Michael Sargent Chairman & Steven Bohan Senior Vice Captain receiving a new set of Senior jerseys kindly sponsored by "High Definition Fitness"
"High Definition Fitness"
Seniors - Campus Oil Div 1 football league match at home v Bray on Tues 18 at 7.15pm.
Intermediates - Hard luck to our Intermediates who lost to Ballincor in Roundwood on Fri 14 Aug in the Darcy Sand Intermediate football championship. A cracking game when you consider that both teams are out of the IFC and decided by two Chris Murphy goals in the first twenty minutes. The blues missed several great goal chances while at the other end their keeper Barry Behan made a great save early on from James Murphy. Ballinacor played well for the entire game led by Patrick Byrne at centre back and Conor Parsons up front. Final score 2-13 to 1-10. Scorers for Blesso: Jonathan Daniels (0-6), Jonathan Behan (1-3), Thomas Donohue (0-1). The Intermediates next match will be on Sun 23 Aug at home to Annacurra at 11.30am.
Junior B - Our lads are out in Valleymount on Tues 18 v Dunlavin at 7.15pm.
Minors - Challenge match at home v Kilmacud on Fri 21 Aug at 7.15pm.
Senior ladies- Our senior ladies were in the SFC ladies semi final v Tinahely which took place in Ballinakill on Sun 16 Aug. The commitment of the ladies was terrific and they left it all on the pitch. This is a very young team and Blesso played against the wind in the first half and held Tinahely in the first half with Kim Connors making a couple of great saves. Half time Blesso were only 2 pts down at half time 1-6 to 1-4. The second half was very competitive and it was only in the last 10/15 mins that Tinahely pulled away. The ladies lost on a scoreline of 4-16 to 3-7.This was a big improvement on the same match this time last year when they were beaten by 30 pts. Scorers for Blessington - Shona O'Connor (1-1), Roisin Ellis (1-0), Jessica Brennan (1-0), Niamh Ellis, Niamh Carroll, Katie Charles, Amy Ryan, Shauna Byrne and Molly Cullen (0-1 each).
Junior ladies - Busy week for the ladies. Mon 17 Aug. Championship match V AGB in Laragh 7.15pm. Meet at community college at 5.45pm. Wed. 19 Aug friendly away v Ballyboden 7.15pm. Meet a community college at 6pm. Sun 23 Aug Championship match V Barndarrig at 11.15am in Blessington lower pitch meet at pitch at 10.45am. Best of luck to all this week and it will be good to have so many back from holidays.
G4M&O - The ladies played a 5 game blitz in St Peregrines GAA on Sun 16 Aug and had a really good games doing themselves and the club proud by winning 3 and only narrowly losing 2. Blesso 1-3 Peregrines 0-4, Blesso. 0-6 v Erins Isle 1-1, Blesso 0-3 v Whitehall 1-4, Blesso 0-2 V 1-2 Man O War, Blesso 1-2 V Kilmacud 0-2. Great day and well done to all some very impressive displays.
U12 - The girls face Tinahely at home on Tues 18 Aug at home.
Thank you to all who helped out when the club was hosting the JCFC Valleymount v Donard and the IFC An Tochar v Baltinglass matches on Sat 15 Aug. Umpires - Paddy Sargent, Kevin Hamilton, Jordan Nolan, Des Nolan and Tommy O'Hagan. John Magee for covering the gate. Mick Mills who looked after the dressing rooms. John Coogan for looking after the car park. Jordan McGarr and Mick Curran for looking after the score board and to Noelle McGarr who looked after the refreshments.
Go Games U8 - We had two teams at Baltinglass Go Games on Sat 15 Aug. Both teams played three matches against Baltinglass, Kiltegan and Hollywood. The teams played very well with great skills on show especially the quality of kick and hand passing which is something we've been practicing in training. Our next Go Games are in Valleymount on Sat 29 Aug.
Go Games U10 - Tough games but gave their all. Best performers on the day were Padraig Quinn, Tony Carroll, Tristan Will Whelan and Finn Behan. Well done to all.
U12 - U12's play St Pat's at home on Thurs 20 at 7.15pm.
U14 - First match of the U14 championship at home to Newtown on Wed 19 Aug. Kick off 7.15pm.
U16 - At home to Michael Dwyers at 7.30pm on Mon 17 Aug.
Hurling - U8/U10 Go Games in St Kevins on Fri 21 Aug.
U12 - U12 hurling in Ballinakill on Mon 17 Aug - Western Gaels v ARP at 7.15pm.
Lotto: The Lotto jackpot of €12,200 on 11 Aug was not won. Numbers drawn were 3, 9,13, 16. We had 5 matched 3 numbers each receiving €60. Peter O'Brien, Terry O'Dwyer c/o Paddy Sargent, Colm Finnegan c/o Mick Mills, Martin Gilligan c/o Rob and Jack, Mick O'Rourke c/o Garda Station. Next draw 25 Aug in Bealins. Jackpot €12,400. We thank you for your continued support returning your tickets and don't forget you can also buy tickets online at www.blessingtongaa.ie. If you would like to support the club by selling 5 lotto tickets every fortnight please contact Michael Sargent on 086 2443640.
General club notes
Good luck to all who will take part in the Community Games in Athlone next weekend. A holdall bag containing what appears to be a pair of men's football boots was found on Sat morning outside the dressing rooms at the pitch. Please contact Michael Sargent to be reunited with them.
· Birthday greetings to Kevin and Craig Hanlon, Rob Walsh, Jimmy Callaghan, Isabelle Archbold Alonso, Laura Mahon, Fay Tyler, Ella Hegarty, Caoilfionn McGinley, Aine Fairbanks, "Scal" Shannon, John Magee (Sen), Megan Charles, Hannah McManus, Phillip Byrne, Phillip Hopkins, Luc Griffin, Fionn Whelan and Jack Kinane.
· Blessington GAA car flags for sale €10 a pair. Contact Noreen 0872858375.
· Well done to all our members who received their Leaving Cert results during the week. Good luck in whatever road you take.
· Remember to keep updated on what is happening in the Club log on Blessington GAA , Blessington GAA and Blessington GAA Feile 2015 on Facebook. We have a Club Text Phone for all alerts on Fixtures, Lotto and Club Events, if you wish to be added please text the phone 085 1607808 with your name, you must be 18 or over to receive the texts.
· If anyone would like to have anything included in the notes, please email or text Noreen by 8pm on Sunday night. email@example.com 0872858375.
Fixtures at a glance
Our U14 girls Féile Team 2015
Our U14 Boys Féile team 2015
Féile Peil na nOg - Well after months of planning, organising, delegating, baking, making and all that goes with organising a Feile in Blessington is now all over. Blessington GAA hosted a boys team from Ardnaree Sarsfields, Ballina, Co Mayo and girls team from Glencar Manor, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim. The weather just about held up for us and there was a slight shower on Sat during our Cup quarter final game. On Fri 26 Jun in Blessington GAA the boys played Ballinderry Shamrocks GAA (Derry). All was level at half time but Ballinderry came out and went on a rampage of goals. Final score was Blesso 1-2 Ballinderry 4-5. Next up was Shamrocks and Blessington led 6-2 to 0-0 at half time. Shamrocks came out of the traps and scored a goal minutes into the second half. Blesso had nothing to worry about as they went on to win by a big margin. Final score 6-5 to 1-1. On Sat morning Blessington faced our visiting team Ardnaree Sarsfields. Ardnaree had a win and a draw under their belt and Blessington had a win and a loss so the Blues needed to win this match to get into the Cup at home or otherwise it was to Hollywood for the Shield quarter final. This was to be Blesso's best match of the year and all the training since 1 Feb kicked in and the lads put in a class performance. At half time they led 2-5 to 0-1. Again Ardnaree came out to win and scored 1-2. Blesso held their nerve and went on to score a further 5 points to win 2-10 to 1-3 and went forward to the Cup quarter final at home. Our luck ran out in this game as Newry Shamrocks steamrolled their way to the Semi Final beating Blesso 0-2 Newry Shamrocks 4-2.
The girls had to travel to Killanerin (Wex) on the Fri evening to play St Treas, Ballymaguigan (Derry) and were beaten 5-5 to 0-0. They then faced Killanerin (Wex) and lost 5-4 to 0-1. On Sat 27 at 11am the girls played their visiting team Glencar Manor and were again beaten 0-0 to 5-4. The girls had to travel to Ferns Centre of Excellence to play in the quarter final of the shield v Gusserane-O'Rahillys where they were again unlucky and were beaten 1-5 to 0-1.
Hard luck to our visiting team Ardnaree beaten in the Shield Semi Final 4-5 to 1-1 in Ballinakill today. Great achievement to get there. Our visiting girls headed home to Leitrim early on Sun AM as they could go no further in the competition. Safe journey home and great to have met you all. We hope you enjoyed your visit to Blessington & Wicklow.
Many thanks to everyone who helped make this Feile one to remember for our kids and all the kids who came to play in our grounds over the weekend. There were many compliments on how well everything was run. When the call went out everyone rallied and no matter what job anyone had it was all part of the big wheel which was Feile 2015. The town and pitch were decked out in the Blue and White and all stops were pulled out to ensure all went to plan. Many thanks to Dunnes Stores for their sponsorship of €5000 and to MSL Group who sponsored the girls and boys jerseys. There were some private donations received and a very successful racenight was organised which helped towards the cost of hosting such a major event. The lads and girls did themselves and the club proud. They stood tall and proud and gave it their all and that is all anyone can ask. They have made friends and memories which they will carry with them for years to come. Some may get to do it all again next year! Thanks again to everyone who helped out in any way.