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Tralee Parnell Camogie Players Held a Rounders4Pieta Game on Saturday Evening

Run 4 Pieta

With activities on the pitch winding down for the season many club members were busy last week preparing for the Run 4 Pieta fundraiser weekend.  Activities started on Friday evening where players, coaches and many members of the club executive gathered.  At 6pm our U7s lead by David Lucid and a number of parents started the event by heading off on a full loop of the Caherslee grounds.

At the same time, others started running/walking towards Mounthawk and from there up the “Skinny Mile” and back to Caherslee. Meanwhile, back at base, the senior and minor Camogie teams hosted a bake sale.  Returning participants were delighted to avail of a warm cup of tea or coffee and the wonderful selection of buns and cakes on sale.  Activities continued on Saturday morning where the U14 and U16 Camogie players incorporated their Run 4 Pieta into their training session.

In the evening, the ladies had great fun putting their hand eye skills to very good use and holding a Rounders4Pieta evening.  The cake sale also continued with any remaining items up for grabs.  We would like to extend a big thank you to everybody who has donated and to remind anybody who has not yet done so that it is not too late.  Donate online for the club and Pieta House at Thank you.

Tralee Parnells U12 Girls at their Run4Pieta Event on Saturday

U7 Boys and Girls
Led by Manager David Lucid the Under 7’s hurlers & coaches did a loop of the pitch to kick-off the clubs run4pieta weekend.  With some parents joining in for moral support, the reward of the goodies from the bake sale organised by the Minor/ Senior Camogie Team was enough to make them run all the faster. Following this the girls and boys had an intense training session and a few fantastic games of hurling as they prepare for some upcoming blitz’s to finish off their season. Congratulations to the newest players of the week: Donnagh Scanlan, Zach Mulvihill and Adam Scott.  Well done all.

U12 Boys
The U12 boys played a challenge match away to Lixnaw on Tuesday evening. Both teams played open and attacking hurling with numerous scoring opportunities at either end of the pitch. Parnells made more of the early opportunities and lead by 2–1 to 0-0 at half time. The clear skies that welcomed the players early on unfortunately did not last and the boys played the second half in heavy showers. In the third quarter the home team made more of their attacking threat and picked up a goal and a point in quick succession. Parnells rallied with three points from frees and two goals of their own. The final score was Lixnaw 1-1 Tralee Parnells 4-4. Great credit is due to both sets of players for serving up an entertaining game of hurling in very difficult condition.

U13 Boys
Our U13 boys travelled to St Patricks GAA club in Limerick city on Saturday to play in an invitational blitz.

Tralee Parnells U13 Boys Win The St Patricks GAA Invitational Cup

The first match was against St Pats and our lads started well putting the home side under pressure from the start and building up a good lead at half time.

Fortunately, the boys did not drop their game in the second half and in the end finished with a comfortable win.  Our second game was against our near neighbours Firies.  We have had a few close encounters with our near rivals this year and we knew that this was not going to be easy.

This was a competitive match with strongly contested ball in all areas of the pitch.  The game finished with a second win under the belt for the Parnells boys.  The last round robin match was against Killacolla Gaels where again Parnells started strongly and had the upper hand in most areas of the pitch.

However, this was a tough battle and with the goalies being tested at both ends.  In the end the boys had another great win to their credit.  With a short turn-around time it was time for Parnells to again face Killacolla in the Cup Final.  This game was a much closer affair but Parnells were still able to build a two goal lead at half time .

However, the second half of this match took a life of it’s own and would rival any senior match for intensity and work rate.  It was clear that Killacolla were not going down without a fight.  With two goals in quick succession after half time and another to follow a few minutes later this put the opposition in the lead by a point.

With six minutes to go both sides fought hard and contested every ball with huge intensity as they looked to close out the game.  However, true to form the Parnells boys held their nerve and worked with great intensity to score a goal with a few minutes to go.

With a few missed chances at either end in the dying minutes it was a nail biting countdown to the end.  Final score Tralee Parnells 3-5 Killacolla 3-3.

Our team captain for the day Kyle Benson was delighted to receive the perpetual trophy on behalf of the team.  Overall this was a day to be very proud of the boys.  This was an exceptional team performance with a huge work rate across all areas of the pitch from the very start of the day.

Everyone left everything on the pitch.  A big thank you and credit to many of the U11 squad who joined the lads on the day. We would like to thank St Patricks for a very well organised event which included plenty of refreshments and hot food for the players at the end of the day. Thank you also to Colm OBrien (our GDA) for inviting Parnells to his home club for this event.

This was the last game of the season for our U13 boys and while unfortunately some our players could not be with us on the day they very much deserve credit for the team spirit on display in Limerick.  Our U12 boys have another day out next weekend when they play in the final of the U12 County Competition in Currans.

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