AUSTIN STACKS JUVENILES
THE ROCK ALL-STARS
If you were in Connolly Park on Sunday morning last and saw the numbers of players showing up for our All-Stars session you would have been forgiven for thinking that you were at a Munster final in Fitzgerald Stadium. We mightn’t have had the greatest weather, as we still wait for our summer to arrive, but the kids brought the sunshine in the form of energy and excitement. Coach Grace Magnier got things going with a much needed warm-up....getting all the players in the mood for some real action. Katie Dillon was rearing to go with the ball-playing and to getting stuck in right away while Coach Tim McMahon, as always, brought organisation to proceedings. Lily Deegan showed that the girls were not to be messed with as she used her great strength to knock even some of the coaches off the ball! The boys showed great progress in kicking skills and Fionn Yeates, Adam Donovan, Kean Fitzgerald and Gearóid O’Shea made the most of every opportunity in front of goals, beating the goalkeeper at every chance. Gooooooal! The girls showed how it’s done with Fémhe O Sullivan, Caoimhe Naughton and Millie Masterson flying through our impressive new, improved and ever-expanding obstacle course. But Ethan and Ryan Quirke made sure that the boys weren’t left behind! It was great to see some new faces and they joined in as if they were always with us; we also include John Lacey, Isaac Johnson, Philip Huggard, Alex Horan and Muhammad and Ayesha....all new-comers helped to create a great atmosphere right to the end. We make special mention of Coach Richie Conway who, each week, supports the development of the children and helps them to improve their skills and technical ability. We also mention Coach Ade who is always on hand promoting inclusion and maintaining the spirit of fun throughout. It is great to see that we are growing from strength to strength and newcomers will always be heartily welcome. So, boys and girls, join us on Sunday morning at 10am at the Austin Stack Club Pitch in Connolly Park. The All-Stars initiative is open to all children with a diagnosis. Eolas/information: please contact Sandra (087-294 6658) or Sarah (087-281 0239). (Cathal Ó Sé a chuir peann le pár). HELP OUR CLUB: If you purchase a box of Kelloggs Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies or Bran Flakes you can nominate the Austin Stack Club for a possible windfall -- €40,000 worth of prizes are available - by using the on-pack code. This is part of the Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camps promotion, details on www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/competition.
The Austin Stacks club football camp will take place from August 3rd to August 6th. The July County Board CúlCamp is already full.
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(born 2015/16/17): The action continues in Connolly Park at 11am on Sunday and 6.30pm on Thursday. New players are always welcome. Bí páirrteach leis an gCarraig!
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Phase 2 of the Coiste na nÓg GoGames, a series of 5 games, will take place over the coming weeks. This particular squad includes some outstandingly skilful players.
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Phase 2 of the Coiste na nÓg GoGames is now in progress. Having played very very enjoyable games v Listowel (as baile), v Crokes (ag baile) and v Milltown (ag baile) our young stalwarts are ready for further tough opposition! Training for this great group: next Sunday at 10.50am in Connolly Park. Go n-éirí go geal leis na GoGames!
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Team Black (i): We travelled to Milltown/Castlemaine for our final group game in the Lee Strand County League (Division 1A) . We lead at the break 5-2 to 0-8. However, the hosts came out for the second half and threw everything at us. Some wayward shooting by our boys in the second period kept Milltown/Castlemaine in the match ach bhí an suvae ag an gCarraig.
Team Black (ii): Following a great run of results in Phase 2 of the Lee Strand County League (we topped Division 1A), we hosted the John Mitchel Club in the semi-final. The Mistéalaigh ran up a impressive score. Half-time score 0-3 to 3-6. Final score: 0-10 to 5-10 to Na Mistealaigh. Sea, buann cúil cluichí! ‘Well done’ to the Ballyseedy boys and the best of luck to them in the final.
Team Black (iii): Training sessions continue this week. So, boys, heads up and stay positive. We’ll see you on Tuesday and on Thursday. Team Amber (i): Team Amber finished Phase 2 of the Lee Strand County League (Division 13B) group games with a fantastic victory after an enthralling encounter with Milltown/Castlemaine in Paddy Burke Memorial Park on Sunday June 12th. Scór...Team Amber: 5-9 (24); Milltown/Castlemaine (Team White): 4-11(23). Oh, how close! Pounding hearts! What excitement! From the ‘off’ both teams hit the ground running and no quarter was asked or given. Our Austin Stack Club boys got the first score of the game but it was the Milltown/Castlemaine players who were in early control with the first goal. Two Kyle Yoxall goals gave Team Amber the advantage before two more goals for the home team put them in the lead by four points as the half-time whistle blew....2-3 for the Ambers and 3-4 for the Whites. In the 2nd half the quality and intensity of the play rose to another level. A Jack Delaney goal for Team Amber was matched by another three-pointer for the home team. Then, in a 5 minute whirlwind, Team Amber struck for goals...by Ewan Canty and Jack Delaney...and then tagged on a few points to edge ahead midway in the 2nd half. In the remaining minutes of the game both sides went point for point. Our stalwarts defended their lead as if their lives depended on it and they succeeded in denying the mid-Kerry lads any chance of a winning goal before victory was confirmed for the Black’n’Amber by the referee’s final long welcome whistle blast. Relief! And a county semi-final place for Team Amber! Man-of-the-Match: All 20 players were immense but Oisín Cotter at full-back gave a performance that will live long in the memory of those lucky enough to have witnessed it. Thanks to Milltown/Castlemaine for a fantastic duel played in the right spirit. Thanks to the referee for his handling of the game. Our Team Amber: Seán McCannon, Alex Dafoor, Diarmuid Hennessy, Conor Murphy, Jack Delaney, Kyle Yoxall, Liam Swords, David Ahern, Nathan O’Connor, Luke O’Connor, Ediart Topali, Oran O’Donoghue, Oisín Cotter, Alex O’Flaherty, Tadhg Somers, Joe O’Halloran, Karol Kowalczyk, Ewan Canty, Albi Gaxha, Mateusz Mikolajczuk. Team Amber (ii): Team Amber’s 2022 Lee Strand County League (Division 13) campaign came to an end with defeat by the John Mitchel Club U13s at a blustery Connolly Park on Sunday June 19th. Team Amber: 2-4; JM B: 3-13. We got a dream start with an early goal from Luke O’Connor and in the early exchanges we seemed well placed to take full advantage of the strong breeze. However, a fortuitous goal settled the visitors and they quickly followed up with points and, faraor/unfortunately, another goal. A well taken Jayden O’Dowd goal brought Team Amber right back into the fray to leave the half time score at 2-2 for Team Amber and 2-5 for the John Mitchel Club boys. The 2nd half saw another fast start from our boys who were very unfortunate not to add another couple of goals to their tally. However, as the half wore on, the Mistéalaigh used the wind to their full advantage and were deserving winners in the end. All the boys should be very proud of their heroic efforts in this game and throughout the County League campaign. Remember, boys, that the Central League is only a few short weeks away and, so, we must build on the progress and on the improvements already made with good training sessions on Tuesday and on Thursday nights. Chun oibre linn, a bhuachaillí na Carraige! Man-of-the-Match: Alex Dafoor was immense at wing back. Ardfhear, a Alex Darfoor. Is sár-imreoir thú! Congratulations to John Mitchel Club boys and we wish them all the best in the county final. Thanks to the referee for his handling of the game. Austin Stack Club Team Amber: Seán McCannon, Alex Dafoor, Diarmuid Hennessy, Conor Murphy, Kyle Yoxall, Liam Swords, David Ahern, Nathan O’Connor, Luke O’Connor, Oran O’Donoghue, Oisín Cotter, Karol Kowalczyk, Conor Hanafin, Noah Reidy, Séamus Keenan, Eliot Caleja, Jayden O’Dowd, Jack Walsh, Gearóid Corcoran. Team Amber (iii): Training sessions continue this week. So, boys, heads up and stay positive. We’ll see you on Tuesday and on Thursday. (Pádraig Ó Laoide a chuir peann le pár).
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Saturday July 2nd is D-day for those who’ve been chosen to represent The Rock in Féile Náisiúnta Pheil na nGael (Division 1) in Dublin on. The Rock Féile panel will be based overnight at Maynooth University. Ballyboughal (north of Dublin Airport), is the venue for our Group 1 games with New York (USA) and St. Peters. Other participants include Kilmacud Crokes, Maynooth (Kildare), Bredagh (Co. Down), St. Judes (our David Mannix played for the senior team in last year’s Dublin county final) and Ballyboden St. Endas (Dublin), Naas (Kildare), Oranmore/Maree (Galway), London (Sasana) and Douglas (Cork). So, our lads will face the best of Irish, English and American GAA teams! ‘Rock Street’ U15s have a great tradition of participation in this national festival and many outstanding Rock players have proudly represented the Black’n’Amber at Féile na nGael. QUIZ NA FÉILE
A big ‘thank you’ to all who participated in the U14 Féile Quiz last weekend. The clubhouse hall was packed and full of eager participants, all vying for those highly coveted prizes. Congratulations to the deserved winners, the ‘Old Fogies’ (foireann na Seanóirí), who proved more than able with a pen and an answer sheet! Even those who sadly weren’t as successful thrived on the fantastic atmosphere and buzz in the hall. Ard-oíche a bhí ann, gan aon agó. Thanks also to our wonderful quizmaster, Joe Walsh, and to the Féile Fundraising Committee. Everybody worked so hard to ensure that the night would run as smoothly as it did agus níor fágadh lúb ar lár! The success of the event is, of course, a credit to their hard work. Paudie Barrett won the pair of All-Ireland Final tickets.
Thanks to all who support our club lotto: (i) The Brogue (Kirbys), Lower Rock Street, (ii) Husseys’ Deli, Prince’s Quay, (iii) The Burger Shack, Monavalley, (iv) Maguire, Butchers, Caherslee, (v) Kevin Barry’s Shop, Upper Rock Street, (vi) Paudie Commane’sBookshop, Rock Street, (vii) O’Flynn Interiors, Lower Rock Street, (viii) www.austinstacks.ie and/or (ix) on the following link: https://play.clubforce.com/play_newa.asp?ll_id=X529#Anchor
Items are available to order on this link (free delivery on orders over €50): www.oneills.ie. The new Austin Stack Club Ganzee Club Clothing Collection is for sale and it’s available in men’s/unisex/women’s/kids’ sizes. Check out all the style ranges in hoodies, t-shirts and sweatshirts on www.ganzee.ie/austin-stacks-gaa-clubs/
WHO ARE WE?
We all belong here at this place at this time. We belong not because of who we are or where we’re from. Being here means belonging. Belonging means knowing that we’re part of a community, a community that has a place for all, in which potential is nurtured, in which individuals become teams that honour the legacy of those who went before and who strive to build a legacy of our own. Some of us play. Some of us used to play. Some of us never played. We belong. Belonging means having a voice, being able to say what we think is right and being listened to. Belonging means respecting each other and being there for each other on the pitch.
Off the pitch, belonging means rolling up our sleeves and doing what needs to be done. We all belong, whether it’s our first day or our hundredth year. We all belong here because this place belongs to us all=85.
OUR GAA OUR ROCK
This is where we all belong. We are family!’ And this is our GAA philosophy, ár bhfealsúnacht.
ROCK KERRY CAPTAINS
How many Rock footballers have captained Kerry? Seo iad: 2022 -- Joe O’Connor; 2015 -- Kieran Donaghy; 1995 - Darren Ahearne; 1989 - Mikey Sheehy; 1980 -- Ger Power (winning captain); 1977 -- Ger O’Keeffe; 1976 -- John O’Keeffe; 1974 -- John O’Keeffe; 1937 -- Miko Doyle (winning captain); 1932 -- Joe Barrett (winning captain); 1929 -- Joe Barrett (winning captain). In 1904 Austin Stack was a winning Kerry captain; he played for the Tralee John Mitchel Club before our club was officially founded.