Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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traleeparnells 2Kerry 1B fixtures 2016:

If there is sufficient interest, Parnells hope to attend some of the upcoming National Hurling league 1B fixtures together, to support the Kingdom as a group, proudly wearing our Parnells colours.

The list is; Sun 14-Feb Portlaoise 14:00 Laois v Ciarraí; Sun 21-Feb Tralee (TBC) 14:00 Ciarraí v Luimneach; Sun 06-Mar Tralee (TBC) 12:45 Ciarraí v Loch Garman; Sun 13-Mar Cusack Park, Ennis 14:00 An Clár v Ciarraí; Sun 20-Mar St Brendan’s Park, Birr 14:00 Uíbh Fhailí v Ciarraí.

AGM 2015 reports:

Continuing our series of excerpts from the reports to the Parnells 2015 AGM, this week we bring our readers some updates from our youngest group, the club nursery for future talent, our under 6s.

Again we had a very good season, though it was a slow start. In March at the Mitchells Complex we had well over 20 players. However, the loudness of the gym was extremely distracting to the young boys and girls, so training was nearly impossible for the weeks we were there.

We definitely lost some potential players while there. Once we were in Caherslee we were able to have great training sessions with a lot more focus. In May we were able to field three teams of 7 to play Abbeydorney and they proved themselves to be very confident and competitive.

They played similarly later in Ardfert. Numbers fell off a good bit in July and August, but they picked up again when school started. At the Parnells Blitz in the Mitchells in September, three clubs accepted our invitation to play.

Again, our own 3 teams were very competitive against all the clubs. It was a great day for all of them. A good number of strong and enthusiastic players will be going up to the under 8s next year.

We were blessed with great mentors and parental participation this year, which made training and organizing much easier. The new storage container was a great help to keep track of the gear, also.

Suggestions for 2016; -Limit U6s to only those kids who are in Junior Infants or above. There is a huge physical and mental gap between three year olds and six year olds.

If those who are younger than school age want to play, maybe another age group can be organized. -U6s should avoid training in the gym at Mitchells. They can have training outside on the astro or start later in the year instead.

Again, a big thanks is due to the main mentors – Brian Sargent, Fiona Reidy, Brendan O’Flaherty, Graham Spring and Cathal Foley. Their commitment was great and all worked well together.

To Our Readers:

To all our players, volunteers and supporters, Parnells wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas.

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