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PRO GAA Scene July 27th 2016 2016-07-27 21:30:00

Kerry Seniors take on Clare in All Ireland Quarter Final

Kerry and Clare cross swords in the championship for the second time this year when they meet in the All Ireland Quarter Final on Sunday in Croke Park in the second game of a treble header that throws in at 2pm. It will be recalled that the sides met in the semi finals of the Munster championship on June 12th when Kerry had a nine points victory, 2-23 to 0-17 a game that saw Clare stunned by a goal in the first minute when Colm Cooper’s shot went all the way to the Clare net. Since then, Kerry have had just one championship game overcoming fellow quarter finalists Tipperary in the Munster final four weeks ago. In contrast, Clare quickly dusted themselves down following that defeat in the Fitzgerald Stadium, and have reeled off three fine victories by the qualifier route in successive weekends defeating Laois by a point, Sligo by seven points and Roscommon by six points on Saturday last to qualify for the quarter finals for the first time.

Kerry are of course seasoned campaigners at this stage of the championship and have never failed to qualify for the quarter finals since their introduction back in 2001.

Injuries continue to upset Kerry’s preparations with Michael Geaney the latest player to be sidelined and he, along with Johnny Buckley and Colm Cooper, will miss Sunday’s showdown. Kerry’s lack of competitive action with only two games in as many months is a worry heading into Sunday’s game against a side who have had a roller coaster ride through the qualifiers in the last few weeks but knowing Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his management team nothing will be taken for granted by way of preparation for this unique showdown. The Kerry team is due to be announced on Friday evening at 7pm and the referee on Sunday is Maurice Deegan of Laois. The third game on Sunday is the second quarter final between Galway and Tipperary that has a throw-in of 4pm.

All Ireland Quarter Final Tickets Arrangements

Stand tickets for Sunday’s games are €30 with terrace tickets costing €20. Students and OAPs get a €10 rebate with valid I.D. at Block D, Stiles 1 to 5 in the Cusack Stand (Rebate can only be claimed on entry into the stadium via Block D). Family tickets in the Cusack and Davin stands cost €30 for adults and €5 for Juveniles.

Club Tickets can be collected at the County Board offices in Austin Stack Park from Tuesday to Thursday between 2pm and 5:30pm and on Friday from 12pm to 4pm.

Tickets go on public sale in Austin Stack Park from Wednesday 27th July and are also available to purchase from the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre in Killarney, and participating Centra and SuperValu stores around the County.

Kerry GAA Supporters Bus

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club will take coaches to the All Ireland quarter finals on Sunday next. All seats must be booked by Thursday 28th July. Bookings from the following; Donie O’Leary, John King and Martin Leane. Buses leave Killarney at 6:30, Tralee at 7:00 and Listowel at 7:30.

Kerry Minors take on Derry in Croke Park

Kerry and Derry Minors have an early start on Sunday next at 12 noon when they meet in the quarter finals of the Electric Ireland Minor football Championship in the first game of a treble bill at Croke Park. Kerry are making their fifth consecutive appearance at this level of the competition and they are of course the reigning All Ireland champions. They boast a nice blend of youth and experience with the likes of Billy Courtney, Daniel O’Brien, Graham O’Sullivan, Mike Breen and Bryan Sweeney all playing a part in last year’s final and of course Kerry had five points to spare over Derry in last year’s semi final. The likes of Michael Potts, Daniel O’Brien, David Naughton, Niall O’Donoghue, Billy Courtney, Darren Moynihan, David Shaw and David Clifford, who were part of the St Brendans Killarney Hogan Cup winning side, will also renew acquaintances with some of the St Pats College players whom they defeated in that final. Kerry defeated easily Waterford in their opening game in Dungarvan and then accounted for Clare in the semi final in Milltown Malbay by six points. In the provincial final Kerry got over the Cork challenge with six points to spare.

Derry defeated Tyrone by eight points and Armagh by six on their way to the Ulster final where they lost out to a highly rated Donegal side by just two points, 2-10 to 1-11. Referee is John Hickey. The remaining quarter finals involve Galway/Laois, KildareMayo, and Donegal/Cork.

Kerry Juniors in All Ireland Final

Kerry Junior footballers booked their place in the All Ireland Junior championship final with what was an emphatic victory in the end against Lancashire on Saturday last. The home side gave as good as they got in the first half with Asdee native Darren Russell bagging a goal but at the break Kerry had fought back to level proceedings, 0-9 to 1-6. The Kerry management team wrung the changes at the break introducing three fresh bodies and a four goal salvo from Kevin O’Sullivan, Kieran Hurley, Niall O’Shea and Robert Wharton ensured that Kerry reached a third consecutive final on a 4-17 to 3-10 scoreline. Mayo defeated last year’s semi finalists, Wexford by 2-10 to 0-10 in that other semi final so this year’s final on August 6th is a repeat of last year’s final between Kerry and Mayo. No venue has been decided as yet but should Mayo win their All Ireland qualifier against Westmeath then the game could be in Croke Park as part of a treble header with the two remaining quarter final ties similar to last year.

Credit Union Senior Football League

Round 9 of the Credit Union Senior Football League took place last weekend with almost a full programme of games played. There are quite a number of back games down for decision over the coming weeks starting this weekend. In Division 2, Listry and Emmets meet in a refixture of their Round 8 game on Saturday evening. In Division 3, there are two games this Friday evening with Annascaul playing Dromid Pearses and Gneeveguilla playing St Pats. In Division 4, Lispole face Valentia on Saturday evening and in Division 5, Rathmore play Ballylongford on Friday evening.

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 or earlier, then Round 11 will be played on the weekend of September 4th as per fixtures calendar.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship

There is one outstanding Round 3 game in the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship. On Tuesday evening next, Dingle are at home to Firies. Also on Tuesday evening next, the first of the quarter final ties will be played when St Brendans play Feale Rangers in Na Gaeil pitch in Tralee. There are two quarter finals on Wednesday August 3rd when Mid Kerry play Kenmare District in Beaufort and East Kerry play Dr Crokes in Rathmore. The remaining quarter final will be played on Friday 5th when West Kerry take on the winners of the Round 3 game between Dingle and Firies in Lispole. All games have a 7pm throwin and extra time applies in the event of a draw.

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship

The second semi final of the Acorn Life Under 21 Championship will be played on this Wednesday evening when St Kierans and South Kerry meet in Killorglin at 7pm with extra time in the event of a draw. This promises to be a cracker with two very good teams involved. The winners will play Dingle who defeated Dr Crokes in the first semi final and that final will now take place in Austin Stack Park on Tuesday August 9th.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Quarter Finals

The Quarter Finals of the Garveys Supervalu Senior FootballChampionship have been pencilled in as double bills in Austin Stack Park and Fitzgerald Stadium. Austin Stack Park will host the games between South Kerry and Dingle and Dr Crokes and Kerins O’Rahillys while Fitzgerald Stadium is the venue for Kenmare District V Austin Stacks and Mid Kerry V Rathmore. No dates have been confirmed but October 2nd is the date should Kerry advance to the All Ireland Finals while in the event of Kerry exiting the championship at an earlier stage then the Quarter Finals could take place as early as September 11th. Participation of the Kerry Minors in the latter stages of the Minor Championship will also have to be taken into account.

The Relegation playoff game between Kilcummin and Milltown-Castlemaine will be played on the same weekend as the quarter finals.

Castleisland Mart Club Championships

No dates have been confirmed by the CCC for the semi finals of the Intermediate, Junior Premier or Junior Club Championship semi finals. With three Divisional sides still involved in the Senior county Championship that competition will take precedence.

There are two outstanding quarter finals in the Novice championship; Tuosist play Valentia with the winners playing Ballyduff in the semi final and Lispole play Duagh with the winners playing Cromane who received a walk over from Sneem-Derrynane in their quarter final tie which was due to be played on Tuesday evening of this week. No dates have been confirmed for the remaining games in the Novice.

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Garvey’s Supervalu Kerry Senior Hurling Championship

Both Ballyduff and Kilmoyley booked their places in the semi finals of the Garveys Supervalu senior hurling championship semi finals at Austin Stack Park on Sunday afternoon last. With the Boyle brothers in superb form, Ballyduff, thanks to a four goal blitz in a seven minute period soon after the start, surprised many observers with a 5-16 to 1-15 victory over a fancied Causeway side in the opening game while reigning champions, Kilmoyley, proved too strong for Lixnaw in the second game winning more comprehensively than the 1-19 to 1-16 scoreline would suggest.

So the way is clear for the semi finals, the draw for which will be made on Monday next. Round 2A winners, St Brendans and Abbeydorney are seeded on one side of the draw and they will be drawn against the Round 3 winners Ballyduff and Kilmoyley. No criteria re previous meetings in the competition applies at the semi final stage.

The semi-finals are fixed for Sunday, 14th August.

Minor “B” Championship

Kerry inter county hurling action resumes with a tough home quarter final match game against Kildare in the All-Ireland minor ‘B’ championship [Corn Peadar Ó Liatháin]. Note that the date has been changed from Bank Holiday Monday back to the original date of Saturday next at Austin Stack Park where there will be a 2.30p.m. throw-in. Kerry is aiming to win their 5th consecutive title at this level. Other teams in this competition include Meath, Down, Donegal, Roscommon and Armagh and Wicklow.

Under 21 “B” Championship

On Saturday, 6th August, the Kerry under 21’s are at home to the winners of the All-Ireland ‘C’ competition Donegal in their All-Ireland ‘B’ championship quarter final. Donegal defeated Fermanagh in the “C” final last weekend.

Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi Final

It took extra time to separate Kilmoyley and Dr Crokes in a keenly contested Intermediate Hurling semi final at Caherslee on Tuesday evening last with the final scoreline reading 2-15 to 0-13 in favour of Kilmoyley. Dr Crokes started with a flourish, and with Michael McCarthy in fine scoring form, the Killarney side were 6 points to 2 ahead at the end of the first quarter. Kilmoyley fought back to be just a point in arrears at the break (0-9 to 0-8 for Crokes) and it was tit for tat all the through the second half with the teams finishing level on 0-13 apiece at the end of the normal time. The winners grabbed the initiative early in the first period of extra time when Kieran McCarthy goaled and they led 1-15 to 0-13 at half time in extra time. In a game where scores were hard to come by a second goal from David McCarthy in the final period put the game beyond doubt.

We wish a speedy and full recovery to Sean Godley of Kilmoyley who received an injury during the first half.

Kilmoyley will now play Causeway in the final on August 16th .

Credit Union Senior Hurling League Division 1 Semi Finals

The semi finals of the Credit Union senior hurling league Division are down for decision this coming week when St Brendans take on Kilmoyley in Ardfert on Saturday evening while Causeway have home venue against Ballyduff on Wednesday evening. Starting time is 7pm with extra time if necessary.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Hurling Championship Draw

The draw for the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Hurling Championship was made in Austin Stack Park on Sunday last and resulted in the following pairings with first named having home venue: O’Dorney/Kilmoyley V Causeway; Ballyduff V Lixnaw; St Brendans V Kenmare/Kilgarvan and Crotta have a bye.

Games to be played on Saturday August 6th.

Co. Minor Hurling Leagues

Crotta have won the Keane’s SuperValu Co. Minor Hurling Division 1A title with a 3 – 18 to 2 – 16 win over Lixnaw in the final. 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.

Division 1B result: Ballyduff 5 – 9 Ballyheigue 0 – 7 and Ballyduff 2-11 Tralee Parnells 2-9. Causeway lead this league table with 8 points from 4 games and have qualified for the final. Ballyduff have four points but a number of back games remain to be played to decide their opponents.

Hurling Cúl Camps 2016

The 2016 Kellogg’s GAA Kerry hurling and camogie Cúl Camps continue on Monday next, 1st August at Abbeydorney. 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.

Forthcoming Kerry camps are at (Crotta O’Neill’s - Dromakee (8 – 12 August) and Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s - Caherslee (15 – 19 August).