Having just won the County Féile Final, the U15 Girls travelled to the Staker Wallace Club in Limerick to compete in the Regional Finals. After playing three group games, they qualified for the Shield Semi Final against St. Patricks, Limerick.
In an exciting game which ran into extra time, the girls lost narrowly by just two points. It was a fantastic achievement for the footballers to have reached the National Finals regardless, and the girls enjoyed the entire journey throughout.
Similarly, the U14 Girls Footballers reached the Shield Final in their league but unfortunately lost out to Oughterard. The U12 footballers also progressed to the Shield Final in their campaign but fell to St James of Galway despite their best efforts.
The Men's Junior Hurlers made a very impressive start to their Championship with two out of two wins, beating Kilimor 2.20 to 2.19 and Kilnademma 2.14 to 2.12.
The Footballers are also having a great season, winning their League Shield final against Loughrea. The boys showed great determination all season, especially evident in their Shield Semi Final where came back from 5 points down in extra time to beat Glinsk.
The final, played in Duggan Park, was a dramatic encounter start to finish before Ballinasloe ran out winners on a 2.15 to 1.14 scoreline and are now looking to their Championship with great confidence.
U17 player Clodagh Killeen took part in the Galway Co. Development football Programme and joined the Galway squad in winning their Shield Final in the National Blitz at Abbottstown, Dublin.
Unfortunately, the club were recently hit by news that longtime player Paraic Gavin passed away. As well as being a selector and manager with many teams in his time, Paraic established the Suck Valley League which proved massively successful in promoting hurling in Galway, Roscommon and Mayo.
“All at Ballinasloe GAA would like to send our sincere condolences to the Gavin family and put on record our deep gratitude for his many years of service to the sport he loved.” shares PRO Damien Clarke.
The club’s nursey programmes continue for the younger players with training, matches, and some occasional trips. Lately the boys U8 Footballers made their way to UCD for a ‘Festival of Football’ organised by Kilmacud Crokes competing against teams nationwide. The U10 Girls participated in the County Blitz at the Connacht Centre of Excellence, playing within the Dome.
The nursery programme welcomes new players to join, with training every Saturday morning at 10:30 on the grounds. Girls U8 and U10 football take place on Monday evenings at 18:00.
Those with any enquiries or wish to join the club can contact Club Secretary Stephen Kerr at 087 2312273 or vist their Facebook Page.
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