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 week 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.

CONGRATULATIONS: to Kirby’s Brogue Inn on being nominated Tralee’s best Cafeteria. Well deserved.

MINOR FOOTBALL: Keel/Listry 0-1; Austin Stacks 1-14.

Not since 2014 when the likes of Jack Morgan, Michael O’Donnell and Jack O’Shea were on the team did our Minors chalk up such a win. That April day nine years ago they held their opposition scoreless. On this Saturday afternoon (4thMarch) in Keel our boys held their opponents scoreless from play – their only score coming from a pointed free in the 3rd minute of the second half. And it wasn’t that the opposition were playing poorly. Every time they attacked they looked dangerous but time after time our boys turned over the attacks. We lead by eight points to no score at half time with seven different players getting on the score sheet.

Both sides had a point each inside the opening three minutes of the second half with Ryan O’Driscoll scoring ours just 23 seconds after the resumption. We then dominated the remainder of the game adding a further goal and five points, Ryan our goal scorer.

Team:  Steven Conway, Pádraig O’Halloran (0-1), Donnacha Horgan, Ciarán Kavanagh, Seán Heaslip, Seán Óg Brosnan, Alex Tuohy (0-1), Fionnán Ryan (0-1), Daniel Kirby (Capt) (0-1), Calvin Casey (0-2), Ronan Carroll (0-2), Thomas Deregee, Ryan O’Driscoll (1-4 – two frees), Cormac Bastible (0-1), David Lucid.

Subs used: Jake O’Connor (ht), Jack Barrett (39m) Liam O’Connell (43m), Thomas O’Connell 43m) (0-1), Barry Nagle  (52m).

We now have home games in the next two rounds against Kenmare/Shamrocks in round 4 (now switched to Wednesday, 15th March at 6.30pm) and against An Ghaeltacht in the 5thround the day after St. Patrick’s Day, while we still await a decision on our opening round tie against Legion which did not take place.

SENIOR FOOTBALL; With wins against Na Gaeil and John Mitchels in the opening two rounds of the Tralee/St. Brendans League Ardfert have now conceded the round 3 tie. That means we will now play John Mitchels in the Final which has been fixed for next Sunday (12th March) in Blennerville with the throw-in at 12.30pm.

The following week-end (19th March) we were due to play Spa in Connolly Park in the opening round of the Co. League but this game has been put back a week. It has now been refixed for Saturday, 25th March at 4pm.

CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS: The Manor West Leisure Club Scholarships have been announced and our own Joseph O’Connor is one of the five recipients. Congratulations Joe and well done.

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 (6th March.) Jackpot worth €3,400 was not won. The winning numbers were 3, 7, 12, 15. The €20 winners were Damien McLoughlin and Michael O’Donnell, both c/o The Club; James Hussey, c/o PC Books; Brian Morris, c/o Carmel O’Neill and Stacey Enright, c/o Husseys.

Next week’s Jackpot will be worth €3450.

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: Mary (Mai) Carroll (nee Breen), Doon; Patricia Leahy, Listellick and late of Brighton; Mark O’Brien, Lassinagh, The Spa and Kilfenora (one of our great Card players of the past); Frank O’Sullivan, Ballyard and formerly Upper Castle Street; Arthur O’Brien, Killarney and Rathass; and Brad Duffy, Racecourse Heights.

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