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PRO GAA Scene May 24th 2017   25/05/2017


Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Roundup

Three of the four quarter finalists are now known following last weekend’s action in the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship. All Ireland champions Dr Crokes served notice of their intentions when hitting St Brendans for seven goals in Lewis Rd to record a 7-17 to 0-16 victory in a game that also saw Ivan Parker score six points from play for the losers. Rathmore secured their Quarter final place following a 2-16 to 2-7 victory over Feale Rangers in a fiery encounter at Rathbeg and Kerins O’Rahillys’ victory over Dingle in Páirc an Aghasaigh (2-14 to 3-9) must go down as the performance of the weekend given the pressure they were under following defeat by Austin Stacks in the Club Championship relegation game just three weeks ago. The final quarter final place from the Round 2 fixtures rests between Austin Stacks and Legion who meet in the Round 2A tie on this Friday evening in Connolly Park at 7:30pm. Both sides had good Round 1 Replay victories away from home last weekend. Stacks travelled to Scartaglen on Saturday evening and survived a late penalty for St Kierans to win by two points (0-14 to 1-9)while Legion travelled to Kenmare on Sunday and came out the right side of a ding dong battle to record a 2-13 to 1-15 victory.

Meanwhile, in a Round 2B double bill in Lewis Road, both Mid Kerry and Kilcummin made their exit from the championship last weekend. South Kerry had it all their own way against Kilcummin to record a 2-17 to 1-5 victory while a youthful East Kerry side had a surprisingly easy 4-15 to 1-11 victory over Mid Kerry. So South Kerry and East Kerry advance to Round 3 where they will be drawn against a losing team from Round 2A (Dingle, St Brendans, Feale Rangers and Austin Stacks or Legion).

The two remaining games in Round 2B will be played on this Friday evening when Kenmare District face local rivals Kenmare Shamrocks in Templenoe and West Kerry have St Kierans as visitors to Gallarus. Both of those games throw in at 7:30 with the loser in each case exiting the competition.

The competition will then be parked until Round 3 on July 9th, the week after the Munster Football final.

Kerry Under 17s are Munster Champions

Kerry became the first – and probably the last – winners of the special Munster Under 17 football competition following a deserved victory over Cork before a fine attendance of 1,631 at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Tuesday  evening  of last week. It was a tough encounter between these age old rivals with no quarter asked or given and while Cork may have had as much possession as the winners, Kerry were the better side at taking the chances that came their way.

Kerry recovered from a bad start to lead by a couple of points at half time, 8 points to 6 and they had three quick-fire scores inside the opening five minutes of the new half to put them 5 clear and those scores sustained them for the remainder of the game as they withstood fierce Cork pressure.

It was a very satisfying win for the homeside who are under the same management as the Minors.  Kerry’s next outing will not be until the August weekend when the semi finals – Munster V Connaught – will be played. The final is on August 20th.

Munster Championship Semi Final

With semi finals down for decision this coming weekend, Kerry’s first game in the Munster Championship is edging ever closer. Clare and Limerick face off this weekend in Cusack Park Ennis and Kerry will take on the winners of that game on the weekend of June 11th/12th. (If the Limerick V Clare senior hurling game ends in a draw then the football game will go ahead on the Saturday).  If Clare are our opponents then the game will be in Cusack Park and if it’s Limerick then the game will be played in Fitzgerald Stadium. No decision has been made on whether the semi final will go ahead on the Saturday or Sunday.

Kerry Junior Management Team are named

Kerry Junior Manager, Jimmy Keane of Brosna has named his management team which will be ratified at Monday night’s County Committee. His selectors are Paul Quinn (An Ghaeltacht), Niall O’Mahony (Spa) and John O’Connell (Tarbert)

Kerry will play Limerick in the Munster Junior semi final as a curtain raiser to the senior semi final on June 11th or 12th in Cusack Park or Fitzgerald Stadium.

Only four counties, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford and Clare are participating in this year’s Munster championship.

Club Championship Draws

The Draws for the Castleisland Mart Intermediate, Junior Premier, Junior and Novice Club Championships will be made at the county committee meeting on Monday evening next in Austin Stack Park. The following clubs have qualified for the semi finals:

Intermediate Championship

Templenoe, St Marys, An Ghaeltacht and Laune Rangers

Premier Junior Championship

Na Gaeil,  Firies, Dromid Pearses, and Skellig Rangers

Junior Championship

Castlegregory, Tuosist, Lispole and Listry

Novice Championship

Scartaglen and Sneem/Derrynane have already qualified for the semi finals of the Novice Championship.  KIlgarvan play Cromane for another semi final place The final Preliminary Round game goes ahead on Saturday next in Moyvane  when Moyvane play Asdee (6:30pm) with the winners travelling to Beale in Round 1 in search of the final semi final place.

 

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Football League Finals Round-up

Division 1 – Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks will contest the Minor League Division 1 final following last weekend’s semi finals.

In Dingle, Dr Crokes defeated the homeside by 2-16 to 1-14 and in Connolly Park, Austin Stacks defeated Firies by 0-9 to 1-5. A date for the finals has yet to be decided.

Division 2 

Division 2 Final: Listowel Emmets 3-9    Cordal/Scartaglen 1-11

In a hectic finish in Kileen on Sunday evening, Listowel Emmets snatched the Division 2 title with a goal from Lorcan Moloney. The winners had the better of the first half and goals from Devin McKenna and Eddie Brown helped them to a 2-7 to 0-5 half time lead. A penalty from Shay Walsh and a string of points saw Cord/Scart complete a fine comeback to take the lead with five minutes to go but Moloney’s late goal secured the Division 2 title for the Listowel side.

Assistant Secretary of the County Committee Stephen O’Sullivan presented the winner’s shield to Rmmets captain Ciaran Pierce while Kerry Minor Manger Peter Keane of Keanes Supervalu Killorglin presented the Man of the Match award to Listowel’s Eddie Browne

Division 3A Final: An Ghaeltacht 3-13     Fossa 2-15

An Ghaeltacht pipped Fossa by a single point in a free flowing game at Farranfore where Ruairí Ó Beaglaoich for Gaeltacht (2-7)and David Clifford for Fossa (2-10) gave exceptional displays of marksmanship right out of the top drawer. A Goal by captain Adam Mac Amhlaoibh helped the winners to a half time lead of 1-9 to 0-10 and after Ó Beaglaoich had his first goal soon after the break,  David Clifford goaled for Fossa and the sides were level at the 40th minute. Ó Beagaloich had his second goal at the three quarter stage but again Clifford responded with a goal and the sides were level with five minutes to go before Ó Beaglaoich’s pointed free gave An Ghaeltacht victory.

Co. Board PRO John O’Leary presented the Div 3A Shield to winning captain Adam Mac Amhlaoibh and Seamus Kerrisk of Keanes Supervalu Killorglin presented the Man of the Match trophy to An Ghaeltacht’s Ruairí Ó Beaglaoich.

Division 3B Final: Kenmare 0-17                Gneeveguilla    1-13 (AET)

It took extra time before Kenmare edged out Gneeveguilla at Glenflesk in the Div 3B Final. Patrick Warren’s goal gave Gneeveguilla a slender half time lead of 1-6 to 0-8 but the sides could not be separated in normal time when they finished 0-14 to 1-11. Kenmare outscored their opponents by 3 points to 2 in the Extra Time period.

Co Board Assistant Secretary Stephen O’Sullivan presented the Div 5 Shield to winning captain Micheál McCarthy and Aidan O’Sullivan  of Keanes Supervalu Killorglin presented the Man of the Match award to Kenmare’s Dylan O’Connor.

Division 4 Final: Finuge 4-15       Annascaul/Lispole 2-8

Annascaul/Lispole proved too strong for Finuge at Ballymacelligott in the Div 4 Final. First half goals from Joe Kennedy, Killian Falvey and Robert O’Sullivan helped Annascaul/Lispole to a 3-6 to 0-4 half time lead and Rian O’Sullivan’s goal in the second half wrapped things up for the winners.

Christy Killeen of the County Committee presented the Div 4 Shield to winning captain Cathal Ferriter and Joe Sweeney, representing sponsors Keanes Supervalu Killorglin, presented the Man of the Match trophy to Annascaul/Lispole’s Gearóid Lyne.

Division 5 Final: Glenbeigh-Glencar-Cromane 1-13         St Marys/Renard 1-13    (AET)

Both sides looked nervous in the slippery conditions in the Division 5 final in Glenbeigh and the score stood at 0-3 apiece at half-time. However the second half saw the pendulum swing in both directions with the visitors going three points clear and then the homeside fighting back with a goal from Sean Tadhg Sheahan to take a four points lead with ten minutes to play. Darragh O’Shea’s goal for the visitors saw the sides finish on 1-9 each at the end of the hour and extra time could not separate two evenly matched teams who will have to do it all again at a later date.

Acorn Life U21 Football Championship 

The CCC has confirmed the participation of the following teams in the 2017 Acorn Life U21 Football Championship: Mid Kerry (including Laune Rgs), East Kerry (including Legion, Kilcummin & Rathmore), South Kerry, Feale Ranges, Shannon Rangers, West Kerry, St Brendans, Kenmare District, St Kierans, Kerins O’Rahillys, Austin Stacks, Dr Crokes, Dingle,  An Ghaeltacht and Spa. The competition is due to commence on Wednesday June 21st and the draw will be made in the next week or so.

 Junior Football Leagues

The ever popular Junior Football Leagues got underway last weekend with games spread over the entire weekend from Friday to Monday. Round 2 games go ahead this coming weekend and again the exact dates for playing the games are flexible, however Clubs are asked to contact Fixtures Co-Ordinator Christy Killeen with any changes to fixtures at an early stage.

County Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the county committee will be held in Austin Stack Park on Monday evening next at 8pm.

Kerry GAA “Night of Champions” at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium

The annual “Night of Champions” fundraising event for Kerry GAA teams will take place at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium on Friday June 16th 2017 and will be broadcast live on Radio Kerry.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club is the new sponsors of the feature race, the “Kerry GAA Supporters Race of Champions”. The open 550 yards event always attracts the cream of Ireland’s potential Derby candidates with last year’s Derby winner Rural Hawaii finishing fourth in the 2016 Race of Champions.

The Race of Champions will be just one of eleven quality races on the card. The event will also feature a Best Dressed Lady competition kindly sponsored by Jasmine Boutique and of course, Kerry county footballers and hurlers will be in attendance and available for photographs and autographs.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the PR & Marketing Committee

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Draw

The draw for the 2017 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry Co. Senior Hurling Championship will take place on Monday next, 29 May at Austin Stack Park at 6.30p.m.

Round 1 will be played over the weekends of 1st and 8th July with round 2 on 16th July, round 3 on 6th August, the semi-finals on w/e 26th August and the final scheduled for Sunday, 10th Sept.

Kerry Hurler John Griffin announces his retirement from Intercounty Hurling

Kerry hurler John Griffin affectionately known as ‘Tweek’, has announced his retirement from senior inter county hurling. A member of the Lixnaw club, he has been a member of the Kerry senior panel since 2003. Normally an industrious midfielder, he also played in both forward and back positions for both club and county.

In a 15 year inter county senior career he played in Divisions 1, 2 and 3 of the Allianz League, winning medals in the latter two. At championship level, John played in 5 Christy Ring Cup finals with Kerry, winning in both 2011 and 2015 while being on the losing side in 2010, 2013 and 2014. He had the honour of captaining the winning team in 2015 when Kerry defeated Derry in the final.

He travelled to Texas as an All-Star replacement in December 2015 and had the honour of playing for his country in a number of shinty-hurling internationals against Scotland.

He will continue to line out with Lixnaw hurlers in both county and divisional competitions.

Credit Union Senior Hurling  League

 

Credit Union Co. Hurling League Division 1 result from last Friday: Kilmoyley  2 – 15 Abbeydorney 1 – 16. Lixnaw continue to lead table with full points from 3 games, followed by St. Brendan’s and Kilmoyley on 4 points each. Abbeydorney & Ballyheigue are at bottom with no points to date. St. Brendan’s play Ballyduff on this Saturday, 27 May at Ardfert, 7.00p.m. (this game will double up with the 2016 NK Senior ‘B’ League Final).

Division 2 commences on Wednesday next, 31 May with the following fixtures: Division 2A – Austin Stack’s v Kenmare; Abbeydorney v Kilgarvan; Dr. Crokes v Ballyheigue. Division 2B – Lixnaw v Lady’s Walk; St. Brendan’s v Kilmoyley; Causeway v Crotta.

Celtic Challenge

 

The Kerry Under 17 hurlers lost by 4 – 16 to 1 – 7 to West Cork last Wednesday in Round 3, Group B of the Celtic Challenge competition. Round 4 against Limerick City will take place on this Saturday, 27 May. Venue is Abbeydorney where there will be a 2.30p.m. throw in.

Poc Fada 

Comórtas Poc Fada Chiarraí, the county long puck hurling competition will take place over a course on Kerryhead Mountain on Bank Holiday Monday, 5th June. One competitor from each club is invited to participate in the senior & under 16 hurling and camogie sections. The perpetual trophy for the senior competition is sponsored by the North Kerry Hurling Board.

Clubs

In North Kerry, St. Brendan’s and Lixnaw finished level in the 2017 Senior League Final while Causeway won the Intermediate League with a 2 - 12 to 0 - 3 win over Abbeydorney. The quarter finals of the North Kerry Senior Championship go ahead this week as follows: Thursday, 25 May, 7.30p.m. Lixnaw v Abbeydorney; Sunday, 28 May, 12 noon, Kilmoyley v Crotta; Monday, 29 May, 7.45p.m. St. Brendan’s v Ballyheigue and Tuesday, 30 May, 7.30p.m. Ballyduff v Causeway (first named team at home).

Tralee Parnell’s Hurling Club continue their weekly coaching sessions for Under 8, 10 & 12 plyers at Caherslee G.A.A. grounds each Friday evening from 7.00 – 8.00p.m. All children from the Tralee catchment area are welcome to come along and participate, equipment supplied. Further details on the club Facebook page.