The Academy was a buzz of activity on Sunday morning last in Ballyrickard. There was a big crowd. The children all enjoyed learning their skills under the watchful eye of their dedicated coaches. Thank you to the coaches as always for their commitment. The parents watched on enjoying a warm cuppa & a chat. Special mention to the U10 girls for their trip to play a blitz in Croke Park – a great opportunity for all involved. The U12 boys make the journey on Good Friday also. They will be partaking in a Blitz also. What an opportunity for the boys to play in Croke Park at such a young age! Everyone is extremely excited and looking forward to the trip. Good luck to both teams on their journeys.
A big congratulations to our players of the week, namely;
U6 Boys: Erin Lynch and Ronan Hobbert
U8 Boys: Cameron Quirke and Adam O’Sullivan
U10 Boys: Sam Keane
U8 Girls: Lexi Keane
U10 Girls: Mia Molloy u8
The Academy is scheduled again for Easter Sunday at 11am.
For our second game of the county league we travelled to Spa Killarney on Friday evening. Kerins O’Rahillys played with a strong breeze in the first half but couldn’t convert good possession into scores. Spa dropped a few short due to the conditions but still converted some great scores and 4 first half goals. Jamie McCarthy was a one-man force for us in the first half kicking 4 great points. Spa had a purple patch at the start of the second half with some excellent long range finishes and we struggled to live with their midfield direct runners and 2 excellent half backs. To our credit we kept working hard and some switches meant we kept the final 3rd of the game competitive. Nick Lacey went to half back and some hard running led to an excellent goal to liven up the team.
Jude Lacey added a second, putting the ball between the keeper’s legs. The Spa keeper kept a further 4 one v one shots out, but in truth, Spa deserved their win and will take some stopping. Jamie McCarthy finished as top scorer again with 5 points. Daniel Aneke marshalled the backs well against a formidable attack. Brendan Meehan, Brayden Pierce and Nick Lacey kept fighting until the end. Man of the Match. Nick Lacey. The u12’s are away to Renard on Easter Sunday at 6pm.
U14’s KOR v Anascaul / Lispole
On Wednesday last we took on this west Kerry side in our second game of the county league. It was a very entertaining game with both teams showing great skill and determination right to the final whistle. ANA/LIS were fast out of the blocks with the Strand Road defence under pressure early on, but they coped well and we started to get a grip on the game. The scores were coming thick and fast and by half time there was a six point deficit, 3-06 to 1-06 favouring the boys from the west.
The high tempo of the game continued after the break with KOR scoring a further 3-02 and ANA/LIS racking up 11 points leaving the final score KOR 4-08 to ANA/ LIS 3-17. Our boys played really well on the night and deserve great credit for never giving up the battle. Our scorers on the night were Tomás (1-04), Jamie (0-2),Cillian (2-0) Ryan (1-1) ,Conor(0-1). We are away but haven’t far to travel to Na Gaeil for round 3 this Wednesday 17th April at 7pm.
We were drawn in a group containing Milltown/Castlemaine and An Gaeltacht in this years Féile competition with the games to be played in Strand Road. An Gaeltacht had to pull out because of unavailability of players, leaving KOR to play Mill/CA in the only game with the winners progressing to the next round. The pitch in Strand road was immaculate but unfortunately the weather was atrocious with a hurricane blowing for the whole game. We weren’t at our best in this game, playing against the breeze and we trailed at half time 2-06 to 0-0. We improved after the break but eventually lost the game 3-07 to 1-04. The boys in blue were not happy with their display, but are sure to improve hugely for their next game.