Austin Stacks seniors had a mixed year
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 45 Card Sessions continue in the Clubhouse on every Monday and Thursday nights, commencing at 9.30pm each night.
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.
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.
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?
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