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PRO GAA Scene April 27th 2016 2016-04-27 23:24:00

Kerry go under to Dublin in Allianz Football League Final

Kerry had to give best to Dublin once again following what in the end turned out to be a comprehensive eleven point defeat (2-18 to 0-13) in the Allianz football league final at Croke Park before 81,000 people on Sunday last. Kerry seemed to be chasing the game for long periods but still just two points separated the sides at the interval after what was a satisfactory enough shift by the Kerrymen during that first period. The second half was progressing along similar lines until twenty minutes from time when Kerry were reduced to fourteen men following the dismissal of Aidan O’Mahony. Dublin then began to twist the screw and given their numerical disadvantage, there was little Kerry could do to stem the tide and so the Metropolitans continue to have the Indian sign over Kerry in Croke Park.

The two extra games in the league are bound to stand to Kerry in the long run however and maybe it is better to learn some harsh lessons in the league rather than in a knockout championship situation. It will be interesting to see how Kerry regroup following this setback and certainly the game has given the Kerry management a lot to work on before they cross swords with the winners of the Limerick/Clare quarter final in the Munster semi final in Fitzgerald Stadium on the weekend of June 12th. In the interim there are four weeks of Club Championships and the first two rounds of the senior football championship. Kerry will also take in a few days of warm weather training in Portugal before they return refreshed for another assault on the Munster and All Ireland Championships.

Castleisland Mart Club Championships

There is another big weekend of Castleisland Mart Club Championship activity this coming weekend with games in the senior, Junior Premier and Junior competitions.

Senior Club Championship – There are two interesting semi finals down for decision on this Saturday evening. Dr Crokes and Legion face off in a big local derby in Rathmore and local bragging rights will once again be up for grabs. Dr Crokes are certainly enjoying a rich vein of form this year under Pat O’Shea while their opponents are struggling a bit though their victory over Kerins O’Rahillys in Round 1 will certainly have done their confidence a lot of good. The meeting of Austin Stacks and Dingle in the other semi final in Annascaul will be no less interesting. A lot of the focus will be on the two Dingle Geaney cousins, Mikey and Paul to see how their fitness levels are coming along and no doubt Austin Stacks will be attempting to sharpen up for the County Championship two weeks later. Both semi finals have a throw in time of 6:30 with extra time if required.

The relegation Playoffs Round 1are bound to be well worth a visit. Kilcummin and Rathmore will meet in Lewis Road on Thursday evening at 6:30 while Kerins O’Rahillys and Milltown-Castlemaine cross swords in Farranfore on Sunday at 2:30. These games have added significance of course given that the losers of these two games will play in the relegation playoff Round 2. One of these four teams will be relegated to Intermediate status in 2017 and that team will be the loser of the Club Championship relegation playoff Round 2 game – unless of course that they reach the County senior championship final. Any team reaching the county senior football championship final will automatically be exempt from relegation.

Intermediate Club Championship

– Desmonds are in the Intermediate semi finals following their narrow one point victory over neighbours Currow last weekend but they will have to wait some time to see who joins them in the semi final draw. Spa and Kenmare meet on this Saturday in a repeat of the epic draw and replay (plus extra time in both games) between the sides last season while St Michaels-Foilmore entertain high flying Templenoe on Sunday. Ardfert, conquerors of All Ireland title holders St Marys in Round 1 face An Ghaeltacht but due to Ardfert players involvement with Kerry hurlers and St Brendans in the senior football championship, that game goes out to May 28th. The semi final draw has not taken place as a result.

Premier Junior Club Championship

The winners of this competition will of course represent Kerry in the Munster Junior Club competition and the first drawn game of the club championship was in Listowel last weekend when Emmets and Beaufort could not be separated, even after extra time. The replay takes place on this Saturday evening in Beaufort at 6:30 with extra time again obligatory. Annascaul are home to Renard on this Saturday in a Round 1 game while the St Pats V Glenbeigh-Glencar first round game will be played on Sunday week due to hurling commitments of one of the St Pats players.

The quarter final draw for the Castleisland Mart Premier Junior Championship made on Monday last threw up the following pairings:

Firies V Listowel Emmets or Beaufort

Na Gaeil V Annascaul or Renard

Keel V Ballydonoghue

Dromid Pearses V St Pats or Glenbeigh-Glencar

May 8th is the likely date for three of those games.

Junior Club Championship

There were four Round 1 games played in the Junior Championship last weekend with victories for Fossa, Listry, Scartaglen and Asdee and there are four more this weekend.

The quarter final draw for the Castleisland Mart Junior Championship resulted in the following pairings:

Scartaglen V Knocknagoshel or Tuosist

Castlegregory or Cordal V Fossa

Asdee V Cromane or Beale

Listry V Valentia or Tarbert

First round losers of the Junior Championship will take part in the Novice Championship.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Leagues

The Keanes SupervaluKillorglin Minor Leagues are coming to a conclusion with three finals and two semi finals played last weekend and there are four finals and two semi finals down for decision this week. The following is a rundown of the position in each of the divisions:

Division 1- Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks are through to the final following semi final victories over Gneeveguilla and Firies respectively last weekend. Crokes and Stacks will meet in the Division 1 final on this Friday evening at 6:45 in Austin Stack Park.

Division 2 - Na Gaeil were deserving winners of the Division 2 final at Cordal on Friday evening last edging out Rathmore who came from seven points down seventeen minutes into the second half to draw level with just seven minutes remaining. Na Gaeil it was who finished the stronger however with points from Eamon Sheehy and Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Man of the Match Dara Devine, to win by two points, 1-13 to 2-8.

Division 3A - There was a hugely exciting Division 3A final at the Na Gaeil pitch on Friday evening when Cordal/Scart had a 4-11 to 2-10 victory over Annascaul/Lispole. Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Man of the Match Eddie Horan, was the star of the show scoring 2-7 of his sides total.

Division 3B – Currow play St Senans on this Friday evening in the Division 3B final (6:45) in the Na Gaeil pitch.

Division 4A – The two semi finals of this Division are down for decision on this Friday evening when Kenmare play Renard/St Marys ibn Kenmare and Kilgarvan/Tuosist/Templenoe play Waterville/Dromid in Templenoe with both games at 6:45.

Division 4B – Ballymac play Churchill in the final on this Friday evening at 6:30 in Blennerville.

Division 5 – In the Division 5 final in Ballyduff on Friday evening last parish neighbours Belae and Asdee/Ballylongford scored eight goals between them but seven of those went to Beale who emerged victorious on a 7-11 to 1-11 scoreline. Beale captain Darragh Buckley received the Division 5 Shield and he also received the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Man of the Match trophy from Tommy Sheehy representing the sponsors.

Division 6 – Castlegregory play St Michaels-Foilmore in the final on this Thursday evening in Cromane at 6:45.

Garveys Supervalu County Senior Football Championship

The Garveys Supervalu County Senior Football Championship opening round is just over two weeks away with first round games down for decision on the weekend of May 15th. A Reminder that the fixtures are as follows:

Dr. Crokes V West Kerry

Milltown/Castlemaine V Killarney Legion,

Kerins O'Rahilly's V South Kerry,

Mid Kerry V Kilcummin,

East Kerry V Austin Stacks,

St Kierans V Feale Rangers

Rathmore V Dingle,

St Brendan's V Kenmare District.

Fixtures will be made by the CCC in the coming week and d cognisance will be taken of first drawn when venues are being decided.

Kerry GAA “Night of Champions” at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium

The annual night at the dogs fundraiser, “The Kerry GAA Night of Champions” will take place on Friday 27th May at The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium in Tralee. Thanks to the continued support and generosity of Sponsors, Clubs and GAA Supporters alike, the “Night of Champions” has become an outstanding success in recent years and a major fundraiser for the cost of training Kerry GAA teams.

All monies from the proceeds from The Night of Champions go to the Kerry teams training fund , both football and hurling.

Buster tickets have already gone on sale for the event and participation in the “Buster” Race of Champions entitles the buyer to a “Buster Sequence” which this year will feature the first four placed dogs in the Race of Champions. Valuable prizes - including 1st prize €1000 for correct sequence – will be presented. Buster ticket holders will be entitled to 4 entry tickets for the Race night plus Race cards.

Frank Twiss RIP

On behalf of all Kerry Gaels I extend sympathy to the Twiss family of Callinafercy and Milltown-Castlemaine on the passing of Frank last week. Like all the Twiss family, Frank was involved in all aspects of the GAA and was a former chairman of the club. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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

Kerry Hurlers open their Leinster Championship campaign

On this Sunday, 1st May, the Kerry senior hurlers will make their debut in the Leinster Senior Championship round robin series with a home game against Carlow at Austin Stack Park, Tralee. The game will have a 1.00p.m. throw in time. This is in order to allow supporters watch the Allianz National Hurling League final on television later. Admission is €10 with a €5 charge for students & OAP’s. Under 16’s are free.

Further games on Saturday, 7th May at home to Westmeath, 3.00p.m. and on Sunday, 22nd May away to Offaly at O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 3.00p.m.

Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling League

Results in Round 3 of the Credit Union Co. Senior hurling league Division 1 from last weekend: Ballyheigue 1 - 10 Kilmoyley 0 - 7; Causeway 3 - 15 Abbeydorney 2 - 16. The Ballyduff v Crotta O`Neill's and St. Brendan’s v Lixnaw games were not played. There is a break now in the competition until 5th June.

Division 2 is due to commence on Monday next, 2nd May. Check with clubs for fixture details.

U17 Celtic Challenge

The Under 17 Celtic Challenge competition commences on Wednesday next, 4th May. It is aimed at players aged 16 and 17 years old who are not participating in State Examinations during May and June. 38 teams country wide will participate in the competition. Further information on http://www.gaa.ie/my-gaa/getting-involved/the-celtic-challenge

Kerry will participate in Group D where they will play Cork City, West Limerick, Limerick City and North Cork.

Hurling Cúl Camps 2016

The 2016 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling in Kerry have been arranged as follows: Causeway (4 – 8 July), Lixnaw & Ballyduff (11 -15 July), Ballyheigue & Kenmare (18 - 22 July), Ardfert & Fitzgerald Stadium (25 – 29 July), Abbeydorney (1 – 5 August), Crotta O’Neill’s – Dromakee (8 – 12 August) and Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s - Caherslee (15 – 19 August).

Cost is €55 per child with reductions for additional members of families. Camps are open to primary school children between 6 and 13 years of age. Monday’s to Friday’s, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. daily. Further details at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie