SENIOR FOOTBALL: Round 6 of the Co. League goes ahead on Sunday next (10th June) when we travel to Ardfert for a 2pm start. We lie 3rd on the League table at present on 8 points with Na Gaeil in 2nd spot on 9 points and Desmonds the table-toppers with five wins out of five.
Well done to Kerry (including our two players Ronan Shanahan – making his SF Championship debut – and Kieran Donaghy – making his 66th appearance and team Selector, Mikey Sheehy) last Sunday on their big win against Clare – the highest number of points (32) ever scored (on their own) by Kerry in Senior Championship football.
B FOOTBALL: Like our Seniors our B team’s next encounter is also in round 6 of the Co. League (Div 5A) The game, in Connolly Park against Valentia, is also fixed for Sunday next (10th June) at 2pm. In a division of 8 teams we are in 5th position at present on four points with Valentia in 3rd position on six points.
SENIOR HURLING: Austin Stacks 2-4; Kenmare 4-14.
After receiving a walk-over from Ballyheigue in round 1 of the Co. League last Wednesday evening (30th May) our Hurlers were in action in Connolly Park on this Sunday afternoon (3rd June) against Kenmare who themselves had secured a hard-fought win in their opening round against Dr. Crokes (2-19 to 2-17).
And they continued their winning sequence in this second round of the competition, eventually pulling away from a Stacks team who had stayed with them for all of the first half and for ten minutes into the second half.
The visitors raced into a five points to one lead after 12 minutes – our score coming from Paul Daly in the 4th minute. But we were back on level terms within four minutes. Beautiful work by wing back, Johnny Downey, saw his shot across goal finished excellently to the net by Jason Conway. This was followed, two minutes later, by an equalizing point by Killian O’Riordan. Kenmare added two more points before the break to leave them ahead at half time by 0-7 to 1-2.
Both sides had a point each early after the resumption – ours coming from a lovely effort by Rory Forbes. However, in the space of a minute Kenmare added two quick goals and a point. But we responded well as Daniel Teahan , coming in from the corner, blasted to the net from and acute angle in the 38th minute to be followed, two minutes later, by what turned out to be our last score of the game – a pointed free by Paul Daly. Kenmare were five points ahead at that stage (2-9 to 2-4) and could have been further ahead but for at least three brilliant saves by Danny McGuire. But they did go on to score a further 2-5, without reply, to claim a well-deserved victory.
Team: Danny McGuire, Kevin O’Leary, Eoghan McKivergan, Tadhg Meehan (Capt), Ciarán Breen, Andrew Morrissey, Johnny Downey, Rory Forbes (0-1), Killian O’Riordan (0-1), Gearóid McCann, Daniel Teahan (1-0), Paul Daly (0-2 – one free), Thomas Meehan, John Connelly, Jason Conway (1-0).
Sub: Andrew Foley (40m).
It was great to see Andrew Foley back in action again after being out injured for all of the last season – his last game was in October 2016. But that didn’t prevent him from being on the line for almost all that period – urging his colleagues on the whole time and helping the management team when required.
And it was also good to see Daniel Teahan (son of former Club Hurler, Pádraig) making his Hurling debut. And Ger Scollard has posed a teeser. When was the last time that a McKivergan and a Teahan played on the same Rock Hurling team? Without being 100% sure we believe in was back in October 1999 – in a South Kerry Championship game between the Rock and Dr. Crokes. On that day (17th Oct) Pádraig played in the unaccustomed position for him – in goals, while Martin McKivergan (Eoghan’s uncle) played centre-back.
Back to the present – we were due to play Kilgarvan in round 3 of the Co. League next week, but they have already withdrawn from the competition. So we now have a break of 19 days before we play Dr. Crokes at home in round 4 (Fri, 22nd June). The 5th and final round, away to O’Dorney, is fixed for Wednesday, 27thJune.
WORLD CUP COMPETITION: As we did four years ago the Club is again inviting all interested parties to play in the World Cup Predictor Competition with €500 the prize for the winner. You can play online now by visiting https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/Austin_Stacks_GAA with Entry Forms also available from the Club Bar or by texting Club Secretary, Elma Nix at 0861053300. Competition Rules and Match details are also available on the Club Website – austinstacks.ie.
JOB MATCH: is back for 2018 – Summer, Part Time & Full Time Employment Opportunities. With huge success for the last 3 years we are now taking CV’s for Summer, part time and full time employment or a change of employment. Please consider this golden opportunity where you will receive all the tools to update your CV and direct help with interview techniques from the Jobmatch Mentors. Feedback from employers continues to be very positive. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (4th June) Jackpot, worth €8,450, was not won. The numbers drawn were 7, 10, 26, 31. The €20 winners were: Gearóid McCann, Barry Shanahan, Kathy Irwin and Jody Charles, all c/o The Club; and Sarah Barry, c/o Barry’s Shop.
Tickets are on regular sale at the Rock Street Post Office and at the Stacks Clubhouse, as well as from our other regular sellers.
Become A Seller! Selling the Austin Stacks Club Lotto is one of the best ways to support the club’s fundraising efforts. Each ticket costs just €2. If you are an individual who would like to earn commission-based income for yourself contact club Treasurer Mike Kenny on 087 2641297 for further information.
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently – Tommy Conroy, O’Rahillys Villas (Tommy was one of the great Sports Writers of his day – mostly writing, in later years, for Kerry’s Eye. He was also a valued member of that great Dynamos Soccor team of the sixties/early seventies); Marian Devine (nee Dunne), Tale and Finglas; Jason O’Shea, Gort na Rian, Croogorts, Cahermoneen and formerly Shanakill; Thomas Hussey, Spa Road and formerly of Kevin Barry Villas and Mary St.; Tomasz (Tommy) Czarnoleski, Edward St,; Patrick Murphy, Balloonagh Estate and formerly Kevin Barry Villas; Michael Clifford, Killarney and formerly Lohercannon; Mary Crean O’Brien, Terra Nova, Ballyvelly and formerly Annascaul; Helen Fitzgerald (nee Rowan), Connolly Park; and Pat Delaney, Countess Grove, Killarney and formerly Woodsgift, Kilkenny (Pat has been one of the great servants of Kerry Hurling over the past quarter of a century. The Kilkenny native was Chairman of his own Hurling Club – St. Pats (East Kerry) for 19 consecutive seasons 1993-2011; and had an even longer tenure with the South Kerry Hurling Board – 25 consecutive seasons in total – four as PRO 1991-1994; 16 as Chairman 1995-2010; and 5 as Secretary 2011-2015).