Na Gaeil Ladies dream of All-Ire­land slips away

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All roads lead to Na Gaeil this Satur­day night Novem­ber 10th for the club’s 40th An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tions. Pro­ceed­ings kick off at 7.30pm with a sit down meal and live mu­sic long into the night. It’s an oc­ca­sion not to be missed. Look­ing for­ward to see­ing you all there.


On Fri­day morn­ing, we be­gan our jour­ney to Ed­in­burgh, leav­ing Tralee at 3.00am. Af­ter the long trek, we ar­rived in Ed­in­burgh on Fri­day evening at 7.00pm for our game on Satur­day morn­ing. With an orange weather warn­ing in place for east­ern Scot­land for Satur­day, we played in the Dunedin Con­nolly’s home pitch. The rain stayed away for the game but the strong swirling wind re­mained. Dunedin won the toss and played with the wind for the 1st half. They got off to a great start with two early points us­ing the wind wisely.

Dunedin scored an­other two points as we were strug­gling with the weather con­di­tions but we replied with a point from Me­gan. Aye­sha won us a free which Mea­gan slot­ted over the bar again. We were start­ing to get our­selves back into the game but again Dunedin struck as they launched a cou­ple of long balls into the full for­ward line and won a cou­ple of free kicks. We were still work­ing the ball up the field and scored an­other point be­fore Dunedin scored again with the aid of the swirling strong wind. As half­time ap­proached, Mary found Maria in space near the edge of the box. Maria dinked and passed it across the box for Me­gan to fist the ball into the back of the net. We went in at half time down by three points. Dunedin started the 2nd half brighter adding two more points but we started to get con­trol of the game and started work­ing the ball for­ward but still strug­gled with the wind pulling the ball left and right of the posts. We were find­ing it tough to judge the di­rec­tion of our kicks. Then against the run of play, a high ball into box caused havoc as a Dunedin player knocked Laura to the ground and the same player found the back of the net. Again we went for­ward scor­ing an­other point.

But then an­other high ball from Dunedin which seemed to be go­ing over the bar but dropped out of the sky quickly which Laura did well to palm but a Dunedin player who seemed to be in the square palmed into the back of the net. We at­tacked again, scor­ing an­other point. At this stage we had a player harshly yel­low carded and we were down to 14 play­ers. But we kept go­ing, claw­ing back the deficit, scor­ing five points in six min­utes. But un­for­tu­nately time was run­ning out. We got our­selves within three points when we had a shot on goal and it was de­flected over for a point by their keeper. Then from the re­sult­ing kick out, the ref­eree blew the whis­tle and our cam­paign had ended. The ef­fort, char­ac­ter and com­mit­ment that these girls have shown has been im­mense all through the year. It has been a great jour­ney that fin­ished sadly for us but we can hold our heads up proudly as we rep­re­sented our Club, County and Prov­ince with great in­tegrity and sports­man­ship. We’d like to thank Dunedin Con­nolly’s for their hos­pi­tal­ity af­ter the game and wish them the very best of luck. It has been a great year with win­ning County and Mun­ster Cham­pi­onship and the Div 1 County League as well. We now have the Mary Jo Cur­ran A Fi­nal to be played against Corca Dhuib­hne on Satur­day evening.

The jour­ney has been amaz­ing for ev­ery­one in­volved and we would like to thank ev­ery­one that made it pos­si­ble. Thanks to Na Gaeil, our spon­sors and those that gen­er­ously do­nated to help fund our trip to Scot­land. Thanks to all our play­ers and man­age­ment, thanks to our sup­port­ers and es­pe­cially to those that trav­elled. We also like to wish Deirdre Kear­ney all the best and safe trav­el­ling.

Team: Laura Fitzger­ald, Susan Fernane, Deirdre Kear­ney, Sarah Quigley, Mary O’Con­nell, Brid O’Con­nor, Nora O’Con­nell, Ja­dyn Lucey, Eilis O’Con­nor, Mea­gan Sheehy, Me­abh Barry, Kate Anne O’Con­nor, Maria Quirke, Aye­sha Roche, Me­gan O’Con­nor ,Clodagh McHugh, Aine O’Sul­li­van, Erika O’Sul­li­van, Sibeal Casey, Mar­guerite Maun­sell, Clodagh O’ Con­nor, Muire­ann Mo­ri­arty, Martina O’Con­nor, Ria Walsh, Dearbhla Quirke, Caragh O’Neill, Freya O’Con­nor, Sarah Bar­rett, Carla Hanafin, Blaith­naid O’Con­nor, Sarah Cun­ning­ham.


Na Gaeil U16 foot­ball team fin­ished off the sea­son in style de­feat­ing Churchill in the Di­vi­sion 2 Tralee Town Board Fi­nal in Kerins O’Rahilly’s pitch on Sun­day morn­ing last. This was the last game of the sea­son for this team. Thanks to all the play­ers, men­tors and par­ents for a fan­tas­tic year.


The un­der 8’s and 10’s Awards Day was held in Na Gaeil on Sun­day with all the play­ers in at­ten­dance. Na Gaeil star goal­keeper and Kerry mi­nor pan­el­list Devon Burns brought along the Tommy Markham Cup much to the de­light of ev­ery­body and then Devon pre­sented all the play­ers with medals and cer­tifi­cates. These young fu­ture stars had a great sea­son on the play­ing fields around Kerry and are al­ready look­ing for­ward to the com­ing year. Thanks to all the men­tors and train­ers for their com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion dur­ing the year and to all the par­ents for their help and co-op­er­a­tion. Roll on 2019.


On Fri­day 30th Novem­ber we are hold­ing an all spon­sored Race Night to fi­nance our in­creas­ingly ex­pand­ing Club both on and off the field of play. We ask all our sup­port­ers, play­ers and par­ents to pur­chase a horse @ € 40 from any mem­ber of the Race Com­mit­tee or from the Club Bar over the com­ing weeks. The night is al­ways a great so­cial oc­ca­sion in the Club. Be part of it.


Our an­nual mass for club mem­bers with spe­cial re­mem­brance of our de­ceased mem­bers will take place in the club­house on Thurs­day Novem­ber 22nd at 8.30pm. All are wel­come.


There is now a Clothes Col­lec­tion Bin si­t­u­ated in Na Gaeil car park. If any­one has bags of old clothes to dis­pose of please drop them in the bin. If the bin is full, they can be dropped into the club­house. It would be much ap­pre­ci­ated.


Na Gaeil Cy­cling Club win­ter sched­ule: Satur­day morn­ings at 10am from the club­house. ALL ARE WEL­COME, high Vis es­sen­tial.


Light Foot­ball Train­ing for Men who have re­tired from play­ing foot­ball and for those that have not played and would like to try it out. Very lit­tle skill is re­quired. This is a great way to keep fit with light train­ing, ball games and a bit of a laugh. . Train­ing is on Mon­day and Fri­day nights in Na Gaeil. Con­tact Ed­die at 0876791460 for more info


We are a Gaelic for Moth­ers and Oth­ers team who come to­gether and do a bit of ex­er­cise, foot­ball train­ing and so­cial­is­ing. Any­one who would like to join are most wel­come, No skills are re­quired, just a good at­ti­tude and a sense for fun. Train­ing is on Wed­nes­days and Sun­day evenings. Con­tact Ed­die at 0876791460 for more info.


The draw for the jack­pot of €9,700 took place on Tues­day evening last. Num­bers drawn were 6, 16, 21, 26. There was no win­ner. €50 win­ners were Bren­dan McCarthy, Race­course Lawn and Michael J. Mo­ri­arty. €25 win­ners were Geral­dine McCarthy, Race­course Lawn, Sea­mus Mo­ri­arty, Der­rylea, N. & J. Ashe and Jim Adams, Race­course Lawn. Next week’s jack­pot is €9,800. All are wel­come for the draw in the club each Tues­day night at 10.30pm.


Bingo is on ev­ery Mon­day night at 8.30pm sharp. We have prize money of over €1,000 guar­an­teed ev­ery week with a mini jack­pot that in­creases fort­nightly when not won. A door prize and a half-time raf­fle with lovely prizes will also take place ev­ery week. A bus ser­vice is avail­able at 087 2817577. You can ring this num­ber for pick up and drop off. 100% of the funds raised go back di­rectly into the club. The bingo is run on a to­tally vol­un­tary ba­sis by our club mem­bers. A huge thank you to all the par­ents who of­fer their time to run this vi­tal fundraiser for the club. If any­one wants to do­nate a spot prize for our weekly bingo raf­fle, please leave it at club­house and mark it “Bingo”. Thanks to all our pa­trons who sup­port this event on a weekly ba­sis.


A card game is held ev­ery Wed­nes­day night in the club­house. This is a very so­cia­ble oc­ca­sion where you meet your friends for a great night’s en­ter­tain­ment and re­lax­ation. Start­ing time is 9.30pm and ev­ery­one from novice to se­nior will en­joy a re­lax­ing game of 45.

Na Gaeil Ladies Team that were de­feated by Dunedin Con­nolly’s in the All Ire­land Quar­ter Fi­nal in Ed­in­burgh on Satur­day

Na Gaeil U16 team that de­feated Churchill in the Tralee Town Board Fi­nal in Strand Road on Sun­day

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