Austin Stacks GAA Juvenile News

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PEIL FAOI 6/8/10: On Saturday next, we’ll make our annual visit to our friends at the Legion Club, Killarney. The games will take place at 10.30am and, so, anyone in need of a lift should go to the club at 9.30am. Beidh an-chluichí á n-imirt!

PAUL LUCEY RUN: Our inaugural 5/10km Paul Lucey Memorial Walk/Run for The Rock is coming up on May 7th which is earmarked as ‘Lá na gClub(anna)’. It promises to be a big club day!

It is expected that anybody who has any association with the club will participate in this event. If interested, one may register online via our Facebook page or may register on the day.

PEIL FAOI 12: (i) We made an enjoyable and very successful a trip to Legion on Easter Monday. Well done, all! Thanks to our hosts.

(ii) Our competitive season got underway on Thursday the 5th in windswept North Kerry when we played our first U12 Lee Strand County League game (Division 9) away v Ballydonoghue. Playing into a strong wind in the first half, the boys knew that they had to get off to a good start. After initially losing possession from the throw in, the new midfield paring of Mark and Ciarán won back the ball and started a passage of play that resulted in a fine opening point from the bróg of Ryan McMahon. Applying great pressure, the lár páirce boys won every kickout and scored 1-7 from play….0-4 from Mark and 1-3 from Ciarán….agus iad ag imirt in aghaidh na gaoithe móire. Ballydonoghue eventually broke The Rock stranglehold and began to attack our goal but the Black’n’Amber backline was superb under pressure; Seán and Brendan were rock solid in the fullback line and Max and Leon kept getting out ahead of their men or tracking them ceaselessly.

Despite good possession and with the strong wind Ballydonoghue found it difficult to get scores! Conor Galvin was calm and collected in goal despite all the high balls pumped in at him and his suberb kickouts found his men every time.

Then, midway through the second half, Ballydonoghue got the goal that their hard work deserved but we responded with a fantastic point from Thomas Derege to ‘close out’ the half. We were in front….1-9 to 1-0.

With the wind behind them in the second half, it was time for the “Twin Towers”, Thomas and Steven, to terrorise the North Kerry defence. Great ball-winning by Steven led to Thomas pointing 3 more times and there were further goals from Mark, Naoude and Cormac Bastible (the goal-of-the-game!).

Cormac showed a cool head…his finish would put his older Brothers in the shade! Leon, who had swapped with Conor, was unbeatable in goals and Conor began to put further pressure on the Ballydonoghue backline.

Special mention must be made of our subs, Naoude and Rory! Playing with their older brothers, both contributed hugely to the result with Naoude’s goal finishing a fine Rock attack that was started by Rory; he was the ‘dynamo’ in the half forward line, skilfully hoovering up loose ball and efficiently linking play.

Having tightly policed the defence all evening, Seán began some powerful runs from the back to relieve pressure as our forwards tired; he was rewarded with a mighty point….Ronan Shanahan would have been proud it!

Cormac added a point after a neat shimmy and Mark finished off the scoring with his fifth point to leave us winners at the final whistle on a scoreline of 1-0 to 4-15.

A huge ‘thank you’ to the Ballydonoghue mentors who generously accommodated the fixture change. The Baile Uí Dhonnchú team’s gallant efforts weren’t reflected in the final scoreline. (iii) We played the Division 1A and 1B games away to Kilcummin on Sunday 8th.

PEIL FAOI 14: (i) Our indoor training will be in the club gym on Thursday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Bígí i láthair, le bhur dtoil. (ii) Our Sunday outdoor training venue: expect text. (iii) Tralee District U14 League DIVISION 1: Our boys have advanced to this year’s final. Dáta agus ionad le socrú. (iv) County League: (a) Our Division 1 game v Dr. Crokes was postponed due to the unavailability of pitches i dTrá Lí agus i gCill Airne. (b) Our B team had a very convincing (away) victory over Strand Road in the County League on Wednesday the 4th. We were looking for an improved performance after our last rather lacklustre display and we got our answer in spades.

The overall team performance was impressive, to say the least, and great credit is due to the lads for putting in the hard graft. We had a great indoor session with Damian and Aoife from EFitness at the John Mitchel Club Complex last Thursday evening and, hopefully agus le cúnamh Dé, the lads have been practising some of the exercises and stretches they were shown. (c) Our second team was scheduled to play v Legion in their next County League fixture on Wednesday the 11th (7pm) in Connolly Park.

FÉILE PEILE NA nÓG: The Lee Strand Under 14 Féile Peile na nÓg took place on Wednesday 11th.

PEIL FAOI 16: (i) Training for our Under 16 players will take place on Fridays and on Sundays. (ii) Our As had a good win in Gallaras v An Ghaeltacht last week and our B team performed commendably against St Pats. This week we faced Na Gaeil agus An Daingean.

SCÓR na bPÁISTÍ: The county final quiz (Scór na bPáistí) will be held at 11am on Sunday April 22nd in the Intermediate Secondary School, Glenbeigh Road, Killorglin.

SEANFHOCAIL: (i) .Imíonn an tuirse ach fanann an tairbhe (tiredness wears off but the benefit lasts); (ii) Is fuirist airgead a thuilleamh ach fear gasta a choimeádann (it’s easy to earn money but a thrifty person holds on to it).

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