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Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship News Roundup   27/09/2017

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Quarter Finals

The Quarter Finals of the Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship played in contrasting weather conditions last weekend ended with clear-cut verdicts in all of the four games.

With swirling wind and rain being the order of the day on Saturday evening in Austin Stack Park it was little wonder that the standard of football suffered in the conditions. Kerins O’Rahillys gave what was probably the most impressive performance of the weekend when defeating East Kerry and it must be said that the blues were full value for their twelve points win. Indeed the young Divisional side could hardly have complained if the margin of victory was double the deficit at the final whistle as Rahillys passed up chances of at least two or three more goals. The likes of David Moran and Tommy Walsh were in tremendous form throughout and the writing was on the wall very early in the game for East Kerry. Tougher tasks await the winners but the 3-12 to 1-6 win will have done their confidence a power of good.

The second game on the bill, between West Kerry and Austin Stacks,  was played in more favourable conditions and it was also more competitive, although after an early goal by the very impressive Eánna Ó Conchúir, West Kerry were always shaping like winners. They led by four points at the break and once they went six clear at the three quarter stage there was no catching them but  it must be said that Stacks were very disappointing on the night. Fielding twelve players from Intermediate finalists An Ghaeltacht, this 1-17 to 0-14 victory was certainly a performance of note from the winners and it sets up a very interesting semi final against the county and All Ireland champions Dr Crokes. There were many standout performances from some of the younger players from the west and the progression of both West Kerry and An Ghaeltacht from here on in will be interesting to say the least.

By Sunday in well attended Fitzgerald Stadium, the weather had improved and so did the standard of football.  The opening game between Dr Crokes and Kenmare District was not as free flowing as the Club Championship final between the sides a few weeks back and there was a bit of needle evident throughout with one or two players on both sides lucky to survive stiffer sanctions. Dr Crokes found scores easier to comeby throughout as Kenmare found it difficult to come out of defence time and again. Micheál Burns was the standout player on the Crokes team with four points from play to his credit in the 0-17 to 0-12 win but the champions will be sweating on the fitness of Kieran O’Leary who limped off early with a leg injury. Kenmare will rue some missed goal opportunities especially during the first half but they will surely be happy enough with their first year at senior level.

The final game of the weekend needed something to liven it up at times such as a Rathmore goal maybe but goal chances were few and far between as the Divisional side, thanks to a four point scoring burst midway through the second half, ran out 15 points to 12 winners. Robert Wharton impressed in the half back line for the southern boys as did Matthew O’Sullivan at full forward where he had a great joust with Aidan O’Mahony throughout. The loss of John Moynihan early on through injury was a huge blow to Rathmore’s hopes while South Kerry also have injury woes with Bryan Sheehan joining Killian Young on the treatment table. The availability of these two key players will be vital to South Kerry’s future progression in the championship.

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Semi Finals

The draw for the Semi Finals of the Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championshipwere made in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday evening by Co Board Secretary Peter Twiss and Jim Garvey of Garvey's SuperValu. 

There are two interesting semi finals with All Ireland champions Dr Crokes potentially putting their two titles on the line when they take on a West Kerry side backboned by a Gaeltacht side who have reached the Intermediate final as well as qualifying for the Division 1 County League final, also against the Killarney side. Even if they lose to West Kerry, Dr Crokes could still represent Kerry in the Munster Club Championship should South Kerry prevail in the other Semi Final against Kerins O’Rahillys who are hitting form just at the right time. 

They certainly make for two interesting encounters and they are down for decision In Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday week 7th October.  

Kerins O’Rahillys and South Kerry will get proceedings underway at 3pm followed by County Champions Dr Crokes against West Kerry at 4:45pm.

Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Final

The Garvey's SuperValu Senior Football Championship Final will be played on Sunday October 22nd in Austin Stack Park Tralee at 3pm. 

The curtain raiser for the Final depends on who wins the South Kerry v Kerins O’Rahillys Semi Final. 

A victory for South Kerry would see Kerins O’Rahillys and Kilcummin involved in the Senior Football Championship Relegation Final which will be the curtain raiser in that event.

Meanwhile, if O’Rahillys win their Semi Final  then as County Finalists their Senior status will be secure and Kilcummin will then be automatically relegated to Intermediate status next season. In that event, the Junior Premier Club Championship Final between Dromid Pearses and Firies or Na Gaeil will be the curtain raiser at 1pm.