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PRO GAA Scene September 28th 2016 2016-09-28 23:02:00

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

Football followers in the county are in for a treat this weekend when the quarter finals of the Garveys SuperValu senior football championship are down for decision with two double bill in Tralee and Killarney.

First up on Saturday in Tralee’s Austin Stack Park, is the meeting of Dr Crokes and Kerins O’Rahillys at 1:30pm followed by the meeting of reigning champions South Kerry and Dingle at 3:15pm.

Dr Crokes had it all too easy in Round 1 when easily accounting for West Kerry but they got a right scare from St Kierans in their Round 2 game before surviving by the minimum margin in Cordal. Their opponents, Kerins O’Rahillys, gave South Kerry a right run for their money in Round 1 before going down by a point and then had six points to spare against Feale Rangers in Round 2. With an abundance of good forwards on view, this promises to be a high scoring encounter with both sides determined to make up for their exits at the quarter final stage last season.

South Kerry put their county title on the line when they take on Dingle in the second game on the bill. The champions have been living dangerously in both their outings to date, being held to a point winning margin by Kerins O’Rahillys in their opening game and they were then taken to a replay by Austin Stacks in Round 2, though they did win that second encounter by eight points. Dingle had a good victory over Rathmore in Round 1 but contrived to lose to Mid Kerry in Round 2 after extra time having been well in control when leading by eleven points at one stage. The westerners had five points to spare over Milltown in Round 3. The possible absence of Mark O’Connor from the Dingle side may have a big bearing on the result of this game.

On Sunday, the focus switches to Fitzgerald Stadium where the opening game at 2pm pits Mid Kerry against Rathmore. Mid Kerry were far from impressive when accounting for Kilcummin in Round 1 by five points and as we have seen already, were lucky to survive against Dingle after extra time in Round 2 in Killorglin. Rathmore, for their part, recovered from that opening loss on home soil to Dingle to defeat St Brendans by four points and then had a fine victory over a fancied St Kierans side after extra time in Round 3. The border boys will certainly put it up to the divisional outfit on Sunday.

The final quarter final will see Kenmare District take on Austin Stacks at 3:30. The Divisional outfit had rather comfortable victories over St Brendans and later Legion in their two games to date. Stacks easily accounted for East Kerry in their opening game and then very nearly took South Kerry’s scalp In Cahersiveen in Round 2 before going down rather tamely in the replay when on home soil. They had a good victory over West Kerry in Round 3 and will come into this fixture full of confidence following their recent victory over Dr Crokes in the Club Championship final. It will be interesting to see how Kenmare District gel ahead of the upcoming clash of Kenmare and Templenoe in the Intermediate championship final.

All-together, there is an abundance of up and coming footballing talent on view and certainly Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his selectors will be out in force over the weekend to run the rule over some of those aspiring to wear the green and gold in Croke Park at senior level. Extra time, should it be required, applies in all games.

Kerry Minor squad to be presented to the Crowd in Fitzgerald Stadium
The All Ireland winning Kerry Minor team and management will be presented to the crowd between the county championship quarter final matches around 3:20 in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next.

Senior Football Championship Relegation Final
Kilcummin and Milltown-Castlemaine put their county senior championship status on the line on Saturday evening when they clash in the relegation playoff final in Castleisland at 2pm (Note earlier time). Kilcummin have a very long record at senior level (since 1998) while Milltown-Castlemaine have been senior since 2012,

Castleisland Mart Club Championship Round-up

Intermediate Football Final is an all Kenmare District Affair
It’s an all Kenmare District Castleisland Mart Intermediate Championship final following semi final victories by Kenmare and Templenoe in the semi finals at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday afternoon last.

After a shaky start, Kenmare recovered to graft out a deserved seven points victory (2-13 to 1-9) over Desmonds in the opening game. Desmonds had the better start but David Hallissey’s goal put Kenmare five points to the good at the break. Another goal from Kevin O’Sullivan at the three quarter stage saw Kenmare home against a Desmonds side who have now tasted defeat at the semi final stage of this competition for a third year in a row.

A late rally by Templenoe yielded the two winning points as the All Ireland Junior champions set up a meeting with their neighbours Kenmare with victory over an unlucky Gaeltacht side in the second semi final in Fitzgerald Stadium (2-7 to 0-11). Denis O’Neill and Pat Spillane had spectacular goals as Templenoe led by four points at the break. An Ghaeltacht dominated long periods of the second half but it took them until four minutes from time to draw level, however late points by the Spillanes, Killian and John, saw Templenoe through to their third consecutive County Club final even though they had to survive a very late scare when Oigí Ó Sé’s shot went inches wide of the bottom of the post.

Glenbeigh-Glencar and Na Gaeil qualify for Junior Premier Final
Glenbeigh-Glencar and Na Gaeil have qualified for the Castleisland Mart Junior Premier Final following semi final victories over Ballydonoghue and Listowel Emmets respectively at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday last.

Na Gaeil were comprehensive winners of the opening game of the double bill and were in control by the interval after Seamus O’Neill’s goal put them eight points to the good. Two further goals at the three quarter stage from Mike Griffin saw the Tralee side secure a final spot on a 3-14 to 1-13 scoreline.

A goal from Caolim Teahan put Glenbeigh six points clear in the second semi final but Ballydonoghue hit back with two goals before the break from Jack Foley and Paul Kennelly to tie the scores at the interval. The winners, with Gavan O’Grady in fine form from play and frees, added on the points in the second half to clinch their final spot with three points to spare, 1-14 to 2-8..

Junior Championship semi finals
The Junior Champ semi finals are fixed for Sunday next when Fossa play Scartaglen in Farranfore and Listry play Beale in Strand Road. Both games are now fixed for the earlier time of 1pm.

Lispole Qualify for Novice Final
Lispole qualified for the County Novice final following a 2-13 to 2-8 victory over Cromane at Keel on Saturday last. The other semi final, between Ballyduff and Tuosist will not be played until Kenmare District complete their county championship campaign.

Credit Union Senior Football League Playoffs
The Division 2 relegation playoff at Killorglin saw St Michaels-Foilmore relegated to Division 3 next season following a one point loss to Listry, after extra time, 1-8 to 1-7.

Annascaul defeated Gneeveguilla by 2-7 to 0-9, having trailed by 0-8 to 1-2 at the break, in Round 1 of the Division 3 playoff at Ballymac on Sunday evening last. Annascaul will now play St Pats on Sunday next in Milltown (12:30pm) for the third promotion place to Division 2 next season behind Ardfert and Currow.

Meanwhile, in Division 5 there is a three way promotion playoff and Duagh defeated Tuosist by 1-9 to 0-9 in Milltown on Sunday last to become the second team to be promoted to Division 4 next season behind champions Castlegregory. Tuosist will now meet Sneem-Derrynane to decide the third team to be promoted. That is another game that is delayed by Kenmare District’s participation in the senior championship.

Junior Cups and Leagues Roundup
Barrett Cup - St Marys defeated Clounmacon by 4-11 to 2-7 in the Barrett Cup semi final last weekend and they now await the winners of the second semi final between Kenmare and Beaufort which is down for decision on Sunday morning next in Beaufort at 11:30.

Cahill Cup - Charlie Kerins defeated Tarbert by 4-17 to 0-9 in the first semi final of the Cahill Cup last weekend but the other semi final ended in stalemate when Skellig Rangers and Churchill drew under lights in Barraduff (3-6 to 2-9). They replay on this Friday evening in John Mitchels at 7pm.

Junior Leagues - Currow and Dr Crokes have qualified for the final of Group 7 which is down for decision on Sunday morning at a venue to be decided..

County Committee Meeting
The October meeting of the County Committee will be held in Austin Stack Park on Tuesday week, October 11th.

Our sympathy to the Geaney family of Dingle on the death of Dave – Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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

Kilmoyley retain their County Championship title
Congratulations to Kilmoyley on retaining the 2016 Garvey’s SuperValu Kerry Co. Senior Hurling Championship title. In last Saturday’s replayed final, played at Austin Stack Park before an attendance of 2,745, they defeated Ballyduff by 1 - 18 to 2 - 13. This was Kilmoyley’s 24th title and puts them joint top in the Kerry senior hurling Roll of Honour with Ballyduff.

Team captain, Aiden McCabe, received Corn Neilus Ó Floinn from Patrick O’Sullivan, Cathaoirleach Choiste Contae Chiarrai, C.L.G. while the Man of the Match Award went to the Kilmoyley centre forward Shane Brick – his fourth time to receive this accolade, having done so previously in the finals of 2001, 2003 and 2004.

Kilmoyley now go on to compete in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship on the weekend of 6th November with an away game against the Clare or Limerick Intermediate Champions.

During the interval on Saturday, the victorious Kerry 5 in-a-row Minor hurling team were presented to the crowd.

Acorn Life Under 21 championship
The following fixtures have been made for the semi-finals of the Acorn Life Co. Under 21 hurling championship: St. Brendan’s v Crotta at Kilmoyley and Kilmoyley v Lixnaw at Abbeydorney. Both these games are fixed for Saturday week, 8th October at 4.00p.m.

Junior Championship Final
The Co. Junior hurling championship final between Duagh and Austin Stacks is down for decision on this Saturday, 1st October. Venue is the John Mitchel’s Complex where there will be a 2.00p.m. throw in.

Tralee Parnell’s are inviting interested adults to participate in the final evening of the Hurl with Me programme on this Friday, 30th Sept. between 7.30p.m. and 8.30p.m. at Caherslee G.A.A. Grounds. It is an initiative to get parents involved with their children and to give hurling a try. Further details at www.facebook.com/TraleeParnellsHurlingClub