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Scoil Shéamais Naofa, Bearna claim Cumann na mBunscoil Title

Scoil Shéamais Naofa, Bearna, lining out in the Cumann na mBunscoil competition for the first time in 10 years, took on the might of Brierhill NS, Castlegar in the Cumann na mBunscoil final in Loughgeorge on Tue 13th June. The game started off at whirlwind pace with both teams really going at it in a very sporting game. Brierhill went into an early lead with a long rage effort going straight into the net but Bearna fought their way back into the game. In the first half, Bearna were best served by Ronan Bates in the half back line reading the game superbly as always, the workmanlike & wristy James Fallon in midfield linking attack and defence and the imposing Darragh Costello up front who was giving Brierhill all sorts of problems under the breaking ball. Bearna lead 3-4 to 1-5 at half time.

On the resumption of the game, Brierhill really thundered into the game and brought the scores back level on a 3-4 to 2-7 score line in the first few minutes of the second half. Serious questions were now being asked of the Bearna team by the aristocrats from Castlegar who were assisted by a freshening in the second half. Bearna fought their way back into the contest, lead from the back by the elegant left handed man of the match, Luke Power, and the increasingly influential William McDonnell who both repelled the repeated attacks of the Castlegar team. The game was finely balanced at this stage with about 8 minutes to go, Killian Murphy struck for the critical score of the game to put Bearna into a 4 point lead with a well taken goal. Bearna pushed on with some excellent scores from Sean Dunne and Darragh Costello to win comfortably in the end on a score line of 6-10 to 3-8. It was also super to see Senan McDonnell making a return to competitive action after a recent illness.

Special thanks to muinteoirs Sean and Sean Óg who facilitated the hurling team throughout the year and Principal Maire de Baicer for supporting GAA and hurling in the school.

Hurling update 2nd Nov 2016

Cois Fharraige hurlers celebrated a fine win in the U15C county final in Pearse Stadium on Sunday. It was a close encounter in the first half, with the sides tied at 2-2 to 0-8 at the break. Cois Fharraige pulled away in the second half to win comfortably with a scoreline of 2-4 to 1-15. Congratulations to all on a very successful year. Check out bnaf.hurling on facebook for pictures of the occasion.
The Bearna-Na Forbacha hurling and camogie club's sponsored walk in Furbo was well attended in beautiful weather last weekend, with over 70 walkers between parents and children - thanks to all who participated.  
The club's Last Man Standing fundraiser starts this weekend with €1000 going to the winner. Entries by 5pm on Friday 4th November from any club member, or from Michael Gill at 087-6525983.

News update Oct 26th 2016

Pearse Stadium is the venue this weekend for the U15C Hurling Championship final, where Cois Fharraige take on Rahoon-Newcastle. This follows semifinal success last Sunday, where Cois Fharraige overcame Padraic Pearses at Spiddal by a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-8. The final is on Sunday Oct 30th, and throw-in is at 12 noon.
Also as a reminder this Sunday the fancy-dress walk starts at 11am from Páirc na bhForbacha and finishes at the Halla with fun, games and prizes.
Bearna-Na Forbacha hurling & camogie club is running its "Last Man Standing" fundraiser shortly with €1000 on offer to the winner. Entries are required by 6pm on Friday, Nov 4th. Entry forms are available from Michael Gill at 087-6525983 or any club member.

Hurling update, 5th October 2016

The Bearna-Na Forbacha adult hurlers met Mícheál Breathnach in the Junior A Championship preliminary quarter final in Pearse Stadium on Saturday, October 1st. While not being on the winning side this time, it was a good achievement for the team to reach this stage of the competition, and gives the club a solid foundation on which to build for next season.

The U9's and U10's played Mícheál Breathnach in sunny conditions last weekend at Páirc na bhForbacha, with 35 players on show in a Go-Games blitz. They follow-up this coming weekend in an U10 tournament in St Mary's College - always a superbly organised event.

The U8's and U7's were also in action in blitzes last the weekend against Mícheál Breathnach and Moycullen respectively with a great turn-out from both players and parents on both occasions.  

Hurling update, 28th Sept 2016

The Bearna-Na Forbacha adult hurlers are in action at Pearse Stadium on Saturday Oct 1st, where they meet local rivals Mícheál Breathnach in the Junior A Championship preliminary quarter final. Throw-in is at 3:30pm and all support will be greatly appreciated for this key match.
The U9's and U10's are in action this weekend, also versus Mícheál Breathnach, in a blitz at Páirc na bhForbacha on Sunday 2nd October at 10:15am. Other upcoming fixtures for our young hurlers include the annual St Mary's U10 hurling blitz and the Galway GAA U8 blitz in Mayo, both next weekend. Further details next next week.