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THE CLUB AGM: takes place this year on Sunday 6th December at 12 noon in the Clubrooms. Nomination & Motion forms have now been emailed to all members. Any member who has not received their form and would like to request one is asked to contact Club Secretary Elma Nix 086 1053300. Closing date for the receipt of nominations/motions is Monday, 16th November at 5pm.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: Milltown/Castlemaine 2-9; Austin Stacks 2-6.

Milltown were deserving winners of this first round Championship relegation play-off played in sunny, if heavy under-foot conditions, in Castleisland on last Saturday afternoon (7th Nov).

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Conor Jordan about to send a ball to the forward line. Photo by Dermot Crean

They were more focused from the off  and also took full advantage of the strong wind which favoured them. Consequently they had three points on the board, all from frees, after four minutes.

They added a 4th from play after nine minutes. Five more minutes elapsed before we got off the mark and it was a very well-taken goal by Seán Ryan following a move started by Barry Shanahan and continued by Greg Horan and Shane Guthrie.

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Sean Ryan on the attack. Photo by Dermot Crean

Then two minutes later Wayne Guthrie drew us level with a pointed free but that 16th minute score was to be the closest we came to Milltown for the rest of the game. The Mid Kerry boys added two more before half time to leave them ahead at the break by 0-6 to 1-1.

Within two minutes of the resumption our task was made even more difficult when they worked their way through for a goal. However we kept pressing and by the 53rd minute had reduced the deficit to three after outscoring the opposition by four points to two, with Jack O’Shea, Conor Jordan and Shane O’Callaghan (2 – one from a free) on target. With two minutes of normal time remaining we conceded a second goal.

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Action from the game on Saturday.

But this was cancelled a minute last when Kieran Donaghy placed Darragh O’Brien for a great goal, to be followed shortly after by a point by Star himself.

However, deep in added time, Milltown added the final point of the game to ensure their position in the premier competition for the next season.

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Kieran Donaghy shakes hands with Milltown Castlemaine players at the final whistle. Photo by Dermot Crean

We now know what we have to do. We must win our next two games in order to maintain our Senior status in the Co. Championship, the place we have been for the last 88 consecutive seasons. Lose the next game and down we go to the next level.

Team: Darragh O’Brien, Barry Walsh, Fearghal MacNamara (Capt), Conor Jordan 0-1), Jack Morgan, Barry Shanahan, Jack O’Shea (0-1), Wayne Guthrie (0-1 free), Shane Guthrie, Pa McCarthy, Fiachna Mangan, Seán Ryan (1-0), Greg Horan, Kieran Donaghy (0-1), Shane O’Callaghan (0-2 – one free).

Subs used: Denis McElligott (ht), David O’Sullivan (45m), Darragh O’Brien (49m) (1-0), Michael O’Donnell (50m).

CONGRATULATIONS: to former Club Footballer, Liam Kearns, who has been appointed Manager of the Tipperary SF team for the forthcoming season. This, of course, will be nothing new to Liam as he has already managed both Limerick and Laois at Inter-County level in the past.

B FOOTBALL: Our B team are due to play their final game in this season’s Co. League on Sunday next  (15th Nov) at 2pm against Valentia. The game will be of no consequence as Valentia are already promoted to Division 4 for next season. However with last Sunday’s Co. SF Final going to a replay all fixtures are ‘up in a heap’ as we write. Check Website for updates.

HURLING: Our Hurlers are in preparation-mode already for their forthcoming quarter bout against Cork’s Shanballymore in the Munster JH ‘B’ Championship. The game is fixed for Sunday, 29th November at 2pm at the Killeedy Club (between Abbeyfeale and Newcastle West) with the winners going through to a semi final encounter against Broadford (Clare) on Sunday, 13th December.

U21 FOOTBALL: As we write no date or venue has been fixed for the U21F Co. Club Final (Shield Section) between ourselves and Templenoe. In the meantime congratulations to Templenoe who won the County JF Club Championship Final, defeating Glenbeigh-Glencar by 1-14 to 1-6 in last Sunday’s curtain-raiser in Fitzgerald Stadium.

MINOR FOOTBALL: Likewise, nothing has been finalized in relation to our forthcoming  semi final date away to An Ghaeltacht in the Central League. Check Website for updates.

CONGRATULATIONS: and best wishes to club Footballer, Theo Diggin and his new Bride, Hazel Crean (daughter of former Club Footballer, Jerome), who were married last Saturday

CONGRATULATIONS: also to Club Executive Member, Morgan O’Connell who had a celebration during the week, with Radio Kerry present, to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of his Pharmacy, located at the entrance to St. Brendan’s Park.

BEST WISHES: to former Club Chairman and footballer Tadgh McMahon who, we are glad to say, is recovering well after a few days in hospital. All your neighbours and friends wish you a speedy recovery Tadgh and look forward to your return to the Golf Course and elsewhere very soon.

BINGO: continues on this and every Saturday night commencing at 8.30pm.

CLUBHOUSE: As always the Clubhouse is available for all types of Parties. For Bookings phone Des at 066 7126942  after 8pm any evening.

CARDS: The 45 Card Sessions continue in the Clubhouse every Monday and Thursday Nights, commencing at 9.30pm each night.

All at the Cards extend sincere sympathy to the family of Leo Griffin who died last weekend (see below).

LOTTO: Last week’s (2nd Nov) Jackpot, worth €5,000, was not won. The numbers drawn were 4, 24, 28  and  30.

The €20 Winners were: Michael O’Shea and Conor Linnane, both c/o Carmel O’Neill; Bertie Flynn, c/o The Ladies; Colin Teahon, c/o Club Rockies; and Teresa Ashe, c/o Brendan O’Regan.

DEATH OF LEO GRIFFIN: All in the Club and in the wider GAA Community were saddened to learn of the death of Leo Griffin at the weekend.

Leo has had a long association with Kerry GAA and was part of the Kerry team’s backroom staff for many years, especially during the Mick O’Dwyer era. He was also a good Card Player and participated in our 45 Sessions for a number of years. We extend sincere sympathy to Leo’s family from everyone in the Club.

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is also offered to the families of the following who died recently –  Bridie Nolan, Oakview; Anne Murphy, Tralee and late of Abbeyfeale;  Joe Foley, Tober Naofa, Dean’s Lane and late of Knockmoyle (brother of Jimmy, former Chairman of the Tralee District Board); Michael Locke, St. Joseph’s Estate, Spa Road and late of Kevin Barry’s Villas: and Seán O’Sullivan, Highfield Grove and late of Scrahan Cross, The Spa and Windsor (UK).

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