Ballycran (@1.83) vs Portaferry (@2.2)
31-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Ballycran will win

Ballycran – Portaferry Match Prediction | 31-08-2019 13:30

Once again thank you all for your ongoing efforts and I hope you can continue your excellent work within that of the current climate of political uncertainty and financial constraints. We are very fortunate to have both The Mens Shed & Portaferry In Bloom - demonstrating a really committed effort and interest to making the community a better looking place for everyone.

Down went on to play Offaly in the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers. Beating Laois by a single point, and with Dan Gordon being sent off, Down were through to the last round of the qualifiers where they played Wexford at Croke Park. Down had Dan Gordon's suspension removed, but awful conditions and poor Down performance resulted in a defeat to Wexford by a 2-13 to 0-12 scoreline. In 2008 Down defeated Tyrone after a replay in the Ulster Senior Football Championship but fell to Armagh in the Ulster SFC Semi Final. After a convincing 5-19 to 2-10 victory over Offaly, Down faced Laois in round 2 of the qualifers.

Ways to get it back - drop it into the Club, bring it along to Friday's Minor game or see Adam. Can we get the word out please as everyone knows it's unsettling to loose a stick that you've worked with. Many thanks. It is clearly identifiable as belonging to Adam Rogan - see the pic. ***Notice*** A Brian Walsh 32" Hurly stick has been mistakenly lifted during one of the training/match sessions across Sunday.

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Down share with Cavan the Ulster record for most All-Ireland victories at 5. Down was the first of the six counties in Northern Ireland, and the second in Ulster after Cavan to win the All-Ireland football championship, in 1960. They won again 1961 and in 1968; the feat was not matched by another team until Down next won the All Ireland in their 1991 victory.

The following players will be travelling to Darver, Co.

Down played in the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship for three years in the 1970s, even playing Antrim in an unusual Leinster semi-final in Croke Park in 1979. Four Down hurling clubs, Ballycran, Ballygalget, Portaferry and Bredagh play in the Antrim League. Although Down had not won the All Ireland B championship in four final appearances, when the Ulster Senior hurling championship was revived Down won titles in 1992, 1995 and 1997, losing the All Ireland semi-finals by 14, 11 and 16 points. The first two used the experience to win Ulster Senior Club Hurling Championships. Ballygalget and Portaferry play in Antrim Div 1, Ballycran in Div 2 and Bredagh in Div 4.

It is playing in Division 4 of the 2009 National hurling league. In 2007, the GAA announced that a hurling team from "South Down" (i.e. South Down then competed in the Nicky Rackard Cup 2008. excluding the Ards peninsula) would compete in parallel to the main Down team,[1] to encourage hurling in an area of growing population where the game has not been strong.[2] While players from all of Down are eligible for the main Down team, Ards players cannot play for South Down. The new team competed in the National Hurling League 2008, recording their first win by beating Cavan at Ballela, scoring 4-15 to Cavan's 0-9.

We would like to wish players and management the very best of luck. Throw in 6.30pm. Some teams are half way through their campaign and some are only starting. It's that time of year folks! If you have any pictures or videos or messages wishing the team good luck then send me a private message here or email [email protected] Get the flags out, bunting up and jerseys on where ever you are in the world. CHAMPIONSHIP TIME! The Senior Hurlers kick theirs off this Saturday 31st Aug against Ballycran in Carryduff in the 2nd game of a double header.

In 1968 Down beat Kerry with Sean O'Neill and John Murphy goals, again in a two-minute spell. In that three-year period their loyal supporters smashed every attendance record in the book. The 71,573 who watched them play Kerry in 1961 still stands as a record for an All-Ireland semi-final. This system has cost Down teams in the past 10 years or so with the introduction of more negative tactics to quell forward lines with a massive emphasis on the blanket defence. Down teams through the years have played with great emphasis on attack often leading to the neglect of the defence. In 1991 they surprised favourites Meath, Barry Breen giving them the goal that sent them into a lead of eleven points with 20 minutes to go, too far even for Meath. Down was not regarded as a Gaelic stronghold when Queen's University won the 1958 Sigerson Cup, and some of its leading players turned their thoughts to Down's inter-county dilemma. Despite a famous prediction that Down would go on to win three in a row, the county took twenty years to regain its status. They took the 1959 Ulster title with six inter-changeable forwards who introduced off-the-ball running and oddities such as track-suits. In 1994 Mickey Linden sent James McCartan in for a goal directly under Hill 16 which silenced Dublin and helped them claim their fifth title. Against Dublin in the 1964 National League final a record 70,125 showed up. When Down played Offaly in 1961 they set a record attendance of 90,556 for a GAA game. In 1960 two goals in a three minute period from James McCartan and Paddy Doherty helped beat Kerry, who were almost completely unbeaten at the time, and which brought to an end the Kerry football regime for a few years, and they beat Offaly by a point in 1961 in a tremendous match that featured five first half goals.

In 1968, Down beat Kerry with Sean O'Neill and John Murphy goals, again in a two-minute spell. Down was not regarded as a Gaelic stronghold when Queen's University won the 1958 Sigerson Cup, and some of its leading players turned their thoughts to Down's inter-county dilemma. Down teams through the years have played with great emphasis on attack often leading to the neglect of the defence. In 1994, Mickey Linden sent James McCartan, Junior in for a goal directly under Hill 16 which silenced Dublin and helped them claim their fifth title. Despite a famous prediction that Down would go on to win three in a row, the county took twenty years to regain its status. This system has cost Down teams in the past 10 years or so with the introduction of more negative tactics to quell forward lines with a massive emphasis on blanket defence. When Down played Offaly in 1961 they set a record attendance of 90,556 for a GAA game. In 1991, they surprised favourites Meath, Barry Breen giving them the goal that sent them into a lead of eleven points with 20 minutes to go, too far even for Meath. In 1960 two goals in a three-minute period from James McCartan, Senior and Paddy Doherty helped beat Kerry, who were almost completely unbeaten at the time, and which brought to an end the Kerry football regime for a few years, and they beat Offaly by a point in 1961 in a tremendous match that featured five first half goals. They took the 1959 Ulster title with six inter-changeable forwards who introduced off-the-ball running and oddities such as track-suits. In that three-year period their loyal supporters smashed every attendance record in the book. The 71,573 who watched them play Kerry in 1961 still stands as a record for an All-Ireland semi-final. Against Dublin in the 1964 National League final a record 70,125 showed up.

Cork were three points down at half-time but they upped the ante in the second-half and ran out 0-16 to 0-15 winners in the end. They lost to Cork at GAA Headquarters, the first time Down has tasted defeat in the All-Ireland Final. In 2010 Down reached the All-Ireland Final after a narrow win over Kildare in the Semi-Finals. Down captain Benny Coulter's effort on 70 minutes and a fisted Daniel Hughes effort a minute into added time left the bare minimum in it and that was the way it stayed as Cork collected their seventh All-Ireland SFC crown in front of 81,604 spectators.

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Down contested the final of the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship in 1948, having beaten Galway 1-5 to 1-1 in the All Ireland semi-final, with N Mallon the captain and C Mcgourty their best player, and 13-year-old Berna Kelly played in goal.[5] They won the inaugural All Ireland junior championship in 1968 and inaugural minor (under-16) championship in 1974, further All Ireland junior championships in 1976 and 1991 and the intermediate championship of 1994 which resulted in a brief return to the senior championship.

***Notice*** A Brian Walsh 32" Hurly stick has been mistakenly lifted during one of the training/match sessions across Sunday. Can we get the word out please as everyone knows it's unsettling to loose a stick that you've worked with. Ways to get it back - drop it into the Club, bring it along to Friday's Minor game or see Adam. Many thanks. It is clearly identifiable as belonging to Adam Rogan - see the pic.

We are very fortunate to have both The Mens Shed & Portaferry In Bloom - demonstrating a really committed effort and interest to making the community a better looking place for everyone. Once again thank you all for your ongoing efforts and I hope you can continue your excellent work within that of the current climate of political uncertainty and financial constraints.