Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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Munster Junior Club Championship

Parnells 0-8

Skeheenarinky 1-22

Our seniors represented Kerry in the Munster Junior quarter final last Saturday in Austin Stacks Park.

Even though our lads had finished their season a number of weeks ago the club took on the challenge against a Tipperary side fresh off a county win and backboned by intercounty footballer Conor Sweeney.

The loss and unavailability of some usual starters created an opening for Graham Sheehy to make his senior debut.

The opening quarter saw last ditch defending from Parnells including a top class save from the ever improving veteran Mark Ryall. Some nice scores came from the usual Darragh Reen and Geraoid Doherty leaving us a single point behind. But for some narrow wides we could have gone in front.

The Tipp lads owned the start of the second quarter scoring consistently including a well won goal from a high ball into the square. Parnells, already depleted from some usual defenders, lost Luke Barrett through injury after he took two heavy knocks and was replaced by Niall Cassidy.

However, then came our best spell with some top class team scores from captain Doc (Gearoid O Doherty) and a skillful individual effort from Graham Sheehy. Half time Parnells trailed 0-7 to 1.11

The second half opened with the Tipp lads getting some easier scores from some unfortunate errors. It could have been worse only for another top class save from Ryall and a goalmouth scramble where the two Tadhgs, Reen and Brick somehow managed to clear the lines.

Parnells introduced a number of subs and came close to scoring a goal whilst at the other end young Tadgh Reen held up Sweeny from getting through for another. Whilst it was a comprehensive beating there were nevertheless positives.

It was good to see Pip Gilsenen and Paul Daly who have given so much to hurling get this rare opportunity. There was some excellent play from many including the hard working high fielding Cathal Dunne, Tadhg Brick, Gearoid Doherty. It was good to see Darragh Keane make his senior comeback and it was good that the club rose to the challenge.

We wish Skeheenarinky every good wish going forward.

Foireann; Mark Ryall, Tim Kelliher, Tadhg Brick, Luke Chester, Tadhg Reen, Brian Lonergan, Luke Barrett, Cathal Dunne, Ciaran Breen, Graham Sheehy (0-1), Gearoid O Doherty (0-5, 3f), Andrew Morrissey, Ronan Gilsenan, Darragh Reen (0-2), Cillian O Riordan

Subs Used; Niall Cassidy for Luke Chester, Paul Daly for Ronan Gilsenan, Daire Keane for Darragh Reen, Johnathon Lowe for Tim Kelliher, Stephen Morrissey for Cillian O Riordan

Healthy Club
We recently received the good news that the club will retain it’s GAA Healthy Club status. Congratulations to Caroline Somers our Health & Wellbeing Officer and those who helped out during the year on this great achievement. The Healthy Club award recognises clubs who support positive physical and mental health among their members and the local community.

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way with club facilities during the 2021 season; the volunteers who prepared and stewarded Caherslee for home matches and the Friday academy; those who assembled and stored the juvenile goals and organised the storage container.

A special thanks to Agnes Sheehy who regularly went above and beyond to ensure that on-field activities went off safely and smoothly. Finally, thank you to groundskeeper, Joe Wallace, for his flexibility and patience, and for ensuring that the pitches at Caherslee were in top condition throughout the season. Ní neart go cur le chéile.

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.

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