Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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A blistering start that yielded 1-02 in the opening five minutes was the catalyst for this comprehensive win which in truth could have been much more if we had taken our many goal chances.

Con Barrett won the throw in and set off on a run towards the Mitchels goal and when his initial shot  was parried, Con was following up and made no mistake for the opening score, all inside 20 seconds; further scores from  Gearóid Savage and Tommy Walsh ( both from open play) had us five points in the ascendancy before Mitchels had a point from the lively Alan O’Donoghue.

Asserting our superiority in midfield through Con, allied to the great support play from defence via Ryan ” Chucky” Carroll and Ross O’Callaghan we found space and time to attack the Mitchels rear-guard and tacked on some fine points in the process through Tommy (3) , Tom Hoare and a superb “45” from Chucky to lead by 1-10 to 0-05 at the break – indeed it was hard to imagine that we had not added to our goal tally when first Gavin O’Brien sliced through only to be denied by the keeper and then when Tommy got his hands on a ball only to see it fly over the bar when a goal looked likely.

The second half saw us continue to take the game to the Boherbue side but again a combination of poor finishing and some fine goalkeeping saw us fail to add another green flag; we did have scores from Tom Hoare, effective throughout, Gazza, Gavin O’Brien , Tommy (2) and Chucky – at the other end, we were equal to anything that Mitchels could throw at us with Ross O’Callaghan doing a great policing job on danger man Alan O’Donoghue ably aided by Danny O’Sullivan, Shane Brosnan and Cormac Coffey.

Final score: Kerins O’Rahillys 1-16, John Mitchels 0-09.

This was a fine team  performance but special mention to Chucky, Con and Tommy who were immense all through. We now take a two week break before the next game which sees us travel to Lewis Road on the weekend of the 9th June to take on Dr Crokes.

Team: Gary Kissane, Danny O’Sullivan, Ross O’Callaghan, Shane Brosnan, Cian Sayers, Cormac Coffey, Ryan Carroll ( 0-2), Con Barrett (1-0), John C O’Connor, Gavin O’Brien ( 0-1), Tommy Walsh ( 0-8, 5 fs), Karl Mullins, Gearóid Savage ( 0-3, 2fs), Tom Hoare ( 0-02), John Ferguson.

Subs used : Darragh McElligott, Shane McElligott, Padraig Griffin, David Murphy, Jason O’Leary & Seán Collins.

Division 5:
Kerins O’Rahillys 6-13
Kilgarvan              0-12

A strong start to the game which saw us in the lead by 3 points to nil after 10 mins with the scores  coming from Shane McElligott (2) and Rory Molloy before Kilgarvan opened their account from their full forward; we continued to apply the pressure with midfielder Darragh McElligott to the fore and shortly afterwards as we approached the 13th minute full forward Tom Hoare found the net; it was to get better for the home side within 5 minutes when Padraig Griffin found space and he too was on hand to raise another green flag – from here to the half time whistle we traded scores to leave us in the ascendancy at the short whistle, 2-06 to 0-07.

On the restart , we were again on the front foot with good points coming from Shane McElligott and substitute Ryan Carroll and the game was over as a contest when in the 12th minute Darragh McElligott burst through from midfield to rattle the net – from here to the finish we added further goals through Tom Hoare, Padraig Griffin and a late  penalty converted by Chucky.

This was a good all round performance with Tom McGrath and Jason O’Leary outstanding in defence, Darragh McElligott well on top in midfield and solid forward displays from Padraig Griffin, Tom Hoare and Shane McElligott.

Team: Killilan Moran, Gary Nolan, Thomas McGrath, Kieran Mangan, Rory O’Connor, Jason O’Leary, Seán Collins, Darragh McElligott ( 1-01), , Rory Molloy ( 0-03), Seán Griffin, Padraig Griffin ( 2-01), Gearóid Hartnett, Shane McElligott ( 0-04), Tom Hoare ( 2-03), James O’Connor.

Subs used: Ryan Carroll ( 1-01), Joe Hanafin, both in the second half.

The special U-17 competition commenced last Weds night with 24 teams participating throughout the county. The emphasis is on giving games to this age group while also focusing on the skills of the game. Games are 9 a side, 12 minutes per half, played on a round robin basis with 2 teams from each group going forward to Round 2.

We had our first game vs Gneeveguilla who were much stronger physically and put us under pressure from the first whistle – though we tried manfully, we were not strong enough and Gneeeguilla ran out comfortable winners. Our next game was against Finuge where we played much better as a team winning easily in the end. The results placed us second in our group and into round 2.

The focus now switches to JP O’Sullivan Park this Monday night for the second round of fixtures in this competition; we are in a group with the hosts ( Laune Rangers) and Firies – the action gets underway @ 18.30


It was a lovely warm morning in Ballyrickard on Sunday morning with a big turnout of players and parents alike. The children trained hard along with their coaches with plenty of running followed by a match. Thank you as always to all the coaches for their time and commitment to the club – it is much appreciated.
Thanks also to the parents who generously brought some goodies this morning.

The skill of the week for the U10 Boy’s is the “Pick Up”, enjoy practising the skill during the week.

The skill for the U 8/10 GIrls & the U 6 boys & girls is the “Body Catch” –  enjoy practising during the week.

We’ll no doubt look forward to seeing the skills improve in next week’s session.

A Huge Congratulations to our Players of the Week:

U 6 Boys Max Fitzgibbon

Julian Zytka

U6 Girl     Sarah McGrath

U 8 Girl     Lexi Keane

U8 Boys   Jack Behan

Ryan Molloy

U 10 Girl    Alivia Larkin

U10 Boy    Ryan Onyekwere

Have a great week everyone and see you all next Sunday the 3rd June 2018 at 11am in Ballyrickard.


We travelled to Gallarus to play an Ghaeltacht both U12 A & B teams on Sunday evening.

It was a lovely warm sunny evening in the West, perfect for football.

Team A, played well yet were defeated by a stronger an Ghaeltacht team on a score line of KoR  1-15

to An Ghaeltacht  5-24

Team B played well also –   it has been said each week this team keeps improving with every game.

They play well together and were comfortably ahead for the whole match, winning eventually by 9 points.

Final score KoR 5-17 to An Gaeltacht 5-8.

The U 12’s have no match next week.

Training as usual Tuesday and Thursday, 6.30 to 7.30pm in Healy Park.

Go Games were held in Connolly Park last Wednesday evening with again a big turnout – everybody enjoyed themselves on a great evening’s football. There are no Go Games this coming week.


Our U-14s were beaten by Fossa in Ballymac on Weds night last in the county league division 2 final. This was a game that  was nip and tuck all the way with only a point separating the teams at the half time whistle, 1-05 to 1-04. We were down five points twice in the second half but great heart,  commitment and no little skill saw us level the scores in the final minutes to take the game to extra time. The additional 20 minutes was a bridge too far as we ran out of steam succumbing to a physically stronger side at the finish. Commiserations to the boys and congrats to Fossa who were deserving winners.


The Munster  Super 10s Fé 15 competition  took place last Sat morning  when we welcomed St Senans, Shannon Gaels and Boherbue/Kiskeam to Healy Park.

This is an initiative by the Munster council to ensure the  participation of players who otherwise might not be playing @ U-16 level and to have players playing against opposition from outside the county.

The games were played on a round robin basis and when we came to play our Cork opponents it was a top of the table clash with the winners advancing to the finals on Sat 15th June next in Mallow – when the game was over, it was us who will make the trip coming out on top on a final score line of 3-07 to 2-08.

Well done to the lads who participated and to Ray & Barry who took charge of the team.

Squad: Sam Pituch, Jerome Daly, Eric McMahon, TJ Heaphy, Alan O’Connor, Ben O’Brien, Sam McCarthy, Enis Reka, Jack Savage, Seán Healy, Darragh O’Connor.


Our U12 girls winning streak of 5 wins in a row came to an end last Tuesday evening in Castleisland when we lost on a scoreline of 3-10 to 2-8.
We started the game with leg injuries by Kelly Fitzgerald and Aoibhin MacCarthy.
We battled well in the first half with pts from Sophie Hassett, Kelly Fitzgerald and great goals from Amy Behan and Aoibhin MacCarthy to lead by 2 pts at halftime on a scoreline of 2-4 to 1-5.
We tired in the second half as some of our players had school games earlier in the day.
However we scored 4 pts in this half with 1 pt from Lauren Doody and 3 pointed frees from Sophie Hassett .
We were in contention of victory when with 5 mins to go we were only 1pt down . Then Sophie Hassett hit a great shot low and to the right which hit the post and went wide. This was a game changer as Castleisland went down soon after and scored a goal followed by a pt. which was the final score. On the night we were beaten by a fresher and hungrier team.
We play a Strong Abbeydorney team on Tuesday next at 7p.m. in our pitch at Ballyrickard. All support is welcome!
Team v Castleisland
Millie O’ Brien, Ava Ward, Rachel Foley, Millie Hayes, Fiadh McCarthy , Aoibhin MacCarthy, Saoirse MacCarthy, Ella O’ Connor, Lauren Doody, Aoibheann McCarthy, Sophie Hassett, Nathali Mulumba, Aoife Behan, Kelly Fitzgerald, Amy Behan .
Subs: Ciara Gallagher, Farah Leahy, Taylor Stack, Donna O’ Reagan, Emma Greensmith.
Best wishes to Amy Behan from your team mates, mentors and the ladies club. Hope you’re back again shortly after your unfortunate injury during training.
Training continues on Tuesday at 6p.m. in Ballyrickard.
Last Tuesday we headed out to Ballyduff to play Beale / Ballyduff in The Co. League. The pitch was quiet and we were warming up with our jerseys hanging in the dressing room but to find out that the fixture had been changed to Beale. Apologies to parents as we weren’t notified of the change.  Final score 3-4 to 2-7. Well  done to the girls, Martin, Tricia and Kevin.
Training at 6p.m. in Ballyrickard on Tuesday, May 29th.
Girls remember to pay your registration.
You can drop clothes to Ballyrickard on training days and to the juvenile academy on Sunday mornings 10.30a.m. – 12.30p.m.


There was no winner of last week’s lotto jackpot where the winning numbers drawn were: 13, 20, 25 & 31. There were no match 3 winners either, so next week’s jackpot will now be for a grand prize of €4,200.Tickets ( €2 / 3 for €5)  can be purchased from the kiosk in Charlies Bar, from Jimmys on Strand Road, Counihans on Princes St or Foley’s Spar on the Castlemaine Road.

The five entrants for the special December draw ( 4 X €250) are as follows: Betty O’Sullivan, Trevor Thomas, Mary Foley, Seán Kerins & Pat Flavin.

We would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support for this important fund raiser for the club.

Keep in touch:
We are online @ where you can catch up with all the latest news, fixtures and results – we are also on Facebook ( @korgaa1) and Twitter ( @korgaa).

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