St Pats Notes 27/01/2020

There was no winner of our Club Lotto Jackpot on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 02, 05, 06 & 25. The five €30 consolation prizes went to John Cronin Killorglin, Marguerite Trant Curraheen, Danny Moynihan Derrymore, Gav McGrath c/o Betty’s Bar and Ann & Pat c/o Betty’s Bar.
Next week’s Lotto will have a Jackpot of €2300 and the draw will take place on Sunday night February 2nd in Keane’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, Dwyer’s Bar, Skelper Quane’s, Betty’s Bar and Keane’s of Curraheen.

Juvenile Academy

U6: We had a great turnout of 26 boys & girls joining into training today. Lovely to see new families coming to St Pats, you’re always welcome even if you don’t live near Blennerville. As usual we tried to keep the session fun with movement skills & ball skills. Great to see the kids enjoying the fun of movement. We practiced kicking with stepping into the ball, throwing & catching, penalties & obstacles. Keep practising at home kids even inside if allowed! As a physio & based on research in athletic development, any form of movement is great for kids at this age. Simple obstacles at home like jumping, hopping, crawling, rolling will all help movement pattern to develop for all sports. Balloons can be great for hand eye coordination for children who find throwing/ catching hard. Most importantly have fun moving! Hope to see you all next week.

U8: A great session this week with well over 30 boys and girls present. After practicing our skills we went into some small sided games and were treated to a fantastic display of skills. Oscar, Conor, Ailbe and Jason were in top form and a special mention to Cian O’Regan who scored a screamer into the top corner to win the game. Back next Sunday at 10am
U10: As we anticipated last week more of our players would be making their return to training as the Academy momentum gathers in late January – early February. And so it was this morning that we had twenty boys and girls fully enjoying the indoor session that the facility in the Kerry Sports Academy provides. This week, due to the high number of girls, they were able to do some training drills together and then joined back up with the boys at the end got a match. We were delighted to have new players, Tara Dowling and Kaela Reidy join in this year. While some of our returning players were a little rusty after the winter break they were soon into the swing of things after a vigorous warm up and a fun game. There was some excellent hand and kick passing practice which showed to good effect when we had a very competitive football game for the last twenty-five minutes of the session. It is good for our young players to wear a mouth guard during the session especially for the end of session games and we recommend all our players to have and wear one.
Congratulations to one of our young players, Isaac, on receiving the Player of the Week Trophy. Isaac has moved on from the Under-8s this year and is already showing great eagerness to improve his kicking and hand-passing skills…keep up the practice at home Isaac. The skill to practice at home for the week is foot passing.
We would welcome more boys and girls from the Tralee area to join us.

U12: Our U12’s started preparations for the 2020 season last Wednesday evening. Numbers were high and we hope to see all again this Wednesday at the usual time of 4.45pm to 6pm on our astro pitch. Don’t forget gum shields.

U14: Our U14’s will commence training for the 2020 season this Thursday at 5:45pm to 7pm on our astro turf pitch. The management team for 2020 will be Joe Costello, Brendan Poff, Dipo Dairo and John Bowler. For further information, please contact Joe on 087-2593800
U16: Our under 16’s got their season underway last Friday evening with a great turnout. The coaches for 2020 are Liam O’Sullivan, Luke Mulligan & Mark Houston. Training continues every Friday night for the time being from 5:30pm to 7pm on our astro pitch. For further queries, please contact Liam (086-3786468) & Luke (087-2862363).

Our minors also commenced training with the U16’s last Friday night. The manager for this season will be Seamus Murphy. The county league will be commencing in the next 2-3 weeks. Contact Seamus on 087-9249531 for further queries. Training will continue on Fridays from 5:30pm to 7pm.

Best Wishes & Congratulations
Best Wishes to senior player Kieran Dwyer who is part of the DCU team that will contest the Sigerson Cup final this Wednesday.
Best Wishes to another one of our senior player’s Fergal O’Brien who will line out in the Corn Ui Mhuiri semi-final this coming Saturday with CBS Tralee.
We also want to congratulate our minor player Mikey Doody who was part of the Mean Scoil An Leith Triuigh senior team who defeated Kinsale CS in the Corn Shean Ui Mhaolomhnaigh last Tuesday in Lewis Road.
Congratulations to Na Gaeil who were crowned All-Ireland Junior Football champions when they defeated Rathgarogue-Cushintown of Wexford last weekend in Croke Park.

St Pats Operation Transformation Walk
Our third night of our Community Operation Transformation Walk was last Tuesday evening with a great crowd participating. We have been very fortunate with the weather and last week was no exception and hope this will continue over the following weeks. Thanks to the walkers and helpers who made it a success Our fourth walk commences this Tuesday January 28th at 6:30pm Sharp. Every walker must register for the event. Registration will take place in the dressing rooms from 6:10pm. 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 Kathryn Griffin (nee Rahilly) Castleisland, Joe Flaherty St. John’s Park and Gerard Hogan The Square Tralee

Best Regards,

Dipo Dairo
PRO St Pats Blennerville GAA Club
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