Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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traleeparnells 2Under 16 league:
Well done to the u16 Parnells hurlers who had a fantastic win against Abbeydorney Thursday night well done boys, a fantastic game had by all. Final score Parnells 5-07 Abbeydorney 3-04, well done lads.

Camogie Under 11:
On Saturday, April 11th, Tralee Parnells U11 girls joined local teams and visitors from 6 Cork clubs for a blitz behind the dunes at windswept Ballyheigue Beach. It was a treat for families and mentors alike to see our team easily hold its own against teams from a camogie stronghold like Cork. Well done Rachel, Nora, Sadhbh, Eabha, Emma, Lana, Caoilinn O., Caoilinn H., Caoimhe, Clodagh O, Clodagh Mc, Thank you to coach, Richard Mc and to manager, Seamus C.

Under 12s v Kilgarvan:
The U12’s had their second match of the season against a strong Kilgarvan side in Kerins O’Rahillys pitch. Kilgarvan were quick of the mark and opened up the scoring with the first point of the game. The U12 retaliated winning the ball in midfield resulting in a fantastic goal from Edward Sheehy. The first half saw some excellent hurling skills on both sides, with key blocking and hooking skills. Forwards Sean Delayne and Joey Nagel worked hard showing some great skills but the Kilgarvan defence was strong. Evan Foley had his first night in goals and did an excellent job in keeping the scores to a minimal. The backs Graham Sheehy, Tadhg Reen and Niall Cassidy had their work cut out with a lively Kilgarvan side. Some unlucky wides left the score at half time 2-5 to Kilgarvan to 1-3 to Parnell’s. The second half the U12’s looked determined. A superb goal from Joey Nagel lifted the spirits. This was followed by some great points from both sides. Jamie Fitzgerald battled hard in midfield and showed great ball winning ability. Graham Sheehy battled hard and delivered great long balls into the goal line. However, a strong Kilgarvan side fought hard to stay ahead. Approaching the last two minutes Kilgarvan were ahead by 8 points. The U12’s didn’t give up and battled hard to keep their head above water with some excellent team work all over the field fighting for possession. A Goal and a point by Jamie Fitzgerald again spurred on the team, followed by an excellent point form Tadhg Reen. The last play of the game saw Graham Sheehy clinch a vital final point which was enough to secure a draw, Parnell’s 3 -11 Kilgarvan 4-8. It was a fantastic game and all players should be very proud of their efforts.

Camogie under 14:
There was a marked improvement in the confidence, skills and teamwork on display from the under 14 team that faced Killarney in Caherslee last Friday. The visitors had the advantage in average age and size, but our Parnells girls, undaunted, went about applying the skills practised at the last training session. Solo runs, jab lifts, marking and blocking were all improved from our last outing. With some good free opportunities and some narrow wides, Parnells were a little unlucky to go into the interval scoreless. However, the good work and progress of the first half began to pay off after the break, with Parnells executing several good team passing movements resulting in 3 goals. Eugenie and Ruth had turns in goal and were fronted by a defense where Katie and Aoife O’Sullivan were stalwart throughout. Saoirse looked comfortable in a new midfield role, alongside Yasmin and Clodagh who both also contributed well. In the forwards Hannah led some good attacks, with Shona also to the fore in pressing the Killarney backs. Team Eugenie, Ruth, Katie, Aoife, Saoirse, Yasmin, Clodagh, Alva, Caoimhe, Amber, Ava Sugrue, Hannah, Shona. Well done girls on your continued improvement.

Under 12 Camogie:
Parnells girls were last week drawn from a lottery to participate in a blitz with 47 other teams from Munster in Camán To Thurles, an annual event for U12 players. Our date is This is an excellent opportunity for our girls to take part in a series of games in Semple Stadium against opposition from all over Munster. On Saturday, April 25th, we will leave Tralee at 10:30 am, on our bus to what promises to be a great day out for all involved.

Congratulation Kerry Hurlers:
Our thanks Parnells great friend and supporter John Griffin who brought the cup along to show us all at the Parnells fundraiser Saturday night. Congratulation to John and his team from Parnells. This will do a power of good to hurling in Kerry and indeed to the Parnells cause as we continue our recruitment drive. The focus will now turn to Saturday, May 2 at 1:00 pm in Austin Stack Park Tralee. We hope to see a strong Parnells support for this round 1 of Christy Ring – Kerry vs Down.

Shocking Scenes at Killeen Road:
What started out as a well intentioned fundraiser for Parnells, took a disturbing turn early on and quickly descended into a vendetta filled evening where spouses and partners took what seemed to be a long awaited opportunity, to literally tear strips off the men in their lives. Chairman and Secretary Dermot and David led by example, soon to be followed onto the sacrificial alter by a series of coaches and mentors from each age group, along with other volunteers from the hurling community. In their turn, Chris Moloney, Graham Spring, Andrew Morrissey, Pa Daly, Ger O’Brien, Cathal Foley, Mark Reale and many others succumbed to the dreaded wax treatment. Local photographers were on hand, so we will await the print media this week with morbid interest. One victim was so overcome by the pain and humiliation, that his mind seemed to experience a flashback to a similar predicament during to the 2014 Championship at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. We can see the parallels, with him again surrounded and taking a verbal and physical battering from all of Kerry, so we wondered if this was what caused him to launch into a resounding rendition of “The Banks” as he lay prostrated on the operating table. The crowd got into their stride and became more like a howling mob with each new volunteer and the raucous howls of approval, whenever a strip covered with hair was help aloft for their approval, were truly terrifying. Some ladies had to be encouraged and cajoled into doing the honours, while others less faint hearted, were seen to literally sprint from their seats when the opportunity arose to rip the strips off their menfolk. We hope none of these brave men who volunteered so selflessly for Parnells, will suffer too much long term psychological trauma, arising out of the sordid events of this evening of “50 Shaves of Grey”. We look forward to seeing them back in their more familiar coaching roles this Friday. We will understand if they decide to wear long trousers and leave the shorts at home for a while. Congratulations to Ger Reidy and his team of volunteers who organised the evening that resulted in the raising of much needed funds for the club.

Coaching drills:
See Parnells Facebook for Coaching Drill #6 – Under 10 Drill of the week. Striking from the hand.

Website launch:
The new club website was previewed on Saturday night to those gathering for the fundraising and social night. On this site at viewers can see interesting photos from our activities, our team page with manager contact details, club shop page, information on policies and volunteering, items of club history and so on. The idea behind launching our web site is to show people we are a welcoming and growing club, who are always seeking new players and adult volunteers. Therefore details on how to join us are on the site. Feedback and suggestions on the content are welcome, please forward via the club PRO.

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