Austin Stacks GAA Juvenile Club News

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PEIL FAOI 7/8/9: Our Under 7/8/9 outdoor academy was a great success last Sunday i gCathair Sailí! More of the same at 11am in Caherslee on Sunday next (26th May). Bí linn! Fáilte roimh chách! Some of our youngsters challenged Rathmore at Connolly Park on Sunday last and what exciting enthusiastic football was played!

PEIL FAOI 11: (i) Another enjoyable U11 GoGames session took place on Thursday last. More great football was played by our boys….skill and determination by all players! Well done, all! We look forward to another interesting outing on Thursday next at 6.30pm. Expect text! (ii) Our usual Sunday session will take place this coming weekend…..11am ar an Domhnach. (Tim McMahon)

PEIL FAOI 13: County League Phase 2….expect text, boys. Training will take place on Tuesday night at the MTU.

PEIL FAOI 15: (i) Caherslee was the venue for the U15 Division 2 County League final on Wednesday 15th….a mouth-watering contest between Na Stacaigh and Na Mistéalaigh.

The atmosphere started to build as the teams gathered on a beautiful evening…ideal for a football match. Having come up short against this John Mitchel Club team over the last few years in various competitions our boys were feeling pressure!

They were a little nervous, to say the least, especially as they were without a few injured colleagues! Words of advice and encouragement were offered by the coaches and they named a slightly changed team. Then….the ball was in and the game was on! Early exchanges were as expected….hard, fast and tough….but we held our own!

Team captain, Ben Litchfield, led from the front and took our opening point. Midway through the first half Na Mistéalaigh had the upper hand….a Green‘n’Gold goal and some well-taken points had us faoi bhrú damanta. Yes, we were under pressure!

An unfortunate injury to Michael Cotter didn’t help matters but we finally got some good possession late in the half and went into the break just 3 points down. Scór leathama….AdeS 0-5; JM 1-5. We made a great start to the 2nd half and brought the difference down to a single point but again our opposition held out, kept calm, played well and, unfortunately for us, picked off a few more points.

Going on recent results between these two sides it felt like deja vu (as Émile Boirac wrote in 1876) once again; but the last quarter will be remembered by these boys for a while! Hard work, steely determination and great awareness by every player in Black‘n’Amber and, slowly and surely, this tie was brought back to level scores!

Late on, another strong attack from out of defence through the central channel resulted in a high ball landing in the forward line. Full forward Barry Laide was fouled in the process of grabbing the ball in the large square. Peno!

Jamie Casey carefully placed the pigskin, stepped up and took his goal well. In a nervy last few minutes we held on, kept cool heads and achieved a massive victory. A brilliant result!

This victory was a just reward for our young men who have worked hard at their football all year. Maith sibh, a leaideanna na Carraige! Final score…AdeS: 1-12; JM 1-9. Team: Conor O’Regan; Mark Riordan, Oran O’Donoghue, Fionn Cotter; Ryan O’Carroll, Eoin Mangan, Darragh Lyons; Jamie Casey, Ben Litchfield; Jack Delaney, David Hobbert, Michael Cotter; Danny Lane, Barry Laide, Denis Brassil; David Ahern, Ryan O’Flaherty, Joe de Barra, Noah Reidy. Injured team members: Harry Murphy and Jayden O’Dowd. Coaches for the final: Tim McMahon, Pa Laide, Eoghan Ó Gealbháin, Ger Hobbert.

(ii) U15 Division 9 semi-final….Killarney Legion B: 5-18; AdeS B: 5-1. Unfortunately, it wasn’t our U15B boys’ night against a strong, athletic and skilful Legion side in Doirín (Little Oak Wood) on Friday 17th May. The Rock boys got off to a dream start with a goal in the opening minutes. The home side then took control, kicking some fine points.

The Rock boys responded with another great goal to restore their 0-3 advantage but Legion powered through the 2nd quarter and held a commanding thirteen point half-time advantage. Half-time score…Legion: 3-10; AdeS: 2-0.

Credit to our boys….they came out fighting in the 2nd half and had reduced the deficit to 0-8 midway through the half. However, as we pushed to further close the gap, Legion got in for a fourth goal and put the result to bed! B’shin caidhp a’ bháis! Captain Kyle and the 25 boys who togged out in the Black’n’Amber, battled to the final whistle, as Rockmen do! Rock Player of the Match: Alex O’Flaherty…he came on and put in a fine display.

Thanks to the referee for his efficient handling of the encounter. We wish the best of luck to Killarney Legion in the final. We will regroup next week and start to prepare for the Central League. The Rock U15Bs: Barry Laide; Conor Murphy, Oisín Cotter, Diarmuid Hennessy; Mark Riordan, Seán McCannon, Ryan O’Flaherty; Joe de Barra, Fionn Cotter; Tadhg Somers, David Ahern, Liam Swords; Noah Reidy, Kyle Yoxhall, Dean Courtney; Tom Dawson, Eliot Calleja, Ewan Canty, Nathan O’Connor, Ediart Topali, John Riordan, Mark Foley, Joe O’Halloran, Alex O’Flaherty, Séamus Keenan. On the plus side, all 25 players who togged out were given the opportunity to have a run on the pitch and all got experience of a divisional semi-final. Thanks to our faithful fans! (Ger Hobbert)

SCHOLARSHIP: Best wishes to our members who are preparing for their ‘cúpla seachtain ag labhairt na Gaeilge’ in the Gaeltacht. Guímid gach rath orthu.

GCC: (i) ‘Well done’ to Gaelcholáiste junior footballers, Ellen Ní Luasaigh agus Emer Ní Dhuilleáin ina measc, who have recently won Munster medals and brought home Corn na Mumhan. Tá Club na Stacach bródúil astu! (ii) Agus comhghairdeachas ollmhór lenár

FAOI 17: Our Minors: Olivier Lata; Leon Sweeney, Gabriel Maszorek, Max Maszorek; Rian Walsh, Adam Johnston, Alex Touhy; Cormac Bastible, Jack Diggin; Rory Lynch, Jack Shanahan, Tadhg Falvey; Brian Kavanagh, Jay O’Connor, Jayden Moriarty; Jake Carmody, David Mullins, Max Grzybowsky, Aodhán Horgan. Bainisteoir: Theo Ó Duigín. Roghnóirí: Liam Lynch, Frankie Murphy, David Courtney. An Charraig Abú! (Theo Ó Duigín)

FAOI 21: ‘Well done’ to our U21s who gave of their best in their first round game in the county championship v Rathmore Wednesday (22nd). Imríodh an cluiche i bPáirc Uí Chonghaile.

CLUB GEAR: Club merchandise from O’Neills. Log into www.austinstacks.ie

BUÍOCHAS: Thanks to all club lotto supporters and especially to: (i) The Burger Shack, Móin an Bhealaigh; (ii) The Brogue, Sráid na Carraige; (iii) Siopa Chaoimhín de Barra, Ollmhargadh Grósaera na Carraige; (iv) PC Books, Sráid na Carraige; (v) O’Flynn Interiors, Sráid na Carraige; (vi) Hussey’s Deli and Newsagency, Cé an Phrionsa.

SCÓR: Comhghairdeachas le rinceoirí An Spá a bhuaigh All-Ireland eile!

KERRY SENIORS: (i) ‘Well done’ to Joe, Dylan, Armin, Joey and Kerry v Monaghan i Staid an Ghearaltaigh. (ii) ‘Well done’ to Aoife Ní Dhuilleáin agus Mná na Ríochta v Cork. (iii) Comhbhrón le iománaithe Chiarraí v Uíbh Fhailí.

CIARRAÍ FAOI 20: Heart-felt sympathies to Michael Tansley (cúl báire), Daniel Kirby (10), Paddy Lane and their Kerry colleagues v Tír Eoghain in Sunday’s All-Ireland final i bPort Laoise. They gave of their best! It wasn’t to be!

CIARRAÍ FAOI 17: ‘Well done’ to Wayne and his Kerry minors who performed brilliantly v Cork in the Munster final. The Rock boys on the panel: Ben Ó Murchú (an captaen)(1-1), Fionnán Ó Riain, Rónán Ó Cearúill (1-5: 0-3 frees, 1-0 penalty), Gavin Ó Cathasaigh, Ryan Ó Drisceoil. Maith sibh, a Wayne agus a leaideanna na Carraige! A proud day for The Rock!

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