Ladies Football

Adult Ladies Gala Dinner

Finishing off what has been a great year for Ladies sport in general and Boden Ladies Football in particular the club was delighted to host our three senior and three minor teams at a Gala evening in the club on Saturday 15th December at which the teams received their medals and the player of the year awards were handed out to the six successful girls. The club was decorated to the highest standards and a great night was had by all 120 players in attendance. The event was the section's way of saying thank you and well done to the teams and their mentors. 

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Ladies Football All Star

Congratualtions to Senior Ladies Footballer Sinead Burke on her first All Star award after a terrific season with Galway. Well done Sinead

Congratulations to the Dublin Ladies

Congrats to Bodens Sorcha Farelly and Emily Flanagan and the Dublin Senior Ladies football team who beat Cork to claim their second All Ireland in a row on Sunday in Croke Park. A record crowd of over 50,000 saw the thrilling cotrest.

Under 14 Ladies Football Champions

U14 Div1 Ladies Football Championship Final

Ballyboden St. Enda’s versus Lucan Sarsfields

11th November 2018

The U14 Division 1 Championship came to its conclusion on Sunday in Westmanstown when the winners of the U13 Championship Ballyboden St. Endas took on Lucan Sarsfields in a replay of the final after a drawn game in Castleknock two weeks earlier.

Lucan came out of the blocks the strongest but failed to convert on their early pressure and it was Boden who got the first score with a point from Clodagh Reid. In a first half where scores were hard to come by with great defending from both sides, it was Ballyboden who got a crucial breakthrough with a fisted goal from Hannah Byrne. Boden then kept the scoreboard ticking over with further points from Caoimhe O’Sullivan, Aine Rafter, Kate Donaghy and Leah Cunningham with only a single point from Lucan in response. As half time approached, Sinead Daly scored a pointed free for Lucan to leave a 6 point gap at half time – 1-5 to 0-2.

Half Time Score Ballyboden St. Endas 1-5 Lucan Sarsfields 0-2

After coming back from an 8 point deficit in the first game, Lucan knew that the game was still alive and after conceding another pointed free to Donaghy, they then broke away to score a goal with Daly converting after a flowing move to cut the deficit to 4. However, that was as close as Lucan got to a comeback with magnificent defending from Ballyboden keeping Lucan at bay. As Lucan committed more bodies to attack, the Boden girls worked some great scores over the next 15 minutes, adding 4 goals, 3 from the deadly Cunningham. To their credit the Lucan girls never gave up and finally added to their tally when Sophie McIntyre netted after her penalty was initially saved by Boden keeper Shauna Feely.

With another couple of points traded, the final whistle blew with Boden the victors by 5-8 to 2-4 and as heavy rain started to fall, the cup was presented to Ballyboden captain Alice Rudden followed by jubilant celebrations from the large travelling Boden support after a superb team performance.

Final Score Ballyboden St. Endas 5-8 Lucan Sarsfields 2-4

This was a wonderful way to finish off a great year for this team. The finishing of the forwards was terrific with scores from all 6 starting forwards and another from Ella McNair off the bench. But just as much credit goes to the defensive unit who kept a usually free-scoring Lucan to just 6 scores in the match. The full back line of Abbie Brennan, Sadie Codd and Emmajane Weir was immense. The half backs of Megan Deignan, Alice Rudden and Megan Dignam were also superb throughout, knowing that if Lucan got some momentum that they could mount another comeback. In midfield, Leonie Power and Sarah Gleeson and Ella Reid when she was introduced all won a huge amount of ball to keep Lucan at bay and to feed the Boden forwards. The other subs, Shona Kenny, Laura Rourke, Sarah Cooney and Elly Rogers all did their bit, having all played their part in getting the team to this stage.

This capped a great season for the U14 girls having won Dublin Feile and finishing runners up in the league. With 18 of the 21 also on the double winning Camogie team, a well-earned break in Carlingford is in store where they join the rest of the 2004 and 2005 girls for what promises to be a great weekend.

Back Row: Elly Rogers, Laura Rourke, Megan Dignam, Leonie Power, Sarah Cooney, Clodagh Reid, Alice Rudden, Sarah Gleeson, Ella Reid, Ella McNair, Abbie Brennan, Hannah Byrne

Front Row: Shauna Feely, Megan Deignan, Shona Kenny, Caoimhe O'Sullivan, Leah Cunningham, Emmajane Weir, Sadie Codd, Aine Rafter, Kate Donaghy

Congratulations to our Senior B ladies football team

Congratulations to our Senior B Ladies who overcame Portobello on a scoreline of 3-09 to 1-07 Wednesday 19th September in the Cup final. Well done girls!

Its official - Boden Ladies set a world record

In what must be one of the most unique events ever staged on the Firhouse Road, Boden created history with 350 members of the ladies football section participating in a continuous game of football that lasted a staggering 13 hours 31 minutes.The first ball was thrown in at 6.59am on Saturday morning with our U15 and U16 players drawing the short straw as the opening act of this historical play.

Thanks to the military planning and the commitment of the mentors EVERY time slot had the required 30 players to ensure compliance with the 15-a-side requirement. Despite the early start the club was not going to let the girls go hungry and Deborah Heavey and Lynn Mulready along with the U13 parents laid on refreshments that were incredible and catered to all tastes. Breakfast, Brunch, lunch – you name it, it was available!

Over the course of the day the pitch side entertainment kicked in with the obligatory Ice Cream and Chipper vans complimenting the evening meal of superb Burgers barbecued to perfection as always by the husband and wife team of David and Liz Mellon along with their many helpers who learned a thing or two about hot BBQ grills!!!!

Every team in the section from U9 to Senior A was well represented and in particular our younger players got their first chance to play on the hallowed turf of PUM.

As the day progressed the excitement grew as we got closer to the magic time. Playlists from the 80’s (class!) alongside the modern stuff (dodgy) blasted out over the PA to entertain the spectators who were treated to excellent football. The quality of football was end to end for every age group despite the size of the pitch for the younger ones.

Our MC’s for the day, Brendan “close to the edge” Moran and Brendan “Darby” Timbs supported by Cathal “not many people know me” O’Toole regaled the crowd with banter and scripts that would not be out of place at the Rose of Tralee.

Finally the countdown to 8.30pm began and on the sound of the horn scenes of sheer jubilation erupted as hundreds of girls stormed the pitch to celebrate being part of something really special.

Section chair Cathal O’Toole outlined the main reason for hosting the event was not primarily about fund raising but more to do with deepening the connection of the girls to both the sport and the club. With many distractions for young people away from sport and high drop off rates among girls in particular it was important the girls saw how enjoyable it was to be part of the game and the club. Feedback since Saturday suggests we went a long way to fulfilling this objective.

The day was rounded off with the raffle results and the winner of the years free membership of Gym Plus Rathfarnham who kindly sponsored the prize was Aisling Coyne

Finally an event like this could not have happened without a Trojan effort on the part of the organising committee led by Stephen “Soupy” Campbell. The brainchild of Stephen he gathered around him a superbly committed group of members who left no stone unturned in ensuring the day would be a huge success so a sincere thank you to:




Car Park

Pat Conway & Jimmy Walsh

Cash management (collecting sponsorship)

Brendan Coyne & Eoin O’Riordan


Dave Melia, Sarah Reynolds & Catherine Nagle

Masters of Ceremony

Brendan Moran & Brendan Timbs


Deborah Heavey & Lynn Mulready

Pitch co-ordinators and logistics

Colm Bolger, Kieran Rudden & Ken Regan

Photographs and Social Media

Cliona Mellett & Mark Magahran

Huge thanks goes to the mentors for getting the turn out from their teams and following up on the sponsorship collections


We are extremely grateful to our kind corporate sponsors who gave so generously and we would like to record our thanks to them – we would encourage club members to support our sponsors most of whom are either based in our community or connected to the club. They deserve our support

  1. Strictly Sugarcraft
  2. SuperValu Knocklyon and Ken O’Toole
  3. Hunters Estate Agents Rathfarnham
  4. G&E Mortgage and Financial Advisors Tallaght
  5. PUNCH Consulting Engineers
  6. Fanagans Funeral Directors Rathfarnham
  7. permanent tsb Rathfarnham
  8. Buglers Public House Ballyboden
  9. Arena Kitchens
  10. Remax Estate Agents Tallaght
  11. SPARC physiotherapists
  12. Courtville – Matthew Weldon Antique Jewellery
  13. J V Tierney Consulting
  14. Sponsors of our raffle prize Gym Plus Rathfarnham

Club certainly is family especially if the Cunningham sisters are anything to go by! 
All 4...Amy 19, Eva 17, Kiara 16 & Leah 14 played yesterday in our Record breaking Footballathon

U13 ladies representing Dublin

Jenny Maguire, Ellen Sweeney, Heather Bolger and Lauren Heavey fresh from setting a world record represented Dublin at the Eugene Egan memorial tournament held on Sunday 19th August

Ladies Football National Feile 2018

Ladies Football National Feile 2018



Our U14 Ladies had a great weekend at National Feile bowing out in S/F of Division 1 Cup.

On a sunny Sunday afternoon at Burren GAA club near Warrenpont our U14 ladies football National Feile adventure finally came to an end as they bowed out to the eventual winners of the Division 1 Cup competition Éire Óg in the Semi-Final. This journey had started before Christmas when all of the U14 girls started fund raising for their Feile kit with bag packing and fun run alongside generous sponsorship. When April came, the competition was curtailed due to waterlogged pitches and so only teams competing in divisions which led to National Feile went ahead. Our A’s and B’s progressed to their respective finals in divisions 1 and 5 with the A team winning out against FoxCab and so earning a place in the National Feile in June.

Day 1 National Feile

So fast forward 2 months from the waterlogged pitches in April to the heatwave of June and our girls boarded the bus at the clubhouse on their journey to Belfast where they were to be hosted by Bredagh GAA club. Following an itinerary that was meticulously organised, the girls first stopped off on the way at the Carrickdale hotel for lunch. The girls started to take in the scale of the tournament that they were entering when they saw the number of tables set out for different travelling teams in the ball room. The girl’s team from New York were in the same hotel and after a couple of minutes eyeing each other up, the first conversation was started and then both sets of girls mingled like old friends. Once the photos were taken, and Snapchat names exchanged, our girls boarded the bus in order to stay on schedule and headed for Belfast.

The next stop was where the girls met with their host families from Bredagh GAA club as our team was welcomed with food for children and adults alike. Any nerves that our girls might have had, quickly disappeared when the girls met their hosts. After a few minutes, the girls were referring to their new mom and planning what to do later with their new host friend from the Bredagh team.

Finally it was time to begin the action at Carryduff GAA club. This was the first of 4 venues visited in County Down over the weekend and it was great to see such fabulous facilities with impeccable organisation for the competition. First up for our girls was local team Carryduff and our girls started well with an early goal and point to settle things down. However with Carryduff then getting a couple a goals of their own coupled with some injuries to our girls, suddenly things looked a bit shaky! However, as always, our girls responded to the challenge with a commanding second half to come out on top by a score of 5-9 to 2-2.

Match 1: Ballyboden 5-9 Carryduff 2-2

Scorers: Kate: 1-6(1f), Hannah 2-2; Aine 1-0; Clodagh 1-0; Sarah G 0-1

Next up for our girls was Westmeath champions Killucan. The team retreated to find some shade in the Baking evening heat and the ever helpful David Rafter came up trumps with a gazebo to keep the girls cool. The Killucan team was strong and the match was tight from start to finish. First Boden took the lead with a couple of early points but then Killucan responded with a goal to take the lead themselves. A goal just before half-time for Boden gave our girls the lead and time to regroup for the second half. The second half was tight and competitive – the chances for Boden were not being converted whereas Killucan took 3 points and all of a sudden they were in the lead in injury time. Again though these girls showed their mettle and converted the last kick to force a draw

Match 2: Ballyboden 1-3 Killucan 1-3

Scorers: Aine 1-0, Kate 0-2(1f); Clodagh 0-1

So at the end of day 1, a satisfactory start, a little disappointed not to convert their chances but still a good start. The girls headed back to Bredagh to meet with their host families where they would stay for the night. As a sign of the dedication of these girls, in order to make sure that they got a good rest and also to make sure that they interacted well with their hosts, they willingly handed in their phones for the night and headed off to their new homes. The parents were left then to figure out where to get food in Belfast after 9 o’clock but all was sorted and the families sat down together to review the day’s events.

Day 2 National Feile

With the group permutations analysed over breakfast and figuring out that we probably needed to not concede much in our final group game if we wanted to progress as group winners, the coaches headed off to meet up with the girls at Bredagh’s pitches at Cherryvale. There were tears in the girls’ eyes as they were reunited with their parents phones and after catching up on world events for a few minutes they got their game faces on and prepared to take on their host team Bredagh.

The Bredagh girls fought hard but the Boden girls were buoyed by the return of Caoimhe from injury and also the arrival of Laura who had dashed from singing at her Aunt’s wedding the previous day in the West of Galway to join up with her team mates. Our girls were strong throughout from the start and most importantly strong defensively in an effort to win the group.

Match 3: Ballyboden 7-7 Bredagh 0-0

Scorers: Kate: 2-3(1f), Aine 2-1(1f); Caoimhe 1-2; Hannah 1-1; Leah 1-0(1p)

After spending some more time with the hosts Bredagh and with photos taken together, our gang boarded the bus to head onto the next destination, Saval GAA club near Newry. News came in that our tight defensive effort had put us ahead in the group leaving us a Quarter Final against Cavan champions Crosserlough.

Next stop on the itinerary was a lunch in Newry and with a little time to kill, the girls were let loose on the shops for an hour before heading for Saval GAA club. At this stage and at this venue, the temperatures seemed to reach their peak with tropical like conditions and grass nearly burning from the sun. At this stage it was noticeable that the competition was moving up a level with a great atmosphere, boys and girls teams buzzing around preparing for their quarter finals, tears from players coming off whose journey had ended.

There was a nervous anticipation when our team lined up to play their quarter final. The first couple of minutes saw a couple of close calls for our girls but then they settled down and started to play some neat football. The determination shown by all was impressive against their strong Cavan opposition and they kept the scoreboard ticking over to lead at half-time by 3-3 to 0-2. The girls took on some much needed liquids in the stifling heat. They also made use of some water spray bottles with a few of the girls’ older brothers volunteering to take the task of spraying the girls’ faces.

The message went out from the coach to go out as if the match was 0-0 and to win the second half. The Cavan girls came out fighting but our defence held firm and when they did breach the defence, our goalie pulled off some great saves to keep the opposition at bay. After weathering the early storm, the girls started to play with some style, displaying their best performance yet in the competition. When the final whistle went the girls delight was easy to see as they progressed to the Semi Final stage.

Q/F: Ballyboden 6-5 Crosserlough 0-3

Scorers: Kate: 1-3(2f), Sarah C 1-1; Sarah G 1-0; Aine 1-0; Caoimhe 1-0; Clodagh 1-0 Hannah 0-1

That was it for the action on day 2 – however there was plenty more to come as the girls were brought straight to a swimming pool for a quick swim before travelling to the host club’s Saturday night social event. The swimming was a great success with the girls frightening away any other swimmers leaving them with pool and jacuzzi to themselves. The girls then met up with their host club again at an event hosted in the local Presbyterian Church yard. Again the hospitality was fantastic with families and the girls from both clubs socialising out in the sunshine. Gifts were exchanged between clubs and at the end of the night, the girls again separated from their Boden families (and their phones) to go back to their new homes. The Boden families decided that there was a little bit left in the night and they congregated in the hotel bar where there was a bit of chat, bit of music, even some dancing into the early hours…

Day 3 National Feile

It was a great feeling to wake up on Sunday and to know that you were still in the competition. The girls were picked up from Bredagh and said goodbye to their host families as they boarded the bus to their next destination, the Burren GAA complex at Warrenpoint.  On arriving to the club, there was a great buzz with all teams close to the prize.

The girls were pitted against Cork champions Éire Óg. Both teams had great travelling support trying to encourage their teams and when the match threw in there was a great sense of anticipation. The Boden girls started well getting the first score and they had another couple of half chances which they couldn’t convert. The Cork opponents started to exert a lot of pressure all around the pitch. They hounded, harried and hassled to great effect meaning that the Boden girls just couldn’t get their free flowing football of the previous evening going. Éire Óg started to convert some chances and went in at half time leading by a point 0-2 to 0-1.

The girls continued to fight but there when Éire Óg converted an early goal and point in the second half, there was a sense that things were slipping away from our girls. A late goal and two more points put a gloss on the score in a tight match but it was the end of the road for our girls and when the final whistle went, there was great disappointment for all as they bowed out of the competition.

Q/F: Ballyboden 0-2 Éire Óg 2-5

Scorers: Kate: 0-1; Aine 0-1

And so the adventure ended, there was disappointment at first but as always with these girls they picked each other up, the coaches picked them up and by the time they reached home, there were smiles and laughter as the stories from the weekend were exchanged and relived by girls and adults alike. There was a nice closure to the weekend with a slideshow of the weekend photos prepared by Liam Cunningham. Then finally the girls ended up where they always do – kicking the ball around at the clubhouse.

The list of thanks for the weekend is a long one. First of all Brian (& Janet) Deignan who took on the task of co-ordinating the events – he can never have realised just what he was signing up to – but the organisation was perfect with every detail prepared as the team and all their families negotiated the country roads of County Down and city streets of Belfast. The families all embraced the spirit of the event with parents and siblings supporting the team and then mingling with the Bredagh families and all socialising together to make the event memorable for all. A special mention to John Rourke for leaving his sister’s wedding to make the long journey to bring Laura – your sister will forgive you someday John!! The siblings of our girls also played a great part with support for their sisters. There was great water carrying done by Karrie, Maggie, Corinne and Donal but a special mention to Eoin, Harry and Rian whose role grew throughout the weekend as they assisted the coaches and the girls and were really amazing in their support role. Every parent helped out when required but special mention again to Dave Rafter for the gazebo and Liam Cunningham for the photos. Thanks to Supervalu Knocklyon for donating drink supplies for the team and Village Framing, Rathfarnham for helping with the cost of the framed jersey gift. Then there was food, drink, first aid from Mags, Jenny, Alyson, Aisling, Jack and really you could just mention everyone there because everyone played their part. Umpires Jack and PJ (Maor craic) and Mentors Eoin, Ronan, Carol, PJ, Seamus and of course Kieran who had masterminded the whole thing from early in the year with each training session focussing on developing the skills to turn them from a good team into a really great team over the course of the year.

Last but not least the girls themselves. One main focus of the preparation was a tight defensive unit and protecting the goal. So conceding only 18 scores over 5 matches was a great return with only 5 goals conceded. The defensive unit of Sadie, Emmajane, Laura and Shona were solid with Shona unlucky to pick up an injury in the early Saturday game. Behind them Shauna was solid in goals with great distribution and one save in particular in the Q/F a wee bit special. The half backs of Alice, Ella and Megan and Megan protected their backs while also carrying the ball out to great effect. Again injuries hit both Megans which was testament to how much effort they were giving.

Through the middle of the park Leonie and Hannah covered incredible ground up and down the pitch in the sweltering conditions. The ball carrying of Abbie, Clodagh and Leah created numerous attacks with Kate, Aine and Caoimhe converting numerous scores while tormenting the opposition defences. Finally the full forwards of Ella Mc, Sarah G and Sarah C created and converted chances while also hassling the defenders and not letting them out with the ball. Nadi was unfortunately not able to make the trip but she was part of the Dublin Feile winning squad so also deserves a mention.

So that was the adventure which will hopefully leave our girls with great memories. They will enjoy the summer now and will no doubt be raring to go for the autumn!

U14 Ladies Football All Ireland

Well done to the three Boden players who were part of the Dublin panel that made it all the way to this years All Ireland final just losing out in the end to Cavan on Saturday 16th June in Dunleer

The club congratulates Alice Rudden, Kate Donaghy and Hananh Byrne on an excellent year with the county.

Ballyboden U14 Ladies Footballers win Division 1 Feile 2018

Ballyboden U14 Ladies Footballers win Division 1 Feile 2018

The Ladies U14A team took to the Feile stage at the weekend in a competition where only Divisions 1 and 5 survived the bad weather with the other divisions being deferred to the end of May. This meant that it was only the Boden A & B teams in action with the A team participating in Division 1.

The A team were hosted by Kilmacud Crokes in a 3 team division consisting of Crokes, Boden and last year’s Feile winners FoxCab.  The other group in Division 1 was hosted by St. Brigids where they welcomed Lucan, Clanna Gael and Clontarf.

Thankfully the weather on Saturday was fine and the girls gathered early at Pairc De Burca ready for action. The first match for the Boden girls was Kilmacud Crokes who were always going to provide a tough opposition especially on their home patch. However, any doubts about our girls were quickly dispelled as they straight away got into the groove with Kate Donaghy converting early points and then 2 goals from Leah Cunningham with another from Áine Rafter giving Boden a commanding lead. In truth, Crokes were unfortunate in that nothing was going for them but this was also down to the Boden defence where Laura Rourke, Emma Jane Weir, Shona Kenny and Megan Deignan were rock solid. A lead of 3-3 to 0-1 gave Boden great confidence for the second half and as substitutions were made there was no let-up in the performance with the girls knowing that score difference could play a part in deciding the group.

The girls continued to dominate in the second half with the hard work and link up play of Alice Rudden, Megan Dignam, Ella Reid and Nadi Kabongo resulting in more opportunities for scores which were expertly taken by Caoimhe O’Sullivan, Clodagh Reid and Sarah Cooney. At the back, Crokes were denied scores by some super saves by Boden keeper, Shauna Feely who pulled off a string of saves including one from the penalty spot. The final score was 4-10 to 0-3 and with the level of performance, you would be forgiven for thinking that the Boden team were looking good for Feile glory.

However, the beauty of the competition is that every game can be different and so it proved in the next game against FoxCab. The Boden girls lacking the same freshness after a short turnaround, faced a well drilled FoxCab team in their first match of the day. In a rare Boden defensive lapse, a ball was played into an unmarked FoxCab forward close to goal and Boden found themselves a goal down and chasing the game. Then it was the Boden’s turn to feel that everything was going against them and try as they might, they could only put up 2 points giving FoxCab the victory with their 1 score.

As it seemed like a trip to Brigids for a semi-final as group runners up was the likely outcome, the Boden faithful decided to stay and watch the 1st half of the Crokes vs. FoxCab game before making the road trip. Again the competition showed that nothing can be predicted as Crokes showed the classy team that they are, and cheered on by their own supporters, along with an additional Boden support, they beat FoxCab. With all 3 teams on one win, the group was decided on points conceded and so Boden came out on top with FoxCab heading off to Russell Park.

The semi-final pitted the Boden girls against Lucan, the team that our girls had beaten in a playoff to take the U13 league title in 2017. With only 15 minutes per half, it was a tight nervous match all the way through with a vital goal from Kate edging Boden ahead. Further points from Leonie Power, Clodagh and Áine kept Boden ahead and as Lucan tried to get back on terms they met a wall of steel led by Sadie Codd and the rest of the Boden defence. The full time whistle went with Boden the winners by 1 point, 1-4 to 0-6 to the delight of the Boden team and their great band of supporters.

News came through from Russell Park that FoxCab had beaten Brigids after a shoot-out which meant that the Boden girls would get to take on FoxCab again, this time in the final, this also being a repeat of the 2017 final when FoxCab had triumphed.

After a good night’s rest and following all the recommendations provided to them by Kilkenny team nutritionist Noreen Roche, the girls were ready for the final in IT Blanchardstown. After watching the Boden B team going down to Westmanstown, our girls took centre stage. As with the first match on Saturday, the Boden girls hit the ground running with lovely interplay and passing to pierce through a FoxCab defence that had seemed impenetrable the previous day. After an opening point from Kate, a cool finish from Abbie Brennan raised the green flag for a goal. Other scores, another from Abbie and a smart fist over the bar from Áine when surrounded and finally a deserved score for Hannah Byrne after hard work all weekend gave Boden a half time lead of 1-4 to 1-0 with FoxCab having converted a penalty for their only score.

The second half saw FoxCab coming into the game more with the aid of a freshening wind. However, Boden continued to play some great football and every single player led by their brave heart captain Sarah Gleeson fought for every ball to make sure that this lead was not going to be conceded. Points were traded with Kate putting over another for Boden and they could have got insurance scores with a couple of goalmouth scrambles and a disallowed goal. Foxcab got another point to get to 3 points behind leading to a nervous last few minutes. However, the Boden girls defending was resolute and after stopping one final attack from FoxCab, the final whistle blew and victory was to Ballyboden. Final Score 1-5 to 1-2

There was pure joy from the squad of 20 players along with number 21, Ella McNair, who had been injured the previous week and missed out, but who was with her team mates all weekend. There was also delight for the management team of Eoin, Carol, Ronan, PJ, Seamus and in particular Kieran who had put in so much in the preparation of these wonderful girls so that they would get the most out of their Feile experience.

Many thanks go to Niamh, our Physio, for getting the girls bodies right. Thanks to Carol for getting the girl’s heads right. Thanks to Maggie D for getting the hair right. Thanks to PJ, Jack, Seamus, Brian, Karrie, Corinne and Gerry White who helped out in umpiring, linesman, general help and counselling services through the weekend. Thanks to Alyson, Mags, Carol again and many others for food supplies. Thanks to the all the support from families, players from other teams, loads of team mentors too numerous to mention, Paul & Brian, Ladies Chairman Cathal and Ladies Secretary Paul Manning who followed the progress of both A&B teams through the weekend and proud Club Chairman Ciaran Maguire.

This was the first Ladies Football Feile victory for Ballyboden since 2010 and now the girls go on to represent the county in Féile Peile na nÓg 2018 in June. Best of luck girls!

Back Row: Nadi Kabongo, Laura Rourke, Abbie Brennan, Sarah Gleeson(c), Alice Rudden, Sarah Cooney, Ella Reid, Caoimhe O'Sullivan, Clodagh Reid, Hannah Byrne, Leonie Power, Shauna Feely, Ella McNair

Front Row: Megan Dignam, Shona Kenny, Emma Jane Weir, Leah Cunningham, Sadie Codd, Aine Rafter, Kate Donaghy, Megan Deignan  

Division 5 Feile Report


What a weekend our B footballers had in the Division 5 Feile. Saturday morning and it was off to Westmanstown for our Feile. The sharp bend off the Strawberry Beds up towards Westmanstown wasn't to be the only twist or turn over a fantastic weekend.
The numbers and jerseys given out , the girls warmed up for the first match of an eventful weekend.....
V St Marys Saggart
Boden started well but failed to score before the first of many great saves by Ellie Rogers over the course of the weekend. a lovely goal from Kate O'Shea put Boden ahead. A purple patch before half times saw 2 points from Siofra, points by Niamh and Karyn give Boden a 1-4 to 0-0 lead at the break.
St Marys started well but sterling work from among others Cara, Tara, the Aoifes , Shauna, Garce and Laura kept them out. At the other end after a great interchange with Karyn , Niamh scored a point. Then after great work by Aisling ,Siofra scored a goal. Minutes later Anna Lamberts shot hit the back of the net to put Boden 3-5 to 0-0 up. Some further great defending before Kate O'Brien finished off the games scoring.
Boden 3-6 St Marys Saggart 0-0 

V Foxrock Cabinteely B

After a short break, the girls were in action again. Boden didn't take long to open the scoring with Karyn Burke scoreing a great goal. Kate O'Brien added a point before Siofra Kelly burst the net and shortly afterwards Aishling Duffy got another goal for Boden , Lara Whelan added another goal , Siofra got a point and the half was finished by a two fabulous goals by Kate O'Brien. Half Time 6-2 to 0-0 
Second half was a quieter affair in front of goal as Foxrock Cabinteely put an awful lot of pressure on Boden but some brilliant play by Emily Tuite, Laura Dunne, Anna Kinsella, Grace Regan and Cara Ryan really put it up to them. Karyn Burke added a point for Boden before the on fire Kate O'Brien got her third goal of the game. A well deserved point from Niamh O'Farrell was the final score of the game as Boden won 7-4 to no score.
So through to the semi finals!  The only question was where would the semi final be? Beat Westmanstown Gaels and we'd stay in Westmanstown , lose the match and it would be off to Perrystown.

V Westmanstown Gaels
So the third group match started and in what was tough conditions the girls put in another great performance. This being the third match in a row many of the girls on both sides were tired. Boden had a few chances and at the other end Ellie made a number of great saves. There was some heroic defending from among others Aoife Doyle, Shauna McCarthy, Emma Fisher and Emily Tuite. Half time and the score was level at 0-0 0-0 .
Second half started and now playing into the wind Boden were battling hard. Westmanstown opened the scoring (the first point conceded by Boden all day) before Karyn Burke equalised for Boden. The breeze got stronger and the girls tireder as Westm anstown were now on a roll adding a couple more scores. The Boden girls battled on but Westmanstown had a dream half scoring 9 points.
Final Score Boden 0-1 , Westmanstown Gaels 0-9

So it was Perrystown to meet Robert Emmetts in the Semi Final. We met back at the club, the girls ate, drank, rested, laughed and chilled before we set off in convoy for Greentrees Park .
So pure knock out, the tension was palpable. Emmett's had topped their group, this was going to be tough. The girls were cheered out of the dressing room onto the pitch by their wonderful support. The ball was thrown in and after a tight start Robert Emmett's went ahead through a free, two poits from Karyn Burke and Boden were ahead. Some brilliant work by the forwards Anna Kinsella, Lara Whelan Niamh O'Farrell and Siofra Kelly led to a penalty to Boden. From her goal Ellie Rogers ran the length of the pitch to take it.... Our hearst were in our mouths but Ellie plonked it high into the back of the net and Boden were now 1-2 to 0-1 ahead. Then Lara Whelan took a shot and it went in. Half time came and Boden were 2-2 to 0-1 to the good. However they had to play against the wind and up the slope in the second half.
Emmets opened the second half with a point. Boden nerves were calmed after a brilliant goal and a point from Aisling Kelly. Boden now led 3-4 to 0-2. Niamh O'Farrell got a gfine point after a great ctch by Tara. Emmetts bombarded the Boden goal. Incredible defending by all the girls, blocking, tackling ,everything  as they held Emmetts at bay. Emmett's got a point and then the ref blew up. Boden were through to the final. 
Cue mass celebration from all the team and the Boden crowd.

The Final
Off to Blanchardstown IT for the final on the Sunday at 2. The girls met up at one. The facilities wonderful, the pitch brilliant. The girls were all in brilliant form. Playing in the change strip of Green Stripes and with a big crowd present the ball was thrown in. Westmanstown scored a point from an early free. Then Ellie made a fine save pushing a goal bound shot over the bar. Two goals in quick succession for Westmanstown and Boden had a mountain to climb. The girls were brilliant though and kept playing their best and were unlucky with a few wides and shots that fell short. As the half ended Ellie was agin called into action to tip the ball over the bar. Half Time and Boden 2-3 to 0--0 down.
Second half began with another Westmanstown point before Karyn Burke scored for Boden. Upteen chnces came and went for Boden as they nearly got in for a goal hitting the bar and just missing the follow up. Westmanstown added another goal. Boden piled forward, the whole team were immense giving every last bit of effort to try and stage a comeback but it wasn't their day. Another Westmanstown point made it 3-5 to 0-1. Westmanstwon were excellent and whilst the final score didn't reflect the match they are an excellent side. So to though are the Boden girls who after the talk from Donagh,Ken and Tony marched over to the sideline to rapturous applause from their adoring fans. 
What a journey, what a weekend and the girls now have lovely, medals and memories to share forever.
Thanks to the girls, Donagh, Tony, Ken, Melissa, the physios, the club and all the Boden support for a brilliant weekend. We are so proud of you all. Thanks too to the officials and the host clubs as well as the Dublin Ladies Football Association for organising such a wonderful competition.
Well done to the A team on their win and best of luck to the Camoige teams and our C Footballers in their upcoming Feile.
Panel: Ellie Rogers, Aoife Doyle, Aoife G Doyle, Grace Regan, Cara Ryan, Laura Dunne, Shauna McCarthy, Tara O'Kelly, Emma Fisher, Siofra Kelly, Saoirse Pender, Aishling Duffy, Kate O'Brien, Niamh O'Farrell, Lara Whelan, Anna Kinsella, Emily Tuite, Karyn Burke, Anna Lambert. Mentors Donagh O'Farrell, Ken Regan, Tony Duffy, Melissa Pender.

Last weekend update

Plenty of action  within Ladies Football last weekend from Minors all the way down to Under 11. 

The under 9's and 10's had Camogie last weekend as they play football alternative weekends.  Results from last weekend  and fixtures for next weekend are now  posted up on the Boden Home page - Ladies Football Section.  

Best of Luck to Fergal Brennan Dublin U14 team as they take on Laois in Parnells on Sat next @ 2.00 p.m


Under 12 Girls 


All three under 12 teams were fixed at home last Sunday. As the “Red” and “White” teams took on Fingallians in Ballycullen, the “Blue” team  hosted the St. Maur’s girls from Rush in the Hermitage. Three fantastic performances by three great panels sent all the visitors back up the M50 empty handed.  The two teams in Ballycullen had good numbers  this week with a total of 29 girls eager to play and they did so with style.  Both teams were gleaming with smiles as the ref confirmed their winning scores. This week report is from the Blue Team that played in Hermitage on Sunday.


  A beautiful March evening in the Hermitage became even better as Ciara Doyle started the game, showing she meant business by launching lots of her trademark long balls into the full forward line. Eabha Kelly and Grace Wright made great use of the supply, picking off 1-4 between them. Grace’s half volley point was particularly noteworthy; if Messi had done it, it would be viral on YouTube by now.  Where the ball was won by Maur’s Nicole Egan showed just how hard a forward should work to win the ball back. After their bad start, Maur’s did start to come into the game. However with Niamh Ryan commanding defence, Eve Morgan’s clearances , Aisling Coyne showing that sticking to the forward like glue means just that, and a typically solid performance from Sarah O’Hara, Maur’s were kept to 1-1 for the first half.  Aisling Murray (performing in front of Millie and Ginger who’d been brought to watch) picked off her usual couple of points and there was a solid half-time lead.


The second half started badly when the Maur’s girls broke through for an early goal but that was to be their last score. Niamh Ryan and Aisling Murray had second halves just like the first, winning ball after ball, controlling the half back and midfield areas  and driving the team forward. Huge work rate and passing movements from Aoife Aherne, Aisling O’Farrell and Kate Lyons created chance after chance but scores were hard to come by. However just as Gavin O’Gara was tiring from signaling wides and 45s, a second goal came and Boden were 5 points clear.


The Boden girls were under siege for a lot of the final quarter. However Maria Durkan’s brilliant and tenacious tackling, critical interceptions by Katie O’Connell and Kate Howard-Lehane and Sarah Joyce’s thundering clearances meant the Rush girls just couldn’t make a dent in the Boden lead. The biggest worry now for Katie, Kate and Sarah is whether they’ll have to play in the backs every week after playing so well (and the answer is …….). Maria, on the other hand, would be worried if she wasn’t a back. Ciara Doyle kept shouting about a stitch but the mentor thought it was clothes she was worried about and that wasn’t his department. A  great win, and no injuries; Very important this week as most of the team are  making their Confirmation on Tuesday!!! Wonder if they’ll make it to training that night?

Minor C's v Clontarf

What a sunny spring day heading over to St Anne's park to  play against Clontarf.  The girls started off slow but soon got into their first game of the season. The fitness training by Paul Hall was paying off. The girls played brilliantly. The showed a great display of all their skills.  There was Sarah in goal who worked along side the defenders Saoirse, Maev, Roisin, Molly, Grace and Sheena. Our midfielders Alison and Georgina were passing great ball to the forwards Rachel, Clodagh, Hannah, Katie, Ellen, Caoimhe and Emily. Emily who alone scored 4 goals. Colm Bolger was delighted with the girls as they listened to his instructions at the half time talk and as always supplying the oranges. All were delighted with the final score 6.6 to 1.5



Under 9 Girls kick off their first ever Go Games

After two years in the Academy and six months of intense training, the Under 9 Girls were well prepared for their first ever Go Games. On a bright and sunny spring Sunday morning, six teams lined out to play football against 3 teams from Lucan Sarsfields (home) and 3 teams from Ballinteer St John's. All the girls put in a fantastic effort in front of a large group of enthusiastic supporters. 
The girls did themselves, their parents, coaches and club proud. Most of all, they had great fun and all look forward to their next Go Games after the Easter break. 
Well done girls!7
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Report from GAA Players Conference

Report from Eimear Duffy ,Sarah Burns and Orlaith Keane  from the Ladies B team who attended the  GAA Players Conference in Croke Park on Saturday the 17th of February on behalf of the Ladies Football section.

Eamonn O’Shea, the former Tipperary manager, gave a great opening talk. He addressed the conference on the characteristics of a good player and on the importance of having a good club ethos. He mentioned that every player contributes to a club, whether it be by simply turning up to training in bad weather or by coaching underage teams, etc. 

We were then split into groups where there were workshops specific to either ladies or mens football. We discussed interesting topics such as player welfare, mental health, good nutrition, player welfare and good communication. There was a great mix in our group from all over the country– club players, county players, managers and coaches. The discussions were really insightful and it was interesting to hear other people’s point of view. 
Following on from this, we had a really interesting talk from two researchers about injury prevention. We learnt about the new warm-up being implemented in the GAA – ‘GAA15’, which is believed to activate all key muscles and thus, reduce injury risk during matches/training. It was interesting to hear about exercises such as squats and lunges being used in warm-ups, which traditionally wouldn’t have been used, and even more interesting to recognise that components of our warm-up are features of the ‘GAA15’. 
A nutrition talk was given by Dr Crionna Tobin, which mainly focused on busting common nutrition myths. Dr Tobin discussed interesting relevant issues such as what foods/drinks to consume pre-match and during a match to prevent fatigue, the importance of good hydration and how alcohol delays recovery and stumps muscle growth. She spoke about the importance of eating carbohydrates on days leading up to games, and protein (~20-25g per meal) in the recovery phase. 
The conference was excellent overall, and we all really enjoyed the day.



Senior B 7 a side football tournament

Our Senior B ladies travelled over to Somerton Castleknock to take part in Seven-A-Side Football Tournament on Saturday to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge  which is a festival that celebrates the Irish language and culture. We were invited along with hosts Castleknock, Ballyboughal, Fingallians and Na Gaeil Óga. We played Castleknock in first game just coming up short in the end. In the next 3 games we went unbeaten winning all 3 and qualified for the Final. As the ladies awaited the outcome of the last round of matches to determine our opponents. 

In the final we played Castleknock and held the lead going into the final moments by a point. The competition rules on a double score from a free would determine the outcome with Castleknock been awarded a free in the dying seconds to win by a point. 

The team played some wonderful football and showed great team work for a group of players that had not played together before, this should stand to them when the League starts later this month. Also, it was a chance to brush up on the cúpla focail as all communications were in Irish on the day.

Mile buíochas to Castleknock for organising a great tournament.



Congrats Aoife

Congrats to Boden Ladies footballer Aoife Gogan who was one of only 4 Dublin ladies to make it onto the Leinster Post Primary Schools Inter-Provincial Panel after 3 weeks of trials which included a large no of girls from Dublin. Aoife attends St.Colmcille's Community school she is in sixth year and plays for Ballyboden Senior A ladies football team.

Boden Girls Celebrate in Style

Sunday 26th November provided the club with the perfect opportunity to recognise the performances of both our club and county players.

Seven juvenile club teams qualified for cup, championship or shield finals held at the end of October and all were presented with their medals by Mick Bohan, Rachel Ruddy, Emily Flanagan and Sorcha (Solo) Farrelly who had also brought along the Brendan Martin cup.

And it didn't end there as Collie Basquel brought along Sam to further add to the photo opportunities.

Well done to all seven teams and on behalf of ladies football and the wider club a sincere thank you to Mick, Rachel, Emily, Solo and Collie for making it a memorable evening for the girls. We know the demands on them for their attendance from across the county and we are so grateful to them all for giving their time so willingly. Boden is very fortunate to have such excellent role models

Hopefully evenings like this will last long in the girls memories and encourage their continued participation.

The club and section would also like to extend its further congratulations to Rachel on her richly deserved All Star. Just reward for an excellent year. Well done Rachel




All Ireland Champions

Well done to Emily Flanagan, Rachel Ruddy and Sorcha Farrelly on their All Ireland success over Mayo on Sunday. 

Follow your dreams and never give up!

Boden & Dublin Footballer Rachel Ruddy shares her story of triumph over adversity as Dublin aim to cross the line after three years of disappointment in Sunday’s All-Ireland Ladies Final. Read Rachel's interview with Emma Duffy here

Commiserations to our Senior Ladies

Commiserations to our Senior Ladies football team who lost out to a strong Cabinteely Foxrock team in the County Final on Sunday in Lawless Memorial park, Fingallians. They lost on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-05 but despite the defeat there were encouragaging signs for the future of this team. Thanks to the magnificient travelling Boden supporters for their unwavering encouragement throughout the game. Thanks to Liam Cunningham for the pic, there are more on our Facebook page by Troy Gogan, click here


Senior Ladies Footballers Progress to County Final

Ballyboden Senior Ladies Footballers are through to their first county final since 2011.

Having come through Group B of the championship in second place, the girls faced Group A table toppers St. Sylvesters in Broomfield for Wednesday evenings semi final. On a poor evening weather wise the  girls played into a very strong wind in the opening half. Playing very controlled football we led three points to five after the opening ten minutes before rattling the Sylvesters net for one of three first half goals.

As the half time whistle sounded the girls led 3:06 to 0:08 at the interval. The second half was a cagier affair as Sylvesters pushed forward trying to score the goal, which they hoped would kick start their revival. However the Boden rearguard held firm and the girls ran out winners in the end 3:11 to 0:12. As the travelling support celebrated the our player’s thoughts turned to the 1st of September and a County Final appearance versus either Kilmacud Crokes or Foxrock Cabinteely 

Ladies Football Feile Finals

Congratulations to both our teams on reaching their finals. B team final throws in at 2pm followed by A team at 3 pm, bothe games in Blanchardstown IT. Boden support wanted! Come out and cheer on the girls for hopefully what will be a remarkable day.

U16 Division 6 Shield Championship Final Ballyboden St Endas C1 versus Ballyboden St Endas C2, Sunday October 22nd

It was the anticipated final some only dared to dream of .....the Ladies Gaelic Football battle of the C's. With many of the girls training together from Nursery and for some, their first final, it was set to be a classic.
The storm clouds abated last Sunday week in Cherryfield just as both teams took to the pitch. Some spectators commented on the fact that the occasion seemed to getting to the mentors, C1's Donagh and Brendan and C2's Pat and Mark, much more than the girls, who were taking the occasion in their stride. In fact the arrival of some of the club's Juvenile boys to watch Boden's El Clasico seemed to be of greater interest to many of the girls.

That said once the ball was thrown in both teams focused on the task at hand. The C1's settled quicker finding the net soon after throw in. The C2's managed to pick off some well taken points to bring themselves back level in a fast paced first half. The wind troubled both teams particularly whipping around both goals throughout the half causing many shots to veer marginally wide.
The first half ended with the C2 girls ahead by 3 points but the game was very much in the balance.
The C2's started the second half with a brace of goals and looked to be putting the match out of reach. However the C1's fought back bravely and their determination was clearly evident.

Unfortunately the match took a more serious turn in the last quarter, as Eabha Kelly took an accidental ball to the head which resulted in her having to come off with suspected concussion. This was quickly followed with Cathy Flanangan also landing badly on her knee and also having to be taken off. The referee, with agreement of the mentors of both teams, felt it best to bring the game to an early end.
Both girls were whisked off to hospital by ambulance. Eabha was discharged later that evening after been give with the all clear while Cathy suffered a knee injury. We wish both girls a speedy recovery.

Although the result will show that the C2's were marginal winners on a scoreline of 4-8 to 4-7, this was a final where in truth both teams were winners. For these girls who have journeyed for many years in lower divisions with little glory and success, it was fantastic to see them all play to the best of their ability and once we were reassured that both injured girls would be ok, both teams can say that they were winners in the U16 Shield Championship, which with all things considered was probably the right result.

Thanks to Cliona Mellett for the photographs. More available here

Many thanks to the FLO's and the parents for their support throughout the League and Championship and to the girls for an unforgettable season

U16A Ladies Footballers in Division 1 Championship Semi-Final Victory


Our U16A Ladies Footballers are through to the Division 1 Championship Final after a magnificent victory over Foxrock Cabinteely in Cherryfield on Sunday afternoon. In a game of incredible intensity Boden were a point down and down to 14 players as well with 10mins to go. But the girls refused to be accept defeat and came storming back to win on a scoreline of 2-9 to 2-5. It was an immense performance by every player.  Next up is the Championship Final against Thomas Davis in 2 weeks time.

A big thanks also to the parents and club members who turned out in force to support the girls.  Boden Abú!

Under 14 championship semi final

Foxrock-Cabinteely 4-8 Ballyboden St Endas 2-6

After a Championship season of excellent football, the Boden U-14A ladies footballers bade farewell to the competition after being beaten in a high quality County semi-final on Sunday, the 8th of October.
Despite losing 4 players to other sports since the Feile, our ladies reached the penultimate stage of the 2017 Championship by beating Kilmacud Crokes and Lucan Sarsfields while also suffering defeat away to Clontarf.
This set up Sundays match which was played in a resplendent Kilgobbet Park, home of the Championship favourites, Foxrock-Cabinteely.
On a perfect day for football, the Boden girls started brightly and had the hosts on the back foot. Goals from Jennifer Hanrahan and Clodagh Delaney as well as points from Jennifers Foley and Hanrahan and Grace O Neill had us leading for most of the half before FoxCab struck for a few scores of their own. At the half time whistle, it was all square with both tallies at 2-3.
The second half was a tight affair with Boden scores coming from Hanrahan and Delaney until injuries to a couple of our key performers gave the advantage to the hosts and they duly pressed home that advantage scoring the last 4 scores to seal their place in the County final.
It has been a decent Championship campaign from our girls with top class commitment from all of them. As mentors, we could not have asked for any more from them and we thank them and wish them the best of luck going forward to the U-16 grade.
A special thank you to the U-13 girls who helped us out during the Championship, Ella, Leonie and Shauna and also huge thanks to Mandy McCabe and her team of FLOs who attended every training session and match without fail. Thanks to the parents who gave lifts and great support to the panel during 2017. Finally, much appreciation to my fellow mentors Colm Bolger and Dave Quinlivan for the guidance, help and comradeship.
Danny O Connell.

Panel : Romy Wardick, Sophie Cullen, Katie Quinlivan, Katie McCabe, Abbey O Farrell, Grace Lawlor, Erin Christie, Anna Kennedy, Holly Bolger, Jennifer Hanrahan, Grace O Neill, Sarah O Connell, Julie Vaughan, Auveen O Neill, Clodagh Delaney, Jennifer Foley, Leah Moran

U12's Day out in Croker

Ballyboden's under 12 ladies football team began All Ireland final day with two great matches against St Brigid's from Northh Mayo. Following the game the girls packed their sandwiches and headed for croke park. The girls met the great Sonia O'Sullivan on their way into the ground and had a great day watching the Dublin Ladies lift the Brendan Martin Cup for the second time.


U10 Girls Footballers travel to Castleknock

It was a full return to action for our U10 Girls footballers as our 3 team group travelled to Somerton Park to take on Castleknock on Saturday. 

Football training has been going very well for the U10 girls with strong attendances at the weekly St Enda’s Park sessions.  The girls have stepped up in their skills and game sense training since the return after the summer break, and this was in clear evidence on Saturday as 3 teams made the journey to Castleknock GAA’s grounds at Somerton. 

As expected, this was a tough challenge, as both the Boden and Castleknock girls set about their task.  These were really good competitive entertaining matches between 2 well-drilled teams.  Watching parents and coaches were treated to performances of skill, great passing and movement and sheer determination on both sides. 

Well done to all the girls on 6 great games.



Thank You to Brennan's Haven Pharmacy

A big thank you to Brennan's Haven Pharmacy in Ballyboden for donating first aid kits to the 2005 girls football teams


Leinster U14 Blitz

Congratulations to our 4 U13's Kate Donaghy, Alice Rudden, Caoimhe O Sullivan and Hannah Byrne who represented Dublin U13's  at the Leinster U14 Football Blitz in Portlaoise on Saturday

U13 girls clinch Division 1 football/camogie double

At the end of the U13 Ladies Football Division 1 season, 2 old adversaries sat at the top of the table level on points, namely Ballyboden St. Endas and Lucan Sarsfields. A playoff was needed to decide the league winners and the playoff was set for Lucan’s home pitch at the 12th Lock after Lucan won the mid-week coin toss.

The Ballyboden team were going for an impressive double as the same group of girls had won the Division 1 Camogie League a week earlier.

Ballyboden played into a strong wind in the first half after losing another coin toss and might have thought that they were really out of luck when Lucan netted after a few minutes. Backed by a strong home support, the Lucan girls continued to press hard but the Ballyboden defence were strong and thwarted the attacks. Then a rare break up the pitch led to a neat finish by Aine Rafter to level the scores at one goal each.

Lucan continued to press and started to win some frees as Ballyboden were penalised for infringements as they tried to stop the Lucan attacks through the centre. Lucan pointed 5 of these placed balls and with another goal and one point from play they started to build a lead. Ballyboden themselves got just one point from play but then got a vital goal to stay in touch with a poacher’s finish from Caoimhe O’Sullivan.

As the half time whistle blew, Lucan had a 5 point lead 2-6 to 2-1.

Ballyboden knew that a big performance was required in the second half to turn things around but it was Lucan who came out of the blocks the quickest with a neat build up on the right leading to a point from play and a 6 point lead, much to the delight of the home support.

However, Ballyboden were still fighting and started to win more of the ball and take the attack to Lucan. They got their first break with another goal from Caoimhe O’Sullivan but the turning point was 3 long range goals in quick succession, 2 from Sarah Gleeson and 1 from Ella Reid. All of a sudden it was a 7 point lead to Ballyboden and it was the large travelling Ballyboden support that could be heard. Lucan tried desperately to turn things around but great defending and saves by Ballyboden keeper Abbie Brennan kept them at bay. Lucan did get 2 goals but these were matched by further Ballyboden goals from Hannah Byrne and Leah Cunningham and victory was sealed with 2 further goals for Kate Donaghy and a second for Aine Rafter.

The final score was 10-4 to 4-8 for Ballyboden leading to wild celebrations as the girls clinched the double.

Team: Abbie Brennan, Emmajane Weir, Megan Deignan, Sadie Codd, Alice Rudden, Megan Dignam, Ella Reid (1-0), Leonie Power, Sarah Gleeson (2-1), Caoimhe O’Sullivan (2-0), Aine Rafter (2-0), Kate Donaghy (1-2), Shauna Feely, Hannah Byrne (1-0), Leah Cunningham (1-1), Clodagh Reid, Nadi Mbelu, Ciara Molloy, Shona Kenny, Sarah Cooney, Kate Lennon, Ella McNair

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AIG 'Greenlight For Girls'

Boden Ladies attend AIG and “Greenlight for girls” (g4g)seminar.

On Tuesday 23 May 80 girls(aged 11 -15) from Dublin GAA clubs gathered in the AIG office, Dublin for a fun filled day of Science Discovery to help inspire young girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

Kate Coffey (U13), Laura McGrath (U13) and Sarah Joyce (U16) were the lucky ones picked from Ballyboden St Endas and they had a brilliant day. To start, they each decorated their own lab coats and went on to discover science in everyday life, with experiments using daisies. Next up was the Coding challenge, where they learned about programming and the knowledge behind coding.

Virtual Reality AIG HAKA 360 Degrees followed and seems to have been one of the highlights! The girls got to experience being on the pitch with the All Blacks when they are performing the HAKA -  really cool!!

Finally the day rounded off with the g4g DNA necklace experiment, where the girls learnt about the molecules of life and extracted their own DNA and wore it as a little pendant.

Overall the Boden girls had an amazing day and AIG looked after them really well ,with plenty of treats and fun.          


Great memories and inspiration. Thanks to AIG for a really excellent approach to supporting both ladies GAA and girls’ participation in STEM.



Under 13B team


The under 13 B team who ignored the elements in Mulhuddert last Saturday morning, to record a 5-8 to 2-1 victory against Erin go Brath



U13 Team Complete Two Great Wins in Three Days

Monday evening’s clash with St. Brigids was always going to be tough and so it proved on a windy evening in Cherryfield in front of enthusiastic support from both teams. Brigids won the toss and played with the wind at their backs in the first half. They started strongly putting a couple of points up but the Boden girls battled hard to stay with them and registered a couple of scores of their own, one of which a goal put them in the lead. The action continued to swing both ways and any score was hard fought. The referee had to keep a close rein on the action with every ball fought for by both teams as if lives depended on it. As the half time whistle blew, both teams had scored 5 times although 2 of Boden’s scores had rippled the net so they turned with a lead.

Half time Ballyboden A 2-3 St. Brigids 0-5

Turning around with a 4 point lead and a wind at their back gave the Boden girls a good degree of confidence going into the 2nd half. This confidence was enhanced when the Brigids keeper was beaten for a third time. However this was a quality Brigids team and they were still well in the game. A few points were exchanged before an intense period of pressure from Brigids led to 2 penalties and a number of goalmouth scrambles. However, crucially the Boden goal was not breached with one penalty over the bar and the 2nd saved and some super backs-to-the-wall defending. Having weathered the storm, the Boden girls pushed forward and finally killed off the game with 3  goals to give the scoreboard a more flattering look.

Full time Ballyboden A 6-6 St. Brigids 0-9


Busy week for U14B Team

A tough task of two games in 48 hrs faced the Under 14 B team.  First up was a trip to Ballyboughal on Wednesday 3rd May followed by a home game against Raheny on the Friday.Games with Ballyboughal have been tough affairs and are always closely fought and last week proved no exception.  Ballyboughal were looking to avenge a narrow defeat in the feile group games and started brightly with a quick fire goal and a point.  Boden regrouped and laid siege to the Ballyboughal goals scoring 4-1, before Ballyboughal lifted the siege.  They enjoyed a purple patch approaching half time and had narrowed the gap by taking a few points.  Half time Ballyboden 4-2 v Ballyboughal 1-7.

Boden started the second half brightly with the first three scores finding the net.  Ballyboughal then exerted serious pressure on the Boden defence but the defence stood resolute allowing a few points but not the all-important goal.  We lifted the siege from time to time with crucial points to keep the score board ticking.  And although Ballyboughal got a late consolation score, Boden deserved the victory.  Special mention to Alannah Norris for an outstanding game at corner back (for a forward!!) and Emily Moynihan who also played the second half in the backs due to injuries.

Final Score Ballyboden St. Endas 7-7 v Ballyboughal 2-15

On Friday we entertained Raheny.  Playing into the breeze in the first half scores were at a premium for both teams.  Ballyboden lead at the break by 1-2 v 0-1.We came out strong early in the second half and some lovely football lead to some great team scores.  We ran out comfortable winners in the end by 4-12 v 2-2.

Once again we had to use the full panel with players playing in unfamiliar positions and everyone contributed to 2 great wins in 2 days.  The team is now top of the table having won all six league games.



U12 Ladies host Ardara GAA club

Our U12 girls football team hosted a Donegal team from Ardara GAA on Sunday May 7th. It was a beautiful sunny day. They had two fantastic games of football. Friendships were formed at the picnic after. The girls are looking forward to their trip to Donegal in September.

U12's host Ardara GAA club

Our U12 girls Football team hosted a Donegal team from Ardara GAA on Sunday 7th May. It was a beautiful sunny day. They had two fantastic games of football. Friendships were formed after the picnic after. The girls are looking forward to their trip in Donegal in September.

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Under 14s complete Football/Camogie double

Congratulations to our Super U14s who followed up their Camogie Championship victory the previous week to take the Football Championship beating Lucan in the final replay.

Match report here

U13 Challenge against Maynooth

U13A Friendly Vs. Maynooth U14 – 8th April ‘17

On Saturday our U13A’s took advantage of a fixture cancellation to travel outside the county to take on Maynooth. The early start didn’t suit some of our revellers from the previous night’s disco but in fairness they all made it out for the 10:15 start.

We knew we were going to be in for a tough day when we saw the big pitch and sweltering conditions (well the temperature definitely hit the mid-teens!) and these fears were confirmed when we saw the standard of the opposition. The Maynooth girls started off quickly running at our defence with great skill and picking off great quality scores. Eventually our girls registered a point and started to slowly make some impression into the score line. They turned around at half time only 4 points behind.

In the 2nd half, with the benefit of a strong squad, our girls started to get the upper hand and were level by the mid-half water break (I told you it was hot!!)

In the final quarter, our girls pulled a few scores ahead and ended up victorious after a great match. The local referee, Peter Farrell, gave particular praise to the assembled group of both teams, praising both teams for their skills and fair play.

All in all, it was a great day out for the team. They now have a break from matches until the end of April and after that they will have 4 matches in 5 weeks with a little bit of Camogie thrown in between.

Strictly Sugarcraft Ltd. New sponsor of Minor Ladies Footballers

BBSE Minor Ladies Football are delighted to announce that Strictly Sugarcraft Ltd (Cake Decorating Supply Shop based in Nutgrove) will continue to be our main Sponsors for 2018

Under 16C2 league win over Clontarf

U16 Ladies Football C2 Team complete League with a 5-6 to 1-6 win over Clontarf C 

With some Boden girls missing, both sides fielded a reduced team of 13 girls last Sunday where Boden had the home advantage.The BBSE C2 team effectively managed the reduced team size on the Cherryfield pitch to give a solid first half display. Sarah Reynolds between the sticks saved well throughout and successfully directed play with long and accurate kick outs against a strong wind. Reva and Orla in the back line gave a confident defensive display to keep the opposition’s forwards at bay. They were ably supported in the half back line by Ella, Rebecca and Eva, with the girls providing a solid defensive support while also creating good go forward ball.  Rena and Aoife at midfield covered huge ground both defensively and in creating good attacking runs.

A close fought game saw honours even for most of the first half until shortly before the end when a well worked team goal meant our girls went in at half time leading 1-3 to 0-3.

The second half started much the same as the first with the teams trading points. In the final quarter Ballyboden started to take control of the game. Sarah Brehony, Ciara and Aisling at half forward dominated, keeping the ball in the opposition’s half. Emma and Hannah in the forward line successfully cut through Clontarf’s defence. A goal blitz created by some very skillful football by all the team, saw the girls finish on a winning score of 5-6 to 1-6.  

Well done girls.



Senior A's Off to a Great Start in the League

The Senior Ladies had a great start to the 2017 League campaign with a 12 point win over St Brigids in Russell Park last Wednesday.

Against a strong wind, an energetic start saw St. Brigid’s take a two point lead within 3 minutes. Ballyboden started their scoring a minute later when Emily Flanagan hit the back of the net after some good set-up work from Maria McGrath. Maria started her scoring a minute later, this time set up by Katie Murphy. As the first quarter ended, Ballyboden started to find their rhythm and a goal from Katie Murphy and further scores from McGrath and Sinead Burke amongst others saw Boden finish the half leading 2-8 to 0-4.

Boden carried their momentum into the second half, scoring in the second and third minutes to extend their lead. Scores from Mairéad Luttrell and Deirdre Lawless and a final converted free from Maria McGrath secured the win for Ballyboden with a final score of 2-13 to 0-7.

The Senior As next outing is in the league next Wednesday, 12th April against Leinster Champions Foxrock Cabinteely. Throw in is at 7pm in Kilboggett Park.


Senior B's off to a great start in the League

St Judes 0-9 Ballyboden 0-5
Ballyboden Ladies B Football team began their 2017 campaign with a tough encounter with near neighbours St Judes in Tymon Park on Wednesday last 29/03.The early 6.30 pm start required a big effort from both teams to get to Tymon but the match started on time with 30 players on the field. It was an excellent, entertaining game of football with flowing football of the highest quality from both teams spoiled only by some poor shooting. However this was to be expected as it was after all the first game of the season and the point scoring will  improve as the season progresses.Full marks to Referee O Flaherty who let the game flow and was not to trigger happy on the whistle which is something that can often take from a good Ladies foortball game.
This was St Judes first  team with some top class players and they had the better of the first half and at 1/2 time led by 4 points to 2.
The margin would be higher but for some poor shooting by Judes forwards and heroic defending
by the full back line of veterans Solo and Bo and the youthful Karen Cooney who played like a veteran throughout the game.The half back line of Clare, and the 2 Emer,s O Reilly and Duffy were outstanding also and they interrupted numerous Judes attaching moves and got Boden on the attack again.Also not forgetting, debutant goalkeeper Abigael who had an excellent game between the posts.
Emma and Ruth worked hard at midfield .The half forwards of Elizabeth, Sarah and Orla combined really well and set up many attaching moves.In the full forward line Edel,Paula and Rachel also linked up well and picked off some nice scores.
Substitutes Aine Duffy was excellent when drafted in at wing back at 1/2 time while Laura Medbury got the score of the game  from aBoden viewpoint when she won a great ball and scored a great point on the run.
We can look forward with optimism for the year ahead based on the spirit shown and the quality football played plus there are some players yet to come training 

Ballyboden improved on this performance against StJudes and beat a stron Blessington team 4-15 to 3-10 in the second round of the league this week..

Well done to our three ladies football feile teams


In what is one of the world’s fastest growing sports the Dublin ladies GAA feile provided the opportunity for over FIFTEEN HUNDRED girls (in Dublin alone) to participate in our national game, play for their club and hopefully retain fond memories of a weekend that has become a rite of passage for all juvenile GAA players.

Boden again enjoying the fruits of many years of infrastructural effort was able to field 3 excellent teams in Divisions 1, 3 and 8. Sixty Six girls met at the clubhouse early on Saturday morning to venture out into the feile unknown!

What commenced on Saturday at 8.30 was the culmination of many months of preparation and hard work and the section would like to recognise three key groups for their efforts

Feile Fundraising

This committee led by Michelle Fitzpatrick put in a fantastic effort to raise the funds to superbly kit out the girls and prepare them for the weekend. Michelle’s efforts were also recognised by the girls themselves back in the club on Sunday evening for the traditional post feile Pizza party. Discos, clothes collections, bag packing and raffles don’t begin to explain the amount of work over the many months that Michelle and the team put in.

Feile Hosting

The club was asked to host the Div 1 qualifiers on Saturday and while a great opportunity to showcase the club it does bring huge logistical challenges. However the section and club is lucky to have Kieran Rudden who consistently steps up and takes on jobs that benefit the wider club. Kieran spent the preceding 2 weeks putting together rota’s, food plans and generally ensuring the day ran smoothly. On the day itself despite Kieran’s daughter being involved, he was constantly on hand to deal with queries and manage the day itself. Thanks to Kieran’s call for help we were inundated with refreshments to provide the visiting teams and supporters. The generosity and club spirit shown by members was such that we were able to make a substantial donation of the unused food to Dublin Simon on Saturday evening. It’s fair to say they were extremely grateful and the food was put to good use across the city.

Team management

No team can take to the pitch without the coaches and management teams who give selflessly of their time and the section would like to thank these groups for all their efforts down the years. This weekend doesn’t define either the individual girls, teams or managers and hopefully adults and player have many more years of enjoyment being involved with football in the club. The section appreciates everything that the management teams have done and thank them for a job really well done.

A team



Colm Bolger


David Quinlivan


Danny O’Connell


Mandy McCabe

Female Liaison Officer

B Team 



Phelim McCabe


Ian Horan


Ciaran McCarthy


Gerry Duffy




Sonya Worthington

Female Liaison Officer

C Team



Ken Regan


Stephen Campbell


Loretto Brady

Female Liaison Officer


Overall the weekend was a tremendous success with all three teams qualifying out of their groups into semi-finals. When news of this achievement reached the club on Saturday afternoon the buzz it created was palpable. Anything after this was very much a bonus and while the C team fell at semi final stage we are really proud of their efforts and continued commitment to this team. The A and B teams made the final and a huge support from the club travelled to Blakestown on Sunday morning for the Div 1 and Div 3 finals. Despite excellent performances it was not to be and it was clear the girls were disappointed. The supporters felt for them but were so proud of their achievements over the weekend and the standing ovation evidenced that. Back in the club on Sunday evening it was all smiles again and the banter was terrific from the girls of all 3 teams. On behalf of the ladies football section, thank you girls for your commitment to Ladies Football and your club and please let this weekend re-energise your love for our game with many more years of participation to come.

Ladies Football Section



Feile Division 3 weekend round up

After the traditional meet up and photo shoot at the club the girls were eager to get the féile kicked off.  We departed for Thomastown at 9 am.  Before proceedings began the girls took part in the pre-tournament piped parade.  Amhran na bhfiann was sung and the girls were ready for the off.

We were pitted against our host Cuala in the opening game of a very tough group.  The girls hit the front early on and were never headed and won the game 3-3 v 1-5.

Our second game was against Round Towers of Lusk.  In a very tight affair again we prevailed on a score line of 1-2 v 0-1.

Game three of the group was against Ballyboughal.  The winner of the game would be the winner of the group.  Ballyboughal raced into an early 5 point advantage, but Boden responded with two quick goals and were leading when Ballyboughal goaled right on half time.  HT score 2-1 v 1-5.

The second half ebbed and flowed in a real humdinger of a game.  Boden lead by two points going into the last minute of play when we conceded a goal from a penalty.  However the girls lifted it one more time to win the kick out and score a match clinching goal with the last kick of the game.  Final Score 3-7 v 3-5.

The semi-final was at 3pm against Beann Eadair.  After a change to out alternate jerseys Boden started well and lead by 3-3 v 1-1 at half time.  The second half was a different matter and the lead narrowed as the game ticked on.  Beann Eadair laid siege to the Boden goal.  With time almost up Boden lifted the siege and scored a late goal.  Final Score 4-3 v 2-4.

The Final took place in St. Peregrine and we faced a tough Erin’s Isle team.  Boden started really well and lead by 1-2 v 0-0 at half time.  However Erin Isle scored straight from the throw in and the game slipped away from us.  Eventually falling on a score line of 1-2 v 3-1. 

The girls played their hearts out and the mentors couldn’t ask any more of them.  They played with passion and their parents and club should be very proud of them.

Squad:- Emer Worthington, Alex Boylan, Ella Browne, Lauren Callan, Ciara Duffy, Marina Fitzsimmons, Yvonne Gargan, Alana Grady, Lucy Horan, Sorcha Kennedy, Ellie McAree, Dearbhla McCarthy, Elena McDonagh, Emily Moynihan, Alannah Norris, Megan O’Brien, Aoife Quigley, Ciara Sweeney, Sophie Weldon, Sarah Gleeson, Emma Jane Weir, Megan Dignam.

Mentors:- Sonia Worthington, Gerry Duffy, Ian Horan, Ciaran McCarthy & Phelim McCabe

Féile Division 8 weekend round up

The u14C feile  team met at the clubhouse on sat morning.

With over 60 girls plus parent's and mentors there was a great buzz about the place after a few photos and hair plats! 
The girls headed off to their games the div8 feile was hosted by Whitehall Colmcille with the first game against the host club throwing in at 10.30 this was a tough game against a fast and strong Whitehall team. After a very tough battle Whitehall came out on top with a scoreline of Ballyboden 0-3 to Whitehall 3-11.

Next up were St Bridgids  who had just lost to Whitehall so the girls knew it was us or them that would go through to the semifinal.With that in mind the girls went out determined that they weren't going home early. This determination saw us come out on top.

BBSE 5.4 St Bridgids 0.0

We then had to travel to Trinity Gaels for the semi final where we played the host club. Again Trinity Gaels are a single team club who proved too strong for us. 
Final score BBSE 1.1 trinity Gaels 4.8

Despite  losing the the semifinal the girls kept their spirits up and we all, parents and mentors included enjoyed the day. 

Special thanks to 
Loreto Brady, Aiobheann murphy and Karen McHugh
Barry Regan 
Alyn Deane & Stephen Campbell 
For all the help 
Ken Regan

Féile Division 1 weekend round up

Feile 2017 produced an epic weekend of ladies football action over two days which saw every kind of weather system including pouring rain, hailstones and bright sunshine. The girls from Ballyboden St Endas did the club proud with all 3 teams producing good attacking football and going close to winning their respective Divisions.

The Boden A team hosted Division 1 Group B of the Feile and played 2 group matches on Saturday beating Na Fianna by 2-10 to 1-3 and Clan Na Gael, Fontenoy by 3-8 to 3-3 to qualify for the semi finals where they played Clontarf in Cherryfield. The girls played brilliantly to beat a decent team by 4-5 to 1-2.

The final on Sunday was played in St Peregrines fine grounds in Hartstown which was bathed in glorious sunshine. Ballybodens opponents were familiar rivals Foxrock Cabinteely who we had beaten after extra time in last years Championship final.

FoxCab were ahead by 0-4 to 0-2 at half time after playing with a slight breeze and deploying 2 sweepers which had a stifling effect on the Boden girls. FoxCab were quickly out of the blocks to go 3 points up early in the second half. This prompted the Boden girls into action and they got the next 2 points to cut the lead to the minimum. A head injury to a Boden player disrupted the comeback and FoxCab scored a close in free after a counter attack which meant our girls had to go for goal in the closing stages when there were chances of points. At the final whistle, Fox Cab had won on a scoreline of 0-6 to 0-4.

The Ballyboden girls played their hearts out with all 24 of them getting game time over the four matches including three U-13 girls who were part of the panel to gain valuable experience of Feile. We try to play attacking entertaining football at all times against opponents who usually employ sweepers to contain our girls. We have a talented, committed panel who will have many good days ahead in their GAA lives and they deserve no less.

Thanks to everyone who helped us over the weekend and the last few months. The Feile Committee under Michelle Fitzpatrick who raised funds to kit out the girls and mentors. Fergal Brennan and Theresa Molahan who provided extra training and Gabby Harding who gave goalkeeping coaching to our girls. Mandy McCabe and her team of FLOs who were present at all training sessions and matches. The Ladies Football Committee who ensured we had all the equipment and support needed. Frank Smyth and the Cullen family for sponsorship leading up to Feile. My fellow mentors Colm Bolger and Dave Quinlivan for all their time, advice and patience! The parents and families of the girls for their super support over the 2 days of Feile. Finally and most importantly, our fantastic panel of girls who it is a pleasure to mentor. Hold your heads high girls, you are a credit to your families and your club.

Danny O'Connell


Under 9 Go Games

The under 9's headed off to Ringsend on Saturday morning for their first Go Games matches

It was a beautiful morning for the games and the girls scored some excellent points in their four games

Senior C team tog out for first time

Last Wednesday night Ballyboden fielded their first ever third senior team. They got their season of to a winning start in Div 8. Well done to all involved.


U13 A League

Ballyboden U13A 5-13 – 3-4 Lucan Sarsfields 

After 2 wins in their opening 2 matches, our U13 girls went into their match against Lucan on Saturday with confidence although knowing the threat that Lucan would pose. With a squad of 21 and a full touchline of parents and mentors on a sunny day, it started off well as our girls registered the first score with a tidy point from Caoimhe.

However then it all went horribly wrong as a nice Lucan move ended up with the ball in the back of the Boden net. This was followed in quick succession by a 2nd and a 3rd goal to leave our girls with a mountain to climb after only 5 or 6 minutes.

The mentors, who were all still feeling a little tender after a late night at the Ladies Football fundraiser the previous night, were left shell shocked as they wondered where it had all gone wrong! Fortunately though, it wasn’t the mentors playing the match, it was the girls, and they didn’t panic, settled things down and started to mount a comeback, 1 point at a time.

Nice interplay throughout the forwards and great finishing kept the scoreboard ticking over. Lucan were still dangerous on the break and but for a great goal line clearance by Sarah, could have added a 4th goal. By the time the whistle blew to end the 1st half, our girls had turned an 8 point deficit into a 3 point lead.

The girls built on this lead in the 2nd half adding more good scores with neat interplay and keeping Lucan at bay with some mean defending. With the quality of replacements on the side line, they were able to maintain the high quality performance right to the end to make it 3 wins out of 3.

Under 9 girls play their first blitz away in St Brigid's


The U9 girls played their 1st ever away matches on Sunday when they played St Brigid's in a blitz to prepare for the commencement of Go Games in 2 weeks time.Despite some wet and windy conditions near the end the girls performed brilliantly and showed off some of their skills they are perfecting in Santa Maria every Saturday!!


U 16 B ladies football season under way

Finally the Under 16 B ladies football got their season under way against Man O War in North Co. Dublin. The team lined out with 5 Ciara's, 3 Caoimhe's and 2 Emma's. A great excuse to just get on and enjoy the game and ignore the calls from the side-line. The game was played on an energy sapping pitch but all the girls kept going until the end.  The game was very much alive at half-time with the score 1:3 to 1:2 in favour of Man O War with their goal coming from a penalty which was so nearly kept out by Shauna who was unfortunate to see her save ricochet back into the net.  A burst of scoring by Man O War with the wind at their backs in the second half  put the girls 8 points down but a tremendous battle by all the Ballyboden players brought the scores level with only 5 minutes to play. Unfortunately Man O War pulled away with the last 3 points of the game despite some brave defending which the referee punished with a couple of late frees.  Final score Man O War 3:13 Ballyboden 5:4




Under 14 Division 3 off to a great start


Under 14 Division 3

Ballyboden St. Endas B 4-5 V Fingallians 3-1.

Playing with the wind in the first half the Boden girls took some time to settle.  Boden dominated the early possession but couldn’t convert it into scores.  Fingallians lifted the siege to score a goal.  Boden responded well with a point and a goal.  However, once again Fingallians lifted the siege to score a goal.  Boden kept plugging away and were rewarded with a point and a goal from the penalty spot.

Half Time score: Boden 2-2 v Fingallians 2-0.

Playing into the wind in the second half and with a narrow 2 point advantage, Boden needed a fast start.  The defence were on top and time and again mopped up the Fingallians attack. Great points got the score board ticking before a goal for Boden gave some breathing room.  A goal from Elena McDonagh was just reward for the girl’s efforts.  Fingallians did get a late consolation goal and point.

It was a real team display with the defence getting on top into the wind and repelling Fingallians time after time.  The midfield worked tirelessly throughout and covered every blade of grass.  The forward linked well together and got the scores the team’s dominance deserved.

Scorers:- Ciara Duffy 1-2, Ellie McAree 1-1, Dearbhla McCarthy 1-0, Elena McDonagh 1-0, Ciara Sweeney 0-1, Lucy Horan 0-1.

U13 A victory over Kilmacud Crokes

Ballyboden U13A 2-12 – 1-6 Kimacud Crokes U13A

After the recent bad weather and match postponements, the girls and mentors alike were raring to go for Saturday’s match out in Silver Park. The Boden girls got off to the best possible start after a run and shot found the back of the net. This was followed by 4 more points  to give Boden a good lead before Crokes registered a point.

Crokes tried to get back into the game but were met with an outstanding rearguard and when they did manage to get through, they found keeper Clodagh in outstanding form.

A further opportunist goal and 5 points gave Boden a good lead of 2-9 to 1-3 at half time.

The second half was a tighter affair with Crokes defending their goal superbly. The Boden girls continued to dominate but without converting the scores. In the 2nd half only 3 points were registered by each team.

Overall a good day for the team and a second win at the start of their league campaign.


Under 13A Ladies Football

Under 13A ladies footballers unveiled their new jersey's sponsered by PM group last weeekend in a pre season friendly against Lucan Sarsfields.

Dublin U/16 representatives presented with medals

Congratulations to Aoife Dwyer and Hannah Murphy who were presented with their All Ireland runners up medals at an event in Clanna Gael/Fontenoy on 18th November last


Cherryfield hosts end of year Blitz for 2009 Academy girls

The 2009 Academy Girls had their first ever Blitz on Saturday the 19th of November, playing against the mighty Kilmacud Crokes at Cherryfield.
Ten Boden teams lined up against Kimacud on a sunny but very chilly morning to play 2 Camogie and 2 Ladies Football games each. The quality of play and commitment was incredible and this very talented group of girls did their parents and club proud.
Each game was played in a very competitive spirit, and irrespective of the results the girls came out smiling. Refreshments ended a successful morning. The girls look forward to many more competition games next year.

It was a busy morning at Cherryfield as the 2010 Girls and Academy Boys also had separate internal Blitzes among themselves.

Many thanks to Eamonn Gormley for the photos. for more photos, see here

‘Frost Angels’ in Sancta Maria Wrap Up A Great First Year for U9 Girls

Sunday 20th November 2016

Despite a reading of -2 on the thermometer, it was full-on fun as usual for the U9 Girls as they gathered for one last internal football and camogie blitz at a frosty Sancta Maria on Sunday morning. While most people were burrowing further under the covers, the hardy girls of the Boden U9s busied themselves making ‘frost angels’ on the white surface while waiting for proceedings to get underway.
Once the games got going though, it was full throttle all the way as well over 40 girls took part in 2 games of football and one of camogie in the last of the internal blitzes before the breakup. There was a great show of skill, effort and tenacity for the frozen parents huddled on the side-lines as the girls put in their usual full hearted display.
So, just one more training session, and a pizza and movie party, to bring their U9 adventure to an end. Well done to all the girls for all their effort and fun during the year – next up it’s U10’s football and camogie – and we are well ready for it. 

U14 Ladies Football Championship winners

Well done to our U14A team who won their Division 2 championship final on Sunday 6h November beating Beann Eadair (after extra time) on a scoreline of 4-7 to 2-8

U14 Ladies celebrating after their win over Beann Eadair

Decked out in Green Jersey’s the girls arrived out to Trinity Gaels with one intention, to bring home the Silver. The game took off with Boden in control and a point from Katie got us on the scoreboard. However it soon became apparent that this was going to be a tough encounter. Rebecca, Anna and Katie continued to pop the ball over the bar. As the game approached half time Boden were up by a point.The second half was made even tougher,against the wind and the hill to contend with,but a goal from Anna, followed shortly by another from Clodagh settled the nerves .   However the opposition notched up a gear, scoring  several points and our defence had to work extremely hard to keep the game to a draw at full time. With daylight fading it was a quick turn around into extra time.

At this stage our girls dug deep, picked up the intensity and really showed great character to take control of the game.  Goals soon followed, first from Rebecca and then Sophie.  Throughout the pitch the team continued the work rate and a point each from Clodagh, Lucy and Sarah was enough to close out the game and come away with a victory.

Our captain Lucy gave a lovely speech and accepted the Cup with dignity and pride.  A big thanks to all the supporters who made the journey out to cheer on the girls.   It was all smiles and happy banter as  we  headed back over the M50  to the Club House for Pizzas.  A special thanks to Michela and Hannah from the U13 squad and Megan (Goalie) who has come up   from the B team in the last few weeks. Thanks also to Liam Cunningham and Cliona Mellet for capturing those great actions shots and special moments on Sunday and thoughout the year.  Well done to all involved.

U16A ladies - county champions

Photos courtesy of Liam Cunningham

"If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done"

Ballyboden St Enda's 3-11 
Kilmacud Crokes.       1-4

As the huge numbers of Boden supporters began to pack the terraces in Santa Maria, there was a feeling in the air that something special may be about to unfold and the courageous Boden Belles delivered a performance that will live long in our memories.

Even with Kilmacud getting the 2 opening points, once Alanna McGarry opened the Boden account in the 4th minute it was home side who dominated this game in every sector of the pitch.
Playing into a stiff breeze in the 1st half the Boden defence stood firm like rocks of granite and sent a message to the opposing forwards that it would be a long night for them. Corner backs Hannah Molloy and Aoife Allen again produced watertight displays and it felt like full back Aisling Gargan held up a sign saying "thou shall not pass".
With a cold chill in the air, the Boden sharp shooters lit a fire that Kilmacud were unable to extinguish with Eva Cunningham finishing off a slick forward move by palming the ball into the back of the net and quickly adding a point to her tally.
Despite a lucky deflected goal for Kilmacud in the 24 minute Boden still controlled the game with midfielders Oliva Meagher and captain fantastic Helena McWalters showing the type of determination and conditioning that Michael Daragh MacAuley would be envious of.  Their hard work payed off when they supplied the ball into the "pocket rocket " Sarah Moore as she buried it past a helpless Crokes keeper to give Boden a 4 point cushion at half time. 2-3 to 1-2

As the 2nd half got underway the half back trio of Aoife Dwyer, Hannah Murphy and Joanne Munnelly not only had their defensive duties mastered but soon began to become an attacking threat by consistently punching holes in the Crokes defence and when Dwyer popped up to race into the Crokes half and calmly slot over a point there was a sense of belief in the team that this could be our night.

With the finishing line in sight wing forwards Aisling Byrne and Alanna McGarry began to show their silky skills by not only chipping in with 5 points between them but by putting immense pressure on the Crokes kick outs which enabled Boden to camp themselves in Crokes half for long periods.

With Boden's superior fitness now evident it was left to the "twin towers" of Aoife Durkin and Bronagh Lynn who had linked brilliantly throughout the game to set up the Grand Finale as Durkin fired the ball past a dazzled Crokes keeper again. With watches being checked and double checked Boden's inspirational goalkeeper Laura Smithers launched a monstrous kick that ended up in Durkin's hands and she duly finished off the move of the game by pointing from 30 yards to deafening cheer from the Boden supporters.

As the final whistle sounded there was to be no tears of disappointment this time only tears of joy for a group of young footballers who had captured their first ever championship win.

The Management would like to express its sincere thanks to all the club members who gave us such terrific support throughout the season. To all the coaches and mentors of which there are many past and present who have put in so much time and effort over the years to help the girls reach the Holy Grail.

U9 Girls Football Blitzes Round Off A Great First Year

What a difference a year makes!  Our U9 Girls rounded off their first year of football with 2 blitzes, both of which took place in Sancta Maria on Sunday, and the performances by all the girls showed how far they have travelled in just one year.

Hosting strong opposition from Fox/Cab, Kilmacud Crokes, Na Fianna, Clanna Gael Fontenoy and Ranelagh Gaels, the Boden girls demonstrated their full range of skills and match play in this hugely enjoyable morning’s football.  Particularly noticeable was the high number of turnovers by the Boden girls, as the near hand tackle was employed to great effect, as well as the great game play on show as - time after time -  the Ballyboden girls fed the football through to their scoring forwards.

One thing that hasn’t changed from their first outings though, is these Boden girls’ attitude and appetite for the games.  Over the year they certainly struggled when they came up against some more experienced opposition, but never once did the girls’ heads go down, or their spirits flag.  So Sunday’s strong performances were all the more deserved for this hard working group of 9 year olds. 

Well done to all the girls.

U13A - Dublin champions!

Ballyboden St Endas U-13A ladies footballers are the county champions following a dramatic extra time victory over Foxrock-Cabinteely. This was a game of high quality played on Cuala's pitch in Meadowvale, Cabinteely. Both teams went at it hammer and tongs from the opening whistle in what were horrible weather conditions.

As the rain eased and the sun broke through the clouds, the Boden ladies gained an early advantage on the scoreboard mostly through the accurate shooting of ace markswoman Jennifer. Our back division and midfield were working extremely hard to keep out the dangerous Fox-Cab counter attacks from deep.

At half time Boden had a slender advantage on the scoreboard and changes were made giving all our subs some game time. Boden dominated the first segment of the second half and had a 4 point lead thanks mainly to a timely opportunist goal from Michaela.

However, Fox-Cab showed their quality by shooting 5 points in a row to take the lead as the clock was ticking towards the hour mark.
Cometh the hour, cometh the girl and it was captain fantastic Jennifer with a late 30-yard free to send this epic contest to added time. The girls got into a huddle and promised each other that they would leave every ounce of energy on the pitch in the extra 20 minutes.

They didn't disappoint their large following as they went on to reach new heights of endeavor and deservedly won the match on a scoreline of BBSE 1-13 Fox-Cab 0-12.

Panel : Romy Wardick, Sophie Cullen, Katie Quinlivan, Auveen O Neill, Mia Smyth, Hannah Byrne, Lana Hayes, Erin Christie, Grace Lawlor, Hollie Bolger, Sarah O Connell, Jennifer Hanrahan, Grace O Neill, Michaela Fitzpatrick, Julie Vaughan, Leah Moran, Katie McCabe, Clodagh Delaney, Ana Kennedy, Abby O Farrell, Jennifer Foley.

U13B - Outstanding efforts but not to be




Disappointed members of the U13B team reflect on what might have been


U13 Division 3 Cup final 

Ballyboden St. Endas B 2-8 v Fingallians 6-9

A day of extreme mixed emotions for the under 13 B Girls team.  The county final was played in Scoil Ui Chonaill GAA Club on the Clontarf Road.  The day got ever brighter after heavy morning rain. 

A slow start saw Boden concede an early goal, but responded well with a fine long range point from centre back Sorcha Kennedy.   Fingallians responded again and re-established their goal lead.  But a great goal from Lucy Horan had Boden level mid-way through the first half.  Fingallians then got the upper hand a reeled off a string of fine points and a goal to lead by 6 with five minutes to go in the half.  But credit to the Boden girls they redoubled their efforts and a goal from Emily Moynihan and some good points from Ellie McAree and Alannah Grady had Boden trailing by a point at the break.  The girls kept their focus despite a long delay for an injury to corner back Sophie Weldon.

Half Time Boden 2-3 v Fingallians 2-4

At the start of the second half  Boden opened the scoring with a fine Aoife Quigley point.  We were on top at this stage but couldn’t get our noses out in front on the score board.  A rasping Ciara Duffy effort hit the bar and was bundled to the net but the score was disallowed for a square ball.  This may have proved crucial as Fingallians hit a purple patch of their own.  Their first two scores of the half were goals and that gave them a 6 point advantage.  Boden never gave up hope and responded with great points from Alannah Norris and Lucy Horan (3).  Fingallians were not to be denied despite some top class defending (which saw Elena McDonagh fracture a finger but  bravely play on till the end of the game). However a couple of late goals put the game away.  The final score did not do justice to the efforts of the girls.

Each girl gave a 100% effort and commitment and this was demonstrated despite having suffered an injury Sophie Weldon came back on to replace the injured Dearbhla McCarthy.

Final Score Boden 2-8 v Fingallians 6-9.

The mentors would like to sincerely thank the girls for their efforts throughout the year.  To reach a county final when always facing A teams is a tremendous achievement.  The girls should be very proud of themselves and though defeat was hard to take they conducted themselves impeccably.  They are a credit to their families and the club.

The mentors would also like to acknowledge the tremendous support that they received from the parents not only on the day but through-out the year.  This was evidenced by the thanks and handshakes exchanged posted match.

Despite the disappointment, all the girls returned to the club for some refreshments and to receive the runners up medals.  


The same members of the U13B team reflect on a great season

Would the real Hannah Byrne please stand up?

Did you know there are three Hannah Byrne’s playing for Ballyboden? Not only that but they play U/12, U13 and U14!

We couldn’t let this chance go without talking to each of the girls and asking them some questions about themselves and their involvement with Boden

Hannah and her sisters!


Name :- Hannah Byrne 

Age:-  12             

School :- St. Colmcilles’s Community School

Team :- U12

Position :- Forward

Why I chose to play Gaelic football :- I like the game and it helps me to get rid of my excess energy and helps me to relax!

Most enjoyable aspect of playing for Boden :- I like spending time with my team mates and the coaches are also very good and very supportive of us

Most memorable moment in Boden jersey :- Stepping onto the pitch in Croke Park for the Coman to Croker games on the 8th of August this year

Ambitions for my Gaelic football "career"!:- Hopefully to keep playing and maybe make the senior team!!!

Why would I recommend ladies Gaelic football to my friends :- It is to a great way to get to know people and it helps you to grow and develop life skills like being a good team player and learning that you have to be able to lose as well as win

Other sports played :- Camogie and Gymnastics

Favourite food :- Spice Bag!

Favourite music :- Pop

Favourite TV show :- Bondi Rescue

Favourite GAA player :- No one in particular but admire all players who make it to the top levels because it takes a lot of hard work and effort

Words of wisdom/ favourite quote :- I have recently started in First year in St. Colmcille’s Community School and I noticed a saying on the wall there that I think is very relevant as follows:- “it is not the falls that make you stronger but the times you get back up”

Finally something people would not know about you:- I am very messy and clumsy!!!

Name:  Hannah Byrne

Age: 13

School :   St Colmcilles CS

Team:   U13

Position:  Half Back

Why I chose to play Gaelic football : My parents started me in the Academy when I was younger and I have played ever since

Most enjoyable aspect of playing for Boden: The team spirit

Most memorable moment in Boden jersey:   Winning the championship county final

Ambitions for my Gaelic football "career"!:  I hope to play for Dublin one day

Why would I recommend ladies Gaelic football to my friends:   Because it’s fun and great exercise.

Other sports played:   Basketball

Favourite food:  Crepes

Favourite music:  Pop

Favourite TV show:  Pretty Little Liars

Favourite GAA player:  Johnny Cooper

Words of wisdom/ favourite quote: Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong!

Finally something people would not know about you : I am very stubborn

Name:     Hannah Byrne

Age:    13yrs

School :   Loreto Beaufort

Team:   U14

Position:  Left Corner Forward

Why I chose to play Gaelic football : At the beginning I started because my friends were playing but then realised how much fun playing for Boden is.

Most enjoyable aspect of playing for Boden: The club is very friendly and inclusive everyone and it doesn't matter what team your on you are made feel important

Most memorable moment in Boden jersey:   Making it to the final of the shield in 2015 and scoring a goal.

Ambitions for my Gaelic football "career"!:  To play and be a Ballyboden member for many more years

Why would I recommend ladies Gaelic football to my friends:   Because it keeps you fit and you learn a new sport which is enjoyable and fun to play.

Other sports played:   Hockey, Basketball, Tennis,

Favourite food:  Chicken Curry

Favourite music:  Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Beyonce

Favourite TV show:  Modern Family

Favourite GAA player:  Michael Darragh MaCauley  & Denis Bastick

Words of wisdom/ favourite quote:    'Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference'  

Winston Churchill

Finally something people would not know about you : I babysat Denis Bastick's son!

Huge win for U16 A team in championship semi final

On Sunday afternoon 2 October our Boden U16 Ladies took to the Prunty pitch in Santa Maria to take on arch rivals from Foxrock Cabinteely looking to defeat them for the first time in 4 years and book a place in the U16 Division 1 Championship final.

With the cobwebs all wiped away from the previous day's celebration of Dublin's historic victory the 2 juvenile heavyweights collided in a much anticipated game watched by a very sizeable crowd. With both teams eager to get the upper hand early on, it was Bodens lightning quick corner forward Eva Cunningham who opened the scoring with a well taken point from  the left hand side after a defensive splitting run from wing forward Aisling Byrne.  From then on it was point for point with Fox Cab until the 17th minute when Sarah Moore put Boden 4-3 up and it was a lead that they would never surrender. 

Points quickly followed from attacking half backs Hannah Murphy and Joanne Munnelly as Boden began to pass the ball with tremendous vision and accuracy.  This enabled their now rampaging forwards to take control of the game with Eric Tobin and Bronagh Lynn dissecting the posts and the deadly finishing from Alanna McGarry who finished the half with 4 points leaving Boden with a 10-4 lead at halftime.

With the expected back lash from the opposition the home side knew the importance of starting the 2nd half as they had finished the 1st and that's exactly what they did.  Eva Cunningham now operating at centre forward took her chance after a lung bursting run to crash the ball into the Foxrock net and bring a deafening roar from the Boden supporters.

The goal seemed to light a fire under the away side and they responded with a goal 2 minutes later with an unstoppable shot flying into the top corner.  From that moment it was backs to the wall but the Boden defenders stood tall against the onslaught that was coming their way with the fullback line of Hannah Molloy, Aisling Gargan and Aoife Allen showing why Boden have had the tightest defence in the competition. 

As the game neared a finish it looked as though the Boden Belles might not be able to see it out but when they needed players to stand up and fight for the win they got it and midfielder Oliva Meagher was chief orchestrator in keeping Fox Cab at bay.  She had the energy to start an attack that led to Bodens 2nd goal when a high ball was played across the square and again it was Cunningham who leapt for the sky and palm the ball into the net.

As Foxrock descend on the Boden goal the home side needed heroic defending from Aoife Dwyer and super sub Hannah Leddy to hold onto the lead.  Our goalie Laura Smithers stood up to her Captains role on the day and made some super saves.  While at the other end of the pitch Aisling Byrne again ghosted through the mesmerised Foxrock defence to give Boden a 2 point lead.
With the referee signalling 5 minutes of injury time the 2 sides again went point for point with Moore getting her 2nd point and full forward Bronagh Lynn smashing over her 3rd just as the final whistle went to leave Boden 2 point winners 2-14 to 3-9.

The management would like to sincerely thank all the parents and club members who have come out over the last couple of months and shown massive support for the girls and helped us get that extra edge.  We do appreciate it.  See ya at the final😀

Boden girls play in Croke Park

Congratulations to U12 ladies footballers Aine Rafter and Siofra Kelly who played in the half time games at Croke Park during the All Ireland Football final replay. A great day for Boden with representation in all the games played!

Great win for U/13 B in c/ship semi final 1 October

U13 Girls Division 3 Championship Semi Final:

Ballyboden St. Endas B 2-6 Foxrock Cabinteely B 0-5

A very nervy start from both sides saw scores at a premium in the first half.  Boden defended superbly and caused numerous turnovers with great tackling and blocking.  Boden took the lead with a brace of points from Ellie McAree.  A great goal on the turn from Dearbhla McCarthy on the stroke of half time gave Boden a 1-2 v 0-0 advantage.

Play opened up a bit more in the second half and points from Lucy Horan and Ellie McAree extended the Boden lead.  The Foxrock Cabinteely opened their account and scored four points on the bounce to leave just a goal between the sides.

Boden redoubled their efforts and a fine point from Alannah Norris settled the nerves before a second goal came from Ellie McAree.  A late point a piece finished the scoring and a tremendous team display was rewarded with a hard fought 2-6 v 0-5 victory.  The final is scheduled for Saturday 15th October.

A special word of thanks to the superb support the girls received.

Scorers: Ellie McAree 1-3, Dearbhla McCarthy 1-0, Alannah Norris 0-2, Lucy Horan 0-1.

U13A's through to cup final

U13 Div 1 Ladies Football (Cup):
The U13 Div 1 panel progressed to the final of the cup after a hard fought 10 pts win over Na Fianna.
The margin was only 3 pts with 10 mins to go but the Ballyboden players raised their game to pull away in the final 5-10 mins.
This performance was probably not the teams best and we will need to rediscover the form of the group games to maintain our unbeaten record.
The girls will now focus on preparing for a final with Foxrock/Cabinteely on 15th October.
The players and mentors appreciated the large support.


U/12's record good victories over Kilmacud Crokes

Well done to the U/12's who beat Kilmacud Crokes in both games on Saturday 1 October. Over in North county Dublin the third U12 team came up against a very strong St Margarets team but the girls showed great resilience throughout the game

U12's showing their support for the Dublin Ladies

On behalf of the U12's hard luck to Ciara Ruddy and her Dublin team mates losing in the cruellest of fashions to Cork. 49 U12's braved the weather conditions in Dublin 3 to shout on their team but it wasn't to be.

Hopefully the Jackies will come back stronger next year and get the win they deserve and the Boden ladies will be there to cheer them on.


U12 Caoimhe O'Sullivan represents Dublin

U12's Caoimhe O'Sullivan replaced her Kerry jersey for 1 day with a Dublin jersey as she represented Dublin in an inter-county blitz.

Well done to Caoimhe from all her team mates and Mentors


Weekend round up 10/11 September

Under 9s shine on a sunny Sunday morning.

Following a great training session on Saturday morning, which included interviews with 98 FM, the under 9 girls were on the road on Sunday with  28 girls travelling to Foxrock Cabinteely and another 25 girls making the longer trip to Finglas to play Erins Isle.  Great skills and fantastic performances from a great gang of girls who were all practicing over the summer.

Some of the under 9 girls who lined out against Foxrock / Cabinteely on Sunday Morning


Under 12s getting ready for the big time

After three years of go games, the under 12 girls had their second set of 15 a side matches on Sunday. Two weeks ago two teams from Foxrock Cabinteely were hosted in what was their first ever full size game and the girls won both matches. On Sunday morning, it was Raheny who came to Cherryfield with the Boden girls again winning both matches: 6-12 to 2-1 and 3-5 to 0-1.



U13 Div 1 Ladies Football (Cup):
The girls maintained their unbeaten record with another impressive display in round 3 of the cup.
After beating Clontarf by 17 pts in the league we prepared for a closer contest against the league runners-up.
The final scoreline of 8-8 v 4-4 was the result of some excellent teamplay, decision making and skill execution.
The girls lead a strong group comprised of the top 4 teams from the league along with Skerries who were promoted.
The final group game will be played next weekend against Kilmacud Crokes.
The players and mentors appreciated the support from parents at the game.

Under 13 Division 3 Championship

Ballyboughal 5-7 Ballyboden B 8-5

After an easy win over Cuala A in the Round 1 match and a narrow 1pt win over Fingallians in the round 2 game, we expected a very tough trip to Ballyboughal.

That is how it transpired as the lead changed hands several times in a topsy turvey first half.  Lucy Horan opened the scoring with a point for Boden before a couple of points had Ballyboughal ahead.

Then the goals started to rain in.  Ciara Duffy got Ballybodens first and Ballyboughal responded with a goal of their own.  Sorcha Kennedy, playing at centre back got on a ball at midfield, drove powerfully forward to score the goal of the game.  But in fairness Ballyboughal were resolute and came back at us with a couple of goals and led by 6 points approaching half time.  Ciara Duffy was in the right place to fire two goals late in the first half and we restricted Ballyboughal to just a couple of points at the half time whistle

A big third quarter was needed and that is exactly what we got.  Boden hemmed Ballyboughal in their half for the first 15 minutes & goals from Ciara Duffy, Ciara Sweeney, Lucy Horan and Emily Moynihan eased Boden in front.  Tremendous defending from the backs kept the pressure on Ballyboughal and it was 20 minutes in the second half before they registered their first score of the half.  Credit to all the girls who played their hearts out and got a well-deserved victory.

Final group game of the championship is at home next Saturday to Fingal Ravens

Semi-final time for the under 14s

Well done to the Under 14 As who defeated Foxrock Cabinteely in the championship in Cherry field on Friday night. Meanwhile on the opposite pitch, at the same time, the under 14 Bs had similar success against Clontarf. Both teams now looking forward to Championship and Shield semi-final dates in the first week of October

Ladies Football - U14 Div 2 Ladies Football (Championship Update)

The U14 Ladies made it two out two in the Championship with a great win away to St. Judes on September 2nd and overcame Foxrock Cabinteely last Friday at home in Cherryfield.

Against Foxrock the girls played against a very strong wind in the first half which combined with heavy rain at times, made for difficult playing conditions. Despite the conditions, the defence and midfield worked hard to keep the game within their reach when the teams changed ends. In the second half, it was the turn of the forwards to take advantage of the girl’s dominance in the back line and midfield to pull away to a comprehensive victory, with a full time score of 5-13 to 3-6.

The win secures the girls a Division 2 Semi Final slot in October following a break for the upcoming All Ireland Finals.
Well done to girls on their spirited performances with a special thanks to the U13 and U12 girls who played up to ensure we had a full panel for each fixture.

For more photos, see here

Knocklyon u14 Girls Gaelic Football - National Runners-Up

Knocklyon U14 Girls Gaelic Football Panel were runners-up in the National Community Games Finals played in Athlone at the weekend (20/21 August 2016).

The journey started out last April when the girls won a very tight game with Clontarf in Cherryfield by 2 pts in awful weather conditions, with the result in the balance until the final whistle.  The following week the girls travelled to Man O’War to play Round Towers Lusk in a Dublin final.  The result was a comfortable win for Knocklyon.  After a few weeks break next up was Leixlip who had just beaten Kilcullen - All-Ireland finalists from two years previously.  The Knocklyon girls went into the 4th quarter a goal down but had a storming last 10 mins to win by 13 pts.

Then came the Leinster semi final and potential final, both on the 2nd July in Carlow.  The girls played Drumrainey/Tang (Westmeath) in the Leinster semi final and won comfortably on a scoreline of 8-14 v 0-3.  Within two hours of finishing that game the girls faced Dunboyne who had a similar winning margin in their semi final.  The Knocklyon girls competed with great tenacity and skill and won a hard fought game on a scoreline of 3-5 v 1-5.

On Saturday 20th August the girls faced Listowel in the national semi final.  Every possession was hard fought in dreadful weather conditions on a very small pitch.  At half time Knocklyon led by 2 pts (0-5 v 0-3) but in the 3rd quarter Knocklyon increased their lead to 6 pts.  Listowel scored 2 goals in the final 10 mins to reduce the margin but Knocklyon prevailed on a scoreline of 1-11 v 2-5.  On Sunday in the national final the girls faced Manorhamilton who had beaten Sheelin Gaels (Cavan) by 9 pts.  Mentors and players knew the final would be very tough against a more physical side on a very small pitch.  So it proved to be, as Knocklyon found it hard to break down the Manorhamilton defence despite scoring an early goal.  The 1st 3 periods were competitive, with 7 pts between the sides entering the final quarter.  Manorhamilton used the ball better to finish strongly and score 3-3 to make the final score Knocklyon 1-6 v Manorhamilton 6-8.  The 3rd/4th play-off between Listowel & Sheelin Gaels ended in a draw with the latter winning by 1 pt after extra time.

The journey through this competition was a fantastic experience for these young players.  Parents and supporters who followed their progress can be very proud of their achievements.  Hopefully the girls achievements will raise the profile of community games in Knocklyon (and Dublin), and players from the younger age groups will have an opportunity to compete in a national competition.

Thanks to Miriam Christie for taking photos.


Ballyboden St Enda’s u13:  Auveen O’Neill;  Erin Christie;  Grace Lawlor;  Grace O’Neill;  Hannah Byrne;  Hollie Bolger;  Jennifer Hanrahan;  Julie Vaughan;  Leah Moran;  Michaela Fitzpatrick;  Sarah O’Connell;  Sophie Cullen

Ballyboden St Enda’s u14:  Ciara Lynch; Rebecca Keane

St Annes u13:  Jodie Coghlan

Kilmacud Crokes:  Ciara Jones

Mentors:  Mike Fitzpatrick;  Colm Bolger;  Danny O’Connell, Barbara Vaughan, Michelle Fitzpatrick  

Senior A Ballyboden ladies defiant victory in Swords


                                                          Ballyboden 3-07 Fingallians 0-07

With the end of the Leaving Certificate, college exams and Erasmus travels came the return of our prodigal daughters to the squad. Ballyboden got stuck in from the first minute to take a quick lead against a strong breeze out in Swords last night with early points from Simmone Reilly and Maria McGrath.

Maria Hoey dominated in mid-field from the throw in, with both Deirdre Lawless and Orla Crean offering excellent support play throughout. Ballybodens defence were excellent throughout the first half creating multiple turnovers and dispossessions with Ciara Ruddy and Sinéad Burke providing constant pressure. Intelligent play from Aoife O’Brien in defence kept her back line in check, shutting down any runners coming through.

Although the first half was low scoring, Ballyboden dominated much of the play. A yellow card offence put Deirdre Lawless in the sin bin with 2 minutes to go before half time which would prove to shake things up for the second half. Half time finished 0-4 to 0-2 in Ballybodens favour.

Fingallians came out fighting in the second half, taking full advantage of a 14 player Boden side, clocking up a number of points in quick succession and taking the lead. With all eyes on the clock, Deirdre Lawless was reintroduced to the field to balance play once again. A perfectly placed long kick from a 45' was dropped in to the full forward line by Orla Crean which was struck with precision into the back of the net by Simone Reilly, putting Ballyboden firmly back in the mix.

With the reintroduction of Lawless, Ballyboden began to regain their dominance. Maria McGrath and Deirdre Lawless soon followed Simmones lead with some vital points but it was a dogged display by minor footballer Emily Flanagan who secured the win for Ballyboden by not once but twice hitting the back of the net with two excellent goals towards the end of the game.

Hannah Hyland provided a solid addition to the back line, coming on early in the second half. All in all, the Ballyboden ladies worked hard throughout the game, never letting Fingallians into the fold. Ballyboden were deserved winners in the end, securing a place in this years Championship Semi Final show down on July 20th. The last group game v Thomas Davis on July 13th will determine the opposition.

Scorers: Maria McGrath 0-3, Emily Flanagan 2-0, Simmone Reilly 1-1, Maria Hoey 0-1, Ciara Ruddy 0-1, Deirdre Lawless 0-1

Ladies Football Blitz friday 10 June 2016 - another hugely successful event

Until now it has become common practice to start the report of the annual Ladies Football blitz with a commentary on the glorious weather…….! Well that would be too predictable and boring so instead we are delighted to report on the huge success of the annual Boden Ladies water sports/football blitz in the torrential rain at Sancta Maria on Friday 10th June!

Despite horrendous conditions, at 5.45pm our leader Donagh made the brave (and lonely!) decision to start the blitz in the sure and certain hope it would "blow over”. Alas that wasn’t to be as the rain was incessant until the final whistle of the last game (and typically stopped right there and then!) but who cares as the girls forgot completely about the conditions and over the course of 55 games (trivia – only 51 games to be played in Euros 2016!) showed their skills to the fullest. Enjoyment was the order of the day (alongside Dave Mellon’s legendary “restaurant quality burgers”!).

                                 Fire is no longer the enemy of this BBQ!

From ages U/9 to U/14 the 250 girls were divided into 25 teams with matches played on eight pitches set up on the all-weather and prunty pitches.

Despite the later start (due to wishfully holding off for the rain to “blow over”) our efficient bean counter leader ensured we caught up on time so that parents and supporters watching only had to get wet for the scheduled 3 hours instead of 3 ½ hours!

Irrespective of the weather the ladies section believes it can report that every girl thoroughly enjoyed the evening and with a minimum of 4 matches for each team they were certainly kept busy. Combined with the burgers, Ice Cream Van, Coffee Van, Tuck shop and oh yeah the water, they certainly weren’t bored.

There is something really special about the way Boden coaches its juvenile players and it was evident to see the high standard of coaching in how girls are developing in their skills and team play. But it was just as impressive to see coaches and team managers on the evening making sure of the main priority for the girls – enjoyment. This tournament would not be worth continuing if the girls simply did not enjoy it.

Overall another great Ladies blitz and with such attendance despite the weather it looks like June is now the preferred date in the diary from now on

The Ladies Football committee would like to pass on its sincere thanks to the following supporters and volunteers:-

Main Sponsor

Again our thanks go to Supervalu Knocklyon a long time supporter of Boden for providing all of the BBQ supplies to feed 250+ hungry girls and supporters. We are extremely grateful for their continued support .

Team Managers

Eoin Reid, Deborah Heavey, Carol Donaghy, Des Murphy, Kathleen O’Leary, Donal Griffin, Karen McGibney, Daragh McMahon, Philip Larkin, Mike Doyle, Derek Lawlor, Marcus Cosgrave, Alex Murphy, Lynn Mulready, Mary Hyland, Seamus Brennan, Tony Duffy, Karl Burden, Emer Meath, Maria Sweeney, Tom Brennan, Pat Reynolds, Mary Flanagan, John Flanagan, Ian Horan, Damien Coleman

Referees – we would particularly like to recognize the following lady referees who gave of their time voluntarily and took a break from the junior cert to answer the call

Hannah Bolger, Grace Campbell, Grace Campbell (eile!),  Katie Coyne, Elizabeth Manning, Ann Dalton,  Kate Hutchinson, Sarah McGrath, Amy Young, Lisa Basquel,

The following “older” refs also tried their best!

Dave McMyler, Tommy Keogh, Cathal O’Toole, and finally a special call out to U/14 boys player Micheal Manning who refereed numerous games to give the “aul fellas” a rest!

Catering – a new designation of culinary standards was agreed upon after Friday – Boden Stars! – the Boden two star rosette goes to:

Dave Mellon,  Liz Mellon, Cormac O’Farrell, Brendan Coyne, Niall Tuite, Martin McGrath, Brendan Coyne

A huge thank you also to the following people who also gave so generously of their time



First aid and supervision

Tara Griffin, Liz O’Farrell, Mary Kirwin, Sinead Hynes, Alyson Rudden, Emer Meath, Roseanne Basquel,  Maria Coyne

Pitch Co-Ordinators

Ken Regan, Dave McMyler, Stephen Cambell, Kieran Rudden, Colm Bolger


Ronan Feely

Car park

Mick Aylmar


Pat (“Dude looks like a lady” – see photos) Conway

Last but not least – the “fantastic four” who were terrific on the day and in the lead up to the event

Donagh O’Farrell, Kieran Rudden, Colm  Bolger, Stephen Campbell. Well done to this group who were on site early on Friday to get everything ready and were some of the last to leave after the clean up.

Ladies Committee

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Well done to Boden girls representing Dublin in Cumann na mbunscoil

6 Ballyboden girls (5 under 12 girls and one under 11 girl) played for Dublin in the Cumann na mbunscoil Dublin/Belfast friendship games 2016 in Alfie Byrne Park on Friday.

L-R - Sophia Nulty, Aoibheann Roche, Kate Lennon, Aisling Duffy, Ciara Molloy and Kate Donaghy.


Well Done to Kate Brosnan (U/10 player) - thinking of others

Kate Brosnan got her plaits cut for the Rapunzel Foundation. The Rapunzel Foundation’s Ponytail campaign is where people commit to growing their hair 14 inches or longer then their hair gets sent to help make much needed wigs to improve the lives of those living with the hair loss through cancer and alopecia.




U16s blitz provides welcome rest from Junior Cert studies

On our return from a recent league match in Howth a couple of mentors overheard from the back of the car Junior cert exams and all the study involved.

We chatted and came up with the idea of running a Thurs night Blitz in May in order to give the girls an outlet and a bit of fun so we kicked on and invited all 4 x U16 Ladies Teams to partake. The Div 1 Team decided to concentrate on Championship training so we proceeded with Div 2, 4 and 5 Teams approx 60 girls. The team names were chosen The Snapchatters, The Tweeters, The Moany Hs, The Up the Dubs, The Pink Ladies, The Emojis, The Facebookers, The Sam Maguire’s and the girls were graded. We also decided to get some parents involved as managers which went down very well indeed and away we went on Thursday 5th of May. We played 6 a side games and a total 24 match’s which led us to ¼ finals last Thursday evening in Sancta Maria.

4 hotly contested ¼ finals with The Snapchatters, Pink Ladies, Moany Hs and The Tweeters winning through to the Semi Finals which we played on Saturday afternoon in glorious sunshine in Pairc Ui Mhurchu.

The Pink Ladies and the Moany Hs contested a thrilling final with a sizeable crowd in attendance roaring on each team with The Pink Ladies just holding out to be crowned the winners. Presentation food and entertainment were provided by our sponsors for the day who wish to remain anonymous thanks for that really appreciated by all. A special word for Anne Mc Cormack who’s enthusiasm as a manager was second to none and brought a smile to everybody’s face. The U16 girls that participated are a credit to their parents for the way each and every one of them conducted themselves. Finally the 8 managers Eddie(The Zoo) O’Brien, Leonard (Competitive) Brennan, FR Aidan Brophy, Anne (Mayo for Sam) Mc Cormack, Stephen (Clipboard) Campbell, Linda (One Arm Bandit) Mc McCullagh, Colm (Ye Muppet) Bolger, Ian (I only have 4) Horan sincere thanks for all your help and Liam Duffy who stood in as back up manager also thanks. Nearly forgot the 3 x referees Aisling, Kate and Roisin thanks for doing a great job.

May we wish all the U16 Ladies the very best of luck in the Junior Cert.



U/16's try some new drills!

Clearly a new drill from the handbook!. Great to see how much enjoyment the players got from a different approach to training. Here's to some quality high fielding in future games!

U16s flying high in Dublin Mountains

U16 Ladies Football Group 1 had a great day out at Zipit Forest Adventures last Sunday May 29th.  22 girls arrived at the crack of dawn at the clubhouse to embark on our trip up the mountains.  The sun was shining and all were in good form. All the girls completed the orange, white and blue course having fun along the way. We had 6 fearless dare devils who took on the Red course and got to the end in style.

A great day was had by all and we look forward to our next adventure.

May 2016 - Senior A enjoy good start to championship campaign

The Ballyboden Senior Ladies delivered an outstanding second half performance to secure a 2-10 to 1-10 win over favourites Kilmacud Crokes Friday evening at Páirc de Burca, Glenalbyn in the New Ireland Assurance Senior Championship.

The game started tensely with the teams trading points. Kilmacud gained strength as the first half went on, finding a goal and putting themselves 4 points up with ten minutes to the break. An important goal from Simmone Reilly, whose free-taking was exemplary throughout, brought the game closer and the half time score was 1-6 to 1-4 in favour of the impressive Stillorgan team.  

The Ballyboden girls came out of the blocks quickly in the second half, taking only a couple of minutes to draw level. They pushed into another gear, getting though a mountain of work all over the pitch and delivering crucial penetration from defence when needed. Kilmacud Crokes continued to impress however, and it was all square when Ciara Ruddy burst through from wing back, hitting the back of the net to put Ballyboden three up with seven minutes to go. They showed great control to preserve the gap between the teams to the end.

The win leaves Ballyboden top of the group after two rounds. The next Championship fixture will be away to Fingallians on June 29th.


The Ladies’ next match is Monday 30thMay, at home to Na Fianna in the Division 1 League.


May 2016 Senior B team championship results so far - all to play for

More photos here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/z2wk79yvr224hl8/AABkHa-PKMs6-l1ouDva9nNRa?oref=e&n=4917547#

Ladies Junior B Championship.

The championship season for the Ladies Senior B team started on Wednesday 18th May away to St. Peregrines in Clonsilla.  The team was missing a number of key players on the night and despite a strong second half performance they lost out on a scoreline of 4-12 to 1-14.  The game was very even throughout the first half until a 5 minute spell before half time when we conceded 3-2.  This gave St. Peregrines a huge lift going into the second half and despite outscoring them in this half St. Peregrines eventually came out winners by a margin of 7 points.

The second game at home to Foxrock Cabinteely on Sunday evening 22nd May on the main pitch was an entirely different affair.  Despite very wet conditions the team put in a tremendous performance and emerged with a victory on a scoreline of 3-16 to 0-3.  The team got off to a flying start with a goal and a number of points in the first few minutes and they never looked back. More outstanding scores followed in the first half and they had built up a commanding lead by half time.  The team maintained their dominance in the second half and although there were no further goals they added many fine points throughout the half. The team has a good blend of youth and experience from minors to seasoned campaigners who know what’s needed to win a championship game.  There were many strong individual performances but this was more of a complete team performance.  Next up in the Group stages of the championship is a game away to Kilmacud Crokes. There is every chance of moving to the knock out stages if we can repeat the performance against Foxrock Cabinteely.

U12 Centenary Blitz

Boden Girls start Centenary Blitz in style

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 Ladies Football Cup competition was won by Ballyboden. They were fiercely competitive from the start and never looked back after a narrow victory over Raheny in the first match. They saw off the challenges of Kilmacud and Templeogue with hard fought victories and then overcame Kilmacud again in the Final. Raheny overturned their defeat in the group stages to defeat Templeogue in the shield.

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.



U/9's continue their excellent progress

Boden U9 Girls take on Raheny at Sancta Maria

At last!!! For the first time this year, warm sunshine greeted our U9 Girls footballers at Sancta Maria on Sunday afternoon as they welcomed the girls from Raheny. And the warm weather clearly suited our girls as watching mums and dads were treated to an hour of committed competitive football from all three teams on show.

This was just the girls’ third football match since embarking on their Go Games, but it certainly didn’t seem like it as they quickly settles into their positions and held their shape. Some committed play, some lovely passing and some fine scores underlined how well the girls have taken to match play, and how well all the hard work at training has paid off.

It was a similar story on a somewhat colder Saturday evening, also in Sancta Maria, as our other 3 teams took on our visitors from Naomh Olaf. 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.

Well done to all our girls, your coaches are very proud of you.

Feile - a day to remember!

U14 A team

U14B team

U14 C team

Dublin Ladies AIG Feile, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April.

Well done to all our U14 Feile Girls who despite the inclement weather competed superbly and more importantly enjoyed their day on Saturday 2nd April.Feile 2016 was the largest Feile competition organised to date by Dublin LGFA with 55 teams representing 44 clubs. Over the weekend more than 1,300 players showcased their marvellous talent and skills as footballers.

The Feile experience started early when on Friday night, 80 odd girls collected their Feile bags and gear in the club hall. There was great excitment as the girls changed into their new tracksuits for the group photo. Ger Flaherty of Rathfarnham Credit Union, who kindly sponsored the kit, was on hand to present the Feile gear to the girls. He was introduced by outgoing Club Chairman Brendan Moran who gave the players some good advice and wished the girls luck.

A Very Well Done to the girls of the C team who made it through to the Semi-final and were Final bound until a goal in the dying minute of the game crushed their dreams and they lost by a point. A heartbreaking end to their great day! They were hosted by eventual Division 8 Winners St Monica's in Edenmore.
Our A Team was hosted by Kilmacud Crokes in Silver Park and were unfortunate to have both the eventual Finalists Lucan Sarsfields and Na Fianna in their group stage of 4 teams. Many thanks to Knocklyon Scouts for the kind use of their mess tent which provided great shelter throughout the very wet day in Leopardstown.

Our B girls had an arduous task of competing in a single group of 6 teams in St Anne's of Bohernabreena. This meant 5 matches between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Despite playing their hearts out and giving it their all, they didnt emerge from the group.

The girls did their families and Ballyboden proud on and off the pitch on Saturday and ended the day with smiles on their faces and lasting memories of a great Feile day.

Many thanks to the mentors who prepared the girls so well, the organising Feile committee, the club, Rathfarnham Credit Union, parents who support the girls week in, week out and to the families and friends who turned out in such great numbers to cheer on the girls.



The spirit of feile

Feile 2016 - U14C team's experience sums up the spirit of feile
Our day had an early start. We all gathered at the Clubhouse at 8.15 am and the girls were all kitted out in their new Feile gear looking smart and ready to play the part of Feile participants. The three girls who joined us from the U13 squad were equally as prepared. There was great excitement as we travelled in convoy to St. Monica's who were playing host to the Division 8 Feile teams. On our arrival we registered and the girls filed into the dressing room. Jerseys were assigned, boots were donned and all trooped out for the reading of the Feile Charter and the singing of the National Anthem.

At 10am we all headed round to the Edenmore pitch where we met our first opponents St. Finians of Swords. We won the toss and opted to play with the wind. The girls got stuck in from the very start much to everyone's delight and excitement. It was an extremely tight match and there was no room for relaxation or boredom. The supporters were vocal but very positive in their support. The match ended with our girls winning 1-3 to 1-1. All lined up and shook hands with their opponents in a most sporting manner.

Our second match was almost immediately after on the same pitch against Craobh Chiaran. Another absolute heart stopper. The girls gave it their all with the rain pouring down. Umbrellas were dragged from everywhere in the vain hope of keeping supporters and subs dry. It was hard on the supporters to keep track of scores and the match ended in a draw with our girls scoring 2-5 to Craobh Chiaran's 3-2.

We then all trooped back to the clubhouse where the decision was made to give the girls a little breathing space and grab a drink and something small to eat. It was then back to business with our final match against St. Monica's on their Springdale Rd. Pitch. Yet again another nail biter for all the supporters as our girls were behind all the time but managed to end in a draw. Our girls capitalising on goals scoring 5-0 to St. Monica's 3-6. This gave our girls the points to top their Feile group and we were on to the semi-final against St. Finian's. This meant another trek back to the Edenmore pitch. The girls were very wet and cold but they were determined to go out and play their best. Our support had swelled by one as Brendan Moran the Chairman of the Club had arrived. The girls were in front for the whole match and were so unlucky when St. Finians scored a high goal in the last minute to make them the winners. Again the girls lined up to shake hands with their opponents and controlled their disappointment in a dignified manner.

We are so proud of each and every girl. They played their best and gave everything in their matches. We are very grateful for the part the three U13s played in the matches looking as if they were part of the team from the off. A special note of thanks to Miriam Christie on all the amazing photos she took throughout the whole day. Our supporters were a most vital component and kept spirits high right to the bitter end.

Boden Senior B ladies introduce their new jerseys courtesy of operation transformation

U/12's Visit the Royal County! - Saturday 2 April

Without a scheduled fixture for the weekend, 2 of the 4 under 12 teams headed to Ratoath for a chance to square up against some Meath opposition.

Ratoath kindly invited the Boden girls over to their impressive facility on Saturday and with an early throw-in to avoid Feile conflicts, the girls were able to get out before the rain set in for the day.

The 2 Boden teams showed no rustiness from their Easter break and put in great performances with super scores and tenacious defending all round.

Ladies section show creativity in supporting our All Ireland Champions

Pictured are Sarah (u/9) and Ailbhe (u/10) showing their personalised support for the lads in Croker!

U/10's invited to Kilmacud Ladies section 20th anniversary blitz

On Sunday 13 March, in honour of Kilmacud crokes ladies football celebrating its 20th birthday  this year, Kilmacud hosted a half day blitz extending their invite to clubs from neighbouring counties. The blitz took place in St Benildus secondary school's all weather facilities. Two of our under 10 girls teams took part.

Ballyboden played 5 matches each against teams inc Lucan, Edenderry, Rathcoffey, Maynooth and Dromintee.  Both of our teams showed great skill, taking their scores well sometimes against strong winds. A day to remember for everyone. Again the girls did Ballyboden proud.



U/13 Division 1 start league with win

In their first league match at U/13 our Division 1 girls enjoyed a cracking win over close neighbours Ballinteer winning 8-10 to 5-04


Boden's own Riverdancer!

The players and coaches of the U/10 girls wish good luck to Eabha Mc Gibney who is competing in the team competitions with the Bastable - Warren School of Irish Dancing at the An Comhdhail World Irish Dancing Championships in Killarney next weekend 19/20 March. Best of luck Eabha !!!!!

U14B start league with fine win 28/2/2016

Under 14 B 4-6 St. Oliver Plunketts B 0-4

The final score in this game doesn’t tell the full story of what was a much closer game, up until the last 10 minutes. Played on Cherryfield on Sunday afternoon, this was, at last, the opening league match for a team that has been training twice a week since early January. A point with the first attack promised much, but despite some great work up front and creating several chances, Boden only added a further 1-3 for the rest of the half. The results from the performance of the full back line and half back line, playing in front of a flawless goalkeeping display was better with Plunketts kept to three points. The second half was full of running but more defensive heroics and disciplined tackling kept the opposition to only one further point. At the other end meanwhile, some great work just couldn’t do any more than match the opposition’s one point. And then the finale: A closing 3-1 in the last ten minutes gave the team a very well-deserved two league points

Team: Megan Walsh, Maria Durkan, Aisling O’Farrell, Eabha Kelly, Sarah O’Hara, Sarah Reynolds, Orla Hannon, Rebecca McDonald, Aoife Aherne, Niamh Guilfoyle, Kate Lyons, Alannah McGauran, Ava Grey, Enya O’Carroll, Molly Edwards, Hannah Byrne, Aoife Keady

U 16 Div 1 play out enthralling draw with Foxrock Cabinteely 28/2/2016

Result: 4-09 to 5-06
Well today was the first day of the league and first up were the all Ireland feile winners Foxrock Cabinteely.

From the off Foxrock showed they had lost none of their class, hitting 3 points. Ballyboden settled in and quickly came to grips with their opponents, A couple of goals from Aisling Byrne and Sarah Moore helped us settle in to an entralling game with both teams playing at full tilt and no quarter given.

Defence was key and Joanne,Saoirse and Hannah Leddy stood firm with Aoife, Aisling Gargan, Helena and Hannah Murphys strong runs supplying the forward line with quality ball. Both sides traded scores with Foxcab scoring a goal with 2 minutes left to lead by a point. However hats off to our gang and a strong drive from the half backs created an oppurtunity for Eva Cunningham who was dragged down. Eva duly obliged kicking a tricky free to earn a well deserved draw with the last kick of the game.

U14 Div 6 vs Naomh Fionnbarra 28/2/2016

Under 14 Div 6:   Naomh Fionnbarra 2-5 BBSE C 1-1

The match was played at John Paul II Park, off the Navan Road, Cabra. Naomh Fionnbarra are a very strong athletic team. They had us under relentless pressure all the way through the first half. Only for a couple of great saves from our goalie we would have conceded more than 5 points in the first half. However right at the death of the half we scored a great goal from our only real opportunity. The ball was fed up from the backs through mid-field to the left half forward who placed an inch perfect pass into the path of the onward running centre half forward who buried the goal. Although we competed much better in the second half, Fionnbarra scored a couple of goals to win the match by 2-5 to 1-1.

Team: Aoife Kelly, Ciara Dougan, Reva Ogoda, Ella Thompson, Emma Cassells, Chloe Hughes, Aoibh Quinn, Ella Flanagan. Ciara McCarthy, Nicole Egan, Katie O’Connell, Laoise Carney, Aisling Coyne, Eve Morgan and Sinead Sweeney.

Ladies Senior football vacancies 2016

Senior Management/coaching opportunities

Applications are welcome for coaching and management positions on the Ladies Senior Football Team. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of the flagship team of one of most successful ladies football clubs in the country. We are looking to build a management and coaching team that will set out the roadmap for this very important team for the foreseeable future. With 600 girls and ladies playing football for the club the Senior team has access to the largest pool of talent for many years to come and this is an excellent opportunity to shape that journey. If this exciting opportunity interests you please note your interest to Pat Conway patconbbse@eircom.net

Congrats to our Dublin Ladies Footballers

Pictured are the 4 girls from u/14's Hannah Murphy Aisling Byrne,Hannah Molloy, Hannah Leddy and Jenny Flaherty from u/16's on being awarded their Leinster Championship medals last Friday night in an evening hosted by Naomh Olaf Gaa club.
Further congratulations are due to Hannah Murphy on being named Player of the Year.




Ballyboden Senior A ladies footballers qualified for the Dublin senior A championship semi final on Wed 8 July by comprehensively beating St. Sylvesters away in Malahide by a scoreline of 2 -16 to 0 – 2. This followed on their win over Clann Na nGael in the previous round 3 -12 to 2- 6. With Foxrock already through, the girls now look forward to a last four clash which is  still to be decided  against teams including Crokes,  St. Brigids, Fingalians and Thomas Davis.
Despite missing players due to  injuries, holidays, work commitments and J1s the Boden girls still had too much resources for Syls. As the score highlights this was a team performance with 9 players getting on the scoreboard.
Michelle O Reilly, Niamh Mc Mahon, Grainne Archbold, Doireann Mullaney, Ruth Gillen, Grainne O Malley, Sinead Crowley, Ciara Ruddy, Rachel Nugent (Captain), Alicia Fitzpatrick, Gemme Fay, Róisín Ryan, Hannah Hyland, Deirdre Lawless, Sarah Ó Brien,. Subs: Paula McGrath and Megan Conway.
Unavailable: Claire King, Rachel Ruddy, Beth Molloy,  Emily Flanagan, Jenny Ward, Aoide Ó Brien, Katie Murphy, Elaine Mc Grath , Cathy Ó Neill, Maria McGrath, Niamh Chawke, Maria Hoey, Louise Brett, Una McGinn, Zenouska Murphy, Emma Grey, Simone Ó Reilly, Grace Walsh, Rachel White, Sinead Ryan, Jen Flaherty.

The Boden girls as we speak are in the championship semi-final, chasing a semi final place in the cup and a top four finish in the league.

U14A Ballyboden Girls win Division 1 Regional Feile

U14A Ballyboden Girls win Division 1 Regional Feile in Monaghan.
Ballyboden U14A team travelled to Monaghan Centre of Excellence on Saturday to compete in the Regional Feile Competition. Boden were drawn in a group with St. Mary's of Kildare, the Downs of Westmeath and Carrickmore of Tyrone. First up was St. Mary's of Kildare. The girls conceded an early goal and a point but after that there was no stopping them and the forwards produced the goals and points needed to get back into the game.
Final score Boden 4-5   St. Mary's 1-2.
Next up was Carrickmore of Tyrone. Boden again produced some excellent football, from the defence up to the forward line and came out winners with a scoreline of Boden 7-7  Carrickmore 0-0. Last group game was against The Downs of Westmeath.  A win in this match meant a place in the final for Boden so again some great football
played by all and Boden came out on top with a scoreline of Boden 5-10 The Downs 0-1.
Boden were in the final after some superb results in the group stages. Lucan had beaten Foxrock Cabinteely in their group qualifier so Boden were facing Lucan in the final.
The first half was a close contested game, however the Boden girls were always ahead and showed some great skill and team play passing the ball among players which resulted in great scores. In the second half the Boden girls played their hearts out as they were determined to win this final. They hand passed the ball with great skill from the defenders to the midfielders and the forwards finished with the well earned goals and points.
When the final whistle blew the result reflected a great tournament for all the girls. 

Final score Boden 3-9  Lucan 2-3.
The Boden player of the tournament went to Erica Tobin, the vice captain who had an outstanding tournament at centre back.
Boden Team: Ally Ramsden, Hannah McGrane, Alex White, Saoirse Fitzgerald, Laura Mullen, Hannah Leddy, Erica Tobin, Hannah Murphy, Hannah Molloy, Olivia Meagher, Alanna McGarry, Katie McDonald, Aisling Byrne, Hollyn Kennedy, Chloe Murphy, Ciara Woodcock, Molly Horan, Muireann Delaney, Sarah Anne Murphy,
Eva Brennan, Muireann O'Donoghue, Caoimhe Dunne.


Oíche Stairiúil sa Chlub:

Bhí tráthnóna iontach stairiúil againn i mBaile Uí Bhuadáin aréir(an Luan 25ú Bealtaine).Bhí cluiche peile na mBan ann idir Na Gaeil Óga agus cailíní Baile Uí Bhuadáin.Don gcéad uair riamh eagraíoch gach rud trí ghaeilge. Cuireadh dhá fhoireann le chéile a raibh fonn orthu an Ghaeilge a úsáid.B’iontach a bheith ann ag éisteacht leo á ngríosadh féin, á moladh féin, ag béicigh ar a chéile agus ag tabhairt amach dona chéile trí ghaeilge.

Gan amhras bhí sár chluiche peile ann freisin. D’imir an dá fhoireann le fonn is le díoghras. Ba dheas féachaint ar an gcó-imirt agus an sníomh iontach idir na peileadóirí agus iad ag ionsaí.Gan bacúint leis an gcosaint cróga ó am go céile.Dimir Róisín Ní Riain , ag fáil trí chúilín, agus Teresa Ní Monacháin, a fuair ceithre chúilín, sár chluiche don bhfuireann baile. D’imir Áine Ní Ghealachóir agus Sinéad Nic Eochagáin, a fuair cúl agus cúpla cúilín ana chluiche dos Na Gaeil Óga.

Bhain an slua a bhí i láthair sár thaithneamh as an gcluiche.Deirtear gur chríochnaigh sé ar có-scór, só b’fhéidir go mbeidh lá eile ag an bpaorach.

Gabhaimíd buiochas le Seamaí Ó Neill agus le Seán Mistéil a d’eagraigh an ocáid dúinn. Gura maith agat freisin le Cliona Mellett as na pictiúirí a sholáthar.

Níor chríochnaigh an sport ansan mar tar éis cupán tae agus ceapaire bhí oíche mór amhráin,ceol agus rinnce againn sa chlub le Joe Johnson agus a chairde. Ba bhríomhar an rince a rinne Katie Farrell. Cé gur muintir na háite is mó a bhí ar an ardán, sheinm Seamus Tansey cúpla port álainn duinn freisin.

Ballyboden B Team Div 2 Feile

Despite finding it tough going in their division 2 league campaign this season the Boden B Squad arrived in good spirits for Feile. They were determined to get the most out of the Feile experience and had prepared well over the last few weeks of training. So they headed up the M50 to Skerries in the rain early Saturday morning in a confident mood.

Castleknock 2- 3 Ballyboden 0 – 2

After an intense warm up the Boden girls hit the ground running in this encounter and attacked Castleknock from the start. To add to the attacking display the team defended for their lives and blocked, tackled and chased. Boden opened the scoring in this game and even though Castleknock pegged them back Boden never trailed in the first half which ended 2 points apiece. The second half continued similar to the first but unfortunately Castleknock got a goal that would prove crucial. This goal came from a rebound off a superb block from Hannah Dalton in the Boden goal. Before the Boden girls could clear their heads Castleknock bagged a second. Boden however re-composed themselves and battled on to the end but could not break down a solid Castleknock defence. Not much between these teams on the day but Castleknock held out for the opening match win.

Fingalians 4 – 2 Ballyboden 1 – 1

Not dampened by the driving rain or the first game defeat Boden dusted themselves down and went again. The same level of intensity and determination went into the game and Boden held their own. The game turned in seconds as a Boden shot for goal came off the woodwork and Fingalians broke at pace down field and netted a goal of their own at the other end. This followed with another goal by Fingalians and left the Boden girls trailing by 2 goals at the break. Boden fought on and a Muireann O’Donoghue free kick hit the back of the net to narrow the deficit to 3 points. Fingalians upped the pace of the game and only for several top class defensive blocks and some outstanding shot stopping by Hannah in the Boden goal. Boden would have gone down earlier in this game but for this. Late Fingalians goals put an unfair score line on a game that was closer than the final score showed.

However this game came at a double cost to Boden with injuries to Captain Ciara McCullagh and goalkeeper Hannah Dalton were to put an early end to their Feile as both were ruled out of the last encounter and would be missed.

Ballinteer St Johns 4 – 10 Ballyboden 1 – 0

In the final group encounter Ballinteer needed a result to give them a chance of a semi-final place if the other group game went their way however Boden were not willing to roll over and give them anything easy. Emma O’Riordan bravely stepped up for goal keeping duties for Boden. Ballinteer started at a very fast pace and it took every ounce of energy from the Boden girls to keep them out. Another brave display by Boden got us to half time without our goal been breached thanks to some excellent work by Emma helped out by her trusted defenders. Balinteer resorted to picking off points and that gave them a cushion for the second half. They pushed on in the second half and got their goals despite Bodens best efforts. A Chloe O’Reilly goal meant Boden had some reward for their attacking play in this game.

The Boden squad of 24 all contributed to the Feile effort and whenever changes were made it did not weaken the team as every girl who came on put in a big effort and no one left feeling they could have done more. Given the tight games against the teams that would eventually line out in today’s final there is plenty of optimism in the Boden camp going forward.

Boden Squad: Eva Brennan, Ailbhe Brown, Hannah Dalton, Eimear Donnelly, Ciara Duffy, Caoimhe Dunne, Grainne Ezewke, Aoibhinn Field, Sinead Hussey, Rebecca Keane, Roisin Marshall, Caoimhe McCarthy, Eve McCelland, Ciara McCullagh (Capt), Sarah Anne Murphy, Sadhbh Nic Mhathuna, Muireann O’Donoghue, Chloe O’Reilly, Niamh O’Reilly Emma O’Riordan, Anna O’Shea, Lucy O’Shea, Roisin O’Sullivan, Elaine Whelan

Ladies Football Update 25th November 2014

2004 All  Ladies Football Club Champions  

 At the annual Club Gala which was held in the Red Cow Morans Hotel on Saturday last, the Ladies Senior Team of 2004 were special guest of Honour.  The Club were honouring the 10th Anniversary of this  magnificent  achievement of the first Club All Ireland that they won.  The following year the Ladies Senior Team went on to win yet  another All Ireland title in 2005.  Back in September this team also took part in the Ladies Football  tournament  playing out a 7 aside Legends game .   

Tributes were paid to Bill Daly R.I.P. who was The Team Manager  in 2004. Acknowledging these Ladies past achievements should be a huge inspiration for our younger teams coming through.

Picture Attached. Front row Left to Right Noelle Comyn, Aisling Farrelly, Karen Hopkins Captain, Martina Farrell, Gemma Fay.

Back Row L to R Pat Nash, Management, Brendan Moran Club Chairman. Louise Kelly,  Sorcha Farrelly, Ceara Ni Coitir, Charlene McKenna, Paula Murray, Pat Conway Ladies Chairman, Fiona Corcoran, Bobby O’Sullivan Management, Joanne O’Sullivan and Brian O’Regan Management.

Under 12’s last Go Game match

On Sunday morning last two teams of the under 12’s had their final game in the Go Games structure.  Both teams finished off on a high winning the two matches being played out  in great style against Na Fianna.   Over 2014 we had over  54 girls on the Under 12 panel which was divided into three panels. .

There was no difficulty in fielding competitive teams every week with each team playing 17 or 18 games over the season. The improvement in skills and performance as the girls progressed through under 12 was a pleasure to watch.   The team now look forward to the under 13 League where we hope to enter 3 teams.  Photo Liam Cunningham.

Ladies Football Update 18th November 2014


On Sunday afternoon last a large group of over150 took part in the Walk for the Climb4Clare Charity. The weather conditions were just perfect as people gathered in the Club Car park. After a lively warm up session at the Club the group decked out in pink tee shirts headed off to the Hell Fire Club en route up the Knocklyon Road and up Stocking Lane.

The pace was brisk and as we started the climb up Stocking Lane we knew this was no walk in the Park! All along the route we were chaperoned by members of the Walking Club lead by Conor Sheehan who kept the group together and insured road safety was upheld by all.

By the time we reached The Hell Fire Car Park  the drive to get to the top was so important to all. The majority of the group took the steeper route and this was the one part of the walk that there was no chatting! Meanwhile the buggy walkers took the longer path around the hill lead by the O’Regan family.

Finally after walking over an hour and half reaching the top of the hill everyone was rewarded with the spectacular views that the good weather allowed on the day.   This walk for sure was a real Climb and  those present displayed a  great sense of achievement, while not forgetting  what the occasion was all about.

As the walkers decended back down the hill Claire Clark had made the journey out to the Hell Fire Carpark  to meet everyone. This remarkable and courageous young woman who is at an advanced stage of her illness conveyed her huge appreciation and thanked the group for their efforts in supporting the CLIMB charity.

The Walkers headed off down the hill with some taking a well earned break in the Timbertrove Tea Rooms and then continued back to the Club House completing the 15 kilometre walk.  The organising Committee would like to thank everyone for the great support they received on the day. A special thanks to Liam Cunningham and Denis Hughes for the leading the group in their vehicles  and taking photos on the day.

We would like to thank Timbertrove Coffee rooms for their support and contributions on the day. To Mick Farrell Bar Manager for providing refreshments to the hungry crew as they returned and to the many others that contributed to making this day a success. It was a great family day and one we hope to do again. If anyone would still like to contribute to the ClIMB4CLARE Charity the can contact Louise Kelly  at  loukelly78@gmail.com or at 0868107951.


U16 Ladies Div.1 claim the Double!

Congratulations to our U16 Div.1 footballers who followed up their first ever Championship by winning the League title yesterday against a gallant Kilmacud Crokes side. A point down at half time, the girls put in an heroic second half performance to win by 9 points in front of a great crowd in PUM. Well done to all the players and management. Final Score 4-13 to 4-04

Ladies Football Update 4th November 2014

Div. 1 Minor Ladies Football

Hard Luck to the Div. 1  Minor Ladies team as they were defeated by Kilmacud in the Championship Final last Sunday.

 A case of so near and yet so far! Sunday 2nd November saw the eagerly anticipated  Division 1 Minor Ladies Football between Ballyboden St Endas and Kilmacud Crokes. These two team have dominated the 1996 age group since they first locked horns back in 2006.

Boden had the better of exchanges this year having comprehensively beaten their south side rivals earlier in the league. However a combination of injuries and illness meant that Boden we're facing an uphill battle to finish their season in style. 
  Crokes had the wind at their backs in the first half and the game swung on a five minute period late in the half when they scored 3 goals in quick succession.

However nothing has epitomised this Boden team more than their never say die attitude and the large crowd in attendance were not surprised that the girls from Firhouse road actually won the second half. However they fell just short at the end and so the curtain came down on the last underage team from the Barry Coll school of excellence.

Indeed it is a credit to the foundation laid by Barry that many of these girls have already become mainstays of the senior team. When one looks at the 1997 and 1998 girls who have reinforced the squad, the team has really been strengthened in all departments this year. So although victory eluded them last Sunday, the future is bright for Ladies  Football in Ballyboden.

Minor B Team victory in Shield Final

Congratulations to the Minor B team who beat Skerries on Sunday last with a score of  6 – 5 to 5 – 5 Unfortunately the Bank holiday fixture left the Ballyboden team lean on numbers however they carved out a hard fought win against a strong Skerries team.The lack of subs brought out the best of Bodens spirit and with three underage players it really was a club effort. Well done all.

Back row L-R      Ciara Beggan, Aoife Gogan, Rachel O’ Donoghue, Stephanie Glennon, Grace Hanley, Abaigael Woods, Mary Ruth Healey, Olivia Storey Croft

Front Row L-R    Hanna Roche, Amy Byrne, Katie Cannon, Ali Clarke

Ladies Football Update 21st October 2014

Last weekend there was great support out for all the Championship finals. Although conditions were quite windy especially on Saturday all our girls gave a sporting and skilful display of the game.Saturday we had the two under 13s games, with the A team playing at home in Cherryfield and the

13C team having to make the journey over to Balgriffen . Despite the results on the day not been favour of Boden you can see the passion and determination that was very evident in the reports below on both games. 


UNDER 13 A After a long season which saw the U13As go unbeaten in winning the Division 1 title and getting to the cup final they came up against a strong Cuala team on Saturday afternoon in their Div 1 Cup Final. Cuala had the breeze in the first half and got two early goals. The Boden girls fought hard to keep the match alive to the end but Cuala came out the winners. Final score Cuala 3 5 Boden 1 3. Well done to the Boden girls for getting to the final.


 Our full panel and large support made the journey to Balgriffen to face a strongly motivated Trinity Gaels team of 13 players. Having only been beaten once in the last year, and with a number of Dublin players we knew we were in for a tough battle. Our girls were up for the fight from the throw in. Our midfield worked tirelessly all day winning a lot of high ball under pressure.Trinty were always dangerous on the break, but our back line stood up well to the pressure, with numberous blocks and ferocious tackling time and time again.

Our first knock came when we lost Emma O'Riordan after six minutes (with a broken arm). Fortunately we have a strong bench, that we used throughout the match,The wind made taking points difficult, but the forwards dug deep scoring a couple of goals throughthe packed Gaels defence.We went in at halftime a goal to the good, but facing a strong wind in the second half, knowing we would have a challenge on our hands.The second half was ferocious, and tested us like never before as wave after wave of physical attack came.

Our half backs , mid and half forward marked tightly and tackled strongly throughout. Everyone was used from the 9 on our bench. Our goalie and backs were superb saving shot after shot but in the end their intercounty players proved to be the difference between the sides.We came home beaten, bruised and battered, but strong in team spirit and a step better prepared for our feile campaign next year. Report by Eoin o’Riordan

 U16 Div.1 & 2 Championship finals

Even when you've played the game of your life, it's the feeling of teamwork that you'll remember. You'll forget the plays, the shots, and the scores, but you'll never forget your teammates - Deborah Miller Palmore-Basketball Olympian
Simply put, this weekend the Ballyboden U16 Ladies teams played the game of their lives as they contested in their respective Championship Finals. The squad came together last February for the first time and since then has worked towards their dream of reaching the County Finals.

We have watched this group of girls form friendships and bonds that run deep. We have seen them stand together against the best teams in the county and rise together to face each challenge. We have seen these girls laugh together and cry together and we know that above all these girls will never forget their journey, their teammates, their friends. And it is in here where the real achievement lies.

However, it was a bitter sweet day for the squad. The Div 1 girls saw off a resilient Kilmacud Crokes to win their final on Crokes soil, but the brilliant performance by the Div 2 girls could not deliver that final score needed to overcome a strong and equally determined O’Tooles. Nevertheless the realities of success were not lost in the results. The journey has been extraordinary and the girls celebrated in their achievements last night in their own unique style – ‘spice bags all around’.     
Yet again the coaching team stands in awe of these girls, undoubtedly learning more from them than they do from us. In victory and in defeat they stand tall and demonstrate what it means to be one, together as a team, united. It is on this platform that the BBSE Ladies Football can be confident in a bright future.
A big thank you to Mick Farrell and the bar staff for their patience and support and to all the parents and supporters. We take a break for a short while as our dual players prepare for their Camogie Championship Final, Nov 1st – a great chance to support our girls again. Then we prepare for a league final.
Final scores:
BBSE Div 1: 4-07 V Crokes 3-05
BBSE Div 2: 2-08 V O'Tooles 3-07

U16 Coaching Team

U16 Div.1

U16 Div.2



The Under 16 Div 3 (above)

The Under 16 Div 3 Final saw Erin go Bragh go home with the Silver, but as you can see from the smiles in their team photo, this spirited young group of players continue to enjoy their football under the management of Tom Ball, Dave Mellon and Frank McGuinness.
Both Minor  Championship finals are still  to take place, and as yet date for these are to be confirmed.


U16 Div 5 Championship Final

On Sunday last as sky sports would call it a Super Sunday 4 U16 teams from Boden contested Championship Final some achievement for all concerned in this the first year of a new set up for ladies football in the club.
A strong wind blowing down Cherryfield meant winning the toss would have a bearing on the game. Boden captain won the toss and elected to play with the wind.

A sizable home and away support would witness a game of 2 halves that would go right to the final whistle. Passion running high on and off the field.  Boden up at half time 1-06 to 0-02 and would consider themselves unlucky not to be ahead by more as the woodwork would keep score down.
Man of War came out in the second and set about getting back in the game point after point added nervousness into the Boden play.

Boden cause not helped by a very unfortunate and harsh yellow card with 8 minutes to go and 1 point up. Boden battled with a numerical disadvantage and with the momentum with MOW they equalised. Boden regrouped and landed a superb long range score into the wind. 

Alas MOW response going into injury time level again. From resulting kick out MOW won procession and popped over another point. One last attack for Boden nearly yields a score only for MOW keeper and fullback to pull off last grasp save and clearance just as the ref blew the whistle for the last time. 

Devastation for the Boden girls to come so close to victory 1-07 to 0-11.1 point  between the teams but the we go again next year as the majority of this squad are available to play under  16 next year.

Many thanks to Liam Cunningham for all the excellent photos over the weekend.

Hyland Sisters celebrate championship wins

Ladies Football update 14th October 2014

Wedding   Bells

Congratulations to Graine O’Malley on the occasion of her marriage to Ben Hickey which took place last Friday in Beaufort Co. Kerry.  Graine is an accomplished player with our Senior A team and has also played for Dublin.  Best wishes to the Happy couple from all in Ladies Football, Ballyboden.

Minor A team through  to Final

Well done to the Minor A team on their victory over Na Fianna at the weekend  with a convincing  score of  4 – 15 to 1 – 8 .  They now take on Kilmacud in the Championship Final, date yet to be confirmed.

Championship Finals this Weekend

The finals of the Dublin Juvenile Cup and Championship will take place this coming weekend Sat 18th October and Sunday 19th October.  Boden have six teams competing in Finals over Saturday and Sunday.  All the hard word in training on and off the pitch has brought them to this stage of the Season and no doubt we will have more silver ware for the Cabinet by Sunday evening.  Best of luck to all the teams involved.  Please come out and cheer on the girls and all support will be greatly appreciated.   Details of these fixtures are listed below.

Saturday 18th October 2014

Under 13 Div. 5  Shield Final Boden v Trinity Gaels @ 3.30  Venue: Drumnigh, Donameade

Under 13  Div. 1 Cup Boden v Cuala  @  3.30. Venue:   Cherryfield

Minor B’s Shield Final V Skerries @ 1.30 p.m.  Venue: to be confirmed

Sunday 19th October 2014

• Under 16 Div 1 Championship v Kilmacud Crokes  @  1.00 Venue: Silverpark
• Under 16 Div 2  Championship v O’Tooles   @   3.30  Venue:   Cherryfield
• Under 16 Div 3 Shield Final v  Eirin Go Bragh  @  3.30 Venue:  Cherryfield

Under 16 Div. 5  Championship Final Boden V Man O War @ 12.30  Venue:  Cherryfield

All Star  Nomination:

Congratulation to Rachel Ruddy on her All Star Nomination for 2104. Rachel is among 11 Dublin players nominated this year. The winners will be revealed at the Ladies Gaelic  Annual Gala in City West on Sat 8th November.

U13's Feile Fundraising  Disco

Friday 7th  November 
Ticket only admission
Adult supervision
Tickets €10 on sale in the club Thursday evenings 7-8pm 


 Under 14 Girls  Trip to Leitrim

 The weather was kind to us as we set off from Firhouse Road to lovely Leitrim last Friday afternoon and there is still some debate as to who was the most excited in our merry band, between the 26 Boden U14 B & C girls and 2 visiting French students, the 5 mentors and the 5 Bean an Ti’s but it was probably a tossup between Brendan (Cute) Coyne and Anne (The Jiver) McCormack.                                                                                                                           

We arrived safely and after settling into our houses in Drumcoura City, which is situated 4 miles east of Ballinamore, we headed to dinner at 8pm in the Saloon and after which the extremely shy Lisa Basquel and equally shy Rachel Hall serenaded us on Karaoke. The girls played pool and sang (very loudly). Mams and Dads played darts tournaments which were won by Cliona (Double Top) Mellett and Mick (Can’t see the board) McDonald. And a great evening was had by all.                                                                                                                    
Bed was at 11pm- ish so the girls could get a good night’s sleep for the 2 matches we had organised for the next day. We are not sure if the girls got any sleep at all, not to mention Roseann Basquel and Adrienne Doyle Flaherty who were up all night from what we heard (only saying!)Breakfast was at 10am, again in the Saloon, where we all ate together all weekend which was great fun and then we set off  in the dense Leitrim fog for Ballinamore. 
Aughawillan was first up at 12.30pm. We not sure what happened to our girls but reckon they were still asleep and by the time they woke up, they were well behind however they rallied to lose out narrowly to the home side.  Many thanks to Aughawillan for a wonderful sporting game, a credit to the fine people of Leitrim. The Boden girls of Clare Kearney, Sheena Morris, Hannah Bolger, Grace Doyle Flaherty and especially Sarah McGrath in goals had fine games. So it would seem that some girls must have gone to bed early!   A Ballyboden jersey signed by Boden and Dublin Footballers Michael Darragh Macauley, Darragh Nelson and Declan O’Mahony was presented to the club. Many thanks to the lads for signing the same.                                                                                                                              

Next up was Sean O’Heslins of Ballinamore at 2pm. This was another fine game of football, nip and tuck all the way with a draw the fairest result for all. Ballinamore had a couple off 11 year olds playing so the future is bright for Leitrim ladies football with these kids around. Our girls battled and we saw some superb displays by both Grace Campbells (yes we have 2) and Niamh McCormack in goals, Katie Coyne and especially Emily (Two Goal) O’Gorman…. she’s getting good at scoring goals that one! A second jersey signed by the 3 boys was presented to Ballinamore.                                                                                                          

The host clubs kindly invited us into the Ballinamore clubhouse for tea and cake, where the girls mixed and chatted about the disco we had organised for that evening.                      

Back to Drumcoura for a fantastic Western riding display by Ron Wiesz, a friend of Stephen Campbell’s, who organised the weekend with Colm Bolger...you gotta see this show folks and every girl got a spin on the horses including a few Moms and Dads.                                                      

Dinner and Disco time then and we can’t say too much about the disco but if the girls can play football as well as they can dance, things are looking well for the future of  Ballyboden Ladies.                                                                                                                        

   Sunday morning was a quiet affair and after a sedate breakfast, we set off for home to arrive back at the clubhouse in the early afternoon. There wasn’t a sound in the cars on the homeward journey.

A special thanks to Cliona for the superb photography. We can’t wait for the slide show on the night we have planned for our end of year party                                                                                                         

The Ballyboden girls and guests were very well behaved and a credit to the Club and their parents. Well done girls. The weekend was such a success that we may even go back next year. I know the Leitrim girls have made friends and sure isn’t that what it’s all about. Well done everybody.                               
Finally a big thank you to the parents who travelled. We could not do this without you guys...Adrienne Doyle Flaherty, Cliona Mellett, Ann McCormack, Margaret McGrath, Roseann Basquel, Willie Kearney and the 4 mentors Brendan Coyne, Mick McDonald, Colm Bolger and Stephen Campbell.Ps: Poor Jenny McMyler was unfortunate to get sick on Thursday and was unable to travel Don’t worry Jen we will get you next time!

 Report by Stephen Campbell Under 14 parent.


Ladies Update 7th Oct 2014

Under 16’s progress to Finals in Style:

Well done to our three   U16’s Ladies Football teams who  are  all through to championship finals, while our U16 Div. 3 team are through to a Shield final. The Div 1 team  had  a comprehensive victory over Na Fianna with a score of  6 – 14 to 1 – 4.   Under16 Div. 2  Boden 8 – 12  Synge St 0 – 4 . Under 16 Div 5 Boden 3 -10 Round Towers 0 – 5.     Andy McGrane’s report below gives a good account of Division 1  and Division 2  journey so far this year.

A wise person once said 'Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you' . In January this year the Under 16 Ladies squad comprising the girls of Div 1 & 2, came together to begin a journey. And even though this newly formed group of players faced the most basic of challenges such as not knowing the names of the girls they were now expected to train and play alongside they, as a group agreed one goal. Their goal, set so early in the season was to win a place in the Dublin Championship finals.

This was an ambitious task but without stopping, hesitating or delaying they set about taking the first steps on their journey as they walked onto the training pitch and introduced themselves to each other. Since that time they have worked hard, developing themselves as a team and as individuals. They have striven for the mark they set before themselves. There were many challenges along the way but each overcome as the girls learned and progressed. This weekend the girls accomplished their goal as they played their way successfully through their semi-finals and into the Div 1 & 2 Championship final. Superb Victories over Na Fianna and Templeogue Synge Street ensured qualification.

The girls celebrated their achievement in the fashion they like best - chips and spice bags delivered to their favourite clubhouse!! (A big thanks to Mick Farrell and the team for being so accommodating). Indeed a big thanks to all the proud supporters - parents, grand-parents, brothers, sisters and friends. And from the post-match conversations it is clear that the girls have set themselves one more goal !!!  To achieve this they will approach it in their usual way, which is to focus on the next step.....training on Tuesday.As soon as we know the details for the final we will issue.

Under16 Div 1 and Di. 2  relaxing in Club on Sunday evening.

Hard luck to our Under 14 Div. 1 team who were knocked out of their championship reign by Foxrock Cabinteely,  while the Under  14 Div.  5 team  bowed out to Na Fianna on Sunday.  However the Under  13 Div. 1 team were victorious over Na Fianna with a score of 4 – 4  to 3 – 5 and are now through to a Cup Final.

 U13's Feile Fundraising  Disco

Friday 7th  November

Ticket only admission
Adult supervised
Tickets €10 on sale in the club Thursday evenings 7-8pm 

Wedding Bells this week

Best wishes to Senior Ladies Footballer  Graine O’Malley on the occasion of her marriage to Ben on  Friday 10th  in Beaufort , Co Kerry.

All-Ireland 7 a side 27th Sept 2014

Ballyboden senior ladies enjoyed a very successful day at the All Ireland Sevens in Naomh Marnóg by winning three games drawing one and losing their last game in the quarter final  to the eventual winners Kilerarin Co Galway. 
Boden lined out with a mix of youth and experience : Rachel Nugent, Elaine Mc Grath, Aoife O Brien, Sarah O Brien, Cathy O Neill, Sinead Crowley, Grainne Archbold, Niamh McMahon, Katie Murphy, Emma Grey, Sinead Ryan, Alisha Fitzpatrick. These girls can be rightfully proud of their performances throughout against some tough opposition. 

Game one                Boden 7- 4 ; Maynooth 3 – 5
Game two                Boden 0 – 7; St. Brendans Galway 1 – 4 (draw)
Game three              Boden 5 – 9 ; Breda (Co. Down)  0 – 0.
Game four              Boden 5 – 3 ; Errigal Chiaráin (Tyrone) 0 – 8 
Game five Q. Final: Boden 1 – 2 ; Kilearin (Galway) 7 – 3. 

The outstanding performance was saved for game four when a quality Errigal Chiaráin side were outplayed and kept goaless throughout. The girls applied to the tactics to perfection while at the same time playing superb possession football. 
Well done on a memorable day. Thanks to parents who came out to support and help out on the day Declan O B, Mike, Nuala, Peter. Congratulations to Naomh Marnóg on an excellently organised tournament. Menotors Derek, Seán, Declan O R, Pat. 


Ladies Football Tournament

On Saturday morning last the sun shone brightly on Cherryfield  and our 2nd Ladies Football 7 aside tournament got under way. From early morning a team of galant men were busy putting up goal post, nets  and assembling a  marquee.   A total of 26 teams took part  on  the day  long event which kicked off at 10.30 with military precision.    Teams named after every county in the Country (except Dublin) took their position on  all three  Cherryfield  pitches.   A competitive skills competition coordinated by Dave McMylyer ran alongside the matches .   A full team of managers drafted in for the tournament worked hard with their teams throughout the day.  Eugene Gargan did a super job on the P.A.  system  keeping everybody well informed  and  making sure everything ran on time.  Thanks to Nuala Dundon who among other duties kept the scoreboard updated  all  day.  Thanks to Carmel Wright,  Karen Gray and Noreen Flanagan  who looked after all the First Aid requirements throughout the day and indeed they were kept busy.   A rota of traffic wardens ensured that the pedestrian crossing was manned and nobody was in danger crossing that busy road.  Meanwhile across the road  the waft of Dave Mellons  Barbeque  drew the hungry contestants over for Dave’s signature Burgers.  Well done to Dave and his assistants Linda McCullagh, Sue Dalton, Eddie O’Brien, Martin McGrath  and Claire Flynn  who made sure everyone was well catered for..    Thanks to Mary, Jackie and Kathleen who continued serving their famous Tea and scones well into late afternoon.    This was a welcome treat for the parents and spectators who needed a break from the side-lines.  Gabby Harding and Liam Cunningham  had their Camera Lens  in action  to capture the day long activites.  These photographs are now up on Bodens Facebook page and are all the photos can be downloaded from the following   flicker account : https://www.flickr.com/photos/123960752@N04/sets/  Well done lads.

.  As the semifinal  games concluded all the teams lined out to form a  guard of honour for the 2004 All Ireland winning teamThe Legends  team  were applauded and welcomed  onto the pitch by all  present and they duly played out their 7 aside  match.  It was a great to welcome   girls like Martina Farrelly, Karen HopkinsNoelle Comyn, Sorcha Timmon, and Louise Kelly back on the playing turf of Ballyboden.  Some of the players brought along their now biggest fans to see  their mums tog out for the first time.   Baby Oisin O’Regan made his debut on the sideline  as a supporter for  the game.  Afterwards Legends team captain Karen Hopkins was again presented with the real All Ireland winning Club Cup which was on loan for the day.  The event  rounded of with the presentations  and the medals and Trophies were presented by Karen and Aisling Farrelly   Congratulations to the following girls who received awards  on the day.

Winner of Skill Competition :  Under 11  Megan O’Brien, Under 12 Orla Hannon, Under 13 Emma O’Riordan, Under 14 Bronagh Lynn, Under 16 Hannah Hyland.

Player of the Tournament :    Under 11 Hannah Byrne,  Under 12  Ciara Lynch, Under 13  Olivia Meagher, Under 14 Eva Cunningham, Under 16  Amy Cunningham.

A Tribute to Our Sponsors:

The Ladies Football Committee would like to thank  Ken O’Toole Store Manager, Super Valu  , Knocklyon and Denis Daly, Rathfarnham Dental Practice for coming on board as our  Sponsors on the day.  I should also mention again Boden Drama Group  who also supported us with their production of Siapan Summer a few weeks  ago.   All this  support contributed to  last Saturday’s tournament been a great success.

Under 10 trip to Croke Park

The U10s turned out in huge numbers (53) to travel to Croke Park on Sunday to roar on their support for Natalia and Rachel as well as the rest of the Dublin Ladies.

The excitement of the trip started as soon as they boarded the double decker coach at the club house (who from their parents’ generation would have thought this would be such a big deal!!)

On entering Croke Park the girls took their seats right at the front of the Cusack Stand within touching distance of the hallowed turf. Emotions increased even more as both Natalia and Rachel nodded approvingly towards the girls from the parade. The girls hoped the show of support in their Ballyboden jerseys would spur them on.

Unfortunately it was not to be despite the huge effort of the Dublin team. The excitement on the day was palpable but the girls were really disappointed with the final result. You could sense from many of the girls there that they were asking themselves what would it take for them to be on that pitch some day. This is what dreams are made of.

The ultimate disappointment with the result was tempered somewhat by the stop at the sweet shop on the way home!

All in all a terrific experience for the girls and hopefully the first of many to come.

The coaches would like to thank the parents who helped with the supervision on the day – Orla Molloy, Aisling Power, Leonie Burke, Niamh Feely and Eamonn Reid,

Above U13 girls at Croke Park

Under 16 trip to Croke Park

There comes a moment in the development of any team when the coaches look on and see that what was once a group of individuals has evolved into a single minded working group.

This moment arrived in the most unlikely of places for the U16 Div 1&2 ladies football team this weekend as the girls traveled together to the All Ireland ladies final on Sunday last. Many of the girls played a challenge match on Sunday morning before rushing off to ensure the make-up was perfectly applied before taking their place on the bus headed for Croke Park.

It was a fun trip from start to finish and although the result of the match did not go Dublins way this did not deter the girls from achieving their ultimate goal of the day.....chips and spice bags from Silvios.  

With no input from the coaching team the girls pulled together to orgainse a feast fit for a king (or queen!!) while on the bus home. The orders were listed against names, monies collected, change returned and order placed before we got to Harold's Cross. In the clubhouse tables were set up, cutlery set out and drinks ordered. Soon after the boxes of chips and spice bags arrived and were distributed in a civilised manner. And all done efficiently and orderly.

What a moment for these girls. What a display of readiness as a team. And it is against this unlikely background of teamwork that we step into the final week of preparation for our 2 semi-finals next Sunday.

The U16 Coaching Team

Next weekend its back to normal fixtures as the play offs commence  in the championship.  Best of luck to all teams over the next few weeks.  Full list of all fixtures are available on www.dublinladiesgaelic.ie

Ladies Football Update 23rd September 2014

Ladies  Football  7 A Side Tournament

We welcome the 2nd year of our Ladies Football 7 aside tournament this Saturday the  27th of September in Cherryfield , opposite the club house  .    Following the success of last year’s event  we hope that this  years tournament  will be even better.   A dedicated committee led by Donagh O’Farrell and Dave McMyler have been working hard over the past number of weeks  to ensure that this event  runs smoothly and that players and supporters  have a great day.  One of the highlights of the days activities  is the Legends game  featuring  players from  the  Clubs  first  All Ireland  winning team in  2004.  As this is the tenth anniversary  of that fantastic  achievement it will be great to welcome back these Boden  heroine’s  and introduce them to all the young juvenile players on the day.    This game is scheduled to throw in at 3.30 p.m.   Dave Mellon has scrubbed down his Barbecues and is donning his Chef hat once again to make sure nobody goes hungry.  Tea and scones will be served  by Jackie and her friendly team of assistance until 3.p.m.  The day’s events kicks off at 10.30 with a total of 28 teams registered  to compete  over the course of the day.   With a bit of lady luck on our side we hope that the good weather will last until the week end and make it a day to remember.   Your support will be greatly appreciated.



Dublin Ladies take on Cork in the All Ireland Final @ 4.00 p.m. in Croke Park next Sunday 28th September.  Best of luck to Rachel, Natalia and all the team  as they take on this formidable Cork  side.  Great to see that there are a number of buses going from Boden to support our girls in Blue.

Senior A Ladies

Best of Luck to Derek Ward and his panel of senior girls as they head out to Naomh Mearnog to take part in the All Ireland 7’s on Saturday next. 

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Deirdre Farrelly and Oliver Allen who were married recently in  Knocklyon Church.   Deirdre plays Football with the Senior B.  We wish them both all the best for the future.

Baby Oisín

The Ladies Football section would like to congratulate Brian and Joanne on the birth of their lovely little Baby Boy Oisín who arrived  last week.  We understand Joanne that you won’t be lining out for the Legends game next Saturday!

U16's Div.1 & 2 record Championship wins

From the throw in the U16 Div 1 girls showed that hard work combined with working together is a force to be reckoned with. The many months of dedication to fitness, skills development, tactics and drill work allowed this team to perform to the high standards they set for themselves. Each girl moved in support of the next creating many scoring chances which were confidently executed. Many of the scores were a direct result of the hard work and quick thinking of the full and half back lines. Added to this the accuracy and timing of our kick outs enabled the mid-field and forwards to create and convert goal and point scoring opportunities.
After a ‘score for score’ opening 10 minutes the Boden girls started to put space between themselves and Cuala. At half time the score was 5-7 to 2-2 in favour of BBSE. The second half was played with the wind at the backs of the Ballyboden girls. There was a determined effort by the whole team to ensure no goals were conceded in the second half, and that’s what was achieved – no goals. In fact only 3 points conceded in the second half against a scoring tally of 4 goals and 3 points for BBSE.
Final score Cuala 2-5 / Ballyboden 9-10    
Back to the training pitch on Tuesday.
U16 Coaching Team

Naomh Barrog 1-09 BBSE 6-13

While Kilkenny and Tipperary were contesting the All-Ireland final on Sunday Bodens' U16 Div.2 Ladies footballers began their Championship with a tricky away fixture in Pairc Barrog. In glorious sunshine they were hoping to emulate their Div.1 friends and training partners who, earlier in the day, had dispatched Cuala in clinical style. After a nervy start where the Boden girls were uncharacteristically sloppy the game settled down and both teams traded points until the home side found the net and tagged on another point to lead by 4 points midway through the first half. The Mentors identified a couple of changes and they immediately paid dividends with Boden finding the net themselves and from there they never looked back going in at half time 2-07 to 1-04 to the good. Confidence restored, the second half proved to be a team performance to be proud of with the backs, not only repelling attacks, but also displaying a steely determination not to concede goals. This set up a platform from which the midfielders and forwards flourished with the girls following the game plan to great effect. Attack after attack yielded scores with the kind of play any coach would be proud of. A final score of 6-13 to 1-09 didn't flatter the team and was well deserved. The focus now turns to Castleknock next Sunday. Well done to all the panel and thanks to the U14A girls who were fine additions to the squad.


Bill Daly Tribute - Gerry O' Sullivan

In 1994, Bill Daly made his move. He drafted a proposal to the Club Executive requesting that a Ladies Football Section be established. As always a careful planner, Bill had prepared the way by firstly airing the subject with then Chair and Vice Chair John Kirwan and Gerry O’Sullivan. He left in the knowledge that he was pushing an open door and in no time the Ladies Section was formed with Bill as its first Chair and guiding light. The operating name of the club was changed to Ballyboden St Endas GAA, Camogie and Ladies Football Club – the first of its kind in Ireland. It is interesting to note that it has taken the three National Associations nearly 20 years to agree that integrating the Gaelic games organisations is in the best interests of all parties – Ballyboden St Endas made that call two decades ago.

Bill’s association with Ladies Football was rather fortuitous. The Ladies Football Association was formed in 1974 but had made little impression on the mind-set of the club. Kathleen O’Sullivan who has played such a leading role in the development of camogie asked Bill if he would help with some football coaching in Loreto Girls National School. Bill obliged and the team made it to the Cumann na mBunscol final in Croke Park. The seeds had now been sown and as many of the girls were camogie players with the club, the natural next step was for the club to offer the game it its female members.

Bill’s prowess as a football coach pre-dated his ladies football involvement. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s Bill was part and parcel of the underage football scene in the club with comrades like Padraig McManus, Greg Heraty and others. He was part of big breakthroughs in 1993 when the club won its second Minor Football championship and in 1995 when the first U21 championship was captured. Players of the calibre of his son Daire, Gary Colleran, Eric Millar, Shane Heraty, Geoffrey Haughton,Nigel Curran, Damien Bolger, Donal Griffin, Patrick Greville, Alan Ryan and more were among those to come under his tutelage.

That love for the big ball was nurtured in his native Mullagh near Bailieborough in County Cavan where Bill was born and raised. He played for Cavan in the 1956 Ulster final losing by two points to Armagh. His brother Peter had an active playing and management role in the club during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Like Peter, Bill was a proud member of An Garda Siochána. In that capacity he worked in Scotstown (Monaghan) and Callan (Kilkenny) and spent many periods in Dublin on Ministerial Detail looking after the transport and other needs of former Taoiseach Sean Lemass, former Parliamentary Secretary Noel Lemass and especially with fellow Cavan man Government Minister and Tánaiste John Wilson. John Wilson had been a famous Cavan footballer and played in the 1947 All-Ireland final in the Polo Grounds against Kerry when the Ulster side was victorious. In 1997, Bill was present in the club when the Boden honoured John and another member, the late Batt Garvey, who played for Kerry in that famous final fifty years earlier.

Whatever Bill did in the club, his able lieutenant was his wife Nuala who died in 2013 after a difficult battle with illness. Nuala shared in all the joys and celebrations associated with those days when the club began to make rapid strides forward.
There were many highlights – the first senior ladies championship in 2000, the trip to Paris in 2002 with the senior championship winning camogie team, the first Leinster Club title in the club’s history in 2001 and the crowning glory – the All-Ireland title win in St Brendan’s Park, Birr in 2004.

Bill served at Dublin County Board, Leinster Provincial Council and national levels in many capacities. He was a national figure – respected and acknowledged for the great work that he did. He managed the Leinster Ladies Football team, a Dublin Ladies Football Board Hall of Fame recipient in 2005, and lots more.

His name is commemorated in the Bill Daly Perpetual Cup which goes to the winners of the Leinster Senior Club title. But Bill Daly’s memory will last longer than any material thing. He was a man of the highest integrity, soft spoken but firm in his views. He was meticulous in the way he led the Ladies Football section but he was first and foremost a committed Boden clubman. Current Club Ladies Football Committee Chair Pat Conway puts it simply “an out and out gentleman”.

To Liam, Peter, Caitríona and Dáire and his wider circle of family and friends – Solas na bhFhlaitheas Síoraí ar a anam uasal.

U13s at Surfdock in the Grand Canal Docks

U13B’s Celebrate Winning Division 3 League at Surfdock in the Grand Canal Docks

The U13B Ladies Football Panel celebrated winning the Division 3 League with a great day out on Saturday 28th June at Surfdock at the Grand Canal Docks.

Players and Mentors let their hair down for a few hours Kayaking, Paddleboarding and Jumping (and being pushed!!) from the Pier into the water.

It was a perfect way for the Team to sign off for the summer after a nail-biting series of 1 point win games with plenty of great scoring and backs to the wall defending thrown in.

Well done girls for a great season.

Ladies Football Update 3rd July 2014

Under 13 A ‘s U13A girls had a great day out in Avon Ri Adventure Centre on Sat. 28th June. The girls enjoyed all the activities, ziplining, archery, climbing wall and they even managed to do the Macarena standing on top of the canoes! This was a great end of season day for all the girls who topped Division 1 with an unbeaten run in all their games. Well done girls. (photo below)


Under 16 Ladies Football Trip to Arklow

Last Saturday our under 16s set off once again, as they always do this time of year in search of a formidable opponent, an old and reliable foe, the Arklow Geraldines . A very

accommodating bunch, Arklow Geraldines management always investigate the strength of our travelling squad so as to ensure an evenly matched group of girls.

While back home in Dublin the weather turned grey and wet, Arklow basqued in some beautiful sunshine for the 11am throw in. The Boden girls arrived in good spirits with one common goal in mind, to work hard and bring the skills and techniques they have been developing over the month of June onto the playing pitch.

Boden started very strong with Jessica McGrane taking first blood with a net straining goal. The Boden onslaught continued with the shadowing of the crossbar a regular occurrence as well worked points went over. But Arklow are not known for lying down and began to turn the game as the inevitable comeback was turned on. As we have so often seen before with this group of Boden Girls, when the going gets tough, the tough get going!

2nd half saw a reinvigorated Arklow side take control of the opening minutes. Scores exchanged at both ends resulting in a final outcome - Boden 4-10 Arklow 5-4.

Arklows post match refreshments were well earned and appreciated by the Boden travelling squad and supporters. Commentaries and analysis were put forward by both teams management in friendly banter and the return match dates put in place.

Well done to Rachael Ruddy, Natalia Hyland and the Dublin Ladies team on their great win over Westmeath in the Leinster Semi Final on Sunday last. They are now through to the Leinster Final where they take on Laois on Sunday 13th July in Dr. Cullen Park. Carlow.

Under 10’s

Well done to Cathal O’Toole and his fellow mentors for organising a group of over 43 girls who travel to Moorefield Gaa club where they took part in a Leinster Blitz. Cathal’s report below gives a good account of the day.

A group of over 40 girls went to Moorefield GAA club on the Curragh on Saturday 28th June for the first ever Leinster Ladies GAA “get in the game” U10 Football Blitz. Organised by Aisling Hubbard (Games Promotion Officer of Leinster Ladies GAA), 42 teams from eight counties were present (that’s over 500 girls). Over the course of six matches our 43 girls (split into three panels who each played six games) played clubs from Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Westmeath, Offaly, Meath, Louth and Laois. The challenge set by Aisling was to “get in the game” so participation was the #1 priority. Yet again the Boden girls weren’t found

wanting. The spirit in which the blitz was played was supported by the fun element in which no scores were kept and out of six matches every girl played at least four full matches thanks to the rotation of the panels.

On behalf of the girls and the club our thanks go to Aisling Hubbard and her colleagues for organising a terrific day. We hope this is an annual event in which future U10’s from Boden will participate.

On the coach to and from the Curragh the girls were tested on their knowledge of the GAA in a quiz which also challenged them to think about recent camogie and football events in their lives.

Ladies Football Update 25th June 2014

Most teams within the Juvenile section are now winding down for the summer break.  The U9 girls are the only  Juvenile team  with official fixtures listed for this weekend.  Our under 10’s have three teams heading down to Moorefield Gaa Club in Kildare to take part in a Leinster blitz on next Saturday morning.  This will be their first opportunity to represent Boden outside Dublin and we hope they  have a great tournament.

   Both Senior teams had Cup matches last Wednesday.  The Senior A’s had a good win over Parnells with a score of 2 – 8 to 3 – 3.  Meanwhile the Senior B team went down to Judes in their Cup match 4 – 13 to 2 – 12.   Both Senior teams have a break in Fixtures this week and will return to league fixtures on the 14th  July.   On Saturday last our u16’s hosted a team  from  St. Conleths Gaa Club, Portarlington for a challenge match.  Ned Floods report below gives a good account of the game.

Well done to Rachel Ruddy, Natalia Hyland and the Dublin Senior Ladies as they  beat Kildare last Sunday.  Next Sunday they  take on Westmeath in the Leinster semi final, throw in @ 1.00p.m. in Naomh Mearnog.

Hard luck to the U12 Community Games team who were knocked out of the Leinster quarter final by Kilcullen  by  a narrow 2 point margin with a score of  5 – 3 to 4 – 8 .   Special mention must  go to Mike Fitzpatrick, Pat Reynolds and Ciaran McCarthy  who put in a huge effort  over the last few months in organising  and preparing  this team for the competition.  Although the girls were very disappointed   the experience will no doubt stand to them in the future.

Senior Ladies Championship

The Ballyboden Senior A Ladies Football panel bowed out of the Championship following a defeat away to Cabinteely Foxrock last Wednesday evening. In the round robin earlier Boden's girls drew away with hot favourites St. Brigids and lost at home to Fingalians. It was a huge ask of the girls to step up against Foxrock following unfortunate injuries to crucial players earlier in the season. Having said that Boden put up a huge performance right down to the final whistle. They should be proud of the work, comittment and effort they put in and the way they applied themselves in recent weeks. The cup competitions continue and the big challenge now is to put some league wins in the bag in June and July. This Wednesday they take on Kilmacud in a cup game in Glenablyn.

The Senior B Team

The Senior B Team were also unfortunate to go down by just 2 points to neighbours Judes in the 5th round of the Championship. The Senior B team had a very good run in the Championship despite a very tight timetable of games with five played in less than three weeks. Winning 3 of the games we finished third in the group with 3 teams on nine points and were narrowly edged out on point’s difference. There was a superb commitment from all girls and the performance deserved more and bodes well for the future. This week they take on Westmanstown in a Cup game at home on Wednesday evening.

Other news

Well done to Fergal Brennan and his u14 Dublin team on beating Meath in the Leinster Final on Saturday last. Boden girls Aoife Dywer, Laura Smithers and Ellen Dunleavy are part of this winning panel. Best wishes to Maria McGrath, Aoife O’Brien and the Dublin u21 Team as they take on Cork in the All Ireland semi final on Sunday next 8th June , venue to be confirmed. Best of luck to Bodens Junior and Leaving Cert. students who start their exams this week, hope all the hard work pays off.

Ladies Football Update 27th May 2014

Hard Luck to our Senior A team who were beaten by a strong Fingallions side on Wednesday last in the 2nd round of the Championship.  This Wednesday  28th May they take on Foxrock Cabinteely out in Kilgobbin Park, throw in at 7.30.  On the same night the  Senior B  team  were also unfortunate to go down  to Man O War with a narrow defeat of just 2 points.  However  in round  4 of their championship they  beat Lucan Sarsfields  tonight Monday with a score of 2 -6 to 2 – 2.  The B’s  campaign continues as they take on Judes in Tymon Park this Wednesday. 

Best of Luck to Manager Fergal Brennan,  Aoife Dwyer , Laura Smithers, Ellen Dunleavy and the Dublin U14 team in the Leinster Final  against Meath  on Saturday 31st May, throw in at 3.15 p.m.

U 12  Star.

Following on from her Gold Medal win Molly Conway  was awarded The  Cup for achieving top score in the overall Feis  for  poetry  in the Feis  Maitu on Saturday evening last.  Her team mates on the u12 panel  are very proud  of her.  Well done Molly.  

U16C Team:

Smiles all round from the U 16c team as they finish off their League season with a super win against Skerries  10 – 7 to 2 – 04 .  Well done girls and Management. 

U 14’s Girls

 Congratulations to St.  Colmcille’s Community Schools  U14 Girls Gaelic team who were crowned  Leinster champions on Thursday last.They beat Loreto Kilkenny by a point with a score of  3 - 4 to 2 –  6.  The majority of these girls play with  Ballybodens u14 and u13 teams.   

The team Captain was Bronagh Lynn.

Well done to Eva Cunningham  who was awarded player of the match.

Well done to Maria McGrath,  Aoife O’Brien and the Dublin U21 team on an comprehensive  victory over Tyrone on Sunday at Tyrone's Centre of Excellance in Garvahey. They now await the winners of Meath and Roscommon in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Ladies Football Update 19/05/2014

Well done to both our Senior teams who got off to a great start with their Championship Fixtures on Wednesday  last.The Senior A’s   put in a great team effort despite missing a number of key players through injury and still drew with Brigids. The B team  had  just reward for their efforts  and beat Peregrines with a score of 5 – 12 to 3 – 9.  On this Monday night they celebrated another   welcome  victory over Cuala scoring 3 – 9 to 2 – 6 . This Wednesday 21st both teams Championship fixtures  are  at home ,  Senior A’s take on Fingallions, while Senior B’s  are out against Man O War,  throw in  at 7.30 p.m.

All four under 16 teams were in action since Thursday last.  The U16 Div 4 team  went down to Howth  on Thursday evening. The U16 Div 1 team enjoyed double success this weekend starting of with a well earned victory over Kilmacud beating them with a score of 6 – 7 to 2 – 9, while on Sunday under very wet conditions in St Annes Park they overcame Clontarf with a score of 4 – 12 to 1 – 4 . The Div 3 team  also had a good win over Olafs  - 7 – 6 to 5 -3 on Sunday evening.  While back in Pairc Ui  Mhurchu  our Div 2 U16 team went down to Fingallions  4 – 10 to 5 -13.

Well done to Maria McGrath,  Aoife O’Brien and the Dublin U21 team on an comprehensive  victory over Louth  on Sunday afternoon.  This first round fixture was played on the Prunty pitch as part of the events for the Official opening of the Ball Wall.  Next Saturday they travel up north to take on Tyrone in round 2 of this competition.

Pictured above are 6 Boden Girls who represented Dublin in the Under 14 All Ireland Blitz which was held in Mullingar over  the Weekend. Left to right  Aisling Byrne, Alex White , Laura Smithers, Hannah Murphy, Aoife Dwyer, Olivia Meagher.

 U/10 Ladies get some top class coaching (for a change!)


Thanks to coach Tony Morley the u/10’s secured a training session with Dublin Senior Ladies full back Sorcha Furlong (sister of Nuala Morley of Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna and aunt of u/10 player Abbie). Sorcha a member of the St Brigids club won an all Ireland with Dublin in 2010 so the interest from the 57 girls in attendance was fantastic. It just reminded us all of the aspirations of these young girls and wherever they may go in their football journey they all wanted to be close to a top class player.


Sorcha kindly took one of the drills so that all the girls got to spend quality time with her in small groups. She definitely imparted some excellent tips. A new and fresh voice makes all the difference!


Sorcha also reminded the girls of the importance of listening to their coaches, recognising what skills they need to work on and most importantly being able to kick and handpass off both sides. This definitely resonated with the girls and the permanent (boring!) coaches can now hopefully build on that in future sessions.


Many thanks to Sorcha for taking time out of her busy schedule to spend such quality time with the girls including the obligatory autograph and photo opportunities!  


U14 Girls enjoy trip to Dublin Zoo


A great day was had by the U14 Girls C Football team trip to Dublin Zoo on Saturday. The sun shone brightly as the girls and parents left the club at 11am. Upon arrival at Dublin Zoo the girls were welcomed at Dublin Zoo by Eddie O’Brien (Jessica O’Brien’s Dad).

First up the girls headed around the Zoo and thankfully Eddie advised the animals in advance that a tribe from Ballyboden were on the loose so they wouldn’t be too frightened!

The girls then got the opportunity to see the Sea Lion show where the Seals did some amazing tricks all compeered beautifully by the one and only Eddie.

After lunch the girls headed back to the specially arranged room were Stephen had prepared a quiz with the girls split into teams of three. Highlight of the quiz was the ‘baby picture’ round where the girls had to ‘name the baby’. The funniest part of the picture round was Stephen’s picture (where did you get those shorts?!) and the picture of Colm straight from a 1980’s Fashion catalogue.

As the sun set the girls headed home having had a fantastic day thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Thanks to Colm and Stephen for arranging a great day and special thanks to Eddie for facilitating the girls and showing fantastic hospitality on the day.  ( Report by Vinnie Keogh) Photos attached


Girls Academy:


 group of happy Academy girls who came together for a  Club Blitz in the Hermitage last Saturday morning.  They played a total of six matches combining Football and Camogie as parents enjoyed the lovely sunshine. The Girls Academy continues every Saturday morning in Pairc  ui Mhurchu, Ballycullen and St Endas Park 10.00 – 11.30 until the end of June.  Photo




Update 14th May

 The Senior Ladies Championship kicks off this Wednesday 14th May – Senior A’s are away to Brigid’s in Russell Park  @ 7.30 p.m. while our Senior B team take on Peregrines in Pairc  Ui  Mhurchu .  Best of luck to both teams as they head into the championship season.

Hard luck to Rachel Ruddy and Natalia Hyland and the Dublin Senior team who were beaten by Cork by 2 pts in the National League Final on Saturday .   On Sunday last Emily Flanagan had a great game with the Dublin U16 team as they overcame Meath with a score of 2 – 15 to 3 – 4 in the Leinster  Final.  Photo shows Emily celebrating  with team mate Mia Jennings.

Congratulations to Kellie McLoughlin on reaching the All Ireland Girls Boxing Semi Final in the National Stadium on Sunday last.  This is a great achievement for this talented young girl.  Kellie is key player on  our Camogie and Football U16 team.  She is also part of the Dublin U16 Camogie team.  Well done Kellie.

The Knocklyon Community Games  U12 Ladies Football team had a great win over Skerries on Thursday last with a score of 9 -16 to 2 -3  and were crowned Dublin Champions.  They now go onto play the winners of Kildare and Wicklow  - date to be confirmed.  This is a great little team with amazing talent coming through from the 2002 and 2003 group.  If they continue playing as they did last Thursday evening  I see a Leinster Final in sight!!  Well done to Mentors Mike Fitzpatrick, Pat Reynolds and Ciaran McCarthy.

See all other fixtures for the coming week in the Ladies section.

Ladies football update 6th May

Congratulations to Katie Murphy and the Dublin Minor Team  on their victory today over Westmeath in the Leinster Final.  Katie had a fantastic performance   scoring a total of   3 –  4 ,  she was also  awarded Player of the Match.   Well done Katie we are so proud of you!  Pictured here is Katie with team mate Doireann Mullaney . Doireann was a key part of this County  team also but unfortunately is out injured at present.   (photo attached)

Well done to Fergal Brennan and his Dublin U14 team  who overcame Laois on Saturday last  with a  score of 2 -15 to 5 -3 . They now prepare for the Leinster final against Meath at the end of the Month.

Best of luck to Rachel Ruddy , Natalia Hyland and the Dublin Senior Ladies who take on Cork in the National League Final on Saturday next 10th May @3.45 in Parnell Park.

Congratulations to Derek Ward, Sean McGinn and the U14 Football  team on winning the Division 1 Dublin Feile title this weekend. Well done Lads.

Well done to the  Under  12 Community Games  Ladies Football  team who beat Lucan by 6 pts last Thursday evening.  This team is mainly from our clubs  U11 (2003) panel  with some of the current  U12 team.  Mike Fitpatrick who has organised this group of girls now prepares his team  for the next round of the competition.   Best of luck to this team as they take on  Skerries   on Thursday evening    in Cherryfield.

Well done to The Senior B team who overcame  Man O War in last weeks Cup match 3 – 7 to 0 -11. This week they take on  St Margarets at Home on  Wednesday  evening.  The Senior  A team were unfortunate to go down again against Na Fianna in a Cup Match. On Wednesday their  Cup Fixture is against Foxrock out in Cabinteely.   The following week Wenesday 14th May  both our Senior Teams have their first Championship Fixture of the year.  Senior A’s are away to Brigids, while the Senior B team are at home to Peregines.

The Minor A game which was fixed for this Tuesday 6th May  at Home has now been moved to Friday evening.  Full details of all other  fixtures are available in the Ladies Football Section  on the  website.

Ladies Football Update 29th April, 2012

The Senior Ladies Championship which was due to commence this Wednesday  has been postponed due to The  Dublin Senior  Team  qualifying for the National League Final against Cork.  Instead there are Cup games fixed in the interim.  Our Senior A Team’s Cup fixture on Wednesday  30th April  is away to Na Fianna @ 7.30p.m., while Our Senior B’s play Man O War at home at the same time.  Wishing Ciara Ruddy a full and speedy recovery  as she recuperates  from her recent cruciate surgery.

Well done to the Minor A team on their convincing victory over Kilmacud on Monday  with a score of 3 -14 to 1 -15.  The Minor B’s were not as lucky having been beaten by Naomh Barrog away.  Best of Luck to Fergal Brennan Manager of Dublin U14 Team and Boden Girls Laura Smithers, Aoife O’Dwyer, and Ellen Dunleavy as they take on Laois in the Leinster Championship on Sat next 3rd May in Channell Park.  Best wishes also to Katie Murphy who’s part of the Dublin Minor Team as they  play Westmeath in the Leinster Final on Monday 5th May.

On Saturday afternoon  last  Tom Balls and Dave Mellons Under 16 team hosted an Under 16 team from  Killinkere Gaa Club in Cavan.  James  Matthews Breffni  girls came out  the winners on the day.  They enjoyed some friendly hospitality  in the Club House before they headed off to Croke Park  to see their County take on Roscommon  in the League Final.   ( Photo attached)

Dubli Feile winners

Congratulations to our Feile girls on winning the Division 3 title today by beating St Peregrines 3-03:1-03 in the final!

All Ireland Winner

Comhghairdeas to our dual player Doireann Ní Mhaoileannaigh, her Coláiste Íosagáin team mates and management, on their great win over Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir, in the All Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior A Ladies Football Final on Saturday 5th April in Dr Cullen Park.
This is the first time that a Dublin School has won this All Ireland Competition

Update 31st March 2014

Senior Ladies Football

The  Adult Ladies Football competitions commences this week, with the Senior A Team out against Thomas Davis for a Cup game on Wednesday evening in Kiltipper, throw in @ 6.30p.m.   The Senior B team play at home to Peregrines @ 6.30 also on Wednesday evening.  On Wednesday 9th April the League starts off with Senior A’s  at Home to Na Fianna  in Pairc ui Mhurchu and the Senior B’s away to Man O War.  Best of Luck to both teams  for the coming season ahead and all support greatly appreciated.

Under 9 2005’s

On Sunday morning “Mothers Day”  over 40 under 9’s turn out bright and early for a match against visitors Kilmacud.   The clocks going forward hadn’t the slightest impact on this enthusiastic  group of happy girls or their Mammies!  Four matches got under way and the girls displayed an exhibition of  stylish Football on a lovely sunny morning.  There are just over 60 girls registered as 2005’s this year and one can see great strides have been made with these girls since they have moved on from Academy last year.    Special mention goes to the following team of Mentors who are now coaching this group of girls, Lynn Mulready,   Paul Hogan, Karl Burden, Trish Bury,  Emer Meade, Deborah Healy, and Conor Daly. Senior players  Sinead Crowley, Orlaith Keane and Laura Basquel also assist with the under 9 coaching on a Saturday morning.

(Photograph of under 9 team to go with this attached)

Well done to Emily Flanagan who was on the Dublin U16 team that beat Laois on Saturday last in Parnells.   Both the U14s and U16s are out again next Sat against Meath.   Dublin Seniors take on Laois in Mearnogs on Sunday @2.00 , best wishes here to Rachel, Claire and Natalia.

For a full update of next weekend Ladies Football fixtures please see Ladies Section on the Boden webpage.


U16 Photo's from last weekend

Check out our U16 action photos from last w/e