LOTTO: Sunday 14th September: There was no winner of last week’s €4,800 jackpot. The numbers drawn were 13 - 16 - 23 - 28. The Consolation Prize winners were as follows: €100 John & Liz O'Brien, standing order; € 50 John Clifford, standing order. CU Vouchers of € 50: Frank Griffin, c/o Cliffords, sold by Kerry & James O'Sullivan, sold by Kerry. Next Week’s jackpot will be €5,000.
BEST WISHES: Of course it is All Ireland final week and Laune Rangers wish both the Kerry Minor & Senior Teams & Management the very best of luck in their finals against Donegal, especially our own Peter Crowley. Ciarraí Abú!
SENIORS: Neither our A or B side were in action last weekend. The next Round of County League fixtures take place on September 27/28. Our A side are home to Skellig Rangers while our B side are home to Moyvane.
MINOR: Neighbours and rivals Laune Rangers and Milltown/Castlemaine faced off on Tuesday evening in the inaugural Minor Central League final in JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin. The visitors got off to a good start when Gavin Horan split the posts for the opening point. Laune Rangers responded immediately and points from David Costello, Eoghan O’Sullivan (3), John Tyther, and a Daniel Macbeth free had the hosts in a strong position after a quarter – leading by 0-6 to 0-1 after 15 muntes. Milltown/Castlemaine got back into the game though with points from David Roche and a Jonathon O’Sullivan free before John Chris O’Brien split the posts for Rangers, before the visitors found the net with a well taken goal. Jonathon O’Sullivan found Eoin O’Brien with a great pass before O’Brien slotted the ball into the bottom corner. This brought an end to the first half & the score at the break was: Laune Rangers 0-07, Milltown/Castlemaine 1-3.
The second half began in the same high scoring fashion as the first. Jonathon O’Sullivan and Eoghan O’Sullivan traded points before the away side hit a purple patch, & points from Eoin O’Brien, David Roche, Gavin Horan & Cathal O’Connor put them into a three point lead. Rangers responded though and pressure from the attack began to draw fouls. Patrick Daly, who had been introduced shortly before half time, slotted three frees & along with another from play by Eoghan O’Sullivan, were now back in the lead with little under a quarter of the game to go : 0-12 to 1-8. That lead didn’t last very long as the game was levelled up again through Padraig O’Brien. Patrick Daly put Rangers ahead again with a free and this lead was never relinquished. Tempers began to fray and Milltown/Castlemaine had substitute Ciarán O’Connor black carded but calm was restored to proceedings once again. John Tyther & David Costello increased the lead to three, before Jonathon O’Sullivan reduced it with a point of his own. Patrick Daly’s 5th free of the game – this one an fantastic effort from 40 yards and approaching the right touchline – was cancelled out by Jonathon O’Sullivan again, but the final whistle then came to give Laune Rangers the honour of being the first name on the Central Minor League plaque. Final Score: Laune Rangers 0-16, Milltown/Castlemaine 1-11.
The Laune Rangers captain Aidan Cox was on hand to collect the plaque, after he put in a fine display at full back, but a number of players put in a high standard of performance also. For the defeated Milltown side, David Roche, Eoin O’Brien & Padraig O’Brien played well. Eoghan O’Sullivan took each of his five points well while Pierce Tyther & Manus Gallagher outplayed the height deficit on their markers to shine, the latter making one Paul Murphy-esque catch in particular that stopped a goalscoring opportunity in its tracks. The Man of the Match was a quick decision though, as John Tyther was at the heart of all things good in the Rangers performance, & Central Region CLG Cathaoirleach Liam O’Rochain presented him with the award.
Laune Rangers team: Robert Lynch, Pierce Tyther, Aidan Cox, Neil O’Shea, Jack Smith, John Tyther (0-2), Manus Gallagher, Daniel Whittleton, Daniel Macbeth (0-1f), Jamie Clifford, David Costello (0-2), Aidan O’Sullivan, Gavin Riordan, Eoghan O’Sullivan (0-5), John C O’Brien (0-1). Subs used: Patrick Daly (0-5f), Ciarán Foyle. Panel: Padraig Ahern, Christian Fleming, Liam Hurley, George Evans.
UNDER 14 BOYS: Our U14 Team defeated Glenbeigh/Glencar on Sunday evening last in the Mid Kerry Championship. They remain top of the table in the round robin style Championship.
SYMPATHIES: Laune Rangers were deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing on Wednesday last of former player, captain & lifetime member Teddy Clifford. As a mark of our respect, the Club formed part of the guard of honour at his funeral mass on Sunday. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Clifford family. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
STRICTLY COME DANCING: Laune Rangers have begun practice for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser. There is still room for some couples so we would welcome recruits who would be interesting in learning to dance, putting on a show in front of a sell-out crowd all while raising funds for our Club. The show will take place over two nights, on November 7th & 8th. If interested, contact Ger Counihan in Bunkers Bar. Alternatively, contact Aidan Clifford at 0879065927 or firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest.