Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Seniors:

Div 1:

The return of experienced duo David Moran and Tommy Walsh proved the inspiration for this hard earned , precious win in Gallarus played in glorious sunshine despite a strong breeze.

Both seamlessly integrated back into the squad, their influence undeniable, as we significantly raised the level of our performance from that seen to date – their presence seemed to have the desired effect on all their teammates who gained in confidence as the game unfolded.

The home side played with the strong breeze and hardly put a foot wrong in the opening quarter, racing into a 0-07 to 0-01 lead by the 12th minute with Tomás Kennedy notching our only score as he raced through the defence to fire over in the 6th minute.

An Ghaeltacht’s dominance waned however as David Moran and Tom Hoare, ably assisted by Tomás Kennedy, Ben Hanafin and Jake Foley, began to make their presence felt with good scores coming from two pointed frees from Tom plus another two placed balls from Darragh O’Connor – indeed Darragh was proving to be a major thorn in their side and his overall points tally of 0-07 was testament to his overall influence.

Barry John had our first point from play since Tomás’ opening effort in the 23rd minute with An Ghaeltacht replying in kind on the 26th minute; the next score, was pivotal as Conor Hayes found the bottom corner of the net to level matters; it all started with a good interception by Sam Pituch in defence who found Ben Hanafin and he made inroads into the defence before playing Conor in for the green flag.

We traded points from here to the short whistle which saw us trail by just one at the break, 0-11 to 1-07.

The omens for the second half were good with Barry John levelling matters from play and then Darragh, put us ahead for the first time with a point from play which he quickly followed up with another from a free; we went 3 up by the midway point of the 2nd half before An Ghealtacht again pulled back a score from a free.

The next score was probably the point of the match as Tomás Kennedy surged forward,  and wind assisted, split the posts from distance.

Our defence held firm throughout this second half, defending stoutly, remaining composed without resorting to fouling – the opposition were only able to add four points in the 30+ mins played.

Ross made some important interceptions, Ben shadowed Tomás O’Sé to great effect whilst Daniel Bowler was on hand to hoover up any breaking ball. Shane McElligott in this period too made a huge contribution and played himself to a standstill.

In the end, we had a deserved win and now look forward to the visit of Glenflesk next weekend.

We would like to wish An Ghaeltacht’s centre back and captain, PJ Mac Láimh the best as he recovers from an injury which forced his withdrawal.

Final score:

KO’R 1-16

An Ghaeltacht 0-15

Team: Rob O’Connor, Sam Pituch, Ross O’Callaghan, TJ Heaphy, Ben Hanafin, Jake Foley, Daniel Bowler, David Moran, Tom Hoare, Tomas Kennedy, Barry John Keane, Shane McElligott, Darragh O’Connor, Tommy Walsh, Conor Hayes.

Subs: Ryan Carroll, Gearóid Savage, Conor O’Sullivan.

Scorers: Darragh 0-07, Conor 1-01, BJ 0-03, Tomás 0-03, Tom 0-02.

Div 6:

Our division 6 team had a free weekend but are back in action tomorrow night, Tuesday 4th June when they make the long trip to Kenmare to take on the locals – throw in is @ 7.30 pm

Gym:

Our brand new gym, located in the Healy Room will officially open its doors this coming Wednesday, June 5th under the tutelage of Inception Performance.

Inception Performance is the brainchild of Dan Breen who has over 15 years experience in the health and leisure industry, and who already has an association with the club, following on from his time as S & C with William Harmon’s management team.

Dan and his team will be in attendance from Monday – Friday, 6 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays until noon for classes etc – you can learn more by logging on  to Inception Performance or downloading the app Glofox – we would like to wish Dan and his team every success with this venture.

Book Launch:

Kerryman journalist Stephen Fernane will officially launch his book “ The Life and Times of Bernard Dillon” in the clubhouse on Thursday night next, June 6th @ 7 pm.

Mayor of Tralee and Strand Road man, Councillor Terry O’Brien will perform the launch and all are welcome to attend.

The book tells the extraordinary story of Bernard Dillon, a native of Caherina, who famously won the Epsom Derby in 1910.

It promises to be a great occasion and well worth attending.

Juvenile Academy:

It was great to see such high numbers at the academy yet again this week.

All age groups enjoyed their training sessions with their coaches. Thanks as always to our parents for their continued support and bringing their kids to training.  Thanks to our wonderful coaches for their time and dedication.  Special thank you to Ben, Taylor and Fiadh who came to help with coaching. It’s great to see older club players mentoring our Juveniles and volunteering to help out when they can.

U7 Boys

U7 Boys:

Great Start to our Under 7 Go Games campaign on Thursday evening as  we travelled to Keel GAA . The boys played really well and are improving steadily. Important now that we keep up the effort on Sunday mornings and at home also.

U9 Boys:

Our U9’s play Kilcummin this Wednesday evening at 6:30pm in Ballyrickard. All support is welcome.

U11 Boys:

Two great performances by our U11 Boys V Killarney Legion on Thursday night. Two very competitive games played in a great spirit by both clubs. Well done to all and thanks to Legion for making the journey.

U13 Boys

U13 Boys:

U13 B County League Semi Final v Castleisland Desmonds

Our U13 B team achieved something special Sunday evening winning their County League Semifinal on a score line of 4-12 to 5 -07. Huge effort put in by everyone showing great team work throughout. Well done boys.

Best of luck to our U13 A’s who play at home in Ballyrickard today Monday 3rd June at 1pm Throw in v Ballyduff in the County League Division 3 Semifinal. All support is welcome.

Our U8 and U10 Girls will play their next Go Games against Austin Stacks this Sunday. Full details will be sent out through clubzap.

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.

Best of luck to everyone who is starting their Junior and Leaving Certificate Exams this week.

Ladies Notes: 

U12 Girls

U12 Girls:

KOR U12s played a challenge game against Annascaul on Tuesday evening. Annascaul were a very physical, tough side and put it up to the KOR girls. After a quiet first quarter, the scores started to come in the second and third quarter with Ava and Eimear finding the mark.

Some great defensive work from our half backs kept Annascaul out on numerous occasions. Yet again a great team performance saw KOR come out on top. Well done girls on another great performance. Thank you to Annascaul for coming in to play us.

U14 Kerins O’Rahillys team

U14 Girls:

Our Kerins O’Rahilly’s team made the long journey to Dromore, Templenoe on Wednesday night to face ISG in the County League. Despite a Trojan team effort from our girls, ISG proved far too strong and the game ended 1-13 to 0-1.

Special mention to Allie Kerins who gave it everything at midfield, captain Emma Onyekwere and Aoibhinn Corridon who defended tirelessly and Lily Hussey who had another great game. Thanks also to the parents who made the long journey down South.

We’ve been plagued by injuries this County League but our girls have shown a great attitude and will learn from this. MK Gaels up next in the last game of this League.

U16 Girls:

One training this week for our u16 girls as a lot of girls are getting ready for their Junior Cert and more getting ready to enjoy summer holidays we left them off with one training.

From our management we want to wish the best of luck to Fiadh, Erica, Jocelynn, Taylor, Greta  Aoibheann, Saoirse, Donna, Naoise, Caoileann,  Bianka, and Bridget in their exams next week.

Keeping in touch:

If you have a story to tell please let us know on the club phone, 085 2095001 or via Messenger on Facebook.

Condolences: 

We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Johnnie Foley and family on the sad passing of Mary ( Tuohy) at the weekend – ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilis.

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