AUSTIN STACKS LADIES
We hope to host a visit from another U8s and U10s team to Connolly Park this Sunday - details still being finalized keep on eye of team messages for update.
(report by Niall Lucey): U12 Div 1 team played the opening round of the Town League last Tuesday evening against Churchill. Unfortunately, we were without a number of players again and it took its toll. The players present played their hearts out and kept trying to the very end. They can be very proud of their efforts. However, it is too difficult for them to compete when we don’t have our full team. FT Austin Stacks 0-8 Churchill 2-6.
Our next round will be against na Gaeil. This Thursday night we will be away to Firies (game at 6.45pm in Farranfore) in the Co. League Div 2 Plate Final. Best of luck to the team.
Our U12 clubs will kick off their Town League with a home game V St. Pats at 6.30pm this Thursday evening.
Quarter Final: Austin Stacks home to Rathmore at 6.30pm on Monday Sept 13th.
Just three teams in this year’s North Kerry League Div 1 -- Austin Stacks, Abbeydorney and Castleisland. There will be 1 outright winner and a Shield final. Competition presently on hold pending Co. Championship games/results. U15 Club Championship
Quarter Final away V MKL Gaels at 4pm on Saturday Sept 18th.
With the fixtures calendar compressing we have opted to play just 1 team in this year’s North Kerry League -- Div 1: Austin Stacks, Abbeydorney, Ballymac, Kerins O’Rahillys and Corcha Dhuibhne/Castlegregory. Again, like the U14s competition presently on hold pending Co. Championship games/results. U17 Club Championship: Quarter Final home V Ballymac on Wednesday 22nd Sept at 6pm
Our Minor Ladies captured the Co. League Div 2 title in great style last Thursday night (Sept 9th, 2021) overcoming Beaufort on a score line of 4-12 to 1-2 in Cordal. Team: Chloe Fitzpatrick, Grace O’Mahoney, Lara Flynn, Bronagh Kelliher, Laura O’Halloran, Clodagh Murray, Grace O’Connor, Eimear O’Sullivan (Capt), Eimear Litchfield (0-1), Ella Breen (0-2) Roise O’Donnell (0-1), Alison Lane (0-1), Grainne Carmody, Kerry Oba (0-2), Kirby Anne Ryan (2-2), Brenda Devane, Roisin Coffey, Mary Moore (1-3 (2f), Grace Reidy, Aoife O’Connell, Lily Collins, Saoirse Moriarty (1-0), Grace Lucid, Shannon Oba. Management: Gene O’Donnell, Xavier Murray, Kieran Kelliher and Pat Reidy. Senior Ladies - report by Gene O’Donnell - Last Sunday, at a sun-drenched Connolly Park, a well drilled Dan Kearney Castleisland Desmonds Ladies team outgunned Interim Manager John Walsh’s charges on a score line of 4-17 to 2-3 in the first round of the 2021 Randle’s Brothers Intermediate Championship.
The game was well marshalled by referee Mike Hennessy whose commonsense approach allowed the game to flow easily. It was also great to see a championship double header as this game was followed by the senior men’s match between the home side and Kerins O’Rahilly’s.
Kudos to Kerry LGFA and Kerry GAA, and hopefully this will become a standard arrangement, wherever possible.
Stacks started well with Aoife Dillane winning the throw in against her Kerry senior teammate Lorraine Scanlon but their first attacks were well thwarted by Gemma Kearney, Grace Cahill and Saoirse Murphy. 3 Points from Lorraine Scanlon and Paris McCarthy settled Castleisland Desmonds and then Niamh Walsh showed her pedigree by calmly slotting a goal after a well worked move by the Desmonds, leaving the score at the first water break 1-5 to 0-0. A feature of this opening quarter was the duels between county minor comrades Eimear O’Sullivan and Paris McCarthy and the two youngest players on the pitch Desmonds’ Hannah Herlihy and Rock street’s championship debutant, Róise O’Donnell. Laobhaise Walmsley was a constant threat up front with Ruth Cahill and already Desmonds had laid down a marker that they were keen to avenge last years disappointment v Finuge St. Senan’s and go one step further in 2022.
Under the watchful eye of Joint Kerry senior manager, Dara Long, the second quarter was when Desmonds took it up a further notch, despite conceding a brace of frees expertly converted by Caoimhe Barry Walsh. Stacks were struggling to win possession up front despite the best efforts of Kerry Oba and Breda Slattery. With Marie Twomey and Cait Lynch in commanding form, Desmonds’ intricate and fast interplay led to further scores from Lorraine Scanlon and Ruth Cahill. For the visiting supporters their handling, support play and precise passing was a joy to behold. Just before half time Niamh Walsh struck again finishing coolly after a turnover. This left the score at half time 2-8 to 0-2. Caoimhe Barry Walsh scored a goal with Stacks first attack of the second half but then disaster struck for Austin Stacks as Kerry Oba suffered an injury which resulted in a break of play for several minutes.
Everybody wishes Kerry a speedy recovery. Desmonds regrouped and the game petered out to an inevitable conclusion with Paris McCarthy expertly finishing a great move to the net for Desmond’s fourth goal and the game ended with a last minute consolation goal finished by substitute Mollie O’Carroll after a great shot by Marina Barry Walsh hit the base of the upright. Final Score Austin Stacks 2-3 Castleisland Desmonds 4-17.
On the evidence of this game, it is difficult to see who can match the blue and white brigade as they ticked all the boxes. Up next for them is local rivals, Scartaglin while, next Friday, under lights, Austin Stacks will entertain a Corca Dhuibhne team spearheaded by none other than Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh. A good start to the campaign by Desmonds, whose game plan was executed to perfection. Austin Stacks will lick their wounds, regroup and with the likes of Sarah Fitzgerald and Emma McCarthy likely to return soon, they can look with confidence to maybe causing an upset against the team from the west. Everyone wishes a speedy recovery to Austin Stacks Kerry Oba who looked to have sustained a serious knee injury in the 2nd half of the game.
Austin Stacks: Chloe Fitzpatrick, Karena Slattery, Lara Flynn, Niamh Loughnane, Róise O’Donnell Eimear O’Sullivan, Norma O’Connor, Rachel Ryan, Aoife Dillane, Megan O’Brien, Caoimhe Barry Walsh, ,Sarah Hoare Breda Slattery, Linda Raymond ,Kerry Oba. Sub: Kirby Anne Ryan.
Na Gaeil travelled to Farranfore on Sunday to play Milltown/Castlemaine in the first group game of the Intermediate Championship. The conditions were ideal for football and the pitch was in excellent condition. This was a game where Na Gaeil was in control from the throw in and the result of the encounter was never in doubt at any stage of the game. Darragh Carmody who was very impressive all through had his shooting boots on. He bagged a goal after 4 minutes of play. Then he added a point from play and a point from a free. Johnathan O’Sullivan was equally impressive for the home side scoring their first three points. Ian McCarthy, Tomás O’hAiniféin and Jack Barry pushed Na Gaeil further ahead to leave the score at the water break: Na Gaeil: 1-05; Milltown/Castlemaine: 0-03. Na Gaeil continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over with further points from Darragh Carmody, Tomás O’hAiniféin and Dan Goggin. The half time score was: Na Gaeil: 1-11; Milltown/Castlemaine: 0-05. The second half again was all plain sailing for Na Gaeil with Dan Goggin hitting the back of the net after 12 minutes to leave the score: 2-11 to 0-06 at the second water break. In the final quarter Darragh Carmody scored his second goal from a free to widen the gap further. But Milltown/Castlemaine never gave up and battled hard to the end tagging on two more points. Dara Devine and Damien Bourke chipped in with points for Na Gaeil before the referee blew the whistle for full time. It was an easy victory with Na Gaeil on top in all sectors over the hour. There were very impressive displays from Enda O’Connor, Fergal Barry, Dan Goggin and Darragh Carmody while on the Milltown/Castlemaine side Jonathan O’Sullivan, Killian Burke, David Roche and Pa Wren caught the eye.
Na Gaeil will play Laune Rangers in Round 2 of the Intermediate Championship on Sunday next September 19th at 2.30pm in Killorglin
For the second game in a row our U15 lads had to travel to Castlegregory last Wednesday evening to take on the locals, this time in the semi final of the Kelliher’s Toyota Central Region Division 3. Castlegregory had the better of the early exchanges in the first quarter and led by 3 points to nil. Na Gaeil soon settled and hit back with 3 scores of their own to leave the sides level at 3 points all at the first water break. Castlegregory had the upper hand in the 2nd quarter and outscored us by 1-3 to 0-2 to leave us behind by 4 points at halftime. The third quarter was notable for the sending off of a Castlegregory player after he received a second yellow. Despite this, Castlegregory managed to extend their lead to 5 points by the second water break. In the final quarter our boys used the extra man to good effect and began to claw back the deficit. In fading light we added 1-8 to just 1-1 for Castlegregory to run out winners by 2 points.
The Tralee and St Brendan’s U13 League second round game for the Na Gaeil Green Team took place away against Churchill on Sunday evening. Our lads were first to register a point, but Churchill finished the first quarter strongly to lead 6 points to 2. The lads won the second quarter 6 points to 3, to leave only a point between them at half time. A Churchill goal and 2 points, in the third quarter put 5 points between them. After the water break it was end to end stuff as our lads put in a massive effort to close the gap. An excellent goal and 6 more points had the game in the balance until Churchill got their second goal late on that sealed the win for them. Final score Na Gaeil: 1-15; Churchill: 2-16. Well done to all the lads. It was an excellent performance!
The previous week in the Tralee and St Brendan’s U13 League first round game for the Na Gaeil Green Team took place at home against Austin Stacks. Austin Stacks were leading at the break, but a great third quarter by our lads closed the gap. A late Austin Stacks goal put the game out of reach of our lads, who were unlucky not to have had another goal and a few points in the second half. The game ended, Na Gaeil: 2-04; Austin Stacks: 2-10.
The U11 boys hosted Churchill on Thursday evening last where they had two excellent games. Well done boys!
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Our Lotto draw was held on Tuesday last September 6th. Numbers drawn were: 1, 5, 31, 32. There was no winner of the jackpot. €20 Lucky Dip winners were: Evelyn and Matthew McQuinn, Michael Lynch, Eddie Barry, Eamon Sheehy and Andrew Barry. Next week’s jackpot is €5,300.
There is now a Clothes Collection Bin situated in Na Gaeil car park for use by all members of the public.