THE BRACKER 100KM FUNDRAISING WALK: Club Chairman, Billy Ryle was out bright and early on last Friday morning (17th July) and is now halfway through his 100km fundraising walk on the Bracker O’Regan Road. The weather has been excellent so far and the journey has been shortened by the people who turn up to walk with him. The waves and car horn blasts as people walk, cycle or drive pass adds to the craic and banter on the walk. Billy’s regular companions on the fundraiser, Noel O’Connell, Tim Slattery, Liz and Denis O’ Regan, Martin Collins, Carmel and Martin O’ Regan are full of fun, with multiple stories and anecdotes about Rockies, past and present.
Billy would love to see more people joining him on the walk during the remaining days. Join in at any stage and walk a few kilos at your own pace. The 6km session gets underway at 10am. A shorter walk of 4km follows at 3pm.
There is a huge social dimension to the walk but it’s all about raising the money to build a path with disability access. So, Billy is appealing to all Austin Stacks members and supporters to dig deep and make a donation to the fund. Billy is also requesting all Rockies to share the link with as many people as possible.
Over the final few days, Billy is trying very hard to convert promises of donations into hard cash. He is appealing to people to make the donation now lest they forget. Every single donation, big or small, will be gratefully accepted and will help to make life a bit easier for those who want to enjoy the games in comfort. The new path will prevent footfall damage on the pitches and will facilitate disability access to the far terrace in Connolly Park.
Please donate and share the link, https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-bracker-100km.
SENIOR FOOTBALL: This time last year our Seniors were playing their 17th competitive game of the season. On this Saturday coming we will be playing just our third competitive game of this season. It will be 20 weeks since our last competitive game – the first round of the Co. League at home to Kenmare which we won by 2-5 to 0-7.
But now it’s all systems go as we travel to Annascual on this Saturday evening (25th July) to play Dingle in Round 1 of the Club Championship with a 7pm start. The other two teams in our Group – Kilcummin and Killarney Legion will be playing at the same time in Lewis Road. Round two then will be played on the following weekend (w/e 2nd August). In round two the winners of round one will play the round one losers with the round one winners having home advantage. In the third and final round (played on w/e of 9th August) the match two winners will play the match one winners with the match two losers playing the match one losers.
JUNIOR FOOTBALL: It has now been finally confirmed that there will be no Championship or Shield Competitions for our Junior teams this season. However a restricted Co. League will take place and fixtures have now come to hand for our B Team and C Team. Both our groups are groups of four which means that each team will have three games each with the team on the highest points being declared the Group winner. Our B Team are in Group A along with Dr. Crokes who we play away on 14th August. In round 2 we are at home to Rathmore on 4th Sept. and in the 3rd and final round we are away to Gneeveguilla on 11th September. Our C team are in Group F and they will have two home games and one away game. In round one we are at home to Ballymac on 14th August; in round 2 we are away to Listowel Emmets on 4th Sept.; and in the third and final round we are at home to Annascaul on 11th September.
MINOR FOOTBALL: Castlegregory 3-10; Austin Sracks 3-10
With no competitive action for almost 19 weeks (our last game was on 7th March) our Minors got their season back on track on last Friday evening (17th July) when they travelled to Castlegregory for our round one game in the revised Co. League and after a very entertaining seventy minutes of play (34 minutes played in the first half and 36 minutes played in the second period) the sides could not be separated and a draw seemed a fair result in the end.
On a drizzly evening we played into a very strong wind in the first half but astonishingly we led by 1-3 to no score after twelve minutes of play with Jordan Kissane (1-1) and Cian Purcell (0-2) on target for us. The home side then came into the game and held us scoreless for the remainder of the half while scoring 1-5 on the trot themselves. This left them two points clear at the break.
Both sides had a point each in the opening minutes of the second half – Cian Purcell again on target for us. But then in the 35th minute we suffered a hammer-blow when we conceded a second goal which left us five points adrift at that stage (2-6 to 1-4). But our lads responded brilliantly and with some superb defensive performances by the likes of Luke Chester, Joey Nagle and Adam Curran and Dean Rusk and Armin Heinrich dominating centre field, we outplayed the opposition between then and the 50th minute by 1-5 to 0-2. Cian Purcell scored all our five points and centre back, Adam Curran, on his many forays up-field was our goal scorer. That left us ahead by one point at that stage (2-9 to 2-8).
But the Castlegregory boys responded again and in a three minute spell scored a goal and two points to leave them four ahead as the game went in to additional time. But we never gave up, and in the six minutes of that addition time Adam Curran put over a point and in the closing minutes Mervyn Shalamba became the hero of the hour when he was at the end of a brilliant Stacks attack to put away the equalizing goal and concluded a highly entertaining game, superbly refereed by Dingle’s Eoghan Ó Muircheartaigh.
Team: Ben Quilter, Johnny Feely, Luke Chester, Joey Nagle, Ruairí O’Connell, Adam Curran (1-1), Donnacha Fox, Dean Rusk, Armin Heinrich, Evan Foley, Jordan Kissane (1-1), Greg Scanlon, Mervyn Shalamba (1-0), Cian Purcell (0-8 – six frees), Jimmy Charles.
Subs used: Kevin Barry (38m), Ciarán Kelliher (57m).
Our remaining two rounds of this revised League will both be at home – against Na Gaeil in round 2 on Saturday 15th August and against An Ghaeltacht in the final round on Saturday 5th September.
In between we will be involved in Co. Championship action (this will be confined, for the first time at Club level, to our U17s). As in previous years the Championship will be straight knock-out. All Championship games are fixed for Monday evenings. The first round and quarter finals will be fitted in between the first two rounds of the League – round one on 3rd August and the quarter finals a week later on the 10th August. The semi finals and final are then fitted in between the second and third rounds of the League – the semi final on 24th August and the final, a week later, on 31st August. So now we will have at least four games and, if we go all the way in the Championship, we could have seven games in a seven week period.
STACKS 100: We continue to remind all club members that our Award Winning Stacks 100 website is now available to view – check out club memories, matches & podcasts – a great way to spend an enjoyable few minutes or hours and hours and hours . . . www.stacks100.ie.
ONLINE CLUB SHOP OPEN – check out the newest ‘official’ Austin Stacks Club Merchandise – only available to order on this link (free delivery on any orders over €50) Click on our Club Shop Link below to order official club merchandise:
CLUBHOUSE: Our Bar and Clubhouse continue to remain closed until further notice.
ONLINE LOTTO: This new initiative, which was launched recently, is to reach out to a much wider playing audience locally, nationally and worldwide. Playing the Austin Stacks Club Fundraising Lotto online will be very straight forward. It takes just six easy steps to play. All you need do is visit our club Website, Facebook Page or Twitter Account, click on the lotto links and follow the steps. Online tickets purchased up to 6pm on a Monday will be included in that evening’s Lotto draw. Tickets purchased online after 6pm on a Monday will be included in the following Monday’s Lotto draw. Results of the Austin Stacks GAA Club fundraising Lotto draw are published weekly on our website, club notes and social media platforms.
LOTTO RESULTS: This Monday Night’s (20th July) Jackpot, worth €13,400, was not won. The numbers drawn were 16, 20, 21, 26.
The €20 winners were Patrick & Siobhán Flynn and Trisha Hill, both c/o The Club; Terrry Healy, c/o Terry Butcher’s; Sarah Barry, c/o Kevin Barry’s; and Ciara O’Sullivan, Inchees, Waterville.
We would be delighted to continue to hear from any other businesses who wish to sell lotto tickets for Austin Stacks GAA Club. If interested please get in contact with Bernie on 086 0767415 and in exchange we will promote your business, special offers and products to our vast membership through our extremely popular social media outlets which command a very high following.
The Brand new Lotto Austin Stacks Lotto Boxes now located at Kevin Barry’s Shop & in Kirby’s Brogue Inn (main sponsor).
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently: Margaret Lacey (nee Griffin), Clogheresta, Hawley Park (mother of Club Member, Mary and Billy – former Club Hurler – and grandmother of Club Footballer, Pa Fitzgibbon); Rev. Fr. John Quinlan, Society of African Missions, Cork and formerly Cahill’s Park; and Mary Hill (nee Galvin), Ballynahoulort and formerly Caherina (mother of former Club Footballers Ger and Ian; grandmother of Rory, Cian and Seán Hill & Joey Kinsella; and aunt of the late Club Footballer, John Galvin).