Churchill GAA Club News

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Race Night: Churchill GAA will be holding a Race Night on Friday 27th October in the Tankard.

This is always a great nights entertainment and is a great social night in the Parish. Tickets and a share in a horse are €20 and are available from any member of the Executive.

More details will be posted on the Churchill GAA Facebook page.

Senior: After the final round of the County League this weekend, Churchill missed out on a promotion playoff by a single point.

This was very disappointing for all involved as we will look back at one or two defeats during the season where we might have come out with the win. The lads can look forward to next season with confidence though, knowing that they are more than capable of challenging for promotion.

Senior B: Churchill travel to Renard in the Quarter-Final of the Cahill Cup this Saturday. Throw in is at 4:30pm.

Minor: Our Minor team took on An Gaeltacht in the semi-final of the Central League Division 2 on Monday night. After a titanic battle we came out on the right side of a one point game, winning by 3-07 to 1-12. This was a fantastic result and sets up a final against John Mitchels this weekend.

U12: On Saturday our u12s took part in the Eric Mason blitz, which was hosted by Ballymac GAA club. We were in a group with Keel, Moyvane and Dr Crokes.

Our first game was against Keel who had already beaten us well on two occasions this season. The boys put in an amazing performance and we led by 3 points at half time with a goal from Maurice giving us some breathing space.

Paddy and Billy were playing out of their skin in the back line and Oran and Hugh were running the Keel halfback line ragged. We were down by a point with two minutes remaining but the boys showed tremendous character to score two late points to seal a one point win. It was Cian who kept his cool with the last kick of the game.

Next up was Dr Crokes and after a poor start we stayed within two points of them mainly thanks to some great saves by David and some great point taking by Maurice and Gearoid in the full forward line.

Oisin and Barry helped drive us on but we lost by 3 points. Moyvane were up next and again they had beaten us twice this season. However we played fantastic football particularly in the second half and with Ryan and Art holding the back line together and Josh and Hugh flying in the forwards we won by 2 points to seal a semi final place against the hosts.

This was the match of the day as the lead see-sawed back and forth all through the game with neither team able to pull away.  With Donagh and John Joe playing their part we went ahead by three points in the closing stages before Ballymac scored a late goal to send the game to extra time.

After another great battle in extra time we ran out winners by a mere two points. We took on Dr Crokes in the final for the second time and we were very slow out of the blocks and fell behind by 2-4 to no score in the first half.

The boys were visibly tired after the epic semi final but showed great character to kick some great scores in the second half but it wasn’t to be. Dr Crokes were deserving winners and there is no shame in losing out to such a great club.

Congrats to Billy Walsh, who was selected as our player of the tournament. Thanks a million to the huge number of supporters who attended the games and cheered on the lads. The organisation of this blitz was fantastic and great credit is due to everyone from Ballymac Gaa and the Mason family.

U12 Central league Div 1A Churchill 5-19 Ardfert 2-15. We took up from where we left off in the Eric Mason Blitz on Monday night with a great victory over Ardfert in our final game of the season. Some tenacious defending and quick movement of the ball especially in the second half saw us move through the gears and pull away from Ardfert.

Billy Walsh, who won player of the tournament on Saturday (some achievement for player from a losing team), was brilliant again and has proven to be our outstanding player of the year.

David Chute is developing into a top keeper and made outstanding saves in both halves limiting Ardfert to just 2 goals. Paddy Falvey and Gearoid O’Connor were a revelation and have been over the latter part of the season.

Ryan Hickey joined the reliable U11 contingent of Art O’Sullivan, Billy Doyle, Maurice and Hugh Lenihan lately and was outstanding again tonight. Role on next year! Cian Mason, Cian O’Gara, Oisin McGibney, Barry Hamilton and Oran Murphy are superb attacking players and were again tonight.

This is a great squad of players and if we keep together, there is no doubt but we will develop into a top side with more successful years to look forward to. Victory over Keel and Moyvane on Saturday, who both beat us twice already this year, is a good indicator of how much progress we have made during the year. Well done boys.

Our u12b team took their unbeaten record into our final game against Ardfert on Monday evening in Churchill.

Following a great performance on Saturday in the Eric Mason blitz in Ballymac we started very slowly and Ardfert took a deserved early lead. We struggled in the first ten minutes but moving in to the full back line John Joe Hanifan steadied the ship and Mark Gazi’s energy in midfield gave us a great platform for our attacks.

Ronan and Josh Elvins switched positions in the forward line and with Josh Favadon working his socks off at half forward Ronan started to  score at will. We led 2-5 to 1-1 at half time. Daithí did a great job in this half in goals to keep the Ardfert attack at bay.

We started the second half slowly and left Ardfert back into the game but Donagh and Darragh Gurney worked hard in the half back line to thwart their attacks and drive the team forward.  Donnacha moved to midfield and alongside Tom and Dara contributed greatly to our second half performance.

As always Rory was as solid as a rock in everything he did (calmness personified). Conor O Sullivan played very well in goals in the second half and his kickouts were consistently spot on.  All the players were fantastic but Mark Gazi was outstanding and was our Man of the Match on the night.

Well done to all the players who contributed to the B team winning the Division 1 title. This is a great achievement.

All the Mentors would like to thank the players for their commitment during the year and to our fantastic parents who followed us everywhere and provided great support. We will continue to train on Thursdays for the next few weeks before taking a break for the winter

U16: The U-16 Tralee Town Board football League fixtures have been decided. Churchill are at home to Austin Stacks (B) on Sunday 10th September, away to Ballymac on Sunday 17th and in our final game we are away to John Mitchells on Sunday 24th Sept. All games are scheduled for 12 noon.

Ladies u12: Churchill played St. Pats Blennerville on Tuesday night in the Spa in the second round of the Tralee Town League. Churchill, playing with the wind, got off to a blistering start scoring a brace of goals & held a considerable lead at halftime.

But this was a game of 2 halves as St Pats totally dominated the second half, outscoring us and putting our defence under severe pressure. With some staunch defending by our backs and some fine saves by our goal keeper Alicia Cronin, we managed to hang on in the end. Final score; Churchill 7-02 St Pats 2-10. We play Austin Stacks B in the next round of this competition.

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