Na Gaeil GAA Club News

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Seniors    Na Gaeil entertained Fossa in Round 1 of the Division 3 County League in Killeen on Sunday afternoon last.

Fossa opted to play with the aid of a strong breeze in the opening half but it was Na Gaeil that got off to the better start scoring the first two points through Seán Herlihy and Mike Griffin. But Fossa quickly found their rhythm with Tadhg O’Shea scoring two and the newly wed Fintan Coffey scoring one.

Then Donal O’ Sullivan had the ball in the net for Fossa to leave the score Fossa: 1-03; Na Gaeil: 0-02 after 12 minutes. Donal O’Sullivan and Mike Griffin exchanged points before Fintan Coffey put over two more for Fossa.

Seamie O’Neill scored for Na Gaeil on 25 minutes followed by a good point from Fossa’s no. 7 Dara O’Keeffe. Na Gaeil’s Diarmaid Herlihy scored the last point of the half to leave the score at the interval Fossa: 1-07; Na Gaeil: 0-05.

Na Gaeil now had the breeze at their backs for the 2nd half and scored early from the boot of Ian McCarthy. Fossa replied with a good point on 13 minutes from their midfielder Matt Rennie. On 18 minutes Na Gaeil got a crucial score when midfielder Stefan Okunbor cut through Fossa’s defence to put the ball in the back of the net.

This reduced the deficit to 2 points. Diarmaid Herlihy put one over for Na Gaeil to leave the minimum between the sides. But the Fossa players composed themselves with Mike O’Shea and Darragh Rice scoring two nice points to put them three in front with 6 minutes left. It looked like Fossa’s day.

But Na Gaeil never gave up. Ian McCarthy floated a ball into the square which was fielded by Dan O’Connor. As he turned to shoot he was upended in the square. Ian McCarthy cooly dispatched the resultant penalty to the net to tie the game on 28 minutes. Both sides had chances to win the game but failed to do so. Final score Fossa: 1-10; Na Gaeil: 2-07.

Even though things were going against them Na Gaeil never gave up and fought back to earn a well deserved draw. Kieran Dineen and Kieran Donovan were excellent in defence. Stefan gave a solid performance at midfield while Ian McCarthy and Diarmaid Herlihy were impressive up front.

Na Gaeil: Timmy Culloty, Colm Lyons, Kieran Dineen, Dylan Brazil, Rob Murphy, Eoin Doody Kieran Donovan, Dan O’Connor, Stefan Okunbor(1-0), Seamie O’Neill(0-1), Ian McCarthy(1-01, Seán Herlihy(0-01), Mike Griffin(0-02), Jamie Lowham, Diarmaid Herlihy(0-02). Subs: Dave Culloty for Eoin Doody; Eoin Walsh for Seán Herlihy; Jack Carmody for Jamie Lowham; Cian Quirke for Rob Murphy.

Minors    Na Gaeil played their 1st round County League Division 1 match away to Laune Rangers on St Patrick’s Day and picked up two valuable points for their efforts in a tough and close encounter.

Played in terrible conditions on very heavy rain sodden pitch both teams tried hard and played with commitment and determination.  There were solid performances from many on the day and all the players showed good character and effort which pleased management.

There is plenty to work on but considering the conditions it is great to come out of a tight game with a win. Final Score Na Gaeil: 0-9; Laune Rangers: 1-05.  Well done to all involved and especially to the younger players performing at this level.

Keep up the good work lads. Next game is away to Austin Stacks on Saturday March 25th next in what will be a very tough assignment. Training continues as normal and all panel players are asked to attend.

U14    Our U14 team had no games this weekend as they had a bye in the Town Board league. Our next game is against Austin Stacks on Sunday March 23rd at 4 pm in Connolly Park. We follow this up with our first game in the County League away to Fossa on Wednesday March 29th.

Our County league fixtures are as follows:

1.    Wednesday March 29th away to Fossa – Throw in 6.30pm

2.    Wednesday April 5th home to Castlegregory – Throw in 7.00pm

3.    Wednesday April 12th home to Legion – Throw in 7.00pm

4.    Wednesday April 26th away to Kenmare – Throw in 7.00pm

5.    Wednesday May 10th away to Ardfert – Throw in 7.00pm

Next training session is Thursday 6pm in Na Gaeil.

U12    Training next week will take place Next Sunday 26th at the pitch in Na Gaeil at11am. Bring Water and gum shields. Our first game will kick off Sunday week the 2nd of April when we play An Ghaeltacht at home

U10 Boys    Last Sunday we trained indoors at Tralee Sports Complex. Thanks to Eoin O’Neill and Dylan Brazil from the senior team who helped out with the training session. We may have a challenge game next weekend so watch out for a text from JJ.

U8    Our U8s will continue their training next Sunday indoors at the Sports Complex Tralee at 10am. The astro turf is unavailable over the next few weeks, so all sessions will be held indoors. See you all there!!  Bring water and €2

U6    Another big turnout at the complex on Sunday last. The boys and girls are having great fun bouncing and kicking and becoming more comfortable on the ball. Small group time is also adding to the individual attention the footballers are receiving.

Na Gaeil Ladies    Na Gaeil Ladies v Dr Crokes, Round 1 County League Div 2

We played on Sunday morning in Killeen in dry conditions. Meagan got us an early point with Crokes replying with 2 points. Kate Anne made a great run from the backs to score a goal to give us the lead. Clodagh Mc Hugh, Brid and Kate Anne got another point apiece.

Mags created a couple of chances to help Meagan score another 2 points. Mairin gave a great pass to Caoimhe to score a goal just before half time.  With Susan, Eimear and Martina keeping tight in the full back line, we stopped Crokes from scoring any more in the 1st half.

Nora and Jadyn were winning the midfield battle and with Brid, Deirdre and Sarah defencively strong in the half back line, we were controlling the game. Dearbhla and Mary came on with Clodagh O’Connor and Caragh coming into defence. Caragh and Mary combined well to get Mary a goal.

Deirdre found Dearbhla with a long range pass for her to fire the ball over the bar. Meagan got another point before Brid finished off our scoring with a fisted pass over the bar. A good performance for the start of the year with Aine in particular having a great game in goals. Final Score 3.09 to 0.04

Team : Aine O’ Sullivan, Martina O’ Connor, Susan Fernane, Eimear Nolan, Kate Anne O’Connor, Deirdre Kearney, Brid O’ Connor, Nora O’ Connell, Jadyn Lucey, Meagan Sheehy, Mags Maunsell, Sarah Quigley, Clodagh McHugh, Caoimhe Hanafin, Mairin Maher, Mary O’ Connell, Clodagh O’Connor, Dearbhla Quirke, Caragh O’Neill

Well done to Sarah Barrett and Eimer O’Sullivan who were with the Kerry U14 Team that defeated Cork in the 1st round of the Munster Championship.

Best of Luck to Mary O’Connell (U16) and Jadyn Lucey (Minor) when they line out with Kerry this weekend in their 1st rounds of the Munster Championship.

Best of luck to Laura Fitzgerald on her call up to the Kerry Senior Team.

Sympathy    We extend our sincere sympathy to Noelle Kingston and family on the death of her father recently. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

We also extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Denis O’Connor, a great Austin Stacks stalwart who passed away last week. May he rest in peace.

Thanks    On behalf of Na Gaeil GAA Club Seán and Brian would sincerely like to thank Tom Connor for kindly donating his Cheltenam winnings to under age football in the club. A very kind gesture indeed. Much appreciated Tom.

 Scór na bPáistí    The county semi final of Scór na bPáistí was held in Castleisland on Saturday week last March 11th and the club was well represented by Aisling Casey who gave a beautiful rendition of Isle of Hope in the Amhránaíocht Aonair Competition.

Unfortunately Aisling didn’t make it through to the next round but she’s still young and we have high hopes for her going forward in the future.

Scór is finished for this year. Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way, all the mentors who give freely of their time to prepare the participants for the various Scór competitions, Sean and the clubhouse staff who are so accommodating to us and all our wonderful kids who are always bursting with enthusiasm! Le Cúnamh Dé beimid ar ais arís i Mí Dheireadh Fómhair.

Congratulations to former Na Gaeil player Darragh O’Connell of Abbeydorney on a magnificent display in Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day.

He starred at midfield for Dublin club Cuala in the All Ireland Club Hurling Final against Ballyea of Clare, scoring three points from play.

His display deservedly won him the Man of the Match award. It is a dream come true for Darragh and a great day for his family also. Hopefully he will pay a visit to Na Gaeil with the Tommy Moore Cup before the year is out.

Heartiest Congratulations to Killarney club Dr. Crokes on a fantastic victory in the All Ireland Club Football Final in Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day, defeating Slaughtneil of Derry by two points.

It’s great to see them bringing home the Andy Merrigan cup after a gap of 25 years. Everybody is delighted to see The Gooch win his All Ireland Club Medal at last. We congratulate all the players and mentors on their magnificent achievement.

Na Gaeil Cycling Club   Na Gaeil Cycling Club is now up and running with its 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 €7,800 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 1, 6, 16, 27. There was no winner.  €50 winners were Pat O’Connor, Derrylea and James O’Donoghue, Oaklands Shop.

€25 winners were Trudy O’Connor, Rahoonane, Paddy Tobin, Old Killeen Road, Caroline Leahy, Abbeydorney and Kevin Fitzgerald, Bateman’s Green. Next week’s lotto is worth €7,900. 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 total voluntary basis and 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 use and mark it “Bingo”. Thanks to all our patrons who support this event on a weekly basis.

Thanks     The Bingo Committee would like to thank Seamus Harty for playing the guitar and singing so brilliantly at Na Gaeil Bingo night on Monday March 13th. Also we extend a big thank you to the Bingo Committee that supplied fabulous home baking for everyone who attended Na Gaeil that evening. There was a great atmosphere in the clubhouse and a wonderful time was had by all.

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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