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PRO GAA Scene September 7th 2016 2016-09-07 19:53:00

Eamonn Fitzmaurice reappointed as Kerry Manager

Eamonn Fitzmaurice was re-appointed as Kerry senior football team manager for a further two year period at Tuesday evening’s County Committee meeting.

The Finuge man was first appointed to take charge of the team for the 2013 season and following defeat by Dublin in last year’s All Ireland final he committed to stay on for a further year. This latest appointment will see him at the helm for a fifth year having led Kerry to four successive Munster titles and an All Ireland title in 2014, All his Championship defeats have come at the hands of Dublin – the 2013 and 2016 semi finals and the 2015 All Ireland Final.

Fitzmaurice will reveal his backroom team at a later date.


Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks clash in Club Championship Final

After all the excitement of the intercounty scene in the past couple of weeks it’s back to the bread and butter of the local scene for the rest of the Autumn.


The final round of the Credit Union senior football leagues last weekend have whetted the appetite for the upcoming championships at various grades and the meeting of old rivals Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks in the Castleisland Mart Senior Club Championship Final on this Saturday evening at Fitzgerald Stadium (5:30pm)will no doubt whet the appetite even more. It matters little that that these two sides have qualified for the final since last April, what their respective managers Pat O’Shea (Dr Crokes) and Stephen Stack (Austin Stacks) will be trying to gauge is their current well being now that the county players have returned to the fold.

For the record, Dr Crokes defeated Kilcummin in the opening round and then Legion in the semi final while their Tralee opponents accounted for Milltown-Castlemaine and subsequently Dingle in the semi final. Both sides have been consistent in the League and have of course qualified for the final of the competition and probably come into the business end of the season better prepared than other years given the abundance of League games played right throughout the Summer months.

Dr Crokes have made this competition their own in recent years winning three-in-a-row between 2012 and 2014 but were surprised by Dingle in last year’s final. We have to go back to 2003 for Austin Stacks last appearance in a Club final when they pipped An Ghaeltacht by a point. This game provides an interesting start to the Autumn schedule of championship games and with the intense rivalry between the sides it promises to be a game well worth seeing.


Credit Union Senior Football League Roundup

Sunday last saw the final round of games in the Credit Union senior football league, and while there were no great shocks or surprises there are plenty playoffs to be played before the final permutations are known

Division 1 - Dr Crokes had already clinched a place in the Division 1 final where they will have home venue against Austin Stacks in the final following a thrilling one point win by the Tralee side over a gallant Templenoe side.

At the other end of the table, Legion, Kenmare and Kilcummin are relegated to Division 2 next season with John Mitchels escaping the drop with victory over Kerins O’Rahillys.

Division 2 - Rathmore on 17 points are promoted as Champions and they are joined by An Ghaeltacht who ended Spa’s chances of promotion with a late scoring burst, and St Marys get the third promotion spot following an emphatic victory over Emmets .

Meanwhile Finuge were already relegated and they are joined by Laune Rangers while St Michaels Foilmore and Listry finished on 9 points and will playoff for the third relegation spot on Saturday September 24th.

Division 3 - Ardfert, on 17 points, are promoted as champions following their victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Annascaul. Currow are also promoted on 16 points but there are three teams on 13 points resulting in a three way playoff between Gneeveguilla, Annascaul and St Pats for the third promotion place.

The following is the promotion playoff draw:

Round 1- Gneeveguilla V Annascaul

Round 2 - St Pats v Winners Round 1 - Round 2 winner Promoted

First Round on Sunday September 25th and the second Round on October 2nd.

At the bottom, Tarbert and Beale were already relegated and there is a playoff on Sunday next in Strand Road (2pm) for the remaining relegation spot between Keel and Ballydonoghue, both of whom finished on 10 points with St Senans and Brosna avoiding the drop following Round 11 victories.

Division 4- The promotion issues had already been confirmed before the final round in Division 4 with Fossa, Na Gaeil and Ballymacelligott all promoted to Division 3 next season.

The top two, Fossa and Na Gaeil, met on Sunday with Na Gaeil the winners to draw level with the East Kerry side at the top so Fossa and Na Gaeil face a playoff to decide who is promoted as champions.

At the other end of the table, Moyvane and Valentia were already relegated and they are joined by Churchill following Renard’s victory over Moyvane.

Division 5 - Castlegregory are promoted as champions with 19 points, however there is a three way playoff to decide the other two promotion places between Tuosist, Sneem-Derrynane and Duagh all of whom finished on 16 points with Rathmore the unlucky side to lose out on the final day. The following is the playoff draw:

Round 1 - Duagh V Tuosist - Winner Promoted

Round 2 - Sneem/Derrynane V Round 1 loser - Round 2 Winner Promoted

First Round on Sunday September 25th and the second Round on October 2nd.


East Kerry and Mid Kerry to contest the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Final

East Kerry and Mid Kerry had contrasting semi final victories on Wednesday evening last as they qualified for the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Final.

At Austin Stack Park, St Brendans had no answer to the powerful running and score taking of Seamus Moynihan’s East Kerry side who led by 10 points to 1 at the break and East Kerry ran out comfortable winners on a 0-21 to 2-4 scoreline.

Meanwhile, in Fitzgerald Stadium, Mid Kerry did not have it all their own way against surprise semi finalists Firies. The sides traded points throughout the first half but Mid Kerry finished the half stronger with two goals to lead by 2-9 to 0-6 at the break. Despite some spirited play from Firies, the winners made their passage to the final secure when they got their third goal to leave the final score 3-13 t0 10 points in favour of the divisional side.

No date has been fixed for the final but obviously the intention would be to have the final as a curtain raiser to a major championship final. Either way, the final will not be played before the Kerry Minors finish their All Ireland campaign.


Novice Football Championship

There are two quarter final ties down for decision in the Castleisland Mart Novice Championship this weekend; On Saturday Lispole are at home to Duagh (6pm)with the winners playing Cromane in the semi final and on Sunday Tuosist have home venue against Valentia (2:30pm), with the winners playing Ballyduff in the semi final.


Junior Cups Roundup

The Junior Cup competitions, after a slow start, are now well on the way to completion. The following is the situation in the various competitions.

Molyneaux Cup

Dr Crokes meet Rathmore in the Final on Friday September 16th following Rathmore’s 0-13 to 0-11 semi final victory over Kerins O’Rahillys last week.

McElligott Cup

Laune Rangers defeated St Pats and Gneeveguilla defeated Spa in the semi finals so its Laune Rangers v Gneeveguilla in the Final on Friday evening next.

Barrett Cup

Kenmare defeated Lispole on Friday evening in the Quarter Final and they now play Beaufort in the Semi Finals. St Marys and Clounmacon meet in the other semi final. Both semi finals are on Friday evening next.

Cahill Cup

Skellig Rangers defeated Cromane on Friday evening in the first Quarter final; there are two remaining quarter finals to be played this week; Beale play Charlie Kerins on Wednesday evening and St Senans play Churchill on Friday evening. Tarbert are already through to the semi finals.


Junior Leagues Roundup

The Junior Leagues are at the final stage in most of the Divisions. The following is a rundown of the various groups:

Group 2; Desmonds defeated Ballydonoghue in a high scoring final in Finuge on Friday evening last on a score of 3-14 to 2-14.

Group 3: Spa and Beaufort are in the final.

Group 4: Glenbeigh/Glencar defeated Kilcummin by 1-10 to 1-7 in the final in Beaufort on Friday evening last.

Group 5: Skellig Rangers play St Marys in the final on this coming Friday evening.

Group 7: Currow play Dr Crokes in the final following the Killarney sides 3-9 to 2-10 semi final victory over St Senans on Monday evening.


Kerry Minor Footballers looking forward to All Ireland Fina
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The Kerry Minor footballers are back in training following their semi final rout of Kildare and pronanly the biggest job manager Peter Keane and his management team will have is keeping everybody’s feet firmly on the ground. While Kerry as a county, have two titles under their belt this group has won no All Ireland yet and still have to write their own bit of history.

The ticket allocation is not known at this point in time but tickets will be at a premium – Kerry’s allocation will likely be less than 1,500 - and it is unlikely that any tickets will be secured outside of the county due to the huge demand for tickets among Dublin and Mayo followers. Kerry take on Galway in Croke Park with a 1:15 throw-in and Ciaran Branagan of Down is the man in the middle.


Kerry Supporters Club taking Buses to Minor Final

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club will be taking a bus to Croke Park for the All Ireland Minor Final – but only if the demand is there for a bus. All bookings have to be made by 8:30pm on Monday September 12th at either the Listowel Arms or Ballygarry House Hotels.


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

Sunday is County Hurling Final Day

The highlight of the Kerry hurling year goes ahead this weekend with the Final of the 2016 Garvey’s SuperValu Co. Senior Hurling Championship (Corn Neilus Ó Floinn) between Ballyduff and Kilmoyley. It goes ahead at Austin Stack Park where there will be a 3.30p.m. throw in time.

It will be preceded by the Keane’s SuperValu Co. minor championship final (Corn Seán Loibhéad) between Crotta O’Neill’s and Lixnaw at 1.30p.m.

General admission is €15 with a €5 concession for students and OAP’s. All under 16’s are admitted free of charge. Tickets are available to purchase in advance from SuperValu and Centra Stores around the county (including Ross's Centra in Ballyduff), the County Board Office and the Kerry G.A.A. Store in Killarney.

As usual the match programme will be produced by the North Kerry Hurling Board and the 64 page publication will be on sale inside the ground for just €3.

The team being honoured at this year’s county hurling final is the Ballyduff team that 25 years ago won the 1991 senior championship title and they will be presented to the crowd at half time.


Munster Club

The winners of Sunday’s senior final will go on to represent Kerry in the Munster Intermediate Club Championship. The Kerry representatives are fixed to play the Limerick or Clare champions in a semi-final tie at a Clare venue on the weekend of 6th November.


5 in-a-Row for Kerry Minor Hurlers

Congratulations to the Kerry minor hurlers on their 4 – 17 to 3 – 11 win over Meath in the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ Final on Saturday last at Semple Stadium, Thurles. This was just reward for a panel that put in a lot of work over the last few months under the direction of manager John Hennessy (Ballyduff), trainer John Barry (St. Senan’s) and selectors Jerome O’Sullivan (Crotta), Eamon Fitzgerald (Causeway) and John Healy (Ballyheigue). Ger McCarthy was the Co. Committee liaison officer for the team. On Saturday they played with great determination and discipline to overcome Meath and thus win Kerry’s fifth title in a row at this level. After the game the Corn Pheadar Ó Liatháin was presented to winning captain Shane Conway.

For the record, the Kerry captains in the previous 3 victories were: 2012 - Kevin Hannafin (St. Brendan’s); 2013 – Jason Wallace (Lixnaw); 2014 - Fionán Mackessy (St. Brendan’s); 2015 – John Buckley (Lixnaw).


Under 21 championship

The following draws have been made for the quarter finals of the co. Under 21 hurling championship (first named at home): South Kerry v Kilmoyley and Causeway v St. Brendan’s. Matches to be played on the weekend of 17 Sept. South Kerry Lixnaw and Crotta received a bye to the semi-finals.


Clubs

Tralee Parnell’s are inviting interested adults to participate in the Hurl with Me programme which the club is promoting of Friday’s, 9th, 16th 23rd and 30th Sept. between 7.30p.m. and 8.30p.m. each evening. It is an initiative to get parents involved with their children and to give hurling a try. Further details at www.facebook.com/TraleeParnellsHurlingClub/