St Pats Notes 03/02/2020

There was no winner of our Club Lotto Jackpot on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 07, 23, 24 & 29. The five €30 consolation prizes went to Teddy Counihan Curraheen, Eamon O’Halloran c/o Mono Ryle, Brendan Poff Curraheen, Teddy Counihan Curraheen and Mikey and Caoilfhoinn c/o Mono Ryle.
Next week’s Lotto will have a Jackpot of €2,400 and the draw will take place on Sunday night Feb 09th in Skelper Quane’s Bar. Lotto tickets can be purchased online, from any club officer or at the following outlets: Seamus O’Sullivan Master Butchers, O’Shea’s Shop and Service Station, Poff Motors, Noyeks, Byrnesworth, Rock Inn, O’Dwyer’s Bar, Skelper Quane’s, Betty’s Bar and Keane’s of Curraheen

Juvenile Academy

U6: We had a busy session this morning with lots of running & fun! Big welcome to Zach for his first time to St Pats. Our session was full of enthusiasm & movement. We need to keep working on our kicking & handling skills to progress to enjoying little games. Today we split the group with a small match for some of the more experienced kids & fun ball games for the younger ones. As always with such a big & mixed ability group it’s great that the parents are joining in & helping our player/ coach ratio! Adam Gilbride impressed with his improving kicking skills & Aaron Costello stood out in the match play. Well done boy’s & girls! Goooo St Pats!!!

U8: Another great turnout for the Under 8’s at last Sunday’s Academy session. After practicing our skills we went into some small sided games and were treated to a fantastic display of skills. The enthusiasm of everyone is what makes these sessions so enjoyable. It is important to try and practice some of the ball handling skills between the Sunday sessions so we would encourage all the under 8’s to practice on two days during the week for 15 minutes each day. Back next Sunday at 10am
U10: The wind blew and the rains fell and as we arrived at the training pitch we questioned why we hadn’t stayed in our warm beds! However, the wind quietened, the clouds parted and the sun shone…almost and our under 10’s were provided with good conditions to enjoy the all-weather pitches of the Kerry Sports Academy. Our session last Sunday was out of doors and was a fully active one right from the warm up. We continue to emphasise the skill of hand passing and it was obvious that a lot of our players had practiced at home since the previous session. Being able to kick pass the ball accurately is another fundamental skill and we had two very energetic games where all our young players got to put this skill into practice. A reminder to parents that all players are to have a gum shield and to wear it at training.
Our Player of the Week trophy went to a very new member of the Club and for a new player is already showing good hand passing and catching ability so congratulations to Sunnite and keep up the good progress.
Training continues indoors next Sunday 9th February for 10a.m. to 11a.m. in The Kerry Sports Academy, Tralee IT North Campus.

U12: Our U12’s had another great session last Wednesday evening on our astro pitch. Numbers were again high and we hope to see all this Wednesday at the usual time of 4.45pm to 6pm. Don’t forget gum shields.

U14: Our U14 boys had a great training session on their first day back on our Astro pitch despite the cold conditions. They were soon warmed up after the first drill and it was great to see such enthusiasm within the players. We will be back training every Thursday evenings from 5.45pm to 7pm on our astro turf pitch. New members are also encouraged to come and give it a try.
U16: Training continues every Friday night from 5:30pm to 7pm on our astro pitch. For further queries, please contact Liam (086-3786468) & Luke (087-2862363).

Training will continue on Fridays from 5:30pm to 7pm. Fixtures for Div 6B of the MFL is:
Rd. 1 – Sat 15th Feb: St Pats V Cordal/Scartaglin
Rd. 2 – Sat 29th Feb: Moyvane/Tarbert V St Pats
Rd. 3 – Sat 7th March: Asdee/Ballydonoghue/Ballylongford V St Pats

Best Wishes & Congratulations
Congratulations to senior player Kieran Dwyer who was part of the DCU team won the Sigerson Cup last Wednesday.
Congratulations also to another one of our senior player’s Fergal O’Brien who was part of the Tralee CBS team that defeated Rathmore in a pulsating Corn Ui Mhuiri semi-final last Saturday. Fergal contributed 1-04 and we wish him and the Tralee CBS team the best of luck in the final when they take on rivals, St Brendan’s of Killarney the weekend of February 22/23.
Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Sheahan who was awarded the 2020 Kerry Person of the Year.
Congratulations to Millie O’Brien who was a part of the Mercy Mounthawk Spikeball Team who won an All-Ireland title in NUIG Galway recently.
Congratulations also to senior player, Jordan Conway who was instrumental in helping Kerry Hurlers overcome Offaly in Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League at the weekend. He scored 1-01.

Steward’s Training
There will be a Stewards training program for Saturday February 8th at 9am to 3.30pm at Austin Stacks Park. It will include Lunch for all attending. The trained stewards will also be available for stewarding games held in the Austin Stack Park.
Interested applicants please contact Jimmy Mulligan.

St Pats Operation Transformation Walk
Our fourth night of our Community Operation Transformation Walk was last Tuesday evening with a great crowd participating despite the very cold conditions. Our fifth walk commences this Tuesday February 4th at 6:30pm Sharp. Every walker must register for the event. Registration will take place in the dressing rooms from 6:15pm. All participants MUST wear high visibility jackets or clothing. You can attend the walks at any stage over the course of the eight week program.
So please share this info with your friends and invite them all to come along.
For any further information, please contact our Health & Wellbeing Officer Fiona Costello on 0860588392.

Chair Yoga Classes
Chair Yoga classes beginning Thursday February 6th from 10:00 – 11:00 am.
Suitable for those suffering from conditions that limit mobility such as chronic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoporosis, hip and/or knee replacements, and for those who wish to improve flexibility, stiffness, relieve cramps and aches, and create a happy and peaceful mind, where floor-based exercises may not accessible.
€50 for a 5 week term located in Curraheen’s new community centre.
Contact Oonagh for more information and to book a place on 0862666466

The club would like to extend its sympathy to the families and friends of John Hill Ballinolourth

Best Regards,

Dipo Dairo
PRO St Pats Blennerville GAA Club
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