Austin Stacks GAA Club

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Put the date in your diary – Saturday week (23rd August) in the Festival Dome. Tickets are now on sale from Garvey’s Supervalu, the Greyhound Bar, Kevin Barry’s Rock St., the Austin Stacks Club bar and also from the ticket office at the Festival of Kerry offices.

Price €20 or Juveniles €10 on the night. We encourage all members of the Austin Stacks Club and the parents of juvenile members to get behind this event. Please buy or sell a few tickets to friends and neighbours and make the night a great success.

All monies raised will go towards the purchase and re-development of the Nuns Field.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: Listowel Emmets 0-9; Austin Stacks 1-16.

In Listowel on Sunday afternoon (10th Aug) we continued our unbeaten Co. League run (we now have six wins and one draw out of our seven games played) when we had ten points to spare over the home side to put us back on top of the League Table.
We led by 0-11 to 0-4 after a very good first half, with all our scores, bar one, coming from play.

The highlight of the half was the four exquisite points, from acute angles, by Darragh O’Brien. Wayne Guthrie was not far behind with some brilliant fielding at mid field. Corner back and wing back, Conor Jordan and Paul Barrett, had a point each (it was good to see Paul making his first start of the season – he did play three more games coming off the bench earlier in the season – and he showed he has lost none of his sharpness).

The other first half points came from Mikey Collins, Darragh Long and Shane Carroll. Shane added to his one from play with the only score of the half from a free.

The second half was more evenly contested but we still had the upper-hand (score-wise at any rate 1-5 to 0-5) with second half substitute, Eamon McAllen scoring the only goal of the game in the 52nd minute.

Three of our points in this half came from Shane Carroll frees with our other two coming from play by David Mannix and Darragh O’Brien (his 5th of the game).

Team: Jonathan Conway, Ciarán O’Connell, Barry Shanahan (Capt), Conor Jordan (0-1), Paul Barrett (0-1), Daniel Bohan, Greg Horan, Wayne Guthrie, William Kirby, Michael Collins (0-1), Shane Carroll (0-5 – 4 frees), Fiachna Mangan, David Mannix (0-1), Darragh Long (0-1), Darragh O’Brien (0-5).

Subs used: Alan Duggan (14m) (0-1), Barry Walsh (38m), Seamus Bastible (45m), Brían Mangan (46m), Eamon McAllen (48m) (1-0), Darren Tiernan (57m).

Our thanks to Tim Slattery and John Joe Sugrue for their help in compiling the above report.
Prior to the game there was a minute’s silence in honour of Maurice Stack (father of Team Manager, Stephen) who passed away recently at the great age of 97 and who was a long-time Vice President of the Listowel Emmets Club.

We now have one more back game to play (Round 8) away to St. Michaels /Foilmore which has been fixed for Ballinskelligs on Sunday, 31st August, But before that we play the scheduled round 9 game which has been fixed for this Sunday afternoon (16th Aug) at 2.30pm in Connolly against Kilcummin, who themselves are just one point behind us on the League Table, sharing 2nd spot with Dr. Crokes.

JUNIOR B FOOTBALL: Rathmore 3-14; Austin Stacks 7-11

Most teams who put up a score of 3-14 would normally be the winning team but in Rathmore on last Wednesday evening (6th Aug), in the semi final of the Co. League, this was not the case, as we outscored the home side by a further nine points to reach our second Co. League Final in succession.

A hat-trick of goals (and points) by Darragh Long, plus two by Darren Tiernan and one each by Eamon McAllen and Alan Duggan eventually saw off a never-say-die Rathmore side.
Three first half goals saw us ahead by five points at the break (3-5 to 1-6).
That was still the margin with six minutes of the game remaining, even though at that stage we had scored a further three goals (6-10 to 3-14) but we closed out the game in those closing minutes with another Eamon McAllen point followed by probably the best goal of game from Darren Tiernan, to bring an end to this 10 goals, 25 points thriller. One other stat from the game – in the whole hour we had just one wide while Rathmore had only two.

Finally it was great to see Peter Quillinan back, making his first appearance in a Black and Amber jersey since 8th February 2003 – yes 2003.

Team: Partick Fitzgibbon, Dylan Harnett, Barry Walsh, Nicholas Gogarty, Tom McLoughlin, Eoin Colgan (Capt), Seamus Bastible, Brían Mangan (0-2), Alan Duggan (1-0), Shane Crowley (0-1), Darren Tiernan (2-1), Calvin Foley (0-2), Kyle Fitzgibbon, Darragh Long (3-3), Eamon McAllen (1-2).

Subs used: Louis Ryle, Jack O’Shea (39m), Colin Griffin (39m), Peter Quillinan (47m).

We now play Killarney Legion in the final but before that we face Rathmore again in the first round (quarter final) of the Molyneaux Cup (B Co. Championship) on this Friday evening (15th Aug) in Rathmore at 7pm.

U21 FOOTBALL: Fixtures have been announced for the U21F Club Championship. Teams have been divided into three groups of 7. We are in Group A. The 1st round involves games between teams in Groups B and C.

The 7 losers then play in the Shield competition while the winners play teams in Group A in the Cup competition. The 1st round games between B and C are fixed for this Wednesday 13th August, with our game likely to go ahead the following week.

HURLING: Our opening game (quarter final) in this season’s County Intermediate Hurling Championship at home to Lixnaw, was due to be played last Monday evening (11th Aug). Check Website for Report.

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

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

LOTTO: Last Monday week’s (4th August) Jackpot worth €5,000 was not won. The numbers drawn were 6, 10, 21 and 22.
The €20 Prizes went to Brian Collins, c/o Martin Collins; Padraig Healy and Niall O’Shea, both c/o Charlie Healy; and Seán O’Connor and Peter O’Regan, both c/o Brendan O’Regan.

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of John Mike McCarthy, Lismore and late of Carrahane, Banna (one of the Club’s great supporters and brother of former Club Players, Mike, Paudie and Seamus); Maureen Cooper (nee O’Sullivan), Ardshanavooley, Killareny (mother of footballers, Danny, Mark, Mike, Vince and Colm); and Joe O’Donoghue, Fountain Court and late of Castletownroche who died during the past week.

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