SENIOR FOOTBALL: As we write we still await confirmation for a firm date for the opening round of the Club Championship scheduled for the w/e of 25th July. Rounds two and three will then go ahead on the following two weekends with the final to take place later in the season. The first round of the Co. Championship is down for the week-end of 23rd August. With a straight knock-out system involved this year and 16 teams competing the quarter finals are scheduled for the following week-end (30th Aug) with the semi finals to take place on the w/e of 13th Sept and the final down for decision on Sunday, 27th September. We will have a tough encounter in the opening round against Dr. Crokes who have been our bogey team for many years. Our last Co. Championship win against the Killarney side was almost 20 years ago – that was in the semi final of the 2001 campaign. Since then we have played them in six Co. Championship ties – losing all six games.
JUNIOR FOOTBALL: League Competitions are also due to take place for our B and C teams but nothing concrete has come to hand as yet. The format will be Groups of 4 Teams – 3 games.
U20/21 FOOTBALL: Even though a statement issued by the Co. Board on the 17th June indicated that there would be no U20/21 Championship this season that decision was overturned at a later meeting of the Co. Board and we now understand that this will be reviewed again later in the season.
MINOR FOOTBALL: Fixtures have now come to hand for our three round Co. League games which gets underway on Friday week (17th July). We travel to Castlegregory for our round one game with a 7pm throw-in. Then we have two home games against Na Gaeil in round 2 on Saturday 15th August and against An Ghaeltach on Saturday 5th September. Both games throw-in at 4pm. In between we will be involved in Co. Championship action (this will be confined, for the first time at Club level, to our U17s). As in previous years the Championship will be straight knock-out. All Championship games are fixed for Monday evenings. The first round and quarter finals will be fitted in between the first two rounds of the League – round one on 3rd August and the quarter finals a week later on the 10th August. The semi finals and final are then fitted in between the second and third rounds of the League – the semi final on 24th August and the final, a week later, on 31st August. So now we will have at least four games and, if we go all the way in the Championship, we could have seven games in a seven week period.
Everyone in the club sends their best wishes for a speedy recovery to Gavin Slattery who sustained an injury during training last Monday night.
STACKS 100: We continue to remind all club members that our Award Winning Stacks 100 website is now available to view – check out club memories, matches & podcasts – a great way to spend an enjoyable few minutes or hours and hours and hours . . . www.stacks100.ie.
ONLINE CLUB SHOP OPEN – check out the newest ‘official’ Austin Stacks Club Merchandise – only available to order on this link (free delivery on any orders over €50) see
CLUBHOUSE: Our Bar and Clubhouse continue to remain closed until further notice.
ONLINE LOTTO: This new initiative, which was launched recently, is to reach out to a much wider playing audience locally, nationally and worldwide. Playing the Austin Stacks Club Fundraising Lotto online will be very straight forward. It takes just six easy steps to play. All you need do is visit our club Website, Facebook Page or Twitter Account, click on the lotto links and follow the steps.
Online tickets purchased up to 6pm on a Monday will be included in that evening’s Lotto draw. Tickets purchased online after 6pm on a Monday will be included in the following Monday’s Lotto draw. Results of the Austin Stacks GAA Club fundraising Lotto draw are published weekly on our website, club notes and social media platforms.
LOTTO RESULTS: Monday Night’s (6th July) Jackpot, worth €13,400, was not won. The numbers drawn were 14, 20, 22, 27.
The €20 winners were – Donnachadh O’Regan, c/o Brendan O’Regan; Brian Collins, Alain Creagh and David Courtney, all c/o The Club; and Mag Enright, c/o Kevin Barry’s.
We would be delighted to continue to hear from any other businesses who wish to sell lotto tickets for Austin Stacks GAA Club. If interested please get in contact with Bernie on 086 0767415 and in exchange we will promote your business, special offers and products to our vast membership through our extremely popular social media outlets which command a very high following.
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died during the past week: Bridie Neville (nee Donovan), Ashleigh Downs; Tom O’Connell, Blennerville and formerly Mayfield, Cork; Dr. Mary Lucas Carmody, The Kerries; Colm Brosnan, Alderwood Road; Denis O’Mahony, The Mile Height; and Ita O’Sullivan (nee Finnerty), St. John’s Park and formerly Connolly Park.