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PRO GAA Scene August 24th 2016 2016-08-24 21:37:00

Kerry face Dublin in Semi Final showdown

Next Sunday’s much anticipated All Ireland semi final showdown between Kerry and Dublin in Croke Park is certainly a season defining game for both sides. It goes without saying that, when it comes to championship fare, Dublin have certainly turned the tables on Kerry in recent years and if losses to the Metropolitans in two All Ireland Finals and a semi final is not enough, just last April Kerry were also handed a drubbing in the League final. So Kerry supporters are under no illusions as to what faces them on Sunday next against a side whose consistency has been their hallmark particularly since Jim Gavin took over the reins. Eamonn Fitzmaurice, who came agonisingly close to guiding Kerry to victory over the Dubs in his first game as manager in Croke Park three years ago, will know that Kerry were somewhat off the mark when the sides clashed in the final last September, yet for all of that, he will also know that there was only a score between the sides at the finish. Kerry will need to be on top of their game on Sunday next and take the game to their opponents from the off akin to that famous quarter final performance back in 2009 when Kerry went for the jugular from the first whistle.

With the absence of Cork on Munster Final day, it has been a different kind of championship for Kerry this year playing two other Munster counties on their way to the semi finals but while Dublin sauntered through Leinster, they did get a stern test from Donegal in the quarter final.

Kerry’s injury woes have eased in the past few weeks but it remains to be seen if these players will be fully fit and available for selection, either from the start or off the bench on Sunday. The game is seen by many observers as a last hurrah for some of Kerry’s “ageing veterans” but by the same token, it is also an opportunity for some of the younger members of the team to announce their presence in the cauldron that will be Croke Park on Sunday. Speculation as to what the make up of the team will be has gone into overdrive in the past couple of weeks or so with the midfield pairing in particular coming in for special scrutiny but all will be revealed when the team is announced on Friday evening next at 9pm on the Kerry GAA Website and Radio Kerry.

We wish the Kerry management and players the best of luck on Sunday and hopefully an All Ireland Final date on 18th September will be their reward.

Kerry Minors take on Kildare

Kildare stand in the way of Kerry reaching a third successive All Ireland final when the sides clash in the semi final in the curtain raiser at Croke Park on Sunday next (1:30pm). Kerry of course, under the stewardship of Jack O’Connor, are champions of this grade for the past two years and so far the transition to the new team management headed up by Peter Keane has been seamless.

Kerry opened their campaign with a very facile victory over Waterford and followed that with a hard earned six points victory over Clare. In a cracking Munster Final against old rivals Cork, Kerry scored and conceded three goals but finished the stronger to record a deserved six points victory. In the quarter final victory over Derry, Kerry again conceded a couple of goals but they scored some outstanding points from play throughout that game to finish eleven point victors.

Their opponents Kildare easily accounted for Wicklow and Westmeath and then caused a major shock when they defeated a Meath team (A.E.T) who had earlier accounted for Dublin by all of ten points. They had eleven points to spare over Laois in the Leinster final and six points to spare against Mayo in the quarter final. A feature of their games has been the high scoring rate of their forwards, particularly the inside trio.

This game will be Kerry’s biggest test to date but with many of the side having been through the big day Croke Park atmosphere last year and more having been part of the St Brendans Hogan Cup winning side earlier in the year, the experience gained should stand them in good stead. However, only a performance out of the top drawer will suffice against a side who certainly know where the posts are. The Kerry team will be announced on Friday evening at 8pm on the Kerry GAA Website and Radio Kerry. Referee for the game is Martin McNally from Monaghan.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club – Buses to Croke Park

The Kerry Supporters Club is taking buses to the All-Ireland semi finals in Croke Park on Sunday next. As there is a big demand for seats, all seats must be booked by Thursday evening August 25th. Departure times on Sunday morning are as follows: Farranfore 6:30, Tralee 7:00, Listowel 7:30am.

For bookings please contact any of the following: John King 066 7124229, Donie O’Leary 064 7758099 or Martin Leane 068 48116.

Credit Union Senior Football League Roundup

Despite the atrocious weather conditions, some very important back games influencing promotion and relegation issues in the Credit Union Senior Football League were played over the weekend.

Division 1

There were no outstanding games in Division 1 where Dr Crokes have already clinched a place in the final and the second final place will be decided when Templenoe take on Austin Stacks in the final round of games.

At the other end of the table, Legion and Kenmare are relegated and Kilcummin will need both points against Glenbeigh-Glencar in the final round and hope John Mitchels slip up against Kerins O’Rahillys to avoid being the third team to go down.

Division 2

In Division 2, An Ghaeltacht’s victory over Listowel Emmets on Saturday last has put them into second place in the table a point behind leaders Rathmore who return to Division 1 and top the table on 15 points. St Marys are third on 13 points and Spa, who defeated Finuge in a vital back game to both sides last weekend, are just a point behind on 12.

St Marys play Emmets in Round 11 and Emmets, who are on 9 points, have a back game on Wednesday evening against Finuge (7:30). An Ghaeltacht are home to Spa in Gallarus in Round 11.

At the other end of Division 2, Finuge, on 5 points, have that game in hand with Emmets on this coming Wednesday evening but finish up against leaders Rathmore while Laune Rangers, beaten by Listry 10 points to 9 last week, seem to be in trouble on 6 points. The Killorglin side will have to beat Glenflesk in their final game and hope the likes of St Michaels/Foilmore (7 Points) and Beaufort (8 Points) do not pick up any points in Round 11.

Division 3

In Division 3, there was a big upset on Sunday when leaders Currow, who needed just one point to go up as champions, were beaten by St Senans who were looking for both points in a bid to avoid relegation. Currow stay on 14 points at the top, St Pats, Annascaul and Ardfert are all on 13 points but Ardfert, who defeated Beale in a back game last week, have another back game with Brosna on Saturday next. The meeting of Annascaul and Ardfert in the final round will have a big bearing on who goes up with Currow.

At the bottom, Tarbert and Beale are already relegated. St Senans move on to 9 points with Brosna who have that game in hand with Ardfert. Ballydonoghue, Beale and Dromid, all on 10 points, are not out of the woods yet.

Division 4

In Division 4, the promotion issues have been sorted following two important games on Saturday. In a crunch game in Fossa, the home side, despite being a man down for over 40 minutes, held out to win by a point against promotion chasing Skellig Rangers while Ballymacelligott clinched promotion by defeating joint leaders Na Gaeil by two points. Champions of Division 3 should be decided when Fossa (20 Points) play Na Gaeil (18 Points) In Round 11.

At the other end of the table, Moyvane are already relegated but Valentia, on 2 points, still have a chance as they have a back game to come against Dr Crokes B this weekend and a victory there would set up a crunch relegation match in Round 11 against Churchill who are two points better off on 4 points. Renard, who are on 6 points, are not out of the woods but they play relegated Moyvane in the final round and victory for the South Kerry side in that game would see Moyvane, Valentia and Churchill go down.

Division 5

In Division 5, Castlegregory, following a big victory over Asdee on Saturday, are already promoted as champions with 17 points but there is a real dogfight just behind them to see who takes the other two promotion places which look certain to go to playoffs. There are three teams on 14 points – Rathmore, Duagh and Tuosist who joined the race for promotion thanks to a big victory over hapless Ballyduff . Sneem-Derrynane, who moved onto 12 points with victory over Knocknagoshel, can join the other three in joint second place should they defeat Ballyduff in a back game next weekend. To make the situation even more intriguing, Rathmore play Duagh in Round 11 with the losers likely to exit the promotion race with three teams likely to finish on 16 points going on form.

The date for the final round of games depends on Kerry senior’s progress in the All Ireland championship. A Kerry victory would see the final round of games played on September 25th. but if Kerry are defeated by Dublin then Round 11 will be played on Sunday September 4th September.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship semi finals

Wednesday August 31st is pencilled in for the two semi finals of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship. The pairings are as follows: East Kerry play St Brendans in Austin Stack Park and Firies play Mid Kerry in Fitzgerald Stadium. Throw-in for both games is 6:15pm and extra time applies if necessary.

Junior Cups Roundup

The Junior Cups got off to a rather inauspicious start last weekend with walk overs from away teams and re-fixtures being the order of the day. To be fair to the clubs, many have been under pressure to field in the junior league and cup competitions this year while the additional games in the senior county league have also had a knock-on effect at junior level. The following is the situation in the various competitions.

Molyneaux Cup

There are two semi finals down for decision this Wednesday evening ; Dr Crokes play Austin Stacks at Lewis Road and Kerins O'Rahilly's are home to Rathmore. Both games throw-in at 7pm.

McElligott Cup

In the Quarter Finals last weekend Laune Rangers got a W.O. from Moyvane and Spa got a W.O. from Listowel Emmets while St Pats defeated Ballydonoghue 4-5 to 2-10. The remaining quarter final sees John Mitchel's play Gneeveguilla on Friday evening.

The first semi final between St Pats and Laune Rangers will be played on this Friday evening while the winners of the John Mitchels V Gneeveguilla game will play Spa in the other semi final on Friday 2nd.

Barrett Cup

In Round 1 last weekend, Clounmacon got a W.O. from Castleisland Desmonds, Kenmare got a W.O. from Na Gaeil and Beaufort got a W.O. from Glenbeigh/Glencar.

The four quarter final are down for decision on this Friday evening with first named having home venue (7pm); St. Mary’s V Glenflesk; Clounmacon V Ardfert; Currow V Beaufort and Kenmare V Lispole.

Cahill Cup

In Round 1 last weekend, Cromane got a W.O. from Ballymacelligott and Tarbert got a W.O. from Annascaul. On this Friday evening, Beale play Castlegregory and St Michael's-Foilmore play Skellig Rangers.

The draw for the quarter finals to be played on September 2nd is as follows: Beale or Castlegregory V Charlie Kerins; Cromane V St. Michaels/Foilmore or Skellig Rangers, St. Senans V Churchill and Tarbert have a bye.

Junior Leagues Roundup

The Junior Leagues are at the final stage in most of the Divisions. The following is a rundown of the various groups:

Group 1; Legion play Gneeveguilla in the final in Dereen on Tuesday evening following Legion’s victory over Strand Road last week.

Group 2; Ballydonoghue play Desmonds in the final.

Group 3: Spa and Beaufort are in the final

Group 4: Kilcummin play Glenbeigh/Glencar in the final

Group 5: Skellig Rangers are in the final where they will play St Marys who defeated St Michaels-Foilmore in semi final last weekend.

Group 7: Currow await the winners of the St Senans/Dr Crokes semi final

It is hoped to play the finals of Groups 2 (In Duagh), 3 and 4 on Friday September 2nd.

Two Kerry Stalwarts honoured

Two former Kerry greats were honoured in the past week or so. That prince of full backs, John O’Keeffe was inducted into the GAA Hall of Fame and Mick O’Connell, surely the most stylish footballer of all time, was honoured by the Sports Journalists of Ireland for his contribution to the game.

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Kerry Minor Hurlers face Meath in the Final

The Kerry minor hurlers will play Meath in the final of the All-Ireland minor ‘B’ championship [Corn Peadar Ó Liatháin] on Saturday week, 3rd September. Venue will be Semple Stadium, Thurles, where there will be a 2.00p.m. throw in. Kerry will be aiming for their 5th title in a row at this level.

Lixnaw and Crotta in Minor Championship Final

Lixnaw and Crotta O’Neill’s will contest the 2016 Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin Co. minor championship final. In last Saturday’s semi-finals, Crotta had a 1 – 8 to 0 – 10 win over St. Brendan’s while Lixnaw defeated Causeway by 1 – 16 to 0 – 8. The final will be the curtain raiser to the co. senior final on 11th September and will have a 1:30 throw-in. The senior final between Kilmoyley and Ballyduff will throw-in at 3:30PM.

Kerry lose to Meath in Under 21 ‘B’ Championship semi final

The Kerry under 21 hurlers bowed out of the All-Ireland ‘B’ championship on Saturday last going under to Meath by 1 – 21 to 1 – 12 in the semi final at Trim. Meath now go on to play Mayo in the final.

Abbeydorney win Co. League Division 2 Title

Congratulations to Abbeydorney on winning the 2016 Credit Union Co. senior hurling league Division 2 title. In last Sunday’s final, played at Causeway, they had a 2 – 12 to 1 –9 win over Kilmoyley. After the game, Gerard McCarthy, Oifigeach Iomána Coiste Chontae Chiarraí C.L.G. presented the John O’Connor (Lady’s Walk) Cup to the team captain, Nigel Roche. The Man of the Match award went to Eoin Egan. This was some consolation for Abbeydorney because on the previous Thursday they had lost narrowly to Causeway, 1 – 17 to 1 – 15, in the final of the North Kerry Intermediate championship.

Causeway and Kilmoyley in Co. League Division 1 Final

The Co. League Division 1 final between Causeway (holders) and Kilmoyley is fixed for this Friday evening, 26th August, 7.00pm. Venue is Austin Stack Park with extra time if necessary.


To kick off and celebrate the All-Ireland Hurling Final weekend, Tralee Parnell’s will hold a ‘Big Blitz Day’ for hurling and camogie on Saturday week, 3rd September at the John Mitchel’s G.A.A. Complex. Further details on the Parnell’s Facebook page.

Tralee Parnell’s coaching programme continues at the Caherslee G.A.A. grounds every Friday from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m. A special welcome for under 6 players, those born in 2010 & 2011. There will be no registration fee for new members for the remainder of 2016 so all interested children are welcome to come and give hurling a try.