Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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We are asking that all Kerins O’ Rahilly’s families and friends support Rock St. Post Office. This would give us every possibility of winning this competition over the next 6 months. There are other clubs  participating and every transaction done in the post office will help us. Make sure to MENTION your SUPPORT for us so that we will get the points for your transaction.
If you know anyone using Rock Street Post Office already please ask them also to nominate us going forward.
Each financial transaction is worth points:

Stamp booklets ( 10 x 2 stamps) is worth 10 points.

Opening a deposit account, purchasing a TV or dog licence or a roll of 100 stamps is worth 5 points.

Purchasing a One4All gift voucher is worth 3 points.

Lodging or withdrawing money from your deposit account , purchasing TV stamps ( minimum of 5), a stamp booklet (10 stamps) , all mobile top ups, foreign currency ( minimum of €100) is worth 2 points.

All other transactions are worth 1 point to us.

Thanks to everyone in advance for their support. Remember our club, our community!

Our U6 girls and boys were welcomed by Na Gaeil last Sunday morning. Weather was perfectly suited to football and we had great numbers up there.
A big thank you to Denis Sugrue and everyone in Na Gaeil for hosting us and thanks also to the parents for bringing the kids up.

We were back to normal training in Ballyrickard on Sunday morning last. A lovely morning meant we had great numbers and great training sessions were had by all.

Congrats to Ryan Nix and Ben Pierce.

Excitement is building for our Halloween party in Sandy Feet Farm on Saturday, October 26th. At this stage bookings are now closed so hopefully everyone has booked.

Ahead of our trip to Sandy Feet Farm we will have a sponsored walk along the canal. This is our only fundraising this year so we ask everyone to please support us. Details to follow over the next few days.

Also please note that next Sunday 20th is our final Academy session for the year do we are asking if everyone would attend as we are hoping to create a calendar for 2020 and will be taking pictures for it on the day. So best smiles at the ready …..

Kerins O’ Rahilly’s U16 Town League. Division 2 winners pictured here with their coaches John O’ Connor, Oliver Molloy and C.J. Sheehy

We played John Mitchels in the Town League final , division 2 on Sunday morning last and ran out winners in a tight affair with a final score of (0-17 to 2-08) .

We got off to a good start, where after being a point up, Darragh O’ Connor was pulled down in the small square for what surely was a penalty but to be awarded a free which was converted by Danny Hennessy.
Strong runs by Seán Healy and good defending by Jerome Daly, T.J. Heaphy would have been the high points of the first half if it wasn’t for the excellent shift put in by Danny Hennessy from both open play and placed balls scoring 4 points from frees which along with points from Seán Healy, Darragh O’ Connor, Ben O’ Brien and Sam Mccarthy left the half time score 0-08 to 0-04.

The second half saw Mitchels strike  for an early goal bringing our lead to the minimum after which we kept our composure and stretched the lead to 5 points again thanks to our free taker Danny Hennessy. Halfway through the half with some poor defending we conceded a second goal which resulted in a tense conclusion to the game. Both teams exchanged points until which resulted in the game ending in a victory in our favour by 3 points.

Our man of the match was undoubtedly Danny Hennessy who ended the game with a haul of 7 points . Others to impress were Seán Healy, Darragh O’ Connor, T.J. Healy, Sam Pituch and Jake Foley.

Team: Seán Collins, Jake Foley, Eric McMahon, Sam Pituch, T.J. Heaphy (0-01) , Jerome Daly (0-01), Matthew Higgins, Danny Hennessy (0-07, 5F) , Enis Reka, Gearóid Meehan, Seán Healy ( 0-03), Ben Hanafin , Darragh O’ Connor ( 0-03, 2F),Sam Mccarthy (0-01), Ben O’ Brien (0-01).
Subjs: Alan O’ Connor ( for injured Matthew Higgins), Kevin Molloy and Cormac Gallagher.


Training continues as normal in preparation for our next game.

Training continues as normal in preparation for our shield final v Abbeydorney. Date tbc.

We played Na Gaeil away on Monday last in what was a very keenly contested game. Underfoot conditions made life very difficult for all the players and this combined with a strong breeze blowing towards the dressing room end meant the players were going to have to work extremely hard to get a result in this one especially with the local derby element involved.

We won the toss and had made the decision to play with the breeze but for the first 10 to 12 minutes it looked like we were the ones playing into it.

Na gaeil are a fit ,well coached team and all of them know their jobs on the field as do our team but  they went into a very quick 3 point lead.  Any delay on our side with the ball in hand was punished and they were on us like a flash which in turn put pressure on the inside forwards as the ball wasn’t coming in fast enough and their markers were all over them.

With 15 minutes in we were 3 points to 1 point point down but we then switched to moving fast ball in and took total control for the second quarter of this game. Our half backs midfield and half forwards were now on top giving good quality ball in and Liana Williams scoring two great goals ,then brought down for a penalty which Aoibhín MacCarthy  took.

Two steps back ‘Messi like’  and hit it to the top right corner but it hit the crossbar rebounded and she rushed in to convert at the second attempt.Her dad Colm is obviously  teaching her those two step penalty kicks at home or else she watching La Liga at the weekends!!!

Katie Nix then added a point as did Na Gaeil to leave the half time score 3-03 to 0-04 giving us an 8 point lead having had  the breeze

.We have a great panel so were able to rotate backs and forwards on and off throughout the game and this was to prove of major benefit in the second half as we knew they would come at us hard and we’d have to work twice as hard to win this.

Na Gaeil started the second half well rattling off another 3 points leaving the gap at 5 but our backs were fighting tooth and nail for every ball.

Kelly Fitzgerald was great in goals again making a few point blank saves along with Katie Dwyer, Leonie Dowling,Alex Sheridan,Maedhbh  Hanafin, Hollie Leane ,Jennifer Murphy and Eugenie Kerins all playing well.

Our midfielders Keelin Coffey and Lilly O’ Brien were solid all through marking two really good footballers all evening and up front Kate Kerins, Rachael O’ Donnell,Aoife O Connor working really hard to win ball in the half forward line and stop any Na Gaeil attacks.

Our inside 3 were very good again with Liana Williams, Katie Nix and Aoibhín MacCarthy playing a massive part in this win.

In the second half against a really strong breeze we scored 1-0 4 with Keelin getting a point, Katie Nix, Aoibhín and Liana all scoring points with Lily O’ Brien getting a great goal that gave us a really big boost in that second half .These scores proved vital as the light faded and this game ran towards its conclusion.

Na Gaeil got  2-04 in that second half and we knew they’d go after scores with the breeze but the work rate by our half forwards, midfield ,backs and subs in the final 15 minutes was unreal blocking and pressurising every attack by them.

This was a team performance from beginning to end and all 19 players played their part as it should be.

We would have a lot of respect for this Na Gaeil team so to win this battle was massive for us and get us through to another final this year, The smiles on the faces afterwards told the story as this meant a lot to all the players involved  especially as many of them know one another well from school etc.   Final Score Na Gaeil 2-08 to KOR 4-07z

We look forward to the final which should happen in the next two week.

All at the club wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Timmy Kelliher ( whose daughter Breda Dyland is our club vice chairwoman,Frederick Ardley and Michael O’Dwyer.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.

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