Austin Stacks Club News 08/09/14

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Fully paid up ‘Adult’ members of the Club are invited to text their All Ireland Ticket request to Club Secretary, Elma Nix, on 086 1053300. Closing date for applications is this Friday 12th September at 6pm.


For Kerry Team Training Fund will be held at all Masses in Kerry this weekend. Austin Stacks GAA Club will take up the collection at the Masses of Our Lady & St. Brendan’s Parish. We need club volunteers to help. If you can give just 15 minutes of your time this Saturday evening or Sunday morning contact Club Secretary on 086 1053300.


After last week’s (1st Sept) draw in the Molyneaux Cup semi final against Dr. Crokes (0-15 to 2-9) in Connolly Park our B team is due to travel to Lewis Road on this Monday evening (8th Sept) for the replay. Check Web for report.

Then we travel to Killarney again five days later (Sat 13th Sept) to play Legion in the Co. League final. Throw in 6pm.


We have drawn An Ghaeltacht away in the quarter final of the Co. Club Championship. As we write the game is due to go ahead in Gallarus on this Friday evening (12th Sept) with a 6.15 throw-in but with at least 12 of our U21 players also on the B team (who are due to play the following day), a new date, which we have requested, seems likely.


Austin Stacks 1-12; St. Pats (East Kerry) 0-7.

Our Hurlers won their first trophy of the season when they overcame St. Pats in the final of the South Kerry Novice Championship played in ideal conditions in Caherslee on last Monday (1st Sept).

After a slow start both sides were still on level terms after 20 minutes (0-4 all) with all our four coming from play – one each by John McCarthy and Ronan Gilsenan and two from Peter Doyle – his second a beauty after receiving a perfect long ball from Andrew Morrissey.

Our two remaining points of the half came from a Ronan Gilsenan effort from play and a well-converted 65 from John McCarthy to leave us ahead by two at the break (0-6 to 0-4).

The second half was just 50 seconds old when Peter Doyle was at the end of a slick move to score the only goal of the game. This score inspired our lads and with Ronan and Shane Fitz dominating midfield we went on to score a further four points in the next ten minutes with John McCarthy on target from a free and three from play by Michael O’Leary, Bella and Pip.

We now led by three clear goals (1-10 to 0-4) and eased up a little in the final quarter when we added a further two to three for the opposition – our two coming from another Peter Doyle effort from play and another John McCarthy free.

Paddy White, PRO of the South Kerry Board, who also refereed the game, presented the Lee Strand sponsored Pat Delaney Financial Services Shield to team captain, Peter O’Regan

Team: John Connolly, Kevin O’Leary, Peter O’Regan (Capt), Seán King, Paudie Bradley, Jim McCarthy, Andrew Morrissey, Ronan Gilsenan (0-2), Shane Fitzgerald, Michael O’Leary (0-02), Joe Brennan, John McCarthy (0-4 – 3 frees), John Bradley, Peter Doyle (1-4), Thomas Meehan.

Subs used: Liam Cleary (ht), Damien McCarthy (42m), Ross Long (42m), Brian Meehan (49m), David Field (57m)..


Next Sunday week’s encounter will be Kerry’s 59th appearance in the final (excluding their 9 replays). Of the 58 played to date we have won 36 and lost 22 (which includes the walk-over we gave to Louth in 1910).

Most people know that Eoin The Bomber Liston is the only Kerryman to score a hat trick of goals in a final – in the 1978 win against Dublin. Many may not know that in Kerry’s history in Finals, since their first in 1892, only six other players have scored two goals in the same final – and three of those were Stacks men.

The first to do it was John Joe Purty Landers in the 1937 drawn game. Tim O’Leary (Killarney) repeated the feat in the 1937 replay. Then in 1939 Strand Road’s Dan Spring scored 2. Twenty years elapsed before Duagh’s Dan McAuliffe did it in the 1959 final. And the remaining two to do it were Rock men – Mikey Sheehy in 1979 and Kieran Donaghy in 2007.


Three significant birthday celebrations took place last weekend. Frances Quirke (sister of Charlie Healy) celebrated with a party in the Greyhound. Brian Neenan and Denis O’Connor celebrated big birthdays as wel,l and but for the vigilance of some alert members these two might have passed unnoticed. Happy birthday to all three from everyone in the Club and the local community.


Continues on this and every Saturday night commencing at 8.30pm.


As always the Clubhouse is available for all types of Parties. Phone Ian from 7pm at 066 7126942 for bookings.


The 45 Card Sessions continue in the Clubhouse every Monday and Thursday nights at 9.30pm.


Last Monday’s (1st Sept) Jackpot worth €5,000 was not won. The numbers drawn were 17, 18, 19 and 30.
The €20 Prizes went to Enda Lynch, c/o The Club; Denis Foley, c/o Denis O’Connor; Josie O’Connor, c/o Galvin’s Shop; Richie Barry c/o Charlie Healy; and Helen Rowan, c/o John Breen.


Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently – Joan Hussey (nee Fitzgerald), Hillview Drive and late of Brewery Road; Danny O’Shea, Balloonagh Estate; Bobby Donovan, Old Marian Park; and Tony O’Donoghue, Church Lawn, Blennerville (one of the outstanding Officials of St. Pats GAA and Coiste Trá Lí).

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