Austin Stacks se­niors had a mixed year

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AUSTIN STACKS CLUB AGM

All reg­is­tered Club Mem­bers are in­vited to at­tend the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of the Austin Stacks Hurl­ing and Foot­ball Club on Sun­day 6th Jan­uary, 2019 at 12.00 p.m. De­tails of the out­go­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (ex­clud­ing Nom­i­nees and Co-op­tions) can be found on our club eb­site. Nom­i­na­tions are in­vited for all po­si­tions on the in­com­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee. Nom­i­na­tions and Mo­tions for dis­cus­sion should be emailed to sec­re­tary.austin­[email protected] gaa.ie to be re­ceived on or be­fore 5 pm on Mon­day, 17th De­cem­ber, 2018 (it can also be ac­cepted by post–see club web­site for de­tails). Nom­i­na­tions re­ceived af­ter this time shall be deemed to be in­valid.

CEN­TE­NARY BOOK

Club Sec­re­tary, Elma Nix in­forms us that copies of our beau­ti­ful Austin Stacks Cen­te­nary Book are now ex­clu­sively on sale at Paudie Com­mane’s Book Shop, Rock St. Tralee for the very spe­cial dis­counted price of just €15!! that’s a fan­tas­tic 40% off orig­i­nal re­tail price. Copies also avail­able to or­der on­line at this great price– books can be posted world­wide– an ideal Christ­mas gift for the GAA fan in your life.

MI­NOR FOOT­BALL

This year’s Cen­tral League Fi­nal, be­tween our­selves and Laune Rangers has been fixed for next Sun­day (9th Dec) at the John Mitchels Com­plex. The start­ing time has been con­firmed for 12 noon.

HURLERS

Our Hurlers are hav­ing their Christ­mas Party and Medal Pre­sen­ta­tion Night in the Club­house on Fri­day week (14th Dec). The Play­ers Player of the Year will also be an­nounced on the night.

END OF SEA­SON

Se­nior Foot­ball: Our Se­niors had a mixed sea­son. As usual we par­tic­i­pated in five com­pe­ti­tions. We won just one, which was our pri­mary aim of the sea­son, that was Divi­sion 2 of the Co. League which se­cured pro­mo­tion back to the top divi­sion af­ter spend­ing just one sea­son in Divi­sion 2. Af­ter los­ing the first game of the League we then went on to win the next ten rounds fin­ish­ing on top of the group with 20 points to be fol­lowed by Kil­cum­min and Na Gaeil on 15 points each, both of whom were also pro­moted.

We reached the fi­nals of both the Tralee Town League and Cham­pi­onship. In the League we lost to John Mitchels (2-5 to 0-8) and in the Cham­pi­onship we went down to Kerins O’Rahillys (1-7 to 0-8).

The re­main­ing two com­pe­ti­tions were at County level. In the Club Cham­pi­onship we had good wins against Kerins O’Rahillys (115 to 0-13) and An Ghaeltacht (015 to 1-9) but lost to Dr. Crokes (0-18 to 1-10) in the last round. Again in the Co. Cham­pi­onship we had good wins in the first two rounds against Ken­mare District (2-22 to 0-6) and South Kerry (4-7 to 1-15) but ex­ited the com­pe­ti­tion at the Qr. Fi­nal stage with a be­low par per­for­mance against Din­gle (3-9 to 0-9).

In the 25 games played dur­ing the course of the sea­son we won 20 and lost 5 and a to­tal of 52 play­ers lined out at one stage or an­other dur­ing the year. The top four scor­ers were Dar­ragh O’Brien (4-78; David Man­nix (3-58; Fer­dia O’Brien (7-37) and Shane O’Cal­laghan (6-29).

The man with the high­est num­ber of ap­pear­ances dur­ing the sea­son was Pa McCarthy (24), fol­lowed with 23 each by Shane O’Cal­laghan and both of the O’Brien broth­ers, Dar­ragh and Fer­dia. Two other play­ers topped the 20 mark Jack O’Shea (22) and team cap­tain Shane Guthrie (21).

Well done to all in­volved for giv­ing of their best dur­ing the sea­son play­ers, team man­age­ment, Club mem­bers and sup­port­ers.

GET WELL SOON

All in the Club ex­tend best wishes to for­mer Club Foot­baller and cur­rent Ju­ve­nile Men­tor, Malachy Na­gle for a full and speedy re­cov­ery from the ill­ness which sud­denly man­i­fested it­self last Fri­day. Malachy was one of the out­stand­ing wing backs dur­ing that bril­liant 1994 sea­son, help­ing his team to Co. Cham­pi­onship glory that year.

CLUB­HOUSE

As al­ways the Club­house is avail­able for all types of Par­ties and Func­tions. En­quiries about Club Book­ings should be made by con­tact­ing Harry Hynes at 087 2467286.

CARDS

The 45 Card Ses­sions con­tinue in the Club­house on ev­ery Mon­day and Thurs­day nights, com­menc­ing at 9.30pm each night.

LOTTO

Last Mon­day’s (3rd Dec) Jack­pot, worth €9,900, was not won. The num­bers drawn were 5, 13, 15, 19. The €20 win­ners were: Can­ice Walsh and Liam Lynch, both c/o Club Rock­ies; Peggy King, Wick­low Town; Pádraig O’Leary, c/o Carmel O’Neill; and Mary Fitzger­ald, c/o Rock Street Post Of­fice.

The Christ­mas Voucher, kindly spon­sored by Terry Healy Butch­ers, was won by Dot Naughton, c/o Carmel O’Neill. Next week’s Jack­pot will be worth €10,000.

Lotto Tick­ets are on reg­u­lar sale at the Rock Street Post Of­fice and at the Stacks Club­house, as well as from our other reg­u­lar sell­ers.

SYM­PA­THY

Sin­cere sym­pa­thy is of­fered to the fam­i­lies of the fol­low­ing who died re­cently Nora Kel­li­her 0’Grady (nee Looney), Clon­more and formerly The Shop, Kevin Barry’s Vil­las; Con Grif­fin, Kil­lar­ney and formerly Cahill’s Park; Liam Duffy, Ca­her­anne and formerly Done­gal; and Ann Hussey (nee Dor­ling), Tubrid and formerly Leedale, Ca­her­slee and Kiel­d­uff.

AUSTIN STACKS JU­VE­NILES PEIL FAOI 6/8/10

The long-awaited end-of-year medal pre­sen­ta­tion for the Un­der 6/8/10 foot­ballers will take place on Sun­day next (9th) in the club­house. We will have the All-Ire­land mi­nor cup, the Tom Markham Cup, on dis­play. Beidh Daidí na Nol­lag ann ón Mol Thuaidh.

We can ex­pect Santa from the North Pole. Bring the cam­era. Ócáid ion­tach a bheidh ann, LCD! All our young­sters are ea­gerly look­ing for­ward to the ex­cite­ment.

MEN­TORS’ NIGHT OUT

In recog­ni­tion of all the work put by our army of ded­i­cated men­tors, the club hosted a get-to­gether in Con­nolly Park on Satur­day night last. Cóisir dheas a bhí ann! We are blessed to have so many great out­stand­ing vol­un­teers who give of their time week af­ter week and they do it for the bet­ter­ment of our young­sters. Ní neart go cur le chéile!

SCÓR NA NÓG

(i) The Greater Tralee District Scór na nÓg com­pe­ti­tions took place on Satur­day last (1st) at Na Gaeil Club. The Austin Stack Club was well rep­re­sented in the solo singing com­pe­ti­tion by Ella Nic Gab­hann. Bhí an caighdeán anard agus tháinig sí sa chéad áit. Maith thú, Ella .... sárthais­peán­tas! She’ll be The Rock rep. in the county fi­nal at Ráschúrsa Chill Airne on the 15th.

(ii) Other re­sults: Léiriú...Na Gaeil; Bailéadghrúpa...Naomh Pádraig; Ceol...Naomh Pádraig; Scéalaíocht/Aithriseoireacht...Na Gaeil. Not a dancer in sight from the whole Greater Tralee GAA Area!

(iii) Our 4-per­son quiz team will be in ac­tion in Jan­uary and the Kerry quiz win­ners will go straight into the All-Ire­land fi­nal! The Rock could be in the Scór All-Ire­land, if the ‘right’ ques­tions come up! Cá bh­fios!

CORN UÍ MHUIRÍ

(i)Well dome to CBS The Green as they suc­cess­fully nav­i­gated the fi­nal group hur­dles against Coláiste Criost Ri. Our boys on the panel here are Sean Quil­ter, EoghanCar­roll, Luke Ch­ester, Jor­dan Kis­sane, Daniel ORourke, Conor My­ers, Tom OFar­rell. (Coláistí na Mumhan): (i) Meán­scoil Ch­noc an tSe­ab­haic game was called off due to the weather

Coláiste Bhréanainn on Wed­nes­day last (28ú Samhain). They need a win this week to progress un­til af­ter Christ­mas. Lucht na Car­raige ar an bpainéal: Dara de Barra-Breath­nach, Pádraig Ó Lion­náin, Craig Ó Tíocháin, Séa­mus Ó Coigligh, Don­n­cha Mac Mathúna, Mícheál Ó Gadhra, Adam Ó Cur­ráin.

CRUINNIÚ CINN BHLIANA

Our ju­ve­nile AGM (an­nual gen­eral meet­ing) will take place at 7pm on Tues­day Jan­uary 8th. Mark the cal­en­dar! Fáilte roimh chách.

SCÓLÁIREACHTAÍ GAELTACHTA

Now is the time for club mem­bers to plan for a Ir­ish lan­guage course in the West Kerry Gaeltacht. The GAA (district, county and provin­cial lev­els) pro­vides fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance. Con­tact should be made with club of­fi­cials im­me­di­ately af­ter Christ­mas...to avoid dis­ap­point­ment!

BLIAIN NA GAEILGE

Táimid fós i mBli­ain na Gaeilge. Ná dear­mad­tar an cú­pla fo­cal?

CILL MOCHUDACRÓCAIGH-BENBURB

In 1966, fol­low­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the coiste of the Kil­macud Club from parish­ioners and from mem­bers of the nearby Croke Hurl­ing Club, it was agreed to hold dis­cus­sions with a view to the Croke Hurl­ing Club join­ing Kil­macud en bloc. This was agreed at a gen­eral meet­ing of both mem­ber­ships. Bhí an dá thaobh sásta. The Croke Hurl­ing Club had been founded in 1922-23 by Michael Cur­ran, who had been the grounds­man in Croke Park, and it had achieved many no­table suc­cesses down through the years. Join­ing up with Kil­macud seemed a good op­tion. The Croke Club had only one team play­ing in the se­nior league at the time and, like a lot of sin­gle team hurl­ing clubs, were hav­ing dif­fi­culty at­tract­ing play­ers. They had no ju­ve­nile hurlers. (A mir­ror, per­haps, of our own club). At that time big sub­ur­ban clubs were be­ing formed and Kil­macud had a very large catch­ment area to call on. As there was now a se­nior hurl­ing club in Kil­macud, the young play­ers had a targe .... to rep­re­sent their club at se­nior level. The

merger was an in­stant suc­cess and the club won the Se­nior Cham­pi­onship that year de­feat­ing the St Columba Club of Crum­lin in the fi­nal. Fás aon oíche, a déar­fadh duine! Bhí Na Cró­caigh -- Cill Mochuda ar an mapa iomá­naíochta! Their foot­ballers are, at present, pre­par­ing to play the foot­ball cham­pi­ons of Long­ford in the Le­in­ster fi­nal.

AUSTIN STACKS LADIES ACADEMY & U12 GIRLS AWARDS DAY

This Sun­day is the day U6, U8, U10 & U12 girls & their fam­i­lies in­vited to the Austin Stacks Club rooms from 12.15pm this Sun­day De­cem­ber 9th for our end of year medal pre­sen­ta­tions. Hope you all can make it.

LADIES CLUB S&C SES­SIONS

Our fi­nal Ladies spe­cific S&C ses­sion will take place from 9.45am to 11am this Satur­day Dec 8th. Please note change of date/time as hall is in use for academy pre­sen­ta­tions on Sun­day morn­ing.

Paul and Aileen O’Rior­dan pic­tured with fam­ily and staff of the Burger Shack, Bren­dan’s Park, Tralee who held their Christ­mas din­ner in The Gally’s Bar & Restau­rant Tralee Road, Castle­maine, and af­ter­ward to the Cas­tle Bar, Rock Street for the Christ­mas party. Photo Joe Han­ley

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