CLUB NEWS U-13s go down to Na Piar­saigh in a thriller

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(i) We hope to see all our Un­der 6s in Ca­her­slee at 5.45pm on Thurs­day. (ii) Foot­ball as usual next Sun­day morn­ing at 11am i gCathair Sailí.


(i) Sun­day morn­ing foot­ball will take place in the usual place and at the usual time. (ii) Our Un­der 8s had a great Sun­day morn­ing in Bal­ly­mac. The best of foot­ball was played agus bhain gach éinne tait­neamh mór as an ócáid. Among our re­ally skil­ful play­ers were Elliot Calleja, David Ah­ern, Shane Carey, Ethan Cushen and Tom Daw­son. We thank all who helped with trans­port. (iii) The ‘Bracker’ Re­gan Leagues will con­tinue this Thurs­day at 5.45pm in Ca­her­slee. (iv) The John Mitchel Club Un­der 8 Blitz will take place next Satur­day (15th) idir 10am agus 2.30pm. Beidh 5 chluiche ag gach foire­ann. Let’s hope that ev­ery­one will have an en­joy­able time! An Char­raig Abú!


(i) On Sun­day morn­ing next our UN­DER 9s...buachaillí faoi 9...will travel to Glan­mire, near the Jack Lynch Tun­nel, in Cork. (ii) The John Galvin Tro­phy Com­pe­ti­tion con­tin­ues on Thurs­day at 6.30pm in Ca­her­slee. (iii) The John Mitchel Club


...buachaillí faoi 10...will be held on Satur­day next (15th). Beidh 5 chluiche ag gach aon fhoire­ann. The games will take place be­tween 10am and 2.30pm. Let’s pray for fine weather!


On Sun­day morn­ing last over 30 of our U12 war­riors got up early and had de­parted from Con­nolly Park be­fore the ris­ing of the lark (sun­rise = 6.48am)...roimh éirí na fuiseoige. They headed for the big Kil­macud Blitz at Univer­sity Col­lege Dublin where they chal­lenged teams from all four provinces of Ire­land. (i) Our A team boys showed their un­doubted skill and heart and had fine vic­to­ries over Cork king­pins, Dou­glas, and over Kil­dare cham­pi­ons, New­bridge Sars­fields; they fol­lowed those great vic­to­ries with a draw against the home team (Cill Mochuda).

Their bril­liant per­for­mances en­sured that The Rock­ies topped the points’ ta­ble and re­turned home to The King­dom as cham­pi­ons. (ii) Our bril­liant B team com­menced with a whirl­wind win over St Galls from Belfast but, faraor géar (un­for­tu­nately) agus ochón agus mo bhrón, a cou­ple of tight matches didn’t go our way. It was an ex­cel­lent show­ing, how­ever, and with many younger play­ers from the U10s on board, we can be sure that the fu­ture of The Rock is bright! A great day was had by all and we thank all our en­thusas­tic play­ers, our sup­port­ive par­ents, our ded­i­cated mentors and, es­pe­cially, our gra­cious hosts in Kil­macud ..... ós­taigh den scoth ab ea iad. Beidh cuimhní ion­tacha againn!


(i) Our brave U13 play­ers gave of their ‘almighty best’ in the De­nis O’Con­nor / Lee Strand Tour­na­ment last week­end.

They played some great foot­ball v Gaeltacht (we won -- 4-6 to 1-3), v Salthill (a tough en­counter in which they bat­tled very hard but came out on the wrong side of a 2-3 to 2-08 score­line) and v En­nisty­mon (they won with a fan­tas­tic de­fen­sive dis­play -- 3-8 to 1-4). While not suc­ceed­ing in reach­ing the cup semi-fi­nal, they man­aged to give an out­stand­ing per­for­mance in the Billy Breen Shield semi-fi­nal, de­feat­ing Dublin’s Clu­ain Tarbh...3-8 to 1-1. (Af­ter three tough and bruis­ing en­coun­ters the strength in depth of this squad re­ally came into play and we wit­nessed (ar­guably) the best dis­play of the tour­na­ment. With some fan­tas­tic move­ment on and off the ball and with con­stant sup­port play, our boys proved far too strong for the Dubs not some­thing we hear too of­ten these days!) In the shield fi­nal they faced Na Piar­saigh, our Cork friends and foot­ball ri­vals. How­ever, our Rock stal­warts were pipped at the post in a tough and hard-fought game that could eas­ily have ‘gone our way’!

Scór: Na Piar­saigh: 3-8; Na Sta­caigh: 2-9. Well done, boys! A great ef­fort! A Rock-wor­thy per­for­mance! Hav­ing played with pride and pas­sion in the Black’n’Am­ber over the course of this great tour­na­ment, these young men have earned the right to the ti­tle ‘Su­per Rock­ies’. The fu­ture looks bright the fu­ture looks Black’n’Am­ber! And well done, mentors! Ní raibh an lá ag an bPao­rach, faraor! Re­mem­ber...the stan­dard of foot­ball was very very high! (ii) In the De­nis O’Con­nor / Lee Strand Cup fi­nal a strong Bally­bo­den/ St En­das de­feated Lim­er­ick’s Mun­gret .... 3-7 to 0-4. (Do you know that Bally­bo­den has a pop­u­la­tion as big as Tralee?) (iii) The plate was taken to Cork: Nemo Rangers: 3-3; En­nisty­mon: 2-5. (iv) Con­grat­u­la­tions to our great team of or­gan­is­ers who, once again, did the club proud .... Michael Lynch, Éa­monn Ó Scannláin, Noel O’Con­nell, John men­tion but a few! (v) The ‘James Hob­bert’ Player-of-the-Tour­na­ment was Mark McG­lynn (Bally­bo­den/St En­das). Some of our play­ers may meet him in Croke Park some day!! Cá bh­fios? (vi) Full fix­tures and scores on www.austin­ (vii) Laochra cróga na Car­raige: Colm Brown, Marc Car­mody, Luke Casey, Shane Cot­ter, Dy­lan Cun­ning­ham, Roan Grat­tan, Jamie Hor­gan, Liam Moroney, Seán Moyni­han, Ro­nan Mul­rooney, Jack Mur­phy, Aaron Nolan, Adam O’Car­roll, Tiernán O’Car­roll, Jamie O’Shea, To­gor Si­long, Jack Slat­tery, Michael Tans­ley, Noah Townsend, Damien Ho­gan (gor­taithe). Hop­ing for a speedy re­cov­ery for Jack Mur­phy and Dy­lan Cun­ning­ham.


(i) U16 club train­ing con­tin­ues on Fri­days at 5pm in Con­nolly Park. (ii) We are await­ing fix­tures (from Coiste Trá Lí) for the Bord­chean­tar Thrá Lí for the forth­com­ing foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion.

At­tend­ing the gath­er­ing in Pearse Park, Tralee, in mem­ory of Sui­cide vic­tims on Mon­day night, Geral­dine and Bernard Nolan, Tralee and Ken­neth, Kate­lyn, Jes­sica and Olivia Leen, Ard­fert. Photo: John Cleary.

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