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MitchelsCo League – Round 10 John Mitchels v Glenflesk:
Mitchels played at home in Round 10 of the Co League against Glenflesk. This game had everything from goals scored to goals missed and the final score was decided in the last kick of the game.

Mitchels needed to win to stay in for promotion to Division 1 and Glenflesk needed to win to secure their position in Division 2.

Glenflesk played with the wind in the first half and opened the score with two successive points.. Mitchels then scored their first point which was then followed by a Glenflesk goal. Glenflesk then struck with another goal leading six points in the second quarter. Mitchels to their credit scored some great points from play leaving half time score Mitchels 0-07 Glenflesk 2-02.

Mitchels started well in the second half and were up two points and looked to have the game under control when Glenflesk struck for their third goal. Mitchels then levelled the score and with the game nearing the end when Glenflesk were awarded a free 40M out, the result in kick fell short and ended up in the Mitchels net but was disallowed by the Referee resulting in Mitchels winning by a point. Final score John Mitchels 0-15 Glenflesk 3-05

Mitchels fought back gallantly after being down by six points in the first half and hit the woodwork 5 times and then came out deserving winners.
Good Luck to a gallant Glenflesk in their last round of the League.

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:
U15.B Championship Prelim Round John Mitchels v Na Gael. The winners play Kilcummin or Finuge in Quarter final. There is also a Shield competition this year for teams who lose first game. Loads of football in October !!

U14 Ladies:
We played our last North Kerry league game on Thursday night in ideal conditions at home to Ballymac. Both teams needed to win with Mitchels looking to secure a shield final place and Ballymac looking to win the league . The game was played at a whirlwind pace with Ballymac getting off to a better start with an early goal. Mitchels fought hard and got back into the game with scores from Melissa, Ruth, Rachel and Ava.

At halftime sides were level 2-4 each. Oonagh came off injured at half time and after a bit of team juggling a great second half was underway with scores exchanged at both ends. A goal from Sinead and Ruth and points from Ava and Rachel kept us in touch.

Entering the last 5 mins Mitchels were a point up before Ballymac struck for 2 late goals and despite Mitchels best efforts and never gave up we went down 3-9 to 5-9. Congrats to Ballymac on winning the League and we now wait the outcome of Ballyduff v Listowel to find out our final position in League.

We may end up in a playoff for the Shield final spot. Well done to the players who put on a tremendous display of football. Never giving up and playing to the end.

Panel: Kerry Oba, Becky Fitzgerald, Ma Carmody, Lisa Costello, Rachel Hannafin, Oonagh McGrath, Clara Callahan, Simi Ogungbsa, Julie Foley, Ruth Moriarty,
Ava Buckley, Erika O’Connor, Melissa Dennehy, Rachel Kilgallen, Aimee Somers, Sinead O’Donnell, Nicole Heaphy, Caoimhe Leahy, Simone Hunt, Mikaela Marshall.

We play Strand Rd in the Town League Semi-final and also a North Kerry game is left to play.

All details will be sent by teamer.

U12 Girls:
Congratulations to Taylor Rogers and. Lauren Smullen who were members of the Kerry U11 team that won the PJ O Halloran Blitz in Clare last weekend.
Well done girls, your families, mentors and all at John Mitchels GAA Club are very proud of you.

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.

Well done to the Under 10 girls how played in the Garda Blitz last Saturday in
Na Gael winning 2 and drawing one with the whole team playing brilliantly.

U8 Girls:
The girls had another great session this morning. We went through all the skills that the girls learnt this year.
This will be important as the annual Sylvie Mason blitz will take place next Sunday October 18th and the girls will be in teams, mixed with the Under 10’s.
Girls who performed great today were Caoimhe, Ahalanna, Anna and Jane.
Next Sunday is our last Sunday morning for the year.
Training continues from 10-30am to 12noon next Sunday morning.

The Club will hold its annual Sylvie Mason tournament for all players next Sunday morning October 18th.

We had our last training session for under sixes today – loads of fun and games was had by all – our very last day for 2015 is Sunday 18 Oct with our Sylvie Mason Tournament – all are welcome!!

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

06/10/2015 – Numbers drawn: 3, 4, 26, 28
No winner
Consolation prize winners:
€100 – Phil Barrett c/o Catherine
€25 – Margaret Fitzgerald c/o Sportsfield Bar
€25 – James Hussey c/o Bertie
€25 – Margaret Fitzgerald c/o Vincent
€25 – Martin Walsh c/o Bertie
Next draw – 13/10/2015 – jackpot €1,600

Questions & Answers
Session With
Billy Kerins

Profile: Billy Kerins
Mitchel’s Senior Player From/To: 1959 – 1973
Honours Won:
Senior County Championship titles 1958-1963 & 1966
Player Position: Left Half Back

(Q): Which player(s)/club personalities would you have looked up to in the Club?
(A): “Niall Sheehy was the player everyone looked up to. He was a great club man. He also won All-Ireland titles with Kerry. Niall could always be counted on in a game. We had a very good back line with players like Teddy O’Dowd, Brendan Galvin and John Dalton, John (Thorney) O’Shea was another very good footballer”.

(Q): What has been your greatest accomplishment as a Mitchels player?
(A): “Winning six County Championship titles, five of them in a row was for me a great achievement. I loved playing Gaelic Football and it was great to play for John Mitchels and the community I grew up and lived in”.

(Q) What would you consider to be one of your “best” games as a player?
(A) “The 1962 Championship final was a game I believe was one of my best games. All of the team played very well on the day but I remember being pleased with my own personal performance on the day and we won the game which made it even more special”.

(Q: Tell me about your memories of the Five in a Row era?
(A): “In the early years of the Five in a row,1959-61 I believe we played our best football. In 1961 we had seven Kerry Minors and several Senior players on the Kerry team. We had some good footballers coming through all the time. In one game I remember playing against South Kerry and we were 10 points down at half time. South Kerry had a strong side with Mick O’Connell and Mick O’Dwyer in their team. We put on a great second half performance and got three goals one of them scored in the dying minutes by Niall Sheehy to level the match. I was lucky enough to come out of a tackle with the ball and made a run up field. I was pulled down by Mick O’Connell about 30 yards from goal. Unfortunately we missed the resulting free kick and the match was a draw, but we went on to win the replay in Tralee by 4 points”.

(Q): What other sports have you played?
(A): “My other sport was handball which of course is a GAA sport. I won six All-Ireland singles titles in the 40×20 court. I won seven All-Ireland Doubles titles in a row also in the 40×20 court. Five titles playing with my brother Tom and two with my brother Nicholas. Seven doubles titles in a row remains a national record. I represented Ireland in the world handball championships in Australia in 1984. I was a member of the team that won the All-Ireland club championship with The Fitzgerald Jones Handball Club. I won six singles and five All-Ireland doubles titles in the 60×30 court. I also won several over 45s All-Ireland titles. All in all I have won more than twenty All-Ireland (Senior & Junior) and anything up to forty national titles in handball. I received two Kerry sports Star of the Year Awards”.

(Q): What was the most satisfying thing for you about playing Gaelic football?
(A): “Playing football was very satisfying. We had a great team and competition for places was fierce but we were all great friends. We played football almost every night of the week. Everything was football in those days and we just loved playing”.

(Q): What has been your biggest disappointment as a Mitchels player/supporter?
(A): “Given our success there wasn’t too much disappointment. I suppose after winning the County title in 1966 it was disappointing that we didn’t follow on from there and win another. It is unfortunate that the club hasn’t won a County title since”.

(Q): Tell me about training methods in your time as a player?
(A): “Jacques Mc Donald was our trainer. We had about forty players on the panel. We would start a session with a series of sprinting. That might be followed with a number of laps of the pitch. We almost always played a full match at training. There was a high level of fitness throughout the team. The session usually finished with a lap of the pitch”.

(Q): If you could change a rule in Gaelic football what would that be?
(A): “Players in position of the ball often find themselves surrounded by three or four of the opposition. Referee’s give the advantage to the attacking player’s and usually give a free kick against for over carrying. This is unfair as a player has no chance being tackled by several of the opposition at one time. I would introduce a rule that limits the amount of players in the tackle to just two”.

(Q): What are your thoughts on the present and future of the club?
(A): “The new club grounds are fantastic and are a credit to the committee. I believe the club has a great future. I wish the very best of luck to all the Mitchels teams. I look forward to the senior team playing in the top level of football in the County again”.

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 Gererd Ryle, Farmer’s Bridge, Tralee
To the family of Gayle McConkey, Castlewood Park, Tralee
To the family of Maureen Moloney, (nee Fernane), Casements Avenue, Tralee
To the family of Bernard Collins, CarrIgnafeela, Rathannyand late of Racecourse Rd, Tralee
To the family of David J McElligott, Curragh House, The Spa, Tralee
To the family of Michael Loughlin, St Brendan’s Park and formerly of Stack’s Villas, Tralee
May they Rest in Peace

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