marley finished off the scoring on 60 minutes to secure a vital 3 point victory for the Davitts
Full time: St Michael's 0-15 Ballyhegan 1-15
An impressive performance on the day from Ballyhegan given that this was their first outing in a few weeks. Next up is the most important and final game of the season at home to St Patrick's IIs in a winner-stays-up match. The players efforts in the game yesterday needs to be matched and increased by everyone in training over the coming weeks as we await a definite date for the final fixture.
Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: Jonny McKeever, Roger McCormick, Conor Morgan, Rory McKeever, Conor Loughran, Plunkett McCormack, Joey Murphy (c), Mark Hughes, Jack Rafferty, Tiernan Power, John Guy, James McKeever, Paddy Marley, Paul Nixon, Gerard Morgan. Subs: James 'Bart' McKeever, Sean McNally, Conal Gallagher, Shane McCormack.
Cow Clap Competition
The Cow Clap Competition has been postponed as the Seniors had a Championship match fixed on the original date.It was then changed to Sunday 31st August but there was another event running in the Parish that day and it was decided it was would be best if they didn’t clash. It has now been rescheduled and will take place on Saturday 20th September.
August Club Draw
The Club Draw has now resumed (there was no draw in July as we were renewing/collecting entries). The lucky winners for August are:
1st - £250 – Mary Keegan
2nd - £100 – Kathrina Lennon
3rd - £50 – Leo Marley
Congratulations to all winners and once again a huge thanks to everyone who took part and in particular to Comghall Morgan for his tireless work in making this run as smoothly as possible.
Armagh Ladies take on Cork in theTG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Semi Final on Saturday September 6th at 3:30pm in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park Longford. The game will be live on TG4. We would like to wish Danielle Morgan, Eve Lavery and everyone involved with the Armagh Ladies team the very best of luck.
All-Ireland Hurling Final Tickets
The Club have raffled off the 2 tickets for All Ireland Hurling Final this Sunday that we get every year through our 10-year tickets. The draw took place at the committee meeting on Monday night and the lucky winner was Thomas Marley.
All Ireland Football Final Tickets
The Club’s allocation of tickets for the All Ireland Football Final from the County Board (usually 4 or 5 tickets) will be drawn as usual at random among the Club members in the week leading up to the final.
We also have our 2x 10-year tickets that we raffle every year by selling squares on a board for £10. The board will be available this from this weekend to secure your entry. Contact any committee member or call into Charlie McKeever’s bar to buy your square.
Saturday 30th August 2014
Armagh Junior Championship 2nd qualifier round.
Ballyhegan Davitts v Crossmaglen IIs
Ballyhegan travelled to Whitecorss on Saturday past to take on their now familiar rivals Crossmaglen IIs in this 2nd round Junior Championship qualifier. Despite being beaten by 2 points by the Rangers in the opening round at the start of August, the Davitt’s went into what would be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season, optimistic of progressing.
It was the South Armagh men however who got off to the brighter start on the night as they kicked the opening 3 points without reply from a nervous looking Ballyhegan outfit. Not for the first time this year it took a pointed free from the reliable boot of corner forward Paddy Marley to get the Davitts off the mark.
Ballyhegan didn’t build on this as their poor start continued, slack marking in their defence let Cross in for a further 3 unanswered points allowing them to open up a 5 point lead at 0-01 to 0-06. Centre half forward John Guy pulled one back with a fine effort only for Cross to reply with a point almost immediately to keep 5 between the sides.
Ballyhegan then hit a purple patch seeing them yield 1-02 to bring the game level. Midfielder Conor Williamson hit a huge point from distance before Paddy Marley notched a goal and a point, the former coming from good interchange play between Plunkett McCormack and Mark Hughes and the latter once again from a dead ball.
The sides then exchanged points, Conor Williamson again on target for the Davitts, to go into the interval all square.
Half time: Ballyhegan Davits 1-05 Crossmaglen IIs 0-08
Ballyhegan opened the scoring in the second half with a long range effort from Mark Hughes but Cross replied with a goal and a point in quick succession to go into a 3 point lead. Not to outdone, Ballyhegan hit back with another goal, this time from minor player Tiernan Power, the game level once more.
Cross then hit their own purple patch, notching up 1-03 to open up a 6 point lead with time beginning to run out. But Ballyhegan were’nt done yet and rallied well to get right back into the game. Full forward Paul Nixon and Conor Williamson both pointed to reduce the deficit. A Cross counter attck in the midst of the Ballyhegan pressure yielded another point for the Rangers. Ballyhegan fought even harder and hit 0-04, a fine 45’ from keeper Jonny McKeever, 2 more from Paddy Marley and a great free under pressure from substitute James McKeever to bring the game level with minutes to go.
Cross won a free 30 yards out on the brink of full time. Their full forward stepped up under huge pressure and managed to split the posts with his effort and put the Rangers into the quarter final
Full time Ballyhegan Davitts 2-12 Crossmaglen IIs 2-13
A heart breaking defeat for the Davitts who will rue a sloppy start to the game. At no time did the give up hope and battled bravely right to the final whistle. As this year’s Championship run comes to a end, attention now turns back to the league with 2 vital games remaining which must be won to avoid relegation.
Ballyhegan team lined out as follows : Jonny McKeever 0-01 (’45), R McCormick, C Morgan, T Keegan (S McKeever), J Murphy c, P McCormack, R McKeever, C Williamson 0-03, M Hughes 0-01, C Loughran (J McKeever 0-01, 1f), J Guy 0-01, J Rafferty, T Power 1-00 (S McCormack), P Nixon 0-01, P Marley 1-04 (1f)
Due to another Parish event taking place this Sunday (31st August), the Cow Clap Competition and the U-10 blitz have now been deferred until after our Senior men's last home game of the season against St Pat's IIs (date of which yet to be confirmed).
Sunday past (24th August) saw the Davitts return to Championship action following their victory over Clady the previous week, and also saw them return to Mullabrack, this time to face O'Hanlon's Poyntzpass.
Ballyhegan struggled to settle early on and lost corner forward Paddy Marley to a black card. After weathering the early storm the Davitts went in at half time leading 0-08 to 0-03.
A much better second half performance saw the men in sky blue go on to record a 0-19 to 1-04 victory despite losing our County Minor player Jack Rafferty midway through the half. The victory now sets up tantalising encounter with Crossmaglen IIs this Saturday night at 6pm in Whitecross.
Sunday 17th August 2014
Armagh Junior Championship Pre-qualifier round.
Ballyhegan Davitts v Clady
Mullabrack played host to this Championship qualifier game on an extremely windy Sunday afternoon. The match was supposed to have been played a week previous but the wet weather wouldn't allow for it. With Ballyhegan struggling in division 3A and Clady proving to be one of the better sides in division 3B, this promised to be a tough, hard-fought game with both sides eager to progress.
As the contest got underway it was Clady who got to grips with it first starting the brighter of the two sides taking the lead after 2 minutes with their number 14 slotting over an effort from the right hand side. The Davitts responded through corner forward Paddy Marley following good work from wing-forward Paul Nixon. Clady hit back immediately as a long ball in was punched over the bar. The men in green extended their lead soon after with a strong run from midfield resulting in their number 8 splitting the posts from range.
With Clady 2 points up and looking the better side in the early stages the Davitts needed to respond quickly to get back on track and they did just that with a goal on 12 mins with full forward Shane McCormack getting on the end of a well worked attack to squeeze the ball through a number of bodies to find the net. Soon after wing forward Conor Loughran found himself in space and embarked on a 40 yard run at goal that drew a great save from the Clady 'keeper. The game was soon level again the Davitts conceded a free 30 yards out and Clady's number 14 converted. Ballyhegan replied with a free of their own with Paddy Marley both winning and converting from 20 yards to regain the lead with 10 minutes of the half remaining. Marley was starting to bother the Clady defence now and after jinking past his man again he was caught late and again converted the resulting free kick. Clady replied with an excellent point before County Minor star Jack Rafferty pointed with his first touch after coming on as a first half substitute to leave the Davitts 2 up and the break.
Half time: Ballyhegan 1-04 Clady 0-05
Ballyhegan opened the scoring in the second half with a well worked move from their young guns. Conor Loughran, Tiernan Power and Jack Rafferty all combined with Jack Rafferty finishing the move with a score. It was then Tiernan's turn to make his mark as he split the posts soon after with an effort from the left hand side to extend Ballyhegan's lead to 4 points.
A Clady attack came up against a strong and resistant Ballyhegan defensive line who kept them out well but Clady to their credit kept going and broke through the line to raise a white flag and bring a kick of the ball between the sides. This, however, would prove to be Clady's last socre of the game as Ballyhegan upped the intensity well to finish off the game with 6 unanswered points.
Tiernan Power again showed his composure in front of goal with his second point of the afternoon. Paddy Marley then added his fourth point of the day before an excellent score from midfileder and vice-captain Conor Williamson. Tiernan Power plucked a ball from the sky in the middle and fed Williamson who hit a now trademark long range score. Wing forward Conor Loughran then added another before he Davitts were awarded a penalty for a cynical foul on Padd Marley which led to a black card for the Clady defender. Marley's effort unfortunately came off the post and away from danger.
Goalkeeper Jonny McKeever soon after kicked what would prove be the final score of the day with a fantastic effort from a 45.
Full time: Ballyhegan 1-12 Clady 0-06
After an unconvincing first half the Davitts settled well in the second period and really came in to their own, upping the intensity all over the pitch and using the bench well. This now gives us a platform to build on in the next round against O'Hanlon's Poyntzpass on Sunday 24th August in Mullabrack once more. Minor players Shane McKeever, Jack Rafferty, Tiernan Power and Thomas Reynolds have all came into the squad lately adding depth to it and increasing competition for all for a place on the starting 15.
Ballyhegan team lined out as follows: Jonny McKeever 0-01 (1 45), Shane McKeever, Conor Morgan, Roger McCormick, Tony Keegan (Jarlath McCann 55), Plunkett McCormack (Tiernan Power 27 0-02), Rory McKeever (Gerard Morgan 50), Conor Williamson 0-01, John Guy, Joey Murphy (c), Paul Nixon, Conor Loughran 0-01, Paddy Marley 0-05 (3f), Shane McCormack 1-00, James McKeever (Jack Rafferty 25, 0-02)