Underage Stars shine on the big stage

posted 5 Feb 2018, 04:13 by bornacoola leitrim

 Well done to our U11 boys and girls who played at half time in the Leitrim v Laois Allianz League game in Páirc Seán on Sunday last. Also to all of the parents for helping us along a a special word of thanks to Leitrim GPO James Glancy for making the day possible. Finally well done to our 12 new underage coaches who completed the coaching foundation course on Saturday last – we look forward to seeing you coaching our future stars in the year ahead!


This is Your Life comes to Bornacoola

posted 26 Jan 2018, 03:57 by bornacoola leitrim

A date for your diary and our main fundraiser for 2018, hot on the heels of the huge success that was the Late Late Show last year, the club will be hosting a This is Your Life evening in Lough Rynn on Saturday March 31st at 8pm. Admission will be just €10 and it promises to be a wonderful night full of fun, entertainment and nostalgia. You never know, it could be you!! 

Texas Hold 'Em on Saturday, Feb 17th

posted 22 Jan 2018, 03:52 by bornacoola leitrim   [ updated 2 Feb 2018, 07:37 ]

There will be another poker night in the Clubhouse on Saturday February 17th next. Doors open at 8.30pm and play gets underway at 8.45pm. Refreshments will be served on the night – only €20 to play, plus buy backs. All welcome. 


Indoor Coaching Programme for Underage players

posted 16 Jan 2018, 04:28 by bornacoola leitrim

The Club will be running an indoor football programme for its underage players, starting on Saturday, February 10th and running for 5 weeks. The programme will be rolled out in the Mohill Sports Complex and will focus on core football skills and agility. The cost will be €10 per child for the 5 weeks (€25 for a family of 3 children or more). 

5-7 year olds will be from 10.30am to 11.10am, 8-9 year olds will be accomodated between 11.15am and 11.55am and 10-11 Yr olds from 12pm to 12.45pm. 

If you are interested, please come along to the Bornacoola GAA clubhouse for registration night on Thursday 01st Feb 2018 from 7 pm to 9 pm to book your place. Numbers are limited due to the capacity of hall.

Any queries in advance of registration night, please contact Suzanne on 087-3898205/Trevor on 087-8677206

Charity game raises money for North West Hospice

posted 2 Jan 2018, 02:12 by bornacoola leitrim

 Well done to all who played in our Charity game on New Year’s Day and to the large crowd who supported it. A word of thanks also to the organisers and in particular to Trevor Howard. Over €1300 was raised on the day for the North West Hospice. 
  

Membership for 2018 now open

posted 4 Dec 2017, 04:03 by bornacoola leitrim

New membership rates for the club were set at  our AGM in December– Adult Playing Membership (which include Gym access) was set at €100 (€40 for Students), €20 for non-playing membership and €20 for youth membership to a maximum of €50 per family. Membership can be paid to Brian Mallon or Damien Mc Guinness. 


Large Turnout at AGM

posted 4 Dec 2017, 04:02 by bornacoola leitrim

A very well attended AGM was held in the GAA Centre on Sunday evening last. The meeting heard detailed reports from the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer as well as from the Chairpersons of the various club subcommittees.

Tributes were paid to the outgoing Chairman Noel Mc Closkey and to outgoing Treasurer Martina Hackett for the commitment and dedication they had shown to the club over a long number of years in their respective posts. Both of course will be remaining very much involved in the coming years as Noel was elected to the Club Executive and Martina moved to the role of Assistant Treasurer. 

Tributes were also paid to the outgoing Senior and Junior management teams and in particular to Declan Bohan as senior team manager. Pat Farrell (Esker) was elected to the position of Chairman with Brian Mallon taking over as Treasurer. Best of luck to you both. 

The full list of officers returned was; Presidents: Fr Gerry O’Brien and Shay Reynolds; Chairman: Pat Farrell; Vice Chairman Kevin Mallon; Secretary Shane Reynolds; Assistant Secretary/Registrar Damian Mc Guinness; Treasurer Brian Mallon; Assistant Treasurer Martina Hackett; P.R.O Feargal  Mc Gill; Development Officer Vinny Canning; Oifigeach Cultúra Aidan Dockery; Youth/Coaching Officer Trevor Howard; Children’s Officer/Health and Well Being Officer Claire Mallon; Co Board Delegates (from): Tom Duignan, Noel Mc Closkey, Shay Reynolds; Bord na nÓg delegates to be selected from the underage subcommittee; Ladies Board delegates to be selected from the Ladies subcommittee; Club Executive members: Suzanne Maguire, John Woods, Brian Conroy, Noel Mc Closkey, Jonathan Duffy and Niall O Riordan. 


Bors overcome Annaduff to secure senior status

posted 25 Sep 2017, 02:38 by bornacoola leitrim

Senior Championship Relegation Final

Bornacoola 2-12 Annaduff 2-10 

Once again (as last year) on the weekend of the Glasgow Derby, it was the Dromod Derby that attracted all of the local attention as Annaduff were the opposition in last Sunday morning’s Senior Championship Relegation final in Cloone. And just like last year, after a close contest it was the Bors who survived with Senior status intact on a 2-12 to 2-10 scoreline in front of a large crowd.

The game was packed with drama from the very first minute when the Bors had the ball in the net although the score would be chalked off by referee Brendan Sammon for an alleged infringement on the Annaduff keeper. However, this early intervention was a sign of the Bors intent and early points from Ollie Vaughan and Damian Moran helped the team to settle. 

Annaduff though grew into the game as the first half wore on and appeared to have taken a grasp of proceedings when they led by 0-5 to 0-3 after 19 minutes as their forward line moved the ball impressively. The Bors finished the half by far the stronger though as a number of good scores, including a couple of long distance frees from Damian Moran, ensured it was the men in Black and Amber who entered the dressing rooms a point in front, 0-7 to 0-6. 

The decisive period of the game was probably the first ten minutes of the second half as Bornacoola dominated possession and scored 1-3 without reply. The goal came from a Damian Moran break, through the heart of the Annaduff defence; his initial shot was blocked, but rebounded to the County star and he steered the ball into the Annaduff net to open up a four point lead. This was extended to seven by the 38th minute and Bornacoola appeared on the road to victory. 

However, full credit to our neighbours who rallied admirably and two points followed by a goal of their own from Gavin O Brien in the 42nd minute narrowed the gap to 1-10 to 1-8 as the Bors momentarily eased off. We appeared to have steadied the ship when re-establishing a 3 point lead with ten minutes to go before the Duff struck for goal again – a 45 metre free, crashing off the upright and into the grateful arms of Alan Glancy who finished to the net. The teams were now level and it appeared we would be in for a grandstand finish.

But it was the Bors who struck next – a Damian Moran free was batted out by the Annaduff defence and Sean Mc Keon was on hand, with a little help from Ronan Mulligan, to finish to the Annaduff net and. The expected onslaught from Annaduff never really materialised as the remainder of the game was played in the Annaduff half and although the losers did add a point late on, it was the Bors who enjoyed the vast majority of the chances in the last ten minutes while controlling possession comfortably. However, a series of wides ensured the margin of victory would only be two points.

Yet this was enough to ensure Bornacoola remain in the Senior Championship for their 21st consecutive year in 2018 (Annaduff will play Intermediate next year). Four of Sunday’s team – Michael Duignan, Shane Conroy, Mark and Gary Mc Closkey – have been there for the entire journey and all four played vital roles on Sunday. 

Defensively, after a shaky start, Bornacoola gradually got on top of a lively Annaduff forward line. Led by the excellent Jason Conroy and Conor Mc Cauley (who was black carded in the second half but also scored a point), the experience of Damian Mc Guinness and Shane Conroy was vital in steadying the ship particularly in the first half. Brian Duffy (who scored a great first half point) and David Mulligan were their usual reliable selves and their pace was crucial at various times in the game as both grew in confidence as the game developed. 

One of the key contributors to the victory was Bornacoola dominance at kick-out time and it was here that Michael Duignan and Gary Mc Closkey shone. Up front, Damian Moran was a constant thorn in the Annaduff side right from the throw in and during the period in the second half when Annaduff were beginning to get on top, his presence as an out ball for the Bors was vital.

Another to shine was Philip Howard – he won a huge amount of possession at kick out time and was central to absolutely everything Bornacoola did and his enviable endeavour typified the Bornacoola approach. 

Ollie Vaughan got through a world of hard work and used his strength well in winning frees, while the foot passing of Sean Mc Keon was at its usual high standard stretching the Annaduff defence at crucial times and of course it was his touch to the net for the second goal that would prove decisive in the overall context. 

Brian Conroy worked tirelessly throughout, most especially when moving to wing back to replace the tiring Weasel while Ronan Mulligan will reflect on this game as his most impressive of the season. 

From the bench Liam Mulligan continued his excellent year, Trevor Howard’s point to steady the ship following Annaduff’s second goal was a really important score while the fresh legs of Mervyn Howard and Kevin Mulligan added impetus to the Bornacoola attack in the closing stages. 

Finally a word for the two Declan’s who have pulled off yet another great escape – both men know survival is an achievement for Bornacoola annually at this stage in our history and both men manage to have the Bors psychologically right for the big fight every year. Well done to them and to the entire panel on retaining Senior status for another year. 

Team and Scorers on Sunday were: Mark Mc Closkey, Brian Duffy (0-1), Conor Mc Cauley (0-1), David Mulligan, Damian Mc Guinness, Jason Conroy, Shane Conroy, Gary Mc Closkey, Michael Duignan, Philip Howard (0-1), Sean Mc Keon (1-0), Ollie Vaughan (0-1), Brian Conroy, Damian Moran (1-7) and Ronan Mulligan. Subs used: Liam Mulligan, Trevor Howard (0-1), Mervyn Howard and Kevin Mulligan. 

Ladies Secure Junior Title

posted 4 Sep 2017, 03:49 by bornacoola leitrim

Well done to the Bornacoola/St Mary’s Ladies who captured the Leitrim Junior Championship title with victory over Annaduff in Mohill on Sunday morning last.

Great day out at Official opening

posted 14 Aug 2017, 02:58 by bornacoola leitrim

 Our thanks to all who attended and helped out at the Official opening of our new clubhouse in Dromod on Sunday last. 

With the sun shining for most of the day, it was a wonderful day out for everyone involved and most especially the huge numbers of children in attendance. Our thanks to our special guests on the day including Connacht GAA President Mick Rock whose words in opening the centre hit a lovely chord, Leitrim GAA Chairman Terence Boyle and Gerry Mc Govern (Connacht Vice-President), Mayo All Star Cora Staunton, the ever excellent Tom Moran and DJ Damian Mc Guinness, as well as our direct line to the heavens, Fr Gerry. Sam Maguire also enjoyed his time in Leitrim and hopefully will be back to see us all soon.

To the army of caterers too numerous to mention, a huge mile buíochas and also to Kevin and Peter for manning the Barbeque. Our resident photographer Alan Carney was joined by the Observers’ Wille Donlon on the day and both got some great shots of the occasion. 

Finally to our underage coaches who kept the on-field entertainment flowing throughout the day. Well done to you all. Full list of sports results to follow and you can see all the pictures from the big day on our Facebook page. 



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