September 2015

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to @CrokePark we go for @sporttg4 @ladiesfootball All-Ireland Finals @gaabeo

THE DAY HAS DAWNED: Sunday, September 27, and like a tidal wave spreading across the country, our buses (yes, plural, it seems half the town is going) are en route to Croke Park. Stand by for an endless supply of shout-outs (or should that be shouts-out?); celebrity selfies; famous background selfies; and – hopefully – sightings on the telly box. More anon… UPDATE, September 1, 2015: Our submission was successful – Croke Park here we come, Sunday, September 27. News has just broken in last hour so we are still waiting on further details. The full list of clubs is Carryduff, Down; Corofin, Galway; Ballinrobe, Mayo; Blessington, Wicklow; Na Fianna, Dublin; Grattan, Longford. Our submission is here: Dear Ladies Gaelic Football Association, We note with interest your call-to-arms HERE that will result in some clubs like ours playing or officiating during the TG4 Ladies Gaelic All-Ireland finals day in Croke Park on Sunday, September 27th, 2015. Well, this is one occasion when we really do want the right result. Why us? We are one of the youngest clubs in Ireland – but though we are young, we are very serious about having fun playing football. We were formed in May 2015, as THIS REPORT shows. Ballinrobe GAA Club had prioritised ladies football  in the COACHING PLAN launched last year. We invited young and old to our FIRST MATCH – and we TOLD THE WORLD about it afterwards. Actually, we are a newly-reformed club, if you get our drift. There was a club in Ballinrobe up to about ten years ago – the local Community School won loads of All-Ireland junior and senior titles too – but we are the leaders of the new revolution. And we love it! We train every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning. Our numbers are growing every week. Last year, when we trialled it, we had only ten girls regularly playing: now we have 50! Just this week, three new players came along. The more the merrier is what we say. The younger ones train with the boys. This is called the Robe Rockets section. Read about these speedy Rockets HERE The older ones go it alone. We are fully integrated into Ballinrobe GAA Club – ni neart go cur le chéile, we say. Together we can do great things. We play because we love football. We enjoy being with our friends. Flanagan Park on a Wednesday and a Saturday is where we are at our happiest. You can see all we have done HERE in our own section on the Ballinrobe GAA Club website. Already we have taken a TRIP OUTSIDE MAYO, held a pizza evening, and brought our brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts and countless more besides to see us play on DEBUT DAY. We promote our club extensively in the local media and on Twitter and Facebook. We take photos of everything and know that we are compiling a history of our club, training by training, game by game, photo by photo, article by article. So, we think we’ve been good all year. You know who has been naughty and who has been nice – and we’ve been nice. We watch all the ladies football games on TG4 (mo bhrón, mo bhrón, Maigh Eo lost to Kerry last weekend – so it’s more important than ever that we get to represent our great county on All-Ireland final day.) We are not even one year old yet: we could be the youngest ever to play in Croke Park. Claire says: let’s do this. Holly says: bring it on. Ailbhe says: go Robe! Sarah says: It’s our time. Amy says: who’s going to stop us? Here are Laura and Aleesha – they, too, hope to be in Croke Park on All-Ireland final day. [audio:] So, that’s us, go ‘Robe, Croke Park here we come.

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Audio reports from @ClaremorrisGAA 1-16, Ballinrobe 0-12, Mayo SFC relegation game

Liam Horan, Webmaster, here – 3G and one of the apps I was using proved a bit unreliable from yesterday’s game in Hollymount, so only getting around now to uploading the half-time and full-time audios. Full-time score: Claremorris 1-16, Ballinrobe 0-12. Full-time REPORT Half-time REPORT to we will have updates here during the game, broadband permitting. Venue is Hollymount, throw-in, 5.30pm. If this page isn’t live, go to left hand side of our home page and see our Twitter feed. Refresh the page and the updates will flow in there.   Mayo SFC relegation play-off: Saturday, September 26 In Hollymount Ballinrobe v Claremorris Throw-in: 5.30pm. Ref Ronan Gurren, Aghamore. If we win, we are safe in senior football for 2016. If we lose, we play the losers of Ballyhaunis v Shrule-Glencorrib – and if we win that game, we are safe. If we lose, we go down. Come out and support the lads versus Claremorris.

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Winners! U-13 Final, Ballinrobe v. Mayo Gaels, Sat 26th, Garrymore.

UPDATE, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27: Our 13s won the South Mayo B title yesterday, to add to the U14 B title that this age-group – give or take – won a few weeks ago. The final score was 5-8 to 1-8 with first-half goals from Cian O’Connell and Dylan Sweeney proving crucial. We hope to have further details from this game later today. Ballinrobe U-13`s take on Mayo Gaels in the B final of an U-13 blitz. Throw in is at 11.45am, in Garrymore. Please make an effort to head over to ‘Garry’ to support the lads. A full list of fixtures on the day is outlined below; c final 11.00am Carras v Hollymount/carramore ref Vinny joyce B final 11.45 Ballinrobe v Mayo Gaels ref mark Tuffy A final 12.30 Claremorris v the Neale ref johnny Burke

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Skills challenge a big attraction at Agricultural Show

From Declan O’Loughlin, chairperson, Robe Rockets: Ballinrobe Agricultural Show very kindly invited the Robe Rockets to this year’s event, we created a skills challenge which proved a great attraction for young and old (and is much more difficult than it looks – thanks to Tom Feerick for his devilish handiwork). We also had a guess the number of footballs in the car – won by Pat Hayes, Hollymount. Prizes were sponsored by Tierney Shoes, Rapunzal Hair Salon, Tracey Pharmacy, Martin Murphy and Ballinrobe Acupuncture Clinic. As always many thanks to our sponsors. Well done to all the Ladies coaches, players (boys and girls) and ladies committee members who helped out in the day. It proved a great way to raise a little money but more importantly promote our club in the community.

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Ladies football teams play Kilmaine

From Declan O’Loughlin, chairperson, Ballinrobe Ladies Football club – reference ladies football games in Kilmaine on Friday evening (see pic below): Robe Rockets – Ladies U10s and U12s played in Kilmaine this evening. We had 13 players line out for the under 12s and 20 line out for the U10s. The girls played in two very close games and as always did our club proud. Many of these girls have only started playing this summer and for some it was their first game for Ballinrobe. A special thanks to parents who ensure the girls get to training and matches, without your assistance there would be no teams. LGFA have devised a coaching resource booklet to encourage underage players to practice their skills at home and remain physical active outside of their weekly coaching sessions and Ballinrobe Ladies have taken part. The coaches were very proud of the levels of skills improvement. All are looking forward to the Ladies first trip to Croke Park on Sept 27th it should be a great day for all our girls.  

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Audio report here, Mayo SFL, Division 1B, Ballinrobe 0-8, @CLGTuarMhic 0-10

Full-time audio report HERE Final score, Ballinrobe 0-8, @CLGTuarMhic 0-10 52, James Murphy, badly-needed, point, Ballinrobe 0-8, @CLGTuarMhic 0-10 50, Darren Kelly, point, Ballinrobe 0-7, @CLGTuarMhic 0-10 47, Joe Heneghan point, Ballinrobe 0-7, @CLGTuarMhic 0-9 44, Danny Walsh point, Ballinrobe 0-7, @CLGTuarMhic 0-8 41, Kevin Quinn, free, Ballinrobe 0-7, @CLGTuarMhic 0-7 40, Black card for MJ Meeneghan, Tourmakeady, replaced by Martin Prendergast 34, Mike Burke, point, excellent move, Ballinrobe 0-6, @CLGTuarMhic 0-7 33, Kevin Quinn, free, Ballinrobe 0-6, @CLGTuarMhic 0-6 31, Darren Kelly, Ballinrobe 0-5, @CLGTuarMhic 0-6 Restart, 9.17pm Half-time audio report HERE 30, Shane Biggins on for David Killeen. 27, Peter Finnerty point ends long period of pressure without a score, Ballinrobe 0-5, @CLGTuarMhic 0-5 We are starting to attack a bit more than heretofore, but we are not shooting well. 20, Kevin Dolan, classy point, Ballinrobe 0-4, @CLGTuarMhic 0-5 19, Kevin Keane, point, Ballinrobe 0-4, @CLGTuarMhic 0-4 15, Kevin Keane, point, Ballinrobe 0-3, @CLGTuarMhic 0-4 13, Micheal O’Neill, point, Ballinrobe 0-2, @CLGTuarMhic 0-4 11, Kevin Quinn, point, free, Ballinrobe 0-2, @CLGTuarMhic 0-3 9, Kevin Dolan, point, free, Ballinrobe 0-1, @CLGTuarMhic 0-3 4, Kevin Dolan, point, free, Ballinrobe 0-1, @CLGTuarMhic 0-2 3, Kevin Dolan, point, free, Ballinrobe 0-1, @CLGTuarMhic 0-1 1, Conor Keane, point, Ballinrobe 0-1, @CLGTuarMhic 0-0 8.34, throw-in. BALLINROBE: Mark Walkin; David Murphy, Eugene O’Malley (captain), Felim Reilly; Patrick Daly, David O’Connor, Sean Og Collins; David Killeen, James Murphy; Peter Butler, Peter Finnerty, Conor Keane; Kevin Keane, Kevin Quinn, Sean Burke. Subs: Shane Biggins for David Killeen; Steven Walsh for Peter Butler. TOURMAKEADY: Sean Og Burke; MJ Meeneghan, Sean Burke, Tom Staunton; David Prendergast, Brian Heneghan, Mairtín Staunton; Micheal O’Neill, Darren Kelly; Danny Walsh, Mike Burke, Shane Staunton; Stephen Staunton, Kevin Dolan, Brian Neachtain. Sub: Joe Heneghan for David Prendergast. Ref: John Glavey, Aghamore. A minute’s silence was observed beforehand for Martin Flannery, our former chairman, who passed away last weekend. Martin was father of our current chairman Alan.   We will have live updates on this game on this page – just hit refresh every now and then. Updates via our Twitter account too.   Our next Mayo SFL Division 1B game takes place this Friday night – we play Tourmakeady in Flanagan Park at 8.30pm. This is a vital game for us so please come out and support the lads.

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