Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Seniors:

Dr Crokes maintained their 100% run in the county league with a comprehensive win in Strand Road on Sunday winning on a final scoreline of 1-15 to 1-08.

We made a number of changes following last week’s defeat to Dingle with the return of our U20 trio – Tomás Kennedy, making his senior county league debut, and Ben & Darragh slotting in at wing forward and corner forward respectively – Shane Foley returned in goal following his recovery from injury with Shane McElligott replacing the unfortunate Padraig Griffin who was injured in the warm up.

Dr Crokes opened the scoring through Tom Doyle in the 3rd minute but we replied in kind via Darragh O’Connor and took the lead when Shane McElligott raced through to raise the white flag on six minutes.

These were to be our only scores of the first half however as wind assisted, the Lewis Road side took over in the middle third and made life very difficult for our defensive sextet.

Tormentor in chief was former Kerry player Micheál Burns who was at the centre of their attacks and who had four points on the board by the halfway point – two from play and two from frees.

Burns was ably assisted by his fellow half forwards and midfield with the deep lying Daithi Casey orchestrating attacks at will – as a result we found ourselves behind at the short whistle by 0-09 points, 1-08 to 0-02 with Shane Foley having come to our aid on two occasions.

We fired the opening scores of the second half with a good point from Darragh O’Connor and when Barry John was found on the edge of the square by Conor Hayes he duly found the bottom corner of the net with a lovely left footed effort – the hoped for revival was short lived however as Micheál Burns again was on target with the next two points.

We introduced both David Moran and Tommy Walsh midway through the 2nd half and with both on the score sheet we continued to apply some pressure though the Killarney side saw out the game better with the final 3 points.

We make the journey to Gallarus next weekend for round 9 on Sat evening.

Team: Shane Foley, Darragh McElligott, Ross O’Callaghan, Stephen Nix, TJ Heaphy, Donagh Buckley, Daniel Bowler, Tom Hoare, Jake Foley, Ben Hanafin, BJ Keane, Shane McElligott, Darragh O’Connor, Tomás Kennedy, Conor Hayes.

Subs: David Moran, Tommy Walsh, Ryan Carroll, Jake Hoare.

Div 6 League Cup:

Beaufort proved too strong for our B team on Sunday winning on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-08.

Juvenile Academy:

Dedicated is the word that pops to mind for all our juveniles as they turned up Sunday morning in huge numbers for the Academy.

It was heartwarming to see so many in attendance despite the inclement weather.

They were all so enthusiastic as they took to the pitches with their coaches and enjoyed their training session and games.

Well done to every child for their massive effort at the academy and thank you to their coaches for planning out their training sessions and to the parents who bring them every Sunday thank you also- with go games coming up in all age groups it is important that everyone turns up for training as much as they can.

U8 Girls:

Another fantastic display of football today by our U8 Girls despite the conditions as they travelled to play Castleisland Desmond’s.

Every girl showed great enthusiasm and team spirit throughout their games with Castleisland Desmond’s.

From our goalie to our forwards midfielders and backs everyone put in a huge effort and worked the ball up and down the pitch nicely.  Well done to all the girls and thank you to their parents for bringing them. Thank you also to Castleisland Desmond’s and we look forward to playing you again in Ballyrickard.

U9s

U9 Boys:

Sunday morning our U9 boys hosted Castleisland Desmonds in the next round of Go-Games at Pat Healy Park. The conditions didn’t dampen their enthusiasm, and they played some fantastic football.  Each week, these young Narries continue to improve and develop their skills. Well done to all the players! Thank you to Castleisland Desmond’s for coming in to play us.

U10 Girls

U10 Girls:

Even though the weather didn’t play ball, the U10 KOR girls had plenty of ball in their match against Castleisland Desmond’s. Our structure today was very good with most girls showing good awareness of the responsibilities of their role.

A lively midfield of Isabella, Grace and Roisin gave some lovely balls into the forwards. A very solid backline of Ella, Alice, Orla and Alison kept Castleisland at bay with Abbey making some great saves in goal.

Overall you’d be very happy with how the girls moved the ball, especially in the conditions. The forward line of Caoimhe, Georgia,Lauren and Kaela were at hand to finish off any of the moves by the midfielders. Well played girls!

Thank you to Castleisland Desmond’s and we look forward to having ye to visit us soon.

U11 Boys:

A Great performance Thursday night from our u11 boys in sunny Ardfert. It was brilliant to see the skills and teamwork to the fore. Some fantastic scores and plays throughout the game.  Keep up the good work everyone and the practice at home. Phase two will take place this week, fixtures to be confirmed.

U13 Boys:

Our U13 KOR A teams winning streak came to an end Sunday evening in Ballyrickard against a very well organised Laune Rangers team on a  score line of  1-06 to 1-09. Conor Ryan showed very well all game and Tiernan Brosnan was outstanding at centre back but the visitors left deserved winners on the day.

On a positive note the great run the boys were on still affords them top spot in Division 3 County League Phase 2 so we’ll be awaiting a home fixture Semifinal. We’re sure the boys will bounce back better and be looking forward to the games ahead.

The B team had no fixture this weekend as they had a bye so back to training Wednesday evening and await the next fixtures.

Membership: 

The registration officer will be in touch over the next few weeks with those who have not paid membership.  If you are having any difficulty paying your membership again we ask you to reach out and we will be more than happy to help you.

Do you have unwanted football boots, club jerseys/tops etc?

In a bid to reduce, reuse and recycle we are seeking donations! If you have some usable and clean unwanted gear that no longer fits your child and would like to donate, please bring it to Academy Sunday mornings. We will then have a stall setup over the coming weeks with all items received available to our members for a small donation.

Ladies Notes:

U12 Girls:

Our U12 Girls played at Home vs Abbeydorney in a challenge game Thursday night. The girls played out of their skin.

Excellent skills on show from our backs to midfield and some super scores from our forwards. Best performance of the season so far and the girls deserve all the credit with their work rate. Thanks to Abbeydorney for coming to us.

Under 14 girls.

U14 Girls: 

Our U14 Strand Rd team made the short journey to Connolly Park to play Austin Stacks Sunday evening.  Some great football was on display throughout the game from both sides.  Austin Stacks were still in it at half time, but an excellent second half display by our forwards, particularly Lily Hussey and Ava O’Donoghue, sealed the victory for our girls.

Special mention to our captain, birthday girl Rachel Ahern, who was again a powerhouse at midfield and sealed another great performance with a great goal; and our new goalie Erica Balode, who put in another solid display between the posts.  Well done to both teams.

Final score:

Strand Rd: 6 – 1

Austin Stacks: 1 – 4

Our U14 Kerins O’Rahillys team  play ISG in Dromore on Wednesday evening in the County League.

U16 Girls:

Two more good tough training sessions this week with our older girls representing us at minor level again, still some players on the resting list as our final is next our game.  We had a boost to our side with Lilly getting back to training and U14’s coming up to train with us.

Minor Ladies

Minor Ladies:

Our minor ladies, captained by Sadhbh, hosted Beaufort in a back game in Division 3 of the Co. League Tuesday evening.

Kerins O’ Rahillys took the win, making it three wins out of five in the league. Great heart shown by all of our players. Well done to both teams on an exciting game.

Final Score:

Kerins O’ Rahillys 4-13

Beaufort 3-11

Senior Ladies

Senior Ladies:

KOR  Senior Ladies played Listowel at home in Ballyrickard  Sunday morning in the Donal Curtin Cup. Fantastic football on display and  well done to everyone.

Final Score:

KOR 4 – 10

Listowel 2-9

KOR Mothers and Others

Mothers and Others: 

Many thanks to Mná Chiarraí Thiar who hosted a G4M&O blitz  on Saturday.  It was the first time our newly formed group of fantastic ladies played and they had a ball. Next Wednesday, May 29th we will welcome Abbeydorney to Pat Healy Park, Ballyrickard at 8p.m.  All are welcome.

Keep in touch:

If you have something newsworthy we would love to hear from you – you can contact us on the club phone on 085 2095001 or via Messenger on Facebook.

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