Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Kerins O’ Rahilly’s Danny O’ Sullivan wearing a vintage jersey from the 1980s which was found in a charity shop in Poland and bought online

Everyone will be in action again from next week onwards. We have Co. League semi finals and finals, the North Kerry League, the Town League and Championship will also be kicking off shortly. The draw for U13, U15 and U17 Championship will be made during the week.
It’s never too late to join… a great sport for ladies,  the game for fun , meeting friends…a place for the community.


Our Kerins O’ Rahilly team had a tough game in Kenmare last Tuesday against a very strong ISG outfit. We had some confusion initially as  our girls were kicking the ball to the referee who was wearing similar colours to us. The girls worked very hard throughout and never gave in to the last whistle which is a tremendous attribute for them. ISG played a strong running game and in fairness to the girls they did their best . We finished up with 14 players on the pitch as unfortunately one of our girls received a red card ! Well done to our young ladies who donned they club colours with pride.


Happy U12 Strand Road Blues after their win in Cloon, Killorglin last Sunday morning

Our Strand Road Blues hosted Finuge/ St. Senans in Rd. 5 of the Co. League, division 7 last Thursday Eve. They say goals win games and that’s how it played out . Both teams served up a cracking game of football which had everything you would want in a game. Great saves, great defending and great scoring. But more importantly than all that was the way this young team showed a fantastic team spirit and a willingness to play for one another which was brilliant to see.
Our captain on the night was Lily Evans who scored a goal. Grace Kirby gave it her all and did some lovely soloing up and down the pitch. Lily Mae Bowler caught a few lovely balls and U10 Ruby Foley came on near the finish and got stuck in straight away. Erika Slattery caught a lot of ball also. Great team effort by everyone.
Our scorers on the night were U10 Lexi Keane (2-01), Lily Evans (C) – (1-0) and U10 Aisling Donnelly (1-0).
Final Score:
Strand Road Blues 4-01
Finuge/ St. Senans 1-04

Strand Road Blues v Laune Rangers
The Strand  Road Blues travelled to Laune Rangers for their game last Sunday morning at 11a.m. We had a great start with a goal from Lexi Keane soon to be followed with 3 more from the same player. A point from the captain  Aisling Donnelly and Ava O’ Shea also played a brilliant game and scored 1- 01 in the process. Lilly Hussey  was thrilled to get her first goal for the team and Emma Onyekwere  also produced a great goal. Kelly Hayes scored two fine points. Our goalkeeper Molly Casey made some excellent saves. Every player gave their all and played brilliantly from 1 to 15. We had a good win on a score line of 5-8 to 2-4  Well done girls our final game is away against John Mitchels next Wednesday at 7p.m.
We have 2 teams participating in the Town League which commences on Tuesday, September 7th.
Playing also in division 1 are Austin Stacks A, Churchill and Na Gaeil
In round 1 we are away to Na Gaeil .
Our Strand Road Blues are in division 2 along with Austin Stacks B and John Mitchels. Our first game is fixed for Tuesday, September 14th when we will host John Mitchels. All fixtures to be confirmed yet.
U14 GIRLS                                                            Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday in preparation for the North Kerry League. We are in division 3. In our group are Dingle/ Annascaul, Moyvane, Beale and Duagh.
We have a BYE in the first round and are away to Moyvane on September 10th(TBC.)
The North Kerry League commences on Monday, September 6th. We are in division 1. Also in our group are Castleisland Desmonds, Austin Stacks, Corca Dhuibhne, Ballymacelligott and Abbeydorney.
In round 1 we are home to Stacks, fixture to be confirmed.


Kerins O’ Rahilly’s Minors after their Co. League game v Kilcummin last week

Kilcummin took  the spoils to win by 6 points last Wednesday in Rd. 6 of the Co. League in Kilcummin .
Well done to our young ladies who put in a great performance  and thanks to Kilcummin for hosting.
We are now through to the semifinals v Fossa which is to be played during the week in Fossa. More details to follow. Best of luck to everyone!
Championship commences on Sunday, September 12th when we are home to Rathmore. Also in our group are Ballymac, Beale and Glenflesk.

Juvenile Notes

Kerins O’ Rahilly club is much more than just a GAA club, it is a community to which we all belong. Be part of that community, come along and join us where your family will make great lifelong friends.
Hard luck to the Kerry team and management.
Well done to David Moran and Tommy Walsh on their fantastic representation of our club on the Kerry Senior Football panel.You always do yourselves, your families, your community and your club proud. You are superb influencers to our up and coming Juvenile players who aspire to wear both the Strand Road senior and Kerry jerseys.
These lads are an awesome bunch. The work rate and skills they were displaying were really impressive during Academy last Sunday. G’wan the Blues!
Some of the boys were excited to see that their football friends also started school and were in their class… exciting days ahead playing football in the yard during sos and lunch…
“Player of the Week “ was a young man who started school a few days ago …Mattie Quill. Mattie has fantastic skills already and is going to be a better footballer than his Dad Declan he tells us.. That’s our Mattie!
Lots of action, fun and participation from our youngest club ladies last Sunday morning . Plenty of chitter chatter as always with some telling us about their first day at big school. Enjoy!
“Player of the Week “ was Alva Falvey with her infectious smile. Alva’s Gran Uncle has a Co. Championship medal with us. And we are sure Alva will have one of her own in the years to come. Well done to you Alva.


Kerins O’ Rahilly’s U7s who enjoyed Go Games last Sunday morning hosted by Ballymacelligott

Well done to our U7 boys who travelled out to Ballymacelligott for Go Games last Sunday morning.
A fantastic morning was had by all in the sweltering heat. Super fun , enjoyment and games showing us how hard they have been working. Stars of the future ! Many thanks to Ballymac for hosting. And thanks to all our parents and players for traveling out.
Maurice Horan , one of our coaches is one happy man as he will still be heading off to the All Ireland final to support his native county Mayo.
Our fantastic U8s had a busy morning in the glorious sunshine last Sunday as the girls enjoyed their training . Stars in the making! Their coaches said they couldn’t be prouder of each one of the girls. They are all bonding so well… a fantastic bunch of girls and a credit to their parents. Thanks to our wonderful coaches for all you do.
Two very happy young ladies last Sunday were Lauren McCarthy and Ina Horan who were named U8 “Players of the Week.” The coaches were wowed by their skills at training. News spread quickly and within minutes it was known in Kazikstan. Dad, Tommy was delighted to hear and no doubt Lauren told her great news in Cork also. Also a ‘winner’ today was Ina Horan who has Mayo in her blood as well as Kerry. A mighty little footballer who is always practicing with her Dad every chance they get. Well done to both Lauren and Ina.

Busy young fellas are these lads with their twice weekly training . Great commitment to your football and it stands to you as we can see from your improvement each week. These boys are really enjoying their football. Last Sunday they played in the mini “All Irelands “ with Cork being the winners. Adam Moriarty was chuffed to receive “Player of the Week “ as no doubt Grandad Fred is and he looking down on you always.

Well done to our U10s who have been helping out our U12 Strand Road Blues and Kerins O’ Rahilly’s teams in the Co. League. Games are of great benefit to you and prepares you for when you’ll be playing more games next year when you’ll be U12 yourselves. Super skills shown by you during games. You’re brilliant at listening to your coaches on Sunday mornings and are learning so much from them. Training and practice continues to improve your all round skills. Many thanks to our enthusiastic team of coaches and to your families for their great support.
This week’s U10 “Players of the Week” were Chloe O’ Donoghue, a wonderful young lady. Well done to you! Martina, her Mom also played football with us back in the day. Chloe is a fantastic footballer and we hear she practices with all her friends every chance they get.
Our second U10 “Player of the Week “ was Ellie Marie Hobbert. Ellie Marie also has played competitive games with the U12 Girls . This little lady has shown huge interest since staring with U10s and has become a fine footballer , a fantastic young lady, keep up the good work Ellie Marie.
Great skill and determination by these young men during training with their coaches Paul and Mike. There is great team spirit, talent and fun within this team.
A very bashful Tyreek Lonergan was this week’s “Player of the Week .”This young gent always has a great attitude . Congrats Tyreek!
Firstly, best wishes to those of you starting secondary school. Enjoy every minute.
This team and management put in great time and dedication to their training during the week making the future look very bright. Keep up the good work lads.
Our U15 boys have been training away each week with their dedicated coaches. They are getting stronger and developing their skills even further at each session. They are looking forward to a few games in the near future. Well done to all of you keep up the enthusiastic attitude ye bring with ye each week.
Congratulations to the girls and boys who received their Confirmation over the past week or so and in particular to the Strand Road players and their families.

Every so often somebody comes along with a grinder and paint brush in hand and gets to work! Some weekend soon we’re planning a day where volunteers can roll up their sleeves and do a little make over in Ballyrickard. Many hands make light work! Keep an eye on our social media platforms fir more details.
Check it out next Sunday, September 5th in Ballyrickard during our Acadamh Na nÓg 10a.m. – 1p.m.
Selection of jerseys, shorts, socks, hats etc. available for sale .
Thanks to everyone who has contributed gear. You can still do so at training. All proceeds are going toward sets of jerseys for our juvenile teams in our Academy.

Minor County League Semi Final.
Kerins O Rahillys. 1-16       Dr Crokes 4-13
Last Wednesday saw us host Dr Crokes in the county league semi final.
The home team  opened the brighter with a goal from Sean Healy. Crokes responded quickly with a goal at the other end.
We replied with two points from Dara O Connor.
The game changed immeasurably in the tenth minute when Jake Foley was shown a straight red following an innocuous enough incident with an opposing Crokes player.
Both players pulled each other to the ground , but when the referee (Tim Brosnan Lispole) called the players to deal with the minor incident , he showed the Crokes player a yellow card , but inexplicably showed the O Rahillys player a red , which was a terrible decision. This wasn’t to be the only dubious decision , and the home crowd were incensed with a lot of decisions.
Shortly after we lost full back Eric McMahon through injury.
Both teams traded points until Dr Crokes struck for their second goal , despite the linesman having signalled a clear line ball, the referee ignored this which led to the goal.
Shortly after Thomas Kennedy was pulled down , clearly inside the square, however the referee decided to award a free in from the fourteen meter line.
The score at half time was 1-08 to 3-07 in favour of the visitors.
On resumption Ben O Brien won the throw in and delivered to Dara O Connor who kicked a fine score to narrow the the gap.
We continued to dominate possession despite our numerical disadvantage, and both teams traded points . At the second half water break we trailed by four points.
In the last quarter Dr Crokes pulled away as we understandably tired have put in a huge effort against the odds.
The game finished with the Killarney side winning by six.
It must be said that O Rahillys gave it their all on the night and were not found wanting for their effort. Best on the night we’re Eric McMahon, Ben Hanafan and Matthew Higgins in defence, Ben O Brien and Danny Hennessey put in a great shift at midfield, while up front , Sean Healy and Gearoid Meehan worked hard, with Dara O Connor again being our scorer in chief. Management can take great  encouragement from the never say die attitude from our lads, however the early sending off was to prove the decisive moment in the game. We congratulate Dr Crokes and wish them all the best in the final.

Condolences to the family of Catherine O Donnell , Knockmoyle and formerly O Rahilly’s Villas. May she rest in peace.

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