They're hards!

November 7, 2018

THEY’RE hards.
There can be no doubt about it now. Our Junior side won their final game of the season yesterday (Sunday, October 23rd) in Tourmakeady, when they beat Ballintubber by 0-7 to 0-6.
The occasion was the final of the Mayo Reserve League (Division Five) and thus Ballinrobe maintained their unbeaten record. They have won the South Mayo Junior B title and now this league to bring down the curtain on a memorable year for Ballinrobe – Mayo and South Mayo U21 champions, Mayo Intermediate champions, South Mayo U16 B champions, South Mayo U11 C champions, and winners of the Billy Diskin Cup (Senior Football tournament between Ballinrobe and Clonbur.)
It was a rough sort of a day in Tourmakeady with gale-force breeze and driving rain. Ballinrobe had a big support and they got behind the team from early on.
The towering midfield partnership of Sean McCaughey and Tommy Cameron gave Ballinrobe a good pull. But Ballintubber had a young fellow called Lydon (Thomas or Patrick) who could kick points from any angle. Along with PJ Derrig, he went close to leading Ballintubber to victory.
Team captain Wiggy and Manager Cos both spoke at the presentation ceremony. There was a decent-sized crowd out for the homecoming. Kevin Macken lit a bale of straw at the Racecourse and Anthony McCormack had three more further in the road.
The team dined in John O’Connor’s where a presentation was also made to Sean Grimes before his trip to America this week with the Mayo Senior team. He’s a newcomer on the Mayo panel and we wish him well. Another presentation will be made to another Ballinrobe man, Fergal Costello, who’s off on the same trip this week.
The winning team:
Five Past; Knobbles, Cos, Slopey Jim; Buts, Alan Dog, Crinkers; Chemist, Wiggy; Peter Staunton, Kenno, Mark Walkin; Tom Sweeney, John Joe, Ronan Macken.
Subs used: Fabulous Vinny, Delgado, Dougie.
Manager: Padraig ‘Aidan Skelton’ Costello
Director of Sideline Balls: James Butler
Technical Assistant: Martin Walsh
Man-of-the-match: Seamus Macken (umpire.)
Final Score: Ballinrobe 0-7, Ballintubber 0-6.

Spare a thought for veteran Ballintubber ‘keeper Jackie Heneghan who had a stormer for the losers. He was around when Cos was a young fellow and he’s still going strong.