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PRO GAA Scene May 11th 2016 2016-05-13 08:06:00

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Launched
The Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship was launched in glorious sunshine in Austin Stack Park on Friday afternoon last. Present were Tomás and Jim Garvey along with Kevin McCarthy representing the sponsors, members of the County Committee led by chairman Patrick O’Sullivan and secretary Peter Twiss and players representing almost all the teams participating in the championship including Paul O’Donoghue of reigning champions South Kerry, Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes), Donnchadh Walsh (Mid Kerry) and Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht). Kerry senior football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice was also present.

County Chairman, Patrick O’Sullivan, thanked Garveys for their continued generous sponsorship of the competition, Last year, he said, South Kerry had done very well in winning the championship and he wished South Kerry and St Marys clubman, Bryan Sheehan the very best of luck when leading Kerry in the forthcoming Munster and All Ireland Championships.

Kevin McCarthy, representing the sponsors, Garveys Supervalu, said they were delighted to play their part and be associated with the County Championship; “We have a huge involvement with the community and it’s nice to be able to give something back to that community. There is no better way to do that than through a large community based voluntary organisation such as the GAA” he said.

The Garvey’s Supervalu county Senior Football Championship commences this weekend,

It hardly seems like six months since Bryan Sheehan led South Kerry to the Garveys Supervalu senior football championship title in Fitzgerald Stadium but as we head into the Summer months the Divisional side put their title on the line over the next two weekends. Their meeting with Kerins O’Rahillys in the second game of a double bill in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday (3:30) promises to be one of the more interesting games of the weekend given the number of Kerry players on view. South Kerry will of course be strengthened this year with the addition of St Michaels-Foilmore to their ranks and the likes of Tommy Walsh and Barry John Keane and company will certainly have their work cut. There is an interesting curtain raiser to that game (1:45) with St Brendans, who have the benefit of a qualifying victory over Shannon Rangers, taking on a Kenmare District side who are a lot of peoples fancy to give the title a shaking with a nice mixture of young and experienced players.

The competition gets underway on Saturday evening with another double bill in Lewis Rd where East Kerry and Austin Stacks get proceedings underway at 5pm. In the case of divisional sides such as East Kerry, the time to catch them is early in the competition and one never knows what to expect until they actually take the field. Austin Stacks will be all out this year to make up for their early exit in the competition in Round 3 last season.

The second game in Lewis Rd (6:30) sees many people’s favourites for the title, Dr Crokes, take on West Kerry. Crokes are unbeaten in competitive action this year and had a great workout in preparation for the championship when defeating Legion in the Club semi final recently. Like all Divisional sides, it’s hard to know what to expect from West Kerry so early in the competition. With injuries to the likes of Brian Ó Beaglaoich and Alan Fitzgerald they face a daunting task against the Black and amber side

There is another double header in Killorglin on Sunday where Milltown-Castlemaine take on Legion in the opener at 2pm. Following their heart-breaking replay defeat by South Kerry last year, it will be interesting to see how Legion respond this year under the new management of Kieran Cronin. The availability of a fit James O’Donoghue will of course be crucial to their cause. Mid Kerry, boosted by the addition of Laune Rangers this year, entertain Kilcummin in the second game at 3:30.

Meanwhile, Rathmore and Dingle, who met in the Club Championship a few weeks back, meet in Rathbeg on Sunday at 2:30 where the home side will have to plan without county player Aidan O’Mahony who carries over a suspension from last year’s competition. Also on Sunday at 2:30, St Kierans host Feale Rangers in Cordal.

The draw for Round 2 of the championship will be made live on Radio Kerry at 5:15pm on Sunday evening and the CCC will meet immediately afterwards to make fixtures for the following weekend.

The draw will pair the eight winners against each other in Round 2A with the winners of those games advancing to the quarter finals and the losers advancing to Round 3A. Meanwhile the Round 1 losers will also be paired against each other in Round 2B and the losers of those games will exit the competition while the winners will advance to Round 3B where they will be drawn against the 4 teams in 3A.

Castleisland Mart Club Championship Roundup
The various Club Championships are slowly taking shape and the following is the situation:

Senior Club Championship: The final involving Austin Stacks and Dr Crokes is provisionally fixed for the weekend of July 9th/10th.

Intermediate Club Championship: The semi final draw was made at Monday’s county committee meeting and resulted in the following pairings;

Ardfert or An Ghaeltacht V Templenoe

Kenmare V Desmonds

Ardfert play An Ghaeltacht on May 28th in the outstanding quarter final tie.

Junior Premier Club Championship: With Ballydonoghue safely through to the semi finals the way is clear for the remaining quarter finals following Glenbeigh/Glencar’s Round 1 victory over St Pats last weekend. Quarter finals are provisionally fixed for the weekend of May 29th. The draw is as follows:

Firies v Emmets

Na Gaeil v Annascaul

Dromid Pearses v Glenbeigh/Glencar

Junior Club Championship: The way is clear for the quarter finals following Beale’s victory over Cromane last weekend. Games are provisionally fixed for the weekend of May 29th as follows:

Scartaglin v Knocknagoshel

Castlegregory v Fossa

Asdee v Beale

Listry v Tarbert

Novice Club Championship: There is a Preliminary draw and a Quarter Final Draw proper as follows:

Preliminary Round:

Ballyduff v Ballylongford (May 14)

Tuosist v Kilgarvan (May 28th – Provisional)

Clounmacon v Duagh (May 28th – Provisional)

Quarter Final:

Tuosist or Kilgarvan v Valentia

Lispole v Clounmacon or Duagh

Cordal v Ballyduff or Ballylongford

Cromane v Sneem/Derrynane

Kerry Minors put their titles on the line
All Ireland minor champions Kerry, put their Munster and All Ireland titles on the line when they travel to Milltown-Malbay to play Clare in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA football semi final on this Wednesday evening at 7pm. The Kerry management make two changes in personnel from the side that defeated Waterford in Round 1; Last year’s goalkeeper, Billy Courtney, replaces Seán Ó Lúing in goal and Michael Potts of Dr Crokes starts in the half back line in place of his clubmate David Naughton. The team contains two of the starting fifteen from last year’s All Ireland final win over Tipperary, Billy Courtney and Sean O’Shea. Three subs who played in that final, Daniel O’Brien, Mike Breen and Graham O’Sullivan, also make the starting fifteen while Bryan Sweeney who also played in last year’s final, is included among the subs. Five of the St Brendans Killarney Hogan Cup winning team are included, Billy Courtney, Daniel O’Brien, Michael Potts, Dara Moynihan and David Clifford. The team is captained by Seán O’Shea of Kenmare.

It will be recalled that Kerry had a facile first round victory over Waterford while Clare surprised Limerick who then went on to knock out a Tipperary team that had put it up to Cork for long periods of their first round meeting. The winners of Wednesday’s game play Cork or Limerick in the Munster final on July 3rd.

A special late ferry will leave Killimer for Tarbert at 9:30 to cater for Kerry supporters returning to Kerry after the game.

Credit Union Senior Football League
Clubs should be aware that there are a large number of League games to be brought forward for various reasons – mostly involving dual clubs such as Finuge and Ardfert.These games are marked in red in the Eolaire. There are also four back games to be picked up. Last weekend St Marys defeated neighbours Waterville by 1-11 to 1-6 in a Division 2 game that was brought forward by agreement. It is hoped to play a number of these League games on the weekend of May 28th.

Kerry GAA Night of Champions at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium
The Kerry GAA night of champions takes place on Friday 27th May 2016 at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium. It’s a great night for all Kerry GAA supporters and a night not to be missed.

We sincerely thank all our clubs and Units for supporting the Kerry GAA Night of Champions 2016 and especially for supporting The Brehon Hotel Club Sweepstake which has become a very popular race at the Kerry GAA Night of Champions each year. On Saturday night last, the first Round of The Brehon Hotel Kerry GAA Club Sweepstake was run. The Opening 8 heats produced some lively racing and there are 48 clubs/GAA Units still in with a chance of winning the overall prize of €1,000. The runners-up in the final will also be given prize money: 2nd €600, 3rd €400, 4th, 5th and 6th €300. Four more heats in the Sweepstake will take place on next Friday May 13th at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium.

Workshop for Health and Wellbeing Officers
The County Committee is holding a Health and Wellbeing workshop for Club/Distirct Board Health and Wellbeing Officers at two venues in the coming weeks. The first is on Thursday the 12th of May in the Killarney Heights Hotel at 7:30pm; the second on Tuesday the 17th May in Austin Stack Park Tralee also at 7:30pm. Places will be limited for these workshops so clubs are asked to confirm attendance to the Chairperson of the Health and Wellbeing Committee, Bernie Reen, either by email at childrensofficer.kerry@gaa.ie or by phone 0872020143 to book their place.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the PR & Marketing Committee

Kerry Hurlers go under to Westmeath in LHC
There was disappointment for the Kerry hurlers and supporters on Saturday last when they were defeated by Westmeath, 1-18 to 1-13, in Round 2 of the Leinster Senior Championship round robin series. Played in wet conditions, Kerry led early on 1-3 to 0-2 and held that lead until half time. However, the visitors rattled off four quick points in a row to level and Kerry struggled for the remainder of the game scoring only 5 more points.

All is not lost for the Kingdom, as a win over Offaly in their final game will still see them qualify for the knockout stages. This game will take place on Sunday week, 22nd May at O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 3.00p.m.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Draw
The Draw for Round 1 of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship will be made live on Radio Kerry on Saturday May 21st. Round 1 will be played on the weekend of June 26th.

Credit Union Co. Hurling League
Results from the Credit Union Co. hurling league Division 1 from the week past: Lixnaw: 1 - 14 Abbeydorney: 0 - 15; Abbeydorney 4-16 Ballyduff 3-15

Results from Division 2: Kilmoyley 2 -11 Ladies Walk 1- 5; Abbeydorney 4 - 11 Ballyduff 0 – 2.

Division 2, Round 2 is fixed for Wednesday next, 18th May as follows: Ballyheigue v Kenmare; Dr. Crokes v Abbeydorney; Crotta v Lady’s Walk and Causeway v St. Brendan’s

Division 3 is scheduled to commence on Wednesday, 8th June.

Celtic Challenge
Kerry won their first game in Under 17 Celtic Challenge competition with a 2 - 14 to 0 - 6 win against Limerick City in the Gaelic Grounds. Kilmoyley’s Phillip Maunsell was awarded 'Best and Fairest Award' after the match from the match official's.

The team was: Adam O’Sullivan (Crotta O’Neill’s), Shane O’Mahony (St. Brendan’s), Conor O’Keeffe (Lixnaw), Philip Maunsell (Kilmoyley), Evan Murphy (Causeway), Niall O’Mahony (Abbeydorney), Darragh Behan (Crotta O’Neill’s), Darragh Goulding (Ballyduff), Gearóid Fennessy, capt. (Kilgarvan), Padraig O’Mahony (St. Brendan’s), Barry O’Mahony (Crotta O’Neill’s), Micheál McCarthy (Kenmare), Michael Slattery (Abbeydorney), Gavin Dooley (Causeway), Gary Carey (Causeway). Subs.: Darren Barrett (Causeway), Bryan McAuliffe (Lixnaw), Gearoid O’Mahony (Causeway), Adrian Nolan (St. Brendan’s), Cormac Slattery (Ballyheigue), Chris Creedon (Kilgarvan), Jeaic McKenna (Crotta O’Neill’s), Gerard Leen (Causeway), Brendan Walsh (Ballyheigue), Nathan Dineen (Causeway), Richard Flaherty (Kilmoyley), Dan Goggin (Causeway), Jack O’Sullivan (Ballyduff), Diarmuid O’Connor (St. Brendan’s). Manager: John Hennessy. Selectors: Jerome O’Sullivan, John Healy, Eamon Fitzgerald. Trainer: John Barry. Logistics: Eoin O’Sé.

Their next game will be on Wednesday, 18th May against Cork City in Austin Stack Park, 7.30p.m. Further games: 25 May v North Cork (away) and 1 June v West Limerick (home).