A hugely enjoyable morning on Sunday last in the glorious sunshine in Healy Park; the focus this week was on skills testing with all the boys and girls passing with flying colours! Tea and coffee was replaced by water and ice pops with everybody in high spirits in the fine weather and of course Kerry’s weekend performances! Academy continues next week at usual time of 11.00 AM
Congratulations to our players of the week:
U6 Boys Adam O’Sullivan
U6 Girl. Caoimhe Fitzgerald
U8 Girl. Nicola Corridon
U10 Girl. Anna Corridon
U10 Boy Jayden Collins
We played host to Ardfert in the final game on Sunday night of phase 2 and despite a brave effort came up short at the end, on a final score line of : Kerins O’Rahillys 2-07 Ardfert 5-12.
We were at home on Thursday night last to Ballymac and put on a fine display winning in the end by 5-12 to 2-07 – well done to all the boys and management.
Our U-16s made their bow in the county league on Weds night last when Ballyduff were the visitors to Strand Road; Ballyduff, physically stronger, settled well and were 1-04 to 0-01 ahead after the first quarter; we soon found our rhythm and with Gavin Burrows to the fore scoring 1-01, we worked our way back into the game to trail by two points at half time, 2-06 to 2-04. The second half saw us struggle to cope with the pressure and we found ourselves 13 points in arrears entering the final quarter. However, goals from TJ McMahon, Sam McCarthy (2) and Conor O’Sullivan threw us a lifeline and with only minutes remaining we had the deficit down to one point – Ballyduff responded with the final two points to run out winners on a final score line of : Ballyduff 4-18, Kerins O’Rahillys 7-06. Despite the loss, there were many positives to take from the game given the age profile of the team ( most are underage again next year) , not least scoring 7 goals and the experience should stand to them as the year progresses. Our next game is on Weds 11th July when we travel south to take on Kilgarvan/Tousist.
We would like to say a sincere thanks to Leo Foley of Fastway Couriers for his generous gesture in sponsoring a new set of jerseys for this team; Leo’s family are steeped in the club with his father, Johnny being a former All Ireland senior medal winner with Kerry when he manned the goals in 1953 vs Armagh on a day when fellow Strand Road man, Jas Murphy had the honour of captaining Kerry. The club are indebted to all our sponsors for their ongoing support which enables us to provide the services and facilities which we otherwise might not be in a position to do.