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Cyclists gather before the start of last year’s Na Gaeil GAA Club Cycle.

Na Gaeil Annual Cycle    Na Gaeil Annual Cycle in aid of Na Gaeil Football Club will take place on this coming 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. There will be soup, sandwiches and refreshments provided for everybody in the clubhouse when the cycle concludes. The weather is going to be fabulous on Saturday so come on out and join us for a great day’s fun and excitement.

Seniors    Na Gaeil played Ballymac at home in a dry but blustery Killeen on Saturday evening in Round 3 of the Premier Junior Championship.

Diarmuid O’Connor opened the scoring for Na Gaeil with a well taken point after two minutes.  Ballymac responded with an Aidan Breen pointed free and the same player  fired one over from play on eight minutes.

Na Gaeil then took control and slotted over the next four points. Ian McCarthy pointed a 30 metre free and Jamie Lowham, Diarmuid O’Connor and Jack Barry all pointed from play to leave Na Gaeil ahead by three after 15 minutes.  Now Ballymac began to shine. The very impressive Aidan Breen pointed a free. Ballymac were awarded another free in front of goal.

Aidan Breen kicked it short , took the return pass and crashed it to the back of the Na Gaeil net. Breen pointed another free on twenty minutes and Ballymac’s No. 13 Vinnie Horan followed up with a fine point from play to put them four points up. Na Gaeil pulled two points back before the break through an Ian McCarthy free and an Andrew Barry point from play. Half time score Na Gaeil : 0-07; Ballymac: 1-06.

Na Gaeil started the 2nd half brightly with their wing back Eoghain Sheehy scoring a fine point. They kept the pressure on and Dara Devine put over a free followed by a Seamie O’Neill point.

They were now one ahead. But a determined Ballymac side equalised on twenty minutes with a good point from Padraig McCarthy. It was tit for tat all the way to the end. Midfielder Jack Barry tore through the middle and fired over a point for Na Gaeil. Aidan Breen equalised again for Ballymac and Luke Sweeney then put them one ahead with a fisted effort.

Dan O’Connor fisted over the bar at the other end to level the game again. On 32 minutes Ballymac’s Luke Sweeney scored another great point and it looked like it was going to be Ballymac’s day. But from the resultant kick out Na Gaeil’s midfielder Jack Barry fielded superbly.

He ran through the centre, passed off the ball, took the return, fended off three or four players and slotted over the bar for the equaliser.  The Ballymac keeper kicked out the ball and the referee Cathal O’Dubhda called full time. Final Score: Na Gaeil: 0-13; Ballymac: 1-10. Na Gaeil will be delighted with that last gasp point from Jack Barry to keep them in the championship and will know that a much better performance will be needed next weekend.

Team: Timmy Culloty, Ryan O’Neill, Kieran Dineen, Colm Lyons, Eoghain Sheehy(0-01), Andrew Barry(0-01), Eoin Doody, Jack Barry(0-03), Stefan Okunbor, Eoin O’Neill, Diarmuid O’Connor(0-02), Kieran O’Donovan, Ian McCarthy(0-02), Jamie Lowham(0-01), Seamie O’Neill(0-01). Subs: Dara Devine for Jamie Lowham; Fergal Barry for Eoghain Sheehy; James O’Connor for Eoin Doody; Dan O’Connor(0-01) for Ian McCarthy.

Premier Junior Championship    The re-scheduled round 2 game of the Premier Junior Championship: Na Gaeil V Finuge now takes place this Saturday evening April 21st at 6.30pm.

U14    We played Knock/Brosna/Duagh in the Féile na nÓg competition last Wednesday evening in Killeen. The lads put in a great performance but lost out in the end on a score of Na Gaeil 0-9, Knock/Brosna/Duagh 4-4. We wish Knock/Brosna/Duagh all the best going forward in the competition. The result unfortunately ends our involvement for this year. Our re-fixed Town Board Semi-Final against Kerins O’ Rahilly’s will be played next Wednesday at 6.30pm in Kerins O’ Rahilly’s main pitch. All players to meet there at 5.45pm.

U12    On Monday 3rd April we played our first games in the U-12 County League. We were away to Keel. Our Green team won their game by a goal while our White team were unlucky to lose by 6 points. Well done to all our players on the night. Our next outing is away to Spa, Killarney on Sunday 22nd. Again, both of our teams will play on the night. Please ensure you bring your gum shield & a bottle of water to all training sessions and games.

U10    Boys U10 training continues in Killeen next Sunday morning at 11am.
Don’t forget your gum-shields and water. See you all there!

Na Gaeil Ladies    Na Gaeil v Listowel, Ladies U12 North Kerry League Div 2

We played in Listowel on Tuesday evening against a big and strong Listowel Emmets team. We started well with Roisin O’Mahony scoring an early goal and a point with help from Eve and Jessie.

Listowel responded with the same despite some great defending from Maja, Grace, Elsie Peig and goalkeeping from Katie. Siun scored some great points from free kicks after Chloe and Grainne got fouled. Roisin got another score after Grainne played in a great pass. Roisin Cantwell, Sarah Slattery and Sarah Kavanagh made their debuts for the U12’s as they came into defence and forwards to freshen things up. We went in at half-time level with Listowel.

Listowel took advantage of the wind and their strength for the start of the 2nd half with them getting a good few scores before we got a chance to settle. Caoimhe and Aisling came into the team to help settle things down and we got more scores through Ava, Roisin and Sorcha.

We started to settle with Aoife Barrett, Aoife Hartnett and Aoife Moynihan taking control of the defence. Listowel were making it difficult for us to score as we were putting on the pressure to try and claw back the 4 point deficit but unfortunately we ran out of time. Next game is at home to Corca Dhuibhne on Tuesday

Team:  Katie Casey, Ava Rice, Grace Savage, Elsie Peig Rogers, Maja Cieslak,  Roisin Cantwell, Aoife Barrett, Grainne Breen, Aisling Tansley, Siun Fitzgibbon, Sorcha Casey, Eve Moynihan, Roisin O’Mahony, Chloe Quillinan, Aoife Hartnett, Aoife Moynihan, Jessie Grealish, Caoimhe Fernane, Sarah Slattery, Sarah Kavanagh.

Na Gaeil v Rathmore, Senior Ladies County League Div 1

We played at home on Sunday to a Rathmore team that boasted Kerry players from the past and present teams.

Rathmore started the more brightly as they scored 5 points before Meagan scored her 1st freekick of the day. Rathmore replied with a fortunate goal. From the kick out, Kate Anne won it, found Nora who played in Sibeal for a goal. Clodagh was unlucky not to squeeze in a goal from the far post.

Susan, Muireann and Ria were kept occupied with the pacy Rathmore forwards. Mags made a great last ditch tackle to stop one of the Rathmore forwards running in on goal. Rathmore scored 2 points before we replied with a point from Sibeal and 2 free kicks from Meagan after Meabh and Ayesha had been stopped.

Just as we were coming to half-time and we had dragged ourselves back into the game, we conceded 1.02 in injury time of the 1st half. Deirdre came into the side for the 2nd half with Carla coming into the forwards. Rathmore scored another early goal before we settled with 2 points from Meagan.

Rathmore replied with 2 points before Carla played in Ria who found Ayesha to fire it beyond the keeper to score a goal. Nora and Jadyn were winning their battles in midfield. Two points from Meabh and one from Ayesha brought us back into the game. Freya, Martina and Kayleigh came into defence as we were putting the pressure on Rathmore but as the game was coming near the end, we lost Mags, Sibeal and Carla through small injuries and Rathmore were able to hold out for their win. Next game is away to Beaufort on Sunday.

Team: Laura Fitzgerald, Susan Fernane, Deirdre Kearney, Muireann Moriarty, Nora O’Connell, Jadyn Lucey, Meagan Sheehy, Meabh Barry, Kate Anne O’Connor, Ayesha Roche, , Sibeal Casey, Marguerite Maunsell, Clodagh McHugh,  Martina O’ Connor, Ria Walsh, Caragh O’Neill, Freya O’Connor, Carla Hanafin,  Kayleigh Murphy.

Congratulations to Mary O’Connell, Sarah Barrett, Eimer O’Sullivan, Muire Kingston and Ciara Rath who won a Basketball All Ireland with Tralee Imperials U16’s over the weekend in Dublin.

Ladies U16     We made the short trip down the road to our neighbours, Austin Stacks, last Thursday for our second county league outing.

The evening was perfect for the match and there was good support from both sides.  Mary O’Connell was captain on the night and led by example with a strong performance in midfield along with her partner Freya O’Connor who worked tirelessly during the game.

The teams were well matched with the girls in green edging the possession and gaining an early lead with points from Dearbhla Quike and Mary.  Stacks kept in touch but the Na Gaeil defence stood strong and the half back line of Eimer, Kayleigh and Sarah won some great ball setting up the counter attacks.

Aine in goals along with the full back line of Megan, Caragh and Isabelle came under pressure with some strong attacks but coped well.  And although we conceded three goals throughout the game, the overall defensive effort deserves great praise.  The wing forwards Muire and Ciara linked well with the wing backs and set up countless scoring opportunities.

Brid, Sophie and Kayla on the inside forward line were causing plently of trouble for the Stacks defence.  This was a hotly contested game but our girls kept their composure and put into practice the skills they have learnt on the training ground.

Emma Dewey, Emma Savage, Sienna Lucey and Caragh Grelish played their part from the bench.  Overall, this was a super team performance and although the saying has it that ‘goals win games’, the girls in green proved this wrong! For this time it was a case of ‘points win games!’ With the game finishing Na Gaeil scoring 2-13 points to Stacks 3-6.  Well done the girls and Na Gaeil abu!

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.

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 €6,800 took place on Tuesday evening last.

Numbers drawn were 2, 6, 9, 22. There was no winner. €50 winners were Brendan Collins, Bateman’s Green and John Herlihy, Riverside, Oakpark.  €25 winners were Fir Na Gaeil, Seán Gleasure, Bateman’s Green, Joan Cronin, Lisbeg and Frank and Maeve O’Reilly, Ard Na Lí. Next week’s jackpot is €6,900. 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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