SENIOR FOOTBALL: Round 4 of the Co. League goes ahead at the week-end. Our game, away to Rathmore, has now been fixed for Sunday (26th May) at 3pm (note change of time). After the first three rounds we lie 3rd on the league table with two wins against Na Gaeil and Dr. Crokes and a defeat in round 1 at home to Kilcummin. Rathmore, after their three rounds are in 7th position with one win (against Croke in round 1), one loss (against Dingle in round 2) and one draw (against O’Rahillys in round 3).
WELL DONE: to Kieran Donaghy as he made his debut as a pundit on Sky Sports on Saturday evening (18th May) covering the Ulster Championship game between Cavan and Monaghan.
B FOOTBALL: Our B team have a bye on this week-end so in round 5 we have a home game against Kilgarvan on the weekend of the 9th June.
THE C TEAM: Annascaul 2-13; Austin Stacks 2-7.
Despite going down by six points at the end, our C team put up a good show in this first round of the Co. League played in Annascaul on last Friday evening (17th May) – their first outing in almost six years. It was a mixture of the young and the young at heart (the 15 who started ranged in age from 19 to 42 with the average age of 32) but the home side, as would be expected, got off to the perfect start and were five points up after six minutes. Our youngest player on the night, Gearóid Sheehan, got our first score after 8 minutes following a good build-up involving Tommy Costello and Cathal Curtin. Then Annascaul added three more points before Michael Godley put over our second in the 13th minute with David Courtney and Pa McCarthy involved in the build-up.
The second quarter saw Annascaul just edging it by four points to three – our three points coming from Ger Teahon, David Courtney and Pa McCarthy. This left the home side with a seven points lead at the break (1-9 to 0-5.
The C team has always in the past had the capacity of having a better second half and this is exactly what happened in this first round. But outscoring the opposition by just one point (2-2 to 1-4) was not enough on this occasion to get us over the line. Our second half got off to the perfect start with a David Courtney point and a superb goal by Pa McCarthy, all inside the 2nd minute. However, Annascaul showed that they will be a team to be reckoned with in this League when they added a further four points in the next ten minutes. Then, in quick succession, both sides added a goal each, ours coming from Seán Dukes. Seán was again on target for what turned out to be the last score of the game in the 48th minute – a pointed free following a foul on Pa McCarthy.
So team Manager Aidan O’Connor and his Management team (Richie Conway, Ger Mannix, Ciarán McCabe, Tommy O’Connor, John Joe Sugrue and John Tobin) will be reasonably satisfied with the performance when you take into account that we were missing at least three key players for various reasons.
Team: Philip Healy, Tommy Costello, TJ Hogan, Brian Phelan, Michael Godley (0-1), Barry Walsh, Cathal Curtin, Darragh Healy (Capt), Seán Dukes (1-1 – free), Gearóid Sheehan (0-1), Pa McCarthy (1-1), Jason Mitchel, Paddy Fitzgibbon, Ger Teahon (0-1), David Courtney (0-2).
Subs used: Seán Power (ht), Ger Breen (37m), Eoin Muckian (40m), David Walsh (49m), Emmet O’Connor (56m), Joey O’Shea (57m).
Our next outing will be a home game against Ballydonoghue on next Friday week (31st May). Then our three remaining rounds will be against Na Gaeil (at home – 21st June), Listowel Emmets (away – 5th July) and the 5th and final round at home to John Mitchels (19th July).
MINOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 6-13; Ballymac 1-8.
The Town League Final was played last Friday (May 17th) in Killeen and was won following a very solid performance by our very young Stacks team who on the night were without their Kerry players and a few regular starters. Well done to players & management team on a well fought campaign. Our own John Slattery, Chairman of Tralee Town Board, was on hand to present the Cup to team captain Tom O’Farrell. This was our 3rd Town League title in a row and all the damage was done in the first half when we led by 5-7 to 0-4. Conor Myers, with a hat-trick of goals, all scored during the first quarter, and two late goals just before half time by Pádraic Linnane and Cian Purcell set us on the road to victory. The second half was evenly contested – we just outscoring the opposition by 1-6 to 1-4. Our 6th goal came in the 40th minute from Mark Holden. Thanks to Elma Nix and Tim O’Rourke for the above information.
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 (20th May) Jackpot, worth €11,200, was not won. The numbers drawn were 15, 23, , 24, 26.
The €20 winners were;,Puudie O’Shea, c/o The Bar; Liz Noonan and Vitumbiko Kumwenbi, both c/o Rock Street Post Office; and Ann Barry and John O’Connell, both c/o The Club.
Lotto Tickets are on regular sale at the Rock Street Post Office and at the Stacks Clubhouse, as well as from our other regular outlets.
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently – Tim Cronin, Clahane, Ballyard; Marion Cronin (nee O’Mahoney), Caherslee and formerly Glengarriff; Sheila Buckley (nee McDonnell), St. Brendan’s Park and formerly Walsh’s Tce. and Ballyard; and Mary Theresa Gallivan (nee Englishby), Knockmoyle and formerly Kenmare, Nobber, London and Reading