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    Christy Ring Cup Final
    Kerry 2-22 Kildare 4-18

    Well the sun shone in Croke Park today but not for the Kerry Hurlers who lost their second final in a row by a two point margin, this time to a fired up Kildare side who hit the Kingdom for goals at vital stages of the game. It had all looked so promising for Kerry when they took an early six points lead, a lead that could have been more but for some poor shooting, but Kildare dominated large parts of that first half and Kerry did well to fight-back to take the lead by the minimum margin at the break. The second half was a ding-dong affair with scores being swapped regularly but at the end, the concession of two second half goals was to be Kerry’s downfall.

    The sides were level on 2 points each five minutes in when Padraig Boyle had the first goal of the game and points by John Egan, Shane Nolan and Boyle saw Kerry lead by 1-5 to 0-2 after just 7 minutes of play. However, Kildare hit the next 6 scores of the game to level up by the 18th minute with Kerry ruing 6 bad wides in that period. Colm Harty and Davy Butler restored Kerry’s lead but Kildare struck for 1-1 within two minutes, the goal from a penalty by goalkeeper Dermody to lead by 1-9 to 1-7 at the 26th minute. Harty replied with a point for Kerry but Kildare struck for another goal from Gerry Keegan to lead by 2-9 to 1-9 before Kerry put in a storming finish to the half with a point from John Egan followed by a goal from Shane Nolan and another point from Thomas Casey to send Kerry in at the break a point to the good, 2-10 to 1-9.

    The second half was played out at a frantic pace. Kildare struck for a goal in the 42nd minute from Ray McLoughney, but John Egan had the sides back on level terms 2-13 to 3-10 by the 47th minute with Padraig Boyle seeing his overhead pull going just the wrong side of the post when a goal looked on. The sides were level on three occasions as they exchanged points in the next five minutes but after sub John Griffin gave Kerry the lead, Kildare struck for a goal in the 53rd minute from Bernard Deay and as the sides swapped points twice, Kildare still lead by those two points with ten minutes on the clock.

    Kildare went four clear and with five minutes to go Davy Butler had a chance of a goal but shot straight at keeper Dermody and despite points from Shane Nolan and John Griffin, there was no catching a very focused Kildare outfit.

    Scorers:
    Kerry: Shane Nolan 1-4. Padraig Boyle 1-2, John Egan 0-4 (2fr), David Butler, Colm Harty and John Groffin 0-3 each, Thomas Casey and Tadhg Flynn (fr) 0-1 each.
    Subs: John Griffin for Fitzelle, Brendan O’Leary for Mikey Boyle, Jason Casey for Butler and Jason Leahy for Casey (Inj).



    Best wishes to our hurlers in the Christy Ring Cup Final today!

    Everyone in the Kingdom send best wishes to The Kerry Senior Hurling Team in Croke Park today as they take on Kildare in The Christy Ring Cup Final!

    Safe Journey to all our great supporters who have travelled with the team all year.
    Ciarraí Abú!





    Kerry Senior Hurling V Kildare – Christy Ring Final

    The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Kildare in the Final of the Christy Ring Cup in Croke Park on Saturday at 4pm shows 1 change in personnel and a number of positional changes from that which defeated Mayo in the Semi Final.

    Tom Murnane, who has recovered from the injury that forced his late withdrawal from the game with Mayo, resumes in his usual full back position, while Darragh O’Connell, who deputised for Murnane in that game, retains his place at midfield to the exclusion of John Griffin.

    The team lines out as follows:
    1. Tadhg Flynn (Causeway)
    2. Bryan Murphy (Causeway)
    3. Tom Murnane (Kilmoyley)
    4. Dougie Fitzell (Kilmoyley)
    5. Sean Weir (Crotta O’Neills)
    6. Darren Dineen (St Brendans)
    7. Thomas Casey (Causeway)
    8. Darragh O’Connell (Abbeydorney)
    9. Colm Harty (Causeway)
    10. Mikey Boyle (Ballyduff)
    11. Daniel Collins (Kilmoyley)
    12. John Egan (St Brendans) (Captain)
    13. David Butler (Knockavilla Kickhams)
    14. Padraig Boyle (Ballyduff)
    15. Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neills)

    Fir Ionaid:
    16. Nicky Leen (Ballyduff)
    17. John Griffin (Lixnaw)
    18. Brendan O’Leary (Abbeydorney)
    19. Jason Casey (Ballyheigue)
    20. Jason Leahy (Causeway)
    21. Keith Carmody (Causeway)
    22. Philip Lucid (Ballyheigue)
    23. Paudie O’Connor (Kilmoyley)
    24. Anthony Fealy (Causeway)
    25. Liam Boyle (Ballyduff)
    26. Paul McGrath (Causeway)

    Bainistíocht:

    Manager: Eamonn Kelly (Kildangan, Tiobraid Árann)
    Trainer/Coach: Brian Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams, Tiobraid Árann)
    Selectors: D. J. Leahy (Causeway), Tom O’Connell (Abbeydorney)

    Additional Panel Players:
    27. Aidan Boyle Ballyduff
    28. Giles O’Grady Ballyduff



    Christy Ring Cup Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final
    Kerry 3-20 Mayo 1-18

    Kerry wasted very little time in booking their place in the Christy Ring Cup Final on Saturday next in Croke Park (4pm) at Elverys McHale Park Castlebar this afternoon. From the throw in Kerry set about their task and Shane Nolan had the ball in the Mayo net inside the opening 20 seconds and followed up with a point from Darragh O’Connell, who had started in place of Tom Murnane, to give the Kingdom the perfect start. Kerry went on to register 1-6 on the scoreboard before Mayo, who lined out without their main talisman Keith Higgins, opened their tally and the pick of those scores was a 70metre free from goalkeeper Tadhg Flynn.
    Kerry’s second goal came in the 21st minute when Padraig Boyle collected a long clearance from Thomas Casey to rattle the net and Davy Butler got in for Kerry’s third goal just before the break to leave the visitors leading by 3-14 to 0-5 at the break.

    Kerry continued to pick off their points on the resumption but Sean O’Regan goaled for Mayo in the 40th minute to leave the score 3-18 to 1-7. Kerry introduced Keith Carmody and Philip Lucid but went 18 minutes without a score as the likes of Kenny Feeney whittled away at the Kerry lead and there was just 8 points between the sides when Kerry captain John Egan got Kerry back on the scoreboard.

    However, Kerry, who scored just six points in the second period, introduced further subs in Giles O’Grady, Brendan O’Leary and Anthony Fealy, but had enough in the bag and ran out 3-20 to 1-18 winners to set uo a final meeting with either Meath or Kildare in Croke Park on Saturday evening next at 4pm.
    Scorers Kerry: John Egan 0-7 (5fr), Padraig Boyle and Shane Nolan 1-2 each, David Butler 1-1, Darragh O’Connell 0-3, Sean Weir 0-2, Bryan Murphy and Tadgh Flynn (fr) 0-1 each .




    Kerry Senior Hurling V Mayo

    The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Mayo in the Semi Final of the Christy Ring Cup in Castlebar on Saturday at 1pm shows 1 change in personnel and a number of positional changes from that which defeated Kildare in Round 2.
    John Griffin comes in at midfield for Darragh O’Connell who is named in the subs, while team captain John Egan moves from midfield to corner forward with Colm Harty moving from the half forward line to partner Griffin at midfield.
    The team lines out as follows:
    1. Tadhg Flynn Causeway
    2. Bryan Murphy Causeway
    3. Tom Murnane Kilmoyley
    4. Dougie Fitzell Kilmoyley
    5. Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills
    6. Darren Dineen St Brendans
    7. Thomas Casey Causeway
    8. John Griffin Lixnaw
    9. Colm Harty Causeway
    10. Mikey Boyle Ballyduff
    11. Daniel Collins Kilmoyley
    12. Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills
    13. David Butler Knockavilla Kickhams
    14. Padraig Boyle Ballyduff
    15. John Egan St Brendans (Captain)
    Fir Ionaid:
    16. Nicky Leen Ballyduff
    17. Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney
    18. Keith Carmody Causeway
    19. Philip Lucid Ballyheigue
    20. Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley
    21. Jason Casey Ballyheigue
    22. Jason Leahy Causeway
    23. Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney
    24. Liam Boyle Ballyduff
    25. Anthony Fealy Causeway
    26. Giles O’Grady Ballyduff
    Management:
    Manager: Eamonn Kelly (Kildangan, Tiobraid Árann)
    Trainer/Coach: Brian Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams, Tiobraid Árann)
    Selectors: D. J. Leahy (Causeway), Tom O’Connell (Abbeydorney)

    Additional Panel Players:
    Aidan Boyle Ballyduff
    Paul McGrath Causeway


    The Kerry team to play Mayo in the Christy Ring semi final will be named on Friday morning.


    Christy Ring Semi Final in Castlebar

    Kerry have lost the toss for the staging of the Christy Ring semi final v Mayo and the game now goes ahead in McHale Pk Castlebar on Saturday next. Kerry have requested a 1pm throw in time for travelling purposes.
    ​It is hoped to name the team on Friday.

    Paths to the Semi Finals

    Kerry 4-31 Derry 0-11
    Kildare 1-16 Kerry 3-18
    Mayo 0-20 Armagh 1-14
    Mayo 0-15 Meath 0-16
    Wicklow 0-14 Mayo 1-15


    Kerry to play Mayo in Christy Ring Semi Final

    Kerry will play Mayo in the semi final of the Christy Ring Hurling Championship on Saturday nest following todays quarter final results in which Mayo surprisingly defeated Wicklow and Kildare defeated Derry.
    No draw for necessary for the pairings as previous meetings had to be avoided so Kerry play Mayo and Meath will play Kildare in the semi finals.
    A draw will take place on Monday to decide on home venues in both games.






    Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship – Christy Ring Cup Rd 2

    Kerry, despite never hitting the heights of their previous games this year, survived a tough struggle in Newbridge from a rejuvenated Kildare side to qualify for the Semi Finals of the Christy Ring Cup on Saturday May 31st.

    Kildare were first on the scoreboard with Mark Delaney and Ian O’Neill pointing either side of Kerry’s opener from Padraig Boyle and another Boyle, Mikey, who lined out at full forward, had the sides on level terms by the 6th minute.

    The sides swapped points with Shane Nolan (Fr) and captain, John Egan obliging for Kerry but with Paul Divilly accurate from frees for the homeside, Kildare moved 8 points to 4 clear before Padraig Boyle goaled for Kerry to bring them back into the game and when the same player followed up with a point the sides were on level terms 1-5 to 0-8 at the 21st minute. Boyle billowed the net again three minutes later when he collected a delivery from Bryan Murphy and gave the home keeper no chance. Kerry were now beginning to get to grips with the tight pitch and Shane Nolan had Kerry’s third goal from the penalty spot in the 28th minute and the Kingdom finished the half on the up with points from David Butler, Darragh O’Connell and two from placed balls from Shane Nolan to leave the half time score; Kerry 3-9, Kildare 0-11.

    On the resumption, points from John Egan, Shane Nolan and Darragh O’Connell, to two in reply from Kildare, extended Kerry’s lead but then Kildare were awarded a penalty which they duly despatched to the Kerry net and there was five points between the sides with ten minutes gone in the second half.

    Scores were slow to come-by thereafter but Kerr survived a determined effort from the homeside during the third quarter to emerge on top once again in the final quarter.

    Shane Nolan, with three points kept the scoreboard ticking over for Kerry who introduced John Griffin for Thomas Casey and Kerry led by 3-15 to 1-15 by the 65th minute. Philip Lucid and Keith Carmody were introduced for David Butler and Colm Harty and Kerry finished the game with further points from Sean Weir, Lucid and Shane Nolan to emerge victorious after a tough struggle that should stand to them when they take to the field in the semi final on the June Weekend.

    Scorers; Kerry: Padraig Boyle (2-2), Shane Nolan (1-8), Darragh O’Connell and John Egan (0-2) each, Davy Butler, Mikey Boyle, Sean Weir and Philip Lucid 0-1 each.





    Kerry Senior Hurling V Kildare

    The Kerry Team to play Kildare in Round 2 of the Christy Ring Cup in Newbridge on Saturday at 2:30pm shows no changes in personnel from that which defeated Derry in Round 1.
    The team lines out as follows:
    1. Tadhg Flynn Causeway
    2. Bryan Murphy Causeway
    3. Tom Murnane Kilmoyley
    4. Dougie Fitzell Kilmoyley
    5. Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills
    6. Darren Dineen St Brendans
    7. Thomas Casey Causeway
    8. Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney
    9. John Egan St Brendans (Captain)
    10. Mikey Boyle Ballyduff
    11. Daniel Collins Kilmoyley
    12. Colm Harty Causeway
    13. Padraig Boyle Ballyduff
    14. David Butler Knockavilla Kickhams
    15. Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

    Fir Ionaid:
    16. Nicky Leen Ballyduff
    17. John Griffin Lixnaw
    18. Keith Carmody Causeway
    19. Philip Lucid Ballyheigue
    20. Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley
    21. Jason Casey Ballyheigue
    22. Jason Leahy Causeway
    23. Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney
    24. Liam Boyle Ballyduff
    25. Anthony Fealy Causeway
    26. Aidan Boyle Ballyduff

    Management:

    Manager:
    Eamonn Kelly (Kildangan, Tiobraid Árann)
    Trainer/Coach
    : Brian Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams, Tiobraid Árann)
    Selectors: D. J. Leahy (Causeway), Tom O’Connell (Abbeydorney)

    Additional Players:
    Giles O’Grady Ballyduff
    Paul McGrath Causeway



    Kerry V Kildare in Christy Ring Cup

    The Christy Ring Round 2 game Vs Kildare on Saturday in Newbridge will throw in at 2:30.

    • Winners go through to the Semi Final on the Bank Holiday weekend.
    • Losers in Qtr Finals May 24th. Semi Final venues will be decided by a toss or draw. “Subject to the avoidance of Repeat Pairings, where feasible, a Draw shall be made to determine the Semi Final Pairings.
    • A further draw shall be made to determine Home and Away venue”.?





    Christy Ring Semi Finals a week late

    Due to the first Round draw between Wicklow and Kildare, the date for the Christy Ring Cup semi finals have been put back one week to the June Bank Holiday weekend.

    The following is the Draw for Round 2 of the Christy Ring Cup:

    Kerry will play the winners of the Kildare/Wicklow replay.

    First team listed has home venue. CCCC will confirm dates, times and venues on Tuesday.

    The Christy Ring Cup
    Round 2A

    • KIldare / Wicklow (Winners) will take place on Saturday next in Arklow & winners v Kerry
    • Mayo v Meath

    Round 2B
    • Derry v Down
    • Armagh v Kildare / WIcklow (Losers)​


    Christy Ring Cup – Round 1
    Kerry 4-31 Derry 0-11

    An easier than expected win for a rampant Kerry side as they overwhelmed visitors Derry at Austin Stack Park. Kerry had their passage to Round 2 well and truly booked by the break at which stage they led by 2-18 to no score and despite the fact that Derry upped their game considerably in the second period, Kerry eased their way to tomorrow’s draw with 12 different players getting on the scoresheet.

    Kerry, who lined out with Darragh O’Connell replacing John Griffin at midfield, were quickly into their stride and had 12 points on the board from the likes of the Boyles, Mikey and Padraig and Shane Nolan, before Nolan struck for Kerry’s first goal in the 22nd minute. Kerry reeled off 6 further points but Colm Harty had the last say of the first half when he cut in from the left to strike to the roof of the net to give Kerry a 24 points interval lead.

    Kerry added two more points on the resumption before Derry’s Alan Grant opened their account in the 37th minute. Derry did improve their marksmanship and had their first point from play in the 43rd minute but Kerry continued to pick off the points to lead by 2-27 to 6 points before Daniel Collins poked the ball over the line for the homeside’s third goal in the 57th minute. Derry did score three in a row but Padraig Boyle put the final nail in the Derry coffin with a goal just before the call of time.

    So Kerry will now go into the draw for Round 2 with the other Round 1 winners and that Draw will take place during the interval of the Allianz League Final in Thurles tomorrow Sunday.

    Kerry Scorers: Shane Nolan 1-10 (0-5Fr), Padraig Boyle 1-3, Daniel Collins and Colm Harty 1-2 each, Mikey Boyle and Davy Butler 0-3 each, Sean Weir and John Egan 0-2 each, Darren Dineen, Thomas Casey, Jason Leahy and Paudie O’Connor 0-1 each.

    Subs Used: Aidan Boyle for Butler, Keith Carmody for Cacey, Jason Casey for Dineen, Paudie O’Connor for Harty, Jason Leahy for Collins.




    Kerry Senior Hurling V Derry

    The Kerry Team to play Derry in the opening Round of the Christy Ring Cup in Austin Stack Park on tomorrow Saturday at 1pm shows three changes in personnel from the side defeated by Offaly in the recent Allianz League Playoff. In defence Dougie Fitzell replaces Darragh O’Connell and up front, Mikey Boyle and David Butler replace Brendan O’Leary and Keith Carmody.

    The team lines out as follows:
    1. Tadhg Flynn Causeway
    2. Bryan Murphy Causeway
    3. Tom Murnane Kilmoyley
    4. Dougie Fitzell Kilmoyley
    5. Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills
    6. Darren Dineen St Brendans
    7. Thomas Casey Causeway
    8. John Griffin Lixnaw
    9. John Egan St Brendans (Captain)
    10. Mikey Boyle Ballyduff
    11. Daniel Collins Kilmoyley
    12. Colm Harty Causeway
    13. Padraig Boyle Ballyduff
    14. David Butler Knockavilla Kickhams
    15. Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills
    Fir Ionaid:
    16. Nicky Leen Ballyduff
    17. Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney
    18. Keith Carmody Causeway
    19. Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney
    20. Jason Leahy Causeway
    21. Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley
    22. Philip Lucid Ballyheigue
    23. Jason Casey Ballyheigue
    24. Aidan Boyle Ballyduff
    25. Anthony Fealy Causeway
    26. Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw

    Management:
    Manager: Eamonn Kelly (Kildangan, Tiobraid Árann)
    Trainer/Coach: Brian Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams, Tiobraid Árann)
    Selectors: D. J. Leahy (Causeway), Tom O’Connell (Abbeydorney)

    Additional Players:
    Liam Boyle Ballyduff
    Paul McGrath Causeway



    Christy Ring Team Announced tonight

    The Kerry Team to play Derry in the Christy Ring opener at Austin Stack Park tomorrow will be named after a Team get together tonight and will be posted on the Kerry GAA Website at 9pm.​All children Under 16 are FREE tomorrow to the game at 1pm.


    Christy Ring Cup 2014

    Kerry senior hurlers open their Christy Ring Cup campaign at home to Derry on this Saturday, 3rd May at Austin Stack Park at 1.00p.m.
    Hopefully this will be the first successful step on the way to the final, which is scheduled for Croke Park on Saturday, 7th June.
    The Kerry hurling public are encouraged to come out and support the team.
    All under 16’s have free admission.
    Other games this weekend are Kildare v Wicklow; Mayo v Armagh and Meath v Down.


    Kerry Crash to Late Down Goal in Christy Ring Final
    Kerry 2-17 Down 3-16


    Kerry had victory snatched from their grasp in the cruelest of fashions in the Christy Ring Cup final at Croke Park when an injury time goal by big Gareth “Magic” Johnson saw Down Claim the Cup for the first time. When Padraig Boyle pointed Kerry in front in the 70th minute it looked like Kerry had earned their second Christy Ring title in as many years but in one last ditch attack, big Johnson outwitted Kerry keeper Bernard Rochford to claim victory for his side.

    Kerry had got off to the worst possible start when Johnson netted after two minutes and were 1-2 to no score down before they began to get a grip on the game and Padraig Boyle’s goal left just a point between the sides 1-3 to 1-2. A goal and a point in rapid succession from Shane Nolan had Kerry in front for the first time at the end of the first quarter and further points from Nolan (2) and Willie O’Dwyer saw Kerry lead by 2-6 to 1-4 by the 24th minute. Kerry were living dangerously at the back and Paul Brannock’s penalty was just over the bar and 3 further points during a period of dominance by the Mourne men saw Kerry lead by the minimum at the break, 2-6 to 1-8.

    Kerry lost captain, Paud Costell to a leg injury just on half time to be replaced by Gary O’Brien and John Egan was also introduced for the second half.

    Kerry got the perfect start to the new half with points from the excellent Brendan O’Leary and Padraig Boyle (2) but Conor Woods for Down was punishing any indiscretions from placed balls but points by Willie O’Dwyer and Gary O’Brien had Kerry leading by 2-11 to 1-10 6 minutes into the new half. James Coyle and Shane Nolan exchanged points but Kerry were dealt a blow in the 47th minute when sub Nicholson finished to the net after Rochford had saved brilliantly from a penalty. Just a point in it now and Kerry were under severe pressure but a point from Aidan Boyle and 2 from Shane Nolan pushed Kerry three clear by the 54th minute.

    Down were always threatening however, and points by Brannock and Nicholson saw the sides on level terms, 2-16 each with just 4 minutes remaining. Both sides missed chances before Padraig Boyle’s point looked like the winner but Johnson’s goal gave glory to Down.

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    There was heartbreak for Kerry today in Croke Park when Kerry lost the Christy Ring Final to a last minute goal to Down. The final score was: 3-16 to 2-17.
    Read the match report here
    http://munster.gaa.ie/2013/06/08/christy-ring-cup-senior-hurling-final-kerry-v-down/

    Best wishes to the Kerry Senior Hurlers and Management team today who play Down today at 4pm in Croke Park.
    Ciarraí Abú!!

    The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Down in the Christy Ring Cup Final in Croke Park on Saturday at 4pm shows 1 personnel change from the side that lined out against Kildare in the semi final. Padraig Boyle comes into the forward line instead of the injured Gary O’Brien. The team is as follows:

    1.Bernard Rochford (Killeagh)(Cork)
    2.Rory Horgan (St Brendans)
    3.Liam Boyle (Ballyduff)
    4.Paud Costello (Ballyduff)(Captain)
    5.Darragh O’Connell (Abbeydorney)
    6.Tom Murnane (Kilmoyley)
    7.Darren Dineen (St Brendans)
    8.John Griffin (Lixnaw)
    9.Daniel Collins (Kilmoyley)
    10.Brendan O’Leary (Abbeydorney)
    11.Willie O’Dywer (Mullinavat)(Kilkenny)
    12.Colm Harty (Causeway)
    13.Padraig Boyle (Ballyduff)
    14.Aidan Boyle (Ballyduff)
    15.Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neills)
    16.P.J. Gorman (Ballyduff)
    17.John Egan (St Brendans)
    18.David Fitzell (Kilmoyley)
    19.Sean Maunsell (Kilmoyley)
    20.Ally O’Connor (Ballyduff)
    21.Patrick O’Keeffe (Glenflesk)
    22.Gary O’Brien (Ballyduff)
    23.Brian Murphy (Causeway)
    24.Mike Lynch (Crotta O’Neills)

    All Roads lead to Croke Park for our Kerry Senior Hurlers

    Best wishes to the Kerry Senior Hurlers who are off to Croke Park this weekend for the Christy Ring All Ireland final. This is a fantastic achievement as it is their third time being in the final in only four years. The throw in time for the game against Down is 4pm and tickets are €25 and can be purchased from the Kerry County Board offices. We wish the team and management the very best of luck in their final preparations this week.

    We would urge all hurler supporters to get behind the team. It is great to see that some parishes already have signs and banners up supporting their club players representing Kerry, so get those flags and bunting out and give the lads a good send off to Croke Park!
    Some clubs are organising buses to Croke Park for the game, contact your local club secretary for details.

    Remember the game? - 2011 Christy Ring Cup Final – Kerry win title for first time

    Ciarraí 2 – 21 Cill Mhantáín 2 - 8

    On Saturday, 4 June 2011 Kerry won the Christy Ring Cup for the first time with a rather easy 13 point win over Wicklow in Final, played at Croke Park.

    Bhí Ciarraí 1 - 10 in aghaidh 0 - 6 chun tosaigh ag leath am. The first score of the second half was a Kerry point before the game’s top scorer, Kerry’s Darragh O’Connell (with a final tally of 1 – 9) scored a goal on 36 minutes to put his side firmly on top. Wicklow fought back with a penalty awarded to them after 38 minutes when substitute James Quirke was denied by the Kerry goalkeeper but followed up with a low drive to the net for a Wicklow goal. Kerry dominated the next 10 minutes shooting seven points without reply. Despite another Wicklow goal from Wicklow’s Quirke on 67 minutes, Kerry were comfortably ahead at that stage and went on to record their first title under the captaincy of Mikey Boyle.

    Ba é seo foireann Chiarraí ar an lá: Bernard Rochford (Killeagh, Cork), Padraig O’Grady (Ballyduff), James Godley (Kilmoyley), Eamon Fitzgerald (Causeway), Colin Harris (Ballincollig, Cork & ex Kilmoyley), Jason Casey (Ballyheigue), Andrew Keane (Crotta O’Neill’s), Darren Dineen (St. Brendan’s), John Griffin (Lixnaw), Darragh O’Connell (Abbeydorney), Gary O’Brien (Ballyduff), Mikey Boyle, captain (Ballyduff), Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neill’s), Mike Conway (Lixnaw), John Egan (St. Brendan’s).

    Subs: John Brendan O’Halloran (Kilmoyley), James Flaherty (Lixnaw), Liam Boyle (Ballyduff), John Fitzgerald (Causeway), Adrian Royle (Kilmoyley), Brian Murphy (Causeway), Paud Costello (Ballyduff), Colm Harty (Causeway), Padraig Boyle (Ballyduff), Padraig Monson (Glen Rovers, Cork & ex Causeway), Patrick O’Keeffe (Glenflesk), Aidan Boyle (Ballyduff), Darren Wallace (St. Brendan’s),. Brendan Brosnan (Lixnaw), David Fitzell (Kilmoyley), Darren Delaney (St. Brendan’s), Anthony Fealy (Causeway), Jason Leahy (Causeway).

    Bainisteoir: John Meyler. Roghnóirí: John Hennessey & Sean O’Shea, Coach/trainer: Joe O’Connor.

    CHRISTY RING TEAM 2012 WILL BE RELEASED ON THURSDAY NIGHT 6TH JUNE



    Kerry reach Christy Ring Cup Final

    Ciarraí 1 – 14 Cill Dara 0 – 11

    Kerry reached the Final of the 2013 Christy Ring Hurling Cup competition on Saturday with a comfortable 6 point win over Kildare. Before a good sized attendance at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park, the home side conceded a first minute penalty, saved it and went on to largely dominate proceedings thereafter.

    Kerry hit 4 points in succession before Kildare opened their account in the 17th minute with a Micheál Purcell point. Both sides were guilty of some terrible wides, each hitting 8 in the first half. The second quarter saw both sides play very positive hurling with Kildare hitting 3 points to Kerry’s 2 during that period.

    Ag leath am bhí Ciarraí 0 - 7 in aghaidh 0 – 4 chun tosaigh.

    Two early Kildare points on the resumption narrowed the gap to 1 by the 38th minute. Kerry then hit a purple patch. Shane Nolan scored a goal when his persistence in challenging the Kildare goalkeeper paid off and this was followed by a succession of points from O’Connell, O’Leary, Collins and Aidan Boyle. This left Kerry 1 – 11 to 0 – 6 ahead by the 45th minute and that really was that.

    Kildare straightened their shooting during the remaining period with 5 points to Kerry’s 3 but Kerry were by then clearly ahead and through to the final.

    Kerry now go on to play either Meath or Down on Saturday, 8 June. These sides finished level, after extra time, in the other semi-final

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    The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Kildare in the Christy Ring Cup Semi final in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Saturday at 3pm shows 1 personnel change from the side that lined out against Derry in the last Round. Brendan O’Leary, exam tied for the previous round, returns to the half forward line to the exclusion of John Egan.


    The team is as follows:
    1.Bernard Rochford (Killeagh)(Cork)
    2.Rory Horgan (St Brendans)
    3.Liam Boyle (Ballyduff)
    4.Paud Costello (Ballyduff)(Captain)
    5.Darragh O’Connell (Abbeydorney)
    6.Tom Murnane (Kilmoyley)
    7.Darren Dineen (St Brendans)
    8.John Griffin (Lixnaw)
    9.Daniel Collins (Kilmoyley)
    10.Brendan O’Leary (Abbeydorney)
    11.Gary O’Brien (Ballyduff)
    12.Willie O’Dywer (Mullinavat)(Kilkenny)
    13.Colm Harty (Causeway)
    14.Aidan Boyle (Ballyduff)
    15.Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neills)

    16.P.J. Gorman (Ballyduff)
    17.Patrick O’Keeffe (Glenflesk)
    18.Brian Murphy (Causeway)
    19.Brendan Brosnan (Lixnaw)
    20.David Fitzell (Kilmoyley)
    21.John Egan (St Brendans)
    22.Sean Maunsell (Kilmoyley)
    23.Padraig Boyle (Ballyduff)
    24.Pa Joe Connolly (Ballyduff)
    25.Stephen Page (Tommy Larkins), (Galway)
    26.Mike Lynch (Crotta O’Neills)


    Management
    Manager: Tom Howard
    Trainer: Fergie O’Loughlin
    Selectors:Padraig Regan,(Kilmoyley);Mike Burke(Causeway);Noel Browne (Ballyduff)

    Additional Players on the Kerry Panel:
    Ally O’Connor (Ballyduff)
    Mike O’Halloran (Ballyheigue)
    Jason Leahy (Causeway)
    Cyril Lynch (Crotta O’Neills)

    Injured:
    Tommy Barrett (Causeway)
    Diarmuid Walsh (Ballyheigue)

    •Kerry last reached the Christy Ring final in 2011 when they defeated Wicklow in the Final.






    The Senior Kerry Hurling Team got a Home draw in the Christy Ring Semi Final. They play Kildare in Austin Stack Park on Saturday 25th May at 3.00pm. The final of the Christy Ring Cup takes place on the 8th June in Croke Park.

    Please come out and support our Senior Hurling team on Saturday in this vital game. Ciarraí Abú


    At Austin Stack Park in Tralee on Saturday, Kerry qualified for the semi-final of the Christy Ring Cup competition when they had 6 points to spare over Derry, 0 – 14 to 0 – 8.

    Although Kerry had a very strong wind to their backs, Derry opened strongly and had 2 points on the board after 4 minutes. It took Kerry until the 8th minute to open their account with a pointed Shane Nolan free and he repeated the act in the 11th and 13th minutes. Darren Dineen from play and another Nolan free left Kerry ahead 0 – 5 to 0 – 3 by the 20th minute.

    Derry points from Brendan Rogers and a Paddy Henry free kept them in touch but Kerry finished the half stronger with 4 further Nolan points, 3 from frees, and a Darragh O’Connell free from 20 metres when his shot for a goal was deflected over.
    Bhí Ciarraí chun tosaigh 0 – 10 in aghaidh 0 – 4 ag leath am.

    The expected fight back from wind assisted Derry never materialised.

    Kerry played John Egan as a third midfielder to telling effect and together with John Griffin and Daniel Collins they dominated this sector and kept Derry at bay. Both sides hit 4 points apiece in the second half, with Kerry’s scores coming from Egan (2), Colm Harty and a further Nolan pointed free. Kerry never looked like being beaten and wound up very comfortable 6 points winners when Waterford referee Pat Casey sounded the final whistle.



    Christy Ring 2013



    The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Derry in Round 2 of the Christy Ring Cup in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Saturday at 1 pm shows 3 personnel changes and a number of positional changes from the side that started the opening Round game against Down.

    Rory Horgan comes into the full back line, John Egan comes in at wing forward and Gary O’Brien returns at centre forward. Brian Murphy, Brendan Brosnan and the exam-tied Brendan O’Leary are the players to lose out.

    The team is as follows:
    1.Bernard Rochford (Killeagh)(Cork)
    2.Rory Horgan (St Brendans)
    3.Liam Boyle (Ballyduff)
    4.Paud Costello (Ballyduff)(Captain)
    5.Darragh O’Connell (Abbeydorney)
    6.Tom Murnane (Kilmoyley)
    7.Darren Dineen (St Brendans)
    8.John Griffin (Lixnaw)
    9.Daniel Collins (Kilmoyley)
    10.John Egan (St Brendans)
    11.Gary O’Brien (Ballyduff)
    12.Colm Harty (Causeway)
    13.Willie O’Dywer (Mullinavat)(Kilkenny)
    14.Aidan Boyle (Ballyduff)(Captain)
    15.Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neills)
    16.P.J. Gorman (Ballyduff)
    17.Patrick O’Keeffe (Glenflesk)
    18.Padraig Boyle (Ballyduff)
    19.Brian Murphy (Causeway)
    20.Brendan Brosnan (Lixnaw)
    21.David Fitzell (Kilmoyley)
    22.Pa Joe Connolly (Ballyduff)
    23.Sean Maunsell (Kilmoyley)
    24.Tommy Barrett (Causeway)
    25.Brendan O’Leary (Abbeydorney)
    26.Ally O’Connor (Ballyduff)
    27Jason Leahy (Causeway)


    Management
    Manager: Tom Howard
    Trainer: Fergie O’Loughlin
    Selectors: Padraig Regan, (Kilmoyley); Mike Burke (Causeway); Noel Browne (Ballyduff)




    The Kerry Hurlers recorded their first victory in this year’s Christy Ring Championship with a win over Down in Newry on Saturday (Down 2-17 Kerry 3-16). Kerry looked to be well on top at half time on a score line of 2-11 to 1-8, the goals coming from Willie O'Dwyer and Aidan Boyle and other scores coming from Shane Nolan, Brendan O’Leary, Daniel Collins and Colm Harty.

    The second half saw goalkeeper Bernard Rochford pull off a great save to keep Kerry in contention as Down whittled the lead down to the minimum but a massive score from Liam Boyle from 70 metres was the insurance score for Kerry in what was an exciting encounter.

    Kerry now go on to play Derry in Tralee next Saturday. This is a big game for the Kerry hurlers and I would urge everyone to come out and support the team on the day.

    Kerry Scorers: Shane Nolan 0-9 (7 fr), Willie O'Dwyer and Brendan O'Leary 1-2 each, Aidan Boyle 1-0, Colm Harty, Daniel Collins and Liam Boyle 0-1 each.


    The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Down in the opening Round of the Christy Ring Cup shows 5 personnel changes and a number of positional changes from the side that started the final Allianz Hurling League game against Derry.

    Brian Murphy and Captain, Paud Costello, come into the full back line, Tom Murnane resumes at no. 6, Brendan Brosnan partners John Griffin in midfield and Willie O’Dwyer resumes at corner forward (Patrick O’Keeffe, Tommy Barrett, Rory Horgan, Gary O’Brien and Sean Maunsell are the players to lose out).

    The subs list is notable for the inclusion of former Galway Under 21 player, Stephen Page.

    The team is as follows:

    1. Bernard Rochford (Killeagh) (Cork)
    2. Brian Murphy (Causeway)
    3. Liam Boyle (Ballyduff)
    4. Paud Costello (Ballyduff) (Captain)
    5. Darragh O’Connell (Abbeydorney)
    6. Tom Murnane (Kilmoyley)
    7. Darren Dineen (St Brendans)
    8. John Griffin (Lixnaw)
    9. Brendan Brosnan (Lixnaw)
    10. Daniel Collins (Kilmoyley)
    11. Brendan O’Leary (Abbeydorney)
    12. Colm Harty (Causeway)
    13. Shane Nolan (Crotta O Neills)
    14. Aidan Boyle (Ballyduff) (Captain)
    15. Willie O’Dywer (Mullinavat)(Kilkenny)
    16. P.J. Gorman (Ballyduff)
    17. Patrick O’Keeffe (Glenflesk)
    18. David Fitzell (Kilmoyley)
    19. Rory Horgan (St Brendans)
    20. Gary O’Brien (Ballyduff)
    21. Mike Lynch (Crotta O’Neills)
    22. Padraig Boyle (Ballyduff)
    23. Diarmuid Walshe (Ballyheigue)
    24. Stephen Page (Tommy Larkins) (Galway)
    25. Sean Maunsell (Kilmoyley)
    26. John Egan (St Brendans)

    Mangement
    Manager: Tom Howard
    Trainer: Fergie O’Loughlin
    Selectors: Padraig Regan, (Kilmoyley); Mike Burke (Causeway); Noel Browne (Ballyduff

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