CLUB AGM: All registered Club Members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Austin Stacks Hurling and Football Club on Sunday 6th January, 2019 at 12.00 p.m. Details of the outgoing Executive Committee (excluding Nominees and Co-options) can be found on this link: http://www.austinstacks.ie/club-agm-14th-january-2018/. Nominations are invited for all positions on the incoming Executive Committee. Nominations and Motions for discussion should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org to be received on or before 5 pm on Monday, 17th December, 2018 (it can also be accepted by post – see club website for details). Nominations received after this time shall be deemed to be invalid.
Important Notice for Club Gym Users: Austin Stacks Club Gym will be closed from Monday Dec 10th for up-grading works for approx 1 week. We will advise on re-opening date as quickly as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
CENTENARY BOOK: Club Secretary, Elma Nix informs us that copies of our beautiful Austin Stacks Centenary Book are now exclusively on sale at Paudie Commane’s Book Shop, Rock St. Tralee for the very special discounted price of just €15!! that’s a fantastic 40% off original retail price. Copies also available to order online at this great price – books can be posted worldwide – an ideal Christmas gift for the GAA fan in your life.
MINOR FOOTBALL: This year’s Central League Final, between ourselves and Laune Rangers has been fixed for next Sunday (9th Dec) at the John Mitchels Complex. The starting time has been confirmed for 12 noon. Extra time in the event of a draw.
HURLERS: Our Hurlers are having their Christmas Party and Medal Presentation Night in the Clubhouse on Friday week (14th Dec). The Players Player of the Year will also be announced on the night.
END OF SEASON: Senior Football: Our Seniors had a mixed season. As usual we participated in five competitions. We won just one, which was our primary aim of the season, that was Division 2 of the Co. League which secured promotion back to the top division after spending just one season in Division 2. After losing the first game of the League we then went on to win the next ten rounds finishing on top of the group with 20 points to be followed by Kilcummin and Na Gaeil on 15 points each, both of whom were also promoted.
W reached the finals of both the Tralee Town League and Championship. In the League we lost to John Mitchels (2-5 to 0-8) and in the Championship we went down to Kerins O’Rahillys (1-7 to 0-8).
The remaining two competitions were at County level. In the Club Championship we had good wins against Kerins O’Rahillys (1-15 to 0-13) and An Ghaeltacht (0-15 to 1-9) but lost to Dr. Crokes (0-18 to 1-10) in the last round. Again in the Co. Championship we had good wins in the first two rounds against Kenmare District (2-22 to 0-6) and South Kerry (4-7 to 1-15) but exited the competition at the Qr. Final stage with a below par performance against Dingle (3-9 to 0-9).
In the 25 games played during the course of the season we won 20 and lost 5 and a total of 52 players lined out at one stage or another during the year. The top four scorers were Darragh O’Brien (4-78; David Mannix (3-58; Ferdia O’Brien (7-37) and Shane O’Callaghan (6-29).
The man with the highest number of appearances during the season was Pa McCarthy (24), followed with 23 each by Shane O’Callaghan and both of the O’Brien brothers, Darragh and Ferdia. Two other players topped the 20 mark – Jack O’Shea (22) and team captain Shane Guthrie (21).
Well done to all involved for giving of their best during the season – players, team management, Club members and supporters.
GET WELL SOON: All in the Club extend best wishes to former Club Footballer and current Juvenile Mentor, Malachy Nagle for a full and speedy recovery from the illness which suddenly manifested itself last Friday. Malachy was one of the outstanding wing backs during that brilliant 1994 season, helping his team to Co. Championship glory that year.
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 (3rd Dec) Jackpot, worth €9,900, was not won. The numbers drawn were 5, 13, 15, 19. The €20 winners were: Canice Walsh and Liam Lynch, both c/o Club Rockies; Peggy King, Wicklow Town; Pádraig O’Leary, c/o Carmel O’Neill; and Mary Fitzgerald, c/o Rock Street Post Office.
The Christmas Voucher, kindly sponsored by Terry Healy Butchers, was won by Dot Naughton, c/o Carmel O’Neill. Next week’s Jackpot will be worth €10,000.
LottoTickets 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 – Nora Kelliher O’Grady (nee Looney), Clonmore and formerly The Shop, Kevin Barry’s Villas; Con Griffin, Killarney and formerly Cahill’s Park; Liam Duffy, Caheranne and formerly Donegal; and Ann Hussey (nee Dorling), Tubrid and formerly Leedale, Caherslee and Kielduff.