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PRO GAA Scene June 1st 2016 2016-06-01 20:57:00

Champions South Kerry Advance to quarter finals of Senior Football Championship

Goals either side of half time by Sean Cournane gave South Kerry a deserved victory in the Garveys Supervalu Senior Football Championship Round 2A Replay at Connolly Park on Saturday evening last. The winners led by 1-6 to 0-6 at the break with Cournane goaling with the last action of the first half and the same player effectively closed the game out scoring his second major with the first score of the second half in the 39th minute. There was a good atmosphere in Connolly Park and well done to the home club for their excellent stewarding and match presentation. South Kerry now join fellow Round 2A winners Dr Crokes, Kenmare

District and Mid Kerry in the quarter finals of the competition.

Meanwhile fixtures have been made for Round 3 of the Championship which took place live on Radio Kerry on Sunday evening in the presence of Jim Garvey representing the Sponsors, Garveys Supervalu and Eamonn Whelan Vice Chairman of the CCC. There are two double bills in Austin Stack Park and Fitzgerald Stadium as follows:

Saturday 9th July – Austin Stack Park

Dingle V Milltown-Castlemaine at 5pm

Austin Stacks V West Kerry at 6:45pm

Sunday 10th July – Fitzgerald Stadium

St Kierans V Rathmore at 2:00pm

Killarney Legion V Kerins O’Rahillys at 3:30pm

In the quarter finals, the four Round 2A winners will be on the opposite side of the draw to the Round 3 winners. Semi finals are on an open draw basis.

Castleisland Mart Club Championship Roundup

The following is the state of play following the various Castleisland Mart Club Championship games played last weekend.

Intermediate Championship

An Ghaeltacht had an impressive 1-13 to 0-11 victory over Ardfert in the final quarter final tie of the Intermediate Championship on Saturday last and earn a semi final tilt with Templenoe. Desmonds play Kenmare in the other semi final.

Junior Premier Championship

Listowel Emmets booked their place in the semi finals of the Junior Premier championship following a narrow 0-12 to 0-11 victory over Firies on Saturday last while at Killeen, Na Gaeil defeated Annascaul by 2-12 to 2-8 to join the Listowel side and Ballydonoghue in the semis. The remaining quarter final tie between Dromid Pearses and Glenbeigh-Glencar was not played due to South Kerry’s SFC replay with Austin Stacks and that game is fixed for Sunday 10th July at 2pm.

The draw for the semi finals will take place on Radio Kerry on this Saturday at 2:30.

Junior Football Championship

Fossa’s impressive form under John Evans continued at Castlegregory where they defeated the locals on a 1-16 to 0-11 scoreline to reach the Junior Championship semi finals. Joining them will be Listry who defeated Tarbert by 1-12 to 0-10 and Scartaglen who had a narrow one point win over Knocknagoshel on a 1-9 to 0-11 score. Beale complete the quartet of semi finalists. The semi final draw will also take place on Radio Kerry on this Saturday at 2:30.

Novice Football Championship

There were two Preliminary Round games fixed for last weekend; Duagh defeated Clounmacon 2-8 to 0-9 on Sunday evening and Tuosist received a walk/over from Kilgarvan. In a quarter final tie, Ballyduff caused something of an upset when defeating Cordal by 2-15 to 0-12 to gain a semi final place.

Remaining Quarter Final fixtures:

Tuosist V Valentia and Cromane V Sneem/Derrynane both fixed for Saturday 9th July at 7pm.

No date has been fixed for the remaining quarter final tie between Lispole and Duagh.

The Acorn Life Under 21 Championship Draw

The draw for the Acorn Life Under 21 Football Championship was made at Monday night’s meeting of the CCC and resulted in the following pairings:

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

Mid Kerry/Shannon Rgs V St Kierans

Dingle V East Kerry

With the exception of the Preliminary Round Winners V St Kierans, all games to be played on Wednesday 22nd June. 1st Named have home venue. Round 2 is on June 29th.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Draw

The Draw for the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship was made live on Radio Kerry’s Terrace Talk on Monday night last in the presence of Peter Keane of Keanes Supervalu Killorglin who are the sponsors of the competition for the 10th year; Vice Chairman of the County Committee Diarmuid Ó Sé and Vice Chairman of the CCC Eamonn Whelan.

The Draw resulted in the following pairings:

Austin Stacks V Kenmare District

West Kerry V St Kierans

South Kerry V St Brendans

Dingle V Kerins O’Rahillys

Mid Kerry V Firies

Feale Rangers V Dr Crokes

East Kerry V Shannon Rangers

There are 7 Round 1 games on July 6th with first named having home venue. The 7 winners go through to Round 3 and the 7 losers go forward to Round 2 where there will be 3 games and 1 bye.

Credit Union Senior Football League

Round 4 of the Credit Union Senior Football League goes ahead this weekend . The majority of games are scheduled for Saturday evening at 7 pm with a number of games also down for decision on Sunday at 2pm. Round 5 of the League is scheduled for the weekend of June 12th.

Kerry play Clare in Munster Championship semi final

Kerry’s opponents in the Munster Championship semi final will be Clare who had a far from convincing three points victory over neighbours Limerick on Sunday last. The game will be played in Fitzgerald Stadium on June 12th except in the situation where the Munster Hurling Championship game between Clare and Waterford ends in a draw and in that scenario, the football game will be brought forward to Saturday evening to accommodate a replay of the hurling fixture.

The Kerry panel is in training camp this week ahead of the commencement of the championship. Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his management team have added some young blood to the panel with the likes of Denis Daly (St Marys), Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue), Tadhg Morley (Templenoe), Brian Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht), Barry O’Sullivan (Dingle) and Killian Spillane (Templenoe) as well as Marcus Mangan (Milltown-Castlemaine) all training with the squad.

Kerry Juniors will play Limerick as a curtain raiser to the senior game. Stephen Wallace (Ardfert) is the Manager and selectors are Timmy O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys), P.J. Reidy (Kenmare) and Brian Hickey (Skellig Rangers).

Night to remember at the Kerry GAA Night of Champions at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium

Last Friday night the Boyle Sports “Night of Champions” was once again one to be remembered by Kerry GAA and Kingdom Greyhound Stadium punters. The racing was fast and exciting and some great prizes were won!

The Brehon Hotel Club Sweepstake

Na Gaeil and Keel GAA clubs scooped the first prize of €1,000 each in The Brehon Hotel Club Sweepstake Final and the full results are as follows:

1. Civility Counts: Keel and Na Gaeil won €1,000

2. Garfinney Bolt: East Kerry and Kenmare District Committees won €600 each

3. Kerry Legend: Austin Stacks won €400

4. Send in Ducula: Glenflesk won €300

5. Russmur Beauty: Firies won €300

6. Kilcurra Mia: Templenoe won €300

We wish to sincerely thank all the clubs for supporting this race.

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club remembered the late Leo Griffin by also sponsoring a race in his name on the night.

The Highlight of the night on the racing card was the Boyle Sports Race of Champions. The race was an exciting one from start to finish and first over the line was from Trap 1 Paradise Maverick with 2nd place going to Farley Joe from Trap 3.

Buster Race Prize winners 2016 :

• 1st Prize for the winning combination: 1, 3, 2, and 6: €1,000 -Kerry Handball Board

• 2nd Prize: €500 - Jim Healy c/o Whytes Centra, Castleisland

• 3rd Prize: All Ireland Overnight in Dublin plus Two All Ireland Tickets - St Pats East Kerry

• 4th Prize: 2 All Ireland Tickets (Hurling or Football) - Des Adams of Adams Garage Tralee

• 5th Prize: 2 Munster Final Tickets (Hurling or Football) - Angela Brosnan, Killaha West, Kenmare

• 6th Prize: 1 Unit for Kerry County Committee Two year scheme - Paul Geaney Dingle.

The Special Prize of a Family Ticket for 4 individuals to the Kerry Senior Hurling or Kerry Senior Football County Finals went to Paudie Dineen, Abbeydorney.

The highlight off the racing field was the participation of the Kerry Football and Hurling players who were once again very generous with their time and mingled with the punters all night. It would not have been possible to stage this event without the support of the many generous sponsors, the Clubs around the county and their many members, the GAA public at large and of course Declan Dowling and his staff at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium who host this very important fundraiser each year for the Kerry GAA Teams. Every donation towards the night is about much more than money. It’s a way to show that we are willing and ready to support the Kerry teams as we have done in the Kingdom for over 100 years. Míle Buíochas to everyone involved.

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

Garvey’s Supervalu Senior Hurling Championship

The 2016 Garvey’s SuperValu Co. Senior Hurling Championship was formally launched at Connolly Park on Saturday evening last by sponsor, Jim Garvey. Also present was Co. Hurling Officer, Gerard McCarthy, last year’s winning captain Sean Maunsell (Kilmoyley) and club player representatives Stephen Power (Lixnaw), Eamon Fitzgerald (Causeway), Kevin Orpen (St. Brendan’s), David Egan (Abbeydorney), Shane Nolan (Crotta) and P.J. Gorman (Ballyduff). .

The following fixtures for Round 1 of the Senior Hurling Championship were made at Monday night’s meeting of the CCC;

Saturday June 25th Crotta O’Neills V Abbeydorney in Ballyduff at 7pm

On Sunday June 26th there is a Double Bill in Abbeydorney where Ballyduff play Kilmoyley at 2pm followed by the meeting of Ballyheigue and St Brendans at 3:30pm.

Also on Sunday 26th, Causeway play Lixnaw in Kilmoyley at 7pm.

Round 2 will be played on the weekend of July 10th; Round 3 weekend 24th July; semi-finals on 14th August and the final on Sunday, 11th Sept.

Comórtas Poc Fada Chiarraí 2016 is launched

The Kerry long puck competition was launched at O’Regan’s Lounge , Ballyheigue on Sunday the 29th of May by John Brassil T.D. It will take place at Kerryhead Mountain on Sunday the 5th of June at 1.00pm sharp.

Ger McCarthy Kerry Hurling Officer said that this will be the fourth year in a row that the Kerry finals have been held at Kerryhead mountain in what he described as a challenging course. There are five competitions going on simultaneously, under 16 hurling and camogie and senior hurling and camogie. This year an additional category has been added for veterans. The winners will go forward to represent Kerry in the Munster final, which will be held in the Burren, Co. Clare in June.

The winner in each category will be the competitor that completes the course in the least number of pucks. In the event of a tie there will be a separate short competition.

Hurling Officer Ger McCarthy thanked the North Kerry hurling board for sponsoring the event. He also thanked the clubs and the players for supporting the competition. The long puck competition has been a great success over the past number of years and that this was down to the support received from both the Hurling and Camogie clubs

Pat Dineen representing the North Kerry Board said that the Board were delighted to be associated with the long puck and wished the organisers and competitors well.

The prize giving ceremony will take place afterwards at O’Regan’s lounge.

Club representatives, one from each club, to be notified to the Co. Hurling Officer, Ger McCarthy, hurlingofficer.kerry@gaa.ie.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

The 2015 County Hurling League Division 1 final between St Brendans and Causeway will be played in Austin Stack Park on Tuesday June 14th at 7:30pm

Division 1 Co. League fixtures for this weekend: Friday, 3rd June, Crotta v St. Brendan’s at Dromakee, 7.30p.m. Sunday, 5th June, 2.00p.m. Kilmoyley v Ballyduff and Lixnaw v Causeway.

The next round in Division 2 will be on this Wednesday, 1st June 7.00p.m. with the following fixtures: Kenmare v Dr. Crokes; Kilgarvan v Ballyheigue and Lady’s Walk v Causeway. The Kilmoyley v Crotta game was brought forward to Tuesday evening.

Under 17 Celtic Challenge

Kerry had a 1 – 12 to 1 – 7 with over North Cork last week in round 3 of the Under 17 Celtic Challenge competition. On this Wednesday, 1st June they play West Limerick at Austin Stack Park, 7.30p.m.