Na Gaeil GAA Club News

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Seniors    The seniors will play Ballydonoghue in Round 3 of the County League in Killeen on Saturday evening next at 6pm.Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Minors    Na Gaeil played their 2nd round County League Division 1 match away to Austin Stacks on Saturday week last.

Played in complete contrast to the previous week the weather and pitch conditions in Connolly Park provided the supporters with another very competitive game. Both teams gave it their all with some great scores and quality football being played.

Na Gaeil Management requested a big performance from the players against their town opponents and players duly obliged with a very positive and determined display.

Na Gaeil produced a disciplined and committed effort combining with intelligent and quick movement resulting in good scores.  The half time score of Stacks 0-5 Na Gaeil 0-9 was testament to the effort by the players and lead with deserved 4 point advantage.

Stacks, making a few  positional changes on the field and introduced a couple of substitutions for the second half were always going to respond and respond they did with powerful running at our defence and reduced the lead to the minimum in the third quarter and going a point up with 10 minutes to go.

However, Na Gaeil responded themselves and showed character and belief and rallied again and gained a 2 point lead going into the last 5 minutes of a fast moving game.  Stacks rallied once more and drew level in the closing stages and with a minute on the clock, took the 1 point lead for the first time of the match.

With the final whistle blowing Na Gaeil were beaten on a score line of Austin Stacks 0-14; Na Gaeil 0-13.  Respect and handshakes were acknowledged by both sets of players after in what was a great workout for both teams.

Players and management alike were disappointed after a physical and compelling match that didn’t go their way but were very happy with the performance on the day. Plenty positives to be taken from the game and hopefully augurs well for the remaining matches of the county league.

A wholehearted team performance by Na Gaeil but special mention goes on this occasion to our goalkeeper Shawn Duggan who made three quality saves on the day. Well done Shawn.

Na Gaeil V Dingle    Na Gaeil played Round 3  in their County League at home to Dingle on another wet day on Friday last.

Na Gaeil lined out with a couple of changes from the Stacks game due to some injuries and players unavailability. Dingle, playing a familiar smart and composed brand of football started brightly and upset the rhythm of Na Gaeil’s game and gained the upper hand in this contest early on.

Na Gaeil players tried hard but were experiencing difficulty containing the quick movement and team work being played by the Dingle outfit.

The scoreline of Na Gaeil 0-5 to Dingle 0-12 at half time reflected the first half and Na Gaeil faced an uphill battle to gain parity in the 2ndhalf.

With a few positional changes and with wind behind them Na Gaeil  scored 3 successive points early in the 2nd half closing the gap to 4 points.

However just as Na Gaeil  were making a strong comeback a  key phase of the game  resulted in Dingle getting an important goal bringing them back to a 7 point lead again.

Na Gaeil, to their credit responded and with a good point and a well taken goal by substitute Jack Sheahan reduced the lead to 3 points going into the last quarter.

Points were exchanged by both teams again. However Na Gaeil couldn’t find the scores and Dingle closed out the game in the final minutes with 2 more points.

The final score of Na Gaeil 1-12; Dingle 1-17   would suggest a closer contest but Dingle showed their quality with good ball retention frustrating the Na Gaeil players at times.

Na Gaeil will learn from this game as they experienced another level playing in this division on the day.  The next game is also at home to Dr Crokes and players and management with be keen to gain some critical league points with an improved team performance.

Team: Shaun Duggan, Ruairi O’Sullivan, Ryan O’Neill, Damien Bourke, Rory Murphy,  Fergal Barry, Enda O’Connor, Niall O’Mahony, Diarmuid O’Connor, Aaron Dewey, Patrick Roche, Dan Goggins, James O’Connor, Darragh Devine, Darragh Reen, Subs: Jack Sheahan, Conor Hayes, Lee Bryne, Basit Oyebanji.

Our next game will most likely be a town league fixture against John Mitchells, the date to be confirmed. Our remaining County League games, two backlog games against Dr. Crokes at home and Firies away respectively are yet to be set but will be announced to players once dates are confirmed.  Training continues as normal and all panel players ask to attend.

U14    Our Under 14 team travelled to Fossa last Wednesday evening to play their first game in this year’s County eague. Na Gaeil got off to a bright start scoring a goal and a point before Fossa got their first score of the game.

Na Gaeil dominated the opening quarter of the game scoring another goal and two points to open an eight point lead after fifteen minutes.

However, Fossa eventually found their rhythm scoring a goal and four points while restricting Na Gaeil to a single point to leave two points between the teams at half time with Na Gaeil leading by 2-4 to 1-5.

Na Gaeil were quick off the blocks in the second half scoring five unanswered points to open a seven point lead after ten minutes of the second half.

However, just like the first half Fossa refused to give up and slowly worked their way back into the game. Over the next ten minutes, they scored a goal and three points to leave a single score between the teams as the game entered the final ten minutes.

Na Gaeil got the next score to lead by two points. However the home side immediately struck back with their third goal of the game to lead the match for the first time. Na Gaeil did not panic and struck back with four unanswered scores to lead by three points as the game entered injury time.

The Tralee side had another chance to leave four points between the sides but missed the opportunity to close the game. Fossa won the kick out, worked the ball up the field, and scored with the last kick of the game to leave the sides level at full time with the score Na Gaeil 2-14 Fossa 4-8.

Na Gaeil were disappointed to concede the last minute goal and only leave Fossa with a draw but credit must go to the home side who never gave up.

Despite missing a number of players to injury and illness, we had chances to win this game and hopefully the lessons learned with help win future games. Our next game is home to Castlegregory next Wednesday evening at 7pm.

Panel: A Delahunty, S Ryan L Kingston, D Moriarty, C O’Neill K  O’Connor, J Doyle, J Fitzgerald, T Reen, N Rogers, J O’Connor, S O’Connell, J Dakissia, S O’Connor, K Murphy, L Buckley.

U12    Our U12 team played An Ghaeltacht in Round 1 of the County League at Killeen on Sunday last April 2nd. An Ghaeltacht started very brightly and led by 7 points at halftime. A tremendous display in the second half saw Na Gaeil score 5 goals and 7 points to turn the deficit into a 7 point win.

The final score was Na Gaeil 5-12, An Ghaeltacht 5-5. Well done lads! Our next game will be away to Dingle and is scheduled for 6pm next Sunday April 9th. Stay tuned for a text with the arrangements for this game and future training sessions.

U10    We had another large turnout of players at training last Sunday in Killeen. Well done everyone. Watch out for a text from J.J. as we may have a challenge game away to Lispole on this Thursday evening 6th April. There will be training again next Sunday at 11am. Remember to bring your mouth guard & a bottle of water.

U8    Next week training will take place on Sunday 9th at the Na Gaeil pitch at 11 am. Please remember to bring water and gum shields. Remember to keep practising your football skills as much as possible during the week. See you on the football field.

U6    Over 30 youngsters donned the green colours on Sunday last to mark their last indoor session of 2017.We look forward to seeing these stars in action this Sunday at 11am and see them transfer their newly acquired skills onto the open playing field.

Na Gaeil Ladies    Na Gaeil v Finuge/St Senans, U12 North Kerry League Div 2.
We played our 1st game of the year in Killeen on Tuesday evening.

We started brightly with Siena and Cara dominating midfield setting up Sorcha for her 1st  goal, Cara scored our 1st point followed by chances from Aoife Hartnett, Eva and Siena. Siena kept winning the ball in midfield setting up Siun for her 1st point and finding Caoilinn for her point.

When Finuge/St Senans did break forward through midfield Aisling, Elsie, Peg and Priya stopped them in their tracks. Eva stepped into goals towards the end of the 1st half making a quick double save to keep out Finuge/St Senans.

Sorcha scored another goal after some fine passing between Roisin,Cara and Aisling. We started the 2nd half as we finished the 1st half with Siena and Cara setting up Sorcha and Siun for a goal apiece.

Chloe went into the forwards and scored a point followed by a point from Aoife Barrett. Grace found Caolinn with a kick pass and she scored another goal. Katie was unlucky not to score a goal after it was saved on the line.

We finished off the game scoring another few points through Caolinn and Siun. This was a great start to the year with some fine football and team play. Well done to everyone.

Team: Aoife Barrett, Chloe Quillinan, Grace Savage, Aoife Hartnett, Aisling Casey, Elsie Peg Rogers, Priya O Donovan, Siena Lucey, Cara Gannon, Sorcha Casey, Siun Fitzgibbon, Caolinn O Brien, Eva Rice, Roisin O Mahony, Katie Casey

Na Gaeil v Rathmore, Mary Jo Curran Round 2

Na Gaeil Team that defeated Rathmore in the Mary Jo Curran Cup at the weekend.

We played at home to Rathmore on Sunday afternoon against a strong Rathmore team. We played into a strong wind for the 1st half with Ayesha scoring an early goal and a point after some fine work from Mags and Meagan.

Eilis got our next point after a great run from deep from Brid. Nora and Jadyn were bossing midfield and with our backs Sarah, Clodagh O’ Connor and Eimear being really strong with Susan marshalling the full back position.

Clodagh McHugh found Sibeal in space to score a point but Rathmore had a strong finish to the 1st half using the wind to their advantage scoring 2-04 before Ayesha pulled us a goal back after Mary found her to leave us 2 points down at half time. We re-grouped at half time using the wind to our advantage with Dearbhla and Sheilah coming in to shore up our defence.

Caragh came into the forwards and helped set up Eilis and Kate Anne for a few points. Ayesha was on fire scoring another couple points with Caoimhe finding Ayesha with some good passes.

Mags and Meagan played in Jadyn to score our 3rd goal. Rathmore came back at us for the last 5 minutes but with some great goalkeeping from Aine and some great teamwork, we held out to win by 6 points. Final Score 3.12 to 3.06.

Team: Aine O’Sullivan, Clodagh O’Connor, Susan Fernane, Eimear Nolan, Kate Anne O’Connor, Brid O’Connor, Sarah Quigley, Nora O’Connell, Jadyn Lucey, Marguerite Maunsell, Eilis O’Connor, Meagan Sheehy, Sibeal Casey, Ayesha Roche, Clodagh McHugh, Mairin Maher, Mary O’Connell, Sheilah O’Riordan, Dearbhla Quirke, Caoimhe Hanafin, Caragh O’Neill.

Girls U8’s & U10’s    The girls moved their training outdoors for the first time last Sunday to our pitch in Killeen. The weather was good and they enjoyed the fresh air and there was plenty of room for various drills and football. We welcomed a few new girls into our team and new players are always welcome. Training continues this coming Sunday at 11am in Killeen, Please bring a bottle of water and mouth guards. We will be taking a break from training Sunday 2 weeks Easter Sunday April 16th.

Congratulations    We congratulate Andrew Barry on winning a Munster medal with the Kerry U21 team in their comprehensive defeat of Cork in the EirGrid Munster U21 Final in Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday evening last.

Andrew lorded it at midfield over the hour which deservedly earned him the Man of the Match Award. Well done to Andrew and we wish him well in the All Ireland semi final against Galway on Easter Saturday. Venue to be decided.

We also congratulate his brother Jack on reaching the National League Final with the Kerry Seniors and wish him all the best against the Dubs in Croke Park on Sunday.

Well Done    Well done to St. Brendan’s College, Killarney on winning back to back Hogan Cup titles when defeating St. Peters of Wexford in Croke Park on Saturday. What a great achievement.

Fundraising Quiz    Na Gaeil Club are holding a Fundraising Quiz in the clubhouse on Holy Thursday night April 13th.

Tables are €30 with four at each table. Great prizes to be won. We are asking everybody in Na Gaeil to come out and support this very important fundraiser.

It promises to be a great night out for young and old and a great start to the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.  So all involved in the club we would love to see you there and bring your friends along too.

Na Gaeil Cycling Club   Na Gaeil Cycling Club is now up and running with its spring schedule: Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm and Saturday mornings at 9am from the clubhouse. ALL ARE WELCOME, high vis essential.

Fir Na Gaeil     Light Football Training for Men who have retired from playing football and for those that have not played and would like to try it out.

Very little skill is required. This is a great way to keep fit with light training, ball games and a bit of a laugh. Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info. Indoor Core Training on Mondays from 7.00 to 8.00 in the gym and Friday nights from 7.30 to 8.30pm in the I.T.

Mná Na Gaeil     We are a Gaelic for Mothers and Others team who come together and do a bit of exercise, football training and socialising. Anyone who would like to join are most welcome, No skills are required, just a good attitude and a sense for fun.

We are now doing indoor Core work for the winter on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.  Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info.

Lotto   The draw for the jackpot of €8,000 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 4, 7, 15, 28. There was a winner.  The jackpot of €8,000 was won by Kevin Woods, Liosdara. Congratulations Kevin from all in Na Gaeil. Next week’s lotto is worth €1,500. All are welcome for the draw in the club each Tuesday night at 10.30pm.

Bingo    Bingo is on every Monday night at 8.30pm sharp. We have prize money of over €1,000 guaranteed every week with a mini jackpot that increases fortnightly when not won.  A door prize and a half-time raffle with lovely prizes will also take place every week. A bus service is available at 087 2817577.

You can ring this number for pick up and drop off.  100% of the funds raised go back directly into the club. The bingo is run on a total voluntary basis.  A huge thank you to all the parents who offer their time to run this vital fundraiser for the club.

If anyone wants to donate a spot prize for our weekly bingo raffle, please leave it at use and mark it “Bingo”. Thanks to all our patrons who support this event on a weekly basis.

Cards   A card game is held every Wednesday night in the clubhouse. This is a very sociable occasion where you meet your friends for a great night’s entertainment and relaxation.  Everyone from novice to senior will enjoy a relaxing game of 45.

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