Ballybofey United Club Notes
Cow Pat Challenge
Ballybofey United launched their latest fundraising venture on Wednesday night, 17th December. It is known as the “COW PAT CHALLENGE”, and will offer subscribers the chance to win €1,000 for a stake of just €10. Based on the field which the club have secured at Dreenan for their new pitch the “CHALLENGE” will see the field divided into squares. Subscribers buy a square for €10. Subscribers are randomly allocated a square in the field. When the squares are all sold at date and time will be made public for the “CHALLENGE”. On that day a Cow will be allowed into the field. Under observation by many stakeholders the Cow carefully monitored. Wherever the Cow decides to leave it’s first “Pat” will be marked and the owner of that square will win the €1,000. It really is as simple as that. This venture will be important to the future development of the club and it is hoped that the public support it and maybe even come along on the day for a bit of craic. €1,000 would come in handy at the start of 2015 so gets you square from any club member from Thursday onwards.
With the Leagues all now closed for the Christmas Holidays there will be no training for underage players until they are notified by their team managers. The underage games were all cancelled at the weekend due to frozen pitches however the Senior team did manage to play their match against Raphoe Town. In an entertaining game the points were shared but Ballybofey will feel that they should have won the match on the balance of play. Calvin Mc Gowan got the Ballybofey goal. Special mention for Chris Patton who made two top drawer saves and Ronan Mc Menamin who continues to get better with every match at Senior Level. Ronan has played with the club since under-8 and is a perfect example of how underage players can become Senior players by committing to their club and working hard in training.
The club are continuing their fundraising efforts as they strive to deliver their new facilities at Dreenan. John Kelly won the 25 Card Drive which the club held in Meenreagh Social Centre on Sunday night. There was a great turnout in support of the club. PJ Browne and Jude Patton shared 2nd prize while George Michael Sproule got the Bubbie Prize. Many thanks to Patricia, Sian and Amy for the tea and Mrs. Roulston & Mrs. Moss for their lovely baking.
Friends of Ballybofey United:
The “Friends of Ballybofey United” initiative continues to grow in popularity. This is open to everyone and individuals as well as businesses have been joining the scheme. The two most recent “Friends” to sign up are two of the club’s underage players from days no too long gone bye, Johnny Dunleavy, who in now captain of Cork City, and Jason Quigley who has turned professional in the sport of Boxing. Although based at the other end of the Country and in America respectively both lads keep in daily contact with the Twin Towns and keep up to date with the results from the Ballybofey United underage and Senior matches. Both lads signed up to the “Friends” scheme on Sunday afternoon last while on a visit home.