Club News

With the older age-groups taking a break leading up to exam time, it was the turn of the younger players to keep the flag flying for the hurling club. The Bearna-Na Forbacha U12's did so with great style at the weekend, beating St Thomas at their grounds at Castledaly by a scoreline of 3-1 to 1-2. The team can now bring their winning form into their next game, which is at home in Furbo against Gort on June 11th.  In the meantime the Bearna-Na Forbacha U8-U10's take on Spiddal at Furbo pitch this evening, Friday 27th at 6:15pm, their trip to Clifden having been postponed.
Here's the full report on the U12 game from Pat Fox:
Bearna na Forbacha U12s travelled to Castledaly on Saturday 21st May to play St Thomas in their second group game of the U12 championship. Played in sunny conditions after a torrential shower of rain that made conditions slippery, Bearna na Forbacha and St Thomas served up a wonderful game of hurling. After some cagey opening exchanges and after a couple of missed chances Conor Curran opened the Bearna na Forbacha account with a well taken goal. Play ebbed and flowed for the rest of the half and St Thomas replied with a point before half time to leave the score 1-0 to 0-1 in favour of Bearna na Forbacha. Having played with the wind in the first half, Bearna na Forbacha faced a strengthening wind in the second half. We were treated to a great second half of end to end hurling by both teams. Bearna na Forbacha extended their lead with a super goal by Conor Curran again after some excellent combination approach work, and also scored a superb flicked goal from William McDonnell. Bearna na Forbacha lead by 3-1 to 0-2 heading into the last few minutes when St Thomas landed a superb goal directly from a 65.
Best for Bearna na Forbacha on the day were the utterly dependable goalie Patrick Walsh, the tigerish Oisin Keane and superbly skilful Ferdia Hayes in defence. Up front Darragh Costello and Conor Curran contributed hugely to the victory with big performances. Finally we would really like to thank St Thomas for the warm welcome and sporting nature of the contest, they were a credit to their club.
The Cois Fharraige U14 hurlers finished their scheduled fixtures in fine style with two back to back wins to book a place in the county semi-finals. In the first of these, they overcame Ballinasloe by a seven point margin. Leading by four points at half time, they held the opposition scoreless in the second half to win by 1-7 to 1-0.  
They followed this on Monday with another impressive win, with a five-point victory over Killimor. The lads were ahead by four points at half time, and fought on well after the break to win by 1-8 to 0-6.  
The Bearna-na Forbacha young hurlers are in action this weekend and in the coming weeks. Tomorrow Saturday May 21st our U12's are away to St Thomas at Castledaly with throw-in at 1pm, while next Saturday May 28th our U8/U10 team has an early start as they play away to Clifden at 11am. 
Games for our older players will resume after the Leaving Cert.

The Bearna-Na Forbacha adult team's fine run of four wins in succession finally came to an end on Saturday, with defeat to Sylane in the Junior 1 county hurling semi-final. Sylane coped best with the poor weather conditions, and were ahead by nine points to three at half-time. Both sides exchanged points after half time for a period until Bearna-Na Forbacha scored two goals from midfield bringing the gap down to just three points with seven minutes to play. The next goal was crucial and it went to Sylane with a low drive from distance, and they finished strongly to win 2-15 to 2-8.  Overall it's been an encouraging season so far, having topped the Junior 1 table with maximum points to claim their semi-final slot. The focus next turns to the Junior A Championship.

The Cois Fharraige U16s had a great win on Sunday when they beat Annaghdown in Cregg with a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-14, while the U12's came close on their first outing last Saturday, losing by a goal to Michael Cusacks on a scoreline of 2-1 to 2-4.  Their next game is away to St Thomas at Castledaly on 21st May, with throw-in at 1pm.  Finally the U14's play Killimor in An  Spideal on Monday, May 16th at 6:45pm.

The Bearna-Na Forbacha adult team continued their unbeaten run in the Junior 1 Championship on Monday, making it four wins out of four, with a two-point victory over local rivals Mícheál Breathnach. The sides were level at half time, but as per their form this season, the lads finished strongly again, leading at the final whistle with a scoreline of 2-11 to 0-19.  They're now in the last four, playing the county Junior 1 semi-final on Saturday May 7th against Sylane. The game is in Turloughmore, with throw-in at 5pm.  Extra time will be played if necessary. Please come and support the team!
Also on Monday in Furbo the Cois Fharraige U14's played Mountbellew/Moylough for the second time in as many weeks. Cois Fharraige were ahead at half-time by two points, however the game finished in a draw with a final score of 1-5 each.  Next for the lads is an away match against Ballinasloe on Monday, May 9th, at 6:45 pm.
The U18's are currently scheduled to play their next minor match away to Craughwell on Monday, May 9th at 7:15pm, but as there's uncertainty about this fixture, please check "bnaf.hurling" on facebook.
Finally the Bearna-Na Forbacha U12's kick off their season this weekend in the Ocean Hygiene 13-a-side Championship. Their first game is in Furbo on May 7th, at 12 noon against Michael Cusacks. Games are 20 minutes a half, and it's one-touch hurling. The competition runs from May through July.
The Bearna-Na Forbacha senior team had another fine win on Friday in the Junior 1 Championship, with a comprehensive 1-18 to 2-9 victory over Ballygar at Spiddal.  That makes it three wins out of three so far, and another success over Micheál Breathnach's this Monday, May 2nd, would leave the lads well placed to progress. The game is in Indreabhán with throw-in at 12 noon.
The Cois Fharraige U16's also won well last week, with an even more impressive 5-15 to 2-4 win over Sylane. They have a short break now until their next game on May 12th. Meanwhile the U14's are back in action seeking to reverse their recent narrow defeat to Mountbellew/Moylough, who provide the opposition this Monday, May 2nd, in Furbo, with throw-in at 1:30pm.
The U18's were unlucky to lose by just two points against Sarsfields on Monday in the Minor B Championship, on a scoreline of 1-18 to 2-17. However they have an opportunity to get back to winning ways next Wednesday, May 4th, when they are away to Craughwell, with throw-in at 7:30pm.

With two fine wins in their first two games, the Bearna-Na Forbacha senior team are back in action on Friday 22nd, in the Junior 1 competition against Ballygar. The game is in Furbo, and throw-in is at 7pm. Please come and support the lads in this important competition, which can lead all the way to Croke Park.

The Cois Fharraige U21's opened their account in the Championship with a comprehensive victory away to Moycullen on Monday in a high-scoring game. The final score was 4-4 to 5-25. Also in action were the U14's in the Justin Cheevers cup tournament. Although they won their final game well, overcoming Ahascragh/Fohenagh 1-5 to 4-7, they were unfortunate to lose their other two games by very small margins - a narrow loss to Meelick/Eyrecourt by one point, and by two points to Mountbellew/Moylough. They have an opportunity to turn around the result against Mountbellew/Moylough when they meet in Furbo on May 2nd in the U14 Championship.

Meanwhile the U18's play Sarsfields in Spiddal at 7pm this Monday April 25th in the Galway Minor B Championship, followed by the U16's on Thursday April 28th at 6:45pm away to Annaghdown.

Congratulations to the Bearna-Na Forbacha Junior A team captain Robert Curran and Meabh Ní Dhonnchú on the occasion of their wedding last weekend. We wish them many years of health and happiness together!

Bearna-na Forbacha and An Spidéal combine at some age-groups for hurling under the umbrella of "Cois Fharraige". 

Both the U18 and U16 Cois Fharraige teams staged strong comebacks in their matches at the weekend, with both matches finishing level. Trailing by three points to Meelick/Eyrecourt at Clonfert with minutes to go at the weekend, the U14's scored a penalty in the final minute to level the match at 3-3 each. Earlier in the week, the U18's drew with Ballindereen in poor weather conditions in Spiddal, coming from 3 points down at half time to finish with 9 points each at the final whistle.

The U21's played Michael Cusacks at the weekend in Beagh. Down 7 points at half time, Chos Fharraige steadied the ship in the second half, reducing the deficit somewhat by full time. The final score was 1-7 to 2-10.  Their next chance of a win comes this Monday, April 18th away to Moycullen, with throw-in at 7pm.  The U16's lost by a similar margin to a strong Carnmore side, with 5 points between the sides at full-time. They get a chance to turn this around next Thursday April 21st against Sylane. The game is in Furbo with throw-in at 6:45pm.

The U14's play in the Justin Cheevers cup tournament this weekend, with a place representing Galway in the National Féile na nGael competition this summer at stake. It starts Friday 15th in Mountbellew, then continues Saturday in Spiddal, with the final on Sunday in Kenny Park. For details check bnaf.hurling on facebook. Best of luck to the lads!

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