Excitement Building for Féile 2016 at Milltown / Castlemaine GAA Club

Community Volunteers Wanted for  Féile 2016
With Féile 2016 just a couple of days away, excitement is really building at our club and so is the need to recruit parents to help out with the busy schedule on Friday evening June 24th from 5pm to 8pm and on Saturday 25th from 1.30pm to 5pm at our GAA club grounds.

Deirdre O'Sullivan, Miltown/ Castlemaine Notes
Deirdre O’Sullivan, Club PRO

Report by Deirdre O’Sullivan
If you could give some of your time with either stewarding, maintaining bathrooms and clubrooms, serving teas, coffees /making sandwiches or selling lotto tickets, we would be most grateful. Any donations of home baking would be very welcome too.
On the Saturday we will have at least ten other teams and their followers from all over the country and Philadelphia converging on our club.
Let’s all get together and show them what a great community we are! Thanking you in advance. Contact Deirdre on 086 17 03 332 if you are available.

Lotto Anniversary Jackpot of €8,000
It’s that time of year again to renew your yearly club lotto ticket especially now that the Lotto Jackpot is €8,000! Your club representative should have been in contact with you already. If they haven’t made contact they should be calling to you this coming week. If you prefer you can give them a call. There are a couple of changes this year that they will explain to you.
As a club, we continue to invest in our club facilities and playing pitch. Our numbers have really grown recently and it’s with your support that we are able to meet such demands and give the young people in our area the opportunity to play team sports and to exercise as often as possible.
On a Thursday evening we have over 150 children between the ages of six and 10 playing fun games on the pitch.
We also provide coaching to all schools in our catchment area throughout the school year. This gives children of all ages and abilities, the extra opportunity to play fun games and exercise. Our lotto is our main fundraiser, without which the club would not function. Thank you for your continued support and loyalty in helping us grow our club and be able to offer facilities which allow young people participate in Gaelic Football. If you know of any neighbour or friend that would like to join our yearly ticket scheme, please let your club representative know.

Sympathy to the Riordan and O’Reilly Families

Our club extends sympathy to Denis Riordan, Clounmore on the death of his brother Tim. Following Requiem mass in Milltown on Monday, Tim was laid to rest.

The club also extends sympathy to the family of William O’Reilly, Killorglin who died on Sunday last. William was a geography and art teacher in Presentation Secondary School, Milltown for many years. May you both rest in the eternal peace of heaven.

Exam Students
By the end of this week, all the junior and leaving cert students will have completed their exams and will be in celebratory mood. Hope you enjoy a well-deserved night out but remember to stay safe. You will want to be there on August 10th and in September to collect your amazing results!

Well done to the U-14 team which beat Ballymac comprehensively on Tuesday night in the Central Region first round.
On Thursday night-in Round 2, they had an equally super victory over St. Pat’s, Blennerville.
The boys made a brilliant second half comeback -to gain a valuable two points.
Well done to all involved and especially your trainers and your parents.
U-12 Lee Strand Division 2A and 2B
We had our final County League game of the year away to Austin Stacks on Wednesday last.  Our Greens had a good win while our whites were defeated by a stronger Austin Stacks. The win for the Green team means they finish joint top of the division.
We still have plenty of games remaining with the Kelliher’s Toyota Tralee- Central Region and the Mid Kerry Leagues.
County League- Division 1 Milltown Castlemaine V Kilcummin
Milltown Castlemaine began the game on home soil and without some of their regular players due to work and exam commitments. But John Blennerhassett was back in defence following a recent injury.
The home venue certainly suited MC who were quickly out of the blocks with three points in the first few minutes. One of these courtesy of Shane Murphy and two from Jonathan O’ Sullivan – one from a free.
It took Kilcummin until the seventh minute to register their first score – a point from a free by Kevin McCarthy. Both teams exchanged points in the next few minutes with a converted free by Jonathan O’Sullivan for MC and Shane McSweeney finished off a great move to point for Kilcummin.

Great Work
Despite Kilcummin’s efforts to dominate at centre field, it was the home side, through great work from Donal Kelliher, Jeremiah Hayes and Eoin O’ Brien, that eventually created MC’s next score.

A pointed free from corner forward, Jonathan O’ Sullivan left the score at 0-5 points to 0-2 after 15 minutes.
MC’s next score came once again from a free by Jonathan O’ Sullivan. Kilcummin popped over a point off the boot of Kevin McCarthy shortly after.

Mike Burke was replaced by Cathal O’Connor, for a black card and quickly got into the action. Kilcummin continued their super fielding at centre field but MC maintained a strong defence and were able to turn the ball over once again. This led to a great point from Cathal Moriarty, who was making his debut after recent, major knee surgery.

Looked Threatening

Kilcummin always looked threatening and a great move between Gavin O’Connor and Kevin McCarthy was intercepted by John Blennerhassett and much to the relief of the home side. Kilcummin registered the next point – again from Kevin Mc Carthy who had a super game. He added another just on the stroke of half time to leave the score at 0-7 to 0-5.
Kilcummin began the second half with a point from Richie O’ Connor. Jonathan O’ Sullivan got back on the scoresheet in the eighth minute with an excellent pointed free. However, Kilcummin cancelled it out with a point from Mikey O’Shea.
MC’s Jonathan O’Sullivan added hree more pointed frees before Kilcummin added a point from Niall Duggan in the 21st minute.

Heading into the final quarter, there was just three points between the teams with MC having the advantage.

Grafted Hard

Eoin O’ Mahony replaced Ciarán Kelliher who grafted hard on the half forward line.  Kilcummin managed one further point from John Devane. Despite serious pressure from Kilcummin our backs, particularly Stephen Roche, played their hearts out and stood strong. Cathal Moriarty did have a goal chance in the 27th minute but the Kilcummin keeper, Michael O Neill gathered it to safety. The woes of Kilcummin were further added to when Chris Keane received a straight red for an off the ball strike on Jonathan O’Sullivan.
The game ended on a score line of MC 0-11 points: Kilcummin 0-9 points.