Club Notes Week 25 2021   21/06/2021

SENIOR FOOTBALL Div. 1  In Group A Dingle saw off the strong challenge of a Dr Crokes side (0-18 to 1-12). Crokes lost Brian Looney in the opening half but former underage star Jordan Kiely was unerring for the Crokes scoring eight points and boosted by an early Mikey Casey goal. Dingle led 0-10 to 1-4 at half time  

But Dingle with Mikey Geaney pulling the strings were always in the driving seat and with the games tied at 1-9 to 0-12 with Fionn Fitzgerald getting the equalizer and again the game was in the balance   1-11 to 0-14 with ten minutes left. But Dingle dug deep and points from Conor Geaney (2), Matthew Flaherty and a forty five from keeper Gavin H Curran saw Dingle across the winning line.   

Dr. Crokes  B 2-07 Castleisland 6-11 Desmonds got off to a perfect start against a sleepy Dr. Crokes defense with 2 goals in the opening 3 minutes from Tommy Lynch & Adam O`Donoghue Crokes opened their account in the 5th minute with a Chris brady free followed by another minor by Bryan O`Shea Desmond's followed with another goal in the 7th minute. Crokes goals fom Padraic looney and mark Cooper coming up to half time but o`donoghue found he net again to leave halftime score 4-06 to 2-04 in favour of visitors. 

On the resumption Cian òConnor scored a 5th goal in the 5th minute to make the result inevetable and a further goal from Adam O`Donoghue in the 27th minute concluded the scoring. 

Dr Crokes C 0-10 Milltown/Castlemaine B 0-09 

It was great to see Jack Lynch, Erin Moloney, Mark Clifford, Ronan Coffey and Conor Harrington make their senior club debuts in this tightly fought contest with Milltown/Castlemaine. Crokes led by 4 points at half time with the highlight of the half being a first ever point by fullback Mark Egan. In the 2nd half the rotating subs option was well used by management with Tom Rohan making some astute calls on the sideline. Crokes then led by 5 points at the 2nd waterbreak. However they had to withstand a late fightback by Milltown/Castlemaine in the final quarter to hold on for the one point victory. It is now 2 wins from 2 for this team and hopefully they can keep this momentum going to make a push for promotion.  

HURLING Credit Union Co. League Div 1 round 2 BALLYHEIGUE 1-24 DR CROKES 0-16  

On a sunny Friday evening hurling beside the sea with just a light cross field breeze to contend with. 

The hosts opened up the scoring before a Mark Heffernan free brought the Crokes level in the opening couple of minutes. Crokes were the better in the opening 10 or so minutes and held a slender 1 point lead at 6 points to 5. Aaron Murphy, Mike O Keeffe and 3 more from Mark Heffernan keeping the scoreboard moving for Dr Crokes. But Ballyheigue scored 5 on the bounce before the water break, 2 from the dead-ball and led 10 points to 6. 


Dr Crokes showed great fight and kept the deficit to just 3 for the majority of the second quarter. Mark Heffernan with the points for Crokes, with two from frees from distance. Captain Mike Milner kept his defence in check and Crokes won multiple turnovers at crucial moments. 3 points just before half time meant we trailed by 6, 0-15 to 0-9. 


The third quarter was tough on our side and Ballyheigue won most of the breaking ball. Jack Linehan, Declan Hickey and Colm O Cuiv were winning some fantastic balls in the middle third but Ballyheigue really started to push on, scoring 1-6 to our single point from Mark Heffernan. 


But, Dr Crokes never say die attitude has shone through again this year so far and our players put their bodies on the line to fight until the final whistle. Conor Bohane led from the goal and picked out some fine puck outs which we capitalised on. Anthony Keogh and Patrick Crehan ensured any ball that hit the Ballyheigue full forward line was dealt with and turned over. 


Up front, substitute David Carroll made an impressive impact from the bench while Kevin Landers, Aaron Murphy and Mike O Keefe’s patient build up play won us frees in vital areas. 


In fact, Crokes pushed on to score 6 point in the final quarter to Ballyheigue’s 3, which shows the passion this bunch of players have for representing the Crokes at hurling’s top level. 


Defeat on the road but plenty of positives to take into next weekend’s game against Kilgarvan (home fixture).. 

Final score: Ballyheigue 1-24 Dr Crokes 0-16Team: Conor Bohane, Anthony Keogh, Mike Milner, Patrick Crehan, Rory Waters, Declan Hickey, Gary O Connor, Colm O Cuiv, Shane Lyne, Jack Lenihan (0-1), Kevin Landers, Aaron Murphy (0-1), Mike O Keeffe (0-1), Rob Ryan, Mark Heffernan(0-12, 7F). SUBS: David Carroll  (0-1), Mike McCarthy, Cian O Lionard. Subs not used: Owen Hayes, Shane Kavanagh 


Dr Crokes B got their Credit Union County Senior Hurling League Division 3 campaign underway in Caherslee on Wednesday evening. 


The game was played in sunny conditions but a strong wind aided the Tralee Parnells side in the first half. 


It was a blistering start for Parnells, going into the first half waterbreak 7 points clear at 8 points to 1. Mike McCarthy was proving vital from the deadball, with 2 frees slotted over before one from play and another good score from midfield by Mike O Keeffe. 


Parnell’s used the wind to their advantage in the opening half and led by 9 at the half time interval. Tralee Parnell’s 0-13 Dr Crokes B 0-4. 


But Crokes never say die attitude held through and two opening points early in the second half from Mike McCarthy and Shane Kavanagh brought the score back to 8 points. Parnell’s first goal came 40 minutes in but two frees ensured Crokes kept the scoreboard ticking over up to the second half water break. 1-16 to 0-8. 


Dr Crokes were the better all through the second half and a Seanie Birchill point and a goal from Darragh Tagney meant the deficit was back to 7 with 10 minutes to go. 


Seanie Birchill and Dara Tagney tagged on Crokes last couple of points but two late goals from the Tralee Parnell’s side meant they went away with the points on this occasion. 


Plenty of positives to take away for the second string Dr Crokes team in what was a proud occasion for the club fielding two senior hurling teams for the first time. 


Final score: Tralee Parnells 3-18 Dr Crokes 1-11 

Team and Scorers Eoin Hayes, Anthony Cronin, Paul Coleman, Paul Griffin, Jack Dillane, Seanie Birchill(0-2), Joe Keogh, Mike O Keefe(0-1), Joe Enright, Mike McCarthy(0-5, 4F), Jamie Linehan, Billy Healy, Patrick Landers, Dara Tagney(1-2), Shane Kavanagh (0-1). Subs used: Timmy Hourigan.  

ACADEMY. Academy: We had a fun filled day on Saturday. Normal training was replaced with a range of fun activities. By common consent everyone had a blast and I think all who attended went home tired but happy. 

 Thanks to all who helped but a special worth to Kevin Smith who put so much into it.. Regular activity returns next Saturday for boys and girls aged between 4 and 11. All welcome from the Killarney parish/area. Hurling 10 to 10.45. Football 10.45 until 12. Please update health status before attendance 

U9: Go games kick off next week. Please check update from coaches and next week at the academy 

U11: Our two teams black and amber started their Kerry Co League Division 1 the Gavin White/Adrian Spillane league against our perennial Black and Amber rivals from Tralee, Austin Stacks. Its always a great test for any Crokes player to pit themselves against this famed club. Our lads were well able for the task. Their hard work over the last few weeks was evident. Two great games ensued with nothing between the side. A great start to the season and thanks to Austin Stacks for some great games. We will meet again. 

U13. Our U13s started their league campaign with a home win against Glenflesk. This side had some injury problems in the run up to the game but overcame that to earn a good win. Their hard training gave them a good reward. Keep it going lads. Thanks to a sporting Glenflesk team. 

U15 The U15 squad had a mixed week. The first team went down to Churchill in an away game and the second string had a good win against Kilcummin. Still all to play for.  

U7 Hurlers: Our U7 hurlers went to Rathmore for some challenge games. They performed heroically but most of all had great fun. Its great to see them grow in the sport and they are really improving. 

U9 Hurlers. Our U9 hurlers hosed Rathmore in the go games format. Its great to see such an increase in our numbers in this group. We had three games on the evening with some evenly matched teams. Well done to the coaches and great thanks to Rathmore for the games and their help on the night. We look forward to more games in this group. 


Referees We are still looking to recruit referees of all ages. If you have training or experience we are looking to talk to you or if you want to start out we will help with training etc. Please contact Diarmuid 0868339389 


LGFA Our U16 girls started their Div 2 County League campaign at home last Tuesday evening.  In what was a damp evening, the girls lifted the spirits of the parents & supporters in attendance with a great team performance coming out on top on a scoreline of 9-7 to 3-1.  Well done to management team of Brendan Connors, Teresa Cahillane & Jason Stack and to the entire panel of girls. 

Next up is a trip to Gallarus on Tuesday evening where the girls will take on a combined team of Corca Dhuibhne/Castlegregory.  Best of luck girls. 

U12s: Our U12 took the short journey to neighbours Killarney Legion on Tuesday evening where our girls took on the Legion "White" team in Div 4 South of the County League.  Despite battling hard, our girls were finally beaten by 2 points on a scoreline of 1-5 to 2-0.  Managers Padraig O'Shea, Rheanne O'Shea & Siobhan Burns take their charges to Kenmare this Wednesday evening to take on the home side.  Best of luck girls. 

U14s: Our U14s took the long road to Waterville on Sunday last, where they took on Southern Gaels B in Div 5 of the County League. The girls got off to a great start with opening goals from Sarah Cooper, Siofra Randles & Keva McCarthy.  Travelling with just 15 players, our girls kept the tempo up throughout, which was difficult when Southern Gaels began to introduce members of their extensive panel in the second half.  A super finish saw our girls hold out on a scoreline of 7-8 to 5-8.  Well done to coaches Catherine Keogh, Alan McGorrian & Danny Cooper and our super girls.  

Sending our very best wishes to Kayleigh Cronin and the Kerry Senior ladies who play in the Lidl National League Div2 Final v Meath on Saturday next, 26 June in Croke Park.  Throw-in is at 5pm and live coverage will be broadcast by Radio Kerry. 

MEMBERSHIP ONLINE MEMBERSHIP IS NOW DUE .  All memberships are now due, all players & coaches will have to have paid before return to play from today as only registered members can enter the playing pitches all registration is online only, using clubforce with this link 

Also we are asking all members to download the clubforce app for team notifications using the following links if you already have the App log in again 


LOTTO draw took place on Monday June 21st Numbers drawn 10 13 19 21 Six patrons matched 3 numbers Tony O`Leary c/o Larry, Colm Foley, Pat Buckley Hawthorn, Liz Kenneally c/o Pat, Theresa Sheehan c/o Padraigh O`Shea, Joan Devane c/o Ml. O`Leary Mary Courtney c/o Ml. O`Leary  each receive €60.  Jackpot for draw on June 28th will be €5,600 

We are calling on all members to support our weekly lotto as this represents one of the main sources of revenue for the club. With activity likely to recommence on the fields over the next few weeks we need people’s support to maintain our facilities in Lewis Road. We have made a number of alterations to make things easier for members to play the easiest one being to play it online by following the link below And follow instructions attached

When you click on the link it brings you to the Clubforce Main page. From here click Club name Dr. Crokes GAA. This brings you to another page that you again put in Dr. Crokes, which in turn brings you to the Dr.Crokes home page. From here click lotto and the rest follows on. Alternatively download the Clubforce app, 

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MAJOR CHALLENGE we had another magnificent entry for our popular Challenge on US Open after a titanic battle Sheila Galvin came out on top. Result Ist €1,000 Sheila Galvin, 2nd €300 Fidget Spinners, 3rd €200 Martin Byrnes, 4th €100 John Ennis, 5th €100 Des O`Connor, 6th €100 Best of All, 7th €100 Miriam & Tim Dennehy, Best Card one player missing cut Wayne McDonald. We will be holding final Challenge on Open Championship beginning on 15th -18th July. 

Best Wishes to Club Vice-President Fr. Paddy O`Donoghue who is recovering from a recent procedure. 


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