The last game of the championship saw us play a Ballydonoghue team with their Kerry star Jason Foley back to the fold.
The game was tempestuous at times with black cards a few yellows and two reds to boot but overall it didn’t disappoint as the crowd got a good game of football
Similar to last week we were wind assisted in the first half and by half time we were five points up with Steven Bowler getting the goal after a sloppy piece of defending from Ballydonoghue. Mikey Kelliher and Alan O Donoghue moving well and kicking some lovely scores, Cian Holden industrious as ever around the middle third and Shane Connor making some great runs to create scoring opportunities for our forwards.
The Ballydonoghue goal five minutes form half time was a sucker punch but we rallied to ensure a five point gap was maintained. 1-9 to 1-4 half time
Unlike last week the second half was at least more positive from a scoring perspective. The wind had picked up by this stage but that didn’t stop our gallops forward with quick ball and heads up football.
Ballydonoghue showed some grit and they clawed their way back and 9 minutes into the second half they also pounced on sloppy defending and netted to make it level and game on now! They then took the lead but two mins later we equalized.
Mikey Kelliher kicked a free for us to give us a one point advantage but short lived it was as the next attack saw the visitors level again.
Point of the game came from George Bastible chipping in with a sublime left footed point from the left side of the 14 yard line and with the game in the melting pot, mitchels brought on super sub Conor Hurley who ran hard at the ballydonoghue defense and after collecting a hand pass from the mighty Shane O Connor, he buried a low ball to the net from the edge of the square to give us some breathing space. Alan Donoghue winning a free to give us a four point cushion to leave us safe again in the intermediate for 2024.
A disappointing campaign overall but we showed we still had some fight left in us and after promotion to Div. 2 this win gives us plenty to build on
Well done to the squad and Manager Brian and mentors Stevie, Buns and Dermot for a very positive result on the day.
Just a notable mention as Our u14 Girls green and gold teams and our u13 boys Green and Gold teams were honored at half time for winning Div. 1 and Div. 13 county titles with the girls picking up 6 and 7 honors respectively. well done to all here for a fantastic season
Na mistralliagh Abu
Our senior ladies opened their first county championship game today against a very strong Aunascaul/ Castlegrory team in difficult conditions in Ballyseedy. Both teams put in a huge effort in the first half with scores at a premium throughout , heavy rain and a strong wind took from the game but both teams battled hard, A somewhat controversial goal at a premium.
Point deflated our girls but we never dropped the heads and a few unfortunate injuries to key players didn’t help our cause and Aunascaul/Castlegregory ran out eventual winners. Well done to our girls they never gave up and battled to the final whistle. Unfortunately we had a few injuries and wish the girls a speedy recovery, next up we play Kerins O Rahillys in round 3
Mothers and Others
Mitchels G4MO Ladies were in action again attending the Castleisland Desmonds G4MO blitz on Friday evening.
Teams descended from all over Kerry with Michels in a position to enter 2 teams.
There was plenty of great scores and excellent defending on display from all teams throughout the evening.
The Mitchels team is a well balanced mix of experienced and players new to Gaelic football.
The panel is always growing and we welcome new players of all abilities.
Stay tuned for training details as we await Town league fixtures.
Under 16 Girls
There was no training last week for the u16 girls . Training continues on Monday and Wednesday of this week. New players always welcome, training commences at 7.00pm sharp.
Under 15 Boys
With the central league on hold and the district championship taking up most of the month we train away during the week details sent through what’s app, in preparation for the semi-final of the district league. Congratulations to the lads involved with the Kerry u15 hurlers on their recent success in the all-Ireland. Fantastic achievement especially to Daragh Field, Luke Hanafin and Sean Sargent who were on the U14 Kerry hurling development squad.
Under 14 Girls
A quiet week for John Mitchels after the excitement of winning the County League Division 6 final the previous week. The draws for the North Kerry Leagues took place during the week, with Mitchels Green team in Division 3 with Dingle, Currow, Na Gaeil and Listowel B.
The Gold team are in Division 5 with Finuge StSenans, Stacks B, Shannonside Tarbert and St Pats.
Mitchels u15s are out in the County Championship next weekend away to Finuge St Senans, with the u13s at home to the same team, with this fixture to be finalised.
Under 13 Boys
No game for either team this week, we yearned well both nights in anticipation of our upcoming Central league semi-final.
Under 12 Girls
We had a great turnout on Wednesday, it was a wonderful occasion for us coaches to see the girls responding to every challenge and clicking how Gaelic football is all about, skill determination and understanding teamwork. What we saw was great heart and what I call the Mitchell spirit. So proud.
Thanks again to Ballymac team and mentors for making it a very enjoyable evening.
Hoping Saoirse will make a quick recovery and will be back in the fold real soon
Under 11 Boys
This week we hosted Austin Stacks in Ballyseedy. The sun was shining but there was a bit of a breeze which in fairness both teams took advantage of. It was a real high scoring game and our boys played some brilliant football. Many thanks to Austin Stacks for a very sporting game. We will train next Thursday at 6.30 and again on Sunday at 10.30.
Under 8 and 10 Girls
Our u8 & u10 girls had a good turnout for this Sunday morning match against Na Gael. Everyone had great fun with some fantastic skills on display.
There will be a match again next Sunday @10:30vs Camp, new players are always welcome.
Under 9 Boys
John Mitchels U9 Boys took on a very talented @annascaulgaalgfa side earlier this morning at home. The weather didn’t hamper anyone as both side’s displayed some fantastic skills with some fantastic defending & scoring from all side’s. We had 3 small sided games ensuring everyone gets plenty of football & contributes in all games. Training for John Mitchels U9 Boys continues this Wednesday from 5.30pm Full attendance required thanks.
Under 7s boys and girls
We trained indoors Sunday morning at our Ballyseedy complex so despite the wet weather the boys put in a fantastic session.
Some great solos and kick passing were showcased and we finished with some 3v3 games which were intensely contested. Well done to all the boys.
Training continues next Sunday at 11am and as always new members are welcome.
Under 6s Boys and Girls
We had a fantastic training session Sunday morning at our Ballyseedy complex. The boys and girls were in fantastic form and we had a great season.
Stuck in the mud was the game of the day closely followed by dodge ball.
Training continues next Sunday morning at 11amand as always new members are always welcome.
The annual John Mitchels Gold Classic took place in Beaufort on August 25th. This was a really important fundraiser for the club. We had over 40 teams take place and everyone had a great day out. We would like to thank all who took part the tee box sponsors the teams that took part on the day, Beaufort golf club and to the organizers who made it run smoothly all day. We hope to see you all again next year at our annual golf classic.
Full Body Strength & Conditioning Classes Free for All Members.
Come along on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6amand avail of our free strength and conditioning classes being facilitated by George Bastible. All you need is motivation, an exercise mat and water. Open to all 18-year old’s and over.
Bingo continues on Wednesday and Friday nights. Eyes down at 8.30pm sharp at Chamfers John Joe Sheehy Road Tralee. Please note that only patrons 18 years and over are eligible to play bingo and proof of age will be required on request. Any persons under 18 years of age cannot unfortunately attend bingo.
John Mitchels GAA Club Lotto Results: Sunday 27th August 2023.
This week’s Lotto numbers are 01 ,02 ,11 & 18.
The numbers today were drawn by George Lowe, Peter and Ava Nammock .
There was no winner of the Jackpot of €1,450.00
Congratulations to our three lucky dip winners this week:
€25.00: Mary Horgan
€25.00: Annette Dalton
€25.00: James O Donoghue
Next week’s Jackpot is €1,500.00 and the draw will take place on Facebook Live on Sunday 03rd September 2023 at 11am.
Ticket sales close at 9am sharp. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here: https://bit.ly/3LlAIYu We thank you for all your support.
On behalf of all in John Mitchels we also extend a sincere sympathy to the families of the following:
Michael Rice Bawnboy, Tralee, Kerry / Abbeydorney, Kerry.
Albert Griffin O’Rahillys Villas, Tralee, Kerry.
Bridie Kelly(née Brick)St. Brendan’s Park, Tralee, Kerry.
James O’Brien Oakview Village, Tralee, Kerry.
Paddy Fitzgibbon Killeen, Tralee, Kerry.
Niall O’Carroll Barrakilla, Tralee, Kerry