Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Senior Club Championship Round 3
Kerins O Rahillys 2-10 Legion 0-08
The senior side secured a vital home win in round 3 of this years Senior Club Championship. On a wet afternoon that was not ideal for football , both sides were fully committed right from the off.
Legion opened the scoring with a close in free , but minutes before this O’Rahillys net minder Shane Foley pulled off an outstanding save , when the visitors looked certain to tap a fisted pass across the square to the net, Foley raced across his line and denied them a goal.
Tommy Walsh soon equalised for the blues , this was quickly followed by a point from the lively Barry John Keane.
Legion then levelled with a point from the dangerous looking Conor Keane.
Our forward unit was now operating with much better fluency than we have seen in previous weeks , Tommy Walsh was causing huge problems for the Killarney team on the edge of the square, Barry John Keane , Jack Savage and Gavin O Brien were also involved in a lot of play and between them created a great goal chance, but for Jack Savage to be denied by Brian Kelly in the Legion goal.
The game was neck and neck and just before the first half water break Tommy Walsh took a fine mark from a high ball into the edge of the square, Tommy tapped over from close range to leave the score three points each .
From the restart Jack Savage kicked a fine point following a good fetch by Gavin O Brien. Legion again levelled , and this proved to be their last score of the half as the men in blue started to dominate around the middle, with the returning David Moran and Con Barrett putting in a great shift.
This dominance was rewarded with a point from Jack Savage , which was followed up by a great goal from Cormac Coffey who combined well with Gavin O’Brien to finish to the net. Minutes after ,O’Brien fired over a point of his own to put us into a 1-7 to -04 lead heading into the half time break.
Legion were to get the first score of the second half .

We were again dominating possession, but we were very sloppy in front of goal, squandering good opportunities to extend our lead, with some wayward shooting , shots dropping short into goalkeepers hand and poor decision making.
Ten minutes in , we were awarded a penalty when Gearoid Savage was upended in the square.

The resulting penalty was was expertly dispatched by Jack Savage.
From the kick out Legion swept up the field and floated a dangerous ball into the square, the ball broke and was struck goal bound but for Shane Foley to pull off another outstanding stop from point blank range.
Barry John Keane added to his tally just before the second half water break with a well taken point, this left the score 2-08 to 0-07.

Legion then kicked their final score of the afternoon.
The game became a little frayed in the final stages with both teams visibly tiring in the trying conditions.
Substitute Shane McElligott kicked a point before Jack Savage knocked over our final score of the game to see us run out comfortable winner on a score line of 2-10 to 0-08.
The big home support were delighted with the huge commitment, work rate and effort from the home side. The return of David Moran at midfield and the permanent deployment of Tommy Walsh at full forward is a huge plus for the side. Shane Foley in goal continues to impress, as does Donagh Buckley and Cormac Coffey at the back.

Con Barrett was back to his best, and put in a huge amount of work throughout.
Up front Gavin O Brien had his best outing in a while, Jack Savage was a constant threat, with the most notable display being the return to form of Barry John Keane.
We have a four or five week break now till our next fixture, which will be the first round of the County Championship. This will give management an opportunity to up the fitness levels and get some injuries to keys players cleared up.
Team:S Foley,D Buckley,P Begley,D McElligott,S Brosnan,C Coffey(goal)C Sayers,C Barrett,D Moran,G Savage,J Savage(1 -3,pen/1f),G O’Brien(1) BJ Keane (3)T Walsh (2,1M), C Hayes.
Subs used:S Walsh for G Savage, G Dillane for C Hayes,D O Sullivan for C Barrett, S McElligott for G O Brien.

A few games seem to be dragging on so hopefully we will get them played over the next couple of weeks especially now that basketball has started again.

We are asking for plenty of support for our U17 Ladies who are in the Championship semi final v Na Gaeil this Wednesday. Throw in will be at 6p.m.


Strand Road Blues who played John Mitchels last Sunday… a super bunch of young ladies!

Driving into Ballyrickard  last Sunday  for Rd. 2 of the Town League  the dark grey clouds overhead heralded the warning of more rain. Thankfully it held off! Our second super U12 team , Strand Road Blues were taking on John Mitchels….

The intensity had started ever before the game began as the girls were doing their warm up drills while they awaited the arrival of the referee.

Our captain on the day was Erika Slattery, a young lady who lead her team well.  Our young ladies had a battle on their hands from the off as in previous games, John Mitchels had always beaten us well.

Molly Casey had fantastic kick outs and saves. Lily Mae Bowler brought her basketball skills into play with some wonderful catches. Talented Taylor Kate Leane had a great game as had Lily Hussey.


We , the spectators held our breaths a few times as we “nearly “ got a goal. Our sidelines  imparted a great deal of encouragement to our young girls throughout the game . What we lacked in physicality we made up for in spades with determination.

Ava O’ Shea, Emma Onyekwere , Allie Kerins and Aisling Donnelly covered every blade of grass on the pitch. While Mitchels continued the attack we  stood strong and kept working like Trojans up until the final whistle.

Sunday was not our day but each and every girl on the team should be proud of the effort you all put in on the pitch. Again the great work put in by your coaches Mary and Rachel has brought you up to the standard that you had last Sunday.

Well done to our U10s also who are getting plenty of game time in competitive games….an extremely skilful bunch thanks to your U10 coaches.
You are all improving with every game.
Final Score:
Strand Road Blues 3-03
John Mitchels         4-05
In our final Rd. of the Town League competition we are away to Austin Stacks this Wednesday.

This Thursday, September 30th we are away to Austin Stacks in Rd. 3 of the Town League. Throw in will be at 6p.m. in Ballyrickard.
Best of luck to everyone!

Hard luck to our U13 Girls losing to Stacks in the Championship semi final in Connolly Park.
The girls did their best and kept fighting to the end. Huge well done girls for never giving up. We are getting stronger year by year and were delighted to see your sportsmanship after the final whistle. We are so proud of you! You’re a credit to your parents and club.
Many thanks to your parents for their support always and to your wonderful coach Mike Halloran for his time and commitment with the girls. It is greatly appreciated by all.

Sending hugs and best wishes to two of our young ladies who had surgery during the week… Fiadh McCarthy , who has a warm smile that would light up a room and a hearty laugh and Wiktoria Szlaga who also has a beautiful smile and a calming presence about her. Get well soon girls and we’re looking forward to seeing you back when you’re well!
We were all set to head out to Annascaul for Rd. 4 of the Co. League…Dingle/ Annascaul v Kerins O’ Rahilly, some were even on the way out when we got word that one of our girls couldn’t make it. With numbers being tight already with surgeries etc. we had to cancel at short notice. Our apologies to everyone!
In our next round we are at home to Duagh.

Details of our next North Kerry game TBC.

Well done to our ladies on their 3 point win over Laune Rangers in Cloon pitch last Wednesdsy evening. It was one exciting game!
With injuries and illnesses we only started out with 13 players having already called on a few of our girls who are only still  14 to play. After a few minutes we were able to bring on 2 of our U16s who much to our delight had boots in the car to give us a full team. Laune Rangers were 7 points up before we got our first goal which then changed the game.
At half time we were up a point. Come the second water break both sides were even and tension was building… Laune Rangers missed a late penalty , this would have meant a draw and extra time if they had scored…
Well done to everyone who came out on top in a well contested game against Laune Rangers. Many thanks to all who travelled to support.
A great game by Katie Nix, Lily O ‘ Brien Lauren Nolan , Lia Mclysaght and Keelan Coffey.
Full Time Score:
Laune Rangers 2-16
Kerins O’ Rahilly 5-10
We now meet Na Gaeil in the semifinal this Wednesday. Throw in will be at 6p.m. in Ballyrickard pitch. Best of luck to all.

Well done to our Senior Ladies beating Beale in Rd. 3 of the Championship. Good match and some great football. Next game  hopefully  next Sunday in Glenflesk. Best wishes to all!

Juvenile Notes

Kerins O’ Rahillys U11s …. “Up Strand Road.”

Definitely a good call cancelling training for our U5s and U6s last Sunday. It wasn’t too bad at 10a.m. but when the rain came it was bucketing down!
Make  sure that you keep up to date with our latest  club news on our Kerins O’ Rahilly GAA Club Facebook page.
Always remember that success  is about making our girls and boys the best they can be, whatever that may be…It’s less about the winning. Winning is nice, but it has to be about more than that….participation, inclusion, fun and enjoyment, making friends and much much more.

Congratulations to our juvenile coach and former club player Declan Quill , his wife Erika and sons Adam and Mattie who welcomed baby Tommy into the world last Friday evening. If Tommy is going to be anything like his proud brothers, we have another class player on our hands and are only delighted….Great news !

Congrats to the girls and boys who received their First Holy Communion last week… must say the boys in Strand Road were very dapper in their suits and of course our young ladies looked beautiful. Hope you all had a wonderful day!

Looking forward to seeing everyone next Sunday for enjoyable training with the best coaches around!

See everyone next Sunday when we must remember to sing a belated ‘Happy Birthday’ to coach Aisling. You can even help her blow out the candles girls.


It was a fantastic training session as always for  the U7 Boys last Sunday. Our excellent coaches spent plenty of time coaching one  on one and having great Craic.  Brilliant ideas to make training even more enjoyable each week as the boys get tips from past players and management . It’s great that we have such a strong link between our ex adult players and underage section.
Huge well done to the boys  who played our neighbours from Rock Street, Austin Stacks in fun Go Games last Wednesday  in Ballyrickard .. Great match boys…
Thanks to our superb coaches who give the boys great encouragement always !
Thank also to Axel’s Dad photographer, Raivis Rodenbikers for the wonderful action shots !

Kerins O’ Rahilly’s U7s in action against Austin Stacks.

The weather didn’t stop this super group of girls from traveling to Churchill where we had two teams line out. Each team showed great skills and commitment as they played in what turned into a very wet morning. But it didn’t damping their spirits and they all played extremely well. The coaches were very proud of each and every girl that turned up to play. Well done to each and everyone of ye. Thank you to Churchill for hosting us last Sunday. Ye also have a fantastic group of girls and we look forward to playing Ye again in the future. We must also thank our coaches who took the weather as it came and especially to Holy and Keelin who have been helping out with the girls, we couldn’t ask for more commitment than turning up on a day like Sunday. Thank you to each and every one of our parents too. This week the coaches had yet another tough job choosing player of the week, but this week they choose Kayla and Alice both girls have showed great improvement in all areas. Well done girls. We look forward to seeing all our U8s next week for training.

We look forward to seeing all our U10 girls at training next Sunday. The coaches have some new drills and surprises planned for the girls.

At the weekend, our U9s were welcomed by Legion, Killarney for Go Games. It was a horrendous day on Sunday for football with a continuous,  extremely heavy downpour .In spite of the inclement weather , both Legion’s and Strand Road boys showed great skills on the Killarney pitches. Neither team disappointed us with their wonderful skills . Congrats to all of our young men who couldn’t attend due to the rather important event in their lives, namely their First Holy Communion. It’s great that you had a beautiful day for it.
We have to say thanks to our coaches who did grin and bear the weather also but a special mention to young Dylan Moriarty and T.J. Heaphy. We must remember that they are both young fellas and we appreciate so much you getting up earlier on a Sunday morning to help out especially in that rain.
A warm thanks to Legion for their hospitality and for hosting. Thanks for your generosity in providing treats for our youngsters. We are looking forward to returning the compliment soon. Our juvenile chairman’s Dad , John Doody played with Legion many moons ago before moving to Tralee.

On Sunday, October 10th we will host a Fun Day for our club and community commencing at 2p.m.  This free event always proves to be a great day out for our community. Remember you don’t have to be a club member to join in on the day.  There will be food, games, street leagues , a puppet show, face painting, magic, balloons, activities and so much fun! Many thanks to everyone who has registered so far . All Covid guidelines and restrictions will be abided by on the day.
To register for street leagues please email . Please encourage your friends and neighbours to join in . If you don’t get a chance to register don’t fret, you’ll still be welcome.
Also on the day we are delighted to have Jigsaw Kerry do a workshop with our adolescents. If you’re interested please send an email with your child’s age. Thanks.
During the week we will have an itinerary of events and times.

End of year trips and jerseys needed for underage juvenile girls and boys  teams …On Saturday, October 9th we will begin our Walkathon/ Runathon / Bikeathon fundraiser which will run over a period 24 hours. If anyone is interested in sponsoring us please contact our juvenile chairman Adrian.. (085) 186 3655. We will also be setting up a GoFundMe for the event. It is the Mental Health & Well Being Fest that week so a donation will be made from our fundraiser to this.

Lotto Results
Sept 20th


No Winner of Jackpot €10,100

Match  3 winners €25
Kerry Leane

Draw for 4 €250 December 2021
Peig Hegarty DD
Breda E Murphy DD
Chissy & Caroline c/o Betty’s Bar
Shiela O Driscoll c/o Rock St PO
Aidan O Regan c/o Klub

Next Weeks Jackpot €10,200.
Condolences to the family of Maurice Wren ,Railway House, Basin View, Tralee. May he rest in peace.

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