Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Senior Club Championship Round 2 Result.

Austin Stacks 1-15

Kerins O Rahillys 1-14

Sunday evening in Connolly Park brought last years county finalists together again, with the men from Strand Road hoping to avenge that defeat and continue their recent good form.

However that was not to be as the home side showed far greater purpose and determination throughout and overall Stacks deserved the win given they played better for longer as a unit; they got at least one score from play from their six starting forwards; and they showed greater nerve ,resolve and desire to recover from a late, lead-grabbing O’Rahillys goal after the home side had led for most of the contest.

The O’Rahillys goal arrived in the 55th minute from Gavin O’Brien, set up by Tommy Walsh, and thrust the Strand Road men into a 1-13 to 1-12 lead in a game they had trailed in up to then. But they could only muster one more score after that – a point from sub Ben Hanifan, which was the very last play of the game.

In the meantime, Stacks reeled off three late scores to regain the lead and ultimately the win that sees Group 2 wide open heading into the third round of matches next weekend.

In a lot  of the key match-ups of the day, Stacks had the upper hand,  none more so than centre-back Jack O’Shea who was excellent in launching several attacks from deep, and contributed three points from play while also having a hand in the hosts first half goal.

That goal would prove to be a decisive score and came in the fourth minute. Stacks midfield pairing of Joe O’Connor and Michael O Donnell were both very influential even though David Moran fought hard and had an impressive first half, again the lack of hunger in winning breaking ball was significant, with Stacks scrapping for and winning the lions share, which gave them a great platform to launch several attacks.

Strand Road looked quite unsettled and nervous in the first quarter as Stacks ran hard at them, but eventually gained more possession with Moran putting a lot of ball through his hands, with the inside line not functioning at all , it was left to Tommy Walsh to provide an outlet inside when we opted to go direct to him. David Moran kicked a wonder score, to keep us in touch .

But we were struggling to get any cohesion in our forward line and the majority of our scores coming from close in frees and a ‘45 from Jack Savage. Walsh won and converted two marks to leave the teams level at the break 1-5 to 0-08.

The large travelling support would have been happy at this point, with the team clawing their way back into the contest after a poor start, with hope of a significant second half improvement.

The third quarter was a tight affair: Greg Horan, O’Gara, O’Shea and Shane O’Callaghan raising flags for Stacks while Jack Savage converted three close in frees for O’Rahillys.

Armin Heinrich and Cormac Coffey then traded scores, but by the 53rd minute Stacks still led by that early goal, 1-12 to 0-12, and looked in control, Tommy Walsh won and converted his third ‘mark’ before Walsh sent  O’Brien through for a well taken goal that put us ahead for the first time.

But no sooner had Strand Road wrestled the lead than Quilter nailed an equalising free, and Mannix and then sub Cian Purcell added the insurance scores to secure a crucial win.
O’Rahilly were left once again to ponder the what if’s , but overall a disappointing performance where few played up to the standard required.

With Tommy Walsh the only real threat in a malfunctioning forward unit we never really looked to capitalise enough on the ‘route one’ option in the second half, something they might reflect on with regret, allied with some very poor unforced turnovers and the aforementioned issues with winning breaking ball , these were the main reasons we came away empty handed.

What it all means is that Templenoe sit top of Group 2 with 4 points, with Stacks and O’Rahillys next on 2 points each, and Dr Crokes without a point from their two games. Next weekend Stacks are away to Dr Crokes, while O’Rahillys host Templenoe, where wins for both Tralee clubs will force a three-way play-off with themselves and Templenoe, while defeat for both would bring Crokes into a three-way play-off with the Tralee sides.

AUSTIN STACKS: Wayne Guthrie, Colin Griffin, Barry Shanahan, Niall Fitzmaurice, Conor Jordan, Jack O’Shea 0-3, Greg Horan 0-1, Joe O’Connor, Michael O’Donnell 0-1, Michael O’Gara 0-2, Shane O’Callaghan 0-1, Armin Heinrich 0-1, Sean Quilter 0-2 (1f), Gearoid Fitzgerald 1-0, David Mannix 0-3 (2f). Subs: Jordan Kissane for G Fitzgerald (47), Cian Purcell 0-1 for S O’Callaghan (56), Adam Curran for A Heinrich (56), Conor Horan for G Horan (inj, 60), Luke Chester for C Griffin (inj, 66).

KERINS O’RAHILLYS: Shane Foley, TJ Heaphy, Ross O’Callaghan, Cormac Coffey 0-1, Darragh McElligott, Shane Brosnan, Padriag Neenan 0-1, Sean Walsh, David Moran 0-1, Tom Hoare, Jack Savage 0-6 (4f, 1 ‘45’), Gavin O’Brien 1-0, Gearoid Savage, Tommy Walsh 0-3 (3m), Barry John Keane 0-1. Subs: Ben Hanifan 0-1 for Heaphy (47), Darragh O’Connor for S Walsh (50), Diarmuid O’Sullivan for G Savage (55).
Referee: Eddie Walsh (Rathmore)

Senior Club Championship Round 3 Fixture.
Kerins O Rahillys v Templenoe
Sunday August 21st @ 2.30pm

Champo season is upon us! Great excitement for our U13s, U15s, U17s and Senior ladies…
Huge thanks as always to parents, guardians and family members who continue to support our ladies and mentors by attending games week in week out and for bringing the girls to training.
It’s wonderful to see the next generation coming on , the wheel keeps turning thanks to everyone! Our young ladies are thriving from this support and encouragement.

An enjoyable training session had by all last Monday followed by a little treat to quench the thirst. Well done to everyone !

Kerins O’ Rahilly’s U13s who played Dingle in the Championship quarter final.

An early start for us last Sunday morning…Cars on the move, parents being dragged  back West and all of our girls having fun while playing lovely football.
Congrats to our young ladies captained by Caragh Houlihan who were all in full throttle on such a warm day.
They say a good start is half the battle and we got off to a flying start…
Togging out on the day were Molly Casey, Sennait Forster, Niamh Lynch, Olivia Crean, Caragh Houlihan (Capt), Erika Slattery, Lily Breen, Lily Mae Bowler, Allie Kerins, Taylor Kate Leane, Kelly Hayes, Aoife O’ Connell, Lexi Keane and Ruby Foley.
A lovely gesture by Dingle who treated the team to ice cream after the game . Thank you!

Kelly, Lily, Caragh, Lily Mae and Erika, Kerins O’ Rahilly U13s sussing out the fantastic gym facilities in Sandy Feet Fitness

Huge thanks also to Eleanor and Roy in Sandy Feet Farm who brought the girls and their families back afterwards for ice cream, coffee and a tractor ride around the farm. A wonderful finish to a fantastic morning. Thank you!

A treat for Captain fantastic Caragh Houlihan who lead her U13 team , Kerins O’ Rahilly to victory last Sunday

Sennait Forster of the Under 13 side enjoying an ice-cream at Sandy Feet Farm.

We are playing Na Gaeil in the semifinal. Details to follow.

The time and venue for U13 PDP will be sent out on receipt of confirmation from the county board.

We had a BYE in round 1 of the North Kerry league . We have home advantage in the next round v Beale. We will be playing Knock / Brosna after round 5.

Best wishes to our U15s and management who are away to Dr. Crokes this Thursday. Throw in will be at 7p.m. in Lewis Road.
Great excitement in the build up to this match and looking forward to seeing lots of skill on show as our young ladies will give it their all on the day.

U15 PDP for all clubs was held in John Mitchels last Saturday morning. . Venue and time will be forwarded during the week once confirmed by the county board.

North Kerry are hoping to run the U13 and U15  District in early September.
The draw will be made on August 20th.

An enjoyable training session had by all last Tuesday evening. Our round 1 North Kerry league match was postponed. In the next round we play Corca Dhuibhne and have home advantage.

We play MKL Gaels in the quarter final. More details to follow!

Our senior ladies are scheduled to play Glenflesk in round 1 of Championship this weekend . Messages will be sent.
28/08 Beale v KOR
04/09 Rathmore B v KOR
11/09 KOR v Bye
18/09 KOR v Churchill/ St. Pats

Juvenile Academy Another glorious morning was had by all at our Juvenile Academy Sunday morning. With all age groups that attended enjoying a fun filled training session with their Coaches despite the gorgeous weather numbers were high in each age group.

Each group enjoyed training in all areas from kick passing, hand passing and taking shots at scores to a short game at the end of training against each other to put all skills to practice. It is fantastic to see such large numbers attend each week and to see new members join in.

As always new members are always welcome if you are interested please come along Sunday mornings at 10am in Ballyrickard.

Our U10 girls had a brilliant day out in Connolly Park last Saturday for the Munster LGFA blitz. Despite the heat the girls put on some performance. There was some fabulous teamwork on display with some fantastic  finishing by Ava.

Erin put on an exhibition in the full back position and cleaned up every ball that came her way. In mid field we had Ellie Marie and Hannah who won most of the kick outs in each game while also taking scores when given the opportunity.

Aoife blocked many goal chances from the opposition showing great potential as a goalie. Harriet defended against the attack very well keeping the scores to a minimum.

Some of our U8s also showed their skills and how well they are developing as players fitting in very well with the U10s huge thanks to Kitty, Isabella Kaela  Lauren and Alice for their huge input to the games.  Overall you could see the makings of a lovely team who gelled well together on the day.

Thank you to all who turned up on Saturday morning to give Ballyrickard a much needed painting. A special thank you to Richie Roche for organising and providing the paint and equipment on the day.

We look forward to seeing you all for training next week at Juvenile Academy.

Lotto Coordinator
Our club are looking for an honest ,trusted and committed club member to coordinate our weekly lotto,this would involve approx 2/3 hours work per week mainly on Mondays and Tuesdays,
If you are interested in helping out,please reply  to Tony Corridon at

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
August 8th

No Winner of Jackpot €3,000

Match  3 winners €25
Damien Fitzgerald DD
Jimmy O’Sullivan Darcy

Draw for 4 €250 December 2022
Pat Curran
David Keane & Leo Keane
Brenda Lehane c/o Shop
Cormac Coffey DD
Louise Fitzgibbon DD
Next Weeks Jackpot €3,100

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