November Mass of Remembrance: Austin Stacks GAA Club will remember our deceased members & friends at a special mass this Saturday November 24th at 6.30pm at Our Lady & St. Brendan’s Church, Tralee. Everybody welcome.
Church Gate Collection: A reminder that one of our Annual Fundraisers – our Church Gate Collection – takes place outside all Churches on this Saturday evening and Sunday morning (24th/25th Nov). Thanks to everyone who is assisting with the collection we appreciate it.
END OF SEASON:
Minor Football: Our Minors competed in four competitions during the 2018 season reaching the finals in three – winning one, losing one and with one still to be played. Their win was in the Twon League – defeating Na Gaeil by 10-15 to 3-2. They lost in the Co. League Final – going down to Laune Rangers on a scoreline of 3-11 to 2-10. The 3rd Final, which hasn’t yet been played, is also against Laune Rangers in the Central League.
The 4th competition was the Co. Championship and for the first time this was run-off on a round robin basis with teams divided into four groups and the top two in each group qualifying for the knock-out quarter finals. We qualified for the quarter final and had an easy win over Shannon Rangers (7-15 to 0-5) to set up a semi final clash against another divisional side, East Kerry. However in that semi final East Kerry had a double-score victory over us (3-9 to 2-3) and they later went on to win the final with another easy win over St. Kierans (1-19 to 0-9).
In all we played 16 games, winning 12, drawing one and losing 3. Many of our performances were absolutely brilliant and in those 16 games we amassed a combined total of 60 goals and 197 points. And it’s that statistic of 60 goals that really stands out. We haven’t found any of our Club teams scoring that number of goals in any one season. The nearest was 42 scored by our Seniors during the 2003 season and that was over 26 games. Two players who scored most of those goals were Gearóid Fitzgerald with 19 (he was top goalscorer also in 2017 with 14 to his credit) and Michael Slattery with 16. Well done boys and to the whole squad and management team for a pretty good season.
Next week we will deal with Hurling and then, finally, on the following week it’s Senior Football.
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 (19th Nov) Jackpot, worth €9,650, was not won. The numbers drawn were 1, 4, 6, 27. The €20 winners were: Carol O’Shea, Tom Fitzgerald and Neil Dennehy, all c/o Rock Street Post Office; Jim O’Sullivan, c/o The Club and Timmy Moriarty, c/o Carmel O’Neill.
Tickets are on regular sale at the Rock Street Post Office and at the Stacks Clubhouse, as well as from our other regular sellers.
Next Week’s Jackpot €9,800 that’s right for the next few weeks in the run up to Christmas we will be increasing our weekly Jackpot by €100 per week. Also our 4 runner up prizes will become 4 X €25 Terry’s Meat vouchers compliments of Terry’s Butchers, Oakpark Road, Tralee. Our thanks to Terry & Anne Marie Healy for their generous sponsorship.
DEATH OF WEESHIE FOGARTY: All followers of Sport were saddened to learn of the death of Weeshie Fogarty at the weekend. The Killarney man spent a life-time in football, playing with his own Club (Legion) and his Divisional Team (East Kerry) with whom he won three-in-a-row Co. Championship titles (1968-1970), as well as an All Ireland Club Championship in 1971. Before all that he won an All Ireland JF medal with Kerry in 1967 and in all those victories he was playing in his customary goalkeeping position (he was a sub in 1971). When his playing days were over he became an accomplished referee and he was the man in charge on that historic day in October 1973 when we were crowned Co. Champions, bridging that 37 year gap. Eamon Horan’s Report in the following week’s’Kerryman’ said ‘’Weeshie Fogarty was again a no nonsense referee, ensuring that the canons of good sportsmanship were observed at all times’’. Younger generations will, of course, remember Weeshie for his outstanding commentaries and analysis of games on Radio Kerry in recent times.
We extend sincere sympathy to Weeshie’s family, friends and colleagues, including his wife, Joan and children Denise, Carolann and Kieran.
Pictured at the Mac Namee Awards 2015 – On the night there was 2 wins for the Kingdom with Radio Kerry winning for their All Ireland 2014 coverage and Austin Stacks winners with ‘Rockumentary’. Our Club secretary Elma pictured here at the awards ceremony in Croke Park with her friends & work colleagues Weeshie Fogarty and Ciarán O’Regan.
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is also offered to the families of the following who died recently – Seán O’Shea, Oakpark Drive and formerly Ballyheigue and Ventry; Michael O’Donovan, Baylands, Ballyard; Edward Lonergan Jnr., late of London and Hawley Park; Seán Rusk, Marian Park (grandfather of U16 Footballer, Dean Rusk); Simon Daly, Murphy’s Terrace and formerly Dublin; and Alzbeta Bundova, Slovakia and Killeen Woods.