Austin Stacks GAA Club News

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Niall Lucey and Pat Reidy with the Austin Stacks team at the Carmel O’Connor Memorial Blitz at Na Gaeil GAA Club on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

SENIOR FOOTBALL: Our Co. Championship quarter final game against Dingle goes ahead as a double header in Austin Stack Park on Saturday next (29th Sept) with a 6pm throw-in. Then at 7.45pm it’s Kerins O’Rahillys .v. St. Brendans.

The other two quarter finals go ahead on the following day in Fitzgerald Stadium – the Killarney derby between Legion and Dr. Crokes and East Kerry .v. South Kerry

HURLING: St. Pats (East Kerry) 1-7; Austin Stacks 2-16.

This semi final of the South Kerry JH Championship played in Kilcummin on last Saturday evening (22nd Sept) was in doubt for three quarters of the game. At that stage the sides could not be separated (it was 1-6 to 0-9). At half time we were three points in arrears (1-4 to 0-4) after having a very shaky first half by our standards.  We could and should have been a goal up inside the first minute but it went to the wrong side of the post and that was the first of seven wides that we had in the first half to just two for St. Pats. Our first half scores came from Colm Ó Giollagáin (2) and one each from two of our half backs, Cillian O’Riordan and Andrew Morrissey.

Half way into the second half we had drawn level (1-6 to 0-9), scoring five points to two during this quarter. Three of those points came again from Colm Ó Giollagáin with Kieran McCaughley and Paul Daly also on target.

However it was during the final quarter that we really showed our metal. In an eleven minute spell we went on to score a further 2-7 while holding the opposition scoreless. Daniel Teahan, with a point in the 47th minute got the ball rolling, and then in the 48th and 50th minutes this game was really put to bed with two goals on the trot.

The first came when a brilliant clearance from his defence by Eoghan McKivergan found Ronan Gilsenan and Pip’s perfect pass found Paul Daly who shot to the roof of the net. Ronan was involved again in the second goal when his high shot in was finished to the net by Peter O’Regan.

Three points from Paul Daly (one from a sixty five), two from Colm Ó Giollagáin and our final score by Andrew Morrissey saw off a very determined performance by St. Pats who got the last score of the game in the 58th minute.

We now meet Duagh the final which is fixed for Saturday week (6th Oct) with the throw-in time and venue yet to be confirmed.

Team: Danny McGuire, Kevin O’Leary, Eoghan McKivergan, Tadhg Meehan (Capt), Andrew Foley, Cillian O’Riordan (0-1), Andrew Morrissey (0-2), Kieran McCaughley (0-1), Daniel Teahan (0-1), Thomas Meehan, Paul Daly (1-4 – one 65), Colm O Giollagáin (0-7), Ronan Gilsenan, Peter O’Regan (1-0), Daniel McCarthy..

Sub used: Ciarán Breen (14m).

GARRY SCOLLARD TOURNAMENT: With twelve teams participating (six from Kerry and six from Clubs in Cork and Limerick) there was a feast of brilliant hurling witnessed at the Annual Garry Scollard Tournament played in Connolly Park and at the John Mitchels Complex last Saturday (22nd Sept).

And eventually it was two Kerry Clubs that reached the final with Ballyheigue coming out on top over a very good St. Brendans side.

JUNIOR FOOTBALL: The Junior Town League between ourselves and John Mitchels did not go ahead as scheduled last week-end. It is now likely to go ahead on this coming week-end. Check website for details.

MINOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 10-15; Na Gaeil 3-2.

The MF Town League Final played at Healy Park last Saturday evening (22nd Sept) ended in a big win for us with the opposition missing many first-choice players through injury and unavailability. Twelve different players got on the score sheet.

It’s a coincidence that we celebrate this week Mikey Sheehy’s famous goal against Paddy Cullen in the All Ireland of 40 years ago (see Club Website). A special record was also achieved that day when Eoin The Bomber Liston scored a hat-trick of goals, the only time this happened in a final.

Well our Minors did even better in their final on Saturday evening scoring two hat-tricks in the same game with Michael Slattery and Gearóid Fitzgerald the men who achieved this.

Team: David Oba, James Quigley, Luke Chester, David Couchman (0-1), Dara Barry Walsh (0-1), Dylan Casey (0-1), Adam Curran, Michael O’Gara (1-1), Seán Quilter (1-2), Dean Scanlon (0-4), Daniel O’Rourke (1-2), Jack McGrath (Capt) (0-2), Donagh McMahon, Gearóid Fitzgerald (3-0), Michael Slattery (3-0).

Subs: Tom O’Farrell (0-1), Craig Teahan (1-0),

Our thanks to Dave Scanlan and Tim O’Rourke for the above details.

FUNDRAISER: Club Annual Fundraising Cake Sale – takes place in Connolly Park on next Sunday morning, September 30th at 10.30am. Asking both boys & girls teams & club members to please drop off their baking donations to the club next Saturday or on Sunday morning from 10am. All support appreciated.

WELL DONE: to the McLoughlins (Sarah, Damien and Adrienne) on that brilliant article in last Sunday’s Independent. Many will remember Sarah when she was younger, helping her Dad at the football games, particularly during the three seasons (2000-2002) when Damien was one of the SF Mentors at that time.

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.

And after the cards concluded last Thursday night and the clock ticked over to just after midnight and into Friday (21st Sept) one the regular Card players for as long as we can remember was celebrating his birthday. And that man, John Duggan, got a little unexpected treat to mark the occasion.

LOTTO: Last week’s (17th Sept) Jackpot, worth €9,200, was not won. The numbers drawn were 5, 16, 18, 22. The €20 winners were: Carmel O’Neill and Barry Walsh, both c/o The Club; Gerard Teahon, c/o Club Rockies; and Donnchadh O’Regan and Laura O’Regan, both c/o Brendan O’Regan.

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

SYMPATHY:  Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently – Avitus O’Halloran (nee McEllogott), Kilmoyley South (Aunt of Club Footballer, Denis McElligott); Betty O’Brien (nee Culloty), The Spa and formerly Gortatlea (former Co. Secretary, Scór Chiarraí); Mary Sheridan, Manor Grove, Manor Village; Liam Heaslip, St. Brendan’s Park (father of Juvenile Mentor, Eamon and grandfather of Scór representative, Emily and U12 footballer, Seán); Ronan Moynihan, O’Rahilly’s Villas; and Bridget Lawlor (nee McDonnell), Clough, Doon;

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