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Youth Officer's Mid Year Report

posted 7 Jul 2011, 00:31 by Shaun-Marty Lawless

Mid Season Up-date for Underage Teams:


U18 Boys:  The Minor Davitts have managed a good start to their league campaign, topping Division 3 Northern Section and qualifying for ACL section A. Two of this squad have made the big step up to Senior football this year Barry Quinn and Phillip Kelly this can only be good news for our senior squad. The management have also asked me to pass on our best wishes to Thomas Reynolds who suffered a serious injury in an accident recently; we all wish him a speedy recovery. Preparation is going well for the defence of the Minor Championship trophy which starts away to Derrynoose on July 25th. Why don’t you go along and support our rising stars.

(Gerry Kelly & John McNally)


U16 Boys:  This young side made a flying start to the season playing an exciting brand of football. Elevated to Division 2 after the all County split, they are now through to the Division 3 Championship final against Corrinshego. Stay tuned for the date and venue to be announced and come along and support the boys in their hunt for silverware.

(Paul Morgan & Johnny Nolan)


U14 Boys:  A good early season run saw the new look U14s take a run to the Shield semi-final, unfortunately they missed out on this occasion. However league form remains solid, with much of the league fixtures still remaining the boys are top of their division and hoping to get through the holiday season still in that position.

(Comghall Morgan)


U12 Boys:  This year the County Board decided not to have a competitive league program, however this has not stopped this team showing great progress from last year. The squad continue to develop in terms of their individual skill levels and also working as part of a team.  Having completed the first half of the U12 league they have won 2 and lost 2, and most recently they won all their games at the U12 Blitz in Collegeland. We have a fairly small squad (16 in total) and it is important that all available players keep up their attendance at training on Thursdays at 6.30pm.  The U12 players and managers would like to wish 2 of our players - Conor Hughes and Evin Crummie- a speedy recovery following recent injuries; and also congratulations to James Lee who has been chosen to represent the club at the U12 Activity Day in Croke Park on 19 July 2011"

(Seamus McCann & Jim Lee)


U10 & U8 & U6s  This year we decided to mix the boys and girls at 8 & 10 and also to introduce a group at U6. This has proved to be very popular, with up to 70 children on the field for training. On the playing front the boys and girls have played very well and there was much excitement on the first U8 outing when the Ballyhegan Davitts jerseys were handed out. This team shows plenty of promise and performs well above what would be expected of such young players, credit must go to the coaches involved and all the parents who help out.


The U10 squad has been boosted this year by a number of girls coming into the side. This has translated into a number of impressive performances both home and away, the coaches are sure they will see continued progress by this group and look forward to some more successful days out. Both the U10 and U8 players are a great credit to the club when on away trips, behaving impeccably at all times.

(Peter McGrane, Chris O’Carroll, Liam Donaghy, Niall Gallagher, Paddy McGrane & Paul Doherty)


U6: The Davitt Nursery in its first year is proving to be very popular. It’s great to see so many young enthusiastic future Davitts attending training where they are learning the basic skills, movement and rules of Gaelic Football from a dedicated

group of parents. Without these parents our future players would be lost to the club, so it’s important they are supported in every way. Come along and help out, its great fun for parents and children alike. 

(Linda Harvey, Terry Malone, Stephen McGrane, Joe Rafferty, Paul McGrane, Martina Donnelly, Eilish Donnelly, Carmel Quinn)


U13 Girls:   This is a new age group for Ballyhegan this year and the squad is made up from girls aged 10-13. As a result they were not entirely competitive in the early season, but under the coaching of Ciara and with help from the senior ladies squad they have shown steady progress and recently put in a strong performance against Clan Na Gael. This augers well for the future for this young inexperienced group and if they can stay together as a team they will be very successful next year. Please continue to give them your support and encouragement. 

(Ciara McKeever)


Minor girls (St Brigid’s) are due to begin their league campaign on 1st August.


U16 girls (St Brigid’s) are sitting second in Division 2 having won all but one of their games and are through to the next round of the Championship where they will play Killeavy in Killeavy on July 18th.

(Kieran McKeever)


Finally a word on our Senior Ladies:


They are unbeaten this season, topping their division with 9 wins from 9 (1 game remaining) and have qualified for the league semi-final.

They drew a thrilling Quarter Final Championship with Killeavy and the replay is fixed for July 30th in Killeavy.

There have been a few new players to join the club to boost the team & lots of younger girls have stepped up and are showing great promise.

(Gerard O’Hagan & Emma McKeever)



Overall the early season of 2011 has been a great success; this is down to the commitment of the players but also due to the selfless dedication and passion of all our coaches and parent mentors. As a club we owe them a great debt of gratitude as without them we would not have an underage structure never mind one that is thriving. Good luck to all our players and coaches and enjoy your holiday if you are taking one!


Catherine McCormack & Paul Doherty

Youth Officers