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U12 Girls

The U12 camogie Amber team.

The U12 Amber Camogie team had a very busy week, playing Ballyduff away on Wednesday and Sliabh Luachra at home on Sunday.

The team lost out to a strong Ballyduff side but came out on the right side of the result to Sliabh Luachra.

As the team have won three of their five County League games they will be busy over the next few weeks preparing for the Semi-final.  It is great to see the development and growing confidence in this group of players. Great progress to be seen all around the field.

Congratulations to Shauna Harris, Grainne Diggin, Lana O’Connell and Jessica O’ Loughlin who were part of the Kerry U16 camogie panel who beat Limerick in the B final in the Munster Camogie Blitz in Ballyduff at the weekend.

Congratulations also to Alice O’Connell and Grainne Leahy who played with the other Kerry Camogie team who played in Shannon at the weekend.

Minor Hurlers
Tralee Parnells faced Abbeydorney in the County Minor Hurling League Division 2 Final in Crotta on Saturday evening.

Having won all of their games in the League, the Parnells boys would have gone into the game as slight favourites, but there was only a puck of a ball between them and their opponents when they met in an earlier round of the league, so a close game was very likely.

On a damp and windy evening, Parnells had the benefit of the wind in the first half and their captain and midfielder Cathal Concagh got their first point with a good score from play.

Abbeydorney replied with a free from Calum O’Sullivan but Parnells were winning the lions share of the possession.

Jack Doyle converted a 65 and Colm Browne and Doyle had points from play. Abbeydorney got their first goal when a quickly taken free found O’Sullivan who finished to the net. Parnells had a number of goal chances of their own but just weren’t clinical enough in front of goal.

A wonderful catch and strike by Andrew Kerins, who had earlier converted a free, kept Parnells in front, but Abbeydorney were staying in touch with points from Jack Hannon, Ruari Hanafin and a free from Peter Hinchcliffe. A good score from play by Darragh Maloney and another point from Doyle meant Parnells had a narrow lead at half time. HT Parnells 0-8 Abbeydorney 1-4.

Parnells faced the stiff breeze in the second half and indiscipline meant that Abbeydorney pulled ahead with 3 frees from O’Sullivan. Abbeydorney struck for their 2nd goal when a misplaced clearance found midfielder Kian Sheehan and he finished well to the net with a great one handed strike.

Gary Lynch kicked a point for Parnells when a goal looked more likely and despite a good patch after the 2nd water break, the wides mounted up for Parnells. With Eddie Sheehy now in midfield, Parnells pressed forward but the Abbeydorney defence held firm. Doyle added 2 further points from frees, but in truth, goals were what was required.

Despite a missed penalty, Abbeydorney added a few more points before the final whistle to close out the match. Parnells will reflect on what was a game they could have won had they taken all their chances. Full Time: Tralee Parnells 0-11 Abbeydorney 2-11

County Championships
The dates for the Intermediate and Junior Championships were recently announced.  Tralee Parnells play Ardfert away in the preliminary round of the Intermediate Championship on 17th August.  The first Junior match is due to take place on 28th August at home against Duagh.

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