AN tACADAMH: The Acadamh was once again split into three groups on Sunday, with the U12 cailíní training at the Cathair Sailí pitch and with the U10s and the U8s training, for the last day, indoors at The Green school gym. Between the three groups there were more than seventy girls training…is mór é a leath! Many thanks to all the parents, especially the mums for bringing the girls along on what we hope was a great mothers’ day for all our mums. Also many thanks to The Green school for the use of their gym for our indoor sessions. Our U8 girls had various drills and games in their session; the U10 girls decided to finish their indoor session with an assault course, a version of stuck in the mud, and finished with a well contested game. We were pleased to welcome Becky, Sarah, Caitlín and Maeve who came along for the craic this week; we hope they will be along every week. The U12 girls took part in a challenge match between themselves. The levels of improvement shown by all concerned is a joy to behold…cleachtadh a dhéanann máistreacht, gan dabht! Their first games are coming up in the near future and we wish them well but most of all we encourage them to enjoy to the max this period of their development.
CÓINEARTÚ/Confirmations: Several of our girls are being confirmed this week; all the mentors wish them well and hope that they enjoy their day. Gura fada buan iad.
SEACHTAR AN TAOBH/School sevens: There was a seven-a-side competition for primary schools, on Thursday afternoon, in Ballyrickard. The event saw members of the Academy playing in opposition to each other. Stacks’ players graced the primary school teams of Presentation, Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn, Caherleaheen and Spá. Indeed, they all made significant contributions to their respective teams. The friendly rivalry served to add to the enjoyment of a well organised event that basked in spring sunshine. Well done to those who played and we wish those who are through to the semi-finals the very best of good luck in what we hope will be cracking displays of talent.
LÁ FHÉILE PÁDRAIG: The Acadamh Cailíní were once again on the march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. There was plenty of singing and hooting and the noise of youngsters enjoying the celebration of our National Apostle! The Black and Amber was worn and carried with pride as we vamped the Yellow Road and marched trí lár an bhaile.
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BIRTHDAYS: The Acadamh wishes a “breithlá sona” to Sarah Tansley who will be ten…deich mbliana d’aois… on 17th March and to Eimear O’Sullivan who will be seven…seacht mbliana d’aois…on 21st March.
FAOI 14: Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday in Connolly Park at 5:15pm. The games will come thick and fast for this group in the coming weeks and Úna is confident that, after settling down and concentrating, we will have a very sucessful season. Congratulations to the various girls who saw success in the School Blitzs in the last weeks, go mórmór cailíní na Gaelscoile who won their first year tournament.
FAOI 16: We will be starting our campaign next week with an away game against Currow and, so, it’s time to get down to business. Training on Thursday night at 7:00pm under lights and we look forward to seeing you all there, a chailíní. Breda is very confident of this group and we wish her the best as, with a bit of support agus cur chuige, they will surprise many. There will probably be two training sessions in the coming week and, so, be prepared girls.
NA MNÁ/Senior Team: Senior Ladies’ County League~Round 2: Austin Stacks:5-08; Finuge/St Senans: 0-02. The scoreline suggests something of an easy victory for the Austin Stacks’ Senior Ladies on Saturday evening in Connolly Park. All it actually does is underline the fact that goals win games. Marina Barry’s instinctive knack at scoring spectacular goals and her immense experience underpinned this far-from-comfortable win against a determined Finuge/St Senans side. The North Kerry side gave up primary possession at critical times to the impressive Linda Raymond at centre forward and she used this to get the ball to the Rock’s inside forwards who scored 3-05 in total. Ably supported by Rachel Tough and Grace Healy at midfield, Linda herself got on the score-sheet with two well taken goals following intricate passing movements through the half forwards. Finuge went into the break 2-4 down (to no score) but after Johnny Joy’s team-talk they emerged determined to haul the town girls back in. After camping in the Stacks’ half, without taking advantage on the scoreboard, a great move started by Michelle O’Hara in her own half saw the ball ending up in Marina’s hands on the left hand side of the large parallelogram from where she let fly to beat the keeper and to place the leather in the opposite top corner. This sucker punch almost ended Finuge’s resolve and Austin Stacks tacked on a couple of scores before the end. All in all, an excellent performance from the Rockie girls, even if they did struggle at times with the physicality of Senior football. impressive was the full-back line of the two Higgins’ sisters along with Amy Jordan and the redoubtable keeper Deirdre Mac. The reluctant half-back, Michelle O’Hara, who surprised herself, I would guess, along with the ever dependable Claire O’Dwyer gave great support to the midfielders. Inside Marina Barry was unmarkable at stages and gave Jemma Ní Chonaill the opportunity to score her first ever points for the club…an-chailín. Meagan, Karina, Grace and in fact all of the girls contributed to a great return to winning ways and we look forward to the rest of the season with renewed vigour and enthusiasm.
I would like to thank Eamon Lynch for his non-fussy style of refereeing and, gan dabht, the Finuge/St Senans’ girls who, if they can find their shooting boots, will have a very successful season. Training intensifies this week with sessions on Monday and Wednesday @ 7:00pm in Connolly Park. Confidence is the missing component with our Senior Ladies and a couple of victories like the one against a strong and determined Finuge/St Senans side can only reinforce the undoubted ability that was on show in last Saturday evening’s competitive fixture. Mná gan sárú! An Charraig Abú!