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PRO GAA Scene August 17th 2016 2016-08-17 21:25:00

Scramble for semi final tickets hots up

With a Croke Park full house of over 82,000 spectators guaranteed, the scramble for tickets for the much anticipated All Ireland semi final meeting between Kerry and Dublin on August 28th is well and truly underway. On line tickets have been sold out and there has been a huge demand for tickets allocated through the county Board/Clubs. Kerry and Dublin have never failed to grab the imagination of their rival supporters and when you add in the fact that the GAA public at large have been waiting on this game to ignite the championship season, one can understand why the demand for tickets is so great. There is of course a third county involved and that is Kildare who have surprised many observers by reaching the Minor semi final where they will meet a treble chasing Kerry team.

Tickets which were available on general sale online at GAA.ie are not available at the moment but a further on-line allocation will be added by Croke Park.

Any tickets not allocated through the clubs here in Kerry will go on public sale at the County Board Office in Austin Stack Park and the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney Outlet Centre on Thursday 18th August from 2.30 pm.

Admission Prices as follows: Hogan Stand (No Concession), Cusack and Davin Stands - €40;Terrace - €25; Family tickets for Cusack/Davin Stands - Adults - €40 Juveniles - €5; Students and Senior Citizens (Cusack and Davin Stand Only) will receive a €10 refund on production of valid ID at the usual stiles.

The minor semi final between Kerry and Kildare throws in at 1:30 while the senior semi final between Kerry and Dublin will have a 3:30 pm throw-in with Meath’s David Gough, who refereed this year’s Munster final, in charge.


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 the 28th of August. Please note that all seats must be booked by Thursday night August 25th. We wish to advise supporters to book in time as there is a big demand for seats for these games..

For bookings please contact the following John King 066 7124229, Donie O’Leary 064 7758099 or Martin Leane 068 48116. Departure times will be announced later in the week.


Credit Union Senior Football League Roundup

Promotion and relegation issues are becoming a little clearer following Round 10 of the Credit Union Senior Football League last weekend but there are still plenty back games to be played out before the final round of games.

Dr Crokes have clinched a place in the Division 1 final following a comprehensive victory over Templenoe and the second final place will be decided when Templenoe take on Austin Stacks in the final round of games. Stacks, thanks to their victory over Kilcummin, move into second place in the table two points ahead of Templenoe.

At the other end of the table, Glenbeigh-Glencar’s victory over Legion condemns the Killarney side to the 2nd Division next year and they will be joined by Kenmare, whose victory over O’Rahillys has come too late to save them from the drop. Kilcummin will need both points against Glenbeigh-Glencar in the final round and hope John Mitchels slip up against O’Rahillys to avoid being the third team to go down.

In Division 2, Rathmore’s victory over fellow promotion hopefuls St Marys sees them promoted to Division 1 with 15 points and St Marys who finish up with a game at home to Emmets, look like joining them on 13 points as do An Ghaeltacht (12 points), who have a game in hand with Listowel Emmets next weekend, Emmets, who also have a second game in hand against Finuge, are on 9 points and cannot be ruled out while Spa, who also have a game in hand with Finuge are on 10 points with an outside chance.

There is nothing decided at the bottom where St Michaels Foilmore’s win over An Ghaeltacht has thrown the South Kerry side a lifeline. Finuge are on 5 points with those two games in hand; Laune Rangers,on 6 points, play Listry in their Round 10 game on Tuesday evening of this week needing both points while Listry themselves are just a point better off and also in need of both points. St Michaels Foilmore (7) and Beaufort (8) are not out of the woods yet.

In Division 3, Currow (14 points), who have a back game with St Senans next weekend, can clinch promotion with victory in that game, St Pats and Annascaul are both on 13 points with a game to go, while Ardfert, who have 2 back games with Beale and Brosna, are still very much in the running for promotion. Gneeveguilla, who have a back game with Dromid next weekend, have an outside chance.

At the bottom, Tarbert are already relegated while Beale will have to win that back game with Ardfert to stay in Division 3 – they finish with a trip to leaders Currow. St Senans (7), Dromid and Brosna (9 each) will all be hoping to win their respective back games to avoid the drop.

In Division 4, long time joint leaders Na Gaeil and Fossa stay top of the table – neither played last weekend but face teams just below them in back games in the coming weeks. Fossa play Skellig Rangers in Fossa next weekend in Round 10 while Na Gaeil travel to Ballymac the following weekend in their back game. Champions of this Division are likely to be decided when Na Gaeil entertain Fossa in the final Round. Ballymac are on 14 points, 4 behind the leaders while Skellig Rangers are on 12 points with Firies having an outside chance on 11 points with a game in hand on August 27th against Scartaglen.

At the bottom, Moyvane are relegated to Division 5 next season while Valentia, who have games in hand against Scartaglen next weekend and Dr Crokes the following weekend, will have to add to their 2 points from those games. Churchill are on 4 points with one game to go, and that is a relegation four pointer with Valentia. Scartaglen are on 5 points with those back games against Valentia and Firies to come.

There are still a number of teams in line for promotion in Division 5 with Castlegregory (15 Points), who have a back game with Asdee next weekend, favourites to go up as champions. Rathmore and Duagh, are tied in second place on 14 points and they meet in the final Round. Tuosist on 12 points, play lowly Ballyduff in a back game next weekend and finish up home to Cromane and they would appear to be favourites to take a promotion spot while Cordal, also on 12, finish up home to Asdee and cannot be ruled out.

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.


Fixtures Planning

The CCC has drawn up a football fixtures plan with regard to the three different scenarios in relation to the progress of the Kerry senior and minor football teams in their respective championships. Hopefully of course, both teams will advance to the All Ireland Finals on September 18th but fixture plans have been put in place to accommodate all eventualities such as the seniors advancing on their own or the minors advancing on their own or, dare I mention it, should neither side advance to the finals.

Plans for all three scenarios in relation to the senior and club championships and the final round of the county leagues have been circulated to all clubs and all Team Managers should be well aware by now of the various permutations.


South Kerry are Acorn Life County Under 21 Football Champions

South Kerry are the Acorn Life Under 21 champions following a comprehensive victory over Dingle at Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening of last week. In a game that took a decisive twist after twenty minutes of the first half, the ability of the South Kerry side to carve out goal scoring opportunities was the major difference between the sides as was the fact that the winners had strength in depth best exemplified by the fact that Darragh O’Sullivan came off the bench for the second half and helped himself to three points. Dingle were also handicapped by the fact that they were forced to lineout without county panellist Mark O’Connor due to injury and as events transpired, his loss in the midfield area was huge.

Dingle, inspired by Tom O’Sullivan, Matthew Flaherty, and Cathal Bambury, led by 8 points to 3 after about 20 minutes and looked to be on their way to a first title in the grade but then in a 20 minute period either side of half time the westerners conceded 2-8 without reply as the likes of Matthew O’Sullivan, Mark Sugrue, Robert Wharton and Dilan O’Donoghue thundered into the game for South Kerry. There was no way back for the club side after that and the game finished 3-12 to 0-12 in favour of the Divisional side. Diarmuid Ó Sé, vice chairman of Kerry county committee, presented the Under 21 Cup to winning captain Conor O’Shea and Pius Horgan of Acorn Life presented Robert Wharton of South Kerry with the Acorn Life Man of the Matchaward.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship semi final Draw

The draw for the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship semi finals was made on Radio Kerry last weekend and the pairings are as follows: East Kerry V St Brendans and Firies V Mid Kerry. Wednesday August 31st is pencilled in for these two games with neutral venues to be decided. Extra time applies if necessary.


Junior Cup Competitions commence

The very popular Junior Cup competitions for the Molyneaux, McElligott, Barrett and Cahill Cups get underway on this Friday evening with the following fixtures all at 7pm with first named having home venue:

Molyneaux Cup

Semi Finals: Dr Crokes V Austin Stacks and Kerins O'Rahilly's V Rathmore.

McElligott Cup

Quarter Finals: Laune Rangers V Moyvane; John Mitchel's V Gneeveguilla; Spa V Listowel Emmets and Ballydonoghue V St Patrick's Blennerville

Barrett Cup

Round 1: Clounmacon V Castleisland Desmonds; Kenmare V Na Gaeil and Glenbeigh-Glencar V Beaufort. Ardfert , Currow, Glenflesk, St Marys and Lispole have byes to the quarter finals.

Cahill Cup

Round 1: St Michael's-Foilmore V Skelligs Rangers; Beale V Castlegregory; Cromane V Ballymacelligott and Tarbert V Annascaul. Emmets C, St Senans, Charlie Kerins and Churchill have byes to the quarter finals.


Junior Leagues

The Junior Leagues are at the playoff stages in most of the Divisions with the top team qualifying for the final and second and third in a semi final with second having home venue. The following is a run down of the various groups:

Group 1; Semi Final; Legion v Strand Rd. on this Wednesday 17th Aug. @ 7.00 pm at Legion -- Extra time.

Winners play Gneeveguilla in the final.

Group 2; Semi Final; Ballydonoghue defeated Clounmacon in the semi final on Sunday in a game that went to extra time and they now play Desmonds in the final.

Group 3: Spa and Beaufort are in the final

Group 4: Kilcummin are in the final and await the winners of the semi final between Glenbeigh/Glencar and Lispole.

Group 5: Skellig Rangers are in the final; St Marys, St Michaels-Foilmore are in semi final

Group 6: Moyvane have already defeated Tarbert in the final

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


Beaufort and Tralee Parnells to the fore in Healthy Clubs Project

Uachtarán CLG Aogán Ó Fearghail has commended Beaufort and Tralee Parnells for their participation and success in the GAA Healthy Club project. Beaufort were involved in the pilot project/phase 1 of the Healthy Clubs project and achieved great success and are now involved in phase 2 of the project. Tralee Parnells joined the project for phase 2.

The national initiative strives to provide club members – and in many instances the local community – with opportunities to develop their physical, social, emotional, and psychological health. These clubs are leading the way for health and wellbeing in the GAA and the work they are planning to implement over the next year is quite phenomenal.


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

Ballyduff and Kilmoyley to meet in the Senior Hurling Championship Final

The 2016 Kerry senior hurling championship final will be between Ballyduff and Kilmoyley. In last Sunday’s semi-finals, Ballyduff had a rather easy 1 – 20 to 0 – 11 win over Abbeydorney while in a close contest, Kilmoyley had a 1 point win over St. Brendan’s, 1 – 13 to 0 - 15.

It will be their first meeting in a final since 1988 when Ballyduff won by 1 – 5 to 1 – 4. Ballyduff lead the Kerry hurling championship roll of honour with 24 titles with Kilmoyley following closely on 23. Kilmoyley are the current champions while Ballyduff last won the title in 2012.

The final is pencilled in for Sunday September 11th.


Minor ‘B’ Championship

The Kerry minor hurlers had a 2 – 19 to 1 – 15 win Down last Saturday at Newbridge in the semi-final of the All-Ireland minor ‘B’ championship [Corn Peadar Ó Liatháin]. Meath will be their opponents in the final. They had a convincing 8 – 25 to 0 – 11 win over Wicklow. The final is fixed for Saturday, 3rd September. Check www.gaa.ie for details. Kerry will be aiming for their 5th title in a row at this level.


Under 21 ‘B’ Championship

The Kerry under 21 hurlers travel to Trim on this Saturday, 20th August to play Meath in the semi-final of the All-Ireland ‘B’ championship [Richie McElligott Cup]. The game goes ahead at 3.00p.m.

Meath and Roscommon contest the other semi-final at Castlebar, also on this Saturday with the final fixed for Saturday, 10th September.


Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Hurling Championship semi finals

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Hurling Championship semi finals are down for decision on this Saturday evening (6:30pm) as follows with extra time where necessary:

Lixnaw v Causeway in Kilmoyley

Crotta v St Brendans in Abbeydorney

Credit Union Senior Hurling League Div 2 Final

Abbeydorney play Kilmoyley in the Credit Union Senior Hurling League Div 2 final in Causeway on this Sunday afternoon at 1:30pm.


Clubs

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, 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.