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PRO GAA Scene July 6th 2016 2016-07-06 22:41:00

Hat-trick of Munster Football titles for Kerry

The last week was a good one for Kerry football sides when they claimed three Munster titles in vive days. Kerry Juniors set the ball rolling on Wednesday evening last when they defeated old rivals Cork and then on Sunday, the Kerry seniors and Minors completed the treble with victories over Tipperary and Cork respectively.


Kerry Claim 78th Munster Senior Football title

Kerry senior footballers claimed their 78th Munster senior football title when overcoming the Tipperary challenge at sun soaked Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday afternoon last (3-17 to 2-10). The victory sealed a 4-in-a-row of titles for the Kingdom and Eamonn Fitzmaurice has retained a proud record of not having lost a Munster Championship game during his tenure as manager.

Kerry were full value for their ten points winning margin and recovered well after conceding a goal with just 40 seconds or so on the clock. The winners were in control at the break when leading by six points and stretched that lead to eleven points with Paul Geaney’s second goal. However, Kerry seemed to take their foot off the pedal for a while and allowed Tipperary mount a serious challenge conceding a goal on 50 minutes but a few substitutions steadied the ship once again and the Kingdom were well in control once again in the final quarter.

There was a fine crowd of 21,512 present on Sunday and that attendance certainly surpassed the expectations of a lot of people including the Munster Council. Kerry folk certainly cam out in big numbers to support their teams and this was certainly appreciated players and management alike.

There were plenty positives for Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his management team to take from the game such as the performances given by Tadhg Morley and Brian Ó Beaglaoich (until he got injured), and the return to intercounty action of James O’Donoghue. However, a shoulder injury received by Colm Cooper makes the Dr Crokes man doubtful for the quarter finals on the August weekend.

Mention of the Quarter Finals, it’s a guessing game at this stage as to who Kerry’s opponents will be on the August Bank Holiday weekend. We do know that Kerry are destined to meet a team from the “A” side of the Qualifier Draw thus avoiding such potential heavyweights such as Mayo, Cork and Monaghan. Teams left in Group A include Sligo, Derry/Meath, Clare/Laois and Derry/Meath. Four teams from that quartet will meet in Round 3A and the two teams that emerge will be paired against the Connaught Final Loser (Galway/Roscommon) and Tipperary in Round 4A. Kerry and the Connaught champions will meet the winners of those two Round 4A games.

Should Kerry overcome that Quarter final obstacle, they will be paired off against the Leinster champions should they also win their quarter final tie. That semi final is scheduled for August 28th.


Kerry Minors make it 4-in-a-row

The Kerry Minor footballers retained the Tadhg Crowley Cup for the 4th year in a row when defeating old rivals Cork in the opener at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last. Kerry had got the perfect start with two goals by Bryan Sweeney and Sean O’Shea, both expertly set up by the magnificent David Clifford. Cork did come more into the game as the half wore on and a goal from their elusive full forward, Mark Buckley meant that there were just four points between the sides at the break. Kerry conceded a goal within a minute of the restart and another major from Buckley again, saw Cork hit the front at the three quarter stage. However, Kerry regained their composure and a great strike by David Clifford who is not yet 17, kick started the Kerry revival that saw them run out deserving winners by 3-14 to 3-8, a scoreline that did not flatter them in the slightest.

So Kerry’s hopes of making it a hat trick of All Ireland titles are still intact and they will now meet the Ulster Final losers – Donegal or Derry in the quarter finals on the August Bank Holiday weekend.


Kerry Juniors make it 3-in-row

Kerry Juniors completed a hat-trick of Munster titles when defeating Cork by the minimum margin (0-14 to 0-13) at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Wednesday evening last. Kerry, with captain, Paul O’Donoghue leading the way, enjoyed a four points lead at the break, 0-10 to 0-6 but had to withstand a tremendous fightback by Cork in the second half before emerging winners by the tightest of margins. Not much was expected of Kerry this year given that, as All Ireland champions, they had to put together a whole new team, however, great credit to manager Stephen Wallace and his management team, and indeed the players as well for recovering from a rather fortuitous victory over Limerick in the semi final to once again claim an All Ireland semi final place. That semi final on July 23rd, is an away game for Kerry and will be against the winners of the British provincial final which is between Lancashire and London. Manchester is the likely venue should Lancashire win but should London emerge as winners then the tie will have to be played outside of the capital as Ruislip is undergoing major development right now.


Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship

Well after all the excitement on the intercounty scene over the past week or so, the Garveys Supervalu senior football championship returns to centre stage this week end with two double bills of Round 3 games down for decision on Saturday and Sunday. All teams in Round 3 have of course tasted defeat in earlier rounds of the competition and they are thus availing of the second chance for redemption to reach the quarter finals where Dr Crokes, Kenmare District, Mid Kerry and champions, South Kerry await in the other side of the draw.

Dingle and Milltown-Castlemaine get proceedings underway in the first of the double bills in Austin Stack park on Saturday afternoon (5pm).Dingle defeated Rathmore in Round 1 but then surrendered a winning lead against Mid Kerry in Round 2. Their opponents were heavily defeated by Legion in Round 1 but then fought back to surprise East Kerry in Round 2.

The second game on the bill is the meeting of Austin Stacks and West Kerry at 6:45pm. Stacks defeated East Kerry in their opening game but then went down to South Kerry after a replay on their home patch in Connolly Park having been unlucky not to emerge victorious in the drawn encounter in Cahersiveen. West Kerry took a severe beating at the hands of Dr Crokes in their opener but recovered to defeat Kilcummin by five points in Round 2.

On Sunday, the action moves to Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium. St Kierans and Rathmore get proceedings underway at 2pm. St Kierans defeated Feale Rangers in Round 1 and acquitted themselves very well in Round 2 when pushing Dr Crokes all the way before losing out by the minimum margin. Their opponents, Rathmore, were disappointed to lose their opening game on home soil to Dingle by five points but they recovered well to defeat St Brendans in Round 2.

The second game in the stadium at 3:30 is one of the most interesting of the weekend when club sides Legion and Kerins O’Rahillys go head to head. Legion had a big win over Milltown –Castlemaine in Round 1 before going under to Kenmare District by five points in Round 2. The availability of James O’Donoghue will be a huge bonus to the Killarney side this time round. O’Rahillys put up a great performance in their opening game before going down to champions South Kerry by a point in Austin Stack Park and they then disposed of Feale Rangers in Round 2.

To date the championship has been interesting at the very least and that fact was proven with an increase in attendances, especially for the Round 2 games. Let’s hope that this weekend’s games will provide further entertainment and good value for spectators.


Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship – Round 3 Fixtures


Sat 9 July @ 5pm – Extra Time


Dingle v Miltown/C’maine Austin Stack Park


Sat 9 July @ 6.45pm – Extra Time


Austin Stacks v West Kerry Austin Stack Park


Sun 10 July @ 2pm – Extra Time


St Kierans v Rathmore Fitzgerald Stadium


Sun 10 July @ 3.30pm – Extra Time


Legion v Kerins O Rahillys Fitzgerald Stadium


Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Championship gets underway

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship gets underway on this Wednesday evening with seven Round 1 games down for decision, All games bar one are fixed for 7pm with extra time to apply as follows:

Austin Stacks v Kenmare Dis. in Connolly Park

West Kerry v St Kierans in Gallaras

South Kerry v St. Brendans in Caherciveen @ 7.30pm

Mid Kerry v Firies in Miltown

Dingle v Kerins O’Rahillys in Dingle

Feale Rgs v Dr. Crokes in Mountcoal

East Kerry v Shannon Rgs in Rathmore

The 7 winners go through to Round 3 and the 7 losers go forward to Round 2 on Tuesday 12th where there will be three games and a bye. Round 2 Draw will be made following the Round 1 games on Wednesday evening.


Castleisland Mart Club Championships

There are two games scheduled for this coming weekend in the Club Championships. In the Junior Premier Club Championship Dromid Pearses play Glenbeigh-Glencar in a quarter final tie in Dromid on Sunday (2pm).

The semi final lineup sees Na Gaeil play Listowel Emmets and Ballydonoghue play the winners of the Dromid Pearses V Glenbeigh-Glencar quarter final tie.

In the Novice Championship Quarter final Cromane play Sneem/Derrynane in Cromane at 2pm on Sunday. Outstanding quarter final ties featureTuosist V Valentia and Lispole V Duagh. Ballyduff are already through to the semi finals where they will play Tuosist or Valentia with Cromane or Sneem-Derrynane playing Lispole or Duagh in the other semi final.


Credit Union Senior Football League

Bar a couple of games that were postponed due to the Hurling championship replay and bereavements, Round 7 of the Credit Union senior football league went ahead last week and was the culmination of a busy period on the club scene where four rounds were played in a five week period. A number of back game are scheduled to go ahead this coming weekend with Keel playing Tarbert and St Pats playing Ballydonoghue in Division 3 and Moyvane playing Firies and Scartaglen playing Skellig Rangers in Division 4. Those games go ahead on Saturday evening. Round 8 of the League will be played on the weekend of July 17th.


Acorn Life Under 21 Championship

Three of the four semi finalists are known following Round 2 of the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship last week. South Kerry, Dr Crokes and Dingle are safely through following victories over Feale Rangers, Austin Stacks and Kerins O’Rahillys respectively. The fourth semi finalist will be either St Kierans or Kenmare District. St Kierans defeated Shannon Rangers in a Round 1 game on Monday evening (5-12 to 1-9). Shannon Rangers had earlier defeated Mid Kerry in a delayed first Round game. St Kierans play Kenmare District on July 14th at 7pm.

The semi final draw was made at Tuesday evening’s CCC meeting and resulted in the following pairings:

Dingle V Dr Crokes (in Strand Rd on July 14th)

St Kierans or Kenmare District V South Kerry (27th July at a venue TBC)


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

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship

In the replay of the 2016 Garvey’s Supervalu Kerry senior hurling championship round 1 tie last Sunday, Abbeydorney had a 3 – 13 to 0 – 10 win over Crotta. This finalised the round 2 pairings as follows: Round 2A [winners group] St. Brendan’s v Causeway and Kilmoyley v Abbeydorney – with the winners of each qualifying for the championship semi-finals.

Round 2B [losers group] Ballyheigue v Ballyduff and Lixnaw v Crotta – with teams defeated in this round exiting the competition.

All Round 2 games go ahead this weekend; there are two games on Saturday with Causeway playing St Brendans in Round 2A in Abbeydorney (7pm) and Ballyheigue playing Ballyduff in Round 2B in Kilmoyley at the earlier time of 5PM.

On Sunday, the action switches to Austin Stack Park where there is a double bill; Lixnaw and Crotta O’Neills get proceedings underway at 1pm in Group 2B while Abbeydorney take on champions Kilmoyley in Group 2A at 2:45pm. Extra time applies in all games.


Intermediate Hurling Championship

In the preliminary round, Crotta had a 1 – 21 to 1 – 7 win over Ballyheigue and Lady’s Walk defeated Kilgarvan by 2 – 18 to 3 – 11. The round 1 draw is as follows: Dr. Crokes v Lady’s Walk; Kilmoyley v Kenmare; Abbeydorney v St. Brendan’s and Causeway v Crotta.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

In the semi-final of the Credit Union Co. Senior hurling league Division 2, Kilmoyley had a 3 – 19 to 2 – 8 win over Dr. Crokes. The second semi-final between Abbeydorney and Causeway was deferred until Wednesday next, 13th July.


Minor Hurling Leagues

Keane’s SuperValu Co. Minor Hurling league Round 1 results: Lixnaw 3 – 9 St. Brendan’s 2 – 10; Crotta 0 – 18 Abbeydorney/Kilmoyley 2 – 7; Kenmare/Kilgarvan 3 – 12 Tralee Parnell’s 1 – 5; Causeway 4 – 12 Ballyheigue 0 – 7. Round 2 results from Monday evening were as follows: Lixnaw 2-14Abbeydorney/Kilmoyley 3-10; Causeway 3-12 Tralee Parnells 1-2.

Round 2 fixtures for Monday next, 11th July are as follows: Division 1A - Abbeydorney/Kilmoyley v St. Brendan’s; Crotta v Lixnaw; Division 1B – Ballyheigue v Tralee Parnell’s; Causeway v Ballyduff . Kenmare/Kilgarvan bye.


Hurling Cúl Camps 2016

The 2016 Kellogg’s GAA Kerry hurling Cúl Camps continue on Monday next, 11th July with camps at both Lixnaw and Ballyduff. These Cúl Camps are always an excellent week of hurling where children get an opportunity to improve on the skills they have already while also learning new skills from top class coaches. Camps are open to both the experienced and the first time hurlers or camogie players. A loan of a hurley and helmet will be provided if necessary. 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.

Forthcoming Kerry camps are at 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).