St Pats Notes 10/08/2020

We thank all our lotto supporters for your understanding when the Club made the decision to suspend our weekly lotto due to the social restrictions introduced because of Covid-19. We are currently reviewing the possibility of commencing the Lotto again in the near future however we have to be mindful of the public health advice in relation to Covid-19 and its impact on our promoters, sales outlets and lotto committee.

U6: Well done to the small group of players who turned up in the heat for a fun training session. Again, the emphasis was on fun & movement skills. We had good team work & passing in match play & a fun obstacle course to finish. Kids were rewarded with ice lollies to cool down. Aaron Costello earned himself the trophy for great match play & teamwork. Keep up the practice boys & girls. U8: The U8’s had another great session last Sunday morning. The Cul Camp definitely has a great effect on the skill level of some of our players which they brought into training today. After working on our soloing and shooting we had a blitz which was won by the yellow team made up of Bruce, Darragh, Jayden, Cian and captain Clodagh. We had some great goal scoring by Darragh, Cian and Cillian and brilliant tackling by Dylan, Thomas and Grace. We will have some fun games with a neighboring club next Sunday so please keep an eye out for the text. U10: Under 10 training continued last Friday evening with the attendance at the session continuing to improve. Many of our young players were after an active week of football through their participation in the Kellogs Cúl Camp and well done to them for coming to the session. The increased numbers allows for better games at the sessions and we encourage all our players to continue to participate in training on Fridays between 6pm and 7 pm. Of course to continue to improve, it is important to practice at home some of the skills learned at training. We remind all that it is necessary to wear a gumshield at training. U12: The U12’s had a couple of challenge games last Thursday and Sunday against Na Gaeil and Moyvane respectively. Both matches were competitive and would help in keeping the boys in shape for phase 2 of the U12 competition which starts on August 15th.
U14: Our U14 boys were away to Annascaul/Lispole last Wednesday in Lispole for our Round 1 match in the County League competition with the away side proving too strong in the end. Our boys competed well and were unlucky not to convert the chances that came their way in both halves. U16: Our U16’s are away to Beale in a rescheduled Round 3, Group I County League fixture at 7pm, 10th August. Best of luck to all involved.

Best of luck to our minors who will be playing in Blennerville against Asdee/Ballydonoghue/Ballylongford in a round 2 fixture of the MFL, Group J this Saturday, August 15 at 4pm.

Kerry Petroleum Junior Premier Club Championship Round 3 Group 1
St Pats 2-11 Ballyduff 0-12
St Pats overcame Ballyduff after a shaky start last Saturday evening in Blennerville in round 3, group 1 of the JPCC to retain Junior Premier status for next year with Eoin Greaney contributing 1-04 of our tally.
Played under perfect sunny conditions, the away side started the game the more aggressive side and after 10 minutes had registered 3 scores all from play through Kevin Goulding and 2 from Dylan Moriarty. St Pats were forced to raise their game and the next 8 minutes saw us hitting 1-03 with Kieran Dwyer the first to open our account. Eoin Greaney pointed from a very tight angle following a quick free taken by Jordan Conway. Our first goal came in the 18th minute directly from Ballyduff’s kickout with the goal scored by Kieran Hurley. Ballyduff responded with 2 quick points from Philip Lucid and Michael Slattery and could have taken the lead once again had Michael Slattery’s effort gone under the crossbar. Kieran Hurley converted a free late into injury time which was as a result of an injury suffered by Ballyduff’s Cathal Kearney. We followed up with another Eoin Greaney point from a tight angle, a replica of his earlier point, Jordan Conway and David O’Callaghan also pointed from play as we lead at halftime on a scoreline of 1-09 to 7 points.
Jordan Conway opened our account very early in the second half to stretch our lead to 6 points but this was pegged back by 2 points from Philip Lucid. Both teams had goal scoring opportunities but great goalkeeping thwarted those efforts. Ballyduff, seeing a lot of the ball put our backline under pressure once forcing a block-down from Conor Moore but they withstood everything thrown at them. Our second goal came after 25 minutes from a well-worked free with Eoin Greaney finishing into the back of the net to put us 7 ahead. Ballyduff’s Padraig Boyle converted 2 late frees and another point from David Goulding further reduced their deficit but an audacious point from far out by Eoin Greaney sealed Ballyduff’s fate as they face into a relegation play-off.
Congratulations to Ali Gardezi and Cormac Lynch who debuted at this level for the first time in the Championship and both equipped themselves very well. We wish them many more years of playing with the seniors.

GAA Health Questionnaire The GAA has provided a simple Health Questionnaire to be completed once prior to returning to GAA activities by adult players, parents/guardians of underage players and team personnel. While there has been a relatively good completion of the initial questionnaire it is also very important that adult players, parents/guardians of underage players and team personnel logon to the same system before each training session/game and resubmit that their health status has not changed. It takes about a minute to do this and doing so is in the interest of each individual and their team members. The Health Questionnaire is available on a mobile responsive webpage at and it is worth bookmarking this page on your browser.

County Junior Football League
Best of luck to our Senior B team managed by Tommy Lynch who will play Castlegregory B in Group G of the JFL this Friday, 14th August in Blennerville at 7pm. Keel B and Churchill B are the other teams in the group.
Team with the highest points will be declared group winner. In the event that 2 teams finish level on points, the following criteria will be used to declare group winners
* The result of previous league game (head to head) * Scoring difference * Highest total score * A play off

Minor Football Championship

Following their comprehensive win over St Kierans in Round 1 of the Minor Football Championship last Monday evening in Blennerville on a scoreline of 4-08 to 1-07, the St Brendan’s Board Minors will play Mid Kerry in the quarterfinals of the same competition this Monday, 10th August at 6.30pmin Blennerville. There will be extra-time and result on the day.

Congratulations to Kevin and Noreen Walsh who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary recently.

The club would like to extend its sympathy to the family and friends of Eileen ‘Eily’ Sheehy (née Griffin) Renagown Lyrecompane.

Best Regards,

Dipo Dairo
PRO St Pats Blennerville GAA Club
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