All Set for Round 2!
Last weekend, there were Kerry Petroleum Club Championship games played all over the County. The crowd was limited due to Covid Restrictions but the lack of atmosphere in the Stand and on the Terraces had little effect on the intensity of the games. There were some incredible battles and some surprising results! It is wonderful to have the spotlight completely focused on Club Action! All the results and tables can be found on the Kerry GAA website.
I must commend all the clubs who are finding innovative ways to bring the action to their club members. Some are video streaming, others are audio streaming and others are sending us highlight reels from the recordings of their games. I strongly encourage Club PROs to tweet regular updates and provide a match report as soon as possible after the games ends. Now more than ever, the lucky few that get in must keep everyone else updated on the match progress
Last Sunday evening, the CCC held their meeting and confirmed the fixtures for Round 2. All fixtures are on the Kerry GAA website. Again, tickets for these games have to be pre purchased through the club. If you do not have a ticket, please do not go to the grounds as you will not be admitted. At this stage most Pass Holders from the different schemes have registered and they will have access to a special pool of tickets for Round 2 and Round 3 games. Pass Holders will be limited to one game per round. Those who haven’t yet registered are encouraged to do immediately on the Kerry GAA website.
Our thanks to everyone who supported us by purchasing the online stream last weekend. This weekend we are streaming two more games. On Friday night at 7pm, we are showing the local derby game between Kenmare Shamrocks and Templenoe which will be played in Templenoe. On Saturday at 3pm the featured game is in Dingle between Killarney Legion and Dingle. The stream can be purchased for €5 per game on the Kerry GAA website. Each weekend, we will introduce new features to enhance our streamed games.
Next weekend as all games are fixed for ‘Home Venues’ the home PRO is asked to produce the team-sheets. We will be sending out the templates and they are to be returned to us before Thursday evening. All match programmes will be uploaded onto the Kerry GAA website on the morning of the games. This proved to be very popular last weekend. If you prefer, you can download and print a copy to bring with you to the grounds or simply have it on your phone at the game or while watching the stream!
News from the Kerry GAA Development Committee
(1) Financing of development works where developments and enhancements of facilities can be undertaken without recourse to borrowings, well this is an ideal opportunity to undertake these works. However, clubs should factor into their decision making that there may be very limited further income this year before using up cash balances on capital works or maintenance. Clubs should be absolutely sure they have enough funding to see them through to 2021 before spending now. Where borrowings are required Clubs are advised not to enter debt at the present time when the fundraising ability of our Clubs are reduced due to the Public Health restrictions. The current crisis has given rise to a very difficult financial situation for our units, and indeed the wider economy, whilst we are all anxious to develop our facilities, we should take a prudent approach in this regard. It should be noted that loans already approved from the GAA Development Fund will remain in place until things return to normal. Clubs should advise the Department of Sport (or other funders) where grants have been allocated that the project is being delayed due to the current restrictions. Clubs are advised that there will be no capital development grants available in 2020 but works undertaken will be considered for grant aid in future years.
(2) Insurance as per the terms and conditions of the GAA Insurance policy all construction activities must be notified and agreed in advance with GAA Insurance Department or GAA Insurance Brokers Marsh Ireland. Failure to notify development works in advance will result in the development being uninsured when completed meaning GAA Property & Liability Insurance will not extend to development when completed. The requirements of The Association in relation to contractors undertaking construction work are as follows: • Contractor to provide evidence of Public Liability insurance with a minimum limit of €6.5 Million Contractor to provide evidence of Employers Liability Insurance (if applicable) with a minimum limit of €13 Million • Contractor to Provide evidence of Contractors All Risk Cover in place • The limit of insurance on the Contractors All Risks policy must be equal or greater to that of the contract/ project. • GAA club must be noted as Joint Insured in Contractors All Risk policy and are specifically indemnified (along with The Association) under the Contractors Liability Policy. • A copy of the contract to be provided to the GAA Risk & Insurance Manager/ Marsh Ireland in advance of any works taking place • Contractor must operate the site in full compliance with Construction Industry SOP for Covid-19 return to work and have completed a Covid-19 risk assessment.
(3) Health & Safety All developments and enhancements of Club facilities must adhere to current Health, Safety and Welfare legislation, must comply with all relevant medical advice in relation to the safe operation of workplaces, take account of construction industry guidelines (i.e. Construction Industry Federation – C-19 Pandemic Standard Operating Procedures and Construction Employers Federation NI guidance) adhere to all relevant Covid-19 specific legislation including social distancing measures.
Hurling by Tommy O’Connor
The Co. Intermediate Hurling Championship [Corn Antóin Ó Murchú] will get underway on this Sunday, 2 August with three Preliminary Round games down for decision - Abbeydorney v Dr. Crokes; Causeway v Lixnaw and Lady's Walk v Kilmoyley. First names team at home with all games at 2.30p.m. Extra time if necessary & winner on the day.
Round 2 of the Rhyno Quality Feeds North Kerry Senior Hurling Championship will continue with 3 games on Bank Holiday Monday, 3 August. Lixnaw will be at home to Ballyduff; Ballyheigue entertain Crotta and Abbeydorney have home venue against Kilmoyley. The St. Brendan’s versus Causeway game is fixed for Tuesday, 4 August at Ardfert. All games at 7.00p.m.
The Lee Strand Coiste na nÓg Underage hurling leagues continued last weekend. Under 12 Round 2 results: Group A - Ballyduff 4 - 8 St. Brendan’s 1 – 13; Crotta O’Neill’s 5 - 10 Ballyheigue 1 - 1. Group B - Lixnaw 8 - 4 Abbeydorney 5 - 8; Tralee Parnell’s 6 - 7 Kilmoyley 4 - 3. Group C - Causeway 3 - 12 Crotta O’Neill’s B 4 - 2. Group D - Firies 2 - 10 Kenmare 2 - 4; Kilgarvan 3 - 7 Rathmore 0 - 4.
Round 3 will be played on this Friday, 31 July @ 7.00p.m.- Ballyduff v Crotta O’Neill’s; Ballyheigue v St. Brendan’s; Kilmoyley v Lixnaw; Abbeydorney v Tralee Parnell’s; Crotta O’Neill’s B v Ballyheigue; Causeway v bye; Firies v Kilgarvan; Kenmare v South Kerry; Rathmore v bye.
Round 4 fixtures for Monday, 3 August @ 5.00p.m.- Kenmare v Rathmore; South Kerry v Firies
Lee Strand Coiste na nÓg Under 14 Round 2 results: Division 1 - Ballyduff 4 - 14 Tralee Parnell’s 3 - 12; St. Brendan’s got a walkover from Crotta. Division 2 - Causeway v Ballyheigue [postponed]; Kilmoyley 5 - 15 Abbeydorney 1 - 4; Kenmare/Kilgarvan 8 - 7 Firies 3 - 7; Rathmore 2 - 9 South Kerry 2 - 6.
Round 3 fixtures: Thursday, 30 July @ 7.00pm Firies v South Kerry. Saturday, 1 August @ 5.00p.m.- Division 1 - Crotta O’Neill’s v Lixnaw; St. Brendan’s v Ballyduff; Tralee Parnells v bye. Division 2 - Ballyheigue v Abbeydorney; Causeway v Kilmoyley. Division 3 - Kenmare/Kilgarvan v Rathmore.
Round 4 - Monday, 3 August @ 5.00pm: Division 1 - Ballyduff v Crotta O’Neill’s; Lixnaw v Tralee Parnells; St. Brendan’s v bye.
Lee Strand Coiste na nÓg Under 16 leagues, Round 1 results: Group A - Lixnaw 7 - 15 Ballyheigue 3 - 19; Ballyduff 0 - 22 Crotta/Kilmoyley 3 - 10. Group B - St. Brendan's 2 - 19 Tralee Parnell's 3 - 3. Group C - Rathmore 5 - 9 South Kerry 6 - 3.
Round 2 fixtures, Thursday, 30 July @ 7.00p.m. Ballyheigue v Crotta/Kilmoyley; Lixnaw v Ballyduff; St. Brendan’s v Abbeydorney/Causeway; Tralee Parnell’s v bye. South Kerry v Kenmare/Kilgarvan. Rathmore v bye.
First named team at home for all above fixtures. All underage hurling competitions for 2020 will come under the remit of Kerry Coiste na nÓg. Fixtures and results available on the Kerry Coiste na nÓg and North Kerry Hurling Facebook pages. Clubs are reminded of the national G.A.A. return to play protocols and match regulations and to ensure the safety of players, mentors and supporters at all times.