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Seniors    Na Gaeil travelled the short journey to Ardfert on Sunday to play the home team in Round 2 of the County League in what were perfect conditions for football. Ardfert settled very quickly with the wind at their backs whereas Na Gaeil struggled to get into the game, missing many easy scoring opportunities.

Ardfert had six points on the board after the first twenty minutes with Na Gaeil failing to register a single score. Timmy Culloty brought off a great save to deny Ardfert a goal. But on twenty two minutes Na Gaeil’s fortunes changed when Darragh Carmody was pulled down in the small square and he cooly dispatched the resultant penalty.

Darragh pointed a free almost immediately to reduce the deficit to three points. Both sides traded frees before the half time whistle to leave Ardfert ahead by three on a score line of 1-02 to 0-07.

Ardfert pointed a free on the restart and Dara Devine was very unlucky not to score a goal when his shot was saved by the Ardfert keeper. Darragh Carmody pointed a 45 which was quickly followed by another Ardfert score.

With Stefan Okunbor and Eoin O’Neill supplying good ball to the forwards  and our backs defending stoutly Na Gaeil began to take a grip on the game. Dara Devine scored a beauty from 40 metres followed by two from the impressive Darragh Carmody and one from Ian McCarthy.  Entering the last ten minutes substitute Dan Goggin won an Ardfert kickout , sent a peach of a pass to Kieran O’ Donovan.

He raced through the Ardfert defence and calmly stroked the ball past the keeper to put Na Gaeil four points up at a crucial stage in the game. Ardfert were never going to give up and upped their game considerably. Their next four attacks yielded them four close in frees which they duly converted to draw the game at the death. So both teams come home with a share of the spoils. Final score: Na Gaeil 2-07; Ardfert: 0-13.

Team: Timmy Culloty, Ryan O’Neill, Stefan Okunbor, Eoghain Sheehy, James O’Connor, Eoin Doody, KColm Lyons, Eoin O’Neill, Diarmuid O’Connor, Kieran O’Donovan, Darragh Carmody, Ian McCarthy. Seamie O’Neill, Jamie Lowham, Dara Devine. Subs: Fergal Barry for Ryan O’Neill;  Dan Goggin for Seamie O’Neill; Dan O’Connor for Jamie Lowham;

Premier Junior Championship: Na Gaeil play Listowel Emmets in the first round of the Premier Junior Championship this Saturday evening at 5.30pm in Mountcoal.

Minors    Na Gaeil Minors played Kenmare at home on Monday 19th March in Na Gaeil going down to the smallest of margins.Final Score was Na Gaeil 0-17 to Kenmare 2-12  .Kenmare started strongly and had 2 goals scored before we knew we were in a game.We missed two penalties in the first half and ended the half 8 points down .We worked tirelessly in the second half and were unlucky not to at least draw the game having kicked four wides in the last five minutes.

It was a different affair in Firies on Sat last .We finished on a scoreline Na Gaeil 4-23 to 2-4.We were treated to a complete team performance and were just unstoppable on the day. Each player played fantastic football and we could see that the training was paying off. It is always difficult to pick out a player above any other bur AAron Ward was the link between the backs and forwards for the day. The first half score was 2-13 to 1-1

Jack Rogers again gave a great performance between the posts and was unlucky with both penalties. Lee O’Byrne Ruari O’Sullivan and Enda O’Connor played in the full back line and very little got past them. Adam Ward, Damien Bourke and Rory Murphy played from Half back line and linked well with Fergal Barry and Aaron Dewey who was replaced early on by Tadhg Lynch due to Injury. He had contributed two points before coming off very early in the game. Darragh Reen, Dan Goggin and Tadhg Lynch controlled the half forward line scoring at will and supplying ball to the inside forward line of Jack Sheehan and Tomas O hAioniféin. Aaron ward played everywhere! Substitutes Matthew Burke Graham Sheehey and Jack Bourke all contributed to a memorable game.

Thanks to all our supporters who made the trip to Farranfore.

U12    Last Sunday was our first day back on the pitch in Killeen & we hosted John Mitchels u12s. We split our boys into 2 teams and John Mitchels did likewise so everybody got plenty of game time. Thanks to our 2 young referees Tadhg & Dan who refereed the games for us.
Our first game in the u12 county league is fixed for Sunday April 8th at 6pm, away to Keel. Registration is also due to be paid so if players haven’t done so already we’d ask that they do so as soon as possible please.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to our coach J.J. following his recent injury.

Na Gaeil Ladies    Kerins O Rahillys and Na Gaeil played a very entertaining game in Ballyrickard on Saturday evening in the Billy Kissane U12 Division 2 North Kerry League. Rahillys started the brighter scoring 2 early points.

Na Gaeil U12 Girls team that played Kerins O’Rahillys in the Division 2 North Kerry League on Sunday.

Siun and Roisin replied with a point apiece to level after some great play from Grainne and Eve. Rahillys scored a goal but Siun responded with a goal with help from Aoife Hartnett and Jessie.

Roisin and Sorcha scored another point apiece before the Rahillys keeper saved a shot from Roisin. Rahillys got onto top of us as we were closing in on half time and scored 3 quick goals, leaving Katie with no chance of saving any of the goals.

We came out for the 2nd ready to battle with Aoife Barrett and Grainne starting to control midfield. Ava came into the forward line and scored 2 points to close the gap. Sorcha, Roisin, Siun and Ava all had shots for goals but all were superbly saved by the player of the match Rahillys keeper. Priya and Aoife Moynihan were playing a stormer in defence alongside Caoimhe.

Aisling made a run and set up Siun for another point. But alas we just ran out of time as the final whistle was blown. We had a lot of tired legs as we were missing 10 players on the day. It was a great performance with debuts for Aoife Moynihan, Grainne Breen and Aisling Tansley. Next game is at home to Corca Dhuibhne.

Team:  Katie Casey, Ava Rice, Priya O’Donovan, Aoife Barrett, Grainne Breen, Aisling Tansley, Siun Fitzgibbon, Sorcha Casey, Eve Moynihan, Roisin O’Mahony,  Aoife Hartnett,  Aoife Moynihan, Jessie Grealish, Caoimhe Fernane.

Best of Luck to the Kerry Senior Ladies as they play Westmeath on Sunday the 1st April in Kerins O Rahillys at 2pm. Our own players Laura Fitzgerald, Deirdre Kearney and Meabh Barry and the Kerry Team could do with our support.  Admission is free for U18’s. Well done to Na Gaeil’s Siena Lucey and Caoilinn O Brien who played with the Kerry U13 Development Squad on Saturday.

Na Gaeil’s Sienna Lucey and Caolinn O’Brien who played on the U13 Kerry Development Squad on Saturday

One Murder & a Christening    We’re delighted to announce that, due to popular demand, the hugely successful comedy/drama, One Murder and a Christening, penned by Mary Quirke, will make a welcome return to the stage.

The date for this extra performance is Thursday the 29th March and the venue, as before, is the club hall. To say that the previous two shows, on the 23rd and 24th February, were well received is an understatement of gargantuan proportions!

People left the hall both nights with pains in their faces and sides from laughing so hard, and the recurring comment afterwards was that they would come again to see it if they could and recommend it highly to friends and family.

On that basis then, a decision was reached to go with a re-run. Obviously, this is a great club event, but we’d like to emphasise that it’s an occasion to be enjoyed by all, and you certainly don’t have to be affiliated to Na Gaeil to come along and savour the hilarity of this eventful comedy!!

Tickets for this over 18’s only show were sold out in a matter of days so we hope that those of you that were lucky enough to get tickets will enjoy a great night’s entertainment.

Scór na bPáistí    The Tralee District round of Scór na bPáistí was held in Scoil Mhic Easmainn on Tuesday the 20th March. Na Gaeil, Churchill, St Pats, Ardfert, Parnells and Austin Stacks had representatives over a range of disciplines and the large and enthusiastic crowd were treated to a fantastic night’s entertainment!

Such was the high standard in all of the competitions you would be forgiven for thinking that these were teenagers, and not (sometimes very young) primary school children. Taking part for Na Gaeil were the following: Léiriú – Rory Reen, Grainne Quirke, Aoife Barrett, Sean Barrett, Sean Morris, Jack Canty, Siun Clifford and Ruadhan Clifford.

Ceol Uirlise: Shane Kelly, Roisin Cantwell, Siun Clifford, Sorcha Casey and Clodagh O’Regan. Aithriseoreacht: Matthew Dennehy Reardon and Amhranaíocht Aonair: Lauren Flaherty. All performed excellently on the night but unfortunately did not get the nod from the adjudicators this year.

As I’ve already said the standard in all of the disciplines was astounding and is very encouraging for Scór going forward. St Pats were worthy winners of the trophy for best club and we wish them and all the kids who qualified from the other clubs the very best of good luck in the co semi final on Saturday the 7th April in Moyvane.

Jennie Sheehy and Therese Keating were responsible for organising the entire night and what a good job they did!

Nothing was left to chance and everything ran smoothly. Thanks to Cait O’Connor who did a super job as MC and to the Principal and board of management of GSME who allowed us to use the hall again this year. It is such a great venue for Scór na bPáistí.

This is the end of our Scór journey for this season. And what a season it has been! For the first time ever, we won a Munster title with our Scór na nÓg Léiriú and went on to represent Na Gaeil, Kerry and Munster in the All Ireland in Sligo.

We were placed 2nd which was fantastic and we’d be hoping that maybe some time soon we will bring an All Ireland Scór title to the club! In the meantime, thanks to everyone who helped us along the way…. Sean and the staff in the clubhouse who are always so helpful and accommodating, parents who support and encourage us all the way, and finally the wonderful kids who take part in Scór.

Without them any of it wouldn’t be possible. If you’re interested in Scór and would like more information about it please contact Margaret at 086 0855008.

Tesco Tokens    Starting on Monday March 19th and for the next six weeks Na Gaeil will be one of three community organisations to benefit from the Tesco Blue Tokens. At the end of the six weeks Tesco will share €1000 between the three organisations. The amount of tokens collected by each group will determine the size of their share. So get shopping to Tesco and voting for Na Gaeil with the tokens. Ní neart go cur le chéile!

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.

Annual Cycle    Na Gaeil Annual Cycle in aid of Na Gaeil Football Club will take place on Saturday April 21st. This will be an ideal practice cycle for those intending to take part in the Ring of Kerry Cycle. There are two routes: 40km & 80km. Adult fee: €25; U16 fee: €10 and Family fee: €60. Discounts will be available for Cycling Ireland members. You can register any evening in the clubhouse or on the morning of the cycle from 8am.

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. Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info. Indoor Core Training on Mondays from 7.00 to 8.00 in the gym and Friday nights from 7.30 to 8.30pm in the I.T.

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. We are now doing indoor Core work for the winter on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.  Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info.

Lotto:   The draw for the jackpot of €6,500 took place on Tuesday evening last.

Numbers drawn were 10, 12, 20, 24. There was no winner. €50 winners were Padraig Heaphy, Mounthawk and Kevin Lucey & Melissa Hurley, Caherleheen.  €25 winners were The Boys, C/O The Bar, Con Murphy, Oakpark Demesne, Guenter Siech, C/O The Bar and Martin Tigie, Sunday’s Well. Next week’s jackpot is €6,600. 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.  Everyone from novice to senior will enjoy a relaxing game of 45.

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