Austin Stacks GAA Club News

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STRICTLY COME DANCING: The Austin Stacks Club would like to thank all those who supported the very successful Strictly Come Dancing that took place recently, especially all those who supported  the dancers through main sponsorship and advertising.

We would also like to thank all the volunteers who helped out on the night. Mostly we would like to thank the 14 wonderful couples together with Jackie O’Mahony who made the night such a success. Finally, a special thanks to our own Bernie Mannix who co-ordinated the whole project.

LEE STRAND TOURNAMENT: From all in the Senior Club a special thanks to everyone involved in another very successful Lee Strand Tournament at the week-end, spearheaded again by long-time Juvenile Club Secretary, Michael Lynch.

Well done to all 16 Clubs that took part, nine of which came from outside the county (two each from Cork, Dublin and Galway, and one each from Clare, Kildare and Limerick). And congratulations to the  winners of the three competitions – Na Gaeil (Plate), Ballyboden/St. Endas (Shield) and Naas the winners of the main competition, the Cup.

The  Tournament took on an added significance this year as it was the first time since its establishment in 1986 that Denis O’Connor was not present. Denny was not forgotten, however, as the Committee unveiled an appropriate Picture of him in the Clubhouse on Saturday night in the presence of his family and his many friends from within the Club and representing all the outside participating Clubs as well, including one of Denny’s favourites , Na Piarsaigh from Cork.

The Committee also re-named the main trophy – The Lee Strand/Denis O’Connor Cup in honour of the late great Club man. Well done to all involved in Saturday night’s ceremony, including Timmy Sheehan and Club Chairman, Liam Lynch.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: Kerins O’Rahillys 4-17; Austin Stacks 1-9.

The semi final of the Town Championship, between ourselves and Kerins O’Rahillys, went ahead at a showery and windy Austin Stack Park on last Saturday evening (9th Sept) and for the second year in a row we lost to the same opposition at the same stage of the competition.

Despite playing with the aid of the strong wind in the first half we trailed by two points at the break (1-8 to 1-6). Both sides were level on three points each at the end of the first quarter – Seán Ryan and Pa McCarthy from play and a pointed free by David Mannix on target for us.

The first indication that this was not going to be our day came in the 20th minute when Rahillys got through for the first of their four goals. They added a further five points in the next eight minutes while we could only muster one point in that period, from full back Darragh Scanlon who was making regular runs up-field throughout the game but didn’t benefit from enough passes when in good positions.

We did have a good finish to the half with a goal and two points coming in the three added minutes. First a quickly taken free by Shane Carroll found Greg Horan in space and Greg’s perfectly-placed ball found the net. A minute later Alan Duggan pointed from play and on the stroke of half time David Mannix put over a free after he himself was fouled.

Now with the aid of the elements Rahillys took complete control of the second half and in the 18 minutes after the resumption had scored 3-5 without reply.

Our first score of the half came after twenty minutes, from another David Mannix free, and we added only two more points between then and full time – Shane Carroll and Michael O’Donnell on target – while the Strand Road boys added four more to leave them  with a whopping seventeen points to spare at the end, and put them into their fifth Town Championship final in succession.

One positive from the game, from our point of view, was the return from injury, after an almost three month’s absence, of Fearghal McNamara.

Team: David Hennessy, Seán Ryan (0-1), Darragh Scanlon (0-1), Denis Costello, Pa McCarthy (0-1), Jack O’Shea, Shane Guthrie, Shane Carroll (0-1), Wayne Guthrie, Fiachna Mangan, Greg Horan (1-0), Michael O’Donnell (0-1), David Mannix (0-3 – all frees), Alan Duggan (0-1), Daniel Bohan.

Subs used: Colin Griffin (16m), Shane O’Callaghan (ht), Jack Morgan (43m), Fearghal MacNamara (50m).

The Co. Championship resumes in less than two weeks time with the quarter finals going ahead as a double header in Austin Stack Park on Saturday week (23rd Sept) and in Fitzgerald Stadium on the following day (Sunday, 24th Sept). First up on the Saturday is the Kerins O’Rahillys .v. East Kerry game at 4pm followed by the Stacks .v. West Kerry game at 5.45pm.

Then on the Sunday it’s Dr. Crokes .v. Kenmare Shamrocks at 1.30pm followed by the Rathmore .v South Kerry game at 3.15pm. Extra time will apply in all four games if required.

B FOOTBALL: A date and venue for the Junior Town League final between ourselves and Na Gaeil has yet to be fixed as we write.  .

MINOR FOOTBALL: We all wish the Kerry Minors, including our own Dylan Casey, Ciarán O’Reilly and Michael Slattery, the best of luck as they seek what would be their forth All Ireland victory in a row in Croke Park next Sunday. If achieved it would be an all-time Minor record.

ANNIVERSARY: And mention of All Irelands, this coming Thursday (14th Sept) is the 70th anniversary of the famous Polo Grounds All Ireland SF Final. It was on Sunday, 14th September 1947 that that final took place in New York with Cavan coming out winners over Kerry (2-11 to 2-7) in the only Senior final ever to have taken place outside of Ireland.

SENIOR HURLING: Dr. Crokes 7-19; Austin Stacks 4-10.

We travelled to Lewis Road on Sunday for an early morning game (throw in at 10am) in the first round of the South Kerry SH League and, in a high-scoring encounter, went down to a better Crokes side at the end. The game was played in wintry, showery, breezy conditions, just ten days into Autumn. We faced those harsh elements in the first half . Crokes were first off the mark with two quick points. Our first score came in the 5th minute. A long accurate puck-out by Danny McGuire found Andrew Morrissey and Andrew linked well with his inside forwards including Peter O’Regan who netted beautifully.  Crokes took control after that and by the 20th minute had built up a lead of 3-8 to 1-2, our two points coming from a Paul Daly free after a foul on Michael O’Leary and a point from play by Peter O’Regan.

We had a good closing ten minutes scoring a further 1-5. Our second goal came from Eoghan McKivergan who had earlier move to centre forward and Eoghan also put over one of the points as well as two from play by Ronan Gilsenan and a second pointed free by Paul Daly. However during this period Crokes also added a further 2-2 to leave them well ahead at the break (5-10 to 2-7).

The Killarney boys continued to apply the pressure in the second half and also outscored us in this half by 2-9 to 2-3. Our two goals came from Brian Delee who had moved to the attack during the second half . Brian also put over one of the points as well as one each from Paul Daly and Ronan Gilsenan (both from frees).

As we write we still await the remaining fixtures schedule from the South Kerry Hurling Board.

Team: (13-a-side): Danny McGuire, No number 2, Brian Delee (2-1), Seán King, Robert Byrne, Eoghan McKivergan (1-2), Ciarán Breen, Seán Hartnett, Killian O’Riordan, Paul Daly (0-3 frees), Andrew Morrissey (Capt), Michael O’Leary, Ronan Gilsenan (0-3 – one free), Peter O’Regan (1-1), No number 15.

Subs used: Kieran McCaughley (16m), Johnny Downey (20m), Rory Forbes (33m), Kevin O’Leary 35m), Kenneth O’Sullivan (44m), Eamon Browne (49m), David Walsh (50m).

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.

All at the Cards offer sincere sympathy to Pa McCormack on the death of his mother-in-law, Celia Lynch (see Sympathy).

LOTTO: Last week’s (4th September) Jackpot, worth €6,500, was not won. The numbers drawn were 8, 12, 28, 32. The €20 winners were: Brian Collins, c/o Martin Collins; Michael O’Carroll, c/o The Club; Eamon O’Reilly and Denis (Dee Butcher) O’Regan, both c/o Club Rockies; and Noreen McMahon, c/o Carmel O’Neill.

Tickets are on regular sale at the Rock Street Post Office and at the Stacks Clubhouse as well as from the other usual outlets.

SYMPATHY:  Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently – Alan Lucid, Knockane, Ballyheigue (nephew of former Club Hurler, David Lucid); Celia Lynch (nee Kelly), New Marian Park (see Cards); John Morrison, Ogham Rian, Ballinorig and formerly of Limerick (father of former Club Footballer, Anthony); Phillip (Bud) McEvoy, Lohercannon; and Nora Walsh (nee O’Brien), Shanakill.

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