Austin Stacks GAA Club News

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ROCK ST. PO. LOTTO COMPETITION; Please support the Rock St. Post Office Club Lotto Competition. The winning Club will have exclusive sales on their Club Lotto tickets in the Rock St. Post Office for the next 3 years.

Club supporters will get (please ask) one token for each transaction completed at Rock St. Post Office between now and 31st March. Put it into the Austin Stacks Collection Bucket in the Post Office. By the end of March all the tokens will be counted and the Club with the most tokens will be deemed to be the winner. A single postage stamp doesn’t count as transaction, but everything else does. A €4 TV Licence Saving Stamp counts as a transaction as does registered letters, parcel postage, bill payments, phone top-ups, phone sales, a dog licence, foreign exchange and withdrawals.

CHELTENHAM CHAMPION TIPSTER COMPETITION: Our popular Cheltenham-based fundraiser returns this year with a fantastic competition being run over the four days of the great horse racing festival (Tueday 14th – Friday 17th March). Full details will be available on the Club website and social media channels later this week. So start studying the form to ensure you’re in with a chance to win the top prize of €500!

ANNUAL SOCIAL: Our Annual Club Social will take place on Thursday 16th March at 7 pm in The Rose Hotel. Music by Heart & Soul and DJ Francie Breen. Price €55.Tickets available from Siobhan Power

086 4014805, Lorraine Scanlon 087 2428282  and Mary McQuinn 087 0559455.

AUSTIN STACKS IRELAND LIGHTS UP WALK: Irish Life have a new initiative commencing on the 1st March for a one month period where individuals are asked to participate in a one daily target of 10,000 steps per day. All participants that reach the 300K steps in the month are then entered into a draw for holiday vouchers. Further details to follow closer to the start date.

CLUB MEMBERSHIP: This season’s Club Membership, which is now due, may be purchased online via your Club Foireann Account or pay online via Clubforce (see for link), or sign up for a monthly DD payment, or pay by cash by contacting Club Registrar, Bernie Mannix at 086  0767415.

CLOTHES RECYCLING: Our Club Fundraising Clothes Recycling collection, which took place last Saturday, was a great success. Thanks to everyone who supported the event.

MINOR FOOTBALL: Laune Rangers 2-10 (16); Austin Stacks 3-9 (18).

Our round 2 Co. League game, played in a dry, sunny Killorglin on last Saturday (25th Feb) saw both sides dominating at periods before we came away with a well-deserved two points victory. It took both sides some time to come to grips with a strong swirling breeze before the home side opened the scoring after eleven minutes. Before that they could have goaled but for a point-blank save by Steven Conway. We responded a minute later with a well-taken Ryan O’Driscoll goal followed by a second point from a free by Rangers. Two brilliant points from play by Daniel Kirby extended our lead to three points after 24 minutes. But Rangers then dominated the closing minutes of the half scoring four unanswered points (two from play) to leave them ahead by a point at half time (0-6 to 1-2).

They extended that lead to four points eight minutes into the second half when they added a goal and a point to one for us from  Ryan O’Driscoll. Ryan was then very much involved during an eleven minute period between the 40th and 51st minute when we scored two goals and five points without reply – Ryan contributing  a goal and three points (from three 45s) and Ronan Carroll with a goal and a points – his point also from a forty five. Conor Bastible was the scorer of our other point during this period. Both sides then scored a point each during the next three minutes – ours by Oliver Lata. That was to be our last score of the game while Rangers went on to score a goal and two points to make it a shaky closing minutes for us. But our lads did hold on for that well-deserved two points win.

Team:  Steven Conway, James Fisher, Donnacha Horgan, Ciarán Kavanagh, Seán Heaslip, Seán Óg Brosnan, Alex Tuohy, Fionán Ryan, Daniel Kirby (Capt) (0-2), Calvin Casey, Ronan Carroll (1-1 – one 45), Thomas Deregee, Ryan O’Driscoll (2-4 – three frees), Oliver Lata (0-1), Cormac Bastible (0-1).

Subs used: Liam O’Connell (55m), Rory Lynch (57m).

We are now away to Keel/Listry in round 3. As we write this game is fixed for this coming Saturday afternoon (4th March) at 3pm. We are at home then in the final two rounds against Kenmare/Shamrocks in round 4 (11th March) and against An Ghaeltacht in the 5th and final round the day after St. Patrick’s Day. Our opening round game against Legion which did not take place has yet to be decided on by the Co. Board.

SENIOR FOOTBALL; After wins against Na Gaeil and John Mitchels in the opening two rounds of the Tralee/St. Brendans League our third and final round game away to Ardfert, is now due to be played on this coming Sunday (5th March) at 12 noon.

CLUB CARDS: Our Card sessions continue in the Clubhouse on Mondays and Thursdays with the starting time of 9pm sharp.

CLUB LOTTO: This week’s (27th Feb.) Jackpot worth €3,350 was not won. The winning numbers were 1, 7, 13, 30. The €20 winners were Carmel O’Neill, Ed & Yvonne O’Brien, Paddy Creagh and Richard Healy, all c/o The Club; and Rachel Dunne, c/o On Line.

Next week’s Jackpot will be worth €3400.

Continued thanks to the following businesses for selling our Lotto tickets on a weekly basis – Kevin Barrys Shop, Commane’s Book Shop (PC Books), O’Flynns Interiors; Hussey’s, Princes St., The Burger Shack, Monavally and Kirby’s Brogue Inn and continued thanks to everyone who purchases tickets week-in, week-out.

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently: Áine Curtin (nee Healy), Boston and formerly Ballinorig Road; Liam O’Sullivan, Barrow West (relative of Bernie Mannix); Eileen O’Halloran, Oakpark;and Catherine Moran (nee Collins), Oakpark Demesne.

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