2012 Overview

Intermediate Campaign

2012 proved to be a good year for our intermediate side despite being held to an unimpressive draw by Ballinagore in the first match and then being comprehensively beaten by C/F/C/W in the second game. As a result we would have been at the top of most peoples list of sides to contest the regulation playoff. The third match saw us take on St Marys in Mullingar and proved to be a turning point in our season. A good 6 point win (not bad for a little country club) followed by a 1 point win of the Roses and a good win over Shandonagh in the last game saw us finish runners up in our group. The quarter final match against Tubberclair, once again in Mullingar, proved a step too far as we were defeated by a better side on the day by 2 points.

The team showed real spirit and a cohesion not seen for some time and it is a credit to all concerned that we had a season looking up rather than over our shoulders, long may it continue.

Division 3

Our overall performance here was on par with last year’s performance as we managed 4 wins, 4 defeats from our 8 matches. These performances were good enough for a mid-table spot so will contest Division 3 again in 2013.

Junior B

As of the AGM our Junior B side have played three competitive matches running out 3 point winners over Garycastle, getting a walk over against Tang and beating Milltown by 22 points. This weekend we are away to Mullingar Shamrocks and a semi-final place is looking good.

Division 5

Our junior side has always contested well in this league missing out last year by the smallest of margins finishing runners up to St Lomans.The season again saw the best set of results from any of the sides as they opened the campaign with a 9 point away victory over Killucan followed by a win against Maryland in Drumraney and then a comprehensive display at home against Ballycomoyle. A hard fought draw against St Malachys maintain our unbeaten run and put us in a good position in the table as we entered the second half of the league. An away win against Caulry further strengthen our position as we then welcomed Athlone to Ballymore with last year’s defeat still in people’s minds having had the win taken off us in another infamous night under lights. This proved to be the hardest game of the season and once again some questionable decisions threatening to derail our efforts. It is a credit to the lads that at the final whistle we ran out 3 point winners. Our final match was away to Bunbrosna in a match that had been rescheduled twice previously and looked like it might never be played. A strong display saw Ballymore run our 3 point winners again and end the season unbeaten and sitting pretty at the top of the table.

Promotion has not yet been confirmed as we have a playoff match against St Malachys still to play. Both sides finished the campaign with 13 points, 6 wins, 1 draw and that was against each other. As the 2 sides can’t be split we are into a playoff.

Fé 21 Championship

Having missed out on the championship last year Ballymore GAA joined with Milltown GAA to field a team in this year’s 15 a side competition. The competition was run as a straight knockout championship this year and a good away match against Delvin/ St Pauls on a miserable day in Clonmellon saw us progress to the next stage where unfortunately we lost out, away to Athlone, by 3 points thus ending our involvement for 2012.

Underage

The club had a strong representation at all age levels again this year.

The Minors

The club fulfilled all fixtures this year and the team will need to build on the experiences of this season if they are to move forward in 2013. That said our lads finished 2nd in Division 3 and were narrowly beaten by Shandonagh in the Division 3 championship final.

Under 16’s.

The team continues to develop but as reported previously they are the one group where we do lack depth from the Ballymore end. Despite that we were only just beaten by Ballycomoyle in the second round of this year’s championship which is a match we could have won if we had a larger panel.

Under 14’s

Building on the success from previous seasons this year our under 14’s contested another final, this time the Division 1 shield against St Lomans in Ballynacargy. A great display saw the lads run out comfortable winners in the end and congratulations to all the players and mentors on another superb achievement.

A special thank you to Westmeath, Mullingar Shamrocks and Sigerson cup winning Captain Kieran Gavin who presented the medal at the special event for the lads earlier this month.

The Under 12’s, 10’s and Under 8’s

These remain strong sectors for the club with all age group competing in several tournaments around the county at Cusack Park and in the case of the under 8’s at Croke Park. Whilst at this level it is more about the enjoyment rather than winning (try telling the kids that) I would add that our under 8’s lost only once all year, the under 10, again lost only once all year a result they have more than made up for since and the under 12’s acquitted themselves very well in a tough league, long may this interest and success continue.

Thank you to all Mentors and all at the Milltown for their help and support throughout the year.

Hosts

Ballymore’s growing reputation as a neutral venue continued during 2012 as we were “lucky enough” to be selected to host 6 matches during the season with one being called off due to the weather. We were also finally selected to host our first hurling fixture, after a lot of lobbying, only to be thwarted by the Irish weather. Fingers crossed we will get another chance in 2013.

Thank you to all the club members who made themselves available to run the gate, park cars and help with the “huge” crowds. Whilst the revenue may not be great and in no way reflects the effort put in by the club for these events the PR does nobody any harm.

Membership

Our current membership stands at a healthy 55 senior and 43 underage however with we face a real battle to retain numbers at all levels. I believe the club needs to make a concerted effort to look at this is during 2013 and beyond. All clubs, be they GAA or others, face the same battle and I feel it is important that we try to attract social members as a way of attracting non GAA people. We have great facilities and with a bit of open minded thinking we can add to these numbers and in turn attract new blood to the club.

Scór

We entered as one club this year for the first time and managed first round success in the recitation, figure dancing, instrument & Music, Novelty act and question time categories. Unfortunately that was as far as we managed to get. 2012 was yet another good year as a host club. We hosted the Scór na nÓg quarter final, semi-final and then the final which took place last Sunday and drew a huge crowd as always. On behalf of the club I would like to thank Rose Longworth and also all those members who helped with car parking etc at the events.

Is mise le meas

Dale Greenwood

Runaí

14th December 2012.

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