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.
Club Notes 28th June 2015
Intermediates - Campus Oil Div 1A football league Blessington at home to Dunlavin on Thurs 25 was an exciting game full of twists. Blues started well, but after 15 mins had only one point on the board when Thomas Davis lopped Barry Behan in the Blessington goal. However, instead of pushing on, Dunlavin did not score for the rest of the half and a Barry O'Donovan inspired Blessington (he secured 3 from play) went in to lead 0-6 to 1-1 at half time. On the resumption, Dunlavin kicked 4 points in a row and looked set for victory, however, the Blues stayed in the game and were still two points down when Eoin Murtagh put Dunlavin 2 up with 5 mins to go. Blessington then proceeded to miss a penalty when sub Conor Ryan was pulled down and then Conor kicked a 14 yard free wide. Kevin Foster amazingly kicked his 2nd point of the game to reduce to one and with nerves of steel minor Conor Ryan kicked the leveller from 35yds on the 30th minute. Thomas Davis had one last chance to win it but drove wide. Blessington first point of the league. Final score Blessington 0-10 Dunlavin 1-7. Scorers for Blessington: Barry O'Donovan 0-3, Eoin Devlin 0-3, Kevin Foster 0-2, Robert Pender 0-1, Kyle Geraghty 0-1.
County Senior Team - Hard luck to our County Senior team who were beaten by Armagh on Sat 27 Jul 2-17 to 2-7 especially our club lads Anto, Paul and Mikey.
Junior Ladies - Training as usual Wed 8pm to 9:15pm (light training with U16 playing Tues and another game on Fri). If there are any girls that are interested in joining the Junior Ladies team or if you know of any girls that have given up football and would like to return to training please contact Kevin 0876123203 or Martin on 0879846867. Turnout for training has been low since the start of the exams it would be great to get everybody that is available up to training it makes for a more enjoyable session. Can parents and players please reply to texts/emails/teamer notifications in relation to games it really helps to get things organised. Alternatively all events are on teamer please update availability for matched on the teamer website.
Up-coming Games: Pre Championship Friendly V Valleymount at home Fri 3 July 7pm Blessington be at pitch at 6:20pm (if there is a change to time text will be sent).
Pre Championship Friendly V Eadestown away Mon 6 Jul 7:30 pm (met at community college at 6:30 or Eadstown pitch at 6:50pm will go ahead if we can get numbers.
1st Round of Championship V Barndarrig Sun 12 Jul 11am At home Time to be confirmed
2nd Round of Championship Carnew V Blessington Away Date and time to be confirmed.
12 A girls - U12A girls at home on Mon 29 June v Ballykelly at 7.30pm
Gaelic for Mothers & Others:Training as usual Wed 6:45 to 8pm. New members always welcome only requirement is to be over 18 and interested in exercise and fun no previous football experience required. Just turn up on the night or call Sinead 0862446510 or Kevin 0876123203 for info. If there are any outstanding registration fees please pay as soon as possible.
Up coming Blitz Events:
Leinster Blitz 4 Jul: (Aisling 087 768 1288 GDO Leinster Ladies firstname.lastname@example.org)
Caragh Blitz 12 Jul: 1pm (Contact Deidre 0879781851) (First round of the junior ladies championship is 11am on the same morning)
Pereguine Blitz Sunday: 16 Aug: (Contact: Aileen0879458285)
All Ireland Blitz: Portmarnock 17 Oct
Juvenile Notes: Féile info top of page
U10 NKL - Last U10 NKL match v Kill away on Wed
U8/U10 Go Games - Go Games - Hollywood on Fri 3 Jul.
Cul Camp 2015 - Blessington GAA will host a football Cul Camp on 6-10 July and hurling Cul camp on 20-24 July. €55 first child, €45 second child and third child €40 (must be from the same family). Gear included. Club contact is Chris O'Connor 086 2239403.
Lotto: The Lotto jackpot of €11,400 on 16 Jun was not won. The next jackpot will be €11,600 on Tues 30 June in Hennessy's. The numbers drawn were 2,9,15,16. There were 6 winners who each receive €50 each - Arthur Hennessy, Mick Moran, Terry O'Dwyer, Olivia Keogh c/o Dermot Richardson, John McMahon c/o Lorcan and Susan Farrell c/o Laura Kilmartin. 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.
Kits for Kids - Supervalu are running a promotion until the 5th July for gear for clubs. Shoppers will receive Kit for Kids tokens and we are asking all that shop in Supervalu to please donate your tokens to Blessington Juvenile Girls team. You get 1 for every €40 spent and we need 2000 to get a kit. Contact Maura Reid on 087 6548744.
General club notes
· Blessington GAA car flags for sale €10 a pair. Contact Noreen 0872858375.
· Congrats to all our young members who graduated from primary school during the week.
· Birthday greetings to Mick Mills, Michael Sargent, Monica McGorman, Anthony Murphy, Jimmy Mulhall, Katy May Magee, Evan Quinlan, Tony Carroll, Megan Carroll, Alex Doyle, Niall O'Gallchobhair, Erin Murphy, Niamh Ellis, Shona Tivnan, Niamh Flanagan, Evan McNulty, Mairtin Doyle, Cormac O'Loughlin, Erin McMahon and Oisin O'Connell. We especially remember Cian Gardner (RIP) whose 12th birthday was on the 9th June.
· 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
This Thursday evening at 7pm (25th June) the boys and girls Féile teams will be at Dunnes Stores Blessington for the official presentation of the beautiful tracksuits that they have kindly sponsored. I feel a photo opportunity coming on!!!
Academy Sat 10am - 11am,
U8 Sat 10am and from April also Tues evenings at 6:30. U10 Sat 10am to 11.30am and on Wed when evenings get brighter.
U12's - Mon and Wed 6.45pm - 8pm,
U14's Mon and Wed 6.45pm - 8pm. Blitz in Ballinakill on 14 Mar at 2pm and friendly at home on 29 Mar.
League games kick off on Wed 1 Apr.