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COACHING SESSION: Austin Stacks now has the chance to win a coaching session with Peter Canavan for club players and mentors. Clubs who get 50 members to sign up to grma by this Friday (30th June 2017) will be entered into a draw to win the coaching session.

Winners will be announced in July.  So if you haven’t done so already we encourage you to register for your GAA Membership Card now at – members will need their GAA membership number to register so text our Club Secretary Elma Nix on 086 1053300 for those details.

JOBSMATCH 2017: Summer, Part Time & Full Time Employment Opportunities

With huge success for the last 2 years we are now taking CV’s for Summer, part time and full time employment.  Please consider this golden opportunity where you will receive all the tools to update your CV and direct help with interview techniques from the Jobmatch Mentors. Feedback from employers continues to be very positive. Please email

SENIOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 0-8; Dr. Crokes 0-13.

With both sides missing a host of first choice players this postponed round 1 Co. League game played at Connolly Park on LAST Saturday evening (24th June) was a rather timid affair.

After Crokes opened the scoring in the 4th minute we then went ahead with two David Mannix points after eight minutes. But Crokes then went on to score seven unanswered points, before Jack Morgan landed our third point right of the stroke of half time. This left the visitors ahead by 0-8 to 0-3 at the interval.

In the second half both sides scored five points each, ours coming from another Jack Morgan effort, three minutes after the resumption, with David Mannix (2), Darragh O’Brien and Darragh Scanlon our other scorers in this half.

With over half the League now completed and with all back games played (all twelve teams have now played their opening six games) Crokes are still ruling the roost on top of the League table with a 100% record while we are still in the danger zone, second from bottom.

It was good to see one of Minor players, Joseph O’Connor, making his Senior debut and he can be very satisfied with his performance when coming on to replace the injured Alan Duggan after 13 minutes.

Team: David Hennessy, Seán Ryan, Barry Walsh, Colin Griffin, Jack O’Shea, Pa McCarthy, Darragh Scanlon (0-1), Alan Duggan, Shane Guthrie, Fiachna Mangan, Shane O’Callaghan (Capt), Michael Collins, David Mannix (0-4 – one frees), Jack Morgan (0-2), Darragh O’Brien (0-1).

Subs used: Joseph O’Connor (13m), John Murphy (ht), Seán Dukes (45m).

Round 8 of the Co. League is due to go ahead on next Saturday evening (1st July) when we welcome Dingle to Connolly Park for a 7.30pm start.

SENIOR HURLING: Kilgarvan  0-18; Austin Stacks 2-5.

Our Hurlers travelled to Kilgarvan on Wednesday evening last (21st June) for round 4 of the Co. League and after a very good first half (we led by two points at the break 2-4 to 0-8) we had to give way to a slicker home side in the second period.

A pointed free from Paul Daly opened the scoring in the 5th minute and by the end of the half Paul had put over two more, one each from play and a free. Midfielder, Robert Byrne also added a point and our two goals came in quick succession in the 18th and 20thminutes from Ronan Gilsenan and David Walsh.

Our only score in the second half came from a 36th minute free by Ciarán Breen, good to see Ciarán back making his first appearance of the season. Kilgarvan, on the other hand, added a further ten points during this second half which left them with seven points to spare at the end.

Team: Daniel McGuire, Seán King, Michael O’Leary, Ian Moynihan, Johnny Downey, Eoghan McKivergan, Andrew Morrissey (Capt), Robert Byrne (0-1), Kieran McCaughley, Ciarán Breen (0-1 free), Killian O’Riordan, Paul Daly (0-3 – two frees), Ronan Gilsenan (1-0), David Walsh (1-0), Rory Forbes.

Subs used: Kenneth O’Sullivan (42m), Tadhg Meehan (46m).

Our thanks to Ger Scollard who covered the game and provided some excellent stats.

The 5th and final round, at home to Dr. Crokes, has been put back a week to Wednesday week next (5th July) at 8pm.

B FOOTBALL: We had a bye in round 12 of the Co. League which was rescheduled for last weekend.

We were to have played John Mitchels in round 2 of the Town League on last Monday evening (26th June) but this game has now been put back to Friday, 28th July.. On next Saturday evening (1st July) we are in Connolly Park for a double header with our Seniors. In round 7 of the Co. League we play Cordal, who are in second position on the League Table while we find ourselves third from bottom in 11th position. Throw-in is at 6pm.

MINOR FOOTBALL: The Minor Co. Championship is scheduled to get underway next week. Our opening game is fixed for Kenmare where we are due to play Kenmare District on Wednesday, 5th July at 7.30pm (extra time if required).

BEST OF LUCK: to both Kerry teams as they contest their respective Munster Finals in Fitzgerald Stadium next Sunday (2nd July). The Minors (including our own Dylan Casey, Ciarán O’Reilly and Michael Slattery) take on Clare at 12 noon, while at 2pm our Seniors (including Kieran Donaghy and Ronan Shanahan) take on Cork.

There is bound to be a little nostalgia among some people watching the Minors on Sunday as this will be the very last Munster Final at under 18 level.

The very first Munster Final was played, as the local papers of the day described it at ‘the Waterford Gaelic Field’. That game was played on Sunday, 3rd November 1929 Clare and Waterford which Clare won by 1-6 to 0-4.

Clare later went on to win the very first All Ireland MF Final of 1929, defeating Longford by 5-3 to 3-5. And with history in the making it’s fitting to see Clare there again to contest the very last Minor final.

And if it was any other county other that Kerry we would of course be wishing Clare the very best on Sunday.

U21 FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 1-5; South Kerry 5-15.

Last season’s Co. Champions showed that they mean business again this year when they comprehensively defeated a somewhat depleted  U21 side at Connolly Park on last Wednesday evening (21st June) in the opening round of the Co. Championship.

Two early goals by the visitors – the second from a penalty-  left us struggling thereafter and when the South Kerry boys added two more goals in the 23rd and 27th minutes  it looked like ‘game over’ at half time (4-5 to 1-4). Jack Morgan got our opener from a 16thminute free, and then Darragh Scanlon gave us some hope, two minutes later with a well-taken goal. Our three other first half points came from David Fitzmaurice, Seán Ryan and Gearóid Fitzgerald.

In the second half we could only muster one more point, and that came just two minutes after the resumption from Conor Lowe. Meanwhile the visitors added a further 1-10 in the second period, to cap a fine performance by the South Kerry boys overall.

Thanks to Brian Morgan and Jonathan Magnier who volunteered, at very short notice, to look after the squad.

Team: Dan Kinsella, Shane Kelliher, Brandon Patterson, Craig Corcoran, Darragh Scanlon (1-0), Jack O’Shea, Cathal O’Reilly, David Fitzmaurice (0-1), Jack Morgan (0-1 free), Conor Lowe (0-1), Seán Ryan (0-1), Seán Dukes, Jessie O’Sullivan, Gearóid Fitzgerald (0-1), Colin Griffin (Capt).

Subs used: Donagh McKivergan (ht), Dylan Harnett (32m), Ciarán Flanagan (34m), Philip Quilter (37m), Anthony Moynihan (45m), Seán Tansley (49m).

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 (19th June) Jackpot, worth €5,950, was not won. The numbers drawn were 4, 12, 14, 16. The €20 winners were: Seán Myers, c/o Club Rockies; Siobhán Power, c/o The Club; Sheila Duggan, c/o Rock Street P.O.; and Denise O’Sullivan and Noreen McMahon, both c/o Carmel O’Neill.

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently – May Fisher (nee Doyle), Long Island (New York) and formerly of Castle Street; Oliver Burke, Mahon (Cork) and formerly Mitchel’s Crescent; Tony McElligott, ‘Tara House’, Boherbee; Patrick Gerard Leyden, Sliabh Road, Ballinasare, Ballyroe and late of Doolin (Clare); and Dr. Bernard Francis, Dublin and late of Tralee (Bernard played at center field on our SF team during  the 1958 and 1959 Co. Championship seasons).

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