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BRITISH OPEN GOLF CHALLENGE:  Our major fundraiser for 2021 incorporates a British Open Golf predictor with the tournament taking place at The Royal St. George Club in Kent commencing on this Thursday( July 15th) and concluding on Sunday (18th July).

Our predictor sees an overall pot of  €2,000 at stake with €1,000 going to the winner. The nature of the predictor is the picking of six golfers from a field of 126 to finish the four-round tournament with the cumulative lowest score.

An in-play scoreboard for all players will go live for all players throughout the tournament.  Obviously, the Club is looking to get as many players as possible on board. We are asking firstly that you play but also that you distribute the online link to play to your ‘what’s app’ groups and ask them to support you.

The online link can be found on our club website/twitter & Facebook pages and has been messaged to our club members.   Non online cards are also being distributed to be returned to club officials by 11am on July 14.  Note – the field of 126 does not include final round qualifiers.

JOBMATCH: Austin Stacks JobMatch is back. This initiative has been a huge success for the club and its members.The mission here is to support our members with local employment and identify opportunities with local businesses.

Also an opportunity for members to return to this region who are today working or living outside the area.

Having reached out to the local businesses in our community over the past weeks, we have identified some fantastic opportunities around short term and permanent employment.

These jobs are across a range of industries and skill sets. Positions that are suitable for members that may have just finished second level or third level education recently looking for local employment.

Members that may be looking for a change of career or a return to the region that may have the skills to match these roles.  For any of our members seeking employment we are now taking CV’s.

Please consider this great opportunity, where you will also receive support to update your CV and direct help with interview techniques from the Job Match Mentors.

Please email your CV to and a member of the committee will follow up with you personally.

Thanks to Siobhán Power for the above script.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: With two draws and one loss in our opening three rounds of this season’s Co. League we now have two more rounds to play, both at home.

The first of these, against John Mitchels, goes ahead in Connolly Park on next Saturday evening (17th July) at 7.30. Both ourselves and Mitchels and Kilcummin who we play in the fifth and final round (w/e 1st August) are the three teams at the bottom of this six team division on two points each.

Dingle, with 5 pts, top the group with Crokes on 4pts and Spa Killarney on 3pts. So now we have to win our last two rounds and hope other results will go our way to have any chance of qualifying for the final.

B FOOTBALL: Our B team, on the other hand, share top spot in their Div 5A group along with Ballyduff  who we meet in Connolly Park on next Sunday afternoon (18th July) at 2pm in round 4 of the competition. Two days after (Tuesday, 20th July) they are scheduled to play Kerins O’Rahillys in the final of the Tralee/St. Brendans District League. The game will go ahead in Connolly Park at 730pm.

THE C TEAM: Austin Stacks 1-5; Ballymac 3-6.

On a very wet evening (Tues. 6th July) in Connolly Park we put up a very good show in this fourth and final round of the Tralee/St. Brendans League with a relatively young team. We conceded 2-1 inside the opening three minutes and that was still the difference between the sides at the full time whistle.

Goalkeeper, David Hennessy opened our account in the 8th minute with a well-taken 45 and our only other score of the half came from a point from play in the 14th minute by Philip Quilter. The Ballymac boys led at half time by 2-4 to 0-2.

We had a very good third quarter scoring 1-3 to just one point for the opposition to leave us just a goal down at the second water break (2-5 to 1-5). Our goal came twenty seconds after the resumption when Daniel O’Rourke put Harry O’Callaghan through for a cracker. Daniel himself then added two points in quick succession, both from frees, and our third point of the quarter came from Dean Scanlon from play.

However, with conditions worsening we failed to score during the final quarter while Ballymac added a goal and a point to claim a deserved victory.

Team: David Hennessy (0-1 – forty five), Kevin Barry, Tom Crowley, Craig Teahan, , Evan Foley, Ruairí O’Connell, Brian McElligott (Capt), Philip Quilter (0-1), Gearóid Kilgallen, Harry O’Callaghan (1-0), Dean Scanlon (0-1), Daniel O’Rourke (0-2 frees), Jimmy Charles, Dale Counihan, Keelan Pierce.

Subs used: Kevin O’Leary (48m), Seán Collins (54m), Matthew Browne (55m).

MINOR FOOTBALL: Our Minors were due to have played Ardfert away on Monday evening in the third and final round of the Central League but it has been postponed by a week to next Monday (19th July). Throw in at 7.30pm.

In the meantime we wish the best of luck to the Kerry Minor Hurlers, including our own Jack Hannon, who play Tipperary in the Munster Quarter final in the Limerick Gaelic Grounds on this Wednesday evening (14th July) at 7.30pm.

And well done to the Kerry 2020 Minor team who qualified for the 2020 All Ireland Final after their semi final win over Roscommon on Sunday.

Seven of our Minors were on the 2020 panel – Joey Nagle and Armin Heinrich in defence; three on the subs bench – Ben Quilter, Jordan Kissane and Conor Horan; and   Dean Rusk and Shane Bastible on the extended panel We now wish the best of luck as they take on Derry in the 2020 final which goes ahead in Tullamore on this Sunday (18thJuly) at 1pm.

U20 FOOTBALL: After our defeat to Kilcummin/Rathmore (5-10 to 3-10) in the opening round of the Co. League our U20s had to concede to Killarney Legion in last week’s round 2 game. We now have three more rounds to play. Round 3, at home to Na Gaeil is fixed for next Saturday week (24th July) with round 4 against Laune Rangers, also at home (Sat. 7th Aug) and the 5th and final round away to Dr. Crokes on Saturday 14th August.

JULY IN THE PAST (8th to 14th). On the field of play on 8th July 1989 our Senior Footballers progressed to the next round of the Co. Championship with a narrow win over Kerins O’Rahillys (0-8 to 0-6).

That day four players were making their SF Championship debuts – Kieran Browne, John Harrington, Michael Corcoran and Michael Lynch. The Team: Michael Hussey, Eamon O’Brien, Michael Crowley, Michael Counihan, John Walsh, Liam Liddy, Kieran Browne (0-1), Liam Kearns, John L. McElligott (0-2), John Harrington, Michael Corcoran, Darren Aherne (0-1), Owen Moynihan (0-3), Jerry Fitzmaurice (0-1), Ger Power. Sub: Michael Lynch.

On the 10th July 1999 the Club lost a member of one of the great Rock families – Kitty Mulchinock. Born in 1921 Kitty and her family lived on The Street of Champions (15 Urban Terrace) with their landmark Shop the gathering place for all Rock teams on their journey out of Town for away games prior to the establishment of our Connolly Park pitch.

ONLINE CLUB SHOP OPEN – check out the newest ‘official’ Austin Stacks Club Merchandise – only available to order on this link (free delivery on any orders over €50) see

CLUB LOTTO: Monday Night’s (12th July) Jackpot, worth €2,350, was not won. The numbers drawn were 6, 7, 24, 27. The €20 winners were Amanda Hogan and Helena Hunter, both c/o The Club; Máire Ní Ríordáin and Francis King, both c/o Kevin Barry’s; and Jade Enright, c/o Husseys.

Next Monday’s Jackpot will be worth €2,400.

Continued thanks to the following businesses for selling our Club Lotto tickets – Kevin Barry’s Shop, Commane’s Book Shop, O’Flynn Interiors, Hussey’s, Princess St., Terry’s Butcher’s, Oakpark The Burger Shack, Monavally as well as Maguire’s Butchers and Kirby’s Brogue Inn and continued thanks to everyone who purchase tickets week in, week out.

Austin Stacks lotto tickets are now also available to purchase on line on the following link: Kirby’s Brogue Inn Maguire’s Butchers Hussey’s P. Commane Books.

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently: Margaret Aherne (nee Sheehy), Laurel Court and formerly Meen, Listowel; Seán Leen, Gurrane, Listellick; and Dympna Risi (nee O’Carroll), Haig’s Terrace and formerly Cahirdown, Listowel and Edinburgh.

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