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PRO GAA Scene July 20th 2016 2016-07-20 22:47:00

Kerry Seniors and Minors in Croke Park Double Bill

The Kerry Senior and Minor football teams will be doubly engaged in All Ireland Quarter finals in Croke Park on Sunday July 31st. Provincial winners, both Kerry and Galway, both of whom will be part of a treble bill at HQ on that day, still await their opponents in the Senior Quarter Finals. Kerry and Galway will be paired against the winners of the final two games in Round 4A of the Qualifiers. Those games go ahead this Saturday as follows:

Clare V Roscommon in Pearse Stadium, Galway at 3pm

Derry V Tipperary in Breffni Park at 5pm.

Preconditions for the Quarter Final Draws are as follows:

• Neither Kerry nor Galway can meet their Provincial Final opponents

• Repeat games are to be avoided where possible

All of that means that Kerry’s opponents are limited to Roscommon, Derry and Clare (in the event that Tipperary and Clare both advance).

It is good to see that Croke Park are able to accommodate some of the Minor Quarter final games this year and Kerry Minors will put their All Ireland title on the line when they meet Ulster final runners-up Derry at 12 noon on Sunday week.

The good news for Kerry followers wishing to take a weekend break in the capital on the Bank Holiday weekend is that there is a very attractive Qualifier fixture on the Saturday involving Donegal and Cork, who with Mayo and Westmeath will be fighting it out to meet provincial winners Dublin and Tyrone on August 6th.

Kerry Juniors in action in Manchester

The Old Bedians Grounds in Manchester is the venue as Kerry Juniors put their All Ireland title on the line when they take on British champions Lancashire in the semi final that has a 2pm throw in time. Having won the title last year means that manager Stephen Wallace and his management team had to assemble a whole new team this season and while understandably, they were far from a coherent outfit in their opening game against Limerick, they played well against a seasoned Cork outfit in the Munster final.

Of course it must be conceded that they had a little element of good fortune in that semi final against what was effectively a second string Limerick side and Adrian Spillane’s winner could not have come at a better time given that Limerick had no time to respond. In the provincial decider, we saw the attacking side of the team in the first half while in the second period when their backs were to the wall at times, we saw at first hand the defensive qualities of the side.

Team captain Paul O’Donoghue led by example in those two games but he is rated doubtful for Saturday’s game as is corner back Darren Brosnan, half back Patrick Clifford and Stephen O’Sullivan. John C. O’Connor of Kerins O’Rahillys, who did not play senior championship with his club last year, has been drafted into the panel for Saturday’s game. This is a potential banana skin for Kerry but knowing the management team, they will leave no stone unturned in an effort to reach a third successive final. Referee is Niall McKenna of Monaghan. Beaten finalists from last year, Mayo and beaten semi finalists from last year, Wexford meet in the other semi final, also on Saturday.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship

Three Round 2 (Losers Round) games were played on Tuesday evening of last week with the following results:

Firies 2-10 Shannon Rgs 2-8

Feale Rangers 3-12 St Kierans 1-10

Kenmare Dist 3-15 South Kerry 3-14

Two games in Round 3 were then played on Thursday and Friday of last week.

West Kerry defeated Kerins O’Rahillys by 1-17 to 1-6 and Mid Kerry defeated Austin Stacks 4-10 to 1-11. The third game, between Dingle and Firies was postponed due to a bereavement.

The Draw for the Quarter Finals was made on Radio Kerry’s Terrace Talk programme on Monday evening in the presence of sponsor, Peter Keane of Keanes Supervalu Killorglin, and Christy Kileen, Runaí of the County CCC. The Draw resulted in the following pairings with first named having home venue:

Mid Kerry V Kenmare District; East Kerry V Dr Crokes; St Brendans V Feale Rangers and West Kerry V Dingle or Firies.

The Round 3 back-game between Dingle and Firies will be played on Tuesday August 2nd in Dingle and three of the remaining quarter finals will be played on Wednesday August 3rd. The fourth quarter final between West Kerry and the winners of the Dingle/Firies game will be played on Friday August 5th.

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Semi Final

On a night borrowed from winter, a physically stronger Dingle outfit overcame a youthful Dr Crokes fifteen to advance to the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship final at Strand Road on Thursday evening of last week on a 1-12 to 0-5 scoreline. The winners, with wind advantage, got into their stride right from the throw-in, were seven points to the good at half time, and once they got the only goal of the game soon after the restart courtesy of their top scorer Cathal Bambury, there was only going to be one winner.

Dingle, with a side built on the successful minor county title winning sides of the past two years have a strong outfit with players such as Barry O’Sullivan, the two Tom O’Sullivans, Mark O’Connor , Conor Geaney and Cathal Bambury, to name but a few, available to them. Their opponents in the final will be either St Kierans or Kenmare District who meet in the other semi final on Wednesday 27th July next in Killorglin at 7pm. St Kierans defeated Kenmare District by 1-17 to 2-9 in a delayed Round 2 game on Thursday last.

Credit Union Senior Football League

A full round of fixtures took place in Round 8 of the Credit Union Senior Football League last weekend although unfortunately the Listry v Emmets game was brought to a premature end due to a serious injury received by Listry player Gary O’Sullivan. We all wish Gary a full and speedy recovery. Round 9 of the League takes place this coming weekend and there is no doubt but the positions at the top and bottom of the League tables are hotting up given that Round 10 of the League on August 14 will be the penultimate Round of the competition.

Indeed the next few weeks are going to be pretty busy ones for some clubs who are involved in back games. For some reason or other, some clubs have more than one back game to play and of course, ideally, all back games should be played before Round 10 but that will not be possible in all instances. Among the back games fixed are the following;

In Division 1

Austin Stacks and Kerins O’Rahillys on August 6th;

In Division 2An Ghaeltacht V Listry on 5th August, An Ghaeltacht V Emmets on August 20th, Emmets V Finuge on August 24th and Spa V Finuge a revised Round 9 game that has yet to be rescheduled;

In Division 3 Annascaul and Dromid Pearses on July 29th, Gneeveguilla V St Pats o July 30th, and Gneeveguiilla V Dromid Pearses on August 20th;

In Division 4, Lispole V Valentia on July 30th, Valentia V Rebnard on August 6th, Scartaglen V Valentia on August 20th;

and finally in Division 5, Rathmore V Ballylongford on July 31st, Sneem/Derrynane V Knocknagoshel on August 20th and finally Sneem/Derrynane and Ballyduff which has yet to be scheduled.

Development Grants

Details of 2016 Munster Council Development Grants have been circulated to all clubs this week, 2016 Application forms for all categories of grants can be downloaded from the Munster Council website using the following link;http://munster.gaa.ie/clubs/munstergaa-development-grants/

Any club making an application for a grant will be required to send a short email to Development Officer, Tim Murphy (developmentofficer.kerry@gaa.ie) confirming that the club will be applying for a grant and under what category of grant on or before this Friday 29th July.

Kerry Supporters Bus

The Kerry Supporters Club will take coaches to the All Ireland quarter final on Sunday July 31st. All seats must be booked by Thursday 28th July. Bookings to the following Donie O Leary, John King and Martin Leane.

Horans Healthstores unveiled as official Health Food partners to Kerry GAA

Kerry County Committee are delighted to announce Horans Healthstores as official Health Food partners to Kerry GAA for the next three years. Horans Healthstores are a major health food retailer with 13 stores across Munster.

Welcoming the news, Mr Patrick O’Sullivan, Chairman of the Kerry County Committee said; “Eating nutritious food and supplements is vital in all aspects of training and preparation for Gaelic games players. Our partnership with Horans Healthstores will allow players to optimally prepare for and recover from training and competition, reduce the risk of illness as well as accelerate recovery from injury and illness. We look forward to using the extensive range of supplements and health foods from Horans over the coming three years to ensure continued success for Kerry GAA teams on the playing fields”.

Mr Dan Horan of Horans Healthstores said that they will work closely with the Kerry County Committee and team members to ensure that they have access to the full range of leading nutritional supplements. “Horans Healthstores are proud to be associated with Kerry GAA and look forward to a prosperous and rewarding partnership” he continued.

Among those present at the recent launch were Dan Horan, Sandra Breen, Deirdre Murphy and Mary McElligott from Horans Healthstores together with Patrick O’Sullivan, Chairman of the Kerry County Committee, Diarmuid Ó Sé, Vice Chairman, with current and former footballers including Donnchadh Walsh, Aidan O’Mahony, Paul Murphy, Marc Ó Sé, Padraig O’Connor, Mark Griffin, Peter Crowley, Darragh Ó Sé, Ogie Moran and Eoin "Bomber" Liston.

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

Garveys Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship

Round 3 of the 2016 Garvey’s Supervalu Kerry senior hurling championship will be played on this Sunday, 24th July with a double bill at Austin Stack Park. Causeway take on Ballyduff at 1.45p.m. followed by the clash of Lixnaw and Kilmoyley at 3.30p.m. If any of these games finish level they will go to a replay.

St. Brendan’s and Abbeydorney will be seeded in the semi-finals draw against the winners of Sunday’s games. The semi-finals are fixed for Sunday, 14th August.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Causeway advanced to the final of the Co. intermediate championship with a 2 – 11 to 0 – 11 win over St. Brendan’s, played at Abbeydorney on Sunday evening. They will meet either Dr. Crokes or Kilmoyley, who were due to play their semi final on Tuesday evening, in the final.

Minor Hurling Leagues

Crotta O’Neills are the 2016 Minor Hurling League Division 1A champions following a 3-18 to 2-16 victory over Lixnaw at Abbeydorney on Monday evening. The winners led by 1-14 to 1-8 at the break and Barry O’Mahony from Crotta was named as the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Man of the Match.

Keane’s SuperValu Co. Minor Hurling league results: St. Brendan’s 2 – 20 Abbeydorney/Kilmoyley 1 – 6; Causeway 3 – 12 Ballyduff 1 – 2; Crotta 4 - 11 St. Brendan’s 0 – 10..

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

Kilmoyley picked up 4 points in two back co. league Division 1 games last week. They defeated Causeway by 0 – 15 to 0 – 5 and followed up with a 5 – 21 to 0 – 5 win over Crotta. The latter game also doubled up as the final of the 2015 North Kerry League.

Intercounty B Championships

Preparations are underway by the Kerry minor and under 21 hurlers for their forthcoming All-Ireland ‘B’ championship quarter final fixtures. The Minors will play Kildare on Monday 1st August at Austin Stack Park while the Under 21’s are at home to the All-Ireland ‘C’ competition winners on Saturday, 6th August.

Hurling Cúl Camps 2016

The 2016 Kellogg’s GAA Kerry hurling Cúl Camps continue on Monday next, 25th July with camps at both Ardfert & Fitzgerald Stadium. 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 Abbeydorney (1 – 5 August), Crotta O’Neill’s - Dromakee (8 – 12 August) and Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s - Caherslee (15 – 19 August).