SENIOR FOOTBALL: The penultimate round of the Co. League goes ahead at the weekend. We make the short trip up the road to Killeen to play Na Gaeil in what will be an historic occasion from a Co. League point of view. Yes, it will be our first ever meeting at Senior level in the 48 seasons of the Co. League. The game is fixed for Saturday evening (28th July) at 7pm.
Let us take this opportunity to say well done to Kerry on a much improved performance in Clones last Sunday and great to see Ronan and Kieran back on the starting 15 again.
B FOOTBALL: Ballymac 1-9; Austin Stacks 1-11.
Our B team got their Junior Town League campaign off to a winning start in Ballymac last Wednesday evening (18th July) with a narrow two points win over the home side. Our game V John Mitchels due to be played on July 25th as been postponed due to our involvement in the U21 Championship tonight.
U21 FOOTBALL: We are due to travel to Dingle to play the home side in the first round of the Co. Championship on this Tuesday evening (24th July). Throw in at 7pm with extra time to be played if required.
MINOR FOOTBALL: The final of the MF Town League, between ourselves and Na Gaeil, is due to be played in Killeen on Friday week (3rd Aug) with a 7pm start.
In the meantime fixtures have come to hand for the Central League which commences next Monday (30th July) and continues for the next four Mondays. The semi finals are then fixed for Monday, 3rd Sept with the Final on 10th Sept. We start with an away game against Na Gaeil next Monday (3oth July). In round 2 we have a home game against Dinle (6th Aug). We are also at home in round 3 the following week (13th Aug) against Laune Rangers. We then have a bye in round 4 and in the 5th and final round we are away to Churchill (27th Aug). All games are due to start at 7pm.
HURLING: Austin Stacks 3-14: Duagh 2-7.
Even though we had a ten points winning margin at the end this was by far our most competitive game this season. Duagh brought a strong team to Connolly Park on last Wednesday evening (18th July) for our third round (of four) of the South Kerry League and put it up to us both skillfully and physically when they went ahead by 1-2 to no score after eight minutes. But once we settled we matched them in both those categories and went in at half time with a three points lead (2-6 to 2-3).
Paul Daly continued from where he left off last week, scoring 1-5 in that first half, with our second goal coming from a spectacular effort by Peter O’Regan. Our two other points of this half were equally as spectacular from Ronan Gilsenan and Eoghan McKivergan.
The second half was less than two minutes old when Cillian O’Riordan fed Paul Daly and Paul placed his shot to the keeper’s right and into the corner of the net. Paul and William Brick then added a point each from play. Duagh, however, continued to compete and with 15 minutes remaining there was still only four points between the sides (3-8 to 2-7). But they scored no more in that final quarter while our boys, showing the benefits of Michael O’Leary’s training, went on to put over six unanswered points and came off the pitch almost as fresh as when they started.
Not for the first time Andrew Morrissey deserves special mention. Earlier in the evening Andrew travelled to Ballymac with our B Footballers to play in the first round of the Junior Town League which we won by 1-11 to 1-9. When that was over he then came back to Connolly Park and played for most the second half with our Hurlers, contributing in no small way to the victory. Super stuff Andrew.
Team (13 a side): John Connelly, Kevin O’Leary, No Full Back, Johnny Downey, David Walsh, Eoghan McKivergan (0-2), Andrew Foley, Ciarán Breen, Cillian O’Riordan, Ronan Gilsenan (0-3), Paul Daly (2-7 (three frees), Thomas Meehan, William Brick (0-1), No Full Forward, Peter O’Regan (1-1).
Sub used: Andrew Morrissey (34m).
We are due to travel to Abbeydorney on this Wednesday evening (25th July) to play O’Dorney in the final round of the Co. League. Throw in at 7.30pm.
The final round of the South Kerry League, away to Duagh, has been refixed for Wednesday week (8th Aug). If we win this game we then have won the League. However if Duagh win the game then both sides will be on six points each after completion of the four rounds and the sides then will have to meet again in the League Final.
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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.
Fiachna is Top Of The World: Fiachna Mangan returned from a stint in the southern hemisphere €500 richer in scooping our FIFA World Cup Predictor prize. The almost veteran Stacks forward saw off a field of 160 competitors to take the competition by a staggering 88pts with a total of 800pts. The top 10 in the competion were Fiachna Mangan, Tom Lyons, Gillian Lynch, Kevin Healy, Timmy Sheahan, Evan Healy, David Varley, Martin Courtney, John Fox, Brian Morgan. Thanks to all who took part in the competition and contributed to the €1000 that was raised for club funds.
CARDS: The 45 Card Sessions continue in the Clubhouse on every Monday and Thursday nights, commencing at 9.30pm each night.
LOTTO: Last Nights’s (23rd July) Jackpot, worth €8,800, was not won. The numbers drawn were 15, 22, 27, 28. The €20 winners were: Michelle Walmsley, c/o Richard Healy; and Phil Lynch, Johnny Dowling, Mike Kenny and Brendan O’Regan, all 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 offered to the families of the following who died recently – David Griffin, McCowen’s Lane and formerly Leeds (UK); Donagh McMahon, Boherbee and Watford (UK); Thomas O’Riordan, Shankill (Dublin) and formerly Tralee; Annie (Nancy) Collins (nee Ahern, Raheny (Dublin) and formerly Manor Village; and Tom Riordan, Shanakill (Dublin) and formerly Tralee. Tom was an uncle of John O’Riordan, former Club Footballer and current Lotto Administrator. Tom’s father was William who was our SF goalkeeper in the early twenties and who won an All Ireland JF medal with the Kerry JF team in 1924. That was Kerry’s 3rd All Ireland victory. How ironic then that Tom passed away on Friday (20th July) and on the following day (Sat 21st) the Kerry Junior Footballers defeated Galway in Ennis to win a record 19th All Ireland JF title.