Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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Parnells Summer camp

The club will run a four day camp from Monday the 19th to Thursday the 22nd of July, 10 to 1pm. The camp is open to boys and girls age 6 to 14.  All bookings will be made online and priority will be given to Parnells members. We are also including a Parnells training top for all camp participants.  Details will be published on our Facebook page once they have been finalised.

U7 Boys and Girls

Well done to our under seven players on another energetic training session last Friday, the practising at home is paying off. Congratualtions to our newest players of the week: Ollie Nolan and Nancy Diggin. Some great skills displayed by these two players

U11 Boys

Our u11s travelled to Ballyheigue last Monday evening. The team had a good turnout for their first match of 2021. All players got good game time and enjoyed the experience. A great start to the season. The players displayed some very good skill and fought hard for every ball.

U13 Boys

The opening game of the North Kerry Under 13 ‘A’ Championship (Jack & Mike Galvin Memorial Shield) took place in Crotta on Monday evening of last week. With just the bare fifteen players available, Parnells called on the U11s squad to ensure we had the full compliment of players. Taking on last seasons U12 county champions away from home in first game was always going to make for tough challenge – and so it proved. Aided by a strong breeze an excellent Crotta team hit the ground running and scored a goal in the first few minutes. Despite a determined rear guard action, the Crotta scores flowed through the first half. Parnells in contrast created numerous scoring chances but were kept to a single point in the first half. At halftime the home team had built a 19 point advantage with score reading 4-08 to 0-01. It would have easy to throw in the towel at that point and admit defeat – but the boys were not having it. In the next 25 minutes the boys threw everything at Crotta. Wave after wave of attacks, combined with a win every clash defense, saw Parnells score 4-04 in the second half while conceding just a single point. If only the game had lasted another 5 minutes! The final score read Crotta 4-09 Tralee Parnells 4-05. The boys showed a level of skill and grit this evening that will stand to them for a long time to come. Well done boys

U15 Boys

On a lovely evening for hurling, the Tralee Parnells U15s played their first competitive match of the year away to Ballyduff in the County Hurling League last Friday evening. A 25-strong squad togged out for Parnells, eager to get their season off to a flyer. Ballyduff were quickest out of the traps and had a few goals registered before the Parnells boys really got going. However, once Parnells found their rhythm they matched Ballyduff score for score and were rewarded with a super goal by Tomas O’Connell, after good work by our full forward Emanuel. Parnells never threw in the towel and another great goal early in the second half by Eoghan Costello kept the boys in touch. But with a physically stronger Ballyduff team who had Eavan Boyle demonstrating his full array of skills, it was always going to be difficult for Parnells. What was pleasing was how everyone played their part till the end and all subs were used. Parnells have a bye next week and then the Feile competition will commence, with the league resuming in August.  Final Score: Ballyduff 5-13 Parnells 2-7

U16 Camogie

Tralee Parnells are very proud to have a number of players from the U16 squad on the Kerry Panel.  Alice O’Connell, Grainne Leahy and Jessica O’Loughlin travelled to Roscommon over the weekend for their first game of the season.  The next game will be at home to Westmeath next Sunday.

The Tralee Parnells minors who played Kenmare.

Minor Hurlers

Tralee Parnell Minors started their County Hurling league campaign with a well deserved away win against Kenmare on Sunday 13th June.  The pitch and weather conditions were ideal and the setting overlooking Kenmare Bay made for a very enjoyable spectacle for the parents who travelled to watch the game. Kenmare started brightly and were up by 2 points in the early stages. Parnells backs played with such intensity and passion that Kenmare were unable to create any clear cut chances and the midfield and forwards continued to grow into the game.  Oran Murphy pounced on a goal mouth opportunity to score the first goal, followed by a superb individual goal by Colm Browne. Parnells were up 1-5 to 0-4 ahead at half time.

Kenmare started the second half brightly and put the Parnells defense under serious pressure and were clawing their way back into contention when Parnells struck the net again.  Although there were many fine individual performances, particularly from Edward Sheehy, Rory Reen and Andrew Kerins, this was an exhibition team performance where every single player exceeded expectations. A special mention to Adam Kennedy who agreed to play in goals at short notice and who’s puck-outs ensured possession and in no small way contributed to the win. Next round at home next Saturday at 6pm against Abbeydorney.  Final score Tralee Parnells 3-06 Kenmare 1:10.

Senior Hurlers

The Tralee Parnells senior team.

Tralee Parnells 0-12 Abbeydorney 3-20

In another first for the club, Tralee Parnells Senior hurlers made their debut in Division 1 of the County Senior Hurling League in Abbeydorney last Friday night. On a perfect evening for hurling on a superb surface, Parnells certainly didn’t appear daunted by their appearance at the top table of hurling.  They raced into a 6 point lead, with 4 points from frees from captain Gearoid O’Doherty, a point from play by Cillian O’Riordain after some lovely work by Tadhg Reen (making his Senior debut) and a point on the run from his brother, Darragh.  At this stage, Abbeydorney were finding it hard to get into the game, but they eventually had a pointed free to get them off the mark. Parnells hit back in the 15th minute when Andrew Morrisey got the final touch to flick a point over the bar after a well worked move.  At this stage, Parnells led 0-7 to 0-1 and they were very much on top. This however was to be their last score of the half. Abbeydorney took control with Kerry Senior Mike Slattery proving to be a handful at centre forward and their clinical free taker Keith O’Connor deadly from the placed ball. O’Dorney scored 7 points without reply to lead by a point at half time.

HT Tralee Parnells 0-7 Abbeydorney 0-8.

Things didn’t get much better in the second half and within 2 minutes of the restart, after a Parnells attack resulted in the ball dropping into the goalies hands, Abbeydorney quickly recycled the ball and the clinical Slattery scythed through the Parnells defence to register his and Abbeydorney’s first goal of the evening. O’Doherty replied with a free for Parnells but soon after Slattery was in again following a Parnells turnover and gave Mark Ryall no chance in the Parnells goal. Another Doherty point from play was followed by a penalty for Abbeydorney which O’Connor converted. By the 2nd half water break, the game was out of Parnells reach with Abbeydorney leading 3-14 to 0-10. Doherty added another point and Ruairi O’Sullivan got on the score sheet with a nice point from the left wing, but with Parnells wasteful with possession, Abbeydorney kept the scoreboard ticking over until the final whistle. In fact the final score could have been worse, only for a fine stop by Ryall from a quickly taken free. This was a tough evening at the office for Parnells but they didn’t expect anything less.

Final score: Tralee Parnells 0-12 Abbeydorney 3-20

Scorers for Parnells: G. Doherty (0-7, 0-5f), D. Reen (0-2), C. O’Riordan (0-1), A. Morrisey (0-1), R. O’Sullivan (0-1)

1Mark Ryall 2. Tim Kelliher 3. Tadhg Brick 4. Eanna O’Connor 5. Ruairi O’Sullivan 6. Luke Barrett 7. Tommy O’Connor 8. Ciaran Breen 9. Cathal Dunne 10. Cillian O’Riordain 11. Daragh Reen 12. Tadhg Reen 13. Andrew Morrissey 14. Brian Lonergan 15. Gearoid O’Doherty (capt.)

Subs used: 17 Jonathan Lowe; 18. Stephen Morrissey; 20 Jerome Daly

Youth Coaches

Robin Porter and Saoirse Maloney, two of our Level 1-qualified coaches, and graduates of our Youth Coach Volunteer Programme, are busy teaching small ball skills to enthusiastic Junior & Senior Infants at Presentation Primary School for the month of June. We hope to see some of these young sports people filling the ranks of our Academy on Fridays from 6pm. With thanks to Kerry and Munster Camogie Development for their support of this initiative.

National Club Draw

The club was delighted to learn during the week that they were the top selling club in Munster.  The top selling club in each province won a cash prize of one thousand euro.  Thank you to everybody who contributed to the draw.

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