St. Brendan’s and Lixnaw have to do it all over again after a nail biting draw last Sunday 1-10 to 0-13. After a slow start St. Brendan’s got a grip on the game and did well in the first half to go in at half time 0-8 to 0-6. A poor start by St. Brendan’s in the second half let Lixnaw gain momentum and rack up scores while we were held scoreless for nearly 20 minutes and at one stage the scoreboard read Lixnaw 1-10 St. Brendan’s 0-8 and it looked all over for St. Brendan’s, but then the game took off and vital unanswered points from St. Brendan’s gave us a lifeline and a chance for a replay. Our support was massive and we hope for more of the same in the replay. The Man of the Match was awarded to John Egan, who once again kept our hopes alive.

KEANE’S MINOR CO. CHAMPIONSHIP: St. Brendan’s v South Kerry date is to be decided by Kerry Co. Board.

NK U15 A FINAL: St. Brendan’s met Crotta in the NK A U-15 final under lights in Abbeydorney on Wednesday 9th Oct. A cold cross field breeze sharpened the exchanges and scores were hard to come by in the first half with both teams guilty of missed chances. At half time St. Brendan’s led by 5 points to Crotta’s 3 points and the game was up for grabs. Several frees were conceded by both sides but it was St. Brendan’s who gained the most with Eric Leen converting eight frees over the hour to Crotta’s four. It was the St. Brendan’s defenders who came to the fore with several strong individual performances by Aaron Thompson, Shane O Mahony and a roving Fionan Mackessy who seemed to be everywhere. The final score was St. Brendan’s 1-14 Crotta 0-7. Cormac O Shea accepted the Johnny Hussey Memorial Trophy from Mikey Leahy NKHB, a fitting end to a great season of hurling for the underage teams in Ardfert. Mentors: Tadgh O Sullivan, David Leen & Sean McCrohan.
Team panel: Padraig O Mahony, Bobby O Regan, Aaron Thompson, Shane O Mahony, Shane McCrohan, Iarla Courtney, Adrian Nolan, Eoghain Kearney, Gearoid Savage (0-1), Micheal O Sullivan, Eric Leen (1-10), Cormac O Shea (captain), Ben Kirwan, Fionan Mackessy (0-3), James Lawlor, Diarmuid O Connor, Eoin Greaney, Noel Lenihan, Kymar Griffin.

TOM HEALY MEMORIAL U-15 TOURNAMENT; St. Brendan’s defeated South Kerry, Ballyheigue and Tralee Parnells last Friday to reach the semi finals this Friday at 7pm again in Abbeydorney. Best of luck to all involved.This is a 9-a-side competition from a 14 man panel and is run off over three Friday evenings.

SEAN ROCHE TOURNAMENT: St. Brendan’s U-14 hurlers gave a great account of themselves at this Tralee tournament defeating Ballyduff 2-7 to 2-4 and Tralee Parnell’s 0-13 to 3-2. Unfortunately they lost the final to Lixnaw 2-6 to 2-4, but gave great displays of hurling on the day.

LOTTO: The St. Brendan’s Hurling Club / Ardfert G.A.A. lotto Jackpot this week was €10,800. The numbers drawn were 3, 6, 18, 28. There was no winner. The draw took place in the Abbey Tavern. The lucky dip winners were: €75 Rosanne Daly, East Commons, €40 Jason Wallace, Cloonglebe, €25 Deirdre Maguire, Ardfert. Lotto Jackpot is now €10,900. The next lotto draw will take place on Tuesday, 15th October in Kirby’s Bar at 10.15p.m. Thanks to all who support our Lotto / Míle buíochas.

SYMPATHY: Craobh Naomh Bhreandáin wishes to express our deepest sympathy to Melissa, Danielle and Darren O’Riordan on the untimely death of their beloved mother Elizabeth O’Riordan, Ballinprior, Ardfert. Elizabeth was the mother of our music teachers Melissa and Danielle and was a valued member of our Comhaltas branch where she held the position of treasurer and then secretary for many years. She was our delegate to the Kerry County Board of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and gave selflessly of her time for the benefit of our branch and its members. Elizabeth will be greatly missed by all. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilís.

ST. BRENDAN’S AC WINTER TRAINING: Training for St. Brendan’s AC resumes on Wednesday 23 October 2013 in Ardfert community centre. The times are as follows: 6-7pm for 7-9yr olds from 7-8pm for 10-13yr olds Cost €3 per child with a discount rate for families. Outdoor training for 7yrs & up, beginning Saturday 26th October 2013 at 1.30pm at Sandy Lane, Banna. Any further information required please contact Club secretary Orla Fitzgerald 087-7985557.

WINTER TRAINING FOR U13 TO U19: Winter training will commence on the 7th November in Cumann Iosaef Hall, Tralee from 7-9pm. The focus of the training will be to improve fitness and strength. It is open to all u13 –u19 year old boys and girls who are registered with St Brendan’s Athletics Club, St Brendans Hurling Club and Ardfert Football Club. Places are limited so it is on a first come basis. €12 for a six week course paid on the first night. The plan is to do two now six week sessions in 2014. Trainers: David Moore and Mary Marley. If you are interested please enquire/ book a place with Mary on 086-3759772 or club secretary Orla Fitzgerald 087-7985557.

ARDFERT N.S.: In the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol shield quarter final game played in Na Gaeil pitchon Thursday last we came with a late rally to see off the stern challenge of a determined Moyderwell side. Though dominating possession in the opening half we trailed at half time by two points 1-4 to 0-5. Moyderwell stretched the lead to four early in the second half but thanks to a pair of Darragh Courtney points and a speculative goal by Nathan O Driscoll we edged ahead entering the last five minutes. Our backs, thanks to sterling performances from Ciara Mc Carthy, Jessica Murphy and the ever improving Aaron Malik kept the Tralee boys at bay and a pointed free at the end from the towering Darragh Courtney helped settle the sideline nerves. Other scorers on the day were Billy Daly, Michael Kirby, Pádraig o Sullivan and Oisín Horgan. Kate O Shea who gave an inspiring performance in the half forward line also contributed hugely to the victory. Final score in this Allianz Cumann na mBunscol game Ardfert 1-8 Moyderwell 1-6.
On Thursday we play Gaelscoil Aogáin Castleisland in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol shield semi final. Finally well done to the St. Brendan’s hurlers on snatching the draw on Sunday agus go néirí libh in the replay. Cian Mac Donagh, Jessica Murphy, Nathan O Driscoll, John Mc Crohan, Lorcan Ryan, Brian Shanahan, Aaron Malik, Ciara MC Carthy, Darragh Courtney, Billy Daly, Oisín Horgan, Kate O Shea, Pádraig O Sullivan, Michael Kirby, Johnathan Trant, Denis Horgan, Mairéad Kearney, Seán Brosnan.

Ardfert Retreat Centre: Sat.19th Oct. 10.00am – 4.30pm – Invitation to an Autumn Reflection Day..we are invited to pause, celebrate and rejoice in our giftedness…Facilitator: Fr. Benny McHale. Thurs.24th 8 pm Tommy O’Connor will present further musings on the Crosbie Estate (Note change of date). All inquiries and bookings to 066-7134276. E mail:


Weekly Notes 14/10/2013
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