The club has had all eyes on the GAA World Games that has taken place in Waterford last week. In particular we have been following the fortunes of Parnells Ladies and the London Hurlers team. From a group of seven teams, the Ladies finished runners up and after beating the Middle East in the semi-final they faced Australasia-formidable opponents-in the final in Croke Park. It was a tantalisingly close game and unfortunately Parnells lost by a point 1-09 to 2-07. A gutting loss but the ladies can be proud of their achievements this week, in particular Caoimhne O’Reilly (Goalie) who was awarded Player of the Match in the final.
The London Hurlers have had marvellous success as well in the Native Cup. Winning all their games apart from one draw and topping the group, they then beat MidAtlantic in the semi-final and faced New York in the final in Croke Park. This game was a difficult one seeing New York turnover an earlier draw in the competition with London. It was not London’s day with New York winning the game 4 – 10 to 2 – 06.
Two Parnells players played, brothers Alan and Aidan Callanan who play with Granuaille in London. Both had a fantastic week and a great experience. All to play for next time.
The focus changes to the Championship for the Junior team this week playing St. Anthony’s and Taras’ in the first championship games. The team is still developing as a young side and their Mullarkey Cup and League campaign will stand them in good stead and with continued training the side will aim to scale the Junior Championship mountain as they take on the teams in their first attempt in this competition. Best of luck to them.
The club would like to congratulate Ger and Marie Foley who recently got married in Kerry and wish them health and happiness in their future journey together in life.
Events to look forward to after the summer are the Youth Golf Day taking place on Friday 13th September at Stanmore Golf Club. Information is in circulation and more details to be on the website soon. Also on Saturday 14th September we will be hosting our U12 Commemorative Games for the Ryan, Togher and Somers trophies. This year we will be introducing a new trophy competition for an U13 girl’s competition in honour and in memory of Brendan Lynch (RIP). We will be welcoming visiting teams including Sean McDermotts from Birmingham and Ballyporeen from Tipperary. The club will celebrate with football and family fun and hope that it will be a great success and look forward to everyone joining us.
The season continues and Parnells are always happy to welcome at our bases, Harrow Rugby Club and Northwick Park, new players across all age groups and ability. For U6-17 please contact Colin McGuinness (07779 340398) or Veronica Bailey (07768 635534) and for the Senior/Junior teams, please contact Tony Griffin (07966 160999) or Dennis Diggins (07768 352680). Training for the Youth section will resume w/c 2/9.