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PRO GAA Scene June 28th 2017   28/06/2017


Kerry and Cork in Munster Final Showdown

The “old order” so to speak is restored once again when Kerry and Cork go head to head in the Munster senior football final in Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next (Throw in is at 2pm). It’s two years since these sides have met in competitive action and their two meetings in 2015 to decide the Munster Championship brought a combine attendance of 68,000 to the famed Killarney venue. The pre-match expectation then, very much like it is now, was that the reigning All Ireland champions Kerry, would be too strong for the visitors but, as we all know by now, Cork did everything bar win the drawn game after putting in a tremendous second half display having been four points adrift at the break. Indeed, it took a tremendous long range point in the final seconds from Fionn Fitzgerald to save Kerry’s bacon and it was a relieved home side who faced a replay at the same venue two weeks later. On that dark and wet Saturday evening, Kerry, without ever reaching top gear, controlled a low scoring game to eventually win by five points.

Since then their paths have gone in different directions with Cork slipping to Division 2 of the League and failing to Tipperary in Munster last year. Kerry, for their part, have failed to defeat Dublin at the final and semi final stages. Cork will not be too worried about having to come to Killarney once again and their graph one would think, can only go in one direction following disappointing displays against both Waterford and Tipperary, two matches they won by the minimum score. The Rebel side did show they were a resilient bunch of players, particularly against Tipperary when they could easily have thrown in the towel following the Premier county’s late goal. They will surely take a lot of heart from their response to that setback.

Kerry’s fine victory over Dublin in the Allianz League final probably masked a few indifferent displays earlier in that competition and they certainly looked a bit ring rusty in their victory over Clare in the first round of the championship. That six points win probably flattered the Kingdom standard bearers a little though it must be remembered that they played with a man short for all of the second half. The return to fitness of David Moran since then will please manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice as will Johnny Buckley’s return to the match day squad. The fact that two or three of the younger players are pushing for places is also a boost for Fitzmaurice and players like Ronan Shanahan, Jack Barry and Kevin McCarthy will have got invaluable exposure to the atmosphere of big match day from that League final.

The Kerry management will know that a wounded Cork side will always have a kick in them and no doubt they will be very wary of a Rebel backlash following recent criticisms of their displays against both Waterford and Tipperary. Eamonn Fitzmaurice was probably happy enough coming out of Cusack Park three weeks ago, as he and his players would have known that a repeat of that performance would not be sufficient to win a Munster title – regardless of the opposition. Since the introduction of the qualifiers, Kerry have always favoured route 1 to the quarter finals and with the likes of Mayo, Donegal and Monaghan waiting in the long grass for the losers on Sunday , that direct route is even more important than ever.

The Kerry team will be announced on Friday evening and posted on the Kerry GAA Website at 8pm.


Kerry Minors face Clare in Minor decider

The curtain raiser in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday will see Kerry Minors in action against Clare a team they already defeated in Round 1. That game against the Banner boys back at the start of April saw Kerry dominate the early stages to build up a big lead but they subsequently failed to keep up that momentum as Clare battled on to the bitter end. Whether on that evening Clare had one eye on the qualifier route or not given that the winners had to play Cork is hard to know but it came as no surprise to find that they went on to defeat Waterford and Tipperary before accounting for Limerick in the semi final. Kerry of course went on to defeat a fancied Cork side by an impressive ten points in Páirc Uí Rinn at the start of May and they certainly looked impressive on that occasion with team captain David Clifford showing the way. An injury to Donal O’Sullivan spoilt that win but otherwise they have a clean bill of health. Clare, under the management of Seamus Clancy, will no doubt have benefited from their four games to date and they certainly proved themselves to be a fairly resolute bunch when they got to grips with Kerry in the second half of that Munster opener. Whether or not they have improved enough in the interim to cause an upset we will have to wait till Sunday to find out. Throw in for the game is 12 noon and Saturday 8th is the date fixed for a replay.

The Kerry minor team will be announced on Friday evening at 8pm and posted on the Kerry GAA Website.


Ticket Arrangements for the Munster Football Finals

A capacity of 38,235 has been set by safety authorities  for Fitzgerald Stadium for Sunday’s Munster Finals which are all ticket..

The Minor game between Kerry and Clare throws in at 12 noon and the Senior game between Kerry and Cork has a 2pm throw-in time.

Stand

All Stand tickets have been allocated to the three competing counties and there will be no stand tickets on general sale.

Terrace

Terrace Tickets are Colour Coded as usual. Green, for the St Finans end (enter by Daltons Avenue), Blue for the Lewis Rd end (Enter by Upper Lewis Rd) and Red for behind the Lewis Rd goal (Enter via main entrance on Lewis Rd). Juvenile Terrace Tickets cost €5 and are available for the “Red” section only.

Terrace Tickets, if pre-purchased before midnight on Saturday night, cost €25 and may be purchased in advance at the usual sources  including participating Centra & Supervalu Stores (including all Garveys Supervalu Stores), Tickets.ie The Kerry GAA Store and Austin Stack Park,

Family Tickets

Family Tickets pre-purchased for the Scoreboard end of the ground cost €25 for adult and €5 for children. There is a concession of €10 on Adult tickets for Students/OAP’s prior to entry with valid id at the designated stiles on each side of the ground.

Pre purchase discount is valid until midnight on Saturday 1st July. Adult Ticket prices increase by €5 on Match day.

Bags and Ticket Search

Renewed awareness of security means that all bags will be searched. Spectators are advised to expect a Ticket and security search in the environs of the stadium and allow extra time accordingly.


Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Quarter Finals

The Quarter Finals of the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship take place on this Wednesday evening with all games having a 7:30pm throw-in and extra time applying where necessary. Fixtures are as follows:

Spa V Kenmare District

Dingle V Mid Kerry

Dr Crokes V Kerins O'Rahillys

East Kerry V South Kerry in Rathmore


Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Roundup

Just five of the scheduled seven games in the Acorn Life Under 21 championship opening round took place last week. Disappointingly, two divisional sides gave walkovers despite having the advantage of a home venue so Kenmare District, who got a walkover from Shannon Rangers and Dingle, who got a walkover from St Brendans along with Dr Crokes who had a first round bye, advanced to the quarter finals without a game. The games that were played were high scoring affairs by and large.

In Rathmore, East Kerry built up a commanding half time lead of 4-7 to 1-4 against Feale Rangers with Paudie Clifford (2) Ian Roche and Joe Clifford all hitting the net and the homeside led by 4-7 to 1-4 at the break, Dara Hughes being the goal scorer for the visitors. A string of points in the second half copper-fastened the home side’s lead and they eventually won by 4-15 to 1-11.

In Connolly Park, holders South Kerry had a big victory over the home side with a 5-15 to 1-5 victory,   Anthony Cournane (3) Dylan O’Donoghue and Jim Lynch being the goal scorers for the winners who led by 10 points at the break. Darragh Scanlon got the Stacks goal.

In Annascaul, Kerins O’Rahillys survived a strong second half fightback from West Kerry to advance after a high scoring encounter by 3-17 to 4-11. First half goals from Daniel Nix, man of the match Karl Mullins and Gearoid Dillane saw the visitors lead by 3-7 to 1-6 at the break with Brandon Hoare getting the West Kerry goal. Second half goals from Timmy Moriarty, Hoare again and Maurice Slattery for West Kerry were not enough to prevent the Tralee side advancing.

Meanwhile in Gallarus there was another goal feast as Mid Kerry defeated the An Ghaeltacht  by 6-11 to 1-11 with Gavin McKenna (2), David Roche, David Costello, Liam Carey and Niall O’Connor the goal scorers for the visitors.

Arguably the result of the first round was Spa’s victory over St Kierans in Brosna. The clubside had to line out without recent Kerry minors Liam Kearney, Dara Moynihan, Micheal Foley and Dan O’Donoghue. Spa led by a point at half time 0-7 to 0-6, and had to battle hard in the second half before a brilliant goal from Shane Cronin in the 61st minute edged the visitors ahead at the final whistle. Evan Cronin got 8 of Spa’s points in their 1-13 to 1-11 victory.


Keanes Supervalu Killorglin County Minor Football Championship gets underway this week

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship gets underway on this Thursday evening with a Preliminary Round game between Shannon Rangers and Kerins O’Rahillys in Tarbert  at 7:30pm. The prize for the winners of that game is a home draw against Laune Rangers.

The first round games will be played on Tuesday July 4th at 7:30 with extra time applying where necessary. The following are the fixtures:

South Kerry        V             Firies     (Cahersiveen)

Kenmare Dist    V             Austin Stacks (Kenmare)

East Kerry            V             St Kierans (Rathmore)

Mid Kerry            V             Dingle (Beaufort)

Prelim Rd (A)     V             Laune Rgs (Venue to be confirmed)

Dr Crokes            V             Feale Rangers (Lewis Rd)

West Kerry         V             St Brendans  (Annascaul)

Round 2 games will be played on Tuesday July 11th.


Credit Union Senior Football Leagues

Round 7 of the he Credit Union Senior Football League is down for decision this weekend with the majority of games fixed for Saturday at 7:30. There are a couple of exceptions however with Division 1 games between Rathmore and Templenoe, and Desmonds and the Gaeltacht brought forward to Friday evening at 7:30. The Division 2 game between Emmets and Listry goes back to July 20th by agreement and the games between Ardfert and Kenmare in Division 2 and that between St Senans and Annascaul have to be refixed due to the County Hurling Championship games. The Division 4 meeting of Scartaglen and Firies has been brought forward to Thursday evening at 7:30 pm. The usual Sunday default date does not apply due to the Munster football final.

Following the playing of a number of back games last weekend all Divisions are up to date following Round 6.


Junior Football Leagues

Clubs with back games to be played in the Junior Leagues are asked to agree fixtures before July 7th. The semi finals are fixed for July 21st with the finals a week later on July 28th.


Kerry GAA Store

Kerry supporters visiting Killarney on Sunday next can come along and see the new range of championship gear and leisurewear at the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre in Killarney. The Store is open from 9am to 6pm.


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Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling  Championship gets underway this weekend

The opening games in Round 1 of the 2017 Garvey’s Supervalu Kerry senior hurling championship [Corn Neilus Ó Floinn] will commence on this Saturday, 1st July with a double bill in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park. Reigning champions, Kilmoyley, play Crotta at 5.30p.m. followed by the meeting of St. Brendan’s and Causeway at 7.15p.m.

The remaining Round 1 games will be on Friday, 7th July when Ballyheigue play Lixnaw at 7.30p.m. and on the following evening, Saturday, 8th July, Abbeydorney play Ballyduff at 5.30p.m. All games will be played at Austin Stack Park, Tralee, with extra time if necessary. Round 2 will be played on 16th July, Round 3 on 6th August, the semi-finals on w/e 26th August and the final is scheduled for Sunday, 10th Sept.

Credit Union Senior Hurling League


Lixnaw have finished top of the Credit Union Co. Hurling League Division 1 table, with 12 points from 7 games. They were followed by Ballyduff and Kilmoyley on 10 points and Causeway on 8 [with one game to play v Crotta O’Neills on Saturday July 8th]. These 4 teams have qualified for the semi-finals.

Last week’s results were: Kilmoyley 2 - 14 Ballyduff 1 - 12; Abbeydorney 2 - 12 Crotta 2 - 11; Kilmoyley 2 - 11 St. Brendan’s 1 - 12; Lixnaw 4 - 18 Ballyduff 0 - 13. There is only 1 outstanding game in the league stages of the competition – Crotta v Causeway – and the result of this will determine the semi-final pairings.

Division 2, Round 4 results: Div. 2A - Kilgarvan 0 - 19 Austin Stacks 3 - 5; Abbeydorney 3 - 17 Dr. Crokes 3 - 15. Div. 2B - Kilmoyley 1 - 16 Lixnaw 1 - 11; St Brendan’s 1 - 11 Causeway 1 - 11. Lady’s Walk v Crotta deferred until 19 July.

Round 5 fixtures for this Wednesday, 28 June, 8.00p.m.: Div. 2A - Austin Stacks v Dr. Crokes; Kilgarvan v Kenmare; Abbeydorney bye. Div. 2B - Kilmoyley v Lady’s Walk; St Brendan’s v Crotta deferred to 5 July. Lixnaw have given a walk over to Causeway.


Minor Leagues

Round 2 of the Co. Minor hurling leagues will be played on Monday next, 3 July, 7.30p.m. as follows:  Div. 1A - Lixnaw v South Kerry; St. Brendan’s v Crotta; Causeway bye; Div. 1B - will comprise of Ballyheigue v Ballyduff and Abbeydorney v Kilmoyley. Full fixture details at www.kerrygaa.ie


Hurling Workshops

The third of the South Kerry Hurling Workshops will take place on Monday next, 3 July when Martin Fogarty, the National Hurling Development Manager, will conduct a session for Under 14 & Under 16 coaches. Venue is Killarney Community College, with a 7.15p.m. starting time. The session is free of charge. Further details from David O’Dea, Games Development Administrator for hurling in South Kerry [087-2170994].


Hurling Cúl Camps 2017

The 2017 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps get underway on Monday next, 3rd July at both Causeway and Rathmore. Cost is €60 per child with reductions for additional members of families. Open to primary school children, boys and girls between 6 and 13 years of age. Monday’s to Friday’s, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. daily. Further details & online registration at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie

Further Kerry camps are at: Lixnaw & Ballyduff (10 - 14 July), Ballyheigue & Kenmare (17 - 21 July), Abbeydorney, Ardfert & Fitzgerald Stadium (31 July - 4 Aug.), Crotta O’Neill’s - Dromakee (7 - 11 August) and Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s - Caherslee (14 - 18 August).