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PRO GAA Scene October 12th 2016 2016-10-12 22:49:00

Dr Crokes and Kenmare District contest the Garvey’s Supervalu Senior Football Championship Final

All roads lead to Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next when Dr Crokes and Kenmare District contest the Garvey’s Supervalu Senior County Football Championship Final. It’s a unique pairing in many ways. Dr Crokes, having contested five finals on the trot between 2009 and 2013, winning 4 in-a-row, will feel that is something of an eternity since they last contested a final while on the other hand, the District side are appearing in their first county final since 1987. Indeed if we have even half the drama of twenty seven years ago, then we are in for a treat. On that occasion the final went to a replay and extra time that had a dramatic ending when Eugen McCarthy blasted the ball to the Dr Crokes net to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

There is no doubt that Dr Crokes have been the form team throughout the year with the one bit of a blip coming at the hands of Tralee rivals Austin Stacks in the Club Championship Final. They had a good run to the final defeating West Kerry well in their opening game before just getting the better of St Kierans in Round 2. In the quarter finals against Kerins O’Rahillys they were probably more convincing winners than the five points winning margin might suggest while on Sunday last they got a good test of their well-being from Dingle before coming good in the final ten minutes or so.

Kenmare District have certainly been a breath of fresh air to this year’s championship and no doubt the current well-being of the game, particularly in Kenmare and Templenoe, is reflected in the performances of the District side. They had good wins over St Brendans and Legion in the opening rounds and then made people stand up and take notice when defeating many people’s favourites for the title, Austin Stacks, in the quarter finals. Last Sunday they got a right test of their character from Rathmore before escaping with victory by the minimum margin in a 39 point shoot-out.

The scene is set for an intriguing battle on Sunday. Dr Crokes will bring a wealth of experience into the game with the likes on Colm Cooper, Eoin Brosnan, Brian Looney, Daithí Casey and Kieran O’Leary showing the way for young players such as Shane Murphy, Gavn White, Gavin O’Shea and Tony Brosnan. All of that adds up to a nice blend of youth and experience that any manager would be eager to be in charge of. By contrast, Kenmare are a very young side all round who play with a youthful enthusiasm that has endeared them to many football followers throughout the county this year. Though young in years, many of them have tasted success either at county or club level in recent years and the likes of Tadhg Morley, Paul O’Connor and Stephen O’Brien have emerged as real leaders this Summer.

Sunday’s encounter promises to be an intriguing battle and when you throw in the fact that the captaincy of the Kerry team is at stake, then it surely adds up to a game that should not be missed.

A Dr Crokes victory would see them represent Kerry in the Munster Club Championship against Cratloe or Kilmurray/Ibrickane of Clare on the weekend of October 30th while a win for the Divisional side would see Austin Stacks go forward as winners of the Senior Club Championship.

Na Gaeil and Glenbeigh-Glencar clash in the Junior Premier Final
The clash of Na Gaeil and Glenbeigh-Glencar in the Castleisland Mart Junior Premier Football final will be a unique curtain raiser on Sunday next. This is the first year of this competition which came about following the deliberations of the Senior Football Championship Review Committee who decided to re-name the Junior championship to Junior Premier and the Novice to Junior. All club teams outside of the Senior and Intermediate grades competed in a qualifier Round where Junior teams in 2015 were drawn against last year’s Novice teams. The winners of those qualifiers were graded as Junior Premier while the losers were graded as Junior for the current year.

Glenbeigh-Glencar have a painful history in the Junior Championship and have the unenviable record of being defeated by the eventual winners of the competition in the last five years including a couple of finals. On their way to the final they have accounted for Knocknagoshel, St Pats, Dromid Pearses and Ballydonoghue in the semi final. They possess a very experienced side many of whom have graced county fiunal day at senior level.

In comparison, Tralee side Na Gaeil are a young and up and coming side who topped Division 4 of the Senior Football League with Fossa but do not let the fact that they operate out of the lowere half of the League fool you; once they accounted for Cromane and Ballymac in the opening rounds they have made a habit of beating teams above them in the League defeating Annascaul from Division 3 in the quarter finals and Emmets from Division 2 in the semis.

The winners on Sunday will also have the distinction of winning the Tom Keane Perpetual Cup which was presented by the Keane family of Cahersiveen in memory of that great GAA stalwart, the late Tom Keane.

The throw in for Sunday’s game is 1:30pm and referee is Donal Casey of Scartaglen.

Garveys Supervalu County Senior Football Final - Match Day Arrangements
There is a double bill in Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next where the Senior Final between Dr Crokes and Kenmare District will throw in at 3:30pm. Referee is Brendan Griffin (Clounmacon).

The game will be preceded by the Castleisland Mart Junior Premier Football Championship Final between Na Gaeil and Glenbeigh-Glencar at 1:30pm. Referee for that game is Donal Casey (Scartaglen).

1991 county champions Dr Crokes are the Jubilee team and will be introduced to the attendance at half time in the senior game.

Tickets for Sunday’s double bill will be available at the Ticket Buses or may be pre-purchased and are now on sale in participating Centra and Supervalu Stores, including Garveys Supervalu Stores, Kerry County Board office and the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre in Killarney.

Admission: Adult €15, OAP/Student concession €5 on the day with valid ID and U16s are Free.

The official Programme is produced by Bórd na nÓg and will be on sale inside the grounds for €3 with all proceeds going to Bórd na nÓg.

Patrons are asked to park responsibly especially in St Finans Hospital Avenue & Grounds which is not a Parking Zone and vehicles may be towed away. Gardai will be on duty as Ambulance and Fire access must be maintained at all times.

Junior Final sees Fossa and Beale in action in Austin Stack Park
The Castleisland Mart Junior Football Championship final will be decided on Saturday at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park where first time county finalists Fossa will play Beale at 4pm. These two side have had contrasting fortunes in the Senior Football League this year with Fossa riding high at the top of Division 3 under new manager John Evans while Beale have been going in the opposite direction being relegated from Division 3. That form is hardly going to make a big difference in a championship final that both sides have reached on merit.

Both teams were in the Novice grade last season and went down to opposition a grade higher than them in the Junior Qualifiers with Fossa losing to Dromid Pearses and Beale going down to Churchill. Both sides recovered well, Fossa defeating West Kerry opposition in Lispole and Castlegregory before accounting for old rivals Scartaglen in the semi final. Beale defeated Cromane and neighbours Asdee and then surprised Division 2 side Listry in the semi final.

With the Con Brosnan Cup up for grabs by the winners this encounter could get the weekend off to a great start. Throw-in is at 4pm and referee is Jer Lynch of Ballymac.

Novice Championship
There is one remaining semi final to be played in the Novice Championship where Ballyduff play Tuosist on Saturday October 22nd (Note change of date). The winners play Lispole in the final on Sunday November 7th.

Intermediate and Minor Finals form a double bill on Sunday week
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.

Credit Union Senior Football League playoffs are nearing a completion.
The playoffs to decide final promotion and relegation places are ongoing.

The replay of the Division 3 relegation playoff between Ballydonoghue and Keel will be played on Saturday 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 at 2:30 at a venue to be decided.

Meanwhile, the final promotion place in Division 5 will not now be decided until Saturday October 29th when Sneem/Derrynane play Tuosist.

Junior Cup Finals.
It is hoped to play the two remaining Junior Cup finals in the next couple of weeks. Charlie Kerins play Skellig Rangers in the Cahill Cup Final and St Marys play Kenmare in the Barrett Cup Final. Fixtures and venues to be confirmed.

GAA Season Tickets are on sale
The new GAA Season Tickets are now on sale from Croke Park.

GAA Rounders for All
Rounders for All sessions, open to children of all abilities, are starting on Wednesday 12th October in John Mitchells GAA Club Tralee, from 4pm to 5pm, under the auspices of the County Health and Wellbeing Committee, Inclusion and Integration Initiative, in association with National Learning Network. Rounders is an easy and fun sport. Non GAA Club Members welcome. Pre Registation is essential. Please contact Kevin Smith on 066-7122533 or 086-0404270 or email kevin.smith@nln.ie

Proposals by Parish Rule Committee
The proposals brought forward by the Parish Rule Committee in respect of specific townlands in three areas within the county were passed by substantial majorities in each case at Tuesday night’s meeting of the County Committee.

Work to commence of Austin Stack Pavilion this week
Development Officer Tim Murphy informed Delegates at last night’s County Committee meeting that work was due to commence on the upgrading of the pavilion at Austin Stack Park following a grant of €195,000 being received and County Chairman Patrick O’Sullivan confirmed that it is proposed to spent €400,000 to complete the works. The Chairman confirmed that the upgrading of the dressing rooms will be next on the agenda as the promise to upgrade Austin Stack Park with the help of local stakeholders continues to be full filled. Other proposed upgrading of the Tralee venue in the immediate future include the erection of a roofed canopy behind the goals at the Town end.

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

Acorn Life Under 21 Hurling Final
The final of the Acorn Life Co. Under 21 hurling championship between St. Brendan’s and Lixnaw will be played on this Saturday, 15th October at Abbeydorney, 4.00p.m.

In last Saturdays semi-finals, St. Brendan’s had a 5 – 10 to 0 – 17 win over Crotta while Lixnaw defeated Kilmoyley by 4 – 17 to 0 – 8.

St. Brendan’s are aiming to win their 9th title having previously won it in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 2005, 2007 and 2008. Lixnaw have 4 titles to their credit – 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Co. League Division 3 Final
The final of Division 3 of the Co. Hurling League between Duagh and Austin Stacks is down for decision on this Saturday, 15th October. Venue is Connolly Park where there will be a 3.00p.m. throw in.