This week's Hurling news with Tommy O'Connor
Hurling by Tommy O’Connor
The opening Round of the 2018 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry County Senior Hurling Championship [Corn Neilus Ó Floinn] are fixed for this weekend. All games will be played at Austin Stack Park, Tralee, with extra time if necessary. On Saturday, 16 June Lixnaw meet Kilmoyley at 5.30p.m. while reigning champions, Ballyduff take on Abbeydorney at 7.15p.m. On Sunday, 17 June, Ballyheigue play Crotta at 2.00p.m. followed by St Brendan's v Causeway at 3.45p.m. Round 2 will be played on the weekend of 30 June / 1 July, Round 3 on the weekend of 29 July, the semi-finals on Saturday, 11 August and the final is scheduled for Sunday, 26 August.
Joe McDonagh Cup
The Kerry Senior hurlers completed their Joe McDonagh Cup campaign with a 1 - 25 to 2 - 19 away win against Antrim last Saturday. This game also signalled the end of their competitive season for 2018. Thanks to all who played Kerry senior hurling during the season, in particular to the panel of players under the team manager Fintan O’Connor, selectors Brendan Cummins & Ian Brick, Coach Brian Culbert, trainer John Barry and Co. Hurling Officer, Paudie Dineen.
The Credit Union County Senior Hurling League Division 2 results: St. Brendan’s 2 - 19 Lady’s Walk 1 - 21; Dr. Crokes w.o. from Abbeydorney; Lixnaw 6 - 7 Kilmoyley 1 - 12; Causeway 3 - 18 Kilmoyley 2 - 11.
Round 3 games are:
Division 2A - Austin Stacks have a bye; Dr. Crokes v Ballyheigue Monday June 18th at 8pm; Abbeydorney v Kenmare June 20th at 8pm.
Division 2B - Lixnaw v Causeway June 18th at 7.30pm; St. Brendan’s v Kilmoyley June 13th at 7.30pm ; Lady’s Walk v Crotta June 18th at 7.30pm (all first named teams at home).
Round 4 is scheduled for Friday, 22 June.
Coiste na nÓg
In the Lee Strand Co. Under 14 hurling league Division 2 Final played at Dromakee last Saturday, St. Brendan's had a 9 - 12 to 1 - 3 win over Kilmoyley. The St. Brendan’s captain was Keith O’Mahony.
Well done to the Kerry teams who participated in the national Féile na nGael Under 14 competitions last weekend. Ballyduff reached the semi-final of Division 2 where they lost out to Naas. Lixnaw got to the Division 5 Shield semi-final and South Kerry went as far as the Division 9 Cup semi-final.
Congratulations to Causeway on winning the Division 5 camogie title.
Games Development Administrator
Comhairle na Mumhan C.L.G. (Munster G.A.A.) is seeking applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Games Development Administrator – Hurling, which shall be based in Co. Kerry. Closing date is this Friday, 15 June. Details at www.jobs.ie
In the North Kerry Under 10 Blitz held on Saturday last at Abbeydorney, the Group winners were Ballyheigue & Crotta, who won all their games. Well done to the club s who took part - St. Brendan's Causeway, Ballyheigue, Lixnaw, Tralee Parnell's, Kilmoyley, Abbeydorney and Crotta. Thanks to the competition co-ordinator, Mikey Leahy, and all in the Abbeydorney club for running the Blitz so efficiently and to all the players, mentors, parents and guardians who all played their part. The next Under 10 Blitz will take place at Ardfert on Saturday, 7 July.
The North Kerry Under 11 league continues on this Friday, 15 June with the following fixtures: Group 1 - Ballyduff v Tralee Parnell's; Kilmoyley v Lixnaw; St. Brendan’s bye. Group 2 – Causeway v Abbeydorney; Ballyheigue v Crotta. All games at 6.30p.m., first named at home.
The North Kerry Under 14 competitions are also in progress. Details on the North Kerry Hurling Board Facebook page.