BRITISH OPEN GOLF CHALLENGE: Our major fundraiser for 2021 incorporates a British Open Golf predictor with the tournament taking place at The Royal St. George Club in Kent from July 15-18. Our predictor sees an overall pot of €2,000 at stake with €1,000 going to the winner. The nature of the predictor is the picking of six golfers from a field of 126 to finish the four-round tournament with the cumulative lowest score. An in-play scoreboard for all players will go live for all players throughout the tournament. Obviously, the Club is looking to get as many players as possible on board. We are asking firstly that you play but also that you distribute the online link to play to your ‘what’s app’ groups and ask them to support you. The online link can be found on our club website/twitter & Facebook pages and has been messaged to our club members. Non online cards are also being distributed to be returned to club officials by 11am on July 14. Note – the field of 126 does not include final round qualifiers.
JOBMATCH: Austin Stacks JobMatch is back. This initiative has been a huge success for the club and its members. The mission here is to support our members with local employment and identify opportunities with local businesses. Also an opportunity for members to return to this region who are today working or living outside the area. Having reached out to the local businesses in our community over the past weeks, we have identified some fantastic opportunities around short term and permanent employment. These jobs are across a range of industries and skill sets. Positions that are suitable for members that may have just finished second level or third level education recently looking for local employment. Members that may be looking for a change of career or a return to the region that may have the skills to match these roles. For any of our members seeking employment we are now taking CV’s.
Please consider this great opportunity, where you will also receive support to update your CV and direct help with interview techniques from the Job Match Mentors. Please email your CV to email@example.com and a member of the committee will follow up with you personally. Thanks to Siobhán Power for the above script.
SENIOR FOOTBALL: After drawing the first two rounds against Dingle and Spa we now face even stiffer opposition on Saturday next (3rd July) when we travel to Lewis Road to meet Dr, Crokes in round 3 of the County League. Crokes, like ourselves, are on two points after their two games, a win in round one against Mitchels (2-17 to 0-11) and going down to Dingle in round 2 (0-18 to 1-11). Throw-in 7.30pm.
B FOOTBALL: Kerins O’Rahillys 1-9; Austin Stacks 4-7.
Thanks to Paddy Barry for the following report.
This opening game (of two) of the Town/St. Brendans League played in Strand Road on this Tuesday evening (22nd June) was a typical game of two halves. We struggled at times to contain a strong KOR team. Our lads, playing well within themselves, failed to show on the scoreboard. Our backline were starting to come to grips with the Strand Rd. forwards after the first water-break.
At half time we regrouped and came out in the second half a more determined and focused team. We took over completely and restricted the home side to just one point in the second half. The spirit, commitment and especially the skill shown by all is going to carry this team far this year.
Team: Robbie Murphy, Ruairí O’Connell, David Burke, Tom O’Farrell, Andrew Morrissey, Paul Galvin, Rory Forbes (1-0), Ciaran O’Connell (0-1), Eoghan Carroll (0-2), Daniel O’Rourke, Gearóid Sheehan (0-1), Evan Foley, Cian Purcell (2-1), Conor Myers (1-2), Dean Scanlon.
Subs: Dale Counihan, Cathal O’Reilly.
We are due to play John Mitchels at home in the second and final round of the Tralee/St. Brendans League last evening (29th June) and we are due to travel to Kilgarvan on Sunday next (4th July) to play the home side in round 3 of the Co. League. Throw-in at 2pm.
THE C TEAM: Ardfert 3-11 Austin Stacks 1-1.
This was the second round of four in this season’s Tralee/St. Brendans League played in Ardfert last Tuesday week (22nd June) and it was one of those rare off-days for the C Team. Seldom, if ever, have we seen such a low-scoring game by them. And we had such a great start. William Kirby won the throw-in and Craig Teahan’s perfect pass found Cian Liston for a great goal after 23 seconds. The fact that Cian had to come off with an injury after ten minutes didn’t help our cause but our only other score of the half came just at the half time whistle – a pointed free by Harry O’Callaghan. As it turned out it was our last point of the game as we failed to score during the second half while the home side added a further 2-6 to their 1-5 of the first half.
Team: Seamus Bastible, Shane Greensmyth, Tom Crowley, Brian McElligott, Craig Teahan, Keelan Pierce, Kevin Barry, William Kirby, Philip Quilter, Harry O’Callaghan (0-1 free), Pa McCarthy, Mark Holden, David Courtney, Cian Liston (1-0), James Charles.
Subs used: Simon Mitchell (10m), Kevin O’Leary (ht), Denis O’Neill (ht), Sam Nealon (32m), Matthew Browne (37).
We now have two more rounds to play – round 3 away to St. Pats (scheduled for last evening 29th June) and round 4 at home to Ballymac (6th July).
CONGRATULATIONS: And mention of the C Team let us offer congratulations and best wishes to a member of that team, Joey O’Shea and his new wife Toni Tuite who were married last week.
MINOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 3-11; Kerins O’Rahillys 0-14.
With a County League semi final place already achieved, focus turned to the U17 Central League. A tough division with Ardfert, Kerins O’Rahillys and Laune Rangers started with a home match against our town rivals.
Stacks started brightly but had two early wides before Rahillys started the scoring with a pointed free followed by a point from play. Stacks got on the board with two quick points from Noah Townsend, one with the right and one with the left leaving the score level at the first water break.
Ben Hannifin then pointed for Rahillys before a Josh Lynch point from play levelled again. Rahillys pointed a free to lead but that was quickly cancelled by another Noah Townsend point. Tomas Kennedy re-established the Rahillys lead only for Damian Hogan to level again with a pointed free. Stacks then scored their first goal with a superb pass from Damian Hogan finding Sean Moynihan in space in front of goals. Reminiscent of his father, he dispatched the ball to the back of the net with style. Rahillys completed the scoring in the first half with a point from play to leave the half time score Stacks 1 – 5, Rahillys 0 – 7.
Stacks started the second half strongly but failed to add to their score until a Marc Carmody point from play after some excellent work by Aaron Nolan. We then lost the hugely influential Colm Browne to a head injury with Simon Carey coming on to replace him. Stacks then added two points from Damian Hogan, one from play and 1 free after a foul on Noah Townsend going through on goals. Rahillys then stormed into the game scoring the next three points from play with Ben Hannifin and Jake Foley to the fore. Stacks then opened up Rahillys in quick succession with a free from Damian Hogan followed by a Noah Townsend goal and a goal by Damian Hogan. Jack Hannon added another point after a blistering run through the middle to leave Stacks in a commanding position. Rahillys to their credit never gave up and added 4 points before the final whistle to a solitary Stacks point from Josh Lynch. The final score after a cracking match saw Stacks victorious on a scoreline of 3 – 11 to 0 – 14
A great display by our minors but with plenty of scope for improvement. Again it must be noted that 9 of the starting 15 are underage again next year. An excellent defensive effort by all six backs and Michael Tansley in goals delivering accurate goal kicks when they were needed most. Our midfield duo worked exceptionally hard throughout with Aaron Nolan making a big difference when he switched out there in the second half. The forwards looked dangerous throughout with excellent movement that on an other night might have yielded more goals.
Michael Tansley, Cillian Litchfield, Cian Dillane, Jack Doyle, Kian Gorman, Colm Browne, Luke Casey, Josh Lynch (0-2), Togor Silong, Jack Hannon (c) (0-1), Aaron Nolan, Sean Moynihan (1-0), Noah Townsend (1-3), Damian Hogan (1-4), Marc Carmody (0-1). Subs Simon Carey ( C Browne), Jack Slattery ( Sean Moynihan), Adam O’Carroll (Marc Carmody), Eamonn Barry (Luke Casey) Caden O’Mahony.
Thanks again to Eamon Scanlan for that brilliant report, prepared in double-quick time and thanks also to Eamon and his fellow team mentors Denis Sayers, Kieran Browne and Eoghan Galvin for their work with this brilliant Minor Team.
Two more rounds to be played now, both away from home, against Laune Rangers on next Monday (5th July) and against Ardfert on the following Monday (12th July) with the qualifiers going through to a semi final on 19th July and the Final on 26th July.
U20 FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 3-10; Kilcummin/Rathmore 5-10.
This opening round of this five-round Co. League, played in Connolly Park on last Saturday afternoon (26th June) saw a fast free-flowing game where both sides dominated at different periods. We started briskly and were a goal and two points up in the first four minutes with points by Cian Purcell and Gearóid Kilgallen and a super goal by team captain Daniel O’Rourke. We had increased that lead to five points (1-4 to 0-2) by the first water break with a James Charles point from play and a pointed free by Cian Purcell.
The visitors got going during the second quarter when they outscored us by 1-4 to 0-3 to leave us ahead by just one at half time (1-7 to 1-6) – our three points coming again from Daniel O’Rourke (one) and two by Cian Purcell – one from a free and a super effort from play from a very tight angle.
However it was during the third quarter that the East Kerry boys really turned this game in their favour when they scored three goals and two points to 1-2 for us – Conor Myers combining well with Cian Purcell for our goal and our points coming from Eoghan Carroll and James Charles, both from play. And Kicummin/Rathmore could have been out of sight at this stage but for a series of brilliant saves (four at least) by Davis Oba.
In the final quarter then the visitors added a further 1-2 to a goal and a point for us with Conor Myers on target for both. Apart from those already mentioned there were some splendid performances also from men like Niall Fitzmaurice who made some fantastic runs up field from his centre back position with some great play also by from Eoghan Carroll and David Burke at centre field. And despite the score-line our backline performed well also throughout the game. So team mentors Tim McMahon, Paddy Barry, TJ Sheehan and Eamonn O’Reilly can be reasonably happy with this first outing of the season.
Team (13 a-side): David Oba, Kevin Barry, Ruairí O’Connell, Craig Teahan, No Number 5, Niall Fitzmaurice, Tom O’Farrell, Eoghan Carroll (0-1), David Burke, Gearóid Kilgallen (0-1), Daniel O’Rourke (Capt) (1-1), Evan Foley, No Number 13, Cian Purcell (1-4 – two frees), James Charles (0-2).
Subs used: Conor Myers (ht) (1-1), Matthew Browne (45m).
In round 2 we are away to Legion (10th July) with our remaining three rounds at home to Na Gaeil (24th July), and Laune Rangers (7th Aug) and the fifth and final round away to Dr. Crokes (14th Aug) – all Saturday games.
JUNE IN THE PAST (26th to 30th). On the field of play on 27th June 1976 the late Garry Scollard won an All Ireland SH ‘B’ Medal when Kerry defeated London (0-15 to 0-10) in the All Ireland Final in Croke Park. Seven years later on 26th June 1983 Brian Neenan achieved exactly the same thing when Kerry again defeated London (2-8 to 1-7). On this occasion the Final was played in Austin Stack Park.
Finally, on the field of play on 27th June 1993 our Senior Footballers had a good win over Shannon Rangers (1-21 to 0-9) in the opening round of the Co. Championship. Team: Michael Hussey, John Galvin, Gene O’Donnell, Pat Slattery, Liam Liddy, Kieran Browne, John Barry, Martin McKivergan, Cormac Kennedy, Pa Laide (0-5), Darren Aherne (0-3), Denis Sayers (0-1), Owen Moynihan (1-4), Jerry Fitzmaurice, Donal McEvoy (0-5). Subs used: Michael McKenna (0-1), Liam Kearns (0-2), Brian O’Sullivan.
Then on 30th June 1998 (just 5 years and 3 days after that game) a member of that team, the popular and outstanding member of that team, John Galvin passed away at the young age of 32 from an illness which was diagnosed the previous autumn. Galla, as he was affectionately known, was one of the great players of his era and a winner of two SF Co. Championships in 1986 and 1994.
Legends Live Forever – RIP Galla
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CLUB LOTTO: Monday Night’s (28th June) Jackpot, worth €2,250, was not won. The numbers drawn were 2, 16, 18, 22. The €20 winners were Tim McMahon, c/o Club Rockies; Ronan Shanahan, c/o The Senior Team; and Paul Burke, Annette Carmody and John O’Keeffe, all c/o The Club.
Next Monday’s Jackpot will be worth €2,300.
Continued thanks to the following businesses for selling our Club Lotto tickets – Kevin Barry’s Shop, Commane’s Book Shop, O’Flynn Interiors, Hussey’s, Princess St., Terry’s Butcher’s, Oakpark The Burger Shack, Monavally as well as Maguire’s Butchers and Kirby’s Brogue Inn and continued thanks to everyone who purchase tickets week in, week out.
Austin Stacks lotto tickets are now also available to purchase on line on the following link: https://play.clubforce.com/play_newa.asp?ll_id=529#Anchor
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently: Dorothy (Dorrie) King (nee McBride), Árd Na Lí and formerly Howth; Elizabeth Ann (Betty) O’Driscoll (nee Dennehy), Attendorn (Germany) and formerly Strand Road and Clash East; Tom Seymour, Michael O’Flynn Terrace, Spa Road; Mary Carroll (nee O’Sullivan), Leedale, Caherslee and formerly Ferbane (Offaly); Paddy O’Shea, Lohercannon, Casement’s Avenue and Shanakill; John ‘Junior’ Moriarty, Old Marian Park and formerly Stack’s Villas; and Seán O’Connell, Edenderry (Offaly) and formerly Racecourse Road (former Offaly footballer and former Member of An Gárda Siochána – serving with Club members Pat Murphy, Noel O’Connell and Noel Power).