Na Gaeil GAA Club News

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County Junior League Final    Na Gaeil Played Ballydonoghue on Bank Holiday Monday in the County Junior League Final in Mountcoal.

The first half was a very even affair with both sides fighting hard for every score. Seamus Looney and Padraig O’Sullivan were excellent in defence during this half and Jamie Lowham proved a handful for the Ballydonoghue full back scoring two good points. Midfielder Seamie O’Neill scored a point and corner forward Jordan Murphy hit the back of the Ballydonoghue net for a great goal.

Half time score: Na Gaeil: 1-03; Ballydonoghue: 0-05. The 2nd half was tit for tat for the first quarter but with Dan O’Connor controlling the midfield area the Na Gaeil forwards prospered. Ace corner forward Jordan Murphy scored his second goal and was unlucky to see another shot rebound off the upright.

Centre forward James O’Connor fired over two great points followed by two further points from midfielder Seamie O’Neill and a point from the impressive Dan O’Connor. Corner forward Eamon Sheehy scored an unbelievable goal to put the result beyond doubt. Ballydonoghue found it difficult to penetrate a teak tough Na Gaeil defence where Shane Fitzgerald, Damien Bourke, Paul Daly and Donal Kelly were to the forefront.

Lorcan Seymour, Niall O’Meara and Niall O’Mahony all played well when introduced with Niall O’Mahony in great form after winning an All Ireland medal the previous day with the Kerry U21 hurlers.

Team: Timmy Culloty, Seamus Looney, Shane Fitzgerald, Damien Bourke, Donal Kelly, Padraig O’Sullivan, Paul Daly(capt), Dan O’Connor(0-01), Seamie O’Neill(0-03), Senan Ross, James O’Connor(0-02), Pa Roche, Jordan Murphy(2-0), Jamie Lowham(0-02), Eamon Sheehy(1-0).Subs: Lorcan Seymour, Niall O’Mahony, Niall O’Meara

U12    Last Monday, Aug 6th our two teams began their campaign in the Kellihers Toyota Central Region U12 competition. Our Green team took on Austin Stacks in Connolly Park and played well before losing out on a scoreline of Austin Stacks: 5-15, Na Gaeil Greens 2-13. Our White team hosted John Mitchels and despite showing improved teamwork they were defeated by 5-10 to 1-3. Our Green team have their next game on Monday 13th at 7pm when they are at home to Milltown/Castlemaine. Our White team have a bye next Monday.  A reminder again that all players have to wear their gumshields at all times during training & games.

U10    Boys U10 Training will continue this Thursday evening at 6:30pm and also on Sunday morning at 11am. Don’t forget your gum-shields and water. See you all there!

U16 Ladies    Having had a great start to the County League Div.2 we have been very unfortunate in the last couple of weeks. We had one outstanding game away to Firies and even though the result would not affect our position in the table it was an opportunity to get a game under our belts.

We travelled to Firies on Fri. 27th July but had a very depleted squad due to injuries and holidays. As a result we had to play 13 aside.  The girls put in a great effort but for a number of the girls this was their first time playing since the beginning of the summer holidays and they weren’t at their normal standard.  We were down a few points at half time, bodies were tired and heads were hanging.  Following the break the girls went out in the second half with a better attitude and pushed Firies to the wire.  We got to within a point and almost clinched a draw following a huge run by Sarah but her final kick just missed the target. Final score Firies: 3-6; Na Gaeil: 2-8.  We finished second in the table behind Legion.

The semi-finals were originally scheduled for 2nd Aug. and the final for 9th.  We were notified that this date did not suit Legion and Ballymac for their semi and they had moved their date to 15th. This was good news for us as the extra two weeks would give us a chance to get players back from injuries and return from holidays.

However, when we tried to move our semi-final date we were told this could only happen if the opposition agreed to a new date.  The opposition would not agree to a new date and insisted the match going ahead on 2nd.   Once again we were badly hit with absentees due to injury and holidays.  We were missing seven girls, five of whom would normally start so we had to line out with 13 and 1 sub.  This was a shame as reaching a Div 2 County semi-final is a huge occasion for the girls and not to be able to re-arrange the date was very unfair on them. Milltown/Listry lined out with a strong team and had plenty of fresh legs to bring on.  Mary and Sarah lined out in midfield and contested well. When the ball got up to the Milltown/Listry forward line their two county players proved too strong for our backs and got through for two goals in the first six minutes.

Our girls were trying their best but Milltown/Listry were dominating in most areas and scored another three goals before half time. This was no reflection on Aine in goals nor our full back line of Megan, Caragh and Sophie. This was a very strong Milltown/Listry forward line.  We did manage to break the visitor’s defence a number of times and Eimer, Mary, Sarah and Ciara picked off some nice points. Halftime score Na Gaeil: 0-3; Milltown/Listry:  5-3.  Fair play to the girls! They came out in the second half and gave it their all and although this was a mountain too high to climb they matched Milltown/Listry for play and scored 1-2 (points from Sarah and Mary and a well worked goal from Eimer) to the visitors 1-4.  Ciara, Dearbhla and Emily worked hard on the half forward line while Brid, Siena and Winnie kept looking for cracks in the opposition’s defence.  Final score Milltown/Listry: 6-7; Na Gaeil: 1-9.

Hopefully it won’t take the girls long to get over the loss and with the North Kerry competition and players coming back we will be able to get back to winning ways!  The girls deserve it.

Congrats    Congratulations to Na Gaeil’s Niall O’Mahony who played at no. 4 on the Kerry U21 hurling team that defeated Derry in the All Ireland Final at the weekend. A great achievement.

Good Luck    Best of luck to the Kerry Ladies and all from Na Gaeil involved as they take on Dublin in the All Ireland Quarter Final on Sunday.

Sympathy    Sincere sympathy to the Dineen and Slattery families from Abbeydorney on the death of their father and grandfather Jimmy Slattery last week. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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 €8,400 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 5, 14, 20, 28. There was no winner. €50 winners were P. Stack, Tralee and Pat Boyle, Rahoonane. €25 winners were D. Milner, C/O Na Gaeil, S. Fitzgerald, C/O Bingo, Francis Cantillon, Rock street and Gerard Buckley, Tarbert. Next week’s jackpot is €8,500. 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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