U8 AND U10 GIRLS
Some of our U8 and U10 girls went over to Na Gaeil on Sunday last, where they had a wonderful morning. Thanks to Mike and everyone in Na Gaeil for hosting us.
We will have Go Games next Saturday afternoon, October 5th. More details to follow.
Last Tuesday we were at home to Austin Stacks in round 3 of The Town League. Everyone enjoyed a good competitive game on a very wet evening with a final score of KOR 1-05 to Stacks 3-05. Well done to everyone!
We are home to Na Gaeil in the next round of the Town League. Throw in will be at 6.15p.m. in Ballyrickard on Monday, September 30th. Best of luck to everyone!
U12 development continues in Ballyrickard next Saturday at 9.45a.m. for girls born in 2007.
Unfortunately, West Kerry can no longer enter this competition. Therefore, there no longer will be a preliminary round.
The semi-finals will be in John Mitchels’ Complex this Saturday, October 5th. More details to follow.
We meet Stacks again in a playoff in the North Kerry League to see who will meet Abbeydorney in the Division 1 Shield. Throw in will be at 6.30p.m. this Tuesday, October 1st in Connolly Park.
We played Castleisland Desmonds in round 4 of the North Kerry League in Pat Healy Park on Friday night last. This was really a game of two different halves, with a strong enough breeze favouring the team playing into the dressing room end.
As the opposition only had 13 players, we had to readjust our team from the start by dropping two players from the starting 15 and while we rotated players on and off throughout the game, unfortunately two players did not get any game time at all which is something we have tried to avoid with the U16 team since the beginning of the year.
Desmonds would be regarded as a strong enough team with some very good ball players, so the plan in the first half against the breeze was to kick in fast ball which at times created opportunities that we didn’t take full advantage of. We probably overplayed the ball a few times as well with only Liana Williams , Aoibhín MacCarthy and Katie Nix scoring a point each in the first half – but it was into a stiff enough breeze. We were creating a lot more opportunities than Desmonds, but their quick movement on the break allowed them to hit us for two fast goals and two points in the first half leaving us five down at half time.
We knew we had plenty in the tank here, playing into our preferred goals in the second half . As coaches we rarely get too much credit but we made two positional changes at halftime and specifically changed the play by changing the tactic to running with the ball into the wings and corners away from the centre where they were strongest. This drew their backs out and in turn created more space for the forwards and midfielders to run into and attack in the second half which paid immediate dividends with Katie Nix picking off two goals and another point, Kate Kerins two points and Liana Williams getting two goals and another point with the Desmonds scoring just five points in the second half. The overall team performance in that second half was really good and back to the level this team are well capable of producing.
The more games we are playing, the more we will improve and that showed in the second half the last night. Best on the night were Kelly Fitzgerald, again making some great saves and kicking some great balls out. Katie Dwyer, Eugenie Kerins, Hollie Leane, Meabh Hanafin and Lily O’ Brien were very steady all evening up against some very good footballers. In midfield, Éabha Murphy and Keelan Coffey were up against two of their best players, but they played really well in the second half, attacking at every chance and setting up most of our scores. Up fron,t Kate Kerins worked hard all night and Katie Nix, Liana Williams and Aoibhín MacCarthy did really well, especially in the second half. While we scored four goals and three points in that half, it’s the team performance that matters to win games like these and the whole panel played their part.
Final score Kerins O’Rahillys 4-06 Desmonds 2- 07.
Our last match is coming up this week against Na Gaeil and it’s a game all of the players are looking forward to, especially as it has a local derby element to it If we reproduce the second half performance we did the last night, any team will have their work cut out to beat us.
Our ladies had their day out last Saturday when they headed out to Killarney for the day. An enjoyable day was had by all.
Texts will be sent with training times etc.