Our Minor Boys, deprived of the services of several regulars, made the trip down south to play St Michaels Foilmore last Sunday March 13th. The South Kerry side are fancied to top the Division so the task was always going to be onerous even with a full squad. St Michaels made the most of a strong breeze in the first half to open up a healthy lead but credit to the lads they played to the last whistle. When the final shrill was heard Foilmore had emerged victorious on a 2-22 to 3-4 scoreline. The boys are at home this Saturday March 19th when they face the Glenbeigh/Glencar/Cromane combination. All support is welcome.
Our Awards Night is looming on the horizon as it takes place on Friday March 25th in the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Last week we announced the Ladies Players of the Year, both Junior and Senior, and the Senior B Player of the Year. Now we move onto the Senior Men’s Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.
Tickets for the Awards Night are available from Sharon O Grady, Orla Culloty and members of the Social Committee. They are also available from Paul in Keanes Jewellers and Enda in Quills Menswear.
SENIOR MEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
This year’s Senior Men’s Player of the Year is Danny Sheahan. 2021 wasn’t a great year for our Senior Team but very often it’s during the roughest storm that you find your strongest anchor. Danny was ever present in the defence and throughout the year he put in a series of combative performances. Brian Kelly in goal can attest to the protection Danny gives while the other five defenders are always kept on their toes by the strong and authoritative full back. Often tasked with marking the oppositions best forward Danny went toe to toe with three All Stars ,namely Tommy Walsh, Paul Geaney and Kieran Donaghy, and never wilted on any of those battles. As the Senior team look to bounce back to the top table there is no doubting that Danny will once again be to the fore.
JIM TRANT TROPHY-YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The winner of the Jim Trant Trophy for Young Player of the Year made huge strides in 2021. It started with the Covid delayed 2020 All Ireland Minor Championship where Will Shine was an integral part of the Kerry forward line that agonisingly lost out in the final by the bare minimum to Derry. Will then went on to establish himself in the Club Senior panel where his performances belied his teenage years and in the latter stages of the year he was called up to the Kerry Under 20 panel. As if that wasn’t enough he is one of the big driving forces behind St Brendans path to the Hogan Cup Final which will be played this St Patrick’s Day. A man of the match performance in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Final win over Tralee CBS , Will is looked upon as being a real prospect in the future.
Ryan O Grady and Cian Gammell were both part of the victorious Kerry panels over the past week. Ryan came on as a second half substitute in the U20s win over Dublin in the John Kerins Cup Final played in Nenagh. Cian was a member of the Kerry panel that saw off the challenge of Mayo in the latest blockbuster between the two counties, this time in the Allianz National Football League. Keep up the good work lads!!
On Thursday March 10th the Club hosted a very constructive and informative Members meeting which was well attended. David Randles chaired an open discussion on all club matters and it is intended to run these meetings in a by monthly manner. It is important that all members endeavour to attend these meetings when possible as they provide a very important platform for Club affairs to be aired.
We will be holding 2 safeguarding courses in the Legion Clubhouse on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd March from 7 -10pm for coaches and volunteers working with juveniles (boys and girls up to 18 years). This course is very important to undertake and all those working at underage level in the club are expected to attend.Contact Club Children’s officer Linda O’Donoghue at Childrensofficer
The Club extends its sympathies to the family of Bill Leavey, Gneeveguilla, who passed away during the week. Bill’s son William is a friendly and willing face around Direen as he goes about his tasks every week without fuss.
Please note we are currently running Euro Million Campaign again. Please contact us to find out more on how to enter.