BALLINASLOE TOWN CLUB NEWS
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.
CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS PARTY IS A GO!
There will be an Open Kids Xmas party hosted by BTAFC in the Shearwater Hotel at 4pm Monday 23rd December. On the night there will be a Kids Disco, Kids Meal (Chips, Nuggets, Sausages & Soft Drink) and a Gift From Santa. Tickets are €10 and it is open to all members of the public Girls and Boys. A great evening’s entertainment is Guaranteed. Please contact any committee member for tickets or call to club sponsor Joes Bar, Society Street, Ballinalsoe.
WE HAVE GONE MOBILE FRIENDLY
We are pleased to announce that Ballinasloe Town dot com has now gone mobile friendly and both desktop and mobile versions can be chosen when viewing on your mobile devices. This will hopefully make your site experience more enjoyable and with some 1000+ views already in December it promises to be an exciting time for all involved in the club as more exciting games are fast approaching. Most recently our Seniors have progressed into the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup with an enthralling 3-2 win over Villa FC and our U13's this season are playing in the Galway FA's Division 2 this season.
WEEKEND SOCCER WRAP UP
A second half rally saw Ballinasloe Senior A almost snatch all three points away to Ballymoe as it ended in a draw in the RDFL Premier Division. Ballymoe 3 Ballinasloe Town 3 with the goalscorers being Gary Egan (pen), Mark Duffy and Ryan Burke. This was a test for the Town who dug deep to claw their way back into the game. Next up is the small matter of the FAI Junior Cup 5th round tie next weekend v Villa FC away in Waterford. Good Luck to all travelling. Ballinasloe B won in the RDFL Division 2 which ended Ballaghdereen 2 BTAFC 3 with Stephen Cregg, Paul Hickey and Joseph Rattigan on the mark for Town. In Underage soccer it finished with Ballinasloe scoring six as the u12's progressed to the last 16 of the Connaught Shield with an away win to Mostrim United, the lads were in control of the game from start to finish and fully deserved the victory with goals from Cillian, Tanvir, Shay, Kyle, Dylan, and Daragh.
SENIORS ROUND UP
At the Curragh it ended Ballinasloe Town AFC 2-0 Moore United with Aidan Dooney & Lucas scoring the all important goals to keep The Town in touch with the summit of the Premier Division. In Divsion 2 it ended Cloonfad 2-1 Ballinasloe Town 1 with Paul Hickey scoring for the visitors Ballinasloe.
WEEKEND SOCCER WRAP UP
In Sligo it ended MCR FC 0 BTAFC 1 with Aidan Dooney scoring the all important goal to send Ballinasloe Senior A into the last 64 of the FAI Junior Cup, one important note from this match was that 16 year old Tommy Lee Burke made his full senior debut and didn't look out of place. Well Done Tommy. On Friday in the Second Division it ended Ballinasloe Town (B) 3-1 Moore (B) with Paul Hickey, Warren Coyne (pen) and David McDonnell all scoring at the Curragh Grounds. And in other news it was Ballinasloe Town's u13's who played their inaugural Galway League game in the Curragh against Renmore. They started well and raced into a 4 nil lead at half time with 1st half goals coming from Odhran Sheanon, Charlie Killeen x 2 and Daragh Braithwaite. The 2nd half saw no let up as Joshua Lloyd, Ryan Dowd, Josh Bradley, Ryan Howard and Oisin Fallon earning a 9-0 win.