The Kerry senior hurlers pulled out all the stops to record a tremendous 1 – 21 to 2 - 16 victory over Westmeath last Saturday in Round 2 of the Joe McDonagh Cup competition. This puts Kerry right back in the frame with two home games to come, both at Austin Stack Park – on Saturday, 8 June versus Laois and on Saturday, 15 June versus Offaly.
The 2019 Kerry and Munster Poc Fada competitions were launched at the Kerry G.A.A. Centre of Excellence in Currans on Tuesday evening of last week by Munster Hurling Coaching and Games Manager, Joey Carton and Tim Murphy, Cathaoirleach Coiste Contae Chiarraí, who said that it was a tremendous honour for Kerry to be staging the competition and said that Kerry G.A.A. would be supporting the competition in every way possible. Munster G.A.A. Poc Fada Ambassador, Brendan Cummins, himself a nine times winner of the national competition, was also in attendance.
Comórtas Poc Fada Ciarraí (Senior and Under 16) will take place at Kerryhead course on the Monday next, 3 June (Bank Holiday) with a 1.00p.m. start and will be sponsored by the North Kerry Hurling Board. Registration is from 12 noon with induction at 12.30p.m.
The Munster Poc Fada competition, which will once again be sponsored by Martin Donnelly, will also be held over the Kerryhead course in Ballyheigue on Saturday, 15 June, starting at 11.30a.m. The local organising committee for both competitions is chaired by Ger McCarthy of the County Committee with John Lucid, Ballyheigue acting as secretary.
Round 5 of the Celtic Minor Hurling Challenge on Wednesday, 22 May at Austin Stack Park, Kerry 1 - 23 North Cork 2 – 20 (draw). Kerry has a bye this week.
Division 2 of the Co. Senior Hurling League will get underway on this Wednesday, 29 May, 7.30p.m.
Fixtures are: Group 1 – Kilgarvan v Kenmare; Abbeydorney v Ballyheigue (June 9th at 5pm); Dr Crokes v Tralee Parnell’s. Group 2 - Kilmoyley v Crotta O’Neill’s; Causeway v Lady’s Walk; Lixnaw v St. Brendan’s.
Round 2 is fixed for Saturday, 1 June at 5.00p.m. with the following fixtures: Tralee Parnells v Kilgarvan; Ballyheigue v Dr. Crokes; Kenmare v Abbeydorney, Lixnaw v Crotta; Lady’s Walk v Kilmoyley; St. Brendan’s v Causeway.
Round 5 of Division 1 of the Co. Senior Hurling League is scheduled for this Friday, 31 May, 7.30p.m. - Ballyheigue v Abbeydorney; Crotta v Lixnaw; Kilmoyley v St. Brendan’s. As agreed at a meeting with hurling clubs earlier this year, for this round teams will field without players involved with the senior inter-county team.
Féíle na nGael
Cork and Kerry will co-host the 2019 National Féile na nGael Under 14 Hurling from 7 - 9 June.
Fixtures involving Kerry clubs are: Division 4 – Friday, 7 June, 6.00pm - Ballyduff v Westport (Mayo) [at Ballyduff]; St. Brendan’s v Fr. Dalton’s (Westmeath) [at Ardfert]. 7.30pm - Ballyduff v St. Brendan’s [at Ballyduff]; Fr. Dalton’s v Westport [at Ardfert]. Saturday, 8 June, 10.00am - Ballyduff v Fr. Dalton’s [at Ballyduff]; St. Brendan’s v Westport [at Ardfert]
Division 6 - Friday, 7 June, 5.30pm - Lixnaw v Carlow 2 [at Lixnaw]; Crotta O'Neill’s v Claremorris (Mayo) [at Dromakee]. 7.00pm - Lixnaw v Crotta O’Neill’s [at Lixnaw]; Claremorris v Carlow 2 [at Dromakee]. Saturday, 8 June, 10.00am - Lixnaw v Claremorris [at Lixnaw] / Crotta O'Neill’s v Carlow 2 [at Dromakee].
Division 7 - Friday, 7 June, 5.30pm [all at the Kerry G.A.A. Centre of Excellence, Currans] Tralee Parnell’s v Benbulben Gaels (Sligo); Kenmare/Kilgarvan v Eire Óg, Carrickmore (Tyrone) 6.30pm Tralee Parnell’s v Kenmare/Kilgarvan; Eire Óg, Carrickmore v Benbulben Gaels. Saturday, 8 June, 10.00am - Tralee Parnell’s v Eire Óg, Carrickmore [at Caherslee] Kenmare/Kilgarvan v Benbulben Gaels [at Kenmare].
Division 8 - Friday, 7 June, 5.30pm - Ballyheigue v Kinnity/Lusmagh (Offaly) [at Ballyheigue] Abbeydorney v Carrick Hurling (Leitrim) [at Abbeydorney]; 7.30pm - Ballyheigue v Abbeydorney [at Ballyheigue]; Carrick Hurling v Kinnity/Lusmagh [at Abbeydorney]. Saturday, 8 June, 10.00am Ballyheigue v Carrick Hurling [at Ballyheigue]; Abbeydorney v Kinnity/Lusmagh [at Abbeydorney]
Division 9 - Friday, 7 June, 5.30pm - Kilmoyley v St. Patrick's (Derry) [at Kilmoyley]; Causeway v St. Fechin’s (Louth) [at Causeway]. 7.00pm Kilmoyley v Causeway [at Kilmoyley]; St. Fechin’s v St. Patrick's [at Causeway]. Saturday, 8 June, 10.00am - Kilmoyley v St. Fechin’s [at Kilmoyley]; Causeway v St. Patrick's [at Causeway].
Division 10 - Friday, 7 June [all at Spa G.A.A., Killarney] - 5.30pm South Kerry v Roscommon 3 Firies v Mícheál Breathnach’s (Gaillimh); 6.30pm South Kerry v Firies; Mícheál Breathnach’s v Roscommon 3; Saturday, 8 June, 10.00am - South Kerry v Mícheál Breathnach’s [at Spa G.A.A.] Firies v Roscommon 3 [at Firies]
Coiste na nÓg
Results from the knockout stages of the Lee Strand Co. Under 14 Leagues: Division 3 Final – Ballyheigue 3 - 7 Abbeydorney 3 - 3; Division 2 semi-finals – Kilmoyley 5 - 13 Lixnaw 1 - 9; quarter final Causeway 3 - 4 South Kerry 1 - 9. Division 1 semi-final - Kenmare/Kilgarvan 3 - 10 St. Brendan's 5 - 13 [after extra time]. St. Brendan's v Ballyduff in Final.
In the semi-final of the North Kerry Intermediate Championship played at Abbeydorney last Sunday, Abbeydorney defeated Kilmoyley by 2 - 20 to 2 - 18 after extra time. The second semi-final, Lady’s Walk v Causeway will be played at Ballyduff on Wednesday, 5 June, 7.30p.m.
Rhyno Quality Feeds North Kerry Senior Hurling League results – Causeway 0 - 17 Crotta 0 - 13; Ballyheigue 1 - 10 Kilmoyley 3 - 16; Abbeydorney 4 - 12 Lixnaw 1 - 20; St. Brendan’s got a walkover from Ballyduff. This leaves the final pairings as follows (dates & times to be confirmed) – Senior NK League Final – Causeway v Kilmoyley; Senior NK ‘B’ League Final – St. Brendan’s v Abbeydorney.
North Kerry Under 11 Hurling League fixtures: Friday, 31 May, 6.30p.m. Group 2 - Abbeydorney v Causeway Kilmoyley v Tralee Parnell’s; St. Brendan’s v bye.