Club News

Bearna-Na Forbacha's adults played Kilnadeema/Leitrim last Friday in the Junior A championship, recording a welcome 2-point win, although with the loss through injury of staunch defender Cormac Thornton for the coming games. The final score was 0-14 to 0-16.
 
Bearna na Forbacha U12's concluded the group stages of their league with a fine away win against Spiddal last week. Playing with a strong breeze they were ahead at half time by 2-5 to 0-3 points, and pushed on in the second half to win comprehensively on a scoreline of 6-7 to 0-5. They can look forward now to the semi-finals to be played around the end of August.
 

Bearna na Forbacha U12's concluded the group stages of their league away to Spiddal last week. As with a lot of the games we have had this summer, it was cloudy, spitting rain with a wind blowing in from the Atlantic in the picturesque hurling pitch in Spiddal.

 

Bearna na Forbacha put in a super performance to beat Spiddal on a scoreline of 6-7 to 0-5 points. The team played with the wind in the first half and hurled really well to be ahead at half time on a scoreline of 2-5 to 0-3 points. Best in the first half for Bearna na Forbacha were Patrick Walsh in goals who used his superb reading of the game to avert danger. Also William McDonnell showed excellent form at wing back driving forward and giving pin point deliveries into the forward line. The tigerish Colm Forde also had a super first half with fantastic first time hurling  into the forward line. Johnny Kelly Greally took advantage of those deliveries with a couple of skillful points from out the field.

 

In the second half Bearna na Forbacha pushed on against the wind.  The highlight of second half was the set of three goals scored by Daragh Costello. Daragh was ably assisted by the wristy Conor Curran and the hardworking and skilful Charlie Friel. Bearna na Forbacha have concluded their seven group games with five wins and two narrow losses. They can look forward now to the semi-finals played of the competition to be played at the end of August.

Bearna-Na Forbacha's adult hurlers are aiming to return to winning ways against Kilnadeema/Leitrim on Friday 22nd in the Junior A Championship. The game is in Carnmore, and throw-in is at 7:45pm.
 

Cois Fharraige U13s travelled to Ahascragh for the 6th and penultimate round of league matches on a warm and balmy Monday evening this week. Cois Fharraige came out victorious on a scoreline of 4-6 to 2-3 with Ahascragh getting a couple of goals late in the game. Cois Fharraige finish their group matches with another away game to Padraig Pearses in Ballymacward in the week after the Bank holiday.

 

Bearna Na Forbacha U12s also had a great win last week against a very tough, skilful Sylane side, winning by 3-3 to 3-0.  Leading by three points at half-time, Bearna Na Forbacha stretched their lead to six points before a late surge by Sylane brought it back to three points at full time. 

 

On the fund-raising side, instead of the year's turf draw the club is holding a sponsored walk in the Furbo countryside. The event takes place on Saturday 23rd July, with the meeting point being Furbo pitch at 2:30pm. Sponsorship cards are available from club chairman John Lynskey at 086 2511504.

Bearna Na Forbacha U12s had a great win last week against a very tough, skilful Sylane side. Bearna Na Forbacha won the game 3-3 to 3-0 in a tight match where Sylane can count themselves a little unlucky not to get something from the game. Sylane were a big, physical side who were well drilled in hooking, blocking & gave very little room to the Bearna Na Forbacha players, their first touch was also excellent.

Bearna Na Forbacha went into an early 0-3 to no score lead with some nice points from frees from Conor Curran. Sylane countered with a goal and just before half time Senan McDonnell scored a clever, opportunist goal to leave Bearna Na Forbacha ahead at the break by a goal. Into the second half and Bearna Na Forbacha raised their game a little spurred on by the ever improving Niall McDonagh, the influential & brave Daragh Costello and the skilful Johnny Kelly Greally up front always looking for the ball. Sylane and BnaF traded goals with a wonderful long distance strike by JKG being a highlight giving the keeper no chance. Bearna Na Forbacha were now still a goal clear and stretched their lead to 6 points with a well taken goal by Cian Fox coming out of a ruck to score. Sylane thundered back into the game and really put it up to BnaF in the last few minutes of the game. Sylane brought the game back to three points with a super long distance goal and without some wonderful, brave hooking and blocking in around the goals, Sylane could easily have drawn or even stolen the game.  

 Well done to all involved!    

- Pat Fox

Bearna-Na Forbacha's adult hurlers were unfortunate to come off second-best against Castlegar in the Junior A Championship last weekend. Having started well and being ahead at the break, they left it slip in the second half conceding a number of soft frees. Castlegar took full advantage and finished winners with a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-10.
 
Bearna-Na Forbacha U12's had a great win away to Kinvara last week in wet and windy conditions. Despite playing against the wind they led by three points at half time and ran out comprehensive winners by 3-3 to 1-2. 
 
Last week the club hosted a very successful Cúl Camp hurling event at Furbo pitch, with around 100 young hurlers from age 6 through 13 taking part. Also last Saturday a 25-strong club contingent of U8 and U10 players took part in special training sessions in Athenry with Galway hurlers Cathal Mannion and Jason Flynn, followed by a Q&A session, autograph signing and of course a barbecue! It was a very enjoyable event for players and parents alike.
Bearna Na Forbacha adult hurlers are in action this Friday, 8th July, where they meet Castlegar in a key Junior A Championship match. The game is in Tonabrocky, and throw-in is at 7pm and support would be greatly welcomed.
 
The Cois Fharraige U13's are in fine form currently. Earlier this week in a game played in sunny conditions in Spiddal, they comprehensively beat St Thomas 2-5 to 0-3 points. Their next fixture is this Saturday, 9th July at 1pm, where they play away to Liam Mellows in Ballyloughane.
 
Meanwhile the underage blitzes continued last weekend with the U7's, U8's and U10's, with Micheál Breathnach's hosting an enjoyable evening of well-matched games. 
Juvenile hurling is in full swing at the moment. 
 
Cois Fharraige U13's, fresh from a great win over Kiltormer/Mullagh recently, next take on St Thomas in the U13 Championship. The game is in Spiddal this Monday, July 4th, with throw-in at 6:45 pm.  
 
The Bearna Na Forbacha U12's travelled to Ballindereen last Friday. After an amazing game, our lads triumphed by just one point, having overcome a huge 12-point deficit at half time. St Anthony's Credit Union generously sponsored the U12 team jerseys - at the presentation were Gerry Faherty (coach), Johnny Curran (team manager), Declan Lally (St Anthony's) and Michael (club treasurer), along with players Padraig and Colm Forde, Oisin Keane and Conor Curran.
 
The U8-10 blitz in Clifden was postponed due to the landslide blocking access to Clifden at the weekend, but the U7's went ahead with theirs in Moycullen on Friday with a 26-strong Bearna-Na Forbacha squad providing three teams. With each team playing two matches it made for an enjoyable occasion for players, coaches and parents alike.
 
As a reminder, Cúl Camp starts this Monday, July 4th, with over 100 players from U6 through U13 participating. To book, see bnaf.hurling on facebook.
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