Lots of pix added from U12 Croke Park trip

Monday, October 14 – a fresh batch of photos just added now, courtesy of John Gilrane. Anyone else got pix, please send onto secretary.ballinrobe.mayo@gaa.ie.

We will update here as the day goes on – so you can check here and also check keep an eye on the club’s AUDIOBOO account.

UPDATE 8, 9pm: As the team arrives home, we have gathered a lot of pictures – thanks to Sean O’Connell, Angela Hynes and Alan Flannery. You can view them HERE. Anyone else with pix can email them to Liam Horan – see address below. I reckon there will be no need for lullabies or bedtime stories tonight.

UPDATE 7, 6pm: Angelina McHugh has just played a request for the team. This is the wording she read out:

Well done to Ballinrobe U12s who played in Croke Park today in the Connacht Play’n’Stay blitz – they played six games and won four, but, really, the thrill of playing in Croke Park, and doing the full stadium tour, was the highlight of the day.

Well done to team mentors Norman O’Brien, Kevin Gilrane, John Sweeney and John Gilrane, and club chairperson Alan Flannery, who led this Mayo assault on Croker today – and hopefully we will see many of these players back in Croke Park in the future wearing the Ballinrobe and Mayo colours.
They’re on the bus home now, tired but fulfilled and with memories to last a lifetime. Many family members joined them on the trip. 
From all in Ballinrobe GAA 

Sean O’Connell is coming good with a blast of photos by email, you can see them in the picture link HERE.

Our teams from today:

Managed by Norman O’Brien and Kevin Gilrane: Adam Flannery, Jack Woods, Mark Conway, Seamus Langan, Eoin Burke, Ewan Duffy, Luke Jennings, Peadar Feerick, Patrick McNeill, Conor Cusack, Hammad Kabir, Gary Mellett.

Managed by John Sweeney and John Gilrane: Gillen Jennings, Cian Martyn, Jason Butler, Cian O’Connell, Johnny Heneghan, Eoin Gilrane, Conor O’Brien, Cian Sheridan, Ben Hynes, Brendan Duong, Adam Walsh, Darragh Sweeney.

UPDATE 6, 3.45pm: Two more games played – one lost, one won. One of our teams beat St Molaise Gaels (Sligo) and another of our teams lost to the same opposition. So that’s four out of six for us from the day. On the bus home soon – apart from playing on the sacred turf, the museum tour was a real highlight. A lot of family members travelled with the team, or separately, and it has been an utterly memorable day.

Summary – we won against Burrishoole, Eastern Harps, St Malaoise Gaels and Michael Glaveys, and lost against Balla and St Malaoise Gaels.

UPDATE 5, 3pm: Second games over – we have beaten Michael Glaveys (Roscommon) and Eastern Harps (Sligo). So, four played, three won, one lost.

UPDATE 4, 2pm: The lads have played on Croke Park – a singular honour. We beat Burrishoole and lost to Balla in the first two games. Played well in both games, though we lost both.

UPDATE 3, 1pm: Photos are starting to come through from Croke Park now. You can view them HERE – we will be updating there as we receive more pix. If you’re in Croke Park and have some pix, please send them to secretary.ballinrobe.mayo@gaa.ie

UPDATE 2, 11am: The team has arrived in Croke Park.

UPDATE 1 is an Audioboo, with news from the team bus.

Cummins' Super-Valu sponsor our U12 team - so their logo will be on view in Croke Park today
Cummins’ Super-Valu sponsor our U12 team – so their logo will be on view in Croke Park today

This time tomorrow our U12s will be on route to Croker…


Our U12s will play in Croke Park. Date, Saturday October 5.
It’s a Stay and Play day.
We have two U12 teams, 9 a side, and three subs per team.

Gerry O’Malley revealed our fixtures at tonight’s Executive Committee meeting:

Ballinrobe Team 1:
1.45pm v Balla (Mayo);
2.05pm v Michael Glaveys (Roscommon);
3.20pm v St Molaise Gaels (Sligo).

Ballinrobe Team 2:
1.45pm: v Burrishoole (Mayo);
2.05pm: v Eastern Harps (Sligo);
3.20pm: v St Molaise Gaels (Sligo).

The trip will include a museum tour. A special commemorative rain jacket is being produced and can be purchased from the team management. A large number of parents are travelling on the day.