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OOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! BALLYVARLEY CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS 2006 BIG UP TO ALL THE LEGEND S
Ballyvarley have a long standing tradition of hurling excellence starting bk in The earliest recorded Gaelic games played in the parish of Aghaderg dates back to 1903 when a Ballyvarley Hurling team took on a team from Newry the ages of the club range 4rm u-10 right though 2 senior level
through the 90 s ther was great success at underage wit the same team of marty oneill colly o cathal o james mc gra and many more won title s at u 14 u 16 and minor
another great team emerged in the early 2000 s led by conor mcclory paul o'neill james mcdermott and fiona o'neill winnin championship feile and league lets hope this generation sparks a better senior team to bring it to the heady heights
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Unfortunatley I was there since September 30th so I missed Ballyvarley lifting the JHC Trophy but I did manage to see the DVD tonight. And thank God for your erudite commentary on the game in the post-match interview. I took the liberity of writing that down as you said it and I think should share it with the world:
Paul O’Neill, pause for a few words here. Well Paul, tell me about this win this afternoon…
Paul: “Fuckin’ brilliant bah, fuckin’ everything we been fuckin’ working for all year. Just fuckin’ dreamed of this happening at the start of the year and fuckin’ achieved it today, fuckin’ class.”
You’s really turned that game around with the goals you got in the second half?
“That a bai there that came on there fuckin’ fifty 2, fuckin’ stuck the ball in the net and fuckin’ been with us all the fuckin’ time bah.”
Enjoy your success Paul.
In case you were wondering you did manage to beat Colin Farrell's previous record of most fucks per unit time with a frankly impressive 10 "fuckin"'s in twelve seconds.
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Ballyvarley (Down) v. Sean Treacey’s, Lurgan (Armagh)
Ballyvarley’s first venture into Ulster Junior Championship Hurling proved to be a successful one when they once more produced a strong second half performance to build up an impressive eight point lead before being almost caught on the finishing line by a late Sean Treacey’s rally. Outplayed in the first half the Reds emerged after the interval to produce their trademark second half rally and looked to be coasting to an easy victory when complacency set in and a late goal and two points left only three points between the sides at the final whistle.
Playing with the breeze in the first half, Sean Treacey’s looked the more eager and sharper side and they had two pointed frees on the board before Ballyvarley seemed to realise that the game had started. Ballyvarley looked sluggish and out of sorts as the Lurgan side buzzed around picking up all the lose balls and winning all the scrappy scrambles to put tremendous pressure on the Reds defence. Paul O’Neill struck the first glimmer of hope when he extricated himself from a bunch of players to strike over a great point from play. Two more points from Treacey’s confirmed their superiority before O’Neill converted the first of his seven frees to keep the Reds in touch. A resolute Ballyvarley defence, in which all seven players responded magnificently to the Lurgan onslaught, held firm throughout and all Treacey’s could manage was two further points from play. A late rally from the Reds, which produced two well taken points from Paul and Martin O’Neill, hauled the West Down men to within striking distance by the interval and the relative relief of a dressing room mauling at the half time team talk.
Half Time: Ballyvarley 0-4 Sean Treacey’s 0-6
It was a different Ballyvarley team that emerged in the second half and for twenty five minutes they exerted a comfortable dominance over the game. Lurgan wilted under the constant pressure and three pointed frees from O’Neill punished their indiscretions as the Reds took the lead for the first time. A great passage of play involving Conor Lavery and David McGovern ended with the latter firing over a sweet point and then Paul O’Neill got into the act again converting a free before turning sharply to send over another from play. The Reds were now three points clear and the fans in the stands were cheering every move as the players had finally thrown off their lethargy and once more looked like a championship winning team.
The first major score of the game came in the eighteenth minute when Conor Grew broke clear to send a ground shot to the net and the Reds looked to be cruising through to the next round. Lurgan broke away to score their first point of the half but back came Ballyvarley with two more frees from Paul O’Neill and another point from play by Martin O’Neill to leave eight points between the sides and there seemed no way back for Lurgan with just five minutes of normal time left to play. Ballyvarley began to introduce their subs and Lurgan tapped over two isolated points and imperceptibly Ballyvarley took their foot of the pedal as Lurgan gave it one last throw of the dice and almost pulled it off. Paul O’Neill pointed another free to leave seven between the sides but then the whole picture changed in a flash with the dismissal of Sean Kennedy, a great goal and a point from Lurgan and a stunning save from Cathal O’Neill as the Reds were somehow left hanging on desperately to their three point advantage at the final whistle.
Final Score: Ballyvarley 1-13 Sean Treacey’s, Lurgan 1-10
The defence once more must take most of the plaudits with Cathal O’Neill sound in goals and captain James McGrath leading a miserly full back line of Pat McGrath and Thomas Lennon that was only bettered once throughout the game and that was in the second minute of injury time. Kennedy was superb in the first half and Colm O’Neill and David La
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Junior Hurling Championship Final: Ballyvarley 3-8 Bredagh 0-13
A super-fit, talented and aggressive Ballyvarley senior hurling team produced one of the most amazing comebacks in championship hurling when they came back from the dead, in the final quarter of a rip-roaring Junior Championship Final at St Malachy¹s Park in Kilclief, to turn a seven point deficit into a glorious four point victory and bring the Mooney Cup back to the Scarva Road for the first time since 1975. The scenes of jubilation at the final whistle brought tears to the eyes of players and spectators alike as Ballyvarley¹s hunger for success had manifested itself in a magnificent second half performance that had clawed victory back from the jaws of what had seemed an almost inevitable defeat.
Bredagh got off to a flying start and in the first fifteen minutes they left Ballyvarley floundering in their wake as they raced into a 0-6 to 0-0 lead. The omens were there for another dismal championship day for Ballyvarley and their hoards of supporters but gradually the signs began to appear that the Reds had no intention of throwing in the towel and bit by bit they clawed their way back into contention. A magnificent point from David McGovern got them off the mark but almost immediately Bredagh struck back with another stylish point to maintain their six point lead. However, although the scores were slow in coming, Ballyvarley were in the ascendancy with Sean Kennedy and Colm O¹Neill driving the team forward with long relieving clearances and with three points from danger-man Paul O¹Neill and another from midfielder Martin O¹Neill the Reds had reduced the deficit to just four points by the half time whistle.
Half Time: Ballyvarley 0-5 Bredagh 0-9
Just like in the opening period, the first ten minutes of the second half was something of a disaster for the Reds as they conceded three unanswered points and with a seven point deficit it looked as though their championship ambitions would have to wait for another year. But the killer goal never came as a magnificent Ballyvarley defence took a complete stranglehold on the game and drove the Reds forward to a most unlikely victory. Paul O¹Neill got the ball rolling with another opportunist point and then Conor Grew got the victory march under way when he soloed across goal to slam the ball to the back of the net and suddenly there was only a goal between the sides and the Reds were in the ascendancy.
The introduction of Ciaran Connolly and Sean O¹Neill to the forward line and a few positional switches added to the momentum and not even a stunning volleyed point from a hopped ball by Bredagh could deflect the Reds from their date with destiny. Two points from Paul O¹Neill and David McGovern brought the deficit down to two and as the excitement mounted it seemed as though the Bredagh goalkeeper, Mark Sidebottom, was going to stand alone against the Ballyvarley onslaught. Time and again he pulled off heart-stopping saves and heart-breaking clearances but Ballyvarley¹s fairytale ending was not to be denied. Sean O¹Neill, the 51 year old veteran of the 1975 victory, crashed home the second goal and, with just two minutes remaining, the Reds were in the lead for the first time in the game. In desperation Bredagh tried to claw the game back but Ballyvarley were now the dominant force and when Sean Kennedy¹s long delivery found the roof of the net for goal number three the Junior Championship Trophy was on its way to West Down.
A jubilant captain James McGrath accepted the Mooney Cup from Down Hurling Board Vice Chairman Gerard McShane, Colm O¹Neill received the player of the match award and team manager Gerard O¹Neill was lifted shoulder high off the pitch as another magnificent chapter was written in the remarkable history of this small rural club.
Final Score: Ballyvarley 3-8 Bredagh 0-13
Ballyvarley now go forward to the Ulster Junior Hurling Championship next Sunday w
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