Austin Stacks GAA Club News

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THE LEAVING CERT: Club Chairman, Billy Ryle wishes all the Austin Stacks members who are doing the Leaving Cert exams between Wednesday, 9th June and Tuesday, 29th June, the best of luck.

Remember that exam candidates are guaranteed accredited grades this year so regard the written Leaving Cert exams as a bonus.

The higher grade achieved in each subject over the two methodologies – accredited grade and written exam grade – will be awarded when the results are issued on the 3rd September. So it’s all to play for. Go néirí an tádh libh go léir.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: Round 1 of this five-round Co. League gets underway on this coming weekend. Our game against Dingle in Connolly Park goes ahead on Saturday evening (12th June) at 7.30pm.

It will be 37 weeks of no competitive action for our Senior players at Club level. Our last game was on 27th September last when we won the Town Championship in Austin Stack Park – eventually overcoming John Mitchels in a tight game by 2-15 (21) to 3-9 (18).

As only one game got to be played last season  in the Co. League we go into this year’s competition as Holders having won the 2019 League in dramatic fashion in Rathmore – defeating the home side in the only penalty shoot-out that we have encountered in gaelic football. To get to that final we had a narrow one point win against Dingle (1-6 to 1-5) in a play-off the week before that. Our last encounter against Dingle was in round one of the Club Championship played last July with the game ending in a 1-12 draw.

B FOOTBALL: Our B team are also on duty at the week-end in Division 5A. of the Co. League with an away trip to Killorglin to play their opening round against Laune Rangers B. This game is fixed for Sunday afternoon (13th June) at 1.30pm.

MINOR FOOTBALL: Ardfert 1-8; Austin Stacks 1-9.

Our minor team started their u17 county league away to Ardfert on Monday night. It was a tough opening fixture for an injury ravaged squad away to arguably the best u16 team in the County last  year.

Playing in to a strong wind Stacks started lively with Togor Silong kicking the opening point of the game. Arfert kicked the next three points all by Odhran Ferris, two frees and one from play. A Jack Hannon point for Stacks was followed by the first of two Damian Hogan points. Ardfert got in for a fine goal between the two points by Damian. Both teams kicked one more point in the first half with the Stacks score coming from Jack Hannon. The half time score was Ardfert 1 -4 to Austin Stacks 0 – 5.

Stacks started the second half with the aid of a strong wind but Ardfert got the first score, a point, of the half. Damian Hogan then kicked a fabulous point from a free near the sideline. Stacks were getting the upper hand when disaster struck and we were reduced to 14 players following a scuffle in the middle of the field. The team reacted in the best possible way with a cracking goal finished by Jack Hannon.

It was set up for a tense finale with Ardfert scoring a point from play followed by a Noah Townsend point for Stacks. Odhran Ferris then kicked an equalising point with a great free as the game entered the dying stages. A quick Stacks attack was stopped by Ardfert but we managed to turn the ball over again and a quick interchange of play between Togor Silong and Josh Lynch set up Josh to kick an outstanding winning point. Try as they might Ardfert could not get an opportunity to equalise with the defence standing strong and disciplined for the final minutes. All in all, a deserved win and a great start to the minor campaign. One notable feature of the game was the first appearance of Kian Gorman for the Stacks. Kian recently joined us, having moved to Kerry with his family from Cavan. We thinks this makes him the first Cavan man to wear the club colours in a competitive match.

Hopefully one or two of the injured players will be back for our next match at home to Dr Crokes at 7.30 Monday 14th in Connolly Park

Ardfert 1-8 Austin Stacks 1-9


Michael Tansley, Kian Gorman, Cian Dillane, Jack Doyle, Simon Carey, Colm Browne, Luke Casey, Josh Lynch, Togor Silong, Jack Hannon (c), Noah Townsend, Aaron Nolan, Sean Moynihan, Damian Hogan, Marc Carmody Subs: Eamonn Barry for Noah Townsend 59 min, Jack Slattery


Togor Silong 0-2, Jack Hannon 1-2, Damian Hogan 0-3, Noah Townsend 0-1 and Josh Lynch 0-1

Well done to the whole squad and to Team Mentors Eamon Scanlon, Denis Sayers,Kieran Browne and Eoghan Galvin and thanks to Eamon for that brilliant report.

JUNE IN THE PAST: (8th to 14th). On the field of play we were still in the middle of our first golden era when we opened our 1934 Co. Championship campaign with a good win against North Kerry (1-10 to 1-2). That game took place in Listowel on the 10th June. Team: Mick Landers, Jimmy Kelter, Mick Healy, Tim Sullivan, Dan Ryan, Tommy Barrett, Mick McDonnell, Miko Doyle, Paddy Drummond, Martin Bracker O’Regan, John Joe Purty Landers, Jimmy Gawksie Gorman, Jim Sugrue, Jackie Ryan, Frank O’Neill.

ONLINE CLUB SHOP OPEN – check out the newest ‘official’ Austin Stacks Club Merchandise – only available to order on this link (free delivery on any orders over €50) see

CLUB LOTTO: Monday Night’s (7th June) Jackpot, worth €2,100, was not won. The numbers drawn were 6, 14, 18, 32. The €20 winners were Mick Laide and Mary Fitzmaurice, both c/o The Club; Brenda Litchfield and Sinead O’Connor, both c/o Online; and Rosarie Horgan, c/o Malachy Nagle.

Next Monday’s Jackpot will be worth €2,150.

Continued thanks to the following businesses for selling our Club Lotto tickets – Kevin Barry’s Shop, Commane’s Book Shop, O’Flynn Interiors, Hussey’s, Princess St., Terry’s Butcher’s, Oakpark The Burger Shack, Monavally as well as Maguire’s Butchers and Kirby’s Brogue Inn and continued thanks to everyone who purchase tickets week in, week out.

Austin Stacks lotto tickets are now also available to purchase on line on the following link: Kirby’s Brogue Inn Maguire’s ButchersHussey’s P. Commane Books.

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently: Marie Daly (nee Donovan), Clahane, Ballyard and formerly Ballybroman, Abbeydorney; James Sweeney, Rock Street and formerly Racecourse Road; Úna Curran (nee McVey), Derrylea, Oakpark and formerly Old Cabra Road, Dublin; Alice Finnegan (nee Curtin), Spa Road; Bernard (Bernie) Boyle, Killerisk; and Phil Fitzgerald (nee O’Sullivan), Kevin Barry’s Villas and formerly Mitchel’s Crescent.

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