AGB club notes October 24

AGBs Intermediate Team had their first venture into the Leinster GAA Championship when they played Taghmon/Camross in the AIB GAA Leinster G.A.A. Club Intermediate Football Championship on Saturday. AGB were priveliged to have their first match at a home venue and Pearses Park was a sea of blue and green with the AGB Supporters. The teamsheet was slightly changed and regrouped  from the Championship Final but AGB were raring to go.  

The first half was a great display of football as both County Final Champion teams battled fast and hard to get their mark on the scoreboard. AGB pushed themselves on and went into the half time break leading 2-07 to 1-05 in the Leinster Intermediate championship. Cormac O Shea’s first goal of the match had upped the momento, seven points were closely clocked up and Cormac Hyland scored the second goal on a penalty.

On return to the second half Taghmon came out ready to catch up,  however AGB never relented. They maintained their pace and ball work and with some great encouragement from the goals and sideline kept themselves to be the stronger team. Both teams continued to add to the scoreboard but AGB managed to stay ahead.  Some injury time added at the end kept the atmosphere on a high as both teams held their own.  AGB finished victorious at full time with a score of 2-11 to 1-11.  Onwards now for the Intermediates, who will play the Meath County Final winners,  which will also be a home venue, in two weeks time.  Date and time to be confirmed. 

AGB U14’s Boys played in the U14 Shield Final on Wednesday night. AGB looked a little more nervous than usual, understandably. First final and a big crowd can be daunting but once the boys settled, a few more scores could have seen them home. It wasn’t to be, unfortunately. This will rankle for a bit but the U14s will take the lessons from it. The ball will bounce their way again and they will know how to win. It takes a great team to make a final and it takes great heart and attitude to accept defeat with dignity. To their management they did that and it made their team mentor very proud to see them applaud Kilcoole lifting the trophy. This wasn’t the U14s turn, but its coming.

Finally a couple of words of thanks: to Eulic Hanlon, Christies and SureDatum for the help with sponsorship for the team. Little rewards mean a hell of a lot to the players and without that generosity it wouldn’t have been possible.

And finally to our parents and supporters. Every single one chipped in to support the lads, helped out and encouraged and assisted in getting them this far. Once again on the night ye turned up in great numbers, roaring on the team and making yourselves heard. It makes any pitch seem like a home venue. Thank you all for sticking with us all year and for lifting the team countless times. Lastly, though not intentionally, a special thank you to Agnes. While she undoubtedly brings both style and glamour to this faily unsightly rabble, its a thank you for all the unseen and unmentioned work she does behind the scenes, just to keep the lads lined up!

AGB Minor Ladies took on Baltinglass, in Baltinglass, on Friday 21st October in the second round of the 2016 Minor Championship. Having beaten Valleymount in the opening round, the girls were now competing for a semi-final spot. Referee John Bermingham got proceedings underway promptly at 7.30pm and with the Baltinglass pitch in good condition for this late stage of the season the pace of the game was lively from the start. The biggest problem for the girls was the dew which caused the grass to be slippery with both sides having early handling errors and turning over possession. Emma Furlong opened the scoring for the Arklow side with a well taken point in the second minute of play and this was swiftly followed by a point form the boot of the on-form Marie Kealy for Baltinglass. A seventh minute goal, created by Chloe O’Reilly and finished by Annie Conroy extended the Arklow lead. Emma Furlong added her second point for Arklow in the ninth minute and Marie Kealy pointed again for Baltinglass in the tenth. A quickly taken forty five saw Baltinglass in a dangerous position in front of the AGB goal, the corner forward made no mistake and the teams were level.  Annie Conroy tacked on another point for Arklow and then Chloe O’Reilly fired a rasper of a shot at the brave Baltinglass keeper, Rachel Kenny, which she diverted over the bar for a point. This was a disputed score as the ball appeared to go into the top of the net rather than over the bar and the decision to change the original award of a goal to a point kept Baltinglass hopes alive. The awarding of a penalty at the opposite side, when Laura Rice in the Arklow goal was judged to have fouled the incoming forward, changed the complexion of the scoreboard as Baltinglass pulled ahead 2-2 to Arklow’s 1-4. AGB’s Áine O’Reilly redressed the balance in favour of Arklow with a super goal in the 26th minute. Marie Kealy added a point for Baltinglass and further points from Róisín O’Reilly, Annie Conroy, Emma Furlong and Ann-Marie Keegan left the half-time score 2-8 to 2-3 in favour of the visitors. With all to play for the Arklow girls were urged to push on and that is what they did in the second half. Goals from Ann-Marie Keegan, Abbie Doyle, Eve Rogers and Grace Hurley compounded Baltinglass woes as they played the first nine minutes of the half with only fourteen players due to having a player yellow carded in the final minute of the first half. There were points from Emma Furlong, Róisín O’Reilly, Abbie Doyle and Eve Rogers to seal the victory for AGB.  A third Baltinglass goal and another point for a determined Marie Kealy was not enough to get the west Wicklow side back in contention.

Arklow now face St. Patrick’s in the semi-final and the girls are up for the challenge. Baltinglass showed determination right up to the final whistle in this game and both sides served up a sporting and skilful encounter for their supporters.  The future of minor and adult ladies football in the county looks promising if these girls, many of whom are still u16 grade, are encouraged to continue developing their skills going forward.

Wishing AGBs Minor Team the very best of luck as they face Pearse Gaels in the Minor Championship Final on Sunday in Aughrim. Throw in is 11.45am. Come out and support the boys in what promises to be a cracker of a final.

Our U8 and U10 Boys and Girls travelled to Tattersalls in Co Meath on Saturday to participate in Hell & Back Juniors.  Lots of fun was had by all as they braved the tough course and the mud! Special thanks to Kerry Ward for all the organising,  a great day was had by all. 

AGBs Ladies Annual General AGM takes place on Friday November 4th 2016. If you have any nominations for any position on the 2017 Ladies Committee please contact any member of the outgoing committee.

AGBs Annual General Meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday 25th of November in the Ballymoney Clubhouse.

The next meeting of the Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney Club Executive is scheduled for Wednesday 16th of November  2016 at 8.00pm in Pearses’ Park.

Golfers, Save the Date 19th May 2017, AGBs Golf Classic will be held in the Woodenbridge Golf Club.  More details and information to follow shortly on what promises to be a fantastic day for all.

AGB Club gear is available at great prices.  Orders now being taken for Christmas. See gear and prices on AGB Facebook page. Contact Kerry on 087 3287881 to order.

Please send club notes to arklowgaa@gmail.com  You can contact the AGB PRO at above email, Facebook (‘Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney GAA Club’ or ‘AGB Ladies’) or Twitt

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