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PRO GAA Scene May 4th 2016 2016-05-04 23:30:00

Castleisland Mart Club Championship Roundup

Senior Club Championship -

Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks will contest the final of the senior club championship following victories over Legion and Austin Stacks respectively on Saturday last.

Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship – Relegation Playoff Round1 – Both Rathmore and Kerins O’Rahillys all but secured their senior club championship and senior football championship status following victories over Kilcummin and Milltown-Castlemaine respectively last weekend.

Kilcummin and Milltown-Castlemaine will now play in the Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship Relegation Playoff Round 2 – final and the losers of that final may lose their Senior Club/Senior Championship Status in 2017 - however, should either Kilcummin or Milltown-Castlemaine (or both!) reach that Senior County Championship final then they will be exempt from relegation.

Intermediate Club Championship - Kenmare and Templenoe join Desmonds in the semi finals of the Intermediate championship following quarter final victories over Spa and St Michaels-Foilmore respectively last weeken. Ardfert face An Ghaeltacht in the remaining Quarter Final on May 28th.

Semi final pairings for the Intermediate Championship have not been drawn.

Castleisland Mart Junior Premier Club Championship – Ballydonoghue are the first team into the Junior Premier Club Championship semi finals following victory over Keel in the only quarter final tie played last weekend. St Pats and Glenbeigh-Glencar play this Sunday in a game delayed due to Kerry hurlers championship games. Listowel Emmets got the better of Beaufort in their replayed Round 1 game and Annascaul defeated Renard.

The Quarter Final Draw is as follows:

Firies V Listowel Emmets

Na Gaeil V Annascaul

Dromid Pearses V St Pats or Glenbeigh-Glencar*

Castleisland Mart Junior Club Championship –

Last weekend saw the three outstanding Round 1 fixtures played with Castlegregory defeating Cordal in a high scoring game, Tarbert defeating Valentia and Knocknagoshel just getting the better of Tuosist. The Cromane Vs Beale game was postponed due to a bereavement and that game will go ahead on this Saturday.

The full Quarter Final Draw is as follows:

Scartaglen V Knocknagoshel

Castlegregory V Fossa

Asdee V Cromane or Beale*

Listry V Tarbert

Castleisland Mart Novice Club Championship Draw

The draw for Round 1 of the Novice Club Championship will be made at Monday night’s meeting of the county committee. First round losers of the Junior Championship will be in the hatand the full list of teams is as follows: Tuosist, Cordal, Valentia, Duagh, Sneem-Derrynane, Lispole, Ballyduff, Cromane or Beale, Ballylongford and Kilgarvan.

The CCC meet on this Wednesday evening to decide on dates and venues for all the various club championships fixtures.

Kerry Play Clare in Munster Minor Semi Final

Kerry travel to Milltown-Malbay on Wednesday evening next (May 11th) to play Clare in the Eirgrid Munster Minor football Championship semi final at 7pm. Kerry had a facile first round victory over Waterford while Clare surprised Limerick who then went to knock out a Tipperary team that had put it up to Cork for long periods of their first round meeting.

Garveys Supervalu County Senior Football Championship

The CCC are due to meet on this Wednesday evening to make fixtures for the first round of the Garveys Supervalu County Senior Football Championship opening round which will be played on the weekend of May 15th. Cognisance will be taken of teams that were first out of the hat but it is likely that there will be a couple of double headers fixed.

The Championship will be launched on this Friday evening in Austin Stack Park at 6:30pm.

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.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor League Finals

All but one of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor football League Finals have now been played and the clubs involved must take credit for that achievement given that games were disrupted by the Munster Minor championship meeting of Kerry and Waterford and also by St Brendan College involvement in the Hogan Cup final.

The one outstanding final is the Division 4A meeting of Kenmare and Kilgarvan/Tuosist/Templenoe which will probably be fixed for Friday week, May 13 due to Kerry minors Munster Championship meeting with Clare.

There were four finals decided last week;

Division 1 – This was a great advertisement for the minor code at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Friday where Dr Crokes defeated old rivals Austin Stacks in a game that went to extra time on a score of 2-18 to 2-16 with Michael Potts of Dr Crokes afterwards named as the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Man of the Match.

Division 3B – This was a one sided affair at the Na Gaeil pitch where Currow were too strong for St Senans and ended up winning on a 5-10 to 0-6 scoreline. Currow’s Jack Daly received the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Man of the match trophy from Seamus Kerrisk on behalf of the sponsors.

Division 4B – Very little separated Churchill and Ballymac throughout this game played in Blennerville on Friday evening last with Churchill just edging out their opponents on a 1-10 to 1-8 scoreline. Brendan Sweeney, representing the sponsors, presented the Keanes SuperValu Killorglin Man of the Match trophy to Churchill midfielder Sean Donnellan.

Division 6 – Castlegregory proved too strong for St Michaels-Foilmore in the Division 6 final played in Cromane on Thursday evening last eventually winning by 3-10 to 1-4. The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Man of the Match trophy was presented to Jimmy O'Grady of Castlegregory by Peter Keane.

County Committee Meeting

A meeting of Coiste Chiarrai will take place on Monday next 9th May @ 8pm in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. The Draw for Round 1 of the Novice Championship – first round losers of the Junior championship – will be made at the meeting. The report by the Parish Rule & Player Registration Committee dealing with South Kerry Clubs will be decided upon at next Monday’s meeting.

Kerry County Committee have organised a Service Check of all Defibrillators to be carried out at the meeting and Clubs are asked to bring their AED Machines which will be checked free of charge on the night. Clubs will be given a list of remedial action (if any) that needs to be carried out.

Lá na gClub

Sunday next is the designated day nationwide for Lá na gClub and every club in the county should mark the occasion in some fashion. The day is clear of fixtures the importance placed on the event by Croke Park can be gauged from the fact that special permission has to be sought from HQ for any fixture which has to go ahead.

Féile Launch

Féile, that annual festival of juvenile football is this year being hosted by Kerry together with North Cork and West Limerick and it will be launched on this coming Monday in Brosna, a location that is of course central to all three participation areas. Uachtarán CLG, Aogán Ó Feraghaill, will be present to launch Féile at 6:30pm. The competition, a huge undertaking for the county with over 630 games to be played, takes place from June 24th to 26th.For more information visit www.gaa.ie/feile

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

The annual night at the dogs fundraiser, “The Kerry GAA Night of Champions” is just over three weeks away and 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, both football and hurling. Buster tickets have already gone on sale for the event.


Congratulations to Kerry Senior Football captain Bryan Sheehan and his bride Ita O’Sullivan who were married on Friday last.

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

Kerry Hurlers continue their winning ways

Following their victory over Carlow in Round 1 last weekend, the Kerry senior hurlers will continue their Leinster Senior Championship round robin campaign on this Saturday with a home game against Westmeath at Austin Stack Park, Tralee. The game will have a 3.00p.m. throw-in time. Admission is €10 with a €5 charge for students & OAP’s. Under 16’s are free.

Round 3 will take place on Sunday, 22nd May away to Offaly at O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 3.00p.m.

Credit Union Co. hurling league

Result in Round 1 of the Credit Union Co. hurling league Division 2 from last weekend: St. Brendan’s 1 – 12 Crotta 1 – 6; Lixnaw gave a walkover to Causeway and have withdrawn from the competition. Division 2 re-fixtures - Lady’s Walk play Kilmoyley on this Friday in Ballyduff and Abbeydorney are at home to Ballyheigue on Saturday, both at 7.00p.m.

Round 2 is fixed for Wednesday, 18 May: Ballyheigue v Kenmare; Dr. Crokes v Abbeydorney; Crotta v Lady’s Wlak and Causeway v St. Brendan’s

Celtic Challenge

Kerry will open their Under 17 Celtic Challenge competition on this Wednesday, 4th May with an away game against Limerick City in the Gaelic Grounds at 7.30p.m. This competition is aimed at players who are not participating in State Examinations. 38 teams country wide will participate in the competition. Further games: 18 May v Cork City (home), 25 May v North Cork (away) and 1st June v West Limerick (home).

Other news

The Kerry minor hurlers won the Todd Nolan Tournament last Saturday at Abbeydorney. They defeated a Tipperary Under 17 development team in the final by 2 – 12 to 2 – 7. Team captain was Liam Mullins (Lixnaw) while Barry O’Mahony (Crotta) was awarded Man of The Match in the decider.

The Kerry Under 16 Development team went to the final of the Munster inter divisional ‘B’ competition but lost by just 2 points to East Cork ‘B’, 4 – 7 to 3 – 8. They had earlier defeated Cork City ‘B’ by 2 – 10 to 0 – 6 and West Cork ‘B’ by 1 – 15 to 0 – 3.

Ballyduff are Féile Champions

Congratulations to Ballyduff on winning the Co. Féile na nGael Under 14 hurling title with a 2 – 4 to 1 – 4 win over Ballyheigue on Monday last. Crotta won the ‘B’ title, defeating Lixnaw by 0 – 6 to 0 – 3.

Tralee Parnells

Tralee Parnell’s Hurling and Camogie Club are celebrating their involvement in the award winning GAA Healthy Clubs project with a special event on this Friday, 6 May at Caherslee G.A.A. grounds, 7.30p.m. Parnell’s is one of just 60 clubs nationwide participating in Phase 2 and the Club Executive and Healthy Clubs project team invites all members of the community to help celebrate this achievement. The club will also launch their Strategic Plan on the night. Further details on the club Facebook page.