CAKE SALE: Our Annual fund-raising Club Cake Sale will take place at 11am on Sunday week, October 13th…..important note for the diary! All cake/bun/pie/bread donations most welcome…..am bácála!
PEIL FAOI 6: (i) We had two great games v Laune Rangers in Cill Orglan last Sunday. Thanks to them for their hospitality. We have concluded our Thursday evening training and, so, dá bhrí sin, our only football action for now will be at 11am in Caherslee on Sunday mornings. (ii) We have a big match coming up v Legion on October 13th.
PEIL FAOI 7/8/9/10: (i) We had great encounters v Laune Rangers on Sunday last and great and exciting football was played by our top-class players. (ii) On this coming Sunday the Under 7/8/9/10 Rock boys will make the annual ‘blitz pilgrimage’ to the Pearse Brothers Club in Churchill. These games are taking place in memory of the late Siobhán Cotter. (iii) Ar eagla nár chuala gach duine….Thursday evening FOOTBALL HAS COME TO AN END for this season. (iv) Our friends from the Legion Club i nDoirín, Cill Airne, will visit us on October 13th (Dé Domhnaigh). We look forward to playing them and we’ll encourage their moms and dads to stroll into our cake sale!! Beidh fáilte roimh lucht an Léigiúin chuig ár ndíolachán cístí.
PEIL FAOI 12: Our wonderfully meandering season came to a close on Saturday when we took part in the 8th annual Eric Mason Tournament hosted by Ballymac. We’re 37 weeks on from our first gathering away back in the dark depths of early January…..how these boys have grown and developed as footballers and ambassadors for the club! And this group’s unique blend of skill and fortitude was on display again at a highly competitive 8-team tournament that saw us grouped with Claregalway, St Oliver Plunketts and Churchill in the round-robin stage. Our braves saw off strong challenges from our local rivals and from the Dublin representatives either side of a narrow defeat to a powerful Claregalway side. We emerged from our group in the runner-up position….no mean feat considering that Oliver Plunketts and Churchill progressed to meet again in the Shield final….leaving us in a Cup semi-final against the host side that had conquered all before them on the other side of the draw. The form guide from our previous five encounters this season with the Ballymac boys suggested that the tie would be a very tight affair and so it proved to be with very little between the two sides in an end-to-end tussle that never had more than a single score separating these two great rivals. Alas, the loss of our spiritual leader, Ben Murphy, to a serious ankle injury just before an fheadóg leath-ama was a setback and, while every one of the Rockies notably lifted their game in Ben’s absence, we just couldn’t breach a resolute Ballymac defence that one last time and the home side ran out winners on a 0-8 to 0-6 scoreline. Our charges were understandably disappointed, in the immediate aftermath, not to have ended the season on a high but mentors were quick to remind them of their great achievements this year – and that even in defeat, they had made their coaches, parents and adoring fans up The Rock very proud to be associated with such a talented and committed bunch. Maith sibh, a bhuachaillí!! Our congratulations go to Claregalway on winning the Eric Mason Cup and to Ballymac for hosting a great tournament. Our best wishes to Ben for a speedy recovery and to all our U12 players in their sporting endeavours throughout the winter. While we take down the tent on a glorious 2019 season, ní fada go mbeidh an sorcas ar ais! An Charraig go deo!
PEIL FAOI 13: Our lads played in the final of the Town League last Sunday morning ar an gCnoc Gorm, Ballyrickard, and our opponents in an enjoyable encounter were the boys of Ballymac. We gave ourselves a good start and led at half time: 0-10 to 0-2. The opposition fought back in the second half with great determination but we held our composure, marked tightly, contested every ball and were happy to be in a good position nuair a shéid an réiteoir an fheadóg dheireanach. The final score: 0-12 to 0-7. Well done, players, mentors and supporters. And that’s our season done and dusted! Sin a bhfuil! Our Town League final heroes: Leon Ó Conchúir; Séamus Ó Bradáin, Max Nosidiak, Barra de Nógla; Fionnán Ó Riain, Pádraig Ó hAllmharáin, Seán Heaslip; Tomás Deregee, Lúcás Mac Gearailt; Gavin Ó Cathasaigh, Paidí Ó Laighin, Dónal Ó Ciarba; Ryan Ó Drisceoil, Marc Ó Loingsigh, Jake Ó Conchúir (captaen); na hionadaithe: Dáithí Ó Slatara, Liam Ó Conaill, Rónán Ó Cearúill, Bao Ó Foghlú; daoine gortaithe: Stiofán Mac Conbhuí, Ciarán Caomhánach, Ben Ó Murchú.
PEIL FAOI 16: (i) Two good games and two satisfactory wins in the Town League, so far, for our U16 boys. Although conditions were far from ideal, we managed to see off Ballymac in our second outing of this year’s league on a scoreline of 2-14 to 0-6. The overall performance showed some improvement on the previous week’s outing and we were able to manage the game with a lot more control and showed some great football touches and skills at vital times in the contest. We witnessed some great defensive performances throughout, most notably from Evan Foley and Joey Nagle. A couple of very good saves by Ben Quilter ensured that he got the clean sheet he deserved. With both our regular centre fielders out through injury, we were pleased with the overall team performance and especially with the good individual displays by Josh Lynch, Darragh Moriarty and Gavin Slattery. Our final group game will be played next Sunday morning and we’ll be away v Ardfert. Caitheamh isteach na liathróide ag 11am. Bí ag súil le téacs/WhatsApp. (ii) Training: Wednesday evening at 6pm (sharp). (iii) The final has been scheduled for the 13th and will be played between the top two teams. Games can be 13 or 15 aside, depending on team numbers. Extra time will be played, más gá, in play-offs and in the final. (iv) Fógra: The coiste of Bordcheantar Thrá Lí has a ‘zero tolerance’ policy in regard to the use of foul and abusive language towards match officials. It is intended that all GAA players, mentors and supporters will show proper respect at all times. (Such good behaviour will undoubtedly encourage young adults to take up the important job of refereeing). The golden rule for all over-excited players or patrons is ‘is binn béal ina thost’. (v) The U16 COUNTY League (Roinn 1) final victors: Ben Quilter; Donncha Fox, Ruairí O’Connell (0-1), Jack Murphy; John Feely, Joey Nagle, Evan Foley; Dean Rusk (0-1), Josh Lynch (1-0); Gavin Slattery, Shane Bastible (0-2), Conor Horan (0-2); Donncha Sayers, Jordan Kissane (1-1), James Charles; Brian McElligott, Gearóid Kilgallen, Enda Cahill, Seán Collins, Colm Browne, Darragh Moriarty, Jack Doyle, Noah Townsend (0-1), Kevin Barry, John Duggan, Simon Carey.
SCÓR na nÓG: Scór na nÓg items: table quiz, bailéadghrúpa, grúpa ceoil, set, figure dance, solo singing, recitation/scéal or even a 5-minute sketch. Youngsters or their parents, if interested, should contact the club. Any club would be delighted to have representatives in Scór na nÓg activities (faoi 17 ar 1-1-2020). See Kerry GAA website for full details on rules, srl. The Tralee District Area finals of Scór na nÓg must be completed by December 1st. The Scór na nÓg county finals will take place on Saturday December 14th. Beidh an quiz ag 12.00 agus beidh na comórtaisí go léir eile ag 1.30pm. Yerra-gwan!
PEIL NA gCOLÁISTÍ: (i) The Green CBS play Mercy Mounthawk on Tuesday last (October 1st) in the colleges’ U16½ competition. The Rock will be represented on both sides. (ii) Stacaigh ar phainéal sinsearach na Faiche: Ben Cuiltéir, Tomás Ó Fearaíl, Jordan Ó Cíosáin,