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PRO GAA Scene October 5th 2016 2016-10-05 20:52:00

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Quarter Finals

The way is clear for the semi finals of the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship following the playing of four quarter finals last weekend.

Champions South Kerry were sent crashing out of the championship at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Saturday afternoon last by a never say die Dingle side who never gave up the ghost despite trailing by four points to the champions early in the second half. South Kerry, forced to line-out without Kerry star Killian Young due to injury, will wonder how they contrived to lose a game they seemed to be in control of for long periods but as the game wore on it was Dingle who forced the pace and they held out by the minimum margin (0-11 to 0-10) despite a mighty effort by Bryan Sheehan at the death to tie the game.

Dr Crokes are safely through to the semi finals following a comfortable victory over Kerins O’Rahillys in the opening game of the double bill at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park. A Colm Cooper goal saw the winners lead by 1-10 to 0-6 at the interval and despite the best efforts of the likes of Tommy Walsh for Rahillys, the Killarney side ran out five point winners on a score of 1-16 to 0-14

It was a game that was marred by a serious injury to Rahilly’s Giles O’Grady just six minutes in and the game was delayed for 40 minutes as a result. Thankfully O’Grady got expert medical attention and hopefully he will make a full and speedy recovery.

A late goal from inspired substitution Shane Ryan saw Rathmore shock Mid Kerry to qualify for the semi finals for the second year in a row at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday afternoon on a 1-12 to 0-13 scoreline. The Divisional side had shaped like winners for three quarters of the game but they then lost their shape in the final quarter and the introduction of former Kerry minor goalkeeper Ryan was the catalyst for a tremendous comeback that culminated in a match-winning goal by Ryan in the 60th minute.

Meanwhile Kenmare District sent Kerry Club Champions Austin Stacks crashing out of the Senior Football championship in the second game of the Quarter Final double bill at Fitzgerald Stadium (0-15 to 0-12). It was a ding dong battle throughout but a tremendous final quarter by the Divisional side saw them outscore Stacks by 4 points to no score holding the Rockies scoreless for the final 16 minutes played.

Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Semi Finals down for decision this weekend

The semi finals of the Garveys Supervalu senior football championship in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next are the main attraction on Kerry GAA fields this weekend. The draw on Sunday last paired Dingle against Dr Crokes and Kenmare District against Rathmore. Very few people would have come up with this quartet of quarter finalists earlier in the season but now all four are just a game away from marching behind the band on county final day. Extra time applies in both games in the event of a draw.

The opening game on Sunday (2pm) will see 2012 finalists, Dr Crokes and Dingle in opposition. Dr Crokes would of course have been on everyone’s list for a quarter final place and they have been making steady progress all year under new management defeating West Kerry, St Kierans and Rahillys on Saturday last posting big scores in the process. Dingle had shown good form when defeating Rathmore in the opening round but somehow managed to lose a game they had more or less won against Mid Kerry in Round 2. The disposed of Milltown-Castlemaine and then surprised many by outstaying South Kerry last weekend to win by the minimum. They are certainly up against it again this weekend against a side who are hell bent on redemption following championship losses to Legion and Rathmore in the last two years.

The second semi final at 3:30 sees the unique pairing of Kenmare District and Rathmore. Both sides reached this stage last year only to fall at the hands of South Kerry and Legion respectively – they will want to go one step further at least this year. The Divisional side did well to outscore Austin Stacks in last weekend’s quarter final and they certainly have come a long way in the last couple of years. They overcame St Brendans in Round 1 and got their passage to the quarter final with victory over Legion. Rathmore refused to throw in the towel when defeating Mid Kerry last weekend and they recovered well from the opening round defeat by Dingle to go on and defeat St Brendans and St Kierans.

Certainly supporters are in for a treat on Sunday and the winners will have little time to rest on their laurels as the county final is fixed for the following Sunday, October 16th. This is to allow for a possible replay of the senior final and in addition, the first round of the Munster Club championship is fixed for the weekend of October 30th. There is a further complication in that the Intermediate championship final has to be played before the weekend of October 30th as one of the finalists, either Kenmare or Templenoe, will be the Kerry standard bearers in the Munster Intermediate championship that weekend.

Tickets for Sunday’s semi finals may be pre-purchased at all participating Centra and Supervalu Stores throughout the county including Garveys Supervalu in Dingle and Tralee, at the County Committee offices in Austin Stack Park and from the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney.

Senior Club Championship Relegation Final

Kilcummin preserved their senior championship status with a three points victory over Milltown –Castlemaine in the senior club relegation playoff final at at Castleisland on Saturday last. A blistering opening five minutes saw Kilcummin go five points clear within as many minutes put the winners on their way to a 1-15 to 0-15 victory. So Kilcummin secure a senior championship status they first attained in 1998 while Milltown-Castlemaine revert to Intermediate status after five years in the top grade.

Castleisland Mart Club Finals have been fixed

Three of the four remaining Castleisland Mart Club Finals have been fixed by the CCC. The Intermediate Championship Final between neighbours Kenmare and Templenoe will go ahead on Sunday 23rd October in Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium at 3:30 with extra time applying. The winners of this game will be in Munster Club action on the following Sunday away to the Tipperary champions. The curtain raiser to the Intermediate final is the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Championship final between Mid Kerry and East Kerry at 2pm.

The Junior Premier Championship final between Na Gaeil and Glenbeigh-Glencar will be the curtain raiser to the senior county championship final in either Fitzgerald Stadium or Austin Stack Park on Sunday 16th October. The winners of this game are not in Munster club action until November 6th when they will have home venue against the Waterford champions.

The Junior Championship final between Fossa and Beale will be played on Saturday 15th October at a venue to be decided. On Sunday last Fossa defeated Scartagle by 2-7 to 0-7 in the semi final and the second semi final saw Beale surprise Listry winning by 0-12 to 0-11.

There is one remaining semi final to be played in the Novice Championship where Ballyduff play Tuosist on Sunday October 30th. The winners play Lispole in the final on Sunday November 7th.

Credit Union Senior Football League playoffs.

The playoffs to decide final promotion and relegation places are ongoing. St Pats clinched promotion from Division 3 when defeating Annascaul by 2-11 to 0-10 in the promotion playoff final on Sunday last. Goals by Willie Hurley and Jordan Conway were the decisive scores as St Pats are promoted to Division 2 along with Ardfert and Currow

The replay of the Division 3 relegation playoff between Ballydonoghue and Keel will be played on October 15th (4pm) in Strand Rd with the losers dropping to Division 4 along with Tarbert and Beale.

The Division 4 playoff to decide the champions of that division will see the top two, Fossa and Na Gaeil playoff on Sunday October 30th.

The final promotion place in Division 5 will be decided on Saturday October 22nd when Sneem/Derrynane play Tuosist.

County Committee Meeting

The October meeting of the County Committee will be held in Austin Stack Park on Tuesday, October 11th next at 8pm when important issues in relation to the the parish rule will be the main topic of discussion.

Suicide Awareness Presentation

Two members of the Kerry GAA Health and Wellbeing Committee will make presentations at a conference in The Brehon Hotel, Killarney, on Thursday and Friday (6th & 7th October). The conference is entitled ‘From Hope to Action- Interventions that work for Suicidal People’ and is organised by the Irish Association of Suicideology. Further details are available on www.ias.ie or contact Neasa Cummins on 01 6674900.

GAA Season Tickets go on sale on Monday next

Due to Saturday's all Ireland Football Final Replay sales and renewals for the new GAA Season Tickets will now open on Monday next, October 10th and not Monday October 3rd as previously planned.

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

Austin Stacks are Co Junior Hurling Champions

Congratulations to Austin Stack’s on retaining the Kerry Co. Junior Hurling Championship title. In last Saturday’s final, played at the John Mitchel’s Complex, they defeated Duagh by 4 - 8 to 3 - 5.

Team captain, Andrew Foley, received the trophy from Gerard McCarthy, Oifigeach Iomána Coiste Chontae Chiarraí while the Man of the Match Award sponsored by Ryall Travel Coaches went to the Stack’s centre forward Paul Daly.

The same teams meet again on Saturday week, 15th October, this time in the final of the Co. Hurling League, Division 3. Venue will be Connolly Park at 3.00p.m.

Under 21 championship

The semi-finals of the Acorn Life Co. Under 21 hurling championship go ahead on this Saturday, 8th October at 4.00p.m. St. Brendan’s play Crotta at Kilmoyley and Kilmoyley meet Lixnaw at Abbeydorney.


Kilmoyley have received a bye straight to the semi-final of the Munster intermediate hurling championship, fixed for the weekend of 6 Nov. They will play the winners of the Clare v Limerick representatives quarter final tie. On Sunday last Kilmoyley added the 2016 North Kerry senior championship title to their county success with a 0 – 21 to 0 – 9 win over St. Brendan’s [This game also doubled up as the 2015 final].

In a Co. Minor hurling league Division 1B back game played at Ballyduff on Saturday, Kenmare/Kilgarvan had a 4 – 15 to 2 – 4 win over the home side.

Tralee Parnell’s annual Awards night will take place on this Friday night, 7th October at the Kerins-O’Rahilly’s G.A.A. Rooms. The Under 6 and 8 awards function will commence at 7.00p.m. followed by the older age groups from 8.00p.m. Further details at www.facebook.com/TraleeParnellsHurlingClub