Austin Stacks GAA Juvenile Club News

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PEIL FAOI 15: The members of the Tralee District Under 15 football team, winners of the Divisional County Championship, will receive their hard-won and well-deserved medals at 7.30pm this Friday, December 2nd, at the Kerins-O’Rahilly Club, Bóthar na Trá.

This outstanding group of footballers has players from the John Mitchels, Kerins-O’Rahillys and Austin Stacks Clubs.

They defeated North Kerry (1-14 to 1-13….a close encounter!), Corca Dhuibhne (2-18 to 2-11), Kenmare District (6-15 to 3-9….bua breá!), East Kerry (2-11 to 0-14…semi-final…cúil a bhuann cluichí!) and, in a really great final, Castleisland District.

(Following (thíos) is the report on that final as penned by Dáithí Ó Loingsigh…is fiú é a léamh in athuair).

Friday night’s celebration will be a very special occasion as it has been many years since the Tralee District last won this particular competition.

Vis unita fortior, united strength is stronger agus ní neart go cur le chéile! Ceantar Thrá Lí Abú!

PEIL FAOI 15 – CRAOBH AN CHONTAE: Austin Stack Club U15 players featured in key roles across the pitch in a stunning display of football on August 31st last in the Kerry U15 Divisional County Championship Final when Tralee District claimed a hard-won victory against their Castleisland opponents in the hallowed ground of Austin Stack Park.

A great game was expected and a memorable game it was! Though Castleisland started strongly and managed an early point Tralee gradually gained composure and momentum as the first half drew on.

Stack Club’s defenders Fionnán Ryan, Bao Foley and Liam O’Connell felt the heat in the later sections of that first half and into the second as the Castleisland attack strengthened.

The titanic Tralee crusaders could well have let the scoreline drift away once a gut-punch of a Castleisland goal burrowed its way into the net.

Their resolve and their sheer will to win, however, was the winning factor. These young heroes forged on, sending four points over the black spot in quick succession. It was á tête-à-tête from that moment on.

No score went unanswered and the scoreline remained stubbornly deadlocked. Excitement mounted, hearts throbbed, time ebbed!

Tralee aficionados were concerned about extra time until Ronan Carroll sent a gem of a last-minute free kick sailing into the Horan’s End. Kerry’s Seánie Ó Sé would have been proud of such a score!

This sealed victory for gaiscígh Thrá Lí agus na Carraige. This writer believes that there have been atomic bombs quieter than the roar of joy that came from the crowd.

This was a tie to savour…an incredible display of what we have to look forward to from our future county senior panels!

However, it has to be acknowledged that the Oileán Ciarraí boys also performed heroically agus nach raibh idir an dá fhoireann ach barr ribe (a hair’s breadth).

Sea, bhí an t-ádh dearg le leaideanna an bhaile mhóir ach fós féin bhí an bua tuillte acu! We acknowledge the incredible efforts of all involved….the players in playing and the coaches in training the panel….not least of all our own club members, Coach Morgan O’Connell and his Rock stars….Ben Murphy (captaen), Ryan O’Driscoll (leaschaptaen), Olivier Lata, Bao Foley, Liam O’Connell, Fionnán Ryan, Ronan Carroll, Gavin Ó Cathasaigh, Cormac Bastible, Alex Tuohy, Max Maszorek, Rory Ó Loingsigh, Leon Sweeney, Rian Walsh. (Naode Derege and Leon O’Connor were involved in earlier rounds).

SCÓR na nÓG: If any young Rock player or supporter would like to represent The Rock by singing in Scór na nÓg (Faoi 17)…now is his/her chance. Or like to be part of a five-person (boys or girls) group of singers who’d like to form a ballad group? Or be in a grúpa ceoil? Or one of four in a table quiz competition? Nó dán/scéal a reic? Nó a bheith páirteach i rince foirne nó seit?

COLÁISTÍ….ROCK REPS IN COLLEGE GAMES: (i) Best wishes to the Mercy Mounthawk lads who, after going down to The Sem in the Corn Uí Mhuirí (U19) competition, will face Coláiste na Sceilge (‘Sceilg’) ar an 7ú Nollaig (Wednesday), de réir an sceidil.

The Rock boys on the panel: Mícheál Tansley (báireoir), Jack Ó Murchú, Ben Ó Murchú, Daniel Ó Ciarba, Cillian Litchfield, Paidí Ó Laighin, Noah Townsend, Liam Ó Cearmada. (S.de Rís).

(ii) Good luck to the Tralee CBS boys in their next game in the Munster Colleges Senior Football (Corn Uí Mhuirí) competition (Faoi 19) v Clonakilty. This 3rd round match is expected to take place, de réir an sceidil, on the 12th December (Monday). Go n-éirí go geal leo ar fad, go mór mór buachaillí na Carraige…..Colm de Brún (captaen), Éanna Ó Cathail, Ryan Ó Drisceoil, Rónán Ó Cearúill, Josh Ó Loingsigh, Damien Ó hÓgáin, Tomás Derege, Seán Ó Muimhneacháin agus Donnacha Mac an tSaoir. (A.Mhic Lochlainn).

(iii) Tralee CBS U16½ hurlers played in the Munster Hurling ‘C’ final in Bántír last week (23ú) against a good Waterford hurling side, Coláiste Naomh Aibhistín, Dún Gharbhán. The Tralee boys won on a score of 1-21 to 1-15.

An outstanding victory! Corn Dhara Uí Dhonnabháin has taken pride of place in The Green. There were nine Tralee players on the panel and among them were our own Liam Ó Conaill, Tomás Ó Conaill and Fionnán Ó Riain! Well done, boys! (D.Mac Lochlainn). Hurling is alive in Kerry’s capital! Oh, if only camáns would swing again in Connolly Park!

(v) Having defeated Clonakilty by 0-8 the Mercy Mounthawk seniors will face their next encounter with great confidence. We wish them well. The Rock players on the Mounthawk panel: Róise Ní Dhónaill (captaen), Gráinne Ní Riada, Máire de Mórdha, Lúsaí Ní Chonchúir, Holly Ní Bhriain, Gráinne Ní Luasaigh and Rachel Mulgrew. Bainisteoirí: A.Ní Bhrosnacháin agus L.Ní Mhuircheartaigh.

CLUB LOTTO: Thanks to all who continually support and promote our club lotto: (i) Kirbys’ Brogue Inn, Lower Rock Street, (ii) Husseys’ Deli, Prince’s Quay, (iii) Carmel O’Neill and others, (iv) Maguires’ Butcher Shop, Caherslee, (v) Barrys’ Supermarket, Upper Rock Street, (vi) Paudie Commane’s Bookshop, Rock Street, (vii) The Burger Shack, Monavalley, (viii) O’Flynn Interiors (Malachy Nagle), Lower Rock Street,(ix) www.austinstacks.ie (x) and/or on https://play.clubforce.com/play_newa.asp?ll_id=X529#Anchor

CLUB GOODS: (i) Our Club shop is open seacht lá na seachtaine. The newest official Austin Stack Club merchandise is only available to order on this link (free delivery on any orders over €50). Téigh go www.oneills.com (ii) Keohane Athletic’s ‘Urban Terrace’….limited stock (2xM, 2xL, 11xXL, 4x2XL). Order now to ensure delivery in time for Christmas. The original ‘Street of Champions’…from this terrace of 20 houses, 21 All-Ireland senior football medals were won by Austin Stack Club players over 18 years, from 1924 to 1942. Éacht agus mórghaisce! Seo é an suíomh: https://keohaneathleticclub.com/product/urban-terrace/

CRAOBH NA MUMHAN: Go n-éirí go geal le K-O’R (ár gcomharsana) v Caisleán Nua Thiar sa pheil shinsearach.

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