Abbeydorney GAA Club News

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The Abbeydorney minor team.

INTER-COUNTY : Best of luck to Brendan O’Leary and James O’Connor who are part of the Kerry Panel for the Joe McDonagh Cup. Their opening fixture is against Carlow in Cullen Park, Carlow this Sunday, 6th May @ 2.00pm. Jack Parker will represent the club on the Kerry U17 team that participates in the Celtic Challenge Hurling Competition this year. In the first round, Kerry will play Limerick Sarsfields in Dr. Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale this Wednesday 2nd May, @ 7.30pm.

CÚL CAMPS : Hurling Cúl Camp will take place in Abbeydorney from 23rd to 27th July. Cost is €60 per child with with reductions for additional members of families. Open to primary school children, boys and girls between 6 and 13 years of age. Monday’s to Friday’s, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. daily. Further details at

U10 : Our U10 team are in action again this Sunday morning, 6th May. Please check with coaches re: this fixture.

U12 : Our U12 team will have a coaching session this Monday evening, 30th April with Coaching Officer Giles O’Grady. Round 4 of the Co League takes place this Friday, May 4th -v- Kenmare/Kilgarvan in Abbeydorney @ 7.00pm.

FÉILE – U14 : Abbeydorney were placed in Group A2 for the Preliminary Round of the competition this year, which took place in Kenmare last Saturday morning. In their opening game, they played the hosts Kenmare/Kilgarvan and were defeated on a scoreline of 2-09 to 0-05. Their remaining game was against Ballyheigue. They proved too strong for our boys who worked tirelessly in both games. Final Score : Ballyheigue 4-08 Abbeydorney 0-01. The team has qualified for the Co. Féile B Semi-Final this Saturday, 5th May -v- Lixnaw. Check with coaches re: time and venue for this game.

U16 : Our U16 team has reached the Co. League semi-final which will take place on Thursday, May 10th -v- Ballyheigue in Ballyheigue @ 7.00pm.

MINORS : Congratulations to our Minor team  who captured the club’s first piece of silverware this year, when they defeated Causeway/Ballyheigue in a pulsating North Kerry League Final played in Abbeydorney last Saturday evening. We got off to a blistering start with an Adam Maunsell point and Michael Slattery goal within the opening 5 minutes of the game. Both sides went point for point for the ensuing 10 minutes leaving the scoreline at 1-03 to 0-03 midway through the half. We threatened the Causeway/Ballyheigue goal a number of times but were unlucky not to convert. Two converted frees from Causeway/Ballyheigue left just a point between the sides. We added another point from a free to stretch the lead again but Causeway/Ballyheigue were just as accurate from placed balls, sending over 2 to leave the sides level at half-time, 1-04 to 0-07.

After the break, Causeway/Ballyheigue hit the ground running from the throw-in hitting 1-03 without reply. We were now 6 points down in the 43rd minute of the game and needed a score before the game went out of our reach. Up stepped Adam Maunsell who converted 3 frees to bring his side back into the game. Causeway/Ballyheigue replied with 2 points before Adam Maunsell added another from placed ball leaving us trailing by 4 points. In the 55th minute, Dean O’Brien latched onto a ball sent into the square and rattled the Causeway/Ballyheigue net. This was the turning point in the game. From there, we sent over 6 unanswered points to secure victory on a final scoreline of Abbeydorney 2-14 Causeway/Ballyheigue 1-12. The team showed guile and determination to stage a remarkable comeback from 6 points down midway through the 2nd half to triumph with a 5 point advantage. Panel : Sean Holden, Eoin McCarthy, Shane Donovan, Jamie Herbert, Shane Conway, Jack Parker, Mikey Clifford, Adam Maunsell, Cillian Spillane, Craig Teehan, Michael Slattery, Jack Sheehan, Paraic O’Callaghan, Ruairí Donovan, Keith O’Connor, Dean O’Brien, Gavin Slattery, Jedd Maunsell, Oisín Maunsell, Tomás Óg Ó hAiniféin. Michael Slattery accepted the Jimmy King Memorial Shield on behalf of his teammates from Tommy O’Connor, NKHB. Well Done to the players and their management team : Tony Maunsell, Mick Mangan, Donal Donovan and Tomás Hanafin

INTERMEDIATE : Our Intermediate team are due to play Kilmoyley in Round 3 of the North Kerry Intermediate League this Wednesday, 2nd May. Kilmoyley also provide the opposition in the opening round of the N.K. Intermediate C’Ship due to be played this Friday evening, 4th May in Kilmoyley @ 7.00pm. Please check with coaches re: these fixtures

SENIORS : Our Senior team was defeated by Crotta O’Neills in Round 5 of the Co. League, played in Abbeydorney on Tuesday(24th). Final Score : Abbeydorney 1-08 Crotta O’Neills 1-17. We are placed in Group 2 for the North Kerry League Competition this year which is being played off in Blitz format. The group games are due to take place on Wednesday May 9th with Lixnaw, Ballyduff and Causeway also in our group. Times and Venues for these games are to be confirmed.

CLUB DRAW : The April Monthly Draw took place last Sunday night in The Complex and the following were the Prize Winners. 1st Prize (€1000) – Kevin Ross, Ballyduff, 2nd Prize (€200) – Chris Barrett, Causeway, 3rd Prize (€100) – John Hickey, Killahan. Congratulations to the Prize winners and thanks once again to everyone who supported the draw.

CONGRATULATIONS : to Kieran Dineen, Niall O’Mahoney and James O’Connor who were part of the Na Gaeil team that defeated Fossa to qualify for the Co. Junior C’Ship Final.

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