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PRO GAA Scene September 20th 2017   20/09/2017

Kerry Minor Footballers make History

It was a record breaking day in all sorts of ways at Croke Park on Sunday last as Kerry Minor footballers were crowned All Ireland champions and winners of the Tom Markham Cup for the 15th time in all when overwhelming Derry om a score of 6-17 to 1-8. Superbly led by team captain David Clifford, Kerry took control of this game inside the opening ten seconds when Clifford opened up the Derry defence for the first of his four goals and from there on in there was going to be only one winner. While there were some outstanding performances, not least that by Electric Ireland Man of the Match David Clifford, this was essentially a superb team performance and while the players were the ones who delivered on the pitch, Peter Keane and his management team can take a huge amount of credit for the way they had the team prepared for the job in hand.

Kerry have now made history by becoming the only team to win four titles on the trot and one would need a lot of space to itemise all the record breaking achievements  from last Sunday’s game. The team and their parents were treated to a post-match banquet hosted by Kerry Group on Sunday night and on Monday evening the team was welcomed home in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney and afterwards in Fossa GAA Club.

So, Kerry have gone from the point of not being able to win a minor title in twenty years to a stage where they are winning titles for fun and that certainly bodes well for the future of Kerry football. Congratulations to the players and management on a job well done.


Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Quarter Finals

The Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Quarter Finals take centre stage this weekend with two double bills down for decision in Tralee and Killarney

Austin Stack Park in Tralee is first up hosting two interesting Club vs Divisional sides. Kerins O’Rahillys and East Kerry get proceedings under way at 4pm and O’Rahillys had their quarter final place booked in mid May following victories over South Kerry in Strand Road by four points and a one point defeat of Dingle in Páirc an Aghasaigh. East Kerry lost out to Rathmore in the opening round by a couple of points but recovered to defeat Mid Kerry by thirteen  points and then St Brendans by three points  in a high scoring Round 3 game that went to extra time.

The second game at the Tralee venue is the meeting of Austin Stacks and West Kerry at 5:45pm. Austin Stacks’ good run in the Championship has belied their poor League form. They were held to a draw in Connolly Pk by St Kierans in the opening round but managed to edge the replay by two points before inflicting a ten points defeat on Killarney Legion on home soil once again. West Kerry were surprisingly defeated by Feale Rangers in the opening round and in Gallarus at that but they recovered to defeat St Kierans by a point again in Gallarus and then defeated Killarney Legion albeit after extra time.

On Sunday the action moves to Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium where Dr Crokes and Kenmare Shamrocks renew rivalry following the epic Club Championship 2 weeks ago (1:30pm). Dr Crokes swept aside the challenges of both Mid Kerry and St Brendans with consummate ease to claim their quarter final place but Kenmare Shamrocks fell to Killarney Legion after a replay in Round 1. They regrouped after that setback to defeat local rivals Kenmare District and then Feale Rangers and though losing to the County champions in that Club Final they are bound to get a confidence boost having gone toe to toe for so long with their opponents.

The second game in the Stadium at 3:15 will see Rathmore take on South Kerry. Rathmore had that two point win over their District rivals, East Kerry in Fitzgerald Stadium and then booked their quarter final place with a nine points victory over Feale Rangers. Opponents South Kerry lost their opening game to O’Rahillys in Strand Rd as we have seen but then had a big victory over Kilcummin before surprising many when defeating Dingle in Round 3.

Many observers believe the real county championship only begins at the quarter final stage and no doubt next weekend’s quarter final fixtures line-up certainly promises some exciting action before the semi finalists are known.


Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Quarter Finals

Saturday in Austin Stack Park

Kerins O’Rahillys V East Kerry at 4pm

Austin Stacks V West Kerry at 5:45pm

Sunday in Fitzgerald Stadium

Dr Crokes V Kenmare Shamrocks at 1:30pm

Rathmore V South Kerry at 3:15pm


Castleisland Mart Club Championships Roundup

Castleisland Mart Intermediate Club Championship Semi Final

The second semi final of the Castleisland Mart Intermediate Club Championship, between Templenoe and Laune Rangers will take place on this Saturday in Fitzgerald Stadium at 3pm. Templenoe have defeated Waterville and last year’s Junior champions, Glenbeigh-Glencar on their way to the semi final while Laune Rangers surprised neighbours Milltown-Castlemaine in the opening round  and followed that with a three point defeat of Glenflesk in the Quarter Finals. We are in for an intriguing game before An Ghaeltacht’s opponents in the final are known. Patrons should note that the throw in time for this game has been brought forward to 3pm .


Castleisland Mart Junior Premier Club Championship 

Dromid Pearses will have to wait till Saturday 30th September to find out who their opponents will be in the Castleisland Mart Junior Premier Club Championship final. On that date, Firies will play Na Gaeil in the second semi final.


Castleisland Mart Junior Club Championship

Listry qualified to play Castlegregory in the Castleisland Mart Junior championship final following a heard earned 1-9 to 0-10 victory over Lispole at Strand Road on Saturday evening last. A goal by Joe Clifford after ten minutes of the game was the decisive score.


Castleisland Mart Novice Championship

Moyvane have qualified for the Castleisland Mart Novice Championship final following a 2-10 to 0-13 victory over Sneem-Derrynane at Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening last.

In the other side of the draw, Kilgarvan play Cromane in Round 1 on this Sunday at 2:30 and the winners there will play Scartaglen in the semi final on September 30th.


Credit Union Senior Football League

Provided there is a winner, the champions of Division 3 should be known on Sunday evening when Ballymacelligott and Na Gaeil clash in Round 11 of the senior football league in Ballymac at 2pm. Both sides are locked on 17 points while Dromid Pearses  are in third place on 16 points with a game in hand against Finuge to come.

Meanwhile Currow and Beaufort meet in the final game of Division 2 on Sunday at 2pm.


Junior Cups Roundup

Molyneaux Cup  

Dr Crokes were crowned Molyneaux Cup champions at Rathbeg on Saturday last when they proved too strong for Rathmore winning on a  4-15 to 0-9 scoreline. Goals by Jamie Doolan, Chris Doncel and Mikey Casy saw Crokes lead by 3-8 to 0-4 at the break and another goal from Aaron Murphy soon after the restart ensured that Dr Crokes were once again winners of the Molyneaux Cup. Michael A Kelleher and  Padraig Cronin accounted for seven of Rathmore’s scores between them.

Rathmore: Padraic McCarthy, Donal Óg Kelliher, Micheal O’Mahony, Damien Cronin, Sean O’Riordan, Tadhg O’Mahony, Donal Moynihan, John Hickey, Donnacha McCarthy (0-1), Padraig Cronin (0-3, 2f), Mark T Reen, John O’Keeffe, Michael A Kelliher (0-4, 2f), Cian Jenkins, Denis McCarthy Subs: Jameson Hughes for Denis McCarthy, Stephen Lehane for Donnacha McCarthy, Dean Fitzgerald (0-1, 1f) for Donal Óg Kelliher, Bryan Crowley for O’Riordan and Daniel O’Sullivan for Padraig Cronin (Black Card).

Dr Crokes: Alan Kelly, Brian Fitzgerald, Kieran Ward (0-1), Mark Egan, David Naughton, Cillian Fitzgerald, PJ Lawlor, Jason Lyne, Paul Clarke, David Shaw (0-6, 3f, 1’45’), Aaron Murphy (1-0), Chris Doncel (1-0), Michael Casey (1-3, 1f), Mark O’Shea, Jamie Doolan (1-3) Subs: Jason O’Leary for Doncel, Dan Healy (0-1) for O’Shea, John Kerrisk for Murphy and Brendan Coppinger (0-1) for Doolan.


McElligott Cup

John Mitchels defeated Spa on Friday eveninglast  on a 2-12 to 2-9 scoreline in the first semi final while Beaufort play  Ballydonoghue on this Saturday in Beaufort at 5pm.


Barrett Cup

Clounmacon are already through to the semi finals of the Barrett Cup as are Kenmare who got a walk over from Desmonds in the quarter finals. St Michaels-Foilmore play Castlegregory on Saturday at 5pm while the remaining quarter final sees Ardfert play Listry on Saturday 30th at 5pm.


Cahill Cup

Currow are already through to the semi finals of the Cahill Cup where they will be joined by Skellig Rangers who had a big win over Charlie Kerins on Saturday last in another quarter final tie. Renard are also through to the semi finals following their 2-9 to 1-10 victory over Churchill on Saturday last.

In the remaining Quarter final, Ballymacelligott play  Beale on Saturday 30th in Ballymac.


Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor

Garvey’s SuperValu Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Finals this Sunday

The long awaited 2017 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry senior hurling championship semi-finals will go ahead on this Sunday, 24 September at Austin Stack Park. St. Brendan’s will play Lixnaw at 2.00p.m. followed by Kilmoyley versus Ballyduff at 3.45p.m. (Replays in the event of a draw on Saturday, 30th Sept.). The final is scheduled for Sunday, 8th October.


Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Co. Minor Championship

In the opening  quarter finals of the Co. Minor hurling championship last Saturday, St. Brendan’s had a very easy 3 – 19 to 0 – 4 win over Ballyheigue. In the other quarter finals South Kerry v Causeway goes ahead at Kilgarvan on Tuesday, 19 September. On this Wednesday, 20th September at 6.00p.m. Kilmoyley are at home to Abbeydorney/ Tralee Parnell’s while holders Crotta play Lixnaw at Abbeydorney, under lights at 7.30p.m.


Retirement of Maurice Leahy

Kerry hurling Games Development Administrator, Maurice Leahy, retired last week after 28 years working in developing hurling coaching throughout the county. Having formerly played, managed and trained Kerry hurling teams, the Causeway club man carried out a huge annual work programme including organisation of the summer camps, coaching courses, schools coaching, mini-sevens, Go-games, skills competitions, club workshops and the co. under 14, 15 and 16 hurling development squads. Very experienced, he had a great enthusiasm and passion for the job and it is a credit to the work he has carried out during the years that Kerry hurling is of a high standard at club and county levels.


Senior Hurling League Division 2

The Co. Senior hurling league, Div. 2 semi-final between Dr. Crokes and Causeway has been re-fixed for Sunday, 1 October. St. Brendan’s meet the winners in the final.


Congratulations to Kerry Minor Footballers

Well done to the Kerry minor footballers on retaining their All-Ireland title last Sunday and congratulations in particular to the dual players in the squad - Barry Mahony (Crotta O’Neill’s), Michael Slattery (Abbeydorney), Cormac O’Reilly (Tralee Parnell’s) & Gearóid Fennessy (Kilgarvan).