Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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U7 Boys and Girls
Another great turnout for under 7’s training last Friday with fierce enthusiasm by all. A fantastic training session all round. Congratulations to our newest players of the week: Eanna Griffin and Aoife O’Gorman.

U8 Girls

Under 8

Well done to our U8s girls who togged out for an away match against Kilmoyley at the weekend.  Super skills on display all round and the management were very proud of the fantastic effort by all the girls. Go Parnells!

U10 Girls
Our U10 squad lined out against Cillard on Saturday.  A brilliant effort by all the girls and a great morning of camogie.  Well done girls.

U11 Boys


Our younger U11 boys put in a great performance on Saturday against Lixnaw. The improvement in basic skills: picking and striking was noticeable. The team effort was outstanding.  A special mention to our team captain Cody Deady who proved his skills at both ends of the pitch. Onwards and upward.

U12 Girls

Under 12

The U12 Blue Camogie team had a comprehensive win over Causeway in round 3 of the Division 1 County League on Wednesday evening.  There was a great workrate on display all around the field with Parnells in control from the early stages. It’s great to see the hard work put in at training getting results. We were delighted to see our injured teammate Chloe come to cheer us on and happy to hear that she’ll be back in action next week.

U13 Boys
The U13s played their third match in the Div 1 County League at home to Abbeydorney last Tuesday evening. With help from a number of U11 players Parnells got off to a flying start with a nice lead created at the half way point.  However, when the second half got under way it was clear that Abbeydorney were not going to go down without a fight as they scored three goals and a point without reply before the water break.  In the final quarter the lads got back into the game with some great team work all around to secure a few scores. Final result Tralee Parnells:6-11 Abbeydorney 6-2.  We’ll done to all and especially to our friends from the U11s.

U14 Girls

Under 14

The U14 girls had a great win last Monday evening over Cillard. The girls really gelled as a team and have shown real progress in the past few weeks. It will be important to keep this momentum going as we prepare for the semi finals. Great scores by Rachel Falvey, Maeve Trant, Grace Hamilton and Rachel Seargant. Well done to all!.  Thank you to Ryles Pharmacy for sponsoring a new first aid bag for the U14 Camogie squad.

U15 Boys
Having given a walkover to Parnells in the Feile competition last week, Kenmare were again the opposition on Friday evening, this time in the County League. As expected on their home ground, Kenmare fielded a full strength team, whereas Parnells were missing a number of regulars, due to holidays and injuries. Nevertheless, we were still able to put out a team and everyone that played put in a huge effort. Parnells started the brighter and by the first water break were in front by 1-2 to 0-2, the goal coming from Will Somers who finished to the net after a long free by Oisin O’Sullivan had caused panic in the Kenmare defence.

However, Kenmare gradually got a foothold in the game and despite some heroic defending, their big full-forward eventually rattled the Parnells net. Kenmare followed up with two more goals before half time, though Parnells kept the scoreboard ticking over as well with some good long range points from Andrew Kerins, Tomas O’Connell (who was unlucky not to hit the net late in the game with a screamer of a shot) and Eoghan Costello. Half Time: Parnells 1-8 Kenmare 3-4.

Parnells were still in the game at this stage, but Kenmare started to press home their advantage and had another 1-3 on the board before Parnells could reply. With Oisin now operating at full-forward, he was starting to cause a few problems for Kenmare, but the goal we needed wouldn’t come. On the night, everyone fought to the very end and the outstanding Parnells performance was from Mairtín McKivergan, who gave a great display of hurling on his first full game in the Parnells jersey. Thanks also to Ryan Sheehy who stepped up from the U13s. Final score:Parnells 1-12 Kenmare 5-12.

Junior Camogie

It was an intense and action packed game in Caherslee last Wednesday evening in the meeting of the Tralee Parnells junior Camogie team against a visiting Cillard side competing in their first season at this grade.  This was the final game of the Junior County League round robin and a place in the final vs Causeway awaited the winners.

Due to a number of injuries and unavailable players, we called up some under 16s and were able to field a team who put in a great shift on the night.  Cillard had the better of the opening exchanges and went into the lead before the first water break.

However, the home defence did not make it easy for them, with Emily making a number of good saves and clearances and Síle patrolling the box and commanding the full back area, with Rachel and Grace also working well on the back line to make several vital clearances.

On the half back line, Gráinne and Aoife were constantly on the ball, with Aoife doing tireless running and defending throughout and Ellen played out of her skin, chasing and harassing every opposition possession that came her way and turning over attack after attack.

Sisters Lia and Alice did powerful work in the centre, with great running and lots of ball supplied to the forwards.  Before the interval Cillard had through consistent pressure scored more goals and points, but in a great reply before half time, Katie finished off a goalmouth scramble with a batted down strike to the net finished with aplomb.  Our attacks had also secured well taken points, with Lia and Katie to the fore in these efforts.

As the second half progressed the contest turned into a real war of attrition, with Cillard unable to significantly expand their lead due to being stifled by a stout Tralee defence and Parnells, despite creating lots of opportunities and surges forward, finding themselves unable to close the gap and get enough scores from the opportunities created.

On the half forward line Katie was a thorn in the side of the defence, mounting attack after attack, able assisted by Kirby Anne and by Róise who had a great match and ranged up and down the field battling for possession and turning over ball repeatedly, despite coming in to the game carrying an injury.

The inside forwards continued to make life difficult for the last line of defence, with Saorlaith chasing down the sliotar, Aoibhín strong in the air and Caoimhe Donnelly cheekily dispossessing the keeper on the end line and creating a real goal chance by her persistence.

Clodagh took a score that the sideline thought had hit the back of the net, but it ended up landing on top for a point.  Katie and the surrounding attackers looked sure to score another goal chance, only to have it deflected narrowly wide of the post and out for a 45.

In the end Parnells had left themselves too much of a mountain to climb from the first half deficit, but they showed a never say die spirit and battled to the last puck of the ball.  When Tom Godley sounded the final whistle there were a lot of exhausted faces and tired bodies, with every player showing the signs of a monumental effort.

We had several players in contention as player of the match for Parnells, with credit for most valuable player going to the tireless and very effective Ellen who played her heart out at number 6 and had one of her best ever games in the white shirt.

At the end Lia spoke to the group as captain, commending the players on their tireless work rate throughout and acknowledging the contribution and character of everyone including the under 16s who stepped in to the breach at short notice and gave a strong account of themselves.

This encounter is great preparation for the minor county league for most of this number and hopefully the full junior squad will get a few more outings this season too.  Tralee Parnells players:-   Emily O’Donoghue, Clodagh O’Sullivan, Síle Lynch, Rachael O’Sullivan, Aoife O’Sullivan, Grace O’Brien, Lia O’Connell, Caoimhe Donnelly, Kirby Anne Ryan, Katie Dwyer, Saorlaith Moore, Ellen Cooke, Aoibhín Corridan, Róise O’Donnell, Gráinne Leahy, Alice O’Connell. Maith sibh go léir.

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