Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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Debs and Evening Wear fashion show
The club is delighted to support a Debs and Evening wear fashion show which will take place on the 21st of November at 4.30pm in Ballyroe Heights hotel. Rumour has it that a number of players, coaches and members of the club executive will model outfits on the night !.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to see club members in their finery on the catwalk and to meet other club members at this social occasion.

There will be a live band in the bar after the show.  Guest speakers on the night include broadcaster Mary O’Donnell. The event will be hosted by the Kerry Wedding store with the mensware supplied by Tuexodo.

Be sure to buy your tickets early as places are limited.  All tickets bought before 12:00 midday on Sunday 14th will be in a draw for two tickets to the upcoming Ireland V Argentina rugby match in the Aviva.  All proceeds from the show are kindly being donated to Autism friendly Tralee and to Tralee Parnells. Tickets are available at

Club AGMThe Club AGM will take place next Sunday 14th November 4 to 6pm in the sports hall at the Tralee Sports & Leisure Centre, Oakpark.  We hope to see a good attendance on Sunday.

Social Hurling
Boys from U9 to 15s are welcome to meet up on Saturday mornings at the astro picth at the MTU Sports academy for an hour of social hurling.  This is an opportunity for the boys to keep up their practise during the off season.  Games will be supervised and whoever is available can just turn up that morning.  U9 to U11s meet at 9am, U12 to U15s meet at 10am.

North Kerry U21 Championship Semi-Final
Tralee Parnells 5—13 Ballyheigue 2-18 (AET)
It was a case of déjà vu in Caherslee last Sunday morning as Tralee Parnells U21s again needed extra time before emerging victorious, this time against a gallant Ballyheigue side in the North Kerry Championship Semi-Final.

With a scoring tour-de-force from full-forward Darragh Reen, who finished with 3-8, this was yet another never say die performance from the Parnells lads who having built up a commanding lead, ultimately had to come from behind to force extra time.
On a beautiful morning for hurling in front of a large crowd, including new Kerry Hurling Manager Stephen Molumphy, Ballyheigue opened the scoring with a free but that was the last time they led until injury time in normal time.

For the rest of the 1st half, Parnells took over. Darragh Reen opened his account with a point from play in the second minute and quickly followed this with a cracking goal. Ballyheigue replied with a point from play but from then to the water break it was all Parnells.

Another swift attack after 10 minutes from Parnells resulted in a second goal for the home side, this time from wing back Ruairi O’Sullivan. Luke Barrett opened his account with a long range free after 11 minutes and Reen scored a free of his own just before the water break, leaving the home side in front 2-3 to 0-2. The Parnells pressure continued after the water break with another Reen point from play followed by a great point by corner forward Cillian Litchfield.

Ballyheigue lifted the siege with a point from play but after 21 minutes, a scramble in the Ballyheigue goalmouth was finished to the net by Barry Lyons. From the puckout, Ballyheigue got their last point of the half.

Parnells had a number of chances to stretch their lead even further but were wasteful when it came to the final shot. Nevertheless, when referee John Hennessy blew his whistle for half time, Parnells had a 10 point lead. Half Time: Tralee Parnells 3-5 Ballyheigue 0-4.

With a number of players on the Kerry panel, Parnells knew that Ballyheigue weren’t going to lie down and sure enough they came flying out of the blocks and had registered 1-1 within the first 3 minutes of the second half. Two further points followed and the gap was down to 4 points.

Yet again, Darragh Reen who tormented the Ballyheigue defence all day, gave Parnells some breathing space with his second goal on 10 minutes. Ballyheigue replied with 2 further points and by the final water break, the gap was 5 points, Tralee Parnells 4-5 Ballyheigue 1-9.

Ballyheigue, driven on by Colin Walsh from midfield and Nathan Guerin in the corner, dominated the 3rd quarter. Two quick points were followed by another goal from a rebound, following a great save by Robin Porter in the Parnells goal.

The scores were now level and momentum was most definitely with the Ballyheigue lads. Parnells finally got their first point of the half after 25 minutes but Ballyheigue replied almost immediately. With 2 mins of normal time left, Reen converted a free to edge Parnells in front once again. Back came Ballyheigue with a point from play to level matters.

As Ballyheigue mounted one last attack some great defending looked to have lifted the siege, but a turnover resulted in a close-in free for Ballyheigue. Guerin made no mistake and Ballyheigue were back in front for only the second time in the match, but crucially with time almost up.

It was now Parnells who were seeking an equaliser and as they worked the ball up the pitch, they were awarded a free just inside their own half. Tadhg Brick, who was a colossus at full-back all day, was called forward and with unerring accuracy his long range free dropped over the bar to the delight of the home supporters.

Full time: Tralee Parnells 4-8 Ballyheigue 2-14.
For the second match in a row, extra time was needed. Parnells started better with Cathal Dunne scoring from play within seconds of the throw-in.

Darragh Reen had 2 points from play but Ballyheigue responded with 2 points of their own to leave Parnells ahead by the minimum at the end of the first half of extra time, Tralee Parnells 4-11 Ballyheigue 2-16.

With 10 minutes left, it was a case of who wanted it more. Ballyheigue struck first with the equaliser but then Parnells went on a scoring burst of 1-2 without reply, all from the lethal Darragh Reen.

With time almost up, Ballyheigue pushed forward but they registered just one more point as the defence held firm. As referee Hennessy blew the final whistle, Parnells celebrated a famous victory and a place in the North Kerry final vs Crotta. There were heroes all over the field.

Eddie Sheehy was rock-solid in the corner, with Daire Keane covering every blade of grass from midfield, Darragh Moloney fulfilling the role of utility player and Brian Lonergan an excellent target man for Parnells puck-outs.

The substitutes played their part as well, particularly Enda O’Connor, who, following his exploits with St Brendans footballers the previous evening, left nothing on the field as he ran himself to standstill.

Final Score: Tralee Parnells 5-13 Ballyheigue 2-18
Team: 1. Robin Porter 2. Eddie Sheehy 3. Tadhg Brick (0-1f) 4. Tadhg Reen 5. Ruairi O’Sullivan (1-0) 6. Luke Barrett (0-2f) 7. Luke Chester 8. Daire Nolan 9. Cathal Dunne (0-1) 10. Darragh Moloney 11. Barry Lyons (1-0) 12. Brian Lonergan 13. Niall Cassidy 14. Darragh Reen (3-8, 0-3f) 15. Cillian Litchfield (0-1)
Subs: Conor Brick for Niall Cassidy; Enda O’Sullivan for Luke Chester; Graham Sheehy for Barry Lyons; Martin Savage for Daire Keane; Ciarán Murray

Tralee Parnells Hurling & Camogie Club would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family of Frank Wallace and all associated with Ardfert GAA club. Frank worked tirelessley over the years on behalf of Adrfert Hurling and Football club.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílís

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