Last weekend there was great support out for all the Championship finals. Although conditions were quite windy especially on Saturday all our girls gave a sporting and skilful display of the game.Saturday we had the two under 13s games, with the A team playing at home in Cherryfield and the
13C team having to make the journey over to Balgriffen . Despite the results on the day not been favour of Boden you can see the passion and determination that was very evident in the reports below on both games.
UNDER 13 A After a long season which saw the U13As go unbeaten in winning the Division 1 title and getting to the cup final they came up against a strong Cuala team on Saturday afternoon in their Div 1 Cup Final. Cuala had the breeze in the first half and got two early goals. The Boden girls fought hard to keep the match alive to the end but Cuala came out the winners. Final score Cuala 3 5 Boden 1 3. Well done to the Boden girls for getting to the final.
UNDER 13 C
Our full panel and large support made the journey to Balgriffen to face a strongly motivated Trinity Gaels team of 13 players. Having only been beaten once in the last year, and with a number of Dublin players we knew we were in for a tough battle. Our girls were up for the fight from the throw in. Our midfield worked tirelessly all day winning a lot of high ball under pressure.Trinty were always dangerous on the break, but our back line stood up well to the pressure, with numberous blocks and ferocious tackling time and time again.
Our first knock came when we lost Emma O’Riordan after six minutes (with a broken arm). Fortunately we have a strong bench, that we used throughout the match,The wind made taking points difficult, but the forwards dug deep scoring a couple of goals throughthe packed Gaels defence.We went in at halftime a goal to the good, but facing a strong wind in the second half, knowing we would have a challenge on our hands.The second half was ferocious, and tested us like never before as wave after wave of physical attack came.
Our half backs , mid and half forward marked tightly and tackled strongly throughout. Everyone was used from the 9 on our bench. Our goalie and backs were superb saving shot after shot but in the end their intercounty players proved to be the difference between the sides.We came home beaten, bruised and battered, but strong in team spirit and a step better prepared for our feile campaign next year. Report by Eoin o’Riordan
U16 Div.1 & 2 Championship finals
Even when you’ve played the game of your life, it’s the feeling of teamwork that you’ll remember. You’ll forget the plays, the shots, and the scores, but you’ll never forget your teammates – Deborah Miller Palmore-Basketball Olympian
Simply put, this weekend the Ballyboden U16 Ladies teams played the game of their lives as they contested in their respective Championship Finals. The squad came together last February for the first time and since then has worked towards their dream of reaching the County Finals.
We have watched this group of girls form friendships and bonds that run deep. We have seen them stand together against the best teams in the county and rise together to face each challenge. We have seen these girls laugh together and cry together and we know that above all these girls will never forget their journey, their teammates, their friends. And it is in here where the real achievement lies.
However, it was a bitter sweet day for the squad. The Div 1 girls saw off a resilient Kilmacud Crokes to win their final on Crokes soil, but the brilliant performance by the Div 2 girls could not deliver that final score needed to overcome a strong and equally determined O’Tooles. Nevertheless the realities of success were not lost in the results. The journey has been extraordinary and the girls celebrated in their achievements last night in their own unique style – ‘spice bags all around’.
Yet again the coaching team stands in awe of these girls, undoubtedly learning more from them than they do from us. In victory and in defeat they stand tall and demonstrate what it means to be one, together as a team, united. It is on this platform that the BBSE Ladies Football can be confident in a bright future.
A big thank you to Mick Farrell and the bar staff for their patience and support and to all the parents and supporters. We take a break for a short while as our dual players prepare for their Camogie Championship Final, Nov 1st – a great chance to support our girls again. Then we prepare for a league final.
BBSE Div 1: 4-07 V Crokes 3-05
BBSE Div 2: 2-08 V O’Tooles 3-07
U16 Coaching Team
The Under 16 Div 3 (above)
The Under 16 Div 3 Final saw Erin go Bragh go home with the Silver, but as you can see from the smiles in their team photo, this spirited young group of players continue to enjoy their football under the management of Tom Ball, Dave Mellon and Frank McGuinness. Both Minor Championship finals are still to take place, and as yet date for these are to be confirmed.
U16 Div 5 Championship Final
On Sunday last as sky sports would call it a Super Sunday 4 U16 teams from Boden contested Championship Final some achievement for all concerned in this the first year of a new set up for ladies football in the club. A strong wind blowing down Cherryfield meant winning the toss would have a bearing on the game. Boden captain won the toss and elected to play with the wind.
A sizable home and away support would witness a game of 2 halves that would go right to the final whistle. Passion running high on and off the field. Boden up at half time 1-06 to 0-02 and would consider themselves unlucky not to be ahead by more as the woodwork would keep score down. Man of War came out in the second and set about getting back in the game point after point added nervousness into the Boden play.
Boden cause not helped by a very unfortunate and harsh yellow card with 8 minutes to go and 1 point up. Boden battled with a numerical disadvantage and with the momentum with MOW they equalised. Boden regrouped and landed a superb long range score into the wind.
Alas MOW response going into injury time level again. From resulting kick out MOW won procession and popped over another point. One last attack for Boden nearly yields a score only for MOW keeper and fullback to pull off last grasp save and clearance just as the ref blew the whistle for the last time.
Devastation for the Boden girls to come so close to victory 1-07 to 0-11.1 point between the teams but the we go again next year as the majority of this squad are available to play under 16 next year.
Many thanks to Liam Cunningham for all the excellent photos over the weekend.