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Last Thursday we played Austin Stacks in Kileen in the semi-final of the townboard competition.

This turned out to be a thriller of a match, we had our biggest turn out for a long time so it was a busy time on the side line trying to give every one a run out.

The girls, captained by Jennifer Kerins, all played well and dominated possession for long periods of the game but uncharacteristically their shooting was off and a lot of scoring chances went a begging.

This said the game was in the melting pot right to the end with the girls coming from a few points down to taking the lead by two points only for the Stacks to snatch a goal in the dying seconds and win the game by a point.

This meant that we got to play Kerins O’Rahilly’s in the shield final last Sunday at Connolly park. Again we had a big turn out and the day was perfect for football. Joint captains Sarah Barrett and Mary O’Connell led the team who were really up for the game.

All the girls played well with some outstanding performances from Freya in goal and Grainne at fullback. Some lovely scores resulted from the hard work and interchanges around the middle of the pitch between Dearbhla, Emily, Abi and Mary. Sarah, Caragh and Eimear were a constant threat going forward.

Having lost only a couple of days earlier girls were not in the mood to lose another match and as a result piled on the pressure throughout the game maintaining a strong lead. All the subs played their part when they came on and unfortunately could not get more playing time. The final result : Na Gaeil 4-12 KOR 2-06.

Sarah and Mary accepted the shield from Maurice McNamara who praised the girls for their wonderful skills and attitude to the game.


Na Gaeil Ladies U14 V Chorca Dhuibhne, North Kerry League Div 1: We played away to a strong Chorca Dhuibhne on Tuesday evening in Lispole.

We played with 14 as we are missing a few players through injury. Abi started in goals with Maura, Ria and Amii excelling in the full back line. Kay , Grainne and Clodagh ( Captain ) defended tirelessly throughout the game in the half back line. Our defenders gave our midfielders the chance to go forward in the 1st half with Mary scoring 3 points and Muireann scoring 1-01.

Jadyn got a great goal sweeping in from the wing with Meagan scoring a point from a free kick, but it was Sibeal who stole the show, scoring 4-01 in the 1st half. Roisin got a fine point from play, with Brid having a goal disallowed for square ball.

We went in half time with a healthy lead. Chorca Dhuibne started the second half strongly getting a couple of early scores.

They used their subs to great effect and had fresh legs. But we were fit and with Mary scoring 1-01 in the second half along with more goals from Abi and Sibeal. Meagan , Jadyn and Sibeal popped up with another few points.

Our Kickpassing , handpassing and speed of thought and play was excellent which came from our kickouts all the ways up to the forwards. This was a game of great team play and was a great way to start the North Kerry League.

Team; Abi Casey, Maura Adams, Ria Walsh, Amii Kerins, Kay Barry, Grainne Early, Clodagh O Connor, Muireann Moriarty, Mary O Connell, Meagan Sheehy, Sibeal Casey, Jadyn Lucey, Brid Sinnott, Roisin Collins.

We have an U15 County Championship Final away to Kilcummin next Sunday evening with an U16 Div 1 County League Semi final to be played on the following Tuesday evening away to Southern Gaels.

I would like to say well done to the players, parents and friends that cycled with us last weekend in the Na Gaeil Cycle on the 40 km, we all had a great day and night.


Our boys were delighted to hosted Ardfert U-8s last Sunday. Both clubs were able to field 2 teams so all the players enjoyed plenty game-time. Training continues next Thursday (11th) at 6.30pm. We hope to welcome John Mitchell’s U-8s to na Gaeil next Sunday. See you all at 10.45am. All players are reminded not to forget their mouth-guard.


ABOVE AND BELOW: The Na Gaeil Under 8 teams who played Ardfert teams at the weekend.



The U14 team had two matches in the Town Board League last week. These games would be a good indication of how far this team has progressed over the season as both opponents were the top two teams in Division one this year.

On Wednesday we hosted Austin Stacks in Killeen. The visitors opened the scoring with a point after three minutes.

They added further scores and were ahead by 1-4 to no score before Dan Goggin got Na Gaeil’s first score after twenty minutes. Austin Stacks replied with their second goal of the match three minutes later and added three further points to leave the half time score Na Gaeil 0-1, Austin Stacks 2-7.

The second half turned out to be a much closer affair as Na Gaeil significantly improved on their first half performance. Cillian Spillane got the first score of the second half with a point after four minutes and he followed up with a goal five minutes later.

Austin Stacks got their first score of the second half with a point after thirteen minutes. They followed up with another point after nineteen minutes. Cillian Spillane got his second goal of the game minutes later to give Na Gaeil hope of an unlikely victory.

Unfortunately they were unable to add any further scores and two late points from Austin Stacks left the final score Na Gaeil 2-2 Austin Stacks 2-11. Despite the loss there were a number of positives to be taken from this match.

The team never gave up and the result could have been much closer if Na Gaeil had taken more of the chances they created. The backs played well as a unit in the second half and there were good performances by David Fitzgerald, Seamus Harty, Damien Burke, Lee Byrne and Cillian Spillane.

Panel: D Fitzgerald, S Ryan, S Harty, A Dewey, L Byrne, R Murphy, D Bourke, F Barry, T Lynch, A Burke, C Spillane, D Goggin, J Costello, D Boyle, J Donoghue, J Ward, R O’Sullivan, C Hayes, D Reen, D Healy.

Our second game of the week was away to Churchill on Sunday. Na Gaeil started the game brightly and were the first team on the score board when Ruri O’Sullivan got a point after a minute. John Ward and Dan Goggin followed up with further points to open a three point lead after eight minutes.

Churchill got their first score two minutes later but another point from John Ward and three points from Rory Murphy extended Na Gaeil’s lead to six points. Na Gaeil were well on top and dominating possession for the majority of the first half.

However they did not take advantage of their dominance and missed a number of good scoring chances. Churchill got their second score of the game with a point after twenty five minutes. However the outcome of the game changed in the final five minutes when the home side scored three goals.

Despite dominating the first half Na Gaeil went into the interval trailing by 0-7 to 3-2.

Na Gaeil hoped for a good start to the second half but Churchill continued as the finished the first half and had a further two goals scored in the first five minutes of the half.

Na Gaeil got their first score of the half after eight minutes when Dan Goggin got his second point of the match, however Churchill immediately struck back with another goal.

Despite this Na Gaeil never gave up and a great goal from Adam Burke who burst up from half back lifted the team. Tadgh Lynch followed up with a point after nineteen minutes and Dan Goggin got a goal two minutes later to leave six points between the teams.

Na Gaeil created a number of further opportunities but their only remaining score was another point from Dan Goggin on the 26th minute to leave the final score Na Gaeil 2-10 Churchill 6-3.

This was a game we should have won unfortunately goals win games and Churchill took their opportunities while a number of defensive lapses and missed chances cost Na Gaeil the chance of victory. Damien Bourke, Adam Burke, Tadgh Lynch and Stephen Ryan (in the second half) were the pick of the Na Gaeil players on the day.

Panel: D Fitzgerald, S Ryan, S Harty, A Dewey, L Byrne, D Bourke, A Burke, F Barry, T Lynch, D Goggin, R Murphy, J Ward, R O’Sullivan, D Boyle, J Donoghue, C Hayes, J O’Brien.

Our next match is home to John Mitchels next Wednesday at 6.30pm in the Town Board League.


The U13 team are taking part in the annual Austin Stacks/Lee Strand U13 football tournament next week end.

This tournament gives Na Gaeil an opportunity to play against some of the best under age teams in the country. The teams are divided into four groups of 4 teams.

The top team in each group will qualify for the Lee Strand Cup semi-finals. Each second placed team will contest the Shield semi-final and the third placed team will go into the plate semi-final. All league games and all semi-finals will be 12 minutes per half and will be played on Saturday.

The finals of all 3 competitions will be played on Sunday and will be 25 minutes per half. We have been drawn in Group D which consists of Na Gaeil, An Ghaeltacht, Salthill and Athlone.

Our group games will be played in Caherslee with the first game v An Ghaeltacht at 11.30am. We will be playing Salthill at 1.30pm and our final group game is against Athlone at 3.30pm.

We are looking forward with confidence to this tournament after our excellent performances in the Town Board final and the Rose Cup. We will be training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6.30pm to prepare for the weekends matches.


Last Sunday we hosted Ardfert in what turned out to be a thrilling game in sunny but very breezy conditions.Ardfert made the most of the wind advantage in the early stages and it took a while for our players to settle into the game.We got ourselves back into the match as soon as we had the wind at our backs and we picked off some fantastic scores. Great credit must go to both teams who were evenly matched throughout. Training continues Thursday evening at 6.30pm.


Best wishes and a speedy recovery to Catherine O Connor,who had a mishap on our cycle.


The draw for the jackpot of €6,600 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 8, 11, 15, 27.

There was no winner. €50 winners were Dick Maguire Donnie Sheehan.€25 winners were Sean Brick, Maureen Young, Mike Culloty, Mike Harrington. Next week’s lotto is worth €6,700 all welcome for draw in club, each Tuesday at 10.30pm.


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


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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