St Pats GAA Notes 11 April 2022

St Pats GAA Notes 11/04/2022
Dingle Way Challenge “The Dingle Way Challenge” makes a welcome return on Sunday 5th June. This is a really important fundraiser for the Club and we ask all our members to encourage family, friends and work colleagues to participate. Registration can be completed on<> page or on the club website
DON GHNÁTH, DON NEAMHGHNÁCH AGUS DON UATHÚIL – FOR THE ORDINARY, THE LESS ORDINARY AND THE EXTRA ORDINARY Discover the spectacular landscapes and seascapes of the Dingle Peninsula and enjoy a great day of walking and talking with friends, old and new, with options for all, from the casual walker to the Ultra enthusiast. Registering Early Bird option: €45 before the 1st May; €50 from the 1st May. When Registering please indicate which option you are most likely to undertake as this will help in the planning of transport and food requirements Option 1 (46Km – Ultra Route): The Ultra route takes in all 3 sections of the 2022 Dingle Way Challenge. The bus from St. Pats Club will leave at 5:45am, pick-up at the Junction Bar at 6am. Walking to commence at 6:30 am approx. Section A – Glenahoo to Annascaul (13Km) This historic valley route, Macha na Bó Trail, passes over the fabled Wolf Step river crossing. The harsh ascent on the Glenahoo side is rewarded with stunning views and a rapid descent to Annascaul Lake and onwards to Annascaul Village. Take time here to avail of the refreshments before continuing on the next section from Annascaul to Camp.
Option 2 (33Km – Standard Route): The standard route takes in sections B and C of the 2022 Dingle Way Challenge starting in Annascaul. The bus from St. Pats Club will leave at 7:30am, pick-up at the Junction Bar at 7:45am. Walking to commence at 8:15am approx. Section B – Annascaul to Camp (17 Km) This section of the route will take walkers via famous Inch Beach, along past the Maumnahaltóra Peat Bogs before reaching a height of 235m as it crosses a saddle between the peaks of Corrin and Knockbrack and from there a descent to Camp School for a break for refreshments before tackling the final section from Camp to Blennerville. Option 3 (16 Km Camp to Blennerville) Walkers intending to do this section only will have to provide their own transport to the start point at Camp where they will sign in /register. Section C – Camp to Blennerville (16Km) As the Dingle Way passes the entrances to several impressive glacial valleys, a number of rivers including Derrymore River, Derryquay River and Curraheen River make their way towards the sea. These are easily crossed by either bridge or stepping stones. Features of interest to keep an eye out for along this mountain section are the preserved ruins of Killelton Oratory and an old Victorian-era reservoir that used to supply water to Tralee. At Tonavane the route follows the public road to St Pats in Blennerville where walkers can enjoy some refreshments and rest. Club Lotto There was no winner of our Club Lotto Jackpot of €4400 on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 01, 10, 11 & 26. The five €30 consolation prizes went to:
1. James O Connor Clahane, Ballyard 2. George Poff c/o Poff Motors 3. Jack O Halloran c/o Mono 4. Kerrie O Halloran c/o Mono 5. Kevin Madden c/o Skelper Quanes
Next week’s Lotto will have a Jackpot of €4500 and the draw will take place on Sunday night 17/04/2022 at 9-15PM. Club lotto can be played online through the club website<>, lotto tickets can be purchased 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 Skelper Quanes Keanes of Curraheen Betty’s Bar Rock Inn
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 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. Dawn Mass Dawn Mass will take place in Annagh Graveyard on Easter Sunday 17th of April at 6am.
Thank you
A big thank you to all those who took part in the clean-up of White Wall, Lohercannon, Cockleshell Road and all local areas.
We would like to remind any player, parents or supporters who wish to be club members for 2022 to please register now via foireann. Information on registration and foireann is available on the club website If anyone has difficulty registering please contact any club officer or coach and we will provide help.
GAA Healthy Club We are proud to announce we are at the start of our GAA Healthy Clubs journey. This is a great initiative based on fun & community-No GAA experience required!! Come & join our growing team of healthy club officers & earn yourself some of this fantastic gear that just arrived! First come first served!! We hope to hold a family fun day & healthy clubs official launch on Sunday 22nd May at our club grounds. Pencil that date in your diaries & feel free to make contact for more information. Enquiries to Fiona Costello on 0860588392. Juvenile Academy
U5 Well done to all our U5’s who were back in Blennerville on Sunday morning. There was great participation in all activities from everybody. We worked on our movements with and without the ball, our passing, catching and kicking. A special congratulations to our star player Tommy who has shown great energy over the last few weeks. Looking forward to seeing more of our U5’s joining us over the coming weeks. U7 Boys We had a great turnout Sunday morning for our first session back on our pitch in Blennerville. We were delighted to welcome new players and we had a few of last year’s player’s return also. After our warm up and fun games, we worked on our ball skills with hopping, soloing, hand passing and we finished up with 2 very competitive matches. It’s clear to see that all our boys are practising their hand passing at home which is great to see. We had a number of standout performances this week and our Player of the Week was Oisin Bourke who worked hard all session. Keep up the practice at home guys and we’ll see you all again next Sunday. A big thanks to our u7 coaches and parents who helped out also. U8 Girls Very well done to the girls who could make it to football on Sunday morning. There were lots of fun drills & games aimed to work on our skills of lateral movement, evasion, agility, kicking, hand passing & soloing, with a short game to end the session. The girls practice is really showing. Great work girls. Keep up the good work! U9 Boys We had nightly fun practicing our communication skills during our warm up, and then practiced our pick up skills and soloing skills including soloing at angles. We also honed our point scoring as we were back on the field and finished with some goal scoring. We then played a game where captains Luke and Tommy played very well and the boys had a great contest. See you all again next Sunday at 10.30am. U10 Girls U10 Girls trained last Sunday morning on the pitch at St. Pat’s. They were happy to be back playing at their club grounds. They practiced skills, fitness and playing, coached by Labhraidh, Noel and Monica. We were delighted to welcome Maria Cotter who trained with us today and did exceptionally well. Sofia Ladjuscenkova too deserves a special mention. She worked really hard during the practice and the match displaying her very good scoring and tackling abilities and deservedly won player of the week. All the girls today put in a strong effort at training. Well done to Sofia and to all the girls! Remember to keep practicing at home and see you all next week! U11 Our Kellihers Mills Town League series of Go games got back underway last Thursday evening against Kerins O’Rahillys at our home pitch in Blennerville. We split the group into two teams, the Windmill and the Bridge and both teams had great contests against the away teams. Both the Kerins O’Rahilly teams were strong sides but our young teams worked hard and there was very little between the teams. Our Bridge had the better of their games, while the Windmill team were under more pressure in their games but to their credit they never gave up and finished the stronger side. It was great to see the “Silent side-line” was respected from both sets of coaches and supporters. Thank you to the referees and Kerins O’Rahillys team and coaches for a sporting contest. On Sunday, we had our first training session back at our home pitch in Blennerville. We had a number of fun games, followed by a match between our Windmill and Bridge teams. While it was a training game, it was a great contest with a fine display of football from both sides. In the first half, Bridge struggled at times to get on the scoreboard. Windmill had great displays from Dylan, Charlie, James, Ben, Jayden, Cian, and Paddy Flynn. However Bridge fought bravely through young stars Oscar and Thomas Higgins. In the second half Paddy Flynn switched to the Bridge team and that turned the game in their favour, with Aiden, Anujith, Sam, Jake, Thomas Colivet and especially AJ Turner making a big impact. The coaches were really happy with the effort, determination and teamwork from our players. Our next Go Game is at home to St Senan’s on Thursday at 6.30pm. Training will resume on Sunday midday 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 the matches and training, and to register for the matches and training in advance at<> U12 Girls Well done on another great training session on Sunday morning. We started our player of the week again but this year it’s a bit different. We are focusing on the training and game performance also. When a player tries their best at the game, shows improvement, displays a skill they learnt at training and generally stands out for one reason or another at training and a game they will receive the trophy. So this week Alanna O Mahoney won the trophy as she never gave up throughout the game last week and at training on Sunday morning she impressed the coaches with her eagerness to look for the ball. Well done Alanna. Our next game will be Wednesday the 13th at home in St Pats against Castlegregory at 5.30pm. U13 Boys Our game vs Duagh scheduled for last Sunday evening was postponed. On Sunday the 24th April we have a home game against Tarbert. Membership for 2022 should be completed now via<>. Information on using foireann and on membership rates is available on the Club website<>. If anyone is having any difficulties using foireann please contact a coach or Club officer and assistance will be provided. U15 Our U15’s played St Michael’s Foilmore in their Round 2 of U15 County League on the 6th of April. St Michael’s Foilmore were too strong on the night. Our U15’s are playing at home against Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane on Wednesday 13th of April are 7pm in their Round 3 County League. Minors Our Minors played their Round 5 against Currow on Monday night last unfortunately Currow proved to be too strong. Our Minors Round 4 game which was deferred from March was to be played on the 7th of April against Dromid/Waterville. Dromid/Waterville was given this game. Seniors Our seniors played in very wet and windy conditions in Dromid last Sunday. Dromid Pearse were the ones to open the scoring with two points. When it came time for St Pats to put a score on the board it was David O Callaghan who stepped up and put two points over the goalposts one after another. Dromid replied with a goal as the game progressed Fergal O Brien fought with the wind to add another point to the board from a free. As time ticked down to half time Dromid scored another goal to have the half time score show St Pats 0-03 to Dromid Pearse 2-02. The second half weather started worse than the first half with wind and rain hitting directly into both teams faces. It was Fergal O Brien who added a point to the board with Dromid Pearse answering with a goal. It was St Pats who scored for the rest of the half. The 6th minute Brian Murphy shot the ball over the goalposts. In the 12th Minute David O Callaghan stepped up to take a free which allowed the gap between both teams to narrow by another point. We had two substitutes come in in the form of Cormac Lynch for Brian Murphy and Adam Mulvihill for Breandan Savage. Fergal O Brien in the 14th Minute put the ball between the posts again. The 25th Minute David O’Callaghan scored another point to bring the score down to one goal. As the clock ticked down to full time Fergal O Brien added another point to bring the teams two points between unfortunately the clock was against us and the full time whistle blew. Full Time Score St Pats 0-09 Dromid Pearse 3-02. In wet conditions each player played a great game on to the next round now. St Pats B play away in their Round 2 Development League against Scartaglin at 7pm on the 16th of April.
Congratulations To Luke Mulligan Team Coach, Ben Sharp and Thomas Sheehy Players of Mounthawk U16.5 who won the final of the U16.5 A Munster Football Final In Limerick last Friday the 8th of April. Sympathy The club would like to extend its sympathy to the families and friends of Gabriel Dowling Caherina, Thomas Coffey Marian Park, Willie Seeler Stacks Villas, Tom Lyons Abbeydorney, Alice Naughton St Brendan’s Park and John Fitzgerald London and Lohercannon.

Best Regards,

Sharon Williams
PRO St Pats Blennerville GAA Club
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