Ballyvaughan / Fanore GAA Club 2006 Season Review


2006 will go down as a long and productive season for the Intermediate footballers of Ballyvaughan/Fanore. January started with fitness testing of all adult players and programmes to work on before the start of the league. Tom Newell of Kilconly was appointed to work with the present management team as physical trainer/coach. Ballyvaughan/Fanore began the league in a positive manner winning at home against Kilmurry Ilbrickane, Clondegad and Eire Og and away wins against St Josephs Doorabarefield and Cratloe. Even though we lost away to Corofin and Wolftones we reached the semi final stages. The 25th June will be remembered as the biggest step so far when we beat Wolftones thus qualifying for the final and more importantly promotion to Division 2 football for the first time. We beat Doorabarefield in the final.

The Championship was so near and yet so far away, being beaten by Ml Cusacks (1 point), Corofin, winners (5 points) and Clooney Quin (3 points). Our best was yet to come with a 5 point hard fought win over a fancied Kiladysart side to retain our Intermediate status for 2007.

In the North Clare Corn an Cead competition Ballyvaughan/Fanore had wins over St Breckans, Ennistymon and Corofin to set up a semifinal date with Liscannor. Ennistymon await the winners in the final.

We wish to thank Paul Connole Trading for their continued generous sponsorship of our adult teams and all of those who supported us throughout the year.


Ballyvaughan/Kilfenora played in U21A grade in 2006. After a brilliant first half, leading Doonbeg by 5 points, it wasn’t enough as always they came back strongly to win by the minimum. Many of this team are underage again in 2007 and will look forward to playing in A again.


Ballyvaughan/Fanore also competed in U21C. With a very tight panel of players we beat the Banner and Meelick to qualify for the final against O Callaghans Mills. However, a more spirited and hungry Mills team captured the title on a day when Ballyvaughan/Fanores best wasn’t enough.


A lot of work went into getting the underage structure right in the club this year. This included introducing a Code of Conduct of behaviour for young people, coaches and parents and all coaches completing both Foundation Level Coaching and Sports First Aid Courses. Regular structured training sessions ensured a high level of attendance on a weekly basis.


This year saw the introduction of a new league system in U10s where non competitive games were played with six North Clare Teams on a home and away basis and each club playing two cup games also. Ballyvaughan/Fanore U10s had huge success this season winning both the St Breckans Cup, defeating St Breckans and the Michael Greene Memorial Cup defeating Michael Cusacks.


Ballyvaughan/Fanore U12s had a great run this year and won all their games to the semifinal in Division 4 where they were narrowly beaten by Coolmeen.
We would like to thank all the mentors, trainers and parents who gave so generously of their time, it was really appreciated.We would also like to thank Patrick O Donoghue, Ballyvaughan for his generous sponsorship of jackets for the underage teams