FAOI 6: (i) We hope to see all our Under 6s in Caherslee at 5.45pm on Thursday. (ii) Football as usual next Sunday morning at 11am.
FAOI 8: (i) Our Sunday morning football will take place in the usual place and at the usual time. (ii) Our Under 8s had a great Sunday morning in Ballymac. The best of football was played agus bhain gach éinne taitneamh mór as an ócáid. Among our really skilful players were Elliot Calleja, David Ahern, Shane Carey, Ethan Cushen and Tom Dawson. We thank all who helped with transport. (iii) The Bracker Regan Leagues will continue this Thursday at 5.45pm in Caherslee. (iv) The John Mitchel Club Under 8 Blitz will take place next Saturday (15th) idir 10am agus 2.30pm. Beidh 5 chluiche ag gach foireann. Let’s hope that everyone will have an enjoyable time! An Charraig Abú!
FAOI 9 & FAOI 10: (i) On Sunday morning next our UNDER 9s…buachaillí faoi 9…will travel to Glanmire, near the Jack Lynch Tunnel, in Cork. (ii) The John Galvin Trophy Competition continues on Thursday at 6.30pm in Caherslee. (iii) The John Mitchel Club UNDER 10 Blitz …buachaillí faoi 10…will be held on Saturday next (15th). Beidh 5 chluiche ag gach aon fhoireann. The games will take place between 10am and 2.30pm. Let’s pray for fine weather!
PEIL FAOI 12: On Sunday morning last over 30 of our U12 warriors got up early and had departed from Connolly Park before the rising of the lark (sunrise = 6.48am)…roimh éirí na fuiseoige. They headed for the big Kilmacud Blitz at University College Dublin where they challenged teams from all four provinces of Ireland. (i) Our A team boys showed their undoubted skill and heart and had fine victories over Cork kingpins, Douglas, and over Kildare champions, Newbridge Sarsfields; they followed those great victories with a draw against the home team (Cill Mochuda). Their brilliant performances ensured that The Rockies topped the points’ table and returned home to The Kingdom as champions. (ii) Our brilliant B team started with a whirlwind win over St Galls from Belfast but, faraor géar (unfortunately) agus ochón agus mo bhrón, a couple of tight matches didn’t go our way. It was an excellent showing, however, and with many younger players from the U10s on board, we can be sure that the future of The Rock is bright! A great day was had by all and we thank all our enthusastic players, our supportive parents, our dedicated mentors and, especially, our gracious hosts in Kilmacud…..óstaigh den scoth ab ea iad. Lá dár saol a bhí ann!
PEIL FAOI 13: (i) Our brave U13 players gave of their ‘almighty best’ in the Denis O’Connor / Lee Strand Tournament last weekend. They played some great football v Gaeltacht (we won – 4-6 to 1-3), v Salthill (a tough encounter in which they battled very hard but came out on the wrong side of a 2-3 to 2-08 scoreline) and v Ennistymon (they won with a fantastic defensive display – 3-8 to 1-4). While not succeeding in reaching the cup semi-final, they managed to give an outstanding performance in the Billy Breen Shield semi-final, defeating Dublin’s Cluain Tarbh…3-8 to 1-1. (After three tough and bruising encounters the strength in depth of this squad really came into play and we witnessed (arguably) the best display of the tournament. With some fantastic movement on and off the ball and with constant support play, our boys proved far too strong for the Dubs…not something we hear too often these days!) In the shield final they faced Na Piarsaigh, our Cork friends and football rivals. However, our Rock stalwarts were pipped at the post in a tough and hard-fought game that could easily have ‘gone our way’! Scór: Na Piarsaigh: 3-8; Na Stacaigh: 2-9. Well done, boys! A great effort! A Rock-worthy performance! Having played with pride and passion in the Black’n’Amber over the course of this great tournament, these young men have earned the right to the title ‘Super Rockies’. The future looks bright…the future looks Black’n’Amber! And well done, mentors! Ní raibh an lá ag an bPaorach, faraor! Remember…the standard of football was very very high! (ii) In the Denis O’Connor / Lee Strand Cup final a strong Ballyboden/St Endas defeated Limerick’s Mungret….3-7 to 0-4. (Do you know that Ballyboden has a population as big as Tralee?) (iii) The plate was taken to Cork: Nemo Rangers: 3-3; Ennistymon: 2-5. (iv) The Denis O’Connor / Lee Strand Tournament was organised by the Austin Stack Club. It was sponsored by Lee Strand. It was dedicated to the memory of the late Dinny O’Connor who was chief organiser of the tournament up to two years ago. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. Congratulations to our great team of organisers who, once again, did the club proud….Michael Lynch, Éamonn Ó Scannláin, Noel O’Connell, John Breen…to mention but a few! (v) The ‘James Hobbert’ Player-of-the-Tournament was Mark McGlynn (Ballyboden/St Endas). Some of our players may meet him in Croke Park some day!! Cá bhfios? (vi) Full fixtures and scores on www.austinstacks.ie (vii) Laochra cróga na Carraige: Colm Brown, Marc Carmody, Luke Casey, Shane Cotter, Dylan Cunningham, Roan Grattan, Jamie Horgan, Liam Moroney, Seán Moynihan, Ronan Mulrooney, Jack Murphy, Aaron Nolan, Adam O’Carroll, Tiernán O’Carroll, Jamie O’Shea, Togor Silong, Jack Slattery, Michael Tansley, Noah Townsend, Damien Hogan (gortaithe). Hoping for a speedy recovery for Jack Murphy and Dylan Cunningham.
CAID FAOI 16: (i) U16 club training continues on Fridays at 5pm in Connolly Park. (ii) We are awaiting fixtures (from Coiste Trá Lí) for the Bordcheantar Thrá Lí for the forthcoming football competition.