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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 Ladies:
Training continues on Thursday 6.00 – 7.00p.m. unless otherwise notified.

U 15 Championship:
We are waiting for the fixtures for U15s which will be held in October.

U14 Ladies:
Waiting to arrange game with Ballymac and Strand Rd.
Training Monday 6.00 -7.00 p.m. in Mitchels.

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

U-12 BOYS:
Training continues on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

U 10 Boys
Training continues next Sunday at 10.30 a.m.

U8 Girls:
The girls had a great session as they practiced there skills that they learned during the year.
These skills included picking up the ball, soloing, hand passing and kick passing.
The following girls did really good work, Caoimhe, Lisa, Alannah, Jane, Roisin and Kaydancee.
Next week will be the last training session before the Annual Sylvie Mason Blitz.
Training continues from 10-30 to 12 next Sunday morning.

Training continues next Sunday at 10.30 a.m.

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

29/09/2015 – Numbers drawn: 10, 17, 19, 20
No winner
Consolation prize winners:
€100 – Anne Pullen c/o Bertie
€25 – N Sheehy c/o Bertie
€25 – Anne McEvoy c/o Mark
€25 – James Hussey c/o Ross
€25 – James O’Donoghue c/o Partons
Next draw – 06/10/2015 – jackpot €1,600
Questions & Answers
Session With
James Duggan

Profile: James Duggan
Minor John Mitchel’s player from/to: 2014 – Present.
Senior John Mitchel’s Player: 2015
Playing position: Right Corner Forward
Honours Won:
All Ireland Minor Title 2015

(Q): What has been your greatest accomplishments to date as a Mitchels/Kerry player?
(A): “Being part of the Kerry Minor panel and playing in an All Ireland Final and winning has been my biggest accomplishment so far. I am proud of having contributed to the score line with two points. This year I made the Senior John Mitchels panel. This is also a big accomplishment for me considering the talent of the senior team. There is a great sense of achievement to go all the way and play senior football with your Club”.

(Q): Describe one of your best games as a Mitchels player?
(A): “I believe it was this year in the Senior League. We played Rathmore and although we lost the match I scored four points and was happy with my own personal performance. I was also happy with my performance in our U21 Championship match against the Austin Stacks. We won in what was a very closely fought match. After this match I got a trial with the Kerry Minors”.

(Q): What players or club personalities would you look up to?
(A): “John Joe Sheehy and Noel O Connor were two mentors that were always on hand to give advice and encouragement. When I first started playing, the team mentors were Jimmy Rodgers and Declan Connolly. Looking back I can appreciate the time and effort that is put into teams by the managers and mentors. Sean Geaney worked with our team at minor level and at present Jer Dan Dennehy is the senior team Manager and someone I look up to. I would also like to mention Alan O’Donoghue as a great Mitchels player and the Captain of the All-Ireland winning Kerry Junior team”.

(Q): What other sports are you involved in?
(A): “I played soccer alongside Gaelic football growing up. My present and future priority and commitment will be playing Gaelic football. I am delighted to be playing Minor and Senior football for my club. It is also a great honour to play for your County in Croke Park”.

(Q): What is the most challenging thing for you in your sport?
(A): “I’m not a big fan of eating before a match. But it is important to eat a meal at a certain time before throw-in. Also to eat the correct food that is a good energy source. I find this challenging but I’ve learned to adopt as it is an important part of game preparation”.

(Q): How important is it for a team to meet socially when not training and playing games?
(A): “Most of the players that I grew up and played with are very close friends. When you connect with people both on and off the pitch it can only improve team spirit.
Your friends are very important and its extra special when theyre also your club teammates”.

(Q): What has been your greatest disappointment as a John Mitchels player?
(A): “This season because I was involved with the Kerry Minor team I was not permitted to play a number of club games. Although I fully understand that due to the risk of injury and fatigue the rules have to be strictly adhered to. Never the less it was hard to be on the side-line watching on”.

(Q): Given your recent success, what advice would you give to up and coming players in your Club?
(A): “The best advice I could give would be for all players to stick with it. Players might not always get on with their Mentors and Managers. There will always be personality clashes with team mates or team management but they too give their time and effort to the team and club. Hopefully you will progress and go on to play senior football and even play for Kerry. You will make great friends not just here at John Mitchels but also in other clubs in both Town and County”.

(Q): Tell me what it is like for you being part of the Kerry Minor All Ireland winning team?
(A): “When I got called up, my only focus was to get on the panel of twenty four players. I was delighted to be picked on the panel for the Sligo game. We got to the Semi-final in Croke Park and I was a bit disappointed with not getting game time. But we won the match and being on the panel was such a great experience. Obviously playing in an All-Ireland final and of course winning was the highlight. Scoring two points from play is something I’ll always remember. We have a great Minor team and a fantastic management team under Jack O’Connor. I have learned a lot from this experience. The homecoming was fantastic. It was so great to drive through Tralee in an open top bus with so many Kerry fans lining the streets”.

(Q): What are your thoughts on the present and future of the club?
(A): “The Complex is fantastic. Some of the Inter-County teams train here which gives you an indication of the standard and quality of this facility. The club has an indoor hall which means training doesn’t stop for bad weather or waterlogged pitches. In the future I hope we keep getting good playing numbers. I would like to thank everyone at the club for the great support I got this season. Firstly when I made the Senior panel and later when I made the Kerry Minor panel. I thank everyone for all the text messages and the sign that was erected at the Club gate. I am very proud to play for this great Club. I wish all the teams the best of luck for the future”.


The death has occurred of former John Mitchels player Henry “Bruddy” Burrows. With his brother Seanie, Bruddy won back to back All Ireland Minor Football medals in 1962/63. They were the only brothers in history to achieve this. To his wife Margaret, sons Alan and David and daughter Paula, Sisters and brother and extended family we extend our deepest sympathy.

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.

To the family of Michael Healy Martin, Ashgrove, Ballyvelly, Tralee
To the family of John Ahern, Scart, Gortatlea, Tralee and Ahern’s Garage, Tralee Road, Castleisland
To the family of Bridie O’Sullivan, Spa Road, Tralee
To the family of Richard F (Ray) Chute, Chantilly, Caherslee
May they Rest in Peace

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