COMING ACTION: (i) Sunday (3ú): Under 12s v Na Gaeil.
(ii) Monday (4ú): Under 16 Blitz @11am in Beaufort.
(iii) Wednesday (6ú): Under 14Bs v Listowel @ 7pm in Lios Tuathail.
(iv) Friday (8ú): Under 10 & Under 12 HURLING coaching with County Board coaches @ 6.15pm in Connolly Park.
UNDER 10 &12: Under 10 & Under 12 HURLING coaching with senior county players/coaches will take place @ 6.15pm on Friday in Connolly Park. Everybody welcome. Beginners required. The Club needs to support this venture. Fridays are designated official HURLING evenings. Please, encourage all Under 10s & Under 12s to come along. (We had 4 coaches last week…and hadn’t enough players to “match” ‘em.)
PEIL FAOI 6/8/10: We travelled to Laune Rangers with all this group on Sunday last. A good gang of go-getters enjoyed themselves in not-so-good weather. Many thanks to drivers. Caherslee as usual on Sunday next. All Under 10s invited to HURLING coaching session in Connolly Park @ 6.15pm on Friday.
PEIL FAOI 12: (i) Training continues for this group on Mondays and on Thursdays at 6pm in Caherslee.
(ii) On Sunday last the Under 12s travelled to play Na Crócaigh in DeerPark. A great outing was had by all.
(iii) On Sunday, 3ú Bealtaine, the Under 12 lads will take on the Gaeil.
(iv) All Under 12s required in Connolly Park @ 6.15pm on Friday for a HURLING coaching session with a group of county coaches. We had 4 coaches in attendance last Friday. With the blessing of the Tralee District Board & the County Board Steering Committee, Friday evenings are reserved for hurling.
ACADAMH NA gCAILÍNÍ: (i) The academy met for training on a rainswept Sunday at Caherslee where we had the pitch to ourselves with the boys away playing Laune Rangers. Many of our girls were missing due to parents travelling to the game (Ciarraí v Doire), swimming competitions and Communion preparations. Despite this we were thrilled to see over forty girls turning up, down a little from the 89 of the previous Sunday! We were again pleased to welcome more new girls…tá an domhan is a mháthair ag teacht chugainn! The girls got thoroughly drenched (as did the mentors) but not a word of complaint was heard; the Under10 girls made up for their missing team members by running twice as hard and making plenty of noise; the large number of Under 12 girls showed their total commitment to training once again, while the Under 6 and Under 8 girls showed everybody else that they’re not far behind. (ii) REGISTRATION: Due to the many commitments of the girls this week we will be having another registration day this Sunday. Please ensure all fees are paid by this Sunday.
(iii) MNÁ NA CARRAIGE: The active Mums’ programme is going strongly with 15 members in the fitness suite at Connolly Park. Anyone else interested in joining the group will be most welcome. Níl le déanamh ach just contact Niamh Collins on 087 9029584 or firstname.lastname@example.org and she will give you the details for next week. All sessions are designed to include a wide range of fitness levels. Ar aghaidh le Mná na Carraige!
(iv) BIRTHDAYS: The Academy would like to wish a happy birthday to Rachel Ryan who will be eight years of age on Wednesday 6th May. We would also like to wish a belated “breithlá sona” and a “happy birthday” to Sarah Hobbert who was a lucky seven on Wednesday 29th and to Lauren and Hannah Lenihan who reached the magic age of nine on Monday 27th.
HURLING COACHING: Kerry hurler John Griffin is back in action coaching the “Cluiche Sciliúil” in a couple of Tralee primary schools.
FAOI 14 A: (i) Under 14 training on Wednesdays and on Fridays at 5pm. (We’re taking a break from the Sunday training for a while.)
(ii) On Wednesday of last week our the U14 A team responded to their disappointing Féile na nGael performance and result with an exciting victory over Laune Rangers at Connolly Park in the Under14 Football County League. Austin Stacks A: 5-08; Laune Rangers: 4-09. Played in very wet and difficult conditions, The Rock showed great character to emerge with two league points despite the absence of several regulars through injuries and other commitments. Stacks played with wind advantage in the first half and were a little unlucky to trail at half-time by one point, 1-05 to 2-03. The second half was fairly evenly contested but the home side, playing with great determination, forged ahead and built up a lead of 7 points with five minutes remaining. The lively Laune lads piled on the pressure coming up to the final whistle but Stacks held out to win by two points. Our goalie and backs defended bravely and were delighted to see a successful result to their 60 minutes of hard work. Joseph O’Kelly, Breandán Ó Duifinn, Eoin O’Carroll and Tomás Ziga covered acres of slippery ground in their endeavours and our forwards hunted in packs and supported each other well in all attacks. Two young players, Seán Fitzmaurice and Dylan Harnett, made their debuts for the Under 14 A team in the second half. Both players can be well pleased with their contributions to a very important victory which saw The Rock on 8 league points after 5 games. An fhoireann: Cillian Comerford, Darragh O’Carroll, Barry Walsh, Adam Barrett, Shane Greensmith, James O’Connor, Tommy Nicholson, Tomás Ziga, Joseph O’Kelly, Graham Riordan, Breandán Duffin, James Galvin (1-2), Conor Jordan (0-1), Kyle Fitzgibbon (2-4) and Breandán Caball (1-1). Subs: Eoin O’Carroll (1-00), Seán Fitzmaurice and Dylan Harnett.
(iii) On Sunday last we had a fine victory over NewCastle West, Co. Luimnigh, in a challenge game.
(iv) On Monday we headed for Killarney and took on Legion in the hope that we’d qualify for the semi-final of our competition. We opened well and Eoghan Mac Iomhargáin goaled after a nice 1-2 with Kyle Fitzgibbon but i bpreabadh na súl our guests had scored 3-3! We had allowed a costly lapse in concentration! It was fight-back time and Greg Horan pointed 2 frees before Eoghan goaled again. At the break we were 2-2 behind. All was not lost! We were still looking good! Legion owned the ball for the first 10 minutes in the second half and had only scored a single point! Then our hopes were raised further when Greg goaled. We attacked in droves. Greg and Tomas Ziga fought tooth and nail i lár an ghoirt. New goalie Craig Corcoran made some good saves and showed that he has a good future at this higher level. Our half-forwards, James Galvin, Eoghan Mac and Michael O’Donnell gave their all while the inside men, Conor Jordan, Kyle Fitzgibbon and Dara O’Carroll never died. Replacements Breandán Caball, Tommy Nicholson and Dylan Hartnett also tried their very best. A point from the No. 14 and another (free) from Greg brought us closer but, even though the Killarney boys scored only 0-2 in the second period, we were unable to bridge the gap of 5 chúilín! ‘Twas a game that we could have won! Final score: 3-4 to 4-6. Our boys: Craig Corcoran, Brendan Duffin, Barry Walsh, Adam Barrett, Shane Greensmith, James O’Connor, Joseph O’Kelly, Tomas Ziga, Greg Horan, James Galvin, Eoghan Mac Iomhargáin, Mícheál Ó Dónaill, Conor Jordan, Kyle Fitzgibbon, Dara Ó Cearúill. Substitutes: Breandan Caball, Tommy Nicholson, Dylan Hartnett.
(v) Under 14 Football County League Division 1~ An Ghaeltacht: 4-14; Austin Stacks A: 3-05. The U14 A team travelled to Gallarus to play An Ghaeltacht in the final round of the County League on Wednesday, 29th April. Needing a win to guarantee a semi-final place, Stacks tried their best but came up short on the night. Playing with the wind, the home side picked off some very impressive scores to go into the half-time break with a lead of 2-09 to 1-03. Unfortunately, in the second half, the Rock could not make the same use of wind advantage and An Ghaeltacht ran out comfortable winners. At the end of the 7-game league, Stacks have 8 points from 4 wins and 3 defeats. At this stage progress to the semi-finals will depend on results of out-standing fixtures involving other teams.
Team and scorers for Austin Stacks: Craig Corcoran, Dylan Harnett, Barry Walsh, Shane Greensmith, Adam Barrett, Conor Jordan, James O’Connor, Kyle Fitzgibbon (0-04) Tomas Ziga (1-01), Michael O’Donnell, Joseph O’Kelly, James Galvin, Tommy Nicholson (1-00), Brendan Duffin and Eoghan McKivergan. Subs: Greg Horan, Darragh O’Carroll, Graham Riordan, Breandán Caball (1-00).
FAOI 14 B: (i) Under 14 training on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 5.30pm.
(ii) Our Bs challenged Legion on a cold wet evening in the Legion pitch on Monday last. We started well with a fine point from Richard Hurley. Legion then goaled and we had to steady the ship. Richard pointed again and within minutes had the ball in the net from a free. This was followed by a lovely goal from the bróg of Jack O’Donnell. A brilliant move was then finished by Brian Hill with another point and this was followed by an Anthony Moynihan point from a great pass from Michael Lynch. our half-line of Anthony Moynihan, Sam Nealon and Richard Hurley were doing well and the insiders, JockO, Cian and Mike, were always on the alert. Then in the 20th minute full-forward Michael posted the ball into the bottom corner of the Legion net and gave us a comfortable half-time cushion, though the opposition popped over 2 more points before the short whistle.
The lively Jack O’Donnell opened the the second act with a beautiful cúl and Michael Lynch was again on the spot to slot another ball over the crossbar. We then “rested” and allowed Killarney to get 1-1 before our full-forward pointed again with his trusty left leg! Our ever-vigilant full-back line of Seán Hurley, Dylan Hartnett and Enda Jordan defended stoutly throughout and the half-backs, John Nolan, Breandán Caball and Gavin Breen blocked and cleared many a dangerous attack. Legion continued to attack and got 3 overs before Jack O’Donnell and Niall Carroll-Cane scored 2 more nice points. From then ‘till the long whistle the locals pressed hard and we had to use all our strength and determination, as well as some good substitutes, to remain in front. What a relief when the réiteoir tooted his final tune! Victory….4-8 to 3-8. Na Stacaigh Abú! Man-of-the-match was our outstanding goalie Claudio Dema.
An fhoireann bhuacach: Claudio Dema, Seán Hurley, Dylan Hartnett, Enda Jordan, John Nolan, Breandán Caball, Gavin Breen, Brian Hill (0-1), Niall Carroll-Cane (0-1), Anthony Moynihan (0-1), Sam Nealon, Richard Hurley (1-2), Jack O’Donnell (2-1), Michael Lynch (1-2), Cian Ó Cathasaigh. Fir ionaid: Craig Corcoran, Ryan Keely, Killian O’Brien, Dónal O’Brien.
(iii) On Wednesday our Bs will play away to Lios Tuathail in their division semi-final. Caitheamh isteach na liathróide: 7pm. Agus am breise, más gá.
HURLING UNDER 16/17/18: Hurling training will take place at 5.30pm in Connolly Park on this Friday as usual. We had a good turn-out last Friday agus slua breá i láthair.
UNDER 16: (i) Our buachaillí Faoi 16 played in the league semi-final against Castle Island on Monday and finished the hour with a 2 point lead…an-bhua! Well done to Joe, Seán and their braves. Score~ Austin Stacks:2-5; Castleisland: 0-9.
Although the conditions were treacherous at times and hindered the fierce intensity at which this game was played our lads had their noses in front at the right time. It was truly end to end stuff by both sides from start to finish. Castle Island started the brighter, scoring 3 points without reply, and they dominated proceedings until David O’Sullivan got things going for the Rockies with a magnificent point from 30 yards out. Another point from Shane Crowley closed the gap to just one point but then Castle Island showed their true class by scoring a further 3 points without reply. Mike Godley secured another point for Stacks just at the break and Stacks were 3 points to 6 down at half time. After a few stern words at half-time the Stacks burst into life in the second half. A goal from Mike Godley and a further point from Dean Bastible set up Stacks for a grand finale finish. Desmonds, however, kept on the pressure with a further 2 points to go ahead by one and then came the breakthrough for The Rock with a brilliantly taken goal by Darragh O’Brien. The Rocky backs kept “The Island” attack at bay with some outstanding performances from Johnny Nolan, Alan Duggan at corner back, Alan Crean (who was brilliant throughout and became more influential when he moved out to wing back) and Ciarán Ó Conaill, who was his usual rock solid self at centre-back. One notable score from the second half was the final point by Stacks which started with a massive block down by Mike Godley who then gathered the ball and played it off to Danny Roche for a fine score. That score truly epitomized the black’n’amber performance and it was expected that the lads would take this momentum into the final (see below) against the Mitchels on Friday night. Team: Patrick Fitzgibbon, Alan Duggan, Alan Crean, Johnnie Nolan, Tom McLoughlin, Ciarán Ó Conaill, Greg Switzer, Shane Walsh, Niall Commane, Darragh O’Brien, David O’Sullivan, Mike Godley, Danny Roche, Dean Bastible, Shane Crowley.
(ii) On Friday these boys met Na Mistéalaigh in the final in Cnoc Gorm/Ballyrickard and an exciting game was witnessed by all who attended. We, short a few influencial players, tried to take the game to the opposition and we gave it our all. Victory wasn’t to be ours. Though the Bóthar Buí boys were the stronger outfit our lads fought to the bitter end and were very disappointed to be in arrears by 7 points at the finishing post! This is a good group of fine players and won’t be found wanting as the season progresses. “Beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach,” Seán de Paor defiantly declared afterwards!
(ii) Blitz (7 a-side): on Monday our Under 16s take part in a 7-aside Football Blitz which will be held in Beaufort/Lios a’ Phúca. Throw-in: 11.00am.
(iii) County league (Roinn 1): Round 1 ~ Wednesday 22nd June.
(iv) County championship: Wednesday 19th August.
CAMP: Our Easter Camp for Under 8 and Under 10 boys and girls which took place in C.B.S.~The Green was a great success, particularly with the addition of more girls this year. On Friday we had the final with only the obstacle course separating the three outstandingly skilful teams. In the end Donncha Mac Iomhargáin lifted the David Lehane Cup and Conchúr Ó Mír lifted Corn Chaoimhín de Barra. Players of the tournaments were Ciarán O’Reilly, Seán Quilter and the brilliant Lauren Barrett.
BALLRAÍOCHT: If you’re still not registered call to the Clubhouse on Mondays from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. Tadhg fós ag feitheamh go foighneach!.
SCÓR ALL-IRELAND: Congratulations to Diarmuid Ó Sé, Áine Íde Inglis & the Co. Scór Committee on an excellently organized and well run national cultural event in the “GlenEagle” recently!
CALL IN: See what’s on offer on the County Board site at www.kerrycoistenanog.com.
CALL IN AGAIN: You’re always welcome here at www.austinstacks.ie.
HANDBALL: 5 Kerry players bid for All-Ireland glory. See www.gaahandball.ie for the latest handball news…another new www/site.
GOOD LUCK: Good luck to our Seniors v An Daingean on Sunday.
WELL DONE: Congratulations to our footballers on their fine victory in Páirc an Chrócaigh on Sunday. Bhí an svae leo! Comhghairdeachas leis an
“Star” agus le “Bó”. Two more national medals for The Rock!