U8 AND U10 GIRLS
Congrats to everyone who made their First Holy Communion last Saturday and best wishes to everyone making it over the next few weeks.
Over the next week or two we will be announcing the dates for the U8 and the U10 Girls Go Games which will be commencing in June.
A busy week for the girls who played two matches last week in the county league.
We were away to Milltown/ Listry last Tuesday. We were down 3 points and the match was nearly over when Fiadh Mccarthy scored a goal. The match ended in a draw 1-03 to 1-03.
For our next match we were home to Dingle. There was a strong wind on the juvenile pitch in Ballyrickard last Sunday evening. We won the toss and took advantage of playing with the breeze in the first half which paid off for us as at half time the score was 5-03 to 2-01 .
In the second half the Dingle girls started to catch up with a final score of KOR 5-05 to Dingle 4-06. Well done to everyone!
This Monday evening we are home to Fossa in the non-county player county league. Throw in at 7p.m. in Strand Road pitch. Best of luck to the girls and their coaches.
We played Dr Crokes in Pat Healy Park, Ballyrickard on Monday evening last. This was a game we were looking forward to for a while as they had some very good results before meeting us and the game would be a good indication of how we have been progressing, plus a semi-final place was up for grabs. We knew they had some excellent players and we came with a very good game plan of targeting both their centre forward and full forward who are really good footballers and both have operated at county level, All of their team are good on the ball too and demonstrated this very early on by going seven points to one ahead in the first 15 minutes. It took us a bit of time to settle but once we set our game plan in motion by moving the ball quickly into Katie and Liana we rattled off three fast goals to go two points ahead. This was a lead that we never relinquished to the end of the game. Further points were exchanged in the first half to leave us two ahead at the break and playing into our favourite end of the field where we train most nights. The strategy for the second half was again to isolate the inside forwards and move the ball quickly from back to front and we really took a foothold in the game which was proving to be very enjoyable for all who attended it.
Our backs were now really coming into their own with our Captain Katie Dwyer, Maedhbh Hananfin, Alex Sheridan, Hollie Leane and Eugenie Kerins sticking to their markers like glue and giving us the platform for many attacks. Kelly Fitz was again super in goals and hits the target with nearly every kick out. Éabha Murphy ran herself into the ground again along with Aoife O’Connor and they really took over in the second half. In the forwards, Keelan Coffey was excellent again at centre half forward and the pure dogged determination at times of Eadrea Hayes was unbelievable to watch and she’s equally as good as a back as evidenced by the blocks and tackles she got in. Rachael O’ Donnell and Kate Kerins tried hard. The winning of this game again was down to the scores we got with both Katie Nix and Liana Williams in super form. Katie Nix scored four serious goals – bullets into the roof of the net goals! Liana Williams played really well again too rattling off another three goals and four points from play. When you see Kerry teams from U14 all the way through to senior all beaten in Munster over the last two weeks, we firmly believe we have footballers who can contribute to those teams. This is evidenced by the level of scores they are getting in game after game against opposition that have Kerry players in their teams. That’s 15 goals and 7 points between them in the last 2 games!!
In the final minutes of this game the Crokes got a few good scores but the result was sealed well before that. Finishing score was Kerins O’Rahillys 7-05 to Dr Crokes 3-10. We dont know when the semi-final is on or who our opposition is, but the games we are playing are improving us all the time. Mark Fitzgerald and Barry John Keane took training sessions with us recently, both working on specific areas, with the girls really benefiting from the experience ,knowledge and advice of these club legends. We can still improve on certain areas but other perspectives on the game which challenge the girls’ skills can only make them better footballers.
To all of the girls heading off to Madrid on your school tour – have a wonderful time 😊.
We were due to play Abbeydorney in the county league last weekend but unfortunately they couldn’t play. We are now hoping to play at home on Tuesday, May 21st. More details to follow during the week.
We are away to Mitchels next weekend.
Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30p.m. There has been a great turnout at training thanks to our coach who puts so much time and work into each training session. Not only do we have newcomers but the old crew are returning and enjoying training.
Girls, this is the last call for registration forms!
Anyone who hasn’t paid registration CANNOT train or play as you’re not insured. Please complete the registration form and return to Shirley. If you have any queries by all means ask. Thanks.
KLGFA NIGHT AT THE DOGS
Thanks to everyone who has already purchased a ticket. We are asking every family to please buy one ticket. They are €10 each. We also will benefit from the sale of these. We want to get gear bags for the teams. From the sale of these tickets we will be able to subsidise the cost of each bag. Everyone who buys a ticket will have their name entered into a draw for a gear bag. The draw will take place on May 24th.
We continue to recruit here in Strand Road. New members welcome, bring a friend. It’s never too late to start. The girls in our club are well looked after and never want for anything. Our fundraisers go back into our girls and so far this year we have purchased kits for 2 of our teams. We have bag packing days coming up soon and the money from these goes towards treating our girls to a day out during the summer holidays.
Come join us and make great friends for life.
We will be celebrating over the next few weeks on our success on being awarded the ‘Amber Flag’. We look forward to flying our flag outside our club.
The ‘Amber Flag’ initiative is to promote positive mental health in our club. Dr. Susan Lawlor will commence her interactive workshops with our girls, boys, their families and coaches over the next few weeks. We need to build confidence in our youth to help them withstand whatever life may bring them in today’s world.
SNIPPETS from “top of the right”
· Well done to Mark Fitzgerald and Barry John Keane who took training sessions with the U16 girls recently.
· The hard work by all involved is paying off – witness the girls’ result v Crokes!
· The Snippets Man notes that both men are described as club legends
· Mark certainly is. He’s very old…