THE BRACKER 200KM WALK: Club Chairman, Billy Ryle would like to thank everybody who contributed to his recent fundraising walk. He would particularly like to thank the organising committee of Noel O’Connell, Martin O’Regan, Mairéad Fernane and Denis O’Regan for their generous help and support before and during the walk. Billy is very grateful to the people who walked some laps with him during the twenty sessions over ten days. The moral support, banter and laughter in their company made the journey very enjoyable and less demanding. Thanks to Mikey Sheehy who launched the event and to those who provided the story-telling and poetry at the conclusion of a memorable event. Billy is very grateful to the O’Regan family who presented him with a framed copy of the famous poem, ‘On Bracker’s Road,’ which was composed by Jimmy O’Regan, as a memento of the occasion. He will treasure it always as a fond reminder of a wonderful ten days on the Bracker O’Regan Road. The fund grossed a sum of €3570. After the deduction of a fee of €117.80, Billy was delighted to present Nial Shanahan, Chairman of the Club Finance Committee with a cheque for €3452.20. This money will go towards providing a path to improve access in Connolly Park for people who are disabled or unsteady in movement.
SENIOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 3-16; Ballymac 2-15.
On a beautiful autumn Saturday evening (19th Sept) and on an immaculate Caherslee pitch this high-scoring Town Championship semi final went down to the wire and even though we never trailed in this game, after Ferdia O’Brien opened the scoring in the 3rd minute, Ballymac were always breeding down our necks and came within a goal of us as the game neared the 60th minute.
Wayne and his colleagues gave starting positions to 11 of our squad who didn’t start in the Co. Club Championship Final a week earlier and it showed that there is very little difference between our number one player and he who is number 39 on our panel. Our starting full-forward line scored a total of 2-12 between them with centre-forward Fiachna Mangan scoring 1-1 and arguably the other three points of the game being the scores of the game, coming from Greg Horan, David Fitzmaurice and from Daniel O’Rourke, who, along with Adam Curran, was making his Senior team debut.
After 11 minutes we were six points clear after Shane O’Callaghan scored our first goal. That lead was increased to ten points when Donagh McKivergan scored our second goal in the 18th minute. Three minutes after Ballymac scored their first goal and at half time we led by eight points (2-9 to 1-4).
Our 3rd goal came in the 49th minute from Fiachna Mangan to extend our lead again to nine points. But then Ballymac hit a purple patch when they scored 1-3 without reply to reduce our lead to just three points as the game approached the 60th minute. But we held our nerve and in added time we added three more points from Ferdia O’Brien (2) and our last score of the game from debutant, Daniel O’Rourke. And even though Ballymac scored the final two points of the game it was too little, too late and we progressed to our third Town Final in a row.
Apart from the eight who got on the score sheet there was some fantastic displays also from the other twelve who lined out during the course of the game. At centre field both Brendan O’Sullivan and Greg Horan fielded some mighty balls with some brilliant defensive displays also including goalkeeper David Hennessy who made a number of brilliant saves, including one from a seventh minute penalty.
The Final will now take place on next Sunday (27th Sept) at 1pm in Austin Stack Park with Mitchels the opposition after their win against O’Rahillys in the second semi-final. What a game that was – going to extra time with the Boherbee boys winning by two points (2-14 to 1-15).
Team: David Hennessy, Paul Galvin, Barry Walsh, Jack O’Shea, Donagh McMahon, Conor Jordan, Shane Walsh, Brendan O’Sullivan, Greg Horan (0-1), David Fitzmaurice 0(-1), Fiachna Mangan (1-1), Adam Curran, Donagh McKivergan (1-4 – one free), Ferdia O’Brien (0-5 – one free; one 45), Shane O’Callaghan (1-3)..
Subs used: Ciarán O’Connell (35m), Dara Barry Walsh (43m), Paul O’Sullivan (43m), Michael O’Gara (47m), Daniel O;Rourke (49m) (0-1).
And congratulations to Joseph O’Connor who has been call into the Kerry SF panel for the forthcoming Championship. Well deserved Joe. Kerry’s first outing in this season’s campaign will be a Munster semi final clash against Cork in just over six weeks time (w/e of 7th/8th Nov).
TICKETS FOR THE GAME: The Club will receive an allocation of 100 tickets for this Sunday’s Final.Tickets are only available to purchase online. Link for tickets purchase will be posted on club website when it becomes available.
THE C TEAM: Our C team are still awaiting for a date to play Annascaul in the 3rd and final round of the Co. League as the West Kerry boys are still involved in other competitions at county and divisional levels.
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 www.oneills.com
CLUBHOUSE: After being closed for just over six months (the last pint was sold on 15th March last) our Bar and Clubhouse is about to reopen under the new strict regulations. This Friday night (25th Sept) will see us back in business again and Harry Hynes would like to thank the Club members and the Connolly residents who have helped him to get the place in tip top shape again.
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: Last Night’s (21st Sept) Jackpot, worth €13,400, was not won. The numbers drawn were 12, 26, 27, 32.
The €20 winners were: Aidan Mangan and Melissa White Maguire, both c/o The Club; James Henry, c/o Joe Naughton; Peter Donoghue, c/o Richard Healy; and Liz O’Brien, c/o Kevin Barry’s.
Continued thanks to the following businesses for selling our Club Lotto tickets – Kevin Barry’s Shop, Commane’s Book Shop, O’Flynn Interiors, Kirby’s Brogue all on Rock St., Hussey’s, Princess St., & Maguire’s Butcher’s Caherslee Road. And now two more locations have come on board where Lotto tickets can be purchased – Terry’s Butcher’s, Oakpark and The Burger Shack, Monavally.
Austin Stacks lotto tickets now also available to purchase on line on the following link: https://play.clubforce.com/
All at the Lotto were sorry to learn of the death of Mike Joe Quilter, a brother of one of our great Lotto sellers, Carmel O’Neill (see sympathy column below).
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently: Kathleen O’Donoghue (nee Knightly), Clash Road and formerly Laharn; Stephan Greaney, Caherina and formerly Glen, Cloghane and Reading (UK); Tomás (Tom) Falvey, Kerins Park and formerly Ashe St.; Joan Ivers (nee King), Riverside and formerly Ashe St.; Tom Sonny O’Sullivan, Mountain Close, Balloonagh Estate; and Michael J. (Mike Joe) Quilter, Feans, Causeway and formerly Croughcroneen, Lixnaw (brother of Club member, Carmel O’Neill and uncle of former Club footballers, Denis and Brendan O’Neill).