Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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U7 Boys and Girls

Tralee Parnells U7s after an enjoyable and competitive session against Lixnaw at home in Caherslee

The under 7’s welcomed Lixnaw to Caherslee last Friday. Sporting the blue and white of Parnells our players took to the field with a determination to make their club proud and that they did in spades. The coaches were delighted with each and every player, the progress since the start of the season was evident to all. Thank you to the parents who stepped in to help out when asked, your help is always very welcome and appreciated. Congratulations to our newest players of the week.
Conor Dowling & Chloe O’Sullivan, congratulations Conor and Chloe.  The Under 7’s will continue to train until the end of October weather permitting.

U8 Girls

Tralee Panells U8s with smiles all round after a some enjoyable matches against Abbeykilix 

Our U8s girls hosted Abbeykillix in Caherslee during the week, there was a great start to the game with many players getting stuck in. Through the rain, our players ploughed on regardless with great determination.  Well done to everyone for displaying great talent tonight and thanks to Aoife O’Sullivan and Saoirse Maloney for refereeing.

U10 Girls

Tralee Panells U10s relaxing after a very competitive match against Abbeykilix 

Like the younger girls, our U10 squad also played against Abbeykilix in Caherslee.  The girls showed great improvements in all skill areas and great teamwork. Even with the change in weather and the rain coming down they kept fighting to the very end.  Well done girls.

U13 Boys
The U13 Boys played a challenge match away to Firies on Tuesday evening. On a bright and warm evening, the home team had the better start and lead 1-3 to 1-1 at halftime. After the break Parnells were more efficient with ball and began turning possession into scores. The game was still in the balance right up to the final whistle but Parnells held on for a hard fought win. The Final score was Firies 1-5 Tralee Parnells 3-2.

Intermediate Hurling

Tralee Parnells who played Causeway B in the Intermediate Championship Semi Final 2

Tralee Parnells took on Causeway B in the County Intermediate Championship Semi-Final last Saturday afternoon in Lixnaw. Looking to reach the final for the 2nd year in a row, Parnells lined out without two regulars, Darragh Reen and Luke Barrett due to injury. Parnells started brightly and had the first score on the board via a free from their captain Gearoid O’Doherty (Doc). Doc would finish the match with 1-13, with all but one of those scores from placed balls. Causeway replied with a free of their own from Stephen Murphy. The game was being played primarily between the two 65s and any frees that Parnells were awarded, Doc was clinical. However, Causeway were winning their share of possession and had 3 points from play from their midfielder Joseph Diggins, a point from wing-back Fergus Carroll and a point from play from Murphy in a purple patch just before the water break. At this stage, Causeway led 0-6 to 0-4, with all Parnells’ scores coming from Doc. It could have been worse as Mark Ryall pulled off a fine save on 11m as Causeway threatened the Parnells goal. Parnells came out after the water-break and were starting to put some good moves together. Tadgh Reen scored a lovely point from half back on 20 minutes and midfielder Cathal Dunne, now stationed at centre-forward scored a great point just before halftime. Doc added 3 frees to leave the half time score Tralee Parnells 0-10 Causeway 0-8.
Parnells wanted to hit the ground running in the second half and get the first few scores on the board. Unfortunately, the opposite happened. Causeway came flying out of the blocks with a good point from play from Murphy. The same player won the next puckout and ran straight through the Parnells defence and finished to the net. A free by centre back Adam Whyte meant that a 2 point deficit was now a 3 point lead. Doc did reply with a free for Parnells after 35 minutes but disaster struck immediately when a mix up in the Parnells defence allowed Diggins to race in along the wing and plant the ball in the net for a second Causeway goal. Parnells did get the lead back to a one score game with 3 placed balls from Doc, including a ’65. However, some ill discipline in the Parnells defence as well as some dubious refereeing decisions allowed Causeway to add 4 more frees, 2 from Murphy (who had to go off injured soon after) and 2 from Whyte. At this stage, Parnells needed goals but they just wouldn’t come. A resolute Causeway defence ensured that any balls that did threaten their goal were well cleared. Parnells eventually did raise a green flag, direct from a long range Doc free, but it was too little too late. Causeway ran out well deserved 3 point winners. Ultimately, it was the lack of scoring threat from Parnells up front that cost them, with only three points from play, and only one of those from the forward line. It was a disappointing end to a promising season, with the Junior team also exiting the Championship in the same week, but the effort and dedication by the team is to be commended. With an impetus of young talent progressing from the minor ranks next year, the future is definitely bright. The club would like to thank the Management team of Brian, Mark and Kevin as well as coach Ian Brick for their commitment and preparation of the team.
Final score: Tralee Parnells 1-15 Causeway 2-15
1. Mark Ryall 2. Tim Kelliher 3. Tommy O’Connor 4. Enda O’Connor 5. Ruairi O’Sullivan 6. Brian Lonergan 7. Tadhg Reen (0-1) 8. Ciaran Breen 9. Cathal Dunne (0-1) 10. Cillian O’Riordan 11. Tadhg Brick 12. Andrew Morrissey 13. Gearoid O’Doherty (1-13, 1-11 frees, 0-1 ’65) 14. Richie Whelan 15. Luke Chester
Subs used: 21 Kevin Hanaffin (for Richie Whelan); 23. Niall Cassidy (for Ciaran Breen); 20 Stephen Morrissey (for Cillian O’Riordan); Luke Barrett (for Brian Lonergan)

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