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MitchelsUNDER14 BOYS
Feile 2014
The u-14 team set out for Galway early on Friday morning to take part in the All-Ireland Feile Football Finals, although the team and mentors had heard about the wonderful adventure that lay ahead of them.

The new friends made in St. Gabriels, the comradeship formed and most of all the homecoming on Sunday night as they returned to the club under Garda escort as All-Ireland Champions will never be forgotten.

Hundreds of club members young and old awaited their arrival and lined the road from the bridge to the clubhouse and greeted the bus with cheering that could be heard down in John Joe Sheehy Road.

Pat Costello spoke on behalf of the Juvenile section of the club and his words to these John Mitchels history makers will be remembered forever.

Diarmuid Cunnane spoke on behalf of the Mentors, team captain Mikey Kelleher spoke on behalf of the players, finally Brid McElligott spoke and thanked the players, the mentors, the parents, the sponsors and everybody involved behind the scenes that made the trip possible.

The Feile football matches:
Our first game on Friday evening was against Athenry (Galway), our boys took a bit of time to settle after the long road trip but led at half time by 1-03 to 0-0, Athenry got a few points on the board in the second half but the Mitchels boys persisted and ended as winners on a score line of 1-06 to 0-04.

Match number two was against group favourites Ayler Gaels (Kildare), this was an exciting match from start to finish, with John Mitchels leading by a point at the break, (2-02 to 2-01).

Ayler Gaels threw everything at the boys in the second half and were 1-02 ahead with 6 minutes left on the clock. The never say die Mitchels boys staged a comeback and scored two fantastic goals to win by the narrowest of margins, final score John Mitchels 4-13: Ayler Gaels 3-05.

Match number three was played on Saturday morning against host club St. Gabriels (Galway), who gave our boys a guard of honour as they ran onto the pitch.

Mitchels led at half time by 1-06 to 0-02, and ended as victors with the score board reading 2-14 to 1-03.

This victory ensured a quarter-final spot in the cup competition. After this match Chairperson Brid McElligott made presentations to the St. Gabriel’s club, a specially commissioned t-shirt for each of the players and mentors which had both club crests with Feile 2014 inscribed under the crests, and also presented a specially commissioned crystal clock for the St. Gabriels clubhouse.

Brid also made a presentation to the chairperson of Padraig Pearses of Roscommon who hosted our first round games.

The Quarter-Final
The opposition in the quarter-final were Gloucestershire (UK), this was a one sided affair with the score at half time 5-07 to 0-0, the opposition got a few on the score board in the second half but Mitchels continued as of the first half and were once again victorious.

Final Score: John Mitchels 7-10; Gloucestershire 1-02.

This victory ensured a trip to Ballyhaunis on Sunday morning to take part in the semi-finals.

The Semi-Final
We met Naomh Eammon (Laois) in the semi-final on Sunday morning. The Mitchels were first to score with a point from Mikey Kelleher. Naomh Eammon quickly responded with two well taken goals.

Mitchels held tough and kept plugging away and scored four points to the opposition’s one point to leave us two points down at half time, Mitchels 0-5; Naomh Eammon 2-1.

The support from Kerry and Munster legend Mick Galway at half time spurned on the boys and Mitchels levelled things within five minutes of the second half.

Naomh Eammon responded with a point to once again take the lead, John Mitchels kept up the momentum and scored three points from hard earned frees to take a two point lead. Naomh Eammon got one back to leave a point between the sides, for the last three minutes they threw everything at the boys from the yellow road but couldn’t get through the super Mitchels team.

At the final whistle the scoreboard read: John Mitchels 0-10: Naomh Eammon 2-03.

The Final
We played against Dicksboro (Kilkenny) in the final. Within the first two minutes the opposition scored two fast goals, Mitchels settled and stuck to the game plan and soon had one in the back of the net with a superb goal from Darrion Hurley, followed by points from Kevin Williams and Padraig White to leave us one behind.

Dicksboro had a point before half time to leave them two ahead at the break. Half time score: John Mitchels 1-02: Dicksboro 2-01.

Mitchels came out in a second half and got on the ball straight away. Captain fantastic Mikey Kelleher scored a magnificent point from 40 meters out, this was followed by another great point this time from the boot of Craig O’Brien to level the match.

Mitchels threw everything at Dicksboro for the next five minutes and were rewarded with a point from Daniel Molloy. Dicksboro tried hard but the Mitchels full back and half back lines stood tall and with outstanding defending won ball after ball, keeping Dicksboro scoreless for the entire second half.

The final whistle saw great jubilation from the team, the mentors, the parents, the club chairperson, the club officers and the many supporters who travelled to Connaught to witness John Mitchels first All-Ireland win.

After the match, team Captain Michael Kelleher was presented with the All-Ireland winners’ Cup from Liam O’Neill, president of the GAA.

This presentation was met with great cheering and tears from both John Mitchels and host club St. Gabriels supporters and parents.

The scoring tally for the six games amounted to 15 goals and 48 points. Well done to the team and the mentors Diarmuid Cunnane, Dave Leahy, Paul Barden, John Higgins and Seanie Burrows.

The John Mitchels team and scorers were, Dylan O’Se, Sean Gannon, Tadgh Broderick, Steve Bowler, Graham Hudson, Conor Fitzmaurice, Daniel Molloy (0-1), Padraig White (1-03), Cian Barden, Ross Sugrue, Dylan O’Brien, Micky Kelleher (1-13), Kevin Williams (2-7), Ryan Ward (1-10), Alex O’Shea (1-02), Shane McCarthy (2-04), Donie Dillane (0-1), James Sheehan (0-2), Craig O’Brien (2-01), Padraic O’Callaghan (0-1), Tyreese Flaherty (1-0), Darrion Hurley(2-03), Conor O’Brien (2-0), and James O’Connor. Well done to everyone.

Special thanks to our host club St. Gabriels, we will never forget the hospitality shown to our players and to all the John Mitchels club members. Thanks also the all the club members and supporters who couldn’t make the trip but send messages of support on both Facebook and Twitter.

The team and mentors really appreciated it. Thanks also to all who contributed to our fundraising efforts, to Henneberys who organised the gear for the players and mentors and to Jackie Power transport who ensured our players got to and from Tralee safe

Under 14 Castleisland District
Round 1 (H) to Desmonds July 4th @ 7-30pm.
Round 2 Bye.
Round 3 (A) to Cordal/Scart July 18th @7-30pm.
Under 13 Coiste Tra Li
Round 1 (A) to St. Pats July 6th @ 6pm.
Round 2 (A) to Stacks July 13th @ 6pm.
Round 3 (H) to Ardfert July 20th @ 6pm.

Under 12
Training is on every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6.45pm. It is important that the entire group bring gum shields. For more information phone Brendan Dillane on 086 1742604.

Under 8
Training on Sunday mornings at 10-03am.

Under 6
We are training on Sunday mornings in camp Ballyseedy. Under the watchful eyes of John, Sean, Tim and Susie and it is great to see such large numbers turning out.

Training continued for both U8’s and 10’s. The girls skill levels are improving with each training. The girls who tried hard this week were Emma Lynch, Angel Quilligan, Elizabeth Slattery and Sophie O Donoghue. Training continues on Thursday between 6 and 7pm and aloso Sunday morning between 10-30am and 12. It is important that all players turn up for training as we will have matches planned in the coming weeks.

UNDER 10 Boys
Training is on Sunday mornings and great effort is being made by all the players. Training is at 10:30.

Under 12 Girls
Training continues at Camp Ballyseedy from 6pm to 7pm on Monday & Thursday evenings new players are more than welcome to attend.

John Mitchels Sports Complex
Our Sports Complex at Camp Ballyseddy is available for bookings on the Sports Hall, All Weather Pitch. The Gym, Sauna and Steam rooms are open from 5pm to 9pm Monday to Friday.
Cost €3 per session for members and €4 for non members. Complex also open for children’s parties. Further information contact Humphrey Shanahan on 0877740275.

Champers Restaurant – John Joe Sheehy Road
The John Mitchels Club House and Restaurant on the John Joe Sheehy road is opened to serve the community with good food and warm Hospitality . Our Restaurant is opened daily. Opening hours are from 09.30 to 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday and Sunday 9.30 to 3.00pm.

Membership is now well overdue for some and your subscription can be given to Club Registrar Cora McElligott or any other officer.
Adults €40
Juveniles €20
OAP and unwaged €20

Our Bingo continues on Wednesday and Friday nights. Bookings for Parties etc can be made by phoning 066 71 26300.
No winner
Numbers 19-20-26-27
€100 Anne Creagan c/o Vincent.
€25 John Brosnan c/o Paddy.
€25 John Roche c/o Patrons.
€25 Terry Mccormac c/o Paddy.
€25 Brendan Fitzgerald c/o Sportsfield Bar.
€25 Nuala O’Brien c/o David.
Next draw 1/7/2014
Jackpot €4,800-00

To the Family of Teresa Joan Daly (nee Baker O’Brien) New York & Listellick.

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