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SENIOR FOOTBALL: John Mitchels 2-5; Austin Stacks 0-8.

For the second year in a row we came up short in the Town League Final. Played yesterday afternoon (18th March) in the Mitchels pitch, which was in excellent condition despite the bad winter, we had a reasonably good first half and led by four points to one after 20 minutes. But an opportunist Mitchels goal in the 22nd minute leveled matters and at half time we were just one ahead (0-6 to 1-2). Our first half scores came from four David Mannix points (two frees) and one each by Ferdia O’Brien (free) and Mikey Collins.

Two minutes into the second half David had extended that lead with another pointed free. Then in the 36th minute Mitchels were awarded a penalty but, though well-taken, David Hennessy made a splendid save. However in the space of the next two minutes this game was turned on its head when Mitchels got through for a goal and two points. This left them three clear at that stage (2-4 to 0-7) and while the weather wasn’t the best (it was bitterly cold with snow flakes continually falling during the course of the game) both sides could only muster a point each during the remaining 25 minutes of the game (over three minutes of added time) – David Mannix again on target for us from a free.

We wish Jack Morgan a speedy recovery after he had to come off with an injury after 19 minutes of the first half.

Team; David Hennessy, Jack O’Shea, Conor Jordan, Denis Costello, Pa McCarthy, Jack Morgan, Denis McElligott, Shane Guthrie (Capt), Michael O’Donnell, David O’Sullivan, David Mannix (0-6 – four frees), Greg Horan, Shane O’Callaghan, Michael Collins (0-1), Ferdia O’Brien (0-1 free).

Subs used: Darragh Scanlon (19m), Fergal Ryan (46m), Theo Diggin (46m), John Dennis (53m).

See Adrienne McLoughlin’s photos from the game here…







It’s back now to Co. League duty on Sunday next when we welcome Kenmare to Connolly Park for a round 2 encounter. Throw-in at 2pm.

Then the following week the Club Championship gets underway with the new format in place.

This year there will be two groups of four with each Club playing three games on a League basis, one away, one at home and one at a neutral venue. The top teams in each group will qualify for the Final with the two bottom teams involved in a relegation play-off , subject to who qualifies later on in the year for the County Championship Final. Our first game is against Kerins O’Rahillys at a neutral venue (Austin Stack Park).

This is fixed for Saturday week (31st March) at 6.45pm. It will be the second game of a double-header with Ardfert and John Mitchels playing at 5pm in their opening round of the Intermediate Championship.

Our two remaining round robin games are in Gallarus, against An Ghaeltacht, on the week-end of the 8th April and in Connolly Park against Dr. Crokes on the week-end of 15th April.

B FOOTBALL: Our B team are also on duty next Sunday (25th March) at the same as they travel to Knocknagoshel for their round 2 game.

MINOR FOOTBALL: Our Minors were due to play Killarney Legion in the Co. League on Monday evening last. Check Club Website for details.

JERSEY SPONSORSHIP: A new set of jerseys was presented to the Austin Stacks Minor Football Team this week by David Leonard.  David is a former Austin Stacks Senior footballer and with his partner Lucie, are the proprietors of the- “Ugly Mug” Coffee Shop on Edward Street, Tralee.  Since returning to Tralee he has dusted the cobwebs off his football boots and trains with the Senior B team.  Thank you David & Lucie – we are very appreciative of your sponsorship & wish you good luck with your new business.

TABLE QUIZ:  The family of the late Brendan Breen  wish to advise all our members of a fundraising Table quiz ‘Make a Difference Quiz Night’ in aid of the equipment fund diabetes day care unit at University Hospital Kerry.  The quiz takes place at 8pm on this Thursday (22nd March) at O’Donnell’s Mounthawk.  Tables of 4 €10 per person.  Raffle & prizes.

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: to two former Club players who celebrated significant birthdays recently.

Frank Tiernan, who celebrated his 80th birthday was a prominent dual player in the late fifties/early sixties – winning a Co. MH title as part of a great team in 1955. What a coincidence then that another dual player, Maurice McNamara, who celebrated his 50th birthday at the week-end, was also a prominent member of another great MH team who won the Co. Championship in 1986. Macna is still of course one of the great Club workers to this very day, specializing mainly in Ladies Football in recent years (see pages 134 to 136 of our Centenary Book where both former players are referenced).

BEST OF LUCK: to former Club Footballer, Mike Culloty who is about to publish a new book on the Bible. Written in an easy to read format it explores the connection between the Old and New Testaments and will be officially launched by Fr. Pádraig Walsh on next Saturday evening (24th March) at 730pm in Our Lady & St. Brendan’s Pastoral Centre.

CONGRATULATIONS: to Hillary and Kieran Donaghy on the recent birth of another daughter, Indie, a baby sister for Lola Rose.

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 their sympathies to Richard Doran  and Eoin Gallagher on the recent death of  Mary Doran – wife of Richard and sister of Eoin (see Sympathy)

LOTTO: Last week’s (12th March) Jackpot, worth €7,850, was not won. The numbers drawn were 1, 5, 14, 21. The €20 winners were: Graham Foran, c/o Carmel O’Neill; Tom Leonard and Carmel O’Neill, both c/o The Club; Selina O’Shea, c/o Brendan O’Regan; and Patrick Casey, c/o Richard Healy.

Tickets are on regular sale at the Rock Street Post Office and at the Stacks Clubhouse, as well as from our other regular sellers.

ANNIVERSARY: All in the Club and the local Community remember at this time the late Denis O’Connor, the first anniversary of his passing which was commemorated last Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day. Denny is still, and will always be, greatly missed by his family, friends and everyone throughout the Club.

SYMPATHY:  Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died during the past week – Mary Doran (nee Gallagher), Shanakill (wife of Richard and sister of Eoin of our Card Players); Frank (John Francis) Murphy, Pluckeen, Caherslee and formerly of Kilfenora, Fenit; Michael Johnny O’Leary, Reidy’s Terrace and formerly Kevin Barry Villas; and Tom O’Brien, South Terrace, Basin View and formerly Tonevane and Lohercannon.

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