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PRO GAA Scene June 29th 2016 2016-06-29 08:19:00

Kerry and Tipperary meet in the Munster Final
Few would have predicted at the start of the championship that Tipperary would be Kerry’s opponents in the Munster Football Championship final but that is exactly the way it has panned out with the Premier county upsetting the applecart when handing Cork a two points defeat in the semi final. The standout factor from that surprise victory by the Tipp men was the fact that they recovered at the death after surrendering a nine points lead in the closing quarter and that in itself says a lot about the character of Liam Kerins’ side. Shorne of eleven players from last year’s championship panel, the Tralee native has had to mould an almost new side for this year’s campaign and that defeat of Cork must rank as one of the great championship upsets for many a long day.

It’s all of eighteen years since Kerry and Tipperary last met in the provincial decider and that game in Thurles will be remembered for the fact that Maurice Fitzgerald contributed 10 points (8 frees) of Kerry’s tally in a 0-17 to 1-10 scoreline before an attendance of 27,200. Having beaten Cork in the semi final, Kerry were subsequently defeated by Kildare in the All Ireland semi final.

Kerry will not need any reminding that Tipperary put it up to the then All Ireland champions for long periods of last year’s semi final meeting between the sides in Thurles before the Kingdom emerged victorious by 2-14 to 2-8. Injury problems in the Kerry camp are beginning to clear up slowly but surely and the likes of Johnny Buckley and James O’Donoghue for instance, have returned to full training and it will be interesting to see if they will force their way back onto Sunday’s team. Anthony Maher too will have had another few weeks of training under his belt after a long layoff with an injury that took longer than expected to mend.

The Kerry management team would, I am sure, have preferred a far tougher test of their present well being than they got from a Clare side whose challenge was undermined from the off after conceding a rather fortuitous goal but that said, the Bannermen did post a very decent 17 points on the scoreboard though they never remotely looked like causing an upset at any stage of the game.

Tipp’s defeat of Cork, and that high scoring return by Clare will no doubt help focus the minds of the Kerry players on their home patch of Fitzgerald Stadium and we wish all concerned the best of luck in their quest for a 78th Munster title. The throw-in is at 2pm and the referee for the final is David Gough of Meath.

Kerry and Cork clash in Minor Final

Kerry and Cork renew rivalry at Minor level when they clash in the Munster Minor Final in the curtain raiser at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday (throw-in 12 noon). Kerry are of course All Ireland champions for the past two years and they can still call on the likes of Sean O’Shea, Billy Courtney, Daniel O’Brien, Graham O’Sullivan, Bryan Sweeney and Mike Breen from last year’s successful panel. Peter Keane has taken over the reins from Jack O’Connor and it remains to be seen if the Cahersiveen man can work the oracle in the same fashion as his near neighbour from Dromid did.

Cork have not won the Munster title since 2010 but they do come to Killarney with a big reputation this year. Last year they went down to the Kingdom by just a point after extra time in a classic in Austin Stack Park without having the chance to redeem themselves through the back door system. No doubt this year’s squad will want to reverse that result. Games between these two sides rarely fail to ignite and early comers to the Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday could be in for a treat. Referee is Alan Kissane of Waterford.

Munster Football Finals Ticket Arrangements
Sunday’s Munster Football Finals are all-ticket affairs and admission Prices for are as follows:

Covered Stand: Adult Covered Stand €35 and Juvenile Covered Stand €5

Sideline Seating Area (Scoreboard End): Adult €20 and Juvenile €5

Terrace: Adult €25 and Juvenile Terrace€5

The usual Colour Coding of Adult Terrace Tickets will apply but there are no restrictions on Juvenile tickets in the Terrace areas.

OAP/Student: Concession of €10 at the designated stile with valid id prior to entry

Covered stand tickets are distributed via the Clubs but, if a surplus is available, they will go on public sale from the County Board Office Austin Stack Park Tralee and from The Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre Killarney from Tuesday 28th June.

Adult and Juvenile Terrace Tickets are now available to purchase from the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney Outlet Centre, from the Austin Stack Park Pavilion as well as at Centra and SuperValu stores around the County and online at tickets.ie

Munster Council Ticket vans will be in operation on the day to purchase terrace tickets but patrons are strongly advised to pre-purchase tickets at the usual sources.

Kerry and Cork meet in Junior Final on this Wednesday evening
In the first of three Munster football finals this week, Kerry and Cork will meet in the Junior decider at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on this Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. Kerry are of course the reigning Munster and All Ireland title holders, but as a result of that victory, they have to field a whole new team this year. The Kingdom were fortunate in their opening game against Limerick three weeks ago when they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with Adrian Spillane emerging as the hero of the hour with that late, late goal.

Cork, for their part, easily disposed of the Tipperary challenge in their semi final in Semple Stadium and they will be eager to atone for their twelve point defeat at the hands of the Kingdom in last year’s final when they looked to be in a very good position at the break leading as they did by three points.

Kerry manager Stephen Wallace and his management team have wrung the changes for Wednesday’s showdown; There are four changes in personnel from the side that defeated Limerick in the semi final with Jason Foley and Andrew Barry coming into the central defensive positions at the expense of Fionán Clifford and Robert Wharton while up front David Foran starts in the half forward line in place of Liam Carey and Sean Michéal Ó Conchúir, a late withdrawal in the semi final due to injury, recovers to take his place at right corner forward to the exclusion of Dara Roche. There are also changes to the remainder of the panel with Stephen O'Sullivan, Sean T Dillon and Shane Fitzmaurice added to the match day squad. Referee is David Grogan of Tipperary.

Credit Union Senior Football League

Round 7 of the Credit Union Senior Football League will be played on this coming weekend with all games, bar two, fixed for Saturday evening due to the Munster Football final on Sunday. In Division 3 Annascaul meet Dromid Pearses on Friday evening as do Ballylongford and Asdee in Division 5. The game between St Senans and Currow in Division 3 has been postponed due to the Hurling championship replay between Crotta and Abbeydorney. This weekend’s round of fixtures are the fourth in a five week period with just four round remaining to be played before the cut off date of the last weekend of September.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship
The Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship, barring a drawn Munster football final, resumes in little over a week with the Round three games down for decision in two double bill fixtures. On Saturday 9th in Austin Stack Park, Dingle will play Milltown-Castlemaine at 5pm and that will be followed by the meeting of Austin Stacks and West Kerry at 6:45pm.

On Sunday 10th, the focus switches to Fitzgerald Stadium where St Kierans and Rathmore get proceedings underway at 2pm and Legion take on Kerins O’Rahillys at 3:30.

The four winners of the Round 3 games will qualify for the quarter finals where they will be on the opposite side of the draw to the Round 2A winners Dr Crokes, Kenmare District, Mid Kerry and South Kerry.

Acorn Life Under 21 Football Championship
The Acorn Life Under 21 Football Championship got underway on Wednesday last. Five games were played with the following results:

Dr Crokes 2-12, Spa Killarney 1-13

Kerins O'Rahilly's 6-13, West Kerry 0-10

Dingle 1-18 East Kerry 2-12

Kenmare District 3-15 An Ghaeltacht 0-10

Feale Rangers 2-13 St Brendan's 1-11

Disappointingly, there were two walk-overs given with South Kerry and Austin Stacks receiving walk-overs from Laune Rangers and Kilcummin/Rathmore respectively.

The preliminary round game between Mid Kerry and Shannon Rangers was postponed due to bereavement and that game goes ahead in Beaufort on this Thursday evening at 7pm. The winners of that game play St Kierans in Round 1 on Monday 4th July at 7pm at a venue to be decided. The winner of that Round 1 game will play Kenmare District in Round 2.

The remaining Round 2 games are down for decision on this Thursday evening (7pm unless otherwise stated) as follows:

Austin Stacks v Dr Crokes (7:30pm)

Dingle v Kerins O Rahillys

South Kerry v Feale Rgs (in Caherciveen 7:30pm)

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship
The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship is just a week away (barring a draw in the Munster Minor Final) and action begins on Wednesday of next week with seven Round 1 games down for decision as follows:

Austin Stacks V Kenmare District

West Kerry V St Kierans

South Kerry V St Brendans

Dingle V Kerins O’Rahillys

Mid Kerry V Firies

Feale Rangers V Dr Crokes

East Kerry V Shannon Rangers

The 7 winners go through to Round 3 and the 7 losers go forward to Round 2 where there will be 3 games and 1 bye.

The death of Paddy O’Shea of Dr Crokes last weekend saw the passing of one of the real gentlemen of the GAA. Paddy, an all-round sportsman, had the distinction of winning three minor hurling county championship medals with Killarney between 1950 and ’52 and went on to have a distinguished football career with Dr Crokes winning numerous East Kerry championship medals, including 7-in-row. A great ambassador for the club, Paddy was an authority on GAA matters and you certainly left his company enriched following a discussion with him.

The untimely death of Denis Teahan of Glenbeigh came as a big shock to the Mid Kerry community. Denis was father of Caolim who is a member of the Kerry Minor panel.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anamacha.

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

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship Roundup
The 2016 Garvey’s Supervalu Kerry senior hurling championship [Corn Neilus Ó Floinn] got underway last weekend. First round results were: Crotta 2 – 16 Abbeydorney 0 – 22 (draw); Kilmoyley 2 – 18 Ballyduff 0 – 18; St. Brendan’s 5 – 20 Ballyheigue 0 – 7; Causeway 2 – 8 Lixnaw 0 – 12.. Thanks to the officials, stewards and field committees of the Abbeydorney and Kilmoyley clubs who worked so hard to ensure the success of the games programme last weekend.

The replay of the Crotta versus Abbeydorney game, with the agreement of both Clubs, is fixed for this Sunday evening at Austin Stack Park, 7.00p.m. with extra time if necessary.

The draw was for Round 2 was made on Radio Kerry on Sunday evening by Kevin McCarthy, representing the competition sponsors Garvey’s SuperValu, while also present were Ger McCarthy, Kerry Hurling Officer and Peter Twiss, Rúnaí Coiste Chontae Chiarraí. In the winners section, St. Brendan’s meet Causeway while Kilmoyley meet the winners of the Crotta/ Abbeydorney replay, both for a place in the championship semi-finals.

The losers round will see Ballyheigue play Ballyduff and Lixnaw take on the losers of the Crotta/Abbeydorney tie. Teams defeated in this round exit the competition. All Round 2 games to be played on the weekend of 9/10 July. Where possible games will be played at Austin Stack Park.

Intermediate Championship
Following this week’s preliminary round games,(Kilgarvan V Lady’s Walk and Crotta V Ballyheigue) round 1 of the Co. Intermediate hurling championship is fixed for Tuesday next, 5th July at 7.30p.m. Pairings are as follows, first named at home: Dr. Crokes v Kilgarvan or Lady’s Walk; Kilmoyley v Kenmare; Abbeydorney v St. Brendan’s and Causeway v Crotta or Ballyheigue.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues
The semi-finals of the Credit Union Co. Senior hurling league Division 2 will take place on this Wednesday, 29th June, 7.30p.m. Abbeydorney will be at home to Causeway while Kilmoyley will entertain Dr. Crokes. Extra time to be played if necessary.

In a Division 1 back game on this Saturday, 7.30p.m., Kilmoyley will be at home to Causeway. In Division 3 on this Wednesday, St. Pats (East Kerry) are at home to Austin Stacks.

Minor Hurling Leagues
Keane’s SuperValu Co. Hurling Round 2 fixtures for Monday next, 4th July are as follows: Division 1A - Lixnaw v Abbeydorney/Kilmoyley; Crotta v St. Brendan’s; Division 1B - Tralee Parnell’s v Causeway; Ballyduff v Kenmare/Kilgarvan.

Hurling Cúl Camps 2016
The 2016 Kellogg’s GAA Kerry hurling Cúl Camps get underway on Monday next, 4th July at Causeway. Cost is €55 per child with reductions for additional members of families. This may be paid also on the first day. 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

Further Kerry camps are: 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).