Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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Tralee Parnells Under 15 Cup Winners:

On Saturday morning Tralee Parnells met Killeedy at Connolly Park in the annual Garry Scollard under 15 memorial blitz, held under the auspices of Kerry GAA County Board.

This competition has a special meaning to Tralee Parnells because our under 16 manager and coach Ger is the son of Garry Scollard.  Killeedy of Limerick faced Tralee Parnells at Connolly Park while Kenmare/Kilgarvan took on visiting opposition from the Banner county in Caherslee.

After overcoming Killeedy, Parnells lined out against Kenmare/Kilgarvan in the tournament Cup Final at Connolly Park.

As reigning under 14 County A Champions, the visiting side brought a strong challenge for this decider.  Some of the Tralee players may have still been hurting from the disappointment of coming out the wrong side of the County Under 16 B Final Monday.

Whatever the reason, there was no stopping our men on this occasion.  In a real team performance, several players had what must rank as one of the best games of hurling they ever played, with Enda O’Connor and Cian Cronin solid and commanding in defence and a broad selection of players contributing scores including a composed well taken goal be the still improving Niall Fitzmaurice.

It was a particularly special moment for our club, when our under 16 coach Ger Scollard proudly presented the fine trophy to Tralee Parnells captain Jonathan Lowe.  What better way to end the playing season for this crop of players, who will take up the mantle as Tralee Parnells under 16s heading into 2018.  Take a look at the photos on our social media at the page.

Our Minors in County Final Next Sunday:

On Saturday September 30th, the 2 pm Crotta O Neills v St Brendans semi final was followed at 3.45 pm by Causeway v Abbeydorney/Parnells at Austin Stack Park Tralee. In the opening fixture Crotta were out of sight by half time.

An Ardfert surge in the second half including 2 well taken goals, was not enough to claw back the Crotta advantage. The Abbeydorney/Parnells vs Causeway was a much tighter affair, with the scoreline showing the sides never more than a few points apart.

The final few minutes were tense as Abbeydorney/Parnells worked to maintain a 3 point lead while Causeway mounted a strong challenge.

At the final whistle Abbeydorney/Parnells held onto the lead and will now face an in form Crotta in the Keanes Supervalue Killorglin Minor Hurling Championship final on Sunday next the 8th of October in ASP Tralee at 1 pm.

Under 13 Camogie Blitz in Mallow:

Our U13s competed in the in The Wallis Arms Challenge Cup, Sat Sep 30, at Mallow GAA. Many thanks to organisers, Millstreet Camogie. Parnells got great game time, with blitz matches against Mallow, St. Fanahans and Millstreet.

Many thanks to Millstreet Camogie for organising this tournament and for extending this generous invitation that gave our players the opportunity to play in these games.

Under 8 and under 10 Camogie:

Sporting new jerseys, thanks to our sponsor Rory Kerins of Pro-Plan Property Management, our under 8s and under 10s took to the field in the Cillard Camogie Club blitz, Saturday September 30th, at Kilmoyley GAA.

Under 16s:

No joy for our Under 16s in the North Kerry final Monday.  Abbeydorney were far more clinical in front of goal and were just as good in defence.

Parnells had a fairly even share of the possession in the opening period of the first half, but were unable to convert this into scores and struck several narrow wides.  In contrast, Abbeydorney made efficient use of their chances.

Fair play to our lads who never stopped fighting until the final whistle but it wasn’t our night.  Overall this panel of players have come on greatly in 2017, having overcome Kilmoyley, Abbeydorney and Causeway in earlier meetings this season.

Huge thanks to Ger Scollard who trained these players every Friday and brought them on to the point where they were able to achieve those earlier successes this season.  Good luck to all the second year under 16s on the panel as they go on to try and make an impact at minor grade in 2018.

Come hurl with me:

David O Dea took the last ‘Come hurl with me’ coaching session Friday evening in Caherslee.  This was a great chance for another new group of Parnells parents to go through the basics of coaching small age players and passing on fundamental skills.

We look forward to hearing how this theory is put into practice in family puck arounds during the off season.

GAA youth Forum 2017:

Teenage players needed to represent Tralee Parnells Hurling & Camogie Club, at the upcoming GAA youth Forum on Sat 28 Oct. in Croke Park.  Further info at

This would ideally suit players who are in Transition Year. We know several Parnells players are doing TY this year. Attendance is free once you are there on behalf of your club.  People would need to make their own way to Dublin on the day.

We have an allowance of up to 4 players but already have strong interest, so anyone who is interested in being added while there is still to the list, or anybody who wants to know more details, please contact Mike Roger ASAP on 087 224 0437.

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