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Na Gaeil is once again organizing an all-sponsored Race Night in its clubhouse on Saturday 22nd November at 8 30pm.

The proceeds will go towards catering for our increasing membership, we now cater for over 500 players at all age groups female and male.

This is a vital fundraiser and 100% of the funds are reinvested back into the club. There will a prize for best dressed  Lady and of course best dressed Gent.we also have a fabulous prize for the best hat. So get dressed up and join in the fun.

Please support by buying a horse, from any officer or in the clubhouse, or by taking out an advertisement.

MASS: Na Gaeil  annual Mass will be held,November the 6th (Thursday ) at 8pm.Tea and coffee after.All welcome.

AWARDS NIGHT: for under 12s and 14s boys on Friday the 7th of November, from 8 00pm in function room. All Ireland medal winners Andrew Barry and Paul Geaney will present the awards. Bring your camera. Club merchandise will be available on the night

NA GAEIL MINOR SEMI-FINAL AND FINAL: Spectators were treated to an afternoon of exciting football in the St. Brendan’s Board Championship which took place on Bank Holiday Monday.

Na Gaeil met Ardfert in the semi-final at twelve o’ clock in Killeen while John Mitchel’s hostedChurchill in the other semi- final.  Ardfert were off to the better start with a goal in the third minute.

Andrew Barry opened Na Gaeil’s account with a point which was closely followed by a pointed free from Darren Burns.

Another point from Andrew Barry levelled the scores but Ardfert soon found the net again to go ahead.  Paul Nolan fired the ball over the black spot and a penalty from Darren Burns put Na Gaeil ahead by a point, midway through the half.

Ardfert soon levelled the game but good play from Andrew Barry sent a quick ball through to Darren Burns who quickly fired it over the bar for the score of the half.

Ardfert tagged on three more points and were a point ahead at the half. Na Gaeil 1-6, Ardfert 2-4.  Na Gaeil upped their performance in this half and proved to be stronger than their opponents.

Terrific play from Diarmuid O’Connor gave Na Gaeil the start they needed when he rounded his marker and drove the ball to the net.Paul Nolan scored two fine points early in this half and with a combined effort from all of the team they went on to win this semi-final in fine style. Final score Na Gaeil 2-12, Ardfert 2-08.

Churchill defeated John Mitchel’s in the other semi-final and now faced Na Gaeil in the final in Killeen. This was a faster tempo game than the previous one with all players giving full attention and commitment.

Churchill had the better start,  going ahead by two points before Na Gaeil’s Darren Burns scored their first point in the tenth minute. The first half belonged to Churchill who had picked off some fine points.

Paul Nolan, Jack Carmody, and Diarmuid O’Connor added to Na Gaeil’s score giving a half time score of Na Gaeil 0-4, Churchill 0-8.

Nathan Roche got his side off to a good startwith a point in the opening minute and Jack Carmody added another a minute later to leave two points between the sides.

Three unanswered points by Churchill put them back in a commanding lead again but Na Gaeil still kept up the work rate. Another point from Jack Carmody kept them in touch but a killer goal in the 17th minute should have finished off the game but didn’t.

A pointed free by Darren Burns in the 20thminute and two fine points by ‘All Ireland’ medal winner Andrew Barry, who had two fantastic games left a goal between the teams. The final minutes of the game were tense with Na Gaeil laying siege to the Churchill goal.

The ball went wide of the post on two occasions and a last second free kick into a crowded Churchill goal mouth was fisted by Jack

Carmody but his effort went over the bar for a point.

Churchill were ran out winners by two points by the final whistle but what a spirited display by our Na Gaeil lads. Well done and thanks to all mentors and supporters for their commitment.

Team:  Timmy Cullotty, Darragh Costello, Liam Cahill, Ciarda Fitzgerald, Seamus Looney, Dylan Burke, James McCrothan, Nathan Roche, Murrough Connolly, Andrew Barry, Cian Quirke, Gerard O’Connor, Jack Carmody, Joe Hayes, Alan Murphy, Paul Nolan, Darren Burns, Diarmuid O’Connor, Dara Devine, Stefan Okumbor and Shawn Duggan. Mentors: John Barry, Denis Cahill, Mike Connolly,James Costello.


The Na Gaeil Under 13 team who won the Tralee Town Board championship.

NA GAEIL U13: The U13 team played Austin Stacks in the final of the Tralee Town Board Championship under lights last Saturday evening under in John Mitchels.

Austin Stacks opened the scoring with a point in the opening minute and they extended their lead five minutes later with another point.

Despite enjoying the majority of possession Na Gaeil struggled in the conditions and couldn’t convert their dominance into scores.

On the other hand Austin Stacks were making the most of their chances and got their third point of the game after fourteen minutes.

Mid-way through the first half Seamus Harty moved to mid field for Na Gaeil and got Na Gaeil’s first score on the eighteenth minute. He followed this up with a free on the twenty second minute and equalised a minute later with another free.

Daragh Reen then got on the end of a well worked move to put Na Gaeil into the lead for the first time after twenty four minutes. This was the last score of the half and Na Gaeil went into the interval leading by 0-4 to 0-3.

Seamus Harty opened the scoring in the second half with a point from a free after seven minutes and Tomas O’Hanafin extended the lead with another point on the tenth minute.

Austin Stacks were still in the game and reduced the deficit to two points when they got their first score of the half after fifteen minutes. Na Gaeil had a couple of goal opportunities to finish off the game but unfortunately were unable to take them.

However our defenders were on top form and restricted the Stacks to a single score in the second period. Seamus Harty got his fourth point of the game on the twenty second minute and scored another point from a free on the twenty fifth minute to leave the final score Na Gaeil 0-8 Austin Stacks 0-4.

This was another excellent performance by this group of players. Devon Burns was rock solid in goal and made an important save in the first half.

Our defenders Oisin Maunsell Eoin Cahill, Jack Sheehan, Enda O’Connor, Seamus Harty and Ruri O’Sullivan an exhibition in defending and were the foundation of the victory on the night.

In Mid field Tadgh Lynch, Ruri O’Sullivan and Seamus Harty covered the entire pitch and got some vital scores.

Our forward line of Darragh Reen, Tomas O’Hanafin, Liam Rice Dale Healy and John Liam Rice kept the Austin Stacks under pressure throughout the game and set up and got some great scores.

The importance of a strong panel was highlighted when Mathew Burke, Jimmy O’Sullivan, CianDevine, Tadgh Horgan, Jack O’Brien and Jack Bourke all made important contributions when introduced.

The Town Board trophy was presented to Captain Tadgh Lynch who thanked his team mates and Austin Sacks on their fine performance.

This was a great end to an excellent season for this team. This was the third competition they won this year and they can all look forward to our annual awards night in the club house this Friday evening.

Panel: D Burns, O Maunsell, E Cahill, J Sheehan, E O’Connor, S Harty,  T Lynch, R O’Sullivan, D Reen, T O’Hanafin,  J Kelliher, D Healy  L Rice, M Burke, J O’Sullivan, C Devine, T Horgan, J O’Brien, J Bourke, A Burke.

NA GAEIL SENIOR LADIES: On Saturday 25 October, Na Gaeil Senior ladies made a long awaited return to action last weekend with a hard earned victory over local rivals Austin Stacks.

In a game played under ideal conditions at Connolly Park Na Gaeil ran out winners on a 4-8 to 1-3 scoreline which did not reflect the effort put in by Stacks. Playing into the breeze Na Gaeil were first of the mark with a well worked score which saw Ayesha Roche finish low to the Stacks net for the opening score on 3 minutes.

Na Gaeil were guilty of some poor shooting before a pointed free by Ayesha and points by Brid O Connor and Meadbh Barry after excellent work by Sile Reidy, Sara Quigley, Shona Roche,Megan Sheehy and Jayden Lucey saw Na Gaeil lead 1-3 to no score.

Austin Stacks Dominated the closing periods of the half scoring three unanswered points and were it not for some excellent work by Deirdre Kearney, Clodagh Griffin, Niamh Hannifin, Niamh Moriarty and Laura Fitzgerald in goals could have scored more.

The half time score was Na Gaeil 1-3 Austin Stacks 0-3. On the restart Na Gaeil introduced Riona Kennedy at full back with Deirdre Kearney moving to mid field and this change brought immediate rewards with Jayden Lucey firing low to the stacks net for the opening score of the half.

Stacks replied quickly with a well worked point and after a few wides Ayeaha Roche settled Na Gaeil nerves with a well worked score from an assist by Eilis O Connor who was now operating at wing forward to great effect.

Meadbh Horgan then scored the first of her 2 goals when she blasted high to the Stacks net. This was followed by 2 further points from Jayden Lucey and one from Ayesha Roche. Austin Stacks continued to press and were it not for some poor shooting and good defending by Nora O Connell, Jenny Moriarty, Emer Nolan before they scored a good goal the sides would have been closer.

Then Meadbh Horgan closed out the game with a goal and a point to leave the final score Na Gaeil 4-8 Austin Stacks 1-4.

Na Gaeil: Laura Fitzgerald, Niamh Hannifin, Brid O Connor, Emer Nolan, Shona Roche, Eilis O Connor, Nora O Connell, Deirdre Kearney, Jenny Moriarty, Clodagh Griffin, Niamh Moriarty, Sile Reidy, Sara Quigley, Meadbh Barry, Megan Sheehy, Jayden Lucey, Fiona Kavanagh, Riona Kennedy, Meadbh Horgan.

NA GAEIL LADIES COUNTY LEAGUE DIV 2 FINAL: On Sunday 2nd Nov. Na Gaeil played Rathmore in the Division 2 league final in Fossa.

In good conditions Na Gaeil playing into a slight breeze started the brighter and points from Meadbh Horgan and Eilis O Connor saw them lead 2 points to nil after 10 minutes.

However as the game progressed Rathmore were beginning to cope well and hit 5 unanswered points which saw them go into a 3 point lead before a well worked move involving Marie Quirke, Shauna Heaslip and Jayden Lucey saw Ayesha Roche finish the ball to the Rathmore net to level scores.

Indeed were it not for some heroic defending and great goalkeeping by Laura Fitzgerald Rathmore could have been further ahead.The game ebbed and flowed for the next 10 minutes with Rathmore scoring 3 points to a solitary reply from Ayesha Roche.

Then on the 27th minute Rathmore struck for a decisive goal before half time leaving the scores Rathmore 1-8 to Na Gaeil 1-3.

Na Gaeil started well on the resumption and a point by Ayesha reduced the defecit to 4 and a period of dominance for Na Gaeil yielded no scores while Rathmore scored 2 points to go into a commanding 6 point lead.

Na Gaeil to their credit kept playing intelligent football and points by Megan Sheehy and Marie Quirke reduced the defecit 4 again.

Then Rathmore took advantage on some poor Na Gaeil to strike for their second goal of the match leaving the 5 points ahead with 10 minutes to play.

Na Gaeil dominated the final 10 minutes of play out scoring Rathmore 1-2 the goal from Kate Anne O Connor and the points from Meadbh Horgan and Ayesha to a point leaving the final score Na Gaeil 2-8, Rathmore 2-11.

This was a game which Na Gaeil could have won but some poor passing turn overs and injuries cost us dearly. We now play the Mary Jo Curran Cup B final next weekend.

Na Gaeil: Laura Fitzgerald, Niamh Moriarty, Brid O Connor, Niamh Hannifin, Maura O Connor, Megan Sheehy, Sara Quigley, Shona Roche,Jenny Moriarty, Clodagh Griffin, Eilis O Connor, Sile Reidy, Shauna Heaslip, Emer Nolan, Marie Quirke, Fiona Kavanagh, Ayesha Roche, Kate Ann O Connor, Jayden Lucey, Sinead Prendergast, Meadbh Horgan.

NA GAEIL LADIES U 16:We played Austin Stacks on Friday evening in Killeen, Despite weather conditions, the playing area was not too bad.

We started the game playing into the wind and got a couple of early scores through Nora,Niamh and Meagan. Stacks used  the wind well with Eimear (Captain) ,Seili and Blaithnoid being kept busy. Sarah Quigley, Muireann and Kelly were being pulled all over the pitch with Nora and Nessa having to work hard in midfield.

We got a couple of more points with Jadyn, Sibeal and Meagan working well together. Caoimhe was unlucky not to get a goal, with Niamh and Aimee keeping the backs busy. Stacks made a few changes to stem our attacking and it worked.

We were doing well coming up to half time, except for conceding a late goal which left us level at half time. We made a few changes at half time , bringing on Sarah Lynch and Ciara. We started the second half like the first half, dominating possession but Stacks were defending well.

Ria, Kay and Clodagh came on and made some great runs, Erika came on for the last 10 mins and caused loads of havoc in the forwards but our luck was not there on the day.

We had two goals controversially  disallowed for square ball, we were really putting pressure on Stacks where we earned 2 penaltys but as luck would have it, first one was saved, second one was tipped over the bar.

It was a good game, where we were unlucky not to come away with something. We missed a few scores and Stacks held out to the end with some last ditch defending so well done to Stacks and to our girls for the effort they put in. We now have a B final against Listowel Emmets.

Team ; Aishling White, Blaithnoid O Connor, Seili Lynch, Eimear Nolan, Kelly Bowler, Muireann Moriarty, Erika O Sullivan, Nora O Connell,Nessa Mc Garty, Sarah Quigley, Meagan Sheehy, Sibeal Casey, Niamh Griffin, Jadyn Lucey, Caoimhe Hanafin, Aimee Kerins,Sarah Lynch, Ria Walsh, Kay Barry, Clodagh O Connor, Ciara Gaynor.
LOTTO: The draw for the jackpot of €7,400 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 8,15’17, 18.There was no winner.  €50 winners were Pat Boyle Anne Marie Lucey.€25 were Marie and Peter O Connor ,Tommo Burke ,St Senans CL Seamus Mac Gearailt .Next week’s lotto is worth €7, 500 all welcome for draw in club, each Tuesday at 10.30pm.

CARDS: Every Wednesday night in clubhouse. This is a very sociable occasion where you meet your friends for a great night’s entertainment and relaxation.

BINGO: Na Gaeil bingo is run every Monday night at the clubhouse in Killeen at 8.30pm. This is a vital fundraiser and 100% of the funds are reinvested back into the club. Na Gaeil bingo has grown from strength to strength and continues to grow. Thanks to all the parents who often their time to help run the bingo.

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