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Major changes for this year’s 7-a-side 

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Killarney Athletic have announced a number of exciting new changes for next month’s Senior 7-a-side, including rolling subs, great prizes for the top performers and American style run-up penalties. There are also plans to have a nightly crossbar challenge, which will see spectators brought from the crowd to compete for prizes. The length of the final, meanwhile, has been reduced from 30 minutes a half to 20.

Tournament organisers met with players and the club executive this week to hash out the new additions, all of which are aimed at improving the overall experience for players and spectators alike.

Unlimited substitutions have been a successful feature of the Over 35 competition for a number of years and it is hoped that its introduction at Senior level will lead to more exciting, higher-paced games. It will also give all players a more even share of the minutes.

Replacing the traditional penalty shootouts with American style run-up penalties is sure to be a popular move. The variation was first introduced by the North American Soccer League in the 1970s and 1980s and the MLS repeated the practice during its first four seasons between 1996 and 1999. Last year, FIFA revealed that they were considering bringing run-up penalties back for the 2026 World Cup.

The penalty taker starts 35 yards from goal and has five seconds to score. He can dribble wherever he wants and shoot from wherever he wants. The goalkeeper can also come off his line as far as he likes. Teams will still have five penalties each. If you haven’t seen one of these shootouts, be sure to check out the Killarney Advertiser Twitter page (@AdvertiserSport). They are very entertaining and well worth a watch.

There will be no extra time: drawn knockout games will go straight to penalties.

Organisers have also decided to bring back the Golden Boot Award for the top goalscorer in the Premier and the Reserve, while the Senior and Reserve Player of the Tournament Awards will be presented, as always, to the top footballers in each competition. This year, the winners of individual gongs will receive a voucher for their troubles. The Senior champions will earn free entry to next year’s 7-a-side.

The games will commence on Monday, June 25 at the club’s grounds in Woodlawn.  Application forms are available from the Beech Road and Park Road branches of Killarney Credit Union and online at www.killarneyathletic.com. The entry fee is €200 for the senior men’s tournament, €150 for over 35s and ladies and €100 for U-14s and U-16s. Entry for U-10 and U-12 teams is €75.

The closing date for senior entries (to be returned to the Credit Union) is Saturday, June 9 before 12 noon. The draw will take place on Wednesday, June 13 in Scotts Bar at 9pm. The closing date for entry to the underage tournaments will be announced shortly.

With all of these exciting new changes, this year’s 7-a-side is shaping up to be one of the greats. Be sure to get your team together and your entry forms in as soon as possible.

 

 

 

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Who’s in your circle?

    Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose? Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?Are you looking forward to […]

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Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose?

Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?
Are you looking forward to the next five, 10, 20 years of your life?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, I encourage you to look around at the people you spend your time with. Your time is your most expensive asset. Your mind is your most expensive real estate.

With whom you spend your time, and those that you permit to impact your thoughts and decisions will have a great impact on your life.

From the outside looking in, our gym culture is the most difficult health benefit for others to understand.
Now more than ever all our brains are fed is chaos, division, selfishness and negativity. We can’t have that here. Those that thrive in that environment aren’t a good fit for us, and they won’t last long here. Either they’ll leave on their own, or we’ll tell them it’s time to go.

Years ago, when I was struggling with some people decisions (personally and business); one of my mentors told me something that continues to stick with me. It’s since been something I have said to people many times;
“The people that have helped you get to where you are may not be the same people that can help you get to where you want to go.”

Ask yourself these three questions;

* Who’s in your circle?
* Who do you need to start spending less time with?
* In order to get where you want to be, what kind of people do you need to start spending more of your time with?

Now it’s time to get to work. Start spending less time with those dragging you down. Start surrounding yourself with the people that won’t condone your behaviours that aren’t consistent with your goals, support your work ethic, help you to learn from your failures and will be excited to celebrate your successes.

When you are ready, we are here to help. Book your complimentary consultation by visiting our website www.activate.ie.

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Get on your bike from The Rose Hotel!

  There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]

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There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.

Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.

“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.

Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!

“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.

“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”

The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.

To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.

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Currow kids go toddling to raise vital funds

  70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children. They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’. Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years […]

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70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.

They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.

Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.

“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”

Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.  

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