Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club News

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Public Meeting:

Milltown Castlemaine GAA Field Development Information:

We had a wonderful turnout at our public information meeting on Monday last. There was a very positive feedback to the proposed development of our club facilities, which will be phased out over a 3 year period. We are privileged to have such a committed and forward- thinking executive in our club, whom we anticipate will see this project through to completion.


Gaelic for Mothers and Others:

The internal blitz for mother’s and others was a super fun event. Special thanks to all our partners, parents and supporters who came and cheered us on. A special thanks to all those who brought along some delicious home baking and refreshments for all families to enjoy after the blitz. It was a really nice social occasion for all involved. We also appreciate the hard work of our trainers and mentors and we are very much looking forward to our Munster blitz in Mallow on Sunday July 21st.


Mid Kerry Junior Final:

“Strength In Depth Sees Milltown Claim Glory After Thriller”
Final Result:  Milltown/Castlemaine 0-18 Laune Rangers 1-09

Both Milltown/Castlemaine and Laune Rangers renewed their local rivalry  in Cromane in the Final of The Mid Kerry Junior Football League.
It was a contest of the highest quality and it took 80 plus minutes to separate these two sides after scores were level after the full-time whistle went following a pulsating duel.
On their way to the Final both sides had 4 rounds to complete, Laune Rangers beat Glenbeigh/Glencar, Beaufort and Cromane whilst they had experienced defeat to Milltown/Castlemaine by a solitary point in Round 1.
Milltown/Castlemaine beat Glenbeigh/Glencar, Laune Rangers and Cromane en route to the decider whilst falling to a one point defeat to Beaufort so there was expected to be little between these two neighbours.

Milltown/Castlemaine played with the aid of a strong breeze in the opening half but it was the Launesiders who started more sharply and John O’Shea opened their account on 5 mins off his left boot.
This propelled M/C into action and Kieran O’Carroll who went on to score 0-3 in total from wing-back and receive Man of The Match got M/C on the scoreboard with an immediate reply.
Further points from Brendan Delaney, Eoin O’Mahony & Paul Carroll seen M/C open up a commanding 0-5 to 0-1 lead by the 15th minute as Rangers found the wind hard to get any return from.
Kieran Doona & O’Shea tagged on 0-2 more points for Rangers to leave it 0-5 to 0-3 but a late Jamie O’Shea free in the half saw M/C lead 0-6 to 0-3 at the interval.

Laune Rangers would play with the aid of the elements for the 2nd half but Eoin O’Mahony & Kieran O’Carroll tagged on two frees early doors with no little use of force required in order to push the ball through the gale winds.
M/C had extended their lead out to 0-9 to 0-5 by the time the 45th min came but Laune Rangers brought themselves right back into matters with 1-1 on the trot as Eamonn Carey goaled from a penalty after a leg block & Shane Daly had pointed from distance just before the penalty so it was game on heading down the home straight.
M/C with the help of Jamie O’Shea from frees and another massive Kieran O’Carroll point opened the lead back out to three points heading into injury time but Daniel Whittleton from a ’45’, John O’Shea and Kieran Doona with an equaliser with the last kick of the match took matters into extra time.

Despite Rangers ecstasy at equalising so late on it was all Milltown/Castlemaine over the two periods as super sub Jonathan O’Sullivan pointed 3 times alongside Jamie O’Shea & a tremendous score on the brink of 1st half injury time by Captain Tadgh McCarthy seen Milltown score 0-6 over the two extra time halves to take their total to 0-18 and a great defensive display kept Laune Rangers scoreless to aid the cause.

Well done to the 30+ players on show tonight, it really was a Panel effort as over 20 players were needed on a hot evening for sport.
Special thanks to the management of Garry, Ger and Mike also, to our supporters and as always our sponsors Larkins Bar and Restauraunt and Londis Topshop/PR team for keeping everyone updated, it really is a team effort!

Panel : (No Particular Order)
Bryan O’Sullivan, Eoin O’Mahony, Paul Carroll, Jono O’Connor, Thady O’Sullivan, Jonathan O’Sullivan, Jamie O’Shea, Roan Hegarty, Linus Og Burke, John Blenner Hassett, Mark Wren, Tadgh McCarthy (Capt), Dara O’Connor, Matthew Ahern, Brendan Delaney, Patrick O’Connor, Mike Burke, Damian Murphy, Cathal O’Connor, Craig Counihan, John McAuliffe, Aaron O’Brien, Liam Burke, Michael Quirke, Daniel Cronin, Killian Kerins, Kieran McKenna, Adam Scanlon, Seamus O’Dowd & Kieran O’Carroll (Man of The Match).
Also a few missing from above Panel due to Injuries, unavailability etc
Report courtesy of Dara O’Connor.

County Representation:

Well done to Conor Spillane who lined out for Kerry South Under 14’s at the weekend in Dungarvan and to Cillian Burke who lined out with Kerry South Under 15’s in Millstreet on Saturday last. Congratulations also to David Heasman-manager of the Under 14’s and Shane O’ Sullivan-a coach with the under 15’s.

Kerry Juniors:

Huge congratulations to our own Gavin Horan who was part of the Kerry Junior team that defeated Kildare on a score line of 2/17 to 1/14, in a thrilling game on Saturday last.  This is a well -deserved opportunity for Gavin who has been playing tremendous club football also in recent times.

Under 14  Central Region.

Our under 14 teams had two great wins during the week. They were as follows:

U14 A Milltown Castlemaine 5-10 ,Glenbeigh Glencar Cromane 4-7

U14 B Milltown Castlemaine 2-6: Kerins O Rahilly’s 3-2 .

Well done to Ian and all the management teams.

The B Team are at home to St. Pats. Blennerville on this Monday, July 9th while the A Team are away to Castlegregory on July 10th – both with a 7 pm throw in.

The following week, The A Team will take on An Ghaeltacht while the B Team are up against Laune Rangers.

Under 16:

On Wednesday, the Under 16’s are away to St. Senan’s in the Lee Strand County League, with a 7 pm throw in.

Well done to all their coaches and mentors and a special thanks to our Coiste Na nOg sponsors-Foleys Spar and Burkes Butchers for their very generous support.


Senior County League-Round 9:

Our seniors, sponsored by Larkins Bar/Restaurant and Kelly’s Londis, Top Shop, are away to Glenflesk on Saturday evening next. Our seniors need your support. Please head along – it will serve as a nice appetiser to the Kerry Galway game!


Kerry versus Galway:

Ticket arrangements for All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter Final PHASE 1 – Páirc an Chrócaigh-

15th July Kerry v Galway 4pm Prices as follows:

Hogan Stand (No Concession) – €30

Cusack Stand – €30

Terrace – €20



Family Tickets- Cusack and Davin Stands

Adults – €30 Juveniles – €5


Students & Senior Citizens (Cusack & Davin Stand Only):

Purchase full price tickets and get rebate of €10 with valid I.D. at Block D, Stiles 1 to 5 in the Cusack Stand (Rebate can only be claimed on entry into the stadium via BLOCK D)

Wheelchair Tickets: The Wheelchair Ticket and Assistant’s ticket is €30

Group & Club Pass.

Group pass – Juveniles U-16 €5 each (1 adult free with every ten Juveniles) any additional adults €30

Club Pass for adults – €15. Max 50 tickets per club, one application only per club.

Deadline for both is Tues 10th July at 5pm. Both Group/Club Pass will be subject to availability.

Forms can be filled in on-line from Mon 9th July


Kerry Girls Under 16:

Comhgairdeas to Clodagh Evans and Ella Teahan who were part of the Kerry team that defeated Kildare in extra time in the All Ireland semi final on Wednesday last. What a fantastic achievement girls! Best of luck in the All Ireland.




All fixtures, results and club news are available on the App-Clubify, which you can download for free on your phone.


Fundraising Lotto Jackpot Draw:

Our fundraising lotto goes to help with the running costs of our very vibrant and ever- expanding club. We sincerely appreciate the continued support of our loyal and valued sellers, buyers and sponsors. Our Jackpot is now €20,000- with €400 for match 3. We also have six consolation prizes on offer. Next draw is on this Friday, July 13th, in The Shanty Bar. So head out and buy that lucky ticket!


Mid Kerry Senior League Final:

Following the success of our juniors in the Mid Kerry Junior Final on Monday night, our seniors were looking to collect more silverware on Saturday evening last in the Paddy Burke Memorial Park. Their opponents were Beaufort and like Milltown Castlemaine were without a number of players. Notably for Beaufort, Ronan Murphy was absent due to Kerry Junior duty while M/C were without Gavin Horan for the same reason. Other players were un-available due to injury and family commitments.

Conditions were ideal with a slight breeze to the back of M/C in the first half and so they got off to an immediate scoring start with a well taken point by Jonathan O’ Sullivan in the 1st minute. Beaufort immediately levelled from play but M/C quickly took the lead again when Stephen Roche worked the ball up field assisted by Paul O’ Carroll who lined out in place of Ciaran O’ Connor at corner back. Jack McCarthy finished off the move with a well taken point. Beaufort were next to attack but the ball was nicely placed into the M/C keeper- Cormac Leane’s hands. M/C were very strong in defence -particularly with Damian Murphy making it very difficult for the Beaufort forwards to get through.

The 8th minute however saw Fergal Hallissey point for Beaufort and so equal matters.

M/C were awarded a penalty in the 9th minute and so it was Jack McCarthy who faced Beaufort keeper Mike Moriarty. A brilliant save saw Beaufort clear their lines and go up field with Fergal Hallissey popping over another free- giving the visitors a one point lead. With added confidence, Beaufort launched another attack. A brilliant interception by Gavin McKenna saved the day and the subsequent turnover saw Jamie O’ Shea (who started in place of Killian Kerins) point to bring matters level again-3 points all. Despite much possession by M/C, it was Beaufort who were next to score in the 16th minute -once again by Fergal Hallissey-who subsequently won a much-deserved man-of-the-match award.

David Roche started the next attack for M/C, (supported by Jeremiah Hayes), with an excellent ball into Jack McCarthy who was bearing down on goal. Unfortunately, this went narrowly wide.  A mark by Brendan Delaney, who was having a splendid game alongside his mid field partner Donal Dennehy, passed off the ball to Pa Wrenn who made steadied himself and pointed for the home-side to level matters once again. Two minutes later, the visitors took the lead with Fergal Hallissey once again playing his part by laying off a fine pass to Rory Clifford who popped it over to give them a one point lead again after 20 minutes of play. Donal Dennehy was in top form centre field and his interlinking play with Shane Murphy, Jamie O’ Shea and Pa Wrenn saw the latter score his second point of the game and level matters once again in the 23rdminute. A water break gave both players and supporters alike a chance to hydrate and catch their breath!

The 24th minute saw Gavin McKenna make another vital interception but Beaufort turned it over again and a subsequent free saw them take the lead. M/C regained composure and their patience paid off in the 26thminute when Paul Carroll pointed having received a great pass from Pa Wrenn. A converted 45 by Jack McCarthy in the 28th minute left proceedings level at the short whistle.

The second half saw the wind subside and so both sides were on a level playing field in all ways. The early minutes saw strong defence on both sides with many turnovers in possession. Damian Murphy, who had played over 80 minutes in the junior final on the previous Monday night, was invaluable in defence, making a vital interception despite being off balance in the process. At this stage, MC introduced Ciaran O’ Connor, Jerome Flynn and Craig Counihan onto the field of play over the next few minutes. It took until the 10thminute of the second half for the first score to be registered and it was off the boot of Fergal Hallissey who was using his height and strength to much avail.

The 19th minute saw Pa Wrenn level matters with a super point having received an equally excellent pass from David Roche. The turning point of the game came in the 21st minute, when Fergal Hallissey palmed the ball into the M/C net and so gave the visitors a 3 point lead, 1/08 to 0/08.

MC were unfortunate to lose Brendan Delaney to injury having earlier lost Jonathan O’ Sullivan to a back injury.

Jamie O’ Shea popped over a free in the 24th minute to reduce the deficit to just 2 points. Stephen Roche, Kieran O Carroll and Pa Wrenn worked tremendously hard -with their  determination resulting in a 45 which Jack McCarthy popped over in the 27th minute. The score was now 1/08 to 10 points and just under 3 minutes left. Could the home-side level matters once again and force the game into extra time?  Man of the Match and captain Fergal Hallissey made that very difficult with a further point in the 28th minute to give Beaufort a 2 point lead heading into the dying moments of the game. David Roche fed Gavin McKenna a great ball and he duly popped it over to leave just one point between the sides. However, time ran out and when Peter Lyons blew the full-time whistle, it was Beaufort who was to receive the Dermot Twiss Memorial Cup. Final Score: Beaufort:1/09, M/C:11 points.

Congratulations to both panels on a truly wonderful game of football. Thanks to their  management teams and trainers for all their work and commitment.


Under 10 Blitz:

Well done to all those involved in the fundraising blitz for the Autism Unit in St. Joseph’s N.S. Castlemaine. The weather was fantastic as was the fun and the football!

Special thanks to Linus Burke, Paud Hogan and Eileen Lovett for all their work in co ordinating this fantastic fundraiser for a very worthy cause and to all the clubs who so willingly supported it.

Under 6/6/10 Blitz:

All the boys and girls from our club had a great morning in Legion GAA Grounds on Saturday last. Many thanks to Legion GAA Club for inviting us and to all the parents who came along to cheer the young footballers on.

Camp for Future Stars:

Put the date in your diary, Tuesday August 14th to Friday August 17th. Coordinated by our coaching officer, Ian Twiss, this is always a wonderful fun camp so keep the dates free!

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