CONNOLLY CALLS! Our time has come! Connolly beckons! We’re nearly there! What a great relief! We are very hopeful that all teams will be back training during the week of 29th June – 5th July! All panels will have training sessions in small groups. Drills, skills and thrills….druileanna, scileanna agus éirí croí!! Once we’ll be hopping ball on the sacred sod of Na Cruaghoirt we’ll all be as happy as Larry agus chomh sásta le Diúic!! Players, please expect text message. From the week of 31th July club juvenile and youth COMPETITIONS will take place but the number of spectators in attendance may be restrict de réir threorlínte an rialtais agus an lucht leighis. The clubhouse and gym will not be available until 10th August.
PEIL FAOI 6: The Under 6 boys will return to action in Connolly Park on Sunday July 5th. Starting time has yet to be confirmed. See below for guidelines re virus.
PEIL FAOI 8: (i) Our under 8 boys will also be back training in Connolly Park on Sunday July 5. (ii) It is hoped that another session will soon be added. Féach ar na treoirlínte thíos re virus.
PEIL FAOI 10: (i) Our U10 lads will return to action on July 5 in Connolly Park. (ii) We will shortly have two sessions with this group. See below for guidelines re coróinvíreas.
PEIL FAOI 12: (i) This group will return to action on Thursday July 2 in Connolly Park and (ii) will also train on Sundays. Féach ar na treoirlínte thíos re virus.
COVID RULES: Key Messages for Parents/Guardians and Players
• This document applies to parents/guardians of underage club members (minors, U17 to U6 players) as well as to adult players.
• Parents/guardians and players must complete the online education module. https://courses.gaa.ie/Covid19ClubEd
• Parents/guardians and players must complete the self-administered standard risk assessment health questionnaire prior to the commencement of training. This ‘Health Questionnaire’ is covered in the Gaelic Games Online Education Module…or go to Covid-19: Guidelines on Safe Return to Gaelic Games (Google). This self-administered questionnaire will need to be completed only once, prior to initial return to training.
• Before each training session and match, adult players and parents/guardians of underage players must update their online Health Questionaire with a declaration stating that the player’s health status has not changed.
• Parents/guardians and players must ensure compliance with COVID-19 guidelines to ensure health and safety for themselves and for all players.
• Parents/guardians are responsible for dropping underage players to training sessions or games and for collecting them afterwards.
• All players, except for immediate family members, are required to travel separately.
• The principle of ‘arrive, train and depart’ will apply for the dropping off and the collecting of players. Training times will be clearly announced.
• Please, do not attend training sessions or matches if any of the following symptoms are present:
o Temperature over 37.5° Celsius or 99.5° Fahrenheit.
o Sore throat
o General weakness
o Shortness of breath
o Change in sense of taste or smell
• Playing clothes/gear and strapping/bandages must be put on at home before arrival at the pitch.
• Dressing rooms will NOT be open and showers will not be available.
• Drinks may NOT be shared. Players must bring their own individual and clearly labelled water bottles.
• Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
• All parents/guardians and players must abide by the instructions of the Club Covid Supervisors.
PEIL FAOI 12: (i) The mood of all in the Rockie U12 family – players, coaches and (especially!) parents – received a massive boost with the news that our 2020 season has been saved! The coaching team has already been Zooming regularly and plans are well advanced for a return to action for Laochra Óga na Carraige. Word has reached us that many of our U12 charges have quarantined well and will be in need of a good blowout once the gates of our hallowed Connolly Park grounds are opened! But even if you followed Joe Wickes, Brolly or Duffy during the lockdown, don’t worry – Tim and the coaches will have everyone back up to full speed in no time. (ii) Over the coming weeks, we’ll be using these column inches to re-familiarise our vast legion of fans with their U12 heroes. And where better to start than with one of the stars from 2019 – Gabriel Nosidlk. Anyone who claims that man-marking is a dying art clearly hasn’t witnessed Gabriel in action! In his 2nd year with the U12s, Gabriel is one of the group’s spiritual leaders and his no-nonsense brand of tough defending sets the tone for the rest of the panel in training and matches. He has a very bright future ahead of him. (ii) A very able forward in the making, Órán O’Donoghue, has a great pair of hands and a keen eye for a goal. Tá súil an tseabhaic aige! The coaching team expects to see Órán rattle the net on many occasions this season and we’re delighted to see him maintaining his high levels of fitness when seen on the Darkness-Into-Light run recently. Maith an fear, a Óráin! (iii) The lockdown has been difficult for all in the Rockie U12 family, but one suspects that it was particularly hard on Dennis Brassil. A bundle of energy who spends more hours on the Connolly Park turf than most teams combined. Dennis has a massive appetite for football and the coaches expect an explosive return to action from next week. (iv) The great Michael O’Hehir once famously described Ogie Moran as ‘a man of many parts and many places.’ He could have been referring to our own Alex Darfoor, such is the versatility and ability of the Balloonagh buachaill who can play in any position. Tá an-chumas peile sa leaid seo agus tá sé an-aclaí! Alex even shone as a goalkeeper on a number of occasions during our spell in the IT Tralee sports hall earlier this year (…remember way back then!). (v) Adam Johnston is a player who lets his boots do the talking as he goes about his job quietly and can be relied upon to give his all in every game. And those boots certainly spoke loudly in our county league match v An Ghaeltacht last year when Adam scored one of the points of the season from distance and i gcoinne na gaoithe. We look forward to more of the same from Adam in the coming weeks! (vi) The street games in our famed neighbourhoods have long produced skilful Rockies and Jake Carmody is the latest graduate from the Connolly Park production line. He is a natural ballplayer with skills and vision aplenty….one club elder recently likened Jake to another Connollyite, Jerry Lynch – high praise indeed! (vii) Oisín Cotter is another of our up-and-coming backs who plays the traditional Rockie way, combining tight man-marking skills with top footballing ability. Oisín loves nothing better than to put out raging fires in the backline before turning defence into attack – all the better if he can barrel through a few opposition players in doing so! A Setanta in the making…or a Cúchulainn!?! (vii) Mar is léir ó na peannphictiúir thuas, tá súil ghéar agus cumas maith liteartha ag S.Ó Loingsigh.
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SEAS AN FÓD: Stand your ground! ‘You are the Artist of your own Life. Don’t hand the paintbrush to anyone else.’ The Home Workout Challenge Fighting-The-Good-Fight was such a success that Kerry GAA and RYPT are teaming up once again with a 12-Week Return-to-Play Programme structured around Club Players. Our expert team has designed a programme to assist and help players of all levels to prepare for their return to club action. The programme will assist in making sure that, when action resumes, players will be in peak condition and that that condition will continue into match days. The programme is designed to reduce the likelihood of injury. Details on how to sign up are to be released on social media. If you have queries or questions email email@example.com