The club’s annual awards night was held in Doyle’s pub on Saturday last. Chairman Billy Fanning opened the proceedings and included in his address some encouraging words to the players of the club’s two teams for the season ahead. Members of the winning SFL 3 team panel of 2016 were presented with their medals by trainer Pat Nolan. The always popular individual awards for the season were also presented. The McGagh family on behalf of the late Chrissie( a dedicated gaa fan) were the sponsors of the Young Player of the Year which was presented by Helen to the very deserving Colm Barry. Doyle’s pub was the sponsor of the Junior B team award and Joe was on hand to present the trophy to popular winner Padraig Lawlor. The Junior A Player of the Year was sponsored by Liam and Margaret Buggy and Liam presented the award to the talented and dedicated John Gittens, another very popular winner. John Kelly was the recipient of the Club Member of the Year and his award was sponsored by Dyson Construction and presented to him by Kevin Doyle. The night continued till late with disco music and was enjoyed by all present.
John Kelly – Club Member of the Year
Sponsored by Dyson Construction – Kevin Doyle
John Gittens – The Junior A Player of the Year
Sponsored by Liam and Margaret Buggy and Liam presented the award
Padraig Lawlor – The Junior B team award
Sponsored by Doyles Pub with Joe presenting the award
Colm Barry – Young Player of the Year
Presented by Helen on behalf of the McGagh family in memory of the late Chrissie McGagh
Individual Award Group with secretary Linda Redmond and chairman Billy Faning
Members of the winning SFL 3 team panel of 2016 were presented with their medals by trainer Pat Nolan.
The Carlow GAA draws for the 2017 championships were made recently and Kilbride and The Fighting Cocks have avoided each other in the group stages of the intermediate grade. Kilbride have been drawn in Group A along with neighbours, Naomh Eoin, Grange and Eire Óg with Naomh Eoin their first opponents, while The Fighting Cocks will operate in Group B along with Clonmore, Kildavin/Clonegal and Ballinabranna, who they will play in their opening fixture. Ballon will play in Group B of the junior A championship along with Palatine, Fenagh and Rathvilly, their opponents in the opening game. In the junior ‘C’ championship for second teams Ballon must play a preliminary round against Clonmore with the winner advancing to meet Kilbride. The Fighting Cocks will play Ballinabranna. Burren Rangers will meet Michael Davitts in the under-21 grade.
Fr Howard, Pat Gittens, Michael Dawson, John Kelly, Marty Barry, John Blanche, Dan Jordan, Michael O’Toole and Tommy Maher
Deputy Vice Chair
County Board Delegate
Tommy Maher, Dan Jordan, Seamie Byrne, John Gittens, Jack Murphy, Liam Buggy, Pat Doyle, Thomas Murphy, Kevin Doyle, Thomas Maher.
Annual General Meeting
A well attended AGM of the Ballon GAA club was held on Friday the 27th of January.
Chairman Billy Fanning opened proceedings with his chairman address followed by Linda Redmonds secretary report. The general feeling was that the club had a decent year results wise. Eire Og were the only team to beat the 1st team although the junior A championship semi final defeat to them was very disappointing. This teams division 3 league final victory was the on field highlight of the year.The 2nd team also had a great run although not fielding in the division 5 league final was the low point of the year.
Treasurer Emma Byrne then presented a detailed financial report where the clubs slowly improving financial position was laid out. Hopefully from 2017 we will be in a position to put some money aside to take on some club development in the near future.
There followed a good 25 minute debate on football structures in the area. Various different points of view were discussed on how to improve football. A working group was formed to meet over the next few months and report back to the committee with a few recommendations on how to proceed.
Officers were then elected with the top table remaining largely the same.
Any other business had some lively debates with issues such as increasing the lotto sales and getting more memberships in being discussed.
Hopefully the passion on display in the board room will be replicated on the field of play come the autumn!