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 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
Would like to wish all the under 16s boys and girls who are doing their Junior cert the best of luck from your manager and the club

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

Co. League – Division 2
We are due to play our Round 8 County League game v Duagh on Mon 1st June at 6.30 pm in Ballyseedy. Our last County League game is down for June 7th at 5 pm home to Listowel Emmets.
We have a break then with League action concluded.

North Kerry League and Town Championship will follow over July August plus we will have U13 and 15 County Championship in between.
Training continues every Thursday 6-7 pm in ballyseedy,

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

U12 Girls
The girls continued their good start to the County League with an away win against Kerins O Rahillys last Tuesday evening.

The girls started brightly and went a few points ahead but then Kerins O Rahillys struck for a goal to knock us back on our heels. However, the girls didn’t panic and scored some fantastic points in the next 15 minutes to go in 4 pts up at the break.

As with last week’s game the girls came out all fired up for the second half and scored 3 quick goals to put us in the driving seat. In the end we ran out winners on a scoreline of John Mitchels 3-12 to Kerins O Rahillys 1-05 but it was a lot closer game than the scoreline suggests and the goals made the difference.

This group of players are coming on by leaps and bounds in the past few weeks and the hard work since February is paying off. Hopefully they can keep it going and continue into the later stages of the County League.

The highlights of the game were the girls ability and confidence to shoot and take scores, with 6 different players on the score sheet and the closing down / blocking down of their opponents.

The girls that played last week were as follows;Tara Field, Elizabeth O Connor, Caoimhe Leahy, Eimear Murphy, Emma O’Donnell, Taylor Rodgers, Angel Quilligan, Erica O Connor, Kerry Oba, Lauren Smullen, Katie Ross, Emily O Shea, Molly Brosnan, Lynda O Connor, Amee & Ciara Kerins, Dawn McLarnan, Paula Clifford and Simera Hunt.

Next up for the girls at home to Beaufort Tuesday June 2nd @ 7.00 All support for the girls at games would be very welcome and greatly appreciated by both the girls and the Club.
The county league fixtures are as follows – all games @7.00pm;

2nd June Home to Beaufort.
9th June Home to Kilcummin.
16th June Away to Currow.

As the Cumann Na mBunscol has now finished we will be training one other evening a week as well as playing a game on Tuesdays – details will be given once the game for that week has been fixed.

John Mitchels 8-12 Knock/Brosna 5-12

Our Under 14 team started their Castleisland District campaign tonight with a good win at home to Knock/Brosna. We started very well and were ahead 3-6to 1-0 with the breeze at our backs after the first quarter . We then let the back in to the game and didn’t score for the remainder of the half. The half time score was 3-6 to 2-9.

In the second half we showed great battling qualities into a strong wind and took our chances to run out deserved victors in the end.

Our backs notably Stephen Bowler and Jordan Mason made a big contribution especially in the second half. It was great to see Alex O Se return from a bad injury and he was ably assisted around the middle by the industrious James Sheehan and Padraig White while Paraic O Callaghan again proved a big threat up front.

Teams and scorers: Conor Fitzmaurice,Robert Kerins,Sean Tighe,Cian Barden,Stephen Bowler, Padraig White(2-4)Ciaran O Leary, Alex O Se(2-2)James Sheehan,Jordan Mason(0-1),Dylan O Brien (1-1),Craig O Brien(1-3),Tristan Kirwan, Paraic O Callaghan(1-0),Tyrese Flaherty(1-1)Patrick O Brien,Sean Dillane

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
Training continues Wednesday night .

Castleisland District League
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

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


Check Fixtures below.

Check Fixtures below.

Check Fixtures below.

We had another good training session on Sunday morning. The girls concentrated on hand passing catching and kicking . Girls who worked hard were Aoife, Lisa, Alannah, Roisin, and Kaydence. The girls will be practicing at home to keep improving so all Moms, Dads, brothers and sisters are asked to help out as they improve their skills.
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 and play with a smile.
All new members welcome to the Centre of Excellence .

The brave under 6s lined out for training last Sunday morning disregarding the wet and windy conditions and the bank holiday.
It was a super session and all players had lots of fun with plenty of football thrown in for good measure,
Notable mentions
Cillian Sheridan
Finn Hannah
Nadia Rivas McHugh
Jayden Sugrue
Leon Healy
Ruth Lynch
Ella Dennehy
Sean Murphy
Daniel Farmer

Training every Sunday morning 10.30am. New members very welcome at the best football nursery in Kerry

John Mitchels schedule for May to August
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

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

26/05/2015 – Numbers drawn: 1, 13, 14, 20
No winner
Consolation prize winners:
€100 – Karl Keohane c/o Patrons
€25 – Helen Coffey c/o Helen
€25 – Johnny McEvoy c/o Mark
€25 – Ella O’Sullivan c/o Brendan
€25 – Leonard Fitzmaurice c/o Donal
Next draw – 02/06/2015 – jackpot €1,200

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: Joan O Sullivan, Secretary John Mitchel’s Ladies Teams
Juvenile Secretary From/To: 2000 – 2014
Bingo Committee Member

(Q): How did you become involved with John Mitchel’s Club?
(A): “Initially Noel Kelliher & Pat McAuliffe knocked on our door as part of a player recruitment drive in the community. It was through this initiative my son Alan joined as a player. A few years later I was asked by Pat McAuliffe & Clive O Callaghan to join the officer board”.

(Q): Tell me about your first appointment on the Officer Board?
(A): “I joined the officer board as the Juvenile Secretary. At first I didn’t realise the task ahead. The job takes up a lot of your time but it is very much worthwhile”.

(Q): What has been an accomplishment for you as a Club Officer?
(A): “It is great to be involved with Juvenile football teams.
Our under 14 boys won the All-Ireland Feille competition last season. In 2011 and 2012 our Minors won back to back Div1 County League titles. It is great for the club when all our teams are successful. It is also a sense of accomplishment for myself as a club officer”.

(Q): What has been your greatest disappointment?
(A): “For me it was losing our senior status. John Mitchel’s has a great history of success in the senior championship. This was a big disappointment for everyone in the club”.

(Q): What is it that you like most about Gaelic football?
(A): “I suppose it is mostly the friendships that I have made from it. One of the most fantastic things for me as I am not originally form Tralee is the people I got to know. I have made some very good friends in the John Mitchel’s Club.
From liaising with the Districts such as the North Kerry Board, Central region, Castleisland District and the County Board I have met some lovely people”.

(Q): If you could change a rule in Gaelic football what would that be?
(A): “I would change the pick up so that a player can pick the ball from the ground. I think it would make this part of the game fairer as it is open to the referee’s discretion. It is a part of the game that Referee’s get wrong quite often”.

(Q): What in your opinion is the biggest challenge facing GAA clubs today?
(A): “One of the biggest challenges is trying to hold on to players given economic uncertainty. Many of our players and others involved in clubs have had to immigrate in search of work. Fundraising is also a big challenge”.

(Q): What advice would you give to encourage more women to get involved in the John Mitchel’s club?
(A): “I would advise them if they get involved they would definitely reap the rewards. You will also make some great friends. It is great to see all our girls and the Senior Ladies playing football. There is plenty of other roles apart from playing football for women in the Mitchel’s club”.

(Q): Tell about your other roles in the Club?
(A): “Currently I am ladies football secretary and a Club Officer.
I am also involved with the John Mitchel’s Bingo. The bingo is held three nights per week in Champers Club House. It is a vital fundraiser for the club and great credit is due to people like Denis Mannix, Theresa Deane and our bingo caller Haulie Walsh for all their efforts”.

(Q) What are your thoughts on the present & future of the club?
(A): “Our facilities here are second to none and absolutely fantastic. Great credit is due to the development committee for their many years of hard work.
There are great people involved that give a lot of their time, effort and commitment. A huge amount of work is carried out by all the club volunteers. I think the future looks very positive for the club”.

To the family of John Jackie O’Hanlon, Gortatlea, Tralee
To the family of Harold Blennerhassett, Ballinorig, Tralee and formerly of Glenagee ty, Ballymacelligott
To the family of Tony Kelliher, ‘Santa Maria’, Ballymullen, Tralee
To the family of Paddy Hawkins, Marian Park, Tralee and formerly of Annsborough, Co Down
May they rest in Peace.

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