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PRO GAA Scene August 3rd 2016 2016-08-03 21:47:00

Kerry await their semi final opponents following victory over Clare

Kerry are through to their fourth All Ireland semi final on the trot following an eleven points victory over a gallant Clare side in the quarter finals at Croke Park on Sunday last (2-16 to 0-11). Once Donnchadh Walsh struck for their first goal after twenty minutes or so, Kerry were on their way to victory and that superb goal by Darran O’Sullivan six minutes into the third quarter cemented that passage. Thereafter it was merely a case of how much the Kerry victory margin would be as the Kerry management ran the bench with Dr Crokes man Tony Brosnan coming in to make his championship debut.

The four week break to the semi final is not ideal, however, the long break does have a silver lining in that it will allow injured players such as Johnny Buckley and Colm Cooper additional time to recover from injury. Kerry, of course, will not know their semi final opponents until Saturday next at least when Dublin and Donegal clash in the quarter finals in Croke Park (6pm).

Kerry Minors in All Ireland Semi Final

Kerry minors remain in line for a third successive All Ireland title following a comprehensive victory (1-24 to 2-10) over Ulster runners-up Derry at Croke Park on Sunday last, The concession of two first half goals to a physically stronger Derry side meant that Kerry retired on level terms at the interval despite having kicked a succession of outstanding scores during that opening period with centre forward Sean O’Shea particularly effective from long range. However, Kerry tightened up considerably at the back in the second half while up front, they continued to kick some delightful scores with the two Davids, Shaw and Clifford, kicking ten between them to outscore their rivals by 1-12 to 0-4 in that second period.

So Kerry march on and they now play Leinster champions Kildare in the semi final that will be played as a curtain raiser to the Kerry v Dublin/Donegal senior semi final on Sunday August 28th. Kildare qualified for the semi final following a six point victory over Connaught runners-up Mayo on Monday evening last.

Kerry Juniors take on Mayo in All Ireland Final

Kerry travel to Croke Park on Saturday next to take on Mayo in the All Ireland Junior Football final hoping to put back to back titles together for the first time. Kerry currently lies in second place in the roll of honour with one less title than Cork who have 17 titles to their credit. Only two teams, Cork in 1989-90 and London 1969 to 71, have put back to back titles together in the Junior grade and while the rules of the competition have changed over the years, it is particularly difficult to achieve that feat nowadays given that the champions must field a whole new team in the following year’s competitions.

Stats such as these will hardly be on the minds of players or management come Saturday however as Kerry will want to finish off a tough campaign with a victory. The Kingdom were of course fortunate enough to survive the opening game against Limerick having to come from behind and snatch victory through Adrian Spillane’s late goal but this served as a good wake-up call and Kerry did well to survive a late Cork fightback in the provincial decider. In the semi final, once they got their act together at half time, they easily disposed of the Lancashire challenge.

Mayo defeated Sligo and Galway in Connaught and then last year’s semi finalists, Wexford, by 2-10 to 0-10 in the semi final so this year’s final is a repeat of last year’s final between the two sides. Like Kerry, Mayo have been treating the competition very much as a stepping stone for Minor and Under 21 players as they try to make the step up to senior grade and their team contains half a dozen or so players who played on the All Ireland winning Under 21 side this year.

The game, which throws in at 2pm, forms part of an attractive treble header with the two remaining quarter final ties featuring Mayo/Tyrone at 4pm and Donegal/Dublin at 6pm, similar to last year. The Kerry team will be announced on Wednesday evening and posted on the Kerry GAA Website at 9pm.

Credit Union Senior Football League

There are quite a number of back games down for decision over the coming weeks in the Credit Union Senior Football League. In peak holiday season, some clubs will find it difficult to field at a time of the year that traditionally had very little club activity.

Austin Stacks and Kerins O’Rahillys meet in Connolly Park in a Division 1 game where the winner will be right in line to challenge for the second League final spot.

Last weekend in Division 2, Emmets eased their relegation fears when they had a good 1-13 to 1-9 victory over Listry in a Round 8 refixture. That victory moves the Listowel side onto 6 points – a point better off than the four clubs below them in the table which includes Listry. Both sides are in action this weekend when Emmets entertain Laune Rangers and Listry travel to An Ghaeltacht.

In Division 3 last weekend, Annascaul and St Pats did their promotion hopes no harm at all when defeating Dromid Pearses (1-10 to 0-12) and Gneeveguilla (1-10 to 1-7) respectively. The winners join Ardfert, who have a game in hand, on 11 points – a point adrift of leaders Currow who also have a game in hand. This weekend Gneeveguilla travel to Beale where the home side will have to pick up points to avoid joining already Tarbert in Division 4 next season.

In Division 4 Lispole received a walk over from Valentia and in Division 5, Rathmore had a 1-18 to 2-7 victory Ballylongford and move into a challenging position for promotion on 12 points with Duagh and Cordal a point behind leaders Castlegregory. This weekend there is a four pointer in Chapeltown where Valentia meet neighbours Renard in a local relegation derby.

Round 10 of the League goes ahead on the weekend of August 14th while the final round of the League is pencilled in for September 25th but, should Kerry exit the All Ireland Championship at the semi final stage, then Round 11 will be played on the weekend of September 4th as per fixtures calendar.

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship continues this week

The outstanding Round 3 game in the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship was played on Tuesday evening when Firies travelled to Pairc an Aghasaigh and knocked out the champions of the past two years, Dingle on a 2-12 to 0-11 scoreline. Also on Tuesday the first of the quarter final ties was played with St Brendans defeating Feale Rangers in Killeen on a scoreline of 3-18 to 1-14.

There are two quarter finals on Wednesday August 3rd when Mid Kerry play Kenmare District in Killorglin and East Kerry play Dr Crokes in Rathmore. The remaining quarter final will be played on Friday next, August 5th when West Kerry take on and Firies in Lispole.

All games have a 7pm throw-in and extra time applies in the event of a draw.

Dingle and South Kerry set to contest the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Final

The second semi final of the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship, played on Wednesday evening last in Killorglin, saw South Kerry the winners by 2-14 to 2-9 against St Kierans. This was certainly a Jekyll and Hyde performance from both sides.

St Kierans dominated the first half, had an early opportunist goal from Cian O’Connor and another one from Vincent Horan after 20 minutes and were well worth their half time lead of 2-8 to 1-5. Indeed, they had missed a couple of goals and only for Dylan O’Donoghue who got 1-3 in that first half and kept the scoreboard ticking over for South Kerry, St Kierans would have been out the gate at the break.

It was a different story in a second half during which South Kerry outscored their opponents by eight points to one in the first 20 minutes of the half with Conor O’Shea getting six of those and that put the winners ahead for the first time in the game. Then Padraig O’Sullivan in the South Kerry goal made a great save from midfielder Cian O’Connor and a few minutes later Sam O’Dwyer had South Kerry’s second goal to clinch a final place.

The winners will now play Dingle in the final which is scheduled to take place in Austin Stack Park on Tuesday next, August 9th at 7pm. Dingle of course qualified following a very impressive performance when defeating Dr Crokes in the semi final having defeated East Kerry and Kerins O’Rahillys in the opening rounds. Opponents, South Kerry, for their part, opened their campaign by receiving a walkover from Laune Rangers and then had a very facile victory over Feale Rangers in Round 2 so maybe it’s understandable that it took them a while to get going in the semi final. Having said that, it’s unlikely their management team will have been happy with their performance in the last outing.

Junior Football Leagues

It is hoped to pick up the back games in the Junior Leagues in the next couple of weeks. A reminder that in all groups, the top team on points qualifies for the final, while 2nd and 3rd placed teams play a semi final with 2nd placed team having home venue.

Junior Football Cups

It’s proposed to commence the Junior Cup football competitions on Friday 19th August and it will run on a knock out basis during August. Fixtures will be scheduled mainly for Friday evenings but other available dates shall be used also. Strict criteria for player eligibility has been forwarded to all clubs.

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

Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final Draw

The draw for the semi-finals of the 2016 Kerry senior hurling championship was made live on Radio Kerry on Monday last by Tim Moynihan on behalf of the sponsors Garvey’s Supervalu and resulted in the following pairings: St. Brendan’s v Kilmoyley and Abbeydorney v Ballyduff. These semi-finals are fixed for Austin Stack Park on Sunday week, 14th August.

Intermediate Championship

The final of the 2016 Co. Intermediate hurling championship [Corn Antóin Ó Murchú] between Causeway and Kilmoyley will be played on this Sunday, 7th August at Austin Stack Park at 7pm with extra time if necessary.

Minor B Championship victory for Kerry

Well done to the Kerry minor hurlers on their 2 – 20 to 2 – 10 win over Kildare last Saturday in the quarter final of the All-Ireland minor ‘B’ championship [Corn Peadar Ó Liatháin]. They will now play Down in the semi-final on Saturday, 13th August. While this is a home venue for Down, hopefully a neutral venue can be agreed on.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor hurling championship Qtr Finals

The quarter finals of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Co. minor hurling championship will be played on this Saturday, 6th August with the following fixtures (first named teams at home): Abbeydorney/Kilmoyley v Causeway at 12 noon; St. Brendan’s v Kenmare/Kilgarvan, 7.00p.m. and Ballyduff v Lixnaw, 7.00p.m. Crotta have a bye to the semi-final.

Under 21 ‘B’ Championship

The Kerry under 21 hurlers travel to Semple Stadium, Thurles on this Saturday, 6th August to play Donegal in the quarter final of the All-Ireland ‘B’ championship. The game goes ahead at 4.00p.m. and will be the curtain raiser to the All-Ireland Intermediate championship final between Clare and Kilkenny.

The trophy for this competition, the Richie McElligott Cup, commemorates the former Lixnaw and Kerry hurler who was a member of the Kerry team that won the All-Ireland junior championship in 1961 and who won a co. senior hurling medal with Lixnaw in 1954. If Kerry are involved, the semi-final will be on Saturday, 20th August and the final on Saturday, 10th September.

Jerry Molyneaux RIP

Kerry GAA extends sympathy to the family of the late Jerry Molyneaux of Limerick whose untimely death occurred last week. Jerry was a former trainer of the Kerry senior hurling team and enjoyed county championship success with Lixnaw at club level. He was chairman of the West Limerick Board at the time of his death. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Hurling Cúl Camps 2016

The 2016 Kellogg’s GAA Kerry hurling and camogie Cúl Camps continue on Monday next, 8th August for the Crotta O’Neill’s club at Dromakee. Please visit www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/booking to book a child in online or alternatively a child can sign up on the first morning of the camp. 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. A loan of a hurley and helmet will be provided if necessary.

The final set of Kerry camps will commence on Monday, 15th August at Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s – Caherslee.