St Pats Blennerville GAA Club Notes 31/05/2021

Club Lotto
There was no winner of our Club Lotto Jackpot of €5900 on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 05, 21, 22 & 30. The five €30 consolation prizes went to: 1. Therese Greaney Annagh, 2. Paul McMahon Ballyard, 3. Emma Colivet Annagh (Online), 4. Mary Counihan Curraheen, 5. Dylan Walsh c/o Poff Motors

Next week’s Lotto will have a Jackpot of €6000 and the draw will take place on Sunday night 06/06/2021 at 9-30pm. Lotto tickets can also be purchased online www.locallotto.ie/play.asp?LL_ID=1328&PC=0 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 wonderful sunshine brought our biggest turnout so far this year. Everyone made the most of it, putting in great effort and really working hard. Clearly all the girls and boys have been practicing at home as their kicking has improved and great skills were shown with handpassing too. Oisin Bourke is one of our most senior U5s and he showed a great example to other players with his listening and participation and the player of the week trophy went home with him.
U7’s: An excellent session was had this morning in great conditions. Numbers are growing every week. Huge thanks to all who helped out.
U9’s: Well done to all the boys who attended this week. Skill levels were very high and the lads are improving every week. Well done to Fionn Sharp who was outstanding in the soloing drills and has been practicing at home. Looking forward to next Sunday at 10:30
U11’s: We had perfect weather for our u11’s training sessions on Friday evening and Sunday morning this week, with a big turnout on both days. Our approach is to combine fun games along with skills development. This week the emphasis was on improving skills of high fielding, hook kicks and close-tackling. In the second half of the session, we played mini games of hand passing and kick passing. All the players demonstrated the great progress they are making in their football skills. We saw excellent displays this week from Isaac Price, Charlie Sharp and Hugh Costello. Training continues next Friday 4th June at 6p.m. and the following Sunday at 12 noon at St Pat’s club grounds in Blennerville V92 RH98. A reminder to parents that all players are to have a gum shield and to wear it at training and to register on www.foireann.ie<www.foireann.ie>
U9-12 Girls: What a great session with 30 enthusiastic girls in 3 pods. The coaches are very impressed by your improving skills week on week. The older girls are all very keen to start competitive match play with this surge in confidence! Norma & Fiona will coordinate some friendly matches with girls from other clubs in the coming weeks. Updates to follow in this regard. Coach Nigel joined Norma in pod 1 & was mighty impressed with the girls skills & confidence since week 1, all players stood out & impressed. Pod 3 had great fun under Labhraidh & Kieran & welcomed Eve O’Sullivan who showed great kicking skills for her first session. Mary-Kate & Rosa showed great enthusiasm. Pod 2 had the turn of the trophy.. a very hard pick with such upbeat girls so keen to listen & learn! It could have been anyone of our 9 girls but Grace Costello earned the trophy for showing great determination & motivation during the session despite a wounded knee! Finally as a physiotherapist I find it so rewarding to see such great attendance & enthusiasm with most of our girls turning up at every training session. We’re getting fitted, stronger, more skilful & developing a love for movement & team sport. Parents keep up the encouragement of the girls & beat the statistic of 50% drop out of sports by 13 years old!
U13’s: U 13s are training very well. Skill levels are high and the application in training is superb.

U15’s: Our boys trained last week at the usual times in preparation for the U15 County League. Best of luck to Joe Costello, Brendan Poff, John Bowler, Dipo Dairo and the players. Fixtures for Div 7A are:
Rd 1, Wednesday June 9 @ 7pm: Knock/Brosna V St Pats (venue to be determined)
Rd 2, Bye
Rd 3, Wednesday June 23 @ 7pm: St Pats V Gneevguilla
Rd 4, Wednesday June 30 @ 7pm: Skellig Rangers V St Pats
Rd 5, Wednesday July 7@ 7pm: St Pats V Annascaul/Lispole
Semi-finals will be a cross-over competition where Winners of Group A play the runners up in Group B and vice versa and the 3rd placed in A plays 4th placed in B etc. Dates and venues are yet to be decided.

U16 Girls: Training continues this Tuesday evening from 6.15 to 7.30pm.

Minors
Our minors have been training for the 2021 season since the ease of restrictions and this year, the team is under the watchful eye of manager, Liam O’Sullivan and ably assisted by Luke Mulligan, Kieran O’Dwyer and Eoin Greaney. We wish them the best of luck for the year ahead. We are in Division 6 of the MFL and fixtures are as follows:
Rd 1, Monday June 7 @ 7.30pm: Skellig Rangers/Valentia V St Pats in Portmagee
Rd 2, Monday June 14 @7.30pm: St Pats V Dr Crokes B
Rd 3, Monday June 21 @ 7.30pm: St Pats V Laune Rangers B

Semi-finals will be played on Monday September 6 with the top team playing the 4th placed team and 2nd placed team plays the 3rd.

Junior District League 2021

This League commences on Tuesday 22nd June with games every week on Tuesday. We have been drawn in Group B with Austin Stacks C, Ballymac B and Churchill B. Detailed fixtures and throw-in times to follow later.

St Pats Cúl Camp 2021
To the parents/guardians of kids who will attend the St Pats Cúl Camp which starts from 19th to 23rd of July, there are some checklists that should be adhered to:
* Sign confirmation of child’s health status * Complete the Covid-19 GAA Education Module at learning.gaa.ie/covid19 * Monitor child’s temperature before each day of camp * Ensure that each child has washed their hands before arriving to the camp * Escort child to specific group of the pitch * Maintain social distancing at all times * No child is permitted to have mobile phones * Food for 3 break times (if you have more than 1 child, ensure each child carries their own lunch – no sharing) * Gumshield for the child/children * Provide waterproof storage (bags will be outside) * Label all clothing, water bottles and hand sanitisers NO person or child should attend camp if they are unwell or members of their household are showing symptoms consistent with Covid-19.

Sympathy
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the families and friends of John Griffin Lohercannon.

Best Regards,

Dipo Dairo
PRO St Pats Blennerville GAA Club
086-8963505
mailto:pro.stpatricksblennerville.kerry@gaa.ie
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