KMCS are the proud sponsors of Ballinteer St Johns GAA and recently Fiona Mullally of KMCS visited the Ballinteer St Johns clubhouse to present the minor hurling team with their new training tops. The lads were in great spirit after recently securing the Hurling Minor B Championship.
Founded in 1982, Ballinteer St Johns play their home games at Marley Park directly opposite the teams Clubhouse. The club colours are the now well-known colours of tangerine and black with the club crest depicting a combination of the Three Castles (Dublin Crest), Eagle (emblem of St. John the Evangelist) and the Celtic cross (GAA emblem).
Today the club plays a huge role in the local community servicing the local area with teams for all age groups in Hurling/Camogie and Football for both men and women and boys and girls. There are also various summer camps taking place in July and August. This is followed by nursery camps in September which is an introduction to Hurling/Camogie & Football for new members.
Below we have the Minor Hurling Season review for the Ballinteer St Johns team who created a little bit of history this year.
Graded in a 10 team Division 1 the team performed very strongly through the initial pre-Leaving Cert phase of the league, winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 2 of the 5 games. The highlight was a victory away versus the county champions Na Fianna. Matches lost were by narrow margins to Whitehall and Cuala. Unfortunately, the post-Leaving Cert period proved to be more difficult; depleted of players, the team lost heavily to Boden, suffered a narrow loss to Raheny and had to give a walkover to Crokes. The team finished the Division 1 league in 8th place.
Through the summer the team enjoyed trips to Thurles in June, to take on Durlas Og and catch a Munster Senior Championship game. We travelled to Kilkenny in August to play Barrow Rangers, followed by a canoeing trip on the Barrow itself. A great team building event. Many thanks to Ronan Kelly for arranging!!
Graded in the B championship the team were drawn in a group containing Peregrines, Naomh Barrog and Thomas Clarke Gaels (O’Tooles / Parnell’s). The team enjoyed 3 victories in the group stages to top the group and secure a home quarter final versus Castleknock. Castleknock would also have been one of the favourites for the Championship. In a great game in Marlay Park on October 28th, the Johns lads prevailed winning on a score line of 2-17 to 2-13. Drawn away to Clontarf in the semi-final, the team knew a tough encounter awaited them in St Anne’s Park! Second best for most of the first half Johns were still grateful to be in touch at half time. Driven by resilience and determination in the 2nd half the team delivered the victory by the narrowest of margins 2- to 2-11! The championship final now awaited!!
Played on a damp lunchtime on the 25th November in O’Toole Park the squad were determined from the outset that victory and history would be secured in the final against Raheny! The stronger side from the off but struggling to secure scores, the score at half time was 06 to 03. The game opened up in the 3rd Quarter with both sides scoring 1-4 but Ballinteer kicked for home in the last quarter scoring 1-2 to a single goal by Raheny. The Championship was Johns on a score of 2-12 to 2-7!!
All credit to the squad, a very committed bunch of players, to both their hurling and their club and take great pride in representing Ballinteer St Johns GAA and being the first Minor team to secure a B Championship for the club.