Memory lane, 1986-1989: The Jack Walsh cup, which was donated by the Walsh family, was first played for this year also and Asdee defeated Lenamore in the final in Ballylongford.
Asdee also had a great run in the intermediate championships defeating Moyvane in the final, but lost to Ballyduff in the final after a replay in a very exciting game. Success continued unfolding another chapter in the short history of this newly formed club.
The past two years were times to remember and 1988 was not any different. their debut in Division 1 of the North Kerry League they performed quite admirably against the big guns and caused a few upsets during, the league. The club were invited into the Holly Cup, a senior tournament organised by the Tarbert club.
Asdee defeated the hosts in the semi-final that will long be remembered, but surely the black and amber brigade came of age in the final against Moyvane played at Shannon Park, Tarbert, on August A 15th.
Very much the underdogs, Asdee turned in a performance that will long live in the history of the club’s achievements. Everyone played their Part in this great triumph but a special mention for John Kennedy who scored no less than 12 Points to cap a scintillating overall display.
The county Novice B championship was next on the fixture list. We defeated Clounmacon at Listowel in the opening round but Gale Rangers proved a tough nut to crack ill the semi-final at the same venue. However, the game was put out of Rangers reach in the final 10 minutes.
In the final Ballyheigue proved to be worthy opponents and only for a mighty effort from each Asdee player the title could have gone to the seasiders but instead an inspired John Kennedy performance who scored eight points of the tally of 0-9 set Asdee on the road to victory. The village of Ballyduff was covered in black and amber flags as John Joe O’Carroll accepted his second cup to add to the club’s success to date.
Asdee ended up in a promotion play-off in the county league with Kenmare but they were defeated on the day which was a source of disappointment in what otherwise had been a wonderful year for the club.
The county novice team was Tom Gorman, Tom Kennedy, Tom O’Sullivan, Sean O Keeffe, Gerdie O’Carroll, Mike O’Connor, Mike Vallely, John Kennedy, Sean Doran, Micheal O’Connor, Paddy Dee, Donie O’Keeffe, Fergus O’Connor, J.P. MeElligott, John joe O’Carroll, (Capt.). Subs., Tony McElligott, Eric O’Neill, Mike Moloney, Dan Sheehan, Tim O’Connor, Sean Whyte, Paudie Deenihan, Mike O’Donoghue, Paddy McElligott.
The registration form for the latest in the GAA Coach Webinar series is now open. Please note that the session will commence at 7.30pm (Irish Time) on Tuesday, May 19th. Click on this link to register.
Topic: Looking after mind & body, presented by Des Ryan.
Des will be sharing family friendly information to help stay active, manage healthy routines, and look after mind & body while staying at home. He will discuss keeping a regular routine, and doing regular activities, which will help this tough period go more smoothly.
Des joined Arsenal FC in February 2013 after a successful strength and conditioning career in the rugby world. Des worked for the IRFU as fitness education manager and his responsibilities involved managing the Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme for IRFU strength and conditioning coaches and managing the fitness development structures for rugby players in under-19 sides and below.
Des also has extensive experience in the world of GAA, training Roscommon and Galway. He has worked as head fitness advisor at Connacht Rugby from 1998 to 2008. During this time he had worked with the Ireland A rugby team for three years and assisted with the Ireland senior team.