Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Seniors: We travelled to Glenbeigh on Sat night last to take on the locals in Round 3 of the county league with a first league win the priority after our opening day loss and subsequent draw.

The loss of the US bound Kieran O’Mahony plus the injuries to Con Barrett and Ross O’Callaghan left us fielding a largely inexperienced side with 6 of our county U-21 winning side making a start plus Darragh McElligott and Tom Hoare from last year’s minor team.

We had the aid of the elements in the first half and had two points on the board within as many minutes courtesy of Gazza Savage and Gavin O’Brien who raced through from midfield and was unlucky not to goal, his rising shot flying over the crossbar.

Glenbeigh responded quickly and were 0-4 to 0-3 in front when the put together a sweeping move which led to a goal – they maintained this lead for much of the first period but 10 minutes from half time two pointed frees from Tommy Walsh put us within 2 points and this was the margin at the short whistle, 1 -09 to 0-10; John Ferguson was coming into his own in this period and was responsible for 3 of our 10 points, all from play. Both defences struggled in this half, reflected in the high scoring.

On the resumption, facing into the stiff wind, we were now employing Cian Sayers in a sweeper role in an effort to curb the ball into the inside line – over the next 30 minutes this move worked a treat and GG were restricted to 4 points in total in the second half.

The turning point came in the 10th minute when Gazza rounded his marker and just as he was about to shoot was dragged down in the square – the ref pointed to the penalty spot but strangely produced a yellow card when black for a deliberate pull down was the correct sanction.

Karl Mullins took the kick and send a low drive to the corner of the net and we were in front by the minimum; for the next 10/12 mins we completely dominated possession all over the pitch with driving runs from Shane Brosnan, Danny O’Sullivan and Karl Mullins and with our shooters on form we tacked on an additional 5 points without reply through John Ferguson (2), Rory Molloy (2) and Tom Hoare belying his inexperience by fisting over the bar when he might have been tempted to go for goal; all this time Tommy Walsh was often the provider and as we have come to expect was often fouled but not often rewarded!

GG put in a strong finish but we held firm and in a final onslaught, we produced a lovely succession of hand passes to leave substitute Diarmuid O’Sullivan with an easy shot at goal which he duly converted.

This was game over on a final score line of 2-16 to 1-13. Praise is due to all for the heart, commitment and passion we saw all over the pitch and should stand us in good stead with our preparations for the club championship vs Kenmare.

Tralee Town Board League Final will take place on Saturday evening next, 15th April in Austin Stack Park where throw in is at 6.30pm.

Minors: We play Austin Stacks in the Tralee town board league final on this coming Tuesday April 11th at 6.30pm in Caherslee – support greatly appreciated.

Kerry Seniors: Congratulations to Kerry on winning the League title on Sunday when they overcame Dublin by the minimum margin, 0-20 to 1-16; David Moran was deservedly awarded the Man of the Match for an outstanding display from mid-field kicking 3 points.

Jack Savage underlined his ability when thrown in from the start kicking a massive early point and being a constant nuisance to the Dublin defence. Barry John when introduced played his part.

Kerry U-21: Best of luck to Alan O’Sullivan, Cormac Coffey, team and management on Saturday next 15th April when Kerry take on Galway in the All-Ireland semi final in Ennis where throw in is at 4.30pm.

Junior Blues: Junior Academy welcomed St.Pats Blennerville for a great morn of football and fun. It was a first for many for our u6 to play their first game and great fun was had by all .We thank St.Pats for making the trip.
There will be no football next Sunday as its Easter Sunday and we would like to wish everyone a very happy Easter.

Our players of the week were
U6 girls Saoirse McCarthy
U6 boys Dominik Nowak
U10 boys Jamie McCarthy
U8 boys Conan Seino
Well done to all.
Dont forget Boot camp for the parents continues when we return in two weeks John Fitz and Jacko welcome new members every week get fit and active while the juveniles train.
Come join their class Adults €5 Teens €2.50

Results: U14 Boys travelled to Cromane last Weds night to play Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane and came away with a win on a scoreline of 4-09 to 5-04 – well done boys. We play Knock/Brosna at home on Weds night next 12th April in the next round.

U16 boys will play away to Annascaul / Lispole on Monday 10th @ 7.00pm

U12 boys played away to Firies

The A Team last by 5 points
The B Team lost by 7 points
Both teams put in a great performance .

U12 boys both teams will play home to Keel @ 7.00pm in the Healy Park
U12 Girls
Well done to our U12 girls who played John Mitchels last Thursday evening – Unlucky with the draw but we will move on from here.
Outdoor training for U12 girls is NOW on Wednesdays in Ballyrickard 6.15pm- 7.15pm in preparation for our next game when we meet Finuge/St. Senans. More details to follow via text.
U14 Girls
Outdoor training for U14 girls is NOW on Tuesdays in Ballyrickard 6.30-7.30p.m. We have a bye for round 2 of The County League. In round 3 we play Moyvane. Core training continues in CBS, The Green on Wednesdays 6p.m. – 7p.m.
>> U16 Girls
Training on Tuesday and Thursday 7-8p.m.
Our first Co. League game was against Duagh last Thursday, April 6th . Unfortunately we were beaten. In round 2 we play Churchill at home. More details to follow. Text will be sent. Core training continues in CBS, The Green on Wednesdays with John Fitz and Jacko.
Minor Girls
Core training continues in CBS, The Green with John Fitz and Jacko on Wednesdays 6p.m. – 7p.m.
Any new players interested in joining are more than welcome and can contact Shirley (086) 8713552

Lotto: The Lotto of €6,900 was not won where the winning numbers drawn were : 7,11, 17, & 18. There were 5 match 3 winners who each picked up €25 and they were: Michael O’Leary, Peter Nolan, Josie & Freda, Breda Nolan and Jeremiah Greaney. Next week’s jackpot will rise to €7,000.

Annual mass for deceased members and friends will take place this Weds night April 12th in the Healy Room @ 19.30

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