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SENIOR HURLING: Our Hurlers received a walk-over from Kenmare in the first round of the Co. League (Div 2A) which had been fixed for last Wednesday (31st May).

In round 2 we were due to travel to Ballyheigue on this Wednesday evening (7th June) but Ballyheigue have now withdrawn from the competition.

The remaining three rounds are fixed for consecutive Wednesday evenings as follows – R3 at home to Abbeydorney (14thJune), R4 away to Kilgarvan (21st June) and R5 at home to Dr. Crokes (28th June).

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SENIOR FOOTBALL: Kerins O’Rahillys 0-16; Austin Stacks 1-8.

We couldn’t have got off to a better start in this 4th round of the Co. League played at Strand Road on last Saturday evening (3rd June) when, after just 26 seconds, Jack O’Shea’s good run put Alan Duggan through for a simple goal. However by the 12th minute O’Rahillys had leveled matters with four points from play, with our only point in that period coming in the 9thminute from Shane O’Callaghan.

Then in the 13th minute Pa McCarthy put us ahead again with a nice point, only for the Strand Road boys to take control once more and, in the space of four minutes, put over four more points. Then in the final ten minutes of the half we put over four ourselves – two by Mikey Collins and one each by Denis McElligott and Michael O’Donnell. This left us ahead by one at half time (1-6 to 0-8).

Just before the break we went down to 14 men and that, together with a black card received in the 8th minute, certainly affected our second half performance. In that second half we could only muster two more points – one in the 35th minute from a Shane O’Callaghan free and the second in the 57th minute by Michael O’Donnell from play.  In the meantime O’Rahillys went on the score a further eight points, as they had done in the first half, to give them a five points winning margin at the end.

While it’s a bit early to talk about relegation, that’s where we find ourselves now on the League table (in the bottom three), so early in the competition.

It was good to see John Murphy making his Co. League debut with the Senior team (he did make his Senior debut in August 2015 in a Town League game) and he performed very well all through.

Team: David Hennessy, Barry Walsh, Fearghal MacNamara, Denis Costello, John Murphy, Jack O’Shea, Jack Morgan, Shane Carroll, Michael O’Donnell (0-2), Denis McElligott (0-1), Greg Horan, Pa McCarthy (0-1, David Mannix, Alan Duggan (1-0), Shane O’Callaghan (Capt) (0-2 – one free).

Subs used: Michael Collins (8m) (0-2), Darragh Scanlon (55m), Dale Counihan (55m).

For the next four weeks we are scheduled to play four more rounds of the Co. League – at home on next Saturday (10th June) to St. Marys; away the following week (w/e 18th June) to Templenoe; then on Saturday, 24th June at home to Dr. Crokes in the postponed round 1 game (although, as we write, we understand that this may not go ahead on that date) and finally on Saturday, 1st July (the evening before the Munster SF & MF Finals) at home to Dingle.


B FOOTBALL: Knocknagoshel 1-4; Austin Stacks 1-11.

Our B team travelled  to Knocknagoshel on yesterday afternoon (4th June) for this fifth game (of 12) of the Co. League with just 15 players and two mentors (Jonathan Magnier and Richie Conway). But as they say it’s not the numbers that count it’s the quality. And it was a terrific performance by all 15 and the two subs that came on . How could we get 2 subs out of only 15 players that travelled? Answer: Those two dynamic mentors – Jonathan and Richie. Jonathan did do a similar thing last year, coming on as a sub in one game but hadn’t played a Club game before that since 2005. Richie, who won a Co. Championship medal (Barrett Cup) with the C team in 2011, did play just one more game after that, again with the C team in May 2013, but hasn’t laced a booth since then.

We played with the aid of a strong cross-field wind in the opening half   and, even though we were behind after 4 minutes when Knocknagoshel goaled from a penalty, we settled well with superb performances all round, including those two veterans, John Dennis and William Kirby, who dominated mid field. Our defenders were also sharp as razors, keeping the opposition scoreless from play in the first half – their only scores coming from that 4th minute penalty goal and a pointed free just a minute from half time.

We, on the other hand, went on to score 1-8 starting with our opening point by Theo Diggin in the 5th minute and some splendid points then from John Dennis (4 – three frees), Dale Counihan with three (one free) and our goal, which came half-way through the half, from Anthony Moynihan (great to see Anthony back again after an absence of three years – he did play also in the Moyvane game last month). This left us ahead at the break by seven points (1-8 to 1-1).

In the second half we coped admirably when playing into the strong wind, matching the opposition, not alone on the scoreboard  (both sides scoring 0-3 each in this half) but in the physical stakes as well. Our three points came from team captain, Dale Counihan (2 – one from a free) and the last  point of the game from Cathal O’Reilly.

So a well-deserved first win in this season’s League which moves us  from the bottom of the League table (which was 13thspot) up to 10th position.

Team: Seamus Bastible, John Murphy, Paul Galvin, Craig Corcoran, Cathal O’Reilly (0-1), Dylan Harnett, Andrew Morrissey, John Dennis (0-4 – three frees), Eoghan Galvin, Dale Counihan (Capt) (0-5 – two frees), Theo Diggin (0-1), Danny Carroll, Seán Fitzmaurice, Anthony Moynihan (1-0).

Subs used: Jonathan Magnier (47m), Richie Conway (54m).

We now have a busy few weeks ahead  of us in both Co. League and Town League. The Co. League game against Churchill which was fixed for next Saturday evening (10th June) has, we now understand, been put back to the w/e of 24th June. So our next game will be on Monday next (12th June)  away to Na Gaeil in the opening game of the Town League. Throw in 7.30pm. The following week-end (w/e 18th June) it’s back to Co. League duty with the long trip to Lauragh to play Tuosist.

U17 FOOTBALL: Kerry Co. Board’s  9 a- side competition, designed for non-exam students and which excluded players involved with the U17 and U16 Development squads from playing, came to a conclusion on last Friday evening (2nd June) with the playing of semi finals and finals in three different divisions and at three different locations.

We were in Division 3 of the competition and our games went ahead at the John Mitchels Complex in Caherleheen. Unfortunately we lost both our games – our semi final to St. Michaels/Foilmore (3-5 to 1-7) and then our 3rd place game to Knock-Brosna (6-10 to 2-4).

Team and subs used in both games: Joe Looby, Craig Teahan, Luke Chester, James Quigley, David Couchman (Capt), Dean Scanlon, Garry Clifford, Joe Bastible, Liam Nolan, Tom O’Farrell, Chris Nolan, Charlie Curran.

Scorers in Game 1; Joe Bastible (1-3 – one free), David Couchman (0-2), Craig Teahan and James Quigley (0-1 each).

Scorers in Game 2: Joe Looby (1-2), Liam Nolan (1-0), David Couchman and James  Quigley (0-1 each).

Our thanks to John O’Sullivan, TJ Sheehan and David Mannix who looked after our squad for this competition.

CLUBHOUSE: As always the Clubhouse is available for all types of Parties and Functions. Enquiries about Club Bookings should be made by contacting Harry Hynes at 087 2467286.

CARDS: The 45 Card Sessions continue in the Clubhouse on every Monday and Thursday nights, commencing at 9.30pm each night.

LOTTO: Last week’s (29th May) Jackpot, worth €5,800, was not won. The numbers drawn were 11, 13, 24, 30. The €20 winners were: Mike Stack and Kay Ryan, both c/o The Club; Kitty Hutchinson, c/o Rock Street PO; Aidan Mangan, c/o Club Rockies; and Damien Hogan, c/o The Club Bar.

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently – Margaret Breen (nee Moriarty), St. John’s Park and late of Tonevane (grandmother of Club Juvenile players, Daniel and Ella); Philomena O’Brien, Kevin Barrys Villas and Clogheresta, Hawley Park; Ann Brosnan, Balloonagh Estate and formerly of Mitchels Crescent; Gerald (Gerry) Barry, Leixlip and formerly of Oakpark; Timothy (Timmy) McCarthy, Kevin Barry Villas; Kevin Benner, Knockmoyle and Bridge Street and Eilish O’Daly, Derrylea, Oakpark.

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