John Mitchels GAA Club News

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County League – Division 2
Round 5 – Mitchels v Listowel Emmets Sunday June 7th (Home)

Round 1 – Mitchels 0-10 – Templenoe, 0-06
Round 2 – Tarbert​ 0-08 – John Mitchels 0-14
Round 3 – Mitchels 0-16. – Spa Killarney 1-08
Round 4 – Kenmare 0-10 – Mitchels 0-10

Semi-Final. Intermediate Club Championship
Mitchels v Spa Killarney – DATE, TIME & VENIUE TO BE DECIDED

Round 1 Mitchels 1-10. Finuge 1-06
Round 2 Mitchels 1-09 An Gaeltacht 0-11

Junior Football League 2015 Group 1
Rd 2 Legion v John Mitchels NOW CHANGED TO MONDAY. MAY 25th at 7.30 p.m.

Rd 3 John Mitchels V. Milltown/Castlemaine. Friday 29th May
Rd 4 John Mitchels v Rathmore. Friday 5th June
Rd 5 John Mitchels v. Laune Rangers B Friday :12th June
Semi final; Friday 26th June

Training continues as usual.

Training continues on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7 pm to 8 pm.

Reminding all players/parents/guardians to return their Membership forms and money ASAP.

Please remember that mouthguards for all players under the age of 18 are now compulsory for both training and games. Referees have been directed to not allow any player not wearing a mouthguard to play. Any player who suffers a dental injury in training when not wearing a mouthguard will not be covered by the Injury Fund

Under 16
Training Thursday 6.00 – 7.00p.m. unless otherwise notified.

Co. League – Division 2
Our U 14s continued their Co League fixtures with a very hard fought game v Abbeydorney in Ballyseedy last Sunday evening in cold windy and sometimes wet conditions.

Mitchels playing with the wind played very well in the first half and went in at half time 1-4 to 1- 2 down A Goal from Aimee Somers and a point from Ruth Moriarty kept Mitchels in touch. The second half started well and Mitchels got back into the game with a goal from Rachel Kilgallen with hard work by our defence.This however was followed by 2 goals from Abbeydorney opened up a large lead that they did not relinquish. Mitchels scored a further point through Rachel Kilgallen but Abbeydorney finished strongly and we went down in the end 2-2 to 5-6.
Well done to the girls who never gave up and battled to the final whistle.
Our game v Duagh last Thursday was cancelled at late notice due to a bereavement in Duagh.

Our next game is away to Glenflesk on this Friday 29th May at 6.15 pm.
Meet up at 5.15 pm.

Co League
John Mitchels v Listowel June 7th

North Kerry League Fixtures
Round 1: Away to Listowel Emmets, 30th August
Round 2: Home to Ballyduff, 6th September
Round 3: Away to Na Gaeil, 13th September
Round 4: Home to Ballymac, 27th September

U 13 Championship and Town Championship to come.

U12 Girls
The girls kicked off the next phase of the County League campaign with a Home win against Dr Crokes last week. In a game where the two teams were very evenly matched we had the slight edge going in at half time being 2 pts up but had played with the wind in the first half. We started the second half brightly and struck for 3 quick goals to put us in the driving seat only for Dr Crokes to come back and get one of their own to reduce the gap immediately .In a match that went from end to end we held on for a good win on a score line of John Mitchels 5-05 to Dr Crokes 1-07. As the saying goes, goals win games and never was it more obvious than in this match as it was 10 scores to 8 at the finish. The highlight of the game was the amount of times our girls blocked down their opponents kicks which was well into double digits by match end so keep up the good work girls.
The girls that played last week were as follows;
Tara Field, Elizabeth O Connor, Eimear Murphy, Emma O’Donnell, Erica O Connor, Taylor Rodgers, Angel Quilligan,Caoimhe Leahy, Kerry Oba, Lauren Smullen, Katie Ross, Emily O Shea, Molly Brosnan, Lynda O Connor, Dawn McLarnan & Simera Hunt.
Next up for the girls away to Kerins O’ Rahillys in Ballyrickard on Tuesday May 26th @ 7.00

The County League fixtures are as follows – all games @7.00pm;
26th May away to Kerins O Rahillys.
02nd June home to Beaufort.
09th June home to Kilcummin.
16th June away to Currow.
In the event of not having a midweek game, training continues on Wednesday evenings at Camp Ballyseedy from 6.00pm to 7.00pm – any new players welcome

We returned to training last Friday after a week off and will train again on Wednesday.
We begin our Castleisland district campaign next Friday. See fixtures below

Castleisland District League
Home to Castleisland May 21st. 7-30pm
Home to Knocknagoshel/Brosna May 28th. 7-30pm
Home to Currow June 5th 7-30pm
Away to Cordal/Scart in Cordal June 12th 7.30pm
Away to Ballynac in Ballymac June 19th. 7-30pm
Well done to Sean Tighe and Padraig White who were picked to play with the Tralee district team in the under 14 championship .

Training will continue Mon and Wed evenings 6-7 on the All Weather pitch


We played go games on Wednesday in Connolly Park and had a wonderful time. We had two teams of 10 and we each won most of our games. All players gave their all and this really showed in the final game. With a large crowd watching our players showed how to play the game with heart and skill and all the coaches, parents and supporters were proud of their efforts.
We had another great training session last Sunday with the coaches putting the team through a tough work out. Sam, Ben and Sean worked hard on tackling and protecting the ball. Andrew, Paddy and Darragh showed great skill with fantastic scores and blocks. At the end of the session we did a short goal keeping session which was enjoyed by all.

Great turn out again this week for the Under10s girls.
Keep up all the good work in training.
Training continues on Sundays from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon.

Training continues on Sundays from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon.

Training continues from 10-30 am to 12 every Sunday morning.
It is great to see numbers increasing and girls bring a friend as we continue to learn the rules of football, have fun and meet new friends.
All new members welcome to the Centre of Excellence .

New players welcome every Sunday morning at 10.30am in Camp, Ballyseedy.

John Mitchels schedule for May to August
Sunday 31st May Training
Sunday 7th June U-6, U-8, U-10 Boys and Girls – Away to Na Gaeil
Sunday 14th June U-6, U-8,U-10 Boys and Girla – Home to Na Gaeil
Sunday 21st June U-6, U-8, U-10 Boys and Girls – Home to Beaufort
Sunday 28th June U-6, U-8, U-10 Boys and Girls – Home to Dr Crokes
Sunday 45h July No Training – Munster final
Sunday 12th July U-6, U-8, U-10 Boys and Girls – Home to
Spa/Killarney. (To be Confirmed)
Saturday 18th July U-6, U-8, U-10 Boys and Girls – Away to Spa, Killarney (to be confirmed)
Monday 20th – Friday 24th July Club Summer Camp
Saturday 25th July Club Blitz
Sunday 2nd August Training
Sunday 9th August U-6, U-8, U-10 Boys and Girls – Home to Listowel
Saturday 15th August U-6, U-8, U-10 -Boys and Girls – Away to Listowel

U-8 & U-10 boys play go games from 29th April to the end of May,

Thanks to Horans Fruit & Veg for sponsoring the fruit on Sunday mornings in the members lounge.

Coffee/Tea Club
Thanks to all involved with the refreshments committee who once again looked after the parents so well and provided some top notch home baking.
This is a great opportunity for all parents to meet up and have a chat and cuppa. All monies collected will go directly back to develop and support the Juvenile teams in the Club and your support is very much appreciated.

Our Bingo continues on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights. Bingo is a vital fundraiser for the Club and all funds raised from the Bingo goes directly back into the Club and all support is greatly appreciated.
Follow all our Bingo news on our newly launched Facebook page.
Any member who wishes to volunteer can do so by giving their details to any club officer.

Bookings for Parties etc. can be made by phoning 066 7197070

19/05/2015 – Numbers drawn: 2, 9, 19, 23
No winner
Consolation prize winners:
€100 – Dan O’Connor c/o Patrons
€25 – Norma O’Reilly c/o Donal
€25 – Angela Walsh c/o Bingo
€25 – Robert O’Dowd c/o Paddy
€25 – Mark Mc Evoy c/o Patrons
Next draw – 26/05/2015 – jackpot €1,100

A full range of Tracksuits, Tops and shorts for all age groups are available at John Mitchels Complex. Great value on offer and ideal for anyone at home or abroad.

Our Sports Complex at Camp Ballyseedy is available for bookings on the Sports Hall and All Weather pitch. The Complex is also open for children’s parties. Further information contact the Club reception on 066 7197070.


Questions & Answers

Profile of: Johnny Kelliher

John Mitchel’s Senior Player From/To: 1958-1970
Honours Won:
Minor County Championship Title 1958
Six Senior County Championship Titles 1959-1963 & 1966

Player Position: Goal Keeper,
Full Forward on the Minor team

(Q): Tell me about the Minor title win in 1958?
(A): “We played West Kerry in the final in the Austin Stack Park. At half time we had scored 6 points to no score for West Kerry. I played in the full forward position and scored 4 points on the day. The game ended John Mitchel’s 12 points West Kerry no score. There was six of our team also playing on the Mitchel’s Senior team”.

(Q): What has been your greatest accomplishment as a Mitchel’s player?
(A): “It was a great accomplishment in its self to get a place on the Mitchel’s team.
The Senior team of that era had some great footballers.
For me it was the County Championship title win in 1966.
We had no hope in the world of winning or at least we weren’t given any by our critics.
East Kerry had a star studded team and we beat them in the Final.
It was also the end of an era for many of our players as they retired from football”.

(Q): Which Player(s) would you have looked up to when you joined the Senior ranks?
(A): “The player for me was Niall Sheehy. Niall was the engine room of the team.
Although Niall played in the back line he could always be counted on to get a vital score in a game. We had very good footballers on the team like Brendan Galvin Teddy Dowd, John Dalton and Paudie Sheehy”.

(Q): What was the most satisfying thing for you about playing Gaelic football?
(A): “One of the most satisfying aspects for me was when we went on tour to America.
The trip took place in 1964 on the back of winning five County Championship titles in a row.
I also believe we were the first Club side to do so”.

(Q): What other sports were you involved in?
(A): “I played basketball with St. Colmcille’s Club.
We won both Junior and Senior County Championship titles.
John (Thorney) O’Shea also played on the same team”.

(Q): What has been your greatest disappointment as a Mitchel’s player?
(A): “I have to say in my era as a player given our success we had very little disappointment.
As a supporter of course the 1989 County final loss was a big disappointment.
We had a very good team and there was a huge anticipation for us to win”.

(Q): If you could change a rule in Gaelic football what would that be?
(A): “In today’s game a player is usually surrounded by four or five of the opposition when fielding a ball from the kick out. He or she is then pulled and dragged and will get a free kick given against for over carrying. I would like to see a rule were a player can call for a mark and get a free kick from this spot”.

(Q): Can you tell me about your memories of the 5 in a Row era?
(A): “Some of my best memories was winning the 1961 and the 1963 Finals.
They were extra special because we won those games against local opposition Kerins O’Rahilly’s. In fact we played eight County Championship finals in five years. On three occasions the games ended in a draw and the replays took place the following year”.

(Q): What are your thoughts on the Present and future of the Club?
(A): “I’m am very heartened by the performance of the team this year.
The facilities in Camp Ballyseedy are second to none and hopefully this will inspire all our teams. I wish the team and management the very best of luck for this year and for the future”.


To the family of Michael, St Brendan’s Park, Tralee
To the family of Edith Curran (nee Fitzpatrick) Caherslee Tralee and formerly of Laois
To the family of Margaret O’Connell (nee Somers) Deerpark, Lixnaw and formerly of Leith East, Tralee
To the family of Joan Barry (nee Keane) Cluaindara, Oakpark, Tralee
To the family of Jimmy O’Dowd, Ballinorig, Tralee
To the family of Marie Moriarty (nee Foley) O’Rahilly’s Villas, Tralee.
May they rest in Peace.

One Comment

  1. jim byrne says:

    all the best to the mitchells for 2015.