Ballinacurra News

10 May, 2010

La Na gClub The club held their annual La Na gClub in a sun-kissed Pairc na Gael last Sunday. MC Fanta got the festivities underway at 2.00pm and certainly kept the crowd entertained with his witty banter throughout the afternoon. I don’t believe anyone left without being on the receiving end of Fanta’s slagging. With entertainment for both kids and adults it was definitely a fun day for the whole family. We started with the racing for the kids and there were definitely some speedy types on show. The adults joined in on the fun too with the sack race of particular interest. The tyre race ended in controversy when Steve Kanes tyre was punctured by Brian ‘Rasher’ Sigerson. With no spare Steve couldn’t carry on and was declared a non runner. Rasher, as the only finisher, went on to win the race but subsequently tested positive for candy floss and the race was declared null and void.
Kids of all ages took part in the obstacle races however they didn’t have it all their own way when the adults wanted a bit of the action. Colin Richards was sternly reprimanded by MC Fanta for his delaying tactics in the sack race leg of the obstacle course. Colins participation in next years event is now questionable after a decision was made yesterday evening to suspend him with immedaite effect pending a full inquiry. Towards the end of the afternoon the crowd were entertained with a bit of fun by the ever-willing adults. The use of white lab suits and balloons caught the imagination in a fun-race with a bit of difference. Unfortunately for Laura and Moss their race was doomed from the start when Moss couldn’t figure out which end of the lab suit was which. The club has taken an executive decision to put a ‘this way up’ sign on Moss’s jersey for all games from here on in.
A big thank you to all the organisers including Helena, Joyce, Steve and Fanta and all the helpers who ensured that the day ran smoothly. Thanks to Trevor Costigan who provided the music for the day. Also a special thanks to all the parents and kids who came along and made the day a successful one. The Club hope to see you all back in the near future to support the club in some small way.
Junior Hurling League> A sterling second half performance from The Village wasn’t enough to defeat Fr. O’Neills in a bright but breezy Ballinacurra last Friday evening.
The visitors played with a significant breeze in the first half and started brightly to race into a three point lead after 5 minutes. Scott Richards won a free in the 7th minute and stepped up to open Ballinacurras account with a point. Fr. O’Neills made use of the wind advantage with five points without reply to go 7 points clear after 20 minutes. Ballinacurra had several chances to reduce the deficit before a move down the left resulted in Scott Richards point in the 25th minute. Fr. O’Neills ended the half with a point on 29 minutes to them ahead by 0-9 to 0-2 at half-time.
Ballinacurra playing with the breeze in the second half and needed a good start to get them motoring. They nearly had the perfect start when Vincent O’Sullivan doubled on a loose ball which brought a great save from the Fr O’Neills ‘keeper. A Scott Richards free in the 35th left five between the teams before two points by Fr. O’Neills in the 39th and 40th minutes had the gap at seven points. The two teams swapped points in the 41st and 43rd minutes with Ballinacurras score coming from a free from Scott Richards. Despite being at a numerical disadvantage, Ballinacurra then took the game by the scruff of the neck and started to hurl their way into the game. Vincent O’Sullivan started the scoring spree in the 47th minute before scorer-in –chief Scott Richards came to the fore. Two quick pointed frees by the aforementioned Scott had Ballinacurra in the ascendancy. In the 52nd minute a fine ball from Vincent O’Sullivan found Scott Richards who promptly turned and split the posts to leave four between the sides. Ballinacurra were moving with more fluency at this stage which resulted in three frees won by The Village which were duly punished by the ever reliable Scott Richards to leave a point between the sides with time running out. A late point from Fr. O’Neills ended in a narrow defeat for Ballinacurra by 0-11 to 0-13.
Best on the day were Scott Richards, Damien Daly, Killian Harty and Vincent O’Sullivan. Certainly there is great cause for optimism following the second half performance. Despite being missing several regulars we showed great heart and determination. If the team shows the same passion and pride in the jersey for the rest of year there is no reason we can’t go on and bring back more silverware to the club in 2010.
Team: M O’Sullivan, T Richards, T Finnegan, S Kane, T O’Meara, I Cahill, M Stack, D Daly, T Costigan, K Harty, V O’Sullivan, P Twomey, S Richards, R Keohane. Annual Golf Classic Last few time slots remaining for our Golf Classic to be held in Lismore Golf Club on 18th and 18th June. The cost of entering a team is €120 which includes a light meal at the end of play. The Club would be happy to associate your name of company with our list of spnsors should you wish to contribute. Sonsorship is available for Longest Drive, Nearest the Pin and Tee Box. For more deatils please contact Arthur Murphy @ 0877793939, Trevor Richards 086 0666196, Conor O Brien @ 0879222482 or Oliver Parsons @ 086 1936055.
Juvenile Training It was great to see some many kids enjoying themselves last Sunday at the Clubs' fun day. Don't forget that we have training every Saturday morning from 10.30am - 12.00pm in the GAA grounds. New members are most welcome to come along. Parents are also encouraged to get involved in the training sessions if they wish to do so. Contact Richie @087 2817092. Don't forget to get your Cúl Camp registration forms completed as soon as possible. The years camp taking place from August 16th to August 20th inclusive.