St Pats GAA Notes 18/10/2021

Club Lotto
Marie Fitzgibbon was the lucky winner of our Club Lotto Jackpot of €7900 on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 02, 03, 08 & 09. The five €30 consolation prizes went
1. Claire Flynn Kerins Park 2. Eoin Quilter c/o Poffs 3. Michelle Breen Tonevane 4. Patrick Casey Spa Road 5. Eli Moran c/o Mono
Next week’s Lotto will have a Jackpot of €2000 and the draw will take place on Sunday night 24/10/2021 at 9-15PM. Lotto tickets can 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 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.

Juvenile Academy

U5’s: A great turnout of boys and girls enjoyed the last day of football on Sunday. There was music, fun games and all finished off with “sharks and fishes”. All the players received a medal, certificate and goodie bag as reward for their efforts. I would like to thank the coaches Rosalie, Mike and Ruth for their support and commitment all year. Also thank you to the parents and children for turning up every week and making this so enjoyable, we look forward to seeing you all next year. St Pats Abu!
U7’s: There was another great turn out of our boys and girls for the last training session of the year. All the boys and girls enjoyed the session which involved a lot of fun and games and each child got a goodie bag and were awarded certificates. Thanks to all the kids for their dedication and to their parents and guardians for bringing them every week. A huge thanks to all our coaches who have helped out throughout the course of the year.
U8&10 Girls: The sun shone for a fun filled morning to finish out our season. Kieran & Labhraidh manned the under 8s & Fiona & Nigel for the under 10s. The girls were competing in fun games for their choice of girly treats & sweets from the squad goodie box. We played penalty shootouts, high catch, wheelbarrow races, solo races & running bounce races… lots of squeals of fun & laughter! We finished with obstacle course races and tug of war so competitive that the photographer had to join in!! Very well done to all the girls this season.. it’s been a huge success to see the girls enjoying training together, making new friends and developing a love for sport together.. that’s what makes it all worthwhile!!! Thanks so much to the parents for the overwhelming amount of baking & goodies! Very much appreciated.
We will be looking for help at all ages of our girls structure going forwards…don’t be afraid to come forward & join in the fun!! New girls very welcome next year both local & from town. The future is bright at St Pats!
U9-11’s: Our Academy’s football season concluded this week on a beautiful Sunday morning in Blennerville. We were blessed with perfect conditions for the final games of our Parish league and the Cup and Shield Finals. It was a huge event at a packed ground and our young stars served up the football to match. West took on Dingle Way for a place in the final in a close contest. Dingle Way were missing their top scorer AJ Turner this week, and indeed West started stronger with early goal chances for Rylan Flynn and Cillian Enright. However, they found it hard to beat Eddie Hayes in goal, while James Daly and Flynn Howarth were on hand to clear their lines. Dingle Way then went into the lead through scores from Darragh Sheehan and Darragh Flahive. It was then the turn of Gearóid Hingston to shine in goals, making a string of great saves to inspire a fight back. Rylan Flynn and Cillian Enright put West back in front before Stephen Enright and Jace Flynn scored from midfield to secure the result and their place in the Cup final. In the other game Windmill, who had already qualified for the final, took on Bridge. The Bridge team welcomed the return of Noah Flynn, Rian Flynn, Dee Hanly and Ethan Lacey this week and they combined well to get scores for their team. The Windmill side defended bravely through Charlie Sharp, Ben Walsh and the returning Sean and Aidan Berry. James O’Riordan and Cian O’Regan was superb in front of goal and in midfield Hugh and Tommy Costello gave Windmill the edge they needed to win out the game. Before our finals, our players lined up for the National Anthem and it lifted both sets of teams before going into battle! In the Shield Final Bridge took on Dingle Way and put on a great display of football for the spectators. Darragh Flahive and Darragh Sheehan again combined well for Dingle Way, scoring some fine goals and points. They were well supported by Isaac Hayes and Thomas Colivet, who scored a great point from distance. For Bridge, Sam Smith, Bruce McMillan, Dylan Murphy, Dee Hanly and Paddy Flynn defended brilliantly. Bridge created their best scores through Oscar Curran, Tiarnán Scanlon, Rian Flynn, Noah Flynn, and Ethan Lacey to just edge out a close contest and take home the Shield trophy. Congratulations to Bridge, our Parish Shield winners for 2021, Very well done to Darragh Flahive who was the Man of the match and had a great tournament. A special mention to Tiarnán Scanlon who captained the winning side in his last game for St Pats. The Scanlon family relocated recently, we are very sad to see them leave, and they are always welcome to return to our club. In the Cup final, West and Windmill returned to battle it out once more. It was a fierce contest as expected. Fionn Sharp commanded the goals for Windmill and Thomas Higgins, Ben Walsh, Sean Berry and Cian O’Regan put in strong performances. For West, Seamus Hingston Luke Galvin, Jayden Sinnott and Dylan Passway defended bravely and got better with every game. Jake Kelly and Jace Flynn excelled in defence and played some great passes into Rylan and Cillian who were sharp in front of goal. Gearóid was once again superb in goal, saved brilliantly in the corner more than once, to keep West in the game and earn the Man of the Match award. However, Windmill grew stronger as the game went on and West tired. Sean and Aidan Berry were strong additions to the teams defence this week. Tommy and Hugh Costello showed fantastic athleticism, determination and skill to keep running at the West defence and they eventually wore them down. They linked well together and with Cian O’Regan to kick the key scores to lead Windmill to victory. Congratulations to Windmill, our Parish Cup winners for 2021. We had a presentation ceremony for all our awards at the end, conducted by Juvenile chairman, Joe Costello, with the awards presented by Dave O’Callaghan, followed by awarding of our Academy Certificates. Our Player of the tournament award went to Darragh Sheehan who showed skill and game awareness beyond his years, a deserving winner. Our top Scorer of the tournament award went to Rylan Flynn who showed a great eye for goal and never gave up, well done Rylan. We had drinks and home baking kindly provided by parents on the day. Thank you to Joe Costello and Marie Fitzgibbon for organising the Parish League and prizes, it was superbly organised and a great occasion that brought the best out of our players. Thanks also to all our u9 and u11 coaches who have given their time over the year to help develop our young St Pats stars. We are taking a well-earned break now and will return early in 2022. We are looking forward to next season already.
U12 Girls: Our u12’s had a very busy week last week. We started off the week on Monday with a challenge game away to a much stronger Na Gaeil team. Our girls were up against a much more physical team but they never gave up and tried their best until the end. On Thursday evening there was fierce excitement at St. Pats field where our girls were in their first final against Kerins O Rahillys. This was a huge experience for these young girls and once again they gave it 100% but unfortunately it was Kerins O Rahillys day and they narrowly beat us by 2 points. It was a very tight game and it was great to see so many supporters coming out to cheer on the girls. Each player from number 1 to 15 played their hearts out. Aimee Turner played outstanding in goals making some super saves and her kick outs found her red and white team mates each time. Tara Dowling, Aoife Kennedy, Katelyn Laide, Sarah Greaney, Rihanna O Brien and Eve O Sullivan were tenacious in defence and kept Kerins O Rahillys out time and time again. This great defence built the platform for midfield of Lainey Costello and Lily Breen to deliver great ball into our forwards, Grace Costello, Alannah O Mahoney, Niamh Murphy, Emma Lacey, Saorlaith Costello and Kaela Reidy. They all got on the ball and with great team work we saw some lovely scores. Jessica Lacey and Ailbhe Hennessy were both introduced to the game and made a big impact when they came on. It was a very exciting game to watch and everybody was so proud of the girls on the night.
On Sunday morning we finished off our season with a fun day. The girls got the chance to take penalties on their coaches and needless to say the girls came out on top. They did lots of races and obstacle courses and every girl went home with a prize from the goodie box. It was great to hear the girls laughing and having fun together and it just showed us that football isn’t all about winning, it’s about having fun.
U13’s: The curtain came down our season on Thursday last when Ardfert defeated us in the semi-final of the Tralee & St Brendans league. Thanks to all players who acquitted themselves so well during the year and we look forward with optimism to 2022.

Seniors
Kerry Petroleum Junior Premier Relegation Final

St Pats 0-09 Finuge 0-06

St Pats overcame a very resilient Finuge team last Saturday afternoon in Mountcoal to retain Junior Premier status for next year.
Playing under challenging conditions, both teams shared early possession and it took a David O’Callaghan effort from about 40 meters to break the deadlock after 2 minutes. Finuge’s Niall Cullen levelled matters later on to leave the match a point apiece going into the first water break. Kieran Hurley put us ahead on 19 minutes with a left footed effort after some fancy ballwork. The intensity in our game went down a few pegs with our players committing too many unforced errors, one of which led to Finuge levelling for the second time through Shane Conway. We rallied and scored 3 straight points through Luke Mulligan from a tight angle, a Kieran Hurley free and Fergal O’Brien converting from a mark very late in the half. Finuge’s Pat Corridan scored from play very late on to leave half time scores at 0-5 to 0-3 in our favour.
We made a lightening start in the second half with Brendan Poff converting very early which was quickly followed by another from Liam O’Sullivan almost from the from the sideline to put a 4point gap between the teams. Finuge tried to make amends and committed players forward but our defence line stood strong with Tommy Lynch stopping a goal bound effort from Jason Wallace. Liam O’Sullivan added 2 more points including another long-range point to leave us 5 ahead with only 14 minutes played. Once again, our momentum lapsed and the opposition enjoyed plenty of possession scoring 2 points including a free to lave 3 points between both teams with 3 minutes of normal time to be played. Very late in the game, Finuge gave one last push and sent in a ball which resulted in a goal mouth scramble in which Paudie Bailey was adjudged to have committed a foul which resulted in a penalty to Finuge. Once again, the ever-reliable Paudie came to the rescue of the team when he saved the penalty taken by Declan McCarthy deep into injury time as we closed out the game on a score line of 0-9 to 0-6.
Team: Paudie Bailey, Joe O’Connor, Conor Moore, Dylan Griffin, Tommy Lynch, Luke Mulligan, Niall McCarthy, Liam Poff, Liam O’Sullivan, Gary Savage (captain), Brendan Poff, Fergal O’Brien, David O’Callaghan, Kieran Hurley, Breandán Savage.
Used Subs: Brian Murphy for Dylan Griffin, Shane Jordan for Breandán Savage, Eoin Greaney for Joe O’Connor and Cormac Lynch for David O’Callaghan
Management Team:
Manager: Liam Poff
Coach: Eoin Sayers, Fitness Coach: Jordan Conway
Selectors: Kieran O’Shea and John Fitzgerald
Statistician: Cathal Heaslip

Minor County Championship
Hard luck to the St Brendan’s Board Minors who were defeated by North Kerry last Saturday afternoon in Brosna in the quarter-finals of the Keane’s SuperValu MCC on a scoreline of 1-14 to 1-09 points. They are now out of the competition for the year.

Lee Strand Milk County U15 Football Championship

Hard luck to the St Brendan’s Board U15 team who were defeated by local rivals, Tralee District last Sunday afternoon in Churchill in round 1 of the Lee Strand Milk County U15 Football Championship on a scoreline of 2-16 to 3-08 points. This loss means they now progress to the Shield Competition. This will be against Kenmare with match details TBC. St Pats are represented by Joe Costello (selector), Thomas Sheehy, Ben Sharp and Zach Howarth (players).

Congratulations
Congratulations to Paddy and Sadie O’Sullivan who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.
Also to Jim and Noreen Moriarty who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary recently.

Sympathy
The club would like to remember our former chairman, the late Mossie Brosnan who passed away 20 years ago.

Best Regards,

Dipo Dairo
PRO St Pats Blennerville GAA Club
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