Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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Tralee Parnells U14 boys and some Executive members reminding everybody of the Clubs Run4Pieta fundraiser this weekend

Run 4 Pieta
Tralee Parnells Hurling and Camogie club will take part in a Run 4 Pieta event next weekend.  Various club members will run/walk from 6pm on Friday 1st until Sunday 3rd at 6pm.  Please join our club wherever you are located and get active for at least 30 minutes during this time and donate.

All funds raised will be shared equally between the club and Pieta.  Pieta provide an invaluable service to our community in raising the profile of mental health and providing support to those that might be feeling suicidal or those that have been affected by suicide.

Unfortunately, Pieta were very busy during the lockdown period so supporting this very worthy cause is more important than ever.

Also, this will be the main fundraiser for the day to day running of the club so we ask as many people as possible to get involved and to donate as much as they can.

We would really like if those who take part could post and tag a picture of their activity on our social media pages.  For more information and to donate go to

U8 Girls
The U8 girls had their final session of the season last Friday night. The coaches were delighted with the season as the girls had some great games and worked very hard all year with a noticeable improvement in skill levels.  The U10s will be in safe hands with the girls that are moving up! A special thanks to Aoife O’Sullivan and Saoirse Maloney our youth coaches who made our training so enjoyable!.

U9 Boys

Tralee Panells U9s who played in an in-house Munster Blitz in Caherslee

The U9s boys held their own in house blitz on Tuesday evening.  With teams representing Cork, Kerry, Clare and Limerick in the semi finals, to say it was competitive is an understatement. The final was played on Friday night with Limerick running out the winners. The coaches were delighted with the performance and display of skills at these games as all of the hard work during the year is really starting to show.  Well done boys.

U12 Boys

Tralee Panells U12s who played their third round match against Firies in the U12 County Competition

Tralee Parnells played Firies in the third round of the South Kerry group of the county U12 competition in Caherslee during the week.

The teams served up a highly entertaining game of hurling with the result hanging in the balance right up until the final whistle. Parnells started the brighter and led 1-3 to 0-3 at first water break. The away team dominated the second quarter scoring 2-1 without reply to lead 1-3 to 2-4 at half time.

Tralee Parnells had the better of the possession in the third quarter but trailed at the second water break by 1-5 to 2-7. In the final quarter Firies again had the better start and scored a well worked goal to lead by 8 points with seven minutes to play.

Playing their third match in the space of seven days, Parnells had to dig deep to get back in the game. An all out attack brought two goals in quick success to leave the deficit at two points.

In the final minute of the game Parnells scored their fourth goal to seal victory by a single point. Great credit is due to the players of both team for serving up a game of non-stop excitement from start to finish. Final Score Tralee Parnells 4-5 Firies 3-7

U12 Girls

Tralee Parnells U12 Amber Camogie Team who Played a Challenge match against Kileedy at the weekend

On Saturday morning the U12 girls welcomed teams from Kileedy in county Limerick.  A great morning of camogie was enjoyed by all involved.

The Parnells girls worked well and put their training into practice.  The coaches were delighted to get in some really challenging match practice before their upcoming county final matches. Many thanks to Kileedy for travelling to Caherslee and to David Brick for organising the event.

Tralee Parnells U12 Blue Camogie Team who Played a Challenge match against Kileedy at the weekend

U14 Boys

The U14 boys took on a strong Ballyduff side in the North Kerry Championship last Friday evening in Ballyduff.

The Parnells boys weren’t daunted by the task and took the game to the home side from the start. With David Sargent playing his 3rd midfielder role to perfection and Eoin Moriarty and Dan Maloney driving on from midfield, Parnells were the better team for the 1st quarter. But for some wayward shooting, Parnells could have built a strong position, but instead Ballyduff gradually got a foothold in the game and started running at the Parnells defence.

They had a few points on the board when a looping shot ended up in the net. This was quickly followed by another Ballyduff goal, with only a Dan Maloney point to show for Parnells efforts. Half time score: Ballyduff 2-2 Parnells 0-1.

For the second half, the boys really raised their game and started to chip away at the lead. Eoghan Costello was starting to trouble the Ballyduff defence and was winning and converting frees. Most of the play was near the Ballyduff goal and Parnells managed to reduce the deficit to 3 points.

However, Ballyduff hit a purple patch and with a few attacks managed to stretch the lead again, getting a crucial goal with about 5 minutes to go.

That didn’t deter the Parnells boys and they pushed on again. Conor Dennehy, who was having a great game at centre back, joined the attack and hit a great point.

Just before the end, a dangerous ball was batted out by the Ballyduff goalkeeper, but Jack Shanahan was on hand to sweep it to the net. It was no more than the boys deserved. Well done to all the boys on a great performance. Final score: Tralee Parnells 1-7 Ballyduff 3-7.

Minor Hurling

Tralee Parnells faced Rathmore last Sunday evening in Rathmore in the Co. Minor Shield semi-final. Parnells had beaten Rathmore earlier in the season in the Co. League but were expecting a much tougher challenge this time around on their home patch.

Rathmore got off to the better start and were first to score with a pointed free.  Parnells gradually started to come into the game and a great point from play by Darragh Maloney after 4 mins was followed by another one by Sean Barrett after 8 minutes.

However from there to the 1st water-break, Rathmore were on top and a speculative shot resulted in a goal which was kicked to the net and at the break Rathmore led by 1-4 0-2. Parnells finally found their rhythm after the water-break and dominated for the remainder of the half.

After 20 minutes, a short 65 found Jack Doyle and his shot found its way all the way to the net. Andrew Kerins, who was everywhere, got two points from play soon after and he was also clinical from frees scoring 3 points from placed balls before half-time.

Rathmore just added a solitary point in reply. Half-Time Tralee Parnells 1-7 Rathmore 1-5. The 3rd quarter was more of a cagey affair with neither team dominating.

Parnells were more wasteful with possession with a number of wides, though Andrew did add 2 more points, from a free and from play. Rathmore replied with a free.

Going into the final quarter, Parnells held a 3 point lead and needed to drive on to seal the victory. However, it was Rathmore that came out after the 2nd water break with all guns blazing. They scored the first two points after the break to make it a one point game.

Colm Browne, up from half back, had a great point from play to increase the margin to two again. However, indiscipline by Parnells allowed Rathmore a number of scoreable frees and they drew level and then took a 1 point lead. Andrew Kerins drew the sides level again with a free after Dan Moloney, on as a sub for Conor Kirby, was fouled.

Rathmore responded with a point of their own to retake the lead. But the Parnells boys wouldn’t lie down and they levelled again with another Kerins point from play after 24 mins. At this stage, it was all Parnells, but they couldn’t get the score they needed to edge them in front. A number of balls dropped short and were batted out but there was no-one to apply the finishing touch.

A great effort by Darragh Maloney under pressure just fell the wrong side of the post. From the resultant puck-out, Rathmore worked the ball down the pitch and another ill-timed tackle resulted in a straight-forward free for Rathmore, which they scored to the delight of the home crowd. Though Parnells had one more chance to attack from the puck-out, yet another free was awarded against them and though it didn’t result in a score, the final whistle followed and Rathmore had won a dramatic victory.

Ultimately Parnells had too many wides, 12 in all, and this proved crucial to the final result. So, no silverware for Tralee Parnells U17s this year but as they had demonstrated all season, they fought to the very end and weren’t found wanting for effort. After the match, team Managers Dermot and Micheál thanked the team for their commitment throughout the year and particularly wished the older players well and said they hoped to see them in the Parnells Senior jerseys next year.
Final Score: Tralee Parnells 1-12 Rathmore 1-13
Team: 1. Cian Harris 2. Jamie Horgan 3. Edward Sheehy 4. Conor Kirby 5. Colm Browne (0-1) 6. Rory Reen 7. David Chute 8. Andrew Kerins (0-9, 0-5 frees) Jack Doyle (1-0) 10. Luke Benson 11. Daragh Maloney (0-1) 12. Oisin O’Sullivan 13. Sean Barrett (0-1) 14. Garry Lynch 15. Oran Murphy Subs: Dan Maloney; Brendan Dwyer; John Joe Hanafin; Adam Webb.

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