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PRO GAA Scene March 8th 2017 2017-03-07 21:56:00

Kerry claim two valuable Allianz League points against Roscommon

Kerry senior footballers claimed a morale boosting victory over a plucky Roscommon side in Dr Hyde Park on Sunday last in Round 4 of the Allianz League a victory that puts them mid table on four points out of a possible eight. Following disappointing losses to both Mayo and Monaghan on home soil this victory was certainly welcomed by players, management and supporters alike. Everyone was hurting and disappointed after a substandard display against Monaghan in particular but in fairness the players responded on this occasion and they were well worth their 1-19 to 1-13 victory. A feature of the game, and a welcome one at that, was the way in which Kerry closed out the game after Roscommon had brought it back to a one point game following a fortuitous penalty award as the game neared a conclusion. Another pleasing feature of the game was the fact that nine players shared the scoring with the likes of James O’Donoghue and Paul Geaney looking something more like their true selves. The Kerry management cannot be accused of not giving the newer players a fair chance and the experience gained thus far in the League is sure to stand to them.

Dublin are next on the horizon

The all-conquering double All Ireland winners Dublin, are next on Kerry’s radar when the sides meet in the much anticipated sell out Round 5 Allianz League encounter under lights at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on the Saturday of the St Patrick’s weekend. The Dubs have certainly been a bogey team for the Kingdom in recent years and no doubt this will certainly be a test of character for Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s charges.

Kerry finish up their campaign with an away trip to Cavan on March 26th and then Kerry have Tyrone as visitors for the final Round of the League on April 2nd.

Special Train from Rathmore to Tralee for Kerry V Dublin

Iarnrod Eireann are running a special train from Rathmore to Tralee via Killarney and Farranfore on Saturday 18th for the Kerry V Dublin Allianz League game.

Available to Book on line http://www.irishrail.ie/

Detais are as follows:

Saturday 18th March - Rathmore - Tralee
Departs Rathmore @ 16:40
Arrive Tralee @ 17:40
Services Killarney & Farranfore

Service 18th March - Tralee - Cork
Departs Tralee @ 2145
Arrives Cork @ 2350
Services Farranfore, Killarney, Rathmore, Millstreet, Banteer, Mallow

Service starts in Rathmore but returns all the way back to Cork.

Kerry Under 21 Footballers open their Munster Championship campaign

Kerry Under 21 footballers open their Munster Championship campaign when they take on Clare in the quarter final tie in Austin Stack Park Tralee on this Wednesday evening, a game that has a 7:30 throw-in. Kerry’s woes in this grade in recent years have been well documented and suffice to say that we have to go all the way back to 2008 for the last time that Kerry have been successful at provincial level and of course they capped that win by subsequently claiming the All Ireland title.

The current side contains six of the side defeated by Cork in the Munster Final last year namely Tom O’Sullivan, Jason Foley, Tom Leo O’Sullivan, Barry O’Sullivan, Brian Ó Seanachain, and Matthew Flaherty. Three more of the team – Brian Sugrue, Brandon Barrett and Matthew O’Sullivan - missed last year’s final due to injury having featured in earlier rounds. Unfortunately the game comes too soon for Brian Ó Beagaloich as he continues his recovery from injury.

With the exception of Matthew O’Sullivan of St Michaels-Foilmore, all of the side have played in successful All Ireland minor winning sides since 2014 with Daniel O’Brien and Sean O’Shea members of last year’s winning side. Success at minor level brings it’s own pressures of course and there is a very high level of expectation out there in relation to this group, something I am sure that manager Jack O’Connor and his management team could do without.  The team is captained by Brian Sugrue of Renard. The prize for Wednesday night’s winners is a trip to Dungarvan on Wednesday 15th to take on Waterford in the semi final.

Credit Union Senior Football and Hurling Leagues are launched

 The 2017 Credit Union senior football and hurling leagues were launched in Killarney Credit Union on Monday evening. For the 15th year, the leagues will be sponsored by Chapter 23 of the Irish League of Credit Unions which encompasses all of Kerry and West Limerick.

Speaking at the launch, Chapter 23 chairman John Long, stated that “the Credit Union movement is a vibrant community based financial co-operative that supports and serves the financial needs of its members, (many of whom are also GAA members), throughout Kerry & Ireland.  The Credit Unions share the same common ethos as Kerry GAA, of Community spirit and indeed voluntary service, and both are at the heart of many community successes. I believe that both organisations have played & continue to play a huge role in making the Island of Ireland what it is today” he concluded.

Kerry county GAA committee Tim Murphy thanked Chapter 23 for their continued support and said that the Leagues were the envy of many counties. “It is no coincidence that Kerry Clubs are so successful at Junior and Intermediate club championship level given the experience they have gained by competing with the best clubs in the county in the county leagues” he said.

The Senior Football League gets underway on March 19th (March 12th for Division 5) and the Senior Hurling League commences on April 9th. On the night sponsorship cheques were presented to the various winners in 2016 namely in football;

Division 1             Dr Crokes

Division 2            Rathmore

Division 3            Ardfert

Division 4            Na Gaeil

Division 5            Castlegregory

And in hurling;

Division 1            Kilmoyley

Presentations were also be made to All Ireland Junior Football Champions, Glenbeigh/Glencar and All Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup Winners St Brendans College, Killarney.

The Senior Football League gets underway on March 19th (March 12th for Division 5) and the Senior Hurling League commences on April 9th.

Credit Union Senior Football League gets underway for Division 5 teams

The Credit union Senior Football League gets underway for Division 5 teams this weekend with six games down for decision in Round 13. There are two additional rounds in this division due to the addition of Kilgarvan who have re-joined the league. For logistical reasons, it was decided to play Round 13 this weekend and Round 12 on the weekend of June 25th with all the other rounds coinciding with fixtures in the other divisions of the league. Apart from Kilgarvan, Moyvane, Churchill and Valentia are new to Division 5 this year having been relegated from Division 4 last season. The long journey for promotion starts for thes and all the other Division 5 clubs on this Sunday with all games having a 2pm throw-in.

Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor Football League hit by weather

With Round 1 of the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin being decimated by the Corn Uí Mhuirí semi final replay, Round 2 on Saturday last did not fare much better with eight games falling foul of the very bad weather, and indeed, given the severity of the elements it was a surprise to see any game played. There are twenty one games down for decision this coming weekend and it is hoped these fixtures will fare better. The vast majority of the games are fixed for Saturday at 4pm with the Sunday games going ahead at 12 noon.

Dr Crokes continue preparations for the All Ireland Club Final

Dr Crokes continue their preparations for the All Ireland Club Final against Slaughtneil of Derry in Croke Park on St Patrick’s day a game that has a later than usual throw-in time of 5pm, a decision made late last year due to issues surrounding the large annual St Patricks day in the capital. So far two special trains have been sold out and it looks like the club will be very well represented at HQ.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club

The final away game of the Allianz League against Cavan takes place on Sunday 26th of March. This is an overnight stay for the Supporters’ Club.  Bookings for this trip, along with full payment, will be taken on Monday the 13th of March next in the Ballygarry House Hotel or the Listowel Arms Hotel at 8.30pm. Membership is now due for 2017 and all persons travelling in the supporters’ bus must have a valid 2017 membership card for insurance purposes.

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Fruitless trip to Wexford for Kerry Hurlers

After a tenacious first half, after which the sides were level at 7 points each, Kerry eventually went down by 15 points to Wexford in their Allianz Hurling League, Round 3 game played at Wexford Park last Sunday. Final score was 3 – 18 to 0 – 12.

Kerry Hurlers take on Galway in Austin Stack Park

Kerry  have two home games left in the Allianz Hurling League the first of which is on Sunday next when  Galway are the visitors to Austin Stack Park in Round 4 at 2.00p.m.

Following their first Round win over Laois, Kerry have suffered successive defeats in the competition to Limerick and Wexford and now come face to face with a Galway side who are in joint second place in the table with Limerick. Wexford top the table with full points, while Kerry and Laois have 2 points apiece.

Admission on the day costs €15 but it is available at a reduced price of €12 if purchased online on www.gaa.ie from the Kerry GAA offices in Austin Stack Park, from the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlook Centre in Killarney or at participating Centra or Supervalu stores around the county up to midnight on Saturday.

The remaining league fixture will be against Offaly on Sunday, 26th March.

Kerry Minor Hurlers

The Kerry minor hurlers have been paired with Carlow and Wicklow in the 2017 Leinster minor hurling league. Their opening game will be against Carlow on this Saturday, 11th March, 12.30p.m. in Dr Cullen Park. Round 2 will be away to Wicklow on Saturday, 18th March.

Hurling Cúl Camps 2016

The 2017 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps for Hurling in Kerry are: Causeway & Rathmore (3 – 7 July), Lixnaw & Ballyduff (10 - 14 July), Ballyheigue & Kenmare (17 - 21 July), Abbeydorney, Ardfert & Fitzgerald Stadium (31 July – 4 Aug.), Crotta O’Neill’s – Dromakee (7 – 11 August) and Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s - Caherslee (14 – 18 August).

Cost is €60 per child with reductions for additional members of families. Open to primary school children, boys and girls between 6 and 13 years of age. Monday’s to Friday’s, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. daily. Further details at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie


Tralee Parnell’s Under 8 & 10 hurling coaching continues at Tralee Sports Complex each Tuesday, from 6.00 to 6.50 pm. New players are welcome. These sessions are for boys and girls born 2007 - 2010 and new players are most welcome. This Academy runs until 14th March.

The St. Brendan’s Minor Hurling Club annual award presentations took place last weekend. Among the presentations was one to the recently retired Kerry hurler and current St. Brendan’s senior team captain, John Egan.