Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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Senior County Camogie Meet-and-Greet:
A very successful Meet & Greet evening was held Friday last in Causeway GAA Sports field. The evening was a great success with nearly a 100 girls showering up to meet their idols , get pictures & Autographs along with playing some games with the kids.

Kerry Camogie had great things to say afterwards about the positive buzz and the encouragement that was felt when a bus full of enthusiastic young players arrived from Tralee Parnells.

This was echoed on Radio Kerry Sport in their special Camogie segment with host Gary O’Sullivan at 3 pm on Saturday, featuring Chairman of Kerry County Board Tom Meehan, Michelle Costello, Treise Moran, Captain Aoife Behan, Orla Young, Manager Stephen Goggin.

Parnells Summer Hurling and Camogie Camp 11-13 July:
Contact club officers to book your place now. A great way to advance your skills and meet new friends. Boys and girls 7 to 13 years old.

The Story of Féile 2017 for Tralee Parnells:
The inside story of Tralee Parnells at Hurling Féile 2017. Parnells were placed in Division 11 of Féile 2017 and were hosted by the Setanta hurling club in Carlow town.

After a month of hard training, fundraising and sorting the logistics of the trip, it was great to finally get going to our first national Féile competition.

The players and mentors traveled by bus for our first two game in Johnstown Co Kilkenny Friday morning.  Friday matches – Johnstown County Kilkenny.  Parnells 1-3 Fenians (Kilkenny)2-7

A slow start allowed Fenians to go 1-3 to no score up after 5 mins, our lads got to within 2 scores of the Kilkenny team but couldn’t close the gap an further. Great effort for the final 25 minutes against a skillful Kilkenny team with a few county players and the All Ireland under 14 skills champion.

Parnells 2-05 Buncrana 0-00. This was tough game against a very physical Donegal team but our lads out played the Donegal team and matched them physically. Great credit to the players for sticking to their hurling and not being dragged into a dogfight.

Saturday games in Tinryland GAA pitch County Carlow.  Parnells 00-03 Setanta (Carlow) 00-02 Final group games proved to be a tough low scoring encounter. Setanta lost their previous two games and they battled hard and played well in front of their home supporters.

Our backs were outstanding and the teams coolness under pressure got us over the line. We won the game with a last minute free from Tadhg Reen.  Division 11 1/4 final v’s St Kevins Milford of Cork.

Played in Tinryland this was always a tough ask for Parnells against the Cork Féile b champions who had scored 16-42 in their previous 3 group games. An inspirational pre-match team talk from Ollie Broughton meant our lads were well up for the game.

The lads played very well in the first half but the scoring threat of the Cork team meant they won on a score line of 3-10 to 1-1.  St Kevins went on to win the competition easily and their mentors acknowledged that Parnells gave them their toughest test over the weekend.

Thanks to a magnificent panel of players who were brilliant both on and off the field over the weekend, thanks to their mentors Dermot Reen, Michael Cassidy and Ollie Broughton (who developed a serious love for cornflakes over the weekend) for the commitment shown to the group even when things didn’t look so rosy at the start of the year.

Thanks to the parents who traveled and gave great support in all the games. Thanks to the businesses who contributed financially all to all those who helped with the fundraising and planning of the weekend.

Thanks to our host club Setanta Hurling-Camogie who looked after the kids and mentors for the weekend, hopefully we can repay the hospitality soon.

Féile 2018 take place in Connacht and we have a number of 11, 12 and 13 year old kids that deserve to be playing in this competition. The hard work to qualify for this starts every Friday night in Caherslee at 7 pm.

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