Sunday, July 3, 2011

1. N.B. The County Board are earnestly asking for Stewards, from all the clubs, for the big day-the Connacht Final- on July 17th in Hyde Park. Hopefully there will be a positive response from the Boyle club old reliables and some new blood. Please let the Secretary, Kathleen know.
2. Boyle adult teams had two competitive games last week. In the Division One Senior League the McGovern Drillling team lost to Kilbride at Kilbride on Tuesday evening. This could be looked on as a missed opportunity. A win looked a definite possibility in the opening exchanges with Boyle getting two points from Mark O’Connor frees. Boyle had a good opportunity for a goal mid way in the half but Kilbride regained the initiative and ended with five points to Boyle’s 3 in the second quarter. The half time score Kilbride 6 Boyle 5. Kilbride opened the second half with a fine point from Eddie Lohan which was cancelled out by a good Mark O’Donohoe score. Then there was a dearth of scoring in the following ten minutes when Boyle had another goal opportunity. Darren O’Connor and Aaron O’Connor put Boyle into the lead and for a few minutes it looked as if things were going Boyle’s way. However the experienced Lohans’ orchestrated the finale for Kilbride as they scored three final points for the game to end, Kilbride 10 Boyle 8. Boyle had their opportunities but lacked the incisiveness and killer punch in front of goal. Despite a good work ethic players in possession ran into ‘traffic’ and there were few ‘killer’ passes of the 30/40 yard nature. For Kilbride’s last point, coming after a short free, the Boyle defenders took their eye off proceedings. Another note is never give he ball to an opponent to take a free…I seem to remember this once. Still one must give credit to Kilbride who had perhaps more composure and leadership, after a shaky start, in the later stages…the Lohans’ were key here. The absence of Sean Purcell as an orchestrator was significant. This week isn’t an easy ask either, against Clann na Gael away, but the side may get a break with more of the opportunities converted. Week day games are not easy but I presume they are now a fact of competition.
3. In the junior game v Castlerea, on Friday evening, in Boyle, the Cooney Motors/Cooney Centra side went into a 10 to 2 lead five minutes into the second half and then the graph went like an Anglo Irish share (a while back!). Boyle just held out in a nail biting finish still on 10 points with C’Rea adding six to make them 8. Some desperate defending left it a nail biting finish. Some Boyle players had put a lot into the earlier half and ran out of steam but also Castlerea improved considerably and their fitness levels seemed superior in the last 20 minutes or so. Still a win is a win and the first half was pretty good and perhaps Castlerea had a pretty handy side. There was some good performance here with Boyle really continuing the supply of very good goalkeepers in Lowe, McGarty and Beirne. The back line had a tough last 20 minutes but did well with Healy and Hanmore to the fore. Cillian Cox, when he gets some more game time could be an important option for Boyle this summer. Ml. McHale showed a good deal of his old appetite and leadership. Peter Lavin made a few impressive catches at midfield (reminiscent of his dad) and scored a couple of good points in the first half. Mark McGovern worked hard and was impressive but ran out of steam somewhat in the second half and Castlerea capitalised. The forwards did pretty well in the first half and early in the second but the supply dried up and they didn’t feature too much in the latter stages. This C’ship, in which Boyle has done well in recent years, should serve its primary purpose of giving games to borderline players. Oddly as the team played the second half their more senior counterparts were training in the background.
The Boyle team was; T. McGarty, Cillian Cox, John Healy, Ml. Hanmore, B. Furey, C. Boylan, Ml. McHale, M.McGovern 1, P. Lavin 2, K. Freehan, L. Conboy 5 frees, B. McQuaid, C. Garvin, P. Simon 1, B. McCrann 1 with C. Beirne and N. McKenna.
Our U16s’ opened their Division 1 Championship campaign with a loss to a strong Clan na Gael outfit in the Abbey Park on Sunday evening last. They will be in action on Friday next at 7pm when they take on St. Croan’s in Enfield (Ballintubber) in the next round of the Championship. The Cooney Motors/ Cooney's Centra team had a 2 point victory over Castlerea St Kevins on Friday evening last in Boyle. Their next outing will be against Oran on a date to be arranged. The McGovern Directional Drilling team let victory slip from their hands when losing to Kilbride in the O'Rourke Cup in Kilbride on Tuesday evening last. They make the long journey to Johnstown on this Tuesday evening to take on Clan na Gael at 8pm. The National Automation Limited minors have a challenge game in the Abbey Park on this Thursday evening. The U14s’ will play St Dominick’s in the Championship play-off on this Thursday evening at 7pm in Strokestown. Those who have not yet been approached to purchase tickets for the County Board €80,000 fundraising draw are asked to contact any of the Club officials immediately. There will be a meeting to review sales on Thursday night at 9pm in the Clubroom. Club members are advised that tickets for the forthcoming Connacht Finals are on sale in the County Board Office in Roscommon-check County Board website for details. Patrons are advised to book early to ensure that they get their requirements and to support the strong Boyle representation of players and management on both teams. The County Board is seeking at least 7 persons from the Club to act as stewards at the Connacht Finals. Those willing to volunteer are asked to give their names to Kathleen Hanmore, Secretary. The Club wishes bon voyage to Michael Hanmore who is about to embark on summer work in England. We hope to see him back in the Boyle colours in the autumn.
Boyle Ladies;
The following is the training schedule for our under age girls;- U10s’ every Friday, U12s’ every Monday and Friday, U14s’ every Wednesday and Friday. The U16s’ are awaiting confirmation of their long awaited Division 1B County Final versus Padraig Pearses. The Junior Ladies will play Ballinameen in their next championship outing on the weekend of 22nd July. They also await details of their Junior League Final versus St Mary's.
U10 girls continue training every Friday

U12 girls train Mondays and Fridays

U14 girls train Wednesday and Friday

U16 girls are awaiting confirmation of Division 1B Final v Padraig Pearses

Boyle Junior Ladies play Ballinameen in the next round of the Championship
on the weekend of 24 July 2011. They also await a fixture for the League
final with St Mary's.

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