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PRO GAA Scene May 25th 2016 2016-05-25 23:25:00

A weekend of come backs in Round 2 of the Garvey’s Supervalu Senior Football Championship

Well after a rather mundane opening round of the Garveys Supervalu senior football championship, the competition certainly sprang to life in Round 2 last weekend where three of the eight games went to extra time and the standout fixture of the weekend, the meeting of the champions of the past two years South Kerry and Austin Stacks, ended in stalemate in Cahersiveen.

An Ian Galvin goal saw the reigning champions lead by 1-8 to 0-5 at the break but a goal by David Mannix saw Stacks fight back to level the game and force extra time. The visitors held a slender lead entering the final moments before Bryan Sheehan landed a free from long distance to level it up and take the game to a replay in Austin Stack Park on this Saturday evening at 6:30.

Elsewhere in the winners group, Dr Crokes got a rare fright from St Kierans in Cordal before emerging victorious by the minimum margin but the other Killarney side, Legion, came unstuck in their visit to Kenmare. Meanwhile Mid Kerry had a Houdini like escape to victory against a Dingle side who led by all of eleven points with the game entering the final straight. Mid Kerry snatched a draw and then went on to qualify for a quarter final place with a two point victory after the obligatory extra time.

In the losers group, Milltown-Castlemaine caused a shock when defeating East Kerry after extra time in Killorglin thus eliminating the Divisional side from the competition. Rathmore were pushed all the way by St Brendans before they progressed with four points to spare and Kerins O’Rahillys are also through to Round 3 following a two goal victory over Feale Rangers. Meanwhile, West Kerry came from behind to oust Kilcummin by a five points margin.

Garvey’s Supervalu Senior Football Championship – The state of play

The following is the position in the Garvey’s Supervalu Senior Football Championship after the Round 2 games last weekend

Round 2A Replay – Austin Stacks V South Kerry on Saturday next in Austin Stack Park

The following teams have qualified for the Quarter Finals:

Round 2A Winners - Dr Crokes, Kenmare District, Mid Kerry and Austin Stacks or South Kerry

The following teams go forward to Round 3:

Round 3A Teams: Legion, St Kierans, Dingle and Austin Stacks or South Kerry

Round 3B Teams: Rathmore, Kerins O’Rahillys, West Kerry and Milltown-Castlemaine

3A Teams will be drawn against 3B teams in Round 3 – Teams who have previously met will be kept apart in the draw. Round 3 will be played on the weekend of July 10th.

Quarter Finals; Round 2A winners will be drawn against Round 3 Winners - teams who have previously met will be kept apart in the draw.

Semi Finals – Open Draw

Castleisland Mart Club Championship resume this weekend
After two weekends of county football championship action it’s back to the Castleisland Mart Club Championships this coming weekend. The majority of games are down for decision on Saturday at evening at 7pm with extra time where necessary in all games.

Intermediate Championship

The outstanding quarter final tie between Ardfert and An Ghaeltacht goes ahead on Saturday with the winners playing Templenoe in the semi final. Desmonds and Kenmare have already qualified for the other semi final.

Junior Premier Championship
In the Junior Premier Championship, two of the remaining three quarter finals ties will be played on Saturday. Firies host Emmets and Na Gaeil are home to Annascaul. The remaining tie between Dromid Pearses and Glenbeigh-Glencar is off due to South Kerry’s replay with Austin Stacks.

Junior Club Championship
In the Junior Club Championship, the remaining three quarter finals are down for decision with Castlegregory home to Fossa, Listry hosting Tarbert and Scartaglen at home to Knocknagoshel, a game that will be played on Sunday at 2:30. Beale booked their place in the semi finals with an exciting 2-12 to 1-13 victory over neighbours Asdee last weekend.

Novice Championship
Two preliminary round games in the Novice Championship, will also be played on Saturday next with Tuosist at home to Kilgarvan and Clounmacon home to Duagh. There is also one quarter final tie featuring Cordal against Ballyduff.

Credit Union Senior Football League

Beaufort play Finuge in a Round 10 game that has been brought forward to this Sunday at 2pm. Round 4 of the League wil be played on Saturday June 4th.

Junior Football Leagues
The very popular Junior football leagues commenced last weekend. There were 14 games played in all with a few games postponed by agreement. Round 2 goes ahead this Friday evening. In all groups, the top team on points qualifies for final, while 2nd and 3rd placed teams play a semi final with 2nd placed team having home venue.

Under 17 Football League
This competition is designed for non exam players and these players would of course previously have been eligible to play in the Junior Leagues but this age group can no longer play senior football. There are 6 teams taking part; Tralee, St Kierans, Firies, St Brendans, West Kerry and Austin Stacks. Games are played on Friday evenings.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship Draw
The draw for the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football Championship will take place in the coming week. Round 1 goes ahead on July 6th.

Kerry GAA Night of Champions at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium
On this Friday evening at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium in Tralee the very popular Boyle Sports Kerry GAA “Night of Champions” will take place. This is a chance for Kerry GAA supporters of all ages to mingle with their county football and hurling heroes. The buzz is always electric on the night and the occasion has become one of the big Kerry GAA social events of the year. The addition of a live broadcast by Radio Kerry and Weeshie Fogarty from the Stadium will ensure we have a very entertaining night on Radio Kerry as well! Posters and handouts will be available for juveniles.

The staging of this event is of course a huge logistical challenge and it would not have been possible 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.

It is important to point out that all funds raised from the Night of Champions goes to the Kerry teams training fund – both hurling and football.

The Brehon Hotel Club Sweepstake

One of the highlights of the night on the track is the Brehon Hotel Kerry GAA Club Sweep and this has once again been supported very well by the various Clubs and units. There are eight clubs left with a chance of scooping the €1,000 first prize for their club.

The Brehon Hotel Club Sweepstake finalists are as follows:

Civility Counts: Keel & Na Gaeil

Russmur Beauty: Firies

Send in Ducula: Glenflesk

Kilcurra Mia: Templenoe

Kerry Legend: Austin Stacks

Garfinney Bolt: East Kerry & Kenmare District Committees

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club will remember the late Leo Griffin by sponsoring a race at the Night of Champions. Last Monday night at the supporter’s club monthly meeting, the committee presented the race sponsorship cheque to Christy O'Connell, Chairman of the Boyle Sports “Night of Champions” organising committee. The Kerry GAA Supporters Club have of course been stalwarts for the past 26 years in supporting Kerry teams on and off the field and we sincerely thank this very dedicated voluntary group for their great support over the years and in particular for the Kerry GAA night of Champions.

Patrons are asked to come early on the night and park responsibly in the vicinity of The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium.

Munster Championship opener two weeks away
Kerry’s opening game in the Munster senior football championship is just over two weeks away. Limerick play Clare in the Gaelic Grounds this weekend and Kerry will play the winners of that game in Fitzgerald Stadium on either Saturday evening June 11th or Sunday 12th June in Fitzgerald Stadium. Kerry Juniors will similarly be involved that weekend playing Limerick or Clare. The Munster football final is fixed for July 3rd.

Kerry Senior Football Team Open Evening
The proposed Kerry Senior football team “Open Evening” due to take place this week has had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances and will be rescheduled for later in the year during summer school holidays.

Joe McDonagh RIP
Theuntimely death of Iár Uachtarán CLG Joe McDonagh has come as a great shock to the GAA community countrywide. Joe had the rare distinction of becoming Uachtarán at the very early age of 43 and, surprisingly enough, he did so without ever having been chairman or secretary of his native Galway. He was an able administrator, orator and gaeilgeoir and was a larger than life figure who will be greatly missed by his many friends here in the Kingdom. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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

Kerry Hurlers bow out of Leinster Championship
The Kerry senior hurlers made their exit from Leinster Senior Championship round robin series last Sunday when they went down by 8 points to Offaly, 3 – 19 to 0 – 20. This also brings the curtain down on their competitive season for 2016.

It was a season where Kerry achieved their primary aim of retaining their Allianz League Division 1B status as well as confirming their place in the Leinster series again for 2017. They also provided some great entertainment and a boost overall to the game in the county. Thanks to all who participated in such a great effort, in particular the panel of players under captain, Daniel Collins, the team management of Ciaran Carey, Mark Foley, James McCarthy, Mike Conway and Damien Ryall and the wider support team.

Garvey’s Senior Hurling Championship
Attention now turns back to the local club fare and in particular the 2016 Garvey’s SuperValu Co. Senior Hurling Championship which commences on the weekend of 26th June.

The draw for the Championship was made live on Radio Kerry on Saturday last. Present at the draw were Kevin McCarthy representing Sponsors, Garveys, Diarmuid Ó Sé Vice Chairman of the County Committee, Joe Walsh Chairman of County Champions Kilmoyley, Hurling Officer, Ger McCarthy, Cultural Officer Leona Twiss and Christy Killeen Secretary of the CCC.

The first round draw has resulted in the following pairings: Crotta v Abbeydorney; St. Brendan's v Ballyheigue; Lixnaw v Causeway and Ballyduff v Kilmoyley.

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

Minor Hurling Leagues
The co. minor league dates are Monday’s 20th June, 27th June, 4th July with the finals on Monday, 18th July. The co. minor championship quarter finals are fixed for Saturday, 6th August, semi-finals on Saturday, 20th August and the final to precede the co. senior final.

Credit Union Hurling Leagues
Division 1 Co. League result from the weekend: Abbeydorney 1 – 17 Ballyheigue 0 - 10. At present Abbeydorney lead the table with 6 points from 6 games followed by Lixnaw with 5 points from 4 games. St. Brendan’s (3 played) and Causeway (2 played) have 4 points.

The next round is scheduled for the weekend of 5th June: Kilmoyley v Ballyduff; Lixnaw v Causeway and Crotta v St. Brendan’s.

There is just one game in the Credit Union Co. hurling league Division 2 this week – Ballyheigue are at home on this Thursday to Kenmare at 7.30p.m.

The next round in Division 2 will be on Wednesday, 1st June 7.30p.m. with the following fixtures: Kenmare v Dr. Crokes; Kilmoyley v Crotta; St. Brendan’s v Lixnaw and Lady’s Walk v Causeway

Celtic Challenge
Kerry’s went down by 4 – 15 to 1 – 14 last week in round 2 of the Under 17 Celtic Challenge competition. On this Wednesday, 25th May they play North Cork at Meelin, 7.30p.m. Their last game in the league stages will be at home to West Limerick on 1st June.