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Seniors    Na Gaeil senior team travelled to Milltown on Saturday evening to take on Milltown/Castlemaine in round 4 of the County League. Dara Devine opened the scoring for Na Gaeil with a pointed free after three minutes.

The home team scored the next two points. Dara Devine pointed his 2ndfree on eleven minutes. He then kicked a 45 to Dan O’Connor who fired it over the bar. Milltown breached the Na Gaeil defence after fifteen minutes and scored a goal and a point in quick succession.

But Na Gaeil hit back immediately and scored the last four points of the half with Dara Devine pointing three frees and Jamie Lowham and scoring one from play. Half time score: Na Gaeil: 0-08; Milltown/Castlemaine: 1-04.

Dara Devine continued where he left off, putting over three frees early in the 2ndhalf. These were followed by points from Ian McCarthy and Diarmuid O’Connor. Heading into the final quarter Milltown/Castlemaine scored two points to reduce the deficit but Dara Devine put over another free to settle Na Gaeil down again.

The home side were not going to give up easily and hit back with two further points. Diarmuid O’Connor had the last point of the half ensuring that Na Gaeil were the victors winning by two points in the end. Final score: Na Gaeil: 0-15; Milltown/Castlemaine: 1-10.

Na Gaeil will be delighted to have another two points gained in this very competitive division. Dara Devine was unerring from frees. It was Niall O’Mahony’s first start in the league and what a game he had in defence being the epitomy of soundness in the full back line.

He was ably assisted by Kieran Dineen and Eoin O’Neill and Eoin Doody. Stefan Okunbor and Dan O’ Connor won the midfield battle and up front Diarmuid O’ Connor Dara Devine and Ian McCarthy were very effective.

Team: Timmy Culloty, Niall O’Mahony, Kieran Dineen, Ryan O’Neill, Eoin O’Neill, Eoin Doody, Kieran O’Donovan, Stefan Okunbor, Dan O’Connor, Ian McCarthy, Diarmuid O’Connor, Andrew Barry, Diarmaid Herlihy, Jamie Lowham, Dara Devine. Subs: Dan Goggin for Diarmaid Herlihy; Eddie Sheehy for Jamie Lowham; Fergal Barry for Kieran O’Donovan.

County League Round 3    The Senior County League round 3 back game against Currow takes place at home in Killeen on Sunday next May 20th at 2pm.

Junior Football League    Our first game in the Junior Football League is at home to Ballydonoghue on this Friday May 18that 7.30pm.

Minor Final    We Play Kenmare on Saturday May 19th in the Div 2 County League Final. The venue and starting time has yet to be confirmed. We had a hard earned victory against Rathmore in the semi final on Friday evening last on a very wet pitch away. Final Score 1-7 to 2-10. We played against the wind against a fancied Rathmore team in the first half and went to the dressing rooms trailing by a single point 1-3 to 1-2 at the break.

It was a fantastic game for the neutral played by two sporting teams but we edged ahead in the second half with all players digging deep and playing fantastically well as a unit.

Team: Jack Rogers, Enda O’Connor, Adam Ward, Basit Oyebanji, Ruairi O’ Sullivan, Damien Bourke, Rory Murphy, Tadhg Lynch, Fergal Barry, Liam Rice, Dan Goggin, Aaron Dewey, Aaron Ward, Darragh Reen, Jack Sheehan, Matthew Burke(For Enda O Connor), Lee O’Byrne (for Liam Rice), Adam Burke, Jack O’Brien, Liam Kingston, Jimi O’Sullivan ,Graham Sheehey, Breandan Walsh, Tadhg Reen.

Keep an eye out for the Final fixture and please come to support this fine group of players. We would sincerely like to thank our minor team sponsors Leahy’s Pharmacy for their continued support. It is much appreciated by the club.

U12    Our recent wins against Listowel means we are the winners of Group 4 of the County League. Well done to all our players & managers on this great achievement. We now move into Group 3 for the remainder of our County League games. In our group we will play Ballyduff, Spa, Kenmare & Firies. These games will begin in the next couple of weeks. Keep up the good work!
We will continue to train on Monday & Wednesday evenings. Please remember to bring your mouth guard to all training sessions & games.

U10    The U10 boys played Fossa in Killeen last Sunday morning. Well done to everyone! Training continues next Sunday morning at 11am. Please ensure you bring your gum shields and water.

Na Gaeil Ladies    We played Corca Dhuibhne in Killeen on Thursday night in the North Kerry U12 Plate Final. Conditions were ideal and we got off to a good start with Siun and Grainne exchanging points. Aoife Hartnett was unlucky not to squeeze in a goal after some great work from Aisling and Jessie. Corca Dhuibhne scored 2.02 against the run of play. Sorcha scored another point before half time but it was Katie who was our saviour as she made two great saves to keep us in the game. We composed ourselves at half-time and Grainne got us going with a goal followed quickly with another goal from Sorcha after Chloe and Eve made a great turn-over. Aoife Barrett made a run up the field after Priya and Maya won the ball on our halfback line. Corca replied back with a goal but it was their last score of the game as defenders Elsie Peig, Grace, Roisin Cantwell, Caoimhe and Aoife Moynihan held tough in defence and with Aoife Barrett , Siun and Roisin O Mahony in front of them, we were able to keep them at bay. Ava McGough came into the forwards and immediately set up Grainne for another goal. We got more points from Sorcha, Siun, Roisin O’Mahony and Grainne with a huge amount of team play from Ava Rice, Eve, Cliona and Sarah Slattery. Final score in the game was 3.11 to 3.02. It was a great display of teamwork and they deserved it for the work that they have put in into training. Well done Girls.

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

We travelled to South Kerry on Sunday to play ISG in Dromore Sportsfield in the Senior Ladied Division 1 game. We struggled to get into the game after the one and half hour drive to get there. But two points from Meagan settled us. Clodagh McHugh and Sibéal combined well to play Jadyn for two more points. ISG came back at us, scoring a quick 2.01 before Meabh teed up Sarah for two points before halftime. We made a few changes at half time with Meagan going into the full forward line which paid off immediately with Meagan scoring 1.03 within the first seven minutes of the 2nd half. ISG scored a point but that was their last score of the game as Caragh, Susan and Clodagh O’Connor protected Laura in goals. Deirdre, Freya and Kate Anne cut out the supply line to their forwards and with Nora and Mary in midfield setting up our forwards for more scores with Sibéal scoring a fine point. Muire and Clodagh were unlucky not to score as well. Meagan finished off the game with two more points as we won 1.11 to 2.02. Well done to our players as we have finished the League with one loss and been top of Div 1 since the start of the League. We can now look forward to the semi final with a home tie.

Team: Laura Fitzgerald, Susan Fernane, Deirdre Kearney, Mary O’Connell, Nora O’ Connell, Jadyn Lucey, Meagan Sheehy, Meabh Barry, Kate Anne O’Connor, Sibeal Casey, Clodagh O’Connor, Clodagh McHugh, Caragh O’Neill, Freya O’Connor, Sarah Barrett, Muire Kingston

U16 Ladies    We have had a quiet couple of weeks as there were no matches due to Kerry’s participation in the U16 Munster Final v Tipperary. Mary O’Connell represented Na Gaeil lining out in midfield. A big well done to all the girls on their victory and all the best to them in the All Ireland series where they will play the winners of the Leinster Final. We had no game last week as Milltown were unable to field a team and asked to move the game.  As a result we have a home game v Milltown on Tuesday with a fast turn around for an away visit to Fossa on Thursday.  This is a very tight division with a number of clubs, including ourselves, battling for pole position.  Hopefully the girls will continue playing as well as they have been as these are the kind of games that bring on players. Na Gaeil Abú!

Congratulations    Our heartiest congratulations to Na Gaeil senior player Seamie O’Neill and his wife Susan on the birth of their son Eamon at the weekend.

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 €7,200 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 19, 24, 26, 27. There was no winner. €50 winners were Tim Coffey Beaufort and Tim Lynch Binnín, Oakpark. €25 winners were Ger O’Sullivan, Cahermoneen, Stephen Griffin, Tennis Village, John J, Reen, Caherslee and Niamh & Maurice Burke, Abbeydorney.. Next week’s jackpot is €7,300. 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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