Senior A & B continue winning ways in 2019 Leagues

Senior A Camogie - Senior 1 League – Faughs 2-8  BBSE 2-13

Our Senior A Camogie team continued on winning ways in their second league game of the 2019 campaign when defeating Faughs in a well contested game in Tymon North last Sunday morning.

The heavy rain over the previous days made for a soft pitch in parts but did not deter two determined teams battling it out for the points. The first half was very even, the highlight being a fantastic score from a sideline cut on the 45 metre line( worth two points) from Faugh’s Kerry Finnegan. Boden stayed in touch with well taken points from Dervla Brennan and Eimear O’Leary but Faughs struck for goal on the stroke of half time , giving them a slender one point lead at the break, 1-5 to 0-7.

Facing into the elements in the second half, Boden took the game to their opponents and were rewarded with an early goal from Darina Ryan. Faughs kept the pressure on however and a goal ten minutes from time restored their lead. A battling last ten minutes, including a second goal from Darina Ryan at the death, saw Boden win through on a scoreline of 2-13 to 2-8.

A welcome return from long term injury saw Doireann Mullany introduced for the final stages of the game.

Team : Ally Ramsden, Eve O’Donoghue, Hannah Hyland, Hannah Leddy, Aoife Durkin, Laura Nagle (0-1f), Sarah Nagle(0-1),  Aisling Byrne(0-1) Laura Burns,Claire Kirwan(0-1), Martha O’Donoghue, Katie McDonald(0-1), Eimear OLeary (0-1), Jodie White, Dervla Brennan(0-7, 1f,1 45), Darina Ryan(2-0), Grace Walsh, Hollyn Kennedy,  Doreann Mullany, Danielle White, Olivia Meager , Sarah Ann Murphy, Erica Tobin


Senior B Camogie - Inter 1 League – BBSE 1-9 Naomh Fionnbarra 2-3

If a certain drinks brand did starts to a season well this would be it for our Senior B girls !!!

Having commenced their league campaign last week by defeating a fancied Na Fianna team – who we lost to in the corresponding fixture last season by 12 points – the Boden ladies stepped it up another notch this week with a tremendously courageous and hard fought victory over a resolute Naomh Fionnbarra side in Cherryfield.

The pattern of the match was strangely mirrored in both halves as Boden raced into an early four point lead only to the pegged back which left our girls behind by one at the break. At half time, Mary Hyland told the girls to be patient and that the chances would come. She was proven right as we opened strongly in the second half and once again led by four only to see a dogged response from the Barra leaving the game tied with ten minutes to go and the momentum looking as though it might turn in favour of the team from Cabra. But, this Boden team then displayed true git, determination, courage and no little skill to fire over three great team scores and this was matched with some incredible defending and goalkeeping during an exhilarating period of the match.

Yet, the drama could have had one final twist as with a minute remaining Barra’s very talented midfielder bore down on goal only to be met by a wall of courageous defenders who cleared the danger and the ref brought the game to an end. The final ten minute period really epitomised the team spirit in this bunch.

Well done girls, you should be very proud of your individual and collective performance in what was a tough and tight game. Next up for the Senior B’s a round 3 encounter against Thomas Davis.

Scores: Aine (1-1), Aisling G, Orlagh and Chloe (0-2), Elizabeth and Aoife B (0-1)

Team : (Back row) Aoife Barnes, Nicola Mc Carthy, Chloe Murphy, Lucy O’Shea, Blathnaid Slater, Aisling McCullagh, Aisling Gargan, Elizabeth Manning, Anna O’Shea, Robyn Flynn, Ciara Lambert.

(Front row) Aoife Tobin, Orlagh O’Shea, Deirbhle De Frain, Aine O’Brien, Eimear Butler, Saoirse Fitzgerald, Sadhbh Ni Mhathuna, Rachel Walsh

Senior A & B off to winning starts in 2019 Leagues

Senior 1 League - Ballyboden vs Skerries Harps

Boden Senior A Get Off To Winning Start

Boden’s Senior A Camogie team got their 2019 League campaign off to a winning start against Skerries in Pairc Ui Murchu last Sunday.Boden were in good form from the start with a series of well taken points led by Dervla Brennan. A well worked goal finished by Jodie White gave Boden a commanding lead before conceding a sloppy goal from a free just before half time. Boden led at half time 1-12 to 1-4 with all of it’s forwards on the score sheet.

Boden started the second half with good intensity and kept the scoreboard ticking over.  A goal by Darina Ryan midway through the second half put distance between the teams but Skerries kept challenging and were rewarded with a goal of their own. Boden however had enough in reserve to see the game out finishing on a scoreline of 2-18 to 2-8.

A good start but stiffer tests lie ahead , starting with game away to Faughs next Sunday.

Team: Sile Ni Coitir, Eve O’Donoghue, Hannah Hyland, Hannah Leddy, Aoife Durkin, Mairead Luttrell, Sarah Nagle, Laura Burns, Aisling Byrne, Claire Kirwan (0-2), Laura Nagle(0-2) Katie McDonald( 0-2) , Eimear O’Leary(0-2) Jodie White(1-2) Dervla Brennan(0-7, 2f) Subs: Darina Ryan(1-1), Grace Walsh, Danielle White , Hollyn Kennedy, Ally Ramsden

Intermediate 1 League - Ballyboden vs Na Fianna

Senior 2 Camogie off to a winning league start

Cherryfield early Sunday morning, was the venue for our Senior 2 Camogie team to kick off their league campaign.  The majority of this panel have only recently been assembled, some young and some that are more experienced.  Spirits were high and training had been going well.  The game was evenly balanced in the early exchanges with both sets of defences well on top.  The north siders had several very useful forwards and opened the scoring with a point, before Captain Ciara Lambert replied with a couple of long range frees.  The half was evenly poised and continued with few scores for either side.  Some committed defending from the Boden back line was the highlight of the opening half.  Blathnaid Slater covered a huge amount of ground on the half line. Saoirse Fitzgerald and Robyn Flynn mopping up a ton of ball (and anything that moved) and Sadhbh Ni Mhathuna playing through the pain barrier (all the hardiness and hurlin from the mother’s side).  Their work lead to some decent quick ball to our forward line where Erica Tobin and Aine O'Brien were on hand to find the net with two fine goals.  The Na Fianna free taker punished any fouls with some well taken scores.  So despite their efforts, Boden went in a point down at half time and that gave the girls time to regroup.

Motivated by some wise words at the break from mentor Mark Barnes, the Boden girls increased their work rate from 1 to 15 and started to get a foothold on the game.  Still scores were scarce in the early exchanges with the Na Fianna goal living a charmed life at times.  The game in the melting pot, Ballyboden won two frees around the middle of the field, that resulted in goals from both Chloe Murphy and Lucy O'Shea.  The spirted effort continued and the bench of all 6 subs was emptied to add fresh legs.  The game finally started to open up with late points from Chloe, Orlagh O'Shea, on her very recent and welcome return to the club, and Lucy that saw out the game for the home side. Finall it was great also to see Orlaghs mother Sheila back on the sidelines.

Final score: Ballyboden 4-7 Na Fianna 3-5.

Senior A Camogie in Leinster League SemiFinal

Our Senior Camogie team lost out to a strong Oulart the Ballagh team in Wexford in their Leinster League Semi-Final.

Many thanks to our Super U12s who made the trip to support!

Senior A Camogie through to S/F in Leinster league

Injury time point sends Boden through to Leinster Semi-Final

A late injury time Hollyn Kennedy  point secured a draw for Boden’s Senior Camogie team in their Leinster League clash against a skilful St. Brigids of Kilkenny in PUM last Sunday. The crucial score also secured the path to a Leinster semi-final clash with Oulart the Ballagh in Wexford on Sunday 10 March.

A beautiful crisp day with an excellent PUM sod provided ideal conditions for a game which saw St. Brigids start the brighter racing into a three point lead. A great goal from Danielle White settled Boden. Well worked points from Dervla Brennan , Aisling Byrne and Jodie White saw Boden up by two at half time  1-4 to 0-5.

The second half saw a great tussle between two determined teams.  Second half points from Aoife Tobin, Mairead Luttrell , Dervla Brennan  and Laura Nagle had the teams level going into injury time. Another Dervla Brennan point looked to have secured a Boden win but St. Brigids hit back with two points of their own before Holly Kennedy’s late equaliser. All in all, a draw was a fair result after a competitive encounter. Final Score Boden 1-10 St. Brigids 1-10.

Boden team: Aly Ramsden, Eve O’Donoghue, Hannah Hyland, Hannah Leddy, Sarah Nagle , Laura Nagle, Laura Burns, Aisling Byrne, Mairead Luttrell, Claire Kirwan, Laura Nagle, Dervla Brennan, Danielle White, Darina Ryan, Jodie White. Subs: Aoife Tobin, Aisling Gargan, Hollyn Kennedy, Erica Tobin, Katie Mc Donald, Sarah Anne Murphy, Robyn Flynn.

Dublin Camogie Minor panel announced

Congratulations to the 6 Boden players selected for Dublin Camogie Minor panel for 2019

Senior A Camogie off to winning start in Leinster league

Our Senior A Camogie team returned to the playing pitches and dusted off the cobwebs with a 1-10 to 0-7 win in the first round of the Leinster League against Ballinteer St. John’s at Pairc Ui Murchu on Sunday morning.

Although playing with a stiff breeze in the first half, scores were hard to come by and a 0-5 to 0-3 lead for Boden at half time looked insufficient against a lively Ballinteer team. However, Boden’s hurling improved as the game progressed and a goaled free from Dervla Brennan halfway through the second half gave them a lead that they never relinquished.

Next up in the Leinster League is an away game with Rathnure of Wexford on Sunday next 17 February followed the following Sunday back in PUM against St. Brigids of Kilkenny.

Speedy recovery to Hannah Leddy and Grace Walsh who picked up knocks.

Team: Eve O’Donoghue, Hannah Leddy , Hannah Hyland, Aoife Durkan, Sarah Nagle, Laura Nagle, Grace Walsh, Laura Burns, Aisling Byrne, Aoife Tobin, Dervla Brennan, Blathnaid Slater, Aine O’Brien, Darina Ryan, Jodie White, Sadbh Nic Mathuna, Anna O’Shea, Lucy O’Shea.

Calling all Camogie Players/Mentors

Balls.ie will be live in the club on Wed eve (16th Jan 2019) to look at the season ahead.

Cork hurling legend Tomas Mulcahy, Dublin and Foxrock-Cabinteely's Sinead Goldrick & many more GAA personalities will be discussing the life of a club & intercounty player.
Tickets are free but to reserve a seat log onto Eventbrite  Over 16's only #SDclubhub #bodengaa

Christmas Tree collection 2019

The 20 vans & trucks rolled into the Club car park at 8.45am on Sunday morning, the personnel on board anticipating a busy day ahead. It was of course the 6th year of the increasingly popular Boden Christmas Tree collection service.

In the lead up there were many thousands of texts, WhatsApp message & emails. There was also the small matter of many dozens of signs advertising our service throughout the locality. We were once again extremely fortunate to have terrific weather conditions. On Sunday we collected approximately 1,900 trees at address's from Oldbawn across to the LUAS bridge in Dundrum, and maybe a bit beyond.

The reason the day run so smoothly is due to the many people who assist on the day, this year we had 80 people involved. To each of you, many thanks - you exceeded expectations with your workload, good nature, humour and commitment - this initiative would not be possible without each and every one of you.

Many thanks once again to AJ Grab Hire and driver Leigh, we could not possibly transport this volume of trees to the SDCC depot in Tymon without you.

To Damien, Pauline & Catherine - many thanks for feeding the troops!

To the Nagles, Catherine & Laura who manned the boss's phone on Saturday - not a sought after job but once again handled with so much enthusiasm, patience & positivity which made all of our lives so much easier.

And most importantly many thanks to the local community who are genuinely thrilled that we provide the service, and we of course are delighted to be in a position to oblige.

Organising committee: Kieran Rudden, Eoin Reid, James Murray, Cathal Fitzgerald, Keith McClusky, Ronan Feely, Ger Delaney, George O' Shea & Gerry White

Annual Dublin Seniors/Dub Stars Camogie

Congratulations to our own Martha O'Donoghue who had the honour of captaining Dublin Senior Camogie in their annual Dub Star match over Christmas. Report here

Team of the Month Awards

Representatives from the Hurling and Camogie Sections Collect Team of the Month Awards in the Green Isle Hotel on Thursday. Pictured at the awards: Dave Conway, Paul Doherty, Aoife Durkin, Aisling Gargan James Roche, Stephen O' Connor, John Ryan, James Madden, Stephen McDonald, Danny O' Connell and Eamonn Treacy

Minor Camogie Champions

Congratulations to our Minor A's on their Camogie Championship victory over Kilmacud on Sunday (report here)


Minor Camogie Champions

Minor A Camogie 2018

Minor championship is run off over a 6/8-week period at the end of the season and is a great competition to finish the season. This year 8 teams contested the Minor A championship, divided into 2 groups of four. Our first game was at home on PUM on 4 November against St Judes, this was a hotly contested physical battle that the girls controlled from start to finish with almost all of their scores coming from play, finishing with a 3-17 to 1-5. Next up was Na Fianna away on 11 November. This was a tougher ask as Na Fianna imposed their presence on our girls and went into the break ahead by 2 points. That being said the girls got the dream start to the second half with a goal from our captain this year, Aisling Gargan. There was no going back after that and while scores were exchanged between the sides, we managed to knock in a further two gaols and came away with a victory, 3 -4 to 1-7. The final game in the group was away to Castleknock on 25 November. True to form the girls launched into the game early and took control right to the end. Again the exhibition of score taking from play is something the team can be very proud of but the ability to get the scores comes from the strong defence the girls have aspired to. We finished the game with a 3-13 to 0-9 score line and that set us up for a semi final place against our neighbours Ballinteer St Johns. We had home advantage on PUM and this was a heated battle in the first half, both sides swapping scores and each side getting a gaol in the dying minutes of the first half, level at 2-4 apiece at half time. The second half briefly started in the same heat of battle and then the girls took control and again with some great scores from play finished out winners on a score line of 3-12 to 2-6.

Our final was set for Sunday 09 December against favourites Kilmacud Crokes who were dominant in all their games so far. That being said the Boden ladies were up for the task and the game began at a ferocious pace, both sides excelling in defence. It took all on 7 minutes before Aisling Byrne opened the scoring with a point from play, followed by another point from full forward Hollyn Kennedy. Kilmacud responded with a point of their own from play and everyone knew that this was going to be a heavily contested game. Hollyn Kennedy knocked over another point in the 11 minute and followed up with a quick reaction that netted the ball. Katie McDonald converted one of the few frees awarded to Boden in the 17th minute and extended the lead to 1-4 to 0-2. Chloe Murphy at corner forward was on the warpath and buried another sliotar to the back of the net. Katie McDonald converted a 45 in the 20th minute and after that we took the foot of the pedal and let Kilmacud back into the game where they knocked up 1-3 unanswered before the break. Half time score 2-5 to 1-5.

The girls talked amongst themselves at half time and when asked to up their game in the second half you knew what you were going to get, another high tempo physical battle. Aisling Byrne was first on the scoreboard again with a well-taken point, followed up with a point from centre forward and captain Aisling Gargan. Kilmacud knocked over a point from a free. Chloe Murphy used her speed and skill to catch a high ball, turn the defender and there was only going to be one outcome, bang, sliotar in the back of the net. Kilmacud then got a succession of frees and all were well executed by their talented free taker. The gap narrowed and the girls had to find that extra gear despite being out on their feet at this stage. A well worked ball from defence found its way to Aisling Byrne and with her sights on goal the shot was never in doubt, keeper could do little about it. To put the icing on the cake Katie McDonald who won and deserved woman of the match award, took the final 45 of the game and a high dropping ball ended up in the back of the net.

As usual Ally Ramsden was the last line of defence and she was dependable as ever, making a few very important saves to stem some serious attacks by Crokes. The strength and depth of the team was show by the stern defending of the six backs, Saoirse Fitzgerald, Robyn Flynn, Sadhbh Nic Mhathuna, Hanna Leddy, Aoife Durkin (the rock) at Centre back and Anna O’Shea who suffered hamstring throughout their game. The mid field pairing of Lucy O’Shea and Olivia Meagher worked tirelessly in defence and moving forward. The half forward line of Katie McDonald, Aisling Gargan and Aisling Byrne controlled the Kilmacud half back line and delivered quality ball to the inside forwards. The full forward line of Erica Tobin a, Hollyn Kennedy and Chloe Murphy were a nightmare for any full back line with their movement and skill. Blathnaid Slater and Stephanie Hamm were called up from the bench and made an immediate impact. It must be noted that Kilmacud were held scoreless from play in the second half and that was due to the excellent defending and hard work by the entire panel. It was a fantastic achievement for the girls, all of whom are Minor again next year with the exception of Aisling and Aoife. Thanks to Miriam Christie and Liam Cunningham for the fantastic action photographs.

Finally, we would like to thank the sponsors “WeAreDublin” and the County Board for arranging the championship and Finals Day in particular. The superb setting in Abbotstown did full justice to a championship that, as Fintan Quill mentioned in presenting the Orla Quill trophy to Aisling, is going from strength to strength year by year.

Panel: Aisling Byrne, Aisling Gargan (captain), Ally Ramsden, Anna O'Shea, Aoife Durkin (vice captain), Blathnaid Slater, Chloe Murphy, Clodagh Delaney, Erica Tobin, Erin Christie, Hannah Leddy, Hollyn Kennedy, Julie Vaughan, Katie McDonald, Kiara Cunningham, Lucy O'Shea, Lucy O’Connor, Muireann Delaney, Olivia Meagher, Robyn Flynn, Sadhbh Nic Mhathuna, Saoirse Fitzgerald, Sarah Anne Murphy, Sinead Hussey and Stephanie Hamm.

Camogie Minors through to Final

Minor “A” C‐ship Semi‐Final – Pairc Ui Murchú – 2nd Dec. ‘18
BBSE 3 ‐ 12
Ballinteer St. Johns 2 ‐ 6
Our minor “A” girls qualified for the Minor “A” county final on Sunday morning with a good win over a gallant Johns side. Exchanges were uncompromising throughout, with every ball contested as if lives depended on it.
There was a gale blowing into the clubhouse end and Johns took advantage of it in the first half. Containment was the name of the game for our girls, and we were happy to go in on level terms at half time.
The second half produced more of the same, but we managed to open a slight gap with some impressive point‐taking backed by the breeze. However, as we expected, Johns did not give up and fought gamely, keeping the result in doubt until well into the closing stages.
After the final whistle thoughts immediately turned to the final in Abbotstown at 4.30 next Sunday. Crokes will provide the opposition there, after a hugely impressive semi‐final victory over Judes. This promises to be a massive contest between the two undefeated teams in the competition. Don’t miss it. The girls will need all the support as they attempt to bring home the title.
Thanks to Miriam Christie for photos

Camogie Minors through to Semi Final

We played our last group game against Castleknock in Somerton on a cool and sunny Sunday morning.  Boden got off to the better start and kept tagging on scores to go into the break with a 2-8 to 0-2 lead. Castelknock started the second half with a sense of determination and put over some fine points to close the gap. Both teams were strong in defence, the midfields pairings battled hard with each other, while the forwards worked tirelessly to earn their scores. Boden kept the scoreboard ticking over and came away with a win, final score 3-14 to 0-9. Next up is a home semi-final on Sunday morning against our neighbours Ballinteer St Johns. It is an ideal opportunity to come out and support the girls before we take the road to Carlow for the Leiniser Senior Hurling final.

Camogie Minors win at Na Fianna

Our Camogie Minors continued their good start to the Div. 1 Championship with victory against Na Fianna

Camogie U14 Championship Final 2018

U14 Div1 Camogie Championship Final

Ballyboden St. Enda’s versus Lucan Sarsfields

3rd November 2018

The main club pitch in Parnell’s GAA Club was the scene for this years Division 1 Championship Final and to the joy of our girls, parents and supporters alike, Ballyboden St. Enda’s came out on top of what was an intense and thrilling game of camogie on a final score of 4-05 to 2-07.

Conditions on the day were ideal, albeit there was a strong breeze at play throughout the match that favoured Boden in the first half. The pitch in Parnell’s was as good a surface as the girls had ever played on and helped contribute to some great displays of skill by both sides.

Our girls got off to a great start with goals from Clodagh Reid and Caoimhe O’Sullivan followed by a point from Áine Rafter to establish a lead of 7 points after just 7 minutes play. The Ballyboden work rate all over the pitch was incredible and should have yielded more than their three scores, but one chance after another seemed to slip wide and it wasn’t until 26 minutes in, that Áine managed to snatch a goal to reward all the efforts out the pitch.

At that stage, Lucan had put over 3 points of their own and tagged on another just before the whistle to leave a half time score of 3-01 to 0-04. A six point lead at half time didn’t reflect the dominance our girls had on the pitch in the first half and we knew with the breeze at their backs in the second half, Lucan would come back out and heap on the pressure. The girls were asked at half time to leave everything they had out on the pitch in the second half and as always with this group they gave it their all.

Lucan spent the first 5 minutes of the second half camped around the Boden goalmouth but a great defensive effort including a crucial save by Shauna Feely meant that for all Lucan’s efforts they could only manage one converted free during this spell. Our girls eventually lifted the siege and over the next 10 minutes both teams registered 2 points each, with both of Boden’s coming from play, brilliantly converted by Leonie Power.

Lucan tagged on one more point from yet another free before Shona Kenny pounced on a breaking ball to score our fourth goal and establish an 8 point lead with about 15 minutes remaining. Clodagh added a long range free to put the lead to 9 but between then and the end of the match Lucan’s Sinead Daly managed to score two goals from two near in frees to keep the match alive right to the end. One final insurance point from Clodagh from another long range free out on the wing meant we were protecting a 4 point lead for the last nail-biting 3 minutes.

When the final whistle eventually blew there were scenes of pure joy. The girls had prevailed in what was undoubtedly their toughest match of the Championship.

Truth be told, the scoring sequence only tells half the story of this match.

Shauna Feely and the entire defence kept Lucan to just 1 point from play over the whole match! Emma Jane Weir, Leah Cunningham, Sarah Gleeson, Megan Deignan and Sadie Codd put in tackle after tackle, block after block. Every time a there was a pile up of bodies, somehow one or other of these girls came away with the ball. Abbie Brennan and Megan Dignam performed heroics on the wings and contained Lucan’s most attacking forwards.

The midfield of Hannah Byrne and Leonie Power were phenomenal. Hannah who was captain on the day never stopped running and lead by example throughout. She spoke brilliantly after the final whistle during the acceptance speech and represented the club so well. Leonie Power, just like she did in the U13 Championship Final, put in an outstanding performance. She seemed to turn up everywhere on the pitch, getting in that vital tackle or clearance and was a thorn in the side of Lucan for the entire match.

All the forwards were brilliant. Alice Rudden, Ella McNair, Kate Donaghy and Caoimhe O’Sullivan got on so much ball. Each of them took on the Lucan defence and made crucial runs with ball on stick, setting up scores, and retaining possession. Shona Kenny’s goal came at a crucial time, and Áine Rafter’s 1-01 from play doesn’t nearly reflect her effort put in, nor the influence she had on the game, indeed Áine had a perfectly good goal overruled by the ref in the second half, a score that thankfully wasn’t needed in the end. When the pressure was on in the second half, Clodagh came into her own with some great high catches out the field and important clearances down the pitch, with her final long range free possibly the score of the match.

Celebrations back in the club that evening went long into the night and were enjoyed by one and all. A great finish to the camogie year, with another League and Championship double for the girls. They are a credit to both themselves and the club.

20x20 Women in Sport

Watch out for our Boden Camogie Senior Team promoting the new 20x20 Women in Sport initiative over the coming weeks starting with Aoife O'Neill


Camogie news October 15th 2018

U-16 Division 1 Championship Semi-Final – vs. Crokes – 13th October ‘18

Crokes                  5-8  BBSE                      2-12

Saturday in a wet Silver Park saw our gallant U-16 girls being undone by a couple of late goals. Although we led until about the last 5 minutes against a fancied Crokes side, a couple of unfortunate defensive lapses allowed Crokes to snatch the lead at the death. Nevertheless, with a minute to go we only trailed by a point and were pressing strongly for an equaliser, which would have been well deserved.

This was a brilliant performance by all our girls, to cap what has been a great and an enjoyable year, at the start of which they were not fancied to compete at the business end of the season. They were a great group

The girls have improved out of all recognition and there will certainly be better days ahead for all of them.

Camogie news October 1st 2018

Ballyboden St.Enda’s vs Naomh Jude

Game began much how it played out, with nothing going right for the ladies in blue and white. The scoring got off to a controversial start with the referee overruling both umpires and giving a point to Naomh Jude, when the ball was waved wide. Despite Boden going ahead with two points from placed balls by Mairead Luttrell, Judes responded with a goal and a point. Only four points were added to the Judes scoresheet before the half time whistle went.

The second half seemed to be promising, the Boden side had plenty of possession within the first 10 minutes, but unfortunately couldn’t convert. A goal chance from captain Martha O’Donoghue was saved on the line. The second half played out much as the first did; Judes kept the points ticking over, utilising their pace, accurate first touch and acute shooting skills.  Boden added three points to their, score sheet, all from Luttrell. A tough match for the ladies, with nothing going their way. Final score, 2-10 to 0-6 to Judes. 

U14A’s reach Championship Final

Our U14A Camogie team reached their Championship Final at the weekend without hitting a ball after their final group match against Kilmacud was conceded before the weekend. This meant that by virtue of their 4 wins out of 4, that the girls go straight to the Final at the end of October. They now await the winner of a Semi-Final between the 2nd and 3rd place teams in the group.

However, not being ones to rest on their laurels, the girls headed out to Naomh Mearnóg on Sunday for a friendly which proved a useful competitive outing. Fortunately for them, the match coincided with Naomh Mearnóg’s family fun day so the girls had a selection of burgers and ice cream to choose from before getting to meet their childhood favourites (pictured)

Camogie news September 17th 2018

Senior Championship 2018.

The perfect morning for the start of a championship game. A slight drizzle the night before coated the pitch with a layer of moisture. Both teams arrived on the pitch at 9.50, having warmed up across the road on Cherryfield. At 10.01 the whistle was blown; the 2018 Senior A Championship had begun.

It seemed like the perfect start was underway when Rachel Ruddy burst from the 45-metre line with the ball in hand and headed straight for goal, only for the crossbar to deny the centre forward the opening score of the game. Boden and Skerries swapped wides. Even though Boden seemed to be on top, it was Skerries who got their name on the score sheet first, with a fine point from play. However, it wasn’t long before Ruddy got the goal she was denied in the opening minute of play. A quick response from Skerries meant that the home side were only leading by one point. The next five minutes passed quickly as Boden seemed to have found their feet in the game, with Nagle tacking on two points and Aoife Tobin blasting the back of the net, when a high ball in from the midfield dropped dangerously around the square. Tobin looked menacing all day around the square, as another ball just went wide after Mairead Luttrell lobbed a free into the square. Boden found themselves in dangerous water when a free was conceded and brought forward 10 yards. The Skerries free taker optimized on the defensive error and struck the ball into the Boden net. The two teams swapped fine points from play, Boden’s coming from Eimear O’Leary, and there were wides a piece. The last ten minutes of the first half were extremely shaky from a Boden perspective. A crossfield ball to an unmarked forward, who was in for a one-on-one with Síle Nic Coitir. The ball was blasted into the back of the net. Boden found themselves, once again, a goal down, when Skerries got inside the defensive line and hand-passed the ball into the goal. Another point for Skerries, brought the half-time score to 3-4 to 2-3 to Skerries.

The Boden ladies were rearing and ready to go once the second half whistle blew. Hollyn Kennedy was an immediate impact for the home side as she forced a 45. Unfortunately, the scoring opportunity wasn’t converted. Eimear O’Leary was on the mark with her next two frees, one of which was won by tenacious attacking by Doireann Mullany, who was brought down on the 21-metre line. A great piece of play ended with Mullany adding her name to the scoresheet; a sideline chip from Tobin to Ruddy down the line, who flicked the ball onto Mullany running through the middle.  Another goal chance for Tobin, but a great save by the keeper denied the forward once again. The next ten minutes of play were fruitful for the ladies in blue. 1-3 was added to the scoreline; Tobin getting her second goal; Luttrell, Ruddy and Kennedy all keeping the points ticking over. A masterclass in goalkeeping was evident, as Nic Coitir’s long relieving puckouts ensured the forwards were supplied with brilliant balls and kept the Skerries defence under pressure. A particular mention to the Boden defence, who kept Skerries to only 2 points in the second half. A brilliantly fielded ball in the air by Grace Walsh, passed onto Mullany, who crossed the ball to Tobin, cleverly touched on, along the ground, to O’Leary, led to a fine point. The final passage of play incorporated a bit of football skills from Mullany. The ball was played in by Nagle to Aoife Durkin, who passed it to Kennedy. Kennedy passed it inside to O’Leary but was tackled, the ball fell to Mullany, who finished to the net with a fine kick of the sliotar. Final score 4-11 to 3-6 to Boden. A successful morning for the ladies; a tough and physical challenge from Skerries Harps which they met with tenacity, which will stand to them for the games ahead.

BBSE: Síle Nic Coitir, Eve O’Donoghue, Sue Kennedy, Hannah Leddy, Aoife Durkin, Hannah Hyland, Jane Edwards, Mairead Luttrell (0-1), Sarah Nagle (0-2), Dearbhla Brennan, Rachel Ruddy (1-1), Aisling Gargan, Eimear O’Leary (0-5, 0-3f), Aoife Tobin (2-0), Doireann Mullany (1-1), Aisling Byrne (45mins for Gargan), Sarah Keehan, Hollyn Kennedy (0-1) (30mins for Brennan), Aoife O’Neill, Grace Walsh (29mins for Edwards), Jodie White, Laura Nagle.  

Intermediate Championship 2018.

Our Intermediate Championship got underway on Thursday 30th August with our first game away to Castleknock. While we had most of the possession in the first half we found it difficult to convert it to scores, with missed chances and only two scores from frees and one from play. We were dealt a blow just before half time when Castleknock netted a second goal from a ball that we failed to clear. Castleknock started the second half the strongest and with their full forward line getting three more goals and putting some daylight between the sides. The girls continued to battle recovered some ground but as the saying goes goals win matches and Castleknock were victorious with a 5-3 to 2-6 win.

Our second game was at home on Pairc Ui Mhurchú to St Pats on Thursday 6th September. We were second out of the block and were bombarded in defence by a strong St Pats side that managed to bah 6 gaols and six points in the first 30 minutes to our 1 3. We asked the girls to start fresh in the second half and to their credit that is what they did. The sliotar rarely left the St Pats side if the itch in the half here we outscored them 8 points to one. Their defence stood strong and we couldn’t penetrate their goal. St Pats deserving winners on a score line of 6-7 to 1-11.

Next up was Thomas Davis away on Thursday 13th September. We always have a good battle with our neighbours and this game didn’t disappoint. We dominated the first half with go open play and well executed scores where some points should have been converted to goals. Last score of the first half went to Thomas Davis from a scrappy ball that wasn’t cleared and found its way to the net, level at half time 1-4 to 0-7. There was some drama in the second half where the referee Shay Hurson suffered a knee injury and was unable to continue. We wish Shay a speedy recovery. The game was called off and has been re fixed for next Tuesday 18th September in Thomas Davis at 7.30pm.

On Sunday morning 16th September we played a courageous Lucan side that were under strength due to injuries and player unavailability. With a numerical advantage Boden scores came from a number of players and the game was well and truly over at half time. To their credit the Lucan girls didn’t drop their heads and continued to be competitive to the final whistle.

U-16 A Championship – vs. Faughs – 15th Sept. ’18 – Páirc Ui Murchú

BBSE                      6-7  Faughs                  4-4

Our U-16 camogie girls hosted neighbours Faughs in Páirc Ui Murchú on Saturday knowing that victory would qualify them for the semi-final. However matches against Faughs are invariably nip and tuck, so we knew we could take nothing for granted.

Lucy O’Shea opened the scoring with a point but Faughs then levelled with a pointed free. A long-range free from Katie then crept inside the post for a goal and Lucy O Connor extended the lead to four with a great point. Faughs then scored two points, before Clodagh steadied the ship with a goal following a great delivery from Lucy O Connor. A goal from Mia and a couple of Katie points seemed to provide some breathing space, but a goal on the stroke of half time served as a timely reminder to us that this game was far from over.

That left us 3-4 to 1-3 up at half time.

The second half opened with Mia finishing a Lucy O’Connor centre to the net. Then Katie pointed after Erin had been fouled and Julie and Ciara Doyle knocked over a brace of points, with a point from Faughs in response. We then appeared to make the game relatively safe with a further goal, but two quick Faughs goals had our supporters biting their nails and checking their watches. Then Ciara Kelleher got possession, beat her marker with some lovely stick work and found the back of the Faughs net. Faughs finished the scoring with a late goal but the final whistle sounded soon after to leave us winners, and looking forward to a final group game against Lucan next week, to be followed by a championship semi-final.

Camogie News w/e - May 2nd 2018

Senior League Division 1: St. Oliver Plunketts vs. Ballyboden 

Things got off to quite a shaky start over in St. Oliver Plunketts for the Senior A Camogie Team. The home side got 1‐2 on the score board within the opening five minutes. Boden weren’t looking too sharp, with 3 balls already forced wide. However, when Jodie White and Olivia Meagher forced a turnover and free in the midfield line things were looking more promising. The subsequent free from Dearbhla Brennan dropped short but Sarah Nagle pulled on the ball and it went sailing over the bar.  1‐2 to 0‐1 to SOPER.

The next couple of minutes consisted of serious pressure from the Boden forward line. A free won by Hollyn Kennedy was converted by Brennan, Nagle got her second of the game and White pointed from the 45‐metre line. SOPER responded well when a free was finished to the net. A quick response from the girls in blue, when Martha O’Donoghue passed a perfect ball to Doireann Mullany who ran from the 21‐metre line and put the ball in the opposition’s net. Trojan work from corner forward, Erica Tobin, when she won a free, which Brennan converted and finished the ball to the net within quick succession of each other. Clever attacking coupled with a dogged defensive display kept the scoreboard in Boden’s favour. It seemed like Boden would be going into the break with a big advantage over the home side, but the opposition came back with 1‐1 in the closing stages of the first half.

Half‐time score 2‐8 to 3‐3 to Boden.

The home side got off to a quick start when they narrowed the gap to just 1 point. This was quickly nullified by Brennan’s acute free taking. The next 10mintues passed without a score for either team. Then a great piece of team play, when E.Tobin passed a ball inside to Nagle who blasted the net. SOPER were kept at bay by great pressure from Sue Kennedy and Julie McGrath who dissipated any danger. A wave of attack from the home side forced five frees from the Boden team, two of which were converted. The margin was again reduced to just 1 point. However, great build up play by the inside forward line, and a perfectly timed pass by H.Kennedy to Nagle on the edge of the box, gave Boden their fourth, and Nagle her second, goal of the game. The next couple of minutes passed without too much danger with O’Donoghue and Mairead Luttrell sweeping up any potential threats. A late goal for the home side from a free wasn’t enough to topple the Boden ladies and the game finished on 4‐11 to 4‐8.

Boden: Ally Ramsden, Julie McGrath, Mairead Luttrell, Robyn Flynn, Aisling Gargan, Susan Kennedy, Hannah Leddy, Martha O’Donoghue, Dearbhla Brennan (0‐8, 0‐7f), Olivia Meagher, Hollyn Kennedy, Sarah Nagle (2‐2), Erica Tobin (1‐0), Doireann Mullany (1‐0), Jodie White (0‐1), Síle Nic Coitir, Aisling Byrne (for Meagher 40mins), Aoife Tobin (for White 53mins), Sarah Ann Murphy (for E.Tobin 56mins), Laura Burns.

U-16 Division 1 League – vs. Castleknock –28th April ‘18

BBSE 2-8     Castleknock 4-4

The girls played their third league match against Castleknock on the Prunty on Saturday and suffered their first defeat in the league. However there was very much a sense of a lost opportunity afterwards as we led for virtually the whole match – only to be reined in by a strong Castleknock side, with a goal as the game entered added time.

We began with the aid of a strong wind and immediately began to exert strong pressure. A couple of chances went astray before Katie slotted over a “45” and Mia followed this up with a well-taken goal. Katie then followed up with a couple of points before Holly added one, and then Anna O’Shea got through for a great goal. Katie added a couple of more points before the break but Castleknock had bagged 2 goals and a point in the first half to leave us ahead by 5 points at the break.

This lead looked shaky, with us having to face the breeze, and that is how things transpired in the second half. ‘Knock began with a couple of points from placed balls, before Katie scored a fine point in reply, Then Castleknock cut the margin to the minimum with a goal, before Katie again increased the gap with a point. As time of ticking away we defended heroically, with Niamh marshalling the defence to great effect. However, the sense that all the pressure would eventually tell against us unfortunately proved true as Castleknock managed to find the net again as the game entered added time. We were now a point in arrears but these girls are resilient and back they went up the field. Our attack was halted by a clear foul but inexplicably the referee decided to allow the play to continue. Then ‘Knock tagged on another point so we needed a goal and the girls strove gallantly but it was not to be.

Disappointing, but the girls are continuing to learn wand improve with each outing. Lucan provide the opposition on Wednesday – a great chance for us to test our “bouncebackability”!

BallyBoden St Endas C Team- Division 6 Camoige Feile Champions 2018

"Feile was great, being with friends & making new ones & when referee blew whistle in final match, was best feeling ever.'  Aoife (Gollogly) Doyle
“Great weekend with the best team and coaches I could ask for ... best moment ever when the whistle blew on Sunday, unbeatable moment that I will never forget” - Aoife Sharkey
"The Celebrations at the end were the highlight and it was great that the B team were there on the pitch to celebrate with us too" - Anna Kinsella
There's something about hosting a Féile the familiarity with surroundings, so many familiar faces and the organisation of Saturday at the club was second to none. The girls arrived in their fabulous Féile gear, went to the dressing room and out onto the pitch for a group photograph (thanks to Cliona Mellett and Miriam Christie for that). The warm up with Cathal and Adam and suddenly we were up.!
Ballyboden 7-1 Ballinteer St Johns 2-0
Our inspirational Captain Gloria Cramer Curtis went in for the toss and we were playing down the slope. Urged on by a large crowd Ballyboden took the lead , An incredible defensive effort and some fine saves by Abbie Melia kept Ballinteer at bay before they scored two qucik goals to jump imto the lead. As half time approached Boden struck again to Level it.
The pressure was on the girls now as Ballinteer would be playing down the slope in the second half. Ballinteer started brightly and were camped in the Boden half but just couldn't score as the Boden girls gave everything defending en masse and letting little or nothing past them. Boden broke forward and Aoife Gollogly Doyle finished off a brilliant move to the back of the net. Confidence swelled through the team and before long goals from Enya Kennedy, Emily Tuite and another from Aoife Gollogly Doyle put Boden in a commanding position. Further goals came from Enya and Aoife before Heather McGrath scored a fine point to top an excelent performance from the girls.
Scorers Enya Kennedy 3-0, Aoife Gollogly Doyle 3-0, Emily Tuite 1-0, Heather McGrath 0-1
" Feile was amazing , the team,  the matches and the celebrations when we won. " .....Caoilin Dunne
"It was an amazing experience overall and such an honour to play with a great team" - Jenny Maguire
It was a great weekend, the celebrations afterwards were the best part. Thanks to our brilliant coaches Dave & Alan and all our supporters especially the B team”. Emiliy Tuite
Next up Castleknock who had beaten Raheny in their first match.
Ballyboden 0-1 Castleknock 3-0
First half and Boden had a long spell in the Catleknock half and came close a few times, hitting the post and their goalkeeper was in top form. Abbie Fitzgerald, Emily Tuite , Laura McGrath, Caoimhe O'Neill and Senna Culbert realy showed the determination of the team with their never give up attitude. The girls played really well but were unfortunate to be down by two goals at the break.
Castleknock scored another early in the second half but the girls didn't give up.  The girls performance was rewared with a great point from Julie Brady but alas they couldn't get the goals needed.
Scorer Julie Brady 0-1
"There was a great atmosphere in the club on Saturday and the games were very exciting." Enya Kennedy
A brilliant weekend with a brilliant group of girls and super coaches - I’ll never forget winning my first proper Camoige medal” Julie Brady
"I had a super time and I scored a point and the coaches were nearly as good as the u13 ones and no one told me to say that." Heather McGrath
On then to a do or die match against Raheny
Ballyboden 1-02 Raheny 1-0
The girls had shown grit and determination in their earlier matches but this was just a different level altogether. Each and every girl played to the limits of their ability and beyond. They harried, tackled soloed, pucked as if their lives depended on it. Boden took the lead through a great goal from Enya Kennedy and again defended heroicically with Sofia Nulty, Anna Kinsella and Aoife Sharkey really holding the full back line up well. Raheny managed to get a goal and the teams went in level on a goal a piece.
Second half and Boden had a lot of pressure Gloria Cramer Curtis was immense along with Rachel Coyle and Jennifer Maguire. Julie Brady ,who was excellent from the placed ball all weekend, gave Boden the lead and was unlucky to have what she thought was a point declared wide after some deliberations. It was heart in the mouth stuff with Saoirse Mahon,Ailbhe Christie and Aoibhe Johnson all catching the eye. Karyn Burke came on and made a massive difference when she did. Abbie Fitzgerald added another fine point to increase Bodens lead. Still it was a two point lead and a goal at the other end would have put us out. It was incredibly tense as the final whistle neared. Boden battled on bravely and there were magic scenes when the Ref blew the final whistle and we were into the final!!
Scorers:  Abbie Fitzgerald 0-1, Julie Brady 0-1, Enya Kennedy 1-0
"Camogie fèile 2018 was the BEST experience of my life.Getting to the final was some achievement I am so proud of my teammates. I would love to do it every year but unfortunately you only do it once. I would like to thank my coaches for putting in all the hard work for training us,and all the people who helped our coaches. P. S. And most importantly ADAM he was the best physio I've ever had" Karyn Burke
 it was such a great weekend and I was so happy to be playing up with such a fun group of girls” Abbie Fitz
"It was truly an amazing weekend with the best team I'm sure I made my full back line deaf with screaming but when that whistle blew on Sunday I was over the moon with joy. I'm happy to say I let in one goal or I missed a few because I know my team would never judge me for that and brush it off" Abbie Melia
After a good nights sleep it was off to St Peregrines for the final where we were to be up against a Castleknock team that had beaten us the previous day.
We went out onto the pitch for the warm up and the crowd assembled in the stands. With the B team in their final after our game there was a massive Boden contingent there to cheer the girls on.
In the dressing room Abbie Melia aided by Dave Melia gave the pre match speech and out again we went onto the pitch for the final few minutes before the match.
Ballyboden 1-3 Castleknock 1-1
Team photos taken, Gloria went up up to the ref for the toss. The ball was thrown in and we were off. It was an incredible game with both sides giving everything and not giving an inch. Our girls showed a determination to be first to every ball, to keep tight on their markers and no easy balls. It was a stunnning performance from the girls. Boden came close to scoring a number of times and we were wondering was it going to be one of those days. Then finally Boden got the breakthrough with a goalmouth scramble and Saoirse Mahon (or Emily Tuite) managed to poke the ball into the net for a well deserved lead. The roars from the stand could probably have been heard on The Firhouse Road such was the volume of support Boden had. Castleknock are a good side though and scored a goal and a point to put themselves into the lead. Abbie Fitzgerald playing brilliantly (and later getting a well deserved player of the match trophy) scored a great point to equalise just before the break.
Half time and the match level at 1-1 a piece.
The water, oranges and Jellies were taken and off we went into the second half.
Boden were immense. Each and every girl gave absolutley everything they had. They blocked, they harried, they showed an inspiring level of determination. Julie Brady got a fine point to put Boden in the lead again. The roars from the stand got louder and the girls responded by giving even more!  The clock ticked down and Caoilin Dunne scored a wonderful point to put Boden 2 points ahead. The closing minutes were tense but the girls hung on. The Ref bew the final whistle and Boden were Champions. There were massive celebrations as the girls hugged each other thrilled to be Champions. The Boden B team came on to Warm up and interupted their warm up to run to the girls and celebrate with them. The girls then went to the crowd and were given a massive deserved ovation.
Finally our captain Gloria was presented the Trophy and made a fine speech. There were great celebrations and we all stayed to cheer on the B team in their final.
Scorers: Abbie Fitzgerald 0-1,  Caoilin Dunne 0-1, Julie Brady 0-1,  Saoirse Mahon (or Emily Tuite ) 1-0
 “Fèile was the best weekend of my life and I will never forget it. It was great to win with an amazing group of girls and brilliant coaches after all our hard work and effort” Caoimhe O’Neill
"The whole weekend was really enjoyable and when the final whistle blew we were so happy." Aoibhe Johnston
A weekend I will never forget,I  was honoured to be captain of such a lovely group of girls so proud of all well done girls x -Gloria xx
Back to the club to celebrate where the girls had Spice Bags and Pizzas and juice (the mentors had a well deserved 'juice' too) before being presented their medals.It was a wonderful weekend and the girls are a credit to themselves , their families and the club. Thanks so much to all involved in the team especially Dave Melia who runs the team with such enthusiasm. Thanks to Alan, our wonderful FLO Teresa, Cathal and to Miriam for the incredible pics from the weekend. Our resident Umpires Jason and Dave. Thanks also to the club, Eoin Reid, The Camoige Committee, The County Board for organizing such an amazing competition. Thanks also to Friends First for sponsoring the girls jerseys. A special thank you to all the girls families too. Thanks also to  Rob Lambert, Ken Regan, Tony Morley ,Paul Newe and Melissa Pender The B team mentors who train the team with us each week.
 “The best weekend ever, I had so much fun with the best team and coaches ever. It was the best feeling ever when the whistle blew on Sunday
Rachel Coyle
 "It was the best weekend ever I'm so honoured to play with such amazing and Friendly group of girls thanks for making me feel part or your team - Ailbhe
Had a brilliant Feile weekend, will never forget the excitement on Sunday when we heard the final whistle🎉. Thank you so much to my great team mates, the best ever coaches Dave & Alan and everyone that supported us." -Laura McGrath
Panel :
1.Abbie Melia ,2.Aoife Sharkey ,3.Anna Kinsella ,4.Sophia Nulty ,5.Caoimhe O'Neill ,6. Ailbhe Christie ,7.Laura McGrath ,8.Gloria Cramer Curtis ,9.Rachel Coyle ,10.Emily Tuite
11. Karyn Burke ,12. Aoife Gollogly Doyle ,13. Aoibhe Johnson ,14.Senna Culbert. ,15.Saoirse Mahon ,16. Abbie Fitzgerald , ,17. Julie Brady ,18.Heather McGrath,19. Caoilin Dunne , 20.Jennifer Maguire, 21.Enya Kennedy
Managemet: Dave Melia, Alan Kinsella, Teresa Redmond, Cathal Fitzgerald , Miriam Christie.

Camogie Feile Report

Feile Report

There are some days when there is simply nothing better on earth than being in Ballyboden. Last Saturday, April 28th was one of those days. The sun shone, the camogie committee had the Cherryfield pitches set up from early morning, a community created a sandwich and cake mountain and the club, our club, led by the parents of the under 13s, magnificently hosted seven other clubs competing with us in the Division 5 and Division 6 Camogie Feile competitions. And all of that was only the trimmings. The main event was the achievement of our Under 14 B and Under 14 C teams, who both hurled their way into the Feile finals the following day. All of this happened on a day of two historic firsts for the Dublin Camogie Feile: the competition was extended to seven divisions, and one club fielded three teams in the competition (now who was that?)

Like all good GAA days, it wasn’t without its controversy, with the arrival of Adam the physio being the cause of debate on this occasion. Mothers who’ve spent years watching matches, suddenly had concerns that aging (not their word) joints might be in need of “a good rub” after a day on the side-line at Feile. The disappointment was palpable when it was clarified Adam was only available to attend to the needs of the players. And so all made do with admiring the view (of the games of course). No one was surprised when Adam wasn’t at Sunday’s final.

Elsewhere on these pages, the campaigns of the A team and the C team will be covered, while the account of a great weekend for our B team follows here.

The long wait for Feile 2018 (somebody mentioned it back in the academy) finally ended when the ball was thrown in at 10.30 in the first match against Kilmacud Crokes. The preparations paid off, as the girls immediately set up camp in the Crokes half, but despite dominating for the entire half a single Alana Newe point was the only score at half time. “Keep doing what you’re doing” was the half-time mantra and the advice paid off as the domination continued in the second half continued. The backs were called into operation on a couple of occasions but mopped up with ease, and Kate O’Brien did what she’s doing all year,  pulled hard on the ground to put the ball in the back of the net. Alana Newe added a goal to her point and Boden finished out winners on a score line that totally understated their performance.

Boden 2-1 Crokes 0-0

The Na Fianna team arrived with 19 players, which was 8 more than they had for the league game the previous week so no-one was expecting a similar result. Well that was wrong. An early goal by Siofra Kelly who out worked every marker she got all day, and two more from Kate O’Brien (both ground strokes) put Boden on the way. Two further points from Alana Newe, who doesn’t run, she just skilfully glides away from all who chase her, was a just reward. And then Anna Lambert who ran, chased and got in front of her marker all week-end, planted the sliotar to the left of the keeper. That left Boden comfortably in front by 4-2 to 0-0 at half time. The Na Fianna threat wasn’t as quiet as it seemed but the performance of what could only be described as a half back wall of Abbey Morley, Lucy Regan and Emma Fisher killed off attack after attack from Na Fianna. Early in the second half the ever running Lucy McCarthy took the ball on her stick went out the wing and scored a wonder point, one of the highlights of the week-end. Na Fianna responded with a point, but a further goal from Anna Lambert closed out the game.

Boden 5-3 Na Fianna 0-1

And then it was Bridget’s, where a win would ensure a place in the final. But you don’t just get to a Feile final, you have to earn it. And so it proved as the long clearances of Grace Regan, the solo runs of Niamh O’Farrell, the assuredness  of full back Naomi Coote and the marking and speed of Laura Rourke meant that the Bridget’s forwards got no return for their efforts. The midfield battle was tough but the dogged persistence of Ciara Jelly ensured Boden won it. She was well supported by Saoirse Pender who seemed to be in the middle of every maul, melee, and maelstrom, as she bumped, jostled and pulled all round her. It was just rewards that her low hard shot from well outside the 21, found its way into the back of the net for the game’s only score.

Boden 1-0 St. Bridget’s 0-0

Safely in the final, the last match was against Cuala who needed a result to be assured of going through. The endless work rate of Aisling Duffy who seemed to be as fresh as she was in the first three games created two goal chances which were taken by Kate O’Brien and Anna Lambert. That saw Boden ahead by 2-0 to 1-0 at half time. After a long day, tired legs on both sides soldiered on, with Cuala squeezing a goal to make it a draw. Two exhausted teams were relieved to hear the final whistle.  

Boden 2-0 Cuala 2-0

A sunny Summer’s morning in St. Peregrine’s GAA club in Blakestown became even brighter as the warm-up was paused to cheer on the Division 6 Boden champions as they were presented with their trophy. And then, with defibrillators at the ready in the stand, the final started. With both teams fresh from a night’s rest, this game was a different affair from the group game. Early pressure from Boden could have and should have ended with at least a goal if not more but somehow the game stayed scoreless. Cuala gradually came into the game and the quality of the hooking and blocking by both teams was outstanding as everyone fought to make room for a strike that would gain some bit of distance. The long and dangerous frees launched by Aoife Doyle proved a constant threat and were matched by her contribution from general play. Huge support came through the efforts of Laura Dunne and Tara O’Kelly who threw themselves into an epic battle around the middle of the park. There was never going to be much in it and Cuala took a second half score that proved decisive.

Boden 0-0 Cuala 1-0

“There are no losers in Feile” said the county board chairman in his presentation and while it may take a little time to realise it, it’s true, and theFeile week-end was a magnificent experience for this group of girls. The team represented themselves, their families and their club so well. Different games threw up different leaders but all were heroic throughout. Huge thanks is due to a great management team: Tony Morley, organising things with precision, Rob Lambert, who seems to effortlessly get drills and warm ups organised, and has probably forgotten more about coaching than most will ever know, Ken Regan of whom nothing is ever too much especially where it means helping girls to play and train and Paul Newe with his constant quiet encouragement. Finally a special acknowledgement to the work of Eoin Reid who led the organisation of all the girls through their Go Games years. As the girls moved to competitive leagues at under 13, he was meticulous in ensuring the B and C teams had a good management structure in place as he took up his own role with the A team. It was this as much as anything else that led to the club fielding three Feile camogie teams this week-end.

For the record - Ballyboden St. Enda’s Under 14 B Feile 2018 Team. Goalkeeper: Grace Regan; Backs: Niamh O’Farrell, Naomi Coote, Laura Rourke, Emma Fisher, Abbey Morley, Aoife Doyle, Lucy Regan, Shauna McCarthy (captain); Mid-Field: Ciara Jelly, Tara O’Kelly; Forwards: Laura Dunne, Alana Newe, Lucy McCarthy, Saoirse Pender, Aisling Duffy, Anna Lambert, Kate O’Brien, Siofra Kelly; Mentors: Tony Morley, Rob Lambert, Ken Regan, Paul Newe; Female Liaison Officer: Melissa Pender

Division 1

As the Ballyboden B and C teams readied themselves for Division 5 & 6 action at home in Cherryfield, the U14A team headed to Oliver Plunketts to compete for Division 1. The draw had put the Boden girls in a strong group of 3 with Brigids and Lucan, with only 2 teams to progress to Semi Final stage.

The girls were greeted with sun shining on fine pitches and were then led out by a piper playing the National Anthem and then it was time to get down to business with perennial rivals Brigids up first.

Our girls started well enough and put up the first score with a pointed free from Clodagh Reid. However Brigids responded quickly with a goal, to take the lead in a tight match. The Boden girls responded well with a point from play from Aine Rafter to bring the gap back to a point. Next, however a sucker punch for Boden as Brigids went up the pitch and scored 2 goals within a couple of minutes. The Boden girls were left shell shocked, they rallied to pick up another point from Clodagh but then deep into first half injury time a 4th goal for Brigid left Boden with a mountain to climb in the second half.

In the second half the Boden girls took the play to Brigids and following a point from the ever lively Hannah Byrne and a goal from Leonie Power, the Brigids team looked rattled and a famous comeback looked possible. However a 5th goal for Brigids killed off the comeback and consolation scores from Leah Cunningham and a goal from Caoimhe O’Sullivan left Brigids as deserving winners.

FT BBSE 2-5 Brigids 5-0

Next up for our girls, after a short turnaround was other perennial rivals Lucan playing their first match in the competition. The Boden girls knew that defeat would send them home while victory would at least give them a play-off shot. They started with an extra intensity in their play in another tight encounter and again chalked up the first score with a point from play from Caoimhe. Lucan responded with a point of their own from a free and then a goal to leave Boden trailing again. However the girls responded well with an opportunist goal from Sarah Cooney leaving the sides level at half time.

In an exciting match, Boden came out fighting in the second half. A pointed free from Clodagh gave Boden the lead. A goal from Caoimhe was cancelled out by a goal from Lucan, then a 3rd Boden goal from Aine gave Boden the advantage to the delight of the Boden support. However, as the Boden girls tired, Lucan fought back with another goal followed by another 2 points to take a one point advantage into injury time. The Boden girls never gave up and a final point from the left from Abbie Brennan drew the game level as the final whistle blew.

FT BBSE 3-3 Lucan 3-3

This result gave Boden a glimmer of hope knowing that a win for Brigids over Lucan would give Boden a playoff against Lucan for 2nd spot. Our girls watched on however as Lucan got the better of eventual Division 1 winners Brigids to send our girls out. Our girls were disappointed but travelled back to Cherryfield with hurls in hands to watch and support the Ballyboden B & C teams in their Feile divisions.


Camogie News w/e - April 22 2018

Camogie Senior A’s come up just short against Vincent’s - 17/04/18

A fight back in the end wasn’t enough to secure victory for the girls in blue. The first half was looking good for both teams, with many well-worked points. Two first-half goals for Vincent’s meant that they went into the break with a 4-point advantage.

The second half seemed to be going well for Boden when they reduced the deficit to just two points and had a penalty with 3 minutes to go. However, the goal attempt was saved on the line and Vincent’s managed to slot over two more points before the final whistle.

Final score 2-9 to 1-8 to Vincent’s

Boden: Síle Nic Coitir, Hannah Leddy, Hannah Hyland, Laura Burns, Aisling Gargan, Mairead Luttrell (0-1f), Grace Walsh, Aoife O’Brien, Martha O’Donoghue (0-1), Sarah Nagle (0-1), Jodie White, Doireann Mullany (0-2), Erica Tobin (0-1), Dearbhla Brennan (0-3, 0-3f), Hollyn Kennedy (1-0), Ally Ramsden, Ciara O’Neill, Sarah Ann Murphy, Susan Kennedy (for O’Brien), Aisling Byrne (for Tobin 47mins), Sarah Keehan (for Mullany 47mins), Claire Kirwan (for Nagle 37mins), Olivia Meagher (for White 28mins), Robyn Flynn.

U-13B League – Rathcoole – 22/04/18

Commercials 3 - 1  BBSE 4 - 3

On Sunday our U-13B team travelled to Rathcoole to play our second league game against Commercials. The damp conditions and the long grass were not conducive to good hurling but in fairness both teams produced hurling of the highest quality in what turned out to be a brilliant competitive match.

Scores were hard to come by early on as play went from end to end, before Commercials finally made the breakthrough to find the back of our net. A response was needed and Tara produced the goods – goaling after a tussle in the Commercials square. We then took the lead with a brilliant point from our captain Sarah, but this was cancelled out before half time to leave the scores level at the break. A highlight just before the break was a brilliant point blank save by Millie Larkin, who was one of three u-12s who were playing up on the day.

The second half began with a point from Millie, who had moved from goalkeeper to full-forward. However, Commercials were giving as good as they got and regained the lead with a goal. We then cut the lead with a point before restoring our advantage with a goal from a free, followed by another goal. Commercials then responded with a goal of their own to leave the game in the melting pot. However, our girls defended and made sure the path to goal was well sealed, to allow us to record our first competitive victory.

First and foremost, this was essentially a team victory, with each and every one of the girls giving their all. Special mention must go to the three u-12 (Millie, Ruby and Cara) all of whom acquitted themselves really well and slotted seamlessly into the team. As well as the players already mentioned, Hannah Leahy was a livewire, driving the team forward time and again, while Jodie was a revelation, even neutralising their danger player during the second half.

A match and a result to savour, as we look forward our next game against Naomh Mearnog.

Team – Millie Larkin, Rachel Byrne, Liadan O’Connor, Millie O’Reilly, Hannah Bury, Ruby Hynes, Ruby Murphy, Rachel Grealy, Cara Cosgrave, Jodie Stenson, Grace Delaney, Sarah Doyle (C), Tara McCluskey, Hannah Leahy, Ciara Heffernan, Eimear Kirwan, Grace Carruth.

U11 Camogie v Cuala and Lucan at Ballycullen.

A brief respite from the 10 month winter gloom finally allowed our U11 girls out to play camogie on some actual grass on Sunday, as all four Ballyboden U11 camogie teams lined out together against 2 teams each from Cuala and Lucan Sarsfields in Ballycullen.

All the practice and training for our girls is clearly paying off, as the Boden girls quickly settled into their positions and held their shape.  Some committed play, some lovely passing and some really fine scores from play underlined just how far this group has come, as more and more of our girls take the ball on and rise it to strike from the hand, while the tackling and breaking through the tackle across all four Ballycullen pitches was as strong and committed as ever. 

As the numbers showing up for training each week attests, this is a committed group of players who really enjoy playing camogie, and their hard work, determination and growing team spirit could be seen in the noticeable improvement in their performances and results on Sunday. 

Well done to all the U11 girls, a great afternoon’s work.


Under 9 Girls Camogie Go Games

The Under 9 girls were all looking forward to their first ever Camogie Go Game on the 8th of April, but in spite of perfect sunshine, water-logged pitches meant the away games were cancelled. Fortunately, 3 teams were able to play Faughs at home and had a great time with smiles all round. Two weeks later and thankfully all games could go ahead. Three enthusiastic teams of Boden girls played their 2nd set of matches, this time against Lucan Sarsfields (home), while the other three teams played their first Camogie Go Games against teams from Stars of Erin and Kilmacud Crokes in a blitz format at Oatlands College in Stillorgan. The away matches were a challenge for our Boden girls as they had not played on grass since their academy days but it didn't take too long to adjust to the conditions. Both at home and away the girls did themselves, their parents, coaches and club proud.

Na Fianna do enough against Boden to take the spoils

Na Fianna’s Senior 2 Camogie  team carried on from their Senior A team’s win against Boden earlier in the week with a hard fought 4-5 to 1-9 win against Boden’s Senior 2 Camogie team.

A “softish” Cherryfield pitch failed to dampen the championship like effort of both teams. The early exchanges saw both teams trade several points before an opportunistic Na Fianna goal midway through the half gave them the edge. Pointed frees from Áine O’Brien and Ciara Lambert  together with a hardworking midfield of Ciara Barnes and Eimear Butler kept Boden in touch . However, they were  left with  an uphill battle after Na Fianna pounced for goals just before and after half time against  the run of play to leave them 4-4 to 0-4 ahead.

Boden showed true grit however and further points from Ciara Lambert and Aine O’Brien followed by a goal from Ciara O’Neill made a real contest of it . However, despite dominating the closing stages led by  Aisling Byrne , a strong half backline of Saoirse Hassett , Fiona and  Gráinne Ní Chorcoráin and adding a further three points , Na Fianna held out for the win.

A gritty first league performance from all of the team who are learning with each match and now face Thomas Davis away this Thursday 19th April.

Team @Panel:  Ally Ramsden, Sarah Mulvey, Mary Hyland, Sadhbh  Nic Mhathúna, Saoirse Hassett, Ciara Lambert, Gráinne Ní Chorcoráin,  Ciara Barnes, Eimear Butler, Aisling Byrne, Fiona Ní Chorcoráin,  Elizabeth Manning, Áine O’Brien, Rachel Walsh, Ciara O’Neill, Chloe Murphy, Nicola McCarthy, Sarah Lambert, Aoife Barnes, Aoife Murphy, Sinéad Hussey, Muireann Delaney, Lauren Bentley, Catherine McDonald, Blathnaid Slater, Deirbhile De Frein

Senior Camogie narrow defeat to Na Fianna

Senior A Camogie League Round 1 BBSE vs Na Fianna

The Senior A Camogie League campaign got underway on Tuesday evening. Na Fianna got off to a good start with a well worked point. Boden responded quickly with two points, one from full forward Dearbhla Brennan, and the other from Hollyn Kennedy. The next 15 minutes proceeded in both teams swapping wides. Boden won 3 frees in that space of time but couldn’t convert them. At the other end, a free from Na Fianna dropped short but Socky gathered it cleanly into her hands and dissipated any danger. The next couple of minutes were slightly rocky with what looked like an imminent goal ended in a free, which Na Fianna converted. Another point from Na Fianna levelled the game at 0‐2 all. Trojan work from the back line, with Hannah Leddy and Mairead Luttrell at the helm, kept the opposition at bay, forcing numerous wides. A well worked couple of points for Boden, the first, which Doireann converted from the touchline and the second from Brennan, with an assist from midfielder Jodie White. Another free from Brennan was quickly nullified at the other end when a 13‐metre free was saved on the line by Sile, went out for a 45 and then finished to the net. Score 1‐3 to 0‐5 to Na Fianna.

Boden got off to a roaring start in the second half, with four scores on the board. One of those coming from Erica Tobin on her Senior A League debut. Na Fianna countered with two points but the ladies in blue and white responded with two points of their own. Things were looking good for the Boden team until halfway through the second half. A wave of attack from Na Fianna forced numerous frees and suddenly the game was levelled at 1‐8 to 0‐11. The final 5 minutes were extremely tense with a free from Brennan nullified by a penalty for Na Fianna, which they opted to put over the bar. Then Na Fianna concluded the evenings scoring with a point and the final whistle sounded. Na Fianna win 1‐10 to 0‐12.

Hard luck to the ladies. However, it was a very promising start to the season with plenty of positives. A special welcome to all the minor girls who made a huge impact in their first Senior A League Campaign.

Boden: Síle Nic Coitir, Hannah Leddy, Mairead Luttrell, Aoife O’Neill, Aisling Gargan, Martha O’Donoghue, Grace Walsh, Sarah Nagle, Jodie White, Doireann Mullany (0‐3), Aoife O’Brien, Laura Burns, Erica Tobin (0‐1), Dearbhla Brennan (0‐7, 0‐4f, 0‐1 45s), Hollyn Kennedy (0‐1), Ally Ramsden, Ciara O’Neill, Sarah Ann Murphy, Aisling Byrne (for Nagle 55mins), Olivia Meagher (for Burns 20mins), Robyn Flynn (for O’Neill 55mins), Sarah Keehan, Claire Kirwan (for White 37mins)

Camogie News w/e - April 8th 2018

U-16 Division 1 League BBSE 1-6 Faughs 0-5   7th April ‘18

The recent monsoon-like conditions meant that we moved our “home” U-16 league match on Saturday to the unfamiliar surroundings of the Civil Service grounds in Islandbridge, where the pitch was in excellent condition.

With one win under their belt already in the league against the Naomh Fionnbarra, the girls were hoping to build on this, but knew Faughs would present a much sterner test, and Faughs did not disappoint.

Faughs began like an express train and in truth our girls were struggling in the early stages to get to the pace of the game, Faughs were hunting in packs and picking up most breaks, and the ball rarely left the Boden half during this period.

After 20 minutes Faughs led by 4 points, and we had yet to score. It could have been worse, but our backs were performing heroically – in particular stellar performances from our two corner backs Alana and Stephanie, and a commanding display from Niamh at centre back. In addition, Sarah was sound in goal, launching many an attack with her long accurate deliveries.

Katie finally got Boden on the score sheet with a fine point after collecting a great cross-field pass from Julie. Katie then converted a free and we were very unlucky when a great 1-2 between Erin and Ciara Kelleher ended with Erin hitting the wrong side of the butt of the post.

That left us 2 points adrift at half time, and the girls resolved to up the performance in the second half. They were true to their word.

Kiara (just coming back from injury) led by example, Yvonne moved out to the half line and gave an exhibition, while Anna and Lucy cleaned up around the middle. Up front, Holly did a great marking on their playmaker.

Sorcha, Anna Fitzgerald, Ciara Doyle and Kate all came in and each contributed handsomely to the overall team effort.

The second half opened with Katie slotting over a free. Then a great delivery from Anna O’Shea found Sarah lurking at the end of it on the edge of the square, and she deflected it to the net for the decisive score of the game which put us 2 up.

The girls continued to press and finished with 3 points from Ciara Doyle, Mia and Holly. The final point from Faughs in injury time proved to be no more than consolation.

This was essentially a great and committed team performance, and sets us up nicely for upcoming matches. Next up is Crokes away in 2 weeks.

U14s get the better of Cellbridge

U12s travel to Skerries

Our 3 teams played out in Skerries against St Finians & Skerries Harps. After the short 5 hour trip, all the girls astonishingly arrived on time. Each team played 3 matches. They displayed great teamwork interlinking for some very well worked scores, all the skills were executed extremely well from stick & hand passing, free taking, tackling & soloing etc their work rate & effort in each match was in a word "exceptional". 


BACK ROW L-R: Shauna Hurley, Lauren Bradshaw, Rachel Maloney, Emma Moran, Karrie Rudden, Isobel Anslow, Grace Quinn, Grace Callan, Corinne Power, Kate Barron, Ella Mc Cabe, Abigail Fahy,  Cara Cosgrove, Sarah Furlong, Ruby Cummins, Eabha Ryan, Emily Menton & Olivia O Brien.

FRONT ROW L-R: Rachel Heavey, Rachel Lawlor, Laoise Cahill, Rebecca Ryan, Maggie Donaghy, Millie Larkin, Ciara Griffin, Ellie Mulroe, Joy Ralph, Olivia Lacey, Kate Brosnan, Alison Logan, Aisling Keating & Amy Callaghan

Camogie News w/e - March 25 2018

Boden Senior 2’s Come Up Short

Our Senior 2 Camogie team got their season up and running last Thursday night under flood lights in Ringsend against a well balanced  Clanna Gael team . With a host of girls making their debut in Adult Camogie, Declan O’ Brien’s charges gave a very good account of themselves  in the first Cup game of the season before eventually going down on a scoreline of 3-4 to 0-5.

Clanna Gael made the better start with two quick goals as our girls adjusted to the quicker tempo. However, Ballyboden soon settled, ably led by the experienced trio of Mary Hyland, Ciara Lambert at the back and trojan work by Aoife O’Brien at midfield. Tigerish defending by Nicola McCarthy ,  Saoirse Fitzgerald,  Derbhla De Frein and  Saoirse Hassett kept further Clanna Gael scores to a premium. Our half forwards of  Lauren Bentley and Aisling McCullough came more into the game as the half progressed as they battled against Clanna Gael’s strongest line.

Behind by 2-4 to 0-2 at halftime, Ballyboden were the dominant force in the second half led by Ciara Barnes and Aine O’Brien.  A point blank save from goalie,  Sarah Mulvey , was the catalyst for increased effort and commitment throughout the field and Ballyboden came close to goals on a number of occasions with  the Clanna Gael goalie denying fine efforts from Hannah Conway , Chloe Murphy  and  Muireann Delaney.  A couple of fine points by  the skilful Elizabeth Manning reduced the deficit but notwithstanding the efforts of Hannah Tevlin, Roisin McKeon and Aoife Murphy, Clanna Gael held firm for a deserved victory.

All in all, a great effort on the night from a young team and with a  couple of experienced players to come back, the team will be looking to overturn this result when the sides meet again in the first round of the league on 5th April.

Dublin U16A victory over Wexford

Congratulations to Katie McDonald (pictured below) & Lucy O'Shea and their Dublin tem mates who beat Wexford in the Leinster Championship.

Full Time score - Wexford 1.08 v Dublin 1.14

Camogie News w/e - March 11 2018

U-16 Division 1 League – vs. Naomh Fionnbarra –10th March ‘18

Saturday saw our u-16 team begin their league programme on the All Weather in Sancta Maria against newly-promoted Naomh Fionnbarra.

Exchanges were even early on with scores hard to come by, but the work rate of our inside forward line of Julie, Ciara Doyle and Sarah meant the Fionnbarra backs were under considerable pressure and this led to our girls opening up a lead. At the back, Kiara was playing a captain’s part and was the launch pad for many an attack before she unfortunately had to retire with a nasty hand injury. She was replaced by Holly who kept the forward momentum going and covered acres of ground.

At half time we had a good lead. We made a few substitutions at half time and early in the second half and all the substitutes ensured that there was no let-up in the level of performance. Anna and Alana hurled an amount of ball out of defence, while up front the Ciara Dowling and Molly fought for everything.

Tougher challenges lie ahead, but this was a very encouraging opening to our league programme.

Captain Kiara still smiling after the game, in spite of displaying the “scars of battle”.


U-13B League – 12th Lock – 11th March 2018

Lucan Sarsfields  4 - 1     BBSE      4 - 0

Sunday in Lucan saw our U-13B team open its league account in its first competitive match against the perennial kingpins Lucan.

We knew this would be a baptism of fire, but the girls were well primed and hit the ground running.

Millie, Ruby and Sophie defended stoutly, while the three Hannahs (Brennan, Bury and Leahy) all showed great skill. Up front Ciara, Grace C. and Lucci kept the Lucan defence busy while Rachael G. was everywhere before having to retire injured before the end.

The match was a thriller from start to finish, with a couple of goals from Tara giving us a one goal lead at half time. We stretched this with a goal early in the second half, but then Lucan exerted some strong pressure to score a couple of goals. Our girls put their bodies on the line time and again and were unlucky with a couple of attacks before we scored a fourth goal. Lucan then closed the game out with a goal, and a point, which ultimately proved the margin of victory.

No shame in losing by the minimum margin to Lucan in their back yard, after a titanic battle. The future looks bright for this team.


The u-13B team who did battle in Lucan on Sunday

Back – Ellen, Hannah Bury, Ruby, Grace D., Millie, Sophie, Lucci, Ciara, Sarah.
Front – Rachel B., Tara, Eimear, Grace C., Hannah L., Rachel G., Hannah Brennan.

Camogie News - w/e Feb 25 2018

Ballyboden Camogie was well represented on the Dublin team that beat Clare at the weekend. Well done to Sile Ni Coitir, Martha O’Donoghue, Doireann Mullany (pictured below) and Eimear O’Leary.

Match report here

U12s got their season under way

Team 1 Report: The girls showed a very high skill level & kept a good work rate through out their match against a good Kilmacud Crokes team. Their teamwork showed very well during some very well taken scores. Well done girls on a great performance, their mentors on the day were Deborah Heavey, John Jennings & Tommy Mulroe.

Back Row; Olivia O Brien, Rachel Heavey, Ellie Mulroe, Millie Larkin, Emma Moran, Ruby Cummins, Rachel Maloney & Cara Cosgrove.

Front row; Sarah Furlong, Karrie Rudden, Joy Ralph, Kate Brosnan, Rachel Vaughan, Maggie Donaghy & Lauryn Jennings.

Team 2 Report: A very close end to end match played out against a solid Good Council team. The tackling was tough with some well taken scores from the Boden girls. All the girls workrate was very high & the attitude was excellent which bodes well for the future. Mentors for this group were Michael Ryder, Liam Callan & Derek Lawlor.

Back Row: Alexandra O Reardon, Corinne Power Ella Mc Cabe, Grace Callan, Allanah Doherty, Eabha Ryan Kate Barron.

Front Row; Ciara Griffin, Issy Anslow, Rebecca Ryan, Ruth Ryder, Lily O Farrell, Rachel Lawlor & Shauna Hurley.

Team 3 Report: Had a very competitive game against Kilmacud Crokes, with alot of good skills & some brilliant scores. They edged a really tight match,which kept all spectators on the edge of their seats... Well done girls & there coaches on a great performance. Kathleen O Leary & Brendan Ryan.

Back Row: Caoilfhionn Roche, Chloe Dowd, Shannon Doherty, Gillian Mc Donald & Abigail Fahy.

Front Row: Aisling Keating, Alison Logan, Amy Callaghan, Emily Menton, Lucy Gardner & Grace Quinn.

U16 Dublin Player of the year award 2017

Congratulations go out to our very own Olivia Meagher on her Dublin U16 player of the year award.

Congratulations also to Ally Ramsden, Hannah Leddy, Hollyn Kennedy and Katie McDonald who collected their Leinster U16 medals after a very successful year. 

Camogie Minor Div 1 Championship Final

Commiserations to our Minor Camogie team who were narrowly beaten by Faughs in Championship Final

Minor A Championship – Silver Park – 19th Nov. ‘17

BBSE 4-9  Kilmacud Crokes 3-3

Our minor “A” girls played Crokes last Sunday morning in Silver Park, in want was, in essence, a county semi-final, with both teams sharing top spot in the table.

As expected, the game was nip and tuck throughout. Scores were level at half time, and still only a puck of the ball between them with a few minutes to go. The match was finally settled by a few late Boden scores that gave a final scoreline that didn’t do full justice to the Crokes performance.

This was really a great all-round Boden team performance, where every player gave her all in conditions that were very testing For the second match in a row, the backs conceded only 3-3, with the half back line of Hannah, Eve and Aoife stopping all and sundry and launching attack after attack. Up field, Olivia put in a Trojan hour’s work, while Áine took the scoring plaudits with 2 goals and a point.

Next up is the county final, where Faughs will provide the opposition. That will be a match not to be missed.

U16 Division 1 Camogie Champions

Our Under 16 Ladies followed up their Football Division 1 Championship win last weekend with the Camogie Championship to do the double.

Read the match report of their win over Lucan here

U16A Championship Final – 26th Oct. ‘17

U-16 A Championship Final – Abbotstown – 26 th Oct. ‘17

BBSE 3 - 7 Lucan 2 - 5

The immaculate environs of Abbotstown were the setting for this year’s u-16 championship final on Thursday evening. The match pitted the two heavyweights of the grade (Boden and Lucan) against each other. So far in their career, each had a championship in their back pocket (Lucan with the u-13 and Boden with the u-14), so this had all the trappings of a defining encounter for these two super panels of girls.

Familiarity breeds respect, and the mutual respect between these sides meant that this game was always a tight encounter, with both sides determined to ensure that the proven match winners in the opposition ranks would not be given the freedom to cause widespread damage.

Boden began in the ascendency but found scores hard to come by, although the Lucan goal had a narrow escape when Hollyn grabbed a dropping ball and put it just the wrong side of the post with the defence beaten all ends up. We opened the scoring when Katie slotted over a “45”. She then repeated the job when putting a free between the posts, following a foul on Erica, before Aoife Mahon replied with a pointed Lucan free. This was turning into a shoot-out between the respective free-takers, as Aoife levelled up matters with another pointed free.

Then a free from Katie deceived the Lucan defence in the floodlights, and ended up in the net, to put some daylight between the sides, but Aoife then pointed another free to bring the margin back to two. Hollyn then got the first point from play, but Aoife again narrowed the gap with a pointed free to leave just two points between the sides at half-time.

Half Time 1-3 to 0-4

Declan’s half-time team talk centred on getting a good start to the second half, and there certainly was a good start to the half – unfortunately it came to Lucan as they beat Ally in the first minute to take the lead by a point. However, our girls never panic and our leaders again steadied the ship. Katie equalised with a point from a “45” and we then regained the lead when Katie converted a free following a foul on Lucy. Lucan then equalised before Sinéad, who had just come on as a sub and was making her presence felt on the edge of the Lucan square, restored the Boden lead with a smart point on the turn.

We then began to exert a bit more control. Hollyn ran at the Lucan defence before off-loading to Erica and the captain did the rest, burying the ball in the Lucan net. Our next attack again shook the Lucan net, but the celebrations of the huge Boden support on the near sideline was cut short when the referee disallowed the goal, possibly for an incorrect handpass. However, we were not to be denied for long. Erica was now taking the game by the scruff of the neck, and on her next possession again rattled the Lucan net.

Any thoughts we had of a comfortable last five minutes were quickly put to bed as Lucan swept up the field and found the Boden net to reduce the margin back to only four. Another attack and Hollyn got possession and wisely took her point to stretch our lead out to five. This proved to be the final score, and the long whistle a few minutes later was greeted by a Boden stampede, as players and supporters celebrated a hard-fought and well-deserved victory.

Final Score 3-7 to 2-5

This was a brilliant team performance by all 18 girls who took the field. Ally was steadiness personified in the goal. In front of her, Seoirse Fitzgerald, Robyn and Sadhbh repelled every Lucan attack and formed a formidable wall of steel. Hannah marshalled the defence as only Hannah can, risking life and limb for the cause. On the wings, Seoirse Hassett, Anna and later on Niamh all performed superbly, curbing a succession of dangerous Lucan attacks – so much so that even Laura Quinn from Lucan struggled to make any headway against them. In the middle of the field, Muireann and Olivia more than held their own against a very formidable Lucan partnership.

At centre forward, Hollyn was the launch pad of so many attacks, as well as tacking on some vital scores. On the right wing, Aisling was a continual thorn in the Lucan defence while on the other wing Katie’s work rate would have left even the Duracell bunny gasping for air. Rarely if ever has she played better in a Boden jersey. Sarah Ann worked tirelessly in front of the Lucan goal, as did Sinéad and Bláthnaid later in the game. Lucy never gave an inch and was a continual threat, while in the other corner Erica played a captain’s part and earned the “player of the game” accolade for her outstanding display, topped off by the two vital goals.

After the cup was presented to Erica and Robyn, Erica acknowledged the part played by the huge Boden support who had braved the M50 car park to be there to lend their support. Definitely a massive boost that played no small part in pushing the girls over the line.

As the girls contemplated a nice break to enjoy their success Declan broke the news to them that the minor championship is starting next week.

No rest for the wicked!

Senior Camogie Championship S/F October 8th 2017

Na Fianna 0-11  Ballyboden St Endas 0-8

Perfect conditions greeted the teams on Sunday morning on Mobhi Road. Hope were high that after stern tests in the group stage, Boden would bring a high level of intensity from the opening whistle. However, despite a great start with a long range point from Dearbhla Brennan, Na Fianna dominated the opening half.  While the Boden defence stood firm, we struggled to win possession whe the ball crossed the halfway line.  The Na Fianna half back line in particular were on top, and Boden found it difficult to get any quality ball to the inside line.

The Boden cause wasn’t helped by an ankle injury which forced the withdrawal of Doireann Mullaney. She had also shipped a couple of robust challenges in earlier exchanges.  At the other end of the field great credit must go to all of the backs, well led by Su Kennedy at full back and Sile Nic Coitir’s handling was excellent throughout.

At half time Na Fianna deservedly  led by 6 points to 1.

The introduction of Rachel Ruddy at half time brought speed and mobility to the forward line. Her ability to win possession and then bring others into play got Boden on the front foot. Na Fianna stretched their lead to 7 points, before Boden began to pick off some fine scores. Mairead Luttrell from a free, Darina Ryan from play and also a free, followed by a fine score from Dearbhla Brennan got the deficit reduced to 3 points by the 43rd minutes. Aoife Tobin had been introduced and was proving a handful for the Na Fianna defence.

Another free, a harsh decision  to say the least, restored a 4 point gap, before a terrific Rachel Ruddy point cut it once again to 3. Unfortunately Boden then had a few costly wides when they had the momentum. A further blow came when Dearbhla Brennan  had to be replaced. Dearbhla had been having a strong influence on proceedings at this time.

The sides exchanged points, Darina Ryan for Boden as the game approached full time. While there were a couple of scrambles in the Na Fianna goalmouth, in truth Boden didn’t test the Na Fianna goalkeeper. Another free for Na Fianna and a reply from Jodie White were the final scores of the game, the hosts coming out on top by 3 points.

The feeling of disappointment was all too evident at the final whistle. In truth, in championship semi-final stage it is rare that you can play as poorly as we did in the first half and manage to get over the line. However, great credit should go to all the Boden players on a magnificent second half. The experience gained by so many young players will hopefully bear fruit in the future.

Team:Sile Nic Coitir, Eve O’ Donoghue, Su Kennedy, Aoife O’ Neill, Jane Edwards, Mairead Luttrell, Aoife Durkan, Martha O’ Donoghue, Sarah Keenan, Sarah Nagle, Dearbhla Brennan, Doireann Mullany, Emer O’ Leary, Hannah Hyland, Darina Ryan,
Subs: Jodie White, Rachel Ruddy, Aoife Tobin, Aisling Gargan

Senior Camogie Championship September 24th 2017

St Judes 0-10     Ballyboden St Endas 2-11

This was essentially a knockout quarter final, the winner would advance as group runners-up and the loser would have to contest the Shield.

St Judes started well and picked off a couple of early points. Boden responded well with points from Darina Ryan and Jodie White. The first half was well contested throughout the field, with goal chances few and far between. Jodie did have a half chance but her effort was saved, but Emer O’ Leary then advanced on goal and finished to the net with a fine hand pass.

Dearbhla Brennan was doing well at centre forward and also got on the score sheet with 3 points from play in total during the game. Darina’s free taking was exemplary throughout the game to add to her great reading of the game.

At half time Boden deservedly lead by 1-7 to 0-5.

Early exchanges in the second half were fairly even, with the Boden defence once again standing firm. All 6 of our defenders were constantly in the face of their opponent, contesting possession with great intensity from beginning to end.

Emer O’ Leary pounced for a second goal midway through the second half and the result never looked in doubt after this. Some fine points from Darina Ryan, Emer O’Leary and Claire Kirwan kept Judes at bay.

Subs Claire Kirwan, Sarah Keenan, Aisling Gargan & Laura Burns joined the fray and the fresh legs meant that the high level of work rate never dropped.

The final score of 2-11 to 0-10 was probably a fair reflection of the game.

This was a great team performance, and while possibly unfair to single out any individual’s it should be mentioned that Sile Nic Coitir was a secure as ever in goal and gave great confidence with her handling and distribution. Su gave a Captain’s performance at full back, and with Eve & Aoife were rock solid in the full back line, while Martha excelled at centre back. Doireann was at her magnificent best in midfield while Darina Ryan had possibly her finest hour in the Boden jersey. Laura & Emer were a constant threat in the inside line.

Notable mention to the tenacious Aoife Durkin who attacked every ball from start to finish and should be very proud of her display.

Notable mention also to Jane Edwards who travelled back from her College studies in Aberdeen to contain the threat of Judes’ most dangerous player!

On now to the semi-final trip away to Na Fianna in a fortnight when hopefully we will be at full strength.

Many congratulations to the girls on their best performance of the year, and to the management team of Richie, Peter, Orla, Nuala & Bernard.

*Congratulations from all at the Camogie section to the Dublin Ladies and in particular to our own Rachel Ruddy,  Emily Flanagan and Sorcha Farrelly.

** Best of luck to the Senior Ladies Football team in their Championship Final on Sunday from all involved with the Senior Camogie and indeed the Camogie section in general, let’s make it a double!

Team: Sile Nic Coitir, Eve O’ Donoghue, Su Kennedy, Aoife O’ Neill, Aoire Durkin, Martha O’ Donoghue, Jane Edwards, Doireann Mullany, Sarah Nagle, Jodie White, Dearbhla Brennan, Hannah Hyland, Laura Nagle, Darina Ryan, Emer O’ Leary, Claire Kirwan, Sarah Keenan, Aisling Gargan, Laura Burns

Senior Camogie Championship September 17th 2017

Ballyboden St Endas 1-5 St Vincents 2-11

On Sunday morning Boden senior Camogie welcomed St Vincents, winners of the championship for the last 2 years. The unavailability of Máiread Luttrell & Jane Edwards through injury, and Sarah Keenan abroad were significant losses to the Boden defence.

St Vincents were back-boned by 10 players from the Dublin Senior panel, so it was essential that Boden would start well. In response to the afore-mentioned losses, Martha O’ Donoghue was deployed at centre-back, and she went on to have a terrificgame. Vinnies started strongly, and spurned a few early goal chances. Boden then settled, and Sile Nic Coitir was as assured as always between the posts, and all of the Boden defenders put in a huge effort to keep the visitors at bay. Boden matched them for intensity and endeavour throughout the pitch and picked off some fine scores through Doireann Mullany and Sarah Nagle.

A successfully dispatched penalty for the visitors gave them a 1 goal lead at half time,1-4 to 0-4. The question was could the home side continue the level of intensity for another 30 minutes. An injury to Grace Walsh meant a Senior Championship debut for Aoife Durkin, and she performed well for the remainder of the game.

Vinnies came out of the traps strongly in the second half, and Boden found it difficult to get the ball to their inside forward line. As time went by Vinnies began to pull away, picking off some fine scores from play. A free from Darina Ryan kept Boden in touch, and unfortunately Doireann Mullany was harshly pulled up for barging when through on goal with 10 minutes remaining when Boden were in need of a goal. Both sides scored a late goal in the later minutes, and the final margin of 9 points was harsh on the Boden girls.

On a positive note this was a first game in 5 months for Jodie White, a full game on return from injury for Hannah Hyland, and late cameo’s for Laura Nagle & Laura Burns on their return from concussion which should be beneficial going forward.

Boden now travel to neighbours and rivals St Judes next Sunday morning for what is essentially a Championship Quarter Final. Throw in at Tymon Park is 11am, and a big support would be most welcome for the girls. A win would give us a 2 week break prior to the semi-finals, when hopefully our walking wounded will be in a position to return.

It would be great to get another crack off Vinnies in the Final!!

Boden: Sile Nic Coitir, Eve O’ Donoghue, Su Kennedy, Grace Walsh, Hannah Hyland, Martha O’ Donoghue, Aoife O’ Neill, Doireann Mullany, Sarah Nagle,
Claire Kirwan, Dearhla Brennan, Jodie White, Emer O’ Leary, Darina Ryan, Aoife Tobin, Aoife Durkin, Laura Burns, Laura Nagle

Congratualtions to U16A Dublin Camogie and the Boden Belles.

In John Locke's Grounds, Callan, last Sunday the Dublin Under 16A side defeated a strong Kilkenny side by a margin of 1-12 to 1-7. Ballyboden were represented by Katie MDonald, Ali Ramsden, Hollyn Kennedy, Olivia Meagher and Hannah Leddy (all pictured). By beating Kilkenny and topping their group the girls qualify for the All Ireland Semi-final.

Congratulations to all of the panel & well done the Boden girls on their very strong contribution.

Camogie News - w/e June 4 2017

U11 Camogie match report Monday 29th May;

Teams 3 & 4 played St Brigids at home in Ballyboden all our girls played exceptionally well, starting with Rachel "Mrs Reliable" Maloney, Maggie "Dash," Donaghy, Ciara "chatterbox" Griffin (The eldest of Donal's 14 kids), Sarah "chopper" Furlong, Ruth "chatterbox" Ryder, Rebecca "superstar" Ryan, Karla "I like to do kart wheels" Cosgrove, Isobel "i never stop working" Anslow, Karrie "flash" Rudden, Ellie (Wicklow woman) Mulroe. Lucy " I love Camogie" Gardner, Emily Menton, Ciara Fagan, Eimear Doyle, ella Mc Cabe, We also have a cluster of new girls who are doing exceptionally well, Alexandra O Reardon, Ava Hartnett, Shannon Doherty, Kate Barron, Shauna Hurley, Lauren Bradshaw, Chloe Dowd, Abigail Fahy & I can't forget Lily "I'll never give up" O Farrell. 

U11 Camogie match report Friday 2nd June;

We travelled out to Pairc Naomh Uinsionn to play a camogie blitz against St Vincent's on their main pitch. The matches as you would expect were very competitive. Our girls as always gave a very good account of themselves, showing fantastic skills & great teamwork. The girls showed all facets of the game from tackling, blocking, free taking & a range of very well taken scores. They took quick sideline balls to their team mates, their stick passing & hand passing was executed very well. 

On team 1; Ciara Allen did exceptionally well in goals not conceding a score all night, and as a forward coverted some brilliant points. Excellent defending from Ruby Murphy, Lauryn Jennings & Gillian Mc Donald, the midfielders Rachel Vaughan, Rachel Heavey & Millie Larkin during both matches contributed handsomely to the score board & worked extremely hard never letting the Vincent's girls settle on the ball. Our forwards in Grace Quinn, Caoilfhionn Roche & Kate Brosnan worked tirelessly during both games, converting very well taken goals & points. 

On team 2; some excellent defending from Olivia O Brien, Eabha Ryan & Joy Ralph, kept Vincent's to 1 score all night no mean feat considering how competitive the games were all evening. In midfield Ruby Cummins, Grace Callan & Rachel Lawlor worked very hard for their team all evening. The score of the evening came off a hand pass from Rachel Lawlor to Grace Callan who slotted a long distance point over the bar..... a fantastically worked team score. In the forward line we had great performances from Cara Cosgrove, Olivia Lacey & Charlie Murphy who all converted some excellent scores.

For their commitment on the bank holiday weekend, we had to reward the girls with some treats, I also have to mention the parents were a great support to all our girls on the night. It is also worth a mention as always Vincent's were very good hosts on the night.

Later that evening the coaches reconvened to the pub to discuss all things Camogie...... 

Also a mention of our walking wounded currently out injured Emma Moran & Corrine Power. Wishing you both a speedy recovery. 

Photo: from left Ruby Murphy, Cara Cosgrove, Millie Larkin..... photobombed by Ann Marie

Sarah Reynolds in U16 Poc Fada

The Club wishes the best of luck to Sarah Reynolds who will be representing Ballyboden St Endas in the Dublin U16 Camogie Poc Fada competition in Beann Eadair on Weds 24th May. Incoming airplanes to Dublin Airport beware!

Camogie News - w/e May 21 2017

Ballyboden U13A 2-6 St. Brigids 1-3

Saturday morning in Cherryfield saw the 2 unbeaten sides from Under 13 Division 1, Ballyboden and St. Brigids, finally coming together for what promised to be an enthralling encounter. This St. Brigids team had been running up high scores in their previous games so the Boden team knew that they would have to be at the top of their game if they wanted to come out on top. However, any question about the Boden desire was answered in the first minutes as the first challenges came in. Every possession was contested, no room was given, hurls were shattered and this was only the first 5 minutes.

The match was so tight that after 20 minutes, the previously high scoring teams were locked at just 1 point each, both from placed balls. This was testament to the defending on both sides with balls somehow being cleared when goals looked inevitable. Finally Boden managed to beat the keeper with a drive from the narrowest of angles. Another point was added to give Boden a 1-2 to 0-1 lead at the break.

As expected, the Brigids team came out even more determined in the second half but again the Boden girls matched them and after 3 more converted placed balls the Boden team held a 1-5 to 0-3 lead heading into the last 10 minutes. At last Brigids got their break after a quickly taken free was deflected past the Boden keeper to bring the gap to just 2 points between the sides. Boden added another point to bring the gap to 3 points but still all to play for. Finally the Boden girls got their break of the ball with a rebound falling to the Boden full forward who was on hand to despatch the ball into the Brigids net.

The final whistle blew giving the victory to Boden 2-6 to 1-3. The teams shook hands after a titanic battle which is sure to be repeated in the coming months and years ahead. 

U-14 A League – Cherryfield –16th May ‘17

BBSE   2 - 3     Judes      1 - 12

In a game where we were short a few regulars, our girls fought strongly before going down by a few points. Goals by Sarah O’Connell and Erin kept the score tight throughout, and only a few late points from Judes put a slightly one-sided look on the scoreboard, that did not give a true reflection of how hard Judes were made to work for the points.

U-14 A League – Cherryfield –20th May ‘17

Our girls played Naas on Saturday morning in Cherryfield. We were short a number of regulars, and were up against a team who had beaten all before them by big scores. However, our girls gave a display of courage, skill and commitment, and Naas had to work really hard before emerging victorious. Goals were the difference in the end, but to their credit, our girls fought to the end.

Boden U10 Girls take on Raheny at Sancta Maria

It’s that time of year.  Despite our numbers being somewhat depleted because of communions, it proved the same for our opposition, and so it was somewhat smaller numbers of our U10 Camogie players who greeted similarly reduced numbers from Raheny to a two-team (rather than three-team) contest at Sancta Maria on Saturday afternoon. 

The reduced numbers made no difference to the girls who were present though, as they quickly settled into their positions and held their shape.  Some committed play, some lovely passing and some fine scores underlined just how far our U10 camogie teams have come, and how well all the hard work at training has paid off, as more and more of our girls are taking the ball on and rising it to strike from the hand. 

It was a similar story over in Somerton as our 2 team group took on Castleknock.  Here again, the Boden girls showed great commitment, competing for every ball, and showing great team play and determination in every area of the field.  These are a committed group of players, and their hard work and determination can be seen in the consistent improvement in performance and results.

Well done to all the girls, all the training and practice is really paying off.

Camogie News - w/e April 30 2017

Lucan Sarsfields 1-4 Ballyboden U13A 6-5

Ballyboden U13s headed out to Lucan on Sunday afternoon to take on the strong challenge of Lucan on their home pitch. Both teams exchanged early points from placed balls with Clodagh pointing a 45 for Boden. The first half continued tight with Boden creating some neat scores with goals for Aine and Hannah & points for Ella McNair (2) and Leonie from great forward play. Lucan responded with a goal and 2 more points themselves and finished off the half camped in the Boden half but great defending from Emma Jane, Alice, Kate Lennon and the imperious Sadie kept them out. When Lucan did breach the defence a triple save from Shauna kept them out and the Boden girls finished the half with a narrow lead of 2-4 to 1-3.

The second half continued tight but the Boden defence continued strong with Leah, Shona, Megan Deignan and Megan Dignam dominating and great forward running from Caoimhe and Kate Donaghy converting defence to attack. The scoreboard started to lean in Boden’s favour with 2nd goals for Aine and Hannah and goals for both Ellas - McNair and Reid and another point from Hannah giving the girls a good lead. Again the goal was well marshalled this half by Sarah Gleeson and Lucan were restricted to a single point in the second half.

A final score of 6-5 to 1-3 gave the Boden girls a 3rd win out of their 3 league games.

Camogie News - w/e April 25 2017

U16 C – Div 4 Camogie

The U16 C squad travelled over to Fingallians in Swords on Tuesday evening to play a refixed league game. The team was boosted by the support of three U14 players so we could field 13 a side as many of our regulars were unavailable. Thanks to these girls, their parents and mentor Jean for facilitating this gesture of club spirit!

Captain Sarah White won the toss and we played with a strong win in the first half. We had great possession won by Mia Smith and Lily in midfield but didn’t make the most of our chances. We had a long range goal from Mia, who also notched two points. Aoife Keady on her first appearance this season poached another goal so we led by 2-2 to 2-0 at half time.

They had three strong running players attacking from deep but the two Sarahs and Stephanie hooked and harried and spoiled effectively to counteract them.

We thought the wind advantage in the second half would be challenging but the Boden girls rose to the task with Ciara Doyle and Rena making good runs and Julie’ stick smasher’ Vaughan battling for every ball. Our full backs Mia and Zara ensured Sarah R didn’t have much to do as we held them scoreless for the 30 minutes, running out winners by 4-5 to 2-0 for our first win of the season.


Mia Smyth: 2-2

Ciara Doyle 1-2  (0-2 frees)

Aoife Keady 1-0

Lily Wende-Doyle 0-1 (free)

Missing from photo – Sarah Reynolds & Sarah White

Dublin U16A team well represented by Ballyboden

Dublin beat Offaly 7-12 to 0-4 and are now into the Leinster final in Wexford on May 5th in Ferns.

Pictured are Hannah Leddy, Katie McDonald, Olivia Meagher, Ally Ramsden and Hollyn Kennedy

Camogie Feile 2017

22 April – BBSE A Team - venue Lucan Sarsfields

Lucan Sarsfields hosted the group stages of Division 1 on the Saturday and the hospitality extended to all visitors to the Twelfth Lock was second to none, as was the organisation of the entire day.

Proceedings began with a parade of all the teams. Led by a piper who played the national anthem before the marchers dispersed. Then the “real action” began.

Match 1 - Skerries Harps

The intention was to “hit the ground running” but that is not how things transpired, as nerves seemed to take their toll on our girls, and the normally assured first touches seemed to desert them. We were playing “catch-up” from the start but the girls never stopped fighting, and actually drew level as the game entered the closing stages, before a dropping ball into our square took a cruel deflection off a defender’s stick and ended up in the net.

Final Score BBSE     2 - 2   Skerries Harps        2 - 5

One match played and a mountain to climb if we were to qualify. We knew this team had character, and that character was now going to be severely tested in the heat of battle.

Match 2 - Kilmacud Crokes

Pressure was on as we faced a confident Crokes, who had already accounted for Good Counsel. The girls upped their performance considerably and chased and harried all over the pitch. Scores were hard to come by, but our defence was rock solid and limited Crokes to a solitary point. At the other end of the field our forwards finished some nice moves with scores, so our Feile was extended to the third match at least.

Final Score  BBSE   2 - 4   Kilmacud Crokes    0 - 1

Then we heard the news that Good Counsel had just upset the form book and defeated the fancied Skerries, meaning that all four teams were all square going in to our last round of group matches.

Another “sudden death” match loomed against Good Counsel.

Match 3 - Good Counsel

As we knew they would, Counsel presented a stern challenge, with no quarter being asked for or given by either side. Our girls continued their improving form and never let Counsel settle into the game. In this game the scores came a little more freely, and our defence continued to protect the goal with a fortress-like mentality.

Final Score  BBSE   7 - 6   Good Counsel       0 - 0

Our attention then turned to the other game in the group. Crokes beat Skerries, meaning that they qualified for the semi-final with us.  We topped the group, by virtue of beating Crokes in the group match, so we faced Judes in the semi-final, in what was a repeat of last year’s championship final. Another epic struggle was expected.

Semi-Final - Judes

This match began at break neck speed, as these neighbouring clubs tore into the exchanges as if their lives depended on it. Defences were on top on both sides, until we managed to make a breakthrough and Julie found the net. Our defence produced another clean sheet, but only when Jennifer took a lovely pass from Erin and fired over a mammoth point with a minute left could we breathe easy.

Final Score   BBSE  1 - 4  St. Judes           0 - 0

The final on Sunday awaited, and it was no surprise when we learned that our opponents would be Lucan.

Final – Lucan Sarsfields

The bank in O’Toole Park was filled with the supporters of both clubs as Lucan and Ballyboden took the field on Sunday.

We attacked the road goal in the first half, and straight from the throw-in we were unlucky not to register a score. The game ebbed and flowed, but scores were proving hard to come by. Then a speculative lob into our square deceived our defence and ended up in the net. Another goal followed, although the ball appeared to have been fouled by the forward in the lead-up. We were not getting the “rub of the green” and another goal went in off the woodwork, leaving us with a mountain to climb at half time.

The girls regrouped in the huddle and resolved to leave everything on the pitch in the second half. Try as they might, though, our girls just could not get the goal that they so richly deserved, and they had to be happy with the runners-up medals.

There was no shame in this defeat however. The girls were brilliant, just losing out to a superb Lucan side. By general consensus, the scoreline did not do Boden justice, and better days certainly lie ahead. 

Final Score  BBSE    3 - 3   Lucan Sarsfields  0 - 2

Sarah had a brilliant week-end. She deputised in goal for the injured Lucy, and her defensive record on Saturday is something that Brendan Cummins in his prime would have been proud of – one point conceded in three matches.

We must give special mention to Lucy. She did everything to try to play on either day, but her injured back was just too severe.

The full back line of Sorcha, Yvonne and Sadie gave a defensive master class over the week-end. Their positional sense and touch-tight marking left many an attacker going down a blind alley.

Michaela defied medical science at wing back – doubtful right up to throw-in with a broken finger – yet starring in every game.

Clodagh Delaney was rock-solid in the centre, while Caoimhe and Leah in turn never gave an inch on the wing.

Mia and Erin won most of the midfield battles and covered every blade of grass.

Holly’s work rate was also massive, while Jennifer was her usual brilliant self – continually turning defence into attack with her forward runs. Clodagh Reid and Leonie fought for everything, setting up attack after attack, and never letting their opponents settle.

Katie was brilliant on the edge of the square and gave every full back she faced a torrid time, while in the corners the work rates of Julie, Alanna and Ellla were amazing. Time and again they were in front of their markers, setting up moves or taking scores.

BBSE B Team - venue Castleknock

Féile weekend started bright and early on the 22nd of April and both Ballyboden teams met at the clubhouse at 8:30 for photos. The girls looked really well decked out in their very smart gear – thanks again to all those who helped with the fund raising, the fitting and the ordering.

The B team then departed for Castleknock who hosted the Division 5 Feile at their Somerton grounds.

The hospitality we enjoyed was superb, and the grounds with their two pitches were fabulous - a superb surface perfect for the day’s games. We contested a three team group along with Setanta and Castleknock.

The first of two group matches was against Setanta. We got off to a great start and early goals settled the Boden girls. Setanta’s no 10 was their main threat and it took a superb effort from our backs to prevent her from scoring. However she rifled a super free from 25 metres to the roof of the net and it was game on with the score at three goals to one. The rest of the half seemed to fly by and Boden kept the pressure on – Setanta defending bravely and in numbers. The second half saw some wonderful skill displayed with some lovely first time striking from the Boden girls. A comfortable win in the end and a great start to our day.

The second match was against hosts Castleknock and this was always going to be a tough test. The early exchanges were very even but Ballyboden again managed to battle their way through to get the early goals to give them a convincing half time lead. Castleknock didn’t give up and kept fighting to the end but all fifteen of the Boden girls defended like tigers closing out any threat while up front superb teamwork created lots of chances. Boden ran out winners to top the group and book a place in the semi-final.

The semi-final was against our neighbours and old rivals Faughs. Faughs were very determined but with a final in sight the Boden girls were highly motivated too. The open spaces of the Somerfield pitches suited our playing style. Space was exploited to the full as the Boden girls put on their best display of teamwork and passing of the day. At half time Ballyboden had built a strong lead, and the second half saw that lead extended – a Sunday morning date with O’Toole Park had been secured – delight all round.

Cumann Baire Caoimhin (Kevin’s) were the opposition for the final having overcome Castleknock in the other semi-final.

Kevin’s made some threatening attacks early on but the Boden defence stood strong. The early morning start had not discouraged the always loyal Boden support and the blue and white brigade on the O’Toole Park steps soon had reasons to hope that the silverware would be heading towards the Firhouse Road. As in previous games the Boden forwards made the breakthrough to get the early goals and take control of the game. Kevin’s continued to fight strongly but Boden’s class, speed and teamwork meant they held a strong upper hand as halftime approached. As expected Kevin’s rallied in the second half and it was an evenly contested affair but Boden stood strong, held their advantage and added a goal in the last few minutes to finish the game as Division 5 champions.

There were stars throughout the panel and this was a true team performance where each girl played their part in winning this great competition. We thank our captains for the weekend, Saturday Ella Keane and Sunday jointly Eimear Hayden and Chloe Murphy.

Camogie News - w/e April 9 2017

Camogie Seniors start their League campaign

The Senior A's have started with 2 victories

Senior League Premier Division

April 4   Ballyboden St Endas 2-9 St Vincents B 0-3

April 11 Ballyboden St Endas 2-23 Naomh Mearnogs 1-6

Next up is Naomh Jude in Tymon on Tuesday April 18th at 19:15

The Senior B's lost on their first outing of the season in an entertaining encounter

Senior League Division 2

April 6   Clanna Gael/Fontenoy 5-9  Ballyboden St Endas 1-12

Next up is Naomh Fionnbarra in Cherryfield on Thursday April 13th at 18:45

U-16 A League – Silver Park – 8th April ‘17

Kilmacud Crokes 1-5  BBSE 2-9

On Saturday our U-16A’s took on Crokes in Silver Park, in conditions that would have done justice to mid-Summer.

Aisling Byrne opened the scoring after 5 minutes, but immediately any thoughts that Crokes would lie down easily were quickly banished as they swept up the field and shook Ally’s net. Hollyn then responded with a good point, but their goalie was starring with a string of top class saves.

Finally she was beaten by a long range free from Katie that somehow ended in her net. Crokes then pulled a point back before Lucy restored our two point lead. Katie stretched it to three with a free, and then Aisling pushed the lead out to four. Crokes kept in touch with a point, before Katie landed another free and Erica closed the scoring in the first half with a point from out on the right.

Half Time 1-7 to 1-2

Hollyn opened the scoring in the second half with a point that was soon cancelled by a pointed free from Crokes. Hollyn was proving a real handful for the Crokes defence and soon put some daylight between the teams with a brilliant goal from a narrow angle. The pattern continued to the finish, with a Crokes point being followed by a point from Hollyn, before Crokes closed out the scoring with a pointed free.

Final Score 2-9 to 1-5

It was a game where all the girls rose to the stern challenge presented by Crokes, and showed tremendous character, with the defence resisting in the face of serious pressure, and the attack keeping the scoreboard ticking over and responding to each Crokes score with a score of our own.

Next up is a home game against Castleknock, when another stiff challenge can be expected.


BBSE U13A Camogie 4-3 Vs. Kilmacud Crokes 4-2

This meeting of the South Dublin rivals took place in Cherryfield early on Sunday morning. Without having played together for a few weeks our girls started off a little sluggish and were a goal behind after 5 minutes. However the girls woke up a little and Clodagh settled things down with a pointed free. Our girls took control for the next 10 minutes with good pressure resulting in goals from Shauna and Hannah and then a decent move resulted in another point from Shauna which was soon followed by a goal for Sarah.

At this point, it looked good for Boden to build on this lead but a goal and a point from Crokes brought the half time deficit back to 4 points.

The second half began well for our girls with a number of attacks. However there was only a 1 point return from these attacks with a number of wides, saves and blocks.

Gradually Crokes came into the game with some great players on show. Their pressure told with a goal and a point bringing the deficit back to just 1 point. As the Boden team defended gamely, they were finally breached by a 4th goal putting Kilmacud in the lead.

To the credit of our girls, they kept going and one last break up the pitch fell to Kate who ran straight through on goal and buried the ball in the net to give our girls a single point victory.

In truth, the result could have gone either way but our girls were happy to take the victory albeit with plenty of practise required before the next match at the end of April. So don’t let them bury those hurls in the shed over the Easter holidays!!


U10 Camogie Girls Shine in Sancta Maria on Saturday

Scorchio!  The April sun was doing its thing on Saturday afternoon as the 07 Girls took to the field against the girls from Castleknock who had travelled for the occasion.

Adjusting well to unusual conditions – warm sunshine!  not freezing cold!! – the Boden girls took to their task with relish.  All the skills of camogie were on display here, as this spirited group of girls were on the front foot from the off, and never once slowed the pace despite the very warm weather, so warm that coaches ensured that plenty of water was taken on board every half time and between every game.

The skills matched the weather: ground striking, striking on the run, and most encouragingly, rising, carrying, striking from the hand, and great puckouts were all there in abundance.  So too was the teamwork and comradeship these girls have shown from the beginning - every ball was contested, every player worked hard for one another, and no Castleknock player was given any space.  A super display all round - it is obvious to their coaches that the girls are taking on board all the skills they are learning at training every week and practising at home, because it shows on the field on days like this.

Well done to all the girls, a great show of camogie.

Camogie News - w/e March 26 2017

U-14 A League – Silver Park – 18/03/17

Kilmacud                                           1 - 5

BBSE                                                 1 - 4

On Saturday our U-14A’s made their first appearance in this year’s camogie league in Silver Park.

We faced Crokes, who were playing their third league match, and it was clear from an early stage that the added match practice was standing to them.

Our girls began with the backing of a strong breeze but, in spite of having the majority of possession, we failed to register this superiority on the scoreboard. Finally Julie opened the scoring with a fine point on the turn, but this was cancelled out straight away when they converted a free which we needlessly conceded.

We then restored our lead when Clodagh converted a “45” but this was again cancelled by Crokes. We continued to press and won another “45” which Clodagh again put between the posts to leave us leading by a point at half-time. This lead looked nowhere near adequate with us having to face a gale in the second half, but in fairness to our girls they looked a different team on the resumption, taking the game to Crokes and creating a number of chances. However we continued to struggle to convert chances to scores, and we were unlucky to meet a goalie on top of her form. However we eventually won a free which Mia confidently converted to stretch our lead to 2 points. For the next fifteen minutes we faced something of an onslaught from the wind-assisted Crokes girls, but our defence and goalie Sorcha defended with their lives and cleared two goal-bound efforts off the line.

However Crokes did score the next two points to level matters going into the closing minutes. We were then really unfortunate when a dropping ball was deflected past Sorcha by a defender’s stick, and then Crokes got the insurance point from a free.

In spite of this, our girls never gave up and finished the scoring with a great goal from Erin.

The performance of the defence was excellent, and the forward and midfield worked really hard, especially Leonie, who made something happen every time she got the ball. The team as a whole will benefit enormously from this match, and we look forward to better days ahead.

Camogie News - w/e March 12 2017

U-16 A League – Prunty – 11/03/17 BBSE 8-14 Faughs 1-0

Saturday saw our U-16A’s make their first appearance in this year’s camogie league, when Faughs were the visitors to the Prunty.

Our girls began at a hectic pace attacking the near goal. Katie opened the scoring with a good point before Aisling added a second, and then Erica shook the net for our first goal. Our girls continued to apply the pressure but the Faughs rearguard did their utmost to stem the flow. Hollyn then gathered possession and bore down on goal, dropped the hurl and netted with a neat hand pass. Erica then added to her tally with a point, before Hollyn gathered a pass from Katie before slotting over another point. Blathnaid was working really hard on the edge of the square and then deservedly opened her account with a point that hopped off the crossbar on its way over.

It had all been one-way traffic to this point but the Faughs forwards then showed sharpness when they found the net in a rare breakaway move.

However, our girls regrouped and kept up the impressive work rate all over the pitch. A free was dropped in by Katie and somehow found its way to the Faughs net. Katie followed this up with a sublime point from the far sideline, and then a long delivery from Hannah was collected by Hollyn, who scored a point smartly on the turn, Blathnaid then took a pass from Olivia and drove an absolute piledriver to the net.

The half-time whistle sounded and we were relatively comfortable at 4-7 to 1-0.

The second half took off where the first left off with Erica, Blathnaid and Olivia slotting over three lovely points, Aisling then found the net before a succession of points from Erica, Hollyn and Katie kept the scoreboard ticking over. Sinead then got in on the goal-scoring act, before Hollyn grabbed another brace of goals and a final point completed the scoring.

Final score 8-14 to 1-0.

This was a really good team performance, but much stiffer tests lie ahead. The back line was well led by Hannah. They will have busier matches but they did all that was asked of them on the day. Midfield worked their socks off while the forwards  could hardly be faulted on scoring rate. A special word for Anna and Lucy, who played their first competitive at this level and slotted seamlessly into the set-up.

A good start, and now we prepare for Good Counsel in two weeks’ time.

U16 Div. 4 Camogie – March 11 Ballyboden St. Endas 2-3, Faughs 4-1

Our third U16 team played their first league match of the season at  Cherryfield on Sat 11th Match. The girls have been training hard on Wednesday evenings and the weather has prevented them seeing competitive action until now. It was our first chance to mix the 2001 and 2002 girls together and after a slow first half, adjusting to new team mates and the different speed from astro to grass, we were breaking even with possession but had only one Sarah White goal to show for all our chances.

After half-time, Boden dominated the game for long periods and showed great battling qualities to continually test the excellent opposition keeper. We had great ball winning midfield with lots of opportunities coming from Lily and Beth, supported ably by the two Ciaras and Kiara. Ciara Doyle slotted a couple of points from play but we didn’t seem to be able to get the crucial extra goal to get ahead.

A late gamble by the management saw our confident keeper Sarah pushed into attack where she got a goal to narrow the deficit to one point again, but Faughs punished her absence with two scores and were flattered by a four point win.

We had great defence led by Laura, Mia and Zara with Stephanie and Jemma allowing no space to their opponents, and clearly the progress with this squad augurs well for the season ahead.

We are back on the road on March 25th and hope we’ll see more of our panel making their 2017 debut in the away game against Fingallians.

U13 report

Boden U13 Camogie girls had a great start to their U13 league campaigns. The As beat Cuala in their Division 1 clash while the B team beat Judes A team in Division 2. Finally the C team played out a draw with Raheny Bs in Division 4.

Ballyboden U13A 3-3 – 0-0 Cuala U13A

The U13A team started off their league campaign in Meadowvale against Cuala early on Sunday morning. All but one of the Boden team had been playing together the previous evening against Kilmacud with the bigger ball.

The Boden team got off to a good start showing good skills thoughout the team but on a tight pitch it was difficult to find a rhythm. Despite being camped in Cuala territory for the majority of the first half, the shots were going wide and the numbers of Cuala defenders and good goalkeeping kept the score down. The girls turned at the break with a 2 point to nil advantage after scores from Abbie and Clodagh.

The second half continued much the same as the first but with a little bit more space then the first half. The nerves were settled a little when Aine got the ball in the net to make the lead a little more solid. They had to be careful though as there were more breaks from Cuala too in the second half with the keepers long pucks on the shortened pitch putting pressure on the Boden defence. However Emma Jane, Megan Deignan and Kate Lennon stood firm with Sadie mopping up superbly. The one time the defence was breached, a great stop by Shauna kept Cuala at bay.

There were further goals from Leonie and Alice and another point from Abbie. On another day Kate Donaghy, Megan Dignam, Sarah Cooney and Shona would have had scores but it was not to be. Around the middle of the park, great winning and running with the ball from Clodagh, Sarah Gleeson, Caoimhe and Leah kept the pressure on Cuala but they had to be content with the 6 scores.

Overall a good performance by the team and but plenty to work on before the next round of League matches in April.

U16 B's head to Wicklow for challenge match

With all Dublin fixtures called off due to unplayable pitches and terrible weather conditions the hardy under 16B’s headed south to the sun – all the way to sunny Bray by the sea. Glad to get a game under their belt before the league season starts next weekend the girls were slightly surprised to hear that their opposition would be the Wicklow A development panel ! This game was going to pose a serious challenge for a B club side. Management’s faith in this team was well rewarded however with Boden scoring a very creditable 3 - 1 to Wicklow’s 4 – 5. Not a bad day’s work on a piercingly cold afternoon in Bray Emmetts’ immaculate 3G all-weather pitch. Hopefully a good sign for the season ahead.

Sorcha Farrelly appointed as selector for Dublin Ladies

The Camogie section would like to wish Sorcha Farrelly well after being called up as a selector for the Dublin Senior Ladies Football team. It's a big jump from coaching the Boden U14 and U16 Camogie squads over the last few seasons, but one she'll be well up for.

Our loss is definitely Dublin Ladies Football's gain and we wish her every success.

Minor champions for the first time!

                       Minor Division 1 Championship Final


                     Ballyboden St Endas 2-6 St Vincents 0-8

A great finish to a long season for these girls! At the end of September the players decided that they wanted to play in the Minor Championship, and promised full commitment. Topping the group we advanced to the final and awaited our opponents to be decided. The downside was that we didn’t have a competitive fixture for a month prior to the final, whereas St Vincents had 2 tough games in the past fortnight.


The final was played with great intensity by both sides, with very little to choose between them in the early stages. An early Vincents point was cancelled out by a free from Jodie White. Laura Nagle scored a terrific long range point to get our nose in front. Then came the pivotal moment in the first half when Claire Kirwan won possession, laid off to Laura Nagle who in turn found Emer O’ Leary. Emer drew the defender and laid off to Jodie who finished to the net, a great team goal.


A fine Claire Kirwan point, added to another free by Jodie gave Boden a half time lead of 1-4 to 0-4. St Vincents had finished the half well, but every player in the Boden backline more than held their own and protected the goal well.


The second half was nip and tuck, with both sides competing ferociously for every ball in all areas of the pitch. This Boden group has always had a terrific ethic when it comes to work rate, and today they brought it to a new level. Special mention here to Aoife Durkan who had missed the semi final win over Faughs, as she came into her own throughout the second period turning over possession on a number of occasions.


The pivotal moment of the game arrived with 10 minutes to go, when St Vincents had narrowed the lead to just 1 point. A great strike by a Vincents forward looked destined for the top corner, but somehow goalkeeper Ali managed to react and get her hurl to turn it away from goal. Within a few minutes Boden attacked, and when the ball broke in the square Laura Nagle was in the perfect place to finish to the net. A free from Jodie gave us a 4 point cushion, and although Vincents tried hard,  we didn’t look like conceding a goal.


The final whistle went and the celebrations began. This win was made possible with top class performances throughout the team. Ali was calmness personified in goal, with the full back line of Sarah Lamber, Eve O’ Donoghue and Cora Ryan were phenomenal throughout. Hannah’s Hyland & Leddy were aggressive throughout and always on top, while Orla Tevlin had her best game for the Club. Laura Nagle has been a leader of this team from a young age, and once again produced the goods when it mattered and was partnered by Olivia Meagher who has an engine that would do Lewis Hamilton proud, without the reliability problem he had this year!


Half forward line of Aoife Durkin, Emer O’ Leary & Claire Kirwan got through an enormous amount of work all over the pitch, and the full forward line of Erica Tobin, Jodie White and Ciara O’ Neill were on top to ensure the hard work further out the field didn’t get wasted. Aisling Gargan & Eimear Butler both made fine contributions when they came on during the 2nd half.


Unfortunately Aine O’ Brien, Aisling Byrne, Saoirse Fitzgerald and Jess Daly didn’t get a run in the final, but they have all made significant contributions throughout the campaign. Special mention also to the very unfortunate Hollyn Kennedy who picked up an injury in Wednesday evening in Sancta Maria which required 15 stitches and kept her out of the game. This was a championship won by the full panel of 22 players, who have formed a great bond during the last few months.

14 of the panel are underage for Minor again next year, and remarkably 7 of them will be playing under 16 next year, so this bodes well for the future.


These girls have now completed the clean sweep at juvenile level, following up a Feile title with the U16 division 1 Championship and now they have brought the Division 1 Minor Championship title to Ballyboden for the first time in our history.


The Minor A Championship trophy is named after Orla Quill, a young Cuala player who tragically passed away last year. Orla’s father Fintan spoke very well, before presenting the Cup to the Boden captain Ciara O’ Neill. It was a fitting end to a tough week for the O’ Neill family after the passing of Ciara’s grandmother Tess.


The girls have been superbly looked after since they left the Academy many years ago by Catherine Nagle, Edel Tevlin & Denise O’ Neill. Declan O’ Brien was the man in charge, assisted by Gerry White. Huge thanks also to Richie Sweetnam for all of his time throughout the last few months. A great addition to the management team for this championship win was Sile Nic Coitir. Sile was an enormously positive influence on the girls, and if they can go on to have a career as successful as Sile then Boden Camogie will be in safe hands for many years to come.


Many thanks to James Murray and the Camogie section in general, and to the large number of Boden supporters in attendance in Abbotstown.

Team: Ali Ramsden, Sarah Lambert, Cora Ryan, Eve O’ Donoghue, Hannah Leddy, Hannah Hyland, Orla Tevlin, Laura Nagle, Olivia Meagher, Aoife Durkin, Emer O’ Leary, Claire Kirwan, Ciara O’ Neill, Jodie White, Erica Tobin, Aisling Gargan, Eimear Butler, Aine O’ Brien, Aisling Byrne, Saoirse Fitzgerald, Hollyn Kennedy, Jess Daly


Camogie Championship - Juvenile Finals

Boden girls contested 3 Finals on Sunday - coming away with 2 trophies and 1 gallant defeat.

U-15D Championship Final – Faughs – 23/10/16

BBSE                                    3 - 4  Faughs                                2 - 1

On Sunday afternoon our U-15’s took on Faughs in the championship final, in Russell Park, Blanchardstown. With our u-13B’s battling hosts Brigids on the pitch beside us at the same time, supporters were spoiled for choice as our match commenced. The majority of this team had battled bravely when losing to a strong St. John’s team in an under 16 shield final two short weeks ago, and many were on the side unlucky not to win their Féile final in 2015. Somehow this trip seemed different – there was a feeling that whatever superhuman effort might be needed these lassies were not leaving the Navan Road without the Cup.

We had qualified in style, topping our group, but we were expecting a tough test from our Tymon neighbours. The early signs were good - Elaine struck the bar early on, and Deirdre was a threat every time the ball was in and around their goal. An opening point settled the nerves. A second point quickly followed before a disallowed goal. Two points up and as they say it was ‘Boden all day long!’

Faugh’s pressure was significant however, and they fielded a side as determined as ours – their movement down the left wing was smooth and swift. Lauren Gray covered and harried in one corner and Aoife Leavy covered the ground repeatedly to come across and help out. The back looked secure but suddenly a neat Faugh’s move ended with the ball nestling in our net. A point down having been two up – surely not another hard-luck day on the cards.

That was never going to happen and we made the breakthrough our play deserved with a goal, and followed up with two sweet points from Ciara Woodcock from tight angles – Ciara quite clearly loving the freedom of corner forward.

We were shading the exchanges but scores were really hard to come by. Out the field, the forceful runs of Blathnaid and Chloe Murphy were punching holes in the Faugh’s rear-guard. These two have run marathons all season – and did so again on Sunday. At the back Ciara Duffy, flanked by Cathy and Hannah formed an impenetrable barrier that proved Faughs undoing time and again – these three have become a close working unit with the combined resistance of the Great Wall of China, and with Ciara holding the centre Hannah and Cathy’s pushed forward to great effect.

In the other corner Rachael was working tirelessly, dealing with a corner back who if let loose would have run wild and done damage – but she was never let. In midfield Muireann and Elaine held sway. Both were marking strong Faugh’s midfielders intent on playing a running game, and both held firm in their individual contests – on a heavy October pitch this is hard, tiring and often unseen work – but over the hour these two players were crucial.

Approaching half time, the match was held up for a number of minutes due to a serious hand injury to Deirdre, but our girls maintained their concentration on the resumption and resolved at half time to do it for Deirdre!

Lucy came on in the attack and Ciara McCullough replaced Deirdre at full forward, and both posed a significant threat. As well as threatening in front of goal the front three repeatedly stopped the ball from coming out easily – continuing from where Rachel had done in the first half.

The second half continued in a similar vein to the first, but with the hill in their favour Faughs began to exert significantly more pressure. Try as they might they could not overhaul the lead that Boden had built up.

Caoimhe in goal was not overly tested in the second half, having made two really vital stages in the first half - but anything she had to deal with she did very well and her control from the puck outs was re-assuring throughout – a calm head as usual. Shauna has been outstanding all season and was again on Sunday – the family DNA seems to have a catching skill built in – that or Yvonne starts training them from the cot – either way the ball seemed to find Shauna’s hand effortlessly all season – it’s a joy to see such skill.

In the closing stages, Robyn really came into her own, falling back to help an embattled defence, grabbing balls and lifting the siege by driving the ball half the length of the pitch time and again. It was a display that deservedly earned Robyn the award of Player of the Game.

In the final quarter Rena and Zara came on and added fresh impetus and fresh legs when it was badly needed. Chloe Curran, Megan, Mia, Ciara Dowling and Jemma all played crucial roles in ensuring that this team reached the final – the five sub rule meant that we couldn’t run them all – just as well for Faugh’s !!! The same could be said for Laura and Beth who were unavailable for the final.

Although injured for the closing stages of the championship, Vice-captain Emily Sharkey’s commitment to the cause never wavered, and she regularly attended training and matches. It was no surprise to see her supporting the girls in the final – although the mentors bit was clearly not to her usual fashion standards, and it was also great to see that Beth was able to come out and cheer the girls on.

At the final whistle we still held a six point lead. There was a massive outpouring of pure joy from players and supporters alike, as the cup was presented to Captain Ciara Duffy.

However, the injury to Deirdre was foremost in everyone’s mind. The good news is that as we go to press she is out of hospital and is recovering. James and Anne asked that we pass on a huge Thank You to all those who helped out when she was injured & they also asked us to give a big shout out to all in Crumlin Hospital - they were superb as always. Everyone wishes her a speedy recovery and can’t wait to see her back on the field swinging a hurley as only Deirdre can.

A word for Faugh’s – it’s never easy to lose a final - they were very sporting throughout, and most generous after the game, they also sent several messages wishing D well. They are a class outfit and silverware will come the way of this team before long. We wish them well.

2016 Champions – Not Bad! And all the sweeter for the wait …….

Robyn Flynn receives Player of the Match award


U-13 A Championship Final – Judes – 23/10/16

BBSE                                    4 - 4   St. Judes                             1 - 7

Our U-13A’s faced neighbours St. Judes in the county championship final on Sunday morning in O’Toole Park. Having accounted for our girls with something to spare in the group stages, Judes entered the contest as favourites, but our girls were determined to give of their best.

What transpired was a game of massive intensity and skill that had everyone engrossed from the first throw-in until the final whistle. It culminated with Boden getting to put its name on this championship trophy for the first time in its history.

Conditions were ideal as we defended the road goal in the first half.

Exchanges were tight early on, with both sides competing for every ball as if their lives depended on it. We won a free which sailed just wide, before finally full forward Katie got possession and headed straight for goal. She was not to be denied and the ball was in the back of the net. Jennifer then slotted a free, before Judes opened their account with a point, and then repeated the act with a further point. Julie then switched to full forward and the move paid dividends as she netted from close range, Jennifer then found the range again from a free, and then followed up with a goal. The first half scoring was completed by a point from a “45” for Judes.

Things were just as tight in the second half. Jennifer opened the scoring with a point, but Judes were not lying down and replied with two points of their own. A goal from a Jennifer free settled some nerves, and she followed up with a point, to open up a healthy 11 point lead. However, Judes showed immense character and never gave up. Traffic at this stage was all in one direction towards our goal, but our backs stood up to the challenge, as our midfielders and forwards were forced back to help to “man the barricades”.

The pressure had to tell and Judes converted two frees, before finally got the goal their efforts deserved in the dying minutes. However, our girls shut up shop at that stage and saw out the remainder of the match, much to the delight of the large Boden support on the bank.

The cheers could be heard in Ballyboden as captain Julie lifted the cup, and followed up with a speech that indicated that a career in politics may yet beckon for her.

Jennifer took the player of the match award – a fitting tribute, not just to her performance in this final, but also to a string of starring performances that helped this team reach this final.

This was an absolute panel effort, with all 18 players contributing handsomely.

Lucy in goal never put a foot wrong, and made light of her early morning dash from Limerick, with her dad Ian doing a good impression of a champion rally driver.

In front of Lucy, the full back line was immense. Yvonne had the game of her life, while on each side of her, Sorcha and Sadie were the rocks on which many a Judes attach floundered.

Clodagh Delaney held the centre superbly while on the right wing, Sarah chose this day to give her top performance – even suffering to save one goal-bound shot with her helmet. On the left, Michaela displayed her wide range of skills, including keeping a tight rein on Jude’s most lethal forward.

In mid field, Erin and Mia held sway, with huge skill levels and massive work rate. They defended brilliantly throughout, as well as being the launch pads for a series of vital attacks. The centre spine of the attack, Katie and Julie, worked tirelessly and were a threat throughout.

On the wings Jennifer and Clodagh Reid worked brilliantly and gave their markers plenty of headaches, while in the corners Ella and Alana never gave an inch and were a thorn in Jude’s side throughout.

The contributions of Auveen, Caoimhe and Leah were all crucial when they entered the fray. Each provided fresh legs and energy at a time when the team needed exactly that.

A great achievement for this group of girls who have worked hard all year, but never forgot the art of enjoying themselves at training.

“CHAMPIONS 2016” has a nice ring to it!!!!!!


U-13D Championship Final – Brigids – 23/10/16

BBSE      U13B                             2 - 0  Brigids                                3 - 3

At 1.00pm our final was on in Tom Russell Park, St Brigid’s GAA Club.

Just hearing about the As winning over St Jude’s in O’Toole Park made us really determined to do it and win against St Brigid’s.

They had other ideas and didn’t make it easy for us especially when they scored their first goal of the game in less than 10 minutes after the start. Ballyboden rallied and for the remainder of the half held St Brigids scoreless despite an onslaught of attacks. Ballyboden had a number of attacks and   were hunted down in numbers by St Brigids but in the final move of the half Ballyboden worked the ball up the pitch and from close range Ciara Kelleher rifled a ball to the ball into the back of the net leaving the score a goal apiece at half time.

The Ballyboden backs were brilliant in this first half blocking a few shots on the Brigid’s goal, hooking and blocking if their life depended on it.

At the start of the 2nd half the tempo raised higher and the exchanges were fierce, St Brigid’s were awarded a free which they converted leaving them a point up. With the next puck out we got the sliotar down to Alice Rudden who solo’d through and hit a rocket that the goalie blocked and  Shauna Feely followed up to slot home a dramatic goal which brought a great cheer from all of the Ballyboden supporters at the match and the rivalry was high! Score 1-1 to 2-0 Ballyboden in the lead.

The exchanges continued hard and fast and in a scramble in front of goal St Brigid’s were awarded a penalty which was very harsh on the Ballyboden girls as the match was played in a good spirit. St Brigids buried the ball in our goal. This proved to be a turning point and all the momentum swung back in favour of St Brigids. However Ballyboden kept trying but St Brigids never ever gave up trying to score and had tagged on 2 more points nearing the finish leading by 3 points. A late late goal flattered the scoreline leaving the final score of St Brigids 3-3 to Ballyboden’s 2-0.

Our captain Marina Fitzsimons said some nice words and congratulated St Brigids on their win.

Even though we lost, it was a great experience to reach the county final and come second place. We enjoyed the day.


Anna Fitzgerald

Camogie News October 18th 2016

Minor A Championship St Brigids 1-1 Ballyboden St Endas A 7-15

A few weeks ago as we came to the end of the Adult camogie season, the Board announced the starting dates for Minor championship. While the mentors looked forward to the off season, the girls were adamant that they wanted to enter the Minor competition. Sile Nic Coitir joined the management team and with a fresh panel of girls aged between 15 & 18, 100% commitment was promised.

In a group with old rivals St Brigids and neighbours Faughs, the top team will progress straight to the final so there is no room for error. We arrived in Castleknock on Sunday morning expecting another titanic struggle with St Brigids, with whom we have had many great contests throughout our juvenile years.

Captain Ciara O’ Neill deputised in goal for Ally who was playing an U16 football final on Sunday morning, and we played against a strong wind in the first half. The Boden girls brought great intensity from the first whistle and truth be told, Brigids were never allowed a chance to get a foothold in the game.

Hannah Hyland mopped up everything in the full back position, and outside her the half back line totally dominated with Hannah Leddy especially prominent. Midfield supplied plentiful ball to the forwards who picked off some terrific scores. Hollyn Kennedy picked off a couple a fine points from acute angles as well as 2 fine goals, with Emer O’ Leary popping over some fine long range points.

Claire Kirwan put in tireless work in the middle third and at half time Boden led 2-9 to nil, despite playing into the wind.

The second half saw the introduction of 2 more 15yr olds, Erica Tobin and Aisling Byrne. Both girls were prominent throughout the second half with Erica managing to bag herself a hat-trick! Despite a slow first 10 minutes of the second half, we stepped it up again and were clinical in front of goal. Jodie White found her range from placed balls.

Hollyn Kennedy then gave Ciara some respite and went into goal for the final 20 minutes, and Ciara was a constant menace in the full forward line. Eimear Butler made her return form injury and Jess Daly also entered the fray with 15 minutes to go, but was unfortunate to pick up a knock which hopefully will not keep her out for long.

Brigids did manage a couple of scores, but Boden finished strong and the final score was 7-15 to 1-1. Special mention to Cora Ryan & Laura Nagle who have experienced some ups and downs this year injury wise and both led form the front with dominant performances in the middle third.

The girls have set a very high benchmark for themselves, but if they continue to train with the same attitude in the coming weeks as they have done then we can look forward to the next tough encounter with Faughs.

Team: Ciara O’ Neill, Sarah Lambert, Hannah Hyland, Eve O’ Donoghue, Orla Tevlin, Core Ryan, Hannah Leddy, Laura Nagle, Olivia Meagher, Claire Kirwan, Emer O’ Leary, Aoife Durkin, Jodie White, Aine O’ Brien, Hollyn Kennedy, Eimear Butler, Erica Tobin, Asiling Byrne, Jessica Daly

Scores: Erica Tobin 3-0, Hollyn Kennedy 2-3, Jodie White 1-8, Emer O’ Leary 0-3, Aoine O’ Brien 1-0, Laura Nagle 0-1

1 of our U12 teams from their last Go game match against Naomh Maur

1 of our U9 teams who travelled to play Erins Isle


Camogie News October 11th 2016

U16A's bow out of Championship by narrowest of margins

U-16A Championship Semi-Final – Faughs – 08/10/16

Faughs                                2 - 9

BBSE                                  2 - 8

On Saturday afternoon our U-16A’s took on raging hot favourites Faughs in the championship semi-final, in their Tymon Park back yard – a real David vs. Goliath affair, and the story almost had a fairy-tale ending.

Our girls are predominantly u-15, while the bulk of our opponents were a year older. As well as that, Faughs were the league champions, and regularly posted staggering goal tallies, including in a recent challenge against us.

Against that backdrop, most of the support travelled more in hope than confidence, but this team does not do “turning up to make up numbers”, and they made light of the odds that appeared to be stacked against them.

We tore into the game from the off. Scores were as scarce as hens’ teeth early on, and it slowly began to dawn on the Faughs players and bench that this match was not going according to script. The game was 10 scoreless minutes old when one of their mentors was heard to remark “We have a game on our hands here”.

Their nerves might have been eased slightly when they opened the scoring with a point and followed this up with a goal. But our girls were giving as good as they got and Aisling Byrne (who had the game of her life) opened our account with a point. Katie (who was playing her second championship semi of the day, having already starred for the 14’s in the morning) narrowed the gap to 2 points with a pointed free. We then suffered a sucker punch on the stroke of half time when we conceded a rather soft goal.

If Faughs thought they had weathered the storm they were mistaken, as our girls traded point for point throughout the entire second half and never yielded an inch. Nevertheless, the half time gap remained unbridged and seemingly unbridgeable as the clock ticked into the red.

Most of the crowd counted the lead at 5 points, and we seemed destined to accept our fate as gallant losers when Blathnaid was fouled in the square and the ref signalled a penalty. Aisling Gargan sent the sliotar blazing to the net, but surely this was only a consolation score? This view seemed copper-fastened when Faughs went up and won a close-in free which they converted.

One last assault on the Faughs goal attempting the impossible. The right girl (Hollyn) has the ball out on the wing. We dared to dream as the ball sailed in and suddenly the impossible had happened. The ball was resting in the back of the net.

Our support celebrated their deliverance as the final whistle sounded straight away, and it must be said that Faughs also appeared to be readying themselves for the upcoming extra time. However, to our disbelief, the ref’s final tally had Faughs still ahead by a point at the death.

The shock and devastation on our girls’ faces told its own story, of how close they had come to creating maybe the shock of the year in Dublin camogie – the achievement was that great.

Declan spoke for the entire management team when he expressed his pride and admiration for the entire panel of players – including the girls who had not got a run on this day. Nobody in that post-match huddle was unaffected by the sheer emotion of the situation.

Rarely in sport will one witness such a gargantuan effort go unrewarded at the end. This was an absolute panel effort all year, and it would be unfair to single out individuals – in the particular circumstances we would be thoroughly justified in naming everyone individually.

However, before looking forward to next year, it would be remiss not to mention and acknowledge the immense contributions of each of the “2000” girls, who seamlessly joined last year’s Féile panel. Aoife was a superb captain who time and again led her troops into battle from the front. Aisling Gargan, Joanne, Jesse, Georgina, Erika and Sheena were also massive throughout the year and the pity is that our u-16 journey ended so close to “The Holy Grail” of the championship final.

There can be no doubt but that better days in camogie lie ahead for each and every one of these girls, but they should always remember this day as one of their greatest achievements.

Next up the minor championship. 

U16B's beaten in Shield Final

Under 16B Camogie Shield Final - Ballyboden St. Enda’s v Ballinteer St. John’s.

The sliotar went left of the post, right of the post, it even hit the post a few times, and in the end it was this bad luck in front of goal that denied the Boden 16B team what would have been a just reward at the end of a long season for this dedicated bunch of players.

A shield final is almost always a hard-fought affair – teams eliminated from the championship have something to prove, and in our case pride was very much at stake. Playing a St. John’s team (who we had beaten in the group stages) was always going to carry a little bit of history – for it was this team that had beaten us in a Féile Division 4 final in 2015, by a single goal on the wettest of wet April days.

No mud on Saturday however as the game was played on the pristine all weather in Ballinteer Community School. Boden got off to a flyer - dominating possession and winning most of the individual battles. Despite the dominance of possession, and clever interplay, scores eluded us and from early on we knew this could be a frustrating afternoon. And so it proved to be – we trailed 2 – 1 to 1 – 2 for the longest of times and in the end a late goal gave St. John’s a hard-earned two score victory.

Rather than a line by line account of the game we will cut straight to the highlights and the good news. Competing in an under 16 competition we fielded a team of all under 15’s and were within a touch of victory; this same team will field in a Championship final in two weeks’ time – the signs are good. Hannah Tevlin who took a serious knock to the helmet has recovered well and seems fine. Ciara Duffy led the side well as always and spoke very well at the presentations – a career in politics beckons. Ciara McCullagh got good game time following her appendix adventures and was in good hurling form. Zara and Lauren filled the corner back slots with complete assurance – both had their best games in a while. Beth and Lauren hurled well despite not having played much hurling recently – both returning to serious form. No time to mention all the players but it should be said that all 19 players on the day did their utmost and wore the Boden crest with great pride.

Finally a mention for the referee. Paul Flanagan has a great reputation as an excellent hurling referee. Yesterday not only was he excellent on the whistle but he did a great job with the presentation, the only pity being that it wasn’t being presented to Boden!!

Bring on the Under 15 Championship final in a fortnight – we will throw the kitchen sink at that too!

U13 A's & B's through to Championship Finals

U-13 A Championship Semi-Final – Na Fianna – 09/10/16

Na Fianna                  1 - 2

BBSE                          1 – 7

Our U-13A’s had a date with Na Fianna in Moibhi Road on Sunday morning in the championship semi-final.

Having already lost to them in the league, we knew we needed to be at our best to beat them, and, in fairness, each and every one of the girls rose to the challenge. We led by four points at half time but Na Fianna drew level with a goal and a point early in the second half. Then our girls showed real resolve to get their noses in front again, and maintained the lead through the final tense minutes.

More of the same (or better) will be required when we face neighbours Judes in the final on 23rd.

This is a team of great battlers, and no little character, so hopefully, a large support will cheer them on in their first camogie championship final.

Player report:

Name: Sarah O'Connell

Hobbies: Gaelic football, Camogie, Basketball 

Position in Camogie: Wing Back

Favourite skill in Camogie: hooking people  

Why do you like Camogie? It is a very fast and skilful sport

Match report:

On Sunday morning the U13A Camogie team played against Na Fianna in the county semi-final. The weather was beautiful and the Boden girls made a great start and led by 4 points to no score at half time after great play by our forwards.

Na Fianna drew level early in the second half but our backs and midfield then got on top again and we went on to score a goal and 3 points to finish up winners by 1-7 to 1-2.

Thanks to the under 12 girls who played great, especially Sadie who stood in for our injured goalie Lucy. Get well soon to Mia who got a nasty finger injury during the match. Thanks to our big crowd of supporters who encouraged us during the game.

U14's beaten in Championship Semi-Final


U-15 D Championship – Ballinteer St. John’s – 01/10/16

BBSE     4 - 3   Ballinteer St. Johns    1 - 1

Our U-15’s completed the league section of their championship on Sunday morning when they faced near neighbours St. John’s. Having already achieved two championship victories in the previous week, we were hoping to gain a victory that would assure us of top spot and a place in the final. Ballinteer, on the other hand, were fighting for their championship survival, so the stakes were high.

We were short a slew of first team regulars through a combination of football commitments and injury. But this team is nothing if not resilient and they again showed their character here.

Not for the first time this year, the u-14s came to the rescue and provided four players (Gemma Hayes, Stephanie Hamm, Ciara Dowling and Lucy O’Connor) to complement the panel, and all can be extremely proud of their contribution.

The opening exchanges were fast and furious as from the off our midfield pairing of Chloe and Lauren gained the advantage, which we held in that sector over the hour.

Lucy opened the scoring with a massive point from the far sideline. And she was a thorn in the Ballinteer side throughout. This was followed by a few “near misses” in the Ballinteer goalmouth, before Chloe Murphy found the net. Soon after, Gemma pulled first time on a ball in the Johns parallelogram and the ball again found the net. Aoife then gathered a delivery, headed for goal, lost her marker, dropped her stick and gave the goalie no chance as she added to the goals tally. John’s solitary reply in this half was a point

Half Time – BBSE 3-1; BSJ 0-1.

It should be noted that the team was lifted in that half by the arrival on the sideline of the injured Emily Sharkey and “non-playing captain” Ciara Duffy, who were there to cheer on and encourage the team.

The second half began and Muireann gathered the ball straight from the throw-in and headed off on a determined solo run bearing down on goal – until someone reminded her that she was bearing down on her own goal and had to quickly stick the engine into reverse!

Scores were hard to come by until finally we won a close in 20 metre free virtually in front of the goal. Blathnaid faced up to it and the instruction came in from James on the line (with one eye on the thick undergrowth behind the left hand goal) to “tip it over the bar”. The message mustn’t have got through as Blathnaid, with scant regard for the price of sliotars, sent the ball over the bar and into the bushes at the speed of an Exocet missile, never to be seen by mankind again.

Soon after, Blathnaid again grabbed the ball and set off on one of her trade mark solo runs through the heart of the Johns defence. As she shaped up and got ready to hit, James again feared the worse, realising that the bushes were again well within her range. Mercifully, she elected on this occasion to lower the trajectory, out of range of the despairing dive of the goalie, and it nestled in the back of the net.

At the other end, Johns scored the goal that their mighty efforts richly deserved, before Gemma closed out the scoring with a smart point on the turn.

Final score – BBSE 4-3; BSJ 1-1.

Once again this was a real panel effort.

Caoimhe was as steady as a rock in goal with a series of top class saves and intelligent clearances.

Outside her, Robyn was probably player of the match. She was brilliant, plucking ball after ball from the air and emerging from many a ruck with ball in hand and opponents in her wake. Outside her, Megan, Megan and Zara in turn all held up their ends and gave nothing away.

The half back line of Hannah, Muireann and Cathy held sway throughout, with tigerish tackling and lengthy clearances the order of the day.

Midfield never put a foot wrong, and never allowed Johns to influence proceedings.

In the forward line, as well as the scorers, Rachael, Chloe Curran, Stephanie and Ciara put in massive shifts, and never allowed the backline an easy clearance.

Finally a word for Aoife who went off injured just before the end. Hopefully it’s nor serious and she will be back fighting fit for the final.

All eyes now turn to the county final and James was already plotting his strategy as the final whistle sounded. Rest assured that no stone will be left unturned in the preparations in the coming weeks. Rumours of a week of warm weather training in La Mange have yet to be finally confirmed, but rumour has it from a usually reliable source that James sent out an instruction to the extended panel to ensure that all passports are up to date. The same source has also reported the even better news that Gerry White has confirmed that the Camogie Section has ample funds in its coffers to fully cover the trip. We’ll keep you updated on this story.

Here’s to the final. All support will be needed on the day.

U-16 A Championship – Vincents – 24/09/16

Vincents  1 - 9      BBSE   6 - 5

Saturday saw our U-16A’s make the trek across the city to face Vincents, in a game that was in essence a quarter final – the winner was into the Semi-Final, while the Shield awaited the loser.

In racing parlance the going was “good to yielding”, and the rain was falling steadily as we took the field. The grass was far too long, but to their credit, both teams tore into the exchanges with gusto from the start.

It turned out to be the veritable “game of two halves”.

Although Vincents scored the first point from a free, the remainder of the half was dominated for the most part by Boden. Our backs and midfield supplied a steady stream of good ball to our forwards, with Sadhbh in particular catching the eye, with her pinpoint reading of the breaks, and accurate deliveries up field.

The forwards made most of the opportunities count on the scoreboard. Jess worked tirelessly and Erica showed a welcome return from a recent injury, as did Saoirse Fitz in defence. We were comfortably ahead at half time, having scored six goals and only conceded one, and the girls looked forward to more of the same in the second half. That’s not exactly how things transpired.

Straight from the throw in for the second half, Vincents showed their mettle, and we knew quickly that this would be a battle to the end. Vins knocked over a couple of points and drove forward in waves, but our defenders were all heroic and defended as if their lives depended on it. Try as they might, Vins just could not breach our rearguard to get the goal they knew they needed, and we knew would really make things awkward for us.

Aoife marshalled the defence expertly, and Hannah at full back was steadiness personified. Behind them, Ally had her best outing of the year.

Up front, our forwards found the going much tougher than in the first half, but time and again Katie and others came back and gave some welcome assistance to a defence that was being stretched close to breaking point.

At the final whistle we had managed to maintain an 11 point advantage, but that margin does scant justice to a magnificent Vincents fight back in the second half, not does it indicate the pressure on Boden fingernails in that pressurised second half.

We have now qualified to play a fancied Faughs team in the semi-final in two weeks’ time. Further improvement will doubtless be needed for that encounter, but it’s a match our girls are looking forward to already. 

U-15 D Championship – Faughs – 25/09/16

BBSE        2 - 6    Faughs   1 - 1

On Sunday our U-15’s were in Cherryfield to play a high-flying Faughs team that were undefeated in the championship up to that point.

We faced a stiff breeze in the first half, but our girls gave as good as they got in the opening exchanges. Deirdre opened the scoring with a smart point from play, but Faughs responded with a point from a “45” and followed this up with a good goal.

After that the exchanges were end to end with no quarter being asked for or given on either side. Scores were hard to come by, before Blathnaid broke the deadlock when she ran through the heart of the Faughs defence to tip over a point. From the puck-out, Ciara Duffy gathered and sent the ball sailing over the black spot. We were motoring at this point. Stalemate in their square almost led to a goal for us, but from the resultant “45” Blathnaid hit the crossbar, and the defence scrambled it away. We were not to be denied for long. Deirdre gathered the next ball, turned on a sixpence, dropped the hurl and found the net with a hand-pass. She was proving a handful for the Faughs full back, and tipped over another point before half time.

The second half began in a similar vein, with neither side yielding an inch. We kept the scoreboard ticking over at our end while our defence shut up shop and kept Faughs scoreless for the half. First Deirdre slotted over a point. Blathnaid then added a goal and Ciara Woodcock finished off the scoring with a good point.

Final score – BBSE 2-6; Faughs 1-1.

This really was a panel effort.

Caoimhe was brilliant in goal with a succession of top class saves, the highlight of which was a pile-driver on the stroke of half-time, when she literally put her body on the line for the cause.

Outside her, Shauna was rock steady, well supported by Aoife and Lauren on the corners. Hannah, Ciara and Cathy formed a solid half back line. Covering across the park and sending delivery after delivery into our forwards.

In midfield, Chloe Murphy and Elaine gave an exhibition of skill and workrate.

The forward line as a whole was brilliant, regularly falling back to support our back as the need arose. Robyn held the centre superbly and improved as the game went on. Ciara McCullough was the master on her wing, while Rachael in the corner never put a foot wrong, before helping in defence when the pressure came on near the end.

Chloe Curran fought tooth and nail for everything when she came on, and showed the scars of battle at the end. Megan, Zara and Mia also contributed handsomely to what was an excellent overall performance.

Next up is a tie against Fingallians on Wednesday, when we can expect another big test.

Camogie News 19/09/16

U14's progress to Championship Semi-Finals

The U14 Camogie girls made it through to the Division 1 Championship semi-finals with a one point win over Judes on Saturday. It was by no means this teams best performance but they battled bravely against a fired up Judes side who we have always struggled against.

In a low scoring encounter it was the Boden defence that held firm and their determination not to concede goals or give away cheap frees ultimately won the match.

Next stop is an away semi-final and they don't come much tougher than Lucan who are the current Feile champions.  Three weeks of preparation, hope and excitement.

U12's coming towards the end of their Go-Games

The Under 12s are on the last lap of their Go-Games as they make the move up to 15-a-side games next year as Under 13s.

2 of the teams (Emeralds and Sapphires) fought out with perennial rivals Kilmacud Crokes while the other 2 (Rubies and Diamonds - pictured) combined to play a 15-a-side match against Naomh Jude in Cherryfield on Saturday.

U14's beat Faughs in Championship

U14s bounced back from a defeat against Kilmacud in their Champinship opener to beat Faughs on Monday night by 3-8 to 1-4.

U14 photos courtesy of Liam Cunningham

U13's host Emeralds of Kilkenny

Sunday morning saw Emeralds from Urlingford pay a visit to the club to play two U-13 camogie challenge matches on their way to support the Cats in the camogie All Irelands.

Both matches were really competitive. We were missing a few stalwarts through injury and other commitments, but we were supplemented by Lucy Regan from the u-12s and a number of u-11s, all of whom acquitted themselves with distinction.

The “A” match opened proceedings, and was refereed by Hannah Leddy, who was making her refereeing debut in Cherryfield, and controlled proceedings with the assurance of a seasoned campaigner. The match was nip and tuck all through with little to separate the sides at the end.

The “B” match followed on the smaller camogie pitch. The grass was a shade long but both teams adapted to the conditions and produced a stirring display of end to end camogie laced with skill and commitment. Although our girls came up a couple of points short, the combination play of our 11s, 12s and 13s was a joy to behold.

We then adjourned to the club house, where parents had laid out a spread fit for a king, and both sets of players, mentors and supporters got to know one another better.

The Emeralds presented the Club to mark the visit, and already plans are being hatched for our girls to visit Urlingford in the not too distant future.

Hannah Leddy makes her debut as referee

Referee Hannah Leddy before her Cherryfield debut, flanked by the opposing captains – Erin from Ballyboden and Laura from the Emeralds

Boden girls lift O'Duffy Cup

After playing against Urlingford in the morning, a few of our Boden girls went in to support Kilkenny in the Senior Camogie final in the afternoon and they ended up lifting the cup!

U13s Ellie McAree and Anna Fitzgerald

U11 Abbie Fitzgerald

U16s host Ballincollig of Cork

The under 16 Camogie teams were delighted to host Ballincollig of Cork for the weekend. Ballincollig have a long association with the club through the hurling section and the Camogie crew were delighted to expand the link.

The initial meeting was on the Prunty pitch at 3.30 on Saturday afternoon. The weather was warm and the sun shone. However it was clear that the Ballincollig girls were in no humour to enjoy the great views of the Dublin mountains – they clearly had hurling on their mind!

The visitors played a fast-moving game - they used the wings very effectively – and were clearly on-song through the first of three 20 minute ‘halves’. A slender one point lead was a fair reflection of the balanced game. The second ‘half’ saw the 16B team enter the fray – and the game upped in intensity. Ballincollig picked off three classy points – and a (lucky) goal - however the B’s fought valiantly against a Cork team of some note – Féile finalists of 2014 and County Championship Finalists earlier this year. Our B team were mighty and performed outstandingly. For the last of our three ‘halves’ the Boden 16A’s again took to the field. Some of the slickest passing of the year was on view and our front six were outstanding.

The final whistle blew to the best of all possible results – Decci had us up by a point, Ballincollig claimed they had it by a point and Ger Delaney – who had refereed failed to produce his notebook – honours even we’ll call it.

A quick trip home for a shower before we met up for one of Jimbo’s rather tasty BBQ at the club, speeches and a table quiz followed. The girls then departed for their host families who extended the red carpet (see the little pun there?). By all accounts there was plenty of chat until the small hours of the morning.

Well done and thanks to the under 16 parents for all their help. It was a joy to host Ballincollig – we look forward to a long association with the Cork Club. Pictures next newsletter.

U9 Girls Return to Camogie Action at St Maurs

Sunday saw the first return to action for our U9 Camogie players, and while BBSE ‘Red’ teams played at home in Sancta Maria against Round Towers Clondalkin and CBC, their colleagues on the 3 ‘Blue’ teams made the trip up the M1 to Rush, to face host club St Maurs and Parnells in a 3 club cluster blitz.

Our 3 teams arrived in good time and so were well ready for the fray when the 10 o’clock throw in arrived. All that is, except for Louise, who was in Crumlin hospital having her appendix out – get well soon to Louise from all her team mates!

There was no sign of summer cobwebs as the girls took to the field, giving a great account of themselves in all 9 games played. Especially noteworthy was our girls’ willingness to rise the ball, and some very good blocking and striking, and with great puck outs turning every opposition wide into an immediate Ballyboden attack. Most of all though, it was the girls’ competitive spirit all over the field that caught the eye, with everyone working as hard as they could, marking their players and supporting their team mates.

This was a very encouraging first game back after the summer, and the coaches can look forward to the rest of the season with optimism. Well done girls!

U9's Louise Keogh lifts Liam McCarthy cup

As her U9 teammates battled out on the field, Louise Keogh was in hospital with a burst appendix.

But Louise got her timing right as she managed to get her hands on the Liam McCarthy Cup from the visiting Tipp team.

We all wish Louise a speedy recovery!


Under 16 Championship: Ballyboden St. Enda’s A v Ballinteer St. John’s A

U-16A Championship – Ballinteer St. John’s – 03/09/16

BBSE                              1 - 6

Ballinteer St. John’s        3 - 1

Goals win matches! We score 7 times, concede 4 scores – but we lose!

Our girls opened their championship campaign in Cherryfield on Saturday against near neighbours Ballinteer St. John’s. Our lead up was far from ideal, as we lost both Erica Tobin and Saoirse Fitzgerald to injury in the previous week.

The overnight rain had all but ceased, and the pitch was in excellent condition, and a sizable crowd gave plenty of vocal support to both teams. These two teams had already drawn in the league and another epic contest was expected. The two teams did not disappoint in that regard.

The match began at a frantic pace and no quarter was asked for or given, with the two teams going toe to toe like two Olympic boxers. Defences were on top, but we eventually made the breakthrough when Katie slotted over a point from a free. Then a momentary lapse of concentration in our back line was punished to the full by John’s, who hit the back of our net. Then Aisling Gargan was so unfortunate when a long delivery came back off the crossbar, and our inside forwards were a hair’s breadth away from netting the rebound. A while later, another chance went begging when the John’s goalie was slow to control a ball, but the ball just would not cross the line.

At the other end we had a let-off when a low ball skimmed across our goal, and went just outside the butt of the post. Just before the short whistle Katie again showed her coolness to split the posts with a free, leaving us a point adrift at half time.

Declan’s stirring half time team talk (telling them, in true West Cork style to “pull like dogs”) obviously had the desired effect, and the girls attacked straight from the throw-in. The first attack was repulsed but Hollyn was lurking and drove the rebound straight between the posts for the equaliser. Tensions rose a notch and even line balls were furiously contested by both sets of supporters.

Scores were still few and far between, and, if anything, the exchanges intensified. Then a weak clearance out of our defence was collected by John’s who again found the back or our net. We then had to withstand some pressure and John’s extended their lead with a point from a free. Things were looking bleak for us but our girls have always shown resilience and demonstrated it again now. Aisling Gargan took a long range free which sailed all the way to the John’s net. However, this was soon cancelled by a cheap goal following a John’s breakaway to restore their four point lead. From here to the end it was all Boden. We put over a point to bring the margin back to three. Heading into the last minute a goal down we were pressing for the equaliser. Aisling pointed another free. Then Hollyn somehow emerged from a ruck of players with the ball in her hand and headed in one direction. No mind reader needed to know what was on her mind. She unleashed a fierce shot that looked destined for the top corner, but somehow ended up in the side netting having shaved the post.

Still we were not done. Another attack and Hollyn popped over a point. The minimum margin. One more attack hopefully. However our hopes were dashed when the ref blew the final whistle bang on 30 minutes.

We had lost by the minimum margin, but the girls fought to the bitter end they can certainly hold their heads high.

Our defence was brilliant throughout. Sadhbh was steadiness personified. Hannah was back to her brilliant best, and Joanne was probably our player of the match. Saoirse and Aoife held sway on their respective wings, while Aisling at centre back gave an exhibition.

Olivia and Muireann gave their much-vaunted midfield opponents plenty to think about, while Hollyn and Katie were the pick of our forwards, on a day when conditions probably favoured defences.

Vincents are up next, and if we can get a victory there it would probably send us into the semi-final. If the John’s match is anything to go by, then the Vincents match is one not to be missed.

Under 13 A's Championship opener Vs Kilmacud

Player Profile

Name: Jennifer Hanrahan

Hobbies: Athletics, Camogie and Gaelic Football

Position in camogie: Half Forward

Favourite skill in camogie: Solo and taking frees

Why do you like camogie? It’s a very skilful game and I enjoy practicing it.

Match Report by Jennifer Harahan (U13)

September 4th 2016

On Sunday morning, our U13A camogie team played against Kilmacud Crokes in Cherryfield. We knew it was going to be a tough match and we came out fighting and hungry to win. The match started in wet conditions and we scored the first two goals. Crokes only managed to score two points in the first half thanks to our very solid defence and some great saves from Lucy our goalkeeper. Another goal and some points followed for Boden from our super forwards.

As the ref blew the whistle for the second half, again the midfields were very strong delivering the sliother into the forwards and we scored two very quick goals. Crokes responded with a goal but Boden kept the pressure on by continuing to score. 

It was a great team effort and thanks to the U12s who played up. This was a fantastic start to our championship to beat Crokes 7-5 to 1-2. 

Under 16 Championship: Ballyboden St. Enda’s B v Ballinteer St. John’s B.

A bright sunny day in Marley Park – the sound of an ice-cream van in the background and scores of families wandering about enjoying the last weekend before the schools re-open. You would have forgiven both teams if they had paid the ref, agreed a draw, taken down the nets and lounged on the grass for an hour and a half!

Instead what followed was one of the hardest fought encounters of this team’s long career. In truth the game was won in the first fifteen minutes. But while it might have been won in the first fifteen - vitally it wasn’t lost in the following forty five. The blocking and hooking, covering and chasing throughout was skilful and dogged. Despite a very physical encounter Boden conceded only three frees in the entire game.

A re-jigged forward line was led superbly by Sarah McGrath. There was a steady supply of ball from Elaine Whelan and Ciara Woodcock off hard-won ball in the middle of the park – repeatedly won by Sarah Anne Murphy and Hannah Tevlin (pushing up from halfback). Between them Sarah, Deirdre Murray, Chloe Curran and Robyn Flynn picked off 2 – 2 inside the first twenty minutes. Ballinteer were held scoreless during this period.

After 20 suddenly St. John’s found their rhythm. Time for the half backs to show their mettle. Ciara Duffy has, for the longest time, been the glue of this team at centre back, no change on this day – and while Ciara held the centre Cathy Flanagan and Hannah Tevlin covered the wings with more energy than a truck load of Lucozade Sport – the three were simply superb. Caoimhe Lynn made one outstanding save and as if under no pressure Shauna Walsh drove the ball 35 metres out the field. The halftime whistle was welcome. Would 2 – 2 to no score be enough playing up the hill against a St. John’s team who were growing in confidence?

The second half began as the first had finished with St. John’s on the attack. Lauren Gray was switched from mid-field to corner back at the start of the game to cover St. John’s very tidy and skilled corner forward. Three, four, five balls came to that corner in quick succession – each time Lauren’s mid-field savvy came out on top and the danger was cleared. Shauna Walsh at full back was busy. Busy and outstanding – Diarmuid O’Sullivan from Cork was known as the Rock – here was his cousin. Chloe Murphy in the other corner was having a busy day and coping well with Ballinteer’s running game.

Two substitutions put fresh legs on the pitch – the excellent Hannah Tevlin took a hurl to the elbow and was replaced by Megan Gray – we need have had no worries Megan continued to be as solid as Hannah had been. Rachel Kilmartin was sent into the full forward line with the specific job of preventing any ball from leaving the St. John’s danger area easily. Ciara McCullagh was given a free role up front – and her natural instinct as a defender was employed superbly to make life difficult for the St. John’s half backline. Suddenly the free flowing movement of John’s was stifled and Boden regained the upper hand. Boden tagged on a third point (the reporter was so excited that he forgot to note who got it!!) and that concluded the scoring for the day

The two skill highlights of the game came in the final ten minutes. From the middle of a scramble in front of the John’s goal while players from all sides pulled and pushed Rachel Kilmartin put her boot to the ball to put Deirdre Murray clear in front of goal – it was a pass Ronaldo would have been proud of. In the second instance Chloe Murphy, now playing half back - caught a ball over her head that most county hurlers would have missed. Behind her three Ballinteer players waited. Had she missed they would have scored. She didn’t miss – they didn’t score. The game finished BBSE 2-3, BSJ 0-0.

Squad: Caoimhe Lynne, Cathy Flanagan, Ciara Duffy, Ciara McCullagh, Ciara Woodcock, Chloe Curran, Chloe Murphy, Deirdre Murray (0-2), Elaine Whelan, Hannah Tevlin, Lauren Gray, Megan Gray, Robyn Flynn (1-0), Rachel Kilmartin, Sara Anne Murphy, Sarah McGrath (0-1), Shauna Walsh.

U14's narrow defeat in Championship opener

The U14 Camogie girls came agonizing close to a big upset on Saturday morning in their opening Championship game against league winners Kilmacud. Boden led for virtually the whole game but two late Crokes goals were a cruel blow and decided the game.  A thoroughly enjoyable game and a result that was hard to swallow given the effort the Boden girls put in. Onwards and upwards as we now face Faughs in a must win encounter on Saturday.

U16's Summer R&R

17th July – Report of the Day

Sunday 17th July dawned with the promise of some “Rest and Relaxation” for our u-16 camogie girls. The sun was splitting the stones and the forecast was good for the day.

Numbers were limited due to holidays and some girls on Dublin duty, but what they lacked in numbers the girls more than made up for in enthusiasm and exuberance.

The expected day of prolonged “R & R” was called into question when a van arrived and the driver Brian proceeded to unload items that would be more in keeping with Katie Taylor than Katie McDonald. Boxing gloves, boxing pads, skipping ropes, and a heavy rope were among the items waiting to be used. An hour of “boxercise” ensued, with Brian putting the girls through their paces under the watchful eyes of James, Declan and Ger.

Skipping to the Music

After some initial running and skipping the girls paired up, one with gloves and the other with pads. Each went at it hell for leather. Not even a heavily strapped knee could stop Saoirse as she battered relentlessly at Erica’s defences, while the hooking and jabbing from Caoimhe and Sadhbh would have been more at home in the National Stadium.

The girls really gave their all and hugely enjoyed the experience. As they recovered their breath, there was unanimous agreement that a few sessions in January would be great. Put that in your calendars.

Then it was time for a bite to eat and we retreated to the barbeque area. Burgers and Hot Dogs replaced all the lost energy and soon all were rarin to go again.

Next on the agenda were some water rockets, from a launching pad that had been set up in the front yard. Missile after missile was launched, the highlight being one prepared by Alana which actually cleared a nearby building and momentarily threatened the fuselage of a passing low flying aircraft.

Then there was a Luas trip into town disembarking at Heuston and heading up to the Park, where we rented a selection of bikes from the great Conal Keaney and the team at “Phoenix Park” bikes. They looked after us like VIPs, and Conal even posed for a few photos, before the cycling adventure began.

Up the main road until James gave the instruction to divert left. The object of his attention was a group of aging and greying men dressed in white, tossing a leisurely ball at one another, between cups of tea. He was agog and explained his undying passion for cricket, and the nuances of the game, to the girls, who (to their eternal credit) feigned some level of interest. Only when James announced that he was hoping to see one of these rotund gentlemen bowl a maiden over did we decide that it was probably time to move on. There was general agreement that this would probably not have been a pretty sight.

Cricket players in Phoenix Park react when James leads his merry gang into the viewing area.

Up then to the Papal Cross, with Deirdre and Elaine setting the pace, and the peleton struggling to keep pace. The Papal Cross area momentarily became a potential crime scene, when it was discovered that the saddle had been deliberately removed from one of the bikes (Ger Delaney’s in fact!). A search ensued and eventually the missing item was located close to the chief suspects Hannah and Blathnaid, but it was decided not to press charges on this occasion, due to a decided reluctance on the part of most of the witnesses to assist in the investigation.

Onwards past the American Ambassador’s residence and up to the Castleknock Gate. Supplies were now running low and some of the girls looked dangerously malnourished, as they relaxed “under a spreading chestnut tree”. It was decided that sustenance was required, so James took on the “Tom Crean” role and decided to go with Ger and explore beyond Gate and up the Castleknock Road. The journey proved fruitful and it was not long before, the girls were feasting on a selection of choc ices and icebergs, and catastrophe had been averted.

Picnic in the Park!

We then made our way back to return the bikes and trekked to Christchurch to get a bus back to the club house. Parents were there to collect and there was unanimous agreement that it had been a brilliant day.

Roll on the next one.

U13's trip to Kilkenny

Name:Anna Fitzgerald

Hobbies:Camogie, Swimming, Gaelic, Hockey, Tennis and Piano

Position in Camogie:Mid-field/Forward

Favourite Skill in camogie:Striking the sliotar in the air and soloing the sliotar

Why do you like camogie:

I like camogie because I love to lift the ball and run into space away from all my opponents, and then strike the ball into the full forwards for them to score a goal! I also enjoy meeting up with my friends.

Match Reports for day trip in Kilkenny

Our first match was away in St. Kierans College in Kilkenny against the Rower Inistioge. We all arrived in our Ballyboden gear, we were given a dressing room to leave all our bags and change of clothes in and then we made our way to the pitch to warm up and start the game. When the match started the Rower Inistioge got a few goals and was leading the way by a good few goals. At half time our coaches had said to not worry about the score as we were playing an older team and just keep working as well as we were. In the second half it was a much closer game.

After our match we had lunch in the school and then met up with all the other team and hung around. We then had to kick off into our second match against Danesfort. We played very well against Danesfort. I played mid field for the second half of that match our backs defended the goals very well, but unfortunately Danesfort got a few scrappy goals which led them to win the match.

After our second match we got an excellent talk from Michael Rice (an X-Kilkenny player) about camogie he gave us very useful tips and tricks for match situations and how to get better at camogie he also answered a few very good questions. We were thankful for the U12's that had played up and helped us in our matches.

We would like to thank St. Kierans College for providing us to use their pitchs and providing food for the parents and treats for the kids. And we were also appreciated the parents and mentors that gave us lifts to Kilkenny. I really enjoyed the day and I thank all the mentors that helped out and organised the day.

Name: Clodagh Delaney

Hobbies: Camogie, Gaelic Football, Hockey, Basketball and playing the flute

Position in camogie: Half back

Favourite Skill in camogie: Blocking and clearing the ball.

What I like about camogie:

It’s a really fast and skilful game and I make lots of friends through camogie.

Match Reports for day trip in Kilkenny

We left the club house in cars early on Saturday morning, and we were ready to play our first match in Dicksboro at 11.00. We were missing a few girls who were on holidays but it was great to have a few u-12s and u-14s playing with us, so we had a full team. Even though it was raining we started well and scored two early goals but they were really strong and eventually came out on top.

We then went into their club house for tea and sandwiches before heading to have our lunch in St. Kieran’s College. At 2.00 we played O’Loughlin Gaels in the College and won by a few points after another great game. We were all really tired after the two hard games. After that, we had a talk from Kilkenny star Michael Rice, which was very interesting. He told us to practice a lot and always say thanks to our coaches and parents.

Before leaving St. Kierans College, we had a few more snacks, and we got to see all the trophies in the Glass Hall. On the way home we all stopped for a McDonalds – a great finish to a great day.

We all really enjoyed the day and we would like to thank our coaches who organised the trip, our parents who drove cars and supported us, and all the people from Dicksboro and St. Kierans College who gave us such a great welcome.


U12 girls head for Wexford

The U12 girls set off on their annual trip, this time to Wexford, on Saturday for a day packed with fun, food and a little bit of sport. When the trip was planned for the last weekend in June, we thought that the numbers could be down with end of school year and holidays approaching, but as always, the dedication and camaraderie of this bunch of girls rose to the fore and 51 girls met up at the clubhouse bright and early at 8.30. These girls, many of whom started 6 years ago in the Academy have benefitted from the introduction of alternate weekends for Camogie and Football, in that 43 of the 51 are still dual players and so arrived with Helmets, Hurls, Gum shields, Shin guards, food, sun cream, raincoats etc. It was a full bus!

With on-board entertainment on the way consisting of sing songs and the traditional quiz, the journey flew by and we made it to St. Martins GAA club just outside Wexford town before 11. As expected, it being the sunny South East, the sun shone throughout as the girls started out with 3 football matches followed by 3 camogie matches.

Our girls fought hard showing great skills across both codes and were well able for the challenge of the girls from the Model County. There was also great sportsmanship on display from both teams with some of our girls slotting into St. Martin’s teams due to our higher numbers.

After the battle, comes the spoils and our girls were certainly spoiled afterwards with buns, cakes and drinks while the adults were able to discuss the outcome of the Brexit with the Wexford parents and coaches.

Then we gathered up our belongings and were waved off by our opposition as we headed for our next stop, the beach of Curracloe. The poor lifeguards, enjoying a quiet afternoon on the near empty beach, were shocked to see 50+ crazed 11/12 year old girls charge down to the water. The city-slickers, many of them still wearing their football socks, then ran as quick back out again as they realised that the water was not the temperature of their local swimming pool.

Then after some changing of outfits supervised by Aisling and Carol who were overworked for the day, we moved onto our final stop, McDonalds in Arklow. The girls good humour and sense of fun continued to shine through as they ate their meals on the wall outside (turns out McDonalds in Arklow isn’t that big!)

For the final stretch of the journey some slept, some still sang – the quiz prizes were awarded – turns out a team of mentors daughters won, Alice, Megan, Shauna and Google!!

The bus was met by all of the grateful parents and as the last girl was picked up, the mentors went in for some well earned refreshments.

Many thanks to all those who made the trip possible, in particular to Aisling and Carol for looking after the girls and thanks to our hosts St. Martins who are welcome back to Dublin for the return trip any time! Finally thanks to the girls who made the trip and who continue to represent the club in style.

U13s - 2 narrow defeats but still fighting

The U13s came out the wrong side of the scoreboard in their 2 most recent highly competitive matches.

See how the girls themselves saw it, in their own words.

Ballyboden U13A 2-6   Lucan Sarsfields 4-3 (League Division 1)

Match report by Lucy Horan (U13)

June 26th 2016

On Sunday morning we, the U13 division one camogie team played Lucan the league leaders in a very tough match. It was played in Cherryfield in very wet conditions.

Boden had six u12s playing up as five of our players were unavailable and they were brilliant. It was a great battle and no one gave up.

We got the first point through Jennifer but Lucan scored two quick goals. The Lucan goalkeeper made some great saves to keep them five points up at half time.

We played with the hill in the second half with our heads held high and with nothing to fear. The midfield covered a lot of ground and kept fighting. We picked off points to narrow the gap and in the last 5 minutes we scored a goal, but couldn't get the ball into the forwards for the equaliser. When the final whistle was blown we knew we played well enough to win and scare the league winners. It was a great game and although we lost 2-6 to 4-3 we played really well.

We’ll get them next time!

Ballyboden U13A 3-2   St. Judes 3-3

Match report by Erin Christie (U13)

June 12th 2016

The match against Judes was hard but we fought well and made it a close game.  Even the Ref said it was a good match.   

The Hill made a big difference in the first half but we fought on and got a goal and a point.  But Judes took advantage of the hill and scored 2-3. 

We made up for it in the second half and in the end the score was 3.3 – 3.2. 

Everybody played great. Mia and Katie took some super scores. Saoirse made many important hooks and blocks and made a big difference on the game.  Lucy made some important saves in Goal in the first half which kept us in it. 

It was good to be part of a team that all tried so hard for the full match and thanks to the U12s who did well against such tough opposition.

Camogie Mini All Ireland Blitz 2016

The June Mini All Ireland continues to be a highlight in the Camogie Calendar. The 2016 version took place last Friday evening – June 17th with over 200 eager hurlers taking part. To accommodate increased numbers in the senior section of the competition the blitz was expanded to twelve teams played over six pitches in Cherryfield, with the Junior Section run over four pitches on PUM. The weather was ideal and the promised rain showers never materialised.

The under 16 and minor teams provided the referees who did a great job throughout – offering the younger players in particular constant encouragement. The under 14’s sent down the next generation of Brian Coady’s and they clearly have huge management potential as they helped out with team mentoring.

Dave Mellon did a remarkable Jamie Oliver impression with his new ‘Back to the Future’ Barbecue and kept the nation fed with top-class burgers – well done and huge thanks to Dave and his crew. Rumours that half the smoke alarms in Knocklyon were set off are completely false !! The ice-cream van also went down a treat. First Aid was looked after by Nicola Boutall, Samantha Maguire and Loreto Brady.

Congratulations to all who took part in this festival – games were played in a great spirit with plenty of good hurling. While the main aim of the evening is to provide an enjoyable set of games and to encourage skill development history should record that Carlow (managed by Sinéad Sweeney and Donal Griffin) beat Donegal in a cracking Junior Cup final by a point. The junior shield was won by Mayo, (managed by Sarah White, Carol Donaghy and Maura Solan), defeating Kildare in the final. The Senior Cup finished Waterford 5.2 (managed by Barbara Vaughan), Kerry 2.1 and the Senior Shield saw Limerick (maanaged by Jean Gargan) beating Dublin by 1.3 to 1.0.

Well done to the mentors from all age groups on their organisation, and thanks to the Camogie Committee for their support. Special thanks to senior players Sarah Nagle and Rachel Ruddy who presented medals to the Senior Cup winners, and a medal to each of the Junior Section participants. Roll on the 14th Annual Mini All Ireland in 2017 !

Thanks to Richie Sweetnam and Camogie Mgmt. team

The Camogie section, the Club Executive and the Club in general would like to thank Richie Sweetnam for his years of dedication as Senior Camogie coach. Richie and his management team stepped down at the beginning of the week.

Under Richie's stewardship, the Ballyboden St Endas Senior Camogie team enjoyed a period of unprecedented success, winning 5 Dublin Championships in a row from 2010 to 2014.  They also won numerous Senior League and Cup titles. With a number of high profile players retiring soon after, the easy decision would have been for Richie to follow suit and bask in the glory of his success. Instead, he took on the rebuilding project with enthusiasm, successfully integrating many young players into  the Senior setup in the following years. As a result, he leaves behind a young and enthusiastic Senior panel for his successor; of the 30 players on the Senior panel in 2018, only a fistful are over 22 years of age.

Richie was actively involved throughout the Camogie section, not just with the Senior panel. He was to the forefront of all fundraising efforts, and I'm sure we'll see him collecting trees in the New Year!  He attended every Camogie meeting, where he was always generous with his advice to mentors of all teams at juvenile level and had a genuine interest in improving the level of Camogie within Boden at all ages.

We also thank Peter Lucey, who has been by Richie's side in recent years & Orla Smith who also joined the management team last year. We cannot forget the input of Bernard Curtis, who has been everpresent by Richie's side, along with the number 1 Boden supporter Rita

We would also like thank Richie's wife Triona and their young family for their patience over the years, the kids won't miss being dragged to the early training sessions on Saturday mornings!

We wish Richie many more years of success with the Club with whichever team which will be fortunate to inherit his talents.

Boden U9 Girls at ‘Camogie4Teens’ Blitz in Ballinteer

Ballinteer Community School was the venue last Saturday afternoon for the final day of the ‘Camogie4Teens’ programme run by Dublin Camogie.  This innovative promotional initiative brought teenage participants from clubs across Dublin - including 7 girls from Ballyboden St Enda’s –  for intensive courses on foundation coaching, ‘first whistle’ referee, Admin/PR, a lifestyle module and and culminated with the girls managing and refereeing an U9s camogie tournament on a glorious Saturday afternoon in Ballinteer. 

Teams from across south Dublin were represented at the blitz, and our U9s were very ably managed and encouraged by players from Naomh Judes, Faughs and Commercials – a welcome and refreshing change for the girls from their usual managers. Our girls were drawn to face Kilmacud Crokes, Ballinteer St Johns and a second team from Kilmacud. Encouraged every step of the way by their new managers, our girls went after every game from the throw in, and with some tiger-ish displays across the field, the Boden girls came away with a very creditable two wins and a draw. 

A great afternoon camogie for our girls - GRMA to Camogie Dublin for the tournament - and for the goodies afterwards - and to our friends over at Ballinteer St Johns.

And well done to Boden girls  Saoirse F, Saoirse H, Ciara, Aisling, Hannah, Aoibheann and Ciara for completing the course.

Many thanks to Dave Rusk for the photos. For more photos, see here

U11 Millie O'Reilly's Kilkenny hurling connection

The U11s trip to Dicksboro was especially memorable for Ken and Millie O Reilly. After the game they were shown an exhibition in the Dicksboro clubhouse of an all Ireland Medal won by Millie's Great Grand uncle Peter O'Reilly and some of his hurling memorabilia from the 1930's. Peter won three all Ireland medals for Kilkenny.

Sam Maguire lifts Liam McCarthy!

The U11s witnessed something truly unique on their trip to Kilkenny - Sam Maguire lifting Liam McCarthy!!

In fact it was one of the lady helpers for the day, Sam Maguire, lifting Kilkenny's resident trophy!

Many thanks to all the mentors and parents for making it a great day out!

U11s Trip to Dicksboro

Saturday morning, and the U-11s were up bright and early, and congregating at the club house. The bus hit the road on time at 9.00 with close to 40 children and a generous sprinkling of eager mentors on board.

As we turned into Dicksboro’s pitch the local girls were already warming up in the pleasant sunshine, as our girls (and some mentors!) liberally applied the Factor 50.

The sight of the Dicksboro maroon reminded everyone of the recent welcome revival in Westmeath’s hurling fortunes, but all were careful not to raise the matter of U-21s, or missed last-minute penalties, with either Mick or Cathal.

We fielded 3 teams and the opposition was provided by 2 Dicksboro teams and 1 team from across the city in O’Loughlin’s. Each of our teams played each opposing team in 3 20-minute matches. Bearing in mind that the Kilkenny girls were a year older, and that Kilkenny teams will never be found wanting in terms of determination or skill, our girls performed magnificently, and steadily improved as the games progressed. While victory eluded us on the day, the experience gained, and the spirit shown will certainly stand them all in good stead in the games ahead.

After the game Ken and Millie O Reilly were shown an exhibition in the Dicksboro clubhouse of an all Ireland Medal won by Millie's Great Grand uncle Peter O Reilly and some of his hurling memorabilia from the 1930's. Peter won three all Ireland medals for Kilkenny.

Once the games finished the girls headed for the water bottles to quench thirsts – and to then engage in the obligatory water fight, where the general motto of the girls appeared to be “the wetter the better”.

Then lunch in the clubhouse, where the customary Dicksboro hospitality was again in evidence. They could not have been more welcoming and accommodating.

Back on the bus, and off to a spot of swinging, sliding and climbing in the Kilkenny Castle Park playground. Cathal then led the way up the Park to the Castle – a veritable “Pied Piper” with a line of Boden kids in his wake.

Then we had a guided tour of Kilkenny Castle, which proved interesting, educational and entertaining. The girls were not slow to raise questions with the various guides, who will have been put to the pins of their collars to answer some of the more “left field” questions and observations.

Then back out to the Park where Cathal proudly revealed the mysterious contents of the bag he had been carefully guarding all afternoon. Opening the zip, he reached in and pulled out the Liam McCarthy Cup, gleaming in the sunshine – and the cup was shiny as well!

Cameras and i-phones flickered – group pictures, individual pictures, Daddy & daughter pictures, Mammy & daughter pictures, “Sam Maguire holding Liam McCarthy” picture, randomer pictures. And then John Kirwan spotted his chance and headed straight for a bridal party who had just arrived in the Park. The groom was blown off his feet, but the bride seemed less impressed, making it extremely doubtful if Liam McCarthy will feature in the final Wedding Album cut. To add to John’s disappointment, the “afters” invitation that he had clearly been angling for also failed to materialise.

Back on the bus for the journey home, and Samantha produced plenty of goodies to replenish the girls’ sugar levels. Soon the singing stared, and we were treated to a version of “Boden U-11s Got Talent”.

Next on the agenda was the quiz. 4 rounds of monstrously difficult questions (at least for the adults).  Teams of 4 were established, and Laura used all here teaching experience to ensure that the highest standards of secrecy between teams were maintained at all times. This became hugely important as Cathal broke the welcome news that prize for the winners was likely to be an “all expenses paid” trip to Euro Disney – with pocket money thrown in. However as we write, the travel chaos in France may be putting these plans in severe jeopardy. Plan B is likely to be choc ices.  Winners to be announced at training on Monday.

Back to the club house on time at 6.00 to be met with a posse of happy parents. No doubt everyone slept well on Saturday night. Roll on the next trip.

U13's defeat Erins Isle

The Under 13A's continued their good run of form with a comfortable victory over an Erins Isle team who, to their credit, competed hard to the very end.

See how the match was viewed below by a couple of the team.


U14's finish League campaign in style

U14A League Ballyboden St Endas 2-5 St. Oliver Plunketts 0-1

U14A League Ballyboden St Endas 5-5 Lucan Sarsfields 5-2

Two wins in 4 days was a perfect finish to the league for the U14 Camogie team.  A Wednesday night trip to Martin Savage Park against Oliver Plunketts yielded a convincing performance from the throw-in.  Katie McDonald got the scoring underway with some well taken points from outfield and placed balls.  A goal and a point soon followed from the gloved hand of Sarah Joyce and Sinead Sweeney got in on the act with a well taken goal to finish the half in style.  Plunketts rallied after the break but Boden continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over to run out comfortable winners.

A trip to Lucan on Saturday morning followed and anyone involved in Camogie will know that it’s never an easy task.  The girls knew this would be a real the measure of where they stood and the standard required to compete at the top level of Division 1 - and boy did they answer that question.  Boden played with the wind and hill and they tore into the opposition but scores were hard earned from both Katie McDonald and Lucy O'Shea.  Boden continued to dominate play but despite several opportunities they got very little luck in front of goal.  The opposite was the case for Lucan, who were able to break on a few occasions and convert goals against the run of play.  Despite all the good work Boden went in 4pts down at half time and the girls heads could easily have went down.

But this game was all about the second half and you'll go a long way to see as good a half hour of hurling.  Again Boden dominated the individual battles and possession but were finding it hard to reflect that on the scoreboard.  Each time Boden scored Lucan got soft goals that were real body blows.  But 15 minutes on the clock and the game slipping away our girls eventually said enough was enough.  The defence stepped things up, held firm and drove the rest of team forward.  The half forward line of Ashling Murry, Katie McDonald and in particular Ciara Doyle ran at the heart of the Lucan defence at every opportunity and the goals followed.  Boden edged into a 3pt lead with 5 minutes to go.  Lucan threw the kitchen sink at it looking for an equalizer but team spirit and heart came to the fore in the Boden team and they held firm to seal the win.  Mentor and parent Pat Reynolds is rumoured to be still smiling at time of writing.  A special day for this group as thoughts turn firmly towards the championship in the autumn and the girls can dream of possibilities over the summer months.

Team: Sarah Reynolds, Rebecca McDonald, Niamh Ryan, Stephanie Hamm, Lucy O'Connor, Anna O'Shea, Kiara Cunningham, Lily Wende-Doyle, Lucy O'Shea, Ashling Murray, Ciara Doyle, Katie McDonald, Sarah White, Sarah Joyce, Jemma Hayes, Ella Thompson, Eabha Kelly

Under 14 girls represent their County

Congratulations to the 4 U14 Boden girls - Katie McDonald, Lucy O'Shea, Ashling Murray and Anna O'Shea who represented Dublin at the Portlaoise Intercounty Blitz on Saturday. The 3 Dublin teams Navy, White and Blue brought 2 trophies back to the capital. They will play in the James Hurley Blitz in Mallow on 4th June.

Niamh Ryan missed the trip due to injury but hopes to be back in action soon. 


Senior League Division 3: Ballyboden St Endas B 3-10 Na Fianna B 1-7

Thursday evening was a perfect evening for a game. Na Fianna have provided stiff opposition at this level in recent years, and a tough game was anticipated.

Boden started brightly, with Darina Ryan popping over 2 points in the opening minutes. However she had to depart shortly after with a shoulder injury. Claire Kirwan then finished an opportunist goal from close range.

Cora was her assured self in goal on her most welcome return to the team.

We were on top in all parts of the pitch, the only disappointing element was that we didn’t show our superiority on the scoreboard. Claire goaled again before half time and Emer O’ Leary picked off a nice point from a good Ciara Scallan pass to give us a decent cushion.

The second half followed the same path as the opening period, with the home side on top. Na Fianna did goal midway through the half, but Claire was once again the beneficiary of some good play to complete her hat-trick. Emer was accurate from placed balls also.

While we are pleased with the result, we will need to be more clinical in front of goal when we travel to the unbeaten Crokes in the final League game this coming Thursday. Crokes have easily swept aside all opposition, so we look forward to the challenge.

Team: Cora Ryan, Sarah Lambert, Grace Walsh, Roisin Walsh, Eve O’ Donoghue, Amy Holmes, Laura Murphy, Jane Nolan, Laura Burns, Ciara Scallan, Darina Ryan, Aoife O’ Brien, Eimear Butler, Emer O’ Leary, Claire Kirwan, Grainne Corcoran, Danielle Aylmer

Under 13's narrow defeat to Na Fianna

Na Fianna           4 - 0 BBSE                     2 - 5

7 scores for and 4 scores against gives a good indication of the overall trend of this game, where most of the activity took place in the Na Fianna half of the pitch, and our full back line were virtual spectators for long spells. However, not for the first time this campaign, the old adage that “goals win matches” proved accurate. Unfortunately, some defensive errors and a lack of cutting edge in the forward line (particularly in the second half), cost us dear and allowed Na Fianna to escape with both league points.

The game started very promisingly for us and we set about our task with gusto from the first whistle. Katie was proving a real handful and had two goals on the board within the first ten minutes. Then Na Fianna replied with a goal of their own, before Clodagh converted a “45”. We were then hit by two hammer blows within a minute when Na Fianna scored 2 goals. Clodagh finished the half with another point from a “45”, to leave Na Fianna fortunate to be ahead by a point at the break (3-0 to 2-2).

We began the second half positively, and Clodagh and Jennifer both pointed frees, before Jennifer scored a great point on the run to leave us two points ahead. Nevertheless the feeling lingered that we were not putting the game to bed. We hit the crossbar. Balls went wide. Balls dropped short, but still the scoreboard did not reflect the trend of the game. Then, in a late break away, Na Fianna attacked. We spurned a few chances to clear before the ball crossed our line. A few late chances for us went unrewarded, meaning we lost by the narrowest of margins.

It was a day when we should have won, but a lack of concentration at vital times, coupled with a few occasions when we were completely deserted by Lady Luck, cost us dear. Nonetheless, there were plenty of positives. Erin was absolutely brilliant, and the workrate of Julie, Mia and Sarah could not be faulted. In Katie, we have found the makings of a real full forward.

This may be a blip, but the learning curve is still rising – the team is progressing well and the outlook for the year is bright.

Under 12's visit new GAA facility in Abbotstown

A team representing our under 12s took part in a Leinster Camogie Blitz at Abbotstown on Saturday. The Blitz consisted of 50 teams from all around Leinster in the fabulous new GAA centre in Abbotstown.

Our Boden girls started off strongly against Windgap from Kilkenny. Boden then beat a strong Kilrush team from Wexford in a tight tough game. The final game against Kilkenny’s James Stephens proved a bridge too far as our girls were beaten by a Kilkenny masterclass of Hurling. Great skills were on show by our girls throughout and contacts made with other Leinster clubs in order to arrange some away days in the future for our girls.

Senior League Division 1: Ballyboden St Endas A 2-12 Lucan Sarsfields 2-6

The sun was shining on Sunday morning when Lucan Sarsfields visited Páirc Ui Mhurchú for the first time since beating us in the Championship semi-final last year. A few late withdrawals through injury and illness gave some new faces a chance to shine in the home side.

Boden started very brightly, picking off some fine points through Darina Ryan, Emer Lucey & Jodie White before Sile Nic Coitir burst through the Lucan defence to score a terrific solo goal. Boden brought a high level of intensity to the game which resulted in them turning over possession a number of times. Lucan did score an opportunist goal before half time to leave the score 1-8 to 1-2 at half time.

Lucan began the second half well, and Boden struggled to gain possession in the middle third. In the opening 10 minutes of the half Lucan scored 1-3 to a solitary point from the home side. However a fine point from Emer O’ Leary gave Boden a boost, and from there to the end there was only going to be one winner.

Máiread Luttrell came on for the last 15 minutes and brought great calmness to the proceedings. Some fine points were picked off and a great move saw Emer Lucey finish to the net to give the final score-line of 2-12 to 2-6 a fair reflection on the performance.

Ciara Lucey performed very well in goal, with one late reflex save from close range a particular highlight. A special mention to Eve O’ Donoghue who had a fine game in her first start at this level, while Rachel Ruddy is getting stronger each week after her injury problems. Another feature of the game was some fantastic fielding in the air by Grace Walsh, who was one of the standout performers in a good team display.

If the girls continue to bring this level of intensity to every game then we can look forward to competing at the business end of the Championship later in the year. Next up is a trip to play Oliver Plunketts on Tuesday 17th.

Team: Ciara Lucey, Aoife O’ Neill, Susan Kennedy, Eve O’ Donoghue, Rachel Ruddy, Fiona Corcoran, Grace Walsh, Martha O’ Donoghue, Sarah Nagle, Laura Burns, Emer Lucey, Sile Nic Coitir, Jodie White, Orla Smith, Darina Ryan, Orla Tevlin, Emer O’ Leary, Máiread Luttrell

Camogie News May 7/8th

It was a busy camogie weekend with lots of good performances from our juvenile teams

Division U16A: Ballyboden A 5-5 v Na Fianna A 0-1 at PUM

Our girls got back to winning ways with a superb performance against Na Fianna at PUM on Saturday. 

Recent league results suggested that this would be a “nip and tuck” affair, but our girls set about their task with gusto from the first whistle.

First to raise a green flag was Aisling Byrne, and Alana (who was settling in well making her first outing of the year with the “A” team) did likewise a few minutes later following a purposeful solo run. A pointed free from Katie followed, and then a dropping ball from Hollyn ended up in the net as the goalie appeared distracted by the sight of Georgina bearing down on her. Alana was then fouled resulting in Katie slotting over the point, and Aisling Byrne closed out the first half with a point.

Georgina opened the second half with a goal, and then Olivia got in on the act slotting over a point. Then came Na Fianna’s solitary response – a point from a “45”. The game was closed out by Aisling Gargan (“Gamekeeper turned poacher”), as she moved from full back to full forward and scored a good goal and point.

A very good day’s work ended in some disappointment when word emerged that Judes had fallen agonisingly short against Vincents, meaning that a top two finish was out of reach for us. Nevertheless many positive signs as we prepare for the upcoming championship season. We will not be far away!!

Division U13A: Ballyboden A 9-7 v St. Vincents A 1-0 at Cherryfield

Our match on Sunday morning was characterised by a determined performance from the first whistle, against a somewhat understrength Vincents team.

Jennifer opened the scoring with two pointed frees, and Ella than found the net twice. Katie was then fouled, yielding another pointed free for Jennifer, to leave us 9 points to the good at half time.

The second half opened with a changed formation for us but we were quickly back in the groove with goals from Jennifer and Katie. A pointed “45” from Clodagh was followed by scores from Katie Jennifer and Yvonne, while the only reply from Vincents was a late goal.

This was truly a team effort, with everyone pulling their weight, and scores being shared across a good number of players. However we all know massive tests lie ahead – in particular the unbeaten Lucan and the high-flying Na Fianna.

Division U13D: Ballyboden B 11-1 v Castleknock B 0-0 at Castleknock

The under 13B girls traveled to Castleknock on Sunday morning. While it was an early start the Boden girls were quick off the mark with a great goal from Alanah Grady following a piercing run through the defence. This opened the flood gates with goals from Anna Fitzgerald following a great save by the keeper of a rocket from her first shot and Eimer Hayden who bust through the defence to hand pass to the net. Ciara Kelleher was causing all sorts of problems in the full forward line and the move of the first half was a series of passes between Ciara Kelleher, Katie McCabe, Ciara Deane and finished to the net by Alanah Grady. Emily Regan finished the half with a well taken goal from a ground shot. The defense in the first half was outstanding with Clodagh Reid, Abbie Brennan and Anna Lambert from the under 12 team totally on top. Aoife Quigley and Elena McDonagh kept winning ball and making great clearances while Louise Sharkey let nothing past her.

In the second half it was more of the same. Abbie and Anna moved to midfield and dominated while Clodagh dominated the backs. Katie and Ciara Deane played well in the forwards in the second. Elena, Aoife and Louise didn't give an inch. More goals came and Sarah Balance who had a very good first half got in on the goal scoring act and finished as strong as she started. 

The Boden girls pushed on to the finish working as a team and finished the game 11 goals 1 point to 0.0.

U14's - Feile Day

Saturday was a magnificent day and the Boden girls were outstanding.  Drenched in Spring sunshine with a large crowd in support the girls got off to a flyer by narrowly beating Faughs.  The second game did not go as well with the eventual finalists, Kilmacud Crokes, coming out on top.  It all came down to the final game against St Finians who came into the game on the back of two wins.  A semi-final place was at stake and it's safe to say that our young girls rose to the occasion and played their best game ever in a Boden jersey.  Well on top throughout the first half and a 4 point lead at the break did not reflect the play and effort put in.  That narrow lead proved costly in the end as the game swung both ways in the second half with Finians putting up a strong fight to level the scoreboard with 5 minutes to go.  Boden had a few chances to score but some dogged defending and no break of the ball kept them out and a late point for Finians was simply heartache.

A semi-final was not to be but a truly fantastic and enjoyable day.  Great memories to take away for the girls who gave it everything so no regrets.  Mentors and parents were very very proud of them on the day.

Under 11's help to commemorate 1916 centenary

The U11 Camogie girls were treated to a pristine St. Enda's Park which was drenched in glorious sunshine for the matches against Naomh Olaf on Sunday 24th April. Each club was represented by thirty five players a piece which made for some very exciting action. It is often hard to fathom just how far the girls have come, Naomh Olaf included, in terms of skill and competitiveness.

Ballyboden fielded three teams.

Team 1 managed by mentors Peter Hassett and John Kirwan were delighted with their win after a slow start where Olaf's took the lead after 9 minutes with a soft goal, followed by a drought for the next ten minutes or so. Ballyboden came back with scores from Julie Brady and Megan Nugent thus taking the pressure off when we came into the break. Boden got off to a flying start in the second half with scores from Caoilin Dunne, Eimear Kirwan, Ailbhe Christie, Aisling Quinn and Eva Hassett. Despite tenacious efforts, Olaf's were unable to convert enough scores to make a difference come the full time whistle.

Team two were managed by John Cadell and Declan Roche. This was a very even game and Olafs had some very strong players in this squad. The Boden girls battled hard and showed great tenacity Ellen Sweeney and Lily Burden put in great performances there was some terrific defending by Grace Cadell and Aoibhin Roche, Jenny Maguire. Up front we had star performers in Emily H Lehane, Rachel Hickey Aodhbha Mahon and Kate Lawrie and in the end there was only one point between both teams.

The third team was managed on the day by Cathal Fitzgerald. Boden got off to a quick start and took control of the game, Enya Kennedy, Holly O Connor, Tara McCluskey , and Grace Delaney, let nothing past them.  In the midfield Neasa Codd , Isobel Morris and Abbie Fitzgerald were the engines that drove ball after ball forward and stopped Olafs in their tracks. Up front Millie O Reilly, Ruby Hynes, Sofia Coleman went on a goal scoring spree between them. In the second half Grace Delaney who moved to the forwards scored two great goals. Ciara Heffernan joined for the second half and made an immediate impact. There was some great points scored by Abbie Fitzgerald including one off her weak side and Neasa Codd who had a lot of great shots on goal. Ballyboden finished on top.

Following the games, the girls were presented with certificates to mark the precise anniversary of the 1916 rising. They were reminded that while some players may clock up several all Irelands in their career, few of them will be able to say they played on the grounds of Padraig Pearse's School at St. Enda's Park on the 100th anniversary.

Senior League Division 3: Ballyboden St Endas B 3-15 Crumlin 1-4

On Thursday evening the Senior B Camogie team made it 3 wins from 3 in the League with a comfortable win over an under-strength but hard working Crumlin side. We were down a number of players on a school trip, so this gave an opportunity for others to step in.

From the first whistle Boden were on the attack. Early points from Darina Ryan & Ciara Scallan were quickly followed by a goal from Áine O’ Brien. Crumlin tried hard but their only reward in the first half were 2 pointed 45’s. A string of 5 points in a row from Darina including a fine long range free from the half way line,  and another from Ciara Scallan gave Boden a half-time lead of 1-8 to 0-2. All of the backs were strong during the course of the half, and Ciara O’ Neill was very assured in goal with some fine distribution.

The second half was a case of more of the same, Boden on top all in all areas of the pitch. Orla Tevlin picked off a fine point, Darina with another point, then Ciara Scallan goaled from a fine move. The half back line were totally dominant throughout the game, with Gráinne Corcoran particulary prominent throughout the second half.  Claire Kirwan got in on the act with 2 points in a row, and Ciara Scallan got her second goal of the evening.

A fortuitous goal was Crumlin’s only score from play, and they also pointed a couple of frees. Amy Holmes scored a fine long range point before Ciara Scallan finished things off with another point. Final score 3-15 to 1-4.

All in all, a good performance with much to improve on. Numerous goal chances were spurned throughout the game and no doubt these would prove costly against stronger opposition. Next up is a trip next Thurday to Ringsend to face Clann na Gael, which will be a much tougher encounter.

Team: Ciara O’ Neill, Sarah Lamber, Grace Walsh, Roisin Walsh, Danielle White, Amy Holmer, Gráinne Corcoran, Jane Nolan, Laura Burns, Claire Kirwan, Darina Ryan, Ciara Scallan, Rachel Whyte, Aine O’ Brien, Orla Tevlin, Danielle Aylmer, Saidbh O’ Gorman

U12 Centenary Blitz - April 17th

The Centenary Blitz took place on a beautiful Sunday morning in St. Endas Park.

The organisers were up early to transport goal posts and set up pitches ready for the arrival of the Under 12 girls from Boden, Raheny, Kilmacud, Faughs and Templeogue Synge Street.

The Boden Camogie girls took the Shield competition against a valiant Faughs team while Kilmacud beat Raheny in the Camogie Cup final. Boden had led both group games against Raheny and Kilmacud at half time but were pegged back to a loss and a draw respectively and will come back stronger from the experience.

All teams then marched proudly behind their banners to the Pearse museum for a presentation of trophies with each girl receiving a commemorative scroll (along with some gratefully received Taytos!)

Great thanks to the organising committee and to teams from Kilmacud, Raheny, Templeogue Synge Street and Faughs for making it a great day for all. Finally, thanks to Liam Cunningham for the wonderful photos of the event and to Senior player Emer Lucey for making the presentations.

Camogie News April 16/17th

First of all, we wish the Féile girls well for next weekend’s adventures – have a great weekend and hurl your hearts out – you’ll be fab !

It was a busy weekend for our Juvenile Camogie teams

Under 15’s v Fingallians

Pride of place goes to the under 15’s who won a highly entertaining encounter with Fingallians on Sunday morning. With the welcome addition of a few under 14’s to the squad Beth O’Neill captained the side to a well-deserved one point win. Having trailed by six points at the break a determined Fingallians dominated the early period of the second half. The first half Boden lead was erased and the north side club established a two point lead. A strong Boden fightback ensured victory by the narrowest possible margin. The game was book ended by two terrific goals – Alice Gell found the net early doors with a low stinging shot, and Blathnaid Slater raised the green flag with a wonderfully struck 45 with about 5 minutes to go. Congrats all round.

Under 16A’s v Naomh Jude & 16B’S v Naomh Barrog

The two under 16 squads had very differing fates this weekend. Playing side by side on the two Cherryfield pitches both games were won by significant scorelines.

The A’s ran out very comfortable winners against a Jude’s side that were never allowed to get into any form of rhythm, while the Boden side had one of those days where every pass went to hand. Movement on and off the ball was excellent and this side’s reputation as tenacious chasers of every ball was further enhanced. A very good day at the office.

The B’s meanwhile were at the wrong end of a six goal loss. How this happened remains a mystery as the game was ultra-competitive. Naomh Barrog (unbeaten all season) were a powerful, skillful unit – but our girls lived with them everywhere except on the scoreboard. This level of effort and skill will certainly be rewarded with good wins in future matches.

U-13 A League Naomh Mearnog 1-0 v BBSE 5-6 Portmarnock – 17/04/16

Sunday morning saw our u13A team cross the city to face Naomh Mearnog.

This was our third match in the league, and we were hoping to make up for the disappointment of last week, when we were undone by a couple of late goals.

We were bolstered by Leonie, Noami and Anna from the u-12s. The game began at a cracking pace and Lucy soon shook the net to settle any nerves, Goals followed from Julie and Jennifer, with points from Ellie, Jennifer and Mia (who was making a welcome return from injury). This left the half time score 3-3, the only reply from the opposition was a goal from a free.

In the second half our girls continued to take the game to Naomh Mearnog, and added 2-3 without reply to run out convincing winners

This was a real team performance. The defence as a unit played well, ably marshalled by Yvonne and Clodagh, and limited Naomh Mearnog to just one score. Erin and Julie put in massive shifts at midfield, while in attack Jennifer, Mia and Michaela really caught the eye.

All in all, “a good day at the office” for the girls.

Senior League Division 3: St Finbarrs 1-12 Ballyboden St Endas B 3-13

Last Thursday evening April 7th, the Senior B Camogie team made the trip across the city for a 6.45pm throw in for the first League game of the season. The early time made it difficult to get a team together, but we just managed to get 15 players.

The pitch was a small juvenile one, which made this a physical encounter from the first whistle. Some early scores by Boden gave us an early 5 point lead, including fine points by Claire Kirwan and Emer O’ Leary. However Finbarrs got stronger as the half progressed and at half time we had a lead of 4 points.

Finbarrs started the second half well, and got a number of fine points. At this stage Boden were struggling for scores from play, but Darina Ryan was extremely accurate from placed balls and kept the scoreboard ticking over. A deflected goal by Finbarrs left a point between the teams entering the last 10 minutes, before a long range free by Darina was deflected into the net to give us some breathing space. Another late goal by Claire Kirwan put a gloss on the scoreline.

The Boden defence performed well throughout and when under pressure in the second half got a number of crucial blocks and interceptions. In attack we have room for improvement and need to be more clinical. A late injury to Eimear Butler looked a nasty one, but at this stage doesn’t appear to be a serious one.

All in all, happy enough to get the win but some tougher assignments await. Thomas Davis at home on Pairc Ui Murchu on Thursday is our next game.

Team: Ciara Scallan, Sarah Lambert, Roisin Walsh, Eve O’ Donoghue, Aoife O’ Neill, Grainne Corcoran, Danielle White, Darina Ryan, Claire Kirwan, Emer O’ Leary, Orla Tevlin, Eimear Butler, Aine O’ Brien, Ciara Barnes

Under 14's Battling Draw with Na Fianna

BBSE 3-2 : Na Fianna 3-2

The U14 Camogie team earned a draw with Na Fianna on Saturday via a dramatic last minute goal.

In windy and awful underfoot conditions the Boden girls battled hard and had the vast majority of possession but had no luck in front of goal.

With these teams scheduled to meet in the group stages of Feile (less than two weeks time) both sides were eager to get the upper hand so a draw was probably meant to be until the girls do battle again.

Under 13's narrow defeat to Kilmacud Crokes

BBSE (0-5) v Crokes (2-0) Cherryfield – 10/4/16

The old adage that “goals win matches” was never more amply demonstrated than in Cherryfield on Sunday morning, when a gallant display by our U-13A team was undone by the concession of two late goals to a committed Crokes team.

Conditions were tough in Cherryfield on Sunday morning with a heavy pitch and wind and rain but the camogie served up by the U-13 ladies of Boden and Kilmacud Crokes warmed the hearts of the spectators.

Boden took advantage of the gale first and had built up a deserved 4 point lead by half time. The lead could have been greater but for some missed goal chances, a disallowed goal and resolute defending from Crokes.

Coming down the home straight with 5 minutes to go, and 0-4 to 0-0 to the good, things were looking reasonably promising for us, but Crokes broke their duck and hit the net twice in that last 5 minutes, to pip us by a solitary point.

In truth, over the course of the entire game, we were the better team, even though some of our players were unavailable for a variety of reasons. In the end, however, an inability to make our possession count, and an over-reliance on the brilliant Jennifer for scores ultimately proved costly.

All is not doom and gloom however. There were some really solid performances from our girls, none more so than from our three u-12 girls playing up. Shauna, Clodagh and Alice slotted seamlessly into the team and none put a foot wrong all day. Auveen in goals made a few brilliant saves, and another who deserves special mention is Julie, who took the game to Crokes at every opportunity.

Thanks to the mentors and some parents who helped with the team and pitch preparation. We look forward to our next game away to Portmarnock next week-end.

Under 16's head for the Seaside

The under 15’s/16’s rounded off a busy Easter with the Under 15’s playing a challenge against Faugh’s on Saturday morning with an away ‘16B’ match to Commercials in Rathcoole that afternoon. Both games were played in fairly atrocious conditions with heavy rain and wind. The 16’s had a convincing win while Faugh’s came out on top in the earlier game.

A highlight of the Easter Break was the squad day out that took place on Wednesday 30th. Rather than embark on a long bus journey we decided to keep things local – Bray Emmett’s kindly let us use one of their pitches for an ‘away’ training session which was highly enjoyable. This was followed by a picnic on Bray beach. Once fuelled up the squad headed on the long walk to Greystones following the cliff walk. This beautiful walk covers about 6Km along the DART line to Greystones. With the walk covered in record time it was back onto the bus and home for a team meal in Little Caesars. A great day out had by all as seen below!


Senior Division 3 Cup: Clann na Gael 2-11 Ballyboden St Endas B 3-11

Last Thursday evening, March 31st, the Senior B Camogie team made the trip to Ringsend to take on Clann Na Gael in the Cup. With only  one previous game this year, this was really the beginning of the season for the B’s, with the League commencing this Thursday.

The team shows a lot of changes from the team which won the Championship 6 months ago, with a couple of new transfers into the Club, along with 5 girls from last year’s U16A team and also 3 girls who have returned after a ‘sabbatical’!

From the throw in the Boden girls were on top in most areas of the pitch. During the course of the opening 20 minutes or so some great scores were picked off by a variety of players, with the full forward line of Eimear Butler, Áine O’ Brien & Ciara Barnes always dangerous. The half forward line of Rachel Whyte(back after a 3 year break!), Darina Ryan & Claire Kirwan won an enormous amount of ball and when not scoring themselves,  gave great ball to the inside line. Darina was also accurate from placed balls.

Orla Tevlin & Jane Nolan were on top in midfield, and the backs were always comfortable. We established at 12 point lead before a stoppage in play for an injury to Clann na Gael player. On the resumption we were caught napping and 2 soft goals meant that at half time there were only a couple of scores between the teams.

Danielle Aylmer made her return (another form a 3 year break) and was solid throughout, alongside Amy Holmes who was rock solid at full back. Clann Na Gael came on strong throughout the second half with a good breeze at their backs. They popped over some fine points, but the afore mentioned Danielle & Amy, along with Sarah Lambert and Roisin Walsh defended well and our goalkeepers Ciara’s O’ Neill & Scallan were well protected.

As the game wore on the gap was reduced to a couple of points. Eadaoin Walsh won some great ball in the half forward line, and in the half back line  Rebeka Kamvar & Eve O’ Donoghue were strong when needed and turned over some good ball.

A good win and with a few more players to return to the panel, we look forward to the trip to St Finbarrs for our first League game.

Team: Ciara O’ Neill, Sarah Lambert, Amy Holmer, Roisin Walsh, Eve O’ Donoghue, Rebeka Kamvar, Ciara Scallan, Orla Tevlin, Jane Nolan, Claire Kirwan, Darina Ryan, Rachel Whyte, Ciara Barnes, Áine O’ Brien, Eimear Butler, Danielle Aylmer, Eadaoin Walsh

Under 16’s v Young Irelands Gowran – Good Friday match report

Young Irelands Gowran welcomed our under 16 team on Good Friday for what turned out to be a great game of camogie. Gowran itself is a beautiful village and the pitch must be one of the most scenic in the country. It must also be one of the longest with clear daylight of about 15 yards between the two 65 yard lines. With plenty of width as well as length this was always likely to be an open flowing game of hurling, and so it proved to be.

But before we get to the game we must mention the ‘spread’ – the after match refreshments were simply outstanding. In beautiful sun-drenched countryside the tea and sambos were delicious – thanks to those who prepared it. Yummy.

The teams played with slightly contrasting styles – Boden shifted the ball well and repeatedly picked out players on the run or in space; Gowran played a strong running game (particularly from the half forward line). Frees were few and far between as the ball moved well and both sides seemed intent on playing a fast moving game.

Against a deceptively strong breeze Hollyn Kennedy settled a lively looking Boden side with two unanswered points. When Erica Tobin added a goal it looked like Boden might have it easier than expected. A point from play and another from a free put Gowran right back in it. Scores were traded fairly equally – Erica added a further two points to her tally while Georgina Carolan also rattled the net with a strong finish. Halftime score of 1-5 to 2-4 – a well-earned 2 point lead. While the forwards should be well pleased with the first half tally so too should the new-look full back line be delighted with their performance – Hannah Tevlin, Sadhbh Nic Mhathúna and Sinead Hussey were ultra competitive and highly effective. Ashling Gargan did very well at centre back and around the middle of the park, ably assisted by Muireann Delaney who won more than her share of ‘dirty ball’ around the middle third.

The second half saw an increased physical challenge – it was good, clean, tough, hurling with every ball contested. Boden dominated the opening ten minutes and stretched the lead. Katie Mc Donald pointed twice – from play and from a ‘65’. Katie loved the open spaces and used it highly effectively. Aisling Byrne added 1-1 in her usual classy style. Two Hollyn goals brought the goal total to 5. There followed a Gowran revival – their outstanding number 11 adding 2-1. Sara Anne Murphy and Saoirse Hassett stepped up to the plate with tigerish defending work and sensible ‘tramline clearances’. The balance swung back to Boden. Ciara Woodcock took control of her corner scored a lovely goal and played several classy balls straight across the square. One of these led to a great hand-passed / batted / kicked goal from Blathnaid Slater – no one was quite sure how she found the net – but she did ! (Just as well – she had been stuck in corner back in the first half and unlike McDonald’s she wasn’t lovin’ it !!!!! )

Final mention to Deirdre Murray ….. she played really well in goal and as we speak she has started letter writing – Dear Declan, My name is Deirdre, and I am NOT a goal keeper. Watch this space.

Thanks to the great travelling support who added hugely to a great day out. And finally to those who Ger Delaney ‘drownded’ with his water bottle antics – apologies.

A good win on the road – and importantly, new friends made.

Under 11's visit to Cuala

35 girls made the visit to Meadowvale to take on two Cuala and Thomas Davis teams. Each team played two games and there was great spirit showed by all teams. It was clear that the girls are improving. Striking  and hand passing was excellent and all games were played to a very high standard by the Ballyboden girls.

Thanks to Miriam Christie for the pictures.

Camogie News March 12/13th

The Camogie season began with games in the new Cup competitions prior to the League games which commence in early April. Some expected early season rustiness was clear for all to see, and no doubt performances will improve in the coming weeks. Many congratulations to the mentors & players on our newly formed 4th Adult Camogie team on their first outing.

Everybody involved in the Camogie section would like to wish the Senior Footballers the best of luck on St Patricks Day

Senior Division 3 Cup: Kilmacud Crokes 6-9 Ballyboden St Endas B 2-5

After a great finish to 2015 by winning the Division 3 Championship against the same opposition, this was always going to be a difficult first outing for the B's. We have many changes in personnel from last years panel including the addition of 5 girls from last years U16A side.

Crokes made their physical supremacy count in many areas and picked off some fine scores. The Boden girls struggled for scores in the first half, but Darina Ryan showed great accuracy from placed balls as she put over 4 points in the first half. During the course of the first half Eadainn Walsh made a welcome return to Camogie after a 4 year sabbatical, and she grew stronger as the game progressed.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, with the near full strength Crokes side eager to set down a marker for the year ahead. The Boden girls kept going throughout the second half with fine goals from Amy Holmes & Eve O' Donoghue, and another point from Darina. A few late goal scoring chances went astray that would have put a closer look to the final score. A special mention to the 4 girls who doubled up after playing earlier for the A's, and also to Ciara O' Neill who performed very well in goal, despite being over-worked!

Team: Ciara O' Neill, Sarah Lambert, Laura Burns, Roisin Walsh, Rebeka Kamvar, Eve O' Donoghue, Darina Ryan, Aoife O' Brien, Ciara Barnes, Cora Ryan, Eimear Butler, Aine O' Brien, Ciara Scallan, Amy Holmes, Orla Tevlin, Claire Kirwan, Eadainn Walsh

Under 16B v Ballinteer St. John’s Saturday 12th March.

The under 16B’s headed to Marley Park on Saturday afternoon for one of their favourite fixtures of the year. Ballinteer always play well on their home turf and this game was no exception. Boden started well and would have been well satisfied with their opening 15 minutes had they converted more of their possession to scores but alas they didn’t and when Ballinteer found their rhythm they tagged on 2 -2 in quick succession. A single goal from Laura Mullen left the halftime score at 2 – 2 to 1 – 0 in St. John’s favour.

A revitalised Boden played with some style in the second half – amazing what a few packets of Edel Tevlin’s Jaffa Cakes can do. Alana McGarry struck two great points and Hannah Tevlin found the net with a rocket. Disappointing to lose (on a final score of 3-2 to 2-2) but a great effort from a team just finding its feet.

Under 15 v Lucan Sunday 13th March.

Sunday morning saw our 15’s play old rivals Lucan in a hum-dinger of a match. This was a lively, physical encounter with some outstanding individual performances. There were some tired legs as many of the squad had played a tough under 16 game on Saturday and ultimately that may have cost us. A final score of 3-1 to Lucan’s 2-6 showed a 2 point loss but that’s only half the story. Elaine Whelan dominated midfield for the opening 30, ably assisted by Muireann Delaney. Sinead Hussey was everywhere, and Hannah Tevlin covered more ground than you could imagine. Beth O’Neill discovered her old form as she put the ball on her stick and took flight consistently through the second half. Leah Fagan was unlucky not to find the net with her first touch since returning to play. Blathnaid Slater was outstanding until her early retirement due to a clash of heads – we wish her a quick recovery (good news is that her new helmet is still ok !!)  Robyn Flynn took three superb catches and cleared her lines each time. Deirdre Murray’s change of career to a forward almost paid dividends and she was a constant threat up front. Caoimhe Lynne made several crucial saves and her puck outs were consistently accurate. While this was a squad effort man of the match performance should probably go to Emily Sharkey. Tasked with keeping a very strong Lucan hurler quiet she did exactly that. Emily rarely got a chance to shine herself but blocked, flicked, tackled, and generally harassed her player out of the game. Highlight of the game was Sinead Hussey’s well directed 45 which rattled the back of the Lucan net – some score. Some sore tired bodies wandered back to the club at full time. A good morning out.

Under 14's narrow defeat to Kilmacud Crokes

Some great pix from U14's defeat to League Leaders Crokes at the weekend


Under 13's first competitive game Vs Skerries Harps

It was an early start for the U-13 camogie players, mentors and supporters as we gathered on Firhouse Road on Sunday morning for the lengthy trip to Skerries Harps. The fact that it was a glorious spring morning made the journey fly by.

We played on a pitch called the Ballast Pit which is a spectacular amphitheatre with sides so high that only the tope of the goalposts could be seen from the road.

Boden lined out with the assistance of three U-12 players due to a few of our girls being unavailable and they acquitted themselves very well against bigger, stronger opposition.

In a match in which we were always in front on the scoreboard, the Boden ladies hung on for a 1 point victory in our first ever competitive camogie match on a scoreline of 3-0 to 1-5. Fair play to Skerries Harps who provided such stiff opposition in an excellent game which was enjoyed by everyone present.

Well done to the Ballyboden girls for showing skill, determination and great effort. Thanks again to Eoin Read and his three U-12 girls, Sadie, Clodagh and Caoimhe for helping out on the day. Thanks to Jean Gargan for her superb organisation skills and to Diarmuid and Ger for the help on the sideline. Thanks to the many parents and supporters who made the long trip to North County Dublin.

Finally, thanks to the referee who was excellent at explaining to the girls why he made his decisions and to the Skerries mentors for the warm welcome and kind words afterwards.

A good start to what will hopefully be long camogie careers in the blue and white jerseys for this great bunch of girls. 

Under 12's - first matches of 2016

The Under 12 girls started off 2016 with blitzes in Sancta Maria and in Stepaside. Despite being down in numbers due to Confirmations, Hockey Trips and School Plays, Boden still managed to field 4 11-a-side teams. Rubies and Diamonds stayed at home where they hosted Lucan, Commercials and Bray on a coveted spot on the all-weather pitch (given that most grass pitches were unplayable at the weekend). Emeralds and Sapphires travelled to Stepaside where they faced Naomh Olafs and Faughs.

All 4 teams played an hour of hard-fought matches - the skill levels improve with each match with a number of great scores alongside tough tackling and great defending. As always, the girls showed great sportsmanship and represented the club well. 

                                 Under 12 Diamond & Ruby teams

                                 Under 12 Emerald and Sapphire Teams

Results week ending 27/28 Feb

For Camogie results and Match Reports refer to the Fixtures/Results section



Multi-talented Boden Girls

When they are not starring for Boden, some of our girls are also starring in the Athletic arena.

Over the last two weekends, 2 U13 and 1 U11 competed in Dublin Indoor Championships. Jennifer Hanrahan won gold in long jump and high jump and bronze in 60m sprints and her teammate Erin Christie won silver in high jump and bronze in long jump. Erin's younger sister Ailbhe won silver in her high jump. All will now be heading to Nationals.

Well done girls!


Under 10's first Blitz of 2016

First Camogie U10's blitz of the year in Bradford against Balinteer St. John's on the 31st of January. 

We had four teams on the morning; The Panthers, Leopards, Cheetahs & Tigers. Which consisted of 48 girls on the day. In front of a very large crowd of supporters, the teams played extremely well & showed a wide & varied range of skills. The girls are extremely eager to start into the 2016 Go-Games season. 

Herald / AIG Presentation

       Our U14 Camogie team were named as Herald 'TEam of the Month' when they won Féile last April. On Friday last Ger Delaney was presented with the award by John Gillick from AIG along with Evening Herald Editor Alan Steenson.                                        





Tree collection a huge success!!

This was the third year of the Boden Christmas tree collection. In 2014 we collected 700 trees, and last year we were delighted to reach 1,000. This year we added some new advertising signs, and also branched out into Churchtown, and so hoped to improve on last years total.
The rain cleared before 8am as the troops polished off their porridge. In total 19 vans / jeeps & trailers were out in force from 9am, covering from Firhouse over to Churchtown and beyond. Most vans were staffed by 3 men, and we also had some foot soldiers in the larger estates gathering the trees in advance.
Back in the car park Cathal O' Regan and Pat Reynolds were ably assisted by Sarah Reynolds in keeping everything under control. Once again many thanks to AJ Grab Hire and to driver Leigh for the hard work during the day in depositing the trees to the council depot in Tymon Park. 
Yvonne & Rachel Walsh were manning the extremely busy telephone line, while Catherine & Pauline kept the troops well nourished.
By 4pm most of the trees were collected, and the car park was cleaned up. We met up in the Club to count the takings and were thrilled when we realised that we had exceeded 1,500 trees. From talking to so many people whose tree we collected, it is also very clear that the general public is thrilled with this initiative and that we are providing a great service to the community.
It was all about the hard work....Cathal!!!!!!!!
We would like to thank the local community for their support, and also pay credit to the work done by our army of volunteers on Saturday, your efforts are very greatly appreciated. Many thanks also to those who assisted in the distribution of the many thousands of flyers in late December while walking off the turkey!
Committee: Eoin Reid, Kieran Rudden, Rob Lambert, Phil Larkin, Barry Murray, James Murray, Con Nagle & Gerry White

U14 Champions!!

All roads led to O’Toole Park last Saturday for the replay of the U-14 A Championship Final. Three weeks previously, Lucan and Ballyboden served up a cliff-hanger with Boden earning a deserved replay with a superlative point at the death, and the big crowd at the Crumlin venue were sure that this replay would also go to the wire. Indeed there is seldom more than a puck of a ball between these two excellent sides. That’s not exactly how events transpired on the day, as Boden took control from the outset and never let up till the final whistle.


In contrast to the drawn match, conditions in O’Toole Park were wretched –grey skies, lashing rain, and a stiff breeze blowing into the road goal. The sod was consequently heavy, but in the circumstances the pitch was in excellent conditions.

Boden won the toss and wisely took advantage of the elements in the first half. Boden supporters significantly outnumbered the Lucan contingent, and they were given plenty of reasons to cheer as our girls hunted in packs and attacked in waves, putting Lucan defence under sustained pressure. We opened our account with a pointed free from Katie McDonnell, but the Lucan goal led something of a charmed life for a while. However the signs for Lucan were ominous as the Boden attacks continued apace. Finally the hoped for breakthrough seemed to arrive on 10 minutes after a goalmouth scramble, as umpire Tony Hassett decisively waved the green flag. However, all of Tony’s persuasive shills and charm did not sway the referee, as she proceeded to disallow the goal after a lengthy discussion with the umpires.

This setback only seemed to spur Boden on, and two goals in quick succession from Hollyn Kennedy and Ciara Woodcock were no more than their efforts deserved. Lucan were finding it extremely difficult to get beyond the middle of the field, but any time they did, they found the Boden rearguard absolutely impenetrable.

Then a point from Erica Tobin and a goal from Alanna McGarry extended the Boden lead. Just before the half-time whistle, a dropping ball into the Lucan square was finished to the net by the captain Muireann Delaney.

The score at the break of Boden 4-2 Lucan 0-0 might suggest that Boden were in firm control, but we were all wary of the expected Lucan onslaught at the start of the second half. Indeed three weeks earlier, Lucan did hit such a purple patch on the resumption that threatened to bury our girls, but we were having none of this time.

On the resumption, our girls took up where they left off. As expected our back line came under more pressure but Lucan found us a tough nut to crack. Then we made the vital breakthrough as Hollyn got in for her second goal, and at this stage Lucan must have feared the worst. To their credit they responded with a goal and a point, but Boden then decided that enough was enough and provided no more opportunities to Lucan. Instead, we controlled the remainder of the game and incredibly added another four goals – from Erica, Blathnaid Slater, Aisling Byrne and Kate McDonald.


That final score Ballyboden St. Endas 9-2 Lucan Sarsfields 1-1. A result that nobody could have seen coming, and it means that the Championship trophy will rest for the year with the Feile trophy in Pairc Ui Murchu.

This was an absolute panel effort, with all 21 girls contributing on the day and in the previous rounds. Lucan will doubtless be back, but as could be seen as the girls celebrated on the final whistle, this day belonged to Boden.


Camogie News 3rd November 2015

Camogie News Tuesday 3rd November 2015


The Camogie season is beginning to wind down, with a few notable exceptions.  Last weekend saw the end of year U11 Camogie Blitz’s, with 4 Boden teams in action across the city. The Minor Championship begins this coming Sunday. The B team face a difficult looking trip to Lucan on Sunday morning at 11am, at time of going to press we are unsure if the ‘A’   team have a fixture or not, keep an eye on the website later in the week.

The big Camogie game this weekend is the replay of the U14A Championship FINAL v Lucan Sarsfields. This game is in O’ Toole Park on Saturday at 12 and we hope for a large Boden crowd to get the girls over the line.

Finally,  on behalf of everybody involved in the Camogie section we congratulate the Senior footballers on their terrific & well deserved win on Sunday, best of luck this coming Sunday in Drogheda.             



                                    U11 Camogie Gala Blitz 2015

The 1st day of November saw the Ballyboden U11 girls taking part in this year’s Camogie Gala Blitzes at a number of nearby locations.

The Diamonds took on Ballinteer St. John’s, Kilmacud Crokes, and Cuala up in Ballinteer, whilst the Rubies travelled to Sandyford to take on Naomh Olaf, Jude’s and a second Ballinteer St. John’s team.

At home in Sancta Maria, the Emeralds and Sapphires welcomed second teams from Naomh Olaf, Kilmacud Crokes and Cuala, as well as a team from Faugh’s.


Conditions were perfect with the sun shining all the while, indeed brighter than it had for most the Summer!! The girls played brilliantly from start to finish and all were rewarded with medals at the end of their games. The mentors and coaches are delighted with the progress that the girls are making and look forward to arranging a few more friendlies between now and the end of the term.

We are also very proud of the fact that Ballyboden were the only club to field 4 separate teams in the competition. Hopefully the girls will continue to enjoy themselves and stay playing together as U12’s and for many more years thereafter!

Camogie News 27th October 2015

                               Camogie News Tuesday 27th October


                Tullaroan too strong for Senior B Camogie


After a magnificent win in the Dublin Championship the previous week, the Senior B camogie team knew that they would be up against it when faced with a trip to play Kilkenny Intermediate champions Tullaroan on Sunday last. A fine Boden crowd added to the large home contingent.

It would have been a difficult assignment with a full strength team, but we were without four  players from last week’s panel who were abroad & Sarah Lambert’s back injury hadn’t cleared up so she joined Aoife O’ Leary on the injury list.


A good start was essential, and throughout the first half the Boden girls gave as much as they got.The Tullaroan side was an experienced one, and they started well. However Orla Tevlin forced a goal from close range to give the Boden girls a lift. This was quickly followed by a fine individual score by Claire Kirwan, who always looked dangerous. Tullaroan began to get on top, but a fine point by Leanne Barrett before half-time left just a point between the sides. The defence had stood firm throughout the half, well marshalled by goalkeeper Emer & full back Grace Walsh,and particular mention to Fiona Masterson who played very well despite having a severe chest infection.

The wind got up early in the second half, and Tullaroan took advantage of it. They proceeded to pick off some nice points and build up a significant lead. Emer O’ Leary got a nice point for Boden, but a couple of late goals gave the score-line a flattering look.


The work ethic from the Boden girls was never in question, and every girl gave their all right up to the final whistle. They wished Tullaroan well in the Leinster final and can look back with pride on their recent performances.


Bearing in mind that 11 of these girls are 18yrs of age or under, we hope to be involved in many battles for silverware in the coming years. These girls now look forward to the commencement of the Minor championship in the coming weeks.

Many thanks to everybody for their support on Sunday and indeed throughout the Championship campaign.


Team: Emer O’ Leary, Aoife O’ Neill, Grace Walsh, Fiona Masterson, Rebeka Kamver, Aoife Tobin, Grainne Corcoran, Laura Burns, Aoife O’ Brien, Leanne Barrett, Aisling O’ Leary, Danielle White, Orla Tevlin, Claire Kirwan, Eimear Butler, Ciara O’ Neill, Eve O’ Donoghue, Aine O’ Brien

U13 Camogie girls enjoy trip to Kiltegan


 Kiltegan GAA, Wicklow V Ballyboden St. Endas U13,   Sat Oct 17th 2015


U13 Camogie had an end of season road trip on Sat Oct 17th to play Wicklow runners up , Kiltegan Gaa Club. We had a lovely day in a village setting and while the girls were all on time, our bus let us down and we were a little rushed in our warm-up.

After a slow start which saw the home team get an opening goal, we settled well into our stride and had a spell of dominance after about 15 minutes which won us the game. There were a lot of fine long balls being delivered into the forwards by the O’Shea twins and a blitz of goals before half time saw us leading 4.0 to 1.0 at half time.


The second half was a lot more even, and we had good defensive work from Zoe, Ciara, Rebecca and Caragh to keep them from scoring. In the end our superior strength saw Boden gain the win with fine scores from Kiara, Aisling and Sarah White who had her best ever game for us.

After the game our friendly hosts arranged a reception in the village community centre for us before we headed to bowling on the way home.

Our injured players Sarah Reynolds, Niamh Ryan and Éabha Kelly all featured on the winning bowling team and celebrated with ice cream etc at McDonalds on the way back to t

Final score – Ballyboden St. Endas 7-1, Kiltegan 1-2

Senior B's great Championship success!!!

                                  Camogie News Tuesday 20th October 2015



On Sunday our Senior B team faced Kilmacud Crokes first team in the Division 3 Championship Final. A terrific first half display with some terrific scores put us in a commanding position at half time. A backs to the wall second half got us over the lines to give these girls a fantastic Championship win. Roisin Walsh was our Captain and gleefully accepted the Cup, with Grace Walsh topping the day off by deservedly taking the Player of the Match award. They now go on to represent Dublin in the Leinster Intermediate semi-final this coming Sunday, where they travel to Tullaroan(Kilkenny) to face their hosts.


On Saturday the U14A’s took part in a titanic struggle against old foes Lucan in their Championship Final. A sluggish first half will soon be forgotten, with an exceptionally high standard second half from both sides. In the end a draw was probably a fair result, no date as of yet for the replay.

This coming Sunday the Senior C team are at home to Naomh Mearnog in their Championship semi-final. After a convincing passage through the group stage hopes are high that the girls can go on to make the final. Throw in is 11am at Cherryfield, please support these girls.

Best of luck to Doireann Mullany with her surgery this week on her cruciate injury, we look forward to your return.

                                Division 3 Championship Final Ballyboden St Endas B 4-5  Kilmacud Crokes 1-10

A terrific win for this bunch of girls, with the damage being done in the first half. Claire Kirwan goaled in the 3rd minute, but Crokes responded immediately with a goal of their own. Boden went again and a terrific point from Aisling O’ Leary was followed soon after by a second goal by Claire Kirwan.  Orla Tevlin then struck soon after for a 3rd goal, and when Aoife Tobin poached with a great finish after a fine side-line cut by Aisling O’ Leary there was daylight between the sides.

Crokes dominated the next period with 4 points to close the gap. In the final 7 minutes of the first half Boden once again got on top. A fine 45 from Danielle White was soon followed by another point from Aoife Tobin. Next up was the score of the game, a terrific 60 yard run by Grace Walsh, ending in a hand-pass to Orla Tevlin who put it over the bar from outside the 45, a score to grace any occasion. Danielle soon followed with another fine point from play to leave the half-time score 4-5 to 1-5 in Bodens favour, after playing with a slight wind advantage. It should also be noted that many of the Boden attacks were starting from the huge puck-outs from 16yr old Emer O’ Leary in goal, many of the puck-outs going directly to our full forward line.

The half-time talk centred on denying Crokes any goals, and with that in mind Aoife Tobin played a fine sweeper role in the second half. Twice Crokes got through only to be denied by terrific saves from goal-keeper Emer O’ Leary. Grace Walsh was to the fore at full-back, with many fine catches one of the reasons she deservedly went on to be named Player of the Match.


Fiona Masterson, Roisin Walsh, Gráinne’kit-kat’ Corcoran (private joke, you’d have to see the photo!!)  & Jane Nolan showed all of their experience throughout the second half to keep Crokes at bay, well assisted by Rebeka Kamvar. Laura Burns & Aoife Tobin worked tirelessly throughout the game, and the half forward line of Aoife O’ Brien, Aisling O’ Leary & Aoife O’ Neill got through a huge amount of work. The full-forward line of Orla Tevlin, Claire Kirwan & Danielle White looked like they’d score every time the ball went in, but those occasions were rare in the second half to say the least! The attitude was ‘what we have we hold!!’.

Subs Leanne Barrett & Eimear Butler won a lot of ball when they entered the fray, and a special mention to Sarah Lambert who picked up a late back injury, hopefully she’ll be OK for this coming Sunday. Ciara O’ Neill, Iseult Kelleher & Cora Ryan have all played a major part throughout the year and no doubt all have done a great job if required last Sunday. Also Aoife O’ Leary who unfortunately picked up a cruciate injury in August was a huge loss.

Crokes popped over a few late points and Boden ran out well deserved 4 point winners.

Roisin Walsh delightfully accepted the Cup and in her speech gave special mention to our late mentor Trish Cantwell, who was very much part of this team for many years until her untimely passing earlier this year. It was terrific to see her daughter Aoife at the match, and Aoife and Gerry joined the girls in the celebrations in the Club later that evening which was greatly appreciated. Trish will live long in our memory, and we have no doubt that she was smiling down on all of the girls on Sunday, this win being a fitting tribute by these girls. No doubt the C team will do their best to replicate this in the coming weeks.

Great credit also must go to Richie & Peter for all of their work on the training field throughout the year. The girls were well looked after by Denise O’ Neill, and of course with all great success stories  there was a Cork input from Declan O’ Brien & Gerry White!!

We now face a difficult trip on Sunday to face Tullaroan of Kilkenny in the Leinster Intermediate semi-final. With Roisin, Jane & Cora away there will be opportunities for others and we look forward to the challenge.

Team: Emer O’ Leary, Fiona Masterson, Grace Walsh, Roisin Walsh, Rebeka Kamvar, Jane Nolan, Gráinne Corcoran, Laura Burns, Aoife Tobin, Aoife O’ Neill, Aisling O’ Leary, Aoife O’ Brien, Orla Tevlin, Claire Kirwan, Danielle White, Leanne Barrett, Eimear Butler, Sarah Lambert, Ciara O’ Neill, Iseult Kelleher, Cora Ryan, Aoife O’ Leary


                                      U14A Championship Final Ballyboden St Endas A 3-6 Lucan 3-6

Naomh Peregrines was the setting for Saturday’s u-14A camogie championship final and the conditions were perfect – fresh breeze, firm sod, dry overhead and an expectant crowd. Lucan provided the opposition – undoubtedly the two best teams in the grade in the county locking horns with the championship at stake.

The two teams know each other well and it was no surprise to anyone that the early exchanges were tightly contested, with no quarter asked for or given by either side. Boden were backed by a stiff breeze in the first half, and the huge travelling band of supporters really got behind the team. We were having slightly the better of the play, but were finding it hard to convert possession into scores, in spite of an impressive work rate from all over the field. On the other side of the coin, Lucan were always dangerous on the break, and one of their sorties into our half reaped dividends for them as the ball shook the net behind Ally. Back we came. A Katie free dropped short and was pounced on by Hollyn for a point, who soon followed up with another, to leave the minimum between the sides approaching half time. Then all of Aisling’s brilliant work paid off as she drove through the Lucan rearguard and smashed the sliotar to the net. The short whistle sounded and we went off with a 2-point lead at the break.

Lucan began the second half like an express train and flashed over two quick points. Then a goal, and even the most die-hard Boden supporters began to fear the worst. We needn’t have worried. This team will not surrender and doesn’t do panic. Aisling to the rescue again with another brilliant goal and parity is restored. Holyn then gave us the lead again with a classy point, and Katie followed this by pointing a free. But then back cam Lucan with a goal of their own to retake the lead. The game then swung from end to end, before we made the crucial breakthrough (or so we thought), as the ball once nestled in the back of the Lucan net. However, much to the dismay of all in blue and white, the referee disallowed the goal for a square infringement. The team made little of this setback and Aisling drew the teams level again with a point, only to have Lucan reel off the next three points, as the game entered its closing stages. Things were looking decidedly bleak, but up stepped Hollyn and levelled with a goal and the roof of the stand almost lifted with the cheer.

The game ticked into stoppage time and people began to think about a replay, but the drama was not finished yet. Play continued, even when Olivia went down injured in front of the stand. Lucan attacked and in spite of staunch defence, they forced a “45”. Lucan’s accuracy was unerring, and it seemed as if this match had finally been settled in Lucan’s favour. Surely there was nothing more that we could expect from this brilliant team? We got a free and Ally found Katie. Who began to make tracks, but she was being shunted down what appeared a blind alley near the sideline by a posse of Lucan defenders, who must have thought they had their work done as Katie attempted to drive the ball towards the goal from what looked an impossible angle. We held our breath in stunned disbelief as both umpires signalled the levelling point. A piece of skill the would not have been out of place in Croke Park on All Ireland day, and to produce it to level a county final with the last puck speaks volumes for the courage and never-say-die attitude of Katie and this entire team.

Don’t miss the replay. It promises to be another cracker.




Camogie News 13th October 2015

               Camogie News Tuesday 13th October 2015

Sunday morning saw our Senior Camogie side relinquish their title which they have proudly won for the last 5 years. A slow start proved their downfall, and despite great efforts in the second half they just came up short.

The B’s game didn’t go ahead, as Kilmacud Crokes and ourselves were both already through to the Final. They face off at 2.45pm on Sunday and the venue is St Peregrines, a short spin away. This will be an extremely tough test against Kilmacud Crokes first team so all support is welcome.

The C team had a 3rd successive win to top their group. This week they travelled to Round Towers and came away with another good win. They will have a home semi-final, probably on Sunday 25th.

As well as the B Final, this weekend also sees the U14A side in their Championship Final on Saturday, also at St Peregrines at 1.30pm on Saturday. They will once again face Lucan Sarsfields, who they defeated earlier in the year in the Feile Final.

The U16A’s also face Lucan Sarsfields in their Shield Final, venue and time yet to be confirmed.

                             Senior Championship semi-final Ballyboden St Endas 1-10  Lucan 3-7

On Sunday morning a close encounter was expected against a fine Lucan side, and we were not to be disappointed. With numerous changes throughout the year to the team which started last year’s Championship Final we knew that we would be up against it. Another injury late in the week ruled out Su Kennedy, which meant 7 of the 2014 Final’s starting team didn’t start this game, a tall order to say the least.

A slow start was the last thing we needed, but Lucan began strongly and we struggled to get into the game. Lucan were winning most battles around the pitch, and the concession of 2 goals didn’t help our cause. As the half wore on Boden began to get into the game, but with a half-time deficit of 6 points it was obvious that we needed a quick start to the second half.

A couple of early scores in the second half got the home crowd going, but then Lucan struck for a 3rd goal to put them in command. At this stage we were 8 points behind, and it seemed the writing was on the wall.

A quick response resulting in a penalty converted by Ann Griffin got Boden back in the game, and the crowd responded. Laura Nagle put over a fine point, soon to be followed by a long range point from Máiread Luttrell to leave a goal between the sides entering the last 5 minutes. At this stage it was constant Boden pressure and Lucan had pulled back some extra defenders to try to get them over the line.

Laura Nagle was terribly unlucky to hit the post, and a couple of other goal opportunities went by before the final whistle blew to jubilant roars from the Lucan contingent.While the 2nd half left so much to be admired from the Boden girls, unfortunately they had let themselves too much work to do and just came up short on this occasion.

They went down fighting to the end as all great Champions do, and Lucan were congratulated on their victory and advance to their 1st Senior Final.

These girls have given us many memorable days out over the last few years, and we have no doubt that they will come back stronger next year.

Many thanks again to the terrific management team of Richie Sweetnam, Peter Lucey, Nuala O’ Sullivan & Bernard Curtis for their efforts throughout the year.

As big Arnie said: ‘WE’LL BE BACK!!’

                                    PLEASE SUPPORT THE B’S IN THEIR FINAL ON SUNDAY

Camogie News 5th October 2015

                                                     Camogie News Tuesday 6th October 2015

Last weekend was a busy one on the Camogie front. The Senior A’s played their 2nd group game on Sunday morning against Na Fianna, and ran out comfortable winners by 2-11 to 0-2. They now advance to the semi-final this coming Sunday when Lucan Sarsfields will be the visitors. This promises to be an extremely difficult game in the girl’s quest for an unprecedented 6 Championships in a row, and with Lucan sure to bring a large following a large home support support will be greatly appreciated. Throw in time is the later time of 12.45pm at the Club.

The B’s received a walkover from their opponents, so sit on top of the table after 4 games played. They host Kilmacud Crokes in the final group game on Sunday and if they avoid defeat will advance to the final. Throw in time here is 11am at Sancta Maria. Support here will also be appreciated and you can then head up to support the A team afterwards.

The C’s followed up a terrific win away to Lucan with a comprehensive win over Faughs on Sunday morning on a score-line of 5-9 to 0-2. This Sunday they travel to face Round Towers in their final group game, and they looked in great fettle for a semi-final shot in a few weeks.

On the juvenile front the U14A’s had a fine win over Good Counsel to advance to their championship final. The U13’s played very well and were unfortunate to go down to Lucan Sarsfields, while the U16A’s advanced  to the Shield final.

                             Senior A Championship Ballyboden St Endas 2-11  Na Fianna 0-2

After 3 weeks of a break since their previous group game, a tough test was expected when Na Fianna came to town on a bright and sunny Sunday morning. However the stern test never arose, and in truth the result was never in doubt.

The Boden girls started well, and were on top all over the pitch. Some nice points were taken in the first half from Emer Lucey, Laura Nagle & Jill Horan and the addition of 2 ‘poachers’ goals left the half time score of 2-6 to no score.

The second half was always comfortable, and in truth we could have done with a stiffer test. Fiona Corcoran popped over a nice point to leave the final score 2-11 to 0-2.

A home semi-final against Lucan Sarsfields is the ‘reward’ for us this coming Sunday, and a huge increase in intensity is expected. This group of girls have performed magnificently in recent years to win 5 successive title’s, your support would be greatly appreciated on Sunday morning when the visitors will pose a huge challenge.

Team: Sile Nic Coitir, Elaine Hickey, Su Kennedy, Joanne O’ Regan, Hannah Hyland, Mairead Luttrell, Jane Edwards, Jill Horan, Sarah Nagle, Marta O’ Donoghue, Emer Lucey, Laura Nagle, Fiona Corcoran, Orla Smith, Anne Griffin, Zebouska Murphy, Ciara Ruddy, Jodie White


                       U14A Championship semi final Ballyboden St Endas 5-9 Good Counsel 2-3

PUM was the setting for Saturday’s U-14A camogie championship semi-final. It was great to see the carpark sideline full with a tremendous band of loyal supporters and the tension mounted as the clock struck twelve.

Good Counsel provided the opposition, and the girls were acutely aware that we had been tested to the limit by Counsel in Feile, and as well we were coming off the back of a less than convincing performance the previous week against Plunketts. However this team is nothing if not resilient and one sensed a steely determination in the warm-up and it was clear the team was up for the challenge.

Conditions for camogie were ideal as the ball was thrown in, and we defended the scoreboard end. The game was nip and tuck but our forwards were putting in the hard yards. Our first big reward came when Alana managed to steer the ball past the Counsel goalie and into the net. This was followed by another from Aisling and points from Hollyn and Katie, as we began to build a lead. However, Counsel had their moments, once when a long range free just went narrowly wide.

However, they would not be denied for long, and a mazy run from one of their players resulted in her managing to find the back of our net, putting the game really back in the melting pot. Boden steadied the ship, and found the net again before half-time. Our forwards were also tacking on a few points, leaving the score at the break 3-4 to 1-1 in our favour.

The expected onslaught from Counsel never really materialised in the second half, as each and every one of our girls really stuck to the task and never let Counsel build up a head of steam. The final result of 5-9 to 2-3 in our favour is a bit misleading and does not fully convey how difficult the match was for us, and how deep the girls had to dig to grind out this result.

Special mention must be made of Erica, who was on the receiving end of a couple or robust challenges in the first half, and suffered quite a nasty hand injury as a result. However she is made of stern stuff, and, come hell or high water, she was taking the field for the second half, where she proceeded to give a player of the match display. Also Aisling, who, despite being out injured for the past two weeks, took the game to Counsel at every opportunity, and was one of our prime scoring threats throughout.

All in all a very good days work, and we look forward to the final, where our opponents are likely to be the old reliables Lucan. Roll on the big day. Thanks to those who came out to support – with such support it is no wonder PUM has become a stronghold for these girls.

We know another step up in performance will be needed for the final. Can we do it? We’ll let Barack answer that – YES WE CAN!


                                                      Boden U13’s play well but pipped by Lucan

Ballyboden U13 Camogie gave a wholehearted display against a skilful Lucan Sarsfields team in the semi-final of the U13 Championship. They made a great start and were well on top of the play but failed to convert chances until Lucan opened the scoring with their first attack after 7 minutes.
By half time the deficit was 4 points as Lucan led 5-1 to 3-3. We had difficulty containing some of their dominant players but Kiara Cunningham and Lucy O’Connor were doing some great marking and clearing. Sarah Reynolds in goals had little chance with some high balls that dropped in just under the crossbar, but made some important clearances to keep us in the hunt. All this was very brave since it was discovered afterwards that her football blitz hand injury was actually a fracture.
Katie McDonald converted some frees and won lots of ball but we were unlucky at times such as when a rocket shot from Aisling Murray struck one of their defenders on the line.
In the end the better team won, but the effort of all the Boden girls was most commendable, especially from some of the subs such as Kate Howard-Lehane and Sarah White who did a great job of marking their opponents when thrown into a difficult game.
We hope to have two final challenge games this season including an away trip to Kiltegan on Sat 17th October and we hope all the girls on the panel will be come along!

Scorers:  Katie mc Donald  1 -4, Ciara Doyle  1 -0, Aisling Murray  1 -0, Lucy O'Shea  0 -1

Camogie News Tuesday 29th September

                               Camogie News Tuesday 29th  September 2015


The Senior A championship fixture against Erins Isle didn’t go ahead last week, and will now be played tomorrow, Thursday 1st October in Parnells with throw-in at 8.15pm. They then entertain Na Fianna on Sunday morning at 11am at the Club.

The semi-final will be played the following Sunday 11th October, so the importance of winning the above two fixtures cannot be underestimated in order to gain home advantage in the semi-final.

The B’s continued their impressive form with a comprehensive win at home to Portobello on Sunday morning. Win 2 games remaining in the round-robin phase,  a place in the Final is possible if performances continue at the same level. Next up is a trip to St Finbarr’s on Sunday morning at 11am.

The C’s belatedly got their campaign up and running with a difficult trip to Lucan Sarsfields on Sunday morning, and they also came away with a comprehensive victory. This Sunday they host Faughs at 11am in Cherryfield.

On the Juvenile front the U14A’s are looking to add to their terrific Féile success when they entertain Good Counsel in the Championship semi-final on Saturday at 12 o’ clock at the Club.

The U13’s also topped their Championship group and are ‘rewarded’ with a difficult semi-final at home to Lucan Sarsfields  at Cherryfield at 10am on Sunday morning.

The U16A’s are at home to St Vincents in their Shield semi-final on Saturday afternoon at Cherryfield, 3pm throw-in.

Best of luck to all of our teams in Championship action in the coming week, and support is, as always,  very much welcome and appreciated!!

                          Senior 3 Championship Ballyboden St Endas B 4-11  Portobello 2-4

On a beautiful Sunday morning in front of a fine home crowd the B team entertained Portobello at the Club, and we felt that we owed them one after they pipped us by a point in the Championship semi-final last year.

After an even opening to the game, Boden settled with a goal and a point from Danielle White. Portobello came back into the game but Boden finished the half strongly with points from Aoife Tobin & Claire Kirwan, followed by a terrific individual goal from Aoife O’ Neill. Half – time score of 2-5 to 0-3 was a fair reflection at this stage.

In the 3rd quarter Portobello came into the game and managed a couple of goals. Boden responded well with 2 goals from Jodie White, and some great points from Aisling O’ Leary from near the sideline. Aoife Tobin had to leave the field and Aoife O’ Brien moved into midfield and got through a lot of work.

Emer O’ Leary was very composed in goal, and the back-line was well led by Jane Nolan. With 15 minutes to go the bench was emptied, and all 4 substitutes performed very well when they entered the fray.

A good long distance score from Laura Burns and a couple of frees from Danielle White completed the scoring.

All in all a fine performance by the whole panel, and they now top the group of 6 teams with maximum points from 3 games. With 2 games left, and the top 2 teams going direct to the final,  hopes are high that  the girls can continue their impressive form in the coming weeks, next up a trip to play St Finbarrs on Sunday morning.

The only negative was a hand injury to Aoife Tobin sustained in the  2nd half, we hope to see her back in a few weeks!

Team: Emer O’ Leary, Fiona Masterson, Grace Walsh, Roisin Walsh, Rebeka Kamvar, Jane Nolan, Gráinne Corcoran, Aoife Tobin, Laura Burns, Aoife O’ Neill, Aisling O’ Leary, Aoife O’ Brien, Danielle White, Claire Kirwan, Jodie White, Eimear Butler, Orla Tevlin, Ciara O’ Neill, Leanne Barrett


                                   Senior 6 Championship Lucan Sarsfields 0-8 Ballyboden St Endas C 5-6

Promising start to the Senior C championship campaign in Wilsbrook Park vs. Lucan Sarsfields  last Sunday.

With a squad of 30 girls(yes, 30!!!), Rob and Gerry had their work cut out to pick a team, and to make matters worse Lucan could only field 13 aside! After a slow start with Lucan scoring two points without reply. a free earned by hard work from the forward line got Boden off the mark, followed by another which was goaled. The first half was well contested by both teams. Half time score 2-02 to 4 points.
The second half got underway and with a quick brace of 3 goals and four more points from frees. Boden ran out with a good win, with keeper Aoife O Toole managing to keep a clean sheet despite the best efforts of the Lucan forwards. Next up Faughs Celtic  at home on Sunday 4th.

Team; Aoife O Toole, Mary Hyland(Capt.), Aisling Hayes, Sarah Dowling, Ciara Scallan, Cliodhna McNamara, Roisin Ryan (1 point) , Dianaimh Greene (1-05), Ciara Lambert, Orlaith Keane, Aoife Barnes, Grace Maher (3 goals), Nicola McCarthy, SUBS USED; Aisling Keane, Martina O Brien, Sorcha Farrelly, Alisha O Keefe( 1 goal), Aoife Murphy.
Squad; Rachel Basquel, Amy Byrne, Emily Byrne, Roisin Coughlan, Jane Doyle, Deirbhile DeFrain, Kayla Heneghan, Ruth Hyland, Jennifer Murphy O Shea, Amy Pierce, Ellen Reagan, Rachel Walsh.

                                 U13A Championship Ballyboden St. Endas 3.5:: St. Judes 5.3

The U13 girls played a tough game against St Judes on Sunday morning and battled hard. While a lot of our players were suffering the effects of a tough day yesterday, it was clear that Katie McDonald hadn’t been involved in the football blitz and was a constant threat for us. While we created lots of chances, the excellent hooking and blocking of the opposition meant we didn’t convert as many.
Results from other games mean we top the group on score difference and now will meet Lucan Sarsfields in the semi-final on Sunday morning at Cherryfield.


Katie Mc Donald 1 -3, Aisling Murray 1 -1,  Ciara Doyle 1 -0, Lucy O'Shea 0 -1

Senior B's keep up 100% record

                 Division 3 Championship Thursday 17th September      Na Fianna 0-5  Ballyboden St Endas B 0-11

Parnells was the venue for this Divison 3 Championship encounter on Thursday evening. After beginning their campaign with a struggling home win over Crumlin, hopes were high that we could put up a strong performance against a  Na Fianna side who had a comprehensive win in their first game.

A bright start to the game by the Boden girls was encouraging, and all over the pitch we were on top. This first half performance is as good as we have played this year, and some great scores were picked off by a variety of players including Aoife Tobin, Aisling O' Leary, Claire Kirwan, Aoife O' Neill, Jodie White & Danielle White to leave the half time score 8 points to 2 in our favour. The high work rate was notable, and the question was could we repeat this for the second half.

The second half was more competitive, with much of the play confined to the middle third. It was encouraging that when Na Fianna did score, we immediately responded with one of our own. The defence was on top throughout, well martialled by Jane Nolan & Grace Walsh(the night before her debs!), with young Fiona Masterson very strong throughout. Emer O' Leary was composed in goal, and her accurate puck-outs were a great asset. The 6 point margin was well deserved. All 4 substitutes made a fine impact when they entered the fray with 15 minutes to go. There is no room for error in this Division, with the 6 teams playing each other, and the top 2 straight to the final. Next up is Portobello at home on Sunday 27th, and we fell to them at the semi-final stage last year.

A special mention for Aisling O' Leary who made the trip up from Galway for last weeks fixture, and returned at 6am on Friday morning. This week she went one better, again making the trip up on Thursday afternoon but then returning to Galway on the midnight bus, terrific dedication from her.

Team: Emer O' Leary, Sarah Lambert, Grace Walsh, Fiona Masterson, Rebeka Kamvar, Jane Nolan, Gráinne Corcoran, Laura Burns, Aoife Tobin, Claire Kirwan, Aisling O' Leary, Aoife O' Neill, Danielle White, Aoife O' Brien, Jodie White, Ciara O' Neill, Eimear BUtler, Orla Tevlin, Leanne Barrett

Camogie News Tuesday 15th September 2015


It was a busy week on the camogie front. Adult championship’s began on Tuesday and the A’s began their quest for a 6th successive title with a comfortable win over St Brigids. The B’s began their campaign with a win over Crumlin on Thursday evening. The C’s don’t begin until the 27th.

On Saturday Boden hosted the National U14 Division 1 inter-county blitz, with 9 county sides in action. Thankfully the rain on Friday night relented in the early hours, and conditions were ideal. Many people gave up their time to help out during the day, and everything ran like clockwork. Cork took the spoils on the pitch, well done to James Murray & Joan Feehan for their splendid organisation on the day.

On Sunday morning we hosted 5 juvenile teams from Birr and Monaleen who were en-route to Croke Park for the Camogie All-Ireland finals. Once again we were fortunate with the weather, and our visitors were very appreciative of the hospitality in the Club afterwards.   

Many congratulations to Senior manager Richie Sweetnam and wife Triona on the recent birth of baby Donal.



                                                  Ballyboden St Endas A 5-15  St Brigids 1-4

The first round of the Senior Camogie Championship got under way last Tuesday with Ballyboden hosting St. Brigids in Pairc Ui Mhurchu.
Both sides started well and really cancelled each other out.  Tackles were tough and hard so the scores were difficult to come by.
Eventually Ballyboden began to get on top and covert their possession into scores.  Points came from a number of sources including Emer Lucey, Jill Horan and Anne Griffin. As the 1st half wore on Ballyboden broke  down the Brigids defence more often and got in for two goals scored by Orla Smith and Martha O Donoghue.
Again the second half began like the first both sides trying but really cancelling each other out. A goal midway through the 2nd half kick-started another scoring spree for Ballyboden and with that they went on to win the game.
A nice start to the championship but plenty of work to be done over the next few weeks to be able to challenge for honours this year.

At time of going to press the date of the next fixture is unknown.

Team: Sile Nic Coitir, Joanne O’ Sullivan, Susan Kennedy, Elaine Hickey, Hannah Hyland, Mairead Luttrell, Jane Edwards, Jill Horan, Sarah Nagle, Martha O’ Donoghue, Emer Lucey, Laura Nagle, Fiona Corcoran, Orla Smith, Ann Griffin, Ciara Ruddy, Zenouska Murphy


                                                 Ballyboden St Endas B 1-9  Crumlin 0-8

The B’s got off to a winning start in the Division 3 Championship on Thursday evening. The League campaign proved difficult, with many alterations in the team from week to week.

The first half was a dominant performance possession wise, but we had difficulty in turning the possession into scores. A terrific goal from Claire Kirwan was the highlight, and at half-time Boden led by 1-5 to 0-1. In the third quarter Crumlin began to get on top, and some soft frees got them within a goal. A fine save by Cora Ryan proved important and Boden deservedly won by 4 points.

Some tougher challenges lie ahead but we expect a good improvement in the coming weeks.

Next up is a trip to Na Fianna, possible this coming Thursday but not confirmed yet.

Team: Cora Ryan, Roisin Walsh, Jane Nolan, Sarah Lambert, Rebeka Kamvar, Grace Walsh, Grainne Corcoran, Laura Burns, Aoife Tobin, Aoife O’ Neill, Aisling O’ Leary, Claire Kirwan, Ciara O’ Neill, Fiona Masterson, Danielle White, Leanne Barrett, Aoife O’ Brien, Iseult Kelleher, Eimear Butler, Orla Tevlin


Camogie News Tuesday 1st September 2015

          Last night the Senior A’s played St Vincents in O’ Toole Park in the Division 1 League Final, see website for details of that game.

This leads in to the defence of their Championship crown. After completing 5-in-a-row in 2014, this year’s draw sees Boden join St Brigids, Erins Isle & Na Fianna in the group stage. We begin next Tuesday, 8th September at home to St Brigids. Despite a recent spate of injuries, players & management are determined to put up a strong defence of their title.

We wish Doireann Mullany well after her recent injury, and hope that all other players who have recently picked up knocks will make it back in time for the ‘business end’ of their respective campaigns.

The B’s commence on Thursday 10th with a home game against Crumlin.

The C’s have a bye in week one and aren’t in action for a few weeks.


Our juvenile teams begin their respective Championship’s this weekend also.

See below for this week’s Camogie Championship fixtures, best of luck to all.






Senior A

St Brigids


Tues 8th 6.45pm

Senior B



Thurs 10th 6.45pm


Good Counsel


Sat 5th 3pm



St Annes Pk

Sat 5th  12:00


Good Counsel

Davitt Road

Sat 5th 12:00


St Vincents


Sun 6th 10:00



Boden girls host John Locke's, Kilkenny

It was a chance meeting after an AC/DC concert in June where the seed was sown for a meet-up between our Ballboden St. Endas Camogie girls with girls from John Locke’s GAA club in Callan, County Kilkenny. The conversation started with a review of the concert, moved onto the merits of Hanging Baskets and ended up with the GAA (as all conversations inevitably do)

A fixture was set up for last Sunday with 20 under-9/10/11 girls from Callan stopping off in Cherryfield on their way to supporting the Cats in their semi-finals in Croke Park. A combination of under-9s and 11s from Ballyboden was hastily put-together and the Boden kits retrieved from the bottom of the laundry baskets for the call to action.

The matches themselves showed off great skills from both sides and were both competitive and sporting. Our Under-9s and 11s combined well together to create some great scores while also exhibiting great battling skills to protect their own goal.

Matches were followed by the traditional Boden welcome for the visitors in the clubhouse. Parents of our girls provided sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and teas and coffees for the visitors and the conversations continued with return fixtures discussed for the future. The hospitality was greatly appreciated by the visitors and they boarded the bus to go and watch their Senior Hurlers defeat Waterford in Croke Park (so no surprise ending there!)


Many thanks go to the organisers of the day and to all the parents for laying on such generous hospitality.

Finally, special thanks go to John Locke’s GAA club for making the trip. John Locke incidentally was a poet from Callan who could have been writing about the encounter on Sunday morning when he wrote…

D'anam chun De! but there it is—
The dawn on the hills of Ireland!
God's angels lifting the night's black veil
From the fair, sweet face of my sireland



U12 Camogie girls play in Croke Park

When the notification text was sent that the Ballyboden St Endas U-12 camogie team had been drawn to play in Camán to Croker the response was immediate. 

The excitement levels were high across the team and mentors in anticipation of the big day.

The team had an early start on Tuesday the 7th of July as we met in the clubhouse at 8.20am. A convoy of cars headed across the city, destination Croke Park, for a festival of camogie involving 65 clubs from all over Leinster. After parking in the Davin End we made our way to the back of the Cusack Stand where we were guided into the dressing rooms. The distinctive sound of football boots as the team transversed the dressing room sent chills up spines. Before departing the dressing rooms we took a quick a team photograph.


We were then shown onto the plush pitch and had a quick warm-up and puck around before our first match. A detailed plan was put in place to ensure all 19 girls got equal playing time on the pitch. We played three 12 minute games in all against Kilcock of Kildare, St Cillians of Offaly and Kiltale of Meath winning all 3 and giving all our girls experience of playing in GAA headquarters. Well done to all the girls who performed and behaved excellently on the day. Thanks to Joan Feehan and Jean Gargan for organizing the event and to fellow mentors Danny O Connell, Ger Delaney and Dave Quinlivan who helped out greatly on the day. Thanks to our referee Cora Ryan for coming along with the girls on the day.

And finally thanks also to the drivers and supporters who turned up to encourage the team and to Ian Horan for the great photos on what was an occasion they will never forget. Hopefully our girls will go on to grace the hallowed ground again in the future.

Boden kit arrives in Kenya! - Sarah Lambert

I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone that donated club jerseys, academy kits, footballs, hurls, money etc.The experience I had was unbelievable. The children in Kenya are the happiest, most grateful children that I've ever come across. Seeing first hand where they live and the conditions they live in. The walk through the slums, with open sewage about and children playing around it would break your heart. Their lives are so different to ours. We visited primary and secondary schools. The children were so delighted to wear the Ballyboden jerseys. They were so happy, obedient and very eager to learn. We did lots of different activities such as music, arts & crafts and sports and they really enjoyed playing hurling and football !! The interaction was fantastic ! Thank you all so much again, it was greatly appreciated.Sarah Lambert

Mini All-Ireland a great success

The June Mini All Ireland continues to be a highlight in the Camogie Calendar. The 2015 version took place last Friday evening – June 12th. The date had been moved forward in June for a variety of reasons and the earlier date seemed to suit many parents with a huge turnout – just short of 200 children in total took part in the games.


The competition spread over 8 pitches in two groups saw eight teams compete at junior level (under 8’s, 9’s and 10’s) and a further eight teams in the senior competition for the under 11’s, 12’s and 13’s). A total of 36 games were played.


The under 16 teams provided the referees who did a great job throughout – offering the younger players in particular constant encouragement. The under 14’s showed they have learned a thing or two about management and were masters of tactics throughout.


The ice-cream van and Paddy’s burgers went down a treat, and rumour has it that a certain group of mentors felt it only right to discuss the games in the bar well into the evening.


Congratulations to all who took part in this festival – games were played in a great spirit with plenty of good hurling. It is worth noting that there wasn’t a single bad pull all evening and there was no injury of note to any player. Well done to the mentors from all age groups on their organisation, and thanks to the Camogie Committee for their support. Special thanks to the three senior players who presented each player with a medal – Mairead Luttrell, Laura Burns and Emer Lucey. Roll on the 13th Annual Mini All Ireland in 2016 !

Some excellent photos of the evening courtesy of John Kirwin can be seen here


U12 Camogie trip to Kilkenny

U.12s Camogie Trip to Kilkenny sponsored with thanks to Bus Eireann

The U-12 Ballyboden St Endas camogie team enjoyed their first away matches to play country opposition when they made the trip to Dicksboro, Co. Kilkenny on Saturday the 6th of June, 2015.

It was an early start for the girls and mentors as well as some of the parents as everyone met up at the clubhouse at 8.20am. The bus, a luxury coach supplied by Bus Eireann, duly arrived and it was all on board for the trip to Noreside.


The journey went quickly thanks to an impronptu sing-song from the girls followed by a well organised quiz courtesy of the tour co-ordinators, Joan Feehan, Jean Gargan and Suzanne Nolan.

We arrived at Dicksboro GAA club on the outskirts of Kilkenny City where we were met by local club members who had assigned us our own dressing rooms in their very impressive grounds.  Ballyboden now count former Ballyboden St. Enda's stalwart Maura Ni Reachtaire in their ranks.

Ballyboden had 2 teams of equal ability and the opposition was provided by Dicksboro, O Loughlin Gaels, Ballyraggett and St. Anne’s (Galmoy/Johnstown). Our girls played some fine competitive camogie, winning some, drawing some and losing some matches.  They played their hearts out!

We then retired to the clubhouse where a mountain of sandwiches, cakes, buns and ice creams awaited us. There was plenty of slagging especially as 2 of our mentors were sporting their Tipp colours!!

After photos were taken with the Liam McCarthy Cup(mentor Danny O' Connell continues to dream!) which had been organised by Cathal Fitzgerald, we boarded the Bus Eireann coach and headed for Kilkenny Bowl where the girls had a great time bowling and using the other games. The mentors had a competitive game of bowling which went down to the wire!



Next it was onto Kilkenny Castle where our large contingent enjoyed a tour of the 820 year old building.  Cathal’s pre-tour briefing on the bus, complete with talk of ghosts, witches and burnings at the stake, was a real highlight.


More photos were taken in the regal surroundings before we boarded the bus for home. The girls enjoyed some well earned treats on the journey back to the Capital and were a tired bunch by the time we reached Pairc Ui Mhurchu at 7.30pm. The night finished with a post-tour selectors de-brief in the clubhouse. Rumour has it that this extended into the small hours.

On behalf of the mentors we would like to express our appreciation to the tour co-ordinators for organising the trip, Joan, Jean and Suzanne, to Cathal for organising the tournament and the Liam McCarthy Cup, to Dicksboro GAA club for making us feel very welcome and the other clubs for the competition, to Bus Eireann for the brilliant coach, for parents who came along to help and finally, to our camogie girls, all 26 of them, who were a pleasure to deal with and a credit to the club and their families.

We could not help but share one of the answers to the quiz questions – Name the 3 types of triangles and the Answer given was …wait for it – Small, Medium and Large – answered by some of our Mentors!

Kenya Project - Boden girl Sarah Lambert needs your support

My name is Sarah Lambert and I am a member of Ballyboden St Endas GAA club. I am a fourth year student in Sancta Maria College and I will be travelling to Kenya in June 2015 with nine other students. The college has established a link with the sisters of Mercy in Kenya. We will be in Kenya for ten days and in those ten days we will be doing voluntary work in under privileged areas and over- crowded schools, as well as to assist with various children’s projects. This work will involve in such activities as academics, art/crafts, sports, music etc. We would be grateful for any donations received for this charity such as academy kits and, normal jerseys, footballs (just sports jerseys and sports shorts only). There is a box behind the bar in the club for the donated kit to be dropped to. All donations are greatly appreciated!



U11's trip to Danesfort

The Under-11 Camogie girls’ teams took advantage of a free weekend to go on an away day to Kilkenny. 41 girls rose early on Sunday morning and boarded the bus to Kilkenny.

After some on-board entertainment, we arrived in Danesfort for matches against Kilkenny's future stars. After some great competitive matches with fantastic skills on display from both sides, we moved onto the local parish hall where mountains of sandwiches, buns and biscuits awaited. After some post-match analysis with our generous hosts, we counted up our girls and boarded the bus to Nowlan Park to watch the Dublin Senior Hurling team take on Cork in the League Semi-Final.

The wonderful day continued as we sat in the baking sun watching the Dubs race into a commanding lead with a strong Ballyboden presence to the fore. We even had skills on show by the mentors as Seamus caught a sliotar sent high over the back netting. Unfortunately the Dubs were pegged back at the end but still the girls had watched an exciting match and enjoyed the experience.

But it wasn't finished yet - A trip to McDonalds was next on the agenda and some much needed food for players and adults alike. Then the bus brought us back to Pairc Uí Mhurchu where a lot of the girls got the hurls out to knock around on the main pitch until finally being dragged off home by their parents.
A great day was had by all, made possible by our hosts in Danesfort, with special thanks to the parents and mentors who made the trip.  Praise also goes to all the Under-11 girls who continue to impress us with their dedication and enthusiasm. Last but not least, special mention goes to Shona Kenny who although injured, made the journey to support her team mates from the side line, and to Ella McNair who played brilliantly on the day but picked up an injury late on. We all wish her a speedy recovery.

Feile - A weekend to remember!

After a heavy defeat in the group section the previous day at the hands of Lucan, we knew that a plan ‘B’ was needed. Despite the best laid plans, 34 seconds into the Division 1 final, Lucan Sarsfields snatched an early goal. However they never got the chance to build a platform on that score because within a minute we had levelled it. A piece of individual brilliance by Hollyn Kennedy who controlled a long delivery in the air with the stick, took possession and made some ground before firing to the net off her left side.  

Lucan regained the lead in the 8th minute with a point from a free by captain Aoife Mahon.  Throughout the field Boden were showing well Saoirse Hassett pulled a mighty ball out of the clouds and Faye O'Reilly did superbly in the Lucan goals to deny Hollyn Kennedy another goal.

However Hollyn would not be stopped and when Saoirse Fitzgerald sent a long effort goalwards, the Boden sharpshooter was on hand to first time to the net.  Our girls seemed to have a slight edge in attack with Katie McDonald playing superbly on the wing and Aisling Byrne was also outstanding.  The latter provided a very clever pass in the 16th minute to place Hollyn Kennedy for an excellently worked point.  When Katie McDonald drove over a free on the 20th minute Ballyboden went into the break 2-2 to 1-1 in front.

Both teams showed some tremendous skill in poor underfoot conditions.  Chloe O'Connor and Laura Quinn were leading the Lucan charge and in the 25th minute a free from Aoife Mahon cut the gap to just a goal.  Our defence started in our full forward line. This was epitomised by full blooded blocks on Lucan defenders by Alanna McGarry, Blathnaid Slater and Robyn Flynn.

Muireann Delaney, Erica Tobin and Olivia Meagher worked tiredlessly to clear dangerous situations. Anything that sneaked through was dealt with solidly by the full back line; Sadhbh, Deirdre and Sinead, with Sinead plucking a ball out of the clouds with authority. Solid clearances were picked up by a very industrious half forward line, with Sarah-Ann working tirelessly. A close range free appeared to offer us the chance to go back four in front but a clever low shot by Katie McDonald's went all the way to the net for a crucial goal.  A ‘stunning’ catch by Hannah Leddy was the response from the puck out. A heart stopping moment followed, when Lucan were awarded a penalty with two minutes of normal time remaining.

However Aoife Mahon's well struck shot was brilliantly saved by Ally Ramsden and Katie McDonald cleared it away from danger.  With the game in added time, Lucan staged one more rally and a great effort by Lucan was saved by Ally Ramsden but the ball had just passed the line.

We were ecstatic to hear the final whistle blow from the puck-out as we deservedly claimed the club's 10th Dublin Féile na nGael Division 1 crown. The girls performed outstandingly and did the jersey proud. After a lovely speech by Muireann Delaney, Ally Ramsden was deservedly named player of the match. After much discussion Katie McDonald was nominated as player of tournament in this year’s Féile na nGael 2015.

The success of the weekend was built around the squad of 24 enthusiastic and committed girls, who supported each other magnificently over the two days.

Ally Ramsden, Sadhbh Nic Mathuna, Deirdre Murray, Sinead Hussey, Cathy Flanagan, Shauna Walsh, Ciara McCullough, Hannah Tevlin, Saoirse Hassett, Hannah Leddy, Saoirse Fitzgerald, Muireann Delaney (captain), Olivia Meagher, Elaine Whelan, Ciara Woodcock, Hollyn Kennedy, Katie McDonald, Erica Tobin, Sarah-Ann Murphy, Aisling Byrne, Alanna McGarry, Robyn Flynn, Laura Mullen and Blathnaid Slater.

The B team had the unenviable task of getting the five game Sunday Féile programme off to a start in the worst of the cold and rain but they rose to the challenge nonetheless.

A brave, skilful and highly committed Boden side competed for every ball of it their lives depended on it.

From the outset, the game had the appearance of a low-scoring affair and that’s how it transpired.  The highlight of the first half was a great save by Ruby Collin in the Ballinteer goals from a determined Beth O’ Neill strike. Beth  was the class act on view displaying great footwork and skill but unfortunately most of her excellent work was hampered by the wet, windy weather and the soft ground.

The sides were level at half time and deep into the second half.  Extra-time looking like it would be needed until Eve Berry of Ballinteer claimed possession and following a 35m run fired home a spectacular goal – a matchwinner if ever there was one.

From then until the final whistle it was a dogfight between two well skilled teams. Despite the gallant efforts for an equaliser it wasn’t forthcoming. Ciara Duffy (captain) built a strong platform for several brave attacks, and Caoimhe Lynn kept goals superbly, but try as they might the ball would not cross the Ballinteer whitewash.

The rhythm of the Boden play was significantly disrupted with the injury to Emily Sharkey who had led the half forward line with her usual powerful play. We wish her a speedy recovery.

This team over the full weekend displayed all of the winning characteristics of attitude , teamwork, and honesty which we have come to expect of them. This talented team will have many more good days.

Caoimhe Lynn, Zara Beatty, Roisin O’Sullivan, Chloe Curran, Emma O’Riordan, Ciara Duffy (Captain), Aoife Leavy, Lauren Gray, Megan Gray, Rachel Kilmartin, Beth O’Neill, Emily Sharkey, Rena Zervaki, Alice Gell, Victoria Cotter, Mia Doyle, Rebecca Pelosi, Katherine Kelly, Caoimhe Milton, Leah Fagan.

Camogie Feile Weekend

This Saturday we have 2 teams taking part in Camogie Féile. For the first time we are hosting 2 Divisions, with a total of 13 teams competing in Divisions 1 & 5.The A team play in Division 1 and have been drawn in a tough Group containing Raheny, Good Counsel and Lucan Sarsfields. The B team are in Division 5 and face tough games with Goud Counsel, Raheny, Ballinteer St Johns & C.B.C. Below are the Féile panels after their final training session on Thursday.


Preparations have gone well for both sides. Many hands will be needed on the day to feed the players and supporters. We wish the girls and their mentors all the best, and look forward to seeing both teams in their respective Finals in O' Toole Park on Sunday!!

11.10 am Ballyboden A Raheny A
12.30 pm Good Counsel A Ballyboden A
13.50 pm Ballyboden A Lucan Sarsfields A
11.10 am Raheny B Ballyboden St Endas B
13.10pm Ballyboden St Endas B Ballinteer St Johns B
14.30 pm Good Counsel B Ballyboden St Endas B
15.50 pm Cumann Báire Caoimhín Ballyboden St Endas B



Christmas Tree Collection a huge success

On Saturday 10th January we held our Christmas Tree collection service. We had printed off in excess of 15,000 flyers before Christmas. Then our army of volunteers walked off the Christmas turkey by delivering flyers to every house in the locality between 29th December & 3rd January.

We then waited for the response, and it quickly became apparent that our numbers this year would be significantly up on last year.

Therefore we needed to recruit extra help for the collection day, and thankfully a good number of people gave up their time. We also learnt lessons from last year, and Yvonne & Rachel Walsh were working flat out throughout the day co-ordinationg which areas had been collected, which had not and also passing on the details of late texts and calls.



After the truck was filled for the final time, the car park was swept clean. Later we adjourned to the Bar to count the takings. Cathal 'The Don' O' Regan is seen below with what he considers is his share of the takings!!

We collected 1,000 trees on Saturday, an increase of 50% on last year, a great success.

Many thanks again to everybody who assisted us this weekend and also with the flyer distribution. Thanks also to all our our local residents for their support.

Committee: Kieran Rudden, Eoin Reid, Rob Lambert, Philip Larkin, Con Nagle, Barry Murray, Gerry White

Camogie News Tuesday December 8th

At the Camogie AGM last Tuesday Gerry White was returned as Chairperson for the coming year. Orla Mullany & Catherine Nagle have decided to 'take a sabbatical' for a while and they were thanked for their invaluable work during the course of the last number of years. They have given the Camogie section a great platfrom for future success. Mary Hyland was also thanked for er work as referee co-ordinator for the last number of years.
2015 Camogie Officers:
Chairperson: Gerry White
Vice-Chairperson: Philip Larkin
Secretary: James Murray
Registrar: Sile Nic Coitir
Referee Co-Ordinator: Grainne Corcoran
Childrens Officer: Jean Gargan
Communications/PRO: Ciara Lucey
Pictured below are the U14's who recently received their Leugue Winners medals.
Also the U11's finished up for a Cristmas break by having 'Onzie Training night'. The highlight of the mentors photo must be the sight of Danny O' Connell in his favourite CORK COLOURS!!

Gala Night Presentations

There were two well deserved presentations at the recent Gala Dinner.

The Senior A Camogie Manager Richie Sweetnam receiving a presentation from Chairman Brendan Moran to mark the achievement of coaching the team to 5 Championships in a row


Fiona Corcoran receiving a presentation from the Club to mark her achievement of winning 10 Senior County Championships. Unfortunately Sile Nic Coitir & Orla Smith were uable to attend to accept their presentations for the same achievement.


Camogie News 18th November 2014

                         CAMOGIE A.G.M. TUESDAY 2nd DECEMBER AT 8pm

The Camogie AGM will take place at 8pm on Tuesday 2nd December 2014. All Motions for the AGM, Nominations for Officer positions and other positions on theCommittee are to be submitted by email to the Camogie Secretary Orla Mullany (omullanybbse@gmail.com)by Tuesday 25th November 2014.

Nominations are sought for the positions below:

Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer/Registrar, Board Delegates (Senior and Minor), Children’s Officer, Referee Co-ordinator, Sponsorship Co-ordinator, Communications/PRO




Camogie News 11th November 2014

U16 Division 3 Shield Final Erin Go Bragh 7-4  Ballyboden St Endas U16B 1-4
This was to be our final match of the year.  The girls had trained hard for this match & the mood in the camp was upbeat.
Our usual team had the benefit of 6 girls from the U14 teams (who all played with great skill & determination) giving us an unprecendented 20 players to choose from.  After the weeks lovely weather, the afternoon turned from autumnal to wintery, rain, high winds all combined to ensure it was to be a game of 2 halves.  Whichever side could make the most of their turn with the wind at their backs would prevail.

For the first half, we were playing against the elements.  Unfortunately, although we had a fair amount of possession we failed to convert it to points.  At half time we trailed 5 goals & 3 points to 1 point.  Ballyboden started the second half strongly & all felt that a come back was on the cards.  We had a fair amount of possession, the wind at our backs & a lot of vocal support - we dd manage to score a goal & a number of points, but unfortunately the pace of our recovery was too slow & the momentum swung back to our oppositon.

It has been a hugely enjoyable year for the team.  Friendships have been strengthened, skills & fitness have been improved.
Roll on next season!

Camogie News 4th November 2014

The weekend was a story of joy and despair for our Camogie teams. Saturday began with our U16B’s taking on Erin go Bragh in their Shield Final, where they performed well but came up short.

Following this in a cold and wet Naomh Mearnog was the U16A Championship Final against St Brigids. The girls put in a fabulous performance and were well worth their 11 point winning margin. Every player on the panel has pulled their weight throughout the year, and Saturday saw them getting their reward. This was the first Camogie Championship success for this group of girls, and for the older girls was the perfect way to end their juvenile career.

On Sunday our Senior C’s played Castleknock in the Division 6 Championship Final in O’ Toole Park. An early goal settled the nerves, but Castleknock had a strong breeze at their backs in the first half and went in 3 points to the good. Boden dominated the second half but scores were difficult to come by. When the final whistle we came up 1 point short, but every girl gave 100% and they have performed well throughout the year.





                Ballyboden St Endas U16A 3-3 St Brigids 0-1


What a way to end your juvenile Camogie career! Up against League winners St Brigids, Boden entered the Premier Juvenile Final as underdogs despite a fine semi-final victory away to Lucan. Conditions were very difficult for both sides in a wet and cold Naomh Mearnog on Saturday afternoon.

Boden had the advantage of the elements in the first half, but it was Brigids who started quicker and got an early point from a free. Little did we know at this stage that this would be their only score. The Boden girls got into their stride and won a number of frees 40M from goal, and Emer O’ Leary and Jodie White popped over 1 point each. Then Aine O’Brien got on the end of a scramble in the goalmouth to finish to the net. Almost immediately the same player scored a fine point.

Boden were well on top at this stage, with the ball rarely entering their half of the pitch. Laura Nagle, Eve O’ Donoghue and Aoife Durkin(hard to believe still U14!) in the half-back line were dominant.  Laura broke through from midfield late in the first half and played a long pass to Aine, who finished superbly to the roof of the net.

Emily Flanagan & Kelli McLoughlin were totally on top throughout the game in midfield, and this gave great confidence to their team-mates. They were greatly assisted in the middle third by Claire Kirwan, Ciara Barnes & Eimear Butler who all worked tirelessly throughout the game. At Half time Boden had a well deserved 8 point lead, 2-3 to 0-1.

At half time Boden adjourned to the changing room to escape the elements and prepare for an expected onslaught in the second half from Brigids. However, as soon as the ball was thrown in it became apparent that the work rate and intensity which the Boden girls brought to the field was making it nearly impossible for Brigids to threaten the Boden goal. Ciara O’ Neill was composed in goal and had a quiet afternoon, well protected once again by full-back line Sarah Lambert, Captain Fantastic Hannah Hyland & Orla Tevlin.

While Boden continued to dominate, a number of goal chances went begging. Then with 15 minutes remaining the ever dangerous Emer O’ Leary gained possession 30 yards from goal, beat a number of challenges and finished with precision into the bottom corner of the net. The Boden support hugely outnumber to opposition, and at this stage the shouts of encouragement assisted us in the final push. At this stage Aisling Gargan(another U14) had replaced injury victim Kelli, and then Sarah Mulevy, Aisling McCullough & Aoife Roche came into the full forward line to provide extra energy for the last 10 minutes.

When the final whistle went there were great scenes of jubilation. These girls know how to win on the big occasions, this victory coming just 2 weeks after winning the U16A Ladies Football Championship. They also took the Division 1 Camogie Feile two years ago.

We must also remember the injured trio of Cora Ryan, Ava O’ Shea & Aobheann Murray who unfortunately were not in a position to take part on Saturday but have played a huge role in the success of this team throughout the year.

Hannah Hyland received the Cup on behalf of the Boden girls and gave a fine speech, paying a special mention to the great Boden crowd who made the journey across the city. Great credit for this success to the 3 ladies looking after this team since they came out of the Academy, Denise O’ Neill, Edel Tevlin & Catherine Nagle (The Golden Girls!). They were well assisted by fellow mentors Terry O’ Neill, Gerry White, George O’ Shea & Barry Murray, and not to forget Charlie White who was in charge of tactics, video analysis & picking which pizza’s to buy!

The grub went down well back in the Clubhouse, and the girls proceeded to party late into the night at Knocklyon’s new hotspot, ‘The White House’, where more fine cuisine and low fat Coke were consumed. Hannah Hyland proved that she is more than a match for her mother Mary in the tea-making stakes!

In summary, these girls have represented themselves, their families and the Club with distinction and should be very proud of their achievements to date. Now many of them progress into the Adult ranks where they will be welcomed with open arms and we look forward to them progressing in the coming years. The younger girls will proceed to lead the 2015 U16’s into battle and have the tough task of emulating this success.

On behalf of the team mentors we thank them sincerely for their efforts throughout the years and for the great memories which we share!

Team: Ciara O’ Neill, Sarah Lambert, Hannah Hyland, Orla Tevlin, Eve O’ Donoghue, Laura Nagle, Aoife Durkin, Emily Flanagan, Kelli McLoughlin, Ciara Barnes, Eimear Butler, Claire Kirwan, Aine O’ Brien, Emer O’ Leary, Jodie White, Aisling Gargan, Aisling McCullough, Aoife Roche, Sarah Mulvey, Cora Ryan, Ava O’ Shea, Aobheann Murray




                       DIVISION 6 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

                   Castleknock 1-7  Ballyboden St Endas C 2-3


Castleknock took another step on the camogie ladder with an exciting win over Ballyboden St Endas who pulled the game back to the minimum with the second last puck of the match before time ran out.

Bronagh Quinn, left half forward on the Castleknock had a powerful influence on the game and was the most dangerous forward on the field.  She gave her side the lead after 2 minutes with a well-struck free.  But Boden went one better and Ciara Lambert first-timed to the net after good work by Ciara Scallan in the 6th minute.

But Bronagh Quinn had the appearance of a player who could do damage. While her side struggled for much of the first half to break down a sound Ballyboden defence where Cliodhna McNamara, Aisling Hayes and Emma Seery were doing well, Quinn kept her side in touch with two placed balls and had the sides level by the 22nd minute.

Ballyboden would have been satisfied with with matters at this stage with the aid of the breeze to come in the second half.  However Castleknock put in a storming closing 6 minutes and notched three superb points from play from Bronagh Quinn after a great pass from Julie Rodgers, Eilish Andrews and Louise Mahony courtesy of an excellent line ball by Bronagh Quinn.

Three points was by no means a safe lead but Castleknock's spirits rose two minutes after the restart when Bronagh Quinn pointed a difficult free to give her side a psychologically important lead.  The defence in the first half looked capable of containing the Boden attack and for the first 20 minutes of the second half limited the Firhouse Road crew to a fine point from their most dangerous forward Ciara Lambert.

The game's crucial score came in the 48th minute when Castleknock were awarded a free from 30m. A safe point seemed in the offing but Bronagh Quinn showed tremendous self-belief and hammered to the net. Boden were now in serious trouble and needed to respond but the Castleknock defence was excellent from the very composed 'keeper Hannah Hanlon, full back Eimear Stynes aided by the tireless work of Louise Mahony and Claire Murray.

Ciara Scallan fought defiantly for Boden as did Ceara Daly and they were rewarded with a point from a free by Anne Hogan to reduce the deficit to four points.  A great clearance by Emma Seery found Cliodhna McNamara and her delivery was superbly pointed by Ciara Lambert.  Ciara Scallan was narrowly wide before Boden were awarded a free in the 61st minute.  Anne Hogan's low shot hit the net to leave only a solitary point between the sides but on the puck out referee Pat Denieffe blew the final whistle to end a thoroughly enjoyable game.


Camogie News October 28th 2014

Unfortunately it was a disappointing end to the 2014 campaign for the Senior A's. After the jubilation of 5 Championship's in a row the previous weekend, the contrast in emotions could not have been greater when the final whistle went on Sunday. Opponents Oulart the Ballagh boasted many household names and All Ireland winners, and unfortunately for us they showed their class on Sunday. When the dust settles, we must remember that any year in which we win our Senior Championship can only be seen as a good year. Going forward we will have to look within the broader group in the Camogie section, and set in motion whatever plans may be necessary if we aim to achieve the level of performance which we saw from Oulart on Sunday.
Many thanks to everyone for the fine support on Sunday, and also to those who provided and served the refreshments afterwards.

Earlier on Sunday morning we saw a terrific performance from the Senior C's when they defeated Good Counsel in their Championship semi-final. Playing into a stiff breeze our girls settled in quickly, and picked off some fine scores. They held a comfortable lead at half time, and in truth the result was never in doubt. They now play Castleknock's first team in the FINAL this Sunday in O' Toole Park, time to be confirmed.
On Saturday we have the U16A's facing St Brigids in their Championship FINAL, venue and time to be confirmed. This is the premier Juvenile competition, and having overcome Lucan in the semi-final, hopes are high that the girls can hit this level of performance again. A large support will be required to push on the girls who will be underdogs against the League winners. Similarly the U16B's are in the Shield final v Erin Go Bragh and we also await the venue and time for this fixture..
Keep and eye on the website later in the week for the venues and times for these important games.

Camogie News 21st October 2014

                       5-in-a-row: An Incredible Achievement!
On Sunday our Senior A Camogie team showed terrific spirit to overcome St Vincents in an exciting Championship Final in O' Toole Park. It was by no means a classic, but Finals are all about winning! The game was a low scoring encounter, every score being hard earned.
Five Senior Championships in succession is a fantastic achievement, and this is also the Club's 10th title since 1999. Another great statistic is that Fiona Corcoran, Sile Nic Coitir & Orla Smith have played in ALL TEN Championships.
Many congratulations to a fabulous bunch of players led by Captain Rachel Ruddy. We are also fortunate to have a splendid management team of Richie, Phil, Peter, Nuala & Bernard who also deserve great credit. It is rumoured that celebrations went on well into the night, but now the focus is on the Leinster semi-final this Sunday. We have home advantage on Pairc Úi Murchú against the mighty Oulart the Ballagh from Wexford, throw in 2.30pm. A huge home support will be essential in aiding the girls get over the line against a team laden with All Stars and All Ireland winners.
On behalf of the Senior Camogie players and management, and everybody involved in the Camogie section, we would like to place on record our appreciation to Club Sponsor H&K International, Rathfarnham & District Credit Union and Knocklyon Parish.


       SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL Ballyboden St Endas 1-7  St Vincents 0-7
Ballyboden St. Endas playing with the aid of the breeze started the better in a low scoring first half with points from Anne Griffin and Denice McGrath. Naomh Uinsionn competed magnificently throughout with 14 players for most of the game after the early dismissal of their wing back Lora Smith. Alison Maguire opened the scoring for Vincents on ten minutes. 2 quick points from the pacy Jill Horan put Ballyboden 3 points ahead midway through the half. But Vincents settled into the game and competing fiercely for every ball had points from Emer Dillon Ali Maguire (45) and Aisling Maher (free). Boden replied with a point from Anne Griffin to leave the half time score Ballyboden 0-05 Vincents 0-04.
Vincents seemed to be slightly on top for most of the second half. They outscored Boden 2 points to 1 in the first ten minutes with points from Aisling Maher and Emer Dillon. Jill Horan had her third and Boden’s 6th point to leave the teams level on 0-06 each. Although the next 12 minutes didn’t produce any scores both sides played some outstanding Camogie. Would whoever scored next  have a definite advantage? Aoife Ryan slotted over a point on 22 minutes giving Vincents the lead for the first time in the game. All games have a turning point and today it happened on the 23 minutes when Boden were awarded a free some 30 yards from goals. Anne Griffiin’s free took a cruel deflection and ended up in the Vincent’s net. Mairead Luttrelll added a point for Boden giving them a 3 point lead with 5 minutes left (plus 4 minutes of time added on).  Vincents tried everything to get the equalising score but Ballyboden managed to keep their goals intact and held out to win 1-07 to 0-07 giving them their 5th championship win in a row. Both teams gave everything on the pitch.
Ballyboden: Sile Nic Coitir, Rachel Ruddy, Susan Kennedy, Orla Smith, Sarah Nagle, Fiona Corcoran, Natalie Hyland, Jill Horan, Julie McGrath, Martha O’ Donoghue, Mairead Luttrell, Anne Griffin, Paula McGrath, Denise McGrath, Emer Lucey
Subs: Danielle White, Aisling O’ Leary, Maria McGrath, Laura Nagle, Ciara Lucey, Laura Burns, Zenouska Murphy, Aoife O’ Neill, Jane Edwards, Grace Walsh, Roisin Walsh, Aoife Tobin, Rebeka Kamvar, Jodie White, Hannah Hyland
Management team: Richard Sweetnam, Philip Larkin, Peter Lucey, Nuala O’ Sullivan, Bernard Curtis

Camogie News 14th October 2014

This was very nearly the perfect weekend for our Camogie teams. The Senior A's advanced to the Championship Final in their quest for 5-in-a-row by getting the better of a fine Lucan side by 7 points on Sunday morning. This was a stern test for our girls, ideal preparation for the upcoming Final and this was immediately followed up by the C's who comfortably took care of the same opposition.
The U16A's had got the ball rolling on Saturday with a terrific performance in coming away from Lucan with a well deserved win in their Championship semi-final. The U14's were under-strength but played well in a narrow defeat in their Shield semi-final away to Cuala.The U13A's were very unfortunate on Sunday morning when they went down by 1 point again away to Luca in their Championship semi-final, where the hosts benefited from a controversial late penalty decision which proved crucial. The U13B's were also unlucky in going down to St Vincents in their Championship semi-final. The U11's continued on their way with another 2 fine victories over Faughs.
Earlier in the week the Senior B's had a fantastic win over Na Fianna after extra time. This was a fantastic performance after a slow start, with every player giving their all. This gave us a home semi-final last night in Sancta Maria with Portobello. See website for result of same.
If our Senior B's were successful last night, then we will have our own 'Boden Camogie Super Sunday' in O' Toole Park this Sunday, with the Senior B's in the Senior 3 Final at 2.15 followed by the Senior A's in their showpiece Final v St Vincents throwing in at 3.45pm. With O' Toole Park being nearby, a huge Boden following can make the difference, PLEASE SUPPORT OUR GIRLS!
We wish the many Ladies Football teams in Juvenile Finals this weekend the best of luck, open the trophy cabinet,the silverware is on the way!!
Well done to Rachel Ruddy on her well deserverd All Star nomination

 Senior 1 Championship Semi-Final  Ballyboden St Endas Senior A 2-13 Lucan Sarsfields 1-9
We anticipated a huge test on Sunday morning, and we certainly weren't wrong! Lucan Sarsfields have dominated juvenile Camogie for the last 6 years, and with many of these girls now featuring strongly in their Senior side they travelled without fear. The visitors started brightly, scoring some fine points in the opening 15 minutes. Boden were struggling to find their rhythm, but 2 quick-fire goals from Denise McGrath & Paula McGrath suddenly opened an 8 point gap. Lucan came back strongly, and narrowed the deficit to 4 at the interval.
Boden began the second half well, and stretched the lead to 7 points, Ann Griffin's accuracy from place balls was crucial. Again Lucan got within 4, but the experienced Boden ladies controlled the last 10 minutes to run out well deserved 7 point winners. After a relatively soft passage to this stage, we certainly will benefit from the strong challenege which Lucan provided. No doubt Vincents will be just as tough this Sunday in O' Toole Park, throw in 3.45pm. The dream of 5 Championships in a row can be realised, so let everybody get behind this terrific group and give them the support they deserve. Best of luck to players & mentors, we have every faith in ye!
Team: Sile Nic Coitir, Rachel Ruddy, Su Kennedy, Orla Smith, Sarah Nagle, Fiona Corcoran, Natalia Hyland, Jill Horan, Julie McGrath, Martha O' Donoghue, Maired Luttrell, Ann Griffin, Paula McGrath, Denise McGrath, Emer Lucey.

                 Senior 3 Championship Play-off:  Ballyboden Senior B 3-8  Na Fianna 2-7
This was a thriller right to the final whistle. Clann na Gael was the venue, and conditions were good. Na Fianna were quick out of the blocks and were 5 points ahead very early. Aoife O' Brien was an early casualty with a nastly hand injury. Then the Boden girls began to settle and got a couple of nice points from Grace Walsh and Dianaimh Green, before being hit with a sucker blow of a goal late in the first half. Half time score was 2-2 to 0-3 in Na Fianna's favour.
A different Boden team appeared in the second half. All of the backs got on top of their players, with Grace Walsh, Aoife O' Neill & Aoife O' Leary storming into the game further up the field. Boden hit the front with time running out, then amazingly Na Fianna put over 3 quick points to go 1 point up going into stoppage time. A last gasp equaliser from Aoife O' Neill meant the game ended in a draw, a fair result.
Extra time of 10 minutes a half began at 10pm! Some of our young girls were passed their bedtime, but the Boden girls pushed on. Grainne Corcoran and Karen Murphy led splendidly from the half-back line.  Aoife O' Leary got the vital goal, and a fine point from Aoife Tobin made the game safe. The game finished on a disappointing note with with an injury for Grace Walsh.
We now host Portobello in the semi-final next Tuesday evening at Sancta Maria. Thanks to all for the terrific support on the night, more of the same next week please!. Well done to all of the girls and mentors, and speedy recovery to the wounded...6 days to get ready!
Team: Danielle White, Rebeka Kamvar, Jane Edwards, Laura Murphy, Karen Murphy, Orlaith Keane, Grainne Corcoran, Aoife O' Brien, Grace Walsh, Aoife O' Neill, Aoife Tobin, Aoife O' Leary, Sarah Dowling, Sharon Glynn, Dianaimh Greene, Jodie White, Iseult Kelleher, Ciara O' Neill, Sarah Lambert

     Senior 6 Championship  Ballyboden St Endas Senior C 9-11  Lucan Sarsfields 0-0
As the score reflects this was a very one sided contest which really reflects the manner in which this squad has come together over the year. Having been there to witness the Senior  A win over the same opposition, the girls carried on the momentum and set out to maintain the winning way. All positions performed to the highest level showing a true understanding of how team work can produce the results. All subs when introduced fitted in and they themselves contributed to the score. We now have a home semi final to look forward to against Good Counsel fixed for Sunday26th, but this date may change, keep an eye on the website regarding same.
Team: Aoife O’Toole, Aisling Hayes, Emma Seery, Ceara Daly, Brid Rynne, Cliona McNamara, Anne Hogan, Ciara Dunne, Aoife O’Shea, Aoife Byrnes, Grace Maher, Ciara Scallan, Niamh Hogan, Aisling Goff, Rachel Walsh, Ciara Lambert, Aoife Murphy, Rachel Basquel and Deirbhle De Frein.

 U16 Division 1 Championship semi-final   Lucan Sarsfields 1-9  Ballyboden St Endas U16A 2-8
What a way to begin a weekend!. The U16A girls were underdogs in most people's minds as they headed into the 'Lions Den' of Lucan Sarsfields home grounds on Saturday afternoon. Crucially the girls were well rested after their exploits with the footballers last weekend, and management were quietly confident. Dealt a huge blow with goalkeeper Cora Ryan injured, Ciara O' Neill volunteered to fill the void and did a fantastic job.
The opening 20 minutes were evenly fought, with Lucan a point ahead. Then the Boden girls hit a red hot spell before half time, led superbly by Emer O' Leary to take a 7 point lead into the interval, and also were unfortunate to have another goal disallowed just before the break.
The half time talk centred on how we only had some of the job done, and the call was for more of the same please. As expected, this group of girls didn't fail to deliver. In a low scoring second half Lucan never threatened the lead, and a last minute goal for them put a gloss on the score-line. The Boden ladies were more than deserving winners on the day. We now look forward to the final on 1st November where we will have another tough task in taking on League winners St Brigids.
It would be unfair to single any individual out,  all 19 girls who were a part of this terrific performance should be immensely proud of themselves. A big thank you also to the huge number of supporters who made the trip to Lucan.
The energy levels of the girls in this performance was helped by the great co-operation between Camogie & Ladies Football mentors,  ensuring that the dual players have had plenty of rest recently and are therefore in a position to give their best in both codes as the big games continue to come thick and fast!
Team: Ciara O' Neill, Sarah Lambert, Hannah Hyland, Eimear Butler, Eve O' Donoghue, Laura Nagle, Orla Tevlin, Emily Flanagan, Kelli McLoughlin, Aoife Roche, Ciara Barnes, Claire Kirwan, Aisling McCullough, Emer O' Leary, Jodie White, Aine O' Brien, Sarah Mulvey, Aoife Durkin, Aisling Gargan



Camogie Fixtures to October 12th

Day/Date Team Opposition Venue Time
Saturday 11th Oct U16A Ch'ship SEMI Lucan Sarsfields 12th Lock 2pm
Sunday 12th Oct Senior A Ch'ship SEMI Lucan Sarsfields PUM 11am
Sunday 12th Oct Senior C Championship Lucan Sarsfields PUM 12.30pm
Sunday 12th Oct U13A Ch'ship SEMI Lucan Sarsfields 12th Lock 10am
Sunday 12th Oct U13B Ch'ship SEMI St Vincents Cherryfield 12.30pm
Sunday 12th Oct U11 2-Team League Faughs Cherryfield 12.00
Tuesday 14th Oct Senior B Ch'ship SEMI Portobello Sancta Maria 20:00


Camogie News October 7th 2014

This weekend  many of our teams are in semi-final action. Fresh from a comprehensive win last Sunday over Na Fianna, the Senior A’s will face their toughest test yet when they entertain Lucan Sarsfields in the Senior A Championship semi-final. This game takes place on Pairc Ui Murchu with throw in at 11am. With the visitors sure to bring a large following, it is essential that we have a large vocal home support to welcome them to the home of the Champions! This game will be immediately followed by our Senior C’s in championship action also against Lucan Sarsfields, the winners of this game get home advantage in the semi-final.

Last night, Tuesday, the Senior B’s faced Na Fianna in a play-off. If successful they will also be in semi-final action, keep an eye on the Camogie section o0f the website for all fixtures.

In the Juvenile section the highlight will be the U16 Division 1 Championship semi-final where our girls will be underdogs as they travel to face Lucan on Saturday at 2pm.

The U13A’s also face a difficult trip to Lucan in the U13 Division 1 Championship semi-final on Sunday morning at 10am. The U13B’s host St Vincents in Cherryfield on Sunday  at 12.30 in their Championship semi-final.

Best of luck to all of our teams in these vital games, PLEASE support our girls as they try to bring home some silverware!


Senior 1 Championship Ballyboden St Endas Senior A 2-13  Na Fianna 0-7

After two straightforward victories over N Mearnog & Na Fianna, a stern test was expected against Na Fianna on Sunday morning.  Boden started well and did’nt give the visitors a chance to settle. We were on top in most positions, and got our reward with some well taken points accompanied by 2 fine goals by Denise McGrath, leaving the score 2-8 to 0-2 at half time.

The level of intensity dropped in the second half, with the result never in doubt.  This Sunday Lucan Sarsfields come to town for what should be a cracker of a semi-final, a large support will be crucial if we are to continue the Drive-for-5.

Team: Sile Nic Coitir, Rachel Ruddy, Su Kennedy, Orla Smith, Sarah Nagle, Fiona Corcoran, Natalia Hyland, Jill Horan, Julie McGrath, Martha O’ Donoghue, Mairead Luttrell, Ann Griffin, Emer Lucey, Aisling O’ Leary, Denise McGrath, Maria McGrath, Zenouska Murphy, Paula McGrath, Laura Nagle

Camogie News September 30th

It was a fairly quiet week on the Camogie front. The Senior C’s were the only of our Adult teams in Championshp action, and they had another terrific win, this time over neighbours Faughs. They now have a bye this weekend before hosing Lucan with a home semi-final the reward for the winners.

The Senior A’s return to Championship action this Sunday with Na Fianna the visitors, throw in 11am on Pairc Ui Murchu.

The Senior B’s await the outcome of the final game in their Group which takes place this Sunday, after which we will know our fate. There are a number of permutations, we should know more on Sunday evening.

Many thanks to all who supported our successful Table Quiz which took place last Thursday evening and raised in excess of e1,000. Well done also to quizmaster Bernard Curtis, a career in broadcasting awaits!

On the juvenile front well done to the U13A’s on a fine win away to Good Counsel which sees them advance to the semi-final stage.

Juvenile semi-finals take place on 11th & 12th October.

Notable mention also to our U11 teams who both recorded fine wins away to Lucan Sarsfields, maintaining their positions at the top of their respective League tables.

Hard luck to Rachel & Natalia in the All Ireland Final on Sunday.

Please support our teams !

   Senior 6 Championship  Faughs 2-2  Ballyboden St Endas Senior C 6-6                    

Coming from an excellent win last week over Erin Go Bragh this team once again showed the unity and hard work which again resulted in a fine win. Made up of members that travelled from the four quarters of the country, 20 girls lined out and were eager to give their best. Straight from the throw in each they took control of their position and working together as a team scores followed and the defense were too taking control.

 At half time the score 2-5 to 1-1 didn’t reflect the dominance of the Boden girls. In the second half when all subs were introduced the scores mounted with little or no reply and Boden ran home clear winners 6-6 to 2-2.

Our next outing will be against Lucan who no doubt will ask for even greater efforts of the girls

Team: Aoife O’Toole, Mary Hyland, Aisling Hayes, Emma Seery, Ceara Daly, Brid Rynne, Cliona McNamara, Aoife O’Brien, Anne Hogan, Ciara Dunne, Aoife O’Shea, Aoife Byrnes, Grace Maher, Ciara Scallan, Niamh Hogan, Aisling Goff, Rachel Walsh, Ciara Lambert, Rachel Basquel and Iseult Kelleher.

Camogie News September 23rd 2014

On a busy weekend of Championship action we had comprehensive wins for the Senior A’s over St Brigids  and Senior C’s over Erin go Bragh. The Senior B’s were unfortunate to go down to  some late scores from Crumlin.This coming weekend the only Senior team in action are the C’s who have a short trip to Faughs on Sunday morning, throw in 11am.On the Juvenile front we had a disappointing weekend in general despite some good performances. Notable mention once again to our U12 Teams who both recorded convincing wins away to Castleknock.

Senior 1 Championship  Ballyboden St Endas Senior A 5-20  St Brigids 1-3

The Senior 1 Camoige team had their second outing in the championship on Sunday against St. Brigids.  This was a hard physical game throughout.  Ballyboden started well with a point from Paula McGrath but were really shocked into action by the concession of a goal after 10minutes.  For the remainder of the half they outscored their opponents 2 goals and 13 points to just a solitary point. The goals coming from Aisling O’Leary and Jill Horan.  All players on the pitch contributed to the scores.  From the defenders breaking down attacks and setting up scores to the forwards creating space and finished some fantastic moves.

The challenge for the second half was to continue the level of performance.  After a slow start again the girls picked off some nice scores and finished the half strongly.  This was a solid team performance and the team can now look forward to the final group game against Na Fianna in two weeks’ time.


Senior 3 Championship Crumlin 4-8 Ballyboden St Endas Senior B 3-9

One that got away! After a sluggish first half from both sides, Crumlin led at half time by 2-4 to 2-3. Crumlin started the second half well adding 2 further points. Then Boden had a good period of dominance, scoring 1-6 including some fine scores. With 10 minutes remaining Boden were 5 points ahead and looked to be in control of the game.

However a late burst from the home team gave them a narrow victory. We now await the result of the next Group game between Crumlin and Na Fianna to see where the group will stand.

Team: Danielle White, Laura Murphy, Grainne Corcoran, Aisling Keane, Roisin Walsh, Orlaith Keane, Rebeka Kamvar, Grace Walsh, Karen Murphy, Dianaimh Greene, Aoife Tobin, Aoife O’ Neill, Sarah Dowling, Aoife O’ Leary, Jodie White, Hannah Hyland, Ciara Lambert


U16A Championship St Vincents 1-7 Ballyboden St Endas U16A 0-8

Another one that got away!! After a great win away to Ballinteer a few weeks ago, we knew that this would be a stern challenge. Vincents started well, a couple of early points and a fortunate goal had them ahead early on. Boden settled well into the game with Hannah Hyland dominating in the full back line and Orla Tevlin playing a stormer in the half back line. Unfortunately we could’nt make the most of numerous goal chances. Claire Kirwan & Emer O’ Leary pointed to leave the halt time score Vincents leading by 1-5 to 0-3.

The Boden girls dominated the second half. When Vincents did venture forward Cora was assured and composed in goal, and her distribution was terrific. Jodie picked off some fine points from open play added to a couple of frees to let the sides level inside the final 10 minutes, with Boden on the front foot.However it was’nt to be, with the opposition putting over 2 placed balls to run out winners in a thrilling game.We now await the result of the final group game between Ballinteer & Vincents next week. The girls can hold their heads up high after a spirited comeback, and won’t fear whichever opponent is put in front of them!

Team: Cora Ryan, Eve O’ Donoghue, Hannah Hyland, Eimear Butler, Sarah Lambert, Emily Flanagan, Orla Tevlin, Laura Nagle, Kelli McLoughlin, Ciara Barnes, Emer O’ Leary, Claire Kirwan, Ciara O’ Neill, Aine O’ Brien, Jodie White, Sarah Mulvey, Aisling McCullough

The Senior Camogie players are holding a TABLE QUIZ tomorrow evening, Thursday 25th, at 8pm in the Club. Please Support.

Camogie News Tuesday 16th September

 Last Tuesday saw the Senior A’s begin their Championship campaign with what looked like a difficult trip to Naomh Mearnog. Boden started strong, and it was apparent from an early stage the result was never in doubt. See below for match report. This Sunday the A’s are back in action with St Brigids the visitors to Pairc Ui Murchu, throw in 11am.

On Thursday evening the Senior B’s backed up their League success with a fine win over Na Fianna. At this stage last year in the same competition Na Fianna had beaten us comfortably, so it was great to see the progress that this group have made in the meantime, earning a well deserved 4 point win. Match report below. This Sunday the B’s travel to Crumlin where a win would guarantee a home semi-final, throw in 11am.

The Senior C’s have had a quiet few weeks, and they begin their Championship campaign also on Sunday at 11am, visitors to Cherryfield are Erin Go Bragh.

The U16A’s travel to St Vincents for a difficult Championship group game on Saturday at 2pm, the winners here will earn a home semi-final. The U16B and U16C’s are also in Championship action on Saturday, both play in Cherryfield at 2pm.

The U14’s travel to Castleknock for a 12 o’ clock throw in on Saturday. Well done to the U13A’s who have 2 Championship wins so far. They should have enough done already to make the semi-final, this Sunday they travel to Kilmacud at 10am aiming for home advantage in the semi’s. The U13B’s will hoping to maintain their 100% record when they travel to  Marley Park to take on Ballinteer St Johns also on Sunday morning.

Saturday last saw a big crowd at Boden for the National U14 Division 1 Intercounty Blitz. The standard of Camogie on show in the terrific weather was very impressive. Many thanks to all those who provided the refreshments and also to those who assisted on the day with pitches, car parking and the pedestrian crossing. Many thanks also to Aoife in the Bar who was a great help throughout the day.

On Sunday morning our U13’s hosted Monaleen from Limerick and St Johns from Belfast. As usual James had everything sorted well in advance, see below for a report on same.

Please support all of our teams in Championship action at this busy time!!


Senior 1 Championship   N Mearnog 0-2  Ballyboden St Endas 7-10


Ballyboden St Endas Senior A began the defence of their Championship with an easier than expected win away to Naomh Mearnog yesterday evening. Played in perfect conditions Boden were on the front foot from throw-in, never giving their opponents time to settle on the ball.

Many fine scores were taken by a variety of players, with the game over as a contest by half time. The Boden ladies didn't let up in the second half, and ran out comfortable winners. Team management will be happy with the defending throughout the field, but sterner challenges await. Next up are St Brigids on Sunday 21st at home, throw in 11am.Congratulations to Laura Nagle who made her Senior Championship debut and performed well.

Team: Sile Nic Coitir, Zenouska Murphy, Susan Kennedy, Orla Smith, Laura Burns, Fiona Corcoran, Rachel Ruddy(C), Jill Horan, Julie McGrath, Martha O' Donoghue, Ann Griffin, Maired Luttrell, Laura Nagle, Ciara Lucey, Emer Lucey, Natalia Hyland, Aoife O' Neill, Aoife Tobin, Roisin Walsh, Jane Edwards, Grace Walsh, Danielle White 


Senior 3 Championship   Ballyboden St Endas B 3-8  Na Fianna 2-7

After winning the League last week, this was always going to be a difficult assignment against a Na Fianna side playing a division higher than us in the League. It was a repeat of the first Championship fixture of 2013, when Na Fianna were comfortable winners.

After a slow start by the home side, Na Fianna got the first 2 points of the game. Then the Boden girls settled and picked off some fine scores with the 3 Aoife's,  O' Leary, Tobin & O' Neill all prominent. Boden were a few points ahead at half time.

We again started the second half well and made the pressure count on the scoreboard. Dianaimh pick off some fine points and Aoife O' Neill got a fine individual goal. A late goal by Na Fianna ensured a tight finish, but Boden were deserving winners.

Next up is the short trip to Crumlin this Sunday, where a victory would ensure a home semi-final.

Team: Danielle White, Laura Murphy, Jane Edwards, Aisling Keane, Roisin Walsh, Orlaight Keane, Grainne Corcoran, Grace Walsh, Karen Murphy, Aoife O' Neill, Aoife Tobin, Roisin Ryan, Dianaimh Greene, Aoife O' Leary, Sarah Dowling, Jodie White, Ciara O' Neill, Hannah Hyland, Iseult Kelleher, Aoife Barnes,  Rebeka Kamvar


                  U13’s look after their visitors on Sunday morning!

Well done to all of our families this morning on what was a great, if slightly chaotic, morning’s hurling.We welcomed almost 100 visiting camogie players and over 20 mentors from St. John’s of Belfast and Milford Monaleen.

The late arrival of St. John’s put the schedule well behind so in the end the kitchen was going strong from just after 10 o’clock with little or no break until almost half one. Thanks to all for the wonderful help – it really is appreciated.

On the pitch there were many stars but none more so than the combined team of under 8’s and 10’s who took on Monaleen at very short notice. The young Boden hurlers were tremendous and competed for every single ball.There were wonderful levels of skill on display and the young guns ran out comfortable winners over a very competent Monaleen team who showed great skill themselves. Thank you to Eoin Reid, Kieran Rudden, Philip Larkin and all of the parents and mentors who helped us out at very short notice.

The under 13’s went through the day unbeaten on the pitch.

Both teams first accounted for their Limerick visitors – the B team were convincing throughout and showed really positive form before next weekend’s championship game. The A team, with some really useful support from our two guest under 14’s, moved the ball well and for the second game in a row showed signs of developing a consistent  movement pattern up front; scores came from reliable ball played early into the full forward line.

The B’s enjoyed a well deserved tea break while the A’s played St. John’s of Belfast. Again the movement and striking was impressive, and built on very consistent back play. Early ball from mid-field and half forward allowed all three of the full forward line to score goals. Impressive.

Camogie Fixtures weekend September 21st

Day/Date Team Opposition Venue Time
Saturday 20th Sept U16A Ch'ship St Vincents Pairc Uinsionn 14:00
Saturday 20th Sept U16B Ch'ship Na Fianna Cherryfield 14:00
Saturday 20th Sept U16C Ch'ship N Padraig Cherryfield 14:00
Saturday 20th Sept U14 Ch'ship Castleknock Castleknock 12:00
Saturday 20th Sept U12 League Castleknock Castleknock 13:30
Sunday 21st Sept SENIOR A Ch'ship St Brigids PUM 11:00
Sunday 21st Sept SENIOR B Ch'ship Crumlin Pearse Park 11:00
Sunday 21st Sept SENIOR C Ch'ship Erin Go Bragh Cherryfield 11:00
Sunday 21st Sept U13A Ch'ship Kilmacud Crokes Pairc de Burca 10:00
Sunday 21st Sept U13B Ch'ship Ballinteer St J Marley Park 10:00
Sunday 21st Sept U11 League Lucan Sarsfields 12th Lock 12:00


Camogie News September 9th 2014


The Senior A’s began their quest for Five-in-a-Row last evening with a trip to N Mearnog.

The Senior B’s are the top story of the week after their League success last Thursday evening. After defeating St Finbarr’s the good news came that our two rivals for top spot had drawn, ensuring that we top the table by 1 point. See below for more details. Next year will see Ballyboden field teams in the top 2 divisions for the first time. This Thursday the B’s begin their Championship campaign at home to Na Fianna on Pairc Ui Murchu, throw in 6.30pm, please support.

The Senior C’s went down to Whitehall Colmcilles last Thursday, but have secured their Division 5 status for next year.  They have a bye this week and begin their Championship on Sunday 21st at home to Erin go Bragh.

The U16A’s had a good week with double Championship success’ over Cuala & Ballinteer St Johns. The U14’s had a good result drawing away to N Mearnog, who play in a higher Division. The U13B’s continued their 100% Championship record, while the U13A’s were unfortunate to go down to Lucan.

The U12A’s continued their good form with victory over Kilmacud to stay top of the League, with the U12B’s in 3rd place. The U11’s both had good wins over Na Fianna, the A’s staying top of their League with the B’s in 2nd place.

Ballyboden St Endas hosts the National U14 Division 1  Intercounty Blitz this Saturday. We have 8 County sides attending, games beginning at 11am in Cherryfield. The Final is at 3.45pm on the main pitch. A large crowd in expected during the day


St Finbarrs 1-7       Ballyboden St Endas B 7-18

The first Camogie silverware of the year has arrived, and it arrived in style!. This was another top class performance from a group of girls who have shown terrific consistancy throughout the year. After a slow start with defeat away to neighbours Faughs, the girls had many high scoring wins along the way to the League title.

This latest display included many long range scores from a variety of players. A quick start with an early goal Dianaimh Greene was ideal. Aisling O' Leary was deadly both from open play and from placed balls. Despite being a few players down, all girls from 1 to 15 showed what ability they have.

At half-time we led by 3-10 to 1-2, with the game over as a contest. The girls kept their performance level high throughout the second half. At the end of the match, when news came through of a draw between our rivals Faughs & Thomas Davis, it took a few moments before it sank in that we had indeed won the League!

This year the Senior B panel has a terrific blend of youth and experience, with Grainne Corcoran & Roisin Walsh leading from the back.

Danielle's injury curtailed to being the goalkeeper, but she has proved solid throughout. Jane Edwards at full-back gets better each week, supported well by defenders Aoife, Aisling, & Rebeka. The middle third of Grace, Karen, Orla, Aoife Tobin & Laura have dominated most games. Up front is where the greatest improvement has been, the forward line scoring at will on many occasions. The O' Leary sisters Aisling & Aoife, ably assisted by Zenouska, Dianaimh, Roisin Ryan & Sharon have proved a great unit. Sarah Dowling also made a timely return to the fold...she sniffed a medal!

The League win is a great reward for both players & mentors. Many congratulations all of the players, and mentors Rob Lambert, Dolores Greene, Trish Cantwell, Gerry Keane & Mick Glynn. We look forward to the beginning of the Championship on Thursday!!

Team: Danielle White, Aisling Keane, Jane Edwards, Aoife O' Neille, Roisin Walsh, Orla Keane, Grainne Corcoran, Laura Burns, Grace Walsh, Aisling O' Leary, Aoife Tobin, Roisin Ryan, Sarah Dowling, Aoife O' Leary, Dianaimh Greene, Karen Murphy, Rebeka Kamvar


U16A Championship     Ballinteer St Johns 2-5    Ballyboden St Endas U16A 2-12

After a comfortable win over Cuala in their first Championship outing on Wednesday, this was always going to be a much more difficult assignment.  The loss of Eimear Butler with a hamstring injury, added to long term casualties Ava O’ Shea and Aoibheann Murray meant that the panel was now down to 17 fit players and they made the short journey to Marley Park on Saturday afternoon.

A good start resulted in a fine early point by Ciara O’ Neill. Some strong play early on from the half-back line led by Emily Flanagan meant plenty of possession for the forward line,  with some fine scores being picked off by Jodie White, Emer O’ Leary & Laura Nagle. Ballinteer got stronger as the half wore on, and at half time Boden led by 2-7 to 1-4.

With some strong pressure coming on the defence after Ballinteer scored a second goal, captain Hannah Hyland lead by example with her tackling and clearances. Cora Ryan was composed in goal under the high ball, and her distribution was top class. Sarah Lambert covered huge ground throughout the second half to restrict the opposition. Again Nagle, O’ Leary and White picked off some fine points in the second half and Boden ran out worthy winners by 7 points. This was as competitive a juvenile game as these girls as have played, and every player gave 100%  to get the deserved result. The large Boden support appreciated the hard work of the girls in the warm conditions. Many thanks to Aoife & Aisling from the U14’s who made the journey back from N Mearnog to supplement the panel, and to physio Sharon for looking after the walking wounded! We now play St Vincents away on 20th in our final group game in what will be another difficult encounter.

Team: Cora Ryan, Sarah Lambert, Eve O’ Donoghue, Aoife Roche, Emily Flanagan, Kelli McLoughlin, Orla Tevlin, Laura Nagle, Hannah Hyland, Ciara Barnes, Emer O’ Leary, Claire Kirwan, Ciara O’ Neill, Aine O’ Brien, Jodie White, Aisling McCullough, Sarah Mulvey, Aisling Gargan, Aoife Durkin



Camogie Fixtures week ending 14th September

Day/Date Team Opponent Venue Time
Tuesday 9th Sept Senior A Ch'ship N Mearnog Mearnog 18:30
Tuesday 9th Sept U16C Ch'ship Erin Go Bragh Clonee 18:30
Tuesday 9th Sept U16B Ch'ship N Padraig Glenaulin 18:30
Wednesday 10th Sept U14 League Skerries Skerries 18:30
Thursday 11th Sept Sen B Ch'ship Na Fianna PUM 18:30
Sunday 12th Sept U13 Friendly's Monaleen Cherryfield 10:00


Senior B are League Champions!

                                 St Finbarrs 1-7       Ballyboden St Endas B 7-18

The first Camogie silverware of the year has arrived, and it arrived in style!. This was another top class performance from a group of girls who have shown terrific consistancy throughout the year. After a slow start with defeat away to neighbours Faughs, the girls had many high scoring wins along the way to the League title.

This latest display included many long range scores from a variety of players. A quick start with an early goal Dianaimh Greene was ideal. Aisling O' Leary was deadly both from open play and from placed balls. Despite being a few players down, all girls from 1 to 15 showed what ability they have.

At half-time we led by 3-10 to 1-2, with the game over as a contest. The girls kept their performance level high throughout the second half. At the end of the match, when news came through of a draw between our rivals Faughs & Thomas Davis, it took a few moments before it sank in that we had indeed won the League!

This year the Senior B panel has a terrific blend of youth and experience, with Grainne Corcoran & Roisin Walsh leading from the back.

Danielle's injury curtailed to being the goalkeeper, but she has proved solid throughout. Jane Edwards at full-back gets better each week, supported well by defenders Aoife, Aisling, & Rebeka. The middle third of Grace, Karen, Orla, Aoife Tobin & Laura have dominated most games. Up front is where the greatest improvement has been, the forward line scoring at will on many occasions. The O' Leary sisters Aisling & Aoife, ably assisted by Zenouska, Dianaimh, Roisin Ryan & Sharon have proved a great unit. Sarah Dowling also made a timely return to the fold...she sniffed a medal!

The League win is a great reward for both players & mentors. Many congratulations all of the players, and mentors Rob Lambert, Dolores Greene, Trish Cantwell, Gerry Keane & Mick Glynn. We look forward to the beginning of the Championship next week!!

Team: Danielle White, Aisling Keane, Jane Edwards, Aoife O' Neille, Roisin Walsh, Orla Keane, Grainne Corcoran, Laura Burns, Grace Walsh, Aisling O' Leary, Aoife Tobin, Roisin Ryan, Sarah Dowling, Aoife O' Leary, Dianaimh Greene, Karen Murphy, Rebeka Kamvar

Camogie News September 2nd 2014

The big news on the Camogie front is the commencement of the Senior 1 Championship, in which we are the defending champions and going for 5-in-a-row. First up for he Senior A’s next Tuesday 9th is a tough trip to N Mearnog for a 6.30pm throw in.

The Senior B’s had a disappointing defeat to Thomas Davis last Thursday evening in their League campaign. We can make amends tomorrow Thursday with an away game to N Fionnbarra. A win here will probably put us in a promotion play-off. This may possibly delay the beginning of their Championship, which at present is due begin with a home fixture on Thursday 11th to Na Fianna.

The Senior C’s were unfortunate to go down to Na Fianna last Thursday evening. After gaining promotion, the main aim of holding our own in this Division has been achieved. With a bye in the first round, our championship campaign here is due to commence on Sunday 21st with a home fixture with Erin go Bragh. Prior to this we face Whitehall away tomorrow evening in our final League game, throw-in 6.45pm.

On the Juvenile front the U16A’s had a good win away to Cuala in the League last Wednesday evening, and play the same opposition in the Championship this Wednesday. They also face a difficult trip to Marley Park on Saturday to face Ballinteer.

The U16B’s and U16C’s began their Championship against each other last Saturday! Friendship’s were put aside for the hour and a tight contest went down to the wire.Well done to all concerned.

The U14’s went up a Division after winning their League, and went down in a spirited display to Raheny.

The U13A’s started their Championship with a convincing win over Raheny on Sunday morning. They face Lucan Sarsfields in Cherryfield this Sunday at 10am in what should be a terrific contest.Well done also to the U13B’s who began their campaign with a fine victory over O’ Dwyers. Next up is a short trip to CBC this weekend.

We have a busy week ahead, with no less than 18 Camogie teams in action.

See the Camogie section of the Website for the  full list of fixtures.


Congratulations to Rachel & Natalia on reaching the All-Ireland Final with Dublin.

Hard luck to Emily on a narrow defeat in the All Ireland Final to Cork.



 U16 Division 1 League  Cuala 1-4 Ballyboden St Endas U16A 8-8

This game was played in extremely difficult conditions last Wednesday evening in Meadowvale. Starting out the year with a panel of 21 players, we have recently been depleted with unavailability and injuries.  In strong wind and constant rain, the girls stepped up to the mark and competed well throughout the park. With the Championship nearing, it was a good time to dust down the cobwebs.

Right from the off the Boden girls dominated. Aoife Roche & Sarah Mulvey were prominent at the back, well assisted by Orla Tevlin. In the forward line Aisling McCullough and Ciara Barnes also performed well. But it was the return of Cora Ryan which gave players and mentors most satisfaction. Cora was as assured as ever and she provided a safe pair of hands in goal. Many fine scores were picked off in a comfortable win. No doubt Cuala will provide much tougher opposition when they will have a full strength team tonight in the Championship game at Ballycullen.

Cora Ryan, Eve O’ Donoghue, Sarah Lambert, Sarah Mulvey, Hannah Hyland, Orla Tevlin, Aoife Roche, Laura Nagle, Claie Kirwan, Kelli McLoughlin, Ciara Barnes, Aisling McCullough, Eimer O’ Leary, Eimear Butler, Ciara O’ Neill, Jodie White


Camogie Fixtures week ending 7th September

Day/Date Team Opposition Venue Time
Wednesday 3rd U16A Ch'ship Cuala Ballycullen 18:45
Thursday 4th Senior B League N Fionnbarra John Paul Pk 18:45
Thursday 4th Senior C League Whitehall Cloghran 18:45
Saturday 6th U16A Ch'ship Ballinteer St J Marley Park 14:00
Saturday 6th U16B Ch'ship C.B.C. Dolphin Park 14:00
Saturday 6th U16C Ch'ship Na Fianna Cherryfield 14:00
Saturday 6th U14 Ch'ship N Mearnog Pairc Mearnog 12:00
Saturday 6th U12 2 Teams Lg Kilmacud Ballycullen 13:30
Saturday 6th U10 2 Team Lge Bray Emmets Sancta Maria 14:00
Saturday 6th U10 2 Team Lge Ballinteer St J Cherryfield 13:30
Sunday 7th U13A Ch'ship Lucan Sars Cherryfield 10:00
Sunday 7th U13B Ch'ship C.B.C. Dolphin Park 10:00
Sunday 7th U9 2 Team Lge Kilmacud Sancta Maria 10:00
Sunday 7th U9 2 Team Lge Cuala/Towers Meadowvale 10:00


Camogie fixtures week to August 31st

Day/Date Team Opponent Venue Time
Wednesday 27th U16A League Cuala Meadowvale 7pm
Wednesday 27th U14 Ch'ship Raheny Cherryfield 7pm
Thursday 28th Senior B League Thomas Davis Ballycullen 7pm
Thursday 28th Senior C League Na Fianna Pairc Ui Murchu 7pm
Saturday 30th U16B Ch'ship U16C Cherryfield 2pm
Sunday 31st U13A Ch'ship Raheny Cherryfield 10am
Sunday 31st U13B Ch'ship O' Dwyers Cherryfield 10am
Sunday 31st U11 x 2 League Na Fianna x 2 Sancta Maria 10.30am


Knocklyon Parish Sponsorship Launch

Many thanks to Fr. Eanna O' hObain  PP Knocklyon Parish for continued sponsorship of the camogie section. This is the seventh year running Knocklyon parish have been proud sponsors of the camogie section . Fr Eanna is  pictured with Danny Griffin sponsorship manager and some of the senior camogie players at the recent launch of the sponsorship with Brendan Moran, Gerry White camogie chairman , Richie Sweetman and players and mentors from the camogie section.

Camogie Mini All-Ireland Blitz - Record numbers take part

            Camogie Mini All-Ireland Blitz a Huge Success!.

The second last Friday in June has now become an annual highlight in the Camogie Calendar. The 2014 version of the Mini All Ireland was again a huge success. In a club the size of Ballyboden it can be difficult to build links between the different age groups, yet on the evening of the Mini All Ireland players from every age and grade from under 8 to Senior level join together for a wonderful evening of hurling.

In total 204 players togged out to play – eight teams competed at junior level (under 8’s, 9’s and 10’s) and a further eight teams in the senior competition for the under 11’s, 12’s and 13’s). Four pitches on each side of the road accommodated a total of 36 games. The under 14’s provided the team managers assisted by some willing parents. The future of club management in Boden looks secure with potential of the calibre of Brian Coady and Davy Fitz to be seen with some of the team line outs and tactical substitutions. The under 16 teams provided the referees who did a great job throughout – offering the younger players in particular constant encouragement.

Yet again this year the weather obliged and in the scorching heat having an ice-cream van in the car-park was a welcome addition.For those who didn’t make it home before the event the hotdogs and burgers were a welcome dinner on the go !


Rathfarnham and District Credit Union provided very generous sponsorship and so the players were kitted out in a variety of brightly coloured T-shirts – they will get plenty of wear about the place over the holidays. Many thanks to Al McAuley and all of his staff, special mention to Rita Cullen who is pictured in the photo’s at the Presentation’

Craig and Donal Naessens  kept the party mood going with their mix of tunes and cheerful banter.



Thanks to the players from our Senior team who presented all participants with a medal to mark the occasion. Putting 200 medals around 200 necks constituted a training session in itself !!

Congratulations to all who took part in this festival – games were played in a great spirit with plenty of good hurling. It is worth noting that there wasn’t a single bad pull all evening and there was no injury of note to any player. Also in terms of health and safety it seems a very short time ago that crossing the Firhouse Road with so many children was a complete nightmare. Again on this Friday evening the Pedestrian Crossing  over to Cherryfield was of great benefit; again thanks to the local motorists who observe these lights so diligently.

Well done to the mentors from all age groups on their organisation, and thanks to the Camogie Committee for their support. Roll on the 12thAnnual Mini All Ireland in 2015 !!


Camogie News June 23rd

                                       Camogie Mini All-Ireland a huge success
 We had a fantastic Mini All-Ireland Camogie Blitz on Friday evening in splendid weather. We had record numbers taking part, 200 in total. Many thanks to James Murray, Tony Sweeney and the organising committee. Thanks once again to Rathfarnham & District Credit Union for their generous sponsorship of this event. Full report in next weeks Newsletter.
                                        Camogie Feile Provincial Blitz

On a sunny Saturday morning the Ballyboden St Endas camogie Feile team gathered at Thomas Davis for the first Leinster Provincial Feile na nGael Blitz. This was a mix of girls from both the U14 and U13 teams. Happily the umberalls were left at home and replaced with suncream and picnics.
First up were the home team Thomas Davis. The Boden girls started as hoped and recorded a convincing win. Next fixture was Ballinkillen(Carlow) where once again once again the Boden forwards were superior taking all their scoring opportunities and finishing with a strong win.
The final game against Lucan Sarsfields proved to be more competitive. Boden got a strong lead in the first half but Lucan battled hard in the second half to contain the forwards. Another comfortable win for the Boden girls.
The girls can take great credit for how well they performed on the day. A big thanks to all the parents who came along on the day to support

Launch of Camogie Mini All-Ireland

Pictured at the launch of the Mini All-Ireland Blitz are Brendan Moran, Catherine Nagle, Orla Mullany, Al McCauley of Sponsors Rathfarnham & District Credit Union, Gerry White, Danny Griffin and a number of girls in the various coloured Blitz t-shirts     

Camogie News June 10th

Well done to both of our U12 teams who recorded wins over Na Fianna at the weekend, leaving both teams on top of their respective Leagues.Similarly our U11 teams who also recorded wins during the weeks, leaving them well positioned at the top of their Leagues.


Best of luck to the Loretto School team in the Cumann na mBunscoil FINAL in Croke Park today. All of the girls on this team play with the Club.

We wish Doireann Mullany well in her recovery from her cruciate surgery last week. Similar good wishes to Ciara Ruddy & Claire King who also underwent surgery recently.


Rathfarnham & District Credit Union is the generous sponsor of the 2014 Camogie Mini All-Ireland Blitz which takes place on Friday 20th June.

This is one of the highlights in our Juvenile Calendar, and we expect well in excess of 150 girls will be taking part. DJ Jamesie will provide the music throughout the Blitz, and there will of course be plenty of refreshments throughout the evening.

Camogie News June 3rd

Things are winding down on the playing front, all teams from adult down to U13 are on a break from competitive fixtures.


The Annual end of year Mini All Ireland Blitz for our U9-U13 girls will take place on Friday 20th June. Last year we had 160 girls take part, we hope for similar if not higher numbers this year. Girls who wish to take part can get the participation note from their relevant Mentor. We are extremely grateful to Rathfarnham & District Credit Union who are our generous  Sponsor of  the Mini All Ireland Blitz this year.


The under 13A’s took the road bright and early on Bank Holiday Sunday for an early morning clash with Tullaroan in Kilkenny. The early rise was worth the effort as the local club proved very stiff opposition - using a mixture of their under 12 and under 14 teams. The game was balanced and hard fought although there was no doubt the Kilkenny team’s ability to shift quick ball the length of the field was the difference that allowed them forge a narrow victory.

The tea, sambos and after match chat were as good as the hurling. Stars for both club and county the Walsh family came out in support of their team and were more than happy to chat with the girls afterwards. Grace – a member of Kilkenny’s All Ireland final team last year gave a short speech and encouraged the girls to stick with Camogie explaining that she herself never expected as a juvenile player to make the county Senior Squad, but that when it did happen it was a huge honour for her. Oldest brother Tommy spoke very highly of the Ballyboden Senior Hurlers and the respect they had earned all over the country. Upcoming star Padraig (now a member of the senior Kilkenny squad also) added his words of encouragement. It was nice for the girls to meet with such a famous family who shared their time so generously.

Clear road back to Dublin has us home shortly after 2 o’clock. The ideal Sunday morning.

Camogie News May 27th

The Senior B’s were the only Adult team in action, recording another convincing win over St Finbarrs on Thursday evening. The game was played in wet conditions, and St Finbarrs got the boost of an early goal. After this it wall all Boden, with a string of fine scores from various players, Aisling O’ Leary being particularly prominent. The victory secures top spot going into the Summer break, with the 3 Top 4 games taking place in early August. Final score Ballyboden 2-15  St Finbarrs 1-3

Team: Orla Keane, Rebeka Kamvar, Jane Edwards, Brid Rynne, Roisin Walsh, Laura Burns, Grainne Corcoran, Aoife Tobin, Karen Murphy, Dianaimh Greene, Aisling O’ Leary, Aoife O’ Leary, Ciara Donovan, Ciara Scallan, Iseult Kelleher, Ciara Dunne, Laura Murphy


Many congratulations to the U14’s who won their League on Saturday after they drew with St Olafs.

Camogie News May 20th

A good win on the playing field as the 3 Adult teams all recording good wins. On Tuesday the A’s travelled to Raheny with a youthful side and came away with the points. Final score Boden 2-12 Raheny 2-5, see here for a comprehensive match report from Grassrootsgaa.ie. This finished the Senior A League campaign, and a finishing position of equal 2nd is commendable, with many young players gaining valuable experience of playing in the top division.

On Thursday the B’s hosted Raheny and recorded a comprehensive win which puts us level on top of the table with Faughs. After a poor first outing, this makes 4 consecutive wins for the girls , no doubt St Finbarr’s will prove more difficult opposition this Thursday in Sancta Maria, throw-in 7.30pm.

Also on Thursday the C’s had a fine win over St Vincents. This team is holding their own in Division 5 after gaining promotion last year, and any defeats have been narrow ones. Their League now breaks until August.

On the Juvenile front the U14’s had a win over Bray in a close contest, and they host St Olafs this Saturday at 12  in Cherryfield knowing that a win will secure the League with a game to spare.

Congratulations to Aisling Gargan & Aoife Durkan who were on the Dublin U14B team who defeated Kilkenny to win the Leinster Championship on Sunday.

See here for this weeks Camogie fixtures.

Well done to both Senior Ladies football teams on their fine start to their respective Championship campaign’s last Wednesday, more of the same this week! Notable mention to the U16A Ladies Football on a terrific performance against Crokes on Friday.


             Thursday 15th Ballyboden St Endas Senior B 11-15 Raheny 0-5


The Senior B side has been playing well lately, and were in no mood for sympathy against a disappointing Raheny side last Thursday in perfect conditions. In the first half, the Boden forward line put some terrific moves together and their finishing was of high quality. Management made a number of positional changes for the second half, resulting in some of the back-line contributing some fine scores. This Thursday will see a difficult assignment with St Finbarrs in Sancta Maria, a win here would set them up nicely for a tilt at League success after the Summer break.

Team: Danielle White, Jane Edwards, Rebeka Kamvar, Roisin Walsh, Orlaith Keane, Grainne Corcoran, Laura Burns, Karen Murphy,  Aisling O’Leary, Grace Walsh, Zenouska Murphy, Aoife Murphy, Sharon Glynn.




             Thursday 15th Ballyboden Senior C 3-4  v  St Vincents 1-7


As anticipated this was a very tough and physical match and the night was uncharacteristically warm. Having lost their previous match by the single point our girls started with a determined attitude to gain the win.

Both teams in the first half of the match each score for score which showed a 1-4 to Ballyboden 1-5 to Vincent's at half time. With strong encouragement from their coaches to continue as in the 1st half allowing the scores to come Boden piled on the pressure but equally had to defend a strong Vincent's forward line . The final score was 3-4 to Boden and 1-7 to Vincent's justifying the efforts of the girls. As the 2nd half of the League will not commence until August it will be onwards and upwards in the Summer Cup.

Team: Sorcha Farrelly, Meabh Dolan, Aisling Hayes, Rachel Walsh, Catherine McDonald, Brid Rynne, Laura Murphy, Aoife O’Shea, Aoife O’Brien, Ciara Lambert, Ciara Scallan, Aoife Barnes, Grace Maher, Ciara Dunne, Cliodhna MacNamara, Iseult Kelleher, Hannah Conway, Mary Ruth Healy


Camogie Fixtures Week ending May 25th

Day/Date Team Opponent Venue Time
Thursday 22nd Senior B Naomh Fionnbarra Sancta Maria 7.30pm
Saturday 24th U14 St Olafs Cherryfield 12.00
  U12 x 2 St Brigids Russell Park 1.30pm
Sunday 25th U13B Faughs Tymon Park 10am
  U11 x 2 St Peregrines Cherryfield 12.00

Camogie News May 13th

The Senior A’s had another convincing win in the League at home to Erins Isle last Tuesday. Tonight they travel to St Annes Park to face Raheny.

Well done also to the Senior B’s who produced their best performance of the year so far with a fine win away to Thomas Davis last Thursday. This Division is proving to be very competitive, so we’ll hope to kick on this Thursday on Pairc Ui Murchu when Raheny are the visitors.

The Senior C’s are also at home on Thursday in Sancta Maria with St Vincents providing the opposition.

All of the above games throw in at 7.30pm, support welcome!


On the Juvenile front the U16A’s had a good win away to Na Fianna last Wednesday, while the U14’s continue their 100% League record with a fine win over Skerries leaving them within touching distance of winning the League.

Congratulations to U16 player Kelli McLoughlin on reaching the semi-final’s of the National Boxing Championships last weekend. Well done also to dual player Emily Flanagan on her Leinster success with Dublin Ladies Football.


This weeks Camogie Fixtures


Tuesday 6th May Ballyboden St Endas Senior A   2-14         Erins Isle 0-4

 Isle’s played with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half and started brightly with a couple of points. However the home side then took charge and picked off some fine scores. Jane Edwards & Rebeka Kamvar are displaying a good level of consistency for young players alongside Su Kennedy in the full-back line, and Jill Horan continues to provide good quality ball to the inside forward line. Ann Griffin also made a comeback from her recent injury. The result was never really in doubt, and a late goal put a fair reflection on the scoreline.

Team: Sile Nic Coitir, Jane Edwards, Su Kennedy, Rebeka Kamvar, Zenouska Murphy, Fiona Corcoran, Grace Walsh, Jill Horan, Sarah Nagle, Maria McGrath, Emer Lucey, Denise McGrath, Aoife Tobin, Orla Smith, Aisling O’Leary, Roisin Walsh, Ann Griffin


Thursday 8th May Thomas Davis 1-7  Ballyboden St Endas Senior B 3-9

A strong cross-wind on Kiltipper Road made for difficult conditions for both sides. An early goal for the home side gave them a boost, but Boden came into the game strongly as the half went on, getting their reward just before half-time with a fine goal by Aisling O’Leary to lead at the interval. In the second half Boden kicked on and picked off some terrific scores from a variety of players, running out comfortable winners in the end. If this level of performance can be maintained then this team has the potential to compete for honours at the business end of the season.

Team: Danielle White, Rebeka Kamvar, Jane Edwards, Rachel Walsh, Karen Murphy, Grainne Corcoran, Roisin Walsh, Grace Walsh, Aoife Tobin, Aisling O’Leary, Ciara Scallan, Zenouska Murphy, Iseult Kelleher, Ciara Dunne, Grace Maher, Laura Murphy, Aoife Barnes, Brid Rynne,


Wednesday 7th May Na Fianna 0-6 Ballyboden St Endas U16A 3-5

Midweek matches for this age-group always proved difficult, with time to Junior Cert getting closer, and travelling across the City never ideal. However, a fast start from the Boden girl saw 2 early goals give them a cushion that they never relinquished. The home side never gave up and put up a strong fight from start to finish. A third goal early in the second half put the result beyond doubt, and the Boden girls now have a break until the end of the Summer. If these girls put in the effort themselves over the summer months they can look forward to a competitive Championship campaign!

Team: Ciara O’Neill, Sarah Mulvey, Hannah Hyland, Claire Kirwan, Orla Tevlin, Eve O’Donoghue, Ava O’Shea, Laura Nagle, Sarah Lambert, Ciara Barnes, Emer O’Leary, Eimear Butler, Aoife Roche, Jodie White, Aine O’Brien, Aisling McCullough


Camogie Fixtures Week ending May 18th

Day/Date Team Opponent Venue Time
Tuesday 13th May Senior A Raheny St Annes Park 7.30pm
Thursday 15th May Senior B Raheny Pairc Ui Murchu 7.30pm
  Senior C St Vincents Sancta Maria 7.30pm
Saturday 17th May U14 N Padraig Cherryfield 12.00
  U12 x 2 St Vincents x 2 Ballycullen 1.30pm
  U10 x 2 Raheny/Commercials Sancta Maria 2pm
  U10 x 2 Na Fianna/Fingallians Lawless Park 2pm
Sunday 18th May U13A Kilmacud Crokes Cherryfield 10am
  U13B Kilmacud Crokes Cherryfield 10am
  U11 x 2 St Judes x 2 Tymon Park 12.00
  U9 x 2 Ballinteer/Plunketts Sancta Maria 10am
  U9 x 2 Erins Isle/Liffey Gaels Ballyfermot 10am

May U16 Blitz a great success

Early on Bank Holiday Monday morning, it looked as if the weather may be out to spoil the day, however we need not have worried. This year St Martins of Wexford returned to defend their title, accompanied from Wexford by Cranford. We also had Na Piarsaigh from Cork and Athenry from Galway, and neighbours Cuala made up 2 Groups of 3 teams.


After the competitive Group games, the semi-final line-up saw a repeat of last years Final with Ballyboden v St Martins, while Athenry faced Cranford. Both games proved to be thrilling encounters, with Boden edging out St Martins by 2 points. IN the other semi, Cranford pipped Athenry by 1 point.

The final proved to be the game of the day. An early point for Cranford gave them a good start, but Boden replied with 3 of their own to lead by 2 points at half time. The second half was an all action affair, with Boden ahead by 1 point with a few minutes remaining. However, Cranford would not be denied and a terrific late goal saw them lift the Cup.

The Cranford Captain & their mentors were very thankful to the hosts in their speeches, as were all of our visitors. It really was another terrific day.

Many thanks to all parents for the refreshments provided on the day, and to those who served the refreshments throughout the day. A special thank you to Catherine Nagle who organised the Blitz and ensured that our facilities were in terrific condition for our guests.



Camogie News 6th

The Senior A side are at home to Erins Isle this evening in the League on Pairc Ui Mhurchu, throw-in 7pm. Last week we had a convincing win over St Brigids.

On Thursday the Senior B’s have a difficult assignment away to Thomas Davis. If we can get a win here, then our chances of League success and therefore promotion would greatly improve, throw in on Kiltipper Road is 7.30pm.

Also on Thursday evening our Senior C team travel to Kilcoole, where they will be hoping to atone for last weeks defeat to Kilmacud Crokes.


See here for all of this weeks Camogie fixtures


                 Tues 29th Ballyboden St Endas A 3-14   St Brigids 0-8

Boden started the game at a high pace and picked off some fine scores from a variety of players. We managed sustained periods of pressure throughout the first half, and added 2 goals before the break to give a comfortable half time position. The pace dropped in the second half, but a third goal before the end put a fair reflection on the scoreboard.

Team: Sile Nic Coitir, Jane Edwards, Su Kennedy, Rebeka Kamvar, Zenouska Murphy, Fiona Corcoran, Grace Walsh, Sarah Nagle, Jill Horan, Maria McGrath, Emer Lucey, Paula McGrath, Lara Nagle, Orla Smith, Aisling O’ Leary, Aoife Tobin, Roisin Walsh


              Mon 28th Ballyboden St Endas U16A 7-10  Faughs 3-4

On Monday evening the U16A’s entertained Faughs at Sancta Maria. A slow start from both sides saw scores hard to come by, with Boden leading by 4 points at half-time. The second half saw a good improvement from the Boden girls, and they picked off some nice scores, Aine O’ Brien & Elisa Corcoran prominent throughout. The defence was on top throughout the second period, well marshalled by Hannh Hyland, Sarah Lambert and Eve O’ Donoghue, and Emer O’ Leary picked off some nice points as the home side finished strongly.

Team: Orla Tevlin, Sarah Mulvey, Hannah Hyland, Claire Kirwan, Eve O’ Donoghue, Sarah Lambert, Ava O’ Shea, Laura Nagle, Emer O’ Leary, Ciara Barnes, Ciara O’ Neill, Aoife |Roche,  Elisa Corcoran, Jodie White, Aine O’ Brien, Aisling Mcullough, Aobheann Murray



                                   FEILE Report

On a dull Saturday morning, the weather conditions certainly could’nt dampen the spirits of the Feile 2014 panel when they gathered at the Club ahead of the journey across to St Oliver Plunketts on the Navan Road. Spirits were high within the group as the girls looked forward to the day ahead.

The draw seemed a tough one, pairing us with St Patricks, Lucan Sarsfields & St Olafs.

First up were St Patricks in difficult weather conditions. The girls started as we had hoped, and recorded a convincing win. More of the same in the second fixture with Lucan Sarsfields, where once again the forwards were clinical, especially in the 2nd half. In the final group game St Olafs were put to the sword as we qualified with ease for the semi-final later in the afternoon.

In the semi-final our opponents were St Peregrines, and rain made an unwelcome return. Boden started well, but Peregrines came back strongly as the half went on, reducing the deficit to 1 goal at half time. This was the first time the Boden girls faced a test on the day, but we need not have worried about their response. We came out of the blocks quickly and some fine scores were picked off by various players, eventually running out comfortable winners to great cheers from the large Boden support.

The girls went home looking forward to the Final in O’Toole park on Sunday morning. Once again there was a great Boden crowd as the girls took the field against St Oliver Plunketts. Boden started well, but some good defending by Plunketts kept us out. As the half went on, Plunketts got on top and went in 2 goals ahead. Again the response from the Boden ladies was terrific, reducing the deficit to 1 point with 5 minutes remaining. However lady luck deserted us, as some great efforts went narrowly wide.

The girls can take great credit for how they performed throughout the weekend, and Captain Aisling Gargan spoke well in congratulating the victorious Plunketts girls. The girls, mentors & parents gathered in the Club later for well earned pizza. Many thanks to Liam Cunningham for the terrific display of photographs.

Again, well done to the girls, and to their mentors Jean Gargan, Sorcha Farrelly & Grace Maher.


U16 Invitation Blitz Monday 5th May

This Monday Ballyboden St Endas host the 2nd U16 Camogie Invitation Blitz. Last year we were blessed with terrific weather, so fingers crossed for the same this year. Once again, the Blitz takes place in Sancta Maria.

This year our visitors are last years winners St Martins(Wexford), along with Athenry(Galway), Na Piarsaigh(Cork), Cranford(Wexford), & neighbours Cuala.

Group 1: Cuala, Athenry, St Martins

Group 2: Cranford, Na Piarsaigh, Ballyboden St Endas


10.30am  Cuala v Athenry    Grass              Cranford v Ballyboden A/W

11.30am  Cuala v St Martins  A/W               Na Piarsaigh v Ballyboden  Grass

12.30pm Athenry v St Martins A/W              Na Piarsaigh v Cranford  Grass

2pm   Semi Finals

2.40pm  Shield Final

3.15pm       Final         


Camogie Fixtures weekend May 11th

Day/Date Team Opposition Venue Time
Tuesday  6th Senior A Erins Isle Pairc Ui Mhurchu 7pm
Wednesday 7th U16A Na Fianna Mobhi Road 7.30pm
  U16C St Patricks Glenaulin Park 7.30pm
Thursday 8th Senior B Thomas Davis Kiltipper Road 7.30pm
  Senior C Kilcoole Kilcoole 7.30pm
Saturday 10th U14 Skerries Harps Cherryfield 12.00
  U16B Lucan Sarsfields 12th Lock 2pm
Sunday 11th U13B Ballinteer St Johns Marley Park 10am

Camogie News April 29th

Hard luck to our Feile side who agonisingly lost the Final to Oliver Plunketts by 1 point in Sunday. Well do to the players and mentors Jean, Sorcha & Grace, moreon Feile in next weeks Newsletter.

Senior 1 League game tonight Pairc Ui Mhurchu 7pm v St Brigids.
Senior 3 League game Thursday Sancta Maria v St Finbarrs.
Senior 5 League game Thursday Cherryfield v Kilmacud Crokes.

The 2nd Ballyboden St Endas U16 Camogie Invitation Blitz takes place in Sancta Maria on Monday next, see website later in the week for more details

Thursday April 24th Ballyboden 3.07 Skerries Harps 04.  
A well deserved victory for these girls after being narrowly defeated in their opening two games of the League campaign and getting a draw last week.
The team are begining to gain momentum and starting to get to know one another with a good blend of youth and experience. The game started out evenly enough. however, the Boden girls began slowly but surely dominating every position on the field and once the scores started to come it was obvious that they were not going to let this one go,finishing the game off with a flourish.
Team: Aoife O toole, Aoife Brien,Mary Hyland,Iseult Kelleher, Catherine Mc Donald,Brid Rynne Laura Murphy,Aoife O Brien, Laura Nagle,Hannah Conway,Ciara Scallan,Aoife Barnes, Danoelle Brogan,Ciara Dunne Cliodhna Macnamara
Aoife O Shea,Ciara O Neill.

FEILE 2014

Our Feile team are being hosted by St Oliver Plunketts this Saturday 26th
They begin against St Patricks at 10.30am
Next up is Lucan Sarsfields at 11.50am
Final Group game is St Olafs at 1.10pm
Thinking positively, the semi-final will be at 3.45pm at the same venue.
Please do your best to support the girls.
On behalf of everyone associated with the Camogie section, I want to thank Jean, Sorcha & Grace for their fantastic work over the last 12 months, and wish them and the girls all the best for the weekend.
I'm sure that they will perform well, do us all proud and have a terrific weekend

Camogie Fixtures weekend April 27th

Date Team Opponent Venue Time
Sat 26th FEILE St Patricks PLUNKETTS 10.30am
  FEILE Lucan Sarsfields PLUNKETTS 11.50am
  FEILE St Olafs PLUNKETTS 1.10pm
Thu 24th Sen C Skerries Sancta Maria 7pm
Sat 26th U10 St Judes Tymon Park 2pm
  U10 Good Counsel Davitt Road 2pm
Sun 27th U11 Kilmacud Crokes Cherryfield 12 noon
  U9 Round Towers Monastery Rd 10am
  U9 Kilmacud Crokes Glenalbyn 10am
Mon 28th U16A Faughs Pairc Ui Murchu 7pm

Camogie News April 22nd

                                             Feile Fever!!
This weekend is camogie Feile weekend, with our team being hosted by St Oliver Plunketts. They have enjoyed their preparation, and last week Simon Lambert assisted by taking a training session. Their opening game on Saturday morning at 10.30am is against St Patricks, followed by Lucan Sarsfields at 11.50am and finally meet St Olafs at 1.10pm. Best of luck to mentors Jean Gargan, Sorcha Farrelly, Grace Maher and the girls, have a terrific weekend!
Tuesday 15th Ballyboden St Endas Senior A 0-7 v Na Fianna 0-10
As was expected, this was a hard fought game from start to finish. The Boden side showed a number of changes from the last outing for a variety of reasons, with each of the players coming into the side doing themselves justice on the night. The first half was without goal-scoring opportunites for either side, Na Fianna edging it by 0-5 to 0-4. An early point in the second half got the home team on level terms, but unfortunately some missed opportunities cost them, and Na Fianna ran out winners by 0-10 to 0-7. Well done to Laura Nagle who performed well on her Senior A debut.
Team: Sile Nic Coitir, Jane Edwards, Su Kennedy, Rebeka Kamvar, Laura Burns, Orla Smith, Sarah Nagle, Jill Horan, Grace Walsh, Paula McGrath, Martha O'Donoghue, Zenouska Murphy, Aoife Tobin, Aisling O'Leary, Maria McGrath, Laura Nagle, Roisin Walsh.
Thursday 17th  Ballyboden St Endas Senior C 3-3  V Naomh Brid 2-6
One of the more challenging encounters expected this season brought together the team as a unit from goalie to forwards to give a result worthy of the effort. With some outstanding attacking play backed up by a stead fast defense Boden was a goal ahead at half time. The second half was no disappointment with the exception that the efforts could reap but a draw which was a fair result and deserving of both teams
Team: Aoife O'Toole, Aoife Brien, Ceara Daly, Mary Hyland, Aisling Hayes, Brid Rynne, Laura Murphy, Aoife O'Shea, Sophie McMahon, Hannah Conway, Ciara Scallan, Aoife Barnes, Cliodhna McNamara, Rachel Walsh, Grace Maher, Ciara Dunne
                                 Thursday 17th Ballyboden St Endas Senior B 4-12 v Kilmacud Crokes 3-6
A very cohesive performance from all 17 girls, with some sublime scores and determined defending.
The final score does not reflect how close this game was, although we held the lead for entire game,
Crokes managed to get within two points in the latter stage of game but, with poor shot selection( on their part)
 & resolute defending (from us) the goals they were going for did not come. And , our girls managed to dig deep
and finish off the game strongly adding two goals and two points in the closing five minutes.
Team: Danielle White, Aisling Keane, Jane Edwards, Rebeka Kamvar, Karen Murphy, Orla Keane, Roisin Walsh, Aoife Tobin, Laura Burns, Aisling O'Leary, Grace Walsh, Zenouska Murphy, Ciara Donovan, Sharon Glynn, Dianaimh Greene,Jodie White & Emer Kelly
                                        Wednesday 18th Ballyboden St Endas U16A 3-11 v Good Counsel 2-1
After a comfortable victory over Ballinteer on Saturday, the mentors were hoping to continue with their progress against Good Counsel at Sancta Maria on Wednesday evening. Playing with the breeze in the first half the home side were dominant, Laura Nagle, Eve O'Donoghue & Eimear Butler were very prominent. Counsel scored 2 late goals to trail 2-5 to 2-0 at half time, and would have expected to push on with a strong breeze in the second half.
The Boden girls responded well at the beginning of the second half, with some fine scores from Aine O' Brien. Hannah Hyland & Sarah Mulvey dominated in the full-back line, keeping Counsel to only 1 point in the second period. Sarah Lambert pushed the home side forward at every opportunity, and they ran out winners by 3-11 to 2-1. There was only 6 of our U16 girls involved this evening, the remainder being U15 and this panel has potential to continue to grow with the correct application.
Team: Aine O'Brien, Claire Kirwan, Hannah Hyland, Ava O'Shea, Eve O'Donoghue, Orla Tevlin, Laura Nagle, Sarah Lambert, Ciara Barnes, Eimear Butler, Aisling McCullough, Jodie White, Emer O' Leary, Aobheann Murray, Sarah Mulvey & Elisa Corcoran

Camogie Fixtures w/e April 20th

Date/time Team Opponent Venue  
Tuesday 15th Senior A Na Fianna Pairc Ui Murchu 18.45
Wednesday 16th U16A Good Counsel Sancta Maria 18.45
Thursday 17th Senior B Kilmacud Crokes Glenalbyn 18.45
Thursday 17th Senior C St Brigids Russell Park 18.45
Thursday 17th U13A Kilmacud Crokes Cherryfield 18.45

Camogie News April 15th 2014

With no game last week due to their scheduled game conceded by Naomh Mearnog, the Senior A’s return to action this evening at home to Na Fianna. Throw-in for what should be a tough contest is at 6.45pm on Pairc Ui Mhurchu.


The Senior B’s had a good win over Portobello last week, and aim to follow it up this week away to Kilmacud Crokes on Thursday evening at 6.45pm.


The Senior C’s went down last week in a close contest, and hope to make amends this Thursday away to St Brigids at 6.45pm.


We wish Doireann Mullany well on her recovery from her cruciate injury, and  best wishes also to Ciara Ruddy & Claire King who recently suffered the same fate.


See here for all of this weeks camogie fixtures.


Ballyboden St Endas 1-10     Portobello 3-0

After a disappointing first outing, the Senior B side performed much stronger on Thursday evening against Portobello. With the benefit of an early goal from Sharon Glynn, Boden continued to press and were rewarded with some fine points. A couple of late goals for Portobello made the last few minutes more uncomfortable than necessary, but the result was never in doubt. Kilmacud are next up this Thursday, and management will hope for continued improvement.

Team: Danielle White, Karen Murphy, Jane Edwards, Grainne Corcoran, Rebeka Kamvar, Orla Keane, Roisin Walsh, Laura Burns, Aoife Tobin, Roisin Ryan, Grace Walsh, Aoife O’ Brien, Dianaimh Greene, Sharon Glynn, Jodie White, Aisling Keane.


Under 13’s enjoy trip to St. John’s of Belfast.

St. John’s of Belfast was the destination for the under 13 Camogie Squad last weekend. John’s provided a warm welcome and the long association between the two clubs was very obvious – many of the girls’ parents had visited Boden with their older children in both hurling and camogie and it was very apparent that they hold our club in high esteem.This set an excellent atmosphere from the outset, and it was clear that our day was going to be a great success.

On the field Boden played a mixture of the A and B squads (with guest appearances from a few footballers who came along for the trip !!) and rotated the bench regularly on what was a cold and damp pitch. Dominant throughout the first half Boden built a healthy lead with the help of a stiff breeze.  A strong second half comeback by Naomh Eoin saw them finish one point winners.

St. John’s put on a great spread of food and Anne Jackson (Camogie Chairperson St. John’s) had a lovely few words of praise for our girls. Diarmuid Fitzgerald and Ciara Duffy (Captain for the trip) replied on behalf of Boden and invited the girls down in the near future.

The serious business of the game over the team headed to Dundonald for ice-skating, ten-pin bowling and a meal. An exhausted gang arrived back to the club shortly after nine.

U13's enjoy trip to Belfast

Under 13 Camogie Trip to St. John’s of Belfast.

St. John’s of Belfast was the destination for the under 13 Camogie Squad last weekend. John’s provided a warm welcome and the long association between the two clubs was very obvious – many of the girls’ parents had visited Boden with their older children in both hurling and camogie and it was very apparent that they hold our club in high esteem.This set an excellent atmosphere from the outset, and it was clear that our day was going to be a great success.

On the field Boden played a mixture of the A and B squads (with guest appearances from a few footballers who came along for the trip !!) and rotated the bench regularly on what was a cold and damp pitch. Dominant throughout the first half Boden built a healthy lead with the help of a stiff breeze.  A strong second half comeback by Naomh Eoin saw them finish one point winners.   

St. John’s put on a great spread of food and Anne Jackson (Camogie Chairperson St. John’s) had a lovely few words of praise for our girls. Diarmuid Fitzgerald and Ciara Duffy (Captain for the trip) replied on behalf of Boden and invited the girls down in the near future.

The serious business of the game over the team headed to Dundonald for ice-skating, ten-pin bowling and a meal. An exhausted gang arrived back to the club shortly after nine.



Camogie Fixtures weekend April 13th

WEDNESDAY 9th      
U16 Div 1 Russell Park St Brigids 18:30
U16 Div 2 12th Lock Lucan Sarsfields 18:30
U16 Div 3 Cloghran Whitehall Colmcilles 18:30
U13 Div 3 Cherryfield Whitehall Colmcilles 18:30
THURSDAY 10th      
Senior 3 Sancta Maria Portobello 18:30
Senior 5 Pairc Ui Mhurchu N Padraig 18:30
SATURDAY 12th      
U16 Div 1 Sancta Maria Ballinteer St Johns 14:00
U16 Div 2 Pearse Park Crumlin 14:00
U16 Div 3 Mobhi Road Na Fianna 14:00
U12 x 2 Ballycullen Lucan Sarsfields 13:30
SUNDAY 13th      
U11 x 2 Meadowvale Cuala x 2 12:00

Camogie News April 8th

The Senior A’s had a hard fought win over Lucan Sarsfield to begin their League campaign last Tuesday, see 'Fixtures/Results-Camogie' for match report. They do not play this evening as they have been conceded their game by Naomh Mearnog.


The Senior B’s went down to Faughs, but have a chance to make amends when they host Portobello at Sancta Maria on Thursday evening.The Senior C’s were unfortunate to go down by 2 points to Lucan(brief report also in Fixtures/results section), on Thursday they host N Padraig on  Pairc Ui Mhurchu.


See here for this weeks Camogie Fixtures


On the Juvenile front good wins for the U16A’s, U16C’s, table topping U14’s and the U12’s had their 2nd consecutive win. U16B’s and U13B’s unfortunate to lose, and the U13A’s performed well despite going down to Lucan in a close contest.


Best of luck to Doireann, Martha, Aisling, Zenouska & Sarah in the All-Ireland ¼ Final away to Cork this Saturday.


Many congratulation to Doireann & all involved with Colaiste Iosagain on their terrific All-Ireland win on Saturday, see article on same in Newsletter

Camogie Fixtures weekend April 6th

Team Opposition Venue Date Time
SENIOR A LUCAN SARSFIELDS Pairc Ui Murchu Tue 1st April 6.30pm
SENIOR B FAUGHS Tymon park Thu 3rd April 6.30pm
SENIOR C LUCAN SARSFIELDS 12th Lock Thu 3rd April 6.30pm
U16A OLIVER PLUNKETTS Glenarriff Road Mon 31st 6.30pm
U16B CASTLEKNOCK Cherryfield Sat 5th 2pm
U16C ERIN GO BRAGH Cherryfield Sat 5th 2pm
U14 N OLAF Pairc Ui Bhrian Sat 5th 12.00
U13A LUCAN SARSFIELDS 12th Lock Sun 6th 10am
U13B KILCOOLE Cherryfield Sun 6th 10am
U12 x 2 FAUGHS Tymon Park Sat 5th 1.30pm
U10 x 2 BRAY EMMETS Bray Sat 5th 2pm
U10 x 2 BALLINTEER SJ Marley Park Sat 5th 2pm
U9 x 2 N OLAF & CRUMLIN Sancta Maria Sun 6th 10am
U9 x 2 LIFFEY GAELS  & C'NOCK Ballyfermot Sun 6th 10am

Camogie News April 1st


Senior Leagues begin tonight!!

Since completing the 4 Championship’s in-a-row last October, the Senior 1’s have hibernated well. They begin their League campaign this evening with a difficult tie with Lucan Sarsfields. We have home advantage on Pairc Ui Murchu, throw in is 6.30pm and all support is welcome.


On Thursday the Senior 3’s begin their campaign with the short trip to neighbours Faughs. Throw in at Tymon Park is 6.30pm.

Also on Thursday the newly promoted Senior 5’s begin their campaign with what looks like a difficult trip to Lucan Sarsfields, again throw in 6.30pm.


Best wishes for the year ahead to all 3 sides, and as always we welcome your support.


On the juvenile front the U16C’s played well in their loss to N Padraig, and the U14’s continue their flawless campaign so far. The U13B’s also had another fine win.

Our two U12 and two U11 sides got their League campaigns off to the best possible start, recording an impressive 4 victories.

No games last weekend for the U10 & U9’s, they return to action this weekend.


Well done to Doireann, Martha, Zenouska, Aisling & Sarah who all played for Dublin Minors in their victory over Offaly on Sunday.


                         U16A’s record fine win away to Plunketts


After a disappointing outing last time out away to St Vincents, the U16A’s returned to winning ways yesterday evening away to St Oliver Plunketts. On a slow surface, the Boden girls moved the ball well, and picked off some impressive scores throughout the game.

Goalkeeper Emer O’ Leary was well protected by her full back line throughout, well led by Hannah Hyland. The half-back line were also on top throughout, and midfield combination of Sarah Lambert & Laura Nagle led by example throughout the game. There was a constant flow of ball from the half-forward line into full-forward Jodie, who picked off some fine scores.

Final score St Oliver Plunketts 0-5 Ballyboden St Endas 7-6

Team: Emer O’ Leary, Aisling McCullough, Hannah Hyland, Claire Kirwan, Ava O’ Shea, Eve O’ Donoghue, Orla Tevlin, Laura Nagle, Sarah Lambert, Ciara Barnes, Eimear Butler, Ciara O’ Neill, Aoife Roche, Jodie White, Aobheann Murray, Aine O’ Brien, Sarah Mulvey.

Camogie News March 24th

 The Adult Camogie Leagues begin next week, with the Senior 1’s getting us underway on Tuesday 1st April when they will face Lucan Sarsfield at home, throw-in 6.30pm.

On Thursday 3rd the Senior 3’s begin with the short trip to face Faughs, while on the same evening the Senior 6’s travel to play Lucan Sarsfields, both games throw-in 6.30pm.


Juvenile Leagues continued last weekend. The U16A’s went down to St Vincents, the U16C’s had a fine win over C.B.C.

The U14’s continued their perfect start with a good win over Bray Emmets’ while the U13A’s were pipped by a point by Good Counsel.


Well done to Sile Nic Coitir, Dianaimh Greene & Laura Burns on their wins with  Dublin on Sunday.

Hard luck to our five girls(Doireann Capt, Aisling, Zenouska, Sarah & Martha) who started for Dublin Minors in their narrow defeat to Offaly on Saturday. They now advance to a play-off for a place in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Camogie News March 17th

Our 2006 girls, who are still attached the the Academy, played their first Camogie game for Boden last Sunday when Faughs visited Sancta Maria. We had a terrific turnout of 34 girls. Well do to the U14's who had another fine performance away to St Patricks on Saturday to maintain their 100% record as they top their Division.
No games unfortunately for either of our U13 sides as their opponents could not field a team.
Hard luck to the U16C's who were unfortunate to go down to Na Fianna.

The U12's( 2 teams), 11's (2 teams), 10's( 4 teams) & 9's(4 teams) had their first Go Games outing's of the year in various venues, well do to all concerned.
Well done to Kelli McLoughlin who played for the Dublin U16's in their win over Kilkenny. Good luck to them next Sunday when they travel to play Offaly, where a win will put them through to the Leinster Final.
Well done also to Sarah Lambert who played for Dublin U16B's in their win over Carlow, and best of luck against Laois on Sunday.

Good luck to Doireann, Sarah, Zenouska, Aisling & Martha who all start for the Dublin Minors in their All-Ireland Championship game v Limerick on Saturday

2006 girls have their first Boden outing!!

 Sunday March 2nd is a day the 2006 girls will remember. While still in the Academy, they had their first outing representing their Club when they took on neighbours Faughs in Sancta Maria.We had a terific turnout on the day, with 34 Boden girls taking part. Well done to all involved.


Camogie News - w/e March 19 2017

A little bit of history!

Boden play Dublin’s first ever under 23 Camogie match.

A sharp ten o’clock Sunday morning throw in by referee Ciarán Russell was surely enough to be ahead of Brendan Cooper’s throw in at the parallel fixture over in Erin’s Isle,  and so Ballyboden St. Enda’s and Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruadh  will claim to have played the inaugural Under 23 fixture anywhere in the capital (or indeed Nationwide ?).

This new age grade will hopefully provide a much needed stepping stone to the Senior grades for some of our emerging talent and the initiative is a very welcome one. History may not record the details of the game – played in absolutely awful wind and rain – it was a hard fought encounter with Boden staying well in touch until halftime (down by 1-2 to 3 points). In the end a strong bench proved the difference and a storming second half in every sense saw OPER run up a convincing 3-9 to deservedly win by 12 points. A quiet start to what we hope will be a busy age group over the next few years.

Well done to all those who braved the elements.

Dublin Camogie representation

Ballyboden Camogie was well represented across various ages for Dublin at the weekend.

Top billing goes to our 5 girls who lined out for Dublin U16A Camogie team that kicked off their Championship with a thrilling win over Kilkenny on Sunday 2-12 to 3-6.  It was great to see all five Boden girls on the pitch to see out a well-earned victory over the black and amber in awful conditions.  Well done to Ally Ramsden, Hannah Leddy, Hollyn Kennedy, Olivia Meagher and Katie McDonald.

6 of our U13s travelled to Kilkenny on Sunday as part of the Dublin academy panel. Well done to Clodagh Reid, Aine Rafter, Abbie Brennan, Sadie Codd and Leonie Power (all pictured) and Ella McNair.

Finally, Doireann Mullany scored a late equalising point for Dublin Senior Camogie team only for Tipperary to nick it at the end with an injury time point.

Congratulations to all of our girls on their fine achievements.


U-14 A League – Silver Park – 18/03/17

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On Saturday our U-14A’s made their first appearance in this year’s camogie league in Silver Park.

We faced Crokes, who were playing their third league match, and it was clear from an early stage that the added match practice was standing to them.

Our girls began with the backing of a strong breeze but, in spite of having the majority of possession, we failed to register this superiority on the scoreboard. Finally Julie opened the scoring with a fine point on the turn, but this was cancelled out straight away when they converted a free which we needlessly conceded.

We then restored our lead when Clodagh converted a “45” but this was again cancelled by Crokes. We continued to press and won another “45” which Clodagh again put between the posts to leave us leading by a point at half-time. This lead looked nowhere near adequate with us having to face a gale in the second half, but in fairness to our girls they looked a different team on the resumption, taking the game to Crokes and creating a number of chances. However we continued to struggle to convert chances to scores, and we were unlucky to meet a goalie on top of her form. However we eventually won a free which Mia confidently converted to stretch our lead to 2 points. For the next fifteen minutes we faced something of an onslaught from the wind-assisted Crokes girls, but our defence and goalie Sorcha defended with their lives and cleared two goal-bound efforts off the line.

However Crokes did score the next two points to level matters going into the closing minutes. We were then really unfortunate when a dropping ball was deflected past Sorcha by a defender’s stick, and then Crokes got the insurance point from a free.

In spite of this, our girls never gave up and finished the scoring with a great goal from Erin.

The performance of the defence was excellent, and the forward and midfield worked really hard, especially Leonie, who made something happen every time she got the ball. The team as a whole will benefit enormously from this match, and we look forward to better days ahead.

Camogie News March 3rd -Dublin Camogie Club Of the Year

On Saturday evening the Annual Dublin Camogie Awards took place. Ballyboden St Endas were named Club of the Year.

Well done to Ken, Grainne and all on the organising committee on the terrific success of Friday nights Strictly Come Dancing event. Congratulations also to all of the dancers, special mention to our Camogie ladies Roisin's Walsh & Ryan, Aoife & Sinead. Extra special mention to Roisin Walsh and Darby on their victory!
 Many thanks also to Bernie Kinsella for her work on the committee on behalf of the Camogie section.

Juvenile fixtures were in flow at the weekend, and the U13A's and U13B's had fine wins in their first fixtures outside of the Go Games. There were notable victories also for the U14's over Na Fianna and the U16A's who performed well in defeating Lucan.

Camogie News February 24th

Unfortunately the weather once again played havoc with fixtures last weekend, with all of our Juvenile fixtures being postponed apart from the U14's, who had a fine 11 point win away to Whitehall.
This weekend once again has all Juvenile team due to be in action, see the website(Camogie Fixtures) for details of times/venues.
Congratulations to Doireann, Sarah, Martha, Aisling & Zenouska who were on the Dublin Minor team who had a fine 5 point win over Cork in their first outing of the All Ireland Championship campaign.
Similarly for Kelli McLoughlin & Jodie White who played for the Dublin U16's who had a win over Wexford in the Leinster Championship.
Best of luck to all of the dancers in Citywest on Friday evening

Camogie News February 17th

On the Club playing front, all teams are now back training looking forward to the year ahead. The Juvenile Leagues commence next weekend, 22nd February and the Adult Leagues not commencing until March 30th.


Along with our 3 Adult teams, we will also field 18 Juvenile teams from U16 down to U9.


Doireann Mullany Captains the Dublin Minor side as they begin their All Ireland Championship campaign against Cork on Saturday, throw in 2pm at Parnells. Also on the panel are Sarah Nagle, Aisling O’ Leary, Martha O’ Donoghue & Zenouska Murphy.


Jodie White, Kelli McLoughlin & Sarah Lambert will play U16 with Dublin this year, and we wish them well as they begin their Leinster Championship campaign away to Wexford on Sunday.



Good luck to Sinead Treacy, Aoife Cantwell, Roisin Walsh & Roisin Ryan who take part in the Boden ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.


As sponsors of the Club Championships, AIB recently made a presentation to the Senior Camogie & Hurling teams on their Championship success in 2013. Pictured are Philip Larkin, Ciara Ruddy & Fiona Corcoran from the Camogie, Dave Conway & Conal Keaney from the Hurling, with AIB representatives.

U16 Division 3 Player of the Year

Congratulations to Jane Doyle who was named U16 Camogie Division 3 Player of the Year. A great achievement, considering Jane is U16 again in 2014.

See here for Camogie Committee 2014.