Credit Union Co League
The Co League resumes next weekend and Round 3 sees both of our senior sides in action. The Senior A panel have two points from their first two games and host Rathmore in what should be another ding-dong contest if the recent meeting in the club championship is anything to go by. O’Rahillys prevailed in Fitzgerald Stadium that day by virtue of a single point, but showed great character and resilience in recovering from a six-point half-time deficit. We may have a different outcome if Rathmore are afforded the same start in Strand Road next weekend, but the Blues’ management are sure to have learned from that and subsequent tight games versus Legion and Dr Crokes and will be planning to take the two points on offer to keep O’Rahillys at the business end of Division 1. The game is currently scheduled for Saturday next, 11th May at 7pm, but keep an eye on our social channels – Facebook, Twitter and kerinsorahillys.com for updates.
Our Senior B team will be hoping to add to their opening two victories when they host Scartaglin on Sunday next. Although impressive in both games to date, Strand Road will surely be tested by an unbeaten Scartaglin side who have been active in the club championship of late. As always, the availability of players will also be crucial to O’Rahillys. The game is scheduled for a 2pm throw-in but again, check our social channels for updates. All support welcome for both of our panels.
CÚINNE NA NÓG
Donal Walsh Live Life Tournament
We were delighted to host this tournament which took place on Saturday last, 4th May for its second year running, with teams from all over Munster taking place in what proved a great day. The sun was out and large crowds gathered in both Ballyrickard & Strand Road. Activities began at 11am and before the ball was thrown in, the boys had a mental fitness interactive workshop facilitated by Dr Susan Lawlor, giving them all a positive mental attitude, as the importance of maintaining good mental health was the key message. Both Alma & Fionbarr Walsh gave a speech to start the day off with positivity.
The Kerins O’Rahillys’ U15 boys played John Mitchels in their first game and came out comprehensive winners. In their second game they overcame Fr Casey’s of Abbeyfeale, putting them automatically into the semi’s. They also came out winners against Austin Stacks in their third group game.
They met Ardfert in the semi -which they won, easing them into a final against Laune Rangers, in which the boys in blue had a blistering start and triumphed by two points to win the tournament for a second year in a row. The cup and medals were presented by Kerry county player and O’Rahilly’s clubman, Gavin O Brien. Man of the match was Ben Hanafin and Player of the tournament went to Dara O’Connor.
It was a great day and please God it will get bigger and better each year to help carry the memory and the positive message of a great young person in Donal Walsh.
The Academy was in full swing Ballyrickard at 11am on Sunday morning last. The sun was shining and a big crowd gathered to watch the children train. Everyone is doing great and showing great skills as the coaches work hard on improvement each week. The parents as always enjoyed a cuppa with some delicious home baking.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Huge congratulations to:
U6 Boys – Evan O’ Connor
U6 Girls – Alice O’Sullivan
U8 Girls – Ava O’Donoghue
U8 Boys – Tomas Bailey-Kelliher and Kyle Smith
U10 Boys – Adam Molloy
U10 Girls – Anna Corridan
Our under 12s played their final Phase 1 County League game on Sunday versus Castleisland Desmonds. A blistering first half display by O’Rahillys left the result in no doubt with goals from Jamie, Brayden (2), Nick and Daniel McCarthy. An injured Jamie McCarthy went in goals for us with Evan Daly performing well outfield in the second half. Brayden Pierce added five points to his two goals in a man of the match performance. Final score 5-17 to 1-3. Phase 2 will begin in the next few weeks.
We travelled to West Kerry to play Dingle in our final game of the County league on Wednesday last. Conditions for the game were ideal although with a slight breeze favouring the home side at throw in. It was Dingle who gained the early advantage when a speculative shot for a point dipped under the crossbar to raise the green flag. Dingle, having got the early advantage grew in confidence and were moving the ball around the field well. O’Rahillys were missing a few of our scoring forwards and were struggling to maintain possession once we got into the final third, leaving the score at half time 2-04 to 0-1 to Dingle.
The backs, Seamus Cahill, Daniel Anieke, Brendan Meehan, Josh Hoare, Cian Moran and Jake Foley (0-1) tried hard and with Tomas Kennedy( 0-1) and Ryan Houlihan battling away in the middle, the forwards Ruairi Kennedy, Conor Cronin, Cian Lync, Nick Lace, Brayden Pierce and Cillian Hussey (0-2) did their best and didn’t give up until the final whistle. Final score Dingle 3-6 KO’R 0-4.
U14’s train at 6.30pm Tuesday and Thursday this week.
The Town league final with John Mitchels is fixed for Sunday next 12th May at 3pm in Caherslee.
The U16s are away on Monday the 6th May to An Gaeltacht who have got home advantage in the county league semi-final in Gallarus at 7pm.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
• U10 go games kick off this Wednesday evening the 8th May in Ballyrickard 6.30pm
Kerins O’Rahilly’s Club are pleased to announce that we have been awarded with the Amber Flag and are one of the few, if not the first GAA Club in the county to receive it. Well done to everyone who worked hard to achieve this. This work is continuing with our interactive workshops which Dr. Susan Lawlor will be running in our club with the children, their families and coaches.
On Tuesday, May 7th we are away to Milltown/Listry in the county league. Throw in at 7p.m. in Milltown Pitch.
Last Friday our U14 girls travelled to Castleisland for a Division 2 county league back game v Desmonds. Castleisland were a very big strong team showing a high level of fitness and skill. Ella O’ Connor was our captain on the night and she was also celebrating her birthday. To mark the occasion she played the best game of her life in her blue and white jersey. It was a very tight game all the way to half time and all from 1 to 15 were unbelievable. Kelly Fitzgerald once again in goals was outstanding. Lauren Doody and Hollie Leane made some massive turnovers and put their bodies on the line again and again. Our midfielders Keelan Coffey and Aoibhin O’Connor-MacCarthy were outstanding. Katie Nix, Lia McLysaght and Bronagh Carroll played very well up front with some great scores. We were six points down with a few minutes to go and down to 14 players due to Bronagh getting injured after having played a massive game. The Narries had to dig deep and that they did. Katie Nix scored a great goal followed by a great pass from Siobhán Clifford to score a point. We were two points down with about a minute to go and Sophie Hassett banged in a great goal to win the game 3-04 to 3-05. What a comeback! Our girls never gave in, always giving it 110% . Anú Hayes is a great addition to our team. Rachel Foley and Nathali gave it their all. We host Fossa in Ballyrickard this week in the non-county player Co League. More details to follow.
Best of luck to the girls and their coaches on Monday evening when they meet Dr. Crokes at home in the county league. This will determine if we make a county league semi-final and it may also determine who that opposition might be. They are a very good side and have had some very good results so far, but these are the games we train for and are looking forward to the challenge.
Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Ballyrickard at 7.30p.m. in preparation for our next Co League match. New players always welcome and of course our older players could dust off their boots, come down and enjoy the training.
Girls, registration girls must be paid ASAP. The deadline for everyone to pay is May 24th. Registration forms available at training and matches. Everyone must pay registration to enable them to train and play!
KERRY LADIES FUNDRAISER
We would appreciate if every family would purchase one ticket for the night at the dogs on Saturday, May 25th. Our club will also benefit from this. There are First Communions on that day and a great night is in store with face painting, bouncy castles, an auction etc. For further details contact Shirley (086) 8713552.
We continue to recruit. If you would like to give football a go then come and join in. For more details contact Shirley (086) 8713552. Our ladies are treated with respect in Strand Road and we are one big happy family who welcome any newcomers with open arms. Come join us, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain, making new friends for life.
SNIPPETS from “top of the right”
• Congrats to Nathali of our U14 Girls on winning the Working Hunter Championship show jumping competition on Sunday last.
• Congratulations to Na Gaeil, Ballyduff and Templenoe on their respective Club Championship victories.
• Hard luck to St Senans, Renard and An Gaeltacht.
• Well done to our clubman and Kerry senior player Gavin O’Brien, who presented the medals at the Donal Walsh Live Life tournament last weekend.
• Rumours that the Snippets Man was in The Shard in London last weekend were unfounded. Allegedly it was Mush – so Take That…
• The Snippet Man’s crack detective work also leads to the discovery of Tom McGrath’s €25 Club Lotto winnings.
• Mush got the credit for that too!
All at the club wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Seán Moriarty of Linithgow, Scotland and formerly Strand Road, Mary Galvin (nee Lynch) of Knockmoyle, Michael Sayers of Gortbreagogue, Annascaul and Eugene McGee of Longford. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.