COVID 19: Be aware: COVID 19 hasn’t gone away! Reminder to all players, parents and guardians: (i) The Covid-19 e-learning module must be completed by all. (ii) The Health Questionnaire, http://returntoplay.gaa.ie, must be completed for/by each player and it must be resubmitted before EACH training session and EACH game. Note: parents of U6, U8 and U10 players must sign in their footballer. Má tá ceist agat: contact your team coach/trainer. Níl an víreas ainnis imithe fós!
UNDER 6 FOOTBALL: The Under 6 boys played great in Connolly Park on Sunday last. They had an hour of great football fun from 11.15am to 12.15pm. More of the same energy, skill and excitement will be on show again on Sunday morning next, July 26th, but…but…but the action will take place in Caherslee. Fáilte roimh pheileadóirí nua. Thanks to all parents who still comply with the Covid19 necessities…mórbhuíochas.
PEIL FAOI 8: (i) Our under 8 boys were also training in Connolly Park last Sunday and they kicked ball between 11am and 12.00. We hope to see everybody in action again next Sunday, July 26th, in Caherslee. Yes, boys, we’ll be training in Caherslee! Thanks to all the parents who are complying with the Covid19 necessities…go raibh maith agaibh.
PEIL FAOI 10: (i) Our U10 lads were in action in Connolly Park on Sunday last but we’ll be in Caherslee from now on. Caherslee is the venue! We really look forward to next Sunday, 26th. Training time: 10.45am to 11.45am. Thanks to all the parents who have complied with the Covid19 requirements.
CAID FAOI 12: (i) Our LEE STRAND County League campaign got underway last weekend with all three U12 teams seeing competitive action for the first time this year and in glorious sunshine. On Saturday, Team ‘Black’ faced local rivals, St Pat’s Blennerville, in our opening Group K match at home in Connolly Park. The word emanating from our U12s’ social network in recent weeks was that St Pat’s had a strong outfit this year and it proved reliable information as the Blennerville boys got off to a blistering start with a couple of early goals. The Rockies were rocked for sure, but as the first half wore on, we started to settle into the game and our defensive unit led by Adam Johnston, Jamie Casey, Brian Kavanagh and Dean Courtney were breaking even in their exchanges come half time. The second half was a much more evenly-matched affair and, led by our midfield dynamos Dennis Brassil and Max Grzybowski, the Stacks were a different beast in the second 25 minutes. Goalkeeper-turned-poacher Seanie Clifford started the revival with a classy goal and further mighty scores from Oran O’Donoghue, Luke O’Connor and Darragh Lyons gave the team much needed momentum. Back in defence, Kyle Yoxhall made sure the St Pat’s boys weren’t for scoring any more goals in the second half and he was ably assisted by tremendous defending and tackling displays from Harry Neale, Barry Laide and Ewan Canty. The Rockies finished the game on a ‘high’ with a brilliant individual goal from Dennis Brassil, but alas time ran out on their very admirable comeback effort and St Pat’s emerged deserving winners in the end. Our boys can be very proud of their performance which saw them reduce a 17 point half-time deficit to just two scores at the end. The majority of these lads are in their first year in the U12 grade and this county league experience will be of huge benefit to them as they develop into future stars. Ní fál go haer é!
(ii) On Sunday evening, Team 1 and our ‘Amber’ team travelled north to play Listowel Emmets in the first round of Group A. In the ‘A’ fixture, our men got off to a good start playing against the breeze and were on level terms with Emmets after 10 minutes. The Listowel boys took over in the 2nd quarter, however, and we were on the back foot until the halftime whistle with the scores at 3-9 to 1-3. Stacks needed a strong start to the 2nd half and, while the players can’t be faulted for the effort and determination shown in the 3rd quarter, three missed goal chances gave the sense that it just wasn’t going to be the Rockies’ night. We paid the price for that huge effort when a combination of very warm conditions and a strong finishing kick from the Fealesiders saw our brave warriors fade in the final 10 minutes. Bíonn gach tosach lag, a deirtear! These talented boys will keep improving! Final score….Listowel Emmets: 5-21; Na Stacaigh: 2-6. The Rock team: goalkeeper: Alex Relihan; full-backs: Jay Sweeney, Eoghan Murphy, Jayden Moriarty; halfbacks: Rian Walsh, Gabriel Nosidlak (captain), Ciaran Skinner; midfield: Alex Tuohy, Aodhán Horgan; half-forwards: Jake Carmody, Jack Diggins, Jack Shanahan; full forwards: Rory Lynch, Rory Kavanagh, Tadhg Falvey.
(iii) The U12 ‘Amber’ team took on the Emmet’s C team in a match that had to be reduced to 8-a-side at the request of our hosts. The last-minute changes and the resulting large number of substitutions undoubtedly affected our performance in defeat but our boys can be very proud of their first competitive outing in the U12 grade. Any team that goes to Listowel and scores 5-7 clearly has plenty of ability and our ‘Amber’ heroes can look forward with great confidence to their remaining league games against Churchill and John Mitchels. Up The Rock! The ‘Amber’ team lined out as follows: Alex Darfoor, Oisín Cotter, Ryan O’Carroll, Seán McCannon, David Hobbert, Rian McEvoy, Fionn Cotter, Michael Cotter, Eoghan Mangan, Matthew Guerin, Joe Barry, Harry Murphy, Killian Coffey, Jack Walsh. (iv) Training: we’re back training in Connolly Park on Tuesday at 5.30pm and again on Thursday at 6.30pm. (v) County League Round 2: All three teams will be in action again this coming Sunday (26th July): (a) Team 1 v Churchill ‘A’. We’ll have a 6pm throw-in in Connolly Park. (b) ‘Amber’ Team v Churchill ‘C’. We’ll have a 6pm throw-in also in Connolly Park. (c) ‘Black’ Team v Castlegregory (away) in Castlegregory. We’ll have a 6pm throw-in. An Charraig Abú! (vi) Round 3: Sunday 2nd August….Teams 1 & Team ‘Amber’ v John Mitchels – away….Team ‘Black’ v An Daingean – at home.
PEIL FAOI 13: Faraor géar agus ochón ó and unfortunately, the always-looked-forward-to LEE STRAND Under 13 Tournament will not take place this year. This unfortunate decision has been taken after consultation with GAA authorities. Go maraí an diabhal COVID 19! We look forward to renewing our association with Lee Strand in 2021.
PEIL FAOI 14: (i) Our U14 training is going really well and na bainisteoirí are very happy with the great number of enthusiastic and determined players attending. Training times in Connolly Park: Wednesdays at 6.30pm and Saturdays at 5pm. (ii) We look forward to our first Bord na nÓg game of this ‘new season’ on Wednesday next (29ú Iúil). U14 fixtures: Stacaigh A v Ballymac, (Ard Fhearta, Laune Rangers); Stacaigh B v Ballymac, (Firies).
CAID FAOI 16: (i) County League fixtures: Monday July 20th at 7pm – away v K-O’R; Monday July 27th at 7pm – at home v Ballymac; Monday August 3rd at 7pm – away v Ard Fhearta. (ii) Under 16 training times: Mondays from 18:00 (6pm) to 19:30; Wednesdays from 17:30 (6.30pm) to 18:30; Fridays from 18:00 (6pm) to 19:30.
SIÚLÓID 100km: Club chairman, Billy Ryle, walked 100km (over a 10-day period from 17th July to 27th July) on the Bracker ‘Regan Road, to raise funds for The Rock Club. Fair-play dó agus fair-play dóibh siúd a shiúil ina theannta! Thanks to all who donated a few euro to the club. It isn’t too late to make a donation. Please go to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-bracker-100km It is also Billy’s wish, and the wish of the whole Rock Club that, that from now on, people will give ‘The Bracker Regan Road’ its correct title….or ‘Bóthar Uí Riagáin’! Martin ‘Bracker’ ‘Regan (1910–2005) was an outstanding Rock footballer and hurler. See Adrienne’s pictures here:
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The Austin Stacks new Lotto boxes now located at Kirby’s Brogue Inn & Kevin Barry’s Shop
WHO BOUGHT CROKE PARK? Cé go bhfuil staid i mBarcelona agus ceann eile i Londain níos mó ná é, tá muintir uile na hÉireann bródúil as an tríú staid is mó san Eoraip a bheith acu i mBaile Átha Cliath. Is féidir le breis agus ochtó míle duine freastal ar ócáid i bPáirc an Chrócaigh faoi chompord. Rinneadh athchóiriú iontach ar an ionad seo idir 1993 agus 2005. Murach fear d’arbh ainm Frank Dineen ní dócha go mbeadh Páirc an Chrócaigh ann in aon chor. Ach cérbh é Frank Dineen? Rugadh Frank i Luimneach sa bhliain 1862. Níor imir sé peil ná iománaíocht ach ba lúthchleasaí iontach é. Scríobh sé faoi chúrsaí spóirt sna nuachtáin. D’oibrigh sé go dícheallach ar son Chumann Lúthchleas Gael. Bhí sé ina Uachtarán agus ansin ina Rúnaí ar an gCumann idir 1895 agus 1901. Bhí an Cumann ag iarraidh páirc a bhí in úsáid le haghaidh cluichí a cheannach mar cheanncheathrú. Ach ní raibh an t-airgead acu. Bhí díomá ar Frank faoi sin. Cheannaigh sé féin an 14 acra sa bhliain 1908. Cúig bliana ina dhiaidh sin bhí an t-airgead ag Cumann Lúthchleas Gael agus cheannaigh siad an áit ó Frank. Bhí HQ ag CLG. Bhaist siad Páirc an Chrócaigh air in onóir phátrún an chumainn, an Dochtúir Tomás Cróc, Ardeaspag Chaisil Mumhan. Tá ainm Frank Dineen ar Chnoc ‘16.