BEREAVEMENT: Laune Rangers were saddened to hear of the death of former club Vice-Chairman Sean Foley last week. As a mark of respect, Laune Rangers formed Guards of Honour at both his removal last Wednesday evening and his funeral on Thursday morning. Our condolences go to the Foley family. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
SENIOR ‘A’ TEAM: Laune Rangers took on Beaufort on Saturday evening in the final round of the Mid Kerry League. On a wet and windy evening at JP O’Sullivan Park, it was the visitors who opened the scoring through a pointed free from James Coffey after 2 minutes. Colm O’Shea slotted over a free of his own shortly after to tie the scores before Beaufort’s Conor Breen hit the crossbar with a stinging shot but the rebound was swept up by the Rangers defense and cleared. Colm O’Shea added two more points – one from a free – to put Rangers in the lead on the quarter mark 0-3 to 0-1. Beaufort were then able to put their stamp on the game for the second quarter and scored three unanswered points through James O’Reilly and a brace from Fergal Hallisey to lead at half time 0-4 to 0-3.
The second half had quite a messy start. Poor handling and loose passing from both teams, which could be attributed to the bad conditions, meant that there was no score for the first ten minutes of the second half. In fact, the first noteworthy point of the half was a black card for Beaufort’s Fergal Hallissey for a cynical foul on the 41st minute. This seems to spur Laune Rangers on though, & a minute later Ryan Keane was on the end of a Shane McSweeney pass across the small square to find the net with a well taken half-volley. Padraig Doona responded with a point for Beaufort to make the score 1-3 to 0-5 with a quarter of the game to go. Rangers then assumed control of game though and a well finished shot to the top corner of the net by Colm O’Shea followed by a Shane McSweeney point gave Rangers a five point lead with 5 minutes to go. Ronan Murphy scored 2 fine frees for Beaufort but Kevin Flynn got the final score of the game with a free of his own to make the final score Laune Rangers 2-5 to 0-7.
Laune Rangers: 1 Vinnie Costello, 2 Darren Riordan, 3 Kieran Crowley, 4 Tadhg Iarla Curran, 5 Liam Quirke, 6 Aaron Gamble, 7 Ryan Keane (1-0), 8 Padraig Murphy, 9 Shane Daly, 10 John O’Shea, 11 Shane McSweeney (0-1), 12 Colm O’Mahony, 13 Gavin O’Shea, 14 Kevin Flynn (0-1), 15 Colm O’Shea (1-3). Subs: Daniel Macbeth for Murphy, John Tyther for J O’Shea, Jason Browne for McSweeney. Subs: Daniel Macbeth for Murphy, John Tyther for J O’Shea, Jason Browne for McSweeney.
Their next fixture is a home tie against Listry on the weekend of 12/13 April.
STRICTLY: Laune Rangers have now begun looking for new recruits to take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2014. Last year’s show was a huge success and all who took part then can testify to the enjoyment they got and new friends they made from the experience. If you are interested in learning how to dance and taking part in the show, contact Aidan Clifford at email@example.com or 0879065927, or contact Ger Counihan at Bunkers Bar or 0872268763.
LOTTO: Sunday 6th April: There was no winner of this week’s €3,000 jackpot. The numbers drawn were 3 – 14 – 22 - 23. The consolation prizes were as follows: €100 Mossy O’Sullivan, Callinafercy sold by Kerry. € 50 Saoirse Clifford, Knocklyne sold by Collette. Credit Union Vouchers of €50: 50 Lorraine Dalton, Glenbeigh & James O’Shea sold by Maura Corcoran
Next week’s jackpot will be €3,200. April Lotto Team: Mike O'Sullivan, John Foley, Larry Laide.
DEVELOPMENT ‘B’ TEAM: Our Development Team had a free weekend. Their next fixture is a home County League tie against Tousist on Saturday 12th April at 6:45pm. They are also out in the Mid Kerry Junior League next Tuesday 15th April, away at Milltown/Castlemaine at 7pm.
MINORS: Our Minors were in action last Friday evening at home against Castleisland Desmonds in the County League. Desmonds had a bright start but couldn’t capitalize on their chances with two wides and a shot of the upright in the opening minutes. That was as good as it got for the visitors though, as Rangers opened the scoring with a Patrick Daly free and two more points quickly followed through Jamie Clifford & David Costello to put Rangers 0-3 to 0-0 ahead after 10 minutes. Desmonds got on the board with a point before Jamie Clifford cancelled it out with another of his own. Two Desmonds points reduced their deficit to one before a Rangers flurry in the final mins of the half saw points from Daly, Owen O’Sullivan, and Costello as well as a fisted goal from John Chris O’Brien to put Rangers ahead 1-7 to 0-3 at the break. Rangers opened the 2nd half brightly. A brace from David Costello, the latter a great team point where 9 players handled the ball, put the home side in control. Desmonds scored a point themselves to put the score at 1-9 to 0-4 after 36 minutes. Rangers then kicked in to gear, and unanswered points from Daniel Macbeth, Daniel Whittleton, Daly (2), John Tyther, Costello and Aidan O’Sullivan as well as a 2nd goal from O’Brien gave the hosts an unattainable lead with 10 minutes to go. A point for Desmonds followed by a goal from a penalty put some gloss on the final score but Rangers were well worth their victory. Fulltime 2-16 to 1-5
Team: 1 Robert Lynch, Pierce Tyther, 3 Aidan Cox, 4 George Evans, 5 Neil O’Shea, 6 John Tyther (0-1), 7 Daniel Whittleton (0-1), 8 Daniel Macbeth (0-1), 9 Gearoid Joy (bc), 10 Jamie Clifford (0-2), 11 David Costello capt (0-5), 12 Manus Gallagher, 13 Patrick Daly (0-4), 14 Owen O’Sullivan (0-1), 15 John C O’Brien (2-0). Subs used: Aidan O’Sullivan (0-1), Ronan Prendeville, Jack Smith, Padraig Ahern, Ciaran Foyle.
U14 GIRLS: Both U14 girls teams were in County League action at the weekend. In Division 1, The Blue Team won at home to Na Gaeil 4-12 to 4-6, while in Division 4, the White Team lost narrowly to Ballymacelligott on a score of 4-6 to 4-3.
UNDER 12S: Our U12 Boys were in Co League action at the Track this evening. Both Teams won in their respective Leagues beating John Mitchels in both instances. In Div 1A, Our U12 Blue team won on a scoreline of 5-15 to 4-5 while in Div 1B, our U12 White Team won on a scoreline of 5-6 to 0-9. Well done boys and coaches.
MEMBERSHIP 2014: Laune Rangers is now open to Club Membership for 2014. Subscription fees are as follows: Family €70, Full member €50, OAP €20. These can be paid to Club Registrars Mary Gallagher or Tim Cronin. Our Ladies Membership is also open at the same rates as the men, with the addition of a Ladies County Board Levy of €15 paid by all girls playing U12 upwards.
SCOR: As we come to the end of this year's Scór na bPáistí competition, many thanks and very well done to all the young people of the area who participated in the various stages of the competition. We look forward to the blossoming of the talents of these boys and girls in the years to come. Congratulations to the Laune Rangers Instrumental Music Group of Stevie O'Sullivan, Orlaith O'Sullivan, Niamh Doyle and Milly Foley who competed in the South Kerry Semi-final last weekend in Filemore where they gave a great account of themselves. Many thanks to Deirdre Keane for her wonderful work with them. Best of luck and every success to the Quiz Team of Cormac Doyle, Hugh Fitzpatrick, Ronan Fitzpatrick & Hannah Joy who will represent Laune Rangers in the County Final of Scór na bPáistí in Ballybunion on Sunday next.
BACK TO TRAINING: Laune Rangers Under 6s, 8s and 10s have returned to action. This will continue every Sunday morning for the summer & autumn at JP O’Sullivan Park from 10am to 11:30am. All new players are welcome. Please note that gum shields are now compulsory for all GAA players. We look forward to seeing all our future players on the field for the 2014 season.WINNER: In conjunction with our recent 125th anniversary celebrations, the Club ran a competition to try and pick the Team of the Half Century to match our official selection. We can now reveal that the winner of the competition was Colin O’Dwyer of Iveragh Road. Congratulations to Colin who wins a cash prize of €300.