Hurling by Tommy O’Connor
Kerry will open their 2019 Allianz Hurling League, Division 2A campaign on this Saturday, 26 January away to Antrim in Round 1. Venue is Corrigan Park, Belfast where there will be a 2.00p.m. throw in. Martin Stackpoole (Lixnaw) has been appointed Kerry senior hurling captain for 2019.
First home game will be against Westmeath on Sunday, 3 February at Austin Stack Park, 2.00p.m.
Kerry Coaching and Games are running a one day Foundation Level Coaching Course on Saturday week, 2 February. Venue will be Ballyheigue G.A.A. Club, commencing at 10.00a.m. The Course Tutor will be P.J. Ryan. The Foundation Level is the introductory Award for coaches of Gaelic Games. The course covers 4 modules – Introduction to games; Skill development; Movement skills and Coaching children, youths and adults. This course is aimed at beginner Coaches involved with teams at Under 6 to Under 12 levels. Details have been circulated to Club Secretaries.
The Annual Convention of the North Kerry Hurling Board went ahead on Thursday last at Kilmoyley G.A.A. Clubrooms. One new officer was appointed – Kathrina Lucid (Ballyheigue) as Assistant Secretary. Guest speakers included Diarmuid Ó Sé (Leas Cathaoirleach, Coiste Chontae Chiarraí), Ger McCarthy (Kerry Munster Council delegate), Giles O’Grady (Kerry Hurling GDA), Pat Sheehy (Kerry Referees Committee) and Joe Walsh (Cathaoirleach Cill Mhaoile). It was announced that the Munster Poc Fada competition will be held at Kerryhead on Saturday, 15 June.
The officers appointed for 2019 are: Uachtarán – Seán Seosamh Ó Conchubhair (Cill Mhaoile); Chairman - Pat Dineen (Kilmoyley); Vice Chairman - Tommy O’Connor (St. Brendan’s); Secretary - Joe Walsh (Kilmoyley); Assistant Secretary - Kathrina Lucid (Ballyheigue); Treasurers - Paudie Dineen (Abbeydorney) & James O’Connor (Ballyheigue); Development Officer - Tom Lawlor (Ballyheigue); Fixtures Secretary - Timmy Weir (Abbeydorney); Cultural Officer - John Lucid (Ballyheigue).
The Tralee Parnell’s Spring Hurling Academy will commence on Friday, 8 February at Tralee Sports Complex. It will cater for Under 6 to 10 hurling and camogie. Equipment will be provided. Details on the Tralee Parnell’s Facebook page
Kerry’s run of good fortune in colleges hurling continued this week when Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee had a good 3 - 15 to 3 - 4 win over Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh in the Munster Under 15 C competition. They play St. Nessan’s, Mungret in Round 2 on 6 February.
On this Wednesday, 23 January in the semi-final of the Munster Colleges Under 19 C hurling competition, Causeway Comprehensive School play St. Anne's, Community College, Killaloe at Neville Park, Rathkeale, 2.00p.m.