PAUL LUCEY RUN FOR THE ROCK: Bank Holiday Monday May 6th – It is our ambition that every person associated with the club will participate in this occasion with our Run/Walk/Help initiative ie you Run it, you Walk it or you Help. There will be no other club activities on this day. It is our ambition to make this a day of Club Unity that shows us in our best light. We ask that as many as possible from our Ladies club, players, mentors & families will participate in this fun club event this Bank Holiday Monday. Everyone who completes the race will receive a ‘Run for the Rock’ medal. There will be a barbecue afterwards with free ice-creams and free coffees on what we hope will be another great day for the Lucey family and the Rock club see all the details here including route maps http://www.austinstacks.ie/run-for-the-rock-bank-holiday-mon-may-6th-be-part-of-it/
Girls Academy: Academy transferred to Connolly Park last Sunday morning with our U10 girls playing a challenge game V Milltown Castlemaine. We are back in Caherslee at 11am as usual this Sunday.
U12 Girls Co. League Div 1 Rd 1: Firies 4-6 Austin Stacks 2-7: Austin Stacks U12’s suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of a relentless Firies outfit in Farranfore last Thursday, 25th April on a score line of 4-6 to 2-7. This, despite the best efforts of Player of the match and captain Chloe O’Sullivan who was a constant thorn in the side of the home team. Other players to shine for the Rock included Maeve Trant, Amber Ryan, Lucy O’Connor, Amy Stack Leen, Belle McDonagh, Amy Scanlon, Ciara Laide and Ella Moore. Stacks played with the hill in the first half and led at the interval by 5 points. Two unstoppable goals in the final quarter by a committed Firies team ensured that they won the spoils. Stacks can hold their heads up high as, even when things did not go their way, they kept playing their attractive brand of open attacking football right to the end. All 22 players got valuable game time and the experience will surely stand to them all as they build to the future. Referee: John Ross. Finally, and, most importantly, everyone at Austin Stacks Ladies club sends their best wishes to young Firies player Roisín Collins with her upcoming treatment in Germany.
U12 Girls Co. League Div 1 Rd 2 Austin Stacks 3-8 Southern Gales 2-5: With the Easter holidays now a memory, the Stacks U12’s girls got back on the bandwagon with a home second round County League fixture versus the famed Southern Gaels. Picking from footballing strongholds such as St. Mary’s Cahirciveen, Renard, St. Michael’s/Foilmore, Skellig Rangers, Valentia, Derrynane, Dromid Pearses, Waterville and Sneem, it was always going to be an uphill battle for the young Rock Street girls. Played in Connolly Park, parents and supporters were treated to a feast of football. Judging by the raucous rendition of “Happy Birthday” for Kaja Huserova in the dressing room, the black and amber girls were really up for it and at the end of a free flowing encounter Stacks emerged with the two points on a score line of 3-8 to 2-5. Joint captains Jacinta Griffin and Amy Stack Leen showed great leadership throughout the game and were ably assisted by Lucy O’Connor, Grace O’Donnell, Ella Moore, Kara Kirby and Maeve Trant. Once again, Aoife Begley was outstanding between the posts and players such as Amber Ryan, Kate Sugrue, Aoibhe Kilgallen, Emily Flynn and Jocelyn Cushen were peerless. Others to catch the eye were Belle McDonagh, Clodagh Moore, Aisling Browne who made a cameo appearance in goals, Rita Feeley and dual star Lauren Cotter. An outstanding feature of the match was the versatile and match winning performance by Ciara Laide. We wish Rachel Barry, our All Ireland Gymnastics champion a speedy recovery from her recent injury. Referee: George O’Donnell.
U14 Girls: Busy times for our U14 girls. We played our Div 1 Co League game V Ballymac (deferred a few weeks ago due to snow) last Wednesday May 1st in Connolly Park FT Austin Stacks 5-4 Ballymac 2-17 and another Div 1 game away to Milltown/Listry this Thursday at 7pm. Our U14 Co. League Div 5A final V Southern Gaels takes place at 4pm this Sunday in Ballymac. Thanks to everyone who participated or supported our fundraising bag pack in Dunnes Stores NCR last Saturday.
U16 Girls: We played away to Ballymac in a Co. League Div 1 fixture last Thursday April 25th evening. FT Ballymac 4-11 Austin Stacks 3-10. Our final game in the Co. league will be a home game V Abbeydorney fixed for 7.15pm on Wednesday May 8th.
Senior Ladies: We played away to Laune Rangers last Monday evening (April 22nd) in the Mary Jo Curran Cup. The sides were level 1-4 a piece at half time and the game was in the balance until Mollie & Lauren scored our 2 second half goals in quick succession. In the end we came away with a very good win FT Austin Stacks 3-9 Laune Rangers 2-6. Our scorers on the night: Aoife Dillane 0-1, Caoimhe Barry Walsh 0-1 (free), Ciara Nix, 1-0, Megan O’Brien 0-1, Rachel Ryan 0-1, Aisling O’Mahoney 0-2, Mollie O’Carroll 1-1, Lauren Barrett 1-1, Katie Nagle 0-1. We have 2 back games in Co. League against Listowel & Laune Rangers so keep on eye for text messages re these fixtures.
Club Fundraiser: Thanks to everyone who has supported the KLGFA & Austin Stacks Ladies fundraiser by purchasing a Night at the Dogs Ticket – tickets still on sale at every training session for those who would still like to support us. Added bonus of being entered into a draw for 2 Westlife tickets for anyone purchasing their ticket from Austin Stacks Ladies Club.