Hurling by Tommy O’Connor
The Kerry senior hurlers will play Westmeath on this Saturday, 18 May in Round 2 of the Joe McDonagh Cup competition. Venue is Cusack Park, Mullingar where there will be a 3.00p.m. throw in.
This will be followed by two home games at Austin Stack Park – on Saturday, 8 June versus Laois and on Saturday, 15 June versus Offaly.
The launch of the Kerry and Munster Poc Fada competitions was due to take place on Tuesday evening of this week at the Kerry G.A.A. Centre of Excellence in Currans. Comórtas Poc Fada Ciarraí (Senior and Under 16) will take place at Kerryhead course on the June Bank Holiday Monday with a 1.00p.m. start where Kerry senior hurling captain and Lixnaw goalkeeper, Martin Stackpoole, will be going for his third title in-a-row.
This year, for the very first time, Kerry G.A.A. has the honour of hosting the Munster Poc Fada competition which will be held over the same Kerryhead course in Ballyheigue on Saturday, 15 June. A committee chaired by Ger McCarthy of the County Executive with John Lucid of Ballyheigue acting as secretary, has been tasked with organising the event.
A record win for the Kerry minor hurlers on Wednesday last in Round 3 of the Celtic Challenge - Kerry 7 - 20 Clare Blues 0 - 9. Top scorer with 3 - 3 and Player of the Match was Michael Kelliher. The Kerry squad was: Darragh Quinlan (Ballyduff), Billy Daly (St. Brendan’s), Aodhan Shanahan (Lixnaw), J.P. O'Carroll (Ballyduff), Daire Nolan (Kilmoyley), Aodhan Behan (Crotta), Padraig O'Sullivan (St. Brendan’s),Darragh Slattery (Ballyduff), Michael Kelliher (Lixnaw), Dylan Moriarty (Ballyduff), Conor O'Sullivan (Ballyheigue), Nathan Guerin (Ballyheigue), Ronan Walsh (Kilmoyley),
Colin Walsh (Ballyheigue), Seán Brosnan (St. Brendan’s), Kian Regan (Kilmoyley), Mikey Clifford (Abbeydorney), Liam Palmer (Kenmare), Ronan Foley (Kilgarvan), Séimí Foran (Ballyheigue), David Mahony (Ballyheigue), Eoin O'Shea (Kenmare), Johnathon Lowe (Tralee Parnell’s), Evan McCarthy (Lixnaw), Graham Slattery (Ballyheigue), Ruari Donovan (Abbeydorney), Tadhg McKenna (Crotta), Denis Nolan (Crotta),Tadgh Reen (Tralee Parnell’s).Management: John Hennessy (Ballyduff), Jerome O’Sullivan (Crotta), Ollie Broughton (Tralee Parnell’s), John Healy (Ballyheigue) and Anthony Fealy (Causeway).
Kerry's next game is home against North Cork at Austin Stack Park on this Wednesday, 22 May, 7.30pm throw in.
Coiste na nÓg
The Lee Strand Co. Under 14 Leagues have reached the knockout stages with the following games on this Saturday, 25 May. Division 3 Final - Abbeydorney v Ballyheigue [venue & time to be confirmed]; Division 2 semi-finals - Lixnaw v Kilmoyley at Lixnaw and Tralee Parnell's v Causeway at Caherslee [both at 6.00p.m.]. Division 1 semi-final - Kenmare/Kilgarvan v St. Brendan's at Kenmare, 6.00p.m. (winners v Ballyduff in Final)
Tralee Parnell’s had a 5 - 12 to 0 - 12 away win over Duagh last Wednesday in Round 1 of the South Kerry Hurling League. This, in their first year of competition, was Parnell’s first win at adult hurling level.
The remaining two North Kerry Intermediate Championship quarter finals went ahead on Friday last. Kilmoyley defeated Crotta by 1 - 12 to 0 - 14 game while Lady’s Walk had a 0 - 15 to 0 - 13 win over Tralee Parnell’s. The semi-final pairings are Lady’s Walk v Causeway and Abbeydorney v Kilmoyley.
Rhyno Quality Feeds North Kerry Senior Hurling League results – Kilmoyley 0 - 13 Lixnaw 0 - 8; Causeway 3 - 15 Ballyduff 1 - 10; Abbeydorney 2 - 22. Ballyheigue 1 - 11. Round 3 is scheduled for this Friday, 24 May, 7.15p.m. - Ballyduff v St. Brendan’s; Causeway v Crotta; Ballyheigue v Kilmoyley; Abbeydorney v Lixnaw.
North Kerry Under 11 Hurling League results: Crotta 9 - 2 Ballyheigue 1 - 5; Ballyduff 6 - 7 Ballyheigue 1 - 2; Lixnaw. Group 2 - Causeway 1 - 3 St. Brendan’s 7 - 10; Tralee Parnell’s 5 - 3 Abbeydorney 2 - 1; St. Brendan’s 3 - 8 Abbeydorney 1 - 1. Round 3 of the North Kerry Under 11 Hurling Leagues: Thursday, 23 May, 7.00p.m. Group 1 - Crotta v Ballyduff; Friday, 24 May, 6.30p.m. Group 1 - Ballyheigue v Lixnaw; Group 2 - St. Brendan’s v Kilmoyley; Causeway v Tralee Parnell’s; Abbeydorney v bye.