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Kerry GAA Scene August 30th 2017   29/08/2017

Kerry GAA Scene August 30th 2017

Mayo end Kerry’s Championship aspirations

Kerry’s championship aspirations came to a disappointing end at the hands of Mayo at Croke Park on Sunday last when going down by a five points margin to the Connaught side in the replayed semi final. Over the two games Kerry can certainly have few if any complaints about the end result and certainly none from last weekend. True, referee David Gough did Kerry (and his own reputation I would suggest) no favours when black carding Darren O’Sullivan in the wrong and the general opinion was that Peter Crowley’s second yellow was harsh in the extreme, but otherwise we always seemed to be chasing a game that Mayo seemed destined to win from early on.

Mayo certainly had Kerry’s number on this occasion and it was one of those days when, from a Kerry perspective, anything that could go wrong did go wrong.  Both management and players tried their all in an effort to salvage the situation but it was not to be and all we can do at this stage is congratulate Mayo on their victory and to wish them well in the final.

It may also have been a disappointing end to the glittering careers of one or two Kerry players who may well bow out from the intercounty scene but that is a decision that those players should take good time to mull over – they certainly owe nothing to Kerry football.

The commitment required nowadays – as alluded to afterwards by Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice – is immense and a depth of gratitude is due to all players on the panel together with the management and backup teams for the time and effort they have put in over the last 10 months or so.

Kerry Minors will play Derry in All Ireland Final

Following last Sunday’s semi-final, Kerry minors now know that Derry will be their opponents in this year’s Electric Ireland All Ireland minor final on September 17th. In the end Derry were full value for their four point victory over Dublin and no doubt they will prove a major obstacle in the final for the Kingdom who do have the advantage of an additional week to prepare for the final.

Fixtures Schedule for remainder of the Season has been decided by CCC

Following Kerry’s exit from the All Ireland series last weekend, the CCC have planned out the schedule of fixtures for the remainder of the season taking into account the fact that Kerry minors are involved in the All Ireland Minor final on September 17th.

The final round of the Credit Union senior football leagues gets the busy schedule of fixtures underway this weekend and the quarter finals of the Garveys Supervalu senior football championship will be played on the weekend of September 24th with the semi finals two weeks later and the final pencilled in for October 22nd. The various Castleisland Mart Club Championships get underway on the weekend of September 9th/10th .

The following is the full list of football fixtures approved by the CCC:


Senior Club Championship Final – Venue TBC – Extra Time


Kenmare Sham.                v              Dr Crokes                            Sun Sept 10 @ 2.30pm                  

Senior Football Championship -  Qtr Finals – Extra Time

Double Bill in Austin Stack Park

Kerins O’Rahillys               v              East Kerry                            Sat Sept 23 @ 4pm

Austin Stacks                     v              West Kerry                         Sat Sept 23 @ 5.45pm

Double Bill in Fitzgerald Stadium

Dr Crokes                            v              Kenmare Shamrocks      Sun Sept 24 @ 1.30pm

Rathmore                            v              South Kerry                        Sun Sept 24 @ 3.15pm


SFC Semi Finals                                                                 Date      October 7th

SFC Final                                                                                              Date      October 22nd


Senior Football Championship Relegation Play-off – Round 2

Kilcummin                           v              Kerins O’Rahillys*            Date      TBC

*Should Kerins O’Rahillys qualify for the Senior Football Final then they would be exempt from this Final


Minor Football Championship Final

East Kerry                            v              St Brendans                        Date      TBC


Intermediate Championship Semi Finals

St Mary's                             v              An Ghaeltacht                   Sun Sept 10 @ 2.30pm Killorglin

Templenoe                         v              Laune Rgs                            Sat Sept 23 @ 5pm Fitz Stadium


Junior Premier Championship Semi Finals

Dromid Pearses                v              Skellig Rgs                           Sat Sept 9 @ 5pm in Caherciveen

Firies                                     v              Na Gaeil                               Sat Sept 30 @ 5pm in Castleisland



Junior Championship Semi Finals

Listry                                     v              Lispole                                  Sat Sept 9 @ 5pm in Strand Rd

Tuosist                  v              Castlegregory                    Sat Sept 9 @ 5pm in Derreen



Novice Championship Round 1

Beale                                     v              Moyvane                             Sun Sept 10 @ 2.30pm in Beale

Kilgarvan                              v              Cromane                             Sun Sept 24 @ 2.30pm Kilgarvan

Novice Championship Semi Final

Beale or Moyvane           v              Sneem/D’nane                 Date      Sept 16

Kilgarvan or Cromane     v              Scartaglin                             Date      Sept 30

Senior Football League  


Div 3 – Backgame

Gneeveguilla                     v                              Fossa                                     Fri Sept 1 @ 6.30pm


SFL Rd 11

Sunday Sept 3rd @ 1.30pm

(SFL Div 3 Ballymacelligott V Na Gaeil Sunday September 24th @ 2pm)

Final Round of the Credit Union Senior Football League

With the exception of one game in Division 3, the final round of games in the Credit Union Senior Football League will be played this weekend with all games where promotion and relegation issues are at stake fixed for Sunday at 1:30pm (earlier time is to avoid a clash with the All Ireland Hurling Final).

The following is the situation in the various Divisions.

In Division 1, Dr Crokes have already qualified for the Division 1 Final and the second final place rests between An Ghaeltacht, who are on 16 points and need just a point away to St Marys, and Rathmore on 14 points who are at home to Austin Stacks.

Castleisland Desmonds and Austin Stacks are already relegated to Division 2 next season and Milltown-Castlemaine, on 6 points, and St Marys on 8 points will fight it out to avoid the third relegation place. Milltown-Castlemaine are away to John Mitchels and St Marys, who need just a point to be safe, are at home to An Ghaeltacht.

In Division 2, Killarney Legion, who need just a point from their game with Glenflesk to top the table, Spa and Beaufort are all already promoted to the top division next season.

At the bottom of the table, Listry are already relegated to Division 3 next season but who will join them will depend on the final round of games. St Pats (5 points), Waterville (6 points), Kilcummin and Listowel Emmets (both 7 points) are all in relegation trouble. In the final round of games, St Pats play Kenmare, Waterville play Listry, Emmets play Ardfert and Kilcummin play Spa.

In Division 3, Ballymacelligott, Na Gaeil (both on 17 points) and Dromid Pearses (16 points) are already promoted to Division 2 next season., however it has yet to be decided who will go up as champions and that issue may very well not be decided until Sunday 24th September when Ballymacelligott and Na Gaeil will play their final round. Dromid are away to Finuge this weekend.

At the foot of the Division 3 table, St Michaels-Foilmore are already relegated to Division 4 and they will be joined by two from Fossa (4 points) , Gneeveguilla (5 points), Ballydonoghue (8  points) and St Senans (9 points) who are all in relegation trouble.

There is an important back game to be played on Friday evening  that will have a big bearing on the relegation situation when Gneeveguilla play Fossa and both of these sides will be in action again on Sunday when Gneeveguilla travel to play St Senans and Fossa are at home to Brosna.

In Division 4, the top three promotion places rest between Keel, Lispole, (both on 17 points) Skellig Rangers and Dr Crokes (both 16 points) with a playoff very likely being required to decide placings.

In the final Round of games, Keel travel to Firies, Lispole visit Scartaglen, Skellig Rangers play Tarbert and Dr Crokes play Castlegregory.

At the bottom of the table, Scartaglen and Sneem-Derrynane are already relegated to Division 5 next season and the remaining relegation place is between Duagh who are on 5 points (at home to Renard) and Beale who are on 6 points (home to Sneem-Derrynane).

In Division 5, Cordal (21 points) and Ballylongford (20 points) are already promoted with the final promotion place resting between Churchill who are on 16 points with all games played, Rathmore who are on 15 points and play Ballyduff in their final game and Cromane who are also on 15 points and travel to Moyvane. A playoff may be necessary to decide the final promotion place.

East Kerry and St Brendans qualify for the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Final

East Kerry and St Brendans have qualified for the final of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship following victories over St Kierans and Kenmare District respectively on Wednesday evening last.

East Kerry 2-15  St Kierans 4-8

With Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Man of the Match David Clifford, who kicked nine points, in fine form, East Kerry had the better of this semi final in Austin Stack Park for long periods though they did get a scare when conceding three goals in as many minutes in added time before hanging on by a point on a score of 2-15 to 4-8.

East Kerry led by 8 points to 4 at the break and when Michael Devlin goaled a minute from time the winners were 2-15 to 1-8 clear and a man to the good. Two goals from Eamonn Nolan and another from Eddie Horan in added time made for a nervy ending for Seamus Moynihan’s charges however.

St Brendans 3-13              Kenmare District 1-16

Three goals in the first five minutes gave St Brendans the perfect start at Lewis Rd but they had to withstand a hectic finish before qualifying for the Keanes Supervalu Minor Football Championship final. Dara Devine, Jason Mortimer and Michael Kelliher scored those early goals but with the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin  Man of the Match Gearoid Fennessy in superb form and Kerry minor Donal O’Sullivan also prominent from both play and frees, Kenmare fought their way back but still trailed by 3-7 to 0-9 at the break.

St Brendans had two goal chances that hit the post in the second period as Kenmare District continued to chip away at the deficit but the goal they needed  - from Joe Doyle in the 58th minute – came too late to affect the result and Kerry Minor Diarmuid O’Connor, who joined the fray for the second half, had the insurance score at the end for the winners.

No date has been fixed for the final which will not be played prior to the All Ireland Minor Final.

Keanes Supervalu Kilorglin Minor Football Leagues

Two delayed Keanes Supervalu Kilorglin Minor Football League finals were played during the last week with Austin Stacks crowned Division 1 champions and Glenbeigh-Glencar/Cromane being crowned Division 5 champions at the second attempt.

Austin Stacks are the  Division 1 Champions following a three goal victory over Dr Crokes at Milltown on Wednesday evening  winning on a score of 3-13 to 0-13. Two goals from Gearoid Fitzgerald saw the winners lead by 2-5 to 0-3 at the break but on the resumption, Dr Crokes kicked four points on the trot to reduce the deficit. At the three quarter stage it was 2-7 to 0-8 but with eight minutes to play the margin was down to four points before the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Man of the Match, Michael Slattery, sealed victory with a late goal for Stacks.

Meanwhile Glenbeigh-Glencar/Cromane saw off the challenge of Renard/St Marys in the replay of the Division 5 final in Cahersiveen. The winners had a one point advantage at the break leading by 6 points to 5 and a goal from a penalty by Adrian O’Connor saw them  go 1-10 to 0-8 ahead with five minutes to go. However St Mary’s/Renard fought back with Muiris Fitzgerald kicking four points to narrow the gap to the minimum  but with Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Man of the Match Dara Casey in fine form throughout, Glenbeigh-Glencar/Cromane  held out on a score of 1-11 to 0-12.

Junior Football Cups Roundup

The Junior Cups got underway in earnest on Friday evening last with fixtures in the  Molyneaux, McElligott , Barrett and Cahill Cups.

Molyneaux Cup  

Dr Crokes and Rathmore will meet in the final on Saturday 9th September following semi final victories over Kerins O’Rahillys and Austin Stacks respectively.

McElligott Cup

Beaufort play Ballydonoghue and Spa play John Mitchels in the semi finals.

Barrett Cup

Three of the four quarter final pairings are known with an outstanding Round 1 game between Kenmare and Waterville yet to be played. The quarter final line-up for Saturday 9th September is as follows:

St Pats V Clounmacon

St Michaels-Foilmore V Castlegregory

Desmonds V Kenmare or Waterville

Ardfert V Listry

Cahill Cup

Currow play Dromid Pearses in an outstanding Round 1 game and the quarter final line-up for Saturday September 9th is as follows:

Currow or Dromid V Tarbert

Charlie Kerins V Skellig Rangers

Renard V Churchill

Ballymacelligott C Beale

Junior Football League Finals

There are three outstanding finals to be played in the Junior Leagues as follows:

Group 4: Beaufort V Glenbeigh/Glencar

Group 5: Waterville V Skellig Rangers

Group 8: Tarbert V Ardfert

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

St Brendans qualify for the County Semi finals

The 2017 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry senior hurling championship Round 3 replay on Sunday last resulted in a one point win for St. Brendan’s over Abbeydorney, 1 – 22 to 2 – 18, after extra time. The draw for the championship semi-finals resulted as follows: St. Brendan’s v Lixnaw and Kilmoyley v Ballyduff.

The Co. senior hurling league Div. 1 final between Lixnaw and Ballyduff did not go ahead last weekend.

Hurling Fixtures Confirmed by CCC

The Hurling Fixtures schedule for the remainder of the year was approved at the County CCC Meeting on Mondayevening with the senior hurling semi finals fixed for Sunday 24th September and the final fixed for October 8th.

Senior Hurling Championship Semi Finals


Double Bill  in Austin Stack Park

Lixnaw                  v              S              t Brendans                          Sun 24 Sept @ 2pm

Kilmoyley                            v              Ballyduff                              Sun 24 Sept @ 3.45pm

Note: No extra time for above games – Replay date Sat 30 Sept.

Senior Hurling Championship Final                                           Date      Sunday Oct 8th


Intermediate Hurling Championship – Final

Kilgarvan                              v              St Brendans                        Sat Sept 9th @ 5pm in Lewis Rd



Minor Hurling Championshi[ Round 1

Ballyheigue                         v              St Brendans                        Sat 16 Sept @ 4pm

South Kerry                        v              Causeway                           Tues 19 Sept @ 6pm

Crotta                                   v              Lixnaw                  Wed 20 Sept @ 6pm

Kilmoyley                            v              O’dorney/Parnells           Wed 20 Sept @ 6pm



Senior Hurling League

Div 1Final

Ballyduff                              v              Kilmoyley                            Date      TBC


Div 2 Semi Final

Kilgarvan                              v              St Brendans                        Double Up with IHC ?

Causeway                           v              Dr Crokes                            Sat 16 Sept @ 5pm



Kerry and Wicklow Under 21s will play in Semple Stadium

The Kerry Under 21 hurlers meet Wicklow in the final of the All-Ireland ‘B’ championship (Ritchie McElligott Cup) on Saturday week, 9 September. Venue will be Semple Stadium, Thurles, where there will be a 1.00p.m. throw in. It will be followed by the All-Ireland Under 21 final between Limerick and Kilkenny and both games will be televised live on TG4.

Co. Minor Championship

In the Preliminary Round of the Co. Minor hurling championship, Lixnaw had a 2 – 14 to 1 – 9 win over Ballyduff to qualify for a quarter final meeting with Crotta. The remaining quarter final ties are: Ballyheigue v St. Brendan’s; South Kerry v Causeway and Kilmoyley v Abbeydorney/ Tralee Parnell’s

Co. Intermediate & Junior Championships

In semi-final of the Co. Junior Hurling Championship on Sunday last, Duagh had a 2 - 13 to 2 - 4 win over St. Pat’s (East Kerry). They will now meet Lady’s Walk in the final at Caherslee on Saturday next (time to be confirmed).

 St. Brendan’s and Kilgarvan will contest the final of the 2017 Co. Intermediate Hurling Championship Final [Corn Antóin Ó Murchú] on September 9th in Lewis Road.