First years of the New Millenium

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2000 was a most interesting year as it promised more than it delivered, but even in defeat
we were still in the shake up of a number of North Kerry and County competitions and the
saga of our senior team, we reached the County Novice Championship final against Kilgarvan
at Austin Stack Park, Tralee on a fine September Sunday afternoon but the team never rose to the occasion and lost by a couple of points 0-10 to 0-8. Seniors lost to Emmets ‘B’ in
the Semi Final of the Intermediate Championship 1-6 to 0-7. Minors drew with St.Senans in
the Minor North Kerry Championship but lost the Semi Final replay. Duagh knocked us out of
the Junior North Kerry Championship at the Semi Final stage. Eoin Kennedy got on the Kerry
Primary schools team and scored the winning point of the game that year.


In 2001 we still were hitting the headlines with success on the playing fields. Victory over
Ballyduff ‘B’ in the North Kerry Intermediate Championship Final at Stack Park, Ballybunion
was certainly the highlight of the year winning on a scoreline of Asdee 0-8 to Ballyduff 1-3.
Our juniors reached the division 4 shield final but went down to Emmets 1-11 to 1-4.

2002, maybe no silverware but unlucky on a few occasions especially as both seniors and
juniors having reached North Kerry Finals having been impressive in their run in to the
North Kerry Intermediate Championship Final. Our seniors after having the game at their
mercy. Took their foot off the pedal and were caught napping in the final quarter by
Knocknagoshel. However a controversial goal late in the game seemed to upset our plans.
Final score Knocknagoshal 3-7 to Asdee 0-7. This was not the case with our junior squad who were drawn down 11 points at the break but staged a remarkable recovery to reduce that defeat to a single point at the final whistle in the North Kerry League Divisions final
again going down to Knocknagoshal 3-4 to 0-12. In the County Novice Championship it was
again Knocknagoshal who provided the opposition in round 1 and after a draw our seniors went down 2-11 to 1-5 in the replay. There were other bright spots on the year with many of our underage players helping Ballylongford win underage titles. Eoin Kennedy and Tomas Mulvihill won under-14 County Championship medals with Shannon Rangers.


2003. Well, looking back on 2003 we have nothing much to report on the playing fields. I
suppose immigration certainly has taken its toll but I’m sure we will rise again. We never
came anywhere near to winning a competition, we failed to field a junior side, failed to win
a single game in the County League and our only consolation was a single victory over
Moyvane in Division 3 of the North Kerry League. Further victories were achieved by our
underage with Ballylongford winning county and North Kerry titles. The club ran a very
successful field development draw with proceeds going towards the development of the Jack
Walsh Memorial Park. Shannon Rangers under 14 squad won back to back County titles with John Kennedy at the helm again. Eoin Kennedy, Eoin O’Carroll were on the squad while not be out done. Rangers minors won the County shield with Noel Long and Padraig Ruddle on the panel. But, certainly the year ended on a high note with for the club when John Joe O’Carroll was elected joined treasurer of the County Board. Again history was made as he is the first County Board officer to be elected from the club.

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