Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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By finishing in 2nd place on 15 points ( 7 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw) we have qualified for our first senior league final since 2013 when David Moran’s long distance free was enough to edge out Austin Stacks.

As Dr Crokes finished first on 21 points ( their opening day draw with Glenbeigh/Glencar their only point dropped), they will have home advantage in the final on a date to be determined by the county board – well done to the team and management who gave a great commitment since the  beginning of the year and they now have a final to look forward to – see match report.

An outstanding team performance saw us gain  the two points which guarantees us a place in this year’s league final, our first since 2013.

We started very brightly with Jack Savage pointing from a free within the opening minutes but quick scores from Cathal O’Bambaire and Mikey Geaney had Dingle in front for the first and only time in the game; from here to the 20th minute we ruled the roost with tremendous work in defence from Ross O’Callaghan, excellent on Paul Geaney and Darragh McElligott who was much too good for his opponent.

In the middle eight, Con Barret, John C O’Connor and Gavin O’Brien were dominant with Gavin in particular fielding some great ball and making runs from deep; he was not always rewarded from these runs but the frees were being racked up by Jack and with some great passing and score taking from Barry John we had forged ahead by 5, 0-8 to 0-03 with ten minutes remaining in the first half. Dingle were sticking to the task and scores from Matthew Flaherty and Mikey Geaney had them within two points with four minutes left to play – however, Barry John and Tommy both from play had the final say and we lead by four at the break, 0-10 to 0-06.

Tommy had the opening score of the second half, a point within 20 seconds and then the goal that we had long threatened arrived via Gavin O’Brien when he sliced through the heart of their defence and found the bottom corner – though Dingle responded we were back on the offensive again when John C, working tirelessly throughout fired over on 8 minutes; at this stage, David Moran and Tom Hoare were introduced for Con Barrett and Tommy Walsh respectively and when Tom showed well for an incoming ball his quick lay off found Gavin who again found the net; it was academic thereafter with both sides trading scores and it was left to substitute Padraig Griffin to finish our third goal following good work from Barry John.

As stated, overall this was an outstanding team display but mention must be made of Darragh McElligott, Ross O’Callaghan, John C and Gavin O’Brien who all excelled on the day and ensured we progressed to the league final.

Final score: Kerins O’Rahillys 3-18, Dingle 0-14.

Our next outing is the first round of the county championship in two weeks time when we play Feale Rangers on the 1st Sept in Listowel @ 17.30

Team: Gary Kissane, Danny O’Sullivan, Ross O’Callaghan, Darragh McElligott, Cian Sayers, Ryan Carroll, Karl Mullins (0-01), Con Barrett, John C O’Connor ( 0-01), Gavin O’Brien ( 2-0), Tommy Walsh ( 0-02), Jack Savage ( 0-06, 3fs), Gearóid Savage ( 0-01f), Barry John Keane ( 0-04), John Ferguson ( 0-01).

Subs: Shane Brosnan, Padraig Griffin ( 1-01), David Moran |( 0-01), David Murphy, Jason O’Leary & Tom Hoare.

Senior County Championship:

Attention now turns to the senior county championship and our first round game vs Feale Rangers which will be played in Listowel on Sat 1st Sept @ 17.30 – hopes will be high after last year’s run to the semi final but there are no easy games at any stage and a trip North is always a difficult one – no doubt training will have an extra edge to it over the next few weeks as players try to earn a starting spot.

Coiste Trá Lí Junior league:

A great win last week for the juniors who overcame John Mitchels in Healy Park on a final score line of 3-15 to 0-13. They are in pole position now for a semi final place following their win over Austin Stacks the previous week.

The format for the county junior cups has been changed this year with the Molyneaux & McElligott cups being amalgamated as follows:

A pool of 8 teams have been entered with opening games next Friday night 24th August – we have been drawn away to Beaufort and if successful will advance to the knockout stages of the Molyneaux cup – if defeated we will then compete in the McElligott cup  – games will take place on consecutive Friday evenings to the 21st Sept ( our B team will compete in this competition)

The Cahill Cup will see Charlie Kerins in action again on this Friday night ( 24th) when we entertain Castleisland Desmonds at home where throw in is @ 6.45

Austin Stack Park was the setting on Weds night last ( 15th) for our division 3 final vs Knock/Brosna/Duagh. We started well with an early goal from Daniel Bowler but despite another major from Jack Savage we were two points in arrears at half time; we reduced the deficit and then took the lead only for a converted penalty from KBD to leave them leading by 3 points as the final minutes approached – Conor O’Sullivan lofted a high ball to the square which was finished to the net by Enis Reka resulting in an additional 2o minutes extra time being played- however, we were unable to match the opposition for strength in this period and finished losing by 4 points, 3-20 to 4-13.

Well done to all the lads, to Ray, Mazie and JT for their efforts in the past few months.

Team: Liam Magee, Mark Roche, Stephen Nix, Seán Murphy, TJ Heaphy, Conor O’Sullivan, Sam Pituch, Jack Savage, Daniel Bowler, Graham O’Carroll, Sam McCarthy, Gavin Burrows, Darragh O’Connor, TJ McMahon, Jerome Daly.

Subs: Enis Reka, Alan O’Connor, Ben O’Brien, Danny Hennessy & Eric McMahon.

After a short break the Academy got back in full swing this Sunday with parents and kids alike catching up after the break – there was a great buzz around as the kids resumed their games and skills coaching.

Our A & B teams are both in action tonight ( Mon 20th) in Healy Park vs Ardfert with both games throwing in @ 19.00

Rose Cup:
There were huge crowds present for the annual event played last Sat with our own team being unlucky to not to make the semi finals – Aghabullogue from Cork were the winners of the cup whilst Listowel took away the shield.

The Central Region final will take place on this coming Weds night, 22nd in Ballymac vs Laune Rangers @ 7 PM.

There was heartbreak for North Kerry U-15s on Sat in Tullamore when going down in the final to Cork on a final score line of 3-11 to 1-09, a score line that does not fully reflect the closeness of the game.

Having defeated Louth ( 3-16 to 0-06) in the first round and then Kerry South in the semi final ( 4-04 to 2-05) North Kerry came out against Cork with all guns blazing and raced into a 1-05 to NIL lead inside the opening 10 minutes – further chances flowed but were not availed of and the Cork lads gradually worked their way into the game running out winners in the end by 8 points. Well done to Jerome Daly and bainisteoir Mark Fitzgerald who both played in their parts throughout the year with this squad.

Texts will be sent about training during the week.
NO training this Tuesday. Our Kerins O’Rahilly’s Blue team’s home to Annascaul. Throw in at 7p.m. in Ballyrickard this Thursday, August 23rd.
Training continues with Declan and Tricia in preparation for the upcoming North Kerry games. Texts will be sent.
This Wednesday our U12 and U14 girls are being treated to an afternoon of water activities and food in Castlegregory. Enjoy and well deserved!
Thank you to Garvey’s SuperValu for allowing us to bag pack last Thursday. Thank you also to our volunteers for their time and to everyone who supported us.

Training continues ladies this Wednesday at 7p.m. in Ballyrickard. Looking forward to seeing our enthusiastic Moms giving it a go!

There were great celebrations in Ballyseedy last Tuesday when news filtered through that Rian Moynihan had successfully matched 4 numbers in our lotto draw, scooping the jackpot of €5,300 – the winning numbers were: 7, 13, 18 & 28 – Betty Tobin matched 3 and wins €25. Congrats Rian, well done.

The five entrants for the special December draw are as follows: Josie O’Sullivan, Lorna Griffin, Mary Foley, Paul O’Sullivan ( Kildare) and John Gleasure. Tickets from the usual outlets – next week’s jackpot will now begin @ €2,000.

Sincere sympathy is passed to the relatives and friends of Seán Patrick Moran who passed away during the week – ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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