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1982 and 1983

1982
At the AGM held on 10th January 1982 the following officers were elected with a new position of Press Officer introduced:
Chairman               John O'Donnell
Vice Chairman      Jude Lynch
Secretary               Sean Mc Closkey
Asst Secretary       Patsy Mc Dermott
Treasurer               Anthony O'Neill
Registrar                Eamon Lynch
Press Officer         Jude Lynch



FIELD PURCHASE A PRIORITY
The AGM had been informed that  the field at Feeny was no longer a viable proposition as the required adjoining land was not available from the landowner concerned. Subsequently a priority for the incoming year was the purchase of a site  as a potential playing field somewhere in the parish.




ALL IRELAND JUNIOR CHAMPIONS
On 18th July 1982 John and Geordie Mc Cullagh, Sean Mc Closkey, Mickey Mc Closkey, and Raymond O'Kane became All Ireland Hurling Champions  when they defeated Monaghan at Croke Park, 1-10 to 0-6.








1983
At the AGM held in January 1983 the following committee was elected: 
Chairman            John O'Donnell
Vice Chairman     Colm Stevenson
Secretary            Sean Mc Closkey
Treasurer            Anthony O'Neill
Registrar             Eamon Lynch
Press Officer       Jude Lynch



PLAYING FIELD UPDATE
Treasurer Anthony O'Neill informed the AGM that the Club's bank balance was just over £10,000 of which only £3600 had been raised during the previous year. This was not a healthy financial state of affairs for a Club hoping to acquire its own playing field. 
During the year three fields had been under consideration but their suitability had yet to be decided.


RESIGNATIONS
The old Parochial House and land at Fincarn came on the market in 1983 and a decision was taken by the Club to place a bid. This led to the resignation of the Chairman and Treasurer. Their positions were filled by Tony Mc Carthy and Peter Mc Closkey respectively.James Kerlin took on the position of  Assistant Trasurer.

TEAM NEWS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
TEAM MANAGERS:
Senior     Mickey Forester
Reserve   Dessie Mullan



RELEGATION AVOIDED
Banagher Seniors had a very poor start to the season in 1982 and the mediocrity continued  throughout the year when they lost to Kilrea in the first round of the Championship and bowed out in the early stages of the Dr. Kerlin Cup.
Banagher were to benefit from the heavy suspensions imposed on Dungiven  and Ballinderry as a result of their County Final encounter when Banagher were awarded  four points conceded by
the aforementioned teams and so avoided relegation.


RESERVES REACH COUNTY SEMI-FINAL
Banagher were defeated by Bellaghy in the semi-final of the County Championship which had gone to a replay after their first encounter ended all square. However Bellaghy made no mistake in the replay and went forward to the Final.

HURLERS REACH COUNTY FINAL
Banagher faced Dungiven in the County Final but were well beaten on the day on a scoreline of 4-12 to 0-3.









TEAM NEWS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
TEAM MANAGERS:
Senior              Gerry French
Reserve            Alfie Dallas
Senior Hurling    Dessie Mullan




INDIFFERENT LEAGUE 
The League got of to a  losing start  with no points banked in the first two games. The next two outings were  to secure four points but it was back to losing for the next three games. With only four points to their credit Banagher were staring relegation in the face but they rallied to the cause and won their next three games convincingly.
Glenullin proved too strong in the Championship and so it was an early exit for Banagher in May 1983.
The reserves did make it to the semi-final of the Championship but Dungiven were too strong .

ULSTER CLUB HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The County Hurling Championship was not completed in 1983 due to fixture problems. Banagher were nominated by the County Board as Derry representatives to go forward to play Donegal  in the Ulster Club Champonship. Their first encounter,  which was played at Dungiven as the old pitch at Feeny was too small for senior hurling games, ended in a draw. The replay was at Ballybofey and the result was another draw. Omagh was the venue for their third encounter which Banagher won by 6 points. Ballycastle was to be their next opponents in the game played at Bellaghy but Banagher had no answers for the more skilful Antrim men.
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