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PRO GAA Scene August 10th 2016 2016-08-10 21:42:00


Back to Back All Irelands for Kerry Juniors

Kerry became the third team along with London and Cork, to record back to back Junior All Irelands titles following a comprehensive victory over Mayo at Croke Park on Saturday last (2-18 to 2-11). The victory of course was noteworthy in that it was achieved with a completely new panel of players this year, as per the rules of the competition, and the Kerry team management of Stephen Wallace, who has since indicated that he is stepping down, Timmy O’Sullivan, Brian Hickey and Jimmy Keane must feel justifiably proud of their panel of players.

Mayo got the better start as Kerry took time to settle, but once Kerry got into their stride in the second quarter there was only one team in it. A fine goal by Niall O’Shea, after a sublime pass by Paul O’Donoghue, set the wheels in motion, and there followed a string of well taken points that had the scoreboard operator busy in the final tem minutes of the half. Another major from O’Shea, after a great run by Brian Ó Seanachain, gave Kerry an impressive 2-10 to 0-4 lead at the interval. Apart from the score taking, the fielding by Adrian Spillane was a joy to watch.

One wondered at the break if Kerry would find a way of losing such a commanding lead and helped by a couple of defensive errors, they almost did just that with Mayo scoring 2-4 in an eight minute spell after the break to whittle Kerry’s lead down to a manageable three points. However, as they showed in the games against Limerick and Cork, this team is made of stern stuff and they quickly regrouped to reel off five points, all from play, to go seven clear by the end of the third quarter. Thereafter they were never threatened and Kerry now join Cork at the top of the roll of honour with 17 titles to their credit.


Kerry and Dublin in Semi Final showdown

Kerry senior footballers face All Ireland champions Dublin in an All Ireland semi final showdown on Sunday August 28th following the Metropolitan’s five points victory over Donegal at Croke Park on Saturday last. It was a game that Dublin never looked like losing though they did make heavy weather of it in the final third of the game. Dublin of course have had the Indian sign over Kerry in recent meetings between the sides with two finals and a semi final victory over the Kingdom in recent years. No doubt, Kerry manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his management team will be eager to reverse that trend and the availability of the likes of Colm Cooper and Johnny Buckley, both of whom picked up injuries last month, will be central to their plans. The game will certainly be a sell-out fixture and tickets will be at a premium. The curtain raiser to the senior game will be the meeting of Kerry and Kildare in the Minor semi final. Kildare have been very impressive en route to this stage of the competition and will prove a stern test for the Kerry boys who are attempting to reach their third final in a row.


Credit Union Senior Football Leagues – It’s the Penultimate Round

There is a full round of games to be played in Round 10 of the Credit Union senior Football League this weekend. As this is the penultimate round of the League, there are valuable points to be gained in the race for promotion and relegation issues.

In Division 1 last weekend, Austin Stacks, thanks to a big win over neighbours Kerins O’Rahillys, have joined Templenoe in second place on 14 points one behind leaders Dr Crokes. The big game this weekend is the meeting of Dr Crokes and Templenoe while Austin Stacks take on Kilcummin. At the other end of the table, Kenmare must pick up both points at home to Kerins O’Rahillys to avoid relegation while Legion, away to Glenbeigh-Glencar, and John Mitchels, at home to Dingle, will also want to pick up points.

In Division 2, the big game is the top of the table clash between the joint leaders St Marys and Rathmore in Rathbeg. An Ghaeltacht, who are a point behind the leaders after a slip up at home to Listry last weekend, travel to joint bottom of the table St Michaels-Foilmore and the West Kerry side also have a game in hand. Finuge, who are the other team in joint bottom place on 5 points, do not play this weekend but do have a game in hand against Spa to come. Laune Rangers, on 6 points, play Listry who are a point better off and had a fine result in Gallarus last weekend.

In Division 3 there is right good competition for the promotion places. Currow lead the table on 12 points with a game in hand followed by Annascaul, St Pats and an Ardfert side who also have a game in hand. This weekend, Currow travel to Ballydonoghue who are still in the hunt for promotion on 10 points while Annascaul are away to a Keel side who are in the same position as Ballydonoghue. St Pats are home to St Senans who need points at the other end of the table and Ardfert do not play due to hurling commitments. At the bottom, it is equally as tight with Tarbert already doomed to Division 4 next year. Beale, with four points, are favourites to join them and having just drawn with Gneeveguilla last weekend they need both points at home to Dromid Pearses who themselves are not out of the woods on 7 points with St Senans.

In Division 4 the battle is on to see who will be promoted along with Fossa and Na Gaeil, the unbeaten joint leaders who top the table. And the top two teams will have a say in who joins them in Division 3 as Fossa play host to fourth placed Skellig Rangers, who are on 12 points, this weekend while Na Gaeil’s game with second placed Ballymac, who are on 14 points in third place, is postponed for a week. The champions of Division 4 will probably be decided in the final Round when the top 2 clash in Killeen. At the bottom, Moyvane and Valentia are on 2 points each, with Churchill and Renard on 4 each. This weekend Valentia are home to Dr Crokes and Moyvane travel to Lispole while the meeting of Renard and Churchill is a relegation four pointer for sure.

Castlegregory, with a game in hand, top Division 5 on 13 points while Duagh, Cordal and Rathmore are on 12 points each. Three of the leading side are on the road this weekend with Castlegregory travelling to Cromane, Cordal away to Sneem/Derrynane and Rathmore away to Knocknagoshel. Meanwhile, Duagh are at home to Ballylongford.

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.


Fixtures Planning

The CCC has drawn up a fixtures plan for the three different scenarios in relation to Kerry seniors advancing to an All Ireland Final or not, and also the scenario should Kerry minors advance to a final on their own. 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 this week.


Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship is down to the semi final stage following last weeks action in the competition.

Pride of place this week must go to Firies GAA Club who have qualified for the semi finals following two games within four days of each other. On Tuesday last, in a delayed Round 3 game they travelled to Dingle and defeated the champions of the past two years by 2-12 to 0-11 and then on Friday evening they again travelled West, this time to Lispole and defeated West Kerry by 3-14 to 2-14 after extra time. A mighty achievement indeed for the East Kerry club!

Firies will be joined in the semi final by East Kerry, who have the likes of Seamus Moynihan, John Crowley and Liam Murphy in their backroom team, Mid Kerry and St Brendans. East Kerry defeated Dr Crokes by 2-13 to 1-7, Mid Kerry defeated Kenmare District by 3-16 to 2-13 and St Brendans defeated Feale Rangers by 3-18 to 1-14.

No definite date has been fixed for the semi final draw but it is likely to take place in the next week.


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: Gneeveguilla, Legion and Strand Road would appear to have secured the playoff places

Group 2: Desmonds await the semi final winners between Ballydonoghue and Clounmacon

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: St Marys, St Michaels-Foilmore and Skellig Rangers are in the playoff places

Group 6: Moyvane have already defeated Tarbert in the final

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

Junior Cups

The draws for the Molyneaux, McElligott, Barrett and Cahill Cups were made at Monday night’s meeting of the CCC and have been forwarded to clubs. It’s proposed to commence the Junior Cup 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 already been forwarded to all clubs.

Meet members of the Kerry Team at the Kerry GAA Store

Kerry GAA supporters are invited to a meet and greet session in the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre Killarney on this coming Saturday between 12:30 and 2pm where members of the Kerry team will be in attendance. This is a special promotion with free handouts, autographs, photographs, draws and other promotions.


Gaelic for All – A Taster course in Football

Dr Crokes, Killarney Legion and Spa GAA clubs are hosting ‘Gaelic for All’ - a 6 session taster course in football, for primary school children who are not currently involved in a club. It includes two coaching sessions per week for two hours on Monday and Wednesday evenings, rotating between the three clubs on different evenings. ‘Gaelic for All’ starts in Spa on Monday evening the 15th August at 6.30pm and runs to Wednesday the 31st August.

Invitations have been issued to all households in the Ballydribeen Estate, Doirin Álainn, Willow Close and Bruách na hAbhann areas of Killarney, the initial target areas for this initiative, by the Kerry County Board of the GAA and South Kerry Development Partnership with the support of Kerry County Council Community Support Fund. The initiative is aimed at reaching out to communities who may not have the same opportunities to enjoy sporting activites. Light refreshments will be provided for everyone including parents. Application forms have been distributed and can be returned to South Kerry Development Partnership Reception at 37 High Street, Killarney, before the 10th August. For Further information contact Bernie Reen, Kerry GAA at 087-2020143.


Spa GAA Celebrate

Spa GAA Club will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their initial East Kerry O’Donoghue Cup victory of 1966 with a function in the Clubhouse on this Thursday evening commencing with Mass at 7pm. All are invited.


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


Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship semi finals

The semi-finals of the 2016 Kerry Garveys Supervalu senior hurling championship will take place on this Sunday afternoon with a double header in Austin Stack Park Tralee. Abbeydorney and Ballyduff get proceedings underway at 1:45pm and St. Brendan’s meet holders Kilmoyley at 3:30pm.


Intermediate Championship

Congratulations to Causeway on winning the 2016 Co. Intermediate hurling championship title. They had a 1 – 11 to 1 – 8 win over Kilmoyley in the final which was played at Austin Stack Park on Sunday evening last. Causeway were ahead by 1 – 9 to 0 – 6 at half time, with John Mike Dooley contributing 1 – 6 of that total. The trophy [Corn Antóin Ó Murchú] was presented by Gerard McCarthy, Co. Hurling Officer to the team captain, Shane Leahy. The Man of the Match award, sponsored by the Rose Hotel, Tralee was presented by Mark O’Sullivan, Hotel General Manager to John Mike Dooley. Causeway’s last title at this level was in 2013.


Kerry Minor Hurlers play Down

The Kerry minor hurlers play Down on this Saturday in the semi-final of the All-Ireland minor ‘B’ championship (Corn Peadar Ó Liatháin). The game is fixed for Newbridge at 1:30pm. Meath play Wicklow in the other semi final.


Under 21 ‘B’ Championship

The Kerry under 21 hurlers travelled to Semple Stadium, Thurles on Saturday last and had a facile 7 - 22 to 1 - 4 win over Donegal in the quarter final of the All-Ireland ‘B’ championship. They will now play Meath in the semi-final on Saturday, 20th August.


Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Hurling Championship

Only 1 game was played in the quarter finals of the Co. minor hurling championship last weekend. Causeway had a 3 – 15 to 1 – 13 win over Abbeydorney/Kilmoyley. Disappointingly, Ballyduff conceded a walkover to Lixnaw and Kenmare/Kilgarvan did likewise to St. Brendan’s. The semi-finals, scheduled for Saturday, 20th August will see Lixnaw play Causeway in Lerrig and Crotta O’Neills play St Brendans in Lixnaw.


Junior Hurling Championship

St Pats will play Duagh in the semi final of the Junior Hurling Championship with the winners playing Austin Stacks in the final. The semi final is fixed for September 10th.


Hurling Cúl Camps 2016

The final set of the Kellogg’s GAA Kerry hurling and camogie Cúl Camps for 2016 will commence on Monday next, 15th August to Friday, 19th for the Kilmoyley and Tralee Parnell’s clubs (at Caherslee). 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, time 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. daily.