O’Rahillys are all set for clash with Dr Crokes

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - CLUB NEWS - email: traleenotes@ker­ry­man.ie



The past few weeks have all been about prepa­ra­tion both phys­i­cally and men­tally for the week­end de­cider with Dr Crokes for a place in the fi­nal of this year’s se­nior county cham­pi­onship.

Its all of ten years since we last con­tested the blue riband of Kerry foot­ball and while we have been knock­ing on the door in re­cent years, we are now just 6o min­utes away from this years fi­nale and no stone will be left un­turned in our bid for glory. Stand­ing in our way are the cur­rent hold­ers and favourites Dr Crokes and though we had a never to be for­got­ten win over the same op­po­si­tion in round 2A there is no doubt we will face a dif­fer­ent side on Sun­day. For our part, train­ing has gone well, the at­ti­tude is good and de­spite the loss of the un­for­tu­nate Cian Say­ers from the quar­ter fi­nal, there is no doubt­ing the de­sire to re­turn the club to a fi­nal which will be played on Sun­day 28th Oct.

We are ask­ing for your sup­port on the day as you have done this year to date trav­el­ling in large num­bers to var­i­ous venues - the play­ers and man­age­ment to a man have made a huge com­mit­ment with many sac­ri­fices along the way to get us this far-it would be great to have a big colour­ful sup­port present on Sun­day - bigi linn!

We are sched­uled to play in the 2nd semi fi­nal on Sun­day in Austin Stack Park with throw in @ 3.45 - it prom­ises to be a great oc­ca­sion and will be pre­ceded at 2 pm by the meet­ing of Din­gle and East Kerry.


The fi­nal session of the year took place on Sun­day morn­ing in Healy Park with an­other fine turnout. Thanks to all the coaches for their fan­tas­tic ef­forts dur­ing the year, the par­ents for their com­mit­ment and of course the kids who made many new friends through­out the course of the year and im­proved their skills no end. Con­grat­u­la­tions to our play­ers of the week : U6 Boys John Ah­ern Jack Kelly U6 Girl Abbey Gal­lagher U8 Girl Kelly Hayes U8 Boy Cal­lum Ross

Sat next 13th will see the boys and girls make the short trip to Sandy Feet Farm for a day of fun and games texts will is­sue dur­ing the week but its planned to leave Strand Road club house @ 10.00 am


Our side came up short against a strong Bal­ly­mac team on Sun­day in the Coiste Trá Lí town league.


Last Sun­day the girls played in The Town League which was played in blitz for­mat in Bal­lyrickard. In our first game we played John Mitchels and won well. We played Bal­ly­mac in the cup fi­nal and un­for­tu­nately were beaten by the bet­ter team. Well done to the girls and Frank, Paddy, Colm and Katie.


Con­grats to 13 of our girls who re­ceived fab medals af­ter win­ning the shield on Satur­day. Tralee District was rep­re­sented by girls from Kerins O’Rahilly’s Club, John Mitchels, Na Gaeil and Stacks. Well done to ev­ery­one in­volved, the girls played some great foot­ball to­gether. Thanks to ev­ery­one in­volved and es­pe­cially to Danny and Ed­ward for coach­ing the girls on Satur­day and to Katie also for help­ing out.


The U14 girls did them­selves and Kerins O’Rahillys proud with a hard fought win against a very strong Moy­vane team in the fi­nal of The North Kerry League played at the John Mitchels grounds last Sun­day evening . Con­di­tions were dif­fi­cult with a very strong breeze favour­ing no side dur­ing the game. Moy­vane raced into a very good lead with 3 very good points in the first ten min­utes. It took KOR time to set­tle but over the next 20 min­utes they rat­tled off 3 great goals and a point . Bron­agh Car­roll was the scorer of 2 of those and has been play­ing very well over the last 2 months, also play­ing well while be­ing marked re­ally tight was Katie Nix and Kate Kerins while Rachael O’ Don­nell was win­ning good ball around the 40. Aoib­hín O’ Con­nor MacCarthy was also ex­cel­lent and played a piv­otal role in two of those goals. We also missed a penalty in the first half but our backs were re­ally steady as usual with Kee­lan Cof­fey , Hol­lie Leane, Eu­ge­nie Kerins and Lau­ren Doody play­ing par­tic­u­larly very well and Kelly Fitzger­ald very de­pend­able in goals com­ing out on a few vi­tal balls and de­liv­er­ing balls with great ac­cu­racy from her kick out. We were 4 points up at half time but should have been more and as pre­dicted we knew that Moy­vane would come at us strong in the sec­ond half , our mis­takes gifted them 3 goals and a few missed passes could have cost us far more but for great de­fend­ing by our great back line.. We brought on re­in­force­ments half way through the sec­ond half and that proved cru­cial , Ais­ling O’ Con­nell, Lia Mclysaght, Siob­han Clif­ford and Aoife Ho­gan to give a bit of push as with 5 min­utes to go we were down 6 points hav­ing missed an­other penalty in the sec­ond half .

We then had the most ex­cit­ing fin­ish of the year in that we scored a point fol­lowed by a Rachael O’ Don­nell penalty fol­lowed by an­other goal in the last minute . And the ref blew it up with KOR win­ning by 1 point. What fol­lowed were scenes of ju­bi­la­tion from all the team and sup­port­ers who were also bril­liant through­out the game and gave Moy­vane as good as they got , this win was so badly needed for ev­ery­one on that team and like we to them be­fore the game it’s a team play­ing to­gether, fight­ing for ev­ery ball to­gether and never giv­ing up that would win the game for us. No one player did it, ev­ery­one on the field with a blue jer­sey on won it.

The cel­e­bra­tions will be re­mem­bered for a long time to come and while Moy­vane were tough and phys­i­cal at times we stood up and that’s when you know the strength of a team. The men­tors and the club are all very proud of all of them and they de­serve that win as much as any­thing they have ever won be­fore. Well done to ev­ery­one in­volved.

Next Satur­day we have the Town League in blitz for­mat.


Next Satur­day we meet Beale / Bal­ly­duff in the fi­nal. Venue TBC.


A great turnout last week for our fundraiser. Thank you to ev­ery­one and es­pe­cially to the Moms, it was great fun. Con­grats to Con’s team who were cup win­ners and to Danny’s team who won the shield. Our player of the tournament was Mary Clif­ford and Ann Smith re­ceived a tro­phy also. Well done to ev­ery­one in­volved. Any­one who hasn’t re­turned their spon­sor­ship cards can drop them to the club or re­turn them dur­ing train­ing.


There was no win­ner of last week’s lotto draw where the win­ning num­bers drawn were: 2, 6 , 13 & 19 - Brian Magee matched 3 and wins €25.

Tick­ets €2/3 for €5 can be pur­chased from the kiosk in the club house or from the fol­low­ing out­lets: Jim­mys on Strand Road, Couni­hans Princes St., The Abbey Inn and Fo­ley’s Spar on the Castle­maine Rd. All funds gath­ered are ploughed back into var­i­ous club de­vel­op­ments/projects. The five en­trants for the spe­cial De­cem­ber draw ( 4 X €250) are as fol­lows: Mary Kerins, Sheila Coen, Nor­man Fo­ley, Jeremiah Quirke and Nelius c/o Fred. Next week’s jack­pot will be for a prize of €2,700.

The Kerry Hospice Foun­da­tion: Christ­mas Cards were launched at the Pal­lia­tive Care Unit at Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal Kerry on Mon­day night. Pic­tured are the Christ­mas Cards Com­mit­tee, sit­ting from left Kerry Mi­nor Jack Ken­nelly, Mairead Fer­nane Trea­sure KHF, Dr. Pa­tri­cia Shea­han Con­sul­tant at Pal­lia­tive Care Unit, Frank Hayes, Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Kerry Group, chair­man KHF Tralee branch Joe Hen­nebery, Mr. Tom McCor­mac, Dr. Billy O’Con­nor, Nuala Fin­ni­gan and Kerry Mi­norJamie McVeigh, back from left Pat Doolan,Kil­lar­ney, Ur­sula O’Con­nell, Din­gle, Din­gle, Dan Guerin KHF, Artist Jane Hil­liard, Kerry Mi­nor Paul Walsh Artist Mary Shana­han, Kerry Mi­nor Sean Quil­ter, Mary Shana­han Sec KHF, Ger­ard O’Con­nor KHF, Angela Cur­ran on be­half of artist He­lene Bruni­carni, (RIP) James O’Con­nor, Kerry Mi­nor Paul O’Shea and Maria Claire Stacey, Glen­beigh. Photo: John Cleary.

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