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1984 and 1985

1984
In December 1983 the following committee for 1984 was elected;
Chairman             Tony Mc Carthy
Vice Chairman    Dan Mc Grellis
Secretary              Barry Toland
Asst. Secretary    Mickey Forester
Treasurer              Peter Mc Closkey
Asst. Treasurer    James Kerlin
Registrar               Eamon Lynch
PRO                       Jude Lynch

HURLING SCENE
The U-16 Hurlers  won the County League title while the senior hurlers exited the Championship at the semi-final stage when they were beaten by Dungiven 2-13 to 3-5. Two of the goals came from Paddy Murphy while Gerard Mc Gillion got the other one.

U-16 ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONS
Banagher were represented by Sean and Patrick Mc Grellis , Michael Cartin and Dermot Mc Closkey in the Derry U-16 All Ireland team which beat  Roscommon after a replay by 1-10 to to 1-5.
Meanwhile Raymond O'Kane was included in the Derry Senior side which was ousted by Galway
in the newly organised All Ireland Junior Championship.

POINT TO POINT
Feeny hosted a point to point horse racing meeting on 31st May 1984 and this was followed 
by a successful Banagher Carnival starting on 3rd June.

CENTENARY LÁ NA gCLUB
To celebrate the centenary of the GAA each Club was encouraged to organise a Lá na gClub. As part of this Day past members from football, hurling and camogie paraded through Feeny village accompanied by Feeny Band. Juvenile games in football and hurling were organised, as well as an over 35's team playing a present day team and a "married" versus "singles" game.





1985
The AGM held on 16th December 1984 was attended by 65 members and the following officers were elected:
Chairman          Tony Mc Carthy
Vice Chairman   Colm Stevenson
Secretary          Gerard O'Neill
Asst. Secretary   Sean Mc Closkey
Treasurer           Peter Mc Closkey
Asst. Treasurer   Kieran Conway
Registrar           Eamon Lynch
PRO                  Patsy Mc Dermott



DR. KERLIN CUP 
Division 3 side Claudy upset the odds in the Dr. Kerlin Cup when they outscored Banagher 2-6 to 1-7.

U-16 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS
Banagher U-16 footballers collected the U-16 Championship trophy under the guidance of manager Pat Mc Cullagh when after a win over Faughanvale  they progressed to a final pairing with Drumsurn. A goal from Cathal Mc Dermott late in the game sealed their victory and Banagher won 1-6 to 1-3.

HURLERS LIFT LEAGUE TITLE
Banagher played Dungiven in the semi-final of the County Hurling Championship and in a game in which neither side deserved to lose Banagher were defeated 1-7 to 0-7. 
Controversy surrounded their League title as Lavey had won all the games they had played to date but had not completed their fixture programme. Subsequently Banagher had played all their games and so were ahead of Lavey on points and were awarded the Senior Hurling League Title under the management of Dessie Mullan.


DERRY MINORS
Gerard Mc Gillion was selected  to play  for Derry in the Ulster Championship.




TEAM NEWS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Team Managers
Football    Gerry French
Reserve    Alfie Dallas
Hurling      Dessie Mullan


CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER FINALS
After defeating Greenlough in the first round of the Championship , Banagher were defeated by Dungiven at the quarter finals stage 2-11 to 1-4.

LEAGUE SURVIVAL
As a result of a poor League Campaign, Banagher found themselves in a relegation playoff with The Rossa's Magherafelt. Banagher defeated Magherafelt by the bare minimum and so retained their Premier Division standing.
The Reserves had a quiet season with no significant results to record.

ANOTHER DR. KERLIN CUP
On July 8th 1984 Banagher were crowned Dr. Kerlin Cup winners when the more experienced Banagher  defeated Craigbane 0-12 to 0-9 with the scores coming from Eamon Lynch(0-5), Eugene Lynch(0-4), and a point each from Gerard Lynch, Alfie Dallas and Fintan Mc Closkey.



UNDERAGE FOOTBALL SUCCESS
At Minor level Banagher were paired with Lavey in the semi-final of the Championship but were on the wrong side of a 3-6 to 2-4 scoreline.
The U-14 footballers managed by Barry Toland, Gerard Lynch and Colm Stevenson won the League title when they defeated Doire Colmcille 3-3 to 2-1.












TEAM NEWS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Banagher's league season got off to a good start when they had two wins over Ballinderry and Kilrea but lost by two points to Castledawson. The Glenullin encounter ended in a draw while their next pairing with Newbridge was a more unsavoury affair with the game being abandoned by the referee. Controversially the points were awarded to Newbridge. Banagher however picked up two points when they defeated Dungiven 1-6 to 0-6.
Their league form suffered when their run in the Championship  ended and once again relegation loomed. Defeats to Bellaghy and Lavey followed while they did pick up two points with a win over Glenullin. They suffered two  further defeats to Kilrea and Bellaghy but did defeat Ballindery for two valuable points. Defeats against Dungiven and Newbridge were recorded and a six month ban from playing at home as a result of their brawl with Newbridge in this their second encounter of the season. Banagher defeated Lavey 1-2 to 0-2 thanks to a late goal from Tony Mc Carthy and so avoided almost certain relegation. A relegation playoff went in Dungiven's favour when Banagher were defeated by a point and so relegation was a distinct possibilty again. However Banagher held their nerve and in their game against Glenullin they bagged the necessary two points to maintain their premier status.


CONTROVERSIAL CHAMPIONSHIP PENALTY
Having beaten Glen in the first round of the Championship Banagher fielded against  Castledawson in the quarter- final. Banagher were in front by three points when referee Murty Higgins was fooled by Colm Mc Kee's dive and awarded a penalty to Castledawson which Mc Kee duly scored to force a replay. Banagher were defeated in the replay 1-8 to 0-6 despite Mickey Mc Closkey saving not one but two penalties in quick succession.


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