Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Seniors: Having not played a game for the past 3 weeks we were back in action again this week with the final game in the Tralee town league when we played Ballymac in their own pitch with a place in the final up for grabs.

We fielded a strong side with one eye on the upcoming county league when we travel to Dingle next week.

Ballymac were aided by the strong wind in the first half and though we created plenty of chances we were not clinical in our execution with plenty of chances going begging, letting the locals off the hook on a few occasions which kept the sides fairly even through out the half; at the short whistle we trailed by one point, 0-7 to 1-3 with our scores coming from Gearoid Savage, David Murphy, Tommy Walsh and a goal from the free scoring Kieran O’Mahony.

We picked up the pace in the 2nd half and scores from Rory Molloy, Tommy and Kieran O’Mahony had us in front 1-06 to 0-07 when in the 12th minute Tommy Walsh was fouled in the square resulting in the referee pointing to the spot from which Kieran O’Mahony fired low to the keepers left for a fine score, 2-06 to 0-07.

We added a further 3 points through Tommy Begley, Tommy Walsh & Kieran O’Mahony before Ballymac had their first point of the half in the 22nd minute.

From there to the finish we tacked on a further 3 scores via Tommy Walsh (2) and Kieran O’Mahony again, to leave the final score @ 2-12 to 0-10. Best on the day were Shane Brosnan, Tommy Begley, Karl Mullins, Rory Molloy with Kieran O’Mahony ( 2-03) and Tommy Walsh (0-05) being the pick of the forward line.

We now play Austin Stacks in the final with a date to be finalised in the coming weeks.

County League: We play our opening game in Division 1 next Saturday 18th March when we travel to Dingle to take on the locals; throw in is at 2 pm and support would be greatly appreciated.

Minors: We were away to Cordal/Scart on Sat last in Round 2 of the county league with game being played in Scartaglin. The opposition had the benefit of a slight breeze in the first half and went in leading by 3-06 to 3-03 at half time – our goals were chalked up by Gearoid Dillane, Darragh Fitzgerald and Sean Collins.

On the resumption, Cordal/Scart forged further ahead but our lads showed great spirit in pegging them back and with time ticking away we were awarded a penalty when Barry Foley was fouled in the square when bravely going down on a breaking ball.

Gearoid Dillane duly did the business slotting home and though the margin was reduced to one, some great defending kept our noses in front to the final whistle for a great win.

This was a perfect response from last weekend’s game and credit to the lads for pulling off a fine win.

Along with the aforementioned we had outstanding performers in goalkeeper Thomas Houston, defenders Kevin Browne & Deaglan Crowe, midfielders Sean Griffin and Aaron Roche and plus Gearoid Dillane, Darragh Fitzgerald and Conor Hayes when introduced in attack.

Our next game in this competition goes ahead on St Patrick’s Day when we welcome Rathmore for a home game where throw in is at 15.30

Junior Blues: The Junior Blues Academy commenced outdoor training last Sunday with a huge turnout of kids and parents.Great to see the future stars of the club having so much fun while developing their football skills.

While they trained,  a number of parents and younger members enjoyed a great workout under qualified instructors John Fitzgerald and Jonathon Noonan.Well done to the lads as this was thoroughly enjoyed by all who participated.They will be there again next Sunday at 11 am. Costs are €2.50 for teenager and €5 for adults.Players of the week are as follows..

U6   Luca Fusco

U8   Katie Higgins

U10 Girls  Fiadh McCarthy

U10 Boys Ruari Kennedy

Well done to all. The academy continues next Sunday at Healy Park,Ballyrickard at 11am and as always New Members are Welcome.

U12

Training continues on Tuesday in the Green at 6pm and Saturdays at 11am in Healy Park,Ballyrickard.

U14

Our U-14s took on Na Gaeil in Ballyrickard on Sunday last in the town league; Na Gaeil were wind assisted in the first half, and took the game to the home side in the beginning; scores were at a premium and trailing by 2 points to 1, Eric McMahon pounced for an opportunist goal; however Na Gaeil hit back and bagged two goals before the interval to go in leading at half time on a scoreline of 2-4 to 1-2.

On the resumption, we made the running and were only 3 points adrift when Na Gaeil struck for their 3rd goal and a 4th soon followed.

They appeared to be coasting but Jack Savage had other ideas and bagged two goals in the dying minutes to set up a nervy ending for the visitors. It was too little, too late however with Na Gaeil running out deserving winners, 4-10 to 4-05. This was a good workout for all involved and bodes well for our fortunes in the upcoming county league.

U16

The boys got off to a winning start in the Central Region with a win against Castlegregory in Healy Park on a scoreline of 4-11 to 2-10.Well done to all involved. Round 2 continues with an away game to John Mitchels on next Saturday,March 18th at 2pm.

St Patrick’s Day Parade

As always the Juvenile Club will be marching in the Parade. Details of meeting place and time will be texted to all members during the week. Be proud of your club and wear your colours!!

Ladies update:

U12 Ladies

The U12 girls continue to train on Mondays 7-8p.m. on the AstroTurf pitch in CBS, The Green in preparation for The North Kerry league which commences on March 26th. They also have training in Ballyrickard on Sunday mornings.
Details of the St. Patrick’s Day parade will be texted during the week.

U14 Ladies

The U14 girls continue to train on Mondays 7-8p.m. on the AstroTurf pitch in CBS, The Green and have core training on Wednesdays 6-7p.m.in CBS, The Green.

U16/ Minor

The U16 and Minor girls are enjoying core training in CBS, The Green with John Fitzgerald and Jonathan Noonan every Wednesday 6-7p.m.

Any new players interested in joining are more than welcome and can contact Shirley (086) 8713552 for more information.

GAELTACHT SCHOLARSHIPS: are funded by GAA Coistí (Munster, Kerry & District Boards) to give some financial help to young students who wish to spend time in Corcha Dhuibhne, West Kerry over the summer months.

If you wish your child to avail of the scoláireacht, apply immediately by texting your child’s name to Club Secretary on 086 8676112. All applicants must be registered members of Kerins O’Rahillys, closing date is March 31st.

Kerry U-21: Kerry came through a searching test of their character on Weds night last ( 8th March) when accounting for Clare in the opening round of the Munster championship. The scoreline of 1-17 to 2-10 does not tell the true story but we progress and now play Waterford away this coming Weds night in Dungarvan.

The winners will advance to the Munster final on Weds night 29th March where the winners of Limerick/Cork will await. Cormac Coffey was introduced with about 10 minutes left to play and performed well – we hope that he will see more game as we progress in the competition.

Club Lotto: There was no winner of last week’s jackpot where the winning numbers were: 10, 15, 17 & 19. There were 2 lucky Match 3 winners in Martin Hughes & Kay Tobin. The jackpot next week will rise to €6,600 so play early for your chance to win or share in this prize. Once again we would like to thank you for your support which is greatly appreciated.

Club Website: A new club website will be up and running very shortly – more on this later.

Sympathy: The club would like to extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of the late Peggy Conway, Tommy Buckley and Vincent Murphy of Caherina Cross.

Strictly Come Dancing: The practising continues unabated now almost every night in Strand Rd as the dancers and choreographer Jackie put the finishing touches to their routine for the gala night on the 25th March.

There is still time to order your ticket for what promises to be a spectacular occasion, so don’t delay and ensure you “See your face in the place” in the Mount Brandon on the 25th!!

PRO Contact:
If you have any thing you feel is of interest for the Kerins O’Rahillys notes please get in touch. You can contact me atpro.kerinsorahillys.kerry@gaa.ie.

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