On Saturday 21st we have The Carmel O’ Connor annual memorial blitz to look forward to girls. This blitz remembers Carmel who died at a very young age. Carmel’s work colleagues organise this every year and it’s a lovely day out. This will be held in Na Gaeil Pitch. More details to follow.
On Tuesday, September 10th we are home to Mitchels in round 1 of The Town League. Throw in will be at 6.30p.m. in Ballyrickard. Best of luck to the girls and their coaches.
We were home to Ballymac last Friday evening in The North Kerry League, division 1. Ballymac got off to a good start scoring a goal and a point in the opening few minutes. We started to get into the game then with a half time score of 1-09 ( Ballymac) to 1-02. The girls fought hard with a difference of only two points between the teams at one stage. Ballymac were the better, fitter and more physical team on the night with a final score of Ballymac 3-16 to Strand Road 3-05. Well done to the girls who tried hard and never gave up. For our next game we are away to Austin Stacks.
We played Castlegregory in the first round of the North Kerry League in Ballyrickard on Wednesday last .The evening was a difficult one on which to play football in that there was a strong breeze blowing down the pitch throughout the game .
We felt really confident going into the game having won the U15 county championship a few weeks ago and half of that panel were involved in this game. We also felt we had a good game plan in terms of how we wanted to play this game in the conditions. The early exchanges were dictated by the strong breeze that Castlegregory had to their backs and they took advantage of that by scoring a number of early points.We responded with points from both Liana Williams our Captain for this campaign and Katie Nix. Our back line was under a lot of pressure throughout the first half with Kelly Fitzgerald having to be on her toes quite a few times to keep Castlegregory out. However a small mistake gifted them the ball and they broke through for an easy goal to bring the score to 1-05 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter.
We fought back and in the second quarter. Both Liana and Katie Nix got two great goals and another point to get us seriously back in the game against a very strong breeze. The opposition tagged on another 4 points which brought the half time score to 1-10 to 2-03 leaving us four points down and very confident with the breeze behind us in the second half. We felt once we executed the fast ball plan and be out in front in all corners of the field we were very confident of outscoring the opposition in the second half.
We started the second half well with Liana Williams and Katie Nix picking up early points. Kelly was still doing well in goals, ably assisted by Katie Dwyer, Isobel O’ Connor, Hollie Leane, Lilly O’ Brien and Maedhbh Hanafin in the backs. Éabha Murphy in particular had worked hard in the first half carrying a lot of ball into the breeze and played in all our scores and particularly our two goals and she fought right to the end.
This opposition have great belief in themselves though and took us on in every corner of the field effectively playing our game against us and unfortunately we left them do it for large parts of the second half.and they struck for two fast goals and four points into the breeze!
We fought hard to get through but they also flooded players back into their back line so getting through proved difficult but Liana Williams was playing well and picked off another goal and two points. Aoibhín O’ Connor MacCarthy tried valiantly all through and Katie Nix particularly never stopped trying throughout the game but we could not get the breakthrough goals we needed. What was disappointing for us is that we know we are so much better than how we played and this will be a game we feel we let slip particularly in the second half . Final score 4-14 to 3-05. We have a bye this week so it’s training both Tuesday and Thursday and players can expect the sessions to be livelier in the weeks ahead. We are away to Finuge/St Senans on the 20th and the U17 championship will also be coming up soon.
Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday. For our next match we are away to Clounmacon. More details to follow.
CÚINNE NA NÓG
Our under 12s brought the curtin down in style by winning the central region division 4 on Tuesday evening. On our last outing of the year we knew victory would ensure top of the table having won all previous games in the league. We started brightly and a free flowing move allowed midfielder Brayden to rattle the back of the net for the opening goal. All four forwards of Jamie, Evan, Brendàn and Ruarì were working very well to create chances and Nick powered through from midfield to add two points. Nick would again pop up to score an excellent goal. Keel rallied to score a fantastic long range goal and add three points while points from Brendàn (2), Daniel McCarthy (2), Jamie, Ruarì, Ryan, Jude and Calum Lacey pushed us into a massive lead. Another goal from Keel with the last kick of the first half left the score at 3-11 to 2-3 at half time.
Multiple changes and positional switches were made at half time. Daniel Aneke and Jude Lacey made debuts in goals in the second half and Sean Mahony vacated his usual corner back slot to move to the forwards, winning lots of ball and popping over and excellent point. Jamie would add 1-3 to bring his tally to 2-6 for the day. Keel continued to battle and although Cillian McGrath and Ciaran Griffin held the fort, they added 1-3 In the second half. Ruarì, Evan and Jude finished off the day with points to leave the final score 5-20 to 3-6. A just reward for a great team finishing the year with a central region win.
Captain and Man of the Match: Nick Lacey
Top Scorer: Jamie McCarthy 2-6
Many thanks to all parents for supporting the team since our first game on February 23rd and throughout the summer. We will be in contact to get the kids together for some fun and we will have an awards night later in the year. Congratulations to the boys on a great win and a fantastic year. They are a great bunch with a bright future.
All Ireland Replay Ticket Requests
We will have a ticket book in operation in the Club bar where all ticket requests should be entered. Anyone who secured a ticket for drawn game that does not require a ticket for replay, please text Billy Thompson on 086 1710043. All others to enter their name in the book. Once again, only applications from fully paid-up club members will be considered. Our ability to meet all demands will again depend on the club”s allocation. Priority will be given to front-line voluntary activists and those fulfilling key committee and other positions in the club. At this stage, the only juvenile tickets being made available to us is one group of 10 with 2 adults, so we cannot take requests for children alongside adults such as can be done for semi finals. There will be a ticket draw for those in the Friends of Strand Road Supporters Group (FOSR) and Club Members. You still have time to join the FOSR by leaving a contact request and mobile number in the book in the bar or by contacting any Senior Committee or FOSR Sub-Committee member. The cost of FOSR membership is a direct debit of €15 per month and the funds go directly to juvenile development and the day-to-day running costs of the club.
SNIPPETS from “top of the right”
- Best wishes to our clubmen, David Moran and Tommy Walsh who will be pivotal to Kerry’s bid to stop Dublin’s “drive for five” in the All Ireland Senior Football final replay on Saturday next in Croke Park.
- Congratulations to the Kerry Junior Camogie panel who showed the way!
- Congrats also to our Juvenile Section vice chairperson Breda Dyland on her birthday. The Snippets Man suspects that it’s a “roundy” one.
- The Snippets Man is also reliably informed that there are more Fockers in Ballyvelly. Seemingly, Peter Nolan has a camper van now too!
All at the club wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Barney Dowling, Kilbrickane, Abbeydorney. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.