Bornacoola GAA Club Notes 11/09/2018

U-12 Girls Shield Final – Our u12 girls travelled to Aughavas on Friday evening for their shield final against Kiltubrid. Kiltubrid started the match strongly going into a 2-2 to no score lead midway through the first half. Our girls started to get to grips with the game however and went in at half time trailing by just 5 points. The Bors came out strongly in the second half and reduced the deficit to 2 points entering the closing minutes. A goal on the stroke of full time put us up by one point but two late Kiltubrid points meant it was not to be our day losing out by a single point. However, it was a fantastic performance by our girls who showed great determination and skill thoughout the game, and they should be very proud of their efforts. This group of girls have given us great entertainment throughout the season working hard and improving with each game played . Well done to the girls and to Ann Marie Boyle and her management team for their sterling service throughout the year. The team for the Shield final was Emma Donlon, Elana Kilraine, Blanáid Reynolds, Mary Shanley, Orla Hackett, Jolie Lyons, Megan Molloy, Katelyn Boyle, Fiona Mulligan, Rachel Mallon, Eimear Healy, Grace Duignan, Nessa O Riordan and Elly Conboy.


Senior Championship – Our final group stage game in the Senior Championship took place on Saturday evening last in Cloone when we faced a dominant St Marys. Three goals in the opening 12 minutes effectively put the game beyond Bornacoola’s reach but nonetheless, our young side kept going to the final whistle and found some consolation in a late Ronan Mulligan goalWe now move to the Relegation semi final on Saturday evening next when Drumreilly are our opponents in Cloone. Throw in is 6pm. Team v St Marys was; Conor Hackett, Kevin Mulligan, Jason Conroy, Brian Duffy, Mervyn Howard, Conor Mc Cauley, Liam Mulligan, Allan Croghan (0-1), Anthony Mulligan (0-3), Sean Mc Keon, Damian Moran, Ronan Mulligan (1-1), Philip Howard (0-1), Liam Jones (0-1) and Brian Conroy (0-2). Subs used were Cian Mallon, Roy Keenan, Noel Mc Enroe, Luke Jones and Gearoid Mulligan.    


Spin the Wheel – The first lucky person to spin the wheel on Sunday night the 28th of October will be drawn out this Saturday evening the 15th of September. Can all ticket sellers return their tickets to their co-ordinator in advance of Saturdays draw. Thanks to everyone who supported this fundraiser to date.


Minor Championship Final – Rinn Gaels faced Melvin Gaels in the Division 2 Minor Championship Final in Páirc Seán on Saturday last. Having lost by 12 points to the Kinlough side in the round robin stage of the Championship, it was always going to be an uphill battle for the Bornacoola/Gortletteragh amalgamation. And so it proved, as despite leading by two points at half time, Melvin Gaels proved the better team in the second half and two goals in that period would ensure their eventual 2-11 to 1-11 victory. However, it was once again a positive campaign for the Rinn Gaels lads and much improvement was evident over the course of the campaign. The team in Saturday’s final was Sean O Riordan, Tom Reel, Ciaran Reen, Oisin Niblock, Ciaran Mc Glynn, Odhran Heslin, James Cunningham, Shane Mallon, Ryan Cunningham, Shane Reynolds, Brendan Davis, Jamie Quinn and Ciaran Reynolds while the subs bench included Jake Shields (who was injured for the final), Conor Niblock, James Doyle, Cian Mc Nulty, Brendan Naughton, Mark Reynolds and Nathan Ward. A big well done and thank you to the management team of Kevin Mallon and Mark Duignan


Sympathy – Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Farrell family, Bunanassa, on the passing of Dan’s mother, Rose, grandmother of current senior player Daniel, in Westmeath last week. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí.


Lough Rynn Harvest Festival – The Lough Rynn Harvest Festival and Vintage day takes place on Sunday week next, September 23rd. All of the usual attractions will be in place and it once again promises to be the highlight of the year. There will be a huge variety of trade stalls, vintage cars, farm machinery, steam engines and a threshing display. Guided tours of the walled gardens will be available as well as the RSA Shuttle Bus simulator. With live music, a country market, craft village and demonstrations, zorbing, a rodeo bull and Irish whip wrestling as well as Amusements, face painting, Billy Bubbles Puppet Show, mini train, street theatre and the usual Bonny Baby, cat and dog shows, there really is something for all the family. Further information is available at   As ever stewards are required, so we would ask all club members who can to make themselves available on the day.


Ladies Intermediate Championship – The Ladies’ season concluded on Sunday last as they fell at the semi-final stage of the championship in Annaduff with their opponents, Mohill, recording a 4-8 to 1-8 victory. Out of the blocks early, Bornacoola/StMarys had 1-1 on the board as a Hannah Farrell goal and a Kelly Howard point had them into their stride. As the half wore on Mohill came more into it and had taken the lead by the end of the first quarter. Aisling Leahy with a pointed free and two Hannah Farrell points from play put our girls back in control. A Mohill purple patch just before the interval which saw them register 2-4 without reply proved to be our girls undoing as the teams entered the break on a scoreline of 1-4 to 3-6. A fourth Mohill goal early in the second half left the mountain steeper to climb, but to the girls’ credit they fought on gamely despite the odds stacked against them. Three Aisling Leahy points and one from Sarah Reynolds was to be their only reward in this half hour and while the defence worked extremely hard to hold the Mohill attack to 1-2 across this period of play, the winners had done enough to edge the battle and we congratulate them on their win and wish them the very best of luck in the upcoming decider with championship favourites, St Francis. While the girls’ season has ended we have to compliment them for their overall dedication towards training and matches since last February. They claimed the Division 3 League title in July and have made great progress in their step up from winning the Junior Championship last year. They played eleven competitive matches over the season across the league and championship, winning eight and losing in just three; well done to manager Declan Bohan for his commitment to the team throughout the year also.  On duty on Sunday last were: Kathy Butler, Cora McCauley, Jasmine Maye, Hannah Reynolds, Enya Guckian, Lorraine Guckian, Emily Reynolds, Kasey Bruen, Alison McKeon, Aisling Leahy (0-4). Sara Crowe, Rachel McGarry, Sarah Reynolds (0-1), Kelly Howard (0-1), Hannah Farrell (1-2), Lauren Hackett, Joanne McGushin, Lisa Guckian, Isabelle Chandler, Ellen Woods, Caroline Guckian and Hannah Bird.


Camógie Success – It’s not too often that Camogie gets a mention in our notes: however, when Dublin captured the All Ireland Junior Camogie title in Croke Park last Sunday, there was a close Borancoola connection. Caoimhe Ní Mhaolagáin (Mulligan) from the Eoghan Ruadh/Oliver Plunkett’s club lined out at wing back for the Dubs and is the grandniece of Gerry Mulligan (Currycramp). Caomihe’s dad Neillidh is the well-known Uileann Piper (his first album was titled “Barr na Cúile” in tribute to our parish) and her grandfather, the late Tom (T.P) was one of the best known names in the traditional music scene in Dublin for many years. Comhgairdeas do Caoimhe agus do Clann Uí Mhaolagáin as an éacht iontach seo.


Club Draw – Winners in the August Club Draw held in the Weir Lodge were; €100 Eleanor Keavney, €20each to Sean Brennan, Paul Hackett, Michael Mallon, Mary Mallon, and Aiden Tully. Bottle of Wine, sponsored by the Weir Lodge was won by Catherine Mc Googan. Our thanks to all who supported and to the Moran family for hosting an enjoyable night.