Na Gaeil GAA Club News

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U20 Eirgrid Team    Congratulations to Diarmuid O’Connor & Stefan Okunbor who have been selected on the Eirgrid All Ireland U20 Football Championship top twenty players of this year’s competition. A great achievement indeed for these two young Na Gaeil and Kerry stars. Well done to you both.

Na Gaeil Ladies    We played Monagea from Limerick in the Munster Intermediate semi final in Craogh/ Kilfinny Pitch in Limerick on Sunday last. We started brightly scoring a few early free kicks from Meagan.

Na Gaeil Ladies Football Team that defeated Monagea of Limerick in the Munster Intermediate semi-final on Sunday

Jadyn and Meagan scored a point apiece before Monagea keeper made a super save to deflect a goal bound shot over the bar from Meagan after a great pass from Marie. Monagea replied back with two points before we went back up the field with points from Nora, Meabh and Meagan. The score at half time was 0.07 to 0.02.

With the swirling wind, it gave no team any advantage but Meabh got us off to a great start in the 2nd half with a point and two more pointed frees from Meagan after Ayesha and Megan were hauled down.

Monagea regrouped and scored three points on the bounce. Laura made a great save from a powerful shot but we held our nerves as the pressure was mounting. Our defence and midfield started to take control of the game.

Meabh calmly stroked another point over the bar followed quickly by another point from Nora. Monagea managed to score two more points before Meagan kicked a superb point from distance to score the last point of the game.

Final Score 0.13 to 0.07. Well done to all. The Munster Final is on this Saturday the 13th of October in Mallow with time to be confirmed.

Team: Laura Fitzgerald, Susan Fernane, Deirdre Kearney, Sarah Quigley, Mary O’Connell, Brid O’ Connor, Nora O’Connell, Jadyn Lucey, Eilis O’Connor, Meagan Sheehy, Meabh Barry, Kate Anne O’ Connor, Marie Quirke, Ayesha Roche, Megan O’Connor ,Clodagh McHugh, Aine O’Sullivan, Erika O’ Sullivan, Sibeal Casey, Marguerite Maunsell, Clodagh O’Connor,  Muireann Moriarty, Martina O’ Connor, Ria Walsh, Dearbhla Quirke, Caragh O’Neill, Freya O’Connor, Sarah Barrett, Carla Hanafin, Blaithnaid O’Connor. Mascots: Karen and Eilis O’Brien.

Mothers & Others Blitz    We travelled to Dublin for the annual Mothers and Others Football Blitz in Portmarnock. Our 1st game was against Killunan from Westmeath. Ciara was making her debut in Portmarnock and played in goals for the 1st game and made three world class saves. Killunan scored a point but we managed a point from Yvonne and Mary. Eileen scored the goal to get us off to a great start.


Our 2nd game was against Bredagh from Down. This game was all about the defence as no team managed to get a score with Blaitnaid, Ciara, Helen and Siobhan outstanding in defence. Amy, Catherine and Heather could not get any space. Despite Deirdre and Sharon coming into the forwards to try and get a score, the game ended in a scoreless draw.

Our 3rd game was against a well fancied Sligo team who seemed to have a few ex-county players with them. St Farnan’s got the good start and despite everything that Heather tried in goals, she could not stop their goal but we got an equaliser through Catherine. St Farnan’s scored another point but from the resulting kickout, Yvonne found Caroline who put it over the bar to level the game again. With seconds left in the game, a great pass from Helen found Sharon in space and Sharon popped it over the bar to win the game.

Our 4th game was against St Eunan’s from Donegal. Our midfield triangle of Caroline, Eileen and Yvonne controlled the game inside there with Amy, Sharon and Heather working hard on the inside. Heather had a couple of chances to get a couple of points but the wind pulled both attempts wide. St Eunan’s managed to score two early points against the run of play but Helen, Deirdre, Siobhan, Blaithnaid  and Ciara shored up the defence again. Eileen had a great shot and pulled a point back. Sharon scored the equaliser before Caroline and Catherine combined to score the winning point.

We played our last game against Ballymun Kickams. It was Kerry v Dublin and everyone was up for it. It was played at a hectic pace with players putting their bodies on the line. Ciara made a super clearance with a little bit of basketball skills thrown in. We had Ballymun on the ropes but tired bodies (and late night before) were starting to kick in. Helen Cooper made a last ditch block to keep the game scoreless. With time running out the fresh legs of Mary Ross were brought on. Deirdre made a deep run from defence, played a one, two with Eileen and found Mary. Mary made a little dink, rounded her defender and made a beeline for goal. She left off a rasper of a shot that the keeper managed to tip over the bar for the only score and winning score of the game.

Well done to everyone on a great weekend and a huge thanks has to go to Janice, Siobhan and Caroline for organising the weekend and to our supporters Mary Sheehy and Melissa Hurley.

Team : Janice McHugh, Caroline Dillane, Catherine O’Shea Moynihan, Sharon Roche, Blaithnaid Coakley, Ciara Murphy, Siobhan Quigley, Yvonne Eggleston, Deirdre Lynch, Amy Slattery, Mary Ross, Heather Shanahan, Helen Cooper, Eileen Moriarty.

U10 Boys    The U10 boys travelled to St Pauls GAA Club in Mungret last Saturday. There were two teams representing Na Gaeil and everyone put in a great performance. Well done! Thanks to all at St Pauls for a great day!

Na Gaeil’s 40th Anniversary    This celebration night takes place on Saturday November 10th  in the clubhouse and is for the whole Na Gaeil family, parents, mentors and volunteers. It will be a big night with dinner and music etc. More details to follow later. Spread the word. Tickets will be snapped up when they go on sale!!!

Clothes Collection    There is now a Clothes Collection Bin situated in Na Gaeil car park. If anyone has bags of old clothes to dispose of please drop them in the bin. If the bin is full, they can be dropped into the clubhouse. It would be much appreciated.

Na Gaeil Cycling Club    Na Gaeil Cycling Club winter schedule: Saturday mornings at 10am from the clubhouse. ALL ARE WELCOME, high Vis essential.

Fir Na Gaeil     Light Football Training for Men who have retired from playing football and for those that have not played and would like to try it out. Very little skill is required. This is a great way to keep fit with light training, ball games and a bit of a laugh. . Training is on Monday and Friday nights in Na Gaeil. Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info

Mná Na Gaeil     We are a Gaelic for Mothers and Others team who come together and do a bit of exercise, football training and socialising. Anyone who would like to join are most welcome, No skills are required, just a good attitude and a sense for fun. Training is on Wednesdays and Sunday evenings.  Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info.

Lotto   The draw for the jackpot of €9,300 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 8, 13, 18, 26. There was no winner. €50 winners were the Knockers, C/O Na Gaeil and James O’Hara, Ardfert. €25 winners were Marian Dore, Derrylea, Paudie Griffin, Leith East, Norah & Bridget, Racecourse Road, Dave Deady, Derrylea. Next week’s jackpot is €9,400. All are welcome for the draw in the club each Tuesday night at 10.30pm.

Bingo   Bingo is on every Monday night at 8.30pm sharp. We have prize money of over €1,000 guaranteed every week with a mini jackpot that increases fortnightly when not won.  A door prize and a half-time raffle with lovely prizes will also take place every week. A bus service is available at 087 2817577.

You can ring this number for pick up and drop off.  100% of the funds raised go back directly into the club. The bingo is run on a totally voluntary basis by our club members.  A huge thank you to all the parents who offer their time to run this vital fundraiser for the club.  If anyone wants to donate a spot prize for our weekly bingo raffle, please leave it at clubhouse and mark it “Bingo”. Thanks to all our patrons who support this event on a weekly basis.

Cards   A card game is held every Wednesday night in the clubhouse. This is a very sociable occasion where you meet your friends for a great night’s entertainment and relaxation. Starting time is 9.30pm and everyone from novice to senior will enjoy a relaxing game of 45.

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