Hurling by Tommy O'Connor
The draw for the 2018 Kerry Co. Senior Hurling Championship was made last Wednesday at Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre by Jim Garvey of Garvey's Super Valu, assisted by Tim Murphy (Cathaoirleach, Coiste Contae Chiarraí) and Paudie Dineen (Kerry Hurling Officer). The following are the Round 1 fixtures: Ballyheigue v Crotta O'Neill's; Ballyduff v Abbeydorney; Causeway v St. Brendan’s and Lixnaw v Kilmoyley. Games to be played as double headers on the weekend of 16/17 June with the Co. Final on Sunday, 26 August.
Comórtas Poc Fada Ciarraí
Martin Stackpoole (Lixnaw) retained the Kerry Senior Long Puck hurling competition which was held at Kerryhead on Monday. Runner up was Adam O’Sullivan (Crotta O’Neill’s).
The winner of the Under 16 competition was Oisín Mausell (Abbeydorney) with Tadhg McKenna (Crotta O’Neill’s) in second place. Both winners now go on to represent Kerry in the Munster Poc Fada Final to be held in the Burren, Co. Clare on Saturday, 16th June.
Joe McDonagh Cup
The Kerry senior hurlers had a successful outing against Meath at Páirc Tailteann in Navan on Saturday last, winning by 0 - 18 to 0 - 16. This weekend they face the long trek to Pearse Park, Dunloy to take on Antrim in the last round of the competition. The game commences at 3.00p.m.
The Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling League Division 2 got underway on Wednesday last: Results: Division 2A – Kenmare 2 - 19 Dr. Crokes 2 - 17; Abbeydorney w.o. Kilgarvan scr.; Division 2B – St. Brendan’s 1 - 21 Crotta 1 - 16; Lixnaw 3 - 11 Lady’s Walk 0 - 14; Kilmoyley v Causeway deferred until 9 June. Round 2 games were re-scheduled with 3 down for decision on this Wednesday, 6 June, St. Brendan’s v Lady’s Walk at Ardfert; Dr. Crokes v Abbeydorney at Lewis Road, Lixnaw v Kilmoyley at Lixnaw, all games at 7.30p.m.. Round 2 results – Kenmare 4 – 14 Austin Stacks 2 – 4; Ballyheigue w.o. Kilgarvan scr.
Round 3 games for Wednesday, 13 June, 7.30p.m. are: Division 2A - Kilgarvan v Austin Stacks; Dr. Crokes v Ballyheigue; Abbeydorney v Kenmare. Division 2B - Lixnaw v Causeway; St. Brendan’s v Kilmoyley; Lady’s Walk v Crotta (all first named teams at home).
Coiste na nÓg
In the Lee Strand Co. Under 14 hurling league Division 1 Final played at Causeway last Saturday, Ballyduff had a 3 - 19 to 2 - 8 win over Lixnaw. The Ballyduff captain was Seán O’Sullivan. In the Division 2 semi-final replay St. Brendan's overcame Tralee Parnell's by 1 - 14 to 1 – 9. St. Brendan's play Kilmoyley in the Final on this Saturday, 9 June at 6.00p.m. (venue to be confirmed).
North Kerry Under 11 league results: Wednesday, 30 June - Tralee Parnell's 4 - 13 Lixnaw 2 – 8; Friday, 1 June - Group 1, Round 2 Lixnaw 5 - 10 St. Brendan's 1 – 3 Tralee Parnell's 6 - 5 Kilmoyley 4 – 7; Group 2, Round 1 - Crotta 3 - 7 Causeway 0 – 1; Ballyheigue 7 - 9 Abbeydorney 2 – 0. The next round of Under 11 league will be on Friday week, 15th June.
The first of the North Kerry Under 10 Blitz competitions takes place at Abbeydorney on this Saturday, 9 June commencing at 10.00a.m. - details on the North Kerry Hurling Board Facebook page.
3 Kerry teams will be participating in the National Feile Under 14 competitions this weekend. 2 teams will be going to Galway - Ballyduff in Division 2 will be hosted by the Ardrahan club; Lixnaw (Division 5 ) by Ballindereen while South Kerry, competing in Division 9, will be travelling to Claremorris in Mayo. Full details over the weekend will be available at www.connachtgaa.ie/news/feile-na-ngael
Sincere sympathy from the Kerry hurling community to the family of the late Pat Delaney, who, among the many G.A.A. positions he held, was a former Chairman of the South Kerry Hurling Board and a former Kerry hurling selector. Pat, a native of Kilkenny, where he was a member of the Emeralds club, linked up with St. Pat’s East Kerry Hurling Club on his arrival to Kerry and served with the G.A.A. with distinction for many years. Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas síoraí dó.