All the News from Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club

Mid Kerry U-14’s County Championship

Deirdre O'Sullivan, Miltown/ Castlemaine GAA Club PRO.
Deirdre O’Sullivan, Miltown/ Castlemaine GAA Club PRO.

Well done to the boys from our club: Anthony Kelliher, Seamus Nagle and Jack Griffin who are part of the Mid Kerry team that had a brilliant win over Kenmare District. They now progress on to the semi final this evening in Listry with a 7 p.m. start. Their opponents are East Kerry.
An Post Rás
Good luck to Michéal E O’Shea (Ballyoughtra and Killorglin) who is presently partaking in this year’s An Post Rás, as a guest rider with the Nenagh Team- No. 162. The cycling race commenced on Sunday May 22nd at Dublin Castle. Michéal passed through his home town –Milltown today at approximately 12pm and then on to Killorglin. The stage finished in Sneem. We wish you safe cycling and ‘may the wind be always at your back’!
Soccer Success
Congratulations to two of our club members-Daire McCarthy and Brendan Casey, who won the John Murphy U12 Kerry Schoolboys and Girls Cup with Killorglin AFC, at the weekend. Congratulations also to our Mid Kerry U 14 player-Seamus Nagle, who scored for Ballyhar in the U14 cup but lost to St. Brendan’s Park.
 Swimming Star
Well done to Saidbh O’ Brien-Ballyoughtra, who won gold in swimming recently at the Kerry Community Games. We wish you well as you progress on to the next level.
John West Féile Peil Na nÓg Southwest
Fixtures have been sent to clubs. Anybody wishing to see the fixtures can log on to
Milltown Castlemaine will be hosting Fenagh GFC of Carlow for the John West Féile Peil Na nÓg weekend. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the players, mentors and their supporters to our club.
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Garvey’s SuperValu Senior County Championship
Milltown Castlemaine took to the second round of the senior County Championship in a windswept JP O’ Sullivan Park –their opponents East Kerry. It was a must win for both teams so there was a lot at stake.
Milltown Castlemaine (MC) were still without Cathal Moriarty and John Blennerhassett because of injury and Jack McCarthy was unavailable for selection. Under the whistle of St Senan’s man -Seamus Mulvihill, East Kerry began with a strong breeze to their back but it was MC who started the scoring with 2 points in the first two minutes, a free by Jonathan O’ Sullivan and a point from play by Gavin Horan.
First point from Play
However, EK started to dominate in centre field and in the sixth minute got their first point from play-by Jeff O’ Donoghue. This was quickly followed by a point from Listry man Ronan Buckley. Some good defensive work, notably by Paul Carroll kept EK at bay and a free by Jonathan O’ Sullivan in the 10th minute gave MC their lead back. East Kerry got back in control centre field and kicked two unanswered points by Darragh Roche and Jeff O’Donoghue. Some accurate passing between Jeremiah Hayes, Donal Kelliher and Eoin O’ Brien led to a beautiful point by Shane Murphy for MC- to level the score at four points all after 18 minutes.MC and EK traded possession with their kick outs but it was EK and Jeff O’ Donoghue who was rewarded with a point in the 20th minute-to give them a one point lead.
MC were dealt a blow in the 22nd minute when their keeper, Cormac Leane had to retire due to injury. Kevin Tangney came in to replace him.
Disaster Struck
A 45 by Marcus Mangan in the 24th minute levelled scores once again but disaster struck on the next kick out, when EK won possession and delivered a long ball down the terrace side of the pitch to Jeff O’ Donoghue who kicked it across the MC goalmouth and it was tapped into the net to leave the score at 1-05 to 0-05.
Pa Wrenn from MC received a black card and was replaced by Cathal O’Connor whilst Jack Sherwood got a yellow card- just short of the half time whistle.
Both sides made changes at half time with Jeremiah Hayes making way for Ciarán Kelliher on the MC team and Gary O’ Sullivan replacing Mike McCarthy for EK. A point by Jeff O’ Donoghue at the beginning increased EK’s lead to four points. But MC fought back with three points –reducing the deficit to one point. EK introduced Michael Murphy to replace Pádraig de Brun in the eighth minute.
MC were dealt a further blow when substitute-Cathal O’Connor, went off with a concussion injury-Donal Dennehy came off the bench to replace him. At this stage the strong breeze had calmed down and when Shane Murphy fielded a great ball and passed it to Ciaran Kelliher, a goal looked likely. An unfortunate slip by Eoin O’Brien resulted in the ball being turned over briefly.
Tremendous Grafting
Mike Burke, who had done tremendous grafting throughout the game, won the ball back and was awarded a free. Unfortunately, this time, Jonathan slipped it wide of the posts -leaving the score line 0-08 to 1-06, with EK guarding that single point lead.
EK introduced Michael Foley for Darragh Roche in the 10th minute.  Darragh Moynihan added a further point for EK in the 13th minute.
A short kick out by MC set them up for their next score- when the ball finally made its way to Jonathan O’ Sullivan, who popped it over the bar and back to a one point margin again!
MC were beginning to take control in centre field and Donal Kelliher burst away at pace, heading for the EK goals. The referee should have played advantage but called for a free and the opportunity was lost. A scramble in the goalmouth was eventually cleared by Lee O’Donoghue-much to the relief of EK not to mention the disappointment of MC. EK added two further points to give them a three point cushion but MC added another in the 21st minute. Score was now 1-09 to 0-11 in the final quarter.
Dropping Ball
Some good work by sub goalie Kevin Tangney – who picked up a ball dropping short, set up MC’s next attack, with Paul Carroll laying it off to Eoin O’ Brien and then to Jonathan O’Sullivan who was awarded a free . Jonathan made no mistake and it was once again a one point margin.
Further frees were awarded to EK and MC but both sides failed to convert. The dying moments of the game and EK were a point to the good. Could MC force the game to extra time? A short kick out to Marcus Mangan who passed it down the field to Darren Horan – resulted in a free being awarded to David Roche. Jonathan O’ Sullivan stepped up to the challenge and popped it over the bar to level the game at the full time whistle.1-09 to 0-12.
Extra time was now to be played and it was difficult for MC players and management alike, to concentrate on the task in hand – with the injured Cathal O’ Connor receiving medical attention at the side line.
The second half began with MC against the breeze. EK began sharply and popped over three points in as many minutes. In the fifth minute, MC’s young David Roche kicked over a beautiful point from play.
Beginning to Dominate
David won the next kick out in super style and passed it off to substitute Donal Dennehy who duly kicked it over the bar. MC were beginning to dominate in a few positions and veteran Mike Burke, superbly fielded the next kick out and passed it down field to Eoin O’ Brien. It was then passed on to Donal Dennehy and on to the prolific free taker Jonathan O’ Sullivan who was pulled down and awarded a penalty.
The ninth minute in extra time perhaps proved to be the turning point -when Jonathan casually put the ball to the right hand corner of the net –out of the reach of Colin Myers.
A further pointed free by Jonathan O’Sullivan ended the first period of extra time with a score line of 1-15 to 1-11.
The second half of extra time was equally exciting. EK came out four points behind but were in truly fighting form. Three unanswered points in the first three minutes were devastating for MC-with Jeff O’ Donoghue and Ronan Buckley keeping the EK flag flying. Tensions were flying high with a place in the third round of the county championship at stake.
Second Yellows
With the smallest of margins in favour of MC, both sides tried hard to create the next score. Indiscipline by EK saw second yellows being shown to two of their players. With numerical advantage by MC, it proved impossible for EK to comeback in the dying minutes of extra time.
Final score (AET) 1-15 to 1-14.
Well done to Mike Hickey and his management team for their wonderful effort in training and motivating this team. To all the players who gave 110% commitment and to the substitutes who were constantly encouraging their fellow team mates from the side-lines. Your support certainly helped them over the line!
Hard luck to East Kerry who tried so hard.  Míle buíochas to Laune Rangers for the use of their facilities. Congratulations to our neighbours Mid Kerry who also won – after extra time – on Sunday in an equally tense and exciting game. ‘Our greatest glory is not in never falling- but in rising every time we fall’ – Confucius.
The Pat Langford Memorial Cup
Thanks to all the players who took part in the recent Pat Langford Memorial Cup hurling match at Knockavota and to all who helped out on the night.
Children of the Digital Age
A very informative and insightful talk was given by Jason O’Mahony of Children of the Digital Age  in Nagle Rice Primary School on Friday.
Parents were made more aware of the many serious issues children face whilst using modern technology such as a child’s Digital Fingerprint, Screen Addiction, Cyber Bullying, Sexting, Sextortion and many more matters that children are exposed to  First Holy Communion
Congratulations to all the young boys and girls who made their First Holy Communion in Listry Church on Saturday last. We hope you all enjoyed your special day!
Training continues every Thursday at 6.15 for in the Milltown Castlemaine GAA Pitch. Don’t forget your gum shield! Tea and coffee facilities are available upstairs for any parents who stay around for the duration of the training session. So you can head up there and enjoy a nice cuppa and a biscuit and watch your child’s training session in comfort!
Training continues on Friday evenings at 6.15. Don’t forget your mouth guard!
Transition Year Students
Congratulations to the TY students of Presentation Secondary School, Milltown on their recent awards night. Some of these students played a very active role in our club during the year- assisting in the coaching of our young footballers.
Best of luck to all our members who are studying for and sitting college exams at this time.
GAA Club Lotto
Numbers Drawn: 11, 13, 16 and 30. Our Lotto jackpot for €7,400 was not won on Friday night IN Knightly’s Bar, Castlemaine -but we had 6 very lucky consolation prizes winners.
€50 each to: Fr. Fergal Ryan-Caherdaniel and Gerald Burke, Ballybrack; €25 each to: Brendan Kelliher, Ballyfinnane; Patrick Heffernan, Callinafercy West;  Gavin Miller, Faha and Siobhan Kelliher, Ballyfinnane. Congratulations to you all. Our next Lotto jackpot is for €7,600, in Karl John’s on Friday June 12th 2016. Just €2 a ticket or 3 for €5 can win you the lotto jackpot or a share in it. One can also avail of a yearly ticket for just €50 or 3 yearly tickets for €100. We are very grateful to Mike O’ Shea and sons- Builders, Farran for generously sponsoring our GAA lotto.
Please Note: All players and mentors must be members of the club.
Membership form/money can be given to your trainer or any member of the executive.
Cúl Camps
Cúl Camps will take place in our club from July 11th to July 15th. This is always a wonderful week of fun and activities for all who attend. To book your place, please complete the Cúl Camps application form and return it to your child’s coach.