Juveniles: Academy training was due to commence last weekend, however due to the recent poor weather conditions the pitch in the Spa was unavailable.
We now hope to start the Academy training this Sunday from 11am to 12pm on the AstroTurf pitches in Tralee Sports Complex. Further information will be communicated to parents during the week.
Minors: Our minor footballers were defeated by Beaufort in the County League at the weekend. Playing into the breeze, Churchill led at half time by 6 points to 5.
However, Beaufort took control in the second period and eventually won out on a scoreline of 1-16 to 1-09. Best for Churchill were Paul Lenihan, Liam O’Donnell, Ciaran Carmody, Sean Donnellan and Alan McElligott. Next up for Churchill is a home tie against An Gaeltacht on the 25th March.
Seniors: Churchill entertained Cordal in the opening round of Division 5 on Sunday afternoon in breezy, but otherwise perfect conditions for football. Cordal settled immediately into the game with a point straight from the throw in from Kerry player Philip O’Connor and followed this up with another from Philip Griffin.
Churchill replied with a free from Mike O’Brien after Cathal Rogers was fouled, but Cordal raised the next three white flags including two more from O’Connor, the pick of them straight from a sideline ball on the left hand side.
Fiachra Griffin scored a beautiful long range point for the hosts as Churchill settled into the contest. Philip Griffin replied for Cordal before Cathal Rogers shot narrowly over the bar for Churchill with an effort on goal.
Brian Reidy then added another for Cordal before O’Connor grabbed his fourth of the day. The sides then exchanged points and after 20 minutes Cordal led by 0:04 to 0:09.
Just when Cordal looked to be pulling clear Churchill responded well and out scored the visitors by 3 points to 1 in the last 10 minutes, including a long range Eoghan O’Brien free, to leave the half time score Churchill 0-07 to Cordal’s 0-10.
Cordal started the second half as they did the first, with a point from Philip O’Connor straight from the throw-in. Mike O’Brien hit back with another free, before Brian Reidy and Ciaran Crowley exchanged points.
Cordal were finding scores easier to come by than their hosts and hit the next three points, two more for man of the match Philip O’Connor and one from Sean Walsh to open up a six point lead.
Rogers pulled one back for Churchill, but that was to be their last score of the game. Churchill were starting to tire and Cordal added six unanswered points before the end with two each for Griffin and Reidy and one for Kieran O’Donoghue and Kieran Enright.
The final score of 0-10 to 0-21 was a little harsh on Churchill, but Cordal were well deserved winners on the day and can now look forward to next weekend’s tie against Tousist with confidence.
Churchill will look to bounce back away to Valentia in a weeks’ time in order to get their promotion hopes back on track.
Churchill: Eoghan O’Brien (0-01), Jack Kelliher, Shane Crowley, Alan McElligott, Sean Donnellan (0-01), Neil Collins-O’Brien, Dara O’Shea, Cillian Fitzgerald, Fiachra Griffin (0-01), Ciaran Carmody, Cathal Rogers (0-02), JJ Prior, Mike O’Brien (0-04), Ciaran Crowley (0-01), Pa McCarthy.
Churchill Strictly Come Dancing: Preparations are well underway for Churchill’s Strictly Come Dancing night, which will be held on Sunday 30th April in Ballyroe Hotel.
A launch night will be held on Friday night 24th March in the Oyster Tavern where all our dancers will be unveiled and our couples will be announced. Everyone is welcome to the launch and it is hoped a big crowd will be present to wish all our dancers well.