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PRO GAA Scene March 23rd 2016 2016-03-23 22:58:00

Vital Points at stake as Kerry travel to Monaghan in AFL
There are vital Allianz Football League points at stake on Easter Sunday next when Kerry travel to Clones to take on Monaghan. Kerry of course had a slow start to the League when going down to both Dublin and Roscommon, but they then picked themselves up to put a three game winning streak together that has them currently in a semi final spot in the League table on 6 points. To maintain that position they need both points on Sunday as their opponents Monaghan are just two points behind on 4 points as are Cork who are likely to gather both points on offer against Down.

Injury Update

Just when Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s long term injuries are beginning to ease with the return to training of both Michael and Paul Geaney and also Killian Young, Tommy Walsh and David Moran who have missed the last few games due to knocks picked up in the League, comes the news that team captain Bryan Sheehan has picked up a hand injury the extent of which was due to be clearer following a visit to a specialist on Tuesday of this week. That injury incidentally was picked up at the throw in at the start of the Mayo game. The Cahersiveen man, Anthony Maher and James O’Donoghue are the three remaining players on the injury list. Of course these absences mean that other players on the panel are getting their chance to impress the selectors and some are doing just that.

Kerry and Monaghan have met 10 times in League
Kerry and Monaghan have only met ten times previously in the League with Kerry winning six of those and Monaghan winning four and Kerry followers will need little reminding that the last of those Monaghan victories came last season in Austin Stack Park when the Farney men prevailed by 1-11 to 0-10. Monaghan got off to a good start in the League defeating Roscommon and Down but since then they have had to give second best to Dublin, Mayo and Cork, however on their day they are capable of mixing it with the best and even in those games they lost, they were still scoring pretty well.

This is another challenge for Kerry and with Cork as visitors in the final group game of the League Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his management team will be taking no chances this weekend.

Senior Football Championship Qualifier
The final place in the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship draw is up for grabs at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Friday evening next (7:30) when St Brendans and Shannon Rangers meet in the Senior Football Championship Qualifier. These two sides were deemed to be the lowest of the Divisional sides when results were taken into account over the last five years and so they play off to decide who goes through to the Championship draw proper.

Getting a suitable date this year for the game, the first of such playoffs, was always going to be difficult but from this year’s championship on, it is intended to fix such games in conjunction with the latter rounds of the championship. Picking a winner for the Good Friday clash is hardly going to be an easy task and it boils down to whoever has the most preparation done in the time available.

Kerry Under 21s advance to Munster Final
The Kerry Under 21 team advanced to the Munster Final for the first time since 2012 and a meeting with old rivals Cork following a semi final victory over Limerick on Wednesday evening last (1-14 to 2-8). It was a game that hung in the balance right up to two minutes from the end of the allotted five minutes of injury time before two late Kerry points finally killed off the Shannonsiders. A feature of the game was the point scoring of Killian Spillane from play – the Templenoe player helped himself to five altogether from all angles and distances.

This is still a very young Kerry side and while the team contains five of the side defeated by Cork in last year’s semi final – Brian Ó Beagaloich, Cathal Ó Lúing, Barry O’Sullivan, Micheál Burns and Jack Savage – ten of the side were Minors in either 2014 or 2015.

Credit Union Senior Football League gets underway
The Credit Union Senior Football League got underway on Sunday last in glorious Spring sunshine with 29 games played in all. Pride of place went to the meeting of the two Division 1 heavyweights, Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks who met in a game that doubled up as the 2015 Division 1 final and Dr Crokes it was who were crowned Credit Union Senior Football League Division 1 champions for 2015 when they swept away the challenge of the 2014 champions. A blistering start during which they scored 1-3 without reply set Dr Crokes on their way to victory early on and although Stacks rallied during the third quarter to cut the deficit to a point, the home-side came back strongly in the final quarter despite being numerically disadvantaged to win by six points, 3-15 to 3-9. Dr Crokes captain Eoin Brosnan received the newly refurbished Division 1 Shield from County PRO John O’Leary and Brian Looney of Dr Crokes received the Credit Union Man of the Match award from Mary O’Shea, Treasurer Chapter 23

Irish League of Credit Unions.
Elsewhere, All Ireland Junior Champions, Templenoe, who were making their debut in Division 1, got their campaign off to a flying start with victory over John Mitchels and another promoted side, Desmonds, defeated Kilcummin. Paul Geaney impressed in Dingle’s surprise win over Legion in a low scoring game in Derreen.In Division 2, All Ireland Intermediate Champions, St Marys, defeated Finuge and Listry, who were promoted from Division 3 this year, had an impressive win over Waterville. Division 3 saw a tight encounter between Currow and Gneeveguilla in another low scoring affair which Currow won by the minimum margin and in the North Kerry derby, Ballydonoghue hada goal to spare against Brosna. John Evans got his Division 4 campaign with Fossa off to a winning start in Lispole and there were plenty goals in Renard when Skellig Rangers got the better of a home side by a point. Sneem-Derrynane followed up their Munster Junior “B” win with victory over Ballylongford in Division 5 while Dara Long was in fine scoring form as Austin Stacks B defeated Cordal.

Credit Union Senior Football League Round 2 down for decision this weekend

Round 2 of the Credit Union Senior Football League goes ahead this coming weekend with games down for decision on both Saturday (5pm) and Sunday (2pm), however fixtures are curtailed due to the Senior Football Championship Qualifier game on Friday evening between Shannon Rangers and St Brendans with Divisions 3 and 4 especially affected. League game for clubs involved with those Divisional sides will be deferred to the following weekend (April 2nd). Exceptions are Ballyduff and Asdee who have agreed to play their SFL Division 5 games v Castlegregory and Knocknagoshel respectively this weekend with the agreement of Shannon Rangers.

There are some attractive games down for decision with newly promoted sides Templenoe and Desmonds meeting in Division 1 on Saturday, Spa and Rathmore clash in Division 2 also on Saturday, but the entire schedule of games in Division 3 are deferred, while the Na Gaeil V Lispole and the Churchill V Ballymac games are deferred in Division 4.

Round 3 of the League will be played on the weekend of April 10th.

1916 – “The All Ireland behind barbed wire”
There is an interesting documentary on RTE Radio 1 this Saturday (pm) that recounts a famous game played in Frongoch Camp in North Wales where the 1916 internees were held. The game was played between Kerry and Louth and became known as “The All Ireland behind barbed wire”. The Kerry team was captained by none other than Dick Fitzgerald who was one of 39 Kerry internees at the camp. Fr Tom Looney, historian and author of “Dick Fitzgerald: King in a Kingdom of Kings” is a contributor to the programme.

St Brendans College in Hogan Cup final
St Brendans College Killarney travelled to Nenagh on Wednesday of last week and had a very emphatic victory over St Benildus College from Dublin in the semi final of the All Ireland Colleges Hogan Cup on a 4-15 to 0-9 scoreline to reach the final for the first time since 2010 when they were defeated by St Colemans Newry. The “Sem” previously won the Hogan Cup on just two occasions - in 1969 and 1992 – and that is not a great return for a side that have won 21 Corn Uí Mhuirí titles. They will be trying to make up some lost ground however when they take on St Pats Maghera or XXX Sligo in the final on Saturday Aptil 2nd in Croke Park.

Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League

The Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League continues on this weekend with Round 4 games down for decision. Yhe majority of games are due to throw-in at 4pm. Most of the outstanding back games were picked up over the course of the St Patrick’s weekend. Round 5 of the League is scheduled for Friday April 1st.

Club Officer Training
The final night of the Club Leadership Programme (Club Officer Training, Induction Module & Module 1) will be delivered on this Wednesday evening in the Ring of Kerry Hotel Cahersiveen commencing at 7pm sharp. This is intended to cover the South Kerry District and officers who could not make either of the previous training nights in Killarney and Tralee.

The following Officers are requested to atend; Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and PRO. Coiste na nÓg Officers are also encouraged to attend.

Tom Wrenn RIP
The news of the sudden passing of Cordal GAA Chairman Tom Wrenn last week came as a shock to the GAA community in the county. Along with being chairman, Tom was also his Club’s County Committee Delegate at the time of his death and indeed he served the Club in almost every capacity, including referee, down through the years. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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

Famous victory for Kerry Hurlers in AHL
In round 5 of the Allianz hurling league last Sunday, Kerry had one of the most famous wins in their hurling history at St Brendan’s Park, Birr when they had a superb 1 point win over Offaly, 2 - 18 to 2 – 17. This was a tenacious win by the Kerry side, where they never gave up, even after going behind by 6 point margins twice during the game. Well done to all involved. This was Kerry’s second win of the league campaign.

However, ultimately it proved not enough to progress in the competition as although they finished level on 4 points in the league table with both Offaly and Wexford, their scoring average was behind that of both those sides. Unfortunately it means that Kerry must now face a relegation play off where firstly they will meet Laois once again. This will go ahead at Austin Stack Park on Saturday April 2nd at 5pm. Kerry have home venue due to the fact that three of their League games were played away from home while Laois had three home games..

Minor Hurlers go down to Laois
The Kerry minor hurling team lost to Laois by 6 – 18 to 3 – 8 on Sunday last in round 2 of the Leinster minor league. This ends their involvement in the competition. Their next outing will be on Saturday, 9th April in the annual Todd Nolan Memorial Tournament.

Credit Union Co. Senior Hurling League

The Credit Union Co. Senior hurling league Division 1 (Nicholas Scollard Cup) gets underway on this weekend. Round 1 fixtures are: Ballyduff v Lixnaw (Saturday @ 5pm); Crotta v Abbeydorney (Sunday @ 1pm); Causeway v Ballyheigue and St. Brendan’s v Kilmoyley, both Sunday at 2pm.

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


Lixnaw Hurling Club will hold their medal presentation night at Lixnaw Community Centre on this Thursday, 24th March at 8.30pm. The minor and Under 16 hurlers will be presented with their Co. and North Kerry championship medals respectively while the Club Person of the Year and the Hall of Fame award winners will be announced. Presentations will also be made to the Kerry successful minor and senior hurling panellists of 2015 from the club. Guest speaker for the function will be former Clare All- Ireland winning captain, Anthony Daly.

The Tralee Parnell’s Hurling Club main fundraiser, for the year - a Race Night - takes place on Saturday, 16th April in the Fell’s Point / Rose of Tralee Hotel at 8.30p.m. Further details on the club website or from secretary.traleeparnells.kerry@gaa.ie