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PRO GAA Scene August 31st 2016 2016-08-31 20:12:00

Kerry come up short against Dublin

Despite a heroic performance from a Kerry team that many had predicted would be unable to compete with the All Ireland champions, the Kingdom still had to give best to Dublin at the end of a thrilling game at Croke Park on Sunday last. It took the challengers a long time to get into the game but when they did, approaching the break, they took a five point lead to the half time dressing room. Again in the third quarter Kerry were under severe pressure as Dublin begun their fightback, but showing great determination Kerry put themselves into a winning situation coming down the straight. However, Kerry passed up some good chances to put the Metropolitans on the back foot and when Dublin regained the lead at the death, an inexplicable refereeing decision cost the Kingdom warriors at least a share of the spoils and the possibility of another crack at the champions.

This game certainly restored our faith in gaelic football and if all games were even half as good then we would have very little to be complaining about. The game was played in a manly spirit and was devoid of any kind of rancour and that as well was a very welcome departure from what we have witnessed in some of the big championship games during the Summer. Very likely Sunday’s game will have brought the curtain down on the careers of two or three of the greatest servants Kerry football has seen, and despite ending up on the losing team, it was indeed fitting that, should they decide to bow out, they will do so having been part of a classic game that will be talked about for many a day.

Kerry Minors to face Galway in All Ireland Final

After a superb performance during which they totally obliterated the challenge of the Leinster champions, Kildare, Kerry minor footballers have now set up an All Ireland final appearance against Connaught champions Galway on All Ireland final day, September 18th. The 2-26 to 0-10 final scoreline, with just four points from frees, says all that has to be said about this game, Kerry were the better team in the first half but struggled to make their dominance count on the scoreboard until just before the break. However, two quick points on the resumption from Dara Moynihan set the tone for the second half and with midfielders Mike Breen and Mark Ryan coming into their own, the Kerry forwards did not waste the ample opportunities afforded to them.

Kerry are of course in line to complete a hat-trick of All Ireland titles, but as Kerry manager Peter Keane was quick to point out after the match, this group of footballers are out to make their own history as the vast majority of them were not involved in previous years.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship semi finals

The two semi finals of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship are down for decision on this Wednesday evening. The pairings are as follows: East Kerry play St Brendans in Austin Stack Park and Firies play Mid Kerry in Fitzgerald Stadium. Throw-in for both games is 6:15pm and extra time applies if necessary.

Final Round of the Credit Union Senior Football League

Sunday next will see the final round of the Credit Union senior football league played and while all promotion and relegation issues are unlikely to be sorted, at least the regular rounds of the league will be completed in what must constitute record time and by the last weekend of August, there were no outstanding games to be played before the final round. Some issues have already been decided following a number of back games mid-week last week and at the weekend and on The following is a run -down of the situation in each of the Divisions. All games, with the exception of a few where the results have no bearing on promotion or relegation issues, are to be played on Sunday at the earlier time of 1:30pm to enable patrons to view the All Ireland Hurling Final.

Division 1

Dr Crokes have already clinched a place in the Division 1 final and the second final place will be decided when Templenoe, on home soil, take on Austin Stacks on Sunday.

At the other end of the table, Legion and Kenmare are relegated and the final relegation spot rests between Kilcummin (6 points), who are at home to Glenbeigh/Glencar, and John Mitchels (7 points) who travel to Kerins O’Rahillys.

Division 2

In Division 2, Rathmore are promoted on 15 points and travel to relegated Finuge for their final game; An Ghaeltacht are on 14 points and are home to fourth placed Spa who have 12 points and St Marys are third on 13 points with a final game against Emmets who have a slim chance of staying in the promotion race on 11 points should they win in Cahersiveen.

Listowel Emmets defeated Finuge in a back game on Wednesday of last week so Finuge, with 5 points, drop to Division 3 next season. The final two relegation places rest between Laune Rangers (6 points) who are home to Glenflesk, St Michaels/Foilmore (7 Points) who travel to Waterville and Beaufort (8 Points) who travel to Listry.

Division 3

In Division 3, Ardfert on 15 points, have taken over from Currow at the top of the table following a 16 points to 8 victory over Brosna in a back game last weekend. Currow stay on 14 points while there are two teams on 13 points, St Pats and Annascaul. Three of those four teams will be promoted and the meeting of Annascaul and Ardfert in the final round will have a big bearing on who goes up.

At the bottom, Tarbert and Beale are already relegated. St Senans and Brosna are on 9 points while Ballydonoghue, Keel and Dromid, all on 10 points, are not out of the woods yet. The big game of the final round as far as relegation is concerned will be the meeting of St Senans and Keel

Division 4

In Division 4, the promotion issues have already been confirmed with Fossa, Na Gaeil and Ballymacelligott all promoted to Division 3 next season. The champions of Division 3 should be decided when Fossa (20 Points) play Na Gaeil (18 Points).

At the other end of the table, Moyvane and Valentia are relegated following Valentia’s defeat by Dr Crokes last weekend in a back game. The final relegation place rest between Churchill, who are on 6 points and are home to Valentia in the final round, and Renard who have 8 points and travel to Moyvane on the final day.

Division 5

In Division 5, Castlegregory are already promoted as champions with 17 points but there is a real dogfight just behind them to see who takes the other two promotion places which look certain to go to playoffs. There are four teams on 14 points – Rathmore, Duagh, Tuosist and Sneem/Derrynane who received a w.o. from Ballyduff last weekend.

To make the situation even more intriguing, Rathmore play Duagh in Round 11 and it’s very likely you will see three teams on 16 points fighting for the 2 remaining places in a playoff.

Autumn Fixtures Programme ready to be rubber stamped by the CCC

The competitions control committee (CCC) will meet on this Wednesday evening to put the finishing touches to the Autumn schedule of games. The Garveys Supervalu Senior hurling final between Ballyduff and Kilmoyley is already fixed for Sunday 11th of September preceded by the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Hurling championship final between Crotta O’Neills and Lixnaw.

The CCC already have a provisional fixture list that will see the quarter finals of the Garveys Supervalu senior football championship played on the weekend of October 2nd, the semi finals on the following weekend and the final is scheduled for Sunday October 16th or 23rd. The relegation playoff between Milltown-Castlemaine and Kilcummin will go ahead on October 2nd.

The Castleisland Mart senior Club final between Austin Stacks and Dr Crokes will be played on Saturday week, September 10th, the Intermediate semi finals (Templenoe V An Ghaeltacht and Desmonds V Kenmare) will go ahead on the weekend of September 25th as will the Junior Premier semi finals between Na Gaeil and Emmets and Glenbeigh/Glencar and Ballydonoghue.

The Junior semi finals between Fossa and Scartaglen and Listry and Beale will be played on the weekend of October 2nd while the Novice Championship quarter finals, Tuosist V Valentia (winners play Ballyduff) and Lispole V Duagh (winners play Cromane)will be played on September 11th. The semi finals of that competition will be played on September 25th.

Junior Cups Roundup

The Junior Cup competitions, which got off to a rather inauspicious start in Round 1 with walk overs from away teams and re-fixtures being the order of the day, fared little better last weekend when many quarter final ties were down for decision. The following is the situation in the various competitions.

Molyneaux Cup

The first semi final was played on Wednesday evening of last week when Dr Crokes defeated Austin Stacks and on this Wednesday evening Kerins O'Rahilly's are home to Rathmore at 7pm. in the other semi final.

McElligott Cup

In the remaining Quarter Final tie last weekend, Gneeveguilla received a W.O. from John Mitchels so the way is clear for the semi finals as follows: St Pats play Laune Rangers and Gneeveguilla play Spa.

Barrett Cup

The four quarter final were down for decision last weekend but only one was played with Beaufort defeating Currow; St. Mary’s received a W.O from Glenflesk and the ties between Clounmacon and Ardfert and the Kenmare and Lispole were postponed.

Cahill Cup

Last weekend Beale defeated Castlegregory 1-12 to 3-5 and Skellig Rangers defeated St Michaels/Foilmore 3-10 to 1-6 in Round 1 games while the St Senans V Churchill quarter final game was postponed. The revised draw for the quarter finals is as follows: Castlegregory V Charlie Kerins; Cromane V Skellig Rangers, St. Senans V Churchill and Tarbert have a bye.

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 1; Legion defeated Gneeveguilla in the final on Tuesday evening of last week.

Group 2; Ballydonoghue play Desmonds in the final.

Group 3: Spa and Beaufort are in the final

Group 4: Kilcummin play Glenbeigh/Glencar in the final

Group 5: Skellig Rangers play St Marys in the final.

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

It is hoped to play the Group 2 and 4 finals and the Group 7 semi final on this Friday evening.

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Kerry Minor Hurlers play Meath in All Ireland Final

The Kerry minor hurlers will play Meath in the final of the All-Ireland minor ‘B’ championship [Corn Peadar Ó Liatháin] on this Saturday, 3rd September. Venue will be Semple Stadium, Thurles, where there will be a 2.00p.m. throw in. Kerry will be aiming for their 5th title in a row at this level.

Team captain is Shane Conway (Lixnaw). The management team is: 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 is the Co. Committee liaison officer for the team.

Credit Union Senior Hurling League Division 1 final

Congratulations to Kilmoyley on winning the 2016 Credit Union Co. senior hurling league Division 1 title. In last Friday’s final, played at Austin Stack Parky, they had a 0 – 20 to 1 – 8 win over Causeway. After the game, Gerard McCarthy, Oifigeach Iomána Coiste Chontae Chiarraí C.L.G. presented the Nicholas Scollard Cup to the winning captain, Aidan McCabe. Kilmoyley’s Dougie Fitzell was presented with the Credit Union Man of the Match award by Christy Killeen and Jack Harrington of Chapter 23 of the Irish League of Credit Unions.

County Hurling Championship Finals

Austin Stack Park on Sunday, 11th September is the venue and date for the co. senior and minor hurling championship finals. The Garvey’s SuperValu senior final between Ballyduff and Kilmoyley will commence at 3.30p.m. and it will be preceded by the Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin Minor final between Lixnaw and Crotta O’Neill’s at 1.30p.m.


To kick off and celebrate the All-Ireland Hurling Final weekend, Tralee Parnell’s will hold a ‘Big Blitz Day’ for hurling and camogie on this Saturday, 3rd September at the John Mitchel’s G.A.A. Complex. Further details on the Parnell’s Facebook page.

Tralee Parnell’s coaching programme continues at the Caherslee G.A.A. grounds every Friday from 7.00p.m. – 8.00p.m. A special welcome for under 6 players, those born in 2010 & 2011. There will be no registration fee for new members for the remainder of 2016 so all interested children are welcome to come and give hurling a try.