Club News

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.

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.
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.

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.  

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.
Cois Fharraige U15 hurlers had another good win on Monday against Ballinderreen in Spiddal. Leading by 2-6 to 1-5 at half time, they continued their good form through the second half winning by 4-16 to 2-10.  Both teams go through now to the county semifinals - Cois Fharraige as group winners.
 
The adult hurlers are in action on Saturday Oct 1st in the Junior A county preliminary quarter final against local rivals Mícheál Breathnach. The game is in Moycullen and throw-in is at 2pm.
Bearna-Na Forbacha U12 hurlers were in action last Saturday in the Galway U12 Group3 league semi-final against an unbeaten Gort side. Despite Bearna-Na Forbacha being slightly better in general play in the first half, Gort were more clinical in front of goal and were in front at half time. Gort forged ahead after the break to win comprehensively, although Bearna-Na Forbacha also scored some fine goals in this period. Overall it was a great year for the lads, with a haul of five wins from 7 games. Well done to the team and coaches.
 
The U15 Cois Fharraige U15 hurlers had a fine 4-10 to 2-4 win over Micheál Breathnach's on Saturday, and are now joint table leaders with Ballinderreen. Their next game is next Monday, Sept 19th in Spiddal against Ballinderreen with throw-in at 6:30pm.
 
Last but not least the U8's and U7's were in action in another blitz at the weekend, with Salthill as hosts. Over 30 players took part in an enjoyable evening of fun and hurling.
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