Ballon / Rathoe Camogie Team and Hurlers


U-12 Camogie Final

Following one the best camogie finals played in Dr. Cullen Park on Wednesday night last, Burrin Rangers were very unlucky to be defeated by rivals St. Mullins in the Carlow U-12 “C” Championship final on a scoreline of 2-1 to 2-0.
The Burrin Rangers team opened the game in great fashion with two first half goals by Ciara Buckley and lead at half time by 2-0 to 0-0. St. Mullins rallied in the second half and got two early goals. Burrin Rangers defeated heroically and kept the game level and were unlucky not to have a third goal. With time almost up St. Mullins managed to score the only point scored in all the camogie finals in Dr. Cullen Park on Wednesday night and take the championship. Great credit must go to the team manager Jarlath Bolger, mentors Maurice Buckley and Annette Holden for rallying the girls after some big defeats in the opening rounds of the championship. 
Team: Karen Nolan, Aisha Mullins, Orla Kenny, Nicole Keogh Dowling, Caithlin Doyle, Grainne Mullins, Ysobel Castle, Danielle Flood, Aine Kennedy, Ciara Buckley, Sarah Bermingham, Rebecca Kelly. Subs: Veronica Flood, Megan Dooley, Brid Og Kelly, Robyn Meyler, Sarah Haskins, Sarah Slattery, Caoimhe Fitzharris, Ciara Hickey, Bridin Foster, Emma Lawler.



U-10 Camogie Team Win County Championship

All roads lead to Dr. Cullen Park on Monday night last, June 28th for the U-10 Carlow Camogie Championship finals. Burrin Rangers were paired against St. Mullins in the “C” final. It was an outstanding game of camogie with both teams showing all their skills throughout. Both sides had a few missed scoring opportunites along the way which added to the excitement. However with the game looking more and more like a draw Burrin Rangers midfielder Anna Tracey popped up to scoring the winning goal with seconds left on the clock. It was an outstanding team performance by the girls and great credit must go to their coaches Maurice Buckley, Annette Holden, Barbara Jordan and Jarlath Bolger. Pat O’Brien, Chairman of Carlow Camogie Board presented the cup to Grace Donald, captain much to the excitement of all the girls and their families who proudly displayed their green and white colours in the stand.
Team: Aine Holden, Ladine Fisher, Holly Barrett, Sarah Cummins, Anna Tracey, Grace Donald, Ava Whelan, Emily Byrne, Aoife McGrath, Orla Cummins, Emma Cummins, Sarah Buckley, Mia Doogue Michaela Flood and Jessica Byrne.


Yesterday evening with the choicest of weather there was held a special coaching session for our future hurlers. The National Development officer , Paude Butler, was there as well as George O'Connor the Wexford hurler. And there was no shortage of local dads and mentors urging progress from the side lines.

Under 8 and under 6 players

Under 12 and under 10 players

For some training pictures click here.

Yesterday evening saw the official launch of Burrin Rangers Camogie Club. Starting with outdoor training under the rare blue sky of early spring and followed by refreshment in the club house 60 registered girls started a journey of opportunity in one of the fastest field sports. As part of the world's largest amateur sporting organisations there is the opportunity to fulfil the dreams and aspirations of sporting greatness. Twelve months ago there were ten registered players and a question mark. To-day there are 60 and great ambition to succeed. This is a measure of entrepreneurial sporting ambition made possible by a lot of hard work and good will by so many individuals and clubs.

See pictures here

Update 7/11/09

Last night in a club house full to capacity awards were given to.... the U10 Girl's camogie C the U12 C championship runners up..........the recently qualified trainers.

Under the direction of Club chairman John Kelly there were encouraging directives from Fr. Howard, Fr. Whelan, Alan Kelly, Liam Foley, Vice chair of Coisde na nÓg, Dessie Shaw with 2 all Ireland medal wins in the Christie Ring Cup. Followed by Goodie bags for the youngsters and refreshments for the adults. See Pictures below.

Under 10 Camogie C champions

Under 12 Hurling C Champions runners up

Recent Trainer Awards



Update 13th October

On Saturday last, Kilbride GFC made a special presentation to the Ballon / Rathoe Juvenile Club of hurleys and sliotars, to help and support the on-going development of hurling / camogie in the area. 
The presentation took place at the weekly training session for boys and girls U-6 to U-10
at the Fighting Cocks pitch, much to the excitement of all present.

Since April of this year, in excess of eighty boys and girls from Ballon, Rathoe, Fighting Cocks and Kilbride have trained and participated in competitions / blitzes with success at all levels.

This gesture by Kilbride GFC is deeply appreciated by all the coaches and children.  The presentation was made by Niamh Nolan (Secretary), Sean Curry (Treasurer), Liam Foley (Fix. Secretary) and
Joe Waters (Player) representing the Kilbride club to John Kelly (Chairman),
Annette Holden, Maurice Buckley, Matt English Hayden, Jarlath Bolger, 
James Connolly (Hurling Coaches / Committee)
of Ballon / Rathoe Juvenile Club.

Following the presentation Joe Waters conducted a highly enjoyable training session for the boys.


The U10 boys Kinsella cup shield winners.
The U10 boys hurling closed the hurling season and played the Kinsella tournament on 1/11/09. 4 teams competed in the tournament; Graiguecullen, St Pats Kildavin, Clonegal and Ballon /Rathoe.
Another very proud day for all u10 boys and their families and coaches what a lovely way to end the hurling year with Ballon Rathoe boys holding the shield high.


Some of the Ballon Rathoe U10 U8 U6 hurlers and camogie players before training on 3/10/09.

This attached pic is of the skills day held in Ballon in September.
It shows all our Camogie players both U12 and U10


On the 19/9/09 they were the winners of the B final against Mount Leinster Rangers U10

Megan Dooley
Anne Kennedy
Orla Kenny (Capt)
Ciara Buckley
Ysobel Castle
Becky Kelly
Sarah Bermingham
Holly Barrett
Sarah Haskins
Robyn Myler
Sarah Cummins
Mia Doogue
Ladine Fisher
Danille Flooe
Grace Donald
Sarah Buckley
Aine Hecklen
Anna Tracey
Emily Byrne
Ava Whelan
Ciara Byrne

Picture by Alister Castle

U12 Ballon Rathoe hurlers who played the U12 Sheild final in Dr Cullen Park against St Pats 22/8/09.
This was a very proud day for all Ballon Rathoe players coaches and families to field
the first hurling team to play in Dr Cullen Park.


On 1st July 2009 Ballon Rathoe hurling club were invited to bring all U8 players to play hurling at Croke Park. What a fantastic day we all had.

On the 27th June, 2009 we have the newly crowned Ballon/Rathoe U-10 Carlow 'C' champions.

They beat St. Mullins in the final by 2 goals to 1 goal.


On the 16th of May, 2009 a group of girls took to the camogie field for the first time representing
Ballon / Rathoe. The girls drew with Naomh Brid in a highly entertaining game played at the Fighting Cocks pitch.

On the 6th of July, 2009 the Ballon / Rathoe Camogie Team took part in their first ever Carlow Camogie Skills Day hosted by the Naomh Brid club. The girls won a special award for “Best New Comers”. Girls who attended were Ciara & Sarah Buckley, Aine Holden, Rebecca McDonagh, Orla Kenny, Grainne Mullins, Sarah Nolan, Margie Feeney, Anna Treacy, Emily Byrne, Emma Lawler, Ladine Fisher & Aine Kennedy.

On Sunday last the team took part in a fun game at the Myshall / Drumphea Sports Day. The club is thriving following its formation in April of this year.

Ballon / Rathoe First Ever Camogie Team
16th May, 2009

First Match V Naomh Brid played at the Fighting Cocks Pitch

Back: Holly Barrett, Emma Lawler, Grainne Mullins, Aisha Mullins.
Front: Danielle Flood, Grace Donnell, Ciara Buckley, Sarah Buckley, Aine Holden, Orla Kenny.
Front: Kneeling J. Buckley.

Team Mentors are Annette Holden, Maurice Buckley and Jarlath Bolger. All new members welcome. Training every Saturday at the Fighting Cocks pitch at 11.1 am.