Weekly Notes 6-7-22

U7 Hurling

Our under 7’s were back in action against Lixnaw in Caherslee last Friday. They were well rested after the weather went against us for previous week’s training but the break to their routine didn’t show.  These determined boys took on every ball and every challenge with gusto and did our club proud. We were delighted to have Shauna our recently qualified Parnells referee on board to referee the match and also to have William Sommers Vice captain of our Féile team to coach the boys.  The inspiration these highly experienced camogie & hurling players offer to our young recruits is unbelievable and we are very grateful for all the help they give us throughout the season. Congratulations to this week’s players of the week: Michéal Raggett & Tadhg McMahon, well done boys.

Tralee Parnells U7s after a mighty challenge match against Lixnaw in Caherslee

U14 camogie  

The U14 camogie blue team played their round three Co League game against Killarney on Thursday 30th in Caherslee.  Both teams were missing players due to holidays and other commitments and played 12 a side. Tralee Parnells showed their intent and determination from the throw in. They worked tirelessly all over the pitch for the duration . The girls linked up well together and had some great passages of play. They were comprehensive winners on the night

Tralee Parnells U14s who defeated Killarney in Round Three of the County League

Feile na nGael 

After making club history in winning our first club All-Ireland the team and coaches had little chance to rest.  On Monday the boys visited the primary schools in the town where with the Kerry and All-Ireland trophies were on display.  Due to inclement weather the homecoming was deferred to Tuesday evening.  This was a well attended event where the boys and coaches were on stage at the car park in Caherslee.  Our Chairperson Stephen Stephen Buttimer opened proceedings as he remarked on this huge achievement for a young club.  Coach Mark Ryall following with a few words of introduction for each player.  Manager Brain Shanahan followed with fulsome praise for the boys and his fellow coaches.  Full back Kyle Benson brought the evening to a close by singing a song.

Thank you 

The U16 Camogie team and Management would like to thank Sinead and Mikey Mccarthy from the Kerry Wedding Store for their kind sponsorship of a new set of jerseys for the girls.

Tralee Parnells U16s with a new set of jerseys kindly sponsored by the Kerry Wedding Store


Our first draw will take place on the evening of Monday 4th July at 8pm.  The initial jackpot will be 1000 euro.  The draw will take place every two weeks.  You can play via the Clubforce app or follow the link at https://traleeparnells.gaa.ie.  All support is greatly appreciated, thank you.

Intermediate Championship 

The hurlers of Tralee Parnells have had a number of league matches already this year against the traditionally strong North Kerry clubs. So most dispassionate observers would likely have seen this as a significant advantage, against a Kenmare side who lacked this level of preparation and match practice.  The venue is remarkably scenic and the many supporters had a grandstand view, looking down on the pitch from their vantage points, with the waters of Kenmare bay visible below, against the stunning backdrop of the mountains running west along the historic Béara peninsula.  True to form, the visitors opened more brightly on Friday evening in their Intermediate First Round game, securing early scores from D. Reen (free) and from M. Madden who took a fine individual point on a surge forward from the half back line.  There seemed to be at least 2 defenders harrying Reen throughout, any time he got on the ball on the half forward line or further in.  But he nonetheless helped his team by securing frees in scorable positions.  Reen converted from play off an Eddie Sheehy pass and the Tralee team were starting to look comfortable, but there followed 2 wides and Kenmare, while striking wides of their own, also kept the scoreboard ticking over with 4 points in the first half including frees.  Morgan Madden, Cillian Litchfield and Enda O’Connor tacked on points to complete the Parnells first half tally.

In the later stages of the first half however, Kenmare, who did not appear to have read the script, won a well taken goal, where their agile forwards got inside the defence. This really turned the tables and completely changed the momentum of the game.  Their tails up, the home side challenged vigorously for possession and put the North Kerry side on the back foot, disrupting clearances, blocking down pass and clearance attempts, and creating repeated scoring opportunities.  The half time score line of 1-5 to 0-6 in favour of the hosts, would have been even more starkly in contrast to the perceived form coming into the game, were it not for the many efforts that tailed off wide of the uprights.  The Kenmare Shamrocks club may not be quite as venerable as the legendary Cailleach Béara, but as the first half came to a conclusion, their players certainly looked the more seasoned, in contrast to the predominantly younger panel in town from points north.  Despite their better run-in in terms of preparation, the Parnells were perhaps suffering from the drawback that they were without their county panel players, in most of the preceding matches and were not used to playing as a unit, in these positions.  The home dressing room was no doubt the happier place to be at the interval. Decisive action seemed to be called for from the Parnells sideline. This came in the form of radical surgery, with 3 half time substitutions, calling on players who were not started due to completing recoveries or lacking match practice. Daragh Moloney and Luke Chester were called on to buttress the defence, while Gearóid O’Doherty came in to bolster the forward play.

Doc immediately steadied the ship with a converted placed ball after the restart and added 2 further white flags from frees won by the forwards.  Kenmare were not letting their advantage slip easily though and they battled strongly to add a couple of points of their own.  In another turning point of an increasingly absorbing contest, Darragh Reen, tightly marked on the right wing down by the Kenmare bay shoreline, passed to Eddie Sheehy who quickly found the inrushing Enda O’Connor.  The Na Gaeil man rattled the back of the net, to cheers of relief as much as celebration, for the visiting support. Another Reen point saw the scores at 1-10 to 1-8 in favour of the visitors, while further substitutions saw Ciaran Breen and Darragh Keane add fresh legs.  Kenmare meanwhile were disappointed to see further wides from their continuing attacking efforts.  The home team pointed a free and drew applause for an expertly pointed sideline cut, but with 2 further frees over the bar by O’Doherty and a Reen point from play, the Parnells contingent may have finally been starting to breathe a sigh of relief with a 3 point advantage as the clock ran into the red.

This game had another twist in the plot however.  A Kenmare free from around midway was sent on a low trajectory, tantalisingly into the crowded Parnells penalty area.  It was Kenmare who managed to gain possession and there were gasps all around the ground, as a close in bullet that sought the equaliser, rattled back off the crossbar and back into play.  In the ensuing scramble to clear, the outrushing Darragh Moloney was heavily fouled. The ensuing free was cleared to a safe distance and the long whistle sounded, to mark the end of an epic tussle.  Parnells had dug deep to get out of jail after a rusty first half, and while Kenmare may not have equaled the Clare wides tally vs the Cats the following day, they were left to ponder the what ifs, of scoring chances not taken.  However, the qualifiers route was now open to the Shamrocks and based on the display on the night, the competition may well not have seen the last of this side.

The full time score in the 1st round of the Intermediate Championship on Friday night in Kenmare was 1-14 to 1-11 in favour of a very relieved Tralee Parnells.  Lineup: Mark Ryall, Jack Doyle, Tadhg Brick, Stephen Morrisey, Ruarí O Sullivan, Luke Barrett, Morgan Madden, Cathal Dunne, Cillian Litchfield, Cillian O’Riordan, Darragh Reen, Enda O’Connor, Andrew Morrisey, Ronan Gilsenan, Eddie Sheehy.   Substitutes used Daragh Moloney, Luke Chester, Gearóid O’Doherty, Ciaran Breen and Darragh Keane

The Tralee Parnells Senior team that defeated Kenmare in the first round of the Intermediate Championship

Tralee Parnells players Kyle Benson, David Sargent, Luke Hanafin and Brian Reidy who represented Kerry in a development match against Galway at the weekend