Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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U7 Hurling
The under 7’s hosted Kilmoyley in Caherslee on Monday of last week for a few competitive and fun filled matches.

The conditions were not too unlike the hurling final in Croke Park as the sun blazed down on the teams.  Despite many of our players attending and having a fantastic 1st day of the Tralee Parnells Summer camp they battled on and were great young ambassadors for the blue and white of Parnells.

Congratulations to this week’s players of the week, Liam Brick and Rían Quinn well done boys.

The Tralee Parnells U8s after a busy morning of Camogie as they attended a blitz hosted by Killard

U8 Camogie
Our U8 squad enjoyed a fantastic Saturday morning of camogie as Abbeykillix hosted a blitz. It was a warm morning and the players were scheduled with four matches. Our girls held their own and really progressed in each match.

It was fantastic to see the girls really enjoying themselves.  Thank you to John Diggins for refereeing and to all the parents who travelled.

U10 Camogie
Our U10 camogie squad also had a busy morning on Saturday as they took part in the blitz hosted at Crotta O’Neills.

The coaches were delighted with the fantastic effort put in by the girls.  They met some tough opposition but all the hard work at training is certainly paying off as they challenged for every ball.

Claire Murphy from Expose Beauthy Salon presenting a set of sponsored jersyes for our U12 hurlers to Dermot Reen juvenile chairperson

U12 Camogie
On Wednesday evening our U12’s Blues played Sliabh Luchra in the County League. There was some great Camogie played by both sides.

Although Parnells came out winners, Sliabh Luchra showed some serious skill so keep up the great work. Thanks to Sliabh Luchra for providing the pitch, all the parents for travelling and to John Ross for refereeing the game.

Minor Camogie
It was another busy evening for Tralee Parnells on Tuesday the 19th of July in Caherslee, with both pitches being put to full use.

Under 14 Camogie and under 11 hurling had training, under 13 boys hosted Ballyduff and the Intermediate hurling panel had a preparation session for the upcoming quarter final match against Kilgarvan.

The Tralee Parnells Minor Camogie team who lost out to Causeway in the first round of the league

As these crowds finally dispersed after 8pm, the minor Camogie team took to the field to open their 2022 competitive season.  Parnells fielded a young team relying on a lot of our under 16s, but they well held their own in the opening encounters.

Causeway were able to take points more easily but Parnells had plenty of attacks of their own and got the ball into the danger area on more than one occasion.

Our defence were well tested as we expected, but Jessica was strong between the posts, well supported by Ciara, Gráinne, Orla and Labhaoise and between them they repulsed several threating attacks at close range.

The ball distribution by Jessica was first rate and the outfield players worked well with her, making runs and finding space outside to receive her targeted puck outs.

Róise played a stalwart role at center back, breaking down lots of opposition attack play and surging forward repeatedly to set up play for our attack and get herself in scoring range.

Alice was strong in midfield and her partner Lana was tireless in picking up dirty ball and turning possession into attack.

Eugenie, Caoilinn, Grace, Abbie, Rachel, Kate and Emma were on plenty of ball and helped keep the pressure on the Causeway defence.  At half time Causeway held a narrow lead, while Parnells were left to ponder squandered opportunities close in.

After the interval Causeway continued to be better able to take points, but the work rate and teamwork of our midfield and attack finally paid off, in two green flags raised in scrambles in the small square, Emma claimed at least one of the goals, we will have to review the video footage to see who can get credit for the other one.

But in fairness, from all areas of the pitch, credit must go to the team as a whole who battled for each other and kept going right to the end.  In the closing stages Causeway cleared another scrambled ball off the line and Parnells were left to wonder if they could have snatched a late draw, given the final scoreline of 1-8 to 2-2 in favour of Causeway.

Our next minor match will be in 2 weeks on Tue 02-Aug, when Tralee Parnells travel to play Killarney minors  away, in the 2nd round.

Parnells Minor team vs Causeway: Róise O’Donnell, Cíara Casey, Eugenie Kerins, Alice O’Connell, Gráinne Diggin, Labhaoise Mansfield, Grace Hamilton, Lana O’Connell, Abbie Canty, Rachel Sargent, Orla Leahy, Jessica O’Loughlin, Kate O Loughlin, Emma Dunican, Caoilinn Hickey.

The Tralee Parnells Panel who lost out to Kilgarvan in the Intermediate Championship Quarter Final

Intermediate Hurling
The quarter final of the intermediate hurling championship took place last Wednesday between Tralee Parnells and Kilgarvan. It was the first meeting of the sides since their semi-final clash in 2020, and Kilgarvan were looking for revenge. The home side, however, were not going to lie over for the game, and Parnells were passionate from the start.

John Mark Foley opened the scoring for Kilgarvan, but this was answered by a Gearóid O Doherty free.

The sides swapped scores again and it was clear that this would be a tight affair. Kilgarvan got the big wins in the first half however, with two goals, coming from Gearóid Fennessy, and Richard O Sullivan. Tralee Parnells also lost Enda O Conner to a red card, which was a massive blow.

The scoreline at half time read Tralee Parnells: 0-9 Kilgarven: 2-8.

The second half would prove to be a passionate and entertaining 30 minutes. The two sides swapped scores again before Kilgarvan were presented with another goal chance, but were denied the three points by an excellent save from Mark Ryall.

Soon after, Ryall pulled off a brilliant body save, and another a few minutes later. Parnells added a few points to the board from Darragh Reen and Gearóid O Doherty before Mark Ryall pulled off another great save.

Kilgarvan, stubbornly, finally beat the Parnells goalkeeper and dispatched a third goal. Despite Parnells’ best efforts, Kilgarvan emerged victorious on a scoreline of 3-13 to 0-16.

Thank you
The club are very grateful to Claire Murphy from Expose beauty Salon, Mounthawk who has generously sponsored a new set of jerseys for our U12 hurlers.  Fostering links with our local businesses is of mutual benefit to all. Thank you again to Claire.

A great turnout with lots of fun at the Tralee Parnells Summer Camp

Summer Camp
Our summer camp last week was a huge success.  With the weather on our side for most of the week it was our largest summer camp to date with a very encouraging number of non registered children signing up to try hurling and camogie.

Thank you to our fabulous camp coaches who looked after the children during the week.  Thank you also to David Brick for organising the camp.

The lotto draw took place on Monday 18th July. The numbers drawn were 15, 16, 21,22.  The was no winner of the jackpot while the winners of the two luck dip prizes of €25 were Doreen O’Sullivan and Marnie O’Sullivan.

The draw for two tickets for the football final took place on Tuesday evening in Caherslee where Marnie O’Sullivan’s luck continued as she won the tickets.  You can play our lotto via the Clubforce app or follow the link at All support is greatly appreciated, thank you.

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