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PRO GAA Scene June 15th 2016 2016-06-15 20:13:00

Kerry advance to another Munster Final
The Kerry senior footballers comfortably advanced to another Munster final when disposing rather easily of the Clare challenge to win by an eleven points margin at sunny Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday afternoon last (2-22 to 0-17) before a fine attendance of 11,500. From the moment Colm Cooper’s speculative shot went all the way to the Clare net within a minute of the throw-in, there was never any doubt as to who the winner would be though Clare it must be said, stuck to their task to put up a very respectable score on the day. Stephen O’Brien and Paul Geaney were in terrific form up front for Kerry who led by seven points, 2-10 to 0-9, at the interval and Kerry kept that seven points margin between the sides throughout the second half. Welcome news for the Kerry management was the return of Anthony Maher after a long lay-off with a hip injury while James O’Donoghue also saw a return to action with his clu, Legion, against Dr Crokes in a League game on Sunday morning. Debutantes, Brian Ó Beaglaoich and Tadhg Morley, acquitted themselves well in the half back line.

So Kerry progress to a Munster final on July 3rd but who would have believed that Tipperary is who will provide the opposition and not Cork? Tipp, despite losing eleven of their squad this year for all sorts of reasons, upset the form book and surprised Cork in Semple Stadium to record their first win over the Rebels since 1944. The last time these sides met in a final was in 1998 in Thurles when Kerry won by 0-17 to 1-10 with Maurice Fitzgerald kicking 10 points. The sides met last year of course in Semple Stadium when Kerry won on a 2-14 to 2-8 scoreline but Tipp are now managed by former Kerry and Austin Stacks player Liam Kerins who succeeded Peter Creedon at the helm at the start of the season. The Munster final will be played in Fitzgerald Stadium with a 2pm throw-in and it will be preceded by the Minor final between Kerry and Cork at 12 noon.

Kerry Junior smash and grab victory over Limerick

The Kerry Junior team needed a goal deep into injury time to break the resolve of an unlucky Limerick side in the Junior semi final in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last. Kerry had started well in both halves, but each time Limerick had reeled in their lead and when the Treaty side goaled at the three quarter stage it looked as if the reigning champions, albeit with a new team, were on their way out of this year’s campaign, However they fought to the final whistle and were rewarded when Adrian Spillane punched Paul O’Donoghue’s long delivery to the net in the 75th minute to record a 2-16 to 1-16 victory. Kerry will now play Cork in the Munster final on Thursday June 30th in Austin Stack Park at 7:30.

Credit Union Senior Football League Roundup

The Credit Union Senior Football Leagues are certainly taking shape with the four rounds scheduled for June sure to go a long way towards deciding the fortunes of many clubs for the coming year. Round 5 last weekend coupled with Round 6 this coming weekend will shove the Leagues past the half way stage.

In Division 1, an injury time equaliser by Milltown-Castlemaine cost Templenoe their 100% League record on home soil meaning that Dr Crokes, following victory over local rivals Legion on Sunday morning, go top of the League on their own with 10 points. Dingle on 8 Points and Desmonds, a point further back, stay in touch following respective victories over Kilcummin and Kenmare.

So going into the half way stage, both Kenmare and Legion are pointless at the foot of the table with John Mitchels (1 point), Kilcummin and Glenbeigh-Glencar both on two points, also struggling.

This weekend will see a four pointer at Kenmare where John Mitchels are visitors, while Legion will want to make home venue count against Desmonds. Leaders Dr Crokes travel to kerins O’Rahillys and Templenoe are at home for the second week in a row, this time against Glenbeigh-Glencar.

In Division 2, Spa, thanks to a four point win over Listry, join St Marys, who did not play last weekend, at the top of the table on 8 points each. An Ghaeltacht, who have a game in hand, are doing well on 7 points following defeat of Finuge while Waterville, who did not play, and Beaufort who had a good win over Emmets, stay in touch on 6 points. At the other end of the table, Laune Rangers got their first points of the season with victory over St Michaels-Foilmore who now replace the Killorglin side at the foot of the table on one point. Finuge are another struggling side on 3 points. Rathmore entertain Glenflesk on this Wednesday evening in a deferred Round 5 game.

This weekend, joint leaders, St Marys visit Glenflesk while Spa are home to Laune Rangers, The An Ghaeltacht V Listry game goes back to August 5th.

In Division 3, Currow maintained their good form with a five points victory over Annascaul and are out on their own on 9 points at the top of the table. Ballydonoghue had a narrow one point victory over neighbours Beale to stay in second place a point behind the leaders while Gneeveguilla with a game in hand and Annascaul are on 6 points each. At the bottom, Tarbert went down to St Pats and remain pointless, Brosna and Beale are on 3 points, but it has been a good week for Ardfert who picked up full points against St Pats in a back game and then defeated Keel by the minimum margin to move on to 4 points along with Dromid Pearses, both with a game in hand, St Pats and St Senans.

This weekend, leaders Currow will certainly have their credentials tested following a visit to Ardfert. The meeting of Keel and Tarbert goes out to July 9th as does the game between Ballydonoghue and St Pats.

In Division 4, Na Gaeil and Fossa continue to set the pace at the top of the table with full points following victories over Churchill and Ballymac respectively last weekend. Firies, with a game in hand, and Ballymac are four behind on 6 points. At the bottom, Renard and Lispole are on one point each while Churchill, Moyvane and Valentia are a point better off but there are a number of back games in this division.

This weekend, joint leaders, Fossa are at home to Scartaglen while Na Gaeil travel to Valentia. At the other end of the table, the meeting of Moyvane and Churchill is certainly a four pointer for these two struggling sides.

In Division 5, the joint leaders on 8 points, Castlegregory and Cordal both had good wins last weekend over Ballylongford and Rathmore “B” respectively while third placed Sneem-Derrynane kept up their promotion hopes with victory over Asdee. This weekend it’s the turn of the other joint leaders, Castlegregory, to welcome Rathmore “B” while Cordal travel to Duagh. And Sneem-Derrynane travel to Cromane.

Round 7 of the League is on July 2nd.

Acorn Life Under 21 Championship

The Acorn Life Under 21 Championship swings into action on Wednesday next, June 22nd when there will be a preliminary round game and seven first round games down for decision as follows:

Preliminary Round

Mid Kerry V Shannon Rangers

1st Round

Kenmare District V An Ghaeltacht

Austin Stacks V Rathmore/Kilcummin

Feale Rangers V St Brendans

South Kerry V Laune Rangers

Spa V Dr Crokes

Kerins O’Rahillys V West Kerry

Dingle V East Kerry

The remaining first round game will see the winners of the Mid Kerry V Shannon Rangers preliminary round play host to St Kierans.

Junior Football Leagues

The Junior Leagues continue on this Friday evening with Round 5 games down for decision. Fixtures in this competition have suffered over the last two weekends due to the senior leagues taking precedence but many clubs have rescheduled games for midweek. A reminder that in all groups, the top team on points qualifies for the final, while 2nd and 3rd placed teams play a semi final with 2nd placed team having home venue.

Under 17 Football Competition

Austin Stacks qualified for the final of the non exam Under 17 football competition following a 4-21 to 3-13 semi final victory over St Kierans last weekend. The other semi final between West Kerry and Firies was not played.

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Kerry Under 17 Hurlers in Celtic Challenge Final

Playing in Division 2, Kerry had a 1 – 15 to 0 – 7 with over South Tipperary last Saturday in the semi-final of the national Under 17 Celtic Challenge hurling competition at the Gaelic Grounds. They are now in this weekend’s final against South Wexford which will be played in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Fixture details at http://www.gaa.ie/celticchallenge/fixtures

This is a great achievement for this panel of players. Having gone through the group stages winning 3 games and with just 1 defeat [to Cork City] they went into the second tier of the competition and have progressed through the quarter and semi-finals to reach the Division 2 decider. The panel of players and management team is: Adam O’Sullivan (Crotta O’Neill’s), Conor O’Keeffe (Lixnaw), Philip Maunsell (Kilmoyley), Evan Murphy (Causeway), Darragh Behan (Crotta O’Neill’s), Niall O’Mahony (Abbeydorney), Gearóid Fennessy, capt. (Kilgarvan), Padraig O’Mahony (St. Brendan’s), Barry O’Mahony (Crotta O’Neill’s), Shane McElligott (Lixnaw), Micheál McCarthy (Kenmare), Jeaic McKenna (Crotta O’Neill’s), Michael Slattery (Abbeydorney), Gavin Dooley (Causeway), Gary Carey (Causeway), Darren Barrett (Causeway), Bryan McAuliffe (Lixnaw), Gearoid O’Mahony (Causeway), Adrian Nolan (St. Brendan’s), Cormac Slattery (Ballyheigue), Chris Creedon (Kilgarvan), Gerard Leen (Causeway), Darragh Goulding (Ballyduff), Richard Flaherty (Kilmoyley), Dan Goggin (Causeway), Jack O’Sullivan (Ballyduff), Shane O’Mahony (St. Brendan’s), Diarmuid O’Connor (St. Brendan’s), Brendan Walsh (Ballyheigue), Nathan Dineen (Causeway). Manager: John Hennessy (Ballyduff). Selectors: Jerome O’Sullivan (Crotta), John Healy (Ballyheigue), Eamon Fitzgerald (Causeway). Trainer: John Barry. Logistics: Eoin O’Shea

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

Credit Union Division 1 Co. League results from last week: Kilmoyley 1 - 15 Abbeydorney 0 - 18; St. Brendan’s 2 - 17 Ballyduff 2 - 12; Causeway 1 - 8 Crotta 0 - 9; Ballyheigue 3 - 14 Lixnaw 2 - 15. Following these results the top two with 8 points each are St. Brendan’s and Causeway. Abbeydorney are in third position with 7 points and all games played. Lixnaw are in fourth position with 5 points and 6 games played. The 4 top teams qualify for the semi-finals. There are 2 games down for decision this weekend. Crotta play Ballyheigue at Dromakee while Lixnaw travel to Kilmoyley. Please check with clubs for fixture details.

Division 2 results: Kilmoyley 4 - 5 Causeway 1 - 12. Lady’s Walk gave a walkover to St. Brendan’s. Fixtures for this Wednesday, 15th June 7.00p.m.: Crotta v Causeway and Kilmoyley v St. Brendan’s.

In Division 3, Austin Stack’s had a 4 - 21 to 0 - 4 win over St. Patrick’s (East Kerry). Fixture for this Wednesday, 24th June, 7.00p.m.: St. Patrick's (East Kerry) are at home to Duagh.

Minor Hurling Leagues

The Keane’s SuperValu Co. Hurling Leagues commence on this Monday. 20th June with the following fixtures: Division 1A - Abbeydorney/Kilmoyley v Crotta O’Neill’s; St. Brendan’s v Lixnaw. Division 1B Causeway v Ballyheigue; Kenmare/Kilgarvan v Tralee Parnell’s. Ballyduff bye. Further rounds on Mondays up to 18th July.

Hurling Cúl Camps 2016

A reminder to parents to register for the 2016 Kellogg’s GAA Kerry hurling Cúl Camps. Venues are as follows: Causeway (4 – 8 July), Lixnaw & Ballyduff (11 -15 July), 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).

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. Further details at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie