Aodh Ruadh claimed a 3-4 to 2-4 victory against Saint Naul’s in their first round first leg championship game in Father Tierney Park on Monday evening. However they were made fight every inch of the way by a dogged Mountcharles outfit. The Ballyshannon men didn’t make life easy for themselves either, spurning a number of scoreable chances. The visitors got the better of the opening exchanges and hit the game’s first goal with a lob over Sean Taylor. Aodh Ruadh responded well though and goals from Oisin Roper and Nathan Boyle helped the Ernesiders to a 2-3 to 1-2 lead on the turnover. A well-taken goal by Dylan Gallagher in the second half proved to be the insurance score as Aodh Ruadh just about did enough for the win in this tough physical game. It was a below par performance from Aodh Ruadh but Nathan Boyle, Shane McGrath and Callum O’Halloran all worked hard and Sean Taylor was in super form between the sticks. Under 16 Dylan Gallagher also was lively on his introduction. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Aodh Ruadh now need a draw or victory in the second leg in Mountcharles next Monday to progress to the next. Throw-in for that game is 7pm.
The under 14s will be travelling to Dungloe this Tuesday 7th July for our first round, first leg championship match. We are taking a bus to this game and it will be leaving the park at 4.30pm. There will be a charge of €3 to help defray the cost of the bus.
It was heartbreak for the Aodh Ruadh under 12s as they came up just short against Four Masters on Friday evening in the Southern Regional Board final. Trailing by just a point at half-time with the backing of a strong wind to come, it looked like Aodh Ruadh had the hard work done by the break in this under 12 Southern Minor Board final. However Four Masters greater hunger in the second half proved decisive and they made it over the line to claim the title. The final score was 3-9 to 3-6 in favour of the Donegal town men. For Aodh Ruadh Aaron Neilan worked tirelessly in midfield while Calum Ayres and Cian Rooney took some great scores. Daire Warren, Colm McGloin and Ryan Keenaghan all worked hard. All Aodh Ruadh’s subs made a great contribution on their introduction. We have a full match report from the game up on aodhruadh.org.
Training returns to its usual time this Friday for the under 8s and under 6s from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. On Saturday the under 8s have their second home blitz of the season. We will be hosting Bundoran, Four Masters and Naomh Bríd and the action will be getting under way at 11am. Players must be at the park for 10.30am. With around a hundred children expected we need parents / guardians to help out by supplying a loaf of sandwiches, tray of buns or similar refreshments to help feed all present on the day. Also, we would appreciate if parents / guardians could lend a hand in the kitchen on the day.
All underage players for Bord na nÓg are now out selling lines for the inaugural Euro-Shot Challenge which takes place this Sunday. The concept is simple, points win prizes. The more points your team scores, the more chance they have of winning a special team prize. There are three prizes on offer. The under 8s and under 10s will be competing for a team trip to Castle Adventure Open Farm. The under 12s and under 14s will face off for a team outing to Bundoran Cineplex. Meanwhile the under 16s and under 18s are competing for a beach party and barbecue sponsored by Kernan’s Spar. Shots are a €1 a go with the Euro-Shot Challenge taking place on Sunday 12th July in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The more lines you sell, the more shots you get. But the important thing is putting the shots over the bar, which makes this fund-raiser a great way to hone one of the most important aspects of our games. All players will have to take a minimum number of shots, so even if you only score one point, it could be the one that wins that wins your team the prize. There are individual prizes for the top scorers in each team, while the overall highest scoring team will take home the handsome Euro-Shot Challenge Plate. To make it easier to sell lines, there are also two tickets to the Ulster final up for grabs, with the winners being drawn on the day of the Euro-Shot Challenge, a week before the final. Our special thanks to Kernan’s Spar, Eclipse Cinemas and Castle Adventure Open Farm for their sponsorship of this fund-raiser. Euro-Shot Challenge sheets can be downloaded directly from aodhruadh.org.
The county under 21s played Longford in the All-Ireland C quarter-final in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday. They played impressively and won 2-18 to 1-8. Aodh Ruadh contributed three starters to the side, Ciaran Rami, Oisin Rooney (0-1) and Rory Cullen. Eddie Lynch came on and hit two points. Donegal now play Sligo in semi-final. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.
The minors season came to a disappointing end on Thursday last as they lost their championship semi-final away to Burt. As was the norm for the season we were under strength on the night due to work commitments and holidays. we travelled with 16 players, four of whom were under 15. It was obvious from the start that the Burt lads were well up for the game and were physically stronger than our team. They had a large vocal support who gave them great encouragement all night. It was very tight in the first half and every ball was ferociously contested. Scores were at a premium and we led at half time 0-4 to 0-2. Burt levelled the scores early in the second half, we again took a two point lead, but Burt fought back and a long ball deceived our defence and put them into a 1-6 to 0-7 lead. Try as hard as we could we were unable to break down their defence. A goal two minutes into injury time put a gloss on the final scoreline leaving it 2-8 to 0-7 for the Burt men. It was a very frustrating season for the minors with the panel being so small and a number of players not making themselves available this season, but credit to the lads who played their hearts out all year and made the league final losing to a strong Buncrana team. Unfortunately only a handful of players kept up the training for the championship and it was this lack of sharpness and effort that went against us on Thursday night.
While the minors bowed out of the Championship on Thursday night, the under 12s made the long trip to Dungloe and came home with their second win of the league. All the squad played very well and fought for every ball and were convincing winners at the end, leaving them on four points after the first two games of the league. They play MacCumhaill’s this Thursday at home.
The under 16s were in action in Father Tierney Park against a strong Dungloe team. It was a great game between two very committed teams and while we were lighter than the Dungloe lads, the whole team put in a great effort. We led at half time 3-5 to 3-2. The second half was very exciting and turned into a real shootout between two teams very keen to get the win. Our ability to take our points was the difference as we came out on top on a 5-12 to 6-6 score line. The lads deserve great credit for their efforts so far this season. It was only a couple of months ago it looked like we may not field at under 16 level this season. The win on Saturday makes it two from two in the league so far. We face a difficult trip to Ballybofey on Thursday evening to take on a strong MacCumhaill’s team.
Cash for Clothes ends this Thursday last chance to clear out the wardrobes and get rid of any unwanted clothes, shoes, etc and help us fund-raise for the promotion and development of underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh.
Training every Sunday at 12 noon for all underage groups. For any information required in relation to underage hurling please contact John Rooney 086-2587793.
Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp 2015 is now in progress and attracting great numbers in its first week. The camp is back again next week, Monday 13th July-17th July and runs from 10am to 3pm daily. Each week the camp will cater for all ages from 6 to 14, both BOYS and GIRLS. Activities include skills training, fun and games, Gaelic football, camogie, rounders, hurling and swimming. Applicants should bring a packed lunch as no one will be allowed to leave camp during the day. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm. Cost is as follows: One child €70; Two children €120; Three children €180; Four children €200. For further information contact Sylvester Maguire on 0860532495.
We now have official club shorts available to order. They are O’Neill’s, so top quality kit. Kids sizes (24 and 26) cost €18, while adult sizes (28, 30, 32, 34, 36 and 38) cost €22. We’ll have samples available and images on aodhruadh.org. Contact Chris Kelly on 0868813553 to place your order. Our navy blue soft shell jackets are also back on sale. We now have three youth sizes available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child’s initials on the sleeve. We are also able to order Ladies soft shell jackets with pink Aodh Ruadh crest and GAA logo. We are also selling adult jackets. You can check out samples of the shorts and jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.
Abbey Centre Bingo
The winner of last week’s €400 bingo jackpot was Packie Boyle, Ballyshannon. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. The game seven summer snowball is now €450 on 50 numbers or less. Plus we still have our spot prize on 42 to be won!
Aodh Ruadh Lotto
There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €6,400. The winning numbers drawn were 2, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 14. In the lucky dip €20 went to: Paul Gallagher, Finner; Kathleen Keown, Leggs, Belleek; Kevin O’Connor, Cliffoney; Una Bonner, Assaroe View; and Liam McGowan, Clyhore. Next draw in Pat’s Bar with a Jackpot of €6,500 on Sunday at 8.30pm.
The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: LADIES.
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