SENIOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 1-12; Kerins O’Rahillys 0-9.
Our Seniors made it three wins out of three in this 3rd round of the Town League played at a wintry Connolly Park on last Sunday afternoon (11th Feb). It snowed for the first ten minutes of the game and for the last ten minutes but despite this some very good football was produced by both sides.
Wayne and his colleagues continued to use their very comprehensive squad, using a further seven players who did not play in last week’s game, including last year’s Minor, Shane Kelliher who was making his Senior debut.
We dominated the first half and led by 0-8 to 0-3 at half time. Michael O’Donnell scored four (three from play), including two long-ranged efforts. Darragh O’Brien put over a 24th minute forty five and our remaining three points came from three of our defenders – Conor Jordan, Pa McCarthy and Jack O’Shea.
We also had a very good start to the second half with our opening two points coming from two super efforts by Theo Diggin followed by a third by Shane O’Callaghan. Strand Road then came more into the game and had the next four points to reduce our lead to four (0-11; 0-7) as the game entered the last five minutes. But another Michael O’Donnell point followed almost immediately by the only goal of the game, made by David Fitzmaurice and put away beautifully by Donagh McKivergan , his first at Senior level, put the game to bed and we ended up with six points to spare – the same winning margin as last week.
Team: David Hennessy, Paul Galvin, Conor Jordan (0-1), Colin Griffin, Pa McCarthy (0-1), Jack O’Shea (0-1), John Murphy, Shane Guthrie (Capt), Michael O’Donnell (0-5 – one free), Theo Diggin (0-2), Darragh O’Brien (0-1), David Fitzmaurice, Ferdia O’Brien, Shane O’Callaghan (0-1), Dale Counihan.
Subs used: Donagh McKivergan (12m) (1-0), Brandon Patterson (36m), Shane Walsh (41m), John Dennis (51m), Andrew Morrissey (54m), Shane Kelliher (54m).
The remaining two rounds of the Town League are both away – against John Mitchels on this Friday night (16th Feb) at 8.15pm and away to Ardfert on Sunday week (25th Feb).
The top two teams will qualify for the final which is provisionally fixed for the weekend of the 4th March.
MINOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 4-9; Na Gaeil 0-13.
Played last Sunday afternoon (11th Feb) in a bitterly cold Connolly Park with frequent heavy showers of hail and snow these two teams provided some brilliant free-flowing football, despite the adverse conditions, in round 2 of the Town League.
And, not for the first time, the old adage of ‘goals win matches’ proved true. Both sides had 13 scores each but four of our scores were goals – two by Michael Slattery – to add to the two he scored last week – and one each by Dean Scanlon and Seán Carmody. Na Gaeil could have scored at least three goals but for some brilliant saves, in both halves, by David Oba. We led by 3-4 to 0-6 at half time – our four points coming from Dylan Casey, David Couchman, Dean Scanlon and Tom O’Farrell.
As well as our second half goal (Seán Carmody) we also added a further five points in this period – Michael Slattery, Adam Curran and Daniel O’Rourke on target early on – and the last two coming in the closing minutes by Donagh McMahon, who had just come on the pitch (he was substituted at half time with a slight injury) as a replacement for one of our lads who picked up a black card.
Tom O’Farrell, Eoghan Carroll (brother of current Senior players, Shane and Danny) and Craig Teahan (son of former Club Hurler, Pádraig) were making their Minor debut.
Team: David Oba, Craig Teahan, Donagh McMahon (0-2), Jack McGrath (Capt), Dara Barry Walsh, Dylan Casey (0-1), Eoghan Carroll, Seán Carmody (1-0), David Couchman (0-1), Adam Curran (0-1), Daniel O’Rourke (0-1), Dean Scanlon (1-1), Conor Myers, Michael Slattery (2-1), Tom O’Farrell (0-1),
Subs used: Luke Chester (ht), Gearóid Sheehan (ht).
The Co. League gets underway on this coming weekend. We have a home game in the opening round against Laune Rangers. As we write the game is fixed for Saturday afternoon (17th Feb) at 4pm. The following week it’s back to Town League duty with a round 3 game away to John Mitchels (25th Feb). Then our next three games will be in the Co. League – Dr. Crokes away (3rd March), Cordal/Scartaglin away (10th March), and Killarney Legion at home (Monday, 19th March
THANKS: to Armin Heinrich of Heinrich Engineering who supplied at no cost to the club the new steel fittings for the Gym balcony railing. The installation work was completed during the week again at no cost to the club by club member John King who did a superb job. Sincere thanks to both for their continued support. Super Rockies both.
CLOTHES COLLECTION: Austin Stacks GAA Club’s Fundraising Clothes Recycling Collection takes place on Sat March 10th. GET COLLECTING NOW! We will accept: Men’s, Women’s & Children’s Clothing, Household Textiles i.e. Curtains & Towels, Soft toys, Shoe, Handbags, Belts. We cannot accept duvets or pillows. All items must be clean & dry and can be dropped to the Clubhouse Connolly Park between 10am and 12 pm on Saturday March 10th.
SCÓR: Best of luck to our representatives in the Senior Scór Tralee area finals taking place this Wednesday (14th Feb) at Na Gaeil Clubhouse at 7.30 p.m. Austin Stacks will have 4 entries: in Solo Singing, Ballad Group, recitation & Set Dancing. Our set dancers: John Flynn, Bernie Mannix, Eamon O Reilly, Tracey Williams, Mike Hurley, Helen Enright, Tadgh Meehan & Joan Casey. Participating in Solo Singer & recitation Máire de Barra, Ballad Group: Jonathan Lynch, Nicole Commerford & Mike Lynch.
CLUBHOUSE: As always the Clubhouse is available for all types of Parties and Functions. Enquiries about Club Bookings should be made by contacting Harry Hynes at 087 2467286.
CARDS: The 45 Card Sessions continue in the Clubhouse on every Monday and Thursday nights, commencing at 9.30pm each night.
LOTTO: Last Night’s (12th February) Jackpot, worth €7,650, was not won. The numbers drawn were 8, 15; 21, 25. The €20 winners were: Seamus Leahy and Ann O’Dowd, both c/o Rock Street Post Office; John Joe O’Sullivan, c/o Club Rockies; and Paudie Healy and John & Helen Rowan, both c/o The Club. Tickets are on regular sale at the Rock Street Post Office and at the Stacks Clubhouse, as well as from our other regular sellers.
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is also offered to the families of the following who died recently – Noreen Downey (nee Griffin), Countess Grove, Killarney and formerly Tralee; Betty O’Brien (nee Forde), O’Rahilly’s Villas and formerly Boherbee; Dawn Mason (nee Rogers), Caherleheen; Joan Casey, Glountane, Cordal and formerly Tamlach Lí, Monavally; Ellen (Helen) Dillane, Clahane, Ballyard; Thomas Nealon, Killeen Upper, Oakpark Road; Ted Moynihan, Marian Park and late of Blennerville; Maura Casey (nee O’Connor), St. Brendan’s Park; and Una Crowley (nee Spring) formerly of Rae Street.