U21: The U21 footballers won the County 'C' final last Sunday in Annacarty against Emly. The team put in a very strong performance, winning out by 3-08 to 0-11. Leading at half-time 2-02 to 0-04, with goals coming from Frank Troy and David Ryan. The second half was very competitive, a great save from RJ Ryan kept Emly at bay, while inspirational points for Paddy Kelly and John Ryan kept the scoreboard ticking over for us. Then Brendan Ryan's goal near the end proved vital in finally seeing off Emly. See match report for more details. Congratulations to all the players and mentors involved in a great win.
U-12 Football: Our U-12's travelled to Kilcolman on Friday night last to play our third game in the Premier 12's Games. This time our opponents were Burgess. This was a lovely game of football throughout & was well contested by both teams. Ballinahinch finished the first half leading by a single point. Burgess got a couple of goals in the second half & as the final whistle approached Karl Kelly fired home a goal to level up the scores & the match finished in a draw (4-04 to 3-07). Karl finished the night with a personal tally of 1-03 after coming on as a sub in the second half. Again this was a great team performance where every player played well & a draw was well deserved.
U-16 Hurling: Well done & congratulations to Daragh McGrath & Kevin Mulcahy who were part of the North Tipp. team who won the Garda Cup last weekend. It has been many years since North Tipp. Have won this cup & this is the first time ever that Ballinahinch have had two players on this team. North Tipp continue in the Munster section of this competition against the winners of Waterford, Cork or Limerick in Knocklong in two weeks time. Best of luck to Daragh & Kevin from everyone in Ballinahinch GAA.
Handball: Well done to all the juveniles who took park in the recent Ballinahinch & Nenagh 40x20 Teams tournament. This was a tournament organised between both clubs to promote handball and to promote friendship between clubs. It involved players between the ages of 7 to 13 years & included boys & girls. Players from both clubs played on teams together & accumulated aces from every match they played. Every player played in every game which involved their team & each team played all other teams. The finals were played in Nenagh last Saturday morning, after which there was a little party held for all the players & all the medals were presented to the various teams. A special word of congratulations to Sinead Meagher who was unbeaten throughout the whole tournament in all her singles matches and to Brian Keane & Billy McGrath who were only beaten once throughout. Thanks to Eamon Spillane of the Nenagh club for organising everything from the Nenagh side. Thanks also to all the mentors of the various teams, Eamon & Shane Spillane, Gerry Foley, Paul Hynes, Denis Lenihan & Pat Harrington. A special word of thanks to all the ladies who looked after all the catering for tournament, Mary, Ann, Denise & others who help to make this a great success. We hope that this tournament will just be the start of such between the Ballinahinch & Nenagh Clubs & that all the goodwill & friendship generated will continue long into the future.
Scrap Weekend: Do you have any unwanted metal items in your backyard or farmyard? Ballinahinch GAA club in association with Hegarty Metals are holding a scrap collection weekend on May Bank Holiday weekend to raise funds for both the Intermediate and Juvenile club. Collection days are the 1st and 2nd of May between 2pm and 5pm each day. Further details are available on posters throughout the parish and on the club website.
Minor: The minor footballers Newport Gaels continued their winning start to the campaign defeating Portroe last week on a score of 4-06 to 0-06.
Lotto: There was no winner of last week's (11th April) lotto jackpot of €3,050. The numbers drawn were 14, 15, 20, 25. Full details of lucky dip winners are available on the club website.
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