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SENIOR FOOTBALL: With Kerry, unexpectedly, qualifying for next Sunday’s (9th April) NFL Final against Dublin, the weekend Co. League games have now been fixed for Saturday evening (8th April).
Our game, against Castleisland Desmonds in Connolly Park, is fixed for 6pm. We also understand that the Town League Final between ourselves and Kerins O’Rahillys has now been fixed for the following weekend (Saturday, 15th April at 6.30pm) with the venue still to be decided.
HURLING: After a very successful 2016 our Hurlers have moved up a grade this season and are back in the North Kerry IH League after a two year absence.
The first round in this competition (which is divided into two Groups – with our lads in Group 1) is due to get underway on this coming Friday (7th April) when we welcome Ballyheigue to Connolly Park for a 6.30pm throw-in.
The three remaining rounds are fixed for Good Friday (14th Apr) with an away game in Ballyduff against Lady’s Walk; the following Friday (21st Apr) we are back at home against Causeway and then in the 4th and final round we travel again to Ardfert to play St. Brendans – this time on a Saturday evening (29th April).
There are four Clubs in Group 2 (Crotta, Kilmoyley, Lixnaw and O’Dorney). The top team in each Group will qualify for the IH Final while the runner-up in each Group will qualify for the JH League Final. Dates for these Finals have yet to be confirmed.
B FOOTBALL: Our B team’s Co. League game, at home to Asdee, is also fixed for next Saturday (8th April) with a 4.30pm start.
WELL DONE: to the Kerry U21 footballers (including our own Jack Morgan) on their comprehensive win over Cork (2-16 to 0-6) in the Munster Final in Páirc Úi Rínn last week (29th March).
Of the 56 finals that have taken place since the first one in 1962 both Cork and Kerry, between them, have won 52 out of the 56 finals, with both counties now having won 26 titles each.
Tradition is one of the main platforms of the GAA and many will be sad to see the demise of the U21 competition after all those years and also the Minor competition which has there for almost 90 years (since 1929).
MINOR FOOTBALL: The Town League Final, between ourselves and Kerins O’Rahillys, has been fixed for next Tuesday (11th April) at a venue still to be confirmed. Throw-in time is 6.30pm.
Our two back games in the Co. League, both away, against Firies and Dingle, have yet to be refixed as we write. Currently we top the League Table with a 100% record in our three games to date – against Laune Rangers (1-22 to 1-9), Dr. Crokes (3-8 to 1-8) and Na Gaeil (0-14 to 0-13).
COLLEGES FINALS: Well done again to St. Brendan’s College, Killarney on retaining the Hogan Cup (the All Ireland Colleges Final) last weekend.
And, in this Centenary Year, let us not overlook the secondary Colleges competition which was won by Ballinrobe Community School – winning the Paddy Drummond Cup.
The late Paddy (1912-1995), of course, was a staunch Rock man all his live, being a former Club footballer, hurler and administrator, including Chairman, and was uncle of Tadgh McMahon, also a former Club footballer and Chairman and grand-uncle of Tim McMahon (current Juvenile Chairman) and Elma Nix (current Club Secretary).
CLUBHOUSE: As always the Clubhouse is available for all types of Parties. For Bookings, phone Maurice McNamara at 086 3747 642.
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 (27th March) Jackpot, worth €5,350, was not won. The numbers drawn were 17, 19, 25, 29. The €20 winners were: Josie O’Connor, c/o John Gentleman; Mary McQuinn, c/o Brendan O’Regan; Moss Leen, c/o Tom Leen; and Gerard O’Shea and Michael Naughton, both c/o The Club..
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently – Breda Sheehy (nee O’Connor), St. Brendan’s Park (mother of Kerry SF Selector and former Club and Kerry footballer, Mikey); Nicola Collins, Cork and late of St. Brendan’s Park; Breda Benner (nee Cantillon), Knockmoyle; Eileen McDonnell, St. Kieran’s, Walsh’s Terrace, Strand Street; Mary Shanahan (nee Linehan), St. John’s Park and late of Garraun More, Ballymacelligott; Mary O’Sullivan (nee Fitzgerald), ‘Glenview’, Rathass, Clash East and late of Railway Terrace; Con Breen, The Cottages, Blennerville; and Rose Reidy (nee Corkey), Stack’s Villas and late of The Island of Geese.