St Pats Blennerville GAA Club Notes

Club Lotto
There was no winner of our Club Lotto Jackpot of €6100 on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 02, 08, 15 & 17. The five €30 consolation prizes went to: 1. Tommy Brosnan Lohercannon, 2. Trevor & Thomas c/o Gerry, 3. Eileen Scollard c/o Texaco, 4. John W O’Connor Curraheen, 5. Beatrice O’Sullivan Annagh
Next week’s Lotto will have a Jackpot of €6200 and the draw will take place on Sunday night 20/06/2021 at 9-30pm. Lotto tickets can also be purchased online from any club officer or at the following outlets:
* O’Sheas Shop and Service Station Blennerville * Poff Motors Dingle Road * Seamus O’Sullivan Master Butchers Manor
* Noyeks Mile Height * Byrnesworth

Many thanks to all who contribute to our weekly Club Lotto. The Club cannot emphasise enough the importance of our members promoting the Club Lotto among family, friends and work colleagues. The Covid-19 restrictions have seriously hampered our fundraising and income over the last 15 months. The Lotto is now a critical source of funds for the Club. We are appealing to all club members to promote our lotto at this time to ensure our clubs future viability.
Please have your lotto entries in by 7pm, every Sunday evenings.

Juvenile Academy

U5’s: The girls and boys overcame the sweltering heat today and had a great training session. A fun warm up was followed by challenging and enjoyable skills stations and we finished off with some fun games. Edana Hingston has definitely been practicing at home and she showed off great ball skills and agility to earn player of the week. Thank you to all the parents who got involved in the session this week.
U7’s: Another brilliant session was had this morning in great conditions. Numbers for both boys and girls were once again excellent.
Thanks to the trainers who helped out, Paudi, Noel, john, Martina, Paul Lynch.
U9’s: Well done to all our u9 boys who braved the heat to train on Sunday morning After a fast paced session we played a match full of great skills. Darragh Flahive was outstanding as usual and Oscar Curran is improving hugely every week. Player of the week went to James O’Riordan who vision of passing and unselfishness really impressed the coaches. We begin our go games on Wednesday 23rd away to Gneevguilla. Details to follow.
U11’s: The enthusiasm that was evident in our first session on Friday continued undiminished to our second session on Sunday at St Pat’s club grounds. In fine weather, we continued to focus on ball handling, correct pick up and good kick passing. We finished with an energetic game using these skills particularly the kick pass. With our Go games starting this week, the coaches were very happy to see the progress our players are making. There were excellent displays from James Daly, Eddie Hayes and Stephen Enright. We were also delighted to welcome back Patryk Swierczek and Tommy Costello to the group on Sunday. Our first Go game is away to Castlegregory this Thursday at 6:30pm at Páirc an Caislean, Strand rd, Castlegregory, V92 W324. There will be no u11 training on Friday this week. Training will resume on Sunday 20th at 12 noon at Pat’s club grounds in Blennerville V92 RH98. A reminder to parents that all players must wear a gum shield and complete the Health Declaration before all matches and training on
U9-12 Girls: The girls had an exciting morning with Kieran’s pod enjoying fun & games in the space at St Pats. Very well done to new-comer Eve O’Sullivan (junior) who showed great enthusiasm & skill to earn her first player of the week trophy. We hope to have some friendly upcoming games for this pod in due course so keep up the practice at home! Big thanks to Kerins O’Rahillys for hosting our pod 1 and 2 in Ballyrickard. It was a beautiful morning of sporting fun with well matched sides for 10 aside and 12 aside games. The St Pats girls, some of whom had never played a match before did exceptionally well with great team work and learning throughout the games. They grew in confidence as the matches went on and represented their club extremely well. We look forward to more games in due course and will try to get friendly games at the appropriate age group going forward. Keep up the practice girls, we will most definitely have a county league team for next year!
U13’s: Due to the bereavement of a member of the Scartaglin GAA Club- the game on Sunday is cancelled. The game is postponed as a mark of respect to the young woman and will be rescheduled later. We will gather on Tues for our game v Castlegregory in Castlegregory at 6.30pm.
U15’s: Our U15’s lost to a good Knock/Brosna side last Wednesday in our round 1 Lee Strand U15 CFL played in Knocknagoshel.
We travelled to Ballymac to take on the locals in a challenge game played in glorious sunshine last Sunday afternoon. We started brightly with two consecutive points right from the get go. However, Ballymac began to get a foothold on the match and they dominated the remainder of the opening quarter scoring 2-4, one of the goals coming from a penalty. We rallied in the second quarter and scored a goal of our own through Evan leaving the HT score 2-6 to 1-5 in favour of Ballymac. The second half was very keenly contested with some great passages of play from both sides. We scored a further three goals in the second half from Tom, Darragh and Diarmuid from the penalty spot. With 5 minutes to go, the sides were level but Ballymac managed to kick two points at the end of the game to seal the win. It was a worthwhile workout for our lads and it will stand to them in the remainder of the county league. Full Time Score: Ballymac “B” 3-10 St Pats 4-5
We have a bye this Wednesday and will arrange a challenge match against Duagh. Details will be communicated to the parents as soon as possible.

U16 Girls: Our U16 girls play their first match at home this Tuesday evening at 7pm against Duagh.
There will be training on Thursday at 6.20pm.

Our U16’s played Skellig Rangers/Valentia last Monday in a round 1 Div 6 of the MFL in Portmagee but unfortunately, we were beaten by a good side. Well done to our boys for showing good effort, commitment and determination during and after the course of the game.
Our next match is this Thursday evening at home to Dr.Croke’s B. The match throws in at 7.30pm.

Division 3A County Senior Football League Rd. 1 St Pats 2-06 Listowel Emmets 0-14
St Pats kicked off their 2021 County League campaign with a home loss to Listowel Emmets last Sunday afternoon in Blennerville.
Playing under sunny conditions, we had a perfect start to the game with a goal from Willie Hurley and a mark converted by David O’Callahan with barely a minute into the game. Emmet’s Cormac Mulvihill and Tom McCarthy reduced the deficit by half with successive points 3 minutes later. We scored 2 long range points from Kieran Hurley and Liam O’Sullivan as we tried to maintain a stranglehold on the game but the visitors had other ideas. Committing men forward, they scored 2 points having found space in the middle of the field to level matters with just 7 minutes of normal time left to play. David Keane converted a free to take the visitors a point ahead for the first time in the game only for Willie to draw us kevel after some fancy work by Liam O’Sullivan to retain possession and slipping a pass for a tap over. Paudie Bailey was called into action in injury time when he saved a penalty taken by Darragh Lynch to leave the score line level at 1-05 to 8 points at the end of the short whistle.
The second half started with the away team picking up from where they left off and scored 2 points within 3 minutes. Our quest for staging a comeback was dampened when Luke Mulligan was shown a black card and they went for the jugular by scoring 4 unreplied points and playing with confidence. We kicked a total of 5 wides this half and our scores came very late in the half with a converted penalty by Breandain Savage who followed with another point but Emmets held on to take all the points on offer.
We are away to Ardfert next Sunday, June 20 at 2pm for our SFL Round 2 fixture.

Best Wishes
We wish U13/15 player, Michael Enright a speedy recovery from a recent injury.

Community Games
Congratulations to U13 player, Luke Passway who won gold medal in the County Finals of the U14 Model Making Community Games competition and will go on to represent the County in the National competition. Best of luck from all in Blennerville/Ballyard.
Congratulations to our local are winners in our Virtual Competitions who progressed onto the County competition: Art U12 – Aoife Kennedy Handwriting U12 – Chloe Passway Model Making U14 – Luke Passway Solo Music U12 – Erin O’Shea

The club would like to extend its sympathy to the families and friends of Mary Howard (née Egan) Leith East, Tralee.

Best Regards,

Dipo Dairo
PRO St Pats Blennerville GAA Club
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