BALLINASLOE TOWN CLUB NEWS
LATEST CLUB NEWS
Our 50/50 draw was won by Dara Canavan. Dara bought the Ticket online. The Pot was €516. So a split of €258 each. Many Thanks to all who purchased tickets and thanks for your support, it is very much appreciated. Our AGM was also held last night with many topics discussed, we are grateful to all especially some of our younger members who got the room ready for this important event. On the pitch it wasn't to be for our Seniors as they went out of the Quarter Finals of the Connacht Cup to a very good Westport United side. We wish them the best of luck in the Semi Final.
OUR 50/50 DRAW IS ON NEXT MONDAY NIGHT
50/50 draw takes place on Monday 10th live on Facebook. Last weeks winner won over €400. Online entries accepted at the link here. 50/50 Draw Buy Tickets Here
TOWN PLAY WESTPORT UNITED IN QUARTER
Ballinasloe Town will play Westport Utd in their Connacht Cup Quarter final as United eased past Tuam Celtic in the previous round to set up this mouth watering tie. The match is scheduled for Sunday 9th August with a 2pm kick off away from home. As with all football Covid protocols will apply, please do not travel to the game unless allowed to enter the ground.
This week and next we have three important fixtures for you to enjoy as Sunday 2nd August sees RDFL Division 2 action where our reserves will take on Manor Utd away at 2pm. Then on Monday 3rd August we have the Hanley’s Quarries RDFL Premier Division Cup Quarter Final where Ballinasloe Town will take on St John’s at home at 12pm. Following on from the excellent win to Ballyglass in the Connacht Cup, Ballinasloe Town have been drawn away to the winners of Westport Utd v Tuam Celtic on 9th August at 2pm.
GOALS FLOW AS BALLINASLOE SURGE THROUGH
An excellent win away from home saw a comfortable Ballinasloe Town book their berth in the quarter finals of the Connacht Cup with a 3 nil victory. Callum Mckelvey opened the scoring on 33 minutes and any hopes of Ballyglass getting back into the game were extinguished on 47 minutes with an excellent finish from the evergreen Mark Duffy. With Ryan Burke cooly finding the net on 72 minutes it finished 3-0 with Ballinasloe Town grateful for the opportunity to get back into the groove doing what they do best, playing football.
CONNACHT FA ACTION RETURNS
1st up is our Cregg Stone Ltd sponsored U12’s who are away to Oughterard on Saturday in the 1/4 final of the Connacht Shield.
On Sunday our Joes Bar (Joseph Kellys) sponsored senior team are away to Ballyglass, Co Mayo in the last 16 of the CFA Junior Cup. 2pm Kick Off. Very best of luck to both teams and management.
Ballinasloe Town AFC will hold its AGM on Monday 10th August @ 7:30pm in Our new clubhouse.
Any motions or items to be considered for inclusion on the AGM agenda must be notified to Club Secretary @ email address firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday 24th July.
THANK YOU NOEL & WELCOME TO YOU ANDY
Ballinasloe Town would like to thank Noel Lyons for his service to the club as he takes a well deserved break from footballing duties at Ballinasloe Town AFC. Noel has not only coached our senior teams but has also contributed massively to giving valuable coaching and education to our younger players. Not forgetting he was also club Chairman, the club will miss his insights but will welcome him back if he so decides. Going forward the club has appointed Andy McKelvey as coach of the senior teams working alongside Petie, Mark & Wayne. With a wealth of experience with youth, junior and League of Ireland football I am sure you will join me with welcoming him to the club.
RDYSL GETTING BACK UP & RUNNING
The RDYSL is preparing to commence football once again. With the new Covid 19 protocols in place we will commence training from Saturday with the u16’s. U18’s training will be confirmed in the next few days. With the reduced season we have reduced the registration & insurance fees to €50 for this season only. There will be a club officer in attendance at each training session to complete registration, parents will also have to sign registration forms. Any questions, parents/guardians please feel free to contact the u16 coaches James Kinsella 0879748849 or Jason Campbell 0894959520.
LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING 70 YEARS OLD
As most of you will be aware Ballinasloe Town AFC will be celebrating our 70th Anniversary in 2021. We are currently on the look out for any club memorabilia people may have accumulated over the years. We would be grateful if you could drop any such items from 11am to 1pm at the New clubhouse on Saturday 1st August. Our aim is to display all this in our new clubhouse.
50/50 DRAW RESUMES
After a long few months we are ready to relaunch our 50/50 draw which will now be fortnightly. All money received from fortnightly sales will be split 50/50 between the club and the winner of the raffle style draw which will be held in our clubhouse due to Covid-19 restrictions but will still be broadcast on Facebook live. Last winner took home €327.50. We currently have €514 already in the pot for the next draw on 25th July from entries we received prior to the lockdown, the club would like to thank everyone who entered prior to lockdown for their understanding in the delay in the draw. All entries before the lockdown are still valid for this draw along with all new entries between now and 25th July, so hopefully a nice pot will accumulate. Tickets also available from all club committee members, all support greatly appreciated.
Online entries accepted at the link below.
ASTROTURF IS NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Our AstroTurf is now available to book to the general public on 0877936535, while we may be open we still have to adhere to strict COVID-19 protocols. The following rules will apply.
a, No on-site parking, please park in the spaces outside the club gates
b, No dressing rooms or shower facilities available at the moment so please arrive ready to play
c, Due to the current situation the club are not in a position to provide bibs for groups, if you require bibs can you please provide your own
d, Temperatures will be taken at the gate prior to anyone entering the premises. No data of temperatures will be recorded. If you are found to have an elevated temperature entry will be refused
e, The club will need to keep a record of who enters our premises for contact tracing purposes. We kindly ask all group leads to provide the name and contact number of each player in your group and submit to our AstroTurf manager prior to entering the pitches.
f, Max of 12 players per group
g, Group leads are also asked to collect all monies and then pay the AstroTurf manager so we keep all unnecessary contact to a minimum
h, Please use sanitising stations on the premises
i, Slots will be limited as we have to have a minimum of 15 mins between each booking so sanitising can be carried out on the pitches
j, No entry will be allowed onto the premises until a pitch is ready for your group
k, Please take note of all signage on site and make yourselves familiar with HSE guidelines
l, Only personnel that pay to play are allowed on our premises. This will be strictly enforced
We understand this may be an inconvenience and we do apologise for this. However we have to ensure our facilities are Covid-19 compliant to protect our volunteers and the public.
SUMMER CAMP 2020 CANCELLED
Unfortunately BTAFC Summer Camp 2020 has been cancelled. The organising sub committee just feel there is still way to much uncertainty regarding covid and think this is the best course of action to take at this current time. We will aim to try make up in 2021 with two camps. Easter mid term camp and a Summer camp. We hope people understand our decision, it wasn’t taken lightly and hopefully we will see ye all soon for season 2021. Stay safe everyone.
BACK TO TRAINING UPDATE
After the recent roadmap released by the FAI in compliance with government guidelines, our committee met yesterday evening over Zoom. The process of the club returning to training was discussed in depth. We will now begin the process of carrying out appointments of Covid-19 officers, risk assessments and then implementing control measures that will be required for our club to safely return to training. We will be prioritising the return of teams that still remain in Connacht competitions, as it stands CFA competitions are still planned to be completed which may be subject to change. We understand that everyone would love to be back and at the moment we will not be committing to a date for return. We will have a better idea of a date once risk assessments etc have been completed. If we could please ask all parents, players & coaches to review the FAI safe return to training protocol at the link below and understand their responsibilities. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the club.
WELL DONE U11'S
What can we say but an exceptional Shout Out to these guys and girls who in total raised an amazing €1420 from our U11's Dribbleathon! Massive well down to all involved, players, coaches & parents. Big thanks to everyone that donated. The funds go towards helping research and new life saving equipment. Special thanks has to go to James Kinsella for organising the event and to Bronagh Kinsella for helping us to put it all together. Each player did 10 x 25m laps in a virtual relay while dribbling the ball. The relay was posted live on the clubs Facebook page for all to enjoy over the last 10 days, once our players completed their laps then the baton is passed onto another U11 team in Ireland. This is being held to help raise funds and awareness of Temple Street children’s hospital foundation which does fantastic work. https://www.facebook.com/ballinasloe.townafc/videos/831790690646580/
FAI ROADMAP TO GETTING BACK PLAYING FOR ALL
FAI plan for a SAFE return to football.
ADULT AMATEUR, UNDERAGE AND ALL OTHER AFFILIATED FOOTBALL
• All clubs are advised not to facilitate any organized training, including in groups of up to four, under Phase One of the Government’s Roadmap For Reopening Society and Business
• The FAI Steering Group will monitor the pilot programme for the four invited SSE Airtricity League clubs, to be launched on June 8th, and will use all information gathered in the preparation of a protocol document for a return for all adult amateur and underage football
• The cessation of all football activities under the jurisdiction of the FAI is extended to July 20th for all affiliates, with the exception of SSE Airtricity League clubs and UEFA Women’s Champions League representatives, Peamount United. A decision on Peamount United’s return to training will be made once dates are known for the UEFA Women’s Champions League
• Under Phase Four of the Government’s Roadmap For Reopening Society and Business, all adult amateur and underage clubs can begin their return to training programmes from July 20th, subject to FAI protocols to be agreed with Government agencies
• Under Phase Five of the Government’s Roadmap For Reopening Society and Business, all adult amateur and underage clubs can return to full collective training from August 10th
• All adult amateur and underage clubs can return to playing from August 28th
• A pilot tournament for the Women’s National League, including Peamount United, will be launched once dates are known for the UEFA Women’s Champions League
• A pilot programme for adult amateur and underage football will be launched on August 14th and run until August 28th
• Regional, provincial and national competitions in season 2019/20 can return from August 28th with FAI approval
• Winter Leagues wishing to complete their 2019/20 season will be given the option of applying to the FAI, via their affiliates, for an extension to their season until October 11th
• Applications from Winter Leagues looking to complete the 2019/20 season must be made to the FAI by June 15th with details to be forwarded to affiliates from the Steering Group by May 22nd
• Winter Leagues not wishing to complete their 2019/20 season can start their new 2020/21 season on October 16th
• 2020 Summer Leagues can return on August 28th and will be provided with support to create a shortened schedule to run up to December 13th
• All decisions around a return to collective training and playing for all adult amateur and underage football, will be based on the health and safety of all players, coaches, match officials, administrators and club volunteers
• All decisions will be subject to change on the advice of Government agencies, UEFA and the FAI Medical Team, led by Medical Director Dr Alan Byrne.
SFAI LATEST UPDATES
At its video conference meeting on 16/5/2020, the SFAI Executive Committee decided that all of its member Leagues shall be eligible to recommence fixtures and football activity once the schools have reopened, the weekend of 5/6 September next being the most appropriate date to effect the restart.
The restart will of course be subject to strict compliance with any Government agencies and the FAI’s medical director Dr. Alan Byrne’s directions surrounding the Covid-19 virus pandemic.
With the uncertainty of the health situation and its restrictions it was agreed to clarify the situation and cancel the staging of the 2020 Kennedy Cup tournament, it was also agreed that SFAI competitions at both Skechers Cups and SUBWAY competitions levels, which have not been completed up to now, will not be completed.
NEW WEBSITE ENCOURAGES US TO SHOP LOCAL
It has been a very trying time for local Ballinasloe business's over the last few years and the latest current situation has not really helped these important business's from providing their services to the local population. The Shop Ballinasloe website which includes many of Ballinasloe Town AFC club and team sponsors provides money saving offers & vouchers. ShopBallinasloe.ie is an easy and convenient solution to support Ballinasloe retailers by giving consumers everywhere an online marketplace to purchase vouchers and products from their favourite retailers in one place – not just now during these difficult times but ALL YEAR ROUND! Our marketplace can help ‘flatten the curve” of lost income and job losses from COVID-19. We provide consumers the incentive and the means to spend money on their own doorstep. Whether it’s your son living in Australia wanting to send flowers to Mam or a family purchasing a voucher for a takeaway from their favourite restaurant to enjoy for Friday night dinner – we’ve got your covered! We hope you will join our initiative and so we can inform everyone that Ballinasloe is open for business even if our doors are not. If you’re a local business in Ballinasloe or surrounding areas and want to get involved, then get in touch, we’re here to answer any queries you may have and offer our support.
DECLAN McCARTHY (RIP)
Ballinasloe Town AFC would like to send our sincere sympathy and condolences to the McCarthy Family on the passing of former Club Manager Declan McCarthy. Declan was part of Tony Coyne's management set up for numerous years which brought great success to the club. One very found memory was that Tony and Declan managed the team which brought the great Manchester United to the Curragh grounds. A very proud day for all involved with the club during season 2000/01. That game saw the the Red Devils come to Ballinasloe Towns Curragh grounds, albeit the U18's, who came as part of the transfer of David Morans. The game finished 0-0 as David played in goal for the Red Devils as Tony Coyne & Declan McCarthy took charge. Rest In Peace Declan. Our condolences to his family.
SEASON AS IT STANDS
With all current leagues suspended, here are the current league standings for RDFL clubs & competitions for this season as well as an interesting look at how The Town have performed in previous years in other competitions. CLICK HERE
CALL FOR MORE CLUB INFO
In keeping with Ballinasloe Town AFC's efforts to keep updating our official history of the club and keep a lasting legacy for all to enjoy, we would like to ask if anyone has any club information for the following football seasons. 2006/07 onwards til 2012/2013, 2014/15 & 2015/16. This can take the form of club results, memorable matches as well as stand out times related to football and the locality. The more info the better! Please send to email@example.com.
APPEAL FOR BABY MONITORS
Portiuncula hospital is making an appeal to people to donate unwanted baby monitors to the hospital to help monitor sick patients during this crisis. If you have a monitor, that you no longer have use for - you can contact the hospital to arrange collection or alternatively Frankie Flynn (086 8506756) has kindly offered his services to collect them.
Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
'HAPPY' MOTHERS DAY
Ballinasloe Town AFC would like to wish all of our Town Mammies a very 'Happy' Mothers Day. As a club we understand that the situation is difficult for most but the best present you can give your mum this Mothers Day is a very wide berth!!! Keep safe and healthy in these testing times and we will see you all at the other end of this journey when we
all get back playing football.
HAPPY ST PATRICKS DAY
Ballinasloe Town Football Club would like to wish all of our players, members, sponsors, supporters, parents & guardians a Happy St Patricks Day. We as a club know that in these trying times that a sensible approach to this serious situation will be the best policy. So to all keep safe, keep washing those hands, be sure to bin those tissues and NO PANIC BUYING!!!
NEW 50/50 DRAW NOW ONLINE
Our new 50/50 weekly draw with a guaranteed winner every week is now available
to play online at the link below. Online sales for next weekend’s draw close at 8pm
13th March. Congrats to our 1st ever 50 fifty winner Patrick Murray KCI Garycastle
Business Park, who won €327.50 in last nights draw which has was held in our main
sponsors Joseph Kellys Joes Bar and broadcast live on Facebook. Thanks to everyone who supported this weekend’s draw and hopefully the pot will increase week on week. OUR 50/50 DRAW has been postponed temporarily.
SMART ADVICE FOR ALL
BTAFC COVID - 19 UPDATE : All Post / Pre match hand shakes are now suspended until further notice. Please bring your own reusable water bottle and don't share with anyone. The Club will not be providing water for players until further notice. Wash your hands as often as possible. The FAI are monitoring things very closely and will update accordingly.
SENIORS SHARE POINTS AT HOME
What a night that was! A game that suffered as a result from shocking weather conditions as it ended Ballinasloe Town 0 Moylough 0. This was deservedly honours even at The Curragh grounds as both sides saw chances at a premium as they battled against the wind and rain. It's a testament to the Ballinasloe ground staff that the game was able to be played and completed with all players safely coming through the match. Safe home to a Moylough side who are having a strong season back in the top division.
LOTTO JACKPOT - WE HAVE A WINNER
A massive congratulations to John Conway who won our Lotto Jackpot of €5900 in the last draw. The numbers drawn were 1, 2, 7 & 11. Our jackpot has now been won twice in recent months, so why not buy a tickets from one of our sellers or online to support our club and to also be in with a chance to win!!! Once again Congrats to John on the win from all at BTAFC.
WEATHER WARNINGS FOR ADSL MATCHES
Due to the weather warnings & in the interest of health & safety, the ADSL committee have decided to cancel all games that involve Ballinasloe Town & East Galway tomorrow. A decision will be taken in the morning as regards the remaining games fixed and a further decision will be made on Sunday’s fixtures in due course. Sorry to be doing this again but the safety of our players, coaches & officials is paramount. (ADSL PJ Allen)
HOME WIN EASES TOWN INTO NEXT ROUND
In a match which was reverted to and played at The Curragh Grounds in Ballinasloe it was a Callum McKelvey hat trick that proved the undoing of Ballyhaunis Town in the TP Brennan Connacht Junior Cup Rd 4. With Mike Lynch & John Conway weighing in with goals as well in a somewhat one sided performance it ended 5-0 to The Town.
SENIOR MATCH OFF TONIGHT
This evening’s match v Moylough was called off due to inclement weather and for the safety of everyone travelling to the game. Match will be rescheduled soon.
Results of the weekly lotto draw were Numbers drawn were 1, 12, 16, 26. No jackpot winner
Match 3 €125 Joan Walsh. Next weeks jackpot is €5800. Online entries accepted via the link below, thanks to everyone who supported the last draw. https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/Ballinasloe_Town_AFC/lotto
Saturdays Connacht cup match v Ballyhaunis will now be rescheduled for Sunday 23rd February with a 2pm kick off.
WELL DONE TO OWEN
Popular An Post employee Owen Buckley was our winner of the Ballinasloe Town AFC last person standing competition with him receiving his cheque for €500 from club chair person Joby Kelly. Congratulations to Owen, an ardent Evertonian for his sins and a BIG thank you to everyone who supported this important fundraiser.
UNDERAGE TEAMS FINELY POISED IN TABLES
With the aptly named Ballinasloe Town Flyers leading the U14/15 ADSL by 5 points this weekend Ballinasloe sides in the Athlone District Schoolboys/girls league are having a good season as Ballinasloe Town Blues sit second and Ballinasloe Town Reds a respective third in their U12/13 league. With Ballinasloe Town U12's sitting fourth on 9 points it all adds up to a great learning experience for these teams.
EXCELLENT WIN OVER GALWAY SIDE
Ballinasloe Town go through to the third round of the Connacht Cup after they were victorious against Division One Galway League side Merlin Woods/Medtronic FC at the weekend. A typically battling home performance that saw Ballinasloe needing to be patient to make the break through and this they did in the latter stages of the game with Ryan Burke and Jordan Carr scoring. A good run out for this team and especially its younger members of the side who showed great maturity to go marching into the 3rd round of this competition.
LATEST LOTTO RESULTS
Our Jackpot is currently at a BIG €5300 with No jackpot winner last week we had two match 3 winners who were Pádraig Ryan & Jane McHugh whom both receive a share of €125. The numbers drawn were 7, 15, 18, 29. Thank you to everyone who supported this weeks draw.
A disappointing start to the resumption of the league as it ended Moylough '79 FC 2-1 Ballinasloe Town. On a somewhat heavy pitch Ballinasloe began well and went a goal up after 10 minutes but the home side drew level just before the half hour and indeed went 2-1 up as Town couldn't clear from a free kick. It could have gotten worse but for a fine penalty save from Padraigh Maloney before the break as Moylough started to exert more pressure as the half came to an end. In the second half Ballinasloe tried to get back into the game but it wasn't to be and could have been much worse if it wasn't for another excellent save from Maloney as he pushed another shot over the bar. In Reserves news it ended in a 2 all draw against Skyvalley Rovers (B) away from home.
U12's GO THROUGH COMFORTABLY
It was a fantastic day for U12's as they eventually ran out deserved winners against a plucky Kilshanvey Utd whose goalkeeper was magnificent in the first half. With a slender 1 nil lead at the break given to them by Cian a much improved Town came out all guns blazing to remove any doubt from the watching crowd about who was going to win today with goals from Tanvir, Ryan, Dylan, Jack and Shea. They kept it tight at the back as Darragh marshaled his defence magnificently during the latter part of the match. Well Done keep it going as they go into the last eight.
NEW YEAR HOPES & WISHES
Ballinasloe Town would like to thank all of our supporters, players, their families, our sponsors, parents/guardians, coaches & all of our brilliant volunteers who do fantastic unsung work at the club. Please keep safe and enjoy the New Year celebrations as we look forward to the resumption of the exciting 2019/2020 season ahead. Without YOU we could not keep going. THANK YOU.
LOTTO HITS €5000 JACKPOT
The Ballinasloe weekly lotto draw was held in Gullanes hotel. The Numbers drawn were 03, 06, 12 & 28. There was no jackpot or match 3 winner. There was a €60 lucky dip winner, well done to Zara Cusack. The draw for next week will be €5000 and hopefully this could be a nice early Christmas gift for someone. Online entries accepted at the link below where we now have 3 lines for €5 option available. Thanks to everyone who has supported the lotto.