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A Fundraising Night at the Dogs for John Mitchels GAA Club

As part of the annual fundraising efforts at the John Mitchels GAA Club in Tralee, a night at the dogs at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium is happening on Saturday September 5ththis year. The ‘Show me the Bunny’ night at the dog’s fundraiser will help support all juvenile activity at the club.

The night will feature a “Buster” race prize fund of €500 so make sure you get your ticket early and hold on to it for the night’s big result. The family night will be full of fun, quality racing and entertainment for all John Mitchels players, members, friends, supporters and anyone else who enjoys a great night out. After the fun and excitement of the races on the night the celebrations will continue in the Club House on the John Joe Sheehy Road afterwards.

John Mitchels Club Chairman Matt Moloney commented: “Each year the cost of player activity and development is between eighty and a hundred thousand euro. Just like every other club around the County and Country we need to constantly fundraise to support these costs.”

“The club is very proud of our new complex in Ballyseedy and we are thankful that we can manage the running cost of the facility but still we need to support our players at every level so events such as a night at the dogs are very important to us as a club. It is also important that as a club we celebrate our achievements and bring together all people connected with the club on a social level.”

Tickets cost 10 euro each (children under 14 go FREE) and are available for purchase now from the John Mitchels GAA Club and other nominated ticket sellers and outlets. Full details will be available on the clubs facebook page and website. Call the club on 066 7197070

Congratulations to Alan O’Donoghue who captained the Kerry Junior Team to Victory in the All Ireland Final against Mayo last Saturday.
Congratulations also to James Duggan who represented our Club on the Kerry Minor team that defeated Sligo in the All Ireland Quarter Final in Tullamore last Monday.

SENIOR MEN Co League Div 2:
Round 9 John Mitchels v Gneeveguilla Saturday August 15th @ 7.00 p.m. NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND TIME

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
Round 5 – Mitchels 5-11 – Listowel Emmets 0-06
Round 6 – Rathmore 4-08 – John Mitchels 1-08
Round 7 – Mitchels 1-08 – Currow 1-14
Round 8 – Laune Rangers 0-12 John Mitchels 2-10

Senior Town Championship – Semi-finals
John Mitchels v Kerins O’Rahillys on Sunday 30th of August at 2.00 pm (Home)

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 Cup 2015 – McElligott Cup:
John Mitchels v Clounmacon – Friday August 21st @ 7.00 p.m.
Extra time applies to all games if necessary
Semi-Final will be played Friday August 28th

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

Please remember that mouth guards 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 mouth guard to play. Any player who suffers a dental injury in training when not wearing a mouth guard will not be covered by the Injury Fund.

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

Under 15 Ladies:
Co Championship will start after U16 Co Lge finishes, await draw on our opponents

U 14 Ladies
We played a challenge game against Ballymac on Thursday July 30th at our
grounds in Ballyseedy. This turned out to be a very competitive match with both sides
giving their all on a lovely sunny evening. It certainly shook off a few cob webs and showed
the importance of match practice.
The game ended 4-9 to 4-9 with goals from Mitchels by Ava Buckley, Rachel
Hannafin, Rachel Kilgallen and Ruth Moriarty.
Points from Rachel Hannafin, Simi Ogungsbesan, Rachel Kilgallen, Ava Buckley and Ruth
A few of our younger players made their U14 debut. We hope to play Ballymac
in a return match shortly in preparation for our North Kerry League and
Town League semi final where we play Kerins O Rahillys in
Ballyseedy. Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7 pm in

U 13 Ladies County Championship
Our U 13 Ladies played Glenflesk in the County Championship C last Friday
night away in Glenflesk.
This game was originally fixed for Wednesday but a rain flooded Glenflesk meant it was
postponed until Friday.
Unfortunately we travelled to Glenflesk with a depleted squad on the night
and despite heroic commitment by
the 16 girls who travelled we came up short in the end when tired legs set
in and only 1 fresh set to bring on who was U10 player Lynda O’Connor.
Our Goalkeeper Kerry Backs Elizabeth, Erika, Melissa
Caoimhe, Rachel H, Clara Callaghan defended to the end with Julie ,Simi
and Rachel K running all night supported up front by
Simone, Jennifer, Ailbhe, Sinead, Jennifer and Lynda worked tirelessly.
We led at half time by 2-1 to 1-2 with goals from Simi and Julie and point
from Rachel K. With 3 minutes to go we were level with Glenflesk when they struck
for 2 quick goals leaving final score John Mitchels 2-01, Glenflesk 3-05
Thank you to the girls who travelled.
You really gave a 100 % battling display in a fast free flowing end to end

Girls U12:
The girls played Na Gaeil in Killeen last Monday in the Town League. Both sides were down a few players but the girls that played served up a very entertaining game in blustery conditions that ended up going to extra time. Unfortunately for us our girls ran out of steam in the extra time and Na Gaeil came out winners on the day but credit has to go to both sides for a very sporting and exciting game which swung from end to end. The girls have now qualified for the B Town League final which is due to be played in the coming weeks – the date and opponents are yet to be decided.
The girls that played last week were as follows: Angel Quilligan, Elizabeth O’Connor, Emer Murphy, Taylor Rodgers, Erica O Connor, Kerry Oba, Lauren Smullen, Kate Ross, Amy & Ciara Kerins, Molly Brosnan, Lynda O Connor & Simera Hunt.
The club, management & players want to wish a speedy recovery to Molly Brosnan, Kate Ross & Kerry Oba who picked up injuries in the game. We hope to see you all back in the green and gold shortly.
Training continues on Tuesday evenings from 6pm – 7pm at Camp Ballyseedy.

Under 16 Boys:
Our next round game will be in a few weeks – away to Kilgarvan/Tuosist.
Training plan will be published next week.

Under 14 Boys:
Our under 14 boys played our last game in the Central League last Tuesday when we travelled to Castlegregory. We came away with a good win in the end winning by 6-11 to
3-7. It was a good workout for the team and best on the night were Stephen Bowler and Dara Sheridan who excelled in defence .
We have topped the group and have a home semi-final next week with a date and opponents to be confirmed in the next few days.
We play Castleisland on Sunday evening in Ballymac in the Castleisland District A final. A full report will be in next weeks notes.

Under 13’s:
Our under 13 ‘s played Ardfert in the Tralee District Division 2 Final last Thursday at home where we had great support on the night. In what was a very entertaining game where both sides played some excellent football we ran out winners on a scoreline of 3-3 to 1-7.
Although we were physically smaller than Ardfert we showed great heart and plenty of hunger on the night and with some outstanding individual performances from David O Connor, Sean Tighe, Daniel Bowler, Tristan Kirwan and John O Connor we ran out deserving winners in the end .Tralee District chairman Pat McAuliffe presented the trophy to a delighted Mitchels captain Patrick O Brien who thanked Ardfert for a sporting game.
Team on the night was
Sean Broderick, David O’Connor, Sean Tighe, Alan Brosnan, Dara Caplis, Conor Commane,
Sean Dillane, Robert Kerins, Jordan Mason, Patrick O’Brien, Tristen Kirwan, John O’Connor,
Daniel Bowler, Cormac Clifford.

U-12 BOYS:
The U12s don’t have any competitions for a few weeks so training continues on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7pm-8pm as normal.

U10 Boys:
We played Listowel on our own pitch and what a game it was. We played 3 periods and in the first period we were a little slow to start but great defense by Ciaran, Paddy and Cathal and scores by Andrew, Darragh and Ben kept us in the game. In the second and third period we stepped up to the mark with everyone improving their performance. Dathi, Joe and Sean Og tackled well and worked hard. Cian, Jack and Ben showed that they have the skill to have a great influence on a game and their performance showed that. At the end we came up a little short but next Saturday we have a chance to change that when we play Listowel Away. Meet at Mitchels complex at 9.30, gum shields, and 2 euro for the bus.
Please note there will be no training next Sunday morning.

U8 Girls:
We had another good training session on Sunday morning. The girls concentrated on hand passing, soloing and kicking before having a training game with the boys. Girls who worked hard and stood out were Aoife, Lisa, Jane, Kaydenance, Roisin and Megan. The girls will be practicing at home to keep improving so all Moms, Dads, brothers and sisters are asked to help out.
Please note there is no Training next Sunday morning.
We have a challenge match against Listowel next Saturday. All players to be at the club at 9-30a.m. Don’t forget to bring €2 for the Bus.
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.

U6 Boys and Girls:
We have a challenge match against Listowel next Saturday. All players to be at the Club, Ballyseedy at 9-30am. Don’t forget to bring

€2 for the Bus.
Please note there is no Training next Sunday morning.

Dunnes Stores have kindly offered the Club “Bag Packing” in North Circular Road, Tralee next Friday August 14th 6.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. and Saturday August 15th 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. Volunteers are required between the following time slots Friday 6.00 – 9.00 p.m. and on Saturday between 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon, 12.00 to 2.00 p.m., 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. And 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for the Club to raise much needed funds for the Juvenile section of the Club. Please contact Fergus Mc Carthy on (087) 2568969 ASAP for any hour(s) you can volunteer.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Even 1 hour helps.

John Mitchels schedule for August
Saturday 15th August U-6, U-8, U-10 -Boys and Girls – Away to Listowel
Sunday August 16th. No Training

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

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.

04/08/2015 – Numbers drawn: 3 – 9 – 11 – 13
No winner
Consolation prize winners:
€100 – Mike Rahilly c/o Paddy
€25 – Bertie Flynn c/o Paddy
€25 – Sarah Galvin c/o Bingo
€25 – Claire Connolly c/o Patrons
€25 – Norma O’Reilly c/o Donal
Next draw – 11/08/2015 – Jackpot €1,400

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.

Please donate any unwanted Clothes and Textiles, Mobile phones and Laptops to raise funds for John Mitchels Club.
PLEASE DROP ITEMS TO JOHN MITCHELS COMPLEX BETWEEN Monday 22nd June 2015 to Monday 7th September 2015.
Any CLEAN REWEARABLE clothes, paired shoes, belts, handbags, curtains, towels, bedlinen, soft toys are accepted.
Please keep Mobile phones & Laptops in a separate bag.

Questions & Answers
Session With
Ger Dan Dennehy

Profile: Ger Dan Dennehy, Manager John Mitchel’s Senior Team
John Mitchel’s Senior Player from /to: 1995 – 2006
Player Position: Right Corner Forward

(Q): Which players/club personality did you look up to as a juvenile player?
(A): “As a young player starting out with the senior panel the players I admired were Frank O Donnell & John Higgins. Both of them were the heart and soul of the team. They were always on hand to give advice and encouragement. Anthony Gleeson was also a player I would have looked up to. Even when he first joined the senior ranks he played like someone with years of experience behind them”.

(Q): What has been you greatest accomplishment as a Mitchel’s player or team manager?
(A): “As a player it was promotion to Division 1 of the County League. We won our playoff match in the Austin Stack Park that year. From the management side I started off as a mentor with Under 13 boys and that team won the Tralee Championship against Kerins O Rahilly’s in 2007. This team went on to win several honours including back to back county league division one titles at minor level. It was a great accomplishment to be part of the management of this team”.

(Q): As a player what would you consider to be one of your best games and why?
(A): “It was a match played against Kerins O Rahilly’s in the Austin Stack Park. Although the match ended in a draw I scored 9 points. I believe it was the first time Alan O Donoghue played for the senior team. Looking back it was one of my best performances as a player”.

(Q): What is something unique about your sport?
(A): “GAA sports are unique in the fact that most of the players and members come for the areas that they grew up in. Your team mates become your lifelong friends. The GAA is very family orientated”.​

(Q): If you change a rule in Gaelic football what would that be?
(A): “I would change the pickup rule and let players pick the ball from the ground.
This would speed the game up considerably and remove a lot of persistent fouling when players go to pick the ball up under the current rules”.

(Q): Can you Compare training and tactics in your time as a player to current methods?
(A): “When I played there was very little training with the ball. From my own personal point of view it’s all about football. I do not believe in having teams running twenty laps of the pitch. Almost every aspect of our training and fitness sessions involves the use of footballs”.

(Q): What has been your greatest disappointment as a player/club member?
(A): “My biggest disappointment when I started out as a senior player was relegation to division 3. At that stage most of the older and experienced players had retired from playing. We were a very young team. It took a few years for us to get back to the top division again”.

(Q): In your opinion what is the biggest challenge facing GAA clubs today?
(A): “I believe it is summer football. Firstly the lack of it and secondly our young players going to America for several weeks each year. The GAA should be doing more to try and keep these players employed at home. A jobs initiative should be directed from Croke Park and supports given to clubs”.

(Q): What advice would you give to people to get involved with John Mitchel’s Club?
(A): “I would like to see more former players get involved with our juvenile teams. These people have years of football experience to offer. I would advise anyone who would like to get involved to enjoy it and come with an open mind. It is about the youth of our community playing Gaelic football and hopefully going all the way to senior level”.

(Q): Can you tell me about your role as manager of the senior team?
(A): “It is a lot tougher than I would have imagined from previously managing and coaching juvenile teams. Of course you have your good days and bad days. Overall it is one of the most satisfying things I have ever done for the club. Many of the players that I have coached over the years are now in the senior team. It takes a lot of commitment from both management and players. The players train very hard and we can’t ask any more from them. We have good team that are very dedicated to their club”.

(Q): What are your thoughts on the present and future of the club?
(A): “At present we are in a very good place in terms of facilities. We have great people working on behalf of the club. I would especially like to mention Claire & Mary Joe Connelly. They continue to give great help and dedication to the club as have the Connelly family over many years. Going forward we have to keep doing what we’re doing.
Obviously we have to keep recruiting as many new players as we can each year but also encourage more adults to get involved especially past players”.

To the family of Eileen Cronin, (nee Locke), Dromavalla and late of Killerisk, Tralee
To the family of Liam Hoare, Kevin Barry’s Villas, Tralee
To the family of Kay Fitzgerald, (nee O’Donnell), Brewery Road, Tralee and formerly of Duirus, Co Cork
May they Rest in Peace

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