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PRO GAA Scene July 12th 2017   12/07/2017

Kerry GAA Scene July 12th 2017


Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Round 3 Roundup

Round 3 of the Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship did not disappoint when it came to drama with two of the games going to extra time before an outcome was decided. The most dramatic was probably the meeting of East Kerry and St Brendans in Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening where East Kerry overcame a ten points deficit to force a draw with the clock showing the 63rd minute. In extra time minor starlet David Clifford made a cameo appearance for East Kerry and scored what proved to be a winning goal with his second touch of the ball. There were 48 scores in all as the scoreboard read 3-24 to 4-17 at the final whistle.


In another epic encounter at the same venue on Sunday evening, Killarney Legion were within seconds of claiming a quarter final place when playing out time a point to the good against West Kerry. However, West Kerry turned the ball over and Sean Micheál Ó Conchúir floated over the equaliser and it was the divisional side who picked up the momentum in the final period of extra time to win by three points, 1-18 to 0-18.


Meanwhile another Divisional side, South Kerry clinched their quarter final place with a six points victory over a rather disappointing Dingle side who rarely threatened to advance. Veteran Ronan Hussey was the start of the show for the winners at full forward helping himself to 1-5 and last year’s Kerry minor, Graham O’Sullivan, a very early replacement for the injured Bryan Sheehan, was another who impressed, this time in attacking role, as South Kerry prevailed on a 1-13 to 0-10 scoreline.


Kenmare Shamrock’s good form this year continued at Fitzgerald Stadium where they accounted for Feale Rangers by a five points margin, 0-17 to 0-12. The club side led by 9 points to 5 at the break and though the North Kerrymen reduced the deficit to two points with ten to go but points from the influential Sean O’Shea and Paul O’Connor booked Kenmare’s place in the quarter final.


So the Round 3 winners, Kenmare Shamrocks, West Kerry, South Kerry and East Kerry are in the draw for the quarter finals where they will be on one side of the draw against Round 2A winners Dr Crokes, Kerins O’Rahillys. Austin Stacks or Rathmore. The quarter finals depend on Kerry’s progress in the All Ireland series but it will be at least Mid to late September before these games are played.


Round 8 of the Credit Union Senior Football League this weekend

The Credit Union Senior Football League takes centre stage once again this weekend with a wide range of fixtures across all Divisions. The various Rounds have passed alarmingly fast with all fixtures fully up to date at the end of Round 6 which must be some sort of a record in itself.


In Division 1 there is no doubt that it is a case of who will finish behind Dr Crokes and qualify for the League final with the Killarney side who remain  unbeaten and four points to the good. Behind them there is a right race for second place with Rathmore, An Ghaeltacht, Glenbeigh-Glencar and Dingle all tied on 10 points with the big game this weekend being the meeting of Glenbeigh-Glencar and An Ghaeltacht. The situation at the bottom is no less interesting with Desmonds still without a point and the Castleisland outfit will surely need to get at least a point from their visit to Strand Road. It is the predicament of Austin Stacks that is getting most attention however as they hover on the brink with just three points ahead of their visit to Milltown in this round. There is one back game in this Division that between Rathmore and Templenoe on July 27th while Rathmore and Milltown-Castlemaine brought forward their Round 9 game to Wednesday of last week a game Rathmore won by 3-17 to 1-9.


In Division 2, Legion have dropped just one point as they lead the table by 2 points on 13 from Spa on 11, Glenflesk on 10 and Beaufort on 9. Indeed the closeness of the teams is a feature of Divisio2 this year where just three points separates seven teams. The big game this weekend is the meeting of Spa and Glenflesk who are second and third in the table respectively. Towards the bottom, Listry have 2 points with three teams on 4 points namely Waterville, St Pats and Ardfert, though Ardfert and Listry both have back games with the game between  Emmets and Listry due to be played on  July 20th while the game between  Ardfert and Kenmare will need to be refixed due to Hurling fixtures. Two games this weekend have been rescheduled with Kilcummin playing Ardfert on July 19th next and Listry and Beaufort going back to August 3rd by agreement.


There are five games in Division 3 this weekend (Finuge and St Senans have already played their Round 8 game) and the big game is the meeting of Brosna and Dromid Pearses. Dromid top the table on 12 points followed by Na Gaeil and Ballymacelligott on 11 with Brosna and Finuge on 9 points.  At the bottom, both St Michaels-Foilmore on 1 point and Fossa on 2points would want to be getting points on the board but the former have joint second placed Ballymac as visitors while John Evans takes his Fossa side to visit his native Laune Rangers. There is one outstanding back game involving St Senans and Annascaul that has to be refixed.


In Division 4, all games are up to date with Skellig Rangers on top of the table on 12 points followed by Keel and Lispole on 11 and Dr Crokes and Castlegregory on 10. Leaders Skellig Rangers visit mid table Firies while the big game in the top half is the meeting of Keel and Castlegregory. At the bottom, Scartaglen have just 1 point, Beale have 2, Sneem-Derrynane 3, Tarbert 4 and Duagh 5. There are two big games in this half of the Division and both are “four” pointers with Beale entertaining Scartaglen and Tarbert welcoming North Kerry rivals Duagh.


In Division 5 Ballylongford are tops on 16 points followed by Cordal on 14, Cromane and Moyvane on 12, Rathmore are on 11 and Churchill are on 10. The big games this weekend are the meeting of Cromane and Ballylongford and Cordal and Rathmore while Churchill and Kilgarvan will be battling it out to stay in the promotion race.


Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Semi finals

The semi final draw of the Acorn Life Under 21 Football Championship sees Dr Crokes paired against Kenmare Shamrocks and East Kerry playing Mid Kerry. Both games to be played on this Thursday evening at 7:30pm.


Both Kenmare and Dr Crokes have played just one game each with Kenmare getting a walkover from Shannon Rangers and Dr Crokes receiving a bye, both in Round 1. The sides had similar quarter final victories with Kenmare edging out Spa by a point and Dr Crokes defeating Kerins O’Rahillys by three. The District side can call on the likes of John Mark Foley, Stephen O’Sullivan, Patrick O’Shea and Killian Spillane while Crokes have former Minor All Ireland winners in David Naughton, Gavin White, Billy Courtney and David Shaw. Following a toss, this game will be played in Kenmare.


Meanwhile in Austin Stack Park, East Kerry and Mid Kerry will clash in the other semi final. Both sides have a good record for scoring goals thus far with East Kerry getting four against Feale Rangers and two more in their defeat of South Kerry. Mid Kerry scored six goals in their defeat of An Ghaeltacht and two more in the quarter final win over Dingle.  East Kerry can call on Shane Ryan, DJ Murphy, Paudie Clifford and Dean Fitzgerald while Mid Kerry have the likes of John Tyyher, Liam Carey and Caolim Teahan.


The final is fixed for Thursday July 26th 7:30pm.


Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Football Championship 

The Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Minor Football Championship got underway in the past week with seven games played as follows:


Dr Crokes 6-13 Feale Rangers 1-8
Firies 2-13 South Kerry  1-8
St Brendan's 3-16 West Kerry 2-10
St.Kierans  2-11 East Kerry 1-10
Dingle 0-13 Mid Kerry  0-9
Kenmare District 2-14 Austin Stacks 0-18
Laune Rangers 1-17 Kerins O'Rahilly's 1-9


The seven winners progress to Round 3 while the seven losers, together with the Preliminary Round loser, Shannon Rangers, progress to Round 2 (losers round).


The following Round 2 games were due to be played on Tuesday evening:

South Kerry v Mid Kerry                               

East Kerry v Austin Stacks                            

Feale Rangers v Shannon Rangers                                            

West Kerry v Kerins O’Rahillys                   


Round 3 ( Five byes and three games)

The following teams received byes to the quarter finals

St Kierans , Dr Crokes , Feale Rangers or Shannon Rangers, East Kerry or Austin Stacks, Kenmare District                  


The following games were due to be played on Tuesday evening:

Dingle v Laune Rangers                                

Firies v St Brendans                                        


The following Round 3 game is down for decision on this Friday evening

South Kerry or Mid Kerry v West Kerry or Kerins O’Rahillys           


Junior Football Leagues

Round 5 of the Junior Football Leagues went ahead last weekend and the situation now is that clubs who  agreed to postpone games over the last few weeks should now agree on a re-fixture date as semi final fixtures  will be based on the points table at Monday 17th July. The semi finals are down for decision on the weekend of July 21st with the finals fixed for July 28th.


Intercounty Football Roundup

The situation with regard to Kerry’s opponents in the All Ireland Quarter finals on Sunday July 30th in Croke Park has become a much clearer. Mayo will play Munster runners-up Cork and  Donegal will play Connaught finalists Galway in Round 4 of the qualifiers.  Provincial winners, Kerry and Galway will then be drawn against the Round 4 winners with repeat pairings not allowed so effectively at this stage, Kerry will be meeting one of Mayo, Donegal or Galway.


The Kerry Minor footballers will meet the Leinster Runners-up who will be either Dublin or Louth who clash in the Leinster Final on Sunday next. That quarter final meeting will be played on the Bank Holiday weekend August 6th. That weekend also happens to be the scheduled date for the Under 17 Semi final involving Kerry and Roscommon who defeated Galway in the Connaught final. Kerry GAA has been in touch with Croke Park re the double involvement of  Kerry Minors and Under 17s on the one weekend and we await a decision from the CCCC on that request.


Meanwhile, Kerry Junior footballers will play Leitrim on July 22nd at a venue that is likely to be announced in the coming few days.  Kilkenny and Meath play in the other semi final with the final fixed for Saturday August 5th.


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


Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry senior hurling Championship continues this weekend

The 2017 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry senior hurling championship continues this weekend with all games at Austin Stack Park. First up is the Round 1 replay between St. Brendan’s v Causeway on Saturday evening at 7.00p.m. The winners here will play Kilmoyley in Round 2 with the losers facing Crotta both games on Saturday July 29th.


There will be a double bill on Sunday afternoon commencing with the Round 2B clash of Abbeydorney versus Ballyheigue at 1.45p.m., with the losers exiting the championship. It will be followed by the meeting of Lixnaw and Ballyduff at 3.30p.m. with the winners going through to the semi-final.


The two remaining Round 1 games were played last weekend with Lixnaw defeating Ballyheigue by 1-26 to 1-8 and Ballyduff just getting the better of Abbeydorney on a score of 13 points to 12.


Intermediate Championship

The draw for the Co. Intermediate championship has resulted in St. Brendan’s to play Abbeydorney [A] and Crotta meeting Kenmare [B] in the two preliminary round games on Wednesday July 19th. The quarter final pairings to be played on Tuesday July 25th are: Kilgarvan v winners [B]; Kilmoyley v Austin Stack’s; Winners [A] v Causeway; Dr. Crokes v Lixnaw. Check www.kerrygaa.ie for fixture details.


Minor Hurling League

Minor league result: Ballyheigue 3 - 11 Ballyduff 3 – 10; Abbeydorney/Parnells 4 – 20 Ballyheigue 0 – 12.  Games scheduled for Monday next, 17 July, 7.30p.m.:  Div. 1A – Lixnaw v Causeway; South Kerry v  Crotta;  St. Brendan’s bye. Div. 1B –  Kilmoyley v Ballyduff. Check with local clubs to confirm fixtures.


Kerry has been drawn at home to Kildare in the quarter final of the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ hurling championship. Details to be confirmed.


Co. Hurling Leagues

In the Credit Union Senior hurling league Division 1, Lixnaw finished on top of the table and a draw took place to determine 2nd, 3rd and 4th places as Kilmoyley, Causeway and Ballyduff finished on equal points. This resulted in Lixnaw at home to Ballyduff and Kilmoyley at home to Causeway in the semi-finals. These games are scheduled for the weekend of 23 July.


Division 2 results: St. Brendan’s 2 – 12 Crotta 2 – 5; Dr. Crokes 4 – 18 Austin Stacks 3 – 10. There is a back fixture on this Saturday with Kilgarvan at home to Kenmare.


Hurling Cúl Camps 2017

The 2017 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps continue on Monday next, 17th July at both Kenmare & Ballyheigue. 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: 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).