Club news

November 7, 2018

The four numbers picked out of the drum by Independent Observer, Maura Griffin, Tralee , for this week’s Lotto Jackpot of €13,000, on Monday night, 27th  September in Parker‘s Pub, Kilflynn were: 2,16, 17 and 26. However no one came up with the correct combination of numbers and the Jackpot survived for another week. The Lucky dip prizes winner each receives €35: Norma Relihan, Tullacrimmin, Abbeydorney, Fergus O’Sullivan, Castletown and Liam Kelly, Castletown, Kilflynn. The next draw will take place in Herbert’s Bar, Kilflynn on Monday 4th October, with a Jackpot of 13, 000. Tickets are available at 2 euro each or 3 for 5 euro from Club tickets sellers or from Herbert’s Bar, Kilflynn Parker’s Pub, Kilflynn, Byrnes Gala Shop, Kilflynn, Kilflynn Post Offices, Galvins Shop, Lixnaw, Foleys Shop, Lixnaw J.J Walshs Bar, Lixnaw, Quilter’s Bar, Lixnaw and from The Half Way Bar, Glenoe, Listowel, you can also play on the Crotta lotto on line now, check out the
You can now directly support Crotta Hurling club by playing our weekly Fundraising Lotto Online. Enter your lines of numbers for up to a year in one go, you need never miss a draw again! When playing online you will receive the Lotto results and club news updates by email after each draw has taken place
To play the Crotta GAA Lotto, four numbers are selected from 1 to 28. If anybody matches the four numbers selected on the night he or she wins/shares the Jackpot. There are also 3 Lucky Dip prizes of €35 drawn on the night. Tickets cost €2 each. More details on or on or from Crotta club officers.
Our U12 team were crowned County Champions when they won the Michael Reidy Trophy in Lixnaw on Saturday 25th September. They defeated St Brendans in an excellent match when kept the large attendance enthralled right till the final whistle. Ardfert were favourites coming into the match but what most people forgot was that Crotta had beaten holders Lixnaw fairly convincingly in the semi final. To sum up the match Crotta started the better and more importantly they finished very strongly scoring four points in the last ten mins.
The period of play in between was typical Championship fare and contested by two well prepared teams with some outstanding talent on both sides. Barry Mahony opened the scoring for Crotta after Darragh O’Donoghue had been fouled. Mahony added two more pointed frees following good incisive runs by Cathal Kennelly which resulted in two fouls on him. A long range free by Barry Mahony was deflected to the Ardfert net by full forward Paudie Dillon in the tenth minute and at this stage it was all Crotta. However Ardfert hit a purple patch and scored 1-04 without reply to lead by a point. Barry Mahony levelled matters again after some powerful play by the impressive Colin Browne but Fionan Mackessy had the last say of the half pointing from play. Half time Ardfert 1-05 Crotta 1-04. On the resumption Ardfert attacked but Darragh Kennelly who gave a man of the match display repelled all that was thrown at him. Having said that, Eric Leen who played centre back for Ardfert was himself having a thunderous game. A well worked move by Thomas Quinlan and Browne saw the latter score a tremendous point to even things again. It was end to end stuff for the next ten mins but Crotta were more productive from their attacks. From one of these Thomas Quinlan gave Crotta the lead but Ardfert equalised immediately. So we entered the final ten minutes and the emergence of Sean O’Donoghue and Adam O’Sullivan on the half forward line having been switched from the full forward line swung things in Crotta’s favour. These two players collected breaking ball and were fouled time and again by the indiscipline of the Ardfert backs. Donal Hunt who had entered the fray earlier was also upended and Barry Mahony who was to miss only one free from ten duly converted all three frees to put Crotta two points up entering the final few minutes. Ardfert had one last attack but found Darragh Kennelly unbeatable. Referee Butch Fealy who was fair throughout, sounded the final whistle to great cheers from the Crotta faithful. A tremendous achievement considering that seven of the starting fifteen are under eleven and had already collected U11 championship medals a few weeks ago. Darragh O’Donoghue (9 years old) was the youngest on the team at corner forward. Eamonn Whelan Vice Chairman of Kerry Coiste na nOg, who incidentally played underage for Crotta, presented the Cup to Crotta Captain Cathal Kennelly amid jubilant scenes. Cathal thanked all players, parents and coaches and thanked the Lixnaw Club for having the pitch etc in excellent condition. Team as follows:Brandon Conway Dylan McElligott Darragh Kennelly John Quilter Jack McKenna Barry Mahony(0-09) Dominic Nolan Colin Browne(0-01) Thomas Quinlan(0-01) Sean O’Donoghue Cathal Kennelly, Capt Sean Galvin Adam O’Sullivan Paudie Dillon(1-00) Darragh O’Donoghue. Brian O’Connell for Sean Galvin Donal Hunt for Jack McKenna Darragh Behan Aaron Murnane David Ryan Eamon Shanahan Padraig Hunt Darragh Stack Jack Glavin Darragh Sheehan. The Club would like to thank the Lixnaw Club for having everything right for the match, referee Butch Fealy and his team of officials and to Paddy White for organising all County competitions in such an efficient manner. Thanks to Aidan Behan of St Senans who has worked in tandem with us and enabled both clubs to fulfil all fixtures. Thanks to Dave O’Halloran Chairman of St Senans and to Mike and Bobs Barry for allowing us to train in both pitches while our own was being redeveloped. Thanks to all coaches and parents for their dedication. Finally the Club would like to wish Eamonn Whelan all the best when he takes up the post of Chairman of Kerry Coiste na nOg shortly. For the record Crotta junior team won the second match at Lixnaw, the Division 3 final and Tom Blond McElligott and Brendan Mahony starred in this win. Their two sons namely Dylan McElligott and Barry Mahony had played for Crotta U12 team in the first game.
The Crotta junior hurlers retained the County league Division 3 title with a 4-11 to 0-08 victory over a gallant St Brendan’s side also on Saturday  in Lixnaw. Crotta led by 1-06 to 0-03 at the interval break. Crotta scorers were Sean Twomey 3-07, Mikie Barry 1-02, Peter McGrath 0-01, and Darragh Mc Aullifee 0-01. The gremlins struck my computer this week and I lost some notes, but hopefully I will have them recovered for next week Kilflynn notes. Apologies.
Ballyduff: 1-18, St. Brendan’s 2-08
Ballyduff earned their place in the AIB Senior County Hurling Championship Final when they defeated St. Brendans in the semi final at Austin Stack Park on Sunday 26th September. Ballyduff, who last won the championship in 2006, led by 1-11 to 1-04 at half time and dominated for most of the game.
 Lixnaw 1-13, Kilmoyley 0-13.
 The reigning champions Kilmoyley were defeated by Lixnaw in the AIB County Senior Hurling Championship semi final at Austin Stack Park on Sunday 26th September. The teams were level at 9 points each at the interval with Kilmoyley’s Shane Brick and Lixnaw’s James Flaherty contributing the majority of the scores. Lixnaw now meet Ballyduff in the final on Sunday 10th October .
The Kerry County Board are running with a new under 15 hurling tournament this year starting on Friday 8th October and will run for 3 weeks on Friday evenings 15th and 22nd October Under lights, The finals for North and South Kerry teams will be held in Abbeydorney and this competition will be 9 aside tournament, The Under 15 Tournament will be named after the late Tom Healy, Abbeydorney.