SENIOR FOOTBALL: With South Kerry still in the Co. Championship – their semi final replay against Dr. Crokes goes ahead next Sunday (3rd Nov) – then our last round Co. League game of the season, away to St. Marys, will not go ahead as scheduled next Sunday. And with Crokes also still involved we will not know for definite if we will be involved in the Munster Championship. Wayne and his colleagues are preparing of course for such an eventuality and we know now that either Crokes or ourselves will have an away semi final against Nemo Rangers on 17th November.
25 years on we remember – “Paul Lucey’s Black n’Amber Army” . . . . . .
1994 Senior Co. Championship Replay: It was 25 years ago on Sunday, 23rd October 1994 that the Club achieved its 11th SF Co. Championship title to put us on top of Roll of Honours for the first time, now one ahead of our neighbours John Mitchels who had held the record since 1966 and who had shared the record with us since 1986, the year we won our 10th title.
Our first Co. Championship game that year saw us set another record that stands to this day. In that opening round against Beale we scored 6 goals, 22 points and that is still our highest SF Co. Championship score in our 92 Championship seasons to date. In our build-up to that year’s Final we had narrow wins against West Kerry (1-10 to 2-5 in the quarter final) and East Kerry (2-7 to 1-8 in the semi final before going on to meet Dr. Crokes in the Final.
A toss of a coin that year saw the Final fixed for Austin Stack Park. Played in summer-like conditions the game could have gone either way. We trailed by two points at half time (0-7 to 0-5). But a powerful second half display, with Cormac Kennedy giving a man-of-the-match performance at centre-field, saw us outscore the Killarney boys by 0-8 to 0-6 in that second period and bring the match to a replay in Killarney two weeks later after the game ended on 13 points each.
The replay in Fitzgerald Stadium saw an even greater display by our lads. The first half could not separate the sides, going in at the break on level terms (Stacks 0-6; Crokes 1-3). But we took total control in the second half – out-scoring the opposition by 0-6 to 0-2 and bring back the Bishop Moynihan Cup to the Club for the first time in eight years.
The celebrations that night, and in the days and nights that followed, are still talked about to this day. The celebrations, especially in the Brogue Inn, The Greyhound Bar, The Castle Bar and The Clubhouse were something to behold and no doubt our brilliant supporters in both finals contributed in no small way to our success that year.
The following twenty players got Championship game-time that year and a further twelve, who were most unlucky not to have played, were nonetheless a vital cog to our success.
The 20 players: Michael Hussey, Liam Liddy, Jerry Fitzmaurice, Pat Slattery (Capt), John Galvin (RIP), Kieran Browne, Malachy Nagle, Cormac Kennedy, Pa Laide, Gerry Lynch, Darren Aherne, Denis Sayers, Owen Moynihan, Martin McKivergan, Donal McEvoy, John Barry, John Walsh, Kevin Barry, John Browne, Eddie Dowling.
The other 12 members of the panel: Barry Masterson, Billy O’Lehan, Brian Shanahan, Cathal Naughton, Danny McCannon, Don Shanahan, Ger Teahon, Hugh O’Donnell, John Harrington, Liam O’Carroll. Michael McKenna, Pat Costello.
Management Team: Paul Lucey (RIP). Ger Power, Brian Neenan, Jim Naughton, Mickey Hickey.
JOHN LYNCH MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT: Another brilliantly-run Tournament in memory of the late John Lynch (Club Vice Chairman 1984-1989 and father of recent Club Chairman, Liam) went off without a hitch in Caherslee and Connolly Park last Saturday *26th October). This, the 5th Annual event, saw 32 teams participating (16 Clubs proving two teams each) . As well as ourselves there were five other Clubs from Kerry taking part – Ardfert, Churchill, Kenmare, Laune Rangers and Legion, and the other ten Clubs came from seven different counties – 3 from Cork (Ballincollig, Glanmire and St. Finbarrs), 2 from Dublin (Kilmacud Crokes and Templeogue), and one each from Clare (Doora Barefield), Galway (Oranmore), Kildare (Naas), Limerick (Mungret) and Sligo (Naomh Molaise Gaels). See Juvenile Notes and Liam’s Report on the Website for more details.
MENTORS/COACHES 2020. If you are still interested in being involved in any role of coaching/managing/supporting a team next year (ladies and/or gents) you still have a day or two left to get in touch with Coaching Officer, Eamonn O’Reilly. This applies to all teams except Men’s Senior Div 1 and C team. Texts will be dealt with in confidence. Anyone interested please text your name, and what age group(s), gender(s) you are interested in getting involved with, to Eamonn on 087 9677034 by tomorrow (October 30th).
SCÓR: A further reminder that we are looking for performers in Solo Singing, Instrumental, Recitation and Novelty Acts/Comedy to represent the Club in both Scòr Sinsear (over 18s) & Scòr Na nÒg (over 13 & U17 on Jan 1st 2020). Club Scòr Instructor this season is Tim Landers. Anyone interested in participating should text Club Secretary Elma Nix at 086 1053300.
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.
Bar opening hours are as follows: 7pm to 12.30am on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, and 12 noon to 11pm on Sundays.
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 (28th October) Jackpot, worth €12,400, was not won. The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 11, 30.
The €20 winners were: Peggy Ryle, Brendan Fealy and Keeley McCabe, all c/o Carmel O’Neill; Sarah O’Riordan, c/o John O’Riordan; and Nicola Galvin, c/o Rock Street Post Office.
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.
Rock St Post Office – Remember to tell them you’re a Rockie – Martin and Marie Williams of the Rock Post Office have set the Tralee GAA Clubs a task where the club whose supporters make the most transactions in the Rock Post Office from now until April 2020 will win the right to exclusively sell their Club Lotto Tickets there. The personal or work place/business transactions include purchase of stamp booklets, TV or Dog licence, registering a letter, one for all Gift Vouchers, mobile top ups, currency exchange, savings or even purchasing your Christmas stamps. Each transaction is worth points and the club with the most points will win the Lotto Franchise from April 2020. We are circulating transaction points cards to members and these cards are also available to pick up in the Club bar or at the Rock St Post Office counter. If you don’t have a card, not to worry, simply if you are in the Post Office and making a transaction please give your club allegiance at the counter by saying ‘I’m a Rockie’!! and the Post Office will stamp one of the cards they have themselves and the transactions will be credited to Austin Stacks. This won’t cost you a penny but will really help the club as Lotto fundraising represents a large part of our annual club income. Be sure and spread the word to family, friends & employers – I’m A Rockie with every transaction!!
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently – Frank O’Callaghan, Ballybrannagh; Betty (Liz) Pitcavage (nee Curtin), San Francisco and formerly Lohercannon; Eileen Prendergast (nee Griffin), Boherbee and formerly Carrahane, Ardfert; Joan O’Leary (nee Long), O’Rahilly’s Villas; Hazel Costello, Oakpark and formerly Athea (Limerick); and Cornelius (Con) O’Shea, Ashgrove, Ballyvelly and formerly Rathanny.