Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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U7 Boys and Girls Congratulations to some of our younger under 7’s who recently started school, enjoy the beginning of your academic journey. With the return to school we had some tired players in our crew but they soldiered on and practised some well honed skills as well as picking up new ones on the way. We ended training with a few competitive and entertaining matches, safe to say great fun was had by all.  Congratulations to our newest players of the week: Noah O’Driscoll and Cillian Fitzmaurice. A round of applause to two great players.

U8 and U10 Girls

Tralee Parnells U8s who played at home against Killarney

Our U8s and 10s had a fantastic evening of Camogie against Killarney in Caherslee on Wednesday evening. Both groups had a great turnout with every player putting in a tremendous effort showing great skill and determination. The U8s were able to field two teams on the night.  The coaches were delighted to see such progress to have the opportunity to get some match practise. Thank you to Saoirse Maloney as our referee and to our very vocal supporters.

Tralee Parnells U10s who played at home against Killarney

U14 Boys

Tralee Parnells U14s who played Crotta in the North Kerry League Division

Tralee Parnells competed in the U14 North Kerry League Division 1 with an opening round loss away to Crotta last Friday evening. For the first time this year the U14s and U13s merged together.

With only the bare 15 players available, the team that lined out did themselves proud.  Parnells started off well with a brace of early scores from Martin Mckivergan.  Crotta attacked with purpose but some strong defending the Parnells backs kept their scoring to a minimum.

Parnells worked the Crotta goalkeeper on a number of occasions but were unable to find the net. With Kyle Benson, William Somers and Conor Dennehy dominating their defensive positions, Crotta were restricted to a single point from play in the first half. At half time Crotta held a two point lead following a number of long range frees. After the interval the game was increasingly played in the Crotta half.

Parnells dominated possession but Crotta struck the first meaningful blow of the second half with a goal following a scramble for possession in the square. Despite limited possession, the home team picked up three further points from frees.  Parnells once again took control in the middle of the park with goalkeeper Cian Harris finding Eoin Moriarty, Dan Maloney and David Sargent with admirable consistency.  Parnells created goal scoring opportunities throughout the second half, with Eoghan Costello, Ryan Sheehy and Tomas O’Connell coming close.

All were frustrated by an increasingly desperate rearguard action by the home team.  Parnells were denied another goal opportunity late on when the home keeper saved a penalty.  This is a very young side, with six of the team that lined out still U13, which bodes very well the games to come.  Final score: Crotta 1-10 Tralee Parnells 0-6

U15 Boys

Tralee Parnells U15s who played at home against Crotta in the County League.

The U15s finished their County League campaign in Caherslee last Tuesday evening, with a defeat to Crotta.  After a flying start when Tomas O’Connell and Eoghan Costello both hit the net and Andrew Kerins dominating in midfield, a number of defensive lapses from long range frees left Crotta back into the game and gave the boys a mountain to climb. Despite this the boys battled hard and were rewarded with another goal near the end from Mairtin McKivergan.

Unfortunately, Crotta kept the scoreboard ticking over in the second half and ran out just about deserving winners. Final score: Tralee Parnells 3-4 Crotta 5-12. This was the team’s last game of the year and while success eluded the team this year, the commitment was excellent and the improvement was noticeable since we started training in May. We had a number of new players to the panel this year and they all integrated really well with the team. This is a young team with over half the panel underage again next year so it certainly bodes well for the future.

Minor Camogie

Tralee Parnells Minor Camogie Team who played CillArd in the Country League

Our Minor Camogie team put in a good display at Kilmoyley in the County League game against CillArd on Sunday evening.  CillArd are fortunate to have a team with lots of strong county players, but the 17 Tralee players who contributed to the action on the day and who included under 16s and under 15s in their numbers, were not daunted by the challenge.

The opening minutes were focused on defense, with plenty of CillArd forward play to contend with, but as the opening quarter went on the visiting side grew into the game, manufacturing several scoring chances and taking a well earned point.  Between the posts Clodagh pulled off several good saves and conceded just one goal all game despite numerous attempts by the strong CillArd attack.

Síle was a powerful force around the Parnells square, strongly boosted by Grainne Leahy and by Eugenie who is playing the best Camogie of her career.  Ellen, Aoife and Saoirse did great work across the half back line, constantly harrying and thwarting the home side forwards and delivering supply forward, with Aoife tireless in chasing, covering and tracking up and down the field.  Róise and Ella did trojan work around the middle and were involved in tussle after tussle.

Katie, Alice and Kirby Anne were constantly on the ball whenever Parnells mounted their attacks and were involved in a number of well worked points between them, as well as crafting a couple of good goal chances.

On the inside line Aoibhín, Ilona, Shauna, Jessica and Grainne Diggins all contributed to the pressure we put on the defense, helped create danger in the box on several occasions and allowed us to rack up our tally of points with Katie the finisher of a few well taken scores.

Well done all, as several of the spectators commented afterwards it was a spirited display and it is great to see the continued improvement in this cohort of players.
Tralee Parnells players on the day: Ilona Sheahan, Ellen Cooke, Katie Dwyer, Saoirse Maloney, Kirby Anne Ryan, Ella Breen, Aoibhín Corridan, Eugenie Kerins, Síle Lynch, Róise O’Donnell, Aoife O’Sullivan, Clodagh O’Sullivan, Gráinne Leahy, Alice O’Connell, Jessica O’Loughlin, Shauna Harris, Grainne Diggin.

Intermediate Hurling

Tralee Parnells Junor Hurlers who Played Duagh in the County Championship

The Parnells Senior team have been drawn to play Causeway B in the semi-finals of the County Intermediate Hurling Championship to be played next Saturday 11th September, time and venue to be confirmed. The other semi-final involves Kilmoyley B vs Kilgarvan. We wish the team and Management the best of luck in the semi-final.

Junior Hurling
Our Junior Hurling team played Duagh on Friday evening in Caherslee in the quarter final of the Junior County Hurling Championship.  In an entertaining game under lights our lads started brightly and when debutant Diarmuid Lyng scored a glorious score from the sideline things looked good for Parnells. However, Duagh battled back and scored two goals and a flurry of points to lead at half time.  Half time score, Duagh 2-08 to Parnells 1-05.
Our lads battled well in the second half and with a few minutes to go they closed the gap to just a single point. Unfortunately we then conceded a goal and Duagh managed to close out the game to win by 4 points. Final score 3-10 to 1-12.  Congratulations to Duagh on the win and best of luck in the next round.

Run 4 Pieta
Tralee Parnells will participate in this years Run4Pieta event on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd October.  This is a 50/50 shared fundraising event where GAA clubs have the opportunity to raise funds as well as supporting Pieta. The Run4Pieta event also aims to create an awareness of looking after our mental health and opening up about our problems. Pieta provides a free service and no referral is required for people who need help.  The club are delighted to be involved in supporting this very worthy cause.  More details will follow soon, watch our Social Media pages and ClubForce app for further updates.

Covid Update
We would like to remind everybody that it is still mandatory to complete the Clubforce Health questionnaire prior to every training session/game. We would ask any players/parents to inform the team Covid officer / manager if they test positive for Covid so we can put processes in place to ensure the safety of all players.  Any player testing positive must isolate for 10 days regardless of whether they have a negative PCR test.  Many thanks to all for your continued cooperation.

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