Hurling by Tommy O’Connor
Now in its fourth year, the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge national hurling competition gets underway on this Wednesday, 1 May. Kerry's opening game is against Limerick Sarsfields at Dromakee where there will be a 7.30pm throw in.
This year 44 teams from all 32 counties will take part across eight groups, and include a mixture of county teams as well as sides that represent regions from within counties (e.g. Galway McDonagh and East Cork). Kerry has been drawn in Group B with Limerick Sarsfields, West Cork, North Cork & Clare Blues (one of 2 Clare teams taking part).
After an initial round robin group phase of matches, teams will be graded on their performance and will then be assigned to one of five Divisions for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals, where again they will compete against teams of a similar level of ability. The six Divisional Finals will be played on Saturday, June 29th in Bord na Móna O’Connor Park, Tullamore
Co. Senior Hurling League
The Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling League Division 1 Round 3 results: Ballyduff 0- 15 Kilmoyley 2 - 8; Crotta 0 - 19 Abbeydorney 2 - 12; Causeway 2 - 20 Ballyheigue 2 - 8; Lixnaw 2 - 9 St. Brendan's 2 - 13. Round 4 result: Kilmoyley 6 – 15 Abbeydorney 0 – 11.
Coiste na nÓg
Due to the red weather alert last Friday, all games in the Lee Strand Co. Under 12 hurling league were postponed last Friday. One result from Thursday - Firies 3 - 10 Rathmore 3 - 7. Division 2, Round 6 is fixed for this Friday, 3 May, 7.00p.m. - Kenmare/Kilgarvan B v Abbeydorney; Rathmore v Kilmoyley; Firies v Lixnaw; St. Pat’s/Dr. Crokes v St. Brendan’s.
The preliminary rounds of the Lee Strand, Under 14 Hurling Co. Féile na nGael competitions took place last Saturday. Results (games 10 minutes per half) - Group B/1: Venue: Kilmoyley - Kilmoyley 0 - 3 Ballyheigue 0 - 1; Ballyheigue 0 - 1 Lixnaw 3 - 5; Lixnaw 1 - 0 Kilmoyley 3 - 6. Group B/2: Venue: Causeway - Causeway 0 - 1 Crotta O’Neill’s 0 - 4; Crotta O’Neill’s 0 - 4 Tralee Parnell’s 0 - 1; Tralee Parnell’s 0 - 5 Causeway 2 - 2. Group C: Venue: Fossa - Firies 0 - 2 Abbeydorney 5 – 10; Abbeydorney 1 - 6 South Kerry 1 - 0. The semi-finals and Finals go ahead this Saturday & Monday. Check with clubs for details.
In the Co. Under 16 Hurling League Division 1 first semi-final, Ballyheigue had a 1 - 11 to 1 - 9 win over Kenmare/Kilgarvan. The remaining semi-finals are fixed for this Thursday, 2 May, 7.00p.m. – Division 1 St. Brendan's v Ballyduff at Ardfert; Division 2 Crotta v Tralee Parnell's at Dromakee and Lixnaw v Abbeydorney at Lixnaw. Both Finals will go ahead on Thursday, 9 May.
Following the group stages of the North Kerry Intermediate and Junior Leagues, the Intermediate Final [Moss Nolan Perpetual Cup] pairing has been confirmed as St. Brendan’s v Crotta O’Neill’s. Abbeydorney has qualified for the Junior League Final [Corn na Seana Ghaeil] and their opponents will be known after the series of games on Monday last. Details of both Finals will be on the North Kerry Hurling Board Facebook page.
The 2019 North Kerry Senior Hurling League will commence on Sunday week, 12 May with further rounds on Sundays 19 & 26 May. All games at 11.00a.m. This competition will give
competitive games to players not on the co. senior hurling panel. Round 1 games are: Group 1 – Crotta v Ballyduff; Causeway v St. Brendan’s; Group 2 – Lixnaw v Ballyheigue; Abbeydorney v Kilmoyley.
The North Kerry Minor Hurling Round 3 results: Group 1 - St. Brendan's got a walkover from Crotta; Causeway/Kilmoyley 5 - 22; Abbeydorney 4 - 10; Group 2 - Tralee Parnell's 1 - 10 Ballyduff 6 - 14; Ballyheigue 1 - 13 Lixnaw 2 - 8.
Following those results, both finals will go ahead on this Sunday, a.m. 'A' Championship Final [Jimmy King Memorial Shield] St. Brendan's v Causeway/Kilmoyley; 'B' Championship Final [Jimmy Walker Memorial Shield] Ballyheigue v Lixnaw. Times & venue will be on the North Kerry Hurling Board Facebook page.