Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Senior Munster Club Championship Semi Final Result.
Kerins O Rahillys 1-09 Eire Og Ennis 1-08

Sunday evening in Austin Stacks Park saw us take on the Clare Champions Eire Og Ennis in the Semi Final of this years Senior  Munster Club Championship.

We got off to a blistering start with the US based Gavin O Brien winning the throw in , powering through the Eire Og defence and offloading to Jack Savage, who slotted over from close range.

A minute later a speculative ball into the square was met with the fist of the inrushing Tommy Walsh, to put us into a nice early lead. We should have stretched our lead in the minutes after when we wasted a couple of good scoring opportunities. The Clare men then kicked the next three scores to bring themselves right back into the contest.

Jack Savage converted a free in the fourteenth minute to put us two up again.
Then came the biggest talking point of the game , when the referee brandished a second yellow card in as many minutes to David Moran, much to the bemusement of everyone in attendance.

To our credit our reaction was not one of panic, Tommy Walsh kicked a point from play and then  won a superb mark thirty yards out and converted the kick to put the score 1-04 to 0-03.

Eire Og were then awarded a close in free just before the half time whistle, this was converted to leave the blues with a three point advantage at the break and some thinking to do as we faced the second half with a man down.

The second half opened similar to the first with the Gavin O Brien gaining possession from the throw in  and taking on the defence , this time kicking a great score from distance to give the blues the perfect start to the half.

Jack Savage then converted a free. But then the Clare outfit showed why they are back to back County Champions when then dragged themselves right back into the contest with a great goal from wing back Eanna O Connor.

Again our response was to be commended, another of our exiles , Cormac Coffey , kicked a terrific score after one of his customary driving runs, and Jack Savage punished the resultant poor kick out with another point.

This put us four points to the good again. Eire Og then gained a strong foothold around the middle of the field and had a period of dominance which was rewarded with a point to leave just three between the sides with ten minutes to go.

Eire Og went on to score the next two points to leave the minimum between the sides.
However when it was needed most the influential Gavin O Brien linked up well with Cormac Coffey and Karl Mullins to make another bursting run through the heart of the Eire Og defence to fire over a blistering shot to relieve some of the pressure.This was to be our last score of the game.

For the last few remaining minutes it was nail biting stuff, as both teams were guilty of some very poor turnovers.

Indeed Eire Og will regret not converting what looked like a certain goal after we gave away possession from a free we had on our own fifty metre line. Were it not for a superb block down by Darragh McElligott we may well have lost the tie.

Shortly after the final whistle blew, and the blues ,while far from our best , were elated to reach our first Munster Club Final since 2009.

Management will be delighted with the manner in which the team dug out the victory in the face of adversity, the character shown by the players was outstanding on the day.

We now advance to play Newcastlewest in the final on Saturday December 10th at a venue to be decided.

Scorers for Kerins O’Rahillys: T Walsh 1-2 (0-1 mark); J Savage 0-4 (0-2 frees); G O’Brien (0-2); C Coffey (0-1).

Kerins O’Rahillys: Shane Foley; Darragh McElligott, Ross O’Callaghan, Cormac Coffey; Con Barrett, Karl Mullins, Padraig Neenan; David Moran, Tom Hoare; Cian Sayers, Jack Savage, Gavin O’Brien; Barry John Keane, Tommy Walsh, Conor Hayes

Subs: Ben Hanafin for G Savage (39); Ryan Carroll for Barrett (49); Diarmuid O’Sullivan for Hoare (58).

Club Go Fund Me 

We have opened a go fund me page to assist with the added expense of a run in the Munster Club Championship, to date the support and response from our supporters and beyond has been nothing short of phenomenal. At present we have raised over ten thousand euros. The fund is still opened and all contributions are greatly appreciated.

Comhghairdeas Strand Road team and management  who defeated Éire Óg in the AIB Club Senior Football Championship semifinal last Sunday in Austin Stack Park.
It was fantastic to see such great support for our senior men. We’re looking forward to cheering you on in the final v Newcastlewest in a fortnight’s time .

Narriettes on ice , Sunday December 11th.Looking forward to a great day out with this wonderful bunch we are…
We have 29 girls booked for ice skating, if anyone else would like to join in please text Shirley as soon as possible so that she can book you in for the same session.

Pat Healy Park, Ballyrickard was busy again last Saturday for trials. Thankfully it wasn’t as wet and cold as the previous week. Well done to all involved.
Best wishes to everyone and enjoy!

A mucky morning for trials after all the rain we have had but it didn’t stop everyone in doing their best. Well done ladies!

A change of day for last week’s final minor trial.
Well done to everyone!

With medals to be presented from 2021 and 2022 it has been decided by our ladies committee that this will be done for ALL age groups on the one night. This is logical for all involved. We are looking forward to a lovely evening.
When the date has been confirmed messages will be sent to everyone!

Last Saturday’s session was cancelled but will continue again this Saturday from 10a.m. – 11.30a.m.

Now open for applications for 2023 for a 1st year college bursary.
One applicant per county will receive a €1,000 bursary.
Each player applying must complete the link that has been sent out.

*The closing date is January 6th, 2023
*Draw for the bursary will be made on January 13th ,2023

Condolences to Tom Lynch’s family on his passing… a lovely man who everyone enjoyed chatting with. Rest in peace Tom.
Our condolences also to Dan O’ Connor, Lynda, Sharon, Erica, Mark, the Roche and O’ Connor families on the sad  passing of Lynda. Everyone is in our thoughts and prayers.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis!

Juvenile Notes:

Well done to our U12 Boys who hosted  Èire Óg’s U12 Boys on Sunday morning in Ballyrickard. Despite the conditions they played a great game of football.  There was some fantastic skills on show by all who played.

The boys showed great team work throughout the game working the ball up and down the pitch finishing off with some cracking scores.

The boys enjoyed some well deserved treats after the game and Èire Óg called in to the Club for some delicious food before heading up to the semi final. Thanks to everyone involved in organising this mornings game.

Juvenile AGM will take place on Wednesday  14th December at 8pm in the Club all members are welcome to attend.

Jubilant Under age stars celebrate the Senior Teams great victory on Sunday

Everyone in the Juvenile Club would like to congratulate our amazing Senior Team on their well deserved win over Èire Óg in the Munster Semi Final on Sunday. It was great to see so many of our Juveniles in attendance showing their support.

We hope as many of you as possible will travel on Saturday 10th December to support the lads in the Munster Final. Best of luck to the Senior Team and Management as they continue their journey.

Club Function Rooms to Rent.
The club currently have two function rooms available to rent.
The upstairs Pat Healy Room is a large function room perfect for exercise classes, seminars, meetings, private functions , parties etc.
Downstairs is a smaller more intimate venue again ideal for any event.
The rooms are available at hourly, daily or weekly rates.
For further information contact Katie at 087 6967542

Lotto Results
November 21st

Winner of Jackpot €4,500

Match  3 winners €25

Cora, Gavin & Billy Lyons c/o Shop

Patrick Mann

Draw for 4 €250 December 2022

Bryan Daly DD

Clodagh Shanahan c/o Shop

John Trant  c/o Rock St PO

Mary Fitzgerald  C/O Rock St PO

Pat Hoare c/o Betty’s

Next Weeks Jackpot €4,600
Condolences to the family of Dolores O Connor, The Greyhound Bar, Pembroke St.
May she rest in peace.

To the family of Tom Lynch , Kerins Park ,Tralee.
All in KOR were saddened to hear of the passing of Tom Lynch.
Tom played for KOR in two county finals in the sixties and also wore the Green & Gold of Kerry. He was selector/trainer of the KOR B team that won three County Championships in the mid eighty’s.
Tom was also an accomplished Basketballer playing with the Tannery in his prime.
Condolences to his family and many friends.
Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

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