St Pats Notes 24/08/2020

St. Pat’s is delighted that the sale of entries for the Club Lotto has resumed and the next draw will be on Sunday 30th of August with a jackpot prize of €2000 and 5 lucky dip prizes of €30. Thank you if you are already subscribing to the Lotto and we would appreciate if you can encourage other to do so. If you haven’t supported the Club Lotto please do so if you can and encourage others to join in support. To play On-Line is very simple and can be accessed via the Club website or by using the Clubforce App. The Clubforce App can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for Android users or for iPhone users from the App store Lotto tickets will be on sale through at O’Sheas GALA shop, Poff Motors, O’Sullivan Butchers, Byrnesworth shop and individual promoters. Financially the Club has suffered through the loss of income because of the Covid-19 restrictions causing the suspension of the lotto since March and the cancellation of the Dingle Way Challenge. Supporting the Club weekly lotto will help to push our finances back to a more positive position.

U6: Well done to the 15 boys & girls who trained this morning on the AstroTurf under the new COVID19 GAA guidelines. It was great to see a return of children who had trained indoors in the spring. Welcome to Cian Fitzgerald, following in the footsteps of his dad former senior goalie John. We worked on a lot of lateral movement & quick feet, evasion & looking for space. Ball skills are improving, well done to those practicing throughout the week. Nicholas O’Shea earned himself the player of the week trophy today for showing his practice is paying off in his skills & match play. We’re looking forward to another busy session next Sunday at 10.30am & will divide the children into 2 playing groups if there are more than 15. Parents are welcome to attend to support their children but must maintain social distancing & also use hand sanitiser on entry & leaving the AstroTurf. Any 4-6 year old boys and girls are welcome to come & give it a try as long as they have followed the steps as per the St Pats return to play link: U8: Great turnout last Sunday morning for our u8 squad. We separated the group in 2 to comply with the latest Covid guidelines and Coach Kieran did a hugely energetic warm up to get the players ready for action. After working on our soloing, shooting and hand passing we went into matches. Captain Tiarnán led the Blue team to victory and was ably assisted by AJ, Rilan, James and Darragh. Despite tough underfoot conditions there was great block downs and tackling. Rilan and Cian O’Regan scores goals worthy of the champions league final and the shooting of Emma and Grace was another highlight. We will hopefully play a game next weekend and will be in touch.
U10: The under 10 players are certainly keeping up the tempo at the Friday evening sessions and the players from the under-8’s that are participating are adding greatly to the session. Last Friday after a vigorous warm-up followed by some kick and hand passing practice we moved into our regular game. This was indeed a keenly contested game with some good defensive tackling from Cillian, Rián, Chloe and Noah. Eddie, who was making a welcome return, had a good tussle with James D in midfield and some great forward play and scores came from Alana, Aisling, Isaac, Jace, Oscar and Bruce. While coach John thought that his team ‘the Greens’ had won by a point, coach Sean and the ‘Red team’ believed they were the winners by a point however the referee Johnny declared a draw as his notebook had got wet in the rain and he couldn’t read the score! A rematch is schedule for next Friday between 6 and 7pm and the referee promised to have a more waterproof notebook! Please don’t forget to wear a gumshield at training.
U12: Our U 12s treated us to a fabulous game of football versus our West Kerry neighbours Castlegregory on Sunday evening last. After a few early scores from St Pats, Castlegregory got in for 5 well worked goals and lead at half time by 5 -5 v 4-7. A feature of the game was the teamwork on both sides. It was level pegging at the water break with 10 minutes to go and then St Pats kicked a few scores and some heroic defending & teamwork enabled St Pats to hold out for their first victory in Phase 2. Well done to our lads. Thanks to Castlegregory for a sporting contest and St Pat’s senior star Kieran O’Dwyer who reffed the game. Garry Scollard (Captain), Ben & Sam Jones, Jack Costelloe, Michael Enright, Stephen Enright, Liam O’Connor, Luke Passway, Rodhan Culloo, Jack Flahive, Jamie Bowler, Rory & James Daly, Kevin Gaxha, Ben O’Leary, Darragh Murphy, Gearoid Hingston, Ryan Fitzgerald, Connor Sheehan
U14: Due to the new government restrictions in place last week, our phase 2, round 1 game at home against Skellig Rangers was cancelled. The re-fixed date for this match be made known in due course. However, our second round game away to Dromid/Waterville will be played in Waterville, this Wednesday at 7pm. U16: Our U16 boys are training in preparation for their phase2 u16 competition. Details of fixtures TBA.

County Junior Football League
Hard luck to our Senior B who lost their opening match against Castlegregory B last Wednesday evening in Blennerville on a scoreline of 1-08 to 2-07.

Senior Football Championship

Best of Luck to St Brendan’s Seniors, especially the St Pats contingent of Seamus Murphy, manager and senior team players comprising of Kieran Dwyer, Luke Mulligan, Fergal O’Brien, Kieran Hurley, Eoin O’Carroll and Paul McMahon who will play Killarney Legion in the quarter-finals of the Senior Football Championship this Saturday, the 29th August at 5pm in Austin Stack Park. This is as a result of their victory against West Kerry last Sunday which ended 1-15 to 0-14.

Minor Football Championship

Best of luck to the St Brendans minor panel as they face South Kerry in the semi-finals of the Minor Football Championship Monday, the 24th of August at 6pm in JP O’Sullivan’s Park, Killorglin. There will be extra-time and winner on the day.

Updated Covid-19 Guidelines
“Sporting events and matches can continue to take place but behind closed doors with: • strict avoidance of gatherings, including social gatherings, before or after events • strict adherence to 2 metre physical distancing before and after events, during breaks in play, on the sidelines and avoidance of team huddles • limits of 15 apply to groups outside including training sessions (with exception of elite/professional sports and horseracing). There should be no mixing between groups” The additional implications of the above for Gaelic Games are as follows: Games behind closed doors As games must now be played “behind closed doors”, this means only essential personnel should be in attendance. No more than 40 persons per team should be allowed access to games for the moment. This figure should include all players, management, coaches, ancillary backroom personnel and officials. The 80 team personnel (40 per team) is in addition to essential match day personnel such as Match officials (Referees, Linesmen, Umpires), Media, Streaming personnel and required event officials (stewards etc.) The restrictions on the playing of games in Kildare remain in place until Government clarify the situation. Underage games Consistent with our advice of Wednesday, August 19th, the Government have now confirmed Parents/Guardians attending training or games in a safeguarding /supervisory capacity are not classified as spectators; however strict social distancing and public health guidelines should be adhered to at all times. In that context, one parent/guardian per child is permitted to attend at a sporting event, including a game or training session, should they consider it necessary. Any person wishing to attend our underage training or games including coaches, parents, players and spectators shall be subject to the provisions of the Code of Behaviour (Underage). For the purpose of clarification, it is the coaches and other responsible adults, trained and vetted to oversee our games at underage level, who are responsible, on behalf of our Clubs, for the organising of our games at this level. The Government have undertaken to provide further protocols in this context which will be issued in the coming days. Training/Cúl Camps Team training and Cúl Camps can continue on the basis of no more than 15 people (including coaches) in a designated area of the field once sufficient space is available and public health protocols are followed. Training in Counties Laois, Kildare and Offaly should continue on a non-contact basis, in groups of no more than 15 people (including coaches) in a designated area of the field, until Government restrictions specific to those Counties are relaxed. (Note: Underage groups must be comprised in accordance with the ratios provided for by the Code of Behaviour Underage). Meetings Indoor club or committee meetings should be avoided where possible but when they must take place, should involve no more than 6 people and should adhere to the guidelines outlined previously by the GAA’s Health and Safety Committee, including the need for 2m social distancing Control Measures All Clubs are reminded of the need to adhere to the following control measures in the interest of the health and safety of our members and broader society: • Continue to follow general Public Health guidelines • Practice good hygiene by washing hands and using sneezing and coughing etiquette • Observe 2 metre physical distancing off the field, before and after events, during breaks in play and on the sidelines • Follow GAA protocols by not using changing rooms or other enclosed spaces • Gyms on GAA property must remain closed • Travel to training / matches with members of own household only • Continue to submit Health Questionnaires ahead of training and games • Do not attend training or games if feeling unwell • Continue to record attendances at training to facilitate contact tracing • Members who arrive back in Ireland from a country not on the government’s green travel list should follow Government advice in this context (i.e. restrict their movements for 14 days) and are not permitted to present for Gaelic games activities until the 14 days has elapsed

Best Regards,

Dipo Dairo
PRO St Pats Blennerville GAA Club
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