St Pat’s Blennerville News

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There was no winner of last week’s jackpot of €11,100. The numbers drawn were 10, 12, 20 & 27. The five €30 consolation prizes went to Dominic O’Brien c/o Rock St PO; Pat McMahon c/o Tony Casey; Lean Nolan c/o Quane’s Bar; Pat Roche c/o Mono Ryle & Mary O’Brien c/o Tony Casey. This week’s jackpot will be €11,200 and the draw will take place this Sunday night June 23rd at 10pm in Keane’s Bar. Lotto tickets available from the usual outlets or any club officer.

Juvenile Academy

Under 8’s

Last Sunday, St Pats U-8’s took part in a blitz which was very well held by our neighbours Ardfert. In the beautiful sunshine we played a number of games against Churchill and Ardfert. All the St Pats players played the full matches and they all played well.

With the slick moving Joseph Laucher and Samuel Barrero around the middle we were moving the ball well into a very determined forward line of Thomas Sheehy, Fionn Dairo, Daniel Sheehy and Kayla O’Connor.

They were very eager to get themselves on the score sheet but the management team were delighted also to see the players using good hand passing skills when they were put under pressure by the tackling of the oppositions.

Again our defence performed brilliantly in their St. Pats jersey’s. Orlaith Murphy, Jamie Lynch , Zack Howarth, and Killian Murphy’s hard tackling and close contact kept the Ardfert and Churchill forwards at bay.

Finally a special mention this week must go to the performance of Gráinne Breen who played in goals. Gráinne pulled off some very brave saves during the games and her long kickouts helped her team get on the front foot.

This was again very good outing for the U-8’s and the coaches of Johnny, Dipo and Conor were delighted to see the players using their skills and putting in a great effort in all the games so keep it up!!

Under 10’s

We saw another great turnout from our u10’s last Sunday morning. The players that caught their mentors eyes on the day were Cillian Lynch, Shane Howarth, Siobhan and Caoimhe O’Sullivan.

Under 12’s

Our u12’s also had training on Sunday morning. Michael Quirke visited St Pats and gave our boys a wonderful training session introducing new drills and tactics. Later our boys headed off to Listry to play a tough game.

Listry scored a few quick goals at the beginning but our boys still fought hard. Our first score came from Cormac Lynch with a lovely point but brother Cillian wasn’t allowing have all the glory and immediately got his name on the scoreboard with a great point also!!! We had most of the possession but again failed to take many of our scoring opportunities.

Our newcomer Samson Ayavi in defence played outstanding throughout the game blocking balls and catching balls out of the sky. Before the first half ended we saw 2 points from Tomas O’Sullivan and one from Danny Greaney. In the second half we came out alot stronger and we saw every forward put their name on the scoreboard.

Tomas scored the first point in the second half followed by another from Danny. Oisin then rattled the net with a skillful goal with great teamwork involved in this score.

Michael Doody, Michael Healy ,Samuel and Matthew Quilter supplied great ball into our forwards which saw Cillian Lynch score another point. This was quickly followed by a goal from both Danny and Tomas with a lovely short pass from Sean Crowley. Matthew Quilter and Sean Crowley both got their names on the scoreboard before the final whistle.

Another newcomer David Fiado made some great saves in goals and found his red and white teammates time and time again. Eventhough we were beaten we have a great team on our hands here with tremendous potential.

Also well done to our U10 players Liam O’Sullivan, Cillian Lynch, Sean Crowley and Shane Howarth and a huge welcome to David Fiado and Samson Ayavi. Team Liam O’Sullivan, David Fiado, Michael Doody, Danny Greaney(1-2), Samson Ayavi, Samuel, Tomas O ‘Sullivan (1-4), Oisin Tobin(1-0), Cormac Lynch(0-1), Matthew Quilter(0-1), Cillian Lynch(0-2), Sean Crowley(0-1), Mikey Heay and Shane Howarth.

Under 14’s

Our U14’s were beaten by Laune Rangers in the Central League last Sunday evening. They also hosted the New York Feile team last Monday night and had a BBQ afterwards. A great night was had by all. They are away to Castlegregory in the next round of the Central League this Monday night at 7pm.

Internal blitz

Our internal blitz continued last Wednesday evening in beautiful weather conditions.

This week our coaches Mono Ryle, Maurice Quirke, Dan O’Sullivan and Brian O’Grady focused on passing skills, to include at least 6 players on the field before a score is taken. After 2 rounds Leinster are on 10 points, Ulster are on their backs with 8 points, Connacht are on 4 points and Munster are trailing on 2 points.

Under 16’s

County League Div 7

St Pats 4-09
Knocknagoshel/Brosna 1-18

Move over Lazarus, there’s a new comeback King in town!

St Pat’s U16’s came from a massive 15 points down to nearly snatch an incredible victory from the jaws of a heavy defeat, but had to settle for the unlikeliest of draws.

Trailing by 1-17 to 0-05 with a little under a quarter of an hour to play, Shane O’Donoghue dug deepest and rallied the team from full-back, running the length of the pitch in possession and before unleashing an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net.

His inspired decision to take the game by the scruff of the neck, rallied our men and for the final stages of the game, they tore the previously impregnable Knock/Brosna defence to shreds.

Cian Rowan, operating from midfield, copied Shane’s blueprint and drove straight for the opposition goal and buried it.

Soon after, centre forward Josh Laucher, sniffing a change in the game, cleverly positioned himself further in towards the edge of the box, dragging his marker out of position and opening a huge gap in the defence.

The inspirational Joe Quilter and Kieran Dwyer, both of whom had outstanding displays, drove forward time and again and from 2 of these surges, Josh Laucher finished to the back of the net twice.

The ice-cool composure from free kicks of Eoin Greaney drew the game level. With time ticking away and momentum totally in our favour, Mikey Cahill and Brian Murphy outfought their men and launched an attack that nearly won the game. But time had run out and the referee blew the final whistle.

This was an incredible turnabout and a complete and utter shock to a Knock/Brosna team that had played some wonderful attacking football with Darren Horan, Kieran Horan and Patrick Moriarty in particular catching the eye. Knock/Brosna hit some incredible scores and looked well on course for victory, having led 1-11 to 0-5 at half-time.

This was a marvellous comeback by St Pats and each player deserved tremendous credit for finding that inner belief when it was most needed. A special mention must be made of our U14 panel members, Ali Gardezi, Adam Boyle, Martin Savage, Damien Quirke and Patrick Dowling, who more than proved themselves on the night.

Panel on the night: Seán Hogan, Shane O’Donoghue (1-0), Mikey Cahill, Brian Murphy, Joe Quilter, Joe O’Connor, Cian Rowan(1-1), Kieran Dwyer(0-2), Adam Boyle, Josh Laucher(2-4), Martin Savage, Eoin Greaney(0-2), Ali Gardezi, Damien Quirke, Patrick Dowling.

Our U16’s are at home to Duagh this Wednesday night at 7:30pm in Blennerville.


Junior County League Group 5:

Duagh 0-5 St Pats 1-08

Our Juniors continued on their winning ways with a win away to Duagh Last Thursday evening. It certainly wasn’t as clinical a performance compared to the earlier rounds but nevertheless, the win sees them top Group 5 with 5 wins out of 5.

The first half was poor fare for the handful of spectators as the score-line read 1-1 to 3 points in favour of St Pats. St Pats kicked into gear right from the re-start with a point from Centre Back Paudie O’Connor and they took control of the game over the next 15 minutes scoring 6 points.

Duagh fought hard in the final quarter and had a few shots for goal just going over the bar. However, St Pats were much the stronger team and ran out convincing winners on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-5. This win puts them straight through to the final where they await the winners of St Senan’s vs Churchill. There has been no date fixed for this fixture as yet but it hopefully should be played in the next 2-3 weeks. However, the Tralee Town Junior League will commence on Monday June 30th where we will host Na Gaeil in the first round. Throw in at 7:30pm.

Team-J Fitzgerald, K Quirke, Joe Costello, J Quilter, S Dowling, P O’Connor, T O’Connor, Jeffrey Foley, A O’Callaghan, S Hayes, G Savage, J Conway, E Sayers, T O Sullivan, P O Sullivan & B Boyle.


County Senior Football League Div 2 Rd 7:

St Pats 0-06 Killarney Legion 2-13

Our seniors were overpowered by a very strong and well drilled Killarney Legion side last Saturday evening in glorious conditions in Blennerville. The opening quarter was an even affair with Legion leading 3-2 whilst playing with a strong wind.

However the game turned against the home side when Legion & Kerry U21 star Conor Keane finished to the net in the 18th minute. Legion went on to add a further 1-5 before the short whistle with the second goal again coming from Keane after a tremendous run and assist from Thomas Moriarty.

St Pats only reply during this second quarter period was a free from Kerry Junior panellist Kieran Hurley. Half Time Score: St Pats 0-3 Legion 2-8. The second half was a non contest as Legion managed to thwart a few early attacks on goal by St Pats.

There was 3 black cards issued in the second half for minor discretions. However it must be said the game was played in good spirit throughout. Legion are in pole position in the League and another victory will surely see them back up in Division 1 in 2015.

St Pats on the other hand are re-building and will need to win all remaining four games to harbour any hope of maintaining their Division Two status. Best for St Pats on the night were Brendan Poff & Michael O’Sullivan.

Final Score: St Pats 0-6 Legion 2-13. St Pats: P Bailey, P O’Connor, P McMahon, Jake Foley, S Dowling, L Poff, J Quilter, M O’Sullivan, L O’Sullivan, A Byrne, J Costello, B Poff, K Hurley, W Hurley & Jeffrey Foley. Subs: T O’Connor for Jeffrey Foley (inj), G Savage for P McMahon (BC), A O’Callaghan for L Poff (BC), D Kerins for W Hurley.

Ref: Stephen Mulvihill. The senior’s next competitive outing is in the County League. They travel to Gneevguilla on the weekend of July 26th/27th.

Cúl Camps

The Kellogg’s GAA Football Camp will take place in Blennerville from July 28th to August 1st. The camp is for boys & girls aged 6 to 13. We would hope to increase on the huge numbers that we had last year. Each child will be given free sports gear. GAA players will teach the skills of Gaelic Football in a safe and fun filled environment from Monday to Friday 10am to 2.30pm.

New York Feile Team

Best wishes to Kevin Moriarty & the New York Feile team as they head to the finals in Derry this week.

Derryquay N.S.

Thanks to Jim & Karen Twomey who have located their mobile hen coop in our school for the past fortnight. The children have observed and timed the movements of these guests and gained a valuable insight into hen keeping.

Best wishes to our 6th class pupils who will graduate from the school this week and embark on 2nd level education in September.

Derryquay NS is very proud of all its graduates and we wish the latest ambassadors and their families all the best and urge them to visit our school and to stay connected with us.

Thanks to Father Nolan who will celebrate the graduation mass. Finally we wish the staff & pupils all the best as they take a well earned rest over the summer.

Thanks to the Board of Management, Parents Association and everyone who contributed to the life of the school during it’s 114th year of education in our locality! See you all in September.

Blennerville N.S.

We had a fantastic day on Sunday June 15th with our annual BBQ fun day. It began with a hike from Tonevane and ended at Curraheen church with plenty of food and fun for all ages.

The draw took place for our fundraiser for school lap-tops and we thank everyone who contributed. We raised €9,500. The winners of the cash prizes were: Mike O’Connor, our ex-principal (no, it wasn’t a fix!) winning €1,000.

Other smaller cash winners were Conor O’Donoghue, Natasha Tobin, Helen Sugrue (ex-vice pr), Peggy Farmer, Stephen Geaney, Pat Foley, Rachel Dunne, Anne O’Donnell and Stacey O’Leary.

Well done to you all. Thanks so much to our wonderful Parent’s Association for their time and hard work organising the day, to those who donated food, BBQs. Thanks Fr Francis for the use of the church garden, Marie Fleming for face-painting, Tralee Equestrian Centre for the pony rides, our chefs, and to all for coming.


Congratulations to Anne Kelliher who was the first woman home in the Tralee Summer Solstice 10k run last Saturday.


The club would also like to extend its sympathy to the families and relatives of George McClelland, Camp and Michael Liston, Day Place, Tralee. May They Rest In Peace.

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