STRICTLY COME DANCING: Despite the fact that the event took place for the first time on the eve of the All Ireland Football final there was still a fantastic turn-out in the Festival Dome on Saturday night (31st August) for the 9th staging of the annual Strictly Come Dancing Event.The 14 couples, who were again brilliantly tutored by Jackie O’Mahoney for the past almost three months, put on a show that would be hard to surpass in any arena. The winner of the Public Vote went to Katelyn Griffin (Celsius Mensware) and Kyle Culloty (Clash Plumming & Heating) while the Judging Panel went for Nela Budayova (Pat Buckley Yard Farm Ltd) and Seán McElligott (Seán Óg’s). Congratulations to both couples. Well done again to all the participants, to all our sponsors and attendees and to our Organising Committee, including Club Chairperson Máiread Fernane, Assistant Club Treasurer, Anne Marie Healy and Edel Fitzgerald and to the Festival of Kerry for the use of the Dome.
ALL IRELAND TICKETS: Club Secretary, Elma Nix invites all adult Austin Stacks Club members to enter our Club members draw to win an All Ireland ticket. Please text Elma on 086 1053300 before 5pm this Thursday (Sept 5th). No late applications accepted. Our club members tickets are intended for use by our mentors/senior players/volunteers/supporters – please do not apply unless using the ticket yourself.
GREAT WEEK-END: Going into the game as rank outsiders by many neutrals this Kerry team showed what they are capable of with a near match-winning performance against the mighty Dubs in Croke Park on Sunday. While this was the 15th time that the sides have met in an All Ireland Final (more than twice the number of any other teams) it was the first time that the sides drew in a final. Well done Kerry for a brilliant performance. And if the Seniors didn’t come away with silverware from Croke Park on Sunday one former Kerry Footballer did have a ‘victory’ in Croke Park the previous day. Well done to our own John O’Keeffe who received yet another well-deserved award – the Lifetime Achievement Award – presented to him during a GPA Football Legends Luncheon held in the Stadium on Saturday last.
SENIOR FOOTBALL: The replay will now cause a bit of a head ache for Peter Twiss and his fellow members of the Fixture Committee as they try to re-schedule Co. League and Championship fixtures which were down for the two coming week-ends. The Championship will definitely be put back but we are not sure, as write, if the final rounds of the Co. League are going ahead as scheduled on the coming week-end or not. The last round was fixed for this Sunday (8th Sept), with a 2pm throw-in in all games. We are due travel to Cahersiveen to play St. Marys who are already relegated. A win is a must if we are to have any chance of a final qualification place. This has been the tightest season in the 48 year history of the League with six teams still in contention for the top two places. Going into this last round on Sunday Rathmore top the table with 15 points, then four teams are on 14 points each – ourselves, Crokes, Rahillys and Dingle with the 6th team, Killarney Legion, on 13 points. (We await confirmation that our game V St. Mary’s is postponed – keep checking website for update).
B FOOTBALL: The Molyneaux Cup semi finals are scheduled to go ahead on this Friday evening (6th Sept). Our game, against Kenmare, takes place at the Currans Centre of Excellence while Dr. Crokes are at home to Beaufort in Lewis Road. Both games throw in at 6.45pm with extra time and play to conclusion. We will play at home to Cromane in the last round of the Co. League this Sunday Sept 8th at 2pm.
THE C TEAM: Austin Stacks 3-14; Keel 0-1.
In a damp Connolly Park on this Friday evening (30th Aug) our C team progressed to the quarter final of the Barrett Cup after an easy win against an under-strength Keel side. Our lads did what they had to do and that included a brilliant defensive display throughout the hour when time after time we performed turn-over after turn-over which is indicated in the score line.
Two early goals – by the two Davids, Courtney and Leonard – put us on the road to victory. With Darragh Long then unerring from frees we led by 2-8 to no score at half time. David Courtney was again on target for our second half goal with Darragh adding three more points as well as two super points by Barry Walsh and Jack McGrath. Team: Philip Healy Capt), Tommy Costello, TJ Hogan, Cathal Curtin, James Quigley, Barry Walsh (0-1), Brian Phelan, Jason Mitchel, Seán Dukes, Pádraig Breen, Darragh Long (0-9 – seven frees), Mikey Collins, David Courtney (2-2), David Leonard (1-1), Ricky Moloney. Subs used: Joe Looby (ht), Jack McGrath (34m) (0-1), Craig Teahan (38m), Ger Teahon (41m), Paddy Fitzgibbon (43m), Joey O’Shea (49m). We now have another home game against Ballydonoghue in the quarter final on this Friday (6th Sept) at 6.45pm. The North Kerry side received a walk-over from Currow in their round 1 game. Like the B game this game will also have extra time, if requires, and will be played to conclusion.
CONGRATULATIONS: and best wishes to two Club Footballers who tied the knot at the weekend. Denis Costelloe and Jane Fitzgerald got married last Friday and the day after Nessan Crean and Claire Chauvet did likewise.
CLUBHOUSE: As always the Clubhouse is available for all types of Parties and Functions. Enquiries about Club Bookings should be made by contacting Harry Hynes at 087 2467286.
CARDS: The 45 Card Sessions continue in the Clubhouse on every Monday and Thursday nights, commencing at 9.30pm each night.
LOTTO: Last Night’s (2nd September) Jackpot, worth €12,000, was not won. The numbers drawn were 10, 23, 26, 28.
The €20 winners were: Gerard Teahon and Francie Breen both c/o Club Rockies; Maurice McNamara and Enda Lynch both c/o The Club; and Shane O’Callaghan, c/o Rock Street Post Office.
Lotto Tickets are on regular sale at the Rock Street Post Office and at the Stacks Clubhouse, as well as from our other regular outlets.
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of Johnny O’Reilly, St. Joseph’s Estate, Spa Road who died during the past week.