Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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U7 Boys and Girls

A great turnout as always at Tralee Parnells Under 7’s training session last Friday evening in Caherslee. Not the best of conditions for training but the boys and girls soldiered on.  We are delighted that we are welcoming new players most weeks.  New players are always welcome to come along and try it out.  Congratulations to our newest players of the week: Shay Griffin and Evan Lucid.

U12 Girls


The U12 Blue team, had a great win in their round two match vs CillArd in Caherslee last Wednesday evening.  Both teams were missing players, but were still able to field the full 13 a side. Great credit to the girls on both teams as they put on a fine display of skills.  It was particularly heartening to see the Parnells girls using the hooking skill they had been working on over the last two weeks in training into practice.  Great workrate and support play all round the field was rewarded by a convincing win.

U14 Girls
Congratulations to Abbie Canty, Anna Chute, Anna O Sullivan, Caoilainn Culloo and Rachel Sargent who took part in the Kerry U14’s game Vs Tipperary in Caherslee.  Unfortunately, they came up against a very strong Tipperary side but they gave it everything.  Well done girls and great to have so many from the club representing our county.

Munster Club Sevens
The Tralee Parnells ladies attended the Munster Camogie Club 7’s competition on Sunday at Na Piarsaigh GAA Limerick. Parnells had the largest contingent of players with two under-17 teams and two over-17 teams.  The games were played in glorious sunshine.  The over-17s teams played CillArd, Na Piarsaigh and also had a head-to-head against each other.  The competition provided great match practise for all and was followed by some retail therapy at the Crescent before heading home !.


Division 1 County League
St. Brendan’s Ardfert vs Tralee Parnells
Our Senior team got their 1st victory of this year’s county league following a hard fought match against the home side in wet and windy conditions.  We started the match well but were a little wayward with our shooting with three wides on the board before Richie Whelan opened our account from play in the 7th minute, Tadgh Reen from play in the 12th minute and a Doc (Gearoid O’Doherty) free just before the water break had three points on the board but St. Brendan’s had one free (Kevin Orpen) and three from play (Kevin Hanafin, Podge Kearney and Kieran Fitz) at this stage, leaving them 4 – 3 up at the water break.
The 2nd quarter was evenly contested with both sides scoring three points, Doc from a free in the 21st minute and then Doc with a point from play in the 22nd minute had us ahead for the 1st time in the match. St Brendan’s then had a good spell scoring three points in a row from play. Séamus O’Halloran in the 24th and 28th minute and Kieran Fitz in the 26th minute. Tadgh Reen finished off the 1st half scoring with his second point from play to leave the scores at 0-7  to 0- 6 to St. Brendan’s when referee John Ross blew for half time.
The second half began with a Doc free in the 32nd minute and then came the games only goal in the 34th minute. A long range effort from Cillian O’Riordan was dropping short by the edge of the square but was pulled on 1st time to the net by corner forward Kevin Hanafin to put us 3points up. St. Brendan’s replied instantly with a Billy Daly point from play.  Parnells half back line and midfield were starting to get on a lot of ball and started to deliver more balls into the forward line leading to 3 more points from play. Cathal Dunne 36th minute, Richie Whelan 38th minute and Tadgh Reen in the 39th minute. The 3rd quarter finished with a St. Brendan’s free from Kevin Hanafin.  The score at this stage was St. Brendan’s 0-09 to 1-10 for Tralee Parnells.
St. Brendan’s piled on the pressure in the final quarter with Kevin Hanafin scoring three points on the trot, a free in the 48th minute and two from play in the 51st and 52nd minute. This left a point between the sides with eight minutes still to go. With four minutes to go Doc scored the final point of the day a well taken score from play following great build up play from Richie and Johnny Lowe to create the chance for him.
Final score: St. Brendan’s 0-12 Tralee Parnells 1-11
All at Tralee Parnells would like to extend their sympathies to St. Brendan’s player Noel Lenihan and his family following the passing of his brother, may he rest in peace.
We would also like to wish a speedy recovery to Denis Horgan who received a heavy knock following a collision in the 2nd half.

Division 3 County League
On an unseasonably cold and miserable Wednesday evening in Duagh our junior hurlers played their third game in the County league.  A wet evening not conducive to free flowing hurling, Parnells found themselves a point down at the water break all be it playing into the wind.  A better performance after the water break saw Parnells Stephen Ryan score the only goal of the game after a goal mouth scramble.  Unfortunately, Parnells could not capitalise on that momentum which turned out to be the last score from play from Parnells in the game.
Half time parnells 1-06.  Duagh. 0-09
The second half saw both defences on top with very few scoring opportunities for either team until three mins before the water break when Duagh scored three quick points leaving Parnells three points down at the second water break and looked like a mountain to climb.  However, with some serious determination and team work Parnells outscored Duagh by four points to one in the last quarter to end the game with the points shared.
In a game where both defences dominated Niall Cassidy was a real bright spark for Parnells putting in a man of the match performance with his ball winning ability and powerful running causing the Duagh defence a lot of problems and in turn winning a lot of frees for his team.
Final score: Parnells 1-10 Duagh 0-13.

Parnells Summer camp
Last chance to join the Tralee Parnells four day summer camp which starts next Monday the 19th at 10am in Caherslee. The camp is open to all boys and girls age 6 to 14 no experience necessary.  Bookings can be made through Clubforce.  Contact David on 085 1355566.

Tralee Parnells would like to express our sympathies to the Sugrue family of Droumavalla, Farmersbridge on their recent bereavement.

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