It has been a busy weekend on the playing field with our under 16, minor and junior in action. Our under 16s got the weekend off to a great start with a win over Ballingarry by six points and it is always good to get a win.
Under 16 football Ballylooby/Castlegrace 1-15 Ballingarry 1-9.
On Sunday morning at 12 noon the club was involved in a double header even though they were at different venues which poses problems for a small progressive club but we overcame the difficulties and our minor footballers took on Carrick Davins in Newcastle at the same time our junior A hurlers were in action at home against Moyne Templetuohy. The minors notched up their first win in the 2011 championship defeating Carrick Davins by 6 points leading at half time by 2-5 to 1-3
BallyloobyCastlegrace 2-11 Moyne Templetuohy 1-17
Meanwhile a depleted but determined junior hurling side battled hard against Moyne Templetuohy but were narrowly defeated in the end on a scorline of 1-17 to 2-11. Moyne got off to the better start in this game and dominated the first half leading at half time by a comfortable 1-8 to Ballylooby’s 0-6. However despite the loss of Brian O’Donnell with a knee injury at half time Ballylooby started the second half in a much more determined form, the introduction of the veteren Liam Murray added additional steel up front and with Jamie Myles and Colm Flynn beginning to dominate in the half back line Ballylooby began to peg back the difference, a well taken point from John Whelan, and shortly afterwards a well worked goal by centre forward Bryan Fitzgerald left just the minimum between the teams. However the goal seemed to be a wake up call to Moyne while they tacked on 8 points in the remainder of the half, Ballylooby only managed a goal and three points all be it the goal was well taken from a difficult angle by John Cooney. Goalkeeper Alan Kennedy produced a great save in the dying moments of the game to ensure that the score line reflected the game. It is early in the season yet and with the expected return of players with injury, the management at this stage are optimistic for the remainder of the season
Ballyloobycastlegrace team: Alan Kennedy, Brian O’Donnell, Pat Wilkinson, Jer Beary, Kieran O’Donnell, Jamie Myles, Colm Flynn, Luke Murphy, Micheal Murphy, Pat Morrissey, Bryan Fitzgerald, John Cooney, Enda Kendrick, John F. Whelan, Brian Reidy, Subs; Liam Murray for Brian O’Donnell, Micheal Wall for Brian Reidy, Kieran Smith for Enda Kendrick
Lotto - There was no jackpot winner in Monday nights lotto, The numbers drawn were; 1,8,15,22. Four match three winners E50 each: Noreen Byrne, Cathleen Meehan, Margaret O’Brien and Catherine English.
Lotto jackpot next week is E3800
Officers information evening - A very informative evening was held for club officers in the Horse and Jockey hotel on Thursday, March 31, there were speakers on finance, volunteering, 2011 being the year of the volunteer, the county board draw and its benefits to the club and the county and fixtures a most contentious issue was also on the agenda.
Brian Boru’s Camogie
Training continues on Sunday mornings at 11am for all age groups from under 8 to under twelve. There will be a committee meeting on Friday, April 8, at 8pm in Ballylooby.
The Ladies club has invited Mary Skelly of Kilcoran Garden Centre to give her annual talk on gardening and this time it will be on fruit growing and vegetables, this Wednesday, April 6, at 8.30pm in Ballylooby Community Hall.