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Lotto

There was no winner of our Club Lotto Jackpot on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 03, 05, 11 & 12. The five €30 consolation prizes went to Tom O Connor Clash East, Ger O Brien Duagh, Paul McCarthy Derryquay, Tomas McCarthy Derryquay and Fr Sean Jones c/o St John’s Presbytery.

Next week’s Lotto will have a Jackpot of €4,900 and the draw will take place on Sunday night March 10th in Skelper Quane’s Bar. Lotto tickets can be purchased online, from any club officer or at the following outlets: Seamus O’Sullivan Master Butchers, O’Shea’s Shop and Service Station, Poff Motors, Noyeks, Byrnesworth, Rock Inn, Dwyer’s Bar, Skelper Quane’s, Betty’s Bar and Keane’s of Curraheen.

Dingle Way Challenge 2019

Plans for the biggest and best DWC so far are well underway.  The date is set for June 2nd (keep that date free and marked in your diaries and calendars).

And as usual, there will be two challenges: The standard DWC, which is has a choice of 2 options – Option 1 is a 31km walk with the route going from from Ballyferriter to Dingle, and there will be return buses to Blennerville available from Dingle; Option 2 is a 53km walk from Ballyferriter to Annascaul (again, there will be buses available to Blennerville from Annascaul). Please note that buses will leave from Blennerville at 7am sharp for this option.

And then we have the ultra route, which is 60km. This option starts at 5.45am at Murragh walk via Smerwick Harbour and Slea Head and on to Duncaoin for breakfast at Krugers, from where the walk takes you around Slea Head and on to Ventry and to Dingle for lunch.

The ultra walkers will leave Dingle on the old Connor Pass road and turning east along the high road with takes in the spectacular views of Dingle Bay via Lispole and Minard with the walk finishing in Annascaul.

The DWC registration is now open via www.spatsgaaclub.com with an early bird offer of €45 if you register before the 30th of April or €50 if you register on or after the 1st of May.

Registration

On-line membership registration for 2019 is now open on the Club website www.stpatsgaaclub.com.
Membership subscription rates and other information are available on the website
We urge all players, parents and supporters to register their membership of the Club as soon as possible.

If you completed on-line registration last year you can register using the MCF app that you may have downloaded.
Completing registration on-line provides you with access to your information at any time and reduces the administration effort for the Club.
Thank you for continuing to support St. Pats by registering as a member.

Juvenile Academy

U6: We had a great turnout last Sunday morning for U6 Training. Our hopes of having our first outdoor session were dashed with the inclement weather but our spirit wasn’t and we had a great session. Paddy Costello was again showing great skills along with Rian Bailey, Rachel Colivet and Tommy Flynn.

However, Player of the week was Mary Kate O’Shea who is following in her father’s foot-steps of being a great footballer. Weather permitting, we will move outdoors next Sunday with a slightly later start time of 10:30am on the St Pats Astro. Please also note there will be no academy training on Sunday March 17th which is St Patrick’s Day. Instead, all our underage teams will participate in the St Patrick’s Day Parade.

U8: Our U8’s continued their training indoors last Sunday under the stewardship of coaches Joe, John, Jason and Kieran. They worked on their kicking a lot and great strives are being made by a lot of players.

However, we would encourage all parents to spend time during the week working on all skills but particularly hand passing. We finished with a football game with the rabbits winning by one score but the rats beat the rabbits in the relay race so it all evened out in the end!!

Player of the Week was Bruce McMillan who’s kicking has come on leaps and bounds in the last few weeks. Next week, with the weather on our side, we will move outdoors to our Astro at 10:30am. We will also be walking as a club in the St Patrick’s Day parade the following week so there will be no training on Sunday March 17th. Keep up the practice everyone!

U10: The enforced change to indoors at Cumann Iosaef due to poor weather conditions worked well in our favour. The under 10’s had the use of the full hall which gave us great room to train and have a good game to finish the session.

Thanks to the parents for adapting to the change in time and location. Once again wholehearted effort was put in by everyone not least by Aimee who was awarded our new Player of the Week trophy.

Also to be admired is the commitment of Rodhan Culloo who participated in the first half of our session before leaving to play in a basketball blitz. We hope all our players are doing some ball practice at home to keep building on the skills we do on Sunday mornings.

U12: St. Pats under 12’s were training last week on our Astro pitch in Blennerville Everyone put in a great effort especially Michael Enright, Enda & Conor Sheehan. Next training session is this Fri 8th of March 5.45pm to 6.45pm on our Astro pitch in Blennerville and then again next Sunday 10th of March from 10.30am to 11.30am on the Gaa pitch in Blennerville.

The u12 county league starts Sunday 31st of March so it’s important ye all continue to attend our training sessions and keep practicing yer skills at home during the week. Naomh Pádraig Abú !!

U14 Boys: Having had a bye last week, our U14 boys are back in action when they make the short trip to Connolly Park to face Austin Stacks B, this Sunday 10th March at 11am in Round 4 of the Tralee Town Board League. We wish them the best of luck.

U14 Girls: We had 15 enthusiastic girls at our 1st training session last week. Training continues this Wednesday at 6pm in Cumann Iosaef. Please remember to wear appropriate foot wear and don’t forget your gum shileds. There will be a cost of €2 per player to cover the costs of hall rental.

Minors

Minor Football League Round 2

St Pats 0-5

Finuge 2-08

Our minors lost their first home game in the Minor Football League when they were defeated by Finuge last Saturday afternoon in Blennerville in a match played under very windy and cold conditions.

Playing with the aid of the wind, we raced to a 3 point lead after 14 minutes with a couple of points from Patrick Dowling and a fine effort from Nathan Rowan.

Finuge levelled scores when the green flag was raised after 16 minutes and they added 2 more points to lead by 2 after 21 minutes played.

Fergal O’Brien waltzed his way past the Finuge defence to point from close range and this was followed by a point from Tomás O’Sullivan as we drew level and were lucky not to concede the second goal on the stroke of half-time as Finuge’s full-forward, with the goals at his mercy, side-footed the ball which clipped the post and went wide.

The second half began in the same way as most of the latter stages of the first half with our boys struggling to keep hold of possession and on a number of times, gave the ball away carelessly. The away side capitalised on our frailties as we failed to register a single point in this half as the away side romped to a 2-08 to 0-05 win.

This was very uncharacteristic of a side we expect so much from and it is hoped that this defeat will spur them on to better performances in future. Our next match is a round 3 home encounter against Ballymac next Saturday, the 9th of March and the match throws in at 4pm.

Seniors

We begin this year’s campaign in Div 3 of the SFL when we travel to Keel for this round 1 fixture on Sunday, the 10th of March at 2pm. We wish the entire panel the best of luck in this fixture and for the competition.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Leanne Quirke who celebrated a significant birthday recently. Also to Norma and Aidan Scanlon on the birth of a son.

Notice

A jacket may have mistakenly been taken at the recent St Pats Past Present and Future Function at The Rose Hotel. This jacket contained a set of house keys. If anyone has any information regarding this could they please contact any club officer.

Sympathy

The club would like to extend its sympathy to the families and friends of Rose McMahon Boherbee, Siobhan Greaney, Brandon, Michael Lawlor Caherlaheen and Joan Barry Castlegregory.

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