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PEIL FAOI 6/8/10: While all Rock football activities are still on pause, we encourage our juvenile players to keep up the home training. Work on your skills and on your fitness….scileanna agus aclaíocht. As the weather is getting better and as the days are getting longer our opportunities for home training are increasing! Please continue to do the following suggested activities: (i) 20 kick passes (left foot and right foot), (ii) 20 solos (cos chlé agus cos dheas), (iii) 20 pick-ups (left foot and right foot), (iv) 20 fist passes (dorn clé agus dorn deas), (v) 20 body catches, (vi) 20 high catches. Tá a lán lán oibre ansin! Cleachtadh a dhéanann máistreacht….practice makes perfect! All that daily ball work can only be good and when you race out onto the fine sod of The Bishop’s or The Nuns’ Field, just as you might run out onto the green sward of Páirc an Chrócaigh, you’ll be in perfect shape for action!! Agus, idir an dá linn, bígí ag ní na lámh….go an-mhinic, go mion minic agus go rialta….agus fanaigí 2 mhéadar óna chéile! Níl an Víreas Coróineach imithe uainn fós, faraor!
PEIL FAOI 12/14/16: It’s important that the older players maintain their fitness levels during our ‘off the field’ period. Leanaigí libh ag traenáil, a bhuachaillí? Please (i) work diligently on the skills suggested above and (ii) go for a run every day….2 km out and 2 km back = 4km. That’s nearly 2½ miles a day. Do that run 4 times a week and you’ll have run 10 miles….that’s the same as running from Tralee to Castle Island!! You’ll be as fit as a fiddle when the time comes for games! Remember, a little break from the study is a good idea! The fitter you are the better you’ll study! That’s what the experts say!
SCOLÁIREACHTAÍ CHUN NA GAELTACHTA: This year four club members…beirt bhuachaillí agus beirt chailíní…applied for GAA scholarships to Gaeltacht Chorca Dhuibhne but, unfortunately, the scheme will not be in operation this summer. An Víreas Coróineach is cúis leis sin! An bhliain seo chugainn!
SCOLÁIRÍ AN CHLUB: We pause and think of all our players and supporters who are studying at home. Guímid gach rath ar lucht na scrúduithe móra Stáit, go mór mór scoláirí na hArdteiste, na gColáistí agus na nOllscoileanna. Go n-éirí go geal leo!
50 BLIAIN Ó SHIN: (i) What was happening in Kerry GAA 50 years ago….1960? The Kerry footballers were ‘kings’ in 1959. They won League and Championship. That was the year in which the Sam Maguire Cup was left in the Croke Park dressing room after the game! In October they defeated Down in the Gaelic Weekly Tournament final…1-11 to 0-9. They then crossed the Atlantic and won the St Brendan Cup v New York before 15,000 people. Roghnaíodh Seán Ó Murchú mar ‘Imreoir na Bliana’ (Texaco Footballer of the Year). Bhí go maith is ní raibh go holc! All seemed well as The Kingdom eased into a new decade! In 1960 they defeated Tipperary in Clonmel and then faced Waterford in the Cork Athletic Grounds (now Páirc Uí Chaoimh). The Déise had had a 0-1 win over Cork in the Munster semi-final but weren’t strong enough for The Kingdom in the final. The Waterford boys had hoped to do as well as ‘57 when they surprisingly defeated Kerry…2-5 to 0-10…in Walsh Park! Kerry’s next challenge was Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final agus bhí an bua ag Ciarraí….1-8 to 0-8. In the other semi-final Down, after a replay, had a two point win over a very good Offaly team. Then came the final of ’60 but the 73rd All-Ireland final was won by the men of Down. It was a hard-fought game! The men from the Mourne County were good and were outscoring the Kerrymen! Then, as Kerry were getting stronger and more confident in the 2nd half and not long after Paudie Sheehy had blazed wide, a long high kick from James McCartan ended in Johnny Culloty’s net. Then, mar bharr ar an donas, Down’s Paddy Doherty goaled from a penalty. That was it…buille maraithe na muice! They were the first group of ‘Northern Ireland’ footballers to win the All-Ireland…2–10 to 0–8. The ‘Sam Maguire’ was joyfully accepted by Kevin Mussen. Down’s James McCartan was chosen as Texaco Footballer of the Year. Even then, we had mighty players….Mick O’Connell, Mick O’Dwyer, Johnny Culloty, DJ O’Connor (uncle of The Rock ’86 hurling captain, Pól Ó Conchúir), Tralee players Paudie Sheehy (captain), Niall Sheehy (The Rock hurler!) and John Dowling. (ii) How did our club footballers fare in 1960? The Rock footballers lost to Feale Rangers in the preliminary round and later we were defeated by a mighty John Mitchel Club team that included Johnny Kelliher, 4 Sheehys, ‘Thorny ‘Shea and Teddy Dowd. The Bóthar Buí team won the 2nd of their five-in-a-row county championships. ‘Twas hard to do well in Tralee in those years! (iii) In ’60 the Feale Rangers hurling team joined forces with Lixnaw on the eve of the Kerry hurling championship! That combination defeated our hurlers in a preliminary round. In our next round we lost by a mere 0-4 against Uíbh Ráthach (Ciarraí Theas) and that ended our prospects! Later, that same Lixnaw-Feale Rangers team beat the John Mitchel hurlers in the county semi-final.
MEN OF THE ASH: An important advantage of having a hurling team in our club: over the past 100 years we’ve had, in our club, many top-class athletes who were fine hurlers but didn’t always ‘make the grade’ in football! Those hurling men brought pride and honour to The Rock and, in many cases, to the ‘Green’n’Gold’! Bímis ag cuimhneamh orthu!