BREAKING NEWS: Wayne Quillinan will be back in charge of the SF team for the 2018 season. This will be his second spell in charge of the Seniors. He was there before for a four year period (2009-2012), bringing them to a Co. Championship Final in 2010 (going down to Crokes) and winning the Co. League the following year, defeating Dingle in the final (1-15 to 2-9), our first Co. League win since 1990. Wayne has also managed our Minors (2006-2008 and again in 2016-2917 – winning the Co. MF League this year) and also managed our U21 team when they won the Co. Club Championship in 2008. Wayne’s co-selectors will be Damien Ryall, Eoin Colgan and Jonathan Conway, with the other members of his backroom team to be announced shortly.
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION: The Austin Stacks Annual Church gate collection takes place on the weekend of Nov 25/26th. If anyone is free to volunteer 20 minutes of their time to help us out on either the Saturday night or at any of the Sunday Masses it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Club Secretary, Elma Nix on 086 1053300.
JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 5-13; Na Gaeil 2-6.
Our B team retained their Town League trophy with a good win over an under-strength Na Gaeil side at a cold, breezy but dry afternoon in the Nuns Field, Connolly Park on Sunday last (5th Nov). We played with the aid of that strong breeze in the first half but it was the visitors who opened the scoring after just 43 seconds. However two pointed frees by Alan Duggan, following good work by Barry Walsh, Colin Griffin and Cathal O’Reilly and a lovely point from play by Dale Counihan with good support play by Alan Duggan and Craig Corcoran left us in the lead after six minutes. Both sides then had a point each in the next two minutes – ours coming from a brilliant effort by John Murphy who raced upfield from his corner back position to put over. But Na Gaeil were back in the lead by the 11th minute with a well-taken goal.
That however was their last score of the half while we took complete control and went on to score 3-6 without reply. Alan Duggan was unerring from frees and play, adding a further four (two each from play and frees) to add to his opening two points. The other two points came from Colin Griffin and Dale Counihan and the three superb goals came in the 18th, 20th and 29th minutes from Dale, Cathal O’Reilly and Craig Corcoran. This left us ahead at the break by 3-10 to 1-2.
As they did in the first half Na Gaeil were quickest off the mark from the resumption, goaling after 25 seconds. Six minutes later this was cancelled out when team captain, Dale Counihan got through for his second goal which was followed by two more points by Shane Guthrie and another Alan Duggan free. Na Gaeil then added four successive points in as many minutes (44th to 48th minutes).
But as in the first half we finished the game the stronger adding a goal (Seamus Bastible) and a point (Shane Guthrie) before referee Paul Hayes blew the final whistle.
So a good end to the season with a very strong performance by our lads with all 19 who lined out playing superbly, including team captain, Dale Counihan who ended up chief scorer (2-2), just a point ahead of Alan Duggan (0-7) with eight players in total getting on the score sheet.
Team (13 a side): Seamus Bastible (1-0), John Murphy (0-1), Barry Walsh, No left back, Paul Galvin, Colin Griffin (0-1), Andrew Morrissey, Shane Guthrie (0-2), David Fitzmaurice, Craig Corcoran (1-0), Alan Duggan (0-7 – five frees), Cathal O’Reilly (1-0), Dale Counihan (Capt) (2-2), No Full Forward, Mikey Collins.
Subs used: Barry Galvin (15m), Dylan Harnett (ht), William Kirby (39m), Seán Dukes (42m), Anthony Moynihan (49m), Eoghan Galvin (52m).
MINOR FOOTBALL: The Austin Stacks Minor Team will receive their 2017 Co. League Div 1 and Town League winners medals at 9pm on this Friday night (Nov 10th) at a special function in the club. Presentation will be followed by music in the bar with finger food served. It promises to be a lovely evening so we hope as many club members as possible will come along and join us in celebrating the boys great achievements during the year.
CONGRATULATIONS: to former Club Hurler, Kevin McCarthy on receiving the December Tralee Business People Award, sponsored by the Tralee Chamber Alliance.
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 (6th November) Jackpot, worth €6,950, was not won. The numbers drawn were 7, 11, 21, 30. The €20 winners were: Thomas McDonagh and Breeda Browne, both c/o Rock Street P.O.; Pauline Barrett and John Dennis, both c/o The Club; and Chris & Bríd Bradshaw, c/o Club Rockies. 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 – John (Johnny) Barrett, Árd Carraig, Caherslee and formerly Kevin Barry’s Villas (father of former Club Footballers Alan and Declan); Mary Codd (nee Ashe). Meadowlands Estate and formerly of San Francisco, New Ross and Dingle; Christine (Chrissie) Griffin (nee Foley), O’Rahilly’s Villas and formerly Old Strand Road; Joan O’Shaughnessy (nee O’Connor), Park Lane (Tralee) and formerly of Aughacasla and New York; and Fr. Pat O’Sullivan (An tAthair Pádraig Ó Súilleabháin), Ballymacelligott and formerly of St. John’s Parish, Tralee, the Diocese of Birmingham, Cloghane, Castlegregory and The Glen, Ballinskelligs.