Graigue Ballycallan played near neighbours Tullaroan in the first round of the Junior A HC on Tuesday last 6th August. The large crowd were treated to a good open game with both sides eager to reach the quarter final. GBC made the better start and quickly built up a four point lead, which in fact they were never to surrender throughout. GBC dominated in most areas of the field and with their good combination play went into the break leading by six points.
The sixth round of the JJ Kavanagh & Sons Hurling League took place in Kilmanagh on Friday last 7th June. Mooncoin were GBC’s opponents. With state examinations in full flow, both sides were missing several players from their panels. Despite this both sides served up an entertaining display.
The Junior A team continued their winning campaign last Friday 3rd May when they travelled South to take on Carrickshock in Hugginstown. With the return of a couple of players from injury and illness numbers were good and GBC went into the match with confidence. This confidence looked somewhat premature as it was Carrickshock who had the much better start. They quickly built up a 1-3 to 0-2 lead before GBC settled down. With each side matching one another score for score it was not a surprise that the teams went in at half time all square on a score of 1-9 each.
The Junior A team’s second outing (Rd 1 v Erins Own yet to be played) saw GBC take on Young Ireland’s in Tom Ryall Park on Saturday 27th April. GBC were missing at least eight players due to illness and injury but even so put up a spirited display from the throw in. Guilty of some wayward shooting the GBC side should have been more in control of the game from the start and were disappointed to be a point behind at the interval.
The GBC Juniors had their first League match last Saturday evening 13th April, in a cold and blustery Larchfield. There are eleven teams in the group which will mean this group of players will have ten matches over the coming months.
Report by Philomena Brennan
The Junior B Hurling League has commenced and GBC had their first outing against Emeralds of Urlingford last Tuesday 8th May 2018. The locals were to prove too strong on this occasion and recorded a comprehensive victory to pick up their first two points in the competition.
Final Score: GBC 5-23 Emeralds 0-12
Following on from the postponment of the Junior Football Final last weekend, the match has now been re-fixed for Sunday 21st January at 2pm in Dunmore. Best of luck to the lads! All support appreciated!
Well done to our Junior A hurlers who had a good start to the year with a win in Ballyragget in the first round of the league. It was a hard-fought game with just a single point in it at the final whistle.
Full Time score: Graigue Ballycallan 1-11 St. Patrick’s 1-10
Team & Scorers: Bill Cuddihy, Ger Doheny, Richie Keoghan, Mark Fitzpatrick, Joey Corcoran, Pat Robinson, Tom Dunphy (0-1), Philly Cahill (0-3), Conor Murphy (0-5) (4f), Philly Heafey (1-0), Sean O’Dwyer (0-1), Kieran Kennedy (0-1), Shane Hennessy, Dermot Ryall, Luke O’Brien
Subs: Peter Murphy & John Doheny
Our next Junior A match is v Fenians on Sat 25th March at 3.30pm in Johnstown
Well done to our Junior A team on their win in the Junior A League Final today. The beat Fenians 4-11 to 0-7 in a sunny Ballyragget.
Photo Back row L to R: Brendan Hayes, Mark Fitzpatrick, Bob Murphy, Gearoid Murphy, John Purcell, Shane Murphy, Adrian Bourke, Jason Dermody, Pat Robinson, Richie Keoghan, Anthony Ryan
Front Row L to R: John Doheny, Joey Corcoran, Podge Dunphy, Conor Murphy, John Cleere (Capt.) Philly Heafey, Shane Hennessy, Evan Walsh, James Young
On Saturday night last in Larchfield Graigue Ballycallan and Ballinkillen played the Junior A hurling league final. Read more
Graigue Ballycallan and Gowran played an exciting, skillful brand of hurling in the Junior A North semi-final, on Saturday evening last in St. John’s Park. GBC were flying from the throw in and led by nine points to two midway through the first half, a long-range effort from Shane Butler being the pick of the scores. Read more
Graigue Ballycallan 2-18 Emeralds 2-17
After a day of torrential rain, the sun came out for a perfect evening for hurling. Emeralds of Urlingford were the hosts in the 3rd and final round of the North Junior A Hurling League. Graigue Ballycallan knew that a win would guarantee a top of the table finish regardless of other results. Read more