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Tralee Town Board Senior League

Ballymacelligott 2-13 Kerins O’Rahillys 1-13

Our Senior team travelled to Ballymac on Sunday last to take on the home side in Round Three of the Town League.  We started well in fine dry conditions and Jack Savage opened our account in the second minute from a pointed free.

Gearóid Dillane took a knock in the build-up and had to be replaced shortly afterwards by Daniel Nix.

The teams then exchanged points from play before Gearóid Savage pointed and then Tom Hoare got on the end of a fine move to fist to the net to put O’Rahillys 1-3 to 0-1 in front.  Jack Savage pointed from play to extend the Blues’ advantage but Ballymac answered with pointed free before a fine save from Shane Foley on 19 minutes maintained the five-point gap.

However, only a minute later, the home side goaled from play and quickly added a point to narrow the gap to the minimum.

A fisted effort from Sean Walsh then drew a fine save from Ballymac’s keeper, but another pointed free from Jack Savage meant that the town side went into the half time interval 1-5 to 1-3 in front.

Showery conditions persisted at the start of the second half and O’Rahillys introduced Rory Molloy at left half forward.  Nevertheless, Ballymac were undeterred and again reduced the margin to one point after two minutes.

Back came Strand Road with the Savage brothers raising a white flag each to leave a goal between the sides – but almost immediately the home side swept downfield and goaled to level matters again despite the best efforts of Shane Foley who got a hand to the shot.  Ballymac 2-4, O’Rahilllys 1-7.

The pendulum then swung back in Strand Road’s favour, mainly through the efforts of Gearóid Savage who pointed from 30 metres and repeated that feat when placed by Rory O’Connor from the resultant kickout.

Undaunted, Ballymac kicked two minors within the next three minutes to level matters once more.  Gearóid Savage restored O’Rahillys advantage from the 13-metre line, but Ballymac did likewise and then won the following kickout to edge in front by a point.

They doubled their advantage when they intercepted as Strand Road tried to work a short kickout, but over the next seven minutes, three pointed frees from Jack Savage saw O’Rahillys edge one point in front, 1-13 to Ballymac’s 2-9.

That proved to be the Blues last score however as a strong finish from Ballymac saw them level within two minutes and then three points from play in the final two minutes sealed the victory for the home side after a well contested game.

Kerins O’Rahillys: S Foley; S Collins, S Brosnan, D McElligott: R O’Connor, K Mullins, C Coffey; C Barrett, T Hoare; J Savage, R O’Callaghan, B Scannell; G Savage, S Walsh, G Dillane. Subs used:  D Nix, R Molloy, D O’Brien.

Co Minor League

Renard/St Marys 2-12 Kerins O’Rahillys 1-7

Our minors were always going to have a tough test in South Kerry on Saturday last against a home selection from the combined Renard and St Marys clubs.  The elements were inclement with a strong wind accompanying the rain.  The locals opened the scoring with a point after some good combination play.

They followed it up with a goal which started with a sideline kick and ended with a good diagonal ball into the corner forward who turned and gave Joe Hanafin no chance with a blistering shot.

Strand Road rallied immediately and worked the ball upfield from the kickout with Conor Hayes placing TJ McMahon who forced the keeper into a good save at the expense of a 45 that was pointed by Daniel Bowler.

The margin was reduced further when the Tralee side won the kickout and Conor O’Sullivan drove through and raised another white flag, before the home goalkeeper again denied McMahon, but Conor Hayes goaled from the rebound to put O’Rahillys one point in front.

Back came the South Kerry lads and three consecutive points saw them in the ascendancy once more.  O’Rahillys responded with a pointed free from Daniel Bowler after a foul on Conor Hayes.

Then Hayes converted superbly from 35 metres to tie the scores at 1-4 apiece, before he combined with Graham O’Carroll to place Bowler who pointed to restore O’Rahillys’ lead.

Back came the home side and it took a great save from Joe Hanafin to deny them what looked a certain goal – but three points in a row saw Renard/St Marys lead 1-7 to 1-5 at half time.

The second half started with a pointed free from Daniel Bowler and then TJ McMahon pointed with his left foot to tie the scores again.

This was to be our last score however as the locals forged two points ahead before they punished an intercepted pass to the full to move five points to the good.  Despite the best efforts of Brian O’Dowd, Stephen Nix, Mark Roche and Joe Hanafin, Renard/St Marys notched the last three points of the game to run out deserving winners.

Kerins O’Rahillys: J Hanafin; R McLysath, G Dunne, S Murphy: B O’Dowd, S Nix, J Daly; L Magee, D Bowler; G Burrows, C O’Sullivan, E Reka; G O’Carroll, C Hayes, TJ McMahon. Subs:  M Roche, S McCarthy.

Tralee Town Board U14 League

Last Sunday saw the start of the Town League, with O’Rahillys home to Na Gaeil at Pat Healy Park, Ballyrickard.  We started off in a whirlwind fashion, putting the ball in the net three times in the first five minutes.

The boys were full of running and supported each other very well to build up a commanding lead which they would not relinquish.  Although short a few regulars, we were the stronger team throughout with Captain Sean Collins calm and assured in goal and a fullback line of Seamus Cahill, Conal Foley and Brendán Meehan giving very little away.

Brayden Pierce and Jake Foley were attacking  at every opportunity from the half back line and linking well with strong running , Tomás  Kennedy and Ryan Houlihan.  Cian Moran was pivotal in the centre forward position and got great support from Ruairí Kennedy and Killian Hussey who worked their socks off.  Our inside line of Cian Lynch , Jamie McCarthy and Odhran Kerins  combined well and got some lovely scores.  Overall it was a great team display by the lads and they deserved their convincing win.



Training continues indoor from 5-6p.m. in the Sports Complex on Tuesday. Bring your friend, your Mom, Auntie or Nana to join in.

There will be outdoor training on Thursday from 5-6p.m. in Ballyrickard in preparation for Round 1 of the North Kerry League which commences on February 28th when we are home to Churchill.


Indoor training continues on Tuesday from 5-6p.m.

There was a great turnout at outdoor training last week. The girls were delighted to be out on the grass after the winter months.

Outdoor training again on Thursday from 5-6p.m. in Ballyrickard.


The cold breeze in Ballyrickard didn’t stop the girls showing up for training last Sunday. They were raring to go and are looking forward to training outdoors again on Tuesday and Thursday at 5p.m.


We are home to Moyvane in round 1 of The Co. League next Saturday, February 23rd. More details to follow.


Date for your diaries…. February 23rd from 11a.m. – 1.30p.m. in Charlie’s Bistro in the club. Every single player must pay registration. No pay, no play!


Every girl can bring a friend, a sister, their Mom, Auntie or Nana to training on Tuesday evening. George Bastible will be doing core, strength and conditioning with you .

A few benefits of exercise are: less tension, stress and mental fatigue, improved sleep, a natural energy boost, a sense of achievement, focus in life, motivation and a better social life. And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Looking forward to seeing everyone!


Come join us. Here you will make new friends, have fun, learn new skills, learn about team work, have great memories, get fit and will develop mentally and physically under the guidance of our coaches who give it 100%. For further details phone or text Shirley (086) 8713552.


Registration Day is next Saturday, 23rd February, in the main club from 11am to 1.30pm.  There is no increase in registration fees, which are as follows:

1 child 30 Euro

Family registration 50 Euro – this is up to U10 Girls and U16 Boys.

Juvenile Academy

The Complex was the place to be on Sunday morning last from 11am-1pm where the Academy was in full swing.  It was a hustle of activity.  Indoors the U6 Boys and Girls, along with the U8 and U10 Girls took to learning their football skills, whilst outdoors on the astro at 12pm, the U8 and U10 Boys enjoyed their training session.  The Academy continues for one more week, on Sunday next, 24th February, in Tralee Sports Complex, before it will start it’s outdoor training in Ballyrickard on Saturday March 3rd at 11am.  All new members welcome!

U12s training continue indoors in the Green on Wednesdays at 6pm.  The U12s start their Town League Campaign next Saturday, 23rd February, at home to St. Pat’s at 3pm.

The U14s are away in the town league to St Pat’s next Sunday, 24th Feb, at 11am in Blennerville, where they’ll be hoping to continue their fine form after their victory over Na Gaeil in the opening round.

The U16s train as normal in Mitchel’s on Wednesdays at 6pm.

SNIPPETS from “top of the right”

·         Well done to Dr Crokes who beat a gallant Mullinalaghta side to deservedly reach the All Ireland Senior Club Final on St Patrick’s Day.

·         St Marys Belfast, conquerors of a Jack Savage inspired IT Tralee, have qualified for the Sigerson Cup final where they will face UCC.

·         In a historic first, the club are happy to be invited to play in this year’s O’Donoghue Cup.  We will play Crokes, Legion and Rathmore.  Oh sorry – that’s the club championship!


The club wishes to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of George P Lyons, Clahane, Ballyard and Seán Lacey, Hawley Park. RIP.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.

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